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A Santa Cruz Grateful Flow

INSTRUCTOR: Aimee Joy Nitzberg

DATES: Thanksgiving – Thursday 11/26

TIME: 9:00-10:30am

COST: Regular Class Pricing

Please bring a donation for Second Harvest

Celebrating love, beauty, and kindness ~ this will be an all levels flow open to all. Start your day on the mat, surrounded by yogi power and a strong collective energy. We will be collecting donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank – an organization striving to end hunger in our community. Join us!

All Levels Welcome.


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Master Class

INSTRUCTOR: Aimee Joy Nitzberg

DATES: Saturday November 2810437655_1013219608692905_8286399358626313118_n

TIME: 12:00-1:45pm

COST: $20 drop in for everyone

What to expect: Beginning with a short pranayama and meditation to set intentions and raise awareness, especially in the heart center. Followed by Sun Salutations to activate the breath, focus the mind and warm up the body while sinking deeper into rhythmic Flow. We’ll play with static Hatha poses as well as breakdown a peak pose or two, before slowing down into deep, soft Yin hip openers and twists. Seated meditation followed by a luxurious savasana will allow you to leave your mat feeling energized, light, recharged and a deeper love for yourself and the practice of Yoga!
All Levels Welcome.


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Tao Te Ching

A Guided Reading

INSTRUCTOR: Caren Camblin

DATE: 3 Consecutive Mondays: 11/30, 12/17, 12/14

TIME: 7:15 – 8:45pm

Tao RoseCOST: $10 each, or $25 for the series

“A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.”

-Tao Te Ching

The Tao Te Ching, one of China’s oldest and most revered texts, is particularly applicable to contemporary life in the West. Encouraging us to slow down, to observe, and to flow, the Tao can be especially helpful this time of year as an antidote to holiday busy-ness and winter malaise.

This guided reading is divided into three classes:

11/30    Introduction to the Tao Te Ching

12/7     Discussion of key chapters and verses

12/14    Application of the Tao to yoga practice and to everyday life

There are dozens of wonderful translations of the Tao.  If you can browse several at a bookstore, choose whichever calls to you.  If you’re not sure, the Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English translation is recommended.

Facilitator Caren Camblin has taught the Tao at UCSC since 2005, holds an MA in philosophy from Stanford, and has been practicing martial arts for almost 20 years.

Wear comfortable clothing for sitting and light asana practice.

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Holiday Art Faire & Studio Open House


Our 4 Year Anniversary Celebration

DATE: Saturday, December 5th

TIME: 2:00-5:00pm

Please join us in celebrating our 4 Year Anniversary! We’re excited to open our doors and invite the community to share in our joy. There will be local artists displaying and selling their quality goods, and PPY will be offering discounted rates on yoga packages! Stop in to mingle with everyone off the mat, and enjoy an afternoon of good vibes! All are welcome!



Kundalini Yoga and Chant Night for the Bloodstream

MSK color on rocks eyes closed mudraINSTRUCTOR: Naomi Charanpal Kaur

GUEST MUSICIAN: Ghansham Singh

DATES: Friday, December 11th

TIME: 7:30pm

COST: Regular Class Pricing, $15 drop in

Please bring $5-10 for the musician

In this live music workshop with chanting and gong bath, we will be experiencing a Jupiter meditation, as originally taught by Yogi Bhajan in 1995, which cleanses the bloodstream; the rivers of which your health and vitality depend upon.
When combining the power of your own, unique sound vibration alongside this ancient technology for purification, and the life force of prana, the magnitude of healing is amplified through the expansive innate body wisdom from within. It is scientifically proven that chanting sparks the health for the glandular system and brain. By initiating the spark that sets the glands into motion, they feed the blood with the proper chemical balance required for a strong immune and a blissful mood. Come experience for yourself the magic that this ancient science and technology can do for you!
All Levels Welcome!


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Winter Solstice Yin & Serenade

INSTRUCTOR: Katie Jacobson


MUSICIAN: Naomi Charanpal Kaur

DATE: Sunday, December 20th

TIME: 6-7:30pm

COST: Regular Class Pricing!

The Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year, when the light of the Sun fades into darkness. The Solstice {‘sun standing still’} offers us a moment to pause and invites us to explore the inner landscape.

We can align with Nature and honor this transition with a deep meditative practice of Yin Yoga, where passive stretches are held for several minutes to work into the deeper layers of connective tissue. Yin is the Lunar, Feminine, nurturing energy that balances the outward-achieving (and holiday buzz) Yang energy. In this place of surrender and receptivity, we can access the light within the darkness. As we slow down and drop in, the ethereal sounds and gong bath by Naomi Charanpal Kaur will guide us further into our practice – to ground, rejuvenate, and heal.

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Winter Solstice Reflection & Celebration

Honoring Stillness and Return of the Light~


Harmonizing with Rhythms of Nature.

INSTRUCTOR: Sherry Cassedy

DATE: Monday, December 21st

TIME: 7:15-8:30pm

COST: Regular Class Pricing!

The sun stands still, pausing, reflecting, turning.
Harmonizing ourselves with the rhythms of nature, at the solstice, we also pause, honor the stillness and celebrate return of the light.
People around the world and across time have followed the path of the sun so vital to our very existence, and marked the solstice with communal silence and celebration.
Join us for a solstice meditation, reflecting with images and sound, pausing in stillness and silence to welcome the light back into our hearts.
Sherry Cassedy leads this Evening Reflection with chanting, discussion, and pranayama culminating in a deep, restorative savasana.

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Greatest Hits!

A Peak Pose Workshop

INSTRUCTOR: Gabriel Benjamin

DATE: Sunday, February 7th, 2016

TIME: 2-4:30pmgb

COST: $35 in advance, $45 day of

Come enjoy this flow practice of building to peak poses in inversions, arm balances, hip openers, and back bends!

Practice will be a fun and active flow with lots of intermediate options for those who love a challenge. We will practice enthusiastically to a playlist of everyone’s favorite uplifting classic rock and devotional music~

It will be a greatest hits practice for the spine, heart, and mind. Including a pranayama practice that will both expand your breath and leave you breathless :)

About Gabriel:
Has been teaching since 2001 and is equally skilled at leading students to new ability in all seven posture groups. Gabriel demonstrates and adjusts with clarity and grace and is a master of floating. Gabriel has a knack for making students laugh during the most challenging experiences and helps students to not take themselves too seriously, while being very focused on the practice. Gabriel is a second generation teacher and learned yoga early in life from his mother Martha Posey.
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