For 17 years, Rosie Lazroe has been healing through yoga. It began in the spring of 2001, when she found herself laying in a hospital emergency room with a resting heart rate over 150 bpm. As the ER nurse was about to inject medication to reboot her heart rhythm, Rosie felt a cold rush flow through her body and then faintly heard her dad tell her to open her eyes. After receiving a second injection, her heart rate slowed down.
Clinical Counselor and Registered Yoga Teacher Jamie Nichols, MA, will lead weekly yoga classes at Lina’s Harmony, in Warrington, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Monday until June 25.
Students from beginner to advanced can enjoy the gentle movement, strength building and flexibility improvement of this regular practice. Classes will include a combination of traditional hatha yoga and restorative yoga, ending on a restful note for a good night’s sleep and a renewed sense of wholeness.
KarmaFest, a holistic, psychic and yoga festival weekend of camping and fun, is coming to Pottstown for the Labor Day weekend, September 2 through 5, at Fellowship Farm. Campers can arrive after 7 p.m. on September 2 and will check out by noon on September 5. Daytime-only participants are welcome from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., September 3 and 4, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., September 5.
The festival will feature enlightening lectures, meditation, live music, swimming, vegan and vegetarian food, 50 to 75 interesting vendors and two full days of yoga. Also available at an additional charge will be readings, massage, reiki, reflexology and more.
KarmaFest was founded by Patricia Hawse in 2005, after she experienced the effects of holistic health firsthand, while serving for the Red Cross in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Witnessing the immediate effects of yoga and meditation to relieve tension and increase energy and balance, Hawse vowed to spread the word through a festival—KarmaFest.
“We are so excited that our second year of KarmaFest will be a full holiday weekend experience,” says Hawse. “Think lots of time around the drum circle and bonfire at night, and waking to a great KarmaFest, with all the trimmings, during the day. We also have a beautiful swimming pool, so we’re looking forward to offering an end-of-the-
summer extended weekend getaway.”
Cost: Full weekend pass, with 3-night stay, starts at $88 for tent camping and $122 for dorm stay (early bird prices, before July 15). Day passes: $20. Location: Fellowship Farm, 2488 Sanatoga Rd., Pottstown. For more information, call Diane at 610-220-7817, email Patti@KarmaFest.com or visit KarmaFest.com.
Yoga on Main, in Manayunk, is presenting a 500-hour ayurveda certification training beginning July 30 and continuing through November, 2017. The curriculum is modeled on the healing distance course designed and taught by David Frawley, of the American Institute of Vedic Studies, and will be taught in a classroom-style setting by master teacher Ed Zadlo.
“Ayurveda is the traditional healing system of India and is the oldest system of natural health care in continuous practice in the world,” teaches Zadlo. “An increasing number of people are turning to natural health, and specifically to this ancient blend of yoga, meditation, herbal medicine and dietary advice, to recover from illness and to stay healthy.”
Successful completion of this course will allow students to gain certification as an Ayurvedic Life-Style Counselor, and will give them the option for further training and study in ayurveda and vedic sciences. Students will receive a comprehensive survey of ayurvedic anatomy and physiology, diagnosis, nutrition, herbal therapy, aromas, yoga, psychology and spirituality. There are no prerequisites for enrollment.
“Ayurveda is an individually oriented medicine that emphasizes the effects of diet, lifestyle and psychology on health and disease prevention,” Zadlo explains.
Students engaged in this program will develop the skills and knowledge to determine imbalances relative to the doshas of vata, pitta and kapha of the ayurvedic system, and to make appropriate dietary, herbal and lifestyle recommendations to deal with primary doshic imbalances.“ The teaching is rooted in classical texts, but we see the need to adapt ayurveda for our changing times, which present many new health challenges,” Zadlo points out.“ The field has much to offer in terms of methods that we can use here and now.”
Ed Zadlo, D.Ay, is a certified ayurveda practitioner; yoga-ayurveda therapist; and expert teacher, or acharya, of yoga/vedanta, ayurveda and vedic dharma. He has been teaching for over 25 years. Zadlo was both a graduate and a faculty member of the New England Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine before completing advanced clinical study at the Rishikesh College of Ayurveda, in Rishikesh, India. He then studied ayurvedic healing with Dr. David Frawley, director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies, earning certification from him as an ayurveda yoga acharya with 1200 hours of advanced integral yoga/ayurveda study. Zadlo is a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and is the first certified Acharya of Integral Ayurveda/Yoga Therapy.
Cost: $3,500, with an early-bird discount available through May 30. Payment plans available. Location: 4363 Main St., Manayunk, the home-studio of Zadlo, YOM founder and master teacher David Newman, and managing partner/master teacher Shiva Das. For more information, call 215-482-7877, email Info@YogaOnMain.com or visit YogaOnMain.com.
May 2016 Issue
NA: Describe the style and vibe of yoga at your studio.
JD: “We are so proud to be completely dedicated to yoga. Our authentic yoga studio is friendly and warm. We have an eclectic group of yoga teachers that offer many different styles of practice. Hatha, vinyasa, kundalini, restorative and ashtanga yoga are all under one roof. We also host a Yoga Book Club that brings lively conversation and opportunity to take the yoga practice off the mat. We also host ongoing children’s classes. We are active members of our community and work locally with Pennridge F.I.S.H., our local food bank, to bring awareness and raise donations during the year for the food bank. Outside our walls is the Shine Community Garden that is tended to and maintained by many of our Shine yogis. Just about every month you will find a new event or workshop that takes place at Shine. This month we are welcoming Spirit Voyage recording artist Gurunam Singh for live music, yoga and meditations. We are an ever-growing community of yogis. I like to say that we offer something for everyone.”