Events/Workshops

Therapeutic Yoga for Low Back, Hips + Pelvis
Saturday, Oct 12, 1-3pm, Ritual Yoga + Apothecary

About 80% of all Americans will struggle with lower back pain at some time in their life. Recent studies show that therapeutic yoga can decrease pain and the use of medications up to 80%. Join Julee for a therapeutically gentle strength-building, hip opening practice to alleviate discomfort and create greater balance and ease in your lower body. Ideal for those who experience chronic discomfort and restriction. No experience necessary.

$45.  Space is limited.  Pre-registration is required.

Pranayama + Restorative: 6-Week Series
Wednesdays, Oct 16-Nov 20, 7:30-8:45pm, Ritual Yoga + Apothecary

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras outline the eight-faceted path of yoga. Yoga classes in the west typically focus primarily on the third facet, asana (poses). This six-week series will use restorative poses to explore the fourth and fifth facets, pranayama (breath) and pratayahara (turning inward of the senses). Restorative poses use lots of props so that one may hold poses for an extended period of time, usually 5-30 minutes. While some practices have you at the edge of your stretch the whole time, this practice will aim to reduce bodily sensation, so one can turn the attention to the movement of the mind. All levels of practitioner welcome; no previous yoga experience required.

$120 for the series.  $25 Drop-in if space.  No make-ups for missed classes.

Autumn Restorative Practice
Saturday, Nov 12, 1-3pm, Ritual Yoga + Apothecary

As the days shorten in Autumn, we naturally want to turn inward, slow-down, seek nourishment, and conserve energy. Supported yoga postures and mindful, meditative breathing practices nurture this need to align our energy rhythms with the changing seasons.
Restorative Yoga is a practice in conscious rest. We use lots of props to support each pose so that we can stay in the pose for an extended period of time, 5-30 minutes each. While restorative is an physical asana practice, it utilizes some of the other limbs of yoga to quiet the mind and move toward a state of deep rest and meditation. These other limbs are the breath practice (pranayama), the turning inwards of the senses (pratayahara), and meditation.
Restorative practice is appropriate for anyone! Physically, it is a very gentle practice appropriate for those who are chronically stressed, injured, diseased, or simply wanting to slow down and deepen their practice. Mentally, it is a little advanced as it can be challenging to be still for extended periods of time. Once the external movement is stilled, we become aware of all of the movement inside — digestion, heartbeat, thoughts, feelings, memories. Since the busy-ness of our lives are often masking these deeper movements and rhythms, restorative has a tendency to bring these things forward. We will use breath, visualization and meditation techniques to slow down, turn inwards, and manage some of the intensity. The techniques are designed to help us drop underneath all of the busy-ness inside to a state of deep rest and healing.

$45.  Space is limited.  Pre-registration is required.


Therapeutic Yoga for Upper Back, Neck + Shoulders
Saturday, Dec 14, 1-3pm, Ritual Yoga + Apothecary

Postural patterns, work related habits, athletics, injury, repetitive activities, and simple aging can cause chronic pain and discomfort throughout the upper back, shoulders and neck. Join Julee for a therapeutic heart-opening, shoulder-releasing yoga practice to alleviate discomfort and create greater balance and ease in your upper body. Ideal for those who experience chronic discomfort and restriction. No experience necessary.

$45.  Space is limited.  Pre-registration is required.


Moving Into Winter: a Restorative Practice
Saturday, Dec 14, 1-3pm, Ritual Yoga + Apothecary

As our bodies move with the rhythms of the seasons, we find that winter is a time to turn deeply inward. Yet the demands of our lives and the holidays rarely give us the internal time we need. This is a gentle, deeply relaxing and restful practice accessible for everyone, regardless of experience or level of fitness. It is also an excellent practice for those recovering from illness or injury. This two-hour workshop will take you through basic postures, gentle stretches, resting restorative poses and simple breathing techniques to open gateways to deep rest and reflection.

$45.  Space is limited.  Pre-registration is required.