Kids’ Yoga Ages 3-6
Saturday, January 20, 2018, 10:30 - 11:30 am
Allison Walden, RYT 200
Yoga for the Young and Restless This monthly workshop for young children 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. Child MUST be accompanied by an adult.
Ayurvedic Cooking & Eating for the Seasons Series 4 sessions (quarterly)
Saturday, January 20, 2018, 12:00-2:30 pm
Debbie Kayatt, M.S., CYI, E-RYT 500, IYT, CAP & Patty Coughlin
Nourish yourself Beyond your Resolution! Ayurvedic Cooking and Eating for the Seasons Ayurvedic wisdom tells us the seasons are defined by the elements; air, space, fire, water & earth that are most present in the environment at the time. We have these similar energies in our bodies. When we recognize this connection to the Universe, we realize the importance of how we feed these energies. Each workshop will explore the elements as they relate to us, how they impact choices in food and our digestion. You'll be shown how to prepare seasonal offerings and get to sample the finished creation. Session 1: Digestion & Spices - In Ayurveda, our health comes from how well we digest. In this workshop the importance of digestion, the six tastes and 'eating' will be part of the discussion. How to make and use ghee and spices will be introduced. Session 2: Earth & Water - As we move through the end of winter and into spring, we want to begin to reawaken and mobilize our bodies. Discussion will include foods for the season, slow earthy digestion and balancing our Kapha. You will get to sample the foods and spices prepared for this seasonal offering. Session 3: Fire & Water - As we enter the summer season through early fall in Phoenix, we want to cool the fire. Summer eating, fiery digestion and balancing our Pitta will be discussed. You will be shown how to prepare seasonal offerings and sample the creation. Session 4: Air & Space - Moving into late fall and preparing for winter, we want to warm and ground the body as we get ready to 'hibernate'. Discussion will include foods for late fall and early winter, irregular or airy digestion and balancing our Vata. You will be shown how to prepare seasonal offerings and enjoy a balanced meal with the cooks and co-participants of the workshop.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Erin Finkelstein, Feldenkrais Teacher
Actualizing Intention-- Awareness Through Movement This Feldenkrais workshop will explore the connections between thinking, sensing, feeling and moving in order to actualize our intentions at any given time. These gentle Awareness Through Movement lessons restore joy to the movement and give you more choice over habitual ways of functioning.
Realigning with the Sacred – Vision Board Workshop
Saturday, January 27, 2018, 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Mary Beth Markus, Sioux Jones, Maureen McCormick
Consciously Create What is Next for You This workshop will help you explore and clarify the deeper longings of your soul. You know, the quiet whisper, the longing that just won't go away or, the deep dissatisfaction urging you to make a change. It is calling you to come alive, to live the life you were meant to live. As the poet Mary Oliver asks, "What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" Using simple creative art practices, we will create a vision journal that can be part of your daily practice to support your vision unfolding in your life. We will each set an intention, a sankulpa, a sacred vow you make to yourself to serve your own highest good and to be a benefit to others. This workshop will include yoga, conscious movement, simple art practices, Yoga Nidra and ritual. Please join us for a day of inspiration and renewal.
Functional Core 101
Thursday, February 1, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Stefanie Sicher, LPC, MC, E-RYT 200
Wisdom Beyond the Six-Pack: Confidence On & Off the Mat Do you want to know what the Functional Core class is all about but are intimidated to just jump in? Have you been attending for a while but want a deeper understanding of the basic principles? Are you an advanced practitioner looking to find additional tools to help you take your poses to the next level? Then this workshop is for you! ALL LEVELS OF PRACTICE ARE WELCOME We will discuss and practice how to first find and then utilize our deeper core muscles, exploring the connections between the core, shoulders and hips in order to create strong, confident expressions of various yoga poses. In addition, we will focus on how to utilize these same principles off the mat in our day to day lives. You will learn how to cultivate stability and mobility, which you can then apply to your own yoga practice, no matter what your level of practice is.
Plugged In: Backbends
Saturday, February 3, 2018, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Evon Kolios Hart RYT 200, RPYT, CYI
Explore the Heart of Backbends This workshop welcomes students interested in the refinement of backbends through the combination of physical, energetic, and philosophical principles of alignment. A solid foundation in these concepts can create healing and vitality while growing your backbend practice to its fullest expression.
Free Information Session: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 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 Tuesday, February 13? 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. Prepayment before the free session will guarantee your place in the course.
8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class
Tuesdays, February 13 - April 3, 2018, 7:05 - 9:30 pm
Includes 4 guided meditations and workbook 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 indicate 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 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and 3) 30-45 minutes of daily homework practice. 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. Prepayment before the free session will guarantee your place in the course.
Partners Valentine Yoga Massage & Deep Relaxation Workshop
Friday, February 16, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mary Beth Markus LMY, E-RTY 500
A Gift for Valentine's Day Bring your beloved or friend to a special Valentine Partners workshop. This connective and playful workshop will combine relaxing breath work, partner-assisted stretches, Thai massage techniques and Deep Relaxation. The workshop is designed to help you unwind from the stresses of your life and offer you both an opportunity to deeply connect and relax with each other. No experience necessary - Whether you are new to yoga or have advanced in your practices, this workshop will offer variations to match your level of experience. We will conclude the evening with a cocktail hour of light appetizers, wine, juice and chocolate to nourish your soul.
Beyond the Physical Body: Chakra Energy 101
Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Anita Farrah, E-RYT 200 CYI,
Have you ever felt disconnected or lost from your higher self? Does your life sometimes feel difficult or occasionally out of sync? We are so much more than just our physical body. Sometimes, it's what's on the inside that may need to be re-energized. In this workshop you will: Explore 7 chakras of the subtle energy body Discover your current flow of energy Learn ways to re-energize your flow Create your own unique Intention/Mala bracelet to activate your chakra energy flow. *This class is open to everyone, no yoga experience necessary. There will be some easy movement during class, but not yoga. **Noon - 12:45 optional community lunch out in the garden, bring your lunch or something to share.
Plugged In: Inversions
Saturday, February 24, 2018, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Stefanie Sichler, LPC, MC, E-RYT 200
Cultivating Depth and Confidence in Your Asana Practice How to Feel Right in an Upside Down World Ready to take flight? Do you have an inversion practice and are looking to find increased depth and stability? Would you like to start an inversion practice but don’t know where to start? Join me for an afternoon of exploring how to go upside down with ease and confidence. We will discuss and practice the elements required to for a solid, safe and exhilarating inversion practice. You will learn how to: find grounding and control through your hands and wrists create the necessary stability and strength through your core find and cultivate confidence in your arms and shoulders ease into inversions without having to kick up create easier entry into inversions through mobility work If you are unsure of whether your practice is ready for this workshop, please feel free to contact me (Stefanie) by leaving a message at the front desk.
Advanced Yoga Nidra Training
Thursday, March 8 - Sunday, March 11, 2018,
Kamini Desai, PhD
Dive Deeper into Yoga Nidra Delve deeper into the philosophy and psychology behind Yoga Nidra through study of ancient yogic texts. Apply Yoga Nidra as a tool for emotional integration. Learn to use the advanced card deck, explore children's Yoga Nidra and how it can be used with adults too! • Study teachings from the Upanishads and more fully understand the subtleties of the Koshas. • Learn about the nature of the Ego. • Survey the Mahanirvana Tantra. Understand how the fundamental techniques of Yoga Nidra were derived and serve as the basis of modern Yoga Nidra. • Study the Yoga Sutras and what they have to tell us about Yoga Nidra. • Practice teach many new techniques of Yoga Nidra including new body rotation sequences, breath techniques and visualizations. • Learn to give Yoga Nidra to kids. We will be learning how to use Yoga Nidra to more specifically aid those seeking solutions for emotional integration, trauma and other forms of energetic blockages. Finally, you will receive not only the advanced deck of Yoga Nidra cards, but a unique Yoga Nidra deck for kids! You will learn how Yoga Nidra builds strong foundation of both health and self-connection for a developing child, and how it assists teens to manage pressure, increase performance and navigate the transition to adulthood. Kids cards can be used with adults too! You will receive: An advanced deck of Yoga Nidra cards, a Yoga Nidra deck for children and the Advanced Yoga Nidra Manual. Required Reading: "Yoga Nidra: The Art of Transformational Sleep" by Kamini Desai, PhD.
Plugged In: Arm Balances
Saturday, March 17, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Michael Tucker RYT 200, CYI
Cultivating Depth and Confidence in Your Asana Practice Ready to expand and deepen your yoga practice, try new poses or revisit old friends you imagined were no longer possible on the mat of your practice? Learn safe, strong, methodical approaches to a variety of arm balancing poses. Also work with poses that are preparatory for arm balance work, but without the precariousness.
Intro to Tai Chi 3 week
Wednesday, January 17, 24, 31, 2018 12:30-1:30 pm
Kathy Lucia, Tai Chi Instructor, B.Sc., M.Ed.
Tools for Effective Movement and Balance This 3-week class is designed for any student new to Yang Style Tai Chi or anyone wanting to learn the 24 Step Tai Chi Form taught in the Wednesday and Friday Tai Chi classes. Focus is on stretching, balance techniques, flow of breath with the body, and all the hand and foot movements of Tai Chi. The first 3 steps will be taught, one step per week, of the 24 Step Form. One can be better prepare for the current day classes on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:15 a.m. after taking this Intro class. Wear toe socks (sticky bottom socks) or a very light-soled shoe. The class is performed standing, but the option is available to sit in a chair to rest when needed.
Intro to Back Care 3 week
Tuesday, January 16, 23, 30, 2018, 7:15-8:30 pm
Stefanie Sichler, LPC, MC, E-RYT 200
Give your Back the Care it's been Aching For Tight, achy, stiff back? Previous back injury? Looking to prevent or manage these? Join me for a workshop where we will explore how to create a holistic practice that helps improve your back’s health, and how to make ongoing back care sustainable, even with the busiest of schedules. Over 3 weekly sessions, you will learn: how stress affects your back health how to manage injuries safely how your legs, hips and shoulders influence your back how to build stability and mobility in your back and surrounding areas how to increase mindfulness to help fine-tune your efforts how to lift, sit, and bend to work with your back Each week, you will receive tools and exercises to take home and apply right away. You will then have the chance to report back and make adjustments as necessary. This workshop is for those of you practicing yoga (all levels are welcome) as well as those of you that don’t (yet). The tools and exercises we will cover can benefit anyone, whether you move very little or you’re an athlete. You simply need to bring a curiosity for learning more about yourself and your back.
Intentions and Yoga Nidra
Saturday, January 13, 2018 1:00-3:00 pm
Penny Peterson, RYT 200, CYI
How to Change Your Life While Catching Up on Sleep In this workshop you will learn about intentions, what they are, how to create your own personal intentions and how to apply them in your life and your yoga practice to help make positive changes you want in your life. Using intention in Yoga Nidra is particularly effective. Yoga Nidra is a sleep-based meditation practice that is one of the easiest and most effective ways to meditate where the body is completely relaxed while consciousness remains awake and alert. You are guided through a series of breath, body and awareness techniques which allow you to let go of tension that may have accumulated and 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.
Prenatal Partner Yoga & Massage
Friday, January 12, 2018 6:00-8:00 pm
Liza Lawson Risoldi, RYT 200, RPYT assisted by Michelle Stewart MS, E-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. No prior yoga experience is required.
Intro to Chi Gong & Meditation 3 week
Thursday, January 11, 18, 25, 2018, 7:15-8:30pm
Adam Montoya, Chi Gong Instructor, CYI
Eastern Tools for Western Stress Are you feeling run down by stress? Would you like to melt away tension and replenish energy reserves? Discover how to use basic Chi Gong and Meditation techniques to: Increase Immunity Improve Mental Clarity Build Energy Decrease tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems Increase serotonin production that improves mood and behavior Improve sleep In this 3 week workshop, each week we will explore basic qi gong movements to invigorate the body and mind, followed by a meditation technique that you can apply in your daily life to recharge.
Intro to Yoga 3-Week Series
Thursday, January 11, 18, 25, 2018 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Mary Beth Markus – CYI, E-RYT 500
Save $20 when you bring a friend This is the Year to Start or Come Back to Your Mat 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.
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.