SAT #1April 8, 2017: 9-11 am

09:00 AM

Integrating Ayurveda & Marma Chikitsa for A Deeper Yoga Practice

by Allison Bransfield Morse 

Join Allison Morse, founder of The Ayurvedic Center of Vermont in this workshop which will undoubtedly bring a more therapeutic and deeper approach to your yoga practice. Allison will share some of her top Ayurvedic remedies and daily/seasonal rituals and routines from her 18 years in practice. Then we will dive a bit deeper with Marma Chikitsa and its relationship to yoga therapy. Marmas are vital, Ayurvedic sacred energy points on the body similar to acupuncture points and are the seat of prana and consciousness. Through intentionally stimulating marmas (that are often sensitive or tender), with yoga asana, pranayama and meditation, one can release toxins, stress and unresolved negative emotions. Continuing to reunite and integrate Ayurveda and Yoga, we can more deeply understand ourselves and our relationship to our environment, which ultimately brings profound healing.

09:00 AM

Liberate School of Yoga: Movement Meditation Experience

by Satta Sound  , Julia Howe Sullivan  , Lakshmi Plasha  , Jane Lanza  ,

Join LSOY faculty in a practice using asana, pranayama and meditation as a gateway to self-knowing. Learn to let go and allow your body, not your mind, to guide your movement. Use micro and macro movements, asana, and pranayama as a gateway to meditation... Move into deeper and deeper states of absorption by departing from basic alignment in the yoga asanas into willful surrender. This intuitive movement state brings the practitioner into fluidity, deep concentration, and union (yoga), of self with source energy. Let the boundaries fade away. A pleasure to experience, this practice can deepen your understanding of yoga as it accesses more subtle layers of awareness. Come try this meditation in motion out for yourself! Accompanied by music from Machu Delorey of Satta Sound.

09:00 AM

Align with Nature’s Way

by Todd Norian 

Yoga is a path of co-participation with Grace. It's a dynamic balance of self-effort and surrender. Too much effort can lead to over-participation, which blocks the light of the universal. Learn how to soften the individual in order to align with a bigger energy. Practice standing poses, hip openers, twists, and forward bends using the elegant, therapeutic alignment technique of Ashaya Yoga®.

09:00 AM

Unwind: Myofascial Release & Restoration

by Melia Marzollo 

Unwind is a myofascial release class that restores range of motion, relieves pains and removes blockages by stimulating the bones using a gentle, air filled ball with gravity doing most of the "work." In this workshop we will "roll" stiff or tired muscles in patterned sequences to help your entire skeleton decompress as your muscles unwind. Unwinding begins by stimulating all 27 bones of the feet, helping participants open and strengthen from their foundation. Students will then move through the muscles of the hamstrings, quadriceps, abdominals, ribs, spine and neck. Class with finish with a sweet savasana complete with warm, lavender-infused hand towels.
SAT #2April 8, 2017: 11:30 am-1 pm

11:30 AM

Sivananda

by Hedi Mizouni 

Swami Sivananda is a great Indian yogi, master, and sage who devoted his life to the service of humanity and the study of Vedanta. His prescription for a spiritual life is summed up in six commands" Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realize." At his Ashram in Rishikesh, India, he trained many disciples in yoga and Vedanta, among them Swami Vishnu-Devananda whom Hedi met in Val Morin, Quebec in the late 1980's and was initiated by him. Swami Vishnu synthesized the ancient wisdom of yoga into five basic principles that we study in the workshop: proper relaxation, proper exercise (postures or asanas which work on all [parts of the body), proper breathing (pranayama to regulate the flow of prana, the life force), a proper diet (lacto-vegetarian), positive thinking and meditation to still the mind, ultimately transcending all thoughts.

11:30 AM

Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra for Positive Change

by Cilla Weisman 

In life the only constant is change. As human beings we all have a universal desire to be happy and free of suffering. Although there is suffering that is out of our control, there is a lot that is in our control when we make the effort and time for svadhyaya (study of the self). We will use this workshop to dive into self study with the intention of planting the seeds for positive change. Habits can be easy to form, and difficult to break, so we must first observe these habits, thoughts, words and actions that we make. When we notice and observe we are able to discern the impact they have on our lives, others lives and the planet. If we feed our body, mind and soul with vibrant positivity we will put that same energy back into the world. In Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra we dive deep into svadhyaya. We will explore our Koshas observing the physical body, the energy or pranic body, the mind, our higher knowledge and our causal body. The causal body is also known as the bliss body- our absolute beauty and truth. Yin Yoga will prepare our body, breath and mind so that we can go deeper in the practice of Yoga Nidra, planting the seeds for positive change. Yin Yoga is a form of yoga that holds postures on the ground, sometimes with support, for longer periods of time(1-20 minutes). These postures differ from restorative yoga because we work with our individual edge of sensation to change the connective tissues. The connective tissue include our ligaments, tendons, joints, fascia, and bones. We can strengthen these tissues for more stability while also lengthening them for more flexibility. As we hold these postures we have time to observe our mobility, different sensations in the body, the quality of our breath, thoughts and emotions. With grounding asana and pranayama we create more freedom in the physical body and more clarity in the mind. It is a great form of self care, and when we take care of ourselves we have much more to give to the world. This is an excellent practice to prepare the body and mind for Yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra, meaning "yogic sleep", is a powerful technique which teaches us to relax consciously. We are able to reach deeper levels of relaxation by a guided rotation of awareness, breathing techniques and imagery. All that is required of participants is that they find a comfortable position (either on the floor with props, or seated- typically done in shavasana) and that they try to remain awake and aware while listening to the "guide" who is speaking. In Yoga Nidra we set a Sankalpa (an intention or resolve). When accessed in this relaxed state of mind we are able to reach deeper levels of our consciousness, planting the seeds of our Sankalpa for positive transformation.

11:30 AM

Green Yoga Activism

by Gillian Kapteyn Comstock 

Integrate the gifts of your morning asana and pranayama practice in this midday interlude. Pause. Reflect. And join this experiential discussion as we reach for ways to respond to the profound and pivotal challenges unfolding on our precious planet. We can activate the potency of yoga for environmental and social change. The long traditions of yoga are filled with evocative practices that awaken ecological consciousness and stir a natural longing for service and activism. We catalyze conversation together by enhancing our sense of interconnection with a group ujjayi breath practice. This experience naturally awakens a sense of caring for the good of the whole. Yoga brings us the gift that breaks open our sense of separation, dissolving the ego and opening us to eco-consciousness. From this place, non-violent resistance deepens and the ability to innovate original solutions arises. We also reflect on three dimensions of activism that help us note the specific ways we are called into action. And we then apply these forms of activism to the Yamas or with the Green Yoga lens, we can say, the Ecoyamas. These 5 ancient yogic realms from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra describe the guidelines and codes for daily life. And they provide specific ways we can express Green Yoga Activism. We’ll use co-listening in dyads and whole group council to give intimacy to our conversation. Let this stirring invigorate a sense of dedication, so that the fruits of your yoga bring forth generosity for all beings.

11:30 AM

Transform Challenges Into Life-Enhancing Change

by Todd Norian 

Challenges never come to put you down. They only come when you are ready to rise up and stand strong in your power. Learn how to engage with life’s challenges with an open heart that transforms obstacles into opportunities and stumbling blocks into stepping-stones. Build core strength, flexibility, and balance with Ashaya Yoga® including standing poses, hip openers, inversions (with modifications and prep poses), and backbends.
SAT #3April 8, 2017: 2:30-4 pm

02:30 PM

Explore Relationships with Partner Yoga

by Michael Lee 

Can you use yoga to help your relationship? In his yoga therapy practice spanning over 33 years, Michael Lee has devised a successful protocol for helping people work on relationship through partner yoga therapy. He helps them with deepening their connection, exploring affirming and appreciating differences, resolving conflict, and above all strengthening their bond (attachment theory). Come with or without a partner.

02:30 PM

Tantra Yoga

by Yogiraj Prem Prakash 

Tantra literally means “To Weave.” Tantra Yoga is the path by which all aspects of life -- from the most sublime to the most mundane -- are woven into a holistic tapestry. In tantra, no activities are beyond the reach of illumination. The entire personality is to be integrated into spirit, so that body, mind, breath, and emotions are in harmony. The unique aspects of tantra yoga are symbolized in the god Shiva -- the master of meditation and movement, asceticism and eroticism -- and goddess Kali -- the dark goddess of the untamed psyche. In this workshop, we will explore tantra yoga through discussion and guided meditation.

02:30 PM

Yoga of Sound: Ancestral Vocal Practices

by Ina Filip 

In this Nada Yoga workshop, Ina Filip will introduce simple yet powerful techniques to help us connect to a meditative space and let our voices guide us into deeper alignment. This could be described as a melodic approach to yoga, or a yogic approach to singing. If you have never sung before and would love to explore and discover your voice, this workshop is for you. If you have sung, love singing, or are interested in exploring your voice in a different way, this workshop is also for you. We will be using ancestral and deeply transformative techniques that are part of the Dhrupad singing tradition. Dhrupad is the most ancient form of classical singing in India, and was originally performed in temples. In its essence, it is pure Nada yoga.

02:30 PM

Blissed Out: Ecstatic Prana Dance and Meditation

by Coby Kozlowski 

Come uplift your spirit and tap into the pulse of life as you celebrate, flow, move, dance and meditate like never before. Indulge in conscious movement and ecstatic meditation by diving deep into the multi-dimensional being (koshas), opening up the rivers of the sublte body (nadis) and releasing any blockages (granthis) that keep you stuck through this four-part movement and meditation process. Ecstatic Prana Dance and Meditation is a journey and experience of living life fully and letting the entire self be expressed.
SAT #4April 8, 2017: 4:30- 6 pm

04:30 PM

Backbend Into Spring

by Melissa French 

"Spring ahead as the spry sprout" In Spring, the sprout emerges from the soil to start a new season of growth. As we align our bodies, minds, and spirits with nature, we too can unfold into the potential of the abundant season. Learn how to set-up, travel, and drive poses to maximize the backbend practice.

04:30 PM

Uncoiling the Serpent: Yoga and the Female Pelvic Floor

by Emily Garrett 

When the pelvic floor is aligned and healthy, the body functions more efficiently and vitality streams more freely through the whole system. Its health and alignment have a significant effect on the health of your entire spine, your organs and your capacity to breathe. In this workshop you will learn the anatomy of the pelvic floor, ways to diagnose whether it is too tight, too loose or healthy, and breath exercises that access the pelvic diaphragm, a necessary yet often overlooked component of full diaphragmatic breathing. We will explore how to access the pelvic floor in yoga postures and learn basic ways your yoga practice can contribute to the health of your pelvic floor. If you experience any of the following this workshop can help!: * pelvic pain, prolapsed organs * lower back, hip or groin problems * discomfort during sex or using tampons * leak when laughing or sneezing * have to go the bathroom too often * pregnancy and birth

04:30 PM

Divine Mother: Restorative & Sound Healing

by Ina Filip  , Lakshmi Plasha  ,

Restorative Yoga is a form of meditation meant to balance the nervous system and allow the mind to expand into vast, open space, calmly surrendering stress and tension. Relaxing the body and mind, the breath becomes the tide for all thought, clearing and renewing into emptiness. This class is slow and mellow with long, comfortable holds focusing on reducing stress thru restful rejuvenation. While you settle into postures supported by props Lakshmi will offer Reiki to increase the balance, heighten the objective awareness of alignment, and attune to the meta-movements that get us there. The offering of Reiki symbols are energetically given through the hands of the teacher, either by gentle touch or through space. Ina will be singing acenstral yogic chants, specially designed to induce a deep meditative state in the group, helping you discover deeper levels in your practice.

04:30 PM

Yoga in Action: Taking a Stand Against Oppression

by Candace Taylor 

“We are all one.” “We are all connected.” We hear it all the time in our yoga classes, retreats and festivals. But what does that look like in the lived world? A world that is constantly telling us that we are far from connected but rather deeply fragmented. And it is in this place of fragmentation that the seeds of oppression were planted. The time is now for us to do the work of unearthing the seen and unseen roots of oppression within each one of us. This work is not easy, it may bring us to our knees, it may feel uncomfortable. This is to be expected. This is the practice of being with the whole self. This is yoga. “The journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” Yoga meets us individually where we are at, and through the practice it slowly lifts the veils of maya, illusion, that are meant to divide us to reveal our true state of oneness, where our true power resides, knowing fully that “no one is free until we are all free.” Let us gather together with this intention in our hearts and a commitment to do the work of digging deep within and facing the manifestations of oppression in our lives. All are welcome; bring a notebook, writing utensil and an open heart.
SUN #1April 9, 2017: 9-11 am

09:00 AM

Shakti Sanctuary: Primal Embodiment for Women

by Alexandra Martin  , Kali Brgant  ,

Join Kali and Alexandra of Shakti Sanctuary for a unique fusion of partner yoga, playful movement and conscious connection. You will experience a wave exploring raw emotions and shaking up stuck energy to release into a grounded, heart-centered state. In this experience Kali and Alexandra will first guide participants through partner exercises to move stuck energy and to connect one another in a safe space. Then they will flow into a moving meditation, aiming to stir up radical emotions, using sound current as a tool to open the heart. The practice will complete with group processing, to allow everyone the opportunity to be heard. Shakti Sanctuary is an initiative geared toward creating a safe and scared space for healing and transformation.

09:00 AM

Sangha: The Imperfect Jewel

by Dawn Mauricio 

To know our practice is “working” goes beyond the amazing physical feats on the mat or impressive mental tricks on the cushion, but rather in the way we live our lives. Sangha, the Sanskrit word for “community”, provides us with rich opportunities that show us how our internal practice meets the outside world. Through meditation and discussion, learn how being a better human in every moment is possible.

09:00 AM

Wave Rider: Flowing through the Six Qualities of Consciousness

by Coby Kozlowski 

Every moment is a bold opportunity to align yourself with the intelligence of nature, known as the qualities of consciousness; and often when we don’t we struggle. It's time to awaken the internal wave rider--the part of us that knows how to flow with all these different currents of life. An engaging mixture of lecture and movement, this workshop offers empowering yogic wisdom that enables you to take hold and take charge of your own existence.

09:00 AM

Happy Hips: A Therapeutic Yoga Class For the Hips and Lower Back

by Todd Norian 

If you are prone to tight hips and lower back aches, then this workshop is for you. Using the precise, therapeutic alignment method of Ashaya Yoga®, you practice a sequence of poses designed to open, balance, and heal your hips, legs, and lower back. Release tension and find the place in the middle where your heart opens and you realize your true nature which is joy.
SUN #2April 3, 2016: 11:30 am- 1 pm

11:30 AM

Yoga Tune Up® Flow

by Dawn Mauricio 

This playful flow incorporates the nuts & bolts of sound biomechanics while challenging your body from every conceivable angle. Breakthrough stagnant and habitual patterns with innovative and surprising detours using targeted mini-vinyasas, dynamic stretches and unconventional asana. The workshop also includes therapy ball work.

11:30 AM

Kundalini Yoga to Relax, Renew and Attract!

by Sukhpran Kaur Khalsa 

Kundalini Yoga and meditation is a powerful technology for transformation and healing. When we release our struggles, fears and subconscious blocks, we can then generate energy to naturally attract prosperity and opportunity. We will tap into the strongest chakra, the heart chakra, to open ourselves more and more. The more open we are, the more we attract. We start realizing that opportunities and prosperity come in different forms. We believe more strongly that we deserve prosperity and that we are deeply loved and supported.

11:30 AM

Fill Yourself With Light: Pranayama the Precursor to Meditation

by Kathy McNames 

Pranayama fills our energetic channels with light. Practicing pranayama can create peace. It can create powerful meditation. It can create softness. It can support us in the ways we most need to be supported. It can change the physical body. It can change relationships. It can create compassion. It can create strength. It can change your individual vibration. It can affect our mental, emotional and physical bodies. It can affect our relationship with Self, Source, Goddess, God. I love it! Join me in this session that will offer each participant practices that are personally appealing and supportive of daily practice. All levels welcome- advanced work is as welcome as beginning work including sequencing recommendations.

11:30 AM

Acro Yoga

More details coming soon!
SUN #3April 9, 2017: 2:30- 4 pm

02:30 PM

The Science of Yoga: Lecture and Experiential Practice

by Janet Carscadden 

Yoga is an ancient Himalayan tradition now practiced by over 10 million Americans. Yogis were the original scientists. They observed the effects of practices, and refined their techniques. Recently modern scientists have started to study yoga as a healing intervention. There has been an explosion of research from around the world, to better understand the effects of yoga on the body, and the mind. Yoga is now being integrated into western treatment models and care centers. Learn how yoga has made this transition to being a respected and sought after practice in healthcare. Join Dr. Janet Carscadden in an exploration of latest research into yoga as medicine, and experience the benefits of pranayama, meditation and systematic relaxation.

02:30 PM

Dosha Dance

by Sarajean Rudman 

a yoga dance experience where students travel on a journey through the five-elements and ayurvedic doshas with the magic of music and movement to lead the way.

02:30 PM

Sacred Sound Sanctuary

by Melinda Kinzie 

Come bathe in the healing frequencies of sound & light in a sacred space created just for you. Designed to support the integration & realization of your highest vibrational potential & to assist in the release of all that no longer serves you. Melinda uses channeled voice, crystal & Tibetan singing bowls, Bells, chimes, tuning forks, feathers, drum & all manner of sacred sound tools.

02:30 PM

Get up, Stand up

by Coral Brown 

Stand up for your rights. All around us we see global-scale change. While human adaptability provides us with the capacity to sustain intense change, the fear that comes with it can be paralyzing. How do we stand our ground, meet our needs and express our beliefs in a peaceful yet powerful way? Yoga gives us the tools and the answers. Through a dynamic, grounding and potent Prana Flow practice we will re-establish our roots, our voice and our personal power.
SUN #4April 9, 2017: 4:30 - 6 pm

04:30 PM

Creating Non-Negotiables

by Sarajean Rudman 

This is a lecture based workshop on how to turn belief and desire into commitment through finding our greater purpose or compelling reason. When we turn something into a non-negotiable there is no chance for failure, because failure is not an option.

04:30 PM

Inner Harmony: Restorative Yoga & Sacred Sound Bliss

by Melinda Kinzie  , Jane Lanza  ,

Explore what it means to be comfortably still. Jane leads practices like breath work, silent, and guided meditation within restorative yoga poses. Discover pathways to wholeness and well being through Melinda’s use of sacred sound using voice, crystal singing bowls, medicine drums & rattles, tuning forks, tingshas and bells.

04:30 PM

Jai Hanuman – The Faithful One

by Coral Brown 

Hanuman is personified in Hindu mythology as a monkey that is deeply devoted, courageous and committed to his beloved Ram and Sita. There are many stories that depict Hanuman rising up to save the day via his strength and perseverance. In yoga asana Hanumanasana is split pose and can be very challenging for our Western bodies due to tight hamstrings and hip flexors. Throughout this practice we will learn the back story of how Hanuman came to be the monkey god while slowly building the strength and flexibility needed to embody our personal version of Hanumanasana in its physical and emotional forms.

04:30 PM

One Love: A Roots Rock Reggae Jivamukti Yoga Experience

by John Smrtic 

Just below the surface, just beyond the murmur of mind and senses, beyond the stories and frequencies, the fear and politics "out there," a divine new day is dawning where love, the non-dual nature of reality, reigns supreme on the planet. This divine love, literally One Love, is the nature of the soul and of the Source and also the yolk, or linking mechanism to remember this unbroken connection. Yoga is the technology to spark the re-union and to awaken to the frequencies that are birthing the rising of the entire New Earth collective. In this roots reggae heavy Jivamukti Yoga get down, we will celebrate and dance this Remembering with an intelligently sequenced vinyasa-based asana practice, chanting, relaxation and meditation. We are the ones we've been waiting for.
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