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Pop-Up Restorative Prop Yoga with Brian

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Have you wondered what the balls, blocks, blankets, & straps are for? Restorative Prop Yoga is a form of yoga that seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation, with the aid of a wide range of props to support the body. When the body is fully supported in a pose, students can relax into the shape of the pose without exerting any physical effort to stay there. They can therefore “receive” rather than “do” the pose.

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Dharma Talk “New Moon, New Beginnings” with Leeza Villagomez

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Friday, May 6th  7:00 – 8:30pm

A New Moon marks the beginning of a new cycle, a fresh start in it’s cycle of waxing and waning. During this time the Moon is empty and receptive and full of potential. This is an optimum time to plant seeds of intentions for what you wish to manifest in your life.

Most of us, live our lives so disconnected from the Earth, and devoid of any kind of ritual that creates the space for us to connect. Rituals bring meaning to our lives by “charging” an intention with power. We’re always setting intentions, and this is a way to do it in a more conscious way. There is power in coming up with visions for your life, and keeping them in your sights as they come into being.
All Are Welcome :-)

Investment: Donation Accepted, but not expected

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Pre- Shakti Fest Event: May 7th with Jim Beckwith & Leeza V

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PotLove & Live Music Yoga Class 9:30- 11:00am

PotLove: Bring your favorite food, drink or dessert to share*

Come enjoy great All Level Gentle Flow Class with Leeza and special guest Jim Beckwith performing live!!

Investment: $20 paid in adv., $25 at the door

Included in Music Lovers Special: $55 ( 3 Live Music Events)

 

Mantra, Music, Magic, Songs and Stories 12:30 – 2:30pm

How following your dharma becomes a gift to yourself and others.

Musician, Songwriter, Sound Healer Jim Beckwith sheds light on how the creative process assists personal evolution, opening up about how years of seeking has been personally enlightening, and in the process, inspiring for others. What is your hidden talent? When will you accept it and give your gift to the world? Are you doing that or is fear holding you back?  This workshop will lead you on a journey in learning to express your true self, the magic that shows up when you trust in the Universe to provide.

Investment: $35 if paid by April 30th, $45 After

Join us at Shakti Fest and Bhakti Fest in Joshua Tree, May 13-15 & September 8-11th. Step into the your heart through sacred music, yoga, dance and transformational workshops with amazing teachers and artists like Jai Uttal, Donna De Lory, Shiva Rea, Saul David Raye, Mark Whitwell and more! www.bhaktifest.com

USE Promo Code: YOGADEN2016 for a discount on tickets

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3 Part Workshop Series with Jeffrey Armstrong May 19th – May 21st

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*Jeffrey Armstrong is available for private AyurVedic Astrology Consultations. Contact: vasa@JeffreyArmstrong.com*

Thursday, May 19th       7:30 – 9:30pm
The 8 Limbs of Yoga

This ancient knowledge of Yoga & meditation is taught in the Vedas and in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. There are 8 different components that are necessary to achieve self perfection in every aspect of our being. Asana (postures) and pranayama (breathing) are but two of the 8 subjects that are known as “Ashtanga Yoga” or The Eight Limbs of Yoga.
Investment: $25
3 Part Series Package: $59

Friday, May 20th  7:30-9:30pm
Mystic India

India is full of contradictions. Jeffrey will share some stories and insider insights into the history and culture. An exciting presentation for anyone practicing yoga or planning to travel to India.
Investment: $25
3 Part Series Package: $59

Saturday,  May 21st  6:30 -8:30pm
The Yoga of Ecstasy

Bhakti yoga is said to be one of the highest states of mediation. Sincere devotion and chanting leads one into ecstatic bliss similar to, but greater than, the greatest “emotional love” we can experience in a human romance. Enjoy an enchanting evening with special guest musicians.
Investment: $25
3 Part Series Package: $59

Jeffrey Armstrong: Author, Speaker. Mystic Poet, AyurVedic Astrologer, Vedic Scholar | Founder of VASA Vedic Academy of Sciences & Arts
JEFFREY ARMSTRONG is a former Silicon Valley Executive and motivational speaker to Fortune 500 companies. Trained as a Monk in the traditional way for 5 years, Jeffrey is also a best-selling author & award-winning poet, who has studied & taught ancient Eastern philosophy for over 40 years. He has degrees in Psychology, History & Comparative Religion and English Literature and is also grounded in a daily meditation practice. Featured in the CBC documentary Planet Yoga and Take Back Your Power.

*Jeffrey Armstrong is available for private AyurVedic Astrology Consultations. Contact: vasa@JeffreyArmstrong.com*

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One of Leeza’s Salad Recipes

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1 bunch of curly Parsley=chopped
1/2 bunch of Kale =chopped no stems
1/2 bunch of swiss chard= chopped no stems
4 cups of baby spinach
2 lemons fresh squeezed juice (no seeds)
1 large tomato chopped
1 cup of Chia Seeds sprinkled on top (yes just like the cha cha chia plant)
1 cup preferred raw nuts or seeds
1/4 cup pureed garlic and ginger ( in food processor ginger and garlic equal amounts, add a little raw apple cider vinegar ..great for many dishes)
drizzle olive oil on top approx. 1/4 cup
drizzle “Braggs liquid aminos” on top approx. 1/4 cup
sprinkle 1 tsp of Himalayan sea salt
Toss and serve
Special note from Leeza: one of many tricks to a great tasting salad is tossing it for a good 4-5 minutes especially when using kale

Health tips: Drink plenty of water, (alkaline is best) but not while your eating meals, you need your natural digestive enzymes to digest.
Don’t eat late at night
Green inside, clean inside..keep the body flowing
Start your day with a large glass of water and half a lemon squeezed, this also helps digestion.
Remember you are what you eat, think and breathe.

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Heart and Yoga

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Modern science is showing that the human heart creates the single most powerful electrical field in the human body, about 60-100 times more powerful than the human brain. Science says that the human heart is 5,000 times stronger than the human brain. I find this very helpful in my journey. I have worked with a Shaman for nearly 8 years and she teaches the same golden rule, “To think from your heart not from the head” one of the most profound things she said to me was, “The longest distance you will travel in your lifetime is from your head to your heart”. My jaw dropped, I immediately felt that in my heart. I realized I was in the company of yet another radiant teacher in my life. For example, if you think about the heart for a moment and the different things we experience in life with our hearts, when you experience heartbreak, the chest becomes heavy and of course this is where the heart resides. When you think about stress or when you encounter a stressful situation, the brain releases adrenaline into your system to help you either fight or flee the threat. This causes your heart to beat faster and your blood pressure to increase. This you also feel in the chest. It’s no wonder Living in a constant state of stress weakens your cardiovascular system.
So what are we to do? I know, YOGA.

Try this:
Sit in a comfortable cross-legged seated position where your posture is extended, meaning you are sitting straight up. If you have to use a chair, do so with legs uncrossed and feet on the floor. Root down through the base of the spine imagining a connection to mother earth, then scan through the spinal column up through the crown chakra into infinity and beyond. Now imagine you are the conduit and part of this oneness (because you are). Begin breathing through the nasal passage fluidly and at a comfortable pace. Inhale count of 4 and exhale count of 4, soften your thoughts, open your heart and you have just begun your very own science experiment.

In Love and Light Leeza

 

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Yoga Means……….

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When you begin your yoga journey one of the first things you will learn is what yoga means. You may hear the following: to unite, to bring together, union, to be yoked, balanced and there is more. But when you are fortunate enough to meet a linguistic master, the term “deepen your practice” takes on a whole new meaning, especially when he is also a Yogi.

I love Yoga. I also love how it reminds me every day that there is so much to learn and that I always feel as though I just scratched the surface. I have had the pleasure of studying with many amazing teacher’s of Yoga. Recently I have been studying with Jeffrey Armstrong and truly he is one of the most knowledgeable people about yoga, the Bhagavad gita, the Mahabharata and on top of this he is a linguistic master. This means he can teach you the root of languages and where they come from. For example our English word rhythm comes from the Sanskrit word Ritam.

Jeffrey say’s “Yoga means to reestablish the link between our eternal self and the source of our being” and he goes on to say “according to the Yogi’s, we have forgotten about this, which is knowledge that reminds us who we really are and give us the tools to reestablish that linkage to yoga and that this is the essence of Yoga.

Now as a student of yoga, as well as a teacher of Yoga I can easily say that when you practice every day balancing and uniting your mind, body and spirit you are ultimately lead down the path of living consciously at everything you do in the best humanly way possible. You can easily try this your self, I will be happy to help you.

Follow these simple suggestions:

  1. Acknowledge each day at the beginning and the end, remember you don’t get do over’s
  2. Each day think of 10 people and things you are thankful for.
  3. Acknowledge the planet as another radiant being

That should give you a great start
Be radiant and remember to inhale and exhale

In light and Love Leeza

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