Central Iowa Yoga Retreat

Windsor Heights, Iowa
Sunday, April 01, 2012

Central Iowa Yoga Retreat
Sunday, April 01, 2012 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Central Time)

The Community and Events Center
Colby Park, 6900 School Street
Windsor Heights, Iowa 50324
United States

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Welcome to the 2012 Central Iowa Yoga Retreat
This retreat is open to all levels of yoga practitioners. It’s going to be an AMAZING day! Please bring: a yoga mat, any props you wish (none required), dress in layers, water bottle, sack lunch (or see below for lunch order options), notebook/journal and pen. Partial proceeds of event to support DMARC Food Pantry. Let’s all bring a canned food item to event! For a list of most needed items click here: http://www.dmreligious.org/userdocs/knowledgecenter/ DMARC_Most_Needed_Food_Items_Flier_April_2010.pdf


8:00 a.m.-8:25 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m. SESSION 1: Yoga: Breakfast of Champions
9:45 a.m.-10:00 a.m. BREAK
10:00 a.m.-Noon SESSION 2: From Child Posture to Corpse Pose: Your Practice as a Metaphor for Embracing Change, Encountering Challenge and Learning to Live Your Best Life.
Noon-1:00 p.m. SESSION 3: Lunch and Learn
1:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m. SESSION 4: Poses and Prose
2:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m. BREAK
3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. SESSION 5: Recovery and Release
4:30 p.m. Closing comments, winner drawing and good-byes


SESSION 1: Morning Yoga: Breakfast of Champions!

Awaken your body by welcoming in those comforting, familiar, flowing yoga poses. Shake up your yoga practice and stimulate your nervous system with some creative and fun variations to your old favorites. Modifications and variations given for all levels. This session will close with a meditation that will really move you. "

Led by Sandi Hoover, RYT, Owner-The Family Tree Yoga & Massage. Sandi specializes in Yoga Wellness Coaching, Guided Self-Practice, and Prenatal yoga.

SESSION 2: From Child Posture to Corpse Pose: Your Practice as a Metaphor for Embracing Change, Encountering Challenge and Learning to Live Your Best Life.
"Are you reaping the full benefits of your yoga practice? Do the lessons you learn on your yoga mat follow you into your daily life, or does the calm, cool, collected person you become after class get swept up into the turmoil of a crazy, busy life? " Your practice has the potential to be so much more than just stretching and strengthening your physical body, it can become a moving meditation on the way you consciously choose to live each day to the fullest. " Join Master Teacher James Miller for an opportunity to redefine the reasons you practice yoga. Learn new ways to bring the courage and conviction you explore on your mat into your personal life, dare toembrace change and challenge in new and exciting ways, and begin to take bold new steps to consciously co-creating the life of your dreams.

All-Levels. Mostly asana followed by a Gong Bath relaxation. Live music performed by guest musicians Sven Hansen and Bob Maco.

SESSION 3: Lunch and Learn

"Hear from a panel of wellness professionals in our community who are living a life worth breathing. Ask questions to help understand what you can do to make positive changes in your life. Follow Central Iowa Yoga Retreat Facebook site as speakers are announced: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Central-Iowa-Yoga-Retreat/ 181252001920221 This session runs concurrently with lunch. Attendance is optional. "

Order lunch with your registration (under Merchandise section). Amazing vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free fare to choose from. Lunch provided by The Grateful Chef. A limited amount of extras will be on hand for purchase. Refrigerator available if you choose to bring your own sack lunch.

SESSION 4: Poses and Prose

Tune in to your authentic self in this practice that combines gentle yoga movement with guided journal writing. Write, draw, or scribble your way to clear thought, deeper understanding, and creative solutions as you tap into your own inner wisdom. We will move our bodies to free our minds. Both the writing and the yoga will be appropriate for every body—come, move your body; free your mind.

Robin Bourjaily, owner of Radiant Om Yoga, E-RYT, is a certified Yoga As MuseTM facilitator and the author of overneathitall.com, a nonfiction blog. An excerpt from her novel Throwing Like a Girl may be found in the new anthology Stories We Keep (available from Robin or from www.storieswekeep.com).

SESSION 5: Your Practice, As a Gift

We all hold the power to affect change and to greatly impact the hearts and minds of those around us. This can be through very simple gestures of a reassuring smile or a quick embrace, or very ambitious projects that change the world. Our yoga practice teaches us that we care for ourselves first so that we can be of greater service

to others, and our presence, our light, holds potential and creates opportunity for beauty. Learn now how to offer one of your greatest gifts, your physical and spiritual self, as a partner in the practice of partner yoga and Thai Yoga Massage. This guided practice will let you experience the comfort, joy and connective power of practice with a partner. Whether you are providing support in a strength pose, succumbing in a deep assisted stretch, or experiencing the magnifying effects of breath work in unison, yoga with a partner brings us full circle in the art of nurturing and being nurtured. We will

continue down this path of giving and receiving healing touch as we experience Thai yoga massage. Thai massage is the practice of stretching and massage linked together; often called "yoga massage" simply because the body is placed in yoga-like poses. Pressing and compressing the body's muscles into relaxation eases tension, stress and pain. The stretching that follows expands on your flexibility and promotes the healthiest body and mind you can imagine. Thai yoga massage is an experience that will deepen your practice and open your mind to the teacher within.

Led by Mary Lasky-Santosha Yoga and Bridget Ryan, LMT, The Family Tree Yoga & Massage


Contact Information

  • Phone: (515)202-2584, Email: sandi@thefamilytreedm.com
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