Yoga For Healing: Therapeutics Series w/ Zhenja La Rosa
January-June 2016, Select Sundays
Are you a teacher who wants to help students learn to get out of pain?
Zhenja invites both students and teachers to this special series of six therapeutics workshops to address common injuries, aches and pains through alignment and practice. Learn how to create the optimal bio-mechanical alignment for your body and learn targeted exercises that you can do every day at home or in yoga classes to support healing.
Sign up for the workshop(s) that address your particular needs, or take the series to learn good alignment for your whole body.
January 17 : Lower back We will address common causes of lower back pain and learn to align and support the spine through yoga.
February 7: Shoulders Whether your shoulders are tight or hyper-mobile, you will learn how to build flexibility with strength in full range of motion of the shoulder girdle.
March 6: Hips (and Hamstrings) Open your hips effectively and safely. You’ll also learn how these same actions will help open your hamstrings and heal injuries of the hamstring attachments.
April 3: Wrists We will build strength to support your wrists and open the muscles in your hands, arms and shoulders that may impinge your wrists.
May 1: Knees (and Feet) Protect your knees from injury and support healing acute ligament or cartilage damage by building stability around good alignment. This always involves the feet, so you’ll get bonus exercises for your feet, too!
June 5: Neck Often, tension in our lives translates directly into stiffness in the neck. You’ll learn how to align the shoulders and neck to create a place for your head to rest, and we will add in simple meditation techniques to help work through daily stresses.
The yoga therapy components of Zhenja’s instruction are based on her own study of biomechanics with yoga teachers and in her own practice and teaching, not derived from her status as an RYT ® with Yoga Alliance Registry.
1-3pm each session.
Earlybird: $35/session, $60 for 2, $170 for all
Day of: $45 drop-in
This training is designed for teachers and 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, and how to train your eye to notice your students’ alignment in a more meaningful way. 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 Anusara Level 1 Syllabus, and many from Level 2. This course is a prerequisite for Maha’s Teacher Training, which runs for four additional weeks following the Immersion. 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.
Pay in full by May 15, 2016: $695, $795 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.
Sunday, May 22, 1-3pm. $25 earlybird by 5/15, $35 after.
This is an invitation to evolve to intermediate arm balancing! We’ll enjoy a full practice to warm up and prepare that weaves in several favorite postures. You’ll leave with tools for sustainable arm balancing that will feel like FLOATING through understanding of healthy alignment and flow of energy for each posture. This is the perfect workshop for newbie arm balancers wanting to solidify their skills, as well as intermediate practitioners ready to refine their poses and clean up transitions.
Sunday, June 12, 1-3:30pm
$30 before 6/5 $40 after
Together at last! Great yoga and excellent wine. We’ll start with a 75 minute, all-levels. practice at the studio, then walk down one block to Tria. Registration is inclusive for the yoga practice and a tasting of six wines (2 oz pours, so about 2.5 glasses of wne!)
June 26, 2015, 12:30-3pm
$50 by 6/19, $60 after
It’s the ultimate in Sunday summer fun! Join Steph for a 90 minute, all-levels, full spectrum practice followed by a sampling of Philadelphia’s finest: Little Baby’s Ice Cream! There will be both vegan and dairy flavors to enjoy after working up a sweat on your mat. Don’t miss this delicious event!
Sunday, July 17, 1-3pm
$30 earlybird by July 10, $40 after
July 20-August 24
Help cultivate a practice as great as yours in the little one in your life! At Maha Kids yoga camp, kids aged 4-11 will learn yoga with lessons in self-expression, body image, social skills, and positive thinking. Camp includes yoga poses, mindful games, storytelling, music, and relaxation techniques. Parents/ caretaker bonus: yogahour class runs concurrently, so you can choose to have some time on your mat too (optional, yogahour $8 drop in rate applies to adult class).
Kids 4-11 years old
Six week series: Wednesdays noon-1pm, July 20-August 24
$108 earlybird before July 10, $120 after. (Inclusive for full series, drop ins not permitted)
Sibling dicount: additional kids from the same family take $20 off
Lisa Nwankwo earned her 200RYT at Maha Yoga and holds additional certifications in Street Yoga (trauma-based yoga and mindfulness practice for at-risk youth) and Children’s Yoga. She has taught yoga to hundreds of children in the Philadelphia area via Family Yoga Classes, teen workshops, preschool classes, kids classes, and is the co-creator of BRIDGE, a yoga and narrative writing program serving at-risk kids in Philadelphia.
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
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.
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!