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Moon Salutations

Moon Salutations with Kendell Romanelli

Moon Salutations are a flowing yoga practice designed to draw the energy of the body, mind and heart, inward to a more reflective nature honoring the energy of the full moon. In this workshop we will combine the Moon Salutation sequence with mantras, meditations and restorative postures. We will use the practice of candle gazing and a guided deep relaxation to clear the mind and calm the soul. It is a time to heal and reflect on all the beauty within us and around us.

+ Add to Cart The Moon of Falling Leaves
Releasing to Receive
Friday, October 10 | 6:30-8:30pm | $25 | Strip District

+ Add to Cart The Frosty Moon
Protecting Within
Friday, November 7 | 6:30-8:30pm | $25 | Strip District

+ Add to Cart The Cold Moon
Surrendering to Light
Friday, December 5 | 6:30-8:30pm | $25 | Strip District

Women's Healing Circle

Women's Healing Circle with Kendell Romanelli

This class is designed to use the energy of yoga, mantra and meditation to heal the body mind and soul. It is open to women of all ages and backgrounds. When we come together in a circle, the power of the group helps to support and uplift all the members of the group. We will begin class with some gentle flowing yogic exercises to stretch and open the body. We will then light a candle and speak an intention for healing in five words or less. We will support our intention by chanting a healing mantra and closing with a guided meditation and deep relaxation.

Friday, October 24 | 6:30-8pm | regular class pricing | Strip District

Friday, November 21 | 6:30-8pm | regular class pricing | Strip District

Friday, December 19 | 6:30-8pm | regular class pricing | Strip District

Mediation Workshop

Meditation Workshops with Joni Sturgill

+ Add to Cart Meditation & Journaling for Healing your Heart
Sunday, October 5 | 6-8pm | $25 | Squirrel Hill
Major life changes affect us all, whether you are coping with the loss of a loved one, healing from a personal setback, making sense of your career path, or seeking greater balance in your life, this workshop will leave you more energized and optimistic to forge ahead with purpose and a healing heart. Joni will lead you in a few meditation and breathing practices as well as some journaling exercises to cultivate confidence and equanimity in the face of whatever life change you’re experiencing. New and experienced meditators welcome. Please bring your own journal and pen.

+ Add to Cart Basic Meditation Instruction Course for Teachers
Saturday, October 11 | 2-4:30pm | $30 | Strip District
Whether you are a yoga teacher looking to incorporate meditation into your classes, a school teacher looking to teach students to relax and focus, a human resourses professional looking to help employees reduce stress, or a parent wanting to help your children relax and learn the lifelong skill of focused meditation, join Joni in this course to experience basic meditations and learn how to break them down and teach them to others. There will be time for practice, lecture and q&a. A handout will be emailed to participants after the course.

+ Add to Cart Meditations to Ease Holiday Stress
Sunday, November 2 | 6-8pm | $25 | Squirrel Hill
The holidays can be fun and exciting, but the busyness of the season can leave you feeling drained and not your best self. Family and social gatherings, shopping, and feelings of obligation can really invoke stress in the body, mind and emotions. Take a deep breath and give yourself the gift of peace this holiday season. Take time out to access the truth of what the season means to you, through mindfulness meditation, breathwork and even vocalizing. Connecting with that deeper meaning can feel like a warm breeze to soften the stress inherent in the months of November and December.

YogaSCENTcials

YogaSCENTials with Kendell and Melissa

These workshops will combine several elements of yoga: yin yoga, chakra yogic exercises, restorative postures and meditation with the healing aspects of essential oils. Each workshop will be designed to bring harmony and balance to the body, mind and emotions with the seasons. This is an open class suitable for all levels. Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) essentials oils will be used in various ways (aromatically, topically and internally) to open and balance the chakras, promote healing and cleansing of the internal organs and to bring about an overall sense of mental wellbeing.

+ Add to Cart Pre-Holiday Peace and Pampering
Saturday, November 15 | 3-5pm | $25 | North Hills

Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga Workshops with Joni Sturgill

Nurture yourself and learn to relax deeply in this restorative yoga workshop. Restorative yoga uses blankets, bolsters and blocks to support the body in restful postures. This encourages the body to relax, open, renew and heal. As the body releases deeply, the mind grows quiet and reflective, bringing your whole being into a more balanced state. Joni will assist you in setting up each pose, and will also teach you how to practice on your own, so you can experience this blissful state regularly! Please bring one or two thin blankets. Studio props are available for use, but are limited depending on the number of attendees. Register early, limit of 15 students.

+ Add to Cart Sunday, October 5 | 2-4pm | $25 | Strip District

+ Add to Cart Sunday, November 2 | 2-4pm | $25 | Strip District

Reviving the Lower Back and Hips

Reviving the Lower Back and Hip with Richard Gartner

The connective tissues in our lower back and hips play a critical role in our posture. If they are balanced, they absorb the shocks of our daily lives. Unbalanced, they can cause pain and postural holding patterns that extend through the neck and shoulders. Students will release the lumbar spine, sacrum and hips through a combination of long holds and fascial release movements. The practice also uses gravity as a tool to decompact the bones and discs, reversing its typical compressive role. We will discover ways to apply these techniques day-to-day to ease discomfort and maintain a consistent vibrancy in the lower back and hips. This workshop is for all levels and no previous yoga experience is required.

SOLD OUT
Sunday, October 12 | 1:30-3:30pm | $25 | Squirrel Hill

Yogi Playground

Yogi Playground with Joanna Studeny

Come play like a kid again! Take your practice to the next level in this super fun workshop, where we will explore more advanced poses, arm balances, and inversions. You never know what you can accomplish until you try!

+ Add to Cart Saturday, October 18 | 2-4pm | $25 | Squirrel Hill

Neurogenic Yoga with Jennica Mills

Neurogenic Yoga with Jennica Mills, MSW, E-RYT

Neurogenic Yoga™ is a revolutionary technique in trauma healing and stress reduction. This practice combines yoga asana and pranayama with the body’s natural, therapeutic shaking response. This shaking response in humans, much the same as the instinctual shaking in animals, is the nervous system’s way of discharging long-held tension and trauma, or unconscious muscle contraction in order to restore the body to wholeness. Neurogenic Yoga™ reawakens our body’s intrinsic release mechanism for optimal health. Neurogenic Yoga™ is a simple, gentle and profound practice that facilities the lengthening and relaxation of the psoas muscle and the release of physical and emotional stress and tension. During a Neurogenic Yoga™ practice, we safely self induce therapeutic vibration using yoga postures and breath. Often vibration begins in the legs and may spread throughout the entire body. This method is based on Dr. David Berceli’s technique of Trauma Releasing Exercises™ (TRE™).

This 3-hour experiential workshop will include an introduction and deeper understanding of self induced therapeutic tremoring and its history and origin in Dr. David Berceli’s technique of TRETM. Participants will experience a Neurogenic YogaTM classes including yoga asana, pranayama and therapeutic tremoring. Most people describe this experience as pleasant and relaxing and report many improvements in their physical and emotional state. This class is appropriate for people of all level of fitness. NOTE: Pregnant women are welcome to attend and perform the Yoga exercises but are generally not advised to perform the tremoring component. Shaking and tremoring, however often occur naturally during or after birth and can assist with the birth process and a more complete bodily recovery.

Jennica's background in the trauma-healing field gives way to a unique approach for rediscovering balance and wellness. Jennica has been teaching weekly yoga classes since 2005 and leads yoga teacher trainings in La Jolla, CA. She is a Level II certified Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) Facilitator and is a Lead Trainer of the Neurogenic Yoga Teacher Training.

+ Add to Cart Saturday, November 8 | 12-3pm | $75 | Strip District

Veterans Yoga Project

Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery: Veterans Yoga Project Teacher Training

Yoga teachers have a special responsibility to handle all their interactions with students with great care. However, honing the special skill set required to work with students who have faced trauma requires a thorough understanding and special sensitivity of the unique needs of these courageous people.
Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery is an evidence-informed, clinically-tested yoga program that was developed specifically for veterans recovering from posttraumatic stress and other psychological difficulties. It is an evidence-informed, in that practices have been chosen and adapted based on clinical and neuro-scientific knowledge about posttraumatic stress and its treatment. It is clinically-tested, in that it was developed based on feedback from hundreds of veterans and active-duty service members receiving treatment at residential and outpatient treatment programs. Mindful Resilience has been successfully integrated into mental health and addiction treatment programs for veterans and active-duty military across the US and Canada.
This Veterans Yoga Project training consists of a balance of practice and lecture/discussion. At the end of the training, participants will understand the symptoms of post-traumatic stress and other trauma-related disorders, how those symptoms are related to underlying neurobiology, and how to use this understanding to most effectively teach individuals recovering from trauma. Your guide on this journey through the Mindful Resilience yoga teacher training program is Daniel J. Libby, PhD, a Postdoctoral Fellow with Yale University’s Department of Psychiatry and the VA’s Mental Illness Research and Education Clinical Center. Dan has conducted research investigating the physiological correlates of mindfulness meditation as well as the first epidemiological investigation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in VA PTSD treatment programs. He is also former Director of Clinical Services for the Starlight Military Rehabilitation Program and has taught mindfulness and yoga to hundreds of veterans and active-duty service members.

+ Add to Cart $425 Strip District

Friday, November 14 | 5-8:30pm
Saturday, November 15 | 10am-5:30pm
Sunday, November 16 | 10am-4pm

Arm Balances

Arm Balances with Linda Meacci

Challenging. Exhilarating. Empowering. And just plain fun! Arm balances are a true yoga high. In this workshop, Linda breaks it down and teaches you how to fly! She reviews alignment and biomechanics and describes how muscles, bhandas, breath, and focus work together to lift our bodies in space. Beginners will learn the building blocks for powerful, safe arm balances including forearm balance. Experienced arm-balancers—you “frequent flyers”—will learn how to achieve more challenging arm balances with greater ease. Challenge yourself to soar! Prior yoga experience required.

+ Add to Cart Saturday, November 15 | 12-2:15pm | $30 in advance, $35 at the door | Strip District

Developing a Home Practice with Richard Gartner

Developing a Home Practice with Richard Gartner

Yoga truly becomes your own when you rely on the strength of your love and dedication primarily, and not on the structure of a class. -Sarah Powers

Classes are great and books and DVD’s are helpful. You'd love to complement this with a personal practice. If you could use some useful advice on how to practice at home, this workshop is for you. Yoga at home flourishes with thoughtful and smart sequencing.

Sequence Creation and Developing a Home Practice is for students interested in exploring a home practice but don’t know where to start. Richard presents fresh ideas on building a practice around poses, intentions and abilities. He also addresses the main obstacles of a home practice and how to work with them. Bring paper and pen; we’ll be taking plenty of notes.

Discover inner guidance and make the practice yours.

+ Add to Cart Sunday, November 16 | 1:30-3:30pm | $25 | Squirrel Hill

Workshops with Anna

Workshops with Anna Gilbert Zupon

+ Add to Cart In Good Standing
Saturday, November 22 | 11am-1:30pm | $30 in adv/$35 at the door | Strip District
Standing poses are the foundation of our Asana practice. Serving as much more than just a "warm up," these integral poses offer insight into preparing the body for more complicated poses, like inversions and backbends. Moving through an innovative and unexpected exploration of standing poses, we will examine how connecting to the ground is directly related to everything happening above it. This all levels workshop will help you to understand and appreciate the infrastructure of your asana practice, and compel you to rethink how you view well-known poses.

+ Add to Cart Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
Saturday, November 22 | 2:30-5pm | $30 in adv/$35 at the door | Strip District
Sirsasana - headstand, and Sarvangasana - shoulderstand, are revered as the King and Queen of Asana. Too often in these crucial poses, a lack of understanding leaves us crossing our fingers and hoping for the best, when we're not avoiding them entirely. Learning to approach these majestic poses with muscular intelligence and an inward awareness is the key to harnessing their potential. This workshop is for all levels, even if you have a more seasoned practice, exploring unusual variations can help to reinvigorate your attentiveness and dedication to inversions.

+ Add to Cart Both Sessions, $55

Mother and Daughter Gentle Yoga and Relaxation

Mother and Daughter Gentle Yoga and Relaxation with Joni Sturgill

In this workshop, we will restore the body, mind and spirit with a gentle yoga practice, partner yoga, and restorative yoga, as well as some deep breathing techniques and probably some laughter. Bring your mom, grandma, aunt or best friend and take time out to relax and bond. All levels welcome, no prior yoga experience necessary, as Joni is experienced working with people of all physical abilities. This workshop is for moms and their daughters age 14 and over.

+ Add to Cart Sunday, December 14 | 2-4pm | $25 | Strip District

Post-Holiday Workshops with Richard Gartner

Post-Holiday Workshops with Richard Gartner

The end-of-year holidays are fun, but can take a toll: Schedules are disrupted, everyone has less time, the food is richer, and traveling can upset the body's balance. Richard developed a two-part Post-Holiday workshop to remedy this alasya (lethargy) and styana (fogginess) and replace these with clarity and a calm lightness.

+ Add to Cart Purify through Movement
Sunday, December 28 | 12:30-3pm | $25 | Strip District
'Purify Through Movement' is 2 1/2 hours of strength building and active poses. This sequence fosters rajas (heat) with standing poses, arm work, and abdominal exercises. Students will discover the rooting action of the legs and how strong support boosts energy through the organic body.

+ Add to Cart Zero in on Stillness
Sunday, December 28 | 4-6pm | $25 | Strip District
'Zero in on Stillness' is designed to establish a detailed inner awareness of the body and mind. Students will be guided through myofascial release, pranayama (breathwork) and a complete Yin practice. This workshop harnesses the power of rajas and matures it into sattva (lightness).

+ Add to Cart Both sessions, $45

The only prerequisites for the workshops are for students to be free of serious health concerns and to be familiar with yoga.

Ashtanga Yoga Workshops with Taylor

Ashtanga Yoga Workshops with Taylor Hunt

Come practice and explore the Ashtanga yoga method with Authorized Level 2 teacher, Taylor Hunt!

+ Add to Cart Led Primary Series
Saturday, January 10 | 9-11am | $30 | Strip District
Join Taylor Hunt for a full led Primary Series class using the traditional Sanskrit count.

+ Add to Cart Tristhana Method
Saturday, January 10 | 1-4pm | $60 | Strip District
Come prepared to explore the basis of the Ashtanga method known as tristhana. Tristhana means the three places of attention: breath with bandha (internal energy locks), asana, and dristhi (gazing point). When practiced simultaneously, the tristhana method becomes a tool to steady the mind transforming the physical practice into a moving meditation. We will spend ample time exploring the poses of the Primary Series focusing on alignment and techniques to work through restricted movements.

+ Add to Cart Mysore Style Practice
Sunday, January 11 | 8-10am | $30 | Strip District
Join Taylor Hunt for a unique opportunity to receive individual attention and deepen your practice.

+ Add to Cart Fearless Backbends
Sunday, January 11 | 12-3pm | $60 | Strip District
Learn proper alignment and technique to safely approach backbending. Backbends help to strengthen the back and balance the body after the many forward folds of the Primary Series. In this workshop, we will explore a rich collection of backbends from the Primary and Second series of Ashtanga yoga designed to open the front of the body and realign the spine. As preparation for backbending, we will begin with a short led class before diving into poses such as urdva dhanurasana, dropbacks, dhanurasana, ushtrasana, and kapotasana. The workshop will also include preparatory poses to provide easier access to some of the more difficult backbends.

+ Add to Cart Entire weekend, $175

Kino MacGregor

Ashtanga Yoga with Kino MacGregor

May 15-17, 2015

Kino MacGregor is one of a select group of people to receive the Certification to teach Ashtanga Yoga by its founder Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. The youngest woman to hold this title, she has completed the challenging Third Series and is now learning the Fourth Series.

After seven years of consistent trips to Mysore, at the age of 29, she received from Guruji the Certification to teach Ashtanga yoga and has since worked to pass on the inspiration to practice to countless others. The director and co-owner of Miami Life Center, she has produced four Ashtanga Yoga DVDs. Kino is dedicated to carrying the torch of Ashtanga yoga throughout the world and sharing the amazing tradition of Ashtanga yoga with everyone who is inspired to practice. In her unique, inspirational and playful approach Kino helps all her students expand and deepen their understanding of yoga and life. Yoga found its expression through her message of spiritual strength, balanced flexibility and emotional peace.

To learn more, please visit www.kinoyoga.com.