Events

Women’s Wellness Masterclass Series

With SUZI ZOBRIST
October 9, 16, 23, 30
WEDNESDAYS 5:30 – 8:00pm
WOMEN’S HEALTH IS ONE OF THE MOST VITAL ISSUES OF OUR TIME

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

October 9: Explore your Pelvic Core
October 16: Womb Wisdom & Jade Gate Health
October 23: Holistic Breast Care
October 30: Women’s Sacred Anatomy

Women’s Wellness Masterclass 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 guided meditations, movement practices, breathwork, anatomy, and self-care tools for daily health and wellness.

October 9, 2019 | Explore Your Pelvic Core
Learn how to access the subtle muscles of the pelvic floor. Understand how your body’s alignment and muscle tightness and weakness can impact pelvic floor function and health. Explore how mindful awareness, breathing techniques, and gentle movement can improve your connection to your core and pelvic floor and enhance your life.

October 16, 2019 | Womb Wisdom and Jade Gate Health
Learn ancient feminine practices to awaken the wisdom of your pelvic bowl, restore balance to your inner alchemy and attune to the ebbs and flow of your moontime medicine.

October 23, 2019 | Holistic Breast Care
In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we will become our own ‘breast expert” by learning simple preventative self-care tools that will serve you for a lifetime of breast health and wellness.

October 30, 2019| Women’s Sacred Anatomy
Explore the mysteries rooted in your sexuality and expand upon your knowledge of female arousal. This playful, informative class is designed to empower you with the knowledge of your own Sacred Anatomy and reawaken and reclaim your radiant sexual health.

Series: $120 / Single Session $40
Pre-registration required.
(10% discount on Series for past participants)

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SUZI ZOBRIST (LMT, E-RYT500) is a yoga teacher, holistic pelvic care provider and women’s wellness and somatic sex 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. www.suzizobrist.com

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Sunrise Flow

with CHRISTINE COMITO
Tuesdays
8:00 – 9:00am

This class is for yogis looking to wake up and get on the mat. Starting at 8am, perhaps before the work day begins, or for those that are early risers, we will sync our energy with the rising Sun.
Aligning our energy with nature can help bring balance and focus into our daily lives. Surya energy, the energy of the Sun, is warming, purifying, strengthening, and stimulates Pranic force.
This class will flow at a continuous pace from the beginning, with time to rest and rejuvenate before moving on with the day.
$10 or use your class card. All levels.

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Transitioning Through The Seasons

3 Class Retreat into Yin & Restoratives
with CHRISTINE COMITO
OCTOBER 24, 25, 26
9:30 – 10:45am

Indulge in a 3 day mini retreat exploring rejuvenating sequences that focus on longer, more passive holds, supported by props, and guided release techniques. This series will help to dissolve tension and rejuvenate the systems of the body, while making room for all the the new season has to bring.

Bringing our physical body into alignment with the changing seasons helps us stay balanced. As we approach the shorter, darker days ahead, it is important to cultivate internal warmth, circulation & suppleness. Including Yin and Restoratives in our daily asana practice can serve as a way to support our immune system & maintain vital energy.

All levels. Attend one or all three classes.
Use your class card or $20 drop-in per class

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Introduction to Yoga Series

with SUSIE FRANK
September 24, Oct 1, 8, 15 and 29
TUESDAYS 6:00 – 7:15PM

NEW TO YOGA??

Join a 5-week Intro to Yoga class and feel great! Learn the fundamentals and get started on the path of yoga to enhance your health and well being. If you have never done yoga before, have been away from your practice awhile, or if you simply enjoy the pace and time these classes meet, this is the class for you!

Learn the basics of simple postures and breath in a methodical way that safely builds your body awareness, strength, and mindfulness. This class will prepare you to enter our ongoing classes with confidence.

All levels of fitness, flexibility, and athletic ability are welcome.
Series: 5 classes for $80 or
Drop-in for $20/class or use your class card

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Qoya Movement Practice for Women

with SARAH WHITRIDGE
FRIDAYS 6:00 – 8:00pm

FREE Class October 25th

4-week Series:
November 1, 8, 15 , 22

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 friend for $10 each!

For more information about Sarah and Qoya: www.qoyawithsarah.com

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Coming Home – Yoga as Presence Series

with Dr. DEBRA BABCOCK D.C.

A Five Class Series
Mondays & Wednesdays 5:30 – 7:00pm
November 4, 6, 11, 13, 18

BE INSPIRED ~ COME HOME to the TRUTH of WHO YOU ARE and LIVE FROM THERE. GIVE IT AWAY, PASS IT ON, UPLIFT the WORLD.

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.

SERIES: $20 per class, $80 for the series
(or use your studio class card)

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Community Acupuncture Clinic

with DANIELLE DYER, LAc
WEEKLY

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.
NO CLINIC MAY 28th

DANIELLE DYER:
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
healflowacupuncture.com
(458) 205-9450

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Prajna Yoga In-Depth Study ~ From the Ground Up

with DJUNA MASCALL E.R.Y.T 500
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.

TUITION
– 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 (djuna@yogapracticeandreflection.com)
For more information and to register: https://www.illuminatingyoga.com/teacher-training/2017/10/14/200hr-us-dxza9

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Prajna Yoga In-Depth Study Course: The Subtle Body

with DJUNA MASCALL E.R.Y.T 500
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.

TUITION:
– 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 (djuna@yogapracticeandreflection.com)
For more information and to register: https://www.illuminatingyoga.com/teacher-training/2017/10/14/200hr-us-dxza9-3a6ld

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

with DJUNA MASCALL E.R.Y.T 500
February 8 – 13, 2020

8:00am – 5:00pm

Prajna Session 2ATTAIN INSIGHT: PRAJNA YOGA TRAINING
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.”

Level 2: THE FLUID BODY
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.

TUITION:
– 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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