Yoga for a Healthy Back
with Bonnie Loghry
9 July 2017, 1 to 4pm, $35
“Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit broken pieces together.” ~ BKS Iyengar
Have you ever wondered exactly why your back hurts? Have you ever wondered if there is anything YOU can do to relieve the pain? You aren’t alone! Regardless of the root cause of your back pain, yoga can provide a path towards healing.
In this workshop we will explore the normal structure of the spine and related muscles. Practicing simple yoga poses with adaptations for your particular needs, we will learn safe, healthy movement patterns. You will discover how a simple, daily yoga practice can put you back in control of your spinal health.
Recommended for anyone who suffers from any form of back pain, this empowering workshop will help you find increased mobility in your spine, improve your posture, and strengthen core supportive muscles. The workshop is suitable for all levels; you do not need to have any prior yoga experience to attend.
Become part of a network of individuals who share your daily struggles with chronic back pain, and join us as we look ‘back’ to move forward!
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
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.
All About Shoulderstand
with Bonnie Loghry
12 August 2017, 1 to 4pm, $35
The benefits of practicing inversions are immense. When we turn upside down our relationship with the world changes, shifting us towards new perspectives.
This workshop, taught from the Iyengar tradition, will focus on Shoulderstand, what it is, why it’s important and how to incorporate it into your practice. We will, quite literally, build the pose from the ground up, investigating preparatory poses as well as modifications for individual needs. In Iyengar Yoga, Shoulderstand is practiced with blankets; the use of other props will also be taught to a create stable foundation for this deeply restorative pose.
It is said that Shoulderstand nourishes the throat, home of the thyroid and parathyroid glands, by bringing fresh blood into the area. Energetically, the throat is also the home of your Vishuddha chakra, which governs creativity and expression. Come and join us for an exploration of the pose often called the “Queen of Asana”.
No current practice of inversions is needed to participate, however, if you have a serious neck injury, eye or heart problems, please contact the studio prior to signing up. Space is limited to 10 students.
Chanting with the Goddesses of Yoga
Four Weekend workshops with Kate Fontana
March 5th: Durga
May 7th: Kali
June 25th: Lakshmi (Canceled)
$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.
"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
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
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.
3:45pm-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)
SPECIALTY SERIES CLASSES
Nurture Your Body, Mind, and Baby: A 6-week Prenatal Yoga Series
with Erika Davis
10 Sept - 15 Oct, 4pm to 5:30pm, $80, $100, or $200 (Sliding scale)
Nurture Your Mind
Throughout the series, we will spend quiet time in brief periods of meditation, focusing on breath awareness and mind-body connection. We will address some of the common concerns and hopes that come with pregnancy, labor, and birth while providing resources and tools to use during the labor and birth process.
Nurture Your Body
Traditional yoga postures and poses will be adjusted for the pregnant body. Poses are designed to be both gentle yet challenging to allow you to experiment with and realize the strength and capabilities of your amazing human body. Postures are designed to strengthen and to relieve some of the discomforts of pregnancy. This series will also provide you with tools to use for labor and birth.
Nurture Your Baby
You will be encouraged to send love to your baby and to hug your baby throughout each class to encourage the bonding process.
Common Questions about Prenatal Yoga
Who is this series for?
This series is for anyone who is pregnant. Some people come in their first trimester and others come in their second trimester or third trimester. Whichever time you come is the right time.
Do I need to have yoga experience?
No, you do not need to have any prior experience to take this series.
What do I need to bring to class?
I encourage pregnant people to eat a light snack at least one hour before class and to bring snacks and water with them to have during class. Wear clothes that are comfortable and allow you to move freely. You can bring a towel if you like as well as a yoga mat, although the studio does have yoga mats and props for use.
I’m not planning a natural birth, should I still take this series?
Yes! Anyone who is pregnant can benefit from the relaxing, strength-building, and pain-relieving aspects of prenatal yoga.
Erika K. Davis came to yoga quite by happenstance while studying literature in Toledo, Ohio in the early 2000s. She attended a yoga class at the University's rec center and fell in love. Since then yoga has been a part of Erika’s life that she would turn to in times of need. A desire to foster inclusive yoga spaces for people of color, LGBTQIA folks and bodies of all sizes lead her to embark on a journey towards certification at 8 Limbs Yoga Center in Seattle, WA.
Erika truly believes that yoga is for everyone. She aims to provide students with a solid base in alignment and breathing techniques with the hope that students walk away with a sense of strength, comfort in their bodies and joy both on and off the yoga mat.
Erika completed her 200hr YTT at 8 Limbs Yoga Centers in Seattle, WA where she also trained as a prenatal and postnatal yoga instructor. She is currently enrolled in the 500hr YTT. Erika is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with a Registered Yoga School (RYS). Erika is a child birth educator and a birth and postpartum doula.
When she’s not teaching or supporting birthing people you can find Erika in her Central Tacoma front yard tending her vegetable garden, planting too many poppy plants, and waiting for her 6 new chickens to lay eggs. Erika lives with her wife, their two cats and spoiled dog.
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.