Events & Workshops

YOGA NIDRA – DEEP RELAXATION FOR HEALING
THURSDAYS, OCTOBER 12-NOVEMBER 16
7:30-8:00 PM

Santosha Yoga

Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep, is a guided systematic method that helps the practitioner to enter deeper states of relaxation yet become increasingly aware of their inner surroundings. The practice of Yoga Nidra has been found to reduce tension, anxiety, headaches and boost immune function and the body’s ability to heal from injury, chronic stress, trauma or illness.

Each week you will experience a new session that will enable your body to enter these deeper states of relaxation while remaining consciously awake, so that the body can heal, integrate and assimilate. Afterwards you will feel incredibly calm, grounded, and focused.

A 30-40 minute Yoga Nidra sessions is said to have the healing potential of up to 2-3 hours of deep sleep.

We will begin with simple movements to open the body before lying on our backs for the yogic sleep. Wear layered, comfortable clothes so you will stay warm throughout the session.

Yoga Nidra – Deep Relaxation for Healing

Yoga & Hiking Retreat
The Farmhouse at Veritas
October 22 – 25

The Farmhouse at Veritas

It is important to take time for YOU. Combing yoga, meditation, fresh air, Nature and good food sets the stage for you to nourish your body, mind and soul. Nestled in foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains we find the perfect location for reflection, inspiration and revitalization. Each day begins and ends with yoga, in between we venture out onto the Appalachian Trail guided by local profession hiking guides. Afternoons can be spent cozied up reading, journaling or napping. We’ll cook together with the chef one evening and be pampered on others with fine food and wine. What else could you ask for?

Yoga Anatomy 101: Shoulders
Sunday, November 12th, 2017
1:00-3:30pm
$45.00

Santosha Yoga

Join us for the first in an ongoing Yoga Anatomy series. The most common injury in yoga occurs in the shoulder. It is an incredibly mobile joint allowing a wide range of movements. However, without proper awareness of how to stabilize the joint, we become vulnerable to repetitive use injuries. Yoga asana requires a lot of repetition! Learn basic shoulder anatomy, how to create stability and maintain integrity of the shoulder so you can advance safely in your practice. This workshop is part lecture and part experiential practice so bring a notebook, pen and yoga mat.

C’ville Satsang
Saturday, November 18th, 2017
2:00-4:00pm
Common Ground Healing Arts

Common Ground Healing Arts

Awareness, Communication and Connection. C’ville Satsang is honored to have Daniel Hickman return to Charlottesville to lead C’ville Satsang November 18th. Daniel will lead us in some mild pranayama (respiration cultivation) and a 25 minute vipassana meditation (partially guided) that will set the stage for deep listening. In order to be aware, have clear communication and authentic connections we must learn to listen. Daniel will share an an exercise in a basic listening technique, to help cultivate more awareness and a clear connection to others.

Daniel Hickman, is a mind-body educator with over 30 years of exploration in spiritual culture. He is the lead of the Silk Road Yoga Sangha and director of the Multidisciplinary Yoga Teacher Training. He teaches meditation and adaptive yoga at the Military Advanced Training Center at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. He also has taught meditation and yoga with The Defense and Veteran’s Center for Integrative Pain Management, The Howard University Cancer Center/Hospital and with Friendship Place/La Casa. Daniel shares with all people, all conditions and all stages of life and in his spare time, he fell trees, climbs mountains and hangs out with monastics.

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December C’ville Satsang
December 2nd, 2017
2:00-3:30pm
FREE

Common Ground

The holidays are in full swing and so is our stress! Take a break, get centered and deeply rest. Yoga Nidra is a guided relaxation technique with proven results to help you release anxiety, tension and dis-ease from the tissues of the body and the layers of mind. A perfect reset for your entire body.

Learn about the techniques of Yoga Nidra, when to practice, and and why it is so beneficial. And especially enjoy a 30-40 minute practice to bliss. Wear comfortable layered clothing. Yoga Nidra is practiced lying down on the floor with blankets and bolsters to help us stay warm and cozy. There will be room at the end to ask questions and socialize with Satsang community.

Out With the Old, In With the New
New Year’s Eve Candlelight Yoga & Bowl Burning Ceremony
December 31st, 2017
4:00-6:00pm
$40.00

Santosha Yoga

How we mark the end of one year and begin a new one has great power. Gentle yoga and breath in a backdrop of candlelight sets the stage for us to go deeply inward. From inner awareness we can gratefully release whatever we do not want to carry with us into the New Year. In ceremony we will literally burn away all that we are ready to let go of in order to create space for the new. Practice will end with Yoga Nidra, a deep relaxation technique, where we will place our new intentions into our subconscious to take root for 2018.

This will be our last class at our old space before beginning January 1st in our new location. Come help us close out the year in fellowship, intention setting and of course yoga.

Thai Massage for Couples
Sunday, February 18, 2018
1:00-4:30pm
$85.00 per couple

Santosha Yoga

Deepen your bonds with your partner through the art of compassionate touch. Thai Yoga massage is not only a therapeutic healing modality but also an expression of love. In this workshop you will learn to give your partner a simple Thai massage, and then you will receive the same sequence from your partner. No prior bodywork experience is required, as this workshop is designed for the beginner.

This workshop will be an amazing opportunity to deepen the bonds with your partner. The beneficial effects are long lasting; from deep relaxation, improved sleep quality, and release of muscular tension and mental stress. This workshop is not limited to romantic partners; you can come with a relative or a friend!

Space is limited.

Yoga Anatomy 101: The Breath
Sunday, March 11, 2018
1:00-3:30pm
$45.00

Santosha Yoga

Did you know that asana (yoga posture) is only the first stage of yoga? The breath is actually an essential part of a yoga practice that leads us into deeper expressions and experiences of yoga. Learn the basic anatomy of how we breathe and why the breath is a powerful tool to take you far beyond asana. We will learn techniques that reduce stress, enliven our motivation and help us concentrate. Be prepared to take notes and to apply these techniques into an asana and meditation practice. Come experience the power of your breath.

Yoga & Hiking Retreat for Sustained Energy & Clarity in 2018
The Farmhouse at Veritas
January 4 – 7, 2018

The Farmhouse at Veritas

It is important to take time for YOU. Combing yoga, meditation, fresh air, Nature and good food sets the stage for you to nourish your body, mind and soul. Nestled in foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains we find the perfect location for reflection, inspiration and revitalization. Each day begins and ends with yoga, in between we venture out onto the Appalachian Trail guided by local profession hiking guides. Afternoons can be spent cozied up reading, journaling or napping. We’ll cook together with the chef one evening and be pampered on others with fine food and wine. What else could you ask for?

Passed Events

Passed Events

Lynsie McKeown TEDx Speaker

CHANGE YOUR BREATH, CHANGE YOUR WORLD
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2017
743 HAYWOOD RD, ASHEVILLE, NC 28806

743 HAYWOOD RD, ASHEVILLE, NC 28806

How do we raise Consciousness? We don’t. Instead we learn ways to remove the obstacles that impair our ability to perceive and to connect to Consciousness, all through the Power of the Breath.

Satsang
Common Ground Healing Arts
Saturday September 16, 2:00-4:00pm

Common Ground Healing Arts

Negative emotions and experiences can get trapped in the body, affecting our physical and mental health. Learn the basic principles underlying The Emotion Code as an energy healing modality. This experiential session will explore the concepts of quantum energy and how trapped negative emotions may influence one’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. Attendees will have an opportunity to experience the release of 2-3 trapped negative emotions and will receive a voucher for 20% off of an Emotion Code session. This presentation aims to be fun and informative!

September Satsang with Anya Shepelavey

Hoopla Festival
September 29 & 30

Devils Backbone Brewing Company

I’m delighted to be a part of the Hoopla Festival this fall, providing fun, creative yoga flows to music and mountain vibes. Hoopla is a festival to bring folks together to craft an adventure! Camp out, enjoy workshops & outdoor activities alongside an incredible lineup of live music, award-winning craft beer and great eats. The festival is tucked away in the valley of Nelson County on 100 acres surrounded by Blue Ridge Mountains, a perfect backdrop for all the fun.

Yoga & Hiking Retreat
The Farmhouse at Veritas
September 17 – 19

The Farmhouse at Veritas

It is important to take time for YOU. Combing yoga, meditation, fresh air, Nature and good food sets the stage for you to nourish your body, mind and soul. Nestled in foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains we find the perfect location for reflection, inspiration and revitalization. Each day begins and ends with yoga, in between we venture out onto the Appalachian Trail guided by local profession hiking guides. Afternoons can be spent cozied up reading, journaling or napping. We’ll cook together with the chef one evening and be pampered on others with fine food and wine. What else could you ask for?

Yoga & Hiking Retreat
The Farmhouse at Veritas
June 25 – June 28

The Farmhouse at Veritas

It is important to take time for YOU. Combing yoga, meditation, fresh air, Nature and good food sets the stage for you to nourish your body, mind and soul. Nestled in foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains we find the perfect location for reflection, inspiration and revitalization. Each day begins and ends with yoga, in between we venture out onto the Appalachian Trail guided by local profession hiking guides. Afternoons can be spent cozied up reading, journaling or napping. We’ll cook together with the chef one evening and be pampered on others with fine food and wine. What else could you ask for?

C’ville Satsang
July 29, 2017 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Common Ground Healing Arts

Common Ground Healing Arts

C’ville Satsang is honored to have Daniel Hickman lead July’s Satsang. Daniel will lead us through meditation, chants, dharma talk and discussion. If you are looking to come together with other like minded individuals and delve a little deeper onto your spiritual path, join us this July. Sat can be interpreted as ‘divine,’ ‘truth’ or ‘absolute existence.’ Sanga can be interpreted as ‘to join,’ ‘gathering,’ ‘community’ or ‘association.’ Satsang is an excellent addition to one’s sadhana (practice).

Daniel Hickman, is a mind-body educator with over 30 years of exploration in spiritual culture. He is the lead of the Silk Road Yoga Sangha and director of the Multidisciplinary Yoga Teacher Training. He teaches meditation and adaptive yoga at the Military Advanced Training Center at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. He also has taught meditation and yoga with The Defense and Veteran’s Center for Integrative Pain Management, The Howard University Cancer Center/Hospital and with Friendship Place/La Casa. Daniel shares with all people, all conditions and all stages of life and in his spare time, he fell trees, climbs mountains and hangs out with monastics.

The Magic of Bandhas
Wednesday, May 17 – June 7, 2017
A 4-week series to experience your power to positively change

Common Ground Healing Arts

If you practice yoga, you know how good an asana practice can make you feel. But did you know that the physical practice of yoga is only the first stage? Exploring other aspects of the yoga practice can make you feel even better.

The bandhas are internal muscular ‘locks’ that, with practice, you can intentionally engage as necessary. Bandhas play an important role on both the physical and spiritual level. Through engaging the bandhas, we can learn how to direct the flow of energy within the body for greater physical, mental and spiritual health.

The nature of your energy in any given moment shapes your perspective of the world. By learning to shape your energy, you learn how to shift your perspective and interactions. Your creative impulses will enliven, self-confidence and enthusiasm will improve. You will feel more embodied, more grounded, and more determined, all without having to do extreme physical yoga postures.

In this series we will be utilizing basic physical postures and breath as a way to relate to the bandhas. Therefore, knowledge of the foundational physical postures is required.

Unlock the magic within and experience your power to positively change.

Veritas Retreat
May 26 – May 29
Veritas Farmhouse and Winery

Veritas Farmhouse and Winery

It is important to take time for YOU. Combing yoga, meditation, fresh air, Nature and good food sets the stage for you to nourish your body, mind and soul. Nestled in foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains we find the perfect location for reflection, inspiration and revitalization. Each day begins and ends with yoga, in between we venture out onto the Appalachian Trail guided by local profession hiking guides. Afternoons can be spent cozied up reading, journaling or napping. We’ll cook together with the chef one evening and be pampered on others with fine food and wine. What else could you ask for?

AcroYoga with Melanie Ross-Fairchild
Saturday, May 13, 2017
2:00-4:00pm
Common Ground Healing Arts

Common Ground Healing Arts

Want to learn to fly and laugh a lot along the way? Join us for C’ville Satsang May 13th. Acroyoga is a community building practice where we literally lift each other up. It utilizes the core and balance building practices of asana and combines them with a partner practice that unlocks more possibilities for inversion, flow, and connection. Melanie Ross-Fairchild will lead us in learning how to support each other through basing, flying, and spotting for safety. In the acroyoga community expect to find these three modes: thai massage, solar or active practices and lunar practice – translated as therapeutic flying – curious about therapeutic flying? Come find out!

Veritas Mini Retreat
Sunday, April 23rd, 10:00am-4:00pm

Experience the luxury of a yoga retreat in a single day. The Blue Ridge Mountains paint the perfect backdrop for morning yoga appropriate for all levels. The day continues with a gourmet brunch at The Farmhouse, followed by a vineyard tour, wine tasting and social hour.

Yoga Nidra-Deep Relaxation for Healing. (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
4-week series
Common Ground Healing Arts

Common Ground Healing Arts

As we enter into the holiday season we encounter more stress, less daylight and can feel overwhelmed.  If you need help to feel rejuvenated, find inner peace and boost your immune system, join me once again at Common Ground Healing Arts beginning November 30th, for a 4-week series, Yoga Nidra-Deep Relaxation for Healing.

Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep, is a guided systematic method that helps the practitioner to enter deeper states of relaxation yet become increasingly aware of their inner surroundings.  The practice of Yoga Nidra has been found to reduce tension, anxiety, headaches and boost immune function and the body’s ability to heal from injury, chronic stress or illness.
 
Each week you will experience a new session that will enable your body to enter these deeper states of relaxation while remaining consciously awake, so that the body can heal, integrate and assimilate.  Afterwards you will feel incredibly calm, grounded, and focused.

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