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Monthly Membership and Rate Increase at Concordia

In effort to create balance in the lives of both Concordia’s students and teachers, the drop-in Yoga class rate will be increased from $5 to $10 on November 1st, 2012. Nancy, Lindsey, Elizabeth, and Sandwich all agree that affordable Yoga is vital to local residents. We strive to offer engaging, creative, quality Yoga classes to the local community for an affordable price. Through membership, you will still be able to takes Yoga classes for $5 or less depending on how often you practice. For those who attend classes less regularly, you will still experience excellent instruction in beautiful surroundings for far less than the average drop-in rate for classes in the U.S.

Class running time will be increased from 60 minutes to 75 minutes and are offered daily.

Membership cards are available for $90 and are good for unlimited classes for a one month period. You can purchase your membership card from any Concordia Yoga teacher. Members receive other benefits such as discounts on Do Yoga St. John events and merchandise.

We, the teachers at Concordia, are passionate about Yoga. We come from different backgrounds, yet each of us has experienced the transformative power of Yoga.  Strength, confidence, inner peace, contentment, improved relationships, physical wellness, and pain management are only some of the benefits we have all gained as a result of our regular practice. When one’s quality of life improves so profoundly through a simple practice, one naturally wants to share these boons with others. We believe that a community of increased love, generosity, mindfulness, balance, and selflessness naturally leads to greater resources and abundance for all.

Namaste.

Schedule of Classes

Monday – 7:30 and 9 AM

Tuesday – 7:30 and 9 AM

Wednesday – 7:30 and 9 AM

Thursday – 7:30 and 9 AM

Friday – 7:30 and 9 AM

Saturday – 7:30 and 9 AM

Sunday – 9 AM until November 25th, then 7:30AM followed by Yoga Brunch

 

 

 

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Do Yoga St. John Survey 2012

Do Yoga St. John plans to bring monthly workshops, events, retreats, lectures, films, and more to our island. Please take a moment to let us know what you are interested in attending, where you would like to see these events hosted, and what food, beverages, music, and services you would like offered. Namaste!

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The Soundtrack of Your Life

Your days of struggling to find good music that complements your yogic lifestyle are over. YogiTunes is a digital download store featuring US and world music specifically selected to complement yoga, dance, meditation, massage, and a wellness-based lifestyle.

Alex King-Harris, Craig Kohland, and Amani Friend bring over 15 years of industry leading experience in creating and recommending music for top yoga instructors. Their custom designed digital music store appeals to the consciousness community who want a selection content to complement and enhance their lifestyle needs.

With thousands of handpicked albums and artists, YogiTunes launches with a huge pool of music that will be constantly evolving with fresh deliveries from a wide array of record labels. YogiTunes fairly compensates artists and record labels with prevailing rates in the digital download industry – encouraging news for music fans who want to sustain a broad based wealth of great music.

One of the highlights of YogiTunes is the Yoga Teacher Playlist – a selection of songs picked by yoga instructors for use in their classes. What makes a good yoga playlist is its ability to follow and support the various intensities of a yoga routine. Wellness enthusiasts are typically first exposed to the music attending classes or workshops, but often don’t know where to buy the compilations of their instructors.

YogiTunes solves this by featuring the playlists of certified yoga instructors across the country for students and other teachers to purchase and download. A broad group of the most highly respected teachers in the country and around the world have signed up and will be creating playlists on a regular basis. Shiva Rea, Sadie Nardini, and Hemalayaa Behl are just a few of the world-renowned instructors featured on the site.

YogiTunes is run and supported entirely by active members of the yoga community who are dedicated to fostering community and positive social change through the power of music and yoga.

The founders have collectively produced, contributed to, and recorded over 70 releases under various names including Rara Avis, Shaman’s Dream, and Desert Dwellers. They frequently are featured at major yoga retreats and gatherings. YogiTunes was unveiled at Wanderlust California in Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe, 2011 among the nation’s premier yoga and music festivals.

visit YogiTunes at http://www.yogitunes.com/

 

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Visiting Teacher Offers Potpourri of Yoga and Lifestyle Classes

Join us in welcoming visiting teacher Lisa Brodrick to the USVI. Lisa is here to conduct training in Radiant Child Yoga – a comprehensive  30 hour training program designed for yoga teachers interested in teaching children yoga. During her stay, she will be offering a potpourri of Yoga and lifestyle classes to the public. To register or for more information, contact:

Jennie Alvarez
Email:  jlastt@yahoo.com
340-643-7758

Lisa Brodrick encountered yoga and began her path as an adolescent, over two decades ago, and knows Yoga as the conduit for joyfully uniting body, mind and souls.  When not teaching Yoga to children and adults around the world as a Registered Child Yoga Trainer or as a E-RYT 500, she calls Asbury Park, New Jersey home.  Lisa looks forward to sharing the joy of yoga with her Caribbean sisters and brothers!

Friday, October 12, 2012, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Raw food vegan yogic lifestyle cooking class
Cost:  $40 – Location: Barefoot Buddha, St. Thomas

Lisa Broderick, will share her passion by teaching us how to prepare delicious, healthy raw vegan foods for living a yogic lifestyle while we enjoy a multi-course dinner!

Saturday, October 13, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Community children’s yoga class
Donations given to Kidscope – A child advocacy organization
Location: Wisdom Waves, Compass Point Marina, St. Thomas

Led by visiting yoga teacher Lisa Broderick for Children ages 5 -8

Saturday, October 13, 2-5 p.m.
Maha Shakti Workshop
Cost: $35 – Location: Wisdom Waves, Compass Point, St. Thomas

Maha Shakti is the Great Divine Energy that animates all beings. MahaShakti Yoga offers creative and dynamic classes structured around the rhythm of the breath and energy of the moment.

Students of all levels are empowered to experience the Shakti – universal source of breath and being and to take a new understanding of the world in their daily lives. Practitioners experience teachings that are both classical and innovative inspired by the Krishnamatocharya lineage, Bhakti (Yoga of devotion) in its many forms, Tantra, Indian classical dance, and the creative free-flow movement that is inspired by Maha Shakti herself.

A typical class will include:

  • Asana (body posture) mainly in Vinyasa form (one asana flowing to the next, connected by the breath)
  • Pranayama (connection and understanding of the vital energy through breathing exercises)
  • Naada (sound chanting; music; basic mantras)
  • Mudra (ritual gesture)
  • Bandha (energetic locks)
  • Yoga philosophy
  • Inspiration
  • Relaxation
  • Concentration techniques

 

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One free week of Yoga during National Yoga Month

Join the millions of people across the world practicing yoga in September 2012 to celebrate National Yoga Month. Since 2008, Yoga Month has expanded into a nationally recognized awareness campaign and national observance, contributing tools to inspire health and harmony in life through yoga. This year, the Yoga Health Foundation, the nonprofit organization coordinating Yoga Month, plans to offer an unprecedented number of one week free yoga passes.

“Experience is a powerful teacher,” explains Yoga Health Foundation founder Johannes R. Fisslinger, “so we decided to give people across the country the opportunity to try yoga for themselves.”

The numerous benefits of yoga include stress management, increased flexibility, relaxation, stronger muscles and connective tissue, among many others. A regular practice encourages an overall well being that many yogis from all walks of life can attest to.

These immense health benefits of yoga have been proven countless times, yet the Yoga Health Foundation challenges people to experience yoga for themselves and share its positive physical and mental effects. Through one free week of yoga passes, National Yoga Month provides the tools for beginners to try yoga, and for experienced yogis to expand their practice.

Whether just beginning or continuing a journey through yoga, Yoga Month provides the perfect opportunity to discover yoga’s simple, unique health benefits firsthand.

“Preventative wellness can be accessed by simply unrolling a yoga mat!”

ABOUT NATIONAL YOGA MONTH

In 2008, the Department of Health and Human Services designated September as National Yoga Month, one of a select number of national health observances. That same year, thousands of yoga and health enthusiasts participated in a 10 City Yoga Health Festival Tour featuring yoga classes, lectures, music, entertainment, exhibits. Since then, the initiative has taken root as a global awareness campaign, educating, inspiring and motivating people to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Yoga Month is coordinated by the Yoga Health Foundation.

To receive your week of free yoga, just show up at any Concordia yoga class and ask for your Yoga Month Card. For a schedule of classes, click here.   Yoga Month Cards are available to new students only.

During National Yoga Month, one of a select few national health observances, millions will come together for free events and activities. Festivities will take place across the U.S., with hundreds of studios, teachers, individuals and organizers taking part in their own hometowns. The events are all designed to educate people about the mind and body benefits of yoga practice.

“We are all looking for ways to take an active role in managing our health. There are readily available solutions that don’t necessarily require insurance or even a doctor,” said Johannes Fisslinger, co-founder of National Yoga Month. “Preventative wellness can be accessed by simply unrolling a yoga mat!”

 

Global Mala

St. Thomas Global Mala and Body, Mind, Spirit Healing Fair

Saturday, September 22, 2012
Global Mala Yoga for Peace and Body, Mind, Spirit Healing Fair
Location: Magen’s Bay, Shed 3

We are combining two awesome events into one beautiful day!

Do Yoga St. John is organizing transportation for any St. Johnians interested in participating in this event. Please call Nancy at 340-775-0533 or email her at nancy@doyogastjohnvi.com for details.

12 -5 p.m.

Body, Mind, Spirit Fair! The purpose of this event is to promote Health, Wellness and Peace in our community. Through this event we will raise awareness as to holistic healing modalities and the community practitioners who offer such these services in the VI.  There will also be 30 minute classes throughout the day of yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Zumba, and more. Enjoy delicious, nutritious vegetarian and vegan food and drinks in a beautiful, peaceful, relaxing environment.  The proceeds raised will be donated to Ananda Nilayam, Center for Consciousness on St. Thomas.

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Starting with the international event, Global Mala Yoga for Peace, we will have a variety of yoga teachers leading us in 108 Sun Salutations with the intention of dedicating this practice to Peace within ourself, in our relationships, our community and our World.

The Power of 108 by Shiva Rea

108 has long been considered a sacred number in yoga and the world’s spiritual traditions such Buddhism, Jain, Sikh, Muslim, Taoism and Hinduism all have malas of 108 with Christian rosaries being made up of 54. Traditionally, malas, or garlands of prayer beads, come as a string of 108 beads (plus one for the “guru bead,” around which the other 108 beads turn like the planets around the sun). A mala is used for counting as you repeat a mantra—much like the Catholic rosary.

Renowned mathematicians of Vedic culture viewed 108 as a number of the wholeness of existence. This number also connects the Sun, Moon, and Earth: The average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters. Such phenomena have given rise to many examples of ritual significance.

According to yogic tradition, there are 108 pithas, or sacred sites dedicated as parts of Shakti’s body, throughout India. Sacred texts are structured around this number of unity with 108 Chapters of the Rg Veda, 108 Upanishads 108 Primary Tantras. and 108 marma points, or sacred places of the body. There are There are many pilgrimage places within India that incorporate 108 or the auspicious 1008 as part of the sacred space such as the 108 dance postures or karanas carved within Chidambaram or the 1008 steps leading to the Devi Chamundi Hill in Mysore.

The power of 108 is honored in several different ways: mantra, namaskar, prostrations Offerings that can me made as the full 108 mala or in numbers related to a mala. There is a profound ripple effect of coming together as a mala across backgrounds, traditions and cultures.

A mala is a sacred circle, within one’s one breath, one’s community, all beings on this circular earth, in our circular solar system, spinning through our spiral universe.

Wherever you are – flying solo or within your family, yoga studio, larger gathering, open to experiencing the energetic field of the earth, the global vibration generated through all of the positive practices and actions near the Fall Equinox, UN International Peace Day and Peaceoneday (the global cease fire initiative).

Learn more about the Global Mala Project with National Yoga Month’s support at www.yogamonth.org and www.globalmala.org.

 

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FREE DOWNLOAD – Yoga Revolution Official Music Selection

Yoga Revolution – the official CD of Yoga Month features Sarah McLachlan, Seal & Guru Singh, Anoushka Shankar & Sting, Peter Gab

You can celebrate National Yoga Month with a free song download of “Om Namo” by Eeday from the album Yoga Revolution, an amazing collaborative album, the proceeds of which help support Yoga Health Foundation’s efforts to provide yoga and fitness programs for underserved youth.

Yoga Revolution: The official CD of Yoga Month, Yoga Revolution™ features an incredible mix of original songs by international recording artists – including Sarah McLachlan, Ziggy Marley, Peter Gabriel, Michael Franti, Sheryl Crow, Krishna Das, Anjelique Kidjo, Seal & Guru Singh, Anoushka Shankar & Sting – all brought together to promote the benefits of yoga, music and a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Proceeds help support Yoga Health Foundation’s effort to provide yoga and fitness programs for underserved youth.

EarthTones: EarthTones is a non-profit organization committed to transforming the human spirit through the power of music and film. We produce and support the production of emotionally compelling content while partnering with top level talent, like-minded organizations and large scale entertainment platforms to engage, inform and inspire people across the globe.

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The Global Mala Yoga for Peace Project

The Global Mala Yoga for Peace Project serves to unite communities on every continent and from every tradition by gathering together with yogic practices based on the sacred cycle of 108, forming a mala of collective consciousness and call to action around the Earth. Join in on September 22nd as the yoga world honors and unites with the UN International Peace Day.

Shiva Rea, yoga teacher and catalyst for the Global Mala Project says, “Yoga is one of the few common denominators for millions of people around the world; together we are creating a circle around the Earth and dedicating our energy to peace.”

Last year, Global Mala events were held in over fifty countries around the world. In Bali, New York, Belgium, Holland, France, Australia, and Canada yogis sponsored charities such as a meditation centre in Ladakh, Northern India, a yoga teaching program for HIV positive women in Rwanda, drought affected children in East Africa, Schools Without Borders worldwide and people with disabilities or illnesses.

We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to practice and play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.

Namaste.

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Heart and Soul Work with Children

by Shakta Kaur Khalsa

Khalsa Parenting has been called “the highest yoga”, and for good reason. Where else do you have the challenge and opportunity to be your most mindful at each moment? Where your every communication has the potential to create conflict or upliftment? Children respond either consciously or unconsciously to the vibratory energy of each moment. Much of the time, we adults have lost our sensitivity to the energy that vibrates between us all. Children can make us painfully aware of our gaps in awareness.

On the other hand, I have found greater motivation to stay on target since having a child. I use yoga, meditation, prayer, whatever it takes! Nothing beats a consistent daily spiritual practice to “tune up” to higher consciousness. In other words, if you touch and verify your own soul regularly, you won’t stray too far in your interactions with your child. Whether you’re having trouble with your child, or your life, it won’t be so serious, and you won’t take it so seriously. When difficulty comes, your attitude is less “This is a big problem.” and more “Where’s the lesson here?”

Many of us use yoga and meditation to improve the quality of our lives, and the lives of our children. Still, I’ve not met any parent, including myself, who would say that life with children is perfect. Nor do I believe it will ever be. There will always be new challenges to keep us on our toes! But we can learn to meet each challenge with grace and success. And yoga, our dear friend, will come to the rescue when we are in a tight spot.

FROM DRAMA TO DHARMA Every parent can recall a time of emotional crisis in progress. Imagine for a moment that your child is bugging you, whining, perhaps screaming–pressing on you for something he or she wants. You can excuse yourself, go to the bathroom, have a seat on the only one available, and close your eyes. Listen to your long and deep breath coming in and out, instead of the chatter, nagging or screaming from the other room. Don’t feel pressured to do anything about the situation, or to say anything at all. Go into an inner space where drama doesn’t exist. Only you and your breath exist in this space.

Now open your mouth into a “O” shape and inhale deeply through your mouth. The lips are slightly pursed, as though you are drinking from a very large straw. Close your mouth and exhale slowly through your nose. Look in the mirror to get it right, then close your eyes and concentrate on your breath. Do this for two minutes and see how you feel. This exercises slows down your mind and emotions, allows you to return to your full self. It at once calms and strengthens the nervous system.

Take another few moments to assess the situation you will be returning to when you open the door. Have confidence from deep within that you know what to do and how to do it. Your communication will come from your essential self. Your child will feel it, and relax. The two of you will come to a common meeting ground. If your child chooses to resist, you can still remain neutral, open, and centered in your decision. Allow your child to go through whatever changes she needs to. Give her that right. Give both of you Bach Rescue Remedy in water, or just a drop straight into the mouth. It will calm her and let her know you are on her side. You are the kind and merciful master of yourself, and the helper of her soul. The trauma will lose its power and fall flat, leaving you both in a clearer place of understanding.

PASSING IT ON One wonderful way to create more harmony and happiness in the home is to teach your children to meditate. The “O Breath” exercise given above is perfect for children too. Initially try it at a time when there is a real camaraderie between you. It is hard for a child to follow your direction when he is in conflict with you. Patience pays– wait for a good opportunity to give him these tools of change.

It becomes easier to use yogic techniques to bring balance when there is imbalance when you have a daily yoga practice. Your child sees that you rebalance yourself each day. His unconscious mind tells him, “This is what we do each day to set ourselves for the day.” Rebalancing through yoga in troubled times will seem most natural for him.

THE CALM HEART Chanting and singing are wonderful tools to bring peace to the heart. A very simple and effective meditation uses the sounds, “Sat Nam” (pronounced like “but mom”). It literally means “Truth-Identity, or Truth is my identity” in Sanskrit. To practice this meditation, bring the hands into prayer pose, with palms and straight fingers pressed together. Then bring the hands to the heart center and press the thumbs into the sternum. You will find an indentation in the upper center of the chest. Press there with about five pounds of pressure. This will connect the meridians of the head and heart. Then inhale deeply with the eyes closed. “Saaaaaat”, then a very short “Nam” at the end when you have only a little breath left. You will begin to notice that Sat has “waves” of sound to it. Make Sat have six waves, and Nam one.

Taking it one step further, on each wave of sound, thread the sound through each consecutive chakra (energy centers). Begin at the base of the spine (rectum), move to the sex organs on the second wave, the circulate the sound at the navel on the third, the fourth resounds at the heart. Move upward to the throat on the fifth wave, the sixth resonates between the eyebrows (third eye), then with “Nam” move the sound through the top of the head through the crown chakra. Keep going for five, ten minutes or more. Feel yourself as the instrument of the Divine.

Children love the sound of chanting. Maybe it’s because they are attuned to sound vibration. When I taught school I used song to catch the attention of a noisy classroom. It worked every time. The sevenwave Sat Nam meditation is a very simple and fun way to introduce children to chanting, and it helps them develop the ability to direct their focus and awareness–an invaluable tool for life.

SPARKING AWARENESS Share the wealth of breath and sound awareness with your child. Not all at once, but at just the right time. Light a candle before bed and create a beautiful sound together. Sit outside in the fresh air and show him how to breathe long and deep. See who can breathe slower.

When our son was seven, my husband taught him a yoga exercise that incorporates blowing out strongly through the mouth and encouraged his enthusiastic participation in a clever way. The breathing pattern is a long inhale through the nose. The exhale is powerfully blown out through the mouth. My husband put a plant between himself and our son. He challenged him to make the leaves of the plant move. Our son worked on moving that plant, and the exercise worked on moving him—into an internal place of fearlessness, for that is the gift of this exercise.

If you would like to try this exercise, the mudra, or hand position, is as follows: first the right elbow is bent at a 90 degree angle. The arm is out to the side, with the palm facing forward, as though taking an oath. The left hand position is the same with the exception that the elbow is tucked into the side, so the hand is close to the left shoulder. After three minutes, the position is reversed. Then after three minutes both hands are over the heart center with the left underneath and right on top. Press hard for two minutes. Continue blowing on the outbreath. Blow hard!

FUN IS GOOD FOR YOUR SOUL In parenting children, sometimes the answer to challenging situations is breathwork, and sometimes strong physical activity can simply melt problems away. It is as if the sun of strong movement turns the icy blocks of tension to water. And water? It flows!

Practicing Bear Walk, you will ground yourself with the earth element, and “walk off” tension. When you don’t feel like yourself, do this exercise. Get into Triangle Pose, also know as Downward Dog Pose, and begin walking all around the room, or better yet, outdoors. You will find yourself walking in a natural pattern of right arm forward, followed by the left leg, then the left arm, followed by the right leg. Keep the legs and arms straight, but not locked. The bottom is up in the air. Go for three to five minutes. Get primal, get earthy. Let yourself growl if you want! This is a perfect exercise to share with your child. He never needs to know how fantastic it is for him. That can be your little secret! Just let it be fun.

In our family, one person (usually my son) initiates some fun physical activity, such as blasting the Beatles while we all dance and sing at the top of our lungs. We have pillow fights, jump on the trampoline, have running races, and tickle until it turns into a wrestling match. I find I have to consciously drop all my excuses for not joining in (“I don’t really feel like it.” “I don’t have time for this.” etc.), and just realize that spontaneous fun is good for my soul. And what’s good for my soul is my yoga.

BLESS YOURSELF, BLESS YOUR CHILD If our goal in raising children is to create whole, happy, and healthy children who know how to love, share their radiance, and keep their center no matter what life brings, then we will want to act in our highest consciousness at each moment. They learn what they live. And that means they learn what you, as their parents, live. Give yourself that yogic edge. The science of yoga is a tool that you must pick up to use it. So pick it up. Make it your routine. It will deliver you to your soul. It will bless you, and it will bless the soul that comes in the form of your child.

Radiant Child Yoga Training, Levels 1-3
October 4-7, 2012
30 hour certification

Ananda Nilayam on St. Thomas is very excited about offering this training because they have a specific purpose on how they intend to use this training to fulfill our vision and mission of working with the youth. Ananda Nilayam has created a program teaching youth tools to promote peace in their lives through yoga (including self-inquiry, meditation, pranayama (breath work), conflict resolution skills and more. They are currently teaching these skills to a group of girls participating in the Girl Power Kidscope Summer Camp. They are working to expand this program to the schools, at-risk youth groups, youth in the criminal system and to the prisons. They believe that by working with the youth, we can help bring lasting peace to the VI.

If this resonates with you, please consider attending this training so you can be part of our vision of bringing peace to our children and our community.

For more information, contact:
Jennie Alvarez
Email:  jlastt@yahoo.com
Cell:  340-643-7758
www.sacredservicesusvi.com

For children’s yoga programs on St. John, contact certified Radiant Child Yoga Instructor Beth Gowan at:

Elizabeth Gowan
340-244-1810

Beth4health@ gmail.com

Shakta Kaur Khalsa has been teaching Kundalini Yoga for over three decades and children’s yoga for nearly as long. Her training program, Radiant Child Yoga, is well known around the world. Shakta is a parent, a Montessori educator, an E-RYT-500, and author of several yoga books, including the classic Fly Like a Butterfly: Yoga for Children.

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3-day Ayurveda Workshop – August 3rd – 5th

Join us at Concordia Eco-Resort, St. John, for a beautiful weekend of self-discovery through Ayurvedic traditions. Ayurveda translates to mean the “Science of Life” and is truly a living experiential science that develops awareness and a deeper connection to self. Through the use of foods, herbs, yoga asana, massage, and practices, Ayurveda guides us towards balance and optimal health. This workshop will help you create a tool kit to maintain balance in your life and in your diet specific to your constitutional dosha (dominant elemental energies). Your Ayurvedic guides will be Maureen (Mo) Washburn, San Francisco, California; Jessica Rhodes, Sacramento, California; and Lindsey Chabot, St. John, USVI – all Certified Ayurvedic Practitioners.

THE WORKSHOP:

Friday, August 3 – 5:00 – 9:00PM

  • Ayurveda revealed – introducing Ayurveda including breathing, elements and doshas.
  • Guided Yoga Asana – a gentle evening practice
  • Dinner – Ayurvedic inspired with specific information about each dish and a discussion on food and recipes.

 

Saturday, August 4 – 8:00AM – 3:00PM

  • Early morning Yoga Asana followed by tea and snack
  • Ayurveda presented- gaining a deeper understanding of the doshas and the pulse
  • Lunch – Eating for your constitution, more learnings about food, preparation and recipes
  • Ayurveda explored – experiencing the senses…balancing your life with spices and essential oils

 

Sunday, August 5 – 8:00AM – 2:00PM

  • Early morning Yoga Asana followed by tea and snack
  • Ayurvedic practiced – learning about self care tools, oil pulling, salt scrubs & massage
  • Hike down to Salt Pond Bay
  • Lunch – Sensing and Balancing

 

 

 

You will be going home with:

Guided written instructions on balancing your life

Ways to incorporate yoga into your life, specific for your needs

Tridoshic recipes

Salt Scrub with essential oils

Resources for future needs

 

THE PLACE:

Concordia Eco Resorts

 

To make your retreat experience complete, we welcome you to stay the weekend at Concordia Eco-Resort. Take advantage of discounted accommodations available for this event, including Eco-Tents from $55 and Eco-Studios from $99 per night for all Puerto Rico, BVI, and USVI residents. Non-resident discounts are also available; please call Rosanne at 340-693-5855 for more information on package discounts for this event. or book your reservation at 800-392-9004 or 340-715-0500.

Surrounded by pristine US Virgin Islands National Park on the island of St. John, Concordia Eco-Resort overlooks the Caribbean waters of Salt Pond Bay, Drunk Bay, and the Drake Passage. A variety of accommodations are perched like tree houses along the hillside, connected by elevated walkways to minimize impact and engage the surrounding flora and fauna. Low-impact construction, an extensive rain-water collection system, photovoltaic electric generation, and its recycling program make Concordia the perfect retreat for the eco-conscience traveler. For more information about Concordia visit their site by clicking on the following link.

CONCORDIA ECO-RESORT

 

THE SPECIALISTS:

Maureen (Mo) Washburn

Mo is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner who has been joyfully practicing at the dhyana Center since January 2011. Mo is deeply connected to facilitating self-awareness and self-care for those interested in transforming their lives into a greater state of balance.She listens compassionately to each client’s needs and approaches each client’s journey with creativity and care. She utilizes sessions as a space to not only assist her clients in change physically, but also as an opportunity to impart tools of taking care of one’s self out in the world.Whether its nourishment or stir that is needed, Mo’s attention to detail and ability to hold space for each person’s process creates an environment that is comfortable and safe for reflection and release.She practices Ayurvedic/Tibetan style pulse assessment, which guides conversation around current states of health and wellbeing. This lays the foundation for what types of food, remedies, and treatments are called for to support each client’s needs.

Jessica Rhodes

Jessica’s classes will support and uplift you, as she has a remarkable eye for spotting emotional and physical blocks through asana. Jess is a devotional teacher that draws from Pattahbi Jois’ Ashtanga , Sivananda, Power Vinyasa, Bhakti and Yin schools of thought. Yoga isn’t elite, she says, and it isn’t a perfect combination of lycra and spandex. Yoga is breath, yoga is life, and yoga is for all people – all faiths – all cultures – all sizes – and all bodies. Jess started seriously practicing yoga when she broke her back and was bedridden. Yoga brought joy and movement to her life again, and she now loves to bring it to others.

During her stay in India, Jess lived in both the Sivananda and Hari Om ashrams. These experiences afforded her the knowledge of practice, daily observances, and Ayurvedic background that enrich her classes around the world. Jessica has completed two 200-hour teacher training programs, one in Rishikesh, India focused on Pranayama, Chanting, Kriah, and Asana. She also completed a 200-hr Power Vinyasa Teacher Training Course in Sacramento, California. She is also a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and a Certified Massage Practitioner, and will be available for some one on one training, pulse diagnosis and massage therapy sessions while on St. John.

 

Lindsey Chabot

Lindsey went looking for something different after running a marathon in college. It was all over after going to her first Bikram yoga class. She immediately fell in love with the focused energy and self-discipline that yoga requires. The way that yoga makes you face yourself moment by moment has allowed her to know herself in great strength, and in moments of extreme weakness. She has since been exploring the many ways yoga changes….absolutely everything. Yoga quickly became something like taking a shower, you just DO IT. Having been lucky enough to practice in many different studios all over the country, Lindsey tries to absorb as much as possible and share it with friends, yogi’s and anyone who’s interested. She was trained and certified in Ashtanga by the late and great Larry Shultz and the amazing people at It’s Yoga, San Francisco in 2008. Also a certified Ayurvedic practitioner, Lindsey’s interest in wellness stretches way beyond the perfect pose. Well aware that her journey has just begun, she feels honored and blessed to be on it with the people of St. John. It’s not about being perfect, it’s about feeling good.

 

THE FEE:

The fee for this three day workshop is $175; if paid for before July 25th, the early discount price is $150.

This fee includes – dinner on Friday, lunches on Saturday & Sunday, three yoga classes, salt scrub, written instructions and recipes.

Also available and highly recommended additional sessions and fees (limited space so please reserve your times early):

Ayurvedic Birth Pulse Assessment: Discover your constitution – 30 minutes – $40

Ayurvedic Nutrition and Wellness: Consultation including Birth Pulse Assessment and how to eat for your dosha – 60 minutes – $60

Chakra Reading: Deepen your understanding of your emotions and how they impact your body – 30 minutes – $40

Personalized yoga plan: Customized yoga practice based on your body type, condition and wellness goals – 30 minutes – $40

Ayurvedic Package: Includes your choice of three of the above sessions: 90 minutes – $100

Ayurvedic Massage: Specific to your needs for 90 minutes $125 or $250 for six hand massage (limited space available)

 

TO REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP – CALL NANCY AT 340-775-0533

For more information call Lindsey at 978-790-4016 or email her at ldchabot@gmail.com or call Nancy at 340-775-0533 or email her at nancy@doyogastjohnvi.com.