September 21st from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Letting Go Into The Fall Equinox with Lauren DAngelo
Join Lauren as she guides you through a workshop style practice, beginning with a moderate paced Vinyasa mandala flow to cultivate movement and strength, followed by restorative postures and a meditation to look inward.
It seems that more than any other season, people feel a spiritual connection to Fall. The Autumn Equinox marks the descent into old age, and, finally, the moment of the Winter Solstice marks simultaneous death and rebirth, starting the cycle anew.
Fall holds a spiritually unique place. Every journey must find its end, and Fall is the bittersweet embodiment of this. As we watch the leaves change, and the earth change around us, the nature constantly reminds us to keep changing, to not allow ourselves to become stagnant. As you watch those earthly leaves fall to the ground to nourish the next generation of nature, consider your own leaves. Are you letting them go? Or are you hanging on to the dead?
By reconnecting with the significance of the Fall Equinox, you’ll find yourself renewed and reborn. Allow yourself to open to the spiritual possibilities of fall as you enjoy that crisp air, and listen to the whispering voice of the leaves. They may just have great wisdom to impart to you.
A blend of essentials oils will also be offered to awaken the sense of smell, and to go along with hands on adjustments and assists.
September 22nd from 2:00 to 4:30
Heels Over Head: Inversions Workshop with Ben Chused
Spending time upside down can stir up a wide range of emotions such as fear and excitement. Our view of the world around us rotates, gravity pulls us in a different direction, and our mind may embark on a journey into unfamiliar territory.
This 2.5-hour workshop hosted by Ben Chused will begin with a vinyasa practice designed to prepare the body to confront inversions such as handstand, forearm balance, and headstand. The second half of the workshop is your opportunity to view demos, discuss, and practice postures where your legs are stacked over your hips and your hips are stacked over your shoulders. All levels are welcome and modifications will be offered.
September 23rd from Noon to 1:00 p.m.
One Hour Flow to Benefit Tara and Bob Bennett’s Tandem Effort for the PanMass Challenge with Jennifer Houghtaling
September 29th from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
SPA Yoga® with Erin Devereux
SPA Yoga® is a slow-flow, floor-based, whole-body sensory experience based on Fluid Yoga® sequencing.
By engaging all five of the senses with soft candlelight, soothing music, aromatherapy, lots of hands-on assists and a renewed awareness of taste (and sometimes chocolate!), SPA Yoga® aligns practitioners with the inner wisdom of deep relaxation.
The physical practice takes time to open the body’s subtle energy and prepares students to experience new depths of awareness in an extended, guided shavasana. Be prepared to feel like you just walked out of a SPA!
September to April; first Wednesday each month from 6:45 to 8:45p.m.
June 22nd from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The Nirvana Sessions with Jacqui Bonwell
Do not miss out on this opportunity to weave monthly study into your life with one of the nations BEST Yoga teachers.
Jacqui Bonwell will be at the helm for an exclusive teaching engagement at Shanti Yoga on the first Wednesday evening of every month, starting in September. Expect a hearty dose of Vinyasa (Flow) Yoga with the intelligent influence of Balanced Athlete ™, as well as time given to Sutra Study, Chakra’s and the Energetics of the body, mind and spirit.
This is an invaluable opportunity to nurture your own practice and inform your own teaching of Yoga. The foundational and more recent revelations in the study of movement will be explored. Whether you are a serious yoga student or teacher, you will benefit from this 8 part series, offered exclusively through Shanti Yoga.
October 6th from Noon to 2:00p.m.
Yoga & The Enneagram: Personality, Practice, and Pathways to Freedom with Michael Mann
Join celebrated teacher Michael Mann for this incredible and informative Workshop!You may be familiar with the chakras and how these energy centers in the body are linked to your practice and your daily life. Just as each chakra affects your practice, so do aspects of your personality.
October 13th to November 3rd from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Stability, Clarity, and Discovery: Mindfulness Meditation with Neil Taylor
What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be aware of what is going on around us and within us without reaction or judgement.
Join Neil Taylor in this 4 week series where we will learn to develop a meditation practice that naturally cultivates equanimity and clarity, so we can explore our experience in a fresh and open way.
Our practice will also set the stage to learn techniques such as Metta (loving kindness meditation) and to explore as a group other aspects of contemplative practice.
No experience required.
Investment~ $60 for the full series.
October 13th from noon to 2:30
Flight School: The Art and Subtleties of Arm Balancing with Jennifer Houghtaling
Join Jennifer for her signature Arm Balancing workshop that will challenge you, empower you and allow you the space you need to explore this dynamic and fun practice.
Much of the art of standing on your hands has to do with physics….little insights and small shifts can make a huge difference for a student and their ability to feel light. The beauty of learning these poses in a workshop setting is that there is plenty of space for questions and answers and plenty of time to explore the intricacies of each pose.
Jennifer caters her workshops to whatever skill level is present in the room, so whether you are at the beginning of your arm balance journey or already have some expertise, everyone will be given considerations and options to work on–from singular balances to linking balances together.
The prerequisites for this workshop is that students can move through the high to low pushup transition without modification, and can find an easy chuckle when they fall out of a pose, as they inevitably will!
October 19th from 6:30 to 8:30p.m.
ROCTOBERFEST with Jacqui Bonwell
October 20th from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Reiki Level 1 Certification with Alex Amorosi
Reiki is a powerful, safe, and effective hands-on energy healing technique that can be used in a variety of settings and situations.
This traditional Usui Reiki Level 1 Certification will tune your energy system to conduct Reiki through your body and give you the basic understandings of Reiki to use in healing self and others. You will learn the history and principles of Reiki, the traditional Reiki hand positions for self-healing, the traditional Reiki hand positions for healing others, how engage and disengage with the Reiki energy, basic chakra anatomy and using Reiki in the chakras, “byosen” or “scanning” techniques, and much more.
Many people find Reiki of great benefit in their personal and professional lives including parents and caretakers, yoga and movement teachers, nurses, physicians, physical therapists, massage therapists, and mental health professionals.
October 21st from 3:00 to 4:30p.m.
Yoga Nidra with Jean Papagni
Yoga Nidra, also known as “psychic sleep” is an ancient yogic practice that brings students into a profoundly deep state of full body release and mind relaxation through guided meditation while lying in a fully supported savasana (fully prone) position.
In this 90 minute workshop, we will briefly discuss what Yoga Nidra is and how to reap the most benefits from the practice. We will begin with a brief Yin practice (long held floor based poses), emphasizing breath, to open the energetic channels and prepare the body, heart and mind for the Yoga Nidra practice.
Throughout Yoga Nidra, the student remains in a transformational state between wakefulness and deep sleep that enhances physical, mental, and emotional sense of well-being. The practice stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, reduces cortisol levels and helps the body release long held tension and stress. It is said that the benefits of a Yoga Nidra class are comparable to 3-4 hours of deep, restful sleep.
Please bring an eye pillow, or small towel to cover your eyes.
October 27th from Noon to 3:30p.m.
Intelligent Alignment and Sequencing Considerations for Yoga Teachers with Alex Amorosi
What are some common cues we give as teachers and are they truly physiologically sound? How “safe” or “unsafe” is it really to allow your knee to move past your ankle in Warrior? How about Tree pose? Will you disappear into a *poof* of Yogic Smoke if you put your foot on your medial knee? Do you know the difference between a primary safety correction in asana and a secondary cosmetic correction? When moving from High to Low Pushup….are the shoulder blades in protraction or re-traction? Wait, back up… what’s the difference?? And how do I assess that when I’m teaching a room of 20 people?
Join New England’s foremost educator, Alex Amorosi, on all thing “anatomy” for this incredible workshop designed to bring some clarity to your teaching and safe instruction of yoga asana. We will debunk yoga physiology myths, give you tools to assess your class in terms of safety and alignment, and help you feel confident you are teaching a safe and interesting flow every time you teach.
Many teachers find that they graduate from a Teacher Training, but have received little or no guidance on the considerations of safely sequencing their classes for the larger population of Yogi’s in their community.
This workshop would be appropriate for any current or aspiring teacher as well as any serious student wanting to delve deeper into their exploration of the practice.
November 3rd from 2:00 to 4:o0
Sound Bath with Tara Atwood
November 6th from 5:00 to 6:o0
One Hour Flow to Benefit team Rie Rie’s Riot to Fight Ovarian Cancer with Colleen Allen
Please join us on Tuesday, November 6th from 5-6 p.m. at Shanti Yoga Studio for a non-heated yoga class enjoyed in community!
Suggested Donation is $20
November 10th from 2:00 to 4:30
Bending Backwards with Ben Chused
The backbending family of postures are nuanced and complex, and there are many “ingredients” that must be combined in order to perform them safely and effectively – such as range of motion in the spine, length in the quadriceps and hip flexors, just the right amount of abdominal engagement, and often deep shoulder flexion paired with wrist extension.
This workshop will include an interactive exploration of the strength, stamina, flexibility, and concentration necessary for expansive and safe backbending. All levels are welcome and modifications will be offered.
November 11th from Noon to 1:o0 pm
Yoga and Cupcakes to Benefit DoKind with Jen and Carly
-21% of children ages 12-18 have experienced bullying. (National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics)
For these reasons and more, we ALL need to stop just “being kind.” We ALL need to DoKind!
January 26th from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Reiki Level 2 Certification with Alex Amorosi
Join Alex Amorosi in your continued journey and exploration of the powerful benefits of Reiki!
Reiki 2 builds on and adds to the skills from Reiki 1. In Reiki 2, you receive another attunement that greatly increases your system’s ability to channel Reiki Energy. You will learn 3 of the Reiki symbols, how to use them, and how to send Reiki energy remotely to people, places, and things. You will also learn how to send Reiki across time and space and the Reiki protocol for working with addiction.
Completion of Reiki 1 is required and you must present your Reiki 1 Certificate in order to participate in this course.