Sacred Sound Ceremony
with Garth Robertson
Friday, September 10  7:00 – 8:30pm

Join Garth Roberston for a sound ceremony using global instruments including guitar, overtone singing, chimes, Tibetan Bowls, Quartz bowls, flute, gong, frame drum, tuning forks and didgeridoo. This is a journey through the senses and elements, which will leave you feeling both grounded and expansive. All are welcome. Reserve your spot–we were almost sold out last time! $30
 
Learn more about Garth at SongoftheSacred.com
 
NOTE: In accordance with the Town of Cary mask mandate, all students are required to wear a mask while in the studio, effective Wednesday, August 18 at 5:00pm.
 

4-Week Beginner Series
with Julie Franklin
Mondays, 6:30-7:45pm: 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/11

Join Julie Franklin for a 4-week series designed for new yoga students. Whether you are brand new to yoga, an athlete who’s never practiced yoga, want to gain some flexibility and get in shape, or are recovering from an injury, come start at the very beginning!
 
Learn the alignment and techniques for asanas including standing poses, forward bends and hip openers, twists, back bends and basic inversions, with breath work; and then learn to put it all together. We’ll discuss the background of yoga, how to modify poses to suit your needs, how to use props, and how to meditate.
 
Each week you’ll learn new poses and how to put them together, along with variations. By week four, the class will resemble an open yoga class, to give you an idea of what to expect in studio classes.
 
After completing the full series, you’ll have tools to participate in any yoga class with knowledge and confidence. All are welcome! $60
 
NOTE: In accordance with the Town of Cary mask mandate, all students are required to wear a mask while in the studio, effective Wednesday, August 18 at 5:00pm.
 

VIRTUAL DHARMA: How to Expand Love
with Nicole Nichols
Thursday, September 16  7:00 – 8:30pm

“This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart, here is your temple; your philosophy is simple kindness.”
– His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
 
In this 90-minute virtual workshop, we’ll explore the quest for true happiness and fulfillment over the course of our lives. Nothing is more essential loving and being loved. Join Nicole Nichols for a deep dive into compassion, using seven simple steps established in Tibetan monasteries over 1000 years ago.
 
We’ll examine the key that opens our hearts to giving and receiving love, and how to transform every relationship on our lives. Learn to incorporate practices in daily life that will lead to happiness and a better understanding of those around us. Discussion only, all are welcome. $25
 
*This workshop will happen live via ZOOM, and you’ll receive a link to join the class via email the day of the event. Registration closes 20 minutes prior to the class time.
 

Full Moon Yin & Guided Meditation
with Lisa McCaskill
Monday, September 20  6:45 – 8:15pm

The full moon in September is called The Dreamy Moon (also know as the Harvest Moon). This month’s lunar climax will deliver some big emotions, as the September 2021 full moon is rising in the poetic and sensitive sign of Pisces.
 
Join Lisa McCaskill for a special yin yoga class. The full moon is the perfect time to explore introspection and release through the stillness of yin practice. Yin Yoga consists of holding seated and reclining poses for several minutes, to release connective tissue and fascia.
 
Different from restorative yoga, it is a technique rooted in the ancient Chinese Meridian system, and is great for athletes, people recovering from injury and those wishing to enhance their asana practice with flexibility. It is a deeply meditative experience. The time in the poses allows your body to soften and your mind to quiet so you can hear what is in your heart. 
 
The class will conclude with a guided full moon meditation, dropping you into a deep place of rest for Savasana.
 
This class is suitable for those wishing to maintain or deepen their existing practice as well as those new to yoga. Modifications and props will be offered to help all bodies experience the poses in the best way. $25
 
NOTE: In accordance with the Town of Cary mask mandate, all students are required to wear a mask while in the studio, effective Wednesday, August 18 at 5:00pm.
 

Release & Restore
with Jane Thibodeau
Sunday, September 26  2:30 – 4:00pm

Join Jane Thibodeau is back 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. Tight clothing is recommended for use with massage balls. Space is limited, we encourage you to reserve your spot early! $35
 
NOTE: In accordance with the Town of Cary mask mandate, all students are required to wear a mask while in the studio, effective Wednesday, August 18 at 5:00pm.
 

7 Vibrations Sound Healing
with Mihika Paranjpe
Friday, October 1  7:00 – 8:15pm

7 Vibrations is a relaxation therapy practice that uses vibrations of sound and music to heal anyone experiencing anxiety, stress, emotional or physical imbalance or seeking to achieve a state of equilibrium.
 
This ancient healing technique uses tonal frequencies to bring the body into a state of vibrational balance and harmony. Vibrational Sound Therapy (VST) is an alternative healing method and meditative practice. It is a noninvasive relaxation therapy which has profound effects on the body and mind.
 
During the session, the Zen therapeutic singing bowls are activated gently to give soothing sound which has a calming and peaceful effect, inducing a deep relaxation and meditative state. The sound and vibrations directly affect the body on the cellular level. It is also found that this practice can be an effective treatment for chronic pain and injury recovery.  $25
 
Mihika was born into a musical family in India, and has always been interested in how music affects our lives. She developed 7 Vibrations as a therapeutic tool for healing stress, anxiety and physical injury with sound frequencies that balance the chakras.
 
Mihika offers private sound healing sessions and also virtual sessions.
 
NOTE: In accordance with the Town of Cary mask mandate, all students are required to wear a mask while in the studio, effective Wednesday, August 18 at 5:00pm.
 

Meditation & Mindfulness Workshop
with Julie Franklin
Sunday, October 24  2:00 – 3:30pm

Join Julie Franklin for an opportunity to step away from the complexities of daily life and journey inward. As the mind settles, we are able to see the ways in which our reactions to our thoughts can create suffering, and how maintaining an awareness of the present moment opens us to a sense of peace and refuge, even while facing tremendous difficulties. Together we will practice mindful movement, followed by various mindfulness techniques with a short guided meditation for each.

Meditation and mindfulness is an ancient technique that has recently been scientifically proven to decrease the production of the stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline in the body, decrease blood pressure and hypertension, lower cholesterol levels, increase the production of the anti-aging hormone DHEA, decrease insomnia, decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation, and improve cognition in those who practice regularly.

This is an all-levels workshop, beginners and experienced meditators are equally welcomed. $35

NOTE: In accordance with the Town of Cary mask mandate, all students are required to wear a mask while in the studio, effective Wednesday, August 18 at 5:00pm.