Upcoming Workshops

Restorative Yoga for Emotional Balance

With Joanne Varni, ERYT500

 

Join Joanne for this unique approach to restorative yoga. Restorative yoga allows the body to slow down into a rest and recovery state, offers the body a way to decompress, and offers a type of rest that is distinct from sleep. Restorative yoga uses props to allow for longer, more comfortable holds so the body can rest by slowing down the systems in the body including heart rate and blood pressure as well as gently stretching the fascia and other deeper, connective tissues to release tension caused by stress and anxiety, enhance the immune or “rest and recovery” systems, balance the nervous system, increase flexibility, and still the “vritti” also known as chatter of the mind.

 

This relaxing workshop will offer a presentation on specific postures, breathing techniques and sequences that focus on specific ailments such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia as well as balancing the nervous system. There will be a half hour lecture, gentle movement and then a restorative practice on balancing the nervous system. The class will include sound healing bowls and essential oil. Leave educated and rejuvenated!

 

September 30, 2017

Breathe Together Yoga, Los Gatos

1:30pm-4:30pm

Pricing: $75 Regular

$65 for Members and early bird 9/12

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Restorative Yoga with Acupuncture:  Nourishing the Rivers within!

with Joanne Varni and Bridget Supriya Puchalsky

 

Join Joanne and Bridget for this one of a kind experience through their joint restorative and acupuncture workshop. Even if you have no experience with acupuncture or restorative yoga, this workshop is perfect for anyone feeling depleted, drained and fatigued which is very common during the winter months, especially around the stressful holiday season.

 

The workshop will be a combination of acupuncture and restorative postures that specifically target meridians that need attention and nourishment during the winter months (specifically the kidneys and adrenals). Joanne will guide us into a restorative posture and Bridget will then apply acupuncture needles to those meridians supported during the pose.   Several poses and a variety of meridians will be explored.

 

At the end of the workshop, you will be anointed with essential oils that also support organ health and emotional well-being. Sound bowls will guide you through your svasana experience.   You won’t want to miss out on this unique experience. Space is limited so please register in advance.

 

Date: December 2, 2017

Time: 1pm-4:30

Cost: $85 regular pricing, $75 early bird and member pricing by 11/2/17

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Please wear loose fitting clothing that can easily be moved to both knees and elbows with a loose or v-neck.


 

 


 

Previous Workshops

In this workshop we will explore the various relationships of our psoas muscles with these subtle bodies, specifically the chakra system. Lecture, visualization, pranayama, and physical practices (including Core Release and Restore) will be explored.

“The Subtle body has been described as an elaborate set of systems in the body navigating it’s interior. These systems map the flow of breath called Prana whose dynamic potency pumps and flows and trickles through a myriad of channels called nadis.”~Tias Little, “Yoga of the Subtle body”.

Other parts of the subtle body have been described as, and in some traditions also include, the Chakra system, as well as the mental and emotional body. Our psoas muscles have an intimate relationship with our subtle body  as well as the systems in the body that keep us moving and our body working, such as respiratory system, cardiovascular system, nervous system, and edocrine system.

The psoas muscle is a primal, instinctive muscle that directly interacts with our brain and nervous system and is the only muscle that connects the upper and lower body. Throughout our daily interactions, they are constantly communicating with all of our organs and other systems in the body including the kidneys, the heart, the diaphragm and reproductive organs as their nerve endings literally integrate with one another.  At a physical level, these muscles connect the upper and lower body and are also know as our hip flexors. At an emotional level, this muscle plays a major role in our survival instincts and is the primary muscle that activates fight or flight and is instructing our nervous system at a primal level as to how to activate that system.   At an energetic level, it is located in the area where our first four chakras reside and greatly affects the overall energetic body. Certain physical activities, the stresses of everyday life, physical or emotional trauma, and aging can wreak havoc on our psoas muscles which can cause dehydration to the muscle, limited mobility, pain, emotional issues, and a deregulated nervous system.

Please join me for this powerful, yet gentle releasing experience. This is an all levels class and is suitable for just about anyone.

Core Release and Restore is influenced by the work of Liz Koch, David Bercelli (TRE), Tias Litte, and many other master teachers.

 

Breathe Together Yoga, Los Gatos

February 11, 2017

1:00-4:30

Pricing $75 (Members and early bird  pricing (1/12) $65)

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Core Release and Restore (with special Guest, Anaghan Viera and his Crystal Bowls)

Getting to know your psoas~Deep release through yoga, neurogenic tremoring (TRE), sound and vibration.

Core Release and Restore uses various techniques to help create healthy psoas and muscles.  The psoas muscles play an integral role in supporting emotional and physical well-being. And, they have multidimensional qualities that set them apart from other muscles.

We are excited to be bringing in the additional healing modalities of sound and vibration to this workshop.  Neurogenic tremoring allows for a gentle, yet dynamic release.  Bringing in sound and vibration after our practice will help to continue the energetic release after the tremors have stopped.  Sound Immersion is a therapeutic approach to health and wellness utilizing a variety of sound healing techniques, such as crystal singing bowls, the earth gong, and Native American flutes. Sound Immersion sessions can help to achieve deep relaxation, lower blood pressure, improved concentration and alleviation of physical pain or injury. Recipients also experience a greater sense of well-being and inner peace.

The psoas muscle is a primal, instinctive muscle that directly interacts with our brain and nervous system and is the only muscle that connects the upper and lower body. Throughout our daily interactions, they are constantly communicating with all of our organs and other systems in the body including the kidneys, the heart, the diaphragm and reproductive organs as their nerve endings literally integrate with one another.  At a physical level, these muscles connect the upper and lower body and are also know as our hip flexors.  At an emotional level, this muscle plays a major role in our survival instincts and is the primary muscle that activates fight or flight and is instructing our nervous system at a primal level as to how to activate that system.   At an energetic level, it is located in the area where our first four chakras reside and greatly affects the overall energetic body. Certain physical activities, the stresses of everyday life, physical or emotional trauma, and aging can wreak havoc on our psoas muscles which can cause dehydration to the muscle, limited mobility, pain, emotional issues, and a deregulated nervous system.

In this workshop we will investigate ways to subtly (and not so subtly) release, unravel, hydrate, lengthen, tone, and soften our psoas and iliopsoas muscles. We will work on ways to get to know our psoas and iliopsoas through gentle/restorative asana, somatic movement, sound, and neurogenic tremoring.  We will end the practice bathing in healing sounds with Anaghan and the crystal bowls.  Please join us for this powerful, yet gentle releasing experience.

This is an all levels class and is suitable for just about anyone.

Core Release and Restore is influenced by the work of Liz Koch, David Bercelli (TRE), Anodea Judith and many other master teachers.

 

Joanne is a Yoga Alliance Certified ERYT500 and completed her certifications through Jennifer Prugh’s JOY of Yoga teacher trainings. She is a certified Trauma Sensitive Yoga teacher having received her certification through TSY under the renowned guidance of Bessel van der Kolk. Her Yoga Therapeutics certification was completed with Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal and she completed the Core Application Course with Liz Koch, a leading psoas muscle expert.  She is also a Level II TRE Practitioner.  She teaches classes focusing on Wellness, Restorative, and Core, Release and Restore (Inspired by TRE) classes.  She teaches Yoga for Trauma Recovery at the VA in Menlo Park and Palo Alto and at the Center for Survivors of Torture.  She also has taught voluntarily to women at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas.

Anaghan’s work is informed by his years of study with his own teachers and also by a daily meditation practice, contemplation and Self-Inquiry. His spiritual search began in 2000, after being hospitalized for a life-threatening infection. The experience of coming close to death inspired Anaghan to question his perceptions of reality and set him on a life-changing path of self-inquiry and spiritual practice. Today, as a sound healer, certified massage therapist, and meditation teacher, he is dedicated to helping people experience relaxation, healing, and the deep peace and stillness of becoming present to what is.