Mantra, Kirtan, and Restorative Yoga

“The knower of the mystery of sound knows the mystery of the whole universe” - Hazrat Inayet Khan (sufi mystic)

Kristin Leal

Mantra, Kirtan, and Restorative Yoga with Kristin Leal
Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 3:30pm to 7:00pm

Mantra comes from two root words: Manas (mind) and Trayati (liberation). In this workshop we will explore various techniques of using mantra, chanting and kirtan in our practice to help bring about a liberation of both body, breath and mind. This practice will incorporate lecture, chanting in asana, kirtan, bija mantra meditation and restorative yoga.

Great for teachers and students who want to learn more about adding sound into your practice. This is a part of Tranquil Space’s 500hr Advanced Teacher Training so continuing education credits are available.

For more information on pricing and how to register, see the Tranquil Space webscheduler here.


Yoga Philosophy for Athletes and Teachers Workshop Coming October 4th

Photo Credit- Andrea Taylor Photography

Photo Credit- Andrea Taylor Photography

Are you interested in learning more about yoga philosophy without having to light incense and chant OM? Join Kat  BoxLife Magazine‘s yoga expert, as we explore yoga philosophy for the modern athlete at our Arlington location on Sat. October 4th from 5-7pm.  We will work with the philosophy of the yamas and niyamas and The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali to understand more about how yoga and sports are combined on and off the mat. The session will also incorporate recovery tools for athletic training that include asana and pranayama to take with you to the gym, track, or home.
Students will learn how to take yoga off the mat and into a race or training. Guided writing exercises and group discussion will help provide methods for teachers or students interested in learning more about how to use philosophy in a non-traditional setting such as a gym, CrossFit, at home, or private session. $40, or register online in advance here for $35. Premium Members enjoy 15% off.
Continuing Education Credits are available for teachers of yoga.

Newbie Yogi Workshop @ Tranquil Space Arlington THIS Saturday

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There is still time to sign-up for THIS Saturday’s Newbie Yoga Workshop @ Tranquil Space Arlington!

Are you new to yoga or looking for a refresher on the fundamentals of vinyasa or just curious about yoga? Do you have friends or loved ones that you have wanted to get to onto a mat? Next Saturday’s Newbie Yogi Workshop is the place for you and them. This 2.5-hour workshop will introduce the basics of vinyasa yoga and explore alignment and breathing along with basic poses and relaxation techniques.

Dave will break down the alignment of some of the basic elements of vinyasa yoga classes, including step-back sun salutations (think forward fold, upward salute, plank, modified chaturanga – think low push-up, baby cobra, and downward facing dog), some standing poses (think warrior I, warrior II, extended side angle, and triangle), some seated poses, and basic finishing poses (like bridge, legs-up-the-wall, and shoulderstand, plus shoulderstand alternatives). We’ll also work on the basics of balancing poses, learning how to access your core, and suggestions on how to use props to make certain yoga poses more accessible to you.

Join us at Tranquil Space Arlington on Saturday September 6th from 5-7:30p for this Newbie Yogi Workshop. One week of unlimited yoga classes is included – the week immediately following the workshop only. (Do you have the $49 newbie special pass, a monthly/annual membership, or been using class passes? Ask at the front desk how the unlimited yoga classes are applied to your account.)

More information on pricing and how to sign up can be found here.

Founder’s Muse – September 2014

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If you can create an honorable livelihood, where you take your skills and use them and earn a living from it, it gives you a sense of freedom and allows you to balance your life the way you want. —Anite Roddick

Welcome to September at Tranquil Space. We’re offering our weekly lineup of 100 creative classes plus workshops including teacher training opportunities, an 8-week mindfulness-based stress reduction program, forward folding series, yoga and fertility, yoga for hikers, and more. Peruse our offerings and you’ll find something to grow your practice on and off the yoga mat.

As we move closer to the celebration of our 15th year, I’m still in storytelling mode. From our humble beginningscore values and how we live themmy first yoga experiencethe origin of Tranquil Spacean exploration of the term tranquility, and the Tranquil Space experience. This month I’m sharing my “Top 5 Lessons Learned Along the Way.”

1. Start Small, Grow Organically. Dream big, but start small. Starting Tranquil Space in my living room, not taking on debt until our eighth year, and slowly adding additional offerings and spaces—international retreats, teacher trainings, locally-sewn clothing line, Arlington location—allowed us to comfortably offer more tranquility. We’ve all heard “Rome wasn’t built in one day. Ponder what dreams are within you awaiting the opportunity to sprout? (Our small start was featured recently in FastCompany)

2. Create an Experience. As explored in last month’s muse, connecting to all five senses, sprinkling in attention to details, and evoking emotion has been at the heart of Tranquil Space since inception. Look around your daily life for ways to make each day a special experience. Consider fresh flowers, an inspirational podcast for your morning commute, a fragrant candle, or savory green juice.

3. Give Back. From donations to silent auctions, to charity events, to our own non-profit, this core value has been at the heart of how we operate. And, each day we have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of another being—the food we eat, the words we say, the actions we take, and the thoughts we entertain. Let the mantra Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu (May all beings everywhere be happy and free. May the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all) be a guiding light for life on and off the mat.

4. Cultivate Community. Our tea and cookie ritual offers an opportunity for connection beyond the mat—friendships and lifelong partnerships have been cultivated over this sacred time. With our monthly celebration of a yogi and team player, we’ve been able to honor a beautiful soul in cOMmunity for years. Next time you’re on the mat, smile at the person next to you and possibly let them know you enjoyed practicing by them. When ordering coffee at your favorite spot, ask the barista how they’re doing. See people as special beings with unique needs, desires, and dreams.

5. Celebrate. Milestones offer an opportunity to honor and acknowledge your efforts. We’ve had parties for book releases, studio openings, animals, charities, CD releases, holidays, and more. Each day offers a chance to celebrate something special. Break out the china. Use your special glassware. Tuck a love note in your beloved’s lunch box. Wear a flower in your hair. Sip a sparkling libation. Host a chariTea (tea party for charity).

May these five lessons offer fodder for a little more tranquility this fall. As we close out summer, memories remain and now it’s time to create new ones. Our cOMmunity is incredibly special because of the like-hearted lovelies such as yourself. Thank you for making our 15 years possible. Namaste.