WORKSHOPS

Awaken the Chakras with Sound Healing + Sacred Sound Healing Concert

with Kristen Rubis

3 june + 4 June, 1 to 3pm, $30 each or $50 for both

Two opportunities to join Kristen Rubis for some sound healing. 

On Saturday: Awaken the Chakras with Sound Healing. Join us for a deeply nourishing workshop of breath work, guided meditation, intention setting, chakra balancing and a soothing crystal singing bowl concert. Kristen holds sacred space & creates a relaxing sound bath with crystal quartz singing bowls, bells, planetary chimes, tingshas, a rose quartz alchemy bowl, zaphir chimes, handheld crystal bowls and other soothing percussive instruments while lying on the spine or seated in a chair. The chakras of the body will be aligned with a specific vibration of sound as well as bija seed sounds to offer deeper grounding. The powerful resonance and vibration of the singing bowls and chimes offer a holistic affect and help you to re-connect with the body’s natural frequencies, encouraging balance and promoting inner harmony in your entire being.  No experience necessary.

On Sunday: Sacred Sound Healing Concert. A Sacred Sound Healing Concert includes pranayama, meditation, an individual zaphir Sufi Chime attunement & a spontaneous, healing sound bath. Kristen creates intentional space while offering a sacred sound healing through crystal quartz singing bowls, Tibetan metal bowls, planetary chimes, tingshas, bells, a handheld root bowl & a soothing rose quartz alchemy bowl. Throughout time and within many cultures, music and sound have been at the heart of healing. Come set your intentions and receive this Divine blessing. All Welcome.

Register here.

AN EVENING WITH GIRISH

5 JUNE 2017, 8PM

$40 IN ADVANCE, $45 AT THE DOOR 

Girish, an accomplished musician of many genres, former monk infused in spiritual practice, loving wordsmith linking lyrics and rhythm in a blissful musical event, sings traditional Sanskrit mantras with a modern, funky, yet deeply devotional twist. Girish invites his audience at his kirtan concert to participate by singing along, call and response chanting, and dancing.  Girish has been recommended and featured in "O, The Oprah Magazine", "Yoga Journal" "Spirituality and Health Magazine", "LA Yoga Magazine", "Common Ground" and "Yogi Times." Girish's original music catalog of five albums is popular in yoga studios and music festivals all over the world, and his "Mantras and Music" book was published by Simon and Schuster January 2016.

Visit his website for more info and links to music. 

Space is limited to 40 people, so best to register soon! 

Register here. 

FULL MOON YOGA + MEDITATION

WITH SAT SHABAD SINGH, $15

9 JUNE 2017, 7:30PM

Through yoga movement and meditation, we are able to harness the energy of the full moon to generate healing for ourselves and our loved ones. The Full Moon Yoga class begins with some gentle Kundalini Yoga warm-ups followed by a yoga meditation called the Healing Ring of Tantra Meditation that is done specifically during the full moon. Meditation is followed by deep relaxation accompanied by the sound therapy provided by a 32 inch symphonic gong. The vibrations of the gong provide a deeply engaging and empowering energy that restores the entire system, mentally, physically, and spiritually. No previous yoga or meditation experience necessary. All are welcome.

David Bradshaw (Sat Shabad Singh) has practiced kundalini yoga (as taught by Yogi Bhajan) for over 25 years and became a certified kundalini yoga instructor (Kundalini Yoga Research Institute 200 hours certification) in 2007. He is a research psychologist working with PTSD and other psychological health concerns of service members and veterans. David is also a jazz musician (flute and saxophone) and has used both his yoga and music background in research on complementary and alternative approaches for chronic pain management. He enjoys the creative freedom of expression and self-awareness that comes from his mutual love of yoga and music.

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Inner and Outer Alignment: creating space for a life you love

With Lynda Lopez

17 June 2017, 1 to 2:30pm, $10

You want more out of life! More creativity, fulfillment, and alignment with your authentic self. But you feel stuck and overwhelmed with where to start, or have started and stopped so many times you have lost your momentum. The clutter in your mind and physical space is holding you back.

You are ready for a breakthrough. This is the answer to that call.

In this 90-minute interactive workshop you will learn:

-what mental and physical clutter has blocked you from moving forward

-what immediate steps you can take right away to make room for more abundance and flow in your mind and home space 

-a simple and profound mindset shift that will create breakthroughs and momentum for your bigger and better space and life.

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Lynda coaches clients to clarity toward a more fulfilling life by shifting mindsets, habits, and spaces.  She received the Best of Houzz award for her work as a designer and home stager in 2015 and has over 10 years experience in leadership development and change consulting.  She earned a Bachelors from Tufts University in Massachusetts and a Masters Degree in Human Geography from the University of Washington. She lives in Lakewood, WA with her husband, Grandpa Abie, and rescue pitt-mix dog Roscoe. For free tools and tips to create space for a life you love enter your email at www.lyndajlopez.com.

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Sounds, Scents, and Subtle Energy

With SHari Larson

24 June 2017, 1 to 4pm, $30 (5 scholarship spots available)

Immerse yourself in a 3 hour Yin/Yoga Nidra practice with music, essential oils and yin postures meant to balance the chakras.  Chakras are energy wheels that run up the center of the body. When these energy centers are over- or under-active it causes imbalance in the body's energy. Poses will be long held and like always can be made as intense or relaxing as you like.  Music with specific Solfeggio frequencies (ancient healing tones) will be used during each posture to match the chakra. Practice will end with 20-30 minutes of Yoga Nidra/guided meditation.

Yin is a practice of gently stressing the connective tissue of the body to help make that tissue stronger, more supple and possibly better lubricated.

Please note - fragrance will be optional.  For those who want it, a drop of therapeutic grade essential oil will be placed on a piece of paper, brought around and held under the nose during the pose.

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Chanting with the Goddesses of Yoga

Four Weekend workshops with Kate Fontana

Sundays, 1:30-3:30pm  

March 5th: Durga

May 7th: Kali

June 25th: Lakshmi             

August 13th:Saraswati

$50 each or all 4 for $175

The Goddesses of Yoga reflect the feminine aspects of divinity in action in the world and in our lives.  Chanting is one of the rich and powerful technologies of the yoga tradition useful for connecting to the Feminine Divine.  In this series of workshops, we will practice chanting and meditation with sounds and imagery from the Goddess tradition as a way to access and awaken these vital energies, and explore their expression in our lives.   Learn the stories and connect to your own embodiments of:

    Durgha: mother Goddess and protector

    Kali: the force of creative destruction

    Laksmi: grace and abundance

    Saraswati: wisdom, insight and creativity

Workshops will include conversation, chanting, journaling, meditation, gentle movement and practice suggestions for outside of class designed to inspire continued practice and connectivity to your deepest wisdom.  Folks of any gender identity and spiritual/faith tradition are welcomed to participate.  No yoga/chanting/singing experience required.  Some meditation experience can be helpful.  Partial scholarships available upon request.

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The American sanskrit institute's weekend immersion: Introduction to Sanskrit

with Claudette Evans

July 14-16, 2017, $250

Friday 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Saturday 1:30 - 6:30 pm

Sunday 1:00 - 6:00 pm

PERFECTLY REFINED, Sanskrit is the language of yoga. Anyone can resonate with Sanskrit's timeless sounds—and connect to words and ideas incredibly beautiful and profound.

REWARDS ARE MANY for those who take the time to see, hear and feel the power and elegance of Sanskrit. Those interested in yoga philosophy particularly benefit from this study. 

This weekend workshop will give you intimate familiarity with the unique points of resonance in your own palate that support Sanskrit’s sacred sounds. And you’ll be firmly grounded in proper pronunciation of this ancient language.

Along the way you’ll learn the alphabet—itself a lovely chant—and you’ll receive the tools you need to explore your favorite sutras and chants in the beautiful script of Sanskrit, Devanāgarī. 
ASI’s teaching method, developed over many years by Vyaas Houston, makes learning Sanskrit stress-free and FUN!

More at www.americansanskrit.com

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Dharma and Love: a kirtan exploring the central themes of the Bhagavad Gita and how to deeply engage with a world in crisis.

with sitaram dass and josh polich on tabla

23 July, 2017, 1 to 3:30pm, $20

Through singing kirtan and discussing passages from the Bhagavad Gita, we will both open our hearts to the vast expanse of love within while committing to manifest this light into the world through our daily Dharma.


Kirtan is a practice of bhakti yoga, or the yoga of love and devotion towards God. As it says in Be Here Now, “The way bhakti works is you just love until you and the Beloved become One.” It is the call-and-response chanting of the various names of God/Goddess from the ancient Sanskrit language. All of these Names point to the deepest reaches of our own heart space where our True Nature resides.

The Bhagavad Gita is one of the primary sacred texts from the Indian Yogic tradition. It was also Gandhi's primary source of inspiration for his non-violent resistance.  This text introduces us to a key concept of Dharma, or the sacred duty we have to one another, and makes it clear that the Dharma is integral to any spiritual path. It is especially crucial to Bhakti Yoga, or the path of the heart. 

By interweaving kirtan with the teachings of the Dharma, we will catch a glimpse of how to honor our innate spiritual beauty while deeply engaging with the world's suffering. 

Sitaram Dass served his beloved teacher Ram Dass for several years on Maui, where he committed himself to the path of bhakti yoga. Now he spends his time singing kirtan, teaching, and serving wherever he can. His settings range from homeless shelters, prisons and hospice centers to yoga studios, retreat centers and festivals. Find out more at: www.sitaramdass.com. 

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"So You Want A Revolution of Love?"

An Initiation into Spiritual Activism

with Rev. Felicia Parazaider 

16 September 2017, 9am to 5:30pm

For our 7th Anniversary, we are gifting our community with an incredible weekend with Rev Felicia Parazaider, beginning with this workshop. Please note: there is no cost to attend this workshop, but since space is limited, pre-registration is required. Join us on Sunday as well for a Love Revival!

Saturday Workshop Schedule

9am-9:45am Welcome, Opening Ritual, Introductions

9;45am-10am Break

10am-10:45am "We Can Change the World: Real Talk on Violence & Peace"

10:45am-11:15 Reflections & Questions

11:15am-12pm First Movement: Violence. Naming the Injury of Violence.  Defining, Locating, and Facing the Violence Within and Without

12pm-12:30pm Outdoor Ritual/Exercise

12:30-1:30pm Lunch

1:30pm-2:30pm Second Movement: Hope.  Coming Back to Life By Remembering Who We Are.

2:30pm-3:30pm Third Movement: Forgiveness. The Challenge, the Freedom, The Practice of Radical Forgiveness.

3:30pm-3:45pm Break

3:45pm-4:45pm Fourth Movement: Ascension. The Return to God allows us to motivate and move being change agents of peace in our own lives and in the world.  

4:45pm-5:30pm Next steps? Where do we go from here?  What if it "doesn't work?"  How do we keep going?  We grieve, we pause, we praise.  For every opportunity is truly an opportunity to practice

(The above contains ritual, diads, music, meditation, group discussion and movement)

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SPECIALTY SERIES CLASSES

Slow Yoga: A Healing Practice for Body and Mind

with Najeea Leslie

16 May - 18 july (please note: class will not meet 6/13 + 7/4)

$115 for all 8 classes, $80 for 5 classes

Slow Yoga is intended to enhance resilience as we grow older. The heart of this work is a gentle and therapeutic approach to self-care using mindfulness, movement, meditation and breath. Najeea has designed these practices, by combining ease of movement with fullness of breath, to support well-being and avoid injury while becoming more flexible, balanced and stable in body and mind. 

This is a very slow and gentle class emphasizing practices that serve us well in daily life like settling the mind, increasing awareness of body and breath, moving with ease and softening the hardness of stress held in vulnerable areas like the neck, shoulders and jaws. Central to this work is exploring how to use the legs, deep abdominals, pelvic floor and upper body in a powerful but gentle way to allow a sense of being grounded and strong yet relaxed and open. Slow Yoga is beneficial for those dealing with chronic issues related to health conditions, injuries, pain, stress, fatigue, back or joint problems and limitations due to age or other factors. 

The group size is limited to foster a supportive community feeling and allow for individual attention. Each practice is adjusted for the safety and needs of the people in the group. Slow Yoga is offered as a series class and no experience is necessary.

The Slow Yoga class space is meant to be a fragrance free environment to accommodate those in the group who experience allergies or chemical sensitivities. Kindly avoid wearing any fragrance or perfume including scented products or lotions and clothes washed in scented laundry detergents or dryer sheets when you come to class. Your consideration is greatly appreciated.

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