March 22-24, 2019 Investment $330 - Register online Friday, March 22, 1:00-7:30pm Saturday, March 23, 9:30-5:30pm Sunday, March 24 9:30-3:00 The Restorative Yoga Teacher Training is a weekend long program that draws upon subtle energy awareness and experience to bring each student into new layers of understanding. Using asana, pranayama, meditation, visualization, ecology, and art the practitioner/student can construct an individual recovery processes that speak directly to their needs. This training will encourage each student to guide and be guided in a restorative fashion. Throughout the weekend students will explore physical and energetic methods; using linguistics and presence to set the tone. Hands-on & hands-off adjustments, sequencing for affects, traditional & modern adaptations, lecture & discussion, and art & nature moments will be called into focus, giving the students a secure, but varied foundation to teach and/or deepen their personal practice.
Bio: Graciela Mercedes is a Mid-West based yoga instructor who believes in the evolution of the human practice. Her teaching blends together elements from ecology, dance, and ceramics; using an interdisciplinary approach to connect with students and colleagues. Her attention to energetic detail is a defining quality in her work and instruction. She received her RYT-200 from Marianne Well’s Yoga School in Costa Rica in 2011 and her Restorative Yoga certification from Leeann Carey in 2013. Graciela also integrates her degree in Religion and 3D art. Having the privilege to further her teaching experience through various studios, as well as holding retreats in Mexico, Graciela is an E-RYT 200 and a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) as recognized by Yoga Alliance.
Testimonials: “Graciela’s knowledge of yoga and restorative yoga in particular is thorough, intuitive and compassionate. She conveyed the essence as well as the particulars beautifully during our training. Her choice of assignments, the materials provided, and the composition of the three days’ training gave me a solid foundation for my own restorative practice, and the inspiration to share it with other Yogis in the future.” -A. Poston, September 2017 “If we have good fortune, we meet teachers who embody their craft. If we are blessed we know one or two who impart through their passions and their actions, their skills. Graciela passes on a legacy of listening deeply to self, other, and the connection which is the Self. Layer by layer, breath by breath Gracie embraces each student’s capacity to Restore Self. A five star course.”
-Kirt, J. Baab, LMSW, ERYT-200, March 2018 “Gracie’s restorative yoga: deep listening training was one of the highlights of my year. It felt like a yoga retreat, was my favorite workshop/training I’ve ever attended, and by the culmination I felt more connected to everyone there and to myself. What a gift!”
-Temple Florip, manager of Yen Yoga & Fitness, March 2018
with Rob Li Friday, March 29 6:30-8:00pm Cost: $35, $30 for members Learn AcroYoga in a safe and fun environment. Develop strength, flexibility, and body awareness in this awesome partner-based workshop. No experience necessary. Bring a partner or come by yourself and make some new friends!
Rob was a cheerleader for Drexel University, for the Philadelphia Soul Arena Football Team, and for the Philadelphia 76ers NBA Team. Currently, he coaches the co-ed cheerleading team for Temple University and teaches Acro wherever he goes. Partnering up with Aqua Vida, he even started SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboard) Acro in Philly. If you do the math, he has been tossing people around in the air for about 2 decades. Recently, he founded Active Elixir, a start-up company that creates apparel for people of movement and provides a solution to clothing concerns.
Rob is also working on lifting up 10,000 people before the year 2022. He surpassed his original goal of lifting 2,017 people before the end of 2017 with 2,301 different people. He’s been featured on Fox 29, 6ABC, and Philly Magazine. If anyone wants to be Insta-Famous and be part of the challenge, Rob will gladly lift them up. Bodies of all shapes and sizes are welcome. No experience necessary. Come get a cool picture taken doing something awesome and be part of something amazing.
with Madhuri Pura Dasa Sunday, April 7 5:00-6:30pm Suggested donation: $10 Explore sacred sound meditation / kirtan journey Join world traveling teacher Madhu for an evening of exploring sacred sound mediation. Kirtan is an ancient form of mantra meditation, a component of bhakti-yoga (the yoga of devotion), which has the power to open and purify the heart. This chanting, accompanied by musical instruments and rhythmic drumming, brings the audience to its feet in the joy of singing, clapping, and dancing with pure devotion. In its heartfelt expression kirtan can induce profound states or meditation, bliss, and esctasy. Madhu Das has been practicing and teaching kirtan for many years in the bhakti-yoga tradition. His deep love of music and its vast potential for expressing and developing pure devotion has inspired him to use kirtan as a means to share this devotional treasure with seekers throughout the world. Playing throughout dozens of countries in different continents, his passion for kirtan has inspired and enlivened persons from all cultural backgrounds.
Jump, Step, or Float? Transforming Your Transitions!
with Katie Azzara Saturday, April 13 12:00-2:00pm Cost: $30 /Members $25 The way we move between yoga postures is just as important as the postures themselves, and yet group classes don't always allow time to explore the many wonderful ways you can do so. Join Katie for this participatory exploration of some of the most common ways of entering and exiting asanas in sun salutations, standing postures, seated postures, and arm balances. We will break down the different options for moving between familiar yoga postures, with an emphasis on developing a knowledge base for identifying which transitions work best for your body, and incorporating them skillfully into your everyday practice. This workshop is appropriate for beginners, all levels and those with an established practice.
True Freedom, True Happiness: the Practice of Mindfulness Meditation
with Brandon Everett Saturday, April 20 12:30-2:30pm Cost: $35 Stress stresses us completely. It leaves us feeling fatigued and anxious, overwhelmed and rushed. Stress keeps us from feeling connected with ourselves and others.
But stress itself has a weakness, and that weakness is the practice of mindfulness. By bringing your attention to the present moment, you can relieve unnecessary stress, and foster a deep healing and growth that is the root of true freedom and effortless happiness. Join Brandon R. Everett for this afternoon exploring:
How stress impacts health
How mindfulness meditation counteracts stress and
4 mindfulness practices for recognizing and relieving stress
Into the Vortex
An Extended Practice for Advancing Practitioners with Erik Burling Sunday, April 28 3:00-5:30pm Cost: $25 /Members $20 The circular nature of the Zen enso symbolizes the seemingly repetitive and monotonous qualities of daily living. However, the spiritually attuned turn this challenge into an advantage; going round-and-round until ultimately we break through the circle into higher levels of awareness and spiritual understanding. Join Erik for his newly conceived Circle Practice inspired by more than ten years of disciplined dedication to both traditional Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga. This uniquely cultivated practice features an infusion of asana, pranayama, meditation and dharma.
Outsmart Your Smartphone
(how to let go of FOMO and stop scrolling your life away) with Brandon Everett Saturday, June 15 12:30-2:30pm Cost: $35 Philadelphia in summer! Is there anything more vibrant?!The festivals -- the dining -- the concerts, outdoor events (and yoga!) -- the parks & piers.
Don't miss another moment of it scrolling through your phone -- or trying to make the perfect Boomerang!
Our smartphones are the greatest technological achievement in centuries. Yet for all the seeming security, convenience, and connection they provide, they can leave us feeling disconnected (even depressed). Join Registered Nurse and Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Brandon R. Everett for an afternoon exploring:
How smartphones & apps hook our attention
How you can shift your relationship with your phone & apps
How the practice of mindfulness can help you savor the moment
You will leave with concrete steps for reducing smartphone & app use and techniques for finding presence, peace, and real connection.