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!
Saturdays, October 25th-November 8th – 1:00-3:30 pm
8 Limbs Immersion
A Unique Immersion Event with Gretchen Mehlhoff
Cost: $150 before Oct 22, $180 after
**Register before 10/22 and receive a beautifully bound copy of the reader and a Groove Yoga notebook.
If you are curious about what you are doing and why you are doing it, then this series is for you. Integrating the 8 limbs of Ashtanga yoga with Buddhist principles, we will explore through our bodies, our minds, and our hearts/spirits:
- The fascinating history behind the physical asana practice that we have come to know in the West, its strengths and challenges, and what we can learn from somatic movement practices.
- The neuroscience behind how our minds work. Desire and the mind. Spiritual bypassing, attempting to avoid our often messy psychologies through our spiritual practices. Mindfulness and meditation.
- The heart of our practice. Finding our teachers. Discerning our path. The spirit that keeps us going. Where we are now, and where we are headed (and hearted!)
A wild interdisciplinary journey exploring how we can find wisdom and understanding all around us. Each session will begin with some physical practice then move into an open discussion and engaging activities. Everyone attending will receive a beautifully illustrated survey reader, providing a springboard for discussion in each session.
Saturday, November 8th - 4:00-8:00 pm
Shakticura Healing Lounge
A Special Event
Cost: Early Bird $15, includes one raffle ticket / Day Of $20 / VIP $35 includes one bodywork session & one raffle ticket
Shakticura Lounge is a multi-sensory evening devoted to healing and rejuvenation. Take this time for yourself to revitalize your spirit and body and also deepen your connection with others. We will start our program with a cacao ceremony followed by innovative sound healing sessions. Throughout this event, you will have the opportunity to sign-up for mini-sessions from a variety of talented healers or sip tea with our talented gong-fu tea master. In addition, local artisans will be offering elixirs, raw chocolate, and healthy snacks in the outer lounge. We will close our evening with a Contact Yoga segment to seal in our intentions for healing and creativity.
Raffle tickets will be available for purchase day of the event: $5/ticket or $10/3 tickets. Raffle prizes are valued at $80-150.
ENJOY: Bodywork and Massage Sessions*Live Music and Sound Healing*Coaching and Intuitive Sessions*Gong-fu Tea Service*Cacao Ceremony* Elixirs*Visionary Art*Community
Saturday, November 15th - 2:00-4:00 pm
Essentials of Power Yoga
A Workshop with Tina Rath
Cost: $25.00 / New Students Only: $40 and receive your first 30 days unlimited yoga for free!
In this workshop we will break down the different poses that make up a Power Yoga class, focusing on alignment and breath. This workshop is perfect if you are trying Power Yoga for the first time, or if you simply want more detailed instructions on the different poses. Our instructor will guide you through the fundamental flow, helping you to better understand the different basic poses, and showing you how you can safely work at your own level, no matter what class you are in.
Saturday, November 22nd – 1:00-2:00 pm
Loosen Up! Self-Treatment For Your Aches And Pains
A Workshop with Mike Papciak
Cost: Free! All proceeds will benefit East Bay SPCA
You do everything right, but you’re still tight. You practice yoga, eat clean foods, drink water, floss daily. But you’re still tight! Your back hurts; your knees or your neck are stiff; sometimes your hands tingle while you work or when you sleep. Why? What’s missing from your self-care?
Release. Release of the stored-up tension in your musculature is the missing ingredient.
Your body tightens up as a normal response to stress and activities like sitting and working at the computer. Resting, stretching, and strengthening won’t unravel the tension. To loosen up, you have to get into your muscles and work directly with the tissue. Just like when you get bodywork or a massage… except you can do this on your own, in your home or at work, in just a few minutes, using simple and portable tools. The fancy term for this is Self-Myofascial Release, or you can think of it as simply Loosening Up.
Together, step by step, we will visit and release the body’s most notorious holding points for tension and stress. You will finish this one-hour workshop with a customized, take-home map of your body’s tight spots, easy and clear instructions on how to release these muscles, and some new ideas about how to feel comfortable and perform best in your body.
Mike Papciak, BA, CMP, is a master bodyworker who has helped hundreds of people relax, repair, recover, move with greater ease, and live with less pain. A longtime rock climber and part-time yogi, Mike has a massage therapy practice not far from Groove Yoga in downtown Berkeley, and he also travels to teach corporate clients and other groups how to Loosen Up. Find out more at www.mikepapciak.com and www.facebook.com/MikePapciakBodywork.
Saturday, April 11th - 1:00-4:00 pm
Master Class with Bryan Kest
Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga Class is a well-rounded flowing asana practice integrating mental practices that enhance everyday living. The class is intended to invigorate your body and help you practice developing a calm, less reactive state of mind with dynamic flowing routines. In a Power Yoga class, you are encouraged to focus on the process and not the end result. This allows ALL levels of yoga practitioners to enjoy and benefit from the class.
Born in 1964, Bryan Kest has been practicing yoga since 1979, starting when he was 14 years old.
He initially studied in Hawaii with David Williams, the first person to bring Ashtanga yoga to America. He then studied in India with K. Pattabhi Jois, the main proponent of Ashtanga yoga.
Bryan Kest has been teaching yoga since 1985. “My primary objective”, says Kest, “besides turning more and more people on to a healthier, more peaceful lifestyle that continually challenges them to grow, is to teach a system of exercise that fully integrates the body, mind, and spirit.
The new trend towards yoga is not surprising, given that the body is limited and the mind is limitless. The combination of body and mind creates an incredibly broad range of fulfillment, including top physical condition and a calm, peaceful, clear mind.”
The Teacher Within
I’ve been practicing yoga since 1979. I started in Hawaii that year with David Williams and Brad Ramsey in the 2nd ashtanga yoga class in the world outside of India. The 1st ashtanga class was another class David Williams started in Encinitas, CA that he disbanded to move to Hawaii (Maui) where I was living and attending his and Brad’s class. This was a great intro to yoga. It seems like the flower children of the 60′s had opened some spiritual doors for western culture and David & Brad and all the people we were hanging out with (all at least 15 years my senior) were all looking to explore the yoga a little deeper. We were all experimenting with something very new.
Learn more about Bryan here.