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Introduction to Ayurveda with Penny Diamanti
Aug 9, 2020 - Aug 9, 2020
 

Ayurveda translates as “the science of life.” It helps us discover who we truly are, and guides us toward becoming our happiest, healthiest, most effective, and most fulfilled self. Whether as an introduction if you or new to Ayurveda, or as a refresher if you are interested in taking other workshops, this session will:

- Describe the elements that make up our individual body/mind constitutions
- Give examples of how they manifest in our bodies and minds, at ease and under stress
- Explain the fundamental principles of Ayurvedic healing through opposites
- Discuss how diet, lifestyle, times of day, seasons, and more affect each constitution

Note: This introductory workshop is recommended, but not required, as a pre-requisite to Ayurveda for your Career, Ayurveda for Friends and Lovers, and Ayurveda for Parenting. It will be required for some of my other workshops coming later in the year.

This workshop will meet online; Zoom meeting links to the workshop will be sent out before the workshop begins. Please enroll at least 12 hours in advance.

  
Schedule
Date
Aug 9, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
3:00 - 4:30pm
$15.00
1 Session
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Poses for People with Periods: A Monthly Workshop with Tuesday Irby Virtual
Aug 15, 2020 - Aug 15, 2020
 

Menstruating bodies deserve a little extra care, extra support. This workshop is designed to teach you about and to practice yoga poses that may help your body to ease through the stormy seas of your menstrual cycle. Gentle stretch and Restorative poses come together for your comfort. Every body and everybody that menstruates is welcome. This is an all levels practice.

You will need a few props:

  • 2 yoga blocks or 2 large books
  • 3 blankets or 3 full size towels or 3 toss pillows from your couch
  • 1 bolster or 1 couch cushion or 2 bed pillows wrapped in a towel or throw blanket (to create firm support)
  • 1 yoga strap or 1 belt or 1 long scarf or 1 necktie
  •  

 

This workshop will meet online; Zoom meeting links to the workshop will be sent out before the workshop begins. Please enroll at least 12 hours in advance.

  
Schedule
Date
Aug 15, 2020
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
1:00 - 2:30pm
$50.00
3 Sessions
$20.00
per Session
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Ayurveda for Relationships Series with Penny Diamanti
Aug 16, 2020 - Oct 11, 2020
 

Join Penny for a workshop series to explore the how our doshas express in areas that may challenge the various relationships in our life. Our constitutions can affect how we relate to and approach decision making, planning, organization, and time management; careers and finances; affection, love, fidelity, sex and more.

Introduction to Ayurveda would be helpful, but is not required, for the following workshop sessions.

 

Ayurveda for Your Career
Sunday August 16th

Feeling stressed or out of place at work? Ayurveda can help you understand which jobs, careers, or professions are good fits for your unique constitution. Whether you are a young person planning ahead; mid-career contemplating a change—including starting your own business; or looking at part-time or volunteer work during retirement, this knowledge can help you make informed and auspicious choices. We’ll also talk about using Ayurveda to reduce stress, and increase cooperation, among people of different doshas (constitutions) on the job, and how to use Ayurvedic cycles to your advantage at work.


Ayurveda for Friends and Lovers
Sunday, September 13th

Harmonious relationships are so important to our long-term health and happiness. Through Ayurveda we can learn to understand ourselves, and the others in our lives, at an elemental level. We’ll look at compatibility and/or challenges in various doshic (constitutional) combinations as they relate to communication styles, habits and instinctual preferences around home life, work, food, travel, finances, emotions, intimacy, and shared activities of various kinds. Whether you are a couple, or a group of friends, planning to live, collaborate, or travel together, your journey will be much smoother if you take Ayurveda’s wisdom along for the ride.


Ayurveda for Parenting
Sunday, October 11th

Isn’t it amazing how children in the same family can be so different? As parents, grandparents or caregivers, you’ll learn how to identify each child’s unique Ayurvedic constitution, or Dosha, which will give you a wealth of information about how to keep the children and young teens in your care healthy and happy. We’ll cover their strengths and challenges including sleep habits, learning styles, sports and activities that will give them the best chance to shine, the most beneficial food choices, daily and seasonal routines, and more.
 
 

This workshop series will meet online; Zoom meeting links to the workshop will be sent out before the workshop begins. Please enroll at least 12 hours in advance.

  
Schedule
Date
Aug 16, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
3:00 - 4:30pm
Date
Sep 13, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
3:00 - 4:30pm
Date
Oct 11, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
3:00 - 4:30pm
$15.00
1 Session
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Stress Relief Saturday with Tuesday Irby Virtual
Aug 22, 2020 - Aug 22, 2020
 

Restorative poses designed for your comfort, rest and stress relief. Every body and everybody is welcome. This is an all levels practice.

You will need a few props:

  • 2 yoga blocks or 2 large books
  • 3 blankets or 3 full size towels or 3 toss pillows from your couch
  • 1 bolster or 1 couch cushion or 2 bed pillows wrapped in a towel or throw blanket (to create firm support)
  • 1 yoga strap or 1 belt or 1 long scarf or 1 necktie
  •  

 

This workshop will meet online; Zoom meeting links to the workshop will be sent out before the workshop begins. Please enroll at least 12 hours in advance.

  
Schedule
Date
Aug 22, 2020
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
7:30 - 9:00pm
$350.00
2 Sessions
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Rest for All: Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Tara Lemerise
Aug 29, 2020 - Aug 30, 2020
 

Some of our students' deepest experiences of yoga happen when we can give them the opportunity to stop working to control their body and mind and instead help them rest with support, awareness, and intention. The deep, purposeful kind of resting possible with restorative yoga can eliminate fatigue, expedite recovery from injuries, ease experiences of anxiety, and develop resistance to the impact of stress on physical and mental health, among other things. This online teacher training will provide the tools you need to teach restorative poses with confidence and ease, both in a group setting and to one-on-one clients.

You will learn:

- detailed alignment and propping instruction of at least seven restorative postures
- the benefits, applications, and energetics of restorative yoga asanas
- when and how to use props to initiate a relaxation response
- how to address injuries, limitations, and special conditions during restorative practice
- ways to identify physical and energetic misalignment in restorative poses
- skills for physical and verbal adjustments during restorative practice


This training is ideal for:

- new and experienced yoga teachers who want to expand their teaching skills
- anyone currently enrolled in an immersion or yoga teaching training program
- anyone interested in deepening their understanding and experience of restorative yoga


This training is eligible for 12 hours of continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance and, after completion, there are opportunities to join Tara's apprenticing program.

Cost includes a PDF copy of Tara's 30-page Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Manual.


Restorative Yoga is a prop-heavy practice. This is one of the things which differentiates it from other styles of practice. As such, you will need the follow props to participate in this training:

- 6 yoga blankets: At minimum 1 yoga blanket and 5 yoga blanket substitutes such as towels or small throw blankets. At least two of these substitute items should be identical.

- 4 4-inch yoga blocks: At minimum 2 4-inch yoga blocks and two other 4-inch high stacks of sturdy books (such as dictionaries/encyclopedias/textbooks).

- 1 Yoga strap: Could be substituted by a long (not stretch) scarf, belt, or tie that can be tied tightly.
 
- 1 sturdy rectangular bolster, such as this. You could substitute 2 firm bed pillow; 3 4-inch yoga blocks and one blanket tied together with a strap (in additional to what is listed above).
 
- 3 to 4 additional yoga blankets (in addition to what is listed above).
 
 
  
Schedule
Date
Aug 29, 2020 - Aug 30, 2020
Staff
Days
Sat, Sun
Time
1:00 - 7:30pm
$10.00
1 Session
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Yoga Nidra Sundays: Yoga for Resilience with Carol Mermey Virtual
Aug 30, 2020 - Aug 30, 2020
 

With the disruption that currently surrounds us, it’s easy to feel stressed and overwhelmed. Yoga Nidra, a guided meditative practice, can help you find a source of internal stability and resilience. It can ease tension and fatigue, calm the nervous system, and restore energy.

In this workshop you’ll:
- Learn centering and relaxation techniques
- Practice gentle asana stretches for joints and muscles
- Explore yoga breathing techniques
- Be guided through a complete Yoga Nidra practice.

Yoga Nidra is practiced in a comfortable lying or seated position. No prior experience needed — everyone welcome.

This workshop will meet online; Zoom meeting links to the workshop will be sent out before the workshop begins. Please enroll at least 12 hours in advance.

  
Schedule
Date
Aug 30, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
5:00 - 6:00pm
$50.00
1 Session
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Accessible Yoga Training Intro Class with Melanie Camellia
Sep 5, 2020 - Sep 5, 2020
 
Every body has lessons to teach. Every being in a human body has the ability to practice yoga asana and to use this beautiful set of tools to access the innate wisdom already inside of them. Whether your practice consists of handstands and arm balances or is done completely from a bed or a chair, the effects of mindful movement are profound. Every single person, regardless physical appearance or ability, is deserving of a yoga practice that meets them where they are.
 
This introductory training is for yoga teachers who are committed to meeting each student where they are, adapting asana practices for every body size, shape, and ability. We'll cover basic best practices and pose variations for students in larger bodies, students with limited mobility due to age or injury, and students with disabilities. It is not meant to be comprehensive but will provide a solid foundation in adaptive and inclusive teaching, sparking the creative teacher within you and honing your critical thinking skills so you're better able to innovate in real time and offer an asana practice that serves everyone who enters your classroom. It is a great precursor to more comprehensive learning opportunities, such as the Accessible Yoga Training (coming to Willow Street in November 2020!).
  
Schedule
Date
Sep 5, 2020
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
2:00 - 5:00pm
$80.00
$95.00
1 Session
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Teacher Intensive: Foundations of Tantra with Gary Kraftsow
Sep 8, 2020 - Sep 8, 2020
 

Learn the philosophical foundations of tantric yoga, as well as the methods and purposes of the various practices that have emerged from the tradition. Explore the integrated use of breath-centric asana, pranayama, and mudra to bring awareness into the central channel (sushumna) and the journey along the path to liberation. You’ll learn to activate mantra in the chakras through central channel breathing and use the power of meditation to affect deep inner transformation.

Note: this workshop will occur in real-time online.

After the intensive, Gary leads two subsequent sessions: Yoga Therapy for Emotional Healing. Please note that these events require separate registrations.

This workshop will meet online; Zoom meeting links to the workshop will be sent out before the workshop begins. Please enroll at least 12 hours in advance.

  
Schedule
Date
Sep 8, 2020
Staff
Days
Tue
Time
5:30 - 8:30pm
$325.00
$375.00
8 Sessions
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Compassion Cultivation Training© with Laura Banks
Sep 13, 2020 - Nov 8, 2020
 

Recent discoveries in neuroscience confirm what wisdom traditions have taught for ages: compassion is a heartfelt awareness of suffering and a willingness to respond skillfully which can be deliberately learned, practiced, and strengthened. In fact, a growing body of research shows that training in compassion for self and others offers a wide range of benefits including improving relationships, supporting health and well-being, and reducing stress, depression, and anxiety.

Join Laura Banks for Compassion Cultivation Training©, an eight-week program designed at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, to explore the power of compassion and discover your fearless heart. Learning to face the universal challenges of life with compassion can greatly reduce suffering and transform the very things that we thought would break us into the most resilient and beautiful parts of who we are.

the online Compassion Cultivation Training© takes place in real time in a virtual classroom environment, and includes:

  • A two-hour weekly class for eight weeks that includes meditation, science and poetry, group discussion, and in-class exercises.
  • Large and small group discussions to share learning experiences
  • Guided meditation to improve awareness
  • Listening and communication exercises to build compassionate interactions
  • Access to online guided meditations to support a daily practice of developing loving kindness, empathy, and compassion.
  • Practical applications to explore and develop compassionate thoughts and actions in real life
  •  

Compassion Cultivation Training© is designed to support anyone who wants to cultivate compassion for themselves and others. This includes parents, caregivers, educators, healthcare professionals, therapists, executives, public servants, and people in a wide range of professions and life contexts.

Learn more at:

www.lauralbanks.com
www.compassioninstitute.com
www.ccare.stanford.edu
A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives, Thupten Jinpa, Lead Author, Compassion Cultivation Training©

 


Laura says:

“I love Willow Street Yoga (WSY) and am delighted that we are able to take this long-planned session of CCT online. WSY has been my yoga home for nearly twenty years and so much of what is good in my life has grown on the mat in their beautiful studios. I am honored to partner with them as they creatively rethink what it means to bring people together to practice yoga and more during a pandemic.

For Yoga Alliance (YA) registered yoga instructors, completion of this training will earn you 16 contact hours in the Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics (YPLE) education category with YA.


Curious? Check out the FREE Intro class on Saturday, Aug 15, 10–11:30am!

 


***This training meets online via Zoom. Please register by Friday, September 11th to receive all meeting information prior to the first session date.

  
Schedule
Date
Sep 13, 2020 - Oct 4, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
3:00 - 5:00pm
Date
Oct 18, 2020 - Nov 8, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
3:00 - 5:00pm
$130.00
$145.00
2 Sessions
$80.00
per Session
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Yoga Therapy for Emotional Healing with Gary Kraftsow
Sep 15, 2020 - Sep 22, 2020
 

In this workshop, Gary Kraftsow will present the Yoga Therapy perspective and methods for working with anxiety and depression. We’ll focus on psychological aspects of the human system, explore models of the integrated personality that emerge from Vedic teachings, and discover the science of meditation that the ancients developed for reducing suffering and cultivating our higher human potential.

Emotional health is fundamental to the maintenance of overall health. The ancients understood emotion as the complex interaction between our mood (feeling uneasy or overwhelmed), our cognitive processes (worry or obsession), our behavior (addiction or compulsion), and our physiological responses (sleeplessness or digestive distress). As a result, they developed practices to reduce troubling emotional states and cultivate positive ones.

We’ll explore the interaction of these four aspects of emotion and the practices used to transform states of anxiety and depression. Recognizing the direct influence of thought and emotion on biochemistry and knowing that positive states have a deeply restorative impact on the entire system, we are able to develop certain practices to transform negative qualities of mind, promote general well-being, and manage the symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Gary will present Yoga Therapy methods for working with negative emotions, including leading an integrated practice that provides an example of how to transform states of anxiety and depression and promote a deeply restorative impact on the entire system.

Note: this series will be held in real-time online.

Tuesday, September 8, prior to this workshop, Gary leads a teacher intensive: Foundations of Tantra. Please note that these events require separate registrations.


Session Times & Topics

Tuesday, September 15, 5:30-8:30p: Yoga Therapy: Managing Anxiety
Tuesday, September 22, 5:30-8:30p: Yoga Therapy: Managing Depression

This workshop will meet online; Zoom meeting links to the workshop will be sent out before the workshop begins. Please enroll at least 12 hours in advance.

  
Schedule
Date
Sep 15, 2020 - Sep 22, 2020
Staff
Days
Tue
Time
5:30 - 8:30pm
$90.00
4 Sessions
$25.00
per Session
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Yoga Nidra Sundays: Yoga for Inner Peace with Carol Mermey
Sep 20, 2020 - Dec 27, 2020
 

Enjoy a break from your daily routine to recharge with this guided meditative practice of deep relaxation that eases tension and fatigue, calms the nervous system, helps heal the body, and restores energy and well-being.

Yoga Nidra helps:
- Relieve stress and anxiety
- Cultivate an underlying sense of ease and well-being
- Develop resilience and clarity in the face of life's challenges
- Become more responsive and less reactive to what's happening in the world around us.

In this workshop, you'll:
- Learn centering and relaxation techniques
- Practice gentle asana stretches for joints and muscles
- Explore yoga breathing techniques
- Be guided through a complete Yoga Nidra practice.

Yoga Nidra is practiced in a comfortable lying or seated position. No prior experience needed - everyone welcome.

  
Schedule
Date
Sep 20, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
5:00 - 6:30pm
Date
Oct 25, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
5:00 - 6:30pm
Date
Nov 22, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
5:00 - 6:30pm
Date
Dec 27, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
5:00 - 6:30pm
$30.00
1 Session
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Yoga for Bone Health & Osteoporosis: Preventing & Reversing Bone Loss with Carol Mermey & Deborah Boggs
Sep 26, 2020 - Sep 26, 2020
 

Osteoporosis is a silent disease that weakens bones, often resulting in fractures. Recent studies indicate that Yoga, practiced the right way, can build bone mass and prevent fractures without undesirable side effects. You’ll learn a safe and enjoyable practice to improve bone and muscle strength, posture, and balance.

This workshop provides an overview of osteoporosis:
– Definition, prevalence, testing, risk factors, remediating factors, physiology
– Consequences: fractures, falls, bone health
– How yoga can counteract weakening bones without undesirable side effects.
– Do’s and Don’ts: movements which are safe and movements to be avoid.

We guide you through carefully selected yoga poses to build muscle and bone, improve posture, balance, and overall strength as recommended by Dr. Lauren Fishman.

For men and women of all ages; appropriate for those who’ve never done yoga, experienced students, and yoga teachers.

Suggested props: yoga mat, blocks, strap (substitute: belt, necktie), folding or straight-back chair

This workshop will meet online via Zoom. Please enroll at least 24 hours in advance. The Zoom meeting link as well as handouts with PowerPoint slides and photos of the poses in the yoga practice will be sent to you prior to the workshop.

  
Schedule
Date
Sep 26, 2020
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
1:30 - 4:00pm
$300.00
$340.00
1 Session
$90.00
per Session
Enroll Now
Move Your Practice Forward: Make the Leap from Fundamentals to Intermediate + Beyond with Jason Crandell
Oct 9, 2020 - Oct 9, 2020
 

Whether you’ve been practicing for a few months or many years, these workshops will help you break through the fundamentals and develop an intermediate and beyond practice. Internationally respected for his straightforward and accessible teaching, Jason’s method will improve your arm balances, inversions, backbends, transitions, and more by breaking these postures down into progressive steps that everyone can do.

These weekend workshops will advance your practice by addressing the most common challenges that students face in every posture group—and teaching you how to move into the next phase of your practice. These workshops are equally valuable for teachers who want to learn how to help their students continue to make progress in their practice.


The Space Between: Creative Transitions
Friday, October 9th, 6–9p

Vinyasa yoga is rooted in dynamic, transitional movements that incorporate posture and breath. This workshop will freshen up your practice by exploring creative sun salutations, standing pose transitions, and arm-balance combinations. Once you’ve refined the fundamental transitions in sun salutations—including how to jump back and jump forward with greater levity and skill—you’ll make the following progress:

- Develop new, creative transitions in your salutations that strengthen your spine and shoulders.

- Learn standing pose and standing balance combinations that build confidence and advance your practice.

- Begin incorporating arm-balances and inversions into your salutations and standing posture combinations. Newer students will learn all of the necessary steps.

- Deepen you backbends, twists, and forward bends by focusing on the transitions into these postures.

- Start combining basic arm-balancing postures.


Air Time: Handstand + Forearm Balance + Headstand Variations
Saturday, October 10th, 1–4p


Learning handstand, forearm balance, and headstand takes time—even more when you want to bring these postures into the middle of the room and include variations. Once you’ve warmed up and refined the basics, you’ll make the following progress:

- Learn to transition more confidently and gracefully into handstand, forearm balance, and headstand. You’ll go up with one leg, two legs, and lay the foundation for “pressing” into these poses.

- Work on “timed” versions of these postures to develop greater strength, focus, and orientation while upside down.

- Just in case things get ugly, you’ll learn how to safely fall out of these poses without hurting yourself or impaling your neighbor.

- Explore a classic progression of headstand variations that will compliment your handstands + forearm balance practice.

Still stuck or scared? You’ll build strength and confidence for these postures with a step-by-step approach that you can do on your own at the wall!


The Best Arm Balances You’ve Ever Done
Saturday, October 10th, 5–8p


Many students struggle with arm balances because they simply haven’t learned the necessary techniques. Breaking these postures down into logical, progressive steps that everyone can do is the key to making progress in these poses. Once you’ve warmed up with core-strengthening postures, hip-opening, and a bit of vinyasa flow, you’ll make the following progress:

- Learn how to practice the entire crow/crane family, including one-legged and twisting variations. Lay the foundations for jumping into these postures from down dog and transitioning into them from handstand. You don't have to be able to do this right away, but it’s time to take a step in this direction.

- Learn the entire side-plank family, including how to transition directly from these postures into standing poses.

- Develop the steps for twisting arm balances like astavakrasana and eka pada koundinyasana.

- Learn how to prepare your hips for grasshopper, tittibhasana, and visvamitrasana.

- Begin combining multiple arm-balances.

Think you’re not ready for these? Don’t worry, there are reasonable options for everything we do.


Demystifying Lotus + Splits
Sunday, October 11th, 1–4p


This workshops is for everyone that finds lotus and splits elusive but wants to make progress in these key postures. You’ll unwind tension in your hamstrings, outer-hips, quadriceps, and hip-flexors in a wide range of postures. You’ll explore the fundamentals of hip-opening before making the following progress:

- Learn the most common causes of restriction in your hips and how to work more effectively with these joints.

- Learn the secret to keeping your knees safely aligned in lotus.

- Deepen your standing split variations and standing lotus pose variations.

- Explore several different seated split variations and seated ½ lotus variations.

- Experiment with inverted split and lotus postures.

Think your not flexible enough? There’s no pressure and it’s not a contest. This is just an opportunity to experiment and explore.

  
Schedule
Date
Oct 9, 2020
Staff
Days
Fri
Time
6:00 - 9:00pm
$300.00
$340.00
1 Session
$90.00
per Session
Enroll Now
Move Your Practice Forward: Make the Leap from Fundamentals to Intermediate + Beyond with Jason Crandell
Oct 10, 2020 - Oct 10, 2020
 

Whether you’ve been practicing for a few months or many years, these workshops will help you break through the fundamentals and develop an intermediate and beyond practice. Internationally respected for his straightforward and accessible teaching, Jason’s method will improve your arm balances, inversions, backbends, transitions, and more by breaking these postures down into progressive steps that everyone can do.

These weekend workshops will advance your practice by addressing the most common challenges that students face in every posture group—and teaching you how to move into the next phase of your practice. These workshops are equally valuable for teachers who want to learn how to help their students continue to make progress in their practice.


The Space Between: Creative Transitions
Friday, October 9th, 6–9p

Vinyasa yoga is rooted in dynamic, transitional movements that incorporate posture and breath. This workshop will freshen up your practice by exploring creative sun salutations, standing pose transitions, and arm-balance combinations. Once you’ve refined the fundamental transitions in sun salutations—including how to jump back and jump forward with greater levity and skill—you’ll make the following progress:

- Develop new, creative transitions in your salutations that strengthen your spine and shoulders.

- Learn standing pose and standing balance combinations that build confidence and advance your practice.

- Begin incorporating arm-balances and inversions into your salutations and standing posture combinations. Newer students will learn all of the necessary steps.

- Deepen you backbends, twists, and forward bends by focusing on the transitions into these postures.

- Start combining basic arm-balancing postures.


Air Time: Handstand + Forearm Balance + Headstand Variations
Saturday, October 10th, 1–4p


Learning handstand, forearm balance, and headstand takes time—even more when you want to bring these postures into the middle of the room and include variations. Once you’ve warmed up and refined the basics, you’ll make the following progress:

- Learn to transition more confidently and gracefully into handstand, forearm balance, and headstand. You’ll go up with one leg, two legs, and lay the foundation for “pressing” into these poses.

- Work on “timed” versions of these postures to develop greater strength, focus, and orientation while upside down.

- Just in case things get ugly, you’ll learn how to safely fall out of these poses without hurting yourself or impaling your neighbor.

- Explore a classic progression of headstand variations that will compliment your handstands + forearm balance practice.

Still stuck or scared? You’ll build strength and confidence for these postures with a step-by-step approach that you can do on your own at the wall!


The Best Arm Balances You’ve Ever Done
Saturday, October 10th, 5–8p


Many students struggle with arm balances because they simply haven’t learned the necessary techniques. Breaking these postures down into logical, progressive steps that everyone can do is the key to making progress in these poses. Once you’ve warmed up with core-strengthening postures, hip-opening, and a bit of vinyasa flow, you’ll make the following progress:

- Learn how to practice the entire crow/crane family, including one-legged and twisting variations. Lay the foundations for jumping into these postures from down dog and transitioning into them from handstand. You don't have to be able to do this right away, but it’s time to take a step in this direction.

- Learn the entire side-plank family, including how to transition directly from these postures into standing poses.

- Develop the steps for twisting arm balances like astavakrasana and eka pada koundinyasana.

- Learn how to prepare your hips for grasshopper, tittibhasana, and visvamitrasana.

- Begin combining multiple arm-balances.

Think you’re not ready for these? Don’t worry, there are reasonable options for everything we do.


Demystifying Lotus + Splits
Sunday, October 11th, 1–4p


This workshops is for everyone that finds lotus and splits elusive but wants to make progress in these key postures. You’ll unwind tension in your hamstrings, outer-hips, quadriceps, and hip-flexors in a wide range of postures. You’ll explore the fundamentals of hip-opening before making the following progress:

- Learn the most common causes of restriction in your hips and how to work more effectively with these joints.

- Learn the secret to keeping your knees safely aligned in lotus.

- Deepen your standing split variations and standing lotus pose variations.

- Explore several different seated split variations and seated ½ lotus variations.

- Experiment with inverted split and lotus postures.

Think your not flexible enough? There’s no pressure and it’s not a contest. This is just an opportunity to experiment and explore.

  
Schedule
Date
Oct 10, 2020
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
1:00 - 4:00pm
$300.00
$340.00
1 Session
$90.00
per Session
Enroll Now
Move Your Practice Forward: Make the Leap from Fundamentals to Intermediate + Beyond with Jason Crandell
Oct 10, 2020 - Oct 10, 2020
 

Whether you’ve been practicing for a few months or many years, these workshops will help you break through the fundamentals and develop an intermediate and beyond practice. Internationally respected for his straightforward and accessible teaching, Jason’s method will improve your arm balances, inversions, backbends, transitions, and more by breaking these postures down into progressive steps that everyone can do.

These weekend workshops will advance your practice by addressing the most common challenges that students face in every posture group—and teaching you how to move into the next phase of your practice. These workshops are equally valuable for teachers who want to learn how to help their students continue to make progress in their practice.


The Space Between: Creative Transitions
Friday, October 9th, 6–9p

Vinyasa yoga is rooted in dynamic, transitional movements that incorporate posture and breath. This workshop will freshen up your practice by exploring creative sun salutations, standing pose transitions, and arm-balance combinations. Once you’ve refined the fundamental transitions in sun salutations—including how to jump back and jump forward with greater levity and skill—you’ll make the following progress:

- Develop new, creative transitions in your salutations that strengthen your spine and shoulders.

- Learn standing pose and standing balance combinations that build confidence and advance your practice.

- Begin incorporating arm-balances and inversions into your salutations and standing posture combinations. Newer students will learn all of the necessary steps.

- Deepen you backbends, twists, and forward bends by focusing on the transitions into these postures.

- Start combining basic arm-balancing postures.


Air Time: Handstand + Forearm Balance + Headstand Variations
Saturday, October 10th, 1–4p


Learning handstand, forearm balance, and headstand takes time—even more when you want to bring these postures into the middle of the room and include variations. Once you’ve warmed up and refined the basics, you’ll make the following progress:

- Learn to transition more confidently and gracefully into handstand, forearm balance, and headstand. You’ll go up with one leg, two legs, and lay the foundation for “pressing” into these poses.

- Work on “timed” versions of these postures to develop greater strength, focus, and orientation while upside down.

- Just in case things get ugly, you’ll learn how to safely fall out of these poses without hurting yourself or impaling your neighbor.

- Explore a classic progression of headstand variations that will compliment your handstands + forearm balance practice.

Still stuck or scared? You’ll build strength and confidence for these postures with a step-by-step approach that you can do on your own at the wall!


The Best Arm Balances You’ve Ever Done
Saturday, October 10th, 5–8p


Many students struggle with arm balances because they simply haven’t learned the necessary techniques. Breaking these postures down into logical, progressive steps that everyone can do is the key to making progress in these poses. Once you’ve warmed up with core-strengthening postures, hip-opening, and a bit of vinyasa flow, you’ll make the following progress:

- Learn how to practice the entire crow/crane family, including one-legged and twisting variations. Lay the foundations for jumping into these postures from down dog and transitioning into them from handstand. You don't have to be able to do this right away, but it’s time to take a step in this direction.

- Learn the entire side-plank family, including how to transition directly from these postures into standing poses.

- Develop the steps for twisting arm balances like astavakrasana and eka pada koundinyasana.

- Learn how to prepare your hips for grasshopper, tittibhasana, and visvamitrasana.

- Begin combining multiple arm-balances.

Think you’re not ready for these? Don’t worry, there are reasonable options for everything we do.


Demystifying Lotus + Splits
Sunday, October 11th, 1–4p


This workshops is for everyone that finds lotus and splits elusive but wants to make progress in these key postures. You’ll unwind tension in your hamstrings, outer-hips, quadriceps, and hip-flexors in a wide range of postures. You’ll explore the fundamentals of hip-opening before making the following progress:

- Learn the most common causes of restriction in your hips and how to work more effectively with these joints.

- Learn the secret to keeping your knees safely aligned in lotus.

- Deepen your standing split variations and standing lotus pose variations.

- Explore several different seated split variations and seated ½ lotus variations.

- Experiment with inverted split and lotus postures.

Think your not flexible enough? There’s no pressure and it’s not a contest. This is just an opportunity to experiment and explore.

  
Schedule
Date
Oct 10, 2020
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
5:00 - 8:00pm
$300.00
$340.00
1 Session
$90.00
per Session
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Move Your Practice Forward: Make the Leap from Fundamentals to Intermediate + Beyond with Jason Crandell
Oct 11, 2020 - Oct 11, 2020
 

Whether you’ve been practicing for a few months or many years, these workshops will help you break through the fundamentals and develop an intermediate and beyond practice. Internationally respected for his straightforward and accessible teaching, Jason’s method will improve your arm balances, inversions, backbends, transitions, and more by breaking these postures down into progressive steps that everyone can do.

These weekend workshops will advance your practice by addressing the most common challenges that students face in every posture group—and teaching you how to move into the next phase of your practice. These workshops are equally valuable for teachers who want to learn how to help their students continue to make progress in their practice.


The Space Between: Creative Transitions
Friday, October 9th, 6–9p

Vinyasa yoga is rooted in dynamic, transitional movements that incorporate posture and breath. This workshop will freshen up your practice by exploring creative sun salutations, standing pose transitions, and arm-balance combinations. Once you’ve refined the fundamental transitions in sun salutations—including how to jump back and jump forward with greater levity and skill—you’ll make the following progress:

- Develop new, creative transitions in your salutations that strengthen your spine and shoulders.

- Learn standing pose and standing balance combinations that build confidence and advance your practice.

- Begin incorporating arm-balances and inversions into your salutations and standing posture combinations. Newer students will learn all of the necessary steps.

- Deepen you backbends, twists, and forward bends by focusing on the transitions into these postures.

- Start combining basic arm-balancing postures.


Air Time: Handstand + Forearm Balance + Headstand Variations
Saturday, October 10th, 1–4p


Learning handstand, forearm balance, and headstand takes time—even more when you want to bring these postures into the middle of the room and include variations. Once you’ve warmed up and refined the basics, you’ll make the following progress:

- Learn to transition more confidently and gracefully into handstand, forearm balance, and headstand. You’ll go up with one leg, two legs, and lay the foundation for “pressing” into these poses.

- Work on “timed” versions of these postures to develop greater strength, focus, and orientation while upside down.

- Just in case things get ugly, you’ll learn how to safely fall out of these poses without hurting yourself or impaling your neighbor.

- Explore a classic progression of headstand variations that will compliment your handstands + forearm balance practice.

Still stuck or scared? You’ll build strength and confidence for these postures with a step-by-step approach that you can do on your own at the wall!


The Best Arm Balances You’ve Ever Done
Saturday, October 10th, 5–8p


Many students struggle with arm balances because they simply haven’t learned the necessary techniques. Breaking these postures down into logical, progressive steps that everyone can do is the key to making progress in these poses. Once you’ve warmed up with core-strengthening postures, hip-opening, and a bit of vinyasa flow, you’ll make the following progress:

- Learn how to practice the entire crow/crane family, including one-legged and twisting variations. Lay the foundations for jumping into these postures from down dog and transitioning into them from handstand. You don't have to be able to do this right away, but it’s time to take a step in this direction.

- Learn the entire side-plank family, including how to transition directly from these postures into standing poses.

- Develop the steps for twisting arm balances like astavakrasana and eka pada koundinyasana.

- Learn how to prepare your hips for grasshopper, tittibhasana, and visvamitrasana.

- Begin combining multiple arm-balances.

Think you’re not ready for these? Don’t worry, there are reasonable options for everything we do.


Demystifying Lotus + Splits
Sunday, October 11th, 1–4p


This workshops is for everyone that finds lotus and splits elusive but wants to make progress in these key postures. You’ll unwind tension in your hamstrings, outer-hips, quadriceps, and hip-flexors in a wide range of postures. You’ll explore the fundamentals of hip-opening before making the following progress:

- Learn the most common causes of restriction in your hips and how to work more effectively with these joints.

- Learn the secret to keeping your knees safely aligned in lotus.

- Deepen your standing split variations and standing lotus pose variations.

- Explore several different seated split variations and seated ½ lotus variations.

- Experiment with inverted split and lotus postures.

Think your not flexible enough? There’s no pressure and it’s not a contest. This is just an opportunity to experiment and explore.

  
Schedule
Date
Oct 11, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
1:00 - 4:00pm
$595.00
$650.00
3 Sessions
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Accessible Yoga Training with Melanie Camellia
Nov 20, 2020 - Nov 22, 2020
 

Join the Accessible Yoga Movement!

Accessible Yoga is an international advocacy organization focusing on sharing yoga with all. The Accessible Yoga Training focuses on how to make the yoga teachings available to everyone, regardless of their level of physical ability. We'll focus on creating integrated Accessible Yoga classes where all students can practice together. We’ll explore the many ways that yoga practice can be variated to suit students with disabilities and physical challenges as well as seniors.

We'll consider how to make our classes welcoming to everyone, and to approach students in a trauma-informed way. You'll learn sample Accessible Yoga classes, chair yoga classes, and even bed yoga classes. We'll also look at ways of bringing the yoga teachings and meditation into your classes, and how all of yoga can be used to support health and healing for every body. We'll review some common medical conditions so that you have a basic understanding of these issues.

This course includes 9 additional hours of required pre-course homework that is to be completed before the start of the course. Graduates of the program become Accessible Yoga Ambassadors and connect with a network of Accessible Yoga teachers and students around the world. Participants who have completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training will receive 30 Yoga Alliance CE hours.

Limited scholarships are available; apply here. Application deadline for scholarships is September 1, 2020.

  
Schedule
Date
Nov 20, 2020
Staff
Days
Fri
Time
12:30 - 8:30pm
Date
Nov 21, 2020
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
12:30 - 8:30pm
Date
Nov 22, 2020
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
12:30 - 8:30pm
$260.00
$320.00
4 Sessions
$75.00
per Session
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A Science-Based Approach to Sequencing with Trina Altman
Jan 23, 2021 - Jan 24, 2021
 

This workshop weekend is for movement educators as well as the general public.

It includes four workshops taught over the course of two days and will include the exercises and sequences from Trina’s new book, Yoga Deconstructed®: Transitioning from rehabilitation back into the yoga studio. Participants may sign up for one or all of the workshops. However, it is highly recommended that you attend the first three workshops in preparation for the fourth one.

All four workshops are all-levels and qualify for Yoga Alliance CEC’s.

 

Workshop 1: Incorporating Somatics and Rolling Patterns in Classes
Saturday, January 23rd, 12:30–3:30p

Somatic exercises serve as regressions for traditional yoga poses and allow us to teach osteokinematics in a way that is embodied and down regulates the nervous system. This workshop will teach you how to select and sequence somatic exercises in supine, side lying, and prone to help your students improve movement patterns and prepare their bodies to navigate external load and asana.

You will learn how to:

- Incorporate somatic exercises into different styles of yoga classes, such as vinyasa and hatha.

- Create mini sequences that include non-linear movement in the transverse plane and rolling patterns that transition from lying down to seated.

- Prepare the body for seated, kneeling, and standing poses.

- Use feedback from the ground to improve proprioception for students who are hypermobile, experience joint discomfort, or struggle to sense where their joints are in space.

- Reduce feelings of stiffness or tightness through neuromuscular re-education.

 

Workshop 2: Using Primal Sequencing to Evolve Passive Postures into Active Movements
Saturday, January 23rd, 4:30–7:30p

Traditional asana involves many passive kneeling and seated positions. While this alone is not an issue, many of our students are not well adapted to sit on the floor and find it difficult or uncomfortable to assume these postures and transition to kneeling or standing. This workshop will give you strategies and mini sequences to incorporate into your classes to improve mobility, strength, and power in a way that is fun and challenging!

Learn how to:

- Use primal movement to reestablish better motor patterns by incorporating exercises that move through the early motor development stage.

- Flow together primal postures that relate to classical yoga asanas, including Sukhasana, Virasana, Ardha Matsyendrasana... and more!

- Use mobility drills and preparatory exercises to self assess for joint limitations and prepare the body for loading in end ranges of motion.

- Utilize bands, blankets, and blocks to adapt traditional kneeling and seated poses from passive to active ranges of motion.

- Incorporate animal locomotion movements, such as beast pose and gorilla hops into your classes.

 

Workshop 3: Applying Progressive Load and Control to Standing Transitions
Sunday, January 24th, 12:30–3:30p

Many standing poses involve holding one position at your end range of motion for a sustained period of time. While this may promote isometric strength at your end range, it doesn’t build strength in the transitions. This workshop will explore how to apply strength training principles, such as progressive overload to standing poses and transitions.

This workshop will teach you:

- How to prepare the body to transition through common vinyasa sequences, such as Warrior 2, Extended Side Angle Pose, and Half Moon with fluidity, stability, and ease.

- Preparatory exercises using resistance bands, cork blocks, and blankets as external load to build strength in standing transitions.

- Strategies to improve control and coordination in single leg balance movements.

 

Workshop 4: An Interdisciplinary Movement Approach to Yoga Sequencing
Sunday, January 24th, 4:30–7:30p

Are you struggling to connect the dots between yoga and all of the movement modalities that you’re studying? This workshop will teach you how to incorporate everything you’ve learned in the previous three workshops into full length classes. It will draw on the sequences outlined in my book Yoga Deconstructed®: Transitioning from rehabilitation back into yoga studio.

During this workshop, we will also create sequences as a group and you will have the opportunity to collaborate with other teachers to create and practice teaching your own sequences.

Learn how to:

- Develop your critical thinking skills for sequencing your classes and private sessions.

- Expand your problem solving abilities when creating sequences and planning classes.

- Teach from a skills-based approach that prepares your students for asana and real life.

- Incorporate progressions and regressions to meet the different levels of the students in the room.

*Please note: it is highly recommended that you attend the first three workshops in preparation for this one.

  
Schedule
Date
Jan 23, 2021
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
12:30 - 3:30pm
Date
Jan 23, 2021
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
4:30 - 7:30pm
Date
Jan 24, 2021
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
12:30 - 3:30pm
Date
Jan 24, 2021
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
4:30 - 7:30pm
$365.00
$395.00
5 Sessions
$85.00
per Session
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CoreWalking with Jonathan FitzGordon
Apr 16, 2021 - Apr 18, 2021
 
Friday, April 16th, 6:45–8:45p: The Art of Tadasana

Tadasana is the foundation pose of most yoga practices. But how well do you see yourself in Tadasana?

How well do you see yourself as you go about your day?

This workshop will change the way you perceive and feel your body in space. Making simple changes to the way you stand in yoga and in life has a profound effect on your daily life, pain issues and athletic performance.


Saturday, April 17th, 1–4p: Yoga For Hips And Balance

Initiating movement from the core of the body is essential to moving well, healing successfully, and aging gracefully. To do that, we need good tone for all of the muscles in and around the pelvis for strength and balance and fluidity.

This workshop focuses on the pelvic muscles that facilitate balance and healthy movement patterns.

 
Saturday, April 17th, 5–8p: Psoas Release Party!

The psoas is the most important muscle in the body, acting as the main hip flexor and the engine of walking. A free and happy psoas allows the body to move with peak efficiency and little strain. Issues with the psoas can lead to any number of problems throughout your body—both physical and emotional. Lower back pain and other joint discomfort as well as disturbances to the nervous system can be linked to the psoas.

This is not a yoga class. You will spend the afternoon awakening, learning about, and releasing the psoas and understanding its core function within the body.


Sunday, April 18th, 1–4p: Yoga for Strength and Stability

Moving from the core requires balanced muscle tone and fluid joints, and in this class you will breathe, focus, move, stretch, and balance to create a more solid center. Core abdominal tone improves nearly every pose, allowing us to move with purpose and ease. Strength built on the mat informs your life when you step off of the mat, allowing you to live work and play to your fullest.

This workshop focuses on building a solid center from which healthy movement patterns originate.
 

Sunday, April 18th, 5–8p: What Is CoreWalking? (And Why Do I Need it?)

The CoreWalking Program provides pain relief, healing, and techniques for aging gracefully. Using simple adjustments to the way you walk, stand, sit, and exercise—CoreWalking can have life-changing results. It offers specific bodywork tools that you can easily integrate into your daily routine to reverse whatever has been holding you back from your fullest life.
 
In this class, you will learn a natural walking technique that helps align your bones, free your joints, and bring welcome relief to overused muscles.
 
When the body moves as it is designed, all parts work in harmony and the body becomes a self healing machine. Using the CoreWalking techniques, you can bring your body into the state of balance that allows you to both move and age gracefully.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Schedule
Date
Apr 16, 2021
Staff
Days
Fri
Time
6:45 - 8:45pm
Date
Apr 17, 2021
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
1:00 - 4:00pm
Date
Apr 17, 2021
Staff
Days
Sat
Time
5:00 - 8:00pm
Date
Apr 18, 2021
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
1:00 - 4:00pm
Date
Apr 18, 2021
Staff
Days
Sun
Time
5:00 - 8:00pm