Blue Heron Wellness Yoga Workshops

WORKSHOPS

   

<< Apr 29 2017 - Oct 14 2017 >>

Yoga & Art with Tanory Ateek Sat, Apr 29, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Writings about the chakras provide fertile ground for our imaginations. They are described as interconnected
wheels, colorful pools, and centers of vibrating energy. That may sound strange and other-worldly, but the
chakras are ultimately an imaginative tool to help us tune in - with our intuition and imaginations - to our sense
of well-being and balance. In meditating on and moving with the chakras, we might notice places where we
feel “flow” and places where we feel “stuck” - both in our bodies, and in our psyches. When we notice what
feels “stuck” we can begin to nurture those places to find healing and wholeness.In this workshop, we will use yoga, meditation, visualization and art to discover our sense of the flow of the chakras within us. After one hour of guided yoga and meditation, we will use art materials to express our experience of the chakras. No yoga or art experience necessary…..just an open mind, playfulness, and willingness to try new things! All materials provided and light refreshments served.
 
Cost $45   Early Bird registration $40
 
 
Yoga & Hiking Adventure on the Northwest Branch Trail with Krista Mason Sun, Apr 30, 2017 at 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
In this 90 minute workshop we will explore the beauty of the nature surrounding us alongside a strong, opening, and relaxing vinaysa yoga practice. We will practice to the soothing sounds of water, birds, and natures gifts. We will come away settled, grounded, and relaxed, with a deeper appreciation of the beauty that surrounds us even in the midst of a city setting. Beauty can be found anywhere, come find it with us!

Please bring a water bottle and wear athletic shoes.

All Levels welcome!
 
note: This workshop will be held offsite. Students will meet at Blue Heron to sign in, then will walk a short distance from the studio to the beginning of the trail.
 
Cost: $25 
Critical Alignment Yoga Prop Series Week 1: Lower Back, Hips & Standing Postures with Marietta Vis Sun, Apr 30, 2017 at 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Critical Alignment Yoga has the tools to revive your natural alignment. We’ll work with specially designed props such as headstanders and backbenders.
These props help us reach our blind spots to build new somatic awareness. That stiff upper back and neck or your sensitive lower back. You will release tension, restore your range of motion and work on strength and stability. Each class concludes with an inversion on the headstander which allows us to go upside down without putting pressure on the neck.

This yoga style has been developed over the past 35 years in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Marietta Vis brings CAY to the US.

We offer a series of 4 workshops to give the opportunity to dive deeper into this practice. It is also possible to just take one workshop. Each workshop has it’s own focus in a particular part of the body and we’ll highlight and a group of asanas we will bring into practice. You do not need to have experience with this. It will come along the way!
The workshops are also interesting for experienced yogis.

$25 Early Registration $30 Day of

The Gift of Slowing Down: Yin Yoga for Total Rejuvenation Workshop - $20 with Claudia Neuman Fri, May 5, 2017 at 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Yin Yoga practice offers you the opportunity to explore effortlessness while rejuvenating the connective tissue of the major joints of the body. The Yin approach encourages true physical health and sound emotional well being through longer held poses with relaxed musculature. As we move into this slow and deep practice our focus will be on connecting to the ‘Inner Teacher’ who resides in that place of nurturing stillness within all of us, setting the stage for meditation and contemplative practices.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of yogis. Pre-registration recommended. $20 per session.
Handstand Prep School with Naomi Gottlieb-Miller Sat, May 6, 2017 at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
When did you last do a handstand? For most adults, our last handstand was also around the same time we last had outdoor recess. If your last handstand was in Elementary School, but you’re yearning to get back upside down, this is a great place to begin your handstand adventures again!
 
As yogis, we know that there are many physical benefits of being upside-down, including refreshing the flow of blood in the body and toning the core. The emotional benefits are even more powerful, which shifting your perspective, building confidence and empowering your bravery!
 
A successful inversion is as much about believing in yourself as it is about building the amount of strength you’ll need to hold yourself up. In this workshop, we’ll focus on some confidence-building poses, as well as some basic strength drills to help get you ready for your handstands. You’ll also be given some “handstand homework” so you can continue to practice on your own.
 
Practicing inversions should be an empowering endeavor rather than a soul crushing exercise, so our mission is to reclaim our courage on our mats to inspire radical shifts in every other area of our lives.
 
Come prepared to blow yourself away and conquer your fears all while turning your world upside-down!
 
Cost: $20
 
*if you want to attend both this workshop and the "Handstand for Daredevils" workshop that immediately follows, attend both for $35
Handstands for Daredevils with Naomi Gottlieb-Miller Sat, May 6, 2017 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
It’s time to play!
If you love handstands and want to learn fun new ways to explore your handstand practice, this workshop is meant for you!
We’ll play with different entries into and out of handstand, as well as learning the basics of working towards a “wall-free” handstand. Fun leg positions and transitions will also be on the menu.
Come with a willingness to play your edge, challenge yourself and have a lot of fun while you’re doing it!
Adventurous yogis welcome!
 
Cost: $25
 
*If you want to attend both this workshop and the "Handstand Prep School" which occurs immediately before this workshop, attend both for just $35!
Critical Alignment Yoga Prop Series Week 2: Upper Back & Forward Bends with Marietta Vis Sun, May 7, 2017 at 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Critical Alignment Yoga has the tools to revive your natural alignment. We’ll work with specially designed props such as headstanders and backbenders.
These props help us reach our blind spots to build new somatic awareness. That stiff upper back and neck or your sensitive lower back. You will release tension, restore your range of motion and work on strength and stability. Each class concludes with an inversion on the headstander which allows us to go upside down without putting pressure on the neck.

This yoga style has been developed over the past 35 years in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Marietta Vis brings CAY to the US.

We offer a series of 4 workshops to give the opportunity to dive deeper into this practice. It is also possible to just take one workshop. Each workshop has it’s own focus in a particular part of the body and we’ll highlight and a group of asanas we will bring into practice. You do not need to have experience with this. It will come along the way!
The workshops are also interesting for experienced yogis.

$25 Early Registration $30 Day of 

Friday Night Family PJ Yoga with Jill Grospierre Fri, May 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Come play yoga with your kids this Friday evening. Parents and kids will learn yoga poses, play yoga games, and connect with each other through parent child partner poses. It will be a lively, song filled class and will end with a story and relaxation.
 
Kids ages 4-10 welcome, plus 1 or both parents.

Cost: $25 per child 
A Mother's Day Practice for Mothers and Others with Mary Lou Middleton Sat, May 13, 2017 at 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
One of the best gifts you can give yourself is the gift of a yoga practice. Come and spend 2 hours on your mat just for you! We will playfully open your hamstrings and work towards greater freedom in your hips. Unstick any stuck places in your body and feel looser in just the right way. We will end with some soothing restoratives so that we leave feeling grounded and fully at ease. All levels practice; mothering experience optional!
Cost: $25 early registration $30 day of (space permitting)
Sunday Evening Meditation Workshop with Peter Mosher Sun, May 14, 2017 at 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Meditation is a means of transforming the mind to reduce anxiety and induce a calm state. Meditation is an effective form of stress reduction and can improve health and quality of living when practiced regularly. We are offering you the opportunity to begin or enhance your meditation practice regularly at Blue Heron with gatherings on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. It is a great way to transition from your weekend by setting the tone for your week ahead. Come be part of our meditation community and share in this uplifting group energy.

The meditations will be guided by Peter Mosher who has been leading meditation for over 40 years. He draws from a number of traditions to find inspiration and ways to effectively build and deepen. At the core of these practices is mindful loving kindness for oneself and others.

There is no set fee for these practices. Following the Eastern tradition of Dana, a free will offering is requested, a suggested amount being $12, more if you can less if necessary. Please note that if you sign up online you can not edit the cost, but must select $10 $12 or $15. Please call ahead or come to the front desk to select a different amount.

 

Acro-Yoga and Playfully Overcoming Fears with Tanory Ateek Sat, May 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Come learn to fly in a fun-filled introduction to acro-yoga class. This style of yoga uses connection to others to build trust and overcome fears in ways that can be easily applied off the mat, and are just plain fun! Tanory Ateek will host Acro-Vinyasa expert, Jessie Hill. Jessie received her Acro-Vinyasa training in Bali, Indonesia and leads classes and workshops around the DMV. No partner is necessary, some yoga experience helpful. Please let the instructor know ahead of time if there are any injuries. This is a fun activity with friends, so bring the gang, or come solo and make new friends!
 
$35 for early sign up. $40 day of event. Cost covers one participant. Space is limited so pre-registration is recommended. 
 
Mindful Eating for the Seasons with Sara Solomon Sun, May 21, 2017 at 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Eating with the seasons connects the cycles of nature to those of our own bodies. By eating mindfully – we are able to nourish both our bodies and minds. We can truly experience the crisp flavor of greens or the sweetness of fruit that might otherwise be hidden in a salad or eaten on the run. Our workshop will use mindful eating exercises from the Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training Program (MB-EAT) to learn hunger cues and taste awareness. We will also discuss which foods are in season and the best ways to buy or grow them.
 
 
$30
Critical Alignment Yoga Prop Series Week 3: Lower Back & Back Bends with Marietta Vis Sun, May 21, 2017 at 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Critical Alignment Yoga has the tools to revive your natural alignment. We’ll work with specially designed props such as headstanders and backbenders.
These props help us reach our blind spots to build new somatic awareness. That stiff upper back and neck or your sensitive lower back. You will release tension, restore your range of motion and work on strength and stability. Each class concludes with an inversion on the headstander which allows us to go upside down without putting pressure on the neck.

This yoga style has been developed over the past 35 years in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Marietta Vis brings CAY to the US.

We offer a series of 4 workshops to give the opportunity to dive deeper into this practice. It is also possible to just take one workshop. Each workshop has it’s own focus in a particular part of the body and we’ll highlight and a group of asanas we will bring into practice. You do not need to have experience with this. It will come along the way!
The workshops are also interesting for experienced yogis.

$25 Early Registration $30 Day of

Friday Night Zen: Restorative Yoga to Calm and Reset with Stephanie Hurter Fri, May 26, 2017 at 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
In our fast paced world, our nervous system tends to operate on overdrive fueling a felt sense of internal fatigue, disconnection, and anxiety. Restorative yoga has been shown to help the body rebalance by activating the parasympathetic (or rest and digest) part of the nervous system. Such activation not only calms the mind, but also enables the body to relax leading to deeper self-awareness, more beneficial sleep, improved immune functioning, and even weight loss at times. Poses are held for 5-10 minutes on the floor and props are used to allow the body to completely release into each pose. Through the sequence of poses, the body is encouraged to open up and rebalance. Essential oils will also be used throughout the class to further enhance release and restoration. Come find your zen!
 
Cost $20
Critical Alignment Yoga Prop Series Week 4: Upper Back, Shoulders & Twists with Marietta Vis Sun, May 28, 2017 at 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Critical Alignment Yoga has the tools to revive your natural alignment. We’ll work with specially designed props such as headstanders and backbenders. 
These props help us reach our blind spots to build new somatic awareness. That stiff upper back and neck or your sensitive lower back. You will release tension, restore your range of motion and work on strength and stability. Each class concludes with an inversion on the headstander which allows us to go upside down without putting pressure on the neck.
 
This yoga style has been developed over the past 35 years in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Marietta Vis brings CAY to the US.

We offer a series of 4 workshops to give the opportunity to dive deeper into this practice. It is also possible to just take one workshop. Each workshop has it’s own focus in a particular part of the body and we’ll highlight and a group of asanas we will bring into practice. You do not need to have experience with this. It will come along the way!
The workshops are also interesting for experienced yogis.

$25 Early Registration $30 Day of

Sunday Evening Meditation Workshop with Peter Mosher Sun, May 28, 2017 at 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Meditation is a means of transforming the mind to reduce anxiety and induce a calm state. Meditation is an effective form of stress reduction and can improve health and quality of living when practiced regularly. We are offering you the opportunity to begin or enhance your meditation practice regularly at Blue Heron with gatherings on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. It is a great way to transition from your weekend by setting the tone for your week ahead. Come be part of our meditation community and share in this uplifting group energy.

The meditations will be guided by Peter Mosher who has been leading meditation for over 40 years. He draws from a number of traditions to find inspiration and ways to effectively build and deepen. At the core of these practices is mindful loving kindness for oneself and others.

There is no set fee for these practices. Following the Eastern tradition of Dana, a free will offering is requested, a suggested amount being $12, more if you can less if necessary. Please note that if you sign up online you can not edit the cost, but must select $10 $12 or $15. Please call ahead or come to the front desk to select a different amount.

 

The Gift of Slowing Down: Yin Yoga for Total Rejuvenation Workshop - $20 with Claudia Neuman Fri, Jun 2, 2017 at 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Yin Yoga practice offers you the opportunity to explore effortlessness while rejuvenating the connective tissue of the major joints of the body. The Yin approach encourages true physical health and sound emotional well being through longer held poses with relaxed musculature. As we move into this slow and deep practice our focus will be on connecting to the ‘Inner Teacher’ who resides in that place of nurturing stillness within all of us, setting the stage for meditation and contemplative practices.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of yogis. Pre-registration recommended. $20 per session.
Friday Night Zen: Restorative Yoga to Calm and Reset with Stephanie Hurter Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
In our fast paced world, our nervous system tends to operate on overdrive fueling a felt sense of internal fatigue, disconnection, and anxiety. Restorative yoga has been shown to help the body rebalance by activating the parasympathetic (or rest and digest) part of the nervous system. Such activation not only calms the mind, but also enables the body to relax leading to deeper self-awareness, more beneficial sleep, improved immune functioning, and even weight loss at times. Poses are held for 5-10 minutes on the floor and props are used to allow the body to completely release into each pose. Through the sequence of poses, the body is encouraged to open up and rebalance. Essential oils will also be used throughout the class to further enhance release and restoration. Come find your zen!
 
Cost $20
The Gift of Slowing Down: Yin Yoga for Total Rejuvenation Workshop - $20 with Claudia Neuman Fri, Jul 7, 2017 at 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Yin Yoga practice offers you the opportunity to explore effortlessness while rejuvenating the connective tissue of the major joints of the body. The Yin approach encourages true physical health and sound emotional well being through longer held poses with relaxed musculature. As we move into this slow and deep practice our focus will be on connecting to the ‘Inner Teacher’ who resides in that place of nurturing stillness within all of us, setting the stage for meditation and contemplative practices.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of yogis. Pre-registration recommended. $20 per session.
Friday Night Zen: Restorative Yoga to Calm and Reset with Stephanie Hurter Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
In our fast paced world, our nervous system tends to operate on overdrive fueling a felt sense of internal fatigue, disconnection, and anxiety. Restorative yoga has been shown to help the body rebalance by activating the parasympathetic (or rest and digest) part of the nervous system. Such activation not only calms the mind, but also enables the body to relax leading to deeper self-awareness, more beneficial sleep, improved immune functioning, and even weight loss at times. Poses are held for 5-10 minutes on the floor and props are used to allow the body to completely release into each pose. Through the sequence of poses, the body is encouraged to open up and rebalance. Essential oils will also be used throughout the class to further enhance release and restoration. Come find your zen!
 
Cost $20
The Gift of Slowing Down: Yin Yoga for Total Rejuvenation Workshop - $20 with Claudia Neuman Fri, Aug 4, 2017 at 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Yin Yoga practice offers you the opportunity to explore effortlessness while rejuvenating the connective tissue of the major joints of the body. The Yin approach encourages true physical health and sound emotional well being through longer held poses with relaxed musculature. As we move into this slow and deep practice our focus will be on connecting to the ‘Inner Teacher’ who resides in that place of nurturing stillness within all of us, setting the stage for meditation and contemplative practices.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of yogis. Pre-registration recommended. $20 per session.
Friday Night Zen: Restorative Yoga to Calm and Reset with Stephanie Hurter Fri, Aug 25, 2017 at 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
In our fast paced world, our nervous system tends to operate on overdrive fueling a felt sense of internal fatigue, disconnection, and anxiety. Restorative yoga has been shown to help the body rebalance by activating the parasympathetic (or rest and digest) part of the nervous system. Such activation not only calms the mind, but also enables the body to relax leading to deeper self-awareness, more beneficial sleep, improved immune functioning, and even weight loss at times. Poses are held for 5-10 minutes on the floor and props are used to allow the body to completely release into each pose. Through the sequence of poses, the body is encouraged to open up and rebalance. Essential oils will also be used throughout the class to further enhance release and restoration. Come find your zen!
 
Cost $20