Up Next at The Yoga Lounge:
AYURVEDA FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH, Friday, Sept 28th, 6-8 p.m., with Swati Mhaske, physician of Ayurvedic Medicine. Ayurveda is an ancient Indian Healing System of natural healing and holistic medicine. Ayurveda means “the science of life” (the Sanskrit root ayur means “longevity” or “life” and veda means “knowledge”). While modern medicine tends to focus on the management of disease, the primary goal of Ayurveda is to prevent disease and to help people live long, healthy and balanced lives. During this class, Swati will explain basic Ayurvedic concepts in relation to women’s anatomy and physiology, suggest healthy lifestyle shifts specifically for women, provide guidance on diet, recipes and herbs that support female health, and explain the role that yoga and meditation plays in our overall health and well-being. Swati holds a Bachelor’s in Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery from India and also holds a Masters in Pharmaceutical Medicine from India. She is the founder at HemaVeda- An Ayurvedic healing for a happy and healthy life (www.hemaveda.com) Pre-registration required. $40 in advance. $45 at the door.
FREE COMMUNITY CLASS – Sunday, Sept. 30th at 4 p.m. Love offerings welcome.
And… COMING THIS FALL! Please welcome Special Guest Instructors: RICH LOGAN, AMBER COOK, MASTER GABRIEL HALPERN!!
October 12, 13 & 14 – RICH LOGAN
Friday, Oct. 12 6 -9 p.m. – Pranayama Special – Asana to prepare for Pranayama – This class will be designed to open the muscles that restrict our breath ad strengthen those that support healthy breathing patterns. Also we will learn to passively open tight connective tissue that can hinder our breath. In addition we will explore Pranayama techniques to enhance our clarity and concentration. The breath becomes a link to spirit and promoting healthy breathing patterns can literally change how one feels emotionally, mentally and energetically.
Saturday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Mindful Vinyasa – Enjoy this popular, fun, challenging, enlightening alignment-based class with Rich. Always entertaining, Rich has an eclectic teaching style focusing on the seeming basics, allowing for a deeper practice with deliberate attention on placing ourselves in the pose as opposed to letting habitual patterns and gravity running the show. A mindful practice is focused on, bringing us to the edge of ‘experience’ to ‘witness’ the moment unfold and realize it is us who is the unfolding.
Saturday, 2-5 p.m. – The Reflexive Nervous System as it Relates to Yoga – “What happens when our reflexive habits become too strong? Are my hamstrings tight, or are the impulses from my nervous system over compensating? Yoga helps us find the balance between too much of a good thing (hyperactivity) and a deadened nervous system. And the parallels between the physical manifestation and spiritual reality can be astounding.
Sunday 10-1 p.m. Bandhas – Directing The Flow of Life Force – Bandhas are often taught as energetic locks. But when we look at the possibilities of controlling the flow of energy, to lock it implies that nothing is moving in or out. If we change our perspective to think of Bandhas as valves, we can invite a flow of the energy we need inwardly, creating abundance.
Sunday, 2-5 p.m. – Massage Meets Yoga – In this workshop, we’ll warm up with traditional Yoga techniques, and with our deeper awareness, we will play with massage techniques that focus on breath awareness. It is often through the compassionate presence of another we recognize our self and then our own natural healing processes can begin. This course is designed for yogis, massage therapists, teachers and all curious seekers. Come with a friend or a partner or just with an open mind to meeting yourself.
Please sign up below. Save $20 when you sign up for the whole weekend!!
BEGINNING YOGA – Thursdays at 7 p.m. with Theresa Hay. Sign up for this special 6-week session that will introduce you to primary poses and prepare you to join into all-level classes. Next session begins Nov. 1st. Pre-registration is required. $90/6 week session.
November 3rd – AMBER COOK
Saturday, 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. – Finding your Purpose – Vinyasa Flow – “Join me in celebration of YOU! Through an uplifting Vinyasa Flow that connects you to community. We will make pit stops along the way to connect you to your highest truth. Whether the questions you have in your life include,” what should I do for my career?, what should I do to give back to the world? should I stay in relationship with certain people? where and how can I support my own growth that stays in alignment with my soul’s integrity? Or what kind of self care is most supportive for my body and energy? On a deep level we always know what the answer is and sometimes there are a thousand reasons to distract us. The Bhagavad Gita says “It is better to do one’s duty imperfectly than do another’s well.” Everyday, whether it is in little ways or big life changing ways we have an opportunity to reroute ourselves to that which resides in our deepest knowing. Reclaim your power in the navigation of these questions!” $35 in advance. $40 at the door. Pre-registration required.
Saturday, 1:30-4 p.m. – Twists and Digestive Flow: Abhyanga, The Art of Ayurvedic oil massage with Amber. “Do your joints crack? Do you break out or have chemical build up on your skin from using lotions? Do you have dry or oily skin? Are your muscles sore? This oil massage helps with all of these things as well as digestive issues, nervous system issues, and eye sight. In this workshop you will find out what oils to use for self massage, the proper techniques to apply the oil, and I will lead you through an effective sequence that will incorporate deep twisting and cleansing breath techniques. After the practice herbal tea effective for detoxifying will be served.” Please bring a yoga mat towel, wear clothes you don’t mind getting oil on, and wear loose fitting clothes that will allow you to put oil on your entire leg, stomach and back. Photo credit: Kristie Kahns $45 in advance. $50 at the door.
About Amber: Amber has spent her life trying to listen to her heart and live in integrity. This has led her to pursue things that are not seen as mainstream in our culture. Carving out her own path, on her own terms, with mistakes and triumphs along the way. Her travels and experiences include living and studying in Japan, Hawaii, Colorado, New Zealand to name a few. Receiving her B.A. in Poetry in 2006 when she was close to 30 years old. Working for herself the last 10 years solely as a yoga instructor. Recently, this includes a 1,000 mile bicycle ride from Seattle to San Francisco with her best friend to raise awareness and $11,000 for water justice and adopting her beloved pitbull Nora.
November 16 &, 17 – Master Yoga Teacher GABRIEL HALPERN. Weekend Theme – “YOGA: TRANSFORMATION OF FIRE”
Friday, Nov. 16th, 6-9 p.m. The Fire Of Life: Healing From Trauma – Restorative Workshop. You don’t need to be the Buddha to realize all life has a sorrowful component. No one is free from feeling this aspect of their humanity. Yoga is one of the best choices to adapt and cope with the facts of existence and the shocks we have all been heir to. Restorative poses that relax the nervous system and poses that keep the heart open to devotion and compassion will highlight this class.
Saturday, Nov. 17th, 11-2 p.m – The Fire Of Aspiration: Awakening The Kundalini – Therapeutic Wall Ropes Workshop. The therapeutic use of wall ropes can help speed healing and prevent recurrence of injury. Wall ropes unbind the knots of tension in the pelvis, hips, and low back releasing the tension that prevents the free flowing of the energy of consciousness. In this state breath flows freely charging the body with vitality, clarity, and tranquility.
About Gabriel: Gabriel Halpern is a Master Yoga Instructor who was trained at the Iyengar Institutes in San Francisco and Pune, India and certified by the internationally acclaimed Yoga Master BKS Iyengar, whose life work has been his inspiration. In 1985, Gabriel founded Yoga Circle in Chicago, one of the most established and respected yoga studios in the city. He holds degrees in philosophy and health psychology and has served on the faculty of DePaul University for 23 years. Gabriel offers workshops nationally and is known for his in-depth knowledge of yoga therapy and his thought provoking dharma talks challenging self inquiry. He has dedicated his life to sharing his knowledge and his marriage and two children provide grounding joy in his life. Gabriel is one of Cara’s primary teachers and has been a deep influence in her life and her teaching.