Arise with the Moment

Yoga Class with TESS ADAMS
February 7, 2020

Friday 9:00 – 11:00am

“For the birds who own

nothing—the reason they can fly.”

—excerpt from Mary Oliver’s poem, Storage

Our hips are our body’s storage units which, over the years, we fill with our burdens—often past capacity. It’s no wonder we cannot take flight! On Friday, February 7th, join Tess for a morning of investigative play, balance, and air-time. With Bhujapidasana (Shoulder-Pressing Pose) as our “peak pose”, we will lighten our hips, open our mid-backs, and (quite literally at times) arise with the moment. This workshop is ALL-LEVELS as all explorations will offer support—we will build the essence of Bhujapidasana from the very beginning of our time together. You might just surprise yourself by how freely you can fly!

Open to all students and levels.

TESS ADAMS is a seeker who inspires further seeking. She started practicing yoga in high school and officially teaching after a decade of devoted study. Inspired by her studies with Tias and Surya Little as well as her colorful professional experiences (ranging from painting conservation to lighting science), Tess’s weave of the classical yoga traditions with more contemporary somatic-based modalities and the artist’s way creates an inspiring web of resources to support her students’ journeys.


INVESTMENT: Class Card or $20 drop-in

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Mindful Yin Yoga Training

February 28, 29, March 1, 2020

Friday: 4:00 – 7:00pm,
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am – 6:00pm

This immersion is designed for yoga teachers and yoga students who would like to deepen their understanding of the practice and instruction of Yin Yoga. This immersion comes with a manual. During the weekend we will explore through physical practice, written/visual material and group discussion:

– an introduction to Yin Yoga theory and its benefits
– thorough coverage of yin postures & modifications/variations for all levels
– mindfulness meditation and associated practices to support the yin practice
– anatomy specific to yin yoga
– exploration of the breath and associated breathing practices
– complete yin yoga sequences
– locations of meridians and acupressure points that can be used during practice or teaching
– explanation of the organ systems and the five elements according to Traditional Chinese Medicine and how they relate to yin yoga
– multiple experiential practice sessions

Open to all students and levels.
(This immersion is considered teacher training for 20hrs of Yoga Alliance credit.)

JENNIFER RAYE holds her doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, holistic nutritionist, mindfulness meditation teacher, and an experienced (E-RYT500) yoga teacher. Influenced and supported by her years of formal study and personal practice, and over a decade of teaching, Jennifer’s offerings reflect her extensive and varied expertise in the fields of contemplative practice and integrative medicine. Steeped in the wisdom of the Buddha Dharma, and her deep respect for the beauty and magic of the natural world, her teachings emphasize self-care and are holistic, therapeutic in nature, and have a strong focus on the individual needs of students.

Jennifer teaches classes, retreats, and teacher training, locally and internationally, in addition to running her private medical practice. She is also the creator of a number of online programs.
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INVESTMENT: $350 for early bird,
or $400 for full price after Feb 1st.

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Beginner Chi Gong


Beginner Chi Gong
Mondays 7:30 – 8:30am

Join in a relaxing workout of body/mind. Breath and movement come together to rejuvenate our physical, mental and overall well being.
6-week Series: January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17
Investment: $10 drop-in

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Dance Classes for Adults & Kids


Dance-N-Boogie I (2.5-3yrs.)
Mondays 3:00 – 3:45pm
Students will learn the basic terminology and movement related to all dance forms. We will learn how to wait our turn, follow directions and explore our individuality within a structured class environment.

6-week Series: January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17
Investment: $75


Dance-N-Boogie II (4-5yrs.)
Mondays 4:00 – 5:00pm

Students will continue to learn terminology and movement related to all dance forms. We will learn how to wait our turn, follow directions and explore our individuality within a structured class environment. Student will be able to verbally explain and physically demonstrate the movements they have learned.
6-week Series: January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17
Investment: $75


Adult Ballet Technique
Tuesdays 11:15am – 12:15pm

This course will work on body alignment, terminology and technique allowing the student to enhance their already dance knowledge and improve technique. This class will also allow the beginner to learn terminology, understand proper body technique and explore the classical movement of ballet.
6-week Series: January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18
Investment: $75 or $15 drop-in


Adult Jazz/HipHop/Workout
Tuesdays 7:30 – 8:30pm

This class is all about the feels. Exploring your body and mind through movement, allowing yourself to be free inside the movements and choreography. All levels are welcome.
6-week Series: January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18
Investment: $75 or $15 drop-in


Ballet/Jazz (6-12yrs)
Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:00pm

Students will learn basic terminology, technique and choreography related to these two dance forms. This class is suited for all dancers within this age range and any level of experience.
6-week Series: January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19
Investment: $75


Ballet/Jazz (13-18yrs)
Wednesdays 7:30 – 9:00pm

Students will learn basic terminology, technique and choreography related to these two dance forms. This class is suited for all dancers within this age range and any level of experience.
6-week Series: January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19
Investment: $75


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Reiki Sessions


The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. (

As a bodyworker for two decades I find that each session is different for each client. Whether you need personal healing, stress relief or deeper understanding of self and ways of change, Reiki may be just for you. Allow yourself the first steps of healing by giving yourself the tools needed for healing the self with the mind/body connection.

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Coming Home – Yoga as Presence

Mondays & Wednesdays
5:30 – 7:00pm


These classes are appropriate for everyone longing for time on the yoga mat devoted to experiencing the wisdom, strength, resiliency and freedom inherent in our own bodies, as they are, RIGHT NOW, while we practice stretching our capacity for PRESENCE, COMPASSION & CURIOSITY.

INVESTMENT: $20 per class, or Use your Class Card

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Qoya Movement Practice for Women

FRIDAYS 6:00 – 8:00pm

Next Series: January 10 – February 14, 2020


Sarah is thrilled to bring Qoya to the Orcas Island community. Qoya is an embodied movement practice for anyone who identifies as a woman. It is a space for women to understand themselves on a deeper level and perhaps break through perceived social and personal barriers through intuitive movement and community connection. Sarah has experienced the profound effects of Qoya in her life and is dedicated in sharing its transformational nature with other women. Originally Sarah is from the UK but has lived the past 7 years in Maine and recently moved to Orcas Island with her partner and two sons. Sarah loves to create magic and have fun. She leads her classes with humor, honesty and personal wisdom.

Sarah is a Qoya Movement Leader, Astrologer, E-RYT500hr yoga + restorative yoga instructor, Mother, Intuitive and Wayshower. She has a Masters Degree in Art, Sculpture and Building Restoration and loves cultivating spiritual connection through ritual, dance and singing in women’s circles. She is an advocate for the Dare to Rest programme for Women, has taken part in Auyvedic Wellbeing study groups and is currently interested in establishing tools to create embodied boundaries for empaths. Sarah is broadening her knowledge in how movement, body awareness and language can create social and environmental change.

$20 drop-in or bring a “NEW” friend for $10 each!

For more information about Sarah and Qoya:

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Atlas/Occiput Activation Healing Sessions

January 28 & 29, 2020

MICHAEL HANE has helped many people in the Orcas Community over the years. So many of his clients have come up to me after their session and said “He changed my Life!” His sessions usually book up quickly as past clients refer their friends to him. Please sign up early!!

Michael’s life work is helping people align mind * body * spirit with the Atlas Activation. He is trained in the Atlasprofilax methodology and has years of experience with clients in chronic pain. He is an expert bodyworker, authentically integrating massage with energetic bodywork. This combination of expertise forms his unique system of supporting and elevating the whole being.

For more information about Michael’s work:

Atlas Activation is a deep sub-occipital neck release that addresses chronic tension around the base of the skull and restores balance to the vital Atlas/Occipital joint at the top of the spine. The Atlas vertebrae is the keystone of the spine that governs whole body balance and is necessary for proper neuromuscular functioning and structural alignment. Instability in this area is a major source of chronic tension and stress, creating patterns of compensation and degeneration.
The benefits can be instant: increased neck and hip mobility, release of pressure and pain in the body, feeling of ease, lightness and euphoria. Then, more profound effects can activate: increased balance, strength, focus, clarity and peace.

(Between 12:30pm – 5pm)
Each Session is 60min with a follow-up scheduled the next day.

Sessions is $250

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Community Acupuncture Clinic


TUESDAYS 3:30 – 5:30 PM

Walk in to Wellness!

Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio will host a Community Acupuncture Clinic on Tuesdays with Danielle Dyer of Heal~Flow Acupuncture. Treatments will be based in Japanese constitutional acupuncture, which seeks to treat our root imbalances through fewer needles and gentle techniques.

Danielle Dyer’s style as a practitioner is rooted in touch. She uses information gathered from the pulse, tongue, channels and abdomen to make sure the treatment is right for your body and the moment. She also incorporate other forms of touch healing such as Reiki and bodywork in the community clinic.

Treatments will be sliding scale $20-50. No appointment necessary.

Greetings from Panacea, my sailboat that carried me to Orcas Island last November. I arrived here with a mission! After years of constant study, I finally got to leave the city, Masters in Acupuncture in hand, to share my love of Chinese medicine through my business, Heal~Flow Acupuncture.

My vision is to broaden the scope of acupuncture beyond the office and into the daily lives of people and communities. My mission is to make Chinese Medicine accessible by offering sliding scale pricing and mobile services. I feel blessed and honored to call these islands my new home and to offer my skills and my heart to this community.

Danielle Dyer
(458) 205-9450

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Prajna Yoga In-Depth Study and Teacher Training: The Fluid Body

February 8 – 13, 2020

8:00am – 5:00pm

The Prajna approach to the practice of yoga is classical, yet multidimensional. Rather than a prescription to teach a given system, this program is an invitation to cultivate a language of yoga that articulates the body in asana and pranayama and incorporates the study of poetry, sutras, myths, and chanting. We inspire students to discover new associations and tap their inner strength and unique gifts. Students are empowered to practice and teach from a place of creativity, adaptability, and imagination~ and ultimately “attain insight” or “prajna.”

This session is an in-depth study of the hands, arms, and shoulders relative to the diaphragm and pranayama. We reflect on myths from the yoga tradition that relate to rivers, ocean and the fluid body.

The Fluid Body begins at the third chakra and the kidney/adrenal region. We investigate the importance of hydration and fluidity within the body. This course is an in-depth study of the upper torso including the sternum, shoulders, arms, diaphragm, brachial plexus, heart/lung and carpal tunnel. We include mobilization techniques to free the ribs, spine, shoulders and hands in the SATYA training. Asana sequences emphasize arm balance preparations and shoulder openers for backbends and inversions. Much time is devoted to the shoulder girdle and practicing poses that serve to align the shoulders and reduce strain in the rotator cuff area. In addition, we continue our study of the Five Sheaths of connective tissue that spiral around the trunk and pass through the arms. We study the nadis, Ayurveda marma points, and chakras that relate to the arms and upper trunk.

This week, Djuna will introduce the foundation of pranayama practice, while introducing ways to sensitize the diaphragm, ribs and lung tissue. The primary theme for the week is water and the fluid systems of the body. We look at the fluid pulse (spanda) that animates the cosmic cycles of creation and destruction, particularly through the powerful metaphors of ocean and river. As we explore the cosmic themes of water and life, we detail the circulation of blood, lymph and cerebral-spinal fluid through the body. We investigate the power of myth (from the mythology of Vishnu) and in particular the teachings on maya, or the illusory nature of the visible world. We read chapters from Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha while investigating the teachings on karma, inter-dependency and nonjudgmental awareness.

– EARLY BIRD rate: $875 with deposit of $250 paid three months prior to course start
– REGULAR rate: $975 if paid within three months of course start
∞ Deposit of $250 due at the time of registration, $100 is non-refundable
∞ Balance due one month prior to the course start (January 8, 2020).
+ Cost includes Prajna Yoga manual valued at $95

For more information and to register: 

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