Workshops and Class Series
Workshops inspire and deepen all aspects of your yoga practice, learning the subtleties of the body and breath and delving more into yogic philosophy. We offer a wide variety of workshops with our amazing HDY faculty and with internationally renowned visiting instructors. Our Yoga workshops are appropriate for all levels of yoga experience, unless otherwise specified and help you take your practice to another level of fulfillment.
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The Five Tibetan Rites
36/42 | 4600 Copper Avenue NE
A great way to bring in the Summer is with renewed dedication to your own home practice of yoga. In this workshop you will learn the invigorating and mind-balancing daily yoga routine common in many Tibetan monasteries. This energizing series of postures is grouped into five sets of asanas that are easily remembered. The Five Tibetan Rites is an effective daily routine for calming your mind and stimulating the circulation of essential life-energy (prana) in the body. It is known to improve the over-all functioning and balance of all of your biological systems, including the endocrine system, nervous system, internal organs and the aging process.
Jill Palmer is a 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with 12 years of experience in Yoga Asana, Meditation, Pranayama, Yoga Philosophy, Sanskrit studies, Ayurveda/Nutritional Studies and Indian Classical Music as well as completion of the Certified Ayurveda Correspondence Course of the Albuquerque Ayurvedic Institute.
Saturday, June 22nd: 1:30-4pm
$36 pre-registration or $42 at the door
06/28 - 07/26/13
Dancing for Birth: Pregnancy and Postpartum
$16 per class or $75 for series | 4600 Copper Avenue NE
Pregnant? Newly Postpartum? Join Us...No Dance Experience Required.
Birthing professionals all over the world have long seen how the power of movement of the pelvis helps women to birth their babies. Practice breathing and moving your baby down in your labor using soft hip swirls and shimmies along with relaxation and visualization techniques that benefit your pregnancy and beyond.
Dancing for Birth is a fun and uplifting class for women who are pregnant, hoping to become pregnant, or newly postpartum. Sisters, friends, and birth workers are welcome, too! This class combines bellydance, Latin, African and Caribbean moves with invaluable doula tips to help prepare you physically and mentally for a better birth. Dancing for Birth can help you feel more comfortable during pregnancy, bring baby into the best position for birth, encourage an easier and faster birth, help you connect with your baby, and provide a great workout. You’ll also experience the power of a supportive group of women as you journey on your path towards motherhood. No dancing experience required – all shapes, sizes, and abilities are welcome and encouraged to attend! Have you hired a doula? Bring her along, and she can learn to support you as you joyfully dance your baby into the world!
- Connect with your innate birthing wisdom
- Connect movement, hip swirls and sound
- Be more comfortable in pregnancy
- Nuture yourself
- Get a great workout
- Soothe your baby
- Have FUN!!!
Sara is a doula and childbirth educator who was drawn to birth work after experiencing a tremendous and joyful awakening during her first pregnancy. She believes that women possess an inherent birthing wisdom, and she loves to help them tap into this knowledge through the therapeutic practices of dance, yoga, and meditation. Her dream is for all women to feel empowered by pregnancy and birth, and to begin parenthood confident in their bodies and mothering instincts. When she’s not immersed in offering childbirth, breastfeeding or babywearing support, Sara can be found pursuing her other passions: writing fiction, attempting to garden, and hanging out with her husband and two young daughters, who continually amaze, challenge, and inspire her.
June 28 - July 26th, 2013
Part of our BirthWorks! Friday night Pregnancy and Beyond Series!
$16 per class, use your High Desert Yoga Class pass!
or $75 for entire series (5 class packet cost)
Heather Farrell and Louise Self
75/80 | 4600 Copper Avenue NE
Inspiring strength, connection, harmony, confidence and celebration as you enjoy pregnancy, prepare for birth and become a mother. You Can Birth!
We weave the traditional knowledge of pregnancy, birthing and postnatal care with prenatal yoga, breathing, sound, meditation, and relaxation. We draw upon training and experience in midwifery, doula work, childbirth education, Oriental Medicine and Ayurveda. Whether you are birthing at home, a birth center, or a hospital, this program affirms your birth and empowers you!
Our unique programs bring awareness and confidence to your pregnancy, birthing and postnatal time. We help you enjoy your pregnancy, deepen your connection with your birthing body, experience the joy of giving birth, and simply "let go". After birthing, we nurture you as a mother and help you connect with your baby.
Trust your intuition, your body and your baby. Empower yourself. Accept feelings and release fears... because Birth Works! Explore postures, movements, sound, relaxation, breathwork, and affirmations. Allow birth to unfold as it needs to for you. Learn how to use gravity, massage, acupressure points, coping skills, and partner support. Understand nutrition in pregnancy, birth and postnatal times. Enjoy pregnancy. Prepare your body, mind and self intuitively and confidently for birth. We will learn about how environment affects labor as well as movements that will help your baby get in the optimal position for birth. Discover healthy ways to support yourself postnatally while connecting with your baby and honoring your transition into motherhood.
We always have ample time for discussion at our classes. We offer practical preparation that supports your innate wisdom to birth. We help you enjoy your pregnancy.
- Movement and Positions
- The transition to motherhood
- Using Gravity and birthing balls
- Massage and Acupressure points
- Nutrition in pregnancy, birth and postnatal
- Strengthen Coping Skills
- Partner Support
- Holistic health and birthing tips
- Gain awareness and confidence
- Breathing, relaxation and Sound
- How to use your energy
- Optimal fetal positioning
- How environment affects birth
- Healthy and Whole Postnatal time
Birth is a normal, healthy, safe and spontaneous process. You can Birth!
An Empowering Pregnancy, Birth and Postnatal Program
Heather Lee Farrell integrates education and training in Yoga, Doula work, Childbirth Educator and Preparation Training, Oriental Medicine, nutrition and Ayurvedic Studies. Heather is a EYT500hr-RYT 500hr Yoga teacher with Prenatal and Postnatal certification (PRYT-500)and is Studio Director of High Desert Yoga. She has been teaching yoga for ten years and practicing for about 20 years.She is also a Doctor of Oriental Medicine with an emphasis on Women's health. She is honored to support the sacred time in a woman and family’s life and help bring awareness and confidence to the birthing process. She is thankful for her many teachers and loving family.
Louise Self is a mother of two sweet boys. She has practiced as a Doula for seven years. She is a Licensed Apprentice Midwife.She has been delivering babies under her mentor, Barbara Pepper of Rio Grande Midwifery. Louise is passionate in caring for women during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum time periods. She also provides gentle and loving care for newborns. Louise is fondly known as the "Baby Whisperer"! She believes that birth is a transforming and special time in a woman's life. She is honored to have supported so many wonderful women with many more to come in the future.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Birth and pregnancy programs may be attended multiple times, and at any stage of pregnancy.
Pregnancy and birth professionals are welcome to attend.
Optimal fetal positioning workshops are taught for birth and pregnancy professionals.
Birth support partners attend for free. Beverage and light food are included.
Walk-ins are welcome, space permitting. Please RSVP.
www.birthworksnm.com, 505-514-4377, email@example.com
$75 pre-registered online
Let Your Inner Light Shine: A Journaling and Yoga Workshop
30/40 | 4600 Copper Avenue NE
"What you have in you that you bring forth will save you...." Gnostic Gospels
Yoga and Journaling give us a chance to go inside to that quiet, still place and reflect. They help to show us the places where we are stuck, and how we hold ourselves back from the flow of life and our fullest potential. By showing up to the mat and the page, we can work through those obstacles to reach more peace, more grace and clearer self-expression.
It's so easy to get caught up in the daily maintaining of our lives. It is such a precious thing to take the time to be reflective, to ask those big questions: Who am I? What do I want out of my life, now and in the future? What do I have to share with the world? What matters to me? Even if we don't get big answers right away, if we take the time and practice asking the questions, illumination will come. During this workshop we will explore writing exercises to bring curiosity and clarity, and Yogic postures that help to connect/ground us in ourselves and open the channels of our voice (personal expression) and creativity. The process of exploring and sharing ourselves in a group setting can be such an enriching experience. Come shine your light.
Katja Lauterstein has a Bachelors in Creative Writing from University of New Mexico and has been journaling since those lock and key diaries. She has been practicing Yoga since early 1990s and teaching since 2010. Her teaching style encourages self-awareness and gentle exploration.
June 29, 2013
$30 before June 29
DEVELOP A HOME PRACTICE: A Yoga Workshop Designed for the Baby Boomer and Beyond
$30 + tax | 4600 Copper Avenue NE
The benefits of a home practice are many: strength, stability, general well being, and peace of mind, to name a few. In this workshop, we will look at ways to establish and maintain a daily home practice that will include influences such as time of day, duration, sequence and comfort. There will be demonstration of adaptations of postures in the chair, lying down and standing as needed. Practice will be interspersed with dialogue and there will be a fifteen minute break.
This workshop was designed with the senior student in mind and is therefore most beneficial to those experiencing the changes most commonly associated with aging.
June 30, 2013
For all Levels
$30 + Tax.
High Desert Yoga collects tax on all events.
Headaches? Insomnia? This Workshop is for You...
48/55 | 4600 Copper Avenue NE
This workshop will provide you with easy, practical tools to identify the triggers which cause you misery and rob you of the quality of life you deserve. You will learn step by step how to free up the blocked energy, manipulating the energy gates related to head, neck, shoulders and the back.
The correct alignment, the sequence of deeply relaxing restorative poses, the help of the breath will bring calmness, dissolving and reducing the inflammation and irritations of the nerve endings. This amazing sequence reduces the frequency and intensity and often gets rid of the pain all together as long as you practice it at the very first signs of headache coming on. This sequence has helped many with insomnia as well. The deep state of relaxation leads you to a deep state of sleep.
Join us for an afternoon of self- empowerment, self healing and deep rest. No prior experience in yoga is needed. Please bring with you one hand towel, one wash cloth and one knee high socks. All other props and the sequence is provided for you.
Zoreh, founder of High Desert Yoga in Albuquerque for the past 15 years, is a certified Yoga Therapist, yoga and meditation teacher. With her joyous personality, good sense of humor, and passion for making yoga accessible to everyone, Zoreh creates a safe and nurturing environment for students to go deeper in their practice. Zoreh has been hosting yoga retreats, workshops and trainings around the country and world for the past 20 years.
$48 in advance
The Energy Body & Restorative Yoga
$48/55 | 4600 Copper Avenue NE
Come, Come, whoever you are,
Wonderer, Worshipper, Lover of Leaving.
It doesn’t matter ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come even if you have broken your vow a thousand times.
Come, yet again, come.
Eastern Philosophy teaches that our bodies contain seven energy centers known as chakras. Within each chakra lies a universal spiritual life lesson, ones we must learn as we evolve into a higher consciousness. These life lessons direct us toward vibrant health, a state of balance and a greater awareness of what is. Understanding the energy anatomy holds the key to true healing.
Join us for a delightful afternoon of inner investigations, contemplation and easeful restorative yoga. The benefit of meditations on the chakras along with restful poses will release deep tension patterns, nourish your inner organs, clear your mind and create inner space for new delight!
For all levels
$48 in advance
Roshan Jamal Bhartiya
Sweet Sitar Concert
$25/ $28 | 4600 Copper Avenue NE
Join us for an evening of inspiring Sitar Music with Roshan Jamal Bhartiya.
Ustad Roshan Bhartiya is one of the great sitar players of his generation. For many years, he could be heard on the TV, radio and many of India’s most beloved and classic featured films. His contribution in maintaining and expanding the presence of Indian Classical music in India and abroad has been great. His performances are marked with emotional presence and generosity of spirit and are a treat for the educated listener as well as the novice.
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Please arrive early in order to take care of your needs and seat yourself.
$25 prepaid before August 27, $28 therafter
11/23 - 11/26/13
Angela Farmer, Victor Van Kooten and Rama Jyoti Vernon
A Reunion of Friends
$395/450 | 4600 Copper Avenue NE
A Reunion of Friends
This 4-day workshop will inspire you to reflect inward and reconnect with deep springs of wisdom, energy and creativity that lie within. You will be invited to go beyond prescribed techniques of structural movement to allow the creative and intuitive spirit to emerge. Angela, Victor and Rama create an oasis for those seeking a more internal and meditative approach. While Angela and Victor offer a wealth of poetic imagery, playful exploration and creative movement, Rama weaves meditation, pranayama and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali into asana and leads chanting in her unique, moving manner...all geared to help you find your way back to your own inner substance, guidance and wisdom.
Angela and Victor lean toward a somatics-based approach, more than much of what is found in traditional yoga teaching. Rama’s approach emphasizes opening the body by extending and breathing into each pose as a deeply spiritual offering. Instead of teaching poses to the body, disciplining the body with external commands, they help students enliven their bodies in a way that allows the asana to evolve from an inner need. Students explore movement deeply within their bodies and unwind old blockages and holdings. While their teaching style is accessible and seemingly formless, they remain devoted to all the tenets of the practice of yoga and emphasize body-mind-spirit involvement in asana.
Once in a while exceptional teachers come our way that inspire and open new doors for us. Angela, Victor and Rama (now in their 70's although you won’t believe it when you meet them!) have been at the cutting edge of yoga for almost 50 years. Drawing on their wealth of experience and working between the form and the formless they invite us to deepen and explore from the authentic heart of our own practice. A session with these exceptional teachers is a journey of discovery.
You will be encouraged to explore your own potential from the inside out. Their style could be called “Authentic,” “True” or “Natural” Yoga. It may even be the “Original” Yoga!
Through connecting to the energy body and the breath, the life force essence that animates the physical for the journey from birth to the greatest adventure, you create space and movement, getting in touch with the sacred through self-discovery. Their workshops are accessible to all, no matter what style or level of Yoga practice.
“Everything we teach is about helping people move inside and experience their Yoga in a way that gives them a deeper and warmer sense of themselves.” Angela Farmer and Victor Van Kooten
“Workshops facilitated by Angela and Victor are among the more unusual in the world. Students develop an entirely new perspective on their Yoga.” Yoga Journal
“Rama Vernon's unique, deep knowledge of all aspects of Yoga laid the foundation of contemporary Yoga in America today.” Lilias Folan, PBS host and author Lilias! Yoga Gets Better with Age
Angela Farmer has been teaching Yoga worldwide for over 45 years. She studied with B.K.S. Iyengar and made several trips to India, meeting and interacting with numerous saints and yogis. While visiting the temple of Karnak in Egypt she underwent a personal transformation that led to her departure from tradition and male teachings. Trusting the inner world of intuition, energy and organic breath, she uncovered her own practice and process of 'undoing' that invites a dialogue with the body and brings feeling, movement and freedom back to Yoga. This she believes is the feminine approach.
Victor Van Kooten is a Dutch Yoga teacher and artist who studied with B.K.S. Iyengar in the late sixties and seventies. Since 1984, Victor has been teaching with Angela as they inspire each other to dive deeper and keep fresh a creative and joyful approach to the practice of Yoga. His books, “From Inside Out” (I-IV) are illustrated Yoga notebooks based on the teachings he and Angela have developed.
Rama Jyoti Vernon studied with B.K.S. Iyengar in her home and in India for nearly a decade. Ultimately, she became one of America’s first Yoga teachers, and was instrumental in bringing many great teachers from India to the U.S., co-founding the Yoga Journal and developing organizations such as Unity in Yoga, to unite all lineages of Yoga. In the 1980s, Rama applied Yoga philosophy to international peacemaking, traveling to the USSR dozens of times and founding the Center for International Dialogue, based on the idea that people can join together to initiate solutions for political, economic, ecological, humanitarian and cultural conflicts.
Saturday through Tuesday
November 23-26, 2013
Multiple day options offered, please see below.
Four Day Workshop with Angela Farmer, Victor Van Kooten and Rama Jyoti Vernon: $395 preregistered by October 23, $450 thereafter.
Saturday and Sunday: $265
Monday and Tuesday: $265
Cancellation Policy: $195 nonrefundable deposit