Workshops & Events

 

Rob and Melissa

Flow to the Glow: Bhakti Vinyasa with Live Music and Kirtan with
Rob and Melissa Lundsgaard

Saturday, December 9 from 4:30 - 5:45 pm followed by Kirtan/Concert 6 - 7:15 pm

Join husband and wife, Rob and Melissa Lundsgaard, as they offer a unique, blissful and heart-centered vinyasa flow yoga practice with a creative sequence of movement, music and kirtan . Rob and Melissa’s welcoming spirit and open-hearted presence will inspire and uplift you...join us as we move and sing together in community.

Kirtan/Concert with Rob and Melissa
Kirtan is the singing of ancient Sanskrit chants and mantras in a group setting, and is a form of Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of devotion. Whether new to kirtan or life long devotees, Rob and Melissa create a fun, accessible and sacred space...the perfect setting for a joy-filled celebration of the divine!  
 
"I love me some Rob and Melissa Kirtan! They create an incredibly warm and inviting atmosphere where people can let their voices shine. Their harmonies together along with Rob's amazing guitar playing soothe the soul and bring much joy." -MJ Daniels, 8 Limbs Yoga Teacher (Seattle) 

Krishna Das, one of the most prominent kirtan singers in the US, says, “the words of these chants are called the divine names and they come from a place that's deeper than our hearts and our thoughts, deeper than the mind. And so as we sing them they turn us towards ourselves, into ourselves. They bring us in, and as we offer ourselves into the experience, the experience changes us. They come from the Hindu tradition, but it's not about being a Hindu, or believing anything in advance. It's just about doing it, and experiencing. Nothing to join, you just sit down and sing."
 
Bio: Rob & Melissa Lundsgaard are Bhakti Yoga teachers and kirtan artists based out of Seattle, WA. Together they weave ancient Sanskrit chants with heart-filled songs, and insightful storytelling. Rob’s past experience as a filmmaker is reflected in his passion for the myths and legends of yoga. Melissa is a movement enthusiast and joyologist. Their personal mantra “Be Nice and Have Fun” is the foundation of their life philosophy, and their gift is sharing this joy through mantra and movement.


$20 each or $35 for both
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Richelle RicardIntensive Study of the Hip: Physiology & Application with Richelle Ricard

Friday February 2 - 4
Friday 5 - 8:30pm, Saturday 12:30 - 6:30pm, Sunday 9:30am - 5:30pm
Held at Good Karma Center for Joy. 711 S.t Helens Ave, Tacoma, 98402

Meet Richelle, our new anatomy guru. She prefers the label yoga engineer. She's got us rethinking popular yoga cues like "tuck the tailbone" and "draw the shoulders away from the ears." In this work shop she offers you the knowledge she has gained over 20+ years of study and practice in sports medicine, massage therapy, energetics, and yoga. Her goal is to empower you and your yoga practice through education and awareness. When you understand the mechanics of your physical body, you can hone your awareness and refine your movement. This process keeps your muscles and joints safe, and trains your mind for the deeper work of a unified yoga practice; to tame the ego and connect with your true Self. She builds a forum for deeper education, not just a series of interesting sequences.

Richelle will review the fundamental principles of physiology of the hip. Individual differences are the name of the game with the hips. Differences in the shape of the bones, the texture of our connective tissue, the pathways of our nerves, the status of our digestion and even the tension in our jaw contribute to the nature of our hips in life and in yoga practice.

“As the Yoga Engineer, I am offering you the knowledge I’ve gained over 20+ years of study and practice in sports medicine, massage therapy, energetics, and yoga. My goal is to empower you and your yoga practice through education and awareness. When you understand the mechanics of your physical body, you can hone your awareness and refine your movement. This process keeps your muscles and joints safe, and trains your mind for the deeper work of a unified yoga practice; to tame the ego and connect with your true Self."

You are welcome to participate in this workshop if you are currently enrolled in the Three Trees 300 hr Teacher Training; a graduate of any 200 RYT training; you are currently teaching yoga, or by permission of the directors.
$350 for all 3 sessions; early bird rate of $325 if registered by January 2, 2018

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RestorativeYin/Restorative Winter Chill Workshop with Cristina Covert

Saturday, February 3 from 2:30 - 4:30 pm 

Winter is a time for stillness.  Nature shows us the necessity for going quiet and drawing inward.

Deepen your yin experience in this extended winter practice as we explore variations of yin postures, holding them for time (3-5min); work with breath awareness; and practice stillness and slowing down.

 

 

$25 in advance, $30 at the door
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picture of child doing yoga Thai Yoga Massage Playshop with Sandi Koch

Saturday, February 17 from 3:00 -5:30 pm 

Join Thai Massage Practitioner / Yoga Teacher, Sandi Koch for an evening of exploring the healing art of Thai Yoga Massage with a friend or loved one.

A combination of acupressure, gentle rhythmic massage and yoga-like stretching, Thai Yoga Massage can leave you feeling balanced and relaxed.

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the basics about Thai Yoga Massage and learn to tailor your touch to your partner’s specific needs as you give and receive Thai Yoga Massage.

Bring a friend or loved one - enjoy and develop your skills in the art of providing Thai Yoga Massage.

$40 per person, $70 per couple
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Richelle RicardIntensive Study of the Shoulder: Physiology & Application with Richelle Ricard

Friday April 6 - 8, 2018
Friday 5 - 8:30pm, Saturday 12:30 - 6:30pm, Sunday 9:30am - 5:30pm
Held at Good Karma Center for Joy. 711 S.t Helens Ave, Tacoma, 98402

Richelle will review the basic structure of the shoulder; learn how the upper extremity serves your yoga practice and how you can use it most effectively with the least risk of injury.

"Richelle’s instructions, so carefully, precisely worded, guide us to become more aware of integrated movement and how adjustments or changes in stance or posture can make a difference in ease, strength and functional movement." says Cathy Geier in a recent article on Richelle in Seattle Yoga News.

You are welcome to participate in this workshop if you are currently enrolled in the Three Trees 300 hr Teacher Training; a graduate of any 200 RYT training; you are currently teaching yoga, or by permission of the directors.
$350 for all 3 sessions; early bird rate of $325 if registered by March 6, 2018

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picture of child doing yogaFinding Our Center: A weekend of Vinyasa &
Being Still with Skill Meditation Workshop
with Rolf Gates

Friday, April 20 - Sunday April 22, 2018

Friday 6:00 - 9:00 pm; Saturday 9:00am - 12:00pm and 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Sunday, 9:00 am - 12:00pm

Don't miss this opportunity to study with Rolf Gates and receive a free copy of his new children's book Yogsuzya Friends!
Join Rolf for a dynamic weekend of Vinyasa, meditation, pranyama and lecture/discussion as we explore the practices that create a life that works. Throughout thisweekend, we will dive into the tools of yoga that allow us to stay connected to the truth of who we are as we practice new ways of being in the world.
The yoga will be a synergy of the freedom of a powerful Vinyasa class and the structural integrity of yoga's therapeutic alignment principles.
 The intensive is intentionally challenging, but open to all who wish to explore yoga as an evolutionary journey.  The only 'requirement' is that you show up, do your best and let your best be good enough.
The sessions are intended as a whole weekend workshop, but the sessions may be taken individually. All sessions will be based around aspects of Rolf Gates' Meditations on Intention and Beings: Dally Reflections on the Path of Yoga, Mindfulness and Compassion.

Rolf Gates, author of the bestselling books on yogic philosophy, Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga, and the newly released: Meditations on Intention and Being: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga, Mindfulness and Compassion, conducts yoga workshops, retreats, teacher trainings, and coaching and mentorship programs throughout the U.S. and abroad--and online. Rolf and his work have been featured in numerous media, including Yoga Journal, ORGINS, Natural Health, People Magazine, and Travel and Leisure's 25 Top Yoga Studios in the World. suzy
Rolf is the co-founder of the Yoga, Meditation and Recovery Conference at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Massachusetts and a teacher at Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center in Northern CA.  He is also on the Advisory Board for the Yoga Service Council and the Veterans Yoga Project. A former addictions counselor and U.S. Army Airborne Ranger who has practiced meditation for over twenty-five years, Rolf brings his eclectic background to his practice and his teachings.Rolf and his wife, Mariam Gates, author of Good Night Yoga: A Pose by Pose Bedtime Story and Good Morning Yoga: A Pose by Pose Wake Up Story, live in Santa Cruz, California with their two children.  

SCHEDULE
Friday: 6pm-9pm - Vision and Intention - Vinyasa Session
In this asana-based session we will explore being grounded in our practice and inspired in our lives. We will allow our practice to give voice to the great heart within us.The session will include Vinyasa, meditation and lecture/discussion. The yoga will be a synergy of the freedom of a powerful Vinyasa class and the structural integrity of yoga's therapeutic alignment principles.

Saturday: 9am-noon - Being Still with Skill - The Power of Meditation Workshop 
Yoga is the cultivation of inner space and the ability to use it well. In this meditation workshop, Rolf will describe the opportunity presented to us in the teachings of the Buddha and Patanjali.  This experiential workshop will explore how these great contributions to consciousness weave beautifully together to enhance the quality of our daily lives.  This will be in lecture discussion form and guided meditation experience with support in beginning or building on your own meditation practice.

 2-5pm: Faith and Flow - Vinyasa Session
'In our fear we believe that we must make things happen; in our practice we learn to let things happen.'  Rolf Gatessuzy
In this asana-based session we will explore and practice how we create the experience of 'sanctuary', the experience of the sacred in our every day lives. The session will include Vinyasa, meditation and lecture/discussion.  The yoga will be a synergy of the freedom of a powerful Vinyasa class and the structural integrity of yoga's therapeutic alignment principles.

Sunday: 9am-noon - Intention and Being - Vinyasa Session
The pose is what we are doing; the yoga is how we are being in the pose. 
Knowing the heart offers us new possibilities in every aspect of our lives. The session will include Vinyasa, meditation and lecture/discussion.  The yoga will be a synergy of the freedom of a powerful Vinyasa class and the structural integrity of yoga's therapeutic alignment principles.

Location: Highline College, Building 8
2400 S 240th St
Des Moines, Wa 98198-9800
Park in South Parking Lot off of 24oth St.

Early Bird Pricing: $275 for full weekend if paid in full by March 1, 2018 (or $75 per 3 hour session)
$335 for full week end after March 1 (or $90 per 3 hour session)
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Register here for individual sessions

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Kids Yoga (ages 3 -9) with Anne Laurel

Last Saturday of Every Month from 2:30 - 3:30 PM

Yoga for Kids focuses on creative movement, body awareness, and an introduction to the mind-body connection. Using games, stories, music and imagination this class will be a fun and exploratory process accessible to any age or physical ability. The main focus of yoga is to bring movement and awareness into our children's bodies...no ability to touch your toes or sit perfectly still is required. Students should come with an open mind and a willingness to move, explore and express themselves. And have fun!

Benefits of Yoga for Kids:

* Improves motor skills, balance and coordination
* Increases neuromuscular development
* Helps to strengthen the immune system
* Promotes healthier sleep
* Increases concentration, focus and attention span
* Stimulates auditory processing and responsiveness
* Balances energy
* Builds confidence and self-esteem
* Develops discipline and self-control
* Enables social interaction and self-expression
* Encourages a fit and healthy lifestyle
* Its fun!

$13 in advance, $18 at the door. $4 discount on each additional sibling

Register now for November 25 (or scroll to the date you want)