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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A Special Evening of Kirtan w/ Madhava
Jun
4
7:00 PM19:00

A Special Evening of Kirtan w/ Madhava

We are so overjoyed & so very excited!

Join us for this very special event of beautiful music and devotional singing with one of the world’s most transformational Kirtan leaders, Madhava.

Madhava, who began playing music at age 5 and singing kirtan at age 18, is considered one of the most influential figures in the global kirtan scene.

Embark on a journey through the sacred sounds of ancient India. Drawing from an unbroken tradition of Indian devotional singing, Madhava will introduce and lead us in the ancient practice of "Kirtan" (or chanting), the heart of devotional yoga. This practice of calling to the divine creates a bridge between the individual and the eternal, opening the heart and making spacious room for spirit.

Sometimes soft and meditative and sometimes loud and wildly rhythmic, Kirtan takes the participant on a deep emotional, mystical and musical journey through our mostly unexplored inner world. With solo performance and call-and-response group chanting, Madhava creates a space of invocation, prayer, and deep connection to divinity.

*No previous experience is needed. This is an exploration of the heart, independent of vocal or musical technique.

suggested donation $15, register now to reserve your spot!

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Ayurveda & Anger Management
Jun
9
6:30 PM18:30

Ayurveda & Anger Management

Ayurveda & Anger Management w/ Damodar Cordua

Does the emotion of anger rear its ugly head too often in your day-to-day life? Does it frustrate relationships or compromise your emotional balance and ability to work & love sustainably? Ready to let go of this emotion and transform your life?✨ Do you have someone is your life who struggles with anger? Looking to help heal & understand your relationship with them?

Join Palo Santo Wellness co-owner Damodar (Daniel) Cordua @damodar.yoga.ayurveda for an Ayurvedic-informed look into how to best move past & even transform the fiery emotion of anger, how to practically heal yourself on a daily basis, and how to blossom into your true, full potential.

Ayurveda, the sister of yoga, is the ancient science of how to create optimal mental, physical and spiritual health. It is a system that empowers the individual to take their healing into their own hands by creating a fundamental wisdom and employing personalized lifestyle routines for deep transformation.

The class of this special workshop is $25

Damodar Cordua is an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, educator, co-owner of Palo Santo Wellness & a highly sought after yoga teacher based in Philadelphia.

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Shakti Gathering w/ Sophie Doar
May
19
2:00 PM14:00

Shakti Gathering w/ Sophie Doar

Shakti Gathering w/ Sophie Doar

2-4pm Sunday May 19th

We welcome all female-identified people to this special extended practice with Sophie Doar.

This timely workshop is offered in honor of the divine mother of all, Shakti, the dynamism at the heart of all life.

At the beginning of time Adi Shakti (the primordial life force) becomes manifest when Shiva (consciousness, the soul of the universe) recognizes himself and gains self-awareness. In so doing, Shakti gives birth to time itself, generating the pulse of the universe which enlivens all. We expand our awareness of Shakti with the recognition that “everything in the universe arises and subsides in the arms of the divine mother” – Kavitha Chinnaiyan, MD.

Through meditation, movement, and ritual, we will engage in practices that help us recognize our individual and universal creative power. This is a springtime, Mother’s month, energetic, reawakening, practice meant to bring clarity to how and where shakti is personified in you and as you. In short, this is a celebration!

$35

~ All attendees of Shakti Gathering are invited to stay for May’s Womxn’s Circle at 4:30pm (by donation).

** This is an inclusive space for all trans women and transfeminine folx. Transphobia will not be tolerated.


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Cacao Ceremony + Breath Work + Vinyasa Flow w/ Jun Lee
May
18
2:00 PM14:00

Cacao Ceremony + Breath Work + Vinyasa Flow w/ Jun Lee

Cacao Ceremony + Breath Work + Vinyasa Flow

w/ Jun Lee

May 18th 2-4pm

Cacao beans have been recognized for centuries for their potent heartfelt power among the indigenous tribes of Central America. Cacao is a superfood containing a complex mix of minerals, vitamins and aminos. Ceremonial grade cacao is used to help facilitate powerful transformation by accessing the heart center and deepening one’s connection to spirit. Cacao is known as a facilitator that brings you to the doors of perception, allowing you to connect with your heart’s center and its power and intuitive insight. This workshop will have access to this special plant medicine from Costa Rica - from a small family owned farm in the Caribbean region of Bri Bri. This cacao is wildcrafted, organic, raw - and personally brought over to the States by the facilitator.

 

The foundations of this workshop are centered around the breath work - which has its roots in the Amazon as well as Tibet. It is designed for all levels of experience, and regardless of skill level this breath work helps with - opening the lungs, flushing the cells with fresh oxygen, and practicing this rhythmic breath helps to release old patterns, emotions, and deep seeded habits which limit growth and expansion.

 

A sweet, sweaty and soulful vinyasa flow will be woven into all of this to round out and ground our practice - allowing you to leave both invigorated, inspired and deeply relaxed.

 

Bio:

Jun Lee is a registered nurse, Wim Hof Method certified instructor and the founder of Tao Yoga Collective, a Yoga Alliance certified school. She has been teaching 200 & 300 hr teacher trainings and retreats in Costa Rica and Italy since 2013. Jun is a dedicated student of Hatha Vinyasa, Kundalini Yoga, and QiGong. Her classes are aimed on mind-body-heart connection, with focus on the breath, and attuning to the heart space as much as possible. These various disciplines are cultivated to bring a well-rounded, dynamic practice that will leave you feeling empowered, calm, and grounded.

Jun’s intention is to hold a safe space for others to heal, go deep into their own experience, and expanding their energy.

This work is a guide for people to physically and symbolically heal, transform, and strengthen through diverse modalities - beginning with the breath. Jun teaches an approachable, deep style of Hatha Vinyasa Yoga that safely challenges the body, illuminates the mind, and opens the heart. Open your heart, breathe deeply, and feel the pulse - this is the first step. Feeling is understanding.

In her class, you will breathe deeply, feel lighter, and move rhythmically into stillness.

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The Sun Salutation w/ Lindsay Gitlitz
May
11
2:00 PM14:00

The Sun Salutation w/ Lindsay Gitlitz

The Sun Salutation w/ Lindsay Gitlitz

May 11th 2-4pm

Surya Namaskara, the sun salutation, and its many forms appear in nearly all yoga classes. The sun salutation consists of several poses that create a foundation for a sustainable practice. The specific alignment and modifications for each pose requires an in-depth exploration that a typical 75 minute class could not allow for.


If you have ever questioned how the staple poses of the sun salutation fit into your practice & your body OR feel like you may be injuring your self due to incorrect form, this workshop is for you!


We’ll take two hours to break down and adequately explore the following poses: downward facing dog, upward facing dog, chaturanga dandasana and plank pose. Transitions, safety, modifications and the use of breath will also be covered so that your experience of a "vinyasa" flow will be that of fluid mediation in motion. We will use props to both create a solid foundation and a sustainable practice that suits all body types.


This is an all-levels workshop open to anyone looking for a fun, challenging and informative experience in a supportive environment. Reserve your spot today!

$30 

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Radiant Recharge: A Special Two Hour Yoga Flow w/ Alex Holmes
May
4
1:00 PM13:00

Radiant Recharge: A Special Two Hour Yoga Flow w/ Alex Holmes

Radiant Recharge: A Special 2 Yoga Hour Flow w/ Alex Holmes

May 4th 1-3pm

To flow means to move in a steady, conscious, stream. When we apply this concept to the practice of yoga, balanced action is the goal.

In this extended practice we will take the time to effectively warm and prepare the body for a challenging, full spectrum practice. This will be followed with longer holding stretches, breath work, and relaxation techniques that will leave you feeling both worked out and charged up!

$25

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Asteroid Goddess w/ Kathleen Callahan (Daughter of Wands)
May
3
7:00 PM19:00

Asteroid Goddess w/ Kathleen Callahan (Daughter of Wands)

Asteroid Goddess w/ Kathleen Callahan (Daughter of Wands)

May 3rd 7-9pm at the Shop/Apothecary Space, $28


How do we embody ALL aspects of the divine feminine as encountered in pre-patriarchal myth, and how can we channel their energies to synchronize our stories and weave a new, more empowering tapestry of our creative genius, self reliance, and sacred sexuality? Discover the asteroids in our solar system that were named after the four major goddesses of the Roman pantheon and what they say about your unique makeup!


Join local astrologer Kathleen @daughter.of.wands on May 2rd for the Taurus New Moon for a special astrological and mythical themed workshop to uncover the Asteroid Goddesses in your own natal chart.


In this workshop we'll uncover the pre-patriarchal myths behind the four major asteroids - Ceres, Pallas Athene, Vesta, and Juno - discover their placement in our personal charts, and end with a guided meditation to meet the goddess we most embody, and create an altar together to honor our inner divine feminine.


Half lecture, half interactive story medicine and discussion, and half ritual, this class will sure to leave you entranced in myth, your personal astrology, and finding a deeper connection to yourself.


A base knowledge of your natal chart is required, please feel free to bring an offering for our altar: flowers, fruit, crystals, vessels, beautiful objects, etc.

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Yoga Psychedelia w/ Amanda Medina & Chandler Price
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Yoga Psychedelia w/ Amanda Medina & Chandler Price

Yoga Psychedelia with Amanda Medina & Chandler Price
April 19th 7-9pm
$30

"If the door of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to a man as it is, infinite."
- William Blake

Elevate your impression of what yoga practice can be, clear out the cloudiness and surrender to the intuitive powers of herbs, breath, and your own body.

Enter a womb-like atmosphere and get “dosed” with our curated tea blend for this unique ritual. You will be guided through movements that are designed to shatter blocks in the body, challenging practices such as Yogi Bhajan's "Key To Unlock The Unlimited Infinite Power" and sweetening, softening explorations of spinal rolls.

An experiment in chanting, pranayama, asana, plants, scents, sights, and complete submission.

*no yoga mats
*this is a drug free event, teas offered are healthy safe herbal stimulants

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Kirtan Party w/ Madhu!
Apr
6
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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Meditation Vacation - An Immersive Retreat For Your Mind w/ Madhu
Apr
5
to Apr 6

Meditation Vacation - An Immersive Retreat For Your Mind w/ Madhu

Meditation Vacation - An Immersive Retreat For Your Mind w/ Madhu

Could your mind use a breath a fresh air?

Join former monk and world traveling yoga, mantra & meditation teacher Madhu for a 2 day mediation immersion at Palo Santo!

We will be exploring various types of meditation practices from around the world and ways to incorporate these transformational techniques into our daily lives.

Turn inward, find peace, transcend, become more mindful, breathe deep, move, cultivate stillness & silence, commune with sacred sound... immerse yourself in the healing of meditation and widen your experiential toolbox towards consciousness!

This course is for novices as well as those with an advanced meditation practice.

Meditations Styles include:

Body scan

Yoga Asana

Silent

Seated Zen

Mindfulness

Guided

Gratitude

Focused attention

Japa Mantra

Pranayama

Culminating in kirtan!

Schedule:

Friday 630-9pm intro + welcoming circle

Sat 12-2 live music asana

2-3 break

3-630 mediations + exercises

7-9 kirtan

Price for this immersive experience is $108

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Rest & Digest: A Restorative Yoga Immersion & Teacher Training w/ Lindsay Gitlitz
Mar
30
1:00 PM13:00

Rest & Digest: A Restorative Yoga Immersion & Teacher Training w/ Lindsay Gitlitz

Restorative yoga is a way of arranging the physical body in a way that initially invites rest and ultimately an intuitive healing experience. It’s a practice that looks simple, but offers a lifetime of exploration. It’s a way of being, rather than a practice of doing, so it actually takes some “unlearning” to become effective.


The byproduct of living in a world fueled by productivity, multitasking and efficiency, is often exhaustion, stress and even illness. Restorative yoga is like the antidote to modern life- it’s emphasis on being-ness requires nothing more than a settling into stillness. And yet, there is great challenge that begs us to explore and discover who we truly are beyond the veil of busyness that often defines us and keeps us detached from our more subtle selves.


In this 6 hour immersion & teacher training, we will dive deeply into the ways restorative yoga can address the dis-ease of the body and the mind. Students will experience the restorative practice: a juicy 90 minute endeavor to activate the body’s “rest and digest” response which is constantly turned off during times of stress, when the response is “fight or flight.” 

This informative practice will be followed by detailed instruction for setting up poses using props for maximum physical comfort, common bodily misalignments, and fullest bliss. There will also be a fascinating lecture component that addresses the science of the nervous system and the healing benefits of an effective restorative practice as well as using the Kosha model for facilitating a deeply layered experience of rest. Partner work and group discussion will provide individualized opportunity to explore ways of incorporating restorative practices within the larger context of yoga asana.

The price for this immersive training experience is $75

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Astro Club: The Personal Planets & You w/ Amanda Medina
Mar
24
5:00 PM17:00

Astro Club: The Personal Planets & You w/ Amanda Medina

Astro club: personal planets and their aspects

Closest to the ego are our personal planets (sun, moon, Mercury, mars, Venus). They reside in a house and act through a sign, but also have the potential of communicating with one another. All of these in tandem create the personality we see in our day to day, the personality that is malleable depending on how much we can be self-aware and notice what needs shifting. 
Bring your birth chart (date, time, location needed), a notebook, and a curious mind to explore the personal planets and their actions with me!

$25

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Prema Breathwork w/ JK Rocket
Mar
16
3:00 PM15:00

Prema Breathwork w/ JK Rocket

Prema Breathwork w/ JK Rocket (Jon Kameen)

March 16th, 3pm


Breath and Consciousness are intimately interwoven.As we breathe more deeply into our bodies, we are inviting awareness into parts of ourselves (or our past) that have long been stored away. As we bring awareness to the areas that have been hidden, our bodies innate healing abilities kick in; we release what has been holding us back, and we step closer into our full potential.

The process itself uses very simple means: with the eyes closed and lying on a mat, each person uses their own breath with this technique along with the music in the room to enter a non-ordinary state of consciousness. This state activates the natural inner healing process of the individual’s psyche, bringing him or her a particular set of internal experiences. With the inner healing intelligence guiding the process, the quality and content brought forth is unique to each person and for that particular time and place. While recurring themes are common, no two sessions are ever alike.


Many practitioners feel this breath work provides a direct, replicable, physical experience of Divine Love through the saturation of the body with prana.

$30


Jon’s passion for movement, adventure, flying, and the outdoors started at a young age as a snowboarder, mountain biker, and adventurer. This passion continues to this day and has led him away from his job in the corporate world towards a more simple and rewarding life of studying and teaching yoga. Jon is known for his high energy Vinyasa classes that focus on alignment and breath and include yoga philosophy, mythical stories, chanting, exploration, and fun.

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An Afternoon of the Yoga Sutras w/ JK Rocket
Mar
16
12:00 PM12:00

An Afternoon of the Yoga Sutras w/ JK Rocket

An Afternoon of the Yoga Sutras w/ JK Rocket (Jon Kameen)

March 16th 12pm


Join us for a workshop on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, a canonical text in many yoga traditions. Jon will lead you through the history, structure, and application the Yoga Sutras. We’ll focus on key Sutras in the 1st & 2nd books. They’ll also be an extended dialog on understanding the Yamas and Niyamas and integrating them into our life and practice to create a simpler, happier, and more content existence. No previous Yoga Sutra experience required.

$30


Jon’s passion for movement, adventure, flying, and the outdoors started at a young age as a snowboarder, mountain biker, and adventurer. This passion continues to this day and has led him away from his job in the corporate world towards a more simple and rewarding life of studying and teaching yoga. Jon is known for his high energy Vinyasa classes that focus on alignment and breath and include yoga philosophy, mythical stories, chanting, exploration, and fun.

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Expansive Practice w/ JK Rocket
Mar
15
6:30 PM18:30

Expansive Practice w/ JK Rocket

Expansive Practice w/ Jon Kameen aka JK Rocket

March 15th 6:30pm-8:30pm


Are you ready to fly? Jon will lead you through a fun mix of arm balances, inversions, exploration/play time, and yoga/Vedic philosophy built into a fun, thoughtful Vinyasa sequence. Expect to spend plenty of time upside down, inspired, balancing, laughing, and deepening your practice!

$28

Jon’s passion for movement, adventure, flying, and the outdoors started at a young age as a snowboarder, mountain biker, and adventurer. This passion continues to this day and has led him away from his job in the corporate world towards a more simple and rewarding life of studying and teaching yoga. Jon is known for his high energy Vinyasa classes that focus on alignment and breath and include yoga philosophy, mythical stories, chanting, exploration, and fun.

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The Writing is On The Wall: A Yoga Alignment Workshop w/ Kelly Love
Mar
8
6:30 PM18:30

The Writing is On The Wall: A Yoga Alignment Workshop w/ Kelly Love

The Writing is On The Wall: A Yoga Alignment Workshop w/ Kelly Love

March 8th 6:30-8:30pm

In this workshop the “writing on the wall” is enlightenment We will explore the use of the wall as a resource to finding proper alignment in your yoga poses. Using the wall as a prop not only helps discover the proper muscular engagement by offering support to the structure, but also provides additional challenges We establish key alignment principles, incorporate them into our vinyasa practice and even discover how they can offer assistance to deepen our stretching and take your shapes upside down. Be enlightened as the wall becomes your partner, as you lean on it, align yourself with it, push off of it and press into it!

All levels welcome. $30


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Kirtan & Storytelling w/ Raghunath!
Mar
2
7:00 PM19:00

Kirtan & Storytelling w/ Raghunath!

Kirtan & Storytelling w/ Raghunath!

 

March 2nd, 7pm $15 

 

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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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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Applied Anatomy for Yogis & Yoga Teachers: Injury Management & Prevention w/ Mariel Freeman
Feb
23
2:30 PM14:30

Applied Anatomy for Yogis & Yoga Teachers: Injury Management & Prevention w/ Mariel Freeman

In this specialized workshop we will explore anatomy through the lens of the most common aches and injuries that show up in yoga classrooms. Trainees will learn precise biomechanical alignment techniques that help manage and prevent common aches and injuries including low back pain, forward head posture, rotator cuff, hip bursitis/torn labrum, and others.

February 23rd 2:30-7pm $85

SPACE IS LIMITED!

Mariel Freeman began practicing yoga in 2001 while studying at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 2004, she discovered her philosophy teacher, Dr. Douglas Brooks, and completed the first of many teacher trainings with Todd Norian in Massachusetts. In 2006, Mariel moved from from Sarasota, Florida to her hometown in New Jersey to study closely with her mentors, Sue Elkind and Naime Jezzeny.

In her teaching, Mariel inspires students to directly access and celebrate the intelligence of embodiment through precise alignment and Rajanaka Tantra philosophy. As a life-long student, she shares the great wisdom and generosity of her teachers in all of her classes. Noted for her collaborative teaching and organizing, Mariel has partnered with Be Well Philly, The Kimpton Hotels, Lululemon and others, to celebrate diversity and empower sustainable community. She founded Three Queens after the three Goddesses in the yoga tradition; Kali, Saraswati, and Lakshmi, who represent dissolution, creation, and sustenance.

Mariel currently resides in Philadelphia, where she co-owns Shot Tower Coffee. She is dedicated to revitalizing the Queen Village neighborhood by building businesses that draw the community together. Mariel's classes can be found here.


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4 Paths of Yoga: Bhagavad Gita Immersion
Feb
9
2:00 PM14:00

4 Paths of Yoga: Bhagavad Gita Immersion

Join Palo Santo Wellness Boutique owner & sought after Philadelphia-based yoga teacher Daniel Cordua for a special afternoon of yoga philosophy and timeless spiritual thought. Daniel will present a fun, captivating, down-to-earth, succinct & digestible 4 hour introduction to the main yoga text & most-translated book in human history, The Bhagavad Gita. Learning & discussing important themes of perennial yogic wisdom from this illuminating book, this immersion will invoke a spiritual intelligence that can be directly applied to our everyday lives - teaching us how to live a more connected existence - and, if we are yogis or yoga teachers, how we can apply this connection to our practice and our own teaching.

What really IS this thing we do and call “Yoga?” This immersion will simplify & make clear the fundamental teachings of yoga by exploring the four common yoga paths – Karma-yoga, Jnana-yoga, Ashtanga-yoga & Bhakti-yoga, clarifying what separates and what unites them, how it all relates to asana practice, as well as which elements of these paths are most practical for deepening one’s own yoga practice in today’s world!

Students will be be better prepared to interpret yoga teachings for themselves by gaining an understanding of the most fundamental concepts of yoga through the Bhagavad-gita, yoga’s most essential text.

Subjects to be covered:

Ashtanga-yoga / Meditation
Jnana-Yoga / Renunciation
Karma-yoga / Action
Bhakti-yoga / Devotion
Karma
Time
The modes of nature (gunas)
The relation between the mind, intelligence, ego, and self.
The relevance of asana practice in yoga.

Saturday February 9th from 2-5:30pm

$45

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Gateway of Love: A Headstand Workshop w/ Sophie Doar
Feb
1
6:30 PM18:30

Gateway of Love: A Headstand Workshop w/ Sophie Doar

Gateway to Love: A Headstand Workshop
With Sophie Doar
Friday February 1, 6:30-8:30pm $35

Sirsasana, headstand, is known as the ‘king’ or ‘father’ of the poses and places our physical and subtle crowns upon the Earth. The sahasrara, ‘thousand-petaled’ lotus, crown chakra, is a gateway to supreme consciousness, love, divine energy, pure bliss, etc., etc. A headstand is the ultimate bow, not only to our Earth and creator, but to the creative and expansive qualities within us. “Consciousness is chemical” – when we stimulate the crown chakra, pituitary and pineal glands release hormones which literally expand our consciousness. By turning our perspective on its head, we gain a broader vision and can let go of misunderstandings about who or what we think we are. Sirsasana practice is a gateway to experience our own infinite nature, which is loving awareness.

 

In this workshop, we will begin by embodying the philosophical and spiritual essence of Sirsasana pose by chanting a mantra to stimulate the entire chakra system, but especially the sahasrara chakra. We will move through a warming vinyasa practice to prepare the body for sirsasana and mukta hasta sirsasana (tripod headstand) variations. We will spend time breaking down the foundations of these poses as well as playful transitions in and out, using blocks, the wall, and ultimately practicing in the middle of the room. A soothing cool down, meditation, and final rest in savasana to follow.

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Healing Hands: Restorative Yoga & Therapeutic Touch w/ Lindsay Gitlitz
Jan
27
4:00 PM16:00

Healing Hands: Restorative Yoga & Therapeutic Touch w/ Lindsay Gitlitz

Healing Hands: Restorative Yoga & Therapeutic Touch w/ Lindsay Gitlitz

January 27th 4-6pm w/ Lindsay Gitlitz

Hands on relax and restore:
Restorative yoga is coupled with a physical touch modality called IHYT in this special workshop.  IHYT is a technique involving pressure, stretching and other intuitive practices intended to leave the recipient feeling more open to their own healing potential.

Relaxation activates the body’s own healing mechanisms.  As an ongoing process, relaxation and healing work on multiple levels: they effect the condition of the physical body, the quality of breath and the content of the mind.  Slowly, long held tensions may release and emotional holdings start to soften when you are able to consistently and effectively relax.

Through this guided restorative yoga practice the individual is able to explore their own journey of what calls to be healed on the deepest levels.  Whether your path of healing is just beginning or well underway, this night of intentional practice is designed to produce a yummy and “feel good” experience.  Each practitioner will be assisted with the IHYT hands on techniques to facilitate increased receptivity.  We will operate as if everything is already OK and build upon our openness to being receptive.  The practice will end with a yoga Nidra- a systematic journey through the physical body which allows for a deep release of the mind and a sense of lucid dreaming.

This special night is limited to 12 people for a maximum hands-on experience.  The cost is $35.

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Inversion Immersion: Demystifying Inversion w/ Kelly Love
Jan
19
1:00 PM13:00

Inversion Immersion: Demystifying Inversion w/ Kelly Love

Inversion Immersion: Demystifying Inversions w/ Kelly Love

Saturday January 19th 1-5pm

 

Whether you are an instructor looking to teach inversions safely or a student who wants to better understand and deepen your practice of advanced postures, this workshop will help take your practice to the next level. Turning your world upside down can often be scary, especially because we spend most, if not all of it, right-side up!

 

In this workshop, we will break down the components of headstand, handstand, forearm balance and shoulderstand starting from the foundation of each pose. We will focus on warming up the necessary muscle groups required to support each structure and discuss limitations and modifications to make the postures safe and accessible.

By demystifying the complexity of these postures, you will take actionable steps to deepen your personal practice and your ability to teach.

 

$50 is the cost for this 4 hour immersion

 

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Kelly Love fell in love with yoga after stumbling into her first class over a dozen years ago. At first, it was another discipline to complement her teaching arsenal of high energy fitness classes, but it quickly became the light that opened her eyes to the mind-body connection.

 

Kelly received her 200-hour teaching certification from Philadelphia’s Power Yoga Works in 2006 and spent the next several years exploring a variety of different styles with nationally known teachers such as Simon Park, Beryl Bender Birch, and others. As Kelly refined her teaching style and gravitated more towards an alignment based practice, she completed her Wall Vinyasa certification with Erica Bleznak in 2015 and has recently completed her 500-hour training with anatomy guru, Jason Crandell, in San Francisco.

 

In addition to yoga, Kelly is also certified to teach both mat and reformer Pilates which provides a solid foundation for any class she teaches, whether its yoga or pilates. Having been in the fitness industry for over two decades, Kelly draws from her knowledge and experiences in teaching other disciplines to offer a well-rounded yoga practice that is educational yet playful, challenging yet accessible, and exploratory yet functional. Step into one of Kelly’s classes and you are sure to experience her passion for not only alignment based yoga and core work, but music in the form of collaborative and creative playlists. Song requests and singing 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

SOLD OUT!

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 meditation/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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Liquid Flow for Charity w/ Simon Park
Jan
11
6:30 PM18:30

Liquid Flow for Charity w/ Simon Park

Liquid Flow For Charity w/ Simon Park

2 hr Extended Vinyasa Practice + Coat Drive !

January 11th, 6:30-8:30pm, only $25

Give yourself the joy of an extended practice with world-renowned yoga teacher & Philly native Simon Park. AND GIVE BACK to help fight hunger in the Philadelphia area. 50% of profits go will go local nonprofit Philabundance AND we are running a winter coat drive! Help those who need it most & give yourself the gift of your yoga.

Liquid Flow Freestyle Vinyasa: 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 classical and modern styles. 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. Finally, an observation upon the subtleties of the breath and how feeling of how it effects the body and mind. Principles of Vinyasa Krama are utilized to create an evolutionary practice that aims to challenge, invigorate and harmonize body, mind and soul.

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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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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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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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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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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