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Displaying events from November 13 to March 12.

Yoga Nidra with Michelle Baker

with Michelle Baker at URU Yoga
Friday, November 15 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

~ Intro to Yoga Nidra w/ Michelle Swan ~

Yoga Nidra, known as yogic sleep, is a lying down meditation and proactive conscious stillness practice that is intended to induce physical, mental, and emotional freedom from blocked energy, suppressed injury, trauma or disharmonious patterns stunting or damaging our health on all levels. It is said that an hour of Yoga Nidra can be as restorative as four hours of regular sleep.

We will begin with a lecture about key components to Yoga Nidra such as it's history, origin, the subtle body, chakra system, brain anatomy, neurological function, effects of trauma and suppression, physical body's pain threshold, the separation of spiritual or the mythology of the yoga of dreams, followed by the lying down practice of Yoga Nidra, the Yoga of dreams and sleep within somatic scanning. This practice trains us to check in instead of out, attending to all causes within us and liberating our relationship to separation or pain.

Michelle owns Swan River Yoga in New Orleans and travels the world to bring trainings, music, yoga, and the healing arts. She has been teaching yoga full time since 1998 and leading teacher trainings since 2008, trainings hundreds of beings in the numerous modalities of yoga. She is a studio owner, writer, musician, yoga teacher, ocean lover, artist and healer.

Check out her own website to find out where she is teaching next, receive insightful essays and online courses each month at www.swanmichelle.com

Visit her at one of her 3 studios in New Orleans at www.swanriveryoga.com

Investment:
Yoga Nidra: $18

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Sound Bath with Michelle Baker

with Michelle Baker at URU Yoga
Friday, November 15 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

~ Sound Bath w/ Michelle  ~

The art of using Crystal Bowls, Tuning Forks, Gongs, Harmonium, Mantra and sacred sound as therapy.

Enjoy a 2 hour long sacred sound journey as bathe in sacred sounds, music, and Mantra India and beyond. High vibrational tones, resonance, vibrations and specific cord arrangements clear the nervous system and soften stress and anxiety.

This can be done lying down, meditating, or doing Restorative Yoga.

Swan Michelle lives on Pensacola Beach. Michelle has offered Sound Baths for 15 years as one of the first in the region, training in Sound Therapy, Energy Medicine and Bhakti in India, Bali and the Bahamas, where many of the instruments come from.

Michelle owns Swan River Yoga in New Orleans and travels the world to bring trainings, music, yoga, and the healing arts. She has been teaching yoga full time since 1998 and leading teacher trainings since 2008, trainings hundreds of beings in the numerous modalities of yoga. She is a studio owner, writer, musician, yoga teacher, ocean lover, artist and healer.

Check out her own website to find out where she is teaching next, receive insightful essays and online courses each month at www.swanmichelle.com

Visit her at one of her 3 studios in New Orleans at www.swanriveryoga.com

Investment:
Sound Bath: $20


Yin Training

with David Bryan at URU Yoga - 9 Mile
Saturday, November 16 11:30 am - 7:30 pm

Join David Bryan and explore how you can bring more Yin to your life, to your practice, or to your offerings. We will look at what yin is, how we can promote more yin energy, and the yin portion of our anatomy, as well experiencing Yin postures and how we can work with those postures.
I recommend looking at the postures found at www.yinyoga.com and we will be exploring other postures as well. This experience is intended for anyone that would like to explore what it means to slow down their yoga and the more you come with questions and openess to exploring, the more you will get out of it.

 
11/16 & 11/23, 11:30am-7:30pm
 
 
The cost is $250. Please feel free to ask any questions about this training here or send an email to David at 7hondo5@gmail.com

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Meditation and Stillness Thanksgiving Retreat

with Michelle Baker at URU Yoga - Gulf Breeze
Friday, November 29 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Meditation and Stilness Thanksgiving Retreat
Pensacola Beach With Swan Michelle

November 29-Dec 1
14 hour Retreat

Catered Meal Pop Up with Jeniffer Hammonds

Be grateful! Stillness is Appreciation. A lack of stillness is a lack of appreciation.

IN Class Practices In:

  • Restorative Yoga Therapy Poses
  • Sound Bath
  • Yoga Nidra & Somatic Scanning
  • Neuroanatomy Lecture: Your brain on Trauma. Your Brain on Stillness.
  • Pratyahara & The Autonomic Nervous System- The Withdrawal of the senses
  • Seated, guided meditations

Full Weekend Includes: At Home Prescriptions & Take Home Tips In:

  • Nervous system tips for cooling the nervous system
  • Journaling
  • Simplify, declutter reduce
  • Mono-diet
  • Proper Sleep Rituals

“Meditation and prayer is the key in the morning and the bolt in the evening.”
-Mahatma Gandhi

As much as many of us desire a calm, clear, present and lucid mind, which is an effect a long standing, consistent practice of yoga espouses, many of us may not find the discipline nor the readiness in the body’s ability to sit down to meditate or the mind’s capacity to let go of distractions without some guidance or motivation.

This Retreat is a sequenced way to slowly prepare our body, approachable to most all bodies and levels of experience. This retreat will slowly attend to the mind and any tendency of it to check out. A meditative mind and body can be in everything that we do, from eating, sleeping, working, attending to tasks and being.

Go All IN.

Schedule:

*Dinner Served 5pm with Jennifer Hammond of Roots Yoga Foley, Al

Schedule:

Friday 6pm-9:30pm including:
  • 6-7:30 Sound Bath
  • 7:45-8:15 Lecture: Pratyahara & The Autonomic Nervous System
  • 8:15-9:30 OM Recitation and Meditation

Saturday 4pm-9:30pm including:

  • 4pm-6pm Restorative Yoga Therapy
  • *6pm Dinner Served with Jennifer Hammond of Roots Yoga Foley Al
  • 6:30pm-7:30pm Lecture: This Is Your Brain On Trauma
  • 7:30-8:30 Classical Yoga Nidra Healing Session
  • 8:45-9:30 OM Recitation and Seated Meditation

Sunday 4pm-9:30pm including:

  • 4pm-5pm Lecture: This Is Your Brain On Stillness
  • 5:15-6:15 Classical Yoga Nidra Healing Session
  • 6:15 Dinner Served with Jennifer Hammond of Roots Yoga Foley Al
  • 6:45-8:30 Sound Bath
  • 8:45-9:30 Om Recitation and Seated Meditation

Investment For Meditation & Stillness Retreat Only :

3 day, 14 hour Retreat: $250 *** With this, you will receive the take home tips and stillness prescriptions

Friday only: $70

Saturday only: $115

Sunday only: $115

*3 Dinners Served Additional $24 per meal. MUST RSVP for meal preparation upon registration.

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UR the Reason Market

with Kathea Bryan at URU Yoga
Sunday, December 1 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join us for our first market day. Vendors specializing in health, sustainability and loving gifts. This is free to the public.

If you’re interested in being a vendor, there is a $20 fee. Set up will begin 9am. You will need to provide your own tables, chairs and whatever else you require. There is limited space inside (1st come, 1st available). So if you really want to be inside arrive early. We will not be reserving spaces. But plenty outside. Please send a facebook message to Kathea Bryan to sign up or with questions. We are asking your products fall into the health, sustainability and/or loving gifts area and food vendors be plant based.


-- Vendor refunds will NOT be given in any case day of.--

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Advanced Studies Yoga Intensive

with Michelle Baker at URU Yoga - Gulf Breeze
Thursday, December 5 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

December 5-8
Advanced Studies Yoga Intensive
Swan Michelle, Keith Porteous, Kelly Haas
Uru Yoga Gulf Breeze FL

Focus:
Dharma with Keith Porteous Sound Therapy with Swan Michelle
Intermediate Asana Align with Kelly Haas
Schedule:

Thursday, 12/5 | 4-8 pm
Friday, 12/6 | 6:30am – 7pm
Saturday, 12/7 | 10am-7pm
Sunday, 12/8 | 10am-3pm

Drop in:
Dec 5th 6:30-8pm Sound Bath Swan Michelle $20

Dec 6 and 7th 5:30-7pm Sound Bath and Meditation- Michelle $20

Dec 8 1:30-3pm Sound Bath and Meditation- Michelle $20

Full Breakdown:
• Dec 5th 4-8pm

4-5pm Dharma Keith: How did I get here? Kleshas, Karma, and an Introduction to The Wheel of Life
5:15-6:30 Intermediate Embodied Asan with Kelly Haas
6:30-8pm Sound Bath Swan Michelle

• December 6th (6:30am -1pm & 2pm-7pm)
6:30am-7:30am Sunrise Mantra and Meditation on beach (weather permitting) Michelle 10am-1pm &2pm-7pm at Uru Yoga and Beyond
10-11:30 Embodied Asana with Kelly Haas
11:45-1pm- Dharma w/ Keith: Samadhi Pada: Meditation and the Mind Break
2-3:15pm Dharma Part 2 Keith: Samyama: Interoception and the Art of Focus, with SATYA floor work
3:30-5:30 Sound Therapy Lecture-Nadam Brahma- Michelle
5:30-7pm Sound Bath and Meditation- Michelle

• December 7th (10am-1pm & 2pm-7pm)
6:30am-7:30am Sunrise Mantra and Meditation on beach (weather permitting) Michelle
10-11:30 Embodied Asana w/ Kelly Haas
11:45-1pm- Dharma w Keith: Sadhana Pada: Karmic results of the Yamas and Niyamas
Break
2-3:15pm Dharma Part 2 Book 3 and 4,Vibhuti Pada and Kaivalya Pada: Inner-adventures and the Way of the Yogi, with SATYA
3:30-5:30 Sound Therapy Neuroscience & Application-Michelle
5:30-7pm Sound Bath and Meditation- Michelle
December 8th (10am-1 & 1:30-3pm)
10-11:30 Embodied Asana Kelly
11:45-1pm Dharma Keith: Paths to freedom, links and roadmaps from Books 1 and 4 1:30-3pm Sound Bath & Meditation Michelle

Keith’s Offering:
Embodied wisdom is distinct from intellectual learning. In embodied wisdom, we listen to the teachings, or dharma, reflect on what is true for us, examine how and when we can apply the teachings, and naturally release old modes of thought. What happens through this process is an inner-revolution of personhood. When embarked upon in a supportive group environment, our practices benefit others, and then that gift reflects back to us and our practices deepen. We will use teachings from the Wheel of Life, the Four Noble Truths, and the Yoga Sutras of Master Patanjali. These teachings are codebooks for breaking through confusion, challenge, and temptation. Worksheets will be provided so you can hone in on the teachings which most support your growth. Accompanied by a gentle from of floor work called SATYA*, pauses will be provided to allow the teachings to sink in and become truly embodied.
Provided: Practical workbooks to apply the teachings of the Wheel of Life, Yoga Sutras, and Four Noble Truths
SATYA*: "Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement" is a floor-based practice of subtle movement to release tension and reorganize patterns in fascia. With no weight bearing on the joints and sequences designed to support the parasympathetic nervous system, SATYA is both a whole practice in itself and an excellent, accessible segue to practices like asana and meditation. SATYA was created by Tias Little through inspiration by Moshe Feldenkreis, Thomas Hannah, cranio-sacral therapy and massage. . Keith has earned a SATYA 1 certification and will complete levels 2 and 3 in 2020. .
Michelle’s Offering: Sound Therapy Camp
The word “mystic’s” etymology, "myein," means "to listen"
We are simultaneously the instrument, music, musician & audience. In Sound Therapy, we listen instead of get treated. Sound organizes matter. To hear both dissonance and resonance, we receive the equally valid messages of both.
Originally a therapy for PTSD shell shock, Sound Therapy is becoming more and more a widely developed and accepted form of scientifically validated Therapy in clinics, hospitals, shelters, healing centers and yoga studios.
Sound Therapy, commonly different in approach to a performance, brings listening to the forefront as the central focus for uplifting your calibration, tuning you into the texture of space.
Did you know listening to highly hertz measurement frequencies found in many sound bath instruments such as crystal bowls, tuning forks and mantras offer healing tones to a distressed nervous system, measurably settling it?
Lectures on: PTSD and Trauma, The golden Ratio, oscillations, hertz measurement, note arrangements, Chakra tuning, The effects of sound on the Autonomic nervous system, Mental Wellness and Sound, Neuro-Plasticity, Energy Medicine, Stress
Play: Hands On instruction of:
How to strike tuning forks, what they are for, tuning fork protocols
How to strike Crystal bowls, their effects, what to listen for and protocols

Kelly’s Offering: Embodied Asana Practice
To support our dharma studies, embodied asana provides us the opportunity for deep listening and deep connection to our physical bodies through yoga asana. Through the annamaya kosha (physical sheath), we can address and understand held patterns in the body that create tightness or imbalance. We can create new imprints in our body mind. We begin to transform the fabric of our bodies as another means of inner- revolution.
Investment:

4 day retreat $360
Advanced Yoga Teacher Certification Tuition:
100 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Investment with Certification: Pay per Module $500 (totaling $2,000)

About Keith:
Keith Porteous is a lifelong student with 12 years of experience teaching yoga and the dharma. She has been fortunate to study with many of the leading Western teachers of the ancient inner body practices. Currently enrolled in an Advanced Teacher Training with Tias and Surya Little

About Michelle:
My journey as a Yogini and Holistic Practitioner started in 1996 at the Sivananda Ashram in Upstate New York. Next door to us in the woods, I stayed next door to this Ashram.This was the beginning of me feeling at and coming home.

I was certified in Sivananda’s method in 1998 and did work-study for 4 summers, including the Bahama’s, where I got stuck due to the date, Sept 11, 2001.
MIchlelle continued onto get trained in Energy Medicine and Reiki in 2002, certified in the Jivamukti Method is 2003 with Sharon Gannon and David Life, and have been blessed to sit closely with numerous teachers and trainings, including Rahanath Swami in India, Jai Uttal, Shri K Pattabhi Jois of Ashtanga, Judith Lasater’s Restorative Yoga, Dr Mark Halpern’s Ayurveda Yoga Therapist Training. Michelle has visited India 9 times to study yoga, music, Ayurveda and Sanskrit.
Living in New Orleans, MIchelle lost my home in Hurricane Katrina ,and decided to raise money through our kirtan group, Bhakti Caravan , to open a studio, Swan River Yoga (in 3 locations) and the first Vegan Cafe in our city, Good Karma Cafe.
Michelle started the very first Yoga Teacher Training in New Orleans and run an entirely donation based studio for those that lost their homes in the Lower 9th ward. Michelle also created the first Restorative Yoga Training and Restorative classes as Therapy in her city, the first Sound Baths with numerous instruments from Bali and was the first to inspire Ayurvedic practices as yoga therapy.
Michelle visits Sivananda every year for a Training. She is now celebrating 20 years of teaching yoga, singing in her band and offering Sound Baths, Reiki and Yoga Trainings around the world, many Training Manuals, DVD’s, CD’s and personal practices later. She is honored to continue to spread the teachings she has been blessed to receive.
while pursuing a Masters degree in Music Therapy at Loyola University, her studies bring together alignment, movement, and music to support the body’s ability to heal itself. Her studies in Trauma- Sensitive Yoga with Hala Khouri and Dr. Miles Neale have helped create a fresh way to connect the dots between the ancient teachings and current scientific research about the nervous system. She is ever grateful to the community at Swan River Yoga and beyond who allow her to give back some of what she has received - and to all the great teachers who continue to shine light for all who seek it.

About Kelly:
Kelly Haas, Certified – Internationally Associated Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher, Certified Osteoporosis Yoga Teacher, & Thai Massage Therapist, excels at creating adaptive yoga practices and individualized programs for healing, injury recovery, and well being.
She is known for her skilled eyes and hands to assess postural imbalances and her clear, articulate communication when connecting with students.
Her nearly two decades practice and teaching experience includes yoga modalities of alignment, asana, therapeutics, philosophy, and meditation.

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Sound Bath with Michelle Baker

with Michelle Baker at URU Yoga - Gulf Breeze
Thursday, December 5 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

~ Sound Bath w/ Michelle ~

The art of using Crystal Bowls, Tuning Forks, Gongs, Harmonium, Mantra and sacred sound as therapy.

Enjoy a 2 hour long sacred sound journey as bathe in sacred sounds, music, and Mantra India and beyond. High vibrational tones, resonance, vibrations and specific cord arrangements clear the nervous system and soften stress and anxiety.

This can be done lying down, meditating, or doing Restorative Yoga.

Swan Michelle and Rob Dill live in New Orleans and Pensacola. Michelle has offered Sound Baths for 15 years as one of the first in the region, training in Sound Therapy, Energy Medicine and Bhakti in India, Bali and the Bahamas, where many of the instruments come from . Rob has been a musician all of his life in Pensacola.

Michelle owns Swan River Yoga in New Orleans and travels the world to bring trainings, music, yoga, and the healing arts. She has been teaching yoga full time since 1998 and leading teacher trainings since 2008, trainings hundreds of beings in the numerous modalities of yoga. She is a studio owner, writer, musician, yoga teacher, ocean lover, artist and healer.

Check out her own website to find out where she is teaching next, receive insightful essays and online courses each month at www.swanmichelle.com

Visit her at one of her 3 studios in New Orleans at www.swanriveryoga.com

Investment:
Sound Bath: $20

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Sound Bath with Michelle Baker

with Michelle Baker at URU Yoga - Gulf Breeze
Friday, December 6 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

~ Sound Bath w/ Michelle ~

The art of using Crystal Bowls, Tuning Forks, Gongs, Harmonium, Mantra and sacred sound as therapy.

Enjoy a 2 hour long sacred sound journey as bathe in sacred sounds, music, and Mantra India and beyond. High vibrational tones, resonance, vibrations and specific cord arrangements clear the nervous system and soften stress and anxiety.

This can be done lying down, meditating, or doing Restorative Yoga.

Swan Michelle and Rob Dill live in New Orleans and Pensacola. Michelle has offered Sound Baths for 15 years as one of the first in the region, training in Sound Therapy, Energy Medicine and Bhakti in India, Bali and the Bahamas, where many of the instruments come from . Rob has been a musician all of his life in Pensacola.

Michelle owns Swan River Yoga in New Orleans and travels the world to bring trainings, music, yoga, and the healing arts. She has been teaching yoga full time since 1998 and leading teacher trainings since 2008, trainings hundreds of beings in the numerous modalities of yoga. She is a studio owner, writer, musician, yoga teacher, ocean lover, artist and healer.

Check out her own website to find out where she is teaching next, receive insightful essays and online courses each month at www.swanmichelle.com

Visit her at one of her 3 studios in New Orleans at www.swanriveryoga.com

Investment:
Sound Bath: $20

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Sound Bath with Michelle Baker

with Michelle Baker at URU Yoga - Gulf Breeze
Saturday, December 7 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

~ Sound Bath w/ Michelle ~

The art of using Crystal Bowls, Tuning Forks, Gongs, Harmonium, Mantra and sacred sound as therapy.

Enjoy a 2 hour long sacred sound journey as bathe in sacred sounds, music, and Mantra India and beyond. High vibrational tones, resonance, vibrations and specific cord arrangements clear the nervous system and soften stress and anxiety.

This can be done lying down, meditating, or doing Restorative Yoga.

Swan Michelle and Rob Dill live in New Orleans and Pensacola. Michelle has offered Sound Baths for 15 years as one of the first in the region, training in Sound Therapy, Energy Medicine and Bhakti in India, Bali and the Bahamas, where many of the instruments come from . Rob has been a musician all of his life in Pensacola.

Michelle owns Swan River Yoga in New Orleans and travels the world to bring trainings, music, yoga, and the healing arts. She has been teaching yoga full time since 1998 and leading teacher trainings since 2008, trainings hundreds of beings in the numerous modalities of yoga. She is a studio owner, writer, musician, yoga teacher, ocean lover, artist and healer.

Check out her own website to find out where she is teaching next, receive insightful essays and online courses each month at www.swanmichelle.com

Visit her at one of her 3 studios in New Orleans at www.swanriveryoga.com

Investment:
Sound Bath: $20

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Sound Bath with Michelle Baker

with Michelle Baker at URU Yoga - Gulf Breeze
Sunday, December 8 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

~ Sound Bath w/ Michelle ~

The art of using Crystal Bowls, Tuning Forks, Gongs, Harmonium, Mantra and sacred sound as therapy.

Enjoy a 2 hour long sacred sound journey as bathe in sacred sounds, music, and Mantra India and beyond. High vibrational tones, resonance, vibrations and specific cord arrangements clear the nervous system and soften stress and anxiety.

This can be done lying down, meditating, or doing Restorative Yoga.

Swan Michelle and Rob Dill live in New Orleans and Pensacola. Michelle has offered Sound Baths for 15 years as one of the first in the region, training in Sound Therapy, Energy Medicine and Bhakti in India, Bali and the Bahamas, where many of the instruments come from . Rob has been a musician all of his life in Pensacola.

Michelle owns Swan River Yoga in New Orleans and travels the world to bring trainings, music, yoga, and the healing arts. She has been teaching yoga full time since 1998 and leading teacher trainings since 2008, trainings hundreds of beings in the numerous modalities of yoga. She is a studio owner, writer, musician, yoga teacher, ocean lover, artist and healer.

Check out her own website to find out where she is teaching next, receive insightful essays and online courses each month at www.swanmichelle.com

Visit her at one of her 3 studios in New Orleans at www.swanriveryoga.com

Investment:
Sound Bath: $20

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Winter Solstice Sound Bath with Michelle

with Michelle Baker at URU Yoga
Friday, December 20 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

~ Sound Bath w/ Michelle  ~

The art of using Crystal Bowls, Tuning Forks, Gongs, Harmonium, Mantra and sacred sound as therapy.

Enjoy a 2 hour long sacred sound journey as bathe in sacred sounds, music, and Mantra India and beyond. High vibrational tones, resonance, vibrations and specific cord arrangements clear the nervous system and soften stress and anxiety.

This can be done lying down, meditating, or doing Restorative Yoga.

Swan Michelle lives on Pensacola Beach. Michelle has offered Sound Baths for 15 years as one of the first in the region, training in Sound Therapy, Energy Medicine and Bhakti in India, Bali and the Bahamas, where many of the instruments come from.

Michelle owns Swan River Yoga in New Orleans and travels the world to bring trainings, music, yoga, and the healing arts. She has been teaching yoga full time since 1998 and leading teacher trainings since 2008, trainings hundreds of beings in the numerous modalities of yoga. She is a studio owner, writer, musician, yoga teacher, ocean lover, artist and healer.

Check out her own website to find out where she is teaching next, receive insightful essays and online courses each month at www.swanmichelle.com

Visit her at one of her 3 studios in New Orleans at www.swanriveryoga.com

Investment:
Sound Bath: $20

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Satori Rising

with Rebecca Sathre at URU Yoga
Saturday, December 21 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In these times of great change and challenges, its time for us to Level Up ourselves, help each other Level Up, and Level Up this world together!

Through Transformational Festivals, we are finding our powers,and helping build the Global Cultural Renaissance in Spirituality, Personal Growth, Sustainability, Social Responsibility, Healthy Living, Community Building, and Creative Expression. By mixing the fun of Art, Music,& Creativity with Learning, and the exploration of Spiritual Energy, we begin to unveil the beautiful potential of ourselves, and this world.

Celebrating the Winter Solstice, SATORI RISING is an experiential group journey designed for all skill levels into Ceremony, Yoga, Music, Art, next level activities including things like Ecstatic Dance, Vocal Activation,Contact Improv, Sound Bathing, and talks spanning issues such as Sacred Feminine & Sacred Masculine,Entheogenic Medicines,and Trauma Integration among others.

We also feature a free Green New Deal Forum with guest speakers & public input to kick off the day,and an after party at CHIZUKO with live music, performing arts, and community connection.A full event schedule will be up shortly!

AWAKEN YOUR POWERS AND LETS SAVE THIS WORLD TOGETHER!!!

Saturday December 21st. Live Juice Bar,Pensacola,FL.

GREEN NEW DEAL FORUM: 1pm-2:30-pm
SATORI RISING: 3pm-8:30pm
SATORI AFTERHOURS @ CHIZUKO: 9pm-12am

Sponsored by One Sun Productions, URU Yoga, Pensacola Permaculture, Imaginal Events, and the Deep South Riviera.

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Sianna Sherman Flame of Love Tour

with Sienna Sherman at URU Yoga
Friday, January 10 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Rasa Yoga is a bhakti fusion of asana, mantra, mudra, myth, pranayama, meditation, functional anatomy, Tantric yoga philosophy, shadow work, and soul alchemy.

Friday: 6:30-9PM
R A S A Y O G A : A L C H E M Y & A R T I S T R Y O F
Y O G A
Rasa Yoga is dedicated to the Alchemy of Yoga & the Artistry of Life. Invoke the power of spirit and the creativity of your soul in this fluid-form vinyasa, weaving poses on the thread of the breath. This practice is an alchemical flow of asana, mantra, mudra, pranayama, meditation, and mythic insight. Enjoy this soulful evening of practice and community celebration.

Saturday 12:00PM-2:30PM
A G N I : F I R E F L O W
B A C K B E N D S , P R A N A Y A M A & V I S I O N
Awaken your heart fire in this uplifting practice of backbends, mantra, mudra and pranayama. Agni is the Sanskrit word for “fire”. Agni governs passion, transmutation and release of old stuck patterns. Backbends help untie the knots of the heart, transform fear and open the physical and subtle bodies to the healing power of love. This intelligent sequence pulses symmetrical and asymmetrical backbends to build healthy alignment for the back and builds a steady foundation for a lifetime of practice. This sequence increases vitality, strengthens the posterior chain of muscles, clarifies the mind and kindles the fire of the heart to blaze more brightly.

Saturday 5:00pm-7:30pm
T R A N S F O R M P O I S O N I N T O N E C T A R : D E E P
H I P S & E M O T I O N A L I N T I M A C Y
Yoga is the path of transforming poison into nectar, demons into allies, and adversity into growth. Go deep into hips with emotional intimacy and shadow work inquiry. Sianna will guide you on an alchemical journey through the hips with meeting your emotions and tracking your shadow. You will learn the 9 emotional gateways of the yoga tradition, called rasas, and how to embrace your emotions and show up for real transformation.

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.

Sunday AM 12:00-2:30PM
F E A R L E S S H E A R T A C T I V A T I O N + M A N T R A & M U D R A M A G I C
Activate the root of your fearless heart in this up-tempo Rasa Yoga practice of intermediate asana, mantra and mudra. This is an intelligent, progressive and creative asana sequence of standing poses, arm balances, and deeper backbends infused with the magic of mudra.
Mudra means “seal, mark, and gesture”. In the alchemy of yoga, mudra is an essential practice to assist the healthy circuitry in the physical and subtle bodies. Learn the relationship of mudras with the 5 great elements and bathe in the healing energies of the subtle body. Anchor into the root of your heart and activate your life with full gusto.

Sianna Sherman is an international yoga teacher, storyteller, and speaker at conferences and festivals throughout the world. She is the founder of Rasa Yoga, Mythic Yoga Flow®, and RITUAL.
Sianna touches the human heart through story and offers teacher trainings, workshops, retreats, pilgrimages, and online studies.
Her training includes three decades of study with master yoga teachers and scholars in India and abroad, as well as a background in bodywork, anatomy, herbalism, feminine studies, and climate reality training.
She is currently dedicated to social justice education and to unpacking her own white privilege. In addition, she is in a two-year mentorship for shadow work and emotional intelligence. Sianna is committed to being love in action here on earth to serve.

Early, Early Bird Pricing $210 (Through Nov. 30th)
Early Bird Pricing: $230 (December)
Pricing: $250 (January)

There are no refunds on payment for workshop... 

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Yoga Nidra with Michelle Baker

with Michelle Baker at URU Yoga
Friday, January 17 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

~ Intro to Yoga Nidra w/ Michelle Swan ~

Yoga Nidra, known as yogic sleep, is a lying down meditation and proactive conscious stillness practice that is intended to induce physical, mental, and emotional freedom from blocked energy, suppressed injury, trauma or disharmonious patterns stunting or damaging our health on all levels. It is said that an hour of Yoga Nidra can be as restorative as four hours of regular sleep.

We will begin with a lecture about key components to Yoga Nidra such as it's history, origin, the subtle body, chakra system, brain anatomy, neurological function, effects of trauma and suppression, physical body's pain threshold, the separation of spiritual or the mythology of the yoga of dreams, followed by the lying down practice of Yoga Nidra, the Yoga of dreams and sleep within somatic scanning. This practice trains us to check in instead of out, attending to all causes within us and liberating our relationship to separation or pain.

Michelle owns Swan River Yoga in New Orleans and travels the world to bring trainings, music, yoga, and the healing arts. She has been teaching yoga full time since 1998 and leading teacher trainings since 2008, trainings hundreds of beings in the numerous modalities of yoga. She is a studio owner, writer, musician, yoga teacher, ocean lover, artist and healer.

Check out her own website to find out where she is teaching next, receive insightful essays and online courses each month at www.swanmichelle.com

Visit her at one of her 3 studios in New Orleans at www.swanriveryoga.com

Investment:
Yoga Nidra: $18

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Sound Bath with Michelle Baker

with Michelle Baker at URU Yoga
Friday, January 17 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

~ Sound Bath w/ Michelle  ~

The art of using Crystal Bowls, Tuning Forks, Gongs, Harmonium, Mantra and sacred sound as therapy.

Enjoy a 2 hour long sacred sound journey as bathe in sacred sounds, music, and Mantra India and beyond. High vibrational tones, resonance, vibrations and specific cord arrangements clear the nervous system and soften stress and anxiety.

This can be done lying down, meditating, or doing Restorative Yoga.

Swan Michelle lives on Pensacola Beach. Michelle has offered Sound Baths for 15 years as one of the first in the region, training in Sound Therapy, Energy Medicine and Bhakti in India, Bali and the Bahamas, where many of the instruments come from.

Michelle owns Swan River Yoga in New Orleans and travels the world to bring trainings, music, yoga, and the healing arts. She has been teaching yoga full time since 1998 and leading teacher trainings since 2008, trainings hundreds of beings in the numerous modalities of yoga. She is a studio owner, writer, musician, yoga teacher, ocean lover, artist and healer.

Check out her own website to find out where she is teaching next, receive insightful essays and online courses each month at www.swanmichelle.com

Visit her at one of her 3 studios in New Orleans at www.swanriveryoga.com

Investment:
Sound Bath: $20


Ayurveda 101 with Michelle Baker

with Michelle Baker at URU Yoga
Saturday, January 25 12:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Ayurveda 101 : Natural Medicine & Practices for Healing Your Life with Michelle Baker

Ayurveda, the science of Life, is the Mother science of Yoga. One can not exist without the other. Both practices must be there for a thorough experience of yoga to take place. Join us in healing your senses, body and life!

Schedule: Jan 25th (airport)

Saturday 12:30-8:30 (1 hour lunch break)

Choose to enhance your own learning, health, lifestyles, routines and means of personal healing with the accessible tools you already use in your daily life. Our regular habits are our greatest medicines such as diet, herbs, sleep therapy, body therapies, essential oils and viewing yoga as therapy. This course will enhance anything that you do. Be it a yoga teacher, physician, counselor, Massage Therapist, Healer, Parent, teacher, gardener, alchemist, cook, dietitian or human being. You will also be listed on our Swan River Yoga Wellness page should you chose to offer Private Consultations through us.

Focus: The Elements, Tri-doshic Yoga & Alchemy

With:
*The nature of disease
*The Elements are medicine (Mahabutas)
*Prakruti & Vikruti
*Constitutional examination of yourself & others Vata, Pitta, Kapha
*Diagnose constitutions (doshas)
*Applying medicine to the 5 senses (Tanmatras…touch, sound, taste, smell, see))
*Practice yoga according to your dosha’s imbalance; do’s and don’ts
*Alchemy Play day (make essential oils, body oils & scrubs, heat/cold therapy, color therapy, sound therapy, eye cups, body brushing, tongue scraping, neti pot, supplements/herbs)
*Basic philosophies of Ojas, Ama, Chikitsa, Dinacharya,Satchitananda, Prana/Tejas/Ojas
I*ntro to the focus of digestion and sleep
*Introduction to Dhanvantari, Vishnu, Adisesha & the churning of the ocean

“Nothing is right for everyone and everything is right for someone. Ayurveda is the science of learning what is right for you." Dr. Marc Halpern. "Healing Your Life.”

Investment: $170

About Your Qualified Ayurveda Presenter:

Michelle Baker, the Founder of Swan River Yoga and the Director of Swan School, the Reiki Program, Restorative Yoga Program and the Ayurveda Yoga Therapy Program. She has studied yoga consistency since 1996 and taught yoga since 1998 around the world. She has numerous certifications in various styles of yoga and has been to India 9 times, where she picked up the teachings of Ayurveda naturally in the environments and lifestyles of it's origin. She has visited many Ayurveda clinics in Southern India. Always interested in forms of Energy Medicine, she has been a Reiki Master since the year 2000, studying all 3 levels of Reiki. She has been offering Reiki trainings since 2012. She is also certified in Pranic Healing, an Advanced Energy System created by Master Choa Kok Sui as well as Pranic Psychotherapy. She has taken numerous courses in the mystical teachings of the Kabbalah, an energy system based on the Tree of Life, studied various forms of energy from the indigenous of Bali Indonesia. After a desire to better understand the fusion of the energy body with the physical body, she began studying more in-depth forms of the practical applications in the modality of natural medicine, Ayurveda, the very first systematized holistic medicine in the world. She was officially certified as Ayurveda Yoga Therapist at the Sivananada Vedanta Center through Dr Marc Halpern, the director of the California College of Ayurveda , which focuses on the energy of the 5 elements of the body and the bodies ability to stay in energetic harmony through the 5 senses, including yoga asana. She completed the first series course as an Ayurveda Therapist from Dr. David Frawley in 2017. In March, 2018, she will be certified in Polarity Therapy, 5 Element Body Work and a Yoga Nidra Master Teacher. Her goal as her own practice evolves is to, in stillness, invite more focus to our innate and empowered Wellness and less focus to illness, remembering our original nature.

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Restorative Teacher Training

with Michelle Baker at URU Yoga
Friday, January 31 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

Swan Michelle

Jan 31- Feb. 2

21 Hour YA Certification

Included In this Training is:

An entire weekend of receiving restorative yoga, listening to lectures that apply to all types and styles of yoga , setting up each pose and leading others in an observed practicum, Restorative Yoga is beneficial and vital in the recovery of a society addicted to multi-tasking, stress and busyness. Not every day is meant to be an exhausting, stressful and taxing day until we collapse. Restorative Yoga is invigorating, breaks up inertia, attends to health and recovery and encourages an inner processing of the mind and emotions.

Learn the benefits of Restorative Yoga as to invite much broader demographics in the community to feel yoga as a form of medicine and therapy for healing their body. Yoga is meant for all body types, all capabilities, all ages and all levels.

The practices we will learn are meant for leading a public class or creating a safe prescriptive sequence at home or in private more physical therapy settings according to your pathology.

Restorative Yoga is a form of Yoga as Therapy for pathologies, pain management, graceful aging, women’s wellness and injury prevention and recovery.

Safe physical benefits, contraindications of each category of asana, the correct set up and appropriate use and creative modifications of props will be presented and explored.

Swan Michelle has been teaching yoga full time for 21 years. She has a strong vinyasa and alignment based practice, but also feels that Restorative Yoga is a necessary implementation for the deep healing of the body, of which she also practices weekly ands for many years along with teaching it weekly at her studio, Swan River Yoga, in New Orleans. She has studied Restorative Yoga under the lineage of Judith Laster and Yoga Therapy under the lineage of BKS Iyengar and Anusara.

She is a 500 RYT through YA. Any educational trainings through her count for for YA hours. You will receive a certificate at the end of this training and are encouraged to spread the word that stillness is an important part to a holistic healing process!

You will leave feeling educated, more enthused about your own practice, ready to set up students correctly and therapeutically according to what their body needs, understand safety, create intelligent prescriptive sequences and have a language in which to enhance the stillness of others. You will also receive restorative yoga all weekend, stilling your own nervous system as you go deep within all weekend.

Hours: 21

Friday 6-9pm

Saturday 12-9

Sunday 9-6

Day 1

Therapeutic Benefits: The effects of conscious stillness and restorative yoga therapy with evidence based research on the body, nervous system, hormones and brain

Use of Props & Restorative Atmosphere

Therapy Focus: Digestion

Asana Focus: Twists, Squat

1 hour Restorative Yoga Session

Day 2

Forward Fold Therapeutic, Physical benefits, Contraindications

Therapy Focus: Spinal Health, Hip Health

1 hour Restorative Yoga Session

Back Bend Therapeutic & Physical benefits, Contraindications

Therapy Focus: Women & Reproductive Wellness , Respiratory System

Sequencing Safely and sequencing for therapeutic reasons

Day 3

Inversion Therapeutic Benefit & Physical benefits, Contraindications

Therapy Focus: Aging With Grace, Arthritis, Knee Health

Practicum: lead one another

Graduation: A YA Certificate of completion will be offered upon completion and the rest of the day off to go to the beach!

Entire Training with certificate: $420

Drop in per session Saturday or Sunday: $108

Sound Bath drop in Friday 6-7:30 pm

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CAPPA Labor Doula Training

with Shoals Doula Group CAPPA at URU Yoga
Saturday, February 8 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ready to become proficient when offering professional labor support? Take the first step towards becoming a Certified Labor Doula with CAPPA! This eighteen-hour workshop meets the first requirement of your CLD program and prepares you to work through the steps for certification. This course is designed to provide a foundational skill base, knowledge, and perspectives on professional labor support for perinatal professionals, as well as providing training for those seeking certification as certified labor doulas with CAPPA. For more information, click on the event ticket link below.

theshoalsdoulagroup.com

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