Teacher Appreciation Gift
Show your gratitude, give a teacher a gift certificate for a free yoga class
$17 value. On sale until June 1
A PDF of a gift certificate for a FREE CLASS will be emailed to you within the next 24 hours for you to print out and give the Gift of Health to your child’s teacher. On sale until June 1, 2016, gift certificates expire August 31, 2016.
Yoga for the Young and the Restless
Saturday, June 4, 2016, 10:15-11:30 am
Peri Miller, RYT 200, 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. 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.
Intro to Meditation 3-Week Series
Tuesdays, June 7, 14 and 21, 2016, 7:15pm - 8:15pm
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.
Paws and Take a Breath: Desert Song’s 9th Annual Summer Yoga Camp for Kids Ages 5-10
Monday, June 13- Friday, June 17, 2016, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Mary Glover, MA Elem Ed, E-RYT 500, RCYT, CYI
Application here The dog days of summer always come around and this year the kids summer yoga camp at Desert Song will give full attention to our four-footed furry friends, dogs. Loyalty and service will be among the week’s topics as we learn about different types of dogs and their contributions to the lives of humans. Each child will create a mixed-media work of art of his/her favorite dog to be displayed as a special exhibit at the studio following the camp. We’ll also come up with a community service project to aid a local dog shelter. Participants will learn how to take a “paws” by breathing deeply as a coping skill for increased focus and managing stress. Additionally, poses like down dog and up dog will lead the way through a week-long asana practice. Poses will also be incorporated in dog-themed yoga games and activities that will boost confidence, build strength and encourage balance. The week will culminate with an art opening and presentation by the camp participants on Friday morning at 11 A.M. The opening will be for parents and the general public. Daily Schedule 8:30 check in/plan for the day 8:45 story/art project 9:30 yoga poses 10:00 snack 10:30 yoga games/activities 11:00 group project 11:30 dismissal Hours 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Cost $165 per child (includes supplies for artwork and a commemorative t-shirt) The camp is limited to 15 children and an application is required. Fee must be paid in full at the time of registration.
Doug Keller – The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga
Friday – Sunday, June 24 – 26, 2016
Doug Keller, E-RYT 500
Registration for full workshop is $230. 10 CEU hours Advanced Studies credits under Electives. Preregistration required. Full payment is required with registration. Space is limited, so register early Friday PM: Asana Practice • 2 hours • 7:00-9:00 p.m. $55 Foundations for Flight: The Lower Body, with Secrets of the Hamstrings and Extra Love for the Knees This first session will connect to foundations in the feet, knees and hips. We will expand our perspective to include the effect of better actions in the hips and pelvis upon the health of the knees — giving special attention to the knees and the factors that influence their health. And we’ll see how the hamstrings are not just there to be ‘stretched’ in our practice, but also can be used to help us with our low back and knee issues! The practice will flow through asana, with practical tips for self-awareness and emphasis on actions that bring the greatest positive benefit as well as protection from injury. Saturday AM: Practice • 2½ hours • 10:30-1:00 p.m. $65 Threads in the Fabric of the Arms: Beneficial Alignment and Action for the Shoulders This all-levels asana practice will include insights into the myofascial ‘threads’ of muscles that govern the hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders, and even impact neck tension. Through the asanas we will look at the way in which the various arm positions and rotations strengthen, lengthen and release tension in these ‘threads’ to relieve chronic pain and increase freedom in movement. This includes not only matters of ‘stiffness’ but also hypermobility! Saturday PM: Pranayama, Meditation & Philosophy • 2 ½ hours • 2:30-5:00 p.m. $65 ‘Breakthrough:’ The Emergence of a Deeper Yoga of the Whole Self in Both East and West The session will begin with some simple twists and hip stretches to prepare for meditation and pranayama. The philosophical theme will be an exploration of the parallels between the emergence of Christian mysticism in Europe in the 14th century and the emergence of the spiritual themes of ‘Laya’ Yoga in connection with Hatha Yoga at the same time in India. The focus will be on a re-visioning of the state of samadhi and absorption in the inner Self, as articulated by Meister Eckhart as a Christian mystic as well as its expression in Laya Yoga in terms of Yoga Nidra. Each path illuminates the other, especially on the theme of the ‘Word’ and the attitude of inner listening; and an emphasis will be on the compatibility of these paths. The session will include guided practice of pranayama, yoga nidra and meditation. Sunday AM: Asana Practice • 3 hours • 10:00-1:00 p.m. $75 The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga: Working with Sciatic and Sacral Pain Yoga provides simple and important tools for reducing the kinds of hip and leg pain grouped under the heading of ‘sciatic’ pain, as well as for reducing sacral pain from sacral instability. This session will focus on principles for practice that help us to work constructively in these areas; and at the same time, pointing out the ways in which we often make these problems worse by our ideas of how the poses are ‘supposed’ to be done. From simple exercises and stretches — and the principles for doing them — we will move into a fuller practice of the fundamental asanas of a yoga practice, with an eye to how we can approach and practice them in the most helpful and beneficial way possible. This will include insights into sequencing, or how asanas should be grouped and practiced with a focus on the key muscles involved. This will be an all-levels practice, with ‘news-you-can-use’ for the stiff and the flexible alike — with room to practice according to your own comfort level and ability!
6 Week Intro to Tai Chi fundamentals: The Effectiveness of Tranquility
Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11, 2016, 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 the Monday evening Meditation to Movement class at 7:30 p.m. or Wednesdays Tai Chi Class at 7:15 p.m.
Free Information Session, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Monday, Sept 12, 2016, 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, September 19? 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
Mondays , September 19-Nov 7, 2016, 6:00-8:30 pm
Breon Micheal, 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, April 23 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, October 29, and 3) 30-45 minutes of daily homework practice.
Yoga Nidra Class
Sunday, May 22, 2016 1:00-2:00 pm
Penny Peterson, CYI
Yoga Nidra is a sleep-based meditation practice which moves you into deep relaxation that disengages the “thinking” mind, while still remaining awake. This yoga practice increases well-being of both body and mind and is accessible to all with or without previous yoga class attendance. Come prepared to lie down, close your eyes and be guided through a meditation technique that allows you to quiet the mind and reconnect with the feeling body. Class Schedule 1st Friday of the month 5:45-6:45 pm May 6 4th Sunday of the month 1:00-2:00 pm May 22
Training and Practice for Advancing Teachers
Saturday, May 21, 2016 12:00-5:00pm
Meg Byerlein, BSN, E-RYT 500, CERTIFIED ANUSARA® INSTRUCTOR, CYI
6 CEU’s/Advanced study credits Prerequisite: completion of 200 hour YTT This workshop for yoga teachers offers a unique opportunity for integrating specific aspects of training, study and practice: · Contextualizing heart themes · Articulating asana instruction · Assisting and adjusting The lecture content, dharma circle discussion and hands-on practice will expand the working knowledge and teaching skills enabling participants to continue to serve students with sensitivity and responsibility.
Movers & Shakers
Saturday, May 21, 2016, 10:30am-11:30am
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 Aging with Yoga: Arthritis and Beyond
Saturday, May 14, 2016 12:00-2:30 pm
Ellen Martinoni MBA, RYT 500, CYI
Our bodies were made for movement! We will look at the science of how yoga works to foster healthy aging along with the obstacles many of us encounter, such as arthritis, injury, chronic illness, stress, and many more. We will then move into a physical practice of poses and sequencing that include modifications to keep your personal practice working for a lifetime. This workshop is designed for all levels and ages of students and teachers. Healthy Aging with Yoga will enable you to go deeper into what makes up a yoga practice and how this evolves over time to maintain health and vitality.
Evening Intro to Yoga 3-Week Series
Thursday, May 12, 19, and 26, 2016, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Mary Beth Markus – CYI, E-RYT 500
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. To register Call Desert Song Healing Arts Center in Phoenix, Az at (602) 265-8222
Afternoon Intro to Yoga 3-Week Series
Thursday, May 12, 19, and 26, 2016, 12:30 - 2:30pm
Debbie Kayatt - E-RYT 500, CYI
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. To register Call Desert Song Healing Arts Center in Phoenix, Az at (602) 265-8222
October 20-23, 2016
Mary Beth Markus & Sioux Jones
Arriving Thursday 12:00p.m. through 2:00 p.m. Sunday. Includes lodging, meals and all workshop fees. Deposit of $200 will hold your space; remainder due by October 1st. No refunds after October 1st unless we can fill your space (minus $50 processing fee). Massage available upon request at $75/hour with Kelly Knapp. In the heart of autumn replenish your well being with four days of Yoga, Meditation, Ritual, and Hiking. A retreat is an opportunity to pause and catch your breath; bask in the quiet to nourish your soul; and refresh your senses to the miracle of your life. Nestled between the 30,000 acre Coronado National Forest and the Oracle State Park, the Historic C.O.D. ( Come On Down) Ranch offers a rustic charm that includes expansive views, cozy adobe casitas, delicious meals, and a spacious Yoga barn. Join us for some sacred time to practice yoga and enjoy the mysterious experience that unfolds. Mary Beth’s passion for yoga and the healing arts has inspired thousands of individuals toward the yogic lifestyle for over 30 years. As director of Desert Song Yoga, Mary Beth has been a catalyst in the growth and training of the valley’s yoga community. Inspired by her guide and guru––Mother Nature––Sioux Jones has been loving people through yoga, massage and Tarot for over 30 years. As a result of those practices, she collects moments of magic one breath at a time.
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.