Yoga Workshops

Workshops give you the opportunity to study, practice and refine a specific aspect of Yoga, with direct instruction from an experienced teacher. Kushala offers regular workshops from visiting and regular instructors on topics including yoga postures, breathing and meditation, lifestyle, ethics and philosophy.

Workshops are an excellent way to compliment and inspire your regular practice, and bring new skills and insights onto your yoga mat, and into your daily life.

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Exploring the Eight Limbs of Yoga Workshop with Chris Dunphy and Karen Andersen


Are you curious to learn more about the roots and relevance of yoga’s diverse practices beyond the familiarity of yoga postures? In this workshop, we will examine and discuss the underlying principles and practices that support not just how we “do yoga” on our mats, but also how they can lend clarity of the mind and heart to lead a more grounded, engaged and awakened life.

To balance the demands of modern living, we often turn to the posture practice of yoga, supported by breathing exercises and mental centering. Although yoga postures offer countless benefits, they arose from a rich tradition of long standing and interwoven lineages, each offering a set of yoga practices, often grouped into “limbs” or “anga” in Sanskrit. A widely recognized framework of practices today are eight limbs of yoga (aṣṭānga yoga or rāja yoga) that were transcribed in the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali, a two-thousand year old text that forms the basis of the Yoga darśana (philosophy).

In this workshop you we will:

  • Explore the origins and evolution of the 8 limb yoga practice.
  • Learn what the 8 limbs of yoga are, and how they can be practiced on the yoga mat and in daily life.
  • Explore and connect to the meaning of the eight limbs from a personal, relational, societal and universal perspectives.
This is an Advantage Program Workshop: members of this program are eligible to register at no charge, while space remains.

Registration Information

Saturday September 23rd, 2017
10:45am – 12:15pm
$15 + tax, FREE for Advantage Members

Fold and Fly Acro Yoga Workshop with Leonel Franco


Acro Yoga is a great way to play with movement in a partnership or group setting. In Fold and Fly, we will break down the steps of entering the practice of Acro Yoga for beginners, guide you through the fundamentals of being upright and upside down, and propose new techniques for those playing at an intermediate level. Acro Yoga is an all-inclusive practice of movement; whether you’re flying or grounded as the base, you will be enlightened to a new way of expressing yourself.

You will learn:

• How to set yourself up to be a successful base
• Safety in flying
• The key role of spotting
• Conditioning exercises to build strength and stamina
• Manual release techniques
• A new way to have fun

Registration Information

Sunday October 1st, 2017
12pm – 3pm
$49 + tax
Instructor: Leonel Franco

Leonel Franco

When Leonel was a young teen, he experienced the tragic death of a mentor’s son. This began his journey into the world of Yoga, as he then realised he had not given Love the opportunity to shine in his life. Leonel went on to study Hindu and Rastafari religions, as well as Zen and Tao forms of meditation. He then studied at Prana Yoga College, to learn from Shakti Mhi, a teacher for whom he had profound respect and admiration. Leonel has also completed an additional 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training through Savoir Yoga, under Jolene Bayda and Troy Turi. He is also certified in Yin Yoga through Jolene Bayda and AcroYoga through AcroYoga VanCity. In class, Leonel aims to create an open environment in which he will remind you to breathe; creating an atmosphere which encourages introspection and laughter. When not teaching, he can be found watching Viceland, drinking fine wine and folding laundry. He whole-heartedly feels that the practice of Yoga is life, and life is the practice of Yoga.

Reset Your Self Mini-Retreat with Alissa Martin and Bianca Lorage


Join us for a physical, mental and emotional experience to give yourself time to reset.

We will begin and end this mini retreat with a rejuvenating Yoga practice, including Yoga Nidra. The practice of Yoga Nidra, typically translated as “Yogic Sleep,” is an invitation to a sleep-like state where we can release tension, stress and anything that is no longer useful while replacing it with a heartfelt desire.

You will be led through meditative practices including:

  • self-massage
  • sharing tea
  • mindful eating
  • a Nature walk
  • journaling

A light, plant-based dinner will be provided.
Be sure to dress appropriately for weather and/or bring an umbrella.
Please bring your journal or a notebook with you.

Side-Effects May Include:

  • A Chance to Reset
  • Stress Relief & Deep Relaxation
  • Rejuvenated Outlook
  • Mindfulness
  • Calm Nervous System
  • A Sense of Community

Sponsors include:

  • Tea & Paper Nook
  • Pomme Natural Market
  • Bobali Foods
  • Delish Gluten Free Bakery
  • Sola Skin Care
  • Pep Soap
  • Chomp Vegan Eatery

Registration Details

Saturday October 14th, 2017
4pm – 9pm
Early bird rate by October 1st: $100 + GST
After August 5th: $120 + GST

Alissa Martin

Alissa believes strongly in taking time for self-care, especially with Yoga and Nature. She sees the beauty in the uniqueness of the individual practice.

Alissa’s classes always offer a healthy dose of compassion, introspection and nourishing movement. She teaches students how to slow down, notice, and listen – always leaving them with some food for thought to help take their practice off their mats and into the rest of their lives.

Bianca Lorage

Bianca works as an Outreach Worker supporting families and children facing poverty, mental illness and addictions, through facilitating programs that build social-emotional learning and promote physical literacy. Through working in this field, she began to realize the heaviness that can come with caring for others in difficult situations, and the mental and emotional implications that will inevitably show up without proper self-care. Yoga was the gateway that opened up a world of self-care practices and introduced Bianca to an inspiring and supportive community of people from many backgrounds.

Since taking her first 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2015, Bianca has been inspired by the philosophies that guide yoga, and the self-study it encourages. As she continues to study different modalities in holistic wellness, she hopes to instill this curiosity of self-discovery and self-love within others. Bianca’s classes offer a welcoming space for all abilities, and have a strong focus on building self compassion and care.


Liquid Labyrinth ~ Sound Healing Meditation & Kirtan with Shelly Cassivi and Chase Trellert


Autumn is the time to descend. Come journey inward as you release all that obscures your soul re-discovering your true being.

Shelly and Chase will weave together a tapestry of sound as they blend the vibrations of crystal singing bowls, gongs, chimes and various other instruments. They will lead you through the liquid labyrinth as you embark upon a deep inner journey of change and transformation that will lead you back to a place of peace and inner light.

From this heart expanded state we will join together in breath and sound sharing one voice as we celebrate community, connection, and the bountiful gifts this year has brought.

Come have the experience of being the single drop and the ocean all at once!

Registration Information

Friday October 20th, 2017
7pm – 9pm
Cost: $35 + tax before October 12th, $45 thereafter

About Shelly Cassivi

Years before Shelly began the physical practice of yoga She was engaged in the practice of meditation and reiki, so when she was introduced to the teachings of Michael Stone and Sarah Powers it really struck a chord in her. Both of these teachers blend yoga with Buddhist mindfulness philosophy. You will find this mindfulness approach layered into her classes.

Shelly feels fortunate to have the opportunity to share her passion for yoga with the Kushala community. It has been and continues to be a journey of connection, growth, expansion and love; a path that gives meaning to our lives. Shelly is focused on the full experience of yoga and the transformative nature of this simple practice when all of the intricate layers are woven into the equation: physical, mental, emotional & energetic.

In addition to teaching yoga Shelly is a musician with a passion for music. She sometimes leads our community in kirtan (the yoga of devotion, think musical meditation). In class you can expect the best play lists, occasional live instruments, and the best Om the tri-cities has to offer!

About Chase Trellert

Chase Trellert is the founder of Medicine of Sound. He has traveled the world in search of different healing modalities to share with his friends, family and those in his local community.this journeys have lead him to the Jungles of Peru to train with Shaman, to the Andes of Ecuador to learn ancient yogic practices and to South East Asia to Meditate with monks. He combines many different modalities to weave a unique healing experience for all who attend his sessions. “My Sound Healing Journey began while I was living in Australia, I heard the didgeridoo and was awestruck.” Since then he has collected all sorts of instruments, but his main passion has been with the Gong. He is excited to share all that he has learned with anyone and everyone!