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Are you ready to commit to Union Yoga's First Annual 30-Day Yoga Immersion?
Starting Thursday, February 15th through Friday, March 16th Union Yoga is hosting our First Annual 30-Days of Yoga Challenge. This is your opportunity to move through the winter months with a daily practice.
We are making this fun and easy for you to complete by offering interactive incentives during the challenge! Starting February 15th pick up a card at the front desk at Union Yoga to sign up for the 30-Day Immersion. Each time you take a class, you'll get a stamp to remind yourself of your awesomeness. NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
To complete the challenge, a minimum of 25 Classes must be taken at Union Yoga. During this time classes may be stacked (multiple classes taken on the same day.) To shake up the experience 5 Days can be used at CycleBar Carmel, and then 5 Days can be taken outside of the studio.
On days outside of the studio, post a picture of yourself practicing yoga, meditating, hiking (anything related to mindfulness) on Facebook or Instagram and TAG @UnionYogaMonterey + #unionyogamonterey and #30daysofyoga so we can be inspired by your journey! For those of you not using social media, ask the front desk for alternatives.
Once you sign up and get your first 5 stamps you will receive:
- Weekly emails to keep you on track and inspired
- 5 Free Rides at CycleBar Carmel! (~$130 value)
- 2 guest passes so you can bring a friend on those days you might need a little extra inspiration (~$40 value)
Complete the challenge and here's what happens:
- You receive a Union Yoga t-shirt or tank top!
- Your perception on life is shifted, clearer and lighter (priceless)
You will also be entered into a raffle to win any of the following:
- One Float session with Theta Float Spa in Pacific Grove ($79 value)
- $95 to spend on a workshop at Happy Girl Kitchen in Pacific Grove
- A Free Month of Yoga at Union Yoga! ($154 value)
- 10 Class pack with Union Yoga ($160 value)
- 5 Class pack with Union Yoga ($90 value)
- $35 workshop credit at Union Yoga
- $50 retail credit at Union Yoga (clothing, mat/supplies, books)
- $25 gift certificate from Central Coast Juicery to be used at Pacific Grove or Santa Cruz location (opening soon).
- And more (watch for updates prior to the event start date).
Nichol Chase at Union Yoga! Two-Part Workshop Series
From Nymph to Dragonfly
Class #1, from 12N-2:00pm, Sunday, January 14th
Dragonflies are ancient insects. Their fossil record goes back millions of years, and the poses named after this amazing insect seem to contain that ancient wisdom. Dragonflies are Aquatic insects, which means they spend a portion of their life in the water as nymphs. In this stage of development, the nymph’s body already resembles that of the adult dragonfly.
Likewise, there are many arm balancing poses that contain elements of and resemble Dragonfly poses. We will use these poses to experience the metamorphosis from nymph to dragonfly and take flight. Don’t be surprised if you leave feeling brilliantly iridescent.
The Nectar of Inversion
Class #2, from 2:30-4:30pm, Sunday, January 14th
Inversions are poses that tend to get avoided. Maybe it’s because they can be scary. Maybe it is because they are difficult to teach...or maybe it is a combination of both. But, this is nothing short of a travesty! When you practice inversions regularly they produce such a sweet nectar — a nectar that cannot be produced by any other category of poses. There is something so powerful and potent about turning yourself upside down and the effect it has on your body and mind. In this workshop we will work on headstand, forearm stand, and hand stand. These poses are hard to figure out and risky if you aren’t doing them with skill. This is why I will guide you through them step-by-step to build you up for success and enjoyment of these poses.
"My hope is to give you the tools to be confident and safe in your inversion practice so you can begin to taste the sweet nectar they produce!" Nichol Chase
Y12SR- Yoga for 12 Step Recovery
On-going alternate Wednesday evenings
Y12SR is a 12-Step based discussion and yoga practice that is open to anyone and everyone dealing with their own addictive behavior or affected by the addictive behavior of others. This is an open and inclusive group. ALL are welcome. Class by donation cash and check ONLY. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for questions
American Sanskrit Institute: Level 1 Immersion Workshop
Returning Spring of 2018! We are honored and humbled to host the prestigious American Sanskrit Institute at Union Yoga in Monterey for a weekend level one immersion workshop.
"The 14 hour Sanskrit Training is an educational adventure that will give you a permanent connection to the beauty and energy of Sanskrit as well as a dynamic model of yoga in the classroom that supports a natural and effortless focus. By the end of a weekend you'll be reading Sanskrit in its original Devanagari script, savoring precise pronunciation and gaining access to the ancient wisdom of yoga encoded in this sacred language". Click Here to read about the instructor, Kacey Davy.
Prenatal Yoga, Piston Breath and Functional Movement Class with Jill Willett
Class #1, from 1pm-2:30pm, Sunday, January 21st
A workshop for practice and to learn techniques to support women through and beyond the pregnancy experience. Spouses and friends are welcome to join!
30 minutes yoga practice
45 minutes followed by breathing and movement workshop
45 minute yoga practice
The Piston Breath technique developed by physical therapist Julie Weibe. This type of breathing enhances the effectiveness of respiration, it increases awareness of the pelvic floor and helps create stability of the pelvis and protect the back while moving. Using this breath work during pregnancy and postpartum chapter is highly beneficial in creating balanced engagement of pelvic floor, it helps minimize prolapse and incontinence. Piston breath also teaches awareness and in turn discourages over recruitment or hypertonic pelvic floor often associated with holding or clenching many women use to stabilize their bodies. This breath can be utilized in almost all activities and supports a healthy structure and movement patterns.
Postpartum Functional Movement Workshop with Jill Willett
Class #2, from 2:30pm-4:00pm, Sunday, January 21st
This is the second half of the two-part workshop emphasizing the postpartum body and healing in a balanced, healthy way. This workshop will teach participants to squat, bend, lift, extend and twist in a pregnant and postpartum body.
Basic human movements can be challenging when your body is shape-shifting by utilizing strategies and modifications with movement one can prevent compensations that lead to injury and harmful movement patterns. The last trimester of pregnancy and what we call the fourth trimester after the birth of one’s baby is very stressful to the physical body yet the demands of life do not change. It is vital that women learn how to move in ways that support their return to structural alignment and minimize the discomfort and injury associated with this transitional period.
Groceries, strollers, carseats, babes, and their older siblings are just a few of the things moms have to move. this workshop introduces the tools to empower yourself with awareness about your structure, hormones, and how to move thoughtfully in an unfamiliar body. Participants will leave with the knowledge of how to recognize and correct imbalances preventing potential future injury.