Intro to Yoga: A 6-Week Series for Beginners with Jennifer Collins, RYT-200

This series is designed for the beginner student seeking a strong foundation of the basic asanas (poses) found in Vinyasa (flow) classes. Students will gain an understanding of the breath, how it links to movement, and the correct structural alignment of each pose, including appropriate modifications. Each class will incorporate guided meditation and restorative practices, as well as time for discussion.  Instructor:  Jennifer Collins, RYT-200.

Class is held on Sundays from 2-3:30 PM, beginning January 7th, 2018 and concluding on February 11th, 2018.  Pre-registration required.  $125 for all 6 classes.

Course Content:

  • Week 1:  Introduction to Vinyasa; coming into the body/gentle practice (focus on feet and grounding).
  • Week 2:  Connecting breath to movement and breaking down the sun salutations (surya A & B).
  • Week 3:  Square hip poses and yin (hips and shoulders focus).
  • Week 4:  Open hip poses and restorative (hamstrings and low back focus).
  • Week 5:  Connecting to core and pranayama (breath).
  • Week 6:  Beginner flow practice class.

 

Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga: Cultivating a Specific Daily Yoga Practice with Robbie Norris

 

 

We are excited to offer another full weekend workshop with guest teacher Robbie Norris.  These classes will take place starting at 5 PM on Friday, January 12th and conclude with a morning session at 9 AM on Sunday, January 14th.  Pre-registration is required, and the cost ($130, $150 after January 5th, 2018) covers the series of 4 classes offered that weekend.  Drop-in cost for each session is $45.  See times/details below.

 

This workshop is suitable for people brand new to yoga, for regular yoga practitioners, and for yoga teachers.  It does not matter how stiff, weak, or old you are — Robbie specializes in helping people of all states learn to practice yoga according to their unique condition.

 

 

Friday 5:00-7:00 pm:  Sun Salutations & Standing Postures

Discussion of the healing and meditative “daily self-practice” nature of Ashtanga Yoga that was introduced in September 2017.

New students will learn and memorize the specific Ashtanga Yoga method of performing sun salutations, which compose the first 15 minutes — and comprise the essential elements —  of the larger, 90-minute, Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga practice.  This will entail detailed discussion and demonstration of proper ways to modify the sun salutation for people of all ages and conditions.

Old students (those who attended the first workshop) who are familiar with the sun salutations and the Standing Postures of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga, will practice them on their own with Robbie’s help as needed.

Then Robbie will “call out” the Standing Postures breath by breath, for everyone to do in unison, with a short Closing.

Saturday 9:00-11:00 am:  Standing Postures

Students will practice on their own the 5 sun salutations A, and 5 sun salutations B, that we learned the previous evening.  We will then explore memorizing the specific 15-minute sequence of the Standing Postures, as well as the full 15-minute Closing Sequence including backbends, shoulder stand and headstand. 

 

Saturday 2:00-4:00 pm:  “Led” Practice with Seated Postures

Students will practice on their own the sun salutations, and then Robbie will review the full sequence of Seated Postures, showing how the postures can be performed and memorized by people of all ages and abilities.

 

Sunday 9:00 – 12:00 am:  Led Full Primary Series

Guided Full Primary Series practice.  We will begin with the sun salutations, followed by the specific sequence of Standing Postures, Seated Postures and Closing Postures.  There will be ample time for discussion before, during and after practice.


 

The Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga was conceived in Mysore, India during the last century, and has ancient roots.  Designed to strengthen and align the body, and purify the internal organs, this specific yoga practice is a world-renowned gold standard of meditative holistic healing.  Most practices referred to as vinyasa yoga derive from Ashtanga Yoga.  Because it is infinitely modifiable, the Primary Series can be learned by anyone — regardless of age, level of physical fitness, destructive habits or station in life.  This yoga practice encourages self awareness and self reliance, and it stimulates the body’s incredible healing processes.

Most people who attend yoga classes have little if any experience practicing yoga on their own, and many yoga teachers struggle to cultivate an effective and consistent yoga practice apart from their teaching duties.

However, as with any pursuit, consistent frequent practice is the key ingredient to deepening proficiency.  Everyone who attends this workshop will learn how to perform their own specific daily yoga practice.  Yoga teachers who attend will enhance their own practices, as well as learn various ways to help students approximate text-book postures in a way that is safe and beneficial for their students.


Robbie Norris teaches a specific fundamental yoga practice — The Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga – both privately in people’s homes (RichmondPrivateYoga), and at his Jackson Ward studio, Richmond City Yoga.  Robbie has been practicing daily since 2001; and he enjoys helping people of all ages and health statuses learn this practice, and adapt it to their particular situation.   It is infinitely modifiable.

 From April 2008 through September 2015, Robbie taught over 1,000 classes to inmates in the Richmond City Justice Center (formerly Richmond City Jail).

 Robbie welcomes and encourages students of all shapes, ages, cultures, races and backgrounds, bringing people together with a yoga practice that heightens collective abilities and good qualities, aiming to have a positive effect on the health and culture of the city of Richmond, Virginia.

 

Abiding Silence: Half Day Open Retreat, November 5th from 12 Noon – 6 PM

Relax and renew your body, mind and spirit at Bodhi Tree’s first Silent Meditation Retreat.  The studio and grounds of Bodhi Tree will be open and available to those wishing to deepen their practice of meditation and/or yoga on Sunday, November 5th.

Our day begins at 12 noon, with 1-hour blocks of open, silent meditation.  Each block will include 20 minutes of seated meditation, 10 minutes of walking meditation, then 20 more minutes of seated meditation. After a 10-minute break, the next block will begin.  At 4 PM Liz’s regularly scheduled Sunday yoga class will be held, although for this class participants are requested to maintain silence before, during and after the class.  The last meditation block will last from 5:30-6:00 and will include 20 minutes of seated meditation and will culminate in a (very non-silent!) chanting of the Heart Sutra.

Participants are invited to come for some or all of the mediations.  You may stay for the entire day, drop in and out, and take breaks as you wish.  The only requirement is that you join our community in observing silence.  On the day of the retreat, participants will be given a few additional instructions before entering the grounds and studio areas so that we may all enter into the experience of “quietly abiding”– both with ourselves and others. If you have no previous meditation experience, we ask that you email us in advance so that we can arrange for advance instruction in sitting and walking meditation.

Coffee, tea and fruit will be available throughout the day, and you are welcome to bring your own food and beverages if you wish.  Parking is limited, so please carpool if you can!  The retreat is free and open to the public and no advance registration is required. 

Heart Sutra discussion on Wednesday November 1st, 8th & 15th from 5:30-6:45 PM

Prepare for holiday frenzies! Explore and discuss the Heart Sutra (Prajna Paramita) with Mary Moffat.

This class meets from 5:30 – 6:45 PM on Wednesday, November 1st, 8th & 15th.  $10 donation requested/class.

This Sanskrit sutra is revered in every Buddhist tradition and aligns with Western ethics.  The pithy content leads the mind to deeper appreciation and experience of a pervasive ‘Buddha nature’ residing in each of us.  Various translations of the Sanskrit text will be compared.  Anyone curious is invited to discover more about the sutra’s guidance on integrating meditation, wisdom, and conduct in ordinary activities.  

Mary Moffat RN, PhD in Education (Ohio University anticipated December 2017) has studied with Kabot-Zinn, Lamas from several Buddhist lineages, and respected integrative practitioners . Her nursing career in Western healthcare spanned 40 years which began in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has long term interests in yoga, healing modalities, dream interpretation, and meditation formats. More details available on request.  In 2015 she founded the Athens Center for Integrative Arts (ACIA) to facilitate community access for informal meetings lead by various practitioners to learn about areas promoting healthy choices. ACIA is sponsoring this event at Bodhi Tree and is open to everyone curious about learning more on this well known sutra.

Primary text is The Wisdom Gone Beyond by Lama Migmar Tseten (2014).  Selected segments of Awakening the Heart by Thich Nhat Hanh (2012) and other commentaries are included in discussions

Copies of the books will be available at each class.  Suggested donation for each class:  $10.

Meander Lines: An exhibit of new work by Molly Schoenhoff, FREE, Saturday, October 14th 5-7PM

Join us for h’ors de’ouvres and drinks on Saturday, October 14th from 5 – 7 PM to meet Molly, view the installation and celebrate her work!

 

“Find Your Float” Arm Balance and Inversion Workshop with Cait Nolan, RYT-200

Sunday, September 24th 10 AM – 12 PM, $25 drop-in.

This workshop is for those who have begun exploring inversions and arm balances like supported headstand and crow pose and are now looking to cultivate a deeper awareness along with a greater sense of fluidity in their approach. The workshop will begin with a heat-generating flow. We will then look at ways to build float into the familiar vinyasa flows by breaking down common arm support postures and transitions. We will spend time experimenting with different approaches to handstand and forearm stand.  Time permitting, we will also play with some fun arm balance combinations.

Some Things We Will Cover:

  • functional anatomy of select arm balances and inversions
  • Core integregration
  • Entering a handstand with control (“pressing”)
  • Strengthening drills
  • Wrist and Shoulder Maintenance
  • Finding float in your flow

Students who have a some experience with supported headstand and crow pose will be able to gain the most from this workshop

 Cait Nolan currently lives and works as an artist, yoga instructor, homesteader in eastern North Carolina.

Yoga has been a part of her daily life since 2010 when she happened to trade some of my art for yoga classes. She was hooked from her first savasana. Cait’s approaches both her personal practice and her teaching practice with humble curiosity and thoughtful consideration.  Through yoga she has

found a sense of home in her own body. In her teaching, Cait attempts to make space for all to feel safe and empowered by meeting her students where they are and helping them explore new possibilities.

Cait’s 200-hour teacher training was completed at Power Yoga Works, Philadelpia in 2015.  In order to deepen her understanding of the body she subsequently completed two 30-hour Thai Yoga Massage Trainings, one in Japan and one in Thailand.  In 2016 she completed the Yoga For All Training with Dianne Bondy and Amber Karnes and in 2017 she complete a yoga for trauma training with Molly Harris.  Informed by these trainings, along with the influence of varied experiences as a practitioner, she designs and leads classes with an emphasis on alignment, strength and breath.

The practice of mindful movement has been a powerful force in Cait’s life, and as an instructor she hopes to make the benefits of yoga and specifically asana practice accessible to all.

Ayurvedic Massage with Carissa Rose, LMT

Warm up this fall with an Ayurvedic massage.  Carissa Rose, LMT is now offering Abhyanga and Shirodhara Ayurvedic massages.  Both are traditional warm oil treatments…perfect for the changing season!  Enjoy them on their own or as a 2-hour combination. See details and pricing below:

Abhyanga Ayurvedic Massage uses rhythmic movements, warm oil and focuses on joints for a blissful experience! Cost, $65 for 1 hour.

Shirodhara Ayurvedic Massage is the traditional treatment where warm oil is continuously poured over the forehead to relax and calm the body and mind.  Cost, $100 for 1 hour.

Have a 2-hour experience with both treatments for $165.

Click here to schedule your session or call Liz at 740-707-2050

Restorative Yoga with Live Therapeutic Music to welcome the Fall Equinox

Join us at Bodhi Tree Studio for a special candle-lit restorative yoga class with live music to celebrate Fall Equinox!  Board-certified music therapist Guinevere Whitford offers soothing harp improvisations while Stephanie Robinson, certified yoga instructor, guides us in renewing body and spirit.

All levels are warmly welcomed as we in turn welcome in the new season!

Friday evening, September 22, 6:00-7:15

Class fee is $10.

Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga: Cultivating a Specific Daily Yoga Practice with Robbie Norris

 

 

We are excited to offer our first full weekend workshop with guest teacher Robbie Norris.  These classes will take place starting at 5 PM on Friday, September 8th and conclude with a morning session at 9 AM on Sunday, September 10th.  Pre-registration is required, and the cost ($100, $125 after August 25th) covers the series of 4 classes offered that weekend.  See times/details below.

 

This workshop is suitable for people brand new to yoga, for regular yoga practitioners, and for yoga teachers.  It does not matter how stiff, weak, or old you are — Robbie specializes in helping people of all states learn to practice yoga according to their unique condition.

 

 

Friday 5:00-7:00 pm:  Sun Salutations

Discussion of Ashtanga Yoga as a healing and meditative daily practice.  Students will learn and memorize the specific Ashtanga Yoga method of performing sun salutations, which compose the first 15 minutes — and comprise the essential elements —  of the larger, 90-minute, Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga practice.  This will entail detailed discussion and demonstration of proper ways to modify the sun salutation for people of all ages and conditions.

 

Saturday 9:00-11:00 am:  Standing Postures

We will go straight through the 5 sun salutations A, and 5 sun salutations B, that we learned the previous evening.  We will then take ample time to learn the specific 15-minute sequence of the Standing Postures of the Primary Series.

 

Saturday 2:00-4:00 pm:  “Led” Practice with Closing Postures

Robbie will “call out” the practice we have learned so far, breath by breath — beginning with the 10 sun salutations and through the Standing Postures (without stopping to “workshop” the details).  Then we will learn the Closing Postures of the Ashtanga Yoga practices, including back-bending, shoulder stand, and headstand.

 

Sunday 9:00 – 11:00 am:  Led 1/2 Primary Series

Guided 1/2 Primary Series practice.  We will begin with the sun salutations, followed by the specific sequence of Standing Postures.  We will then experiment with the first half of the seated postures of the Primary Series, followed by the Closing Postures.


 

The Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga was conceived in Mysore, India during the last century, and has ancient roots.  Designed to strengthen and align the body, and purify the internal organs, this specific yoga practice is a world-renowned gold standard of meditative holistic healing.  Most practices referred to as vinyasa yoga derive from Ashtanga Yoga.  Because it is infinitely modifiable, the Primary Series can be learned by anyone — regardless of age, level of physical fitness, destructive habits or station in life.  This yoga practice encourages self awareness and self reliance, and it stimulates the body’s incredible healing processes.

Most people who attend yoga classes have little if any experience practicing yoga on their own, and many yoga teachers struggle to cultivate an effective and consistent yoga practice apart from their teaching duties.

However, as with any pursuit, consistent frequent practice is the key ingredient to deepening proficiency.  Everyone who attends this workshop will learn how to perform their own specific daily yoga practice.  Yoga teachers who attend will enhance their own practices, as well as learn various ways to help students approximate text-book postures in a way that is safe and beneficial for their students.


Robbie Norris teaches a specific fundamental yoga practice — The Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga – both privately in people’s homes (RichmondPrivateYoga), and at his Jackson Ward studio, Richmond City Yoga.  Robbie has been practicing daily since 2001; and he enjoys helping people of all ages and health statuses learn this practice, and adapt it to their particular situation.   It is infinitely modifiable.

 From April 2008 through September 2015, Robbie taught over 1,000 classes to inmates in the Richmond City Justice Center (formerly Richmond City Jail).

 Robbie welcomes and encourages students of all shapes, ages, cultures, races and backgrounds, bringing people together with a yoga practice that heightens collective abilities and good qualities, aiming to have a positive effect on the health and culture of the city of Richmond, Virginia.

 

Intro to Yoga: A 6-Week Series for Beginners with Jennifer Collins, RYT-200

This series is designed for the beginner student seeking a strong foundation of the basic asanas (poses) found in Vinyasa (flow) classes. Students will gain an understanding of the breath, how it links to movement, and the correct structural alignment of each pose, including appropriate modifications. Each class will incorporate guided meditation and restorative practices, as well as time for discussion.  Instructor:  Jennifer Collins, RYT-200.

Class is held on Sundays from 2-3:30 PM, beginning September 17th and ending October 22nd.  Pre-registration required.  $125 for all 6 classes.

Course Content:

  • Week 1:  Introduction to Vinyasa; coming into the body/gentle practice (focus on feet and grounding).
  • Week 2:  Connecting breath to movement and breaking down the sun salutations (surya A & B).
  • Week 3:  Square hip poses and yin (hips and shoulders focus).
  • Week 4:  Open hip poses and restorative (hamstrings and low back focus).
  • Week 5:  Connecting to core and pranayama (breath).
  • Week 6:  Bringing it all together.