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Our Teacher Training Program is a reality! Our first module will take place May 24-26. Go to the Teacher Training tab to find out more. . . ANYONE CAN ATTEND THE MASTER CLASSES: Friday 5:45-7:15p at Heart Stream Room 201, Saturday 9:30-11:00a at Old U-Park (UAF Yoga Club), and Sunday 10-11:30a at Heart Stream Room 201. Heart Stream costs are $45 for both Friday and Sunday or $25 each. The Yoga Club cost is $10.
We welcome Adri Kyser, a Prana Flow® teacher and Mentor to begin our teacher training program with a module called Embodying the Flow. This foundation immersion weekend empowers you to embody and teach yoga as a universal connection to the flow of prana, our life-force. Embodying the Flow™ immersion is for aspiring and seasoned teachers as the introduction to a wholistic, energetic approach to teaching vinyasa as more than a technique or style of yoga but a way of guiding the flow of our body, practice and life. Based upon the teachings of Krishnamacharya’s lineage, Tantra, Sacred Arts, Ayurveda, Bhakti and Somatics, Embodying the Flow models the synthesis approach to integrating the roots and evolution of living yoga that Shiva (Rea) has been pioneering for over 20 years of teaching in the fertile soil of LA’s yoga community and annual retreats to India. You will begin teaching the first day and leave empowered to begin practice teaching or elevating your current teaching. Our unique program also provides year-long support for living vinyasa through Samudra’s Global Online program with a community of teachers. Embodying the Flow Highlights Teaching Skills: • Teaching the rhythm and flow of our breathing body as synched with the universal pulse • Embodying the Sun-Moon for balancing active-meditative states within yoga and life • Learn to teach Four Classical Namaskars and Two Rhythmic Vinyasa Namaskars • Wave of a Class – Leading Class Openings and Movement Meditation • Asanas as Mudras – Intro to the Energetics and Poetry of the Body • Hands-on assist and teaching cues for 10 core asanas for Namaskars (sun salutations) • Prana Flow Three-Part Vinyasa method for teaching alignment in the flow • Daily Meditation and Pranayaa and the basics for personal practice and teaching • Embodiment Project – Photo Teaching Tools for developing a teacher’s eye, to support your personal embodiment of yoga asanas as well as your students Roots-Evolution Background: • The philosophical roots of Vinyasa Yoga and the embodiment of tantric hatha yoga • The Origins of Sun Salutations and Evolution of Prana Flow Namaskars • Embodying Prana – Understand five movements of Prana underlying all of the asanas and movements of nature • Living Vinyasa – the micro-macro cycles that guide living flow and the wave of a vinyasa flow class • Learning Krishnamacharya’s principles of Vinyasa Krama • Embodying the Flow 100+ page workbook-manual • DVD and Online resources for continued practice. Sign up online at MindBodyOnline.com under the teacher training tab.
Practicing Yoga with a Purpose!
Kathleen has a purpose this summer, she has made a commitment to run the Equinox Marathon and bring us 26.2 miles closer to providing hope, peace, and freedom to individuals battling cancer. She is raising funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) as a participant in their Team In Training program. How can you help? Kathleen teaches the Monday night Beginning Power Flow class. For the months of June and July, there are nine Mondays and 100 % of her instructor earnings for these nine classes will be directed towards LLS. You can help by attending her Monday night class, where a portion of your class fee will go to LLS !
Or you can help by visiting her fundraising page:
Please join her on Monday night, she is hopeful you will join her in the fight against cancer.
We have added a new class to the roster. Elissa Turner brings us ChiBall, a fun blend of Tai Chi, Qigong, and yoga while holding a ball representing your chi. Check out this video to get a glimpse of how beautiful the movement can be. Then come to a class on Tuesdays at 9:30am-10:45am and Saturdays at 3:30pm-4:45pm to experience how the pace changes from slow and balanced to playful and fun. Aroma balls are provided.
Drop into Jasmine’s new Yin Yoga Class on Wednesdays at 5:45p. Here is her description:
Yin Yoga with Yoga Nidra Yin Yoga is a quiet, internal practice of being present with the body and with what is arising in the mind. It is a physically passive practice of deep compression and release. It is derived from Taoist Yoga and is a beautiful complement to an active (vinyasa, yang) yoga practice by making your regular yoga practice ‘juicier.” Additionally, Yin Yoga can be an effective way to address postural and structural imbalances in the body.
In this yin yoga class we will:
- Create space in the body
- Lubricate the joints to find ease and greater range of motion
- Clear and open the energy channels in the body, allowing from greater circulation of chi and prana
- Release the tension held in the Fascia (this is the same tension that massage practices such as myo-fascial release and Rolfing address)
- Marinate the connective tissues- tendons, ligaments and fascia- as well as the bones and joints in order to increase ease and flexibility and improve the functioning of the body as a system
Each class will end with a Yoga Nidra session. Yoga Nidra is a practice of dynamic relaxation that has been shown to dramatically reduce stress. In studies, it has been shown to be effective for battling burnout, curbing anxiety, and alleviating PTSD. It is also incredibly supportive to creative work. Yoga Nidra is practiced in a comfortable lying down position and is similar to a guided visualization. It encourages the body’s parasympathetic nervous system to engage the rest and heal response while it invites the mind to drop into theta brainwaves thereby effecting profound restoration and healing.
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Chakra Journeying with Elissa and Jasmine All workshops are on Sunday from 3:35-5:30 All Levels. Beginners Welcome. $100 for the entire series or $30 drop-in. Stone sets and pendulums available for purchase.
April 21: Heart and Throat Chakra Join us to celebrate our expansive capacity to hold love and express truth! The Heart Chakra is the home of unconditional love. It is associated with compassion, devotion, connection and the color green. We will: • Read the heart energy with a pendulum • Greet the heart chakra with “compassion” essential oil blend • Engage the vibrations of rose quartz (unconditional love for self and others) to support the heart’s expansive nature through a guided meditation • Unlock the anahata energy through a backbending asana practice of heart openers • Celebrate love and compassion with the mantra “lokah samastah sukino bhavantu” The Throat Chakra is the home of self expression. It is associated with communication, creativity, truth and the color blue. We will: • Dowse the throat chakra with a pendulum • Access your “expressive” self with aromatherapy• Engage with the energy of sodalite (stone of truth; enhances communication) through a guided meditation • Open and Energize the vishuddha through an asana practice balancing compression and release of the neck and shoulders • Explore the resonances of the bija mantras: lam, vam, ram, yam, ham, om.
April 28th: Third Eye and Crown Chakras In this fourth and final workshop, we move into the chakras that are our connection with the subtle and the universal. We will access our intuition to perceive our connection to the divine. The Third Eye Chakra is the seat of our intuition. It is associated with imagination, clear-seeing, insight, dreams, and the color indigo. We will • Use a pendulum to dowse the third eye chakra • Open the third eye with an “insight” aromatherapy blend • Invite the qualities of Amythyst (opens intuition, enhances psychic gifts) through a guided meditation • Use the microcosmic orbital breath to invigorate the third eye • Support and activate the Ajna through an asana practice of supported forward folds • Follow your own inner wisdom in a guided posture flow of meditation-in-movement The Crown Chakra is the seat of wisdom. It is associated with divine connection, bliss, Consciousness, and the color white. We will: • Read the energy of the crown chakra using a pendulum • Expand into our own consciousness with a “cosmic” blend of aromatherapy • Attune to the resonance of clear Quartz (stone of power, raises consciousness, purifies) through a guided meditation • Energize the sahasrara through an asana practice of engaged standing poses and gentle inversions • Celebrate your connection to your own higher self, the universe, or the divine with the mantra “So Hum”
Elissa Turner is a gifted energy healer. Her healing practice SoulAscent operates out of Heart Stream Yoga and Wellness. She is a Certified ChiBall instructor. Jasmine Johnson-Kennedy is a 200-hr certified Kripalu yoga teacher with a fascination for the relationship between the energetic and physical bodies.
First Friday May 3, 2013, we are featuring a unique fiber artist. Come see her rich work. . .
Dorothy “Moxie” Pender Skyflight Alpacas 1668 Skyflight Ave. Fairbanks, Alaska 99709 Phone: 479-8443 email@example.com
Moxie met her husband John while they were both in grad school at Stanford University in the Bay Area. John always knew he was coming back to Alaska, which was great for Moxie as her mother’s family was from Point Hope. So off to Alaska they went, both teaching at UAF – John in Physics, Moxie in Electrical Engineering. Very quickly, they had 2 children, Johnny & Julia.
Johnny was 6 months old when a friend knit him a beautiful Scandinavian baby sweater, and Moxie just knew she had to learn how to knit! Many years ago (in Girl Scouts!) she learned to cast on, knit, purl, & cast off, but never knew how to increase, decrease, make fancy cables or elegant lace, never mind how to read a pattern. So off to Fred Meyer she went & came home with a Leisure Arts pamphlet, knitting needles, and cheap acrylic yarn & taught herself how to knit. Moxie made her way through the small projects, then decided it was time for a sweater. She jumped in with both feet, knitting a 29-color Kaffe Fassett sweater for her husband John. She’s been knitting ever since!
Moxie’s love of knitting luxury fibers combined with her love of animals & love of exotica prompted her to invest in a small herd of alpacas. Naturally, learning how to spin and weave came next, along with dyeing with both acid dyes & natural dyes. It is so cool to dye with flowers, roots, bark, & beetles!
Along the way, Moxie left the university to work in the oil industry for many years, when lo & behold, her position disappeared & it was an excellent time to decide what to do next. Surprise, surprise – she decided to make her way full time in the fiber world! What else does a PhD in Electrical Engineering do? (Hint – Incorporate electronics into her woven scarves J )
Moxie’s son John is now 21 on the cusp of graduating with a B.S. Computer Science at UAF, and her daughter Julia is now 18. The family is rounded out with a black lab “Raven”, a bull Shih Tzu “Cookie”, a wonderful mutt “Koko”, a delightful American Bashkir Curly horse “April”, ten alpacas – Rozie, Josie, Harmony, Yukon Gold, Davinci’s Bene, Alaskan Bojangles, Michelangelo D’Sunshine, Django van Gogh, Snowy & Pixie.
Two big events coming up April 5 – The Women’s Affair and First Friday with Photographer Bonnie Irving.
Visit us at the Women’s Affair April 5-7. We will be offering 10% off on punch cards (only at the show) and 15% off boxes of new clothing Donna has been unpacking, including a new line called Synergy that is really fun!
Bonnie Irving I was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. While I traveled, camped, and explored the state growing up with family, my first opportunity to regularly experience different areas came when I started tourism. I was a Tour Guide for two years on the Alaska Railroad in high school, traveling over 300 miles each day. That led to what will be a decade in the tourism industry this summer!
I used to always take photos at work, of the people and places I encountered, mostly digital point-and-shoot pictures. Coworkers say I was sneaky enough they didn’t know I was there until they heard the “click.” I doubt that as I was always laughing on approach! Looking back at those photos, I am thankful to have later found my own way to capture the scenery in particular another way, with these panoramas I am showing!
I studied photography for several years at UAF and MSU (in Bozeman, MT), and was just getting into my new digital SLR in 2009 when I started as a Driver Guide on the Alaska Highway. Digital meant a whole realm I hadn’t approached in the darkroom… Color! At the many stops with guests, I would always sneak my camera out for a few photographs, but it was when I deadheaded empty coaches along the road that I was able to really try and capture the scenery of my routes.
I started playing with panoramic photos as soon as I started shooting digital, and over time I’ve built a collection of the images that I am truly excited to share! The photographs are from all over Alaska (the highways anyway) along with some British Columbia and Yukon Territory. With some of them, I “fixed” the photos to fit smoothly together in exposure and shape, but gradually I’ve realized I really love the not-so-fixed ones more. Somehow I think the jagged borders and obvious individual photos give a better feel for the vastness of the places I’m portraying.
I hope you’ll all feel how much I love these places, and enjoy seeing the photos big for the first time!
Donna has invited Christopher Tompkins to visit Fairbanks before his workshop at Inner Dance Yoga Studio in Anchorage! His weekend workshop in Anchorage will be an in-depth 10 hour workshop, March 23-24. Visit Inner Dance for more details. Christopher Tompkins, MTS, MA, PhD track, has 3 degrees in Religion and Sanskrit, including Master’s Degrees from Harvard and UC Berkeley. Christopher lectures nationally in Universities and Yoga centers on the history, philosophy, and practices of Indian Yoga. He is the co-originator of the Foundation for Yoga (www.yogasthana.org).
March 19- 7:30-9pm- I. Defining Yoga. Come and learn what it means to experience ‘Yoga’ as the liberated state of Being, how this state is accessible to us in every moment, and how we may attune to it.
Russell Walker will be continuing Feldenkrais Workshops into March!!! Come experience the subtle and deep work of Feldenkrais.
Understanding and Using the Core- Saturday March 16, 3:30 -5:30pm. In the Feldenkrais Method, Awareness Through Movement, we learn to pay attention to the quality of our movements. When we focus on the quality of our movement we allow our brains the time to make new connections, which leads to more efficient and enjoyable movement patterns. In this workshop we will discuss what is commonly understood as the core, what it is needed for, and how it functions. We will explore our own unique use of our core through gentle, easy movements. In attending this workshop, you can expect to leave not only with a better intellectual understanding of what the core is and how it functions, but also with experiential knowledge of how you can best use your core to move easily and efficiently in your daily life. No previous experience is necessary and all skill and age levels are welcome.
Massage Therapist, Jayme L. Peppler is joining the ranks of Heart Stream Yoga andWellness. Visit the Massage Therapist tab to read more about the therapies she offers. As an introductory offering, she will be giving 1 hour massages for $55. Call 907-328-8730 to make an appointment.
More opportunities for working on wellness: Donna Lanni has expanded her clinical knowledge to include Vedic Thai Yoga Massage (Nuad Borarn). She is looking or provide massage on a donation basis in order to receive feedback and experience. Vedic Thai Massage is completed fully clothed (loose clothing preferred) on a comfortable futon mat. It is a system of “assisted asana” taught by “Mukti” Michael Buck, founder of the Vedic Conservatory. Call 907-978-0915.
Cassidy K Burgess – February First Friday Artist I began my journey with Yoga as a teenager, experimenting in the poses and skimming over the Yoga Sutras, hoping to fill a deep seated spiritual need I carried within me. I began seriously painting around the same time, and I worked to produce art rather than let it come from a deeper place, which caused me to abandon painting in frustration. Then after the birth of my daughter, Violet, I began to search in earnest reading the Yoga Sutras in depth, cultivating a daily Yoga and meditation practice, and reading the works of David Life and Sharon Gannon. It was while thumbing through “The Art of Yoga”, that I realized that my art needed to come from the place that I accessed through my yoga practice. It became a spiritual outlet, a feeling of joyful sharing. I want my art to reflect feelings and thoughts I experience on the mat, and in my own spiritual journey, the essence of connecting with the whole, and the feeling of wholeness that accompanies settling into the stream of life. I am so pleased to be able to share my art experience with the wonderful community at Heart Stream!
*Cassidy is a member of Zingaro Roots and rumor has it that there will be music at the opening and as always food, wine, and fun. It all begins at 5:30p.
January 18-20 Workshops with Erika Cooper – These were great workshops (WE LOVE YOU ERIKA) Can’t wait to see you again!
Mark your calendar for a fabulous Yin Yoga Weekend with Erika Cooper, owner of Elements Yoga – January 18-20. Erika will teach UAF Yoga Club, do an intro to Yin, conduct a Yin Master Class, a Yin/Yang class and a special Savasana class.
Friday, January 18 Intro to Yin Workshop 5:45p-7:45p $30
Saturday, Jan 19 9:30a-11:30a Yoga Club Workshop at UAF $10
Saturday, Jan 19 Yin Master Class 3:30p-6:30p $45
Sunday, Jan 20 Yin-Yang Workshop 1:00p-3:00p $30
Sunday, Jan 20 Savasana Workshop 3:30p-5:30p $30
Pay $125 for all four workshops at Heart Stream Yoga. Sign up at Mind/Body under “workshop” tab for any or all four. Show up early to UAF yoga to grab your spot, no reservations will be taken for this event.
Intro to Yin Workshop: Never heard of YIN Yoga or just haven’t tried it before? This 2 hour introduction to Yin Yoga workshop is the perfect opportunity for you! Even if you are a regular practitioner of Yin, you will pick up some new asana and approaches to your practice. We’ll begin with a luxurious and relieving Yin Yoga practice followed by the ultimate in relaxation, Yoga Nidra. Erika can’t wait to share her vast knowledge of Yin and her love of Yoga Nidra. Come join us for the fun, the release, and the yoga love!
Yin Master Class: Explore Yin Yoga with EYRT-200 Erika Cooper in the 3 hour master class that will give you the opportunity to dive deeper into YIN and experience the alchemy of the 3 philosophies of YIN. During this practice in Yin, Yin/Yang, and Meridian Yoga, we will have the opportunity to discuss the various benefits of each practice. This class is open to all and requires no previous yoga experience. 3 CEU’s are available for current yoga instructors.
Yin/Yang Workshop: An active class to explore the dynamic opposites of yoga.
Savasana Workshop: The ultimate in meditation. Experience finding new places within. Let Erika guide you to Savasana like you have never experienced before.
January 15- Meditation series begins again! We are pleased to welcome back Linda Thai for both a beginning level meditation series on Thursday nights and an intermediate series on Tuesday nights. Meditation is the powerful practice of seeing things as they really are, without all the noise and chatter of the mind. Linda came to meditation for practical reasons: needing to find new ways to be her and live life powerfully, rather than escaping into pleasure to avoid her inner tensions about life. Each class will be a practice of guided silent meditation, and an exploration of various concepts from Buddhist and Hindu world views, with the ultimate goal being relevant application into modern life….and finding lasting inner peace and happiness.
Applied Meditation Beginner: 8 week beginner’s series
Begins on Thursday 17th January for 8 weeks, 7:30pm-8:30pm
$12 per class, or $80 for the entire series. Sign up and pay online under workshop tab.
Applied Meditation Intermediate: 8 week intermediate series
Begins on Tuesday 15th January for 8 weeks, 7:30pm-8:30pm
$12 per class, or $80 for the entire series. Pay online
This series will continue in the same format and will build upon the foundational experiential knowledge of the Beginner’ Series. Pay online under workshop tab.
January 25- 5:45pm-7:15pm Friday $5 Friday class will be the kick off of our Yoga/Dance Fusion class. Both Donna and Linda Thai have been interested in offering ecstatic dance to the community for awhile. Ecstatic dance is free-form dance; the freedom of uninhibited self-expression is joyous medicine for the soul. There are no steps to follow, only the rhythm and beat of your own heart and the authentic movement of your body. The beat deepens as an electronic tapestry of world rhythms, funk and soul weaves us together as individuals within a greater family. This dance expression has become very popular with up to 200 people attending at a time in various studios around the world.
This is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity.
Donna, who has over 150 hrs in both Yoga Meets Dance and Yoga Trance Dance training and Linda, a soul dancer at heart, will gently guide the process.