Sing and Play Yoga: A yoga class for you and your child
Saturday, December 3, 2016 10:30-11:45 am
Peri’s Sing and Play Yoga is a card based 'Take it Anywhere' yoga practice designed for you, your whole family and baby child. It's kid tested and family approved! Spend a meaningful hour with other parents as you stretch and strengthen your muscles. With Sing and Play Yoga, you and your child will experience playfulness, laughter and a sense of calm as you practice yoga. Beginners are encouraged to come. For moms, dads and babies - newborns to actively crawling. http://singandplayyoga.com/ Things that you will need: a blanket for your baby 2 light-weight scarves Sing and Play Yoga cards - optional Peri will show you how to incorporate her ‘Sing and Play Yoga’ cards into your at-home yoga practice. If you already have a deck, please bring it with you to the class. If not we have a special deal for those attending. With registration the ‘Sing and Play Yoga’ decks are only $18.50. That is 15% off the regular price of $21.75. This offer expires at the end of the event. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Drop-ins welcome only if space is available. Note: It is recommended that new moms have doctor's approval before exercising.
Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10:30-11:30 am
Pre-registration strongly recommended. Drop-ins welcome if space available This workshop is for children ages 18 months to 3 years. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. The workshop features a wide variety of games and activities that incorporate yoga poses, music, rhythm, and props. As with the workshop for older children, there is a theme woven into each session. Stories and a time for socializing round out this fun and active hour-long workshop. Benefits of the workshop: • Social interaction • Physical stimulation • Introduction to yoga poses and props • Practicing how to interact within a group • Experience children’s literature and music • Body awareness • Attention, focus, and self-control
Yoga and Cancer/Project in Common
Saturday, December 10th, 2016, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Anna Hall RYT 200, AYA
The minute you are diagnosed, you are a survivor. You are not alone. You are A GIFT… A Gift to Self G Give and Receive I inspiration F Fun and Laughter T Time for Self We are all connected through our common journey into this health epidemic of our time. As we learn to embrace and empower ourselves, we can come through this Big C-Cancer to live happier and longer lives. This is an ideal practice for anyone diagnosed with the Big C-Cancer. Through your yoga practice, you will strengthen your body, sharpen your mind and develop breath-work to help you feel calm, grounded and able to live more fully in the present moment. Disease can not live in a healthy body. Through a traditional and non-traditional practice, you will learn ways to see yourself as a healthy body, to develop a positive relationship with this new self. Join us to connect with others in New and Fun ways and become a part of this amazing Project in Common. For Anna, yoga is a transformation of the body and mind inside and out. She began practicing in 1998 at Desert Song Healing Arts Center. Under the guidance of Mary Beth Markus, she received her teacher training certificate from Desert Song in 2001 and is currently teaching at various locations across the valley. She enjoys sharing the journey with others. Now Anna is on a new journey, that of cancer, which was diagnosed in Nov 2015. Her intention is to not only heal herself, but to inspire others that are also on this journey. The Yoga and Cancer/Project In Common is a way to become fearless in discovering the possibilities for surviving and creating a healthier life. Join us for this new adventure.
Family Time Yoga
Sunday December 11, 2016, 2:30-3:30 pm
Jennifer White MSW, RYT 200, RCYT, CYI
Ages 6 and beyond Join in the fun and connect as a family with an all new monthly Family Yoga class! Life is busy and the one thing we could all use more of is time. So, set aside an hour to devote some quality together time as a family. Any and all family constellations are welcome - moms, dads, grandparents, two moms, two dads, single parents, aunties, uncles - we only ask that all children are accompanied by an adult . We will come together to share time, practice, laughter, movement, breath, and so much more. Give the gift of yourself by sharing time with family! Offered the 2nd Sunday of the Month (December 11)
Intentions and Yoga Nidra
Saturday, January 7, 2017 1:00-3:00 pm
What does it mean when your yoga instructor asks you to bring your intention to mind? Join us in this workshop where you will learn about intentions, what they are, how you can create your own personal intention, and how to apply them in your life and your yoga practice to help you make the positive changes that you want in your life. Using your intention in Yoga Nidra is particularly effective. Yoga Nidra is a sleep-based meditation practice that is one of the easiest yet effective ways to meditate where the body is completely relaxed while consciousness remains awake and alert. Through a guided series of breath, body and awareness techniques, Yoga Nidra allows you to let go of tensions that may accumulate in the holiday season, and allow you to release thoughts that limit you from realizing your full potential. In this state, the seed of intention can be planted deep within the subconscious where your heartfelt desires can bloom from the inside out. The workshop will conclude with a relaxing and restoring Yoga Nidra experience in which you can begin using your newly created intention to start you on the path to realizing your heartfelt desires.
Intro to Meditation 3-Week Series
Tuesdays, January 10, 17, and 24, 2017, 7:15 - 8:15 pm
Adam Montoya, Tai Chi Instructor, CYI
Are you new to meditation but would like to get started because of its many benefits? This workshop is for you! Have you been meditating for a while but would like to refresh and/or refine your foundation? This workshop is for you! Join Adam Montoya for a 3-week workshop that teaches you how to build and sustain a fulfilling practice.
Afternoon Intro to Yoga 3-Week Series
Thursday, January 12, 19, and 26, 2017, 12:30 - 2:30 pm
Debbie Kayatt - E-RYT 500, CYI
Save $20 when you bring a friend Intro to Yoga is designed specifically for students new to yoga. The series focuses on primary yoga postures, principles of safe alignment, breathing techniques and yoga philosophy. Students will enjoy personal attention and hands-on adjustments and refinements from the same instructor each week. The afternoon Intro to Yoga is a slower paced class that makes yoga very accessible for gentle students or students with limitations. Props and chairs are incorporated into the classes as well as basic therapeutic moves for better posture. Different variations of the poses are practiced by everyone, so that students can experience the options. You may retake our intro series at any time to refresh your depth of knowledge at a "refresher rate" of $35. You can also register by calling Desert Song Healing Arts Center in Phoenix, AZ at (602) 265-8222.
Evening Intro to Yoga 3-Week Series
Thursday, January 12, 19, and 26, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Mary Beth Markus – CYI, E-RYT 500
Save $20 when you bring a friend Intro to Yoga is designed specifically for students new to yoga. The series focuses on primary yoga postures, principles of safe alignment, breathing techniques and yoga philosophy. Students will enjoy personal attention and hands-on adjustments and refinements from the same instructor each week. You may retake our intro series at any time to refresh your depth of knowledge at a "refresher rate" of $35. You can also register by calling Desert Song Healing Arts Center in Phoenix, AZ at (602) 265-8222.
Freedom & Creativity with Props
Saturday, January 14, 2017, 12:00 pm
Mary Beth Markus & Deb Kayatt
General Public 12-3:00 pm Yoga Teachers 12-5:00 pm 6 CEU/Advanced Studies Credits available $55/100 day of the workshop if space is available Increase your freedom and creativity with the use of props. Props help students, at all levels, gain the sensitivity of a pose while receiving the long term benefits without overextending themselves. For everyone, from the most flexible and strong practitioner to the ones that struggle with weakness and inflexibility, the use of props, with detailed alignment, can promote the freedom and ease you are looking for in your practice. This fun and experiential workshop is for the general public for the first 3 hours to explore the uses of prop variations in four categories: hip openers, chest and shoulder stretches, hamstring and forward bending postures and inversions. Demonstrations using blocks, belts, bolsters, blankets, chairs and wall work will be offered for gentle, therapeutic and advanced practitioners. The full workshop is for teachers and will include an additional 2 hours study in the applications for teaching students, including variations, sequencing and therapeutic elements of the practice.
Free Information Session: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 7:00-8:00 pm
Pre-register by calling us at (602)265-8222 Considering signing up for the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program starting on Tuesday, January 24? Attend the Info Session to get an overview of the course and learn if it’s right for you. Please Note, preregistration and attendance at this info session is required for you to register for the 8-week course. Registration for the MBSR 8-week course is limited to 24 participants. At the end of the intro session, registrations for the course will be accepted in a first-come/first-served priority order.
8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class
Tuesdays , January 24 -March 14, 2017, 7:05-9:30 pm
Breon Michel, MAPP, ACC
Please Note, preregistration and attendance at the free info session is required for you to register for the 8-week course. Registration for the MBSR 8-week course is limited to 24 participants. At the end of the info session, registrations for the course will be accepted in a first-come/first-served priority order. Includes 4 guided meditations and workbook and an all-day retreat Saturday, March 4th at 9:00 am - 4:00pm Dramatically change your relationship to stress through this highly experiential, life-affirming 8-week course. The program was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at UMass Medical and is supported by 30 years of research. Tens of thousands of people worldwide have accepted this invitation. They are a lot like you. They learned to integrate the methods taught in this course into their everyday lives. Two decades of research indicates that most people who complete the course report: An increased ability to relax Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with chronic pain Less second guessing when making decisions and solving problems Greater energy and enthusiasm for life An ability to cope more effectively with stress, anxiety, and worry Participants will learn life-long tools to help maximize life, even in the midst of stress, pain and illness. Program Info MBSR is a highly experiential program devoted to supporting learning, growth and healing in the following ways: Living fully, with appreciation of the present moment Reducing the physical effects of long-term stress on the body Identifying habitual ways of dealing with stress and choosing healthy alternatives Communicating more effectively and compassionately Responding, rather than reacting, to strong feelings such as anger, worry or guilt Making mindfulness a way of life, not simply a practice you employ during yoga or meditation The course is structured to help you build a consistent daily mindfulness practice, so that ultimately, all areas of your life are naturally infused with mindfulness. Please note: In order to reap the full benefits of the course, you must make a commitment to participate in: 1) a weekly class for 8 weeks, 2) an all-day retreat on Saturday, March 4, and 3) 30-45 minutes of daily homework practice.
Yoga Nidra 2017 Training
February 3-5, February 11-12, March 4-5, March 11-12, 2017
Kamini Desai, PhD
A $200 deposit secures placement. Balance due by January 13th. Includes all sessions, manual & Yoga Nidra cards.
Yoga Alliance: 65 CE hours | Body Workers (NCBTMB): 25 CE hours
Up to 65 hours may be accepted by your healthcare or counseling governing board. Please check in advance of the training.
Invest in Yourself FOUR WEEKENDS IN 2017: February 3-5 Friday 6:00-9:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday 10:30 am-5:30 pm (with lunch break) February 11-12 • March 4-5 • March 11-12 Saturday & Sunday 10:30 am-5:30 pm (with lunch break) Discover the art of sleeping meditation that awakens your inner peace. Yoga Nidra is an ancient sleep-based guided meditation that has the power to take you to the innermost, deepest levels of relaxation where your whole being is restored to its natural state of peace, health, and vitality. Participation in this unique, in-depth Yoga Nidra training leaves you with a rich insight into the ancient teachings of Yoga Nidra and helps you become the master of your life while staying centered in your being. You will learn how to restore your health, release the effects of chronic excess tension, and regain restorative sleep. Delve into the unique and fascinating intersection between science and Yoga Nidra. After eleven sessions, you will feel what science has shown. Measurable changes will have taken place in key areas of the brain that allow you to regain and retain inner calm and steadiness. This advanced study course will not only deepen and enhance your own practice, but will give you the skills and tools to share it with others. Learn to tailor Yoga Nidra experiences for: • Health and Stress • Habits and Addictions • Trauma and PTSD • Depression, Anxiety and Insomnia This training is an excellent addition for psychologists, mindfulness practitioners, bodyworkers, yoga teachers, helping professionals, hypnotherapists and energy healers looking for complementary methods to serve their clients’ needs. Cancellation Policy: For cancellations received by January 20, 2017: full refund LESS $75 administrative fee. NO REFUNDS for cancellations after January 20, 2017 unless your space can be filled. Absolutely NO refunds or credits for No Shows.
Pilates Matwork: A Mindful Movement Practice
Saturday, November 19, 2016 12:30-2:00 pm
Michelle Lopez, CYT-200
The Pilates Method is a system of physical and mental conditioning developed by Joseph H. Pilates around the 1920s. He intended for the practice to have a positive effect on a person’s life- “to achieve a state of total wellbeing.” The method has been passed on and evolved along with the latest studies found in exercise science, physical therapy and lifestyle changes. The Pilates practice offers a bridge between mind and body; supports rehabilitation and healthy movement, and even offers a solution to those with restricted mobility. In the Matwork lies the foundation for the practice. A sequence of exercises performed with ones own body weight. Props and modifications are also used. Michelle gives special attention to the technique and the original intention of the practice. In class the focus will be on reaching the benefits of Pilates through its principles of awareness, balance, control, efficiency, function, and harmony. Benefits of Pilates: Develop strength Increase flexibility Improve coordination Heighten body awareness and control Teach correct muscle activation Posture and alignment Concentration and focus Promote relaxation and the release of tension Michelle Lopez is a Stott Pilates certified instructor since 2009. She has experience working with injuries and special populations. She holds a Mind Body Wellness Practitioner diploma from SWIHA in Tempe, Arizona, with a focus on Holistic Nutrition and Yoga, CYT-200. Pilates Foundation weekly class begins: Monday, November 21st at 10:15 am
Awakening Inspired Teaching
Saturday, November 19, 2016, 12:00-4:30 pm
Meg Byerlein, BSN, E-RYT 500, Certified Anusara® Instructor, CYI
5 CEU’s + 1 optional homework available Continuing Training for Yoga Instructors This experiential workshop is an invitation for yoga instructors to come together in a supportive, structured learning environment to further refine the knowledge and skills necessary for continuing to offer truly inspirational and wisely integrated classes. The format of the training will include: practice, lecture and discussion in the dharma circle tradition.
Yoga for the Young and the Restless
Saturday, November 19, 2016, 10:30-11:45 am
Anna Blocker Rubin, E-RYT 200, RCYT
Pre-registration strongly recommended. Drop-ins welcome if space available. This monthly workshop for young children (ages 3-6 years) is the bridge between the Parent/Young Child workshop and the Kids 4 to 10 class offered on Tuesday afternoons. The workshop offers a selection of active, high-energy yoga games, as well as introductory practice with breathing and relaxation techniques. Parents are invited to join in or children who are reliably potty trained may attend independently. FYI~parents are also welcome to attend the All-Levels yoga class that starts at the same time.
Jump Start Your Fall Garden with Greg Peterson at the Community Art Festival
Saturday, November 12, 2016, 12:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Pre-registration preferred. This class will be held during our 11th Annual Community Art Festival. Greg has been a gardener in the Southwest since 1975 and loves sharing his experiences of growing in the desert with the community. Admittedly, gardening in Phoenix has a unique set of challenges, but, by following some simple yet effective steps, growing will become a lot easier. Join Greg as he walks you through the three most important things to know about starting your garden and learn to successfully grown your own veggies in the desert. It REALLY is quite simple.
11th Annual Community Art Festival
Saturday, November 12, 2016 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Art work available for sale includes paintings, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, paper, fabric, knits, crystals, photography, body products, clothing, henna and more! Yoga Class Schedule 8:30 - 9:55 am All Levels with Ann Mullins Bulka 10:15 - 11:40 am Gentle with Debbie Kayatt 1:00-2:00 pm Kids Yoga (ages 3-6) with Anna Blocher-Rubin 2:30 - 3:55 pm All Levels with Liza Lawson The classes listed above are drop-in classes. You may use your class card or pay the special drop-in rate of $10. We will have class card and massage gift certificate discounts for one day only! Garden Class 12:30 - 2:00 pm Jump Start your Fall/Winter Garden with Greg Peterson Pre-registration preferred for the gardening class, however drop-ins will be welcome. $10 per class. Music Schedule: 10:00-12:00 pm Bruce MacArthur 12:15-1:15 pm Trio Azul - Trio Azul was formed in 2013 by three musicians for the pure pleasure of playing together and sharing their love of small ensemble chamber music. Their repertoire includes baroque, classical and romantic music as well as traditional Japanese melodies. 1:30-2:30 pm The Possum Billies - The Possum Billies are an old-time string band based in Phoenix, Arizona. 2:45-4:00 pm John Fassold - 18-year-old John Fassold returns for his 6th Desert Song Art Festival with an even greater repertoire of jazz, blues, rock, pop and classical. This year, he’ll be taking requests and warping the genre and time signature to create something new and spontaneous. This year we welcome What's Fresh Food Truck for lunch, snacks and drinks all festival long!
Healthy Aging with Yoga: The Back
Sunday, November 6, 2016, 1:00 pm
Ellen Martinoni, MBA, RYT 500, CYI
(General Public 1-3:00 pm / Yoga Teachers 1-4:00 pm) 3 CEU/Advanced Studies Credits available "You're only as young as your spine feels" -Vanda Scaravelli. Over 80% of Americans will experience at least one episode of low back problems in their lifetime and clinical studies have now shown how effective yoga is as a solution to back pain. In this installment of our Healthy Aging with Yoga series, we will take a closer look at the back and why so many of us have pain in this area. We will follow this with a practice to decompress the spine and to develop both strength and mobility so that suppleness and ease of movement can be enjoyed. Lecture and practice included.
Birds, bees & flowers in the Sonoran Desert
Our artist truly enjoys working in watercolor and mixed media, specializing in plants, birds & insects. Judy has exhibited in regional, national and invitational shows, garnering Best of Show multiple times at Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. Whether working in close focus, or merging realism with abstraction, she loves bringing attention to the myriad of detail existing in our daily natural world.
Judy Faitsch is a signature member of Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild and American Society of Botanical Artists. she studied at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia & Bryn Mawr Art Center, graduating from Pennsylvania School of Horticulture in Landscape Design.
Betty Peterson attended Kachina School of Art in the early 1970’s and later worked at the school for director Jay DatusBetty has attended many workshops at Scottsdale Artists School.She loves to paint people doing interesting things and loves the use of color. Betty is Vice President of Phoenix Artists Guild and a member of Arizona Art Alliance.Betty paints under the name of “Bozenka” the name on her Slovak birth certificate.
Jules, originally a Montana girl, has travelled many creative trails; books, paintings, cards, prints, giclees, pillow design, and hardware jewelry. Her original designs have sold in retail shops such as Barneys New York, Ballard Designs catalog, ABC Carpet & Home-New York, and The American Craft Museum. Currently, Jules’ books and line of prints, giclees, cards, & paintings can be seen at various shops, design/art centers, & galleries. Two paintings by Jules, “Hope” and “Joy”, are both permanently displayed in the new surgery waiting area at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. Her jewelry line is known for the ziG bracelet & belt, which uniquely combines pearls and hardware.
Jules has lived in several cities from east to west. She currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona where she continues to be inspired by her daughter, Anna, her rescue dog, Harper, and her eclectic group of very cool pals.
Joan Waters: The Garden
How is The Garden a model for our creative practice?
Joan Waters exhibits welded steel sculpture and paintings that explore how the analogy of the garden can provide a model for our creative practice. No matter what our creative expression is, from yoga to music to mathematics, observing and enjoying the natural cycles of the garden can inspire and sustain our paths.
Beginning with industrial sheets of steel, Waters draws and sketches the plans for each new work. With time, the processes of welding and grinding help the piece grow and take shape. Patinas add color to make the piece blossom.
Kathy Zimmerman Photography
Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.
What you have caught on film is captured forever…it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.
I have two main desires in life: to travel and to photograph. I am very happy doing one or the other. I’m in heaven when I’m doing them together. I am self taught for over 25 years. I am proud to feature images from my vacation travels in Canada,
England, Costa Rica, Mexico, France, Spain, India and across the United States.
I love stepping foot in an unknown place, or perhaps a known place with a new perspective, and opening myself up to its dynamics, its culture, people, capturing it all in photographs. I enjoy wandering around overlooked streets, and finding little curiosities as much as photographing iconic landmarks.
Rescue Me! Art Exhibit Opening
A passionate group of students ranging from beginners to professional independent artists enrolled in artist Kathy Taylor’s Creative Development classes are donating their time and talent to support a local rescue. Rescue Me!, the brainchild of one Studio 6020 student, will assist Amazing Aussies, a foster based rescue, with their mission and to raise funds to support expensive medical costs. Amazing Aussies is dedicated to rescuing vision and/or hearing impaired Australian Shepherds (known as Lethal Whites) and matching them with loving forever families. Funds will be raised through the proceeds of Studio 6020 artists’ paintings sold during the show. Join us for a heartfelt display of artistic compassion and meet a few furry Amazing Aussies to learn what makes them truly AMAZING!
Visit www.amazingaussies.org for more information about the rescue and Studio 6020 Facebook page to see examples of their work.
We are excited to announce our first art exhibit for 2015, Organic Abstraction, featuring paintings by local artist, Linda Pullinsi. Linda is a popular art instructor of both adults and children and has been a mentor for Free Arts for almost 20 years.
“The need to be close to nature has always beat in my heart. The song of the birds, the wind rustling the leaves and the sound of the water soothe my soul. I feel safest in the middle of the woods, on a mountaintop, or deep in the desert. Digging in the earth and growing things is therapy. This show combines my two loves, art and nature. I love to create an image that’s never existed and enjoy playing with color and getting them to harmonize and vibrate with each other. I have slowly healed my soul with artistic expression and a big source of joy for me is helping others to express themselves artistically, especially abused children through Free Arts. I am thrilled to share my work with the Desert Song community!”
Pieces of Me: Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona
This exhibit was created by young women living in Child Protective Services custody. Each girl was asked to paint individually about one unique aspect of their life. The girls then collaborated on a color scheme, layout and three group pieces. This exhibit is the result of their collaboration. Prints are available for sale. We will also have a donation jar for a holiday collection.
A Way Through: Art As A Path for Healing
Join us for the opening of our latest art exhibit “A Way Through: art as a path for healing” collages by Mary Glover. At 1:30, Mary will talk about her art. Then award-winning guitarist Darin Mahoney, joined by violinist Jane Hilton, will perform original instrumental compositions from his latest album, “Transformations,” 2013 Old World Music Album of the Year. Darin’s music reflects his inspiring journey back to full health, beginning with a cancer diagnosis and a remission that defies all odds, yet resonates with audiences from all walks of life. Refreshments will follow.
I Matter by Free Arts for Abused Children
Through a unique combination of arts in a therapy-based curriculum and highly trained volunteer mentors, Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona helps abused, neglected and homeless children channel their emotions, release anger and express themselves in healthy ways. Our work allows children to build trust, self-reliance, self-control and self-confidence.
Works by Monica Aissa Martinez
The work exhibited explores body, mind and spirit. Included are pieces from each series I’ve completed in the last decade – much of it done after my teacher training here at Desert Song. I continue to study. I continue to learn.
Picture Me Adopted: A Poverty Pet’s Photo Project
The show will feature photographs by Jessica Hately of rescued dogs from Poverty’s Pets who currently need loving homes. The show will be hosted for the month of December.
This show was created to bring awareness to the dog over population crises in Phoenix & to share opportunities to be involved with a small grass roots non-profit, dedicated to helping. Come meet our dogs, volunteers & ideas!
We reduce the Suffering of Unwanted Animals Through:
• Spay/Neuter Clinics
• Veterinary Services for sick pets
• Pet Food Distribution
• Adoption to loving homes
• Sterilization & Vaccination Education
Brian Vincent: Cuba – Peace & Chaos
One of our closest neighbors, Cuba, is a mystery to most of us. Cloaked in the politics of the cold war today it is an enigma. Please join us for a photographic exhibit and celebration of this wonderful place and her people. The exhibit begins at 6 pm Friday August 23rd followed by a presentation at 7 p.m. with discussion by photographer Bryan Vincent. Come with your questions and willingness to learn about one of the most fantastic places on earth.