Workshops

Yoga and Movement Workshops

To Register: click on workshop title below. You will be taken to a separate page where you can sign up for the workshop.

Ease Autumn Overwhelm with Yoga, Ayurveda and Acupuncture w/ Hannah Leatherbury and Rebecca Snyder

Saturday, 9/20/14, 2-4pm

Early fall brings with it the transition into cooler, shorter days, and signs that nature is fading and/or loosing its summer radiance. We can carry anxiety, fear and feelings of being overwhelmed as this transition takes place. Age-old wisdom found within the ancient healing arts and traditional medicine systems of Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda proves that we can take control of these feelings through specific practices that bring us back into balance. Join Hannah Leatherbury and Rebecca Snyder for an afternoon experience of auricular (ear-based) acupuncture, Ayurvedic oelation (oil-based) therapy, and a nourishing yoga/breathing/meditation sequence. Expect to leave with tips and tools that you can use at home to continue taming your feelings of overwhelm and stress. $50 before September 1st; $75 thereafter.  

No same day registration.

 

Yoga and Hiking Adventure on the Northwest Branch Trail w/ Krista

Saturday, 9/27/14, 10-11:30am

Come join Krista for a beautiful hike + yoga on the trail of the Northwest Branch creek, located right next to Blue Heron Wellness.  Enjoy a vigorous hike and the relaxing sounds of the water and wildlife while practicing yoga.  We will take a 45 minute hike with 45 minutes of yoga interspersed along the way.  Please wear athletic shoes , bring water and a towel or travel mat in a backpack.

All Levels welcome!

 

Fall Rejuvenation: Finding Balance and Stability in the Transition from Summer to Fall w/ Debbie

Sunday, 9/28/14, 2-4pm

As the summer heat gives way to the cooler and drier air of fall, we need to slow down, nourish our bodies, and and find stability so that we do not get depleted. In this workshop, we will explore principles from both yoga and Ayurveda (the ancient Indian holistic health system) for staying balanced and healthy during this seasonal shift.
The workshop will include a grounding and balancing asana practice, which will expel heat from the body and soothe the nervous system, ending with a deep relaxation. We will discuss dietary guidelines and tips as well as simple lifestyle practices that can help in the transition from summer to fall, and we will share a nourishing tea for the season.

All levels of yoga experience are welcome.

Yoga for Low Back Relief w/ Madeleine

Saturday 10/4/14, 1:30-3pm

Sitting, driving, stress and even the simple actions of everyday life, like picking up children and doing laundry can create tension in our lower backs. This does not have to be the case!

In this afternoon workshop, you’ll learn yoga poses and gentle movements to release tension in your low back. You’ll also learn strategies for keeping your back strong and supported long after this class is over.

All Levels Welcome

 

QiGong, Deep Relaxation and Meditation w/ Peter

Sunday 10/12/14, 3-5pm

This program will have three interrelated parts: Qigong instruction and practice– sometimes called Chinese Yoga; guided deep relaxation; and mindfulness meditation with singing bowls and meditative chanting. The Qigong practice flows naturally into deep relaxation and this establishes the conditions for meditation to be most effective by slowing down and opening the body, mind and spirit for nurturing and healing.

Qigong instruction will include the theory behind the practice as it draws from ancient traditional Chinese health practices, its relationship to acupuncture and to Indian yogic practices. We will explore how our energy/prana/chi flows through our bodies, how it becomes blocked, how we can remove blocks and move toward optimum health. Qigong practice is done mostly standing using slow movements coordinated with the breath. Following Qigong practice, students will be guided into deep relaxation by releasing tension to allow the flow of nurturing energy through the body. In this relaxed physical and mental state we will move into a period meditation maintaining mindfulness of the energy/prana/chi as it flows through our entire being enhancing mental, emotional, and spiritual clarity. We will close with a healing meditation for ourselves, our families, friends, and relationships.

All Levels Welcome

 

Wise Woman: Reclaim Your Life After 50 w/ Sherry

Saturday 10/25/14, 1:30-3:30pm

This is a time of transition.  We know where we have been and who we have been, but what lies ahead? As we get older, we don’t need to recede into the shadows.  This can be a time for new adventures and reinvention.  Let’s take charge of the wise women we have become, using our wealth of experience, confidence and the wisdom we have acquired.

In this workshop, we will learn to enhance our physical energy, mental clarity and emotional balance.  Yoga can help reduce the risk of many of the chronic diseases of aging, as well as strengthen our bones, our core and our balance.  Celebrate this time in your life by embracing lifestyle and health choices that bring more fullness and support to your life.

All Levels Welcome

 

Yoga for Special Conditions w/ Nancy K

Sunday, 11/2/14, 1:30-3pm

This workshop will offer you the opportunity to do yoga regardless of physical conditions or limitations. If you have stiffness or discomfort in your

hips, lower back, neck, knees or shoulders, if you want to improve your balance and strength, or you are recovering from an injury or illness, you will benefit from this workshop. Meditation and breathing exercises that may help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression are part of the program.

In addition, you will learn and practice two 5 minute yoga sequences that you can do at home or in your office.

Props, including chairs, cushions, straps and blocks will be used to modify poses and insure your safety.

 

A Benefit for the Prison Yoga Project: Finding Freedom Through Yoga w/ Kath and Hannah

Saturday, 11/8/14, 4-6pm

Meet the author of A Woman’s Practice: Healing from the Heart and help support the gift of yoga to incarcerated women across the United States. Kath Meadows teaches yoga to women behind bars. Inspired by her students, she has written a book offering a comprehensive introduction to yoga that is valuable to any woman looking to start and continue a beneficial yoga practice on her own.

Kath will offer a 30 minute presentation about the status of the US prison population, the effects on our communities, and the benefits of yoga for the women, their families and our broader community. Hannah will offer a 30 minute gentle yoga practice. Following the class the book will be available for sale and signing.  All proceeds will support and directly benefit this project.

 

Unleash Your Warrior Spirit: Mythology and Asana in Action! w/ Rekara

Sunday, 11/9/14

Discover the connection between the culture of yoga and the movement. This workshop uses the power of storytelling to tap into the inner strength of the Warrior poses, which set the foundation of many yoga practices, as well as explore the asanas that require strength and stability. In this class, you will explore the myth of Virabhadra and link the history and emotion to the poses (Warrior I,II,III). We’ll then reflect and meditate  on  the principles and takeaways from this warrior story.

Following the meditation, you will flow through a vinyasa practice that allows you to embody and embrace the warrior stances and build to other asanas by linking the spiritual and physical fundamentals that you have learned.

 

Hip Opening for the Holidays w/ Naomi

Saturday, 11/15/14, 1:30-3:30pm

Once November rolls around, it feels as though we’ve hit the accelerator on our year and we begin to speed ahead into the holiday season.  As joyful as these holidays can be, they can also bring with them unwanted stress.  Yoga can be a phenomenal stress-reliever, but the poses that create the most relief for our tightly-wound, family-feuding, holiday-induced stress bodies are hip openers, twists and deep forward bends.

Spend this afternoon preparing your body, mind and heart with a powerful yoga practice intended to take you inward to soothe your nerves and create a feeling of calm deep in your bones.  Learn some additional tips and tools to navigate this holiday season smoothly and serenely, no matter what unexpected elements rise up.

All Levels Welcome

 

Tending the Joints: An Introduction to Yin Yoga w/ Machelle

Sunday, 11/23/14, 1:30-3:30pm

Yin Yoga utilizes floor poses held for 3-5 minutes each in order to modestly, within limits, stimulate ligaments through tugging and compressing joint tissue. This basic introduction to Yin Yoga theory and its simple repertoire of poses is self-empowering for the support and physical therapy for the joints, tendons, and ligaments of the low back, spine, hips, sacrum, knees and ankles.

In this workshop, the foundational principles of Yin Yoga will be discussed as well as the chemical responses that occur in the joints based on modern tissue regeneration research of why Yin Yoga is so uniquely therapeutic and rehabilitative to the joints.

All Levels Welcome

 

Tejas: Tending the Fire of Your Yoga Practice w/ Geneva

Sunday, 12/7/14, 2-4pm

Deepen your yoga practice by creating your own heat or tapas from within and using that fire to truly shine. Tejas is defined as radiance, fire, brilliance and spiritual power.  It nurtures courage, fearlessness, deep love and compassion.  Think of this type of practice as an alternative experience to Hot Yoga, perhaps a more natural and healthy approach. Rather than using an external source to generate heat, you will learn how to generate your own firepower.

This workshop will include a strong asana practice, breathwork (pranayama in sanskrit) and meditation (dhyana).  It will also include time for questions and observations regarding how this practice can impact your energy and life.

 

Winter Solstice Retreat: Yoga, Relaxation, Meditation and Breaking Bread w/ Hannah and Peter

Sunday, 12/21/14, 2-4pm

For thousands of years, cultures across the globe have recognized the Winter Solstice as a time to gather and find comfort in their communities during the darkest days of the year. The Winter Solstice Retreat is an opportunity for you to practice of yoga, deep relaxation, meditation and then to share a nibble with others.

Yoga practice will be suited to all levels, relaxation will focus on letting go of stress and meditation will offer you an opportunity to be more present.

The nibble that we share together will incorporate a homemade, Ayurvedic masala (spice blend) and tea inspired by the season.

All Levels Welcome

 

Wellness Workshops

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Autumn Wellness: 10-Day Clean-Eating Detox w/ Naomi Gottlieb-Miller

Sunday, 9/21/14 through 9/30/14, online and in your own home

Are you ready to take a giant step forward in your health evolution?

If you’re stuck in a rut with your energy, feeling depleted or just a little junky, now is the time to shift some of those old, unhealthy habits and recreate your personal vitality through a detox.

Food is fuel.

A detox can help jumpstart a sluggish digestive system, transform your relationship to food and recharge your approach to eating.

This detox is not about deprivation but centered around the idea of healing and strengthening our digestive system. A detox is the opportunity to evaluate your eating habits, observe whether or not you are feeling nourished, healthy and energized by the food you eat, then make shifts where needed.

This 10 day detox will meet you where you are and offer you options so you can have the best detox experience possible. You determine the level of detoxing you feel comfortable with taking on, as well as how much participation with the rest of the detox group.

What is included in your detox?

*Recipe Booklet and Detox Tips

*Online Support through a private facebook group

*2 support phone calls during the 10 days (will be recorded for those who cannot attend call)

*Daily Check-in emails

An orientation and informational phone call will be Friday afternoon, September 19th.

Sign up before September 19th to receive your orientation packet and information for the initial phone call in advance.

Cost: $110