All posts by Kerry Whiteley

Soul Coffee by Sean Seid

Technically speaking, I work at URU Yoga & Beyond…I sweep the floors, I teach the yoga, I collect the paychecks. But despite this being my “workplace”, it always feels a lot more like home, and the teachers and students that form the community feel a whole lot like family.

This morning I had some time between classes, but couldn’t think of anywhere I would have rather been so I came to the studio a few hours early.

I found a comfy spot to squat underneath a large oak tree in the parking lot and ate an apple while ants and spiders crawled across my bare foot. Continue reading

Repairing from Stress

“There are not enough hours in the day to get everything on my list done.”
“I am not doing enough or spending enough time with my family and friends.” “How am I going to pay for everything?”
“I am not taking care of myself or relaxing enough.”

Do these statements run through your mind many times per day?

We are surrounded by people, places, and circumstances that create stress in our lives and we put pressure on ourselves. What kinds of effects can we expect to see as a result of our stress-filled lives?

We know that stress plays a role in causing or making worse a number of diseases. From heart disease, depression, anxiety, diabetes, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome, and headaches to increased fat storage and weakened immune response. We are learning more each year about how stress effects the body and mind. Continue reading

URU Yoga Gulf Breeze

I knew I wanted to open a yoga studio before I became a yoga teacher. And that is the funny thing about dharma…sometimes your path is clear but the reasons either are not or maybe the reasons change. I wanted a Gulf Breeze yoga studio for convenience, I was tired of driving “over the bridge”. Every Breezer understands “over the bridge” because as we joke and make fun of ourselves for dreading the 3 miles of beauty, we all get it. We all know, especially in the last few years as Gulf Breeze has become a busy thoroughfare, that we could easily get trapped due to insane levels of traffic or the daily accident. So, that was my initial intention, to avoid the bridge.

img_5350I completed teacher training in May of 2015 and had been marinating in the idea of a studio for almost a year. I was not sure it would really happen. By teacher training graduation, I was not even sure I would actually teach yoga even after the life-changing experience I had just had. My partner knew… she knew when I first brought her the idea a year earlier that this would come to be. We found a location in a space in Harbourtown, a place we initially said would never be a possibility since its walking traffic had gotten so low over the years, and we went for it. Within a month we were open for business and I was officially a yoga studio owner, 5 months after becoming a yoga teacher and I was scared to death as I sat at the front of the room to lead the studio’s first full class. Continue reading

August 2015 Yoga Newsletter

 

New Beginnings
August/September 2015

 

Greetings!
The summer is coming to a close. Kids are back in school beginning a new year of growth and learning. Even if we are not packing our backpacks and lunch boxes, we are each given the opportunity in every moment to grow and learn.
Life evolves and what seems like an end is a new beginning. Some times we create change and other times change occurs in our lives without actively creating it. Just as summer changes to fall in a natural rhythm, there is an undercurrent in our lives that is happening. Within this undercurrent there is opportunity to connect, share, trust, open, work together, love and create.
This month we celebrate new beginnings, growth, connection and creation… in each moment in each one of us, and collectively.

 

**URU Yoga-Gulf Breeze to Open Soon!**
 
We have exciting news. History, dreaming, talking, discussion, reflection and investigation have lead to the creation of an URU Gulf Breeze. Kerry Whiteley and I will be partnering to bring a sweet yoga studio to Gulf Breeze. Kerry and I have a history of being friends since our children did Story Sprouts together at a young age. We started dreaming deeper together in the spring of last year. Kerry had the vision to bring her love of yoga and her love of Gulf Breeze together and brought the vision to me. I was excited about the idea and we starting discussing the possibility of partnering. We have looked at many places over the summer and the sweetest place came to us. Our vision for the Gulf Breeze yoga community is now coming to fruition. Please join us on this beautiful journey.

 

 
With love and gratitude,
Rebecca Sathre, Chris Amador, Kerry Whiteley & the URU Crew
 
 
**Yoga Pricing Changes in the Community**
 

 

 

In an effort to create a more sustainable future for the Pensacola yoga community, URU Yoga and Beyond and Breath Yoga & Wellness joined together to ask for a greater financial contribution for yoga classes. The drop in rates for both student and regular drop-ins were raised to $7 and $12 respectively at all locations of both Breathe and URU, effective August 1st, 2015.  Please see our website for  class pass changes as well.  


If for any reason this change will cause a financial hardship for you or make you unable to continue at your current frequency of practice, please contact the director(s) of your chosen studio and talk with them about work exchange options that might make the practice more affordable. Class Packages and Unlimited Pricing will be posted on the website.

 

 

Upcoming Events
Q&A for URU Yoga & Beyond Teacher Training
Friday, August 28
5:30pm
Please join us as we delve deeper into the URU Yoga & Beyond 200 Hour Teacher Training. We will gather together to share our love of becoming a yoga teacher through URU. We can help you with questions that you have about our training and questions you have about taking any teacher training. Teacher training is a big commitment that involves a lot of growth and connection. We would love to help you in the process in any way we can.
URU Yoga & Beyond Teacher Training is a Yoga Alliance Certified Program.
MyCaa offers Scholarships for Military Spouses to participate in our training.
                                                                                           

 

FIELD TRIP: 

Kirtan with Girish

 
Saturday, August 29
5pm, meet at URU on Tippen 
Call or text Beckie at 850-377-5334 if you would like to join!
 
Please join us as we BYOP with Girish at Breathe Yoga & Wellness on Friday, the 28th at 7:30. Please call Breathe for details.

Free Introductory Talks on Transcendental Meditation with Prudence Bruns
Friday, September 11
1:30pm & 6:30pm
TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION®
by
Prudence Bruns PhD
Improves Creativity
Reduces Stress & Anxiety
Promotes Health & Longevity
Enhances Relationships

Easy to learn w Enjoyable to practice w Scientifically verified

For more info contact pbruns@tm.org

An opportunity to take a workshop to learn TM will follow Saturday-Tuesday.

                                                                                           
URU Teacher Training 2015/2016

 

URU offers a local Pensacola Yoga Teacher Training. We are a 250 hour training that is registered with Yoga Alliance at 200 hour level. We are registered for MyCaa scholarship for military spouses as well. We start in September and end in May each year. The strength of the URU teacher training is that you have so much hands on teaching experience through mentorship and you will be able to teach yoga with confidence and grace when you graduate. Our training takes you through personal growth as well as growth in new and old relationships. You will gain a deeper understanding of yourself and you will find your voice as a teacher as well as a human being.

We will study asana, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, Thai Yoga Bodywork, mantra, mudras, anatomy and physiology and more. You will learn to teach beginner to advanced classes. You also have the opportunity to teach and mentor in hot yoga and aerial yoga if that is where you are drawn. You will begin to see where you are naturally drawn as a teacher and you will also stretch that boundary to see what your capabilities are.

The URU Yoga Teacher Training is a peak pose vinyasa based teacher training with an emphasis on alignment. An URU class contains mantra, a theme, pranayama, vinyasa flow, alignment and meditation. You will be encouraged to find your authenticity as a teacher as well as a human being. You will be encouraged to engage fully into your teaching and life.

Teacher Training is a commitment. Please be ready to commit yourself fully to the training for yourself, the teachers, and the other teacher trainees..

The time commitment is 1 weekend a month for 9 months, plus 2 yoga classes a week, home study assignments and 2 karma practicum classes at the end of the month.

We have been approved by MCAA for military spouse benefits.

The financial commitment is $2400 or

3 payments of $900 (September 1st, December 1st, and March 1st)

$200 non refundable application fee due by September 1st (this is applied to your total payment)

1st payment or full payment due by September 15th

Here are the dates for teacher training…
September 25th-27th
October 9th-11th
November 6th-8th
November 20th-22nd (possibly)
December 4th-6th
January 15th-17th
February 12th-14 or 26th-28th (will know soon)
March 11th-13th or 27th-29th (will know soon)
April 8th-10th

May 13th-15th

Book List:
Light on Life (B.K.S. Iyengar)
Light on Yoga (B.K.S. Iyengar)
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Translation
Bhagavad Gita Translation
Hatha Yoga Pradipika (Swami Muktibodhananda)
Heart of Yoga ( T. K. V. Desikachar)

Yoga Anatomy (Leslie Kaminoff)

We love sharing the love of teaching with you.

 

Please invite any friends that you think would be interested..
Question & Answer August 28th 5:30
                                                                                                               
Yoga Alignment & Ayurveda
with Cynthia Galas & Boyd Marks

 

Sunday, September 27
9:30am-1:30pm
Please join Cynthia & Boyd on this journey through asana that will combine Anusara Principles of Alignment with an Ashtanga Asana Practice.
Boyd and Cynthia have been together since meeting at a 2003 yoga event in Colorado. They continually offer teaching opportunities to enhance knowledge in the yoga community. Decades of study in Ashtanga and Anusara support key refinements for your practice.
 
Come experience a morning of key points for all levels of yoga practitioners.
9am-11am Yoga Alignment
 
11:30am-1:30pm Ayurveda
$30 per session; $50 for both

 

Mahabhuta Yoga Festival: 
Year of the Wood Sheep 2015
 
The URU Acro Crew and guest Rebecca Genter will be performing and teaching Acro Yoga at Mahabhuta Yoga Festival.
 
Get your tickets now.  Early Bird Pricing Ends August 31st.
Very Important!!! 
Use the code MYF2015URU code  for an additional 10% off the early bird pricing, an extra $20 off the $200 early bird pricing. 
In addition, the first 20 people that use the code  MYF2015URU during the early bird pricing promotion ending August 31st, 2015 will receive a free 2015 Mahahbuta Yoga Poster and be entered into a drawing for a Mahabhuta Hoodie and Young Living’s Everyday Oils Collection (valued at $200). 
 
We have entered the Year of the Wood Sheep and it is time to plan for our fourth annual Mahabhuta Yoga Festival Happening November 20th, 2015 – November 22nd, 2015!

Sheep year is time for healing, kindness, and diplomacy. Sheep correlates to the Western sign Cancer, the sign of the mother and nurturer. So what is of value in Sheep year is intimacy, family, and close friendships. We can be more caring, gentle, and sensitive with each other. This is the year to develop a wild heart, open to love and acceptance on all levels. Another theme of Sheep year is to express your creative side. Now is the time for artistic development and cultivation of beauty. 

YogaMeditation, Aerial Swing Classes, Slackline & AcroYoga 


Organic Healing Foods, Artisan Vendor Village, Healing Haven
Galactic Child Yoga Village & Columbia Marionette Show

Kirtan & Healing Music, Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band,
Rahasya, Paradiso & Rasamayi,  & Circus Performing Arts

Early Bird Pricing Available from April 1st, 2015 – August 31st, 2015
Early Bird Pricing 3 Day Pass $200

Location: Sanders Beach Community Center
913 S I St Pensacola, FL 32502

No limit on workshops or evening concerts.
No refunds. Exchanges Allowed.

Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu:
May All Beings Everywhere Be Happy & Free

We are so grateful for your support by attending the 4th annual annual Mahabhuta Yoga Festival!

Mahatma Gandhi said: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

About Us

URU means “spacious” or “broad” in Sanskrit.

May we move from a place of spaciousness.

URU means You are You because that is what you are meant to be.

May we move from a place of Being who we are meant to be.

We are a multifunctional Space.  We offer a wide range of YOGA classes for all ages and comfort levels. We offer a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training that will allow you to go deeper into your practice and let you delve into teaching yoga.  We also offer aerial yoga, pilates,  yoga plus acrobatics, family fly yoga, hot yoga, birth circles, children’s classes, music, birthday parties, EVENTS and anything that is empowering, healing or uplifting for the commUnity.

We are located just north of Pensacola International Airport at:

2400 Executive Plaza Drive Pensacola, FL 32504

850-377-5334

info@uruyoga.com.

 

 Crown Chakra
Meditation

I am a Divine Being.

My soul is infinite and boundless.

I am forever evolving, growing, expanding.

URU & URU2 have a wide range of yoga classes for all ages and comfort levels. 
**Check the Schedule for New Classes This Fall**

 

CommUnity
 

 

Kerry Whiteley began her regular yoga practice when she was pregnant with her second child in 2010. After a couple years of regular practice, the beauty of yoga beyond asana began to open to her and she decided to deepen her practice by learning how to teach yoga in URU’s 200 hour program in 2014. She enjoys making the seemingly unattainable, attainable and assists in reaching a place of comfort in poses while also bring the beauty of yoga beyond asana in a non-invasive way. In addition to her love of yoga, she loves healthy eating. Kerry owns a raw chocolate and desserts business, Sweet & Simple Raw Treats. When not doing yoga or making raw treats, Kerry loves to be with her husband, Tim, who has supported her journey and her kids who inspire her.

 

and all of our new teachers!

 

 

July Yoga Newsletter 2015

 

Freedom
July 2015

 

Greetings!
 
This month we celebrate freedom and liberation. We have the ability to free our minds by surrendering to our true Self. There is a Spirit that resides behind all of our thoughts and gives us energy when we connect to it. 
 
When we breathe and detach from our thoughts allowing them to move by us effortlessly, we tap into this Spirit, our Self, our God, and we surrender to that which guides us. This is true Freedom. 
 
Embrace surrender. Enjoy independence. Celebrate freedom to live in a country where self-expression is embraced more and more.

 

With love and gratitude,
Rebecca Sathre, Chris Amador & the URU Crew
 
                                      4th of July Schedule:
URU2
9:00am Freedom Flow with Tammy 
URU1
8:30 Hot Freedom flow with Lora
9:15 Mana Freedom Flow with Sally
11:00 Restorative Yoga with Kathea
 
Please check the schedule for amazing classes on the 3rd & 5th.
 
 
 
Yoga Pricing Changes in the Community
 

 

 

In an effort to create a more sustainable future for the Pensacola yoga community, Breathe Yoga and Wellness Center and URU Yoga and Beyond are joining together to ask for a greater financial contribution for yoga classes. The drop in rates for both student and regular drop-ins will be raised to $7 and $12 respectively at all locations of both Breathe and URU, effective August 1st, 2015

 

 

Although Breathe and URU are separate entities, owned and operated independently of one another, the owners of both studios have agreed to work together on this simultaneous rate increase as a show of mutual support for the growth of our yoga community.

 

Your increased contributions will go toward continued and ongoing improvements to your studio(s), and to supporting the well-being and sustainability of these places that often serve as a sanctuary and second home. We are asking for your support in making this transition a smooth one.

 

 

If for any reason this change will cause a financial hardship for you or make you unable to continue at your current frequency of practice, please contact the director(s) of your chosen studio and talk with them about work exchange options that might make the practice more affordable. Class Packages and Unlimited Pricing will be posted on the website.

 

 

Upcoming Events
 
Be Free Liberation Retreat
with Michelle Baker
 

July 3rd
Yoga with Michelle 11am
Lunch: 1-3pm. *All lunches can be boxed for you to go to the beach.
Free time
Yoga Class with Rebecca Sathre of Uru Yoga : 5:30-7pm
Meditation 7-7:30pm
Dinner:7:30-9pm
Kirtan 9pm-10pm

July 4th
Morning Meditation: 7am-7:30am
Jivamukti Yoga Class with Michelle: 7:30-9am
Breakfast: 9-10am.
Lunch: 1-3pm. *All lunches can be boxed for you to go to the beach.
Free time
Dinner Veggie BBQ Grill! 7pm
9pm Watch fireworks on dock

July 5th
Morning Meditation: 7am-7:30am
Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Becky of Uru Yoga: 7:30-9am
Breakfast: 9-10am.
Lunch: 1-3pm. *All lunches can be boxed for you to go to the beach.
Free time
Jivamukti Yoga Class with Michelle with live music from Bhakti Caravan : 5:30-7:30pm
Dinner:7:30-9pm

July 6th:
Morning Meditation: 7am-7:30am
Jivamukti Yoga Class with Michelle: 7:30-9am
Breakfast: 9-10am.

DROP IN RATES
Drop in for all activities with no food or accommodations: $300
BHAKTI CARAVAN CONCERT SATURDAY NIGHT DROP IN- $20
Yoga Class drop-ins: $25 each
Please pre-register for drop in classes. There are a few spaces left.
                                                                                                                

 

URU Teacher Training 2015/2016

 

Beginning Friday, September 11
5:30pm

URU offers a local Pensacola Yoga Teacher Training. We are registered with Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour level. We start in September and end in May each year. The strength of the URU teacher training is that you have so much hands on teaching experience through mentorship and you will be able to teach yoga with confidence and grace when you graduate. Our training takes you through personal growth as well as growth in new and old relationships. You will gain a deeper understanding of yourself and you will find your voice as a teacher as well as a human being.

We will study asana, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, Thai Yoga Bodywork, mantra, mudras, anatomy and physiology and more. You will learn to teach beginner to advanced classes. You also have the opportunity to mentor and teach hot yoga or aerial yoga if that is where you are drawn. You will begin to see where you are naturally drawn as a teacher and you will also stretch that boundary to see what your capabilities are.

The URU Yoga Teacher Training is a peak pose vinyasa based teacher training with an emphasis on alignment. An URU class contains mantra, a theme, pranayama, vinyasa flow, alignment and meditation. You will be encouraged to find your authenticity as a teacher as well as a human being. You will be encouraged to engage fully into your teaching and life.

Teacher Training is a commitment. Please be ready to commit yourself fully to the training for yourself, the teachers, and the other teacher trainees..

The time commitment is 1 weekend a month for 9 months, plus 2 yoga classes a week, home study assignments and 2 karma practicum classes at the end of the month.

The financial commitment is $2400 or
3 payments of $900 (September 1st, December 1st, and March 1st)

We love sharing the love of teaching with you.

Please invite any friends that you think would be interested..

We have applied for benefits with MyCaa for Military Spouses which will pay for the training.

About Us

URU means “spacious” or “broad” in Sanskrit.

May we move from a place of spaciousness.

URU means You are You because that is what you are meant to be.

May we move from a place of Being who we are meant to be.

We are a multifunctional Space.  We offer a wide range of YOGA classes for all ages and comfort levels. We offer a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training that will allow you to go deeper into your practice and let you delve into teaching yoga.  We also offer aerial yoga, pilates,  yoga plus acrobatics, family fly yoga, hot yoga, birth circles, children’s classes, music, birthday parties, EVENTS and anything that is empowering, healing or uplifting for the commUnity.

We are located just north of Pensacola International Airport at:

2400 Executive Plaza Drive Pensacola, FL 32504

850-377-5334

info@uruyoga.com.

 

Surrender
 
URU & URU2 have a wide range of yoga classes for all ages and comfort levels. 
**New Classes**

 

 
URU1
Saturdays, 7:30am with Ric
Saturdays, 11am with Sally
Tuesdays, 9:00am with Sally
 
URU2
Saturdays, 8:30am with Nikki Thursdays, 4:30pm with David
Sundays, 7:30am with Adam

 

 
From early morning to evening, there is a class for You!
**Be Free Special**
3 Months Unlimited Yoga
 $150
Purchase through July 5th

 

CommUnity
 

 

Kathleen Carter began her yoga practice at home with an I-Phone app and a cheap mat in 2011. She completed her 200 hour certification through URU Yoga and Beyond under the tutelage of Rebecca Sathre and Tammy Virchow Urbanski in 2015. She is an active dancer in the local community, as well as a regular staff member at Pensacola School of Ballet and Dorothy’s Dance Plus, where she has been teaching classical ballet and creative dance to students between ages 3 and 70 since 2005. She can also be found teaching yoga at the Downtown YMCA.

 

and all of our new teachers!

 

 

Fourth of July Weekend Schedule 2015

4th of July Yoga


We have a lovely Saturday schedule for the 4th of July. 

Join us to celebrate Independence Day together…

URU1
8:30am Hot Freedom flow with Lora Antoinette


9:15amMana Freedom Flow with Sally Aldrin


11:00am Restorative Yoga with 

URU2 

9:00am Freedom Flow with Tammy Virchow Urbansky 

(Yes, Tammy Urbansky is teaching at URU2 on the 4th of July. Yay!)

URU Yoga & Beyond
2400 Executive Plaza Drive
Pensacola, Florida 32503
8503775334

June 2015 Yoga Newsletter

The Edge
June 2015

Greetings!


Yoga reminds us to move with awareness to “the

edge”.


The edge is where you feel challenged but not in pain. When you hold a pose with your best effort, you reach a place of opportunity for clarity and ease. 

Find the balance of Effort and Ease in your practice and life.

Moving without awareness past our edge can result in injury.  It is important to listen and recognize where our edge lies. If we move to our edge with awareness in a yoga pose, our body may invite us to go a little deeper.  

We play with the edge in our lives off the mat as well. If we take on too many responsibilities or too many commitments, it becomes necessary to pull back to take care of ourselves. But not moving to that point may lead to boredom, longing, or disappointment

Moving with awareness to our edge in life can allow us the energy to turn our visions into creations. This is the point where life sweetly invites us to cross over the edge into our fullest potential.  

 

With love and gratitude,


Rebecca Sathre, Chris Amador & the URU Crew
  

Upcoming Events
 

URU Yoga & Beyond Summer Camp

Monday, June 8- Friday, June 12
1-4pm

Bring your children to join us each day from 1-4 PM where they will be exposed to yoga, arts and crafts, water play, a color run, and much more.

$100/Scholarships Available
                                                                                                               

Rock & Restore
Friday, June 12
6-8pm
Come rock out and restore your body’s settings. We all chill out in different ways, this time we are going to let the Beatles, U2, Prince, Sam Smith, Bon Jovi, and more help us reach that recharged setting we all need. And just like back in the day, send in your request!

$20
                                                                                                                

Light for Nepal: Candlelight Meditation, Silent Auction & Raffle
Friday, June 26
6-9pm
Candlelight Meditation, Silent Auction, and Raffle to raise funds for the recent Nepal earthquake victims held at URU Yoga and Beyond.

Join us at 6pm for a 10 minute candlelight meditation before the silent auction and raffle of local art, jewelry, and other unique items.

$10 door entrance fee – you receive a candle for the meditation and one raffle ticket

Raffle is for the necklace pictured- made of pearls, sandalwood, & Nepalese beads. More tickets will be available @ 1 for $5, 3 for $12, 6 for $20.

All proceeds will benefit the earthquake victims. Please share this event and help us support this cause. 

ARTISTS: Their is a donation form and box at URU. 
If you want to create or donate an item please bring it by. 
Questions can be emailed to Meghan McMillan- meghansheamcmillan@gmail.com
                                                                                                                

Handstand Training with Rebecca Genter
Saturday, June 27
12:30-2:30pm
Handstand Training with Rebecca Genter – Find alignment and balance upside down. Build and train your handstand from the ground up. And work flexibility to get those shoulders open and your splits moving toward the ground. Work with an experienced hand-to-hand performer and former gymnast to learn the best technique and drills to train your handstands. 

Price: $25 Handstand Training 

Rebecca Genter is a hand balancing and partner acrobatics specialist. She began studying body movement in gymnastics and never stopped. She has traveled the world to study with master hand-balancing coaches and is a certified yoga instructor (Freret St. Yoga). Earning a degree in biology from Tulane, her knowledge of anatomy and the human body is evident in her clear, insightful instruction. Her infectious love of learning, inspiring persistence, and genuine caring help her friends and students achieve their individual goals. As a strong believer in the power of a supportive community, Rebecca shares the joy of her students as they each discover their own strength and balance.

$60 Handstand Training & Acro Workshop (below)


                                                                                                                

Stand Up Strong Acro
Right Side Up or Upside Down
Saturday, June 27
5-8pm
Stand up Strong – Right side up or Upside down! Whether your new or experienced in standing in someone’s hands, we’re going to be finding some balance. And after some popping fun to foot-to – hand, we’ll progress to hand-to-hand balancing! Refinement and progress are the key building blocks. So let’s build together!! Can’t wait to do more Acro with you guys in Pensacola :).

Price: $40

Rebecca Genter is a hand balancing and partner acrobatics specialist. She began studying body movement in gymnastics and never stopped. She has traveled the world to study with master hand-balancing coaches and is a certified yoga instructor (Freret St. Yoga). Earning a degree in biology from Tulane, her knowledge of anatomy and the human body is evident in her clear, insightful instruction. Her infectious love of learning, inspiring persistence, and genuine caring help her friends and students achieve their individual goals. As a strong believer in the power of a supportive community, Rebecca shares the joy of her students as they each discover their own strength and balance.

$60 for Acro & Handstand Workshop (above)
                                                                                                                
Be Free Liberation Retreat
with Michelle Baker

Thursday, July 2-Monday, July 6
Gulf Breeze, FL
Co-starring Rebecca Sathre, Bhakti Caravan and Good Karma Cafe.

Your Presenters:
SWAN RIVER YOGA
URU YOGA & BEYOND
BHAKTI CARAVAN 
GOOD KARMA CAFE

Included:
3 hearty delicious veg meals per day, All yoga, meditation, dharma discussions and live kirtan activities, live concert, all accommodations, pool, bay and amenities of the property.

You will enjoy:
Jivamukti Yoga with Michelle Baker
Vinyasa Flow with Rebecca Sathre Friday Night and 
Sunday morning
Live Liberation Kirtan Concert with Bhakti Caravan
Swimming Pool
Swimming in bay
Bay meditations and sunsets on the dock overlooking the water.
Daily Kirtan with Bhakti Caravan
3 catered vegetarian meals by Good Karma Cafe & a special grill cook out feast by Goshi Berg

Celebrate in style with Real Liberation practices! Get away from the city heat and enjoy the Satsang.

Accommodation Options: Limit: 12 persons.
Stay at The Retreat Center:
Dormitory in style with single beds and shared rooms,

OTHER Options also include:
BEACH lounging and swimming at Navarre Beach and Pensacola Beach 15 minutes away
Paddle boarding
Kayaking
Small Sailboat
Pontoon boat
Biking
Surfing (when in season)
National Park Hikes
Sailing (when in season)
Hiking the National Park

Investment Options: 4 Night Retreat $650 Full package
2 Night Retreat: $350 half package
CAMPING: 4 night: $530 (with full access to all amenities)
CAMPING: 2 nights: $275 (with full access to all amenities)

DROP IN RATES
Drop in for all activities with no food or accommodations: $300
BHAKTI CARAVAN CONCERT SATURDAY NIGHT DROP IN- $20
Yoga Class drop-ins: $25 each


                                                                                                                

URU Teacher Training 2015/2016

Beginning Saturday, September 12 
5:30pm
URU offers a local Pensacola Yoga Teacher Training. We are registered with Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour level. We start in September and end in May each year. The strength of the URU teacher training is that you have so much hands on teaching experience through mentorship and you will be able to teach yoga with confidence and grace when you graduate. Our training takes you through personal growth as well as growth in new and old relationships. You will gain a deeper understanding of yourself and you will find your voice as a teacher as well as a human being.

We will study asana, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, Thai Yoga Bodywork, mantra, mudras, anatomy and physiology and more. You will learn to teach beginner to advanced classes. You also have the opportunity to mentor and teach hot yoga or aerial yoga if that is where you are drawn. You will begin to see where you are naturally drawn as a teacher and you will also stretch that boundary to see what your capabilities are.

The URU Yoga Teacher Training is a peak pose vinyasa based teacher training with an emphasis on alignment. An URU class contains mantra, a theme, pranayama, vinyasa flow, alignment and meditation. You will be encouraged to find your authenticity as a teacher as well as a human being. You will be encouraged to engage fully into your teaching and life.

Teacher Training is a commitment. Please be ready to commit yourself fully to the training for yourself, the teachers, and the other teacher trainees..

The time commitment is 1 weekend a month for 9 months, plus 2 yoga classes a week, home study assignments and 2 karma practicum classes at the end of the month. 

The financial commitment is $2400 or 
3 payments of $900 (September 1st, December 1st, and March 1st)

We love sharing the love of teaching with you.

Please invite any friends that you think would be interested..


About Us

 

URU means “spacious” or “broad” in Sanskrit. 

May we move from a place of spaciousness.

URU means You are You because that is what you are meant to be. 

May we move from a place of Being who we are meant to be.

 

We are a multifunctional Space.  We offer a wide range of YOGA classes for all ages and comfort levels. We offer a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training that will allow you to go deeper into your practice and let you delve into teaching yoga.  We also offer aerial yoga, pilates,  yoga plus acrobatics, family fly yoga, hot yoga, birth circles, children’s classes, music, birthday parties, EVENTS and anything that is empowering, healing or uplifting for the commUnity.

 

 

We are located just north of Pensacola International Airport at: 

2400 Executive Plaza Drive Pensacola, FL 32504

850-377-5334

info@uruyoga.com.

Finding YOUR Edge

 
URU & URU2 have a wide range of yoga classes for all ages and comfort levels. 

*NEW CLASS!*
Sundays at 7:30am 
“Open Level Flow Class with Live Music Savasana”
with Ric Kindle

*Sign your child up now for June summer camp!*
From early morning to evening, there is a class for You!
          **Special**
3 Months Unlimited Yoga   
       $150

CommUnity

David attended his first yoga class in 2012 with his wife as a way to have something to do together. It quickly became a passion as it provided him with a different perspective with which to look at life. Shortly after discovering yoga, David began taking a Yin yoga class. It led to an opening, first of his body and then his mind and spirit. His work became to discover his True Self and to let it shine through. He attended yoga teacher training at Discovery Yoga in 2014 and is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher. David’s wish is to help others on their path of self discovery and to foster a safe environment for the development of community.

If you see David in the studio this month, remember to wish him a Happy Birthday!

Pausing in the Suspension: A Journey of Healing through Yoga Teacher Training

The 200 hour yoga teacher training program I recently completed lasted nine months, about the time it takes for a human to grow in the womb before entering the world. The journey through teacher training led my life on a series of deaths and rebirths, growth and transformations, as I was born more truly unto my Self. Being awake is not about perfection and blissful nirvana but rather acknowledging life’s imperfections, allowing and accepting them while being aware of the consequences of my actions and finding peace with them. It is about doing all that I can with a loving and honest heart knowing that I will make mistakes but trusting and loving myself despite these imperfections.

The flood forced me to let go of comfort and security and trust that what I needed, whatever that may be, would show up
The flood forced me to let go of comfort and security and trust that what I needed, whatever that may be, would show up

I began the teacher training journey grasping at something, though I am not sure exactly what it was I wanted anymore. I knew that yoga had helped me heal through various difficult times, family relationship difficulties and losing our home to the flood, and I wanted more of it. I wanted to “deepen my practice” as I have heard many others say about entering such a program. I had no intention of teaching, I just wanted to dive into the world of yoga and bathe myself in whatever it was that was so healing… I wanted to understand and define it. Continue reading

May 2015 Yoga Newsletter

Transformation
May 2015
Greetings!

 

 

May has arrived and with it, blooms on flowers and green leaves on trees. The sun is shining in the sky and we are renewed from winter and an event that is not lost on us, the catastrophic flood National Disaster of late April 2014. This past April gave us several days of rain that saturated the ground just as it did last year, a painful reminder to many. So much can change in one year. Since the flood and the loss of her home, one of URU’s teacher trainees, Kerry Whiteley, has moved into a new home, become a yoga teacher and started a new business,  Sweet & Simple Raw Treats. If you had told her one year ago that all of these things would happen, she wouldn’t have believed you. But most importantly, she has healed and been transformed by the experience in large part from the practice of yoga and the community who surrounded her. Often in life, events happen that are out of our control. However, we can always control our reaction to those events, no matter how catastrophic.


May reminds us that we have survived.  It reminds us that we have been reborn again; that we have been cleansed and given the opportunity for renewal. The birds chirp in the early morning and we remember that despite the chaos that surrounds us and the little control we have over it, we can always find stillness. 

“Stay in the center of the circle and let all things take their course” 

-Lao-Tzu

If you would like to read about Kerry”s experience during the flood, visit her blog at Winding Road. 

 

The Flood part 1

The Flood, part 2

Please keep those affected by the recent earthquake in Nepal, those affected by last year’s flood in your hearts and minds as many continue to heal.  If you had an experience with the flood of 2014 that you would like to share, please email Kerry at kwhiteley78@gmail.com. 

~

May is exciting for URU as URU2 opened its doors on April 20th to the public. This space is a blessing to offer to the community on and around 9 mile road. Class passes will be honored at both URU locations. Classes are building and you will notice some new teachers on the schedule.

On May 2, 13 new yoga teachers will emerge from URU. After nine months of learning history, philosophy, asana, and more, they are ready to begin teaching. The past nine months have been a time of transformation and renewal for many of the yoga trainees and it is time for them to offer their gifts and strengths to the community. This is an exciting time and we hope you will come to the new classes in the upcoming months! 

 

Take time this month to notice the beauty of May in all its spring glory. Remember all seasons and events are fleeting and all things take their course, whether beautiful or catastrophe. All things end and begin again. We can rest in the stillness between death and rebirth. 

We wish healing to those affected by the flood, the earthquake in Nepal, and recent events in our country and around the world. 

Namaste.

 

With love and gratitude,

 

 
Kerry Whiteley, Rebecca Sathre, Chris Amador & the URU Crew

 

  

Upcoming Events
 

 

Teacher Trainee Graduation

 

Saturday, May 2
5:30-9pm

 

Please join us as we celebrate the graduation of an amazing group of teachers. These 13 woman have spent the last 9 months dedicated to studying and teaching yoga. They are incredible, unique, beautiful women with so much to share. Each teacher will teach a portion of the class. This will be a wonderful yoga class to attend and party to attend.

Everyone is welcome.

5:30 Yoga Class
7:15 Graduation, Potluck and Party

                                                                                                               

Restorative Yoga for Mothers & Caregivers
Sunday, May 3
2-4pm
Join Kathea Bryan and David Bryan for a restorative workshop focused on allowing you to recharge. We all have those that depend on us and if we do not take the time to recharge ourselves, we are unable to give to others. Bring your mother or someone who cares for you to relax and be pampered.
$20
                                                                                                                
Popping Time Acro
with Rebecca Genter
Saturday, May 9
2-4pm
We will work on progressing from cartwheels to a low popping barrel roll along with other Acro for your playful soul.
 $40
                                                                                                                
June Summer Camp 
Sign up Now!
Monday, June 8-Friday, June 12
1-4pm
Bring your children for a one week where they will be exposed to yoga, arts and crafts, water play, a color run, and much more.
Volunteers age 12 and up needed!
$100
Scholarships Available
                                                                                                                
Be Free Liberation Retreat
with Michelle Baker
 
Thursday, July 2-Monday, July 6
Gulf Breeze, FL

Co-starring Rebecca Sathre, Bhakti Caravan and Good Karma Cafe.

Your Presenters:
SWAN RIVER YOGA
URU YOGA & BEYOND
BHAKTI CARAVAN
GOOD KARMA CAFE

Included:
3 hearty delicious veg meals per day, All yoga, meditation, dharma discussions and live kirtan activities, live concert, all accommodations, pool, bay and amenities of the property.

You will enjoy:
Jivamukti Yoga with Michelle Baker
Vinyasa Flow with Rebecca Sathre Friday Night and
Sunday morning
Live Liberation Kirtan Concert with Bhakti Caravan
Swimming Pool
Swimming in bay
Bay meditations and sunsets on the dock overlooking the water.
Daily Kirtan with Bhakti Caravan
3 catered vegetarian meals by Good Karma Cafe & a special grill cook out feast by Goshi Berg

Celebrate in style with Real Liberation practices! Get away from the city heat and enjoy the Satsang.

Accommodation Options: Limit: 12 persons.
Stay at The Retreat Center:
Dormitory in style with single beds and shared rooms,

OTHER Options also include:
BEACH lounging and swimming at Navarre Beach and Pensacola Beach 15 minutes away
Paddle boarding
Kayaking
Small Sailboat
Pontoon boat
Biking
Surfing (when in season)
National Park Hikes
Sailing (when in season)
Hiking the National Park

Investment Options: 4 Night Retreat $650 Full package
2 Night Retreat: $350 half package
CAMPING: 4 night: $530 (with full access to all amenities)
CAMPING: 2 nights: $275 (with full access to all amenities)

DROP IN RATES
Drop in for all activities with no food or accommodations: $300
BHAKTI CARAVAN CONCERT SATURDAY NIGHT DROP IN- $20
Yoga Class drop-ins: $25 each

About Us

URU means “spacious” or “broad” in Sanskrit.

May we move from a place of spaciousness.

URU means You are You because that is what you are meant to be.

May we move from a place of Being who we are meant to be.

We are a multifunctional Space.  We offer a wide range of YOGA classes for all ages and comfort levels. We offer a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training that will allow you to go deeper into your practice and let you delve into teaching yoga.  We also offer aerial yoga, pilates,  yoga plus acrobatics, family fly yoga, hot yoga, birth circles, children’s classes, music, birthday parties, EVENTS and anything that is empowering, healing or uplifting for the commUnity.

We are located just north of Pensacola International Airport at:

2400 Executive Plaza Drive Pensacola, FL 32504

850-377-5334

info@uruyoga.com.

 

Transformation
 
“The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.”
 -Jiddu Krishnamurti
*URU2 is now open!*
URU2 Birthday Specials: 
  • 30 day unlimited $50
  • 90 day unlimited $150
  • 1 year unlimited $600
Passes can be bought and used at both locations!
 
URU & URU2 has a wide range of yoga classes for all ages and comfort levels. 
 
Please notice our new kid’s classes. Parents can practice yoga while children take their own class. 
 
*Sign your child up now for June summer camp!*
From early morning to evening, there is a class for You!
CommUnity
 
Jasmine Miller started practicing yoga in March 2012. Studying many styles of yoga including hot, yin, restorative, chair and khundalini. She has been tending to children in babysitting and nanny form since she herself was a young girl. It only seemed natural to merge her two sadhanas into one when she worked toward her 90hr Galactic Child Yoga Teacher Training, finishing 2014 strong with a certificate in hand. 
Her education teaches her to weave song and dance into her asanas. To use sacred geometry and quantum physics in her lesson plans and to expand the minds of little yogis with concepts usually reserved for adults. She plans on introducing Patanjali’s 8 limbs of yoga into every class in a fun and tangible way. She believes there are many ways to save for the future, but our first investment should be in the quality of our children’s education.

Prema Hara Weekend Update

Prema Hara & Chef Lindy’s Vegan Indian Food

 

 
DATE: Friday, April 10
TIME: 5:30-9pm
LOCATION: URU Yoga & Beyond
2400 Executive Plaza Drive
5:30pm Chef Lindy Howell’s Vegan yummy Indian food  ($10 suggested donation)

 

The menu will feature vegan indian dishes primarily from South India:
Kahala Black Chickpea Curry
Masoor Red Lentil Dal

 

Cabbage Thoran Fry
Chitranna Lemon Rice
Raw Carrot Kosambari Salad
Sprouted Moong-Tomato- Cucumber Salad
Raw Coconut Ladoo – my version of a ladoo, without refined sugar.
~ they are said to be one of Lord Ganesha’s favorite desserts

** All of the proceeds from the meal will be donated to the Zaltho Foundation, to help build the Oakwood Meditation Center in Mary Esther, Florida ~ a residential meditation program for veterans living with PTSD.

Check out the links. It is very important work they are doing.
Zaltho Foundation
Programs for Veterans

 

 

7:00pm Kirtan  $20

Please join us in welcoming Prema Hara back to Pensacola as part of their three month nationwide spring tour, sharing chants from their latest highly acclaimed album Ocean of Grace. 

Prema Hara’s music as well as wonderful hand screened yoga wear will be available at their pop-up boutique before and after the event, so arrive early!

:: A Kirtan Celebration with Prema Hara ::
“One of the greatest kirtan groups today… Prema Hara makes some of the sweetest mantra music you’ll ever hear.” ~ Spirit Voyage

Awaken the fullness of your heart with this dynamic duo who have dedicated their lives to their love of kirtan (mantra music) and living that joy with others! Prema Hara’s mellow, meditative songs build into ecstatic rhythms, creating a jubilant celebration of the spirit. Kirtan, the music of the heart, is the calling of the soul; a blissful musical journey to invoke divine presence. Come sing and dance, or just come and be! No previous experience is necessary.

:: ABOUT PREMA HARA ::

Kamaniya and Keshavacharya are kirtan gypsies, touring internationally as the sacred music duo Prema Hara. Attracted by Bhakti Yoga, the path of devotion, both have spent many years living in ashrams, searching for the divine through devotional service and singing. Seeing so many people’s hearts transformed through the power of chanting sacred mantras, they were inspired to commit their lives to sharing the universal practice of kirtan with the world. Prema Hara has toured extensively throughout the USA & Europe, quickly gaining recognition as one of the West’s most prominent mantra music bands.

Visit www.PremaHara.com to listen to their music and connect with them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PremaHara.

“Heart-melting melodies and stirring rhythms.” ~ Jai Uttal

” … pure, kirtan at it’s best” ~ Yoga Journal Magazine

“(Prema Hara’s) chants are filled with love – total love!” ~ YogaChicago

URU Yoga & Beyond
2400 Executive Plaza Drive
Pensacola, Florida 32503
8503775334