BHAKTI SANGHA EVERY SUNDAY
Apr
29
to Jan 28

BHAKTI SANGHA EVERY SUNDAY

Join us every Sunday morning at 7:30 am for a led spiritual discussion, mantra meditation, and guided reading of the Bhagavad Gita and/or other texts from the Bhakti Yoga Tradition.  Bhakti is the yoga of devotion - a "Bhakta" is one who practices devotional yoga. "Sangha" is a spiritual community which creates the ability for those on a path to inspire one another!  Come out, learn, chant, connection deeply, become inspired, and share in spirit! 

Donation-based. No need to pre-register, just show up! 

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108 Sun Salutations: A Yoga Workshop for the Winter Solstice w/ Paramananda
Dec
22
1:00 PM13:00

108 Sun Salutations: A Yoga Workshop for the Winter Solstice w/ Paramananda

108 Sun Salutations

A Yoga Workshop for the Winter Solstice

With Paramananda


WELCOME PARAMANANDA!!

Traditionally in yoga, at the change of every season, Sun Salutations (surya namaskaras) are repeated 108 times to purify the body and mind and ground ourselves for our next season in life. Join Paramananda as he guides you through these foundational movements, going over the profound meditations for each pose. Deepen your appreciation and mindfulness of Sun Salutations as we flow again and again through the postures, exploring what each asana is trying to teach us. Different variations of surya namaskaras will be learned, as well as proper alignment and technique. Come move, meditate, sing and get ready to let your light within shine for the winter!


Paramananda (@thehardcoreyogi) is a punk guitarist turned yogi from the hardcore scene of NYC, where he spent his youth playing blaring rebel anthems from places like CBGBs to all over the world – in bands such as Youth of Today, Judge and Shelter. Taking inspiration from the motivational messages of alternative music, he studied yoga, meditation and bhakti at ashrams in India and America, where the punk ideals of personal empowerment, self-discovery and social reform took on a whole new, deeper meaning. 


SAT DEC 22nd, 1-3 PM, $30, AT PALO SANTO

1707 E. Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148

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New Years Soundbath: Rituals of Sacred Sound & Story w/ Daniel & Rachel
Dec
28
6:30 PM18:30

New Years Soundbath: Rituals of Sacred Sound & Story w/ Daniel & Rachel

The Rituals of Sacred Sound & Story.

New Years SOUNDBATH + STORYTELLING celebration with Daniel + Rachel!

This is a perfect opportunity to start the New Year on the right foot and in a renewed and relaxed frame of mind. . Come out for an evening of deep healing through sound vibration + mantra + energy work and spirituality. Using the magic of herbal tea , chakra-aligning singing bowls, mantra, story-telling, harmonium, and other vibrational healing tools we will drift you away into a state of bliss.

The night will end in an extra long savasana made that much more sweet with reiki and healing touch.  Join Daniel & Rachel Cordua, owners of Palo Santo Wellness Boutique, for an evening of connection to the stories of gods and goddesses from India and the magic of sacred sound through singing bowls and the chanting of Sanskrit verses.

This is a night of interactive learning, relaxation and soul work. 

Sign up in advance, space is limited.

$22

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Winter Wellness Workshop: Herbs + Natural Remedies + Lifestyle Choices for Vata Season
Jan
6
6:30 PM18:30

Winter Wellness Workshop: Herbs + Natural Remedies + Lifestyle Choices for Vata Season

Winter Wellness Workshop

Your Ayurvedic guide to Winter Wellness:

Herbs + Natural Remedies + Lifestyle Choices for Vata Season


Vata, Pitta and Kapha ebb and flow to create the world as we know it. Inside our body, they come together to provide our structure; our ability to digest food and thoughts, our ability to walk and move, circulate blood and even breathe. Outside our body, these energies wax and wane with the seasons and each of these energies are known by their specific qualities.


During this time of year, the Winter Season’s qualities offer a rough, dry, cold, light, mobile, and subtle place and we begin to feel its effect within our own bodies. When it is cold and dry, we naturally struggle to stay warm and hydrated and we tend to feel more fragile in the body and the mind.  These elements, if not carefully taken into consideration, can leave us feeling outside of ourselves in a state of darkness or even depression. Some of the signs that our body is reacting to Vata Season may appear like:

Dryness, Frayed Nerves and scattered thoughts, Insomnia, muscle + joint pain and Funky Digestion to name a few.


In this workshop, you will be learning how to make simple yet effective diet and lifestyle adjustments and how to create specific herbal remedies to effectively manage your own seasonal energy. By balancing our Vata energy, we can ensure more balance + optimum health and prevent further symptoms that come along with the cold weather.


The cost of this workshop is $35, all materials are included and everyone is welcome. 

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Harmonium + Mantra School 101 w/ Daniel Cordua
Jan
13
1:30 PM13:30

Harmonium + Mantra School 101 w/ Daniel Cordua

Harmonium & Mantra School 101 w/ Daniel Cordua

January 13th from 1:30-4:30pm


BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!

Looking to crack open your heart? Looking to spiritually charge your personal life or your the yoga classes you teach? Open to yoga teachers and anyone looking to bring the magic of mantra meditation more fully into their daily practices and teaching - in this 3 hour workshop we will learn about the history, meaning, and practice of chanting mantra, how we can apply it to our home mediation/devotional routines, how it can spiritually charge & uplift the energy of a yoga class, and the basics of leading mantra for yoga & group kirtan.


We will learn how to sing different mantras and how to play the harmonium via basic chords progressions that anyone - with or without previous musical training - can learn! With these accessible musical components, we will cover a variety of sweet, loving, transcendent and powerful mantra melodies that each and every participant will be able to learn & bring home with them!!


Some harmoniums will be provided to use. If you have your own harmonium, please bring it.

The cost of this 3 hr journey is $40


SPACE IS LIMITED! RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW!


Daniel Cordua is a popular yoga teacher & massage therapist throughout the Philadelphia area & owner of the healing sanctuary & creative space, Palo Santo Wellness Boutique. His journey towards a healthier body, steadier mind, stronger spirit and more open heart has drawn Daniel to not only study & teach dynamic vinyasa yoga asana, but to yoga philosophy and ancient yogic texts – especially bhakti yoga, or the yoga of devotion. Daniel has pursued this interest by studying continuously with yogis, sadhus, and living saints - especially renowned teacher, Raghunath, completing his 500 hr Yoga certification in India. An avid fan of mantra, singing, and meditation, he is also informed through his ayurveda, massage & bodywork practices via the awareness of just how important yoga can be to those dealing with stressful lives, hunched backs, and cluttered minds. Daniel's teaching is fun, aligned, challenging and infused with ancient wisdom for modern ears. He continuously offers workshops, teacher trainings, and retreats locally, nationally & internationally.


http://www.danielcordua.org/

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6 Pillars of Bhakti Yoga: A Training to Transform Your Practice, Teaching & Life w/ RAGHUNATH
Mar
2
to Mar 3

6 Pillars of Bhakti Yoga: A Training to Transform Your Practice, Teaching & Life w/ RAGHUNATH

Bhakti Yoga is connection to the divine using mantras, kirtan, & sacred stories. The philosophy is rich, ancient and powerful. It is the path of yoga following the heart.


In this special course Raghu has mined the depths of the 6 pillars of the Bhakti philosophy - ideas that have radical and instant transformational effects when applied in our daily lives. We will discuss these pillars and whole-heartedly experiment with them. We will then explore Vedic lore, mantras and their meanings, asana, mudras, setting up a home or studio altar, & japa meditation. Most of all Raghu will expertly explain how to weave all of these teachings into the fabric of our day-to-day lives. He calls this process: LEARN IT. LIVE IT. GIVE IT.


Learn to create boundaries between toxic elements of your life and and how to add the good habits and practices that make ones journey rich and joyful!


Saturday evening will include a big public Kirtan.


Raghunath has been studying this sacred literature and applying to his life and his teachings for the last 30 years. He left for sacred Indiai his twenties to live as a monk now decades later he has his own school, Supersoul Farm in upstate NY where he lives with his family and leads yoga teacher trainings,weekend immersions, kirtan workshops and sacred study on the interconnection of body mind & spirit.


This course is especially for students and teachers who want to get a richer understanding of the profound jewels of yogic wisdom and adopt practices of bhakti yoga into their life and their offerings.

Price: $185

Immersive Training hours:

Saturday March 2nd 1-8:30pm (training from 1-6:30pm, Kirtan from 7-8:30pm)

Sunday March 3rd 1-6:30pm

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Holiday Kirtan w/ Madhu!
Dec
8
7:30 PM19:30

Holiday Kirtan w/ Madhu!

Madhu is back for one of his legendary evenings of music & meditation at Palo Santo!!!



Kirtan is an ancient form of mantra meditation, a component of bhakti-yoga (the yoga of devotion), which has the power to open and purify the heart. This chanting, accompanied by musical instruments and rhythmic drumming, brings the audience to its feet in the joy of singing, clapping, and dancing with pure devotion. In its heartfelt expression kirtan can induce profound states or meditation, bliss, and esctasy.

$15 suggestion donation. This event is offered by donation, nobody is turned away for lack of funds

Madhuri pura Das (Madhu) has been practicing and teaching kirtan & the philosophy of yoga for many years in the bhakti-yoga tradition. Madhu offers Kirtan music training lessons for learning how to lead and participate in Kirtan, vocal and instrument training, and the history and philosophy of Kirtan for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.



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An Introduction to the Practice of Seated Meditation
Dec
7
6:00 PM18:00

An Introduction to the Practice of Seated Meditation

An Introduction to the Practice of Seated Meditation

With Wesley Tudor, Director of the Raja Yoga and Meditation Center


Meditation is a practice which can yield stunning results.  With only 3 or 4 days in a row of practicing, you will begin to experience life in a new, clearer, calmer, more creative way.  Your stress levels will plummet, your relationships improve, and new outside of the box solutions to life's dilemmas will begin to present themselves.  You will enjoy life more and wonder how you ever got by without meditation before. 

To gain all these wonderful benefits, one must have a good understanding of basics of meditation - such as how to find a comfortable but effective seated posture and how to calm the nervous system with diaphragmatic (belly) breathing.  It is also helpful to be aware of the variety of meditation methods available, and select the one or ones which are the right fit for you. 

You will learn all this and more in this three hour immersion, which will benefit both beginners and experienced practitioners alike.  

$35


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2 Days with Simon Park & Noelle Connolly
Nov
30
to Dec 2

2 Days with Simon Park & Noelle Connolly

We are overjoyed to welcome back two amazing & highly sought after teachers, Simon Park & Noelle Connolly, to Palo Santo Wellness Boutique. In the past, both have been legendary presences in the Philadelphia yoga scene. Now they have both become legends in the international yoga world, teaching students worldwide and studying with some of the living masters of the modern yoga tradition. Don’t miss this opportunity to challenge yourself on the mat and learn oh so much from this dynamic duo.

Liquid Flow Freestyle Vinyasa - SOLD OUT!

Friday Nov 30th 6:15-8:45

$40 

A Vinyasa Flow practice that holds the structure and discipline of Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga, infused with an immense creativity and dance-like flow.. a fresh and inspired blend of modern vinyasa with classical roots. Practice dynamic asana as a movement mediation in an open system with close attention to physical + energetic alignment, and awareness of complimentary + opposing actions. Also, there is an artful focus on creative transitions that add elegance and uniqueness to the flow of the practice. Throughout the practice, there is a keen observation upon the subtleties of the breath and how it effects the physical + energetic body and mind. Principles of Vinyasa Krama are utilized in a modern way to create an evolutionary practice that aims to awaken, invigorate and harmonize body, mind and spirit.  



Vinyasa Krama of Backbending

Sunday Dec 2nd 1:30-4:30

$45

Backbends are a beautiful balance of grounding + rooting while learning to become fluid + receptive to the awakening currents of breath. Learn alignment principles that are inherent in blueprint backbends such as cobra and upward facing dog. Then, integrate complementary hip + shoulder openers along with energetic keys that will help you advance toward more complex backbends such as Raja-Kapotasana (King Pigeon), Naturajasana (Cosmic Dancer), Vrichikasana (Scorpion) and standing drop-backs.  The workshop will take place in the context of a full Vinyasa practice infused with creative sun salutations, standing poses, complimentary core work, twists and inversions. Sometimes students are fearful of backbends because of back-pain. Learn the alignment, dynamic actions and proper preparation that will allow you to experience backbends as exhilarating, energizing and harmonizing. 


About Noelle: 

Noelle's powerful and inventive teaching creates space for students to pursue their practice with heart, intensity and drive. A technical teacher, she is passionate about form and endlessly inspired to harness the subtleties of the energetic body to defy gravity and move fluidly through space. Always an athlete and artist, this Philadelphia native, former ballerina, Boston Terrier Field Hockey player and graduate of Boston University, took her first yoga class in 2002 , and fell in love with the practice - mentally, physically and spiritually. Currently, she is the director Yoga and Teacher Trainings at BodyMindLIfe, Sydney - the premier vinyasa studio in Australia. She is a regular headliner at the Wanderlust Festivals in Australia / New Zealand and leads retreats worldwide. 


Noelle is well known for giving her all to her students. Her classes are strong, challenging and intelligently sequenced; they engage, inform, and inspire, set to a background of meticulously curated music. She feels honored and blessed to share the knowledge of her teachers and mentors, including Maty Ezraty, Joan White, Joan Hyman and Simon Park, in an authentic way. www.noelleconnolly.com


About Simon: 

Simon began his Yoga journey in 1995 with Shiva Rea in the World Arts and Cultures Department at UCLA. Later acclaimed by Yoga Journal as "one of the most influential and gifted Yoga teachers of the next generation”, he has been leading workshops, teacher trainings, and retreats around the world since 2002. His Vinyasa style is fluid, intuitive, and encourages freedom through self-expression. Profoundly influenced by the teachings of Shiva Rea, Richard Freeman, Maty Ezraty, Joan White, and Dharma Mitra, "Liquid Flow Yoga" feels like a beautiful dance between classical and modern Yoga. Dubbed the "Flying Nomad", he draws inspiration from road legends such as Keith Richards and Jimi Hendrix, who said, "the Earth is my home”. www.liquidflowyoga.com








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SAGE Gathering Day Retreat
Nov
18
1:00 PM13:00

SAGE Gathering Day Retreat

Balancing Our Chakra Energy Mini-Retreat
Sage Mama Ananga and Jamuna
$40

In this interactive Sage Gathering Workshop we will learn several different ways to activate our Chakras.  We will explore the correlation between Ayurveda, Crystal energy and Chakras.

The subtle energy of the Chakras is constantly active within each of us. We will be able to maximize our potential and manifest our best life when we become more aware of how the Chakras interact and affect our personal, emotional and physical nature. 

Through fun interactive exercises, a yoga flow & an ecstatic kirtan (group singing & chanting) we will discover more about our own personal elemental nature and find our Chakra Balance. 

By the end of this workshop you will have tools necessary to enhance and deepen our personal spiritual practice.  We will be more adept at keeping a Yogic balance in our life both on and off the mat.

As an Inter-spiritual Reverend Doctor, counselor and inspirational speaker, Sage Mama Ananga shares her insights from a broad spiritual perspective seasoned with humor, philosophy, psychology and common sense.  With respect for those of all beliefs, she guides us in a practical understanding of the constant spiritual truths that pervade through each of us.

The Sage Gathering Workshop offers a dynamic blend of Ananga’s Insightful Presentation, along with Yoga and Ecstatic Kirtan with her daughter, Jamuna.

Ananga is the mother of the well known Kirtan Artist, Vish (Visvambhar Sheth) of the Mayapuris, Hanumen and Juggernauts.

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Harvest Heart Openers w/ Amanda Medina
Nov
17
1:00 PM13:00

Harvest Heart Openers w/ Amanda Medina

Harvest Heart Openers with Amanda Medina

In order to move forward, we need to be both brave, and daring.

The metaphysical properties of back bends reflect the need for stability in our foundation (as represented by the lower body) & willingness in the front body (as represented by either broad openness in the chest, or blocky tightness). To surrender our apprehensions, we must let go of our desire to control, or we get stuck there.

Use your physiology as a road map to navigate the patterns beneath the surface that are both free + blocked in this 2 hour Sadhana. This is appropriate for all levels of experience.

 

Expect a fluid, frontal opening and lower body stabilization. Challenge that which is old, and open to the new. You have to want it and bring your awareness into it, and work at YOUR edge. See you there!

 

$25

 

BIO: Amanda realized her calling in 2012 when her blossoming passion and natural excitement for yoga, this new and enticing activity led people to ask her to teach.

The love affair began after feeling anxious and unstable after dropping out of the University of the Arts (Philadelphia). This, coupled with a life long disconnection from her body, constantly trying to work out or diet to love her body (which never worked). Through yoga in all of it’s magnificent forms, she found TRUE love for her body. This deep internal love sparked a fire, a confidence, and a thirst for more knowledge. She completed formal training through Dhyana Yoga (Philadelphia) in their 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Program(2013).

Since her initial training, she has completed a 15 hour Bhakti Immersion with Raghunath Cappo(2014), a 10 hour Postural adjustment training with David Regelin (Kula Yoga Project)(2015), and 75hr Eye of The Teacher Training with Alex Auder (Jivamukti/Kula Yoga Project/Katonah Yoga)(2017).

Her style now blends the intuitive nature of Prana Flow, the intelligence of Kula Yoga Project, the challenge of Ashtanga, and the precision of Iyengar.

Currently she practices with Alex Auder, Lilavati Devi, and Simon Park (with whom she has been a student of since 2012) as often as possible, and was featured in the Liquid Flow Teacher Training Manual for 2018. She aims to hold space for people to feel more than human, and experience the magic of yoga while humbly remaining a student to her most loved teachers.

Her classes are known to be creative, informative, and challenging, with space held to be introspective and inquisitive as the student. She takes into account the astrological climate, the bodies in the room, and the energy in the room utilizing intuition and knowledge that only comes through experience.

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A Special Evening of Kirtan with Prema Hara
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

A Special Evening of Kirtan with Prema Hara

AMAZING NEWS! Please join us in welcoming Mantralogy recording artists Prema Hara to Philadelphia for a blissful evening of sacred song!

" ... pure, kirtan at it's best" ~ Yoga Journal Magazine

Awaken the fullness of your heart with this dynamic duo who have dedicated their lives to their love of kirtan (mantra music) and living that joy with others!  Prema Hara's mellow, meditative songs build into ecstatic rhythms, creating a jubilant celebration of the spirit. Come sing and dance, or just come and be!  

In recent years, call-and-response kirtan chanting has exploded in popularity alongside yoga’s rise to acclaim.  It increases vitality, soothes the soul, and expands meditation. It is a joyful practice that calms the mind and opens and purifies the heart.  Kirtan, the music of the heart, is the calling of the soul; a blissful musical journey to invoke divine presence.

No previous experience is necessary.

$20 pre-registration $25 day of the event
www.palosantowellnessboutique.com


:: ABOUT PREMA HARA ::


Kamaniya and Keshavacharya are kirtan gypsies, touring internationally as the sacred music duo Prema Hara. Attracted by Bhakti Yoga, the path of devotion, both have spent many years living in ashrams, searching for the divine through devotional service and singing. Seeing so many people's hearts transformed through the power of chanting sacred mantras, they were inspired to commit their lives to sharing the universal practice of kirtan with the world. Prema Hara has toured extensively throughout the USA & Europe, quickly gaining recognition as one of the West’s most prominent mantra music bands.


Visit www.PremaHara.com to listen to their music and connect with them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PremaHara.
Prema Hara’s music as well as wonderful hand screened yoga / bhakti wear will be available at their pop-up shop before and after the concert, so arrive early!



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An Evening of Maha Sadhana with Raghunath!
Nov
10
5:30 PM17:30

An Evening of Maha Sadhana with Raghunath!

A Special evening of Yoga, Spirituality, Mantra, and Wisdom w/ Raghunath

5:30-7:30pm Dharma & Asana w/ Raghunath *SOLD OUT!*

Palo Santo is OVERJOYED to announce that Daniel & Rachel’s teacher, Raghunath, will be coming to the studio for an evening of strong yoga practice, singing and chanting, and deep yogic wisdom.  A teacher who has changed the lives of many students around the world, Raghunath’s signature teaching marries a powerful, playful & challenging yoga practice with fun, down-to-earth and awe-inspiring yoga philosophy.  Be prepared to fly, sing, chant and have your heart broken wide open!!

$40


7:30pm - Kirtan & Storytelling w/ Raghunath *STILL SPOTS LEFT!*

Ex-punk rocker & ex-monk, & yoga teacher beloved by many around the globe, Raghunath is an expert storyteller, Kirtan leader & lifelong student of Vedic lore. Join us for a playful, inspiring, & life-changing evening of sacred sound, mantra meditation & ancient Vedic truths presented in an often humorous, down-to-earth, & always enlightening way. These practical and applicable spiritual truths, now more than ever, are of powerful impact to the yogi, let alone the modern human.

$15 suggested donation (or pay what you can, no one will be turned away!)





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Sewing Spells: A magical Embroidery Workshop
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

Sewing Spells: A magical Embroidery Workshop

Sewing Spells - A magical Embroidery Workshop on November 9th from 7-9pm. 


As we move into the more reflective, darker months we may be looking for different ways to connect to our inner world of intuition, stress relief, and creating with our hands. In fact, when we try to work on our intuition, we forget that our physical body is the vessel in which our intuitive capabilities are held, and the vehicle for getting us there. Join Kathleen of @daughter.of.wands for an evening of accessing our intuitive selves through the ancient art of embroidery.

You’ll be introduced to using embroidery more as a method of mark-making or drawing with thread, rather than learning detailed stitching techniques. Kathleen will lead you through a group guided meditation to visualize and “meet” your unique future creation, using your intuition to guide you to the work that wants to come out and become tangible with thread. Infusing your intention into the cloth, you’ll be creating something mundane into a magical talisman. The repetitive motion of embroidery creates a meditative trance-like state that will be focused on as a form of stress relief, connecting to our ancestral memory, and accessing intuitive insight.

Any level of embroidery knowledge is welcomed. Supplies included. Makes great handmade holiday gifts!

The cost of this special workshop is $44 and all supplies are included. 

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Kirtan Party w/ Madhu!
Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

Kirtan Party w/ Madhu!

Madhu is back for one of his legendary evenings of music & meditation at Palo Santo!!!

Kirtan is an ancient form of mantra meditation, a component of bhakti-yoga (the yoga of devotion), which has the power to open and purify the heart. This chanting, accompanied by musical instruments and rhythmic drumming, brings the audience to its feet in the joy of singing, clapping, and dancing with pure devotion. In its heartfelt expression kirtan can induce profound states or meditation, bliss, and esctasy.

$15 suggestion donation. This event is offered by donation, nobody is turned away for lack of funds

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Build Your Sadhana: Day Immersion w/ Madhu
Oct
27
2:00 PM14:00

Build Your Sadhana: Day Immersion w/ Madhu

One of Palo Santo's favorite guest teachers is back!  Join Madhuri Pura Dasa for a Day Immersion focusing on bhakti philosophy, storytelling from the yoga tradition, and most importantly, developing a personalized sadhana practice to help create devotion, deep connection, and divinity within our daily lives.  Learn how to practically apply ancient wisdom into the rhythms of your everyday life and bring bliss, love and consciousness more fully into your existence.  

This workshop is open to all!  But will contain resources & knowledge for the experienced seeker, and those newer to the spiritual path of bhakti.

 

Madhu Das has been practicing and teaching meditation & kirtan for many years in the bhakti-yoga tradition. His deep knowledge of yoga philosophy, sacred texts & sacred sound and its vast potential for expressing and developing pure devotion has inspired him to use kirtan & meditation as a means to share the treasure of Bhakti yoga with seekers throughout the world. Playing throughout dozens of countries in different continents, his passion for kirtan has inspired and enlivened persons from all cultural backgrounds.

Only $55 Early Bird for this 5 hr Immersion

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Fall Ball! Roll & Release Workshop w/ MJ Heart
Oct
21
1:00 PM13:00

Fall Ball! Roll & Release Workshop w/ MJ Heart

Fall Ball! Roll & Release Workshop
Using tennis balls for self-massage and myofascial relief…

w/ Palo Santo teacher MJ Heart


Life is hard, and sometimes our muscles are too. Building a home practice can be a challenge, we can’t always make it to a yoga class when we’re in need, and while weekly massages sound like a dream, we can’t always afford the cost; however, we can always afford a few moments of self-care and in-home healing practices to help keep our bodies healthy and balanced.


This 2 hour workshop, open to anyone, explores the use of simple and accessible tools to release tension deeply imbedded in the fascia and connective tissues that hold our body together. During this practice, we will locate specific points of tension in the body, use tennis balls to release trigger points and stagnation causing pain and discomfort, and activate awareness through subtle movement and focused breathing to coax the body into a state of deep release and revitalization.


What to bring? Your body, some comfy clothes, a bottle of water, a mat (we have some too), but mostly your willingness to explore the depths of your body through cultivated awareness. (Tennis balls provided for workshop)


Some benefits of Tennis Ball Bodywork:
-decreased pain and discomfort
-increased range of motion
-deeper connection to body and breath
-increased muscle strength and vitality
-restoration of prana/energy flow
-creating a home practice for daily self-care

 

October 21st at 1pm

The cost of this special workshop is only $25

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Yin Yoga Acupunture Journey
Oct
19
6:30 PM18:30

Yin Yoga Acupunture Journey

Join beloved yoga teacher Lindsay Gitlitz and our in-house acupuncturist Heather Shultz to relax, restore, & renew with a blissful combination of Restorative & Yin Yoga and Acupuncture by candlelight. Rinse away your worries & nourish your spirit with a rejuvenating yin practice followed by the calming waves only restorative yoga can bring… and then totally bliss out with an extended savasana highlighted by the healing, balancing benefits of ear acupuncture.

The cost of this special evening is $35

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Embodied TAROT & YOGA Workshop
Oct
14
5:00 PM17:00

Embodied TAROT & YOGA Workshop

Embodied tarot yoga brings the esoteric and the mystical into your body, into your breath. The powerful archetypes of the cards become something tangible that you can feel and experience. 


This workshop will be focused around connecting with the energy of the Queen of Swords, who is here to help you find your voice. She is water and air, helping you do the deep (and difficult) internal work of boundary setting and saying no.


Channeling her energy helps you allow yourself to be seen, unconver what's blocking you from finding your voice, set healthy boundaries, and get comfortable with your own sacred no-- so that you can fully show up for the world, for your relationships, and for yourself without compromising who you are.


Reiki practitioner, tarot reader, and trauma conscious yoga teacher Eryn Johnson will lead you through meditation, chanting, journaling exercises (including a tarot spread), breathwork, and an all-levels yoga flow with a long savasana where each individual will receive a few minutes of reiki healing.


All levels of experience in yoga and tarot are welcome! Bring a journal, a yoga mat, and your tarot cards if you'd like.

The cost of this workshop is $25

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Day Immersion w/ Master Teacher Kelly Kamm!
Sep
30
1:00 PM13:00

Day Immersion w/ Master Teacher Kelly Kamm!

SEPT 30th - So happy to announce a Day Immersion with Master teacher KELLY KAMM! 

—— Mythical Vinyasa Master Class

Join Kelly for a spirited journey through Hindu myths, as well as the mantras, mudras and poses that go with them. Myths are like prisms, reflecting us back to ourselves and providing meaningful clues to help us through challenging moments in our lives. Coupled with creative vinyasa flow, the stories truly come to life with YOU as the main character! Krishna, Lakshmi, Kali, Shiva, Ganesha… any one of them (or more than one) might make an appearance as we flow through creative vinyasa sequences designed to unleash your inner deity! For all levels, this workshop includes storytelling, chanting, mudra (yoga for your hands), meditation and lots of inspired movement on the mat for all levels. 

—— Meaningful Mythical Sequencing 

For yoga teachers and teacher trainees. There are so many good teachers out there... how do you set yourself apart and become a GREAT teacher? In this workshop we'll explore creative sequencing and the symbolism behind the poses. Learn how to craft artful and unique classes that not only make sense to the body, but also inspire the mind because they are rich with myth, stories, symbols and meaning! Through mythology we discover our deepest selves and learn how to navigate difficult life transitions, and there is no richer tradition of myth than in India. These stories provide countless opportunities to discover our true nature and bring more meaning into our lives. This workshop will give you the keys to making your entire class a poetic metaphor. Lecture, storytelling and discussion.

Kelly Kamm is a yoga teacher celebrated & sought after worldwide.  Her classes are musical, poetic, and deeply spiritual. She is known for her storytelling and her ability to make the philosophy of yoga relatable, to bring big subjects into an every day perspective. 

Expect a challenging and creative flow, plenty of great music, a dose of philosophy, a bit of chanting, and definitely some laughter! She is honored to study with and be influenced by many great teachers including Dana Flynn, Raghunath Cappo, Joshua Greene, Cyndi Lee and Douglas Brooks. She is also endlessly exhilarated by poetry, clouds, the Bhagavad Gita and the deep wisdom of her 8 year old guru Milo.  It is often said that our yoga practice doesn’t really begin until life gets hard, and kelly has experienced that first hand. Her goal is to help people see that our greatest struggles can actually be our greatest strengths. She combines the power of movement, music, and myth to help others move through life transitions with grace and ease. 

Mythical Vinyasa Master Class - $35

Meaningful Mythological Sequencing - $40

BOTH WORKSHOPS - $65

 

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Candle Magick Masterclass
Sep
23
5:00 PM17:00

Candle Magick Masterclass

Join Erick DuPree on Sept 23rd from 5-8pm for this masterclass in practical candle magick and explore the wide variety of ritual candles and how they can be applied to effect change in your life.  Candles are the strongest and oldest way to reach the stars. They work through merging your will and goals with your spiritual beliefs.

This masterclass to goes far beyond the simplistic (and least effective) methods of lighting a tiny red candle "for love", or blue candle "for healing", and instead delves deep into sympathetic magick, ritualistic devotional pr and the and time-tested folk magic.

You will learn: 

how and when to combine candles, oils, herbs, personal concerns, petition papers, and prayer. different uses of human-shaped candles, 7-day vigil candles, double action candles, and straight candles of all different colors and combinations. best times and days, planetary influences, sigils, symbols and languaging for results. interpreting wax, smoke, flame, patterns, vessels and more This masterclass will culminate in a guided step by step in preparing a candle yourself by choosing the intention, writing in the wax, and applying oils, glitter and infusing your intent.

This is a perfect workshop for a seasoned practitioner or a new student to magical arts.

GET MAGICAL

investment: $60.00

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Gaura Vani KIRTAN!
Sep
22
7:00 PM19:00

Gaura Vani KIRTAN!

A special event not to be missed! 

We are so excited and beyond grateful for this very special evening!! In conjunction with Philadelphia's Ratha Yatra Festival, world renowned kirtan artist, Gaura Vani is bringing his love of sacred mantra music to Palo Santo! Gaura's pure love of devotional music is a true gift of transcendence & transformation. The sweet sound vibrations will undoubtedly permeate the layers of your being and crack open your heart. Don't miss this fun night of shared joy and love, stories, song and dance!

Gaura Vani is a multi-disciplinary artist - fluent in music, film and visual arts. He is most known for his Mantra Music performances. Gaura Vani's events are unifying and transporting - a mix of participatory rhythm and song, story and dance. He has traveled in Africa, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia performing both as a solo artist and with his sacred music ensembles “The Hanumen” and “Juggernauts”.

Gaura Vani began studying sacred Indian music at the age of six in the ancient temple town of Vrindavan at a traditional Gurukula school. He continues to share the magic he received and performs at festivals like Lollapalooza, Floyd Fest, Beloved, Bhakti Fest and Wanderlust, as well as eclectic venues like private homes, theatres, temples, and yoga studios.

Gaura Vani is also a co-founder of Chant4Change a mantra-music festival that took place in Washington, DC on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

This very special event is only $15

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Mind Flow Macramé
Sep
9
5:00 PM17:00

Mind Flow Macramé

Mind Flow Macramé Workshop with Angela Boltz

In this workshop, we will explore macramé, the soothing ancient textile art of decorative knotting, as a means of living more mindfully . Mindfulness, at it’s core, is a technique in developing our capacity to be present moment-to-moment, ultimately leading to a state of complete absorption in the here-and-now, a feeling of energized focus, and genuine fulfillment in the task at hand. It’s a invaluable tool for approaching our lives with a quality of attention, spaciousness, and ease. 

Class will begin with a light discussion on mindfulness fundamentals and some gentle, centering breathwork.  Participants will then learn the history of macramé, practice 3 basic knot formations, and start a  project of their own. Our evening will be a healthy balance of instruction and fun, with periods of silence for students to sink into the creative "flow" of rhythmic, repetitive hand motions so the mind can unwind. 

Everyone will leave with a beautiful handmade wall hanging, along with the knowledge to use as a springboard for further creative play and mindful exploration.

$65 (includes $15 materials fee)
Pre-registration is required!

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Sound Bath: Rituals of Sacred Sound & Story
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

Sound Bath: Rituals of Sacred Sound & Story

S O U N D • B A T H 

The Rituals of Sacred Sound & Story .

 

Come out for an evening of deep healing through sound vibration, energy work and spirituality. Using the magic of herbal tea , chakra-aligning singing bowls, mantra, story-telling, harmonium, and other vibrational healing tools we will drift you away into a state of bliss.  The night will end in an extra long savasana made that much more sweet with reiki and healing touch. .

 

Join Daniel and Rachel Cordua, owners of Palo Santo Wellness Boutique, connect the stories of gods and goddesses from India with the magic of sacred sound through Tibetan singing bowls and the chanting of Sanskrit verses. This is a night of interactive learning, relaxation and soul work. 

 

$22

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Monthly Tarot Circle
Aug
19
5:00 PM17:00

Monthly Tarot Circle

+ Monthly TAROT CIRCLE + 

August 19th • 5pm-7pm

Facilitated by Kathleen Callahan of @daughter.of.wands and Erick DuPree @_erickdupree_ , our monthly circle delves into a spiralic way of discovering and empowering what you know about the Tarot in a laid-back and conversational way. This is not a tarot school, but shared experiences! 

The facilitators aren't teaching, just sharing thoughts (think study group format for people at all levels of their practice). Each month invites tarot spread exploration, group reading, and topics like card meanings & reversals, numerology, astrology and more. 

For our first meet up, we'll be focusing on the Ace's of the tarot! $10 suggested donation. Open to all, but deck required!

No need to sign up in advance, just show up! 

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Uddiyana Bandha & The Soft Belly Experience
Aug
12
1:00 PM13:00

Uddiyana Bandha & The Soft Belly Experience

Sunday August 12th 1-3 join Palo Santo teacher Amanda Medina for...
"Uddiyana Bandha and the Soft Belly Experience"


Culturally, the flat belly/ six pack abs has cast a shadow over true abdominal health with a focus on the aesthetics as opposed to the depth, strength, and wisdom the "core" of the body provides. We know that a consistent yoga practice cultivates, over time a long, lean, and very strong core - but how? There is a dynamic quality to awakening the core of ones body.

This class will include a lengthening movement sequence, while making the core of the body the center piece of awareness.
Taking everything we're processing, and allowing it to express through movement via the shiny solar region of the body.

What I want to explore with you is the very old Hatha Yoga practice of Uddiyana Bandha, and for some Uddiyana Bandha Kriya.
Practicing this lock aids in digestion as well as tones and creates space for the abdominal organs as the diaphragm is drawn upwards into the ribcage. This toning spurs efficiency and productivity of the diaphragm muscle, the muscle responsible for proper air flow into the lungs and effective exhalation, removing stagnant air/prana/energy. This exchange of breath can be viewed as one of our most instant examples of "digestion".

Beyond this; what I also want to share is the honoring of the "soft belly" or what Shiva Rea refers to as the "sacred belly". As Uddiyana Bandha is seen as one of the 3 MAIN energetic locks it is important. Especially for women, this area that holds the womb which by nature is a place of nourishment and tenderness.
We will all meet and gather there, do some work, some ease, and allow chaos to lead the way.

If possible, please either eat light or no food 2 hours prior to the workshop and expect to do a core centric sequence, do flying (inversion work) and sweat!

$20 preregistration or drop-in!

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Bhakti Poety & Spoken Word Night!
Aug
10
7:00 PM19:00

Bhakti Poety & Spoken Word Night!

Join poet and author K. Mala Guitierez and meditation teacher & bhakti yogini Kate Keen for an evening of FREE Bhakti Poetry, Spoken Word, and Guided Meditation!

k. mala gutierrez (aka kadamba mala devi dasi) is a teacher, poet, and sari enthusiast. she is the author of ... "and other poems" and the forthcoming chapbook "embodiment." k. mala attempts to use writing as an access point to the ever elusive practice of bhakti-yoga. she always has more questions than answers.

Kate Keen is purveyor of Prasadam (mercy) who meshes her love of cooking, healing, and art into her spiritual practice. Kate has a passion for helping others find their way and has written many guided meditations. Kate combines traditional Buddhist practices into her Bhakti Yoga and can be found all over Philadelphia teaching people how to cope with today’s modern issues through meditation.

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Blindfolded Yoga Benefit Class for Nicaragua
Aug
5
1:00 PM13:00

Blindfolded Yoga Benefit Class for Nicaragua

Blindfold Yoga Benefit Class for Nicaragua Sunday August 5th, 1-2:30pm 🇳🇮 Donation based!

This enlightening class will utilize a blindfold to eliminate the sense of sight and increase awareness of the other senses.  We will play with and bring attention to our own body awareness, awareness of others, and dependence on vision in our yoga practice. The flow will be slow and grounding, with an emphasis on using the breath with movement.  All levels are welcome and invited, and a sense of adventure and playfulness is encouraged. 

All donations for this class will be given to non-profit organizations in Nicaragua. Nicaragua, a country that has housed retreats and holds a special place in many of our hearts, is in a time of crisis.  As hundreds of civilians have been murdered, the whole country has been paralyzed economically.  The money will be donated to Escuela Adelante and two partnering community organizations, in the town of San Juan Del Sur.  This community holds a special place in the heart of instructor Sara Parente, as she plans to work there next year as an assistant director for Escuela Adelante. 

Please see the link below for more information on the emergency relief: www.sanjuandelsur.org

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ENERGETIC TAROT with Kathleen Callahan
Jul
28
12:00 PM12:00

ENERGETIC TAROT with Kathleen Callahan

Join Kathleen of Daughter of Wands in a fully immersive healing session geared towards clearing emotional blockages that affect our physical reality and wellbeing. Most of us hold onto emotions - even when we don't realize it - and when they are not released, that energy lingers and starts to create blockages in the physical body. Emotional trauma, regret, expectation, fear, resentment, and anger, are some of our most commonly felt emotions that we experience, yet we are most likely not releasing them in a healthy way or at all. Starting with a 20 minute IET (Integrated Energy Therapy) healing session, Kathleen will release emotional blocks using light touch, then using the tarot to get to the root of the issue and laying out practical steps for how to continue healing on an everyday level. The best part? Kathleen will give you a free flower or crystal essence based on the result of the healing session for energetic support moving forward. If you've been feeling 'stuck' in life, are holding onto heavy emotional burden, or are ready to release the pain of the past to better embrace your future, then this session may just be perfect for you!

The cost of this very special offering is $75

Please email us at palosantowellnessboutique@gmail.com to secure your spot 

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Karma Demystified: Out Here Living My Best w/ Devamrita Swami
Jul
21
6:00 PM18:00

Karma Demystified: Out Here Living My Best w/ Devamrita Swami

Dig out from under the ground the story that is shaping your lives. We want to look back at our lives and see that at-least a good part of the time we did what we wanted to do. I am just out here living my best life and that we call success. But does life actually plan out in that way?

Why do bad things happen to good people ? Why are some people born with a silver spoon in their mouth and the others born in squalor and rags ? Why do two persons grow up in the same circumstances, work equally hard for success and still achieve completely different results? Why is one person born ugly or with low intelligence and another beautiful or with ingenuity ?

Are you just a random occurrence amidst certain circumstances? is the universe just a random occurrence and we a tiny random occurrence within a huge random occurrence. Should we really worry about what we should be doing or should we just let things happen ?

Join us as world traveling monk for over 45 years, Devamrita Swami, demystifies karma. While it’s chic to toss the word into conversations, he explains that the actual acceptance of karma as a cosmic reality entails massive consequences.

The cost of this very special evening, which includes blessed vegetarian food! (prasad) is $10 or whatever you can give.

 

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SPIRITWORK: A Master Class
Jul
15
5:00 PM17:00

SPIRITWORK: A Master Class

SpiritWork: A Masterclass.
We are all surrounded by spirits, ancestors and numinous beings that assist and grant both protection, vision, and courage to help us navigate the unseen realms. Join Erick for this masterclass in psychic and spiritual development and cultivate your understanding connection with Spirit Guides.

In this master class, you will explore, identify, and connect with five types of Spirit Guides: The Angel, The Power Animal, The Deva, The Ancestor, and The Ascended Masters. You will learn to turn into their frequency, identify your spiritual needs and cultivated relationships with allies to support your journey. Key topics include Angles beyond Christianity, The Sacred Dead, mediumship vs. ancestor work, The Ascended Master archetype over deities, and more.

This masterclass builds upon previous series like Elemental Castings, but is perfect for those with dedicated practices looking to connect with spirit, guides, and allies. Please bring items for our community altar.

The cost of this specialty immersion style workshop is $60 

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SUBTLE FLOWER WORKSHOP
Jul
13
7:00 PM19:00

SUBTLE FLOWER WORKSHOP

Join herbalist, Andrea Rose in this subtle flower workshop where we will learn to listen to the languages of plants. We will focus on working with the essence of flowers for conscious and unconscious influences in our lives. Come to shed, nourish and open your heart to the subtle teaching of plants!

Using flower essences can help us break patterns in our lives, they can work to release trauma, stress, anxiety, and depression by changing the energetic frequencies that allow for these imbalances to rest. Loonging to deepen your relationship with nature's gifts and yourself? Have you ever  noticed when and how plants randomly show up and begin to blossom in your life? Have you ever questioned what these messages might mean? If so, this workshop is calling you! This workshop is 1.5 hours and is $35 

Come out for an evening of connection. 

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KIRTAN + HARMONIUM WORKSHOP
Jul
7
4:00 PM16:00

KIRTAN + HARMONIUM WORKSHOP

Join world traveling kirtan leader & musician Madhuri Pura Dasa and Palo Santo owner & sought after yoga teacher Daniel Cordua for an afternoon of learning kirtan & harmonium!  

This workshop will be specially crafted for both beginner level and intermediate/experienced practitioners.  Wherever you are at in your ability to lead kirtan, this workshop will give you tools to improve your offering!  Learn harmonium for the first time or improve your current harmonium playing, improve your ability to sing & lead, create more dynamics within your playing, and cultivate a better feel for all things kirtan and mantra!

The cost of this 3 hour Immerison is $50

*some harmoniums will be provided - if you have your own, please bring it!

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Bhakti Camp! Full Weekend Immersion w/ Madhuri & Daniel Cordua
Jul
6
to Jul 8

Bhakti Camp! Full Weekend Immersion w/ Madhuri & Daniel Cordua

Join our favorite kirtan leader, world traveling bhakti yogi teacher, and sweetest of souls Madhuri Pura Dasa and Palo Santo owner, mantra enthusiast, and highly sought after yoga teacher Daniel Cordua for an entire weekend of mantra, connection, yoga, and wisdom! BHAKTI CAMP at Palo Santo Wellness Boutique!

 

Enjoy one evening and two full days of mantra meditation, kirtan lessons & workshops, deep yoga philosophy, vinyasa yoga set to blissful live music, healing touch, sharing circles, and lessons on bringing bhakti yoga back home - into your daily life & into your daily practices. A weekend of bliss, connection and deep learning!

 

Schedule (*subject to slight change):

 

Friday 7/6

6:30pm - Opening circle w/ Madhu & Daniel

7:30pm-9pm Kirtan Basics, Vocals, and Stories

 

Saturday 7/7

12:30-2pm Vinyasa yoga flow set to blissful live music

3pm - Bhakti Philosophy Breakdown & Storytelling

4:30 - break

5pm - Kirtan Workshop for Beginner AND Intermediate

7pm - KIRTAN!

 

Sunday 7/8

12:30pm - Vinyasa yoga flow set to blissful live music

3pm - Healing Marma Point massage workshop

4pm - break

5pm - "Bringing Bhakti Home"

 

Early bird price - only $225!

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Summer Solstice 108 with Live Music w/ Natassia Levine
Jun
24
5:00 PM17:00

Summer Solstice 108 with Live Music w/ Natassia Levine

Summer Solstice 108 w/ Natassia Levine

Sunday, June 24th 5pm - 7pm | Cost: $25 

'108' is indeed an auspicious number. In astrology, there are 12 houses and 9 planets (12 x 9 = 108), 108 beads on a tulsi or rudraksha mala used in meditation, and 108 nadis (energy lines) converge at the heart chakra. In Sanskrit, there are 54 letters, each with a masculine and feminine (54 x 2 = 108), and in yogic literature, there are 108 Upanishads & 108 Gopis of Lord Krishna.  Working with this sacred number we connect to Source, and tune-in to our creative potential.

Join Palo Santo community member and yoga teacher Natassia Levine just after the Summer Solstice on June 24th from 5pm - 7pm. Together we'll celebrate the return of the Sun, sow our seeds for the season of abundance, and activate our so(u)lar centers with a practice of 108 Sun Salutations. Accompanied by live guitar and broken up into manageable sets, our moving meditation will conclude with a reiki-infused savasana, sage cleanse, and chanting of mantra.

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Candlelight Yin Yoga & Acupuncture Journey
Jun
15
6:30 PM18:30

Candlelight Yin Yoga & Acupuncture Journey

Join beloved yoga teacher Lindsay Gitlitz and our in-house acupuncturist Heather Shultz to relax, restore, & renew with a blissful combination of Restorative & Yin Yoga and Acupuncture by candlelight. Rinse away your worries & nourish your spirit with a rejuvenating yin practice followed by the calming waves only restorative yoga can bring… and then totally bliss out with an extended savasana highlighted by the healing, balancing benefits of ear acupuncture.

 

The cost of this very special workshop is only $35

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