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Spring Events 2015
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


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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Fridays, March 6, April 3, May 8, 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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March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21 & 28; 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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Fridays: March 20, April 17, May 22, 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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amber lungeSunday, March 22
2:00 – 4:30 pm
Body Positive Yoga Workshop
with Amber Karnes

Amber Karnes is an aspiring yogi, RYT-200 yoga asana teacher, and a lifelong student of her body. For Amber, yoga has been an integral part of a decade-long journey toward self-acceptance and body positivity – a journey of making peace with her body and helping others to do the same.

In this workshop, we'll explore things like: How to keep your boobs out of your face, twisting and folding when you have a belly, and other "sticky spots" like sun salutations and inversions. We'll help each other find safe alignment and freedom in poses, learn to modify yoga to fit our bodies, and have some laughs along the way. Yoga teachers who'd like to learn modifications for your larger students are also welcome!

In Amber's classes and workshops, students of all shapes and sizes will find tips, tricks, and modifications to make yoga asana work for their unique body, instead of being squished into poses for the sake of form over function. She emphasizes safe alignment and mindful transitions, and gives each student permission to honor the body they bring to the mat today, while being empowered to learn about the body's intelligence and power.

Fee: $45.00

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Due to circumstances beyond our
control, the workshop is cancelled. We are working on finalizing a new date to reschedule.

amberAmber is a big fan of "yoga in non-yoga places" like libraries, parks, and festivals and often teaches free, accessible classes in her community. She is currently leading a 6-week beginners yoga and mindfulness series for people living with HIV.

Amber also serves on the Advisory Council for Women's Power Space where she seeks to further the message of inclusivity, consent, agency, body positivity, and accessibility for women on and off the mat. She blogs at

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Sunday, March 22 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Spring Equinox Celebration. Join your friends at Uttara to usher in the new season and celebrate new beginnings! Call and response chanting.

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dance of breathSaturday, April 18 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Dance of Breath with Leia Jones and Martha Kastler

Experience the dance of the breath with Leia Jones and Martha Kastler. This workshop combines mindful movement and breath, breathwork, and meditation. Leia’s playful yet mindful approach will incorporate organic dance movement, breath, and yoga postures to open the body gently. We will then transition to guided relaxation, breathwork, and meditation led by Martha. Martha’s intuitive guidance will offer participants the opportunity to explore the subtle realms of the breath. This gradually opens a greater awareness of the relationship between breath, energy, consciousness, and overall well being.

Participants are encouraged to bring a pad such as a camping or pilates mat that is thicker than a yoga mat for the breathwork portion of the workshop. A journal is also recommended to record your experience. $25.00


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leiaLeia Jones is an artist, dancer and yoga teacher. She has a degree in Dance and Choreography from Hollins University, and is a certified Hatha Yoga instructor. Her personal practice is rooted in the unification of yoga and dance. Inspiring creative expression and empowerment through this combination she has learned that mindful movement has the ability to quiet the mind while reconnecting us to our joyful-spirit. Her unique soulful approach is an exploration of movement, intention and breath.

Martha Kastler studied Ashtanga Yoga with Jeff Tiebout. Having suffered numerous traumas and physical injuries, yoga was the first practice that showed Martha she has the potential for self healing. The deep focused practice of combined movement and breath awakened a profound desire to heal and be of service to others. As Martha became fascinated with breath, energy, and meditation she deepened her contemplative and esoteric practices and studies. This led to training in the healing arts of Restorative Breathwork with Kathleen Barratt and Bioenergy with world renowned healer Mietek Wirkus.  Martha is a certified Barratt Breathwork® facilitator and is a masters level Bioenergy practitioner.

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richard squatFriday-Saturday, May 1-2, 2015
Richard Gartner Weekend Intensive at Uttara

Friday, May 1: 6:00 to 8:00 pm
The Resolute Bow; Creating Strength and Ease in the Hips, Hamstrings and Spine. In many cultures, the bow is regarded as a show of respect or gratitude. It is also a means to draw one’s attention inward towards self-reflection. However, though the gesture is an act of softening, it involves stretching the strongest fascial lines in the body. Developing open hamstrings, calves and spine takes sthira (strength) and commitment.

Students will be guided through a sequence that safely and effectively improves their forward folds. Through discerning action in the legs and hips, this workshop also address sacral stability techniques. Strong leg engagement helps us find our support, physically and emotionally. The English language has idioms that express this: "To dig one's heels in" and "land on your feet." It’s with this firm ground we can then find ease in our system.

Saturday, May 2: 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Supporting the Perimeter: Micro-Asanas for the Feet, Hands, Neck and Face. For yoga students who wish to further their practice by accessing their feet, hands, neck and face, this workshop is for you. A typical yoga practice focuses on a few major areas of the body—the knees, the hamstrings, or the spine for example. This workshop includes "micro-asanas"—practices for the overworked and ignored parts of our selves. These practices are a boon for anyone with repetitive stress syndrome, tension headaches, plantar fasciitis and anyone who wishes to deepen their yoga experience.

Saturday, May 2: 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Bandha and Breath Demystified. You may have heard your teacher mention the importance of the breath and bandhas in class. But really, what is a bandha? And why the emphasis on breathwork if you're using postures to stretch? Richard breaks down the anatomy and mechanics of breathing and bandhas. Discover how they interact with one another to transform your practice. Richard addresses the "how" and "why" so students start applying these tools. You'll leave the workshop with a greater recognition and understanding of subtle energy. For yogis of all styles and experiences.

Workshops are for all levels $35 pre-registered, $40 at the door. Pre-registered by April 20: $80 for all three workshops. After April 20: $90 for all 3 workshops. Yoga Alliance CEUs.

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richardRichard 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. 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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Saturday, May 16, 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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