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Special Yin Hips Workshop in Alameda

22 May

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Yin Yoga and The Art of Hip Opening
With Dia Penning
6/20/151:30-4:00pm
$30 early registration, $35 week of workshop
Info and RegistrationDo you suffer from chronic tightness or discomfort in the hips? Are you a runner, cyclist, or crossfitter with tight hamstrings, IT band, or psoas? Healthy hips are the key to easing back pain, relieving stress in the legs and feet, improving circulation and elevating overall health in the body.

This hip opening workshop will include discussion and Yin Yoga poses. No prior yoga experience required
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Yin Yoga Training in Vancouver!

22 May

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Join me for an amazing exploration with Danielle Hoogenboom!

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Calling all Lovers of Yin!I am honoured to share in this offering with 4 amazing co-teachers infusing their knowledge and gifts into this yin immersion —a creative course exploring the power of emotions moving within our forms, fused with mystical insights, and the potential to shift cultural and collective paradigms. Empower your understanding of yin yoga and the potency of its transformation.

This is for curious students, teachers and lovers of yoga. All levels. Come for the full 10 days, or drop in for a session. LOVE!

Yin Yoga Teacher Training Immersion:

A diverse exploration of practice and culture with Danielle Hoogenboom and guests!

60 Hour Yin Teacher Training CEU with Yoga Alliance or towards a 200 hour YTT!*

When: July 6-16, 2015
Where: Yoga at 7th, 156 E 7th Ave, Vancouver
Cost: $1100 incl. manual & GST
Deposit: $400 to reserve your spot
*Drop-in Day Rates available!

Reserve Your Spot Here
Dive into the depths and diversity of Yin as both a practice and a larger metaphor for life and culture. Experience how Yin Yoga can expand our teachings and broaden our understanding of the interconnectedness of all things.

Join Danielle Hoogenboom and special guests:

  • Social Justice activist, Dia Penning, MA, RYT
  • Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Tanya Hollo
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor, Dr. Tanya Gee
  • Fascial Therapist, Harmony Shire, RMT

A collective experience to empower yoga teachers and students in the art and science of Yin Yoga.

Schedule:

  • 9am-noon: class
  • Noon-1pm: lunch break
  • 1pm-4:30pm: class
  • Please note: NO class on Sunday July 12. It will be an Open Practice Teaching Day for friends and family, or for you to rest and study.

Tightropes and Sages

9 Feb

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My teacher Emily is amazing, wonderful, insightful, and really really tough. Since she is at Laughing Lotus in New York, I don’t get to practice with her as often as I  would like, but on Tuesday she happened to be in San Francisco, so I had the opportunity to learn from her deep wisdom. Her class focused on how we are attached to certain outcomes. She used myth and metaphor but kept bringing us back to attention around our insistence on fulfilling a certain set of desires. She used poses as examples, specifically Visvamitrasana. It is a more advanced version of a compass pose, encapuslating a side bend, back bend, twist, and balance. Look it up, it’s crazy hard, and stunningly beautiful. It is also too advanced for my current ability, but she showed a couple steps to get there that make it seem more accessible.

The thread of the teaching, though, was not the pose but rather our attachment to how we felt about our attempt of the pose; our need to do it perfectly or our refusals to try for fear of failure.

It got me thinking about all the challenges we are presented with everyday. Some people hold theirs deep and hidden and others wear them for the world to see. I’ve mentioned before that I am 50lbs overweight. I have been doing a lot of  soul searching in relation to my body. I can be pretty self conscious about it, especially when faced with challenges like Visvamistrasana. I beat myself up about not having enough self control  or comparing myself to others that I will never be like. Emily’s class left me with some food for thought, constant focus and and practice should not be obsession. Her mantra was the tightrope between acceptance (of a pose, a habit, a physicality, a situation), where you are at with it, and the daily practice to meet your edge everyday.

Visvamistrasana is one of the sage poses and like any person that embarks on a journey to understanding, has so much to teach if you are open to the lessons. My challenge for 2013 seems to be the delicate balance of constant attention and letting go, not just for my body but in most parts of my life.

We are all broke! Chicago

18 Nov

Hey Chicago friends and readers. I did some digging for you and, you don’t need my list. Amy of FreeYogaChicago.com has already done it!

I wish I knew about this when I was living there. Not to mention that some of the classes are at my favorite studios like Moksha and Bloom.

Now Chicago, as winter engulfs and you are enveloped by the dark long night, get your butts to some classes.

Get warm in your body, mind, and soul. Then share it with a loved one. You’ll be better for yourself and your homies.

We Are All Broke!! SAN FRANCISCO

31 Oct

Knowing San Francisco well, I understand that there are classes all over the city that are donation based, less than $10 or even free. But these are the ones that I found links to. Most of them are in Studios, so the amenities of studios go along with it. And, most are suggested donation of $10. San Francisco is expensive, yoga teachers are broke too!

Here is the list!
Monday
7 am, 10 am, 12 pm, 4:30 pm, 6 pm, 7:30 pm, 9 pm, Yoga to the People, suggested donation $10
7 am, 6 pm, 7:30 pm, Sun Room ,Sliding Scale $10-$20
9 am, 12 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:15 pm, 8 pm, Urban Flow, Accepts what is given, suggested sliding scale of $12 to $22
2:30 pm, Laughing Lotus, Donation to a different non-profit each month, $1 minimum

Tuesday
7 am, 12 pm, 2:30 pm, 6 pm (bilingual), Sun Room, Sliding Scale $10-$20
9 am, 12 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:15 pm, 8 pm, Urban Flow, Accepts what is given, suggested sliding scale of $12 to $22
10 am, 12 pm, 4:30 pm, 6 pm, 7:30 pm, 9 pm, Yoga to the People, suggested donation $10
2:30 pm, Laughing Lotus, Donation to a different non-profit each month, $1 minimum
6:15 pm Yoga on the Labyrinth, Suggested donation $10
6:30 pm, Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco, Donation

Wednesday
7 am, 10 am, 12 pm, 4:30 pm, 6 pm, 7:30 pm, 9 pm, Yoga to the People, suggested donation $10
7 am, 2:30 pm, Sun Room, Sliding Scale $10-$20
9 am, 12 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:15 pm, 8 pm, Urban Flow, Accepts what is given, suggested sliding scale of $12 to $22
2:30 pm, Laughing Lotus, Donation to a different non-profit each month, $1 minimum
7 pm, Yoga Mob, Donation based

Thursday
7 am, 12 pm, 1:30 pm, 4:30 pm, Sun Room, Sliding Scale $10-$20
9 am, 12 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:15 pm, 8 pm, Urban Flow, Accepts what is given suggested sliding scale of $12 to $22
9:30 am, Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco, Donation
10 am, 12 pm, 4:30 pm, 6 pm, 7:30 pm, 9 pm, Yoga to the People, suggested donation $10
2:30 pm, Laughing Lotus, Donation to a different non-profit each month, $1 minimum

Friday
7 am, 10 am, 12 pm, 4:30 pm, 6 pm, 7:30 pm, Yoga to the People, Suggested Donation $10
7 am, 12:30 pm, 4:15 pm, 6 pm, Sun Room, Sliding Scale $10-$20
9 am, 12 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:15 pm, 8 pm, Urban Flow, Accepts what is given, suggested sliding scale of $12 to $22
2:30 pm, Laughing Lotus, Donation to a different non-profit each month, $1 minimum

Saturday
8 am, Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco, Donation
9 am, 11:30 am. 4:30 pm, 6:15 pm, Urban Flow, Accepts what is given, suggested sliding scale of $12 to $22
10 am, 12 pm, 5 pm, Yoga to the People, suggested donation $10

Sunday
9 am, 11:30 am. 4:30 pm, 6:15 pm, Urban Flow, Accepts what is given, suggested sliding scale of $12 to $22
12 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm & 8:30 pm (candle-lit), Yoga to the People, Suggested Donation $10
8:30 pm, Sun Room, Sliding Scale $10-$20

If you don’t see your class comment and I’ll add it.

Otherwise, get your butt to a class and be better for your homies!

We are all broke! EAST BAY

26 Oct

With a little internet research and elbow grease, I found multiple classes a day that meet the Yoga for the Masses criteria, awesome, fun, and less than $10.

No excuses, get your butt to a class, take some deep breathes and be better for your homies.

Mondays

7 am Square One, $6 Emeryville
10 am, 12pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:30pm, Yoga to the People, donation Berkeley
6:15 pm, Lake Merritt Community Yoga/Yoga for the Masses, $5-$10 Oakland
6:30 pm, East Bay Community Yoga (Starline Social Club), $5-$15 Oakland

Tuesdays

7 am, Square one, $6 Emeryville
10 am, 12pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:30pm, Yoga to the People, donation Berkeley
4:30 pm, Yoga Kula, donation Berkeley

Wednesday

7 am Square one, $6 Emeryville
10 am, 12pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:30pm, Yoga to the People, donation Berkeley
9:15 pm, Flying Yoga, donation Oakland

Thursday

7 am Square one, $6 Emeryville
10 am, 12pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:30pm, Yoga to the People, donation Berkeley
4:30 pm, Yoga Kula, donation Berkeley
6 pm, West Oakland Yoga, $10 Oakland
6:30 pm, East Bay Community Yoga (Temescal Arts Center), donation Oakland

Fridays

7 am Square one, $6 Emeryville
9 am Adeline Yoga, $5-$15 Oakland
10 am, 12pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:30pm, Yoga to the People, donation Berkeley

Saturday

10am, 12pm, 5pm, Yoga to the People, donation Berkeley

Sunday

11 am, Lake Merritt Yoga, donation Oakland
12pm, 5pm, 7pm (candle-lit!), Yoga to the People, donation Berkeley
6 pm, Yoga Kula, $8 to $16 Berkeley
Please pass this on and post a link. I have had so many questions about low cost yoga, let people know it’s out there.

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Reading a Body

23 Oct

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Over the last month a lot has happened in my life. I have had some very tough times in my relationship. I have been searching for new clients and new ways of integrating yoga into the fabric of my life. I have been reading the sutras and meditating, finding new sources of inspiration and new ways to commit myself to daily practice. I have also had several inspiring visitors, each bringing their own gifts to challenge my assumptions or support my inquiries.

When my friend Megan was visiting from Chicago we took several classes together and she also came to one of mine. Megan gave me some incredible feedback about teaching, as she always does.

Quick aside. Megan and I have taught together for years—writing, quilting, faculty development, civic engagement, service learning—now we are developing a writing and yoga curriculum that we hope to debut next summer in a weekend workshop for people a lot like us, writers, artists, eaters, question askers, knowledge acquirers.

Megan doesn’t do hand stands. We all have our reasons for not doing things, and they are typically VERY complex. I will not go into all the reasons she won’t but in my class I challenged her to. And, she did. While we were debriefing in the evening over wine and risotto, she gave me some very interesting insight to why she decided to give it a try.

“You believed I could, so I did.”

So, um, can you explain that a little bit more, Megan?  What she went on to describe was the same feeling we all have. We tell our teachers, oh, I have this problem or this limitation, and then we have permission to not push ourselves. By telling them the limitation it some how exempts us from having to try. What is interesting about my relationship with Megan is that I have known her for decades, so I get that she has a bad back, separated stomach muscles from child birth, and an internal struggle with her waist size and scale number. But I also can read her. I know when she is faking it. I know when she can push and it won’t hurt her. I can read when her mouth is saying something that her body doesn’t believe. In that way, I can also ignore what her mouth says, and since she trusts me, can guide her gently to give her body the challenge that it’s seeking. Then later over wine, as we always do, we can deconstruct why we push each other. Megan did an L-shape hand-stand. Harder, I think, in many ways than a traditional handstand. And, she held it, with her feet planted on the wall, her weight pushing into her hands. Megan took the time to adjust her shoulders and pull in her navel. She took time to read her body and get a new perspective.

What I didn’t take away in the moment was what I learned at dinner that night. This is how I teach, how I have always taught. Whether it is Megan, Mary or Sue. I don’t always listen to what the mouth is telling me, but rather read the body. It’s how I get MFA students to trust their performance personas or encourage yogis to try something new. I am honest with their bodies about what is ok and that you can always come back tomorrow. I give them permission to say no or to fail and I am there to teach them how to trust themselves, the vehicle changes, the message–the same.

And, that is MY big lesson, in learning to read myself, I am open to reading others. Reading and listening.

Thanks. Megan. Now let’s move fast.

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