Events and Workshops

We frequently host special guest teachers, extended classes from your favorite local teachers, music, art and other special events at PPY. If you walk away learning one thing from any of these offerings that is a good and worthy practice, and will boost your daily yoga. Make it a staycation: a regular morning weekend class, grab a healthy bite in the neighborhood and then come back for an afternoon workshop. Instant Day of Yoga Retreat! ~Please scroll down, pre-registration is recommended… 48 hours advanced notice for cancellation required for refund~

For registration assistance ~ please email us at: info@pleasurepointyoga.com

Intro to Street Jazz Workshop

INSTRUCTORS: Joy Smith

DATE: Wednesday, December 12th

TIME: 5:30-7pm

COST: $20

LOCATION: Pleasure Point Movement, PPY’s 2nd studio, located a few doors down at 3603 Portola Dr. 

 

ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED AS THIS WILL SELL OUT.

Step-by-step, non-intimidating breakdown of Street Jazz and its top 10 essential moves and styles (Street Jazz, Cardio Funk, Hip Hop), plus a simple choreo/routine. For people who want to dance but have felt shy about trying dance classes or for those with experience who want to deepen their knowledge and technique.

Instructor Bio:

Joy Smith

Owner and director of Santa Cruz Dance Company and Growing Wild (online nutrition courses and retreats). Internationally awarded instructor and choreographer for music videos, film, television and musical artists in France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Brazil, Japan and the US.

International dance and fitness presenter, master trainer and Zumba Education Specialist (ZES) for Zumba Fitness LLC–for France, Belgium, California, Washington and Minnesota. Previously awarded ”Best of Santa Cruz Aerobic Instructor of the year” for Zumba instruction. ACE and AFAA faculty and CEC provider.

Happy Hips! 

INSTRUCTOR: Sean Haleen

DATE: Saturday, December 15th

TIME: 1:30 – 3:30pm

COST: $45

LOCATION: Pleasure Point Movement

 

The key to opening the hips is the opposite of what most of us think- its all about building strength! This workshop will teach you how to build strength and stability in your poses while releasing their tension in the process. Appropriate for all levels of practitioner as well as those who’re very “flexible” and “stiff” in their hips!

Sean Haleen (500 E-RYT) is a celebrated Hatha yoga teacher and practitioner. Sean has practiced and studied yoga asana and philosophy since 1997 and began teaching in 2007. He now lives north of San Francisco with his husband and dog. He teaches public classes in San Francisco and Oakland as well as various 200HR and 500HR teacher trainings and Joyful Alignment workshops at studios across the US. In 2017, Yoga Journal selected Sean as one of the next generation’s top Yoga teachers.

Unstucking Stuck Spots: Shoulders and Spine

INSTRUCTOR: Sean Haleen

DATE: Sunday, December 16th

TIME: 1:30 – 3:30pm

COST: $45

LOCATION: Pleasure Point Movement

 

This popular workshop teaches you how to unstick some of the bodies trickiest parts to mobilize including the upper back, shoulders, and more. You learn various techniques including prop work, unique pose variations and more to incorporate into your practice to create greater awareness and ease in your upper body.

All levels welcome!

Sean Haleen (500 E-RYT) is a celebrated Hatha yoga teacher and practitioner. Sean has practiced and studied yoga asana and philosophy since 1997 and began teaching in 2007. He now lives north of San Francisco with his husband and dog. He teaches public classes in San Francisco and Oakland as well as various 200HR and 500HR teacher trainings and Joyful Alignment workshops at studios across the US. In 2017, Yoga Journal selected Sean as one of the next generation’s top Yoga teachers.

Nada Yoga Workshop: Uniting Yoga and Sound

INSTRUCTOR: Josh Miller

DATE: Saturday, December 15th

TIME: 5:30 – 7:30PM

COST: $30

 

“Rhythm is the Soul of Life” – Babatunde Olatunji
Come with me on an interactive sound journey with blended modalities from the Indian practice of Nada Yoga & unique styles of African Rhythm. What you will experience is a blend of live percussion, voice, movement, and meditation.

This journey has been designed to inspire the freedom of creative expression and to help grow a deeper sense of connection to the mind, body, and spirit. My mission is to have you leave feeling more grounded, activated, & empowered.

All levels welcome, no prior drumming, singing or yoga experience required

*Percentage of your donations will go toward Music Together, a children’s non-profit organization*

About Josh:

Josh is an energetic drummer and teacher passionate to bridge cultures from around the world to build a stronger form of connection. He has travelled extensively in both the east and west studying world music and Nada Yoga. Josh truly believes everyone has rhythm and is excited to share these modalities of music therapy. He can be followed and contacted @themusicalyogi on Instagram.

Invitation of the Heart: An Advent Retreat

INSTRUCTOR: Sherry Cassedy & Satya Graha

DATE: 4 Sundays in December (12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23)

TIME: 2 – 5PM

COST: $30 Single Session / $100 Full Retreat

 

Invitation of the Heart: An Advent Retreat The four weeks leading up to the Winter Holy Days is marked with ritual in the Christian tradition and known as “Advent”, the coming into, the invitation. We are extending the Invitation to enter into the season by preparing our hearts for the birth of light, by taking time each week to reflect on the themes of the season: Time, Truth, Darkness, and Light.

Each weekly 3-hour session will explore the theme through various spiritual traditions, meditate on it, and create ritual to literally bring it home. Sherry and Satya are excited to weave their respective backgrounds and training in Yoga and Meditation, Catholicism and Buddhism, to create a rich tapestry of wisdom teachings and reflections for the Advent season.

Cost: $30 Single Session / $100 Full Retreat

Themes:
Week 1 December 2nd: Time
Stepping out of time and into a more natural rhythm, connecting with the Heart’s timeless wisdom.
Activity: Ritual and Advent Wreaths

Week 2 December 9th: Truth
Examining Universal Laws and Inherent Truths, Awakening to our personal Heart-felt Truths.
Applying Toltek Wisdom from ‘The Four Agreements’ by Don Miguel Ruiz
Activity: Dreamwork led by Sherry Cassedy

Week 3 December 16th: Darkness 
Incubating in the darkness. Sitting with the Heart-break of humanity, ours and others.
Activity: Sound Healing Circle led by Satya Graha

Week 4 December 23rd: Light
Celebrating the Birth of Light in our Hearts, Shining forth our Inner Radiance for the benefit of all.
Activity: Restorative Yoga led by Sherry Cassedy
Join us as we prepare to welcome the Light of the Winter Holy Days across spiritual traditions.

HeartBeat Dance Fitness w/ Danu

INSTRUCTOR: Danu Schoeck

DATE: Monday, December 3rd ; 10th ; 17th

TIME: 6 – 7PM

COST: FREE!

LOCATION: Pleasure Point Movement, PPY’s 2nd Studio located a few doors down at 3603 Portola Dr.

 

FREE DANCE CLASSES IN DECEMBER!!! Yep, you read that right, DANU IS BACK ON THE SANTA CRUZ DANCE SCENE!!!
Come dance and sweat with us! This hour long adults’ dance fitness class blends high and low intensity dance moves, toning calisthenics and feel good music to work your body and feed your soul. All levels welcome!
Come try a Heartbeat Dance Fitness class for FREE in December! Free classes are: December 3rd, 10th and 17th at 6:00pm. 
Advance enrollment via MindBody is Required and Will Sell Out!
 
Regular class schedule to begin after the New Year. More to come!
Danu Schoeck is back on the Santa Cruz Dance scene and excited to bring you Heartbeat Dance Fitness! This class combines heart pumping cardio dance in hip hop, street jazz and world dance styles with fitness movements to tone and strengthen. Danu is a well known local dance and fitness choreographer and teacher. She has over 9 years of experience teaching dance and fitness classes and a strong belief in movement as medicine. Come see what the buzz is about!
A message from PPY’s Owner (Megan McAllister): Danu is BACK on the Dance Scene and joining the line up of classes at Movements Muse (Pleasure Point Yoga’s new and forming second studio). The Movements Muse has crafted its class offerings to inspire students to get out of their heads and back into their hearts – – all centered around movement of some sort (stay tuneded for much more!!!). Danu is one of my favorite dance teachers of all time (Hip Hop, Street Jazz, Zumba). Danu is such a talented dancer and a prolific teacher. She may be small in size but her dance moves are HUGE! She is such a light – – her radiant personality, contageous smile, encouraging teaching style, and dope choreography had classes packed when she was teaching!! No matter the level of dance experience, Danu will make it FUN!! Get ready to drop it like it’s HOTT!!!

Shaman’s Dream: Rebirthing Breathwork & Energy Healing

INSTRUCTORS: Niki Alsop (Spiritual Mentor & Shamanic Bodyworker) & Chelsea Shapouri (Ayurveda Lifestyle Coach & Elemental Yoga Teacher)

DATE: Saturday, December 22nd

TIME: 6 – 9 PM

COST: $40

 

After School Peace Warriors Training for Kids!

INSTRUCTOR: Ilana Ingber

DATE: January 14th – February 22nd

PROGRAM LENGTH: 6 weeks (1 day / week)

DAY: M, T, W, Th options

TIME: 3:30 – 5pm

COST: $150 for 6 week series; Drop ins welcome at $30/session

LOCATION: Pleasure Point Movement

 

Bones, Poses, and Target Areas: A Functional Introduction to Yin Yoga

INSTRUCTORS: Paul & Suzee Grilley

DATE: Saturday, January 12th and Sunday, January 13th

TIME: 9:15-12:15pm and 1:30-4:30pm (both days)

COST: $220 (entire weekend only)

LOCATION: Pleasure Point Movement

 

Living Mindful: Crafting a Mindfulness Practice

INSTRUCTORS: Melissa Fritchle

DATE: Sunday, January 27th

TIME: 1 – 4:30pm

COST: $40

LOCATION: Pleasure Point Movement

 

Monthly Monday Night Yoga for Social Justice Book Club

INSTRUCTOR: Gwen Benjamin

DATE: 1st Monday of every month – Beginning December 3rd

TIME: 7:15 – 8:30pm

COST: Regular class pricing

LOCATION: Pleasure Point Movement, PPY’s 2nd Studio located a few doors down at 3603 Portola Dr.. 

This monthly reading and discussion group is a safe container to hold difficult conversations about social justice issues in the yoga world. Through examining modern yoga’s relationship to race, class, gender, colonialism, activism, trauma, body positivity, and agency, we will explore a variety of complicated topics that inform the ways in which we in the West consume and create yoga culture.

Each month when the new book is announced, participants will receive a list of guided questions to accompany the readings. The Yoga for Social Justice Book Club is 90 minutes long and open to all bodies, all ways.

Yoga for Social Justice Book Club – Reading List: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Rb_8magvutAVN7V_KkXyG319jFADOFmv9K1BjWA1FDk/edit 

Monthly Monday Night Yoga Nidra

INSTRUCTOR: Kayla Copeland

DATE: 2nd Monday of every month

TIME: 7:15 – 8:00pm

COST: Regular class pricing

When the body is relaxed and the nervous system is in a ‘resting state’, we are much more apt to heal from within. Sometimes in our busy lives we don’t always have the time to “hurry up and relax” or sometimes finding relaxation itself can be a challenge.

This class is designed to guide you into a deep and conscious relaxation of body and mind, to a place between dreaming and waking. Yoga Nidra is often referred to as ‘Yogic Sleep’. It is said that 45 mins of Yoga Nidra is equivalent in benefits to 4 hours of traditional sleep.

Join Kayla Copeland for a sweet start to your week! 2nd Monday of every month

Monthly Monday Night Kirtan

INSTRUCTOR: Emily Perry & Friends

DATE: 3rd Monday of every month

TIME: 7:30 – 9:30pm

COST: $10-20 Suggested Donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)

 

Join us monthly for this call & response chanting from the Bhakti Yoga Tradition – a joyful practice of devotion.

Satsang, weekly

INSTRUCTOR: Sherry Cassedy

DATE: Every Monday

TIME: 7:30 – 8:30am

COST: Free and open to all!

Pleasure Point Yoga’s Monday morning Satsang is a unique (and free) opportunity to delve deeper into the esoteric teachings of Yoga in the company of one another. It is a great introduction for anyone who is curious to learn more, and an open invitation to revisit and share in the supported space of the Sangha as we deepen our practice. We will be taking up the Yamas and Niyamas starting July 16, exploring each of the qualities as a practice in and of itself.  Patanjali calls the Yamas (nonviolence, truth, non stealing, chastity, non hoarding) the Great Vow or Mahavratam.  This is a wonderful time to join the circle and you are always feel free to drop in as we share the path of yoga. “Satsang” is a Sanskrit word derived from “sat”, meaning truth, and “sanga”, meaning community. In Satsang, we gather together, in community to seek truth or, more simply, to be with the truth. We create the space with chanting, light, and intention, gentle rituals that help us to dedicate this hour to our study and practice and to one another.

Rock & Roll Restorative

INSTRUCTOR: Gwen Benjamin

DATE: Every 1st Friday

TIME: 7:15-8:30PM

COST: Regular Class Pricing

 

Relax into your weekend with a luxurious Restorative yoga class set to sweet-sounding music of the 90’s (think eclectic indie, alternative, classic rock, and hip hop). Gwen softly guides you through an immensely relaxing and gentle form of yoga that uses props (blankets, bolsters, blocks) to completely support and cradle the body into full relaxation. Restorative yoga leads the body and mind into deep stillness, where the full expression of its sweetness can be experienced. This rejuvenating yoga asana class not only replenishes and relaxes, it balances the nervous system, improves the immune system, and improves capacity for healing and balancing. This class is fun, accessible and beneficial for All ages, All bodies, All levels.