Vol. 16, No. 2 • Spring 2009
Also in this issue:
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subject title, ‘Yoga and World Peace.’ After
Arizona Yoga Association reading about it in Yoga Journal magazine,
I was moved to submit my view of living
P.O. Box 43368 on the yogic path and how it contributes to
Tucson, AZ 85733 peace on the planet. In the contemplation
www.azyoga.com that accompanied the process, it ignited
OFFICERS, BOARd, the question of war and conflict. After all,
ANd COMMITTEE MEMBERS writing about peace would naturally make
me wonder about non-peace. When did we
Marcia Galleher separate from each other to see and feel
email@example.com opposition? Where did this duality come
Vice President from? In my efforts to obtain an explanation,
Tina Wilshusen I came upon a theory that occurred over
firstname.lastname@example.org 13 billion years ago known as the ‘Big
Secretary Bang’. This was known to be the birth of
Cheryl Bucky the universe. Speculation and discoveries
Oooommm. Thank you for picking up this issue reveal that prior to this expansion, there
of the Spring newsletter. Please place it on your was nothing. No space, time, matter or
email@example.com lap as you read on. Turn the palms up on your energy; simply infinite phenomenon. At the
knees. Be here now instead of allowing your moment of this birth, the universe, as we can
Webmaster conceive it, was created. The cosmos was
Marcia Galleher mind to drift into remembering, planning or
firstname.lastname@example.org questioning. Pause. Wait. Breathe, preparing defined and had an appearance.
for a chakra healing visualization. As yogis, in agreement that we are One with
The inner, mystic eye sees red light at your root the universe, then we are also defined, finite.
chakra (perineum), Muladhara. Four petals of Here is an unusual paradox, but explains
royal red glow from this center of your subtle the origin of duality. From no-thing into
anatomy. A strong Muladhara connection some-thing. So it is.
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provides security within, necessary when life This could be a controversial subject to
can seem so uncertain. With your attention discuss. You are encouraged to write an
there, breathe in through the nose and take the article about it.
energy to the top of your head. At the crown
email@example.com I did not win the $1,008 allotted to the
is a 1,000-petaled white lotus, the Sahasrara
winner, but the experience was rewarding.
Elena “Rose” Kress chakra.. Exhaling, breathe down back to your
firstname.lastname@example.org My essay focused on various techniques of
yoga practice. It emphasized the healing
Tom Beall Again, from there, breathe in to the top of your
effect of Yoga on the world; affecting those
head and exhale down to the region above your you live with, your neighbor, neighbor’s
Carrie Stover pubic bone, below your navel. Six petals of neighbor... Your yoga practice is a service
email@example.com orange light radiate out from Svadhishthana, to humanity.
Sally Weber the 2nd chakra. Creativity is sparked.
Megan McDonough was selected the
Inhale from this center to the top of your head essay winner. She is a business yogini and
Lori Compton and exhale down to the solar plexus below consultant, founder of Mindful Marketing.
firstname.lastname@example.org the base of your ribs. Ten yellow petals shine Megan brings yoga concepts into the
out from Manipura. Alive with power and corporate world and business techniques
Founding President presence. Again, from here, take the inhalation into the yoga world, helping yoga teachers
Marie Kearney up to the crown and exhale the energy down to and wellness organizations sustain the
email@example.com the heart at the center of your chest. business that they love. She is a Yoga teacher
Twelve green petals, or nadis, open here at and member of the Kripalu Yoga Teacher’s
Anahata, healing the heart. Association. megan@mindfulmarketing.
Arizona Yoga com
Editor From this center, inhale to the crown chakra
Stefanie Neuburger and on the exhalation, descend the breath This closing segment was included in my
firstname.lastname@example.org down to the throat. Vishuddha directs 16 blue essay for further reflection:
Advertising petals outward to cleanse the throat, enhancing ...at the end of the talk someone from the
Margaret Nicoll truth and purity of self-expression. audience asked the Dalai Lama, “Why didn’t
From Vishuddha take the breath up to you fight back against the Chinese?” The
Sahasrara again; exhale down to the third eye Dalai Lama looked down, swung his feet
Charles Mort just a bit, them looked back at us and said
email@example.com between your eye brows and above the bridge
of your nose. Ajna has two dark purple petals with a gentle smile, “Well, war is obsolete,
glowing outward from your inner vision. you know.”
Breathe in and up to the crown. Keep it there! Then, after a few moments, his face grave,
Continue to breathe in and out at the 7th he said, “Of course the mind can rationalize
Arizona Yoga is a publication of the Arizona Yoga Asso- fighting back...but the heart would never
ciation, produced in Tucson and mailed quarterly to AYA chakra with the healing effects of this colorful
members. We welcome your letters and articles. Send visualization. understand. Then you would be divided in
correspondence to our Editor: firstname.lastname@example.org. yourself, the heart and the mind, and the
DEADlinES: Jan 15, April 15, July 15, October 15.
Distribution is five weeks after deadline. We reserve
In the summer of 2003, Traditional Yoga war would be inside of you.”
the right to edit all submissions. Studies, founded and directed by Georg
Feuerstein, created an essay contest on the Namaste. All is One. Marcia Galleher
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In this issue:
letter 6 What’s Up
Happy New Year! 8 What is Thai Yoga?
However you may have celebrated the holidays, I hope you by Gabriel Azoulay
had a great time gathering with family and friends. If you are
like me and enjoy the warm weather much more than the 9 The Yin Yoga of Thai Yoga
cold - well, ok, cool weather, then you are slowly coming out
The subtle energy in the physical body
of hibernation. So what to do with the New Year? Stay the
course? Do something different? by Gabriel Azoulay
Gyms are filled the first few weeks of the New Year as members
12 Ask the Yoga Therapist:
are driven by their new year’s resolutions. However, by
February attendance is back down to the regular numbers. Yoga for Chronic Pain
At home, new organizational schemes are being laid out to by Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD, RYT
keep things clean and tidy, only to be replaced by the normal
clutter a few months later. 14 Cover Story
How do we stay inspired? Do we put too much pressure on Artist Portrait: Bradford Goeppner
ourselves about being perfect? Om and other Adventures in Paint
How can we sink deeper into our yoga practice to let it guide Interview by Stefanie Neuburger
us on whatever the New Year brings for us?
16 Community Calendar
In this issue Gabriel Azoulay Thai Yoga, and how it can
help us refine our feeling skills, mentally, physically and Find yoga-related events in your area!
emotionally. In addition, I was able to interview Bradford
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Yoga Therapy. www.azyoga.com
Our next issue’s subject: Energy
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Until next time! Blessings,
AYA BOARd ANd MeMBeR MeetING
Sunday, April 19th, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
desert Song Yoga & Massage Center
4811 N. 7th St.
All the previous presidents have contributed to the foundation
what’s and growth of AYA - as is true with Marcia Galleher. She
completes 18 months as President of the Arizona Yoga
AYA News and Items of Interest Association on March 1st. A long time member of AYA, Marcia
was instrumental in creating the newly designed azyoga.com
website. With the help of the board members, she organized
There is always something ‘Up’ within the Arizona Yoga the very successful fund raiser at Desert Song Yoga in October
Association. We now have a new Advertising Executive. Rose of 2008. In her resignation statement to the board she stated,
Kress was the contact manager in 2007-2008 to receive your “Thank you for an amazing, transforming, growth-promoting,
advertising display ads for the quarterly newsletter. She has life-enriching experience.” As a long time Bisbee resident and
shifted her position and is now the head of the AYA Advertising yogini, Marcia appreciated the opportunity to expand her
Committee. relations with studios and members throughout Arizona, from
At the start of this New Year, the board of directors approved north to south. She remains involved as an AYA member, will
Margaret Nicoll as the current Advertising Executive. be a transitional advisor as Immediate Past President and will
Originally a Vermont native, Margaret now lives in Prescott be in service to the association as a volunteer webmaster.
where she teaches yoga and owns a rainwater harvesting The website www.azyoga.com is your resource on the internet
business, High Desert Rain Catchment, with her brother. She to reach anyone looking for special yoga activities; practitioners
is presently an instructor at Yoga Shala in Prescott, teaches at new to yoga or advanced, teachers, therapists and studios. At
the Downtown Athletic Club and also offers private lessons. any time all AYA members can post their special yoga events
In addition to being the new Advertising Executive for AYA, in the online Calendar for free. This supplements the quarterly
she serves as the secretary for the local US Green Building newsletter. Use your log in and follow the easy directions.
Council and organizes many rainwater harvesting workshops Need your log in information?
in Arizona. Welcome Margaret! For those who submit display
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promote your studio, products or services, contact Margaret Happy Spring!
Coming and going, like the tide upon the ocean, changes
continue. Kristi Gall left the Arizona Yoga Association at
the start of 2009 as Treasurer. A yoga teacher living in Rio
Rico, Kristi moved quite suddenly to Colorado at the request
of her brother to help him with his business. Colorado is
where Kristi’s heart is; enjoying the magnificence of the tall
mountains, snow sports and the new yoga community there.
She had co-coordinated with Stephen Sennott, the AYA
bookkeeper, on developing a budget in 2008 and reviewed
the monthly financial reports with him as well.
Lori Carroll Compton, AYA member from Sonoita, joined us
for the General Membership meeting at the Casbah TeaHouse
in Tucson on January 4th. She expressed her interest in
becoming a member of the board of directors. A consensus
vote approved Lori and she is new to the association, also.
She works as a computer consultant in the Sonoita area, doing
contract work at a geologist’s office. Lori started practicing
Yoga in 1977 and enjoys all forms of yoga from Ashtanga to
Bikram to Yin and Yang. In 2008, she completed her RYT 200-
hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica and acquired her
Mat Pilates certification from Power Pilates. Lori now teaches
intermediate Hatha-style Yoga and Mat Pilates at the Walker
Ranch in Sonoita. Lori contributes her natural organizational
skills to the association. Welcome Lori!
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What is Thai Yoga?
Through specific positioning and transitions, connected
through the breath, two bodies connect together; two separate
beings become one integrated body. The minute touch is
created; the sense of touch remains constant. As proficiency
Gabriel Azoulay is gained in the movements and transitions, there will not be
a loss of touch, until the entire dance has been completed.
Thai Yoga is based on two of the three primary principles of
Thai Massage, the principles of stretching and compressing.
Yoga practice can be defined as ‘the effort to connect two The third principle, pressure points along the energy lines,
things’: to bring together two aspects which reveal a larger is activated passively, since the energy lines run all over the
picture. More specifically, to connect mind and body, revealing body, any movement and pressure engages the energy lines
one’s true nature. themselves. These principles apply to both practitioners.
Your mind can think of being at the beach, yet your body When the practitioner places the receiver’s foot inside
might be sitting on the couch. In fact, mind can wander away their hip engaging the other in a yogic posture similar to
from the body and the body can function without the mind ‘pavanamuktasana (wind release pose)’ that enhances the
(brain “dead” cases where the mind is gone, yet the heart colon for the receiver, a stretch along the inner groin occurs.
beat continues). Asana yoga practice draws practitioners to This expands the energy flow along the three inner leg lines,
connect their mind and body, along the string of the breath. while enacting a pressure into the large intestine, which
On one end lies the physical body, on the other end are the enhances elimination, stimulates digestion, and charges the
mental/emotional responses we experience within. As we upper body with fresh blood circulation, and thus increases
concentrate on the breath, a new revelation occurs about our energy to the heart.
physical existence. Though Thai Massage is quickly becoming the leading modality
Beginning students often share at the end of my classes in the west, with weekend courses that certify massage
what an incredible feeling it is to actually feel their own therapists as Thai Massage therapists, one should heed the
bodies. Practitioners of all levels comment on the joy and the impact it can cause their body. Thai Yoga is an accessible
excitement of learning how to control and expand their own practice that provides the experience to any individual. With
range of motion, while taking note of the effects practice has its yogic foundation this practice is an incredible tool for any
on their emotional reactions - from quick temper outbursts at individual. Whether you are a personal trainer who would like
any unforeseen difficulties, to a personal observation, which to understand how to stretch your clients or a yoga teacher or
leads to responding rather than reacting. practitioner wishing to enhance your student experience or
The practice of Thai Yoga takes this idea a step further. Thai grow in your practice, to friends, family and couples learning
Yoga is a practice where students learn how to move their safe and easy ways on connecting with one another, you can
body, through very specific positioning and breathing, creating learn how to touch with care, awareness and connection.
a focus and an energetic exchange that is very similar to any While you can go to masters like Pichest, or B.K.S. Iyengar
Yoga class. (who is known for healing his own body through asana yoga
Rather than focusing on the other, in Thai Yoga the focus is and can see where energy is blocked in his students) and over
primarily on the experience of the practitioner. time learn how to tap into these modes of therapy through
postures, this process is a kin to a musician learning to play
Something very interesting happens when we take our his instrument. You can learn a song, which is a sequence of
practice and engage another body in it. The minute we touch notes, played in a certain rhythm, as much as you can learn the
another, suddenly we loose all awareness of where we are. In sequence of Thai Massage or a yoga sequence like Ashtanga,
a traditional Yoga practice the focus is extremely individual. whether you will become a musician or a Thai Massage healer
We turn our attention inward, in the hopes of expanding lies in your artistic experience. Thai Yoga on the other hand,
externally. The more connected we are to where we are, the
is the safe experimentation in playing a song that effectively
more we realize the connection that exists between everything. transforms both bodies, while connecting individuals together
This is exemplified in Thai Yoga, where the practitioner follows in a meaningful and spiritual way.
a set sequence of movements that revolve around another
physical body, yet remain connected to the practitioner’s After all, the word Yoga means to ‘connect,’ and the only way
experience. to step out of your own world is to go deeper into your inner
8 Spring 2009 • ARIZONA YOGA
The Yin Yoga of Thai Yoga
The subtle energy in the physical body
“What do Yogi do? What do Yogi do?” My master’s question Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama is a well-known Japanese scholar
is intended to challenge the listener, to challenge the who graduated from the Tokyo University of Literature and
perceptions we, the students, have about this ancient, yet Science with Ph.D. degrees in Philosophy and Physiological
pop culture, attraction. Psychology. An award-winner for his work in the comparative
study of Eastern and Western mysticism, he has been
“Yogi sits, Yogi feels, Yogi connects.” His answer seems so
conducting experiments and developing instruments to
simple, direct and true.
measure and outline the flow of the Yogic energy, which lies
After all, what does the word “asana” mean? Asana literally at much lower voltage level than the nervous or chemical
translates to “a seat,” or to be in a stable position. systems. One such instrument, the “AMI”, successfully
“Feel. Feel or don’t feel?” In contrast to our confusion, he measures this current.
is a modern-day Shakespeare, trying to express something In his book, Measurements of Ki Energy, Diagnosis, &
beyond the scope of words. “Feel. Feel yourself, feel your Treatments, he diagrams where the energy channels are in the
body, feel the energy in your body. Terribowl.” His accented body. When observed in a cadaver dissection, one can find a
English resonates with laughter and joy. He knows it’s not an resonance of grooves along the inner layer of our connective
easy subject to grasp. tissue. When drawn out, these grooves match the outlines
All healing begins with feeling. drawn hundreds years before by the ancient acupuncturists.
All Yoga practice – whether Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga or Thai What exactly are our connective tissues? Connective tissues
Yoga – involves learning how to feel, over time learning to connect all body parts together. In a broad sense, we actually
feel beyond ourselves and into the connection among all have an outer layer just below the skin that envelopes all our
things. We start with how to feel the muscles working, the muscles, organs and bones. This layer is our largest continuous
bones moving, the blood circulating, the breath expanding tissue. Connective tissue also refers to our ligaments, which
and over time, feeling the stillness at the fluctuations of
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connect bone to bone, like our ACL at the knee, and tendons, lengthens and elongates it and stimulates energetic flow
which connect muscle to bone, like the Achilles tendon at throughout the body.
the ankle. While Yin Yoga will increase range of motion, help alleviate
Any action affects the connective tissue. This metaphor can strain and tension in your joints and leave you feeling
easily be seen with the shirt you are wearing. Sit up straight refreshed and alive, Dr. Motoyama points to a greater benefit.
and straighten your shirt. Begin to twist any section of the Our life force, the energy that sustains us, is stimulated and
shirt and you will notice wrinkles forming and lines climbing its flow increased. Furthermore, as this energy flows along
in all directions. Our inner layer is constantly reshaped and the connective tissue channels, relaxed muscles enhance this
reformed due to our movements and our daily actions. stimulation, while tight, condensed muscles limit it.
Yet, there is a difference in the effect our practice will have “Feel, or no feel?” Can you feel this energy moving through
on the connective tissue around joints, the ligaments, your body? Thai master Pichest Boonthume urges practitioners
tendons, and fascia between bones, compared to a practice to go beyond the gross expression of skin and muscle, to the
that stimulates our connective tissue and the muscle. When subtle domain of energy in the body. A master of energy,
muscles are engaged, they stabilize and protect the joint Pichest can feel where energy flows freely and where it is
connective tissue, limiting the impact. We would not want blocked. His intuitive experience allows him to simply look
our joints to collapse in the midst of an arm balance, or while at someone and know where that energy is blocked; yet this
balancing in tree pose. This stabilization of our connective intuitive sensation starts with feeling his own body.
tissue is a primary reason Western medicine considered these Thai Yoga is an energy-sharing system expressed through the
tissues stable and unchanging. Any activity that deemed to physical body. An ancient system, based on Yoga postures and
manipulate them was considered dangerous and unhealthy. the effect these postures have on our physical and energetic
Yin Yoga founder Paul Grilley, Dr. Motoyama and Master body, it involves a practitioner stretching and pressing on
Martial Arts Paulie Zink demonstrate this theory is incomplete. another body. Popularly called “Yoga for the lazy person,” it
While practitioners should avoid any activity that causes is founded on the same principles that make Yin and Yang
destabilization, whether in a Yin (relaxed) or Yang (muscular) Yoga so effective.
interaction, the connective tissue is as malleable as the muscle Thai Yoga is a practice where students learn how to move
fascia, and should be engaged and exercised regularly, as well. their bodies, through very specific positioning and breathing.
In fact, the connective tissue plays a larger role in the range of Inspired by Thai Massage, the healing system in Thailand,
motion our muscles can enjoy, and should simply be engaged Thai Yoga’s focus is less on the person who is receiving and
in a different manner, a Yin manner. more on the experience of the practitioner. Through practice,
This Yin manner places the focus on the ligaments, tendons one develops a sensory awareness on where movement is
and fascia surrounding the joints, primarily the joints of our limited, indicating less energy flow, whether muscles are dense
lower back, our hips and our knees. Freedom in these joints and hard like taffy, or soft and relaxed like marshmallow, and
will translate to comfortable sitting position for long periods the sense of connection that underlies the differences between
of time. the two forms.
Faced in the West with long hours of sitting in a chair, the Here as well, energetic flow is determined by the softness
connective tissues around these joints contracts, compresses and elasticity of the ligaments and tendons. The softer the
and over time loses much of its lubricating synovial fluids, muscles, the more relaxed the connective tissue, the stronger
leaving individuals with limited range of motion, discomfort energetic flow through the tendons. Coordinated with the
and pain. breath, specific presses and extensions produce a response
Interestingly, the acupuncturist view of these consequences that travels throughout the connective tissue, increasing blood
is a lack of energetic flow along the meridians of our hips circulation, enhancing neural response and inducing them
and back, the Kidney and Urinary Bladder meridians, in into a relaxed position.
particular. Breath awareness, coupled with an opportunity to relax
By engaging our bones to their edge, placing them at their through external pressure, teaches practitioners the value of
deepest range of motion, just beyond our comfort zone, letting go.
releasing muscular activity, and holding the pose for long We tend to believe that we have to work hard in order to
periods of time, five minutes or more, the connective tissues achieve something. We feel we had the best Yoga class, or the
receives a fresh surge of synovial fluids, which keeps it healthy, best workout if we can barely walk at the end of practice. For
10 Spring 2009 • ARIZONA YOGA
beginners the idea of a Yin practice, to stay in the pose without
doing anything, sounds bizarre and ineffective. Engaging
another in Thai Yoga, we step outside of our bodies and into
our heads, thinking that we should press harder, stretch
deeper and do more. In reality, and as we grow in our practice,
we discover that Yoga is letting go of effort, of relaxing into the
moment, of surrendering to the energy that lives in us.
“Feel, or no feel?” Yoga, any Yoga practice, awakens us to
this feeling experience. From the sensory experience of our
body, to the experience of the unchanging consciousness that
underlies the constantly changing reality. We are more than
our bodies. We are the energy that sustains the body, and that
energy is the same energy in all things. In the words of the
Buddha, we are light, not heavy, we are the light, so why not
awake and light up the world?
Gabriel Azoulay is the creator of Thai Yoga, a yoga practice for
two people, an author and an international Yoga instructor.
Having spent almost two years in Thailand and India, Gabriel
brings a fresh perspective to age old principles. With a passion
for stories and anecdotes, his teaching, writing and daily
approach to the mat will leave you laughing to the stars. Thai
Yoga previews and DVDs can be found on his website www.
Ask the Yoga Therapist
Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD, RYT
This is an ongoing column for submitting your or your students’
questions about Yoga challenges and related health and safety concerns.
Please send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Why is Yoga therapy well suited for supporting and human communities. The Sutras (2.3) further delineates
individuals with chronic pain? this ignorance in describing the kleshas, or roots of misery.
A: The new neuroscience research of the past five years They include believing the “small-mindedness” of the self or
has revealed a new and fascinating understanding of the ego; attraction toward some illusion as relief from suffering;
experience of pain. Unfortunately many of those who bill avoidance of some illusion to prevent suffering; and, fear of
themselves as pain relievers continue to practice with outdated death or annihilation of the small self.
models of pain from last century. Allow me to share a few ideas So how does chronic pain fit in? The old pain understanding
about Yoga, pain and suffering. This is a large topic so I have was the light-switch model….a bad thought or piece of tissue (a
also listed resources at the end of the article for continued cut) creates a pain. Fix the thought or cut, the pain is gone.
We now know pain is a very complex experience of the brain
One definition of Yoga is the science and practice of easing created not by a single switch, but a distributed, constantly
present suffering and preventing future suffering. Yoga is reorganized network that forms a matrix which allows
also defined as stabilizing the mind-stuff (Sutra 1.2). Here athletes to complete performances with fractures and paper
we discover the relationship between mind and suffering…. cuts to cause disproportionate pain. This pain experience
Instability = suffering…Stability = ease or prevention of (both energy and information) is then interpreted by various
suffering. centers of the brain that evaluate it (a process) and regulate the
So what is mind? We hear body-mind-spirit advertised for individual’s response to the experience. The centers include
everything from stock trades to cold cream for your dog! that of pain and fear memories, as well as centers projecting
Currently “mind” is defined by Daniel Siegel, MD of the UCLA future outcomes. Ultimately the experience is our reality of the
Mindfulness Research Center as: “a process that regulates the moment in which we either react with a habituated behavior
flow of energy and information.” He further defines mind as (samskara) or create a novel, detached response to modify the
having both interpersonal quality (i.e., the process within experience or decrease future suffering (new karma).
an individual human) and intrapersonal (the same process The alteration of this web of interaction in modern terms is
between humans). Therefore when this process is destabilized called neuroplasticity (changeable nervous system). In Yoga
either within one person or between persons, suffering ensues. the process is known as nirodha (1.2)…both a process and
A very practical, modern definition for the unity consciousness a state. The eight limbs of Yoga not by chance impact all of
described across the millennia. these various centers of the brain and with practice quite
Suffering in Yoga is said to occur when the mind (individual literally change the connections, thickness and reactivity of
and collective) errs in ignorance (Avidya) as the integrity each center. Modern science is literally painting pictures of
and unity of all of creation is forgotten. Said another way, the process of regulation we call mind. So when someone
suffering occurs when we lose our “minds” as individuals with chronic pain begins to study all the limbs of Yoga, they
immerse themselves in a science that doesn’t just try to flip
the right switch to alter an experience, but quite literally ease
their individual suffering and prevent future suffering, but
that of those with whom they interact. For more detail please
refer to the following resources.
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Om and other Adventures in Paint
Interview by Stefanie Neuburger
After many years of living in front of me. The yoga never gave up on me nor did
and breathing life in the I walk away from yoga. I found it stays with you as life
arts, mostly through moves along. I kept it with me just like I have always
painting and work in the returned to my paintings over the years, both support
decorative painting world my spirit for life. It has been a blessing to be with art and
Brad had clearly come to yoga and the family of people that now grace my life for
a point of feeling tired and having come to on this journey.”
worn down from head to Although he has a new series of large paintings underway
toe. Happily or as he likes to say, thankfully his own that is a direct result of my studies in YTT, the Om work
curiosity with eastern thought led him to his first yoga is still a prominent part of his focus as an artist. The yoga
class. The first 42 years of Brad’s life had proven to be hangover has turned into an excitement for the work that
hard on his body. It was certainly the physical aches still lies ahead. One of his big dreams is a huge Om on an
that brought him to his first yoga exterior of a building here in Phoenix
mat. Those first Iyengar classes, with or for that matter anywhere around
the long, slow, and meticulous poses the country. His way of teaching is
proved to be the perfect introduction sharing the peace and love of yoga
to yoga. Brad would later learn how through his paintings.
ungrounded he was and that settling
into the present would take many years
Bradford Goeppner works in all setting
on the mat.
and interior sizes. Some of his mural
work can be seen in several yoga
7 or 8 years of practice later, Brad took studios around Phoenix (Desert Song
up Anusara yoga and so began the Yoga, AZ Yoga & Yoga Village). You
deeper commitment to himself and can reach him by email at bradfaux@
to his life as an artist. At this point he aol.com or call 602-750-6620.
started to see that yoga was far bigger
than the practice of asana. “Yoga moved into all my
nooks and crannies and really freed up the restrictive
notions I had about what art is for me. The Om image
came first, because it simply was visually interesting.
Right away, like I had always felt about doing art in the
past. The Om symbol seemed to have a life of its own,
with no end to its potential as a creative and spiritual
After completing the
Desert Song Yoga Teacher
Training program in
2007, Brad suffered his
first “yoga hangover.
The intensity of that
experience opened my
eyes to the depth of
personal work I still had
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Desert Song’s Sunglow Ranch Spring Yoga Retreat
Friday – Tuesday, May 22 – 26,
12:00pm, Friday - 2pm, Tuesday Desert Song Director, Mary Beth Markus and Sioux Jones
lead this four-day retreat to beautiful Sunglow Ranch in
Eden Mother Earth Jam, Eden Hot Springs
the Chiricahua Mountains. Contact: Desert Song Yoga &
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yoga, olympic-size pool, five other geothermic pools, mineral www.desertsongyoga.com.
mud bath, hiking, music, much more! Less than 3 hours
from Phoenix, Tucson and Silver City. Contact: Charlie Mort, April 24-26
rawforlife.com, 480-496-5959 or 866-729-4543, sungaze@ Yoga Therapy Workshop with Doug Keller at Desert Song
me.com, $65 per night pre-reg. by May 15, $75 after March 20
Join renowned instructor Doug Keller and Desert Song Yoga
& Massage Center as we explore the intricacies of yoga therapy
Phoenix in this two-day workshop. Contact: Desert Song at (602) 265-
8222 or visit our website at www.desertsongyoga.com.
Saturday & Sunday, March 7 and 8
The Conscious Man: a 2-day workshop experience for Spiritual May 9
Men SHANTALA at Desert Song
This course explores what it means to live as and be a spiritual Benjy & Heather Wertheimer visit Desert Song Yoga &
man, including how to succeed and communicate as a man, Massage Center to once again share their stirring music with
the relationship between sex/spirituality, potency/projection, the Arizona yoga community. Contact: Desert Song at (602)
consciousness/creativity, as well as special foods, diet and 265-8222 or visit our website at www.desertsongyoga.com.
exercises for men. Taught by Sevak Singh Khalsa, Contact:
Yoga Phoenix, 2302 N. 9th St. Phoenix, AZ 85006, 602-271- June 2009
4480. www.yogaphoenix.com. Cost: see www.YogaPhoenix. Desert Song Kids Summer Yoga & Tai Chi Camp
com, $155 pre-registered by Feb. 28, $165 after Feb. 28 Fun starts this June at Desert Song with the onset of our
March 9, April 6, and May 11 second annual Kids Yoga & Tai Chi Camp. Kids have a chance
to explore the benefits of yoga and tai chi while parents get
Full Moon Gong and Meditation Class with Sevak Singh
time to participate in their own practice. Contact Desert Song
Celebrate the energy of the full moon with deep meditation at (602) 265-8222 or visit our website at www.desertsongyoga.
and gong relaxation. Taught by Sevak Singh Khalsa. Contact: com.
Yoga Phoenix, 2302 N. 9th St. Phoenix, AZ 85006, 602-271-
4480. www.yogaphoenix.com. $13 per class – or purchase a March 13-15
class pass for a discounted rate Yoga Philosophy Lectures from the Tantric Perspective with
Five separate lectures covering the “Essence of Yoga” and
Yoga Therapy for Challenges of the Low Back and Pelvis
insights into the Shiva Sutras. Includes guided meditations.
Join Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD, e-RYT for this two-day Contact: Barbara Adams,480-905-8801, Yoga Village/
event at Desert Song Yoga & Massage Center. Contact: Scottsdale AZ 85260, www.yogavillage.net, Full weekend
Desert Song at (602) 265-8222 or visit our website at www. $195/$210 after 3-6, Friday 6-8 pm $35/$40 after 3-6, Sat/
desertsongyoga.com. Sun $43/$50 after 3-6, AYA: addt’l 10% off
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April 16 - 26
Yoga Meets Dance Teacher Training with Beth Rigby in
Sat, May 9, 2009, 10:00 – 5:00pm beautiful Sedona, Arizona.
Yoga Anatomy with Martin Kirk Enjoy 11 beautiful days in Sedona while learning to lead
Full day workshop explaining the anatomy of movement others on a transformational dance journey. Visit www.
from the yogic perspective. For teachers and students who yogameetsdance.com, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
wish to further their knowledge of alignment to enhance their or call (928) 300-6944 for more details
practice. Fun and informative workshop with a nationally
acclaimed teacher. Contact: Barbara Adams,480-905-8801, Tempe
Yoga Village/Scottsdale AZ 85260, www.yogavillage.net, April 9-12
$85/$95 after April 2, AYA: addt’l 10% off
Recreating Earth’s Ancient Solar Civilizations
Sedona Four-day conference on sun yoga, mysteries of the sun, vaastu,
heliophysics and the 2012 solar max, color therapy, past
Friday and Saturday – March 13-14 golden age civilizations, and more. Special guest speaker Mark
Amaru Pinkham will give a free lecture April 9th, 7:30 pm on
Howard & Jennifer Beckman present: Three Sister Sciences,
“The Yezidis, Ancient Tribe and Children of Sanat Kumara.”
Jyotish, Ayurveda & Yoga
Sungazing & sacred dance at sunrise. Contact: Wayne, 623-
Seminar explaining the links between the stars, subtle anatomy 780-0261, InnSuites Hotel, 1651 W. Baseline Rd., Tempe,
and our physical, emotional and spiritual health. Contact: 7 www.heartscenter.org. ,$175 or $50/day
Centers Yoga Arts, 928-203-4400, Sedona, AZ, www.7centers.
com, 928-203-4400, Friday – FREE, Saturday: $45/$5
March 18, 2008
6-8 p.m. March 20; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.
Snatam Kaur Sacred Chant Concert, Kirtan March 21; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 22
You may call in advance to reserve tickets or go online www. Spring Renewal with Rita Lewis-Manos
spiritvoyage.com, Contact: 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 928-203-
Weekend workshop with gifted yogini Rita Lewis-Manos,
4400, Sedona, AZ, www.7centers.com, Donation
longtime senior student of B.K.S. Iyengar and co-director
928-203-4400, $25 in advance, $30 at the door
of The Abode of Iyengar Yoga in San Francisco. Contact:
March 20 Katherine Maltz, 520-743-7142, B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Studio of
Replanting the Global Garden – David Crow Tucson, 3400 E. Speedway, Ste. 200, Rancho Center, Tucson,
AZ, 85716, www.iyengartucson.com, $195, Space limited to
Slide show of global cultivation of medicinal plants, preserving 25 students. Per-class fees from $45-$55
and regenerating eco-systems and grassroots healthcare and
much more. Contact: 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 928-203-4400, March 26-29
Sedona, AZ, www.7centers.com, Donation Yoga’s Healing Models: Module 2, Advanced Training
March 21-22 Series
Contemplative Aromatherapy Retreat with David Crow The Yoga Sutras presents a four-step therapeutic model, a
profoundly simple strategy for change. This highly effective
Meditation based approach to essential oils affects on body methodology requires knowledge and careful application of
mind using Buddhist meditation methods and Ayurvedic Yoga’s many tools, including Asana, Pranayama, Meditation
philosophy. Contact: 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 928-203-4400, and Sound. Come enjoy a fascinating exploration of these
Sedona, AZ, www.7centers.com, Space limited. Pre- ancient, yet cutting edge healing models, essential for
registration required, Donation basis cultivating deep joy and personal transformation. Contact:
March 28-29 520.323.0203, providenceinstitute.com or Providence
Barbara Marciniak & the Pleiadians Institute, 3400 E. Speedway Blvd. Suite 114, Tucson AZ
12th Annual Sedona Seminar – latest news and guidance for
2009 from the Pleiadians Contact: Chet Snow 928-204-1962, 7
Centers Yoga Arts, Sedona, AZ, Chetsnow.com, Register by email:
email@example.com, $110 per day; $175 both days
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March 27 This module will introduce and reinforce the fundamentals
Patanjali Yoga Sutra Discourse by Enlightened Master of this important topic. Ancient models will be examined
Paramahamsa Nithyananda and explored to reveal the essential functions of asanas. In
addition, course sequencing guidelines will be taught and
Free public program. “I’m not here to add movements to illustrated with practical examples. Contact: 520.323.0203,
your life. I’m here to add life to your movements.” Come and providenceinstitute.com or Providence Institute, 3400 E.
Experience Nithya Ananda! Contasct: Geetha 480-254-3758, Speedway Blvd. Suite 114, Tucson AZ 85716, $350
firstname.lastname@example.org, Indo-Amer Hall, 2809 W Maryland
Ave, Phx AZ 85017, www.Yogam4you.org, FREE April 24, 6-8 pm; April 25, 9 am-noon and 2-4 pm;
April 26, 9 am-noon
Spring Workshop with Dean Lerner
Kalpataru Darshan w/Enlightened Master
Certified Advanced Iyengar instructor. Lerner blends keen
KD from Paramahamsa Nithyananda sows in you the seeds perception and insight with a delightful sense of humor.
of: Shakti(energy) to change things which need to change, Contact: Katherine Maltz, 520-743-7142, B.K.S. Iyengar
Buddhi(intelligence) to accept that which cannot change, Yoga Studio of Tucson, 3400 E. Speedway, Ste. 200, Rancho
Yukthi (understanding) that all is a dream, & Mukthi Center, Tucson, AZ, 85716, www.iyengartucson.com, $195,
(liberation) to live blissfully, Contact: www.Yogam4you.org, Space limited to 25 students. Per-class fees from $45-$65;
Phoenix, $150 Early, $200 Reg $10 more at the door.
Saturday, March 28 April 28, 2-6pm, April 29 10-5pm
Power Vinyasa, the Lotus Within w/Gabriel Azoulay Safety in Movement: Flowing from a Fluid Spine CEUS
Surrender, focus, and let your mind and breath be guided Awareness of our body and its boundaries protects us in yoga.
by supportive instruction. Learn the foundations behind This interactive workshop will help make your yoga practice
lightness and strength to cultivate a regular practice. safer while allowing you to deepen your practice. Taught
Contact: Yoga Flow, 520.321.YOGA, Tucson AZ 85719, www. by Sue Ferguson RN, RYT-500 Contact: Ashley Leal , Yoga
yogaflowtucson.com Connection/520-323-1222, 4893 E Speedway, Tucson 85712,
Saturday & Sunday, March 28-29, 9am-4pm www.yogaconnection.org, $25, AYA 10% off
Rama Jyoti Vernon, Yoga Sutras & Therapeutic Approaches May 14 -17
to Yoga Bhavana, Relationship & Addictive Behaviors: Module 4,
Explore a unique approach to Yoga developed by renowned Advanced Training Series
teacher Rama Jyoti, from years of study with great Yoga In this unique, informative workshop, we will learn to
masters & healers. For all students who wish to deepen use bhavana as one of many powerful tools for finding
their practice. Contact: Ginny Beal, 520-325-0354, Sedona, freedom from enslaving habits and addictions, freeing us to
email@example.com, Cost: $185 by March 13; $205 after March experience more sustained joy in all our relationships, the
13, Pay by check to: Ginny Beal, 2509 N. Campbell Ave., intimacy and independance which is, according to Yoga, our
Box 300, Tucson AZ, 85719, AYA:$10 off for two-day Early birthright. Contact: 520.323.0203, providenceinstitute.com
Registration or Providence Institute, 3400 E. Speedway Blvd. Suite 114,
Sat April 4, 1:30-6:30PM & Sun April 5, 10AM-6:30PM Tucson AZ 85716, $350
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training July 16
Learn laughter’s benefits, how to make a living teaching 250-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program
Laughter Yoga, market your services, start and run a laughter This 4-month program prepares you to teach beginning hatha
club. Contact: Gita Fendelman 520-777-7544, Curves Fitness yoga and will enrich and deepen your practice. Areas of study
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