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April-June 2013 Magazine

YOGA

CENTER of Minneapolis

Yoga Workshops & Events Being in Practice with

Theresa Murphy Mythology of the Warrior Yoga Study Corner


ON THE COVER: Kevin Kortan, viniyoga teacher & Betsy Weiner, tantric vinyasa teacher at YCM

This quarterly publication is assembled by the Yoga Center of Minneapolis staff and community. To contribute to or advertise in a future issue, email becky@ yogacentermpls.com Special thanks to Kevin Kortan & Betsy Weiner, our cover models, as well as contributors Jennifer Davis, Elizabeth Millard, Kate Scharenbroich, and Lara Anderson.

SLP STUDIO

4200 Minnetonka Blvd. St. Louis Park, MN 55416 Located between Hwy 100 and Lake Calhoun on Minnetonka Blvd. FREE PARKING in the lot behind the studio and on the street.

MPLS STUDIO

212 3rd Ave. N. Suite 205 Minneapolis, MN 55401 FREE PARKING on non-TWINS game days: M-F before 8am or after 4pm, and weekends. Colonial Warehouse Lot is located behind the building and accessed from Washington Ave. Street meters available.

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YOUR YOGA

www.YogaCenterMpls.com

JOURNEY

612.436.4700

Getting Started General Info, Drop-in Classes & Personal Yogi Consultation.....................................2-3

Beginning Yoga............................................................................................... 4

Continuing Practices

Deepening

Specialty Class Series..................................................................................5-8 Workshops ............................................................................................ 9-16

Your Journey Kids Yoga Camps, Detox Week, Yoga for Transformation......................................19-20 Visiting Instructors..................................................................................21-23 Specialty Trainings......................................................................................24

230-Hour & 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings..............................................27-30

Featured Articles

Mythology of the Warrior...........................................................................17-18 Interview with Theresa Murphy...................................................................25-26 Yoga Study Corner.................................................................................. 31-32 The Music Guru - Spring Playlist......................................................................33 The Yogi’s Kitchen...................................................................................33-34

ABOUT

YOGA center

At Yoga Center, our focus is on traditional yoga for the modern world. For over a decade, we’ve been providing the community a quiet place to take a deep breath and peaceful reprieve from daily activity. We offer a wide range of classes for all ages and levels. From our renowned Absolute Beginner Class Series to the most advanced training courses, we’ll help find the perfect practice for you. Our highly experienced instructors provide personal attention to every participant in class, ensuring the yoga practice is performed safely and correctly to enhance results for body, mind and soul. We look forward to guiding you through your journey.

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PERSONAL YOGI CONSULTATIONS Navigate your options with ease. Meet with one of our teachers to create a personalized wellness plan just for you. The perfect combination of Yoga Center programs, along with services from Dharma Wellness (our wellness partner located at the St. Louis Park studio), are sure to make a positive impact in your life. Your individual needs are unique, and we’ll lead you towards your goals in a way that feels good, is affordable, and fits into your schedule. Whether you’re new to yoga, have years of experience, or have special needs, take advantage of a consultation to make the most of your time at the studio. Call to schedule a Personal Yogi Consultation at either studio location. If you prefer, you may consult by phone. We request a $25 deposit at the time of your consult, which will be applied toward your first class passes, workshops, or intensives. We look forward to getting to know you!

DROP-IN YOGA CLASSES Drop-in class schedules for both locations can be found at www.YogaCenterMpls.com. In addition to the classes listed in this magazine, we also offer ongoing weekly drop-in yoga classes. View the schedule, purchase class passes, and reserve your spot in class online. If you prefer paper, pick up a schedule at either studio or print from our website.

$25 Unlimited Intro Week METRO AREA RESIDENTS new to YCM have the option to start a 1-Week $25 Unlimited Drop-in Pass at their first class.

Free Classes Did you know you can earn free class passes? Through the ‘Refer a Friend’ program and the ‘Frequent Yogi’ Punchcard you can earn free classes and retail bucks. Visit the website under Class Info > Yogi Rewards for details.

CLASS PASSES Class passes expire three months from date of first use unless you are a member. Valid at both locations. Single Class: 4 Class Pass: 6 Class Pass: 12 Class Pass: 24 Class Pass: 36 Class Pass: 8 for 88! Pass:

$17 (Student/Senior: $13)� $64 $96 (Student/Senior: $69)� $169 $299 $414 8 classes for $88*

(*1-month expiration, membership not applicable)

Yearly Membership: $50 + tax (All pass expiration dates waived for 1 year, 10% retail discount, and access to studio space for personal practice when not in use.)

� Seniors = 65+, Student = college/trade school student with current ID paying for own classes.

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BEGINNING YOGA CLASSES Do you know what you don’t know?

See web for changes and updates. Register online or call 612.436.4700

Beginner Classes are an important way to set the foundation for your practice. If you jump in to higher level classes right away, you may miss some key elements in your yoga practice. If classes are not full, drop-ins are welcome. Call or check the online drop-in schedule for availability.

Absolute Beginner Class

(4-week series $50)

The Absolute Beginner Class provides an inviting setting to begin your yoga journey. We’ll guide you through basic techniques and poses to help you feel comfortable and confident with your emerging practice. We understand that each student is unique and explores yoga for different reasons. Whether you want to get in better physical condition or simply stop the chaos of your mind, there’s a style of yoga right for you. Therefore, at the end of the four-week series, you and your instructor will review your personal goals and choose which yoga classes to take next. The ABC Series requires pre-registration and will have a limited number of students to ensure a quality experience. Mondays

12:00 - 1:00pm

MPLS Studio (3/18-4/8) (4/15-5/6) (5/13-6/10)

Deirdre Murnane

Mondays

7:30 - 8:45pm

SLP Studio

Jessica Dunne

Tuesdays

7:30 - 8:45pm

MPLS Studio (4/2-4/23) (5/28-6/18) (6/25-7/16)

Deirdre Murnane

Thursdays

5:00 - 6:00pm

MPLS Studio (4/11-5/2) (5/9-5/30) (6/6-6/27)

Ann Christian

Thursdays

6:15 - 7:20pm

SLP Studio

Angie Viehman

Saturday

9:30 - 10:30am

MPLS Studio (4/6-4/27) (5/11-6/8) (6/29-7/27)

Jessica Dunne

Sundays

9:30 - 10:45am

SLP Studio

(4/14-5/5) (5/12-6/9) (6/16-7/14)

Theresa Hutch

Sundays

4:00 - 5:00pm

SLP Studio

(4/7-4/28) (5/5-6/2) (6/9-6/30)

Holly Schramm

Beginning Hatha Yoga

(4/8-4/29) (5/6-6/3) (6/10-7/1)

(4/4-4/25) (5/2-5/23) (5/30-6/20)

(6-week series $96 ~ *$90 if just completed 4-week ABC Series)

This series is designed for beginners or anyone wishing to deepen their knowledge of Hatha Yoga.YCM’s hatha-based classes generally involve holding postures for a period of time, allowing for more exploration of breath and focus on alignment within each pose. Learn how to explore postures safely and within your individual capacity with a focus on strengthening the body and exploring your range of movement. By the end of the series, you’ll have the confidence and insight to move to the next level. Mondays

6:15 - 7:30pm

MPLS Studio (4/22-6/3) (6/10-7/15)

Jennifer Davis

Thursdays

7:30 - 8:45pm

SLP Studio

Theresa Hutch

Sundays

11:30 - 12:45pm

MPLS Studio (6/2-7/21)

Beginning Big A#%! Yoga

(3/28-5/2) (5/9-6/13) (6/20-8/1)

Deirdre Murnane

(6-week series $96 ~ *$90 if just completed 4-week ABC Series)

This fun, inspiring class is designed for bigger men and women who want to practice yoga in a setting where everyone is similar in size and shape. We call it Big A#%! Yoga so everyone knows they’re coming to a place where they can laugh and be comfortable with who they are. The class does not focus on losing weight. Instead, it helps build self-trust and teaches you to reconnect with your body. Instructors adapt traditional postures to accommodate your current size, while helping to strengthen and tone. This is not a sedentary class, rather a class for those looking to become more active. See web for details and an important note regarding physical limitations. Wednesdays Saturdays

12:30 - 1:45pm 10:30 - 11:45am

Beginning Vinyasa Yoga

SLP Studio (4/3-5/8) (5/15-6/19) (6/26-7/31) MPLS Studio (4/20-6/8) (6/15-7/27)

Jennifer Gray Celia McCoy

(6-week series $96 ~ *$90 if just completed 4-week ABC Series)

Vinyasa is a steady flow of yoga poses linked with breath to create a moving meditation that builds heat in the body. Learn Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutations) in depth and explore alignment and modifications for standing and seated sequences. Upon completion of the six-week series, you’ll have the foundation to attend mixed level Vinyasa classes and be able to work within your own limitations and potential. Mondays

6:10 - 7:15pm

SLP Studio

(4/8-5/13) (5/20-7/1) (7/8-8/12)

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SPECIALTY CLASS SERIES See web for updates. Register online or call 612.436.4700. Workshop Discount: Purchase a package of 3 two-hour or 3 three-hour workshops and receive $15 off. Workshop credits remain on your account until you decide to use them!

4-Week Redefining Balance: Yoga on the Slackline Dan Norgard, Linda Rae Holcomb Minneapolis Studio Mon 4/1/2013 - 4/22/2013 From: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm (All levels) Take your practice to an entirely new level. In this series we will be reshaping your definition of balance by teaching you the basics of yoga on a slackline & on another person (acroyoga). We will begin with a vinysasa warm up, then move into Acroyoga and the basics of the slackasana series including standing, walking, kneeling, sitting, arm balancing & even going upside down on the slackline. This is a great way to improve your overall strength & balance for your asana practice on & off the mat! Watch a video at www.tinyurl. com/YogaSlacker. Cost: $125 (Drop-ins welcome, $35 per class, if not full)

4-Week Developing Your Intuition Jennifer Gray St. Louis Park Studio Tuesdays, 4/2/13 - 4/23/13 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm Awaken your intuition, and learn how to follow the guidance of your deeper self. This four-week series will help you get in touch with your inner voice, find clarity in your life, and teach you to trust your feelings. We’ll explore different ways of knowing, discover the energy body, bring your goals and desires to light, and learn how to push through the chaos to listen to your true self. Please come with a pen, journal and an open mind! Cost: $100

4-Week Yoga Psychotherapy to Treat Emotional and Stress Eating Dr. Rachel Allyn St. Louis Park Studio Sundays, 4/7/13 - 5/5/3 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm (No class 4/28). Food, mood, and you: Find ways to optimize energy and maintain a healthy self through balanced, conscious eating habits. This four-week series will assist you in breaking the stress/food cycle, help you become more conscious with your eating, and provide tools for effective, lasting changes. We’ll start with education about patterns of emotional eating, teach prevention techniques and intuitive eating habits. Discussion regarding ways to cope will be interwoven with yoga practice to address the issue holistically for lasting change. Worksheets will also be provided for home practice. Led by Rachel Allyn, Ph.D., L.P., RYT-500. Cost $64. Participants in this workshop can schedule individual appointments with Dr. Allyn at a discount ($20 off their first visit and $30 off a three-session package).

4-Week Personal Meditation Development™ Tara Cindy Sherman St. Louis Park Studio Sundays, 4/7/13 - 4/28/13 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm Whether you’re new to meditation, practice occasionally, or have a daily ritual, this four-week journey will add depth and meaning to your practice on and off the mat. Using both traditional yogic and tantric methods of meditation, Tara Cindy Sherman will help you create a meditation practice that is ideal for your particular needs. In-class participation will be supplemented by weekly take home assignments for contemplation and practice.Yoga Study students may apply their PPD credit toward this series. This session is limited to 10 students who are ready to explore the challenges and rewards surrounding a regular meditation practice. Cost: $100

8-Week Yoga and Body Appreciation Lisa Diers St. Louis Park Studio Wednesdays, 4/10/13 - 5/29/13 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm Explore the relationship you have with your body and how messages from media, family and friends impact your self-perception. This yoga series includes carefully sequenced asana intended to evoke connection and conversation regarding your feelings towards your body. The first half of class will include the above asana practice. The second half will be a group check-in around the experience. Track how your perception may be affecting other relationships in your life, and develop skills to repair your body image. Bring a pen and journal. Classes open to all students. Enrollment open through the 3rd week of class. Cost: $125 © Yoga Center of Minneapolis www.yogacentermpls.com | 612.436.4700

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4-Week Intro to Yin Michelle Pietrzak-Wegner Minneapolis Studio Thursdays, 4/11/13 - 5/2/13 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm Enter a quieter deeper practice.Yin Yoga is named for its relationship to the Taoist concept of Yin and Yang. Much of our lives are filled with the fast pace, fiery energy of Yang, including our regular yoga practices of vinyasa, power, and hot yoga. It is important to find a balance in our lives. We cannot have hot without cool; there cannot be light without darkness.Yin Yoga is a slower, quieter, deeper yoga that works to open deep, dense, rarely touched areas of the body. It looks to stretch the connective tissues and joints rather than condition the muscles. This practice involves passive asanas held for several minutes allowing you to develop patience and move into a deeper quietness.Yin Yoga is available to anyone practicing yoga at any level. Cost: $64

4-Week Personal Practice Development Series™ Michelle Pietrzak-Wegner Minneapolis Studio Fridays, 4/12/13 - 5/3/13 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Whether you enjoy practicing at home or in your favorite class, this four-week journey will add depth and meaning to your yoga practice on and off the mat. The four-week session is limited to ten students who are ready to explore the challenges surrounding their yoga practice. The instructor will help each student identify their limitations while also recognizing and developing their strengths. In-class practice will be supplemented by weekly take-home assignments for contemplation and practice. This series is highly recommended for all Yoga Study students and anyone who has practiced yoga for at least six months and is ready to deepen their yoga practice. Cost: $100

4-Week Intro to Aerial Yoga Becky Stella St. Louis Park Studio Wednesdays, 4/17/13 - 5/8/13 11:00 am - 12:15 pm Unnata® Aerial Yoga combines traditional mat yoga with postures aided by a soft, fabric sling. With the help of gravity and the fabric, we create space in our bodies and explore poses in an enlightening new way. Relieve compression of the joints and spine, and explore a more vibrant expression of postures on and off the sling. Please wear sleeves that fully cover your underarms and no jewelry. If you have spinal injuries, contact the studio to speak with the instructor before registering. Not for those with glaucoma or unmedicated high blood pressure. Cost: $100

7-Week Yoga for Transformation Jennifer Gray St. Louis Park Studio Thursdays, 4/18/13 - 5/30/13 7:00 am - 8:15 am These weekly classes are for those who have taken Yoga For Transformation or Detox Week, and wish to continue their work with these practices. We’ll continue to deepen our practices with pranayama, detoxification, the power of sound, and space creation in the physical body. This class will need a minimum of 10 pre-registered students due to the size of our Transformation/Detox Alumni population. See web for discounts. Cost: $96

4-Week Peace Medicine Energy Intensive Coleen Elwood St. Louis Park Studio Saturdays, 4/27/13 - 5/18/13 10:30 am - 11:55 am Embrace who you are becoming. Awaken your unique gifts, connect to the earth, cultivate unity consciousness. This fourweek intensive is designed to navigate the changing world, deepen your awareness of the energy realm and open you up to that which is larger. Join certified yoga instructor, Reiki Master, and musician and shamanic healer, Coleen Elwood, to develop personal practices to set energetic boundaries, awaken intuition, balance the chakras and deepen your connection with nature. Ideal for teachers, healers, massage therapists, nurses, parents, and anyone interested in a path to higher consciousness. Energetic Boundaries Workshop recommended and at least one year of a yoga/meditation practice. Cost: $100

“Go for something that will change your whole life, not just the shape of your body.” -Michelle Dortignac

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SPECIALTY CLASS SERIES See web for updates. Register online or call 612.436.4700. Workshop Discount: Purchase a package of 3 two-hour or 3 three-hour workshops and receive $15 off. Workshop credits remain on your account until you decide to use them!

3-Week Developing Your Intuition, Level 2 Jennifer Gray St. Louis Park Studio Tuesdays, 4/30/13 - 5/14/13 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm This three-week series is for students who have already completed Developing Your Intuition, Level 1. In this course, we’ll expand upon what you’ve already learned, concentrate on the tools you are developing, and process your experiences.You’ll practice with fellow students, and validations will be a primary focus of our time together. We’ll also explore the concept of group readings with everyone’s participation. Readings, discussion, shared experience, plus much more! Cost: $75

6-Week Chair Yoga Wendy Brom St. Louis Park Studio Thursdays, 5/9/13 - 6/13/13 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Chair Yoga is one of the gentlest forms of yoga practice. The chair allows for greater stability to help individuals feel supported and safe. The poses are modified so students with health issues or restrictions can enjoy the benefits of a more traditional practice. The emphasis on breathing, balance, and taking things slowly make it perfect for chronic illness, older or physically challenged people. If maximum enrollment has not been met, drop-ins are welcome. Cost: $96

4-week Move Your Yoga Deirdre Murnane Minneapolis Studio Tuesdays, 4/30/13 - 5/21/13 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm Ever wanted to take your yoga off the mat and move it through space? In this class we will begin with working on yoga asana that we will later use as vocabulary for a choreographed phrase moving through the room. Kindle your inner dancer and be prepared to abandon your mat! No dance experience required. Some yoga experience (level 1/2 or up) will be helpful. Cost: $64

4-Week Personal Practice Development Series™ Monique Maxwell Minneapolis Studio Thursdays, 5/9/13 - 5/30/13 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm Description on previous page. Cost: $100

4-Week Intro to Aerial Yoga Becky Stella St. Louis Park Studio Tuesdays, 5/14/13 - 6/4/13 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm See previous page for description. Cost: $100

6-Week Ashtanga Primary Series Immersion Holly Schramm Location: St. Louis Park Tuesdays, 5/21/13 - 6/25/13 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm In this series we will explore the great tradition of Ashtanga Yoga and how to put it into practice. For students of all levels looking to learn more about how to safely practice a more rigorous vinyasa style of yoga. Learn how to attend any Ashtanga Primary Series class or Vinyasa yoga class and work within your own limitations and potential. Learn the traditional sequence, proper breathing, bandhas, history and philosophy of Ashtanga Yoga. Cost: $96

4-Week Personal Practice Development Series™ Holly Schramm St. Louis Park Studio Tuesdays, 5/21/13 - 6/11/13 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm Description on previous page. Cost: $100

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6-Week Peace Medicine Continuing/Advanced Coleen Elwood St. Louis Park Studio Saturdays, 6/1/13 - 7/13/13 10:30 am - 11:55 am (skip 7/6) Embrace your destiny. Utilize your gifts. Awaken and replenish! This continuing series helps you put into practice the tools and techniques you explored in the previous four-week intensive. Deepen your ability to ground, protect, distill, cleanse and replenish. Combine ancient wisdoms (yogic and shamanic) with modern day applications to deepen your connection to nature, your spirit and your community. Discover earth-based, soul-centered practices and support for the changing consciousness. Cost: $140

“The purpose of practice is not form, but energy. Yoga is developing our consciousness - otherwise it is just exotic gymnastics. If your consciousness does not change, you are not doing yoga.” -Andrey Lappa

4-Week Personal Practice Development Series™ Jennifer Davis Minneapolis Studio Saturdays, 6/1/13 - 6/29/13 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm (skip 6/22) Description on previous page. Cost: $100

8-Week Yoga and Body Appreciation Lisa Diers Wednesdays 6/5/13 - 7/24/13 See p.5 for description Cost: $125

St. Louis Park From: 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm

4-Week Meditation Survey Rachel Hiltsley Minneapolis Studio Thursdays, 6/6/13 - 6/27/13 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm Interested in meditation? Don’t know where to begin? Welcome to the club. Don’t worry! We’ll try on a few different styles over a 4 week period and you can see what works best for you - we are all different! (Expect homework, come with a mala or purchase one with a very generous discount from our boutique.) Cost: $64

6-Week Chair Yoga Wendy Brom St. Louis Park Studio Thursdays, 6/20- 8/1 (skip 7/4) 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Chair yoga is one of the gentlest forms of yoga available. The chair allows for greater stability to help people feel supported and safe. The poses are modified so that people with health issues or restrictions can enjoy the benefits of a more traditional practice. The emphasis on breathing, balance, and taking things at your own pace make it a perfect practice for chronic illness, older or physically challenged people. If maximum enrollment has not been met, drop-ins are welcome. Class will not meet on July 4th. Cost: $96

4-Week Yoga for Un-Coupling and Heartache Dr. Rachel Allyn, Ph.D., L.P., RYT-500 St. Louis Park Studio Tuesdays, 6/25/13 - 7/16/13 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm The dissolution of a relationship can trigger many feelings. This workshop and four-week follow-up group offer opportunities to learn how to heal holistically, releasing from the physical and emotional body. This allows us to move forward with greater wisdom and prevent repeating unhealthy patterns. Utilizing Dr. Allyn’s unique method of integrating yoga and psychology, this series combines yoga asana and group discussion about ways to let go and thrive after a break-up. Cost: $64

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APRIL WORKSHOPS See web for updates. Register online or call 612.436.4700. Workshop Discount: Purchase a package of 3 workshops and get $15 off. Credits remain on your account until you decide to use them!

JAI Prenatal Yoga for Birthing For expectant moms and their birth partners with Jennifer Gray Minneapolis Saturday, 4/6/13 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm In this fun and interactive workshop, Jennifer Gray, founder of JAI Prenatal Yoga, teaches couples yoga-based coping techniques for labor and delivery. Topics include breath work, labor massage, movement, relaxation and visualization to help pregnant women through the birthing experience. Special attention is also given to the birth partner, who is mentored in labor support. Each couple practices what they learn and receives a take home packet of information and tools for the birthing room. Perfect for women seeking an unmedicated birth, as well as for those open to pain medication. Cost: $90 per couple.

Modifying Yoga Practice for Optimal Wellness with Moya Mathews St. Louis Park Saturday, 4/6/13 1:15 pm - 3:15 pm From alleviating back pain to lowering stress levels, explore your own wellness wish list in this customized workshop.You’ll reflect on your unique physical, emotional and energetic constitution to establish personalized goals that will bring you into a state of balanced wellness. E-RYT Moya McGinn Mathews will guide you through adapting yoga asana (postures), pranayama (breath work), drishti (gaze) and meditation to find the perfect practice for you. Arrive with your wish list in hand for this fun and educational session. All levels of yoga experience welcome. Cost: $40

Family Yoga with Angela Wethor St. Louis Park Saturday, 4/6/13 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm Family Yoga focuses on building strength, imagination and concentration. For children in all stages of life, calming and connecting with their center enhances contentment, emotional balance and love. From silly dances, drumming, crafting and singing to deep breathing, quiet time and storytelling, this workshop offers kids and families a positive, life-long practice. Cost: $17 for 1 adult and 1 child; $7 per additional person

Yoga Nidra Meditation with Singing Bowls (Special Class) with Leah Golberstein St. Louis Park Monday, 4/8/13 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm Quiet your mind and body as you relax with a guided Savasana journey accompanied by stunning crystal singing bowls. During this 45-minute class, you’ll melt into a deliciously relaxed state of semi-sleep. Students are led through a narrative which induces complete mental, physical and emotional relaxation, helping achieve a state of conscious sleep, or yoga nidra. Allow yourself to detach from the business of your day, and emerge refreshed, peaceful and calm. Cost: $17 or use a class pass

Date Night Partner Yoga (Special Class) with Holly Schramm Minneapolis Friday, 4/12/13 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Bring along your sweetie for a fun one-hour class before you go out on the town. Join Holly for a laid-back session featuring partner yoga, thai massage and some creative yoga tricks that set up a great date night. Meets once per month. Cost: $17 or use your class pass .

A Yoga Workshop for Anxiety and Depression with Moya Mathews St. Louis Park Friday, 4/12/2013 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm It’s understandable to feel overwhelmed or weighed down. Life in the modern world can be stressful. This workshop

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offers therapeutic yoga techniques to create emotional well-being by releasing tension and dissolving negative emotional blocks. The yoga practices explored here include simple asana (postures), pranayama (breath work) and yoga nidra (a form of deep relaxation, meditation and visualization performed in a fully reclined position). These practices serve not only as remedies for chronic holding patterns but also as powerful tools for personal transformation. Join E-RYT Moya McGinn Mathews for this soothing, enlightening session. Cost: $40

Viniyoga Workshop Series: Intro to Viniyoga Yoga Adapted For The Individual with Kevin Kortan Minneapolis Sat 4/13/2013 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Experience a Viniyoga practice and learn how this approach can make all the difference in your world.Viniyoga adapts various methods of practice to the unique condition, needs and interests of each individual, encouraging the process of self-discovery and personal transformation. This workshop covers Viniyoga’s historical roots, the one size does NOT fit all philosophy, fundamental elements, and promise and potential for each individual. This is one in a series of four Workshops. See web for full description. Cost: $40

Move Your Yoga with Deirdre Murnane St. Louis Park Sat 4/13/2013 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Ever wanted to take your yoga off the mat and move it through space? In this class we will begin with working on yoga asana that we will later use as vocabulary for a choreographed phrase moving through the room. Kindle your inner dancer and be prepared to abandon your mat! No dance experience required, but yoga experience will be helpful. See p.7 for the Class Series starting April 30th! Cost: $40

“The breath is the tool in which you can access what’s actually happening in your body and activate change in your structure at a deep level. It’s the primary tool to link your conscious awareness to the process of change.” - Gary Kraftsow

Creating Energetic Boundaries with Coleen Elwood Minneapolis Sat 4/13/2013 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm The world is changing for the better. Many of us are waking up to our gifts, becoming more sensitive, developing our intuition. This workshop covers practical tips, tools and techniques for creating and sustaining energetic boundaries. Explore meditation, grounding, defining your aura, distilling heavy energy, protection and cleansing. Weave in yogic postures and breathing techniques along with shamanic (Earth-based) tools for navigating the changing world. Led by certified Yoga instructor, Reiki master and Shamanic healer Coleen Elwood. Cost: $55

Thai Stretch (Special Class) with Angie Viehman St. Louis Park Sun 4/14/2013 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm In this unique, integrated class, yoga instructor and Thai Massage therapist, Angie Viehman will stretch and move you into deep relaxation. Along with several yoga teacher trainees, you’ll combine yoga poses with deep Thai Massage style stretches and adjustments to bring you into complete balance. Pre-registration is encouraged to secure your spot! Cost: $17 or use your class pass

Intro to Aerial Yoga with Becky Stella St. Louis Park Sat 4/20/2013 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Come hang out! Unnata® Aerial Yoga combines traditional mat yoga with postures aided by a soft, fabric sling. With the help of gravity and the fabric, we relieve compression in the joints and spine and explore poses in an enlightening new way. Wear sleeves that fully cover your underarms, and no jewelry. Contact the studio before registering if you have spinal injuries. Not for those with glaucoma or unmedicated high blood pressure. Cost $40

Thai Bodywork Adjustments for Yoga Teachers - Part 1 with Angie Viehman St. Louis Park Sat 4/20/2013 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Learn how to fold the ancient art of Thai Bodywork/Massage into your yoga classes and private sessions. Thai Bodywork helps create space and balance energy in the body using assisted stretching, acupressure and muscle manipulation. These techniques allow your students to © Yoga Center of Minneapolis www.yogacentermpls.com | 612.436.4700

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APRIL-MAY WORKSHOPS See web for updates. Register online or call 612.436.4700. Workshop Discount: Purchase a package of 3 workshops and get $15 off. Credits remain on your account until you decide to use them! explore the full depths of their asana practice. Build your adjustment vocabulary, examine alignment from a different lens, and learn how to give a little extra love to your students in Savasana. Each person will participate by giving and receiving the techniques. No experience necessary. Cost: $40 or $75 for Levels 1&2.

Kundalini Yoga: Lighten Up! with Nicole Nardone St. Louis Park Sun 4/21/2013 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Spring is a great time to lighten up and purify your body and energy system. Kundalini yoga uses kriyas to gently purify the body and mind, while energizing and rejuvenating at the same time. This powerful technology can help burn toxins ingested from the modern world. We’ll focus on cleansing and strengthening the liver, along with the other major organ systems of the body, to leave you feeling strong, healthy, and emotionally lighter. All levels welcome! Cost: $40

“If you want to know what your thoughts were yesterday, look at your body today. If you want to know what your body will look like tomorrow, look at your thoughts today.” –Deepak Chopra

Yoga Nidra Meditation with Singing Bowls (Special Class) with Leah Golberstein St. Louis Park Mon 4/22/2013 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm See p. 9 for description. Cost: $17 or class pass.

Hips, Hamstrings and Glutes with Jennifer Davis Minneapolis Sat 4/27/2013 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm You may have a love-hate relationship with your hips, but many of your movements originate in these hard-working, weight-bearing joints. Hips also store tension and stress from daily life, and that can be a lot of baggage. It’s no wonder hips, hamstrings and glutes are closely tied to issues with the lower back, knees and ankles. They can have a mind of their own and resist as you are trying to loosen them. This workshop is designed to open the hip area for an increased range of motion and release of tension. Cost: $40

Tantric Workshop Series: The Prana Vayus with Betsy Weiner St. Louis Park Sat 4/27/2013 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Deepen your understanding of yoga through the Sri Vidya (resplendent knowledge or understanding) tradition. Take any or all in the series. What are the prana vayus and what do they have to do with your yoga practice? The five vayus are at work on you at all times, moving energy in various ways and affecting your mind and body. Learn how to diagnose which vayus may be out of balance and learn asana sequences and pranayama techniques to balance them. Bring a pen and notebook. Cost: $40. Look for additional workshops in this series!

Aerial Yoga: Continuing Practice with Becky Stella St. Louis Park Sat 4/27/2013 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Designed for those who have taken an Intro workshop or 4-series and want to deepen their experience using the aerial hammock. A new practice each month that incorporates pranayama, mantra, and bandhas with static postures and dynamic movement. Cultivate ease and focus to open greater awareness. Cost: $40

Mom and Daughter Yoga Workshop with Angela Wethor St. Louis Park Sun 4/28/2013 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm Mothers are the most powerful health role-model for our daughters. How we feel about our bodies sets the field for how our daughters feel about their bodies. How we care for our bodies teaches our daughters how to care for their bodies. Our bodies know, and often times, reveal our mother/daughter relationship. Join us for 75 min. of caring for yourself and giving the gift of yoga to your daughters. Warming up with Asanas, cleansing with kriyas, and creating with crafts, we’ll practice together and pass on the wisdom of women. $30 for two © Yoga Center of Minneapolis www.yogacentermpls.com | 612.436.4700

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Intro to Chair Yoga with Wendy Brom St. Louis Park Sun 4/28/2013 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm Chair Yoga is one of the gentlest forms of yoga available. The chair allows for greater stability to help individuals feel supported and safe. The poses are modified so students with health issues or restrictions can enjoy the benefits of a more traditional practice. The emphasis on breathing, balance, and taking things slowly make it a perfect practice for chronic illness, older or physically challenged people. This workshop is a great intro to the six week series starting in May. Cost: $30

Yoga for Un-Coupling and Heartache with Rachel Allyn St. Louis Park Fri 5/3/2013 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm The dissolution of a relationship can trigger many feelings. This workshop and four-week follow-up group offer opportunities to learn how to heal holistically, releasing from the physical and emotional body. This allows us to move forward with greater wisdom and prevent unhealthy patterns. Utilizing Dr. Allyn’s unique method of integrating yoga and psychology, this workshop combines yoga with discussion about ways to let go and thrive after a break-up. See p.8 for the follow-up Class Series starting June 25th. Cost: $40

Self Care and Massage With Tennis and Super Balls with Deirdre Murnane St. Louis Park Sat 5/4/2013 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Free your body! Unlock your flexibility! Learn how to open up your body, releasing trigger points and areas of chronic tension by rolling on different sized balls. We’ll cover each area individually starting with the soles of the feet, through the calves, hamstrings, thighs, hips, back, shoulders, neck and head. After being freed of knots, each area will then be targeted with specific yoga asana to open, release and balance. You’re sure to leave this workshop feeling flexible and free. All props will be provided. Open to all ability levels. Cost: $40

Beginner’s Workshop Series: Sun Salutations with Jessica Dunne St. Louis Park Sat 5/4/2013 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Have you ever strained your neck from looking around the room to see what pose comes next? Does your body flop like a pancake when lowering from plank? You are not alone. Even the most seasoned yoga students can misuse the most common asana sequence. We’ll break down these tricky transitions, learn which modifications and props will help, and before you know it, you’ll connect with that beautiful flowing movement. Cost: $40

Chakras and Asanas: Vishudda, Ajna and Sahasrara with Holly Schramm St. Louis Park Sun 5/5/2013 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Vishudda, Ajna and Sahasrara chakras! Say that fast five times! Is curiosity getting the best of you? Join Holly for a workshop about the chakras that govern self expression, intuition and Bliss. Meditate, chant and enjoy a lively asana practice to awaken the energetic body of the throat, third eye and crown of the head. Come explore the elements of these chakras and leave enlightened! Cost: $40

Yoga Nidra Meditation with Singing Bowls (Special Class) with Leah Golberstein St. Louis Park Mon 5/6/2013 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm See p. 9 for description. Cost: $17 or use a class pass

Date Night Partner Yoga Class with Holly Schramm Minneapolis Fri 5/10/2013 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Join Holly for a laid-back class featuring partner yoga, some thai massage, and some fun yoga tricks to set you up for a great date night. Meets once per month. Cost: $17 or class pass

Intro to Aerial Yoga with Becky Stella St. Louis Park Sat 5/11/2013 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm See p.10 for description. Cost $40

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MAY-JUNE WORKSHOPS See web for updates. Register online or call 612.436.4700. Workshop Discount: Purchase a package of 3 workshops and get $15 off. Credits remain on your account until you decide to use them!

Tantric Workshop Series: The Koshas with Betsy Weiner St. Louis Park Sat 5/11/2013 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm The koshas or “sheaths” of the body are fivefold and work from the outer body to the most inner states of being. This workshop provides an understanding how the koshas affect our bodies, minds and spiritual well being. We’ll learn about the importance of practical and meditative practices to cleanse and purify each kosha, so we can ultimately ascend into the blissful sheath of samadhi. We’ll also build an awareness on how asana and pranayama can affect the koshas. Cost: $40

Family Yoga with Angela Wethor St. Louis Park Sat 5/11/2013 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm See p.9 for workshop description. Cost: $17 for adult + child, $7 per additional person

Mother’s Day Restorative Yoga with Tara Cindy Sherman St. Louis Park Sun 5/12/2013 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm For women only! Bring the special mom in your life and share the gift of health, healing and balance through 100% Restorative Yoga. Indulge in this workshop as we focus on completely neutral, relaxed postures. These prop-supported poses gently relax the muscles and quiet the sympathetic nervous system, brain and breath. A truly special gift for mom (or yourself)! Cost: $40 for one. $70 for two.

Yoga Nidra Meditation with Singing Bowls (Special Class) with Leah Golberstein St. Louis Park Mon 5/13/2013 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm See p. 9 for description. Cost: $17 or use a class pass

Thai Bodywork for Yoga Teachers - Part 2 with Angie Viehman St. Louis Park Sat 5/18/2013 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Learn how to fold the ancient art of Thai Bodywork/Massage into your yoga classes and private sessions. Thai Bodywork helps create space and balance energy in the body using assisted stretching, acupressure and muscle manipulation. These techniques allow your students to explore the full depths of their asana practice. Build your adjustment vocabulary, examine alignment from a different lens, and learn how to give a little extra love to your students in Savasana. Each person will participate by giving and receiving the techniques. No previous massage experience necessary. (Part 1 not necessary to participate in 2) Cost: $40

Kundalini Yoga: Speak Your Truth! with Nicole Nardone St. Louis Park Sun 5/19/2013 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm How many times have you found yourself waiting to speak instead of truly and deeply listening to what someone is saying? How often have you felt your voice waver when trying to speak your truth? In this workshop, we’ll cover these issues and more through the use of Kundalini kriyas, meditations, mudras and mantras. Come ready to move, meditate, and CHANT! See webs for full description. Cost: $40

Thai Stretch (Special Class) with Angie Viehman St. Louis Park Sun 5/19/2013 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm See p.10 for description. Cost: $17 or class pass. Class tends to fill, so register in advance! © Yoga Center of Minneapolis www.yogacentermpls.com | 612.436.4700

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Honoring Loss with Moya Mathews St. Louis Park Sat 5/25/2013 1:15 pm - 3:15 pm Often during times of celebration, the stresses of the “shoulds” may dawn upon the heart and mind of one who grieves. “I should attend this function, prepare this special food, go shopping, feel festive. My loved one should be here!” For a person who has experienced deep emotional trauma and loss, the tension and pressure of the holidays can heap additional stress on a mind and body that is already holding grief. This workshop will combine reflection, meditation, gentle asana and ritual to honor our losses and cleanse our bodies to help us feel lighter, balanced and free. Cost: $40

Aerial Yoga: Continuing Practice with Becky Stella St. Louis Park Sun 5/26/2013 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm See p.11 for class description. Cost: $40

JAI Prenatal Yoga for Birthing For expectant moms and their birth partners! with Jennifer Gray Minneapolis Sat 6/1/2013 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm See p.9 for workshop description. Cost: $90 per couple.

Yoga for People with Desk Jobs with Theresa Hutch St. Louis Park Sat 6/1/2013 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm If you spend most of your day sitting at a computer, this workshop is for you! We’ll explore methods to incorporate yoga at your desk, on your breaks, and when you get home at night. Both Pranayama (breath-work) and Asana (physical practice) will be addressed in this two-hour workshop.You’ll leave with handouts to keep at your desk for reminders of how to integrate yoga into everyday life. Cost: $40

Family Yoga with Angela Wethor St. Louis Park Sat 6/1/2013 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm See p.9 for workshop description. Cost: $17 for 1 adult 1 child, $7 per additional person

DID YOU KNOW? A study performed at Aetna Insurance Co. found that employees who practiced yoga 3 times per week and engaged in mindful practices were more productive in their day to day work and had greater job satisfaction overall.

Yoga Nidra Meditation with Singing Bowls (Special Class) with Leah Golberstein St. Louis Park Mon 6/3/2013 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm See p. 9 for description. Cost: $17 or use a class pass

Date Night Partner Yoga (Special Class)

with Holly Schramm Minneapolis Fri 6/7/2013 6:00 pm - 7:00 Bring your sweetie in for a fun 1-hour class before you go out on the town. Join Holly for a laid-back class featuring partner yoga, some thai massage, and some fun yoga tricks to set you up for a great date night. Meets once a month. Cost: Use your class passes via the class schedule or purchase a drop-in ($17 each) to reserve your space.

Your Feet, Your Foundation with Deirdre Murnane Minneapolis Sat 6/8/2013 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Did you know strengthening your feet and ankles improves your balance? That heightening awareness of your feet improves your alignment in standing poses, seated poses and inversions? Strengthen, energize, stretch, nourish and open your feet to take your yoga practice to a whole new level. Learn exercises to strengthen the muscles of the foot and ankle, stretches and massage to open the facia, and reflexology points to stimulate and nourish the entire body. Cost: $40

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JUNE WORKSHOPS See web for updates. Register online or call 612.436.4700. Workshop Discount: Purchase a package of 3 workshops and get $15 off. Credits remain on your account until you decide to use them!

Magical Mudras with Coleen Elwood St. Louis Park Sat 6/8/2013 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm From ancient Egyptians to the Mayans, hand gestures are native to every culture on Earth. In India, these gestures were named Mudra. It’s time to revive and appreciate the Mudra practice and its practical application to a modern, changing world. Working with the nadis (energy channels) and nerve centers in the brain, these mudras can be done sitting, standing, walking or laying down. Practice meditations and mudra for stress relief, cultivating intuition, developing trust and navigating change. Cost: $40

Kundalini Yoga: Awaken Your Creative Potential with Nicole Nardone St. Louis Park Sun 6/9/2013 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Integrate higher consciousness into your daily life through Kundalini Yoga. According to yoga tradition, kundalini energy is dormant energy coiled at the base of the spine, like a metaphorical snake.Yoga and other spiritual disciplines awaken this energy and move it up the spine towards the higher chakras, resulting in a spiritual awakening and expansion of consciousness. We’ll practice asana, pranayama, and meditation with mudras, mantras and more to awaken kundalini energy. Beginners welcome! Cost: $40

Father’s Day Partner Yoga & Wine with Holly Schramm St. Louis Park Fri 6/14/2013 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Celebrate all things “Dad” in this special 90-minute class. Through partner yoga and meditation, you’ll learn how having a partner can shed a whole new light on your practice. This workshop would only be complete with the option of sampling Holly’s fave red wines at the end. Bring Dad or another special man in your life for a unique way to start Father’s Day weekend. Ideal for yogis of all abilities. Cost: $55 for 2 people

Tantric Workshop Series: Mantra with Betsy Weiner St. Louis Park Sat 6/15/2013 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm What is a mantra? How do we use mantra to increase our capacity for awareness and understanding? How can mantra affect our minds? Our energy? Mantra is a powerful practice and this workshop will guide participants in how to effectively use mantra within a tantric vinyasa format. Learn how to weave mantra into an asana practice and learn where and when to use mantra to increase its efficacy. Bring a pen and notebook. Cost: $40

Beginner’s Workshop Series: My __ Hurts! with Jessica Dunne St. Louis Park Sat 6/15/2013 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Despite what you may have heard, yoga can hurt you. It shouldn’t, but pushing your body in the wrong direction can create aches and pains rather than addressing them. In this workshop, you’ll learn to fit the poses in your body the right way, so you can strengthen and heal. Bring your aching low backs, your replaced knees, your carpal tunnel and more! Let’s discover how yoga works in your body to relieve the tension and prevent injury. Cost: $40

Yoga Nidra Meditation with Singing Bowls (Special Class) with Leah Golberstein St. Louis Park Mon 6/17/2013 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm See p. 9 for description. Cost: $17 or use a class pass

YCM TRIVIA: The Yoga Center was founded in 2000 by Jennifer Gray out of the basement of an old health club. We have since grown to two locations with 5 studios.

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“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” -Carl Jung

Intro to Aerial Yoga with Becky Stella St. Louis Park Fri 6/21/2013 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm See p.10 for description. Cost $40

Belly Wisdom/Belly Strength with Camille Gage St. Louis Park Sat 6/22/2013 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Enjoy a renewed connection to what Judith Lasater calls, “the belly brain.” Learn to balance and engage front and back body with fluid strength rather than rigid musculature. This workshop includes learning via experiential anatomy and the practice of select asana. Guided visualization and meditation complete the practice as you free the strength that resides at your core. Cost: $40

Mi-an Yoga Playground with Monique Maxwell St. Louis Park Sat 6/22/2013 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm This unique workshop weaves yoga, barre, capoeira, pilates and suspension with movement you may not have done since you were a child. The combination of these traditions helps you find balance by building strength and awareness in muscles that don’t get addressed in your regular routine. Take the next step in your practice by letting your body find its fluidity and freedom from mental limitations.You’ll leave feeling childlike in your adult body– both giddy and at peace, invigorated and exhausted. Cost: $40

Viniyoga Workshop Series: Breath-Centric Asana with Kevin Kortan Minneapolis Sat 6/29/2013 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm Viniyoga adapts various methods of practice to the unique condition, needs and interests of each individual, encouraging the process of self-discovery and personal transformation. Discover the key elements for truly moving from and with the power of the breath. We’ll cover a breath-centric vs. form-centric approach to asana; adapting asana to serve the individual - form follows function; dynamic alignment, musculo-skeletal health, and neuromuscular repatterning; and a form of moving meditation. Cost: $55

Ashtanga Workshop: Standing Series with Holly Schramm St. Louis Park Sat 6/29/2013 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Let’s break down first half of the Primary Series! Learn about the logic of the sequencing, the alignment of the poses, and maybe even reach that big toe in Uttita Hasta Padangustasana. With a focus on breathing, flowing, and mindful movement, this is your chance to dig a little deeper into this fast-paced practice. We will workshop any postures you like because remember with practice all is coming! Come with a playful attitude. Cost: $40

90-Minute Relay Yoga (Special Class) Ryan, Sarah Jane, & Linda Rae St. Louis Park Sat 6/29/2013 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Donation Yoga! Pay what you can or “donate” a drop-in pass.

Spring Partner/AcroYoga (Special Class)

DID YOU KNOW? The word ‘Yoga’ is from the Sanskrit language and means to ‘yoke or join up.’ Essentially, yoga has come to describe a method of uniting the aspects of the self - mind, body, emotion, and spirit.

with Rachel H & Alyssa St. Louis Park Sun 6/30/2013 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Join certified Acro Yoga Mtrl teacher, Alyssa Hill, and certified Jivamukti teacher, Rachel Hiltsley, for an evening of playful connection. The evening will begin with partner Hatha yoga, followed by the joy of flight doing Acro Yoga, and the pleasure of giving and receiving Thai Massage. Be sure to bring someone dear to your heart for a playful, relaxing, date. Cost: $30 for two people

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WARRIOR POSE

Virabhadrasana 1 & 2

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pring is the perfect time to bring awareness to your warriors. As we re-awaken the joints of the feet and engage the muscles of the lower body, we prepare ourselves for outdoor activities and find stability and connection to the earth. Revitalize your warriors with these tips from YCM teacher, Jennifer Davis.

Alignment Check-up Most likely you’ve heard the instructions, “Come into Warrior 1 and open to Warrior 2.” Transitioning from one to the other isn’t unsafe, but there is a crucial difference in alignment. Over time, if If practiced incorrectly, you risk pain and injury. When moving from Warrior 1 (heel to heel alignment in most Yoga traditions) to Warrior 2 (heel-to-arch alignment), remember to walk your front foot a few inches toward the midline of your mat for proper positioning.

Warrior 1 Alignment

A Delicate Balance of Strength and Flexibility 1. Hug your feet toward one another for stability. 2. Engage the muscles of your arms from your fingertips into your arm sockets and secure your shoulder blades on your back. (This will help you open your chest and free your neck) 3. Lift your navel in and up (to connect to your power). ~KEEP ALL OF THIS~

It can be challenging to see exactly what heel-to-heel vs. heel-to-arch alignment looks like on a solid color mat. Try practicing on the long edge of your sticky mat, using the line of your mat and the floor as a guide.

4. Sit lower in your stance and stretch your legs (to ground) 5. Extend your torso up (to feel a stretch in your spine) 6. Reach your arms longer Often students use too much effort, resulting in stress, or they rely on flexibility and sink into their joints. For a more dynamic posture, seek to balance strength and flexibility. Keep your focus moving throughout your whole body.

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Mythology of Warrior Long ago in a land far away, there lived a beautiful Goddess named Sati. Although she had many suitors, Sati only had eyes for Shiva. Shiva was known as a bit of an outcast and lived high on a mountaintop. He covered himself in ashes, had wild dreadlocks and wore snakes and skulls around his neck, but Sati loved him just as he was and the two were married. Sati’s father, Daksha, didn’t think Shiva was good enough for his daughter and when he planned an elaborate soiree for all the land, he didn’t invite Shiva. Daksha didn’t want to be embarrassed by his sonin-law’s behavior. Shiva would often show up drunk and hotheaded, causing quite a scene. On the day of the party, Sati decided to confront her father for rejecting Shiva. Sati’s sadness was so great that it ignited a fire in the center of her heart, burning her into a pile of ashes. Shiva learned of the demise of his beloved and became so enraged that he ripped out one of his dreadlocks and threw it to the ground. It tumbled down the mountain, landed in Sati’s ashes and turned into Virabhadra (the great warrior, where warrior poses get their name). He drew his sword and beheaded Daksha to avenge Sati’s death. Sati became furious at Shiva for ordering her father to be killed. She was immediately reborn and rushed to the party to scold him. She demanded that Shiva fix the situation immediately. Shiva realized that he had acted impulsively, letting his emotions get the best of him and brought Daksha back to life. Daksha was so happy that both he and Sati were alive that he made amends with Shiva and threw a magnificent party in his honor.

Putting it in your practice It might seem odd to practice a pose named after a man who beheaded someone. Isn’t yoga about nonviolence? Virabhadra was actually an incarnation of Shiva. Shiva, being a god, could bring people back to life, so we look at the death symbolically. Killing Daksha was not everlasting death, but the death of him

Warrior 2 Alignment

*Extra Credit* reacting out of emotion. It is often said that Yoga begins when a pose gets challenging. When you start to feel uncomfortable in Warrior poses, you can learn to move beyond the emotions and reactions that occur. This is not to say you should be unkind or forceful to your body. If discomfort becomes pain, it is time to modify, but if discomfort becomes emotional suffering, that is when we can learn to channel our courageous inner warrior.

Did you know that in most Yoga traditions Warriors are practiced with the front thigh parallel to the ground? To do this correctly you need a stance that is long enough so when you bend the front knee to a 90 degree angle, the knee aligns over the heel. Often students practice with a shorter stance, not experiencing the full expression of the poses. It is more challenging, but drawing your feet and legs toward each other will improve your strength and balance. Engage your pelvic floor (mula bandha) and draw your navel in and up for additional stability. Stay with your breath and remember that facing a challenge on your mat helps you face the challenges of life.

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DEEPENING YOUR JOURNEY Commit to your practice through in-depth experiences.

Spring Detox Week

Jennifer Johnson & Jennifer Gray St. Louis Park 4/8 - 4/12/13 Mon-Fri 7-8:30am Studio Cost: $250 ($615 for both YFT Month and Detox Week package. See web for Alumni discounts.) Join us for a week-long Detoxification program which uses the riches of Yoga, Chinese Medicine, herbs and whole foods to help cleanse the body, mind and soul. Spring is the season of change and new beginnings. This is the time when our bodies are naturally going through a ‘spring cleaning’ after the sedentary winter months. Reap the benefits of the season by spending a week with mindful eating, breathing and stretching. Acupuncturist Jennifer Johnson Lic.Ac. MAOM, and yoga instructor Jennifer Gray, will provide you with tools to nourish your body with food, acupuncture (optional), herbs, reflection, and specifically designed yoga practices. Register early as class size is limited and so you can be mailed a preparation packet to head into your week with intention. (Receive 20% off any additional individual acupuncture appointments with Jen J.) You may register for Detox Week and Yoga for Transformation Month together at a discount! See web for details.

Yoga for Transformation Month with Jennifer Gray and Specialty Instructors Tuesdays & Thursdays 6-8:45pm Detox+YFT+Continuing Class package rates)

Location: SLP Studio Dates: 6/13 - 7/11 Cost: $325 (See web for Alumni and

YFT is a four-week intensive that meets twice each week to help you detoxify, clarify, feel better mentally and physically, and instill the practice of yoga into your body and mind. This summer’s YFT asana classes will continue to focus sound, energy, breath, movement, and intention which can help you lead a more balanced life as well as transform the way you view the world. We’ll also weave in “whole food” eating and recipes. The summer workshop theme will focus on the Yamas and Niyamas, and we’ll learn how to weave yoga philosophy throughout our daily lives. In addition, we’ll continue to focus on clean eating, adding to our recipe books throughout the month, and explore mantra, pranayama and meditations. Each session includes 1.25 hours of special detoxifying and balancing yoga practices and 1.25 hours of workshop (15 minute break between) *We are happy to freeze your current Yoga Center Class Pass during YFT month and extend your expiration date! See web for full description.

Yoga for Transformation Continuing Classes with Jennifer Gray AM - 8:15 AM Location: SLP Studio

Dates: Thursdays 4/18 - 5/30

From: 7:00

Cost: $96 for 6 classes (See web for YFT package prices)

These weekly classes are for those who have taken a Yoga For Transformation or Detox Week and wish to continue their work with these practices. In this weekly class we will continue our to deepen our practices with pranayama, detoxification, the power of sound and space creation in the physical body. Those who attend the first six classes will get the 7th week free!

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SUMMER YOGA & ART CAMPS! Kids Yoga, Movement, & Arts Daycamp (Ages 6-9) Angela Wethor JUNE: Mon-Fri 6/17 - 6/21 JULY: Mon-Fri 7/15 - 7/19

St. Louis Park Studio

Time: 1:30-4pm

Cost $100

Registration deadline June 12 Registration deadline July 10

Give your child the opportunity to experience this fun and unique afternoon summer camp! We’ll meet everyday, Monday through Friday, to build confidence, strength, focus, body awareness, and balance through fun activities for pint-sized yoga enthusiasts.Your camper will get to move, connect, and laugh through yoga, artwork, games and sequences with other kids in class. Remember to pack a nutritious snack for your yoga camper daily. Last day of camp parents are invited to come at 3:45pm and learn some poses from their kids. Minimum of 6 campers, maximum 12.

Tween Yoga, Dance and Art Daycamp (Ages 9-12) Angela Wethor

St. Louis Park Studio

Time: 1:30-4pm Mon-Fri 8/12 - 8/16

Registration deadline August 7 Cost $100 This summer, give your tween the opportunity to experience this fun and unique summer camp! We’ll meet everyday, Monday through Friday, to build confidence, strength, focus, body awareness, and balance with fun activities for preteen yoga enthusiasts. Through yoga, artwork, dance, games and creating sequences with other campers, preteens will find the fun in practicing yoga. Please pack a bag lunch and nutritious snack for your camper daily. Minimum of 6 campers, maximum 12. Curbside drop off & pick-up!

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DEEPENING YOUR JOURNEY Commit to your practice through trainings and in-depth experiences.

VISITING INSTRUCTORS & LECTURERS MAY THERESA MURPHY 4 Ways to be in Practice (Interview on p.23!) Fri-Sun, 5/3 - 5/5

ABOUT THERESA Theresa Murphy, E-RYT-500, a senior Prajna yoga instructor under Tias Little, has been a student of yoga for over 20 years, teaching since 1998. She is the first to receive the Prajna Yoga 500 hour certification. She has assisted Tias at his workshops and teacher trainings since 2005 and currently studies Iyengar yoga with Patricia Walden and Peenz Dubble, as well as Taoist Yoga, Transpersonal Psychology, and Buddhist philosophy with Sarah Powers and the Insight Yoga Institute. Theresa presents yoga workshops and trainings around the country, trains teachers, and owned and ran a yoga studio for 10 years. Her classes offer a synthesis of physical rigor, precise alignment, anatomy study and contemplative inquiry. Learn more at www. TheresaMurphy.net and www. PrajnaYoga.net.

Location: MPLS Studio

Cost: $55 each or $200 full weekend

Yoga is a state of balanced, integrated being. The skillful practice of Yoga is varied, sensitive and constantly reconstructed to meet each unique moment as it unfolds. No one way of practice, action or inaction will meet the ever-fluxing nature of things in an on going way.Yogins must constantly calibrate their energy bodies to adapt and consciously cultivate the inner state of being in order to flow with wakefulness and grace in this life time. There are infinite ways to practice the art of yoga and the school of Prajna Yoga represents this fully. Ways to be in Practice with Your Feet - Friday, 5/3 from 6:30-9pm In the yoga tradition, veneration of the foot reflects its importance as the foundation of the temple of the body. This class details how to activate the foot in order to help align the knees, pelvis and low back. We’ll study the architecture of the foot and the key ligaments and muscles that support it. We’ll also look at common ways the foot collapses and compresses, and how to use yoga postures for strengthening and realignment. There will also be exploration of the vital points (marmas in Ayurveda) within the foot, and the key acupressure points in Chinese Medicine. Ways to be in Practice with Your Psoas - Saturday, 5/4 from 9:30am-Noon The ilio-psoas is the revered muscle located deep in the abdomen, along the front of the spine that gives support to all movement. It is all too common that core building routines cause excessive shortness and tightening in the psoas. This class will cultivate core strength in the low back and ilio-psoas without creating contraction. The emphasis in this class will be on establishing length and strength in the psoas while developing support close to the spine. Ways to be in Practice with Your Breath - Saturday, 5/4 from 2-4:30 pm This class will emphasize opening in the upper ribs and sternal region. We’ll emphasize release techniques for the shoulder joint, the clavicle and the first two ribs. We’ll also practice suffusing blood into all living tissues in order to oxygenate and revitalize the body. Ways to be in Practice with Your Belly - Sunday, 5/5 from 9:30am-Noon The belly is the seat of intuition in the body. In this class, we’ll compare the coils of the cranial brain and the coils of the intestines in the gut, both which ingest and process information. Many of us hold nervous tension in the belly, causing stress in the digestive tract. This practice will include back arches, twists, and forward bends.

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ABOUT LI SIMING:

LI SIMING ~ Taoist Practice and Lecture Dates: Fri-Sat 5/17 - 5/18 MPLS Studio

Evening Lecture: Taoist Thought from a Taoist Mind Friday, 5/17 from 7-9pm, $30 Visiting teacher and philosopher, Li Siming, comes to us from the mountains of Wudang, China. Experience a rich and intriguing discussion on Taoist philosophy and how these concepts can be carried through our daily lives and our practice. Li Siming is a spiritual teacher specializing in Daoist philosophy and nonduality. He has held lectures in Daoist and Buddhist philosophy in the US, Hong Kong, and China. He is currently residing in the birthplace of Tai Chi Chuan, the Wudang Mountains of China, teaching Chinese culture, philosophy, and meditation to students who come from around the world.

Fluent in English and Chinese, Li Siming attained a Master’s Degree in Engineering from MIT and has trained in several physical, mental and spiritual disciplines, including Shaolin Kungfu, Taichi, Qigong, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Judo, Hatha Yoga, Chakra Energy Healing, Zen Meditation, Self Enquiry, Consciousness Research, and Devotional Nonduality. For more info about Li Siming visit: www.lisiming.com

Taoist Movement - Taoist Practice - Saturday, 5/18 from 1-3:30pm, $55 Through study, experiment, and practice, Taoists improve their lives through the cultivation of their body, mind, and consciousness. Learn and experience a dynamic Taoist practice that will help to balance chi, create flexibility, and cultivate harmony between the mind and the body. This movement practice will incorporate elements of chi-gung, tai chi and other Taoist practices such as baduanjing. This is a gentle practice open to all levels and all styles of practitioners and is meant to add variety and new perspectives to your already existing movement practice whether that be yoga, martial arts, dance, etc.

JUNE EOIN FINN ~ Blissology Yoga Dates: Fri-Sun 6/21-6/23

MPLS Studio

Cost: $200 for whole weekend or $55 each

Blissology™ (blis-ol-uh-jee) – noun; the art of consciously finding the balance between one’s personal desires and our impact on the web of life. It is not a brand but a way of being. It is a path of interconnectedness and love. [Origin: 1990 a.d.] You do not have to be a Yogi to practice Blissology. Blissologists come in many guises—gardeners, farmers, artists, poets and parents. To become a Blissologist, you simply have to become aware of the impact of your choices and determine whether your actions weigh more strongly on the equation of love or selfishness.

Sweat Your Intentions - Friday 6/21 from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Move through a dynamic, revitalizing and restorative Blissology Yoga flow. Our focus: to set and sweat through our intentions for a truly transformative summer. First we’ll center the body and mind. Then we we’ll flow gracefully into the deeper poses to help us sweat away old thoughts and habits. Next, we’ll enter Hammock Enlightenment or pure relaxation stage. By getting relaxed and present, we open to the last stage of the practice where we tap into our intuitive self and the wisdom of our hearts. From this place, we can set empowered intentions so we can be clear on the course we are setting in our lives and bring them into fruition. The class will be in Eoin’s “All Levels, All Good” format - great for intermediate and advanced yogis but with plenty of modifications for beginners. Come participate in this dynamic and uplifting ritual with others who want to be a more positive force in the world. Lose your Aversions to Inversions through this Blissology Immersion! Saturday, 6/22 from 9:30am-12:00 pm Lose your aversion to inversions, and do wonders for body and mind. In this class, we’ll turn life upside down to see the world from a different perspective. Inversions offer extensive benefits, but can sometimes be intimidating. We’ll show you how gravity can work in your favor, leaving you with childlike exhilaration mixed with zen, sthria (steadiness) and sukha (comfort). This workshop uses traditional wisdom from great yoga teachers, biomechanical knowledge and unique Blissology Yoga.You’ll see that arm balances are safe when practiced correctly! Suitable for all levels from beginner to yoga teacher. (Continued on next page)

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Blissology is a time of reflection and dialogue with others. The tendency in life is to get pulled by the forces that lull us into a state of uninspired complacency or to drift aimlessly though our days. Mastering the skills of Blissology pay off big in the department of lasting happiness. All important aspects of being alive stem from this mission: morality, environmentalism, social change, and healthy relationships of all sorts. Read more at www.blissology.com

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Magically Hips - Saturday, 6/22 from 2:30 - 5:00 pm Maximize the joy in your booty, mind and soul. Learn how to safely turn tragic hips into magic hips, and free your inner James Brown. We’ll explore the anatomy of the pelvis, and map out the territory of the hip muscles. With knowledge of optimum alignment, you can safely set sail on our journey towards hip mobility and freedom. This uniquely sequenced flowing series of poses will leave you feeling blissful and ecstatic. Perfect for all levels with modifications for beginners, and plenty of juiciness for intermediates and advanced yogis. Earth Body Yoga - Sunday, 6/23 from 9:30am-12 pm Transform your yoga practice into a ritual that honors your connection to the earth. Experience true interconnectedness, not just with your own body-mind, but also with your personal relationships, community and the larger environment. Expect a vigorous and fluid vinyasa practice infused with lightheartedness and depth. This will be followed by Eoin’s unique earth-body meditation to leave you feeling plugged in to the source of deep awe, joy and bliss.

JAMES BAILEY,

JULY JAMES BAILEY Ayurveda Lecture: Daily Practices & Routines Fri 6/28 from 6:30-8:30pm MPLS Studio

Cost: $40

A daily routine (dinacharya) is absolutely necessary to bring radical change in body, mind, and consciousness. Routine helps establish balance in one’s constitution. Our bodies are rhythmic by nature. The heart beat carries its own particular rhythm, described in the Vedas as synchronized to the pace of our steps upon the earth. Ayurveda views all disease as rooted in the interruption of one or more of our natural biorhythms. Researchers refer to these biorhythmic fluctuations as biological tides. This course will review the six primary cycles with which the human body has adapted, and practices (daily, evening and seasonal) which can be easily employed to create a deep stability within the body/mind.

LAc, Dipl Om, Dipl Ayu, E-RYT is a third generation healer, CAM physician, Yoga educator, and Yoga teacher trainer who has been living yoga and ayurveda for 30 years. He practices Ayurveda, Marma Therapies, Acupuncture, and Wellness Counseling. His training includes 5 years (4000+ hours) of formal clinical studies in Oriental Medicine (Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University) and training in Ayurveda under such luminary teachers as Dr. Vaijayanti Apte (Dipl Ayu from the Kerala Ayurveda Academy), Dr. Subash Ranade, Dr. Avinash Lele, and Dr. Vasant Lad. James teaches Yoga, Ayurveda and meditation workshops worldwide. He is a contributing editor and former columnist for Yoga Journal, Light on Ayurveda, LA Yoga magazine and other wellness magazines. He served as an active Board member of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM), and is founder of Sevanti Wellness in Santa Monica.

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DAVID SWENSON Coming Aug 19-25, 2013

40-Hour Ashtanga Immersion & Teacher Training - Details on p.24

OCT

BRIOHNY SMYTH & DICE IIDA-KLEIN Coming Oct 4-6, 2013

Inversions workshops: Hand stands, forearm stands, and more

NOV

JAMES BAILEY Returning Nov 2013

Ayurveda & Lecture Series

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SPECIALTY TRAININGS JAI Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training (85-Hour) with Jennifer Gray and Jennifer Colletti Dates: 4/12-6/21/13 Cost: $1400 (Payment plan available) Fridays 9am-4pm

Location: MPLS Studio

Jai is a Sanskrit word that is used as an exclamation of wonderment, admiration, and deep respect. The JAI philosphy helps women find health and wellness not only during their pregnancy but also during the birthing process. This comprehensive JAI Prenatal Yoga Training follows the 85-hour standards put forth by Yoga Alliance, covering anatomy of a pregnant student, yoga for pregnancy, yoga for birthing, sequencing, and more. To receive certification through YCM, each student must have 200 hours or equivalent in Yoga training and a passion for working with the prenatal community. If you wish to register with Yoga Alliance as a prenatal teacher, you must register as an RYT with Yoga Alliance upon starting the training. Once you have completed your JAI Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training, you will be a part of a growing prenatal teacher community! To register, please download the application online or call 612436-4700 to have one mailed to you.You must include proof of your completed 200-hour training, or Yoga Alliance registration number.You will be notified by writing of your acceptance into the training. Deposit of $300 reserves your space. (Payment plan available; must be paid in full by first day of training. Please call the studio to make arrangements, 612-436-4700).

Thai Yoga Bodywork Therapist Training (Level 1) with Angie Viehman Dates: 5/8-5/12 Wed-Fri 8am-5pm & Sat-Sun 1-5:30pm Cost: $575 (Early Bird Discount: $525 by 4/10) or $1100 for Level 1+2 Location: MPLS Studio This course teaches principles of the ancient healing art of Thai Yoga Bodywork (Nuad Boran).You’ll learn techniques to administer a traditional 60-90 minute client session along with proper body mechanics and alignment. We’ll also discuss and experience the rich history, philosophy and benefits of Thai Yoga Bodywork. In addition to being the catalyst to a new career, the Level 1 Thai Yoga Bodywork Training is a great way for Yoga Teachers to gain comfort in physically adjusting students and will provide a deeper understanding of how bodies move and function. This training is also fitting for massage therapists who would like to broaden the services they offer or integrate Thai Yoga Bodywork into their current modality. Each student will have an opportunity to give and receive each of the techniques and we’ll spend a good amount of time working one on one to learn the techniques in depth. All levels welcome. No experience necessary. Level 1 is required of any student interested in completing Level 2. See web for details.

DAVID SWENSON Ashtanga Teacher Training & Yoga Immersion (40-Hour) Dates: 8/19 - 8/25 Location: MPLS Studio

Cost: $995 ($350 deposit; call for payment Plan)

Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm (break 12-2pm) Sat: 9am-5pm (break 1-3pm) Sun: 9am-1pm Don’t miss this opportunity! This 40-hour intensive immersion focuses on the teaching techniques of the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series. During this seven-day training, you’ll learn safe and effective hands-on adjustments through partner work for all of the asanas, yoga theory, and practicalities of conducting a class. This is a deep immersion into the details underlying the practice and teaching of Ashtanga Yoga.You need not be a teacher, or even desire to be a teacher, to attend. Many students have attended this course to enhance their personal practice. Those who do wish to teach, however, will find a wealth of invaluable tools to share with their students. Participants should have a consistent personal practice of Ashtanga Yoga and understand the flow and sequencing of the asanas. The course is not designed as an avenue to learn the sequence but rather to learn to teach Ashtanga Yoga or to deepen an existing practice. As in all courses run by David Swenson, there is sure to be plenty of laughter and fun woven into the experience.You are sure to learn more than you ever imagined possible in a weeklong course and have a great time in the process. © Yoga Center of Minneapolis www.yogacentermpls.com | 612.436.4700

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Being in Practice

THERESA MURPHY

A senior Prajna yoga instructor, Theresa Murphy conveys a relaxed, happy vibe when she talks, making it feel as if you’ve been friends for years, even when meeting for the first time. That seems logical, since yoga is about connection, she emphasizes, and when people meet, they can find plenty of truth and light together, even if it’s just a conversation about job security.

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In anticipation of her visit to the Yoga Center of Minneapolis, we asked her a few questions about her path into yoga, how her teaching has evolved, and what to expect in her upcoming workshops.

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How did you come to yoga? I was a sporty chick and have always been pretty fit. I didn’t play team sports, but I liked staying physically active. My sister dragged me to a yoga while I was in high school, and I found it to be okay, and then she took me to Bikram when I was in college. That first class, I remember going into camel pose and thinking: I can’t wait for this to be over. But then I found myself going again, and again. I became a social worker and found that it was great to relieve stress, and wasn’t hard on my body like running. What happened to change that casual interest into a real practice? That was in 1992, when I found a teacher who led a great class and I found myself at the end feeling grounded but invigorated. It caused me to question what yoga was really about, and I began to explore it more, and see yoga in a new way. What led you to start teaching? In some ways, I was already in

a teaching role since I was doing resource management as a social worker. Also, I was teaching spinning. I tend to be a bit of an overachiever, and it’s something I’ve been working with more skillfully these days, but back then, 15 years ago, it seemed like the next logical step to take on something else. That’s not always the best strategy, but thankfully, I had the motivation and energy to do it, and now I make my living doing what I love, and there’s no greater freedom than that. Was it difficult to give up doing social work? It wasn’t hard to let the work itself go, but I found it challenging to step away from the comfortable lifestyle of steady paychecks, job security, health insurance, and promising promotion opportunities. I remember the day when I vowed not to worry about money and health insurance, though. It was like I’d drawn a line in the sand, and that’s when things started to change. The moment I began not to worry, all these moments of abundance came to me. There’s a line in the sutras that ‘when you stop

grasping, all fortune is yours,’ and that came true for me. How has your practice evolved over time? I think I have a broader lens. In your 20s, it can be good to practice hot, fiery yoga, but then you start to shift naturally. At some point, you get the internal message to include more yin and restorative. I didn’t get that message until my body started to rebel and I started getting injuries. That’s when I discovered yin yoga. I still enjoy a hot, sweaty, crazy vinyasa, but I could really do yin for three hours. It’s important to have that kind of variety in my practice. Has your teaching changed as a result? Dramatically, yes. I feel that there’s no one way a person can practice forever. Alignment changes, people change, and as a teacher, you need to flow with that. One thing that’s remained constant, though, is that I try to always impart a balanced mix of self-love and acceptance with acknowledgement that yoga can bring determination and a sense that there are no limits. What can students expect from your series at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis? My hope is to give people a wellbalanced approach to their practices, to find discovery on a physical level but also on a heart level. We need to be able to connect with those closest to us, and really meet the people in our lives with love. It sounds corny, but I’ve felt the truth of that in my own life, and it’s led to enjoying myself and liking myself. This series will emphasize that and give students options in their own practice, while still working hard and having fun.

Elizabeth Millard is a yogini and writer living in Minneapolis. © Yoga Center of Minneapolis www.yogacentermpls.com | 612.436.4700

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TEACHER TRAINING What is the 230-Hour Yoga Study Program? The 230-Hour Yoga Study/ TeacherTraining Program is designed for any student wishing to teach or simply deepen their experience of yoga and its philosophies. This comprehensive program is registered with Yoga Alliance and payment plans are available. Yoga Study students will learn from a variety of experienced instructors from different backgrounds and yogic philosophies. This program not only helps prepare you to teach what they know -- it is experiential and therefore allows each student the time they deserve to absorb and integrate what they learn. The program is offered in both 9-month and Year-long formats. YCM is a Yoga Alliance Registered

School (RYS 200).

INFORMATION MEETINGS Sunday, April 7th Friday, April 12th Sunday, May 19th

4:00-5:00pm 1:00-2:00pm 4:00-5:00pm

What if I’m not sure I want to teach? MPLS Studio SLP Studio MPLS Studio

Curious about Yoga Study? Whether you want to teach or are simply interested in deepening your knowledge of yoga philosophy and asana, join us at the studio to learn more, meet our staff, and participate in Q&A. Free parking is available in lot behind the studio. Please RSVP Online

Even if teaching is not your ultimate goal, Yoga Study is a meaningful way to deepen your practice, expand your understanding of yoga philosophy, and connect with a diverse community of yoga students. For all who participate, the program is a path of personal discovery. You can tailor your program electives to the needs of your personal practice, and towards the end of the program you can decide if teaching is the right choice for you.

or call 612-436-4700.

What makes Yoga Study different from other teacher trainings? Many trainings around the Twin Cities offer study in only one specific tradition of yoga or sequence of poses. The Yoga Center of Minneapolis offers one of the most comprehensive yoga study and training experiences in Minnesota and exceeds the requirements of Yoga Alliance. Our instructors and facilitators for these groups are amongst the most senior teachers in the area and have provided the quality and foundation of this program for many years. This program will introduce you to a variety of styles and prepare and empower you to teach yoga in the style of your choice. Upon graduation, not only will you have experience in creating your own sequences and understand the principles of creating a balanced class, but you will also have a deeper understanding of Sanskrit, anatomy, yoga philosophies and traditions.

The Yoga Center of Minneapolis is licensed as a private career school with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 141.21 to 141.32. Licensure is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions. Minnesota Office of Higher Education: 1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350, St. Paul, MN 55108 | 651-642-0567. Grading Policy: Students earn hours for Š Yoga Center of Minneapolis www.yogacentermpls.com | 612.436.4700

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230-Hour Yoga Study UPCOMING TRAININGS Year-Long Groups: (meets twice per month) :: Sunday Afternoon

-Starts June 9

9-Month Groups: (meet weekly) -Starts April 8

:: Monday Evening :: Friday Daytime

-Starts April 26

What is the time commitment? The program will meet for core trainings either weekly or bimonthly (see above) in a variety of core subjects exploring Philosophy, Alignment, Anatomy (physical & energetic), and Methodology. Attend elective workshops and special events of your choice as your schedule allows as well as weekly 1.5 hour Technique Sessions. (Held Tuesday 6pm, Thursdays 11am or 7:30pm, or Sundays 11:30am.) Conclude your training with a 15-hour mentorship with a YCM Yoga Study instructor of your choice. Each Teacher Training/Yoga Study group will also plan and run a community outreach event for a population that would not otherwise be able to access yoga classes. This rewarding experience is often the highlight of each group. Visit the web for curriculum info.

Program Cost: $3200 in full or Payment Plan of $575 monthly for 6 months. Scholarships Scholarships of $1600 toward program tuition may be available for the 230-Hour Yoga Study Teacher Training Program. Check the website for available scholarships and application deadlines. Scholarships are intended for students who demonstrate financial need and wouldn’t otherwise be able to participate.

Military Tuition Reimbursement Spouses of active military duty personnel are eligible for Yoga Study tuition reimbursement through the MyCAA program.

participation under the guidelines of Yoga Alliance. Students graduate once they have completed sufficient hours to satisfy the Yoga Alliance RYT200 standards, and earn a passing evaluation from their mentor and the program director. Per Yoga Alliance, no credit can be given for previous trainings toward a 230-hour program certification. See web for current faculty and additional program information. Š Yoga Center of Minneapolis www.yogacentermpls.com | 612.436.4700

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TEACHER TRAINING Continuing Education and RYT500 Registration Advanced Training Modules The Yoga Center of Minneapolis offers 6 Advanced Training Modules that can be taken as STAND-ALONE TRAININGS for continuing education, or together to earn a 500-Hour Certification (Yoga Alliance Registration, RYT500). Modules include technique, philosophy, anatomy, and methodology, with practicum emphasized in each module. You may complete your advanced certification in 18 months or take the modules at your own pace (to complete within 3 years). Modules are held weekdays AND weekends and thus can be taken concurrently if you wish. Questions? Call the studio at 612.436.4700 to learn more.

Prerequisites: You may register for advanced trainings if you have already graduated from a 200(+) Hour Program (or are RYT200).

Program Cost: Modules (A-E) - $700 each; Module (F) - $475 500-Hour Program paid in full $3,800* (*All 6 modules to be taken within 3 years)

Call the studio for payment plan details.

2013 WEEKEND MODULES

(MPLS Studio)

Meets Fri 6-9pm, Sat & Sun 12-6:45pm, ONE weekend each month for 3 months. (Module F is 2 months.) Upcoming Modules: Module E - April 19-21, May 17-19, June 14-16 Module F - July 12-14 & Aug 2-4 Module A - Sept 21-23, Oct 18-20, Nov 15-17 Module B, C, D - see web for future dates

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Advanced Teacher Trainings MODULE INFO: See website for full descriptions of each module Module A - Working with Special Populations Teaching Pre-natal, Chair Yoga, Senior Students, , Big A#%!, and those affected by Cardiac Disease, Cancer, Scoliosis

Module B - Anatomy & Yoga Therapeutics for the Physical Body Working with temporary physical injuries and healing (e.g. sports injuries, accidents, recovering from illness), permanent injury or disability (e.g. arthritis, carpal tunnel, individuals with replacements)

Module C - Yoga Therapeutics for the Emotional Body Yoga for emotional health and healing (stress reduction, general anixiety and fears), Yoga for deeper emotional disability (depression, anxiety, anorexia, OCD, ADHD)

Module D- Advanced Alignment, Cueing, Adjusting, & Sequencing Teaching the above topics to beginners, intermediate and advanced students, sequencing notation, physical and verbal cuing and adjusting

Module E - The Philosophy, Science and Mystics of Yoga Ayruvedic Science, Chakras, Koshas, Energetic Movement, Transformative Yoga, Tantra, Mantra, Bijas, Mudras

Module F - Pranayama, Meditation, & Teaching Practices Yoga Nidra,Various Pranayama practices, Upper Level Meditations

2013 MONDAY DAYTIME MODULES

(SLP Studio)

Meet 8 consecutive Mondays 9am-3:30pm per module (Module F is 5 Mondays) Upcoming Modules Module B - April 8 - June 3 (No class 5/27) Module C - June 17 - Aug 5 Module D - Aug 19 - Oct 7 Module E - Oct 14 - Dec 2 Module A, F - see web for future dates

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Teacher Trainees, You Need More Yoga, Not Less... Did you begin the Yoga Study Training to deepen your practice and understanding of yoga? Do you feel like you have less time for your own practice? With all the time spent studying yoga it is easy to feel overwhelmed and want to step away from your mat. After all, you are eating sleeping and breathing yoga! This is when you need your practice the most, to connect you to why you love yoga in the first place. If the very thought of trying to get a yoga practice in stresses you out, You need more yoga, not less! When I was in teacher training and first began teaching, my biggest fear was that I’d lose the one thing I loved most about yoga: my own practice. And sure enough, between running around town to get to classes and dealing with all the other things on in my life, I put myself on the back burner. I’m not proud to admit it, but it has taught me a valuable lesson. If I don’t keep up my own practice, I truly can’t be there to serve my students or myself, not to mention my friends and family. I remember teaching and feeling jealous of my students for being able to practice yoga. Even though I could get in a few poses as I demonstrated, it was no where near the power of a full practice. I missed my days as a

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YOGA STUDY student when I would go to as many classes as I could. Did I just lose the very thing I loved the most about yoga? Help!

For those of you teaching or studying to teach, maintaining your own practice is essential. It will help keep your teaching inspired, fresh and creative. It will help you teach from an authentic place. When you keep your practice up your students feel it and it inspires them to keep coming back. I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that some days it is still a struggle. Do I (fill in the blank) or practice yoga? Sometimes I choose the first option, but whenever I can manage to get on my mat, I’m back to myself, calm and grounded. In fact, I’ve never regretted a single practice!

How do you make consistent practice a reality? • Make space in your schedule Pick a time that works for you. Take a class before or after Yoga Study, you’re already at the studio. Get up a little earlier or rearrange your day a bit, the rewards are worth it. • Commit to it Sign up in advance and put it on your calendar. Plan to come with a friend, colleague or fellow Teacher Trainee. • Pack anything you need the night before (extra clothes, a snack, etc.) • Keep trying If it doesn’t work out this time, be patient and gentle with yourself. Stay positive, when can you get in a class in the next week?

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Jennifer Davis, Yoga Study Teacher Jennifer Davis is recognized throughout the Twin Cities as an accomplished yoga teacher and advanced practitioner. She has a trained eye for alignment and offers modifications and adjustments to support students of all levels. Jennifer challenges students to safely deepen their practice while maintaining a playful atmosphere.

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Feeling lost, I forced myself on to my mat, despite the ton of other things that needed my attention. Even though it took me until savasana, there it was, that deep satisfaction you get from feeling totally connected to yourself, mind and body. This is why I love yoga!

Jennifer discovered yoga in 1992 and continues to immerse herself in study and practice. She became a certified instructor in 2002, her education includes Yoga, Anatomy, Therapeutics, Body Mind Centering® and Thai Yoga Bodywork. Jennifer is passionate about continuing her education and frequently trains with the world’s top yoga teacher trainers, most recently Sianna Sherman and Noah Mazé. Jennifer teaches studio classes, workshops, private lessons and leads on-site yoga programs. Since 2007, Jennifer has been a teacher and mentor in the Yoga Center of Minneapolis’s Teacher Training Program.

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The

Yogi’s Kitchen

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he season for ice tea is here, a time when our bodies naturally want to rejuvenate with a fresh start. Imbibing health tonics made with natural ingredients can effectively boost your overall health, help prevent disease and is delightful. “Health tonics” congers up images of mysterious tinctures and concoctions, but really I’m talking about infusing sparkling water with fresh flavors. Making healthy delicious tonics can be easy. The key is building a strong foundation using citrus fruits, herbs, and a natural sweetener such as honey or stevia. These are amazing

treats, the kind of luxurious drinks available at health spas, not only tasty and refreshing, but built on wellness-focused ingredients instead of processed and refined sugars, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial additives.

The medicinal properties of mint include helping to sooth the digestive tract, cleanse the stomach, assist with toxin elimination, and are a natural breath freshener. Ayurveda philosophy gives ginger the status of a virtual medicine chest. This wonder root has time-tested health benefits. In India, ginger is used liberally and is an antidote for combating colds. Ginger helps to clear the microcirculatory channels of the body, including pesky sinuses, and helps to clear nose and throat congestion.

The recipe below is packed with natural ingredients containing high levels of antioxidants, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties to give your body the best benefits. If using honey, it’s recommended that you choose honey from bee hives within 20 miles of your home. This offers the highest level of protection from the microbes in your environment.

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Let these tonics fortify your body naturally.

GURU

SPRING PLAYLIST 2013 “FROM NOTHING CAME SOMETHING”

Listen to the playlist at: www.tinyurl.com/SpringYogaPlaylist SOUTHERN SEA

Garth Stevenson

FAIRUZA

Danyavaad

6:45

LONG LIFE CHANT

Jeff Beal

6:34

DESH NAYAD

Earthrise Sound System

DREAMS OF BELIEVERS

Nibs Van Der Spuy

HALLELUJAH CHALISA

Krishna Das

9:42

WHO YOU GONNA TURN TO

Trevor Hall

4:13

GURU MA

Wade Morissette

NOW WE ARE FREE

Lisa Gerrard

4:14

PRANAM

MC Yogi

1:53

MC Yogi

2:58

PILGRIMAGE

DAILY PRAYER OF THE DALAI LAMA

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Spring Tonics To savor a spring evening, enjoy a calming Lavender Ice tea as a noncaffeinated alternative. Lavender tea has been valued throughout the centuries and appreciated for its multiple therapeutic benefits that are particularly nourishing to disorders involving the nervous system. This calmly aromatic herbal flower is known to relax and soothe the body and mind. Lavender tea may help ease insomnia, calm nervousness and upset stomachs, alleviate stress. To make lavender tea, simply add a handful of dried lavender blossoms to a pot of boiling water. Let the tea steep for up to 10 minutes, then strain and enjoy. For a relaxing evening beverage, let the tea fully cool, add

lemon, and enjoy as a unique change from lemonade. There are a plethora of flavor combinations for tonic recipes to add to your lemonade days. Think of the foundation as a citrus juice, an herb, soda water and sweetener of your choice. These four ingredients are all you need to boost your health and experience a delicious change from water or soda. Try orange basil, lime mint, or lemon lavender. Use your intuition and favorite flavors, or be adventuresome with herbs like tarragon and lemon verbena. Cheers to your health!

Kate Scharenbroich is a Minneapolis -based Yoga Instructor and Private Natural Health Chef Specializing in Gluten Free and Aryuvedic cooking. www. GenuineGourmentChef.com

Ginger Lime Mint Spritzer Serves 6 1 (3-inch) piece of peeled fresh ginger, grated or left whole ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh mint leaves ½ cup fresh lime juice (about 6 limes) 1/3 cup Manuka honey or local honey, warmed to help dissolve or Stevia to taste 6-8 Cups of sparking water or club soda In a blender, blend all the ingredients except sparkling water. Once roughly blended, stir in sparkling water and serve over lots of ice.

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