URU Newsletter 22 April, 2014

It is a beautiful Spring.   Just like the baby bird jumps out of the nest, it is time to take a leap into life.   
“Faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.” -Edward Tellar
Come join us as we celebrate the creation of URU and an amazing community of people.  We are celebrating you.  You are what makes URU the beauty that it is.
We have many incredible events for you.  Try something new. Talk to someone new.  Sing and dance if you want to.   Live as if this may be your last day. Engage fully into your surroundings. You will find beauty that you did not even know existed.
We love you.
The URU Crew

New Classes at URU
Vinyasa Yoga with Rachel Reeve
Friday, 3:00-4:00pm, starting April 25th
Beginning Friday, April 25th, Everything flows with the breath and Rachel is all about the vinyasa flows.


Yin Yoga with Angela Huntsinger
Tuesday, 9:30am, starting April 29th



Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures or asanas that are held for longer periods of time-five minutes or longer per pose is typical.

Yin Yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues-the tendons, fascia, and ligaments-with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. Yin Yoga poses are also designed to improve the flow of qi, the subtle energy said in Chinese medicine to run through the meridian pathways of the body. Improved flow of qi is hypothesized to improve organ health, immunity, and emotional well-being. Yin Yoga is not intended as a complete practice in itself, but rather as a complementary practice to balance the effects of more active forms of yoga and exercise.



Events at URU
Reiki Level 1: Initiate Training
Saturday, April 26th, 1:00-7:00pm, $150

The class includes:
History of Reiki
Basic overview of Reiki Energy
Principles of History of Reiki
Basic overview of Reiki Energy
Principles of Reiki Healing
Basic Chakra Information
Self Healing techniques  Level One Reiki attunement
Practice using what you have learned
Certification as a Level One Reiki
Discount on all future Reiki sessions

URU Teacher Trainers Class (Donation)
Saturday, April 26th, 3:30-4:30

With Spring comes the growth of some new yoga teachers. Come practice with some of the URU TTs as they move to the end of their training. It will be a wonderful balance of sweetness and strength. We would love to see you… Ric Kindle, Monica Perkins and Caroline Everitte McGill will lead you through the practice. They would love your encouragement and feedback..

Donations for Praying for Carolyn will be accepted…

Laura Jarrait Psoas Asana Workshop and Empowerment Discussion
Sunday, April 27th, 1:00-6:00pm

Join Laura Jarrait for two amazing workshops.

You can come to one or both..

Sunday 1:00-3:30 $30
Yoga as Union – Cultivating the Undivided Self, An Exploration of the Psoas Muscle

This all levels asana class will work specifically with releasing, aligning, toning and stretching the iliopsoas muscle and its colleagues. The iliopsoas muscle connects the upper and lower body and as such helps stabilize the core, assisting us in creating coherence through the whole of the body. It is considered by some to be the most important muscle in the body and chronic tension in this muscle can easily contribute to pain and dysfunction through the entire body. This 2 hour class will consist of a systematic exploration of therapeutic exercises and traditional yoga poses to release chronic tension, cultivate improved postural alignment, strengthen, and actively stretch these deep core muscles so that we can move with more integrity. We’ll extend our exploration into investigating how we can move toward more coherence or integrity through the whole of our lives. After the movement exploration, the last 15-20 minutes of class will be dedicated to a guided yoga nidra practice designed to release tension in the emotional and mental body as well as the physical body.

Sunday 4:00-6:00 $20
Empowering the Student/Teacher Relationship

Teaching yoga is one of the highest services we can be privileged to give. Students are drawn to the practice for many reasons and then stay because their life is somehow transformed. In this teacher enrichment workshop we are going to do what all yoga is aimed to do, bring the unconscious to the conscious so we can increase the potency of what we are offering students. We will use contemplation, writing, and discussion to clarify what goes on behind the scenes in class. We will look specifically at student and class expectations and needs, your expectations and needs as a teacher, and your purpose, gifts, and personality. As time permits, we will also discuss specific common situations that occur in classes. Using awareness of these things and principles of conscious communication, you will learn how to make each interaction more effective in guiding you and your students towards the beneficial connection that is yoga.

$45 for both workshops…

Laura Jarrait, E-RYT500, is dedicated to creating a safe environment in which students are challenged to explore their edges in order to increase their body and life awareness. Her classes include philosophical and physical inquiry that are rooted in her own deep yogic education and experience. Students in Laura’s classes can expect sound alignment instruction, moments of challenge that may take a variety of forms (advanced asana, simply standing, or attending to subtle movement, to name a few), an invitation to think and feel more fully, and a bit of light-heartedness to help it all sink in more easily. Laura has been a dedicated yoga practioner for seventeen years; her main influences come from the alignment-based schools of Iyengar and Anusara yoga and Shaiva Tantra philosophy. She was certified as an Anusara teacher in March, 2009. She also helps facilitate healing and increasing awareness using the energy system of BodyTalk and spiritual coaching through the Akashic Records. She is thrilled to be able to use all of these to lead people into a deeper understanding of themselves and their world.


Acroyoga Road Trip to Fairhope, Alabama
Wednesday, April 30th, 5:30-7:00pm

In place of the usual Wednesday night acro class we will be taking a road trip to Fairhope for this workshop. Please join us. We will leave URU around 4:00pm. Return time is TBD. We have a few seats left in the van if you want to ride with us or you can meet us there.

End of the Road

Jivamukti Yoga Class with Michelle Baker of Swan River NOLA
Saturday, May 3rd, 10:30-12:00pm
Come experience a Jivamukti Yoga Class. It is sure to be a well rounded yoga class with a dharma talk, chanting with a harmonium, vinyasa flow, some challenge and a lot of fun.. Swan Michelle is an amazing teacher with a lot of love and strong asana to share… We are so happy to have Michelle come back. Come join us for a wonderful practice. This will replace our regular Peak Pose Class for the this day..

Change of Perspective: Inversions Workshop
Saturday, May 3rd, 12:30-2:30pm

Going upside down is a great way to remind ourselves that sometimes we just need a change of perspective. Come go Upside Down with us. We will practice many ways of going upside down. This workshop is suited for anyone who loves going upside down and anyone that is scared to go upside down but wants to…. We will work on the preparation for going upside down and we will go upside down in many different ways.
Rebecca Sathre will lead us in going upside down. Rebecca has loved inversions for 15 years and would love to share this love with you…

$20, $15 for students and people who attend Jivamukti Class

URU Grand Opening Celebration and Teacher Graduation and Potluck
Saturday, May 3rd, 5:00-10:00pm, Free

Come celebrate URU, our community, the teacher graduates, art, culture and life…

5:00-6:15 Yoga Class with the Teacher Trainees (donations Praying for Carolyn welcome)
6:15- Teacher Trainee Graduation
6:30 Party

Music, Art, talent, food and fun. If you want to bring a potluck to pass you can, but you don’t have to. We will have Music, Acro Yoga Performance with the URU Acro Crew, Aerial Silks by Nikki Beck, Belly Dancing with Danielle Robinson, Music by Mad haPPy, music by Ric Kindle, Hula Hoop with Hilary Turner,The Genesis Party, and anything you would like to share. Please come share a song, a dance, a laugh or a seat with us..

Children welcome with an adult…

Share this invite with everyone..

Broad Spectrum Yoga
Sunday,May 4th, 12:00-2:00pm

Come join URU yoga teachers Tammy and Nickie for a Broad Spectrum Yoga Class.

* Meditation brings a quality of stillness to the mind.

*Pranayama reconnects the physical body and the spirit.

*Mudra brings connection to the inner and outer worlds.

*Asana helps the body shine radiant with light.

*Mantra brings resonance with the universe.

The Broad Spectrum Yoga Event precedes a vision board workshop on the same day at URU Yoga and Beyond . Use Broad Spectrum Yoga to refine your intentions and to broaden the scope of optimism in your life before putting your “Vision Together”.


Vision Board Workshop (free or donations for supplies)
Sunday, May 4th, 2:00-4:00pm

Come explore your intentions and set them into motion with the creation of a vision board.

Bring magazines, printouts from computer, pictures and anything that defines your intentions..  Bring snacks if you want.

This will be a great to attend after the Broad Spectrum Yoga Class or by itself.

Sound Bath with Michelle Baker of Swan River NOLA
Sunday, May 4th, 4:30-6:00pm
Come experience the Bliss of a Sound Bath…Soak into sweet songs, with the aid of sacred instruments for orchestration and a sound reality. Mantra and voice will also sooth the soul. Feel the vibration of a primordial gong. Its frequency is equivalent to the origin of our mind. It resonates the seed of all things, the bindu, clearing our nervous system and shattering through deeper layers of our being to a primal, celestial, and familiar place.

Wynne Paris Kirtana Americana
Thursday, May 8th, 7:00-9:00pm

Come experience Kirtan with Wynne Paris.

Groove out with sacred mantras, classical Indian instruments and the powerful voice of kirtan leader, Wynne Paris and his fellow devoted musician friends.

Wynne is a world beat artist/producer and musician who has spent the last decade devoted to an emerging genre of spiritual music: Yoga music and Kirtan. Wynne’s artistic sound is derived from 20 years of musical adventures and spiritual experiences.

Wynne spent most of his twenties playing rock guitar and singing the blues at nightclubs around Washington DC. In 1994, at the age of 30, Wynne took up yoga, dated a bellydancing astrologer, and had a series of spiritual and mystical experiences that transformed not only his musical style, but his vision of the world. One evening in 1996, Wynne was invited to jam with the Indian Saint Ammachi. The Darshan or blessings he received from Amma the “hugging saint” inspired a vision quest to California and ultimately a move to Marin county to study Indian music, shamanism and yoga.

Since this time Wynne has produced a number of albums including ‘Grooveananda’ and has played hundreds of gigs across the country, alone or accompanying other chanters, including Krishna Das, Wah, David Newman, Dave Stringer, and Bhagavan Das.

Wynne Paris is a Rock, New Age and world beat musician/producer with a special love for yoga music and kirtan, the call-and-response singing of Bhakti yoga. His live performance combines Kirtan chanting, American music (jazz, gospel music, blues and rock music), world beat rhythms and raga scales. He sings in both English and Sanskrit, and plays guitar,sarod (a 26 stringed, sitar-like instrument from India),harmonium, and percussion.


Noonday Collection Trunk Show
Tuesday, May 13th, 7:30-9:30pm
Lisa Bates, a Noonday ambassador and URU yoga student, will offer you the opportunity to use your purchasing power to create change in the world {while looking really good along the way}. Your fashion sense can now restore dignity to abandoned women in Ethiopia, empower communities in Ecuador, and create business opportunities for Ugandans.

Kirtan with Prema Hara
Saturday, May 31st

Awaken the fullness of your heart with this dynamic duo who have dedicated their lives to the love of Kirtan and living that joy with others!

Attracted by Bhakti Yoga, the path of devotion, Kamaniya and Keshavacharya Das have spent many years living in ashrams, searching for the divine through devotional service and singing. Seeing the impact of chanting on people, they were inspired to commit their lives to sharing the universal spiritual practice of kirtan with the Western world.

Prema Hara website

Local Area Teachers Yoga Retreats
Reflections Yoga Retreat
May 23rd-25th, Sacred Heart Miracle Camp, Pensacola
The weekend is designed to immerse participants in holistic yoga living in beautiful serene surroundings. Activities include daily Akhanda yoga practices that combine asana, pranayama, mantra and meditation. Optional group activities include sharing circles, philosophy discussion, learning healing mantras, and meditation techniques in a friendly, supportive setting.

Navarre Living Yoga Retreat, Ambergris Caye, Belize
December 6-13, 2014

7 nights, yoga (in a palapas over the ocean), healthy meals created by an Ayurvedic chef, Mayan ruin exploration, cave tubing, aura healings, sun, sea, workshops galore…need I say more?  Make your life a practice of bliss.  Navarre Living Yoga in partnership with The Audacious Spirit proudly present a yoga retreat that will be as spiritually fulfilling as it will be unique, adventurous, and fun!  Join us as bring together two powerful disciplines, the practice of yoga and spiritual tools, to directly experience the five Koshas on this Caribbean adventure to Belize! Connecting your inner world can be done anywhere, but it’s a lot more fun surrounded by natural beauty:)Event Website