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MELT Restorative Yoga+Massage

MELT Restorative Yoga+Massage

Melissa Tungl & The Wellness Collective have partnered to create the ultimate relaxation experience.  This fusion class will incorporate elements of breath, gentle flow, and restorative yoga, in a sequence designed to restore the nervous system and relieve chronic tension.

During the restorative portion of the class, each student will receive several minutes of hands on massage with Kate & Jenny from the Wellness Collective.

Where?  Seva Yoga
When?  2/24 6-8pm
Price?  $35

Due to the intimate nature of the class, space is very limited. Treat yourself to this unique experience!

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Ayurveda- Yoga Sister Science & Selfcare: Refilling the Well

Ayurveda- Yoga Sister Science & Selfcare: Refilling the Well

Take your yoga and self care practices to a whole new level! Join Nanette Bowen for a special three hour interactive presentation to discover your constitution, tips to find balance, and rejuvenate your mind body and spirit!

About the course:

Ayurveda: Exploring Yoga’s Sister Science

Ayurveda is the oldest codified holistic and preventative oriented health care system in the world. The Sanskrit word, Ayurveda, translates as the science of life. True to its name, Ayurveda looks to the principles of nature, harmony, and rhythm to help individuals better understand their unique health profiles and to come into alignment with the nature that exists both within and around them.

During this discussion we will explore core Ayurvedic concepts, including the five elements (Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth), and the three doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) which contribute to the make-up of our constitution. We will also discuss methods for modifying daily and seasonal routines to create balance in the body, mind, and spirit.

Ayurveda Selfcare: Refilling the Well

Learn about the subtle forms of the doshas called Prana (Vata), Tejas (Pitta) and Ojas (Kapha) that represent the refined essences of the doshas. Learn about Ayurvedic daily routines (dinacharya practices) to give these life-giving substances a boost with an eye toward practices intended to improve immunity and wellness in body, mind and spirit.

Ayurveda: Exploring the Subdoshas

Each of the doshas has five subdoshas. According to ancient Ayurvedic texts, the subdoshas relate to specific areas of the body and perform specific functions. We’ll explore these fundamental ideas through discussion and the use of postures. We’ll place special emphasis on the Vata dosha (Ether and Air Elements), as it often incites imbalances due to its mobile quality. Balance is associated with good health (described in Ayurveda as much more than the absence of disease) whereas imbalance is associated with ill health. In this workshop you’ll learn how to use your own body wisdom to move toward a balanced state.

Cost $35, sign up before 3/31 and save $5

Saturday April 22, 12:00pm-3:00pm

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iRest Yoga Nidra with Nanette Bowen

iRest Yoga Nidra with Nanette Bowen

Yoga Nidra (“yogic sleep”) is a state of consciousness. Somewhat like lucid dreaming, it lies between sleep and wakefulness, a place where ancient yogi’s believed one could realize one’s true self.

iRest® Yoga Nidra is a modern-day adaptation of this ancient practice of healing, relaxation, and well-being. It is a form of mind-body training, with clinically demonstrable effects, which promotes deep healing, health, resiliency, and wel being.

This meditation practice involves coming into a supported restorative posture and discovering the space between wakefulness and sleep where deep healing and restoration can occur.

It is an ideal mindfulness intervention for re-shaping neural pathways critical to fostering emotional self-regulation, ethical decision-making, resiliency,enhancement of cognitive and emotional skills, development of empathy and well-being, as well as improving overall physical and mental health.

Join Nanette as she discusses the philosophy and yoga anatomy (koshas) behind this meditative practice, and then guides you on an internal journey using the techniques of iRest® Yoga Nidra.

Friday March 10th – 6:00pm-7:15pm

Cost $30
Sign up before 3/1 and save $5!

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Cats on Mats- Benefit for Humane Society of West Mi

Cats on Mats- Benefit for Humane Society of West Mi

“May all beings be Happy and Free”
Join Seva Yoga and the HSWM for this unique class pairing all levels yoga and our feline friends. Adoptable kittens will be in the studio during practice freely roaming, purring as you practice, and maybe a special savasana snuggle!

Cost $20, $15 for auto renew members

6-7:15 FULL
7:30-8:45 FULL

*All proceeds benefit HSWM, not recommended for students with allergies

Camp Seva ALL inclusive Yoga & Adventure Retreat

Camp Seva ALL inclusive Yoga & Adventure Retreat

Do your 2017 goals include more yoga, travel, nature & adventure? Join Melissa for our third annual Camp Seva Retreat! At this ALL inclusive weekend you will enjoy the following:

*Daily yoga and meditation classes.
*High ropes course/Zip Line, SUP (weather permitting) & Horseback riding (Pick 2).
*Brew tasting at Newaygo Brewing Co.
Enjoy local craft beer/cider/wine
*Hammocks are available throughout the weekend retreat for extra relaxation. Want a solo adventure? Take a hike on one of their trails.
*Evening Campfires/Community & Smores
*Well balanced vegan meals will be prepared for retreat attendees. Can provide gluten free options.
*Shared accommodations in Camp Henrys well appointed cabins.

Specific itinerary on YOGA, FOOD and FUN will be provided 1 week prior to the weekend!

When? May 19th-21st
Where? Camp Henry Newaygo, Mi
How much? $349 ALL inclusive
How do I sign up?

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Lets get outside and play!

Free Fridays. Yoga with a View

Free Fridays. Yoga with a View

Free Fridays Yoga SUMMER LINEUP!
Sponsored by Seva Yoga & Grand Rapids Parks and Rec

Bring your mat & tell your friends!
Friday May 12
Downtown GR, Blue Bridge 6:00pm-7:00pm

Facebook event – click HERE

Balanced Yogi Book Club

Balanced Yogi Book Club

Beginning in January, Seva Yoga will host monthly events for The Balanced Yogi Book Club at Schuler’s on 28th street from 5:30-7:00pm in the back room.

Light yoga practice to begin, followed by book discussion.

March 26th, 2017
features “The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself”
by Michael A. Singer

Available at Schuler’s on the Reading Group table marked with a tag for the Seva Yoga Book Club.

ALL welcome. Tell your friends too!

Sunday March 26th at 5:30 PM – 7 PM
Josh Feister

Josh Feister

1.  What originally brought you to yoga?
My whole life I had been interested in Eastern Spirituality and its connection to science and a modern scientific worldview, and its claims on being able to master and understand the mind. I was always a lay fan of Buddhism and esoterism until I moved to Grand Rapids. It became clear that I need an outlet to center myself and express myself as a way to balance a stressful work environment. A friend of mine invited me to Yoga at Seva and I haven’t left since.

2.  What keeps you coming back?
No matter how stressed or tense I am, I know I can do something holistically positive for myself on my mat.

3.  What is your favorite asana and why?
Savasana

4.  What do you love about Seva?
The eclectic background and interests of all of the teachers makes every class a new experience.

5.  What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
Willpower, mindfulness and compassion

6.  Favorite Book:
Thought as a system by David Bohm

7.  Favorite Place to Visit:
Northern Michigan

8.  Food:
No bake cookies

Ashley Bedker

Ashley Bedker

1.  What originally brought you to yoga?
My mission in life is to live wholeheartedly.  After a traumatic incident, I was in the healing process and learning to love myself.  Yoga was offered at my place of work and it did not take me long to realize what an amazing tool yoga was for my heart journey. 

2.  What keeps you coming back?
I started on a journey for my heart 6 years ago.  Almost 4 years into my journey, I found yoga and realized how well it aligned with my journey and the way I was trying to live my life.  Through trauma, heartbreak, healing, and love my practice stays with me and through my yoga practice my mind, body, and soul are strengthened as one.  Yoga has dramatically influenced my life and my heart awareness.  The people closest to me even recognize now when it is time for me to practice!

3.  What is your favorite asana and why?
I am a heavily grounded person.  So, any grounding/balancing postures feel like home.  Hip openers are amazing because they help lighten my heart and help me to stop grasping.  So, what better pose is there than Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana?  Root me down and lighten me up at the same time!

4.  What do you love about Seva?
Seva!!  Life brought me to Seva when I needed a safe place to heal and grow.  Nothing but good vibes and love within the walls of Seva.

5.  What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
Yoga helps lighten my heart and keep me open.  Spending time on my mat helps me live in the present without grasping when I am off the mat.

6.  Favorite Book:
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron

7.  Favorite Place to Visit:
Lake Michigan

8.  Food:
It is terrible, but ham is my favorite!

 

Betsy Rosenbrook

Betsy Rosenbrook

1.  What originally brought you to yoga?
I bought a Groupon!  Like so many people, I first came to yoga for exercise.

2.  What keeps you coming back?
I think I’m addicted!  I love the way I feel when I’m done with asana practice!  I come home and feel relaxed, patient, and excited to be in my own life!

3.  What is your favorite asana and why?
There are so many to choose from!  If I have to narrow it down, I will say virabhadrasana because my heart is open and I feel strong all at the same time.

4.  What do you love about Seva?
Seva offers a truly genuine space to practice yoga.  The instructors are there to help me be honest with my practice and do what’s best for my body.  They inspire me to challenge myself in a safe and healthy way.
I also love the ambiance of the studio space and the variety of classes offered here.

5.  What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
My practice helps me remember who I really am!  Yoga cultivates strength, balance, and flexibility in my body and all these things extend into my life as a whole as well.  I am a more patient, loving, and accepting person because of my practice.  I feel more grateful and more intentional about my time with my kids, my husband, my family and my friends.  My life is so full!

6.  Favorite Book
Wild by Andrea Strayed  Her journey was so raw and so present!  Reading her story reminds me of the beauty we miss when we go too fast.  I think it might be time to read this one again!

7.  Favorite Place to Visit
I guess my favorite place to go is a little park near my house, Provin Trails.  It’s not far away or exotic but it’s a peaceful place I like to go with my family no matter what season.

8.  Food
I love food!  Seriously, there are very few foods I don’t love!  Beans and rice is a cold weather favorite for me but in the summer I love quinoa salad or fresh fruits and veggies!