Workshops & Events

 Yoga for Busy People: Building a Home Practice

with Marc Settembrino, PhD, RYT-200

Saturday,  June 16 • 1-3pm  •  $30  •. Sign up 

 

Can’t make it to yoga class very often? A home yoga practice is a great way to supplement your studio practice. Building your own yoga practice can be a challenge - what poses? what to do? Marc can help!


In this workshop, Marc will guide you in discovering the yoga that is already there inside you. Together, you'll learn how to build a personalized home yoga practice. You’ll learn about basic yoga sequencing and how to use (and improvise) props at home. We’ll also discuss how to include basic breathing (pranayama) and meditation techniques into your home practice. Bring a pencil and a notebook and prepare to take your practice to a new level.
All students will receive:
- a basic flow sequence they can personalize
- a basic relaxation yoga sequence that can be done at home with little or no props.
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Prenatal Yoga Workshop
with Britni Serou
Sat, 2/17 @ 11am

A special session for moms-to-be! Learn how to modify a flow practice for your needs, plus tips for both active and restorative practices at home.  Also great for anyone interested in learning modifications for a practice during pregnancy, including potential moms and yoga teachers.​ *Please make sure your physician has cleared you for exercise prior to attending this session.

 


YOGA for 50+: A Beginner's Workshop 
with Brenna Barzenick
Sun, 2/11 @ 2pm

Join Dr. Brenna Barzenick, PT, DPT, RYT-200 and co-owner of Downtown Yoga for an introduction to the transformative practice of Yoga. The workshop is specific for folks ages 50 and older who are new to yoga and interested in improving joint mobility, balance, flexibility, muscle strength and postural alignment. Learn the basics of yoga under the guidance of a medical professional and fellow 50+ member :-) 
All are welcome! It is recommended that participants be able to get on and off the floor. Have fun while you try something new! Step out and discover....begin...

 

​Yoga 101: Beginner's Workshop
Sat. 1/13/18 • 10:30 am -12:00pm

New to yoga? Learn the basics in a welcoming environment with other new students.
Need a refresher on the basics?
Know someone who wants to try yoga?

Sign up for our Yoga 101: Beginner's Workshop!
• Brief discussion and introduction to yoga
• 1-hour practice of basic yoga poses, modifications, & breathing
• Q&A

 

PILATES BEGINNERS WORKSHOP

with Dana Brewer-Plazinic

Saturday, 11/4 @11:30am

$25

 

Learn the basics of Pilates in a slow-paced, welcoming environment.

 

ARM BALANCE 101 WORKSHOP

with Melissa LeBlanc

Sunday, 11/12 @ 2:30pm

$30


Don't be intimidated by arm balances in Yoga class!

Melissa will teach you what you need to know to fly!

We'll explore the fundamentals, modifications, and

creative use of walls and props.
 

 RELAX DEEPLY
with Britni Serou
Wednesday, 11/1/17 @ 6:45pm • $16 

 This special extended Relaxation class (1.5 hours! Yum!) is a deeply relaxing practice designed to balance the scattered, fast-paced energy of our daily lives, with restorative poses to gently stretch and release tension from the body, while also quieting and calming the mind. No sweating allowed!
All levels welcome.

 

PRANAYAMA + MEDITATION CLASS
with Britni Serou
Sunday, 10/22/17 @ 10:15am
$12 Drop-In, or use your class pack

Deepen your yoga practice, moving beyond asana (poses) to the more subtle aspects of Pranayama (Breathing) and Meditation by shifting your attention inward to the movement of the breath and the turnings of the mind.

 

Yoga for a Cause
Saturday, October 14 @ 9am
Cate Square Park
$10 suggested donation  |  Sign up here

All levels Yoga Class. Aveda Institute Hammond will be giving hand and arm massages after class.
Donations will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

  


  

SUN SOLUTIONS WORKSHOP
SAT., NOV 5 @10:15am
$30 |  Sign up here

Sun Salutations (or Surya Namaskar A & B) are the most commonly found flowing sequences in yoga classes. And if you're going to be doing a lot of Chaturanga, Upward Dog and Downward Dog in every class, why not make sure you're doing them well? Together, we'll break down the poses that make up these sequences and discuss:
• Safe alignment
• Modifications
• Foundations that build on more advanced poses
• Breath and more.
 
Some yoga experience is recommended.
 

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Yoga for A Cause: Mindful Yoga Therapy with Chris Eder
Sun, Nov. 13 @ 5pm
***Practice will be held at The Mezzanine, not the studio***

Free practice with donations benefiting the
Mindful Yoga Therapy (MYT) (helping veterans with PTS)

 

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Live Music with Scott Adams
during
Basics class with Brenna
Use your class pack, or drop-in for $12.

Scott will play his assortment of drums, chimes, and singing bowls while we practice. Groovy!

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Sangha Practice
Sunday,  January 8 @ 5pm @ the Studio

FREE

Gathering in gratitude for our special community, join us for a special practice. The class will be approximately 40 minutes of relaxing Yin blend, followed by refreshments.

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​​​​iRest® Yoga Nidra
with Kelly Kiviko
*last Wednesday of every month @ 6:30pm 
Use your class pack or $15 Drop-in 

iREST YOGA NIDRA  is a research-based, guided meditation protocol. iRest Yoga Nidra is based on ancient yoga teachings, but made accessible for modern day life. It is designed to bring the healing benefits of yogic and meditative practices to a wide variety of people. Everyone needs a way to feel at ease when life gets challenging. iRest helps you tap into a place that is calm - even when life is not. It can also allow us to recognize an underlying peace of mind that is always present within us - no matter what circumstances we are facing in life. It is easy to learn, easy to do, and it can be done by anyone, including beginners. The best way to understand iRest is to do it.​


Live Music @ Yin 12/13 @ 4pm
featuring John Guinta

Join us for class with a special guest on Thursday, Dec. 13 for the 4:00pm Yin practice. John Guinta will provide live music for the practice. John studied at SLU years ago and is a licensed massage therapist and reflexologist in Florida.
John plays at yoga studios all over the country and we are honored to have him in Hammond at Downtown Yoga.  John kindly plays for no charge but donations are accepted.



AWAKING TO A MORE BALANCED LIFE
with Guest Teacher, Casey Van Zandt
Friday, 12/28/18 @ 6pm

A holiday flow designed to bring more mindfulness into your yoga practice and awaken you to a more balanced life. 

Join Casey Van Zandt, for a special 90-minute holiday yoga class that's open to all levels. In this class, you'll BREATHE into the rest of the holiday season and the new year with more balance, grace, and ease. You will focus on mindful breathing techniques that will guide you in and out of asana poses to ultimately explore different tempos of pace to find your center with more balance. You’ll learn how to use your breath to serve as a tool and study the art of responding versus reacting both on and off of your mat. 
 
Casey is a Santa Monica-based, 500 HR YogaWorks Trained Instructor and a high-performance mindset coach to executives and corporate teams. Casey grew up in Metairie and graduated from LSU. While teaching at YogaWorks, Casey enjoys bringing balance into people’s day to day busy lives through her empowering yoga classes and international wellness retreats. Her hope is for you to use her classes as a catalyst to seek balance in your work and life.


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Past Events


In-Depth Studies Series
w/Britni Serou, E-RYT 500, YACEP

Saturday, Oct. 27
Part 1: Hip to be Square? 1-3:30pm • $45
Part 2: Sutras, Pranayama & Meditation 4-6pm • $35
Attend both sessions for $70 • SIGN UP EARLY to reserve your spot


Part 1: Hip to Be Square? 
Should your hips be square in Warrior (Virabhadrasana) 2? What about Warrior 1? And what's the difference between those two anyway? (Hint: a lot!)
 
Let's explore together! This 2.5-hour workshop will include:
• Yoga Practice available to all levels
• Discussion on anatomy and the uniqueness of each of our bodies
• Ways to make your practice feel good and allow energy to flow with ease
• Cultivating kindness in your practice 
 
Part 2: Sutras, Pranayama & Meditation
Discover the philosophy behind living your yoga off the mat, with an Introduction to the Yoga Sutras. We'll discuss key yoga sutras (threads or aphorisms) that dive into the nature of what Yoga truly is (it's not just yoga poses!), followed by a Pranayama (breathing) and Meditation practice.
All levels of practitioners welcome.
*Required text: The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali by Chip Hantranft (However, any author's translation is welcome.)
 
Both sessions can be used as Continuing Education hours for Yoga Alliance registered teachers. 


Yoga 101: Beginner's Workshop

w/Brenna Barzenick, PT, DPT, RYT-200

Sun. 8/26/18  • 1-3pm  |   $25  |  Sign up

New to yoga?  Need a refresher on the basics?
In this workshop, you will be guided through the basics of yoga using sound principles of alignment. Pre-registration is required. 

• Brief discussion and introduction to yoga
• 1-hour practice of basic yoga poses, modifications, & breathing
• Q&A


Bigger Bodies Workshop
w/Marc Settembrino, PhD, RYT-200
Sunday, October 14 | 1:00-3:00pm

At Downtown Yoga, we believe that yoga is for EVERY-body regardless of body size, shape, age, or ability. This body-positive workshop affirms our commitment to creating an inclusive yoga community for all. Specially designed for bigger bodied and plus-sized folks, this workshop will teach you the basics of a flow yoga practice, and teach you modifications to make common yoga poses accessible in your body.  2 hours. Fee: $35



​3rd Annual Yoga in the Park
Saturday, October 13 @ 9am
Cate Square Park
$10 suggested donation  |  Sign up 

Join us as we team up with the Aveda Institute Hammond at Cate Square Park for this special donation-based class! Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. All levels welcome. 


Bring a mat, towel, and sunscreen. $10 suggested donation 



Intro to Yoga for Men 
w/Marc Settembrino, PhD, RYT-200
Saturday, October 6 | 11am-12:30pm

​Join Marc Settembrino, PhD, RYT-200, for this 75-minute workshop. The workshop will include a 1-hour yoga practice of basic yoga poses, and will allow time for modifications and questions and answers immediately following the practice. Fee: $25