Workshops

Telluride Yoga Center is pleased to host various workshops and special series throughout the year.
Check out upcoming offerings below!

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Creativity & Consciousness

with Sara Ward, June 19, 2 – 4pm

Cost: $50/$10 early-bird discount before 6/12

Go here to register.

“From our unique ability to access extraordinary ideas to our capacity for authentic expression, I believe that all humans are perfectly designed for creativity.” -Sara Ward

Join Sara Ward, artist and yoga teacher, in this exploration of process, purpose and potential as she guides us towards understanding creativity and consciousness through the lens of our own personal experience. Begin to recognize yourself as a conscious being capable of innovation and originality in your everyday life.

What to expect…

– Discussion

– Gentle movement

– Creative practices

Come prepared with…

– Comfortable clothing that allows gentle movement

– Yoga mat

– Notebook and writing utensil of your choice

– Open mind

Summer Solstice Gong Bath 

with Steven Viellette, Sunday, June 20, 4 – 5pm

Cost: $35

Go here to register.

The gong is a psycho-acoustic gateway to heightened states of awareness and consciousness. The overtones and undertones of the gong create a field of harmonics that stimulate the cells of our body to vibrate in harmony, restoring balance through deep states of relaxation. The sound waves and frequencies generated by the gong alter our brainwave patterns, moving us from high beta (waking state) to alpha, then theta and even into delta (deep meditative state). When this happens the sympathetic nervous system (flight or fight response) is turned off and the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest response) is activated, resulting in healing on a molecular level. In the beginning there was sound, then light, energy, matter, then more. Everything in the whole universe is vibrating all the time – even things that appear still, and even the cells of our bodies. Gong immersion invites us to tune in to the ways in which our own vibrations are a part of a much grander symphony of sound.

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Bhagavad Gita Weekend w/Allison Dennis! July 16 – 18

Yoga is skill in action. –BG

Join Allison for a deeper look into The Bhagavad Gita, the seminal Indian treatise for approaching our dharma (individual path) with bravery, discernment, and devotion.

Friday, July 16, 4 – 6pm, Gita Part I

Saturday, July 17, 4 – 6pm, Gita Part II

Sunday, July 18, 7 – 8:30pm Kirtan and Indian Storytelling

*Be sure to join Allison for live music in Hollie Sue’s Sunday Bhakti Flow class, 10am

The Bhagavad Gita is just one chapter from a much longer epic poem called the Mahabharata which translates as “the Great Bharata”. Bharata is an ancient name for the subcontinent now known as India. The ancient Indian religions and philosophies (before white settlers named what they saw ‘Hindu’) were referred to collectively as Sanatana Dharma, which basically translates as the path of doing your dharma, or the path of leading an authentic life. The idea is that there is a seed within you that must be expressed, and each of us carry different sets of seeds.

In this 2-part class we’ll tease apart the meaning of a variety of verses with attention on dharma, karma, equanimity, and skill in action. Hopefully we’ll come into some better understanding of how to engage in our busy lives with greater purpose and more flexibility, ideally shedding some confusion about what our path is truly calling us to step into.

If possible, please bring a copy of Winthrop Sargeant’s translation with you to class, as we’ll be reading through the Sanskrit and teasing apart the meaning from his translation.

Go here to register or visit our Schedule & Book page.

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Krishna Bhakti Flow w/Live Music by Allison Dennis

with Hollie Sue and Allison, Sunday, July 18, 10am

Cost: $35

This will be a very special Sunday AM bhakti class taught by Hollie Sue and guest teacher-in-residence, Allison Dennis. Allison is a masterful teacher of asana, yoga philosophy, Sanskrit, Hindu music, Vedic astrology and more. Hollie and Allison will offer a dharma on the lila (or, play) of the Bhagavad Gita, and why this text is so relevant for modern yogis. Then Hollie Sue will guide students through an asana class inspired by Arjuna and Krishna, and the friendship between them, while Allison will lull us into a peaceful, sattvic state with songs of Krishna and Gopala (baby Krishna). This class is 90 minutes. You won’t want to miss this bhakti offering of love, devotion and friendship.

Gong Bath Immersion 

with Steven Viellette, Sunday, July 18, 4 – 5pm

Cost: $35

The gong is a psycho-acoustic gateway to heightened states of awareness and consciousness. The overtones and undertones of the gong create a field of harmonics that stimulate the cells of our body to vibrate in harmony, restoring balance through deep states of relaxation. The sound waves and frequencies generated by the gong alter our brainwave patterns, moving us from high beta (waking state) to alpha, then theta and even into delta (deep meditative state). When this happens the sympathetic nervous system (flight or fight response) is turned off and the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest response) is activated, resulting in healing on a molecular level. In the beginning there was sound, then light, energy, matter, then more. Everything in the whole universe is vibrating all the time – even things that appear still, and even the cells of our bodies. Gong immersion invites us to tune in to the ways in which our own vibrations are a part of a much grander symphony of sound.

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Krishna Kirtan

with Allison Dennis, Sunday, July 18, 7 – 8pm

Cost: $20

What is Kirtan?
Kirtan is call and response chanting, usually in the Sanskrit language. It is one of the main practices of Bhakti yoga; the path of devotion and love. Bhakti yoga is a rich practice that arises after the Vedic era In India. Singing these vibrations typically coincided with story-telling practices and sometimes even in tandem with dance and/or visual arts. Singing and hearing stories focuses the mind, helps tension lift to the surface and allows it to dissipate; subduing the emotional storms.

Why is Kirtan practiced?
We’re constantly vibrating with some thought or sound with varying degrees of intentionality and/or unconscious patterning. Some vibrations allow for harmony and resonance. Others create dissonance, impeding our ability to vibrate authentically.
Kirtan creates an uplifting vibration for the mind to swim in, enabling deeper states of peaceful awareness in our day to day lives.

How is Kirtan beneficial to the modern yogi?
Collectively, we can benefit from utilizing more tools that transform our internal resonance by way of sublimating the raw emotional material that causes inner disturbance. Kirtan is one such tool, revealing directly our essential nature by way of sound. This practice clears the path from heart chakra to throat chakra, allowing our hearts and voices to shine authentically, expressing both confidence and vulnerability in cleaner and clearer ways.

Gong Bath Immersion

with Steven Viellette, Sunday, August 15, 4 – 5pm

Cost: $35

The gong is a psycho-acoustic gateway to heightened states of awareness and consciousness. The overtones and undertones of the gong create a field of harmonics that stimulate the cells of our body to vibrate in harmony, restoring balance through deep states of relaxation. The sound waves and frequencies generated by the gong alter our brainwave patterns, moving us from high beta (waking state) to alpha, then theta and even into delta (deep meditative state). When this happens the sympathetic nervous system (flight or fight response) is turned off and the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest response) is activated, resulting in healing on a molecular level. In the beginning there was sound, then light, energy, matter, then more. Everything in the whole universe is vibrating all the time – even things that appear still, and even the cells of our bodies. Gong immersion invites us to tune in to the ways in which our own vibrations are a part of a much grander symphony of sound.

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