After the beautiful experience of last month's song circle, we are inspired to carry the magical song of Divine Mother to the river! Join us in raising the vibration within and around you through the chanting of sanskrit mantras celebrating Divine Mother and the waxing moon. Don't worry if you don't know sanskrit, you will fall into the rhythm until the syllables roll off your tongue. We keep them short and sweet! The goodness of song vibration positively impacts everyone in our community.
There is no charge for this event, but we do ask that you register through the website. After you register, the location of our Celestial Song Circle will be emailed to you. Gratitude donations are warmly welcomed at the event (suggested donation $10-$20).
Join New York Times Best Selling Author and Senior ParaYogini Katie Silcox for one of Tantra's core teachings on the sacred “twilight language” of Hatha Yoga. Three elements are key in unlocking the mastery of both our inner and outer lives. In this 3 day workshop, Katie will guide us through the principles and practices of the sun (pranic), moon (mind-stability and ease) and fire (the light of the Soul).
Moon Vinyasa: Mastering the Mind
“Moon” practice builds stillness, clarity and stability and is the essential foundation for the journey of Tantra. This class will dive deep into the heart of the practices that ensure steadiness and self-mastery.
Sun Vinyasa: Awakening the Vital Force
“Sun” practices lead us into the development and expansion of our prana (life force energy and vital intelligence). These solar practices enable us to awaken higher perception, enlivening our capacity to “see” the invisible and access Shakti (boundless power or capacity).
Fire Vinyasa: Tapping into the Stream of Grace-Kundalini Shakti
According to Tantra, the ultimate goal of Yoga is to awaken our inner fire--––what the tradition calls Kundalini Shakti. This “fire” is the endless force of spirit that lives within each of us, it is the dormant potential that contains all of our unaccessed power and love. This session will feature practices dedicated to brightening the sacred “fire” and the key theories that lead us to embodying it and thus, realizing more joy, love, capacity and freedom.
Workshop 1: Friday 18 May 6:00-8:00 pm
Workshop 2 & 3: Saturday 19 May 10:00 am-12:00 pm and 2:00-4:00 pm
Workshops 4 & 5: Sunday 20 May 10:00 am-12:00 pm and 2:00-4:00 pm
Single Workshop: $60
Full Weekend (5 sessions): $250
Learn more about Katie at www.katiesilcox.com
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. $25
Pure and lasting contentment and joy can only be found through self-understanding. Bhagavad Gita is a seminal yoga text containing the wisdom that can lead us to a level of self-understanding untouched by sorrow, anger, and doubt. Through a touching introduction of inevitable personal conflict and internal struggle to which every human can relate, Bhagavad Gita then teaches of karma, intuition, meditation, devotion, and more as paths to the self.
This weekend of in-depth study of the Gita includes four sessions:
I. The Battle of the Self: Conflict Creates Suffering
II. Karma Journey: Connecting to the Self in Others
III. Yoga Journey: Connecting to the Self Within
IV. Bhakti Journey: Trustful Surrender
In addition to these four in-depth study/practice sessions, participants have the opportunity to explore the 400 acre wooded campus of the Himalayan Institute, sip tea with a fellow yogi at the tea shop, rejuvenate with services from the spa, or even meditate in the Sri Vidya Shrine, with group prayers led at 6:00 am and 9:30 pm each day.
Price for 'Journey to the Self' Retreat and Study: $108 + accommodations*
*Accommodations must be booked through Himalayan Institute. To book your accommodation, please call 1-800-822-4547 x 1 and give them the Booking Code: JTTS0418. The cost for a shared room is $95/night, including meals.
Himalayan Institute (HI) is a non-profit international organization dedicated to serving humanity through educational, spiritual, and humanitarian programs. The endeavors of HI are distinguished by the living connection to an ancient wisdom tradition of the Himalayan Masters. Learn more about HI's mission and opportunities:
Join certified herbalist, Laura Baum, of Laura's Botanicals for an interactive skincare workshop and wisdom gathering. Your registration includes a guided learning of how to make three plant-infused herbalized massage oil blends and take home recipe cards for these seasonal formulations. You get three working jars of product to take home to watch and learn with. We will also facilitate a conversation about the skin, and learn from each other our needs, concerns and healing strategies. All plants used in the workshop are domestically sourced. No experience with herbalism is required. A winter tea will be served.
Taught by: Laura Baum, certified herbalist and founder of Richmond Herbalism Guild
Early Bird Registration: Register by January 1st and receive a Laura's Botanicals Floral Face Serum Rollerball
Individual tickets are $40
Couples are $70
The wisdom tradition tells us that we are each here for a specific purpose, and that if we abide this purpose our lives will be filled with peace, joy, prosperity, freedom and ease. Knowing our purpose, or dharma, informs the decisions we make on the path of our lives and allows us to act decisively and courageously. It empowers us with the wisdom and will to know what to do and how to do it.
This course is a 6-week small study group in which you will work step-by-step through the process of uncovering your dharma and the unconscious beliefs that are blocking you from being your best self. This course is based on the book The Four Desires by Rod Stryker. The Four Desires is an ancient Vedic/Yoga teaching, but Rod has made the teaching practical and accessible for our lives today. You will leave this group study with a deeper understanding of the thought and behavior patterns that have and continue compromising that path of happiness and peace you seek. You will also leave armed with tools to help you overcome these limited ways of thinking and acting and with a sharper idea of what you really want for your life.
The cost for the 6-week series is $108. Participants can choose to purchase The Four Desires Workbook ($25), if desired. Spaces are limited, pre-registration is required, no drop-ins.
Please be ready to commit to attending all six sessions, as this is progressive and intimate work.
As the year comes to an end, the winter calls us to reflect on all that we have accomplished this year and to express gratitude to yourself for your hard work and lessons learned along the way. The end of the year is an ideal time to remember your innate joy, and to renew your commitment to nourish that joy through the practices of yoga, food, and body care.
Our 2nd annual Goddess Spa Day is a gift of gratitude to yourself or to someone you know, who deserve a day to refill, restore, rejuvenate, and renew. A day of pure nurturance of mind, body, and soul, this session is the perfect way to gracefully honor and let go of 2017 and welcome the new year connected to a deep sense of peace, hope, and joy.
Your day will include practices of self-care for the body, including spice-infused facials and oiling, a healthy and nourishing lunch prepared uniquely for the winter season, herbal teas and benefits, restorative yoga with yoga nidra, and more.
Space is limited, so register in advance. No drop-ins.
$70 regular price
$60 early bird price if registered by Nov. 18
Did you know that your diet and the way you practice yoga and meditation should change with the seasons? As winter approaches, with its cold, hard, dark qualities it is important to adjust your diet to include foods that are hot, soft, unctuous, and light to support balance in our body and mind. We also want to adjust our yoga and meditation practices so that they are hot, soft, and light in nature. In cultivating qualities opposite of the season, balance is fostered, and in the teachings of ayurveda it is said that balance is the key to health and a blissful state of being.
In this two-hour workshop you will learn how to adjust your diet, which foods are good to eat in wintertime and which spices are best to add to your dishes. You will also receive a brief introduction to the practice of meditation and learn what pranayama and meditation techniques are best for winter season. The workshop will close with an experiential asana, pranayama, and meditation practice that incorporates all that was discussed.
Led by: Elizabeth Malaugh
Our last YTT Info Session before training begins!!!
Answer the call to dig deeper, to learn more, and to open yourself to the light of the ancient teachings that will help you uncover your innate vitality (and become a very competent yoga teacher while you're at it). Dive deeply and open-heartedly into a level of self-inquiry that has the power to transform your life.
Our 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance and will vastly expand your knowledge and understanding of the teachings and practices of yoga and the ancient Himalayan tradition.
Come to this info session to learn about our YTT program topics and format, including the TWO weekend getaways we will be taking together! Yes, your training includes a weekend workshop with Rod Stryker in NYC and a weekend retreat to the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA (the US spiritual home of our unbroken, ancent, living lineage).
Again, this is our final info session before training begins. Please register if you plan to attend, and if you are unable to attend by want to learn more about the training please send us a message!
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
The light of yoga is revealed in meditation, also known as dhyana in the eight limbs of yoga described by Patanjali. To access the state of dhyana, we begin with living well and being kind to ourselves and others. Then, we practice asana (yoga postures), pranayama (conscious control of the breath), pratyahara (sense withdrawal/savasana), dharana (concentration), and dhyana (unbroken concentration/meditation. This leads us to the ultimate state of freedom, samadhi.
In this two hour Master Class, you will experience a complete yoga practice that creates the conditions to achieve the beautiful gifts of all eight limbs of yoga. Expect about 45 minutes of asana and the remaining 75 minutes a blend of savasana, pranayama, and meditation. You do not need to know how to stand on your head or even touch your toes in this class. It is not a body-focused class, it is mind-focused. Expect at least 15 minutes of meditation. It is recommended that participants have some experience practicing yoga and meditation. Chairs and props are available to support your practice.
This is a donation-based class led by Elizabeth Malaugh.
You are invited to this free session where we will make ayurvedic churnas. "Churnas" are special blends of spices that have a specific purpose, and "ayurveda" refers to the health science of yoga. So, the spice blends (or churnas) we will be making are age-old recipes that support a healthy body!
Learn the philosophy behind the spices we use and which spice blend is best just for you!
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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)