Monday, April 12, 2021

Announcing the Return of Yoga on the Trail!


Reclined Twist at Leo Creek on the TART 

On Saturday, May 1st, we begin our summer session of Yoga on the Trail at Leo Creek preserve. I'm so pleased to be returning to Leo Creek, a most serene and beautifully tended food and floral garden in the midst of a woodsy canape, right alongside trickling Leo Creek. This is such a beautiful outdoor venue! 

My easy-flo Vinyasa classes will be held every Wednesday and Saturday morning from 9-10 AM throughout spring and summer 2021. If you think it might be too cold, come anyway and dress for it. I'll warm you up! 

Classes are drop-in style, no preregistration is required. Just come! Bring your own mat and whatever props you love. Plan to arrive 5-10 minutes before the start of class. Please wear your mask upon entering and leaving. Payment of $10 is accepted in cash (or by Venmo. www.venmo.com/sandra-carden-8).

Leo Creek gardens are just south of Suttons Bay on the Traverse Area Recreational Trail (TART). Park at the trailhead on 4th Ave., just west of Hansen's food and Chemical Bank, and walk the trail to the preserve- not too far.

Check out photos of this amazing place https://leocreekpreserve.com/ and find us on the map: https://goo.gl/maps/i2wWP6zArybVgr7R7  

Thank you for your continued interest and support of Yoga in Leelanau. Find more classes with my fellow yogis and health nuts at the new Leelanau Wellness Collective  https://www.leelanauwellnesscollective.com/

 I look forward to a beautiful spring and summer of yoga with you at lovely Leo Creek. Namaste, 

Sandra

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Looking at things from a Different Perspective


Time to look at things from a different perspective! We have so much to be hopeful about, as 2021 March blows out and April pours in. We're reminded that things change all the time, all in their own time. This particular seasonal change feels even more hopeful than Spring in times past. 
Take a moment to breathe it in. Don't miss it! Appreciate what you have. 

I appreciate you. My class offerings on Zoom and Moxie continue to grow. You all have been so patient with the technology, and with this new model of virtual engagement with one another in our beloved yoga practice. Thank you so much for your support and love and acknowledgment of one another.

The schedule is as follows, until April 14. I'll be taking a break from April 15-April 30. A new schedule will appear starting on May 1, and will include in-person classes in Leelanau. Yay!

Please join the class 5-1o minutes before actual start time. 

Payment is either through moxie.xyz/sandra1 when you sign up, or, for Zoom classes, at www.venmo.com/sandra-carden-8  ($15 per class).

Monday, April 5 and 12, 5:45-6:45 PM  Lunar Vinyasa 

      Join Lunar Vinyasa @ moxie.xyz/sandra1

Tuesday, April 6 and 13, 9:00-10:00 AM  Yin Yoga 

      Join Yin Yoga @ https://zoom.us/j/91012221652?pwd=aG9hVXQ1MW0zRnd2WkNvUkJTWkRpdz09

Wednesday, April 7 and April 14, 9:00-10:00 AM   Ageless Yoga

     Join Ageless Yoga @ moxie.xyz/sandra1

Thursday, April 8, 9:00-10:00 AM   Yin Yoga

      Join Yin Yoga @ https://zoom.us/j/91012221652?pwd=aG9hVXQ1MW0zRnd2WkNvUkJTWkRpdz09

Saturday, April 10, 9:00-10:00 AM   SloFlo Vinyasa

     Join SloFlo Vinyasa @ moxie.xyz/sandra1

Namaste. 
May you, and all beings, be Happy.
Sandra 😉






Thursday, March 18, 2021

#LOVE YOUR BODY WEEK March 22-27 on MOXIE!




YOGA BEYOND the OPTICS
LIVE Monday, March 22, 2021
9:00-10:00 AM via www.moxie.xyz
 
We “women of a certain age” find ourselves at a threshold that is altogether unfamiliar and uncomfortable. We are no longer young. We are not yet old. Hormonal changes cloud our perceptions and play havoc with our bodies. We feel invisible. The current marketing optics around yoga don't help that feeling.

Personally, I’m fed up with the optics. I'm so over the shameless marketing behind humiliating ourselves into thinking that in order to be loved we have to lose weight, lift our boobs, firm up our booties, tighten our bellies, fill up our laugh lines, cover our arms, hide our necks, and dye our hair. Maybe I'm just finally facing the inevitable, but I've come to love my body more, as I've aged. Why not? 

Yoga, in its pure form, teaches that we are naturally beautiful and lovable, no matter, what we look like, no matter what stage of life we are in. Women are the bearers of life. Women are the vessels of humanity. Women are the energy of Shakti– without which Shiva, the ground, can produce nothing. Women are the ultimate creators, the makers, and the sustainers. 

This special #LOVE YOUR BODY WEEK Shakti-flavored Yoga session on Moxie is in honor of recognizing ourselves as women of advanced maturity, wisdom, and insight. To love ourselves first, just as we are. To move and flow any way that we can, with grace and aplomb. To feel strong, relaxed, curious, sexy, and comfortable in our own skin. To feel light. To be free. 

Joyfully, we enter into this crowning phase of life where we now can stand up tall for ourselves, create our lives around what we want and need, empower our own means, embrace all of our emotions, express ourselves purely, trust our own wisdom, and expand our spiritual horizons. Please join me in this gentle, celebratory yoga practice for women of a certain age. 

We'll focus on Svadhistha, the second chakra and womb, with breathwork, and postures on the floor and standing. No props required. Come just the way you are. 

Monday, March 22, 9:00 - 10:00 AM. Go to www.moxie.xyz/sandra1. You will be asked to make a donation after the class. Please be generous- All proceeds will be donated to the LIFT Teen Center of Leelanau County. https://www.liftyouthsb.com/about-us. You Go, Girls!

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

YOGA IN YOUR JAMMIES

    One of the greatest challenges facing both seasoned and newbie yoga practitioners during this winter of 2021 is how to keep our yoga practice alive. When you enter a studio and unroll your mat, it's like settling down on a magic carpet that will reliably whisk you away to a place where you know you'll feel better. Practicing at home, on the other hand, includes the challenge of anchoring your awareness internally, on yourself, when so many distractions tug your mind outwardly. Dishes in the sink. Bills to pay. Family to tend. Taxes to file. Distractions niggle and the mind wanders. Pretty soon, you realize it's hopeless, and you simply give up and get on with the “important” work of your day.

    It's challenging for teachers, too. I didn't think I'd like teaching online. Honestly, I couldn't even understand how it could work. Yoga has forever been passed from teacher to student, one-on-one, in an unbroken lineage. Keeping the transmission pure, like whispering a grand secret to a dear and trusted generation, is assuring it will will carry on beyond your own teaching. 

    Now, with the “even playing field” of thousands of yoga teachers vying for a presence in the virtual world, seasoned teachers are presented side-by-side with untested instructors– instructors newly hatched who may look a lot younger–and cuter. How do we, as committed yoga educators, distinguish ourselves, so that we can best serve and expand our student community? How, I wondered, can we honor and benefit you, without eye contact, subtle unspoken body language, personal adjustments and one-to-one encouragement and coaching?

    And yet–somehow it's working! The transmission is getting through. Students are happy to be sharing, learning, and practicing without the support of a dedicated space. It's not ideal, but it is working. You are pushing aside furniture and making a space for yoga at home. 

    You are greeting one another across miles and time zones, chatting up before class, maybe more than you would have inside a studio. Some new students are way more comfortable at home in their jammies, than in a public space– and that works, too. You are joining up and creating a world-wide bond, a matrix of like-mindedness that is centered upon the agreement that taking care is important. Especially now. I commend you all, and I smile within.

    It's because, I believe you are creating a true community. You care about your self and one another. You have shown that we, as a yoga community, are adaptable. Resilient. Flexible!

    As we move forward, yoga will, no doubt, be offered as more of a hybrid-access. The Leelanau County yoga teachers I have come to know well, and love deeply, through Yoga4 and UNION/YOGA are stepping up and reaching out to you–our long-time students, even as we welcome new ones. We have created a circle of wellness practitioners, dedicated to enhancement of your well-being. You will find all of us at Leelanau Wellness Collective, www.leelanauwellnesscollective.com,as well as on social media. 

    We may not have a brick-and-mortar home, but we bring yoga to you, in your own home. Your Om Home. Please check this out. I look forward to seeing you soon. 

Namaste, 

Sandra 

SANDRA's YOGA in your own HOME:     

You are invited to my scheduled Zoom and Moxie classes. Please come!


On Moxie.xyz I offer you: 

Mondays 5:45-6:45 PM   Lunar Vinyasa
Wednesdays 9:00-10:00 AM   Yoga for Strong Bones
Saturdays 9:00-10:00 AM   SloFlo Vinyasa

To join my Moxie classes:
Payment for Moxie classes is right on the moxie website: Easy-peasy. Rate is either Flexpay (whatever you deem appropriate for the instruction you receive from me) or a set rate, depending upon the class. My subscription rate for unlimited classes is $100/mo., a savings of $80 for 3 classes per week. Classes will run at these times until April 14.

On Zoom I offer you: 

Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 AM-10:00 AM Yin Yoga

To Join my Zoom classes:
https://zoom.us/j/91012221652?pwd=aG9hVXQ1MW0zRnd2WkNvUkJTWkRpdz09

Meeting ID: 910 1222 1652
Passcode: 381172


Payment for Zoom classes can be made by Venmo at
www.venmo.com/sandra-carden-8
Or, contact me if you need another method. Pay a recommended $15 per class, or whatever you feel is fair for the value of my classes. Classes will run at these times until April 14.

 



 

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Seeing You in the 5th Dimension!

As we all get more familiar with practcing Yoga from home, I am completely in awe of the fact that we are all connected on the etheric plane. Yoga teaches, through the ontological outline of the Tattvas the means by which spirit becomes manifest. Through a series of step-downs, or condensations, what was spirit becomes more and more compressed until it becomes material. We, and everything we can see, hear, taste and touch, are a braided combination of elements. We, and everything else, are Earth, Wind, Fire, Water and Air. With the blossoming of the World Wide Web of Energy we enter and connect in Space/Time. We all join a unified matrix of energetic connection in the same etheric place and the same moment, even if we are not physically together. It is with such awe that I feel at the wonder of it all. I am so grateful that we can meet, from wherever we are on the physical plane, in a field of joined energy and awareness. As our web grows and expands, we are all supported ever more and more through our combined agreement. Thank you for your conscious place in this yoga circle of acknowledgement and joy. Namaste!

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Welcome Back to the Mat


UNION/YOGA LLC
Sandra Carden, ERYT 500

sandra@unionyoga.com 


With Winter upon us, take care of yourself first.

Happy 2021!
Things feel lighter, in spite of the fact that I've been having issues with my internet service. 
I thank you for your undying patience and humor over this frustrating impediment! 
In mid-January, I'll be broadcasting my classes (and adding more class offerings) via Moxie.xyz

For this coming week, January 3-9, please meet up with on Zoom, on Tuesday the 5th and Thursday the 7th at 9 AM for Yin Yoga at Home. Let's join as One to welcome in 2021! 

FYI, if you are unfamiliar with Yin style yoga, it is a great counterpoint to more aerobic yoga styles, and suitable for all levels. Through long, sustained poses and focused breath, Yin Yoga will lubricate your joints and increase your range of motion. It will signal your bones to draw in more calcium and minerals through evenly held weight-bearing. Yin Yoga is mostly on the floor. You won't be standing at all. It's so wonderfully relaxing- but deep.
You should bring your mat or a blanket to lie on, two yoga blocks and a blanket to sit on, or for support under your knees in shavasana


From this link, you should get a Registration and a new link to JOIN the class. Please give yourself an extra few minutes before class begins to complete this process.

When I start on Moxie in January, you will need to download that App. It's Moxie.xyz.  
I look forward to continuing to serve you in sharing yoga education and practice throughout this new year and beyond. It is, and you are my joy!

Namaste, Sandra


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

RETURN TO LIGHT SOLSTICE YOGA NIDRA CELEBRATION



Darkest Night Yoga and Meditation 


Return to Light!
Winter Solstice Yoga Nidra
Monday, December 21, 2020

4:30-6:00 PM 
FREE to ALL on ZOOM




Get cozy, settle in. For this is the longest night. 
Stay. Rest. Wait. This is the darkest hour. 
Behold. Wonder. Observe. This is the shadow.
This is the fertile ground of dreams...

Yoga Nidra is a yogic practice of wakeful dreaming. It is seeing into the darkness. It is opening to the recognition and creation of something just on the horizon (something completely unknown). Something astonishing.

Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep” takes you sweetly, dreamily, tier by tier, to your deepest knowing. It is tending to your darkness as the fertile birthplace of your longing for healing, justice, peace, and love. 

Yoga Nidra gives us something real to live by with integrity, compassion, and forgiveness in times of ambiguity and fear. It is the practice of finding safety in the shadows. 

You will only need to lie in a comfortable position, safe and warm. 
Turn off the devices. Turn down the lights. 
And listen. 
Just practice. All is coming!


Sandra Carden, ERYT 500 began her yoga engagement in the 1970s. She is the founder of UNION/YOGA LLC, the first dedicated yoga studio in Michigan. She has conducted yoga classes, workshops, and teacher certifications as well as private yoga therapy and consultations internationally. It is her sincere joy to serve you in the sharing of yoga.  

RETURN TO LIGHT YOGA NIDRA SOLSTICE CEREMONY
This celebration is FREE, although you must register for your Zoom connection http://www.yoga4.net/
Namaste, May the Force be with You.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Hang on to Your Center!


There is so much to be gleaned in times when we are afforded more space, more quietude, more time, and more time in nature. 

With "distancing" you may appreciate more awareness of how things actually are. You may notice that, in spite of any threat, there is available a place of solace and ease inside oneself.

Yoga (meaning Union with All) is the portal to that place inside your deepest being, like the eye of the storm, where you know, in your stillness, that you are okay.

Beneath the onslaught of sensory signals, there is wide-open peace.

Practice. Practice your brand of yoga, so that you are operating from a place of presence. Able to respond to whatever the moment brings. Response-ability, rather than reaction.

Yoga is a true and reliable means of staying balanced and unaffected by the tsunami of wild change. This dependable place of easy centered-ness is always right here, right now. It always available to you, no matter the weather, time of day, who you are, what you have, who you know, or what you need to get there.

Life is full of wondrous things, both attractive and repulsive. That's just the way of it. The trick is to not be so attached to either, but to cultivate aplomb. Take your time. Find your center. Balance there, and ride the wave.

Let's just do this: I invite you to practice with me. Go to <www.yoga4.net> to see my virtual live classes on Zoom and archived classes, free and on demand, through YouTube. 

I bow to you. May the Force of Life be With YOU. Namasté.     

Monday, September 23, 2019

UP NORTH SILENT RETREAT

Before the Holidays arrive, take a moment to nurture your Self, to set your Intention, and to find your Still Point in Peace.
What could be more precious than time away, free from your daily roles, without obligations, schedules, or time demands? Add to this an environment of sacred space, steeped in nature, with great food set before you, and a space of your own with no environmental static.

Arrive Friday to your own private room and bath. We will meet Friday evening for orientation and contemplative guidance, followed by our evening meal. We will close the day with a brief yoga and meditation practice.

Dorothy and Sandra will offer direction and guidance at Friday evening's group practice concerning your time in silence. Silence will begin with the meditation on Friday evening.

On Saturday we will silently practice the 8 limbs of yoga, including meditation and asana practice, in several outlined sessions. In your free time, you may choose to stay within your own experience, in your room, walking the grounds and outdoor labyrinth, attending the chapel for prayer, or in the reading room for contemplation, or the communal room for additional yoga and/or meditation practice.

Your time is your own. Although there will be structure offered, you may design your weekend to suit you own personal needs and intuition. Nothing will be required of you.

Two sit-down meals are offered on Saturday, while breakfast will be offered buffet-style. Guests are encouraged to bring favorite treats or snacks to share throughout the weekend, and any specialized food items for your own health and comfort. 

On Sunday we will break silence after our morning practice. Our last meal together is Sunday brunch. We'll be talking!

Upon registration you will receive an itinerary for the Up North Silent Retreat, a full list of items you may wish to bring, (and those not to bring), relevant reading materials, and a location map. 

Dorothy and Sandra sincerely open their hearts to you in offering this profound experience of pratyahara, inner-focused silence. Please join us.

$458, all inclusive. Please register at www.yoga4.net.  Namaste.

Monday, July 22, 2019

YIN YOGA CERTIFICATION at Yoga4

What is Yin Yoga?
Yin Yoga is a meditative or mindful style that deliberately releases body tensions and enhances awareness through increased moisture of the fascia. 

My yoga anatomy teacher, Tom Myers, author of Anatomy Trains, defines fascia or connective tissue as the “biomechanical autoregulation system,” or BARS. He writes, “It appears that cells assemble and stabilize themselves via tensional signaling, that they communicate with and move through the local surroundings...and that the musculo-fascial-skeletal system, as a whole, functions as a tensegrity.” Meaning: Everything is connected to everything else. When one cell is pressed upon, all others align to react, respond, adapt and support the tension. We grow into the shape we are leaning toward.

Tom’s opinion on whether this living matrix is “conscious,” or simply a neuro-muscular transmission is yet to be determined. I tend to lean toward an acknowledgment of a vast intelligence, of some unknown Source, working through humankind on a cellular and sub cellular level for the purpose of alignment with Truth. I love to consider the possibility contained in that.

“Anatomy Trains,” as you may know, are the myofascial meridians (nadis in Sanskrit) which encase and enfold the body. These meridians broadcast and receive information. They transmit life's energetic sparking that criss-crosses and spans the entire body. From skin and bones, through organs and into the seas of intracellular fluids, we are a vast, wondrous, living, growing, changing, complex communication system.

Your streams of connective tissue allow for communication of aliveness through their symbiotic inner-spatial relationship. Through scientific study we know that conscious, controlled and aligned movement creates a harmonic tone and resonance across the myofascial meridians. This communication and receptivity results in optimal cellular health and overall well-being. 

Yoga achieves conscious, controlled and aligned movement brilliantly. Through the practice of Yin Yoga, we go beyond mere stretching to a depth of amplified awareness. It's like tuning your radio to a station that’s loud and clear. Tuned-in Self-awareness brings the possibility of change– a sudden washing-free of old patterns, and a fresh, new reshaping of vital tissues. A reshaping of your life itself. Please join me.


Yin Yoga Certification

Weekdays August 19-23 and 26-30
6-8:30 AM (25 Hours) $450
Open to all Yoga teachers and interested students
[Certification requires 5 hours additional home study]
Yoga4, Lake Leelanau, MI 49653
Register at www.yoga4.net

Friday, April 5, 2019

YIN YOGA: Shine Your Light in LEELANAU!


YIN Yoga

Unlocking the Liquid Crystal Matrix Within

Yoga4Wellness

Lake Leelanau, MI
30 hour certification course

Mondays-Fridays, August 19-23 and 26-30, 2019

6:00 AM-8:30 AM


Yin Yoga is opposite of Yang Yoga. It is not a workout. It is not exercise. It will not enhance your ego..

Yin Yoga (or Taoist Yoga) is nature-based, organically unfolding like a flower, and easy. Yet it will take you to deep and transformational places. Yin yoga is not a workout, but essentially of the work of yoga–to discover your habitual and limiting patterns and to set your whole Self free.

Throughout our Yin Yoga practice of self-realization, we will embrace all 8 Limbs (ashtanga) of yoga: Yama (5 promises to the world), Niyama (5 promises to yourself), Asana (bodily movement and poses), Pranayama (healing breath), Pratyahara (introspection and insight), Dharana (quiet concentration), Dhyana (receptive contemplation) and Samadhi (surrender to bliss).

Yin Yoga penetrates all 5 realms of being (koshas): physically cleansing and remodeling, energetically calming and clearing, mentally quieting and clarifying, psychologically unifying, and spiritually enhancing connection to Source.

Physically, we will access and juice up connective tissue through the asanas. We will proceed through the 7 chakras (energetic vortices) to cleanse and release long-held knots (granthis) and impediments.

Energetically, our realignment will open and channel the life force (prana), expanding the electromagnetic current throughout the meridians (nadis) and creating the “diamond body” (vajra deha).

Mentally and Emotionally the mind is stilled and clarified, erasing negativity and doubt, depression and anxiety, preparing the way for visionary accomplishment.

Spiritually, the coursing of prana awakens the impetus to expand (kundalini shakti), shine, and to feel your oneness with Oneness.

Yes… Yin will give you greater range of motion in your joints, expanded elasticity in your connective tissue, enhanced mental acuity and intuition. Yin Yoga will even give you confidence and peace of mind.
But, even greater still, Yin Yoga will turn you on.

Quantum physics holds that your body is a liquid crystal matrix, simply a receiver of vibrational input and a conductor of the expression of you– your own polished, vibrant, unique and particular frequency. Integral alignment in certain yoga shapes sets up an attunement to your highest frequency. There will always be both dark and light, negative and positive, solar and lunar energies– many notes in your orchestra. Your job, as a yogi, is to feel and listen to that vibratory quality. 

Tune in– tune your instrument and let it sing. When we are attuned to our own highest frequency, we spread that light. Broadcast your unique and radiant gift to the world. One breath, one soul at a time, we can illuminate the way (Tao) before us. Well come Om!

$450     May be adapted for all levels. 30 CEUs offered for Yoga Alliance Teachers

Register online with the MINDBODY app. at yoga4.net

Sandra Carden, ERYT, has studied and taught yoga and yoga philosophy for almost 50 years.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

YoFlo - Juicing Up Your Connective Tissue!


            
“Tissue organization determines the flow of information... Closed systems deteriorate.”
  –Emilie Conrad, founder of Continuim
 
           Fascia is the new buzzword in all realms of bodywork and somatic practices, including yoga. What is fascia, or connective tissue? Why is it important to know the role connective tissue plays in overall health and vitality?

            Where we once described fascia as the thin wrapping around muscles, we now know, through modern high-powered magnification, that fascia wraps around and through muscles, bones, organs, lymph, blood, and water. Fascia runs deep, down to the cellular and subcellular levels. Fascia determines our shape. Fascia holds us together. Fascia connects everything to everything. Fascia, in yoga parlance, is the superhighway of life’s energy, instantly responsive, transmitting the very essence of life itself- prana. Where there is a knot or impediment in flow, there is a disturbance in the transmission of prana, or life-force.

                                                               
          Your myofascial meridians are the “trains” or pathways of ever-changing, vibrating, pulsing liquid crystal continuity throughout the body (and the universe, for that matter). Everything is connected to everything, down even beyond the cellular level and out beyond the edges of the universe. We are part of a universal living matrix. Your own body, your ever-responding Living Matrix is your home. It defines you and you live and breathe. It keeps you together. It gives you head-to-toe longitudinal awareness of where you are in space – proprioception ­– where YOU ARE NOW. Here.  And ‘here’ is continually in flux.
            These lines of transegrity (Buckminster Fuller’s name for this web of life force) “pull” along muscle delineation as a result of load-bearing, resulting in extension of the strain and a counter-rebound, providing elasticity and stability to the human life-unit. All movement affects the anatomy trains and what you have been doing (or not) invariably shows up in your body. Yoga can affect the anatomy trains on purpose, to strengthen, stabilize, realign, energize, feed and cleanse the tissues, both soft and firm.  


Please join Sandra Carden of UNION/YOGA for YoFlo, a yoga practice stemming from an understanding of Anatomy Trains, and the magnitude of influence this may have on your yoga practice. We will incorporate awareness of fascial lines into a practice designed to enhance the flow of electro-magnetic energy, increasing range of motion, vitality, breath and relaxation.  
         Saturday morning, January 19, 2019, from 10 AM until 1:00 PM at Yoga4 in Lake Leelanau. Please bring your yoga mat, 2 yoga blocks, 2 yoga blankets, and a strap and a curious mind.
$55. In advance or at the door


            This workshop is suitable for both teachers and students of yoga. Three CEUs are awarded to Yoga Alliance registered teachers.


JANUARY 19, 2019 YOFLO FOR CONNECTIVE TISSUE FLUIDITY

To register: www.yoga4.net or yoga4leelanau@gmail.com




Thursday, January 3, 2019

OSTEO YOGA at Yoga4, Lake Leelanau

 OSTEO YOGA
            Osteoporosis is the silent and often painless gradual loss of bone, affecting both men and women. This systemic skeletal disease, characterized by low bone mass, deterioration of bone tissue, and increase in bone fractures is not an aspect of the normal aging process. Many factors play into bone loss, and each case is unique.
            Please join Sandra Carden of UNION/YOGA for this in-depth Strong Bones Workshop. You will learn the causes of osteoporosis and evaluate your own risk. We will investigate symptoms, diagnosis, environmental factors, diet and nutrition, hormonal influence, habits and lifestyle. We will practice a safe sequence of yoga asanas, implementing small weights.
            This workshop is suitable for both teachers and students of yoga. Three CEUs are awarded to Yoga Alliance registered teachers.
Please join me for Osteo Yoga on Saturday morning, January 12, 2019, from 10:30 AM until 1:30 PM at Yoga4 in Lake Leelanau. Please bring your yoga mat, 2 yoga blocks, 2 yoga blankets, a strap, light ankle and hand weights and lots of enthusiasm!
$55. In advance or at the door
One of a series:
JANUARY 5, 2019 RESTORATIVE YOGA AND YOGA NIDRA
JANUARY 12, 2019 OSTEO YOGA FOR STRONG BONES
JANUARY 19, 2019 YOFLO FOR CONNECTIVE TISSUE FLUIDITY
            All three workshops $160.

Monday, December 10, 2018

YOGA NIDRA Workshop NOW at YOGA4, Lake Leelanau


Yoga nidra means “yogic sleep.” This is profound meditation in a deeply relaxed state of being, resembling dreamless sleep.
Yoga nidra evolved out of Tantrism, originally called nyasa, meaning “casting or placing.” We incrementally lay our conscious awareness at each level of being, from physical to soul level. Because of this multidimensional approach, yoga nidra is unsurpassed as a means toward deep physical release, emotional balance and psychological well-being.   
There are many variations of Yoga nidra. Typically, we will use a sankalpa, or personal affirmation at the beginning, to affirm your soul’s deepest intention. Then, a placement of awareness throughout the body, to ground you in the physical plane. We follow with a release to the subconscious through simple backward counting. Then, we experience opposing psychological states or “pairs of opposites,” reminding your body of the mind’s influence over it. We end with a guided meditation through various suggested images, enhancing the luminous, equinimical, witness-quality of higher mind, or atman.
Please join me for restorative yoga poses of deep relaxation, followed by Yoga Nidra on Saturday morning, January 5, 2019, from 10:30 AM until 1:30 at Yoga4, Lake Leelanau, MI. Please dress in loose, comfortable, clothing. Bring your own mat and any yoga props you prefer. 
$55. In advance or at the door
One of a series:
JANUARY 5, 2019 RESTORATIVE YOGA AND YOGA NIDRA
JANUARY 12, 2019 OSTEO YOGA FOR STRONG BONES
JANUARY 19, 2019 YOFLO FOR CONNECTIVE TISSUE FLUIDITY
            All three workshops $160.
3 CEUs each workshop granted for Yoga Alliance registered yoga instructors.
            To register: www.yoga4.net or yoga4leelanau@gmail.com