Introduction to Ayurveda & how to create Health in your life. Ayurvedic medicine is entirely holistic. It strives to create harmony between the body, mind, and spirit, maintaining that this balance prevents illness, treats acute conditions, and contributes to a long healthy life. Ayurveda views each person as unique with individual needs. We may all be human but we have slightly different physiologies and emotional tendencies. Ayurveda teaches that for these reasons, each person’s path toward optimal health is unique.
Handouts and pens will be included. Prepare to explore some foods and spices to help understand the tastes.
What is Ayurveda? Ancient wisdom and how we apply it today.
What are the Doshas? How does my Dosha affect my health and choices?
What does it mean to be “healthy”? What does Prakruti mean?What does Vikruti mean?
What is agni? How to I keep the fire burning?
We attribute it all to the Gunas!
This will be the first of a series of 3 Ayurveda workshops.
Oct 19th, 2-4pm: Doshas
Nov 9th, 2-4pm: Taste
Dec 7th, 2-4pm: Self Care
Spark is taking over The Academy SLO on Foothill & Chorro! Come enjoy a FREE 60 minute outdoor yoga session led by Steph Young, grab some swag, good eats, and empowering beats.
Admission is FREE! Space is limited so pre-registration is highly encouraged. Click HERE to register.
There are so many benefits to inverting including improving blood circulation, balance, and core strength. This playful class will focus on safety, strength building for easy entrance and dismount of inversions, as well as proper alignment. Designed for all levels, we'll offer up options and variations to support any practicing yogi. Change your perspective (literally) and build confidence in your practice!
This 90 min class is included in your membership!
Join us for a memorable morning at the White Barn! In this event we'll start with a 1 hour yoga session with Steph on the beautiful lawn at the White Barn overlooking the golden hills of Edna Valley. Directly following, enjoy a a glass of Malene rose & good conversation.
$15 "at the door." CASH ONLY!
Address: 217 Green Gate Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Backbends can be quite emotionally and physically challenging; which gives us incredible opportunity to grow! They're the opposite action of our everyday activities such as texting, driving, sitting at computers, and bending down to pick things up. Backbends are healing partly because they reverse these habitual movement patterns. They open up space, energize, and restore balance to our bodies and our lives. In this 2.5 hour workshop you'll learn how to use and integrate your muscles to keep you safe and strong in backbends. Whether you are confident or newer to back bends this work shop is for anyone looking to learn and expand their knowledge of yoga.
$30 early bird.
$35 day of.
WHETHER YOU ARE POST-NATAL OR SIMPLY CURIOUS ABOUT HOW THE PELVIC FLOOR FUNCTIONS, WAYS TO STRENGTHEN, AND PROPER MODIFICATIONS FOR YOUR YOGA PRACTICE, THIS WORKSHOP IS MEANT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN UNDERSTANDING MORE ABOUT THEIR BODY. LEARN ABOUT THE FEMALE PELVIC FLOOR, PELVIC-CORE NEUROMUSCLAR SYSTEM (PCNS), COMMON SYMPTOMS AND DYSFUNCTIONS RELATED TO CHILD BIRTH, MENOPAUSE, AND SO MUCH MORE.
$35 PER PERSON. CLASS IS 1 HOUR.
Protect your shoulders, elbows, wrists, and lower back by learning the proper form of chaturanga. We care about the longevity and safety of your practice and are excited to give you this opportunity to learn how to maximize your time on your mat while keeping your body happy & strong.
This class is included in your membership!
Join me for an afternoon of yoga & introspection. Journaling has significantly improved my wellbeing and ability to constructively interpret my emotions, values, and goals. Putting a pen to paper is a profound way to break down thought processes and improve your relationship with yourself as well as encourage self discovery.
In this session, we'll be working with a journal prompt which we'll take with us throughout our yoga practice. Learn the method that has been successful for me and transform the relationship you have with yourself to help build & strengthen your relationship with others.
Custom Spark journals included in price.
$35 early bird.
$40 at the door.
Friends and friends of friends and soon to be friends, all are welcome to this adventure of Breathwork & Shamanic Journeying. As you are invited to come and join me in this gathering of loving hearts. In where i'll be offerings of sacred healing techniques and teachings.
Where have I been:
Over the past 6 months, I’ve being traveling through India, Nepal and in Bali. In each country, I have been sharing this journey to the people and the land that i have come access. This is an offering to you in gratitude and abundance.
This Playshop is an exploration into self-discovery as we excavate our heart’s full potential. Using the alchemic tools of Shamanic Journeying and Breathwork; as they are woven in your personal journey. Revealing your golden heart, so you can experience its true power. During this adventure you will cut the ties of learned fear and limiting beliefs that anchor you in your past stories that are truly no longer serves your highest alignment. As the fear falls away what is increasingly revealed is your compassion and expectance of yourself in what is. This is were you find your true freedom. This work is great for releasing stress and anxiety, resets the nevus system and purging traumas and limitations.
What to expect:
These cutting edge tools are a culmination of over 30 years of being in the healing arts. About 8 years ago I’ve boiled down my toolkit into what I call Breathwork & Shamanic Journeying. This technique creates a space for profound transformation for your mind, body and soul. The 2 part adventure is an experiential journey into the self, experienced in a supine position. We begin by co-creating a sanctuary, a place of refuge. Breathwork harnessing the Prana (the conscious life force) in a 2 part in and a 1 part out breath meditation; that brings you into your body to feel, to feel what is. The Shamanic Journeying invokes spirit to infuse your physically, emotional and energetic bodies with divine light and love (energetic keys that unlock beliefs and barriers) through guided visualizations as we working between time and space allowing transformation to be instantaneous.
$40 for the entire experience.
*Autopay members receive 10% off.
This 1 hour meet up will be an opportunity for those interested in participating in our upcoming Spark Barre training to ask questions, receive information, and gain a deeper understanding of what to expect during the sessions.
This meeting will be held in our Ahimsa room. All are welcome to participate!
Come tune in with Matt Black, Molly McCabe and Jillian Trilliam for sound healing, gentle yoga, and raw cacao. This is to be a special night of transformation and healing through movement, sound, and divine earth medicine cacao. Molly will bring in song, sweet divine alignment, and hands on reiki while you relax and receive. Jillian will pour the cacao, pure ceremonial chocolate, and offer gentle yoga and meditation for the journey within. Matt will bring his singing bowls, medicine drums, and a variety of acoustic instruments to help guide you in connecting to your higher frequency and sink in to deeper levels of consciousness as you manifest and heal.
Dress comfortably, bring your favorite blanket, and a special mug for sipping!
Flip the script! Learn the fundamentals of getting upside down with Adare for this THREE series workshop where we'll explore different methods of building strength while learning a plethora of variations of postures. We get you...sometimes the fear of falling can get in the way of trying something new and experiencing something extraordinary. You are not alone! Adare will also explore proper dismount as well as other safety precautions to ensure longevity of your inversion practice and injury prevention.
MAY 4 - HEADSTAND
MAY 11 - FOREARM STAND
MAY 18 - HANDSTAND
This will be a playful and interactive practice where you'll be welcomed to ask questions. You will also be receiving proper hands-on assists for increased body awareness and form correction.
$35 single session.
$90 whole series.
Offering a compassionate, natural approach for coping with the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Delivering gentle movements and extended holds in postures to help calm the mind and body while exploring a variety of breathing exercises to call upon if hopping into child’s pose isn’t an option where you are. All are welcome. No yoga experience required.
$25 early bird.
$30 at the door.
This is a special learning opportunity where we'll go over functional anatomy around the skeletal segments associated with squats and lunges (talus, tibia, femur, pelvis) and the myofascial groups (groin, quads, hip flexors, glutes, hamstrings) to give you a deeper understanding of your body during the performance of these functional movements. We practice these motions daily in yoga and believe that proper understanding of mobility and alignment is the key to a successful & safe practice.
We will briefly go through some archetypal asana that will help you better understand the most effective way to perform each pose based on skeletal and muscular range of motion.
No previous experience required. All levels encouraged. Room will be warm. No extra charge for members.
Grab your honey and flow together for this partner's yoga workshop with Michelle & Jeremy! Enjoy a 90 min movement series with non-heated vinyasa flow yoga followed by guided partner movement, manual adjustments and assisted savasana. Get cozy with your loved one by encouraging gentle stretches and hands-on practices to obtain the relaxing benefits of yoga as a pair. Gain deeper appreciation and respect for your partner as we center our minds and bodies together. No experience in yoga or partner work required.
After, we'll enjoy wine, chocolate and conversation. Take home a list of the assisted postures we've done together complete with written reminders and images.
$40 per person (early bird)
$50 per person (day of)
All are welcome to this free event, for this is an offer of gratitude for your support and a way of saying so long for now. As I take off on a 6 month adventure to India, Nepal, Bali and Vietnam. I want to offer a little back to the great support you guys have offered me over the 13 years of offering workshop in SLO.
Being with what is in the present moment opens the door for transformation. Set your intention and let your love guide your way through this coming year.
This cutting edge techniques harness ancient wisdom in a loving modality. As it utilizes the breath and spirit in a framework of multidimensional healing energies. As we create sacred, safe and nurturing space for you to find a place of easy within yourself. This paves the way for you to access non-ordinary states of conciseness and inner-awareness for the purpose of self-exploration, emotional elimination and to regain sovereignty over your life. This process is an approach of self-discovery, self acceptance and spiritual healing. This powerful experience weaves the mind, body and emotions together allowing you to become congruent with your Self.
Breathwork harnesses the Prana (the conscious life force) with a 2 part breath meditation. Shamanic Journeying uses guided visualizations along with Krishna’s words to co-create with spirit a non liner healing portal. Working together within all timeline and dimensions, we trace, re-write and delete destructive core buy-ins or beliefs at their creation point. This technique is not for the feint of heart as it is a powerful and transformational modality. Throughout the journey, all you have to do is support yourself in a comfortable position by lying on your back, breath and be with what is going on. (Bring a yoga mat if you have one.)
This work reviles your true state of being, that exists beyond the thinker. It leaves you in a bliss filled, ecstatic state of stillness as it deepens your connection with your soul and grounds you into your body.
Breathwork & Shamanic Journeying is a culmination of Krishna’s life work. In 1991 Krishna started his professional career in the healing arts. For over 25 years he has gathered and mastered many different healing moodily. He has boiled them down into what he offers today in this beautifully powerful adventure, that is continuously evolving.
Welcome Winter Solstice with Yin Yoga, raw chocolate cacao, and Sound Healing!
Winter Solstice has been a tradition around the world for centuries as a celebration of Light and rebirth of the Sun. Join KJ and Matt in a ceremony of cacao combined with yin yoga and vibrational sound therapy to release, to manifest, and to center your entire being for this new cycle around the earth star.
$25 early bird.
In celebration of our 5 year anniversary...a special offering with Leslie St. John!
Practicing GRATITUDE as a community is transformative both individually & collectively. Share space with Leslie St. John for a mindful, 75 minute session of asana & journaling.
What to expect:
- Warm-up & Journal Prompt
- Energizing Flow
- Restorative & Journaling
Class is complimentary for members. $15 drop in rate applies to non-members.
Celebrating 5 INCREDIBLE YEARS! Join us in the celebration. There will be an all-day raffle and random events throughout the day. You all mean SO much to me and are truly an integral part of what makes Spark such a supportive and sparkly place to be.
In this workshop will explore more natural tactics for coping with the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Delivering gentle movements and extended holds in postures to help calm the mind and body while exploring a variety of breathing exercises that you can call upon if hopping into child’s pose isn’t an option where you are. This workshop will also serve as an (optional) way to network amongst members of your community who are working through similar struggles.
$25 early bird.
$30 at the door.
Inviting you to spend a blissful evening with Spark & Halter Ranch. This non-heated, candlelit workshop is a delicious blend of Restorative yoga and massage, followed by an intimate wine tasting/pairing. We promise you a calm, relaxing evening with a perfect balance of yin & yum.
Must be 21 years or over to attend tasting. Class is non-heated.
What does living an “authentic” life mean to you? When are you most alive and on purpose, and when are you not? And, how can you continue to follow your own thread even when you fall into the self-sabotaging traps of doubt, comparison, or fear?
In Embodying Truth, you will:
Create an Ideal Scene of your most Authentic, Alive and On Purpose Life
Explore Authenticity vs. Social Acceptance
Learn ways to navigate any inner Saboteurs, so you can keep moving ahead
Embody your authenticity through yoga.
$35 early bird.
$40 at the door.
Join Michelle & Carly for a very special yoga experience. This workshop offers a 60 minute yoga session followed by an educational discussion about the healing properties of hemp oil. Let time slip away as you rejuvenate the body & enhance your mood. Learn how a heightened sense of awareness or focus, more controlled movement, and an enhanced state of consciousness can benefit your daily practice. Class will be fun, mindful, and delicious!
Enjoy complimentary offerings by Whalebird Kombucha, bllkmrktslo, & The Neighborhood.
10% off for autopay members.
Join us at Lincoln Market & Deli for patio yoga lead by Steph, the owner of Spark Yoga. Then hang out on the patio to reward yourself with some tasty bites & bubbles!
Your $30 ticket gets you a 50 minute yoga session on our newly renovated patio, one of the items from our yogi breakfast menu, coffee & either a 1/2 bottle of champagne (w/complimentary OJ) or kombucha.
Spots will fill up quickly & space is limited so book your spot today at smileatspark.com in their events section!
For questions call Lincoln @ 805.543.3443 or Spark Yoga @ 805.439.1848.
Our first posture lab where we will break down the fundamentals of half moon pose. Learn how to properly set up for and safely execute the posture as well as understand alignment and modifications.
This mock workshop is meant to be both informative and interactive. This will be an excellent opportunity to ask questions and get hands-on help to maintain overall longevity in your practice!
No previous experience required. All levels encouraged.
Class included in membership. $15 drop in will apply for non-members.
This workshop will start with a 90 minute customized detoxifying restorative yoga treatment by Victoria Kromhout. Hold restorative poses while a licensed acupuncturist and yoga instructor make adjustments, intuitively providing bodywork and essential oils to maximize your experience. Your yoga practice will conclude with a customized mini-acupuncture treatment delivered right to you on your mat. Concluding with complimentary Medicinal Chinese Herbal Teas to reenforce the detoxifying intention of this experience. Payment is required to reserve your spot as spaces are limited.
All ticket purchases are final.