Series & Workshops

Aerial Yoga Play: Body awareness in multi-dimensional space

with Shanti Chagnon

Next Series Starts Monday Sept 10th

1:30-2:45 pm

Let your yoga take flight and swing your way into feeling fit while having fun! Aerial Yoga Play combines some of the benefits of traditional yoga- flexibility, strength and balance – with the unique conditioning of aerial dance and acrobatics for an exhilarating new way to approach yoga. Sculpt your body in the air, using our special yoga swings, as you tone muscles, find balance, and increase flexibility.  Aerial Yoga Play allows a combination of benefits similar to aerial yoga, pilates, suspended resistance training, acrobatics, and aerial silks all rolled into one for an amazing suspended fitness experience. With the hammock’s hold, gravity’s pull, and your teacher’s guidance, you will realize where you can lengthen and extend, strengthen and support, or soften and release in completely new ways – and then you can apply those same details in your regular floor Yoga practice, too.

Access asanas beyond your reach in a traditional yoga class – true inversions, deeper supported backbends, attainable handstands, and cocoon-like savasanas.

Pre-Registration is Required, Space is Limited!

Cost:  $22 per class OR $70 for 4 classes

***Purchase of 4 class pack must be used in the month of purchase.***

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Yoga Nidra Workshop

with Denise Bales

Oct 20th

2 – 3:30 pm

Yoga Nidra* is the state of expanded awareness in a state of deep conscience relaxation.  Through Yoga Nidra you are able to work through samskaras*, as this clarity penetrates levels of the unconscious and subconscious.  In this state you are able to heal at levels below normal conscience.

“Yoga Nidra is a revitalizing exercise that gives total rest to the mind, brain, nervous system, senses and the body.  There is no drug and no scientific or physical technique so far discovered that gives rest to the unconscious part of the mind, except the technique of Yoga Nidra.”

-Swami Rama (1925-1996) Founder of the Himalayan Institute, Honesdale, PA

Health Benefits of Relaxation:

  • Reduction in Sympathetic Nervous System activity
  • Improved functioning of the Immune System
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Slower heart rate
  • Improved circulation
  • Pain reduction
  • Reduced inflammation

Conditions that benefit the most from regular Yoga Nidra practice:

  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis, System Lupus, etc.
  • Cardiac Disease
  • Hypertension, Post Hearth Attack Care
  • Chronic Disease
  • Lyme’s Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia
  • Other Conditions Which Benefit
  • Pain secondary to injuries and cancer

“During Yoga Nidra, we intentionally locate and investigate sensations, feelings, emotions, thoughts and images.  We go into them, explore them, and bring them into consciousness.  As these impressions are allowed to float freely in awareness, without our trying to repress them, they arise and fade away into the background, no longer bothersome to the mind because the mind has no intention to refuse or deny their existence.  This approach to pratyahara* is a process of elimination whereby unconscious material is allowed to surface into awareness, into consciousness.  When repressed material arises without personal reaction, it dissolves…” -Richard Miller Founder Integrative Restoration Institute

* nidra: sleep

* samskaras: memories, impressions, tendencies

* pratyahara: withdrawal of the senses, 5th limb of yoga,

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Introduction to Thai Massage:

with Maylani Maathai

Nov 2nd-4th

9-5 pm

Thai bodywork is a therapeutic healing art that has been passed down for generations in SE Asia. It is best known for its beautiful yoga like stretches yet offers so much more. Thai bodywork is one of the 5 main branches of Traditional Thai Medicine and has a rich cultural history that is woven into every aspect of the practice.In this introductory course, we will:
– Explore the body through the lens of Traditional Thai Medicine
– Learn body mechanics and how to use our hands, feet, knees, and elbows to apply pressure
– Begin to delve into the layers of the body according to Thai anatomy & physiology
– Learn Thai bodywork techniques to create spaciousness and movement throughout the body
– Experience daily practices done by Thai healing arts practitioners
– Discuss the history and traditions that make this healing art

21 CEU hours for LMTs

Limited to 6 students

Taught by Maylani Maathai LMT 22621** This class will be taught on comfortable mats on the ground. It does require some level of mobility from the practitioner. If you have any questions or concerns about this please contact Maylani at bf.botanicals@gmail.com.

Cost:  $499 ($525 after Oct 1st. (Workbook included.)

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