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Spring Events 2015
Pre-register for workshops online, or call 540-309-0071.
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200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training
with Jill Loftis & Katie Silcox


Reserve your spot for the 2015-16 training!

Click here to read more about the training and register.

Study Topics Include:

- Technique in Asana, Pranayama and Meditation
- Classical Yoga Philosophy and The Yoga Sutras
- Yamas and Niyamas
- Tantra and Kriya Approaches to Asana, Bandha
- Pranayama, Meditation, Kriya, Mudra and Mantra
- Techniques for sequencing based on biomechanical and energetic intelligence
- Western & Eastern Anatomy & Physiology
- Introduction to Ayurveda
- Assisting, Hands-on and Basic Therapeutics
- The Four Desires (manifesting your intentions in the realm of the worldly and the spiritual)
- Teaching Methodology, Skills & Communication
- The Ethics of Teaching Yoga
- Student Teaching & Assisting
- The Business of Yoga

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Tuesdays, June 2, 9, 16 & 23, 7:00 – 8:15 pm
Headstands, Handstands and Practicing Happiness in Inversions . . . A Summer Series with Wendi Wagner. One of the benefits of being upside down is a feeling of lightness. The “happiness asanas” reverse the effect of gravity by pulling energy away from the feet and toward the heart/head. Headstands and handstands can cultivate fearlessness and stimulate focus and concentration. Being upside down can make us feel refreshed and playful. Spending time in inversions can positively influence the cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, and endocrine systems. Learn how by practicing techniques to achieve, improve, or advance your inversion practice. All levels are welcome.

Wendi has been practicing yoga since 1998. She has been exploring the therapeutic potential of movement in healing mind and body through dance and yoga for much of her life. She approaches asana, pranayama, and meditation as a system for self-care that cultivate strength, balance and flexibility of mind and body. Her classes reflect a deep love of yogic philosophy. Through svadhyaya (self-study), we begin creating pathways to clearing inner obstacles, and moving toward a state of ishvara pranidhana (surrender to the divine). $50.00.

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Fridays, 5:30-6:45 pm
June 5 (Jill), June 12 (Wendi), July 3 (Wendi), July 17 (Jill), Aug 14 (Jill rescheduled from Aug 7), Aug 21 (Wendi)
Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with Jill Loftis/Wendi Wagner. Stressed? Tired? Need to reset? This class is for you. We begin with gentle long-hold restorative poses; then relax into savasana, during which you will be guided into a deep state of inner stillness. Amazing for stress reduction.

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space is limited;
drop-in fee/class packs apply.
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June 13, 1:00 – 6:30 pm
Yoga for Nepal Benefit at Uttara Yoga. An event to support the rebuilding of Nepal. Donation based yoga classes on the hour; raffle tickets available for Floyd Fest 3 Day Pass, Yoga Jam tickets and more. For additional information regarding this event and the schedule of classes, please check out

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$5.00 For Each Raffle Ticket
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Friday, June 19, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Gentle Massage/Restorative Yoga with Kimberly Vest and Heather Warner. The ultimate unwind from your week. Join Kimberly Vest who will guide you through a gentle, supported restorative yoga class as Certified Massage Therapist Heather Warner works her magic on your feet, hands and neck.

This is a separate fee class. $25, please pre-register, space is limited.

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Sunday, June 21, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Summer Solstice Kirtan. Join your friends at Uttara to usher in the new season and celebrate the longest day of the year! Call and response chanting, drumming and instrument playing!!

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Friday, June 26, 6:00 – 7:15 pm
Deep Relaxation Gong Meditation. Are you ready to rest, relax, and rejuvenate? During this "sound bath" the gong's vibrations will wash over you like undulating waves, sweeping you away to another realm, carrying you to a place of profound peace and stillness.

The tones of the gong are magical because their energy can
quickly shift your brain waves from a beta to an alpha state, which is perfect for stress reduction and healing. I've always imagined that the vibrations of the gong must sound like the music of the celestial spheres...aren't you curious to experience these tones for yourself? $20.00

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Andy Matzner is a teacher, clinical social worker and psychotherapist. He is also the author of several books, including:
- The Buddha Diet: A Guide to Creating a Positive Relationship with Food and Eating
- The Tarot Activity Book: A Collection of Creative and Therapeutic Ideas for the Cards.

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June 30; July 7, 14, 21, 7:00 to 8:00 pm
The Breathing Body Series with Jill Loftis. An introduction to the transformative practice of breathwork utilizing the Barratt Breathworks method of awakening the innate breath. Each class begins with all-level yoga to prepare the body and then you will be carefully guided through various practices which help you to remove physical and energetic blocks that keep your body from fully experiencing the breath.

No yoga or breathwork experience required. Come dressed for yoga and bring a journal or notebook to record your experiences and build your awareness. Fee: $50 for four weeks.

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Saturday, July 11, 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Yin Yoga for the Hips & Shoulders - A Quiet Practice with Kimberly Vest. In this workshop you'll create space and freedom in the hips and shoulders, strengthening and lengthening the muscles around these joints. This practice will unlock and release the "stuck" energy in these areas and you'll work to strip the layers away the emotional and physical blocks that are held in the hips, neck and shoulders. Using breathe in combination with these unique postures create freedom and strengthen these areas. You'll feel cleansed, refreshed and alive.

Yin Yoga is a quiet practice that encourages the body/mind to open as each pose is held passively for several minutes. Yin Yoga targets the deep, dense connective tissues; the ligaments and fascia, releasing resistance while activating the flow of prana through the core of the body. You will also work with Yang flows to get the body ready for the longer holds as well as counterposes as you explore your edges of self-discovery while cultivating strength, flexibility and energy flow.

$35.00 in Advance/$40.00 at the Door

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Kimberly has been practicing, studying and teaching yoga for the past 25 years. Kimberly teaches many different styles of yoga with her foundational training rooted in the Integral yoga tradition founded by Sri Swami Satchidananda.

Kimberly trained and studied in the Viniyoga tradition. This approach to yoga evolved out of the teachings transmitted by T. Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar of Madras, India. Vini means to adapt and through this training, she became very skillful at adapting classes to the needs of her students.

Most recently, Kimberly has been studying Yin Yoga and Anusara yoga and these unique styles have expanded her understanding of the energetic and spiritual nature of the practice of yoga.

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Saturdays, 12:30 to 1:30 pm.
Lunchtime Lecture Series (Very Informal Gatherings).

July 11, Kimberly Vest
Assisting the Transition; a talk on sickness, dying, hospice, death and
assisting our loved ones and ourselves emotionally and spiritually.

July 18, Dr. Marwood Larson-Harris
Religion/Philosophy Lecturer, Roanoke College
Learn More about the Sacred Texts of Yoga; a lecture and discussion on the Bhavagad Gita and the Mahabharata.

July 25,  Jill Loftis
The Laws of Karma; talk and discussion on what is karma; how do we create positive and negative karma; karma softening techniques; and how to bless and release those who have harmed you.

August 1, Katherine Devine, Professional Artist
Mindful Mixed Media- tips and techniques to help you tune in to your own creative nature. Supplies provided.

August 8, Heather Warner, Massage Therapist
Mayan Abdominal Massage for health and well-being; the Arvigo Therapy system - learn about the causes of various reproductive and digestive issues and how Arvigo therapy can benefit you. Includes a demo on Castor oil packs.

August 15,  Jill Loftis
Astrology Basics; what's happening now and in the coming cycle, as well as pointers to help learn more about your personal astrological cycles.

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Join Uttara instructors and special guests
for six weeks of informational
talks and interactive discussions
on various topics that we are
passionate about!

Suggested donation: $5

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Saturday, July 25, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Inversion Workshop with Sarah Bunger: How To Approach Inversions ... On and Off the Mat. Curious about inversions, then this workshop is for you!! Inversions can be beneficial if done correctly and properly.  The goal of this workshop is to safely experience and incorporate inversions into your yoga practice.

Explore how to prepare for inversions and work with preparatory poses that will help improve alignment while building a strong foundation that stresses the importance of entering each inversion safely. The workshop will break down four different inversions: Shoulder-stand, headstand, forearm balance and handstand. Finally, this workshop will explore how inversions teach us to examine the body and mind on a deeper level, which allows us to be more mindful of our actions on and off the mat. $30.00 in Advance/$35.00 at the door.

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Saturday, August 8, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Introduction to Reflexology for Self-Care with Laura Wall. Join Laura Wall, licensed massage therapist, to learn about Reflexology, an ancient alternative medicine for addressing stress and ailments in the body. It involves pressure points and awareness of the feet primarily, as well as the hands and ears. Reflexology stems from a belief that all organs and parts of the body have direct correlative points to feet, hands and ears.

Gain a basic knowledge of some of these points to help ease ailments for yourself, children, lover, and even pets. Only a few of the possible endless benefits include relaxation, proper digestion, immune system boost, and headache relief, mental well-being, among endless others. We’ll clean up our feet and then dive into demonstrations; you’ll take home a mini Reflexology chart and class talking points too! $35, includes handouts.

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Laura Wall is a licensed massage therapist born and raised in the Roanoke, VA mountains, currently located in Asheville, NC. Her modalities also include Myofascial, Shiatsu and Acupressure.

She has been practicing massage since 2011, reflexology since 2012. Laura has a passion for teaching self care and stress relieving techniques to clients, friends and family.

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Saturday, August 29, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Mom & Baby Yoga with Kimberly Vest. Practicing yoga with your baby is a great way for the two of you to bond while helping to tone your entire body as you challenge your core, thighs, arms and shoulders as well as helping your baby develop motor skills As you practice yoga with your baby you can help stimulate their mental and physical development as well as help them and you sleep longer. $35.00.
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Saturday, August 22, 2-4 pm.
The Map to Freedom. Please join Lynn Theodose, RYT and dedicated teacher and student of the Patanjali Yoga Sutra, for an introduction to this ancient text that is considered the definitive work on Yoga philosophy, and a field guide on the journey to our most authentic self.

This two-hour offering will begin with a discussion on Patanjali, the Maharishi who collected and systematized the teachings of yoga, including the little that is known about him historically, and the deeply symbolic myth of his creation and initiation into teaching. Next we will take a wide overview of the text, touching on the wisdom inherent in its organization, and explore a bit about Sanskrit, the ancient vibratory language in which it is written.

Finally, we will zoom in on several specific sutras. We will learn to chant them in the original Sanskrit, unleashing their power, delve into their translations, and explore how they are as relevant to us today as they were when they were written thousands of years ago. Specifically, we will discover the classic definition of yoga, the freedom derived from living on the path and the bondage that results from refusing the call. We will also discuss the two-pronged approach the yogis prescribe for quieting the incessant turmoil of the mind, and the 5 major thoughts that lead to suffering.

There is something here for both the seasoned yoga student and the absolute beginner. The Yoga Sutra are our clearest link to the original strands of the teachings, and their timeless wisdom can help inform our practice and our lives, and deepen our connection to the chain of seekers who have walked the path before us.

Let the adventure begin! $35

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Lynn TheodoseLynn Theodose grew up in Charlottesville and graduated from Virginia tech in 1992. She spent 11 years in Boulder Colorado before relocating to the island of Kauai. In 2009, she became a Registered Yoga Teacher under master teacher, Bhavani Maki at Yoga Hanalei on Kauai. Lynn is a dedicated student and teacher of asana, pranayama, and philosophy with thousands of teaching hours behind her, including the morning satsang portion of Yoga Hanalei’s 2013 and 2014 Teacher Trainings.

Lynn leans heavily on the Patanjali Yoga Sutra to inform her practice, her classes and her life. She moved back to the New River Valley in 2015 and opened YOGA@CRC at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center on April 1st. Lynn is thrilled to be back in the area, and excited to share this next leg of the journey with a whole new collection of students, teachers, and fellow seekers!

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Tuesday, September 8, 7:00 to 8:15 pm
Live Music Yoga Class with Lobo Marino. Come experience live music and yoga with kirtan/world music recording artists Lobo Marino! Step into the flow with call and response kirtan and then continue to groove with a sweet all-level practice instructed by Jill Loftis. Please join us! $15 pre-registered $20 at the door. For more on our special guests, check it out:
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