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Clinical Somatics Education Series with Staff Teacher Next held on Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 10:15 am - 11:15 am
This enrollment runs from Tue Sep 5, 2017 - Tue Oct 10, 2017
Clinical Somatic Education - A new discipline in the field of healthcare - is a movement technique that can teach you how to rapidly gain control your own physiology. This is a fantastic discovery that can put you in control of your own physical healing in 80% of cases of what ails humans. This gentle technique can eradicate pain, improve posture, and restore health in an amazingly short time.

By releasing chronically shortened, restricted, tight muscles, many chronic conditions (i.e. back pain, shoulder problems, knee problems, high blood pressure, heart problems, restricted movement, disc problems and many more) can be relatively quickly alleviated.

This new technique, invented by Thomas Hanna, when practiced regularly, can lead to more freedom of movement and a healthy pain-free younger looking YOU. This marks a GIANT LEAP in our understanding of our innate healing powers. Now we have the understanding and the tools to create fast, direct and powerful changes in our movements, range of motion , postural alignment, coordination and bodily functional efficiency . Learning the simple movements of somatics can place in your hand the wonderful KEY that can change your brain/body holistically and systemically.

Experience a remarkable new (and easy to do!) exercise class. Through simple, slow movements, restore your body to its optimal efficiency. Tight, shortened muscles are released to their original, more comfortable length. Improved posture results, and the body is brought back into its correct alignment and balance.
Investment is $84 for all 6 classes.

For more information about somatics - go to:
www.healingself.net

Mary Ann Voorhies is a Certified Somatics Instructor whose purpose is to show others just how powerful the practice of Hanna Somatics can be. She is also a certified yoga instructor and a certified linguistic ontological coach. She has traveled extensively throughout the world to attend various spiritual workshops. She has also several certifications in energy medicine.
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Teacher Training-Weekends with Jerry Smith-Guidry Next held on Sat, Sep 23, 2017 at 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Aug 12, 2017 - Sun Dec 17, 2017
Nationally Registered 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
Fall Session 2017 - Wednesday evenings and every other Weekend
(Wednesdays - 7PM to 10PM; every other weekend
Saturdays - 9AM to 6PM; Sundays - Noon to 5PM)
Go to teacher training tab for all the details

Saturday, August 12 through Sunday, December 17,2017

“For those who have an intense urge for Spirit and wisdom, it sits near them, waiting." -Yoga Sutras, (I,21)

The Acadiana Yoga and Wellness Teacher Training Program gives a student a safe and thorough experience in many of the deeper practices of Hatha Yoga, not just in Asana.

You will learn breathing and meditation practices, and explore the philosophical and historical views underlying yoga practice. This broad-based teacher training reveals both Yoga’s ancient roots, and its modern applications.

Led by Jerry Smith-Guidry, Lafayette’s first E-RYT 500, with over 27 years teaching Yoga.

For more details, go to our Teacher Training tab on our home page.
Call or write today for your catalog and application!
337-288-1570 or info@acadianayoga.com

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FREE (donation) Sacred Chanting/ Movement/Fundraiser with Jerry Smith-Guidry Sat, Sep 23, 2017 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Let your heart overflow with love - discover a deeper relationship to the divine through bhakti (devotional) yoga and karma (service to others) yoga - donating to the betterment of the lives of our animal & people friends affected by the recent hurricanes.

We will have a gentle yoga class - open to ALL levels - bring your mat if you have one. Then we will have chanting. Join in or just listen. Both will be led by Jerry, founder of Acadiana Yoga and Wellness. 

All are encouraged to bring a donation (cash is preferred) to go to one of the hurricane rescue groups. Admission is FREE, and singing is optional.

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Restorative Yoga with Shannon Sonnier Sun, Sep 24, 2017 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Restorative Yoga focuses on relaxing the body in restful postures. Rest provides the body an opportunity to renew and heal. Countless studies have proven the physical and emotional benefits of this. Restorative yoga, as well as other forms of yoga, helps to trigger the Parasympathetic nervous system also known as the PNS. The PNS is responsible for balancing the body and bringing its response system back into equilibrium. Stimulating the PNS helps to lower heart rate, blood pressure; it helps to healthily stimulate the immune system and keep the endocrine system operating healthily.Fee = $15. Class size limited to 12 people.
Pre-registration required to reserve your spot.
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Yoga Nidra Workshop with Shannon Sonnier Sat, Sep 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Have you ever had that delicious experience of slipping into complete relaxation and peace while in Savasana?

That’s Yoga Nidra.

Imagine allowing yourself time to be there for a full 45 minutes to an hour so you can heal and rejuvenate. Yoga Nidra is an ancient practice that is intended to induce full-body relaxation and a deep meditative state of consciousness.
We’ll begin by quieting the conscious mind by using it to connect fully to all parts of the body. This allows one to move into a meditative state and gradually find a space of harmony, in which the brain waves can slow down and a subtle bliss emerges.

Open to ALL LEVELS. Cost is $15.
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Restorative Yoga with Shannon Sonnier Sun, Oct 8, 2017 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Restorative Yoga focuses on relaxing the body in restful postures. Rest provides the body an opportunity to renew and heal. Countless studies have proven the physical and emotional benefits of this. Restorative yoga, as well as other forms of yoga, helps to trigger the Parasympathetic nervous system also known as the PNS. The PNS is responsible for balancing the body and bringing its response system back into equilibrium. Stimulating the PNS helps to lower heart rate, blood pressure; it helps to healthily stimulate the immune system and keep the endocrine system operating healthily.Fee = $15. Class size limited to 12 people.
Pre-registration required to reserve your spot.
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CEU workshop - Ethics for the Healing Arts Professional with Jerry Smith-Guidry Sat, Oct 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy approved for 6 Continuing Education Hours
Provider # LAP0160
Program # LCEU0001291
Yoga Alliance - 6 Contact Hours for registered teachers
NCBTMB Provider #1496 - 6 Continuing Education Hours

(There is another 6 hour CEU course tomorrow for LMTs  "Pregnancy Massage in the Side Lying Position"
Program # LCEU0001363 - 6 La. Hours - save when you sign up for both at the same time by using the other listing - "Weekend of CEU workshops")

The relationship between a healing arts professional (i.e. Massage Therapists, Yoga Instructors, Bodyworkers) and client is an intimate one. It is part of the healing nature of the therapeutic relationship. We are responsible to clients and to ourselves to behave in an ethical manner and to maintain a high degree of personal integrity.

As professionals we need to be reminded of our responsibility to foster a healthy, therapeutic work environment for the good of the therapist and the client. The topics covered will be contracts, appropriate use of power and influence, scope of practice, confidentiality and sexuality.

We will explore such guidelines as staying centered so we can connect more fully, conducting ourselves in a manner that reflects respect, showing humility and admitting limitations – know when to refer, awareness of what we say and how we say it, being generous with time and energy, but knowing how to set boundaries, motivating and inspiring clients to follow through and become responsible for themselves, and acknowledging client’s rights.

The workshop will be led by our studio's founder, Jerry Smith-Guidry. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Southwestern Louisiana & a Master of Science in Psychology and Applied Physiology from Meridian University. Jerry is a state licensed (LA #0088) and nationally certified Massage Therapist. She was the original administrator for the Lafayette location of Blue Cliff School and was the instructor for many subjects. She has been teaching yoga since 1990 & holds the registration level of E-RYT500 with Yoga Alliance.

Your investment includes a light refreshment.
$75 if paid by Saturday, October 7, 2017.
$90 after that date. (discounts if you sign up for both CEU workshops - look at the other listing)
Registration will be cut off after Thursday,
October 12, 2017.
No walkins, please.
This CEU workshop is ideal for massage therapists, yoga teachers, body workers, movement therapists, yoga students, massage students, and fitness professionals.

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Weekend of CEU Workshops with Jerry Smith-Guidry Next held on Sat, Oct 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Oct 14, 2017 - Sun Oct 15, 2017
This is where you sign up for both CEU workshops -

Ethics for Healing Arts Professional - LCEU0001291 -
La. Provider #LAP0160 & NCBTMB Provider #1496
Saturday, October 14 from Noon to 6PM
and
Pregnancy Massage in the Side Lying Position - LCEU0001363 (La. Provider #LAP0160) on
Sunday, October 15 from 10AM to 4PM -
for a total of 12  La. CEU Hours & 6 NCBTMB CEU Hours.

Please see the complete descriptions of both CEU workshops on the individual listings. Please bring your massage table, linens, cremes, 2 pillows/bolsters, and note taking materials for the Sunday Pregnancy Massage class. Snacks and water are advised.

These workshops will be led by our studio's founder, Jerry Smith-Guidry. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Southwestern Louisiana & a Master of Science in Psychology and Applied Physiology from Meridian University. Jerry is a state licensed (LA #0088) and nationally certified Massage Therapist. She was the original administrator for the Lafayette location of Blue Cliff School and was the instructor for many subjects. She has been teaching yoga since 1990 & holds the registration level of E-RYT500 with Yoga Alliance.

Your investment includes a light refreshments.
$145 for both workshops if paid by
Saturday, October 7, 2017.
$170 after that date. 

Registration will be cut off after Thursday,
October 12, 2017. Space is limited.
No walk ins, please.
Please remember that these 2 days DO NOT meet at the same time - Noon to 6PM on Sat; 10AM to 4PM on Sun.



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CEU workshop - Pregnancy Massage in the Side Lying Position with Jerry Smith-Guidry Sun, Oct 15, 2017 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy approved for 6 Continuing Education Hours
Provider #LAP0160 - Program #LCEU0001363

(another CEU workshop "Ethics for Healing Arts Professionals LCEU0001291 - NCBTMB Provider #1496 - happens on Saturday, October 14 - save when you sign up for both workshops at the same time - look for the other listing - "Weekend of CEU Workshops" for discount and to receive 12 Continuing Education Credits for La. LMTs - and 6 NCBTMB Continuing Education Credits)

Pregnancy is a time of major physiological, psychological, and social changes. Regardless of individual circumstances, a pregnant woman's body is challenged and stressed in many ways. While massage therapy during pregnancy is not intended to replace appropriate medical and prenatal care, there are a number of indications for massage in pregnancy. Although other positions are available, the side lying position affords accessibility for the therapist to provide relief from strained and stressed muscles. 
 
The program will include: discussion of physiological changes, why massage is helpful, precautions and contraindications for various methodologies, and pregnancy massage techniques (both give and receive).

The workshop will be led by our studio's founder, Jerry Smith-Guidry. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Southwestern Louisiana & a Master of Science in Psychology and Applied Physiology from Meridian University. Jerry is a state licensed (LA #0088) and nationally certified Massage Therapist. She was the original administrator for the Lafayette location of Blue Cliff School and was the instructor for many subjects. She has been teaching yoga since 1990 & holds the registration level of E-RYT500 with Yoga Alliance.

Your investment includes a light refreshment.
$75 if paid by Saturday, October 7, 2017.
$90 after that date. (discounts if you sign up for both CEU workshops - look at the other listing)
Registration will be cut off after Thursday,
October 12, 2017. Space is limited.
No walkins, please.
This CEU workshop is ideal for massage therapists &  body workers.
Please bring your massage tables, linens, cremes, 2 bolsters/pillows and note taking materials. Snacks and water are also advised.

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Restorative Yoga with Shannon Sonnier Sun, Oct 22, 2017 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Restorative Yoga focuses on relaxing the body in restful postures. Rest provides the body an opportunity to renew and heal. Countless studies have proven the physical and emotional benefits of this. Restorative yoga, as well as other forms of yoga, helps to trigger the Parasympathetic nervous system also known as the PNS. The PNS is responsible for balancing the body and bringing its response system back into equilibrium. Stimulating the PNS helps to lower heart rate, blood pressure; it helps to healthily stimulate the immune system and keep the endocrine system operating healthily.Fee = $15. Class size limited to 12 people.
Pre-registration required to reserve your spot.
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Kundalini Yoga & Kirtan w/Bill and Ashana with Staff Teacher Sat, Nov 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bill Savage & Ashana Sophia Return with
"The Ecstasy of Indescribable Wisdom".


In this three hour workshop we will sense the joy that comes with a lifetime of learning from all experiences, even that which we find challenging to put into words. We will tap into our creative energy to realize a lightness of being and depth of intuition. From there, we will tune up the nerves to better withstand the pressures of our lives and these times, so that we can move from
darkness to light and true understanding. We will
close by extending the power of protection and projection. Our practices of Kundalini Yoga and
chanting will be inspired by Ashana’s music and
William’s gong playing.

Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is a yoga of awareness and energy. The practice
includes mantra (chanting and music), pranayama (breathing), mudra (hand gestures), bandha
(body locks), asana (body postures),
savasana (relaxation) and dhyana (meditation).

At age 12, Ashana Sophia was accepted to study with passionate teacher Luís García Renart, a renowned student of Pablo Casal's. Later, she went to Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Massachusetts, where
at 16, she spent an inspirational week, reconnecting with community living and beginning her practice and study of yoga. At Kripalu, Ashana learned about Bhakti Yoga, and realized that devotion and romance for the divine are the path of her heart and music. A decade later, Ram Dass helped reveal the perfection of Ashana’s decision to choose thepath of devotional music rather than the life of  a full-time classical musician.

Born in Monroe, Louisiana, in 1960, William Savage was raised mostly in the Marshall Islands in the Central Pacific Ocean, with time also spent inLouisiana, Hawai’i and Saudi  Arabia. After living in Thailand for 18 years
and Cambodia for one, in 2008 William moved home to Louisiana, living for two years in New Orleans before settling down among his extended family in rural Morehouse Parish. Having practiced Hatha Yoga and
Mindfulness Meditation for many years, when William came to Kundalini Yoga, he sensed that it enabled all of his spiritual practices to interweave and become more whole.

Cost is $40 or early bird registration of $35 by
November 4.



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