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Workshops and Special Events

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Past Events

 Yoga to Beat the Wintertime Blues with Robyn

In the wintertime we often feel depleted of energy. It is also a common time for SAD (seasonal affected disorder), depression and anxiety to set in. This workshop will combine lecture, experiential movement and breath work. The specific pranayama techniques, flow sequences, and posture holds will help show you how to lift your spirits. This workshop is geared to everyone as it offers tools to both help yourself and/or those you love and care about. Some knowledge of the chakras, basic yoga philosophy and pranayama is helpful but not necessary. Please join us!

Restorative Yoga with Robyn Parets and Andrea Downey
Recharge, Relax and Renew

Restorative Yoga is often called the yoga of "non-doing." In this restorative and healing workshop, you will be guided into supportive postures that allow the body to deeply relax. This evening will also include some calming pranayama and a guided meditation for optimal relaxation. As the days grow colder and winter drags on, this is a great way to recharge and de-stress the body and mind. Please bring: four blankets, two pillows, one eye pillow (must have to participate) and one bolster (if you have one). Eye pillows are available for purchase in the studio.

An Afternoon with David Vendetti: Experiential Anatomy, Flow and Fun!
Fun fact about David: He was voted Boston Magazine's Best Yoga Teacher 2011 and 2005!

In this delicious adventure we will discover where and why we hold tension in the body. We will do this by flowing through practice while examining what muscles are working. All the while we will dig out some of the pockets of holding in the neck, shoulders, hips, low back and more. Our use of props will focus on liberating the breath and allowing for the fullest range of motion. With some work and dedication to practice, we'll discover and unlock freedom in the body and breath. Finally, we will close with a meditation about the emotions that can come up when we celebrate both our ability to ground, infinitely rise and find freedom of movement.

About David: "Yoga allows me to be who I am without struggle. To notice, breathe, remember and enjoy this body, this moment. I love returning to my yoga mat to play in the body awakening, breathe into a heart wide open and find gratitude for the infinite that I forgot was me." David's classes integrate a clear foundation in anatomy with intelligent alignment, hands on adjustments and ever evolving flows to heal the body. Students are encouraged to cultivate a deep passion for self examination, light hearted exploration and drop everything in order to find out that when we hold on to nothing, what is left, is all we truly need. David co-owns South Boston Yoga with his partner, Todd Skoglund. Breathe Joy Yoga is thrilled to welcome him back!!!

The Sutrabowl with Jacqui Bonwell

Join Jacqui on this special journey as she leads us through the 4 chapters of Patanjali's Yoga Sutra's in vinyasa format. This class will consist of asana, pranayama, chanting and periods of meditation. Learn more about the ancient intention of this practice. This is one of Jacqui's favorite classes to teach and highly recommended for teachers and students who don't know too much about the Sutras. All levels of practice welcome. There will be advanced asana but modifications will be offered, as always.
The Sutrabowl with Jacqui Bonwell
About Jacqui: After over a 10 year career in Social Work, Jacqui left the field to intensively study and teach the Yoga teachings. A graduate of URI with degrees in Psychology/Sociology and a specialty in Family Violence, Jacqui feels the sole purpose of her life is to be of service. Jacqui graduated from Open Doors teacher training program and is also a Reiki healer. Regularly inspired by her Reiki Master, Pat Iyer, she is also completely inspired by her teachers: Sharon Gannon & David Life, David Vendetti, Rolf Gates and Johnny Gillespie. "Really, the list of those who have inspired me and taught me life & yoga is seriously endless. But, both of my children have been my greatest teachers,along with my mother. I am deeply grateful." You can learn more about Jacqui at

Off the Mat Into the World's Yoga in Action with
Off the Mat Ambassadors Robyn Parets, E-RYT and Lynn Gifford
Cost:$325 *Includes Sat. and Sunday yoga classes, full weekend training and materials. Students can receive 20 Yoga Alliance CECs.
Hours: Friday 6-9:30; Sat. 10:30-5:30; Sun. 10:45-5:45. (Sat. and Sunday optional asana class before training from 8:45-10 on Sat. and 9-10:15 on Sunday).

About OTM's Yoga in Action:
During this course, we will guide you through a personal journey and intensive transformational process to uncover your deepest passion and motivation.
We invite you to take your yoga practice to the next level…
This is an opportunity to discover the connections between yourself, the yogic path and the way of divine service or Seva. We will combine yoga asanas, meditation and visualization, experiential exercises, & process work with the practical tools of communication, organizing and collaborating. Participants will leave with skills to help them be more effective yoga teachers, leaders and/or agents of change in the world.
Yoga in Action is OTM’s grassroots movement that brings the Off the Mat experience to your local area. This is an opportunity to create change within, build community, develop relationships with others and collaborate on creating real change in the community and world.
To learn more about Off the Mat, founded by Seane Corn, Hala Khouri and Suzanne Sterling, or our local Yoga in Action group, please go to

Introduction to the Chakras
Have you ever wanted to know more about the body's energy system? Well, here's your chance. You may hear the terms "open your heart chakra" or "move your stuck energy" in a yoga class. But do you really know what this means? In this special workshop, Robyn Parets will discuss the seven main energy centers of the body. You will learn what about how certain imbalances in these chakras can manifest as physical, mental and emotional conditions. We will conclude class with a chakra meditation, guiding you through all seven energy centers. Hand-outs will be supplied to each participant. You will leave with a deeper understanding of what is going on with your own energy system.

 Breathing the Inner Body of Light with Daniel Orlansky

In this workshop, you will learn to harness the power of prana through breathing exercises, concentration, opening the energetic meridian pathways, and mantra meditation. If your experience of yoga has been mostly about asana, this workshop will enhance your relationship with the "energy body" connected to your breath. Using the powerful techniques of Kundalini Yoga, you will experience physical rejuvenation, mental clarity, and a radiant spirit, helping you feel refreshed and renewed.

About Daniel: Daniel Orlansky, M.A., a yoga teacher for many years, is certified in Meridian Yoga, Kali Ray TriYoga and Kundalini Yoga. He holds a master's degree in Expressive Art Therapy/Dance Therapy from Lesley University and has been a visiting lecturer in movement studies at Tufts University. He has taught in many locations, including the Kripalu Center, the Omega Institute, and various schools in Germany and Austria.

Mind/Body/Spirit weekends with
Robyn Parets at New Age Health Spa in New York!

Uplifting Energy: dates TBA

On these spa weekends, Breathe Joy's Robyn Parets guest teaches a special program at New York's New Age Health Spa, one of the country's top destination spas.

Located in the Catskills, New Age Health Spa has been named one of the Top 10 spas in the world by Luxury Spa Finder Magazine for four years running. In 2003, New Age was named Best Small Spa and in 2006, it was honored with the Mind/Body/Spirit Awards for Best Yoga.

During this heart-opening yoga weekend, guests at New Age will be led through a continuous flow of yoga postures with a focus on opening the heart center, lifting the
spirit, and energizing the soul. Heart Opening Yoga combines breath work, movement, and deep holds while in postures – leaving resort guests rejuvenated and energized.

For more information on New Age Health Spa or this special weekend, please go to



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