Workshops & Events
Many of our teachers offer workshops and retreats locally and around the world. For information, click on the links below or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark your calendars for the following workshops and retreats. Sign up for any of our workshops and retreats; or of course you can register in person at Groove too!
Saturday, March 22nd – 12:30-3:00 pm
Welcome Spring with 108 Sun Salutations
A Workshop with Kevin Collins
Cost: Free. 100% of donations will benefit East Bay SPCA
Come join the Spring Mala at Groove! Each equinox and solstice is greeted with a round of 108 Sun Salutations to see off the prior season and move into the new one with momentum. The vernal (spring) equinox is the time when night and day are in equal balance as the sun crossed the celestial equator and the Earth’s tilt relative to the Sun is zero. This is an auspicious time of perfect balance, as light prepares to overtake dark, warming temperatures and signifying the entrance into life-affirming spring.
We’ll do 108 Sun Salutations (a mix of A and B) in 9 sets of 12, with a short break between each round. Each set will be dedicated to a specific intention or aspect of the transition, and all of it will be wrapped up in an energizing, inspiring ceremony. If you’ve never tried 108 Sun Salutations before, you should know two things:
1. You can do it
2. It feels so good that you’ll be blocking your calendar for June
There is no cost for this practice. It’s Kevin’s personal practice that he decided to open up to everyone. We will have a donation box and will use the proceeds to purchase toys, beds and treats for some poor homeless animals at the SPCA and could use a little more fun in their lives.
The East Bay SPCAis an independent nonprofit animal welfare agency that has provided shelter, health care, and adoption services for unwanted animals since 1874. Committed to finding homes for adoptable cats and dogs, providing affordable veterinary and spay/neuter services, and educating the public on responsible pet ownership, the East Bay SPCA works to find homes for every animal in their program – no matter how long it takes.
Saturday, March 29th – 2:00-4:00 pm
Meditation in Movement
A Workshop with Eric Shaw
Cost: $35.00 / Day Of: $40.00
To learn Meditation in Movement, we manage our body’s velocity, momentum and center of gravity. We see the shapes the body makes when it moves, as if it were drawing lines through the the air, and we learn what to do with these shapes. We also learn to direct the energy in our bodies so efficient locomotion and peaceful stillness becomes a new habit.
Moving yoga was designed to teach meditation and thereby contribute to success in every part of our lives.
Come learn how your yoga practice can calm your mind in new ways, create focusing skills and control your mental habits through true meditation in movement.
Saturday, April 5th – 1:00-3:00 pm
A Workshop with Poh Teng
Cost: $25.00 / Day Of: $35.00
What are the bandhas?
In this workshop, you will learn where the bandhas are located in the physical body. We will use breath, stances, seats and movement to explore bandha activation from within. Learn to move with an activated core as the center of your body. Build a strong foundation for your practice by learning how to transition safely from posture to posture. This is the starting point to finding lift off in arm balances and inversions.
This workshop is appropriate for all levels – perfect for anyone new to yoga and experienced yogis interested in a growing practice.
Saturday, April 12th – 2:00-4:00 pm
Seas It Fundraising Class – Cancer Recovery Through Recreation
A Power Vinyasa Class with Jill White
Cost: Donations will benefit Seas It Foundation
About Seas It: In 2004, Todd McGovern, an exceptional former two-sport college athlete, was diagnosed with colorectal cancer and told he had six months to two years to live. As a newlywed of two months, Todd faced the ultimate decision: to die a little each day or live a little each day. He chose to “Seas It,” and seize the day he did for EIGHT years with his wife and Seas It co-founder, Amanda, and their twin baby boys (now 1 1/2 years old). Todd passed away in February of 2013 but lives on through Seas It, a nonprofit organization that teams up with adults fighting cancer to coordinate and fund activities that shift their focus from sickness to wellness. Be it yoga, kayaking, cooking or writing workshops, those activities which inspire vitality and positivity become available to cancer patients – and, uniquely, their familial caregivers – through Seas It grants. Seas It also hosts nationwide athletic events such as running races and crew events to raise funds for and awareness of the importance of recreation for cancer patients.
About this Fundraising Class: Todd’s jersey number was 21, and as a salute to the co-founder of this wonderful organization, we will practice a 21 posture salutation though continuous, repetitive movement. Once learning the sequence, yogis will allow themselves to get into the rhythm with their body and breath, bringing a true intention behind their practice. We will dedicate time at the beginning of class to get centered and time at the end of the practice for proper rest and relaxation. Whether you or someone you care about has been afflicted with cancer, or maybe just because you want to show your support for a great organization, come do yoga and help raise money for a wonderful cause! All levels welcome!
Saturday, April 19th – 1:30-4:00 pm
Balanced: Leaning In and Lifting Off
A Workshop with Gretchen Mehlhoff
Cost: $35.00 / Day Of: $45.oo
You will learn how to work with your flexibility, momentum and the power of contraction and expansion to help you leverage you strength, learning how to eventually use as little strength as necessary. The workshop is designed to develop you skills and ability to practice with arm balances and handstands, to help you make progress in the direction you are inspired to move towards in your physical yoga practice… recognizing that the practice IS the mastery. This is about loving the process and the practice, the nuance, the subtlety, and the grace as well as the enthusiasm, the challenge and the effort.
We begin by feeling the weight of our hands pressing into and against the ground and feeling the lift… The weight of one body part pressing into another and feeling the lightness… feeling the truth of tensegrity (tensional integrity)… the right amount of tension creates lightness…. Learning to apply the right amount of force to the right place at the right time… And, then you take off!
Leave any limiting beliefs at the door.