are you sometimes stressed? (me. to.)

Ok, so I understand that stress can make us stronger (hello Stress Wood and Biosphere 2) but I don’t actually know anyone who wakes up and says: “Bring on the stress! I want to endure and persevere today!” with a great big smile on their face.

I sure don’t. I sometimes feel overwhelmed and stressed just by the IDEA of being overwhelmed and stressed. The best way I have found to acknowledge, transmute and transform stress is meditation. Meditation has about a million psychological and physiological benefits: enhanced immune system, increased brain nueroplasticity and decreased sense of alienation and anxiety to name a few.

But my absolute favorite benefit is how it decreases our stress response. Something we all need. And it’s something we can all learn.

I love introducing Meditation as a technique to lower stress and increase hope, health and happiness. I shared a technique I call “60 second quick-fix” for stress on my blog last spring and have an extensive offering of free Guided Meditations here.

But my absolute favorite way is by teaching my 3 Week Course: Introduction to Meditation for Stress Relief. I teach it twice a year and it always sells out. This updated curriculum includes new research based on the MBSR technique, clinical trials and every day application of mindfulness. Please join me:

Introduction to Meditation for Stress Relief

Sundays December 3, 10 and 17, 2017  2 pm-4 pm

Investment:

This 3-part series is a perfect introduction to Meditation. We will explore the modern-day benefits of meditation and how you can integrate the practice into your life to relieve stress.

In each session, I’ll teach Breathing Techniques, Concentration Techniques and Meditation Techniques which cultivate attention, deepen focus and embrace stillness. You’ll have the opportunity to practice meditation in an encouraging group setting and engage in conversation with classmates. You will also learn ‘quick-fixes’ to trigger the relaxation response in your brain and body. The course includes a take-home manual for future reference and suggestions on how to successfully plan your at-home meditation practice.

(Limit 18 students; please note: there are no partial or full refunds for this event.)

 

Ashtanga Alignment Workshop September 19-20

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Sept 2015 Ashtanga Alignment Workshop ASH

 

This workshop will focus on how to perform the Primary Series poses with alignment that is best for your body.  Whether you are a beginner or you have been practicing for many years, you will learn something new.  You may attend a single session or register for both sessions.  Classes will be primarily active asana.

Saturday September 19, 2:30- 5:00 pm and Sunday September 20, 2:30-5:00 pm

Please Register through Maya Yoga KC.  Email info@mayayoga.com or Sign Up in Person.  Please note: limited registration.

See you there!

defy gravity: arm balance workshop with Lisa

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Defy Gravity Arm Balance Workshop : Saturday, September 20, 2014  3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Special workshop with Lisa Ash. Learn the structural integrity of arm balances and benefit from personal attention to learn new variations of traditional arm balances.  Must have yoga experience, but proficiency in arm balances is not required.  Limit of 15 students.

You must pre-pay to reserve your spot in this workshop.

Cost:  $25 for Westport Yoga Members and $35 for non-members.  (tax not included)

Please E-mail lisa@westportyogakc.com to Sign-Up.  Visit Westport Yoga’s Site  for more details.

 

Ashtanga Workshop with Jörgen Christiansson.

Inspiring and humble Ashtanga teacher Jörgen Christiansson will be in Kansas City for a workshop at Maya Yoga the last weekend of April.  I’ve practiced with Jörgen in Los Angeles and couldn’t be happier to recommend his workshop to all yogis.  He has a beautiful spirit!  Previous Ashtanga experience is required for most sessions, but anyone is welcome to the Saturday afternoon session.

Friday, April 25th, 5:30-8pm: Primary Series, with Pranayama and Q & A session
Jörgen will lead you through the complete Primary Series, using traditional counting and correct vinyasa methods. Experience the benefits of this detoxifying practice.

Saturday, April 26th, 9:30am-Noon: Mysore Style Class
A group class, where students individually practice at their own pace. Jörgen will be providing one-on-one instruction and adjustments to the students. Prior Mysore style class experience is required.

Saturday, April 26th, 2:00-4:30pm: Sthiram & Sukham (Steady & Ease) Philosophy and Asana Class
We will explore Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra 2.46: “Sthira Sukhma Asanam- the posture should be steady, comfortable and grounded in joy.”

Sunday, April 27th, 9:30am-Noon: Primary Series into the Second Series, with Q & A Session.
Jörgen will lead you through the full Primary Series and give an Intro to the Second Series.

Full Workshop: $180, plus tax ($196.83); Individual Class: $50, plus tax ($54.68)
Please sign up at the studio or send in a check to:

Maya Yoga
215 W. 18th Street

Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64108

questions: kathleen@mayayoga.com; 816-679-1053

Jörgen Christiansson is a certified KPJAYI (Sri.K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute) teacher. He first started practicing Yoga in his native country Sweden at age 13. Jörgen has traveled extensively throughout India, until meeting his teacher Sri.K. Pattabhi Jois in 1988. With over 20 years of teaching experience, Jörgen continues the tradition of Ashtanga Yoga in the same manner as taught to him by his Guru. Jörgen has a unique ability to sense each student’s limits and capabilities. With his positive and inspiring nature, he safely helps his students break through old patterns and fears. 

Jörgen resides in Los Angeles and is the owner of Omkar 108 Yoga: http://www.omkar108.com.

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More information can be found on Maya’s website.

Ashtanga Workshop with Wade Mortenson

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My teacher and colleague, Wade Mortenson will be teaching this on Sunday November 3 at 2:00 pm.  Put it on your calendar!

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ADJUSTMENT WORKSHOP

with Wade Mortenson

Sunday November 3rd, 2:00 – 4:30pm

Maya Yoga

Learn the art of hands on adjusting in this fun filled Workshop

$30+tax ($32.81) preregistration or $35+tax at the door

We will pair up and use key poses from the primary and second series of ashtanga as the foundation for this hands on workshop. Safety, communication and receptivity will be emphasized to not only give a better adjustment but also to better receive an adjustment.

Please either practice at home, take our lead intro class at 10am ($5) or Mysore at 12 noon ($15) so your body is ready to dive right into this workshop.

Click Here to download the flyer!

– See more at: http://www.mayayoga.com