Series//Workshops//special events//teacher Trainings

New Moon Restorative Yoga + wine down Friday

to benefit Moms Demand Action

tarot + Tea + dark chocolate + Wine

with Shandoah Goldman

Friday, August 30, 2019 / / 6:00-7:30 / / Sip n’ Shop 7:30-9:00

Slow down your nervous system through this deep practice of restorative yoga coupled with a new moon letting go and intention setting ritual for a truly psychosomatic experience leaving you restored, ready for a new month. Enjoy local wine and good company after class in the lobby and maybe some surprise discounts on retail!

Shandoah Goldman is a Shiatsu practitioner, Choreographer, Integrative Hypnotist and Restorative Yoga instructor, specializing in teaching her clients about their bodies intrinsic movement and psychosomatic connection. Coming to the practice at age 17, her work has matured throughout the past 20 years. She trained at the Ohashiatsu Institute (1997-2002) and Center for Integrative Hypnosis (2013) as well as restorative Yoga (2016). Through her experience as a dancer, macrobiotic chef and the daughter of an acupuncturist and an actress, she has developed a unique style that contributes to her thorough knowledge of the body. Passionate about inspiring profound awareness in others, she hopes to unleash that same awareness into the world at large. Shandoah has traveled and worked internationally in Japan, the United Kingdom, France, and Canada. Her practice, Somatic Cville, has recently relocated from Brooklyn and is located in downtown Charlottesville.

20% of all sales for this evening will be donated to the Crozet Chapter of Moms Demand Action

Investment: $25

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Mindfulness Meditation Immersion and TT with Cyndi Lee

Mindfulness Meditation Training & Immersion


HOURS: Saturday 9/21 & Sunday 9/22,10:00-12:30 & 2:30-5:00

Mindfulness meditation is an ancient and relevant method for cultivating self-knowledge and confidence in our own goodness, insight and compassion. Mindfulness meditation comes from the Buddhist tradition but you do not have to be a Buddhist to learn and benefit from being present with things as they are. Rather than attempting to manipulate our experiences, mindfulness is about cultivating an unbiased mind that is open and can fully meet whatever life offers.

Mindfulness meditation involves specific techniques to help develop our innate qualities of stability, clarity and strength. You may find that when you are more in touch with these qualities you also become more mentally confident and emotionally open-hearted, less confused or stuck.

The word, “mindfulness,”comes from the Sanskrit word, Sati, which means “remembering”. This meditation method is a practice of remembering to bring your attention back to the present when you recognize that it has floated off. From there, we begin to practice remembering other things, such as being kind to ourself when we bring our attention back. Remembering that it is always ok to take a fresh start. We remember that thoughts are a product of our brain and not a bad thing and we remember to be curious and open to all the ingredients of our life

Mindfulness Meditation shows us how our own mind works and this is very helpful. It provides a feeling of familiarity and coming home which is relaxing. If we can remember to practice, and remember how to practice, then we may begin to experience a sense of freshness, stable mind, clear thinking, confidence and equanimity.

It is a simple technique but yet it is deeper than you might think, and so it’s good to study and practice it step-by-step.

Each day will include 1-2 dharma talks, 2-3 meditation sessions, journaling exercises, small group assignments and movement snacks of simple stretching and restorative yoga to reawaken stagnant physical energy. Traditional walking meditation will be integrated into the program as a bridge practice between formal sitting meditation and the more interactive aspect of our daily life.

Built on her 30 years as a Buddhist practitioner, Cyndi has designed this course to include what are traditionally known as the Two Wings of the Bird: Study and Practice.

Practice: Level 1:

detailed instruction and practice of mindfulness meditation (sati)

detailed sitting posture work (on a cushion or in a chair)

detailed instruction and practice of Lovingkindness meditation (maitri)

instruction and practice of walking meditation

practice mindfulness-in-motion via simple stretching sequences

practice self-caring through restorative yoga

contemplative writing exercises

Study: Dharma Talks with Cyndi:

What meditation is and is not. What mindfulness is and is not.

What is practice?

The benefits of mindfulness meditation, and letting go of results

Understanding the two layers of motivation

Recognizing obstacles in practice and how to work with them: Understanding the origin of these practices/overview of the Buddhist path. Understanding the Ennobling Truths and how that relates to all of us now. Understanding the Brahma Vihara and how to dedicate your practice

If this sounds serious, don’t worry! One of the greatest benefits of meditation is that it clears the way for joy to appear. In the meantime, all you have to do is show up. Just that.

You will find that Mindfulness Meditation practice helps you connect to your inherent strength, stability and clarity, and these are the tools that we use when teaching meditation to others.

Mindfulness Meditation Weekend is open to:

* people who have never meditated before;

* meditators who would like to deepen and refresh their practice

* yoga teachers wishing to deepen their meditation practice

It is recommended for yoga students, yoga teachers, social workers, school teachers, health care workers, caregivers and leaders in any field.

Yoga + Surf retreat at costa dulce Nicarauga

with Catherine McMahon and Ashley Holland

November 2-9, 2019, Costa Dulce Ecolodge Nicaragua (3 spots left!)

Join Santosha yoga teachers Catherine McMahon (RYT 500) and Ashley Holland (RYT-500) at the ecolodge Costa Dulce on Nicaragua’s Southern Pacific Coast for a week of relaxation and renewal.

Accommodations: At Costa Dulce we have 10 beautifully crafted ocean view bungalows each is unique and built to the same standards. , They all have a bathroom and private deck and the size varies from 1- 4 beds. The bungalows include open air design that keeps you comfortable, day and night. Each has been outfitted with top quality linens and mattresses. Costa Dulce is an amazing yoga retreat venue nestled in its own valley righton the beach. It's private enough to completely relax and get away from it all, no distractions here, yet close enough to San Juan del Sur that you can experience a busy tourist destination when/if you want.

Yoga: The Costa Dulce yoga shala that overlooks the ocean is one of its best features, and it is yours to use as you like. It is fully equipped with new Manduka mats, straps, bolsters, handcrafted blocks and dowels.

Food: 4 Delicious meals are included daily, including a pre-yoga early breakfast. With a dedicated staff on hand, you will experience fresh gourmet meals each day. Vegetarian and vegan options are always available on request. We have no problem catering to any food allergies or dietary restrictions.

Prices Include

  • 7 days and 7 nights at Costa Dulce

  • two daily yoga classes

  • four daily meals

  • a one hour massage

  • a surf lesson and weekly board rental

  • half day trip to neighboring surf town San Juan del Sur.

Prices do not Include

  • airfare to/from either Managua (MAN) or Liberia (LIB)

  • gratuities

  • shuttle service to Costa Dulce from the airport

Early Bird Pricing: -SOLD OUT-Payment in full for due by 6/1/19.

Pricing: $1850 for a double or triple room $2300 for a single room. Reserve your spot with $500 down. The deposit is non - refundable. Payment Payment in full is due by 10/1/19.

Sample Schedule*

6:00 AM: Pre-Breakfast available- homemade granola, fruit, yogurt, tea & coffee

7:00-8:45 AM: Dynamic Vinyasa Yoga

9:00 AM: Breakfast

Free time or surf lesson...

1:30 PM: Lunch

Afternoon excursions, beach time, surf lesson, relaxing massage...

5:00 PM: Therapeutic Yin Yoga or Restorative Practice with Meditation

6:30 PM: Dinner

Check Out our Nicaragua Retreat Details and FAQ Sheet or Contact Us Below!

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