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Upcoming Courses & Workshops

Date:
Back Care Workshop (Series) with Kate Coughlin Next held on Sun, Mar 29, 2015 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sun Mar 8, 2015 - Sun Apr 12, 2015
During this 5-week series you will learn how to build and maintain a strong, healthy and flexible back. Learn the anatomy of the spine - including the muscles and bones. Learn how to build core strength and stability and minimize injury to the spine. This is an active/participatory class. 
 
Join Kate Coughlin and Shauna Lay
Sundays: March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 12, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
$75 for all 5 sessions (20% discount for students with Unlimited Monthly passes)
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Kid's Yoga with Judy Brennan Next held on Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
This enrollment runs from Mon Mar 2, 2015 - Mon Mar 30, 2015
Kid's Yoga is a unique class that offers children, grades K - 5, the opportunity to enjoy the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of yoga in a non-competitive environment. The ancient principles of yoga are explored but adapted to meet the needs, level of understanding, and learning style of children.
 
Kids will learn yoga poses, breath awareness, and simple meditative and relaxation exercises through music, games, stories, play, and fun. Friendliness, teamwork, and kindness will be emphasized to develop a sense of community within the class and confidence for each child. Yoga can help children develop body awareness and learn the joy of movement as well as nourish the imagination, reduce anxiety, teach active relaxation, and plant the seeds for a practice that can develop in maturity as they do.
 
The following series meet on the specified Mondays from 4:00pm-4:45pm:
 
4-week Kid's Yoga:
March 2, 9, 23, 30, 2015
(No Class March 16)
Cost: $44
 
5-week Kid's Yoga:
April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 2015
Cost: $55
 
2-week Kid's Yoga:
June 1, 8, 2015
Cost: $22
 
Please Note:
New students are welcome on the first class of a new series only.
Class size maximum is 12 kids. Priority will be given to the first 12 students who purchase a series and then drop-ins will be allowed if space is available.
Please contact Kids Teacher Judy Brennan to inquire if space is available at 925-785-6652 or judybrennanlive@gmail.com.  
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200hr Advanced Studies - Spring Session 2015

Spring Session: February 14, 2015 - June 4, 2015

Downtown Yoga is a Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher Training School. The Advanced Studies program has been specifically designed to exceed the 200-hour Teacher Training program standards for registration with the Yoga Alliance (www.YogaAlliance.org).

The total program, which includes both a Fall and a Spring sessions, comprises 240 total hours of instruction in training, teaching methodology, yoga techniques, yogic philosophy and anatomy.

This will be our 10th year of the Advanced Studies Program at Downtown Yoga.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE
Saturdays & Sundays
1:30PM - 6:00PM (includes 1/2 hour break)

February 14th & 15th
Saturday – Partner’s Yoga Practices
Sunday – Exploring the Chakras

Saturday’s focus will be on working with partners in supportive and complimentary poses. Use each other’s body weight and support as grounding and leverage. Sunday’s focus is on exploring the chakras – the wheels of energy within the body.

March 14th & 15th
The Art of Sequencing

This weekend will focus on the art and science of sequencing poses for maximum benefit – both energizing and restorative practices. Learn when to use specific poses as counter and complimentary poses in a practice

April 11th & 12th
Exploring the Core

Delve deep into the core of your body and the center of every aspect of your self to find balance, power and energy. This weekend workshop will focus on how to stabilize, strengthen and activate the center core in every pose. Special attention will be directed toward prevention of common injuries and imbalances as the result of an instable and unbalanced center.

May 16th, & 17th
Arms and Inversions

Handstands, Arm balances and inversions can be some of the most challenging poses and yet the most rewarding when practiced. These poses build confidence, strength, stamina and build concentration. This weekend will focus on making arm balance and inversions accessible even to the beginner.

WEEKDAY SCHEDULE
Tuesdays & Thursdays
7:15PM - 9:15PM

Tuesday – Session I (8 weeks)
February 17th – April 7th, 2015
Philosophy, Ethics and Meditation

Learn the roots of yoga from selected texts; explore ethics and foundations of yogic principles. Practice asanas with yoga history in mind and heart, and then practice meditation for up to 30 minutes each class.

Tuesday – Session II (8 weeks)
April 14th – June 2nd, 2015
Sequencing, Adjustments and Pranayama

This class is critical for those intending to become yoga teachers. Learn various methods for offering both verbal and hands-on adjustments to enhance the effectiveness and ease of the pose. Explore breath awareness and basic Pranayama techniques and practices.

Thursday – Session I (8 weeks)
February 19th – April 9th, 2015
Teaching of Standing Poses, Forward Folds and Inversions

Learn how to teach the basic standing poses, forward folds and inversions including headstand (Sirsasana) and shoulderstand (Sarvangasana). Develop your inner teacher and the skills to teach others.

Thursday – Session II (8 weeks)
April 16th – June 4th, 2015
Teaching of Backbends, Twists and Restorative poses

Learn how to teach all backbends and twists. We will also cover restorative poses during this session.

ADDITIONAL CLASS SCHEDULE

Students who intend to complete the full course must take one other 1.5-hour class every week (24 hours)

*Note: Class must be taught by the Director of Downtown Yoga

Students must complete a minimum of 100 hours of FALL session, and complete a minimum of 100 hours of SPRING session to be eligible for full course completion.

TUITION & REGISTRATION

Tuition for the entire 16-week SPRING Program is - $1,500.00. Tuition includes all classes on the schedule (including the one 1.5 hour class per week from the Director).

Entire tuition is due no later than January 17th, 2015. Minimum deposit is $300.00 due no later than January 1, 2015.

Early Tuition Discount: Tuition paid in full on or before December 31st, 2014 there is a $150 discount - $1,350.00. Downtown Yoga accepts personal checks or cash for tuition payment.

Click here to download the curriculum in a PDF format.



200hr Advanced Studies - Spring Session - 2015 with Kate Coughlin Next held on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Feb 14, 2015 - Thu Jun 4, 2015
200hr Advanced Studies - Spring Session - 2015 with Kate Coughlin Next held on Sat, Apr 11, 2015 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Apr 11, 2015 - Sun Apr 12, 2015
200hr Advanced Studies - Spring Session - 2015 with Kate Coughlin Next held on Sat, May 16, 2015 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat May 16, 2015 - Sun May 17, 2015
300-Hour Advanced Studies

300-Hour Teacher Training Program
500-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher

This is a yearlong training for students who have completed the 200-hour Yoga Alliance registered program (200-hr RYT). Students who have graduated from Downtown Yoga’s 200-hour program automatically are qualified for this program. Graduates from other Registered Yoga Schools (RYS) will be considered by evaluation and interview. These two programs unite to qualify to register as a 500-RYT with Yoga Alliance.

CURRICULUM

Click here to read the curriculum in a PDF format

MODULE I - Practice Asana

Focusing on alignment, sequencing

Thursday evenings 7:15-9:15
April 17, 2014 through May 21, 2015

(No classes on 6/19/14, 10/23/14 & 10/30/14, 11/6/14, 11/27/14, 12/25/14, 1/1/15 & 4/23/15)

60 hours by Kate Coughlin, 40 hours by Jim Coughlin = 100 hours total

Price: $1,595.00

MODULE II - Anatomy and Kinesiology

Advanced Asana practice 1-3pm
Anatomy class 3:30-6:30pm (Kate other qualified faculty TBA)

April 19, May 17, June 28, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15

Every 3rd Saturday of the month (except June 28, which is the last Saturday of the month). Eight Saturdays total - 40 hours.

Price $695.00

MODULE III - Retreat at Land of Medicine Buddha – Soquel, CA

March 28,29 and 30 - OR - August 29, 30 & 31, 2014

Meditation and Mindful movement
Teachers: Kate Coughlin and Shauna Lay (March) or Teacher TBD (August)
(13 hours)

4 practice classes (2 hours each)
Morning meditation 2 classes (one hour)
3 hours meditation and philosophy class Saturday 1-4pm

Price - $435.00

MODULE IV - Assisting Program

Students will observe and assist a class with Kate for 20 weeks. Kate will provide one-on-one review & discussion totaling 10 hours (40 hours of assisting).

Price - $250.00

MODULE V - Non-Contact hours

Homework and approved workshops* (price separately - see below) will make up the remaining 150 hours. Homework will consist of creating a home practice curriculum, journaling, reading required books and essays. Kate will review all non-contact hours in one final two-hour session.

Price for Kate’s review of Non-contact hours: $250.00

Total price for all 5 MODULES (price separately: $3,225.00

DISCOUNT: If paid in full on or before March 28, 2014 $2,950.00

DEPOSITS:

Minimum deposit of $725.00 due on or before March 28, 2014

Balance due in five (5) monthly installments of $500 beginning on June 1, 2014
(Payment schedule is: 6/1, 7/1, 8/1, 9/1 & 10/1/14)

CANCELLATIONS:

Students who have paid in full ($2,950.00) may cancel at any time and all un-earned fees will be returned less $250.00 non-refundable deposit.

APPROVED WORKSHOPS:

Workshops offered by Downtown Yoga that may be used towards “Non-Contact” hours include:

2-day Iyengar Yoga Prop Clinic with Roberta McCarty Dell’Anno
July 26 & 27, 2014
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
(6 hours total)
Price: $80

Jason Crandell Workshop
September 27, 2014
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
(3 hours total)
Price: $50

H.S. Arun Workshop
TBD for 2014

Any other workshops outside of Downtown Yoga must be pre-approved by Kate Coughlin to qualify for eligibility for non-contact hours.

For further information or questions, please contact Kate Coughlin at: 925-819-9983 or email at asanakate@yahoo.com



Module I - Practice Asana with Kate Coughlin Next held on Thu, Apr 2, 2015 at 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Apr 19, 2014 - Thu May 21, 2015
Exploring the CORE Workshop with Kate Coughlin Next held on Sat, Apr 11, 2015 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Apr 11, 2015 - Sun Apr 12, 2015
Delve deep into the core of your body and the center of every aspect of your self to find balance, power and energy. This weekend workshop will focus on how to stabilize, strengthen and activate the center core in every pose. Special attention will be directed toward prevention of common injuries and imbalances as the result of an instable and unbalanced center. Cost is $50 for either Saturday or Sunday - or $98 for both days.
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Kid's Yoga with Judy Brennan Next held on Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
This enrollment runs from Mon Apr 13, 2015 - Mon May 11, 2015
Kid's Yoga is a unique class that offers children, grades K - 5, the opportunity to enjoy the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of yoga in a non-competitive environment. The ancient principles of yoga are explored but adapted to meet the needs, level of understanding, and learning style of children.
 
Kids will learn yoga poses, breath awareness, and simple meditative and relaxation exercises through music, games, stories, play, and fun. Friendliness, teamwork, and kindness will be emphasized to develop a sense of community within the class and confidence for each child. Yoga can help children develop body awareness and learn the joy of movement as well as nourish the imagination, reduce anxiety, teach active relaxation, and plant the seeds for a practice that can develop in maturity as they do.
 
The following series meet on the specified Mondays from 4:00pm-4:45pm:
 
4-week Kid's Yoga:
March 2, 9, 23, 30, 2015
(No Class March 16)
Cost: $44
 
5-week Kid's Yoga:
April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 2015
Cost: $55
 
2-week Kid's Yoga:
June 1, 8, 2015
Cost: $22
 
Please Note:
New students are welcome on the first class of a new series only.
Class size maximum is 12 kids. Priority will be given to the first 12 students who purchase a series and then drop-ins will be allowed if space is available.
Please contact Kids Teacher Judy Brennan to inquire if space is available at 925-785-6652 or judybrennanlive@gmail.com.  
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Spring Renewal Retreat in Sayulita, Mexico with Kate Coughlin Next held on Sat, Apr 18, 2015 at 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Apr 18, 2015 - Sat Apr 25, 2015
“Spring Renewal Retreat”
April 18 – April 25, 2015
 
The Haramara Retreat Center
www.haramararetreat.com
Sayulita, Mexico
 
The “Spring Renewal” Retreat promises to be a perfect week to begin the process of looking inward, and at renewing our deepest selves.
This retreat is offered as a gift to you. We invite you to renew, to relax, to refresh, and to remember what is – and what continues to be - important in your life.
 
Kate & Jim Coughlin are honored to be your hosts and yoga guides during this week.
 
Expect the most serene, romantic, peaceful, tropical resort on the Western Hemisphere at your disposal. Expect an ocean view and no interruptions or disturbances of “modern” life (i.e., television, radio, traffic, etc.). Expect exceptional vegetarian cuisine three times a day. Expect two yoga practices and one meditation practice each day in an open air setting. Expect peace, quiet and serenity as the norm. Expect the ocean air to fill your lungs with Pacific-charged prana. Expect first class service. Expect to relax with friends and fellow yogis. Expect to awaken the joy and bliss you’ve known was there all your life. Expect to feel overwhelmed with gratitude and thanks. Expect this and much more.
 
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Yoga Master H.S. Arun Yoga Intensive

Yoga Master H.S. Arun will be offering special morning classes from Sunday, April 26th to Wednesday, April 29th, 2015.

These classes are for students with at least one-year of practice. This program is not suitable for beginners. Please register early as this event will sell out in advance.

Dates and Times
Sunday, April 26: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Monday, April 27: 6:00 - 7:30 a.m.
Tuesday, April 28: 6:00 - 7:30 a.m. 
Wednesday, April 29: 6:00 - 7:30 a.m

Cost: $30/class OR $100 for all 4 classes


Yoga Master H.S. Arun April Yoga Intensive with HS Arun Sun, Apr 26, 2015 at 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Yoga Master H.S. Arun April Yoga Intensive with HS Arun Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 6:00 am - 7:30 am
Yoga Master H.S. Arun April Yoga Intensive with HS Arun Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 6:00 am - 7:30 am
Yoga Master H.S. Arun April Yoga Intensive with HS Arun Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 6:00 am - 7:30 am
Strength & Grace Vinyasa Workshop with Elisa Mott Next held on Sat, May 2, 2015 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat May 2, 2015 - Sun May 3, 2015
A vinyasa practice designed for flow yoga practitioners, Strength and Grace Vinyasa Yoga, will embody the Kripalu motto of “meditation in motion”. We will explore prana response and find a balance between continuous movement and stillness. This vibrant workshop will provide a combination of alignment-based postures and repetitive flow sequences to create strength in the body and grace in the heart.
 
Saturday, May 2, 2015
3:00pm-5:00pm
Cost: $30
 
Saturday, November 7, 2015
3:00pm-5:00pm
Cost: $30
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Yoga Master H.S. Arun May Yoga Intensive

Yoga Master H.S. Arun will be offering special morning classes from Tuesday, May 12 to Thursday May 14, 2015.

These classes are for students with at least one-year of practice. This program is not suitable for beginners. Please register early as this event will sell out in advance.

Dates and Times
Tuesday, May 12: 6:00 - 7:30 a.m.
Wednesday, May 13: 6:00 - 7:30 a.m. 
Thursday, May 14: 6:00 - 7:30 a.m

Cost: $30/class OR $75 for all 3 classes


Yoga Master H.S. Arun May Yoga Intensive with HS Arun Tue, May 12, 2015 at 6:00 am - 7:30 am
Yoga Master H.S. Arun May Yoga Intensive with HS Arun Wed, May 13, 2015 at 6:00 am - 7:30 am
Yoga Master H.S. Arun May Yoga Intensive with HS Arun Thu, May 14, 2015 at 6:00 am - 7:30 am
Arms & Inversions Workshop with Kate Coughlin Next held on Sat, May 16, 2015 at 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat May 16, 2015 - Sun May 17, 2015
Handstands, Arm balances and inversions can be some of the most challenging poses and yet the most rewarding when practiced. These poses build confidence, strength, stamina and build concentration. This weekend will focus on making arm balances and inversions accessible even to the beginner. Cost is $50 either Saturday or Sunday - or $98 for the weekend.
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Kid's Yoga with Judy Brennan Next held on Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
This enrollment runs from Mon Jun 1, 2015 - Mon Jun 8, 2015
Kid's Yoga is a unique class that offers children, grades K - 5, the opportunity to enjoy the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of yoga in a non-competitive environment. The ancient principles of yoga are explored but adapted to meet the needs, level of understanding, and learning style of children.
 
Kids will learn yoga poses, breath awareness, and simple meditative and relaxation exercises through music, games, stories, play, and fun. Friendliness, teamwork, and kindness will be emphasized to develop a sense of community within the class and confidence for each child. Yoga can help children develop body awareness and learn the joy of movement as well as nourish the imagination, reduce anxiety, teach active relaxation, and plant the seeds for a practice that can develop in maturity as they do.
 
The following series meet on the specified Mondays from 4:00pm-4:45pm:
 
4-week Kid's Yoga:
March 2, 9, 23, 30, 2015
(No Class March 16)
Cost: $44
 
5-week Kid's Yoga:
April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 2015
Cost: $55
 
2-week Kid's Yoga:
June 1, 8, 2015
Cost: $22
 
Please Note:
New students are welcome on the first class of a new series only.
Class size maximum is 12 kids. Priority will be given to the first 12 students who purchase a series and then drop-ins will be allowed if space is available.
Please contact Kids Teacher Judy Brennan to inquire if space is available at 925-785-6652 or judybrennanlive@gmail.com.  
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Health & Wellness of the Pelvic Floor with Winter Brown Sat, Jun 27, 2015 at 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Do you suffer from pain in your pelvis, hips, or lower back? Has the occasional sneeze, spontaneous laugh, jog, or sudden movement triggered a slight leak elsewhere? Is your mula bandha creating too much bandha so that you feel restricted or uncomfortable? Or, are you just curious about your pelvis, your pelvic floor, and what things like mula bandha or kegels are supposed to be doing?
 
A healthy pelvic floor creates more stability in your body, deepens your breath, and supports your internal organs. A healthy pelvic floor is flexible, neither too tight nor too weak, but the ways in which we stand, sit, and move can harden or continue to weaken our pelvic floor. Even our yoga practice can cause havoc with our pelvic floor if we haven’t listened to its specific needs. Luckily pelvic floor yoga therapy has proven to be effective in increasing health and stability.*
 
In this workshop you’ll gain some tools for better understanding and working with your pelvic floor. You’ll increase your understanding of the three layers of the pelvic floor muscles and how they work in concert with each other, your breath, and your abdominal muscles. You’ll also learn how to gauge whether your pelvic floor is too tight, too weak, or a combination of the two. You’ll leave the workshop with a clearer understanding of your particular pelvic floor and ways to keep it healthy.
 
*A recent UCSF study shows that targeted yoga therapy reduced incidences of incontinence by 70% in their participants over the course of six weeks.
 
Saturday, June 27, 2015
1:30pm - 4:00pm
$35
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