These workshops are for experienced students who want to practice together in community and approach intermediate and advanced poses in a supportive, fun way. Practice will advance towards challenging poses with reverence and expert instruction from Justicia, and a conversation shared among all in class. Expect strong practice, deep laughter, and a respectful, inclusive approach.
Students are recommended to be able to push up to urdhva dhanurasana (full wheel) with straight arms, and be able to kick up to handstand at the wall unassisted (note those are recommendations and not requirements; if you are able to play your own edge safely and are interested, please join us! A range of modifications and options will be offered for all).
Saturdays 2-4pm: Oct 26, Nov 9, Dec 7.
Registration inclusive for all sessions, and strongly recommended: $75 early bird by 10/19, $85 after. $35 drop in for single session.
The ancient stories of India invite us to face the realities of the everyday, small success, great achievements, ordinary failures, and undeniable crimes. None of us are spared when we look into the characters and try to see ourselves in them all---for this is part of the power of mythology, to imagine and empathize, to breach the unreachable chasm of consciousness, history, and culture so that we can peer with humility and respect into our shared humanity. In this seminar we will take up two stories of heroines and heroes in some detail, the story of Shakuntala in both Mahabharata and the famous dramatic rendition of Kalidasa, and the story of Damayanti and Nala whose tale is for the ages. These are not merely old stories from long ago and far away, they are trenchant, helpful, and compelling opportunities to engage mythology as a tool and method for a richer understanding of light and shadow, of human nature and mortal life, and of our highest aspirations and hopes for a better world. No previous experience or familiarity is assumed or required. We'll tell the stories and you will be able to make them your own. Join the conversation.
Full weekend attendance strongly recommended.
Friday 11/1 6-8:30pm
Saturday 11/2 10:30-1pm
Saturday 11/2 2:30-5pm
Sunday 11/3 10am-1pm
Pricing: Full weekend $175 early bird by 10/11, $195 after, Drop-ins allowed as space permits: $50/ session by 10/11, $60 after.
This workshop invites yoga teachers and practitioners to contemplate how coloniality, white supremacy, and structural oppression show up in our practice, consumption, and circulation of yoga; and it also encourages us to consider how we can build and sustain a yoga theology that invests in the healing, justice, and liberation of oppressed communities.
The first half of “Decoloniality in Praxis” interrogates the colonial history of yoga by naming its connection to white supremacy and global capitalism; as well as its embedded ties to Brahmanical casteism and Hindu nationalism. Learning about how these colonial layers operate in mainstream yogic spaces and popular culture allows teachers and practitioners to acknowledge the pervasive influence that these popular approaches maintain in our philosophical and practical understanding of yoga and spirituality. The second half of the workshop offers practitioners and teachers an opportunity to consider if/how yoga can be reimagined toward an ethics of liberatory praxis. The process of “reimagining” challenges us to transform the spiritual tradition of yoga not into a glorified relic from the past, but rather into a praxis that affirms and embodies the resistance struggles, humanity, freedom and healing of oppressed peoples and that challenges us to consider how, where, and with whom we engage and share this sacred practice.
To those who are willing to dive into an uncomfortable but necessary dialogue that sharpens/cultivates our growing edge, “Decoloniality in Praxis” offers us a conversation that moves us beyond surface-level critiques of cultural appropriation toward a more honest engagement of the ways that all yogis, including people of color, perpetuate oppressive class, race, religious nationalist and casteism in our yogic practices.
Sunday, November 3, 2-6pm. $35 by 11/2, $45 after.
This series is for men who want to learn and excel in yoga. By using the strengths that men have, we can tackle the challenges that men specifically face in yoga. This workshop will be offered for those just starting yoga and those who want to deepen their practice with accessible yet challenging variations, alignment and tools designed for a stronger body. Classes will be informative, vigorous and uplifting. Be prepared to learn, work hard, and feel great!
Jake Panasevich started yoga after a long and strenuous athletic and weightlifting career. He faced many injuries and tightness throughout his body. Attending a yoga class seemed daunting and inaccessible. Two months after his first class, and 40 pounds lighter, Jake felt surprisingly stronger than ever, yet light and healthy in his body and mind. Going through this transition empowered him with the knowledge to move forward and flourish both on and off his mat.
Tuesdays 6-7:15pm Nov 5, 12, 19, 26. Class size limited to 12 so you are sure to get personalized attention. Registration inclusive for full series; drop-ins not permitted. $80 by 10/30, $95 after.
That increased awareness and openness will shed light on the refined movements that are the key to both basic poses and poses that challenge our balance. We will explore these re-discovered regions with subtle movements to reach thrilling new places in our practice and to learn a bit more about ourselves - as practitioners - and as people off the mat.
Bring: your goal pose questions and curiosities!
Join the dynamic duo, Teagan Schweitzer & Susanna Satten,
L.Ac. for an afternoon of yoga and acupuncture that will leave you
feeling centered, relaxed, and calm at a time of year when you may
need it most. In this workshop we will combine the benefits of both
yoga and acupuncture to nourish your health and well-being.
Everyone has heard that yoga helps us connect to ourselves and
others physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. With the
addition of acupuncture, all of the progress and grounding that you
achieve through your practice will have a deeper and longer lasting
effect. You will experience a more intense and deeper savasana
(final rest) along with a greater ability to assimilate the
practice and recover after class. You will emerge from this 2 hour
mini-retreat feeling more relaxed and well-rested than perhaps any
other yoga class you’ve ever taken.
During the workshop Teagan will lead everyone through a well-rounded accessible and fun yoga practice. Then, during your restorative savasana, Susanna will provide you with a centering, grounding, stress-relieving acupuncture treatment designed to relax and restore your body and mind. While you rest comfortably, Teagan will lead you through a tranquil yoga nidra (yogic sleep) meditation.
Teagan (PhD, E-RYT 500) has been teaching yoga in Philadelphia for over a decade and is known throughout the city for her accessible, approachable yoga classes.
Susanna is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Licensed Acupuncturist and she loves using acupuncture and other forms of Chinese medicine to help her patients feel their best. She treats the full range of physical and emotional health conditions affecting adults of all ages and genders in her private practice in Rittenhouse Square. She also provides community-style acupuncture at South Philly Community Acupuncture.
** This workshop is limited to 15 individuals, so sign up today to secure your spot! **
Creating yoga sequencing is part art, part science and a whole lot of fun. It can also be a source of stress, even for seasoned yoga instructors. This weekend intensive will break down the components of creating a sound yoga sequence so that you can challenge experienced students while also supporting beginners.
The course dives into sequencing to a peak pose (or peak poses), and teaches how to be prepared to modify up or down according to the needs of students in the room. You will leave with multiple class templates, including a beginners class, an all levels class sequence focusing on backbends, and another all levels sequence focusing on hip openers/ arm balances.
You will learn a tried and true method to introduce new poses in your classes, how to counterpose effectively, and how to use sequencing to advance your students’ practices over time. If you’ve been feeling stagnant in your sequencing, or if you notice there are poses you always shy away from including, this intensive is for you!
Saturday, Jan 25, 10:30am-5pm
(includes 1.5 hour break)
Sunday, Jan 26, 11am-6pm (includes 1 hour break)
$175 early bird by 1/18, $195 after
This 2-hour workshop integrates a gently awakening, mindful flow, self massage, pranayama (breathwork), and restorative yoga to guide you into a state of deep and grounded relaxation. The first portion of class will yoke together an intentional, accessible open levels flow and self myofascial release work on tennis balls to release tension, cultivate greater freedom in the body and deepen the mind-body connection. With this enhanced mind-body connection, you will then be guided through simple and grounding breathwork in restorative yoga where all poses are held passively while the body is fully supported by props to invite full release and activate the parasympathetic nervous system and the ‘relaxation response.’ You will leave feeling connected, grounded, and rejuvenated. All levels are welcome!
Mornings will begin with an upbeat, all-levels yoga practice, followed by breakfast at the Lodge. Your days are yours to spend as you wish: hanging at the local beach, hiking, kayaking, sailing, taking a day tour, receiving a massage or spa treatment, or simply reclining at the Xinalani pool. Justicia traveled to Puerto Vallarta and hand-picked this lodge; it is a true gem, in one of the most gorgeous and pristine spots of the Pacific Coast of Mexico!
Our days will wind down with an evening yoga practice, followed by dinner together where we can share our day’s adventures in paradise! All you need to do is secure your own international air travel (flight to Puerto Vallarta, PVR) and put your deposit down (a nonrefundable $500 will hold your space). Book with a yoga buddy and you can room together!
The retreat is an open levels yoga experience suitable for experienced practitioners and beginners alike. Variations will be offered for all, and you may do as much or as little yoga as you like.
Sample Day Schedule
Coffee, tea, fruit and granola will be out early each morning before the morning class.
8:30-10am Morning Practice
5:30-6:30pm Evening Practice
Accommodations + Pricing
Pricing below is for shared, double occupancy and you are encouraged to register with your roommate. A very limited number of single rooms may be available; please inquire early about pricing and availability. Your only additional charges are your international flight, your boat and taxi transfer from the airport ($110), tips for the staff and any souvenirs or additional services (massage, spa treatment, etc).
Big Palapa (Dorm Style) $1395
Deluxe Room $1650
Petite Suite $1895
Eco-Chic Suite $2250
March 14-21, 2020
The Maha Yoga 300 hour advanced yoga teacher training is specifically designed to elevate the teaching skills of yoga teachers with any RYT-200 certification within a strong community. With its overarching values of inclusivity and accessibility, it aims to fine tune the skills of the modern yoga teacher in an empowered container of introspection and skillful action.
Becoming an effective yoga teacher and savvy business person means you can increase your impact and help more people with what you love: the life-affirming practice of yoga. Each trainee will identify key areas of growth in their teaching and chart a course to uplevel their teaching skills and their efficacy.
This program will include a deep dive into:
Yoga sequencing: practical sequencing strategies for group classes and private lessons, including how to keep students safe and engaged over time,
Applied anatomy and subtle body anatomy,
The therapeutic application of asana, pranayama and meditation,
Advanced physical adjustments and assists,
How to teach yoga anchored in its historical and cultural roots without cultural appropriation,
Smart, savvy business practices for today’s independent contractor,
Teaching meditation and pranayama privately and in group settings,
Applied Ayurveda studies,
Developing and integrating meaningful themes,
Self-Care to avoid depletion and burnout,
Study of classic texts
Saturday 9am-6pm (includes 1 hour break)
Sunday 9am-5:30pm (includes 1 hour break)
April 30-May 2
$4600 pay in full
$4999 payment plan