Continuing Education – Take Your Teaching to the Next Level
If you’ve completed your 200 Hr. Teacher Training (at Sonic or anywhere else) these classes are for you! Our senior teachers will host one Continuing Education class a month that can count as continuing credits with Yoga Alliance or as make up hours for your certification studies with Sonic. Either way our teachers will be offering practical ways for you to expand and develop your teachings one Saturday a month from 2:30 – 4:30pm for $40. On January 31st Jeffrey Scott Duval will be hosting Anatomy of a Playlist, where you can explore how to integrate the music into your classes more organically.
* For 200 Hr. Certified teachers and above
The New Year is a time for beginning new adventures and committing ourselves to improving in the best ways we can think of. With that in mind, Sonic is excited to share some awesome new arrivals to the schedule that we hope can serve you, our community, in better ways than ever before!
Sonic Sangha – Members Only Classes
For all of our loving monthly auto-renew members, thank you so much for supporting our community with your constant attendance and brilliant energy. To honor all of your time and devotion we’re adding a once a month members only class, where you can come to take your practice to the next level. One Sunday a month from 3 – 4pm a special class will be designed for you to come be with fellow members and get more intimate attention from one of the Sonic teachers. Join Keith Partington on Sunday, January 18th for our Sonic Sangha – Members Only Class.
If you are looking to get grounded this holiday season, and connect more directly to your spiritual side – why not try reaching for some essential oils?
Essential oils, a.k.a. Aromatherapy, is a form of herbal medicine that uses the odiferous extracts from aromatic plants to promote health and well being; combining both the energetics of the plant’s essence along with its medicinal properties.
It engages our sense of smell which is directly linked to the emotional, and memory forming/holding, parts of our brain, making it an incredibly powerful tool in supporting our efforts to deepen the mind-body connection.
Essential oils steam distilled from conifers, (evergreen trees), are particularly resonate this season. We’ve all caught a whiff as we’ve walked by the Christmas tree vendors; simultaneously feeling both peaceful and calm, while reminded of childhood memories.
Balsam Fir, Pinon Pine, Black Spruce are just a few of the kinds of essential oils that are steam distilled from the needles, twigs and branches that offer a beautiful array of healing properties.
Loaded with chemical components that are proven to bolster our immune system, fight germs and support our upper respiratory tract, they are great additions to our arsenal against winter colds and flu. I like adding them to diffusers, spray mists and chest salves to give me a little extra protection against infections.
On the spiritual side, these oils can also help deepen our connection to our breath, focusing our meditation practice and directing our minds and energy inward. Their lightly resinous aroma offer a cleansing and clearing feeling, that disperses cluttered thoughts and roots us back in our bodies.
Interested in learning more about essential oils? Our school, the NY Institute of Aromatherapy, is the first professional training program in NYC and offers NAHA approved certifications, along with CEUs – Check out our upcoming retreat in Miami Beach at The Standard Hotel and Spa in February 2015.
Warm up in the tropics with a yoga vacation in the Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. Join senior teachers Lauren Hanna, Tracy Mohr and Jeffrey Scott Duval for a week in paradise February 9th – 16th!
The Sonic Yoga Tropical Retreat will begin as you land in the Tropical Paradise of Matapalo. An off the grid nirvana at the edge of the largest National Park on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. We will gather at Tumba de Las Holas a beautiful open air case with large comfortable common rooms, decks and dipping pool. Our Hosts will be Tico’s Felipe and staff who will ensure our stay is comfortable and safe. Each Day, we’ll all be sweetly awakened by sounds of howler monkeys and macquaws, showering under the deep fragrant jungle foliage, walking down shaded trails to the casa grande for tea and exotic fruit before bathing in a 2 hr. sadhana practice, including pranayama meditation and asana to start off our days. From there we’ll join up again for a feast of breakfast offered by the Tumba de Las Holas cuilinary staff. All fresh ingredients grown from local farms and prepared with love. During the day, you can head off for the surf, swim in the turquoise ocean, collect shells, lounge in hammocks, sunbathe and swim in our dipping pool, explore the jungle trails leading to hidden waterfalls! Go on adventure tours to swim or kayak with dolphins and amazing sea life. A beautifully nourishing lunch will be served mid day. Some evenings we will meet for ritual practices meditations, fire ceremony, trance dance and more, other evenings you will be free to relax in the hammock with new friends and maybe some bonding, sharing, journaling…whatever the tropical breezes blow our way…we’ll stay connected in the flow. Certain evenings we will gather for special rituals including fire ceremonies, writing, drumming and Trance Dance. Each evening a final dinner feast will be served as the sun goes down and we explore the trails with our flashlights or headlamps on….and start to unwind into the dark calm of the jungles. you might choose an evening beach walk in the absolute pitch darkness and a torch (flashlight) to the local bar (martina’s) to catch up with the local going-on’s or melt into your mosquito netted 4 post bed as you are lulled to sleep by the absolute calm of the jungles….catching up on the dreams you’ve been missing out on for the last few months of doing. This is a magical opportunity to unplug, to be in the flow of the mystery of your life.
For only $1,200, enjoy 7 days of accommodation, 3 organic meals a day, daily yoga classes and evening rituals. (Transportation not included.)
Join Maria E. Garré for an Ayuryoga experience. Integrating the teachings of Ayurveda and Yoga, enjoy a class that is truly balancing and harmonizing to all. Offering pranayama, asana and meditation, walk away feeling stable and energized in all the right ways. Feel supported every breath you take and understand how to make subtle modifications to support you where you are and need to be! Ayuryoga is a style of Yoga created by Dr. Vasant Lad of the Ayurvedic Institute.
Tuesday, December 9th 10am – 12pm
$30 Drop-In ($25 TT/Grads)
Maria E. Garré, M.Ed, 500 ERYT
Maria is a dedicated, life-long student, teacher and practitioner of both Yoga and Ayurveda. Bringing together 20+ years of academic and graduate study in Biology/Biomedical Sciences, Philosophy, Ayurveda and Yoga, Maria offers on-line classes, teacher trainings and transformative retreats throughout the world. Currently she serves as the Ayuryoga ® Department Manager for The Ayurvedic Institute, is the co-director for Shiva Rea’s Prana Flow Living Ayurveda consultant program, serves on the NAMA Standards sub-committee for Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy and travels as a guest lecturer and presenter. For a full bio visit www.mariagarre.com.
Join Tracy for an evening of Restorative Yoga.on Dec 18th at 7:30 to 9:00 PM
Sthira Sukam Asanam translates to be still with ease in your asana. A perfect sutra that represents what Restorative Yoga is all about.
Restorative yoga is the use of props to support the body in positions of comfort and ease to facilitate health and relaxation.
Come and let go of the holiday tension and stress and allow yourself to settle into some amazing, relaxing and restorative yoga poses.
Take time for you and relax deeply. Using props and breath techniques we will surrender into juicy postures that are opening , detoxifying and therapeutic.
Give yourself this Holiday gift!
(Eye pillow or eye covering required.)
$30 Drop-In ($25 TT/Grad)
It is December, which means we are rapidly descending into the darkness of winter. This will all come to a head on Sunday, December 21st, the day of the Winter Solstice. In the Northern Hemisphere it is the shortest day and longest night of the year. As discouraging as this may sound, the solstice is actually cause for celebration because from here on out the days will begin to get longer again. In many ancient cultures, the Winter Solstice was considered a symbolic time of rebirth and celebration and with the date being just a few days before Christmas and New Years, the time around the solstice is a meaningful period in which to reflect on our lives. The cold weather and increasing darkness gives ample opportunity to slow down and move inside ourselves. With the holidays often being a very stressful and overwhelming time, it can be especially important to make time for yourself and take moments away from being outwardly productive. Some helpful suggestions include calming pranayama techniques such as nadhi shodhana, simple meditation, and journaling about your feelings and experiences over the past year and setting some intentions and goals for the year to come. In doing the latter, try not to cast blame or judgment on those things that did not work out this year but instead reflect on what the experiences taught you and how you can grow and learn from them. Most importantly, try to embrace the darkness as a tool to connect with your inner self and use that connection to expand into the increasing light to come.
If you’ve been practicing yoga for some time, there’s no doubt that you’ve heard about the importance of the feet. But what does this really mean and why do yoga teachers talk about the feet so much? The wisdom of the “lotus feet” holds deep reverence in Indian traditions and this workshop will help us learn more about why. The 26 bones of the foot along with the unique structure of the ankle are a complex structure of stability and mobility that carry, shift and support the intelligence of our whole being. Working the feet and legs properly creates a safe, strong, powerful structure for yoga practice that allows for ease, grace and openness in floor work and inversions to come. Strong feet and ankles = healthy knees, open hips, comfort in the low back and power in the spine. Enjoy the effects and watch your soul shine.
Sunday, December 7th 9am – 11am
$30 Drop-In ($25 TT/Grads)
By bringing awareness to the core of the body, we can enliven and awaken our actions in movement and gain a better understanding of how to move more efficiently increasing flow and grace. The complexities of the core go deeply beyond the surface and, as a trained professional dancer, Kristen Rae spent some time “training from the center” and exploring a range of techniques that initiate action from the center. Come experience a transformative workshop of breath work, centering, and toning from the trunk to ignite awareness to the edge and back. Om!
Saturday, December 6th 9am – 11am
$30 ($25 for TT/Grads)