Monday Classes


7:30 - 8:20AM

Led by: 

Michelle Nicolle & Henry Lafferty

($) Donation Based 

Check or Cash

Prerequisite: No

This weekly offering follows traditional Zen form which creates an intimate container to support meditation practice. There will be a 20-minute sit in a seated position that is comfortable for you, followed by a 10-minute kinhin (walking or moving meditation) followed by another 20-minute sit.


Silence is encouraged at arrival and until departure of the meditation space.  Arrivals at 7:50, during kinhin, are welcome.  

“Shikantaza, or just sitting, is the most direct of practices in all of Buddhism. It is the method of no-method, and invites us to just sit in stillness and openness, perceiving things simply and directly as they are, without engaging in thought, including thoughts of motivation. An approach that requires no mediation of technique, shikantaza is a fully embodied and wholehearted practice that is direct, intimate, and uncontrived” -Roshi Joan Halifax

Michelle is an ordained Buddhist chaplain affiliated with the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  She earned a B.A. degree in psychology and a Ph.D. degree in neurobiology, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She retired from Wake Forest University School of Medicine as an associate professor in 2013 to pursue chaplaincy and Zen training.  You can contact Michelle with questions at


Henry is a practicing architect in Winston-Salem. He earned a B.A. degree in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte before earning a Master of Architecture degree from The University of Texas at Austin. Believing that words get in the way, Henry began practicing meditation regularly 10 years ago. His practice has centered on Soto Zen for the past 2 years. You can contact Henry with questions at

Visit the Winston-Salem Zen website here.

Monday Classes

Embodiment Focused Viniyoga


Led by:

Sydney Hughes-McGee


18.00 drop-in

25.00/2 class pass for new students

65.00/4 class pass

115.00/8 class pass

150.00/12 class pass

175.00/16 class pass

(Class passes are good for 4 months.)

Prerequisites: No

The primary influences in these classes are viniyoga and experiential anatomy.   Sydney's goal in each class is to respond to the needs of the students present.  Monday viniyoga emphasizes Fluid sensitivity and includes lots of floor time. Classes include study of the living anatomy of muscles, fascia, bones and organs, etc., to increase awareness in postural practice. Yoga postures are often practiced slowly and are initiated by the breath, creating a meditative experience.  Emphasis is placed on developing the skill of body listening, and the ability to allow the body to lead. We discover embodiment as a vital sense of connection with our inner life and the world of nature.


The mood in these classes ranges from meditative and prayerful to silly and irreverent.  Learning from one another is encouraged.  We learn a lot from one another. Beginners can join at any time.

Come join us and explore viniyoga practice, experiential anatomy and the pleasure of living in your body.


Monday Classes

Body Liberation Yoga


Led by:

Debra Benfield


$10 for drop-in

$85 for first 4 classes 

*Designed as a series


This Series of BodyLoveRevolution Yoga classes is offered to support you as you take steps toward nourishing yourself with Joy and Intention! Special attention will be given to body positive language and empowering instruction. Deb is passionate about supporting you as you work toward feeling confidant and comfortable in your body. Body Liberation Yoga is designed to be accessible for you and every BODY.


Give yourself the gift of a Body Liberation Yoga class series designed to help you.

Truly begin to make peace with your eating and body image struggles.

Soften your inner critic and create a kinder relationship with yourself and your body.

Develop a practice for creating calm when you feel anxious and stressed.

Create connection with, and begin to trust, your body's wisdom.

Support recovery from disordered eating, eating disorders and chronic dieting.


Yoga has been shown to support the attunement and embodiment essential to freedom from eating and body image struggles.

Remember, it is your call-sign up for 4,5,or 6 classes!

Cost: $85 for FIRST FOUR CLASSES, 10.00 to drop-into remaining classes in series


To learn more or to register for Debra's classes please contact Debra at

Debra Benfield, M.Ed., RDN, LDN, RYT 200 

is a Master’s Level Nutritionist (M.Ed.), as well as a (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN) with over 25 years of experience in the field.  She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RTY 200) and is a Certified Curvy Yoga Teacher.  She is passionate about helping those struggling with eating, weight, and body image issues, as well as PCOS, women’s health and digestive health through listening to and honoring the wisdom of each individual's body.


In addition to her private practice, Debra offers weekly Body LIberation Yoga at 18 Springs: 

To learn more about Debra please visit 

You can contact Debra with questions at

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336. 775. 7313                                             


Marla Gene | Program Assistant | CYT200


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