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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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Additional Events

12/31/17 New Year's Eve Celebration: Ritual, Reflection & Divination for the New Year with Herb McDonald

Upcoming Workshops

12/10/17 Partner Yoga for Labor & Birthing with Shana Lane & Zhenya Norgorodskaya
12/14 - 01/11/18 Kundalini Yoga & Meditation for PTSD, Anxiety, Stress & Trauma with Deva Khalsa
12/16/17 Bollywood Concert with The Bollywood Project
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
01/20/18 Yoga and Dance Fusion with Niki Feldman
01/26 - 01/28/18 Asana Alternatives for Minor Ailments with Mychal A. Bryan
02/06 - 03/06/18 Pranayama Part One: The Liberation and Discipline of the Breath with Kim Schwartz
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 A Sound Bath 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
03/09 - 03/11/18 Senior Yoga Immersion with Nishtha Jane Kappy and Judith Arredondo
03/13 - 04/10/18 Pranayama Part Two: The Liberation and Discipline of the Breath with Kim Schwartz
03/30 - 04/01/18 Yoga for the Whole Body: In Three Parts, Lower Body-Middle Body-Upper Body with Kim Schwartz and Zoreh Afsarzadeh
04/05 - 05/24/18 Kundalini Yoga & Meditation for PTSD, Anxiety, Stress & Trauma with Deva Khalsa
04/07/18 Stress Management Workshop with Deva Khalsa
04/21/18 A Sound Bath with Deva Khalsa & Sat Guru Kaur
04/21/18 Discover Your Ayurvedic Dosha with Deva Khalsa
04/28/18 Yoga and Dance Fusion with Niki Feldman
04/29/18 Creating & Sustaining a Home Practice with Zoreh Afsarzadeh
06/16 - 06/17/18 Yoga: The Practice of Myth and Sacred Geometry with Rama Jyoti Vernon
07/12 - 08/30/18 Kundalini Yoga & Meditation for PTSD, Anxiety, Stress & Trauma with Deva Khalsa
07/13 - 07/15/18 The System of Yoga with Kim Schwartz
09/07 - 09/09/18 Senior Yoga Teacher Training with Nishtha Jane Kappy and Judith Arredondo

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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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Schedule Details

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

Price Options

$55 pre-registered
$60 at the door

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

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12/14 - 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, 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 + One bonus class
November 9, 2017–January 18, 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

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

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12/16/17

The Bollywood Project

Bollywood Concert

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Ave NE

Come enjoy Bollywood hits infused with Indian classical music, jazz, and funk! Join this Albuquerque ensemble for a celebration of community, featuring Shreya Vemuganti (vocals), Bonnie Schmader (flute), Cliff Berrien (percussion), Ishtiaque Rashid (acoustic guitar & vocals), and Pavan Kalasikam (tabla), with guest artist Ketki and featuring DJ Cliff.

Watch The Bollywood Project play “Raghu Vamsha Sudha”

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Schedule Details

Saturday, December 16, 2017
7:00 PM

Price Options

Admission: $18.60 plus tax
Students & Seniors: $13.95 plus tax
Kids under 6: Free

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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.

Contact: deva@devahealth.com

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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

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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

Price Options

Cost per session: $20

HDY Teacher Training graduates: $15

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01/20/18

Niki Feldman

Yoga and Dance Fusion

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

In this joyful workshop yoga and dance are mixed together with music. Rhythm will guide easy dance steps and infuse ease into traditional yoga poses. Periodically free dance will be encouraged to follow internal rhythm and intuition. The playlist alternates fast songs with slow songs to preserve energy. By focusing on flow and rhythm, we can avoid stagnation. You will leave invigorated and happy!


Niki Feldman has danced for her entire life and is a self-proclaimed “rhythm junkie.” Besides yoga and dancing, Niki has a massage therapy practice in which she dances through her treatments.  

Schedule Details

Saturday, January 20, 2018
6:30–8:00 PM

This workshop be held again:
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Price Options

$18.00

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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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02/06 - 03/06/18

Kim Schwartz

Pranayama Part One: The Liberation and Discipline of the Breath

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

Pranayama is the science of utilizing the controlled breath to direct, harmonize, and energize life force called prana.

Part one will begin with breath explorations to help release obstacles to the breath. In addition, foundational pranayama techniques will be introduced.

Part two will build upon these principals and introduce more refined pranayamas. As the classes are progressive and sequential, part one is prerequisite for part two.

 

Kim Schwartz was introduced to eastern philosophy as a child and began studying yoga in 1971 at age 18. In 1981 he met his Guru and began more formal studies in the yoga sutras and other aspects of yoga philosophy. Around that time he was also introduced to the Iyengar system of asana practice. In 1985 he was certified to teach yoga through the Temple of Kriya yoga. He was ordained a Swami in the Kriya lineage in 1986. He has taught ongoing yoga classes, teachers training programs and workshops here and abroad since that time.Though asana and pranayama have become primary disciplines, the philosophy of yoga is still at the heart of his practice and teaching.

Schedule Details

Part one: February 6–March 6, 2018      
Part two: March 13–April 10, 2018     

Tuesday evenings
5:45–6:45 PM

Price Options

Due to the progressive and sequential nature of the class series, drop-ins are not available.
Part one is a prerequisite to part two.

Both Pranayama Part one and two: 
$70 per 5 week course pre-registered by January 23, 2018
$80 thereafter

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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

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Discount rates for groups of 5+

14 CEUs available
This program is approved for continuing education by 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

A Sound Bath

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

A Sound Bath begins with light yoga and a simple meditation. Then we move into an hour-long deep relaxation with two beautiful symphonic gongs, crystal alchemy singing bowls, and a drum. This creates a reinforced vibration that affects the entire body, releasing stress, balancing the nervous system, and bringing the mind to total calm. The sound vibration aligns meridians which allows the body to open to healing.

Come discover the healing power behind sound!

Deva Khalsa is a 26-year veteran of playing the gong and teaching Kundalini Yoga. She is also an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner and Cleansing Facilitator. She teachers yoga twice weekly at High Desert Yoga and you can experience the gong and singing bowl at her classes.

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

This workshop repeats on April 21, 2018.

Price Options

$27.00 pre-registered by February 23
$35.00 day of event

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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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03/09 - 03/11/18

Nishtha Jane Kappy and Judith Arredondo

Senior Yoga Immersion

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

This training is appropriate for all teachers, students, professionals, and family members who work with seniors, as well as seniors who have been practicing yoga for at least one year and wish to deepen their practice. We will look at common limitations of the elder population and explore methods for practicing and teaching yogasana (poses) to help minimize current symptoms, prevent further complications, and improve quality of life.


The following topics are included:

  • Spinal alignment and posture
  • Body awareness
  • Breathing practices and the role of the breath in practice
  • Psychosocial issues affecting life style and functionality
  • Ethics from a yogic perspective (yama and niyama) as applied to working with seniors

This workshop is applicable to the Senior Yoga Certification from High Desert Yoga. Additional requirements for this certification are completion of a 200 hour yoga teacher training, the Senior Yoga Teacher Training, and the Senior Yoga Certification Project. For more information, please contact Nishtha at (505) 238-8845.

Instructors:

Nishtha Jane Kappy, E-RYT 500, LMT, has been exploring yoga and movement practices for four decades and began teaching yoga in 2010. She is certified as a Senior Yoga Teacher through High Desert Yoga and teaches senior yoga and beginning and intermediate classes for the general population. After 20 years of massage therapy practice, Nishtha brings to her teaching a hands-on knowledge and curiosity about human anatomy with a focus on internal organization and body awareness.

Judith Arredondo, RYT 500, has been teaching fitness since 1993. She graduated from the High Desert Yoga 500-hour teacher training in 2015. Judith is certified as a Senior Yoga Teacher through High Desert Yoga. She teaches senior and adaptive yoga classes, focusing on alignment and coordinating the complexity of asana with the ease of the breath.

Schedule Details

March 9–11, 2018

Friday: 6:00–9:00 PM
Saturday: 1:00–6:00PM
Sunday: 1:15–5:15PM

For more information, please contact Nishtha at (505) 238-8845.

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$175 pre-registered by January 23
$185 after January 23

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03/13 - 04/10/18

Kim Schwartz

Pranayama Part Two: The Liberation and Discipline of the Breath

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

Pranayama is the science of utilizing the controlled breath to direct, harmonize, and energize life force called prana.

Part one will begin with breath explorations to help release obstacles to the breath. In addition, foundational pranayama techniques will be introduced.

Part two will build upon these principals and introduce more refined pranayamas. As the classes are progressive and sequential, part one is prerequisite for part two.

 

Kim Schwartz was introduced to eastern philosophy as a child and began studying yoga in 1971 at age 18. In 1981 he met his Guru and began more formal studies in the yoga sutras and other aspects of yoga philosophy. Around that time he was also introduced to the Iyengar system of asana practice. In 1985 he was certified to teach yoga through the Temple of Kriya yoga. He was ordained a Swami in the Kriya lineage in 1986. He has taught ongoing yoga classes, teachers training programs and workshops here and abroad since that time.Though asana and pranayama have become primary disciplines, the philosophy of yoga is still at the heart of his practice and teaching.

Schedule Details

Part one: February 6–March 6, 2018      
Part two: March 13–April 10, 2018     

Tuesday evenings
5:45–6:45 PM

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Due to the progressive and sequential nature of the class series, drop-ins are not available.
Part one is a prerequisite to Part two.

Both Pranayama Part one and two: 
$70 per 5 week course pre-registered by January 23, 2018
$80 thereafter

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03/30 - 04/01/18

Kim Schwartz and Zoreh Afsarzadeh

Yoga for the Whole Body: In Three Parts, Lower Body-Middle Body-Upper Body

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

This three part workshop will focus on three primary segments of the body through the tool of asana. The first segment will focus on the pelvic girdle,( hip joints, sacrum etc.) and legs. We will explore how the organization of the pelvic girdle can affect the structure of the knees, ankles and feet, as well as how the pelvic girdle and legs helps to create the foundation for the spine.

The second segment, we will address the shoulders as the origin of the arms, wrists, elbows and hands, as well as helping to create the support for the neck and head. We will also explore how the shoulder girdle can affect the ribs, thoracic spine, neck and head both structurally and organically.

The third segment will address how the middle body can function as the interface between the pelvic and shoulder girdles. We will see how the middle body can try to compensate for challenges in the upper and/or lower body. We will also address the appropriateness for abdominal strength and visceral softness. 

Though this workshop is available for all levels, long time practitioners and teachers may find this of particular interest.  

Kim Schwartz was introduced to eastern philosophy as a child and began studying yoga in 1971 at age 18. In 1981 he met his Guru and began more formal studies in the yoga sutras and other aspects of yoga philosophy. Around that time he was also introduced to the Iyengar system of asana practice. In 1985 he was certified to teach yoga through the Temple of Kriya yoga. He was ordained a Swami in the Kriya lineage in 1986. He has taught ongoing yoga classes, teachers training programs and workshops here and abroad since that time.Though asana and pranayama have become primary disciplines, the philosophy of yoga is still at the heart of his practice and teaching.

Zoreh Afsarzadeh, founder of High Desert Yoga in Albuquerque for the past 20 years, is a certified Yoga Therapist, yoga and meditation teacher. With her joyous personality, good sense of humor, and passion for making yoga accessible to everyone, Zoreh creates a safe and nurturing environment for students to go deeper in their practice. Zoreh has been hosting yoga retreats, workshops, and trainings around the country and world for the past 22 years.

Schedule Details

March 30–April 1, 2018

Friday 6:00–9:00 PM
Saturday 2:00-5:00 PM
Sunday 2:00–5:00 PM

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$155 Pre-registered by March 16
$165 after March 16
$60 for individual sessions

Discount for teachers and students attending together: $150 per person

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04/05 - 05/24/18

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, a yoga teacher certified in teaching trauma informed yoga.

Deva K. Khalsa, AHP, BA, RYT is an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, cookbook author, cleansing expert and Yoga teacher. Deva embodies the spirit of a healthy lifestyle and began practicing yoga in Vancouver, Canada in 1992. In 1996 she moved to New Mexico and began to personally study with Yogi Bhajan. In the Fall of 2009 Deva went back to school at the California College of Ayurveda and studied for 3 years to become an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner. Deva is the owner of Deva Health featuring The Cleanse of Santa Fe™ and Whole Self Recovery. In addition she is a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher and a hypnotherapist. She also teaches Ayurvedic cooking and raw food prep classes. She is passionate about empowering people to take control of their health and lives with Ayurveda, Raw Living Foods, conscious living and yoga.
Contact: deva@devahealth.com • (505) 603-8815

Schedule Details

Eight Thursdays
April 5–May 24
6:00–7:15 PM

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$108.00 pre-registered by March 29
$120.00 after March 29

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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, Clinical Herbalist and a 26 year veteran of teaching Kundalini Yoga. She currently teaches two weekly yoga classes at High Desert Yoga and has a detox/cleansing and Ayurvedic business in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Deva began practicing yoga in Vancouver, Canada in 1992 and came to New Mexico in 1996 to to personally study yoga and Ayurveda with Yogi Bhajan. From 2009 to 2012, she studied at the California College of Ayurveda to become an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner and recently completed the Clinical Herbalist Program at UNM. A life-long learner, Deva embodies the spirit of a healthy lifestlye!

Website: devahealth.com
Contact: deva@devahealth.com or 505-603-8815

Schedule Details

Saturday, April 7, 2018
2:00–5:00 PM

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$50 pre-registered by March 31
$60 registered after March 31

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04/21/18

Deva Khalsa & Sat Guru Kaur

A Sound Bath

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Ave NE

A Sound Bath begins with light yoga and a simple meditation. Then we move into an hour-long deep relaxation with two beautiful symphonic gongs, crystal alchemy singing bowls, and a drum. This creates a reinforced vibration that affects the entire body, releasing stress, balancing the nervous system, and bringing the mind to total calm. The sound vibration aligns meridians which allows the body to open to healing.

Come discover the healing power behind sound!

 

Deva Khalsa is a 26-year veteran of playing the gong and teaching Kundalini Yoga. She is also an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner and Cleansing Facilitator. She teachers yoga twice weekly at High Desert Yoga and you can experience the gong and singing bowl at her classes.

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, April 21, 2018
6:30–8:30 PM

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$27.00 pre-registered by April 20
$35.00 day of event

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04/21/18

Deva Khalsa

Discover Your Ayurvedic Dosha

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Ave NE

Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term meaning the knowledge of life which relates to life as a state of balance between the body, mind, and consciousness. Ayurveda is considered the healing side of yoga and yoga is the spiritual side of Ayurveda. Together they strive to help a person reconnect to their true nature through direct experience and encompass a complete approach to wellness of the body, mind, and spirit.

Knowledge of your constitution is essential to developing optimal health. Your constitution determines how you react to various foods, colors, aromas and general life habits, and is the fundamental and unique balance of three basic energies called “Doshas.” The balance in each individual is different; hence each individual has his or her own special set of challenges and gifts. For this reason no two programs are identical, and each person's path toward optimal health is unique.

In this workshop you will learn about the Ayurvedic classification system using Doshas to understand your unique constitution of Vata (Air/Ether), Pitta (Fire), or Kapha (Water/Earth). From this understanding of Doshas you will discover foods, herbs, and lifestyle practices that facilitate  balance for you. You will learn tools to begin an Ayurvedic Lifestyle as Deva introduces this ancient healing system and gives recommendations.

Deva Khalsa is an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, Clinical Herbalist and a 26 year veteran of teaching Kundalini Yoga. She currently teaches two weekly yoga classes at High Desert Yoga and has a detox/cleansing and Ayurvedic business in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Deva began practicing yoga in Vancouver, Canada in 1992 and came to New Mexico in 1996 to to personally study yoga and Ayurveda with Yogi Bhajan. From 2009 to 2012, she studied at the California College of Ayurveda to become an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner and recently completed the Clinical Herbalist Program at UNM. A life-long learner, Deva embodies the spirit of a healthy lifestlye!

Website: devahealth.com
Contact: deva@devahealth.com or 505-603-8815

Schedule Details

Saturday, April 21, 2018
2:00–5:00 PM

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$50.00 pre-registered by April 14
$60.00 after April 14

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04/28/18

Niki Feldman

Yoga and Dance Fusion

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

In this joyful workshop Yoga and Dance is mixed together with music. Rhythm will guide easy dance steps and infuse ease into traditional yoga poses. Periodically free dance will be encouraged to follow internal rhythm and intuition. The playlist alternates fast songs with slow songs to preserve energy. By focusing on flow and rhythm, stagnation can be avoided. You will leave invigorated and happy!


Niki Feldman has danced for her entire life and is a self-proclaimed “Rhythm Junkie.” Besides Yoga and dancing, Niki has a Massage Therapy practice in which she dances through her treatments. 

Schedule Details

Saturday, April 28, 2018
6:30–8:00 PM

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$18.00

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04/29/18

Zoreh Afsarzadeh

Creating & Sustaining a Home Practice

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

A practical, hands-on workshop to help you create a home practice that is inspiring, energizing and relaxing.  You will be offered different sequences to meet your needs and a syllabus of poses to help you design your own custom practice.
For All Levels 

Zoreh, founder and director of High Desert Yoga in Albuquerque for the past 15 years, is a certified Yoga Therapist, yoga and meditation teacher. With her joyous personality, good sense of humor, and passion for making yoga accessible to everyone, Zoreh creates a safe and nurturing environment for students to go deeper in their practice. Zoreh has been hosting yoga retreats, workshops and trainings around the country and world for the past 20 years.

Schedule Details

Sunday, April 29, 2018
2:00–5:00 PM

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$55.00 pre-registered
$65.00 day of

Walk-ins welcome

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06/16 - 06/17/18

Rama Jyoti Vernon

Yoga: The Practice of Myth and Sacred Geometry

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

For all levels, from beginners to experienced students and yoga teachers.

Class, Discussion and Book Signing
Acclaimed Yoga teacher and international peace mediator, Rama Jyoti Vernon will teach a yoga class and lead a discussion on themes from her recently published book, Yoga: The Practice of Myth and Sacred Geometry (Lotus Press). Rama’s presence illuminates her surroundings. Her words are an inspiration to all who hear them. 

For the first time the essence of Rama Jyoti’s teachings, which evolved from decades of studies with great masters, have been codified. This book includes more than 200 pages of photos and instructions, with myths and therapeutic benefits associated with the asanas, and much more.

Lilias Folan, PBS host and author has these words about Rama’s book, "Yoga: The Practice of Myth and Sacred Geometry is for all of us who want to continue in the study of yoga’s deep teaching and technical instruction. The wonderful diagrams and photos will clearly assist us as we learn and teach asana and pranayama while walking life’s journey. Thank you, Rama, for sharing the heart, soul, and passion of your own practices, insights, and reflections, and for imparting your years of yoga experience, study, and teaching. This is a book I will treasure for years to come.”

That practicing yoga improves health and creates peace of mind is well known to most Westerners. However, for those who yearn to add meaningful depth to their lives, yoga holds even greater riches. In the practice of asana, our bodies assume geometrical forms known as yantras. These yantras are force fields of energy—condensed, crystallized experiences of the Divine that draw consciousness like a magnet from the outer to the inner worlds. 

In this class, master teacher Rama Vernon offers her unique approach to yoga, anchored in knowledge of the Yoga Sutras and integrally focused on the breath. Through asana, interactive lectures, and discussion, Rama will emphasize:
posture practice with philosophy, mythology, and yantras woven in;
the five pranas within asana, and
concentration on the breath.

For all levels, from beginners to experienced students and yoga teachers.

Recommended reading Rama Jyoti Vernon, Yoga: The Practice of Myth and Sacred Geometry (Lotus Press).

Note Asana work is profoundly deep and therapeutic. Light meals are recommended before practice.

 

Rama Jyoti Vernon, author of Yoga: The Practice of Myth and Sacred Geometry, is internationally acclaimed as a yoga instructor and peace mediator. Her extraordinary knowledge has shaped the foundation of contemporary yoga, and her unique approach to teaching evolved from years of study with many great masters. During the early days of yoga in the United States, she sponsored the migration of numerous swamis and gurus from India, and formed organizations to promote unity across all lineages and styles of yoga. Her instruction of asana is anchored in her deep knowledge of the Yoga Sutras and is integrally focused on the breath. www.ramajyotivernon.com

Rama Jyoti Vernon was a of the founders of Yoga Journal. She was also one of the co-founders of the California Yoga Teachers Association. She is considered one of America's yoga pioneers and was one of the first yoga teachers in the USA.

Her mother, a student of Yogananda took her to her first yoga class at age 15. As an adult, Rama was one of the early students of BKS Iyengar in North America and hosted him on his first visit to California in 1973. Rama also founded the American Yoga College, where she still teaches today.

She also founded the organization Unity in Yoga International, which eventually evolved into the Yoga Alliance and which sponsored seven national and three international conferences under Vernon's direction, including the Soviet-American Yoga Conference in Moscow in October 1990. The founders of The International Association of Yoga Therapists, Richard Miller and Larry Payne, acknowledged Rama's contribution to the creation of the association though the connections she fostered at the Unity in Yoga conferences.

Schedule Details

June 16–17, 2018
Saturday & Sunday
1:30-5:00 PM

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$185 for the entire workshop
$95 per session

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07/12 - 08/30/18

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, 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

Schedule Details

Eight Thursdays
July 12–August 30, 2018
6:00–7:15 PM

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$108.00 pre-registered by July 5
$120.00 after July 5

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07/13 - 07/15/18

Kim Schwartz

The System of Yoga: An overview of the theory, philosophy and practice of yoga

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

This ten hour workshop will offer a concise and practical overview into the system and practice of yoga. The structure offered here will be based on a classical text written by the sage Patanjali. Each class will begin with a lecture on some aspect of yoga philosophy that will be followed with foundational information on the types of asanas shown. As the classes will be sequential, it is recommended that the entire workshop is attended.

 

Kim Schwartz was introduced to eastern philosophy as a child and began studying yoga in 1971 at age 18. In 1981 he met his Guru and began more formal studies in the yoga sutras and other aspects of yoga philosophy. Around that time he was also introduced to the Iyengar system of asana practice. In 1985 he was certified to teach yoga through the Temple of Kriya yoga. He was ordained a Swami in the Kriya lineage in 1986. He has taught ongoing yoga classes, teachers training programs and workshops here and abroad since that time. He is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an ERYT 500. Though asana and pranayama have become primary disciplines, the philosophy of yoga is still at the heart of his practice and teaching.

Schedule Details

Friday, July 13
6:00-8:00 PM

Saturday & Sunday, July 14 & 15
1:30-5:45 PM (15 min. break at 3:30)

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$130 pre-registered by June 26, 2018
$145 after June 26, 2018

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09/07 - 09/09/18

Nishtha Jane Kappy and Judith Arredondo

Senior Yoga Teacher Training

High Desert Yoga | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

This training is for graduates of a yoga teacher training program who wish to deepen their understanding of the needs of senior students or who intend to teach yoga asana to the senior population. We will review and expand on topics from the Senior Yoga Immersion workshop: spinal alignment & posture; body awareness; breathing practices and the role of the breath in practice; psychosocial issues affecting lifestyle and functionality; and ethics from a yogic perspective (yama & niyama) as applied to yoga practice & working with seniors.

Additional topics for this training include:

  • Adaptating and assisting asana for seniors
  • Sequencing a Senior Yoga class
  • Chair yoga
  • Common conditions with emphasis on musculo-skeletal disorders such as arthritis, joint replacement, back pain

This workshop is applicable to the Senior Yoga Certification from High Desert Yoga. Additional requirements for this certification are completion of a 200 hour yoga teacher training, the Senior Yoga Immersion, and the Senior Yoga Certification Project. For more information, please contact Nishtha at (505) 238-8845.

Instructors:

 Nishtha Jane Kappy, E-RYT500, LMT, has been exploring yoga and movement practices for four decades and began teaching yoga in 2010. She is certified as a Senior Yoga Teacher through High Desert Yoga and teaches senior yoga and beginning and intermediate classes for the general population. After 20 years of massage therapy practice, Nishtha brings to her teaching a hands-on knowledge and curiosity about human anatomy with a focus on internal organization and body awareness.

Judith Arredondo, RYT500, has been teaching fitness since 1993. She graduated from the High Desert Yoga 500-hour teacher training in 2015. Judith is certified as a Senior Yoga Teacher through High Desert Yoga. She teaches senior and adaptive yoga classes, focusing on alignment and coordinating the complexity of asana with the ease of the breath.

Schedule Details

September 7–9, 2018

Friday: 6:00–9:00 PM
Saturday: 1:00 - 6:00 PM
Sunday: 1:15 - 5:15 PM

Price Options

$175.00 pre-registered by August 25
$185.00 after August 25

Teacher Certification Project: $50 after taking both Senior Yoga Immersion and Senior Yoga Teacher Training workshops.

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