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Laughter Yoga Workshop
at Spacious Heart Yoga
Saturday 12.12.15 ~ 1-3:30pm
Join me, Saturday, December 12th 1-3:30pm, at Spacious Heart Yoga in downtown Goshen, IN, for the joyful practice of Laughter Yoga. Combining mindful pranayama (breathing techniques) with laughter, students will learn to practice and cultivate space to consciously bring joyfulness, fun and laughter back into their lives.
Just as we must regularly put into practice the skills we use for our jobs, the sports we engage in, the musical instruments we play, the asana we practice on our yoga mats, so to must we consciously practice and create space for the powerful healing that laughter and joy provide us.
During this workshop we will watch the short documentary, Laughology and we will practice movements & breathing techniques combined with conscious laughter. No experience with yoga or laughter necessary.
Please bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothes that you can easily move around in. You may also choose to bring a light snack, if you like. You can bring your own mat if you choose or use one of ours and there will be chairs for those who would like them.
Early bird $ 25
Late Registration $30
Click HERE to register online or call 574.361.9756
Spacious Heart Yoga is located at 302 S. Main St. Goshen, IN 46526
Join us at Spacious Heart Yoga for our first Quarterly Kula of 2015.
Saturday ~ January 31st ~ 2015
6pm Vegetarian Potluck
6:30pm Viewing of the Documentary: The Dhamma Brothers
This event is free to the community and all are welcome. Bring a vegetarian dish to share if you can and join us to connect with the community and view a powerful documentary about Vipassana Meditation brought to a high security prison in Alabama. East meets West in the Deep South.
Burn the Turkey
w/Dawn at Spacious Heart Yoga
The family has been assembled. The food has been consumed. You’ve had your fill of socializing and your fill of stuffing… Now it’s time to get on the mat and burn off some of the gluttony, warm the body up from the cold and come back to center. So join me the day after at Spacious Heart Yoga, 11am on Friday 11.28.14 for a heated yoga class.
*The practice will be vigorous and is best suited for those who have a strong practice and solid understanding of foundational poses. We will be flowing from pose to pose (vinyasa) as well as slowing things down to hold poses as well. The room will be heated to 80-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
Bring a towel (you will probably sweat), water and your own mat if you have one. Happy Thanksgiving. See you on the mat!
Monthly Meditation is Saturday October 25th, 10:30am-12:30 and will be held at Pathways Retreat in Goshen, Indiana. With 14 acres of trails and two labyrinths, we’ll be practice both a free style walking meditation as well as a labyrinth walk.
We won’t be meeting at Spacious Heart in Goshen. We’ll meet directly at Pathways Retreat (309 Hackett Rd, Goshen IN) and workshop begins promptly at 10:30am. Parking is limited so carpooling is highly recommended. If you haven’t registered yet, you can register by clicking HERE.
Join me at Spacious Heart Yoga in Goshen, Indiana
for my Hands ~ Heart ~ Feet Workshop
*Pranayama– breathing techniques to energize as well as soothe
*Mantras– using sound to clear and balance internal vibration
*Mudras– activating pressure points to both stimulate & calm energy centers
*Asana– physical postures to strengthen/challenge & postures to release/restore
*Meditation– stilling the body & observing the internal experience
*Yoga Nidra– guided practice of deep yogic sleep to reconnect to the deeper sense of self
This 3 hour Workshop will offer students the opportunity to integrate yogic practices to serve them ON and OFF the mat. There will be some vigorous asana and students attending should be well-versed in foundational yoga postures as well as be able to safely engage in a challenging practice for at least one hour.
In addition to asana, this workshop will include introductory level practices of Mantras, Mudras, Pranayama, Meditation and Yoga Nidra so that students may begin cultivating a more encompassing practice of mindfulness to take off the mat, into the world.
Investment: $30 (by May 24) / $35 (after May 24)
Join me at Spacious Heart Yoga in Goshen, IN for Monthly Meditations. These Monthly Meditation Workshops offer students the opportunity to learn and practice various meditation styles to cultivate a regular home practice or to support an already established practice. Each month we will explore various styles of meditation, including: Yoga Nidra, Mantra/Japa Mala, Guided, Walking, Vipassana/Mindfulness & more.
No experience is necessary. Wear comfortable clothes. Please do not eat an overly large meal before sessions. Chairs will be available for those who are not able to sit on the floor.
Saturdays 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Investment $20 Early Bird (4 days prior to meeting)/$25 after Early Bird Rate
To register visit spaciousheartyoga.com under Events & Workshops
Please note: If you or someone you know, would like to attend but are experiencing financial difficulties, please CONTACT ME to discuss arrangements. No student with a sincere interest in learning meditation will be turned away.
It has proven more challenging than I realized to process leaving the Savannah Yoga Center. After giving my 2 weeks notice last week, I knew that it would take some time to process all the emotions that arise upon leaving something I have been a part of for so many years. So students, please know that I haven’t forgotten you, but that a bit of time to digest all that is unfolding was needed before I could find the words to all that I was feeling.
And of course, what is revealed in the end is quite simple: THANK YOU.
To all my students- I deeply thank you. Some of you have been practicing with me for several years now, some are new- and to all of you- it has been my honor and privilege to come in each week and bear witness to your practice, to your awakening and to share space with you. It was my honor to share my experience, to offer you the opportunity to practice mindfulness and to be able to hone my craft as a teacher.
It is no exaggeration, to say that my time in Savannah has been one of great growth, healing and awakening and as fellow yogis and students, you have been part of my path. I am grateful and privileged to have been even one small part of yours. And although, I will not be supporting you at the front of the classroom at the Savannah Yoga Center, please know that I support you nonetheless.
I encourage you to continue the practice of mindfulness in all its forms and wherever it leads you in life. I encourage you to use the tools you learn- not only when it’s easy, not only on your mat, but to do the deeper work that leads to awakening- even when it’s unglamorous and seemingly unsung. Even when you stumble, even when you fall back asleep, each moment is the opportunity to awaken again. I encourage you to keep on moving into the light, into your deepest knowing… and to have some fun along the way. Remember, it isn’t all toil and trouble to awaken.
There are big changes on the horizon for me. I am finishing up some final details and when they are all sussed out, I will announce the news. Until then, my current schedule still stands for the month of October at the Yoga Co-Op: Sundays 5:30pm Yin and Mondays 5:30 Yoga Nidra.
Please stay tuned and check the blog for details to come… and know this: I am truly grateful for all the years I’ve had the honor of teaching you. Bearing witness to someone’s awakening is a great gift and you have given me this treasure week after week, year after year. Thank you.
Ok, gang… If you’ve been holding on off getting a massage, you won’t want to miss this brief window of opportunity September 21st- 27th with Heather Helard. Savannah lost one of the best Massage therapists and ‘bright lights’ when Heather moved out to the West Coast. For a few days in September, we get her back again!
I first met Heather several years ago at a social event. Our paths didn’t intersect again until years later when Heather came to one of my classes at the Yoga Co-Op. Upon talking with her, it was so clear how mindful, intuitive and awake she was and when I found out she was a massage therapist, I wasn’t surprised!
I can say with all objectivity, her abilities to help her clients begin to heal themselves through her work is profound. Heather’s natural intuitiveness combined with a strong educational foundation allows her to offer Massage, Reiki and Bodywork services that are compassionate, healing and powerfully effective.
So don’t miss this opportunity to meet with Heather. It’s first come, first serve- so book now to assure your time with Heather. Appointment hours will be from 10AM-7PM daily between September 21st- 27th. She will be offering 65 and 95 minute massages only. Prices are $85 for 65 minutes and $120 for 95 minutes. Cash only, please.
You can contact Heather via email: email@example.com or by phone: 912.596.0961
I’m the Coordinator for this year’s event and guess what kids?
It’s time to get yer GLOBAL MALA ON!
Global Mala is an international event held every year. Yogis from all around the world come together to practice, support each other as a community and raise awareness and awake-ness.
Founded by Shiva Rea in 2007 and now in partnership with Yoga Month and Yoga for Peace, the Global Mala Yoga for Peace is a seed of a world-wide experiment into the power of meditation in action. This event is offered in conjunction with worldwide celebrations of the Global Mala project in over 50 countries, uniting the global yoga community from every continent, school of practice, and approach to form a “mala around the earth”.
For Global Mala Savannah, we also raise money for a local cause. Each year we pick a cause to partner with and all the proceeds of the event go to supporting the needs of that cause. My hope as Global Mala Savannah Coordinator this year is to extend this event to not only the yoga community but to the burgeoning mindful community of Savannah. Those who are living, working and practicing mindfulness in all its forms.
The theme of this year’s Global Mala event is Nourish Savannah and our Recipient is the local chapter of Backpack Buddies– grassroots effort to feed school aged children who might otherwise go hungry. During the school day, most children in need are provided meals through government programs, but when Friday rolls around, many children are faced with a weekend of wondering if they will have enough to eat. BackPack Buddies organizes and mobilizes churches, temples, companies and organizations to prepare backpacks of food for students to take home for the weekend, ensuring they will be nourished even when they are not in school.
Spearheaded by Norman and Julie Hirsch of Congregation Mickve Israel, Backpack Buddies Savannah has enlisted congregations who are help to feed children in need. Each congregation is partnered with a school and puts together weekend food packs that they deliver to the school. Teachers and staff at the schools assemble the bags of food into the backpacks that have been provided by BackPack Buddies and distribute to the children in the program to take home for the weekend.
The event is open to experienced yogis, novices and those who don’t know a down dog from a dirty dog! There will be a vigorous practice followed by a gentle practice (you can do one or both!) as well as a kids practice. There will be a silent auction and raffle of amazing donations from the yoga and mindful community and the Savannah Food Co-Op will be there selling great local and organic goods.
This year the registration is a $25 suggested donation for adults and $5 for kids. And when I say, suggested… I mean suggested! If you have more to give, please do. If not, donate what you can and join us for the event. Your donation is valued and so is your presence.
Please join us for this event to nourish the community and nourish yourself in the process. You can register or donate to the event at the Yoga Co-Op, Savannah Yoga Center, the Yoga Room, Savannah Power Yoga and Bikram. Visit the Global Mala Savannah Blogto keep updated on the event, see what great donations are coming in and support our growing mindful community. And please spread the word- at the water cooler, on your Websites, Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, smoke signals, etc.
Until I see you on the mat… Live. Breathe. Be.
It’s our way of giving back to the community and giving those who are flirting with the idea of yoga a chance to get a taste of what it’s all about at the Savannah Yoga Center.
Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to secure your spot. Bring your own mat if you have one, if not we have some for you to use (first come first serve, though) and if you plan to take a Flow/Hot or Dynamic Class, bring water and a towel.
I’ll be teaching Saturday 11:20 Flow Class (fairly vigorous) and 12:10 Restorative (super duper gentle) so come on down and have some yoga fun. You can take as many classes as you’d like. Bring your friends and family too. Class Cards and select items in the Boutique will be on sale. Click HERE for a printable Yoga-Fest 2011 schedule.
NOTE: Regularly scheduled classes that fall after 4pm will be held as usual.
There are only a few more slots open for my 3 hour comprehensive yoga workshop, HANDS~HEART~FEET tomorrow, Sunday, June 12th, 1-4pm at the Savannah Yoga Center. We’ll focus on 6 different yogic methods that can help us create the space to be present and to cultivate the inquisitiveness to our internal experience that is required for walking deeper on our path.
This workshop is for anyone interested in not only honing their physical practice, but also in practicing techniques that give us the foundation to live our yoga off the mat as well.
If you’ve already registered, please bring water, your yoga mat if you have one and any props that you use regularly. We will have mats and props for those who don’t have their own.
Beginning May 17th, I’ll be teaching a Tuesday 1pm Yoga class at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on beautiful Isle of Hope. This class is for all levels, primarily focusing on honing poses for strength and flexibility as well as the restorative aspects of Yoga (i.e. this is not a Dynamic Flow kind of class.) The class is open to the entire community of Savannah, regardless of religious affiliation or yoga experience.
Tuesday, May 17th begins our 6 weeks of sessions for $60. To sign up and to secure your space, email: Rev. Deacon Geri Lee Nelson at Gerileenelson@aol.com or call her at (912) 355-3110
Join me, Sunday, June 12th, for my 3 hour comprehensive yoga workshop, HANDS~HEART~FEET at the Savannah Yoga Center. We’ll focus on 6 different yogic methods that can help us create the space to be present and to cultivate the inquisitiveness to our internal experience that is required for walking deeper on our path.
This workshop is for anyone interested in not only honing their physical practice, but also in practicing techniques that give us the foundation to live our yoga off the mat as well.
Join me this Saturday at 1:15pm for my new Restorative Class at the Savannah Yoga Center. My Restorative class focuses on releasing muscle tension, pranayama to soothe and calm, and allowing the body and mind the opportunity to slow down and let go.
This is a gentle practice that is great for those who are new to yoga, those healing and for seasoned yogis who want to balance their vigorous practices with gentle practices.
My regular Saturday Yoga Flow class from 11am-12:30pm continues as usual, for those who are looking for a more dynamic practice on Saturdays.
What is more sacred than to bring nourishment to another human being–spiritually, emotionally and quite literally by bringing food to those who need it?
Senior hunger is a serious threat to nearly 6 million seniors in the United States each year. Nationwide, the Meals on Wheels program works to alleviate senior hunger. Each day, the MOW program serves over 1,800 hot meals to homebound seniors in Chatham County and 6 surrounding counties. They depend on the commitment of their wonderful volunteers to deliver these meals and hope to be able to expand the numbers of clients they serve with the help of more volunteers in the future.
The commitment to volunteer is one hour a week during lunchtime and they try to match volunteers to routes that are near where they live or work. Offices and church groups can adopt routes and share in the responsibility together. The Meals on Wheels program not only nourishes seniors, it gives them daily interaction with volunteers and gives family members peace of mind that someone is checking up their loved ones each day.
This year, MOW is hosting their first annual 5K on May 14th. Information and registration can be found on their website: www.seniorcitizens-inc.org/ and at fleetfeet: www.fleetfeetsavannah.com/miles-meals. To learn more about volunteering visit: www.seniorcitizens-inc.org.
They are also looking for volunteers to help out on race day. Anyone interested can contact lovely, fellow Yoga teacher and Director of Volunteers for Senior Citizens, Inc., Lauren Cruickshank directly at LCruickshank@seniorcitizens-inc.org. And be sure to spread the word!
In honor of Earth Day this Saturday April 23rd, (everyday should be Earth Day don’t you think?) my Saturday 11am-12:30pm Flow class at the Savannah Yoga Center (usually $14) is only $10! An Earth Day treat for you.
So come down, get yer practice in and then walk down to Forsyth Park to join the Earth Day Festivities. See you on the mat!
Thursday, April 14, 2011, 7-8pm, I’ll be subbing a Super Gentle Yoga class at the Savannah Zen Center. This class will focus on bringing the body and mind back into balance through restorative asana, pranayama and a 20 minute Yoga Nidra (deep yogic sleep) practice. Bring your mat and water.
Space is limited so if interested please reserve your spot by using the form below (none of your info will be published). Class Cost is a $10 donation.
SORRY GANG… THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Ok, kiddies! Buckle those car seats in… we’re going to Yoga-town! It’s kinda like Funky-town, with less disco and more Om’ing.
Starting March 21, 2011, every Monday, I’ll be teaching a Kids Yoga class at the the Yoga Co-Op Savannah. Through yoga, we’ll learn balance and gain strength through asana (poses). We’ll learn to focus through pranayama (breathing) and we’ll end class just like the grown-ups do… with a nice rest pose!
Kids ages 3-7
12-3pm, Saturday, April 9th in Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA is hosting a Yogathon to raise money for Louie’s Kids and COPE (Childhood Obesity Prevention & Education). The goal is to help raise money to fund a Louie’s Kids Fit Club in a Title I (low income) Savannah School next fall. The Fit Club is a daily program that teaches children not only nutrition and physical fitness, but also addresses emotional blocks that keep children from living the best life that they can.
I am one of the teachers who will be leading the 108 Sun Salutations for the Yogathon. I’m thrilled to be part of this event and I’d love for you to be part of it too!
If you can participate in the 108 Sun Salutations (you don’t have to do them all, just do what you can), click here to JOIN THE TEAM . Our team name is FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK, I SUN SALUTE YOU! Team Dawn Smith. Once you register with the team, email everyone you know for donations. They can donate right online. Every little bit counts.
If you can’t participate, you can always donate to the team anyway and spread the word. Click here to DONATE.
Whether it’s practicing with us out in the park, or donating money- know that you are doing good… for others and yourself. Even the seemingly smallest of offerings matters.
Fellow Yoga Teacher, Dawn Tanis, will be making her Savannah acting debut in the upcoming production of Frost/Nixon at Muse Arts Warehouse. Come out and enjoy an evening of theater and support local artists.
8 p.m. | March 4, 5, 11 and 12
3 p.m. | March 6 and 13
Tickets $15 /$10 for students with I.D. available at the door or for advance reservations: (912) 713-1137
INDIAN FITNESS DANCE with AMANDA MASNYK
Starting March 6th, SUNDAY NIGHTS 6:45-7:45pm at the Savannah Yoga Center, Amanda Masnyk will be teaching a Bhangra-Fit Class. This traditional, northern Indian dance is jazzed up, resulting in a fun dance that gets you sweatin’.
Suitable for All levels-new to experienced!
Sundays 6:45pm-7:45pm (Starting March 6)
6 week Series, $65 for all 6 Classes.
$15 per session (pay at the door)
Read more about Amanda’s class HERE.
30 Bands en route to SXSW (South by SouthWest), will be stopping in Savannah to play in Savannah’s first version of a real and accessible-to-the-masses music festival. 30 bands. 4 days. Multiple venues downtown. Rad, man.
Advanced purchase General Pass is $45. Today (2/22/11) is the last day for this price! Tomorrow passes go up to $65.
You can also purchase a VIP pass for $95 which gets you extra goodies and admittance into some of the recording sessions some bands will be doing while here.
Many of us have been talking for years about a nitty gritty music fest that doesn’t require you to take a second mortgage, or sell an organ to pay for. Savannah Stopover is a step in that direction. Get your tix today and I’ll see you there!
February 4th, 2011 is the 176th First Friday for Folk Music, Savannah’s monthly showcase of local and touring folk musicians. Savannah Ceili Band (which fellow yogini Colleen Settle plays a mean fiddle in) and Friction Farm will be the evenings entertainers.
The show begins at 7:30 PM at First Presbyterian Church at 520 Washington Avenue. It’s smoke-free, alcohol-free and family-friendly. There is a recommended donation of $2 per person. Beverages and fresh baked goods are available for purchase while you enjoy fantastic music!
February 11-13, 2011, Amy Weintraub will be at the Asheville Yoga Center facilitating a workshop on Yoga to Manage Your Mood. Amy has been around the world and back again, presenting, training and consulting on using yoga as a tool to manage depression, anxiety and mood. I first became aware of Amy’s work while training with Joanne Spence to get my Yoga Ed™ certification and I’ve been grateful ever since to have been introduced to her work.
Amy has a potent Yoga Nidra CD that is one of the best I’ve come across. I practice Yoga Nidra everyday and it has been a powerful tool in my own well-being and awakening. I can recall first practicing Yoga Nidra and in the first 5 minutes thinking, “Ok… this seems like just another relaxation exercise, but that’s fine.” As the practice continued, however, I found myself letting go of resistance and having a very moving and powerful experience. The more I practice (because it is just that, a practice), the more I experience the deeper benefits of Yoga Nidra. Inner calm becomes more accessible. A sense of well-being and compassion towards myself and others became my norm. And I felt a sense of deepening commitment to my path of awakening. (woo, woo!)
During her workshop, Yoga Nidra as well as other yogic practices will be used as tools to help understand and manage mood, depression and anxiety. The workshop is not only for those in the mental health field or for yoga teachers, but for anyone who could benefit from these useful tools. Check out the workshop details HERE.
January 28-30, 2011, Power Yogi, Bryan Kest will be at the Savannah Yoga Center for a weekend workshop. Take the whole workshop or a just a session or two, but don’t miss this opportunity to practice with Bryan. Although he’s only 45 years old, Bryan has been practicing for over 30 years. He is a wealth of knowledge and he’s down to earth about it all.
Bryan’s workshops are challenging physically, mentally and spiritually. Without being a caricature or stereotype of the “woo-woo yoga teacher”, Bryan’s teaching is imbued with a deeper sense of insight than just ‘cranking it out’ on the the yoga mat.
Yes, you will sweat. Yes, it will be physically challenging. But more importantly, he creates the space for you be present, create connectedness and insight in your asana practice and off the mat. And he’s a good ol’ midwestern guy who just happens to have been practicing yoga for 30+ years. You gotta love it.
I’ll be subbing Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011 for the 5:30-7pm class. This is usually an Ashtanga Class, however we won’t be adhering strictly to the Primary Series but there will be many poses from the sequence you will recognize. Bring water and a towel. This will be a vigorous practice. You’ll probably sweat. See you there!
P.S. You can print out the $9 Pass from an earlier post below and use it for this class too!
It’s YOGAFEST time again at the Savannah Yoga Center. Saturday & Sunday, January 15-16, 2011, come join us for FREE YOGA! There are classes for every style of yoga that you’d like to try: Gentle, Restorative, Yin, Ashtanga, Flow, Hot Classes and more. And all classes are FREE during YogaFest.
Wear clothes that you can move comfortably in and bring a mat if you have one (if not, we have some to borrow but first come first serve.) Plan to get to class 10-15 minutes early to sign in, especially if you are new to the center as you will need to fill out a new student form.
The full schedule of YogaFest class schedule is posted online at the Savannah Yoga Center site. I will be teaching the Saturday, Jan 15th, 11am Flow Class. It’s a fairly vigorous class. You might break a sweat. If you are already a regular to my Saturday class bring your family and friends… it’s all FREE!
NOTE: My Sunday evening 7:30pm Level 2 Class will follow YogaFest as usual.