Ayurveda means "truth of life" and is an ancient health science that has been employed for thousands of years to help treat disease and maintain health of body and mind. It is considered yoga's "sister science." The science and wisdom of ayurveda help us to know what to eat, how to eat, and when to eat. Additionally, it teaches us to honor our inherent cyclical nature, adapting our diet and practices to changing seasons, changes in location, and changes in life, to name a few. This Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor (ALC) training, brought to you by Om Yoga Journey's Arpita Shah, is an in-depth study and practice in ayurvedic science and client consultations. Arpita is a sought-after Ayurvedic Practitioner and direct student of Dr. Vasant Lad (world-renowned author, Ayurvedic Physician, and Director of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM). Arpita brings a deep wisdom of the ayurvedic and yoga traditions and willingly shares these teachings to her students.
You came into this world with a unique purpose to do and achieve what only you, and no one else, can do. Uncovering this purpose is the key to unwavering contentment and peace. In living your purpose, you will inevitably realize greater happiness, achievement, and sense of freedom while also contributing positively to society on a larger scale. When we are living our purpose, shining brightly as we were intended to do, the power of our peace, contentment, and actions permeates others around us.
The four desires are an ancient teaching of the inherent desires of the soul: to live its purpose, to have the means to live its purpose, to experience pleasure while doing so, and to be free. When these four desires are fulfilled, we experience complete fulfillment in all realms. Rod Stryker skillfully compiled these teachings in a practical and methodical way that guides you through practices, writing exercises, and reflections that help you get clear about who you are, why you are here, and how to move forward in your life with clarity and insight. Working through these processes with determination and consistency will, without fail, lead you to your best life, a life that makes you smile with the deep wisdom that comes from knowing and living your purpose.
This small group study is limited to 6 participants. Please ensure you are available on all dates before registering. $75 includes The Four Desires Workbook.
For most of us life is so busy it seems impossible to escape for an extended vacation (especially one without the kids in tow). That is why we have planned this "get away for a day" yoga and wine retreat, a full day event located just a couple hours outside of Richmond. Your retreat day will include relaxing on the beautiful grounds of White Oak Lavender Farm (complete with the sweetness of furry animals), a catered lunch from Cinnamon Bear Cafe, wine tasting from the Purple Wolf Vineyards, a yoga practice designed to help you disconnect from the busy-ness of life and remember the peaceful essence of your soul, journaling and share circle, plus an opportunity to explore the nature labrynth and irresistable lavender store. We would love to have you join us as we celebrate the boldness of creating space for yourself to re-boot your mind and body in a full day of playful presence and self-care.
Retreat Hours: 11:30-4:30
Transportation to and from White Oak Lavender farm is participant's responsibility.
Early Bird Investment: $85
Investment after August 31: $95
This weekend event is offered as two individual workshops that can be taken separately or as a package.
Chaturanga Dandasana - Intro to Ashtanga Yoga
1:00-3:00 Saturday Oct. 14
This workshop is inspired and based on The Ashtanga Yoga Tradition. The main focus of this workshop is introducing new or current Yoga students to Ashtanga Yoga and breaking down Chaturanga Dandasana. The first hour of the class will be based on exploring Surya Namaskar A & B, Strength Conditioning exercises, drills and Vinyasas(flowing sequences). We will discuss in depth the alignment, placing special emphasis on the three concepts of the Breath(Pranayam), the Gaze( Drishti) and the Posture.(Asana). The last hour of the class will be focused exclusively on Chaturanga Dandasana & it's Progressions. We will break down this posture step by step, emphasizing the proper alignment and going through the necessary drills. This hour will be a lot of self exploration, as I will give individual assurance and tips to each student. Come with an open mind and rested body!
Progressions & Transitions - Intro to Ashtanga Yoga
12:00-2:00 Sunday Oct. 15
This workshop is inspired and based on The Ashtanga Yoga Tradition. The content will build upon the previous workshop which had a focus on Surya Namaskar A & B(Sun Salutations) & Chaturangas. The main focus will be on exploring Jump throughs, jump backs and their progressions. The Progressions will include pressing or hovering into Chaturanga, and Floating or Hovering in your Jump Through transitions. This will be a great opportunity to explore new areas of your yoga practice. The first 30 minutes will focus on Surya A & B which will be a mix of self led, and Strength Conditioning flows and drills. The last 1 hour and 30 minutes will emphasize Transitions & Progressions of Chatturangas, Jump Throughs & Jump Backs. In addition, there will be a Yin relaxation at the end.
The teacher, Baldeep Pooni, strongly recommends to attend both days.
This workshop originates from the Ayurvedic Tradition. The Ayurvedic Walking Massage is a quick and thorough partner massage, where the main meridian lines (recognized in eastern and western massage therapy) are targeted. The meridian lines are the channels in between the muscles, through which prana flows. In the Ayurvedic tradition these channels are known as ‘nadis’ or rivers.
In this workshop you will receive an introduction to Ayurveda, and be able to identify the meridians of the body. After this workshop, you will be able to properly target these meridians and perform the proper formula of the walking massage. The walking massage is a great way to target these meridians, because the weight of the whole body can be used, and your hands will not get tired when performing this massage.
You may come to this workshop with a partner, or solo and make a new friend. Because we will be using the feet to perform the massage, please come to the workshop bathed. The workshop will be at 2pm, in order to give the body enough time to digest lunch, so please eat light and do not eat at least one hour prior to the workshop or you will feel discomfort in your belly.
Taught by: Alejandra Quinonez
$25 Early Bird (register by Oct. 1); $35 Late Bird
Restorative Yoga wraps up your body and soul with a big warm hug. It relaxes your nervous system, increasing the juiciness of your digestive and reproductive systems while simultaneously boosting the effectiveness of your immune system. In this workshop you are treated to hot stones while in restorative yoga postures in order to foster your relaxation, release, and restoration. Restorative yoga is a necessary prescriptive for a truly healthy and balanced life. Pre-registration is required for this workshop. $35
Most of us know the benefits of meditation (decreasing stress levels, decreasing blood pressure, calm state of mind, feelings of peace), but so many of us have a hard time actually doing meditation. Perhaps you feel you don't know how to do it, or you don't know if you are doing it correctly. In this workshop you will learn the effects of meditation on mind and body, different styles of meditation, and a variety of meditation methodologies that will allow you to find one that works for you.
Nestled along the south side of the James River is historic Forest Hill park, a green space that feels like a rural escape even though it is located in the heart of our beautiful city of Richmond, VA. Cool factoid: Forest Hill Park was once home to an amusement park! On this YogaHike, let nature amuse you as you explore the network of trails. A special treat on this event will be the nature mandala you will build! YogaHikes leader JaVonne Bowles will be your guide on this adventure, which will conclude with a relaxing and rejuvenating yoga practice in the park. Your practice will culminate in the creation of an energized reginature mandala!
Come learn about Adya's 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training program, a designated Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance. Our training includes vinyasa, hatha, and gentle yoga influenced by the Para Yoga lineage of Rod Stryker. You will learn how to teach a safe, intentional, and effective yoga class to a wide population base; learn the history, philosophies, and evolution of yoga; discover how to choose your personal practice wisely; and meet other like-minded individuals seeking to deepen their understanding and experience of yoga.
The theme for this year's training is "Light Your Flame" and refers to the innate flame of wisdom and will that is the the source of our being. This flame, the light of the heart, has guided you in moments you knew exactly what to do and had the will power and determination to act accordingly. The light is ever-present within us, but it gets clouded by our mind-stuff. In diving deeper into the study of yoga and committing to this program you will learn more about this inner light and how to keep it shining brightly in your life!
Join us for this one-hour info session in which you will learn more details about the program and have an opportunity to explore our space and ask any questions you may have.
Explore Richmond's behemoth of maritime history at Great Ship Lock Park, the gateway from Richmond to the vast Atlantic. With YogaHikes guide Syd Collier you will explore the old locks that carried massive ships to and from the sea, the once bustling tri-level train tracks, how our RVA community has worked to conserve this historic site as park land, Tobacco Row, and more! Complete your exploration with Syd's wonderful flow yoga practice in the park. At this time of year, you might consider this "Nature's hot yoga," so please be sure to drink water and wear sunscreen.
One of our favorite events of the season AND an opportunity to support local businesses while meeting new friends, connecting with old friends, and getting healthy! This neighborhood tour starts with a yoga practice at Artworks, an industrial building exhibiting the creations of local RVA artists. From there you will explore the Manchester neighborhood, including stops at a cafe, an art gallery, a theatre, and more! You are invited to join us for an early dinner at Croaker's Spot (not included in price) following the YogaHike event!
Please meet at Artworks, 320 Hull St., RVA
Led by: JaVonne Bowles
Richmond's own JaVonne Bowles will be leading this "back by popular demand" YogaHike event beginning at Libby Hill Park. Your explorations will include the neighborhood of Church Hill, Chimborazo Park, and, for the adventurous among you, the historic Church Hill Tunnel that runs underneath Church Hill. The cherry on top of your "Sundae" of exploration is a sunset yoga practice led by JaVonne atop Libby Hill Park. Wake up from your relaxation to witness the sun setting on another day, giving way to a brand new beginning.
Please meet at the fountain at Libby Hill Park, 2801 E. Franklin St., RVA
Immerse yourself in movement, stillness and sound. Begin with a gentle warm up where breath work fuels the body and centers the mind. Ease your body into longer held passive yet supported poses that allow the systems of the body to relax, restore and be more receptive to meditation. Rest in extended savasana and surrender your thoughts to the complex overtones of singing bowls, gong and other ethereal sound makers. Mind, body and spirit will resonate in sonic vibrations, accessing states of consciousness conducive to stress relief and healing.
Resonate is the collaboration of husband and wife team - Emilie and Andy Brockmann. What started as an invitation for Andy to play drums for Emilie's final yoga teacher training class has now evolved into a partnership of yoga and sound. Andy draws from his decades of experience performing with jazz, flamenco and brazilian groups in Virginia and since relocating to NYC in 2013, has augmented his repertoire with middle eastern and Indian tabla drum studies. Emilie discovered her passion for yoga while attending Virginia Commonwealth University and earned her 200 Hour Yoga Vinyasa Certification through The Bhakti Center in NYC. Her practice goes beyond the physical aspects of yoga by delving into yogic and ayurvedic philosophies. Her intuitive teaching style has been described as “warm and nurturing”.
Yoga Nidra literally means "yogic sleep." It is experienced via a methodology by which the conscious mind is guided through the levels of the body, from dense to subtle, to tap into the unconscious mind. This is a gentle but powerful way for us to begin resolving the discord in our lives and live in peace. Yoga nidra is a salve to the nervous system, restoring and rejuvenating the body on multiple dimensions. The practice, from a physical perspective, involves simply lying down on the floor in a restful position.
This is a donation-based offering (suggested $5), but please register to let us know you will attend. Wear comfortable clothes and bring your yoga mat. You may want to bring your favorite pillow, so long as it is not too thick.
Happy Father's Day! Bring the family out to Three Lakes Park, a hidden gem in RVA, to play, explore, learn, love, and practice yoga with another gem of Richmond, Becky Eschenroeder! Becky will be your story-teller, tour guide, and yoga leader in this fun experience for all ages. This is a great way for young families to spend some quality time with dad on his special day. Three Lakes also has an innovative interactive nature center the kids will enjoy exploring before or after the YogaHike. The Nature Center is open noon-4:30 Sundays.
Meeting Point: Three Lakes Park, 400 Sausalita Drive, RVA
Notes: Meet in the parking lot by the playground
Parking: ample lot parking
Guide: Becky Eschenroeder (Great Abiding Yoga)
Brown's Island is a Richmond landmark that draws millions of people every year to its rich history, panoramic views, community festivals, water sports, and quiet space for quality family time. A new feature of Brown's Island is the Tyler Potterfield (T-Pot) Bridge. This YogaHike will lead you across the civil was history notated on the northern tip of the bridge and across the James River to the Manchester climbing wall. Following a jaunt along the southern flood wall and across the Mayo Bridge you will find yourself back at Brown's Island for a summertime yoga experience. Call a friend a make a date!
Meeting Point: Brown's Island, 300 Tredegar St., Richmond VA 23219
Notes: meet by the Port-o-Potties
Parking: Belle Isle parking lot, S 5th St, or S 2nd St
Guide: Sydney Collier
The VA War Memorial was built in 1955 to honor the fallen heroes of WWII and the Korean War. Over time, tributes to fallen heroes of other wars have been added and the facility expanded to an 18000 sq ft education center to ensure sacrifice and service to country is never forgotten. This YogaHike event will start and end at the VA War Memorial, with a hike through the rolling hills of Hollywood Cemetery in between. You experience will be complete with a reflective yoga practice on the theme of love and sacrifice. If you choose, you can visit the education center at the Memorial. A portion of your YogaHikes payment will be donated to the VA War Memorial.
Meeting Point: VA War Memorial, 621 S. Belvidere St., Richmond, VA 23220
Notes: Meet at the James River overlook in front of the education center
Parking: Lot and street parking available, free
Guide: JaVonne Bowles
Yoga 2.0 • Beyond Asana will reveal the art, science and wisdom of yoga while relating it to daily life for inspiration and transformation. It will take you to the heart of yoga and inspire you to be your best self, honor your gifts, celebrate your journey and live your purpose. Whether you are new to yoga or have practiced yoga for some time, this workshop will bring insight to your understanding of yoga. Participants will learn about and explore the history and philosophy of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
"How to use the Sutras as a road map on and off the mat."
Workshop led by Richmond's own Alec Abbott.
Alec will be a guest teacher at Adya Friday evenings 5:30-6:45pm through April and May, with his classes culimating in this Yoga 2.0 workshop. Alec's yoga journey began in 2005 when he wanted to relieve soreness in his low back. With patience and practice, he found relief through yoga and as an added bonus, an improved golf swing! He shares the gift of yoga, because in addition to the physical benefits, what he also received was a new outlook on life, more attunement to the breath, and the inner calmness that comes through a sustained practice.
Join Alec in this workshop May 20 and learn how to take your yoga into your world off the mat!
$35 (ask about a discount code: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Open to humans of all ages who want to celebrate and honor the special women in their life on this day, our season kick-off YogaHike event takes place at Maymont Park. Come explore the thoughtfully designed gardens and playful yoga practice led by Natalie. Adya's favorite talented musician Aaron will be compelling you with his intuitive live music as you practice and play. If you choose to stick around after the YogaHike event, check out Maymont's Farm and Nature Center or the Gilded Age Mansion. Make this a family Mother's Day experience everyone will remember and cherish!
Meeting Point: Maymont Park, 1700 Hampton St. Richmond, VA 23220
Notes: Meet just inside the Hampton St entrance
Parking: Lot and street parking, free
Guide: Natalie DeSisto, with live acoustic music by Aaron Bear*
*Donations for musician warmly appreciated
You are invited to Adya's Grand Opening of Ayurvedic Body Services! This FREE session includes a fun introduction to ayurveda (what the heck is it and why is it important to know about?), an introduction to our new ayurvedic body services (you may even get to try out the infra-red sauna!), ghee making, and more!!!
This is a structured event that starts at 1:30 and ends at 3:30. While registration is not required, we appreciate if you let us know you are coming by registering through the button below. We want to ensure we have enough supplies for everyone.
Join Kay Franz, Ayurvedic Health Counselor, in this practical workshop on navigating the hormonal fluctuations of menopause using techniques from yoga and ayurveda. If you are feeling the effects of hormonal change, learn how to bring yourself back to steadiness. What you eat can strongly influence your experience of menopause, and you can use diet to help ease the symptoms. Appropriate for women at any stage of menopause, including those in pre-menopause. $35
Celebrate the turning of the wheel and the arrival of the Spring Equinox with Jen Waine, certified Yogastrologer®. Jen, a ceremonialist as well as a Yogastrologer®, loves to honor the cycles on the mat and facilitate a practice that opens the body to receive and taste the energies of the sky.
Yogastrology® is the melding of the ancient sister practices of yoga and astrology. We look to the Sun and Moon, who illuminate the zodiac sign that they currently inhabit. We examine the "personality" or energy of those signs, their body correlations and how to align with these energies on and off the mat to experience greater ease, joy and peace.
Weaving together mindfulness tools with postures to ground, Jen's yoga style centers and reenergizes in a sacred and safe environment. Her Hatha Yoga (“Ha” meaning “Sun”, “Tha” meaning “Moon”) practice is restorative and tends to move at a slow to medium pace that welcomes all bodies exactly as they are. She invites her fellow practitioners on a journey to a grounded, yet blissful state that aligns with the stars.
No previous astrology background needed. Yoga for all levels from absolute beginners to highly seasoned practitioners.
$40 ($35 early bird)
7-week series (no class Easter Sunday)
As we begin to develop a deeper awareness, expanding our consciousness as human beings, we are drawn towards this feeling that there is more to this life than just the physical. This workshop is an introductory course in exploring the the seven Chakra’s impact on the energetic body that is as real and relevant as the physical body in which we live. We will go over topics relating to our physical and mental health and how by focusing inward to this more subtle body we may heal ourselves and also prevent major illness from occurring. We will be using “The Anatomy of the Spirit” by Caroline Myss, a renowned doctor, author and teacher, as a reference and guide throughout our journey within. I invite you to embark on this journey with me, expanding your awareness to the inner workings of your being in order to help you navigate this world with more understanding and ease.
Led by: Syd Collier
Full Series w/o book: $77
Full Series WITH book: $87
Join Syd Collier as she introduces you to the 7-week series she will be leading on the chakras. Chakras are primary energy centers of our body and influence our personality and perception of life. Syd will be using Caroline Myss' book The Anatomy of the Spirit to walk you through a journey of the powers of being and healing that can be accessed via your chakras. This is a free session and open to everyone interested in learning more about themselves and their subtle energy system that drives their personality.
More than 85% of those of us who make a New Year's Resolution will fail to achieve or sustain the resolution. Has this been your experience in the past? There are many reasons for this phenomenon, and one of those reasons is the resolutions we create are not specific enough and are not coming from the depths of our soul. A sankalpa is a special type of resolution. It means "a vow formed in the heart." In this workshop, you will learn a process of identifying a specific longing of your soul, shape that longing into a specific sankalpa, and then create a vision board and learn a meditation practice to build the power, or shakti, of your sankalpa. Learn how to work with your sankalpa on a daily basis to increase the likelihood it will be achieved and sustained. Be an active participant in shaping your destiny.
Cost of this workshop is $35, this includes the cost of vision board supplies.
Pre-registration is required.
Celebrate YOU this season by indulging in Adya Yoga's Goddess Spa Day! Your afternoon will be spent nurturing your skin with organic, herb-infused oils and nibbling on healthy treats made specifically to balance your body from within. You will then luxuriate in a session of Restorative Yoga with Hot Stones that includes a touch of healing Reiki. Take home a complimentary bottle of body-specific organic massage oil and a sense of deep rest, inner peace, clarity, and joy. What a gift for the holidays!
$60 per person
Space is limited, so reserve your spot soon!
"Where words fail, music speaks." -Hans Christian Anderesen
Let music move your soul in this Friday evening offering of Lila Yoga, live music, and led chanting. This is a free offering to our powerful, diverse, and embracing city of RVA. Come as you are. All are welcome.
Yoga Teacher Training is an opportunity to dive into the detailed aspects of yoga that you do not get exposed to in a group class. Learn functional anatomy applicable in a yoga practice to keep your body safe for decades to come, learn the history of yogic science and how it has evolved over time, cultivate close bonds with people who are also seeking more knowledge of this path, and experience many other unexpected and profound insights about yourself and life around you. Training is one weekend per month January through August. Join us for the FINAL INFO SESSION Sunday Nov 13 at 4:00 pm. Even if you have attended an info session before, this is a good opportunity to ask more detailed questions that may have come up and hear me expand a bit more on some of the topics we will be discussing in Yoga Teacher Training.
Do you ever crave something to eat but don't quite know what you want? Do you ever eat food only to be left unsatisfied? Chances are that your body is not getting the full range of the 6 Tastes that nourish your tissues and body systems. In the Taste-Filled Life class you will learn about the link between your taste buds and your health according to the ancient science of ayurveda (yoga's sister science). You will work with other participants to make ghee, a staplle of a healthy diet, and customized spice blends to take home and use in your home kitchen. Most importantly, you will learn how to cook a meal that is truly healthful and satisfying. $40. CEU's for RYT's. Space is limited. Please register in advance.
This six week series is for anyone who identifies as having experienced emotional trauma or anyone who has experienced vicarious trauma through professional experience in human services or care taking for a loved one. Some common examples of emotional trauma are domestic abuse, sexual abuse, divorce, death of a loved one, etc. The classes will be a blend of resiliency building techniques and basic yoga asana. All students are invited to come as they are. Beginners are welcome. All genders are welcome. This is not a processing group. No stories need to be shared aloud, but there will be an MSW counselor present if any participant needs emotional support.
Led by Morgan Alexandra Howell
Held by Adya Yoga and Ayurveda
Made complete by you.
$60 for six-week session
Join us for this hour-long demo and intro to a way of living that has promoted pure health for thousands of years. Ayurveda is considered yoga's sister science, and it is based on using the wisdom of Nature's cycles and the foods that you use on your skin and put in your body to establish balance (and balanced body equates to optimal health). In this session you will get a brief background on ayurveda, be introduced to ayurvedic oils and practices that promote optimal health, and sample foods and tastes based on ayurvedic science. This session is free, but please pre-register to ensure space.
Join Candice Hairston of In-Tune Yoga as she leads you through a heart-opening yoga practice to tranquil live music. Jay will be playing spiritual uplifting melodies while you unlock the playful positivity of your soul. Leave with a renewed heart and a feeling of tranquility.
Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science, teaches us how to study and tune into our own nature. Begin building your self-directed, self-nurturing routines for improving health and wellbeing. This introductory workshop takes you on the first steps in your journey toward improved health. CEU’s available for Yoga Teachers.