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We offer a variety of workshops and events throughout the year, both at the Center and out in the Community. Join our Mail List to be kept up-to-date! Our classes, programs, and retreats embrace the yoga lifestyle -- at prices everyone can afford. Below is a list of some of the workshops and events we've done in the past...


Release, Relax and Rejuvenate: Yoga Nidra Workshop With Gena Foreman

Experience the art of conscious relaxation ...

*Release tension from the body and allow the mind to fully relax

*Deepen your breathing and reduce stress hormones

*Slow your heart rate and reduce blood pressure

*Relax your muscles, easing fatigue, anxiety and insomnia.

*Includes Pranayama, Restorative Yoga and a 45 min lying guided relaxation.

Date: July 31st, 2016

 


 International Day Of Yoga Celebration!

 

Presented by Lotus Garden Meditation Center and held at Rudolf Steiner College

A FREE event in honor of the United Nations' 2nd annual International Day of Yoga.  

Includes yoga classes, lunch and a thought-provoking talk by world-renowned yoga master, Balakhilya das.      

Date: June 18th, 2016; 10am - 3pm        

 

 

 

 

 

                            


Finding Your Balance From the Feet Up With Gena Foreman

 

When you are mentally and physically balanced, you feel confident, patient, harmonious, and peaceful. When your balance is off you may feel frustrated or out of sync. Luckily, balance is a powerful practice that can be learned.

This workshop will focus on alignment as we explore the relationship that our feet, knees, and hips have on our standing balance postures. We will explore:

*Benefits of standing balance

*Techniques to strengthen feet & ankles

*Poses to stabilize the knees

*Techniques to improve balance

Dates:

May 14, 2016

June 26th, 2015

November 22, 2015


Yoga Tune Up®: Roll and Recover With April Underwood

  This class is sheer BLISS!

~Excavate tension from your head to your toes with Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Balls.

~Relieve aches and pains and discover a new level of deep relaxation you'll carry throughout your day and beyond!

~An ultimate restorative class ending with a deeply relaxing Yin practice and pranayam to fully balance our nervous systems and facilitate total stress relief.

Date: May 21st, 2016


Yoga Basics With Gena Foreman

  Explore the fundamentals of alignment and breath through demonstration, practice, and an open forum to ask questions. Learn the mechanics of each pose as well as modifications, use of props, and basic breathing techniques to help reduce stress and tension of body and mind.

Perfect for beginning and continuing students.

Dates:

April 30th, 2016

January 17th, 2016


Peace on Earth Conert

An evening celebrating beauty, life, nature and peace!

Join us for Kirtan, chanting sacred sounds, live music, and vegetarian snacks.

Performances by local bands, Mantra and Santa Rasa.

Date: April 16th, 2016


Yoga Tune Up®: Happy, Healthy Hips! With April Underwood

 

Rejuvenate, strengthen and regenerate your hips in this fun and informative workshop with master teacher, April Underwood.

Date: April 2nd, 2016


Practical Ayurveda for a Healthier Life! With Gena Foreman and Bret Mason

 

 Ayurveda and Yoga are the ancient sciences of self-realization and self-healing.

In this workshop, you will discover your personal “dosha” and learn practical ways to increase balance and wellness in your life.

We will discuss the power of the Ayurvedic daily routine to help promote and maintain optimal health, followed by a yoga practice to support our dosha and ending with yoga nidra relaxation.

Date: March 19th, 2016

 


Full Moon Flow With Gena Foreman

  Draw your focus inward. Invite calmness, openness and ease as you move through Chandra Namaskar, Moon Salutation, steeped in the warmth of candlelight and lunar energy.

Dates:

February 27th, 2016

February 2015


Happy Neck, Relaxed & Stress-Free Shoulders! A Yoga Fix® Workshop with April Underwood

   ~Learn clear and effective techniques to prevent and release neck, shoulder, and upper back tension.

~Feel lighter and brighter with realigned posture.

~Together we'll stretch out the tension and strengthen the weaknesses. Once you know what to do, and how to do it correctly, keeping neck and shoulder tension at bay is easy to do. April will give you the tools and techniques!

Date: February 6th, 2016


Concert For Peace

  In a world often marked by chaos and turmoil, we will invite the ancient sacred sounds which purify, enlighten and transcend material consciousness, leading to the great path of peace and lasting happiness.

Evening includes live music, Kirtan, an enlightening talk, and a vegetarian snack banquet.

Date: January 30th, 2016


Candlelight Flow With Gena Foreman

 

Turn your awareness inward as you transition into a new year, surrounded by the warmth of candlelight.

Blend your breath with deep, long holds of Yin and slow, thoughtful movement of Yang in this quiet, reflective yoga practice.

Date: January 16th, 2016

 


New Years Day Workshop With April Underwood and James Burmester

 

Tools for transformation: bringing the best of who you are into every interaction!

Re-energize and Renew with Yin Yoga, Chi Kung, Pranayam and Kirtan.

Dates:

January 1st, 2016

January 1st, 2015

 

 

 

Vegetarian Coooking Classes by Live Food Academy
Summer B-B-Q: July 28th, 2013
Juicing for Health: May 26th, 2013
Detox Foods: February 12th, 2013

       Detox

 One-Day Retreat
 January 3, 2014

Relax from the busy-ness of life

     Reflect upon a world of self discovery &

          Renew your sense of well-being  

The day is filled with mantra meditation, kirtan, talks on yoga philosophy and self-realization, yoga asanas, a vegetarian cooking class, and delicious meals. The retreat begins at 8:00 am and ends at 8:00 pm.
 
(Offered free of charge with a suggested minimum donation of $15 per person to cover the cost of food.)

Vegetarian Cooking 

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Improve health & vitality through healthy vegetarian eating choices. The class includes a sampling plate, recipes to take home and loads of practical tips!


 

 

 

   

One-Day Retreat

 Relax from the busy-ness of life

     Reflect upon a world of self discovery &

          Renew your sense of well-being  

The day is filled with mantra meditation, kirtan, talks on yoga philosophy and self-realization, yoga asanas, a vegetarian cooking class, and delicious meals. The retreat begins at 8:00 am and ends at 8:00 pm.
 
(Offered free of charge with a suggested minimum donation of $15 per person to cover the cost of food.)

 PAST PROGRAMS (Archives)  
   
Margaret's "Raw Food Series:" Detox with Live Foods!  
Margaret's Dressings!  
December 12, 2010  
  A fun, hands-on class on how to make dressings! Learn the five essential elements that combine to make a perfect salad dressing. Take home some wonderful recipes to make for the holidays! 
Lose Weight With Living Foods  
November 28, 2010  
  Learn About

· The raw food groups
· Nutrient dense vs. calorie dense foods
· Food combining for better digestion
· How to maintain your ideal weight
· How to adapt to a raw food diet
· How to make raw food preparation easy
Margaret's Nut Milks!
November 14, 2010
Making nut milk is not only easy, but extremely nutritious. It can be used as an alternative to dairy, soy or any other milk, served with cereal, or in a smoothie, a warm beverage, and of course in a delicious dessert!
Learn which nuts are the most alkalizing and
beneficial for our bodies.
Learn how to make nut milk. Hands-on training
Learn what to do with the left-over nut pulp
Take home some wonderful recipe combinations using different nut milks.

The Benefits of Raw Foods: Chef Margaret Gomes

October 28, 2010
  • The effects of heat & cooking on proteins, fats, micro-nutrients and enzymes
  • The raw food groups
  • Where to get your protein
  • Food combining for better digestion
  • How to maintain your ideal weight
  • How to adapt to a raw food diet
  • How to make raw food preparation easy
Yoga With Destiny
November 7, 2010

Create freedom & strength in the hips, neck, & shoulders. Learn to safely unlock these habitual tension spots through intensely focused breath work and asana. Strengthen & lengthen the muscles around these joints, & create space in these areas. Walk through your life with grace & freedom!

All levels welcome.

 Pacific Crest Trail
 October 2, 2010
 
 
After hiking 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada, Diane will share her photographs and experiences of her life on the trail.

Topics will include: practical aspects from food to equipment; social life, trail partners and trail “angels”; the elements of Nature; and the personal exploration of one’s self. Diane will have on display a daily journal of small paintings and reflections. 

 Trekking in Nepal
 October 30, 2010
♦ Experience the majesty of Nepal on foot as Diane Goettlicher shares her incredible photos and stories October 30th, 7:00-9:00 PM. Ask questions and be inspired…
♦ Join ten women as they journey into the Himalayas, "The Abode of the Snow," attempting to make it to Mt. Everest Base Camp at 17,575 feet. Relive their experiences, beginning with a thrilling plane ride o Lukla, traveling with porters and yaks, dealing with the effects of altitude sickness, and more.
♦ Take in the colorful sites of Katmandu from her people, crowded streets, markets, and Hindu temples.
♦ Journey through the Annapurna Circuit in central Nepal, were travel is done on foot from tea house to tea house. The trek begins in a sub-tropical area and ends in Muktinath, an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists.
 Three-Day Retreat

Pamper yourself with three days of yoga, meditation, gourmet vegetarian meals, nature walks, swimming and new friends!

The weekend takes place at a beautiful retreat center in the foothills near Calistoga. Join us for fresh air, sunshine, and plenty of time to relax, reflect and renew.
 
This retreat is held annually each November.

Spaces fill up quickly so be sure to call or email soon if you would like to attend. The cost for the whole weekend ranges from $60-$100 per person, depending upon your accommodations.

 Pacific Crest Trail
 July 17, 2010 7:00-9:00 PM  
 

After hiking 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada, Diane will share her photographs and experiences of her life on the trail.

Topics will include: practical aspects from food to equipment; social life, trail partners and trail “angels”; the elements of Nature; and the personal exploration of one’s self.

Diane will have on display a daily journal of small paintings and reflections.

   
Yoga Posture Clinic  
June 5, 2010, 12-2:30 pm  

Learn to practice yoga in a way that is safe, effective, and injury free

Receive complete, detailed instruction, explore universal alignment in common yoga postures, and personalize them for your own body.

Learn the proper function of breath and how to weave it through your practice in a way that allows you to find freedom in the poses.

 
   
Raw Food Cooking Class

May 8, 2010, 1-3:00 pm

 

Incorporating raw foods into each day can be an easy and fun way to help eliminate unwanted toxins in the body, while increasing energy and vitality.

Learn simple and easy recipes for fruit and vegetable juices, snacks, dips, an easy savory dish and even a layered fresh fruit parfait for dessert!
Detox Flow with Destiny
 April 2, 2010 12-2 pm  

Improve your overall well-being by using breath, sweat, and yoga asanas to flush out toxic waste that gets trapped and stagnates within the body. Explore how to make conscious and responsible choices to help purify the body and mind. This is an energetic vinyasa class, open to all-levels, and a great entrance into spring cleansing.

Since 2005, Destiny has completed Ana Forrest’s 200 hr. Foundational Training, 50 hr. CET, 70 hr. Advanced, and completed the first Forrest Yoga Mentorship Program. She has assisted Ana Forrest’s Continuing Education Course and The Yoga Journal Conference in San Francisco. 

With over 2000 hours of hands on training, Destiny is one of Northern California’s most sought after Yoga Teachers. Practicing since 1999 & teaching since 2001, she has completed trainings with Doug Swenson, Shannon Wells, Yoga Works, John Friend, and Ana Forrest.

Destiny has also written for Living Life Magazine, created 200 hour Yoga Teacher Trainings for multiple yoga schools, and produced a Yoga Instructional DVD for Yoga Teachers.
 Ayurveda Basics  

March 6, 2010 1-4:30 pm
March 7, 2010 12-3:30 pm

 

Ayurveda is a universal science that goes back thousands of years. Originating from India, the teachings cover lifestyle, diet, exercise, herbs, and other natural treatments. It is a complete life science that explains how we can use nature to heal ourselves.

Written down approximately 5,000 years ago by advanced sages, Ayurveda became the most complete accounting of the inter-relationship between the laws of nature, human physiology, and the surrounding universe. It is a time-tested natural approach that reveals our fullest lives, provides natural energy, and works to prevent disease.

 Vegetarian Cooking  
 February 2010  

Improve health & vitality through healthy vegetarian eating choices. The class includes a sampling plate, recipes to take home and loads of practical tips! We will be preparing:

  • Tofu Vegetable Lasagna
  • Home style Minestrone Soup with Veggie Cream Cheese
  • Italian Leafy Green Salad
  • Almond Biscotti
  • and to drink, Hot Cinnamon Tea Surprise
   
One-Day Retreat  
February 2010  

 

 Relax from the busy-ness of life

     Reflect upon a world of self discovery &

          Renew your sense of well-being  

The day is filled with mantra meditation, kirtan, talks on yoga philosophy and self-realization, yoga asanas, a vegetarian cooking class, and delicious meals. The retreat begins at 8:00 am and ends at 8:00 pm.
 
(Offered free of charge with a suggested minimum donation of $10 per person to cover the cost of food.)

Ayurveda Follow-Up
 

January 2010

"Practical and Modern Ayurveda Basics - Integrating the Basics Workshop"



This 3-hour follow-up guided discussion and hands-on workshop focuses on the integration of the material from the Ayurveda Basics class into our everyday lives. We discuss our Ayurvedic successes and obstacles, answer questions from participants, and further investigate our personal constitutions.

This workshop is designed to be a more personal experience, giving you more one-on-one advice. A simple, cleansing Ayurvedic Kichari and chutney is served as a snack.

   
Feng Shui Workshop  
January 2010  

Activate positive change in all areas of your life.

  • Learn basic Feng Shui principles of design, color, and furniture placement.
  • Declutter and detoxify your home or office for optimal energy flow.
  • Create a sacred healing space for your home or office.

 Feng Shui for the New Year - facilitated by Sandra Ruggles, certified Feng Shui consultant and Life Coach.

   

Three-Day Retreat

 
November 2009  

Pamper yourself with three days of yoga, meditation, gourmet vegetarian meals, nature walks, swimming and new friends! The weekend takes place at a beautiful retreat center in the foothills near Calistoga. Join us for fresh air, sunshine, and plenty of time to relax, reflect and renew.
 
Spaces fill up quickly so be sure to call or email soon if you would like to attend. The cost for the whole weekend ranges from $60-$100 per person, depending upon your accommodations.
 

   

Ayurveda Workshop

 
October 2009  

 

 

Director of New Leaf Ayurveda, Nicole Wilkerson teaches practical ways to heal oneself with natural remedies, using food as medicine, and by making changes in your diet and lifestyles.

Nicole inspires participants to begin implementing healthier lifestyle practices immediately. Due to popular demand, Lotus Garden will continue to offer Ayurveda programs to the community.

   

Wisdom of the Body

 
August 2009  

Robert Nakashima, Ta'i Chi teacher at Lotus Garden for many years, invited his teacher, Allen Pittman, to Sacramento to do a workshop housed at Lotus Garden Meditation yoga studio. A master scholar, Pittsman's website describes The Wisdom of the Body as a revolutionary new system of exercise that realigns body and mind... It is the alliance of energy psychology with the most comprehensive physical training available.

Vegetarian Cooking 

 June 2009  
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Transition to a healthier lifestyle through our vegetarian cooking classes. Learn healthy eating habits for you and your family. Our classes will benefit the curious beginner looking for a healthier diet as well as the practiced vegetarian interested in adding to their collection of family pleasing, never-fail recipes.

Learning how to cook delicious, easy-to-prepare and nutritionally balanced meals can be easier than you ever thought. It will truly make a difference in how you feel. Please join us in the joy of cooking and sampling! 

Reflexology Workshop

 
 May 2009  

Learn the basics principles of hand and foot massage and how to apply them. Bring a friend with you to pair up. Handouts and light refreshments provided. No previous experience required. 

This workshop is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any health condition or substitute a qualified physician or holistic health practitioner.

   

Little Lotus Yoga

 
 Spring 2009  

A playful yoga class just for kids, to stretch bodies and imaginations. Move through fun animal yoga poses with music and games. You & your child will learn to love yoga and develop a lasting attraction to healthy and positive lifestyle choices. 

Coordinate body and mind, raise self awareness, and nurture creative expression. Improve focus and self esteem, release stressful energy, and learn how to breathe well. 

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