Upcoming...

GRAVITY AND GRACE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM 

Presence, Practice and Purpose: A new vision for educating, truth-speaking and responsibility for yoga teachers.

BEGINNING IN APRIL 2020!!

This program will run from April-November, every 3rd Friday or Saturday of the month, TBD (no session in July). You will receive 30 hours of in-person training with me and a couple of special guest teachers.   During the month of July (when there is no session) we will meet individually for a check-in.

 

This training is designed to grow your edges as a yoga teacher.  My passion is to reclaim the essence of yoga as a radical practice of liberation for all, meaning that if I really believe "all is one", then I MUST acknowledge that my liberation is tied up with every other being's liberation. Because oppression, racism, inequity, inaccessibility and white supremacy are still the basis of most systems, even in the yoga classroom, our commitment as yoga teachers must be to face this reality with fierce love.  This training is for those who are called to practice accountability in understanding the benefits and conflicts of group yoga teaching, to engage in mindful discourse concerning the ways in which we all contribute to suffering and separation, to seek humble action in repair, and to bring their teaching to the level of spiritual activism.  

 

I aim to embody and teach skills to make yoga & mindfulness practices culturally sensitive to and respectful of lineage/origins, ceremonial, inclusive-to-all, social-justice oriented and trauma-informed.

 

Here are the teaching topics to be covered:

 

BREATH AND EMBODIMENT: Your Personal Presence Is the Key

 

CULTURAL APPROPRIATION & SOCIAL JUSTICE

 

TRAUMA-INFORMED BASICS: INCLUSION, ACCESSIBILITY, & SAFETY 

 

RITUAL, CEREMONY & NATURE

-led by Greg Jamiel in Carnation, WA

 

LANGUAGE, SOMATIC DOMINANCE, CONSENT & TOUCH

 

FUNCTIONAL ANATOMY, SAFE(R) SEQUENCING & ENERGETICS

 

PROFESSIONALISM, ACCOUNTABILITY & ETHICS 

The cost of this program is $1600.  Payment plans available.  Limited scholarship funds available. (There is an additional $100 fee for the optional Sweat Ceremony with Greg Jamiel). 

 

If you are interested, please contact me directly at vazeelay@yahoo.com

Pay in 4 installments ($400 each)

Pay in Full ($1600)

Past Retreats

GORGE GETAWAY at Yoga Samahdi in White Salmon, WA

April 24-26, 2015

The annual spring getaway is here...come to one of my favorite places and immerse yourself in yoga, beauty and simplicity. Discounted accommodations are offered from my friends at the Inn of the White Salmon so you can stay directly across the street from the studio.  There's time for hiking in the morning and three great workshops to deepen your practice, connecting you to the landscapes around and within you.  

SATURDAY 1-3:30PM   FOUR DIRECTIONS & THE ART OF NOW

We will begin with a ceremony, calling in the spirit and energies of N, W, E & S.  Then, a Forrest Yoga workshop dedicated to feeling honestly in the present moment--identifying the things that hold us back, but also recognizing our gifts--and practicing responding in a way that allows our most brilliant and genuine self to come through. Expect lots of twists, hips, shoulders and heart opening.  The room will be heated to about 80-85 degrees.

 

SATURDAY 4:30-7PM   GUTS, GRAVITY AND GRACE

Learn to ride the waves of gravity (and emotions) while standing on your hands.  Inversions and arm balances, core strengthening, fear addressing--I will teach you how to embrace and use the beauty and terror of going upside down as teaching tools that build confidence. You will learn how to create space in your joints, tone you core, and ride your breath.  You don't have to be strong or flexible to find grace.  The room will be heated to 75-80 degrees.

 

SUNDAY 1-3:30PM  LIBERATE YOUR SHOULDERS AND NECK

Using functional movement, Pilates and Forrest yoga, you will mobilize your shoulders and ease your neck.  Learn proper alignment for sitting, standing and walking to create lasting change in the tension that you carry in your upper body.  The room will be heated to 70-75 degrees.

 

PLAYFULNESS AND REST
​A Pilates & Forrest Yoga Retreat with Angelina and Kiki Lovelace​
March 31-April 7, 2012

 

 

 

Daily schedule: 

 

7-750am Meditation, self-led (there is also a light breakfast served at this time; fruit, granola, yogurt, juices)

8-10am Forrest Yoga ceremony and practice

1030am Brunch

Free time

330pm Snack

530-7pm Evening practice of functional anatomy, Pilates and props

7pm Dinner​

Cost:

$1550 Triple Occupancy Shared room

$1795 Double Occupancy Shared room

$1900 Single Private (non-view)

$2400 Deluxe Private with view

Kiki and I are best buds. We met in 2001 during our first Pilates teacher training in San Francisco and have been in love ever since. We worked together under the tutelage of Tom McCook in Mountain View, Ca at the renowned Center of Balance and deepened our teaching skills embarking on the Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training together in 2007. We have each completed the Forrest Yoga mentorship program and are certified Pilates and Forrest Yoga teachers. We are seekers, healers and anatomy nerds, and are absolutely tickled to teach together and offer this retreat to you, our beloved students!​