Yoga for Lifelong Well-Being

with Nina rook 19, May 8:45AM-10:45AM & 3-5PM & 20, may 1-3 & 4-6
$145 includes a copy of Nina's Book, "Yoga for Healthy Aging"
 scholarship available


Learn how yoga can support your physical, mental, and emotional health as you age. This workshop focuses on preventative strategies, covering:

  •   Strength (bone and muscle)
  •   Flexibility
  •   Balance
  •   Agility
  •   Stress Management
  •   Equanimity 

It includes the scientific background that explains how and why yoga works to foster healthy aging, so you’ll understand which techniques to use when. And we’ll review    essential yoga poses, sequences, and other practices that will set you up for a lifetime of practice.   The materials provided make it easy to incorporate your new understanding into every yoga practice and into other aspects of everyday living.

This intensive is designed for people who can stand and move unaided.  We will not address using yoga as therapy for specific, individual medical conditions, although there will be some general background.
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365 Revolutions with Lucas Smiraldo

27 January, 2018 2-3:30 PM

Luke cropped--Credit Jesse Michener.jpg

Join poet in residence Lucas Smiraldo as he shares works from his ongoing project at SKYNtitled “365 revolutions“. With the help of yoga teacher, Lucas will help place “revolutionary” messages into the body via poems synchronized and inspired by numerous yoga postures. Each new work is the construction of voice integrated into physical practice. The reading will offer folks a chance to pause and settle into unique opportunities to consider the paths of change, personally and collectively. A reception will follow the reading.

Lucas Smiraldo is a public poet and a yoga practitioner who served as the Poet Laureate for the city of Tacoma from 2013 through 2015. During that time he launched the "Laureate Listening Project, a web-centered program that enabled over 60 residents in Tacoma to share their sense of the spirit of place through their recorded readings which were then placed on a GPS map as a democratic expression of diverse views of the city. He followed this by publishing his first collection of poetry ͞The Thing That Gathers͟ in 2014. 

Early in 2016 Lucas became a writer in residence at his nonprofit community-oriented yoga studio Samdhana Karana Yoga (SKY) and decided to create works inspired by yoga as a metaphor for social change. Luke fused his practice with a deep exploration of race, power, privilege, justice, reconciliation, and the call to awareness and action. Much of the writing occurred in the wee hours at the studious solitude between 5 AM and 7:30 AM before the workday. The collection of poems references 52 yoga postures, each divided into seven poems to represent the days of the week. In total 365 revolutions Is designed as a daily devotional inspired by daily physical practice in which the body becomes a reminder for the greater world. 

Lucas has completed over 170 pieces in the project representing 25 postures will be sharing a number of these at the public reading on January 27th.

FREE and ALL are welcome!

Everyday Life as Yoga Practice - Outer and Inner Reaches of Body-based Practice


with Monty Smith
17 February 1-4:30 $50 Scholarships available

This workshop will explore:

*Implications of the core philosophy of  yoga.
*Sharing concepts / resources in support of daily practice.
*Body based practices for meditation, gratitude, forgiveness, staying grounded and loving ourselves.
*Time to support and anchor intentions for our individual journeys. 
( Participants are asked to bring The Bhagavad Gita - translated by Eknath Easwaran)
Monty has studied Yoga and meditation for over three decades. The notion of “ daily life as yoga practice” has sat in him about that long. Over the years he has studied with a variety of Hindu,  Christian, Buddhist, Sufi, Zen and non-dual teachers. He lived in the Indian Ashram of his  teacher Haidakhan Baba from 1979 to 1984  and later helped found the Haidakhan Universal Ashram in Crestone, Colorado. He holds a Masters of Divinity degree and served churches for twenty-five years.  Currently, in addition to supporting yoga, mediation, cross cultural and justice  projects, he works  with a Reflective Practices faculty in  the Puyallup Watershed initiative.

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Fundamentals of Yoga 

with tawni bell
10-11 February 1-4PM $100 Scholarships available

In this program you will learn the fundamentals of yoga alignment, breath, and sequence, with a focus on cultivating relaxation, body awareness, strength and familiarity with basic yoga postures.  This weekend immersion will prepare you for a continued yoga practice, helping you to build confidence in attending other class offerings at SKY or wherever your yoga practice takes you.  You will also have the chance to connect to other students and learn about SKY's unique mission and services. 

What's included:

  • Two 3-hour sessions, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4pm
  • Handouts on poses, sequencing, and breathing to practice at home
  • 21-day New Student Membership 

What people are saying about this program:

"This was a very nice gentle beginning into what I hope will be a lifelong practice.  Just having the idea of No Judgement repeated has been very powerful."

"The instructor was incredibly compassionate.  Also, the number of modification options made a huge difference."

"This was my first experience with yoga and it was wonderful.  Looking forward to more!"

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full Moon Yoga and Meditation

with david bradshaw
1 february, 7:30-9PM

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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Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation Series with Monty

Thursdays, February 8-March 8 7-8PM
$50 Early Registration
$65 after January 25 - all proceeds to SKY Tacoma

This series is for people of all ages and levels of experience.*

    It will cover:
- Techniques for formal and informal body-centered practice.
 - Attitudes for happiness and joyful relationships.
 - Mental models for freedom and well being.
 - Strategies for daily practice.

Youth 17 and under  must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
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