Deepen Your Practice with Luke Ketterhagen

Join Luke for any or all of four workshops, Thursday - Sunday, September 5-8. More information below!

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King of All Postures - The Headstand: Preparations, Technique and Counter-posing
Thursday, September 5, 1:00-3:00 PM

Agni Sara - The Path of Fire and Light
Friday, September 6, 1:00-3:00 PM

Yoga for Neck, Shoulders, and Upper Back
Saturday, September 7, 1:00-3:00 PM

Freedom from Stress – The Path to Joy
Sunday, September 8, 1:00-3:00 PM

$45 per workshop
$40 per workshop if registered by August 30
$35 per workshop if registering for 2 or more by August 30 

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King of All Postures - The Headstand: Preparations, Technique, and Counter-posing

Thursday, September 5, 1:00-3:00 PM

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Change can be frightening and overwhelming, leaving us feeling out of control, like our whole world has been turned upside-down. What better way, then, for us to learn to work with fear than by literally flipping ourselves over?

Inversions improve circulation and energy levels, stimulate neural function, and provide a unique opportunity to change our perspective (figuratively and literally). But these poses can be a source of fear and anxiety, even terror, leaving us questioning ourselves. What will we find when we venture into the unknown? How will we react when things seem out of our control? Where can we find refuge when everything is turned on its head?

The headstand is the epitome of what all inversions stand for – power, grace, and freedom from fear.  In this workshop intensive, we will systematically prepare the body and mind to invert with confidence, by covering all of the preparations, steps, and modifications to successfully approach this classical inversion.

Don’t let age, physical limitations, or inexperience prevent you from unlocking the power in this treasured asana. With safety and injury prevention as first-order goals and kindness as a guiding principle, you will learn to identify your fears, gain trust in yourself, and reach beyond your limits. Learn the process of grounding, and create an unshakeable stability that is not affected by whether you are upside-down or right side up.

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Agni Sara - The Path of Fire and Light

Friday, September 6, 1:00-3:00 PM

Join Luke for an in-depth look at one of the most strengthening, healing, and impressive practices of yoga: the abdominal energizing technique known as agni sara. Your digestive fire, or agni, is the foundation on which good health is built. Sara means essence. Through this practice you create – and embody – the energy, light and transformative qualities of fire.  Practiced regularly, agni sara increases metabolism, tones core muscles, improves circulation to internal organs, strengthens the pelvic region, improves elimination, promotes reproductive health, exercises the diaphragm, massages the heart and lungs, increases energy, and elevates mood. Agni sara practice builds core strength from the inside-out and provides a foundation for the deeper abdominal work of nauli kriya. The ancient yoga texts and sages say agni sara cures all digestive illnesses and that if you have time for only one yoga practice each day, choose agni sara.

In this workshop we’ll focus on:

  • Essential preparatory practices

  • Physiological and energetic consequences of the practice

  • The systematic approach to mastering this ‘master’ practice

  • How to apply the strength this practice generates into our other practices and life

We are part of a beautiful tapestry – this web of life. Agni sara helps us understand our place in that tapestry, take responsibility for our dharma, and empower us to heed the voice and guidance of the inner teacher that is ever present. 

Testimonials:

I’ll never forget the agni sara lesson you led.  It changed my practice entirely.  I can now harness my subtle body energy and use if for my higher purpose. Many thanks.

~  Amanda M.  July 2019

What a wonderful respite for myself and at the same time a wonderful way to re-ignite my own practice. Your humble, open-hearted and often humorous style of sharing your knowledge and skills made for a very accessible, and content-packed workshop that I cannot say enough about. What a great weekend retreat to recharge one’s own practice and infuse it with new focus and form. My yoga practice over the decades has ebbed and flowed in many, many ways; through the foundation of breath it can find new power and passion. Thank you for sharing yourself with us!

~ Eleni P. May 2019

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Yoga for Neck, Shoulders, and Upper Back

Saturday, September 7, 1:00-3:00 PM

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Explore this practical class, workshop, clinic, and interactive session on the upper body. We will delve into movements, postures, and simple techniques that will release tight shoulders, a stiff neck, rigid upper back, bring relief to sore wrists, strengthen weak triceps, activate under-performing chest and back muscles, and much more.

Our goal of health and range of movement is an essential component to that. Our time together will explore how we can create range of movement the right way. If we try to push our range of movement the wrong way (with fast, repetitive, weight bearing, unsupported movements), it can eventually strain and injure the shoulders, upper back and arms.

We will evaluate and break down some very common postures and movements to make sure we are ‘all hands-on deck’ (and that includes an aware and conscious mind). This approach can not only heal the area if it’s sore or injured while also creating sustainable strength and support.

Also, we will look at how poor posture can either be exaggerated by yoga or transformed into an upright, unshakable steadiness. Your goal may not be to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders, but if or I should say when you are asked to take on more you will be able to use these movements to keep you balanced, healthy, and strong for a long time.

Lastly, do not forget the shoulders and arms are extensions of the heart chakra so we will address that too.  How do we enhance the openness at the Anahata chakra and make sure it is receptive to its most natural calling, which is to love?

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Freedom from Stress – The Path to Joy

Sunday, September 8, 1:00-3:00 PM

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Stress is pervasive. It has an impact on every area of our life. We all want to make changes, improve, and grow. You can only make a change in life when you understand what is happening and why. Then, unfortunately, you are only half-way there because until you know how to deal with what is happening, (i.e. you have the coping mechanisms) you may still be a victim of the ugly consequences of stress.

Join Luke for a full and well-rounded workshop including soothing, supportive asana, calming breathing practices, nurturing relaxation techniques, and peace inducing meditation. The focus will be on time-tested skills and philosophies that will train you to know and understand yourself. By understanding the world inside, you will understand the world outside and be empowered to make the necessary adjustments so you can create more happiness and joy. This workshop could radically change your life!

Here are a few of the topics we will cover:

  • Consequences of stress

  • The stress response from several perspectives

  • How to recognize the symptoms that trigger a stress response

  • How to make the minor ‘tweaks’ in life so that you can take control again

  • The plethora of yoga, relaxation, meditation, diet, sleep, and exercise tips

Testimonials:

I cannot speak highly enough of this workshop.  It may sound corny, but this workshop had a big impact on me- I feel an internal shift and a stronger sense of self. I also realize that this path involves intention and hard work, but as far as hard work, I embrace that fully and see it as promising and hopeful--something tangible to help me move forward.

~Amy, July 2017

Life changing experience. I never thought I could enjoy soooo much. I am very rational and pragmatic guy and Luke changed the way I see the world. FANTASTIC.

~ Craig Feb 2016

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