Chakra Cleanse w/ Jacqui BonwellSunday October 5th 1-4pm
Join me for this special vinyasa class that focuses on energetic & emotional anatomy. We will go through your 7 major energy fields (chakras) and the physical, mental and everyday solutions to bring balance to yourself and your life. I have been doing this class for YEARS and it’s by far what I consider to be my baby. It’s a very powerful, raw look at your life—the blessings, the stressors, the relationships, etc. and how to maintain healthy power within them. Chanting, pranayama, advanced asana and modifications will be offered. This class is open to all levels and is a compliment to any style of yoga you normally practice if you are not a regular, vinyasa practitioner. A downright medicinal sequence and extended savasana.
~ Jacqui Bonwell
$40; This class is 3 hours towards Yoga Alliance CEU's for RYT's.Empower, Inspire and Lift-Off with Matt GiordanoFri Oct 17th thru Sun Oct 19th
Each workshop is $30adv/$35 at the door, or $75 for all three*
Prepare to Fly: Open the Hips and Strengthen the Core for Arm Balancing, Fri 17th 7-9pm
Arm balances are some of the most fun, exciting, and challenging poses of the yoga practice. Most also require flexible hips—a place many of us have tightness. Don’t let that deter you from starting arm balance practice now. Finding hip flexibility is more than simply stretching and waiting to achieve the elasticity we desire. With Matt, we explore techniques to find our fullest range of motion through optimal skeletal alignment and muscular engagement for deep, isometric hip strengtheners. We will also develop a true sense of our core and how its location, stability and strength relate to our arms and hips.
Get ready to sweat, fly, and go deeper in your body in a way that is safe, healthy and absolutely powerful. (suitable for all levels)
One-Armed Handstand Bootcamp, Sat 18th 1-3pm
Learn the secrets and wisdom behind acrobatic handstands. What Downward Dog is to your everyday yogi—a place of familiarity and foundation—handstands are for acrobats! With Matt’s guidance and acrobatic training, you will gain tools, technique, alignment, and drills that will lead you to mastery of your body while upside down. We will explore the concepts and preparation for balancing on one arm, and workshop the architecture of many other handstand variations.
This workshop is most appropriate for students who are comfortable holding a handstand for 30+ seconds on or off the wall and are looking to take themselves to the next level.
The High Life: Acroyoga, Sun 19th 3-5pm
Yoga as a solitary practice is amazing and powerful. AcroYoga offers the opportunity to translate the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of our yoga practice into partnership and group dynamic. It sets the stage for one of the most joyful and profound journeys, filled with discovery. Learn techniques that will take you to new heights--literally.
All levels AcroYoga, at least 3 months yoga or acrobatics practice recommended.
Yoga instructor Matt Giordano gives credit to an influential figure from his teenage years--his high school art teacher-- for sparking within him the curiosity and tenacity that eventually led him to yoga. It was Eileen Walk who told Giordano: "You are not allowed to say 'I can’t.' You must rephrase to a question: 'How?'"
That inquisitive and unrelenting spirit laid the foundation for Matt to begin a devoted yoga practice. When coupled with his passion to understand the physics and subtle alignment of the body, Matt's dharma as a teacher came into focus.
Well-known for his ability to guide students deeply into postures with his refined attention to detail and precise action cues, Giordano is an adept guide for all-levels students at festivals, workshops and in his weekly studio classes. His study of biomechanics and integrative mind-body techniques informs his teaching, as he draws upon wisdom from traditions of yoga, martial arts (Aikido and Tae Kwan Do), acrobatics, AcroYoga and Thai Yoga Massage. In the end, Matt inspires a humble confidence, allowing students to find ease while expanding the edge of their comfort zones.
* group discount rates are non-refundableWanderlust Teacher Training Module 2Oct 20-25th
Join David Vendetti and Alex Auder for an extended teacher training program inspired by the Wanderlust Festival experience. As at our festivals, you will be treated to world-class yoga instruction, live music, and a journey of self-discovery and exploration. You'll immerse yourself in a community of like-minded and inspired yogis dedicated to daily practice and learning. Your in-depth training will conclude with a charitable seva project, a chance to give back to the local community.
This is a modular program, you do not need to have taken the 1st module to participate in the next three, nor do you need to take them sequentially in order to graduate. Take the weeks and the locations that work best for your schedule.Back & Hamstring Love with Nikki Vilella of Kula Yoga ProjectFri & Sat Dec 5th-6th, $40 each
Love for the Low Back: Fri 6:30-9p
Breathe into your low back” is not just a catchy phrase. In this workshop plan to explore the very real relationship between your diaphragm, a muscle whose main job is to assist your respiration, and your psoas, a muscle that connects your upper body to your lower body, is happy to play host to a range of stored emotion, and is often a culprit of low back pain. We will explore the connection that the psoas has to the diaphragm and how the two function when in relationship. Expect to weave uddiyana bandha kriya into the asana practice and feel from experience how accessing your diaphragmatic muscle can leave you feeling not only centered but allow your low back to feel open and spacious.
Say Hello to your Hamstrings: Sat 1-3:30p
Your hamstrings are long enough, but are they strong enough? Many asanas work towards (and require) open hamstrings, which often results in students who have overstretched hamstrings, hang out in their flexibility, and have no idea how to access strength in this long and weak muscle tissue. Certain postures, however, require a deep ability to contract the hamstrings. This workshop will work to both prep you for deep backbending inversions and work on waking up your sleepy backside.Take the Twist, with Kevin CourtneySat December 13th 1-3:30pm $35
Twists, when approached intelligently have the capacity to bring our awareness deep into the core of the body, massage the internal organs and stimulate the release of unconsciously held tension.
In this asana based workshop we’ll explore twisting our way into a clear, luminous and awakened state of stillness. Combing alignment based techniques, some philosophical reference points, breathing practices and meditation, the aim of this time together will be experiencing clarity both deep in the body and mind.
Kevin Courtney is recognized for his innovative and authentic teaching style, weaving classical Hatha yoga and contemporary Vinyasa sequences with the ancient art of Qi Gong, and Kundalini kriyas. KevinCourtneyYoga.com