Workshop Schedule

Spring 2014

March 1 – Om for Life Yoga Classes begin…weekly through May 17
March 9 – Ashtanga Workshop Series #5 with Val
March 16 – Sanskrit Study with Leslie
March 23 – Ayurveda and Allergies with Komal
March 30 – Restorative Yoga with Liz
April 6 – Transitions with Oni
April 26 – Ayurvedic Spring Cleanse begins…see Ayurveda page
April 27 – Backbends with Colleen

Scroll down for all workshop details and registration

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Om for Life – CT Challenge Yoga Classes for Cancer Survivors

Saturdays at 11:30am (March 1 to May 17)
Om for Life™ introduces cancer survivors to the therapeutic benefits of yoga. The CT Challenge is providing a grant to the Yoga Shala for the program, which will run Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. through May 17th. Om for Life™ is a program of the CT Challenge, a non-profit devoted to helping cancer survivors rebuild, improve and prolong their lives through fitness, nutrition, community support and lifestyle programs tailored to their unique needs.
The class is taught by Yoga Shala Instructor Janell, a registered yoga teacher RYT 200 and by Val, a registered yoga teacher E-RYT 500. Both are also certified CT Challenge Om for Life instructors. You do not need to be a member of the Yoga Shala to participate in the Om for Life™ program.
FREE for survivors, their caregivers and families. No advanced registration required.


Sunday, March 9
1:00 – 5:00pm
A deeper look at the practice with Val Schneiderman, presented in five parts specifically designed as continuing education for teachers and for interested participants in the training immersion for 2014.
5 Sundays, once a month from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Topic for March 9 – Backbends and the Closing sSequence

For more information and registration…WORKSHOP SERIES 2014
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The Teachers’ Topics:
Sanskrit Study and Chanting with Leslie Fryberg

Sunday, March 16
3:00 to 5:00pm

Experience the healing sounds of Sanskrit as we chant from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Bhagavad Gita, and other time honored sacred verse of India. Leslie will lead us through the proper pronunciation of basic Sanskrit sounds. Come to practice correct pronunciation and discover the beauty of your own voice as the sounds of Sanskrit are resonated. No previous experience is necessary. All are welcome.
Workshop fee $25. Advanced registration is recommended.

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Ayurveda and Allergies – A talk with Komal Aggarwal

Sunday, March 23
3:00 to 4:30pm
$20, register at or at the shala

Why come to an allergy talk before spring is even here? Because Ayurveda believes that implementing changes in advance of the allergy season is key to decreasing suffering. Ayurveda recognizes that seasonal change has a profound effect on our health, and recommends many helpful suggestions to adapt our lifestyle for staying balanced in each season. Ayurveda views Spring Allergies as an excess of Kapha Dosha which is cold, heavy and dense. Such excess results in congestion, mucus, phlegm, sneezing , post-nasal drip, puffy watery eyes and more. Additionally, post winter our digestive fire (agni) is lacking in strength. The Ayurveda and Allergy talk will focus on ways to improve agni and pacify Kapha Dosha for a healthier allergy season through the use of Ayurveda recommended:
* Diet – Most Balancing Foods in the Spring
* Herbal support
* Daily Routine & Yoga
Restorative Yoga

The Teachers’ Topics:
Restorative Yoga Practice with Liz Wendel

Sunday, March 30
3:00 – 5:00pm

To relax is to rest deeply….This rest is different from sleep.
The session begins by bringing awareness to our breath and a guided pranayama emphasizing internal observations. Followed by a slow, easy movement to feel and notice our body relative to our surroundings. Then we move to fully supported rest, where with the aid of our props, we alternately stimulate and relax the body to move towards balance. Each pose is held for a period of time, and each pose creates physiological responses that are beneficial to our health. Savor the feeling of the deep relaxation of a restorative practice…give yourself this opportunity to fully surrender.

Workshop fee $25. Advanced registration is highly recommended. 14 student limit.
As of March 24 this workshop is sold out. Waiting list only.


The Teachers’ Topics:
Conscious Transitions with Oni

Sunday, April 6
3:00 – 5:00pm

All level students are welcome to join in as Oni guides us through an investigation of the “float-back” and “float-through” in ashtanga vinyasa practice. Learning how to lift-up will be explored in an instructional format that is open to all level students. Everyone can do some variation of this transition as the thread of a balanced practice.
Access the subtle lightness of moving through the vinyasa with the intention and connection that is directly related to the understanding of uddhiyana bandha…the flying lock. Regardless of your level of experience, understanding this lift supports uninterrupted rhythm and focus in daily practice….making practice a moving meditation.
Workshop fee $25. Advanced registration is highly recommended.

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