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ASHTANGA Weekend with DAVID SWENSON with DAVID SWENSON Next held on Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 6:30 am - 5:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Fri Mar 3, 2017 - Sun Mar 5, 2017

EARLYBIRD PRICE FOR ENTIRE WORKSHOP BEFORE 1/31/17 (if not sold out):   $289*

David’s expertise as a practitioner is matched by his ability to share a wealth of knowledge in a very personable, HILARIOUS, fun and down-to-earth manner filled with joy!

"To witness the fruits of a life-long yoga practice, spend a little time in the presence of David Swenson. He began practicing yoga 1969 at the age of 13, and the decades of dedicated practice show up in David as unflappable good humor, a teaching style that makes a challenging practice accessible to everyone, wisdom, generosity and grace–in addition to his extraordinary mastery of any asana."
SPOTS FOR FULL WEEKEND WORKSHOP FILLING UP. Last day for earlybird registration 1/31.

Friday, 6–8 pm
ASHTANGA YOGA: AN INTRODUCTION
Exploring the Fundamentals
This class is an introduction to Ashtanga Yoga. It is open to all levels of experience or lack there of. The building blocks of Ashtanga Yoga will be explored through the basic elements of Breath, Bandhas and Vinyasa. There will be a short discussion followed by an introductory flow through an abbreviated sequence from the First Series. The class will end with a guided deep relaxation. $45
 
Saturday, 7-9am
ALL ABOARD THE ASHTANGA TRAIN
Yoga Chikitsa: A Fully Conducted Primary Series Class

This class is designed for those already familiar with the First Series of Ashtanga Yoga. It will be conducted like a train ride that will continue flowing along all of the way from the opening sun salutations to the closing sequence. There will be time at the end of the flow to enjoy a deep relaxation. $45

 

Saturday, 1:30-4pm
FLYING FLOATING AND HANDSTANDING
A Fun-filled exploration of Vinyasa and Arm-balances
One of the greatest challenges of the Ashtanga flow is the vinyasa. In this class David will break the vinyasa down into its components. He likes to refer to this as: “The Physics of Flight”. The class will also explore the elements of handstands and arm-balances.
This will all be done through the avenue of partner work. There is always plenty of laughter and fun as well as a depth of information in this class. All levels may attend even if you have never done a handstand before. Alternatives are always given. $55

 

Saturday, 4:30–6pm
BREATH, BANDHAS AND PRANAYAMA
Exploring the Mantra of Ujjayi and the Mysteries of Energy Locks
In Sanskrit, Man means Mind and Tra means to Free or Deliver. Therefore the word Mantra means to Free the Mind. There are many mantras in yoga such as Om, Hare Krishna, Om Namo Shivaya and a plethora of others. In Ashtanga Yoga the mantra is the sound of our breath: Ujjayi. There is no other sound more universal than breath. It is not tied to language or culture and is “chanted” from the first moment of birth. This class will focus on the mantra of ujjayi within asana practice as well as during pranayama. In addition to breath work the class will also explore the invisible world of Bandhas. We well attempt to gain greater understanding of these subtle yet powerful tools through interactive discussion as well as a series of practical exercises. $50

 

Sunday, 7-9am
NADI SHODANA / A GUIDED TOUR OF THE INTERMEDIATE SERIES
Hop on the Bus and Enjoy a Ride to the Second Series
Students should have a regular practice of the First Series in order to attend this class. There will be an introductory discussion of the dynamics inherent to the Second Series. David will then lead the class through a portion of First Series acting as a springboard into as much of the Second Series as seems appropriate. There will be a variety of options given for each posture in order to allow multiple approaches. Many people are frightened of or intimidated by the Second Series of Ashtanga Yoga. But it is truly one of the most fun sequences! David will present the Second Series with great compassion, patience and humor. Students should have a regular practice of the First Series in order to attend this class. David will lead the participants through as much of the Second Series practice as seems appropriate for the group. He will offer alternatives and guidance along the way and explain methods and techniques to make the Second Series asanas feel more accessible and user-friendly. This class is a great way to experience the dynamics of second series in a safe and fun environment. $55

 

Sunday, 1:30-4pm
INVERSIONS, BACKBENDS AND SITTING WITH YOUR BREATH
Finding Stability When the World is Inverted and Returning Home to Breath
This class will turn your world upside/down in order to explore the dynamics of inverting the body through building a solid foundation from which to grow while also looking at the opposing forces at play in Inversions. Backbends will be redefined as front openings and sitting quietly will be explored as an active participation in self-exploration through developing a relationship with our lifelong companion, breath. $55

 

Sunday, 4:30-6pm
EIGHT LIMBS AND DAILY LIFE
How does this practice apply within the context of daily living?
Underlying the mysterious and complex philosophy of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras there is a truly profound simplicity that may be applied within the context of our daily lives. This class will discuss the Eight Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga and explore their applications within our day-to-day life. What is the use of Philosophy without real application? We may memorize quotations or stanzas from great writings but unless we can apply them within our life they are merely words spoken rather than knowledge realized. $45

 

PRICING INFORMATION
Individual sessions may be purchased after the Early Bird ends (if not sold out), starting February 1st, 2017.

Full Workshop - $350 non-member; $175 DYS Mysore member

*DYS REFUND POLICY - ALL SALES ARE CONSIDERED FINAL. Refunds are not available for this workshop.


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Crystal Sound Meditation with Jessica Neideffer Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

 
MONTHLY GROUP SOUND HEALING MEDITATION
(EVERY 1ST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH)

Sound Healing is the intentional use of sound to create an environment which becomes a space for healing of the physical, mental, emotional and energetic bodies. To become “healed,” simply means to become “whole.”By coupling our intention with sound we are able to elevate our vibration to restore harmony within our BEing. By surrendering to the highest good, we ourselves become that conduit for peace, healing, change and growth.

As you meditate and lie still or sit on your mat, we will work with the sounds and intention to help the body heal on a cellular level. During a session each person is receiving perfect frequencies through the playing of crystal instruments re-harmonizing the body back to its natural tones.

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat if you have one.

PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE ONLINE

Price: $20

 

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Sound Immersion Experience: Gongs & Singing Bowls with Danny Goldberg Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

 

MONTHLY SOUND IMMERSION EXPERIENCE

(EVERY 3RD SATURDAY OF THE MONTH)


Lay down to experience the sound vibrations of singing bowls, gongs and chimes as they guide us into a deep meditation. The healing vibrations pass through our bodies, opening blockages and allowing our minds to quiet. This is an intimate acoustic experience as the singing bowls are placed around the room & on your body. A wide range of ancient world traditions from Confucianism to the Pythagoreans” claimed that sound could not only “tune the soul” but affect our cosmological & social worlds as well. The physiological impact of sound on the body, emotions & cognition is apparent. Through the vibrations of these instruments we experience an inner calm and deep relaxation that enables us to journey within and center.

 

Danny weaves the restorative vibrations of singing bowls, gongs & chimes to create a blanket of healing sounds. The vibrations of these instruments enable us to journey within & center. The sound provides a channel for release, opening & transformation, tuning our vibrational frequency. Danny performs solo & in collaboration with Hatha Flow, Yoga Nidra, Yin/Restorative, Kundalini, Qigong, Breathwork, EFT & Meditation. Danny offers the Sound Immersion Experience for individual or group sessions at yoga studios healing centers & events throughout the U.S. Including: Globe Sound Healing Conference, Beloved, New Living Expo, Wanderlust, Phases of the Moon Festival, Breathe Yoga, Divinitree Yoga, Yoga Tree & many more. Danny has performed for UC Santa Cruz & Foothill College Music Programs, Science & Nonduality Conference, Lightning in a Bottle, Lucidity, Symbiosis Gathering & many other events.

 

www.DannyGoldberg.org

 

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat if you have one.

 

PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE ONLINE


$20 in Advance
$25 at the Door

 

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Yoga and TRE (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises) with Maria Alfaro Sun, Mar 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

 
TRE is a simple, gentle and profound technique that facilities the lengthening and relaxation of the psoas muscle and the release of physical and emotional tension and stress. The TRE exercises tire the legs, triggering an involuntary shaking and trembling response, which begins in the legs and often spreads throughout the body. This natural response is the nervous systems way of discharging long-held tension and unconscious body contraction (due to everyday stress and traumatic life experiences), in order to restore the body to wholeness.
 
Some of the reported benefit of TRE are:
healing of symptoms of sciatica and fibromyalgia, release of deep chronic tension and anxiety, better sleep, increase of overall energy and stamina, shake loose of of unconscious muscle contraction, improved circulation and flexibility, relief from chronic lower back, neck and shoulder pain.
 
TRE was developed by Dr. David Berceli, a bionergetic therapist and social worker, who used it successfully worldwide working with soldiers, firefighters, police officers and survivors of war, natural disasters and other traumatic circumstances to help alleviate the many symptoms of post-traumatic stress. TRE is taught in over 40 countries worldwide.
 
This workshop is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. A short and gentle yoga practice will precede the teaching of the TRE exercises. The yoga part of the class is simple and the exercises can be modified to accommodate any body’s need.
 
For more information about TRE please visit www.TREcalifornia.com
 
If you have any questions or concerns please contactmaria@TREcalifornia.com

Cost: $45

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Path to Stillness: Movement & Meditation Workshop Series with Christine Pham and Heidi Sloss Next held on Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Apr 1, 2017 - Sat Apr 22, 2017
 
Discover how to let go, focus, and find peaceful stillness through movement and meditation. In this two hour workshop we will combine energizing vinyasa flow sequences with different mindfulness practices. We will synchronize Pranayama (breath) with Asana (postures), opening up Prana (life energy), and then bliss out through guided meditation, finding our path to stillness. Each week we will present a different theme with different asanas and mediation styles.
 
Path To Stillness is perfect for people who are new to yoga and meditation as well as practitioners who looking for a yoga/meditation community. Each class will build on the last so it would be most beneficial to attend the series, but not required. Only requirements are an open mind and an open heart.
 
Dates: April 1, 8, 15 and 22
Times: 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Cost: $100 for all 4 workshops or $35/each

 

 

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Pre-Natal Partners Workshop with Kim Bick-Maurischat Sun, Apr 2, 2017 at 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

 
Pregnancy is a journey of exciting possibility, profound and deep transformation for mothers, their partners and the waiting baby. The journey to birth is also a precious time of wonder, reflection and constant change. Yoga offers a wonderful opportunity to prepare and support this magnificent journey towards parenthood by calming the mind, strengthening the body and nourishing the spirit. This workshop for couples will provide a warm, joyful and nurturing environment for partners as they prepare for the birth of their child with partner poses and massage, breathing techniques, guided visualization and relaxation. Partners will learn tools to bring home into their daily life to nourish and support each other on their pregnant journey. We will learn to alleviate typical discomforts, build flexibility, stamina and strength all the while by connecting with the baby and preparing the body for a mindfully engaged birth.
 

Please eat a light meal before class, bring a water bottle, snack and a mat. Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in.


Early Bird Pricing Before March 31: $65 Per Couple

Starting April 1: $80 per Couple

Workshop is 3 hrs.

 

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Sound Immersion Experience: Gongs & Singing Bowls with Danny Goldberg Sat, Apr 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

 

MONTHLY SOUND IMMERSION EXPERIENCE

(EVERY 3RD SATURDAY OF THE MONTH)


Lay down to experience the sound vibrations of singing bowls, gongs and chimes as they guide us into a deep meditation. The healing vibrations pass through our bodies, opening blockages and allowing our minds to quiet. This is an intimate acoustic experience as the singing bowls are placed around the room & on your body. A wide range of ancient world traditions from Confucianism to the Pythagoreans” claimed that sound could not only “tune the soul” but affect our cosmological & social worlds as well. The physiological impact of sound on the body, emotions & cognition is apparent. Through the vibrations of these instruments we experience an inner calm and deep relaxation that enables us to journey within and center.

 

Danny weaves the restorative vibrations of singing bowls, gongs & chimes to create a blanket of healing sounds. The vibrations of these instruments enable us to journey within & center. The sound provides a channel for release, opening & transformation, tuning our vibrational frequency. Danny performs solo & in collaboration with Hatha Flow, Yoga Nidra, Yin/Restorative, Kundalini, Qigong, Breathwork, EFT & Meditation. Danny offers the Sound Immersion Experience for individual or group sessions at yoga studios healing centers & events throughout the U.S. Including: Globe Sound Healing Conference, Beloved, New Living Expo, Wanderlust, Phases of the Moon Festival, Breathe Yoga, Divinitree Yoga, Yoga Tree & many more. Danny has performed for UC Santa Cruz & Foothill College Music Programs, Science & Nonduality Conference, Lightning in a Bottle, Lucidity, Symbiosis Gathering & many other events.

 

www.DannyGoldberg.org

 

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat if you have one.

 

PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE ONLINE


$20 in Advance
$25 at the Door

 

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Full Mysore Week and Saturday Workshop with Harmony Slater with Harmony Slater Next held on Sun, Apr 30, 2017 at 6:30 am - 5:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sun Apr 30, 2017 - Sat May 6, 2017

Full Mysore Week and Saturday Workshop April 30 - May 6, 2017 with Harmony Slater

EARLYBIRD PRICE FOR ENTIRE 7-DAY WORKSHOP BEFORE 3/1/17 (if not sold out): $170*

April 30 - May 4, 2017 - 5 Days of Morning Mysore Practice, 6:30-9am

Mysore Style is the heart of Ashtanga Yoga. In the Mysore method, students are met as individuals. Each person is taught progressively according to his or her readiness. A relationship is cultivated with the teacher and the practice begins to grow over time. The Mysore method of teaching and practice is very effective, and a certain power can be transmitted through the teacher to the students. Practicing with a qualified teacher can be a very transformative experience for students who are open to exploring their inner self, using the asana as a tool for this discovery.

Friday May 5 - Satsang & Primary Series: The Essential Components of Sadhana 6:30-9:30am

Primary Series – Strengthening the Connection to Bandhas

Mula Bandha and Uddiyana Bandha are important keys to the asana practice. This Primary Series class will bring focus to what these "energetic locks" really are and how they can be used to create a greater sense of lightness, balance, and ease of movement. Learn to cultivate a deeper understanding and awareness of bandhas in your practice.

Saturday, May 6: Strengthening the Spine and Cleansing the Nervous System 6:30-9am

A gentle introduction to second series and pranayama practice.

Nadi Shodhana is the name given to the Second Series of the Ashtanga Yoga system. However, it is also the name of a beginner Pranayama exercise. In this workshop students will explore the connection of prana (vital life energy) with the cleansing and strengthening of the nervous system through gentle asanas, kriyas and pranayama. These practices will be highly beneficial and accessible to every one, regardless of your level of experience.

PRICING INFORMATION after March 1st:
Individual sessions may be purchased after the Early Bird ends (if not sold out), starting March 1, 2017.

Sunday - Friday Mysore Practice Week: $170

Drop-In Mysore/Friday Satsang & Primary: $35

Single Session Saturday Workshop: $45

Full Workshop - $199 non-member; $120 DYS Mysore member

*DYS REFUND POLICY - ALL SALES ARE CONSIDERED FINAL. Refunds are not available for this workshop.

 

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Happy Shoulders Workshop with Deepa Dravid Sun, May 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

 
Improper shoulder alignment can create lot of pain and injury. We will explore corrective Yoga Tune-Up exercises and targeted self massage techniques that will unlock the shoulder tension and create a deep release in the the upper back, neck and shoulders.
 
Early Bird Registration by May 1: $40
After May 1: $45
 
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Happy Hips Workshop with Deepa Dravid Sun, May 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

 
The hips are responsible for so much of our physical health. Tight hips can cause the leg muscles to overcompensate and become imbalanced and lead to knee and even foot problems. This same pattern manifests above the hips in back pain and shoulder and neck stiffness as the upper body compensates for imbalance below. We will spend time in this workshop learning techniques for self-massage of the hips, low-back, and thighs gaining access to deep-“seated” tension. We will then move into corrective hip Yoga Tune-Up postures and movements looking for body blind spots and proper integration in the hips and pelvis. This will be a highly informative and empowering session, designed to give you the self-knowledge to inspire your own inner evolution.
 
Please bring a notebook, and something to write with if you like.
 
Early Bird Registration by May 15: $40
After May 15: $45
 
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