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The Yoga of Sound: Nada Workshop

Experience deep and profound healing and awareness in Nada Yoga Workshop. Join Tamara and Kapil for a 2 hour exploration in to Nada Yoga. Nada is held in great esteem in the yogic tradition. Nada may be thought of in the following way: sonant, resonance, reverberation, elemental “sound” or vibration. In yogic cosmology nada plays an important role in manifestation at the cosmic level: from transcendental to the immanent (or the material). It is not surprising then that the yogic toolkit uses nada as one way in which to experience aspects of ourselves: the energetic, emotional, and mental aspects of our being. In this workshop we delve into nada in an approachable way to experience deeper, more subtle aspects of ourselves. We start with asana (physical postures) and pranayama (breath techniques) to create space, followed by relaxation and witnessing techniques to tune the mind to sound in its more subtle aspects. Next we work gross and subtle sounds and vibrations in different parts of the body through the chanting of musical scales. Experience expansion of awareness and movement of energy through the sonic aspect of yoga! Kapil Agrawal & Tamara Gillest

Pelvic Floor Yoga Teacher Training for Women Only with Leslie Howard

This 20 hour training is for experienced yoga teachers, health care professionals, midwives, doulas, fitness trainers, massage therapists and just plain curious prationers of yoga that want to deepen their practice.

You will learn:
  • Current understanding of the pelvis, sexuality, misconceptions and modern medical care
  • Anatomy of the pelvis, hips and gluteus muscles and their roles in pelvic health
  • How posture affects the pelvic floor
  • Identifying hypertonic vs. hypotonic muscles and the difference between a strong muscle and a tense muscle
  • The role of breath and emotion in the pelvic floor
  • How to teach breath and asana to students who need tone in their pelvis and as well as those who have too much tone
  • Yoga for the pelvic floor during all stages of pre and post natal
  • Yoga for Menopause
  • Anatomy and care for the male pelvis such as prostate issues, incontinence, sexual dysfunction

Leslie Howard is an Oakland-based an internationally-acclaimed yoga educator who pioneered the growing field of yoga for pelvic health. Sonima Health named her one of the top 50 yoga instructors in the USA. Leslie leads Pelvic Floor YogaTM certification trainings and other workshops across the United States and internationally. Her teaching is informed by over 3,500 hours of study with senior Iyengar yoga teachers including Manouso Manos, Patricia Walden, and Ramanand Patel. In 2013, Leslie, with contributions from Judith Lasater, co-designed two successful studies at UCSF medical center that demonstrated the effectiveness of her yoga techniques for incontinence and pelvic pain. Leslie’s own struggles to heal her hips and pelvis led her to intense study of the anatomy, physiology, cultural messaging, history and energetics of this complex area of the body.  Her new book, Pelvic Liberation, is available through Amazon.  To find out more about Leslie, go  to www.lesliehowardyoga.com

Fee is $650 before 10/25, $695 after. Full payment is due by October 25. There is an optional project for certification after the program for an additional $225.

Class Schedule:
Saturday and Sunday meet 1:30pm -6:00pm
Mon-Tues meet 1:00pm -5:00pm.

For registration go to www.bendnmove.com or call 206-697-4399.
BendnMove 3270 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Yoga for Women’s Health

In this workshop, Tamara will talk about yoga focused on the health of the pelvic floor, as well as Ayurvedic practices that help to nourish and care for the female body.

The workshop will include movement, so bring your mat or use one of ours and wear comfortable clothes.  You will walk away with some ways to manage pelvic floor tone, information on self oil massage practice, useful mudras to manage your energy and mood, and mantra to help harness your mind.   

Your investment is 3 hours and $59.
Save your spot today by calling 206-697-4399 or register at bendnmove.com.

Restorative movement rebuilds tissues

I get asked a lot about restorative yoga and why it’s important to focus on relaxation.  We even had someone ask us why they should come to the class to “lay around”.  Restorative yoga is all about relaxation and in this fast paced high intensity and distraction saturated environment, people need to find ways to relax their minds as well as their bodies.  Restorative yoga can be very challenging for the person who is always on the go because it invites consideration for relaxation and letting go.  There is a real science to it.  Different conditions warrant different movement and poses to help the body and mind settle in and relax.  For a person who is feeling high energy intensity from the day, it’s always smart to start them standing up or at least moving to get the energy to settle down.  For a person who is suffering from fatigue, starting sitting or laying down is helpful.  The practice can take many different directions, but it ends up in relaxation.  Applying appropriate breathing techniques as well as supported postures allows the nervous system to access the para-sympathetic response and further nurtures the enteric nervous system for digestion.  For the busy person who finds it difficult to slow down and relax, this class can be challenging, but certainly much needed for recovery.  Sooner or later, the busy person can hit a wall and be faced with imbalance, colds, flu, and even more serious conditions.   Try it out, especially if you are feeling tired, overwhelmed, stressed, or out of balance.  It could save you a trip to the doctor’s office.