Backbends and Twists: Feb 3-Day
Fri. Feb 10 | 5:30 – 8:30pm
Sat. Feb 11| 12:00 – 6:00pm
Sun. Feb 12 | 12:00 – 6:00pm
Pricing $295 / $350
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Join Eddie for a weekend exploration into backward bending and twists.
When we extend the front body in backward bending it is known as an extension of the west, where forward bending is known as an extension of the east. Both are equally important in balancing the ribs, the lungs, and the front and back body muscle groups. Most of our daily activities cause our bodies to live in a state of roundness in the shoulders and chest. For example, driving, sitting, and engaging with our devices. Backward bending can be the perfect relief and prevention of back pain caused by these positions. This weekend we will explore many different approaches to practicing passive and active backbends to bring balance to the body.
Twists are known as the poses that bring us into the present moment and are a great compliment to backbends as they bring relief to a back-bending practice. We will explore many variations of twists from those done standing, seated in hip openers, sitting in a chair and while practicing inversions.
This weekend, we will also start to cultivate a meditation practice that is accessible and sustainable to continue your evolution on the yogic path.
Friday 5:30-8:30 | Saturday 12-6p | Sunday 12-6p
February Sound Bath
Presented with Sound Quest Intuitive Arts | Music Therapy
Friday, Februray 24, 7pm
Pricing $35 early bird | $45 reg.
Sound Quest Intuitive Arts returns for a very special holiday evening. This evening candlelit event asks nothing of you other than to breathe and receive as Libbee plays resonating sounds to tune up and balance your body-mind. Meditate, rejuvenate and float your way through an evening of bliss. Our newest monthly offering is back! And, your best night’s sleep is almost here.
“The tones emitted from the crystal singing bowls naturally shift our energy and enrich us with healing b=vibrations that tune our bodies back into balance. This powerful sense of wholeness and rejuvenation is the result of sound frequency waves traveling through us as they activate receptors within.” -SQIA
A limited number of aerial hammocks will be made available for those who would like to float through this journey.
Invite the Light
Winter Solstice event with Maria
WEDNESDAY, December 21, 6 – 7:30pm
With the shortest day of the year upon us, it’s time to celebrate the return of the Sun. In this 90 minute sensory experience, practice will be devoted to balancing your solar plexus chakra. We will focus on opening this space to let your inner sun shine bright.
Come, ignite your personal power with a light and airy asana flow, samana prana, and a guided meditation.
Pratyahara Workshop with Maria
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 3:30pm
Pratyhara – the ability to check the outgoing powers of the mind, freeing it from the thralldom of the senses.
Experience the fifth limb of yoga, pratyahara, in this 90 min wisdom experience of meditation, journal & asana with Maria Odense. Bring focus & clarity to the sixth chakra, ajna, to assist in restoring peace and calmness in your life. Introduce and implement tools to gain mastery over the flow of prana, which drive our senses. In turn, prohibiting the scattering of valuable vital energy of the body or prana using the techniques to seek control over its flow and unify it. Learn various rituals including uniting the entire sensory focus to a single point or sense in the body.
MasterClass with H.S. Arun
Raga Yoga is proud and honored to welcome H.S. Arun to Walnut Creek, CA.
Tuesday Sep 27 | 10:30 – 1:30pm • Wednesday Sep 28 | 10:30 – 1:30pm • Thursday Sep 29 | 10:30 – 1:30pm
Arun teachings highlight the innovativeness of the Iyengar method and the beauty of prop based alignment. Over decades of experience, Arun has become expertly skilled at quickly assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each student and guides them according to their capabilities.
Arun is a master international teacher with almost 4 decades of experience. Seeped in the Iyengar tradition, Arun, a close disciple of B.K.S. Iyengar, Prashant Iyengar, and Geeta S. Iyengar, is certified at the Advanced Junior III level.
Raga Yoga Sip & Swap
Sarrurday, october 8, 2-4pm
An Introduction to the Chakra System
Saturday, August 27, 12-3PM
$65 Early Bird. $75 After Aug 21.
Join Kaylee for a colorful and eye-opening journey into the seven-tired chakra system. In this introductive workshop, you’ll learn the properties of each chakra and how they can help you know yourself better and control your energetic flow. Like constellations, the chakras will help you connect the dots between your mind and body to paint a picture of your whole, undivided Self.
This workshop includes a 90-minute yoga and meditation practice so you can embody what you’ve learned, as well as a handmade chakra bracelet provided by Indriya Jewelry.
Rest and Receive
Where Yoga Nidra and Reiki Meet
Friday, August 26, 7:00pm-8:15pm
Beginning with calming breath work to center our focus within, we will settle further into stillness with the practice of yoga nidra (enlightened conscious sleep). Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation inviting us to experience subtle states beneath the layers of our mental activity. From this open and receptive state, Melanie will share reiki energy to promote further relaxation and healing.
Note: This is not a movement class. We will be getting cozy, so bring socks, and wear your favorite comfy clothes!
What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra is an ancient technique from India mentioned in the Upanishads and the Marabharata some 3,000-5,000 years ago. The practice is one of complete relaxation as you enter the conscious state of mind that falls somewhere between sleeping and being awake. You’re “awake” the entire time you practice, but you’re not exactly alert. The goal is to enter a conscious sleep state and totally relax your brain, therefore releasing any unwanted tension in your body. The practice is done lying down as you follow along to the guided meditations from the teacher.
How is it different than meditation?
Yoga Nidra is very similar to meditation, with one main difference. While traditional meditation is usually practiced in the ‘waking’ state drawing into a singe point of focus, Yoga Nidra occurs in the space between waking and dreaming, and explores the various dimensions of your being.
What are the Benefits?
Deep relaxation along with a reduced sense of anxiety. A 30-minute session can be equal to three to four hours of restorative sleep for the body. Studies show yoga nidra can have lasting effects on your mental state and can be an effective therapeutic tool for reducing anxiety and stress levels. In fact, the US Army employs nidra for both soldiers with PTSD and those with chronic pain. Yoga Nidra practice expands your capacity to handle stressful situations. Learning to be present and witness the moment without judgment, leads to a greater awareness and your ability to identify and release the patterns in your life that no longer serve you. Yoga Nidra can be a great avenue for personal growth and evolution as it can lead to deep reflections that help you solve and resolve personal and interpersonal challenges as well as increase your sense of purpose in the world.
Go Inside: A 3-Day Yoga Workshop
with Kristin and Eddie
Yoga on the Inside is a method of yoga that was developed out of our many combined years of study and practice. During our classes, we ask our students to turn their attention inwards, bringing themselves into a more meditative state as they work with the body. We have found that the delicate balance between softness and strength is where the true experience of oneness, or yoga, resides. With a strong focus on structural alignment, this practice gives students the tools to take healing into their own hands, and watch as their efforts bring deep change to all layers of their beings– physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
We honor the uniqueness of every individual, and believe in meeting our students wherever they are. Yoga is a lifelong journey and it starts by cultivating real self-love so we as students are not only willing, but inspired, to do the necessary work to heal ourselves, our generations, and our world.Through the alignment of the postures, Eddie and Kristin will guide you into meditation in action and relaxation. Individual instruction and guidance will be provided so that you will learn how best to practice yoga for your individual needs.
Asana and Beyond
A Journey into the 8 Limbed Path
FEB 27, 2022 – APRIL 24, 2022
Did you know there’s more to yoga than poses?
Drawing on almost 25years of practice, CJ will introduce you to a breadth of yogic techniques. This course will weave together active and gentle yoga postures (asanas) with other limbs of yoga including philosophy, breathwork (pranayama), meditation and more. Asana and Beyond is appropriate for all levels, including beginners and more experienced students who are looking to broaden the scope of their practice and their understanding of yoga.
What is it?
Through 3 monthly intensives, we will explore the physical practices of asana, the energetic practices of pranayama and the mindful practices of meditation through the lens of foundational yogic philosophy.
You’ll walk away with:
-Action and alignment of over 50 poses
-A new daily, personal practice created together each month
-An understanding of when and how to use props, and even create some of your own at home
-5 breath techniques to help you regulate your nervous system and cultivate peace
-3 styles of meditation which you can put into practice in your daily life
-A clear understanding of yoga’s Eight-Limbed Path serving as guidelines to live a meaningful and purposeful life.
Every class includes Movement, Breathwork, Philosophy and Meditation
*Level up and add unlimited mat classes to practice what you learn
Winter Solstice Candlelight108
Tuesday, December 21st, 6-8:30p
Winter solstice marks the longest night and the shortest day. It is seen as a time for turning inward, for reflection, and for rest. But, it is also the start of our annual journey toward longer days and into the light. Thus, it’s a time for celebration and honor. As we come together for this special practice, you will have the opportunity to acknowledge endings and clear space for growth in the coming year.
This challenging practice of 108 Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar) is a powerful experience that will stretch you and leave your practice forever changed. You do not need to complete all 108, just come and share the energy. These physical males will be done by candlelight celebrating the season and will be offered with multiple variations and breaks, creating accessibility for a wide range of practitioners.
This event is donation based (suggested $15-$30) with all proceeds benefitting local families this winter.
Bring someone you love and share this gift of yoga.
Thanksgiving Day Benefit Class
With CJ supporting Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
Thursday, November 29th, 9:00-10:30am
Founded in 1970, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) is the oldest and largest nonprofit law firm dedicated to asserting and defending the rights of Indian tribes, organizations and individuals nationwide. NARF’s practice is concentrated in five key areas: the preservation of tribal existence; the protection of tribal natural resources; the promotion of Native American human rights; the accountability of governments to Native Americans; and the development of Indian law and educating the public about Indian rights, laws, and issues. Throughout its history, NARF has impacted tens of thousands of Indian people in its work for more than 250 tribes.
Caring for Your Spine Through Backbends and Inversions
Saturday, October 30th, noon – 3pm
In this monthly workshop, we will focus on backbends as well as inversions. Inversions are so important and often times overlooked in a modern 1 hour practice. There are so many benefits, including (but not limited to) improved circulation, increased energy, relaxation and so much more! Also overlooked in short practices are the powerful benefits of backbending. H.S Arun says that, “the healing of back pain comes from the backbends.” In a society where so many suffer from chronic back pain, it is more important than ever to focus on the back and how we can find relief!
Semi-Private Aerial Demonstrations
Sunday, October 17th, 11am – 1pm
Join CJ for a hands on complimentary experience into the world of aerial yoga.
20 min sessions for you and up to 2 friends.
Email email@example.com to reserve your spot.
Rise and Shine!!
Saturday, October 2nd, 8:30-10am
Join CJ for a complimentary extended 90-minute RagaFlow
Bonus!! After class we’ll be sharing clippings of our beloved Pothos and Spider plants along with some easy propagation tips to get you started.
Or, purchase one of our already potted starters now available for sale!
Breath As The Bridge:
A Pranayama Workshop with Melanie
Saturday, October 9th, 12-2pm – Everyone Welcome
The yoga tradition describes breath as the bridge to access different layers of our human experience. It is the essential link between the conscious mind and unconscious patterns; spanning from physiological feedback loops to emotional reactivity and racing thoughts.
Join Melanie in this exploratory workshop to discover the power of breath and how pranayama techniques can help us observe and even begin to shift our physical, emotional, mental, and energetic states of being.