Category Archives: Yoga Events

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.

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

Hatha Gong Yoga at Spirit of Yoga

As a Video Producer and Media Specialist for Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, I get the rare honor and opportunity to witness a lot of really interesting things; full sessions of Hypnotherapy (amazing), Transformational Life Coaching, Auriculotherapy with KC Miller, Toe Reading/Soul Coaching (absolutely beautiful), Aromatherapy Therapeutic Touch, Neurolinguistic Programming, Baby Massage (way cute), Whole Foods Cooking (yummy leftovers), and the creation of a Yoga Wall right before my eyes, to name a few.  As the resident ‘fly on the wall’, I could tell you a few things about the content of some of the videos I’ve shot. A better idea would be to take the class and get the DVD for yourself.

Also as part of my job, I get the opportunity to take photographs at and around SWIHA for marketing and for Online Education, as well as portraits of the beautiful souls who work here when needed for the web sites or to post in the Student Services reception area.

Before beginning a candid video or photo shoot, one of my usual modus operandi is to announce, “I am invisible!”  Believe it or not, it often works and I can move about rolling video or snapping pics without as much as a glance.  If Harry Potter’s cloak was real, this would be what it must feel like. I am often sprawling out on the floor or contorting myself into corners to get ‘the shot’ and no one notices.  So fun!

One experience as of late is sticking in my mind.  I was called upon to take some photos for marketing and promotional purposes of a Hatha Gong Yoga class at Spirit of Yoga.  In yoga I consider myself a novice, although I began practicing many years ago, long before becoming part of SWIHA’s staff.  One of the many yoga philosophies I love is “Always a Practice, Never a Perfect”.  Primarily I have stuck with Classical Hatha, Flow and Power yoga.  I had never been to a Gong class and was not sure what to expect.  I was not sure if I would like the sound of the gong. So in yogic fashion, I left my expectations floating away, like a helium balloon intentionally released into the sky.

With this in mind, I entered the yoga studio for the Hatha Gong photo shoot and set my camera gear in the corner with nary a notice.  The students knew I was there, but they were clearly there to enjoy their yoga experience.  Class began as yoga classes do, with centering, breathing, inner focus and setting of intentions.  Man I heart yoga.

Not long into the class, instructor Duane Armitage struck the gong to seal and deepen the pose that was being held.  Wow.  The tone and vibration was amazing!  As the class continued and I snapped the photos, I could feel how the sound resonated with each individual practitioner around and within the room, and how the varying vibrations that Duane drew out of the gong complimented each different asana.  It is a surprisingly truly beautiful sound; fluid, elastic, like an electromagnetic wave. The gong fully filled and sealed each posture with a soul-filling, resonating tone.  I was in love.

The following Friday I had the opportunity to take my first Kundalini Yoga class taught by Aradhana Kaur.  Absolutely loved it.  Sat Nam! As a wonderful added bonus, Duane Armitage closed the class Shavasana with an astounding Gong Meditation.

Duane is the creator of SOY’s Hatha-Gong class and says the vibration of the Gong assists in moving energy through the body and activating the chakras.  Now that I have seen—and heard–it for myself, I understand.

I can’t wait to take a Hatha Gong class at SOY.  If you haven’t yet tried it, hope you take the opportunity soon!

Namasté!

~Merry L.

As a Video Producer and Media Specialist for Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, I get the rare honor and opportunity to witness a lot of really interesting things; full sessions of Hypnotherapy (amazing), Transformational Life Coaching, Auriculotherapy with KC Miller, Toe Reading/Soul Coaching (absolutely beautiful), Aromatherapy Therapeutic Touch, Neurolinguistic Programming, Baby Massage (way cute), Whole Foods Cooking (yummy leftovers), and the creation of a Yoga Wall right before my eyes, to name a few.  As the resident ‘fly on the wall’, I could tell you a few things about the content of some of the videos I’ve shot. A better idea would be to take the class and get the DVD for yourself.

Also as part of my job, I get the opportunity to take photographs at and around SWIHA for marketing and for Online Education, as well as portraits of the beautiful souls who work here when needed for the web sites or to post in the Student Services reception area.

Before beginning a candid video or photo shoot, one of my usual modus operandi is to announce, “I am invisible!”  Believe it or not, it often works and I can move about rolling video or snapping pics without as much as a glance.  If Harry Potter’s cloak was real, this would be what it must feel like. I am often sprawling out on the floor or contorting myself into corners to get ‘the shot’ and no one notices.  So fun!

One experience as of late is sticking in my mind.  I was called upon to take some photos for marketing and promotional purposes of a Hatha Gong Yoga class at Spirit of Yoga.  In yoga I consider myself a novice, although I began practicing many years ago, long before becoming part of SWIHA’s staff.  One of the many yoga philosophies I love is “Always a Practice, Never a Perfect”.  Primarily I have stuck with Classical Hatha, Flow and Power yoga.  I had never been to a Gong class and was not sure what to expect.  I was not sure if I would like the sound of the gong. So in yogic fashion, I left my expectations floating away, like a helium balloon intentionally released into the sky.

With this in mind, I entered the yoga studio for the Hatha Gong photo shoot and set my camera gear in the corner with nary a notice.  The students knew I was there, but they were clearly there to enjoy their yoga experience.  Class began as yoga classes do, with centering, breathing, inner focus and setting of intentions.  Man I heart yoga.Not long into the class, instructor Duane Armitage struck the gong to seal and deepen the pose that was being held.  Wow.  The tone and vibration was amazing!  As the class continued and I snapped the photos, I could feel how the sound resonated with each individual practitioner around and within the room, and how the varying vibrations that Duane drew out of the gong complimented each different asana.  It is a surprisingly truly beautiful sound; fluid, elastic, like an electromagnetic wave. The gong fully filled and sealed each posture with a soul-filling, resonating tone.  I was in love.

The following Friday I had the opportunity to take my first Kundalini Yoga class taught by Aradhana Kaur.  Absolutely loved it.  Sat Nam! As a wonderful added bonus, Duane Armitage closed the class Shavasana with an astounding Gong Meditation.

Duane is the creator of SOY’s Hatha-Gong class and says the vibration of the Gong assists in moving energy through the body and activating the chakras.  Now that I have seen—and heard–it for myself, I understand.

I can’t wait to take a Hatha Gong class at SOY.  If you haven’t yet tried it, hope you take the opportunity soon!

Namasté!

~Merry L.