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WORKSHOPS

Summer Solstice Celebration

Time: Thursday, June 20th, 6 PM - 8 PM

Location: Ambler 

Cost: $30

 

Let's welcome summer's return with a transformational yoga practice right outside on the Harth Builders Lawn!

Celebrate the peak of the sun's cycle as Michelle leads you through a 2-hour moving meditation of sun salutations that will build tapas, or heat. You will be guided through 108 Surya Namaskar, or sun salutations broken up into 9 sets of 12. (Don't worry, Michelle is counting!) "Surya" means “the sun”, and "Namaskar" means “to bow to”.

We will begin with some gentle movement to awaken the body, followed by 9 sets of sun salutations. In between each set, balancing poses will be offered to create stillness amidst the movement. We will close with some stretches and a long savasana with a special aromatherapy offering.

108 is a sacred number, found in many cultures and has universal significance. It is believed to represent the wholeness of the universe, the number of beads on a mala, and the average distance between the sun, moon, and earth is 108 times their respective diameters (just to name a few). Sun salutations are practiced on the change of season in celebration of the sun. Do one, or them all; let’s connect with breath together.

Bring a mat, towel for under mat, sweat towel, and water. After practice refreshing herbal tea, infused water, and fruit will be offered.

Yoga began as a way to lose baby weight for Michelle over 12 years ago. She was drawn to a practice that was adaptable and accessible. After the loss of her mother, Michelle dove deep into her practice. She found peace, presence, and learned even more about her body and herself. Michelle started teaching at Retro Fitness during her 200 hour teacher training at Dana Hot Yoga in 2015. After graduating teacher training in 2016, Michelle also completed Reiki Level 1 in 2016, a wall vinyasa training in 2017, Yoga Sculpt in 2017, and a second 200 hour in 2019. Additionally, Michelle taught power yoga for 3 years at CorePower Yoga from 2016-2020.

Practicing 108 sun salutations is a ritual Michelle has practiced almost every season change for about 10 years and has also led over a dozen equinox/solstice practices.

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Wim Hof Method Workshop

Time: Saturday, September 7th, 12:30 - 4:30 PM

Location: Ambler 

Cost: $120

 

What Will This Workshop Include?

 

This 4 hour workshop covers the 3 pillars of the WHM, Wim’s background, why humans today need this method, the science behind the 3 pillars, and top studies. The information portion takes about 1.5 hrs, incorporating time for questions/feedback. We describe the 3 parts of the WHM breathwork (hyperventilation, retention, recovery), show a demo and finally allow everyone to do one round to see if there’s any questions or concerns. We find even experienced students gain a deeper/better understanding of the WHM breathwork after professional instruction. Following the instruction portion we provide a 45-60 min breathing session (about 8 rounds) before changing into bathing suits (or whatever) and getting ready for the cold exposure. We do ice baths for the cold exposure portion of our workshops and encourage participants to stay in for 2-5 mins. We are present for one-on-one support to ensure a successful ice bath. 

 

Why Do the WHM (Wim Hof Method)? 

 

Over time, we as humans have developed a different attitude towards nature and we’ve forgotten about our inner power and our connection as humans with nature. This is the ability of our body to adapt to extreme temperature and survive within our natural environment. The Wim Hof Method is based on this principle.

Because we wear clothes and artificially control the temperatures at home and at work, we’ve greatly reduced the natural stimulation of our bodies, atrophying the age-old mechanisms related to our survival and basic function. Because these deeper physiological layers are no longer triggered, our bodies are no longer in touch with this inner power. The inner power is a powerful force that can be reawakened by stimulating these physiological processes through the Wim Hof Method.

The Wim Hof Method consists of 3 pillars: breathwork, cold exposure, and mindset. The combination of the 3 has been scientifically proven to reduce inflammation, relieve anxiety, depression and other mental disorders, increase vitality, strengthen the immune system and fight autoimmune disorders (among other benefits).

What To Bring:

  • Mat for laying (optional)

  • Blanket (optional)

  • Bathing Suit

  • Towel

  • Water bottle & Comfy Clothes

What you get (Fundamentals):

  • Two Level II WHM Instructors

  • Knowledge of how to form daily personal practice

  • Full group breathing session

  • Ice bath for cold exposure

Jason and Peter are Wim Hof method level II certified instructors who have trained directly under Wim Hof and led over 500 workshops. They led 10 winter excursions in Portugal, Ireland, and the U.S. as well as helped Wim Hof himself on his personal retreats in Spain and Poland. In addition to the Wim Hof Method, they are both 420 Hour RYTs in kundalini and vinyasa yoga as well as firewalk instructors. When they are not running their own events, they currently both teach vinyasa at Corepower Yoga at the Walnut Street location.

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