Workshops

Brand New Beginners in Rittenhouse
with Jennifer Nehila
Thu Jan 12 2017 - Thu Mar 2 2017
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Brand New Beginners in Rittenhouse
with Elliot Polinsky
Mon Feb 6 2017 - Mon Mar 20 2017
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Seeds of Change: Tantra Hatha Yoga for Discovery & Transformation
with Tra Kirkpatrick
Fri Feb 24 2017 - Sun Feb 26 2017
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Brand New Beginners in South Philadelphia
with Kate DeRosa Howell
Mon Feb 27 2017 - Mon Apr 10 2017
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Brand New Beginners Level 2 in South Philadelphia
with Kate DeRosa Howell
Mon Feb 27 2017 - Mon Apr 3 2017
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Brand New Beginners Series in Fairmount
with Laura Edoff
Tue Feb 28 2017 - Tue Apr 11 2017
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Teaching Pregnant Women in Open Level Classes
with Kate DeRosa Howell
Sat Mar 4 2017
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Sinking Into the Yoga Sutras
with Corina Benner
Sun Mar 5 2017 - Sun Mar 5 2017
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Once A Month Restorative- South
with Vanessa Jackson
Sun Mar 5 2017
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Yoga for Longevity
with Anna Quinn
Thu Mar 9 2017 - Thu Mar 30 2017
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Yin Yoga Teacher Training Module II: Exploring Subtle Terrain in Yin Yoga- Feelings, Beliefs & Transformation
with Corina Benner
Fri Mar 10 2017 - Sun Mar 12 2017
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Once A Month Restorative- Fairmount
with Carolyn Poerio
Fri Mar 10 2017
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Yoga for Athletes Workshop
with Kiran Matsko
Sat Mar 11 2017
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Well-Rounded Yoga
with Carolyn Poerio
Sat Mar 11 2017
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Awakening the Heart Meditation Series
with Michael Carroll
Thu Mar 16 2017 - Sat Apr 15 2017
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Yoga Immersion with Corina Benner Accompanied on Sitar by Thomas Flanagan
with Corina Benner
Fri Mar 17 2017
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Awakening the Goddess with the Spring Equinox
with Jennifer Nehila
Sun Mar 19 2017
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Yoga for Stress Release: A Physical Practice to Liberate Mental Space
with Elliot Polinsky
Sun Mar 26 2017
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Yoga for Runners Series
with Kiran Matsko
Mon Mar 27 2017 - Mon May 1 2017
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Brand New Beginners in Rittenhouse
with Elliot Polinsky
Mon Mar 27 2017 - Mon May 8 2017
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Exploring the Chakras: Beyond the Traditional 7 and Practical Application
with Corey Sokoloff
Sat Apr 1 2017
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The Yoga of Sufi Poetry
with Katy Hawkins
Sat Apr 1 2017
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Once A Month Restorative- South
with Vanessa Jackson
Sun Apr 2 2017
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Once A Month Restorative- Fairmount
with Carolyn Poerio
Fri Apr 7 2017
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Well-Rounded Yoga
with Carolyn Poerio
Sat Apr 8 2017
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Yoga Immersion with Corina Benner Accompanied on Sitar by Thomas Flanagan
with Corina Benner
Fri Apr 14 2017
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Brand New Beginners Level 2 in Fairmount
with Laura Edoff
Tue Apr 18 2017 - Tue May 23 2017
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Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra Workshop
with Jessica Ardis
Sun Apr 23 2017
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Yoga for Kids
with Maggie Ludwig
Thu May 4 2017 - Thu May 25 2017
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Teaching Office Yoga
with Lauren Coles
Fri May 5 2017 - Sun May 7 2017
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Breathing, Yamuna Body Rolling, and Yoga
with Heather Marie Miller
Sat May 6 2017
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Once A Month Restorative- South
with Vanessa Jackson
Sun May 7 2017
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Once A Month Restorative- Fairmount
with Carolyn Poerio
Fri May 12 2017
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Well-Rounded Yoga
with Carolyn Poerio
Sat May 13 2017
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Alternative Mother's Day Workshop
with Carolyn Poerio
Sun May 14 2017
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Yoga Immersion with Corina Benner Accompanied on Sitar by Thomas Flanagan
with Corina Benner
Fri May 19 2017
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Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Felicia Graham Comisar, assisted by Vanessa Jackson
with Felicia Graham Comisar, Vanessa Jackson
Fri May 19 2017 - Sun May 21 2017
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Teaching Yoga to Kids
with Vera Ginsburgs
Fri Jun 2 2017 - Sun Jun 4 2017
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Once A Month Restorative- South
with Vanessa Jackson
Sun Jun 4 2017
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Yin Yoga Teacher Training: Building a Strong Foundation
with Corina Benner
Thu Jun 8 2017 - Sun Jun 11 2017
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Learning the Bhagavad Gita
with Matthew Falkowski
Fri Jun 23 2017 - Sun Jun 25 2017
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Pranayama: Theory & Teaching
with Yoganand Michael Carroll
Thu Sep 14 2017 - Sun Sep 17 2017
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Basic Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training
with Jacci Gruninger
Wed Oct 4 2017 - Sun Oct 8 2017
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Experiential Anatomy & Therapeutic Yoga: Focus on the Spine, Breath & Bandhas
with Marlysa Sullivan
Fri Nov 3 2017 - Sun Nov 5 2017
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Experiential Anatomy & Therapeutic Yoga: Focus on Hips, Knees & Feet
with Tra Kirkpatrick
Fri Nov 3 2017 - Sun Nov 5 2017
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The Yoga Way: Toward Psychological Health & Emotional Well-being
with Holle Black
Fri Jan 19 2018 - Sun Jan 21 2018
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The Yoga Approach to Chronic Pain
with Marlysa Sullivan
Fri Apr 6 2018 - Sun Apr 8 2018
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Myofascaie, Prana & the Bandhas: Merging Anatomy with Spirit
with Jeff Schoaf
Fri Jun 1 2018 - Sun Jun 3 2018
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Pranayama's Deeper Practices: Modern Applications in the Ancient Tradition of Tantra Hatha Yoga
with Jeff Schoaf
Fri Oct 12 2018 - Sun Oct 14 2018
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Brand New Beginners in Rittenhouse

Thu Jan 12 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Thu Jan 19 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Thu Jan 26 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Thu Feb 2 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Thu Feb 9 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Thu Feb 16 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Thu Feb 23 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Thu Mar 2 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Teacher(s): Jennifer Nehila
Walking into a yoga class for the first time can be an intimidating experience. You may feel you're not flexible enough, not strong enough, or not calm enough to make it through an entire class. This series provides you with the opportunity to engage your mind and body in a study of your self, discovering breath and movement in a non-competitive and nurturing environment. We will focus on foundational vinyasa yoga poses and breath practices, and your teacher will also introduce you to the 8-limbed path of yoga. The series will be progressive, layering one class on top of the next, so that your experience and understanding of yoga continues to deepen. This series is designed to empower you to attend any class at Wake Up Yoga with confidence after its conclusion, armed with appropriate variations to protect yourself from injury and get the most out of the class. Upon completion of the Series, students receive a 10% discount on first class card. This is an introductory series to vinyasa yoga. Vinyasa yoga can be an intense physical practice and may not be appropriate for those with recent head or neck injury, vertigo or severe joint pain. Students will be sitting on the floor at the beginning of each session, and classes are designed for those who can get up from and down onto the floor on their own power with ease. Pregnant students looking to establish a practice are encouraged to practice in prenatal yoga classes rather than enroll in this BNB series. Please be in touch with us at or send an email to info@wakeupyoga.com if you have any questions about this series. Vinyasa yoga is a valuable practice for many people but may not be the most appropriate practice for each student at every phase of life. We want you to LOVE yoga and are happy to direct you to a class that will be best-suited to your intentions. NOTE: DUE TO TEACHER INJURY, THIS SERIES WILL CONCLUDE ON MARCH 2ND TO MAKE UP FOR THE CLASS MISSED ON FEBRUARY 2ND.

$105.00 - Full Series

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Brand New Beginners in Rittenhouse

Mon Feb 6 2017, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Mon Feb 13 2017, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Mon Feb 20 2017, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Mon Feb 27 2017, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Mon Mar 6 2017, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Mon Mar 13 2017, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Mon Mar 20 2017, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Teacher(s): Elliot Polinsky
Walking into a yoga class for the first time can be an intimidating experience. You may feel you're not flexible enough, not strong enough, or not calm enough to make it through an entire class. This series provides you with the opportunity to engage your mind and body in a study of your self, discovering breath and movement in a non-competitive and nurturing environment. We will focus on foundational vinyasa yoga poses and breath practices, and your teacher will also introduce you to the 8-limbed path of yoga. The series will be progressive, layering one class on top of the next, so that your experience and understanding of yoga continues to deepen. This series is designed to empower you to attend any class at Wake Up Yoga with confidence after its conclusion, armed with appropriate variations to protect yourself from injury and get the most out of the class. Upon completion of the Series, students receive a 10% discount on first class card. This is an introductory series to vinyasa yoga. Vinyasa yoga can be an intense physical practice and may not be appropriate for those with recent head or neck injury, vertigo or severe joint pain. Students will be sitting on the floor at the beginning of each session, and classes are designed for those who can get up from and down onto the floor on their own power with ease. Pregnant students looking to establish a practice are encouraged to practice in prenatal yoga classes rather than enroll in this BNB series. Please be in touch with us at or send an email to info@wakeupyoga.com if you have any questions about this series. Vinyasa yoga is a valuable practice for many people but may not be the most appropriate practice for each student at every phase of life. We want you to LOVE yoga and are happy to direct you to a class that will be best-suited to your intentions.

$105.00 - Full Series

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Seeds of Change: Tantra Hatha Yoga for Discovery & Transformation

Fri Feb 24 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sat Feb 25 2017, 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sun Feb 26 2017, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Tra Kirkpatrick
Yoga techniques serve as a powerful and tangible system for understanding energy in all layers of human experience (physical, mental, emotional, intuitive) and helping us to grow in the awareness of our patterns and our relationship to them. As a continuous and dynamic path of Self-discovery, yoga helps us realize that the way we treat ourselves and interact with the world will lead us to suffering and dis-ease or health and vibrancy. Combining teachings and techniques of yoga with empowerment coaching offers an insightful and tangible system for understanding the driving forces of behavior and integrating behavior change. With yoga as a foundation, compelling and insightful coaching-inquiry helps clients understand the mechanics of behavior and how to access change through yoga practices. This program uses philosophies from the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras, Upanishads, and other yoga texts, various yoga techniques, and coaching dialogue techniques as agents for exploring behavior and change. Program is 20 contact hours plus an additional 10 hours of a take-home mentored practicum that is to be completed following the module. Students who successfully complete the module and the practicum are given 30 hours of credit and/or CEUs.

$325.00 - Early registration tuition: $325 if by January 23rd
$400.00 - Tuition: $400

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Brand New Beginners in South Philadelphia

Mon Feb 27 2017, 5:45 PM - 7:15 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Mon Mar 6 2017, 5:45 PM - 7:15 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Mon Mar 13 2017, 5:45 PM - 7:15 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Mon Mar 20 2017, 5:45 PM - 7:15 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Mon Mar 27 2017, 5:45 PM - 7:15 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Mon Apr 3 2017, 5:45 PM - 7:15 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Mon Apr 10 2017, 5:45 PM - 7:15 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Kate DeRosa Howell
Walking into a yoga class for the first time can be an intimidating experience. You may feel you're not flexible enough, not strong enough, or not calm enough to make it through an entire class. This series provides you with the opportunity to engage your mind and body in a study of your self, discovering breath and movement in a non-competitive and nurturing environment. We will focus on foundational vinyasa yoga poses and breath practices, and your teacher will also introduce you to the 8-limbed path of yoga. The series will be progressive, layering one class on top of the next, so that your experience and understanding of yoga continues to deepen. This series is designed to empower you to attend any class at Wake Up Yoga with confidence after its conclusion, armed with appropriate variations to protect yourself from injury and get the most out of the class. Upon completion of the Series, students receive a 10% discount on first class card. This is an introductory series to vinyasa yoga. Vinyasa yoga can be an intense physical practice and may not be appropriate for those with recent head or neck injury, vertigo or severe joint pain. Students will be sitting on the floor at the beginning of each session, and classes are designed for those who can get up from and down onto the floor on their own power with ease. Pregnant students looking to establish a practice are encouraged to practice in prenatal yoga classes rather than enroll in this BNB series. Please be in touch with us at or send an email to info@wakeupyoga.com if you have any questions about this series. Vinyasa yoga is a valuable practice for many people but may not be the most appropriate practice for each student at every phase of life. We want you to LOVE yoga and are happy to direct you to a class that will be best-suited to your intentions.

$105.00 - Full Series

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Brand New Beginners Level 2 in South Philadelphia

Mon Feb 27 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Mon Mar 6 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Mon Mar 13 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Mon Mar 20 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Mon Mar 27 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Mon Apr 3 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Kate DeRosa Howell
Did you love the consistency, community, and attentiveness to alignment offered in the Brand New Beginners series? Were you excited to continue practicing yoga? But now, as a BNB-grad, are you finding it difficult to make it to the mat? Then this series is for you! Designed for those who participated in a Wake Up Yoga Brand New Beginners series within the past year, these classes offer you a set "date" with your mat. You will continue to build on what you learned during Brand New Beginners Level 1, and be introduced to new poses. Now that you know the fundamentals, the emphasis of this series will be on expanding your confidence so you can grow your practice.

$81.00 - Full Series

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Brand New Beginners Series in Fairmount

Tue Feb 28 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Fairmount
Tue Mar 7 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Fairmount
Tue Mar 14 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Fairmount
Tue Mar 21 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Fairmount
Tue Mar 28 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Fairmount
Tue Apr 4 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Fairmount
Tue Apr 11 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Fairmount
Teacher(s): Laura Edoff
Walking into a yoga class for the first time can be an intimidating experience. You may feel you're not flexible enough, not strong enough, or not calm enough to make it through an entire class. This series provides you with the opportunity to engage your mind and body in a study of your Self, discovering breath and movement in a non-competitive and nurturing environment. We will focus on foundational vinyasa yoga poses and breath practices, and your teacher will also introduce you to the 8-limbed path of yoga. The series will be progressive, layering one class on top of the next, so that your experience and understanding of yoga continues to deepen. This series is designed to empower you to attend any class at Wake Up Yoga with confidence after its conclusion, armed with appropriate variations to protect yourself from injury and get the most out of the class. Upon completion of the Series, students receive a 10% discount on first class card. This is an introductory series to vinyasa yoga. Vinyasa yoga can be an intense physical practice and may not be appropriate for those with recent head or neck injury, vertigo or severe joint pain. Students will be sitting on the floor at the beginning of each session, and classes are designed for those who can get up from and down onto the floor on their own power with ease. Pregnant students looking to establish a practice are encouraged to practice in prenatal yoga classes rather than enroll in this BNB series. Please be in touch with us at or send an email to info@wakeupyoga.com if you have any questions about this series. Vinyasa yoga is a valuable practice for many people but may not be the most appropriate practice for each student at every phase of life. We want you to LOVE yoga and are happy to direct you to a class that will be best-suited to your intentions.

$105.00 - Full Series

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Teaching Pregnant Women in Open Level Classes

Sat Mar 4 2017, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Kate DeRosa Howell
Too often, when it comes to physical exercise, we consider pregnancy a liability or at best a limitation. If we search the internet, we may become overwhelmed by contradicting information or paralyzed by long lists of precautions about yoga and pregnancy. But the truth is, that when approached mindfully and humbly, the physical yoga practice empowers a pregnant woman with the strength, confidence, and patience she needs to birth her baby. Can a woman continue to attend regular yoga classes throughout her pregnancy? Absolutely! But that doesn’t mean it will be “business as usual.” There are ways to modify the yoga practice to accommodate mom’s changing body, and to create space (both mental and physical) to be filled up by her growing baby. This workshop is designed for yoga teachers and pregnant women interested in attending open classes throughout pregnancy. We will explore safe modifications of traditional yoga postures, learn accessible variations of contraindicated poses, and test our knowledge by teaching one another various modifications. Students will come away with a basic understanding of the stages of pregnancy including common discomforts and conditions associated with each stage, an experiential appreciation for the challenges of practicing yoga in a pregnant body (yes, we will practice with “baby bellies!”), and a one-page quick reference of guidelines for pregnant women in open classes to have on hand in your teaching journal or yoga mat bag.

$50.00 - Early registration if by 2/23
$60.00 - Tuition

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Sinking Into the Yoga Sutras

Sun Mar 5 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sun Mar 5 2017, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Corina Benner
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is recognized as the oldest text specifically about the path and practice of yoga. Patanjali is not credited with discovering or inventing yoga, but rather distilling and organizing much existing information into short, pithy phrases (sutras) that could be memorized, and that need to be ‘un-packed.’ Sitting quietly to study the Sutra(s) can be excruciating. The body fidgets; the mind wanders. To meet and overcome this challenge, our study of the Sutras will be accompanied by Yin Yoga practice. This allows the information to sink deeply into your psyche and soma, and helps you discover how this wisdom can be immediately applicable to physical yoga practice and life in the modern world. In this workshop, students will be introduced to how this classic text is organized, and we will venture into understanding what this text asserts is the ultimate goal of yoga. We will chant, call-and-response style, many of the sutras, and investigate the ways the wisdom of this text can be applied to physical yoga practice, and life in the modern world. The morning session will include Yoga Sutras from Chapter 1 … 1.1 – 1.14; 1.33 -1.39 … Asserting the goal of yoga, how the mind works, and how to cultivate a calm, clear state of consciousness. The afternoon will offer an exploration of Chapter 2, including the path of Kriya Yoga and the 8-limbs of Ashtanga Yoga. To augment our study of the Yoga Sutra(s), throughout the classes we will explore correct pronunciation of the Sanskrit language in a way that is accessible and fun. We will discover the five points of resonance that create the sounds. In Sanskrit it is said that sound and meaning are one. By making an effort to pronounce the words precisely, the mind becomes focused and the meaning of the words is imbued into your being. Also, the sounds of this sacred language are believed to vibrate through the chakras, harmonizing the physical body and fine-tuning ‘you’ with ‘the all. Students will come away with a heightened appreciation for the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and may be inspired to continue studying this text so that the information can be integrated, leading perhaps to the discovery of ultimate truth. This workshop is open to all levels of yoga practitioners.

$90.00 - Morning & Afternoon Sessions
$50.00 - One session

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Once A Month Restorative- South

Sun Mar 5 2017, 5:45 PM - 7:15 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Vanessa Jackson
Give yourself permission to slow down and nourish yourself! In this class, we will settle into supported floor poses for intervals of 5-20 minutes while releasing tension, gently breathing, and allowing gravity to draw us towards the steadiness of the earth underneath. Resting heart open and soft, you're already melting into breath, reconnecting with your own natural rhythm, a practice of deliberate stillness which will set you up for an incredible, well deserved night's sleep. Pre-registration is not required.

Drop-in for $15 or one full price class on a class card.

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Yoga for Longevity

Thu Mar 9 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Thu Mar 16 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Thu Mar 23 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Thu Mar 30 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Anna Quinn
Physical yoga practice provides many benefits: increased flexibility and strength, enhanced awareness of and appreciation for the body, mental and emotional attentiveness, and a sense of overall well-being. This series is designed for students who would like to move with more awareness in strengthening and stretching poses. We will focus on functional alignment to help reduce aches and pains, and injury. This series of classes is appropriate for beginners, those recovering from an injury or with a chronic pain, or individuals with an established practice who want to slow down on the mat. All ages are welcome. Props such as blocks, blankets, straps and bolsters will be utilized to enhance support, allowing the body to open and release. Breath work will also be explored as a tool to support the body. Time will be given with each pose and movement to allow the breath to fully integrate into the practice. Students can expect to strengthen muscles that tend to be underutilized in addition to stretching and releasing muscles that tend to be tight. The ultimate goal of this series is to move with ease, support a healthy posture, and allow the mind to connect with body throughout.

$54.00 - Tuition

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Yin Yoga Teacher Training Module II: Exploring Subtle Terrain in Yin Yoga- Feelings, Beliefs & Transformation

Fri Mar 10 2017, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sat Mar 11 2017, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sun Mar 12 2017, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Corina Benner
Beyond its obvious and measurable physical benefits, Yin Yoga practice affects and influences deeper levels of being. Through tension and compression, the stretch and the squeeze in Yoga poses, we build energy and also dissipate energetic patterns of disharmony. Thoughts and feelings, which are often influenced by subconscious belief systems, contribute to those energetic patterns. Shining the light of consciousness on habitual patterns of perceiving and reacting to life empowers the practitioner to engage life directly in the moment. In this training we will explore the Manomaya Kosha (relating to the mental/emotional body) and Vijnanamaya Kosha (relating to the intuitive/wisdom body), seeking to understand how the organs and meridians correspond to thoughts and feelings, and how they interact within this dynamic, living system. We’ll also explore chakras, and the powerful realm of unconscious belief systems, learning to reality-test negative patterns and unleashing the possibility of liberation and transformation. Included in the training are daily yin yoga classes designed to take you deep into your somatic and intuitive wisdom, and opportunities to work in pairs and small groups to practically apply the lessons learned. This is a highly experiential training designed to help participants viscerally integrate information, inviting personal healing while cultivating the skills necessary to hold space for students’ transformational journeys. Included in the Training: • Organs and Emotions, Patterns of Excess, Deficiency and Balance • Meridians, Chakras, Life Issues and Associations • A.A.F.F.R.: a formula for responding to emotional responses in yin yoga practice • Breathing practices to invite the fullness of experience • Safe, Sacred and Neutral: prerequisite for personal YINquiry This training is open to yoga teachers of all traditions as well as curious and dedicated yin yoga students. Participants will receive a certificate of completion which can be applied as “Continuing Education Units” (CEU’s) for Registered Yoga Teachers.

$375.00 - Early registration tuition: $365 + $10 materials if by 2/10
$425.00 - Tuition: $415 + $10 materials fee

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Once A Month Restorative- Fairmount

Fri Mar 10 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Fairmount
Teacher(s): Carolyn Poerio
Give yourself permission to slow down and nourish yourself! In this class, we will settle into supported floor poses for intervals of 5-20 minutes while releasing tension, gently breathing, and allowing gravity to draw us towards the steadiness of the earth underneath. Resting heart open and soft, you're already melting into breath, reconnecting with your own natural rhythm, a practice of deliberate stillness which will set you up for an incredible, well deserved night's sleep. Pre-registration is not required.

Drop-in for $15 or one full price class on a class card.

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Yoga for Athletes Workshop

Sat Mar 11 2017, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Teacher(s): Kiran Matsko
What does it mean to be an athlete? When do you push past your perceived physical boundaries? How do you know when you need to take rest? Wherever you might be on your athletic journey, spend some time exploring these ideas while focusing on the ever-important connection between your mind, body and breath. During this workshop you will spend time deep breathing and stretching before challenging yourself with balance poses and inversions all while increasing your heart rate. You will learn effective methods for pre-workout warm up as well as find postures to open long-suffering hips and hamstrings. We will conclude practice with yin yoga poses, which are passive floor shapes designed to open connective tissue that connects, supports and binds muscle to bone. Yin poses are a balancing counterpoint to the more "yang" athletic activities like running, cycling and high-intensity interval training, and can easily be incorporated into your daily routine. Take some time away from your usual movement or sport(s) to see where you have some room to grow as an athlete; learn to honor your abilities and give yourself an opportunity to connect with your body in a different way. First-time yogis and beginners are welcome!

$35.00 - Early registration tuition if by 2/23
$45.00 - Tuition

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Well-Rounded Yoga

Sat Mar 11 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Carolyn Poerio
Dive into the experience of YOUR body. Zaftig. Round. Curvy. Pudgy. Thick. All bodies are miraculous and should be celebrated. This workshop will focus specifically on the strength and vitality of bigger bodies. We will move through a gentle vinyasa practice with a healthy dose of radical self-love. The practice will incorporate accessible variations and prop use. There will be energy devoted specifically to workshoping traditional yoga poses from the perspective of bodies of size.

$15.00 - Per Person

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Awakening the Heart Meditation Series

Thu Mar 16 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Thu Mar 30 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Thu Apr 6 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Thu Apr 13 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sat Apr 15 2017, 11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Michael Carroll
Join Wake Up Yoga in welcoming celebrated meditation teacher Michael Carroll as he offers guidance, insight and practical instruction for the curious student interested in navigating the uncertain waters of meditation. Having a quiet, clear mind and an awakened heart provide the spaciousness and compassion necessary to live life fully in each moment, with each breath. The practice of shamatha/vipassana meditation is an excellent complement to your physical yoga practice, and informs your awareness both on and off the yoga mat.

$95.00 - Early registration: $95 if by 2/23/2017
$110.00 - Tuition: $110

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Yoga Immersion with Corina Benner Accompanied on Sitar by Thomas Flanagan

Fri Mar 17 2017, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Fairmount
Teacher(s): Corina Benner
Like a 2-hour Dunk in the Ganga! Baste yourself with breath; Uncover depth and space you never even dreamed of; Approach challenging asana with a curious and friendly attitude; Arrive at a place of abiding peace, unconditional love and causeless joy knowing that you've come hOMe.

Pre-registration is not required, but is available 48 hours before class on the Pre-Registration page for all regular classes. Drop-in for $25 or use a class on your card + $5 (paying the $5 on the afternoon of the class).

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Awakening the Goddess with the Spring Equinox

Sun Mar 19 2017, 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Jennifer Nehila
Feeling like you’ve hibernated long enough this winter? Ready to plant the seeds to water your soul moving in to spring? Join me as we bask in this complete asana practice combined with some aspects of ritual, introspection, celebration, and the spirit of sisterhood. This afternoon is designed to invigorate you and inspire you towards manifesting your heart’s truest desires. You will awaken your inner goddess and internal compass as we move towards the season of rebirth and renewal. We’ll start with a full ninety minutes of invigorating flow followed by “Aromatherapizing” via essential oils, adorning yourself at our goddess glitter bar, and finally we’ll approach some introspection where you will get to select cards from several modalities and traditions designed to paint a true north to the question “where do I go from here?” We’ll have time to sit in quiet contemplation while we alternate and rotate through several “stations” and journal for a short time following our asana practice. Expect to leave feeling rejuvenated and ready to realize your goals and dreams for spring! Participants will leave with their own personal blend of essential oils to help carry the practice from the mat into their daily lives.

$45.00 - Early registration if by 2/23
$54.00 - Tuition

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Yoga for Stress Release: A Physical Practice to Liberate Mental Space

Sun Mar 26 2017, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Elliot Polinsky
Stressful thought patterns are compelling: sometimes we abandon life to follow them, as if *this* time, some important thing might be uncovered. By calling on mindful motion and breath we can sink below repetitive mental routines, into a more receptive space of real experience and self control. In this workshop we’ll practice slow yoga intensely to access the mind and transform stress into openness, holding poses and transitions for longer than usual, noticing as we do how such effort can mirror, match, and reverse the being-carried-away feeling of stress. Students will be encouraged to feel out space around asana and listen closely, with total acceptance, to their own instincts, as we modulate between slowness, stillness, and occasional fast flows. Along the way we’ll exercise the shoulders, stretch the hamstrings, open the hips, and move the spine, taking anchor points from continual observation, subtle repetitive movements, and periodic returns to a seated position for breath exercise and brief guided meditation. The goal here is to begin to (re)train the mind away from compacted, fight-or-flight type tangles and into the kind of receptive awareness that allows a mind’s wholeness to spread and move safely through previously fraught hitches of stressed thought and compiled emotion. By recognizing that yoga can transform stress, students will learn to rely on their practice - their own internal resources - rather than multiplying difficult situations until they come to dominate consciousness. Afterward, all students will receive an outline of some accessible stretches and breath exercises to relieve stress, a summary of the workshop’s approach to yoga, and some quotes about the mind. The workshop is intended for anyone who wants to explore how physical yoga can provide calming - over time, transformative - psychological benefits.

$35.00 - Early Registration if by March 2nd
$45.00 - Tuition

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Yoga for Runners Series

Mon Mar 27 2017, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Mon Apr 3 2017, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Mon Apr 10 2017, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Mon Apr 17 2017, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Mon Apr 24 2017, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Mon May 1 2017, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Teacher(s): Kiran Matsko
Running is exhilarating and intense but can cause some wear and tear on our bodies. Come explore how a yoga practice can help you strike a balance in this 6-week series designed especially for you…yes you, the one over there with the tight hips, hamstrings, and quads, achy back, sore feet, tender knees and shoulders glued to your ears. Runners can add yoga to their routine to increase muscle flexibility and strength, bring balance back into the body, and ultimately reduce the likelihood of injury, relieve pain and even improve your running. We will explore yoga poses that stretch, open and elongate the lower body and also poses that build upper body and core strength. Yoga doesn’t only benefit the physical body. The focus on breathing in vinyasa yoga as well as the repeated inversions of head below heart does wonders for lung capacity and maintaining a steady breath. Not only all of that, but arguably the most important benefit of yoga for runners is learning to listen to your body, to honor your abilities, and to appreciate where you are on each and every run even if it’s not your PR!

$81.00 - Full Series

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Brand New Beginners in Rittenhouse

Mon Mar 27 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Mon Apr 3 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Mon Apr 10 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Mon Apr 17 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Mon Apr 24 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Mon May 1 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Mon May 8 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Teacher(s): Elliot Polinsky
Walking into a yoga class for the first time can be an intimidating experience. You may feel you're not flexible enough, not strong enough, or not calm enough to make it through an entire class. This series provides you with the opportunity to engage your mind and body in a study of your self, discovering breath and movement in a non-competitive and nurturing environment. We will focus on foundational vinyasa yoga poses and breath practices, and your teacher will also introduce you to the 8-limbed path of yoga. The series will be progressive, layering one class on top of the next, so that your experience and understanding of yoga continues to deepen. This series is designed to empower you to attend any class at Wake Up Yoga with confidence after its conclusion, armed with appropriate variations to protect yourself from injury and get the most out of the class. Upon completion of the Series, students receive a 10% discount on first class card. This is an introductory series to vinyasa yoga. Vinyasa yoga can be an intense physical practice and may not be appropriate for those with recent head or neck injury, vertigo or severe joint pain. Students will be sitting on the floor at the beginning of each session, and classes are designed for those who can get up from and down onto the floor on their own power with ease. Pregnant students looking to establish a practice are encouraged to practice in prenatal yoga classes rather than enroll in this BNB series. Please be in touch with us at or send an email to info@wakeupyoga.com if you have any questions about this series. Vinyasa yoga is a valuable practice for many people but may not be the most appropriate practice for each student at every phase of life. We want you to LOVE yoga and are happy to direct you to a class that will be best-suited to your intentions.

$105.00 - Full Series

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Exploring the Chakras: Beyond the Traditional 7 and Practical Application

Sat Apr 1 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Corey Sokoloff
Are there more than 7 Chakras? If so, what are their functions? What are their roles in the process of Yoga? This experiential class is designed to expand upon the student's knowledge of the chakras, their functions and the process of Yoga. Topics covered: * The expanded Chakra system and their functions. (Physiological, Psychological, Spiritual) * Levels of Truth. * The Subtle Bodies. * Energy Scanning: learn how to scan energy effectively. And the effects of right thought, right speech and right action (Yamas & Niyamas) on the chakra system. * Simple exercises to cleanse and energize the chakras. * Pranayama to cleanse and strengthen the aura. * Guided Meditation on the Chakras. Students can expect a greater understanding into the process of yoga, the chakras, and how the Yamas & Niyamas are directly correlated to this process. Students have also stated the positive effects of the class lasted for days and weeks; providing much clarity into their lives and spiritual practices.

$85.00 - Early registration if by 3/16
$100.00 - Tuition

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The Yoga of Sufi Poetry

Sat Apr 1 2017, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Fairmount
Teacher(s): Katy Hawkins
In this workshop, we will experience the wild, sensual Sufi mystics Rumi and Hafiz through yoga. Our creative approach to asana will explore yoga poses by actually embodying famous images from these poets (the hundred ways of kissing the earth, the heart center as fire, changing rooms in our mind, buttering the sky, the field beyond good and evil, the chickpea cooking, etc.) Most central to our exploration will be the meditative practice of circling, practiced by Rumi and the whirling dervishes. Our 2 hours together will include: a walking meditation practice designed to reflect the movement of the whirling dervishes, by modern dance legend Joseph Laban; a carefully designed sequence of asana constructed as a big circle (or mala), exploring various ways of moving the body in circles; Katy will read and briefly treat poems that introduce a famous image, while participants are seamlessly guided through the yoga poses that embody these poetic themes; pranayama (breath practices) that move energy in circles; a final relaxation exploring Nada Yoga (the yoga of sound) through the buttery voice of Fatimeh Keshavarz reading the poems in the original Persian. This will be an all-levels practice, designed to offer any body the experience of these Sufi poets at the level of nerves, blood, and breath.

$25.00 - Early Registration if by 3/16
$35.00 - Tuition

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Once A Month Restorative- South

Sun Apr 2 2017, 5:45 PM - 7:15 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Vanessa Jackson
Give yourself permission to slow down and nourish yourself! In this class, we will settle into supported floor poses for intervals of 5-20 minutes while releasing tension, gently breathing, and allowing gravity to draw us towards the steadiness of the earth underneath. Resting heart open and soft, you're already melting into breath, reconnecting with your own natural rhythm, a practice of deliberate stillness which will set you up for an incredible, well deserved night's sleep. Pre-registration is not required.

Drop-in for $15 or one full price class on a class card.

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Once A Month Restorative- Fairmount

Fri Apr 7 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Fairmount
Teacher(s): Carolyn Poerio
Give yourself permission to slow down and nourish yourself! In this class, we will settle into supported floor poses for intervals of 5-20 minutes while releasing tension, gently breathing, and allowing gravity to draw us towards the steadiness of the earth underneath. Resting heart open and soft, you're already melting into breath, reconnecting with your own natural rhythm, a practice of deliberate stillness which will set you up for an incredible, well deserved night's sleep. Pre-registration is not required.

Drop-in for $15 or one full price class on a class card.

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Well-Rounded Yoga

Sat Apr 8 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Carolyn Poerio
Dive into the experience of YOUR body. Zaftig. Round. Curvy. Pudgy. Thick. All bodies are miraculous and should be celebrated. This workshop will focus specifically on the strength and vitality of bigger bodies. We will move through a gentle vinyasa practice with a healthy dose of radical self-love. The practice will incorporate accessible variations and prop use. There will be energy devoted specifically to workshoping traditional yoga poses from the perspective of bodies of size.

$15.00 - Per Person

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Yoga Immersion with Corina Benner Accompanied on Sitar by Thomas Flanagan

Fri Apr 14 2017, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Fairmount
Teacher(s): Corina Benner
Like a 2-hour Dunk in the Ganga! Baste yourself with breath; Uncover depth and space you never even dreamed of; Approach challenging asana with a curious and friendly attitude; Arrive at a place of abiding peace, unconditional love and causeless joy knowing that you've come hOMe.

Pre-registration is not required, but is available 48 hours before class on the Pre-Registration page for all regular classes. Drop-in for $25 or use a class on your card + $5 (paying the $5 on the afternoon of the class).

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Brand New Beginners Level 2 in Fairmount

Tue Apr 18 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Fairmount
Tue Apr 25 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Fairmount
Tue May 2 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Fairmount
Tue May 9 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Fairmount
Tue May 16 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Fairmount
Tue May 23 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Fairmount
Teacher(s): Laura Edoff
Did you love the consistency, community, and attentiveness to alignment offered in the Brand New Beginners series? Were you excited to continue practicing yoga? But now, as a BNB-grad, are you finding it difficult to make it to the mat? Then this series is for you! Designed for those who participated in a Wake Up Yoga Brand New Beginners series within the past year, these classes offer you a set "date" with your mat. You will continue to build on what you learned during Brand New Beginners Level 1, and be introduced to new poses. Now that you know the fundamentals, the emphasis of this series will be on expanding your confidence so you can grow your practice.

$81.00 - Full Series

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Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra Workshop

Sun Apr 23 2017, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Rittenhouse
Teacher(s): Jessica Ardis
Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra are two deeply relaxing practices that will bring you a profound sense of wellness. In the first half of this workshop, you will rest in restorative yoga shapes and receive Thai Yoga Massage adjustments. Then you will experience an hour of Yoga Nidra, the ancient revitalizing practice of the Himalayan yogis, in which one remains conscious during the dreaming state. Yoga Nidra involves total body relaxation techniques, breath awareness exercises, and guided visualizations. Reduced insomnia, stress relief, better digestion, and improved quality of sleep are just a few of the many benefits of Yoga Nidra. Restorative yoga makes use of bolsters and blankets, so even complete beginners, the elderly, and the injured can find comfort in these postures.

$35.00 - Per Person

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Yoga for Kids

Thu May 4 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Thu May 11 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Thu May 18 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Thu May 25 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Maggie Ludwig
Yoga For Kids is a fun, healthy, physical class for kids ages 3-6. Each week, we will learn yoga poses and breathing exercises, play games, practice fun, kid-friendly meditation, and even do a few art projects. All activities will enhance self-awareness and help kids to become more aware of their own bodies. Just as it does for adults, yoga helps kids relieve stress, be in the moment, learn about relaxation, and develop positive coping skills. As they improve physical coordination, they will build confidence, use plenty of imagination, and have fun! Parents/caregivers are welcome to participate in the class with their child or stay at Wake Up Yoga to enjoy some personal time. Our community space will be available, or those interested are welcome to use the small back room for yoga self-practice...or even a nap!

$54.00 - Full Series

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Teaching Office Yoga

Fri May 5 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sat May 6 2017, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sun May 7 2017, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Lauren Coles
Curious about teaching yoga in a corporate setting? The goal of this training is to give yoga teachers the tools to bring yoga into corporate offices that may not have the ideal space, or the ideal students. We will review the needs of today's office worker, and review sequences that can be done at a desk, conference table, open space, and more. Students of this training program will leave with a renewed sense of confidence and entrepreneurial spirit. Many yoga teachers are weary of entering the world of corporate yoga because they may not have personal experience working in this kind of setting. They will learn how to help their future students de-stress from a long day at the office, and be able to bring wellness through office yoga.

$415.00 - Early registration tuition if by 4/5: $395 + $20 materials fee
$470.00 - Tuition: $450 + $20 materials fee

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Breathing, Yamuna Body Rolling, and Yoga

Sat May 6 2017, 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Heather Marie Miller
Often, we start yoga classes by observing the breath. Perhaps we participate in breathing practices. Then, as we move in to asana, we can lose track of the breath. Other times, we feel how the breath is transformed and freed by our yoga practice. We feel how the breath connects the mind and body as one. In this workshop, we will strengthen breath awareness and mindfulness by observing and directing how the breath moves, using Yamuna Body Rolling balls and asana. This practice includes learning self-myofascial release and self-compassion. By practicing movements, breath work, and asana using the balls, the mind and body work as one to break through deeply held physical pain and emotional tension. In addition, one's ability to use and direct the breath outside of yoga practice to cope with everyday tensions will be enhanced. During this workshop, we'll start with breath work and pranayama, and then learn to use the Yamuna balls to free and direct the breath. We'll learn some Yamuna Body Rolling routines to free the spine, hips, and legs. You'll then feel how the balls can enhance your experience of asana, and to learn about where restrictions are and how to free them. Included will be some yin yoga poses, and short sequences of vinyasa yoga. You'll finish with an enhanced version of savasana, leaving you lighter and brighter, and more in touch with your breath, mind, and body - as one. Come to free the breath, direct the breath, and to deepen asana. Then, take with you, the awareness of how to use the breath every day to ease stress and tension, and to relieve pain.

$35.00 - Early registration if by 4/20
$45.00 - Tuition

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Once A Month Restorative- South

Sun May 7 2017, 5:45 PM - 7:15 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Vanessa Jackson
Give yourself permission to slow down and nourish yourself! In this class, we will settle into supported floor poses for intervals of 5-20 minutes while releasing tension, gently breathing, and allowing gravity to draw us towards the steadiness of the earth underneath. Resting heart open and soft, you're already melting into breath, reconnecting with your own natural rhythm, a practice of deliberate stillness which will set you up for an incredible, well deserved night's sleep. Pre-registration is not required.

Drop-in for $15 or one full price class on a class card.

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Once A Month Restorative- Fairmount

Fri May 12 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Fairmount
Teacher(s): Carolyn Poerio
Give yourself permission to slow down and nourish yourself! In this class, we will settle into supported floor poses for intervals of 5-20 minutes while releasing tension, gently breathing, and allowing gravity to draw us towards the steadiness of the earth underneath. Resting heart open and soft, you're already melting into breath, reconnecting with your own natural rhythm, a practice of deliberate stillness which will set you up for an incredible, well deserved night's sleep. Pre-registration is not required.

Drop-in for $15 or one full price class on a class card.

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Well-Rounded Yoga

Sat May 13 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Carolyn Poerio
Dive into the experience of YOUR body. Zaftig. Round. Curvy. Pudgy. Thick. All bodies are miraculous and should be celebrated. This workshop will focus specifically on the strength and vitality of bigger bodies. We will move through a gentle vinyasa practice with a healthy dose of radical self-love. The practice will incorporate accessible variations and prop use. There will be energy devoted specifically to workshoping traditional yoga poses from the perspective of bodies of size.

$15.00 - Per Person

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Alternative Mother's Day Workshop

Sun May 14 2017, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Carolyn Poerio
For many, Mother’s Day is a day of celebration. It’s a day for expressing gratitude for and a time to delight in the nurturing and care that mothers provide. It’s important to understand that for some people, Mother’s Day can be difficult. It can be a day filled with feelings of loneliness, loss or perhaps just feeling left out. This workshop will provide a space for those who want an alternative to traditional Mother’s Day activities. This Mother’s Day, you are invited to a soothing yin and vinyasa yoga practice in a place where you feel secure and supported. We will practice the introspective surrender of yin yoga before transitioning to an uplifting vinyasa practice. We will explore the ever present existence of both energies. This is an opportunity to celebrate your ability to nurture yourself. Before we begin practice, we will create an altar of light that will accompany us through our practice. If you feel so inclined, please feel free to bring a token for the altar.

$25.00 - Early registration if by 4/27
$35.00 - Tuition: $35

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Yoga Immersion with Corina Benner Accompanied on Sitar by Thomas Flanagan

Fri May 19 2017, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Fairmount
Teacher(s): Corina Benner
Like a 2-hour Dunk in the Ganga! Baste yourself with breath; Uncover depth and space you never even dreamed of; Approach challenging asana with a curious and friendly attitude; Arrive at a place of abiding peace, unconditional love and causeless joy knowing that you've come hOMe.

Pre-registration is not required, but is available 48 hours before class on the Pre-Registration page for all regular classes. Drop-in for $25 or use a class on your card + $5 (paying the $5 on the afternoon of the class).

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Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Felicia Graham Comisar, assisted by Vanessa Jackson

Fri May 19 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sat May 20 2017, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sun May 21 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Felicia Graham Comisar, Vanessa Jackson
Restorative Yoga is a practice using supported poses to relax on multiple levels to release tension and to tap into our body’s natural healing and restoring abilities. Restorative Yoga is a gentle practice that creates the space and conditions for the student to access their wisdom physically, emotionally, and mentally. Our bodies have the ability to heal and thrive when we learn to balance all the doing with being. We live in a body that has an amazing system already in place to find the path to health and happiness. Restorative yoga can help awaken students’ awareness of the effects of stress so that they may release and make conscious choices of their next thought, word and action. This training will give you the information and tools to begin teaching this practice to groups and individuals. You will learn the science behind the feelings and experiences of being alive in this incredible time of information and stimulation. You will learn the function and importance of a soft deep breath. You will practice restorative yoga and learn basic poses that can be adapted to different bodies and emotional states. You will learn to teach your students, or remind them of their ability to connect with their body, emotions, and thoughts. This training will impact the way you teach other types of yoga and your own personal practice. This training is aimed at adding tools to the established teacher’s tool bag. This training is appropriate for those wanting to deepen their understanding of and practice of restorative yoga. This training will count toward 15 CECs with the Yoga Alliance.

$325.00 - Early registration: $300 + $25 materials if by 4/27
$350.00 - Tuition: $325 + $25 materials fee

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Teaching Yoga to Kids

Fri Jun 2 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sat Jun 3 2017, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sun Jun 4 2017, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Vera Ginsburgs
As adults, we know the value of yoga-increase flexibility, improved focused, enhanced self-awareness, and stillness of mind. Teaching yoga to children allows them to develop these positive relationships with their bodies and minds as well as creating healthy coping skills that will serve them through life. Yoga can help children learn to manage frustration, expand their emotional expression, improve impulse control, develop a keener sense of their body's function, and have fun! This workshop will teach you the developmental stages of children, both physically and emotionally, to allow you to safely navigate a yoga class for children that fuels their imagination and teaches them valuable skills that can serve them both on and off the mat. Our goals will be: To identify ways to sequence a class, in order to keep the children engaged and focused; To appropriately teach yoga poses in a more kid friendly and developmentally appropriate way; To creatively expose children to pranayama (breath control) and meditation so they can develop self-control, self-regulation and relaxation skills; To use games, themes, and art tasks appropriate for their age level; To work within the context of the teaching environment and make informed choices about what and how to teach elements of yoga philosophy and practice; To incorporate yoga practices in day to day life to help children manage frustration, sleep better, develop physical coordination and have fun! This training is appropriate for everyone interested in teaching yoga to children in a formal environment or simply for fun.

$310.00 - Early registration if by 5/11: $300 + $10 materials
$360.00 - Tuition: $350 + $10 materials

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Once A Month Restorative- South

Sun Jun 4 2017, 5:45 PM - 7:15 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Vanessa Jackson
Give yourself permission to slow down and nourish yourself! In this class, we will settle into supported floor poses for intervals of 5-20 minutes while releasing tension, gently breathing, and allowing gravity to draw us towards the steadiness of the earth underneath. Resting heart open and soft, you're already melting into breath, reconnecting with your own natural rhythm, a practice of deliberate stillness which will set you up for an incredible, well deserved night's sleep. Pre-registration is not required.

Drop-in for $15 or one full price class on a class card.

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Yin Yoga Teacher Training: Building a Strong Foundation

Thu Jun 8 2017, 8:45 AM - 5:45 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Fri Jun 9 2017, 8:45 AM - 5:45 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sat Jun 10 2017, 8:45 AM - 5:45 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sun Jun 11 2017, 8:45 AM - 5:45 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Corina Benner
This training will focus on the incredibly therapeutic benefits of yin yoga on the physical, energetic and mental/emotional bodies (the Annamaya, Pranamaya and Manomaya Koshas). We will investigate the foundational shapes of yin yoga, seeking to understand the method of this practice, and exploring appropriate ways of modifying poses to meet individual students’ needs. Included in the training are daily yin yoga practices, and opportunities to work in partners and small groups for practical experience applying the information. You will viscerally integrate the information so that, upon completion, you will feel confident teaching yin yoga and also fielding students’ questions with confidence and true clarity. Topics to be addressed: • Theory of Yin/Yang/Tao and how these concepts are embedded in the practice, and are vastly illuminating in a quest for balance • Tension and Compression, two of yoga’s primary stressors • Anatomy & Physiology: Bones, Muscles, Fascia and Organs • Anatomical Uniqueness and “Inside-Out Alignment” • Contraindications, and tailoring the practice to different populations. • Nadis/Meridians, Organs and Emotions, Patterns of Excess, Deficiency and Balance • A.A.F.F.R.: a formula for responding to emotional responses in yin yoga practice • Breathing practices to invite the fullness of experience • Safe, Sacred and Neutral: prerequisite for personal YINquiry Participants will receive a certificate of completion which can be applied as “Continuing Education Units” (CEU’s) for Registered Yoga Teachers.

$510.00 - Early registration if by 5/8: $490 + $20 materials
$560.00 - Tuition: $540 + $20 materials

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Learning the Bhagavad Gita

Fri Jun 23 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sat Jun 24 2017, 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sun Jun 25 2017, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Matthew Falkowski
The Bhagavad Gita is a discussion between Krishna, our own deepest and wisest self, and Arjuna the spiritual seeker who is confused by ego, emotion and doubt. Only through a personal relationship with the Gita, will the wisdom that Krishna imparts, be brought forth. Each of us will see different layers of the subtle nuances of his advice. We can have it “taught” to us, but at best that will be one persons experience shared with another's at a single point in time. Until we establish our own relationship with the text, we cannot begin to understand how it fits into our own spiritual path and that of our teaching to others. This course is designed to help you find your own path into a life-long relationship with this ancient text. Each day will be spent in reading, lecture, practice, sharing and ongoing discussions on how to bring the Gita into your daily life.

$350.00 - Early registration tuition: $350 if by May 23rd
$400.00 - Tuition: $400

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Pranayama: Theory & Teaching

Thu Sep 14 2017, 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Fri Sep 15 2017, 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sat Sep 16 2017, 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sun Sep 17 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Yoganand Michael Carroll
Pranayama, the yogic science of breath control, is a powerful way for you and your students to raise energy and channel it into spiritual growth and life mastery. This program provides a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the techniques and philosophy of pranayama as taught in the Tantric Hatha Yoga traditions. Practicing under the guidance of an experienced teacher, you will learn a variety of pranayama techniques and a methodology for guiding and teaching the techniques. We will explore the possibilities for meditation in daily practices that explore pranayama and bandha mudra (locks) with asana. This course includes practice teach opportunities to increase your understanding to safely integrate these powerful breath practices into your personal yoga practice and the classes you may teach.

$550.00 - $550 + $25 materials if by 8/13/17
$600.00 - Tuition: $600 + $25 materials

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Basic Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

Wed Oct 4 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Thu Oct 5 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Fri Oct 6 2017, 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sat Oct 7 2017, 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sun Oct 8 2017, 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Jacci Gruninger
Yoga is a gift to the pregnant mother, her child and her family as well as a gift to the yoga teacher. In this Basic Level training students will learn the anatomy and physiology of the growing fetus and the resulting changes in the mother’s body during each trimester. Topics covered include fetal development, physiological and hormonal changes in the mother’s body as well as possible body responses to these changes. Appropriate asana, assisting, pranayama, sounding and meditation will be covered for each trimester, including post natal. Pregnancy discomforts during each stage will be explored along with ways to use yoga, non-traditional methods and traditional techniques to help alleviate these discomforts. Each day begins with a prenatal yoga class during which participants wear “pregnant bellies” for each trimester to simulate the experience of moving in a prenatal body. Class will be followed by theory, practical application and practice teaching. In addition, the course will provide tips for labor and birth, partner prenatal yoga and marketing oneself. Students will leave confident, qualified and comfortable to teach prenatal yoga. Class Outline and Format *Anatomy and physiology of fetal development and pregnancy *Stages of labor and birth *Discussion, practice and leading of over 35 asanas and asana modifications for pregnancy and birth *Discussion, practice and leading of 8 pranayamas appropriate for pregnancy and birth *Sounding techniques for pregnancy and birth *Leading and sequencing a prenatal yoga class including language, visualization and hands-on assisting *How’s and why’s of strengthening the pelvic floor *Overview of pregnancy discomforts and use of asana and pranayama for relief *Partner prenatal yoga *Gentle massage techniques for pregnancy and labor *Belly casting *Marketing the prenatal yoga class *Client management

$600.00 - Early registration: $550 + $50 materials if by 9/5/2017
$650.00 - Tuition: $600 + $50 materials fee

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Experiential Anatomy & Therapeutic Yoga: Focus on the Spine, Breath & Bandhas

Fri Nov 3 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sat Nov 4 2017, 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sun Nov 5 2017, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Marlysa Sullivan
This course is divided into three weekends that can be taken in any order. Each weekend focuses on specific regions of the body to explore muscles, joints, fascia, the nervous system and their application to movement, yoga and working with common musculoskeletal conditions. The weekends are: Focus on the Shoulder, Neck and Arms Focus on the Spine, Breath and Bandhas Focus on the Hips, Knees and Feet Each weekend will incorporate observation, hands-on exercises and practice of asana to help you learn the location and function of the major structures of the body and how they relate to asana. You will also learn techniques to help you “read” your students body through their asana practice. This course will teach you To understand the location and function of the key structures of the body and apply them to yoga practice How to become proficient at understanding and identifying imbalances in your students’ practice. A functional, integrated approach to evaluation through looking at movement and asana as well as specific muscle testing techniques. How certain imbalances may lead to pain and dysfunction Common stresses and injuries for each part of the body and how to apply asana therapeutically for specific injuries, as well as modifications (providing appropriate hands-on support and protection) to maximize the healing and strengthening that is possible from the practice of yoga. How do develop a personalized plan of care and personalized asana practice for your student based on the evaluation methods that will be taught. After this course, you will be able to help students with musculoskeletal dysfunctions (for example: back pain, neck pain, arthritis, tendonitis) by finding their imbalances and helping them to find a yoga practice to restore balance as well as modify asanas as needed.

$350.00 - Early Registration if by October 3
$400.00 - Tuition

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Experiential Anatomy & Therapeutic Yoga: Focus on Hips, Knees & Feet

Fri Nov 3 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sat Nov 4 2017, 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sun Nov 5 2017, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Tra Kirkpatrick
This course is divided into three weekends that can be taken in any order. Each weekend focuses on specific regions of the body to explore muscles, joints, fascia, the nervous system and their application to movement, yoga and working with common musculoskeletal conditions. The weekends are: Focus on the Shoulder, Neck and Arms Focus on the Spine, Breath and Bandhas Focus on the Hips, Knees and Feet Each weekend will incorporate observation, hands-on exercises and practice of asana to help you learn the location and function of the major structures of the body and how they relate to asana. You will also learn techniques to help you “read” your students body through their asana practice. This course will teach you To understand the location and function of the key structures of the body and apply them to yoga practice How to become proficient at understanding and identifying imbalances in your students’ practice. A functional, integrated approach to evaluation through looking at movement and asana as well as specific muscle testing techniques. How certain imbalances may lead to pain and dysfunction Common stresses and injuries for each part of the body and how to apply asana therapeutically for specific injuries, as well as modifications (providing appropriate hands-on support and protection) to maximize the healing and strengthening that is possible from the practice of yoga. How do develop a personalized plan of care and personalized asana practice for your student based on the evaluation methods that will be taught. After this course, you will be able to help students with musculoskeletal dysfunctions (for example: back pain, neck pain, arthritis, tendonitis) by finding their imbalances and helping them to find a yoga practice to restore balance as well as modify asanas as needed.

$350.00 - Early Registration: $350 if by 10/3
$400.00 - Tuition: $400

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The Yoga Way: Toward Psychological Health & Emotional Well-being

Fri Jan 19 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sat Jan 20 2018, 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sun Jan 21 2018, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Holle Black
From the experiences of our lives, we make stories about who we are. These manifest in how we hold our body, breathe, think, feel, and move in relationship to other and the environment. These stories have energy and create energy patterns, both healthy and unhealthy. If we can recognize our stories, our patterns, our underlying energies, we can change them. When these change, our lives change. This course gives a concentrated overview of the human condition from ancient yogic and modern psychological perspectives. We review yogic concepts related to understanding the mind, including koshas, kleshas, samskaras, and the gunas. We explore how these concepts fit together with western ideas of mind and how they may be useful in understanding and treating dysfunction. Students will learn Tantra Hatha yoga therapy methods for managing or assisting in healing psychological difficulties, including depression, anxiety, and traumatic stress responses.

$350.00 - Early registration if by 12/19
$400.00 - Seeds of Change Regular tuition: $400

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The Yoga Approach to Chronic Pain

Fri Apr 6 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sat Apr 7 2018, 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sun Apr 8 2018, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Marlysa Sullivan
Tantra Hatha yoga gives us much in the way of philosophy and practices to help us understand chronic pain and suffering. Through the philosophy of Tantra we can teach our students to understand themselves and their condition from a new perspective and to create a new relationship with their body and mind. Teaching our students this ancient philosophy can help them to find their way into a practice that can be both healing and transformative. Current findings in the field of pain science are showing how we can change our relationship with our body through the relationship with our mind and nervous system. We will look into the current findings of pain science and treatment of chronic pain and integrate the practices and philosophy of tantra hatha yoga. You will learn practices of asana, pranayama and meditation that will be beneficial for chronic pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s.

$350.00 - Early Registration: $350 if by 3/6
$400.00 - Tuition: $400

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Myofascaie, Prana & the Bandhas: Merging Anatomy with Spirit

Fri Jun 1 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sat Jun 2 2018, 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sun Jun 3 2018, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Jeff Schoaf
In the introduction to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, under the sub-heading titled The real purpose of hatha yoga, there is the following reminder: “Just to improve the physical health (of a patient) is not enough. The mental health must also improve, the nature must change, the personality must change, the psychological and the psychic framework also has to change. You should not merely feel freedom from disease, but freedom from bondage and from the vagaries of the mind. Now, the time has come when teachers in every part of the world must understand and transmit the true nature of hatha yoga”. Our bodies, minds, and spirits all represent form. As the Pradipika reminds us; these are not separate entities, but one form. All ‘systems’ must then, for optimal health, be communicating synchronistically, consistently, to function properly. As American Architect Louis Sullivan stated: form follows function, but to flip it around, function will inevitably, necessarily, be a byproduct of form as well… Our myofascial network is our stand- alone matrix of channels and pathways in which all other of the body’s systems are suspended in, and rely upon,, a full representation of a micro-universe; the materials most anatomists have until recently discarded and/or ignored in dissection labs. One thing we need to remember first and foremost about fascia is that “It’s Alive”! The objectives of this 20- hour module will be to: *explore the anatomy, physiology, and function of connective tissue( fascia) as a way of understanding how its health is integral to the function of our other “life” systems, including, but not limited to, our physical, emotional, energetic, and “communicative” self. *apply this knowledge experientially in our own yoga practice using asana, kriyas, pranayams, and bandhas to better support this flexible armor that creates the shape we’ve come to know. *provide for us as teachers, therapists, and bodyworkers new ways of body-reading; coming to better understand and support our work with both students and clients.

$350.00 - Early registration if by 5/1
$400.00 - Tuition

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Pranayama's Deeper Practices: Modern Applications in the Ancient Tradition of Tantra Hatha Yoga

Fri Oct 12 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sat Oct 13 2018, 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Sun Oct 14 2018, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Location: South Philadelphia
Teacher(s): Jeff Schoaf
Much of our experience of “yoga” in the west is (comparatively) a modern phenomenon, largely an adaptation of physical education exercises taught to school children in India during the last century. These practices, though greatly beneficial, often touch only briefly on pranayama, the gateway to meditation. Following the ancient texts of The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Gherenda Samhita, and the Shiva Samhita, the path of tantric hatha yoga was comprised of practices to both strengthen and polish the “vessel”, heighten energy, and allow one to merge ever more fully with all life had to offer. This merging with the rhythms and pulses of the universe was accessed with transformative techniques, including ritual, asana, intense pranayama practices, and bandhas. In this 20 hour module you will: Explore the intricate details of the more advanced pranayamas, kriyas, and bandhas, through fascial anatomy, personal physiology and experience, as well as immersing into the history and purpose behind these ancient teachings Learn the appropriate therapeutic applications of pranayama for specific conditions to work with your students and clients on physical, mental, as well as emotional levels; Discover as yoginis and yogis living in the modern world how to apply effective and intelligent adaptations to the practices and therapies, as we consider both our own individual constitutions and those of our students, moving forward together on the cusp of this “technological revolution”; Create strategies to allow for sacred space within these powerful applications, ones that provide a consistent, disciplined environment for continual transformation.

$350.00 - Early registration tuition if by 9/12
$400.00 - Tuition: $400

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