June 19 - June 24 2018
Join Leigh and Chris for this full immersion experiencecrafted with intention, empowered with ritual, and infused with love.
This private rustic retreat is tucked away in the rural high desert forest of Northern New Mexico. Surrounded by old growth juniper and pinon pines, this serene environment is perfect for deepening your connection with the land and unearthing a more powerful, balanced, and creative you.
Q & A
Ashtanga Yoga Richmond
with Leigh & Chris
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Saturday September 16
10:30 - 11:30am
The well-Being Project
THE WELLBEING PROJECT
with Leigh Kresge
August 1 - 17
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
This workshop series is a multifaceted, holistic approach to building a positive external framework that can lead to the discovery of a more authentic internal perspective.
Balance through Ayurveda
In these sessions, we will explore the natural rhythms or cycles in life through the Ayurvedic lens. We will learn to identify early signs of imbalance, develop practical tools to deal with imbalance as it arises, and create shifts in daily living that will help us find a more balanced way of being.
Tuesdays - August 1, 8, 15
7:45 - 8:15am
Inspiration and reflection through art
Through guided art exercises we will experience the meditative effects of engaging in the practice of personal creation and allow the space for introspection, inspiration, and reflection.
Wednesdays - August 2, 9, 16
7:45 - 8:30am
Stillness through complementary practices
In these sessions we will experience guided practices that can help us uncover stillness. These investigations will include: pranayama (learning to guide our breath), chanting mantra (repetition of a symbolic syllables), visualization (guided imagery) and meditative exercises (practice maintaining awareness over time).
Thursdays - August 3, 10, 17
7:45 - 8:15am
All 9 classes: $75
3 classes: $30 (one full week or 3 of the same day - all Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays) ***If you choose the 3 class payment option please contact Kyra firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know which classes you plan on attending. Your spot is not reserved until you email with that info.
& Kitchari Cleanse
Guided Fall Cleanse & Kitchari Fast
Friday September 15th - Sunday September 17th
Kitchari is a traditional Ayurvedic dish of lightly spiced rice and split mung bean mixture. It is frequently used as a form of mono-fasting that works by drawing toxins and excess Doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) from the body into the digestive system where they can be eliminated. This guided Fall cleanse will begin and end with clean eating days* with one full day of only Kitchari as the main day of cleansing.
Over the participation period, students will receive information about: how best to prepare the body and mind for the cleanse; how to ritualize the process of preparing our own food; and guidance about how to engage in other practices that facilitate a more productive, nurturing, and holistic approach to cleansing.
Our Friday meeting will consist of a short, invigorating Ashtanga practice, cleansing pranayama, and discussion about the purpose of cleansing in general and how it relates to our specific cleanse with time allotted for questions or concerns. The Sunday meeting will begin with a gentle restorative practice, pranayama, and meditation. We will close with a clean eating potluck and group discussion about our experiences and how to take what we learned into daily living.
This fast is a balancing way to cleanse and ground the body and mind in preparation for the Fall season within an informative setting and supportive environment. Participation is suitable for anyone, as a first time cleanse, or for the more experienced faster.
Wednesday September 13th
NO MEETING - Participants receive an email with ingredient list and other important information for preparing for the fast.
Friday September 14th
clean eating day*
5:30 - 8pm
5:30 - 6:30pm - short, invigorating Ashtanga practice and cleansing pranayama
6:35 - 7:45pm - about cleansing and details, Q&A
7:45 - 8pm - intention setting and meditation
Saturday September 16th
Fast Day! Eat only Kitchari.
NO MEETING, but come to the Retreat Q&A 10:30 -11:30am!
Sunday September 17th
No eating before practice
7 - 10am
7- 8:15am - Restorative yoga practice, calming pranayama, meditation
8:30 - 10am - Clean eating Pot-luck and discussion
* Clean eating days: no processed food, refined sugar, meat or dairy, eat as close to nature as possible. Limit or eliminate caffeine.
* Participants need to sign up by Tuesday, September 12th, as there will be important information sent out Wednesday 9/13.
Intro to Mysore
INTRO TO MYSORE
1st Sunday of every month at Ashtanga Yoga Richmond
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Join Leigh in this small group format for an introduction to what mysore is and how it works. During the workshop, students will have the opportunity to discuss their individual needs, ask questions and practice independently with guidance from the teacher. Students will continue developing their practice over the course of the month by attending 8 intro to mysore classes.
WHAT IS MYSORE? The traditional method of learning Ashtanga Yoga is called “Mysore Style”. In the Mysore style method, each student has an individualized practice which is developed and overseen by the teacher. Postures are learned one by one, and as they are mastered, the student gradually builds up a personal practice. It is rather like receiving a private class within a group setting with all levels practicing at their own pace.
The beauty of Mysore Style is that you have a practice which is individually tailored to your needs, a routine you practice at your own speed in your own internal mental space. It has a very meditative quality and is adjusted according to age, state of health and flexibility. The instructors are available to teach you the postures, give hands-on adjustments and remind you of the sequencing should you forget. In this way students are able to go deeper into the postures and are able to learn to do things they never thought possible.
A Mysore practice is developed slowly over days, weeks and years so that the student is able to memorize the sequencing and the body is gradually able to adapt to the postures. This is the traditional way of learning yoga, one on one from teacher to student.
Mysore is available to everyone because it teaches yoga according to one’s individual capacity.