Workshops

Mastering the Basics of Ashtanga Yoga with Michele Loew

Location: The Yoga Space, Small Studio
Dates: Thursdays August 22, 29 & Sept 5th. 7-9 pm.

Thursday evenings 7-9pm 

A slowed down, mindful, inquiry into the Ashtanga Vinyasa primary series.
We will meet for 3 evenings to study the Primary series of Ashtanga so that each posture is carefully examined.  Come learn the series as a way to deepen your yoga practice in general, as principles can be applied to illuminate all your asana practices.

$125 ($108 for Unlimited Monthly Members)

5 day Yoga Nidra Intensive 2019- Level 1- with Michele Loew & guest teacher Simon Menasche

Location: The Yoga Space, Big Studio
Dates: Friday, August 30- Wednesday, September 4th
5 day Yoga Nidra Intensive 2019- Level 1- with Michele Loew
Supporting staff:  Simon Menasche (I-rest certified Yoga Nidra Teacher)
 
For teachers and dedicated students of yoga and meditation
 
40 hr course CEUS, Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Course
 
Dates & Times:
Friday, August 30th: 6-9:30pm
Saturday, August 31st: 10-7pm
Sunday, September 1st: 11-8pm
Monday, September 2nd: 8-3:30pm
Tuesday, September 3rd: 8-3:30pm
Wednesday, September 4th: 6-9:30pm
 
Cost for 5 day Teaching Intensive 40 hr course: $375
Cost for Weekend component only: Friday, Saturday, Sunday: $225
 
This Transformational Yoga Intensive Training will cover the incredible meditative yoga science of Yoga Nidra, the awakening practice of enlightened sleep. Yoga Nidra is a practice that works on profoundly healing all the layers of the body/mind/heart complex. It also provides a bridge to pure consciousness. This training will provide teachers of yoga and meditation, as well as students and seekers on the path to freedom, enough information to develop a home practice of Yoga Nidra and begin sharing the practice with others. This is part 1 (level 1) of a 3 part Nidra course. But it will stand alone as a deeply informative synthesis of the yoga nidra path.
 
Michele will share a number of different yoga nidra practices daily, work intimately with the practice of Sankalpa (power of high spiritually guided intentions), study the science behind Yoga Nidra, both neuroscience and yoga science, of how this practice affects our brains, bodies, and all the layers (koshas) of our being.
 
Yoga Nidra helps in regulation of hormones, stabilization of glucose levels, and alleviation of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It creates a meditative state very quickly that is identified in brain wave analysis and can move people into the yoga state of Turya.. a state of bliss or samadhi that is one of the highest states of realization. At the very least it helps people to relax! In todays world where there’s so much static noise constantly coming in, we have forgotten the art of quietening down and letting the mind rest. And for so many people that are unable to easily formulate a sitting practice, this lying down meditation becomes a doorway into meditative form that all can enter.
 
Michele’s yoga nidra practices are unique to others and have quickly become acclaimed as deeply transformational. She works with traditional practices from the Himalayan masters, as well as the science behind Richard Miller’s work, and also uniquely brings in the Tibetan sleep yoga practices learned from her Vajrayana studies and practice.
 
For those 200 hr teachers interested in credit towards a 500 hr. program, completion of this course will give credit towards the 2020 program Michele will be teaching with Buddhist scholar Robert A. Thurman. A Yoga Alliance 300 hr. Course divided into 40hr-100 hr Intensives beginning in June 2020 will be held in various locations to choose from.. New York, Hawaii, and Portland. Applications for the 300 hr. course will be available September 1st, 2019.
 
A sampling of some of the Nidra sessions this Level 1 course will include:
 
"An Introduction to the Inner Journey and Science of Yoga Nidra”. Come experience this remarkable practice of lying down guided meditation that brings total relaxation, health and well being, and can access the clear light realm of pure consciousness, or Turiya. After a brief intro on the neuroscience behind this practice and the science of yoga tantra & Koshas, we will practice enlightened sleep yoga.
 
“The Power of Sankalpa", How Intentions Work to Manifest; Thought Becomes Form. The practice of yoga nidra is one of the most powerful ways to positively access and shape the unconscious. In this session we will work on some meditation exercises around our individual dharma and what we most desire in life. Using these insights, we can begin using sankalpa within the nidra practice. This session will include meditation practices for greater self awareness, light movement to free joints and wake up subtle body energy, and a sankalpa based powerful yoga nidra practice.
 
“The Koshas", Healing and Empowering the Physical, Energetic, and Mental layers of the body. Yoga science utilizes a 5 layer body framework in order to conceptualize ourselves, the 5 Koshas, or sheaths of the body. This Nidra will focus on the first 3 layers Annamaya (physical sheath), Pranamaya (energetic sheath), Manomaya (mental sheath). The Nidra practice will work with breath awareness, and utilize pairs of opposite sensations and thoughts to access and bring healing within these layers.
 
“The Koshas”, waking up the Wisdom and Bliss layers of the body. This session will focus on yoga, meditaiton, and nidra practices to access and empower the last 2 layers of the body, Vijnamaya Kosha (Wisdom/ intuition body), & Anandamaya Kosha (Bliss Body). This Nidra will work with rotation of consciousness throughout the body, and utilize Shavayatra (61 points) to move into enlightened sleep, awakened being.

Therapeutic Wisdom Workshop and Teacher Training with Doug Keller

Location: The Yoga Space, Big Studio
Dates: December 12-15

$400 for Full Weekend

$150 for Individual Day

22 Hours of Yoga Alliance CEUs available.
 

In partnership with Santosha Yoga, Doug Keller returns again this year to continue to reinforce the fundamental themes for working with yoga therapeutically to overcome pain problems.


Open to students and teachers of yoga looking to deepen their understanding of the practice.

 

Thursday December 12, 11-2 & 3-5:30

Sacroiliac Health: Understanding the Pelvic, Low back and Sciatic Pain

 

Friday December 13, 11-2 & 3-5:30

Lower Body: Special Focus on the Health of the Knees

Saturday December 14, 11-2 & 3-5:30

The Upper Body: Upper Back and Neck, and Their Effect Upon Shoulder Health



Sunday December 15, 11-2 & 3-5:30

From Hands to Heart: Spiraling into Shoulder Health through the Arms


 

 

A Weekend of Yoga with Jani

Location: The Yoga Space, Big Studio
Dates: October 5 & 6, Saturday & Sunday, 11-1 &2-4pm, $175 Full Weekend, $50 per session ($45 for unlimited members)

Since 2000, Jani has explored yoga with Janne Kontala, his life-long teacher and friend. Jani teaches traditional Hatha, Slow yoga, Vinyasa, Ashtanga yoga and yoga philosophy. Known for sharing his love and knowledge of yoga in a clear, dynamic and generous manner, he receives invitations and travels regularly to conduct workshops, retreats and teacher trainings around the world. Practitioners from all levels benefit greatly from his classes. His dedication and devotion to the whole meaning of yoga is a true inspiration for everyone who has the opportunity to develop their yoga with him. Jani is currently based in Kota Kinabalu, the east Borneo of Malaysia. He started his own yogashala, Gokul Yoga, in 2012.

$175 for Full Weekend

$50 for Individual Sessions ($45 for Unlimited Members)

REGISTER FOR INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS HERE

 

Saturday October 5th 11-1pm Hip Opening

We will focus on yoga asanas (postures) that will help release the tightness, tension, and pain in this area of our body. Participants will be guided through warm ups of our joints and feel stronger and more flexible in the hips, giving tips and tricks to working towards asanas that need an opening hip.

Saturday Octber 5th 2-4pm Arm Balances

Arm balances work to cleanse the nervous system and exhilarate the body and mind. In this workshop we will play with the techniques that serve to lengthen and strengthen the muscles required to successfully find your balance whilst maintaining lightness in the body.

 

Sunday October 6th 11-1pm Meditation/ Pranayama & Yoga Philosophy

This is an opportunity to take our yoga practice beyond our yoga mat, and for us to uncover and experience the inner workings of yoga. We will discuss the yogic view of meditation, including a basic framework of classical yogic philosophy. This is the perfect workshop for Yogis longing to delve deeper, beyond the bounds of just the physical poses/asanas.

Sunday October 6th 2-4pm Shoulder Opening

We will focus on problem areas within the shoulders, offering participants safe, effective techniques to open the body and make the practice of yoga even more enjoyable.

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