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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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Upcoming Workshops

02/26/17 Birthing From Within® Childbirth Class: Moving through Labor with Zhenya Novgorodskaya
02/26/17 Yoga and Dance Fusion with Niki Feldman
03/10 - 03/12/17 Yoga Workshop with Ramanand Patel
03/19/17 The Alexander Technique with Suzanne Powell
03/24/17 Rasa Leela with Isa and The Bard
03/25 - 03/26/17 Working with Menopause Skillfully with Deva Khalsa and Amadea Morningstar
03/29 - 05/10/17 Yoga for the Chakras: a class series with Niki Feldman
03/29 - 05/17/17 Curvy Yoga: a class series with Abby Foster
03/31 - 04/02/17 Asana, Chakras, Nadis and Bandhas with Kim Schwartz
04/05 - 04/14/17 The Cleanse with Deva Khalsa
04/08/17 Healing Power of Gong and Mantra with Deva Khalsa and Sat Guru Kaur
04/29/17 Working with the Dreaming Body with Herb McDonald
04/30/17 Healthy Thyroid with Yoga with Zoreh Afsarzadeh
05/06/17 Yoga for Your Dosha with Melissa Spamer
05/07/17 Adjustments, Assists, and Corrections with Kim Schwartz & Zoreh Afsarzadeh
05/13/17 Mom & Daughter Yoga Day Out with Shana Lane
05/13/17 Yoga and Dance Fusion with Niki Feldman
05/13/17 Transcendent Sound Bath with Diáne Mandle
05/19 - 05/21/17 It's All Connected: A Yoga Therapy Perspective with Patti Lentz, PT
06/04/17 Yoga Wall Ropes Workshop with Zoreh Afsarzadeh
06/09 - 06/11/17 Senior Yoga Training, Part Two: Teacher Certification with Nishtha Jane Kappy and Judith Arredondo
06/18/17 The Alexander Technique with Suzanne Powell
06/24/17 Prenatal Partner Yoga Date Night with Shana Lane
06/25/17 Funky Hips with Zoreh Afsarzadeh
07/14 - 07/18/17 Befriending the Body, Befriending the Self with Donna Farhi
07/29/17 Sirsasana and Sarvangasana: The King and Queen of Asana! with Avery Kalapa
07/30/17 Insomnia No More Deep Relaxation Workshop with Zoreh Afsarzadeh
08/06/17 Restorative Yoga and the Chakras with Zoreh Afsarzadeh
08/13/17 The Middle Body with Kim Schwartz
08/26/17 Healing Power of Gong and Mantra with Deva Khalsa and Sat Guru Kaur
08/27/17 Headaches No More with Zoreh Afsarzadeh
09/09/17 Infant Massage and Self-Care for Moms with Shana Lane
09/10/17 Vibrant Aging at Any Age with Zoreh Afsarzadeh & Nishtha Jane Kappy
09/15 - 09/17/17 Yoga Asana and the Breath with Kim Schwartz
09/23/17 Yoga for Your Pelvic Floor: Anatomy, Asana, Healing, and Self Love with Avery Kalapa
09/24/17 Healthy Liver: Postures to Detoxify with Zoreh Afsarzadeh
09/30/17 Yoga and Dance Fusion with Niki Feldman
10/08/17 Defeat Diabetes with Yoga with Zoreh Afsarzadeh
10/13 - 10/15/17 Reaching Down To Open Up with Angela Farmer
10/22/17 The Alexander Technique with Suzanne Powell
11/03 - 11/05/17 Asana: Outer Body, Inner Body, Subtle Body with Kim Schwartz
11/11/17 Healing Power of Gong and Mantra with Deva Khalsa and Sat Guru Kaur

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02/26/17

Zhenya Novgorodskaya

Birthing From Within® Childbirth Class: Moving through Labor

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

Birthing from Within® classes embody the essence of childbirth education through self-discovery practices. In this class, you and your partner will have the opportunity to learn and grow together in a safe and nurturing space. During this session, partners will learn many useful laboring positions that promote optimal fetal positioning, ease the intensity of labor and offer ways for partners to stay connected and work together. We will continue to learn pain-coping practices and use ice to mimic the intensity of a real like labor contraction. Partners will also learn helpful tidbits on how to make their birth environment safe and nurturing regardless of the location.

This afternoon is part of the following three-part series of Birthing From Within Childbirth Classes, which may be taken individually or in any order:

Zhenya Novgorodskaya completed the 500-hour teacher training program at High Desert Yoga and has studied with renowned prenatal yoga teacher Collette Crawford. Zhenya’s prenatal yoga classes provide a unique experience for expectant mothers, preparing them to approach birth with breath awareness and mindfulness. After becoming a mother, Zhenya's path has led her to study with author and founder of Birthing from Within, Pam England. Becoming a mentor inspired Zhenya to create more in-depth offerings for parents that honor birth as a right of passage that can lead to great personal growth. In addition to birth preparation classes, Zhenya also offers Birth Story Listening for parents and birth professionals who are looking to gain insight from unexpected birth outcomes, The Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Therapy® which can deeply support moms during pregnancy and postpartum, and private birth mentoring sessions for interested parents.

For more information, visit Zhenya's website.

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Schedule Details

Sunday, February 26, 2017
2:00–4:30 pm

Price Options

Per Couple:
$50 plus tax pre-registered
$55 plus tax day of

Pre-register for two Birthing From Within Childbirth Classes: $90 plus tax
(Save $10)

Pre-register for all three Birthing From Within Childbirth Classes: $130 plus tax
(Save $20)

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02/26/17

Niki Feldman

Yoga and Dance Fusion

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

In this joyful workshop yoga and dance are mixed together with music. Rhythm will guide easy dance steps and infuse ease into traditional yoga poses. Periodically free dance will be encouraged to follow internal rhythm and intuition. The playlist alternates fast songs with slow songs to preserve energy. By focusing on flow and rhythm, we can avoid stagnation. You will leave invigorated and happy!


Niki Feldman has danced for her entire life and is a self-proclaimed “rhythm junkie.” Besides Yoga and dancing, Niki has a massage therapy practice in which she dances through her treatments. 

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Schedule Details

Sunday, February 26, 2017
5:00 to 6:30 PM

This workshop be held again:
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Saturday, September 30, 2017

Price Options

$18 plus tax

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03/10 - 03/12/17

Ramanand Patel

Yoga Workshop

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

We are pleased to welcome Ramanand Patel back to Albuquerque. This workshop is appropriate for experienced students, teacher trainees and teachers and will focus on deepening the understanding of the mind and body in the practice of yoga.

In this workshop, the art of working with yoga will be explored for teachers as well as students. This inquiry into the yoga practice will be directed towards understanding the Self beginning with asana practice and looking into the nature of thought.

Workshop is appropriate for those who have been practicing yoga for at least a year.  It is not recommended for students who are pregnant and have serious therapeutic issues.

The word Hatha is widely known to mean the Sun and the Moon. However, the more literal meaning of the word in many Indian languages is adamant, obstinate, unyielding or uncompromising. This attitude required of the yoga practitioner has the danger of making the student dissatisfied, demanding and competitive. On the other hand the yoga student is also asked to have santosha, contentment. What is the nature of contentment with regard to this quality of asana practice? The philosophy of yoga and the method of asana practice will be addressed to shed light on this paradox; correct understanding and application of this principle will facilitate a deeper practice without the loss of contentment.

Learn More about Ramanad at:  http://www.yogirama.com/

Ramanand Patel has been one of the the world’s leading Yoga teachers since 1968. Within the framework of the Teacher Training program of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco, which he co-founded in 1974, he trained and educated a great multitude of teachers, many of whom went on to become famous internationally. His vast depth of knowledge regarding physical problems, his technical understanding regarding Asana and Pranayama, and his deep understanding of the fundamental questions of philosophy and psychology are well-balanced by his keen sense of humor.

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Schedule Details

Teacher session: The Pelvis
Friday, March 10, 2017
2:00-4:30pm
Recommended for teachers or teacher trainees

Yoga Workshop
Friday–Sunday, March 10–12, 2017
Friday 6:00-8:30pm
Saturday & Sunday 11:30-5:30pm

This workshop is appropriate for those who have been practicing yoga for at least a year; it is not recommended for students who are pregnant or who have serious therapeutic issues.

For information or questions about this workshop please contact Herb McDonald at 505-999-0361 or herbyog@gmail.com.

Price Options

Teacher session (Friday afternoon):
$65 plus tax pre-registered by February 5
$79 plus tax after February 5

Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday sessions:
$245 plus tax pre-registered by February 5
$260 plus tax after February 5

Single sessions:
Friday evening: $50 plus tax
Saturday: $150 plus tax
Sunday: $150 plus tax
* Sunday single session only for students who have studied with Ramanand previously.

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03/19/17

Suzanne Powell

The Alexander Technique: Pain Relief Through Optimal Alignment and Dissolving Harmful Habits

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

Have you discovered areas in yourself that are prone to tension or repetitive stress injury? Do you find it difficult to perform an activity for a long period of time such as sitting at a computer, standing or playing an instrument? Have you had an injury and things have not gone back to how they were before? This workshop could change your life! By undoing harmful habits that bring you deeper into pain and stress, you can regain your natural freedom, poise and confidence for a lifetime. This is the secret of Olympic athletes and longtime, successful musicians and actors. Re-connect with your optimal health with The Alexander Technique.

Using gentle hands-on guidance, Suzanne you will guide you from habitual tension and unnecessary effort towards effortless movement and optimal alignment—the way you were meant to be. There will be engaging group activities as well as individualized instruction.

The Alexander Technique is looking at how we habitually respond to all of our life activities. We can learn what we are doing that interferes with our natural functioning and learn how to undo those patterns so that we can function optimally. It is based on the knowledge of the unity of the Self - that in order to bring about wellness, we must work with the Whole Self and not separate ourselves into body parts.

This is an introductory workshop to The Alexander Technique and is for anyone who wishes to learn more about themselves and how they are designed to work.

Please bring a few paperback books to put under your head.

 

Suzanne found herself in her first yoga class because of pain and tension from her weightlifting practice. Yoga classes helped relieve tension and improve flexibility, but it was the benefits beyond the physical that took her into formal yoga training. She had a yoga business and taught yoga and yoga nidra meditation for a few years until pain from teaching yoga with her habitual patterns led her into a 3-year Alexander Technique Teacher Training. While she still maintains a personal yoga practice, teaching The Alexander Technique is her calling.

Suzanne enjoys how The Alexander Technique conveys that unconditional good health is already present if we are not interfering with it. She is especially inspired by how it complements meditation practice and living a good life with kindness and compassion towards oneself and others. By dissolving habitual patterns, we can better accomplish bringing our gifts to the world thus helping society realize its worthiness and beauty.

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Schedule Details

Sunday, March 19, 2017
2:30–5:30 pm

This workshop be held again:
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Sunday, October 22, 2017

Price Options

$65 plus tax pre-registered by March 8
$75 plus tax after March 8

Pre-registration required; enrollment limited to eight participants.

 

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03/24/17

Isa and The Bard

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Ave NE

Let us embody the greatest vision of ourselves and the seeds of our becoming, right here in the present moment ever unfolding! Chanting and dancing various archetypes, we expand our sense of self, inviting the many names of Gods and Goddesses to become our creative experience in the now. Isa and the Bard are delighted to create a magical garden for you to sing your heart, dance your love, and experience the ecstasy of being right here and now! Join us and become one with your song and your dance! 

Isa Vasanti was born in Belgium, where she studied psychology. In her late twenties she left her country to embark  on a spiritual quest to India. For seven years she lived in ashrams, practicing meditation methods of various traditions. At the foot of Arunachala (Ramana Maharshi's sacred mountain), she realized the true nature of self as pure consciousness. Life then delivered her next lesson through the blessings and challenges of motherhood. Descending fully into her body became her moment to moment practice. She realized that embodiment was as necessary a realization as pure consciousness. In order to further actualize the communion between consciousness (Shiva) and energy (Shakti), she turned her interest towards various embodiment modalities, including the Hakomi method, breathwork, andconscious movement practices. Today Isa Vasanti shares her passion for transformation with others. Using the body as the temple of the soul, she guides individuals back to the source from which all manifestations arise. With relentless compassion and strength, she invites you towards the realization of your truth and the expression of your gifts. 

The Bard (Forrest Evans) has been on a lifelong journey of discovering the truth through meditation and sound. While Buddhism was his root spiritual practice, the music of India called to his heart and he began studying the vocal music of north and south India. One morning when Ganesh appeared in his kitchen, The Bard was inspired to turn his songwriting skills to writing chants. He has hosted chanting at the Tree House, a local arts space, as the leader of Hanuman Kirtana, and is often accompanied by stellar local musicians such as Issa Malluf and Nick Baker. The Bard leads chanting sessions on the first and third Wednesdays of the month and Finding Your Authentic Voice classes every Monday night at the Tree House. He also leads chanting evenings at various locations in Albuquerque, in addition to the Rasa Leela events.

Schedule Details

Friday, March 24, 2017
7:00 PM

Price Options

$20 plus tax pre-registered
$25 plus tax at the door

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03/25 - 03/26/17

Deva Khalsa and Amadea Morningstar

Working with Menopause Skillfully

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approaching Menopause with Ayurveda
Open to all Health Professionals & Yoga Teachers

Learn to:

  • Use specific foods & herbs for healing
  • Weave marma and yoga into therapeutic protocols
  • Apply both Ayurvedic & western perspectives to the physiology of menopause
  • Teach pranayama & self-care skillfully
  • Explore the relationship of spirit & sexuality

At the completion of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Implement a simple self-care regimen with the new lifestyle tools they have obtained
  • Share this information with clients and students
  • Integrate 2 or more specific herbs for their individual needs into their daily routine
  • Identify at least 3 foods they’d like to transition into their meals for health
  • Use and teach one or more marma points for rejuvenation and grounding

Co-Sponsored by the Ayurveda Polarity Therapy & Yoga Institute and High Desert Yoga

 

Receive: 9 Ayurveda CEs thru the NAMA PACE provider program.

Amadea Morningstar directs the Ayurveda Polarity Therapy & Yoga Institute in Santa Fe, NM. She has been working with women’s health and Ayurveda since 1983. She has a BS in nutrition, an MA in counseling, an RPP in polarity therapy, and is an RYT.
Contact Amadea at (505) 466-4108 • amadea@newmexico.comwww.AyurvedaPolarityYoga.com

Deva Khalsa is an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, cookbook author, cleansing expert, and yoga teacher. Deva embodies the spirit of a healthy lifestyle, which she began practicing in Vancouver, Canada in 1992. In 1996 she moved to New Mexico to the mother ashram for Kundalini Yoga and began studying yoga and Ayurveda with Yogi Bhajan. Deva is the owner of The Cleanse of Santa Fe™. Deva is passionate about empowering people to take control of their health and lives with Ayurveda, raw living foods, self-advocacy, and yoga.
Contact Deva at (505) 988-7076 • deva@devahealth.com


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Schedule Details

Saturday & Sunday
March 25–26, 2017
1:00–6:00 pm

Price Options

$210 plus tax pre-registered by March 11
$250 plus tax after March 11

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03/29 - 05/10/17

Niki Feldman

Yoga for the Chakras: a class series

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

There are seven chakras, or energy centers, in the body that can become blocked or overactive from long-held tension, low self-esteem, or overstimulation. By practicing poses that correspond to each chakra, we can release blockages and restore balance, which helps us personally evolve. 

These seven classes (one class for each of the chakras) will be held during the regularly scheduled Yoga for Lunch Wednesday class. 

 

Niki has taught yoga for 16 years and practiced massage therapy for 20 years. She is still amazed by the strength and resilience of the human body as well as the body/mind connection.


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Schedule Details

Wednesdays, March 29–May 10, 2017
12:00–1:00 PM

For All Levels

Price Options

$13 per class
$84 for series of seven classes

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03/29 - 05/17/17

Abby Foster

Curvy Yoga: a class series

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

Want a yoga body? Hooray! You already have one. You have a body, so you can do yoga. Curvy Yoga is about making our yoga practice work for us—with the bodies we have, not the bodies we used to have or we wish we had. Curvy Yoga is about embracing and celebrating ourselves, body, mind, and spirit.

This eight-week class series will introduce accessible, alignment-based yoga postures and muscle actions to support them. The class will progress week to week—beginning with the basic building blocks of alignment-based yoga practice and moving toward more complex postures. We will also practice relaxation and breath work to relieve stress and build body awareness.

After each class, students will be emailed practice notes, to help them practice effectively at home and integrate yoga into their daily lives (because only feeling good about ourselves for an hour a week is not enough!)

The class will be led by Abby Foster (RYT200), a specialist in adaptive and accessible yoga. Abby has been teaching yoga for seven years and has been  a certified Curvy Yoga instructor since 2013. She teaches body-positive yoga and adaptive chair yoga for students with chronic health conditions at High Desert Yoga.

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Schedule Details

Wednesday evenings
March 29–May 17, 2017
7:15–8:30 PM

Price Options

$96 plus tax for 8-class series

Please contact Abby with any questions at abbyfoster@outlook.com.

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03/31 - 04/02/17

Kim Schwartz

Asana, Chakras, Nadis and Bandhas

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

This workshop will begin on Friday evening with a lecture on subtle anatomy, exploring how prana manifests in the microcosm of the body and the macrocosm of the cosmos. We will cover how prana moves through the subtle pathways, called nadis, and is given predisposition by life force centers, called chakras. The purpose and practice of pranic valves or locks called bandhas will also be covered.

In the Saturday and Sunday sessions, we will put this information into practice through pranayama and the pranic model of asana.

The Friday night session is available to all levels of students. The Saturday and Sunday workshop is better suited to students with at least a year of consistent practice. Because the information is cumulative, only the Friday night session is available as a stand-alone session.

 

Kim has studied and taught Hatha Yoga for more than four decades. His lifelong passion for mystical truth led him to become ordained as a swami of the Temple of Kriya in Chicago. He was elevated to the position of Maha Swami in the Kriya lineage, enabling him to ordain others as swamis. Kim was director of the Temple’s Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program before moving to New Mexico, where he continues to lead High Desert Yoga’s Teacher Training Program. Kim is recognized by many well-known yoga instructors both as a “master of his art” in personal practice and as a true “teacher’s teacher,” one with the ability to communicate the timeless truths of yoga on many levels to fellow instructors in a way that enables them to pass this wisdom on to their own students. He is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500. 

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Schedule Details

Friday, March 31, 2017
6:00–8:00 PM

Saturday and Sunday, April 1–2, 2017
1:30-6:00 PM

Price Options

Friday evening session only:
$25 plus tax

Full Workshop:
$108 plus tax registered by March 20.
$120 plus tax after March 20 and at the door.

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04/05 - 04/14/17

Deva Khalsa

The Cleanse

In your own home | Food pick-up available at High Desert Yoga

The Cleanse of Santa FeTM and High Desert Yoga bring you this comprehensive and thorough group cleanse experience. This program includes detoxifying vegan food and fresh veggie juice, Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs, nutritional supplements, tinctures, and yoga. You can register for 3 to 10 days of cleansing and pick up your food at High Desert Yoga every two days or have it delivered to your home or office. This program will help you to restore and revitalize in the comfort of your own home, while Deva and her team provide food and juice for you.

Deva Khalsa is the owner, manager, and program administrator for The Cleanse of Santa FeTM. Ayurvedic practitioner, cookbook author, cleansing expert, and yoga teacher, Deva embodies the spirit of a healthy lifestyle. She is passionate about empowering people to take control of their health and lives with Ayurveda, raw living foods, conscious living, and yoga. Deva has been facilitating this cleanse for more than 20 years.

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Schedule Details

April 5–14, 2017
(Register for 3–10 days of cleansing.)

Price Options

Supplements: $27 per day
The Cleanse Manual: $40
Food and juice (3 meals/day): $60 per day
Food and juice (2 meals/day): $40 per day

During your cleanse High Desert Yoga will offer a special daily cleansing package: 10 days of daily consecutive yoga classes for $108. This special offer is available only to Cleanse participants.

See complete pricing options at www.thecleanse.com

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04/08/17

Deva Khalsa and Sat Guru Kaur

Healing Power of Gong and Mantra

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

'Healing Power of Gong and Mantra' begins with light yoga, suitable for anybody. Then we move into deep relaxation with two beautiful symphonic gongs. The gong is a reinforced vibration that affects the entire body, releasing stress, unwinding nerves, and bringing the mind to total calm. You'll experience what the yogis say about the human body—that it is a wonderful musical instrument constructed with meridians that allow healing and energy to cascade into the body like a waterfall. 

After the gong we use primal sounds (mantra) to remind us that the entire universe was built on sound, on vibration. As you vibrate a particular combination of sounds, you tune into a higher level of intelligence and consciousness.

Facilitators:
Deva Khalsa is a 25-year veteran of playing the gong and teaching Kundalini Yoga. She is also an Ayurvedic health practitioner.
Sat Guru Kaur is a licensed educator, musician, and Level 2 Certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. She has been teaching sound healing with the gong since 2007.

Schedule Details

Saturday evening
April 8, 2017
6:30 to 8:30 PM

This workshop will held again
August 26, 2017
November 11, 2017

Price Options

$27 plus tax pre-registered by April 7
$35 plus tax day of

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04/29/17

Herb McDonald

Working with the Dreaming Body

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

Our bodies can be a source of wonderful pleasure as well as discomfort and pain. If we know how to communicate with it, the body can also be a source of information that reveals the mystery of life. Often our most challenging physical problems and health issues contain the greatest wisdom that can lead to enhanced well-being and provide direction on how to live our lives.

This class is based on Processwork, an awareness-based mind/body system developed by Arnold Mindell with foundations in Jungian psychology, shamanism, and Taoism. We will explore how to access information contained in our physical sensations and symptoms and use them as doorways into ourselves. We will also look at the relationship between nighttime dreams and body symptoms.

Herb McDonald has had a lifelong fascination with the human body and mind: how they work, ways of enhancing performance, and maximizing a creative and enjoyable human experience. For more than 30 years, he has been self-employed as a yoga teacher and clinical herbalist. Over the past decade, his interests have included an emphasis on the relationship between consciousness and the body and health. He has recently completed a Masters degree in Processwork Facilitation.

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Schedule Details

Saturday, April 29, 2017
2:00-5:00 PM

Price Options

$50 plus tax pre-registered
$55 plus tax day of event

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04/30/17

Zoreh Afsarzadeh

Healthy Thyroid with Yoga

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

An unhealthy thyroid can leave you feeling overwhelmed, rundown, depressed, and helpless. A little trouble-maker, your thyroid is a tiny butterfly-shaped gland in your neck. Many thyroid glands weigh only an ounce, but, as I learned firsthand, it wields formidable influence on your metabolism, mood, sleep, and life.

In this workshop I will share the sequence of simple yet effective, yoga postures that have helped me take charge of my well-being for the past thirty years, balancing my thyroid, relieving the many unbearable symptoms, and leaving me with vibrant health.

 

Zoreh Afsarzadeh, founder and director of High Desert Yoga, has been teaching yoga since 1985. She has deeply studied many methodologies including Iyengar, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, meditation, and the American Yoga College. Her teaching draws on a delicate knowledge of the body that allows a compassionate spiritual expression of the postures to emerge. With her joyous personality, sense of humor, and passion for making yoga accessible to everyone, Zoreh creates a nurturing and safe environment for students to go deeper in their practice.

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Schedule Details

Sunday, April 30, 2017
2:30-5:30 PM

Price Options

$55 plus tax pre-registered
$65 plus tax at the door

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05/06/17

Melissa Spamer

Yoga for Your Dosha

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

Yoga and Ayurveda are sister sciences and, when practiced together, create a complete method for self-transformation and harmonious living. According to Ayurvedic principles, a Hatha yoga practice ideally complements a person's inherent constitution, or dosha. Every yoga asana affects the delicate elemental and energetic balance which is at the heart of Ayurvedic medicine.

This workshop will explore a variety  of yoga asanas and how they affect the three doshas—Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. We will look at which elements are embodied, their corresponding directional energy (the prana vayus), and the gunas (qualities) that are evoked through the practice. We will also discuss daily and seasonal rhythms that can affect our practice. You will take away a better understanding of which asanas may be more balancing for your individual constitution and therefore peace of mind.

 

Melissa Spamer, M.A. E-RYT, C. Ay., has been practicing yoga for more than twenty five years and teaching yoga for nearly twenty.  Melissa is a graduate of the renowned Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has been teaching on the principles of Ayurveda for the past 10 years and offers both Ayurvedic consultations and treatments to bring balance to the body, mind, and spirit. She has completed extensive yoga studies and trainings in the US, Greece, India, and Bali. Her approach to yoga is based on the foundational principles of Ayurveda.  Melissa incorporates the principles of Ayurveda in her teaching of yoga asana, merging the two sister sciences. She maintains a private yoga therapy, Ayurveda, and counseling practice in Santa Fe.

Schedule Details

Saturday, May 6, 2017

2:00–6:00 PM

Price Options

$55 plus tax pre-registered
$65 plus tax at the door

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Name of Workshop

05/07/17

Kim Schwartz & Zoreh Afsarzadeh

Adjustments, Assists, and Corrections for Yoga Teachers

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

As yoga teachers, the first communication we have with students is through language. If our verbal skills do not communicate in the desired way, then hands-on adjustments, assists, and corrections may be appropriate. In this workshop we will explore when, why, and how to offer these powerful teaching techniques that speak directly to the body.

 

Kim Schwartz has studied and taught Hatha Yoga for more than four decades. His lifelong passion for mystical truth led him to become ordained as a swami of the Temple of Kriya in Chicago. He was elevated to the position of Maha Swami in the Kriya lineage, enabling him to ordain others as swamis. Kim was director of the Temple’s Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program before moving to New Mexico, where he continues to lead High Desert Yoga’s Teacher Training Program. Kim is recognized by many well-known yoga instructors both as a “master of his art” in personal practice and as a true “teacher’s teacher,” one with the ability to communicate the timeless truths of yoga on many levels to fellow instructors in a way that enables them to pass this wisdom on to their own students. He is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500.

Zoreh Afsarzadeh, founder and director of High Desert Yoga, has been teaching yoga since 1985. She has deeply studied many methodologies including Iyengar, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, meditation, and the American Yoga College. Her teaching draws on a delicate knowledge of the body that allows a compassionate spiritual expression of the postures to emerge. With her joyous personality, sense of humor, and passion for making yoga accessible to everyone, Zoreh creates a nurturing and safe environment for students to go deeper in their practice.

Schedule Details

Sunday, May 7, 2017
2:30–5:30 PM

Price Options

$55 plus tax pre-registered
$65 plus tax at the door

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Name of Workshop

05/13/17

Shana Lane

Mom & Daughter Yoga Day Out

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

 

Join Shana and her daughter Brynne for an afternoon of yoga, fun, and connection. This workshop aims to foster positive communication and interaction, enhance trust, renew our capacity for playfulness, and nourish the bond between mom and daughter. We will do individual and partner poses, breathwork, yoga activities and a craft, and end with relaxation and partner-assisted savasana.

 

Designed for mothers (or any adult female role model) and daughters ages 10 and older, including moms and their adult daughters. No yoga experience is necessary. 

 

Shana began practicing yoga as a teenager and has enjoyed its physical and mental benefits ever since. She relishes the opportunity to teach specialty classes so that people of all ages and levels can experience yoga, with a specific interest in transitional times of life such as prenatal, postpartum, and the teen years.  She especially looks forward to helping parents, partners, and whole families find ways to share their time, attention, and the joy of yoga with each other. Shana is registered with Yoga Alliance as a 500-RYT and RPYT.

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Schedule Details

Saturday, May 13, 2017
2:00–5:00 PM

Price Options

$55 plus tax pre-registered  
$60 plus tax at the door

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05/13/17

Niki Feldman

Yoga and Dance Fusion

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

In this joyful workshop yoga and dance are mixed together with music. Rhythm will guide easy dance steps and infuse ease into traditional yoga poses. Periodically free dance will be encouraged to follow internal rhythm and intuition. The playlist alternates fast songs with slow songs to preserve energy. By focusing on flow and rhythm, we can avoid stagnation. You will leave invigorated and happy!


Niki Feldman has danced for her entire life and is a self-proclaimed “rhythm junkie.” Besides yoga and dancing, Niki has a massage therapy practice in which she dances through her treatments.  

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Schedule Details

Saturday, May 13, 2017

4:30–6:00 PM

This workshop be held again:
Saturday, September 30, 2017

Price Options

$18 plus tax

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05/13/17

Diáne Mandle

Transcendent Sound Bath

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

Join Diáne Mandle, nationally known Sounds True recording artist, educator, and author, for a transcendent sound bath. This intense transformational sound immersion uses ancient Tibetan bowls, Chiron gong, and percussion to soothe, inspire, and awaken the body, mind, and sprit. 

The concert will relieve stress, enlighten the mind, and bring you into a transcendent state of being. In addition to her precision-tuned harmonic bowls and Chiron gong, Mandle invites participants to strike and sound a series of tuning forks tuned to five different asteroids.

Bring a mat to lie on.

 

 

Diáne Mandle is an internationally known sound healer, teacher, recording artist and author based in San Diego. A frequent presenter at the Deepak Chopra Center, the Golden Door, and Rancho la Puerta, she has been part of the Integrative Therapy Team at San Diego Cancer Center; has presented workshops for cancer patients and oncologists at Sharp and Scripps hospitals; and developed and conducted a sound meditation program for incarcerated veterans with PTSD. Diane offers workshops and concerts internationally, operates the Tibetan Bowl Sound Healing School in southern California and is featured in the upcoming film Tao- Living in Balance along with healers such as Dr. Andrew Weil and John Gray.

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Schedule Details

Saturday, May 13, 2017
8:00 PM 

Price Options

$25 plus tax pre-registered by May 6
$30 plus tax after May 6

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05/19 - 05/21/17

Patti Lentz, PT

It's All Connected: A Yoga Therapy Perspective

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper NE

For Yoga Teachers & "Seasoned" Students

Yoga is truly about relationships... with ourselves, our bodies, other beings, the universe. Challenges, in our bodies and in our lives, often arise from imbalances in these connections.

In this weekend we will explore relationships, through our breath, between body parts, and with our awareness, as a tool to work with whatever arises. We will play with many awareness tools to deepen kinesthetic intelligence, increase our capacity for observation, and grow our curiosity. These tools will take us into a self-inquiry that can change our relationships with pain perception, weakness, tension, or laxity.

Come join the party... bring your curiosity hats!

Recommended readng: Waking by Matthew Sanford

Patti Lentz has been a physical therapist for 45 years and a yoga teacher for 15. She combines the wisdom of a yoga with medical science to serve her students and clients in a deeper, “felt sense” approach. She empowers her students through curiosity and exploration, helping them find more skill and less fear in meeting their challenges. She teaches anatomy, physiology, and therapeutic approaches to yoga teachers nation wide. Patti is deeply curious and enjoys finding ways to take yoga “off the mat.”

Schedule Details

Friday, May 19, 2017
6:00–8:00 PM

Saturday–Sunday, May 20–21, 2017
1:30–6:00 PM

Price Options

$150 plus tax registered by May 5
$165 plus tax after May 5

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06/04/17

Zoreh Afsarzadeh

Yoga Wall Ropes Workshop

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

Let Me Show You The Ropes!

Wall ropes allow you to experience the asanas at a deeper level, opening and creating space in the body. The fundamentals of yoga can be accessed easily and effectively with the aid of wall ropes. The support of the ropes helps you experience directly how to extend the spine, take the load off the joints, improve alignment, and enjoy backbends and inversions. Wall ropes can provide a gateway to an upside-down world where flight is the norm and safely take you to physical and emotional places that you have never been before!

 

Zoreh Afsarzadeh, founder and director of High Desert Yoga, has been teaching yoga since 1985. She has deeply studied many methodologies including Iyengar, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, meditation, and the American Yoga College. Her teaching combines a delicate knowledge of the body that allows a compassionate spiritual expression of the postures to emerge. With her joyous personality, sense of humor, and passion for making yoga accessible to everyone, Zoreh creates a nurturing and safe environment for students to go deeper in their practice.

Schedule Details

Sunday, June 4, 2017
2:30-5:30 PM

Price Options

$55 plus tax pre-registered
$60 plus tax at the door 

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06/09 - 06/11/17

Nishtha Jane Kappy and Judith Arredondo

Senior Yoga Training, Part Two: Teacher Certification

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

Part 2 - Teacher Certification

This training is specifically designed for graduates of a yoga teacher training program who wish to deepen their understanding of the needs of senior students or who intend to teach yoga asana to the senior population. Building on knowledge & skills from Part 1, the certification process includes a homework project requiring a minimum of 20 hours.

Topics for this training include:

  • Adaptating and assisting asana for seniors
  • Sequencing a Senior Yoga class
  • Chair yoga
  • Common conditions with emphasis on musculo-skeletal disorders such as arthritis, joint replacement, back pain

Prerequisites:

Instructors:

 Nishtha Jane Kappy, E-RYT500, LMT, has been exploring yoga and movement practices for four decades and began teaching yoga in 2010. She is certified as a Senior Yoga Teacher through High Desert Yoga and teaches senior yoga and beginning and intermediate classes for the general population. After 20 years of massage therapy practice, Nishtha brings to her teaching a hands-on knowledge and curiosity about human anatomy with a focus on internal organization and body awareness.

Judith Arredondo, RYT500, has been teaching fitness since 1993. She graduated from the High Desert Yoga 500-hour teacher training in 2015. Judith is certified as a Senior Yoga Teacher through High Desert Yoga. She teaches senior and adaptive yoga classes, focusing on alignment and coordinating the complexity of asana with the ease of the breath.

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Schedule Details

Friday, June 9, 2017
6:00 - 9:00 PM

Saturday, June 10, 2017
1:00 - 6:00 PM

Sunday, June 11, 2017
1:00 - 5:00 PM

Price Options

$210 plus tax by January 27
$220 plus tax January 28–May 26*
$230 plus tax May 27–June 9*
*Deposit of $50 due by April 3
(last day of Senior TT, Part 1)

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06/18/17

Suzanne Powell

The Alexander Technique: Pain Relief Through Optimal Alignment and Dissolving Harmful Habits

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

Have you discovered areas in yourself that are prone to tension or repetitive stress injury? Do you find it difficult to perform an activity for a long period of time such as sitting at a computer, standing or playing an instrument? Have you had an injury and things have not gone back to how they were before? This workshop could change your life! By undoing harmful habits that bring you deeper into pain and stress, you can regain your natural freedom, poise and confidence for a lifetime. This is the secret of Olympic athletes and longtime, successful musicians and actors. Re-connect with your optimal health with The Alexander Technique.

Using gentle hands-on guidance, Suzanne you will guide you from habitual tension and unnecessary effort towards effortless movement and optimal alignment—the way you were meant to be. There will be engaging group activities as well as individualized instruction.

The Alexander Technique is looking at how we habitually respond to all of our life activities. We can learn what we are doing that interferes with our natural functioning and learn how to undo those patterns so that we can function optimally. It is based on the knowledge of the unity of the Self - that in order to bring about wellness, we must work with the Whole Self and not separate ourselves into body parts.

This is an introductory workshop to The Alexander Technique and is for anyone who wishes to learn more about themselves and how they are designed to work.

Please bring a few paperback books to put under your head.

 

Suzanne found herself in her first yoga class because of pain and tension from her weightlifting practice. Yoga classes helped relieve tension and improve flexibility, but it was the benefits beyond the physical that took her into formal yoga training. She had a yoga business and taught yoga and yoga nidra meditation for a few years until pain from teaching yoga with her habitual patterns led her into a 3-year Alexander Technique Teacher Training. While she still maintains a personal yoga practice, teaching The Alexander Technique is her calling.

Suzanne enjoys how The Alexander Technique conveys that unconditional good health is already present if we are not interfering with it. She is especially inspired by how it complements meditation practice and living a good life with kindness and compassion towards oneself and others. By dissolving habitual patterns, we can better accomplish bringing our gifts to the world thus helping society realize its worthiness and beauty.

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Schedule Details

Sunday, June 18, 2017
2:30–5:30 pm

This workshop be held again:
Sunday, October 22

Price Options

$65 plus tax pre-registered by June 7
$75 plus tax after  June 7

Pre-registration required; enrollment limited to eight participants.

 

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06/24/17

Shana Lane

Prenatal Partner Yoga Date Night

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

Together with your partner, learn techniques to help you relax, recharge, and ease discomfort throughout pregnancy and birthing. We will do both individual and partner yoga poses, basic prenatal massage, and breathing and relaxation exercises that you can do at home or in a hospital or birthing center. This is also a great opportunity to enhance communication as you give and receive physical support—useful during your birthing experience as well as being a great way for new parents to reconnect. 

 

Shana began practicing yoga as a teenager and has enjoyed its physical and mental benefits ever since. She relishes the opportunity to teach specialty classes so that people of all ages and levels can experience yoga, with a specific interest in transitional times of life such as prenatal, postpartum, and the teen years.  She especially looks forward to helping parents, partners, and whole families find ways to share their time, attention, and the joy of yoga with each other. Shana is registered with Yoga Alliance as a 500-RYT and RPYT.

Schedule Details

Saturday, June 24, 2017
6:00–8:30 PM

Price Options

$50 plus tax per couple, pre-registered  
$55 plus tax per couple, at the door

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06/25/17

Zoreh Afsarzadeh

Funky Hips

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

The workshop will increase space, strength, stability, and mobiliy in the joint between the pelvis and the femur, called the hip joint. This practice will make your hips happy and for sure less cranky and funky. The pelvis is a major storage area for tension and old emotions. Come, offer yourself relief, and take an accessible sequence of postures home to practice, keeping your hips happy and healthy so you can enjoy your life.


Zoreh Afsarzadeh, founder and director of High Desert Yoga, has been teaching yoga since 1985. She has deeply studied many methodologies including Iyengar, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, meditation, and the American Yoga College. Her teaching combines a delicate knowledge of the body that allows a compassionate spiritual expression of the postures to emerge. With her joyous personality, sense of humor, and passion for making yoga accessible to everyone, Zoreh creates a nurturing and safe environment for students to go deeper in their practice.

Schedule Details

Sunday, June 25, 2017
2:30-5:30 PM

Price Options

$55 plus tax in advance
$55 plus tax at the door 

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07/14 - 07/18/17

Donna Farhi

Befriending the Body, Befriending the Self: A Yoga Intensive

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper NE

What does it mean to be in friendship with our selves? What would it feel like to welcome all of our experience with the same acceptance and kindness we would offer a good friend? This intensive is an opportunity to develop a more compassionate and nourishing approach to your practice of yoga. By cultivating a quality of perception that is “without an ideal” we learn to accurately gauge our physical, mental, and emotional state as well as the practices that may bring us back into balance. As we learn to perceive and trust the subtle sensation of the body, we can adapt our practice moment-to-moment in a way that is firm and disciplined yet infinitely caring of self.

Many of us unconsciously bring a quality of striving to our yoga practice, which can play itself out as forceful self-coercion, frequently resulting in injury. This intensive is a chance to learn how to befriend the body by gently warming, hydrating and softening body tissue in preparation for safely increasing range of motion. We will also investigate the way in which individual differences in anatomical structure and constitution require each posture and practice to be adapted. In this way our yoga practice becomes a practical tool, relevant to our unique life situation and our personal objectives. As our needs change, our yoga practice can be in a state of continual evolution.

Each day will include the practice of guided sitting meditation and movement inquiry, gentle asana practice, and restorative yoga, combined with a daily period of self-study and Yoga Nidra. We will explore how to meet and greet our experience in a step-by-step process that fosters self-acceptance and the ability to self-regulate. Abiding in loving friendship with ourselves, we pave the way toward a greater connection with others.

Those with at least one year of consistent yoga practice up to teacher level are welcome to attend this intensive.


Donna Farhi has been practicing yoga for 40 years and teaching since 1982. She is one of the most sought-after guest teachers in the world, leading intensives and teacher training programs internationally. Her approach to yoga is informed by the refinement of natural and universal movement principles that underlie safe and sustainable yoga practice. This concentration on fundamental principles allows student of all levels of experience and from all traditions to build their own authentic practice. Because she is considered a “teacher of teachers,” students return to Donna’s intensives year after year to be a part of the inspiring evolution of Donna’s own practice and teaching.

Donna is the author of four contemporary classics: The Breathing Book; Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness; and Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living. Her fourth book Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship is a curricular text for teaching trainings worldwide. She has been profiled in four separate publications on exceptional contemporary teachers, including Yogini: The Power of Women in Yoga. After nearly four decades of practice, Donna believes that yoga is about learning to befriend our self and to be in friendship with others as a means to building greater fellowship with all of humanity. America born, Donna now resides in Christchurch, New Zealand on a 30-acre farm with her horses, Santosha, Liberty, and Ambrosia.

Learn more about Donna at http://www.donnafarhi.co.nz/wp/

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Schedule Details

Friday, July 14, 2017
6:00–8:00 PM

Saturday, July 15–Tuesday, July 18, 2017
10:00 AM–1:00 PM and 2:30–5:00 PM

Price Options

$685 plus tax pre-registered by April 15, 2017
$725 plus tax after April 15, 2017

All fees due in full by June 15, 2017.

Cancellation before April 29 will be refunded all fees paid, less a $25 administrative fee. Cancellations after April 29 will be refunded only if your place is filled from the waitlist.

Partial or single-day enrollment is not available.

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07/29/17

Avery Kalapa

Sirsasana and Sarvangasana: The King and Queen of Asana!

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

Headstand and Shoulderstand are two of the most beneficial poses yoga offers, yet many students are intimidated by these fully inverted asanas, or unsure how they should be practiced safely. Join Avery as she explores how to intelligently build up to practicing these magical poses, including variations where there’s no weight on the head and neck. We’ll break down their key components, to understand the building blocks of a stable inversion. These poses can nourish the vital systems, build stamina, strengthen the lungs, purify the blood, improve digestion, unload the spine, boost immunity, thyroid, and parathyroid function, increase the flow of blood to the brain, improve memory and other functions of the cerebrum, increase drainage of blood and lymph, and help to move stored fluids into the core for oxygenation, filtration and elimination of toxins. BKS Iyengar calls Sirsasana one of the most important asanas, and that regular practice of this pose widens your spiritual horizons. Sarvangasana, "queen, or Mother, of asana," can be deeply quieting, restorative, relaxing, and rejuvenating. Prerequisite: some yoga experience, and stability in basic standing poses and downward dog. Not recommended for women on their moon cycle.

About the teacher: Avery Kalapa E-RYT500 LOVES to be upside down. She discovered yoga as a teenager, and holds advanced certifications in teaching yoga. She has over 1800 contact hours of study with senior teachers, and has been teaching since 2004. Her technique is inspired by the Iyengar approach, somatic exploration, experiential anatomy, and Vipassana meditation. She loves precise attention to detail, and brings a nurturing, creative reverence to her classes. She finds joy in exploring just the right approach to help her students gain access to both the therapeutic subtly and empowering expansion of this work. Avery teaches classes, private sessions, workshops, and retreats, blogs about yoga at averykalapa.com and you can find her on facebook at Yoga with Avery. 

Schedule Details

Saturday, July 29, 2017
2:30-5:30 PM

Price Options

$45 plus tax pre-registered
$50 plus tax day of

Pre-register with a friend and you each receive a $5 discount!

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07/30/17

Zoreh Afsarzadeh

Insomnia No More Deep Relaxation Workshop

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

Journey deep within with restorative yoga poses to ease the body, breathwork to calm the mind, and deep relaxation to melt away stress. This is the plan for this afternoon of deep rest. You will learn a simple sequence of yoga postures and breathing techniques that you can practice nightly, easing you into a restful night of sweet dreams. Yoga nidra guided meditation will complete the journey. Restful sleep is our birthright. You can easily make it possible for every organ of your body to enjoy deep rest, leading to vitality and resilience during your waking hours.

Zoreh Afsarzadeh, founder and director of High Desert Yoga, has been teaching yoga since 1985. She has deeply studied many methodologies including Iyengar, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, meditation, and the American Yoga College. Her teaching combines a delicate knowledge of the body that allows a compassionate spiritual expression of the postures to emerge. With her joyous personality, sense of humor, and passion for making yoga accessible to everyone, Zoreh creates a nurturing and safe environment for students to go deeper in their practice.

Schedule Details

Sunday, July 30, 2017
2:30-5:30 PM

Price Options

$55 plus tax pre-registered
$65 plus tax at the door

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08/06/17

Zoreh Afsarzadeh

Restorative Yoga and the Chakras

High Desert Yoga | 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.
Rumi

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 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!

This workshop is for all levels of yoga students.

 

Zoreh Afsarzadeh, founder and director of High Desert Yoga, has been teaching yoga since 1985. She has deeply studied many methodologies including Iyengar, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, meditation, and the American Yoga College. Her teaching combines a delicate knowledge of the body that allows a compassionate spiritual expression of the postures to emerge. With her joyous personality, sense of humor, and passion for making yoga accessible to everyone, Zoreh creates a nurturing and safe environment for students to go deeper in their practice.

Schedule Details

Sunday, August 6, 2017
2:30-5:30 PM

Price Options

$55 plus tax in advance
$55 plus tax at the door 

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08/13/17

Kim Schwartz

The Middle Body: The Interface Between the Pelvic and Shoulder Girdles

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

This workshop will address how the middle body can function as the interface between the pelvic girdle (hip joints, sacrum, etc.) and legs, and the shoulder girdle (arms, wrists, elbows, and hands) and neck and head. We will see how the middle body can try to compensate for challenges in the upper and/or lower body. We will also address the appropriateness for abdominal strength and visceral softness. 

Though this workshop is available for all levels, long time practitioners and teachers may find this of particular interest.  

Kim Schwartz has studied and taught Hatha Yoga for more than four decades. His lifelong passion for mystical truth led him to become ordained as a swami of the Temple of Kriya in Chicago. He was elevated to the position of Maha Swami in the Kriya lineage, enabling him to ordain others as swamis. Kim was director of the Temple’s Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program before moving to New Mexico, where he continues to lead High Desert Yoga’s Teacher Training Program. Kim is recognized by many well-known yoga instructors both as a “master of his art” in personal practice and as a true “teacher’s teacher,” one with the ability to communicate the timeless truths of yoga on many levels to fellow instructors in a way that enables them to pass this wisdom on to their own students. He is registered with Yoga Alliance as E-RYT 500.

Schedule Details

Sunday, August 13, 2017
1:30–4:30 PM

Price Options

$55 plus tax pre-registered by August 2
$60 plus tax after August 2

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08/26/17

Deva Khalsa and Sat Guru Kaur

Healing Power of Gong and Mantra

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

'Healing Power of Gong and Mantra' begins with light yoga (suitable for anybody). Then we move into deep relaxation with two beautiful symphonic gongs. The gong is a reinforced vibration that impacts the entire body, releasing stress, unwinding nerves, and bringing the mind to total calm. You'll experience what the yogis say about the human body—that it is a wonderful musical instrument constructed with meridians that allow healing and energy to cascade into the body like a waterfall. 

After the gong we use primal sounds (mantra) to remind us that the entire universe was built on sound, on vibration. As you vibrate a particular combination of sounds, you tune into a higher level of intelligence and consciousness.

Facilitators:
Deva Khalsa is a 25-year veteran of playing the gong and teaching Kundalini Yoga. She is also an Ayurvedic health practitioner.
Sat Guru Kaur is a licensed educator, musician, and Level 2 Certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. She has been teaching sound healing with the gong since 2007.

Schedule Details

Saturday evening
August 26, 2017
6:30–8:30 PM

This workshop will be held again
November 11, 2017

Price Options

$27 plus tax pre-registered by August 25
$35 plus tax day of event

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08/27/17

Zoreh Afsarzadeh

Headaches No More

High Desert Yoga | 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 blocked energy, manipulating the energy gates related to head, neck, shoulders, and back. Correct alignment, a sequence of deeply relaxing restorative poses, and the help of the breath will bring calmness, dissolving and reducing inflammation and irritation of the nerve endings. This amazing sequence reduces the frequency and intensity of headaches and often gets rid of the pain altogether when you practice it at the very first sign of headache. This sequence has helped many with insomnia as well, bringing a state of relaxation that leads you to deep and peaceful 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 pair of knee-high socks. All other props and the sequence are provided for you.

 

Zoreh Afsarzadeh, founder and director of High Desert Yoga, has been teaching yoga since 1985. She has deeply studied many methodologies including Iyengar, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, meditation, and the American Yoga College. Her teaching combines a delicate knowledge of the body that allows a compassionate spiritual expression of the postures to emerge. With her joyous personality, sense of humor, and passion for making yoga accessible to everyone, Zoreh creates a nurturing and safe environment for students to go deeper in their practice.

Schedule Details

Sunday, August 27, 2017
2:00-5:00 PM

Price Options

$55 plus tax pre-registered
$65 plus tax at the door

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Name of Workshop

09/09/17

Shana Lane

Infant Massage and Self-Care for Moms

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

Infant massage is a wonderful way to bond with your baby, but it also does wonders for your baby's brain and nervous system, circulatory and immune systems, sensory integration, and visual acuity. Infant massage can improve your baby's sleep and even counteract the effects of postpartum depression. We'll incorporate both ayurvedic and traditional western massage techniques and movement for your baby. We will also discuss and practice self-care techniques for moms: including yoga, diet, massage, and daily routine.

 

Shana began practicing yoga as a teenager and has enjoyed its physical and mental benefits ever since. She relishes the opportunity to teach specialty classes so that people of all ages and levels can experience yoga, with a specific interest in transitional times of life such as prenatal, postpartum, and the teen years.  She especially looks forward to helping parents, partners, and whole families find ways to share their time, attention, and the joy of yoga with each other. Shana is registered with Yoga Alliance as a 500-RYT and RPYT.

Schedule Details

Saturday, September 9, 2017
1:00–3:00 PM

Price Options

$45 plus tax pre-registered  
$50 plus tax at the door

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09/10/17

Zoreh Afsarzadeh & Nishtha Jane Kappy

Vibrant Aging at Any Age

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avene NE

Zoreh & Nishtha share more than 50 years of experience and knowledge from yoga and the healing arts. Join us for a fun, relaxing, and informative afternoon and learn simple and effective tools for supporting your body, mind, and being everyday. In this workshop we will explore self-nurturing practices, including breathing techniques, a mindful and gentle yoga practice, and practical daily self-care based on Ayurvedic concepts of wellness. Come celebrate your life, your aging process, and your growing wisdom with maximum vitailty!

Zoreh Afsarzadeh, founder and director of High Desert Yoga, has been teaching yoga since 1985. She has deeply studied many methodologies including Iyengar, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, meditation, and the American Yoga College. Her teaching combines a delicate knowledge of the body that allows a compassionate spiritual expression of the postures to emerge. With her joyous personality, sense of humor, and passion for making yoga accessible to everyone, Zoreh creates a nurturing and safe environment for students to go deeper in their practice.

Nishtha Jane Kappy has been exploring yoga and movement practices for four decades. She began teaching yoga in 2010, owned a yoga studio for several years, and recently retired from a 20-year massage therapy practice. She teaches senior yoga and beginning and intermediate classes for the general population. Nishtha brings a hands-on knowledge of human anatomy and curiosity about body awareness and internal organization to her instruction. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as E-RYT 500.

Schedule Details

Sunday, September 10, 2017
2:30–5:30 PM

Price Options

$55 plus tax pre-registered
$65 plus tax at the door

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09/15 - 09/17/17

Kim Schwartz

Yoga Asana and the Breath

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

All of the work performed in any asana is there to maximize the efficiency and availability of breath. Each asana offers both a gift and a challenge to the breath. This workshop is designed to assist in receiving the gift and the challenge with equal gratitude. This workshop will explore various parts of and approaches to the breath and how various asanas affect and are affected by the breath. We will also explore how the asanas and the breath interrelate with the organs, muscles, bones, and consciousness. Relevant to anyone teaching yoga or seeking a deeper understanding of asana and the breath.

 

Kim has studied and taught Hatha Yoga for more than four decades. His lifelong passion for mystical truth led him to become ordained as a swami of the Temple of Kriya in Chicago. He was elevated to the position of Maha Swami in the Kriya lineage, enabling him to ordain others as swamis. Kim was director of the Temple’s Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program before moving to New Mexico, where he continues to lead High Desert Yoga’s Teacher Training Program. Kim is recognized by many well-known yoga instructors both as a “master of his art” in personal practice and as a true “teacher’s teacher,” one with the ability to communicate the timeless truths of yoga on many levels to fellow instructors in a way that enables them to pass this wisdom on to their own students. He is registered with Yoga Alliance as E-RYT 500. 

Schedule Details

Friday, September 15, 2017
6:00–8:00 PM

Saturday–Sunday, September 16–17, 2017
1:30–6:00 PM

Price Options

$108 plus tax pre-registered by September 4
$120 plus tax after September 4

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09/23/17

Avery Kalapa

Yoga for Your Pelvic Floor: Anatomy, Asana, Healing, and Self Love

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

What is your relationship with your pelvic floor? How does this special area reflect, and affect, what's happening in the rest of the body, the mind, the emotions?  “ Pelvic floor” refers to the dynamic layers of muscle which span the inner pelvis. In this afternoon workshop we will explore pelvic anatomy, posture, pelvic breath, and yoga poses and self care techniques to increase health, wellness, and healing.
 
When our pelvic floor area isn’t able to be both strong and relaxed, mild to serious health issues such as pelvic pain, digestive trouble, infertility, urge incontinence, stress incontinence, and/ or prolapse can develop. Pop culture would have us believe that most women are too loose, (when that’s often not true!) and that it’s inappropriate for men to want to learn about their pelvic floor. Many people have too much gripping, and because of that tightness, the pelvic muscles are weak. Or the muscles are lax and need tone... or, a combination of both! When trying to do Kegels people end up constricting the urethra, sometimes doing more harm than good. Mula Bandha is a hot topic, but often misunderstood. Let's bring the light of awareness to the inner pelvis, and give this area the loving care it needs. 

This hands-on workshop will help you learn to sense the 3 layers of muscle that make up your unique pelvic floor. Then, by exploring specific actions and structural alignment through yoga poses and breath work, you will learn what practices will best support you. Discover ways to optimize pelvic health, including good circulation, movement, relaxation, and stability.

For all genders and levels.  Recommended for yoga teachers, teacher trainees, health care providers, and anyone with a pelvic floor! Workshop counts towards Yoga Alliance CEUS. 


Avery Janeczek Kalapa, RYT500,  holds special certification in Yoga for the Pelvic Floor with Leslie Howard, as well as Prenatal Yoga. She is a committed, versatile teacher, who approaches this in-depth work with reverence, precision, and joy. 

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Saturday, September 23, 2017
2:00-5:30 PM

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$55 plus tax pre registered
$60 plus tax at the door

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09/24/17

Zoreh Afsarzadeh

Healthy Liver: Postures to Detoxify

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

The liver is a resilient organ, capable of decongesting and rebuilding itself if you reduce the burden on it. In this afternoon workshop, we will explore yoga postures that nourish the liver. Deep relaxation, meditation, and breath awareness will help bring calm to your being and offer support and ease to your liver. A healthy liver will help reduce inflammation; resolve headaches, skin rashes, and allergies; lower high blood pressure; and reduce impatience, frustration, and anger.



Zoreh Afsarzadeh, founder and director of High Desert Yoga, has been teaching yoga since 1985. She has deeply studied many methodologies including Iyengar, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, meditation, and the American Yoga College. Her teaching combines a delicate knowledge of the body that allows a compassionate spiritual expression of the postures to emerge. With her joyous personality, sense of humor, and passion for making yoga accessible to everyone, Zoreh creates a nurturing and safe environment for students to go deeper in their practice.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017
2:30-5:30 PM

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$55 plus tax pre-registered
$65 plus tax at the door

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09/30/17

Niki Feldman

Yoga and Dance Fusion

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

In this joyful workshop Yoga and Dance is mixed together with music. Rhythm will guide easy dance steps and infuse ease into traditional yoga poses. Periodically free dance will be encouraged to follow internal rhythm and intuition. The playlist alternates fast songs with slow songs to preserve energy. By focusing on flow and rhythm, stagnation can be avoided. You will leave invigorated and happy!


Niki Feldman has danced for her entire life and is a self-proclaimed “Rhythm Junkie.” Besides Yoga and dancing, Niki has a Massage Therapy practice in which she dances through her treatments. 

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Schedule Details

Saturday, September 30, 2017
4:30–6:00 PM

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$18 plus tax

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10/08/17

Zoreh Afsarzadeh

Defeat Diabetes with Yoga

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

In this workshop you will learn simple, yet effective, yogic breathing techniques and postures that affect the function of your pancreas, stimulating and rejuvenating its capacity to produce insulin. These postures massage, tone, and squeeze the organs and nerves, and stimulate the circulatory system, which helps control diabetes and balance the endocrine system. 

Please join Zoreh for a healing afternoon of yoga asana, breath, meditation, and deep rest. She will share the sequence of postures that helped her reverse a diagnosis of pre-diabetes and resolve many unbearable symptoms more than 5 years ago. Today Zoreh is enjoying the freedom of a vibrant healthy life without any medications.

 

Zoreh Afsarzadeh, founder and director of High Desert Yoga, has been teaching yoga since 1985. She has deeply studied many methodologies including Iyengar, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, meditation, and the American Yoga College. Her teaching combines a delicate knowledge of the body that allows a compassionate spiritual expression of the postures to emerge. With her joyous personality, sense of humor, and passion for making yoga accessible to everyone, Zoreh creates a nurturing and safe environment for students to go deeper in their practice.

Schedule Details

Sunday, October 8, 2017
2:30-5:30 PM

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$55 plus tax pre-registered
$60 plus tax at the door

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10/13 - 10/15/17

Angela Farmer

Reaching Down To Open Up: A Yoga Immersion

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

In this workshop I shall introduce a process of meeting tight, forgotten, painful, or simply uncomfortable places in your body with curiosity and a willingness to listen to their stories. With patience enough to give the body time and support to release and unwind back into spaciousness, we are returned to a sense of freedom and well-being. Only then are we ready to explore ‘empowerment’ in a meaningful way, discover our amazing potential to ‘stand our ground,’ speak our truth, and live authentically.

We shall then focus on the stability of ‘roots’ and their directions beyond the physical body, enabling us to be more grounded yet flexible in difficult situations. Then, by opening up inner space and returning to the ‘back-body,’ we gain power to remain true to ourselves, compassionate but less easily caught into other's ‘stories.’ Finally, relating to our surroundings in more subtle ways, we may develop a fluid and free-flowing connection with life around us and discover the amazing diversity and wealth of alternate nostril breathing without using hands/fingers to control the breath!

Please do not expect a traditional yoga ‘workout.’ The focus is not on asana although asanas may evolve or even be a starting point for this deep inner journey of self-discovery.

It is essential to attend all three days to gain a taste of this process.

 

About Angela Farmer

My earliest yoga experiences were during World War 2. No father around and mother always busy, I climbed to the top of a fir tree in our English garden and looked out over the valley below as the tree swayed from side to side in the wind. Hanging upside down from its branches I felt the joy of being alive in this body!

Years of sitting at desks in school, and three hours a day stuffed into a crowded smoke-filled train to get there and back, eventually ruined my circulation. Disastrous surgeries followed and took away my joy.

Finally, in 1966 when Iyengar and yoga came to London, I recognized the challenge, the work, the hope of a return to wholeness. Soon I was touring and teaching in Europe and the USA, giving workshops in the main big cities. Victor van Kooten and I were the first visiting Iyengar teachers in America at that time, training many now well-established American teachers. Three long trips to India furthered my practice, and also led me to meet many saints and yogis in whose presence new depths and understanding finally re-opened the doors to the joy I had lost so young.

Now, I am less concerned with form, technique, perfection, and presentation, than with the simple art of becoming present with undoing, releasing, and opening, as breathing takes over to reveal the beauty, power, and innate joy of life.

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Schedule Details

Friday–Sunday, October 13–15, 2017
11:15 AM–1:15 PM & 2:45–5:45 PM

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$475 plus tax

Must enroll for all 3 days.

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10/22/17

Suzanne Powell

The Alexander Technique: Pain Relief Through Optimal Alignment and Dissolving Harmful Habits

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

Have you discovered areas in yourself that are prone to tension or repetitive stress injury? Do you find it difficult to perform an activity for a long period of time such as sitting at a computer, standing or playing an instrument? Have you had an injury and things have not gone back to how they were before? This workshop could change your life! By undoing harmful habits that bring you deeper into pain and stress, you can regain your natural freedom, poise and confidence for a lifetime. This is the secret of Olympic athletes and longtime, successful musicians and actors. Re-connect with your optimal health with The Alexander Technique.

Using gentle hands-on guidance, Suzanne you will guide you from habitual tension and unnecessary effort towards effortless movement and optimal alignment—the way you were meant to be. There will be engaging group activities as well as individualized instruction.

The Alexander Technique is looking at how we habitually respond to all of our life activities. We can learn what we are doing that interferes with our natural functioning and learn how to undo those patterns so that we can function optimally. It is based on the knowledge of the unity of the Self - that in order to bring about wellness, we must work with the Whole Self and not separate ourselves into body parts.

This is an introductory workshop to The Alexander Technique and is for anyone who wishes to learn more about themselves and how they are designed to work.

Please bring a few paperback books to put under your head.

 

Suzanne found herself in her first yoga class because of pain and tension from her weightlifting practice. Yoga classes helped relieve tension and improve flexibility, but it was the benefits beyond the physical that took her into formal yoga training. She had a yoga business and taught yoga and yoga nidra meditation for a few years until pain from teaching yoga with her habitual patterns led her into a 3-year Alexander Technique Teacher Training. While she still maintains a personal yoga practice, teaching The Alexander Technique is her calling.

Suzanne enjoys how The Alexander Technique conveys that unconditional good health is already present if we are not interfering with it. She is especially inspired by how it complements meditation practice and living a good life with kindness and compassion towards oneself and others. By dissolving habitual patterns, we can better accomplish bringing our gifts to the world thus helping society realize its worthiness and beauty.

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Schedule Details

Sunday, October 22, 2017
2:30–5:30 PM

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$65 plus tax pre-registered by October 11
$75 plus tax after October 11

Pre-registration required; enrollment limited to eight participants.

 

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11/03 - 11/05/17

Kim Schwartz

Asana: Outer Body, Inner Body, Subtle Body

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

Yogasana can be experienced in various ways. It can be experienced in the outer body by our awareness of the muscles and bones. This is a necessary foundation as it provides a structure for the organs and breath of the inner body. As the outer body becomes more organized, the consciousness can then begin to reference the alignment of the outer body from the organs and breath. As the outer and inner bodies become more harmonized, we can begin to attune to the asana as a subtle lattice of lines of force.  In this workshop, we will explore asana from the outer body through the inner body to the subtle body.

Kim has studied and taught Hatha Yoga for more than four decades. His lifelong passion for mystical truth led him to become ordained as a swami of the Temple of Kriya in Chicago. He was elevated to the position of Maha Swami in the Kriya lineage, enabling him to ordain others as swamis. Kim was director of the Temple’s Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program before moving to New Mexico, where he continues to lead High Desert Yoga’s Teacher Training Program. Kim is recognized by many well-known yoga instructors both as a “master of his art” in personal practice and as a true “teacher’s teacher,” one with the ability to communicate the timeless truths of yoga on many levels to fellow instructors in a way that enables them to pass this wisdom on to their own students. He is registered with Yoga Alliance as E-RYT 500. 

Schedule Details

Friday, November 3, 2017
6:00–8:00 PM

Saturday and Sunday, November 4–5, 2017
1:30-6:00 PM

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$108 plus tax pre-registered by October 24
$120 plus tax after October 24

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11/11/17

Deva Khalsa and Sat Guru Kaur

Healing Power of Gong and Mantra

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

'Healing Power of Gong and Mantra' begins with light yoga (suitable for anybody). Then we move into deep relaxation with two beautiful symphonic gongs. The gong is a reinforced vibration that impacts the entire body, releasing stress, unwinding nerves, and bringing the mind to total calm. You'll experience what the yogis say about the human body—that it is a wonderful musical instrument constructed with meridians that allow healing and energy to cascade into the body like a waterfall. 

After the gong we use primal sounds (mantra) to remind us that the entire universe was built on sound, on vibration. As you vibrate a particular combination of sounds, you tune into a higher level of intelligence and consciousness.

Facilitators:
Deva Khalsa is a 25-year veteran of playing the gong and teaching Kundalini Yoga. She is also an Ayurvedic health practitioner.
Sat Guru Kaur is a licensed educator, musician, and Level 2 Certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. She has been teaching sound healing with the gong since 2007.

Schedule Details

Saturday evening
November 11, 2017
6:30–8:30 PM

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$27 plus tax pre-registered by November 10
$35 plus tax day of event

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