"The retreat was fabulous!  I learned a lot of new moves as well at relaxation techniques and breathing.  The retreat revitalized and motivated me to not only be a better instructor, but a better person. It was very beneficial!"
Debbie Rosenberg, Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor
Austin, Texas

Presenters, November 2008 - Texas Yoga Retreat

Texas Yoga is happy to have the following presenters offering classes at Texas Yoga Retreat 2008


 


Fred Alsup
6231 Malcolm Drive
Dallas, TX 75214
214-824-6828
fred@alsup.com
www.alsup.com

Bio: Fred Alsup began studying and practicing hatha yoga and meditation in 1973 and is a life long spiritual seeker. Fred is an initiate of Swami Rama of the Himalayas and has studied with Swami Rama, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and Swami Veda Bharati among others. Fred is a management consultant and executive coach and has a B.A. in Computer Science from UT Austin.

Classical Yoga Meditation and Mantric Science of the Himalayan Masters
Patanjali, author of the Yogasutras, offers us a systematic process for meditation (Dhyana) that leads to enlightenment (Samadhi) with mantra japa being the best mental focus in modern times.  Mantras for meditation are “seen” by the masters while in union with pure consciousness (Samadhi) – the goal and definition of classical yoga. In this session we will learn/deepen knowledge about each step, about mantra and sit together in a guided group meditation.
Audience: All levels
Intensity level of class: 3
Composition of class:
50% of class is Lecture
50% of class is Meditation
What should students bring to class? Blanket for sitting

Yoga Nidra Practice from the Yogasutras and Mandukya Upanishad
Yoga Nidra refers specifically to conscious awareness of the deep sleep state (prajna) in the Mandukya Upanishad. It is the third of the four levels of consciousness of the Omkara mantra (OM) and is beyond and subtler than the first two - waking and dreaming. In this class we will learn the scriptural background and purpose of yoga nidra, prerequisites and cautions and end with a guided practice.
Audience: All levels
Intensity level of class: 3
Composition of class:
33% of class is Lecture
66% of class is Meditation
What should students bring to class? Blanket

Yogasutras: Yoga for the Mind
The Yogasutras of Patanjali predates Hatha Yoga by about 1500 years and has mental peace and personal self-transformation as a primary focuses. In this class we will learn the complimentary relationship between classical yoga (Yogasutras) and post-classical (Hatha) and learn practices that bring about peace, happiness and bliss internally and practices that lead to peace of mind in relation to the external world.
Audience: All levels
Intensity level of class: 3
Composition of class:
50% of class is Lecture
50% of class is Meditation
What should students bring to class? Something comfortable to sit on (blanket)


Donna Belk
512-922-8043
dbelk@austin.rr.com
www.restorativeflow.com
Bio: Donna has studied and practiced yoga since 1975. Her teaching is influenced by the Iyengar tradition (using precision in postures), but Donna also emphasizes the importance of relaxation, and promotes the idea of going no further in a posture than is comfortable. Many postures are done in motion, in rhythm to the student's breathing. Donna strongly believes that each student should go at their own pace and relax into the postures. She teaches with humor, patience, and continuously encourages students to appreciate themselves for what they can do and to honor their limits. Her classes are appropriate for beginners and those who want a contemplative practice.

Yoga and Qigong
Qigong (also known as Chi Gong or Qi Gong) is a Chinese system of gentle exercises, breathing and meditation. It is often called Chinese Yoga and is specifically a healing modality because it combines movement, meditation, and breath regulation to enhance the flow of vital energy (chi or prana) in the body. In this class Donna combines traditional Qigong with Restorative Flow Yoga postures. The result is a beautiful blend flowing, soothing motion. Donna particular enjoys Qigong because it increases awareness of the inner body (organs).
Audience: All levels
Intensity level of class: 2
Composition of class:
70% of class is Asana
5% of class is Lecture
20% of class is Meditation
5% of class is Pranayama
What should students bring to class? Shoes in case we go outside
Style of yoga: Eclectic

Yoga of Dying
By increasing your understanding and acceptance of death, it literally contributes to your good health and ability to live life more fully. In this workshop we practice letting go of mental activity, and the attachment to the belief that we are our bodies. We also practice techniques that can be shared with others including hospice patients. Discussion includes yogic philsophy, suggestions for how to be around someone who is dying and ways you can gift them, and what is involved in the dying experience. Also, in the course of this workshop you will experience a deeply rejuvenating Savasana (see photo below), and there will be a guided meditation on the practice of letting go. The workshop is sprinkled with stories about people and their dying process, and there is also opportunity to share your own stories if you want.
Audience: All levels
Intensity level of class: 1
Composition of class:
5% of class is Asana
35% of class is Lecture
30% of class is Meditation
5% of class is Pranayama
25% of class is mutual sharing
What should students bring to class? Blanket
Style of yoga: Eclectic


Robert Boustany
Hatha Yoga Studios
3003 Memorial Ct #1426 
Houston, Tx. 77007
713 292 6559
yogaeeg@aol.com
www.BYoga.com

Bio: Robert Boustany, E-RYT-500, is a physicist, who has been teaching yoga for 38 years.
He is known for a details understanding of the anatomy of poses, and will often give energetic, and therapeutic reasons for alignments.  Classes are taught with lighthearted interludes between focused intense work.
His background is primarily Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Forrest Yoga.  Though he has studied extensively many esoteric forms of yoga, qigong etc.  His philosophic basis is Advaita Vedanta

Developing maximum strength - LOWER BODY
This class will take you through an exploration of hips, shoulders, lower back and legs to show how to maximize strength by focus, alignment, intense challenge - suitable for you level, freeing emotions and the breath.  All levels will be challenged, and practical information learned for any style or practice.  Therapeutics will also be covered in this development.
Audience: All levels
Intensity level of class: 9
Composition of class:
80% of class is Asana
10% of class is Lecture
5% of class is Meditation
5% of class is Pranayama
What should students bring to class? Stickymat, Block & Belt
Style of yoga: Eclectic / Praylaya

Developing maximum strength - UPPER BODY
This class will take you through an exploration of arms, shoulders, upper back and chest to show how to maximize strength by focus, alignment, intense challenge - suitable for you level, freeing emotions and the breath.  All levels will be challenged, and practical information learned for any style or practice.  Therapeutics will also be covered in this development.
Audience: All levels
Intensity level of class: 9
Composition of class:
80% of class is Asana
10% of class is Lecture
5% of class is Meditation
5% of class is Pranayama
What should students bring to class? Stickymat, Block & Strap
Style of yoga: Eclectic / Praylaya


Gina Caccavalla
yogaonthelake@earthlink.net
www.sanavida.info
Bio: Nationally Registered, Multi-Certified Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist & Ayurvedic Nutritional Consultant with over 25 years experience in the field of Holistic Health and Fitness. Gina specializes in custom programs for stress, weight and pain management through yoga, nutrition, diet, lifestyle, fun, goals, education, practice, journal, nature, movement, therapy, bodywork, support, breathing, awareness, meditation, relaxation, living in balance. Her compassionate and inspiring style emphasizes quality of life, while honoring and elevating each students unique mind, body and spirit. "I live and love this work, it gives me the greatest joy to share it with you."

Intro to Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and Touch Assisted Partner Yoga
Intuitively interpret your body, your mind and your life past, present & future. PRYT is a personalized session combining client centered, non-invasive contemporary psychology with soothing touch-assisted yoga bodywork. Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy offers a way to explore the relationship between your body, your mind and your life in a private confidential context, with a highly trained, experienced practitioner. This combination of body centered psychology and gentle yoga techniques facilitates relief from both mental, physical and emotional t! ension releasing creativity, energy, purpose and clarity. In this group session you'll experience the flow of a typical private session including heart centered meditation, body scanning, self -reflection, body dialoguing, intention setting, partner touch assisted yoga done with me or a partner, and learn how to integrate, process, transform.grow and heal from this experience. Bring a notebook or journal, any health or life concern ( kept confidential) , maybe a tissue or two, an open mind and a smile. (The Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy program is accredited by the National Board for Certified Counselors.)


Carie Garrett
College Station, TX
carie@cariegarrett.com
www.cariegarrett.com

Bio: Carie Garrett comes to yoga from a background of modern dance and 25 years of experience as a group exercise instructor. She has served as an ACE (American Council on Exercise) certified instructor as well as an ACE workshop presenter. Carie has been practicing and teaching yoga since 2000 and since 2001 she has been a student and apprentice of Los Angeles-based yoga master Erich Schiffmann. She studies with Erich extensively and has worked as his teaching assistant since 2002, assisting him at workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings throughout the country. Carie teaches classes in College Station, Texas.

 The Movement of Stillness
Does stillness mean absence of movement? Does movement mean absence of stillness? Often, we think that the state of stillness is only accessible when we're not moving, when we're motionless. But stillness is actually a state of mind, a state of centered peace, an experience of being which flows out of a tension-free, conflict-free mind. You'll find that it's impossible to be motionless when you become still and feel the movement of Life moving through you. The movement will still you and the stillness will move you. Class will include discussion and gentle asana.
All levels, Yoga Teachers or Aspiring Teachers
Intensity level of class: 3
Composition of class:
60 % of class that is asana
25% of class that is Lecture
15 % of class that is Meditation
What should students bring to class? Mats, belts, blocks if needed
Style of yoga: Freedom

Sunny Side Up
We yogis are serious about our yoga. So serious that we often feel like we'll never get it right, we'll never learn enough - at least not in this lifetime or the next five. So wake up, grab your coffee, and head over to this playful asana session designed to help you lighten up and stop hassling yourself. Celebrate the joy, happiness, spontaneity, laughter and buoyancy that comes from seriously diving into the experience of yoga: Conscious Unity. Expect the unexpected, as well as a whole lot of fun!
All Levels
Intensity level of class: 5
Composition of class:
75 % of class that is asana
25 % of class that is Lecture
What should students bring to class? Mats and whatever else they want
Style of yoga: Freedom

Coloring Outside the Lines
Yoga isn’t just about technique. Technique is important to learn, but you learn the technique in order to slide into a technique-free place: the actual experience of the meaning of yoga. You’ve trained and learned to make good lines in the poses. Now let’s get creative and have some fun as we start coloring outside those traditional lines and watch the big picture start to emerge.
Intermediate - Advanced & Yoga Teachers or Aspiring Teachers
Intensity level of class: 7
Composition of class:
60 % of class that is asana
40 % of class that is Lecture
What should students bring to class? Mats and whatever else
Style of yoga: Freedom


Gioconda
Gioconda Parker           
GiocondaYoga
1404 West 12th, C 
Austin, Texas 78703
512-785-9642
Gioconda@giocondayoga.com
www.giocondayoga.com

Bio: Gioconda ERYT-500 has been teaching and practicing yoga for eight years. She enjoys working with students to improve flexibility and strength of both body and mind. She completed a 500 hour teacher training program in December, 2000 and has attended the Yoga Journal Teachers Conference in Estes Park from 2001 to 2006. Her Continuing Education includes courses with Rodney Yee, Shiva Rea, Ramanand Patel, John Friend, Mary Romeu, Angela Farmer and Victor Van Kooten.

Exploring the Divine Feminine
Awaken your heart, cultivate inner stillness and joy with this introduction to Anusara Yoga.  This potpourri practice embraces qualities of the heart while applying the Universal Principles of Alignment to allow for a deeper understanding of postural alignment and its benefits. Find out why Anusara Yoga is one of the fastest growing styles of Hatha Yoga.….emerge inspired and empowered!
Audience: All Levels (open to women and men)
Intensity level of class: 8
Composition of class
70% of class is Asana
15% of class is Lecture
15% of class is Pranayama
What should students bring to class? Sticky mat; block and belt plus a notebook or journal
Style of Yoga: Vinyasa


Kendall Inman
kendall@livingyogadallas.com
www.livingyogadallas.com

Bio: Kendall was first introduced to ashtanga yoga in college over 20 years ago. She is a 200 hour Yoga Alliance registered yoga instructor and her study and practice has been greatly influenced by many of the great world renown yoga masters. You may recognize Kendall as the founder of Living Yoga Dallas. In that capacity she has produced and participated in over 30 local yoga workshops over the last three years with such highly influential yoga masters like Manju Jois, Seane Corn, Beryl Bender Birch, Saul David Raye. Tim Miller, Baron Baptiste, John Friend, Ana Forrest, Manorama, Victor van Kooten and Angela Farmer, Erich Shiffmann, Richard Freeman, Sharon Gannon and David Life of Jivamukti Yoga, Bryan Kest, Sarah Powers, Judith Lasater, Blair Lewis. Kendall has also participated in teacher trainings with Rod Stryker, Manju Jois, Beryl Bender Birch and Baron Baptiste. Kendall's vinyasa flow classes are accessible to all levels of practice yet vigorous, and challenging, with very special attention to breath and alignment. Kendall is especially interested in encouraging her students to connect movement with breath, calm and steady the mind and create an energetically enhancing experience. Her classes involve a vigorous flow, attention to holding poses and working on focus, alignment and breathe, deep relaxation and meditation.

Vinyasa Flow
Kendall's vinyasa flow classes are accessible to all levels of practice yet they are vigorous and challenging, with special attention to breath and alignment. Kendall encourages her students to connect movement with breath, calm and steady the mind and create an energetically enhancing experience. Her classes involve a vigorous flow, attention to holding poses and working on focus, alignment and breath. All classes involve a deep relaxation and meditation.
Audience: All levels
Intensity level of class: 6
Composition of class
75% of class is Asana
15% of class is Meditation
10% of class is pranyama
What should students bring to class? Sticky mat
Style of Yoga: Vinyasa Flow


Becky Jordan
Heart of Texas Yoga and Sacred Art Yoga
7776 Gage Lane
Wimberley, Tx 78676
512-663-4278
heartofyoga@hotmail.com
www.heartoftexasyoga.com
www.sacredartyoga.com

Bio: Becky Jordan, ERYT500, has been joyfully studying yoga for over 21 years and has been teaching since 1995. She is the owner of Heart of Texas Yoga in Wimberley, Texas and co-founder of Sacred Art Yoga Teacher Training based in Houston.  Becky’s dedication and love of yoga shines through her teachings in an inspiring and fun yoga practice.

Anusara Yoga Basics
Awaken your heart, cultivate inner stillness and joy with this introduction to Anusara Yoga.  This potpourri practice embraces qualities of the heart while applying the Universal Principles of Alignment to allow for a deeper understanding of postural alignment and its benefits. Find out why Anusara Yoga is one of the fastest growing styles of Hatha Yoga.….emerge inspired and empowered!
Audience: Basics for beginners
Intensity level of class: 6
Composition of class
80% of class is Asana
10% of class is Lecture
10% of class is Meditation
What should students bring to class? Sticky mat; block and belt
Style of Yoga: Anusara

Bending Over Backwards
Experience backbends as a joyous celebration of the heart. This all levels class will explore backbends appropriate for every level of student.  Learn therapeutic applications of backbends and how to practice backbends pain free.  Come prepared to become more open, more energized and to have fun!
Audience: All Levels
Intensity level of class: 5-7
Composition of class
90% of class is Asana
10% of class is Lecture
What should students bring to class? Sticky mat; belt
Style of Yoga: Anusara

 Hip, Hip, Hoora
This class will focus on deep hip openers designed to take your practice to a new level.  Flexibility and openness of the hips helps to us feel more grounded, centered and connected to the Earth.    Cultivate deeper openings that will transfer from your mat to your experiences in the world.
Audience: Intermediate - Advanced
Intensity level of class: 6-8
Composition of class
90% of class is Asana
10% of class is Meditation
What should students bring to class? Sticky mat; belt
Style of Yoga: Anusaray!


Keith Kachtick
Dharma Yoga
4101 Guadalupe
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 420-0009
Keith@Dharma-Yoga.net
www.Dharma-Yoga.net

Bios: Keith Kachtick is founder and director of Dharma Yoga, based in Austin, Texas, and is author of two books on Buddhism:  Hungry Ghost and You Are Not Here & Other Works of Buddhist Fiction.  He has written about spirituality and meditation for Yoga Journal, Newsweek, Esquire, Texas Monthly, and the New York Times Magazine, and has taught yoga and Buddhist meditation nationally and internationally for ten years.

Camilla Figueroa is Dharma Yoga’s assistant director, a master’s level social worker and clinical therapist, and is a certified teacher of Hatha Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage, and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy at the 650-hour level.  She has been practicing yoga for thirteen years and brings to her teaching a love for Buddhist meditation and mind-body awareness, and a powerful belief in the transformative capabilities of asana practice for emotional and spiritual growth.

Being a Bodhisattva:  Cultivating Compassion
Tibetan Buddhism invites us to take the Bodhisattva Vow and help liberate all sentient beings.  But how do we actually do this?  And how might our yoga practice help?  If you are interested in finding greater peace in life—and sharing that peace with others—then this special Dharma Yoga workshop is for you!  In this 3-hour session, we will focus on the eastern concepts of Metta (“loving kindness”) and Samtosa (“equanimity”).  Yoga asana will include heart-opening backbends and hip-openers.
Audience: all levels
Intensity level of class: 6-7
Composition of class
70 % of class is Asana
10 % of class is Lecture
20 % of class is Meditation
What should students bring to class? Sticky mat and blanket
Style of yoga: Dharma Yoga

Being a Bodhisattva:  Cultivating Selfless Action
Tibetan Buddhism invites us to take the Bodhisattva Vow and help liberate all sentient beings.  But how do we actually do this?  And how might our yoga practice help?  If you are interested in finding greater peace in life—and sharing that peace with others—then this special Dharma Yoga workshop is for you!  In this 3-hour session, we will focus on the eastern concepts of Karma (“causation”) and Rebirth.  Yoga asana will include twists, partner stretches, and Thai Yoga Massage.
Audience: All levels
Intensity level of class: 3-5
Composition of class
70 % of class is Asana
10 % of class is Lecture
20 % of class is Meditation
What should students bring to class? Sticky mat and blanket
Style of yoga: Dharma Yoga


Harimandir Kaur

YogaYoga
1302 Dwyce
Austin, Tx.
512-453-7698
jsamuelson@austin.rr.com

Bio: With thirty years of experience Harimandir Kaur integrates Kundalini Yoga, Dance , Pranayama, and Mantra to elevate her students to a Blissful state. Harimandir Kaur teaches workshops on Kundalini and Healing Addictions., The Chakras and the Immune System.  She has a strong following in her Kundalini Classes of which she teaches at YogaYoga in Austin. TX.

Kundalini and the Immune System
In this workshop, we will explore how our immune system can help us recover not only from illness but also feelings of anger, self-defeat and blame. Working through these emotions we can begin to heal. The immune system interacts with the glandular system, central nervous system and our emotional body. We will be experiencing Kriyas or sets of exercises as well as meditation to boost the immune system. Come and join us as we take a journey to create light, energy, and hopefulness. Please wear a head covering for this workshop.
Audience: All Levels
Intensity level of class: 6
Composition of class
60% of class is Asana
10% of class is Lecture
30% Meditation
100% of class is Pranayama
What should students bring to class? Sticky mat, blocks, belts, etc.2 blankets head covering such as a scarf, bandana preferably white but not necessary a pillow to sit on.
Style of Yoga: Kundalini

Journey Through the Chakras
Learn about and experience the eight major chakras (energy centers) in yoga! In this Kundalini yoga workshop, we'll explore the nature and power of the chakras that support and guide us in our lives. Through kriyas, meditation and mantra we will put our knowledge to work. Perfect for those who are simply curious about the use of the chakras in a yoga practice, as well as students who want a structured overview of how the chakras work.
Audience: All Levels
Intensity level of class: 6
Composition of class
60% of class is Asana
10% of class is Lecture
30% Meditation
100% of class is Pranayama
What should students bring to class? Sticky mat, blocks, belts, etc.2 blankets head covering such as a scarf, bandana preferably white but not necessary a pillow to sit on.
Style of Yoga: Kundalini

Kundalini and Healing Addictions
Learn about how mantra , Kundalini Yoga and Meditation help to change the frequency of the brain and to move one away from additive behavior. This a perfect workshop for anyone who wants to do things differently in there life.
Audience: All Levels
Intensity level of class: 6
Composition of class
60% of class is Asana
10% of class is Lecture
30% Meditation
100% of class is Pranayama
What should students bring to class? Sticky mat, blocks, belts, etc.2 blankets head covering such as a scarf, bandana preferably white but not necessary a pillow to sit on.
Style of Yoga: Kundalini


Peggy Kelley
Austin Yoga Institute
1122C South Lamar Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78704
512-923-4643
yogapk@sbcglobal.net
www.austinyoga.org

Bio: Peggy Kelley is director of the Austin Yoga Institute, a yoga facility in Austin where  Iyengar Yoga is taught and learned. Her yoga journey began in 1968 when she bought a copy of Light on Yoga and had a dream about B.K.S. Iyengar. He invited her to the path and she has not left it since. Inspired by Geeta Iyengar, his daughter, she has studied Ayurveda for over 10 years.Peggy is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500 and certified Iyengar with Iyengar Yoga National Assn of US

Arm Balances and Backbends
In this class we will prepare for arm balances with vinyaasa, giving attention to alignment as the Iyengar method teaches, and then practice several of the “bird poses” and other arm balances, ending with several backbends and attempts at arm balancing poses from sirsasana II (tripod headstand).
Audience: Intermediate to Advanced Students
Intensity level of class: 8
Composition of class
100% of class is Asana
What should students bring to class? What should students bring to class?
Style of Yoga: Iyengar

Taking a Useful Next Step/ Applying Ayurvedic and Ecological Principles to your Yoga Practice
We will discuss the Ayurvedic world view and apply it to choosing a yoga class, yoga teacher, yoga clothes, place to practice yoga, and how to practice yoga. After some lecture/dscussion, we will practice a grounding series of asanas suitable for the fall season.
Audience: All levels
Intensity level of class: 5
Composition of class
45% of class is Asana
50% of class is Lecture
5% Meditation
What should students bring to class? sticky mat and block
Style of Yoga: Iyengar


Charles MacInerney
Expanding Paradigms
Austin, Texas
(512) 459-2267
charles@yogateacher.com
www.YogaTeacher.com
www.Yoga-Retreats.com
www.Yoga-Writing.com
www.ExpandingParadigms.com

Bio: Charles is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT-500 hr. He has practiced yoga for 36 years. In 1989 he founded Expanding Paradigms through which he began teaching yoga full time, publishing a newsletter, and presenting at Regional, National and International Conferences. In addition to his regular public yoga classes, Charles has extensive experience integrating yoga into hospitals, corporations, universities, and government agencies. Charles is the founder of www.yogateacher.com and has written articles for a variety of magazines including the Yoga Journal and contributed to several books on Yoga. He offers workshops at yoga studios around the country and since 1982 he has been leading retreats around the world. He currently offers four Yoga & Writing retreats, and six Yoga and Meditation retreats each year in Texas, Massachusetts, Mexico and Guatemala. Charles is co-founder and instructor with the Living Yoga Teacher Training Program and co-founder of the Texas Yoga Retreat.

Gentle Hatha Yoga Class (Friday, 7-8 am) Intermediate Students & Teachers
Start the weekend off with a well-balanced and pleasant workout to help prepare body, mind and spirit for a wonderful weekend of yoga and community.
Audience: Yoga Teachers or Aspiring Teachers
Intensity level of class: 5
Composition of class:
90% of class is Asana
5% of class is Lecture
5% of class is Meditation
What should students bring to class? Blanket
Style of yoga: Eclectic

The Art of Stretching (Saturday 7:30-9:30 pm) All Levels welcome
Learn how to elevate stretching to the level of meditation. Charles has a gift for helping students to increase and focus their awareness. Through the practice of concentration combined with non-violence (Dharana plus Ahmisa) you can balance effort and surrender (Tapas and Santosha) to improve the quality and get better results from your practice. Learn how to surf across the ever-changing surface of a stretch and how to recognize when the muscle is ready to relax allowing you to dive deep beneath the surface, navigating the uncharted depths of your own mind/body.
Audience: All levels
Intensity level of class: 4
Composition of class:
60% of class is Asana
30% of class is Lecture
10% of class is Pranayama
What should students bring to class? Blanket
Style of yoga: Eclectic

Walking Meditation (Sunday, 7-8 am) All Levels welcome
Join us as we greet the day with a walking meditation in the style of Thich Nhat Hanh. This will include a short introduction into the techniques and philosophy of this style of meditation followed by a 45 minute practice. Weather permitting, we will meet at the Main Mandal, infront of the temple, by the fountains, and then walk through the grounds of Barsana Dham, over the creek and up to the top of the scenic overlook. If it is raining, the meditation will be practiced indoors at Lotus Hall.
Audience: All levels
Intensity level of class: 3
Composition of class:
10% of class is Lecture
90% of class is Meditation
What should students bring to class? Walking shoes
Style of yoga: Eclectic

The Art of Pranayama (Sunday, 2-3:30 pm) All Levels welcome
Prana means vital energy or life-breath. Yama means control. Thus pranayama is the control of life force. At its most basic level, pranayama starts with control of the breath. We will start with a brief review of diaphragmatic and two styles of complete breath, then explore more advanced breathing patterns, including ujjayi breath, breath of fire, alternate nostril breath, 4-16-8 and other patterns of breathing, So-Haun Mantra, and more.
Audience: All levels
Intensity level of class: 3
Composition of class:
30% of class is Lecture
70% of class is Pranayama
What should students bring to class? Blanket
Style of yoga: Eclectic


Sharon Moon
Austin, TX
512 419 1974
sharon@moonyoga.com
moonyoga.com

Bio: Sharon Moon, RYT-200, brings 24 years of yoga exploration into her classes. She began the study of Ashtanga with David Swenson and now studies directly with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Manju Jois and Sharath Rangaswamy. She encourages students to challenge themselves while working within their limits. She sees yoga as a wonderful tool to open the heart, still the mind and live in peace. Sharon is forever grateful to David Swenson and to Guruji for making it all possible.

Exploring Ashtanga, The Primary Series
Ashtanga is a dynamic form of Hatha yoga combining ujjayi breath with bandhas (internal locks), flowing connective movements (Vinyasas) and a powerful sequence of postures. It creates healing internal heat and a relaxed meditative state. The basic techniques will be taught and students will be guided through the 1st half of the primary series, ending with a deep relaxation. Modifications and options will be offered for postures.
Audience: All levels
Intensity level of class: 6
Composition of class:
90% of class is Asana
10% of class is Lecture
What should students bring to class? Sticky mat, towel or practice rug
Style of yoga: Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga Yoga: Moving to the Rhythm of the Breath
Pattabhi Jois says Ashtanga is like a garland of yoga in which each vinasa is like a sacred bead to be counted and focused on and each posture is like a fragrant flower strung on the thread of the breath. This class will flow through the Primary Series non-stop. Suitable for those with some Ashtanga experience.
Audience: Intermediate to Advanced
Intensity level of class: 8-10
Composition of class:
99% of class is Asana
1% of class is Lecture
What should students bring to class? Sticky mat, towel or practice rug
Style of yoga: Ashtanga Yoga


Suzy Shapiro
Houston, Texas  77096
713-723-3003
E-mail hssh@pdq.net

Bio: Suzy Shapiro’s (E-RYT-200) 30 years of yoga practice began in the hope of relieving chronic neck and back pain. It has seen her through the numerous challenges of life. She began teaching yoga in 1982 and was certified in the Iyengar system of yoga in 1994.  Her exuberant teaching style is filled with techniques and strategies to enhance your experience of each asana.  Through her personal experiences and those of her students, she has learned to solve problems in asanas, adapt when necessary, and share her joy in the creative and analytical aspects of asana.  She brings a sense of playfulness and adventure to asana practice that balances the structure and detail of the Iyengar style.

Introduction to Iyengar Yoga
Whether you are new to yoga or interested in trying a new style of yoga, this class will inform and challenge you.  There will be a brief lecture with a handout about the history, characteristics and principals of Iyengar yoga followed by practice that will touch on most of the classifications of asanas (standing, seated, inversions, backbends, twists, etc.)  You will find places in your body you didn’t know you had!  Join me for the adventure as you explore your potential for power and awareness in each asana. 
Audience: All levels
Intensity level of class: 7
Composition of class:
80% of class is Asana
20% of class is Lecture
What should students bring to class? Sticky mat, three blankets, a belt and a block
Style of yoga: Iyengar

Twist Away Tension
Twisting poses squeeze the tension right out of us.  Class will begin with standing poses that move in to twisting variations.  Similarly, twisting variations will follow seated asanas.  Relaxing supine twists will round out this stress busting class.  Twists draw our attention inward to focus on every detail of the movement as we explore the dynamic balance between alignment and rigidity, between effort and release, to experience a graceful flow of energy throughout the body.
Audience: All levels
Intensity level of class: 7
Composition of class:
90% of class is Asana
10% of class is Lecture
What should students bring to class?  sticky mat, one blanket, one block and a belt
Style of yoga: Iyengar


Eric Webb
Austin Myofascial Release
PO Box 2007
Cedar Park, TX, 78613
512.964.8963
eric@austinmfr.com
www.austinmfr.com

Bio: Eric Webb, B.A., L.M.T. is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Advanced Myofascial Release Therapist and owner of Austin Myofascial Release, practicing John Barnes’ Myofascial Release (MFR) for 11 years. Eric has also studied Craniosacral Therapy and provides injury rehabilitation and home flexibility programs to his clients. He is also the co-owner of Equine-Librium using MFR to treat horse and rider.

Inner Journey with the Gong
In this one-hour workshop, we will use the sound of the gong to travel to a deeply meditative state. Eric will introduce participants to the use of the gong in meditation, discuss strategies to reach a deeper awareness state through meditation and then take the class on an Inner Journey by using the powerful resonating sound of the gong. 
Audience: All levels
Intensity level of class: 1
Composition of class:
5% of class is Lecture
95% of class is Meditation
What should students bring to class? Blankets, mats, pillows relaxation accessories
Style of yoga: Eclectic

Discovering New Territory in your Practice
There is something that governs every asana but few of us know about it. This presentation is for any yoga practitioner/instructor. Participants will learn how to see, feel and experience their body in a new light and be able to identify patterns of restriction caused by tightness in the fascial system.
Audience: All levels
Intensity level of class: 2
Composition of class:
5% of class is Asana
95% of class is Lecture
What should students bring to class? Comfortable seating props (blanket, zafus etc)
Style of yoga: Eclectic

End of Retreat Unwinding and Meditation
Utilize Myofascial Release stretching and unwinding techniques for the perfect conclusion to the retreat. Eric Webb will guide participants through simple yet effective stretches, releases and unwinding to assist the body’s integration and then we will conclude with an End of Retreat meditation to help participants carry away all the lessons learned from this amazing weekend.
Audience: All levels
Intensity level of class: 2
Composition of class:
60% of class is Asana
40% of class is Meditation
What should students bring to class? Mats, blankets, straps
Style of yoga: Eclectic