Workshops & Retreats

Workshops & Retreats


 
MARCH 2024

 

Reiki Healing with Restorative Yoga with Jessica Spalding

Friday, March 8 2024 • 7:00-8:30pm • $35 per person


Find deep relaxation with Jessica Spalding through the combination
of Restorative yoga 
practice and Reiki  therapy healing.
 
You will be gently guided to hold traditional restorative yoga poses while 
also receiving Reiki healing energy. 
 
Restorative poses help relieve the effects of stress, allowing the central nervous system and mind to calm while the body is fully supported with the use of props (bolsters, blankets, blocks, etc.).
 
Reiki, an ancient form of universal energetic healing that encourages a state of balance, harmony, and self-healing, will be incorporated. It works on all levels of physical, emotional and spiritual elements, helping to reduce stress, anxiety and bring and overall sense of peace and calm.

 

About Jessica: Jessica Spalding Yoga Teacher, RYT-200 Jessica specializes in flow, restorative and gentle yoga. She completed her Hatha Yoga Training Program in 2019 under Terry Crews. Since then she has broadened her studies in Adaptive Yoga with Ryan McGraw, Alignment-based Yoga Immersion with world renowned Desiree Rumbaugh, and mentorship with Julia Jonson from TBY in Restorative Yoga & Hands-on Adjustments. Her teachings are deeply rooted in tradition with a modern day understanding of anatomy, physical fitness and alignment. Jessica believes strongly in incorporating meditation and breath work in her teachings, creating a full experience for the body and the soul. Jessica is also Reiki III Certified with a deep connection to spiritual practice. Creating a holistic approach, Jessica brings a healing intention to all her sharings.

Please note:  as a courtesy to our teachers who plan their workshops thoughtfully, workshops are not refundable if less than 24 hrs' notice of cancellation is given. Thank you

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Understanding the Body's Myofascial System: What It Is, How It Works For or Against You, and How We Can Change It, with Alex Hofeldt

 

Sunday March 10, 2024 • 2:00pm-4:00pm• $40
 

Description:
Welcome to our transformative workshop, where we delve into
the intricate world of myofascial awareness and empower you to understand how it influences your movement. In this unique session, we will unravel the mysteries of the myofascial system and explore
how it can either work for or against your overall well-being. In this workshop, we will learn:

  1. Understanding Myofascial Dynamics: Embark on a journey to comprehend the myofascial system—a complex, interconnected web of connective tissues that plays a pivotal role in shaping your movement patterns. We will explore how restrictions in this system can impede your flexibility, strength, and overall mobility.

     

  2. Identifying Hurdles in MovementLearn to recognize signs of myofascial restrictions and how they manifest in your body. We will discuss common issues such as stiffness, discomfort, and limited range of motion, helping you connect the dots between your physical sensations and the myofascial network.

  3. The Power of Myofascial Techniques: Discover a repertoire of myofascial release techniques designed to liberate your body
    from restrictions. Through guided practice and hands-on demonstrations, you will learn how to apply these techniques effectively, releasing tension, enhancing flexibility, and restoring optimal movement.

  4. Mindful Movement Integration: Explore the fusion of yoga principles with myofascial awareness. Our workshop goes beyond isolated techniques, guiding you in seamlessly incorporating myofascial release into your yoga practice. Unleash the potential of fluid, graceful movement through this integrated approach.

  5. Personalized Strategies for Long-Term Benefits: Gain insights into creating a personalized myofascial care routine tailored to your unique needs. Our workshop emphasizes self-awareness, empowering you with the tools to continue this transformative journey long after the session concludes.

 

Why Attend?

  • Empowerment Through Knowledge: Understand the science behind myofascial dynamics and how it influences your movement. 

  • Practical Techniques: Acquire hands-on experience with myofascial release techniques guided by an experienced instructor.

  • Holistic Integration: Learn to seamlessly incorporate myofascial awareness into your yoga practice for a more holistic approach to well-being.

  • Long-Term Benefits: Take away practical strategies for ongoing self-care, ensuring sustained improvements in your movement and flexibility.

Join Us on the Path to Myofascial Mastery:

This workshop is suitable for yoga enthusiasts of all levels, providing
a valuable opportunity to deepen your practice and elevate your understanding of the intricate relationship between the myofascial system and movement. Come prepared to explore, learn, and leave with the tools to unlock your body's full potential.

About Alex:

Dr. Alex Hofeldt is an educator and coach with a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. Alex has been a certified Yoga and Mobility Coach since 2012, combining his passion for movement with a deep understanding of myofascial release systems. With over a decade of experience, he has crafted transformative workshops catering to athletes, kids, and everyone in between. Alex’s background has always been in sports; particularly golf, skiing, and more recently, pickleball. This has created a unique perspective on his myofascial expertise.
Join Alex in unlocking your body's potential and experiencing the transformative power of myofascial awareness.


Please note:  as a courtesy to our teachers who plan their workshops thoughtfully, workshops are not refundable if less than 24 hrs' notice of cancellation is given. Thank you

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Metta Sound Healing & Meditation with Bhante Rahula


Sunday March 17, 2024 • 4:00pm-5:30pm• $35 
 

Join Bhante Rahula of Blue Lotus Temple at The Yoga Effect for this profound experience. Combining the vibrations of sound therapy with crystal singing bowls, ancient Buddhist chanting, and Loving-kindness meditation. During this 90-minute workshop, you will be guided to find mindfulness and wisdom within.

About Bhante Rahula

Bhante Rahula has been a Buddhist monk for over 30 years and is a certified sound therapist.

All proceeds of this workshop will benefit the Blue Lotus Temple.


Please note:  as a courtesy to our teachers who plan their workshops thoughtfully, workshops are not refundable if less than 24 hrs' notice of cancellation is given. Thank you

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APRIL 2023

 

Yoga for Sobriety with Jessica Spalding


Sunday, April 7, 2024 • 5:00pm-6:30pm • $35  

Join Jess for this deeply nurturing Yoga for Sobriety workshop. Dive
into the transformative world of  Yoga for Sobriety. Join us  for a special introductory workshop that serves as your gateway to a life of wellness and recovery. Embark on this empowering journey – where strength, serenity, and sobriety align. Whether you are sober, sober curious, or
feel called to change your relationship with alcohol, you are welcome to join us.

Jess shares her journey: 

“On the outside, I had it all, a beautiful growing family, friends that were like family, a roof over my head, food on the table, and a stay-at-home opportunity to raise my children. On the inside, I was suffering. My choice of escapism was alcohol. I thought it would take away all the pain inside or make me feel less lonely, and more socially accepted. It took the edge off, giving me a false sense of connection. Alcohol allowed me not to feel, taking me far away to a temporary, short-lived bliss, only to violently awaken deep down in the trenches of everything I was running away from or even worse.

There is not always a rock bottom to kickstart a journey to recovery and I have journeyed the sobriety lifestyle twice before, each for different reasons and chapters of my life. However, with minimal support, traumatic, life-altering events, or unwillingness to let go of the ego, resulted in relapse.

It wasn't until I committed to mindfulness practices in my daily life, that I saw a  change; this shift played a crucial role in my recovery.

Yoga was the catalyst to my longest recovery term and exactly the support I needed. Yoga provided me with the tools to accept myself just as I am. I have found peace holding space to feel all emotions.
This humbling path has allowed me to sit with myself through non-judgmental eyes and a forgiving narrative.

I've found the strength to honor that my journey to health isn't linear, but by surrendering to one breath at a time, we are capable of healing and experiencing a life of clarity. As the Bhagavad Gita says, "Yoga is the journey to the self, through the self, to the self.”

No matter what stage of recovery you are in, each day is an opportunity to find wholeness in whatever shape the mind, body, and soul need in the present moment. I share my story and practice in hopes you will join me on this beautiful journey to experience the strength and serenity that lies within you.”

Workshop Highlights:

Explore the fundamentals of yoga tailored for sobriety and holistic well-being. Learn powerful mindfulness techniques to navigate challenges on your recovery journey. Connect with a like-minded community dedicated to supporting each other's growth. Q&A session
for any inquiries about integrating yoga into your sobriety practice.

Special Offer: Attendees of this workshop will receive a 15% discount on our upcoming Yoga for Sobriety series (dates to be announced. If attending this workshop or any future Sobriety workshops is a challenge for you financially, please reach out to us at [email protected] and we can discuss options to make this affordable for you.


Please note:  as a courtesy to our teachers who plan their workshops thoughtfully, workshops are not refundable if less than 24 hrs' notice of cancellation is given. Thank you

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Monthly Meditation at The Yoga Effect
with Bhante


Saturday, April 13, 2024 • 3:00pm-4:00pm • $15  
All proceeds go to the Blue Lotus Temple

As a 40+ year Buddhist Monk, Bhante Sujatha is singularly focused on adding more love in the world.  Bhante teaches loving-kindness meditation to people around the globe for all those seeking the art of happiness and contentment. 
His approach to meditation is deep and simple, bringing core Buddhist teachings to everyone in a way that is practical and easy to understand.

Every year Bhante Sujatha travels the world for more than 200 days sharing his message, and we are pleased to announce that he has added several dates in his schedule to spend time with our community at The Yoga Effect.

Bhante believes his purpose is not only to teach meditation but also, to “teach people how to be happy.” In these 60-minute gatherings, you will have the chance to join him and his noble friends, sharing an invaluable experience.

This is the perfect opportunity to remember that by nurturing yourself, you nurture the world. We hope you will take advantage of this unique opportunity
to do just that!

Activities in this program will include:

  • Instruction in the practice of meditation.

  • Guided mindfulness and loving-kindness meditation

  • Time for Questions & Answers

Benefits of a regular meditation practice can include:

  • Reduced stress, anxiety, worry, and depression.

  • Healing and enhancing relationships with others.

  • Gaining a sense of empowerment over challenging issues in life.

  • Insights into life’s purpose. 

  • Awakening to the blessings of the present moment.

  • Confidence in attaining unshakable inner peace.

For more information about Bhante Sujatha and his work adding more love to the world,visit his website at www.bhantesujatha.org.


Please note:  as a courtesy to our teachers who plan their workshops thoughtfully, workshops are not refundable if less than 24 hrs' notice of cancellation is given. Thank you

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Resilience and Vulnerability: A Weekend Yoga Workshop with Desiree Rumbaugh (4-Part Session)

Friday, April 19, 2024 • 6:00pm-8:30pm • Session 1
Saturday, April 20, 2024 • 10:00am-12:30pm • Session 2
Saturday, April 20, 2024 • 2:00pm-4:30pm • Session 3
Sunday, April 21, 2024 • 10:00am-12:30pm • Session 4

$60 a la carte/ $220 entire weekend

 

Resilience is effectively facing key moments in our lives—challenge, change, and complexity—and allowing those experiences to enhance us rather than diminish us. Vulnerability is an important and foundational practice of resilience because it allows people to see, know, and understand the adversity we’re facing, along with giving them an opportunity to support us. The physical practice of yoga can help us to cultivate inner strength if we know how to incorporate it in every pose.

What better way to explore these two concepts than a weekend workshop among like-minded people. We hope you will take the time to join us for this spring urban retreat. 

TBY Yoga & The Yoga Effect are happy to welcome Desirée back to the area for this very special visit to our community. She brings 36 years of experience teaching yoga that is also informed by Physical Therapy and Functional Movement Training. If you have ever attended a workshop with her, you know to expect a safe, challenging, welcoming, and playful experience. If this will be your first time, you are in for a treat.

Session 1: Inner Strength, Outer Softness: Standing and seated poses

 The focus of this session will be the utilization of deep core strength along with an abundance of breath work.  Additionally, the practice will center on hip openers, standing poses, and seated poses to help get people more into their bodies so students can get a visceral understanding of what is being taught.

Session 2:  Flexible and Adaptable: Healthy back and shoulders

 This session will teach students how to weave deep core strength into
the extension of the spine through the practice of backbends.  Additionally, students will learn to feel and incorporate the upper back strength that comes with both loosening and strengthening around the shoulder blades.

Session 3: Back Body Awareness: Twists and forward bends

This practice will be a deeper exploration into the world of forward bends and twists. Deep core strength will be employed in all of the twists.

Session 4: Full Spectrum Practice:  Neck, Shoulders, and a journey into finding the right side up in the world of upside down

This session focuses primarily on neck and shoulder work.  Additionally, there will be opportunities to remedially explore inversions and arm balances.  Please note that this is a very low-pressure environment. Any inversion or arm balance poses offered will ALWAYS have modifications and adjustments to accommodate everyone who is practicing. Desiree is a master at giving people the opportunity to explore their potential in a safe and fun way!

You are encouraged to sign up for the entire weekend as the learning
is a cumulative experience.

Cancellations will not be accepted after 4/1/24 unless space can be filled by another student on the waiting list.

For more information, please visit
www.desireerumbaugh.com

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MAY 2024

 

Mother's Day Meditation Workshop with Bhante Sujatha


Friday May 10, 2024 • 7:00pm-8:30pm • $35
All proceeds go to the Blue Lotus Temple
 

“As a mother would risk her life to protect her child, her only child,
even so should one cultivate a limitless heart with regard to all beings.”

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”
- Abraham Lincoln.

The Buddha taught that one of the most important bonds of all is between a mother and her children. Come and learn a simple way to demonstrate and experience your love and respect for one another.

In this meditation workshop, Bhante Sujatha will guide you through the thoughts, feelings, and experiences that you and your mother have shared into a place of acceptance and peace.

As children we want our mothers to know that we appreciate them,
and that we love them for raising us, even if they were not perfect. As mothers, we want our children to realize that their life is a gift to us,
just as much as their life is a gift from us.

Sons and daughters, your mother will feel the love and gratitude you have in your heart for her. Mothers, you will be guided in a meditation that will allow your child to feel and experience your limitless love.

Come and join Bhante Sujatha to be with each other in a life-changing
meditation. Together, you will feel the presence of the limitless unconditional love that always surrounds a mother and her children.

Activities in this program will include:

  • Lecture: “Connecting Through Unconditional Love.”

  • Instruction in the practice of Loving-Kindness meditation.

  • Guided mindfulness and loving-kindness meditation.

  • Time for Questions & Answers

 

About Bhante:
Bhante Sujatha, a 40+ year Buddhist Monk, is singularly focused on adding more love in the world.  Bhante teaches loving-kindness meditation to people around the globe for all those seeking the art of happiness and contentment.  His approach to meditation is deep and simple, bringing core Buddhist teachings to everyone in a way that is practical and easy to understand.  A joyful, radiant, funny, and wildly energetic monk, Bhante will help you obtain peace that can only be found in deep silence. Bhante believes his purpose is not only to teach meditation, but also, “teaching people how to be happy.”

For more information visit Bhante’ s website www.bhantesujatha.org


Please note:  as a courtesy to our teachers who plan their workshops thoughtfully, workshops are not refundable if less than 24 hrs' notice of cancellation is given. Thank you

Register Here

 

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