Join Meghan Maris for this dive into George Fruersteins over-arching text on yoga, yoga traditions, yoga in modern society, and yogis philosophy. For those who are newer to yoga or who want to learn the history with great depth this can be such a dynamic way to learn. Join the community of Yoga Bhoga for rich discussions and more.
During the chill of late autumn it is believed by cultures throughout the world that the veil between the living and the dead is at it thinnest. Through prayer and ritual in their honor, we may feel the presence of our deceased loved ones. Join Anne Witmer and Meghan Maris to celebrate all of those who have gone before us with this unique and heart centering event.
Leonard Cohen famously wrote that it is through the ”cracks” caused by pain and loss that the “light” of healing is able to enter our lives. This is the lesson we learn in working with the Chinese Medicine element of metal. Come learn more about metal energy and how it affects us physically and psychologically during the Autumn season and how Yin Yoga can help you strengthen your metal chi to create greater courage & resilience.
Every human being has a unique voice and boundless potential for confident, clear, and creative self-expression. This potential can be left untapped, hidden by struggles of self-doubt, embarrassment, and fear of speaking our truth. During this workshop, we will explore our innate human right to speak and be heard. Through breathing, moving, and being still; chanting, listening, and being quiet; we will invoke Saraswati, goddess of language, insight, and creativity, and learn to embrace the power of our own voices.
Join Anne Witmer & Meghan Maris for a 3 night yoga retreat at Breitenbush Hotsprings. This retreat will be a much needed break from our mass media driven culture and will provide the senses an opportunity to rest. Just as our bodies benefit from cleanses and fasts, so too, the mind and the senses benefit from a sensory cleanse. The darker days of December, the natural landscape free of noise, pollution and daily distractions and the daily practices of yoga will provide us the opportunity to restore and rejuvenate our bodies, senses and mind.
The morning immersion will take place the week prior to fall equinox, a time of year where the length of day and night are in balance. This will be an opportunity to reflect on our own relationship with balance or the lack thereof. The inspiration of this immersion is to harness the energy of balance throughout the week, planting seeds of intentions for the equinox. The two hour morning practice will include asana, pranayama, meditation and theory. The philosophical theme will be the five koshas, sheaths or layers of our being. Each day will be a process of working from the outer layer of our body to the innermost core of our being, the divine sun within.
Come celebrate the biggest full moon of the year and the arrival of Fall with an extra-special, lunar yoga practice! Join Anne Witmer and Meghan Maris for a Harvest Moon celebration at our Water Avenue Studio. Together we will create a living mandala while we pay homage to the moon and all she represents. Our practice will include Chandra Namaskar (the moon salutation) and deep, hip -opening, yin poses. We will share some moon lore and complete a magical, full -moon ritual. Come out and howl with us!
According to Chinese Medicine, after the peak of Yang energy in summer and prior to the arrival of the Yin season in Autumn, there is a unique “5th season” in late summer, governed by the element of Earth. Earth energy provides a stabilizing force during times of transition. In this workshop we will learn how to strengthen and mobilize our earth energy through specific yin poses that target the meridians and organs governed by earth.
If you attend any YOGA CLASS at Yoga Bhoga you are automatically entered to win! Place a happy star sticker next to your name on our studio poster board for every class you attend in September. You could win $10 bhoga bucks, an exclusive September Challenge t-shirt, or a Manduka mat!
Get out of your yoga clothes and try a new kind of workshop this August. Bring your Chakra's to life with this first of its kind art class! In this workshop you will receive insight on watercolor tools and paper, as well as various tricks & tips. With these skills you will create your very own Chakra system using a different watercolor technique for each chakra!
How many times have you heard the word Alignment in class? Have you ever thought you understood how proper alignment looks and feels, only to find yourself more baffled than before? This workshop is a deep dive into the world of alignment beyond the surface, what it means, and how the entire body supports it.
The garden is fertile ground for valuable metaphors and invaluable lessons. ‘Lettuce’ harness nature’s wisdom, exploring the life cycle of a plant - seed, leaf, flower, fruit, and back to seed again - through movement, stillness, body, and breath. Bringing the garden to the studio, together, we will get our hands dirty, planting metaphorical AND literal seeds. Learn some gardening basics and bring a new potted plant friend home with you!
Summertime and the living is easy… That is, If your fire energy (chi) is strong and balanced!
According to traditional Chinese medicine, the element of fire is dominant during summer when the sun (the ultimate source of fire energy) is at it’s strongest. Strong fire chi manifests within us as love, laughter, vitality and enthusiasm for life and allows us to be warm and generous towards one another. When our fire chi is weak we become bored with life, feel depressed and struggle with social relationships.
During this two hour workshop you will learn how certain yin poses can be used to strengthen and balance your internal fire energy. This practice, along with breath-work and guided meditation, will help you open your heart to more joy and love and reignite your passion and vitality.
Do you feel chronic anxiety? Do you have work or family stress? Restorative yoga is a delicious antidote that soothes the nervous system and encourages the body and mind to release chronic stress. Let Amy Armstrong guide you back to healing and balance.
"Each stage, each Upanishad, appeals in different ways to the readers head and heart. In the end, Easwaran writes, 'The Upanishads belong not just to Hinduism. They are India's precious legacy to humanity, and in that spirit they are offered here." Join the Yoga Bhoga 300 hour Teacher Training program for an in-depth study of yoga philosophy.
Springtime ushers in the start of the natural year and the emergence of a more active, external energy. In Chinese Medicine, Spring is said to be dominated by the element of Wood which is associated with new beginnings, growth and creative manifestation. During this workshop we will learn more about the energy of wood & practice specific yin poses that target the meridians & organs governed by this element (liver & gall bladder). This will stimulate the flow of our wood chi, and help bolster our motivation to make needed changes & turn our ideas into actions. We will also discuss how living with unfulfilled desires can obstruct our wood chi and lead to anger, frustration and stagnation. If you have been feeling frustrated and are trying to make needed changes in your life, this is the workshop for you!
Do you want to relieve stress and tension in your neck, shoulders and upper back? Do you want more strength and stability in chaturanga, arm balances or inversions? Or maybe you simply want some relief of discomfort in your daily life off the mat. You’re not alone. These areas of the body can be tricky to take care of in yoga asana, but have no fear! This workshop will give you the information you need to begin to work more skillfully with your body. You’ll learn functional strengthening and mobilizing techniques, with fun adaptations of traditional yoga asanas and other exercises.
Everyone's favorite warm oil massage workshop is back! Rasayana or “rejuvenation” is one of the 8 branches of Ayurveda and means “that which destroys old age and disease”. The process includes a variety of practices to repair and revitalize the body, mind and spirit at very deep levels. In the workshop you will learn all about this ancient practice as you engage in a gentle yoga practice designed for fluidity and restoration followed by a guided meditation to elicit deep relaxation. The highlight of the workshop is the giving and receiving of abhyanga (hot oil massage) to the feet and head. It's like spa day at the yoga studio!
Do your hips ache after a few breaths in Warrior 3 or Half Moon? Do you want better balance on and off your mat? Or maybe you sit for work all day and your hips and legs need some love? This workshop is just what the yoga teacher ordered! We’ll play with Therabands and massage balls in yoga asana and other exercises, empowering you with the tools you need to transform your body and posture practice. Come learn and play together in community!
Winter Yin Intensive - The Element of Water: Cultivating Deep Peace, Inner Wisdom & Creative Inspiration!
During the winter months, we often feel an innate desire to turn away from the external world to seek quiet & stillness within. According to Chinese Medicine, this is a result of the water element which is dominant in nature at this time. Water energy draws us inward to help transform our fears into wisdom and creative insight. Come explore the healing powers of water as you are guided through yin poses that target the meridians and organs governed by the element (kidneys and bladder). In addition, guided meditations & self inquiry will help you tap into your inner wisdom, re-ignite your creativity & help you re-align with your authentic self. If you’ve been feeling burnt- out & depleted this practice will soothe your nervous system and leave you with a deep sense of calm.
Join the Yoga Bhoga Teacher Training Program for an in-depth study of Michael Stones book the Inner Tradition of Yoga. Explore the philosophy and meaning of yogic traditions through reading guides, writing, and open forum discussions. This book club meets 4 times.
Strong and mobile back and abdominal muscles are the key to tapping into our power in all of our movements, whether on the mat or in our day-to-day life. In this creative and playful workshop, we’ll explore these muscles, and learn new and more refined ways to tone. Did you know the muscles of the pelvic floor are the foundation of our core strength? Get ready to nerd out in anatomy land and then dive into lots of fun practice. If you’re ready to learn to access your deep core strengtheners, stabilize your sacroiliac joints, or press up into a handstand, or you’re going to freak out if you do another boring crunch, this workshop is just the ticket!
Celebrate the longest night of the year for 108 Sun Salutations followed by a soothing Yin practice to fully integrate the energy produced from bowing 108 times. This practice is a time to honor the return of the light, set intentions, and shed old and limiting patterns.
Unplug from your daily life to rejuvenate your mind and body with Krista Loveless and Meghan Maris for a three night retreat at Breitnebush Hotsprings Sunday, December 16th through Wednesday the 19th, 2018. You will have the opportunity to nourish yourself with two 2 hour classes each day, vegetarian meals, supportive community, and the natural hot springs set in a pristine and natural setting. Join like minded folks and give yourself the gift of practice and restoration. If you are interested in learning more email Meghan and she will help you register.
Chaturanga Dandasana is a popular pose that eludes many students. Without proper alignment, overtime Chaturanga Danadasana can lead to bodily injuries. Done correctly Chaturanga Dandasana strengthens your entire body, builds concentration and prepares you for inversions. In this workshop we will break down chaturanga dandasana, learn to effectively “do a vinyasa,” and strengthen your understanding of this foundational posture.
In Chinese medicine, Autumn is viewed as the start of the Yin season as it brings the onset of descending metal chi (energy). During this in-depth Yin practice, we will use specific poses to target the meridians and organs governed by metal (lungs and large intestine) and learn how this energy effects the body and mind. We will conclude with a guided meditation to help us release our fears of letting go and open to a deep state of inner peace.
Scott Lennartz is ready to play! As a child of Philadelphia in the 80s this man knows his death metal. If you want to explore insane postures that will make you want to scream come namaslay with him. This is a BYOC event. Bring your own coffin for savasana. Students who wear all black receive a $5 credit on their account!
Matter, energy, and consciousness are said to be the strands of reality that exist in all things. The proportion of these qualities determine the nature of a thing or a being. When these become disproportionate, the process of evolution begins and when they are in balance, we are said to be one with our true nature.
Join Anne Witmer and Meghan Maris for a 2 hour discussion and practice inspired by the play of yin & yang energies. There will also be a discussion about finding balance in our bodies and minds as we shift from summer to autumn. To find balance within and without, we must be willing to embrace ourselves and life in totality. This requires shining our inner light into our shadows.
The 200 hour teacher training at Yoga Bhoga exposes students to the philosophical depth of yoga and the historical influence on todays modern practice. A clear container is provided to facilitate the students opportunity to grow as individuals and as a larger community. Upon graduation, students have the skill to teach an intermediate level Hatha class that involves meditation, pranayama, and asana with the use of command style teaching.