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April 27-29, 2018

PLAYING BETWEEN THE OPPOSITES: Yin and Yang with Baxter Bell, MD & Melina Meza

A Weekend Workshop with

Baxter Bell, MD, C-IAYT, eRYT500 and

Melina Meza, Ayurvedic Health Educator, Certified Yoga for Aging Teacher, eRYT500

Join Baxter Bell and Melina Meza at Santosha for a playful and grounding spring workshop celebrating the play between opposites like: yin and yang, form and no-form, goals and no goals. You can expect unique workshops and practices that blend Hatha Yoga to build strength, balance and agility. Yin Yoga classes will help you increase your flexibility, enhance your circulation in the body and quiet your mind with longer held accessible postures to prepare for meditation.

Workshop Sessions:

Friday Evening Session (6:30~8:30pm) – Yin/Yang with Baxter & Melina 

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? And does it ultimately matter? In this first practice we will play with the opposites of yoga styles (Yang and Yin) and as well as a few key ideas that may or may not be opposites. It’s the perfect way to end the week or start the weekend (or both!).

Saturday Morning Session (9:30am~12Noon) – Yang Yoga with Baxter

Yang Yoga has many modern forms from many traditions, whether you love a strong Iyengar-style practice, a powerful vinyasa flow class, or even a challenging set of mini-vinyasa in the style of Krishnamacharya. And even if that is all Greek to you, this practice will focus on strength, balance, agility, with a side serving of Equanimity.

Saturday Afternoon Session (2:00~4:30pm) – Yin Yoga and Meditation with Melina

Yin Yoga is a powerful practice that deepens the mind-body connection. Through muscle relaxation and release of tension, breath awareness and visualizations, Yin Yoga not only inspires the circulation of life force energy (prana) throughout the body but also instills an attitude that allows you to more fully prepare for meditation. It’s a wonderful companion to the active, fitness-focused forms of yoga celebrated in the West today.

Sunday Morning Session (9:30am~12Noon) – Equanimity: The Tool to Bridge the Pairs of Opposites with Melina & Baxter

The underlining quality of equanimity is a calm and peaceful mind. We’ll be exploring yogic tools and texts to cultivate equanimity in our asanas, pranayama and meditation practices. We hope to leave you with new ways of viewing your practice both on the mat and in the world.

BIOS:

Baxter Bell, MD, C-IAYT, eRYT 500 (baxterbell.com)

Baxter Bell, MD, has been actively deepening his understanding of the power of yoga since making the stress-reducing move from a career as a busy family doctor to that of a yoga teacher and medical acupuncturist. He is a graduate of the Piedmont Yoga Studio’s 18-month Advanced Studies Program, and served as Director of PYS’s Deep Yoga Program for many years, teaching Experiential Anatomy, Yoga Technique, and Yoga Methodology portions of that training. He is on faculty for several Teacher Training programs around the country. Baxter is a certified Yoga Therapist, at a level of training denoted by C-IAYT. He is involved in the integration of therapeutic applications of yoga with Western medicine, and presently serves on the board of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Many gifted teachers he has studied with over the years, including Rodney Yee, Patricia Walden, and Erich Schiffmann, TKV Desikachar and Donald Moyer, have influenced Baxter’s teaching style. He is a featured presenter and provides therapeutic yoga classes on the website Yoga U Online, and has written articles for Yoga Journal and the International Journal of Yoga Therapy. He co-founded the blog “Yoga for Healthy Aging” with Nina Zolotow, and they recently co-authored a new book, based on the writings on their blog page. 

Baxter teaches public and specialty workshops and retreats around the US and internationally. He focuses on a nurturing style of Hatha yoga that balances desire for action with need to quiet the mind, while emphasizing qualities of curiosity and the value of meditative moments. His students say they appreciate his clarity of instruction and playful sense of humor.

Melina Meza, BS Nutrition, Ayurvedic Health Educator, Certified Yoga for Aging Teacher, eRYT500 (melinameza.com)

Melina Meza has been sharing her knowledge of Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda, and whole foods nutrition with yogis around the world for over 20 years. She pioneered Seasonal Vinyasa, an innovative multi-disciplined approach to well-being, and is the author of the Art of Sequencing books and the creator of the Yoga for the Seasons – Fall Vinyasa DVD.

Since 1997, Melina has been teaching at 8 Limbs Yoga Centers in Seattle, Washington, where she also is Co-Director of their 200- and 500-Hour Teachers’ Training Program. Melina facilitates year-round yoga and Ayurveda workshops and leads retreats in extraordinary sanctuaries around the world. Her continual growth as a teacher and practitioner has been influenced by studying with numerous instructors, including Dr. Robert Svoboda, Scott Blossom, Jin Sung, Sarah Powers, Gary Kraftsow, Kathleen Hunt, and Baxter Bell, MD. Retreats and sabbaticals are vital to Melina’s personal practice and bring her deeper reflection and inspiration.

Melina holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Bastyr University, where she deepened her interest in the world of whole foods nutrition. She received certification as an Ayurvedic Health Educator from California College of Ayurveda.  While attending Bastyr, she found what her body, mind, and spirit had been waiting for—yoga. From her very first class in 1993, she never stopped exploring physical, mental, and spiritual practices passed down from ancient sages. Yoga has been the “launching pad”—as her teacher Gary Kraftsow describes it—that has rocketed her into a life journey of cultivating the disciplines necessary to gain insight and wisdom integral to being healthy, compassionate, and radiant, as well as how to share those gifts with others.

DOWNLOADABLE FLYER COMING SOON!!

Fees for PLAYING BETWEEN  THE OPPOSITES Workshop:

All Sessions:   $175.00

Friday Evening: $60.00

Saturday only ~ 2 sessions (all day): $100.00

Saturday ~ 1 session: $60.00

Sunday Morning: $60.00

Contacts: Teddy (307)-763-0017    Steve (510)-219-1125

 

April 21 ~ 23, 2017

OPTIMAL LIVING: HOW YOGA AND AYURVEDA KEEP YOUR BRAIN HEALTHY

A Weekend Workshop with

Baxter Bell, MD, ERYT500 and

Melina Meza, Ayurvedic Health Educator, ERYT500

Like the rest of our body, the brain changes in numerous ways as we get older. What happens to the brain during healthy aging? Are yoga and Ayurveda ideal tools to maintain and improve brain health as we age?

Join us this weekend as Baxter and Melina share what is currently known about the changes in the brain as we age, and what is known about yoga, nutrition and Ayurvedic techniques that are useful for slowing or preventing common cognitive changes.

Schedule of Sessions:

Friday Evening Session (6:30~8:30pm): Stress, Sleep and Your Brain with Baxter and Melina

In this session, we will look at the connection between stress management and good brain health, and how sleep works to maintain a healthy nervous system. The practice will highlight yoga tools to improve stress management and relaxation routines to improve your sleep.

Saturday Morning, Session 1 (9:30am~12noon): Yoga as Brain Exercise with Baxter

In this session, we will learn about some of the basic parts of the brain and how important exercise is in maintaining good brain health. The practice will utilize new learning to engage and enhance our big brains!

Saturday Afternoon, Session 2 (2:00pm~4:30pm): Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: Yoga & Ayurveda with Melina

Within the art and science of Ayurveda and Nutrition, there are endless ways to rediscover the body’s innate wisdom and as unique beings we all have different hopes, fears, conditioning, expectations, and agendas around our health. Melina will focus on the role that yoga, Ayurveda and nutrition have in promoting a healthy body and mind.

Sunday Morning (9:30am~12noon): A Healthy Heart is a Good Start with Baxter and Melina

Keeping the cardiovascular system healthy as we age is a great first step in keeping the brain healthy, too! We will look at the interconnectedness of these 2 systems and do a heart healthy practice to end the weekend and start our journey into our brains!

DOWNLOADABLE FLYER/REGISTRATION FORM HERE.

September 30 ~ October 2, 2016

YOGA FOR YOUR BACK, NECK, KNEES & MORE!

A Weekend Workshop with

JJ Gormley, eRYT500, Yoga Therapist & Educator

Learn more about Yoga Therapy and how it helps with body issues such as low back, neck, shoulder, knee, sciatica, hip pain … and more! Work with JJ Gormley, eRYT500, internationally renowned Yoga Therapist and Educator. Learn how we can apply practical principles of Yoga Therapy for healing our aching joints.

We are excited to offer this special weekend with JJ Gormley, who has been practicing Yoga since 1979, teaching since 1989 and certifying teachers since 1994. As the Director of Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School, JJ offers Yoga Teacher & Yoga Therapy trainings across the country.

(Please visit her website for more info: www.SuryaChandraHealingYoga.com )

Click here for a downloadable flyer/registration form for “Yoga for Your Back, Neck, Knees & More!”

Click here for JJ’s “slick magazine-style” workshop flyer – downloadable & ready to display!

April 15 ~ 17, 2016

“Two Yogis are Better than One!”~ Smart, Supple, Spry Yoga

A Weekend Yoga Workshop with 

Baxter Bell, MD, eRYT 500 & 

  Melina Meza, Ayurvedic Health Educator, eRYT 500

Please join us as we welcome back our dynamic duo of Baxter and Melina for another “2 Yogis are Better than One” Workshop. We will look at how yoga is good for brain health, staying agile and spry and keeping those arms and legs strong and supple. If you are ready to dive deeper into personal practice this season and want to have some fun with new asanas and sequencing, please join us for this exciting workshop dedicated to exploring the art of Hatha Yoga!

Baxter Bell, MD, eRYT500
Baxter is well known to the Santosha Yoga community. He brings a unique perspective to his teaching, combining his understanding of anatomy and medicine with his skill at instructing people from all walks of life and all levels of ability. In addition to teaching classes, workshops, and retreats internationally, Baxter is on the board of the International Association of Yoga Therapy (IAYT), a presenter at Yoga Journal Conferences and the IAYT’s SYTAR Conference, and teaches online courses at Yoga U Online. Baxter is also a co-founder and writer for the popular Yoga for Healthy Aging blog, where he shares his knowledge of medical conditions, anatomy, and yoga with practitioners and teachers across the world.
Melina Meza, eRYT500, BS Nutrition, Ayurvedic Health Educator
Melina has been exploring the art and science of yoga and nutrition for over 20 years. She combines her knowledge of Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda, whole foods nutrition, and healthy lifestyle promotion into a unique style called Seasonal Vinyasa.  Her devotion to yoga and eating well, to teaching and nutritional counseling, and to traveling and experiencing different cultures combine to create a colorful and enlightening perspective from which to share all the aspects that she loves about yoga in its entirety. Melina is the author of the Art of Sequencing books and Yoga for the Seasons – Fall Vinyasa DVD.

Click here for a down able flyer and registration form for “Smart, Supple, Spry Yoga” workshop.

September 11 ~ 13, 2015

ADDED to our Weekend – 1-hour Private Sessions with Baxter or Melina

Friday, September 11 ~ 1-hour session = $90.00

Only a few sessions during the day before class starts are still available. Please contact Teddy (email through this website or call 307-763-0017) ~ for further information!!!

FALL SERIES~”Two Yogis are Better than One!”~

     Fall Yoga & Ayurveda Tune-Up

A Weekend Yoga Workshop with 

Baxter Bell, MD, eRYT 500 &

  Melina Meza, Ayurvedic Health Educator, eRYT 500

Please join us as we welcome back the dynamic duo of Baxter and Melina, who will share yoga, Ayurveda and nutrition tips for bolstering your immune system as we head into Fall. Fall is a transitional season during which we are more susceptible to colds, flus, and other immune system issues. Learn more about your immune system and how yoga and Ayurveda can help keep you healthy and strong as we move toward the end of the year.

In addition…Baxter and Melina will be offering 1-hour private sessions ($90.00) on Friday, September 11 at the following times: 9am, 10am, 11am, 1:30pm & 2:30pm. They will consecutively provide these 1-on-1 Yoga Therapy/Nutrition sessions, using both our upstairs Santosha Yoga space and BLHWC, LLC downstairs office space (#101). Reserve your time to work 1-on-1 with some of the most respected and highly qualified experts in our field by contacting Teddy! (Contact drop down)

Baxter Bell, MD, eRYT500
Baxter is well known to the Santosha Yoga community. He brings a unique perspective to his teaching, combining his understanding of anatomy and medicine with his skill at instructing people from all walks of life and all levels of ability. In addition to teaching classes, workshops, and retreats internationally, Baxter is a presenter at Yoga Journal Conferences and the International Association of Yoga Therapy’s SYTAR Conference, and teaches online courses at Yoga U Online. Baxter is also a co-founder and writer for the popular Yoga for Healthy Aging blog, where he shares his knowledge of medical conditions, anatomy, and yoga with practitioners and teachers across the world.
Melina Meza, eRYT500, BS Nutrition, Ayurvedic Health Educator
Melina has been exploring the art and science of yoga and nutrition for over 20 years. She combines her knowledge of Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda, whole foods nutrition, and healthy lifestyle promotion into a unique style called Seasonal Vinyasa.  Her devotion to yoga and eating well, to teaching and nutritional counseling, and to traveling and experiencing different cultures combine to create a colorful and enlightening perspective from which to share all the aspects that she loves about yoga in its entirety. Melina is the author of the Art of Sequencing books and Yoga for the Seasons – Fall Vinyasa DVD.

April 24 ~ 26, 2015

SPRING SERIES ~ “Two Yogis are Better than One!” 

A Weekend Yoga Workshop with Dr. Baxter Bell, eRYT 500 & Melina Meza, eRYT 500

Please join us for this new and exciting collaboration with master teachers Baxter Bell and Melina Meza. Both are experienced and dedicated yoga practitioners and teachers and will be offering their own expertise and unique style of teaching this weekend.

  • Baxter will share his personal wisdom of yoga and the scientific evidence that shows how the yogic lifestyle supports healthy aging, as well as offering nurturing and playful Hatha yoga classes for the young and young at heart.
  • Melina’s unique workshops in Yoga and Ayurveda will emphasize the importance of sequencing for Spring and adapting dietary approaches, cleansing techniques, daily rituals and lifestyle routines to synchronize with the seasonal changes. Students will learn relevant philosophy applicable to today’s lifestyle and asanas to strengthen the body’s inherent tendencies toward seasonal imbalances.
Baxter Bell, MD, ERYT500
Baxter is well known to the Santosha Yoga community. He brings a unique perspective to his teaching, combining his understanding of anatomy and medicine with his skill at instructing people from all walks of life and all levels of ability. In addition to teaching classes, workshops, and retreats internationally, Baxter is a presenter at Yoga Journal Conferences and the International Association of Yoga Therapy’s SYTAR Conference, and teaches online courses at Yoga U Online. Baxter is also a co-founder and writer for the popular Yoga for Healthy Aging blog, where he shares his knowledge of medical conditions, anatomy, and yoga with practitioners and teachers across the world.
Melina Meza, ERYT500, BS Nutrition, Ayurvedic Health Educator
Melina has been exploring the art and science of yoga and nutrition for over 20 years. She combines her knowledge of Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda, whole foods nutrition, and healthy lifestyle promotion into a unique style called Seasonal Vinyasa.  Her devotion to yoga and eating well, to teaching and nutritional counseling, and to traveling and experiencing different cultures combine to create a colorful and enlightening perspective from which to share all the aspects that she loves about yoga in its entirety. Melina is the author of the Art of Sequencing books and Yoga for the Seasons – Fall Vinyasa

Saturday, March 7, 2015

FREE DAY of SANTOSHA YOGA / MEDITATION

Donate & VOTE for the local non-profit of your choice (We will collect donations & votes all day ~ ALL donations go to the winning non-profit!)

Download FREE DAY Schedule HERE!

September 12 ~ 14, 2014

FALL SERIES ~ “CORE INTEGRITY & BALANCE”

A Weekend Yoga Workshop with Dr. Baxter Bell, eRYT 500

Join us this weekend as Baxter Bell, MD, returns for a workshop focused on developing “Core Integrity and Balance” using the physical postures of yoga, the breath and the focused mind to reach your goals. Core integrity not only refers to strengthening the complex group of muscles and structures in our mid-section, but also strengthening our will power to achieve the most important goals in life. Balance on the physical level is so important in maintaining our health over time, but cultivating a balance in our work and social life can be equally important. Our sessions together this weekend will help you develop the skills to address all these vital aspects of your life!

SPECIAL BONUS!! Visiting Ayurvedic educator and yoga teacher extraordinaire Melina Meza will give an introduction to Ayurveda talk as part of our Saturday afternoon class. Ayurveda is the sister discipline to Yoga that stresses the importance of keeping the body and mind healthy through lifestyle and diet choices.

Click here for downloadable Flyer and Registration Form for CORE INTEGRITY & BALANCE workshop.

Past Events

September 2 ~ 8, 2014

FREE WEEK of SANTOSHA YOGA / MEDITATION

AS A PARTICIPANT, YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO:

1)  Choose 1 FREE class that fits your schedule!   Click here for downloadable Fall/Winter Class Schedule.

2)  Receive Discount Prices for Fall Sessions! (Offer good ~ 9/2-9/8 only)

3)  Enter our DAILY Drawing for $25.00 in Chamber Bucks!!

4) Donate & VOTE for the local non-profit of your choice (We will collect donations & votes all week ~~ Votes for winner counted on 9/8 at day’s end)

August 8 ~ 10, 2014

ENERGY OF YOGA

A Weekend Yoga Workshop with JJ Gormley-Etchells, eRYT 500

We are excited to bring JJ back for her first summer workshop with us! She will introduce the energy systems of yoga and teach us how they are used in yoga therapy. We will practice together, learning hands-on application of alignment techniques at the various chakra centers in our yoga postures. JJ has been a student of yoga since 1979 and a teacher since 1989. Her yoga education is well-rounded; she has studied many traditions including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Anusara & Viniyoga. In her teaching and therapeutic work, JJ draws from each tradition that she loves.

Click here for the downloadable flyer and registration form for “ENERGY OF YOGA”.

April 25 – 27, 2014

Yoga for Heart Health

A Weekend Yoga Workshop with Baxter Bell, MD, eRYT 500

September 27 – 29, 2013

Yoga for Healthy Aging

A Weekend Yoga Workshop with Baxter Bell, MD, eRYT 500

 

October 18-20, 2013

Yoga Therapy with JJ Gormley-Etchells

Yoga Therapy Overview – Friday 6 – 8 pm
Back care – Saturday 9:30 am – 12 pm
Shoulder & Neck Care – Saturday 2 – 4 pm
Hip & Knee Care – Sunday 9:30 am – 12 pm