This blissful workshop is designed to give you an internal spinal massage from tail to top. Poses, personalized propping and hands-on adjustments ensure therapeutic poses that reach into and release the deepest layers of spinal tension in your body - the core muscles that connect to your spine. We'll combine fully supported release poses with gentle movements that massage your spinal muscles from the inside, out. You'll find and feel layers you've been ignoring for far too long and leave feeling deliciously stretched and open.
Twists and Spinal Arches
Spend three hours in bliss... Twist poses are considered the most blissful poses, which quiet the mind, open the heart and prime you for a meditative state. Spinal backbends move your body in the opposite direction from it's normal closed down hunched status. This class gently twists and bends you this way, and that way... you'll twist and arch gently while laying on your back, laying on your belly, and in seated positions, for an amazing sensation of "wringing out" your spine. Leave feeling longer, more open, more flexible and with a settled and happy mind. The workshop is open to students of all levels, but is especially recommended for students with some experience of Deep Release, Svarūpa, or Core Release Yoga. You'll delve into variations of familiar poses and maybe some you've never encountered before. The practice will be embellished with contemplations from the yoga tradition about the qualities of an open heart and settled mind.
Open Heart, Quiet Mind
Deeper Yoga poses for experienced students intertwined with the sage Patanjali's teaching on contentment allow you ot experience the fullness and joy that is you - already there, ready and waiting for you, but hidden. Open your spine through the ribcage and behind your heart like never before in full three hours designed for the Svaroopa yoga student who wants to go deeper.
Get moving, flowing & breathing! In this enlivening yoga class you'll open your spine from tail to top & then carry your openings into a gentle standing flow with rhythmic breathing. A workshop allows you the time to break down each individual pose of the standing flow, learning to get the most out of it. Plus you'll luxuriate in deep spinal release to prime your body for standing and moving.
Reverse Your Perspective
Experience spinal release yoga poses that turn your body and mind around, and give you a new outlook on yourself, your life and your body all at the same time. You'll learn inversion poses, deep heart openers and a powerful full-body mudra. The whole class is imbued with passages from Patanjali Yoga Sutras - the ancient text that describes the path, purpose and experience of yoga.
The Pulse of Life
Gain an improved mood, energy and vitality with a yoga experience deigned to increase the flow of prana (life force) within you. This workshop will explore deeper variations and advanced poses not available in your beginning and continuing classes.... leading you from start to finish through a process that will take you to new hights and show you how strong you really are.
Explore classical ancient yoga poses while releasing your spine. You'll prime your body and mind with familiar spinal release poses and then delve into classical and challenging poses that take you to the fullest extent and most complete expression. Reach toward the potential of getting even more opening in these full poses than you've been getting in the supported and modified variations you are familiar with. You'll leave inspired to do more yoga, and enthused about how far you've come.
Liberate your Joints!
The Pawanmuktasana Vinyasa
This ancient healing series of movements is a joint-by-joint, yoga journey through the body. We start at the toes and work our way all the way up to the skull for an internal massage! Both relaxing and invigorating, the practice clears stagnant air from the joint space. Bring your stiff, stressed, overworked joints with you and experience a “spring cleaning” for your whole body! The Pawanmuktasana Vinyasa can be done by anyone and is rejuvenating, detoxifying and fun!
Open Heart, Quiet Mind
Allow your mind to settle into your heart. Join Kaya for a special class the day after Thanksgiving to settle your mind and body and enter the holiday season with an open heart. Start to resolve the physical and mental patterns that block love. Most people are living with their head, ahead of the whole spine - with the ribcage rounded, an arch in the neck, and the head jutting forward - "computer neck", or "vulture-asana". This physical misalignment is directly related to a misalignment between one's heart (emotions, intuition, deep knowing) and one's mind (thoughts, analysis, strategizing). In this class you will release the tensions and blockages to decompress your whole spine and re-align your head so that it is seated in it's throne - the heart. Explore essential release of the muscles that connect your tailbone to your pubic bone, and carry those changes through your ribcage, neck and head. The practice and anatomical explanation intertwine with teachings on supreme love from the yoga tradition. As the knots in your lower spine, upper spine and skull resolve, mental patterns and grief melt away. You'll leave with a calm mind, an open heart, and a relieved neck and shoulders.
Yoga Walking Lessons
Learn to walk, with an open spine! This fun and dynamic workshop focuses on spinal release as well as learning to use your leg and abdominal muscles for staying open while you move. You don't spend your life in a yoga class... so learn to be open and tall when you get up.
Home Practice Workshop
Love how you feel after yoga? Want to feel that way anytime you want? A home practice allows you to sustain and deepen the openings you get in class. This workshop includes experiential practice as well as explanation of the purpose of the foundational poses and how to sequence them for effective spinal release. You’ll leave with a few lesson plans for short and long home practices as well as a toolbox that allows you to create your own home practice plans.
Yoga, Karma & Dharma
Have you noticed... New Year's Resolutions often fizzle after a few weeks (or days!)... what is going on? Is fate taking over in spite of your best intensions? Were the resolutions misaligned with your karma? What the heck is karma anyway? Are some karmas stronger than others? And... If there is such a thing as fate, do I still have any CHOICE in my actions, and if so, how do I choose actions that are aligned with my karma, aligned with yogic principles, and truly enable me to fulfill my individual purpose!?
If there is such a thing as fate, do I have any CHOICE in my actions, and if so, how do I choose actions that are aligned with my karma, aligned with good principles, and enable me to fulfill my individual purpose!?This day will truly jumpstart your yoga practice for the year, and deepen your experience of yourself and the purpose of your life.
We spend the day together delving into restorative and grounding yoga practices, as well as contemplation and deep study of the roll of karma and dharma in our lives. This knowledge is invaluable to understanding your life, your relationships and the purpose of living an awareful yogic life at all times. You get to truly learn and understand the answers to these questions...
Hypermobility Recovery Yoga!
You may seem to move easily and far into yoga poses but are living in pain or with a very busy mind. The hypermobile body-type (with the mind patterns to match!) is the one most yoga teachers and advanced students have - OVERSTRETCHED ligaments and VERY TIGHT spinal muscles. Others say "wow lucky you are so flexible", while you are questioning whether something is wrong because of the pain in the joints, back, or neck. Furthermore, while folks with hypermobile joints can appear to achieve physical poses with ease, they are often obstructed in experiencing the quiet mind that yoga is designed to cultivate. More details and Registration HERE
Summer Immersion - Soothed & Cool BodyMind
Devote a day to yourself! In this Summertime immersion we will delve into powerful practices for opening mind and heart, including the prized pose, Maha Mudra. The day will center around the cultivation of this full body mudra that directly opens up inner pathways of bliss, awareness, meditation and quietude. Along the way we will be opening the whole spine and emphasizing poses that are perfect for the transition from Summer into Fall - a time when the body and mind are easily destabilized. A healthy and balanced transition into September will help prevent stress, dryness, seasonal colds and allergies. Leave with some summer transition tools as well as deep inspired knowledge from the Vedic tradition about the tendencies of the mind and how to keep both lethargy and aggression in check while cultivating peace, awareness and love.
Introduction to Ayurveda
Get a simple but powerful explanation of the roots, purpose and possibilities of the Ayurvedic tradition.Ayurveda & Agni - Balanced Fire as the Key to Health.
Agni! The Fire of Life
Finally solve the mystery regarding food and digestion as it pertains specifically to YOU. Explore the power and importance of agni (fire) in the ancient Vedic tradition of India and its direct role in digestive health, mental clarity and overall vitality. You'll gain understanding of the essential principles of Ayurveda including the 3 bio-physical constitutions (Vata, Pitta and Kapha), the 5 elements (Maha Bhuta), and the 6 tastes (Shad Rasa). Discover the different was in which your own fire may be imbalanced and learn simple and powerful techniques for gaining and maintaining balanced inner fire. With this ancient knowledge, you'll gain a personalized and enlivened understanding of how to keep your digestion, intellect and vitality ignited so you can adapt to the rhythms of nature and the play and tug of life.
5 Elements, 6 Tastes & 10 Qualities
Learn the beautiful building blocks of Ayurveda so that you are inspired to live aligned to the rhythm and flow of life! In the West, the "doshas" (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) tend to get over-emphasized and Ayurveda becomes a stagnant and overwhelming endeavor. Understanding the classical Vedic 5 elements (Maha Bhuta), 6 tastes (Rasa) and 20 Qualities (Guna) supports you in a more enlivened understanding of the play and tug of nature and how to adapt according to season, locale, age and circumstance.The Tripod of Ayurvedic Eating: What, When and HowOne of the most common phrases I hear from Ayurveda clients is, "I don't know what to feed myself!" In this class we'll begin with an exploration your underlying fears and challenges around self-nourishment food, cooking and eating. We'll examine the Ayurvedic what, when and how of nutrition. Then, with basic Ayurvedic principles on board, we'll look at how to step into the kitchen with ease and inspiration. You'll receive a structured explanation and handout of how to prepare a diverse range of fantastic meals of using the same simple steps over and over again. Gain a better understanding of what it means to eat "Ayurvedically" - including seasonal tips and eating for your constitution.
Healthy Conception, Pregnancy and Postpartum with Ayurveda!
Explore Ayurveda's treasure - it's amazing healing and supportive powers for pregnancy! This is one of the most amazing branches of Ayurveda - women's health. Kaya has personally used Ayurveda for her pregnancy and postpartum with awesome results.
Healthy, Happy Kids with Ayurveda
How to give your kids the gift of health - keep them bug-free, empower their digestion, give them a love of food, and empower healthy habits that will last!
Better Health, Joyful Life with Ayurveda
Improve your digestion, your mental state, your self-awareness and your overall health and well-being in this 5 week course. Each week takes on an aspect of understanding your individual constitution, the rhythms of nature and how to live according to natures patterns, so that life is a joy rather than a struggle. Each class includes a simple and healthy seasonal meal as well as recipes and lifestyle tips to start implementing right away. This series is designed to get you on track before the holidays, so you can sail smoothly through the stress and indulgences of the season.
Summer Yoga Immersion
Devote a day to yourself with yoga, knowledge and ayurvedic wisdom to support your yoga lifestyle. Practice summer-balancing Yoga specifically designed to calm and cool the mind & emotions, encourage surrender and gratitude, and cultivate a sattvic (peaceful) state. This is the time of year to recognize and balance the fire-tendencies - competition, perfectionism, aggression, anger and over-achieving attitudes by nourishing the heart and mind. Cool down, bliss in, settle down and luxuriate! We will explore the vedic teachings of the three qualities that make up the mind and you'll leave with a refreshed, relaxed and open body-mind and deeper knowledge for self-awareness and compassion.