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Workshops and Class Series

Workshops inspire and deepen all aspects of your yoga practice, learning the subtleties of the body and breath and delving more into yogic philosophy. We offer a wide variety of workshops with our amazing HDY faculty and with internationally renowned visiting instructors. Our Yoga workshops are appropriate for all levels of yoga experience, unless otherwise specified and help you take your practice to another level of fulfillment.

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On-going Class Series

11/1 - 11/22/17 Aloha Yoga with Jill Giri Palmer (4 Wednesdays 4:00–5:15 PM) Walk-ins welcome or Register here (Series Classes: Aloha Yoga)

Upcoming Workshops

11/18/17 Meditation and Breath with Jill Giri Palmer
11/26/17 Meditation by Donation with Jill Palmer Giri
11/30 - 01/11/18 Kundalini Yoga & Meditation for PTSD, Anxiety, Stress & Trauma with Deva Khalsa
12/02 - 12/03/17 Working with Menopause Skillfully with Deva Khalsa and Amadea Morningstar
12/03/17 Mantra and Meditation with Zhenya Norgorodskaya
12/03/17 Full Moon Kirtan with The Bija Band
12/08/17 Infant Massage and Self-Care for Moms with Shana Lane
12/10/17 Partner Yoga for Labor & Birthing with Shana Lane & Zhenya Norgorodskaya
12/17/17 Deep Savasana & Yoga Nidra with Avery Janeczek Kalapa
01/17 - 01/26/18 The Cleanse with Deva Khalsa
01/19 - 06/29/18 Light on Yoga Philosophy with Kim Schwartz
01/26 - 01/28/18 Asana Alternatives for Minor Ailments with Mychal A. Bryan
02/09 - 02/11/18 Street Yoga: Trauma-Informed Yoga Training with Mark Lilly
02/16 - 02/18/18 PoserKids Educator Training 1 with Mateo Marquez (Mister Mateo)
02/24/18 Healing Power of Gong and Mantra with Deva Khalsa and Sat Guru Kaur
02/24 - 02/25/18 Yoga and the Spine Immersion with Andrea Pelosi
03/03/18 Introduction to Ayurveda with Melissa Spamer
04/07/18 Stress Management Workshop with Deva Khalsa

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11/18/17

Jill Giri Palmer

Meditation and Breath

HIgh Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Ave NE

Have you tried to meditate and find that it is an exercise in thinking? Meditation is a practice beyond mind and thought, yet we need mind-quieting and mind-concentrating techniques, including pranayama (breathing exercises), to take us to a place beyond the field of mind. Want to come? This is a great class for newcomers to the practice, those seeking to renew their relationship with meditation, and newer yoga teachers and teacher trainees.

Jill Giri Palmer, E-RYT 500, has taught yoga in New Mexico, Hawaii, and India. She has studied and practiced yoga asana, yoga philosophy, meditation and pranayama, Indian classical music, Ayurveda nutrition and therapies, and Sanskrit in both India and the U.S. over the last 16 years. She received her teaching certification through High Desert Yoga and has studied for several years with teachers in Rishikesh, Jaganath Puri, Pondicheri, and Mysore, India. Her teaching is inspired by the alignment of Iyengar, the organic and authentic explorations of Angela Farmer, Self-awareness, and Aloha.

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Saturday, November 18
1:00–3:30 PM

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$45.00 pre-registered
$60.00 at the door

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11/26/17

Jill Palmer Giri

Meditation

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Ave NE

Join Jill for this special Thanksgiving weekend meditation before she departs for Maui!

This is an offering to inspire you to meditate regularly. When we meditate regularly, we increase our self-awareness which increases our capacity for regulating emotions, decreasing reactiveness, anger, fear, improving sleep and over-all well-being. This class is open for newcomers to the practice, those seeking to renew their relationship with meditation, or those who practice regularly and benefit from the support of occasional group meditation.

We will use mind-quieting and mind-concentrating techniques, including pranayama (breathing exercises), as a springboard into meditation. Why meditate? Because when the mind rests - stress reduces, blood pressure normalizes, mood improves, cognitive power and ability to concentrate increase. All this = better quality of life.

Jill Palmer Giri, E-RYT 500, has taught yoga in New Mexico, Hawaii, and India. She has studied and practiced yoga asana, yoga philosophy, meditation and pranayama, Indian classical music, Ayurveda nutrition and therapies, and Sanskrit in both India and the U.S. over the last 16 years. She received her teaching certification through High Desert Yoga and has studied for several years with teachers in Rishikesh, Jaganath Puri, Pondicheri, and Mysore, India. Her teaching is inspired by the alignment of Iyengar, the organic and authentic explorations of Angela Farmer, Self-awareness, and Aloha.

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Sunday, November 26,2017
8:00–9:00 AM


 

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11/30 - 01/11/18

Deva Khalsa

Kundalini Yoga & Meditation for PTSD, Anxiety, Stress & Trauma

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Ave NE

This 8 week series will combine simple postures, meditations, pranayama (breath exercises) and deep relaxation. The intention of this series is to teach self-regulation and self-resiliency to help release stored trauma, relieve anxiety and feel some peace. All levels are welcome.

Taught by Deva Khalsa who is a yoga teacher certified in teaching trauma informed yoga.

Deva K. Khalsa, AHP, BA, RYT is a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher and also certified in teaching trauma informed yoga. In addition, Deva is an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, cookbook author, cleansing expert, and hypnotherapist. She began practicing yoga in Vancouver, Canada in 1992 and in 1996 moved to New Mexico to personally study with Yogi Bhajan. In 2009 Deva went back to school at the California College of Ayurveda and studied for 3 years to become an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner. She is the owner of Deva Health featuring The Cleanse of Santa Fe™ and Whole Self Recovery and also teaches Ayurvedic cooking and raw food prep classes. Deva is passionate about empowering people to take control of their health and lives with Ayurveda, Raw Living Foods, conscious living and yoga, and embodies the spirit of a healthy lifestyle.

Contact: deva@devahealth.com • (505) 603-8815

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Schedule Details

Eight Thursdays
November 9, 2017–January 11, 2018
6:00–7:15 PM

No class November 23 or December 21

Price Options

$108.00 pre-registered by November 1
$120.00 after November 1

7.5% NM Gross Receipts Tax and 2.9% Paypal transaction fee will be added at check-out.

Walk-ins welcome: Register through the Purchase Classes page, use your current class package, or pay at the studio.

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12/02 - 12/03/17

Deva Khalsa and Amadea Morningstar

Working with Menopause Skillfully

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approaching Menopause with Ayurveda
Open to all Health Professionals & Yoga Teachers

Learn to:

  • Use specific foods & herbs for healing
  • Weave marma and yoga into therapeutic protocols
  • Apply both Ayurvedic & western perspectives to the physiology of menopause
  • Teach pranayama & self-care skillfully
  • Explore the relationship of spirit & sexuality

At the completion of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Implement a simple self-care regimen with the new lifestyle tools they have obtained
  • Share this information with clients and students
  • Integrate 2 or more specific herbs for their individual needs into their daily routine
  • Identify at least 3 foods they’d like to transition into their meals for health
  • Use and teach one or more marma points for rejuvenation and grounding

Co-Sponsored by the Ayurveda Polarity Therapy & Yoga Institute and High Desert Yoga

 

Receive: 9 Ayurveda CEs thru the NAMA PACE provider program.

Amadea Morningstar directs the Ayurveda Polarity Therapy & Yoga Institute in Santa Fe, NM. She has been working with women’s health and Ayurveda since 1983. She has a BS in nutrition, an MA in counseling, an RPP in polarity therapy, and is an RYT.
Contact Amadea at (505) 466-4108 • amadea@newmexico.comwww.AyurvedaPolarityYoga.com

Deva Khalsa is an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, cookbook author, cleansing expert, and yoga teacher. Deva embodies the spirit of a healthy lifestyle, which she began practicing in Vancouver, Canada in 1992. In 1996 she moved to New Mexico to the mother ashram for Kundalini Yoga and began studying yoga and Ayurveda with Yogi Bhajan. Deva is the owner of The Cleanse of Santa Fe™. Deva is passionate about empowering people to take control of their health and lives with Ayurveda, raw living foods, self-advocacy, and yoga.
Contact Deva at (505) 988-7076 • deva@devahealth.com


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Schedule Details

Saturday & Sunday
December 2–3, 2017
1:00–6:00 pm

Price Options

$195.00 pre-registered by November 8
$235.00 after November 8

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12/03/17

Zhenya Norgorodskaya

Mantra and Meditation

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Ave NE

The repetition of mantra is a powerful way to calm the mind and develop concentration for meditation practice. Join this afternoon workshop to learn about the many benefits of bringing mantra in your daily yoga and meditation practice. Experience the healing and calming effects of this work while establishing a foundation for a seated meditation practice.  This workshop is great for beginners with no previous chanting experience, as well as seasoned students who would like to delve deeper into nada yoga, the yoga of sound.

Schedule Details

Sunday, December 3, 2017
3:00–4:30 PM

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$20.00 Pre-registered
$25.00 At the door

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12/03/17

The Bija Band

Full Moon Kirtan

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Ave NE

The full moon is a potent time for intention setting, prayer, and meditation. Kirtan is a chanting practice that invites all to join in, uniting our voices, our hearts, and our collective intentions through the repetition of mantra. The mind is invited to surrender to the grace and radiance of the present moment.

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Sunday, December 3, 2017
7:00–8:30 PM

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$10 donation

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12/08/17

Shana Lane

Infant Massage and Self-Care for Moms

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

Infant massage is a wonderful way to bond with your baby, but it also does wonders for your baby's brain and nervous system, circulatory and immune systems, sensory integration, and visual acuity. Infant massage can improve your baby's sleep and even counteract the effects of postpartum depression. We'll incorporate both ayurvedic and traditional western massage techniques and movement for your baby. We will also discuss and practice self-care techniques for moms: including yoga, diet, massage, and daily routine.

 

Shana began practicing yoga as a teenager and has enjoyed its physical and mental benefits ever since. She relishes the opportunity to teach specialty classes so that people of all ages and levels can experience yoga, with a specific interest in transitional times of life such as prenatal, postpartum, and the teen years.  She especially looks forward to helping parents, partners, and whole families find ways to share their time, attention, and the joy of yoga with each other. Shana is registered with Yoga Alliance as a 500-RYT and RPYT.

Schedule Details

Friday, December 8, 2017
9:30–11:30AM

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$45.00 Pre-registration required for this event due to supplies that will be provided to moms and their babies.

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12/10/17

Shana Lane & Zhenya Norgorodskaya

Partner Yoga for Labor & Birthing

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Ave NE

Discover positions and movements to enhance your labor and birthing experience during this intimate afternoon workshop for partners. Join us to learn valuable information for increasing connection during labor, improving fetal positioning through movements and birthing positions, useful breath awareness practices, and pain coping techniques for a natural birth.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017
4:00–6:30 PM

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$55 pre-registered
$60 at the door

Price is per couple which can include a friend or birthing partner.

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12/17/17

Avery Janeczek Kalapa

Winter Solstice Deep Savasana & Yoga Nidra Restorative Workshop

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

Align your Self with the nourishing quietude of nature's deepest moment of rest and rejuvenation: Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. Practice fully supported, grounding, long-held restorative yoga postures combined with Avery's beautifully crafted guided relaxation and pranayama/breath work to prepare you for Yoga Nidra, or “Yoga Sleep,” a conscious journey into a long Savasana. This magical hibernation will help you replenish and heal from the potential frenzy of the holiday season, strengthen the immune system, nurture the health of the vital organs, calm the nervous system, and fill you with the resonance of pure peace.

Avery Janeczek Kalapa, BFA E-RYT 500, is  deeply inspired by the Iyengar method, experiential anatomy, and Vipassana meditation.  She holds advanced certifications, and teaches a diverse range of classes, from prenatal and restorative to rigorous level 2-3. Restorative Yoga has a very special place in her heart. Teaching yoga since 2004, she brings a rich, creative, reverence to classes, and loves finding just the right approach to help her students access the true magic of this work. Avery teaches classes, private sessions, and workshops regularly at High Desert Yoga, and blogs about yoga at averykalapa.com. You can find her on facebook at Yoga with Avery.

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Schedule Details

Sunday December 17, 2017
2:00–5:00 PM

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$50.00 pre-registered
$55.00 day of event

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01/17 - 01/26/18

Deva Khalsa

The Cleanse

In your own home | Food pick-up available at High Desert Yoga

The Cleanse of Santa FeTM and High Desert Yoga bring you this comprehensive and thorough group cleanse experience. This program includes detoxifying vegan food and fresh veggie juice, Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs, nutritional supplements, tinctures, and yoga. You can register for 3 to 10 days of cleansing and pick up your food at High Desert Yoga every two days or have it delivered to your home or office. This program will help you to restore and revitalize in the comfort of your own home, while Deva and her team provide food and juice for you.

Deva Khalsa is the owner, manager, and program administrator for The Cleanse of Santa FeTM. Ayurvedic practitioner, cookbook author, cleansing expert, and yoga teacher, Deva embodies the spirit of a healthy lifestyle. She is passionate about empowering people to take control of their health and lives with Ayurveda, raw living foods, conscious living, and yoga. Deva has been facilitating this cleanse for more than 20 years.

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Schedule Details

January 17–26, 2018
(Register for 3–10 days of cleansing.)

Price Options

Supplements: $27 per day
The Cleanse Manual: $40
Food and juice (3 meals/day): $60 per day
Food and juice (2 meals/day): $40 per day

7.5% NM Gross Receipts Tax and 2.9% Paypal transaction fee will be added at check-out.

During your cleanse High Desert Yoga will offer a special daily cleansing package: 10 days of daily consecutive yoga classes for $108. This special offer is available only to Cleanse participants.

See complete pricing options at www.thecleanse.com

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01/19 - 06/29/18

Kim Schwartz

Light on Yoga Philosophy

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Ave NE

Join Kim, Zoreh, and the HDY Teacher Training for 2 hour lecture-discussions on the vast and ancient subject of Yoga Philosophy.

 

Yoga is an art, relying on a profound depth of perception and intuition, and also a science, employing a methodology not based on belief. The word yoga has its root in the Sanskrit word "yuj," meaning to yoke or join together, also to integrate and unite. While most of humanity identifies with a reality defined by time and space, the premise in yoga is that this state of integration, a reality transcendent of time and space, is our true nature.

 

 

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Schedule Details

The following Friday Evenings, 6:00–8:00 PM

  • January 19 - Vritti: The Nature of Perception and Consciousness
  • February 2 - Klesha: Obstacles to Perception
  • February 16 - Yama: Actions to be Contained
  • March 2 - Breath Awareness
  • March 16 - Niyama: Actions and States to be Cultivated
  • Arpil 27 - Karma and Dharma: The Qualities of Causation and the Nature of Things
  • May 4 - Review Philosophical Concepts
  • May 18 - Dharana and Dyana: Concentration and Meditation
  • June 1 - Pranayama: The Discipline and Liberation of Life Force through the Breath
  • June 29 - Philosophy Overview: Bring any questions and thoughts about any of the previous topics for review and reflection.s

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Cost per session: $20

HDY Teacher Training graduates: $15

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01/26 - 01/28/18

Mychal A. Bryan

Asana Alternatives for Minor Ailments

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Ave NE

Learn techniques that work for several common ailments that we encounter during the practice of yoga. We’ll work through categories of poses to see how best to modify our practice and our teaching to deal with knees, lower back, neck and shoulders, menstruation, and other issues we face in the body to create a healing effect through yoga.

Mychal A. Bryan is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and Certified IAYT* Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) from Nassau, Bahamas. He travels and studies Iyengar Yoga consistently under the guidance of his mentor senior teacher Dr. Lois Steinberg who studied yoga directly with Guruji BKS Iyengar for over 38 years. Penetrating and dynamic in his teachings, Mychal brings an approach to Iyengar Yoga that is deeply rooted in the ever-evolving heart of this practice from being an apprentice to one of the world’s foremost teachers. At his centre in Nassau, he focus heavily on yoga as a healing modality for common ailments, chronic pain, and women’s health issues. He is a long-time practitioner and teacher of Eastern-Western mysticism, symbology, and Qabalah, and has aided thousands of people in finding clarity and depth within their lives through these ancient spiritual traditions. He is the founder of the Downtown Nassau Yoga Festival and Cosmosis Institute.

*International Association of Yoga Therapists

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Schedule Details

January 26–28, 2018

Friday, January 26
2:00–5:00 PM Teacher's Class
6–8:30 PM Supine Asanas

Saturday, January 27
9:00 AM–12:00 PM Standing Asanas
1:30–4:30 PM Seated Asanas

Sunday, January 28
1:30–4:30 PM Prone & Inverted Asanas

Price Options

Entire workshop including Teacher's Class (5 sessions)
$315.00

All sessions excluding Teacher's Class (4 sessions)
$285.00 pe-registered
$300.00 a the door

Teacher's Class only
$45.00

Other Individual Sessions
$90.00

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02/09 - 02/11/18

Mark Lilly

Street Yoga: Trauma-Informed Yoga Training, Core Level Training

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

Training Description

Our Core Training offers an inspiring and heartfelt introduction to the field of service yoga for youth experiencing life challenges. The densely packed 14-hour training focuses on a wide variety of practical, hands-on skills needed to serve youth with yoga and meditation in the real world. Areas for exploration and practice include communicating effectively, maintaining safety in the classroom, promoting healthy boundaries, choosing postures and exercises, handling challenging behaviors and situations, and collaborating with agencies.

 

 

Training Activities

Each day of training includes learning by doing, seeing, and listening through the following:
Yoga practice
Breathing exercises & meditation
Sample scenarios and group problem-solving
Short lecture-style sessions with Q & A
Break-out small group sessions
Role playing and skills practice
Student teaching and feedback opportunities 

Street Yoga recognizes the extremely diverse ways in which people practice and teach their yoga. Just as we see the unique traits that make each youth different, we also recognize that each trainee has a distinct relationship with yoga and his or her own individual preferences and beliefs about how to practice. Because of this, Street Yoga does not promote a single methodology for bringing yoga to youth and does not supply trainees with ready-made lists of postures or sequences. Instead, we encourage our trainees to explore how to teach what they already know in a heartfelt and authentic way that will help them engage with youth.

Learning Objectives
We strive to build our trainees’ confidence as teachers, while also discussing ways to modify and adapt their teaching skills to better serve their target audience. Trainees will be encouraged to dig into their personal experience and motivation in order to draw out their courage and compassion as a teacher.  We welcome questions about trainees’ special interests or concerns and strive to make the training a rich learning environment.

Upon completion of the training participants will be able to:
Compare factors involved in teaching yoga in a nontraditional setting vs. a studio setting
Recognize the important role of body-based interventions in trauma recovery
Describe ways to creatively modify poses for various populations and situations
Demonstrate specific postures to address back care and core strength
Design a brief, population-specific yoga sequence using appropriate postures & breathing
Discuss potential behavioral challenges and strategies for dealing with them
Identify new tools or strategies for improved communication
Explain potential boundary issues with students and describe appropriate responses Recognize personal sources of support for doing this work
Discuss ways of effectively approaching and partnering with social service sites
Define their own next steps in this work

*All trainees also receive an in-depth, interactive workbook that supports the learning objectives, provides background material for the training, and offers take-home exercises and references for future use.

**This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and Yoga Alliance for 14 hours of Continuing Education Units*. 

Prerequisites Applicants are not required to have completed a teacher-training program.  However, because our training helps trainees understand how to use and adapt what they already know for the purposes of yoga service, all applicants should have experience with yoga and/or meditation.  These hours may include any combination of personal practice, studio classes, and/or individual instruction. We suggest a minimum of 20 hours of yoga before applying. 

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Mark Lilly is a mindfulness and communication trainer who has taught workshops all over North America to widely diverse audiences including physicians, nurses, social workers, police officers, therapists, mental health workers and countless others. Mark is the founder and Board President of Street Yoga, an internationally recognized non-profit which provides yoga and mindfulness classes to at-risk populations in Portland and Seattle.

Mark has extensive expertise in community- as well as hospital-based mindfulness practices, and is initiating Mindful Communication workshops for physicians, along with similar trainings for nurses and social workers. In addition to ongoing work with Street Yoga, he has developed the practice of Body-Mind Rehab Therapy, which he currently offers to pediatric inpatients recovering from significant illness or injury, at Portland’s Emanuel Hospital. He is also co-creator of the Mindful Parents & Caregiver program which serves social workers and their client families with practical, everyday mindfulness.

Mark has developed many specialized mindfulness curricula in addition to the core and advanced Street Yoga trainings, including specialized work for young people recovering from sexual abuse, and workshops for adults moving through entrenched traumas or grappling with high-intensity communication situations.

For Mark, yoga is an everyday survival skill, a practice he has shared with thousands of youth through Street Yoga. He still lives with the tremors of traumas past and realizes the delicate line between suffering and awakening. His teaching emphasizes cultivation of the best within each of us by using the authentic stories and experiences that illuminate our being and drive our teaching to places of deep truthfulness.

Mark has developed the core and advanced Street Yoga trainings as well a yoga curricula used for specialized work with young patients recovering from illness or injury in the hospital, for young people recovering from sexual abuse, and workshops for adults moving through entrenched traumas or grappling with high-intensity communication situations.?em>

Through it all, he brings a lightness and love to his teaching that is rooted in humility, grace and joy.

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Schedule Details

February 9–11, 2018

Friday 5:30-9:30PM
Saturday & Sunday 1:00-7:00PM

Price Options

Early Bird Price: $300.00 by January 11, 2018
$325.00 after January 11, 2018

7.5% NM Gross Receipts Tax and 2.9% Paypal transaction fee will be added at check-out.

Discount rates for groups of 5+

14 CEUs available
This program is approved for continuing education by the National Association of Social Workers and Yoga Alliance.

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02/16 - 02/18/18

Mateo Marquez (Mister Mateo)

PoserKids Educator Training 1

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Ave NE

Course Description
This training is designed for anyone that wishes to bring a structured mindfulness program based on stretching, breathing, meditation and creative arts to their children and families. The PoserKids Mindful Movement program integrates yoga movement with mindfulness practices in a creative, fresh, real and genuine way unlike any other youth wellness program. Our style of Edutainment is easy to integrate into any classroom or living room and our program makes yoga truly accessible and inclusive of any child, anytime, anywhere.

Course Outline
Our level I Educator Training is a 15-hour course that will empower participants to learn & implement the PoserKids yoga sequence while providing best practices around lesson planning, classroom management and the infusion of creative style and flair to make mindful movement a valued part of your community of children and families. Participants will partake in guided yoga and meditation practice, instruction and discussion of yoga, clinical and early childhood development tenants of our program, lesson planning/class design, some written coursework, plus practice teaching and evaluation. We even provide a “kids yoga biz starter kit” for those wanting to teach classes at schools and studios as a full-time or part-time business endeavor in their community.

PoserKids is a comprehensive program that integrates physical fitness with language, music, art and humor all predicated on putting our core values, the Poser Promises, into action in our daily lives: to listen, be respectful do our best and have fun in all that we do, each and every day. That’s the yoga we teach: a way of being, a better way to live our lives.

Course Benefits
Studies have shown, including clinical studies PoserKids has and will continue to be involved with directly, that yoga improves the behavior children, reduces stress, lessens disciplinary issues, increases self-esteem and self-control. Our trainings also deliver the same benefits to the grown-ups that become involved with our PoserKids community via this training. Training participants will learn techniques to promote self-health, relaxation, inner-fulfillment and coping mechanisms while reducing stress and anxiety, strategy and tactics that will be shared with your children. PoserKids encourages teamwork and compassion, enhances flexibility, strength, coordination and body awareness, improves concentration and focus while encouraging the use of imagination rather than impulse, learning to manage the reactivity of the modern digital era and develop interpersonal skills.

PoserKids is very passionate about making yoga more accessible to children with special needs and is currently heavily involved through grants and strategic partnerships in the healthcare arena to develop specialized adaptive curriculum, content and training.

PoserKids Community
PoserKids supports Educator Training alumni with content throughout the school year including PoserKids Vids on YouTube, PoserKids Books on Amazon, PoserKids Music on iTunes, PoserPads yoga mats, plus PoserKids apparel and merch all year long. We provide access to continuing education in the form of additional trainings, a certification program,
webinars, special events and access to the entire global PoserKids community of educators and parents, plus so much more to ensure that you are always supported in sharing our unique style of Edutainment and Mindful Movement with your community.

PoserKids Educator Certification
Educators may choose to pursue the PoserKids Certified Educator training track. Completion of the PoserKids certification process includes completion of levels I & II educator training, plus level III practical work and teaching hours. Email info@poserkids.com for more information.

Instructor
Mateo Marquez, aka “Mister Mateo,” is an entrepreneur in Fort Worth, TX. Mateo is the CEO & founder of PoserKids, creating an interactive Edutainment program for children that promotes mental, emotional & physical wellness via a unique form of mindfulness based structured play. He has brought our Mindful Movement program to over 10,000 children
across socio-economic, cultural, and geographic boundaries, forging partnerships with organizations and institutions throughout the USA and beyond. PoserKids works extensively with families, schools, healthcare facilities, municipalities, non-profit organizations and within the special needs community. Read more.

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Schedule Details

Friday, February 16, 2018
4:00-7:00 PM

Saturday & Sunday, February 17 & 18, 2018
12:30–7:00 PM

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$499.00 tuition

Includes full credit for 15 hour PoserKids Training I curriculum towards PoserKids certification process + 8 hours Continuing Professional Education CEUs (educators/clinicians) + free family yoga class & reception at conclusion of training for participant and their family members + official PK Educator Training t-shirt + daily snacks/refreshments + discount on future PoserKids trainings and events.

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02/24/18

Deva Khalsa and Sat Guru Kaur

Healing Power of Gong and Mantra

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

'Healing Power of Gong and Mantra' begins with light yoga, suitable for anybody. Then we move into deep relaxation with two beautiful symphonic gongs, a crystal singing bowl, and a drum. The gong is a reinforced vibration that affects the entire body, releasing stress, unwinding nerves, and bringing the mind to total calm. You'll experience what the yogis say about the human body—that it is a wonderful musical instrument constructed with meridians that allow healing and energy to cascade into the body like a waterfall. 

After the gong we use primal sounds (mantra) to remind us that the entire universe was built on sound, on vibration. As you vibrate a particular combination of sounds, you tune into a higher level of intelligence and consciousness.

Facilitators:
Deva Khalsa is a 25-year veteran of playing the gong and teaching Kundalini Yoga. She is also an Ayurvedic health practitioner.
Sat Guru Kaur is a licensed educator, musician, and Level 2 Certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. She has been teaching sound healing with the gong since 2007.

Schedule Details

Saturday evening
February 24, 2018
6:30 to 8:30 PM

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$27 plus tax pre-registered by February 23
$35 plus tax day of

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02/24 - 02/25/18

Andrea Pelosi

Yoga and the Spine Immersion

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Ave NE

Fifteen Hour Spine Immersion for Teachers and Students

This fifteen hour series explores yoga and applied anatomy: how yoga can help the spine, theory and practice, as well as insight into posture for each student. Students will receive an overview of the physiology of how properly applied yoga helps the spine, how the spine is impacted by daily life, and a special yoga routine for the spine

From this foundation, students will move into experiencing elongation and natural curves of the spine., as well as learning how to create length in the spine and to protect the vertebral column and organs. We will experience applied anatomy and practice yoga to understand the effect of gravity and mechanics. Students will find a new sense of space, alignment, and length in their spine and pelvis.

Themes (as time allows) include:

  • Experiencing biomechanics: understanding standing, walking, standing poses, forward bends, and backbends
  • Yoga for the lower lumbar spine, sacrum, and pelvis
  • Protecting your spine in the world
  • Upper back and spinal curves
  • Yoga for thoracic and cervical spine: back bends that feel fabulous and heal the spine
  • Yoga for scoliosis: introductory theory and exercises

“I absolutely loved the spinal immersion workshop! I am using many of the exercises in my classes every day, even subtle things like language cues for the body. The lessons learned in 15 hours were invaluable, and have become part of the fabric of my teaching and personal practice."  - Catherine Mattice, Yoga Instructor

Andrea Pelosi discovered yoga as a young teen and has been teaching for 15 years. Her teaching has brought her across Canada, as well as the United States and Japan. Andrea has over 1700 hours of yoga training and more than 720 hours of study with Judith Lasater, of whom she is an assistant (click here).  She also has studied with Ramanad Patel, has hundreds of hours of study with many senior and accomplished teachers (for a full description read more), a degree with honours in Philosophy and Women's Studies, and has studied Eastern and Indian Philosophy. Andrea has an energetic, gentle and caring teaching style and seeks to make her classes highly educational, fun, safe and inclusive.

"Andrea Pelosi is a dedicated teacher who I trust to offer excellent instruction. She cares deeply for yoga students and the practice of yoga."
- Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT, yoga teacher since 1971, and author of 8 books.

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Schedule Details

Saturday & Sunday, February 24 & 25, 2018
9:00AM–5:30PM

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$275.00 pre-registered
$285.00 at the door

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03/03/18

Melissa Spamer

Introduction to Ayurveda

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

This workshop will include the following:
• Ayurvedic theory based on the 5 elements
• Gunas, the 20 qualities of our material world
• Doshas: Understanding your unique constitution of Vata, Pitta or Kapha & Agni
• Our digestive intelligence
• Ama: Accumulated toxins
• The importance of your dinacharya (daily routine)

Ayurveda means the “science of life”.  This workshop will give you a general overview of Ayurvedic principles and how to apply them to the whole of your life, as well as your Yoga practice.  We will review the theory of the elements, as well as the gunas of these elements and apply them to your environment, diet, lifestyle and Yoga asanas.  This will then lead us into an understanding our own unique constitution (or dosha).  The doshas will be described as well as ways that will create balance or imbalance.  Within our understanding of Ayurveda it is important to have some knowledge about agni (our digestive intelligence) and ama (accumulated toxins).  We will learn the basics of how our own agni and ama really determines our state of health and well-being within our physical make-up based on doshic balance.

Melissa Spamer, M.A. ERYT, C. Ay. has been practicing Yoga for more than twenty years and consistently teaching Yoga for twenty years.  Melissa is a graduate of the renowned Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She has been teaching on the principles of Ayurveda for the past 11 years, and offers both Ayurvedic consultations and treatments to bring balance to the body, mind and spirit.  She has completed extensive Yoga studies and trainings in the US, Greece, India, and Bali. Her approach to Yoga is very intuitive and organic.  Melissa incorporates the principles of Ayurveda in her teaching of yoga asana, merging the two sister sciences. She maintains a private Yoga therapy, Ayurveda and Counseling practice in Santa Fe. To learn more, visit her website: www.melissa-spamer.com

Schedule Details

Saturday, March 3, 2018
2:00-5:00 PM

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$50 pre-registered
$60 at the door

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04/07/18

Deva Khalsa

Stress Management Workshop

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Ave NE

Yogic Tools to Uplift Yourself During These Times

What you will learn:

A yoga set and meditation to lower and manage stress

Food & herbs to heal the nervous system

Daily routines to keep stress down and vitality up

Relaxation techniques to incorporate into your daily routine

This workshop is open to anyone that has an interest in the science of yoga.

Deva Khalsa is an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner and a 25 year veteran of teaching Kundalini Yoga. She currently teaches weekly yoga class at High Desert Yoga and has a detox/cleansing and Ayurvedic business in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

Contact Deva: 505-603-8815

Schedule Details

Saturday, April 7, 2018
2:00–5:30 PM

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$40 pre-registered by March 31
$50 registered after March 31

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