BIG 'V' little ''v''
Tue, August 22 2017, 6:00pm with Sophie Simpson
Join Sophie on Tues Aug 22nd for a deep dive into Vinyasa Yoga. Get the scoop on the hows and whys of both BIG 'V' and little 'v' vinyasa. We will look at physical alignment of the shapes that comprise 'the vinyasa' (little v) as well as how to tap the full energetic potential that lies within the flow. We will discuss the linage of Vinyasa Yoga (big V) and how it came to be that a Vinyasa class is defined by connecting Asana through a vinyasa "flow". Vinyasa translates (loosely) to 'mindful placement' - This workshop will transform how, where and why you 'place' your mind and body during a Vinyasa Practice.
FREE classes Saturday Sept 2nd
Sat, September 2 2017, 8am with Jake Miller
In Celebration of Sophie's birthday and with gratitude to our wonderful BLue Banyan Community, all classes are FREE on Sat Sept 2nd. Join us and maybe bring a friend!
Labor Day Mala
Mon, September 4 2017, 8am with Jake Miller
Join us for a special 2hour Mala practice...A Mala means 108. 108 is considered a sacred and auspicious number in many traditions - used in prayer, in mantra, and in practicing Namaskars! That's right - 108 Sun Salutations!!!
Chances are you're thinking yeah, right... but you'd be surprised how practicing this embodied prayer 108 times can be both challenging and completely inspiring at the same time. $20
Restore with Carly
Tue, September 26 2017, 6pm with Carly McDade
With September upon us, Autumn responsibilities tend to build, as Summer freedoms seem to disappear. Do you notice this transition in other areas of your life? Is it stressful? A struggle? Know that this is a very normal response when encountering changes of the seasons, as the cycles of Mother Nature often simultaneously impact changes in our daily lives. What if, through Yoga, you could improve your sense of grounding, calm, and relaxation? Carly invites you to join her on Tuesday, September 26th, from 6-8pm, for a Restorative Yoga Workshop designed for such self-care. By way of yogic philosophy and practices (including asana, and breathwork), Carly will support your exploration of supported rest. Accompanied by several props (blocks, bolsters, and blankets), and some soothing music and poetry, Carly will lead you through a rejuvenating sequence, that includes a longer-than-usual Savasana, conceived with the purpose of rest and release. Come exactly as you are. Come to be rather than do. Namaste.
Strong Body, Steady Minds
Tue, October 3 2017, 6 pm with Jenny Burkholder
Strong Body, Steady Mind: Harnessing the Courage for Change is a 4-week discussion and movement based series that focuses on helping participants use the ancient philosophical ideas of Patanjali,s Yoga Sutras and asana practice to guide them into social change, working to build equitable and inclusive communities. Each session will be divided into two, one-hour halves. One half will be a discussion of Patanjali's yamas (moral/ethical precepts such as practicing nonviolence and living your truth), an exploration of their significance in our lives, and their application to social action. The second half will be an asana practice, with meditation and breath practices included, which will strengthen the body and steady the mind, harnessing our courage and readying us for action. Tuesdays, October 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 6:00 -8:00 pm Price for the series: $100 Here's what past Strong Body, Steady Mind: Harnessing the Courage for Change participants are saying: This course gave me tools for staying centered as I continue to move in those directions. I find myself talking about it constantly, anytime the conversation turns to the distress and the stress of this era we are living through. Most are caught by my fire and by the ideas of such a class as a training ground for the warriors we need to be?without the rage or the shutting down... If I take the time to care for my body and myself there are tremendous benefits. In doing so I become stronger and mentally fit. For me that means I have the ability to think clearer, and react to the world around me with purpose and meaning.
Yoga Immersion in Puerto Rico with Sophie
Thu, October 5 2017,  with Sophie Simpson
Celebrate Columbus Day Weekend in Puerto Rico with Sophie and immerse yourself in the study of Yoga! Thursday Oct 5th through Monday Oct 9th $1,200. This includes: Transportation to & from airport, delicious, local vegetarian breakfast & dinner each day beginning on Thursday when we arrive, Yoga Asana & Pranayama each morning, Restorative, Pranayama & lecture each evening, daily intention setting based on Sacred Yogic texts - revelations/ understandings will be shared over dinner each night in the form of Satsang (truth sharing). Our time together will be amazing... healing, creative, thought-provoking, vitality-building, health-inspiring, heart-openning, body warming & so so so much more!!!! For more info contact Sophie directly