Maha 65-hour Yoga Immersion
September- December 2019
Dive into the ocean of yoga! This training is designed for serious students who want to deepen their studies of yoga by exploring physiology, biomechanics and philosophy, and how they relate to asana practice.
Learn how to align your physical body to be healthier and more vibrant. The course discusses common yoga injuries and how to avoid them, as well as the safe practice of inversions using a sound science of progressions. Explore how to apply alignment to address specific therapeutic needs with yoga. We will delve into all asanas from the Maha Yoga Level 1 syllabus, and many continuing variations.
This course is a prerequisite for Maha’s Teacher Training (winter program begins Dec ’19 after Immersion). You may take it as the first step towards getting certified to teach, or on its own as a way to deepen your personal practice. This year’s program has been expanded to include a full weekend of philosophy teachings with Dr. Douglas Brooks!
2019 Dates: 9/21 & 9/22, 10/5 & 10/6, 10/19 & 10/20, 11/1*, 11/2 & 11/3, 11/30 & 12/1
Saturdays 10:30am-5pm, Sundays 11am-6pm*
*Immersion meets one Friday only 11/1, 6-8:30pm w/ Dr. Douglas Brooks. The Friday session is in addition to the above schedule.
$995 early bird until 9/7, $1150 after.
Weeknight Workshop Series: Intro to Meditation w/ Tara Marini
September 3, 10, 17, 24
Each class in this meditation series includes a 15 minute lesson, 30 minutes of yoga, 15 minutes of seated meditation and 15 minutes of group discussion. You will learn the best yoga poses to prepare for meditation, a customized meditation seat and breathing tools. This series will also provide a variety of techniques including mantra meditation, guided meditation, and contemplation for creativity and self-improvement.
Studies have shown that the combination of yoga and meditation can positively impact mental and physical health. Whether it’s by reducing stress, improving sleep, increasing focus, research shows that mindfulness works. With the ever-growing demands of today’s society, it’s easy to get caught up without taking a second to stop and simply breathe. Learning how to meditate can be straightforward, and the benefits can come quickly. Here Tara will offer basic tips to get you started on a path toward greater equanimity, acceptance and joy. Take a deep breath and get ready to relax!
$70 early bird full series until 7/23, $80 after. Drop-ins permitted only as space permits: $25/ session (drop in enrollment opens 8/28)
Adaptive Yoga Workshop w/ Mamie Guidera
Adaptive Yoga is about using props, chairs, the wall, or each other to provide balance, flexibility and strength for folks who have physical disabilities. Come and learn how to teach people living with Parkinsons, visual impairments, disability or aging. bring your creativity and sense of humor.
Sunday, September 22, 2-4pm. $20 donation *Free of charge to volunteers willing to help with PCAS yoga program at Floyd Hall or the Parkinson’s Yoga Program at Maha
Fall Equinox Flow w/ Alex Holmes
The quality of our output depends on the quality of input. Fall is a demanding time of year, despite signs from nature to turn inward. This practice honors the fall equinox by cultivating balance in body and mind so we may have higher quality output as we move into the business of autumn. First we will challenge ourselves in standing balance poses and some inversions followed by breath work and relaxation practices.
Sunday, September 29, 2-4pm $30 early bird before 9/22, $40 after
Weeknight Workshop Series: Yoga for Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond w/ Nicolle Barrett
Join Nicolle Barrett for a 5 week yoga series specifically designed for moving through your pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience with comfort and confidence. During this workshop you will learn how to safely move through your yoga practice during pregnancy. Never stepped on a mat before? No worries! This series is designed so anyone, regardless of their practice level, can join in. In addition to learning physical postures that provide ease during pregnancy, you will also learn many beneficial and soothing positions for labor as well. Nicolle will also devote an entire class to Doula Tips and Tricks. In order to sign up for the series, we will need a note from your OB/midwife.
Class size limited to 12 so you are sure to get personalized attention. Registration inclusive for full series; drop-ins not permitted.
Discovering yoga in her early twenties, Nicolle Barrett, RYT and birth doula, is passionate about utilizing the ancient wisdoms of yoga and meditation as a platform to create meaningful change in our modern world. She has completed advanced trainings in Prenatal Yoga and teaches weekly classes in Philadelphia. Her greatest pleasure in life is serving as a guide to women and witness in seeing her clients blossom, returning to the heart of their innate wisdom.
Tuesdays 6-7:15pm Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.
Intermediate/ Advanced Yoga Retreat w/ Justicia
Registration is fully inclusive for four days and three nights at The Himalayan Institute in Hornsdale, PA (about a 3 hour, 45 minute drive from Philly). The weekend includes six extended practice sessions, three meals a day, and ample free time to hike, read, connect with friends, or simply relax!
During this retreat, we’ll explore the full range of asana together, moving through the sequences in a supportive, fun way as a community. Each of the retreat’s extended asana sessions will move towards challenging poses with reverence and expert instruction from Justicia, and a conversation shared amongst 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, please check in! This weekend will be accessible to all experienced yogis who know how to back off and play their edges with deep respect.
Pricing: $595 for shared accommodations. Single rooms may be available for an extra fee; ask early for availability!
Barefoot Bootcamp w/ Teagan Schweitzer
October 12- 13
2 days, 6 hours, 365 yoga poses.
Want to take your yoga practice to a whole new level? Challenge yourself in the best possible way? Then this is the workshop for you. Over the course of two days, we will practice all 365 poses in the Yogahour syllabus. The Yogahour syllabus consists entirely of poses within the realm of doable to difficult, but not extreme. Each three-hour practice session will include half of the poses in the syllabus sequenced in an intelligent way to make you feel as strong as you are flexible and as flexible as you are strong. Barefoot Bootcamp is a dharma-difficult yet doable challenge that is sure to make an imprint. Come for either one or both sessions. Are you in?
Yogahour is an accessible, affordable, expertly taught flow class that offers clear and specific alignment instructions for the fit beginner. Yogahour aims to be the most doable yet difficult flow class offered anywhere. Many yoga classes are more doable, many more difficult; but none are as doable and difficult as yogahour (that is the aim anyway). Yogahour also aims to supply maximum flow and maximum form per pose.
$30/session or $50 for both early bird pricing before 10/5
$35/session or $60 for both after 10/5
yoga teacher DISCOUNT (any style, any studio): $25/ session, or $40/both
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).
Saturdays 2-4pm: Oct 26, Nov 9, Dec 7.
Registration inclusive for all sessions, and strongly recommended: $75 early bird by 10/19, $85 after. $35 drop in for single sessions.
When Courage Calls: the Heroine’s Journey, the Hero’s Flight w/ Douglas Brooks
November 1-3 **new dates!!
The ancient stories of India invite us to face the realities of the everyday, small success, great achievements, ordinary failures, and undeniable crimes. None of us are spared when we look into the characters and try to see ourselves in them all—for this is part of the power of mythology, to imagine and empathize, to breach the unreachable chasm of consciousness, history, and culture so that we can peer with humility and respect into our shared humanity. In this seminar we will take up two stories of heroines and heroes in some detail, the story of Shakuntala in both Mahabharata and the famous dramatic rendition of Kalidasa, and the story of Damayanti and Nala whose tale is for the ages. These are not merely old stories from long ago and far away, they are trenchant, helpful, and compelling opportunities to engage mythology as a tool and method for a richer understanding of light and shadow, of human nature and mortal life, and of our highest aspirations and hopes for a better world. No previous experience or familiarity is assumed or required. We’ll tell the stories and you will be able to make them your own. Join the conversation.
Full weekend attendance strongly recommended.
Friday 11/1 6-8:30pm
Saturday 11/2 10:30-1pm
Saturday 11/2 2:30-5pm
Sunday 11/3 10am-1pm
Pricing: Full weekend $175 early bird by 10/25, $195 after, Drop-ins allowed as space permits: $50/ session by 10/11, $60 after.
Weeknight Workshop Series: Yoga for Men w/ Jake Panasevich
This series is for men who want to learn and excel in yoga. By using the strengths that men have, we can 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. Classes will be informative, vigorous and uplifting. Be prepared to learn, work hard, and feel great!
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 lighter, 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.
Tuesdays 6-7:15pm Nov 5, 12, 19, 26. Class size limited to 12 so you are sure to get personalized attention. Registration inclusive for full series; drop-ins not permitted. $80 by 10/30, $95 after.
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
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.
** This workshop is limited to 15 individuals, so sign up today to secure your spot! **
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
Weekend Workshops: Two Tracks of Study w/ Darren Rhodes
January 11-12, 2020
Asana Intensive: Grit Outweighs Gold
Two doable yet difficult 4-hour yoga practices.
This workshop features familiar mainstream poses along with a few of the more seldOM seen. The most difficult poses only comprise about 15% of the workshop so no need to be intimidated (it will be as doable as it is difficult, as difficult as it is doable).
Eventually, the name of the pose is the most advanced instruction. ~ B.K.S. Iyengar.
A unique aspect of this workshop is that for the familiar poses such as warrior 1-3, triangle etc, no prep cues will be given. Meaning for such poses Darren will simply call out their name and you go directly into them. Less prep means more poses.! Once in the pose, he will provide clear and specific strength and stretch instructions.
For the physically advanced poses there will be copious amounts of alignment instructions start to finish along with demos. In words other, those poses will be ‘workshopped.’
Will he teach the above photo? Yes. How can a pose like that be made accessible? Join in and find out!
Saturday, 1/11, 9am-1pm & Sunday, 1/12, 9am-1pm
$75/ each early bird by 1/4, $85 after, or
$120/ both by 1/4, $145 after
Teacher Training Intensive: The Art of Alignment Articulation
During this Teacher Training Intensive, learn and download user friendly teaching techniques in terse form. The focus of this training will be what Darren calls the clustering technique.
Learn to teach the essential strength and stretch alignment cues, in an optimal order, to give access to the essence of what a given pose has to offer; and to do so in a mere in 15-20 seconds. That said more succinct: essential alignment, optimal order, access to essence, less than 15-20 seconds. Note: yogahour is first and foremost a teaching technology, which means it will support you in teaching any style of yoga.
Required Text: The Art of Alignment Articulation Manual*
Saturday 1/11 2:30-6pm & Sunday 1/12 2:30-6pm
Registration inclusive for both sessions: $150 by 1/4, $175 after
*$15 for manual