Join Susan Waits for a 4-week series designed to take you into the deeper aspects of yoga through asana, pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation, and visualization
James has been actively exploring the breath most of his life. In 1992 he was introduced to Breathwork which has led him deeper into the world of healing, yoga and massage. In 2011 he wrote, ‘Thirteen Breaths to Freedom, An Introduction to Breathwork’ and in 2017‘ Pranayama and Breathwork, a journey with breath’.
In this master class we explore the power of Hanuman’s devotion to his first teacher Surya. Through the ironic story of his youthful exuberance, Surya not only strikes down young Hanuman but in turn learns the wisdom of Bhakti (devotion) from his most dedicated student.
The purpose of yoga is to enact a change...be that in the way we think, act, or live. But more so it is to evolve. A teacher is here to be a guide and help you navigate this evolution. To walk with you down your own path to a greater Self. Join Tom Larkin for this Master Class on Arm Balances
As kids we bounce around, run, and without blinking an eye, balance on our head. Maybe you’re even a product of the 80’s and did those cool breakdancing moves while spinning on your head. As adults we may not have the same boundless resolve towards such play and may have developed a fear of balancing on our head
The Iyengar approach develops systematic intelligence. It is progressive in nature, so each class will build from simple to more complex poses in a direct and clear manner.
There is an emphasis on alignment and precision in the asanas, but more for the purpose of focusing the mind’s attention, than for the attainment of perfection.
Observation is an integral part of the experience. The skill of observation brings awareness. This develops Self knowledge as well as Self compassion.
Props may be used in poses to educate the body and bring support while learning something new.
Feel the rhythms of the drums as you connect breath, heartbeat, mind & body to a vinyasa flow led by Amy Hutcheson to the beats by percussionist Brad Ellsworth of Druminyasa (Wanderlust, Asheville Yoga Festival). Melt into the end of your practice with a percussion sound bath to ultimately relax your body and enlighten your mind.
T'ai Chi Pushing Hands (太極推手) is a specialized exercise from t'ai chi ch'uan (太極拳，also transcribed taijiquan) through which practitioners develop tactile awareness and sensitivity, and gain skill in being rooted, balanced and centered physically, mentally and emotionally when confronted by external forces.
This workshop will explore the relationship of quantum physics to yoga and meditation. We will look specifically at the observer effect, which states that where you direct your attention is where you place your energy.
What happens in a yoga pose when you direct your attention to one specific part of the body? How does this attention affect your posture, your breath, and the ease of the pose?
All students are welcome to attend these classes, from the absolute beginner to more advanced practitioners. All that is needed is an open mind, a willing body, and an interest in experiencing the practice of Iyengar yoga.
We all get monkey mind from day to day, sometimes minute to minute. This workshop will give you the tools to start to tame the monkey. Participants will be taken through different guided meditations and breath practices intended to help them quiet the mind, find the right meditation path and start their journey into a regular meditation practice. No experience needed just a willingness to sit, breath and let the rest unfold before you.
You made the resolution now get ready to start your journey to better health and awareness?
Join Amy Hutcheson for The Brand New Beginners Series. It's a 6 week yoga series designed to get yo started practicing yoga on the right (and left) foot.
An evening of Yin and Yoga Nidra with Michelle Mukai
From when Yoga was first introduced into our modern Western culture it has been the physical practice ie asana, that has taken the forefront. Using the body as a medium for movement and sensory experience has been widely adopted, as this is something we recognize and can easily relate to. But do we know how to use all the systems of the body effectively to move with strength and grace?
This workshop offers an inquisitive exploration of our organ system. We’ll take a journey through the organs to feel and place them in our body. We will experience moving from the organs and engaging the organ system as a core support from within. In addition, there will be some restful quiet practices to support the restoration and healthy functioning of the organs.
As someone with scoliosis, these were some of the questions Adelene had. This introductory workshop is open to students, teachers and practitioners alike, to demonstrate and offer a tested approach in practising and living with scoliosis.
With open discussions held within a safe sharing environment, Adelene will share her journey and experience. We will learn and understand how to practice with scoliosis, explore how the therapeutic effects of yoga can be applied specifically to structural / functional imbalances. It is often not about What we can or cannot practise, and more importantly it is How we practice. This non-invasive approach to the condition could potentially: help to alleviate physical discomfort; re-map postural alignment; re-establish and refine balance; release emotional and psychological tension brought about by living with scoliosis.
‘I have lower back pain!’ It is not uncommon to experience lower back pain with the increasing sedentary lifestyle, be it at the desk or behind the wheels. Imbalance postural habits, past injuries, muscular or structural asymmetries are common causes of lower back pain. Whilst there may also potentially be emotional tension related back pain.
Muscles along the lower back can often become locked and tight, causing pain, spasm and compression. At a physiological level, the lack of blood circulation (life force or Prana), may affect the vital organs, resulting in stress within the digestive, reproductive, urinary, respiratory systems etc. This may result in unnecessary tension inhibiting the healthy function of the physiological system. Especially with chronic lower back discomfort, this may impact one’s daily activities, ie. sitting, standing, walking or simply performing daily chores, let alone one’s quality of sleep may also be affected.
In this workshop, we will practise various tension release poses, followed by mobilization, and elongation. We will then explore ways to balance asymmetrical habitual patterns in our body, and work towards strengthening poses through asana and breathing practices.
Adelene will guide participants through a journey of the upper body, and shall discuss how this may be integrated into daily living. For all levels. Informative and practical for both students, experienced practitioners and teachers.
We have geared this series for people who have never stepped on a yoga mat and also for those looking to deepen their practice. We focus alignment, transitions and breath work in the hope of helping you cultivate strength and confidence in you personal practice
You think you can’t meditate? You must be too busy? Don’t have the time? Your mind is too wild and chaotic? You can’t sit still? This workshop will eliminate your excuses and fears that meditation is difficult. Through a few simple exercises you’ll increase your awareness and optimize your brain’s performance. Ultimately, you’ll discover meditation is the easiest thing in the world.
Yin Yoga and Seven Meditations
Yin Yoga and Meditation are complimentary mindfulness practices that cultivate awareness and intuitive care of the body. Join Michelle Mukai and Blake Klazmer for an afternoon of long held, supported Yin Yoga postures that will primarily target the lower half of the body. While being guided through a Yin Yoga sequence that will trace meridians specifically connected to the season as we transition into Spring.
This six week series will focus on Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga. Ayurveda translates to life science, and it focuses on the mind-body connection for our overall wellness. We will look at the different doshas (individual constitutions) and how to determine ours, seasons, times of life and practices that can help with each of these. Each class will involve discussion and a short practice to demonstrate how we can incorporate these principles into our daily life.
Allow Kristina to guide you through the meditative sleep of Yoga Nidra.
Yoga Nidra is also known as the yoga of sleep. In this class, we will follow Swami J’s method to guide you into deep relaxation, and end with a savasana accompanied by crystal singing bowls. Yoga nidra can assist you in getting better quality sleep and also help you require less sleep. One hour of yoga nidra is equal to four hours of REM sleep. This gentle practice is done lying down, using blankets or bolsters to support yourself and is suitable for all levels.
The Spring Season is all about clearing out the old. We will practice simple exercises and gentle yoga poses to help us integrate Spring into our bodies. There are four energy meridians that are important for body detoxification and strong immunity: Liver, Spleen, Kidney, and Large Intestine. The Chinese Element for Spring is Wood and is represented by the color green. In this workshop, we will learn about these different energies and invigorate our bodies with self-care exercises to keep our immune systems healthy and vibrant!
This six-week series will focus on transitions, particularly those we use frequently in our practice as we travel from one end of our yoga mat to the other. We will break down the relationships between the poses and talk about different ways to allow ourbody to find freedom of movement between them, as well as maintaining proper breath and alignment so that the benefits of Vinyasa yoga are fully experienced. The word Vinyasa means literally “to place carefully with the breath”, and this is the concept we will work with throughout the series, so that we not only deepen our understanding of the asanas but also bring the benefit of pranayama into our practice.
Often we give our love away to everyone but ourselves. This workshop will focus on turning love inwards through focus on heart opening restorative poses, self-massage, sound, and guided meditation. There will be some sweet surprises as well, but you'll have to join to see what they are!
Come sweat and destress with Alyson Bauer and Jocelyn Brunotte in a Saturday night FIREFLOW. The class will be hot, groovy, and FULL OF LOVE! All levels welcome.
We will dim the lights and turn the music up for this all levels Vinyasa Flow class followed by a brief Yoga Nidra.
This workshop will focus on the fundamentals of hand balancing, beginning with Bakasana (Crow or Crane Pose). We will progress from this pose into other arm balances, in order to explore and build strength in the shoulders, upper arms, and core. These poses will allow us to explore taking the weight of the body into the hands, building strength, balance, and confidence. From there we will move into inverted poses. We will spend time discussing proper form, alignment and breath, as well as transitions.