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Summer Workshops 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.

Choose a Payment Option

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Please pre-register.

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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: May 20 & 27, June 3 & 10, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Prenatal Yoga with Kimberly Vest. This class combines yoga stretching and movement, chanting, meditation and deep relaxation with the goal of helping the mother relax and 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. Kimberly has been teaching prenatal for 10 years and is also a practicing doula. She creates a safe environment where women will feel nurtured during their pregnancy. Please email Kimberly to discuss if this class is appropriate for you, Fee $50 for the four-week series.

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Tuesdays: May 20, 27 & June 3, 10, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Beginner's Yoga with Kimberly Vest. It can be hard to make that first step to trying yoga; this series is designed for the true beginner or anyone who wants to deepen their practice. Each week builds on the previous week and will have you ready to join a regular class.  Class topics include classic yoga poses, alignment, philosophy, and breathing techniques. Kimberly is skilled at adapting poses and has a kind, gentle approach.

Fee $50 for 4 classes, space is limited, please pre-register.

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Tuesdays: May 20, 27, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Introduction to Astrology with Jill Loftis. The position of the planets in the sky the moment you were born tells you the curriculum you have chosen for this school for the soul that is incarnation. Why are you here? What are your blessings and challenges? The science of astrology can help you with these questions and more.  This two-part intro is a tiny taste of this vast science. Class is held in the Lunar Studio.

Includes a copy of your natal chart/ computer generated interpretations;pre-register, fee $35.

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Fridays: June 13, June 20, August 1, August 15 5:30-6:45 pm
Moving Meditation and Restorative Breathwork with Martha Kastler. This gentle yet powerful class is appropriate for all levels of practitioners. Working with simple focused therapeutic movement and asana, we will gently relax the body and mind.  Then restorative poses will lead us into breathwork and meditation. The combined practice cultivates deep awareness of the subtle energy system. Movement will be approximately 45 minutes and breathwork and meditation 30 minutes. Come experience the dance of Spirit and Nature together that is your true expression.

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Friday, June 20, 2014, 5:30 pm check-in
Sunday, June 22, 2014, 12 Noon check-out

Summer Solstice Yoga Retreat with Jill Loftis & Kimberly Vest
Immerse yourself in nature and practice asana, pranayama, meditation, deep relaxation and chanting. This retreat is appropriate for all levels, including beginners.

Accommodations are rustic yet modern, with separate double/twin beds, bunk bed style in each room of the lodge. The lodge has its own kitchen if you have specific dietary needs. All linens: sheets, pillows, pillow cases, blankets, towels, etc. is provided.

Free outdoor activities: canoeing & swimming on pond, hiking the 500 mile property, horseshoes, sand volleyball, Frisbee gold course, field game equipment for soccer, football, Frisbee, etc.
Note: Please bring appropriate shoes, clothing, rain gear, yoga mat, water bottle and insect repellent.
Retreat Schedule
3:00 - 5:30 pm: Arrival and settling in
5:15 pm: Friday night unwind – gentle yoga/yoga nidra
6:00 pm: Gather at Sly Lodge to meet the group.
6:30 pm: Dinner at Main Lodge
8:00 pm: [talk/gathering/informal tarot]
10:00 pm: lights out
7:00 am: optional meditation
8:00 am: optional yoga
9:00 am: breakfast
10:00 am: Free time
Noon Lunch
1:00 pm: [lecture]
2:00 pm: Free time
5:00 pm: optional yoga
6:30 pm: Dinner
7:30 pm: Ritual/Fire/Chanting Social time bring smores bring instruments
7:00 am: optional meditation
8:00 am: optional yoga
9:00 am: breakfast
10:00 am: walking meditation
10:30 am: optional yoga
Noon Closing Ritual; goodbye!

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The solstice is an essential point in the year where we can honor the flow of life on earth. It is a time for us to come back into balance and harmony. As the Earth moves through its cycles of darkness into light and back again, we also share a parallel journey. With the Sun at its highest point in the sky, we can be reminded our own light.

Now is the time to reconnect to the light within ourselves, the light of our highest self. Immersed in nature, you will experience yoga asana, pranayama, meditation, kirtan and satsang as well as home cooked meals prepared with fresh ingredients.

Founded Uttara Yoga Studio in Roanoke, Virginia in 2008. Her ecletic style weaves together the knowledge of Kriya Yoga with her studies under many gifted teachers She leades classes and workshops regionally on a variety of topics including astrology, stress reduction, and group breathwork.

Kimberly has been teaching and practicing yoga for over 20 years. Her foundational training was in the Integral yoga tradtion and trained and studied in the Viniyoga and Anusara traditions. Kimberly is skillful at adaptng classes to the needs of her students.

$250.00 before June 1 / $275.00 after June 1

To register, please contact Uttara Yoga Studio at (540) 309-0071 or via email:

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Fridays, June 27, July 25 & August 22, 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. Please pre-register, space is limited.

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Sunday, July 13 - 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Kirtan Concert with David Newman (Durga Das). Step into the sacred for an evening of healing call and response chanting, devotional music and sacred song with Kirtan Chant Artist David Newman (Durga Das). David’s distinctive approach to Kirtan embodies a heartfelt devotional mysticism with an adventurous musicality and poetic intimacy. Join us for an uplifting journey into bliss! All are welcome!
David Newman or Durga Das, as he is also known, is a Kirtan chant artist, sacred singer songwriter and a practitioner and educator of Bhakti Yoga - the Yoga of Love. David travels extensively sharing Kirtan, devotional music and the spiritual, meditative and musical aspects of Yoga. His music embodies a devotional mysticism, distinctive musicality, poetic intimacy and a joyous, often ecstatic quality. David is a recording artist for White Swan Records, the author of Merging with Grace, and the founder of The Stay Strong Project and Yoga On Main. He lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife Mira and daughter Tulsi. &

$25 pre-registered before July 1; $30 at the door.

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Friday, July 18, 2014, 5:00 - 9:00 pm;
Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm; and
Sunday, July 20, 2014, 10:00 - 3:00 pm

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Lisa Bergly (15 CEUs given to all RYT). Jill is thrilled to bring one of her spiritual sisters to Roanoke for this amazing training; It's a twofer... give yourself permission to rest, rebalance and restore while learning how to teach the ancient art of Restorative Yoga! Restorative Yoga is becoming more and more recognized and valued as a healing tool for deep relaxation, stress relief and recovery. It has a very beneficial outcome when used as a tool in fighting against and managing the treatment of depression and PTSD.
Restorative Yoga is ojas building and very balancing for all body types, when practiced along with guided imagery, guided meditation or yoga nidra, Restorative Yoga allows the body to restore, heal and rejuvenate and is accessible to all people and therefore is an attainable healing tool no matter the level of pain or imbalance in the body, mind or spirit.

Knowing how to lead and build a restorative yoga practice is a must in any yoga teacher's tool box as she/he strives to us the therapeutic aspects and qualities of yoga and help people reclaim their inner radiance, alleviate tension and stress and stimulate their natural healing response. Graduates will be eligible to teach Restorative Yoga in a variety of settings, offering private Restorative Yoga sessions and group Restorative Yoga classes with confidence and wisdom.

In this training students will learn: Restorative Yoga asana; alignment, benefits, counter indications, use of props, therapeutic warm-up movement; Pawanmuktasana Series ~ Devine Wind Joint Series, Pranayama and Pratyahara kriyas for Restorative Yoga and Deep Relaxation. You will learn different types of relaxation: Visualization, Guided Imagery, Yoga Nidra along with the use of Ayurvedic principles in Private Restorative Yoga Sessions with an added bonus of Marma Point Hand and Foot Massage techniques along with the use of Essential Oils specifically for Restorative Yoga.

Restorative Yoga is prop-intensive! Prop kits will be available for purchase before the training; if you are interested, email Jill. Recommended props: 5 or 6 yoga blankets, 2 rectangle bolsters, 2 sturdy blocks (not foam), 2 yoga straps/belts at least 8 ft. in length with D ring optional, eye pillow, a selection of essential oils or favorite blend, a silk scarf.

For more on Lisa visit her website:

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