Workshops & Events
Saturday, December 2nd at 6:00pm-8:30pm
Sacred Sounds Yoga is turning SIX, and we invite you to celebrate with us! Join us for an evening of kirtan, vegetarian fare and bodywork with our staff and teachers, your fellow students and other loved ones. Families and friends are welcome to join, including babies!
Whether you call them raviolis, empanadas or pierogis, most regions of the world have some form of the dumpling. Staff, teachers and students are all welcome to share a part of your respective cultures by bringing vegetarian dumplings to our first-ever potluck anniversary party!
Sunday, December 3rd at 2:00pm-4:00pm
Unwind, rest, and restore your being with a delicious restorative yoga practice designed to soothe the nervous system, calm the mind, and rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit. Relax in nourishing yoga poses while singing bowls, tuning forks, and other overtone emitting instruments harmonize your subtle body in a powerfully nourishing sound healing experience. Cultivate inner listening and insight through chanting and meditation.
Join Leigh for this deeply restorative sound healing yoga workshop, and nourish the Water element and our Winter organs, the kidneys. According to Chinese Medicine, Winter is the time to deeply nurture the kidneys which are the root and foundation of the body–the seed of our energy. This deep Winter’s rest nourishes our kidneys, consolidates our essential energy (qi/prana) and preserves our roots. By nurturing and tonifying the kidneys in Winter, we replenish and nourish the sap of body to prepare the body to flourish in the spring to come.
Saturday, December 9th at 7:15pm-8:45pm
Your journey in this workshop begins suspended in the soft safety of the silks, raised only a few inches away from the ground. Here, you will be lead to call attention to interoceptive awareness, noting sensation, feeling and emotion present in the body. Drawing in basic pranayama technique, you will explore breathing patterns, and cultivate balance in energy for the body, mind and spirit. Led by this inner listening and insight, you will then be guided through a unique Yin inspired slow flow. In this practice, the aerial silks are utilized as a tool for enhancing postures and releasing muscular tension. You will complete your practice with a meditation, supporting connection to self, deep relaxation and further calming of the nervous system.
Saturday, December 16th at 6:15pm-8:15pm
Reclaim your inner strength and confidence by balancing the Manipura Chakra, our third major energy center in the body. Manipura chakra is our fire center and governs our strength, courage, passions, and determination. When Manipura is under active, it can be difficult for us to get going or have the drive to move forward in life. We may feel lethargic or feel lost without a purpose. Manipura is the fire that lights the way in our path. If over active however, we may become easily agitated or anxious and feel it is difficult to relax and unwind, or even fall asleep at night. When Manipura is balanced, we have just the right amount of fire to fuel our passions into a healthy lifestyle. It is the solar energy within us that allows our best qualities–and the other chakras–to shine brightly. A harmonious Manipura chakra provides us with the energy and determination to take action, effectively face our challenges and obstacles, and achieve our goals.
Sunday, December 17th at 2:00pm-4:00pm
Slideshow, discussion, gentle stretching and meditation. Chairs are available.
Bringing a tarot deck is useful, but not necessary. We will be looking at the Smith-Waite deck.
Monday, December 25th at 10:00am-11:30am
De-stress during the holidays, and reconnect with your breath. An open-level class where you’ll flow through energizing postures to develop strength and flexibility, and then move into restorative postures to melt away tension, and rest the mind and body. Modifications are given so that every pose is accessible to students of varying levels.
Sunday, December 31st at 3:00pm-5:00pm
On the very last day of 2017, we invite ourselves to draw awareness inwards, become more introspective and prepare body, mind and soul to pay gratitude to this year, and welcome the New Year. We will spend 2 hours grounding, calming and quieting to bring ourselves to be fully present, using yin yoga poses to prepare for the deeper relaxation. We will conclude the practice with Samatha Meditation, a mindful meditation technique you can practice virtually anywhere for years to come.
Yin Yoga is the moon side of Hatha Yoga practice where you hold the pose for several minutes at a time to allow the tension in the muscles to dissolve, and to help lengthen and open the tighter, contracting connective tissues of the joints.
Restorative Yoga is the even mellower sister of Yin Yoga where your body is fully supported by the props, allowing your parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system to become dominant, creating ease and help restore the body & mind’s natural ability to feel whole.
Monday, January 1st at 11:00am-1:00pm
Feeling worn out from the holidays? Start 2017 with a celebratory 2-hour class! Join Wesley for an invigorating hour of sweaty, vinyasa flow to detoxify your mind, body and spirit, renew with Masako through stretchy, yin and restorative postures, and enjoy freshly made, organic juices immediately following class. Shed the stresses and strains of the previous year, and find balance through your yoga practice.
Sunday, February 4th – Sunday, February 25th at 2:00pm-3:30pm
Taught by Hunt Parr, this 3-week introduction and “crash course in yoga basics” is anything but basic. You might be new to yoga, you might be experienced but seeking a refresher in fundamentals, or you might use this series as a way to introduce yoga into your life. Whatever the reason, please join us for this 3-week introduction to vinyasa (flow) yoga. Beginners yoga is not “easy yoga”; you will find it challenging and thoroughly rejuvenating because it will require that you reconceptualize your relationship to your body, your breath to your body, and how you move on a daily basis. We will spend time on proper alignment and breath work but the class will flow and build throughout the 3 weeks. You’ll also learn about the different styles of yoga available to you, the best way to approach your practice, and the fundamentals of safety and self-awareness. When you’ve completed our workshop series, you’ll be familiar with most of the “basic” poses of yoga and be able to join any level of class while knowing how to modify accordingly.
Saturday, January 27th at 6:15pm-8:15pm
Open your heart and truly love by balancing the Anahata Chakra, our fourth major energy center in the body. Anahata chakra is our heart center and governs our ability to love and receive love. This practice will help us to invite self acceptance, compassion, and balance into our lives. By balancing Anahata chakra, we can learn to truly love and appreciate ourself and connect to the true self, what the yogis call the Atma, wherein lies our true nature – infinite bliss and unconditional love. A harmonious Anahata chakra helps us to find our purpose in life and leaves us with a deep sense of inner peace and joy.
Saturday, February 17th at 6:15pm-8:15pm
Visshuddhi Chakra is our centre for purification, detoxification, and the manifestation of our words and speech. When under active, or Tamasic, we are unable to properly clear toxins and impurities from our bodies and minds. We may develop speech problems, nervousness, and an inability to express ourself fully. When overactive, or Rajasic, we may be overly extroverted and unable to listen to others’ words, often speaking over people and shutting down others’ opinions. A balanced and harmonious Visshuddhi chakra keeps us healthy and vibrant and allows us to be honest with ourselves and others. We are able to express our selves creatively and confidently without shame or embarrassment.