Workshops

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Mondays at Noon – New Class Format – Focused Power Flow with Sarah Bowles
Each week of the month we will focus on strengthening and stretching a particular muscle group. The first week of each month we will focus on core, working to strengthen and elongate the abdominals, lower back and glutes. The second week we focus on arm strength, playing with arm balances and inversions. The third week we will focus on the legs, emphasizing warrior poses, squats, balances and forward folds. The last week of each month will be a full body power flow, bringing it all together. Modifications offered as you work up to an intense power practice, all levels welcome.
Tuesdays at 3:30 pm – New Class Format – All Level Flow with Wendi Wagner
An all-level class that emphasizes proper alignment and movement linked with breath. Intelligent, mindful sequencing of poses that build internal heat and focus in preparation for a full fifteen-minute savasana and meditation practice.  All levels welcome, poses will be modified or advanced based on your level of yoga practice.
Yoga for Athletes Series with Ninette Carnevale
5-week series meets 2x per week on Wednesdays, 7:45 – 8:45 am and Sundays, 7:15 – 8:30 pm
June 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 and July 2, 5, 9

$60.00 for the series or $10.00 drop-in
Do not miss this series as it will be the last one for the Summer!!
Bring your tired hamstrings, your tight hipflexors, your sore wrists and mostly your sense of humor!  This ain’t your sister’s yoga. Ninette’s fun and upbeat class will be focusing on all that is tight on the typical athlete, whether you are a biker, hiker, crossfitter or just a gym rat, she has the plan for you to release all those tight spots helping you make the gains you are looking for.  If you think you can’t do yoga, or you think you are not flexible enough, then this is the class for you.




Restorative Yoga/Yoga Nidra with Susi Hutchison
Tuesdays:  7:00 – 8:15 pm; Fridays:  5:30 to 6:45 pm – June 9, July 7, August 18
Stressed?  Tired?  Need to reset?  This class is for you.
We begin with gentle long-hold restorative poses; then relax into savasana, during which you will be guided into a deep state of inner stillness.  Amazing for stress reduction.  Please pre-register, space is limited; drop-in fee/class packs apply.
Sound Savasana (FREE or donation class) with Kimberly Vest
Sundays, 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Only on June 11, July 16, August 20
This monthly class (dates noted on schedule) will take you into a deeper state of relaxation. Kimberly will use singing bowls and different instruments to create sounds that promote healing vibrations. When the body and mind are fully relaxed, this is when the body can truly heal and repair itself. A typical sound savasana experience will include laying on the floor while being supported by props and blankets as the sound washes over you. All you need is an open mind and heart to experience the benefits of this special class.
Summer Solstice Kirtan and Sound Savasana
Sunday, June 18, 2017, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Location To Be Announced
Join your friends at Uttara Yoga Studio to usher in Summer and celebrate a new cycle with chanting and ritual!
–CLASS IS FULL–
6-Week Prenatal Yoga Series with Kimberly Vest
Mondays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7, 14, 2017, 7:00 – 8:15 pm
$75.00 for the series
When a woman is living in calmness, radiance, joy and good health, this is the atmosphere in which her baby will enter the world.  Yoga helps to create this atmosphere.This class combines yoga stretching and movement, chanting, meditation and deep relaxation with the goal of helping the mother relax and calm herself, connect with her baby, and find the strength within herself to deal with the everyday stresses that come with our busy lives.  This is a wonderful way to connect with other women, share experiences and create community.This class is designed to help you relax and strengthen your rapidly changing body as you become present with your experience.  Each class is different as we will address specific issues and concerns.
Yoga Sutras Summer Study Series with Wendi Wagner
Tuesdays, July 11, 18, 25 and August 1, 8, 15, 2017, 7:00 – 8:15 pm
$75.00 for the six week series or $15.00 Drop In
Interested in deepening your yoga practice?
Explore the teachings of the Yoga Sutra in this group study series designed to dive into the ancient teachings of yoga. Class sessions will include translations and interpretations of each of the Sanskrit verses.The Yoga Sutras are considered one of the most important and ancient texts referencing the system of yoga. The word sutra means “thread” and these short, concise threads of information offer an avenue of exploring yoga beyond the physical practice.Focus: the first book of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, Samadhi Pada, Chapter on Absorption. This study series will encourage group discussion and reflection on the application of the sacred teachings in daily life and in the broader context of the collective. Group meditation will be a part of each session.




Inappropriate Music Class to Benefit Girls Rock with Jill Loftis
Saturday, July 8, 2017, 1:00 – 2:15 pm
Join Jill Loftis for an all-level flow class featuring all the music you love but that doesn’t normally make the playlist in a yoga class. We’ll post this event to Facebook and take requests for your favorite head-bopping toe-tapping favorites that have lyrics that normally would be considered taboo. All of the proceeds from the class will be donated to Girls Rock Roanoke, an all-volunteer, community-based organization whose primary focus is to empower girls and women through music, creative expression and collaboration while supporting positive change in their own lives and communities.
Astrology for Yoga Teachers, Part 2; Self-Awareness is the Everything
Sunday, July 9, 1:00 to 5:00 pm
$50, includes your natal chart and printout (discount for registered UYAT 300 hour students)
The natal chart is an excellent tool for self-awareness; what does your natal chart tell you about how you are perceived by your students? What can it show you about how your mind works and how you speak? We will be looking very specifically at your Sun and your Rising sign to determine how it shifts how you are perceived, as well as looking at your Mercury and it’s placement, sign and aspects to determine how your mind works and how that translates into your communication with your students and your world. Space is very limited so that we can really dig into the charts; please pre-register.




Fascial and Observational Anatomy Series with Richard Gartner!
July 29 and 30, 2017
$70.00 per module or $250.00 General Public. 12 hours Yoga Alliance CEUs/UYTT
Lateral Line: Saturday, July 29, 9 am- noon

Spiral Line: Saturday, July 29, 1-4 pm

Dorsal Line: Sunday, July 30, 9 am- noon

Ventral and Core Lines: Sunday, July 30, 1-4 pm
Much of a yoga teacher’s anatomy studies include the building blocks: the individual muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones. While this is instructive and necessary, it is difficult to show students how they are a part of the whole. When put in the context of fascial lines, however, our anatomy and practice come to life. This series illustrates how students can connect the dots of felt sense and experience wholeness in their practice.
– The lateral line session explores the “body brackets” and left-to-right asymmetry.
– The spiral line workshop investigates twists and allows the organic body to receive the benefits of the practice.
– The dorsal line session addresses back body, which includes the densest and strongest tendons in our system.
– The ventral and core lines workshop explores anatomical backbends and metaphorically opens possibilities.
It then puts it all the lines together and explores our sense of self through stability and inversion.
Richard explains how these lines course through the body from head to toe. He then will lead a focused fascial practice to explore the lines in a logical way. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions. Bring your curiosity, something to write with and your sense of exploration.


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Yoga Teaching Apprenticeship with Jill Loftis and Wendi Wagner
Program Begins Friday, August 4 and runs through September, 2017
Application deadline: July 23, 2017
Fee: $425; includes $25 application fee; fee can be paid in two installments of $200; first installment due July 28; second installment due August 4
You graduated from a teacher training program; and perhaps you’re teaching; you want to keep growing and learning; we can help! This program is designed to bring along a select group of students to grow stronger in their practices in order to transmit the sacred teachings of yoga and grow into the role of yoga teacher. This program includes personal spiritual and sadhana guidance as well as tips and techniques to continue to grow as a powerful teacher. Prerequisites include a 200-hour yoga certification OR the equivalent experience teaching yoga.


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The Magic of Mantra; Kirtan and Chanting In Yoga Classes with Jill Loftis
Sunday, August 6, 1:00 to 5:00 pm
$50 includes printed manual (discount for registered UYAT 300 hour students)
Mantra is a powerful tool for shifting consciousness and energy. Working with the repetition of sacred phrases is a gift you can offer your students in many different ways. We’ll discuss the use of music in yoga classes, the use of sound and Nada yoga, as well as introduce you to kirtan and how to work with call and response chanting. Several mantras will be introduced and practiced, and you will have opportunities to play with the harmonium and singing bowls. Open to yoga teachers as well as yoga students who are interested in chanting and deepening their spiritual practice with mantra.




The Sacred Art and Science of Mudra with Gracia McKinley
Saturday, August 12, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Lunch break from 12:30-1:30 pm. Open to anyone.
Sunday, 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Open to anyone who attended on Saturday: Deeper Study of Mudras

$250.00
Yoga Alliance continuing education hours for yoga teachers. Saturday is open to anyone. Sunday is open to anyone who attended on Saturday.
Mudra is a type of non-verbal communication. An every day example of a mudra is the wave of the hand. It communicates hello or good-bye. There are other gestures that we understand very directly such as the gesture for “come here” or “stop”. There are more subtle forms of non-verbal communication like posture or a tilt of the head. These can all be classified as mudra.
There are also specific mudras (gestures or seals) studied by yogic sages that are meant for internal communication with one’s own mind, energy body, and/or physical body. In this workshop you will learn mudras for communicating with your own system in order to create more balance and ease. These will include gestures or seals made with hands, feet, tongue, and full body.
Recommended Reading: Mudras for Healing and Transformation by Joseph and Lillian Le Page.




Druminyasa – Live Drumming Class with Jill Loftis and Brad Ellsworth
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 – 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Class Packs Welcome or Drop-In at $12/$15Feel the rhythms of the drums as you connect, breath, heartbeat, mind and body to your practice. As featured on CBS “Try out Druminyasa for a one-of-a-kind Yoga experience.”