All Y’all Yoga Gathering for Hurricane Harvey Texas Recovery
Sunday, September 17, 2017, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Michelle Stewart, Michael Tucker & Jennifer White
Join us for this special, All-Levels Yoga class on Sunday, September 17th from 4:00pm - 5:30pm. The class will be co-taught by three Texan yoga instructors at Desert Song: Jennifer White, Michael Tucker & Michelle Stewart. The suggested donation is $20, and will be accepted on the day of the class by either cash or check. Please make checks out to one of the organizations listed below. Alternatively, please feel invited to donate directly to one of the three recipient tax-deductible 501c(3) organizations by clicking the links below. We're all in this world together. We’re all connected. We hope you can join us in positive healing intention this coming Sunday! If you would like, you may donate directly to the following organizations: Costal Bend Food Bank Undies for Everyone T.E.J.A.S. Harvey Fund
Prenatal Partner Yoga & Massage
Friday, September 29, 2017 7:15-9:15 pm
Liza Lawson RYT-200, CYI
In this workshop, the expectant mama and her partner will have the opportunity to connect more deeply to themselves, each other and the baby. We will explore yoga poses, breath awareness and massage as well as support techniques the partner can use to assist during childbirth. Through visualization and relaxation exercises we will explore different pain relief options. We will also include discussion and tips for the first 24 hours with your new baby. Join us for an evening of relaxing yoga designed specifically for expectant couples. Whether you are hoping to learn poses you can do together to increase flexibility and strength, or seeking to learn tools for managing pain during a natural childbirth, this offering will be tailored to meet your needs and goals. No prior yoga experience is required.
Healthy Balanced Lifestyle Through Yoga Practices: Stable and Comfortable – skillful movement on the mat
Saturday, September 30, 2017 12:00-2:30 pm
Heidi Lichte, E-RYT 500, CYI
This experiential workshop will help you recognize, customize and choose pain free movement in your body. Addressing mindset and method of why we do what we do and to what end. Join Heidi on this insightful journey toward healthy and balanced yoga postures.
Sing and Play Yoga: A card based yoga class for you and your child
Saturday, October 7th, 2017 10:30-11:30 am
Peri Miller, RYT 200, CYI
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/children will experience playfulness, laughter and a sense of calm as you practice yoga. Beginners are welcome. For moms, dads and babies (newborns to actively crawling) and their siblings ages 2-5. Each baby/child attending must be accompanied by an adult. 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 class. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Drop-ins welcome only if space is available. Cost is $12 for one adult/baby and an additional $8 for their older sibling (age 2-5) and additional adult. Note: It is recommended that new moms have doctor's approval before exercising.
Healthy Balanced Lifestyle Through Yoga Practices: Ayurveda, Routine & Ritual – The Science of Life and How to Find Balance on the Inside Out
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 12:00-2:30 pm
Debbie Kayatt - E-RYT 500, CYI
The ancient Ayurvedic sages emphasized that daily routine is vital for our health and well-being. Join Debbie and explore the relevance of this wisdom in modern times and how creating rituals can bring the balance and health of routine back into our busy lives.
Intro to Meditation 3-Week Series
Tuesdays, October, 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.
Movers & Shakers
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10:30-11:30 am
Peri Miller, RYT 200, CYI
Pre-registration strongly recommended. Drop-ins welcome if space available. This class is for mothers or fathers with mobile babies, up to 18 months. The room becomes a yoga mat, as the babies explore and the adults go in and out of asanas. Throughout the class the babies will be encouraged to try different yoga poses through song, exploration, and movement. Parent and child are able to bond over an activity that encourages patience, tranquility, and quality time with one another. Babies are supported in expanding their skills of independence, by being encouraged to explore and to maintain a healthy body of movement.
Healthy Balanced Lifestyle Through Yoga Practices: Build Your Own Practice – Creating a Sacred Space
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 12:00-2:30 pm
Mary Beth Markus – CYI, E-RYT 500
A sacred space is essential to developing a home yoga practice. It will keep you grounded and inspired. Specifics on setting up your space and foundations of building a "home practice" will be explored. Each participant will be offered a personal template to develop a practice based on their needs.
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 10:30-11:30 am
Anna Blocher-Rubin, E-RYT 200, RCYT
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
Healthy Balanced Lifestyle Through Yoga Practices: Therapeutic Essentials for the Spine
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 12:00-2:30 pm
Heidi Lichte, E-RYT 500, CYI
This movement workshop will explore ways to improve the health and comfort of your back. Come away with simple and effective techniques to strengthen, release and retrain your spine.
Yoga for the Young and the Restless
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10:30-11:45 am
Allison Walden, CYI
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. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.
Healthy Balanced Lifestyle Through Yoga Practices: Meditation and Mudras for Your Body Type
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 12:00-2:30 pm
Debbie Kayatt - E-RYT 500, CYI
From a Yoga and Ayurvedic perspective, meditation and mudras are considered therapeutic tools to help us heal our body and mind. Within these there are techniques that are well suited for each unique body-mind type. This workshop will explore different types of meditation and mudras to help you find the best fit for you.
Call to Artists: Reserve Your Space for the 12th Annual Community Art Festival
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Reserve your space today for the 12th Annual Community Art Festival, being held Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Artist applications are due by OCTOBER 1, 2017. Space is limited. We will be hosting artists with tents outside, and those without in Yoga Room A. Space priority is given to previous participants, and there are no guarantees your application will be accepted. Booth fee is $75 if payed by October 1 and is due after applications are reviewed and approved. New this year: you may pay it online-plus a $2 processing fee for a total of $77. Or you can mail a check payable to Desert Song or drop by and take care of this in person. After October 1st, boot fee is $100. Same payment options will apply. Only approved items are permitted to be sold at the event. As this is a community arts event, we ask that all submissions be produced by yourself, here in the state of Arizona. Click here to download application
Healthy Balanced Lifestyle Through Yoga Practices
Saturdays, starting September 23, 2017 12:00-2:30 pm
Mary Beth Markus, Heidi Lichte, Debbie Kayatt
6 Week Series: September 23-October 28 from 12:00-2:30 pm Cost: $45 per session or $225 for entire series Benefit from the knowledge and experience of our senior teachers. Mary Beth, Debbie and Heidi will guide you through a 6-week series addressing real life issues with practical yogic wisdom. This is a great series for anyone interested in deepening their practice, and for students interested in our yoga teacher training program. September 23: Week 1 (Mary Beth) - Explore yoga’s potential through breath and energetics. The breath is an elixir to the health of your body and mind. It is crucial to your body's ability to heal, rejuvenate, and thrive. Explore the properties and energetics of the breath, which will address common stress related health problems such as sleep disorders, anxiety, digestive problems, mental clarity and fatigue. September 30: Week 2 (Heidi) - Stable and comfortable: skillful movement on your mat. This experiential workshop will help you recognize, customize and choose pain free movement in your body. Addressing mindset and method of why we do what we do and to what end. Join Heidi on this insightful journey toward healthy and balanced yoga posture. October 7: Week 3 (Debbie) - Ayurveda: routine and ritual: finding balance from the inside out. The ancient Ayurvedic sages emphasized that daily routine is vital for our health and well-being. Join Debbie and explore the relevance of this wisdom in modern times and how creating rituals can bring the balance and health of routine back into our busy lives. October 14: Week 4 (Mary Beth) - Build your own practice: creating a sacred space for a home practice. A sacred space is essential to developing a home yoga practice. It will keep you grounded and inspired. Specifics on setting up your space and foundations of building a "home practice" will be explored. Each participant will be offered a personal template to develop a practice based on their needs. October 21: Week 5 (Heidi) - Therapeutic essentials for the spine. This movement workshop will explore ways to improve the health and comfort of your back. Come away with simple and effective techniques to strengthen, release and retrain your spine. October 28: Week 6 (Debbie) - Meditation and Mudras for your body type. From a Yoga and Ayurvedic perspective, meditation and mudras are considered therapeutic tools to help us heal our body and mind. Within these there are techniques that are well suited for each unique body-mind type. This workshop will explore different types of meditation and mudras to help you find the best fit for you. Cancellation Policy: 48 hours' notice to withdraw from all or portion of the series to receive refund/studio credit. If 12 or 6 week prepayment is purchased, refund amount will be based on individual series rate. No refunds for cancellations after the 48 hour period. No refunds or cancellations for No Shows.
Healthy Balanced Lifestyle Through Yoga Practices: Exploring Yoga’s Potential Through Breath and Energetics
Saturday, September 23, 2017 12:00-2:30 pm
Mary Beth Markus – CYI, E-RYT 500
The breath is an elixir to the health of your body and mind. It is crucial to your body's ability to heal, rejuvenate, and thrive. Explore the properties and energetics of the breath, which will address common stress related health problems, such as sleep disorders, anxiety, digestive problems, mental clarity and fatigue.
Good Vibrations: An Intro to Sound Healing
Postponed as a free event on November 11th
Sound has the ability to affect us physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Sound can facilitate with healing, peace, stress relief and accessing higher levels of consciousness. In this interactive workshop, we will discuss several of the techniques for bringing sound into our lives, including crystal and tibetan bowls, tuning forks, drumming, music and more. Class will end with a peaceful sound healing meditation using crystal and tibetan bowls. Kelly Greene is a Reiki Master Teacher, Certified Medical Reiki Master and Crystal and Sound Healer. She is committed to serving those who wish to find a peaceful connection and cohesiveness with mind, body and spirit. Kelly offers Reiki sessions in both private and medical settings, as well as Reiki Attunements, Crystal and Sound Healing and teaches a wide variety of classes. You can view her website at www.pranareiki.com for more information. Refund/cancellation policy: 48 hours' notice to withdraw from a workshop and receive a refund. No refunds for cancellations after the 48-hour period. No refunds or credits for No Shows.
6 Week Intro to Tai Chi Fundamentals: The Effectiveness of Tranquility
Thursdays, September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, 2017, 7:15-8:15 pm
Adam Montoya CYI, TCI
Click here for free video about the Intro To Tai Chi Series Tai chi teaches us how stillness is the foundation of effective action. In this six week introduction to tai chi we will learn how to achieve this tranquility through the fundamentals. Join the millions of people who obtain self awareness and physical healing through tai chi. This will be a transformational journey. Intro to Meditation is recommended but not required. You may supplement your practice time in Adam's weekly Wednesday evening Tai Chi Class at 7:15 p.m., as well as Kathy's Yang Style class Wednesday's and Friday's at 10:15 a.m.
8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class
Tuesdays , September 19 - November 14, 2017, 7:05-9:30 pm
Breon Michel, MAPP, ACC
Tuesday September 19th Free Info Session Only- Dramatically change your relationship to stress through this highly experiential, life-affirming course. The program was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at UMass Medical and is supported by 35 years of research. Two decades of research indicates that most people who complete the course report: • An increased ability to relax • More effective coping with stress, anxiety, and worry • Reductions in pain, including a greater capacity to cope with chronic pain • Greater energy and enthusiasm for life • An established daily mindfulness meditation practice. click here to read an article about mindfulness written by the workshop teacher Program Information Participants will learn life-long tools to help maximize life, even in the midst of stress, pain and illness. Please note: In order to reap the full benefits of the course, you must make a commitment to participate in: -An Information Session on Tuesday, September 19 from 7:15-8:15 pm -An 8 week course held on Tuesdays, September 26 – November 14 -An All-Day Retreat on Saturday, November 4 from 9 am – 4 pm. Please Note, preregistration and attendance at the 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. Cancellation Policy: Full refund if we are notified by September 21, 2017. There will be a $50 processing fee if we are notified between September 22-26, 2017 and no refund after September 26, 2017.
Family Time Yoga
Sunday, September 17, 2017 2:30-3:30 pm
Jennifer White, LMSW, 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 3rd Sunday of the Month (Sept 17, Oct 15, Nov 19)
Artist Sonja Kautzman, is an author, photographer, painter, sculptor, and metal worker. The many facets of this artist tell you that she has been using her creative talents to explore her creative curiosity. Her work has been showcased in Europe, New York, California and Arizona. She also offers workshops in showing others how to explore their curious souls and feed them with creativity.
Sonja’s philosophy isn’t that we all are artists, but that we have something in our souls
that wants to create light from dark, or bring the dark into the open. You will see in
much of her artwork, and photo’s that she doesn’t see something that was, but the new
life that is beginning at that moment.
Locally, she was the first artist to hold an exhibition on Iphoneography, in 2013, at First
Studio Gallery, in Phoenix. The show was a resounding success and led to many other
photographers and artists to explore this type of art. She captures that idea in her book
“Creative Path, Creative Soul, available through Amazon.
Published in 2012, Creative Path, Creative Soul, which was internationally successful for
it’s insights into the creative outlets that can be pursued to keep your soul “fit and
healthy”. Sonja continues to grow her artistic outlets and pursues multi-media type
options. Each piece has been created through courage, love and curiosity, to share with
You can contact her and see more of her work and upcoming events at:
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.