– WORKSHOPS –

Saturday Restoratives | with Bonnie Maeda
 
Saturday, February 22 | 3-5pm, Studio B | $22

These two-hour restorative practices begin in Savasana with breathing and body awareness; then continue with gentle stretches on the mat. The restorative poses that follow will be held longer to support the relaxation response. No yoga experience is necessary. Drop ins are welcome.

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Bonnie Maeda, RN, teaches Restorative Yoga and co- teaches Yoga For Health at The Yoga Room as well as at several Bay Area hospitals and Women's Centers. She is certified by the Arthritis Foundation and also as an "Advanced Relax and Renew" teacher from Judith Hanson Lasater's program. Her approach is gentle yoga for health and healing as well as restorative yoga to promote relaxation and manage stress. She believes in the benefits of yoga for every age, body type, and ability.

Workshop Cancellation Policy:
15 or more days in advance: $20 service charge | 14 to 8 days in advance: 50% charge | 7 days or less: no refund | Fees are non-transferable | Checks must be received within 7 days to hold your registration

Finding Stillness in Yoga | with Arthur Kilmurray
 
Saturday, February 22 | 2-5pm | $55 

Conscious breathing in the yoga postures, not in a forced or artificial way, but with sensitivity and continuous surrender to the intelligence of the body, awakens layers of new sensitivities. These help us refine alignment at all levels of our lives, increase ease of our movements in the body, and deepen the experience of our already present inner wholeness. 

Patanjali refers to this as "drastuh svarupe" in the third sutra: the ultimate experience of yoga. 

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Arthur Kilmurray has been exploring embodied awakening for almost 50 years. In-depth studies with B.K.S. Iyengar, Bonnie Cohen and Emilie Conrad, among others, have opened his sense of yoga to include all levels of existence. His passion is to help students awaken to their own unique expressions of embodied intelligence so that they may more fully participate in the great awakening rippling through our home planet. For more information, visit arthurkilmurray.com.

Workshop Cancellation Policy:
15 or more days in advance: $20 service charge | 14 to 8 days in advance: 50% charge | 7 days or less: no refund | Fees are non-transferable | Checks must be received within 7 days to hold your registration

Yoga and the Pelvic Floor | with Emily Combs
 
Sunday, February 23 | 1-4pm | $55

Come gain some awareness of your pelvic floor! This rich and intriguing area remains mysterious for some, but it doesn't have to be. The pelvic floor is the group of muscles that line the pelvis and hold your organs inside your body. It can be considered the actual "core" of the body. This workshop is for anyone who wants to work on a stable and healthy pelvic floor and for those affected by:  incontinence, prolapse, pregnancy and/or after birth, pelvic pain, lower back pain, or hip problems.  We will work on gaining sensitivity to the layers of the pelvic floor through the breath, specific exercises, and yoga poses.

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Emily Combs has been practicing yoga for 20 years. She is deeply inspired by Iyengar yoga and the transformative power of the practice. After having children and suffering chronic low back pain because of difficult deliveries, her practice became more focused on gentle and therapeutic uses of yoga. She has studied with many wonderful instructors, but she considers Gay White and Leslie Howard her most influential teachers. She has studied the pelvic floor with Leslie and completed her "Pelvic Revolution" teacher training in 2017. She completed a 500 hour Advanced Studies Program at The Yoga Room in Berkeley.  She is currently teaching Pelvic Floor Yoga for a UCSF study.

Workshop Cancellation Policy:
15 or more days in advance: $20 service charge | 14 to 8 days in advance: 50% charge | 7 days or less: no refund | Fees are non-transferable | Checks must be received within 7 days to hold your registration

 
Polishing the Mind with Asana Part II | with Michael Lucey
 
Saturday, February 29 | 2-5pm | $55

We know that yoga is about transformation. What is transformation, and how precisely does the practice of asana move us towards it? Drawing on BKS Iyengar's thoughts about Patanjali's Yoga Sutras 3.9 to 3.13,  we will investigate how our asana practice can contribute to the "polishing" that produces refinement and transformation. We will use the asanas to help us understand the sutras, and the sutras to help us understand our practice of asana.For this second of three workshops on this theme, we will work with standing poses, inversions, and forward extensions. (Each of the three sessions will be free-standing. You do not need to attend all three.)

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Michael Lucey is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher at the Senior Intermediate 1 level. Michael stumbled into an Iyengar yoga class in England in 1982, while he was a student at Oxford University. From his very first class he has been fascinated by the many ways yoga can transform your relation to your body, mind, and breath. He has also made 11 trips to India to study directly with the Iyengar family at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, most recently in December 2018. Michael is also a professor of Comparative Literature and French at the University of California, Berkeley, and served as President of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States from 2014-2017.

Workshop Cancellation Policy:
15 or more days in advance: $20 service charge | 14 to 8 days in advance: 50% charge | 7 days or less: no refund | Fees are non-transferable | Checks must be received within 7 days to hold your registration

Anatomy & Asana | The Sacrum
with Ada Lusardi
 
Saturday, March 14 | 2-5pm | $55

In this workshop we'll explore the function, anatomy and potential vulnerability of the sacrum, as well as practice yoga asana, myofascial release techniques, and therapeutic exercises to support its balanced alignment and health. Open to teachers and students with at least one year of consistent yoga practice. 3 contact hours of CEU's from The Yoga Alliance are available.

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Ada Lusardi (E-RYT, YACEP) teaches workshops and trainings that marry the heart and science of yoga while offering nuanced and precise teaching with warmth and humor. Through the use of compassionate and clear direction, intelligent sequencing, and skillful hands-on adjustments, her offerings challenge and refine one’s yoga practice regardless of age or ability. A self-professed “anatomy geek,” she leads classes, retreats and trainings throughout California’s Bay area and around the country. She is a graduate, and faculty member, of The Berkeley Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program, a long time student of Donald Moyer and Mary Lou Weprin, and a perennial student of yoga and life.

Workshop Cancellation Policy:
15 or more days in advance: $20 service charge | 14 to 8 days in advance: 50% charge | 7 days or less: no refund | Fees are non-transferable | Checks must be received within 7 days to hold your registration

Restorative Crystal Bowl Sound Bath  
with Shannon Knorr & Natalie Lobue
 
Saturday, March 14 | 6-8 pm | $40

In this collaborative workshop you will be led through an hour of gentle yoga, and an hour of restorative yoga, as sound healer Natalie will play crystal bowls designed to release stagnation in specific places in the body. She will also use tuning forks on energetic points on the body if welcomed. Carefully and thoughtfully blended with the guidance of yoga and meditative poses led by Shannon, get aligned and go more deeply within yourself. Completely release, relax, recharge, renew and realign. Sound baths promote creativity, focus, clarity as well as accessing a deeper meditative space within and deep relaxation.

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Shannon Knorr has a degree and dance therapy and has been teaching rehabilitative movement for almost 2 decades.She has extensive knowledge of the body, it’s anatomy and the workings of the inner body. She teaches that a movement practice is truly a dialogue with our own bodies. Shannon believes that yoga can be accessible to every body and learning about our bodies and how to care for them puts our health and wellness directly into our own hands. With our practice together may we all develop a deeper connection to ourselves and to the surrounding universe.

 

Natalie Lobue is a sound healer and intuitive reader in the bay area. She sees the profound power of sound and how it can create major transformations in peoples lives. She is a Reiki master, Accutonics practitioner, as well as studying many years with shaman Michael Harner. She is forever learning and dedicated to health and service.

Workshop Cancellation Policy:
15 or more days in advance: $20 service charge | 14 to 8 days in advance: 50% charge | 7 days or less: no refund | Fees are non-transferable | Checks must be received within 7 days to hold your registration

Yoga and Self Empowerment | with Christine Schoefer
 

Sunday, March 15 | 2-5 pm | $55

How can we use the strength and awareness generated by our yoga practice to stay safe in our daily lives? In this workshop, we will explore our physical power and learn basic self-defense skills. Working with a combination of yoga Asanas, role plays, and simple but effective martial arts techniques, we will learn how to set and defend our boundaries, embody our ideas of personal safety, and avoid harm. All levels of fitness are welcome.

This workshop is limited to 16 participants.

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Christine Schoefer is in the second year of her teacher training at the Yoga Room. She holds a second degree black belt in Kajukenbo and became a Co-Director of the Self Defense Program at Hand to Hand (Oakland) in 2006. A nationally certified self defense instructor, Christine has taught self defense at businesses, schools, colleges, and community groups throughout the Bay Area. Her youngest student was 5, her oldest 84 years old.

Workshop Cancellation Policy:
15 or more days in advance: $20 service charge | 14 to 8 days in advance: 50% charge | 7 days or less: no refund | Fees are non-transferable | Checks must be received within 7 days to hold your registration

Saturday Restoratives | with Bonnie Maeda
 
Saturday, March 21  | 3-5pm | $22

These two-hour restorative practices begin in Savasana with breathing and body awareness; then continue with gentle stretches on the mat. The restorative poses that follow will be held longer to support the relaxation response. No yoga experience is necessary. Drop ins are welcome.

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Bonnie Maeda, RN, teaches Restorative Yoga and co- teaches Yoga For Health at The Yoga Room as well as at several Bay Area hospitals and Women's Centers. She is certified by the Arthritis Foundation and also as an "Advanced Relax and Renew" teacher from Judith Hanson Lasater's program. Her approach is gentle yoga for health and healing as well as restorative yoga to promote relaxation and manage stress. She believes in the benefits of yoga for every age, body type, and ability.

Workshop Cancellation Policy:
15 or more days in advance: $20 service charge | 14 to 8 days in advance: 50% charge | 7 days or less: no refund | Fees are non-transferable | Checks must be received within 7 days to hold your registration

Anatomy, Oxygen & Asana | with Ellen Mossman
 
Saturday, March 21 | 2-5pm | $55

Breathing is Amazing! There is no one “right way” to breathe. Breath changes from moment to moment as a result of body position, emotional state, and activity - to name just a few. It naturally accommodates to different conditions. How can we pay attention to our own breathing to discover what’s “right” for us? How can we consciously use breath for positive effect? The better we understand the anatomy and architecture of our breath, the more we can harness it to open, support, and deepen our practice. This experiential anatomy workshop will focus on the muscles and structures that breathe us. We’ll explore, inquire, and play through the use of images, models, breath work, and asana. All levels welcome.

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Ellen Mossman is passionate about the study of anatomy and its application in living movement. She has been a bodyworker since 1985, focusing on orthopedic conditions and trauma recovery. She teaches and practices Craniosacral Therapy, anatomy, and yoga. Ellen is a graduate of The Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program, and has been practicing yoga since 1997. She brings inquiry, warmth, and humor to her classes.

Workshop Cancellation Policy:
15 or more days in advance: $20 service charge | 14 to 8 days in advance: 50% charge | 7 days or less: no refund | Fees are non-transferable | Checks must be received within 7 days to hold your registration

Yoga and Your Hands | with Gay White
 
Saturday, March 28 | 2-5pm | $55

We will work with detailed hand alignment for weight bearing on hands and arms safely. We will study and explore the wrists, fingers and elbow. With a gentle practice of asanas and yogic hand positions, we will create ease, warmth and establish a strong connection from the heart center and the hands.

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Gay White is Director of The Yoga Room and Co-Director of The Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program. She has studied asana and pranayama from Donald Moyer since 1991, and she studied from Geeta Iyengar at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India. Gay’s classes and workshops are dedicated to alignment and awareness in a safe and creative mixed-level learning community. Gay also leads yoga retreats and intensives locally and in New Mexico.

Workshop Cancellation Policy:
15 or more days in advance: $20 service charge | 14 to 8 days in advance: 50% charge | 7 days or less: no refund | Fees are non-transferable | Checks must be received within 7 days to hold your registration

 

– INTENSIVES –

Winter Intensive | with Mary Lou Weprin
Saturday & Sunday, February 15–16 | $220
9am–12noon & 2–4pm

Please join us for our annual Winter Intensive. Morning sessions will focus on Standing Poses, Backbends and some Inversions, and afternoons will be more relaxing with Restoratives, Inversions and Forward Bends.


Participants should be familiar with Headstand, Shoulderstand, and Urdhva
Dhanurasana.
Open to students:


  • who regularly attend a Level 2–4 or 3–5 class at the Yoga Room,


  • are graduates or currently enrolled in the Advanced
Studies Program, or

  • by permission of the instructor.

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Mary Lou Weprin has been teaching ongoing classes at all levels at The Yoga Room since 1980, and is Co-Director  of The Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program. She leads an ongoing Advanced Practice Class for teachers and long-time students over the year,
and offers Intensives to allow more time to enjoy these poses within the framework of a fully balanced practice.

Memorial Day Weekend Intensive
with Debbie Gilman and Gay White
Saturday & Sunday, May 23-24 | $220
9am–12noon & 2–4pm

This late spring intensive will offer a reflective two-day practice embracing the joy of moving into backbends and twists while also nurturing a deep sense of stillness through pranayama and restorative yoga. In the morning classes we will focus on active practices for dynamic work and the afternoons will be devoted to relaxing and going deeper into breathing and relaxation.

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Debbie Gilman, M.A., ERYT 500, has been teaching yoga since 1998. She graduated from and now teaches for the Yoga Room's Advanced Studies Program and is a student of Donald Moyer. She is also on the faculty of the teacher training program at Downtown Yoga in Pleasanton. Debbie has rich experience in yoga therapeutics having taught one-on-one yoga-based rehabilitation at Innate Chiropractic & Wellness Studio in Albany and healing yoga at the Women's Cancer Resource Center in Oakland for many years. Debbie has a BA from Stanford and an MA from Harvard.

 

Gay White is Director of The Yoga Room and Co-Director of The Yoga Room's Advanced Studies Program. She has studied asana and pranayama from Donald Moyer since 1991 and at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India. Gay's classes and workshops are dedicated to alignment and awareness in a safe and creative mixed-level learning community, and she leads yoga retreats and intensives locally and around the country. 

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July Intensive | with Mary Lou Weprin

July 2–5, 2020 | $385

Thursday-Saturday 9am–12noon & 2-4pm

Sunday 9am–12noon

Our 30th annual Yoga Room Practice Intensive will help you to deepen your yoga practice, further your work on

more challenging poses, and develop your skills in partnering.

 

You are eligible for this intensive if you:

• regularly attend a Level 2–4 or 3–5 class at the Yoga Room,

• are a graduate of or currently enrolled in the Advanced Studies Program, or

• by permission of the instructor.

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Mary Lou Weprin taught the Practice Intensive in partnership with Donald Moyer from 1992 until his retirement in 2014 and now continues as the leader of the workshop. She has been teaching ongoing classes and workshops at The Yoga Room for over 30 years. With Donald Moyer, she founded The Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program,
a two-year teacher-training program now in its 28th year. For information email mweprin@comcast.net.

Summer Intensive | with Mary Lou Weprin and Joseph Satlak

Sunday–Friday, August 16-21, 2020 | $565

9am–12noon & 2–4pm

The Summer Intensive will help you deepen your yoga practice and develop your teaching skills. During the morning sessions, we will address questions of alignment and sequencing and work on more challenging poses. The afternoon sessions will include pranayama, restoratives, and inverted poses.

 

Farewell Dinner on Thursday, August 20, 6-8pm

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Joseph Satlak has studied yoga with Donald Moyer since 1992 and is a graduate of The Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program. He started teaching at the Iyengar Institute of Greater Boston in 1995 and has traveled frequently to study with the Iyengars at their institute in Pune. He is a featured model in Yoga: Awakening the Inner Body by Donald Moyer.

 

Mary Lou Weprin taught the August Intensive with Donald Moyer for 22 years until his retirement in 2014 and welcomes Joseph Satlak back for the sixth year as co-teacher for the August 2020 sessions. Mary Lou has taught classes at The Yoga Room since 1980. With Donald Moyer, she co-founded our Advanced Studies Program, a two-year teacher-training program now in its 28th year. Mary Lou has studied with B.K.S. and Geeta Iyengar in Pune, and with many internationally known Iyengar teachers.

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