Sundays September 8 and November 3 at 4:30 – 7 pm at San Francisco Integral Yoga Institute, 770 Dolores Street
This class is a remedy for the challenges of our stressful times by allowing you to deeply relax and to let go.
Restorative yoga postures will combine healing touch, breath work, guided meditation, vocal exercises and sound healing using multiple instruments. Together these elements create a safe and nurturing environment that help to settle your nervous system and to tap into the innate wisdom of your body and mind. From here health, balance and well-being can be restored naturally.
Whether you need to decompress from stress, recover from injury or deal with chronic illness, this workshop will help your body, mind and spirit to relax, rejuvenate and heal.
Please arrive 10 minutes early to give yourself time to settle in.
Fee: $40 early bird, $45 at the door
Pre-registration highly recommended.
Claudia Bartsch is a certified Integral Yoga Teacher (RYT500) and has been teaching for 12 years in various locations. After finding great healing and transformation through the practice of Yoga in her own life, she is now passionate about sharing this healing power with others. Her teaching style is inward and compassionate, supporting students to replace self-judgment with self-love and acceptance. In 2011, she became a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist to deepen her understanding of the bodymind and on how to tap into the wisdom of the body to connect to Self. She teaches advanced asana classes, restorative and therapeutic yoga and focuses lately on working with private students. More information at here.
September 13 – 15, Woodacre, Marin County
This September, celebrate the full harvest moon on retreat in community with vibrant women and nourishing yoga practices. Spend three days and two nights exploring your internal reserves and recharging at Spirit House, a private oasis in the hills just north of San Francisco. Embody your gifts of the divine feminine and emerge into the season ahead with steadiness and balance.
Mornings will begin with hatha flow yoga and meditation. Afternoon practices of yin yoga and yoga nidra will shift us into modes of openness and receptivity. Evenings, we’ll be guided through sound immersion by Minna Sivola of Harmoniaalto, allowing space for deep relaxation and energetic harmony. Aligning with rhythms of nature, fueled by the full moon and spaciousness, our yoga practices will clear space for inner clarity.
All our practices will be supported by high quality, delicious food. All meals, prepared with love by Rachael Gorgestani, founder of The Cupboard, emphasize pure, healthy ingredients prepared to optimize digestion and enjoyment. Rachael’s organic, vegetarian, and gluten-free meals will be accommodated to support special dietary needs, and she will also lead us through a cooking class, offering recipes and tips to support seasonal health.
Spirit House is just thirty minutes from busy San Francisco, yet it shines with natural beauty and serenity. We will gather in the yurt for yoga and meditation, and the lodging in the main house is sweet and cozy, with lots of natural light. During free time, hike the miles of fire trails right out the door or walk the labyrinth. Soak in the spectacular view in the outdoor hot tub or unwind in the sauna and then drift to sleep in your cozy room after enjoying some moon-gazing. The space itself at Spirit Rock is nurturing, and we’ll have it all to ourselves.
More info and registration here.
Elizabeth McKinley is a registered yoga teacher.Exploring the intersections of physical, mental, and emotional health, she teaches groups and individuals, emphasizing the body-mind-spirit connection. Incorporating the traditions of Hatha, Restorative, and Therapeutic Yoga, Elizabeth guides her students to recognize and build upon their inherent wholeness. She completed her 200-hour and 500-hour trainings at Purusha Yoga School in San Francisco. Dedication to a daily personal practice and connection to the natural world nourish Elizabeth, allowing her to vibrantly share yoga with women, youth, families, and other groups.
Sundays September 15, October 20 and November 17 at 6:30 – 8 pm at Soulstice Mind and body spa, 501 Caledonia Street
The fall season is the time of the lung and the element of metal. The active yang energy of summer is transforming into the restful yin energy of winter. In fall we will celebrate the harvest of our summer growth and, just like the trees loosing their leaves, we will let go of what no longer serves us. During this time we may find ourselves stuck in sadness and grief.
We will combine sound healing with auriculartherapy (ear acupuncture) to balance our metal element for a profound sense of inspired calm as we allow for transformation and letting go this fall.
Sound healing together with acupuncture reinforces our mind/body/soul connection, enhances wellbeing and at the same time builds our capacity to be fully present in our lives. In each class we will explore the ways to balance the metal element in slightly different angle and exercises.
Sarah will offer the acupuncture in the beginning of the evening, if you so desire. We will use breathing and vocal practices to support the experience. You will then lay down and enter into soothing sound immersion journey allowing spaciousness and deep relaxation. We close with a chant to bring us safely back into the reality.
Sound healing reinforces our mind/body/soul connection, enhances wellbeing and at the same time builds our capacity to be fully present in our lives. Chanting and simple vocal exercises will balance emotions and improve concentration.
No previous experience is required. Please wear something warm and comfortable. Bring a pillow, eye cover and anything that will help you relax as you lay down on the ground. Arrive few minutes early to allow yourself to settle down.
Fee $40 with acupuncture, $30 without acupuncture. Pre-registration is highly recommended.
Sarah Hart, L.Ac. of Hart Medicine uses acupuncture and herbal medicine to reconnect patients to their sense of well-being and empower them on their healing journey. She uses deep listening and the healing traditions of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Balance Method, 5 Element, and Esoteric Acupuncture to balance the body and treat the root cause of disease. She earned her MSOM from AIMC-Berkeley and completed clinical internships at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and in China.
September 20 – 22, at Double Tree by Hilton, 2001 Point W Way
The Visionaries Summit is where innovative approaches to the most critical issues of our time are introduced, explored and amplified. Not only do we come together to cross-pollinate and meld ideas in order to create the future we all deserve, but we come together to shift our perspectives, and activate the next level of our potential for the evolutionary challenges ahead.
Speakers include names such as Gavin Newsom, Governor of California, Gopi Kallayil, Chief Evangelist Brand Marketing at Google, Nina Simons, Co-founder and Chief Relationship Strategist at Bioneers, Stephen Dinan, co-founder and CEO of The Shift Network and many more. Check out the list of speakers here.
During the day you have an option to chill by joining the Sonic Nap Time. You may stay five minutes or for an hour – what ever you need to take care of yourself in the midst of exciting, uplifting and occasionally heavy topics. Sonic Nap Time is offered on Friday and Saturday afternoon.
More information about the Summit and ticket purchasing is here .
Fridays September 20, October 18 and November 15 at 8 – 9 pm, at at Purusha Yoga, 3048 Claremont Avenue
Kick off the stress of the week and start the weekend by surrendering into deep relaxation and bliss. We start with specific movement and breathing exercises designed to release tension in the body and the mind. This enhances our ability to simply “be” – nothing to do, nowhere to go. The 45- minute subtle sound immersion will take you into a journey of stillness and harmony. This state of deep listening builds our capacity to be fully present in our lives.
Bring water bottle, yoga mat, pillow, eye cover and blanket or anything that makes your comfortable.
No previous experience required. Use your Purusha membership, class pass or get your ticket here.
Photo credit to Aaron Burden.
Saturday September 28 at 2 – 2:45 pm and 3 – 3:45 pm at Berkeley Community Acupuncture, 2880 Sacramento Street
Fall is the season of the lung, an organ associated with the immune system, grief and letting go. When the lung is supported, we have a healthy boundary between us and the world and we can let go of anything that no longer serves us. This makes room for new experiences that will help us to grow. When the lung is deficient or stagnant, we may find ourselves stuck in sadness, grief and vulnerable to illness.
Sound healing, together with acupuncture can support the lungs and help us to let go of things & situation we no longer need. Sound healing in particular helps to open the door to inner wisdom as our entire being relaxes.
Fee: $50 for each 45 minute session. Limited to five participants / session. Reserve here.
You will receive BCA’s specially formulated tea to support your healing at home as well as self-care instructions for the season.
Sundays October 13, November 10 and December 8, January 12 and February 9 at 7 – 8:15 pm, at Purusha Yoga, 3048 Claremont Avenue
When we allow our mind and body to relax, we create space to our inner wisdom. We start noticing the signals our body is constantly offering to us. This state of deep listening builds our capacity to be fully present in our lives and enhances the trust to our inner wisdom.
Join us on this intimate, safe space to improve and rediscover your body/mind/spirit connection. We will allow the elements – Earth (October), Fire (November), Water (December), Air (January) and Either (February) – to support our inner journey.
The evening will include any combination of breathing and vocal exercises, movement, shamanic journeying, chanting, deep listening, somatic meditation, guided meditation, Tibetan yoga, variety of self care practices to empower our connection within and we always finish up with a 40 minute gentle sound bath. Come for the experience and/or to learn practices that are simple to do at home.
Bring water bottle, yoga mat and blanket to keep you comfortable.
Each class can be taken separately. Plan to arrive about 10 minutes early for timely start.
$20 early bird pricing ends on the 2nd Monday of the month $25 at the door/after 2nd Tuesday onwards.
Purchase tickets here.
Note: no refunds for events listed here unless otherwise specified.
Sundays July 21, June 23, May 19, April 28, March 17, February 17 and January 20 at 6:30 – 8 pm at Soulstice Mind and body spa, 501 Caledonia Street
Tuesdays July 9 (Either), June 25 (Earth), May 28(Air) and 14 (Water) and April 23 (Fire) at 7 – 8:15 pm, at 865 52nd street
Saturday June 22 at 2 – 2:45 pm and 3 – 3:45 pm at Berkeley Community Acupuncture, 2880 Sacramento Street
Saturday June 8 at noon – 2 pm and April 13 at 10 – noon, 865 52nd street
Saturday June 8th at 2:30 – 4:30 pm and April 13 at 1 – 3 pm, 865 52nd street
Saturday May 18 at 4 – 7 pm at Noble Yoga, Nino Marco Square
Thursday May 16 at 7:30 – 9 pm and Sunday March 24 at 6:30 – 8 pm, Saje Natural Wellness, 1911 Fourth Street
Sundays May 5 and February 3 at 4:30 – 7 pm at San Francisco Integral Yoga Institute, 770 Dolores Street
Sunday April 14 at 3 – 6 pm, at Rarebird, 3883 piedmont avenue
Saturday March 17, at 10 am – 4 pm, 865 52nd street
Saturday March 16 at 2 – 2:45 and 3 – 3:45 pm at Berkeley Community Acupuncture, 2880 Sacramento Street
Saturday March 2 at 1 – 4 pm, at 865 52nd street
Tuesdays February 12 at 7 – 8:15 pm, at 865 52nd street
Saturday and Sunday, February 9 – 10, at 10 am – 4 pm, 865 52nd street
Sunday January 6, 4:30 – 6:30 pm at San Francisco Integral Yoga Institute, 770 Dolores Street
Saturday January 5 at 2 – 2:45, 3 – 3:45 pm and 4 – 4:45 pm at Berkeley Community Acupuncture, 2880 Sacramento Street
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