September 17 & 18
This 10-hour immersion is designed to empower both teachers and students in sequencing creative and anatomically sound vinyasa classes. We will demystify vinyasa, and guide you in crafting a class that is smooth in its transitions and leaves people feeling truly integrated. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain new insight and work in intimate groups in experiential ways!
Alex will cover: how to build effective towards a “peak” in both pinnacle and full spectrum sequences, counter posing, transitions, and elements of flow. You will leave this immersion with 5 new sequences to both practice and teach!
Sat & Sun Sept 17th & 18th, 12-5:30pm each day
$165 by 9/1, $195 after
Did you ever play airplane as a kid? Come find that sense of playfulness and flight in this workshop! We will warm up with silly and fun partner exercises, then learn how to lift and support each other safely. If you have seen AcroYoga photos and felt intimidated we will break it down into accessible chunks everyone can enjoy. Each person will have a chance to be the base, the flyer, and the spotter. We will end the workshop giving and receiving a short Thai massage sequence. No prior experience or partner is necessary, all levels are welcome to come and play! Come on your own and meet new people or bring friends, you’re sure to have a great time either way!
Shana Hornstein has been practicing yoga since 2001. She completed teacher training and started teaching yoga in 2006. In 2008, she discovered AcroYoga and loved how it informed her individual yoga practice as well as the amazing community of friends she met through this new partner practice. In 2012, Shana completed Acro Yoga teacher training in Montreal. Shana has studied with Jason and Chelsey Magness (Yogaslackers), Lux Sternstein (Seattleacro), Jessie Goldberg and Eugene Poku (AcroYoga Montreal), among others. She has taught AcroYoga in Philadelphia, PA, Phoenix, AZ, Orlando and Melbourne, FLA, Capital Flight Festival and the Dutch Acrobatic Convention. She currently lives in Philadelphia, PA and can often be found upside down on someone’s feet.
Saturday, September 24, 1:30-3pm
$25 earlybird by 9/17, $35 after
Urban Retreat: #alltheposes w/ Justicia
In 2014, Justicia first gave herself the 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
-Although not all the poses were ‘doable,’ visiting them all in a weekend gave deep insight into practice,
-It wasn’t nearly as tough as she thought it would be,
-It was a whole lot of FUN!
In this second year of this annual 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. 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. This retreat is not intended for anyone with active injuries or illness.
Full Retreat (includes 8 sessions) $275 earlybird by 10/1, $350 after.
Sat & Sun only (4 sessions) $150 by 10/1, $175 after.
Individual sessions $40 by 10/1, $50 after.
Maha Yoga 50-hour Yoga Immersion w/ Justicia & Zhenja
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 via Anusara’s alignment principles.
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 Jan ’16). You can take it as the first step towards getting certified to teach, or on its own as a way to deepen your own practice.
Oct 15-16, Nov 5-6, Nov 19-20, Dec 3-4
$750 if paid in full by Sept 15, 2016, $875 after
Are you eager to get your feet off the ground but not quite sure how to get started? This workshop is for you! We will focus on the foundations of handstand, forearm stand, and headstand and work toward getting upside down safely and with control. Learn how to find opening and stability in the shoulders; build strength with various conditioning poses such as variations on plank and chaturanga (low plank) that can be incorporated into your daily practice; and conquer your fears with the help of the wall, props, small group exercises, and personal assistance from your teacher.
Saturday, Oct 22, 1:30-3:30pm. $25 early bird by 10/15, $35 after
Brew Maha is back! Enjoy a full-spectrum, energetic class from 5:30-6:30pm. Afterwards, with heightened awareness, delight in a craft-beer tasting that will leave your taste-buds feeling just as blissful. This was named best yoga event in Philadelphia by Be Well Philly in 2013, and tends to sell out quickly. Space is limited; pre-registration required.
Saturday, October 29, 5-6pm, with beer tasting to follow. $30 by 10/22, $40 after
Barefoot Bootcamp w/ Teagan Schweitzer
Save the date; full details soon!
Yoga Retreat to Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula w/ Justicia
Spend a week in paradise with Justicia in the most bio-diverse place on the planet (according to National Geographic), Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula! Home to four species of monkeys, toucans, parrots, and countless other animals, this pristine rainforest abounds with life, and is the perfect backdrop for the yoga adventure retreat of a lifetime.
We will be spending seven days and six nights at the stunning Encanta la Vida retreat center and lodge. From the lodge, it’s a short stroll through a grove of chocolate trees to catch waves at the very private Pan Dulce Beach, or hike inland to marvel at waterfalls and wildlife.
Our mornings will begin with an upbeat, full-spectrum asana practice on the beautiful 2-tiered yoga deck overlooking the ocean, followed by breakfast featuring outstanding local foods and recipes. Your registration includes three amazing, gourmet meals a day showcasing fresh, local ingredients. The days are yours to spend as you wish: at the lodge’s pool and bar, lounging in a hammock, surfing (boards available for rental from the lodge), soaking up rays at the beach, hiking, canoeing, waterfall rappelling, enjoying a Thai Massage, bird-watching, touring an organic chocolate farm, flying through the jungle canopy on a zip-line, or one of many other adventures! Lunch is served at the lodge, or have a boxed lunch (included in price) prepared for you to take on your day trip.
We’ll close each day with a community dinner at the lodge and share our stories. This is our third year going on this retreat, and we have hand-picked some of the most fun, exciting, and inspiring things to share with you.
Registration is fully inclusive for seven days and six nights at the stunning Encanta la Vida retreat center and lodge, including all your food (three gourmet meals a day) and daily yoga practices (you secure your own travel to and from Costa Rica).
$1495 if paid in full by 12/31/2016, $1650 after. $500 deposit (non-refundable) will hold your space.
Set up a payment plan now, and lock in a winter getaway you’ll never forget!