INSTRUCTOR: Jody Greene
DATE & TIME: Saturday, April 19th 12:30 – 3:30 pm
COST: $25 please sign up in advance under workshops
This three hour workshop is designed for anyone who would like to start and maintain a daily practice of seated meditation.
We’ll look at some myths about meditation, explore some of the basic postures appropriate for sitting practice, and learn a few simple exercises to open the body to prepare for sitting.
You’ll have an opportunity to try “just sitting” (non-discursive meditation), as well as learning a few techniques for stabilizing breath, body, and mind.
Finally, we’ll talk about how to keep your practice going when you feel like you want to quit.
Mind, Body, Soul: A 3-Part Series
INSTRUCTORS: co-lead by Jessie Hess & Katie Jacobson
DATE & TIME: Monday Nights, 7:30-9:30PM – April 28, May 5, May 12
COST: $25/session OR $20/session if register for all 3 in advance
Enjoy all 3 parts at a discount rate OR drop-in on any individual session
Description: Moving your practice beyond your mat, helping you to transform your everyday toward more spacious, intentional living. Through lecture, discussion, and meditation, we will provide practical tools and techniques based on Yogic philosophy. Gathering in a supportive community (sangha) setting, the series is accessible for students of all levels and backgrounds. Each workshop will provide you with take home material for continued learning. This is an asana-free series – please wear comfortable clothing and bring a notebook and pen.
Mind: In the first of three workshops, the 8 limbs of Yoga will be defined as we focus on yama and niyama (restraints and observations) as written in Patanjali’s “Yoga Sutra”. We will explore how they enrich and deepen our practice both on and off the mat. Highlighting the value of santosa (contentment) and how to create greater simplicity, harmony and balance in our day to day lives. This informative lecture will be playful and practical. Taught by Jessie Hess
Body : Building upon the first workshop, we will explore how to transform daily activities into meaningful rituals. The principles of Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, will be used to shed light on how to achieve optimal physical health and spiritual wellbeing. Self-care practices and principles of yogic diet will be used to find internal balance and harmony with the rhythms of nature. Offering specific meditative tools rooted in this ancient wisdom tradition, you will have the opportunity to experiment with these various techniques. Taught by Katie Jacobson
Soul: Drawing on the first two workshops, we will enjoy a potluck meal as each student will have the opportunity to share their findings/observances/experiences throughout the previous weeks. Additionally, we will discuss the concept of manifesting intention and effort as we create sacred surroundings. Be prepared to “sit”, share, and savor. Co-taught by Jessie Hess and Katie Jacobson.
Classes can be taken separately, however each part is designed to build & support the other sessions.
Yin Yoga – Learn To Teach (Module 1)
INSTRUCTOR: Aimee Joy Nitzberg
DATE & TIME: Saturday, May 3rd 6:00 – 9:00 pm
COST: $45 (please sign up in advance under workshops)
Want to know more about Yin Yoga? Ever considered teaching this quiet practice or would you like to develop an option for a home practice? Learn the art & science Yin Yoga in the first part of a 3 part training series.
The various modules are designed to allow impassioned students to become gifted teachers and to learn the skills to develop a home practice. This module is designed to be a general overview, touching lightly on theory, energetics, philosophy and gaining understanding of practical knowledge of the asanas. You will be able to apply this information into sequencing practices as well as gain helpful tools and techniques for guiding a deep meditation.
No previous teaching experience required for this first training module. All are welcome!
(The second and third modules will be significantly more in-depth, longer and extensive. We’ve designed all three to be used together or separately depending on the motivation for increasing knowledge of Yin Yoga; and to give the student time to assimilate and integrate the information slowly with practice and self-study in between sessions.)
LOCATION: Pranamar Resort
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
INSTRUCTOR: lead by Aimee Joy Nitzberg
DATE: May 18th -24th
Retreat is Full.
Accommodation and all meals are included, along with yoga classes every morning and late afternoon at the beautiful and simply luxurious Pranamar Resort. (www.pranamarvillas.com)
Pura Vida, the Costa Rican expression literally means pure life. However, the real meaning is closer to “plenty of life”, “full of life”, “this is living!”, “going great”, or “real living”…treat yourself to the opportunity to enjoy and charge your soul with Pura Vida!
Private room in Pool Villa single with king bed: $ 1705
Shared room in Pool Villa two twin beds: $1345
Private room for couple in Pool Villa with king bed: $1455 per person
Email for help with reservations or any questions: email@example.com
The elegantly designed villas, built with Costa Rican hardwoods, bamboo and plenty of windows and doors, invite guests to enjoy nature and ocean views in an intimate setting. Each two-story villa has two air-conditioned bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room and plenty of decks and terraces. Luxurious granite stone tubs surrounded by tropical gardens give a unique, exotic touch to open-air bathrooms. Decorated with imported, hand-crafted Indonesian furniture and floating around a free-form pool, the villas create a relaxed, romantic atmosphere complemented by their natural surroundings.
All four poolside Villas include: personal pool entrance, 2 air-conditioned bedrooms, fans, screens, small bar fridge, garden bathroom with granite stone tub, laptop-size security safes, Wi-Fi, and 2 king beds or 1 king and 2 twins (depending on occupancy).
We will gather in the morning (beginning Monday 5/19) at the beautiful yoga shala for an optional 30 minute meditation, followed by a full Vinyasa/Hatha Flow practice. You will be encouraged to give yourself exactly what you need in each day…easy does it, or go for it! In the afternoon, we’ll meet again for a deep, soothing Yin practice, with time after for you to experience the gorgeous Costa Rican sunsets.
REST, PLAY, EXPLORE
A wide variety and activities and tours are available from surfing, taking surf lessons, horseback riding, stand up paddle boarding, canopy tours and ziplining, jungle hikes as well as massage and bodywork. You may just find yourself lounging at the beach or pool, reading, collecting sea shells or taking long walks in the sand.
Yin Yoga – Learn To Teach (Module 2)
INSTRUCTORS: Amy Seidewand & Sean Guinan
DATE & TIME: Saturday, May 24th 12:00 – 6:00 pm
COST: $195 (Please sign up in advance under workshops)
In-depth Yin Yoga Theory & Functional AnatomyThis intensive study of Yin Yoga theory and philosophy will emphasize the functional aspects of anatomy and the physical body. This will include a comprehensive, in-depth practice of the asanas as well, giving students a chance to absorb knowledge through experiential learning. Focus on sequencing and assisting students with modifications will also be included.
Open to those who have completed/will complete the Yin Yoga Basics seminar.
As a complete yin yoga teacher training we’ve designed all three modules to be used together or separately depending on the motivation for increasing knowledge of Yin Yoga; and to give the student time to assimilate and integrate the information slowly with practice and self-study in between sessions.
Leaps of Faith
INSTRUCTOR: Gabriel Reese Benjamin
DATE & TIME: Sunday, June 8th 2:00 – 4:30 pm
COST: $30 Paid by May 25, $35 after
Come for an amazing afternoon, of sun salutation refinement, deep inner strength, floating transitions, peak pose preparation of the mind, and deep thigh releases building toward Hanuman Asana!
Any time when we hold back when we need to but don’t want to, or try something difficult and new, it requires a personal leap of faith. This program will have the perfect balance of challenge, structure, and spontaneity!
Gabriel Benjamin is a second generation instructor in the TriYoga(R) Lineage and has been instructing since 2001. Gabriel holds five certifications in Yoga and Ayurveda and has been both a student and teacher at the Kerala Ayurveda Academy. His practices are known for being the perfect blend of challenging and relaxing leaving the students feeling educated, nourished, and balanced.
INSTRUCTOR: Janet Stone
DATE & TIME: Saturday, June 28th 10:00 am – 12 noon
COST: $35 paid by June 14th, $45 after
Back from Bali and fueled with warmth and beauty, Janet will visit us again for a special 2 hour flow! Kick-off your summer with a chance to share a deeply moving Vinyasa filled with the magic of the gods and goddesses and Janet’s incredible Spirit. This class will sell out, so sign-up early and look forward to an early summer treat.
Yin & Yoga Sutras
Coming in July, Monday evenings
Lead by Aimee Joy Nitzberg & Sherry Cassedy
We will weave the Sutras (Threads) through a specially designed Yin Yoga practice. Designed to take us deeper into the heart of our practice and to elevate our minds. Chanting of Sutras, the Gayatri and the Shantipat will be explored along with time for a short meditation at the end of each practice. A perfect remedy on Monday evenings for body, mind and Spirit; as well as a chance to fortify our yoga community with deep teachings and shared company on the Path.
Sherry Cassedy: “I appreciate Pleasure Point Yoga’s approach to practice and teaching, blending a high level of knowledge and support with a deep sense of invitation and light-heartedness.The satsang will offer a welcoming context for our shared exploration.
Studying with Bhavani Maki over the past 10 years, I have developed a love of the yoga sutra and the deeper teachings of yoga.I was honored to work with Bhavani editing her book The Yogi’s Roadmap, Patanjali Yoga Sutra as Path of Self-Realization, 2013. I also enjoyed recent yin training at PPY and restorative with Judith Lasater at Mt. Madonna. I am excited for the opportunity to unravel the sutra together with shared wisdom and light.”