VIRTUAL 5 NIYAMAS: THE HEART & SOUL OF YOGA

The heart and soul of yoga are the Yamas and Niyamas. During this 5 weeks, we will set a daily morning routine to build a strong foundation for the day (dinacharya), meet once a week (Monday evenings) to introduce each Niyama, meet live once each week for morning asana practice on Tuesdays, and I'll provide one long pre-recorded practice for you plus shorter ones as well to support your own daily practice available anytime. 

 

Week 1: Saucha- Cleanliness, Purity

How we clean up our body, mind, and speech, living space and world. From our relationship to our own body to the thoughts that dominate the inner world. To taking responsibility for things we've said and haven't said. To cleaning out an old closet or junk drawer. Or, maybe it’s time to clean out your thoughts and replace destructive self-hate with positive affirmations. 

Week 2: Santosha - Contentment, Acceptance

Though challenging to practice, because if we try to be content it eludes us, there are ways to begin to arrive in Santosha. Acceptance of the way things are. Enoughness and not needing ourselves, our circumstances or those around us to be different. Gratitude for what we do have, for what is here.  

Week 3: Tapas - Discipline, Persistence

Keeping the heat on. Keeping the attention present. Not necessarily the big hot sweaty practice - but maybe. Definitely the consistency. Austerity. To show up again and again and again. 

Week 4: Svadhyaya - Self-study, study of sacred texts

The actual reading of sacred texts, and the curiosity and wonder of who is the "I" in the "I am"? 

Week 5: Ishvarapranidhana - Devotion, surrender to the divine  While there are many religions and definitions of the divine: the Universe, Source-energy, Life Itself, Oneness, Love, Light, Buddha Nature, Emptiness, Spirit, Brahman, īśvara, Jesus, or God. What we surrender our own precious life force energy (Prana) to becomes our devotion. 

 

STUDENTS RECEIVE

* 5 live group (and recorded) meetings on Mondays 7:30-9pm via zoom April 12, April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10

 

 * Morning ritual (dinacharya) guidance, personal accountability and community support

 

* Once a week live and several pre-recorded group practices for the full 5 weeks

Tues Live 7-8am (and recorded) + Sun Salutations + recorded practices (pranayama, mantra, asana-both long and short)

 

* 10 min suggested daily reading of Deborah Adele’s Yamas and Niyamas book.

 

Simple-so you can build healthy body, mind and spirit habits and sustain them.

 

INVESTMENT

$258

 

REGISTER

Virtual 5 Weeks, 5 Elements 2020

Daily Yoga Daily Meditation Ayurvedic Diet Reading & Contemplation

Just as it is essential to find the ground beneath us in a yoga asana (physical) practice, it is important to find what grounds us in our body and life. This is true for each of the Pancha Maha (Five Great) Elements.

 

Begin 2020 with a 5 week journey through the rhythms of yoga practice where each week is devoted to one of the 5 Great Elements. Ground down like Earth. Flow like Water. Digest and transform like Fire. Connect to what matters most in your hearts deepest call. Feel Spacious.

 

Weekly zooms Mondays 7:30-9pm,

recorded home yoga practices and meditations and/or join Kelly during her regularly scheduled classes (additional).

EARTH: Monday 01/04

WATER: Monday 01/11

FIRE: Monday 01/18

AIR: Monday 01/25

ETHER: Monday 02/01

 

* Access to online videos to support your home yoga practice

* Access to guided meditations 

* Support in how Ayurveda creates balance moment-to-moment with our diet, relationships and other internal/external choices

* Optional readings and journaling to help you explore and observe these simple/potent metaphors on and off your mat

* Storytelling, murti and mantra

* Understand how the micro is the macro as a way of creating wholeness, equanimity and balance

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 DATES: 01/04-02/07

RATES: $208 by Dec. 28

$258 after,

scholarships also available

REGISTER: HERE

QUESTIONS:

contact Kelly directly at kelly@mountainlotus.com or 970-445-7825

 

Gods & Goddess Relax & Renew Retreat

February 20-23, 2019
with kelly heath
Sagrada Wellness Retreat 

Join Kelly for the Gods and Goddess Relax and Renew Retreat. Over this weekend, we will practice asana, pranayama, mantra, mudra and meditation as we connect in with some of the most beloved myths in yoga. Ganesha, Lakshmi, Durga, Hanuman and Shiva.

 

Located at the beautiful Sagrada Wellness Retreat Center just a few hours outside of Santa Barbara. Practice with Kelly twice a day: morning and afternoon. Late morning, we will gather to dive into the stories of the Gods and Goddesses through breath (pranayama), meditation (dhyana) and chanting (mantra) practices. Included in the weekend program is also a special fire puja (releasing and cleansing ritual). In between, relax with a book by the pond, go for a hike on one of the nearby trails, soak in the hottub, or relax and restore with a nap or optional massage or acupuncture.  

 

Enjoy organic, vegetarian and mainly gluten free meals procured from the nearby farmers market and health food stores to supplement the fresh produce form the Sagrada organic garden. The, delicious, rustic yet gourmet, cuisine is served family style and prepared fresh each day with great attention to flavor and quality.

Accommodations:

  • Communal Room – 6 Full Beds in one private space –  $898 per person 

  • Loft – 2 Twin beds in one semi-private space – $898 per person 

  • 2 Private Rooms Main House – Queen Bed 

    • $998 per person Shared Accommodation

    • $1998 Private Accommodation

  • 2 Private Rooms Yoga Barn – Queen Bed 

    • $998 per person Shared Accommodation

    • $1998 Private Accommodation

  • 1 Private Room Yoga ​Yoga Barn - California King

    • $1098​ per person Shared Accommodation

    • $2198 Private Accommodation

  • 2 Private Rooms Cottage – Queen Bed 

    • $998 per person Shared Accommodation

    • $1998 Private Accommodation

  • 1 Private Room Cottage - California King

    • $1098​ per person Shared Accommodation

    • $2198 Private Accommodation

Not included:

-Travel to/from retreat

-Massage/Acupuncture

-Gratuity

To register contact 
Kelly at 970-445-7825 or kelly@mountainlotus.com

 

Yoga In the Classroom

Today’s children are more anxious and stressed at school than ever before. It is critical that we teach children how to deal with anxiety, negative thinking and stress. A veteran yoga teacher, mom of 2 boys and kids yoga teacher for 10 years Kelly Heath will teach teachers, parents and anyone who works with children how to bring alive stories through yoga, share breathing techniques, incorporate guided visualizations, and teach postures that do not take more than a few minutes each day.

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The Maha Bhutas  |  5 Elements

In Ayurvedic philosophy (springing forth from the same roots as yoga) are Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. In this 2 day workshop immerse in 5 elements philosophy and practices to bring balance and wholeness through meditation, pranayama, philosophy, mudra, mantra, and asana:

The Earth Element (Prithvi) expresses itself through our connection with our planet, building a firm base of support, to feel grounded and secure, to rest in stability, to concentrate, 1st/Root Chakra.

The Water Element (Apas) expresses itself as the water that flows through our veins, the circulatory system, as we ourselves are mostly water (70%). Water is both flowing action-change and the profound calm and divine consciousness that rests in the stillness below the surface. 2nd/Sacral Chakra, the area where new life is generated. 

The Fire Element (Agni) expresses itself as the light, heat, warmth (tapas) that can be generated through friction/change, and the "will" to go on even when we want to quit. It is the source of light which creates and destroys, symbolizing our soul. 3rd/Solar Plexus Chakra.

The Air Element (Vayu) expresses itself in both the inhale and exhale of the breath, and in creating shifts/changes by carrying life-giving prana throughout the body and the universe. Breath control (pranayama) techniques can be used to strengthen your willpower and steady your mind, 4th/Heart Chakra. 

The Ether Element (Akasha) expresses itself as boundless space. Ethereal, light, airy and spiritual, all elements come from ether. It’s a difficult concept to grasp because it’s an impossible substance to grasp. We begin to feel. To listen. To pause. To explore the spaces in and around our breath and our movements, our hours and our days, our thoughts and our bodies. Consciousness. 5th/Throat Chakra.

When: Sat., Sept. 10 and Sun., Sept. 11; 1-5pm both days

Investment: $208

Svadhyaya

12 weeks, 5 Elements, Daily Yoga & Meditation, Ayurveda, Contemplation

We will embark on a 12 week journey in the rythyms of yoga practice,  based on the Five Great Elements - Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether through daily yoga and meditation, Ayurveda, journaling, partner work, spiritual reading and reflection. These practices will strengthen your yoga foundation and help you embody the soul of yoga in your life on and off the mat.
* Weekly lecture/group meeting Tuesdays 7:30-9pm diving into the foundation of this practice: the Five Elements, Ayurveda, the Yamas and Niyamas (ethics of yoga), the importance of ritual, pranayamas, chakras, spiritual readings, and more. 
* A weekly guided in-studio yoga practice specifically designed to support the weeks emphasis Friday's 6-7:30am
* Access to online videos to support your home practice
* Guidance in cultivating a daily meditation practice
* Guidance in Ayurveda on how to create balance day-to-day and moment-to-moment with our diet, relationships and other internal/external environmental choices. 
* Short kitcharee cleanse.
* Reading and journaling exercises to help you explore and observe these lessons in your daily life and on your mat.
* Manual provided.

Investment: $150/mo or  $400 up front
or
previous Svadhyaya participants $125/mo or $350 up front

 

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