Workshops, Special Classes & Events

REPUBLIC OF YOGA’S 5TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
TO BENEFIT THE FOOD BANK OF CENTRAL & EASTERN NC
AND AID THEM IN THEIR HURRICANE FLORENCE DISASTER RELIEF
with Nicole Nichols & other ROY teachers
Update:  It was a great celebration indeed! We raised over $6000 that we will be sending to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina on September 28.  We will leave the donation link up until Thursday midnight, September 27 in case you were not able to make a donation yet and would like to.  Donate 

Thanks again to our great yoga community!


CAST YOUR VOTE FOR REPUBLIC OF YOGA
…. if you agree that we are the best
yoga studio in Western Wake!

From Cary Magazine:
We can’t wait to celebrate the best of the best around Western Wake with you. But first, it’s up to you to vote for your local favorites!

Our most popular feature of the year, the Cary Magazine Maggy Awards let you name names and express your loyalty to the local businesses and services that help make life great in Western Wake County. Vote for everything from your favorite restaurant to your favorite yoga studio!

Votes for the 2019 Maggy Awards will be accepted ONLY through this official ballot. Favorite yoga studio is category #41. Voting closes on Friday, Sept. 28, at 5 p.m. EST.

Winners of this readers-choice contest will be announced in the January/February issue of Cary Magazine.


NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR OUR 5-STAR RATED 200-HOUR TEACHER TRAINING 2019
with Nicole Nichols & guest faculty             Begins Friday, January 25, 2019

Republic of Yoga’s vinyasa-based teacher training begins January 25 and offers a balanced and insightful presentation of what Yoga is, how it works, and why it works. This unique, immersive learning experience is taught by Nicole Nichols, studio founder & Director and special guest faculty including Julee Snyder, Jennifer Campbell-Overbeeke, Dani Leah Strauss and other practitioners with a broad variety of experience. Curriculum is focused on learning to teach yoga, the subtle body (chakras, channels and pranas), anatomy and physiology specific to Hatha yoga, yoga assists, restorative yoga, asana sequencing, traditional yoga philosophy, mantra, Sanskrit and meditation to make this course a comprehensive and transformative experience, inside and out.

Register by November 1st and save $200!

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SPECIAL CLASS: INTRODUCTION TO YOGA
with Ryan Roden-Corrent                                  Sunday, September 23      12:30-1:45pm

New to yoga and not sure where to begin? Look no further–we’ll start by gaining a basic understanding of what yoga is; then add a simple introduction of poses, with basic alignment and breath awareness that will prepare you to embark on a regular yoga practice. 75 minutes. FREE to new students! *PLEASE NOTE: Space is limited to 10 students, and for that reason it is open to first-time students only. Register

 


ENERGY WORK & THE ART OF MAINTAINING SELF-HEALTH
with Ronen Divon                                                  Saturday, September 29        1:30-3:30pm

Join Ronen Divon, seasoned E-RYT 500 and YACEP Yoga Alliance® Instructor and healing facilitator for a two-hour energy-ride!

We are all healers. A healer is not one who heals others but first and foremost, oneself.

Everything in manifest creation is made of energy. We are made of layers of energy. One such layer is called subtle energy; a shell of fine vibrations surrounding the physical body that not everyone immediately feels. Yet, once we learn to recognize it, we can become attuned to issues arising in our body even before these challenges and blockages manifest as illness-–physical, emotional or mental.
The training will include three parts:

  • How to identify different types of subtle energy.
  • How to identify areas of concern related to our health.
  • How to direct and make use of the energy around us for self-healing as well as for maintaining personal health.

*Please note: if you took a subtle energy workshop with Ronen before, this workshop will include new topics.

If this is the first time in a subtle energy workshop with Ronen, all basic topics will be covered; the previous workshop is not a pre-requisite.

Whether you are or new to this arena, or familiar with energy forms such as Reiki, Qigong and prana, this workshop offers tools that can enrich your life–all are welcome! $40
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RELEASE AND RESTORE
with Jane Thibodeau                                             Sunday, September 30         2:00-3:30pm

Join Jane Thibodeau for a special class that combines the use of therapeutic massage balls with restorative yoga to relieve tension and soothe the nervous system. This 90-minute session will address areas of chronic pain including hips, neck, shoulders and lower back.

Students will be guided through self myofascial release techniques using various sizes of therapy balls. Each provides a unique size and density to help target different areas of the body and allow for varying pressure to create a personalized self-massage to meet each student’s individual needs.

After working with the therapy balls, students will be guided through a complementary restorative yoga sequence to relax, rest and reset. All levels welcome. No experience with yoga or massage balls needed. All props will be provided. $25
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*Note: Tight clothing is recommended for use with massage balls.


200-HOUR TEACHER TRAINING 2019 FREE INFORMATION SESSION
with Nicole Nichols                                              Wednesday, October 3      7:30-8:30pm

Republic of Yoga’s 5-star rated vinyasa based teacher training begins January 25. It is a Yoga Alliance registered 200-hour program that merges the fundamentals of traditional Hatha Yoga techniques and philosophy with Tibetan Buddhist principles. Our program is designed to immerse you in the study of yoga while enriching your practice and providing the tools needed to teach safe and creative yoga classes, including a range of techniques from basic to gentle to more challenging sequences. It is for those who aspire to deepen their knowledge of Hatha Yoga and learn not only what it is, but also how and why the practice is valuable beyond the physical experience of asana, and how it can contribute to happy, balanced and integrated lives. Curriculum is focused on learning to teach yoga, the subtle body (chakras, channels and pranas), anatomy and physiology specific to Hatha yoga, yoga assists, restorative yoga, asana sequencing, traditional yoga philosophy, mantra, Sanskrit and meditation to make this course a comprehensive and transformative experience, inside and out. Join Nicole Nichols, studio founder, on Wednesday, October 3, 7:30-8:30pm for a free 60-minute information session to discuss the course, with time for Q&A. Free.

Attend this class, register for the TT program by November 1 and save $200!
Register Get full details on the 2019 Teacher training program (here).


INTRODUCTION TO BHAKTI YOGA & HARMONIUM 101
with Dani Leah Strauss                                       Saturday, October 6      10:00-1:00pm

Join Dani Leah Strauss, ERYT-500, for a workshop that will introduce you to the fundamentals of Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of spiritual devotion) and the tools to practice this path.

We will review the roots of Bhakti philosophy, discuss the magic of the Sanskrit language and the power of Hindu mythology, and explore ways to relax into Bhava, the mood of surrender, devotion, and freedom. Ritual and sound can release the accumulation of physical and emotional toxins that limit our capacity to experience joy and connection. You will also have the opportunity to chant and play the harmonium during this workshop (we encourage you to bring your own if you have one).

Open to all–beginners and those with chanting/harmonium experience are welcome to join. $50 Register

 


CANDLELIGHT YOGA & GONG BATH
with Nicole Nichols & Alisha Nissenfeld             Tuesday, October 9      5:45-7:15pm

This special class taught by Nicole Nichols features chanting, meditation, and a slow-flow vinyasa practice, culminating in a 20-minute extended savasana with a gong bath played live by Alisha Nissenfeld. Of all the instruments used in sound healing, the Gong is perhaps the most powerful, and the most mysterious. Gong Meditations, also called Gong Baths, are deeply nourishing and restorative. The body and mind are able to relax and surrender to the healing energies of the Gong, allowing students to experience deep healing on all levels of being as vibrations pass over and through them–leaving them feeling balanced, peaceful, and light. Aaahhh… Regular class pricing applies ($17 to drop in, or one class from your package). We recommend that you reserve your spot in advance.
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RESTORATIVE YOGA & SINGING BOWL SOUND BATH
with Lisa McCaskill & Dante Baker                  Friday, October 12      6:30-8:00pm

singing bowls Join Lisa McCaskill with special guest Dante Baker, for a Friday night treat–90 minutes of candlelit restorative yoga with a Crystal and Tibetan singing bowl sound bath played throughout the entire practice by Dante. Discover the powerful and healing effects of singing bowls, and experience sounds that will re-harmonize the entire body. Allow the vibrations to soothe the mind, clear any blockages within the body and guide you into the present moment. Aaahh… Please wear loose comfortable clothing and bring an eye pillow if desired. All other props will be provided. Open to all! Register early – this class will sell out. $20. Register


SPECIAL CLASS: INTRODUCTION TO YOGA
with Kellye Davis                                                   Sunday, October 14      12:30-1:45pm

New to yoga and not sure where to begin? Look no further–we’ll start by gaining a basic understanding of what yoga is; then add a simple introduction of poses, with basic alignment and breath awareness that will prepare you to embark on a regular yoga practice. 75 minutes. FREE to new students! *PLEASE NOTE: Space is limited to 10 students, and for that reason it is open to first-time students only. Register

 


YOGA FOUNDATIONS SERIES
with Alyson Colwell-Waber                               Sundays beginning October 14      2:00-3:45pm

Join Alyson Colwell-Waber Sundays from 2:00-3:45pm October 14th – November 11th for this five-part series designed for those new to yoga, as well as for experienced practitioners who wish to gain a deeper, embodied understanding of the foundational poses and principles of yoga.

Class size is limited to foster a supportive environment and ensure individual attention. Each session will build on the previous one and will include practice, discussion and relaxation. After completing this foundations series, you will feel prepared to confidently explore the wealth of ongoing group yoga classes offered by Republic of Yoga. Sessions may be taken individually.

Foundation 1: Grounding 10/14
Dig deeply into poses designed to connect us to the earth, develop stability, and utilize effective alignment. We will lay the groundwork for attentively and safely expanding our physical practice, honing body awareness and utilizing the power of the breath. Includes a meditation primer to cultivate mindfulness.

Foundation 2: Climbing 10/21
With our roots now firmly planted, we will extend our reach to lengthen and strengthen the body. Through a series of heart opening “sun” poses complimented by calming “moon” poses we will release tension, utilize core strength and balance the flow of energy through the body. A focus of this session will be consciously elevating our practice while not compromising the integrity learned in the first foundation class.

Foundation 3: Spiraling 10/28
Invite your body to embrace the nourishing and detoxifying practice of twists. We will systematically integrate the components of safe twists to provide maximum nourishment for the spine and internal organs. Seated, standing, balancing, and reclining twists will wind their way into our time together as we bring careful attention to this portion of our practice.

Foundation 4: Balancing 11/4
It is often said that the essence of yoga is to connect and make whole. We balance high, powerful energy (yang) with calm, focused energy (yin). We connect breath and movement to balance action and effort with inner awareness. We find spiritual balance through listening to our intuition while also learning from the wisdom of others. In this session we work with “balance” literally through a wide number of balancing poses, as well as energetically combining yang and yin movement and breath practices.

Foundation 5: Emerging 11/11
With our foundation established, we will enjoy a culminating practice designed to integrate and celebrate all we have learned to date. In designing today’s class, Alyson will weave together your requests for favorite poses, breathing practices, and meditations to create a special practice that will leave you feeling better than you can imagine. Come ready to smile!

Full Series $125; individual sessions are $30 to drop in
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SPECIAL CLASS: YOGA NIDRA
with Zora Savage                                                   Saturday, October 20      2:00-3:15pm

All our lives are filled with stress. Yoga Nidra provides the “reset” button we all need by promoting deep relaxation, rest and rejuvenation for our nervous system, leading to better health.

Yoga Nidra means Yogic Sleep. It is a state of conscious Deep Sleep. In Meditation, you remain in the Waking state of consciousness and gently focus the mind, while allowing thought-patterns, emotions, sensations, and images to arise and go on. However, in Yoga Nidra, you leave the Waking state, go past the Dreaming state, and go to Deep Sleep, yet remain awake.

Join Zora Savage for this deeply rejuvenating experience in a special class. No experience is required. Regular class pricing applies ($17 to drop-in, or one class from your package).
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YOGA AND CANCER
with with John Grey                                             Saturday, October 27      2:00-5:00pm

This is a very special three-hour workshop led by experienced teacher and scholar John Grey, designed to help cancer patients, survivors, family members and caregivers learn to use various breathing, yoga and meditation techniques to reduce the physical and emotional effects of cancer; improving quality of life, reducing stress, anxiety and depression, and increasing flexibility and mobility.

 

 

 

 

In this course, you will learn how to use:

    • Yogic breathwork to promote a greater sense of calm and well-being.
    • Guided Meditation to encourage deep relaxation and reduce stress.
    • Yoga Nidra (Yoga Sleep), a practice used to treat many conditions including PTSD, anxiety, depression, stress, grief, and insomnia/sleep disorders.
    • Restorative Yoga, a floor-based yoga practice that provides deep, restful supported poses to cultivate the mind, body, spirit connection. Restorative yoga poses are especially beneficial during times of feeling depleted and fatigued.
    • Walking meditation designed to allow each participant to learn to mentally “voice” their internal concerns and worries, and then “listen” to an inner voice of peace and tranquility.
    • Gentle yoga practice which provides the opportunity to move the body with the breath.

There will be opportunity for each participant to share their unique story, reinforcing that we are all on this journey together.

All are welcome! $50
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“The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud — the obstacles of life and its suffering…The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life…Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one.” ― Goldie Hawn


SPECIAL CLASS: INTRODUCTION TO YOGA
with Ryan Roden-Corrent                                  Sunday, October 28      12:30-1:45pm

New to yoga and not sure where to begin? Look no further–we’ll start by gaining a basic understanding of what yoga is; then add a simple introduction of poses, with basic alignment and breath awareness that will prepare you to embark on a regular yoga practice. 75 minutes. FREE to new students! *PLEASE NOTE: Space is limited to 10 students, and for that reason it is open to first-time students only. Register

 


TRAUMA SENSITIVE YOGA
with Alisha Nissenfeld                                        Sunday, November 4      1:00-3:30pm

Join Alisha Nissenfeld RYT 500, MSW for a 2.5 hour safe and supportive workshop, where all are welcome. Any information shared will be held strictly confidential.

 

 

 

 

Topics will include:

    • What is Trauma?
    • How to explore a window of tolerance.
    • How is trauma held in the body
    • What are the symptoms of trauma?
    • What are the stages of trauma?
    • How can one self-regulate?
    • How can one use yoga to work through trauma in the body?
    • How can I guide others through a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Experience?

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TSY) is an empirically validated, clinical intervention for complex trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). TSY methodology is based on central components of the Hatha style of yoga, where participants engage in a series of physical forms and movements. Elements of traditional Hatha yoga are modified to build a trauma survivors’ experiences of empowerment and cultivate a more positive relationship to one’s body.

Central to the TSY practice is for the facilitator to offer opportunities for participants to be in charge of themselves based on a felt sense of their own body. Practitioners will be guided to focus on the internal experience rather than external form. This shift in orientation, from the external to the internal, is a key attribute of TSY as a complementary treatment for complex trauma. With this approach, the power resides within the individual, not the yoga teacher. Further, by focusing on the felt sense of the body to inform choice-making, TSY allows participants to restore their connection of mind and body and cultivate a sense of agency that is often compromised as a result of trauma. $45
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LULLABY YOGA
with Johanna Beekman                                      Monday, November 5      5:45-7:15pm

Lullaby Yoga is a restorative-style class in which Johanna leads students through a series of relaxing poses, while singing dreamy chants to facilitate the process of soothing the soul and the body. All are welcome! $30.

Johanna will be joined by special guests Amma Devi and Narayani (Noelle Whittington). Johanna Beekman is a sacred songstress, kirtan artist, and yoga teacher with a lifetime of experience as a singer, songwriter, and performer. Johanna is loved for her rich, soulful voice, her radiant spirit, and her evocative, inspiring songs and chants that tap deep into the collective soul. She is equally comfortable performing sacred music for yoga classes and festivals, rhythmic world-beat grooves for dancers, and soulful ballads for concert audiences.

Johanna’s eagerly-awaited fourth CD has just been released! For more information, visit johannasings.com
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KIRTAN
with Johanna Beekman & Friends                 Monday, November 5      7:30-9:00pm

Republic of Yoga welcomes Johanna Beekman–a sacred songstress, kirtan artist, and yoga teacher with a lifetime of experience as a singer, songwriter, and performer, for an evening of devotional music and Kirtan. Johanna is loved for her rich, soulful voice, her radiant spirit, and her evocative, inspiring songs and chants that tap deep into the collective soul. She is equally comfortable performing sacred music for yoga classes and festivals, rhythmic world-beat grooves for dancers, and soulful ballads for concert audiences. For this special engagement, Johanna is delighted to be joined by special guests Amma Devi and Narayani Shakti (Noelle Whittington).

$25, or $20 if you are attending the Lullaby Yoga class from 5:45-7:15 (purchase at the studio to get this price). Register

For more information, visit johannasings.com


NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR OUR 5-STAR RATED 200-HOUR TEACHER TRAINING 2019
with Nicole Nichols & guest faculty              Begins Friday, January 25, 2019

Republic of Yoga’s vinyasa-based teacher training begins January 25 and offers a balanced and insightful presentation of what Yoga is, how it works, and why it works. This unique, immersive learning experience is taught by Nicole Nichols, studio founder & Director and special guest faculty including Julee Snyder, Jennifer Campbell-Overbeeke, Dani Leah Strauss and other practitioners with a broad variety of experience. Curriculum is focused on learning to teach yoga, the subtle body (chakras, channels and pranas), anatomy and physiology specific to Hatha yoga, yoga assists, restorative yoga, asana sequencing, traditional yoga philosophy, mantra, Sanskrit and meditation to make this course a comprehensive and transformative experience, inside and out.

Register by November 1st and save $200!

get full details