Apr
9
Tue
How Yoga Saves Lives (Yoga Vacation Program) @ Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas
Apr 9 – Apr 10 all-day

It’s remarkable how life’s biggest challenges often pave a direct path to understanding life’s deeper meanings. Rather than accepting victimization, the possibility exists to rise above adversity and create momentous change. Yoga acts as both a catalyst and healing agent in this way — it holds the potential to help you shine light on your darkest moments, giving you the courage to move through them toward profound purpose.

Yoga, meditation, service, and community are some of the most effective tools that bring the empowerment needed to transform a traumatic experience. Wisdom rarely emerges in spite of difficulty, but rather because of it … and when integrated with yoga, that wisdom is more deeply understood.

Learn the ways that yoga has successfully saved lives — how it has transformed the experiences of human trafficking survivors, veterans, prisoners, and others who have undergone immense trauma. Get inspired by the stories of those who have survived life’s greatest challenges … and how they went on to become changemakers in society.

Offered as 1 satsang and 1 workshop (subject to change)

Please visit the Sivananda Ashram website for more information and to register for this event!

Apr
11
Thu
Transforming Trauma with Yoga and Yoga Nidra: An All-Levels Certificate Course @ Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas
Apr 11 – Apr 16 all-day

Trauma and anxiety pervade modern life, causing major public health concerns within society.
Cutting-edge clinical research can now confirm what yogis have known for thousands of years — that yoga and meditation regulate the nervous system, releasing tension and trauma from the body and mind. Especially today, these are crucial practices to know how to use … and teach!

Designed to give you a direct experience of the healing potential within these practices, this certificate course is both experiential and educational, intended for yoga teachers, healthcare workers, and interested souls. By experiencing these teachings firsthand and understanding the “why” behind them, you’ll be better equipped to integrate them into your personal and professional life.

Course topics include:

  • How to create a safe and nurturing trauma-sensitive yoga practice using evidence-based methodologies
  • Yoga Nidra guided mindfulness meditations for insomnia, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression
  • The modern clinical research behind these ancient techniques, showing how they heal trauma
  • Healing practices in breath, visualization, sound, movement, and mindfulness
  • Resilience, empowerment, and and post-traumatic growth
  • Building a self-care plan to integrate these life-changing practices into daily life

To learn more and register for this course, please visit the Sivananda Ashram website.

Jun
2
Sun
The First International Yoga Nidra Conference @ Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
Jun 2 – Jun 7 all-day

Gather to celebrate and explore yoga nidra with teachers from Satyananda Yoga Nidra, I AM Yoga NidraTM, Total Yoga Nidra, and iRest® Yoga Nidra. Together, we recognize and honor the roots of these teachings and establish a yoga nidra “family tree” that strengthens our community and reveals our united purpose.

Through experiential teachings and deep understanding, this first-of-its-kind conference offers an opportunity to

  • Interact with a global community of yoga nidra practitioners
  • Experience deep restoration, integration, intention, and creativity as you explore your essential nature and truth
  • Learn more about the science behind the healing power of yoga nidra
  • Discover new ways to carry these ancient teachings into everyday life.

Take time to connect, collaborate, and deepen your understanding of yoga nidra in order to transform and heal our world.

Presenters: 

Richard Miller, PhD
Stephanie Lopez, LISW-S, C-IAYT
Swami Shankardev Saraswati, MD
Swami Atmarupa Saraswati, E-RYT 500, RPYT, RCYT, YACEP
Kamini Desai, PhD
John Vosler, E-RYT 500
Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, PhD, YTh Dip, C-IAYT
Dr. June Henry, C-IAYT
Indu Arora
Jennifer Reis, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, LMT
Molly Birkholm

Visit the Kripalu website to learn more and register today!

Aug
16
Fri
Transforming Trauma with Yoga and Yoga Nidra: An All-Levels Certificate Course @ Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch
Aug 16 – Aug 23 all-day

Trauma and anxiety pervade modern life, causing major public health concerns within society.
Cutting-edge clinical research can now confirm what yogis have known for thousands of years — that yoga and meditation regulate the nervous system, releasing tension and trauma from the body and mind. Especially today, these are crucial practices to know how to use … and teach!

Designed to give you a direct experience of the healing potential within these practices, this certificate course is both experiential and educational, intended for yoga teachers, healthcare workers, and interested souls. By experiencing these teachings firsthand and understanding the “why” behind them, you’ll be better equipped to integrate them into your personal and professional life.

Course topics include:

  • How to create a safe and nurturing trauma-sensitive yoga practice using evidence-based methodologies
  • Yoga Nidra guided mindfulness meditations for insomnia, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression
  • The modern clinical research behind these ancient techniques, showing how they heal trauma
  • Healing practices in breath, visualization, sound, movement, and mindfulness
  • Resilience, empowerment, and post-traumatic growth
  • Building a self-care plan to integrate these life-changing practices into daily life

To learn more and register for this course, please visit the Sivananda Ashram website.

Oct
11
Fri
Accessible Yoga Conference @ Integral Yoga Institute
Oct 11 – Oct 13 all-day

Use code “Molly” at checkout to get a 10% discount!

How can we create an inclusive, equitable and accessible yoga community? How can we adapt yoga practices (asana, breathing, meditation) to support people with disabilities, injuries or chronic illness? What effect does the constant barrage of marketing images that reinforce society’s narrowly defined beauty standards have on our students? How has the #MeToo movement influenced important conversations about consent culture, abuse, and led to questioning the gurus and lineages we may have held dear?

Many people seem to be waking up and asking: Where is yoga heading? What really matters in this community and industry? How does my teaching welcome or alienate people who are new to the practice? What about my role in cultural appropriation? What does it really mean to be accessible? Who is the face (and body) of yoga?

For the Accessible Yoga Conference in New York City, we are joining the search for deeper meaning. We’ll be exploring topics like yoga and wellness, adaptive and chair yoga, therapeutic yoga for illness or injury, race and yoga, yoga for vets, yoga in recovery, yoga to support underserved communities and folks with marginalized identities, living our values while still operating in systems of oppression, and most of all, connecting, supporting, and rejuvenating folks who are dedicating their work and their lives to helping the world see the humanity in one another. Join us in creating a yoga community that is equitable and accessible. 

New York City

Molly Birkholm