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Workshops

Asanas (poses) are the most common way to practice yoga, but there is so much more goodness to be found in this beautiful and transformative tradition. Our yoga workshops are intended to explore the other sides of yoga – self study, meditation, detachment, and discipline to name a few – and help you integrate them into your everyday life. From awakening your creativity to offering tools to deal with stress and anxiety, our yoga workshops will bring your practice to a whole new level.

Workshop Cancellation Policy:

Workshops can be fully refunded up to 72 hours before the event. If you need to cancel with less than 72 hours of notice, 50% of the workshop cost will be refunded as Account Credit (can be spent on anything at Yogaleena.) No Show = No Refund:)

Herbal Tea Workshop

Dates: Friday, March 29

Time: 7:00-9:00 pm

Instructor:  Courtney West

Investment: $35

In our fast-pace and often stress-filled society, simple rituals can create structure, making the most mundane of activities seem sacred and intentional. In this workshop, we’ll explore the ritual of mixing and imbibing herbal teas. We’ll discuss a wide variety of commonly available herbs perfect for tea-blending as well as their myriad health benefits. Each participant will have the opportunity to craft a blend in the workshop to take home and enjoy. The goal is to instill a certain level of confidence in each attendee so that they may leave ready to begin creating their own herbal tea blends at home. 

Newbie Yogi Workshop

Dates: Saturday, March 30

Time: 2:00-4:30 pm

Instructor: Jane Sielski & Jenna Mullady

Investment: $45/person***

This workshop is designed for brand new students interested in developing a yoga practice. In a small group setting, we’ll break down the most common yoga poses, show you proper alignment, explore modifications, and prepare you to confidently join group classes. We’ll also touch on the anatomy of breath and teach breathing techniques that will support you on and off your mat.

***Includes a week of free yoga classes at Yogaleena following the workshop.

Prop It Up Workshop

Dates: Sunday, March 31

Time: 1:00-3:0- pm

Instructor: Brittany Pires

Investment: $35/person

Whether you are brand new to yoga or an advanced yogi, props can revolutionize the way you practice! Incorporating blocks, straps and bolsters into your yoga practice can increase body awareness, flexibility, alignment, depth of experience in a pose, relaxation, correct poor postural habits and prevents new ones from developing.

In this 2-hour workshop, you will learn ways to enhance and enrich your practice in a fun, practical, and insightful way. We will begin with a classroom-style Q&A, followed by an active flow practice incorporating props for the entire body. Class will close with a supported restorative practice to compliment and ease the body into an effortless, relaxed state. All levels welcome.

Restorative Sound Bath

Dates: Friday, April 12

Time: 7:30-9:00 pm

Instructor: Brittany Kraft/ Slow Meadow

Investment: $30/person

This immersive sound bath will lead participants through a series of relaxing poses lying on the ground and supported by props. Brittany will lead students through a meditative sequence and practice hands-on reiki while Matt plays live ambient music. Limited space, pre registration required.

Slow Meadow is an American solo music project founded in Houston, Texas by Matt Kidd. This special performance will feature music from their new album, to be released Nov 17. Visit http://www.slowmeadow.com/ for more info.

Yoga Labs with Master Teacher Kristina Keller

Dates: Sundays May 19, June 23, July 21

Time: 10:30-12pm (These will take place at River Oaks School of Dance, next to Yogaleena!)

Instructor:  Kristina Keller

Investment: $25/lab

Join us for a unique and enlightening conversation with your body facilitated by master instructor, Kristina Keller. Enjoy powerful, subtle, yet playful 90 minute practices and have the opportunity to ask questions and break things down to create a more intimate and fulfilling personal practice or add arrows to your teaching quiver. These classes are appropriate for experienced practitioners and yoga instructors and count as Yoga Alliance CEU credits.

Thai Massage Workshop

Dates: Saturday, May 25

Time: 4:30-6:30 pm

Instructor:  Susie and Nosa Edebor

Investment: $40 solo, $70 couples

Join Nosa and Susie Edebor of Nosie Yogi for a relaxing and refreshing 2-hour Thai massage workshop! You will both give and a receive a Thai massage as we explore the fundamentals and techniques of this type of bodywork. This workshop is appropriate for all levels from beginner to experienced and no partner is required. Come and enjoy this sweet practice of intuitive and healing touch!

Yogaleena Summer School – Anatomy Series

Dates: Sundays May 19, June 23, July 21

Times: 12:30-4:30

Instructor:  Kristina Keller

Investment: $125/session or $300 for all 3!

Note: Registration to any or all sessions includes Kristina’s Yoga Labs hosted on the day of each workshop.

This series is for yoga teachers who desire an enhanced understanding of functional anatomy and how to safely and intelligently apply it to asana guided by yogic principles. Each workshop will consist of lecture, discussion, interactive play, and practice. Yoga Alliance CEU credits available on request.

May 19: Our Sacred Architecture – The Skeletal System (Special Focus on Joints)

June 23: The Fabric of Infinite Potential – The Musculoskeletal System

July 21: The Anatomy of Adjustments 

Join us for a friendly and enthusiastic exploration of two of the fundamental bodily systems we work with in Yoga asana, culminating in well-informed alternatives for hands-on and verbal adjustments. This series is led by Master Yoga Teacher and life-long student of anatomy, Kristina Keller; who can bring these often broad and overwhelming topics together like peanut butter and chocolate.

We will begin by lovingly connecting to the “Sacred Architecture” of human movement, the skeletal system (which is Yin in nature) with special focus on joints. Going beyond dry academics, your appreciation for this mostly overlooked system will expand, literally laying the foundation for your enhanced understanding of the engines of movement, muscles and their connective tissue.

In the second installment of our series we will learn to work with the “Fabric of Infinite Potential”, the musculoskeletal system (which is Yang in nature), with specific focus on the balance and communication of joints. We will hone clarity on much more than just the names of superficial muscles and where they are located. Among other things we will examine how joints, muscles and connective tissue interface to communicate changes in pressure, balance, gravitational orientation, friction, temperature, compression and weight during different kinds of asana.

In the final session of our offering, “The Anatomy of Adjustments”, these elements will be “yoked together” and used to harness your own physiology to create useful, confident, and enjoyable adjustments. Keeping in mind the context of adjustments, which is the individual student’s body, you will more fully comprehend the risks and responsibilities associated with this powerful tool and, thus practice Ahimsa when employing it.

Some topics that will be covered:

•When, why and how to touch or NOT to touch
•Defining the qualities of a “good adjustment”
•The power of touch to heal and the “quality of touch”
•Clarifying and cultivating the intention of your “touch” adjustments

About Kristina: Kristina Keller, ERYT, YACEP, is a native Houstonian and has been practicing Yoga in one form or another since her early childhood. She has recently returned from a two week immersion study of fascia at the University of St. Andrews School of Medicine in Scotland, where she studied this mysterious and intrinsic aspect of our selves through cadaver dissections with the remarkable, Gil Hedley, Ph.D. She has been teaching Yoga for 12 years locally and traveling to teach workshops and advanced studies programs.

Kristina’s life and her teaching have been an organic evolution of her experiences and her studies.
Her studies of the human body initially lead her into massage therapy where she specialized in advanced therapeutic modalities, and training elite athletes as she herself was a competitive endurance athlete. Kristina’s extensive studies of anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, physics and consciousness give her an enhanced understanding of the science and practice of Yoga. In addition to her advanced trainings in these fields and yoga, Kristina has and continues to study under inveterate master, Robert Boustany. She has also focused particularly on the use of yoga for the treatment of PTSD and traumatic brain injury. Kristina is committed to helping all of her students “remember” and utilize the tools they innately possess to fully experience their potential…physically, emotionally and spiritually.