Bonding with Bandhas- A Guide to Elevating your Pranayama Practice
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Date: Sunday, December 3rd
Teacher: Tina Ward
Bonding with Bandhas- A Guide to elevating your Pranayama practice for a deeper Meditation.
Bliss out and Peace Out before the Holiday Frenzy!
A Meditation How-To Workshop for those new to meditation, seasoned with a yoga practice, or curious for a guided direct experience.
Learn the Energetic & Scientific perspectives of Prana, Kundalini, Mantra and Meditation Learn and practice bandha engagement and various pranayama techniques Experience 2 Guided Meditations integrating Bandhas and Pranayam.
Relieve Your Holiday Stress - Yoga Nidra Workshop
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Date: Sunday, December 17th, 2017
Time: 1-3 PM
Investment: $25 ahead, $30 at the door
Join Wendy Loven for a 2 hour Yoga Nidra workshop, beginning with a light restorative practice. Yoga Nidra guides us inward so we can replenish depleted reserves and soothe away the old to make room for the new. Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra is the antidote for modern life. It brings calmness, quietness and clarity. Yoga Nidra is one of the deepest of all meditations, leading awareness through many levels of mental process to a state of supreme stillness and insight. All you need is to bring yourself, lie down and listen. Extra comfy clothing is encouraged to facilitate complete comfort and deep relaxation. $25 early registration or $30 at the door.
Sun, Jan 7, 2018 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Date: Sunday, January 7th
Instructor: Lanita Sene
The human voice is used as a tool to bring the meditative mind completely inward. Participants will use their voice to create a sound chamber (being able to carry a tune is not a prerequisite.) Immersion into this sound chamber is very therapeutic and encourages deep emotional cleansing.
Receive & Renew: Thai Massage with Sound Healing Meditation
Sat, Jan 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Date: Saturday, January 13th, 2018
Receive & Renew: Thai Massage with Sound Healing Meditation
In this 90 minute session, David and Leah will make their way around the room to everyone offering multiple hands-on Thai yoga massage techniques while Denae plays her many array of sound healing instruments, including gong, bowls and more! Blend Thai massage with the power of sound through the soothing vibrations of a variety of healing instrument including gongs, quartz crystal & Tibetan singing bowls. The soundwaves bath your body penetrating each cell with healing frequencies. Give your mind the chance to slow and allow your body to melt into relaxation. In this deep state, stress hormones decrease allowing the immune system to function more efficiently. Through sound, the two hemispheres of your brain become more balanced. Combining Thai massage with sound, your body releases natural opiates giving your whole system a chance to heal & rejuvenate. Thai Massage & Sound are complimentary practices through which you reach the deepest levels of healing on a physical, mental and spiritual level. Thai massage coupled with sound frequencies allow the body to release blocked energy and blocked emotion at a cellular level clearing the path for health & wellness. No experience necessary. Side affects may include: happiness, wellness, joy, lightness, sense of freedom, connection. You don’t need to do anything except breath and be open to receive!
Space is limited to 12 people. Must register in advance, no drop-ins.
About Thai yoga massage: Vedic Thai Massage is an amazing synthesis of many techniques: using pressure, reflexology, energy line work, stretching and yoga. To achieve all of these effects, we use palms, thumbs, feet, elbows, forearms and knees to give a yoga massage uniquely different than therapy in any other modality. This system creates a powerful release of stress and tension and an increase in vitality and wellbeing.
About sound healing: Virtually everything on Earth vibrates. The planet itself vibrates. All matter consists of atomic material which is in constant motion. Motion is manifested in everything within the Universe – nothing is at rest – everything moves, vibrates, spins and circles. This motion generates frequencies, which then generate sound. Whether we hear it, everything has a sound, a vibration all its own. The velocity (frequency) of the movement determines the specific sound. All organisms on this planet use vibration, a.k.a. energy, as the primary means of communication. Because all organisms are made out of atoms and molecules, you and I and every living thing are radiating energy, vibes.
Calm, Centered and Blissful Meditation Workshop
Sun, Jan 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Date: Sunday, January 14th
Time: 1-3 pm
Instructor: Laura Barsotti
Unmani: Means thoughtless or no mind: This is the key or the goal of meditation.
Most of us have heard of Meditation, and many of us have heard of the massive amounts benefit it provides. Some want to try, some have tried it and some do it on a regular basis. If you've tried it, then most likely you know, and even still may have times when you begin to mediate a challenge in centering and calming our thoughts occur.
Deep meditation brings the body into the delta state (the deepest state experienced during sleep) and therefore helps to slow the aging process. It also reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, helps anxiety and depression and good for cardiovascular health, weightless and the list of mind, body, spirit benefits is almost endless. Meditation allows you to connect with your true self, where answers to challenges you face can sometimes appear out of nowhere. It allows you to be clear, without the mind chatter that so many times confuses us as to the right choices for our lives.
Meditation isn't just about sitting still in lotus style with your eyes closed and palms facing up attempting to get rid of the thoughts in your head while you breathe, although that is a form of it. It about getting to the place where the mind chatter just goes, where you feel calm and at ease, where silence is golden.
So this workshop is about having fun, and coming to that place with less effort or ”trying” to get there. Its about letting go of all the requirements, the “you should” and “you shouldn’t” and the “supposed to” and “not supposed to”.
Lets get to that blissful , fully centered and silent within place using some really fun and nontraditional ways to get into a completely meditative state. For a moment to two, lets forget all the ways and methods of meditation. Lets forget the breath, the walking meditation, the sitting in lotus with our palms facing up and our eyes closed.Instead lets let the inner child, then fun and goofy part of us come out and use it to get centered, get relaxed, let the body go, the mind go and simply have fun during a variety of exercises that include gentle movement, laughter, voice and group interaction. From there you’ll find your unmani state of being.
Yoga, Fascia and the Back Workshop
Sun, Jan 28, 2018 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Date: January 28, 2018
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Instructor: Mary Sue Hayward and Susan Wheeler
Few of us make it to adulthood without experiencing back discomfort. Back pain can arise from injuries, surgery, health problems, poor posture, misuse, or even a sedentary life. This workshop will focus on relieving the tightness and discomfort that can develop along the entire length of the back from the crown of the head to the base of the tail.
· Learn the anatomy of the back that contributes to comfort and healthy movement
· Use balls, noodles, straps, & blocks to create a supple and supportive fascia structure
· Practice yoga sequences to create freedom of movement in the back surfaces
· Benefit from hands-on assists (if desired.)
· Receive a take-home illustrated Practice Card with a back friendly asana sequence
NOTE: We will sit on the floor or move on our mat throughout class. Participants must be able to get up and down from the yoga mat unassisted. Please check with your health care provider if you are being treated for any condition that impacts movement or physical activity.
Yoga for the Absolute Beginner
Sun, Feb 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Date: Sunday, February 11th
Time: 1-3 PM
Curious about yoga but unsure if it is right for you? Yoga for the Absolute Beginner will help answer your questions!
In this 2-hour workshop we will discuss yoga basics and practice accessible poses. You can try a slow yoga practice with both seated and standing poses, along with modifications and supportive props. Mats are available at the studio or you may bring your own.
Key discussion topics: • What to expect in a yoga class • How to find the right teacher and class • Understanding the different styles of yoga • How to practice yoga safely as a beginner • What to wear • How to use yoga props • The importance of breath in yoga • The names of key yoga poses • Lots of opportunity for questions and answers
No previous yoga experience is needed. All bodies and ages are welcome.
PLEASE NOTE: We will sit on the floor or move on our mat throughout class. Wear comfortable clothes that move with you. Participants must be able to get up and down from the yoga mat unassisted. Please check with your health care provider if you are being treated for any condition that impacts movement or physical activity. No shoes are allowed in the yoga room. Most students prefer to practice in bare feet, but you are welcome to wear socks if preferred. This workshop will not include chair yoga modifications.
All participants must sign the Studio Waiver to participate, available at http://namahshivayayoga.com/
Questions should be directed to Mary Sue Hayward: email@example.com
Get to Know Yin Yoga
Sun, Feb 25, 2018 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Date: Sunday, February 25th, 1-3pm
Instructor: Wendy Loven
Curious about Yin Yoga? In this two hour workshop, Wendy will break down the history of Yin Yoga, the postures, the practice and the benefits. If you've been curious about Yin Yoga, this workshop was made just for you!
Introduction to Vedic Astrology
Sat, Mar 24, 2018 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Date: Saturday, March 24th
Time: 2-4 pm
Instructor: Shree Ram
Introduction to Vedic Astrology (Jyotisha) Workshop
Vedic Astrology (called Jyotish or “The Science of Light”) comes to us from Ancient India, originating from the Vedas, which are ancient scriptures that were brought to us by enlightened sages who came from a yogic perception of reality. Ayurveda and Yoga also come from the Vedas. Jyotish assumes the law of karma, which is the principle of cause and effect, and can give a better view of a person’s karmic tendencies. Wielded in the right way, It is a valuable tool because it can help you not only reaffirm observations you've made about yourself, but it can also shed light on your soul’s strengths and weaknesses and how to utilize this information to navigate your life with grace and ease.
This will be a basic workshop designed for beginners. In particular you'll learn:
• The origin of Jyotisha
• The difference between Eastern and Western Astrology
• What do each of the planets signify? How they represent different spiritual and psychological factors and potentials in your life
• How the planets relate to the chakras
• How the horoscope expresses a pattern of energy that you can work with toward your ultimate success and fulfillment
• The Vedic concept of timing or Dashas.
About Shreekala Ram - Growing up, Shree was always in the midst of Astrology, Yoga, and Vedic philosophy. As a child, she sat by her grandfather as he drew natal charts using an old, tattered astronomical calendar and a calculator. Years later she became interested in the actual concept behind astrology. It started with one stray article, then two and quickly escalated into hordes of books and publications by notable personalities Carl Jung, B V Raman etc. The science was pristine and unquestionable. She realized astrology should be used to instill positive change in humanity. And this is where Vedic Living was born.
Vedic Living is a full-fledged Vedic institution specializing in chart interpretations and consultations. Shree is a certified Master of Arts in Vedic Astrology and was trained by world-renowned astrologers. Till date she has completed hundreds of chart readings in an attempt to empower her clients and explain why something is the way it is and where their free-will comes into play. She is a Faculty member at UVA and Instructor for online astrology certification programs. She is also a featured guest author on Astrologic Magazine. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or at her website www.vedic-living.com.