At Breathe we are committed to deepening our understanding of yoga. The Breathe workshops and special events are led by international, national and acclaimed local teachers with a passion for sharing their practice, whether its asana, ways of caring for our bodies, how to breathe or the philosophy and history of yoga. Please join us in celebrating the infinite variety of yoga in these informative and often transformative workshops.
Anyone can enroll in a workshop and members of Breathe are often given a percentage off of workshop tuition.
Teachers: Dr. Manoj and Jyothi Chalam
Manoj uses humor and anecdotes in his talks on Mythology and Vedanta. He has given keynote lectures at yoga festivals and teaches at yoga conferences, studios, and ashrams. He has also compiled a book on Hindu and Buddhist symbology. He received a doctorate in Chemical Physics from Cornell University. For the past 10 years, Manoj has been teaching workshops about the spiritual art he imports from India. Jyothi is a dedicated scholar of Vedanta, the Indian philosophy of self-realization. She has been studying Indian Classical music for many years, and enjoys the spiritual elation of bhajans and kirtans.
Symbolisms of Hindu & Buddhist Deities and their Relevance Today
Using statues to illustrate, Manoj will relate the symbolism of Hindu and Buddhist deities to the archetypes within us. Through mythology, we will uncover hidden symbolisms and learn the four ways to work with them as part of yogic practice. Discover how knowing and working with your archetypes can profoundly shift you, especially during moments of life transitions, and how these ancient teachings have practical relevance to your life, bringing peace of mind and uncovering our underlying common spirit.
Finding Your Personal Deity
For those interested, Manoj will tell your your personal deity.
Teacher: Jana Kilgore
Ojas is immunity, inner essence & juice of life that is stored within the heart & the whole body. When our ojas/immunity is high & healthy we glow with radiant strength & are seemingly indomitable to sickness. Winter is the time to nourish our immunity & life force energy through more yin practices & diet.
~Warming soups & vegetables as your focus
~Feeding your kidneys & adrenal glands
~Ojas building foods
~Adrenal tonics for deep strength
Teacher: Anodea Judith
At the meeting point of mind and body, the seven chakras spin along your deepest core, guiding your beliefs, behaviors, and experience. Yoga is the spiritual language for conversing with these sacred centers of the self through opening and aligning with the divine. Yoga provides the tools for opening the chakras and assessing their inner mysteries. Learn how to navigate the map of the chakra system through asana, pranayama, chanting, and more with the country's foremost chakra teacher Anodea Judith, and feel the cool breeze of Shakti blowing through your chakras.
Teacher: Adam Mednick
Sometimes, we take can yoga practice very seriously. Breath in, breath out, set an intention, be the light changes the color of the room, etc. While that may all be very well and true, in this workshop, we will aim to let go a few of the traditional expectations of what a yoga practice should look like. The premise is very simple, yet the techniques are many and increasingly complex. In this workshop, we shall invite each other to join us on the mat for a playful blending of yoga and partner acrobatics.
Working in partnership, in trios, and in groups - we are encouraged to show up completely, fully present with the moment at hand. In community, we support each other in cultivating strength, flexibility, laughter, kindness, playfulness, and the crucial foundation of trust to support this all. Come play with us in this fun, creative, and generally well balanced afternoon!
This foundation workshop will cover:
- Acrobatic Asana (warmup)
- Foundation Principles - Extending awareness
- Fundamentals of Partner Acrobatics:
- Principles of bone stacking
- Hollow body, squeeze and trust, tight is light
- Core strength and control, extending up while upside down
- Working in trios - Acrobatic Yoga skills, with active spotting
- Therapeutic Flying
- Cool down with delicious relaxing partner flow, infused with elements of traditional Thai massage
- Integration, review, next steps
No previous Acrobatics experience or established partner is necessary. Experience with a personal yoga practice will provide an excellent foundation for this workshop.
Teachers: Christina Enneking & Jana Kilgore
Come join Christina Enneking and Jana Kilgore as we provide an experiential workshop inspired by the practice of Ayurveda. This ancient practice, often referred to as the Sister Science of Yoga, is the traditional system of health promotion and medicine for the body. Ayur means "life" and Veda means "knowledge" ... Ayurveda teaches us how to find wellness and health by aligning our diets, self-care regiments, and perspectives with the elements of Nature.
Teacher: Tim Olmsted
While our emotions often delight and invigorate use, when examined we find them to be fleeting and unreliable. On a subtle level, the emotions often obscure the abiding peaceful awareness that lies at the very heart of each of us. During this weekend retreat we’ll discover how to use the energy and richness of our emotional life as the foundation for the journey to awakening. We’ll learn to bring the emotions along the entire arc of the path - as the basis for inner peace and equanimity, as a source of radiant compassion, and finally, as brilliant wisdom.
Participation in this workshop is open to anyone, experienced meditators and those who are just starting out. For those who are new to meditation, you’ll be requested to watch an excellent four-part , Introduction to Meditation by Mingyur Rinpoche prior to the weekend. This four-part series is available on the following link:
Teacher: Tias Little
Like the metaphor of the Frog in the Zen tradition, it is important to have open hips in order to be still and stable in seated meditation. This class is an immersion to generate fluidity in the hips through both mobilization and stabilization techniques. These hip openers are beneficial for sciatic pain, sacro-iliac dysfunction and tight hamstrings.
Teacher: Tias Little
Having a strong defense system and strong immunity is in many regards the ultimate aim of a yoga practice. This class reviews how yoga postures can create a healthy and radiant immune system. We will review the primary function of the lymphatic system in order to discover how yoga poses aid in the irrigation of lymph throughout the body. We will explore how yoga practice works as a preventative medicine, particularly for warding off flu and respiratory tract infections. Our study includes the skin and the way that yoga postures benefit the lymph vessels under the skin. We practice sequences that are designed as a tonic for the glands and membranes, especially around the throat, jaw and upper chest. We practice shoulder-stand, twists, half-lotus, and supported backbends. We also review the ways that meditation, metta practice, pranayama and chanting help build “psychic immunity”. In particular we investigate how negative emotion compromises immunity.
Teacher: Talya Lutzker
Hopefully your holidays were blissful and stress-free. But if they weren’t… recovering from over-giving and difficult relations isn’t easy. We think that once some time passes, we are free from stress – but did we really take the time to unwind, unlock, acknowledge, and receive?
Teacher: Lorien Neargarder
A cancer diagnosis is only the beginning of the journey. For those touched by cancer, yoga offers a complete set of tools to help with diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and beyond.
Through a mixture of lecture and practice, you’ll learn what roles the immune system, lymph, breath, attitude and strengthening practices play in improving your current quality of life, as well as extending your life past the cancer experience. You can expect some sitting during the lecture portion (chairs will be available), some gentle movements with the option to practice strengthening postures, followed by passive supportive restorative poses with guided imagery and breath practices.
Teacher: Adam Mednick
Join us for a very special Valentines evening event of shared bodywork, heart-centered awareness, and desert!
This partner's workshop offers a fully guided Thai Massage sequence, practiced together in community. Each individual in each partnership shall have the opportunity to give and receive a complete 75 minute Traditional Thai Massage sequence.
Therapeutic Thai Massage draws from the rich traditions of Eastern healing modalities as well as Vedic yoga traditions. In practice, Thai Massage is sometimes lovingly refereed to as "lazy yoga", in that the receiver's body is skillfully brought through many stretches and positions with integrated deep muscle releases. The practice emphasizes quality of breath, intentional movement and touch, and fully honoring the temple of the body. Thai massage is practiced fully clothed, on the ground rather than on a table, and in traditionally, in community. In it's highest form, Thai Massage is an art, a sacred dance.
Afterwards, we refresh and delight our sense with organic local kombucha and raw chocolate (included).
No previous massage or bodywork experience is necessary - fully accessible to all levels, and even to your partner who does not practice yoga (yet). Bring your partner, your friend, your lover, your buddy, and share with us this moving mediation!
Teacher: Govinda Kai
Join us for three weekend workshops with Govinda!
Teacher: Christina Enneking
Love yoga? Love youth? Want to love child-rearing and child-development years more? Ready to find balance between hectic schedules, internal/external pressures and personal success? This workshop is for you! Creative movement and mindfulness through yoga introduce to our youth a life-long practice cultivating creativity, strength, flexibility and mindfulness. Whether you're a classroom teacher, parent, grandparent, yoga teacher, or simply the kind of person who relishes the opportunity to get down like a wiggly worm, you will learn to share the gift of yoga with a youthful crowd ... not to mention finding your inner child!
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Yoga Class Prices
|Drop In Class||$20|
|-Drop In (With a member)||$15|
|-Drop In (Civil Servant/Student/Child 12-/Senior 65+)||$12|
|10 Class Pass||$165|
|10 Class Pass (Civil Servant/Student/Senior 65+)||$100|
|30 Class Pass||$420|