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.

Upcoming Workshops

12/05 - 12/07/14 The System of Yoga with Kim Schwartz
12/06/14 Yoga and Dance with Niki Feldman
12/12 - 12/14/14 The common language of chakras and astrology, spoken through asana practice with Kim Schwartz and Doreen Siracusano
12/21/14 Winter Solstice : Deep Savasana & Yoga Nidra with Avery Kalapa
01/10/15 Birth Works! with Heather Farrell and Louise Self
01/16 - 01/18/15 Street Yoga: Trauma-Informed Yoga Training with Mark Lilly
01/29 - 02/01/15 Prenatal Training Level 1 with Colette Crawford with Heather Lee Farrell
02/27 - 03/01/15 Senior Yoga Training with Judy Mortellaro

Registrations & Payment Instructions:

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12/05 - 12/07/14

Kim Schwartz

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

$130/$145 | 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.

Schedule Details

December 5th - Friday, 6:00-8:00pm,  How and Why of Yoga, Tadsana, Breath
December 6th - Saturday, 1:30-3:30 and 3:45-5:45pm  Yama, Standing Asanas, Niyama, Forward Bends
(15 min. break at 3:30)
December 7th - Sunday, 1:30-3:30 and 3:45-5:45pm  Vrtts, Backbends, Kleshas, Inversions
(15 min. break at 3:30)               

Price Options

$130 before November 5th.
$145 after November 5th 

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Niki Feldman

Yoga and Dance

25 |

In this Yoga/Dance Workshop there will be a variety of music with different tempos and emotions.  By focusing on flow and rhythm stagnation can be avoided. This 2 hour class will have a combination of Yoga poses, simple dance steps, and free dance to follow internal rhythm and intuition. Traditional yoga poses will be done with movement to the music within them. In between the dynamic Yoga Poses simple dance steps will be done to the music. This allows for lightness and laughter. Occasionally Niki will challenge the class with balancing poses done to slower music and give free time to dance to one’s own rhythm.


Niki has a long background of being in love with movement.  She did many kinds of dance as a child and teenager and has always loved exercising outdoors and being in the mountains.  Niki found Yoga in 1995 during Massage School and soon after started teaching both Massage and Yoga. In 1999 Niki attended the High Desert Yoga teacher training.
Niki believes that yoga is a powerful tool for feeling at home in your body, empowering yourself, and releasing tension. In her Yoga classes she combines strengthening and flexibility.   Abdominal exercises, Slow Sun Salutations, Dance and Restorative self-massage techniques are some favorites. The flow portion of Niki’s class is called “Surprise Sun Salutations” because she sneaks different standing poses into the sequence.  Deep, full exhalations are always encouraged to breathe out tension and laughter is welcome. Niki’s eclectic blend of Yoga styles include: Iyengar, Kripalu, Vinyasa Flow, Pilates, and “Follow your intuition.” All levels are welcome

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$25  + tax for the two hour class

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12/12 - 12/14/14

Kim Schwartz and Doreen Siracusano

The common language of chakras and astrology, spoken through asana practice

$38 - $150 | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

Esoterically speaking, the primary purpose of asana practice is to liberate and balance prana/ life force. In so doing the physical body is harmonized with the mind and attuned to spirit. The primary channels through which prana moves are called nadis. The primary energy centers through which prana is felt are called chakras. Each chakra has specific qualities. The chakras are the microcosm or more accurately the internal macrocosm of the cosmological macrocosm. As the chakras are experienced within the body mind complex, the planets are found in our solar system. The energetic predispositions of the chakras reflects the predispositions of the planets; as above, so below. 

This workshop will look at how the planets, as seen through the astrological chart reflects the predispositions of the chakras. We will then look at asana practice in terms of how the subtle organization within the asanas serve to effect the energies of the chakras which then effects how we function in our lives and in the world. Each session will focus on specific planetary/ chakra energies and the respective asana practices. 

Schedule Details

Friday: 6:00-8:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 1:00-5:30pm (with a break each day) 

Price Options

$38 + tax for Friday evening session

$150 + tax for entire workshop  (Friday - Sunday)

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Avery Kalapa

Winter Solstice : Deep Savasana & Yoga Nidra

$40/45 | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

Align your Self with the nourishing quietude of nature's deepest moment of rest and rejuvenation: the Winter Solstice, longest night of the year.  Practice fully supported, grounding, long held restorative yoga postures combined with Avery's beautifully crafted guided relaxation and breath work to prepare you for Yoga Nidra, or "Yoga Sleep:" a long, conscious journey into Savasana.  This magical hibernation will not only help you replenish and heal from the potential frenzy of the holiday season, strengthen the immune system, nurture the health of the vital organs, and calm the nervous system, but it will fill you with the resonance of pure peace.

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$40 preregistered, 
$45 day of, plus tax.
Register with a friend and you'll each save $5!

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Heather Farrell and Louise Self

Birth Works!

75/80 | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

Inspiring strength, connection, confidence and celebration in pregnancy, birth and motherhood. You Can Birth!

Our unique programs bring awareness and confidence to your pregnancy and birthing. Help yourself enjoy your pregnancy, deepen your connection with your birthing body and baby through intuitive practical tools. 

Explore postures, movements, sound, relaxation, breathwork, and affirmations.  Learn how to use gravity, massage,  acupressure points, coping skills, and partner support. Understand nutrition in pregnancy and birth. We will learn about how environment affects labor as well as movements that will help your baby get in the optimal position for birth. Accept feelings and release fears... because Birth Works!

We always have ample time for discussion. We offer practical preparation that supports your innate wisdom to birth. Whether you are birthing at home, a birth center, or a hospital, this program affirms your birth and empowers you! Allow birth to unfold as it needs to for you.

  • Movement and Positions
  • The transition to motherhood
  • Using Gravity and birthing balls
  • Massage and Acupressure points
  • Nutrition in pregnancy, birth and postnatal
  • Strengthen Coping Skills
  • Partner Support
  • Holistic health and birthing tips
  • Gain awareness and confidence 
  • Breathing, relaxation and Sound
  • How to use your energy
  • Optimal fetal positioning
  • How environment affects birth
  • Healthy and Whole Postnatal time

An Empowering Pregnancy, Birth and Postnatal Program

Birthworks! Programs: Childbirth preperation, postnatal workshops, optimal fetal positioning for healthcare professionals, relaxation for pregnancy, birth and beyond, private sessions and more...

Heather Lee Farrell integrates education and training in Yoga, Doula work, Childbirth Educator and Preparation Training, Oriental Medicine, nutrition and Ayurvedic Studies. She is co-director with Louise Self of  Birthworks!  She has studied and recieved certification in a  wide variety of prental yoga methods and offers a multifaceted approach to her teaching. Heather is a EYT500hr-RYT 500hr Yoga teacher with Prenatal and Postnatal certification (PRYT-500)and is Studio Director of High Desert Yoga, She has taught yoga for more than a decade and practiced for more than 20 years. She is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine with a practice in Albuquerque, NM.  Heather is honored to support  such a sacred time in a woman and family’s life.  She is thankful to her many teachers, and wonderful and loving family..

Louise Self  is a joyful mother of two sweet boys, a Licensed Midwife who owns High Desert Midwifery, LLC-attending births at home. She also is an experienced Doula, including past work as a nurse and a nanny. Louise is connected with the birthing community in many ways; including the New Mexico Midwifery Association, attending workshops, and meetings.Louise is passionate in providing integrative care for women during the childbearing years; pregnancy, birth, and postpartum periods. Whilst also providing gentle, loving care for newborns. Louise is fondly known as the “Baby Whisperer”!”

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Schedule Details


Birth and pregnancy programs may be attended multiple times, and at any stage of pregnancy.
Pregnancy and birth professionals are welcome to attend.
Birth support partners attend for free. 
Walk-ins are welcome, space permitting. Please RSVP.

505-514-4377, birthworksnm@gmail.com

Price Options

$65 pre-registered online
$75 at the door  
Come to Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth: All Trimesters on Tuesdays at 6:00pm for special offer!

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01/16 - 01/18/15

Mark Lilly

Street Yoga: Trauma-Informed Yoga Training

$290/325 *discounts! | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

The Street Yoga Teacher Training offers hands-on practice in teaching yoga & mindfulness to youth & families experiencing homelessness, abuse, addiction, and other forms of trauma.


  • Modifying poses for various populations and situations
  • Potential behavioral challenges and strategies for dealing with them
  • Tools for improved communication success
  • Problem-solving approaches to deal with boundary issues
  • How to effectively approach and partner with social service agencies
  • Opportunities for practice teaching

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

Mark Lilly, founder of Street Yoga and mindfulness and communication trainer, teaches dynamic workshops all over North America to yoga teachers, physicians, nurses, social workers, and mental health workers. Mark has extensive expertise in community and hospital treatment-based mindfulness practices.

Offered In Partnership with:

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Schedule Details

Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Times to be announced: Expect Friday evening. Then, Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Ending by 5:00pm on Sunday.  Times on Flyer may be adjusted.

Price Options

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

Early Bird Price: $290 + tax
$325 + tax After December 16, 2014

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01/29 - 02/01/15

Colette Crawford with Heather Lee Farrell

Prenatal Training Level 1

795 | 4600 Copper Ave NE

"If we are to realize peace and harmony in the world the time has come for us to dedicate ourselves to the re-awakening of motherhood." Amma

Pregnancy is a time in a woman's life when she experiences dynamic, physiological changes. You will gain a thorough understanding of these changes so that you can adjust your instruction for each prenatal student. In this section you will learn how to sequence your prenatal classes and provide alternative variations to students depending on their stage of pregnancy.

It is absolutely necessary for anyone teaching to pregnant and postpartum women to be knowledgeable about common pathologies seen during pregnancy and the postpartum period in order to maintain safe standards of practice. Yoga and other holistic practices can be a great source of comfort to pregnant women. 

You will gain a wealth of knowledge to offer your students about alternative modalities that will help to bring them relief. 

This program provides a complete basic foundation in prenatal and early postnatal yoga instruction. You do not need to be a yoga teacher or have a certification to attend. Any style of yoga is welcomed.

Gain knowledge and confidence in all areas of instruction, including:

  • Modules: Level 1/1-10
  • Appropriate technology for birth:State of Health Care and Birth in the USA; The Awakening of Motherhood                                                                                   
  • Anatomy and physiology                                                                             
  • Structuring a prenatal/postnatal class, sequencing, general routine of poses 
  • Attending 2 classes with E-RYT                                                           
  • Effects of stress on mother-baby; Breathing and relaxation techniques  
  • Common discomforts of pregnancy; Therapeutic application with alternative modalities
  • Optimal Fetal Position (dealing with occiput posterior, breech, and asyncliticpresentations) 
  • normal labor and birth
  • Early postpartum period  Satsang - chanting, meditation, kirtan

Colette Crawford,  BSN, E-RYT founder of Seattle Holistic Center.

I began yoga as a teenager in the late 1960’s with my mother and took my first classes with Maria Svoboda. I attended Richard Schactel’s first yoga teacher training and was certified in 1986, and then in 1992 through BKS Iyengar. My greatest teacher and the source of constant inspiration on this path is my Guru, Mata Amritandamayi, or Amma, as she is known.  It is through Amma, I am learning the true essence of yoga and spiritual living.

I am an experienced registered nurse specializing in maternal/child health, labor and delivery and childbirth education. The inspiration for the prenatal yoga program came from my public health nursing days when I weaved in yoga poses with childbirth education for women who were hospitalized. During these years I worked with pregnant and parenting teens and was the president of the Snohomish County Teen Pregnancy Task Force.

I have assisted hundreds of women in labor and early postpartum care, including being a lactation specialist. Since 1989 I have taught prenatal yoga to thousands of women, their families and yoga teachers from all over the world.
Another one of my specialties is therapeutic yoga. In 1992 I created Heal Your Back as a result of my own healing journey using yoga after I had suffered a severe back injury in a car accident while eight months pregnant.

My commitment is to helping you on your journey of health, healing and spiritual growth. I am  dedicated to assisting women and their families to actualize their inner wisdom to birth and parent consciously. It has been a gift and privilege to parent my four children with my loving husband, Bruce. The path of family is my meditation.colette@seattleholisticcenter.com

 Learn more about Colette Crawford.

Schedule Details

Thursday through Sunday. exact hours to be released.We will begin mid morning on Thursday and end Sunday afternoon.
This training is open to healthcare professionals and other perinatal professionals. You do not need to be a yoga teacher.

Price Options

Partial payments/deposit and payment plan options. 

Save and register for all three levels.
Normal price:  Levels 1-3, $2395
Special pricing: $1995, receive $390 discount when you register for all three levels together
Levels 1, 2 or 3 may be taken at different times within a 24 month period from time of registration. With this discount, each level is $665.

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02/27 - 03/01/15

Judy Mortellaro

Senior Yoga Training

130 | 4600 Copper Avenue NE

Why? The senior yoga teacher training was developed as a complement to 200 and 500 hour Teacher Training courses.  Clearly, the older student often presents with numerous challenges specific to the aging body. Unfortunately, however, the older student is now getting younger!  People of all ages are now presenting with disease and imbalance once routinely associated with the elderly – from all appearances, a reflection of the ways they have lived in their bodies.  We are now confronted with many problems that can be related to poor posture and misalignment; new and unfamiliar environmental, physical, and mental stresses; and unhealthy nutrition; all mimicking and/or accelerating the aging body. More and more individuals are met with issues such as arthritis and joint replacement, chronic pain syndromes, cardiac and respiratory diseases, diabetes, depression and much more before entering their elder years. 

What? The High Desert Yoga Senior Yoga Teacher Training is an in depth course that looks at the common health conditions of the elder population and the ways to teach yoga asana to prevent further complications, help minimize current symptoms, and improve quality of life. It can readily be applied to all students presenting with similar problems or complaints.

Specifically, the following topics are included:
• Spinal Alignment and Posture• Types of Breathing including Ujjayi
• Common Diseases and Conditions with emphasis on Musculoskeletal Disorders such as    Arthritis and Joint Replacement, Back pain. Conditions associated with Cardiac, Respiratory, Endocrine and Nervous Systems will also be included.
• Common Psychosocial Issues affecting Life Style and Quality of Life
• Ethics• Asanas, Assists and Adaptations for Styles of Sequencing the Senior Yoga class
• Class led by Attendees
• Special Situations 
• The Student with Dementia and Chair Classes

Judy eaches yoga so that it is accessible to all. She utilizes 35 years of nursing knowledge combined with 15 years of yoga experience. She teaches classes specifically for seniors and those who need special modification as well as classes targeted toward general audiences including beginners and intermediate students. What ties all her classes together is her emphasis on alignment and the fundamentals of yoga enabling students of all levels to get the most out of their yoga practice. She is adjunct faculty for HDY Teachers’ Training at both the 200 and 300 hr. level. She is a 500 hr E-RYT. Judy developed and directs the High Desert Yoga Senior Yoga Teachers Training Program.

Schedule Details

Friday 6:00-8:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 1:30 - 5:30 PM

Format: This 10 hour intensive workshop utilizes interactive lecture, experiential learning, feedback, and return demonstration. There will be an opportunity for the students to teach a class at the end of the training.  The Friday evening session is two hours long and the Saturday and Sunday classes are each 4 hours in length. Saturday and Sunday 1:30 - 5:30 PM

For more information:  
visit www.judysyoga.com  
Email  Judy at judysyoga@gmail.com 

Price Options

$130.00 plus tax
Partial Payment plan available

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