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Spring Workshops 2014
Pre-register for workshops online, or call 540-309-0071.
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200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training
with Jill Loftis & Katie Silcox

Fall 2014-Spring 2015. Dates to be announced soon.
Fridays: 6:00 to 8:00 pm; Saturdays: 1:00 to 5:00 pm; Sundays: 1:00 to 5:00 pm

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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Online Payment includes a 3% handling fee.

Reduced full Tuition price of $2550 is for early payment received before August 1st, 2014.

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Saturdays, weekly.
FREE Group Meditation  - Every Saturday morning we will gather for a group meditation.  Each week we will have a different focus, and the beginning portion of the class will be guided and the remainder will be in silence.
We’ll announce in our weekly email the focus for each week, and it will bewritten on a white board at the Studio as you enter in case you enter late and miss the intro.  Remember that whenwe gather together our collectiveenergies become an even stronger force of good in this world.
Join us at Uttara OR on your meditation cushion at home. Meditation will be led by either Kimberly Vest or Jill Loftis. Everyone, including children, are welcome; no meditation experience required.
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Tuesdays:  February 11, 18, 25; March 4. 7:00-8:00pm
Beginner's Yoga Series with Kimberly Vest -- Looking to begin yoga, or refresh your practice?  This is the perfect series for you!  Class topics include classic yoga poses, alignment, philosophy, and breathing techniques.  Fee $40 for 4 classes, space is limited, please pre-register.
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Fridays: February 28, March 14, May 2, May 30.
5:30-6:45 pm

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra -- 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.  Please pre-register, space is limited; drop-in fee/class packs apply.
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Saturday March 1st, 3-5pm
Heated Yin Yang Flow with Vani - It's time to relax, de-stress, and take some time to nurture yourself. Join Vani for this meditative and healing journey that will offer the balancing effects of Yin (passive yoga) and Yang (active) yoga. This workshop will begin with vinyasa Yang Flows and then ease into grounding Yin Asana.

Learn how power of pranayama (breath/energy control) can be used to deepen your practice and enable you to release, renew, and refresh your mind, body, and spirit!

The studio temperature will be kept at 85° to help ease you into a state of deeper release. Please bring your own mat/towel. Register early as space is limited! Fee: $20.

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Tuesdays, March 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.
7:00 to 8:30 pm

Life Transformation Course, Level 1 with Jill Loftis – Feeling stuck? Looking for answers and realizing you need to make major changes in your life? This course will help you to find community and support while making those changes. Learn more about the complete system of yoga, including meditation; find ways to create a spiritual practice that makes you feel connected and whole; and study ancient techniques and tools to transform your body, mind and spirit. Maximum 8 students; please pre-register.   Fee $175 for eight weeks.
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Fridays: March 28, April 18, May 16. 5:30 to 6:45 pm
Gentle Massage and Restorative Yoga with Kimberly Vest & 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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April 4 and 5, 2014
Yoga Workshops with Richard Gartner

Friday, April 4: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Yoga for Runners and Cyclists - Since 2005, Richard has been helping runners and cyclists strengthen and stretch every muscle and decompress every joint from the hips down. Richard also guides studentsthrough the anatomy of the breath and introduces techniques to maximize athletic performance.
Richard addresses common running injuries and how to avoid them or support a recovery.  You'll receive a guide for a five-minute warm-up and cool-down plus a few simple tools to further your routine. Ideal for cross-trainers and for any active individual.
All levels welcome — no yoga experience required.  Pre-registered Fee $30/$35 at the door.

Saturday, April 5: 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Get Crackin! - In 2009, medical doctor Donald Unger ended a 50-year personal experiment - after cracking just his left knuckles at least twice a day for five decades, he concluded "there was no arthritis in either hand, and no apparent differences between the two hands." (from Scientific American). This and many other studies indicate that cracking your joints on occasion doesn't harm them at all.
In fact, it enhances the range of motion in a joint by allowing all potential movement to occur.  We will pop as many joints as we can in the hands, feet, wrists, hips and neck. You might even get lucky and experience the elusive 'firecracker pop' all the way down the spine. In addition to joint cracking, we’ll be doing some abdominal work, deep breathing, and a few long holds.
This class is based on Swami Satyananda Saraswati's Pawanmuktasana Series 1 through 3.  The first is considered anti-rheumatic and the second is for the digestive tract. The third addresses energy blocks in the body.  As for the cracking itself - there are different types of popping in the body. Richard will explain the different types, which ones are good, and how to tell. We'll be focusing on what’s called defixation.
Open to all levels of students. Pre-registered Fee $30/$35 at the door.

Saturday, April 5: 2:30 - 5:00 pm

From Knowing to Balance: An Inversion Immersion - Inversions are a boon for the digestive, circulatory and lymphatic systems, but can be unnerving. The phrase "my world has turned upside-down" indicates disorientation and panic.  Through understanding and a steady, systematic method, we can overcome this fear.
If you've never been upside-down, don't fret! Richard's method includes preliminary practices andassistance to help build strength and understanding. In the spirit of ahimsa (non-violence) and satya (honoring truth), students can work within their level of comfort. Handstand, shoulderstand, forearm balance and headstand will be reviewed.  
Yoga teachers will take away some tips on sequencing an inversion practice.  Students should be familiar with yoga (at least six months of a regular yoga practice) and without recent shoulder or wrist injuries. 
Pre-registered Fee $30/$35 at the door.


All workshops are for all levels. Yoga Alliance CECs available.
$75/for all three sessions prepaid by early registration deadline of March 20; after March 20 investment is $90/for all three sessions.

** Individual sessions are $30 pre-registered, $35 at the door **

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Richard Gartner is a 200-hour Prajna Yoga instructor, which integrates the 8-limbed yoga path, body science and art into a seamless practice. His instructions are accurate without being finicky. He fosters a non-dogmatic and compassionate attitude about students' faculty and circumstances.

The teachings fuse traditional posture and breathwork with contemporary anatomy and bodywork. It draws from all forms of yoga, trigger-point therapy, mindfulness techniques and common sense. His classes are challenging and intense, with a respect for everyone's abilities.  For more on Richard visit his website

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Tuesdays:  April 15, 22, 29 & May 6. 7:00-8:00pm
Prenatal Yoga with Kimberly Vest -- When a woman is living in calmness, radiance, joy and good health, this is the atmosphere in which her baby will enter the world. Yoga helps to create this atmosphere. This class combines yoga stretching and movement, chanting, meditation and deep relaxation with the goal of helping the mother relax and calm herself, connect with her baby, and find the strength within herself to deal with the everyday stresses that come with our busy lives.
This is a wonderful way to connect with other women, share experiences and create community. This class is designed to help you relax and strengthen your rapidly changing body as you become present with your experience. Each class is different as we will address specific issues and concerns.
Kimberly has been teaching prenatal for 8 years and is also a practicing doula. She creates a safe environment where women will feel nurtured and cared for during their pregnancy. Women in your first trimester, please contact Kimberly at to discuss if this class is appropriate for you.  Fee $50 for the four-week series. 
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Saturday, May 10, 2014. On-Going Classes - 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Potluck - 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. ...

Uttara Yoga Studio Yoga Fundraiser to Benefit Student Outreach Services at Mill Mountain Park Picnic Area and Pavillion. Uttara Yoga has been supporting Student Outreach Services for the past several years and we want to raise some more cash for these kids and this fantastic organization.

We will be holding 50-minute outdoor classes, each with a different style from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm with a potluck to follow at 7:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to experience a different style of yoga or to support your favorite teacher.

2:00 pm Beginner’s Yoga Kimberly Vest
3:00 pm Ashtanga Inspired Yoga Sarah Bunger
4:00 pm Tri-Yoga® Basics Lisa Wade
5:00 pm Gentle Yoga/BreathWork Martha Kastler
6:00 pm Hatha II Jill Loftis
7:00 pm POTLUCK!

Student Outreach Services was founded by Amy Waller to provide necessities to homeless, transient, and economically disadvantaged children who attend Roanoke City middle and high schools. Services include emergency clothing, shoes, school supplies, food, winter coats, holiday bag, toiletries, school clothing, and any emergency needs.

(Rain location will be at Uttara Yoga Studio. Please text or call 540-309-0071 or check our Facebook page with any questions about the weather.)

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Donations are tax deductible;
make checks payable to SOS.
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