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

+ Add to Cart The Quiet Moon
Finding Peace in the New Year
Friday, January 2 | 6:30-8:30pm | $25 | Strip District

+ Add to Cart The Snow Moon
Reflecting Light on a Blanket of White
Friday, February 6 | 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, November 21 | 6:30-8pm | regular class pricing | Strip District

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

Friday, January 23 | 6:30-8pm | regular class pricing | Strip District

Friday, February 20 | 6:30-8pm | regular class pricing | Strip District

Mediation Workshop

Meditation Workshops with Joni Sturgill

+ Add to Cart Meditation and Restorative Yoga
Sunday, January 4 | 2-4pm | $25 | Strip District
Join Joni in this workshop and learn techniques you can practice regularly to relax and restore your body, mind and soul. You’ll learn meditation and breath techniques to calm and focus the mind, plus how to position the body, using props, to encourage complete relaxation. No experience necessary. Open to anyone who needs to relax.

+ Add to Cart Meditations for Starting Anew
Sunday, February 8 | 6-8pm | $25 | Squirrel Hill
New beginnings can be exciting, but changes can bring on feelings of anxiety too. We'll learn how to ease the anxiety while learning to embrace new things - from small changes, to major life shifts. Joni will teach several meditation and breathing techniques designed to help you let go and open to whatever comes your way. As always, Joni will spend time reviewing the basics and open up discussions on meditation, mindfulness and how to reduce and manage stress in your life.

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.

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

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

Drum and Chant with Jim Donovan

Drum and Chant Workshop with Jim Donovan

Enjoy learning how to improve the quality of your life by using the power of sound to effectively unblock, transform, and increase your energy. Through the group drumming, chanting and breathwork, you will learn how to gain energized mental clarity, reduce fear and anxiety, unblock emotional congestion, open creative inspiration and to expand your conscious awareness. Drumming and chanting with others is an ancient practice that people have used for millennia all over the globe to connect, heal, learn, witness and celebrate with each other. It’s only been in the last few hundred years that many people in our modern cultures have stopped connecting in this way. Join us to reclaim and experience this powerful and comforting way of being together in community.

This event sold out in advance last time. Advance registration recommended. Space is very limited. Drums Provided. Ages 17 and over.

Jim Donovan is a musician, trainer and motivator whose mission is to empower, inspire and connect people. In his work, Donovan records, performs, writes, and offers workshops in the US and abroad focused on using rhythm, drumming and the voice as vehicles for personal growth, healing, and the creation of community. He was a founding member of the multi-platinum 90's band Rusted Root and was voted "Drum Circle Facilitator of the Year" by the readers of Drum! magazine. Donovan holds a BA in classical music performance from the University of Pittsburgh and is completing graduate work in Education Leadership at Saint Francis University where he is also on faculty. He is also developed a training program that teaches Occupational Therapists, medical professionals, parents and teachers how to use rhythm and sound as a complementary intervention for autistic and other special needs children. In addition to his musical credentials, Donovan is an author, dedicated husband and father of three.

Friday, December 5th | 7-9pm | $35 in advance/$45 door | North Hills + Add to Cart

Backbends with Becky Mingo

Backbending with Becky Mingo

Backbends can be invigorating and energizing. And scary! And frustrating. We spend most of our day moving forward. Moving backward can be quite a release of emotions, which may explain why it is easy to both love and dislike back bending. Come investigate the art of back bending. In a vinyasa or flow format, we will explore an intellectual approach to alignment that focuses on the lower back, shoulders and upper chest. Learn what actions require strength, which areas need to “not work” and how to use our expansive breath to enjoy the backwards opening. This all levels workshop will help you understand your backbends. If backbends come naturally to you or if backbends are uncharted territory for you, you will enjoy finding an intelligent roadmap for your backwards travels.

Saturday, December 6th | 11:30-2pm | $30 | Strip District + Add to Cart

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

Winter Solstice Fundraiser

Winter Solstice Fundraiser

Winter is welcomed with the longest night of the year when we embrace the darkness by going inward for a reflective practice, sending our roots deep into the earth for nourishment. This is the most yin day of the year but the holidays have a tendency to draw out our yang energy. Return your body to balance during this meditative practice followed by candle gazing to celebrate the light within the darkness.
All proceeds will be donated to the Animal Resuce League.

+ Add to Cart Sunday, December 21 | 4:30-6pm | $20 suggestion donation | 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.

New Year's Day

New Year's Day workshops with Linda Meacci

There’s no better place than on your yoga mat to invigorate body, mind and spirit and prepare your whole being to step into the New Year. Treat yourself, celebrate and come spend the day!

+ Add to Cart Jivanmukti - Be Here Now
Thursday, January 1st | 9:30-11:45am | $25 in advance/$30 at the door | Squirrel Hill
This mindful, energetic practice—a blend of asana, contemplation, and revelation—will make for an auspicious start to your New Year. We reflect upon yogic principles throughout as fluid Sun Salutes inspire; Warrior and balance postures stabilize; backbends invigorate; and deep relaxation ties it all together. Harmonize body, mind, and spirit; open up to jivanmukti—freedom here and now! All levels welcome.

+ Add to Cart Sadhana - Practice with Purpose
Thursday, January 1st | 12:30-2:45pm | $25/$30 at the door | Squirrel Hill
Set the tone on the first day of the New Year to be your best, on and off the mat. We grow in life when we understand fundamental principles, practice with purpose, and embody new insights. With this framework in mind, we engage in invigorating Sun Salutes, powerful arm balances, Warriors, deep hip work, and playful inversions. We close with a contemplative exercise of “viewing from the end” to help us stride into the New Year with purpose. Prior yoga experience recommended. Modifications will be provided for different levels.

+ Add to Cart Both sessions, $45

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

Straight from the Shoulder

Straight from the Shoulder with Richard Gartner

This workshop explores ways to strengthen the upper body safely and develop a sense of security in the shoulders and arms. Part anatomy lesson, part practice, this workshop is a boon for yogis who have experienced rotator cuff or elbow injuries. Richard reviews the muscular anatomy of the upper body. He then guides students through long holds and dynamic exercises. Using common poses, students gain insight into their shoulder and arm positions and develop strength. Students should be able to bear some weight on their hands, and their wrists should be free of recent injury.

+ Add to Cart Sunday, January 18 | 1:30-3:30pm | $30 | Strip District

Yoga for Fertility

Yoga for Fertility with Joni Sturgill

If you're struggling to conceive, you're not alone. Infertility is on the rise. Although there are many individual factors that can influence fertility, stress is a big one. Add that to conventional infertility treatments, which can cause painful side effects and financial strain...this equals even more emotional stress. Many couples are turning to yoga for a natural approach or as a compliment to traditional treatment. In this workshop, participants will learn how to reduce stress levels through a series of gentle and restorative yoga postures, breathwork and meditation. In addition to reducing stress, our intention will be to help release the blocked energy in the sacral chakra, an energy center in the body which governs the reproductive system. Joni will bring her crystal singing bowl, tuned to balance the sacral chakra, and play it at the end of the class, for final relaxation.

+ Add to Cart Saturday, January 24 | 2-4pm | $25 | Strip District

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, February 8 | 2-4pm | $25 | Strip District

Partner Meditation

Partner Meditation with Joni Sturgill

Sustaining healthy, fulfilling relationships (of any kind) can be challenging, especially during times of stress. Do you need to re-connect with your spouse, partner, friend, mother, father or other family member? This workshop is designed to allow you to quietly experience and appreciate each other's unique presence, without words getting in the way of your connection.

+ Add to Cart Saturday, February 14 | 3-4:30pm | $35/couple | Squirrel Hill

Teaching Private Lessons

One-to-One: Establishing a Private Client Practice with Richard Gartner

This lecture and Q&A workshop is a how-to for teachers looking to build a healthy client roster. The workshop is filled with tips, techniques and insights on instructing individuals. Richard details everything from the initial interview: establishing expectations, cultivating a beneficial client relationship and organizing your schedule. He also explains how cues, prop usage and adjustments can change in the private client setting.

+ Add to Cart Sunday, February 15 | 1:30-3:30pm | $35 | Strip District

Gentle Yoga Teacher Training

Gentle Yoga with Positive Psychology Teacher Training with Joni Sturgill

Whether you’re interested in teaching seniors, those with injuries or other physical limitations, or just those who want to balance with something softer, Joni will provide a framework and series of movements/poses for teaching gentle yoga. She will provide opportunities for out-of-the box thinking when it comes to preparing classes or working with private students who have gentle needs. Joni will also draw on her Master's level psychology work to add a positive psychology twist, with meditations and concepts for healing through the power of positive thinking. Joni is an experienced 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher; this workshop will count toward continuing education for 200 hour teachers.

+ Add to Cart Saturday, February 21 | 2-5pm | $40 | Strip District

Total Therapy: Back

Total Yoga Therapy: Healthy Back with Linda Meacci

Most back pain is a symptom of conditions developed over time. It can be caused by overuse injuries, lack of movement, accident trauma, poor posture, prolonged sitting, and emotional and mental stress. The antidote? Healthy movement. Targeted movement increases blood flow to soft tissue, muscles and joints; restores stability and strength; works in an optimal range of motion to restore flexibility; balances the nervous system; promotes healing; and helps prevent future injury. In this exploratory workshop, Linda will present various forms of movement and yoga therapy designed to aid the back. She will guide you toward new insights into how your body moves, what causes pain, the importance of alignment and good posture, how to increase your kinesthetic awareness to produce more fluid and efficient movement in your body, and the vital role of the breath in releasing pain and tension. No prior yoga experience necessary. Open to all who want to have a healthy, stable back. Also encouraged for teachers who would like to earn therapeutic CEUs. Each participant will receive a healthy back home practice guide at the workshop.

+ Add to Cart Saturday, February 28 | 12-2:30pm | $35 in advance/$40 at the door | Strip District

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.