an all day yoga summit on beautiful west grand traverse bay
Saturday January 28, 2017 | 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM | $89
Join this all day yoga immersion in beautiful Northern Michigan for a chance to start off the new year with deep intention. RENEW your connection with yourself and your community. EDUCATE yourself with new opportunities and insight. DEDICATE yourself to a year filled with health, happiness, and harmony.This conscious community conference is appropriate for everyone from the exploring newbie, to the expanding seasoned practitioner, to all those drawn to a healthier and happier lifestyle.
Our featured yogi guides hail from all over Michigan to bring to Traverse City new insight and create connection with the greater Michigan yoga community.
Mark Handler – Traverse City
Mary Reilly – Petoskey
Nanette Bowen – Grand Rapids
Tommy Mack – Detroit
And Jenny Lintvedt – Grand Rapids based, Traverse City native
Teacher Bios & Presentation Descriptions
Come Fly with Me with Nanette Bowen
Drawing on her Ayurvedic training and thirty-five years as a medical practitioner, Nanette’s overriding desire is to help others integrate and balance body, mind, and spirit by blending concepts from the Eastern and Western models of medicine.
By applying ancient and modern medical practices, she seeks to guide others toward optimizing their health by following a diet and lifestyle suited to their individual constitutions.
Her exploration of the nature of the true Self includes working toward shedding layers, balancing contradictions, and “unhabituating.” Over the past year, she has taken this exploration deeper as a member of an Acharya (spiritual teacher) program.
Nanette is also deeply drawn to the use of Pranyama and the philosophy of yoga—bridging the heart and mind through the use of breathing practices, and promoting peace through meditation and the study of ancient Indian teachings.
As co-owner of breathe ayurveda & yoga in Grand Rapids, Nanette offers yoga to cancer patients, private Ayurveda Consultations, and various workshops.
Nanette has professional level certification from the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in the following specialties: 500-hour Yoga Instructor; Ayurvedic Practitioner (NAMA Professional Member); and Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist. She has also deepened her studies by attending workshops with multiple teachers, including Dr. Vasant Lad, Robert Svoboda, as well as other prominent Ayurvedic Practitioners and physicians in the US and India. She is a Lifeforce Yoga® Level 1 Practitioner, certified Reiki Practitioner, and Thai-Shiatsu Bodyworker. Nanette recently completed iRest® Yoga Nidra Teacher-in-training Level II.
Pranayama: The Yoga of Breath with Mark Handler
Pranayama: The Yoga of Breath
Pranayama is a series of breathing practices to enhance our ability to strengthen Prana (vital life force, divine subtle inner energy). On a spiritual level it has been described as “ the expansion of individual energy into cosmic energy”. On a earthly level, its a powerful means to energize oneself with mellowness and centeredness. The full awareness and surrender into breath enhances meditative stability. This opening meditation will facilitate achieving an optimal energy state for the yoga practices throughout the day.
This ancient meditative sound technology is very powerful in passively guiding us into powerful meditative states and exponentially even deeper when combined with Shavasana. Many have experienced profound inner peace, pain relief, bliss, and the release of emotional blocks. Many have reported the concerts to be an intense catalyst for spiritual evolution and transformation. Come experience the wonderful feelings inside and out from these amazing instruments spiritual evolution and transformation. For those who are inspired to incorporate this approach into your practice, Meditative singing bowl CDs and actual rare antique singing bowls will be available after for trying out as well as for purchase.
instructor. He specializes in meditative concerts with antique Tibetan Singing Bowls and
Tibetan style chant. Northern Express described his music as “incredibly delicious” and “
having the power to go beyond ones ears to the heart and perhaps the soul for inner
peace.” The Detroit News headlined his sounds as therapy for the soul.The magical
sounds of the bowls on “The Tibetan Singing Bowls Experience” album take you to the
deepest levels of the soul where ecstasy, love, and bliss reside. You enter the
mysterious domain of divine stillness.” Gurudev Yogi Amrit Desai
One Heart. One Breath. One Universe. with Jenny Lintvedt
ONE HEART. ONE BREATH. ONE UNIVERSE
A VINYASA FLOW TO CONNECT AND UNITE US ALL AS ONE
We breathe the Universe, the Universe breathes through us …we are all interconnected through this ONE breath. Experience the healing power of our collective heart and breath in this silky, Vinyasa flow. Vinyasa flow powerfully integrates breath, body and mind into a singular experience of presence. As we begin moving together in unison and flow, what begins as our own individual breath ultimately becomes one collective breath, one collective rhythm. The natural entrainment of heart, body and breath created by a vinyasa practice has the power to bond us together lifting our spirits and healing our minds.
This practice will cultivate your attention and ask you to move and flow in a thoughtful way, a reminder that Vinyasa teaches us to honor every action, every breath, every moment both on and off the mat. Every moment holds within it the potential for us to collectively move and live with heartfelt intention—
Jenny Lintvedt, E-RYT 500, brings to her yoga teaching a background in Exercise Science as well as an intense interest in eastern religion and philosophy. She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her Master’s in Exercise Science from Oakland University. She is certified as an ERYT 500 yoga teacher, registered through the governing body of Yoga Alliance. Jenny was first drawn to the mind/body connection and mindful meditation while completing her Master’s studies. She was drawn to yoga as a way to find inner peace and stillness through flowing movement, pranayama and meditation. She is committed to honoring the mind/body connection and the continual discovery of Self. Jenny is inspired by her teacher and mentor Sandra Carden as well as by the yoginis and yogis who share their love, practice and energy every week on the mat.
Beyond Alignment with Mary Reilly
Iyengar Yoga is often described as an approach to yoga that aims for alignment of the parts of the body within each asana. While true, it is also just the beginning of a process to bring vitality, stability and freedom of movement (plus a sense of joy) to the the yogi so engaged. Integration, or ‘meditation in action’ describes it better. The simplicity and clarity of the directions make this approach accessible. Mary will guide participants in a balanced set of asanas including standing, seated, inversion and balancing asanas designed to challenge and accommodate both beginners and those with experience. The sequence of asanas vary in each Iyengar class and this sequence is designed to energize the body and pacify the mind.
Mary has attended month long intensive study twelve times at the Ramamani Iyengar Institute in Pune India since 1987. First certified in 1988 in the multi level certification system of Iyengar Yoga, Mary was personally granted her sixth certification level from B.K.S. Iyengar in 2012. Mary directs North Woods Yoga, the B.K.S. Iyengar Center of Northern Michigan in Petoskey Michigan, now in its 30th year. (see northwoodsyoga.com).
DEEP Yin with Tommy Mack
Go deep into mind and body with long holding yin postures, breath, and focus. Generates great mental, physical, emotional balance. Benefits include deep flexibility of the muscles, nourishing of connective tissue for healthy joints, clarity and calm.
As a former golden gloves boxer, Tommy had to challenge himself physically and mentally. From boxer to yogi was an interesting transition, but not necessarily a surprising one. When Tommy’s athletic career ended, he wasn’t sure he would ever find the same level of presence and vitality. When he was introduced to Yoga, however, he understood he could have the same level of connectedness with something outside the boxing ring. Tommy also realized quickly that boxing and Vinyasa shared many similarities. Both forms of fitness promote a state of flow (often referred to as “being in the zone”), that when engaged with absolute presence, can free the mind and body. Furthermore, he found the component he was previously missing from his traditional strength training and boxing practice. He noticed immediately Yoga’s deep emphasis and connection to the healing aspect of the breath. This deeper connection between mind and body gave Tommy the added edge he sought to improve his strength, endurance, inner calm and vibrancy.
Tommy’s philosophy stems from a phrase you might often hear him say in class: “Strong mind. Strong body. Strong Breath”. Tommy’s classes offer a blend of challenge and fun. He teaches and practices with patience, humility, compassion, gratitude and kindness. He knows how to balance challenging physical demands with the need for restorative mind/body practices. There is encouragement for all bodies in the room to rise to their own occasion. Tommy’s vinyasa classes consist of creative and intuitive sequencing that help students find their personal edge, that place between too much and not enough; a sense of finding relative comfort in discomfort. Experiencing a class with Tommy is an invitation to journey inward and examine what is there, one that will encourage each student’s personal strength, mindfulness, flow, and ultimately, capacity for self-healing. All who seek to find a transformative mind/body practice need look no further than one of Tommy’s classes.
more about Tommy at www.tommymackyoga.com
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Inspired Summit Refund Policy
If for any reason you are unable to attend the Inspired Summit after registration you will be issued a full refund within 3 days of the event. Cancelled registrations within 3 days of the event will not be refunded.
What should I expect?
Bring a mat, a bolster, a blanket, a notebook, and layered clothing appropriate for practice. Snacks will be available and lunch will be served.
Traveling to the Inspired Summit?
There are plenty of hotels within walking distance. Right next door to the Hagerty Center, our event venue, is West Bay Beach Resort to the east and the Bayshore Resort to the west. We also enjoy our stay at the Park Place Hotel and Cambria Suites.
If you are looking for a place to dine in Traverse City on Friday or Saturday evening, you’re in luck! We have a great selection of unique and delicious dining fare to choose from. Our team’s favorites include Amical (save room for dessert!), Red Ginger, and, of course, Taproot Cider House.
Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any other recommendations or suggestions.
Have a question about this event?
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