Workshops & Events


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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 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 September 30 (or scroll to the date you want)

Richelle Ricard Trauma Sensitive Yoga II with Morgan Vanderpool & Janice Sack-Ory

Friday November 3 - November 5
Friday 5 - 8:30pm, Saturday 12:30 - 6:30pm, Sunday 9:00am - 5:30pm

Approaches to Teaching Trauma Sensitive (Informed) Yoga

The use of yoga as both an asana based practice and a mindful meditation practice facilitates the healing capacities of embodied presence. In these two modules, the student will obtain an understanding of two unique empirically validated, adjunctive clinical treatments currently being offered for either PTSD, complex trauma, or both. Through both dynamic dialogue and experiential learning, the student will gain a deeper appreciation for the use of the full spectrum of what yoga can offer to those living with the challenges of the after effects of trauma. The two weekend modules will integrate the teachings of Integrative Restoration (iRest) as developed by Richard Miller, Ph.D and the Trauma Justice Center’s Trauma Sensitive Yoga program as developed by Dave Emerson E-RYT.

The modules will address the following areas as related to the teaching of yoga from a trauma sensitive (informed) perspective:

Defining Trauma & Understanding its Impact of Trauma on the Inter & Intrapersonal Relationship
Trauma & Attachment Theory, & Neuroscientific Underpinnings of TC-TSY
Teaching Methodology, Breath Work, and Class Themes of TC-TSY
The Science of Mindfulness Meditation and Embodied Presence
The Non-dualistic teachings of Yoga as it Applies to Integrative Healing Post-Trauma
Trauma and its impact on the Whole: through exploration of the Koshas

In addition to the actual classroom time, readings will be assigned for each of the curriculums.

iRest is a research-based meditation, relaxation, and healing protocol. It was developed over 35 years by Richard Miller, Ph.D, clinical research psychologist and yogic scholar. iRest was adapted from the ancient teachings of Yoga Nidra, which were remodeled to reflect findings from modern neuroscience and western psychology. It is an educational practice of yoga that focuses on health and healing at all levels of your life: physical, psychological, and spiritual. It also is a secular program that respects all ages, cultures, religions and philosophical orientations. iRest teaches students self care tools that lead one to experience self-mastery, resilience, and well-being.

iRest is integrative as it addresses both psychological and physical issues, such as stress, trauma, insomnia, and pain in your body and mind. iRest is restorative because it helps you recover your inner resources of joy, peace, and well-being. This enables you to feel connected to yourself and to live with meaning and purpose.

iRest was endorsed in 2010 by the US Army Surgeon General and the Defense Centers for Excellence as a Level I Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). iRest is currently supporting active duty and veterans in 12 US military bases and 38 VA hospitals and facilities and over 50 non military programs supporting Veterans. iRest is also being utilized in human trafficking relief programs, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, in hospices, and in schools. iRest is bringing relief to those with chronic pain, chemical dependency, infertility, iRest is serving the wider population in yoga studios and community centers, in chemical dependency programs, and is being used in childbirth education programs and schools to support emotional intelligence and self-mastery. To find a greater sense of peace and well-being.

Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is an empirically validated, adjunctive clinical treatment for complex trauma or chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD. Developed at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, TSY has foundations in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, and Neuroscience as well as Hatha Yoga practice with an emphasis on body-based yoga movement and breathing practices.

The focus of the TC-TSY module will be on why and how to modify yoga to make it more trauma-sensitive. The TC-TSY module will cover the impacts of trauma on the brain and the body, theoretical underpinnings of TC-TSY, teaching methodology and class themes of TC-TSY and breath work within a TC-TSY framework. Through out all the content there will be a large emphasis on how a yoga teacher can be more aware and attuned to the subjective and relational experience of trauma survivors in a yoga practice.

Janice Sack-Ory is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level and an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner/Certified Nurse-Midwife. Janice completed both her basic yoga teacher training and her Integrative Movement Therapy Certification at the Samarya Center for Integrative Movement Therapy in Seattle with Molly Kenny and Stephanie Sisson. In addition she holds Certifications in Insight/Yin Yoga from Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley and in Phoenix Rising Yoga and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through University of Massachusettes Medical School Center for Mindfulness. She further deepened her meditation practice by attending numerous vipassana retreats, especially with Dharma teacher, Heather Martin, and in training in Insight Dialogue as developed by Gregory Kramer. She is committed to the process of compassionate inquiry and listening to one’s inner wisdom as a means to self-discovery and to enhance the quality of one’s life.

Morgan Vanderpool is a Trauma Sensitive Yoga trainer and facilitator with the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline Massachusetts, where yoga has been used as an adjunct treatment for PTSD for over ten years with a variety of groups, from survivors of chronic childhood abuse and neglect, to teenagers, to war veterans. Morgan specifically has experience working with sexual assault and domestic violence survivors, refugees, LGBTQ youth, female veterans, and foster youth. Examples of integrating trauma-sensitive yoga into all of these communities will be given.

You are welcome to participate in this workshop if you participated in Trauma Sensitive Yoga I.
$350 for all 3 sessions; early bird rate of $325 if registered by October 8, 2017

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RestorativeRestorative Thai Yoga for Deep Relaxation Workshop with Jeni Martinez & Sandi Koch

Saturday, November 18 from 2:30 - 4:30 pm 

What do you get when you combine a restorative yoga posture with a Thai Assisted Yoga Adjustment? Deeply Relaxed!

Enjoy an afternoon of radical self-care: releasing stress and nourishing depletion through passive yoga postures supported by bolsters, blankets and other props. Your relaxation will be enhanced by soothing Thai Yoga Adjustments from Sandi Koch, Thai Yoga Massage Therapist.

$30 in advance, $35 at the door
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picture of child doing yogaFaith & Flow: A weekend of Vinyasa 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

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.

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.  

Location: Highline College, Building 2
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 session)
$335 for full week end after March 1 (or $90 per session)
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