Spirit of Yoga Birth of theWall

State of the art Yoga Studio and Yoga Teacher Training Facility Spirit of Yoga (SOY) is introducing its “Off The WallYoga Wall Classes.  The Yoga Wall uses specialized belts and harnesses that secure into a socket system in the wall.  These belts allow for a greater variety of Yoga Postures.  In this unique practice, gravity is utilized as a natural form of resistance, which can help students develop strong core muscles.

The BIRTH of Spirit of Yoga’s YOGA WALL:

• Can help improve overall flexibility and mobility in the joints and spine
• Builds strength in both the large and small muscle groups
• Aides access to various muscle groups in poses difficult to achieve on the mat
• Offers therapeutic benefits for injuries, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, & Sciatica
• Can be a training tool to aid competitive athletes in cross-training
• Can help yoga students work through fear and build confidence
• Enables and deepens many postures, inversions, movements and restorative poses

It is said in Yoga, that “you are only as old as your spine.”  Thus, as long as you have a healthy and flexible spine, your ability to participate in life is endless!  The Yoga Wall allows you to open your the spine in every direction without compression and hang upside down in your yoga practice.  Here is just a taste of some “Off The Wall” action!

Spirit of Yoga , located in the Tempe City Center complex at 1420 E. Southern Ave.,Tempe, AZ 85282 also features a beautiful environment to enrich the yoga practice and experience:

• A ceiling-high Japanese torii gate as you enter the yoga studio
• Three large yoga studio spaces for teacher training and classes open to the public
• Unique Hatha Gong Yoga featuring a large gong to deepen and seal poses during yoga
• Amazing views out studio windows of lush, park-like exterior grounds
• A complete supply of yoga equipment and gifts
• Elegant, nature-inspired interior design and tranquil aesthetics

Visit myspiritofyoga.com/info-rates/yoga-wall to read more and see the ‘Off The Wall’ class schedule, which is open to the public.

Yoga Under the Full Moon

Honoring the Moon and Awakening the Goddess Within! Let’s take time to honor the full moon and embrace the sacred feminine energy within all of us, under the fool moon this Saturday evening. Event: A co-ed full moon ritual, asana practice, and drum circle. Location: Grass area outside the Spirit Of Yoga center.  1420 E. Sotuhern Ave., Tempe, AZ. Date: Saturday, August 13, 2011 Time: 8pm – 10:30pm What to wear: Your finest goddess-like yoga and ritual wear. What to bring: Yoga mat and your beautiful self (water will be provided). Cost: Complimentary – cash donations will be accepted for the In Search Of Merlin Stone memorial documentary film and book project.

Benefits Of Yoga For Children

What do you want for your Children’s Health?  Good and prospering health, right?  The kind of Natural Health that is not achieved through HGH pills and medications.  Developing a habit and lifestyle with Yoga can help them feel and look younger without having to depend on any medication.

Both you and your child can achieve the balance of body and mind withYoga.  Children have flexible bodies.  When they use them to stretch, bend and do breathing exercises, they can reap the benefits from this age-old method of exercising for years to come.  Plus, Yoga For Children is FUN!

In fact, children are more yogic than adults!  When you think about it, they are only concerned about the present.  The past and future has no meaning for them.  Encourage your child to do breathing exercises and meditate and watch the change in his or her behaviour.  Given below are a few benefits of yoga that are good for you and your child.

  1. Let out the feelings – Everyone wants and encourages their child to be on their best behaviour by not reacting to things and keeping their emotions in check.  When your child gets angry, ask him to shout or scream and let the anger out.  This kind of release helps to keep the mind and body in balance.  When emotions are bottled, they also bottle up a lot of negative energy that is not good.
  2. Healthy body, healthy mind – The popularity of yoga is rising.  There are numerous children, from five year old and above who are reaping the benefits of yoga.  Girls mature quickly and are ready at an early age.  However, it is the boys, who need personal attention at this age.  It is not only in the yoga class, but also outside it that the benefits are apparent.  They are physically healthy, confident and are more focused.
  3. Higher levels of energy – It gives the children higher energy levels.  You will find them dancing and playing without tiring. In fact, yoga is a lot of fun for them.  The co-ordination exercises are something that children enjoy.
  4. Controlled and focused – You will find that you child is much more focused and controlled.  He or she exhibits positive behavior and this helps them to be centered when they grow up.

You can also practice Yoga and breathing exercises and become a role model for your children.  It will give you the same benefits as the child.  If you begin with yoga first, your child will automatically follow you.  Your focus, being centered and calm will encourage the child to follow you.  In fact, if you have health problems like insomnia, depression et al, you can tackle them and lead a stress free and healthy life.

Family Yoga is offered st Spirit of Yoga in Tempe, Arizona.  This is a great way to share the yoga experience as a family!  Family Yoga is held as a yoga studio class on Saturdays from 9:15am to 10:15am.  See their class schedule for more, http://myspiritofyoga.com/class-schedule, or call 480.838.3379!

By: Brenda Lyttle – a health and beauty expert who began writing for publications in her community in 2005 and now commands an authority in writing on  healthy living, wrinkle cream, slimming path, and anti-aging related topics.

Welcoming a New Master Yoga Teacher

SWIHA would like to extend a warm welcome to a new Yoga Master Teacher, Stuart Rice, who will be instructing the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training starting October 11, 2011 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts’ 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) program is designed to support all who wish to deepen their personal, spiritual connection through learning to master the principles and practice of Yoga.  Students who complete the YTT program in Tempe, Arizona, choose to offer what they’ve learned as teachers, to the community at large; others simply wish to use these tools for personal growth on many levels.

Are YOU Ready To Explore Or Expand Your Yoga Practice?

For those of you who do not know, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts provides amazing Yoga Education!  DISCOVER AND DEEPEN YOUR YOGA ROOTS at SWIHA’s beautiful, auxiliary classroom in Tempe, A.Z., called Spirit Of Yoga.. Are YOU ready to explore or expand your own Yoga Practice?

Choose From SWIHA’s Enriched Yoga Teacher Training Options Based on Our Principles Of Unity Yoga!

Unity Yoga strives to teach an authentic expression of yoga with a transformational approach, honoring a diversity of practices and belief systems. Our program is based on the principle that yoga is a unifying tool for creating health, well-being and a deep spiritual connection. Our commitment is to provide structure, yet educational freedom, so all may find their own truth, while incorporating a ‘living yoga’ approach to their lives.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) 200

Southwest Institute of Healing Arts’ enriched 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training will deepen your initial yoga foundation through the principles of Unity Yoga.  The core of this training includes an introduction to classic yoga philosophy and primary understanding of the Yoga Sutras.  YTT 200 is designed to fully prepare you to take the Advanced Yoga program, either 600 or 800, which is customized to suit your authentic yoga practice, self-expression and connection to Spirit.

START DATES:
3/20/2012 ~ Tuesday / Thursday 9am – 12pm
5/8/2012 ~ Tuesday / Thursday 6:30pm – 9:30pm
5/20/2012 ~ Monday – Friday 10am – 1pm ~ FAST TRACK

Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) 600

The 600-hour Yoga Teacher Training builds upon the 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Approved program. Whether you have completed the SWIHA Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) 200 Hour program, or you have completed a program elsewhere, we invite you to join us for our Advanced YTT.  In this program you will be able to pick and choose from our enriched, customized modules, and complete them at your leisure.  Alongside these useful modules, choose one primary specialty totaling 100 hours or beneficial electives, or one primary specialty totaling 200 hours!  Upon completion of your modules and chosen electives you will complete an Advanced YTT Practicum, supervised by a Master Yoga Instructor.

START DATE:
5/20/2012 ~ Monday – Friday 10am – 1pm ~ FAST TRACK

Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) 800
The 800-hour Yoga Teacher/Yoga Therapist Diploma Program builds upon the 600-hour Yoga Teacher Training, with 200 hours allocated to developing either one or two therapeutic modalities to serve clients one-on-one.  Associate Polarity Practitioner, Transformational Yoga Coaching or Yoga Nidra, are highly recommended specializations.  The 800-hour YTT program is also designed to align with other therapeutic specializations such as Aromatherapy, Hypnotherapy, Reiki, Life Coaching, Holistic Nutrition, Thai Massage, Reflexology, etc.  Students in the 800-hour program will become well versed in safety and entrepreneurship through First Aid and CPR Certification and business development courses.

START DATES:
3/20/2012 ~ Tuesday / Thursday 9am – 12pm
5/8/2012 ~ Tuesday / Thursday 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Spirit of Yoga is Southwest Institute of Healing Art’s world-class yoga studio and teacher training center.  Their intention is to provide a sanctuary to those who seek yoga as a path to self-realization and celebrate the personal-spiritual connection inherent within the practice of yoga.  Spirit of Yoga offers regularly scheduled drop-in yoga classes to the community at our tranquil, state of the art yoga studio and auxiliary facility, including an amazing Yoga Wallsecond largest one in AZ.  Their clients love that they offer a comprehensive studio class schedule of diverse yoga styles because it empowers them to customize their individual yoga practice.

 

You’re Invited-Selebrate the 1 Year Anniversary of Spirit of Yogas Educational Facility Yoga Studio

Southwest Institute of Healing Arts will soon be celebrating the exciting 1-year anniversary of SPIRIT OF YOGA’s educational facility and yoga studio ~ a three-day complimentary weekend open to the public ~ May 11 – 13, 2012! Serving as the yoga educational facility and yoga studio for the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Spirit of Yoga (SOY) will be open for one year as of May 14, 2012.  Honoring their first birthday/anniversary, SOY is welcoming everyone from around the valley to complimentary yoga studio classes all weekend, plus special event yoga classes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at no charge. This three-day celebration will be held at Spirit of Yoga, 1420 E. Southern Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85282.

Spirit Of Yoga Turns 1 – Join The Weekend Fun!

Southwest Institute of Healing Arts is celebrating the fun-filled 1-Year Anniversary of SPIRIT OF YOGA’s educational facility and yoga studio.  A 3-day complimentary weekend is open to the public ~ Friday May 11 – Sunday 13, 2012!  Will we see you there?

In honor of their 1st birthday/anniversary, SOY is welcoming everyone from around the valley to complimentary yoga studio classes all weekend, plus special event yoga classes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at no charge.  Woohoo!

  • All Weekend ~ take the 21 DAY YOGA CHALLENGE: For $21 dollars, you get 21 days’ worth of yoga studio classes of your choice (with the exception of ‘Intro to Yoga’).  As a bonus, all people who sign up will receive a complimentary “Form A Yoga Habit” t-shirt, declaring that the challenge has been accepted, and they have in fact formed a yoga habit themselves.  The simple act of wearing this shirt will help each person manifest what they want – the habit of yoga in their lives.”
  • This event includes special drawings and giveaways, vendors, supervised entertainment for the kiddos such as a bouncy house, face painting, and roses given out on Mother’s Day.

It Takes 21 Days To Form A Habit:

Anyone can opt in for an exciting 21 Day Challenge to “Form a Yoga Habit.”  Research proves that it only takes 21 days to form a habit, and habits are an essential part of life.  “Anything you do with repetition and emotion will become your reality.  If you’re not satisfied with your current experience, examine your habits.” ~ Dr. Andrew Weil And as they say, practice makes perfect, right?

You must be present any day this weekend at Spirit of Yoga (1420 E. Southern Ave. Tempe, AZ 85282) to sign up for this challenge!  For $21 dollars, you get 21 days’ worth of yoga studio classes of your choice (with the exception of ‘Intro to Yoga’).  As a bonus, when you sign up you will receive a complimentary “Form A Yoga Habit” t-shirt, declaring that the challenge has been accepted, and you have in fact formed a yoga habit!  The simple act of wearing this shirt will help you manifest what you want – the habit of yoga in your life.

You can change your not so good habits into a good one ~ YOGA!  All it takes is 21 days, and you will be well on your way to become a changed person, and possibly even a yogi.  We sure hope you will help us spread the good word

New Transformational Yoga Coaching

In only 2 weeks Transformational Yoga Coaching will be offered for the first time at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, otherwise known as SWIHA!  We are using Swami Sivananda Radha’s wonderful book called: The Hidden Language ~ Symbols, Secrets & Metaphors.  The workshop, like the book, will explore the mythological meaning of each posture, using ‘deep questioning skills’ to stretch beyond the physical.

The intention is to penetrate the mystical messages of the asanas so that the body is truly understood as a spiritual tool and used a messenger.  Please consider joining Tracy McDonald and KC Miller on June 1-3 & June 15-17 for this amazing workshop.  To participate please call SWIHA Student Services at 480-994-9244 today to register.  Transformational Yoga Coaching classes, scheduled for June 1-3 and June 15-17.

How did this Workshop come to BE?  KC Miller, founder of SWIHA, SWINA and SOY, shares a beautiful journey of the creation of this amazing class/workshop called Transformational Yoga Coaching.

*  In 1992 KC took a program called Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy that was life-hanging; she took it the month she opened SWIHA (then SWIM).  It could be described as an ‘emotional release yoga class.’

*  Less than 18 to 24 months later KC took her first two Polarity classes:  Polarity I with Carol Briskin and Polarity Communications with Gary Strauss.  Again, life changing!

*  The key for KC was that she perceived that the exact same communication paradigm was used in both programs.  She vowed someday that SWIHA would offer a combination course, because at the time, BOTH Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and Polarity made you ‘sign in blood’ that you would NOT use any of the information taught in either of their classes until you were fully certified in the individual modalities.

*  In 2005/06 KC took a Life Coaching class that again used a similar communication method, as well as was co-teaching Polarity classes with Carolyn Fraser.  From an intense spirit-filled weekend Polarity class, Toe Reading was born (whole story there too) and after thousands of readings she realized, YES, there is a therapeutic communication model format taught in a variety of modalities ~ but it’s really about teaching people to ‘hold space so that the Divine Spirit‘ can work through them, and what comes out is SpiritSpeak, and no one can own that process.

*  In 2009 KC started going to Japan and her SpiritSpeak became bilingual as SoulSpeak. In 2011 her dream of Spirit of Yoga came true.  We tried one last time to sponsor Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy trainings and they did not work out well at all.

*  KC had a session with Gary Strauss and he helped her realize she has been preparing to write/teach/birth Transformational Yoga Coaching for most of her life!

*  KC recently found a book written by Swami Sivananda Radha called Hatha Yoga: The Hidden Language of Symbols, Secrets & Metaphor. She wrote the book over 20 years ago; she is in heaven now and KC is choosing to use her book as the grounding for Transformational Yoga Coaching.

*Gary has suggested that KC work with Tracy McDonald as an assistant for the upcoming Transformational Yoga Coaching classes, scheduled for the first and third weekends in June due to the fact that Tracy has completed a YTT program and currently teaches a studio class at Spirit of Yoga.

* Finally, KC’s dream, passion and vision is coming true in the offering of this class.  Will you be joining us?

To participate please call SWIHA Student Services at 480-994-9244 today to register!

Again, Transformational Yoga Coaching Classes are scheduled for June 1-3 and June 15-17, 2012.

Looking For A Way To Better Express Yourself? Become A Yoga Teacher!

Discover & Embrace the Spirit of Yoga, the state-of-the-art auxiliary classroom and yoga studio of Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA), a nationally accredited college and community healing center committed to helping individuals discover their gifts and graces, and support them as they share their talents with the world in a loving and profitable way.  Spirit of Yoga, also known as SOY, embraces individual, community and global healing, and teaches our students how to ‘Touch Lives, Heal Bodies & Free Soul’ through what they call Unity Yoga!

Unity Yoga strives to teach an authentic expression of yoga with a transformational approach, honoring a diversity of practices and belief systems. Their Yoga Teacher Training Programs are based on the principle that yoga is a unifying tool for creating health, well-being and a deep spiritual connection. Their commitment is to provide structure, yet educational freedom, so all may find their own truth, while incorporating a ‘living yoga’ approach to their lives.  Because they want you to be able to experience the Spirit of Yoga, Financial Aid is available to those who qualify!

What do you envision as Your Yoga Career Path?  You could start your own Yoga Practice, in a studio of your very own!  You could work in a few already established yoga studios or gyms, possibly having a specialty—such as Yoga Nidra or Hatha Gong!  You might decide to work in a resort yoga setting, with people who take yoga retreats.  Whatever the case, here you will discover which yoga career path is right for you.  We’ll help you plan a successful yoga career journey starting today…

No matter what Yoga Teacher Training Program you enroll in, all of their students and graduates receive committed support as they take their gifts out into the world in a loving and profitable way, through “Our Success Center.”  You will feel well equipped to obtain your goals and dreams as you head out into the job market, whether you are looking to be an entrepreneur or find a job in a well-established yoga practice or facility.

Spirit of Yoga’s intention is to provide a sanctuary to those who seek yoga as a path to self-realization and celebrate the personal-spiritual connection inherent within the practice of yoga.  They believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to develop their gifts and graces so long as there is an openness to grow, mind, body and spirit.

Sit in on a live class – on them, or take a Yoga Studio Class of your choice!

Use a Guest Pass for a YTT Class, to observe what Spirit of Yoga’s education is all about!

Spirit of Yoga and Hatha Gong Support Yoga Aid World Challenge

Many thanks to all Hatha-Gong™ teachers and practitioners for making it possible for Hatha-Gong™ to meet and exceed Spirit Of Yoga’s target donation to Yoga Aid World Challenge during the month of August 2012!  Hatha-Gong™ has achieved this goal through acts of seva, including donation of instructor pay for classes, contributions for the number of students attending classes and accepting and matching community offerings during our recent Hatha-Gong™ “Master’s debut” graduation event.
The Yoga practice of Hatha-Gong™ is a vibrational experience in motion created by Duane Armitage E-RYT 200/500 in 2010.  To date, hundreds of students have come to enjoy this practice and in October 2012, Hatha-Gong™ will present the third Hatha-Gong™ teachers training class at the Spirit of Yoga, Educational Facility and Yoga Studio in Tempe AZ. There are currently fourteen Hatha-Gong™ teachers world-wide including our most recent group of six masters who graduated on August 19, 2012.

The community of Hatha-Gong™ teachers represent a diverse group of dedicated and devoted certified Yoga teachers from many different backgrounds.  For example, one of our most recent graduates is 17 yr. old Hatha-Gong™ master Seth Payson CYT 200.  Seth is still in High School and is the youngest student to complete the Hatha-Gong™ certification process!

Hatha-Gong™ will be presenting a multiple gong experience on Sunday September 9, 2012 at the Imperial Ballroom at 7117 E. Tierra Buena in Scottsdale AZ, showcasing the talents of several Hatha-Gong™ masters during the Yoga Aid World Challenge celebration.

For further information check the websites, www.hatha-gong.com and www.yogaid.com.