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The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.

- Oprah Winfrey

 H2yOga and Stand Up Paddle Excursion

A 3-Hour Tour including SUP instruction, a yoga class, paddle time, use of a SUP Board, paddle and PFD
$70 ($60 for Monthly Members – use Coupon Code: PROMOH2YOGA)

You will get an introduction to SUP with Mike MacDonald, ACA Level 2 SUP, Paddle Fit Level 2, enjoy a full yoga class with Kaitlyn Zwgerman, RYT 200 or Jo Kirsch, E-RYT 500, and have plenty of paddle time to explore Gayle Meadows. Asana poses are introduced gently with modifications tailored to the student’s experience level and comfort zone. Practicing yoga on a SUP board encourages focus and being fully present in the moment. Doing yoga on a floating platform “requires full awareness, acceptance of Mother Nature’s mood, and some humility for the occasional dip into the water!” These instructors enjoy sharing their deep appreciation of nature, and the added benefits that come from practicing yoga on calm water.

Available Dates and Times:
Saturday: July 22: 1:30 pm – 4:30pm
Sunday: July 23: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Saturday: August 19: 11:30am – 2:30pm
Sunday: August 20: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Saturday: September 2: 11:30am – 2:30pm
Sunday: September 3: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Saturday: September 30: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Sunday: October 1: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Space is limited to 8 participants. Be sure to enroll in advance.

5-Week Chair Yoga Series

with Pat Meredith, RYT 200
10:30-11:30am, Wednesday

Session 1: August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Session 2: September 6, 13, 20, 27, October 4

$60 for each 5-Week Session
Drop-ins allowed on a space available basis: $15 (included in membership and 10 class card)

Chair yoga is one of the gentlest forms of yoga available. It is a unique yoga style that adapts yoga positions and poses through creative use of a chair. Poses are done seated on the chair or the chair is used for support during standing and balance poses. This is perfect for people who have difficulty getting up from and down to the floor from a standing position. It is also suitable for people in wheel chairs. The class is held in a wheelchair accessible studio. There is an elevator from the ground floor, and the first floor, to take you up to the second floor where our chair yoga class is held. No prior yoga experience is required to attend this class. Minimum of 4 registrants required to hold session.

Hop, Jump and Fly

with Hope Aquilera, RYT 200
3:00 -5:00 pm, Sunday, August 6

In this workshop we will learn how to safely bring weight into the hands. Beginning with walking and hopping in vinyasa yoga, Hope will provide us with specific practices to strengthen the upper body to do so. Just like we must first learn to walk before we run, we will learn to first walk, then hop, jump, and finally fly. In a vinyasa flow full sequence that will be broken down with alignment, instruction, and repetitive strengthening movements, this class will bring us through walking and hopping in sun salutations, arm balancing, walking and hopping to and through to seated, and finally through inversions, building up to handstand. Hope will weave yoga philosophy into the workshop delivering a well rounded, robust experience.

Restorative Yoga Workshop

with Laurae Coburn
5:30 – 7:30pm, Sunday, August 6
$30 per workshop

This practice is designed to restore the nervous system and help release deeply held tensions from the body and mind. We use props to support the postures, while gently stretching and strengthening the body. This class is appropriate for students of all levels.

Whole Hearted Living Yoga

with Kaitlyn Zwagerman
5:00 -7:00pm, Sunday, August 13 (replaces Kait’s normal 5:00pm class this day*)

When we permit ourselves to be vulnerable we allow ourselves to evolve authentically; cultivating a resilient spirit, finding gratitude and joy, and creating a shift in our nervous system to peace within. Living whole heartedly, we are able to make our work meaningful (or learn to find it), understand the complexities and richness of people and experiences, and find greater joy in the small moments of the every day. Join Kaitlyn for a 2- hour slow flow and restorative class where she will weave the teachings of Brene Brown’s ’10 Guideposts for Whole Hearted Living’ into the tapestry of this special yoga and meditation practice. By the end, you will begin to understand the tendencies we need to cast aside in order to live whole heartedly- while ready to cultivate powerful anecdotes such as creativity, song + dance and self-compassion. Open to all levels.

*Please note: This class will replace Kaitlyn’s regularly scheduled August 13th class. If you have been attending her classes and enjoying the 10 weeks of the Guideposts (or missed a week), this special event will tie all of these classes together!

Loving Kindness Meditation and Yoga Nidra

with Jo Kirsch, E-RYT 500

6:30 – 7:30pm, Sunday, August 20
$15 per class (included in memberships and 10 Class Cards)

Metta – which means Loving Kindness – is often used as the focus for a simple and compassionate meditation practice. Loving Kindness meditation uses words, images, and feelings to evoke lovingkindness and friendliness toward oneself and others. Join Jo as she guides you through a Loving Kindness Meditation, followed by a Yoga Nidra Session. Yoga Nidra, which means yoga sleep, is a technique for entering into a deeply relaxed state that swiftly heals and repairs the physical, mental, and emotional body. Minutes of Yoga Nidra are equivalent in their regenerative power to hours of deep sleep. Once settled into Savasana (relaxation pose) you will be asked to privately create a sankalpa, an expression of your heart’s deepest desire, stated as though it’s already happening in the present moment. You will then be led through body scanning, rotation of consciousness, breathing, and guided imagery techniques, inducing a deep state of relaxation and healing. It could be said that the main purpose of yoga nidra is to realize one’s sankalpa. Throughout yoga nidra class, students remain lying down in Savasana. Unlike more athletic forms of yoga, yoga nidra does not require familiarity with additional yoga poses and is intended purely as a meditative, restorative, class, where deep healing takes place. No experience necessary.

Chakra Balancing Yoga Workshop

with Dina Bronson, RYT 200
1-3 PM, Saturday, August 26

Join us for this 2 hour workshop and discover how the chakra system affects your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies. After a brief overview of the chakra system as a whole, we will flow through an asana practice that will nourish you from root to crown. As we learn more about each individual chakra, we will move through postures that nurture and support that particular part of your being. Moving up the spine from root, to sacrum, solar plexus, heart, throat, then third eye, we will culminate with a crown opening meditation. A final restorative savasana will integrate the practice, leaving you feeling energized and balanced. Open to all. No prior knowledge of the chakras necessary.

Restorative Module 1

with Laurae Coburn, E-RYT 500

Friday, September 8: 7:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday, September 9: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Fee: $198

This module will provide attendees with an orientation to and experiences with the essential restorative postures. We will also explore various ways to support all body types and abilities with props in order to facilitate the restorative experience. Attendees with learn about and experience the benefits of restorative yoga as well as essential sequencing principles. Attendees who are taking this workshop as part of their certification will have additional written homework.

12.5 CEU’s available through Heart of the Village Yoga Advanced Studies and Teacher Training and Yoga Teacher Alliance.

Developing Themes for Classes of All Ages

with Alexandra Langstaff, RYT 500
1:00 – 6:00pm, Sunday, September 24

What makes a yoga class special and meaningful? Learn techniques for building class sequences and activities that engage your students. Explore ways to change a plan on the fly. Hone your observation skills in order to read your students. This workshop will offer many ideas that will increase your ability to teach in all kinds of situations, from a school gymnasium to a peaceful private studio.

Zero Balancing 1 – a 4 day course with Michele Doucette, DC

October 26-29, 2017, Manchester, VT
Course Fee: $795 Early registration (30 days before course): $695
Super Saver Fee: (registered 60 days before course): $595

Course Length: 4 days
CE Hours: 25
Click here to register or call Dr. Doucette’s office at 802.464.2361

This is the first course of the Core Zero Balancing curriculum and introduces the intellectual and practical framework of the art and science of Zero Balancing. Instructors provide a detailed study guide, clear presentations, and demonstrations of Zero Balancing. In practice sessions, students experience both how to perform Zero Balancing and how Zero Balancing feels to receive.You Will Learn:

  • The basic Zero Balancing protocol
  • Theory and principles of ZB
  • To distinguish body energy and body structure through touch
  • The skill of using energy as a working tool
  • The energetic anatomy of the skeleton
  • The theory and application of fulcrums
  • How to give a ZB session

Working knowledge of anatomy and physiology; it is recommended to receive at least one ZB session prior to class.

Recommended Reading:
Inner Bridges by Fritz Smith, MD, The Alchemy of Touch by Fritz Smith, MD

For further information: Contact Dr. Doucette at 802-464-2361 and bones@sover.net. Click here to register: http://www.zerobalancing.com/professional_training/calendar_detail/instructor/2652 or by calling Dr. Doucette’s office with card information.

Prenatal Yoga Training

with Tasha Judson
1:00 – 6:00PM, Saturday, November 4


A training for yoga teachers and practitioners to learn how to adapt poses to accommodate mamas and the life growing inside them as they prepare for birth. You will learn the contraindications of poses, and as well as the nuances of practicing yoga while pregnant.

5 CEU’s available through Yoga Alliance.

Restorative Module 2

with Laurae Coburn, E-RYT 500

Friday, November 10: 7:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday, November 11: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Fee: $198

This module focuses on the benefits of specific restorative postures with a particular focus on forward bends, backbends; inversion, and twists. Principles of sequencing will also be explored. Attendees who are taking this workshop as part of their certification will have additional written homework.

12.5 CEU’s available through Heart of the Village Yoga Advanced Studies and Teacher Training and Yoga Teacher Alliance.

As the Wheels Turn – Balance Your Chakras Workshop

with Jo Kirsch, E-RYT 500
1:00 – 6:00PM, Sunday, November 26


As the days grow shorter and we move into winter, this is a good time to come into balance. Chakras, spinning wheels of light where energy runs through our bodies. Blocked energy in our chakras can often lead to physical, mental and emotional discomfort and in some cases, illness. Therefore, it’s important to understand what each chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely. We will focus on the 7 main chakras: root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye and crown chakras. Through asana practice, explanation, guided meditation, chanting, and creative play, we will clear stuck energy and open up to experience our true self.

5 CEU’s available through Yoga Alliance.

Restorative Module 3

with Laurae Coburn, E-RYT 500
Saturday, December 2: 1:00 – 6:00pm

This module focuses on the benefits of specific restorative postures with a particular focus on forward bends, backbends; inversion, and twists. Principles of sequencing will also be explored. Attendees who are taking this workshop as part of their certification will have additional written homework. This workshop is appropriate for intermediate students. If you have questions about whether this workshop will be suitable for you, please contact Laurae at Herbicoburn@gmail.com.

5 CEU’s available through Heart of the Village Yoga Advanced Studies and Teacher Training and Yoga Teacher Alliance.

Adaptive and Trauma Sensitive Yoga Workshop

with Jo Kirsch, E-RYT 500
1:00-6:00PM, December 9, 2017

Learn the basics of practicing and teaching adaptive and trauma-sensitive yoga to people with visible and invisible disabilities. Ground rules, basics, postures, sequencing, chair and mat yoga will be introduced and explored in this hand’s on workshop.

5 CEU’s available through Yoga Alliance.

A Yin Yoga Immersion with Biff Mithoefer

Taoism, Anatomy and Sequencing

Dec 16th 7:30-9pm, 17th and 18th from 9-5pm
Fee: $425/$375 before December 2

Yin Yoga uses long held postures that support us in accessing the deeper, more Yin parts of ourselves. In this training we will look at how Yin practice with its ancient yogic roots can affect our physical, energetic and emotional bodies. Through this understanding we will explore ways to incorporate Yin postures and philosophy into our teaching and practice.

The training will include:

  • Taoist philosophy as it applies to Yin Yoga
  • The Yin practice of non-striving and how it can influence our yoga and our life
  • The movement of Qi or Prana in the body, and how it can be affected by Yin practice.
  • Anatomy as it relates to the understanding of our own natural pattern
  • Sequencing your Yin practice or a Yin class
  • What it means to hold a safe, sacred space for a Yin practice.The weekend is suitable for all levels of practitioners and for Yoga teachers who are interested in including Yin in their teaching.

Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band: Bhakti-on-the-Mat, Musical Mantra Concert & More

Friday, January 5 – Sunday, January 7, 2018
$345/$310 before December 5, 2018

Friday, January 5
Mantra Music Concert: 7 -9 pm
Free your heart and stir your soul in this evening of ancient mantras given new voice through dynamic songs that merge New Orleans roots, rock, gospel, and world grooves. The trio’s latest album Unity debuted #1 on the iTunes World Music Chart and #3 on Billboard. Their music has appeared on several Putumayo World Music compilations, and they are the first kirtan-based band to ever play The New Orleans Jazz Festival.

Saturday, January 6
Bhakti On The Mat: The Mythic World of Yoga: 10:00am – 12:30pm
Merge the heart-opening qualities of bhakti yoga with the sensuality and vitality of asana. This deep and playful all-levels practice includes storytelling from the mythical world of yoga, soul-stirring kirtan, graceful vinyasa sequences, imaginative meditations, and evocative live music. Some experience with yoga is recommended. Sean and the band have guided this workshop at festivals and conferences across the country including sold-out attendance at The Yoga Journal Conference and Bhakti Fest. Bring crayons or magic markers.=

Wild Lotus Tune Up: The Yoga of Sound: 2:30 – 5:30pm
Explore one of the most ancient and powerful forms of yoga- the yoga of sound vibration. Learn about how sound has been used to shift our consciousness in cultures around the world as well as in the science and medical fields. Experience a special vocal yoga singing practice designed to help you tune the instrument of your body. Dive into a playful rhythm session guided by Gwendolyn to help you get in touch with your inner drummer. And savor the power of delightfully bringing song and dance together to awaken joy and brighten your soul.

Sunday, January 7
Bhakti On The Mat: Poetry of the Heart & Body: 10:00am – 12:30pm
Merge the heart-opening qualities of bhakti yoga with the sensuality and vitality of asana. This deep and playful all-levels practice includes storytelling, heart-opening poetry, soul-stirring kirtan, graceful vinyasa sequences, imaginative meditations, evocative live music, and a safe space for you to awaken your inner poet. Some experience with yoga is recommended. Sean and the band have guided this workshop at festivals and conferences across the country including sold-out attendance at The Yoga Journal Conference and Bhakti Fest. Bring a journal and crayons or magic markers.

Methodology on Teaching Bhakti On The Mat: 2:30 – 5:30pm
Satsang geared towards yoga teachers and advanced studies and teacher training students, on the methodology of teaching Bhakti On The Mat.

About the Presenters:
New Orleans’ Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band
(Alvin Young and Gwendolyn Colman) are regarded as one of the guiding voices of kirtan music in America – a genre of spiritual music that originates in the yoga traditions of India, and is being reinvented by a growing number of western artists. Sean, Alvin and Gwendolyn put a New Orleans and American stamp on kirtan by merging ancient mantras with rock, roots, gospel, and world grooves.

Sean is also a well-loved yoga teacher who teaches at conferences and retreat centers internationally including Yoga Journal, Kripalu, Bhakti Fest, and The German Yoga Conference. He is the founder of Wild Lotus Yoga studios in New Orleans, and Soul School, an interdisciplinary yoga teacher training program that focuses on teaching yoga with both skill and imagination. He has a Master’s degree from The Naropa Institute- Oakland with focus on teaching chant as spiritual practice, and is the co-curater and co-producer of Putumayo World Music’s yoga music series. Find out more at: www.SeanJohnsonAndTheWildLotusBand.com.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

with Laurae Coburn, E-RYT 500
Friday, January 12, 2018: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, January 13, 2018: 9:00am – 5:00pm,

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is a classical ancient Indian text describing the practice of yoga as a means to quiet the mind and alleviate suffering. Attendees will receive and orientation to Patanjali’s Sutras and commentaries on the original text.

The workshop will focus primarily on the first two chapters with relevant emphasis on the third chapter as it relates eight limbs of yoga. The commentary on these ancient sutras will be presented as a path for the modern practitioner to relieve mental and emotional distress.

Please note that the format will be lecture with a brief and distinct question and answer period following each segment. The workshop will also include breaks for asana and mediation. Due to time constraints and varying experience of participants this workshop will focus on English translations of the sutras and will not serve those seeking a course in Sanskrit translation. Attendees who are taking this workshop as part of their certification will have additional written homework.

Please purchase and bring a yoga sutra book to this workshop. Contact Laurae Coburn at Herbicoburn@gmail.com with questions about appropriate texts.

12.5 CEU’s available through Yoga Alliance.

Living Your Yoga

with Jo Kirsch, E-RYT 500
1:00 – 6:00PM, Saturday, February 10, 2017


“What is my life’s purpose?” “Am I living my Dharma?” Explore these soul searching questions through the teachings of the yoga. We will study this question through story, asana practice, meditation, chanting and discussion.

5 CEU’s available through Yoga Alliance.

Cultivating a Quiet Mind through Yoga

with Jo Kirsch, E-RYT 500
1:00 – 6:00PM, Sunday, February 25, 2017


May you be content. May you be free from suffering. Especially the suffering that is created and maintained by the Mind. And may you know a great and natural peace. Through yoga, meditation, focused breathing, discussion and study, we will explore how practicing yoga unites the mind,the body, and heart, allowing for increased moments of emotional and physical well-being.

5 CEU’s available through Yoga Alliance.

Change Your Perspective! Inversions and Hand Balancing Intensive

with Jo Kirsch, Bob Speck and Pam Fletcher
June 1 – 3, 2018
$400/$375 before May 15, 2018

Friday, June 1: 6:00 – 9:pm
Saturday, June 2: 9:00 – 6:00pm
Sunday, June 3: 8:00 – 5:00pm

Would you like to learn the secrets to practicing inversions? Once you learn a systematic approach, you may be surprised how accessible inversions are. You will learn how to warm up your body and open your shoulders, hips, front body, back body, ankles, wrists, heart and mind. We will practice headstand, shoulderstand, handstand, forearm stand, crow, crane and poses dedicated to the Sage Koundinya. There are a number of benefits of practicing yoga inversions:

– Gives your heart a break
– Helps your lymphatic system
– Energizes you and builds confidence
– Improves your balance
– Builds core strength
– Forces you to focus
– Releases your ego and helps you practice non-attachment
– Provides a new perspective

This weekend immersion is open to practitioners who would like to deepen their practice and understanding of inversions. It is offered as a Core Weekend in HOTV Yoga’s Advanced Studies and Teacher Training Program and availalbe for 25 CEU’s through Yoga Teacher Alliance.

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