Soothing the Senses w/ Jessica Ardis & Steph Rodigas (Center City)
Saturday, December 6
In a season of so much giving, take time to receive. This 2-hour workshop is a unique opportunity to experience rejuvenation via all 5 senses. To begin, we wash your feet with warm herbal-infused water. Next we will anoint you with a selection of pure essential oils and give you a soothing Thai massage sequence. Soft music and candlelight will enhance the restorative nature of this experience. Finally we will wrap a warm towel around your head, as you drift into the soothing sounds of singing bowls and gentle chimes. The session will conclude with calming tea and a delectable Ayurvedic treat. It is our hope that you will leave with a renewed sense of beauty and wellness. This workshop is limited to eight participants so that we can give you ample care and attention. Saturday, December 6, 2-4pm. $75 before 11/30, $85 after.
Jessica Ardis teaches yoga and offers Vedic Thai Yoga Massage in Philadelphia. She is trained in vinyasa, yin, restorative, Anusara, and yoga nidra. She loves to study Sanskrit and yoga philosophy and is deeply grateful to her many luminous teachers.
Stephanie Rodigas has undergone over 300 hours of training in various traditions of yoga, including Vinyasa, Yin, Yoga Nidra, and Anusara. She is passionate about empowering individuals to heal themselves, and has completed several trainings in Thai massage therapy. Stephanie works full-time as a Thai massage healer and yoga teacher in Philadelphia.
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 1/4, $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.
Restorative Yoga + Thai Massage w/ Shawn DeClue (Center City)
Saturday, January 17
The holidays are a time of giving and now it’s time to give back to yourself. Shawn will lead you through a restorative yoga practice, designed to help you release any stress or tension you might be holding so you can find some relaxation, with the added healing touch of Thai Massage. We’ll hold these soothing poses for 3-5 minutes, and use props to help find support, and the Thai Massage will take you to the ultimate level of letting go. Restore and replenish. Special treat for everyone at the end of the class. Saturday 1/17, 6-8pm. Early bird price $25 until 1/10, $35 after.
Science to Soar: Intro to Arm Balances with Kat Tancredi (Main Line)
Learn how to progressively amp up your arm balance practice! We’ll work on building strong foundations and cultivating strength and flexibility as preparation for breaking down the following poses:
Bakasana (crow) and its variations
Parsva (twisted) Bakasana
If you have never arm balanced, this is the place to START laying the foundation. If you already enjoy arm balancing, this workshop is a great place to refine your alignment and strengthen your poses! Bring your questions & expect to break down these challenging poses. Saturday, Jan 17, 2-4pm. $25 earlybird by 1/17, $35 after
Pranayama Techniques w/ Steph Davaro (Main Line)
Prana translates as life force, while Yama translates as to restrain, hold back, or enhance. Through yogic breathing techniques, we can access gateways that enhance our life force, enhance our sensitivity, enhance our connection, and in so doing, enhance our full experience.
“The world fades into the background of our experience and an inner depth unfolds.” -Yoganand Michael Carroll
This inner depth, this meditative connection, can then inform our practice of yoga – not only helping to protect us from injury but opening us to new depths and spaces we never knew existed!
In this workshop, we will learn 5 different pranayama – Dirgha, Ujjayi, Kapalabhati, Vamakrama Kapalabhati, & Nadi Shodhana – and explore how they inform our practice as we move through a full open levels asana practice. Seasoned yogis and beginners alike will benefit from this closer look at breathwork and asana. Come get your pranayama on! Saturday, 1/17, 1-3pm, $25 by 1/24, $35 after
Chinese Medicine the ACROYOGA WAY: Introduction to Sarahpeutics (Center City)
What if you could start learning the practical wisdom of a 5,000 year old holistic medicine system, without committing thousands of dollars and years in school? Welp, you CAN! Enter, Sarahpeutics’ Five Element Thai Massage. Sarah Vosen and Sarah Yovovich collaborated to create a system of teaching 5 Element Theory, the foundation of Chinese Medicine, through AcroYoga.
For those of us who prefer to learn with our bodies and love to feel awesome, this is amazeballs (technical term). Join Sarah Yovovich to take your therapeutic practice to the next level by learning to use Yin & Yang to diagnose and treat your receiver with wisdom, grace, and FUN!
Through partner yoga, flying, and Thai massage, we soak up Yin & Yang on a cellular level. We find softness and strength, relaxation and play, to finish the day relaxed, rejuvenated, and smiling like crazy.
Valentine’s Day Partner Yoga & Thai Massage w/ Katie Capano & Jean-Jacques Gabriel (Center City)
Moving from the heart, this workshop for couples will unite the breath, body and spirit of participants. Nourish your sweetheart with the healing touch of Thai Massage, and connect deeply through shared asana. We will stretch together, laugh together, massage each other, while learning to give and receive generously. Without a Valentine this year? Register with a close friend, a parent, or other loved one! All levels are welcome, and more advanced or gentle options will be presented to those who desire them. Saturday, February 14. 1:30-4pm. $50 per couple by 2/7, $65 after.
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)
Saturday, Feb 28, 1-3pm
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
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.
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.
A Weekend with Darren Rhodes (Center City)
Teacher’s Intensive: Inform Your Flow
Learn the teaching technologies of yogahour to tighten up your flow classes via shape, safety, and refinement alignment. Friday, June 5: 9-12 noon, 1:30-3:30pm.
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Calibrate to Capacity
Traverse the entire yogahour syllabus comprised of 200 poses in one wow-weekend. Darren regards these 200 poses as an asana-alphabet or practitioner-periodic-table of sorts. In other words, familiarize yourself with these particular poses and you can access all that hatha yoga offers. Via props, modifications, and stages every pose in this syllabus is accessible to the fit beginner: students without any significant limitations or injuries. Darren asana-aims to help you calibrate to your capacity! Come ready to practice, learn, and play!
Saturday 9-11:30am – Standing Poses
Saturday 1:30-4pm – Arm Balances
Sunday 10-12:30pm – Backbends
Sunday 2-4:30pm – Twists and Forward Folds