Yoga Nourishes and Heals


Fourth Annual Yoga Benefit
for Second Harvest Food Bank and NAMI of SC (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

This year we raised $3,559 for Second Harvest Food Bank and the National Alliance on Mental Illness SC! Way to go yoga community! Big thanks to Samantha S. Brown & Kelly Blaser for co-teaching with me, Cat Willis for donating the Tannery World Dance Center, Poppy de Garmo for use of her photo studio to mingle and eat post-yoga snacks, and Peggy Galusha & Susie Kavanagh Ramaekers for helping me out day-of!


With Yoga teachers:
Kelly Blaser, Samantha Shakti, and Alice Kennedy

When: Sunday, November 22nd 3:00-5:30 pm

Where: Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center
1060 River Street #111, Santa Cruz

$45 minimum donation, no one will be turned away for lack of funds
Tea and light snacks served following class.

As yogis we know that the practice can help heal our hearts, build community, and nourish us. At the core of the yoga practice is a deep desire to see all beings be happy, fed, and have everything they need to be free of suffering. As we move into the season of abundance, we have the ability to give freely to others.

Please join us this year for a very special group practice to benefit both Second Harvest Food Bank, and NAMI Santa Cruz.  Second Harvest Food Bank helps to feed our many hungry families in Santa Cruz County, and NAMI SC raises community awareness about mental health and provides support and education to communities and families affected by mental health issues.

Please arrive early and reserve your spot  by emailing:


Yoga Therapeutics with Alice Kennedy


Yoga Rx – Lower Body

Sunday, Sept. 27   2-4:30 PM
Therapeutics for the lower body

Yoga Rx – Upper Body

Sunday, Oct. 4    2-4:30 PM
Therapeutics for the upper body

Breathe Los Gatos
14107-H Winchester Blvd.
Los Gatos, CA 95032

These therapeutic yoga workshops will include some optional hands-on work, touch, and anatomy that is like medicine for aches, pains, injuries, and tough spots.
The sessions will build on each other, so it is helpful to take both, but not required.

Single class: $55 regular, $45 members
Both classes: $90
For detailed information and to register:

Don’t Worry, Be Happy


A Weekend of Yoga Workshops with Alice Kennedy

July 10 – 12, 2015
Graeagle, CA

In this weekend together you don’t need to worry, just be happy!  We all possess unique and exquisite aspects of ourselves.  This will be a weekend of loving self acceptance, understanding, and laughter.  Through the hard work and commitment to the practice of yoga, combined with a weekend of community from near and far, we will all be uplifted.

Friday, July 10th
Well Rested * 5-7pm

A restorative workshop to nurture your body, and help you get settled (or more settled) your own relaxed nature and the beauty of the mountains.

Saturday, July 11th
Happiness Abounds * 9-11:30am
Shoulder Openers, Backbends, and Inversions meant to balance and open you, not knock you off your feet!

Revolve and Evolve * 2-4:00pm
Twists and forward folds to help you feel cleansed and grounded.

Sunday, July 12th
Yoga Rx (Yoga for the Upper Body) * 9:00-11:30am
Therapeutics for the upper body.  This will include some optional hands-on work, touch, and anatomy that is like medicine for aches, pains, injuries, and tough spots.
BONUS! Afternoon Hike * Sunday * 1-3:00pm

All levels of students are welcome.
Space is limited ~ Please register in advance by contacting or call (530) 836-1500. Your space is secured upon arrival of your payment to the studio, either by check or cash.
All 4 sessions: before 6/27 $120 or $140 after
Each session: $35 early/ $40 regular
Traveler Plan: $30 admin fee (Alice’s students)
Group dinner Saturday at Cuccias: $30

Book your stay:
Rooms available at Blackbird Inn (530) 836 -7325
Camping available at Plumas Eureka State Park
Please email for more info and recommendations.

For detailed information about directions, more accommodations, and food please click here.



Illuminate & Inspire


What: Weekend Workshop with Chrissy Graham and Alice Kennedy

When: March 21-22, 2015

Where: Trails Within, Graeagle, CA

Space is limited; please register in advance by contacting:
(530) 836-1500 or

Come celebrate the springtime light of the Vernal Equinox with a weekend of yoga featuring teachers Chrissy Graham and Alice Kennedy. Expect to be stretched, strengthened, and renewed just in time for spring in the mountains!

We have the Blackbird Inn, a B&B in Clio, CA…10 minutes from Graeagle booked for our March weekend.  People can share rooms, call directly to book: (530) 836-7325.  (Mention you are with the yoga group.)

Saturday, March 21st

Standing Poses and Hip Openers with Alice 2:00-4:30pm
Rest and Renew: Restoratives with Chrissy & Alice

Sunday, March 22nd

Awaken the Core with Chrissy All levels welcome

$35 a session before 3/7, $40 after
$90 for all sessions before 3/7, $105 after

Illuminate and Inspire

Balanced Action Yoga Immersion and 200 Registered Yoga Teacher Training


When: Mar 14, 2015 – Feb 7, 2016

Where: Shakti Yoga Shala

More info:

2015-16 Immersion Teacher Training

Faculty includes Samantha S. BrownKenny Graham , Siri Peterson, Alice KennedyKelly Blaser, with special guests Michelle Bouvier, Dr. Mike Lane, & Rebecca Snowball.

100 Hour Immersion
Learn to integrate the foundational principles of yoga as applied to asanas, breath, movement and the understanding of philosophy. Deepen and refine your practice of yoga so that it becomes an even greater healing force in your life.

100 Hour Teacher Training

Through a powerful group process, learn the tools and develop the confidence to share this method of Hatha Yoga. Practice teaching material learned in the Immersion with others, and learn the central elements of teaching public classes with inspiration and precise alignment.

200 Hour Teacher Training Program (may be taken independently OR together to receive a Registered Yoga Alliance Certification):

Balanced Action Yoga’s Vision: “Honoring its roots in Anusara Yoga, Balanced Action Yoga is a heart centered form of alignment based Hatha yoga. BAYoga includes the full spectrum yoga experience- from dynamic flow to precise alignment based asana and therapeutics.”

Yoga is Nutrition


Third Annual Yoga Benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank

Sunday, Nov. 23rd 3:30-6PM

Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center – 1060 River St. #111

with Kelly Blaser, Samantha Shakti, & Alice Kennedy

$45 minimum suggested donation
no one will be turned away for lack of funds

As yoga practitioners we are very fortunate to have the warmth of the practice and the fuel of food and its nutrients to continue that practice. Imbedded in the heart of yoga is the deep desire to see all beings attain what they need in order to be happy. As we move into the season of abundance, we have an opportunity to give freely to others.

Please join us for a special group practice as we raise funds for Second Harvest Food Bank in order to feed the many Santa Cruz families that go hungry everyday.  Our group donation will be matched by a private donation.

Please arrive early and reserve your spot by emailing

Tea and light snacks will be served next door in Poppy DeGarmo’s photo studio after our practice.

Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center is proud to support the Santa Cruz community through dance, cultural, and community engagement. Supporting the Second Harvest Food Bank is at the core of our values as a dance arts organization.

– To DANCE is to GIVE freely

Yoga is Nutrition Benefit poster

Therapeutic Applications of Yoga


Sep 27, 2014 – Feb 8, 2015 ~ Shakti Yoga Shala

with Samantha S. Brown, Kenny Graham, Siri Peterson, Alice Kennedy, Kelly Blaser and Dr. Mike Lane

September 27-28
October 25-26
November 15-16
December 6-7
January 10-11
February 7-8

This six weekend series is open to dedicated students and teachers of yoga and other mind/body healing arts. Continuing education credit through Yoga Alliance with be given to certified teachers. Credit hours will also be given towards the Shakti Yoga Shala 500 hour Teacher Training Program. Continuing Ed Credits available for most holistic health care practitioners. Everyone will learn vital skills to help themselves and others.

Deepen your understanding of the body’s master design for optimal health and regeneration. Pinpoint and address specific root imbalances. Through clarifying mind/body understanding, you will begin to read the body more precisely, and enable the potential of rapid recovery of old, unconscious patterns. Learn to help yourself and others to imprint healthy biomechanics patterns that will prevent future injuries.

Investment: 1,500 commitment by Aug 30th, 1,650 thereafter. Space is limited. Payment plans available. Individual sections of the training can be taken if space allows. To reserve space send check to Shakti Yoga Shala $400, 834 Memory Lane, Boulder Creek, CA 95006. PayPal is also available for credit cards with a 2% additional handling fee.

We will be using “Yoga as Therapy” Volume 1 and Volume two from Doug Keller as the manual. We will also be giving extensive hand outs. Cost of manual is $65 and can be purchased HERE.

Section 1: September 27-28 & October 25-26

Focus: Lower Body. Address injuries associated with the feet, ankles, knees, hips and low back as well as anxiety, poor digestion, irregular elimination and more will be discussed

Section 2: November 15-16 & December 6-7

Focus: Upper Body. Address injuries frequently found in hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, neck, jaw and head. Issues such as vertigo, sensitivity to light and migraine headaches will also be discussed.

Section 3: January 10-11 & February 7-8

Focus: Stress Reduction. Address the digestive system, the thighs, hips, upper back, neck and shoulders. Active and restorative poses will be covered as well as soothing breath work, meditation and deep relaxation (Yoga Nidra).

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Keeping It Simple – Yoga As Shape & Form


Yoga Workshop with Alice Kennedy

Graeagle 2014 posterJuly 11-13, 2014

Graeagle, CA

There is no doubt that yoga is a complex and unique way of looking at our bodies and the world.  There are so many very valuable ways to understand yoga, learn yoga, embody yoga, and teach yoga.  What if we kept it simple, and gently asked the shapes and forms of the poses to whisper to us exactly what we need to know at that time.  What if a pose, however complex or simple, had in it a blueprint of understanding in an of itself?  This weekend we will work together to understand these poses and what they may teach us.  Be prepared to have fun!

Rest and Renew: Friday, July 11, 5-7 pm
A deep, slow, mostly restorative class that will focus on bringing peace and harmony to your weekend.  Come be nourished and embraced by the perfect, sublime nature of your own body and the nature around us.  Expect some mantra and setting of sacred space for the weekend. Suitable for all levels and all body types.

Upside Down &  All Around: Saturday, July 12, 9-11:30 am
How is it that going upside down brings insight into our strengths, our weaknesses, and sometimes our sense of play?  Come learn some practical tools to help build your confidence with inversions.  Who knows?  You might even have fun!  This will be an intermediate class.

Hips & Hamstrings: Saturday, July 12, 3-5:30 pm
Mellow down this afternoon with the power of hips, forward folds, and twists.  These poses often give us a profound perspective into the core of ourselves. Expect an Intermediate class.

Feel Good Backbends: Sunday, July 13, 9-11:30 am
This will be a progressive backbending class meant to help you understand your own body’s unique way of backbending. There will be variations given so you bend, don’t break!   Designed to be a more intermediate class.

BONUS! Afternoon Hike and Contemplation: Sunday, 1-3 pm *$15
Enjoy a group hike in the Lakes Basin where you will be led in a guided contemplation by Alice.

All levels of students are welcome.

Space is limited – Register in advance here.

All 4 sessions before 6/28 $120
All 4 sessions after 6/28 $140
Each session $35 early / $40 late

More details about housing, etc: Graeagle2014RegistrantLetter


The Bounty of Yoga


Second Annual Yoga Benefit
for Second Harvest Food Bank

with Yoga teachers:
Kelly Blaser, Samantha S. Brown & Alice Kennedy

When: Sunday, November 24th 4:00-6:30 pm

Where: Yoga Center Santa Cruz  428 Front Street

Yoga creates within us an abundance of joy, love, and compassion.  It is a potent practice of the heart to share with others, and in the great spirit and beauty of the harvest we have the opportunity to give back.

Please join us for a special group practice as we raise funds for Second Harvest Food Bank in order to nourish the many Santa Cruz families that go hungry everyday.  The group donation will be matched with a private donation.

Please arrive early and reserve your spot  by emailing:

$45 minimum donation, no one will be turned away for lack of funds
Tea and light snacks served following class.

The Bounty of Yoga - Benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank


Yoga Workshops with Laura Christensen


Laura Chrisensen Workshop flyer

Getting into the CORE

Saturday September 7th
2-4:45 pm

The dictionary says that the core is “the central or most important part of something.”  Often neglected in an asana practice, the body’s core is an essential part to awaken, strengthen and lengthen for the health of our spine and our entire body. We will be spending time doing all of these things and examining the essential part of the core in various foundational asanas (postures)

Backbends that feel GOOD!

Sunday September 8th
12-2:45 pm

So often, the gauge of a successful backbend is how deep the bend is and how it looks.  This workshop challenges that concept and will NOT be focused on the exterior form but how it feels from the inside out.  We will use what we learned on Saturday and add to our understating by breaking down some of the keys that make the backbends feel delicious at the moment AND the next day!

Both workshops are mixed levels,  but not appropriate for beginners who have had fewer than 8 classes or students who have any serious therapeutic needs and would be better served in a private session.

Where: Pacific Cultural Center

1307 Broadway Ave. (@ Seabright), Santa Cruz, CA

To register:

$40 per class before Aug 24th
$45  per class thereafter

$70 for both classes before Aug 24th
$80 for both classes thereafter

Click here to get tickets!

Students are encouraged to attend both sessions, as the second session builds on the first.  These workshops will sell out.  Please register early.

Larua Christensen Laura Christensen is a passionate, inspiring, highly skilled national and international yoga teacher who has been a dedicated student of yoga since 1990 and has enjoyed 23 plus years of study under many senior teachers in many different yoga styles.  She is dedicated to uplifting and empowering her students and cultivating a safe place for deep and real connection within and without.  Expect to be profoundly transformed on and off the mat as she skillfully and supportively challenges you and evokes the best version of yourself.  Her powerful presence, authentic voice and focus on integrity motivate students to discover new depths within their hearts and new heights in their asana (posture) practices.  She is honored to be the November 2012 Yoga Journal cover model and featured teacher, and to be featured in several Yoga Journal issues and online videos over the last 10 years. Her focus includes great attention to the breath, core work, balanced energy, intelligent alignment and practical life-supporting inspiration.

To learn more about Laura please visit