Workshops & Retreats

Community Acupuncture

with Amber West, EAMP

Offered the first Saturday of every month


Exchange is $20

The Benefit of Community Style Acupuncture

Acupuncture is rejuvenating for the whole person.  It can address physical ailments, relieve stress, anxiety and depression, increase concentration, stimulate creativity and promote positive health.  When done in a community setting there is the added benefit of the focused energetic field of the whole group.  Individuals are not only supported by the treatment and attention of the practitioner, but also by the presence of other patients.  Acupuncture is a great facilitator to shifting one’s mind and awareness to become more inward drawn and focused.  Studies have shown that when there is a shift on this level there is also a shift in the energetic field, transmitting more integrated and coherent vibrations.  As these vibrations are increased by the shared experience of the patient group, the potential for a deeper healing and bonding of the community emerges.

How safe is it?

Acupuncture is a very safe form of medicine.  It very gently stimulates the body’s ability to heal itself.  It uses small, sterile, hair-fine needles to stimulate points on the body.  Each needle is used only once and then placed in a designated safety container for disposal. As part of my training and licensure I meet the safety requirements of Clean Needle Technique, as required by NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) with each patient.

What about privacy?

Patients will be required to sign a consent form prior to receiving acupuncture that acknowledges the nature of the community setting and that what is verbally shared with the acupuncturist is at the patient’s discretion.  Patients are asked to keep talking at a whisper level to promote privacy and to not disturb those who already have needles in.  Patient chart notes will be recorded at time of treatment and securely kept at 5 Lights Acupuncture office.

To book your appointment directly visit

Scroll down to “Mobile Community Acupuncture” and click on the appropriate “Yogasmith” link, and then follow the prompts

Or email Amber at

Monthly Restorative Yoga

With Alex Baker

First Sunday of every month
Exchange: $20 per person

Start your month off right! Join Alex the first Sunday of each month for a deeply nourishing Restorative Yoga practice.

Restorative Yoga is for those interested in slowing down and reducing both physical and mental stress and tension. While practicing Restorative Yoga you will utilize props to help support you in specific postures, minimizing strenuous activity and allowing you to gently open those tight areas in your body as you deepen your connection to your breath. Restorative Yoga allows you to balance your active practice and lifestyle, leaving you feeling very relaxed coupled with enhanced mental clarity.

These classes are appropriate for all levels of experience. After each class you will be purring like a kitten.

To register contact Joel Benjamin:

Cultivating Creative Energy

With Allyson Kulavis

First Sunday of every month (beginning in June), 4-6pm

$35-pre-registered, $40 at the door

Regardless of our chosen paths or careers in life, we are all creative beings. At our best we are expansive, optimistic, confident and gratefully aware of the many options life has laid out before us. At our worst, we feel exhausted, overwhelmed, stuck, insecure, and isolated.

When we move toward heart-felt goals, our “stuff” comes up. We often experience fear, resistance, lethargy and other clever forms of self-sabotage. When we regard these obstacles as parts of our selves asking to be acknowledged and loved, we are free to redefine our relationship to Self and the world around us. Offering our selves love on this deep level, transforms restriction into freedom and unleashes an infinite source of creativity and joy.

This two-hour course is a monthly offering of simple, fun and pragmatic tools for nurturing and supporting the Self in the face of stress, fear, and resistance, so as to unleash innate, authentic and unique creative power.

There will be a 10-minute break after the first hour. Please bring paper or a journal for note taking and anything you might need to feel comfortable lying on the ground during a guided meditation.

To register, email Allyson at

Sound Bath Experience

with Daniella White at Yogasmith

Offered on the third Sunday of every month

7:30 – 8:30 pm

Exchange for Sound Bath: $20

A sound bath is an improvised concert played with the intent of releasing energy that is no longer serving you, and shifting to a more positive and relaxed state of being. Participants usually lie in a comfortable position on the floor (in savasana). Daniella plays the crystal bowls and a Paiste plantary gong, adding vocal toning as well. During the savasana you will be bathed in healing vibrations that will help you achieve deeper states of mediation. It is in these states of relaxation that healing can take place. The combination of sound and savasana will assist you in releasing any energies, thoughts, and patterns that are no longer serving you, and will help bring healing energy into your body and mind. You will leave feeling “re-tuned”, with a sense of restored balance in your mind, body and spirit.

Please wear comfortable clothing, and bring anything that you need to feel comfortable lying on the floor

To sign up or for more information please contact Joel Benjamin at

Awareness through Movement, Creativity and Sound

With Cynthia Peter Tony

Offered on the third Saturday of every month beginning in June.


Exchange is $30 for pre-registered, $35 for drop-in’s.

Did you know that sound, movement, creativity can bring more fulfillment to your life through expanded Self Awareness? Utilizing Sacred Sound, Feldenkrais Method, and Creative Tools explore ways of increasing self awareness in how you hold yourself and move through space physically, mentally and emotionally.  Use these re/discoveries for relaxation, moving out of  pain, decision making, increasing mobility/stability and enhancing an overall sense of well being…….and your Yoga practice!!!/

This series can be attended as an individual session or a whole.  Each session will deepen your Individual exploration through Awareness Through Movement Lessons (Feldenkrais ATM’s), Sound exploration with toning, chanting, singing bowls, music journey’s and short creative exercises.

To reserve a spot please email: Cynthia Peter <>

Qigong and Tai Chi: PUSH YOUR PRACTICE 2014 SERIES

With Viola Brumbaugh

Part 1: Silk Reeling, Standing Meditation, Gathering Qi… from structure to finding flow
April 27-May 18th – 4 Sundays @ Yogasmith, 10am – 11:15am

Cost: $80 for 4 weeks, $25 drop-in

Part II: Sensing Hands – connecting to self and others.
June 22nd and 29th, Sundays @ Yogasmith 10-11:15am, $40
August 17th & 24th, Sundays @ Yogasmith 10-11:15am, $40

To register mail check to:
Viola Brumbaugh
1311 12th Ave S, C302
Seattle, WA 98144

Questions, please feel free to email:

The Art of Self Massage

with Stephanie Levine

Offered on the 4th Sunday of every month

Sundays from 3:00 – 4:30 pm, 2/9, 3/30, 4/27
$25/early bird, $30/at the door

Whether we sit long hours at a computer, are training for a marathon, or care for small children: our bodies develop areas of tension. This everyday tension can restrict our movement and cause pain and discomfort.

In this class you will learn to release and ease these restrictions as well as supporting your body to recover from workouts. We’ll use a variety of tools including foam rollers, tennis balls, and golf balls–and of course our own hands. We will adapt principles from myofascial release, trigger point thereapy and deep tissue massage and discover self care stagetegies that are therapuetic and relaxing. You will also learn techniques to improve energy flow and increase body awareness. These classes can be taken individually to learn the basic concepts, or attend each month to gain a greater understanding of the variations and modalities for specific body areas.

If you have a 6” foam roller please bring it with you. If not there will be rollers available for your use and purchase at the class.

To register contact Stephanie at or email Joel Benjamin at

The Chandra Cycles

A Seasonal Yoga & Meditation Practice for Women at Yogasmith

with Alex Baker
Sunday, August 17th, 1-4pm
Exchange is $40

Inner Nature and Outer Nature…how do the seasons and cycles of nature reflect our own inner experience? The relationship between nature and our own inner states can be experienced on multiple levels and can be used as a way to cultivate fulfilling and creative rhythms in our yoga practices and daily routines. With each new season and the waxing and waning of the moon (Chandra) cycle we can create intentional space to explore new depths of ourselves.

Join Alex and Rachel once a season and dive deeper into your yoga and meditation practice surrounded by the support and fellowship of other women on a similar path.

Each practice will include a 75 minute Yin Yoga practice allowing you to settle deeper into to stillness, followed by a 45 minute Meditation Practice.

Closing with journaling time, followed by food and drink and time to share and create new friendships.

To register, email