An Introduction to Pranayama and Meditation

with Mark

Sunday, AUGUST 11, 2019

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Cost: $45

Theory and Practice

In this workshop you’ll take your yoga practice to the next level by incorporating a deeper understanding of the fourth limb of yoga, pranayama (breathing) and the seventh limb (meditation). Learn why these, when combined with asana (poses), are like a three-legged stool that can result in a quieter mind and a deeper understanding of yourself.

We will start with a short discussion / lecture about the context of pranayama and meditation relative to the eight limbs of yoga, and we’ll also explore content from the Yoga Sutra.

Then we’ll move right into practice, and you’ll learn several different pranayama techniques with emphasis on which ones are best for relaxation, energy, or focus.

Finally Mark will lead us through several different meditation techniques. Everyone is different, and we’re each drawn to different kinds of meditation.

You’ll leave the class with several options to help you start building your own practice.

DHARMA FLOW: La Casa De Las Madres

with Mary

Saturday, AUGUST 24, 2019

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Cost: $30

Join Mary for a special class where all profits will go to La Casa de las Madres.

Over 40 years ago, in 1976, a dynamic coalition of Bay Area women gathered to found La Casa de las Madres, California’s first and the nation’s second shelter dedicated to women and children escaping domestic violence. A once-quiet shelter, La Casa de las Madres has grown into the city’s leading voice for women, teens, and children exposed to domestic violence.

This class will be a fun active vinyasa flow with live music. We will work through the whole body, with twists, backbends and hip openers.

All levels welcome!

Yoga for Healthy Bones

with Judy Orloff

Sunday, AUGUST 25, 2019

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Cost: $45

Did you know that If you are over 30 most likely losing bone mass every year? Did you also know that practicing yoga in particular ways has been shown to curtail and even reverse bone loss?

In this workshop you will learn:

  • How to use your body so your bones receive safe, optimal impact without becoming overstressed
  • Which poses have been shown to be particularly powerful bone builders
  • How to adapt these poses to your physiology so you gain the greatest rewards
  • Which poses could potentially put you at risk for fracture
  • How to navigate regular yoga classes so they support rather than undermine your bone building efforts

Rather than getting discouraged, become proactive and positive by learning to build a safe, effective bone strengthening yoga practice.

All levels welcome, and teachers, too!

Making Backbends Safer

with Faern

Saturday, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Cost: $45

In this workshop we will move through a foundational Vinyasa Flow where specific areas will be highlighted so you can leave with an understanding of how backbends work for you.

After establishing a stable base to build our backbends on we will be able to explore safe stabilization & breathing while considering additions to the shape and explore techniques around how those can appear.

This workshop is ideal for the flexible yogi looking to stabilize and strengthen as well as for the advanced practitioner looking for new things to add into their practice.

Serenity Cycle - RESTORE

with Faern

Sunday, OCTOBER 20, 2019

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Cost: $45

Join Faern for mellow movements and restorative postures to promote rest, relaxation, serenity and great sleep.

The entire workshop will be guided by nature inspired sound bath journeys to aid in alleviating anxiety and promote a Yoga Nidra like experience.

You will leave refreshed and relaxed ready for a great night’s sleep.

All levels are welcome!