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The Art of Dying

With Vivek Desai

Saturday May 18th 11:30-1:00p                Cost: $35 per person

Is there a way to face the reality of our own death and that of our loved ones – without suffering? Is there an art of dying? Yes!

In the Katha Upanishad, an ancient sacred text, a courageous young boy goes to the house of death and asks the age-old question about death to the Lord of death himself:  What is the mystery of death and dying? The answer is mind-blowing and forms the basis for the entire tradition of Vedanta and Yoga.

 Join us as we study this fascinating dialogue and understand how learning the art of dying can help us learn the art of living.  The workshop format includes exposition, question-answers, and guided meditations.

Vivek, a molecular biologist by education (PhD) from Princeton University, is a yoga philosophy teacher at Shanti Mandir.

He has been teaching for over a decade and is known for his ability to convey the relevance and practical application of ancient wisdom in our modern lives.

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AcroYoga Progressions Intensive

With Lana Heintjes and Casey Richards

Friday, May 24th 7:30-9:30pm
Saturday, May 25th 2-4pm & 6-8pm
with an optional free jam until 9pm

Pre-registration is required!

Calling all AcroYogis who are ready to level up their basic skills. This intensive is designed to teach you skills that go from easiest to hardest and then track your progress by putting stickers on our chart. You’ll be working with a dedicated trio, while sticking to a role of base or flyer. (Mids can trelf it out) Once you complete the skill with hands-off spotting, your group gets a sticker.
Pre-requisites: Either basing OR flying Front plank, back plank, star, reverse star, foot to hand, and cartwheeling to straddle bat with hands-off spotting.
It’s required that you can make it to all three of these time slots:
Friday, May 24th 7:30-9:30pm
Saturday, May 25th 2-4pm & 6-8pm
with an optional free jam until 9pm
For all 6 hours of training:
$75 if you register on or before May 17th.
$100 if you register after May 17th.
If you have any questions, ask Lana or Casey.
Lana Heintjes is a certified Level 2 AcroYoga Int Teacher.
Casey Richards is a certified AcroFit Teacher.

Yoga for Back Pain

with Jory Serota

Sunday May 26 1-3pm

Cost: $40 (pre-register through 5/25) 

$45 on 4/26

The low back is one of the most injured areas of the human body.  In the US alone, low back pain ranks amongst the top 3 reasons why someone seeks out a physician.
The key to taking care of the back is learning which structures are tight and overworking in relation to the ones that are weak and underworking.  Creating both a stable and mobile spine is the path that leads to freedom of movement.
In this workshop, we will explore the relationship of the Internal/External Obliques and the Rectus/Transversus Abdominus to the length and flexibility of the spine.  Attention will be brought to strengthening the back muscles along with the glutes.  Whether for rehab or proactive prevention, this workshop will give you skills you can carry for life.

Seasonal Kosha Cleanse: Early Summer

Saturday June 8 

11:30-1:30 Pranamaya Kosha: Kundalini  with Michael Gould

1:30-2pm Community organic vegan lunch (included with one or both sessions!)

2-4pm Manamaya Kosha: Zen Yoga with Maggie Heinzel-Neel

The early summer season relates to the element of fire.  We will tame the obsessive thinking fire mind with the practices that tend to all of our layers of our being, known as the Koshas.
The kosha layers include the physical body, the prana (energy/breath) body, the mental body, the observer body and the bliss body.
In a well balanced yoga class we access them all. During these 2 workshops we will dive deep into understanding these layers of our being with practices that will cleanse you through meditations, pranayama exercises, physical asanas, chanting, observing how we can move our energy with our mind and breath in Zen yoga and a deep release into a blissful state of non-resistance.
The morning workshop from 11:30-1:30pm will be focused on the Pranamaya kosha with Kundalini.
We will be practicing pranayama (breath work), chanting and physical asanas.
From 1:30-2pm an organic home made vegan lunch will be offered to one or both of the workshops.
The afternoon workshop from 2-4pm will be focused on the Manamaya kosha with Zen Yoga. Zen yoga combines Chinese Medicine, Taoism, yoga and the 5 elements.  We will practice poses that stimulate the energy to the organs that correspond to the early summer: the heart and small intestine.
$50/per session with lunch
$95 for both with lunch