What’s coming up at the studios?

Let us know if you have any questions about these upcoming workshops:

Chant ~ Once Monthly

Chanting—one of the technologies of the yoga tradition—is an invaluable tool for transformation and healing. It’s super accessible, can be done on the go, and kids LOVE it! Regardless of your religious/spiritual background, or singing experience/”ability”, you can learn how to use chanting to shift your emotional state, express and process difficult emotions, renew and recharge, and just have fun!

In this once monthly class, Kate will bring chants from the yoga tradition, other spiritual and secular traditions, and from her own invention.

No singing/chanting experience or skill necessary.

 

Date: Fridays; Feb 22nd, Mar 15th, Apr 12th, May 17th
Time: 6:00 – 7:15PM
Location: University Place Studio
Cost: Membership, class card or drop in, Register here

Writing Present: A Yoga and Writing Workshop

In this 3-hour workshop, we’ll explore the theme of “writing present” in two main ways: being present as a writer, and using writing to create a present for someone else. We will practice gentle yoga, using meditation and yoga to focus our minds and emphasize areas of the body (neck, shoulders, hips) that tend to hold tension for writers.

 

We will look at what it takes to use writing as a gift for someone else. At the end of the workshop you’ll have a series of take-home readings, writing prompts, meditations and drafted material to create a written gift for someone or something else.
Wear comfortable clothing that allows movement. Composition notebooks and pens will be provided. Writers and yogis of all levels welcome.

 

If you’re a writer who’s never really tried yoga, or a yogi who wants to integrate writing with your yoga practice, please consider joining us!

 

All proceeds will go to Write253, a non-profit literacy arts organization that seeks to encourage young people in Tacoma and Pierce County to express themselves through writing, performance, publication, and other storytelling mediums. Cash & checks are welcome.

 

Make checks payable to Write253. Donations can also be made directly to www.Write253.com, bring your receipt as proof of donation. Preregistration required.

 

Date: Rescheduled due to snow – Saturday, February 23rd
Time: 2:00 – 5:00PM
Suggested Donation: $50, Preregister here
Location: North Tacoma Studio

Yoga for Osteoporosis

While you may know that a regular yoga practice improves flexibility and balance, decreasing the risk of falls, you may not know that there have been studies showing that certain yoga poses can also possibly slow down losses in bone density.

Yoga is a simple impact-free way of applying gentle force to the bones through muscular action. It is this gentle force, over time, that has shown some promise for those with osteoporosis.

This workshop will teach the sequence developed by Dr. Loren Fishman, a physician and yoga teacher who has researched the safe application of yoga for osteoporosis.

Selected yoga poses will be taught in a gentle and supported way. Handouts outlining the sequence will be provided.

Bonnie attended her first yoga class after years of increasing pain from scoliosis and she felt as if she had finally come home. A graduate of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco, Advanced Studies Teacher Training Program, she is also a certified Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher, and Certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist. Practicing yoga with a strong emphasis on alignment and breath work, she has been able to successfully manage her own chronic back pain and now focuses her teaching on helping others do the same. Bonnie has a Master’s degree in public health and is an active a member of the Integrative, Complementary and Traditional Health Practices Group of the American Public Health Association. She brings enthusiasm, a sense of exploration, and a healthy dose of humor to all her classes.

Date: Saturday, Feb 23rd
Time: 1:00 – 3:00PM
Cost: $40, Preregister here
Location: University Place Studio

Yin Yoga with Sound Bath

This nurturing Yin Yoga practice with Crystal Tones Alchemy Singing Bowls offers you the opportunity to drop in, sit with what comes up and move through what you are ready and willing to honor and see. Students can expect long holds practiced in seated or prone positions utilizing bolsters, blankets and blocks for ultimate support and physical release.
 
You will utilize the breath to calm the nervous system and mind. Yin can facilitate a healing cycle of receiving and releasing. The frequency of singing bowls creates a setting for self reflection, muscular tension release and experiential processing.
 
Sara Corbishley is a Sound Healing Practitioner who is also certified as a 500 RYT, Y12SR teacher, Transformation Meditation teacher, Usui Shiki Ryoho practitioner and is an ordained minister. Recognizing the call to study and work with healing modalities for her own healing from chronic PTS, she has found sound and yoga to be a powerful combination for self empowerment, growth and processing and is honored and grateful to offer these practices in the South Sound. You can find more information on her and her offerings at www.BlissResonates.com.
 
Shari Larson is an 200 RYT with additional training in Yin Yoga with Bernie Clark. Sarah Powers and Pamela Chang. She honors that all bodies are unique and each person’s experience is their own.

 

Date: Sunday, Feb 24th
Time: 5:30 – 7:30PM
Cost: $40, Preregister here
Location: University Place Studio

Free Reiki Share

Reiki means Spiritually Guided Life Force Energy

 

A Reiki Share is filled with loving-kindness, joy and compassion.

 

Anyone can join the Reiki Share; practitioners of all lineages, school and levels, and anyone who is interested in coming, you don’t have to be a Reiki Practitioner to participate. All that is needed is curiosity, an open mind and open heart to receive and share loving-kindness energy.

 

During the share everyone has the opportunity to receive & give Reiki Energy Healing. The sessions usually run about 15-20 minutes per person to allow everyone to receive hands-on healing. Reiki can be used for any malady.

 

Bring a water bottle and layers. The energy shifts during energy healing and you may find yourself cool one minute and very warm the next.

 

Come as you are!
 

 

Date: Tuesday, Feb 26th
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Cost: Free!!  Register here
Location: University Place Studio

Roll and Relax ~ Once Monthly

In this class we will use therapy balls to soothe the nervous system and relieve achy muscles.

Using therapy balls to massage the body helps to relieve pain and mobilize “stuck” areas of your body, while also creating mental and physiological down-regulation and increasing your sense of your body and its positioning in space.

The goal of these once monthly classes will be to create a sense of calm and relaxation.  This will be a more restorative rolling practice.

 

Date: Sundays; Mar 3rd, Apr 14, May 5
Time: 5:30 – 6:45PM
Cost: Membership, class card or drop in, Register here
Location: North Tacoma Studio

Living Simply With The Seasons ~ Yoga and Self-Care with Sona Buchanan

How often do we stop to reflect on seasons, and their effect on our bodies and minds?
Adjusting our routines and lifestyle choices with the changing seasons is the simplest way to maintain our well-being. Through the healing systems of Yoga and Ayurveda, we will explore various ways to help you rediscover your body’s innate wisdom.
The focus of this workshop is staying healthy as we transition from Late Winter to Spring, a glorious time of regeneration. As we oscillate away from the cold, heavy, damp dormancy of Winter, towards the heat, light fire and activity of Summer, the days grow warmer and longer, the snow and ice begin to melt in the mountains. Nature re-awakens from its dormant state to blossom forth in new growth and we are invited to do the same! We will focus on practices that stimulate, cleanse, lighten, and clear the slate because Spring is about new beginnings, setting roots that sustain us through Summer and Fall.
You’ll explore the importance of seasonal yogasana, pranayama and meditation practice, plus key diet and lifestyle changes, appropriate herbs to use and recipes that can be used to bring about optimal health.
What to bring: Socks, layers, eye pillow and a journal. All levels are welcome!
Date: Sunday, Mar 10th
Time: 1:00 – 4:30PM
Cost: $50, Preregister here
Location: North Tacoma Studio

Yoga Nidra ~ Once Monthly

Yoga Nidra is “yogic sleep”. Yoga Nidra is a paradigm shift that allows us to drop beneath the mental and emotional activity of the mind to a state of deep consciousness that promotes extreme relaxation by using guided words and imagery all while in a deeply relaxing posture. This offers a space to explore what you need in the moment, as well as an opportunity to release long-held emotions just by being guided. Nothing to do, nothing to think, just allowing yourself to rest while listening.

 

Date: Sundays; Mar 31st, Apr 28th, May 5th
Time: 7:00 – 8:00PM
Location: North Tacoma Studio

 

Date: Wednesdays; Mar 20th, Apr 17th, May 15th
Time: 7:30 – 8:30PM
Location: University Place Studio

 

Cost: Membership, class card or drop in, Register here

Day of Mindfulness ~ One Day Mindfulness and Yoga Retreat

Slow down and turn your focus inward with a day of mindfulness and gentle yoga, and explore silence as a practice of moving inward. Unplug, set aside your daily to-do list, and take time to slow down. We will practice for the day in a lovely secluded space at Camp Sealth on beautiful Vashon Island, nestled in the forest, with a short walk to beach access.
Come away from your Day of Mindfulness with:
  • A body nourished by a gentle, mindful yoga practice.
  • A mind cleared of its day to day clutter.
  • A sense of a spacious heart, feeling re-connected to who you really are.
Please bring a lunch for yourself, a yoga mat, and a journal. All levels of yoga and mindfulness practice welcome. Please note, cost of ferry to Vashon Island not included.
Date: Saturday, Mar 23rd
Time: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Cost before Feb 23: $95, Preregister here
Cost after Feb 23rd: $115

Location: Camp Sealth, Vashon Island

Queer Yoga

Folks across the LGBTQIA+, gender non-conforming/non-binary spectrum are invited to this donation-based yoga class in order to develop tools of resilience, embodiment, self-trust, self-healing and self-love. Through movement, breathing, meditation, reflection, and community, practitioners of any level can explore yoga is a practice to help move through and survive difficult times, and also to support thriving and self-expression.

Welcoming to all gender expressions and emotional states. Big bodies welcome too! Allies are welcome as accompanying friends/guests of queer attendees. No yoga or meditation experience necessary.

This is a donation based class. All funds go to the Tacoma Rainbow Center.

Date: Saturdays; Mar 30th, May 11th
Time: 11:00 – 12:15PM
Location: University Place Studio
Cost: Donation, Register here

Yin Yoga ~ Once Monthly

Yin yoga is a practice of long held postures in stillness either seated or laying on the ground. Yin places gentle stress on the connective tissue to stimulate cells to repair, rebuild and to help move fluid and energy through the tissues. We utilize the breath to calm the nervous system and mindfulness to connect with sensations that arise in our bodies and mind. Yin yoga combines Hatha yoga, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Mindfulness to form a beautiful quiet practice. All levels welcome.

 

Date: Sundays; Mar 31st, Apr 28th
Time: 5:30 – 6:45PM
Cost: Membership, class card or drop in, Register here
Location: North Tacoma Studio

BeLOVE ~ An Afternoon of Yoga, Sound and Books

Join us in welcoming local author and artist, Jackie Zinni, as she shares with us her new book, LOVE.  Accompanying her with the harmonic, vibrational sounds of Himalayan singing bowls will be Soulfire Sound Therapy, and our very own Family Yoga teacher Christine Hills will guide us in a heart-opening and balancing – but mostly just pure fun! – yoga practice. This interactive class allows families to explore yoga, music, and love of books together in shared space.  We invite you to join in community to deepen your awareness and connection of the LOVE we have both within us and surrounding us!

About the book: LOVE opens little ones to the power of Love and its connection to all things through simple phrases and rainbow watercolors.  A great guide for adults to introduce an experience of meditation to children that helps develop more heart awareness through feelings.  The illustrations and questions allow the readers to remember that Love always was, is, and will be.

LOVE is a book for everyone:  that plants new seeds of awareness and the beauty of Love.

 Open to families of all ages & stages.

Date: Saturday, April 13th
Time: 2:30PM – 4:30PM
Location: North Tacoma Studio
Cost: Free, Preregister here