Relax and Unwind Yoga

Usher in the weekend with an all levels class focused on relaxing the mind and restoring the body. Erin Wittman will lead you through some flow yoga to begin, and then a journey into unwinding and releasing the tension from the week, ending with guided relaxation. What a wonderful way to head into the weekend!

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 

 

Yoga Teacher Training

Aloft School of Yoga is now a certified Yoga Teacher Training School, registered with Yoga Alliance.  This training, which begins in July and unfolds via a series of mini-workshops and teacher training intensives, will  take you on 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.  Contact Kristine for more information, to receive a detailed syllabus, or to ask questions.

COST OF TOTAL TRAINING (200+ hours, 180+ contact hours): $2300.00 (Includes all intensives and workshops as well as yoga classes taken at the studio toward the 43 hours of required asana classes.)

Yoga Summer Intensives

Summer is an excellent time to learn something new!  We are offering a series of summer intensive courses — an opportunity to learn something new, or dive more deeply into your practice. Here’s what we have in store for you!

ASANA AND BEYOND:  Diving Deeper into Yoga  (Friday, July 22, 5:30 p.m.  – Sunday, July 24, 4:15, )  17 total hours  COST:  238.00

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.

ONE DAY ASANA INTENSIVE: (August 3) / COST $70.00

Take a day to deepen your knowledge of yoga asana.  This workshop will focus on exploring selected poses in depth.

August 3 (Wednesday)

10:00 – 11:30 AM: Yoga as It Is

12:30 – 4:00 PM: Asana In Detail

 INTENSIVE: EXPLORING ANATOMY AND SUBTLE ENERGY (Friday, Aug. 5, 5:30  – Sunday, Aug. 7, 5:30) 16 total hours/COST:  $225.00

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.

MINI- RETREAT:  LIVING A “YOGIC LIFESTYLE” (August 13, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) COST: $70.00

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.

DAY OF MEDITATION AND MINDFULNESS (Sunday, August 14, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)/COST:  $70.00

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.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND RETREAT:  LEADING THE YOGIC LIFESTYLE (Part 2) (Saturday, September 3, 8:00 a.m.-Monday, Sept. 5, 3:00 p.m.)  18 HOURS TOTAL/ COST:  $175.00

NOTE:  You do not have to have attended part one to attend part two.

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. The intent of this retreat is to not only deepen your practice, but also to enhance your understanding of yoga and support you in finding your path as a life-long practitioner. This is the second in a series of mini-retreats that will be offered on this topic at Aloft Studios. You do not have to have attended previous retreats to participate.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ANY OF THESE PROGRAMS, CONTACT KRISTINE THROUGH THIS WEBSITE OR AT zak.kristine@gmail.com.

 

 

Who Practices Yoga and Nia . . . People Like You!

We are college students, retired types, professors, moms, dads, men, women, professionals, able-bodied and living with disabilities, pre-teens and teens . . . We are young(ish) and old(er) . . . We are a whole lot of different types of people, and we get together to engage our bodies, minds, and spirits through exercise, stretch, yoga, and dance.  Mostly, we are an open community that welcomes you to come and try a class and find a fit.  We laugh together, and we also enjoy the practice and discipline that yoga and Nia bring into our lives.  We support one another and we take things at our level.  Our teachers make it a priority to help you find you body’s way in yoga and Nia.  We have a variety of classes . . . Why not give it a try?

Finding Your Quiet Place

IMG_1162Let’s face it . . . We all need a break sometimes.  We need moment to step back, gain some perspective, recognize that we are more than the thoughts and emotions we are having in the immediate moment.  We need a moment to realize that we are more than the physical pain, the grief, the fear, or the illness we are experiencing.  It’s no wonder that, within the traditional path of yoga, four of it’s eight limbs are dedicated to learning to quiet and focus our minds.  In yoga, it’s sometimes called “cultivating the witness.”  We use our breath, our ability to focus and concentrate, our posture, and our intention to become familiar with that part of ourselves that can “witness” our thoughts, feelings, even our discomfort.  We initially learn to recognize, and then gradually to be at home with, this witnessing part of ourselves.  Once found, the witnessing place within us can be a powerful reminder that we are more than the sum of our immediate strong feelings, thoughts, story-lines, physical pain, even illness.  Cultivation of the witness within ourselves empowers us to make choices where before we felt victim to circumstances and situations beyond our control.  We meet the witness as a loving, non-judgmental place within ourselves.  Spending time in this witnessing place creates a sense of sanctuary and peace.

We begin learning this process early on in yoga practice, and then we integrate it into our asana practice.  Once we are able to consistently find it in yoga, it has the benefit of expanding outward into the rest of our lives.

Threshold Moments

 

Lions and Roaring Rabbits! Oh My!

iyengarlionposebunnyLet’s take another look at a fun posture, good for opening us up for spring.  “The Roaring Lion Posture (whose original Indian name is Simhasana) in Yoga is suitable for people of all ages and types (including old and weak) because it is relatively easy to perform. The posture is sometimes referred to as Bhairavasana . . .  reallionpose copybunnyThe posture gets its name because the face of the person performing it resembles the face of a Roaring Lion (Simha Mudra or Lion Face Gesture) because of the open mouth and extended tongue.”  Kind of fun to combine lion pose with some spring bunnies . . . Everyone is doing it!

Yoga in the season of Harvest

Last day of August, sunset yogaI live in a place that is filled with Sri, the sanskrit word for beauty.  This area is known as the “Palouse.”  My family has now lived here for four generations, and I’m a part of a group of women who lovingly know ourselves as the “Daughters of the Palouse” (our self-proclaimed acronym is “D.O.P.e S.”).  My love of this small corner of the world pulled me out of a forward-advancing career in Cambridge, MA, and back to the hills and fields where I have grown up and that I love.  For me, my yoga practice is not only good physical exercise, but it is also a spiritual practice that allows this sense of connection to deepen.  Because of yoga, I am regularly pulled off of my mat and into community.  I find that my yoga practice feels “complete,” not when I get into a perfect asana, but when I find that I am able to fully integrate the lessons that I learn on the mat into the actions that I take in my community and world to make it a better place.  So working toward preservation of our local eco-system, understanding food security, participating in developing more sustainable solutions to growing issues of homelessness in our community . . . These are all a part of my practice.  The mat is my “launching pad,” as well as one part of my home base.

As you can see in the photo, we are now in the season of harvest around the Palouse.  The native people of our area recognized this time as a separate season — the time of gathering in and taking stock, a time in which abundance was celebrated and shared, rather than horded.  I feel this same need in my yoga practice.  Harvest yoga is a season to take stock of the wisdom of our bodies and celebrate that abundance — however it looks — rather than focus on how we may perceive ourselves to be lacking.  And then, out of that sense of abundance and spaciousness, we take it beyond ourselves and into our lives and communities.  Where does your yoga lead you in the world?  More about being a Palouse yoga gal, though all the seasons, to come . . .

Hands that hurt (a bit), thoughts that heal

So, I’ve been working on the new space (now officially called “Kiva Space,” because it feels like a kiva to me — a Native American dwelling used for spiritual purposes, that one usually climbs into via a ladder!).  Rather than painting the walls, I’ve been using 3 colors of a beautiful product called American Clay.  It’s fabulous to work with, in a labor-intensive kind of way — you put it on with a roller and a trowel, and then you lovingly go over it, many times, with trowel and hands, to compress it and shape it to the wall.  If you were going for quick, it would be an aggravation.  However, I decided awhile ago that touching every part of every wall in Kiva Space would be a loving practice of intention, meditation, and prayer.  So, as I’ve worked, I’ve thought and dreamed to the lively and healing community space I want to bring to life in this funny, L-shaped space.  I’ve thought/held/prayed for many I know who have been in need of . . . well, the things we all need, trusting the beautiful place where we all connect to one another and far beyond our individual selves.  I’ve simply allowed myself to be intentionally open to yes, as I work in this little southeastern corner of Gladish.  As you can see, my hands are a bit weary, but my heart is full of the beauty of many of you.  The rainbow walls hold lots of love, and are waiting to hold the community we will become!  With a heart full of love and gratitude today — Kristine