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Yoga4Sobriety Teacher Training

Be Part of the Solution • 15 Hour Training

Saturday & Sunday, September 15 & 16, 2018 • 9:00am – 5:00pm • Community Space

Learn how to bring understanding of the chakras in line with the Twelve Steps of recovery.

Support your students as they learn how to walk through life using the Twelve Steps of recovery as their guide. Bring them to a deeper understanding of their own bodies as they learn to handle raw emotions head on. Dive into an understanding of the chakra system—energy centers that are influenced by physical, mental and emotional experiences. Bridging chakra based poses and exercises along with the language of Twelve Step recovery help students become aware of what is going on in their bodies and how to find comfort without escape.

In this 15 hour training your facilitators Gwen R. and Tracey Ulshafer will lay the groundwork of the Yoga4Sobriety program.

We will cover the following:

  • Teaching a trauma sensitive yoga class
  • The Twelve Steps of recovery
  • The chakra system
  • How to link the steps and the chakras
  • How to sequence a chakra yoga practice

Who this training is for:

  1. Yoga Teachers (CEUs available)
  2. Teachers
  3. Healers, Massage Therapists
  4. Therapists/Counselors
  5. Ministers


Make checks payable to:

Yoga4Sobriety LLC

Mail to:

One Yoga Center
156 S Main St
Hightstown, NJ 08520

It is required to attend all hours of this training in order to receive your certification.

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Yoga Nidra

with Shelly McIntosh

Sunday, September 16, 2018 • 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Yoga nidra means “yogic sleep.” In this class, you’ll relax in a reclined position as Shelly guides you through a meditative experience designed to bring you into a state of pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses). The equivalent of 6 hours of sleep, this class will help reduce stress, anxiety and tension. No yoga experience is necessary.


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The Gong Temple Meditation

with Michelle Angel

Sunday, September 23, 2018

3:00pm – 4:30pm and/or 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Enter the ethereal realms of harmonic sound as Michelle Angel plays her sacred instruments: gongs, crystal singing bowls, Tibetan bowls, and the Halo handpan drum. Orchestrating these instruments, she sculpts a rich and varied harmonic soundscape that invites you to relax and allows the vibrations take you on an inward journey.

Please bring a mat and pillow for your horizontal meditation experience.

$30 Please note there are two available sessions.

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Myofascial Release

with Kelly Friedberg

Saturday, September 29, 2018 • 1:00pm – 3:00pm

In this two-hour workshop we will use mobility tools called myofascial release balls, specifically designed to work with the body’s soft tissue system, for relieving tight muscles over the entire body. We will work head to toe, releasing many commonly tense areas of the body, leaving you feeling completely relaxed. This type of musculoskeletal release can relieve muscular pain and trigger points, increase joint mobility, flush out built up toxins, benefit blood and lymph flow and promote relaxation.

Please arrive 15 minutes early. Balls will be provided, please bring plenty of water and wear comfortable clothes. No experience necessary.


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Yogini Shakti Chakra Flow and Book Signing

with Tracey Ulshafer

Sunday, September 30, 2018 • 1:00pm – 3:00pm

The yogini is most popularly defined as the feminine practitioner of yoga. But a yogini also refers to a group of sixty-four female deities in the Tantra tradition, who are regarded as the embodiment of Shakti, or universal creative energy. Shakti energy is creative, powerful and primal. Awaken the feminine creative force with a vinyasa flow class, moving energetically through the chakras, and hosted by their corresponding goddesses.

Afterwards, join Tracey for a book signing event for her new novel, The Accidental Yogini! Come, awaken the yogini within!

$45 (includes copy of book) or drop in for the book signing and your copy of the book afterwards for $20 (approximately 2:30 pm)

Instructed by: Tracey L. Ulshafer, yoga educator and mentor in NJ. Tracey began teaching yoga in 2000 and shortly thereafter opened her studio One Yoga Center, currently located in the Hightstown, NJ area. Tracey’s 200 and 500 hour school is registered with the National Yoga Alliance and she is credited with them as an Experienced Yoga Teacher-500 hours, although in actual practice she has taught close to 18,000 hours between yoga classes, workshops and teacher trainings. Tracey’s recently published novel, The Accidental Yogini, explores one woman’s unexpected journey to being a true practitioner of yoga and is currently available for purchase at Lovelight Festival or on amazon.com. Tracey is available for private mentoring or travel with her on one of her yoga retreats through Sacred Journeys.

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Yin Yoga + Chakra Meditation

with Jennifer Veale

Sunday, October 7, 2018 • 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Create balance in your body and in your life. Yin postures allow us the space and time to go deeper within and explore these energy centers. This sequence and guided meditation will help balance each chakra and give you the tools to access and maintain this powerful system. Gain a deeper understanding of yourself and the way energy works in your body. Add to this the many benefits of yin yoga—stress and anxiety reduction, increased mobility and flexibility, improved posture, and more. You will leave feeling relaxed yet energized!


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Buti and Bubbles

with Keli Lezotte

Friday, October 12, 2018 • 7:00pm – 8:30pm

We are shaking up (literally) Friday with a Buti and Bubbles event led by Keli Lezotte. Buti yoga is a dynamic asana practice fused with primal movement, tribal dance and deep core engagement! Come join the fun and sip on some bubbly after this sweat sesh filled with intention.


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Women’s Healing Day

Saturday, October 13, 2018
1:00pm – 4:00pm or 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Join us at Ananda for a wonderful day of healing and relaxation! We will have Reiki, acupuncture, IET massage, yoga and Thai yoga stations. Our list of healers includes:

  • Michelle – Healer
  • Myra – Reflexology
  • Jenna – Acupuncture
  • Luna – Massage
  • Lucia – Thai Yoga Massage

You will have 20 minutes in each station—energizing you and helping to boost, heal and empower you! This day was created for women who work hard, either at home, on the job or both, to give them the boost they need to help move forward and heal. We hope you will join us in this magnificent healing day. This is a beautiful opportunity to treat yourself in the immersive energy of healing!

Please note there are 2 sessions so please choose what works best for you. Each session is limited to 9 participants.


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with Kristin Braack

Sunday, October 14, 2018 • 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join Kristin and Tara for a combination of Yoga and Acupuncture to balance the energies of the body while activating your own healing responses. Kristin will lead you through a 45 minute restorative yoga practice to settle and relax your nervous system. While you are in Savasana Tara will perform acupuncture. Hair fine needles will be placed on different points of the body to maximize stress relief by calming the mind and spirit while harmonize.

$35 Please sign up to reserve your spot as there is a 14 person limit to enable everyone to have the full experience.

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Flow + Flight : Yoga + Beer

with Karen Kapus

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 • 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Yoga is so nice, beer is so yummy, add them together and you have the recipe for an awesome night!

Join Ananda for a fun flow yoga class suitable for all levels at Death of the Fox Brewing Company, followed by your choice of a flight of four beers or a pint. While you are here you will take a complimentary tour of the brewery. Stay later and enjoy more beer at a special 10% off discount. Feel free to invite your non-yogi—but beer loving—friends to stop by after the yoga class at 8:15.
We encourage pre-registration to ensure your spot in this awesome class. Class size is limited and prior sign up is required. Cheers & Namaste!

$30 Participants must be over the age of 21 with valid ID.

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Sixties Retro Yoga

with Rebecca Kowalewicz

Friday, October 19, 2018 • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This 90-minute yoga class features music, scents, and décor from the decade of turning on, tuning in, and dropping out. Traditional yoga poses will incorporate the popular ‘60s peace sign for an added touch of fun. Perfect for both young and old, the sequencing will be tailored more for an older or beginner yoga class, however can be adjusted to accommodate abilities of the class. As a bonus, a free optional takeaway will be given to attendees. Décor, music, takeaway, and essential oils will be provided by the yoga instructor. Minimum three (3) students required.
Scent: Lavender. There’s nothing better for the time period of flower power than the soothing and calming smell of lavender.
Décor: From flowers to peace signs, the décor will include the quintessential ‘60’s symbols of the decade. Décor includes a 37″ around by 25″ high bus prop, flower and peace sign cutouts.


Song selections will feature some of the most popular songs from the ‘60s and may include:

  • The Beatles
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
  •  Simon and Garfunkel
  • The Mamas and the Papas
  • The Yardbirds
  • Janis Joplin
  • Buffalo Springfield
  • Bob Dylan
  • Ravi Shankar
  • And more!

$20 Each attendee will be offered a living flower to take with them after class.

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Introduction to Chi Kung (Qigong), A Self Healing Art

Practicing the Eighth Brocade

with Emily Turin

Sunday, October 20, 2018 • 1:00pm – 2:30pm

This workshop is an Introduction to Chi Kung (Qigong), the Chinese practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for the benefit of healing. Chi Kung is known as Taoist Yoga. It consists of slow- motion movements used to tone, energize and detoxify the muscular tissue, organs and energy meridians. This includes breathing techniques and meditation. It is known as the martial art of healing. We find many similarities of philosophy when comparing Chi Kung with Yoga, Reiki, Tai Chi, acupressure/puncture and other healing arts.

We will start the workshop with discussion about Chi or life force energy, followed by practicing some breathing techniques that will help us to engage with and become aware of the Chi as it travels through our own bodies. From there, we will explore a series of self-massages of the face, neck, limbs, and vital key points on the body that are used to activate, stimulate and regulate the meridian systems, which are a fine network of energy transporting vessels, that govern the organs of the body . Once activated, we will begin to flow Chi (Vital Energy) through our bodies and subsequently, our meridians, through a traditional series of poses known as the Eight Brocade. This is an easily performed series of slow moving exercises, that has been passed along through the past centuries, specifically chosen, along with controlled breathing and mindful concentration, to circulate, balance, and build Chi throughout the entire body. The term Brocade comes from the name of a silken Chinese fabric, indicating that the movements should have silken fluid quality to them. Slowly and peacefully, we will practice eight standing poses and movements, allowing the body to move with the breath as one silken action flows into the next. This practice can be used a a daily moving meditation to bring overall health and vitality to ourselves physically, mentally and energetically.

Throughout the time spent together, we hope to help bring an awareness to the energetic capacity and innate power that we each have within us to bring healing and vitality to our own bodies, minds, hearts and spirits.

This workshop is available to people of all ages and physical conditions. It is said that even remaining in stillness and using only visualization and breathing techniques to mentally flow through the practice will have great health benefits.
The class will be collectively led by Edward Wright, Emily Turin, and Sabrina Simpkins. We are looking forward to sharing our practice with you.


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Restorative, Sound, & Reiki Healing

with Karen Kapus

Sunday, October 21, 2018 • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Restorative yoga is a completely passive practice that utilizes props to support our bodies in all of the poses to aid in complete relaxation. By relaxing our muscles, lowering our heart rate, and allowing our nervous system to slow down, restorative yoga helps us to balance our fast-paced lifestyles. As we find stillness in the pose we allow for healing, both physically and mentally, which ultimately supports us in being more focused and effective.

In this very special restorative class, we will be accompanied by the vibrations and harmonies of Nepalese sound therapy bowls. The vibrations work to awaken the parasympathetic nervous system and allow for a very deep relaxation. Reiki will also be given during this class. Reiki is an energy healing modality that utilizes universal energy and light to heal the physical, energetic, and auric bodies.

Restorative is accessible to people of all ages and skill-levels. This class is limited to 20 people and usually fill up quickly so sign up soon to reserve your space!


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Prenatal 4 Week Series

with Trish McCarver

Sundays, October 21 – November 11, 2018 • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Pregnancy is a very special and ever-changing time in a woman’s life. Each week brings new discoveries and challenges. Enjoy your journey even more, in a relaxing environment that will build community with other moms-to-be. Taking care of ourselves is the first step in being able to take care of our children to the best of our ability, and maintaining or beginning a yoga practice is a wonderful way to do just that.

Prenatal Yoga is a wonderful way to stay in touch with what is going on with your baby and your body in a safe environment. In this four-week series we will connect with each other, our babies, and our growing bodies, keeping ourselves strong, mentally and physically. Through breathing exercises and yoga poses designed specifically for a pregnant woman’s body we will stretch and strengthen the key muscles needed to carry your baby throughout pregnancy and expand the breath, the mind and the body for labor and the fourth trimester.

$64 for all 4 weeks
$20 for a single class

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Terrarium Workshop

Sunday, October 28, 2018 • 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Terrarium Therapy and Ananda Yoga + Wellness join for an afternoon of total zen.

During this workshop you will learn how to properly plant succulents in a glass globe and how to take care for them. Included in the workshop is your glass globe that will display 3 succulents adorned with moss, rock and stones, and secured with fresh potting soil. This makes a great day out with friends, day date, or come solo and meet new people.

This class will sell out so grab your seats today!


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Yoga Nidra

with Shelly McIntosh

Sunday, October 28, 2018 • 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Yoga nidra means “yogic sleep.” In this class, you’ll relax in a reclined position as Shelly guides you through a meditative experience designed to bring you into a state of pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses). The equivalent of 6 hours of sleep, this class will help reduce stress, anxiety and tension. No yoga experience is necessary.


Register for Yoga Nidra

Wenonah Woods Fall Yoga + Meditation Hike

with Karen Kapus

Saturday, November 3, 2018 • 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Join Ananda Yoga + Wellness for an afternoon of yoga, hiking, and meditation. We will begin with a guided walking meditation, winding our way through the peaceful trails of the Wenonah conservation area. Along the way, we will stop and enjoy a yoga practice, guided relaxation, snacks and conversation in the beautiful teahouse surrounded by trees and nature and the magnificent autumn foliage. Taking pictures and soaking in the moment will be encouraged along the way! This event is suitable for all levels and will take place rain or shine.

$30 Limited to 20 participants.

We will meet at the studio. Please be here by 1:20 as will start the hike promptly at 1:30.

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Breaking Sugar Addiction

with Cindy Holt Smith

Sunday, November 4, 2018 • 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Consuming too much sugar can increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, can cause weight gain and inflammation, hormone imbalances, skin issues as well as other health problems. This workshop if for you if:

  • You’re wondering why you crave sugar at certain times
  • You’re done reinventing the wheel and you want someone to tell you what works and what doesn’t—for real
  • You want to discover what is keeping you stuck so you can get unstuck
  • You are ready to FINALLY get this sugar and food thing handled so you can allow your best self to shine

Cindy will show you how to KICK the Sugar Habit without giving up sweetness, so you can experience a total transformation that gives you your BEST body, your BEST moods and your BEST life ever!


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Grateful Heart Restorative with Massage

with Trish McCarver

Sunday, November 4, 2018 • 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Take time to slow down and really focus on the important things in your life. In a society where we are always on the go, it is such a gift to take inventory of the blessings we have in our lives. Join Trish as she guides you into supported restful poses while AnnaLisa offers hands on massage allowing you to move into deeper relaxation. Taking time to appreciate what we receive and
being thankful for all we have and all we can give.

$40 Space is limited for this special event so please sign up ahead to reserve your spot.

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Mastering Your Darkness

with Kelly Friedberg

Friday, November 9, 2018 • 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Join this peaceful practice of Pratyahara, or withdrawal of the senses. We’ll remove one of our biggest sensory inputs, our vision, and move blindfolded, accessing our vision through our third eye. We will go deeper and tune into our bodies, heightening our spacial awareness. Our physical practice will feel free, natural and organic.

Through 3rd eye chakra asana and meditation, we will access our intuitive selves. Mentally peeling back the layers, we will get to the core, our essence. We are the light and the dark, the good and the ‘bad’. We will allow ourselves to feel and get comfortable with all parts of ourselves and access the freedom that comes with being our full selves! From this space we move breathe and feel our essence and our light expand!

This is a very empowering practice that promotes trust, courage, personal growth and acceptance. (Some yoga experience recommended, as we will be blindfolded, but this is an all levels asana practice.)


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Seventies Retro Yoga

with Rebecca Kowalewicz

Friday, November 16, 2018 • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This 90-minute yoga class features music, scents, and décor from the decade where flower power turned into disco mania. Traditional yoga poses will incorporate popular ‘70s disco moves for an added touch of fun. Perfect for both young and old, the sequencing will be tailored more for a mixed level class, however can be adjusted to accommodate abilities of the class. As a bonus, a free optional takeaway will be given to attendees. Décor, music, takeaway, and essential oils will be provided by the yoga instructor. Minimum three (3) students required.
Scent: Peace. The transition from hippies to disco was one that was fraught with musical tension. Utilizing the essential oil of Peace, we pay homage to that cultural clash.
Décor: From lava lamps to disco balls, the décor will include the quintessential ‘70’s symbols of the decade. Décor includes a 9” disco ball popup display and disco-themed street signs, and disco ball cutouts.


Song selections will feature some of the most popular songs from the ‘70s and may include:

  • The Bee Gees
  • ABBA
  • Donna Summer
  • Pointer Sisters
  • Village People
  • Chic
  • KC and the Sunshine Band
  • The Trammps
  • And more!

$20 Each attendee will be offered a disco ball necklace to take with them after class.

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Introduction to Ayurveda

with Shelly McIntosh

Saturday, November 17, 2018 • 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Ayurveda is a 5,000 year old holistic healing system of India. Ayurveda literally translates to “science of life.” It’s considered the sister science to yoga, encompassing the lifestyle and diet choices based on individual needs that keep us in optimal health.
In this workshop, you’ll learn the basic principles of Ayurveda and the art of healthy living. You’ll gain an understanding of the three doshas (what we’re each made of) and discover your individual dosha. We’ll talk about diet, environment and lifestyle habits, which will help you find your ideal state of balance and realize your fullest human potential.
We will also discuss how your yoga practice can be individualized to help balance your state of wellbeing, and a short yoga practice will be included.


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Thai Yoga + Chakras + Oils = Thailicious

with Lucia Ingraldi

Sunday, November 18, 2018 • 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Embrace and submerge yourself into this 2500 year old ayurvedic based body science that blends massage systems from Thailand and traditional medicine systems of India, China, Southeast Asia and yoga.

Enjoy 90 minutes of flowing gently from one restorative chakra opening Thai pose to the next, while you receive deep gentle full body treatment from the feet to the head enfusing therapeutic grade essential oils to clear and heal to great depths slipping into a medititative state. Our energy flow will open becoming more efficient returning it to it’s truest state.

When Energy can’t flow freely we encounter inflexibility, pain, DIS-EASE leading to shortened muscles and connective tissues affecting posture, immunity, and organ function.

The pressing technique of Thai is designed to increase blood circulation facilitating an increase in oxygen and nutrients to the tissues. We will naturally rid our body of waste improving lymphatic flow.

This dynamic therapy’s benefits include but not limited to:

  • helps detoxify the body
  • boosts immune system
  • increase blood circulation
  • decrease blood pressure
  • muscle relaxation
  • increase mobility
  • improve posture
  • improve balance
  • corrects body alignment
  • dissolves energy blocks
  • helps tone the body
  • strengthens joints
  • fights disease
  • fights chronic joint problems
  • decrease stress
  • decrease anxiety
  • increase energy level

Stay after this therapeutic and healing workshop for a free essential oil recap / meet and greet! Learn a little about the oils we used and ask any questions you may have regarding this workshop and your experience.


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Healing Vibes, Yin with Live Sitar

with Jennifer Veale

Friday, November 30, 2018 • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Tap into the blissful vibrations of live music. Make space with a rejuvenating yin and meditation class accompanied by live sitar. The combination of music, yoga and meditation can heal the mind, body, and soul. Let sound and stillness guide you towards peace and harmony in this special 90-minute class.


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Wall Vinyasa Teacher Training

with Erica Taxin Bleznak

Saturday, January 26, 2019 • 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm

The wall has been with you since you first stepped onto your mat…now discover how it will help you dive more deeply into your teaching. The wall can provide Yoga Teachers with ways in which to assist in teaching various alignment, strengthening, stretching, inversion and arm balance techniques to their students. Participants will learn specific and detailed ways to incorporate the wall in their teaching, will learn over 85 wall variations and at the completion of the training will be able to teach a variety of wall vinyasa classes ranging from a beginner to an advanced wall practice. Each participant will receive a training manual as well as a certificate of completion.

Erica Taxin Bleznak, MSW, CYT began practicing yoga in 1986 in the Asthanga Yoga tradition until she met her Primary Teacher Yoganand Michael Carroll in 1992 and complete her yoga teacher training in the Pranakryia Yoga teaching tradition. Erica co-owned Jai Yoga Studio of the Mainline for 7 years until its closing and opened Main Line Yoga Shala in Narberth in 2016. Six years ago she created a teaching curriculum for a Wall Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training program that allows students to utilize the wall as a prop for alignment and refinement, as well as a way to strengthen and deepen in the vinyasa practice. Erica travels frequently presenting at festivals and studios across the country, as well as hosts retreats internationally. Erica believes that if we can meet the practice with patience, curiosity and breath that the it will deliver us beyond the ways the mind has held us captive and reveal our inherent freedom.

$125 Space is very limited and will sell out so please sign up to reserve your spot!

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