URU2-Nine Mile Events

Displaying events from February 15 to June 15.

Reiki Level 2 with Tonya Morris

with Tonya Morris at URU Yoga
Saturday, February 16 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Usui Reiki Level II

"We are the Bridge, the Channel and the Vessel for Healing." - Tonya Morris

Reiki Level II teaches you the foundations for sharing Reiki with others.

In this class, you will be attuned to and learn how to use the 3 symbols for healing, the different methods of transferring Reiki energy and the importance of energetic hygiene when working with others. Completion of Level 1 required.

Join us at URU Yoga and Beyond at Airport on Saturday, February 16th, from 12-4 pm. Your investment of 150.00 will include your attunement and manual. If you wish to receive your certificate of completion the day of class, please call URU Yoga to reserve your space with payment and send an email to Blusunsoul@gmail.com

Tonya Morris is an Usui Reiki Master Teacher who teaches and attunes to all levels of Usui Reiki. With over 10+ years of Family Case Management and Personal Training and 3 years of Reiki healing and training experience, Tonya brings a wealth of information to assist you in integrating healing into your life.

"There are a number of Reiki practitioners out there, but on a rare occasion you discover someone truly special. Tonya brings light to life, transforming negative or stuck energy into flow and function, bringing well being to mind, body and spirit. She is vibrant, kind, generous and embodies the spirit of the practice. The energy that flows through her is a gift to us all."
-J Perry

Slow Down Retreat with Michelle

with Michelle Baker at URU Yoga
Sunday, February 24 11:30 am - 6:00 pm

New Years Total Slow Down Retreat
Swan Michelle
Feb 24th

*Yoga Nidra
*Breathing exercises
*Yin Yoga
*Restorative Yoga
*Neurological Anatomy
*Embodying the Mythology of Stillness
* Priming ourselves for Meditation
*Cord Cutting Meditation and Room Clearing

Introduction to the deep, nourishing, inner practices that promote an adaptable immune system, emotional stability, stress and anxiety reduction, noise resiliency and the rest and digest state for optimal health.

This 1 day retreat will promote you checking in instead of getting caught up in business and further habituating your tendency to check out.

It will be an entire day of some very diverse practices in Energy work, Breathing exercises, withdraw of the senses, Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Meditation.

We will take moments to discuss some of the neurological benefits of these practices, the effects of stress, how to reduce anxiety and how to be more at ease in stillness. We will introduce you to the mythology of Yoga Nidra, the background of Yin and the pre-cursors to being able to sit still in meditation,making this wonderful for yoga teachers so that you have a language to promote stillness in your students.

We will also primarily do these practices and let ourselves BE, reminding us all that we are the IN-dweller. We have permission to slow down, to let go, to reduce and to refrain for health purposes, not as a form of avoidance at all!

Put down the tasks. Let go of the doer ship. You need this. If you need more time, slow down! These practices will remind you of how important this is to add to your daily habits and routines



***NOTE: "Total Slow Down" is part 1 of Swan Michelle's Yoga Nidra Teacher Training. If you would like to be certified in Yoga Nidra, this is the beginning! Please join us!


A SHORT BIO of Swan Michelle:

Swan Michelle has been teaching yoga full time in New Orleans, the Gulf Region and Internationally since 1998, for 20 years! She is the Founder of Swan River Yoga (3 locations), created the first Yoga Teacher Training in New Orleans, which is called Swan School, and trains and leads full time International workshops in Bhakti Yoga, Sound Therapy, Restorative Yoga, Ayurveda Yoga Therapy, Energy Medicine and Yoga Nidra.

She helped open the first Prasad Vegan Cafe in New Orleans, Good Karma Cafe, is a singer in Bhakti Caravan, and leads numerous Sound Baths with sacred instruments.

She has studied with Radhanath Swami, Sharon Gannon, Ram Dass and Dr Marc Halpern as her primary yoga teachers. She is initiated in the Hanuman Bhakti lineage under Neem Karoli Baba, and has certifications in Jivamukti Yoga, Sivananda Yoga & Anusara Yoga.

She has been to India 9 times, which imbibes her offerings of all that she has uncovered yoga to be, along with service, Self Lead entrepreneurial nature and unconditional Love! Check out her CD, Forest Dwellers by Bhakti Caravan on iTunes or go to her website to view online trainings, training manuals and courses.


Shivaratri Sound Bath with Michelle Baker

with Michelle Baker at URU Yoga
Friday, March 1 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

*This is a special night in Celebration of Shivaratri, the holiday in India celebrated in honor of Lord Shiva. Very similar to Ash Wednesday and always near the same time of year, it is the ending of all cycles, the resolve and dissolve of dead ends, new beginnings and starting over.

This sacred journey will include a Swan River Restorative Yoga Class with support, props, low on the mat. Each pose is held 10 minutes to check in and recalibrate your nervous system.
As the original form of yoga was sound, the art of Sound Therapy will be offered to you, with sacred healing mantra, transformational songs, crystal bowls, metal bowls ,tonal drums, gong, harmonium, water-fone, guitar riffs, tuning forks for neurological health, 528 hertz chimes, with aromatherapy allowing you to listen, soften and activate the stillness of noise reduction of the outer world.
Often a meditation or breathing exercises may be prompted after to send you into the Cosmos with restfulness and nourishment.
It is a magical and celestial experience, provoking beauty, deep rest, stillness and the ethereal state.
Come cleanse and bathe in light with us.
What is beautiful is that anyone can do it! All levels and new beings are especially welcome as this is very appropriate for anyone if you can remain still and practice silence. Bring the family .Go on a special galactic date.
We are honored to host them at least once per month and on many holidays. Join us!
Michelle has a certification in Sound Therapy, learning the calibration of the different brain wave patterns, nervous system and chakra systems harmonic convergence. She has training specifically in the tuning forks, crystal bowls and harmonium, and has been leading Sound Baths, the first of their kind in New Orleans, since 2010.

Rob is a musician by trade, grew up in Pensacola, played in many local bands, has many CD's and experiences with Master Musicians, such as Jai Uttal and Krishna Das.
Check out their CD Bhakti Caravan; Forest Dwellers, on iTunes!
Investment: $20


Usui Master Reiki Training with Tonya Morris

with Tonya Morris at URU Yoga
Saturday, March 2 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

“Master your own Life Journey in order to assist others”

-Tonya Morris

This class encompasses a broader understanding of yourself as an Usui Reiki Practitioner and the ways that you can use Reiki to benefit yourself and others.

In this class we will:

• Review the symbols learned in Reiki I and II

• Learn about and be attuned to the Usui Reiki Master Symbol

• Gain a greater understanding of how to use the Reiki Symbols

• Discuss connections, ethics and boundaries in energy work

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

URU Yoga and Beyond

2400 Executive Plaza Road

Pensacola FL 32504

12:00 - 4:00 pm

Cost $200.00

*Completion of Reiki II is required in order to take this course. If you are not a student of Tonya, please be prepared to provide proof of completion of prior education.

*Students will be tested on their knowledge of Levels I and II


The Hero's Journey: Honoring Transformations in Your Life

with Kerry Whiteley at URU Yoga - Gulf Breeze
Saturday, March 9 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

American Professor of Literature, Joseph Campbell, created The Hero’s Journey which describes the archetype narrative of our lives.

We all are hero’s on a transformative life journey and knowing where we are in the transformation process helps us to know how to move forward and what is required of us.

The Hero’s Journey is the metaphorical journey we go on as we transform over and over again in our lives. It is ongoing as we grow and expand.

Gain greater understanding of the challenges you have been through and may be currently going through and how they can be transformative.

In this workshop, there will be centering & grounding, light yoga, meditation, journaling, sacred circling, and new insights discovered about your journey.




Transitioning Gracefully into the Aquarian Age

with Sabrina Clinard at URU Yoga
Saturday, March 9 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

“The Piscean Age was the ugliest age, it was an era in which the female was rooted out from her roots, and exploited to the brink and to the brim by men. Male-female relationships didn’t have any strength.” YB

We are in a new trajectory on the planet. This is a new time with new challenges, requirements. And rules of engagement. ARE YOU READY?

“People’s minds are going to go empty, you are going to find fewer marriages, sex will not be the attraction. A Sensory System will develop; a new system where the individual will find him or herself complete.” YB

Yogi Bhajan gave us the tools, through Kundalini Yoga, to make this transition from the Piscean Age into the Aquarian Age, and to do so gracefully, with compassion and our sanity.

The demands of technology and the massive shifts in economic, social and geopolitical values that it is bringing is also causing our human operating system to upgrade.

Kundalini Yoga is a technology that’s allows us to relax, renew and rejuvenate so that we may participate gracefully in even the mundane moments of everyday life.

You will be given the tools; kriyas, pranayama, meditations and laughter to achieve this shift with grace.

Sabrina is a certified Level II Harmonyum Healer and has been teaching Kundalini Yoga for over 15 years. She resides in the north Georgia mountains.


Intro to Kundalini Yoga

with Sabrina Clinard at URU Yoga - Gulf Breeze
Sunday, March 10 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Would you like to use 100% of your capacity as opposed to the 3% you are most likely using today? That includes every capacity; emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, psychological.

That is exactly what Kundalini Yoga does, it allows you to amplify up to 100%.

There are no prerequisites for you to gain the benefits of Kundalini Yoga. It is for the householder, people with jobs, families, bills, everyone. It allows you to deal with the pressures of life and succeed in the face of them.

Kundalini Yoga works fast, do it for a couple of minutes and you will have life- changing results.

Kundalini is the coiled potential within you. It refers to your birthright, your wiring, the most activated version of yourself. Kundalini is a storehouse of power.

Yogi Bhajan brought us these tools to the United States in 1969. Kundalini Yoga is a science that was developed and refined over thousands of years, it is pure and unbroken.

This 2 hour workshop will give you the tools to amp it up!

Sabrina is a certified Level II Harmonyum Healer and has been teaching Kundalini Yoga for over 15 years. She resides on the north Georgia mountains.


Contact Improv Playshop: Us As One Organism: Ensemble As Partner

with Ryuta Dutah Iwashita Suderman at URU Yoga
Sunday, March 24 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Contact Improv One Day Intensive & Jam "Us as One Organism: Ensemble as Partner" Just as movement of a swimmer in a pool affects the water and other swimmers around them, there is always an ever-changing fluidity that influences the physical/emotional dynamics in Contact Improvisation. This "playshop" will support the participant’s practice of integrating awareness of both a single partner as well as the ensemble in order to experience oneness. Peripheral vision, zoom in/out and territorial play will be our main materials to play with as we ask questions. What if we were one organism that could breath in and out from different corners of the room? Can we as one organism have a feeling of nostalgia on the ceiling and restlessness on the floor? Can we include all living creatures in this reality in our bodies?

There will be a lunch break from 1:30 to 3. The cost is from $35 to $50 on a sliding scale. There is no experience required for this workshop.

Ryuta Iwashita (they/them) lives and improvises in New Orleans as a facilitator/educator, visual artist and performance artist after living in Japan for over 25 years. Contact Improvisation also lives in their life as a base for their creative processes and pedagogy. While hosting Contact Improvisation jams and workshops in New Orleans, they have been invited to facilitate workshops in Japan, China and the U.S. including Queer Lab and Jam in Seattle, WCCI Jam and a few Earthdance programs. As an educator, they have been involved in Wolftrap Institute where they incorporate CI and other movement forms in early childhood education. Their current interest is to remember old folk songs that were seasonally taught in school back in Japan.


Incorporating Trauma-Informed Yoga into Mental Health Treatment

with Melissa Garner at URU Yoga
Saturday, March 30 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Incorporating Trauma-Informed Yoga into Clinical Mental Health Treatment

This content-packed live seminar is designed for those interested in learning the neurological, physiological, and rehabilitative benefits of the incorporation of yoga in clinical mental health treatment for complex, developmental, and repeated trauma.

During our time together, we will look at the science behind yoga and explore how it can be an effective tool for those recovering from the life-altering impacts of trauma. We will compare and contrast the effects of both trauma and yoga on the nervous system, emotions, thought habits, and social functioning. Participants will learn simple, practical, and powerful evidence-based techniques to help soothe symptoms and promote awareness in the mind and body.

You can expect to walk away with first-hand experience at practicing, teaching, and demonstrating a variety of gentle and effective skills for calming the nervous system, improving mindfulness, and developing self-regulation.

Course Objectives:

This seminar is designed to help you:

Recognize the ways trauma affects the nervous system, and how dysregulation of the nervous system affects treatment.

Assess symptoms of trauma which can be reduced or managed through applied trauma-sensitive yoga techniques.

Identify evidence-based trauma-informed yoga techniques for use in individual and group treatment; Cite evidence & research.

Summarize the mental and physical benefits of yogic postures, deep breathing, mindfulness, and relaxation, including the measurable effects on the nervous system & mental health.

Demonstrate and introduce self-soothing yogic strategies to help reduce trauma symptoms in patients.

Incorporate and integrate breathing, mindfulness, body postures, and relaxation exercises into clinical work using scripts, demonstrations, and recommendations.

Learn evidence based interventions for PTSD, Anxiety, & Depression

Integrate yoga techniques with existing treatment modalities

Course Outline:

Understanding Trauma
Types of Trauma
Trauma Risk Factors
Diagnosing Trauma
Neuroscience of Trauma
The Central Nervous System
The Triune Brain & its Functions
- Survival, Limbic, & Neocortex
The Mind/Body Connection
Trauma's effects on the Brain
The Autonomic Nervous System
- Sympathetic Division
- Parasympathetic Division
Trauma's Effects on the ANS
Trauma's Biopsychosocial Effects
Trauma Treatment
Recovery Considerations
Interpersonal Neurobiology
Treatment Options
- Individual Counseling, Groups, Pharmacotherapy, & Self-Help
Complementary Alternative Medicine
Intro to Trauma-Informed Yoga
Debunking Yoga Myths
Brief History of Yoga & its Origins
Health-Focused Principles of Yoga
Types of Trauma-Informed Yoga
Yoga & Trauma Treatment
Biopsychosocial Benefits of Yoga
Rehabilitative Benefits of Yoga
Neuroscience of Yoga
The Science Behind:
- Deep Breathing & Breath Control
- Bodily Postures & Exercise
- Relaxation & Meditation
- Self Awareness & Insight
- Mindfulness & Conscious Thinking
Balancing Energy Intake & Output
Neurogenesis & Neuroplasticity
Integrating Yoga with Clinical Work
Self-Soothing Skills
Addressing Rumination & Denial
Exposure, Tolerance, and Acceptance
Memory Consolidation
Trauma Integration & Discharge
Case Studies & Scientific Research
Evidence-Based Benefits of Yoga
Trauma-Informed Yoga
- 6 Conscious Breathing Exercises
- 5 Gentle Chair Yoga Postures
- 3 Mindfulness Techniques
- 3 Visualization Skills
- Guided Relaxation
Introducing Yoga in Treatment
Using Yoga in the Therapy Session
Addressing Patient Resistance
Special Considerations - Dos & Don'ts
Trauma-Informed Yoga Recommendations
Additional Training & Resources

TWO live event opportunities in 2019:

Saturday, March 2nd, 8-3pm
Santa Rosa Counseling Center
5642 Jones Street, Milton, FL 32571

7:30 Registration & Check-In
8:00 Program Begins
12:00 Lunch Hour
3:00 Program Ends

Saturday, March 30th, 11-6pm
Uru Yoga & Beyond
2400 Executive Plaza Drive Pensacola, FL 32504

10:30 Registration & Check-In
11:00 Program Begins
3:00 Lunch Hour
6:00 Program Ends

About the Speaker:

Melissa Garner, LMHC, QS, RYT, has a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Psychology, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and a Registered Yoga Teacher. She has been helping others heal, grow, and thrive since 2010 through a variety of methods including individual counseling, yoga, group therapy, pubilc workshops, day retreats, art therapy, public speaking, and authoring a free online wellness resource, www.self-haven.com. She offers a wide range of individual services including counseling, yoga, meditation, and relaxation training, in addition to a variety of open weekly therapeutic yoga classes in Pensacola Florida. She is also a qualified supervisior for counselors and registered interns pursuing their clinical mental health licensure in Florida. Her teachings aim to combine the evidence-based benefits of both clinical psychology and yogic interventions.

Specializing in managing and overcoming depression, anxiety, trauma, and stress, Melissa helps her clients develop healthier and more balanced minds, bodies, relationships, and lifestyles. Her teaching style offers a professional, candid, and compassionate focus on topics that are vital to one’s well-being and quality of life. Specialties, topics, and teachings include a focus on self awareness, mindfulness, self-care, productive thinking, healthy coping, self compassion, healthy boundaries, personal development, assertiveness, and overall wellness.

Walk-In Registration
Walk-Ins are welcome, but admission cannot be guaranteed. Pre-registration is recommended to secure a seat.

This course is designed for helping professionals who are interested in learning more about the neuroscience of trauma and yoga, and how yoga can be incorporated into trauma treatment. Upon completion of the course, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, and Cerfitied Master's Level Social Workers will earn 6 (six) continued education hours toward their respective licensure renewal requirements.

Not a licensed professional? No problem. This seminar is open to anyone who is eager to learn.

Trigger Warning: Please note, while the course is open to anyone, it may not necessarily be appropriate for everyone. The subject matter of this course will at times involve extensive clinical discussion about trauma, its causes & effects, as well as case studies. Anyone who is experiencing present trauma symptoms including flashbacks, dissociation, or severe panic when reminded of a traumatic event, is encouraged to seek individual treatment prior to attending this seminar.

ADA Needs
I would be happy to accomodate your ADA needs. Please contact me at least two weeks prior to the seminar date.

Questions? Email: feelbetter@self-haven.com

Hassle-Free Cancellation Policy: If you cancel before the event date, you can be credited for the next seminar, or receive a tuition refund less a $30 cancellation fee. Substitutions are permitted.

Conflicts & Disputes: In the event that a participant is dissatisfied, please submit a detailed written complaint within 30 days of the issue to feelbetter@self-haven.com for review. You may expect a reply within 30 days of your submission. Every effort will be made to ensure 100% satisfaction. Any dispute that remains unresolved will be handled through mediation, then if necessary, arbitration.

*This course has been approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling for 6 continued education hours. Ref. #20-667306


Restorative Training

with David Bryan at URU Yoga
Friday, May 17 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Kathea and David Bryan in learning more about Restorative Yoga and its benefits. If you are a yoga teacher this training will have you well on the way towards offering Restorative and if you are a student come learn how to incorporate it into your home practice or to start a home practice. We will be working through around 40 postures, discussing the why of Restorative, discussing props, and talking about ways to create more relaxation in our lives.

May 17-May 19:
Friday 6-9 PM
Saturday 9 AM-5 PM
Sunday 12-5 PM
Cost is $150.