Workshops & Events

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart
Steve Jobs

Intro to Yoga

Mar 13 '17 - to - May 01 '17
$128
+gst

The intro to yoga workshop is a class for the absolute beginner. We provide a safe and non-intimidating atmosphere for you to learn the basics of yoga, providing you with a foundation to carry into regular drop in classes.

REGISTERED SERIES

$25 + GST DROP IN

  • Chelsea Lees

    Teacher
  • Mondays, 6:30 - 7:45 PM

Mindful Meditation Series

May 02 '17 - to - May 30 '17
$94
+gst

A five week guided journey inwards through the art and science of meditation.

Are you interested in cultivating your meditation practice? Join us for a series of guided practices that will support you in
calming the body and mind, cultivating greater focus, and
exploring meditative states. These highly experiential practices will blend yogic and mindfulness practices to promote relaxation, openness, clarity, concentration, and peace of mind. You will also receive dedicated time each class to ask questions about the practice of meditation to support you in optimizing your
experience.

Previous meditation experience preferred.
*Registered class - no drop-ins*

  • Trevor Yelich

    Teacher
  • Tuesday's 6:30-7:45 PM

Feed Your Soul - 30 Day Detox

Apr 23 '17 - to - May 23 '17
$249
+gst

Looking to shed some emotional & physical weight? Take your practice deeper through real nourishing food, meditation, self study, accountability & movement. Join the 30 day detox challenge where we will be diving into sleep, self care, planting seeds, real foods, guts, stress, digestion & more. We will move beyond the physical to overcome the limiting beliefs and negative patterns that hold you back in life, to peel back the layers & allow your most authentic self to shine through creating a happier, more fulfilled life.

The detox is set up as a challenge, points for all the wins & prizes for the people who rock it.

Sunday, April 23rd - 4:30- 6pm - Kick Off

Week 1: Food. Meditation. Yoga.

/Set the ground work for the 30 days with real food, meal plans, breath, journaling + movement.

/Eliminate toxins, mental chatter + bring the body slowly back into its natural state.

CLEANSE BEGINS APRIL 24th!

Sunday, April 30th - 3 - 4:30pm - Meet Up

Week 2: The Gut.

/The gut is the brain of the body. An unhealthy gut least unhealthy mind, body + spirit.

/Heal the gut through food, breath, chakra clearing, sleep + movement. We will ignite the digestive fire within.

Tuesday, May 11th - 6:00 - 7:30pm - Meet Up

Week 3: Love.

/What softens you? In a world with primarily yang energy it's important to embrace the yin. The feminine. The softness. Bringing everything into balance.

/We will explore love languages, the heart chakra, elixirs, femininity {for both male + female} shakti + breath.

Sunday, May 14th - 3 - 4:30pm - Meet Up

Week 4: Abundance.

/Gratitude is of the highest vibration, when we move from a place of gratitude we invite more gratitude into our life.

/Explore affirmations, goals/intentions, clearing in the body, the mind + physical space.

Tuesday, May 23rd - 6:30 - 8pm - Meet Up

Finale!

  • Lisa Hillyer

    Teacher
  • See Info For Dates

The Art of Tai Chi

Apr 29 '17 - to - Apr 29 '17
$49
+gst

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.
In this workshop you will develop an understanding of the ancient art of Tai Chi, the balance of Yin and Yang and the development of Chi through the breath. You will be guided through a series of movements that flow together as a moving meditation. This practice helps to bring peace of mind, balance to internal energies, lowers heart rate and promotes relaxation. As a way of exercising it can be done as long as one lives.

Tai Chi reinforces the notion also found in yoga, that what is most certain, is the present moment.

Suitable for all skill levels.

  • David Stark

    Teacher
  • Saturday, 1:30 - 3:30

Yoga UnRaveled

May 03 '17 - to - Jun 07 '17
$120
+gst

Have you been practicing for awhile and wondering, “what’s next?” Join Alice Hong for a well-rounded intermediate/advanced level class that also includes meditation, mantra, and “off the mat” explorations. Be guided to play with your boundaries and explore uncharted territory in a supportive environment.

In this workshop series, we will
• Exploring a wide array of poses including arm balances, back bends, inversions and transitions.
• Workshop yoga-nerdy details
• Cultivate purposeful intentions for on & off the mat
• Support each other in this challenging and light-hearted practice
• Have a blast and laugh a lot

*It’s a registered class because commitment and consistency are keys to growth. That being said, if you can only drop in, you are still very welcome to come!

Drop-in rate is $25+gst REGISTER HERE

  • Alice Hong

    Teacher
  • 6:30 - 8:15 PM

     

La Luna Social

Apr 26 '17 - to - Apr 26 '17
$20
+gst

Women have been gathering since the beginning of time; La Luna Social is a collective where a sacred sisterhood is formed in community to create change.

Joins us every new Moon to explore each cycle, what that means for us personally and collectively, and tools to find the wisdom within; we do this through meditation, yoga, nutrition, and personal exploration. Every ceremony is different so come with an open heart and a willingness to be transformed.

Find us on Instagram for more detailed information on each ceremony @chalicegrove @stillness.and.surrender

  • La Luna Social

    Teacher
  • 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Yin & Tonic

May 27 '17 - to - May 27 '17
$35
+gst

YIN & TONIC. Where Yin Yoga Meets Massage!

Alan Mileham E-RYT500, Robert Buckland & Leah Haverman RMT'S

Alan Mileham is your "Yin" and our two fantastic RMT'S, Robert Buckland & Leah Haverman are your "Tonic"!

We will start off the class with a brief Meditation and Pranayama, before delving into Traditional Yin Yoga Postures. During the class our two RMT'S will go around the room and give gentle massages. Due to the nature of Yin Yoga and how long the postures are held, anywhere from 3 - 5 minutes, the RMT'S will never push or force you deeper in a posture, but offer gentle massages.

* Please note that this Special Yin & Tonic class is limited to a maximum of 30 participants only, as it allows our two RMT'S to move around the room and have no more than 15 students to work on each, which allows them to give you plenty of massages! You must sign up ahead of time, no exceptions!

Alan, Robert & Leah will guarantee your Yin & Tonic experience will be gently stirred and not shaken!

  • Alan Mileham E-RYT 500 HR

    Teacher
  • 4:30 - 6:30 PM

Mark Stephens | Teaching Immersions & Master Classes

Jun 02 '17 - to - Jun 06 '17
$45- 475
+gst

Refined Teaching Immersions and Master Classes with Mark Stephens

This five-day program with Mark Stephens offers in-depth immersions for teachers and serious students, plus master classes for beginning to seriously advanced students and teachers. Each session draws from ancient-to-contemporary yoga philosophies, a variety of yoga styles and techniques (including Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar, Yin and Yoga Therapy), and offers a practical application of functional anatomy, biomechanics, and kinesiology. All also reflect and expand upon the suggestions offered in Mark’s four books, Teaching Yoga (2010), Yoga Sequencing (2012), Yoga Adjustments (2014) and Yoga Therapy (forthcoming, 2017).


Offerings & Descriptions

Friday | June 2nd 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Master Class | Integrated Practice: Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation

Most yoga classes in the West are at least 95% posturual practices, with ujjayi pranayama the only breathing techniques, and meditation often limited to a few minutes or less at the beginning or end of class. Here we explore a full practice, starting with sitting, breathing, more breathing with refined techniques as first decribed in detail in the 15th century Hatha Yoga Pradipika, then an integrated asana practice in which we explore all families of asanas (standing poses, core, arm support, backbends, twists, forward bends, hip openers and inversions), then go far more deeply into refined pranayama and heart-centered medition.


Saturday | June 3rd 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Morning Immersion | Surya Namaskara: Detailed Breakdown of 12 Asanas and Transitions

The entire foundation of all flow styles of yoga is rooted in the dynamic movement of Surya Namaskara, the greeting of the sun and the universe within each of us. It is here that we set the rhythm and mood for all that follows, connecting breath and bodymind in the gradual opening and refinement of the overall practice.

In this workshop we will look closely at each of the 12 asanas in Classical Surya Namaskara and Surya Namaskara A & B, exploring their various alignment principles and energetic actions, how the transitions between them can be approached to make them simpler, deeper and more sustainable, and what to be most aware of in guiding others in these movements and asanas. This workshop is designed for all levels of students and teachers, including beginners and advanced practitioners open to practicing beginners mind.

Saturday | June 3rd 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Afternoon Immersion | Making Yoga (and Life) More Meaningful: A Dharma Discovery Workshop

Why do you teach yoga? How does this intention align with your core values, you’re your larger sense of purpose in life, with your sense of who you are? How do you approach your sense of skill and limitation as teacher? How might you best make your teaching more meaningful to yourself and to your students?

This workshop begins with basic questions of dharma to help build a clearer and stronger foundation for experiencing and sharing yoga in the most transformational ways you can. We start with simple yet profound question: who am I? Then we do deep inside to draw out and better understand what it means to take the seat of the teacher. With exercises designed to further clarify your sense of who you are, why you practice, and how you can connect all the dots of your life in your teaching, you will leave more motivated and prepared than ever for a lifetime of sharing this amazing practice.


Sunday | June 4th 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Morning Immersion | Refined Teaching of Backbends & Twists: Verbal and Tactile Guidance of Alignment, Energetics, and Heart-Centered Expansion"

Detailed breakdown of up to ten backbends and five seated and supine twisting poses. We will explore contraction, traction, and levered backbends with forms in in which the arms are in extension and felxion, with close consideration of how to best to open and stabilize for each. These two families are covered together because twists offer the essential counterposes to a sustained backbend practice. With each pose, we look closely at helpful modifications and use of props, and variations for students who can go farther.

Sunday | June 4th 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Afternoon Immersion | Refined Teaching of Forward Bends & Hip Openers: Verbal and Tactile Guidance of Alignment, Energetics, and Release of Hidden Tension"

Detailed breakdown of up to fifteen forward bends and hip openers. These two families are covered together because they a) share many basic forms and energetic elements, and b) are ideally sequenced close together as part of the more calming and integrative part of a practice. With each pose, we step into the Yoga Lab to learn how to look at, see, understand, and relate in a meaningful way with effective verbal and hands–on cues to students who exhibit different challenges and tendencies in that particular pose. Covers benefits, risks and contraindications, alignment principles and energetic actions. Also covers how and from what vantage point to best observe and demonstrate, helpful modifications and use of props, and variations for students who can go farther


Monday | June 5th 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Morning Immersion | The Art of Flight and Levity in Arm Support and Arm Balancing Asanas

Arm balances simultaneously require and help us to develop strength, flexibility, focus and openness. These qualities are heightened when movement into the pose involves hip rotation or flexion - poses like Bakasana (Crane Pose), Astavakrasana (Eight Crooks Pose) or the Mukta Hasta Sirsana Vinyasa (a sustained series of interconnected arm balances initiated from Tripod Headsdtand). More concentrated mental focus is harnessed when then moving into poses involve steadier balance, such as Adho Mukha Svanasana (Handstand) and Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Balance). Practicing these asana sequences safely and consciously leads to equanimity, confidence and personal freedom well beyond the mat.

In this session we explore how to approach hip-intensive arm balances with proper preparation, patience, intelligence, compassion and integration. We will look closely at the basic elements of each asana and work on cultivating the integrity of these elements as we integrate them into the fuller asana. We will also look at specific wrist and shoulder therapies to better sustain these practices. Along the way we will practice being present to the whole experience of the practice, consciously connecting the breath and bodymind moment by conscious moment.

Monday | June 5th 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Afternoon Immersion | Inversions - Safely and Sustainably Turning One’s World Upside Down

*description to come*

Monday | June 5th 5:45 PM - 7:45 PM

Master Class | Vinyasa Flow with Hip-Opening Arm Balances

This master class begins with warming Surya Namaskaras and Dancing Warriors designed to open and stabilize the hips and shoulders in preparation for a series of beginning-to-advanced level arm balances (including Bakasana, Parsva Bakasana, Bhujapidasana, Tittibhasana, Astavakrasana, Eka Pada Koundinyasana, Galavasana, Urdhva Kukkutasana and Uttana Prasithasana). This complete practice also includes wrist and shoulder therapy practices to ensure the full integration of the practice.


Tuesday | June 6th 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Morning Immersion | Beyond Patanjali - A Tantric Approach Pranayama, Bandha, Mudra and Meditation

As a dualist, Patanjali invites us to disengage our cognitive apparatus (pratyahara on the path to stopiing the movement of the mind), opening us to a pure meditative state (dhyana) and all-knowing or bliss (samadhi). We get into this through specific moral and ethical principles and practices rooted in Buddhism (yama and niyama), plus sitting (asana) and breathing (pranayama).

The non-dual philosophy of tantra takes a different approach, one that is all about opening our awareness to the fullness and wholeness of experience, completely attuned to all that we are as organic human beings, through practice that start in the simplest ways, such as being fully present to the experience of a dry leaf crackling under foot while walking in the woods, or being fully present in a conversation with your child or a friend, or…well, everything that allows us to experience all of which we are capable in every breath, especially tapping into intensity to feel most what it is to be alive and awake.

Tuesday | June 6th 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Afternoon Immersion | What is Yoga? Origins and Innovations from the Vedas to Modern Postural Practices

Description: How did we get from the priestly rutuals of yoga described in the four Vedas to the action-oriented (kriyas) of the Upanaishadic era to the absorbed meditation of Patanjali to the expansive energetics of various tantric practices to Chaturanga, Up Dog, Down Dog, from an often secret or obscure set of yoga practices to yoga as a Zeitgeist of modern culture in which to practice is so many different things to different people? What is myth, what is truth, and how do we tell the difference? And why does it matter?! This is a lecture and discussion…hopefully a lively conversation!


Registration Options

Use PROMOCODE [ YP108 ] to save 10% | Valid Until May 1st, 2017

Sign up for Immersion One | Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Sign up for Immersion Two | Monday & Tuesday

Sign up for full session | Friday - Tuesday

Sign up for just Friday night Master Class

Sign up for Just Monday night Master Class


Mark Stephens
Described by Yoga Journal as "the teacher's teacher," Mark Stephens (E-RYT 500) is the author of the international bestsellers Teaching Yoga (2010), Yoga Sequencing (2012), and Yoga Adjustments (2014), and the forthcoming Yoga Therapy (2017).

Practicing yoga for over 26 years and teaching for over 21 years, Mark has trained over 2,000 yoga teachers worldwide. He founded Yoga Inside Foundation (1997-2005), a non-profit that established yoga programs in over 300 schools, treatment centers and prisons across North America, receiving Yoga Journal's 1st Annual Karma Award in 2000 for this work. He also founded L.A. Yoga Center and Santa Cruz Yoga.

With a rich background in Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar, Vinyasa Flow, Tantra, and Yoga Therapy, Mark brings an eclectic perspective to the practice that's all about making yoga more accessible, sustainable, and deeply transformational. He lives and teaches yoga in Santa Cruz, California. Learn more at www.markstephensyoga.com

  • Mark Stephens

    Teacher
  • see description for detailed schedule

Explore Thai Massage

Apr 30 '17 - to - Apr 30 '17
$49
+gst

This three-hour workshop will introduce you to the philosophy and technique of this ancient healing practice. Thai massage incorporates acupressure, or compressions along sen lines, and assisted yoga postures in order to help align and open energetic channels and to release tension in the body. This style of massage is done fully clothed, and lying on the floor. In this workshop we’ll explore basic techniques on how to relax, stretch, open, and ground. Bring a partner or come alone! Thai massage is a great compliment to a vigorous of physically demanding yoga practice. Its passive nature allows us to restore and heal. We’ll begin with an open discussion, followed by a short hatha yoga practice to warm our bodies and quiet our minds. From there we’ll have a demonstrations followed by partner work. You will be taught a series of movements for each area of the body over the course of the workshop. In the end we will combine all of the techniques into a twenty-thirty minute fluid massage, which you will do to your partner. Come experience the benefits of giving and receiving bodywork, and sharing energy!

  • Robina Winkler

    Teacher
  • April 30 12:00 - 3:00 PM

Numa Breathwork - Journeying Deeply in Breath, Body, and Sound

May 28 '17 - to - May 28 '17
$50
+gst

A transformational synthesis of conscious breathwork, somatic explorations, sound healing, and inquiry that supports you in clearing energy within the physical, mental, emotional and energetic bodies. This dynamic practice can catalyze spontaneous insights and non-ordinary states of consciousness.

Turn inwards with dynamic, conscious breath as your guide and healer. Unwind, release, and melt within the living sonic vibrations of the didgeridoo,
medicine drums, shakers, tibetan bowls, and tuning forks. Open and clear the pathways to health and wellbeing on all levels. Explore the energetic continuum of your body, beliefs, emotions, and numinous realms.

** No previous experience is required. **

The numerous benefits include:

Increased energy and clarity
Detoxification, restoration, balance and oxygenation of the cells
Realization and integration of repressed emotion
Release of negativity, conscious/unconscious patterns
Rejuvenation of organs and cells
Intuitive Spiritual Guidance
Accelerated spiritual growth through expanded awareness

Please bring the following items:

Pillow
Yoga mat or thermarest
Blanket
Water bottle
Intention for your breath journey

Trevor Yelich + special guests
For more information, check out www.numasomatics.com and www.trevoryelich.com

  • Trevor Yelich

    Teacher
  • Sunday, 6 - 8:30 PM

The Dragon Dance

May 21 '17 - to - May 21 '17
$5
+gst

No pre-registration, payment in studio only

The Dragon Dance is a blend of Indian & Daoist Yoga, designed to stimulate & remove blockages to the flow of energy (prana or chi) through directed awareness, the breath & vigorous movements. It is great for people who want a vigorous workout & who want to experience this mystical thing called "energy." It is a whole body workout, & will even challenge your ego. Flexibility is not just a physical quality; we also need flexible minds. Learning the Dragon Dance, will challenge you mentally & will hopefully build neural plasticity in the brain. At some point you may experience the dragon's fire: you will have reached this stage when you begin to sweat. After that, the dance will enter the Yin phase, holding each position for a few breaths, to strengthen & open the joints. The final relaxation will allow the body to marinate in the juicy energies that you stimulated, which will enhance the healing & strengthening process within you.

  • Alan Mileham

    Teacher
  • May 21 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Freedom From Anxiety

Jun 25 '17 - to - Jun 25 '17
$Early Bird Until May 31st $120
+gst

Don't miss this private audience with zen master nissim amon (israel).
Freedom from anxiety - sit with zen master and take a journey through wisdom of the east.
Learn how to balance your heart and mind and centre yourself.
Round out workshop with heart opening group breathwork session with deanne newkirk.
Zen + breath = happiness


Morning:
- sit with zen master; listen to lectures & stories
- learn how to free ourselves from anxiety
- learn about our hearts, minds & what it means to be centred

afternoon:
- more widsom from the east with zen master
- group breathwork session with deanne newkirk
- learn how to move forward with less anxiety

  • Nissim Amon

    Teacher
  • Sunday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM 

     

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