Kirtan with Shantala and more

Brrrr….  Stay warm and safe.  Go sledding.  Have fun…  
We hope to resume classes at 12:00 on Thursday, January 30th because we love seeing you…   The $150 90 special is extended through the weekend due to the weather. You can buy it through February 2nd..

“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.”

Thomas Merton

Come spend time with us in regularly scheduled classes and our wonderful events.


Book Club: 12 Steps to a Compassionate Life

Thursday, January 30th, 5:30-7:00pm, Free


The last Thursday of every month starting January 30th we will have a book club that meets at URU. The book that will need to be purchased is 12 Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong. Please read the first chapter through page 64 and let us know that you will join us. This is a member run event and will meet in the small room to the right as you walk into studio.


Shantala: The music of Benjy and Heather Wertheimer.
Sunday, Febuary 2nd, 6:00-8:00pm, $20 Online, $25 At the Door

Benjy and Heather Wertheimer lead kirtan (sacred chanting) worldwide as the duo Shantala, with soul-stirring vocals, sacred lyrics and exotic instrumentation. The weaving of Benjy’s Indian classical singing and instrumentation with Heather’s soaring vocals is freshly original and profoundly moving. Together they create music with beauty, passion, and reverence. Shantala has performed and recorded internationally with such sacred music luminaries as Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Miten, and Jai Uttal. In summer 2008, they were named as one of the top “Wallahs to Watch” by Yoga + Joyful Living. Kirtan is a celebration of spirit through the chanting of sacred names, carrying the audience into a state of heightened awareness, bliss, and devotion. The audience is invited to participate fully through call-and-response chanting, dance, and meditation.

Featuring Sean Frenette on bass, vocals and three string guitar.

Heather Wertheimer is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who combines her special love of both music and yoga to lead devotional chanting for yoga workshops and spiritual gatherings internationally. Heather has toured in the U.S. and abroad with her husband Benjy, Steve Gorn, Manose, and Deva Premal & Miten. Heather’s debut CD with Shantala, “Church of Sky,” was named by New Age Retailer as one of the top ten albums of 2004. It has been aired on radio stations nationwide. In April 2003, she and Benjy released “The Love Window,” a beautiful and well-loved collection of sacred chants. In 2007, they released “Sri,” their second popular kirtan CD, and their first live CD “LIVE in love” was released in 2008.

Benjy Wertheimer is an award-winning songwriter, vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist (playing tabla, congas, percussion, esraj, guitar, and keyboards). Benjy has toured and recorded with such artists as Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Miten, Jai Uttal, Walter Becker (Steely Dan), and virtuoso guitarist Michael Mandrell. He has opened for such artists as Carlos Santana, Paul Winter, and Narada Michael Walden. A founding member of the internationally acclaimed Ancient Future world fusion music ensemble, Benjy also toured the U.S., Canada, and Japan with renowned bamboo flute master G.S. Sachdev. He studied Indian classical music for over 25 years with some of the greatest masters of that tradition (including Alla Rakha, Zakir Hussain, Ali Akbar Khan and Z. M. Dagar). Benjy’s CDs receive extensive airplay around the world, and his CD “Circle of Fire” went to #1 on the New Age radio charts in November 2002.

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International Yoga Teacher: Doug Swenson at URU
Monday, February 3rd, 6:00-8:00pm, $40 by February 2nd, $45 at the door

Sadhana Yoga Chi (Fluid Power) – (Beginner to Advanced)
A very soothing arrangement of soft and hard yoga asanas, connected together with mostly light (non – muscle resistance vinyasa) and some challenging (muscles resistance vinyasa). You will enjoy the challenge, achieve a variety of new poses and move with fluid power. When finished, drift into a blissful deep relaxation followed by a guided meditation.

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Yoga, Art and Music Party with Nicole Davis, Jinks Music Universe and Rebecca
Friday, February 7th, 5:00-8:00pm, $10, $5 for students(high school and up)/extra children

Come for an hour of yoga and/or art time..

We will practice a nice fluid yoga class together.

We will also create art together. Nicole will show you how to creatively design art on shoes or whatever you want to paint on. If you wish to paint shoes, you will need to find some plain white Keds or similar. Nicole recommends starting your search at thrift stores now. Some art supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring more. If you bring cloth, bring fabric paint as well. This a fun party and you will be given guidance, but will also to be free to create anything you like. It is art y’all.

Jinks Music Universe will bring a recording set up and we will be encouraged to create music together. You can bring instruments or not. You do not need musical experience to participate. WE all have music inside of us.. A downloadable copy of music will be available later…

Feel free to come to the yoga class or the art class or both..

All ages welcome, small children will need parents assistance…

Partner Yoga with Angela Huntsinger
Saturday, February 8th, 4:00-6:00pm, $30 per couple, $20 for one
Valentine’s Day is Just around the corner… Enjoy a fun and bonding partner yoga experience with your loved one, friend, sibling, neighbor or fellow yogi. Bring someone or come on your own. This workshop will be in the afternoon, ending just in time for Dinner and a perfect night out… Or Inn ;). On Saturday Febuary 8th, Angela Huntsinger will be leading an interactive workshop on partner yoga. She will teach a wide variety of partner poses and practices. Each of these poses are designed to be very giving and gentle. She will then transition the second hour into offering a taste of Yoga plus Acro. The Acro is designed to be fun with a slight challenge of trust and physical stillness along with strength. Angela has great past of tantric and partner yoga along with a fun-loving teaching style, you’re sure to learn a ton and have some big grins with laughs along the way.
Through practicing some basic partner yoga and acrobatics flying yoga poses you will have the opportunity to review important alignment principles and flex your communication muscles. You will also experience the benefits of trusting and being trusted, an exercise which develops your skills in relating to and having compassion for others and helps you examine the way you face challenges in life off the mat as well. In addition to these benefits, the poses feel great, the energy is light-hearted, and some good Opening Your Heart for Love exercise is sure to take place. No partner yoga experience is required.You don’t need a partner to attend.

Pensacola Yoga Discussion Group: Effects of Yoga on the Physical Body
Sunday, February 16th, 1:00-3:00 PM, Free

We will be discussing the effects of yoga on the physical body, including what we can expect from taking things upside down. What effects has yoga had on you physically? What do you want to know about what you can expect physically from your practice? What place should the quest for the “yoga body” have in the yoga community?

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