Category Archives: Lotus Pond

Yoga Teachers Earn 3 CEUs At Healthy Feet Shanti Vinyasa Workshop


Healthy Feet Yoga Workshop
For Teachers And Students

When you think about what we put our feet through every day, it’s no wonder they get tired and grumpy! Our feet are literally the foundation we depend on to support us as we go about our activities; hobbies, sports, work – all depend on healthy feet to take us where we need to be and then to bring us home.

This clinic takes an upclose and detailed anatomical look at our too often neglected feet. You’ll see the intricate and amazing structure of the foot, and understand why foot health is so important and what we can do to promote it.

When: Saturday, June 6, 2015

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: signup at The Lotus Pond Yoga Studio

Cost: $40.00

CEUs: 3

Join Shanti Vinyasa’s Nancy MacDonald when she presents a fun, informative, and unique look at our feet; how they’re made, how they work, and most importantly how to keep them happily walking and at their healthiest!

Teachers can earn 3 CEUs while learning about the foot’s unique anatomy as Nancy draws on her comprehensive knowledge of skeletal structure and biomechanics in this one-day, three-hour class.

You will learn:

  • Correct anatomical alignment for the feet, on and off the mat.
  • How misalignment of the feet can cause students to struggle in yoga postures.
  • Suggestions for students dealing with bunions or plantar fasciitis.
  • Healthy foot exercises you can perform anywhere to build strength and regain flexibility.
  • Ligaments, tendons, and muscles! Oh my!
  • How our shoes affect the feet, knees, hip health, and overall posture.
  • The most important stretch you can do for foot, knee, and hip health.

With over 2,000 hours of training, Nancy shares her in-depth knowledge of anatomy, and how understanding the mechanics of movement can restore vibrancy and health to your and your students feet.

This anatomy and practicum workshop is primarily designed for yoga teachers but students of all levels will gain insight and understanding through the unique techniques taught.

Signup at The Lotus Pond Yoga Studio now. This class will fill up quickly.

photo credit: My Foot 2 by Andrew Magill is licensed under CC BY

Experience Yogic Sleep Meditation

The Lotus Pond
Sunday, July 6th, 2014 – 4:30 pm-5:30 pm

relax with NancyYoga Nidra is the deepest and most powerful of all meditations. Yoga Nidra is known as “Yogic Sleep” and forms a complete experience of deep relaxation, self healing and integration. It involves systematically relaxing the body, breath and mind as you enter a deep relaxed state much more intense than ordinary sleep.

Yoga Nidra also refreshes the physical, emotional and mental bodies and creates a systemic release of stress and prepares the mind to receive the personal affirmations you develop in class.

This practice is suitable for ALL levels of practitioners as guided meditation. No experience necessary, wear comfortable clothes and become more grounded, focused and at peace.

Cost: $15, advance registration recommended

Workshops are non-refundable.

Prenatal Yoga Class Delivers

Wow! That's a lot of babies!
Poor Joseph and his aching back. Can you find the real pregnant person in these pictures??

Full moon, Mercury in retrograde and all is well! Learning and laughing during prenatal training with the amazing Jacci Gruninger at The Lotus Pond Yoga Studio prenatal yoga training June 13th.

What a wonderful weekend – thank you so much Jacci for sharing all your knowledge!

Yoga Nidra for the 200 hr Yoga Teachers Training Grads Wed 7pm Lotus Pond

The 200 hour Teachers Training group is graduating soon and they are working on yoga therapy this Wed evening.  I was asked to give a nice long Yoga Nidra experience and also speak a little about the benefits of Yoga Nidra and how it can be used in a therapeutic session. I will also discuss the different types of Yoga Nidra and guided meditation.

I will be writing an outline for the Nidra however, most Yoga Nidras are very organic for me I just feel the room and expand on what I am feeling from the group so I am never sure what I am going to say.

I will be doing aromatherapy tonight and it will be Shanti Blend from Yoga Flow Oils, thank you Susan

Gulf Oil Spill Prayer

Here is the oil spill prayer that I read in class, the words that are in purple I have added to the original prayer.

From Kripalu Teachers Blog.  Dr Masaru Emoto, the scientist from Japan that has done all the research and publications about the characteristics of water and how, among other things, water physically responds to emotions, has proposed a prayer for the Gulf situation.

I send the energy of love and gratitude to the water and all the living creatures in the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings. To the whales, dolphins, pelicans, all birds, fish, shellfish, plankton’s, corals, plants, algae and all living creatures…..I am sorry. Please forgive me. I accept my part in this tragedy. Thank you for all that you have done for the planet, and those that live here all these years. I love you. May Divine healing powers help to heal all that are suffering from this tragedy.

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti Peace, Peace, Peace