Advancing Asana Workshops Series w/ Justicia
October 26, November 9, December 7
This class is for experienced students who want to practice together in community and approach intermediate and advanced poses in a supportive, fun way. Practice will advance towards challenging poses with reverence and expert instruction from Justicia, and a conversation shared among all in class. Expect strong practice, deep laughter, and a respectful, inclusive approach.
Students are recommended to be able to push up to urdhva dhanurasana (full wheel) with straight arms, and be able to kick up to handstand at the wall unassisted (note those are recommendations and not requirements; if you are able to play your own edge safely and are interested, please join us! A range of modifications and options will be offered for all).
Oct 26 Radical Backbends & Inversions
Nov 9 Deep Hip Openers
Dec 7 Advanced Arm Balancers
Registration inclusive for all sessions, and strongly recommended: $75 early bird by 10/19, $85 after. $35 drop in for single sessions.
Balls + the Wall w/ Ashley Tryba
Intimidated by those difficult- looking inversions + arm balances? Ever feel too tight / stiff to reach ‘that’ variation of a pose? This is the workshop for you! We will use tennis balls and the wall as supportive tools to release tension and access more space and strength in our bodies and yoga postures! Together, we’ll break down those intimidating poses into more familiar-feeling shapes, using support from the wall.
We will explore different ways into the shapes that normally just seem a little out of reach to prove to ourselves that in life, when you feel stuck, sometimes you just need to approach a challenge from a different angle completely! Bring your open mind, self-loving heart and any questions you might have.
Sunday, December 1, 2-4pm. $25 early bird by 11/24 , $35 after
Puppy Yoga to benefit Morris Animal Refuge
Sunday, December 8
Morris Animal Refuge & Maha Yoga are excited to bring you… Puppy Yoga! What better way to relieve stress on a Sunday afternoon than the healing power of yoga and puppies?
Registration is $25 and all proceeds benefit Morris Animal Refuge! There are 50 spots total, so get your tickets before they sell out!
Sun 12/8 2-3pm $25.
Yoga + Acupuncture for Relaxation & Stress Relief
Join the dynamic duo, Teagan Schweitzer & Susanna Satten, L.Ac. for an afternoon of yoga and acupuncture that will leave you feeling centered, relaxed, and calm at a time of year when you may need it most. In this workshop we will combine the benefits of both yoga and acupuncture to nourish your health and well-being. Everyone has heard that yoga helps us connect to ourselves and others physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. With the addition of acupuncture, all of the progress and grounding that you achieve through your practice will have a deeper and longer lasting effect. You will experience a more intense and deeper savasana (final rest) along with a greater ability to assimilate the practice and recover after class. You will emerge from this 2 hour mini-retreat feeling more relaxed and well-rested than perhaps any other yoga class you’ve ever taken.
During the workshop Teagan will lead everyone through a well-rounded accessible and fun yoga practice. Then, during your restorative savasana, Susanna will provide you with a centering, grounding, stress-relieving acupuncture treatment designed to relax and restore your body and mind. While you rest comfortably, Teagan will lead you through a tranquil yoga nidra (yogic sleep) meditation.
Teagan (PhD, E-RYT 500) has been teaching yoga in Philadelphia for over a decade and is known throughout the city for her accessible, approachable yoga classes.
Susanna is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Licensed Acupuncturist and she loves using acupuncture and other forms of Chinese medicine to help her patients feel their best. She treats the full range of physical and emotional health conditions affecting adults of all ages and genders in her private practice in Rittenhouse Square. She also provides community-style acupuncture at South Philly Community Acupuncture. Questions? Email Susanna.
Saturday, December 15, 2-4pm. $40 early bird by 12/8, $50 after.
** This workshop is limited to 15 individuals, so sign up today to secure your spot! **
Stronger Workshop w/ Jess
Kick off the new year with a sweaty workout, where yoga meets circuit training. Stronger is a high-intensity fitness workout designed to burn fat, build strength and improve cardio endurance, using your bodyweight. All strength building movements are yoga poses or yoga transitions and will be done barefoot on your mat with a focus on alignment and breath.
The workshop will consist of 30 minutes of yoga, 30 minutes of strength training circuits and a 30 minute cool down. Stronger is designed to be fun, challenging, sweaty and accessible for everyone with regressions and progressions throughout.
Sunday, Jan 5, 2:30-4pm $20 early bird by 12/30, $30 after
Winter Wonderland Workshop w/ Zhenja La Rosa
The worlds of yoga are wondrous. – Shiva Sutra 1.12
Every time you come to your mat, worlds open up that lead us to experience ourselves with wonder. Explore these astonishing worlds through a strong, playful practice with Zhenja. Variations will be offered for all.
Sunday, January 12, 2-4pm. $40 before 1/5, $50 after.
Sound Sequencing for Yoga Teachers w/ Justicia
Creating yoga sequencing is part art, part science and a whole lot of fun. It can also be a source of stress, even for seasoned yoga instructors. This weekend intensive will break down the components of creating a sound yoga sequence so that you can challenge experienced students while also supporting beginners.
The course dives into sequencing to a peak pose (or peak poses), and teaches how to be prepared to modify up or down according to the needs of students in the room. You will leave with multiple class templates, including a beginners class, an all levels class sequence focusing on backbends, and another all levels sequence focusing on hip openers/ arm balances.
You will learn a tried and true method to introduce new poses in your classes, how to counterpose effectively, and how to use sequencing to advance your students’ practices over time. If you’ve been feeling stagnant in your sequencing, or if you notice there are poses you always shy away from including, this intensive is for you!
Saturday, Jan 25, 10:30am-5pm (includes 1.5 hour break)
Sunday, Jan 26, 11am-6pm (includes 1 hour break)
$175 early bird by 1/18, $195 after
Winter, Rest: Seasonal Alignment Workshop w/ Monica Fauble
According to the wisdom of Chinese Medicine, winter is the season of deep rest and surrender. In the dark days of wintertime, we turn our energy inward and learn how to work with the unknown. This can trigger discomfort and can also bring up deep fear and anxiety. If you can learn to ride the wave of your own discomfort, you can also uncover your own inner knowing. By being in sync with natural rhythms, we learn how to work with the challenges and opportunities of each season without struggling against them.
This class features a guided meditation, a discussion about the energetic qualities and gifts of wintertime, and a 75 minute yoga practice to help you attune to the energy of winter. Monica Fauble, Licensed Acupuncturist and Yoga Instructor, teaches alignment-based yoga. She loves helping people become more embodied, more attuned to their own inner knowing, so that they can share their sweet uniqueness with the world.
Sunday, Jan 26, 2-4pm. $25 early bird by 1/19, $35 after
Open + Roll + Restore w/ Adriana Adelé
This 2-hour workshop integrates a gently awakening, mindful flow, self massage, pranayama (breathwork), and restorative yoga to guide you into a state of deep and grounded relaxation. The first portion of class will yoke together an intentional, accessible open levels flow and self myofascial release work on tennis balls to release tension, cultivate greater freedom in the body and deepen the mind-body connection. With this enhanced mind-body connection, you will then be guided through simple and grounding breathwork in restorative yoga where all poses are held passively while the body is fully supported by props to invite full release and activate the parasympathetic nervous system and the ‘relaxation response.’ You will leave feeling connected, grounded, and rejuvenated. All levels are welcome!
Sunday, Feb 2, 2-4pm. $30 early bird by 1/26, $40 after
Yoga Adjustments, Ethics & Social Justice w/ Jean-Jacques Gabriel
Yoga can be an amazing art and science of both personal and social change and liberation. Come explore connections between yogic principles, non-violent communication techniques, implicit bias, partner work and physical adjustments to help us interrogate and build more just and inclusive communities.
The weekend will include:
-Discussion and anchoring in the yamas which root yoga in social observances first,
-Exploring teachings and tools of NVC that can support us in building and refining community,
-“Gallery of us” activity that helps us to know who is in the room, and get us thinking about systems of power that have structured the world around us and show up in yoga spaces,
-Asana, including partner work focused on connecting breath and explore support and the ways personal practice is supported by each other,
-Introduction to implicit bias,
-Best practices for inclusive yoga spaces,
-Thai Yoga Massage,
-Effective yoga assists and adjustments.
Saturday, February 22, 10:30am-5pm (includes 1.5 hour break)
Sunday, February 23, 11am-6pm (includes 1 hour break)
$175 early bird by 2/15, $195 after
Leading Trauma-Informed Yoga Anywhere for Yoga Teachers w/ Ashley Tryba
Let’s discuss how to make and hold spaces that are more affirming for yogis with different experiences of embodiment: how to make yoga meaningful, fun, and accessible to most students!
We will engage in conversation around:
-Our understanding of what ‘trauma’ is, helping, fixing vs. serving, and defining other key terms in context.
-Cultivating awareness of how trauma affects you and your students and apply that lens to your practice and teaching
-Evidence backing the benefits of trauma-informed yoga
-Nervous system and neuroscience basics
-Building resistance with self-regulation skills
-How to set up a trauma-sensitive yoga classroom in studio and non-studio spaces
-How to structure and lead a trauma-sensitive class that is inclusive to people with varying levels of experience and ability
-Safe, sustainable, and accessible transitions
-Best practices for asana, pranayama, meditation, language + cueing
-The development of and cultural awareness + humility within yoga teaching
-What yoga service means and represents
-The importance of self-care, self-reflection + cultural humility as a yoga teacher and in yoga service work
This weekend training will include a few sample trauma-aware classes including asana (movement), pranayama (breath work), and guided meditations and facilitated discussions after each class. Students and teachers will leave with plenty of tools and skills for how to structure and lead trauma-sensitive yoga classes as well as a manual complete with best practices, notes, suggested readings + journaling prompts to keep them connected to their inner teacher for before, during, and after teaching.
Saturday, March 21, 10:30am-5pm (includes 1.5 hour break)
Sunday, March 22, 11am-6pm (includes 1 hour break)
$175 early bird by 1/18, $195 after
Parkinson’s Yoga Philadelphia: A Yoga Class Series for People Living with Parkinson’s Disease
With support from the Parkinson’s Council, this adaptive yoga class will focus on strength- building, balance, coordination, stretching, breathing, and fun. Caregivers/support people are welcome.
Instructors are trained Yoga Instructors who teach Adaptive Yoga and are aware of the quality of life benefits that Yoga can bring to PD.
Instructors: Mamie Guidera, PLwPD; Andrea Barberio, Physical Therapist; Sasha Glass, Instructor; Sarah Hyland, Instructor
Saturdays, 9:30-10:45am *no class 6/8, 7/11, 8/10, 9/7, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 12/7
Suggested donation: $5-$10