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

Yoga Neuromechanics: The Science of Flexibility

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Robyn Capobianco

DATE: Friday, October 19th / Saturday October 20th and Sunday October 21st

TIME: Friday: 5:30-8:30PM / Saturday, Sunday: 1:30-4:30PM

COST: $35 for Friday; $125 for entire weekend

 

*please note: Sat/Sun sessions are not sold separately + Friday attendance is required for Saturday & Sunday participation*

Friday night:
Ever wonder why some people are more flexible than others? Or what you can do to improve your own flexibility? In this two hour workshop, Robyn will provide you the with an overview of the neural and mechanical components that modulate flexibility to help you understand the inner workings of your body during yoga asana. Learn how muscle, connective tissue, and the nervous system integrate to govern your range of motion.
Weekend:
Building on the concepts introduced in Friday’s lecture, we will begin to systematically explore how the nervous system controls, coordinates, and learns movement. Pertinent concepts in neurophysiology, neuroscience, motor control, rehabilitation, and pain literature will be introduced.

In addition, you will leave with a firm understanding of:

  • how to assess joint range of motion and movement patterns
  • the difference between flexibility and mobility and how to improve both
  • the difference between motor control and stability
  • how to facilitate motor learning through external, rather than internal cueing
  • provide effective adjustments to address common movement restrictions
Using a mixture of self-mobilization tools, developmental patterns to improve motor control, and corrective exercise to enhance stability, this training will provide the seasoned instructor with an arsenal to up-level their game and provide newer teachers a solid foundation of knowledge to enhance learning. The techniques taught in this training will allow you to address individual needs in public classes as well as private sessions. This training is based on an integrated view of anatomy, which provides instructors a different lens to evaluate movement, rather than just muscles.
Dr. Robyn Capobianco, PhD, MA, ERYT-500, C-IAYT, earned her doctorate in the Neural Control of Movement Laboratory at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research is focused on the neuromechanics of flexibility, sensory contributions to movement, and how pain and dysfunction alter human biomechanics. In addition to her formal yoga training, she holds a master’s degree in biological anthropology, is a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT), and is a Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM-CES). A yoga teacher for over 15 years, she leads trainings and retreats across the globe, is a regular contributor to Yoga Journal, and considers herself a student first. Learn more at www.yoganeuromechanics.com

Shamanic Chakra Flow: Healing Cacao Ceremony

INSTRUCTOR: Carla Janette Gonzalez-Guerra

DATE: Saturday, October 20th

TIME: 5-8PM

COST: $20 in advance / $25 at the door

 

During this workshop and sacred ceremony connect to the sacred elements, Chakras, and your intuitive body wisdom to heal, harmonize, and empower yourself from within.

Combining the art of sacred ceremony, Kundalini Yoga, shamanic dance, and energy healing; experience and embody the potency of an alchemical energy healing ritual with Ceremonial Cacao. With Sacred Mayan Cacao as our spirit guide and facilitator, this powerful medicine will allow for a deeper opening and connection to our higher self and innate healing abilities.

Sacred Cacao, aka pure raw chocolate, is a natural plant medicine that heightens your awareness and perception, opening your heart, energy channels, and intuitive faculties. It opens you to receive more divine inspiration, realization, and guidance; promoting transformation, confidence and healing in your life.

This sacred plant medicine has been used in ceremony by the indigenous peoples of the Central Americas for thousands of years for connecting with the divine frequency of love within one’s own heart and all of the universe; allowing one to feel their interconnectedness with source and all things.

Experience Includes: Sacred Cacao Elixir, Blessing and Prayer Invocation, Kundalini Yoga and Breathwork Warm Up, Kundalini Dance Practice, Journaling Exercise, Mantra Energy Healing Meditation, Medicine Drum Journey, Reiki Savasana, Group Processing

3 Hours
Price: $20 in advance / $25 at the door

Carla Janette Gonzalez-Guerra is an Inspirational Leader, Transformational Healing Facilitator, and Cacao Priestess striving to open all persons to their highest potential.

Carla is also a 500RYS – Yoga Teacher, certified Reiki Energy and Shamanic Healing practitioner, and Clinical Psychology Graduate from the University of California, San Diego.
For more info, visit Heartcosm.net

Shamanic Shakti Flow – Women’s Full Moon Cacao Ceremony

INSTRUCTOR: Carla Janette Gonzalez-Guerra

DATE: Wednesday, October 24th

TIME: 6-9PM

COST: $20 in advance / $25 at the door

 

Enjoy a Sacred Cacao Ceremony and Kundalini Dance Practice.

Awaken your Kundalini Shakti through this movement practice and learn how to tap into this potent source of energy to bring healing and creative fuel into your Sacral Sexual Chakra.

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During this Womb Healing Ritual we will be combining the art of sacred ceremony, Kundalini Yoga, shamanic dance, and energy healing while honoring the Full Moon.

With Sacred Mayan Cacao as our spirit guide and facilitator, this powerful medicine will allow for a deeper opening and connection to our higher self, creativity and innate healing abilities.

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Sacred Cacao, aka pure raw chocolate, is a natural plant medicine that heightens your awareness and perception, opening your heart, energy channels, and intuitive faculties. It opens you to receive more divine inspiration, realization, and guidance; promoting transformation, confidence, and healing in all areas of your life.

This sacred plant medicine has been used in ceremony by the indigenous peoples of the Central Americas for thousands of years for connecting with the divine frequency of love within one’s own heart and all of the universe; allowing one to feel their interconnectedness with source and all things.

Experience Includes: Sacred Cacao Elixir, Blessing and Prayer Invocation, Kundalini Yoga and Breathwork Warm Up, Kundalini Dance Practice, Journaling Exercise, Mantra Energy Healing Meditation, Medicine Drum Journey, Reiki Savasana, Group Processing

3 Hours
Price: $20 in advance / $25 at the door

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Carla Janette Gonzalez-Guerra is an Inspirational Leader, Transformational Healing Facilitator, and Cacao Priestess striving to open all persons to their highest potential.

Carla is also a 500RYS – Yoga Teacher, certified Reiki Energy and Shamanic Healing practitioner, and Clinical Psychology Graduate from the University of California, San Diego.
For more info, visit Heartcosm.net

Restorative Yoga + 432hz Sound Healing

INSTRUCTOR: Magnolia & Shane

DATE: Saturday, October 27th

TIME: 1-3PM

COST: $25 in advance / $30 at the door

 

Come return to balance with Magnolia Rasak and Shane Thunder as they guide you through restorative yoga and healing sound bath w/ gemstone bowls, planetary and elemental gongs, and many more instruments. This fusion of gentle yoga and vibration will expand your heart and invite you to sink deeper into the present moment. We will journey through a series of slow and gentle poses to soften and stretch before dissolving into a long and deep savasana. You will be guided into a state of deep relaxation, as we open ourselves to conscious states beyond the physical realm. The combination of yoga and sound unifies the body, mind and spirit into a potent force of healing. Come share your presence as we move, breathe and flow to the sweet vibration of sound.

Shane Thunder and Magnolia Rasak have been offering their co-creation of yoga and sound for the past 5 years at festivals, retreats, and yoga studios throughout California and the US. By combining an eclectic blend of yin, restorative, hatha, and vinyasa flows with the healing vibrations of 432hz gemstone infused crystal bowls & elemental gongs a unique healing experience awaits the body, mind, and spirit. Shane and Magnolia’s return to balance collaborations accelerate the body’s ability to drop into a state of deep relaxation, and rejuvenation, while allowing a deeper connection into the heart space. Participants will feel more grounded, aligned, and cleansed after this powerful combination of sound vibration and yoga.

For more information about who we are and what we offer, please visit: magnoliarasak.com and spiritmetacine.com

ALUNA Breath Work

INSTRUCTOR: Alex & Attila

DATE: Sunday, October 28th

TIME: 9-12PM

COST: $55

LOCATION: PPY 2 – next to Dynasty Chinese Restaurant (in the same shopping complex) — PPY’s 2nd Location

 

Through the power of your breath, old traumas, limiting beliefs and subconsciously held patterns of energy suppressed are gradually released. You are able to not only let go of what you have been holding on to but also transform and integrate the habitual thinking and behavioral manifestations of these suppressions as well. Transformational Breath™ strengthens your body and mind, deepens your relationship with yourself, reduces anxiety and stress, boosts your creativity.

Water and tea is provided

Group size: max 10 people
What to bring: yoga mat, blanket, small pillow and your water bottle

Please

* try not to eat two hours prior to the session

* wear comfortable clothes

* drink plenty of water after the session

* make sure you have no commitments after the session

* and come with an intention. What would you like to explore, transform, integrate or let go off?

Contraindications:

* recent surgery or fractures

* acute infectious illness

* pregnancy

* Glaucoma

* cardiovascular problems

* severe hypertension

* epilepsy

* history of severe mental illness or psychiatric hospitalization

About Alex & Attila:

Alex: For the past ten years Alexandra has facilitated for many to find their true bliss and purpose in life, supporting and empowering others through energy healing, massage therapy, Huna, meditation, Transformational Breath™ and plant medicine. Her greatest joy lies in guiding people to embrace themselves and their authenticity. Alexandra is a strong believer in creating your own reality. Limiting beliefs and programming are a big player in feeling stuck and not experiencing the full potential we came with. Undoing those limitations can results in a more, fulfilled and joyful life. Her work is rooted in self-forgiveness and self-love.

Attila: A former Marketing Executive for multinational companies for 25 years Attila now facilitates and coaches, committed and serving others to achieve greater spiritual and emotional awareness by transforming existing traumas, releasing limiting beliefs, getting in touch with deep emotions, to find meaning and purpose in their lives. Once being in touch with yourself, self love has the power to bloom to help each one of us to achieve anything we aspire. Thoughts manifest creation, and by giving all, you will receive all…more than you could possibly imagine. He shares his message and techniques through 1-on-1 sessions, group workshops and retreats.

Chakra Balancing Workshop

INSTRUCTOR: Yogi Sikri

DATE: Saturday, November 3rd

TIME: 4 – 6PM

COST: $35

Chakras are energy centers through which prana, life-force, flows. When the Chakras are activated, we feel connected, energized and ready to deal with the ups and downs of life. In this monthly Chakra Yoga session we will focus on working on two chakras, using a combination of Asanas, Meditations, Sound healing, Colors and multiple healing techniques.
About Yogi Sikri: Yogi (RYT-200, Certified Yoga Instructor) has a passion for healing arts, and combines movement, yoga and meditation in a unique practice that he created from years of learning in India, New Jersey and California. Yogi experienced the profound impact of Chakra balancing, when the practice revealed a weak energy center in the manipura chakra, that was blocking his practice(on the mat and in the world) to expand to its full potential. He has since used his experience to share with the community practical ways to identify and open to their true potential.

ALUNA Breath Work – Day Long Retreat

INSTRUCTOR: Alex & Attila

DATE: Sunday, November 11th

TIME: 12-7PM

COST: $99

LOCATION: PPY 2 – next to Dynasty Chinese Restaurant (in the same shopping complex) — PPY’s 2nd Location

 

Through the power of your breath, old traumas, limiting beliefs and subconsciously held patterns of energy suppressed are gradually released. You are able to not only let go of what you have been holding on to but also transform and integrate the habitual thinking and behavioral manifestations of these suppressions as well. Transformational Breath™ strengthens your body and mind, deepens your relationship with yourself, reduces anxiety and stress, boosts your creativity.

We will open the circle with a introductory round and an in-depths explanation of the technique of Transformational Breath Work and what it does for us on a physical, mental/emotional and spiritual level. After opening sacred space we will be setting intentions followed by one hour of  transformational healing breath work. We will be rounding off with a sharing circle.
Afterwards we will enjoy a snack together (please bring snack to share with the group). Resuming the circle after one 1.5hrs break we will set new intentions to continue with a second round of 1 hour transformational breathing. Rounding the day off with a final sharing round.

Water and tea is provided

Group size: max 10 people
What to bring: yoga mat, blanket, small pillow and your water bottle

Please

* try not to eat two hours prior to the session

* wear comfortable clothes

* drink plenty of water after the session

* make sure you have no commitments after the session

* and come with an intention. What would you like to explore, transform, integrate or let go off?

Contraindications:

* recent surgery or fractures

* acute infectious illness

* pregnancy

* Glaucoma

* cardiovascular problems

* severe hypertension

* epilepsy

* history of severe mental illness or psychiatric hospitalization

About Alex & Attila:

Alex: For the past ten years Alexandra has facilitated for many to find their true bliss and purpose in life, supporting and empowering others through energy healing, massage therapy, Huna, meditation, Transformational Breath™ and plant medicine. Her greatest joy lies in guiding people to embrace themselves and their authenticity. Alexandra is a strong believer in creating your own reality. Limiting beliefs and programming are a big player in feeling stuck and not experiencing the full potential we came with. Undoing those limitations can results in a more, fulfilled and joyful life. Her work is rooted in self-forgiveness and self-love.

Attila: A former Marketing Executive for multinational companies for 25 years Attila now facilitates and coaches, committed and serving others to achieve greater spiritual and emotional awareness by transforming existing traumas, releasing limiting beliefs, getting in touch with deep emotions, to find meaning and purpose in their lives. Once being in touch with yourself, self love has the power to bloom to help each one of us to achieve anything we aspire. Thoughts manifest creation, and by giving all, you will receive all…more than you could possibly imagine. He shares his message and techniques through 1-on-1 sessions, group workshops and retreats.

Yoga of Relationship: Family Talk

INSTRUCTOR: Melissa Fritchle

DATE: Monday, November 26th

TIME: 7 – 8:30PM

COST: $15 suggested donation; no one will be turned away for lack of funds

LOCATION: PPY 2 – next to Dynasty Chinese Restaurant (in the same shopping complex) — PPY’s 2nd Location

The family dinner table can feel so far from the sangha.

Come together for an evening to do Mindfulness Meditation practices that can support us in experiencing more peace in the face of challenging relationships, to break the spell of old patterning and old stories, and to bring the love and understanding you may yearn for to yourself. Leave with an adapted Loving-Kindness Mediation that you can do while locked in the bathroom as needed!

Led by Melissa Fritchle, LMFT Holistic Psychotherapist & Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher. www.mf-therapy.com

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.