Sep
10
to Oct 8

Yoga S.A.F.E. Online Course! With Samantha Akers and Liz Heffernan

Join Liz and Sam for their fab course on alignment and deepening our practice as teachers. This course will help you to develop your eyes to see where your students might benefit from alignments in asana, to keep them safe, strong and balanced. Your videos include active practices, fascia basics in practice, anatomy and alignment skills that you can begin to use immediately.

Live calls are Tuesdays at 5:30 PST. You keep the videos for life!

For more information and to register please visit Soma Yoga Institute HERE

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Metta Group Fall Retreat! 7 Circles Sequoia National Park with George Haas. Yoga and Body Work with Samantha Akers
Sep
20
to Sep 29

Metta Group Fall Retreat! 7 Circles Sequoia National Park with George Haas. Yoga and Body Work with Samantha Akers

Join Samantha’s teacher, George Haas, for this wonderful opportunity to practice in silence. We cultivate a meaningful relationship to self and others, through the teachings of Vipassana, Metta and the work of psychology in attachment strategies.

Samantha will be leading trauma and heart informed yoga during retreat, as well as offering body work for those sore spaces that arise, during longer periods of sitting.

For more information and to register, please visit MettaGroup HERE

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Wisdom Rising: Exploring the Path of Parenting as We Age with Heidi Bourne and Samantha Akers
Oct
3
to Oct 31

Wisdom Rising: Exploring the Path of Parenting as We Age with Heidi Bourne and Samantha Akers

As parents of any age, we know the depth and breadth of our commitment and our love for our kids. As our kids age, move into their own lives, perhaps have their own children, what is our role? How do we define our relationship as parents of grown kids?  As we age, what do we need, what do they need? How do we help create and support the relationship with healthy boundaries?

Join me and Heidi Bourne for this beautiful in-depth exploration of parenting through the lens of the Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha. We’ll especially work with the teachings on Wisdom, Ethics and the Heart. Each 2-hour session will include guided and silent meditation, a talk and group discussion.

Everyone is welcome – both new and experienced practitioners.

Group Max: 10

To Register please visit Pacific Mindfulness HERE

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Therapeutic Wisdom of Anatomy, Fascia & Alignment for Your Yoga- One Down Dog Los Angeles
Oct
11
to Oct 13

Therapeutic Wisdom of Anatomy, Fascia & Alignment for Your Yoga- One Down Dog Los Angeles

Join Sam at One Down Dog for another fun, fabulous and eye opening workshop! These three days will focus on experiential anatomy, fascia in asana and how to bring a new knowledge of alignment into practice for your body. Yoga is not a one size or type fits all. We can learn to cultivate kindness towards self by allowing the body to fully arrive to meet the asana, not to push the concept of the asana, onto the body/mind.

Sam’s yoga classes are taught with an emphasis of yoga for EVERYbody, trauma informed and non-violent communication through practice.

Therapeutic Wisdom of Anatomy and Fascia in Yoga

In this weekend training, Samantha Akers will use both “experiential” and “experimental” wisdoms to bring attention to our myofascial and anatomical bodies, in yoga asana. She likes the word “experimental” because all bodies experience in different ways. In her trainings, students are encouraged to play with and experiment with what feels good and right in each moment of practice. Sam has a fun and accessible way of teaching on anatomy, biomechanics and the myofascial trains the body, as taught by Tom Myers. “Tom’s discovery of the fascial trains in the body help us to connect to our movements, sensations and to literally connect the dots of our bodies' map. I utilize the trains as a way to help us connect more deeply with all parts of our body, hearts, breath and spirit.” 

Friday October 11th  

4-8pm

Anatomy of Breathing: Exploring the connection between how we breathe and it’s affects on Depression, Anxiety, Back Pain and Pelvic Pain.

There will be lecture on the anatomy of the diaphragms as well as practice and exploration through asana, fluid breathing practices and meditation. There will be one on one and partner work throughout the weekend. 


When our breath is restricted and improper in it’s flow, through the diaphragms of the body, all types of internal confusion can occur. Improper breathing is linked to many health conditions, nervous system dysfunction as well as pelvic pain and back pain. In this evening workshop, you will explore your own breathing methods, begin to shift them where needed and work with specific asana and breathing practices to bring the body back into balance. Breathing is literally the most important things we can do! Yet, because the body breathes without our needing to make that happen, the possibilities for fullness and friendliness of the breath are often ignored. There is a loving and friendly quality to be found in breathing in and breathing out. Class will close with a brief mindfulness meditation on the breath. 


Saturday October 12th

9:30-12:30 and 1:30-5pm

Exploring the foundations of the Feet, Knees, Pelvis and Sacrum

The morning session will include lecture on the Superficial Back Line, Superfical Front line and Lateral Lines of fascia. We will also delve into the anatomy the feet, which affects the structure of the entire body. This is usually under addressed in yoga practices. You will learn the mechanics of your own feet and if you are a teacher, how to give adjustments for the feet, ankles and knees. We will grow a new and more spacious awareness of anatomy by including the myofascial trains. Bringing the trains into our experience helps to weave our interconnectedness together, instead of separate us into parts. We begin to see how one small thing affects another, to begin to develop the eyes to see this and how we can allow this knowledge to inform our personal practices as well as how we teach. 


In our afternoon session, we will look at the pelvis, the psoas and the “sacred” sacrum. There can be confusion as to how to safely work with the pelvis is asana and with more and more students arriving with back and sacral pain, well worth exploring. There is a special relationship between the movements of the sacrum and the cervical spine. When one area is not going with the flow, the other area also follows suit. Many student with sacral pain or SI joint disfunction also have something occurring in the cervical spine as well. However, this is rarely addressed, especially in our yoga practices. Students will learn therapeutic, passive exercises that lengthen the upper and lower fibers of the psoas as well as ways in which to explore safety and rehabilitation of the sacrum through active and therapeutic practices. We  will explore how active asana should and can be inviting the psoas, sacrum and spine, into wise alignment and balance. What should students practice or not practice and why? This question will be addressed throughout the weekend. Your “yoga eyes” will open in a whole new way. 

Pelvic pain will also be breifly addressed through work with the psoas and breath. 


Sunday October 13th

9:30-12:30 and 1:30-5pm

Exploring the Myofasical Lines of the Upper Body:  How the conditions of the chest, shoulders and cervical spine inform our safety and stability in arm balances


The morning session will include lecture and experiential practice of the fascial Arm Lines and how tightness and misalignment here affect the health of the shoulder girdle and should inform our arm balances. Most of our students are not in a place to safely practice many arm balances. Working to open these areas first, and then slowly strengthen them, are a must for a wise and aligned practice. We will develop our eyes to see how to spot students that need support, props or adjustments in arm balances and why. 


In our afternoon session, we will continue this topic, of how to strengthen and align the arms and shoulders (body parts we are meant to hang from and not bear weight on) and bring the safety of the cervical spine into the conversation. We will also explore how to rehab injuries of the shoulder girdle with the latest scientific information on kinesiology and what it takes to rehab fascia, tendons and ligaments. There will be ball rolling for myofascial release, an important piece of keeping the body healthy, happy and aligned. 

The “experimentation” in this super fun weekend, comes in the form of looking at each body as an individual, also completely perfect. There is the general learning of anatomy and fascia that is needed, but above and beyond this, the teachings can be to really see ourselves and our students, experiment with what is needed, not offering more of the same. This time together is an opportunity to begin to bring a deeper balance to the whole system, body, breath, heart and mind as well as shake up the paradigms about how we view asana. 


Full Weekend Price: $400/$375 before 8/2. 


This is being offered as a full weekend only, as all parts build on themselves. 

TO REGISTER CLICK HERE

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Yin Yoga: Body Wise, Integrated Yin Yoga & Metta Teacher Training
Aug
8
to Aug 11

Yin Yoga: Body Wise, Integrated Yin Yoga & Metta Teacher Training

Join Sam for this eye opening look at the Science of a Stretch, Biomechanics and how to teach Yin to ALL body types. Some students need more engagement in Yin, which may protect the joints but also sends a message of safety, to the nervous system. Science tells us that the body learns about safety through the conversation with what is occurring in the joints of the body. Passive stretch is not bad, in fact we cover the benefits of a passive stretch, but can we actually create more stability and safety, looking at Yin yoga through multiple lenses of alignment, anatomy and containment?

Sam always infuses practice with Metta, loving kindness meditation, to invite the heart, fully into practice. This helps to relieve the subtle aggression that some might feel in yoga, to push or strive, through practice. Instead, birthing a sense of joy and kindness, with the intention for growth.

This Yin training may not be like any you have taken before. Join her for more in-depth study of therapeutics and biomechanics as well as enjoy a weekend of yummy Yin Yoga. Learn to teach public classes and to work with private clients.

CEUs available through Yoga Alliance for this course. Trainees will receive a manual. There will be some homework as well.

Please visit One Down Dog to register HERE

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Jun
22
2:30 PM14:30

Mindful Yoga for Back Care at Om Shala Yoga, Arcata CA

Join Sam for a fun workshop for the comfort and health of your spine. All are welcome to this class! You will learn how to work with your core body and breath while relaxing the back, where it is tight and painful. Perhaps you are interested in keeping your spine healthy through asana and daily life, this is also the workshop for you.

Spaces Limited to 10

To register please visit Om Shala Yoga HERE

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Anatomy of Breathing & The Health of The Spine at Om Shala Yoga, Arcata
Jun
21
to Jun 23

Anatomy of Breathing & The Health of The Spine at Om Shala Yoga, Arcata

Join Sam for a 3 day weekend training for Yoga teachers and students alike. Are you curious about your breathing patterns? Do you wonder if you are breathing properly and as fully as you could? In this 3 day workshop, you will learn, in depth, about the breathing diaphragms, the patterns of breathing and how to unwind unhelpful patterns that can keep the breath from being fully felt and alive.

Our breathing cannot be separated from the rest of the body and poor breathing habits, often influence the spine. If we are not breathing in a way that the breath massages the spine, we can often exacerbate back pain, especially in the lumbar. Students will learn asana to free the breath as well as for the relief of back pain and for special conditions of the spine. This weekend just might change the way that you practice and work with clients, changing the way you view the wholeness of the body, breath and mind.

There will be a packet of information given to students to take home for practice and future inquiry.

Day One: Morning at Samantha’a home 8:30-12pm and afternoon at Om Shala Yoga 1-5pm.

Days Two and Three at Om Shala Yoga from 8-5pm.

For more information and to register please visit Om Shala Yoga HERE

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Jan
27
12:30 PM12:30

1/2 Day Silent Meditation & Yoga "Retreat" at Pali Yoga in Eureka, CA

Join Sam for a sweet 1/2 day, silent, yoga and meditation retreat. Respecting the tradition of noble silence really helps this afternoon to feel like a retreat.

Sam will teach the basics of Vipassana and in the later afternoon/evening, move into Metta practice. The topic of the afternoon will be strengthening and even getting to know our “precepts”, what is important and beneficial for each of us to foster in our lives and practices and how to really embody these precepts or seeds.

Sam uses yoga as another vehicle to allow for integrating our meditation into movement as well as walking meditation, weather permitting.

All are welcome! From beginners to advanced practitioners that would like a sweet respite from the noisy world.

Cost is $15 the day of and Dana will be accepted for your teacher, if you wish to share generosity in this way. 50% of Dana (donations) will be given to one of Sam’s teachers schools to allow for scholarships for others.

Please bring a cushion or blanket to sit on. There will be some available as well.

Please contact sam and sam@therayogamethod.com for more info or with questions.

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Jan
20
2:30 PM14:30

Self-Massage with Tune Up Balls: Rolling Workshop

Magical Self Massage with Tune Up Balls

What better time to usher in self-care than right after the hectic, holiday season? Join Sam Akers for 3 hours of ball rolling instruction and practice. Your entire body will love you as you learn to use the balls from your feet to your head. Ball Rolling is a must for the release of pain, inflammation and as a way to re-structure the superficial fascia of the body. When the fascia becomes tight, circulation, blood flow and lymph flow become restricted, creating pain syndromes as well as a loss of mobility. If your body is sore and achy, this is for you! If you have injury your’e wanting to heal, this is for you! You will leave feeling relaxed, invigorated, super juicy and loved. 

All levels welcome and there is no need to be a yoga practitioner to join us. Tune Up Balls will be 15% off the day of the workshop! 

$40/$45 day of. 

Register HERE

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Jan
13
3:30 PM15:30

Yoga for Back Care at Om Shala Yoga in Arcata

Join Samantha Akers for another Yoga for Back Care class! If you suffer from back pain or a condition of the spine, this class will help you to learn how yoga can work for you in rehabilitation and moving into a more pain free practice. There are many reasons for back pain; injury, degeneration, genetics and soft tissue situations. But did you know, that most of the pain we experience in the spine is being generated from the muscles? 

In this class, you will learn to integrate the myofascial deep front line of your core into your daily activities and yoga practice so that the multifidus muscles along your spine can release and relax. We may also integrate ball rolling/self massage, as well as breathing practices that free tightness in the belly, often contributing to back pain. 

All are welcome to this educational and experiential class for back care. 

$25 early bird/$30 day of. 

Register HERE

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Dec
27
to Jan 7

A Meaningful Life Winter Retreat with George Haas (Sam Yoga)

Sam is honored to be teaching trauma informed, mindful yoga, at her teacher George Haas’ winter retreat.

If you are interested in instruction in Vipassana, Metta and in the ways to cultivate a meaningful life, you may very much resonate with George’s teachings.

Visit www.mettagroup.org for more information. Click Here

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Dec
21
7:15 PM19:15

Winter Solstice Restorative Yoga and Sound Healing with Sam and Jen!

Join Sam Akers and Jen Madrone for a magical class meant to support us through the winter and carry us into the beautiful blooming of Spring. Metta will focus on loving kindness towards self, offering the heart the seeds of love that are needed to bloom into what serves it’s deepest wisdom. Restorative Yoga aids in cultivating our yin qualities, especially as the holidays tend to stir us into a frenzy of yang energy. Practice will balance the nervous system, immune system and nourish the wisdom of heart, body and mind. Vibration from healing tones of bowls, gongs and tuning forks will clear the way for this delicious journey. 

All levels of practice welcome. 

$25/$30 day of.

Register HERE

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Dec
4
4:30 PM16:30

Insight & Metta Circle: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month, at Om Shala Yoga

Join Sam for a monthly circle on the teachings and practice of Insight and Metta. Sam will offer a short Dhamma talk and teaching, including instructions for the meditation. These circles are meant to support the balance of our Wisdom with our Compassionate hearts so that these two qualities come together to hold whatever the present moment’s experience is.

These are Dana based (donation based classes) and part of your generous Dana will be given to the Vipassana & Metta foundation to pay it forward for students that cannot afford the teachings. Thank you for practicing the first pillar of generosity.

12/4 and 12/18 are the first two sits.

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Nov
4
6:30 PM18:30

Metta Infused Yin Yoga at Pali Yoga in Eureka, Ca

Join Sam at the super sweet Pali Yoga studio in Eureka for a juicy Yin Yoga session. We will be working towards the winter season, practicing asana with the intention of enlivening the Kidney/Urinary Bladder organ pair. The Kidneys aid in our stress hormones, which can really use some extra love during the busy holiday season. Relaxing, balancing and enlivening to our system of Qi, asana will leave you feeling juicy and ready for whatever arises next. Crystal bowls will join us for Savasana. 

All levels welcome. 

$25/$30 day of. 

Register HERE

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Oct
28
3:00 PM15:00

An Afternoon of Restorative Yoga, Mindfulness, Metta and Peace

Join Sam for afternoon of yoga and mindfulness, cultivating peace for our inner beings as well as peace for the planet. Do you often wonder what you might be able to do to support your own happiness, that of your community and that of our Mother Earth? Often, we may feel we can generate peace for ourselves, but it can be difficult to believe that we can create global change and healing. Everything begins with a seed. In the seed, everything is contained. Sam will be bringing back prayer flags, from her time at monastery, that have been blessed by Khenpo Lapzong. She would like to invite us to plant the seeds for personal growth as well as global healing and the flags will be one of the vehicles for letting those seeds of intention fly. In Tibet, it is a beautiful tradition to write prayers, thank you’s and well wishes on the flags, with the knowing that the words written will then “fly through the winds” to create energetic change. Very sweet. Each student will be given their own flags so that they may write what they wish to plant, blooming from the wisdom of their afternoon practice.

Through mindfulness, metta and delicious restorative yoga, we will grow compassion and wisdom, which in turn are the seeds for happiness and peace. Instructions will be given for insight practice as well as metta (loving kindness). There will be some gentle yoga between sitting and restoratives.

This is an all levels class and there will be chairs available for meditation. There is no need to be a buddhist, the flags are simply intended as a vehicle for sharing our wishes for deep love and healing.


This will be a limited number workshop, please register early.


Sam can’t wait to be back, sharing practice with you, after long sabbatical.

Saturday, Oct. 28
3-5:30pm
$25 if enrolled in advance
$35 day of

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Oct
2
to Nov 6

Online Training! Yoga S.A.F.E with Liz Heffernan and Samantha

Sustainable & Safe Adaptations of Yoga
For Every
BODY

FIVE WEEK ONLINE TEACHER ENHANCEMENT
& YOGA S.A.F.E. CERTIFICATION PROGRAM


Learn a safe and conscious approach to teaching aging bodies,
njured students and pure beginners.

I enjoyed EVERYTHING about this yoga teacher training.  This training completely changed my understanding of yoga and my personal practice.  We were taught may things including alignment, sequencing, speech, anatomy, how to get into poses, and how to teach.  But what I liked the most was how to practice yoga in HEALTHY way. My confidence level as a yoga teacher has increased and now I know much better how to teach yoga to others. I highly recommend this training for all Yoga teachers. - Lucia

For more information and to register, click HERE

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Aug
19
3:30 PM15:30

Metta Infused Yin Yoga at Om Shala! 8/19 and 8/26

Join Sam for another yummy yin workshop! We will be focusing on the organs for the Fall the Lungs/Large Intestines Pair. Heart Opening asana will be included as well Pranayama for your lung health and Metta for your heart wisdom. Sam will be playing the crystal bowls during savasana. 

Cost: $25 per class or $45 for both. 

Please click HERE to register

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Aug
12
6:30 PM18:30

Metta Infused Yin Yoga at Pali Yoga in Eureka, CA

Join Sam for a special Yin Yoga workshop where you will also learn loving kindness phrases to infuse throughout your practice. Yin Yoga is beneficial to the Rest and Digest part of the nervous system as long held poses elicit the relaxation response. Asana are generally seated and poses are held for 2-4 minutes. These long holds also benefit the fascia of the body, by allowing the time this system needs to warm and lengthen. For more flexible bodies, Sam teaches stability to grow strength in the joint capsules. She teaches in her own way, with guidance into isometric contractions during stretch/stress, which allows the tendons and ligaments in and around the joints to lengthen and find stability at the same time. With her knowledge of biomechanics and the science of stretch and force load, she has created a Yin program that is not like any other. There will be sensation elicited in Yin, which is a perfect opportunity to recruit loving kindness phrases and the breath, that are used throughout the practice for the growth of softness and warmth around the heart. Sam believes that Yin Yoga is a powerful vehicle to bring in loving kindness and acceptance of oneself, contacting “what is” and surrounding this with friendliness and grace. 

In July and August, Sam will teach a Yin sequence for the organs of the Fall season, as it is helpful to work on the meridians and organ pairs for the season to come. As Yin practice warms the fascia, we can lessen stagnancy through the meridians, allowing Qi to flow more freely through the organ pairs. Students will practice poses for the Kidney/Urinary Bladder pairing. This is a perfect time to bring attentiveness to the Kidneys,  as the upcoming holiday business will be upon us and those little ones work so hard for us during times of added stress! 

Please join Sam for this delicious practice, you may just fall in love with Yin AND yourself! Crystal bowls will be played during savasana. 

Time: 6:30pm

Cost: $25/$30 day of

For more information: www.paliyoga.com

 

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Aug
12
3:30 PM15:30

Metta Infused Yin Yoga Series at Om Shala Yoga, Arcata CA

Join Sam for a series of Yin Yoga workshops to support the organ pairs of late summer and early Fall. 

In the first workshop, we will practice a sequence to support the Stomach/Spleen pair as well as infuse the practice with loving kindness, Metta Phrases. 

In the last two classes, we will practice with attentiveness to the Kidney/Urinary Bladder pairing to support our systems for the Fall. 

Savasana may close with crystal bowl or gong vibrations. These are all levels classes. Come get juicy!

Dates: 8/12, 8/19 and 8/26. All classes from 3:30-5:30pm

For more information Click HERE

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Jul
8
6:30 PM18:30

Metta Infused Yin Yoga at Pali Yoga

Join Sam for a special Yin Yoga workshop where you will also learn loving kindness phrases to infuse throughout your practice. Yin Yoga is beneficial to the Rest and Digest part of the nervous system as long held poses elicit the relaxation response. Asana are generally seated and poses are held for 2-4 minutes. These long holds also benefit the fascia of the body, by allowing the time this system needs to warm and lengthen. For more flexible bodies, Sam teaches stability to grow strength in the joint capsules. She teaches in her own way, with guidance into isometric contractions during stretch/stress, which allows the tendons and ligaments in and around the joints to lengthen and find stability at the same time. With her knowledge of biomechanics and the science of stretch and force load, she has created a Yin program that is not like any other. There will be sensation elicited in Yin, which is a perfect opportunity to recruit loving kindness phrases and the breath, that are used throughout the practice for the growth of softness and warmth around the heart. Sam believes that Yin Yoga is a powerful vehicle to bring in loving kindness and acceptance of oneself, contacting “what is” and surrounding this with friendliness and grace. 

In July and August, Sam will teach a Yin sequence for the organs of the Fall season, as it is helpful to work on the meridians and organ pairs for the season to come. As Yin practice warms the fascia, we can lessen stagnancy through the meridians, allowing Qi to flow more freely through the organ pairs. Students will practice poses for the Kidney/Urinary Bladder pairing. This is a perfect time to bring attentiveness to the Kidneys,  as the upcoming holiday business will be upon us and those little ones work so hard for us during times of added stress! 

Please join Sam for this delicious practice, you may just fall in love with Yin AND yourself! Crystal bowls will be played during savasana. 

Time: 6:30pm

Cost: $25

For more information: www.paliyoga.com

 

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Jun
23
7:00 PM19:00

Summer Solstice Yoga and Healing Sound Bath with Sam and Jen!

It is valuable for us to learn to flow with the seasonal changes so that illness and stagnancy does not result. The Summer season is a perfect time to work with the organ and light of the heart space. The warmth and light of this time of the year allows for growth in the heart space and an opportunity to manifest more creativity and balanced energy to keep us flowing through the Fall and Winter. In this Solstice Yoga and Sound Healing workshop, we will practice some gentle, slow flow to warm the heart and move into restorative yoga. Relaxation is vital to the heart and will help your heart to keep balance, in the rhythm of life. Metta will be offered as meditation throughout the practice. Healing sound will support the moving out of the old and support the delicious love that your heart has to offer. 

Time: 7-9pm

Cost: $30

www.omshalayoga.com

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Apr
27
to Apr 29

The Art of Restorative Yoga, Anatomy of Breathing and Mindfulness Practices at Om Shala Yoga

Join Samantha for this student and teacher training on therapeutic applications of Restorative Yoga, Experiential Anatomy of Breathing and the incorporation of Mindfulness into both for a fully therapeutic experience. 

Restorative Yoga, Art of Breathing and Meditation Training.

 

Join Samantha Akers, E-RYT500, C-IAYT, for this valuable training in blending the art and sciences of restorative yoga, breathing and meditation. Restorative Yoga and Yin yoga are often confused for one another, however, they are meant to be quite different in practice. In these busy times, restorative yoga is becoming more and more needed for the balance of the mind, heart, body as well as the immune, nervous and endocrine systems. As is skillful breathing and mindfulness training, to help us come back “home” into our own “divine abode” of the heart. Asana is completely supported by props and mindfulness of breath and thought instructions are given to help students to turn inward, in a safe and relaxing way. Restorative Yoga taught with these added tools is especially therapeutic in treating chronic pain, chronic fatigue, insomnia, anxiety and depression as well as many other present time aliments due to our stressful lives. This training is open to ALL students and teachers who would like to deepen their practice or learn to lead a satisfying and loving class. You will receive a manual and there are 18 hours of CEU’s offered through Yoga Alliance for teachers. A manual for training is included. 

April 27-29, 2018
Friday, April 27: 11-5pm
Saturday, April 28: 12-5pm
Sunday, April 29: 12-5pm

$300 if enrolled by April 15
$350 if enrolled after April 15

www.omshalayoga.com

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Apr
19
to Apr 22

Metta Infused Yin Yoga Training: Cultivating Stillness and the Science of Stretch at One Down Dog, Silverlake, Ca.

Learn to teach Yin Yoga and deepen your practice in this 4 day training with Samantha Akers. Yin Yoga is a meditative practice in which supported poses are held for a period of time, eliciting a deep sense of stretch and relaxation. In this training, you will learn how to support the body safely, the science of stretching and the myofascial system, as well Yin philosophy and meditation techniques to use throughout your classes. Trainees will learn the benefits of using Yin as a therapeutic application and be able to sequence based on not only the Chinese meridians and organ pairs, but also for the safety of the spine and health of the fascia.
Yin Yoga is not Restorative Yoga. This training will help trainees to see and feel the important differences between the practices. Yin poses must be entered into safely and with a deep understanding of what you are asking of students bodies, to find a beneficial and stable posture that promotes just the right amount of stretch. This training is a must for teachers that would like to teach in public and private classes and is beneficial to students who would simply like to deepen their practice.22 CEUs available. 

A manual is included.

"Rooted in the foundation of Yin yoga Sam combines a therapeutic approach to a beneficial practice. Providing the encouragement to use props and support for each individual body Sam creates a focus on whole body awareness and self inquiry. Her classes and lectures offer safety and strength in modifications that can be transposed to any modality of Yoga. An extensive knowledge of the human anatomy and the connection of poses to the meridian system make for a truly informative training."

Katie Freshman- RYT200

 

REQUIRED READING:

Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers and The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark

Suggested Reading: Anatomy Trains, third edition by Tom Myers

 

DATES/TIMES:

Thursday April 19th 1-5pm

Friday April 20th 1-5pm

Saturday April 21st 10:30-5:30pm

Sunday April 22nd 9:30-5:30pm 

www.onedowndog.com

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Mar
23
to Mar 25

The Role of Fascia in Asana and Ball Rolling Training at Om Shala Yoga in Arcata, Ca.

Therapeutic Applications of Yoga Weekend Training: Experiential Anatomy, the Role of Fascia in Asana and Tune-Up Ball Rolling Training

 

This weekend training will include lecture on anatomy, the latest science of stretch and the most up to date information on fascia, our extracellular matrix. Trainees will learn how to practice and teach a ball rolling class, to help with opening the superficial fascia as well as work to rehab injury. We will also practice using the intention of the myofascial trains to build yoga classes. This is a great, new way to teach classes and to feel yoga in your body, recruiting the entire force distribution system of the fascial network. Trainees will leave with several class sequences for ball rolling as well as for bringing awareness to the fascia in asana practice.

March 23-25, 2018
Friday, March 23: 11-5pm
Saturday, March 24: 12-5pm
Sunday, March 25: 12-5pm

$275 if enrolled before March 16th
$325 if enrolled after March 16th

www.omshalayoga.com

 

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Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

Spring Equinox Gentle & Restorative Yoga with Sound Healing

Join Sam Akers and Jen Madrone for a Spring Equinox class, Relax, Rejuvenate and get ready to BLOOM! Spring is a time for cultivation of the seeds of intention that we set in the Winter months. The body, mind and heart are vibrating, getting prepared for the playfulness of Summer. Join Sam and Jen for an evening of gentle and Restorative Yoga as well as healing vibrations of sound to help us clear any remaining stagnancy that would keep our soul roots from taking hold. Seeds planted, roots solid, heart open, ready to step into the next chapter with tenderness and grace.

Friday, March 16
7:30-9:30pm
$30
Limited to 28 participant

www.omshalayoga.com

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Sep
22
7:30 PM19:30

Fall Equinox Restorative & Sound Healing with Sam and Shemaia

Welcome Autumn in this 2 hour Restorative Sound Bath with Sam and Shemaia. The Fall Equinox is a special time for turning inward, for recognizing the benefits of the energy we put into the summer season, not just through growth of our gardens, but the growth we create within ourselves. As nights become longer once again, this is a time to set intentions for the upcoming quiet times of the Fall and Winter. In this workshop, we will practice meditation and set inward intentions for nourishment and reflection. Restorative Yoga will hold us in a supportive space for this inward journey. Shemaia will include a healing sound bath.

Cost: $20

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Aug
6
1:00 PM13:00

Ball Rolling and Self-Care for MT's At Spirals of Life in McKinleyville

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As Manual Therapists and Body Workers, it can be difficult to practice what we preach. But we MUST have our own self-care if we are to continue in this work for a lifetime. We want to offer our clients the best of ourselves and cannot do this if we are also in pain and practicing with improper alignment and biomechanics.

With the use of Yoga Tune Up Balls, you will learn an upper body self-care routine that will be vital to the health of your fascia and muscles. Show some much needed love to those tired hands, arms, back and shoulders. We will also briefly touch upon using the Deep Front Line from Anatomy Trains to improve your structure and function as you work with others. ( Another workshop on this topic coming soon...)

You can also teach your clients what you learn in your own body, so that they may be successful at their own self care and really, isn't that what we want for them? Space will be limited to 15 participants so please register early. Please bring a yoga mat with you and be ready to roll your cares away.

Cost: $40/$30 early bird before July 30th. Space is limited. Please bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing.

TUNE UP BALLS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE. $15 FOR A SINGLE SET, $12 FOR TWO OR MORE. PLEASE BRING CASH OR LOCAL CHECK.

Time: 1-4pm

Where: Spirals of Life, 2007 Central Ave, McKinleyville CA  www.SpiralsInstitute.com

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Jul
16
6:00 PM18:00

Restorative Yoga & Metta Class at One Down Dog, Silver Lake CA

Join Samantha for a yummy Restorative Class at One Down Dog in Silver Lake! Class will begin and end with a Metta Meditation for loving kindness. Students will be guided through completely supported, Restorative Yoga Asana and breath awareness in this 2 hour workshop. Relax the body, mind and weary spirit for some much needed balance of the nervous, immune and endocrine systems. Such a delicious and loving way to close your week and begin anew!

Please register directly through ODD HERE:

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Jun
16
7:15 PM19:15

Roll & Restore at Om Shala Yoga

Join me at Om Shala Yoga and Roll your cares away with self-massage using Yoga Tune Up Balls. Enhance your relaxation response as well as ease aching muscles and fascia. Followed by an hour of Restorative Yoga and Mindfulness, closing with the vibrations of the Gong during Savasana. So delicious!

Cost: $20

Space is limited, please reserve your space early.

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May
19
7:30 PM19:30

Healing Sound & Restorative Yoga Workshop with Sam & Jen Madrone

Join Samantha Akers and Jen Madrone for this special restorative yoga and sound healing event. Honoring the planting of the seeds of your souls purpose for the Spring and setting intentions for those seeds to grow in the upcoming Summer. Sound healing will loosen old ties and clear space for your intentions to come to fruition. Restorative practice will include heart and breath opening asana, closing with a long savasana while you are bathed in vibration and sound. Meditation will be in the form of Metta for loving kindness.

Contact Om Shala Yoga for Registration.

Students attending my Restorative Yoga training on 5/18 are gifted a discount for this workshop.  ($15 a ticket for trainees)

Cost: $35/30 early bird by May 14th.

 

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