Shensara 2016 Opening Blessing

Swami Asokananda will open Shensara 2016 with a Blessing followed by Chanting, a Mixed Level Integral Yoga Class ​and a Brief intro to Pranayama – Breathing Techniques. Instructor: Swami Asokananda Focus: Opening Ceremony Schedule: TBD

Integral Yoga Level 1

Integral Yoga Level 1-For students interested in the traditional Yoga class. A comprehensive, balanced class with a steady flow, relaxation between asanas, and guided instruction throughout. First-time students are welcome. Instructor: Nitika Achalam Focus: Yoga Schedule: TBD

Integral Yoga Level 2-3

Intermediate Integral Hatha Yoga Integral yoga follows the teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda, who came to the United States from India in the 1960s and eventually founded the famed Yogaville Ashram in Buckingham, Virginia and many other yoga institutes. Integral is a gentle hatha practice which includes pranayama breathing practices, […]

The Healing Power of Mantras

Sound has the power to heal. Many of us have felt its healing power while listening to music that opens our hearts and allows us to embrace our emotions. Mantras are powerful sound combinations that have proven to bebeneficial despite their meaning; they are tools that can help you live […]

Integral Yoga Mixed Level

For students interested in exploring a transition from Level I to Level II. New asanas will be introduced, and others will be held longer to deepen the experience. Students attending this class should be comfortable with Integral Yoga Level I and have some knowledge of asana names in Sanskrit. Not […]

Hacking Happiness with the Yoga Sutras

Tired of being dragged through life by your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations? There’s an easier way to live. You have the power within you to turn your experienceof life around. This workshop will illuminate how the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali can be used as a guidebook for happiness. You […]

Meditation for Everyone

Would you like to try meditation, but don’t know where to start? Join us and explore this timeless practice that lets you experience your innate bliss. We’ll explore several types of meditation, enabling you to choose one best suited for your personality and lifestyle. We’ll discuss the many spiritual, psychological, […]

Kundalini Yoga & Meditation

Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, known as the “yoga of awareness”, Kundalini Yoga uses a series of postures, breath, and sound. This yoga strengthens the immune and nervous systems, stimulates vital glands, and improves circulation. This is a transformational practice helping students increase willpower, sense of self, and […]

Thai Body Work

Thai Yoga Body work Sharing Circle: Lotus Palm School Thai Yoga Bodywork is performed on the floor on a mat. The practitioner guides the recipient through a series of yoga postures and gentle stretching while palming and thumbing along the body’s “sen” energy lines and pressure points. This relieves muscular […]

A Yoga Studio – Building CommUNITY

An informative talk about the process of opening of a yoga studio. I will discuss the administrative aspects (business license, insurance, signing a lease, hiring staff), as well as the heart-centered aspects (holding space for clients, firing staff, vendor business relationships) of being a female business owner in the wellness […]

Restore & Nidra

We begin with centering and breathwork. Then we practice a mix of Yin and Restorative Yoga to bring your Central Nervous System into balance. We end with Yoga Nidra, experiencing deep relaxation while maintaining full consciousness. Instructor: Rebecca Elsen Focus: Yoga Schedule: TBD

The Transformative Power of Hip Openers

Yoga is the path of transforming poison into power, obstacles into opportunities, and food into nourishment. In this practice we will dive into potent energy of the hips to transform every day life experiences into an opportunity for awakening and revelation. Mostly asana practice with some chanting and meditation. Instructor: […]

Wild at Heart: Backbends to Nourish your Spirit

Join Marni in this prayerful offering to the call of your wild heart; and to reconnect to the depths of your soul, the lightness of your spirit, and the sacred rhythms of your life. Marni will share stories that call you to your natural power and your authentic truth. You […]

Rocket Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

This open level class combines Rocket 1 and 2 together for 90 postures in 90 minutes. Combining the strengthening of the shoulders, abdominals, and legs of Rocket 1 with the hip openers, backbends, and strength postures of Rocket 2, Rocket 3 is a high-energy class that will leave you charged. […]

108 Sun Salutations

Join Brad Ellsworth of Druminyasa and Becky Eschenroeder for a rhythmic and Primal flow through 108 sun salutations in the mountains of the Blue Ridge. Becky will be leading the asana flow while Brad will be guiding our hearts and souls to the beat of his drums. Reconnect with the […]

Spanda Yoga of The Hula Hoop

” Spanda, the subtle creative pulse of the Universe as it manifests into dynamism of living form.” Not just for kids anymore! Join us to learn how to use the Hula Hoop as a tool for Meditation & Joyful transformation. Move from stillness into riding the waves of breath based […]

Floydasana

What do Pink Floyd and yoga have in common? Yoga is about making connections and Pink Floyd’s musical themes are consistently concerned with our need for compassionate connections with others and of how the alienation that results from the absence of connection drives us crazy. In the absence of compassionate […]

Bahtki and Mantra: Devotional Meditation Workshops

Bhakti, the essential component of all yoga systems, is also a complete yoga practice unto itself that can be integrated into every aspect of one’s life. The foundation of a Bhakti Yoga practice is the immersion of one’s consciousness in transcendental sound. In this workshop we’ll explore the teachings of […]

Befriend the Mind

)“Your mind is a practical tool. Your ability to use it depends on your depth of experience and understanding of its basic structure and functions.” – from The Mind In this workshop – inspired by the work of Yogi Bhajan: ✴ Learn to identify the positive, negative and neutral components […]

Extended Gong Relaxation

Access deep relaxation and let the vibration of the gong wash over you to unlock energetic knots in the body. Let the mind bathe in the sound of Ong – the underlying sound of the gong – the sound made at the beginning of the universe. Yogi Bhajan, a master […]

Gentle Yoga: Release

Join Kelley Carboni-Woods for mindful movement as you dive deeper in to the study of Aparigraha, described as the fifth yama of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Through careful sequencing and a brief writing exercise everyone will tap into their personal power to release, creating space for gratitude, healing and […]

Bhakti Vinyasa Yoga: Devotion in Motion

Take your asana practice deeper with mantra, chanting, and pranayama breath work as we flow through sequences designed to remove the obstacles in our lives preventing us from embracing our truest selves. We will work deep within poses to prepare the body to receive the maximum combined benefits of movement […]

Swakriya Yoga

‘Swakriya’ literally means the ‘movement’(kriya) of ‘I’ (swa)- the Supreme Self in the form of movement. We are only to just become aware of this supreme truth already inherent in us. We have not to create or invoke anything. In Swakriya yoga there are different movements, mantras, breathing processes, and […]

Yoga Hike

YogaHikes are the paramount way to stay healthy and strong in mind, body, and spirit. Communing with the elements, including other human beings, fosters compassion; exploring our communities encourages a sense of pride and a desire to care for the Mother Earth; hiking strengthens our bodies, and yoga helps us […]

Contentment from Within Workshop

How much time do you spend moving towards where you want to be verses being content with where you are? Where can you create space on your life? What would that space allow you to let in? What do you cling to (mentally/physically)? How could letting go of this allow […]

Meditation: The Awareness Approach

Meditation is easy with this straightforward approach. Jacob Felder E-RYT 500 uses a practical method, plain language, and a logical progression to introduce you to the practice of meditation. You will learn the scientific basis of what meditation is, how it works, and how to make it work for you. […]

Awake The Senses: Introduction To Ayurveda

Ayurveda literally means ‘knowledge of life’. It is a 5,000 year old healing science from India, a sister science to Yoga, which traditionally contained branches such as internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, ENT, toxicology, surgery, geriatrics, and virilization. While it was suppressed during British rule in India, it was maintained in […]

Chakra Khan

Chakra Khan is an energetic Kirtan Band from Staunton Virginia. Rooted in the Kundalini tradition, Chakra Khan blends mantra and tribal rhythms to create a rich lyric sound intended to uplift the listener and aid in the pursuit of higher consciousness. Chakra Khan has toured the US and Europe extensively […]

Amah Devi & Kalidas Kirtan

Kalidas has been a Kirtan Wallah for over 25 years, traveling and sharing the transformative practice of chanting mantra. A Preceptor of Yoga in the Tantric lineage of the Chandika Sampradaya, he blends his background as a professional musician with his devotional nature to offer his signature blues-infused prayers straight […]

DC Supersonic Kirtan

Based out of Washington, District of Columbia, DC Supersonic Kirtan is a collective kirtan project stemming from the Gaudiya Vaishnava bhakti yoga tradition, and has been an anchor of the DC kirtan scene for years. Their sound is characterized by soulful and ecstatic chanting of ancient Sanskrit mantras, infused with […]

The Ascendants

Before they were The Ascendants, Shankari and Kesheva lived parallel lives. They both loved funk, indie rock, dance tunes and hip hop and performed in similar bands. They had spiritual awakenings, which led them to yoga, which led them to living at an ashram. There, they became The Ascendants. Over […]

Hoop Yogini

Lori Jacobsen welcomes you to the circle to play, grow, let go and heal through hula hooping, hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation. Instructor: Lori Jacobsen Focus: Hoop Yoga Schedule: TBD

Intro to Herbal Actions and Energetics

Herbal Energetics, the study of the subtle energies emitted by plants has been an integral part of healing practices around the world for centuries. The Asian medical healing systems of India, Tibet, China and the Middle Eastern Unani, as well as in the traditional western practices of the Greeks and […]

Plant Walk

Take a walk with Roots Uprising and discover the hidden secrets of the Shenandoah. Learn to speak and listen to the forrest in its own language. Instructor: Roots Uprising Focus: Nature Walk Schedule: TBD

Meditation and Neuroplasticity

Yogash citta vritti nerodaha — yoga is the mastery of the whirlwinds of the mind. For centuries yogis have turned to meditation to fundamentally alter the brain, realizing that when we alter the mind, our external world alters accordingly. Modern science describes this phenomenon as neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to change […]

Meditation on the Senses

Take a moment to bask in the beauty of your surroundings with a spiritual journey through mindful examination of sight, taste, scents, sounds and touch. Mediation on the senses is an integral part of the mindful meditation technique. Instructor: Clare Kelley    Type: Class Focus: Body & Mind Schedule: TBD

Vinyasa Flow — Mindful Power

Join Clare Kelley for a class of prana, precision, power, and play! Class will offer a flowing, linear sequence including precise alignment, challenging postures such as arm balances and inversions, and a playful atmosphere to tap into your highest Self. Instructor: Clare Kelley    Type: Class Focus: Body & Mind Schedule: TBD

Stargazing

Stewart Soon will be leading an informal star gazing session shortly after dusk on Saturday evening pointing out a few major constellations and telling some of the folklore and legends about them. There will also be at least one telescope on hand and viewing of some major Astronomical bodies. This will […]

Tantra: The Science of Cultivating Personal Power

“What is here is elsewhere; what is not here is nowhere,” states the Mahanirvana Tantra. We suffer when we act under the guise that we are something other than Divinity. Tantra is the practice of recognizing our inherent Divinity and weaving together that ethereal infinite with our modern lives. This […]

YogaHikes

YogaHikes are the paramount way to stay healthy and strong in mind, body, and spirit. Communing with the elements, including other human beings, fosters compassion; exploring our communities encourages a sense of pride and a desire to care for the Mother Earth; hiking strengthens our bodies, and yoga helps us […]

Yin & Yang Yoga

A class mixing yang active postures and yin restorative postures. Starting with a vinyasa or flow sequence, the class will typically include a number of Sun Salutations to warm up the body (Yang Yoga) for more long-held passive poses (Yin Yoga) later. A typical Vinyasa practice will also include standing […]

Jivamukti Open Classes

Whether you’re a beginner, deciphering the difference between vrksasana (tree) and sirshasana (headstand) or an advanced yogi who can put both feet behind their head, the Jivamukti Open class welcomes you, as it is open to practitioners of all levels. You work at your own pace, following the teacher’s verbal […]

The Way to Live Happily and Peacefully. A Buddhist Perspective.

Bhante Seelananda explains how the core of Buddhism can be applied to our daily lives in a pragmatic way. How can we implement Buddhist in a non-monastic life? What simple changes can we all make to feel less burdened and happier. Listen to his talk and ask questions to help […]

Contentment from Within – Workshop

How much time do you spend moving towards where you want to be verses being content with where you are? Where can you create space on your life? What would that space allow you to let in? What do you cling to (mentally/physically)? How could letting go of this allow […]

Swakriya Yoga

‘Swakriya’ literally means the ‘movement’(kriya) of ‘I’ (swa)- the Supreme Self in the form of movement. We are only to just become aware of this supreme truth already inherent in us. We have not to create or invoke anything. In Swakriya yoga there are different movements, mantras, breathing processes, and […]

Introduction to Yoga – Starting from the beginning

This fundamental class is great for those who are new to yoga, jumped into yoga without really learning the basics of the asanas (poses), or want to get a refresher of the detail of each asana. Intro to Yoga will help you to bring relaxation, body awareness, mind awareness and […]

Sacred Puja: Fire Ceremony

Pūjā or Poojan is a prayer ritual performed to host, honour and worship one or more deities, or to spiritually celebrate an event. In formal Nigama ceremonies, a fire may be lit in honour of deity Agni, without an idol or image present. In contrast, in Agama ceremonies, an idol […]

Water Ceremony & Astrology on the Lake/River

An exploration of current luminary energies: Sun in Cancer (Water) + Moon in Gemini (Air), how to align with the upcoming new Moon, and other highlights of sky weather, followed by a restorative, guided cosmic visualization & water ceremony. * Stars * Breath * Mindfulness * Meditation * Ceremony Instructor: […]