Sunday Dec. 29th 12:30-2:30PM
with Stephanie Shepard $15
A very special class 2 hour class beginning with a challenging, invigorating and cleansing intermediate vinyasa flow class which features backbends and twists to open and energize the entire body. Our hatha practice will be heated and heat producing and include energizing pranayama to burn toxins and release energy blocks. Following our cool down, we will sit for community chant, planting seeds of intention for the holiday season and the new year. We will bring together the energy of our hatha practice with the power of voice, mantra and intention to create peace, compassion, and abundance in our lives and clear our paths of obstacles. This is a powerful practice which is found in cultures and religions across the planet, and is inclusive and inviting to people of all backgrounds and belief systems. Immediately following this workshop, Yoga Nidra will be offered as a perfect compliment and conclusion to this powerful practice. You are welcome to attend one or both. This special workshop is intended for experienced yoga practitioners. Please call to register, as space is limited.
Sunday, Dec. 29th, 2:30-4PM
with Stephanie Shepard
Yoga Nidra offers the experience of deep, meditative relaxation. You will rest deeply in savasana during guided meditation in a state between sleeping and awake, and will find a complete release of all body tension and a deeper level of consciousness, allowing you to access the deepest levels of your mind and examine your long held beliefs and habits. Those who practice Yoga Nidra report better sleep patterns, recovery from stress and anxiety, and a deeper, more meaningful yoga practice, as well as improved relationships with others. You have to try it at least once to truly understand what it’s about. Deepen your experience by coming to more than one. Words simply cannot capture it!
Call to register early, this workshop usually fills quickly!
$15 per person
Myofascial Release Workshop
with Lara Leigh Ruddy
Saturday, Dec. 7th 1-3PM
$20 (includes 2 tennis balls)
In this workshop, we will explore some techniques to help you unravel and release tension. Join Lara Leigh for this workshop that will release both the muscles and the fascia to relieve pain and tension in the musculoskeletal system. Work out all of your kinks and knots. By manipulating the myofascia, physical and energetic obstructions are opened, releasing areas that may feel blocked or resistant to change. With the use of your body and two tennis balls, this practice will save you time, energy, and money. Be prepared to feel a change. This class is open to everyone. Please call to register (231) 342-2327
Plant Based Potluck
Sunday, Jan. 12th 4:30-6:30PM
Sunday, January 12th , Blooming Lotus will host its second plant based potluck. We will meet at the studio at 4:30 for a beautiful, bountiful feast of plant based yumminess! All are welcome, including well behaved little ones. Bring a dish meant for 10-12 people. No meat, eggs, or dairy please! This is an opportunity to explore the world of plant based cuisine. If you are new to this way of eating, something as simple as a fresh tossed salad or cut fruit is FINE! Those who are unable to bring food can participate with a $ donation ($10 per person). Please join us for food which feeds ours bodies and souls and for wonderful conversation with good friends! Feel free to bring your recipe on a card and take pictures of any recipes you love. Bring your own place settings and containers to take home a couple of leftovers. The easiest communication for this event is through our Facebook Page, where you can let us know that you are attending, how many are coming with you, and what you plan to bring. You can also call to RSVP 231-342-2327. Thank you!
Women’s Wellness Weekend Retreat
with Stephanie Shepard
March 21st-23rd, 2014
(excellent vegetarian meals included)
Discover the beauty and strength of feminine power and grace. Enjoy yoga classes, meditation, journaling, hiking, and discussions on women’s physical and emotional health. Invite your sisters, mothers, daughters, and friends, or come solo to this empowering and enriching retreat in the pristine, wooded, natural surroundings of Northern Michigan’s Song of the Morning Retreat Center in Vanderbilt.
Fee: $95 plus lodging at Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat of Excellence (excellent vegetarian meals included)
To register, please call Song of the Morning at (989) 983-4107 or register online
Belly Dancing Workshop
with Penny Morris, owner of Crystal Bindi in Traverse City
next date TBD
Often considered the oldest dance, Belly Dance developed through the influence of many different cultures and continues its long process of development today. Uniquely designed for the female body, it emphasizes abdominal muscles, and hip and chest moves. Because it is a smooth flowing, yet complex series of movements, belly dance is a wonderful fitness practice for all ages and physical abilities. Join gifted dancer and teacher, Penny Morris, as she takes you through the movements of this ancient and sacred form of dance.
Please register by calling 231-342-2327. Hip scarves will be available to borrow or purchase.
Reiki I Training
with Stephanie Shepard
Next Date TBD
Reiki means “universal life force energy.” In Reiki Level I training, you will learn:
-The history and meaning of Reiki.
-The hand positions for self healing and the treatment of others.
-Breathing and grounding techniques for energy flow.
-The 7 main Chakras and their relevance in Reiki.
-The 5 principles of Reiki…and much more.
At the end of the weekend, you will receive “attunement” and certification as Level I Reiki Practitioner.
Feb. 28th-March 2nd, 2014
Happy 4th Birthday, Blooming Lotus! In gratitude and celebration, we will be offering multiple free classes all weekend long. Click the title above to see the schedule.