SAT #1March 7, 2015: 9-11 am

09:00 AM

Yoga for Anxiety & Addiction

by Lakshmi Plasha 

Within anxiety, addictions can be born and feelings of claustrophobia within one’s skin arise and grow. This mind state has become a part of many people’s lives, whether minute or raging, affecting our health, relationships, mental stability, and especially, the sense of Self. The antidote to anxiety is relaxation, within the body and mind, allowing the breath to be the tide for all thought, clearing and renewing into emptiness. This class will begin with a gentle heat, fueling the body with breath-based movements, then slowing down for long, comfortable holds focusing on reducing stress through restful rejuvenation and meditation – a perfect way to start your week.

09:00 AM

The Radiant Bliss of Being Upside Down

by David Magone 

This handstand practicum will help you experience the joy of being upside down in a fun and supportive way. Perfect for aspiring and experienced inversion practitioners alike, this all levels class will introduce you to simple partner based techniques to facilitate safe handstand entry, bail out options for when you fall, and lots of tips and tricks that you can use to maintain balance once you find yourself upside down. 


09:00 AM

Ayurvedic Yoga Flow: Solar Series

by Yasmin Fudakowska-Gow 

Start your day on the right track with an energizing ayurvedic morning routine designed to balance the doshas, stimulate the mind and open the body. This ritual includes asana, pranayama, ayurvedic self-massage, oil pulling and centring exercises. The practice explores different styles of sun salutations, invigorating standing poses and arm balances. This workshop also addresses the needs of the different doshas and offers recommendations for travel, digestion, immunity and productivity. The beauty of this morning ritual is that it can be tailored to fit any schedule and can be practiced by people of all ages, abilities, levels of experience.

09:00 AM

Ashaya Yoga™: Embodying the Five Elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Sky

by Todd Norian 

We are all made of the five elements. When these elements are balanced within, your heart opens and you feel wonderful. When out of balance, your heart closes and you can feel stuck or heavy (too much earth), overly emotional (too much water), irritable (too much fire), scattered and fearful (too much air), or spacey (too much sky). The Ashaya Yoga™ practice brings about a flowing integration of all five elements that leaves you feeling strong, confident, peaceful, openhearted, and ready to engage with life in positive, uplifting ways. Practice a rainbow of grounding, flowing, exhilarating, and expansive postures that bring you back home to your heart.
SAT #2March 7, 2015: 11:30 am-1 pm

11:30 AM

The Spirituality of Self Care

by Adena Harford Bright 

“The root cause of disease is not listening to the body. Intelligence is the flow of awareness, that tells us what we should and should not do. To purify the blood means to listen to the intelligence of the body. A sensitive body is the abode of God. With a sensitive body, life becomes a ceremony, because it is the action of awareness.” - Dr. Vasant Lad, Textbook of Ayurveda, p.122. Yoga is the science of self realization, and Ayurveda is the science of self-healing. Both have the same ultimate goal of that union with the self - though if stress and discomfort distract our body and mind, the path is more difficult. Come learn more about the practical side of Ayurveda with Adena Rose Bright of AdenaRoseAyurveda.com. Learn how daily self care rituals can align your physiology with larger forces in nature, and what that really means for our health and well being.  This workshop is a combination of meditation, discussion, and lecture.

11:30 AM

Moving from Center: Twisting, Bending, and Folding from the Core

by Rachel de Simone 

In this workshop we will explore the practice of using breath to find active core engagement and dynamic alignment. Core engagement is a subtle practice of isolating deep abdominal muscles and using synergistic muscular engagement. Through this process you will learn to find neutral alignment in the spine, develop awareness of compensatory patterns that arise from improper core engagement, and learn how to apply the principles of active core engagement and dynamic alignment to yoga asana practice. We will begin with a discussion of core anatomy and engagement philosophy, practice isolating and engaging individual core muscles, learn to apply core engagement to twisting, bending, and folding, and then integrate this new awareness into a stimulating core vinyasa practice. This workshop will help you learn to move from your center in order to radically transform your asana practice.

11:30 AM

Change Your Body, Free Your Mind

by David Magone 

This challenging vinyasa class will help you trim and tone your entire body with a thigh scorching sequence of standing postures, light as air backbends, and deep hip opening practices. This class will also include traditional breathing practices (pranayama), a full warm-up and cool-down cycle designed to enhance flexibility and muscle recovery, and full 15 minutes of guided meditation in savasana.

11:30 AM

Shift Your Beliefs: Yoga for Healthy Self & Body Image

by Gabrielle Goldberg 

Creating new habits and lasting change in our lives can be a struggle, especially when faced with the challenges of not feeling at home in our own bodies and within ourselves. Our core beliefs about ourselves and our lives impact our ability to create lasting change. Explore what beliefs you hold about yourself that stop you from living your life fully and begin to shift your beliefs in a way that will support you. Join me for a morning of exploring self through yoga & writing in a group setting that offers a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment. Whether you practice yoga regularly or you are a beginner, here’s what you can expect during this workshop: -Cultivate a stronger, healthier connection with your physical body – Feel at home in your body -Explore what beliefs you hold about yourself that stop you from living your life fully and how to start shifting those beliefs. -Practice in a group setting with other individuals that have dealt with or are dealing with self-image issues, body image issues, eating disorders, and who are of all shapes, sizes, genders, & backgrounds.
SAT #3March 7, 2015: 2:30-4 pm

02:30 PM

Ecstatic Embodiment: Weave female sexual energy cultivation arts into your everyday practice (women only)

by Michelle Kailash-Deslandes 

Being sexual does not mean you are less spiritual and being spiritual does not have to make you less sexual. Sexuality and spirituality have the power to illuminate each other by uniting Earth with Heaven, and the body with divinity compassion and love. We are reclaiming our beauty and sexual essence in an earth based and feminine way, as a healing radiance, which we can generously gift to ourselves first, then out into the world. This energy which ignites the creation and birth of new life is the same powerful energy you can harness to create and birth a more authentic, connected and fully embodied version of you. Allowing your sexual essence to flow every day will boost your confidence, lighten your heart and provide an inner wellspring of new energy. You will feel more grounded, clear and able to self regulate moods and emotions as well as enjoy the pleasure of sensual, ecstatic embodiment in everything you do.

02:30 PM

Ashaya Yoga™ Therapeutics: Healing Sciatica and Other Hip, Pelvis, and Lower Back Dysfunctions

by Todd Norian 

Every cell in the body is pre-programmed for healing and joy. Unfortunately, due to unconscious patterns of movement and self-limiting beliefs, we’re not able to fully access this power. During this workshop, you: • Discover your body's optimal design for radiant health. • Learn how to heal and prevent common aches and pains through the application of Ashaya Yoga™ • Address specific dysfunctions of the hips, pelvis, and lower back, including: sciatica, bulging discs, piriformis syndrome, SI joint dysfunction, tight psoas muscle, and more. Leave this workshop with tools, exercises, and the knowledge to free yourself of hip and lower back pain.

02:30 PM

The Art & Science of Yoga

by Yogiraj Prem Prakash 

Yoga is a precise science, a technology of changing consciousness. Yoga is also a delicate art, requiring intuition, creativity, and passion. In this workshop, we will discuss the science and art of yoga, and how practicing both aspects opens one to a world of wonder, of healing, and of spiritual development
SAT #4March 7, 2015: 4:30- 6 pm

04:30 PM

Kirtan

by Yogi Patrick McAndrew 

In this workshop, we will go on a musical journey together, singing mantras back and forth that each carry with them certain energies, intentions, and divine wisdom. Kirtan is a path through all the chakras, uniting us with our true Self. There are mantras for clearing obstacles, for developing consciousness, for abundance, for bathing in unconditional love, and so much more. We will talk about each chant, experience it together, and then integrate through meditation. Kirtan is a chance to experience sahaja yoga, the yoga of improvisational expressions of ecstatic bliss, or bhav. You don't need to be a great singer or a great yogi to attend, but you might leave as one! No musical experience necessary.  www.patrickmcandrew.com
 

04:30 PM

Ayurvedic Yoga Flow: Lunar Series

by Yasmin Fudakowska-Gow 

This workshop offers an ayurvedic evening ritual: a slow flow practice, breathing exercises, meditation and relaxation designed to balance all three doshas and prepare the body and mind for sleep. The sequence of postures is themed on emotional balance and tension release. Learn a unique style of moon salutations for grounding, joint mobility and pranic flow, and explore how to move intention and intuition as your guides. We will also discuss other ayurvedic techniques to calm the mind and improve sleep.

04:30 PM

Restorative Yoga, Sound Healing and Aromatherapy

by Michelle Kailash-Deslandes 

Restorative Yoga is a beautiful way to cultivate the practice of profound relaxation. Each pose is totally passive and the body is fully supported. Long holds in comfortable poses give the nervous system a chance to become deeply nourished and replenished. The sound of the singing bowls and sacred mantra will provide a healing resonance for every cell to bathe in. With each bowl being attuned to a different chakra, the vibrations will support relaxed alignment. Some of the bowls are made from quartz crystal and others are made out of a combination of metals in the traditional Tibetan style. The aromatherapy, using organic essential oils, provided by Lunaroma, will support a feeling of tranquility and upliftment to help waken the spirit from the winters' spell and inspire us toward the new beginnings of spring.
SUN #1March 8, 2015: 9-11 am

09:00 AM

Hathavidya – Energetic Living through Asana, Pranayama & Mantra

by Will Duprey 

Hathavidya is a school of thought comprised of the yogic principles evolved from the teachings of Will Duprey. A comprehensive practice unlike any other, this workshop will use physical postures, breathing techniques and sacred sound to purify, empower and uplift the spirit toward clarity and elevating the human experience.

09:00 AM

Ancient Healing through Thai Yoga Massage

by Amanda Young  , Jane Lanza  ,

In this workshop, practice cultivating energy awareness, healing touch, and mindful communication. Experience the outstanding benefits of gentle yoga stretches and simple Thai massage techniques, including calm and happy body and mind. No experience is required. These simple stretches and assists are taught by demonstration and through hands on-experience. You and a partner from the class each practice giving and receiving.

09:00 AM

The Voice of Truth: Yoga to Quell the Inner Critic

by Jurian Hughes 

Yoga is a powerful tool for unlocking your authentic voice and building the courage to share it generously with the world. Through fun and innovative yoga exercises that include breathing, sounding, chanting, and moving, you can learn to awaken untapped resources of vitality, creativity and calm.

09:00 AM

Handstands and Forearm Balances: The Art of Dynamic Stillness

by Todd Norian 

These elegant poses produce enormous exhilaration, vitality, and empowerment – and fear, if you don’t know how to approach them. This step-by-step clinic teaches you how to playfully approach both poses in a safe and systematic way. Using the precise alignment techniques of Ashaya Yoga™, you learn the biomechanics that enhance your enjoyment and understanding of these poses. Take home developmental sequences, strengthening exercises, modifications, and the confidence to take your practice to the next level. Whether you are trying these poses for the first time, or working with advanced variations, have fun working at your own level in this supportive, playful learning environment.
SUN #2March 8, 2015: 11:30 am- 1 pm

11:30 AM

Spring Escape – A Creative Exploration of the Heart, Body and Mind

by Nadia Bonenfant 

still, let your mind distill the vibes of spring…then move and let intuition guide you into freedom of practice. Flow with heat, flow with ease, flow with playfulness. In this multi level, multi layered class, discover how your body can write it’s own story with yoga: understand the nuances in your breath; your movements and find flow to move into the space around your body. Flow solo, flow as a tribe. A dynamic yoga class that will give you a wonderful opportunity of connecting to your spirit: move, dance, chant, discover. Explore the process of moving towards summer: building heat, building energy and giving yourself a moment to let go of any winter hardships. Take time to live your life fully in practice. Experience a Prana Flow class inspired by nature, sunshine, sustainability…. and shaped by you. Rhythmic, playful, inspirational, bonding, natural, reclaimed.

11:30 AM

Back to Basics: Dissecting Downward Facing Dog

by Kreg Weiss 

Enjoy an in-depth exploration of the foundations and anatomical elements of Downward Facing Dog including structural variabilities that may require us to modify our approach this classic yoga posture. This workshop is suitable for students and teachers of all levels.

11:30 AM

Meditation

by Kalpana Reddy 

TBA Meditation with Kalpana
SUN #3March 8, 2015: 2:30- 4 pm

02:30 PM

Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra

by Martha Whitney 

Restorative Yoga is a gentle and profoundly healing practice. With the use of supportive props you easefully sustain poses that invite your body- mind to let go and relax into grounded spaciousness. This restorative series is designed to support your ability to breathe with greater ease and capacity: to open the chest, sides and back, to create more flexibility of the spine, and to release emotional tension. It also helps balance the branches of the autonomic nervous system, the home of breath. It’s a simple, soothing antidote for stress, enhancing balanced mind and emotions. Enjoy this gift of self-kindness!

02:30 PM

Life Direct – Pranayama & Purushartha

by Will Duprey 

Directing breath is selecting fullness in our human potentiality. Directing life by cultivating the ability to go beyond desire into intelligent manifestation, this workshop will lead practitioners through a series of techniques to bring about energetic experience and harmonize the quest for our truest spiritual path toward life's purpose.

02:30 PM

Harmonizing Our Center Line of Gravity

by Kreg Weiss 

Join us as we explore the key alignment principles of our centre line of gravity and apply this throughout classic yoga postures and transitions. A large portion of this session will be placed on how utilizing this central line can shift stress forces out of the knees in many standing postures and teach us to engage our practices more mechanically sound. Includes 10-15min discussion followed by a Hatha-fusion flow with applications.

02:30 PM

The Yoga of Yes

by Jurian Hughes 

Reconnect to your authentic self using gentle movement in this workshop, which is part lecture, part asana. Discover where the worlds of theatre and yoga collide and how principles of theatre improvisation and yoga philosophy can teach us to enhance listening skills, to let go of the thinking mind, and to trust the guidance of prana within.
SUN #4March 8, 2015: 4:30 - 6 pm

04:30 PM

Keep the Fire Alive: a Round Robin Closing Ceremony

by Jane Lanza 

This round robin style closing ceremony will feature different BYC presenters and musicians (TBA). This nurturing closing ceremony will lead you through gentle warm-ups into asana, extended savasana and meditation. There will be a focus on reaffirming the intention that you set at the opening ceremony and carrying your weekend at BYC into the world.