UPCOMING WORKSHOPS & Special classes for 2017....


            ayurveda for women: sadhana of self care               with Dr. padma raman-caplan                                   

                Thursday, July 6   7:00-8:30 pm   click here

   In this workshop we will explore Ayurvedic self care practices for women through a sensorially rich exploration of habits and practices related to diet and body care intended to foster well being and resiliency.                                   Participants will:                                                                                                                                                                           ~explore the meaning of health in Ayurveda and the Vedic archetype of the divine Feminine.                                            ~learn about the health benefits of establishing habits that are in keeping with one’s core values (sadhana as an expression of svadharma).                                                                                                                                                               ~ discover the energetics of herbs using the Ayurvedic model of "six-tastes”.                                                                         ~make simple yet customized culinary and body care products from readily available herbs and ingredients.               ~practice mindful use of these materials for self care.

Dr. Padma Raman-Caplan has pursued in-depth studies in Advaita Vedanta, Ayurveda, and supporting topics for over twenty years. She is a long time student the renowned teacher of non-dualist philosophy, the late Pujya Swami Dayananda Sarasvati and the teachers of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam Institute of Advaita Vedanta and Sanskrit in Pennsylvania where students engage in self inquiry through the study of classical Indian philosophical texts.                   Dr. Padma is a graduate of the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon and is licensed there as a Naturopathic Physician. Prior to returning to the northeast she was involved in clinical private practice, medical research, and was an adjunct faculty member.



summer fun for kids!!

Grounded Kids Yoga Summer Camp!                 Kids enjoy upbeat yoga classes, crafts, games, nature walks, and more.                                       July 17-21   2017

With Betty Reinhart, a certified Grounded Kids Yoga teacher.    click here          

                              THE NATURE of DIVINE LOVE                                                    

A Weekend Retreat of Yoga Philosophy and Practice

with William K. Mahony, PhD.             

September 8, 9, 10   2017

    Heart-centered spiritual practices can open us to the experience love: for the world, for others, for ourselves, for life itself, for divinity. The complexities and possibilities of life’s journey give us an opportunity to strengthen, deepen and clarify this love.  In this weekend retreat we will reflect together on that nature of a divine Love that is the true foundation of life and that can stand as the basis of a deep yogic practice.                                                                                                                                   Bill returns to Shakti Yoga for this weekend retreat to guide us in reflecting in a contemplative manner on the nature of Love and on ways yogic practice can open our hearts to it.  As a way to focus our satsang, we will study selected passages from the Narada Bhakti Sutra, a 10th-century text from India.  We will be guided on the nature of spiritual love, and talk together about how we bring its perspective to our contemporary lives as yogis and yoginis.      

       *Angela Caplan and Jacki McCausland will help us integrate mind, heart and body by leading us in hatha yoga stretches and asana sessions oriented toward the experience and expression of Love.                                                        *Our retreat will include periods for practice of meditation and there will be time to enjoy the beauty and quiet that envelops Sweet Briar.

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