Beginner Yoga Series
with Charlotte Evans
Every Tuesday and Thursday
January 30 – February 22
Free Spirit Yoga in Eden, Utah
Walking into your first yoga class can be an intimidating experience—expectations on yourself to already be flexible and know all the postures can leave you high tailing it to the door in one hot second. Sound relatable? This series has been designed for those who are hesitant to start but curious about beginning a yoga practice and for those who want to deepen a practice that is already going strong. We will be exploring over 25 postures and discussing some of the philosophy behind the practice.
Yoga is much more than a physically therapeutic practice to gain strength and flexibility—that is only a small part of the whole. A consistent yoga practice can also help relieve stress and anxiety, help you think more clearly and can help you feel more balanced and centered.
Charlotte Evans will be teaching this series! She has been practicing yoga for 8 years and teaching for almost 4 years here at Free Spirit and the greater Ogden area. She completed her 200-hour YogaLife teacher training with Maggie Odette in 2014 and 60-hr Personal Yoga Teaching/Business Mentorship with Scott Moore in 2016.
Curious for more information?
Contact us at Free Spirit Spa &Yoga in Eden!
Purchase the Beginner Yoga Series by clicking
with Allison Ottley and Jani Gamble of RopaNa
Free Spirit Yoga Studio-Eden, Utah
What is Kirtan?
Kirtan is a form of devotional chanting, primarily in Sanskrit, whose roots go back over 500 years to India. It is a form of Bhakti Yoga (yoga of devotion) and has the power to open the heart. It is generally call and response singing. The singing is accompanied by musical instruments and rhythmic drumming and the audience is encouraged to participate by chanting, clapping, or even dancing!
In its heartfelt expression kirtan can induce profound states of meditation, bliss and ecstasy. There is a sweet sound vibration that permeates through all layers and is a mysterious connection that draws people together.
This event is free of charge, but a $ love offering will be accepted. You are not required to participate, you can just sit and be in the yummy! If you DO want to participate, we will help you with words and melody, but the important part is that you SING, no matter what it sounds like! There are no awards being handed out here. 😉
Bring a blanket or pillow to sit on, or your own chair, there will be very limited chairs available. Most of us will be on the floor. Please also feel free to bring instruments if you feel called to do so, or just come if you can, come as you are.
Allison and Jani invite participants to bring instruments, and if any musicians would like to jam along, they are welcome to!
Allison Ottley was raised and trained by professional Classical musicians with a deep love for Jazz. She sings regularly here in Salt Lake with local jazz groups, with her band Wayward Molly, in churches, in schools, in hospice, births, pretty much anywhere.
Jani Gamble was similarly raised in a family that loved to sing together and also sang with choral groups from early on, which led to her love of joining with others to share in the creation of music collaboratively. She has co-founded and performed with several musical groups with a wide diversity of styles, including Sister Wives, Wayward Molly, Twist of Faith and Blue Buckaroos.
Allison and Jani originally connected through music and have been exploring their mutual love for a variety of musical styles over many years. In their own search for truth and healing, they have become more connected to Music as Medicine as Sacred Song Keepers. Shattering what no longer serves us and moving it along its way through sound is the intention…A clearing.
Jani Gamble and Allison Ottley
KRIYA YOGA with Bhavani Maki author of The Yogi’s Roadmap
MAY 31st – JUNE 2nd 2018
Sutra Class 1 (Thursday evening 2 hours)
Patanjali uses the term Kriya Yoga as the active purification of the physical, mental and emotional bodies. The first aspect he mentions is Tapas, the value of challenging our self to keep us vital and dynamic. We will explore Tapas in reference to the Sutra on practice of asana and pranayama .
Asana Class 1 (Friday morning 2.5 hours)
The Yoga asana can be applied systematically as an act of purification, known as Kriya. This subtle yet profound shift penetrates the physical and subtle bodies in a way that moves energy to uplift and invigorate all of our systems. Standing, balancing and twisting asana will provide the context to explore freedom within the content of our being.
Sutra Class 2 (Friday afternoon 2 hours)
The second aspect of Kriya Yoga is Svadhyaya, self-analysis. An inquiry into the nature of Self and how the Sutra encourage the art of unfolding into one’s most authentic Self.
Asana Class 2 (Saturday morning 2.5 hours)
The ancient masters describe strength as the development of Sushumna Nadi, or the central nervous system and Bandha as a point of stability to explore concentrated awareness. This class will work directly with the nervous system as the link between the Earth’s magnetic field and accessing cellular lightness in our personal sphere.
Sutra Class 3 (Saturday afternoon 2 hours)
The third aspect of Kriya Yoga is Ishwarapranidhana, recognition that there is a greater perspective that holds all of creation in balance. An inquiry into the nature of the spirit and the soul, and how to leverage one’s Karma into Dharma – our unique offering of self to the Self.
International Yoga teacher and author, Bhavani Maki, attended her first Yoga class at the age of nine, and began her exploration of Patañjali’s Aṣtānga Yoga in 1987. She founded Aṣtānga Yoga Kaua’i and began teaching in 1995, Yoga Hanalei in 1999, and training Yoga teachers in 2003. Bhavani has made seven trips to India to study with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, as well as having the rare opportunity of hosting him twice on her home island of Kaua’i. She received her teacher training and authorization from Aṣtānga Yoga Masters Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, South India, and Baba Hari Dass of Hardwar, North India. She studied Saṃṣkrta in Mysore, South India with Professor Narayanachaya, and regards Rama Jyoti Vernon as integral in her understanding of the Patañjali Yoga Sūtra, and the weaving of metaphysical teachings with the practices of Yoga, that she continues to share with her students to this day.
Née Silvia Kazazis, Bhāvani was raised quadrilingual in the milieu of the University of Chicago, from a multicultural European background, and has traveled extensively from a young age. Bhavani interweaves the insights she has gathered into a holistic exploration of the microcosmic and macrocosmic self. Dedicated to exploring Yoga in its complete expression, her teachings are steeped in the traditions of Patañjali’s classical eight-limbed Yoga, with an emphasis on integrity of alignment and the use of Yoga as therapy.
Often described as a teacher’s teacher, Bhavani offers unique insights into discovering greater joy and freedom. She specializes in addressing the individual’s specific needs to develop a practice appropriate to their challenges, physical injuries, and desire for personal growth and transformation. Bhavani believes that that engaging in all the aspects of Yoga is a means of compressed evolution. that uplifts, connects, and accesses the inner source of joy.
Since 1993, Bhavani has resided on the island of Kaua’i with her husband Ray and son Nikola, on their organic permaculture farm. She offers Yoga classes, intensives, and annual teacher training programs at her studio, Yoga Hanalei, as well as Yoga workshops on the US mainland and Europe.
To learn more about Bhavani visit:
Breakfast Ideas for Winter Warmth and Health.
Sweet Potato-Butternut Ginger Soup
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded & cubed
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled & diced
1 stalk celery, diced
Vegetable broth or water
Coconut milk-1 can
1-2 inches Fresh ginger, peeled & grated
Cinnamon, Salt & Pepper to taste
Saute all vegetables and ginger in 2-3 T coconut oil, add vegetable broth or water to cover vegetables and slow simmer until veggies are soft. Add coconut milk. Blend 1/2 of the soup in a blender and add back to pot. Stir in cinnamon, salt & pepper to taste.
Free Spirit offers an option to RENEW this season!
Winter is a wonderful time to focus on
EMBRACE the season in
OGDEN VALLEY’S beautiful WONDERLAND.
Choose from a combination of our offerings to make your retreat a memorable mountain valley escape.
Private Spa Retreat for Couples, Wedding Party or Friends and Family Getaway. Choose from our menu of sumptuous Aveda Facials, Massage Therapies and Pedicures.
Private Yoga Group or Individual Class.
Visit our Smoothie, Tea & Espresso Bar in between services or as a refresher after Yoga.
Ask us for Lodging Assistance, we would love to help you find the perfect abode.
Enjoy shopping at our Aveda skin & body care shop and Yoga Studio Boutique. Find unique clothing and gives, books, incense, Yoga & mediation gifts, pottery, organic tea & coffee, and local art.
Now Serving Coffee, Espresso & Smoothies
Sip on a warming cup of Aveda Comforting Tea or your favorite latte while browsing in our gift boutique. We are proud to carry Bhakti Chai Teas and Salt Lake Roasting Company coffees from around the world.
WARM BHAKTI CHAI
Micro-brewed black tea with fresh pressed ginger and all the chai spices with your choice of organic coconut, soy or almond milk. Served warm with a dash of cinnamon.
Coconut water, kiwi, spinach, mint, Hawaiian spirulina, local honey and lemon.