Upcoming Workshops for 2020

This year, to help you stay on the path of health and mental sanity, we have some wonderful workshops. Check this page regularly as we are adding more workshops.

Pranayama I, In Three Series

with Lori Ritland

Pranayama is the art and science of breath.  With experience in Asana the natural progression is to explore the subtleties and rhythms of the breath through techniques to both in elongate inhalations, exhalations, and eventually retain the breath.

Pranayama keep the body and mind healthy, producing energy and distributing that vital energy through the body.  It increases lung capacity and fresh blood through the body, enhances your respiratory system, strengthens the circulatory system and nervous systems, and aids in digestion and elimination.

The practice of Pranayama will help you navigate through the complexities of life. And now more than ever, we need to learn how breathe can support our body, mind, and spirit. When the breath is regulated, you can find grace in your consciousness. 

Suggested Props (and you can be creative with household items):

  1. blankets (yoga blankets) or sofa pillows
  2. head support (blanket, pillow, towel)
  3. an eye cover (for example, eye pillow or wash cloth)

There will be three series, and each one will teach you one complete breath. 

 Please contact Lori directly with questions and to let her know you intend to take class: yoginlori@gmail.com

For more information, please visit yogilori.com.

Series II

Sunday November 1, 8, 15, and 22
8:45 – 9:45 am PT / 11:45 am – 12:25 pm ET

Zoom Links

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
Weekly: link to add to calendar
Join Zoom Meeting, Pranayama zoom link
Meeting ID: 974 4189 6555
Passcode: 188119


This series will be on a donation basis.  As part of the practice of yoga, séva, service onto others, is an essential devotional practice, along with action and study.  So, please, if you are not working, then by all means just join class. This practice is too important.

Class donations can be given through Venmo at @yogilori. For PayPal (friends and family) or Zelle is through the gmail yoginlori@gmail.com.

I mean this sincerely. I want to support community, and let’s all support each other in the ways our strengths allow.

For more information about these classes, email Lori at yoginlori@gmail.com or visit our class description page.

Lori L. Ritland, CIYT is a Level III Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, and Certified Yoga Therapist C-IAYT and dedicated to spreading the teaching and love of Yoga as spread by world renowned B.K.S. Iyengar (1918-2014) from Pune, India. . She also has been a longtime student of Senior Iyengar teacher, John Schumacher since 1999 at Unity Woods Iyengar Studio. This studio has been spreading Yoga throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC since 1979. Lori and her family recently moved to Santa Cruz from the Washington D.C. area.

Online TRE® Intro Workshop

with Maria Alfaro

Sunday, November 29th, 1-3pm
Cost $40.00

TRE (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises) is a simple, gentle and profound technique that facilities the lengthening and relaxation of the psoas muscle and the release of physical and emotional tension and stress. The TRE exercises mildly tire the legs, triggering an involuntary shaking and trembling response, which begins in the legs and often spreads throughout the body. This natural response is the nervous system’s way of discharging long-held tension and unconscious body contraction, caused by everyday stress and traumatic life experiences, in order to restore the body to wholeness.

TRE was developed by Dr. David Berceli, a bio-energetic therapist and social worker, who used it successfully worldwide working with soldiers, firefighters, police officers and survivors of war, natural disasters and other traumatic circumstances to help alleviate the many symptoms of post-traumatic stress. TRE is taught in over 60 countries worldwide.

Reported benefits include:
  1. Decrease anxiety
  2. Release chronic tension
  3. Discharge emotional and physical trauma
  4. Increase energy and flexibility
  5. Improve sleep and mood
  6. Decrease of aches, pains and symptoms of fibromyalgia and sciatica

This workshop is suitable for all ages and fitness levels as the exercises can be modified to accommodate any body’s need.

For more information about TRE, please visit their website www.TREcalifornia.com. If you have any questions or concerns please contact maria@TREcalifornia.com. The zoom link will be sent to those who have registered for the workshop.

Maria is a native Italian living in Santa Cruz, California. She has over 30 years yoga experience and a background in Chinese martial arts and massage. As a senior TRE® Trainer, since 2004, she taught thousands of people in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. She assisted Dr. Berceli, TRE’s founder, in numerous trainings in the US, South Africa, Brazil and Japan and led hundreds of public workshops and over hundred certification trainings worldwide.

Maria facilitates workshops and trainings globally. She creates a supportive environment that makes people feel safe as she leads her classes with compassion and a sense of humor. She is also the co-creator of Neurogenic Yoga™, the sister method of TRE.

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