Be Epic: 5 Workshops to Fuel Your Power

 This month our studio focus is:

Honoring Your Epic-ness.

We are choosing 2017 as the Year of Empowerment. There is an unprecedented amount of trauma and change happening in our communities here and throughout the world. We believe our practice is our power. It holds the key to understanding, strength, and the grace to use our own powers to serve the best good. We’ve chosen the word empowered because it is time for us all to tap into our wells of wisdom. We need balance and perspective more than ever. Workshops are a great way to deepen your practice. They can provide juice to fuel you through your weekly routines.

We’ve hand picked the workshops we believe will help you activate your practice and feel your most epic:

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Awaken Your Creativity with Jerry Givens

Start your year off right by using your yoga practice to dive into your creative side! Train your mind to be more creative, learn the true source of creative blocks and how to overcome them, and discover the inherent connection between creativity and your yoga practice.

Jerry walks you through creative theory through the lens of classical yoga and meditation, drawing real-world examples and practices as you awaken your hidden creative potential.

Date: Jan 14, 2017 From: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Location: Rockridge

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Goal Setting and Prosperity 2017with Cherie Carson

We will look at the roles of self-worth, empowerment and releasing negativity play in prosperity.

Studies by Russian molecular biologists have proven that when you speak the right words, in the right way, your DNA rearranges itself for the better. The traits that make you successful – like perseverance and self-confidence – become dramatically amplified. Wealth-destroying habits like fear, procrastination and greed, disappear. Learn the yogic approach to asanas, to meditations, to chanting that open you to your ‘Prosperity DNA’.

Sat Date: Jan 14, 2017 From: 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM Location: Berkeley

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30 Days to Thrive with Naushon Kabat-Zinn and Elika Aird

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
~ Maya Angelou

Challenge yourself to THRIVE with 30 days of dedicated practice. We will use the tools of yoga, meditation, nutrition, self-care, self-reflection and mindfulness to deepen our awareness and create space for healthy personal growth. We will also have fun in the process as we support one another on this journey of not just surviving but THRIVING!

Wed Date: Jan 18, 2017 – Feb 15, 2017 From: 7:30 PM – 9:15 PM Location: Rockridge

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Softness and Strength: Ashtanga Extended Practice

New monthly extended practice with Ava, designed for a dedicated group to ‘go deeper’. We will begin this two hour session with seated meditation and gentle preparation poses, followed by the ashtanga primary series. After completing the finishing inversions, we will shift into deep hip, heart and shoulder openers and longer held yin postures.

In this extended session, we will practice softening into intensity, seeking ease and deep release as well as building strength, stamina, and focus.

Three Sundays: January 22, February 26, April 30
Price: $25 single session, $65 for all 3

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Press Resetwith Sadie Chanlett-Avery

Weaving together therapeutic movement, asana, and fitness training, this class dissolves the everyday toll on the body. We will flush out shoulder stress and unravel the hips, as we release the breath and reboot the core.With over 12 years of yoga and fitness experience, Sadie challenges and invigorates students of all levels. Leave this 2-hour class feeling worked out, relaxed, and energized.

Sat Date: Jan 28, 2017 From: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Location: Rockridge

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Zen Mind-Beginner’s Mind

ZEN MIND – BEGINNER’S MIND

by Vlad Moskovski

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”

–Shunryu Suzuki (Founder of SF Zen Center)

I love this quote because it reminds me that the mind is the filter through which we see the world around us. What Suzuki meant by “beginner’s mind” is that when when we look at the world with fresh eyes, there is a newness and vividness to what we see that allows our minds to be open to new possibilities.

When we take things for granted, when we stop seeing with fresh eyes, the world around begins to get stale. Old and uninteresting. Beginner’s mind is a way of thinking and being in the world that can re-kindle the freshness and newness that makes everything around us sparkle with vibrancy. When we see the world with beginner’s mind, we become inspired, energized, and excited.

The first step is to engage in a simple thought. Try saying these words to yourself, “I don’t know, but I am curious.” Repeat several times and notice how it feels to be in that place of not knowing but openness.

Now, use the trigger question “What is happening right now?” to uncover how you are blocking yourself and what obstacles stand in the way from seeing the world with fresh new eyes. Take a few moments to either note silently to yourself or to write down everything that you can perceive which includes what you are seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, smelling, thinking, and feeling.

Try this exercise in different settings throughout the day to start to develop your beginner’s mind muscles. After all, when you change the way you see, the things you are looking at also change!

For more inspiration, watch Vlad’s recent video, “Waking Up”  

This post was originally published by Vlad Moskovski on his blog. You can gain more wisdom from Vlad in his upcoming workshop at Namaste Berkeley, Mindful Meditation: Guidance for Daily Living. Sign up for the workshop here.

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Cultivate the seeds of the future. Now is the Time!

Set the tone for your new year with our free downloadable desktop wallpaper and take the opportunity to look forward and envision your next three months. Click on one of the download links below and then right click to save it to your computer.

What are your hopes and dreams for the year?

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With lots of love and gratitude – we can’t wait to continue on this sacred journey with you all year long!

P.S. stay tuned for the Spring Calendar coming in April!

In peace,

Namaste

 

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