Restore Your Core: Pelvic Floor Health for Women

Friday June 2

6:00 – 9:00PM

Do you cross your legs when you sneeze, cough or laugh? 
Are you experiencing pelvic pain or discomfort during sex? 

In this experiential self-care workshop, we’ll go beyond “kegels” and 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. 

We begin with an in-depth presentation and discussion about key anatomical structures in the pelvic floor and common dysfunctions, including urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain. You will be guided through exercises and movements designed to strengthen and lengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor, including breath awareness, posture and meditation. 

Restore your core to health through this informative Workshop, deepen your awareness and experience how to relax, tone and strengthen this region to maintain a stable and supple pelvic floor. 

Workshop $40

*This practical workshop is for women at all stages of life.* 
Please wear comfortable clothes for movement practice and bring a yoga mat.

For Women experiencing:
• pelvic pain
• lower back, hip or groin problems
• discomfort during sex or while using tampons
• skin irritation
• leak when laughing or sneezing
• have to go the bathroom too often
• prolapsed organs
• pregnancy and birth

SUZI ZOBRIST’s exploration into women’s pelvic floor health began 17 years ago when she began healing from ovarian cancer. Suzi became a Certified Sexological Bodyworker in 2010 and has since completed the “Yoga for the Pelvic Floor” Teacher Training with Leslie Howard. Her vision is to empower Women to restore pelvic floor health and revitalize their sexual essence. Suzi has been teaching Yoga on Orcas Island since 1999 and is the Founder of Orcas Mandala Yoga & Bodywork Studio. Suzi draws upon her own life and integrates her years of training in Yoga, Visionary Craniosacral Work and Ceremonial practices into her Workshops.

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Community Acupuncture Clinic

June 11 & 25

SUNDAYS 1:00 – 5:00PM

Walk in to Wellness!

Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio will host a Community Acupuncture Clinic on Sundays 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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Introduction to Yoga

MONDAYS 6:00 – 7:15PM

Suzi Assisting 2016 smallerNEW TO YOGA?

Join an 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.

MONDAYS, 6:00-7:15pm.

Open to all levels.

Single Class: $10

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JULY 6 & 7, 2017

The Odd Fellow’s Hall, Orcas Island, WA

Tias & SuryaDay Long with Tias | Thursday July 6
Moving into Stillness | 9:30-12:30 PM
This class includes movement with precision of alignment. In the alchemy of our practice we unite stillness with movement, whether in seated meditation, flowing through postures or doing unwinding movements on the floor (SATYA). This leads to states of sublime awareness and feather fine concentration.

Opening the Inner Eye of Yoga | 1:30-4:30 PM
More than ever, we must find ways to open to new possibility. Theodore Roethke once wrote, ” In a dark time the eye begins to see.” In this practice, we bring lightness to the body in order to become centered and still. This involves opening the central pathway through the spine, mystically described as a shaft of light. In meditation, we open the eye of wisdom, to realize the freshness and clarity of each passing moment.

Day Long with Surya | Friday July 7
Backbends: Opening the Heart | 9:30-12:30 AM
Lift the spirit! Open the chest and heart! This class promotes youthful vitality, and energy. We will be doing backbends to energize the reproductive system and release tension in the pelvic area. The increase blood flow supplies important oxygen and nutrients to the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes

Stoking the Fire of the Inner Body | 1:30-4:30 PM
This class will focus on a wide range of motion in the pelvis, knee, and ankle joints. Twists are important for women because they tone and strengthen the internal reproductive organ as well as tone the endocrine system and improve digestion. This practice will help to restore the vitality and radiance of the internal organs and offers protection, transformation and aid in digestion. This is a vital class for this time of the year as we turn within and harvest our vital chi.

Open to all levels.

Must Pre-Register $60 Single Class $200 for Full 2 day Immersion | Register Online through Prajna Yoga | Call Prajna office 505-988-5248

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JULY 8 – 12, 2017

9:30am- 4:30pm
The Odd Fellow’s Hall, Orcas Island, WA

TIAS & SURYA TTCThe chakras evoke mystery, an artistic imagination and connection to the subtle body. In this specialized course we cover the physical structures that correspond to each chakra beginning with the tailbone and leading to the crown of the head. At the same time we explore the energetic and emotional vitality that pertains to each vital energy center. We refer to the dynamic force of siva/sakti and the reptilian power of kundalini rendered in ancient yoga texts. We will map the muscular-skeletal, organic and neurological association with each chakra. We investigate how the five elements of yoga (earth,water, fire, air and space) and the yogic “winds” (vayus) pertain to each energy center. Tias includes a rich array of iconographic images from the yogic tradition in order to describe the subtle body along with anatomical images that provide insight into the anatomy of each chakra. In daily practice, we activate each of the vital energy channels through asana, sound resonance, visualization and meditation. Tias brings his background in Buddhist studies, dreamwork, cranial-sacral therapy and classical yoga to this unique course on the chakras. In this course Tias draws from his new book Yoga of the Subtle Body.

Day 1 – The Root of It All

The first day covers the first two chakras, while focusing on the sacrum and pelvis. We practice hip openers and sacral mobilizations in order to support the cranial-sacral system and the energetics of the body’s deep life force, the kundalini.

Day 2 – The Belly: The Fire Center

The abdomen, the third chakra, is the hearth of the body. This class covers uddiyana bandha, how to build core strength in the abdomen, the digestive center and the power stored in the kidneys.

Day 3 – The Lotus Heart

The heart chakra is the mediator and synthesizer of all the other chakras.This day focuses on the heart and lung within the heart chakra. We practice asana to expand the chest and pranayama to open the ribs and lungs.

Day 4 – The Place of Purification: The Throat

In the chakra system the throat is the critical juncture leading up into the cranium. Food, the breath and major arteries pass through the throat. This day covers the delicate cervical structures relating to the throat chakra and we practice bridge poses and shoulderstand.

Day 5 – The Cranial Chakras

In this day we look at the mystical centers in the skull relating to the brain, the sensory organs and the deep consciousness. This day investigates the cranial sutures, the cranial-sacral system and the “master” pituitary and pineal gland. Through inversions, meditation and visualization, we contact the pranic rhythms within the subtle body.

$840.00 | 30 Contact hours | Register Online through Prajna Yoga | Or Call Prajna office 505-988-5248

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Mastering the Basics

October 20-22, 2017

8:00am – 5:00pm

This three day in-depth study provides the essential teaching skills in order to teach a yoga class following the principles of Prajna Yoga. This mini-intensive guides, inspires, and motivates you to confidently and competently begin to teach yoga classes. The curriculum includes: defining and refining teaching skills, class planning and organization, directing students through effective use of voice, verbal instructions and demonstrations, observing students’ poses and common pitfalls that beginning teachers encounter. We provide individual feedback through group teaching exercises in order to help trainees hone their skills.

Early Bird (deposit of $75 paid three months prior to course start) $295. Within three months of course start $350. Deposit of $75 due at the time of registration, $50 is non-refundable.
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Prajna Yoga In-Depth Study ~ From the Ground Up

OCTOBER 14 – 19, 2017

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 explores the foundational teachings of yoga with an emphasis on the feet as “the foundation to the temple of the body”. You will learn foundational asanas, mainly standing poses, and receive an introduction to the therapeutic work of SATYA (Sensory Awareness for Yoga). The emphasis will be on both “mobilization” and “stabilization” techniques to open the body. We study the bones, muscles, and fascia by outlining Five Sheaths model of yogic anatomy. “Living anatomy” is illuminated by the study of asana and through lecture and images. We learn the key anatomical structures that relate to the arches of the feet and detail how healthy feet are the root of ease throughout the body. While developing an understanding of the bio-mechanical function of the feet and legs, we also study nadis, Ayurveda marma points, and chakras. We emphasize the importance of the sacrum relative to the lower two chakras. From the Ground Up undertakes an in-depth study of the ilio-psoas and its preeminent position in the body relative to mula and uddiyana bandha.

This course looks at the ways that traditionally, yoga involves training of the mind/heart. We investigate the foundation of the three pillars that enable transformation–the Buddha (Awakened Mind), Dharma (the Teachings) and Sangha (the Community). We read and interpret passages from the Buddhist tradition and include selected poetry to invoke the energy of the heart. We explore the Eightfold Path of the Buddhist teachings and the Four Foundations of Mindfulness in combination with the Ashtanga Yoga system from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. We introduce the power of chanting and the use of Sanskrit.

Early Bird (deposit of $250 paid three months prior to course start) $875. Within three months of course start $975. Deposit of $250 due at the time of registration, $100 is non-refundable. (Cost includes Prajna Yoga manual valued at $95).
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Prajna Yoga In-Depth Study Course: The Subtle Body

November 6 – 11, 2017

8:00am – 5:00pm

The Subtle Body course is an in-depth study of the neck and cranium along with the throat chakra and the chakras inside the skull. We review the bones of the cranium, cranial sutures, jaw and sensory organs. We detail the practice of jalandhara bandha and its effects on the throat chakra, and the thyroid gland. We study pratyahara (the softening of sensory awareness), particularly in relation to the eyes, ears, mouth, and throat. We emphasize the importance of the organ of the tongue and introduce khechari mudra to release the upper palate and throat. We practice mobilization techniques to release strain in the neck and shoulder region. The asana practices emphasize the study of inversions including headstand, shoulder stand and plough.

One of the primary themes of The Subtle Body is the emotional body. Stemming from our anatomical study of the throat, skull, and brain, we study the central nervous system with its sympathetic and parasympathetic branches and the flight or fight response. We investigate the impact that trauma has on both mind and body, and we look at how anxiety and stress become embedded in the body’s soft tissues. In light of the effects that stress and trauma have on the body, we study the kleshas or afflictions from both the Patanjali Yoga Sutras and the Buddhist teaching. We compare the kleshas as enumerated in the ancient yoga texts to current theories of stress and emotional holding given in Western psychology and somatic practices.

Early Bird (deposit of $250 paid three months prior to course start) $875. Within three months of course start $975. Deposit of $250 due at the time of registration, $100 is non-refundable. (Cost includes Prajna Yoga manual valued at $95).
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