MARCH 2015 NEWS

" Spring has returned.  The Earth is like a child that knows poems by heart." 
-Rainer Maria Rilke

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MARCH  SPOTLIGHT 

HOW YOGA WORKS: 

AJNA & SAHASRARA CHAKRAS

 
This month, our journey through the chakras reaches its final destination, at the top of our energy column. 

Ajna Chakra, located in the deep geometric center of the head where the pineal gland hangs down, is associated with the element light, and the act of seeing. The sixth chakra relates to the mystical Third Eye and is the organ of inner perception, intuition, psychic abilities, imagination, and dreams. 

Sahasrara, at the crown, is the final door to consciousness, symbolized by a thousand petaled lotus flower. The crown chakra is the last milestone of human awareness, and here consciousness enters a new realm of perception which is beyond our limited scope of mind and concepts, and reaches the realm of the Absolute. 

Join me on Saturday, March 14th for "From Darkness to Light: Ajna & Sahasrara Chakras," as we wrap up our journey through the chakras with theory, asana, pranayama and meditation. Participation in the previous workshops is not required--all are welcome!

All month long we have an incredible line-up of guest teachers, workshops, and special classes--dive in!

Next month, we'll begin a new series, "The Mystery of Prana," an exploration of the Vayus--the 5 winds that animate every aspect of our experience. 

Happy Spring!

~Nicole

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MARCH WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

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CYNDI LEE

RETURNS TO REPUBLIC OF YOGA

TWO FANTASTIC WORKSHOPS!

SATURDAY, MARCH 7TH, 2015 

  

     

YOGA BODY BUDDHA MIND  

1:30-3:30PM

 

Invite your body and mind back into balance. With humor, depth, and authenticity, Cyndi Lee combines yoga practice and Buddhist mindfulness in a workshop that brings ancient wisdom alive and makes it relevant to contemporary life. 

 

Explore how alignment, breathing, balancing, stretching and strengthening provide the ideal opportunity to apply the Buddhist meditation techniques of watching your mind, recognizing your habits, and opening your heart. In this 2-hour workshop, Cyndi will introduce the Tibetan Buddhist practices of Gom (Mindfulness); and Upekka (Equanimity) - aspects of practice that cultivate clarity, compassion, confidence and balance.

 

This powerful union of yoga and Buddhism is a recipe for awakening, enlivening, and transforming the body and mind so you can infuse your daily adventures, encounters, and relationships with the bright and balanced energy of practice.


All are welcome! 

$60, or $108 for both workshops with Cyndi Lee 

WISER WOMEN: THE PRACTICE OF BEING IN-BETWEEN
4:30-6:30PM

Do you feel like your body, relationships, career, sexuality, sleep patterns or capacity for joy are shape shifting? Change, a primary factor between the ages of 40 - 80, is exactly when we need to practice. It is also when confusion and fear can drag us into unhelpful patterns such as over-eating, over-shopping, or even over-exercising. Anything to avoid being present with ourselves.

During this workshop, Cyndi will offer a dharma talk and a juicy 45 minute asana practice, contemplative meditation, journaling and small group discussions (we know we love to talk!) to help you personally rebrand this liminal time as a fresh start moment!

 

Let practice inspire you to live in a genuine, loving and fun way, with total appreciation for your maturing sensuality, elegance, fierceness and wisdom. (PS By 60 it gets good again!) Open to women of all ages! 

 

$60, or $108 for both workshops with Cyndi Lee 



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CANDLELIGHT YOGA & GONG BATH
WITH ALISHA & NICOLE
SUNDAY, MARCH 8TH 5:00-6:30PM

For this special edition of our 5:00pm Sunday evening class, Nicole Nichols is offering a class featuring chanting, meditation, vinyasa flow, and culminating in a 20-minute extended savasana with a gong bath played live by Alisha Nissenfeld.


 Of all the instruments used in sound healing, the Gong is perhaps the most powerful, and the most mysterious. Gong Meditations, also called Gong Baths, are deeply nourishing and restorative. Through the intense vibrations of the sound, the body and mind are able to relax and surrender to the healing energies of the Gong. The Gong vibrates at the same frequency as the body, allowing students to experience deep healing on all levels of being as vibrations pass over and through them--leaving them feeling balanced, peaceful, and light.


 During this healing and rejuvenating experience, students will relax comfortably with bolsters and blankets. No water is used in a gong bath; just enjoy the experience of vibrations washing over you!


 Regular 75/90 minute class pricing applies, free for first time students.


 

REGISTER


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HOW YOGA WORKS
FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT: 
AJNA & SAHASRARA CHAKRAS
WITH  NICOLE NICHOLS
SATURDAY, MARCH 14TH 1:30-4:00PM   

 


 Our journey reaches its final destination at the top of the energy channel--the third eye and crown chakras, associated with our spiritual side and our relationship with our true self and the universe. 


 
Ajna Chakra, located in the deep geometric center of the head, is associated with the element light, and the act of seeing. The third eye is the internal witness to imagination, inner vision, clairvoyance, intuition, dreams and psychic abilities. Here we enter a deeply internal state where we are seeing inside ourselves, inside our own mind. Seeing is a process of pattern recognition--to re-cognize, to know again, to begin to see the larger picture and where we fit in, and also to perceive the 

one-ness of being.


 Sahasrara, at the crown, is the final door to consciousness, symbolized by a thousand petaled lotus flower. Here the element is the element of thought. Consciousness is beyond space and time, and is the guidance behind all that we see and do. Some say that this chakra is opened up to Heaven on the crown of the head, while other diagrams depict it as a downward facing lotus, whose thousand petals contain the nectar of consciousness which drops into the mind and body through the chakras, bringing illumination and enlightenment to our awareness.


 

Join Nicole Nichols for the final installment of the Chakra series as we wrap up our journey with theory, asana, pranayama and meditation.

Participation in the previous workshops is not required--all are welcome! 


 $40

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YOGA WITH LIVE MUSIC

FEATURING DANI STRAUSS & COURTNEY LONG

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18TH 6:15-7:45PM

 

Join us for a special practice! Nicole Nichols will guide you through a moving meditation, and Dani Strauss and Courtney Long will lull you into a blissful place with their gorgeous live soundscape of music and mantra. 


 

$20, or one class from your package plus $5


 

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 THE ART OF INVERSION IS BACK!

WITH  NICOLE NICHOLS

SATURDAY, MARCH 21ST 1:30-3:30PM 

 

Back by popular demand--Join Nicole Nichols for a practice geared to help you overcome the fear and disorientation that often accompanies inversion practice.

 

Are you wishing you could be one of those yogis who effortlessly floats up into a handstand, but secretly terrified of falling? This workshop is for you! Safely explore the primary inversions-hand stand, forearm stand, head stand, and shoulder stand.


 Everyone will have a space to work at the wall; we'll learn alignment principles and balance and strength-building techniques to develop a steady and joyful inversion practice. Turn your world upside down on purpose--it's fun! All are welcome, especially beginners. 


 $35


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OPEN YOUR HEART 
  WITH  LILA RASA BROWN
SUNDAY, MARCH 22ND 1:30-4:30 PM
 
Join Lila Rasa for a celebration of the Heart! This workshop will focus on giving students skillful methods to deepen their back-bending practice, working with the whole body to create transformation from within.

 

This session is intended for those who wish to dive more deeply into their practice in a supportive and therapeutic way, creating lasting insight and awareness. Students will be guided through a dynamic sequence with effective alignment and action, giving them lasting tools for opening the heart in an effective way.

 

Rasa Yoga invites practitioners to awaken to their authentic nature through a unified approach that interweaves clear alignment, a rich philosophical perspective, and actualizes the power of the abundant Heart, deepening practitioners' awareness of what's truly available in each and every moment. 


 
Seasoned beginners through advanced students are welcome.


 
$45

 

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WEEK-LONG ASHTANGA MYSORE INTENSIVE
WITH STACEY INGHAM
SUNDAY, MARCH 22 - FRIDAY, MARCH 27TH    
This Week-Long Intensive with Stacy Ingham is set up to give beginners a great opportunity to learn the Ashtanga practice at their own pace, directly from a teacher, known as Mysore style. Those already established in the Ashtanga practice have an opportunity to deepen their practice or recommit to it, join with a community of like-minded yogis, or even just see what it's like to practice 5 days in a row. Drop-ins are welcome, though beginners are advised to attend one full week first.


 After attending a Week-Long Intensive and following up with a home practice, and/or attending Mysore classes regularly, students will build a strong Ashtanga practice to take with them for a lifetime. With patience, persistence, and receptivity, this practice will transform you. Give yourself this opportunity to jump in and go deep!


 Sunday, March 22, 3:00-5:00pm: 

Introduction to Ashtanga Mysore Style Practice


 We'll talk about what to expect when you arrive for practice Monday morning, and as the week progresses. We'll also begin learning the Sun Salutations (A & B), breaking down the poses and building a strong foundation for the rest of the practice.


 Monday-Thursday, March 23-26, 6-8am OR 7-9am: 

Traditional Mysore-style Classes


 Students arrive and practice at their own pace. Newer students will be taught the sequence, and more experienced students will receive help with their practice as needed. Space is available for up to 8 students per time slot. 


 Friday, March 27th 6:30am: Led Primary Series


 Students will be guided, vinyasa by vinyasa, through the Ashtanga Primary Series. Those students who have not yet learned the entire series will stop after their last given pose, and may close early and go, or wait and observe till the closing sequence and finish with the others.


 Stacy Ingham has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since 1998, and has been teaching in the Triangle area since 2001. She has accrued over 500 hours of study in the Ashtanga tradition of yoga with such great teachers as David Swensen, Annie Pace, Chuck Miller and Maty Ezrati, David Williams,Eddie Stern, David Keil, and Matthew Sweeney. Stacy is currently apprenticing with David Garrigues. Stacy's approach to teaching Ashtanga Yoga is to educate students on the joy of a consistent Yoga practice, demonstrating how to pay attention to the details of form and philosophy, and making Yoga accessible for all levels. Building a yoga practice that will last a lifetime is a collaborative effort between teacher and student, and Stacy strives for that collaboration with her students.


 $108 for entire week; drop-in $20 per session


 More info and REGISTER

       in  Stone Creek Village
202 Ledgestone Way   Cary, NC 27519
(919) 460-0080

 

SPRING EQUINOX:

Detox Flow & Juice Tasting with Raleigh Raw
with Nicole Nichols  luluemon athletica Durham

Friday, March 20, 6:00-8:00PM

 

March 20 marks the spring equinox--one of the four great solar festivals of the year. Day and night are equal, poised and balanced, and about to tip over on the side of light. The spring equinox is sacred to dawn, youth, the morning star and the east. Just as the dawn is the time of new light, so the vernal equinox is the time of new life. Join us for a celebration of the first day of Spring--Nicole Nichols will offer a 90-minute juicy detox flow to get you primed and ready for the new season, then we will re-fuel on the good stuff-a delicious raw organic juice tasting with Raleigh Raw. 

 

This class is FREE!  

 

*Space is limited-please register at www.republicofyoga.com to reserve your spot. All are welcome-come ride the light!