Workshops & Retreats

Monthly Restorative Yoga

With Alex Baker

First Sunday of every month
12:30–2pm
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: joelb@yogasmithseattle.com

Yoga Sound Bath

With Megan Carroll and Daniella White

 First Wednesday of each month (except 2/11). 7:15-8:45pm

Exchange: Single class with pre-registration: $30

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

 To register contact Joel Benjamin: joelb@yogasmithseattle.com

Ground and Nourish: A one-day retreat for body, mind and soul with Anna Holden

Saturday, November 15th. 12:30-6pm.
Exchange is $85 up to November 1st, $95 after.
It’s autumn. The air is cooling down, turning crisp and starting to blow. The leaves on the trees dry out and fall away from the branches they held fast to all summer. It is a time of great transition in nature.
Ayurveda, the medical component to yoga, shows us how everything that happens in nature also happens in our bodies. During this natural time of transition outside, we too transition – children go back to school, we harvest the last crops for winter and start to see a shift in our schedules. We may also start to notice dryer skin and hair, colder body temperatures, and emotional upheaval as everything starts to shift.
According to Ayurveda, the fall is governed by Vata dosha. This dosha, or natural force, is composed of the air and ether elements, making it dry, light, cold and mobile. Vata governs all periods of transtition, and fall is one of these transitional times.
Vata dosha is also known to cause 90% of all diseases. Traditional medicine doesn’t teach us how to notice the early signs of disease, but Ayurveda is excellent at this early diagnostic skill. In the fall, do you notice any of the following symptoms?
Dry Skin/Dry, chapped lips/Digestive discomfort/Constipation/Cold hands and feet/Anxiety/Nervousness/Emotional upheaval/Restlessness/Insomnia
If so, consider joining Anna at this one-day fall retreat to ground and nourish the body and start to restore balance to vata dosha. Take just this short amount of time to step out of the business of your life to let your mind, body and spirit ground, settle and unwind.
Space is limited for these nourishing activities, so reserve your spot early! To register, please email: Anna Holden at holden.anna@gmail.com, or Joel Benjamin at joelb@yogasmithseattle.com

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

joelb@yogasmithseattle.com

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.

To register contact Stephanie at slevine@q.com or email Joel Benjamin at joelb@yogasmithseattle.com

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 joelb@yogasmithseattle.com, or Jonna Bracken Duvernoy at jonnayoga@gmail.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

True Core

12:30-2:30pm

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 

3-6pm

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: joelb@yogasmithseattle.com