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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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On-going Class Series at High Desert Yoga

5/11 - 6/8/17 Yoga for Motorcyclists Class Series with Bill Ancker (5 Thursdays 6:15–7:30pm) Walk-ins welcome or Register here (Series Classes: Yoga for Motorcyclists)

6/15 - 7/20/17 Nadi Shodhana Class Series with Jill Giri Palmer (6 Thursdays 6:00–7:30pm) Walk-ins welcome or Register here (Series Classes: Nadi Shohana)

Upcoming Workshops

06/04/17 Yoga Wall Ropes Workshop with Zoreh Afsarzadeh
06/09/17 MogaDao Yoga & Qigong Workshop with Master Zhenzan Dao
06/10/17 Concert with The Bollywood Project
06/24/17 Prenatal Partner Yoga Date Night with Shana Lane
06/25/17 Funky Hips with Zoreh Afsarzadeh
06/25 - 08/06/17 Alexander Technique Level 1 Class Series with Suzanne Powell
07/01/17 Meditation and Breath with Jill Giri Palmer
07/10 - 08/28/17 Kundalini Yoga & Meditation for PTSD, Anxiety, Stress & Trauma with Deva Khalsa and Pavanjoti Kaur (Elaine)
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
09/09/17 Infant Massage and Self-Care for Moms with Shana Lane
09/10/17 Headaches No More with Zoreh Afsarzadeh
09/15 - 09/17/17 Yoga Asana and the Breath with Kim Schwartz
09/20 - 09/29/17 The Cleanse with Deva Khalsa
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
10/07/17 Stress Management Workshop with Deva Khalsa and Dr. Arjan Khalsa DC
10/08/17 Defeat Diabetes with Yoga with Zoreh Afsarzadeh
10/13 - 10/15/17 Reaching Down To Open Up with Angela Farmer
10/27 - 10/29/17 Senior Yoga Teacher Training with Nishtha Jane Kappy and Judith Arredondo
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
12/09 - 12/10/17 Chair Yoga Teacher Training with Stacie Doorek
01/17 - 01/26/18 The Cleanse with Deva Khalsa

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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.

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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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06/09/17

Master Zhenzan Dao

MogaDaoYoga & Qigong Workshop

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Ave NE

We'll begin with the MogaDao Hieratic Stance Series which is a series of energy cultivation and expression stances that are the sacred human “architectures” of a great width of psychospiritual qualities and archetypes. From there we'll move into MogaDao Cosmological Qigong forms that connect the human body to the cosmic energies and forces. With that extraordinary energetic beginning as our physical and psychospiritual foundation, we will transition into the practice of MogaDao Yoga.

MogaDao Yoga is the integration of classical hatha yoga with Five-Element Theory from Traditional Chinese Medicine. Students will learn the correspondences, unique to MogaDao Yoga, between the Five Elements and specific anatomy within yoga asana. We'll practice the MogaDao Yoga Sun Salutations which are comprehensive Five-Element practices in and of themselves. We'll practice both MogaDao Five-Element Vinyasa and Hatha styles. Students will also learn to “medicate” themselves in yoga asana, physically and psychospiritually, much as a practitioner of qigong medicates oneself in qigong forms. MogaDao Yoga is characterized by exquisite precision and heightened spiritual awareness, and what Master Zhenzan Dao calls “qigong consciousness” within yoga asana. Each asana, and the transitions between asana, are seamless containers and conduits of subtle energy. MogaDao Yoga is strength building, graceful, and spiritually comprehensive.

Students of all capacities and experience are welcome.

More information at www.MogaDao.com

Zhenzan Dao is a MogaDao Daoist monk. The MogaDao Daoist monks are the founders of the practice tradition, MogaDao: The Way of Complete Harmony. The MogaDao practice tradition unites Daoist naturalism, sacred practice ethics, highly refined physical and theoretical training, personal and communal healing, social and humanitarian consciousness, and compassionate service.

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Schedule Details

Friday, June 9, 2017
6:00–9:00 PM

Price Options

$50 plus tax

Sliding scale available; please email Community@MogaDao.com to request a reduced fee.

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06/10/17

The Bollywood Project

Concert

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Ave NE

 

Come enjoy Bollywood hits infused with Indian classical music, jazz, and funk! Join this new Albuquerque ensemble for a celebration of community, featuring Shreya Vemuganti (vocals), Bonnie Schmader (flute), Cliff Berrien (percussion), Ishtiaque Rashid (acoustic guitar & vocals), and Pavan Kalasikam (tabla).

 

 

 

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Schedule Details

Saturday, June 10, 2017
6:30 PM

Price Options

Adults: $18.64 plus tax
Students & Seniors: $13.98 plus tax
Kids (ages 6–12): $9.32 plus tax
Kids 5 and under: Free

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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.

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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.

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Schedule Details

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

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$55 plus tax in advance
$65 plus tax at the door 

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06/25 - 08/06/17

Suzanne Powell

Alexander Technique Level 1: Six-Class Series

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Ave NE

Do you want to learn more about how your body was designed to move and function? How breathing can be restored to an effortless and expanded capacity? How to bend over, squat, and reach without creating repetitive strain? What movement habits are getting in your way of optimal alignment and functioning? The Alexander Technique is gaining popularity in the U.S. with successful clinical trials completed at the Mayo Clinic  endorsing that it is effective for treating chronic back pain. A new study in the U.K. found it is also effective in treating knee osteoarthritis pain and disability.

More than an introduction, this Level 1 Alexander Technique course series will give you immediate practical experience of easier movement and less strain when performing daily, repetitive activities such as sitting, standing, bending over, squatting, and picking things up. Using FM Alexander's discovery of how we work as a whole and not in parts, you will begin to experience the incredible way we were designed to function and move.

The Alexander Technique is essentially the study of the human response. We respond to our daily, repetitive activities with far more effort than is necessary, consequently pulling ourselves out of alignment. Think of striving, trying, and pushing through it. The secret of the Olympic athletes' success is not striving, but their ability to only use the effort necessary for a specific task, thereby retaining their energy, increasing their stamina, and maintaining their alignment.

This course is limited to 6 participants due to the individualized, gentle hands-on guidance.

Suzanne Powell has been teaching mind-body integrative disciplines for 7 years. She holds certifications in the 1600-hr AMSAT Alexander Technique Teacher Training (known as the first somatic educator), The Dart Procedures-infant to childhood development re-education, 500-hr Yoga, iRest® Meditation Level 1, and Shambhala Guide meditation instruction training. She helps people relieve pain, tension & stress long-term in her private practice using The Alexander Technique, The Dart Procedures, and iRest Meditation. Her practice is informed by 7 years of disciplined meditation and mindfulness personal practice. She 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

Six Sundays:
June 25, July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23, and August 6

2:30–3:45 PM

Price Options

New lowered prices:

$270 plus tax before June 15
$330 plus tax June 15–21

 

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07/01/17

Jill Giri Palmer

Meditation and Breath

HIgh Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Ave NE

Have you tried to meditate and find that it is an exercise in thinking? Meditation is a practice beyond mind and thought, yet we need mind-quieting and mind-concentrating techniques, including pranayama (breathing exercises), to take us to a place beyond the field of mind. Want to come? This is a great class for newcomers to the practice, those seeking to renew their relationship with meditation, and newer yoga teachers and teacher trainees.

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Schedule Details

Saturday, July 1
1:00–3:30 PM

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$45 plus tax pre-registered

$60 plus tax at the door

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07/10 - 08/28/17

Deva Khalsa and Pavanjoti Kaur (Elaine)

Kundalini Yoga & Meditation for PTSD, Anxiety, Stress & Trauma

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Ave NE

This 8 week series will combine simple postures, meditations, pranayama (breath exercises) and deep relaxation. The intention of this series is to teach self-regulation and self-resiliency to help release stored trauma, relieve anxiety and feel some peace. All levels are welcome.

Taught by yoga teachers certified in teaching trauma informed yoga: Deva Khalsa and Pavanjoti Kaur (Elaine).

Pavanjoti’s teaching style balances mindfulness and playfulness bringing in practices that reconnect us to the land and special places that sustain all of us. Her training includes Kundalini Yoga Level One (200 hours) certification and advanced yoga training to support people with PTSD through the Guru Ram Das Center for Medicine and Humanology.  She integrates life coaching, critical incident stress management, trauma recovery, and shamanic practices to bring a whole systems perspective to healing, health and wellness.  Her passion is to help people gain skills to transform chaos to calmness and cultivate resiliency and self-mastery through breathing, postures, chanting, sound, and meditation.
Contact: elainek1@live.com • (541) 403-0051

Deva K. Khalsa, AHP, BA, RYT is an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, cookbook author, cleansing expert and Yoga teacher. Deva embodies the spirit of a healthy lifestyle and began practicing yoga in Vancouver, Canada in 1992. In 1996 she moved to New Mexico and began to personally study with Yogi Bhajan. In the Fall of 2009 Deva went back to school at the California College of Ayurveda and studied for 3 years to become an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner. Deva is the owner of Deva Health featuring The Cleanse of Santa Fe™ and Whole Self Recovery. In addition she is a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher and a hypnotherapist. She also teaches Ayurvedic cooking and raw food prep classes. She is passionate about empowering people to take control of their health and lives with Ayurveda, Raw Living Foods, conscious living and yoga.
Contact: deva@devahealth.com • (505) 603-8815

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Schedule Details

Eight Mondays
July 10–August 28
7:30–8:30 PM

Price Options

$95 plus tax pre-registered by July 4
$108 plus tax after July 4

Must register for the entire series.

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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.

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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.

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Schedule Details

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

Price Options

$55 plus tax in advance
$65 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.

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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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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

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, 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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09/20 - 09/29/17

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, and 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

September 20–29, 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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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. 

Schedule Details

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

Price Options

$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.

Schedule Details

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

Price Options

$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

Price Options

$18 plus tax

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10/07/17

Deva Khalsa and Dr. Arjan Khalsa DC

Stress Management Workshop

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Ave NE

Yogic Tools to Uplift Yourself During These Times

What you will learn:

A yoga set and meditation to lower and manage stress

Food & herbs to heal the nervous system

Daily routines to keep stress down and vitality up

Relaxation techniques to incorporate into your daily routine

This workshop is open to anyone that has an interest in the science of yoga.

Dr. Arjan and Deva Khalsa have taught cooking classes together and bring humor & lightness to this workshop. Deva is an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner and a 25 year veteran of teaching Kundalini Yoga. She currently teaches weekly yoga class at High Desert Yoga and has a detox/cleansing and Ayurvedic business in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Dr. Arjan Khalsa comes from a family of Chiropractors and has been sharing her knowledge, passion, and yogic practices for  healing and uplifting the body, mind and spirit for over 20 years in Northern New Mexico and beyond.

More information:
Deva 505-603-8815
Dr. Arjan 505-747-3368

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Schedule Details

Saturday, October 7, 2017
2:00–5:30 PM

Price Options

$40 plus tax registered by September 30
$50 plus tax registered after September 30

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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

Price Options

$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

Price Options

$475 plus tax
Full payment due by October 13, 2017.

Must enroll for all three days.

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10/27 - 10/29/17

Nishtha Jane Kappy and Judith Arredondo

Senior Yoga Teacher Training

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

This training is 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. We will review and expand on topics from the Senior Yoga Immersion workshop: spinal alignment & posture; body awareness; breathing practices and the role of the breath in practice; psychosocial issues affecting lifestyle and functionality; and ethics from a yogic perspective (yama & niyama) as applied to yoga practice & working with seniors.

Additional 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

This workshop is applicable to the Senior Yoga Certification from High Desert Yoga. Additional requirements for this certification are completion of a 200 hour yoga teacher training, the Senior Yoga Immersion Workshop (2018 date tbd), and the Senior Yoga Certification Project. For more information, please contact Nishtha at (505) 238-8845.

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,October 27, 2017
6:00 - 9:00 PM

Saturday, October 28, 2017
1:00 - 6:00 PM

Sunday, October 29, 2017
1:15 - 5:15 PM

Price Options

$170 plus tax pre-registered by October 6
$180 plus tax October 7–27


Teacher Certification Project: $50 plus tax after taking both Senior Yoga Immersion and Senior Yoga Teacher Training workshops.

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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

Price Options

$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.

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Schedule Details

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

Price Options

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

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12/09 - 12/10/17

Stacie Doorek

Chair Yoga Teacher Training

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Ave NE

Learn to make yoga accessible for seniors, Alzheimer's patients, pre- or post-surgery, or those with disabilities, limited mobility, chronic illness, or injuries.
Teach in senior homes, community centers, hospitals, companies, and non-profits.
Learn to teach modified seated and standing yoga, using chairs for support.
Start your own chair yoga classes at libraries, hospitals, community centers, and more.

This workshop is appropriate for yoga teachers, caregivers, nurses, PTs, or anyone who wants to share chair yoga.

Includes: 150+ pg. teaching manual and a certificate of completion

Schedule Details

Saturday, December 9, 2017
11:30AM–6:30PM

Sunday, December 10, 2017
1:30–6:30PM

Price Options

$320 plus tax pre-registered by November 1

$345 plus tax after November 1

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01/17 - 01/26/18

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

January 17–26, 2018
(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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Name of Workshop