Time: 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.; Teacher: Mark Watson or Desarae Skidmore.
Time: 10:30 – 12:00; Teacher: Mark Watson.
Tuition for Winter II 2018 Session
All session class are 90 minutes long and your payment secures your spot for the entire term of the session.
Tuition for Winter II 2018 Session
Unlimited includes all session classes except Gay Abraham's class.
Fee for 8 week Session$128.00
Unlimited Classes in Winter II Session$230.00
Desarae's 5 Week Class$90.00
Desarae's 5 Week Class Drop-in$20.00
Gay Abraham Session Is 6 Weeks for$120.00
Fees for Drop-In Classes
Punch cards expire 90 days after purchase. Drop-In Classes: For students with shifting work schedules, this class is designed for those of beginning and mixed level wanting to focus on their asana practice while learning rudimentary Yoga concepts. Drop-ins are allowed in session classes if space is available. Cost is $18.
4 Class Punch Card
8 Class Punch Card
What is a Session Class?
What is a Session Class?
Many classes at the Yoga Path are taught in "sessions". This is like a semester of school. The format allows for a continuity of instruction, so poses and practices can be introduced, developed, and refined over a period of time as with most learning. So students enroll to attend a weekly class. (Some choose to come more often.) In the event a student is unable to attend their regular weekly class, making up that class time during the session is recommended and encouraged. "Drop-ins" students may come to any "session" class, keeping in mind they may not get the full benefit of continuous instruction. There are also several purely "Drop-in" classes available during the week. See schedule for details.
"Foundations" Class Fees Are
Punch cards expire 60 days after purchase.
4 Class Punch Card
8 Class Punch Card
Iyengar Yoga, named after B.K.S. Iyengar, is a style of Hatha yoga that involves detailed instruction, a focus on proper body alignment, and the use of props whenever necessary to perform asana correctly and safely. Iyengar Yoga classes are often split into levels 1, 2, and 3. This allows for the steady progression of skill and awareness, which cultivates an understanding and practice of technique sometimes missed, with the practice of quick sequence through many poses.
Beginning Level 1 Classes
Recommended for students new to yoga. This class introduces basic poses, principles of correct alignment and posture, yoga philosophy, relaxation, and breath awareness. Essential fundamental yoga concepts, terms, and traditions will be touched on that will greatly aid students in developing a clear understanding as the intent and practice of Yoga.
Level 2 Classes
Is geared towards continuing students who have completed two (or more), Level I sessions. This class is not suitable for students who have never practiced yoga before, however an understanding of Iyengar yoga principles is not a prerequisite.
For continuing students with three or more years experience in yoga and have established a personal practice outside of class in postures, breathing, and sitting.
Iyengar Yoga Restorative
Students learn how to practice supported poses which calm the nervous system and quiet the mind. All poses create specific physiological responses which are beneficial to health and can reduce the effects of stress and stress-related disease.
Gentle / Therapy
An appropriately paced class for people who are hesitant to try yoga due to stiffness or other health issues. This class is ideal for people recovering from injury, surgery, or long illnesses. on-going class for people who are hesitant to try yoga due to stiffness or other health issues.
For individuals who are new to yoga or those wishing to reconnect with the fundamentals of practice and cultivate awareness. Postures are done at a slow and steady pace with a focus on alignment and mindful movement. Designed to maintain or gently increase strength, flexibility, and balance, the class includes centering, postures (asanas), breath awareness, and relaxation. Non-Iyengar.
In this class you will learn how to foster and practice healthy movement, breath, and stillness. As you gain more freedom and stability in your body and mind, tension and pain decrease, and you feel more at ease. Discussions are centered on how our exploration of yoga poses and philosophy carries over into our daily lives. This class is for those who are new to yoga, those experiencing tension and pain, and for those who want to deepen their awareness. Class size is small and registration is by session only (no drop-ins) to allow for the building of skills. Non-Iyengar.
This is an exploration many types of mindfulness meditation — Guided, Silent, Sitting, Walking, Breathing, Insight, Metta, Mudita. Anyone can attend, all are welcome. Whether you have experience with meditation or not. "Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now, without wishing it were different".
There is no formal instruction during the group sits and no fees (just donation). The practice in informal and nurturing. Cushions and zafu are available for sitting, as well as chairs. On Monday evening the Yoga Path hosts the Honey Locust Sangha, a community which practices mindful living in the tradition of the Buddhist monk, teacher and author Thich Nhat Hanh.
*Gay Abraham session is 6 weeks for $120 (no drop-in accepted for Gay's classes. ^Desarae's 5 week class is $90/Drop-in $20
Spring Mindfulness Retreat 2018
"Going Home" - Exploring Life's Journey into Ourselves: A Mindfulness Retreat. April 26 – 29, 2018.
"And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?"
Jalaluddin Rumi When we travel there is an intention, a plan, a moving forward, unforeseen obstacles, and unexpected delights. We are often uncomfortable with the flux that throws us off-balanced. Even though much that is unfamiliar and strange, we try to come home to these new surroundings, to make a part of ourselves. Transformation and healing occurs as we stretch out into life's journeys. When we touch life this deeply, we discover that our suffering and joy are interwoven with all beings in many circumstances. From such exploration understanding and compassion are born. "How will you go about finding that thing, the nature of which is totally unknown to you?" Meno.
This year we are offering two options to Participate:
Attend four days from Thursday evening 6 pm. through Sunday afternoon 3 pm
or attend three days from Friday evening 5 p.m to Sunday afternoon 3 pm.
Held in the tranquil setting of the Creighton University Retreat Center
For all people: Led by dharma teacher Terry Cortes Vega; Sponsored by the Omaha Community of Mindful Living; At the Creighton University Retreat Center, Griswold Iowa.
It is a quiet place in nature, near Griswold Iowa, about 45 minutes from Omaha.
CURC is a full-service retreat center with excellent meeting/conference rooms, overnight facilities, dining hall, and chapel. The comfortable facilities and hospitable environment are set in 157 acres of wooded area, with ambling trails along a river teeming with wildlife, song birds, and a sublime night sky.
Established in the Jesuit tradition of St. Ignatius Loyola, the center offers a variety of programs to individuals and groups.
They welcome many groups of different traditions and backgrounds.
Registration Deadline April 11, 2018. These fees also includes $30/day of dana (donation) to the teachers. More can be contributed individually. Financial assistance is available for those who need it. Registration fees can be made online with credit card thru PayPal or check. Space is limited so register early. (make checks payable to: Omaha Community of Mindful Living). For additional info: email Colleen Brown (colleen.brown7@.com) or 402-740-7525.
Thurs – Sunday
(per double person occupancy)$300.00
Private Room (as Available)$360.00
(per double person occupancy)$210.00
Private Room (as Available)$270.00
Iyengar Yoga Workshop with Mary Obendorfer & Eddy Marks
Untangling the Knots of Life
In our consciousness there are blocks of pain, stress, and frustration called internal formations. They are also called knots because they tie us up and obstruct our freedom. The Sanskrit word for these knots is samyojana. It means "to crystallize." After a time, it becomes very difficult to undo the knots, and we cannot ease the constriction of this crystallized formation. Every one of us has internal formations that we need to take care of. Being taught the practice of yoga from skilled teachers is one of the best ways to untangle these knots. Thus we experience transformation and healing in our life.
April 20 – 22 / Weekend Workshop
The Yoga Path is happy to host for the Omaha yoga community two of the most knowledgeable and engaging Iyengar Yoga teachers in the United States. These Senior Iyengar teachers are certified at the Advanced level. They teach worldwide as well as train and assess teachers for certification For decades they studied with the Iyengars in India, living there for a year in 2003 and 7 months in 2009. Guruji's original and transformative approach to yoga inspires them to guide students with clarity and precision from the skin to the soul. They co-direct the BKS Iyengar Yoga Center of San Diego (est. 1979). This workshop is for students and teachers who have been practicing yoga asana for at least one year and wish to further enhance their current practice.
Cost: $210 for full workshop before April 7, 2018 – $240 afterward. We encourage registration for the entire workshops but individual sessions are available for $65 if room is available. Cancellation Policy: All but $25 of fee is refundable (if your space can be filled). You spot will be confirmed when full payment is received. Space is very limited so register early.
Friday 6:00 – 8:30pm: Asana with some Friday night restorative
Sat. 9:00am - 11:30 am – Pranayama & Asana
Sat 1:30 – 4:00 pm – Further Investigation into a Deeper Asana Practice
Sun 9:00am – 11:30 am – Pranayama & Asana
More About the Teachers
Both teachers are members of IYNAUS whose mission is to spread the teachings of B. K. S. Iyengar and the Iyengar Family. The IYNAUS Board believes that central to that mission is helping Iyengar Yoga teachers promote their classes, to inform more people about Iyengar Yoga and to bring them its unique benefits. Students are urged to "Look for the Mark" in choosing a teacher — the Iyengar Yoga Certification Mark.
Mary was one of the few people from around the world to attend the invitation only Back Bend intensive given directly by Mr. Iyengar. She also worked with Dr. Mary Schatz in India documenting the therapeutic yoga that BKS Iyengar is so famous for.
A trained exercise physiologist from UCLA, Eddy has taught yoga for cardiac rehabilitation as well as anatomy and physiology for yoga students. Four decades of searching practice helps him to convey Guruji's illuminating teachings with clarity, insight and progressive refinement. At Geetaji's request he wrote the book B.K.S. Iyengar: Archive Project 2007. He is co-writing writing a book Guruji called Hidden Wisdom of Iyengar Yoga.
Deeper Practice: Training the Inner Teacher
Why Do Yoga?
Those of us who take up yoga, we do so with the intent of improving our life. We come to yoga with aching knees, bad backs, chronic pain, stressful out-of-control daily existence, and sleepless nights. We hope this ancient tradition applied in modern times can somehow help with these maladies. And for most of us it inevitably does help in some shape or form: physically, emotionally, mentally, socially and perhaps even spiritually. Often yoga changes our lives in ways that we never expected or imagined.
A Different Way to Learn
A Deeper Practice is a journey for those who have started down this path of yoga but choose to go farther and in a direction not often taken. This program allows you to explore and discover for yourself the many benefits and joys of a mindfulness-based yoga practice. This is an intense, but nourishing course that cultivates focused awareness, a personal yoga practice, meditative skills, and an authentic commitment to a mindful life.
More Than Teacher Training
Many schools offer training programs to help students become teachers. A Deeper Practice, however, is a transformational course that fosters your own inner teacher. In yoga there is the concept of dukkha, which is often defined as suffering, but is more accurately translated as "ill-being." In looking deeply for our inner teacher you untie the intricacies that often entangle your lives in this dukkha. By applying the lessons of a yogic tradition that is over 3000 years old, but still relevant today, you begin to understand the nature of mind. On a practical level this is done by nurturing a healthy, nourishing practice. With help, you will develop a personally-tailored asana practice, foster a joyous sitting meditation routine, learn creative understanding of yoga history and philosophy, cultivate better focus along with higher states of concentration, and have a deeper abiding gratitude for life and things of this life. The program is intense, but nourishing; ambitious but worthwhile.
Who Is It For?
This program is right for you if you have a hunger to understand and learn factors that influence your life. If you want to make a commitment to realizing joy and happiness that is abiding. If you want to take the time and energy to learn to cultivate an enduring state of peace and health. And you want to work in community to realize that your happiness and joy are not separate from happiness and joy of others. On a practical level, this program includes 2½ day weekend sessions once a month for 9 months. (see schedule below for more information). A commitment to devote your time and energy to this specific practice. And a generous willingness to help yourself and fellow students learn and engage in these teachings.
The Yoga Path of Omaha
Practices mindfulness-based yoga. In it's teaching of yoga it is influenced by the in depth teachings of BKS Iyengar. Our practice of mindful and meditation is influenced by the skillful teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, as well as those of S.N Goenka in the Vipassana tradition. We further include an exploration of Native American spirituality with its abiding reverence in nature and its confluence with Eastern spirituality.
Improved health, mental and physical
Better understanding of yoga philosophy
Personal tailored asana practice
A joyful meditation practice
More focus and higher states of concentration
An abiding gratitude for life and things of this life
Experiential knowledge of the unity with all things
Weekend schedule: Fridays 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Saturdays 10:30 – 4:30 p.m. Sunday 9:00 – 12:00 a.m. at Pony Creek Practice Center.
April 6 - 8 Retreat: "the Embodied Practice, Understanding Our Mind"
May 4 - 6 Exploring the Basis of a Mindfulness Based-Yoga practice
June 1 - 3 Graduation: Bringing Yoga to Life
Attend all weekend class times
Be an enrolled student at the Yoga Path
Complete all readings
Work with teachers on your own personal practice
Plan to attend a mindful-based retreat
Bringing Yoga to Life, Donna Farhi
Yoga: The Iyengar Way Mira Mehta
Yoga in Action: Preliminary Course: Geeta S. Iyengar
Yoga Sutras Chip Hartranft
Bhagavad Gita Jack Hawley
The Miracle of Mindfulness Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfulness in Plain English Bhante Bunaratana
Light on Yoga BKS Iyengar
The Inner Tradition of Yoga Michael Stone
Full session $1800 by September 30
2 – Payment Plan: One payment of $925 by September 30 and $925 by January 30.
Monthly Payment plan: $220 prior to start of each session
The body does its best to give us what we want.
When we ask it to move a certain way, it will oblige. As a result, we can develop patterns that are no longer optimal over time. Rather than moving as we're designed to move, we move in ways that create pain and strain. We find ourselves chronically tense and not enjoying life. In this class you will learn how to foster and practice healthy movement, breath, and stillness. As you gain more freedom and stability in your body and mind, tension and pain decrease, and you feel more at ease. Discussions are centered on how our exploration of yoga poses and philosophy carries over into our daily lives.
Contact me either by email at email@example.com or call me at 402-968-3082
If you are new to my classes, please call so that we can discuss your needs.
One-on-one sessions focus on your individual needs and include a home program designed for your goals.
Contact me for more information.
Gay has been teaching for over 20 years.
She began her mentor-ship in the Iyengar tradition with Margaret Hahn in 1980 and over the years has sought to expand her skills by studying with a variety of teachers, including Ramanand Patel, Kamal Paul, Judith Hanson Lasater, Tias Little, John Friend, and Mary Paffard. Her focus over the last six years has been therapeutic yoga, training with Susi Hately and her mentors. Therapeutic yoga has helped her become aware of how much her overthinking takes her out of life and allowed her to experience the "felt sense" that makes her feel more alive. She loves supporting students in the process of self-discovery, growing awareness, and having fun doing it.
disclaimer:pricing and availability subject to change.
At the Yoga Path we try to honor this tradition, in an atmosphere that is simple, quiet, and conducive to learning. Any person, in any circumstance or condition, can practice yoga. Learning is not restricted by physical capability, composition, age, or stress level. All that is required is a willingness to learn and a commitment to walk through the door.