Aloft School of Yoga Teacher Training Program

Spring is in the air, and I am pleased to announce that we will once again be offering a 200-hour yoga teacher certification training program at the studio. Some of the modules in this training will also be offered as workshops available to the yoga student interested in deepening his/her practice, as well as to yoga teachers who are pursuing CEUs.

Aloft School of Yoga is a certified Yoga Teacher Training School, registered with Yoga Alliance. This training guides you through yoga asana, philosophy, pranayama (breath work), anatomy, meditation, pedagogy, teaching to particular needs and populations, an exploration of many facets of becoming a yoga teacher. Successful completion of the training will enable the student to register with Yoga Alliance as a yoga teacher at the 200 hour level. for more information about the training, please contact Kristine through the contact button on the website, via email at zak.kristine@gmail.com, or via text or phone (509) 336-1442.

The training is very focused on giving the teachers in training a sustained mentoring approach toward learning to teach yoga. We address specific interests of the trainees in teaching yoga to specific populations with specific concerns, as well as teaching multi-level yoga in a class setting.

We will be having an informational gathering about preparing for the training, costs, and timing of the training, so please let me know if you are interested in attending and I can send you more details or answer questions.

Namaste, Kristine

Aloft School of Yoga Teacher Certification

I am pleased to announce that I will be offering another 200-hour yoga teacher certification. Some of the modules in this training will also be offered as workshops available to the yoga student interested in deepening his/her practice, as well as to yoga teachers who are pursuing CEUs.

Aloft School of Yoga is a certified Yoga Teacher Training School, registered with Yoga Alliance.  This training guides you through yoga asana, philosophy, pranayama (breath work), anatomy, meditation, pedagogy, teaching to particular needs and populations,  an exploration of many facets of becoming a yoga teacher.  Successful completion of the training will enable the student to register with Yoga Alliance as a yoga teacher at the 200 hour level.  for more information about the training, please contact Kristine through the contact button on the website, via email at zak.kristine@gmail.com, or via text or phone (509) 336-1442.

We will soon be having an informational gathering about preparing for the training, costs, and timing of the training, so please let me know if you are interested in attending.

What is Zumba Gold?

Zumba Gold is a gentler version of Zumba.  As described on the Zumba website, Zumba Gold is a good choice for “Active older adults who are looking for a modified Zumba® class that recreates the original moves you love at a lower-intensity.” In the studio, we also find it good for anyone looking for a lower impact, less hip intensive experience of Zumba.

Again, from the website:  “How It Works” and “Benefits”

“The design of the class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba® choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination. Come ready to sweat, and prepare to leave empowered and feeling strong.  Class focuses on all elements of fitness: cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, flexibility and balance!”

Come join JeeHee twice a month on Thursday mornings at 8:30 to experience Zumba Gold (Zumba Gold and Nia alternate on Thursdays at Aloft).

Want more Zumba Gold?  Let Kristine know!  JeeHee is open to scheduling a weekly Zumba Gold class if there is a core group that would like this class!

 

MindBody Connect asks “Does Your Posture Support You?”

By Chris Dopke
A starting question:  Does your physical structure, your posture, support you in the many things you want to do as you go through your day?  If not, do you have an awareness of what is amiss?
As you read these words are you also aware of your posture? Is the alignment of your spine supporting the weight of your head, or are the back and neck muscles working to hold your head in a forward tilting position? Would you like to practice paying better attention to your self-use in everything you do?
Using body movement as a toolbox to explore attention in a relaxed, slow-paced manner can increase your awareness of your habits and help you discover other possibilities that may be easier or take you away from chronic pain patterns.
As she went through the Feldenkrais Teacher Training program, a colleague of mine became conscious of her lifelong habit of eating without ever paying attention to her sense of fullness. By the end of the four year program she looked and felt like a different person- at a healthy personal weight for the first time.
There really is no limit to the benefits of learning to be more connected to ourselves. MindBody Connect is a class that gives you the support and tools to mindfully explore your body, and develops new tools and mind-body “pathways” to enhance and strengthen your movement.  You will be come aware of your personal movement habits and gradually learn a practice that enhances your own ability to  create healthy, functional movement in your body.  Chris makes the practice accessible to a wide variety of bodies and physical challenges.

Candlelight Yoga (All levels): Fridays at 5:30 p.m.

Unwind from the work week with this gentle, candlelit class.  You will stretch, move, and breath in a safe space, leaving you relaxed and detoxified.  Using a combination of gentle vinyasa and yin postures, you will center your mind, strengthen your body, and stretch your tight muscles.  Taught by Lara, Kristine, Aramati, and the teachers of Aloft.  All levels are welcome.  The class is taught as a floor-based class, but you are welcome to come and modify using a chair . . . Priority is simply to come, relax, and BE !

Mini-Retreat: Living a “Yogic Lifestyle” (Part One, continued over Labor Day Weekend Retreat)

August 13, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (This retreat can be taken by itself, or in conjunction with the Labor Day Weekend Retreat, which will build upon the ideas introduced today)

Yoga is much more than a series of body postures. In its fullest expression yoga is a discipline, a path, and ultimately a way of life.  This retreat is an introduction to some of the components of yoga as a “lifestyle.” The retreat will include yoga asana, an introduction to yogic philosophy (with an opportunity for discussion and questions), breath-work or “pranayama,” and a fuller conversation about what it means to adapt yoga as an approach toward healthy living. This is the first in a series of mini-retreats that will be offered on this topic at Aloft Studios.  COST: $70.00

Schedule for the Day

9:00 – 9:30 Welcome/Intro to the Day

9:30 – 10:30 Meditation, gentle yoga, get body comfortable

10:30- 11:30  What do we mean by a “Yogic Lifestyle?”

11:30 – 12:30  Break

12:30 – 3:30  Some Traditional Components of a Yogic Lifestylle, including Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Yogic Philosophy,  Ayurveda . . . .My yogic lifestyle?

3:30 – 4:00 Closing practice

 

Day of Mindfulness

August 14 (Sunday)

The day will consist of alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation with instruction. The day be held in Noble Silence which means that participants should not engage in conversation or socializing and that cell phones should be turned off and put away. There will be opportunities for questions and answers after talks and instructions. Participants should bring a lunch. COST:  $70

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Schedule Details

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Introduction and Guided Meditation

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Walking Meditation

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM: Instruction and Meditation

11:15 AM – 11:45: Walking Meditation

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM: Meditation

12:15 PM – 12:45 PM: Mindful lunch

12:45 PM – 1:15 PM: Break or Walking Meditation

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM: Metta Instruction and Meditation

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM: Walking Meditation

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM: Dharma talk

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM: Q & A, Closing

Yoga Anatomy and Subtle Energy

August 5 – 7 This introductory workshop will focus on basic anatomy and introduce the “subtle energy” systems of yoga (the nadis and chakras). Designed for yoga students, the workshop will explore the ways yoga asana, meditation, and pranayama effect the systems of the body. COST: $225.00

SCHEDULE DETAILS

August 5 (Friday)

4:00 – 5:30 PM: Yoga Class — Anatomy Focus 

5:30 — 7:30 PM: Anatomy and Asana  

August 6 (Saturday)

8:00 – 9:00 AM: Yoga Class (anatomy focus)

9:00 – 10:00 AM: Introduction to Subtle Energy, Nadis, and Chakras 

10:00 – 11:30 AM: Yoga As It Is  — Nadi/Chakra Focus

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Break

1:00 – 4:00 PM: Anatomy:  Learning the basics 

4:00 – 5:30 PM: Yoga Class – Anatomy/Energy focus

August 7 (Sunday)

9:00 – 10:00 AM: Meditation 

10:15 – 11:15 AM: Yoga Class ( Anatomy Focus)

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Anatomy:  Learning the basics

12:30 – 1:30 PM: Break

1:30 – 4:00 PM: Anatomy:  Learning the basics

 

 

A Day of Yoga

AUGUST 3 Take a day to deepen your knowledge of yoga asana. This workshop will focus on exploring selected poses in depth. Five total hours of asana practice, with a break for lunch. COST: $70.00.

SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY

August 3 (Wednesday)

10:00 – 11:30 AM: Yoga as It Is

11:30 – 12:30 Break

12:30 – 4:00 PM: Asana Practice

Last day of August, sunset yoga

Yoga Asana: Diving Deeper

July 22 – 24  Have you ever wondered about deepening your yoga practice? Join Kristine for a mini-retreat that will take your practice deeper as you learn more about yoga, asana, meditation, and the rich philosophy of yoga. We will take the time to explore the practices of asana, yogic breathing, and yogic meditation, as well as being introduced to yogic philosophy.  COST: 238.00.

 

 

SCHEDULE FOR THE RETREAT

July 22 (Friday)

5:30 –  6:00 PM: Welcome/Introduction 

6:00 – 7:00 PM: Yoga Class

7:00 — 8:00 PM:  Meditation and Yoga (citta, purusa, prakriti, vrittis)

8:00 – 8:30 PM: Closing Yoga

July 23 (Saturday)

8:00 – 10:00 AM: Yoga Class 

10:00 – 11:00 AM: Meditation and Yoga 

11:00 AM –12:00 PM: Pranayama (yogic breathing)

1:00 – 2:30 PM: Yogic Philosophy 

2:30 – 3:00 PM: Meditation 

3:00 – 5:00 PM: Asana 

July 24 (Sunday)

9:00 – 10:00 AM: Meditation 

10:15 – 11:15 AM: Yoga Class 

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM: Break

12:15 – 4:15 PM:  Yogic Philosophy:  Overview of Patanjali’s yoga sutras