BE WELL FLOW & FLOWER CROWNS
WITH JESS EMILFARB & IN COLLABORATION WITH BE WELL, PUBLIC WORKS & BAD RABBITS FLOWERS
Sunday | March 24th | 10am -12pm | $18-$55
Join us to welcome in Spring!
Be Well Events and The Portland Yoga Project have teamed up with The Public Works and Bad Rabbits Flowers to bring you an epic morning of spring themed wellness!! Welcome in this new season with us starting with a fun flow featuring PYP's own, Jess Emilfarb - after we get our flow on we will pick our flowers farmers market style, have a brief instruction from Anika of Bad Rabbits Flowers on building your own flower crown headband or pin on, grab mimosas at the bar, and create your floral perfection!
Your ticket gets you:
- 1 hour of vinyasa flow with Jess
- Flower Crown materials and instruction by Bad Rabbits Flowers
- Yogi Surprise Box giveaway
- Swag bags
- Mimosa specials - $5
* BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat)
* Stick around after the event to purchase any swag you've been eyeing!
* Mimosas not included - purchase as you please
About The Public Works:
A collaborative workspace for Portland’s creative entrepreneurs, freelancers, and small businesses.
The Public Works offers mindfully designed build-to-suit studios, office space, event space, and larger workshops so that everyone–from designers to craftsmen–can work together under one roof to establish and grow their business
About Bad Rabbits Flowers:
Bad Rabbit Flowers is a small team of dedicated, creative, flower loving folk and the Bad Rabbit "micro" farm is a quarter acre of gorgeous, organically grown flowers here in the state of Maine. Our aim is to use these primarily when applicable, however we do also make use of wholesalers, other local farms, and our foraging skills!
WITH Sarah Perle
Sunday | March 24th | 12:30pm-2:30pm | $35 or $40 day of
Are you curious about meditation? Or have you wanted to learn more?
Through meditation practice, we can lessen stress and tension in our lives while exploring our inner world and cultivating calm. We need to exercise our minds to promote wellness, ease, and happiness in the same way that we need to exercise our physical bodies for health and wellness.
In this workshop, we’ll practice a few short meditations (5-10 minutes) and you will be taught about various approaches to meditation. A foundation will be be established so that you can explore what works best for you.
THE BANDED BASICS and RAVELING AND UNRAVELING YOUR HIPS & TWISTS
WITH GIULIA PLINE
Tensegrity refers to the expansive space we create in our own bodies to optimize movement, joint and muscle health. Tensegrity creates ease and light in yoga asana and in life. Expanding in all directions during movement is how we achieve tensegrity.
Using therabands in a variety of yoga postures and corrective exercises, you will learn how to achieve maximum tensegrity, expansion, and stability through mobility.
Therabands provide excellent tactile external feedback and resistance for the body and muscles to push and pull against, which sends valuable learning signals to the brain to grow from. The bands give us boundaries and help us to strengthen in our end ranges. We activate more passive tissues and connect the dots of our own web. The therabands mimic what is happening inside the body: the interrelationships between the bones that float inside the soft tissue and are held by the muscles and fascia.
In these workshops, you will learn how to use and move your body differently and more efficiently IMMEDIATELY.
Each class will start with a brief explanation of the concepts we will explore through practice. We will start slow, and build upon a foundation of optimal movement patterns and awareness.
Expect to wear therabands for all poses in the movement sequences and connect with your body somatically to harness control of your movements and learn about your limits.
We will use the bands as accommodating lines of resistance against which to generate force for creating tensile strength and stability with mobility.
The Banded Basics
Saturday | March 30th | 1:00pm - 3:30pm | $45 or $50 day-of
Learn the basics of controlled mobility. How to control your end range, create stability in all poses and movements, and develop tension within your body using your own deep stability system. There will be isolated core work, exploration and execution of “basic” yoga postures that are practiced in almost every vinyasa or hatha style yoga class (ex. tadasana, down dog, plank), and emphasis on stacking the body/bones for optimal function and efficiency in movement and breathing. Using the therabands as props for our poses, we will shed awareness and light to the areas in which we are underworking or disconnected to using the reference point of the bands for our own tensegrity.
*10% OFFERED TO UNLIMITED MEMBERS
Raveling and Unraveling Your Hips & Twists
Sunday | March 31st | 1:00pm - 3:30pm | $45 or $50 day-of
Many of us have or may experience lower back, sacral, or hip joint pain during the course of our lives or in and with our movement practices. In the yoga practice with all of our forward bending, lunging, twisting, and “hip opening”, the risk of something running awry with how we are practicing and causing pain in these areas is quite common. This class will help you understand how to find YOUR neutral pelvis and femur (or thigh bone) centered within its socket and how to strengthen the areas around the hip joint to create more stability with mobility around the pelvis. We will dive into discussions of allowing the pelvis to twist or not in twisting postures, and the benefits of both. Using the bands, we will access our super-important hip joint rotator cuff, core twisting muscles, and powerful glutes. These concepts allow optimal stability and control through the vast ranges of motion that can occur within the hip and pelvis.
*10% OFFERED TO UNLIMITED MEMBERS
EMBODY YOUR SOUL: A Workshop for Feeling, Healing & Transformation
WITH LAUREN STRAIT
Saturday | April 6th | 1:00pm - 4:00pm | $45
Please join seasoned teacher, Lauren Strait, for a 3 hour workshop blending sacred movement, conscious conversation, intention and prayer as the vehicles for embodiment. This time together is designed to help you get present. Lauren will invite you to cultivate curiosity about your distractions, narratives and patterns, to notice how you’re showing up for yourself as life unfolds and to release resistance to your limitless Self. This is a workshop of awakening and connection.
Lauren Strait has been studying and teaching the practices of Yoga since 2010. As a teacher she works to facilitate an experience where students are so embodied, present and awake that they transcend their self-imposed limitations and experience their Soul. It’s crucial for her to create a safe and sacred container so students can dive deep within themselves to discover and uncover what lies within their bodies, beneath their feelings and gain access to the wisdom of their hearts.
FREE BARRE FOR HEALTHY AGING CLASS
WITH JENNIFER GELFAND
Saturday | April 27th | 1:00pm - 2:00pm | FREE
PleDid you know Barre can help you enhance your health and quality of life as you age? Whether you are looking to improve your general strength and flexibility, increase your balance to reduce your fall risk, are recovering from an injury or looking to begin a regular group exercise practice but not sure where to start, this class is for you!
Join Jenn Gelfand, PT, DPT, RYT for a FREE Barre for Healthy Aging class. This class will focus on promoting mindful alignment and functional movement as well as explore connection of breath and activation of the deep core in order to provide a foundation for a sustainable life long practice. This class is also appropriate for the seasoned barre practitioner interested in deepening their practice with an emphasis on functional movement patterns and injury prevention. Open to ALL ages as we are ALL aging.
Class will be 1 hour long and we will hold a quick feedback session after which you are more than welcomed to stay or not!
Jennifer Gelfand, DPT, CYT is a yoga and barre instructor as well as a physical therapist with expertise in injury prevention and rehabilitation and a specialty in pelvic floor and women’s health.
PARTNERS IN BIRTH
WITH JACKIE GALLO
Sunday | April 28th | 1:00pm - 3:30pm | $40 (includes 1 support person)
Birth is an active process. Learn to work with your body using breath and movement
This two and half hour workshop is designed for birthing people and their partners. Class will begin with movement followed by an interactive review of the stages and phases of labor. We will explore the relationship between tension and pain and you will leave with practical methods of support including yoga-based breathwork, movement, touch, and relaxation techniques that both you and your birth partner can use to support the challenges of each stage. The beauty of this workshop and these techniques is that they can be used in any type of birth setting: with or without medication, in the hospital or at home.
This class picks up where many talk-based birthing classes leave off: you will leave with practical tools that you can practice at home to help you cope with the physicality of the birth process. Partners in Birth can be taken as a standalone childbirth-ed class, a review for second-timers or as a supplement to more comprehensive childbirth courses.
PARTNERS IN BIRTH is taught by Jaclyn Gallo, owner of The Wrens Nest. Jaclyn has worked with birthing families since 2010 as a doula, childbirth educator, and pre and post natal yoga teacher and specializes in helping individuals prepare for birth and postpartum.
THE JOY OF YOGA & THE ART OF LIVING
WITH ALIE McNAMUS
Coming Home to You
Friday | May 3rd | 5:30pm - 7:30pm | $50
Unwind from the rigors of daily life with restorative and gentle yoga, essential breath work, and meditation. This asana practice is designed to draw you effortlessly into a deep relaxation, so you can experience your natural state of peace. Become your own best friend by being present with yourself, the sensations throughout your body, and the feeling of being totally supported. Enjoy the feeling of you and exercise loving-kindness and indiscriminate curiosity. You will also learn basic meditation and simple breathing techniques to reduce stress and anxiety and increase clarity and calm. Rediscover your body as your home and your most comfortable place to be.
*10% OFFERED TO UNLIMITED MEMBERS
Yoga for Increased Energy
Saturday | May 4th | 9:45am - 12:15pm | $55
Start your day with a yoga practice designed to increase energy and focus in your body and mind. Through an intelligent and thoughtful sequence, you’ll develop the skills necessary to experience joy and happiness in balancing postures, backbending and inversions. Watch your clarity and energy increase as you explore essential alignment, breathing techniques and customized pose variations. Balance is not simply holding or fixing yourself in a static position but allowing your awareness to expand outward from your center, radiating throughout your whole body. Discover your balance between grounding and enlightening, doing and undoing, relaxing and energizing, and centering and expanding. Each posture has many variations, and may be modified for students of all levels. Feel empowered and trust yourself to do what is best for you and your body – always. Essential elements of this practice include careful preparation and sequencing, exploring the stages of each posture, as well as enjoying your breath. Backbending and inversions are so much fun, please join me!
*10% OFFERED TO UNLIMITED MEMBERS
Refresh + Restore
Saturday | May 4th | 5:00pm-7:00pm | $50
Take your restorative yoga practice to the next level by going deeper into a state of relaxation and calm. Many people think of relaxing as a few minutes of quiet or sleep, but it’s possible to use your yoga practice to help you experience a deeper sense of peace. Through a gentle asana practice, essential breath worth and meditation, you’ll bring balance to your nervous system allowing you to reach the most enjoyable aspects of a still yet present life. This session is designed to melt away anxieties and provide you with tools that you can use regularly to take care of yourself and help you live your best, most enjoyable life. Get good at slowing down and enjoy the ride.
*10% OFFERED TO UNLIMITED MEMBERS
Create Comfort + Ease in Your Daily Life
Sunday | May 5th | 9:45am - 12:15pm | $55
Discover freedom and empowerment by consciously connecting with the ground, and opening your hips, pelvis, chest, and shoulders. Our bodies can accumulate tension and stress. Together we will bring awareness, tenderness, and an active curiosity to the hips, shoulders, and spine revealing a sense of spaciousness that is truly enlightening! Through the exploration of twisting, you will enjoy the inner fluidity of your spine and discover the deep release that comes with spinal twist. Be ready for innovative pose variations, the experience of spontaneous joy, and increased luminosity.
*10% OFFERED TO UNLIMITED MEMBERS
Receive a 10% discount when you sign up for all 4! Use link below!
FREE KUNDALINI YOGA CLASS
WITH SATPAL KAUR
Wednesday | May 8th | 6:45pm-8:15pm | FREE
Join us on May 8th, 6:45-8:15pm at The Portland Yoga Project to find out what this Kundalini Yoga is all about! We will spend an hour and a half together, chanting, breathing, moving, meditating, and relaxing to the healing vibrations of the Gong. No experience necessary, beginners welcome!
What is Kundalini Yoga?
Kundalini Yoga helps to develop flexibility, tone muscles and strengthen the nervous, glandular, and immune systems. It helps to increase mental energy and give you a deep inner calm, strength, and grace. This ancient system draws upon a vast body of teachings brought to the U.S. by Yogi Bhajan. Each class includes all elements of the ancient teachings of yoga: Asana (postures), Pranayama (breathing techniques), Mantra (sound), Mudra (hand positions), and Meditation. These aspects are combined into series of exercises called Kriyas. Some Kriyas are dynamic and energetic, others are slow and meditative.
About Satpal:Satpal Kaur (Sonya Theriault, LCSW), certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor by KRI (2005), has been practising yoga for more than 20 years. She discovered Kundalini Yoga at a small studio in Kalispell, MT in 2004 and immediately fell in love with its powerful ability to facilitate transformation. She is the mother of two beautiful beings, a therapist, and energy work practitioner. Sonya works hard to maintain a daily yoga practice and encourages her students to do the same. Through daily practice, we can meet whatever life has to offer in the moment with grace, flexibility, and awareness. Sonya also has training in trauma sensitivity and body positive yoga.
CHAKRA BALANCING EXPLORATION
WITH Kelly Rich
Friday | May 10th | 7:00pm - 8:15pm | $25
Join Kelly Rich for an experience through the seven major chakras. Beginning with a brief introduction of what the chakra system is, you will then move through a full body exploration. Expect to experience the power of music as you shift into soulful Vinyasa and visualizations, ending with restorative postures and a guided meditation. Kelly will weave tips for balancing each chakra, touch upon the five elements and the six senses. This workshop is sweetly designed for you to find balance, and energetically press the “reset” button. Come, join the community and refresh mind, body, senses and soul.
Kelly Rich, B.S., is an intuitive soul reader and intuitive mentor, Reiki Master Teacher, Kripalu Registered Yoga Teacher, Kripalu Ayurvedic Health Counselor, and founder of Glow & Grow, a business that empowers and educates through retreats, trainings and events. Kelly is known for her private practice in Falmouth and her seaside outdoor yoga business at Bug Light Park in South Portland, beginning the fourth season on May 5th. www.kellyrichyoga.com
THIS LIGHT OF MINE
WITH Emilie Chatelain & MEA TAVARES
Sunday | May 19th | 1:00pm - 3:30pm | $45
What callings live within you that are asking to be expressed? What did you believe was possible when you were connected to your childhood knowing? And how do we find our way back there? To remember the place in us where we believed in our own power, our own creativity, and our own light, is a vulnerable journey of infinite possibility. The way home to this wise center asks us to release all of the ways we have defined what is possible, and to enter into the alive flow of limitless creation. Join your guides, Emilie Chatelain (RYT 200, Shinpiden/Reiki III) and Mea Starr Tavares (RYT 200, Shipiden/Reiki III) for an exploration of your creative force, your Yes, and your Light.
Through somatic awareness practices and the journey of yoga nidra we will explore our growth edges in creative expression and transcend their limitations, reconnecting with the guidance and power of our inner children. We will then move that wisdom into being through creative expression and personal reflection, ending the evening with the ritual of Reiju, a spiritual blessing of personal illumination in traditional Japanese Reiki. We can create anything that is asking for our love - the challenge only is to release all of the perceived limitations of our Light.
Limit 22 people
SPRING THAW - YIN YOGA, MUDRA & MEDITATION
WITH KELLEY VOEGELIN
Saturday | June 1st | 1:00pm - 2:30pm | $30
Thawing out doesn't always come easy — Spring can begin as a slow process to rise up again from the ground, from within a tree, from under our wool blankets. Yoga helps us navigate this transition, brings balance & can point us in our own unique direction.
In this workshop we'll keep it slow, simple & intentional — with yin yoga asana, mudra & meditation we'll target the fascia, joints & liver-gallbladder network of the body while supporting our aspirations for the season ahead.
YOGA NIDRA FOR EMOTIONAL BALANCE
WITH BECKY PAYNE
Friday | June 14th | 7:00pm - 8:00pm | $30
Stress and emotions like grief, anger and guilt can be so difficult to express that many people suppress, deny, and ignore them, wasting energy and compromising the flow of prana (life force energy), perhaps setting themselves on a path of emotional imbalance, stress and disease. Yoga Nidra offers an opportunity to acknowledge, accept, and release those emotions. Yoga Nidra is a deep, guided meditation and visualization that opens your heart to call in your deepest desires and release what no longer serves you. Yoga Nidra means "sleep with trace awareness". You will be invited to go inward for deep rest and deep nourishment. Yoga Nidra offers you a pathway to physical, mental, and emotional relaxation and wellness. Show yourself some love and care, while going inward, receiving the healing benefits of rest and finding emotional balance. Allow yourself to feel your body, mind and spirit, while holding yourself lovingly. This class will begin with some gentle movement and pranayama (breathing techniques) to prepare for Yoga Nidra. No experience needed. Everyone is welcome.
Becky Payne is the owner of Becky's Skincare and Bodywork. She holds Bachelors Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences with a minor in Women's Studies. She is a Reiki Master/Teacher, has completed 200 hours of yoga teacher training as well as further studies in Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Meditation. She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and Aesthetician. Becky loves nourishing her clients and students and considers herself more of a guide than a teacher. Let her guide you home to yourself.