Handstand Series w/ Gretchen Ernst (Center City)
In this series we will start with the foundational work for handstands and an assessment of students’ working levels and goals. There will be assignments given each week designed to take students further in their own handstand practice. We will approach the material progressively, building each week upon the previous with new exercises and insights. Come ready to learn, train, and take your handstand practice to the next level! $80 earlybird for full series before 2/7, $90 after. Try the first class for $25.
Handbalancer and trapeze artist Gretchen Ernst has been teaching since 2008. She has toured locally and internationally with such companies as Cirque Noveau, Visual Impact, and The American Circus. She enjoys bringing her passion into the realm of teaching to pass along the work through Handstand coaching, trapeze, stretching and conditioning.
Intermediate/ Advanced Yoga Series w/ Justicia (Center City)
This asana series is for experienced students who want to practice together in community and approach intermediate and advanced poses in a supportive, fun way. Each extended practice will move 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 practice. 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.
Select Sundays 1-3pm. $25 per session, or $70 for all 3 by 2/1
February 15: Radical Backbends & Inversions
March 15: Deep Hip Openers
April 19: Advanced Arm Balances
Sweet Relief: Flow Slowly & Restore w/ Cicelee (Main Line)
Feeling stressed out, taxed, spent, or overwhelmed? Then this practice is for you. Enjoy a slow and sweet flow (think sweet like honey, slow like molasses) that naturally heats the body (sans heaters) while reducing stress, mental over-activity, and general overload. After your muscles have been methodically opened to release stored tension, your entire being will be restored in passive postures that facilitate deep rest and rejuvenation. This practice will help you unwind and sooth an over taxed mind and nervous system, settle your body, and tune your awareness into your body. By the end, your muscles will be relaxed, your mind and nervous system will be calmed, and you will feel restored. Treat your mind, body, and soul to some Sweet Relief.
All levels are welcomed and encouraged to come receive a bit of Sweet Relief as we relax, release, and renew. Your mind, body, and soul thank you for gifting yourself this 2 hour decompression session. $30 earlybird before 2/21, $40 after
Become a Yogahour Pro (The Yogahour Pro Series) w/ Teagan Schweitzer (Center City)
Do you ever feel like yogahour classes are a little too fast to ask questions or master a certain pose?
Do you want to become a more skillful yoga practitioner?
Then this is the workshop for you!
In each Yogahour Pro workshop Teagan will break down a one-hour sequence over the course of 2 hours. We will refine and delve deeper into proper alignment. We will have time to work on the more challenging poses, including different ways to access them. And you will have time to ask questions.
The benefit of this format is that it offers you, the student, the opportunity to increase your knowledge of the yogahour poses and take your practice to a whole new level.
These workshops will allow more time to break down the poses and for you to ask any and all questions you might have about the poses that appear in any given sequence. This workshop is an invitation to expand your yoga practice in a very accessible, affordable, and expertly taught way in the context of fun! Saturday, Feb 28. 1:30-3:30pm. $15 by 1/24, $20 after.
Yoga for Dudes FREE CLASS & 4-Week Series w/ Jake
A workshop for men who want to learn and excel in yoga! This series will utilize the strengths that men have to tackle the challenges that men specifically face in yoga. This workshop will be offered for those just starting yoga and those who want to deepen their practice with accessible yet challenging variations, alignment and tools designed for a stronger body.
In this series, classes will be informative, vigorous and uplifting. Be prepared to learn, work hard, and feel great! Yoga is infinitely beneficial for men. It builds character, strength, flexibility and a desire to better oneself through practice. Get inspired. Full series: $50 earlybird by 3/28, $60 after.
Jake Panasevich started yoga after a long and strenuous athletic and weightlifting career. He faced many injuries and tightness throughout his body. Attending a yoga class seemed daunting and inaccessible. Two months after his first class, and 40 pounds later, Jake felt surprisingly stronger than ever, yet light and healthy in his body and mind. Going through this transition empowered him with the knowledge to move forward and flourish both on and off his mat.
FREE CLASS: Saturday, 3/28 1-2pm
FULL SERIES: Saturdays 1-2:15pm April 4, 11, 18, 25
The Power of Practice w/ Christina Sell (Center City)
The magical power of yoga lives in the application of the theory through to ongoing practice. As much as the teachings can inspire and guide us, they come alive when we communicate them in authentic and meaningful ways. Come and enjoy an upbeat, light hearted, down-to-earth, fun workshop and explore your relationship with asana. Christina Sell is known for her ability to break down challenging postures into component parts and for her ability to teach postures progressively so that everyone can participate according to their level. The techniques covered in this session are perfect for students of all levels who want a detailed and nuanced approach that is both energizing and focusing.
Single workshops will be $50 before 4/17, $60 after; Full weekend $190 by 4/17, $225 after
Friday 6-8:30pm Hip Openers
Saturday 10am-12:30pm Standing Poses
Saturday 2:30-5pm Arm Balances
Sunday 10am-12:30pm Backbends
Christina Sell has been practicing asana since 1991 and teaching since 1998. Known for her passion, clarity and creativity, Christina’s teaching style is a dynamic and challenging blend of inspiration, humor and hard work. She is the author of Yoga From the Inside Out: Making Peace with Your Body Through Yoga and My Body is a Temple: Yoga as a Path to Wholeness. Christina is the founder and director The San Marcos School of Yoga, and draws inspiration from many master teachers in Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Anusara Yoga and Bikram Yoga. Christina resides in Austin, TX with her husband, a retired greyhound and two cats.
Official yogahour Teacher Training Certification
200-hour Program (Center City)
June – September 2015
The yogahour Teacher Training program is an approved 200-hour program by Yoga Alliance. Graduates of the 200-hour yogahour Teacher Training program get two things. One is the ability to register as n RYT at the 200-hour level. This registry makes you a good candidate for getting hired to teach many expressions of yoga.
The second opportunity is to become a certified yogahour instructor. To obtain yogahour certification, the yogahour test must be passed. You may take this training to become a yogahour teacher. You may also take this training and not teach yogahour, but instead use the expert teaching technology to empower your teaching. The training consists of ten weekend sessions over ten months.
June 5-7 , June 12-14, June 26-28 , July 10-12 , July 24-26 , July 31-Aug 2 , Aug 14-16 , Aug 21-23 , Sept 11-13, Sept 18-20.
Schedule each weekend: Friday 6-9pm, Saturday noon-8:30pm, Sunday 10am-6:30pm.
All sessions meet at Maha Center City.
In 2014, Justicia gave herself a mission to attempt every pose on this yoga syllabus poster developed by Darren Rhodes. What was an initially daunting task became a great tool of self inquiry, and she learned that
1. Although of course not all the poses were doable, visiting them all in a weekend gave deep insight into practice,
2. It wasn’t nearly as tough as she thought it would be,
3. It was a whole lot of FUN!
In this urban retreat, we’ll explore the full range of asana together, moving towards all 400 poses in a supportive, fun way as community. Each of the weekend’s extended asana sessions will move towards challenging poses with reverence and expert instruction from Justicia, and a conversation shared among all. Expect strong practice and deep laughter.
Students are recommended to be able to push up to urdhva dhanurasana (full wheel) with straight arms, balance headstand in the middle of the room and be able to kick up to handstand at the wall unassisted. This retreat is not intended for anyone with active injuries or illness. If you don’t meet the prerequisites, but you know how to honor your boundaries, please come (for example, you need the wall for headstand). If you’re simply intimidated, register! This weekend will be accessible to all experienced yogis who know how to back off and play their edges with deep respect.