Upcoming Events

 
 
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rise yoga book club

with anna

July 20, 11:15 am

Join other reading yogis July 20 after Saturday classes to discuss Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Vegetable Miracle. In it, bestselling novelist Kingsolver tells the (true) story of her family’s move to an Appalachian farm.

We’ll enjoy snacks along with our discussion. You don’t need to have finished reading the book to attend. If you’d like to purchase a new paperback version of Animal Vegetable Miracle directly from Anna, email her at annadarice@gmail.com

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Mini meditation retreat

with dallas

August 4, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join Dallas for this four-hour introduction to the profound beauty of silence and meditation, held at Rise Yoga.

During the mini-retreat, Dallas will guide you through a series of meditation practices designed to calm the mind. She will teach you several techniques and support you in practicing seated, walking, and moving meditations, an awareness practice called a body scan, and a mindful meal (please bring a brown bag lunch). The retreat will include plenty of quiet time to independently practice the techniques Dallas introduces.

Meditation cultivates the ability to direct your attention, sustain your focus, and lessen your reactivity to the world both around and within you. Being supported by and confident in silence is a skill, as is slowing down the mind. Come practice these essential life skills with us.

This mini-retreat is suitable for a wide range of meditation practitioners, from novices looking for expert guidance to regular meditators seeking a group practice. We’ll have chairs and props available to adapt the various techniques for all abilities/levels of mobility.

The cost of the retreat is $55 ($45 for monthly autopay and annual members).

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chaturanga workshop

with Molly S

August 14, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

August 17, 9-11 am

Join Molly S for a two-hour Chaturanga workshop at Rise Yoga. The workshop will be offered on two dates; register for the date that works best for your schedule.

Chaturanga Dandasana (also known as four-limbed staff pose, or low/mid plank), is often presented as an asana (pose) in a modern Vinyasa flow (sun salutation). It is a challenging, full-body asana that commands core, shoulder and arm strength and stability and spine lengthening, and deserves much more attention and consideration than is available in a typical Flow class.

In this workshop, Molly will use her sense of humor and honest, friendly guidance to break down the key elements of Chaturanga within the context of the Vinyasa flow. Using tools like the wall, bolsters, blocks, blankets and straps, together we will explore safe ways to build strength, stability and awareness in this challenging asana.  We will play with a range of Chaturanga variations as well as some completely different alternatives to Chaturanga that can open up the doors to a whole spectrum of benefits in the body. After all, variety is the spice of life, and there are many magical, powerful ways to move through a flow.

This workshop is suitable both for students new to yoga and for longtime practitioners.

The cost of the workshop is $30 ($25 for monthly autopay and annual members).

 

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Past Workshops

 
 
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yoga for Beginners series

with anna

May 29, June 5, June 12, 6:30-7:45 pm

Join Anna for a three-class series designed for folks with little or no experience practicing yoga. We’ll experiment with foundational poses and concepts to build comfort and confidence. The classes will explore the following themes:

  • Class 1, May 29: setting up your space; introduction to seated and standing postures

  • Class 2, June 5: seated and standing postures (continued); building strength and stability through yoga

  • Class 3, June 12: introduction to vinyasa (flow) yoga; developing a consistent practice

The cost for the series (all three classes) is $60. Wear comfortable clothes, and consider bringing a reusable water bottle (we have filtered water at the studio). Yoga mats and props are always available to borrow for free.

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rise yoga book club

with anna

June 8, 11:15 am

Join other Rise yogis June 8 after Saturday classes to discuss Stephen Cope’s Yoga and the Quest for the True Self. Cope is Scholar-in Residence at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts.

We’ll share snacks as we discuss the book. You’re welcome to attend even if you haven’t finished reading. If you’d like to purchase a new paperback version of the book directly from Anna, email her at annadarice@gmail.com

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yoga for anxiety

with anna

Join Anna for a workshop exploring how yoga asana (poses) can help calm the nervous system. For many of us, anxiety is a kind of out-of-body experience. A regular yoga practice restores the connection between mind and body, enabling us to feel more deeply without being overwhelmed by our thoughts or emotions.

The workshop will comprise a series of yoga poses emphasizing the sensations of grounding, containment, and support. We’ll experiment with using props and walls to create conditions of safety and otherwise enhance our practice. Anna will also provide a list of written and audio-visual resources for further self-study.

The workshop is appropriate for students of all abilities. Cost is $30, or $25 for Rise yogis on a monthly autopay membership or annual membership plan.

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craftfulness

with catie and ellen

Join Rise regular Ellen Stein at 6 pm to learn to knit—for a good cause. Ellen crafts to benefit several non-profits, including Ronald McDonald House Charities. She’ll provide the supplies and expertise; you provide the same thing you bring to yoga: an open heart and willingness to help build community.

Stay after the knitting session for First Thursdays, Northrup King Building’s monthly open studios celebration.

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Rise Yoga Book Club

With Anna

Join us April 27 at 11:15 am to discuss Waking, a memoir by Matthew Sanford, the founder of Mind Body Solutions. In his book, Matthew, a Minnesota native describes his experience of trauma and loss following a car accident when he was 13. Years later, he found yoga (yoga found him!) and reconnected with his body, despite paraplegia.

We’ll meet between Saturday classes to share snacks and chat about the book. You don’t need to have read all of Waking to attend.

To purchase a paperback copy of the book directly from Anna, email her at annadarice@gmail.com.

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Yoga Together

With Anna

Sunday April 14 | 12:30-2pm

Join Anna & the rest of the Rise Crew for an extra-special 12:30 class on Sunday April 14th.

Experience the benefits of partner poses and gentle adjustments in Yoga Together, a special 60-minute, all-abilities, donation-based practice. We’ll experiment with how contact with other yogis—from sitting back-to-back to offering referential touch in poses like Warrior II and Half Moon—can help us connect more and fear less. All are welcome; we have props and variations to accommodate every body. You do not need to come with a buddy; though it of course is a great class to bring friends.

Stay after class and share snacks and conversation with your fellow yogis.

The class is a by-donation fundraiser with all proceeds going to Mind Body Solutions (MBS), a Minnesota-based nonprofit best known for adapting yoga for people with disabilities. Class is free, with donations accepted the day of the class. Suggested donation $20.

Pre-registration is not required and this class replaces the regularly scheduled 12:30 Deep Dive that day.

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Mini Meditation Retreat

With Dallas

Sunday March 3rd 9am-1pm

Join Dallas for this four-hour introduction to the profound beauty of silence and meditation. This 4-hour mini retreat will be held at the Rise Yoga studio.

During the retreat Dallas will guide you through a series of meditation practices designed to guide the mind in slowing. She will teach you the art and support you in practicing seated meditation, walking meditation, a meditation technique called a body scan, and eating as a mindful practice (Please bring a brown bag lunch.) The day will also include a gentle yoga practice.

The retreat will be a mixture of Dallas verbally guiding you through the skills as well as plenty of space for silence where you’ll practice them independently. Being supported by and confident in silence is a skill. Slowing down the mind is a skill. Developing these skills is directly supporting to your mental and physical health. Meditation practices cultivate the ability to direct your attention, sustain your focus, and lessen your reactivity to world both around and within you.

Come practice these essential life skills with us.

This retreat will be suitable for a wide range of meditation practitioners. It’s suitable for folks brand new to meditation as Dallas will guide you through the practice. If you are a long time meditators you likely already know the value of silence within a group, it’s different than the silence of an individual. You’ll find plenty to draw from in this retreat. It’s suitable for folks with a wide range of physical abilities/mobilities. The yoga, seated, and walking portions of the practice are adaptable to your needs. We’ll have chairs and props available to you and Dallas will support you in finding a position where you will be able to comfortably slow down and connect to your inner voice through silence and meditation.

The cost of the retreat is $50 or $40 if you are a Rise Members (Members are those on the Monthly or Annual Membership Plans.)

 
 
 
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Yoga foundations class series

with catie

Wednesdays November 7, 14 & 28 and December 5  |  6:30-7:30pm

Join Catie to explore the foundations of a yoga practice. While this class series will be ideal for folks newer to the practice, it’s also a great way for long time practitioners to slow down and reconnect to the universal principles of the poses and movements that we regularly practice in class. This will be a low-key, relatable, & fun exploration of the building blocks of poses and the health benefits of a movement-based practice.

Each class will consist of a series of warm up stretches and movements then a different focus each week which will give you the opportunity to discover and experience for yourself the benefits.

Week 1: Downward Facing Dog & principles for a health lower back

Week 2: Warrior II & the principles of standing poses

Week 3: Bridge Pose & the principles of back bends

Week 4: Seated twists as the foundation of twisting poses

This workshop series is included in our membership plans. (Members are students on a Monthly Reoccurring Membership or Annual Membership plans.) For all others it’s just $50 for the 4-class series.

 

Potluck Brunch & Community Service Project

Many of you shared, via the summer client survey, that you'd like to be part of both volunteer projects and fellowship events at Rise. We love the sound of both of those things so much that we've figured out a way to combine them together by collaborating with Success Beyond the Classroom, a local non-profit that provides programs in the community that support children in expanding their curiosity, confidence, and creativity.

Starting at 11am on Saturday, October 6th we'll share a potluck brunch at the studio and then assemble folders with materials for the Young Authors Conference. The Young Authors Conference is one of SBC's longest running events. This service activity is easy, fun, and impactful. It's open to all ages, no RSVP required and there is no cost to the event.

Come to 10am or 12:30pm class and/or join us for pot-luck brunch and packet assembling.

 
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Profound Relaxation | yoga NIdra workshop

With Ginny

Thursday September 27th  |  6:30-8:30pm or Saturday September 29th |  2-4pm

Restore your body and mind with this two-hour workshop designed to support deep relaxation, help you de-stress, and enhance your emotional wellness.

Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation practice that helps you to break free of self-limiting patterns, emotions and beliefs so that you can live a more vibrant, contented life. It offers tangible tools to help you relax which can directly support improvements in sleep, focus and concentration, the health of the immune system as well as helping to neutralize anxiety. Most of us, at best, are deeply relaxed only when sleeping. For many of us it doesn't even happen then due to the effects of chronic stress in our day to day lives. Yoga Nidra teaches your body and mind that this quality of relaxation is both possible and accessible. Once you’ve experienced this depth of rest, it’s easier to return in the future.

Yoga Nidra is practiced lying down.  Ginny will assist you in being physically comfortable and supported using blankets, blocks and other props before guiding you through the meditation practice.  

The workshop will include restorative poses, gentle movement and meditation. It's designed in such a way that no previous yoga or meditation experience is required to participate.

 Cost for this two-hour workshop is $30 or if you are a Member at Rise the $25. (Members are students on a Monthly Reoccurring Membership or Annual Membership plans.) The workshop is the same both days and registration price is valid only for the day you select We are offering two separate times to accommodate a variety of schedules.

 
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Yoga foundations class series with catie

Wednesdays July 25th,  August 1st, 8th & 15th  |  5:30-6:30pm

Join Catie to explore the foundations of a yoga practice. These classes will be ideal for folks brand new to yoga and for those with a long time practice. This will be a low-key, relatable, & fun exploration of the building blocks of poses and the health benefits of a movement-based practice.

Each class will consist of a series of warm up stretches and movements then a different focus each week which will give you the opportunity to discover and experience for yourself the benefits. You can come to all four classes or drop-in on any one of them.

 

Restorative Yoga with Kelsey

Saturday July 21st | 2-4pm

With all the action that summertime brings, its essential to take time to slow down and take care of your nervous system. Restorative poses are one of the best ways we know how to do that! In this 2-hour workshop we'll do some movement, but the main emphasis of the practice is on supported stillness created by intentional positioning of your body and the skillful use of props. You'll not only be refreshed but you'll leave with knowledge on how to recreate restorative poses at home using things you already have like pillows & towels.

 
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The Art of Receiving with Catie

Saturday December 8 | 10am-12pm or

Wed December 12th | 6:00pm-8:00pm

The season of giving is upon us once again. The humble generosity that is part of the bedrock of the Midwestern culture is just one of the reasons it’s so awesome to live where we do.

Who doesn’t love to be the giver? As kids, we are praised for sharing our toys and learn to donate to causes that are important to us. The ability to give means I have excess. At the biological level, it’s hard not to love it…nature ensured that humans share by giving us a dose of mood-boosting endorphins every time that we do.

You know what’s not so easy? Receiving. While our culture values giving (which is awesome, don’t get me wrong), all too often lurking just under the surface is the message that receiving is somehow bad or, even worse, selfish. Most of us will do just about anything to not look selfish…which includes giving to the point of being tired, worn out, and slightly (or maybe a whole lot) resentful towards those we are giving to…be they family, friend, patient, kiddo, or client.

The thing is, giving and receiving are not two separate actions or experiences but rather two sides of the same coin. Most of us aren’t taught how to receive (there are no tax breaks for receiving a gift.) We don’t know how to honor the act of receiving, not because we don’t have the ability, but because we just haven’t practiced very much.

In order to be the vibrant, open-hearted givers that the people in our lives need we must get better at receiving.

Join Catie in this two-hour workshop where we will explore and practice the necessary art of receiving. It’s intentional that it’s sandwiched between Thanksgiving and Christmas. We know you’re busy. The hallmark of being a giver is a way busy schedule… It’s not just money and gifts that we give, we give time as well. The holiday season will be less hectic and more abundant if we are balanced receivers and givers.

This practice will be a mixture of movement, interaction with others, self-reflection and meditation. It’ll be well suited to all yogis regardless of the amount of experience with the physical practice of yoga.