March 22 - March 24 2024 • METRO TORONTO CONVENTION CENTRE

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Thai Massage Hip Opening Workshop

Andre DeCarios - FR1DEC

In this workshop, participants will learn Thai Massage stretches and techniques that mobilize and open the hips. Techniques are applied with the hands or feet, while stretches primarily target the legs, lower back and hips. The inability to open and close the hips can significantly limit a yogis’ progress and lead to back, hip and knee pain. These simple techniques can eliminate or reduce pain and help the recipient to advance their practice. Created by the Buddhas Doctor, this ancient practice dates back 2500 years as a way to soothe sore muscles after long periods of meditation, making an ideal addition to any yoga practice.

FRIDAY MARCH 22

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (6 HRS)

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Embodying Manifestation and Abundance; Through Yoga, Energy Healing, and Rituals

Ella Isakov - FR1ISA

Immerse yourself in a day retreat to clear the way for manifestation and abundance to flow freely into your body, heart, and life. This will be a unique and transformative day of movement, learning, and receiving energy healing to clear the way for your deepest desires and creations. This retreat day will include: * 2 yoga classes: an all-level yoga class to connect you to your physical body and anchor you in your being, and a restorative/therapeutic class to deeply nourish and rejuvenate you to be receptive and open to receive. * 2 unique energy healing sessions; a money healing session using the powerful modality of ISA Money Light Codes to clear limiting money beliefs from this lifetime and previous lifetimes, and a unique healing session that will open you up and connect you to greater abundance and prosperity. * 2 sessions to learn spiritual and practical ways to bring your intentions to life and regular rituals to keep you in the flow of inspiration, creation, and manifestation. You will leave this day retreat feeling lighter, clearer, and inspired to create. You will be in a greater flow of life and abundance.

FRIDAY MARCH 22

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (6 HRS)

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Emotional Freedom Technique: Tapping into Tranquility | Psychological Acupressure for Stress, Anxiety and PTSD

Carol Cowan - FR1COW

Many of us are looking for healthy ways to cope with today's level of stress and anxiety. More people are talking openly about their struggles with mental health and the trauma they've experienced in their lives. People are ready to learn more ways to cope with their emotions, process traumatic memories, shift their energetic vibrations, and effectively heal. Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as EFT, was developed in the 1990s by Gary Craig and is now a widely used tool of transformation that is literally at your fingertips! EFT is a form of psychological acupressure that is able to elevate emotions, shift belief systems, process traumatic memories, and rewire a response to a thought about the past, present, or future. EFT has been clinically proven to be effective for coping with symptoms of trauma, depression, anxiety, cravings/addictions, and physical pain. Once you have mastered the sequence of the 14 acupressure tapping points and the specific eye movements, you are on your way to changing your life and elevating your energy. Join this experiential workshop to learn the history of EFT, the research that supports it, the neuroscience of how EFT works, the most common mistakes people make, how to be specific with EFT for the most effective results, and how to use EFT to transform your life.

FRIDAY MARCH 22

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (6 HRS)

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Understanding and Experiencing Your Vagal System for Relaxation and Health

Erin May - FR1MAY

Learn about your Vagal Nervous System and how to regulate and dissipate held tension and stress. Experience state shifts through eye patterns, a specialized vagal breathing technique, and easy vagal body movements. Erase anxiety and authentically adjust your relaxation set point. Enter the flow state of neuroresonance. Explore bioelectromagnetic fields and neuroceptive cues. These easy-to-learn vagal exercises can be added to your daily self-care routines and smoothly integrated into yoga and fitness classes for incredible results. Experience authentic relaxation and healing with lasting effects, including a special Chakra Balancing Technique.

FRIDAY MARCH 22

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (6 HRS)

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Archetypal Shamanic Energy Medicine (ASEM)® Bridging The Ancient Art and Science of Yoga with Traditional Vibrational Medicine

Gaisheda Kheawok - FR1KHE

In the evolution of healing and consciousness, the exciting correlations between Tribal wisdom, ancient Yogic practices, and the science of Epigenetics reveal that we can change our cellular health and evolve collective energy patterns and overlays within the human biofield. Building on a solid foundation of the human energy system via Evidenced Based Archetypal Shamanic Energy Medicine (ASEM®) and Energy Psychology techniques, Yogic practitioners will explore how embodied archetypes can impact client’s beliefs, perceptions, and choices, ultimately influencing cellular consciousness. Each Archetype has an energetic imprint and wisdom of its own. Expressed through Colour, Image, and Sound, an alchemical relationship with the 4 Elements (Water, Earth, Fire, and Air) and the 4 Lower Bodies (Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual – Yoga) facilitates sustainable outcomes, realigning vibrational frequencies to a state of balance and holistic integration.

FRIDAY MARCH 22

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (6 HRS)

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Bring Yoga to Life with the Yamas & Niyamas

J-P Tamblyn-Sabo - FR1JPT

Regardless of people’s motivations for practicing yoga, every yogi wants to benefit most from their time on their mat. The physical practice of yoga - “Asana” or “the 3rd limb” - can pay great dividends to the consistent practitioner but of arguably greater value are the first two preceding limbs of yoga - Yama & Niyama - especially when infused into the practice of Asana. In this workshop we will explore the details of these two essential elements of yoga: what they are, what they mean traditionally, how they can be incorporated into our daily routines, and how they can significantly advance our physical yoga practice. Our time together will include discussion, interactive exercises, and active but accessible physical practice to bring these powerful philosophical principles to life on your mat. This workshop is highly recommended for students and yoga teachers looking to enrich their in-class experience and tap into more of the life-changing potential of yoga.

FRIDAY MARCH 22

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (6 HRS)

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REIKI Level 1: Discover Your Inner Healer

Dorothy Knight - FR1KNI

In Reiki Level I, you are attuned to the Reiki energy and taught how to use it to heal the self. The attunement process is a ceremony that connects you to the healing energy through the Crown Chakra. The course includes an Attunement Ceremony, the History and Benefits of Reiki, and the Chakra system. Learn how to protect and clear your energy field. Learn the hand positions for Self Reiki and Reiki sessions. Reiki for animals and plants

FRIDAY MARCH 22

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (6 HRS)

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iRest Yoga Nidra 6 Hour Seminar

Kyle Kanstein - FR1KAN

Feeling overwhelmed? Stressed? Struggling to sit still and meditate? Longing for clarity? Looking to add more simple, accessible, and modern mindfulness into your yoga practice and daily life? This seminar is for you. Integrative Restoration, or “iRest®,” is a meditation practice based on the ancient tradition of Yoga Nidra and adapted to suit the conditions of modern life. When practiced regularly, iRest enables you to meet each moment of your life with unshakable peace and well-being, no matter how challenging or difficult your situation. iRest was developed by combining traditional yogic practice with Western psychology and neuroscience. It is practiced and taught by thousands worldwide in various settings, including health centers, schools, community centers, yoga studios, correctional facilities, and military and veteran communities. iRest has historically been endorsed by the U.S. Army Surgeon General and recognized by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury as a form of complementary and alternative medicine, thus warranting continuing research on its efficacy in treating post-traumatic stress. iRest has been shown to be effective in scientific trials for conditions including chronic pain, sleep problems, depression and anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). iRest is simple to learn and easy to practice. It can be practiced by anyone, regardless of physical ability or experience with meditation. This seminar will blend lectures, discussion, practices, and reflection to integrate core concepts and build a strong foundation for your personal practice. Once learned, iRest becomes a set of tools to move through life with peace and ease.

FRIDAY MARCH 22

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (6 HRS)

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The Complete Tantra Yoga Immersion for Body, Mind, and Heart: Everything in Life is For Your Awakening:

Todd Norian - FR1NOR

Tantra means to loom. Like a weaver’s loom, you weave together the dispersed parts of yourself into an integrated, meaningful matrix of relationships. During this immersion, you’ll go deep inside to discover the source of unreasonable happiness – happiness for no reason at all. You are already free, whole, and complete, and when you embrace the full spectrum of who you are – both shadow and light, you realize that everything in life is for your awakening. Then life gets really good! • Experience sublime, authentic Tantric practices of mantra, pranayama, meditation, visualization, and Yoga Nidra for complete transformation and profound inner peace. • Weave the transformational Tantric teachings into your body through the Ashaya Yoga Method • Transform old grooves of self-criticism, perfectionism, and unworthiness into self-love. • Receive hands-on adjustments to shift your practice and take you deeper.

FRIDAY MARCH 22

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (6 HRS)

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Finding the Meaning and Transformation of our Yoga Practice

Ted Grand - FR1GRA

In this workshop, Ted will bring participants on a rich and fascinating journey through what it means to have a deep and transformative yoga practice. This workshop is designed for beginners and advanced students who want a sustainable, powerful, and meaningful practice. Too often, we are seduced in the yoga world to believe that it is an individual pursuit that is about our own well-being. Ted flips that narrative upside down and instead provides a framework for a yoga and meditation practice based on curiosity, honesty, fun, and a deep sense of outward care alongside inward focus. Prepare to be inspired and to have your heart opened to the miracle of all things and to how our practice helps to create a life that is more purposeful and loving. The workshop will be lecture-based and will include yoga poses, some meditation, lots of Q+A, and some fun activities.

FRIDAY MARCH 22

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (6 HRS)

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No More Neck Tension or Strain

Margot McKinnon - FR2MCK

Forward head carriage is so prevalent in today's society! It can contribute to significant strain and tension in the neck and shoulder region, as well as all the way down the body. When this person engages in a Yoga practice, the neck and shoulder area often protest and can even feel worse. In this workshop, we will unravel the complexity of the cervical region and look at how to help people recondition the cervical region to move beyond strain during their practice and carry their heads with more power and ease.

FRIDAY MARCH 22

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (2 HRS)

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Lymph Lymph Lymph! it's kind of a thing!

Ann Green - FR2BLI

The biggest question in this practice of yoga therapy and movement education that is constantly asked is, how does one most effectively move? In this workshop we will move through the understanding of the Lymph System. It is truly the key to lasting change and is the manifestation of micro-organization to create the most effective lasting change within all the systems we address within our practices. Let’s play, explore, be curious, and learn the best advantages and simple techniques to create freedom and movement in THE system that efferently and solely affects ALL systems. Let’s learn the BIG 6 and explore the differences created. This is a gentle movement class.

FRIDAY MARCH 22

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (2 HRS)

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Breaking the Chains: How Energy Flow Can Dissove Anxiety and Depression

David Procyshyn - FR2DYW

I will be helping students understand how to live (and possibly thrive) with chronic anxiety. The class will involve a short talk discussing the causes of chronic anxiety, how we can reinforce them, what we can do to shift out of the habitual, painful cycles we are in, as well as yoga practices we can do to help create bigger positive shifts. There will be an opportunity for questions and a discussion before we move into the practice, which will be in 4 parts. Between each part, I’ll help them ground and understand the effects they are feeling and why. The overall goal is to leave them with a better understanding of the role they are playing and what they can do to create positive shifts daily and ongoing.

FRIDAY MARCH 22

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (2 HRS)

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Empowering Mindfulness Teaching through Mindful Movement and Intentional Breathing

Mindfulness has become an accepted protocol for helping manage anxiety, cultivating empathy and compassion, and developing coping skills. Often, the emphasis is on mindfulness meditation, observing body sensations, and awareness of breathing, thoughts, and emotions through stillness. This workshop will focus on the infusion of different 15-minute mindful movement flows from the yoga and qigong traditions and intentional breathing that will help participants learn to teach mindfulness in a manner that is body-oriented, engaging, and relevant. Addressing the needs of all people to be able to handle transitions, manage stress, and promote positive mental health, this workshop will provide practical strategies for teaching mindfulness with a focus on mindful movement and intentional breathing that can be incorporated into various courses and programs.

FRIDAY MARCH 22

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (2 HRS)

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Understanding the Pain Cycle and How Movement is Critical to Reduce

Participants will learn the pain cycle and how it applies to their personal pain journey. We will address the most common pain points in movement practices and how to approach them in a safe and accessible way. We will discuss how cognitive fears, anxiety, and stress play a role in physical pain and the highly researched mindfulness tools that can help people move out of the persistent pain cycle. This workshop will benefit people looking for further education on their own pain, as well as movement practitioners who wish to deepen their knowledge of how pain can show up in a student's practice and suitable modifications that can be offered.

FRIDAY MARCH 22

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (2 HRS)

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AM/PM Yoga Based on Energy Flow & Circadian Rhythm - Insights from Traditional Yoga, Ayurveda & TCM

Deepti Sehgal - FR2SEH

Many people exercise anytime through the day according to their convenience, without understanding the traditional & scientific ideology behind planning the right yogic AM & PM practices. Many people spend their crucial morning hours sleeping in bed and prefer strenuous exercising during evening hours when our body is preparing to slow down after the day’s activity. Aligning our yoga practice according to how our body systems function in the morning and evening helps to regulate our physiology and psychology and is the ancient secret to a healthy nervous system, high energy levels, and sound body and mind health. This workshop interactively explores and educates about the traditional understanding of how our body performs its various activities in coordination with the circadian rhythm, such as producing waste in deep sleep hours, activating digestion in the morning with the flow of digestive juices active in the morning, slowing down digestion in the evening and so on, and how to align the Yogic practices with the systems that are active in the morning and need to be slowed down during in the evening hours.

FRIDAY MARCH 22

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (2 HRS)

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Being Today Yin Yoga – Courage for Life

Dianne Harris - FR2HAR

Being Today, Yin Yoga is a provocative exploration of your thoughts and feelings. We will harness the power of vocabulary, contemplation, Chinese medicine's energy system (meridians and acupuncture points), gentle movement, and yin yoga to bring light to our inner landscape.   In this multi-faceted 2-hour workshop (a different Being Today will be shared each year!), we will explore COURAGE FOR LIFE. In the spirit of inquiry, we use the perception of words and the quietude of Yin Yoga for self-discovery.  Detailed handout included.  Discover words, discover meaning, discover yourself, discover life.  Get more from your yoga!

FRIDAY MARCH 22

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (2 HRS)

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Teaching Trauma-Informed Yoga : Being Trauma-Sensitive, Creating a Healing Practice

Lisa Greenbaum - FR2GRE

We all have our stories, and for some people, they involve traumatic chapters of abuse or neglect. Somatically, we store these experiences in our body and tissues, and many of the movements of a typical Yoga practice? such as backbends and hip openers?can unexpectedly trigger these repressed memories and emotions. Join Lisa to learn why, in trauma-informed practice, we must be cognizant of the space, the poses, our adjustments, and, most importantly, our language. Through understanding these concepts, you can work towards creating a safe and open environment for healing and release in your students and clients. This workshop shares the latest scientific research on trauma, including the polyvagal theory and the social nervous system, and combines it with Eastern traditional methods of Yoga to provide a trauma-informed Yoga practice that anyone can do.

FRIDAY MARCH 22

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (2 HRS)

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Nervous System Overdrive & Pain a Somatic Perspective

The nervous system is foundational to our physical & mental health and our spiritual growth. Regarding healing, we believe that addressing the nervous system as part of a healing plan is non-negotiable! An overactive nervous system can lead to pain, as well as increased sensitivity and reactivity to pain signals and daily stimuli. To heal from stress, anxiety, trauma, and certain medical conditions, you must address your whole being. In this experiential workshop, you will learn a few simple practices to soothe your nervous system from a Somatic perspective. Learn why these practices are so important for you and your students to integrate into your life daily, on and off the mat!

FRIDAY MARCH 22

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (2 HRS)

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Breathing into Bliss: Somatic Breath-Work, Therapeutic Sound, and Movement

Stephanie Marie - FR2BIB

Unlock and release stagnant energy from your body through the power of your breath! Somatic Breathwork is an effective technique that involves controlled breathing, breath holds, and shamanic music to guide you on an inward journey of physical and emotional release. This popular technique increases vitality, energy, and blood flow to the body and the breathing apparatus, while soothing sound therapy facilitates deep relaxation and healing. This journey combines therapeutic sound, yoga/somatic movement, and breathwork as complementary healing disciplines to promote vitality, nitric oxide output, and resilience to stress. In our society, chronic stress and a lack of mental well-being have become the norm, as we often outsource our healing instead of empowering ourselves. This journey aims to teach you how to access the dormant bliss inside your cells, allowing you to become your own medicine. Using my extensive background in Trauma-Informed yoga practice, I will teach you somatic movement practices to regulate your nervous system and restorative yoga asanas to relieve embodied stress that may have manifested as pain or tension. You will also learn how to link your breath to movement and use it to deepen your yoga practice, flexibility, and mind-body connection. Stephanie and I will guide you through a sacred sound journey using high-quality and high-vibrational instruments such as singing bowls, shamanic drums, chimes, rain sticks, and rhythmic music to facilitate a full-body somatic experience. Sound healing has been used for thousands of years to promote mental, physical, and emotional healing and can reduce muscle tension, increase vagal tone, and lessen symptoms of health conditions caused by chronic stress. This unique experience harnesses the power of therapeutic sound paired with restorative trauma-informed yoga, somatic movement, and somatic Breathwork to help you use your own body, breath, and healing vibration to facilitate a rhythmic and flowing experience. You will not only learn to cope with your stress but also feel empowered to experience your own natural healing response through your lived experience.

FRIDAY MARCH 22

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (2 HRS)

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Chi Nei Tsang Class - visceral massage techniques for emotional imbalances.

Andre DeCarios - SA1DEC

The gut is known as our “second brain.” Chi Nei Tsang, which translates to “internal organ energy massage” uses direct techniques to massage the internal organs through the abdomen. In this 2-hour course, you will learn which organs contribute to the emotions of hate, impatience, fear and stress when imbalanced. Simple, effective techniques will be demonstrated and all participants will have the opportunity to practice each technique.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (2 HRS)

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Sacroiliac Joint: The Critical, Functional Link

Margot McKinnon - SA1MCK

Optimal functioning of the sacroiliac joint is essential for a happy back, hips, and knees. And SI joint pain can seriously limit what a person can do in their classes. Learn how the SI joint functions, along with simple techniques and movements, to help people with hypermobility, hypomobility, and pelvic imbalances.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (2 HRS)

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Understanding Women's Health, Hormones & Yoga

Deepti Sehgal - SA1SEH

A woman goes through different phases in her lifetime, from puberty to menopause, specifically from the hormonal shift perspective. If balanced, these hormones may cause a woman to look & feel her best or get grumpy and dull-looking if the hormones are imbalanced. The two pillars that can support women’s health drastically include hormonal health & pelvic floor health. While so many women seek medical treatments for hormonal conditions like PCOD & PCOS, the actual issue begins with deep-rooted imbalances manifesting as these conditions. Yoga & Ayurveda give us a strong framework to deal with women's health conditions naturally while strengthening the inner root factors that cause such conditions. In this workshop, you will learn the prominent female hormones that have a deep impact on how you look & feel in each phase of life, which parts of the body to work on to support female hormones, the relationship of stress hormones with female health, pelvic floor health, and its importance, 3 Powerful Yoga Asanas for female health & optimizing women’s hormones with yoga, ayurveda & diet & lifestyle.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (2 HRS)

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Radical Healing Power of Yoga: Therapeutics for the Hips, Lower Back, and Shoulders

Todd Norian - SA1NOR

Every cell in the body is pre-programmed for healing and joy. Unfortunately, due to unconscious patterns of movement and self-limiting beliefs, we’re not able to fully access this power. Align your body, mind, and heart with the infinite source of wellness and experience the miracle of healing. Through the life-affirming philosophy of Tantra and the precise, biomechanical alignment techniques of Ashaya Yoga, you will learn how to transform pain and limitation into an experience of freedom and joy. 

SATURDAY MARCH 23

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (2 HRS)

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Teaching Trauma-Informed Yoga | Post-Tramatic Growth-Moving Beyond Healing

Lisa Greenbaum - SA1GRE

There is an emerging concept in the study of healing from trauma: post-traumatic growth. The idea is that despite and also because of the trauma experienced, there is an opportunity to move beyond healing, to experience a sense of connection and even joy that wasn't available before the trauma. Learn to embrace this empowerment of self from within, where we can honor and accept our whole selves and allow our inner light to shine brightly. Until processed, trauma will linger in our body as chronic tension and stress. In this workshop, we will discuss and practice daily self-care techniques for both ourselves and our clients to move out of the shadows and into the light.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (2 HRS)

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New Directions In Myofascial Release – the Power of Static Release + Heat

Myofascial release techniques that utilize static/passive body weight + heat create superior tissue release with notable CNS relaxation effects when contrasted with traditional motion-based myofascial release techniques.  These techniques benefit everyone, including those who, due to advanced age or injury, cannot use conventional motion-based techniques.  This interactive class will enable you to release rotator cuff issues, plantar fasciitis/fasciosis, upper thoracic pain, low back pain, and lateral epicondylitis for you and your clients.      

SATURDAY MARCH 23

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (2 HRS)

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Never Not Broken: Yoga, Depression and a Neurobiology of Hope

Dr. Blake Martin - SA1MAR

What happens if I feel sad all of the time? Can yoga help? Is there any way movement can contribute to my mental health? What does science say is the link between my mind and body? Join neuroscientist Dr. Blake Martin for a lively discussion of how depression is grounded in a physical body and what recent research says the bodily practice of yoga does to alter the structure and function of the brain. We will consider the importance of breath, posture, and community as pillars of a practice that can offer acceptance and hope.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (2 HRS)

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Healing Hip Flow: Dynamic and Still

Ella Isakov - SA1ISA

In this healing hip session, be prepared to experience diverse movements to tend to the hips inside and out.  The first part of the session is a dynamic yoga practice integrating mobility-based exercises that strengthen and stabilize the hip joint.    The second part of the session is a still Yin and therapeutics practice to address the connective tissues around the hips, with breathwork and insights into the metaphysical reasons for hip tension and pain.  This session goes beyond the physical body by touching base with the emotional body. This class is for all levels and will offer fresh ideas for your own practice and teachings.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (2 HRS)

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Towards a Healthy Pelvic Floor

Margot McKinnon - SA2MCK

Pelvic floor health is becoming increasingly important, as it can greatly impact various areas such as SI joint and back pain, as well as pelvic and hip issues. Join us in an informative workshop to learn more about the different muscles and tissues that make up the pelvic floor, and understand how it functions in relation to the rest of the body. By the end of the session, you will have a clear understanding of the supportive role of the pelvic floor, and be equipped with the best practices to keep it conditioned.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (2 HRS)

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This is your Brain….on Yoga

Dr. Blake Martin - SA2MAR

This is your brain. This is your brain on yoga. Hear what a neuroscientist has to say about recent clinical research on the impact of the practice of yoga and pranayama breathing on the human brain. Recent findings on stress, the immune response and memory as well as research related to yoga and select neurological disorders will also be discussed.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (2 HRS)

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Insight Yoga: Wise Intention with Yin Yoga

Dianne Harris - SA2HAR

Dharma talk and practice: Insight Yoga Institute, founded by Sarah and Ty Powers, combines yoga, Buddhism, and psychology in a gentle and enriching way. In this educational and experiential workshop, we will explore the concept of Wise Intention, which is a part of the Buddhist practices of the 8 Noble Truths. During our practice time together, we will blend these teachings with Yin Yoga shapes and inner practices to enliven the body, heart, and mind. The Yin poses, which work on the meridians of Chinese medicine, will be focused on those that have emotional and energetic qualities related to Wise Intention. Bringing all of this together in one practice creates a richness beyond measure. You will receive a handout with this information to take away and dive deeper into our practice time together. Get more from your yoga practice! It’s worth noting that Dianne is a 500-hour certified Insight Yoga teacher and one of 35 Insight Yoga teachers worldwide, endorsed by Sarah Powers.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (2 HRS)

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Creative Yin Yang Class for Healthy Spine & Shoulders

Ella Isakov - SA2ISA

Have you ever heard of the quote “you are only as young as your spine is limber”? It means that your level of flexibility determines how young you feel. Most people have tension and blockages around the spine that limits its capacity to move in all the ways it is meant to move. This session is designed to take care of both the spine and the tension or pain in the shoulders. It is a carefully curated class that is influenced by over 12 years of experience integrating yoga, mobility, and yoga therapeutics in public classes and a private practice tending to specific needs. The first half of the class involves a mobility flow, followed by yin yoga and therapeutics portion to cultivate a greater range of motion and heal the spine and shoulders. This session is the perfect recipe for shoulder and spine freedom. It is suitable for all levels and will offer fresh ideas for your own practice and teachings.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (2 HRS)

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Opening Your Intuition with Vagal Yoga - Activate your Superpowers

Erin May - SA2MAY

Discover how the Vagal System influences our perceptions, and how it can help us move from limited states caused by stress to expansive, unlimited experiences. Learn how the Vagal System detects neuroceptive cues through data exchange in bioelectromagnetic fields. By understanding your reactions, yourself, and your connection to everything at a deeper level, you can gain greater insight into the workings of the Vagal nerve branches that are primarily located in the gut. These branches signal our "gut reactions" and "gut instincts" based on the data in the bioelectromagnetic field. This sensing is even prior to our conscious knowing and events taking place, much like "animal instincts." When we listen and follow through with our intuition, we achieve harmony, and when we do not, we create disharmony that can lead to dis-ease. Come and learn more about the Vagal System and find out how the Pineal Gland plays an important role.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (2 HRS)

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Living with an Undefended Heart : iRest

Kyle Kanstein - SA2KAN

What aspects of your mind and body are you safeguarding? We all have vulnerable parts that we conceal and protect, which can create an imbalance over time. In this two-hour seminar, Kyle Kanstein, a certified iRest Teacher, will lead a self-inquiry through group and partner meditation and mindfulness exercises to move past these guarded areas and discover the freedom of simply being. We will learn easy stress management techniques, build resilience, explore our interconnected wholeness, and experience our underlying essence of peace and ease that we can carry forward into our yoga practice and our daily lives.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (2 HRS)

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Somatic Reflex Patterns that Keep You Stuck & In Pain: 1 of 3 The Red Light Reflex

The Red-Light Reflex, also known as the startle reflex, is a common somatic postural reflex that occurs in all mammals in response to actual or perceived threats to survival. However, when this reflex becomes chronic or exaggerated, it can contribute to postural imbalances, muscle imbalances, and chronic pain. These can present as common symptoms such as poor breathing, psoas issues, sluggish digestion, TMJ, pelvic floor or knee pain, anxiety, and overwhelm. In this experiential workshop, you will identify and feel this postural pattern in your body. You will also explore powerful somatic movements to neutralize and re-educate the muscles affected by this Reflex. This will help restore better posture and balance in your body. The benefits of this workshop may include ease of movement, better posture, and feelings of lightness and joy!

SATURDAY MARCH 23

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (2 HRS)

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Shanti Sweat

Colleen and Rodney have designed these yoga classes with the intention of providing a challenging and invigorating practice that also prioritizes your health and wellbeing. The class begins with a dynamic and energizing sequence, followed by appropriate restorative poses, pranayama, and meditation to help you relax and restore your body and mind. This balanced approach incorporates both Western and Eastern perspectives on health and wellness, creating an overall experience that will leave you feeling good inside and out. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced yogi, this class is tailored to meet your needs and help you progress in your practice.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (2 HRS)

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Decoding Strength & Resilience

Thanks to the media, we’re all pretty familiar with the importance of strength training nowadays. From the effects of myokines on cognition, blood sugar, bones, & tumors to the importance of maintaining muscle mass over our lifespan, strength training is essential to our health. It’s easy enough to lift weights and increase our strength capacity at the gym but there is so much more to strength, like our functional capacity, movement efficiency, endurance, and the strength of our collagen matrix for injury resilience. After all, our muscles are only as strong as the connective tissue matrix that holds them together and allows them to transmit force. This class will investigate research-based practices that you can bring onto your mat to train the capacity of both the muscle and connective tissue to help enhance performance and minimize injuries. Tiffany has worked with professional athletes across the US and helped create the Nike Wellness Center programs (at Nike WHQ) and so brings a wealth of both cutting edge knowledge and depth of experience from her specialty in sports medicine over the past 28 years of her career. Whether you’re dealing with the last remnants of an injury, trying to enhance performance & strength, or looking to help minimize injuries & feel your best this class will explore ways to train the tissues toward strength & resilience over time to cultivate youthfulness through our lifespan. This class takes a modern lens to our traditional asanas with plenty of information to help you bring the concepts home with you. All you need is some vinyasa experience, all levels are welcome. 

SATURDAY MARCH 23

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (2 HRS)

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Wildness and Steadiness: The 4-Step Secret to Success in Handstand, Forearm Balance, and More

Todd Norian - SA2NOR

To master the Handstand, you need to have a balance of wildness and steadiness. Handstands can be incredibly empowering and exciting, but they can also be intimidating if you're not familiar with the technique. This 4-step guide will help you approach these poses safely and make them more accessible. You'll learn the precise alignment techniques of Ashaya Yoga and break down the postures into smaller, manageable parts to help you better understand and enjoy these powerful poses. You'll also explore developmental sequences, strength-building exercises, and modifications to help you build confidence and take your practice to the next level. Whether you're attempting these poses for the first time or working with advanced variations, you'll have a supportive and playful learning environment to help you progress at your own pace.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (2 HRS)

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Qi-Yoga for Mental Resilience

Noël Wright - SA3WRI

Learn how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and the 5 Elements can accentuate your yoga practice for better and consistent Mental Health and well-being. Discover how to use specific acupressure points, Qigong exercises, pranayama, and yoga poses to activate and balance your meridians and organs to eliminate stressful feelings, anxiety, depression, and irritability.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (2 HRS)

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Creating Balance in your Workspace

Andrea Lee - SA3LEE

Are you someone who works in an office, inside or outside your home? Have you ever experienced low-back pain, neck pain, shoulder tension or headaches? If yes, then this 2-hour workshop is just for you! This workshop will discuss common workplace strain patterns that develop due to prolonged sitting and immobility throughout your workday. We will explore corrective workplace strategies and tools that can help alleviate the pain and discomfort. Additionally, we will develop a YOGA sequence that can be done at your desk and worked into your work schedule. We will also focus on developing strategies to combat stress and lack of concentration through meditation and asana.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (2 HRS)

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Trauma-Sensitive Yoga: Yin + Restore: Feeling Safe in Stillness

Lisa Greenbaum - SA3GRE

Using yoga as a healing method involves experiencing a flow of sensations. Restorative yoga is known to provide the rest that we all desire, but for some people who are healing from trauma or PTSD, this space may be difficult to access. You can learn how to create a healing practice for yourself or your clients by activating the sympathetic nervous system through sensation-driven poses, which can help to quiet and restore the mind and body, promoting deep rest. This gentle approach can help to balance the nervous system, release chronic stress and anxiety, and promote healing from the inside out.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (2 HRS)

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Optimizing Chair Yoga to Feel your Best Every Day

If you want to incorporate more movement into your daily routine, alleviate discomfort, or learn how to teach chair yoga, this workshop is perfect for you. You'll learn how to move your entire body while staying seated. The workshop will cover the most beneficial seated postures and how to sequence them to create a yogic experience rather than just a series of random stretches.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (2 HRS)

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Somatic Reflex Patterns that Keep You Stuck & In Pain: 2 of 3 - Green Light Reflex

The Green-Light Reflex, also known as Landau’s Reflex, is an innate reflex that prepares us for movement and action. It helps us achieve our goals. However, when this reflex becomes chronic or exaggerated, it can cause persistent contraction in the extensor muscles of the back body. Symptoms of an exaggerated Green Light Reflex include low back pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, herniated disks, tight glutes, and hamstrings, inability to relax and get quiet, overactive mind, nervous system overdrive, and anxiety. In this experiential workshop, you will learn how to identify and feel this postural pattern in your body. You will also explore powerful somatic movements to neutralize and re-educate the muscles affected by this Reflex. By participating in this workshop, you can release pain and tension and restore better posture and balance in your body. You may also enjoy feeling taller, releasing back pain, enjoying a deeper forward fold or more comfortable shavasana, and experiencing calm and ease.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (2 HRS)

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Bring Yoga and Meditation into Your Life

Ted Grand - SA3GRA

Ted will lead a workshop that focuses on applying powerful yoga and meditation techniques to improve various aspects of life. Participants will learn about the brain and body connection and how it affects our reality. The workshop includes yoga poses, breathing practices, neuroscience, and visualizations that help cultivate awareness and vitality. The workshop suits all levels and aims to equip attendees with techniques and perspectives that promote calmness, wisdom, and clarity.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (2 HRS)

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Transformational Journey: Twists, Hip Openers, and Forward Bends with Savasana Through the Five Koshas

Todd Norian - SA3NOR

Align and purify your spine through powerful hip openers and twisting poses. Then draw your awareness inward through forward bends in preparation for Savasana based on the five koshas or sheaths of consciousness. This session promises to be deeply rejuvenating and revelatory.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (2 HRS)

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Yoga & Lymphatics

The lymphatic system is an essential but often overlooked system critical in managing inflammation and water metabolism while acting as an important waste clearance system. By understanding this system's purpose and applying it to yoga, we can profoundly impact our health with various therapeutic benefits due to its far-reaching effects. In this class, we will explore the basics of this system and learn how yoga can be used therapeutically to support lymphatics and its many positive effects. Anyone with yoga experience is welcome to join, regardless of their skill level.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (2 HRS)

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The Embodied Yogi: How Re-Creating the Body Creates the Mind

Dr. Blake Martin - SA4MAR

New research from the cutting edge of neuroscience suggests that our thinking and sense of self emerge from perceptions of how our bodies interact with the environment. This workshop asks provocative questions about traditional Western and Eastern views of the mind and body and proposes that the names, breathing, moves, and postures of yoga shape the minds, thoughts, and identities of its practitioners.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

3:15 PM - 5:15 PM (2 HRS)

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Longevity, Optimal Health and Vagal Yoga

Erin May - SA4MAY

Find out about Vagal Yoga and the enhancement of telomerase and the extension of the telomeric DNA sequences. Vagal Yoga and Vagal Breathing enhance our quality of life by balancing blood pressure and hormones, reducing cortisol and adrenaline, thus reducing inflammation, one of the greatest aging agents. Vagal Yoga reduces the biomechanical aspects of aging while enhancing the body's natural anti-aging capacities, including the increased production of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter responsible for muscle control, autonomic body functions, learning, memory, and attention. Learn how to activate your longevity for your body, mental clarity, and harmony for your mind through gentle movement, breathing,

SATURDAY MARCH 23

3:15 PM - 5:15 PM (2 HRS)

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The O Solution: Osteopenia, Osteoporosis, and Orthopaedic Health

Margot McKinnon - SA4MCK

In North American movement and exercise classes, 75% of the attendees are women aged between 30 and 60. It is estimated that soon, one in two of these women will be living with osteoporosis, which poses a challenge when it comes to designing safe and effective exercise programs. It is essential to choose exercises that do not increase the risk of fracture or worsen the risk factors associated with osteopenia and osteoporosis. This course provides current information and analysis on these conditions, and offers a detailed guide on how to ensure that the exercises you teach are safe for bones and effective in building bone density. By taking this course, you will be equipped with the tools to work proactively with the specialized needs of people with osteopenia and osteoporosis.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

3:15 PM - 5:15 PM (2 HRS)

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Incorporating Mindfulness to Your Yin Practice

Kyle Kanstein - SA4KAN

This workshop will teach participants to incorporate iRest Yoga Nidra meditation and mindfulness techniques into their Yin practice. Participants can feel the body as a field of sensation and explore all that arises into awareness as different movements and shapes are introduced. Participants will be encouraged not to fix or change the experience but rather be present in the moment just as it is. iRest Yoga Nidra has been clinically proven to help with symptoms of PTSD, depression, anxiety, and stress while building resiliency and feelings of peace and ease. Everything that arises, whether sensations, thoughts, feelings, emotions, or beliefs, simply wants to be seen, felt, and experienced in the body. This seminar will help students and teachers weave somatic body sensing and mindfulness techniques into their practice without imposing any particular state of being.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

3:15 PM - 5:15 PM (2 HRS)

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Arm Balances, Hip Openers and Inversions

It is important to focus on a specific group of poses that helps in building confidence, strength, and balance. These poses require proper knowledge and preparation, and once mastered, they offer immense benefits and enjoyment. However, due to the nature of public classes, they are often taught poorly or ignored altogether. To avoid losing these valuable poses from our practice, we need to understand the progression of mastering them.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

3:15 PM - 5:15 PM (2 HRS)

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How to Have a Healthy, Humble and High-Functioning Yoga Practice

Ted Grand - SA4GRA

In this workshop, Ted will guide participants through an overview of what it means to have a healthy, humble and high-functioning yoga practice. We will explore the various phases, trap doors, and archetypes that we explore through the years of our practice. This workshop is incredibly important for people who are serious about their practice and want to skip some of the more ego-oriented and self-indulgent manifestations of practice within the contemporary yoga world. The mistakes and missteps that Ted and many others have made in their yoga practice over the years will be clarified (and kinda made fun of) so that you don’t have to make any of them. As a result, we can accelerate our path toward a rich, sincere, and exhilarating practice. Suitable for all levels. Many little yoga techniques will be explored, as will journaling prompts and conversational sharing. This workshop offers a heartfelt and inspiring opportunity to dive deeper into the heart of your practice.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

3:15 PM - 5:15 PM (2 HRS)

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Transforming Reactivity. Responding Compassionately: Tools to Embrace Change

Ann Green - SA4BLI

This workshop aims to inspire an abundance mindset and encourage a deeper understanding of the phrase "this too shall pass". We are living in unprecedented times, and this workshop will provide tools and techniques to help you embrace change and think positively. We will explore the concept of Spanda, the inner frequency that helps us stay in a positive state of mind. We will also discuss how the universe drives compassion through authentic joy and that this path is not always linear. Through mindfulness and acceptance, we will practice being present in the moment. The workshop will also provide nervous system recalibration techniques and training to help you see the positive in every situation. To prepare for the workshop, please have a mat, bolster, blanket, eye pillow, fascial massage ball, journal, writing utensils, and any natural object that supports and grounds you. Thank you for participating, and I appreciate your beautiful soul.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

3:15 PM - 5:15 PM (2 HRS)

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Good Night Yin – Breath of Life

Dianne Harris - SA4HAR

Good Night Yin Yoga is much more than a practice for sleep, it's an embodiment practice that guides you towards peace and helps to relieve all types of unrest. It serves as a gateway to deep healing. When we interweave yin yoga with enhancement practices, it brings a new level of juiciness and depth to the practice. In this 2-hour workshop, we will explore the sacred breath within the components of the Good Night Yin practice model. Good Night Yin is a carefully crafted medley that aims to bring you to a place of rest and refuge. It has three distinct components: Release, Yin Shapes & Drifting. In Breath of Life, you'll discover new things about your breath and its connection to life itself. We will layer in breath practices and specific enhancement methods to deepen your inner experience, re-establish your connection to your breath, and help you enjoy its nourishing benefits. A detailed handout will be included. Get ready for a tranquil experience for your body, heart, and mind. Discover how to get more from your yoga practice with Good Night Yin.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

3:15 PM - 5:15 PM (2 HRS)

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Trauma RX - Your Epigenetics Experience - Heal the Past, Present & Future of Inherited Family Trauma

Dorothy Knight - SA6KNI

Begin to heal by understanding your experiences. You are always either contracting or expanding. When you're contracting, you feel like a victim - powerless, fearful, doubtful, worried, angry, and confused. You withdraw from the world and lose your core power. When you're expanding, you feel powerful and autonomous, detached from the drama of life. You move towards self-mastery over your emotions and energy. Your DNA carries the memories of trauma forward until that trauma has been healed. When your emotions are not given the space to be released, they become stored in your DNA and can be passed on to future generations. Generational Healing is an energetic healing method that focuses on healing inherited family trauma passed down through our ancestral lineages' DNA. By connecting with the stories of your ancestors, you can explore the traumas that have been handed down through your ancestral lineages and create a safe space for growth and healing without the programming of family history.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

3:15 PM - 7:30 PM (4 HRS)

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Muscle Maintenance as We Age

"Maintenance of Muscle as We Age" is a group strength training class which focuses on maintaining muscle mass and improving bone density. In this workshop, we will learn about the anatomy of the body and how we can use this knowledge to build functional strength safely, regardless of your fitness level. We will teach you how to build strength without causing pain or inflammation. The primary objective of this workshop is to help you maintain your independence for as long as possible, whether it's doing household chores such as gardening, carrying groceries, or climbing stairs. Please note that this workshop is not intended for weight-loss or aesthetic purposes."

SATURDAY MARCH 23

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (2 HRS)

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Yoga Sequencing Concepts for Traditional, Science Based Circadian Rythms

Deepti Sehgal - SA5SEH

This workshop is an interactive session that aims to educate about how our body performs various activities in coordination with the circadian rhythm. For instance, our body produces waste in deep sleep hours, activates digestion in the morning, slows down digestion in the evening, and so on. The workshop will also cover how to align yogic practices with the systems that are active in the morning and need to be slowed down during the evening hours.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (2 HRS)

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Finding a better night sleep through exploration of the shoulders, neck and jaw

Andrea Lee - SA5LEE

If you suffer from teeth grinding, TMJ dysfunction, or have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, then this workshop is perfect for you! In this workshop, we will examine the science behind these conditions and how stress impacts our body. We will also discuss the psychosomatic reflexes associated with these issues. You'll learn gentle and specific yogic techniques and meditations that aim to reduce tension and create a better balance in your physical structure, ultimately leading to a better night's sleep.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (2 HRS)

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The Brain in an Asana

Dr. Blake Martin - SA5MAR

Have you ever wondered why your brain perceives your back as straight even when your yoga teacher tells you it isn't? Well, researchers have identified the brain areas responsible for understanding the puzzle of where our limbs are in space. In this context, it's important to learn practical ways to make the most of corrections, feedback from mirrors, and your own knowledge of your body.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (2 HRS)

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Yin Yoga and Mobility for Feet & Legs – Savasana infused with Sacred Activations

Ella Isakov - SA5ISA

Join us for a Yin yoga session that goes beyond just held postures for your feet and legs. This class will provide a healing experience for your body, mind, and heart. You will gain a deeper understanding of the common reasons for tension and pain in your feet and legs, and why these areas are so important for your overall physical body health. During the session, you will be guided through a specific intelligent yin yoga and therapeutics sequence that will tend to both your feet and legs. To wrap up the session, you will be able to relax and rejuvenate in a supported restorative savasana that will be infused with Sacred Activations (healing energetics) and experience pure bliss. You will leave the class feeling lighter and more balanced, as taking care of your feet influences all the way up to your neck. This class is for all levels, and it will offer fresh ideas for yoga teachers and yin yoga enthusiasts. So join us to tend to your feet and legs and feel rejuvenated!

SATURDAY MARCH 23

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (2 HRS)

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Teaching Mindfulness to Teens with Movement, Breath and Creativity

Teens of today often face anxiety and stress and hence, require guidance in developing coping skills and cultivating empathy and compassion. Mindfulness can prove to be beneficial for them. In this introductory workshop, you can learn to teach mindfulness to teenagers in a manner that is sensitive to trauma, engaging, and relevant. The workshop will focus on strategies to handle transitions, manage stress, and promote positive mental health. It will provide practical guidance on teaching mindfulness using techniques like mindful movement and intentional breathing.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (2 HRS)

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Somatic Reflex Patterns that Keep You Stuck & In Pain: 3 of 3 - Trauma Reflex

Trauma Reflex is a phenomenon that shows how traumatic experiences and emotional stress can manifest in the physical body. It is a protective response by the nervous system to avoid danger and keep the body safe. This Reflex often causes pain or limited range of motion on one side of the body, which is why a yoga posture may feel different on each side. Trauma Reflex can occur after physical injuries such as a sprained ankle, a fall, or hip or knee surgery. It can also occur after significant emotional events, both positive and negative. Common symptoms related to this reflex include scoliosis, one-sided body pain, rotated pelvis or shoulder girdle, one shoulder or hip higher than the other, and leg length discrepancies. In this experiential workshop, you will learn to identify and feel this postural pattern in your body. You will also explore powerful somatic movements to neutralize and re-educate the muscles affected by the Trauma Reflex. This will allow you to release pain and tension and restore more balance and symmetry in your body. By doing so, you may experience reduced pain and feelings of calm and ease.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (2 HRS)

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Vagal Yoga For Deep Sleep

Erin May - SA5MAY

Healing occurs when we are in a state of deep relaxation or deep sleep. However, due to various life stressors, shift work, disruptions in our circadian rhythms, and caffeine addiction, many people are unable to sleep well. It is important to learn how to overcome these obstacles and get the rest your body needs to reset your nervous system and improve your overall quality of life. The Vagal System is responsible for the "rest and digest" functions in our body. This system helps us digest not just our food, but also the events of our daily lives. When we are unable to process and filter out these events during deep sleep, we wake up feeling tired and overwhelmed. By learning how to achieve deep, restful sleep, you can wake up feeling refreshed, energized, and ready to take on the day.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (2 HRS)

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Yoga for Unreasonable Happiness: Gentle Asana, Pranayama, Mantra Meditation, and Yoga Nidra

Todd Norian - SA5NOR

Unreasonable happiness is the state of being happy for no specific reason. You can experience this state through a rejuvenating and deeply transformational sequence of yogic practices. This sequence involves gentle, yet deep, slow flow of hip openers, forward bends, and twists. After that, you'll practice pranayama, mantra meditation, and Yoga Nidra (deep yogic sleep), which will help you experience the most sublime and powerful healing and release. Once you finish the practice, you'll feel refreshed, with a clear mind and relaxed body, and inspired to shine your light out into the world.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (2 HRS)

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Shamanic ASEM® Kirtan and Sacred Sound Circle Via the Wisdom ofThe Divine Goddess Kuan YinAlignment to the Journey of the Soul and Earth Walk

Gaisheda Kheawok - SA7KHE

This Evening Event is dedicated to Humanity in the Time of Prophecy and Climatic Change. Sacred Sound and music have played a central role in the expression of human consciousness throughout the ages. In the Tribal and Yogic Tradition, the use of Sacred Sound as a transformative tool extends into ancient times, shown to us through the study of archeoacoustics (Colligan & Tjellesen, 2013) and evidence-based research in field of Music, Energy Psycholgoy demonstrates the power of sound to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health (Blonde, Pederson & Wigram, 2002). Working intentionally via Sacred Sound, Mantras and ASEM® protocols, we will honour The Collective Consciousness/Bio-Field of Humanity, via a Shamanic Kirtan and The Wisdom of the Divine Mother Archetype Kuan Yin, who is the embodiment of Unconditional Love, Mercy Compassion and Destroyer of Karmic Obstacles. Through Sacred Sound and Circle Medicine, we offer Yogic Practitioners and Teachers a blueprint for supporting Individual and Collective Global Consciousness.

SATURDAY MARCH 23

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM (2 HRS)

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Leveraging Stress as a Resource

Stress is often perceived as a negative force, but it can be a powerful tool when used effectively. It can help us to make positive changes, boost our energy levels, and balance our nervous system. In fact, stress can be a beneficial friend that alerts us to danger and motivates us to reach our full potential. This class is designed to help you learn how to turn stress into an asset, enhancing your performance, concentration, energy levels, and motivation. We'll explore different techniques, including breathwork, flow, asana, myofascial release (MFR), acupressure, and Traditional Chinese Medicine concepts. These practices will help you appreciate the richness of your life. All levels are welcome, but some vinyasa experience is recommended.

SUNDAY MARCH 24

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (2 HRS)

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Release Neck, Shoulder and Arm Tension with Vagal Yoga

Erin May - SU1MAY

Are you experiencing chronic stress symptoms such as tight jaw muscles, TMJ, grinding teeth, clenching, neck pain, and tight shoulders? If so, learn how to dissolve the tension with easy movements, breathing patterns, and yoga strap stretches that are great for home use or yoga classes. Please note that you will need a 10 ft yoga strap for this workshop.

SUNDAY MARCH 24

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (2 HRS)

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Thai Face, Neck and Scalp massage

Andre DeCarios - SU1DEC

Learn a quick Thai Massage routine to use on those who want hands on treatment at the end of your yoga class. This face, neck and scalp routine is the perfect way to end a yoga session. It can be done in 10 minutes or cut down to a simple 1-minute scalp routine. Techniques are simple and incredibly relaxing. Your students will definitely come back for more!

SUNDAY MARCH 24

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (2 HRS)

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Restorative Yoga for Anxiety – Infused with Sacred Activations

Ella Isakov - SU1ISA

Join our unique and healing restorative yoga class for anxiety to ease overthinking, mental tension, and body tension. Anxiety is common and often the result of the inability to process all the ups and downs of life. In this session, you will be guided into different supported forms of stillness to allow for deep rest while receiving Sacred Activations (healing energetics) to promote physical and mental well-being. We will also include three specific breathing techniques to balance the nervous system and dissolve mental clutter. All levels are welcome.

SUNDAY MARCH 24

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (2 HRS)

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Lower Back Therapeutics

Are you afraid of your lower back suffering during your yoga practice? Learn to integrate your lower back with the rest of your body and mind to return to its natural harmony, strength, and fluidity. In this class, you will learn how to move through all types of poses in the correct sequence, sense the imbalances, and move towards balance. You will also learn about the proper use of will and how to gauge the right amount of effort with deep observation. This class is suitable for all levels of practitioners, regardless of pain level.

SUNDAY MARCH 24

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (2 HRS)

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Daily Living Plan. The Power of Transformation: Ritualizing your Core Values

Ann Green - SU1BLI

Experience the power of destruction and transformation through simplicity. In this workshop, we will explore a daily living plan that is powerfully and personally yours. We will cover the five basic pillars that promote the ten bodies of your soulful being, experiencing the human condition. Let's explore the ten bodies and create a path to blissful living, a life of radiance, freedom, wildness, wisdom, and anchorage. With a simple daily living plan, we can shine.

SUNDAY MARCH 24

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (2 HRS)

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Millimeter Miracles: Transforming Impossible to Possible on and off the mat

Fiji McAlpine - SU1DYW

This is a practice where we learn to meet ourselves where we are and embrace that starting point as the first step in intentional evolution.  The practice will ask participants to be guided by sensation instead of expectation, opening the door to all possibilities.  This will be a short discussion followed by a dynamic practice which can include all levels of practice, there will be opportunites to lean to modify asanas up or down a notch based on the experience and intution the arises in the present moment.  The sequence will challenge the body and mind to align and listen more deeply, and the confidence of the inner teacher to emerge.

SUNDAY MARCH 24

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (2 HRS)

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Yoga & Ayurveda Approach to Women's Monthly Cycle Phases

Deepti Sehgal - SU1SEH

In this workshop, you will learn how the phases of the menstrual cycle impact women, what goes on in the body, mind and hormonal level during the four phases of a woman's monthly cycle, the importance of pelvic health, hormones, and stress management, and the impact of prominent female hormones on how one looks and feels during each phase of life. You will also learn yogic practices to support specific parts of the body that have a significant impact on women's menstrual health, including pelvic and adrenal health. We will discuss the effects of yoga poses on hormones, the relationship of stress hormones with female health, and the importance of pelvic floor health. You will learn powerful yogasanas for female health and how to align your way of life with these four phases of hormonal rise and fall each month with therapeutic Yogic practices, dietary tips, and Ayurveda rituals to support female health physically, emotionally, mentally, and cognitively.

SUNDAY MARCH 24

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (2 HRS)

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Six Things You Must Know To Grow and Protect Your Yoga Business Legally

Cory Sterling - SU1STE

Whether you are a studio, a festival or conference director, a teacher, or an online brand, learn how the law applies to your yoga business. Presented in a fun, comfortable manner, Cory makes the law accessible. He will discuss legal precepts about agreements, waivers of liability, employees vs. contractors, and more.

SUNDAY MARCH 24

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (2 HRS)

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From Yoga Room to Boardroom 6 Hour Seminar

Kyle Kanstein - SU5KAN

In the current scenario, companies are struggling to maintain a balance between work and personal life for their employees. Due to various factors like tighter deadlines, increasing demands, and essential service workers being overburdened, there is a vast opportunity to serve others with yoga and meditation in the corporate world. If you are looking to expand your client base outside of your yoga studio and teach yoga to special interest groups working in high-pressure and high-stress environments, then this seminar is for you. You will learn how to break into the corporate world and teach yoga and meditation to special interest groups. The seminar will cover topics such as building clients, effective networking, identifying areas of opportunity to share your practice, drafting proposals/business cases to justify your program, and influencing decision-makers. You will also learn how to cater to corporate clients and create an in-demand program for your audience. By attending this seminar, you can set yourself up for success by learning how to transition from teaching in the yoga room to the boardroom.

SUNDAY MARCH 24

11:30 AM - 6:30 PM (6 HRS)

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Explore the Archetypal Poses of Paul Grilley’s Yin Yoga – a Functional Approach

Dianne Harris - SU5HAR

Discover the functional approach to anatomy and the shapes of Yin Yoga, because everyone is different. Learn to adapt the poses skillfully to suit each individual. Deepen your understanding of the body and find the most effective shape for a functional practice. It's important to note that the most effective shape varies from person to person due to skeletal or tensile variation. During the exploration and analysis of the poses, we'll cover each of Paul Grilley's Yin Yoga archetypes, including: - The Yin poses in that archetype - The target areas, such as skeletal, myofascial, and meridians of Chinese medicine - The essential elements for finding the targets - The key parameters to play with within the pose - Pose deepening, softening, and safety Dianne Harris is our instructor, and she has studied extensively with Paul Grilley (400+ hours). Paul has given his permission to use his methods and materials. Additionally, he has reviewed and provided input to Dianne's training manual, "Yin Yoga Explorience," and written the foreword to it.

SUNDAY MARCH 24

11:30 AM - 6:30 PM (6 HRS)

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Teaching Trauma Informed Yoga - A Healing Journey

Lisa Greenbaum - SU5GRE

It's important to make time for our own healing by simply stopping and creating space for ourselves. In this workshop, we will do just that. By slowing down our movements, connecting to our breath, and listening to our body, we can let go of our plans and expectations. As we become present, we can begin to release chronic tension, quiet our fight-or-flight response, and let go of stress and trauma. This workshop will explore the latest scientific research on trauma and how we can apply it to our yoga practice. We will work through somatic healing by exploring flow sequencing, breathing, and meditation techniques. These techniques will help release chronically held tension and negative thought patterns that can follow a traumatic event. Both teachers and students can benefit from this workshop.

SUNDAY MARCH 24

11:30 AM - 6:30 PM (6 HRS)

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Pilates Mat : Learn to Teach and Practice the Essentials

Margot McKinnon - SU5MCK

In this day-long Pilates workshop, you will be given a brief history of the Pilates repertoire, as well as an introduction to the key movement principles that form the body's kinetic chain. You will learn mat exercises that build from the Body Harmonics Foundation repertoire to the Pilates Classics. The workshop will lay the groundwork for the entire Pilates system of movement, with a focus on ways to design a basic mat class that can stand alone or be incorporated into a yoga-based program. You will leave with a variety of exercise ideas and effective ways to make the Pilates repertoire work in any setting so that people feel strong, aligned and stress-free. The learning objectives of the workshop include mastering the essential Pilates mat repertoire, strategies for concise cueing and class design, and exploring movement mechanics of the spine, hip and shoulder complex, which are applicable in any class.

SUNDAY MARCH 24

11:30 AM - 6:30 PM (6 HRS)

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Savasana and Yoga Nidra for the Challenges of Life

Ted Grand - SU2GRA

In this workshop, Ted will work with attendees to explore how Savasana and Yoga Nidra can be cornerstones of a beautiful and joyful exploration of what it means to practice yoga and deal with life's challenges more effectively. We will explore the meaning behind relaxation techniques through the history, philosophy, anatomy, and neuroscience of relaxation. There will also be some exercises that involve journaling and open group conversation. If you carry extra stress, anxiety, or confusion in your life, this is the workshop for you. Suitable for all levels and orientations.

SUNDAY MARCH 24

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (2 HRS)

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Healthy Sequencing of Standing Poses within Vinyasa

In this practice, you will learn how to move into and out of standing poses in a way that is gentle on your knee and hip joints. You will also discover general principles that will guide you in practicing vinyasa throughout your life. By following these guidelines, your body will become stronger, more aligned, and more fluid. This practice will focus mainly on asanas.

SUNDAY MARCH 24

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (2 HRS)

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Somatics & Yoga As Therapy | Rewrite, Repattern and Release What keeps You Stuck or in Pain

Chronic pain is pain that persists longer than three months. In Canada alone, 1 in 5 people report living with persistent pain. We believe that the statistic is much higher. From our experience as Yoga Therapists, we have helped so many people find relief from their chronic/recurring pain using Somatics combined with the brilliance of Yoga Therapy. Somatics speaks the language of the nervous system supporting us to rewrite, repattern and release what keeps us stuck. In this workshop, you will be learning about Sensory Motor Amnesia (SMA). It is a remarkably common condition in which we lose awareness and voluntary control over our muscles and experience limitations in function and movement. SMA can occur as a result of various factors such as stress, trauma, injury, or repetitive movements or postures. It affects breathing, digestion, organ, and mental health, and leads to common pain diagnoses such as low back pain, neck and shoulder tension, IBS, migraines, thoracic outlet syndrome, plantar fasciitis, and sciatica. SMA is distinctly characterized by three familiar Somatic Reflex Patterns held in the brain and nervous system. You will learn about the different presentations of SMA and how it might be manifesting in your body as habitual postural patterns on and off the mat. Discover the connection between stress and sensory motor amnesia, as well as how to recognize and release these three common Somatic Reflex Patterns. The workshop will involve theory, movement explorations and discussion. We will guide you to reconnect with your sensing and feeling body to identify areas of Sensory Motor Amnesia. Then learn simple and effective techniques to regain control and awareness over those muscles. You will leave the workshop equipped with a toolbox of new understanding and skills that you can use to identify SMA in your students and integrate this into your classes.

SUNDAY MARCH 24

11:30 AM - 6:30 PM (6 HRS)

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How to Give Unforgettable Hands-On Adjustments, Ashaya-Style For teachers, students, and heart followers of all levels and styles of yoga

Todd Norian - SU2NOR

Join our highly informative and experiential workshop to take your teaching and practice of yoga to a whole new level. You'll learn nuanced techniques, subtleties, and skills that are essential to provide professional and unforgettable hands-on adjustments. These adjustments have the potential to transform your students' bodies forever. By blending precise alignment techniques with the power of the heart, you can create profound shifts in your students' and your own practice.

SUNDAY MARCH 24

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (2 HRS)

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Qi-Yoga: Yoga for Hormonal Shifts

Noël Wright - SU3WRI

Being a woman can feel amazing, powerful, and confusing, and the physical and emotional changes we experience throughout our lifetime can sometimes be overwhelming. In this class, we will explore common physical and emotional changes from puberty through womanhood, including childbearing years and menopause, and use the tools of Qi-Yoga, including Acupressure, Qigong, and Yoga, to feel balanced and prepared for whatever life hands us.

SUNDAY MARCH 24

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (2 HRS)

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Meditation made Inspiring

Ted Grand - SU3GRA

Let's meditate! Ted has been practicing and studying meditation for 30 years. He is a bit of a rebel when it comes to exploring the ways in which some of the traditions in the yoga and meditation world are outdated, inequitable, and rigid. In this workshop, we will be doing some gentle yoga poses before meditating to slow everything down and prepare the body for a cool and calming experience. Meditation doesn't have to be boring and crazy-making. So, let's explore some techniques that make this practice interesting, inspiring, and transformative. If we can bring more peace and emotional regulation into our lives, we can use that shift to become more content individuals and live more easeful, kind, and generous lives.

SUNDAY MARCH 24

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (2 HRS)

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Release Anxiety with Vagal Yoga

Erin May - SU6MAY

This practice involves resetting your Vagal nervous system with easy-to-learn eye patterns, gentle relaxing movements, and a specialized Vagal breathing technique. These exercises can help you deeply relax and shift your internal set point of tension to relaxation. You can perform these simple exercises when you wake up in the morning to ease the transition into the day, and at night before going to bed to relieve the stressors of the day. Practicing these exercises consistently can lower your stress set point, reduce anxiety, and promote deep healing, rest, and overall well-being. Additionally, the Chakra Balance Technique will be shared.

SUNDAY MARCH 24

2:00 PM - 6:30 PM (4 HRS)

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Myofascial Release as a Resilience Tool

Myofascial release is a technique that has been beneficial for me and many others. It helps with tissue resilience, pain regulation, recovery, and nervous system regulation. In this workshop, you will learn about the what, why, and how behind these techniques. You will also learn protocols for the legs, hips, back, and shoulders. This is a great way to check what's going on in the major areas of your body and improve your experience. You don't need any yoga experience to attend. Come and learn some useful self-bodywork techniques. You will leave with a basic understanding of how to apply this work on your own and some areas to focus on in your own body.

SUNDAY MARCH 24

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (2 HRS)

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Yoga for Self-Nourishment: Gentle Asana, Pranayama, Mantra Meditation, and Yoga Nidra

Todd Norian - SU3NOR

Take a moment to unwind and rejuvenate yourself with a deeply transformative sequence of yogic practices. This slow flow of hip openers, forward bends, and twists will gently guide you towards the subtle practice of pranayama, mantra meditation, and Yoga Nidra (a state of deep yogic sleep). You will experience profound healing and release as you delve into this practice. By the end of the session, you will feel refreshed with a clear mind and relaxed body, ready to shine your light out into the world.

SUNDAY MARCH 24

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (2 HRS)

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Physiology and Science of Preserving Youth and Beauty with Yoga

Deepti Sehgal - SU4SEH

In this workshop, you will learn about the science and physiology of beauty in relation to organ systems and body functioning. You will be taught yogic practices that can help improve your internal functioning, which in turn leads to outward differences in appearance. This workshop will share ancient yogic practices and techniques that help improve glandular function, purify the blood, trim the body, tone the system, increase energy, release the mind, clear the psyche, and drive away negativity. These practices result in a toned body and inner radiance that shows on your skin and hair health. Furthermore, these practices help support tissue regeneration and considerably slow down the body's aging process.

SUNDAY MARCH 24

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM (2 HRS)

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The Neglected Front of Your Body | Surprising Effects on Your Back | Restorative Heated Myofascial

Restorative classes often neglect the front of the body. However, incorporating HEATED myofascial release techniques for the front can provide superior therapeutic benefits for commonly painful areas in the back of the body, such as the low back, upper back, and neck. The addition of heat allows for deeper tissue release, increased blood and lymphatic flow, and notable CNS relaxation effects, resulting in an improved restorative class experience. Participants will be provided with heated acuproducts and will learn specific formulas for releasing pain in the low back and sciatica, as well as the upper back and neck, with a strong emphasis on experiential learning.

SUNDAY MARCH 24

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM (2 HRS)

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Restorative yoga for Emotional & Mental Balance – Infused with Sacred Activations

Ella Isakov - SU4ISA

Experience a unique Restorative Yoga class that can help ease fatigue, anxiety, and depression caused by emotional and mental overwhelm. This session includes a meditation, pranayama (breathing technique), and supported postures that will be complemented by Sacred Activations. Sacred Activations are healing energetics that clear thousands of limiting belief systems, emotions, and other negative energies that reside in your cells, DNA, body systems, and organs. By the end of the session, you will feel more relaxed, calm, and clear-headed, resulting in overall well-being. Don't miss this opportunity to experience the magical and healing power of this class.

SUNDAY MARCH 24

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM (2 HRS)

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