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10 Days of Yoga Deals!

10 Days of Yoga Deals!

Starts on Oct 20th!
Plus - FREE YOGA on Oct 25th!
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This month Sanctuary is celebrating 10 years in business! 10 years ago, we made a giant LEAP and created a studio and a vision for a yoga experience that was in line with our hearts. We attracted inspiring teachers, friends, and students and have been blessed beyond what we could have imagined. What we started, you have helped to grow into a thriving yoga community that continues to expand and evolve. THANK YOU NASHVILLE! We are celebrating this month with 10 days of special offers leading up to a day of free yoga!

Beginning October 20th, Sanctuary will be announcing daily deals as part of our 10-day Countdown to Celebrate 10 Years! 

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These deals highlight a fun weekend of events (Oct. 24-26) including a Gong Event, a day of free classes on Saturday, Oct 25th and a dynamic Prana Flow workshop with Rob Hess on Sunday. Check the website for the full weekend schedule.

Saturday, Oct 25 2014
FREE Yoga all day!

8:30 am // Level 1/2 (Daphne)
10:15 am // Level 2/3 (Daphne)
12:15 pm // Level 1 (Melissa)
2:00 pm // MIxed Level (Tom)
3:30 pm // Yin (Liz)

Sanctuary at the ACME

Sanctuary at the ACME

M-F (12-12:50 pm)
Power Lunch Downtown!
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Presenting Power Lunch Hour Yoga at Acme’s Rooftop 

Calling Nashville’s downtown yogis and beyond – Sanctuary for Yoga and Acme Feed & Seed invite you to relax, reenergize and find your zen at our new midday yoga series. Sanctuary for Yoga’s talented staff of yoga teachers will set up shop on Acme’s rooftop Monday through Friday for a mixed level, power lunch 50 minute class from 12pm-12:50pm.


REGULAR SERIES: Monday - Friday, from 12pm – 12:50pm 


The Rooftop at Acme Feed & Feed (weather permitting)

3rd Floor, "The Hatchery"

101 Broadway (at 1st Ave)


Monday Power Lunch - Holly Garcia
Tuesday Power Lunch - Angie Kirk
Wednesday Power Lunch - Megan Xidas
Thursday Power Lunch - Tom Larkin
Friday Power Lunch - Jamie Montalto

*Schedule is subject to change. Yoga mats/props complimentary at all classes

*All classes are mixed level. Beginners are welcome






Yogis encouraged to purchase classes online before class!


Parking is available at the Pinnacle Building 

For new Uber users, use the code ACMEYOGA for a free first ride up to $20


Acme Feed & Seed, Nashville’s iconic, century-old building, located in the heart of downtown, provides locals and visitors of the city an elevated downtown experience while honoring the much-loved character of Lower Broadway. The first floor of the three-story building is an updated take on the classic honky-tonk, offering street-food inspired cuisine by Executive Chef Matt Farley, 28 craft beers on tap and live music. A bustling lunch spot during the day, the first floor transforms into a “funky-tonk” at night, featuring rotating live music of Nashville’s diverse musical landscape – where every genre is represented. The second floor features a lounge with seasonally-inspired handcrafted cocktails, a menu of easily-shareable dishes, and is the new home to Sam Katakura’s Sam’s Sushi. The Hatchery encompasses the third floor, the largest one-level private event and music venue on Lower Broadway. The rooftop at Acme allows guests to enjoy an open-air bar with 360 degree views overlooking the neon lights of Broadway, fireworks of LP Field and stunning views of the Cumberland River.

Curvy Yoga Support - 6 Week Series

Curvy Yoga Support - 6 Week Series

Drop ins welcome
Sundays 3:00 - 4:00 pm
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Curvy Yoga Support  -  6 Week Series
w/ Melissa Eltringham, RYT 200 & Stephanie McElvy, RD, LDN

NEXT SERIES: Sept 14, 21, 28 & Oct 12, 19, 26 (there will be NO class on Oct 5)

Sundays 3:00-4:00 pm

Please note time & format change with new series

Cost: $100 for all 6 classes.  If you would like to drop into a single class & there is space, cost is $20. (limited to 12 participants)

Series includes:

6 yoga classes tailored specifically for you

2 health coaching sessions with a Registered Dietitian.  This is an additional expense.  For those enrolled in the Curvy Program, 2 Health Coaching Sessions during the program, cost $100. 
During this series, you will:

Learn how to practice yoga comfortably and safely

Learn how to set SMART goals, breakdown the goals into specific actions & work through barriers preventing you from living your best life possible

Sort through all the mysterious and confusing things you thought you knew about yoga

What people are saying about Curvy Yoga:

"My mother and I decided to get up off our couches and start an
exercise class together. Neither of us has done anything remotely
physical in years. I knew I wanted to try a yoga class, as I missed
the flexibility I had as a young kid, so I convinced my mom that yoga
was the way to start on our fitness journey. We found Curvy Yoga
classes at Sanctuary that allows us to modify traditional yoga
positions to match our physical abilities. Our Instructor, Melissa,
invited us to this safe and nurturing environment that welcomes folks
of every size and ability. We are able to practice our yoga in a space
that is warm, friendly and supportive. The Curvy Yoga workshop also
provides us with several one on one sessions with Stephanie, a
Registered Dietitian, to help us establish reasonable goals to modify
our lifestyles to create more balance, while introducing healthy,
nutritious meals. Together these 2 ladies provide an effective program
that we can live with and in which we thrive."  ~ jeannette

Melissa Eltringham is a Curvy Certified RYT 200 yoga teacher who firmly believes in the promise of yoga's benefits for everybody and every body. Our yoga practice does not define us; rather we define our yoga.

Stephanie McElvy, RD, LDN is a Registered Dietitian and graduate from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center dietetics program.   She enjoys working with the underserved community, and is most interested in empowering people to make sustainable lifestyle changes.

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Don Conreaux - Gong Event

Don Conreaux - Gong Event

Friday Oct 24, (7 - 9 pm)
$30 Pre-register
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Gong Event w/Don Conreaux

Friday October 24, 2014

7:00 - 9:00 pm


$30 Pre Register
$35 Day of the Event

Spread the vibration of the gong and Sacred Tone Improvisation w/the Mysterious Tremendum Great Gong Concert for Humanity Tour.  Don will be collaborating with an evolving cast of diverse tone producers, musicians, singers and gong players with the intention of healing and world peace! 


Don Conreaux, formerly known as Baba Don and Guru Jagat, was one of the five original Kundalini Yoga teachers designated by Yogi Bhajan in 1969, and established the Nanak Dwara Ashram Teacher Training 1970-1976 in Phoenix, Arizona. His very first teacher as a teenager in 1952 was Paramahansa Yogananda, receiving his Kriya Initiation in 1953.

He is the originator of Gong Yoga of Holistic Resonance, the title of Gong Master, Gong Therapy, The Gong Bath, The Gong Puja, Spiritual Free Jazz, and Songs and Concerts for Humanity. Don’s international mission fully began in 1984 while working for the non-governmental ICC of the UN with a USA cross-country Mahatma Gandhi Salt March from California to the East Coast playing the gong of peace while passing through each city. 

What you may expect in Mysterious Tremendum musical presentations is non-premeditative songs and music of inspired performance with both primal and electronics fused as the beginning and end of music. Don uses the Shruti Box, which produces one recurring chord as his primary instrument just as the beat poets Jack Kerouac and most notably Allen Ginsberg did in the 50’s for their poetry performances in San Francisco. Because Don is also known as a master teacher of kriya kundalini gong yoga he interacts with the audience on this level and also conducts audiences in a spontaneous rapport of singing and over-toning.

Today in his 80th year he continues to teach the art and science of Sacred Geometry, divination, and designs World Peace Gong & Bell Gardens of which there are now six established Internationally. All are dedicated to the coming first day of World Peace, Planetary Cooperation in a world without violence for our children of the New Millennium.

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Sunday, Oct 26
$25 Preregister | 3pm - 5pm
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Prepare to open your heart, soar with grace, and smile while flowing with love.  Let the spirit move you, and have fun rocking your Sadhana in your own divine way.  Sadhana means spiritual exertion towards an intended goal.  The goal of Sadhana is to attain some level of spiritual realization, and this practice can involve meditation, chanting, and all around joy or bliss, as we come together and share. Pranic Soul will awaken our deepest connection to the source and renew the Prana Shakti (the life force) within each and everyone of us.

TIME: 3:00-5:00pm
COST: $25 Pre-Register. $30 day of the event
All levels welcomed.
Join Rob as we celebrate the flow and dive deep into the power that lies within!

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Rob’s Teaching has evolved and has come a long way from where he began practicing in Cleveland Ohio to his day’s teaching in Washington DC to now living in Ventura and owning a studio (Jai Rhythm) with his business partner Colin Brightfield. What drew him to the practice of yoga was the physical part but after year of study and devotion it’s the spiritual part of the practice that feed his soul. And through this amazing journey he found his home in the Prana Flow community with his teacher Shiva Rea.
While Rob’s style is ever evolving, Rob’s teaching is rooted in Prana Flow: a synthesis-oriented approach to living the art of yoga created by his primary teacher, Shiva Rea. Born from the traditions of classical yoga, Bhakti, Tantra and Ayurveda, Prana Flow integrates various forms of spiritual embodiment practice to reveal yoga as a flow of unity consciousness.
Rob has found that through his own sadhana yoga can free the body and mind from the self limitations we impose on our selves and that through practice we are able to get in touch with the very essence of who we are. His goal as a teacher is to help students uncover their own personal truth and live a life that is empowered.
Yoga Nidra Workshop

Yoga Nidra Workshop

Led by Danny Brewington
Saturday: Nov 15, 2014
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Yoga Nidra w/Danny Brewington
Saturday, November 15th
3:00-4:15 pm

Cost: $25

Need to de-stress? Do you have difficulty relaxing or trouble sleeping? Can’t get those disturbed thoughts and emotions to calm down? Our hectic lives overwhelm our nervous systems—the daily barrage to our senses makes our bodies tense and our minds agitated. Over time, this can have a detrimental effect on our health. An ancient antidote is Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep.” It is a powerful technique to reach an extremely relaxed state of mind—highly alert, yet void of content.

In this class we’ll reduce tension, anxiety, and de-stress completely, allowing our nervous systems to be restored. Healing occurs at an unconscious level as the cells of the body relax deeply and the mind returns to its natural state, fully aware of the present moment.

Please wear comfortable clothing—you will be supported in savasana for most of the class.

This workshop is for all levels!

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300 hr YTT MODULE 5: Walking a Mile in Shiva's Bare Feet

300 hr YTT MODULE 5: Walking a Mile in Shiva's Bare Feet

Dec 5-7, 2014 w/Daphne and Tom
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Core Module 5 (30 Hours)

The Yana and Katha of the Devas - Walk a Mile in Shiva’s Bare Feet

December 5-7, 2014 with Daphne Larkin & Tom Larkin

In this module we dive deep into the journey (yana) and tales (katha) of the gods themselves. Our study is rooted in the philosophies and mythologies of the universe as seen from the yoga tradition. We will learn through exploration stories and iconography how the vision of the Paramatman (Supreme Self) is obtained by learning about the underlying correlation and dharmic connection between God’s plan and our vision of all things.

We will dive into the storied worlds of the Vedas, Upanishads, Ramayana, Bhagavad-Gita, and stories of kings and sages, monkeys and gods. We will embrace the ebb and flow of verse, sometimes like a frenzied dance (tandava), as we open to a world rich in knowledge of a deeper intelligence.

This is primarily a lecture based module, but be prepared to move and experience the inner science of the verse.


Friday 8:00-6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00-6:00 pm
Sunday 8:00-3:00 pm


Early bird: $425 per module (paid 2 weeks in advance per module start date) 

Regular: $475 per module 

Pay In Full for all 5 Modules - $2000 (paid before start of 1st module - $400/module) 
**You will have 2 years to complete the 5 core modules if you select Pay In Full

This workshop is open to the public. If planning to enroll in 300 hr YTT program, MUST SEND IN APPLICATION.  


Meditation Immersion w/Danny Brewington

Meditation Immersion w/Danny Brewington

Jan 9-11, 2015 - 300 YTT Elective
Workshop open to anyone!
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Meditation Immersion with Danny Brewington

Jan 9-11, 2015

This workshop is open to the public. NO Prerequisites required.  Anyone with an interest in meditation can join.  This module is part of Sanctuary's 300 hr YTT program and counts as 20 elective hours towards completion of the 300 hr program. 

In this module, students and teachers will take an extensive look at meditation, exploring the layers of the mind and consciousness itself. The course will add depth to a personal practice and demonstrate methods of incorporating it into the classroom. We’ll look at ways to stimulate brain waves and enter the deeper levels of meditation, using time-honored techniques from the masters and current developments in brain research, referencing the work of Dr. David Hawkins, Daniel Goleman, Rick Hanson, Anna Wise, and Alan Watts, to name a few. It’s a heavy subject, but we’ll have fun!

Our Points of Focus for the weekend are:
  • Understanding the subtle dimensions of breath 
  • Our senses and heightened states of awareness
  • Mantras, mudras, and other focusing tools 
  • Mental and emotional blocks and how to work with them 
  • Creating positive change, cultivating compassion, opening to more creativity, and healing the mind/body structure. 
  • Formless, subjective experience 
  • Meditation and the world of quantum science

Friday 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 – 12:30 pm & 1:30 – 5:30 pm
Sunday 11:00 – 12:30 pm & 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Suggested Reading:

"Focus" by Daniel Goleman

"Buddha’s Brain" by Rick Hanson

"Emptiness Dancing" by Adyashanti


$250 for the full weekend

About Danny: 

Danny has been meditating for over 25 years, visiting sacred places and holy sites all over the globe. Following a self-directed path, he has benefitted from masters and experienced leaders in the field. He hopes to inspire others to transform their lives with this ancient body of knowledge. His classes are engaging, inspiring, and educational—students are provided a setting for easy integration of the material, often experiencing breakthrough moments of clarity and insight, and laughter.

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James Bailey - Ayurveda Workshop

James Bailey - Ayurveda Workshop

The Roadmap to the Soul
January 16-18, 2015
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James Bailey, LAc, Dipl Ayu
Ayurveda Workshop: The Roadmap to the Soul
January 16-18, 2015

Full Teacher Training Weekend | $200
Public Workshop | $50/session or $135/3 public sessions

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Friday, January 16, 2015 
6:00 - 9:00pm
Introduction to Ayurveda from the Swasthavritta Tradition
(Public Workshop Session)

Ayurveda is the knowledge (veda) of life (ayus). This knowledge is universal, but more importantly, it is personal. With this knowledge we live true to ourselves and we remain vital, healthy, and conscious. Yoga and Ayurveda were historically understood within the context of each other. As parallel paths, one was always followed with an understanding of the other. To be a skilled yogi, we must understand our nature from the perspective of Ayurveda, and vice versa. Ayurveda is divided into two primary teaching streams: the Ayurvedic clinical practice of medicine and the self guiding life wisdom practices known as Swasthavritta. Swasthavritta is the Ayurvedic body of wisdom and practices that inform and inspire right livelyhood and actions in the world (sadvritta) given one’s unique nature, and empowers the individual to self care. Similar to a Yogi, a Swastha is one who is established in one’s true self, and who acts and lives in accordance to one’s own nature. Swasthavritta sheds light on the primal relationship between the self and nature, with a simple message: just be you.

Saturday, January 17, 2015 
8:00 - 9:30am
Dinacharya: Practices and Routines in Ayurveda
(Teacher Training only)

A daily routine (dinacharya) is absolutely necessary to bring radical change in body, mind, and consciousness. Routine helps to establish balance in one's constitution. Our bodies are rhythmic by nature. The heart beat carries its own particular rhythm, described in the Vedas as synchronized to the pace of our steps upon the earth. Ayurveda views all disease as rooted in the interuption of one or more of our natural biorhythms. Researchers refer to these biorhythmic fluctuations as “biological tides”. Intrinsically, the natural desire of our body is to maintain healthy cycles. Healthy cycles maintain the body, while erratic or broken cycles create disease. This course will review the 6 primary cycles with which the human body has adapted, and practices (daily, evening and seasonal) which can be easily employed to create a deep stability within the bodymind.

Saturday, January 17, 2015
9:30 - 11:00am
Rasayana: Rejuvenation, the Sacred Juice, and Slowing the Aging Process
(Teacher Training only)

Ayurveda describes a sacred juice or sap within us that when preserved through life defines our youthfulness and longevity. As with all things in life, the practice of yoga will either cultivate or deplete this juice. Otherwise known as ojas, or rasa, the fluid body is an often overlooked aspect of yogic physiology. Strong heating practices are known to dry the fluid body, drying up the tissues, joints, and nervous system, robbing the tissues of needed ojas and vitiating Vata dosha. The tissues then lose suppleness and become increasingly vulnerability to injury. Rasayana practices and lifestyle awarenesses are key to a healthy and long term practice. This course will introduce the practitioner to the fluid body and methods of rejuvenation known as Rasayana Chikitsa that can be done at home, including daily warm oil massage (abhyanga), the use of oils such as ghee in our diet, ayurvedic nutrition, Vata reducing lifestyle tips, as well as daily and seasonal health routines.

Saturday, January 17, 2015
1:00 - 4:00pm
Light on Food & Agni
(Public Workshop Session)

Ahara is that which nourishes the body’s life essences (rasa). Food is ahara. Food is also captured prana. Prana is life energy. So our life, intelligence, mental clarity, happiness, and strength are all dependent on the quality of food. Anything we take in will directly effect our yoga practice, and ultimately the quality of the bodymind. The physical body is developed by food, it grows on food, and thus, many physical diseases are caused by inappropriate and sometimes toxic foods. Likewise, the subtle or pranic body is also effected by the quality of our foods. Therefore, we have to be very careful about what we eat. Food is, in fact, so sacred in ayurveda that the preparation, cooking and eating of food is considered a spiritual sadhana (practice), known as ahara sadhana. This course will review the dynamics of ayurvedic nutrition and it’s insights into a spiritual approach to food and eating that can be life changing. We will look at the impact of physical and subtle toxins in our foods, the emotions and how to free ourselves from attachments to inappropriate foods, and how to access and utilize the most prana from a satvic diet. There is no medicine comparable to food appropriate to one’s unique constitution.

Saturday, January 17, 2015
4:30 - 7:30pm
Marma Vidya: 108 Points of Light
(Teacher Training only)

Marma Vidya is the science of awakenng the 108 marmas for yoga and healing. It involves manipulating the flow of prana in the body via yoga asana and or pressure on marma points similar to acupressure. It is the highest stage of training within Kalarippayat, the indigenous martial art system of southern India, and almost extinct as a practice. The 108 marmas are also referred to as the precipitating drops of nectar, or points of prana, found within the subtle, or pranic body. They are the 108 points of light. Marmas are similar to the acupuncture points of Chinese medicine, but have a rich tradition of use in yoga and the marma therapy systems of ayurveda and Kalarippayatu. Marmas are also referred to as minor chakras. Though they are identicle in structure to the seven great chakras, they are found throughout the body rather than on the sushumna nadi (psychic channel) of the spine.

Sunday, January 18, 2015
8:00 - 10:00am
Atman Dharana: Roadmap to the Soul (with meditation practice)
(Teacher Training only)

Atman Dharana is the practice of gazing into one’s soul (atman), also known as “Soul Gazing”. It has been practiced in various forms by yogis for centuries as a means of direct access to our true core self. Atman Dharana practice is an inner roadmap to the divine within and an essential tool on the yogic path. Though the practice is not difficult, there are many obstacles. Specifically, the Pancha Maya Koshas, or the Five Layers of Illusion: the physical body, the energetic body, the instinctual mind, the witnessing mind, and bliss itself. These layers or sheaths of the body-mind surround and envelope the soul (atman, jivatman), and while they provide the matrix of our living existance, they also obscure and divert our attention from the eternal soul within (atman).

Sunday, January 18, 2015 
10:00am - 1:00pm
Modern Moksha: Liberation and the Clash of Karmas
(Public Workshop session)

A dialogue has been taking place for thousands of years between the yogacharyas of Yoga and the vaidyas of Ayurveda on the nature of freedom, sharing the insights and wisdom of each tradition, both exploring the fullest potential of life and spirit. In spiritual living a powerful duality (tension) often arises between the desire to transcend the limitations of the ordinary human bodymind, with the twin urge to maintain it, to care and heal the body and mind. In short, whether to conform to nature or to trascend it altogether. In practice, yoga teaches us to dissolve karmas while our householder tendencies create and reinforce new ones by necessity. As yogis become more skilled, tension often arises between the desire for moksha (liberation) and the responsibility for family and work in the world. The vision of the Modern Moksha course is to help students to better integrate the impulse for liberation with the householder lifestyle needs of the modern western yogi. This course is designed to help sudents to explore the narrative and nature of this overarcing story in order to find the middle path where the two disciplines can share the wisdom of life.
Om Grown Mama Prenatal TT Module 2

Om Grown Mama Prenatal TT Module 2

Jan 22-25, 2015
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om grown mama
prenatal teacher training

This 85-hour program taught by Jessalynn Hakanson, E-RYT 500, RPYT, LMT will prepare participants for the joys of teaching yoga during the childbearing year, and offer the tools and techniques necessary for integrating prenatal and postnatal yoga into their community. Within every woman is the intuitive wisdom to create, nurture, and transform and this curriculum will provide an inspired path of teachings. The teachings are rooted in the divine feminine creative power that will empower women for the transformation of childbirth and motherhood. We will explore the art of sequencing postures, pranayama practices, mantra and meditations allowing a mama in bloom to create a source of strength and confidence in the natural process of birth, nurture a supple body while it grows to accommodate the life within, and transform into motherhood by connecting to the growing spirit of the baby in bloom.

Om Grown Mama Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training will be divided into two modules

January 22-25, 2015 (at Sanctuary for Yoga)

Module 2 (35 hours) will address the following topics:

  • Traditional yoga philosophy and the eight limbs applicable to lifestyle and well-being during the childbearing year
  • Observations in psychological and emotional changes during the childbearing year
  • Various methods, approaches, and models of care for the childbearing year
  • Practice and teaching methodology specific to each trimester of pregnancy and postpartum period
  • Various class formats for the beginning and/or advanced student during each trimester
  • Class options and workshop formats that could be offered during the childbearing year
  • Class formats and considerations for the “4th trimester”, postpartum, and om grown mama & baby bliss
  • The relevance of holding a supportive space for educated, empowered, and intuitive choices in pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood 

Thursday - 8:00 am to 1:30 pm
Friday - 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday - 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Sunday - 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

$1,000 for both modules, if paid in full by August 31, 2014
$ 550 per module, first installment due by August 31, 2014 and the second installment due by November 30, 2014

$1100 for both modules, if paid in full after September 1, 2014
$ 575 per module, first installment due by September 1, 2014 and the second installment due by January 1, 2015

Must send in application before registering. See Teacher Training Application on Sanctuary Website

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The Sacred Sap India Retreat

The Sacred Sap India Retreat

w/James Bailey and Daphne Larkin
January 25 - February 4, 2015
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Martin Kirk - Visceral Anatomy

Martin Kirk - Visceral Anatomy

March 6-8, 2015
Workshop Open to the Public!
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Visceral Anatomy Training with Martin Kirk @ Sanctuary

March 6-8, 2015

Yoga Anatomy Sessions
$50 Individual
$175 All Anatomy Sessions

Yoga Asana Practice

Full Weekend
(includes Asana and Anatomy)

Learn anatomy in the theater of your own body. This innovative new teaching technology puts the learning directly into your body tissues as you combine great multimedia visuals and lecture with inspiring asana practice. You've never learned anatomy like this before. The weekend includes 4 lectures on anatomy and 1 asana practice. Each 3-hour Anatomy Session includes 90 minutes of lecture and 90 minutes of asana.

Anatomy of the Spine/Pelvis I
Friday, March 6
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Anatomy of the Pelvis II/Shoulders
Saturday, March 7
9:00am - 12:00pm

Anatomy of Arms/Elbows/Hands
Saturday, March 7
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Asana - Backbening with Power - The Rise of the Rhomboids
Saturday, March 7
4:30pm - 6:30pm

Anatomy of Legs, Knees, Feet
Sunday, March 8
9:00am - 12:00pm

ABOUT MARTIN: Martin Kirk, ERYT-500, MSBME has been practicing yoga since 1993 and teaching since 1995. He earned his certification in 2001. His love of learning about the body fuels his continuing studies with masters in the fields of anatomy & therapeutics. Martin is known for bringing precision, clarity, and playfulness to his exuberant teaching style. He is widely recognized for his innovative webinars and international offerings in Anatomy, Therapeutics and Teacher Training. With a Masters Degree in Biomedical Engineering, Martin has a special gift for anatomy and therapeutics. He is an author of the highly successful book, Hatha Yoga Illustrated. He is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Martin lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife and son.

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Anjali Restorative Immersion

Anjali Restorative Immersion

300 hr YTT Elective with Shannon Paige
Feb 11-15, 2015 | Workshop Open to the Public
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Anjali Restorative Yoga 40 hour Immersion: February 11-15, 2015

with Shannon Paige, Founder of Anjali, ERYT 500, EATP

Modules I, II, and III, Anjali Teacher Training Intensive as part of Sanctuary's 300 hr YTT 

$795, $650 Early Bird by Feb 1, 2015

~This workshop is open to the public.

This five-day intensive, 40 CEU, fulfills the full requirements to be a Certified Teacher in Anjali Restorative Yoga Teacher, and with completion of the online course, moves you towards the designation of Anjali Therapeutic Provider, ATP.

We will intensively, though artfully complete the three primary modules of Anjali Restorative Yoga.

  1. Anjali Supported Spinal Sequence, Module One
  2. Anjali Rich Roots Rising Sequence, Module Two
  3. Anjali Elemental Healing, Module Three


Wednesday, 5-9p
Thursday, 9-7p
Friday, 9-7p
Saturday, 9-7p
Sunday, 9-3p

What is Anjali Restorative Yoga?

Anjali Restorative Yoga is a gentle, pervasive restorative yoga practice, with over a decade of development, to provide practitioners rich spaces of transformative resource in which to support the cultivation of tremendous calm and positive change. With sustained time in postures supported by bolsters, pillows, and blankets, one is guided through a poetic heart-based theme, nourishing breathing practices, and inspired images. The effect of the meditative practice is not just therapeutically sound, it is potentially life-changing, as it provides the impetus for one to live the highest version of oneself, leaving the older versions and past stories of self behind.

Within each of us there is a story…
And as we each exist within the fullness of time,
we are the beautiful combination of the wisdom of the past,
the perspective of today,
and the potential and freedom of tomorrow.
We are each a story in constant evolution.
The story of our lives is being written. When we slow down, naturally pause,
We ensure that WE are the one’s holding the pens…

The practice of Anjali Restorative yoga teaches us that the present experience does not exist without a past or a future and is therefore held in deep connection to the fullness of time, kala purnatha. A present moment that is active in time and space is deeply powerful, potent, and available. The power within the present moment exists in its ability to harness the deep intentions of the heart, mind, and body.
In this practice, we do not strive to empty the mind of thoughts or stop the mind from thinking. Rather, we strive to connect the mind to the sensations, health, and needs of the body. We strive to connect the mind to the desires, wisdom, and lessons of the heart. We use the connection of the mind, body, and heart to encourage our own innate power of healing.

The practice of Anjali Yoga invokes the breath to articulate our story from our wise past to our potential filled future: the breath allows us to sit in the expression of our present perspective. Our present perspective is able to grant us deep awareness in to pain physically and emotionally. We know when we feel good and we know when we feel bad… even if we cannot articulate why or where. By breathing in the present moment, thoughts will arise, and the choice get to be which thoughts serve the pain and which thoughts serve the healing.

Thoughts of service, thoughts that: inspire, enliven, soften, delight, comfort, remind, and invoke love are thoughts that turn our body’s abilities toward healing and rejuvenation. We align to these thoughts and our body uses them to right it self. Thoughts that do not serve, thoughts that are full of: worry, self doubt, anger, fear, frustration, anxiety, or self loathing are thoughts that tighten and harden and misalign us further and further from our true strength, happiness, and grace. If we have lower back pain and we focus on thoughts of anger, the body responds and no healing softness can get through the tightness the body creates from the thoughts. Similarly, if we have lower back pain and we think about something warm and loving and soft, the back softens with those thoughts. Thoughts are not things; however, thoughts create responses in the body from cell to cell…. skin, muscle, bone, organ to organ. 

In order to support positive thought engagement, students are guided into their breath. The deepening of the breath grants the student into a deeper awareness of the state of things inside as well as the immediate gratification that deepening the breath immediately aligns the bodies softening and relaxing mechanisms. By using the breath as a vehicle, the student is guided though a series of supportive postures several full body meditations. The instructor draws attention to the breath and suggests the movement of the breath through different parts of the body. By engaging the student in her own breath, she offers the power and the courage to participate in your own body, in your own life.

Anjali Restorative Yoga is best noted for its “Supported Spinal Series” sequence. Using soft cushions, bolsters, and blankets to optimize support, alignment, and relaxation of the spine, the student is guided through nine different poses that gently stretch, bend, twist, and move the spine in seven different directions: back-bending, forward-bending, twist right, twist left, side bend right, side bend left, and extension. (Teacher Training Track, This is the session taught in Module One).

Also, of great note is the “Rich Roots Rising” sequence. This sequence follows the archetypes of the chakras through 7 different chakra focused postures to deepen one’s connection to the emotions and physical tensions stored in the hips and lower back. (Teacher Training Track, This is the session taught in Module Two).

The Anjali Elemental Healing Sessions are thoughtfully directed one-to-one sessions between and Anjali Therapeutic Provider and a client. After a thoughtful interview, the practitioner will aim an element inspired practice suited to the client’s specific needs. (Teacher Training Track, This is the session taught in Module Three).

The effects of these practices are gentle but pervasive, as the entire body, breath, and spirit are soothed, relaxed, and integrated. The parasympathetic, or healing, nervous system is invoked and brought online. Imagine who you will be an become if you commit to this practice and begin to share it with others.

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Yin Yoga Immersion

Yin Yoga Immersion

with Liz Stewart | 300 YTT Elective
May 29-31, 2015 | Open to the public!
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Yin Yoga Intensive with Elizabeth Stewart, RYT 500

May 29-31, 2015

This workshop is open to the public. NO Prerequisites required.  Anyone with an interest in learning more about Yin Yoga can join.  This module is part of Sanctuary's 300 hr YTT program and counts as 20 elective hours towards completion of the 300 hr program. 

While the benefits of an active, dynamic yoga practice are many and considerable, especially to the muscular, "yang" tissues, Yin Yoga allows us to work deeply into the other half, the "yin" tissues of our joints and ligaments, the deep fascial networks, and even our bones. 

In this module, students and teachers will explore the following: 

  • Yin Yoga principles and philosophy 
  • Yin and the physical body
  • Yin and the energy body
  • Cultivating mindfulness in Yin Yoga
  • Yin yoga asanas, including modifications and the use of props
  • Considerations for sequencing 
  • Teaching a safe and effective Yin class
  • Each day will include a 1-2 hour Yin practice 
  • Opportunities for practice teaching 

~Required reading: "The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga" by Bernie Clark 


Friday: May 29 4:00-7 pm 
Saturday: May 30 8:30-12:30 pm & 1:30-5:30 pm
Sunday: May 31 10:30-12:30 pm & 1:30-4:30 pm

INVESTMENT: $250 for full module, if paid by May 1, 2015.  $275 after May 1. 


Liz is Yoga Alliance certified at the 500 hour level through the Asheville Yoga Center, with an additional 50 hour certification with renowned Yin Yoga teacher Bernie Clark in Vancouver, BC. She has also completed Sarah Powers' Level I Yin/Insight Yoga teacher training. Certified in Katherine Roberts' Yoga for Golfers, she completed her first 200 hour level in Ashtanga Yoga through the Franklin Yoga Center. 

Liz's teaching embodies an extensive knowledge of Yin Yoga with its passive, deep, restorative and meditative combinations of poses. Varying levels of intensity and creative use of props are the basis for a practice that students of all levels can enjoy. Her emphasis on the cultivation of body and breath awareness, and the re-establishment of health and harmony, offer benefits to students both on and off the mat. 

300 hr YTT Module 1: Advanced Sequencing

300 hr YTT Module 1: Advanced Sequencing

With Daphne & Tom
June 19-21, 2015
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CORE MODULE 1 (30 hours)

Advanced Sequencing: The Sacred Architecture of a Class

June 19-21, 2015 w/Daphne Larkin and Tom Larkin

The focus of this module will be on the evolution of a class from the carefully placed intention and the first unified breath to the stillness of savasana. We will explore the relationships between asanas and the deliberate unfolding of a sequence to a peak. During the module, we’ll use a full spectrum of asanas to create simple to complex sequences and learn techniques for skillfully guiding students through movement in all directions. Learn to add depth and dimension to your classes to take students deeper into poses and more complex asanas with ease.

  • Break down krama within a pose/sequence/class
  • Sequences that move from front to back of mat
  • Techniques for guiding students through complex sequences
  • Peak poses - understanding their purpose/function/path to the peak
  • Development of sequences during the module; expanding sequences in a variety of directions for different peaks within the same family
  • Sequences for mixed level classes


Friday 8:00-6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00-6:00 pm
Sunday 8:00-3:00 pm


Early bird: $425 per module (paid 2 weeks in advance per module start date)

Regular: $475 per module

Pay In Full for all 5 Modules - $2000 (paid before start of 1st module - $400/module)

**You will have 2 years to complete the 5 core modules if you select Pay In Full

This workshop is open to the public. If planning to enroll in 300 hr YTT program, MUST SEND IN APPLICATION.  

Online Registration or via Phone 615-297-8797

300 hr YTT Module 2: Getting off the Mat

300 hr YTT Module 2: Getting off the Mat

Advanced Assisting in the Flow
July 10-12, 2015 w/Daphne & Tom
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CORE MODULE 2 (30 hours)

Getting off the Mat: Advanced Assisting in the flow 

July 10-12, 2015 with 
Daphne Larkin & Tom Larkin

Learning to flow on and off your mat as a teacher of Vinyasa yoga while maintaining the rhythm of a class is a skill. This module focuses on the development of skills to guide students into proper alignment and deeper into asanas through a variety of techniques. 
  • Refine observation skills
  • Teaching alignment in the flow
  • Review of prana; the pancha vayus; integration of prana within an asana; the body as a container of prana
  • Advanced hands-on assists
  • Assisting “in the flow” of a class
  • Skillful assisting through verbal cues and hands on assists
  • Partner assists


Friday 8:00-6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00-6:00 pm
Sunday 8:00-3:00 pm


Early bird: $425 per module (paid 2 weeks in advance per module start date) 

Regular: $475 per module 

Pay In Full for all 5 Modules - $2000 (paid before start of 1st module - $400/module) 
**You will have 2 years to complete the 5 core modules if you select Pay In Full

This workshop is open to the public. If planning to enroll in 300 hr YTT program, MUST SEND IN APPLICATION.  


The Art of Therapeutic Presence

The Art of Therapeutic Presence

Mental Health Skills for Yoga Teachers
July 24 - 26, 2015
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The Art of Therapeutic Presence: 

Mental Health Skills for Yoga Teachers

More and more people with depression, anxiety, addiction and trauma histories are pursuing yoga for relief. Although most yoga teacher training programs don’t prepare teachers to recognize or handle mental health issues, teachers of a general yoga class are by necessity having to handle manifestations of mental illness as they arise on the mat. Are you aware of when this is happening and do you have the skills needed to appropriately manage it? Participating in this workshop will give you the ability to do just that.

In this intensive weekend workshop, you will develop:

  • Understanding of the most common mental health issues encountered by yoga teachers, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, addictions, trauma, and eating disorders.
  • Practical and effective skills for appropriately recognizing and handling mental health issues as they arise in class.
  • Therapeutic relationship skills, including rapport building, healthy boundary setting, and compassionate presence.
  • Knowledge about diversity and ethical issues as they impact the teacher-student relationship.
  • Self-care strategies, including how to avoid burnout and prevent vicarious trauma.
The skills and perspectives that you learn in this workshop will help you meet the needs of a diverse body of students. While this is not training to become a psychotherapist, our goal is for you, as a yoga teacher, to feel comfortable and confident in managing mental health issues when they arise in your classes and to expand your therapeutic presence for all.


Friday, July 24th | 6pm-9pm

Saturday, July 25th | 10am-6pm
Sunday, July 26th | 10am-3pm


$295 / Early bird (before April 1): $245 

*What to bring: A yoga mat and journal or notebook

*This workshop is eligible for 13.5 Yoga Alliance Continuing Education hours!*


Annemarie Carroll is a licensed clinical psychologist and yoga teacher whose special interest lies in the integration of these traditions to help people make change in their lives. In 1999, Annemarie earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Kent State University, specializing in assisting people with adjustment to traumatic injuries and chronic illness. In 2008, she completed her yoga teacher training with The Breathing Space, and has since completed numerous trainings on the therapeutic use of yoga, including its role in the treatment of anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance abuse, chronic pain and insomnia. Annemarie has been employed as a professor/program head of Human Services at Virginia Western Community College for 15 years. In addition, she sees psychotherapy clients and teaches therapeutic yoga classes through her private practice, Inner Wisdom Yoga and Psychotherapy.

Andy Matzner is a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist and stress management consultant. He also teaches mental health skills and psychology at Virginia Western Community College. In addition, Andy facilitates sound meditations using singing bowls and gongs. Andy is the author of several books, including The Buddha Diet: A Guide to Creating a Positive Relationship with Food and Eating (2012) and The Tarot Activity Book: A Collection of Creative and Therapeutic Ideas for the Cards (2013). 

For more information about Annemarie and Andy’s work, please visit
300 hr YTT Module 3: TRUTH

300 hr YTT Module 3: TRUTH

Finding Your Authentic Voice
August 21-23, 2015 | Daphne & Tom
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CORE MODULE 3 (30 hours)

Truth: Finding Your Authentic Voice  

August 21-23, 2015 w/Daphne Larkin and Tom Larkin

In this module, teachers will explore techniques to discovering their authentic voice. Each person is unique. We bring the sum of our experiences both on and off the mat to our teaching and our own unique offering. This module also focuses on the heart-opening family of backbends as a foundation for our work during the module. We’ll build a complete experience literally from the ground up.

  • Explorations into our authentic selves include:
  • Exercises with poetry, sacred texts, images, inspiration that is meaningful to you personally
  • Musical exploration - developing playlists that are unique to you; an expression of your classes
  • Journaling and vision boards as a landscape for our class experience
  • Setting the tone for a class
  • Weaving theme into classes


Friday 8:00-6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00-6:00 pm
Sunday 8:00-3:00 pm


Early bird: $425 per module (paid 2 weeks in advance per module start date) 

Regular: $475 per module 

Pay In Full for all 5 Modules - $2000 (paid before start of 1st module - $400/module) 
**You will have 2 years to complete the 5 core modules if you select Pay In Full

This workshop is open to the public. If planning to enroll in 300 hr YTT program, MUST SEND IN APPLICATION.  

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300 hr YTT Module 4: World of Vital Energy

300 hr YTT Module 4: World of Vital Energy

Vishve Pranavayu Shakti
Sept. 11-13, 2015 | Daphne & Tom
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CORE MODULE 4 (30 hours)

Vishve Pranavayu Shakti - The World of Vital Energy 

September 11-13, 2015 w/Daphne & Tom

The World of Vital Energy is the unseen, but often felt through integration and manipulation of our physical body to understand the hidden powers of the subtle body. This “felt experience” is known as élan vital or vital spark and is also considered the essence of the soul. In this module we will explore this this essence through physical postures, philosophical study and first hand experience in the potent quality of pancha-vayus. As a result, we will strive to create new patterns about our internal control of and over our own élan vital.

  • Understanding Kundalini, the dynamic latent power
  • The Primary Bandha: Mulabandha, Uddiyana, Jalandara
  • Maha Mudra
  • Review of the panca-vayus
  • How to use the vayus to our advantage
  • Pranayama techniques and kriyas, including nadi cleansing/balancing
  • Chakra Movement Meditation
  • Yogic physiology
This is a movement based module centered around arm balances, inversions and transitions.


Friday 8:00-6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00-6:00 pm
Sunday 8:00-3:00 pm


Early bird: $425 per module (paid 2 weeks in advance per module start date) 

Regular: $475 per module 

Pay In Full for all 5 Modules - $2000 (paid before start of 1st module - $400/module) 
You will have 2 years to complete the 5 core modules if you select Pay In Full

This workshop is open to the public. If planning to enroll in 300 hr YTT program, MUST SEND IN APPLICATION.  




  • Reservations cannot be guaranteed without payment, however, a $50 deposit will hold an individual's spot.
  • Full payment is required one week before date.
  • Cancellation in writing is needed 24 hrs before beginning of workshop.
  • A $20 Administration fee will be charged and the remaining refunded.
  • An Administration fee of $50 will be charged to your card for a cancellation passed the 24 hr window or the option to keep full amount as a credit to your account for future workshops, classes or use in boutique.
  • If we announce an event as "SOLD OUT" in the studio or online, no credit will be given after announcement as you have taken a space that could have been purchased by another practitioner.
  • No refunds will be given to no-shows.

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