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Winter Events 2014
Pre-register for workshops online, or call 540-309-0071.
More Workshops will be added! Check back later.
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200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training
with Jill Loftis & Katie Silcox

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Saturdays: 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Sundays: 1:00 to 5:00 pm

October 3-5, 2014
October 24-26, 2014
November 7-9, 2014
November 14-16, 2014
December 5-7, 2014
January 9-11, 2015
January 23-25, 2015
February 6-8, 2015
Feb 27-March 1, 2015
March 13-15, 2015
March 27-29, 2015
April 10-12, 2015
April 24-26, 2015

Fall 2014-Spring 2015.
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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Please pre-register.

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Sundays: Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & Dec 7, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Yoga Sutras Study Group with Kimberly Vest

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are one of the primary texts of yoga. If you are looking to take your practice beyond the mat, this course is for you. The word sutra means “thread” and these brief, concise threads weave together to outline the complete system that is yoga.

Each class will focus on three to five sutras and break down the meaning of each. You will also learn to chant each sutra with proper pronunciation and each session will end with a short meditation. You will gain a deeper understanding of how this ancient text is not just a manual on yoga philosophy, but also a manual to help you better your life.

No previous exposure to the Yoga Sutras is required. All that is needed is a sincere desire to go deeper with your yoga practice. A copy of Swami Satchitananda’s translation is suggested. There will be homework each week to enrich your experience.

Please contact Kimberly (206) 200-7849 if you have questions. All ages welcome, please pre-register, space is limited. Six-week course, fee $70.

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Tuesdays: November 4, 11, 18, 25, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Beginner's Yoga - Level 2, with Kimberly Vest. You have started your yoga journey, but you are ready to take it to the next level! The series will dig a little deeper into yoga philosophy, breathing techniques and pose alignment. If you’ve taken the Beginner’s Yoga, Tri-Yoga or Hatha I class, this series is for you!

Please call or register online, fee $50 for four weeks or drop in $15. Class packs accepted.

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Fridays, Dec 12, Jan 2, Feb 20, 5:30-6:45 pm
Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with Jill Loftis. 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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Saturday, December 13, 3:00 to 5:00 pm
MORE Arm Balance Fun with Jeanmarie Paolillo. Uttara Yoga welcomes new area resident and yogini Jeanmarie Paolillo for another fun afternoon playing with arm balances and the building blocks that lead to the strength, balance, grace and courage needed for these challenging poses. Even if your feet never leave the floor you will come away with tips and techniques to help you approach these fun gravity defying poses!

Come with a sense of adventure and play, open to all levels of students; please pre-register; space is limited so that everyone gets individualized attention. Poses will include Bakasana (crow); the transition of Bakasana to Chaturanga Dandasana (crow to the low pushup); and Parsva Bakasana (side crow).  Please pre-register, space is limited, fee $35 in advance, $40 at the door.

For more on Jeanmarie, check out her website,

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Fridays: Dec 19, Jan 16, Feb 13, 5:30 – 6:45 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, December 21, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Winter Solstice Kirtan Celebration. Join us to usher in the new season and celebrate the return of the Sun! Call and response chanting.

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January 1, 2015, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
4th Annual Movement, Mantra & Meditation for Charity with Kimberly Vest. Join Kimberly for this two-hour class and begin the new year with a quiet mind, calm breath and a light body! We will work with movement, breath and mantra thus uniting body, mind and breath. This practice will allow you to work at a deeper level with flowing postures to relax the body and using sound as a tool to quite the mind, eradicate stress and release toxins accumulated in our bodies.

We will end our time together with yoga nidra (deep-relaxation) followed
by a “japa” based meditation. Japa is the process of mentally repeating a

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Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 and Feb 3, 10, 17, 24; 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
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; $80 for eight weeks.

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Tuesdays, Jan 13, 20, 27; Feb 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3, 7:00 – 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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Saturday, January 17, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Essential Oil Basics with Heather Riddle. In this 2-hour workshop Heather will walk you through the properties and uses of some of the most widely used oils for your home, health and spiritual practices. You will learn simple and quick replacements for first aid, body-mind wellness, self-care, home cleaning and energy clearing. We will learn about the spiritual uses of some oils and have a guided meditation utilizing whatever oil you choose for that day. See how a well chosen oil can evolve your spiritual practice. We will be using Doterra oils; (, dedicated to discovering and developing the world's highest-quality therapeutic-grade essential oil products); all participants will leave with a 4-pack of samples in a purse/glovebox pouch.

Heather Riddle graduated from The Blue Ridge School of Massage and Yoga in 2006 and has been practicing in Roanoke ever since. She uses her Reiki and Yoga training mostly in her household to raise her beautiful children and is happy to share her knowledge about essential oils and doTERRA products with anyone who will listen! Find and friend her at Cost: $45.00. Please register by January 12.

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Friday, January 30, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Saturday, January 31, 2015, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Sunday, February 1, 2015, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Meditation Teacher Training with Gracia McKinley
. Radiate the wisdom and joy you wish to see in the world by learning to teach meditation. Whether you are a student of meditation or wanting to be able to teach meditation or add meditation techniques into your yoga classes, this weekend of immersion is for you! Learn how to guide others through visualizations, mantra, mudra, and pranayama to induce a relaxed and engaged state of mind. In this training you will learn about the levels of yogic meditation and how the ability to concentrate can lead to deeper states of meditation.

The Meditation Teacher Training is designed for yoga teachers who want to deepen their own meditation practice and/or add meditation to their course offerings. It is also suitable for those who would like to deepen their own knowledge and practice of meditation. More and more people are interested in exploring meditation. There is a lot of research being done on the benefits of meditation and the media has been reporting it. People are hungry for practices that will help them stay centered in the midst of their busy lives. This program will help you to develop your own practice and to feel confident offering meditation classes. It will also give you many techniques to incorporate meditation into your classes and workshops.

Topics Covered:
  • Definition of Yogic Meditation
  • Mantra
  • Mudra
  • Visualization Techniques
  • The Yoga Sutras and Meditation
  • The Yamas and Niyamas and Meditation
  • Helping students to get comfortable
  • Simple seated movements to ease tension while sitting

Prerequisites: A keen interest in meditation as part of the spiritual system of yoga. Please pre-register; 10 hours Yoga Alliance CEUs; fee $165 registered before January 10; after $185.

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Gracia Gimse McKinley is the founder and guiding teacher of One Spirit Yoga in Northfield, Minnesota. Her yoga education includes more than 2,000 hours of training in hatha yoga therapeutics, yoga theory and philosophy, and yogic meditation. She is an ordained Swami in the Kriya Yoga Lineage. Gracia began practicing hatha yoga and meditation 30 years ago when she was traveling in Asia with her family. Throughout most of her life, yoga provided balance and a restful break. Then, in 2002, Gracia discovered the Temple of Kriya Yoga and the teachings of Goswami Kriyananda and the Kriya Yoga lineage, and everything shifted.

Yoga became for her a spiritual path of awakening. She received her 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher certification from the Temple and has also completed the Kriya Seminary. Understanding the profound benefits of relaxation, she also attended a teacher training course in Restorative Yoga with Judith Hansen Lasater. Gracia completed her 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training with an emphasis on Yoga Therapeutics at Yoga North in Duluth, Minnesota. She has also participated in Mathew Sanford's Adaptive Yoga Teacher Training program.

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Jan 30 to Feb 2: Limited # of time slots available
Vastu House/Business Blessings with Gracia McKinley. Wonderful for energetic cleansing and creating a positive flow of energy at your home or business.

Vastu is the yoga of space design, very similar to the Chinese practice of Feng Shui. It is a Vedic science that is thousands of years old. A Vastu House/Business Blessing consists of placing yantras (small geometric drawings) and small stones in each of the directions while chanting mantra to enhance the flow of prana (life energy). Gracia will give you suggestions for simple changes to your home environment to help prana flow more harmoniously through your space. The primary benefit of a Vastu House or Business Blessing is the reduction of stressful energy in your environment. Fee: $125.00

Gracia Gimse McKinley is the founder and guiding teacher of One Spirit Yoga in Northfield, Minnesota. Her yoga education includes more than 2,000 hours of training in hatha yoga therapeutics, yoga theory and philosophy, and yogic meditation. Gracia's interest in energy flow extends beyond the physical body and into the environment with her practice of vastu shastra: the yoga of space design. Gracia completed the Vastu Professional Training Course at the American Institute of Vastu.

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Saturday, February 14, 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Valentine’s Day Partner Yoga with Jill Loftis and Steve Hetherington. Come with your sweetheart or a friend and experience intimacy through the “union” that is Yoga. Jill and Steve create a relaxed, playful atmosphere, and all levels of students are welcome, even total beginners. Work with balance; communication skills; trust; and finding yourself in relationship to the “other. Explore partner yoga poses, partner mudras and breathwork. A different way to celebrate the day! Fee $50 per couple, please pre-register.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015, 1:00 to 5:00 pm
The Seven Steps of Vibing with Jeanmarie Paolillo,
author of The Vibe-a-Thon

Do you believe you can have what you want?

Life is filled with infinite possibilities, and yet we often hold ourselves back from the very things we most desire. But by tweaking our perception, we are able to move in the direction of our goals. Vibing is the art of aligning your internal world with what you want, and then mindfully creating it. It is a practical approach that draws from Eastern philosophies as well as scientific research, and provides a step-by-step process that will lead you from dreaming your dreams to living the life you have always dreamed of.

Join author and yoga teacher Jeanmarie Paolillo for a deeper understanding
of creating from the inside out; a peek into the mind and how it works;
and what she has defined as the 7 Steps of Vibing. You will receive a signed copy of the book; a workshop; tips for beginning and deepening both meditation and mindfulness practices with led meditation at the end of the
workshop; and plenty of time for questions and answers.

$75; pre-register, space is limited. Fee includes a copy of the book (a $20 value)

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About the Book: The Vibe-a-Thon will bring this broad, practical exploration of mindful creating (and living) to people outside the parameters of the yoga community. As well, it will help expand understanding of the more far-reaching and fulfilling teachings underlying the physical practice within the yoga community. It is a light-hearted book that is meant to be read throughout the course of a month, with weekly exercises and daily contemplations to help deepen awareness and keep the "vibe" up.

For more on Jeanmarie, check out her website, Jeanmarie Paolillo, author of The Vibe-A-Thon, is a senior teacher, teacher trainer and mentor who formerly taught at Yoga Works in New York City. She leads trainings and workshops on asana, the philosophy of yoga, meditation and mindfulness, and the energetic body internationally.

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