meditation, wellness

Yoga & Wellness Newsletter July 2019

Below are a few yoga and wellness events in the Bay Area, plus opportunities to learn about the chakras. If you’re interested in the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, check out the events listed at

Wheels of Life Chakra Workshop with Anodea Judith
A Free Video Event
 July 17,
5:30 pm Pacific

Learn about the Chakras with #1 Bestselling Author & Expert on the Chakra System Dr. Anodea Judith, PhD

Discover how to open, align, and heal your chakras to activate your energy system, nurture your spiritual awakening, and enjoy a vibrant, thriving, and full-spectrum life.

We’re all fueled by life-force energy. Yogis call it prana… Asian healers call it chi or qi…

We’re often more in tune with this vital charge that flows through us when we’re excited or scared — or we notice its absence when we’re depressed or exhausted.

Did you know that you have the power within you to control the flow of your energy — dialing it up or down at will?

If you long to have instant access to your life force so you can live the full spectrum of your life — from feeling more alive and comfortable in your body to more ecstatically connected to the Divine — the good news is there’s a “user’s manual” for your energy system which can help you work with it at the deepest level… through your chakras.

Reserve your free spot

See below for Anodea’s interview with Saraswati Clere on the YogaPedia Podcast.

More upcoming events:

Yoga Foundation 101 with Jewel Young Barrette
Saturday, July 20, 1 – 3 pm

This workshop is designed for students who are either new to yoga, coming back after a break and for those who need a refresher on the foundation and safe alignment of poses.

Have you had limitations or maybe healing an injury that has made yoga too intimidating to even try? We will go over how to safely build poses with a steady foundation, safe alignment and modifications so that yoga can become a regular practice and for you to enjoy the many health benefits associated with yoga, breath-work and meditation.

We will explore yogic breathing techniques and get a taste of the most frequently encountered yoga poses, with an opportunity to ask questions that you don’t get to in a typical class setting. You’ll leave with a better understanding of how to safely practice different postures, and more importantly, learn how to practice poses correctly which will support your body in the long run.

Location: Yoga Kula 1700 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709
$35 before July 13 / $40 after
Click to register

Jewel is a 500 RYT certified yoga teacher and personal fitness trainer, specializing in forms of alignment that enable yoga practitioners to feel safe, courageous and joyous about their own abilities to achieve more strength, balance and peace in the body, mind and spirit.

Sound Plus Series: Sound + Flow with Rebecca Thieneman
Saturday, July 20, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Grand Lake Namaste

Come indulge in a journey through movement and sound. Join Rebecca and a special guest musician for a yogic experience incorporating a balance of dynamic movement and yin-style postures, followed by a soundscape exploring Agni: fire, the element of summer in the Ayurvedic tradition. A variety of instruments will be incorporated including rattles, drums, tibetan bowls, gong, and flutes.

After taking her first class over 15 years ago, Rebecca Thieneman has continued investing in the practices of yoga and meditation as student and teacher both. Rebecca seeks to create a sacred space for students to connect within themselves more deeply through breath and posture, with a unique teaching style most influenced by Ashtanga Vinyasa, Yin yoga, classical Tantra and Vipassana meditation.
Rebecca has been providing customized health coaching and education for the past decade. She has partnered with individuals, communities, startups, and corporations to share her expertise in wellness that is fused with mindfulness practices, health behavior, and habit design. Rebecca believes the most invaluable investment we can make is in our health, and is passionately committed to imparting knowledge and providing a support system for those ready to improve the world from the inside out.

Online Freebies

Happiness Calendar from the Greater Good Science Center

Let these science-backed tips and tools be your guide this month. You’ll want to bookmark this calendar and refer to it often because there are links to articles and resources embedded in the PDF. Download happiness calendar for July

Yogapedia Podcast Series by Saraswati Clere
Listen to The Yogapedia Podcast: Anodea Judith – Yogini, Author and Chakra Expert

Listen to The Yogapedia Podcast, “Through the Chakras,” featuring yogini, author and chakra expert Anodea Judith.

In This Interview: Through the Chakras

In today’s episode, we’ll be hearing from Anodea Judith, one of the country’s foremost experts on the chakra system and its therapeutic use. She is author of several books on the chakras, yoga, healing, psychology and social change. Her award-wining book Wheels of Life has sold over 250,000 copies in the U.S. with translations in 25 languages. She holds master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology and human health. Anodea travels the world teaching workshops and trainings for therapists, yoga teachers and leaders using transformative techniques.

Listen to podcast

Anodea is a globally recognized teacher, speaker, healer, and writer on the intersection of personal and collective awakening, her passion for the realization of our potential matches her concern for humanity’s impending crises; her fervent wish that we “wake up in time.” Anodea is a therapist with lifelong studies in somatic psychology, mythology, history, sociology, systems theory and mystic spirituality. She is best known for her groundbreaking work reviving the chakra system of ancient yoga, and its profound correlation to human psychology, cultural evolution and the downward process of manifestation. Her best-selling booksv have gained worldwide recognition. There are more than a million books in print in 25 languages, and they have won several awards.

The Yogapedia Podcast is here to help you navigate life’s biggest questions through the lens of yoga. Listen to insightful discussions with master teachers, leading experts, doctors, researchers and practitioners as they share all the tips, secrets and special knowledge you need for a healthier, more meaningful life. The ancient teachings of yoga offer extraordinary solutions for navigating many of the critical issues in our modern landscape. Through intimate conversation, our expert guests share their personal relationship to yoga, the discoveries that defined their path and the insights that brought meaning into their everyday lives.

These are free to listen on Apple podcasts:

For thousands of years, yogis gathered together in satsang to study the teachings of yoga. The Yogapedia Podcast is designed for that purpose, to be a place where we can gather and learn from modern yoga scholars and teachers.

Listen to Stitcher

What Are Chakras?

The Sanskrit word chakra literally translates as wheel or disk. In yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, this term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body.

There are seven main chakras, which align along the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head. To visualize a chakra in the body, imagine a swirling wheel of energy where matter and consciousness meet. This invisible energy, called prana, is vital life force, which keeps us vibrant, healthy, and alive.
Learn more:

My Rainbow Shell Camino Patches

The rainbow shell design of my Camino patches was inspired by the concept of chakras,  an important part of my journey with yoga and healing in 2017. The rainbow also symbolizes peace and universal love. Combined with the Camino shell design, it radiates healing, peace, and love, from root to crown. The patch design for each year changes, highlighting the chakra color from root to crown.  The 2019 patch pictured below features orange color for the sacral chakra. The name of the second chakra is Svadhisthana, which means “one’s own sweet place.” Anodea Judith calls chakra two “The Pleasure Chakra” and has some interesting stuff about it here.

Rainbow patches
Somewhere over the rainbow, dreams really do come true!

That’s a wrap for July! If you would like to subscribe to my free monthly wellness newsletter, sign up here!

Please let me know if you have events to consider for future newsletters.

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