Tapping into Our Inner Wisdom: A Weekend of Sadhana (May 3rd - 5th)

Menstruation. Fertility. Birth. Postpartum. Menopause. These phases that occur in the body and mind are often either relegated to the clinical setting or ignored altogether by society. As a result, those of us who experience these dynamic shifts may find that our voices are silenced, and we may avoid asking for the support that we need to do pristine self-care. This silencing may make us feel disconnected from ourselves and from our communities.

This disconnection from our inherent wisdom can become reflected in our bodies and, as a result, in our yoga practice. This workshop series is meant to start an important and necessary conversation about the body’s natural cycles, and how those cycles can teach us to tap into our intuition and agency in our lives both on and off our mats.

In engaging this conversation, we aim to create an inclusive space that welcomes cis female, trans male, queer, and non-binary individuals. Together, we will validate, explore, and nurture our unique and shared experiences with the socio-physiological challenges of the body’s energetic hormonal system—especially through the lens of Ashtanga Yoga practice.

Join us  Friday May 3rd - Sunday May 5th for a weekend of Ashtanga Yoga, workshops guided by the teachings of Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Midwifery, and Sangha. Exploring these healing and wellness practices will help you to make connections to your own personal experiences.

*A portion of the proceeds from this weekend will be donated to Women Against Abuse and Odanadi Seva Trust

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Ayurveda Introduction and Restorative Practice with Acupuncture (Friday 6pm - 9pm)

During the first evening of our weekend together Meghan Kirk will teach an intro to Ayurveda, including an overview of basic terms from Sankhya and a discussion about the 4 Purusharthas (right goals in life) and the four Ashramas (stage of life). The focus of this evening is to learn how these concepts can offer us guidance in our practice and in learning how to best use our practice to support and nurture us as we move through the stages and phases of our lives. Time will be made for introductions and student led discussion. The evening will conclude with a short restorative practice, during which participants will receive an acupuncture treatment from Heather Shultz, L.Ac., M.Ac.

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Mysore Practice with Meghan Kirk (Saturday 8:30 - 10:15am/10:15 - 12pm)

Traditional Ashtanga Mysore classes limited to 10 students per session.

Sthira: Learning Stability in Asana and Steadiness of Mind: (Saturday 1 – 4pm)

            Often times the modern lens through which asana is viewed places a high value on flexibility and conflates strength with the ability to perform complicated transitions and arm balances. This workshop will focus on the gross and subtle aspects of practice that help us to find stability in body and as a vehicle to understand our inherent strength. We will look the qualities of the breathe, how to access the foundational support in each asana, and ways to access the supports of the “core”, as well as why and how we can become disconnected from our deepest layers of support.

Class will be taught by Meghan Kirk and Jenifer Spangenberg of Mysore Philadelphia

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Mysore Practice with Meghan Kirk (Sunday 9:00 – 10:45am/10:45 – 12:30pm)

Traditional Ashtanga Mysore practice limited to 10 students per session.

Understanding the Wisdom of the Menstrual Cycle (Sunday 1:30 – 4:30 pm)

Through the lenses of Western Medicine and Midwifery, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda we will discuss what a healthy menstrual period look and feels like, better understand the hormones and shifts that are occurring within each month, and explore the deep wisdom we have access to during our monthly cycle. We will also look at means of self care, discuss the idea of “Ladies Holiday”, and learn what monthly bleeding and associated symptoms are telling us about our bodies, and their states of a balance or imbalance. There will be time for questions and discussion from participants throughout.

Discussion led by Alicia Shulman, L.Ac., Rebecca Ingalls, CNM, WHNP, and Meghan Kirk, ALC

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Cost: $185 for the weekend (participation in individual sessions may be made available closer to the event)

Contact: Meg@MysorePhiladelphia.com to register

*Please note that due to limited space all registrations are final and refunds will not be offered unless another student is able to take your place. 

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We will be offering two full scholarships for students unable to afford the cost of the weekend. To be considered for these scholarships please write Meg@MysorePhiladelphia.com with a brief description of  your interest in attending and your practice history. (If you are new to the practice you are welcome to apply – we will happily get you started in the first steps of your practice over the weekend.) Scholarship recipients will be notified by April 1st.

Rebecca Ingalls, Ph.D., MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC

Rebecca Ingalls, Ph.D., MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC, is a newly-minted certified nurse-midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner. During her prior career as an English professor, Rebecca started practicing Ashtanga, and also gave birth to her children with midwives, a doula, and a tremendously supportive partner—these influences changed her life and her sense of purpose. Shortly after getting tenure, Rebecca took a leap of faith, resigned, and went back to school to begin a new career. She brings to her work a compassionate and holistic commitment to reproductive and gynecologic care across the lifespan. Rebecca she has been practicing Ashtanga for 11 years, and she lives in Philadelphia with her partner and two small children.

Meghan Kirk, Authorized Level 2 (KPJAYI), ALC

Meghan is the director of Mysore Philadelphia. She is a student of R. Sharath Jois and received his blessing to teach the Primary and Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Yoga in 2015. In the fall of 2016 Meghan had the honor of assisting at the KPJAYI and continues to make yearly trips to study with her teacher. Meghan is also an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant, having completed a course of study facilitated by Ed Zadlo, through the American Institute of Vedic Studies in the fall of 2017, a Birth Arts trained Doula (birth and postpartum), and is currently completing a course on Ayurvedic care specific to the postpartum window through The Sacred Window School. Her focus is to create space and support for women to tap into their intuition and inherent wisdom throughout their lifecycle. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, 18 month old daughter and two dogs. She has been practicing since 2009.

Alicia Shulman, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.

Alicia has practiced Ashtanga yoga since 2011. A keen interest in nutrition and wholistic health therapies led Alicia to try East Asian medicine, and her response to those treatments was so powerful that she decided to make it a lifelong study. Alicia holds a Masters in Acupuncture Studies from the Won Institute of Graduate Studies in Glenside, PA, and she is certified as a Diplomate of acupuncture with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Alicia is trained in several modalities, including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Five-Element acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, gua sha, and cosmetic facial protocols to treat both chronic and acute conditions. Alicia specializes in women's health and sees patients in the Northern Liberties area of Philadelphia and in Mt. Airy. More information about Alicia's offerings may be found at www.attendacupuncture.com.

Dr. Heather Shultz D.Ac. L.Ac. Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)

Heather is a nationally board certified (NCCAOM) and state licensed acupuncturist specializing in the treatment of pain, oncology support and fertility support.  She graduated from the Won Institute of Graduate studies with a Masters of Acupuncture in 2010 and the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine with her Doctorate of Acupuncture in 2018. She believes that life is inherently wise and that each person can access that wisdom. Her goal is to remind the body how to heal itself and to help every patient live a life with less (or no) pain and more joy.

Heather loves being outside, hiking, camping and backpacking with her family and rescue pittie. She finds joy and growth in her 10 year yoga practice (5 years as an Ashtanga practitioner).

Jenifer Spangenberg, LMT, CYT

Jen has been practicing Ashtanga since 2013 and is a teacher at Mysore Philadelphia and an LMT (licensed massage therapist) and the owner of Prema Philadelphia

After years of practice and many injuries Jenifer discovered she had a condition known as EDS (Ehlers Danlos Syndrome) Hypermobility type. Since then she has been able to apply her experience as a dedicated practitioner of Ashtanga yoga to understand her condition and had gained valuable insight about the need for a firmly rooted foundation in order to find strength, stability and sustainability in practice.