Sevana Teaching Yoga Apprenticeship
May
8
to Aug 28

Sevana Teaching Yoga Apprenticeship

The Sevana Teaching Yoga Apprenticeship is designed to meet you where you are as a teacher of yoga. During this 16 week program, you will work directly with Gretchen Mills, owner of Key West Yoga Sanctuary, as well as fellow yoga teachers in a small group setting.
You can expect to expand your knowledge through reading and self inquiry assignments, receive support in your home practice, and practice teaching, assisting, and sharing in a small group setting.

Who is this apprenticeship for?
*For those who would like to be a part of a group to engage in discussions about philosophy and teaching and practicing yoga.
*For teachers who have prior teaching experience or who have participated in a Teacher Training Program and wish to deepen their own practice and enhance their teaching skills.

Weekly Modules:
Week 1: Establish practice, teaching schedule, seva, etc.
Week 2: Anatomy for breathing
Week 3: Teaching pranayama
Week 4: Seva
Week 5: Anatomy for Asana
Week 6: Anatomy for Asana
Week 7: Anatomy for Asana
Week 8: Yoga for Underserved Populations
Week 9: Volunteer Panel
Week 10: Creating a safe and sacred space
Week 11: Asana for Injury
Week 12: Working one one one with students
Week 13: Supporting tools and knowledge
Week 14: Inversions
Week 15: Dieties
Week 16: TBA

Program Dates & Logistics
Be prepared to:
*complete weekly assignments based on philosophy, anatomy, components of group and private offerings for all bodies, including those with specific therapeutic needs.
*meet weekly with the group either locally or via internet.
*attend weekly one-on-one sessions locally or via phone once a week with Gretchen.
*complete 1 hour of yoga service/ seva in your community per month focused specifically on the needs of the chosen population
*assist Gretchen or other yoga teacher once a week in class

Group Classes in Key West:
Wednesdays in Key West May 8th-June 5th
Wednesday: May 8th, 6:30-7:30 pm
Wednesday: May 15th, 6:30-7:30 pm
Wednesday: May 22nd, 6:3-7:30 pm
Wednesday: May 29th, 6:30-7:30 pm
Wednesday June 5th, 6:30-7:30 pm

June 12-August 14th- TBA as these will be via internet group chat

August 21st- In Key West
August 28th- in Key West

This program costs $25 per week or $100 a month for a total of $400 for the entire course. These payments can be made monthly at the start of each month or in whole at the start of the program.

Register here:


Please contact Gretchen with any questions at 305-587-9199 or email keywestyogasanctuary@gmail.com

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Prema Breathwork Workshop
May
31
6:00 PM18:00

Prema Breathwork Workshop

In western psychology, as well as the deeper Vedic teachings, we can understand that all of our unprocessed past experiences; our traumas, pain, heartbreaks, and joys, every single thought, memory, and emotion are stored within the body. If we don’t unpack these stored memories, we move forward in our life deeply conditioned and effected by the past.

As we breathe more deeply into our bodies, we are inviting awareness into parts of ourselves (or our past) that have long been stored away. As we bring awareness to the areas that have been hidden, our bodies innate healing abilities kick in; we release what has been holding us back, stepping closer into our full potential.

The process itself uses very simple means: with the eyes closed and lying on a mat, each person uses their own breath with the Prema technique along with the music in the room to enter a non-ordinary state of consciousness. This state activates the natural inner healing process of the individual’s psyche, bringing him or her a particular set of internal experiences. With the inner healing intelligence guiding the process, the quality and content brought forth is unique to each person and for that particular time and place. While recurring themes are common, no two sessions are ever alike.

This workshop will begin with a lecture on the body, mind and breath connection. We will then move into the breathing technique, transitioning into a deep meditative state while Eric Levy bathes us in healing sound. We will end with a processing & sharing circle, and guidance for further processing and self care. Please bring your journal!

The whole workshop allows for an exploration of deeper consciousness via the breath, and helps release stuck energy in the body & mind, so that we can more easily access Prema, or "divine love".

This workshop costs $45 and has limited space. You can register here:

https://www.wellnessliving.com/rs/event/key_west_yoga_sanctuary-wgmufm?k_class=133135

This workshop will be led by the beautiful Leila Dylla:
Leila leads an adventurous nomadic lifestyle traveling within the US and internationally to inspire healing through creative movement, personal empowerment & deep spiritual connection. You can find Leila with her pup, Folly, teaching yoga classes, leading mindfulness workshops and hosting health and wellness retreats. She also serves as a private life coach for those looking for more personalized and in-depth guidance. Her passion for movement started at a young age in her home town in North Florida with competitive gymnastics. Feeling a need for a deeper connection to herself & her spirit she followed her heart to Costa Rica for her first in depth yoga experience and then completed her fist 200HR yoga teacher training in 2011 at the Ayurveda Retreat Center in Alachua Florida. She has since expanded her yoga training in India and holds 500hr Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher credentials through Yoga Alliance. Leila's yoga journey has led her to the path of Bhakti Yoga. Leila’s formal education of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology from University of Florida combined with her extensive studies with Caroline Myss, & energy medicine, give her a unique offering of blending the physical reality with the less tangible spiritual aspects. She has an informed & grounded approach, that also encourages students to raise their energetic awareness. Her teaching is a dance of knowledge and intuition that allows all levels of students to find freedom, laughter and meaningful connection.

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Beginners Yoga Workshop
May
7
to May 28

Beginners Yoga Workshop

Stepping into a yoga studio for the first time can be overwhelming and depending on how the first time went... the second time can be even more so.    

In this 4 wk workshop we will explore the basics and answer your questions.  All you need is an open and willing spirit. We will take care of the rest.

WK1

Props - How and why do we use them?

Asana, Pranayama, Drishti, and Namaste- wait... what?  Explore the language of Yoga - making friends with Sanskrit.

Lets move a bit - Downward facing dog, child’s pose, cat/cow and introducing - Sun Salutation ( Surya Namaskar).

Closing meditation and Q&A

Wk2

Any new Questions from wk 1?

Explore more breathing (pranayama - Warrior breath aka ujjayi)

Dive right into practice ( moving) with attention to alignment and safety.

Lets explore twisting - how and why.

Closing meditation (savasana) followed by Q&A opportunity.

Wk3

Questions.... comments.... thoughts?

Introduce different styles of yoga to help make sense of youtube and google searches ( I know you did...its ok we all have).

Practice - Breath (pranayama), movement (asana) - introduce balance poses.

Next wk we will move through an entire class.

Wk4

Any questions? 

Slow Flow Vinyasa

Closing meditation

Q&A and explore studio schedule of classes and thoughts on home practice.

Congratulations!

We are all students together so come and join us on the mat.   See you in Class!

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Experience Portugal in the Volcanic Azore Islands
Apr
15
to Apr 20

Experience Portugal in the Volcanic Azore Islands

Join us for an adventurous 5 night/6 day conscious retreat on the volcanic island, pristine Sao Miguel.

A balanced week in nature. Ocean. Forest. Yoga. Meditation

Discover some of the most pristine corners of the island of Sao Miguel during our hikes, with volcanic heights, geothermal springs and subtropical microclimates where yams, pineapples and Europe's only tea plantation thrive.

Stay at the sustainable Quinta Minuvida, a traditional fruit orchard nestled on a slope of the Fogo volcano. Step beyond the indulgences of traditional lodging and experience the Azores as a treasure to cherish and protect. The lodge features five thoughtful suites, outdoor pool, yoga studio, guest kitchen, living room with fireplace, outdoor grill, fire pit, observatory, organic vegetable garden, and one acre of orchards. Co-founder and chef João Ferreira marries tradition with innovation and serves only local and in-season fare. Many of the ingredients come directly from the orchard. The Minuvida experience stay includes a five-course tasting menu paired with wines – a sensory journey through Azorean flavors.

Minuvida is centrally located on the North side of Sao Miguel near Boa Vista. Most local attractions are a 30 minute drive and Minuvida is only 15 minutes from the airport. It’s proximity to beaches, walking trails, hot springs and bike paths make Minuvida a beautiful choice for the conscious traveler looking for adventure. Come experience the Azores with coastal and forest hiking, yoga & meditation, and Portuguese island food and culture.

Getting to the Azores

Azore Airlines flies directly from the U.S. to Ponta Delgada (PDL) and you should book only through their website (don’t use Expedia or Kayak.) Delta offers a route from New York—>Ponta Delgada 5 times a week, except Mondays and Wednesdays.

Pricing

You may choose a triple, double or single suite.

Triple- $1285 Double- $1500 Single- $1850

Rooms are simple and sweet with bright light and views of the orchard and island.

Space is limited. Register with a non-refundable deposit of $500. The remainder can be paid up to 3 weeks before departure.


More information can be found here. https://www.minuvida.com/

Guides

Gretchen Mills

“I haven’t been everywhere yet but it’s on my list”

I have spent much of my adult life traveling around the world experiencing the cultural, religious, and healing ways of many different people and their countries.  My travels have embraced humanity and our deep ecological and environmental connections.  I have always felt that the more we can learn about each other and our planet, the more respect and love we will have for our own bodies, the people around us, and our environment.
I am honored to have the opportunity to create a space at the Key West Yoga Sanctuary and through travel in which we learn to trust our innate wisdom to live fully in our creativity, confidence, power, heart, and self.  My personal studies include many styles of yoga with wonderfully inspiring teachers from across the globe, but to me the most profound teachings come from within--through attention, listening, teaching, living, and simply being.  My practice and teaching are ever-evolving, fueled by nature's beauty and its astounding ability to achieve balance through all kinds of transformation. My greatest reward as a teacher is found when students' lives are enriched as they greet deeper levels of themselves through their experiences on the mat and into the world.

Joao Ferreira

Until I was 17, my world was 400 square miles of Atlantic paradise. Then I met snow in Boston. Today, I'm at ease with my Azorean and American identities. I feel truly bilingual and bicultural. For the past 20 odd years I've been a writer and editor for newspapers and magazines. But, deep inside, I longed for home. What would bring me back? 
The Azores are kind of a hidden secret. Only four-and-a-half hours from Boston but yet so far away. The islands are an outdoor paradise, a volcanic wonderland, a place to be savored. Yet, they're fairly undiscovered by destination-makers. 
This got me thinking...
During my travels, I always enjoyed myself the most when I connected to a place. Having a friend in Rio certainly helped me gain a better perspective and appreciation. When I stayed with a mother and son in Ireland, I got to find about their "secret" after-hours local pub. Wouldn't it be awesome if I always had a friend waiting everywhere I went? Well, with Minuvida that's what we intend to do. We want to be your friends in the Azores and give you the insider's view of my wonderful homeland.  

Rimi Chakraborty

I always aim for success. I am Indian after all. To my parents the only career options were “doctor, lawyer, or engineer.” So, I graduated magna cum laude in engineering from an ivy-league university, worked on Wall Street, and at age 26 became a manager for a multi-billion-dollar company. I earned an MBA at one of the top three business schools in the country. It was during the business school application process that I did some serious soul-searching to answer a simple essay question: "What is most important to you and why?" 
After writing and rewriting this essay about a dozen times I realized: Most important to me is helping people foster deeper connections with themselves and their world. 
I obtained my yoga teaching certification and started teaching Forrest Yoga. I was helping people connect. A seed had been planted. And then I met João. “You’re from where?”
I realized that for me, being successful wasn’t just about status or wealth, or things I could acquire. To feel truly successful, I needed to be living my purpose, every day, and not just through my hobbies. 
 I often look back on that essay question, especially during those “holy @!!?” moments when things are hard and I think about what I gave up. But here, in the middle of the Atlantic, I am helping people connect. And what I’ve gained? Well, it’s simply priceless.


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The Bhagavad Gita with Edwin Bryant
Mar
8
to Mar 10

The Bhagavad Gita with Edwin Bryant

Edwin may be most well known for his Translation of the Yoga Sutras, but has written seven books and authored a number of articles on Vedic history, yoga, and the Krishna tradition. In his research engagements, he lived several years in India where he studied Sanskrit and was trained with several Indian pundits. He is currently a professor of Religions of India at Rutger’s University, as well as a global teacher of Vedic studies on the weekends.

With deep honor and respect we invite Edwin to our island to guide us in some of the greatest and most important teachings for all of humanity and all beings. Clear your calendars and join us for 3 intensive days,

March 8th: 5:30-8:30

March 9th: 12:00-2:30 & 3:30-6:00

March 10th: 12:00-2:30 & 3:30-5:00

Friday Only- $50

Friday & Saturday Only- $165

Full 3 days- $220

The Bhagavad Gita is perhaps the most representative and certainly the most influential and popular text from the numerous and varied spiritual traditions of Hindu India. The text deals with the nature of the self, the world, ultimate reality, the purpose of human existence, and the spiritual paths that can be undertaken to accomplish this purpose. There are primarily four such paths, or yoga systems, featured in the text through which one can unite with the Divine: the path of self-knowledge, jnana yoga; the path of action in the world, karma yoga; the path of meditation, raja yoga; and the path of theistic devotion, bhakti yoga. This workshop will undertake a detailed discussion of these four yoga systems, with contextual references to the background of the text and to some of the major streams of Hindu thought in general. No prior knowledge of Hinduism is necessary for this seminar; the only requirement is to bring an open mind and sincere heart. Students are encouraged to procure any edition of the text, particularly versions that have the Sanskrit text in Roman script, since we will chant some of the Sanskrit verses together.

To register, click the link above or call 305-587-9199 to register over the phone.

Edwin Bryant received his Ph.D in Indic languages and Cultures from Columbia University. He taught Hinduism at Harvard University for three years, and is presently the professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University where he teaches courses on Hindu philosophy and religion. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, published eight books and authored a number of articles on Vedic history, yoga, and the Krishna tradition. In addition to his academic work for the scholarly community, Edwin's Penguin World Classics translation of the Srimad Bhagavata Purana, the traditional source for the story of Krishna's incarnation, is both for Indology specialists as well as students and those interested in Hinduism from the general reading public and the yoga community.

As a personal practitioner of yoga for 40 years, a number of them spent in India studying with traditional teachers, where he returns yearly, Edwin strives to combine academic scholarship and rigor with sensitivity towards traditional knowledge systems. In addition to his academic course load, Edwin currently teaches workshops on the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and Hindu Philosophy at yoga studios and teacher training courses throughout the country. His translation of and commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (North Point Press, a division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009) is specifically dedicated to contributing to the growing body of literature on yoga by providing insights from the major pre-modern commentaries on the text with a view to grounding the teachings in their traditional context. His most recent work is a sequel to this by the same publisher entitled Bhakti Yoga: Tales and Teachings from the Bhagavata Purana. This work, too, seeks to ground the practices of Bhakti in a traditional framework.

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200 Hr. Teacher Training- The Foundations of Yoga
Feb
7
to Mar 17

200 Hr. Teacher Training- The Foundations of Yoga

In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you. ~Buddha

This is easier said than done, but yoga teaches that in order to change the patterns of the mind and to cease the fluctuations of the mind, we need discipline and practice. Learn the systematic approaches to quieting the mind, the value and power of them, and the skills to pass onto others, so that these practices aren't only for ourselves, but for the greater good of all.

The most authentic teaching comes from deep, personal experience. This 6 week program is intended to inspire devotion and discipline within our personal practices. For aspiring yoga teachers, this in depth certification program will prepare you with a solid understanding of the foundations of yoga. Rooted in Patanjali's Eight Fold Path, the curriculum will be rich with philosophy, pranayama, and meditation. It will prepare teachers to lead students safely and intelligently with an understanding of anatomy and alignment within the asana, as well as the ability to thread philosophy into Hatha and Vinyasa classes.

Join us February 7th-March 17th
Wednesdays & Thursdays- 4:30-8:30
Saturdays & Sundays- 10-6
Also, Friday March 8th, 5-8:30

Course Study Topics
Daily study sessions will include, but are not limited to:

* Study of the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras and how they support yoga practice and daily life

* Study of the Eight Limbs of Yoga and its foundational structure for personal practice and teaching

* Asana: foundation, alignment, modifications, sanskrit

* Pranayama, breathing techniques

* Meditation: deepening self practice, techniques

* Yoga Anatomy and injury prevention

* Cuing and sequencing asana

* Constructing safe, balanced Hatha and Vinyasa yoga classes

* Hands on assisting and adjusting within asana

* Qualities of a yoga teacher

* Seva, spirit of selfless action

* Ayurveda & Doshas

* Business of yoga

In addition, we are incredibly fortunate to have Edwin Bryant offering the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, a world renowned author of several books on Vedic history, yoga, and the Krishna tradition. He is currently the professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University.

Costs and Payment Plans
The entire course costs $2250, which can be paid in full upon registration or you may choose a payment plan of $292 per each week of the training. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to register.

Additional costs will be required for course books.

The Key West Yoga Sanctuary offers all classes on the studio schedule to students enrolled in the program. Enjoy daily yoga classes throughout the course!

Upon completion of the course, students will receive a 200 Hr. Yoga Alliance certification through the Key West Yoga Sanctuary.

This program also partners with Exhale with Emily and Inner Sanctum, a Yoga Alliance School offering 300 hour programs. If you choose to go on and complete both programs you will have completed a full 500 hours. If this is of interest to you, let us know and we will guide you in the process.

This program is not suitable for beginning yoga students. It is intended for those with an established practice and ready for the next step of growth. It is a true gift to offer this sacred material to others, and an honor to receive. Each program is guaranteed to create massive change internally and externally, and will surely gift everlasting memories and inspiration for a healthy and happy mind and body, and a deeper connection and awareness in every day life.
You will be supported by a dedicated, knowledgeable and compassionate team of teachers. Join us! We are honored and excited to share this experience with you!


Gretchen Mills, Lead Teacher

Emily Hughes, Lead Teacher

Brad Harbin, Supporting Teacher

Erika Hawks, Supporting Teacher

Debbi Quinn, Supporting Teacher

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Animal Moves
Jan
26
2:00 PM14:00

Animal Moves

What is Animal Move?

In this workshop, we breathe life into our animal legacy, imitating animals, recreating the original meaning of stamina, flexibility, body tension, balance, flexibility, and coordination.

Animal movements are easy to learn and yet demanding. They strengthen the entire musculoskeletal system, especially the trunk, and coordinate the nervous system to a previously unused in fitness sports - casual, animal and playful.

The Animal Moves help us to ...

- increases fitness, as you will became more agile and stronger.

- An athletic figure, because they cause a versatile and more complete muscle.

- More health, because the metabolism, the musculoskeletal system and the immune system are positively required.

Other benefits of Animal Moves speak for themselves

- Playful, natural load

- Strengthening of the entire musculature, especially of the trunk

- Increased coordination and suppleness

- Training for the heart and circulation

- invigoration and dissolution of the fascia tissue

- Gentle activation and opening of the joints

- Usable as a main training or to warm up

- Activation of natural movement patterns

- Back friendly and close to the ground

- Independent of devices

- Combination of fitness, fun and games

- Suitable for family, kindergarten, group sport and personal training

Contents:

Several aspects and modes of training are practiced:

- You will learn 14 animal movements on the first day (for example, monkey, sloth, and many more ...).

- You learn a playful and creative handling of the animal moves.

- Practice rigorous training plans and programs that are a good guide to your development.

- Training the versatile transitions and their effects on the body from an athletic and therapeutic point of view.

- Use of the so-called active breaks with pause positions for a simple and meaningful breather and reduction in intensity.

- practice the previously learned animal movements.

- These are practiced with more versatile variations and opportunities for improvement.


- Experience the principle of the Move to the Flow: Now the learned Animal Moves are tested in versatile use. It's about moving from the move to the flow: the flowing sequence of different animal moves in a row.

Who I am, where I come from and what I do ...

Movement and sport have always been my passion and so, after years of experience in martial arts, I have found a personal way to functional training. Since then, I have practiced with great dedication in different directions of movement and made several training and education in the areas of: Gymnastics, Yoga, Primal-Move, Gymnastica-Natural, Gravity, Kettlebell and weightlifting sports. Through years of experience I have created my own style, the Animal Moves. Above all, in my classes, classes and seminars, I want to convey a new awareness of better movement and body awareness. It gives you the opportunity to make your life healthier and more aware through optimized movements with greater mobility. Now I want to show you the potential that lies dormant in each one of us.

Try it and your achievements will come on its own.

Your Alex Fischer.

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Kirtan Chanting Circle
Jan
20
6:00 PM18:00

Kirtan Chanting Circle

Come experience the ecstatic Yoga of communal Kirtan chanting. Sitting in a circle and getting lost in the repetitive trance of ancient devotional songs brings about a unique state of energized tranquility which compliments any Yogic lifestyle. Robin Sunquiet holds a BA in Music and Yoga from Naropa University in Bolder, CO, and has been facilitating Kirtan music circles for the past 10 years. No prior experience necessary and no need to be a "good" singer. Bring your voice and come join in with the community to experience an elevated state like no other.

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Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation in 4 Weeks
Oct
30
to Nov 20

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation in 4 Weeks

Experience An Introduction to

Mindfulness Meditation In 4 Weeks.

This 4-class package will allow you to explore mindfulness, train you how to meditate, and provide a foundation to launch your own mindfulness meditation practice. Each class will include instruction and Q&A; the main purpose of the session is to practice one or more mindfulness meditations (Sitting, Walking, Loving Kindness, etc) ranging from 25 to 40 minutes each session.

When: October 30, November 6, 13 and 20 from 4:30-5:30pm

Rate: $55

Session 1: The Power Of Being Present • What is Mindfulness? • Sitting Meditation: Grounding Meditation • Introduction to mindfulness meditation • Sitting Meditation: Body Scan • Group Checkin

Session 2: The Narratives In Our Minds • Obstacles to being right where you are • Walking Meditation • Sitting Meditation: Mindfulness of Breathing and Sound • Group Checkin

Session 3: Cultivating Compassion • Introduction to Loving Kindness Meditation • Sitting Meditation: Loving Kindness Meditation and Mindfulness of Breathing • Group Checkin

Session 4: Moving Forward With Resilience • Sitting and Walking Meditation • Group Checkin • What’s Next?


Rita Devassy, Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Rita discovered meditation during a trying time in her personal life; she has been practicing now for well over a decade. Rita’s mission is encourage self-awareness, compassion and generosity by creating a space of stillness to allow everyone to be as they are. Rita has taught meditation to groups both small and large ranging from one-on-one to over 100 people. Rita is a trained mindfulness meditation instructor. Rita received her training at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado: entry into and through the training program required a minimum of four hours of meditation each week along with other experiences like silent retreats.

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Mantra and the Art of Writing
Oct
13
4:00 PM16:00

Mantra and the Art of Writing

Fantasy Fest is looming on the horizon and the last few months in our community have held lots of stress. Join Gretchen Mills and Margot Griffin as we learn about mantras and how they can help us heal, recharge, and maintain ourselves. We will create personal mantras, then make them into art using calligraphy!

This workshop will be a blend of meditation, active yoga practice, and lettering. Participants need only to bring themselves (and a buddy for a discount!) and can look forward to taking home a finished mantra piece.

$30

OR bring a friend! $50 for 2 people.

There is limited space available so pre-registration is required. Sign up at the Key West Yoga Sanctuary at the end of any class or cut and paste the link below into a new browser to pre-register online through Wellness Living.

https://www.wellnessliving.com/rs/event/key_west_yoga_sanctuary-wgmufm?k_class=0&k_class_tab=0

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Yoga Workshop Series
Feb
3
to Feb 9

Yoga Workshop Series

This series of workshops is intended to deepen our understanding of yoga and our ability to heal physically and mentally. Some of the following workshops are designed for yoga teachers only. Please read the descriptions below and choose the workshops that are most appropriate for you!

You can Register for a workshop here on this site or come on in to the studio to sign up there. Each individual workshop costs $30 or you can choose 4 for $100.

Saturday, Feb. 3rd

10:15-12:00~ Anatomy of Sanskrit, with Emily Hughes

A practical course of exploration in the history, origin, and composition Sanskrit vocabulary used in the science of yoga.

1:00-4:00- How Does Asana Practice Translate to Samadhi? with Erika Hawks

Starting with Patanjali's 8 limbs as our blueprint, we'll discuss the four yogic paths, notions of yoga in the West, why we focus on asana first, finding deeper meaning in Vinyasa practice, mantra, and more. You'll leave with a true understanding of why we roll out our mats each day.

Sunday, Feb. 4th

11:30-2:00 pm~ Yoga Sutras Demystified, with Erika Hawks

Written over two millennia ago, Patanjali's yoga sutras are the definitive text on yoga practice. Join us as we glimpse at the history of yoga that predates Patanjali and take an in depth look at the first two chapters of these sutras- "On Meditative Absorption" and "On Practice".

3:15-4:45 pm~ Blueprint of the Mind; As Described Through Krishnamacharya & Patanjali, with Gretchen Mills

What is the source of our physical and mental suffering? How are we brought back to well-being? Understand the nature of the mind and become aware of spiritual and mental practices to move into greater consciousness.

6:00-8:30 pm~ Intro to Your Astrology & Planetary Influences, with Carol Morin

* Please bring your time and place of birth

Monday, Feb. 5th

1:30-4:30 pm~ Anatomy of the Gross Body, with Emily Hughes

For Teachers Only: A deeper look into the systems within the physical body, anatomical terminology, and common misconceptions.

6:00-8:15 pm~ Kundalini Yoga, with Sarka

Let's unveil the mystery of Kundalini yoga. Join us for a Kundalini class, followed by a lecture on kriyas, the golden chain, mantra, pranayama, and mudra.

Tuesday, Feb. 6th

10:30-1:00 pm~ Intro to Ashtanga, with Erika Hawks

Curious about Ashtanga? Learn about the lineage, the method, the mantras, and more. Join us first, for the guided Ashtanga class to experience the strength and grace of this practice first hand.

2:30-4:00 pm~ Your Inner Asana, with Gretchen Mills

We may know what a posture looks like from the outside, but what is happening inside? Learn how to connect to your body, breath, and mind beyond musculature alignment. Create stability and alert relaxation through the intention of containing & directing Prana and the awareness of the bandhas, vayus, nadis, and mudra.

4:30-6:15 pm~ Guiding Pranayama/ Anatomy of Pranayama, with Gretchen Mills & Emily Hughes. (This class will be held at Fort Zach all the way to the left side of the park)

For Teachers Only: Dive into the history and specifics of many types of pranayama, and how and why we control the breath. Learn to guide students in safe and effective pranayama.

Wednesday, Feb. 7th

10:30-12:00 pm~ Refined Cueing, with Emily Hughes

For Teachers Only: Learn cueing techniques from several lineages, the anatomical perspective, and safety in cueing.

Thursday, Feb. 8th

2:00-4:30 pm~ Yoga Anatomy; Injury in Asana, with Emily Hughes

For Teachers Only: Define and review common injuries due to misalignment in asana, injury prevention and how to modify for acute/chronic injuries.

Friday, Feb. 9th

6:00-8:15 pm~ Yin Yoga, with Michelle Marcelino

Enjoy a traditional yin class followed by a lecture on the history and intentions behind this deeply restorative and effective yoga practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training- TEACH Module
Feb
2
to Feb 11

500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training- TEACH Module

This TEACH module will refine and revisit the foundations of teaching intelligent, creative, and soulful yoga. It is intended to inspire our practice, deepen our knowledge, and support our confidence and clarity within our unique and authentic yoga offerings.

The TEACH module is one of three modules to complete a Yoga Alliance 500 Hr. Yoga Teacher Training Certification. The three modules include TEACH, SERVE, and MEDITATE and each module completes 100 hours of Teacher Training.

The program will include, but is not limited to, the workshops and lectures listed below.

Anatomy of Sanskrit

How Does Asana Practice Translate to Samadhi?

The Relationship Between the Teacher and Student

The Yoga Sutras Demystified

Blueprint of the Mind

Intro to Your Astrology & Planetary Influences

Cosmological & Spiritual Background; Tattvas and Ishta Prakriti

Refined Cueing

Advanced Adjustments

Advanced Sequencing & Traditional and Modern Day Vinyasa

The lineage of Ashtanga, Kundalini, and Yin

Guiding Pranayama & anatomy of Pranayama

Teaching with Intention

Yoga Therapy

Yoga & Social Justice


This module is an immersion and is packed to the brim with practice, lectures and workshops starting at 6:30 am each day and continuing on many days until 8:00 pm.

A more detailed itinerary and schedule is available for this interested. Contact Gretchen at keywestyogasanctuary@gmail.com.

This TEACH module costs $1200 and can be paid in person at the yoga studio or online under "Register for Workshops".

In addition, a nourishing meal plan is available for $250, which covers all meals served and/or delivered to you throughout the course.

Please reach out to Gretchen with any questions: 305-587-9199

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Vedic Thai Yoga Bodywork with Mukti
Jan
19
to Jan 21

Vedic Thai Yoga Bodywork with Mukti

Mukti offers this course in Vedic Thai Bodywork for massage therapists, those interested in bodywork as a hobby, as well as those looking to move into the field of Thai Bodywork. This 3 day course offers 16 hours of CEC's and is focused on technique and tradition.

Through demonstrations, the course manual, and the practice of giving and receiving we will learn how to offer a 2-hour sequence of Thai Yoga Bodywork techniques.

We will also focus on techniques with breath, meditation, mantra, bandhas and yoga to enhance the quality of the session.

16 CEC's NCBTMB :: ncbtmb.org/
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and T.H.A.I.

The hours for the course:

Friday: 4-8:00 pm

Saturday: 1-7:00 pm

Sunday: 12-6:00 pm

$350

 

 

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200 Hour Teacher Training: Foundations of Yoga
Dec
1
to Dec 21

200 Hour Teacher Training: Foundations of Yoga

In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you. ~Buddha

This is easier said than done, but yoga teaches that in order to change the patterns of the mind and to cease the fluctuations of the mind, we need discipline and practice. Learn the systematic approaches to quieting the mind, the value and power of them, and the skills to pass onto others, so that these practices aren't only for ourselves, but for the greater good of all.

The most authentic teaching comes from deep, personal experience. This 3- week immersion is intended to inspire devotion and discipline within our personal practices. For aspiring yoga teachers, this in depth certification program will prepare you with a solid understanding of the foundations of yoga. Rooted in Patanjali's Eight Fold Path, the curriculum will be rich with philosophy, pranayama, and meditation. In addition it will prepare teachers to lead students safely and intelligently with an understanding of anatomy and alignment within the asana, as well as the ability to thread philosophy into Hatha and Vinyasa classes.


Daily study sessions will include, but are not limited to:

* Study of the Yoga Sutras and how they support yoga practice

* Study of the Eight Limbs of Yoga and its foundational structure for personal practice and teaching

* Pranayama, breathing techniques

* Meditation: deepening self practice, techniques

* Asana: foundation, alignment, modifications, sanskrit

* Yoga Anatomy and injury prevention

* Cuing and sequencing asana

* Constructing safe, balanced Hatha and Vinyasa yoga classes

* Sequencing Ashtanga, Yin, Kundalini, Yoga Therapy, Yoga Nidra

* Hands on assisting and adjusting in asana

* Qualities of a yoga teacher

* Seva, spirit of selfless action

* Ayurveda & Doshas

* Business of yoga


Example Teacher Training Day:

Monday through Friday we begin with daily morning practice for 2 hours beginning at 6:30 am. We will study the rest of the day together with nourishing meals in-between study sessions until about 6:30 pm. Saturdays are shorter days as we only study and practice from 9-1, and Sundays are days of rest.

The morning practice and afternoon study sessions will primarily be held in the yoga studio. Each morning study session will be held in various stunning outdoor locations on island, weather permitting.


The investment for the Teacher Training Program is $2450. Payment plans are available.

For an additional cost we provide organic, fresh meals. Breakfast and lunch delivered to your location of study costs $385 for all 3 weeks. 

We can be of assistance in setting up accommodations. Depending on the group size, accommodations could consist of one large community home, several home stays on island, or a combination of both. The cost will vary and can be determined at the time of registration.

The final additional cost will be the cost for two required course books.

* The Heart of Yoga by Desikachar

* The Key Poses of Yoga by Ray Long

Upon completion of the course, students will receive a 200 Hr. Yoga Alliance certification through the Key West Yoga Sanctuary.

This program also partners with Inner Sanctum, a Yoga Alliance School offering 300 hour programs. If you choose to go on and complete both programs you will have completed a full 500 hours. If this is of interest to you, let us know and we will guide you in the process.

A nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required to register for the 200 Hour Training. The final $1950 will be due by November 15th. 


This is a challenging immersion and requires the drive to truly be present, open & receptive, and with a great willingness to learn. It is not a program suitable for beginning yoga students. It is intended for those with experience and ready for the next step of growth. It is a true gift to offer this sacred material to others, and an honor to receive. Each program is guaranteed to create massive change internally and externally, and will surely gift everlasting memories and inspiration for a healthy and happy mind and body, and a deeper connection and awareness in every day life.


You will be supported by a dedicated, knowledgeable and compassionate team of teachers. Join us! We are honored and excited to share this experience with you!

 

Gretchen Mills, Lead Teacher

Gretchen Mills, Lead Teacher

Emily Hughes, Lead Teacher

Emily Hughes, Lead Teacher

Erika Hawks, Supporting Teacher

Erika Hawks, Supporting Teacher

Michelle Marcelino, Supporting Teacher

Michelle Marcelino, Supporting Teacher

Debbi Quinn, Supporting Teacher

Debbi Quinn,
Supporting Teacher


If you have questions, ask away! And if you are ready to apply, let us know!

 

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Thai Yoga Bodywork for Relaxation
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Thai Yoga Bodywork for Relaxation

Gretchen will lead participants through a Vedic Thai Yoga Bodywork sequence. This bodywork session is intended to relieve tension of the body and mind through and post this transitional time in our lives. There is no Thai Bodywork knowledge necessary for this session, just the openness to give and receive for peace. Bring a partner or come on your own. $10 pp.

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Yoga Benefit for Grimal Grove
Oct
15
5:30 PM17:30

Yoga Benefit for Grimal Grove

RESOURCE YOGA with Céline Peccatte -- Donation Based
This class is offered in the spirit of self care and deep resourcing for the benefit of our community. All proceeds will go to Grimal Grove.

This 90 minute class begins with grounding through a slow flow of standing postures, then moves into an active and invigorating sequence to release stress, and concludes with restorative poses to rest and surrender to the caring space of your open body and heart.

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Thai Yoga Bodywork for Relaxation
Oct
11
6:00 PM18:00

Thai Yoga Bodywork for Relaxation

Gretchen will lead participants through a Vedic Thai Yoga Bodywork sequence. This bodywork session is intended to relieve tension of the body and mind through and post this transitional time in our lives. There is no Thai Bodywork knowledge necessary for this session, just the openness to give and receive for peace. Bring a partner or come on your own. $10 pp.

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Mantra, Meditation, and Malas...MMM!
Aug
16
6:00 PM18:00

Mantra, Meditation, and Malas...MMM!

This summer take the time to BECOME aware of what you would like to manifest....set a new intention...and make yourself a new Mala to support you in that intention. Join us for a night of creative beading and inspiration, ending with a guided mantra meditation to bless, activate, and bring our own energy and intention to our Malas. Bring a friend and have fun!

$60-kit includes sacred sandalwood beads blessed by the Drepung Gomang Monks along with your choice of a wide variety of marker gemstones, tassels and hanging amulets, scent lockets and charms.

* Must reserve spot in advance so that we are prepared with materials.

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Chakra Awakening- with Essences, Oils & Stones
Aug
13
6:00 PM18:00

Chakra Awakening- with Essences, Oils & Stones

In this workshop we will delve into 7 major chakra points, individual characteristics, the importance of keeping each open and healthy, effective ways to balance & enhance each center, as well as our aura and the importance of ritual in our daily lives. Discover how different essential oils resonate with the aspects of a specific chakra, enhancing our daily lives for harmonic balance and self development.

We will close with application of chakra oils, personal color visualization and a grounding meditation to remove blockages, cut chords, balance the aura, and strengthen the aura shield.

$45

Approves by the Florida Massage Board, NCBTMB, & Yoga Alliance.

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The Elements of Asana (postures) - 2 Part Yoga Workshop with Gretchen Mills
Aug
2
6:00 PM18:00

The Elements of Asana (postures) - 2 Part Yoga Workshop with Gretchen Mills

Let's start from scratch! In this workshop we'll slow the pace down and focus on the fundamentals of alignment and breath. We'll go over how props can be used to create greater ease in a yoga posture. We'll learn how to connect the movement of the breath with the body to create a clear, smooth, conscious connection and practice. This is a nice opportunity to ask questions and to work through any insecurities that may come up in a class setting or within your own body and experience. This class will mainly be focused on our asana (physical posture) practice but some philosophy and history will be incorporated.

This workshop is for ALL levels of practitioners

This is a 2-part workshop for 2 consecutive Wednesdays: August 2nd & August 9th

One single class: $30

Both classes: $50

To attend, please send an email here with your first and last name and your experience with yoga: keywestyogasanctuary@gmail.com

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Sound Session with Tea Roman
Jun
25
6:00 PM18:00

Sound Session with Tea Roman

I am so sorry everyone! Tea has had transportation issues today coming from Miami and is not going to be able to offer the session. I hope you all enjoy your evening and again I apologize for this. I hope we can offer more of these in the future.

 

 

 

This session is for all levels from complete beginners to those with an advanced practice. The series is composed of 13 asana which are held in a yin/restorative fashion. During this series each person receives individual attention and interaction with the meditation bowls. It is encouraged to enjoy this session with your eyes closed to increase focus on the sounds offered. After the session of postures a guided sound meditation will begin within savasana. Come treat yourself to a deep meditation led by traditional techniques and instruments.

$25

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Apr
21
to Apr 30

Teacher Training and Meditation Module in India!

Inner Sanctum Yoga PRESENTS

A 500-Hour Teacher Training Meditation Module in INDIA

 

April 21-30

$1305

* Tuition includes the teachings and workshops only. 

* All accommodations and flights are separate. 

 

4 days in Rishikesh (4/21-4/25)

Rishikesh is a beautiful holy city nestled between the Ganga River and the Himalayan mountains. For 4.5 days our daily schedule will include 3 hours of meditation, 2 hours of asana practice, and 4 hours of yoga philosophy lectures and workshops.

2.5 days in Varanasi (4/26-27)

Varanasi is India's oldest holy city. For 2 days we will meditate and practice yoga asana on the banks of the Ganges and practice meditation-in-action as we explore the cities sacred temples. Daily schedule includes 2 hour morning asana practice and 1-2 hour satsang every afternoon or evening.

2.5 days in Bodhgaya (4/28-30)

Bodhgaya is the home of the famous Bodhi Tree, the site of Gautama Buddha's enlightenment. For two days we will meditate for a total of 9 hours underneath this tree. Daily schedule includes 2 hour morning asana practice and 1-2 hour satsang every evening.

Additional information can be found at www.inner-sanctum-yoga.com or by calling the Key West Yoga Sanctuary 305-587-9199

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Flavia Krishna and Gershone present Kirtan and Sacred Songs
Apr
2
5:00 PM17:00

Flavia Krishna and Gershone present Kirtan and Sacred Songs

“Kirtan is a means of finding our way back to the core of our Being, to our heart, and to our connection with each other.” - Ragani

This chanting and singing duo spreads their message using sacred songs and mantras in many different languages. 

A gentle yoga class led by Gretchen and accompanied with live music by Flavia and Gershone will begin at 5 pm. Kirtan will follow at 6:15. Come for one or both! While on tour in Florida, Flavia Krishna and Gershone will be in Key West for one night followed by another performance at Grimal Grove in Big Pine and Island Yoga in Marathon.

 

 

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Feb
4
10:00 AM10:00

Embody Love: A free workshop for teen girls

Teen girls aged 12-18 are invited to participate in a free, transformational workshop that will take them on a journey toward self-acceptance on Saturday, February 4 from 10am – 1pm at The Green Pineapple Wellness Center on 1130 Duval Street.  Facilitated by Deborah Lippi, Ph.D., “Embody Love,” will gently guide teens in setting new goals to change the way they feel, think, and speak to themselves and others about their body image and beauty. 

 

"Imagine a world full of inspired, strong, empowered girls and women, each embracing their self-worth and that of one another, without limits or conditions,” says Lippi, founder of The Green Pineapple Wellness Center and Embody Love facilitator.  “This is why what we’re after.”

 

Self-worth and body acceptance are national issues that start as young as six years old. According to 2016 statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, more than 53% of teen girls feel they should be on a diet or already are, and more than 42% of girls in 1st through 3rd grade want to be thinner.  Embody Love is an international movement created to help shift this, offering opportunities that challenge and transform limiting self-beliefs and strengthen resources to help maintain healthy relationships women and girls have with their bodies and the world.

 

“Teens will be given the opportunity to see themselves and their peers through new lenses, ones that do not condition love based on external appearance or limit worthiness to a particular waist size,” says Lippi.

 

Lippi, a former counselor for over a decade at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea School, completed her “Embody Love” facilitator training in England last summer with women “of all ages and stages” from all over the world.  Her desire to make a positive difference in what it means to be a woman today while helping change the future for girls is a driving force behind her commitment to wellness at her center, which is comprised of an organic café, life coaching facility with certified coaches, boutique, and yoga studio. 

 

The interactive workshop exercises include dismantling the “beauty myth” found in the media, an exploration of tools that help change the conversation from criticism to kindness, ways of seeing and experiencing ourselves as worthy from the inside out, and a yoga practice that will lead teens into body acceptance and allow them to let go of comparisons and ideals about the way they look.

 

“Let’s create a conversation that moves away from "I'm so fat", "I'm too thin", and "I don't look good enough" to "I have purpose" and “I am worthy of love and respect", and "I have so much to offer," she says.

 

The workshop will conclude with a tea party for the participants at The Green Pineapple Organic Cafe. Though the workshop is free to all participants, donations are appreciated to help promote future workshops. Reserve your limited spot now. For more information, call305.509.7378 or visit Greenpineapplewellness.com.

Embody Love
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Cacao Ceremony w/ Rich D'Amaru
Jan
6
5:15 PM17:15

Cacao Ceremony w/ Rich D'Amaru

The Cacao Spirit has long been overlooked as one of the most potent facilitators for deep inner reflection. Those who use Cacao as a guide for their spiritual exploration work, often find it to be an unexpectedly profound teacher, while allowing for a gentle experience as well. Cacao brings you to the door of your consciousness and light body, but allows you to choose the depth in which you want to work. You may take your experience as far as you are ready for. "Heart Opening" is easily the most common phrase participants use to describe their initiation into the spirit of Cacao.   To learn more and sign up please click here. 

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Yoga Nidra Workshop
Dec
7
6:00 PM18:00

Yoga Nidra Workshop

The hardest part is just showing up!  Once you arrive you will move gently, just enough to get any kinks out of your body.  Then you will rest, completely supported by bolsters and blankets.  There, you will allow Kalyani’s soothing voice to lead you deeper and deeper within.  You will peel away the layers of stress and tension stored in your mind and your body until we arrive at the peaceful stillness within.      

Yoga Nidra or “Yogic sleep” is extremely healing on all levels.  It is a wonderful practice that guides the mind and body into total relaxation where you can access a deeper level of inner awareness.  Here you will release unwanted habits, tensions and self-limiting beliefs.  You will increase your body’s capacity for self-healing and awaken to your greatest inner potential.  


NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.
Space is limited, Reserve your spot today!

cost: $35

 

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Wall Yoga with Carl
Nov
13
1:30 PM13:30

Wall Yoga with Carl

Based on the Purna Yoga Spinal Rejuvenation Series, this class will promote spinal health by un-doing the stressors that day-to-day life inflicts on the spine through repetitive movement, tension or inactivity.

This workshop will accommodate ten participants. Register online before November 6th for the early bird price at $40. Regular price is $45.

About the instructor: Carl Ferrette is a certified Purna Yoga Instructor at the 500 hour level studying under the Master Teacher Aadil Parkhivala, one of the designers of the Yoga Wall. Carl has had extensive direct instruction from Aadil both in general and therapeutic applications of the system.

Please RSVP to reserve your spot.

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Kids Yoga & Dream Catcher Workshop
Nov
12
3:00 PM15:00

Kids Yoga & Dream Catcher Workshop

 

Dream Catchers are a fascinating Native American tradition - the Dream Catcher was intended to protect the individual from negative dreams while letting positive dreams through.

Join us as we explore the history and legend of the Dream Catcher - through yoga, storytelling and crafts.

Each child will make their very own Dream Catcher to take home. $25 includes all supplies. Discounts for siblings. Please RSVP to reserve your child's spot.

Laughter and joy free of charge. 

 

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The AcroDude Arrives
Sep
3
to Sep 4

The AcroDude Arrives

4 Sessions Total***September 3 & 4***

September 3rd:

Session 1: POPS! 1:30-4:00 pm

Session 2: WHIPS! 6:00-8:30 pm

September 4th:

Session 3: STANDING ACRO/ACRO DANCE! 12:00-2:30 pm

Session 4: ACROPEUTICS! 5:00-7:30 pm

$30 each or do them all for only $100!!



 

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