BHAKTI SANGHA EVERY SUNDAY
Apr
29
to Dec 30

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 *SPACE IS LIMITED!*

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

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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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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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

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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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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AYURVEDIC HEALTH Intensive - The dance of Balance - a rasa lila
Jun
10
1:00 PM13:00

AYURVEDIC HEALTH Intensive - The dance of Balance - a rasa lila

Especially in this climate of tremendous information, we hear often about Balance and Health, about finding Balance, and about finding Health. And yet, somehow the practice and the process remains mysterious. Practices and choices that work miracles for one person, have no effect, or even ill effect on another.

Why is this?

Though the words Health and Balance seem static, the experience of Health and Balance are actually anything but. These terms and experiences are relative in their equilibrium and thus, there is nuance behind the certain literacy needed to navigate them.

In this 5 hour immersion we will use the practice of Ayurveda and Yoga to explore what are the delightful parts that make up what we perceive as Dynamic Health - both in the Body, in the Mind, in the Spirit, and in the Environment.

This program is a wonderful match for all Practitioners of Yoga as well as those that have been exploring the intricacies of Wellness.

We will cover :

Vayu and Asana and Massage as Therapy
Sattva, Rajas, Tamas
20 Gunas
5 Elements Theory
3 Dosha
Time, Place, and Circumstance
Recognizing Energetic Expression in Food, Environment, and Activity (including Movement and Communication)
Using the Element and Guna Practice to Make Choices to Support Current State of Health and/or Achieve Desired State of Health

 

Sarra Kaufman has been a lifetime student and accomplished teacher of Yoga and Ayurveda. She has been blessed with teachers who have searched classically for the patterns of the Universe and Spirit. Her studies and experiences in the realms of Yoga, Mantra, and Ayurveda all serve to assist in increasing her depth, sensitivity, and simplicity in ways she lives and practices.

Some of her teachers include, Andrey Lappa of Universal Yoga, Kula Yoga Project, Sankalpah College of Yoga (Yoga), Sadhvi Abha Saraswatiji and Raghunath Cappo (Mantra), Vaidya Ravi of Poonthottam Ayurvedasram, the California College of Ayurveda, Dr. Claudia Welsh, Dr. Cate Stillman, and BCD (Ayurveda). Her teachers of touch include those at Sunshine School (Chiang Mai, Thailand) and Ohm (Omsala Chiang Mai, Thailand) for the wisdom of Thai Massage and Chi Nei Tsang.

Each of her teachers has forever moved her to teach from a heartfelt space of humble knowledge, respect, and intuition - qualities ever present in yoga and its teachings.

In classes we will focus on the science behind the relationships between the body, the mind, and their bridges . We are concerned with the flow of prana, how and where it moves and does not move in posture, in nadi, with consciousness. Using the paradigms of Ha-tha Yoga and Ayurveda we will explore our capacity to be both strong and flexible, moving and still, Ha and Tha, and of course, migrating in the direction of steady appreciation and awareness.

The cost of this Intensive is $125.00

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Songs + Stories of Yoga: A Community Event w/ Daniel Cordua
Jun
9
5:00 PM17:00

Songs + Stories of Yoga: A Community Event w/ Daniel Cordua

Join Palo Santo co-owner & esteemed yoga teacher & storyteller for a sweet & blissful evening of storytelling & mantra meditation!

Learn from the fascinating, profoundly deep, yet practical wisdom of ancient yoga texts - made fun, approachable, & applicable to our busy modern lives.  These stories of connection have been told to yogis and aspiring spiritualists for thousands of years!  Bring their insight into the space of your heart now & forever.

Only $12!

*this is a community-priced event that will happen at Palo Santo on a regular basis!

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MONTHLY WOMEN'S CIRCLE
May
27
5:00 PM17:00

MONTHLY WOMEN'S CIRCLE

++ Palo Santo Monthly Women's Circle ++ May 27 5pm ⚪️ A safe and confidential place to drop out of busyness and drop into connection. This space supports women and the many valleys and mountains they face into today's world. This group is open format and is not associated with a certain religion or singular path. Open format may include: sharing, listening, reading, journaling, poetry, or other means of reflection and inspiration. You are invited to share stories, thoughts, questions, and prayers. ** Donation based

** We welcome all women, including female-bodied, female-identified, trans-feminine, and queer women to join us.

no need to pre-register, just show up! 

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Monthly Kirtan & Song Share!
May
19
6:30 PM18:30

Monthly Kirtan & Song Share!

MAY 19th at 6:30pm! 

Monthly kirtan & song share returns, Spring Style!! Do you enjoy the chanting that goes on during some yoga classes? Join us for a Kirtan jam!! We'll provide a laid-back setting for the heartfelt singing of bhajans - or devotional songs. Enjoy the subtle healing vibrations of mantra, music, and community.

This is an open opportunity to lead in or share in song if you have a devotional song of any background or mantra you would like bring to the community - round-robin style!! No experience singing-experience required! Bring a friend, an enemy, an instrument, but most especially bring an open mind and an open heart!! FREE OF CHARGE! Come out and share in song!

*No need to pre-register, just show up!

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VISION READINGS
May
12
12:00 PM12:00

VISION READINGS

This empowering and insightful session will help connect you deeply with your truest self and your deepest desires as a way to guide you on your unique path forward through a combination of astrology, tarot, and energetic healing. 

Come with questions and we will work through the answers together. 

About Lauren:

Casual Sorcery offers magical insight for your day to day life by tapping into the energy of the cards, stars, and more.  Lauren Cucinotta is a Brooklyn-based intuitive tarot reader and energy healer and the founder of Casual Sorcery.

30 min $40 

60 min $70

to book an appointment, please email us at palosantowellnessboutique@gmail.com

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MANIFESTO a master class
May
6
2:00 PM14:00

MANIFESTO a master class

🖤MANIFESTO May 6th w/ @yoginoir 🖤

Our identity is constructed as events happen to us, we choose our reactions.

These re-actions cause new actions to manifest...and re-actions and so on.

What I would like to explore with you is the project of self-identification.

Yoga (and other esoteric practices) are catalysts for change within us,

and in time we see the shifts in our perception of the world around us.

When we decide to change, our choices are like a mantra repeated over and over again until we hear the mantra echo in everything we do. So too we train ourselves to live a certain way.

Who are you?

Who do you want to be?

HOW do you want to interact with your world?

We will collectively tap into the energy of the Ascendant in Astrology, learn about it's historyand self-manufacture our own for this current state we are in.

We have the power to self-abrogate these masks that others have so easily placed upon us, and proudly wear our own chosen Ascendant to serve the world, our souls, and enjoy this sweet temporary existence.

Join Amanda for an afternoon of Yoga, Astrology, Kundalini Kriyas and deep self-inquiry.

OM!

*Please have your Date of birth, location and time of birth (as accurate as possible)

$20

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INVERSION IMMERSION WORKSHOP
May
4
6:30 PM18:30

INVERSION IMMERSION WORKSHOP

MAY 4th!! Join favorite Philly and Palo Santo teacher Kelly Love for this two hour, fun-filled, strength building workshop focusing specifically on forearm balance and handstand.

Taking our yoga poses to our hands can be very intimidating and often scary…BUT, it can also be a lot of fun, super exhilarating and even addictive. Turning our world upside down is also challenging by the simple fact that we spend the majority of our life right-side up. This workshop is designed to give you the tools you need to gain confidence, build strength and approach these inversions in a safe and effective manner.

In the first part of the workshop. we will:

Warm the body with an invigorating vinyasa practice designed to help us find our core

Open the shoulders

Prepare our proprioception for going upside down.

In the second part of the workshop, we will:

Break down the alignment anatomically

Build strength and improve proprioception with timed holds

Build confidence both at the wall and with a partner

Explore variations of forearm balance and handstands

Practice safe “bail out” techniques

This workshop is open to all so just show up with a desire to learn and have fun! 🤸🏽‍♀️🤸🏽‍♂️

$35 is the cost for this specialized workshop!

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MONTHLY WOMEN'S CIRCLE
Apr
29
5:00 PM17:00

MONTHLY WOMEN'S CIRCLE

++ Palo Santo Monthly Women's Circle ++  A safe and confidential place to drop out of busyness and drop into connection. This space supports women and the many valleys and mountains they face into today's world. This group is open format and is not associated with a certain religion or singular path. Open format may include: sharing, listening, reading, journaling, poetry, or other means of reflection and inspiration. You are invited to share stories, thoughts, questions, and prayers. ** Donation based

** We welcome all women, including female-bodied, female-identified, trans-feminine, and queer women to join us.

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

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YOGA 101 WORKSHOP
Apr
29
2:00 PM14:00

YOGA 101 WORKSHOP

Yoga 101: A Workshop

Do you know what's down dog? Have you ever wondered why everyone is saying Namaste? Namaste where??? If you find yourself wanting to venture into a yoga class, but aren't quite sure what to expect, we've got all the answers to your questions.

Welcome to Yoga 101: a workshop just for beginners, newbies, and anyone who's genuinely curious about this whole 'yoga thing'. Touching on a brief history of yoga itself, different styles that you may come across on a class schedule, the simple rules of etiquette while being in a studio setting, and some basic sanskrit terminology one might hear during class - the whole experience will be an open-discussion format, Q&A is totally encouraged! Closing out the day, we'll transform new knowledge into practice. In a 50 minute asana experience, we will break down fundamental postures piece by piece to build muscle memory while incorporating breath, gentle flow, and mindful meditation. Come as a newbie, leave as a yogi.

$28 

Mary Wolf, known as MJ Heart, is a South Philly transplant specializing in alignment-based, therapeutic, and hatha yoga. With years of dance & of eastern oriented philosophical study, 9 years of massage and reiki practices, as well as 7 years of yoga, MJ’s unique knowledge and expertise allow her to cultivate an environment for her students that stimulates growth on a physical, mental, and spiritual level. Since 2012, MJ has taught various classes at studios, gyms and community centers while also teaching yoga privately or in small groups to promote individual experiences that enhance, balance, strengthen, and build confidence for her students. MJ embraces teaching with an open heart knowing that she, herself, is forever a student of this beautiful thing called life.

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MONTHLY KIRTAN
Apr
22
5:30 PM17:30

MONTHLY KIRTAN

Monthly kirtan & song share returns, Spring Style!! Do you enjoy the chanting that goes on during some yoga classes? Join us for a Kirtan jam!! We'll provide a laid-back setting for the heartfelt singing of bhajans - or devotional songs. Enjoy the subtle healing vibrations of mantra, music, and community.

This is an open opportunity to lead in or share in song if you have a devotional song of any background or mantra you would like bring to the community - round-robin style!! No experience singing-experience required! Bring a friend, an enemy, an instrument, but most especially bring an open mind and an open heart!! FREE OF CHARGE! Come out and share in song!

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HARMONIUM + MANTRA SCHOOL 101
Apr
22
2:00 PM14:00

HARMONIUM + MANTRA SCHOOL 101

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 a group kirtan. We will learn how to sing some 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 $45

SPACE IS LIMITED! RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW!

Daniel Cordua is a sought after yoga teacher, spiritual educator, collaborator, mantra enthusiast, & massage therapist throughout the Philadelphia area & beyond. He is also co-owner of the one-of-a-kind healing sanctuary & creative space, Palo Santo Wellness Boutique.

His journey towards a healthier body, steadier mind and more open heart has drawn Daniel to not only study & teach dynamic vinyasa yoga, but yoga philosophy and ancient yogic texts – especially bhakti yoga, or the yoga of devotion. Daniel has pursued this interest by studying continuously in India & with renowned teacher, Raghunath, recently completing his 500 hr Yoga Certification.

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