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

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

 

Live Awake & Alive: Heart Activating Yoga Flow + Live Music

INSTRUCTOR: Danielle Barr and Gretchen Amanda Retka

DATE: Saturday, February 16th

TIME: 4-6pm

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

 

 

Acro FUNdamentals

INSTRUCTORS: Courtney Chase & Caitlin Binder

DATE: Saturday, February 23rd

TIME: 10am – 1pm

COST: $40 in advance / $45 at the door

LOCATION: Pleasure Point Movement

 

RELEASE & RESTORE: Cleansing the Physical & Subtle Body

INSTRUCTOR: Becky Quinn

DATE: Saturday, February 23rd

TIME: 3-5pm

COST: FREE!

 

 

Breathwork w/ ALUNA

INSTRUCTOR: Alex & Atilla

DATE: Sunday, February 24th

TIME: 9am – 12pm

COST: $55

LOCATION: Pleasure Point Movement

 

After School Peace Warriors Training for KIDS!

INSTRUCTOR: Ilana Ingber

DATE: February 25th – April 4th

PROGRAM LENGTH: 6 weeks (1 day / week)

DAY: Mondays & Thursdays

TIME: 3:45 – 5:15pm

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

LOCATION: Pleasure Point Movement

 

After School Peace Warriors Training for TWEENS!

INSTRUCTOR: Ilana Ingber

DATE: February 25th – April 4th

PROGRAM LENGTH: 6 weeks (1 day / week)

DAY: Tuesdays and Wednesdays

TIME: 3:45 – 5:15pm

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

LOCATION: Pleasure Point Movement

 

Trauma Informed Training w/ Connection Coalition 

INSTRUCTORS: Yoga For All Movement

DATE: Friday, March 1st – Sunday March 3rd

TIME: Please see listed schedule

COST: Before Feb 1st : $329 / after Feb 1st: $349

LOCATION: Pleasure Point Movement

 

Lullaby Yoga

INSTRUCTORS: Johanna Beekman

DATE: Monday, March 4th

TIME: 7:15-8:30pm

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

 

 

ONE Love Yoga Retreat 

INSTRUCTORS: Kayla Copeland & Delaney Puhek

DATE: March 8th – March 13th

LOCATION: Tulum, Mexico – Quintano Roo

 

Intro to GMB: Locomotion and Primal Strength Flow

INSTRUCTORS: Naushad Godrej

DATE: Saturday, March 9th

TIME: 10am – 1pm

COST: $45 before March 1st / $50 after March 1st

 

Restorative Yoga + 432hz Sound Healing

INSTRUCTORS: Magnolia Rasak & Shane Thunder

DATE: Saturday, March 9th

TIME: 1 – 3pm

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

 

 

Breathwork w/ ALUNA

INSTRUCTOR: Alex & Atilla

DATE: Sunday, March 10th

TIME: 9am – 12pm

COST: $55

LOCATION: Pleasure Point Movement

 

Restorative + Live Music with Shantala

INSTRUCTORS: Leslee Bassin & Shantala

DATE: Sunday March 17, 2019

TIME: 6 – 7:15pm

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

 

Kirtan with Shantala : An Evening of Chants to Celebrate the Spirit

INSTRUCTORS: Heather and Benjy Wertheimer

DATE: Sunday March 17, 2019

TIME: 7:30pm

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

 

Spring Into Inversions

INSTRUCTORS: Gabriel Benjamin

DATE: Saturday, March 23rd

TIME: 2:30-5pm

COST: $35 in advance / $40 at the door

 

Breathwork w/ ALUNA

INSTRUCTOR: Alex & Atilla

DATE: Sunday, March 24th

TIME: 12pm-3pm

COST: $55

LOCATION: Pleasure Point Movement

 

Breathwork w/ ALUNA

INSTRUCTOR: Alex & Atilla

DATE: Sunday, March 31st

TIME: 9am-12pm

COST: $55

LOCATION: Pleasure Point Movement

 

Advanced Hands on Assisting/Support Workshop

INSTRUCTORS: Danielle Vaden Barr

DATE: Sunday, March 31st

TIME: 12-5:30pm

COST: $85 in advance / $95 at the door

 

Trauma Informed Yoga: Motion Healing Workshop

INSTRUCTORS: Kaye Wilkinson

DATE: Friday April, 5th – Sunday April, 7th

TIME: Friday 12pm-5pm / Sat & Sun 9am-5:30pm

COST: Early Bird $325 / After March 4th $375

LOCATION: Pleasure Point Movement

 

Community Kirtan w/ Johanna Beekman, Emily Perry, and Micheal J Downey

INSTRUCTORS: Johanna Beekman, Emily Perry, & Micheal J Downey

DATE: Monday, April 15th

TIME: 7:30-9:30pm

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

 

 

Lux in Santa Cruz!!

INSTRUCTORS: Caitlin Binder & Lux

DATE: Saturday, April 20th

TIME: 12:30-3pm and/or 4-6:30pm

COST: Early bird (until 4/10) $45 for one session ; $80 for both | (After 4/11) $50 for one session ; $85 for both

LOCATION: Pleasure Point Movement, located a few doors down at 3603 Portola Dr.

 

 

Kidding Around Yoga Teacher Training

INSTRUCTORS: Kidding Around Yoga

DATE: Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th

TIME: 9:30am – 5pm

COST: Click here to register!

LOCATION: Pleasure Point Movement, located a few doors down at 3603 Portola Dr.

 

 

FREE! Kidding Around Yoga Family Class

INSTRUCTORS: Kidding Around Yoga

DATE: Sunday, April 28th

TIME: 2-3pm

COST: FREE!

LOCATION: Pleasure Point Movement, located a few doors down at 3603 Portola Dr.

 

 

Bring the whole family for a fun, creative, blissful yoga class! This FREE class will introduce classic yoga, meditation, breath work, and stress-management in a kid-friendly style with original music, games, and imaginative stories. We have some mats on hand to borrow, but bring your own if you have. All ages are welcome!

HeartBeat Dance Fitness

INSTRUCTOR: Danu 

DATE: Monday and Wednesday nights beginning January 2nd

TIME: 6-7pm

COST: Regular class pricing

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

 

 

Advance enrollment via MindBody is Required and Will Sell Out!

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!

Regular class schedule to begin January 2nd : Monday and Wednesday nights 6-7pm!

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 Pleasure Point Movement (Pleasure Point Yoga’s new and forming second studio). Pleasure Point Movement 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!!!

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: FREE!

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.

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Bi Weekly

INSTRUCTOR: Cat McDaris

DATE: Every other Tuesday beginning 2/19

TIME: 6:30-8pm

COST: FREE! Donations accepted but not expected

LOCATION: Pleasure Point Movement, located a few doors down at 3603 Portola Dr.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a self-healing modality that
combines aspects of Chinese medicine and modern psychology with
self-acceptance and unconditional love. EFT re-calibrates your brain’s
responses to stimuli, reprogramming your body and brain’s ability to
function properly. EFT can positively transform your life in ways you
never imagined possible.
All ages and levels welcomed. Donations
Please bring water to drink during class.
Bio : Cat McDaris is a student of the human spirit, heart and mind. In her
quest for alleviation from suffering and pain, she has found a calling
in caring for others and a strong desire to share her valuable life
tools for the benefit of humanity. She has and continues to practice
and share practical tools that shift old painful beliefs into loving
truths. “The lips of wisdom are closed except for the ears of
understanding.” Hermes Trismegistus

Primal Strength Flow

INSTRUCTOR: Naushad Godrej

DATE: Wednesday nights

TIME: 7:15 – 8:15pm

COST: Regular class pricing

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

 

 

Tap into your primal nature and discover ways to move and control your body mindfully through animal movements and bodyweight training. This class is based on the GMB method of physical autonomy to help you attain confidence and freedom in your body to do activities that are meaningful to you. We will practice by developing a balance of strength, flexibility, and motor control.

You will learn to assess your capabilities, identify what areas to focus on, and be guided through drills you can practice and play with to build a solid foundation for developing new skills. This class is for all levels! We focus on the basics and progress based on your individual abilities. Get ready to move, play, explore, and crawl around!

*Regular class pricing + Scheduling to begin Wednesday, January 2nd!*

More about GMB: www.gmb.io

Flow Lab: A Movement Exploration

INSTRUCTOR: Naushad Godrej

DATE: Thursdays

TIME: 12:30-1:30pm

COST: FREE!

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

 

 

This all levels class is a practice of elevating into flow state and tapping into your inner power and creativity through mindful movement. Let go of self-judgement, embrace your inner child, and allow yourself to freely move. Elements of yoga, dance, fitness, Qi Gong, breathwork, and meditation are all combined and woven together. Each class will explore a different theme and related movements and begins with a warm-up focused on breath. You will be guided through movements to practice at your comfort level and then transition into free form movement expression. You are encouraged to explore and play around. You don’t need any prior movement experience, just yourself and an open mind. Come join and discover your flow!  

 

About Naushad

Naushad is passionate about helping people improve their health and resilience through body awareness and mindfulness practices. Naushad grew up playing sports in his youth and then Division I soccer at Santa Clara University while following his dream. His experiences on the field resulted in several life changing injuries that brought him through a journey of exploring a wide variety of therapies to rehab and manage chronic pain. After being inspired by many practitioners and curious to learn more about our ability to heal, Naushad left a job in the health tech industry and decided to pursue a path in health and wellness. The journey has led him to working in the fields of fitness, physical therapy, and massage therapy.

At the beginning of 2018, Naushad traveled to Central America to study yoga and meditation, and spent time volunteering at several retreat, wellness, and yoga centers. His experiences over the last year have greatly impacted his approach to teaching and incorporating the mind, body, and spirit into his work. He moved to Santa Cruz at the end of 2018 to continue his journey in health and wellness. As a teacher and coach, Naushad incorporates a holistic approach of functional strength, rehab, yoga, and mindfulness practices. He holds certifications in fitness (GMB), corrective exercise (NASM), massage therapy (CAMTC), holistic lifestyle coaching (CHEK Institute), and yoga (RYT-200).

Naushad enjoys discovering new hiking trails, water adventures, going to farmers markets and experimenting with recipes, dancing, practicing yoga, live music, playing pickup sports, and he is obsessed with cacao.

Click HERE for Flow Lab Video!

1st Friday: Bring a Friend for FREE!

INSTRUCTOR: Sally Arena

DATE: Every 1st Friday 

TIME: 5:30pm

COST: Regular Class Pricing / FREE for first time friends

 

 

Join the lovely Sally Arena for an extra special offering EVERY 1st Friday of the Month! Grab your BFF and start your weekend off right at Pleasure Point Yoga for 5:30pm Flow!

**please note: for first time friends, only**