Past Workshops

Deep Study Yoga Workshops:

January 17, 2014 Forward Bends– Feeling Breath

Forward bends are known to be excellent poses for lengthening hamstring muscles, and for fostering mental calmness... (more)

December 13, 2013: Backbends – Correcting Asymmetries

Asymmetries in the musculoskeletal system may be traced to unevenness in bone shape or length, to uneven muscle development, or to injuries that may leave scar tissue, or unevenness in ligaments and tendons (length and elasticity)... (more)

November 8, 2013: Inversions -- Moving into Stillness

Patanjali tells us the state of union that is yoga arises when the mind is completely still. Among the many poses in which we can cultivate such stillness, inversions are probably the best... (more)

October 4, 2013: Twists -- Revitalize Organs

There are many ways to revitalize organs with asanas--with inversions, resting poses, backbends, standing poses, forward bends and twists. Basically, if done with awareness of its effects, any asana can be done to revitalize one or more internal organ... (more

September 6, 2013: Strength In Letting Go -- Forward Bends 

Strength has at least two aspects, as most things do in our wonderful world of the play of opposites: active and supportive. That is, in its active aspect strength can be described as power—the ability to do and the doing itself... (more

August 16, 2013: Vinyasa -- The Joy of Movement 

If asana is only practiced as static positions, then strengthening takes place primarily at the joint angles represented by those positions. The more varied the poses we practice, the greater the range of joint angles at which we strengthen (and at which we stretch). That is one way to practice... (more

July 19, 2013 -- Backbends for Vitality

We practice backbends for many reasons, to keep chest open, give mobility in the ribcage and shoulders, to heal back problems.  Probably primary among the reasons for practicing backbends is for vitality.... (more)  

June 14, 2013 -- Letting Go of the Known in Asana

What is familiar in a regular practice, the physical opening or the vitality we feel , or the sense of inner quiet, are surely elements that draw us back to our mats.  And perhaps what takes us to workshops is another element altogether, which is that we can sometimes be taken out of what is familiar... (more

May 17, 2013 -- Restoratives and Pranayama

Pranayama is the fourth stage of yoga, according to Patanjali, the only stage that is specifically said to be begun only after mastery of previous stage (asana)... (more)

April 19, 2013 -- How Inversions Link to All Asana

The importance of inversions among all asana is first that they have far-reaching effects on all the body’s organs: structural effects, organic effects such as metabolism, digestion, and hormone balance, and mental and emotional benefits such as clarity, mood, and focus... (more

March 15, 2013 –- Layers of Backbends

There are easy backbends, and there are difficult ones. They all extend the spine, but with the support of different layers of muscles. Some poses are just not accessible unless we can reach the deeper muscle layers... (more

February 8, 2013 -– Layers of Forward Bends

Forward bends help undo stiffness that comes from repetitious movements of hiking, running, swimming, etc. There are many such poses, from intense poses (touching your toes), to turtle pose (above). What is different from one forward bend to another? ... (more

January 18, 2013 –- Balancing in the New Year

Balancing in poses is sometimes frustrating, sometimes exhilarating, depending on how successful we are and how successful we’ve been in the past. The same can be said for balancing (juggling) multiple responsibilities, balancing work and play, balancing a check book, to name just a few things... (more

December 7, 2012 -- Progression in Yoga: Asana, Pranayama, Meditation

Anything we do regularly can't help but to progress or evolve, but progression in anything also benefits from direction and intention: it helps to know where you are headed and why you are doing what you are doing... (more)

November 17, 2012 -- Foundations of Asana: Mobility, Stability, Alignment, Strength, Space

There is a trio of steps in our progression in asana practice, no matter how long we practice.  First we learn to move in ways we either don't know about, or are unable to.  Once we have mobility, we provide supporting actions that give stability and give proper limits to the new movement... (more)  

October 19, 2012 -- Forward Bends for Calmness

All poses can be practiced for calmness, not only forward bends. However, forward bends stretch muscles in the back of the neck and in the backs of the legs that are very good at tensing when we feel stress, and which don’t release their tension very well when stress is not present... (more)

September 21, 2012 -- Jumpstart Your Home Practice

As much as we hope you gain in benefits from attending classes, we know a home practice is indispensable for making progress in yoga... (more)  

August 17, 2012 -- Vinyasa: Find Stillness through Movement

Yoga is the stilling the fluctuations of the mind, but how easy is it for us to still the mind?  Maybe not so easy for most of us!  And how do we get there? ... (more)  

July 20, 2012 -- Arm Balancing

Arm balances require courage and strength, balance and discernment.  We all have these qualities to some degree, maybe in seed form, maybe well-developed... (more

Holistic Lifestyle Workshops:

Acupuncture: A Natural Health System for Pain Relief and Overall Health Enhancemen

A very special presentation at Inner Life Yoga Studio, "Acupunture: A Natural Health System for Pain Relief and Overall Health Enhancement” by Dr. Thakersi Tolia, a medical doctor and longtime trainer and practitioner of acupuncture in Mumbai India... (more)

Turning Back The Clock Through Healthy Living and Personal Care Practices

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Boost Your Self-Image Through a Botanical Makeover

Enhance your self-image through a Botanical Makeover. Come prepared to treat yourself to a anti-aging skin care regime using  pure, safe and beneficial products... (more

Detoxification Through European Spa Sciences and Sea Botanicals 

It is challenging to stay healthy in a toxic world. People are flocking to spas for detoxification and relaxation. Learn how you can create your own detox spa in the comfort of your own home on a regular basis... (more

Enhancing Digestive Health Through Yoga and Nutrition


Minimizing the Impact of Winter/Summer on Your Skin Through a Facial 


Enhancing Athletic Performance Through Yoga, Whole Foods and Nutritional Product


Food As Medicine Seminars:

June 13, 2013 – Modern Uses for Ancient Oils: Utilizing Your Skin to Feed your Tissues 

Learn how to nourish your cells with therapeutic essential oils. Discover all the modern uses of ancient oils and how to include them in your everyday life... (more)

June 6, 2013 – Mother Earth's Kitchen: Herbs as Food and Medicine

"Mother Earth's Kitchen: Herbs as Food and Medicine" seminar by Linda Christen, herbalist, lets you find out what adds sparkle to the flavor of foods -- plus nutritional substance and medicinal benefit? A culinary herb! ... (more

May 16, 2013 – Antioxidants: The Elixir of Eternal Youth

"Antioxidants: The Elixir of Eternal Youth" by Dr. Marina Galvez, Pharm D, Ph.D, allows us to find out how important antioxidants are for your health and longevity and learn how you can increase them in your diet and life... (more)

May 9, 2013 -- An Ancient Awareness of the Beginning of Life

"An Ancient Awareness of the Beginning of Life" is an insightful talk about the importance of seeds. Knowing the type of seeds that our food is grown from affects the food we can buy today and in the future... (more

May 2, 2013 -- Mushrooms: A Look at their Culinary Use and Therapeutic Value

"Mushrooms: A Look at their Culinary Use and Therapeutic Value" by Amy Figs-Habuda, nutrition therapist, explores how the "fungus" can improve your diet and everyday wellness... (more)

April 18, 2013 -- Save Your Thyroid

"Save your Thyroid” with Dr. Emily Mallon, functional medicine physician and chiropractor, teaches you more about the thyroid, your body’s internal thermostat... (more

April 11, 2013 – Enzymes for Health and Healing

Learn about the difference between digestive and metabolic enzymes and how they boost the immune system and aid the body in healing and repairing. Find out how an enzyme deficit leads to premature aging, and early death... (more)

March 21, 2013 -- Juicing, Raw Foods and Wheatgrass

Juicing is a growing trend in the health and wellness community. Learn more about how to effectively add juicing to your wellness routine, how raw foods are beneficial to your health and where wheatgrass fits in... (more)

March 14, 2013 -- The Dangers of Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs)

What are GMOs and how are they created? Find out what potential health risks are associated with GMOs and how to avoid consuming them ... (more)

March 7, 2013 -- How Sugar Creates Havoc in Your Body and What to Do About It

Find out "How Sugar Creates Havoc in Your Body and What to Do About It" with Dr. Debra Harr. She will talk about how a sweet tooth and the resulting unbalanced blood sugar sets us up for ill health... (more)  

February 28, 2013 -- Superfoods and Longevity 

Join us for a talk on how to amp up your healthy routine with superfoods and learn some secrets on how to enhance your longevity... (more)

February 21, 2013 -- Alkalize for Life 

During "Alkalize for Life," Elizabeth Cano, nutritionist and Certified Health Educator from the Hippocrates Institute will be speaking on “The importance of an alkaline PH in your blood and tissues.”... (more)  

February 14, 2013 -- Functional vs. Allopathic Medicine 

Dr. Emily Mallon explains the differences between allopathic medicine and functional medicine and the ability of the latter practice to pick up subclinical conditions when nothing shows up on routine medical tests... (more)

February 7, 2013 -- Enhancing Your Digestive Health

Learn to improve your immunity and overall health by enhancing your digestive health with Kimberly Williams... (more

January 31, 2013 -- The Importance of Detoxification in a Toxic World

How can one safely, easily and effectively detox? (more)

January 24, 2013 -- Hidden Dangers in our Food and How to Avoid Them 

Dr. Karen Woodfork speaks on the "Hidden Dangers in our Food and How to Avoid Them." She is our resident expert on this topic with her academic expertise in pharmacology, reseach experience in toxicology and leadership role at Mountains People's Co-op... (more)

January 17, 2013 -- How Diet Affects Your Genes, Health and Longevity  

Dr. Marina Glavez, Pharm D, Ph.D in cancer research, discusses how your diet affects and influences the most vital aspects of your life... (more

January 10, 2013 -- Food: Medicine or Poison?  

What does research suggest about treating and understanding disease? What are the differences among whole, refined and fast foods? How does the food industry really work? (more)