Workshops, Special Classes & Events

Now Accepting Applications for our new
2019/2020 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training Program

Begins October 4, 2019

Enhance your teaching, deepen your understanding of how yoga works, and hone your professional skills with Republic of Yoga’s 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training. Designed for those who have completed a RYT 200-hour course (from any school), our program will guide you in cultivating your authentic voice as a yoga teacher, while providing specialized training and tools for personal transformation and growth as a yoga professional or healer in the community. This course is also ideal for the yoga enthusiast who is not a yoga teacher and wishes to continue learning.

Upon successful completion of this course you will have fulfilled the requirements for certification at the 500-hour level through Yoga Alliance.

This training will meet one weekend a month in our beautiful Cary studio beginning October 2019, and ending in December 2020 (we will not meet during the month of April).
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We’re Now Accepting Applications for our
5-star Rated
200-hour Teacher Training Program
Begins January 24th, 2020

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Republic of Yoga’s vinyasa-based teacher training 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 studio co-owners Nicole Nichols & Julie Franklin. Special guest faculty includes Julee Snyder, Jennifer Campbell-Overbeeke, Dani Leah Strauss and other practtioners with a broad variety of experience.

Our 200-Hour Yoga Alliance registered program presents the foundations of traditional Hatha Yoga techniques and ancient philosophy in conjunction with Tibetan Buddhist principles. This insightful and modern approach immerses students in the study of yoga while enriching their practice on and off the mat. Our training consists of over 190 hours of class time and provides the tools to teach safe, creative and well-informed yoga classes. It is for those who aspire to deepen their knowledge of Hatha Yoga and to understand why the practice is valuable beyond the physical experience of asana. Our students leave the program with a deep knowledge of how yoga can lead to happy, balanced, and integrated lives.
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PRENATAL YOGA
with Bethany Ranftl
Thursdays   5:00-6:15pm
Saturdays   11:30am-12:45pm

Prenatal yoga classes offer a sweet space to nurture your relationship with your growing baby. Curated sequences, modifications and meditations are developed for the specific needs of expectant mothers. Cultivate mindfulness and relaxation techniques that can be incorporated throughout your pregnancy, and build energy and endurance while strengthening your body for labor and delivery. Bethany Renee Ranftl is a 200-Hour RYT and PRYT and doula, who specializes in pre and postnatal yoga. Her classes are known for intuitive and supportive individualized attention.
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FALL EQUINOX MINI-MALA
with Alyson Colwell-Waber
Saturday, September 21
3:00-5:00pm

Join Alyson Colwell-Waber and welcome the change of season! Autumn is a season of change. We release the high energy of Summer into a quieter, softer way of being. The Autumnal Equinox is symbolized by this balance of sun and moon energy. It is the fleeting moment when the tilt of Earth’s axis neither inclines away from, nor towards the Sun. We will celebrate this point of balance with a half Yoga Mala – 54 dynamic, flowing sun salutations intermingled with periods of rest and reflection. We’ll conclude with a lovely yoga nidra to invite release and relaxation. All are welcome, $20.
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* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).


FREE CLASS: INTRODUCTION TO YOGA
with Kellye Davis
Sunday, September 22
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.
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BUILD YOUR CORE
with Julie Franklin
Sunday, September 22
2:00-3:30pm

Join Julie Franklin for a special 90-minute session and practice poses and techniques to strengthen and build your core muscles. Explore poses like boat, plank, crow and dolphin to target and develop this muscle group. With a strong core, your lower back is supported, poses are more stable and inversions become effortless. Come see what you can do! All are welcome. $25
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* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).


EVENING RAGA: YOGA & MEDITATION W/LIVE MUSIC
with Ghulam Abbas Khan
Friday, September 27
6:30-7:45pm


Join Nicole Nichols with very special musical guest Ustad Ghulam Abbas Khan for a 60-minute all-levels slow flow vinyasa class, followed by a 15-minute music meditation, played live. We are veru pleased to welcome this musical master from India for two nighs of music. Join us also on Saturday, September 28th for a concert with Gulam Abbas Khan. All are welcome, $20.
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* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).


IN CONCERT: AN EVENING WITH CLASSICAL INDIAN MUSIC
with Ghulam Abbas Khan
Saturday, September 28
7:30-9:30pm


Republic of Yoga is pleased and honored to welcome Ustad Ghulam Abbas Khan for a special evening concert. Raised in a renowned Rampur-Sahaswan musical lineage in India specializing in Hindustani Classical Vocal Music, Ustad Ghulam Abbas Khan has traveled around the world sharing his musical genius. His repertoire includes both traditional classical as well as light classical, especially Ghazals. He has created 2 original Ragas and released 15 music albums.

Meet the artist and refreshments at 7:30PM; concert begins promptly at 8:00PM. All are welcome! $25

Gifted with a sonorous and mellifluous voice, Ghulam Abbas specializes in Ghazal, Sufi and Khayal style. He has composed and performed works of the major Classical poets of Urdu Ghazal like Mirza Ghalib, Meer Taqi ‘Meer’, Siraj Aurangabadi, Ustad Zauq, Hakim Momin Khan ‘Momin’, Daagh Dehelvi, Hasrat Mohani, Allama Iqbal, Faiz Ahmad ‘Faiz’, Firaq Gorakhpuri and many others.

A gifted composer, poet, musical director and teacher, Ghulam Abbas has performed extensively in prestigious festivals and concerts in different places of India and abroad; including the UK, Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, Newzealand, Turkey, Fiji Islands, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Thailand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Oman and Bhutan.
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* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).


SUNSET YOGA & GONG BATH
with Nicole Nichols & Alisha Nissenfeld
Tuesday, October 1
5:30-7:00pm

This special class features chanting, meditation, and a slow-flow vinyasa practice taught by Nicole Nichols, 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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* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).


SUBTLE ENERGY SHIELDING & CLEARING TRAINING
with Ronen Divon
Saturday, October 5
2:00-4:00pm

We are made of, and surrounded by energy. As such, we are affected by everything around us. There is a subtle energy layer surrounding our physical body called the peri-spirit, as well as the subtle (energy) body, comprised of energy channels called nadis or meridians; prana or life force wind which flows through them; and the intersections of those channels, called chakras. Some people may be more sensitive to changes in energy around them than others–either way, we may be affected. The result can be a sudden bad mood, agitation, anxiety, depression or other feelings of dis-ease.

Is there anything that can be done about it, and if so, what?

In this workshop, Ronen Divon will present the challenges related to disagreeable energy and offer methods to address possible scenarios.

Topics include:
Introduction to subtle energy in the context of this workshop
Forms of energy shields (including demonstrations)
Methods for energetic clearing (including practical hands-on practice)

*Please note: While this workshop is on the topic of energy covered in previous workshops, participation in the previous training is not required. Ronen will review any topics needed for this workshop. $40

Space is limited; we suggest you reserve your spot in advance.
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* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).


YOGA FOR ‘TWEENS & TEENS – 5 WEEK COURSE
with Teagan Greene
Mondays 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4
4:30-5:30pm

We know how busy young people are these days, and the pressures they face with peers, stress, anxiety, school and home life. We’ve developed a 5-week series of 60-minute classes just for teens and tweens (ages 11 to 16).

This unique cumulative course starts with a basic understanding of what yoga is (a multi-dimensional life-skill, in addition to a physical practice that resembles exercise). From core philosophical principles, to a basic exploration of standing poses, forward bends, twists, back bends and even inversions, this course offers essential tools to cultivate emotional and physical balance. Breathing techniques and meditation are also introduced as healthy ways to cope with stress and anxiety, while having fun with a group of like-minded kids.

Finally, a class just for teenagers, taught by someone who understands them better than anyone–another teenager! Join 200-Hr RYT Teagan Green for this 5-week course in a non-competitive environment, designed to address and relieve the pressures many teens and tweens face today.

All are welcome, no experience is necessary. Investment: $60
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* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).


FREE CLASS: INTRODUCTION TO YOGA
with Kellye Davis
Sunday, October 13
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.
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PRENATAL YOGA: EXPLORING BREATH & YOGA FOR LABOR FOR INSOMNIA
with Bethany Ranftl
Sunday, October 13
2:00-4:00pm

Join Bethany Ranftl for a workshop exploring breathing techniques combined with a select series of yoga poses designed to provide comfort, centering and energy conservation during the contractions experienced in early labor, active labor and transition.

We’ll begin by learning how breath and movement can beneficially effect labor, and practice breathing techniques specifically for labor; then integrate these with a sequence of asanas appropriate for labor and conclude with a deep savasana.

Open to expectant students, $40.

Students are encouraged to bring a yoga/birth ball, though it is not necessary. Class size is limited, please reserve your spot early.
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* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).


YOGA FOR INSOMNIA & EASEFUL SLEEP
with Prarna Desai
Saturday, October 19
1:30-3:30pm

Do you have trouble falling asleep and/or staying asleep? 50-70 million US adults have a sleep disorder. 30% of adults have had short term insomnia, and 10% report chronic insomnia. Sleep deprivation, whether a regular state or a ‘once in a while’ occurrence, can feel like your body, mind and spirit have been robbed of the nourishing sleep that restores and allows you to show up fully in your daily life. Yoga offers many tools and resources that may help you work with patterns and habits around sleep to find ease in rest.

Join Prarna Desai for this workshop which includes discussion and practices to teach you how to soothe the nervous system and prepare you for healthful sleep. Participants will learn a series of yoga postures, meditations and breathing practices that may be integrated into home practices and routines to help them fall asleep, stay asleep, or restore themselves after a night of sleeplessness. Open to all! $40
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* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).


IMAGINATION STATION! 4-WEEK KIDS’ YOGA SERIES
with Taruna Sharma
Saturdays 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9
4:00-5:00pm

Kids’ classes are back–Join Taruna Sharma for 4 Weeks of Imagination Station! In this special 4-week series for kids from ages 3 to 7 years, the group embarks on yoga journeys to the jungle, the amusement park, a farm and a big city, right here at ROY!

Kids will practice mindfulness and bravery as they explore, and learn about their surroundings and animals by embodying them through traditional yoga poses and breathing techniques. Students will learn to be kind, loving, compassionate and simply “Super Yoga Kids” as they take care of the Planet everywhere they go.

A typical class incorporates singing, jogging, limbo-ing, dancing, games and more, all woven into original songs. Kids don’t even notice that they are practicing yoga, meditation and pranayama (breathing), they are having so much fun! All classes end with the glorious trip to the Secret Garden, where kids get that much deserved break from their day.

All are welcome, no experience is necessary. Investment: $40
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Taruna Sharma (RYT 200) has a Masters in Electrical & Computer Engineering and has worked in RTP since 2007 at IBM, Intel and Lenovo. She is also an IIN Health Coach and has practiced yoga for over 10 years; sharing yoga with adults and kids in the community since 2017.

* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).


RELEASE & RESTORE
with Jane Thibodeau
Sunday, October 20
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. Space is limited, we encourage you to reserve your spot early.

* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).


THE ART OF VINYASA
with Alyson Colwell-Waber
Saturday, October 26
1:30-3:30pm

Join Alyson Colwell-Waber for a guided break-down of the essence of Vinyasa, and turn your practice into a fully embodied meditation in motion to establish a connection that is fluid, lucid, and light–both on and off the mat.

Far more than simply “flowing,” Vinyasa is a highly sophisticated practice, involving multiple techniques. Explore the various components including optimal breathing, how to harness inner energy (prana), and how to link breath with well-aligned movement and intention through a moving asana sequence. Discover the magic in the moments between the moments, with elegant transitions to transform your everyday practice into an extraordinary experience!

All levels welcome. $40
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* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).


FREE CLASS: INTRODUCTION TO YOGA
with Julie Franklin
Sunday, October 27
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


GENTLE YOGA & GONG BATH
with Prarna Desai & Alisha Nissenfeld
Monday, October 28
10:00-11:30am

This special class features chanting, meditation, and a gentle yoga practice co-taught by Prarna Desai and Alisha Nissenfeld, culminating in a 20-minute extended savasana with a gong bath played live by Alisha. For this deeply nourishing and restorative experience, students are supported comfortably with bolsters and blankets. Aaahhh…
Regular class pricing applies ($17 to drop in, or 1 class from your class package). Class size is limited. We encourage you to reserve a spot in advance.
Register

* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).


SUNSET YOGA & GONG BATH
with Nicole Nichols & Alisha Nissenfeld
Tuesday, November 12
5:30-7:00pm

This special class features chanting, meditation, and a slow-flow vinyasa practice taught by Nicole Nichols, 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.
Register

* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).


YOGA AND THE 5 ELEMENTS: WATER, WOOD, FIRE, EARTH, METAL
with Alisha Nissenfeld
Saturday, November 16
2:00-4:00pm

Join Alisha Nissenfeld for an exploration of yoga through the lens of the Eastern Element Systems: Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal. In this workshop, immerse yourself in centuries old techniques and philosophies designed to optimize physical, emotional and spiritual health.

The journey begins with a powerful Hatha Yoga sequence that embodies the qualities of each element. Through pranayama, asana and meditation, you’ll learn how to use element practice to cultivate balance.

 

 

In this practice we will:

Become conscious of our innate capacity to calm, stimulate and stabilize the nervous system.
Learn to use breath and body as an instrument to support health and wellness goals.
Practice techniques to focus on the present moment.
Provide time and space to experience your body in both passive and activated states to gain awareness of and regulate internal systems.
Inspire creativity and empowerment.
Clarify goals and develop a sense of dedication and discipline to manifest them.

Each element has an associated wisdom that can serve as “preventive medicine” by reducing stress and anxiety through the release of endorphins and oxytocin, while strengthening and supporting all systems of the physical body. This class culminates in a deep restorative savasana to reap the benefits of the practice.

All are welcome! $40
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* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).


SUNSET YOGA & GONG BATH
with Nicole Nichols & Alisha Nissenfeld
Tuesday, December 3
5:30-7:00pm

This special class features chanting, meditation, and a slow-flow vinyasa practice taught by Nicole Nichols, 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.
Register

* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).


GENTLE YOGA & GONG BATH
with Prarna Desai & Alisha Nissenfeld
Monday, December 9
10:00-11:30am

This special class features chanting, meditation, and a gentle yoga practice co-taught by Prarna Desai and Alisha Nissenfeld, culminating in a 20-minute extended savasana with a gong bath played live by Alisha. For this deeply nourishing and restorative experience, students are supported comfortably with bolsters and blankets. Aaahhh…
Regular class pricing applies ($17 to drop in, or 1 class from your class package). Class size is limited. We encourage you to reserve a spot in advance.
Register

* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).