Classes & Workshops
September 16 – October 21
Diving Deeper into Yoga for Larger Bodies
This 6-week series is for those in larger bodies who practice yoga who are ready to build on their current practice. This class is perfect for those who have already participated in the Find Your Flow: Yoga for Larger Bodies series and are ready for more, or those who already have some yoga experience and want to practice in an environment exclusively geared to larger bodies with a focus on connecting with your unique body as your greatest teacher.
We will dive deeper into the different principles of movement in yoga as a tool towards greater embodiment. We’ll learn how to use our breath to guide our practice, how to find the balance between effort and ease as we maintain the integrity of the spine and learn to use poses to embody our whole being from the crown of our head, to our fingertips, to our toes. We will also challenge our bodies and explore their limits and edges as a way of breaking down the limiting beliefs we may have about our bodies. Perhaps we are capable of far more than we ever thought. And of course this class will have all of the community and connection that you have come to expect from Any Body Yoga classes.
*NEW* I am happy to offer a higher level of support as an add-on to registration in this series which includes two 45-minute one-on-one sessions, help in setting personal movement goals, and weekly check-ins about those goals. Sometimes what keeps us from sticking with a movement practice is the limiting beliefs about our body that movement can bring up for us. Often we think we just don’t have enough willpower, but it may be more about needing skills to mindfully work through these body beliefs.
These one on one sessions are designed to help you navigate through any beliefs or body shame that come up in class, to dive deeper into any questions you have about how to work with your body specifically, and to start to create a new narrative about your body, what it is capable of, and your relationship to it.his is an 8-week series exploring and supporting each individual chakra. The goal of this group is to dive deeper into experiences that open, cleanse and support each chakra. Each week we will engage all of our senses with that which supports that chakra.
This series is taught by Emily Martin, a 200-hr Registered Yoga Teacher who is passionate about body image and expanding our idea of what someone who practices yoga looks like. Emily trained with Dianne Bondy and Amber Karnes in Yoga for All and draws from her personal experience of practicing yoga in a larger body.
September 18 – October 23
Essential Flow 6-week Yoga Series
Does your yoga practice need a little reboot after a summer hiatus? Ready to reprioritize your practice this fall? Little Dipper’s Essential Flow series is the perfect opportunity to recommit to breath, to movement, and to YOU.
Six sessions to help you cultivate balance, strength, and flexibility. Just you, your mat, and 60 minutes of flow. Beginner friendly, but ideal for yogis with some vinyasa experience.
Class size is limited to 15 participants; all payments and registration fees are nonrefundable.
Contact Kate for more info or if you’d like to pay for registration with cash or check.
Kate is an RYT 200 yoga teacher trained specifically in vinyasa style (flow-based) yoga and mindfulness techniques. For her, yoga is all about learning how to show up, connect, and move from a place of alignment with your deepest, truest YOU. She believes that truly honoring your body as both your best teacher and your ultimate authority is the secret to letting go of old patterns that aren’t serving you and building new ones that will.
October 10 – May 17
Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy Certification
There is a group of practitioners craving deeper and sustainable change in their lives and in the world. There’s a longing to provide tools to guide people toward connecting to their own natural state of being, helping them to live from all facets of wholeness after trauma and limiting beliefs.
The educators of GRHY invite you to join the 300 Hour Yoga Therapy Certification.
Applications are being accepted at this time.
***** Radically expand your yoga practice and teaching by facing limiting beliefs and unknown barriers to reconnecting to your Self; barriers which keep you feeling small and not showing up in your life.
***** Learn tools to support others in their ability to open the window of tolerance and move toward pain and fear.
***** Learn to be a sovereign facilitator, gaining skills in reading energy in yourself, how to stay centered while interacting with another, shadow monitoring, and mirroring.
****Stand out in a crowded yoga marketplace by integrating mental and emotional health skills and dialogue.
****Specialize in the embodiment necessary to facilitate a present moment experience over and prescription.
Led by members of Grand Rapids Healing Yoga.
Intro To Chakradance
In this chaotic world we are looking for ways to sustain a peaceful, happy life. The main key to life is balance. Movement, meditation and working with the chakra system is a comprehensive and powerful way to embody alignment.
Introduction to Chakradance™ is a 90-minute class which guides participants through the 7 Chakras using guided meditation, mandala art and specific music formulated to balance each chakra. The class begins with the root chakra and moves upward ending at the crown chakra. Participating in a Chakradance™ class helps you become more in tune with your energy system, empowering you to activate your own inner healer and experience more freedom in everyday life. Chakradance™ is an inner adventure that promotes joy-filled feelings of well being. No previous dance experience required. This is a moving meditation class.
Please arrive 15 minutes early to settle in.
Andrea Sulak is a Humanistic psychotherapist who specializes in working with the chakras as a way for individuals to gain more happiness in their lives. In 2012, She became certified as a Chakradance™ facilitator.
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2437302253155636/
Face Yoga Open House Celebration
Come learn about the exciting world of Face Yoga! This FREE event is both for those interested in taking Face Yoga classes and those interested in teaching The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method. Face Yoga is very popular in Europe and Asia, and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle is a devotee! Danielle Collins is located in Bath, England, and is internationally known as one of the top Face Yoga gurus.
Anne Von denMeer is a Super Trainer of her method in this region and will be available to answer your questions and demonstrate Face Yoga. There will be healthy snacks, prize giveaways and gifts for the first 25 guests.
Danielle’s method is focused on whole-body wellness, combined with facial exercises, relaxation, stretching, massage and acupressure. In addition to toning and firming her face, Anne experienced amazing sinus relief after beginning her Face Yoga practice, and others have experienced relief from TMJ and headaches.
11am – 1pm – Mingle, Meet & Greet
1pm – 1:30 pm – Face Yoga Demonstration
1:30 pm – 2:15pm – All About Training
2:30 pm – Prize Drawings! (you do not need to be present to win)
Date and Time
11:00 am – 2:30 pm
1324 Lake Drive Suite 4
Anne Von denMeer
October 26 & 27
Reiki l/ll Training
Reiki I Training Includes: Learning the history of Reiki, meditations to prepare yourself for attunement, getting attuned, learning hand placements, learning how to activate the energy to flow and starting to feel the energy flowing through you, and picking up on other’s energetic needs and practicing on one another.
Reiki II Includes: learning Reiki symbols, getting attuned to them and learning how and when to use symbols, and practicing on one another.
October 26: Reiki I: 9am – 4pm
October 27: Reiki II, 9am – 3pm
Participants must attend both days of training.
Upon completion, you will received a Reiki I/II Certificate.
Handbooks, Lunch and snacks will be provided both days.
Jeanne Gundersen is the founder of The Sacred Soul Reiki Practice. She is a Certified Reiki Master Teacher and professional member of International Center for Reiki Training.
October 29- December 12
Fall Transitions with Kundalini Yoga
6 weeks series
We’ll start the series with a slowing down routine, learning how to tap and self massage to increase energy flow as you relax. This is a beautiful practice to start a home routine. The second week, we will do a gentle cleansing, using yoga to make the pores breathe and enhance circulation. The following week will be dedicated to a full body detox. The 4th week will teach you how to use yoga to support your liver. We will then focus on boosting your immune system and finally, shortly before the holidays we will end the series with a class on centering and grounding. Each week, we will focus on a different aspect of the fall transition. Every class will start with a specific warm up (physical or pranayama), followed by the main kriya, a deep gong relaxation and when there is time, conclude with a meditation. As usual, I will create a closed facebook group for students where I will share the teachings to encourage everybody to start some kind of home practice.
This 6 weeks series will start the week of October 29th.
There will be 3 (same) classes every week :
Tuesdays 9:30-11 AM : Oct 29, Nov 5, Nov 12, Nov 19, No class during Thanksgiving, Dec 3 and Dec 10.
Wednesdays 5:15-6:45 AM : Oct 30, Nov 6, Nov 13, Nov 20, No class during Thanksgiving, Dec 4 and Dec 11.
Thursdays 9:30-11AM : Oct 31, Nov 7, Nov 14, Nov 21, No class during Thanksgiving, Dec 5 and Dec 12.
Please pick your day and time, either the Tuesday Series, the Wednesday Series or the Thursday Series. If room is available, you may switch to another day when you cannot make your usual day.
Please sign up on Eventbrite or with me. You may pre-pay for the whole series and have a reserved spot ($75), or if you are a regular student, you can use your 6 class punch card ($75). But please let me know if you are joining, so that I can manage space. All levels welcome, as well as everybody, all ages, all body shapes, all genders, all ethnicities. Chair modification will be available for those of you that are not comfortable on the floor.
Susanne Werblow is a Kundalini Yoga Instructor and Founder of Kundalini Yoga GR
October 30 – December 11
7 Keys to Freedom – 7 week Chakradance Course
The chakra system governs your subtle body energy which regulates how you interact and flow through life. If your chakras are closed or moving slowly day to day living can be a real struggle. Participating in this 7 week course will help you to shift old stagnate energy; replenishing you and giving you back freedom in your body, mind and soul.
This autumn is the perfect season to give yourself the gift of self-care and prepare you for the winter months ahead. As you dive in and explore your inner chakra world, and release blocked energy, you will experience energetic shifts that will lead you to reconnect to your authentic blissful self.
During the 7 Keys to Freedom, you will explore in detail, each of the 7 Chakras and bring them back into balance by using guided meditation, freeform movement, ancient mandala art and eclectic music selected to resonate with and balance each specific chakra. There will also be time for reflection and group shares regarding your personal journey through the chakras. There is no choreographed dance movements and no dance experience is needed. This is a meditative movement course.
If you feel called to move back into a free flowing state, come and join an intimate group of individuals who are committed to finding peace and joy through deep inner transformational work. Space is limited to 10 participants.
A booklet with information about each chakra will be handed out and reviewed. Ways of working with the chakra system will also be explored so that you can continue your journey after the course is completed.
Week 1: The Dance of Mother Earth (Base Chakra – Oct 30)
Week 2: The Dance of Sensuality (Sacral Chakra – Nov 6)
Week 3: The Dance of Power (Solar Plexus Chakra – Nov 13)
Week 4: The Dance of Love (Heart Chakra -Nov 20)
Week 5: The Dance of Expression (Throat Chakra – Nov 27 )
Week 6: The Dance of Intuition (The Third Eye Chakra -Dec 4)
Week 7: Dance of the Soul (The Crown Chakra – Dec 11)
For more information regarding Chakradance™ please go to www.chakradance.com
Led by WCGR member, Andrea Sulak, MA LLP. Andrea has worked in the healing profession for 19 years. She is a holistic psycho-spiritual therapist who focuses on assisting individuals in the healing of traumatic experiences that impacts their life-force energy. She utilizes a combination of humanistic therapy techniques, ancient teachings of the chakras, subtle body energy work, guided meditation and Chakradance™ as ways to help individuals move back into alignment.
Date and Time
October 30 – December 11
7:00 pm- 8:30 pm
1324 Lake Drive Suite 4
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Early bird pricing: $120 by October 2, 2019
$140 after October 2, 2019
Payment plans available
Throwing of the Bones Ceremony
Throwing of the Bones Ceremony in the ways of Ka Ta See is an ancient divination ceremony and healing art. Join JoAnne Dodgson for this powerful healing ceremony to receive guidance for your life and the changing times on the earth. The doctoring and guidance from the spirits will begin before we meet and continue to touch your life after you receive the ceremony.
“I feel a dynamic, living force in this tradition. The bones speak through you powerfully and you carry this lineage with such grace and beauty.” – M.J.
I feel I received an indescribable healing.” -J.H.
No registration necessary. $25 at the door.
JoAnne Dodgson is a healer, teacher and ceremonial guide in the ways of Ka Ta See, a lineage from the Eastern Andes. She has a doctorate in Counseling Psychology with a specialty in Holistic Health. She lives in the enchanted desert mesas of New Mexico.