Women’s Wellness Series

March 18 – April 22, 2019
MONDAYS 5:30 – 7:30pm

It is time for women to remember our ancestral roots as Healers and reclaim the ancient traditions of feminine health and wellness.

Women’s Wellness Series weaves together ancient modalities with heartfelt wisdom to help women on their healing journey towards optimal wellbeing. This Series provides resources and self-care tools to holistically support your long-term vibrant health. Become intimate with your own physiology and experience your fullest expression of vitality.

Each class will include breathwork, meditation, anatomy, a movement practice and self-care tools for daily health and wellness.

In this 6-week Monday Series:

* Study the anatomy of the pelvic floor & women’s sacred anatomy
* Practice pelvic floor breathwork to relax and tone
* Experience a simple yoga practice to embody your whole self
* Learn the benefits of plant medicine for womb and moon support
* Explore the healing power of touch for holistic breast health
* Enjoy a Guided Meditation to nurture connection and healing

$120 for 6 classes.

Pre-registration required

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SUZI ZOBRIST (LMT, E-RYT500) is a holistic pelvic care provider & women’s wellness educator. She is the Founder of Orcas Mandala Yoga & Bodywork Studio on Orcas Island. Her experiential self-care Workshops support women’s long-term vibrant health.

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Morning Meditation

8:00 – 8:30am

This twice weekly morning meditation is an opportunity to sit together in community, recollect and deepen into stillness. The meditations will be lightly guided and adapted from a variety of spiritual traditions..

Leonie Van Gelder will facilitate the meditations. She co-managed Indralaya, a retreat center on Orcas for almost 20 years and has led many meditations and silent retreats.

Participation is free, donations are welcome.

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The Yoga of Chocolate™: A Journey of the Senses

6:00 – 8:00PM

In Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga, the fifth limb, pratyahara, is often defined as ‘a withdrawal of the senses’. With it’s central location it could also be considered the “bridge limb” – the point where the outer can become inner (and vice versa). With the practice of pratyahara you can cultivate a more intimate relationship to your experience of sensation. (Note: the root word of sensation, along with sensory, sensitive, and sensual, is ‘sense’.)

A less common translation of the word pratyahara ‘to recover our senses’.

In this workshop, led by Prajna Yoga Teacher and Cacao Passionista, Jyl Kutsche, asana, meditation, and chocolate are the vehicles which we use to cultivate that recovery of our senses – that sensitivity that we often lose when when we get caught up in the rapid pace of our lives. We will also explore SATYA, a school of somatic movement techniques developed by Tias Little, to further heighten that awareness. Our eyes, nose, mouth, tongue, heart, and whole body will be opened so that we are free to truly take in the delicate subtleties in the different varieties of movement…and, of course, chocolate!

Chocolate is used as a means of directing the our attention inward, and not at all as a gimick. Chocolate (Cacao) is one of the most complex foods on the planet, more than twice as complex as wine in it’s flavor notes! These days the world of chocolate is exploding with innovative new (and established) chocolate makers committed to using the highest quality & flavor cacao beans from around the world. Up until now much of what was known as “chocolate” were really mostly products filled with sugar, dairy, and many other unsavory additives to create the “chocolate flavor”.

Fine chocolate can teach us how to slow down and really taste, savor, and enjoy our present moment experiences, whatever they may be! Combining chocolate tasting with the mindful movement and meditation allows attendees to go deeply inward, becoming more attuned to the smell, texture, tastes of the chocolate and of the infinite subtle physical sensations of their bodies.

Workshop – $40

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JYL KUTSCHE is a long time student of Prajna Yoga. Also a practitioner of of Visionary Craniosacral Therapy & Visceral Manipulation, she brings an interdisciplinary approach to her teaching, combining technique & flow with therapeutic somatic movement & hands-on touch.
Currently dividing her time between the United States and Peru, her exploration of cacao as plant medicine has turned a lifetime chocolate obsession into a profound part of her life’s journey.
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Prajna Yoga Immersion: Explore Your Core

April 15 – 19
Monday – Friday
9:00 – 11:00am

A stable, accessible core means so much more than just six-pack abs. When healthy and balanced, it can provide physical, emotional, visceral, and even psycho-spiritual support. In this week-long immersion, we’ll explore this deep part of ourselves through both subtle and dynamic work in a variety of playful and unexpected ways.

IMMERSION $100 or Single Session $25
Attend one or all 5 classes!!

Private Yoga & Bodywork Sessions
During her time on Orcas, Jyl, 500 ERYT & LMT will be available for private yoga sessions as well as sessions that combine somatic movement (or private yoga) with craniosacral therapy and visceral manipulation.
Private Yoga session (60 min) $75
Combo Yoga/Bodywork (90 min) ($108)

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Restorative: Gentle Flow + Deep Stretch

9:00 – 10:30am

Take it easy and rest while you restore.

This class blends gentle stretching, slow fluid movement and restorative poses with a focus on relaxing and breathing into the deepest layers of the body to return to a place of release, surrender and calm.

During the class, we will explore well-supported poses to restore your natural rhythm, calm the nervous system, dissolve tension and cultivate a deep sense of well-being that will support you well after the session is over. You will use straps, soft blankets, blocks, and bolsters so the body opens gently into the stretch. While supported you will be guided through a relaxing meditation with a keen focus on the breath. Hands on adjustments are given with essential oil blends to help enhance the experience.

A class that will improve joint flexibility, free stagnation in the muscle tissue, lubricate the joints and foster a quiet, meditative state. Sending you peacefully into a brief vacation. Accessible for all levels, ages and body types.

Accessible for all levels, ages and body types.

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Spring into Movement Yoga Immersion

April 22 – 26 (9:00 – 10:30am)
April 27 (9:30 – 10:45am)

Spring has sprung! We come from the earth, we return to the earth and in between we garden. Spring is the time to root and grow, to bloom and blossom into your limitless potential.

Spring into Movement this April with Tabitha Rose for a week-long Immersion created to help you find a flow in your practice, your body and between each asanas mindfully and joyfully. Tabitha will use visuals of spring to help connect the breath to the movement and your mind to the inspiration within. Incorporating soft music to awaken your natural rhythm. A creative morning that would hope to leave you inspired and refreshed for the new season to come. A kick start to your practice after the long winter months!

This class welcomes all levels. It will provide a safe environment for beginners and well practiced students to learn correct form which helps build a healthy yoga foundation “our roots”. Basic postures such as sun salutations, standing poses, back and forward bends, and twists are practiced with an emphasis on correct alignment and technique while warming the body and clearing the toxins that have built up over the stagnate winter months. A moving meditation linked with breath work creates a peaceful atmosphere while gently allowing the practice to transform the body and mind.

IMMERSION: Use your Class Card or drop-in
Attend one or all 6 classes!!

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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 ~ From the Ground Up

OCTOBER 7 – 12, 2019

8:00am – 5:00pm

From the ground upSession 1: FROM THE GROUND UP
This session explores the foundational teachings of the yoga practice with an emphasis on how the feet are “the foundation to the temple of the body”.

Progress on the path depends on strong legs and deep breath. This session explores the ancient traditions with a contemporary insight into the body-mind connection. Students build stability in their legs through standing poses that spontaneously lead to the lift of the yoga bandhas – mula and uddiyana bandhas. To open the heart-mind, we will cultivate loving kindness (metta) and hone the essentials of mindfulness training.

Course of Study:
* Yoga anatomy: experience myofascia through movement and map the body’s five myo-fascial sheaths
* Bio-mechanical function of the feet, knees and legs
* Nadis, Traditional Chinese Medicine meridians and Ayurveda marma points
* The sacrum and poses relative to the lower two chakras – muladhara and svadhisthana chakras
* The Three Jewels: the Buddha (awakened mind), Dharma (the teachings) and Sangha (the community)
* The Eightfold Path of the Buddhist teachings and the Four Foundations of Mindfulness

From the Ground Up is a requirement for students fulfilling the 200-hr Prajna Yoga Teacher Training.

– 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.
+ Cost includes Prajna Yoga manual valued at $95
To register, please email (
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Prajna Yoga In-Depth Study Course: The Subtle Body

November 13 – 18, 2019

8:00am – 5:00pm

Session III, The Subtle Body, presents ways to posturally balance the skull efficiently on top of the spine and to mindfully create a “psychic shield” to protect and empower spiritual awareness.

The pathway into the subtle body involves practice for the delicate structures of the throat, neck, cranium and brain. In yoga practice, the brain and sensory organs must be carefully protected and drawn inward.

Course of Study:
* Restorative yoga for the brain and nervous system
* The cranial chakras and the subtle body
* The bones of the skull and the cranial sutures
* The effects of vibration on the cranium
* The three “master glands” in the body: the thyroid, pineal and pituitary glands
* The critical position of the jaw and its connection to the sacrum
* Jalandhara bandha and its effects on the throat chakra and thyroid gland
* Working with the five senses in yoga, pratyahara
* Balancing the body through the six diaphragms
* Introduction to yoga nidra (yogic sleep)
* Yoga samadhi and the brain: Patanjali’s samapatti and the experience of absorption
* Using the chair in yoga to support the brain and skull
* Neuroplasticity, aging and the sensory-motor system
* Coping with fear and stress, protecting the skull and developing a “psychic shield”
* Working with the eyes in yoga
* Working with the Five Hindrances: craving, negativity, sloth, restlessness and doubt

The Subtle Body is a requirement for students fulfilling the 200-hr Prajna Yoga Teacher Training.

– 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.
+ Cost includes Prajna Yoga manual valued at $95
To register, please email (
For more information and to register:

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