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What’s coming up at the studios?

Muscles, Bones & Movement ~ Flow Your Own Way

Even the simplest of yoga poses have a lot of moving parts.  Let’s take a step back and dive deep to make poses accessible and sustainable.  We will unpack some basic anatomy and apply it immediately in a physical practice for a clear understanding of how your individual body works. Learn how to use your hands to adjust your body for direct feedback. Discover powerful, integrated poses that resonate comfort especially around chronically stressed joints.  Explore and enjoy a modern way of moving and mindfulness you can apply immediately – even in your next class!  

Suzanne Hite is an ERYT-500 with an emphasis in study of yoga anatomy with the help of orthopedic doctors and physical therapists. Using simple language, Suzanne creates balanced, precise classes without being tedious.  Through her approach, students tune in to body and mind.  She creates an opportunity to relish in a practice that reduces stress, embraces your uniqueness and allows you to revel in life a little more off the mat.

Date: Saturday, Nov 15th
Time: 1:00 – 3:30PM
Early Bird: $40, Preregister here 
Cost after Nov 8th: $50
Location: University Place Studio

Finding Ease Through the Holidays

Join Shari Larson for this Sunday evening series to help support and nurture your mind and body through the chaos and demands of the holiday season.

In this 3 week series we use a wide variety of props to support our bodies through yin postures, restorative yoga poses and gentle opening using the coregeous ball (a large air filled soft ball that can be adjusted to your comfort).

We will explore the themes of letting go in preparation for the more introspective winter season.  We will use postures to stimulate the energy systems specifically related to these themes, in Traditional Chinese Medicine the element of metal and water.

This workshop will be limited so Shari can assist each person in finding support and comfort in the postures.

This series is appropriate for all levels. Beginners are welcome!

 

Date: Sundays, Dec 1st – 15th
Time: 4:30 – 5:45PM
Early Bird Price: $50 until 11/24, Preregister here
Price after 10/21:  $60
Location: North Tacoma Studio

Parenting with Patanjali

An Intentional Practice for Parents and Caregivers

Ahhh.  Yoga class.  On your mat, you are centered. 

Balanced and stable.

A sense of stillness within as you breathe deep.

Stepping off your mat, you return home to endless

requests, noise, and commitments……

the usual, unsettling chaos of life!  Any serenity achieved on your mat is now long gone and your alter-ego is about to surface in a most un-yoga-like way:

From Buddha to Valdemort in 0.5 seconds.  We’ve all been there.

Join in community with other parents and caregivers for an afternoon of mindful yoga, guided relaxation, and reflection based on a few chosen principles from Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga. 

Through contemplation and conversation, discover how these timeless teachings offer awareness and guidance as we navigate life with children.

Develop a yoga practice that can calm nerves, center your mind, and rejuvenate your spirit. Learn how to share this practice with the children in your life.

Using Ayurvedic principles, find ways to nourish your body and mind; preparing a stable foundation from which to guide and parent.

Open to parents and caregivers of all ages and stages.

Come as you are.  Comfortable clothing you can move in.

Date: Saturday, Dec 7th
Time: 2:00 – 5:00PM
Early Bird Pricing: $45 before Dec 1st, Preregister here
Location: North Tacoma Studio

Restore & Renew for the Holidays

Members Only Workshop

Restorative yoga encourages a centered and peaceful mind. Using props to support the weight of the body, we allow for a deep sense of ease to envelope us completely. As we allow our bodies to melt into passive yoga asanas our nervous system shifts and we enjoy the benefits of completely relaxing, allowing the body to restore, renew and rejuvenate.

Following our Restorative practice we shift from our gentle movement and holding postures to Yoga Nidra, which means “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.

Both Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra can be highly beneficial in times of fatigue, illness, and emotional strain including those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.  Practitioners say they have experienced profound sense of joy and well-being well after the class has ended.

 

Date: Saturday, Dec 14th
Time: 3:00 – 5:00PM
Cost: Free for Members; preregistration required

Location: University Place Studio

Restorative & Reiki to Nourish Within

A Special Christmas Day Practice

Winter is a time for reflection – listening, watching, feeling and honoring the slower, quieter rhythm of life. During the busy holiday season it’s hard to make time and find space for quiet and reflection with all the obligations we have.  Treat yourself with this luxurious 90 minute practice with healing touch.

Students can expect long holds practiced in seated or prone positions utilizing bolsters, blankets and blocks for ultimate support and physical release. You will gently stress the connective tissue to stimulate cells to repair and rebuild and to help move fluid and energy through the tissues around the joints. You will utilize the breath to calm the nervous system and mind. Restorative Yoga can facilitate a healing cycle of receiving and releasing.  

This workshop adds the relaxing and healing power of Reiki to our Yoga practice.  Reiki is a Japanese Healing Technique that facilitates Universal Life Force energy.  Reiki helps your brain go into an alpha state similar to that experienced during deep meditation, creating relaxation and a deep sense of well-being. The combination of Reiki and Yoga promotes a  powerful experience of healing and ultimate relaxation.

 

Date: Wednesday, Dec 25th
Time: 6:00 – 7:30PM

Location: University Place Studio

Creating Safer Spaces

An Introduction to Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga

This training is a professional training designed for yoga teachers, social workers, educators, mental health professionals, and other service providers interested in deepening their understanding of the impact of complex trauma on the nervous system and how a trauma informed yoga practice can assist in integrating healing. Individuals completing this training will learn the impact of long term trauma on the brain, body, and relational dynamics, how systems of oppression contribute to collective trauma, and specific tools to integrate a trauma informed lens into current professional practices based on these understandings. 

TCTSY is an evidence-based adjunctive treatment for complex trauma and treatment-resistant Post traumatic Stress Disorder and was the first yoga practice to be listed on the SAMSHA’s US-based directory of evidence-based practices. It was developed in collaboration with the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts and is the foundational program of the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at the Justice Resource Institute. This body-based practice based on sound research is utilized with children, youth, and adults throughout the United States and in dozens of countries around the world. This 20-hour training qualifies as the prerequisite for the 300-hour Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga certification program.

You do not need to be a yoga teacher or a licensed professional to attend this training. Although this training is conducted professionally through a trauma-informed lens with compassion and care to the content discussed, developing skills and building collective resilience may be potentially draining or triggering for some. Please be prepared with a self-care plan and network of support for our weekend together.  

*A portion of your weekend training fee will go into a scholarship fund supporting people who have experienced oppression and trauma to complete the 300-hour certification program. Thank you for your  support.*

Alli Ewing is a yoga teacher and trainer passionate about empowering people to discover their own ability to find healing and connection from within. She was inspired by her background in Special Education, her Peace Corps service as a Health Education Volunteer in Tanzania, and work with youth in foster care to integrate methodologies that promote and empower individualized healing. She completed her 200-hour teacher training in Taoist Yoga and has completed her 300-hour advanced teacher training in Trauma Center-Trauma Sensitive Yoga – an evidence based methodology developed specifically for facilitating yoga with individuals who have experienced chronic abuse, neglect, and PTSD. She has been offering trainings in the States and internationally since 2010. Alli has additional experience teaching yoga with children with special needs, refugees, pre/postnatal/birth trauma, and youth in residential treatment and foster care.

Date:  Friday, Jan 31st 4-9p
           Saturday, Feb 1st 11a-8p
           Sunday, Feb 2nd 12-6p
Early Bird:  $325 (before Jan 17th), Preregister here
Late Pricing: $350 (after Jan 17th)
   **2 Scholarships Available**
Location: University Place Studio

 20 hours Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Hours Available