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The next Teacher Training program will begin April 2017. The foundation of this training draws from a diversity of yoga styles, stimulating personal inquiry into your own yoga practice. In an environment of individualized, experiential learning you gain professional skillfulness to teach in a wide variety of settings. Taught in a unique format of nine immersion weekends over eight months, topics covered will include Technique and Alignment of Hatha Yoga Postures, Self-Awakening Yoga – Principles and Practice, Pranayama, Meditation, Bandhas, Hands-on Assists, Principles of Teaching, Anatomy and Philosophy and Ayurveda. As a participant in this Yoga Alliance approved 200 Hour Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher Training you will be qualified to continue your training with the internationally recognized Nosara Yoga Institute on their well-established professional development path.  Click here or contact Ann for more information

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The Buddha’s discourse on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness outlines practical methods for practicing mindfulness meditation and for progressing on the path to awakening. In this workshop series we’ll interweave these timeless teachings with body-based yoga methods. Mindfulness practice develops a quality of awareness that enables us to maintain a continuity of presence throughout a movement practice. Asana and pranayama offer clear anchor points for the present moment, making meditative awareness more accessible. These practices sustain each other, and together they support the cultivation of wisdom and the capacity to skillfully meet life as it unfolds.

Each workshop will include both receptive and active (Yin/Yang) asana practice to develop and maintain ease and vitality in the tissues of the body, pranayama for enhancing the pranic system, and mindfulness methods drawn from each of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, all with the mood of loving-kindness.

In the First Foundation of Mindfulness, the Buddha offers methods for cultivating grounded presence in the body. By watching the breath and paying attention to the kaleidoscope of sensations that percolate in an asana practice, we develop the capacity to attend to all of life’s experiences in a skillful way.

The Second Foundation of Mindfulness outlines practices for working with feelings. Not quite the same as emotions, feelings are the visceral, body-based responses to circumstances before the mind turns them into emotions. In our practice this month, we will work on identifying the moment when our feelings gives rise to reactivity.

The Third Foundation of Mindfulness addresses mental activity such as emotions, imaginings, plans, memories — what we call citta vritti (mind chatter) in Patanjali’s yoga. Indeed, the exposition of yoga in the Yoga Sutras is to calm this chatter so that we may touch into reality. Much chatter arises in yoga practice, making it fertile ground for inquiry into our mind state.

In the Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness we receive the teachings on the dharmas, or mental phenomena. We can think of these as the filters through which we perceive our world. In this final workshop, we will pay attention to the experiences that enter our consciousness through the sensory doorways and inquire into the nature of change

Take all 4 classes or sign up individually.
Feb 12
Mar 12
April 9
May 7
$140 for all four sessions or $40 for single class.  Go to your MindBody account to register on-line or sign up at the front desk.
About Insight Yoga & Jennifer O’Sullivan
Developed by master teacher Sarah Powers, Insight yoga is a heart-centered approach that interweaves the insights and practices of Yoga, Buddhism, Taoism, and Transpersonal Psychology. Jennifer has been teaching in the Washington, DC area for more than a decade after completing her first teacher training in 2004. She has studied with exemplary yoga teachers from a number of disciplines but is most influenced by Don and Amba Stapleton of Nosara Yoga Institute and her primary teacher Sarah Powers. Jennifer is an endorsed Insight Yoga teacher and mentor in the Insight Yoga Institute.

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Springtime is the perfect time for inversions. Just as the flowers begin to push through the cold earth reaching towards the sun, their roots dig even deep down to create a strong anchor to support that skyward growth.
When you are learning to balance safely upside down, you can take a tip or 2 from the springtime flowers.
In this workshop, you’ll learn how to create a strong foundation for each of the primary inversions: handstand, forearm stand, and headstand.
You’ll learn how to turn your arms into strong stems and your hands into roots, while your legs bloom upward towards the sun.
You’ll learn the basics of each inversion so you can practice safely at home or in your regular weekly yoga class, as well as variations if you’re feeling ready for more adventure.

Rise up on your mat today to celebrate spring!

Go to your online account to register or check in at the front desk.  Just $40.  Save $5 and register by March 26 : )

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Earth Day Kirtan, Saturday, April 22, 7:00 – 8:30

Join Chip Guffey and Jason Lewis for an Evening of Kirtan. Kirtan is a very simple & powerful way to meditate. Kirtan is non-denominational, the Universal language of Spirit, the song of the Soul. It’s effortless & joyful; the music does the work for you as you flow with the melody & rhythm. * The [...]




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Spring Restorative Yoga with Pranassage, Sunday, April 23, 2:30 – 4:30

Spring has sprung and change is in the air. Help yourself transition with the gift of relaxation and peace! The restorative practice helps prepare the receiver for a deeper experience by engaging the parasympathetic nervous system, which governs the internal organs and digestive system and inhibits or slows high-energy function. By doing so, the body [...]




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Ayurveda: Healing Principles and Daily Practices with Alana Greenberg, April 29 – 30, 2017

Ayurveda, Yoga’s sister science, is India’s traditional health-care system that adheres to the organic pulsations and bio-rhythms of nature. It offers common sense approaches to wellness and longevity with natural, safe and effective remedies, empowering us to maintain our own vibrant health. How? This workshop will demystify Ayurvedic Medicine by exploring its philosophical roots and [...]




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Trauma-Sensitive Yoga: Understanding Trauma’s Full-Spectrum Impact and How to Relieve Symptoms Naturally with Alana Greenberg, June 3 – 4, 2017

Growing evidence shows that the imprints of traumatic events remain lodged in the body and brain, and that somatic awareness practices are essential for trauma recovery. Modern findings in neuroscience support these notions and have paved the way for yoga and meditation to find their rightful place as bona fide adjunctive therapies in treating traumatic [...]




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Self-Awakening Yoga Therapeutic Essentials 100 Hour Training with Janel Schullo, June 25 – July 8, 2017

Self-Awakening Yoga has been called a miraculous returning home to the wisdom of the body. In this 100-hour teacher training you will learn to teach the fundamentals of Self-Awakening Yoga, from accessible movement, to mindful awareness. You will gain non-authoritarian teaching skills to help others unravel muscular tension, experience new ranges of motion, and recover [...]




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Applied Anatomy for Yoga, with Dr. Steven Weiss, Sat-Sun, June 17-18

Develop a safe, refined and therapeutic practice.   Yoga provides an excellent approach to health, fitness, and wellbeing. When we follow our natural anatomical design, the body moves with grace and refinement and yoga becomes a highly effective approach to injury prevention and therapy. To be effective, yoga practice requires a level of precision and [...]




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Evolve Yoga now at St. Mary’s College

Live south in the county and looking for yoga closer to home?  Join Evolve Yoga Instructor Susan Grier, RYT-500 for Yoga for Strength and Flexibility.  Spring session runs March 14 – May 2. Drop-ins welcome. This is a basic class to build strength, increase flexibility, and improve balance, appropriate for beginners as well as more [...]




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