Crofton Yoga offers many different workshops each year. While some of these are part of our advanced yoga teacher training programs, many others are in addition to our regular schedule and suitable for all levels.
These workshops will vary from Yoga Nidra (the yoga of sleep) to yoga of Sound (chanting workshop) to Yoga for the Weekend Warrior. We also offer workshops for particular populations (Pregnancy and Birth Workshop.)
Most of these special classes are approximately two hours and are offered at convenient times on the weekends. Please see our upcoming workshop schedule below to determine which workshops appeal to you and are most appropriate for you.
Yoga & Sound Meditation Workshop with Stacee Johnson
Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Cost: $30 ($35 after 2/18)
Prepare for complete relaxation! This dual workshop experience brings yoga and sound together to create a serene environment where you can explore a deep state of relaxation to bring about balance and peace.
We’ll start with a gentle yoga flow using a series of slow, graceful movements to help busy minds quiet and muscle tension release. Focused breathing techniques combine with yoga poses allowing a tranquil start to your relaxation journey. Then, settle into savasana and prepare to experience a heightened state of relaxation through Sound Meditation. Feel yourself slip into a peaceful, meditative state as the calming sound waves of crystal & Himalayan singing bowls, bells, chimes, and vocal tones surround you. Participants are encouraged to dress in comfortable clothing and bring anything that will allow them to easily lay on the floor for the Sound Meditation segment. (i.e. pillow, favorite blanket, etc.) Yoga mats and blankets will be available for use.
No experience is necessary. Come with an open mind, ready to unwind through yoga and the vibrations of sound.
Pranakriya Immersion with Yoganand Michael Carroll
Date: March 24-26
Times: Friday 6:30-9:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 9-4
Cost: $250 for the Full Weekend (See registration site for partial workshop cost)
Spend a weekend immersed in Pranakriya Yoga. Explore postures, pranayama, meditation, history, philosophy and deepen your relationship with yourself. This weekend combines both lecture and experiential practices to further your understanding of the Pranakriya lineage of yoga. The weekend begins with a long, meditative yoga practice on Friday night. Saturday will include learning two intermediate pranayamas and incorporating them into a meditation practice. You will also explore the history of Pranakriya Yoga with a focus on Swami Kripalu.
Sunday, we will deepen our practices of meditation as well as learn the difference between the verticalist and horizontalist paths of yoga. Pranakriya’s meditative yoga class has an emphasis on physical sensation and breath awareness. It is at a slower pace with longer holding of postures to raise prana, and uses basic postures. This class is suitable for all levels of students looking for a more internal practice. Pranakriya’s gentle yoga class is appropriate for students new to yoga as well as elderly individuals and those with injuries. The focus is stress release and gentle stretching. It is intended to be a very internal class.
Manifesting a Spiritual Spring with Postures and Pranayama with Pam Blum
Date: Sunday, April 23, 3 – 4:30 pm, $30 by March 23 then $35
Ahh, yes. Spring has arrived. New beginnings. Choose what you want to put out into the world and what you want to get back through your yoga practice; moving, listening, allowing and releasing. The equinox is rich with symbolism that we can integrate into our practice and therefore into our lives. We’ll incorporate specific pranayams (breathing techniques) to cleanse, build and channel energy, mudras (gestures or internal actions) to enhance awareness, sankalpa (affirmation or intention) to maintain focus and asanas (postures) to release and feel the wisdom within, including time for integration and journal after meditation.
The Hero’s Journey with Pam Blum
Date: Friday May 19, 6 – 7:30 pm, $30 by April 19 then $35
We’ll make the heroic journey toward splits, Hanumanasana, which symbolize strength and devotion. Mahavira (the great heero) in Indian mythology is Hanuman, the legend of Hanuman’s giant leap between two lands is a powerful metaphor for moving beyond your comfort zone.
The Three Warriors: Action Follows Being with Pam Blum
Date: Friday June 9, 6 – 7:30 pm, $30 by May 9 then $35
Virabhadra’s Pose is also known as the Warrior Pose (there are three variations of Warrior, of which this is customarily numbered I, II and III). What’s really being celebrated in this pose’s name, and held up as an ideal for all, is the “spiritual warrior,” who bravely does battle with the universal enemy, self-ignorance (avidya), the ultimate source of all our suffering. Investigate the strong classical Warrior Postures and explore related postures while learning to adopt them to your needs and limitations.
REGISTER for ALL 3 and SAVE $15 ($75 by March 23, $90 after)
Pam Blum brings a background rich in knowledge, teaching experience and a dedication to wellness. Her passion is teaching people how to listen to and align their bodies, encouraging them to explore their boundaries and potential. Beginning with modern dance and fitness in 1981, she’s studied with many gifted teachers over the years and challenges herself to continue to grow and explore. Pam has completed both the 200 and 500 hour Yoga training s through the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts.
Yoga has been the greatest gift she has received in her journey, helping to keep her grounded and vibrant. She is currently pursuing her 500hr certification. She’s been the Group Fitness Manager for the Severna Park Racquetball and Fitness Club since 1997. Pam’s experience includes:
- American Council on Exercise Group Fitness Certification
- Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Fitness Certification
- Power PilatesR System Level I Certification
- Master Presenter for SpinningR and Resist-a-BallR
- Resist-A-Ball Circle of Excellence 2003
- Body Training Systems (BTS) Group PowerR Instructor
- 500-hour RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) in the Pranakriya tradition
Chaos to Calm with Nancy Kobel
May 12, 7-8:30pm $30 ($35 after 4/12)
The good news… stress isn’t all bad. It can stimulate us and help us hop out of bed with an agenda. It activates the brain’s thinking centers and, in fact, having no stress can make us feel lazy or unmotivated.
The bad news… when we react to stress and perceive the situation to be a threat or a feeling of being unable to control the circumstances, it can cause destructive reactions such as overeating, anger, anxiety, irritability, and helplessness. Chronic stress can cause physical symptoms including headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, and problems sleeping. It can even bring on or worsen certain symptoms or diseases.
The best news…How ready are you to have more energy, more fun, and be in more love with your life? How ready are you to experience a life of greater wellbeing in all the areas that are important to you?
We will explore how energy impacts our overall wellbeing and learn interventions, strategies, and techniques to transform energy in the moment so that it works for you, instead of against you. We can’t eliminate the stressors in life however; we can decide how we deal with them leading to overall greater wellbeing in body, mind and spirit.
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