2017 Teacher’s Toolbox: Brilliance Series
Wednesdays, March 1 - June 7, 2017, 7:15-9:45 pm
This rich eclectic 12-week series will inspire and deepen your own brilliance as a yoga teacher. Join us for an opportunity to draw from decades of diverse, in-depth study from the exceptional and unique instructors of Desert Song Healing Arts Center. First Six Week Series: March 1 - April 5, Wednesdays 7:05 - 9:35 PM March 1: It's all in the Presentation: How to Create a Workshop, Mary Glover This practical workshop will be a starting point for your own presentations as you learn to transform an area of expertise into a workshop. March 8: Functional Core Concepts, Stefanie Sichler Learn tools and concepts that aid students with accessing and strengthening their entire core, in order to prevent (or recover from) injury, and ultimately increase mobility on and off the yoga mat. March 15: Welcoming Prenatal & Postnatal Students, Michelle Stewart Develop and refine your skills with modifications and special considerations for prenatal and postnatal students supporting them to have an optimal, safe and uplifting experience in your regular yoga class. March 22: Bridging Yoga and Ayurveda Together, Debbie Kayatt An exploration of the different doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) and how to work with them in your yoga classes. March 29: Using Intentions in Yoga and Yoga Nidra, Penny Peterson This workshop will review the Koshas, the use of Intentions in Yoga Nidra and the scientific evidence supporting it's effectiveness. April 5: Prana and the Power of the Breath, Ellen Martinoni This workshop will focus on the principles and techniques used to awaken this life force and how it can enrich our asana, pranayama and meditation for the benefit of our own practice and for that of our students. Second Six Week Series: May 3 - June 7, Wednesdays 7:05 - 9:35 PM May 3: Exploring Alignment Through Anatomy - Pelvis, Judy Pyanowski Deepen your awareness of pelvic alignment, the cornerstone of overall skeletal alignment, by learning the physical laws that govern our capabilities and limitations and through experiential exploration. May 10: Joint Congruity- the "Goldilocks" Principle, Heidi Lichte Exploring the "just right" spot to improve the longevity of your joints. May 17: The Flow - Philosophy and Technique, Evon Kolios Learn how to lead a Vinyasa class through comprehensive sequencing and an understanding of the philosophy which accompanies a flow practice. May 24: Adapting Yoga for The Workplace, Alisa Gray Explore how you can take your teaching into a variety of settings, (including corporations), and make a real difference and reach more people. May 31: Bridging Spiritual & Practical Through Sound, Victoria Crawford & Ann Thompson This workshop will focus on how to integrate the power of sound into your personal and professional yoga practices. June 7: Yoga Psychology, Jennifer White & Debbie Kayatt An exploration of psychological concepts as they relate to yoga. 12 Week Prepay: First 6 Week Prepay : Second 6 Week Prepay: 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.
Yoga for the Young and the Restless
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 10:30-11:45 am
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. **Saturday, February 25th FOX 10 News will be filming this workshop. Attendance confirms permission to be filmed. Segment will air Sunday, February 26th at 6:00 and 9:00 pm
Healthy Aging with Yoga: The Big Picture
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 12:00 pm
Ellen Martinoni, MBA, RYT 500, CYI
General Public 12-3:30 pm Yoga Teachers continue until 5:00 pm 6 CEU/Advanced Studies Credits available The Joy is in the journey and yoga is a lifelong journey that can be started at any age! Aging to me is evolving as we move through life and different cultures take a very different view of it. What does healthy aging look like and how are attitudes about it changing? As we live longer lives, what impact does that play on us individually and on the world as a whole? We can remain active physically, economically and spiritually. If we haven't already, the time to begin our quest is now. With all the current upheaval in the world, we are needed more than ever. Unlike our previous workshops in the healthy aging series where we focused on specific areas of the body, this time we will take a look from a higher perspective on the philosophy and attitudes of aging followed by a practice to assimilate these ideas. This workshop is for the general public and teachers for the first 3 1/2 hours to explore these ideas and then experience a practice that can evolve with us. Poses (asana), breathing (pranayama), and meditation will be included to experience the full spectrum of yoga. The last 1 1/2 hours are for teachers only and will look at the applications for teaching students and understanding how their own practice and teaching evolve over time.
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 5:00-9:00 pm
Evon Kolios Hart, RYT 200, RPYT, CYI
5:00-7:00 p.m. practice 7:00-9:00 p.m. Potluck $10 suggested donation YogAlive is the unique opportunity to weave together personal practice with the vibration created in community. Inspired and led solely from within, with no instruction other than your own, we gather to celebrate Yoga, our gifts, and the kula community which we are ever grateful for. Whether a restorative, introspective practice is calling to you, or an upbeat vinyasa experience, listen inwardly and let the poses authentically unfold. All levels are encouraged into this welcoming, non-competitive environment. Eclectic music from many genres will provide our soundtrack. The space is open from 5:00-7:00 p.m. for our physical practice, with a potluck immediately following and ending at 9:00 p.m. Seen by many as the highlight of YogAlive, the potluck gives us a chance to deepen friendships, spark new connections, laugh and relax together. Please bring a dish to share. Registration is requested and appreciated; however, drop-ins are welcome.
Celebrate our 34th Birthday with Walt Richardson in Concert
Friday, April 7, 2017, 7:30 pm
34th Birthday Celebration Concert in the Garden Walt Richardson is truly, in no uncertain terms, a Tempe Music legend. This icon has been playing his own take on folk, reggae and rock in the local community for over thirty years. Having started as a street musician and working his way up to world tours, Richardson has always made Tempe his home base and celebrates it in his songs. Three years ago, on his 60th birthday, Tempe declared January 18, 2014 to be Walt Richardson Day. He was inducted into Arizona’s Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame at Tempe Center for the Arts. Garden opens at 6:30pm, Concert begins at 7:30pm Bring a chair or blanket and come early to buy dinner from What's Fresh Food Truck (offering vegatarian friendly options) http://www.whatsfreshaz.com. Join us for this musical evening in the garden. $15 per person, kids under 12 yrs old are free. http://www.walterrichardson.com
Family Time Yoga
Sunday April 9, 2017, 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 ( April 9, May 14, June 11)
Dharma Talk: The Heart of Mindfulness
Wednesday, April 12th, 2017, 7:15-8:45 pm
Alisa Gray and Teri Pipe
"When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love." ~Thich Nhat Hanh It seems we hear about mindfulness everywhere these days. Corporations include it in their wellness programs. Universities offer classes to their incoming students, and some even require it. Every day, we hear of new medical research identifying its benefits. Even Madison Avenue is getting in on the trend, marketing props, fashion and exotic retreats. But despite the hype, mindfulness is nothing new. Its roots go back 5000 years to the beginnings of yoga and meditation. What’s new is the marriage of East and West: the indisputable science that confirms what the yogis have always known. Teri Pipe is ASU's Chief Well-Being Officer and Dean of ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Prior to coming to, ASU, Dr. Pipe was the Director of Nursing Research and Innovation at May Clinic in Arizona where she conducted research on mindfulness and resilience in clinical populations, leaders and clinicians. After years of experiencing the benefits of presence, compassion and awareness in others and herself, she is dedicated to bringing the skills of mindfulness and compassion to the broader ASU community. Strengthening the links between mindfulness and academic, social and whole-person success promises to be an exciting and rewarding adventure, within the university setting and the broader community! Alisa Gray is a yoga instructor at Desert Song, and also an attorney-- a profession that is typically perceived as hostile to a mindfulness practice. But in her probate litigation and elder law practice, she have discovered that -- working with their clients and the courts-- yoga and mindfulness are not merely an escape from the practice of law, but are actually some of the most useful tools she has to solve her clients’ problems and maintain a healthier outlook on her own life. She feels strongly that, without her practices, she would have left the field long ago, especially when faced with a crisis that jeopardized her livelihood. Join Teri and Alisa as they share their journey to the heart of mindfulness and offer practical tips to bring these practices into your life. Open donation to benefit "Center" ASU's newly created center for mindfulness, compassion and resilience for students, faculty, staff and the community.
6 Week Intro to Tai Chi Fundamentals: The Effectiveness of Tranquility
Thursdays, April 20 - May 25, 2017, 7:15-8:15 pm
Adam Montoya CYI, TCI
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.
Intro to Meditation 3-Week Series
Tuesdays, April 11, 18, and 25, 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.
Pilates Matwork: A Mindful Movement Practice
Saturday, March 18, 2017 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: Every Monday and Thursday 10:15-11:15 am
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 12:00-1:15 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.
Saturday, March 18, 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
Evening Intro to Yoga 3-Week Series
Thursday, March 16, 23, and 30, 2017, 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.
Afternoon Intro to Yoga 3-Week Series
Thursday, March 16, 23, and 30, 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.
Free Information Session: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Monday, March 13, 2017, 7:15-8:15 pm
Pre-register by calling us at (602)265-8222 Considering signing up for the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program starting on Monday, March 21? 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.
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.