Workshops & Retreats
Spiral Energy Qigong
With Viola Brumbaugh
The Ba Fa Pan Gen (Eight Methods to Firm your Roots) Qigong comes from the internal Chinese martial art of Xing Yi, and is designed to spiral, cleanse, and heal the body. The twisting movements of this Qigong stimulate the energetic pathways in your body (meridians) and massage your internal organs while developing a more stable foundation, improving the strength and structure of your legs.
The 8 movements of the Ba Fa Pan Gen – inspired by the spirit and natural movements of animals – spiral and expand the body in 8 directions, harmonizing inside and out. As you practice, you will strengthen and unify your legs and core, develop internal power and heal and cleanse your body of stale energy and toxins… and it’s a fun and dynamic practice that will reduce stress and leave you feeling energized. No previous experience necessary. Everyone welcome.
Cost: $45, early registration recommended. Make checks payable to Wise Orchid M.A. and mail to 1311 12th Ave S., #B201, Seattle, WA 98144. For more information, call Sifu Viola at 206-321-0613
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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: email@example.com
Ground and Nourish: A one-day retreat for body, mind and soul with Anna Holden
Yoga Sound Bath
With Megan Carroll and Daniella White
First Wednesday of each month (except 2/11). 7:15-8:45pm
Drop in day of: $35
Three class bundle: $85
All Seven: $ 200
Join yoga therapist Megan Carroll and sound healer Daniella White on a cosmic journey through inner space. To facilitate this experience, Megan will lead you through an all-levels yoga practice accompanied by Daniella’s crystal bowl playing.
Each class in this series will be an opportunity to align yourself with a certain planetary energy, and in doing so allow for more healing and harmony in your body, mind and spirit.
These workshops will assist you in letting go of energies, mental states and patterns that are no longer serving you, and clarify your alignment with the basic energetic forces of the Universe.
Take a class individually, or sign up for all seven for the complete experience:
The Sun: 10/1 Aligning with and healing the yang, masculine force. (This class is a fundraiser to help cover medical expenses for Megan!)
The Moon: 11/5 Aligning with and healing the yin, feminine force
Mercury: 12/3 Embracing our capacity for fluid communication
Mars: 1/7 Discovering, honoring and healing the warrior within
Venus: 2/11Walking the beauty way
Jupiter: 3/4 Remembering our infinitude and embracing expansiveness
Saturn: 4/1 Transforming our greatest challenge into our greatest blessing
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
The Art of Self Massage
with Stephanie Levine
Offered on the 4th Sunday of every month
$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.
Two Workshops with Jonna Bracken Duvernoy
Offered on Sunday, September 28th(THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN POSTPONED. NEW DATE TBA), and Sunday, November 16th.
FREEDOM IN FORWARD FOLDS (POSTPONED. NEW DATE TBA), Offered on Sunday, September 28th. 12:30-2:30pm. $25- pre-registered, $30- at door.
Extending the spine and back body: These postures can be extremely relaxing and introspective or totally frustrating, uncomfortable or even claustrophobic. We will pay close attention to the correct alignment for extension in forward bends and explore the relationship between the hamstrings, the sacrum and the spine.
BATHING THE BRAIN, Offered on Sunday, November 16th. 12:30-2:30pm. $25- pre-registered, $30- at door.
Integrity in Inversions: Inversions give the heart a “break” while supporting the cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous and endocrine systems. We will learn to cultivate an honest inversion practice that is safe and stable. We will explore full arm balance, shoulderstand, headstand, and forearm balance.
For more info or to sign up, please contact Joel Benjamin at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jonna Bracken Duvernoy at email@example.com
Two Classes with Jamie Elmer
THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN POSTPONED. IT WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER. DATES TBA.
Sunday, September 21st
True Core: 12:30-2:30pm
Exchange for True Core class is $35 pre-registered, $40 at door.
Vinyasa without Vinyasa for Teachers: 3-6pm
Exchange for Vinyasa without Vinyasa is $50
There’s more to a strong, healthy core than six pack abs!
This strengthening practice will help you tone muscle, stabilize the
spine and learn to breathe for better posture.
This two hour public workshop looks at the specific muscle groups of our body’s core and how they work together. True Core incorporates abdominal and spine strengthening exercises, breathing practices and hands on learning to help you create a more toned, strong and healthy core.
Intro to teaching Vinyasa Flow Yoga without The Vinyasa for Teachers and Teachers in Training
This Continued Education workshop, for Teachers and Teachers in Training, will give you tools to optimize the benefits of movement and breath, which IS Vinyasa Flow Yoga, while minimizing strain on overused joints. Learn to teach your students this life changing practice without using the typical format of ”vinyasas.” Many yoga students experience wrist, shoulder and lower back strain from the repetition and mis alignment found in our typical vinyasa style practice (downward facing dog, plank, chatturanga, cobra or upward facing dog). In this workshop you’ll learn an alternative series of poses designed to minimize impact often associated with the common vinyasa, while maintaining the benefits of breath initiated flow.
Both of Jamie’s workshops can be used for Continued Education credits for Yoga Alliance registered teachers.
To register contact Joel Benjamin: firstname.lastname@example.org