National Yoga Month!…

September is National Yoga Month!

Events in Birmingham…
Salutation Nation:
Homewood park, Sept. 10 @ 9:00-10:00am
Click here to find this event in your town!

A Peacemaker Meeting: International Day of Peace
The Yoga Circle, Sept. 17 @ 2:00-3:30pm
Click here for more information!

Global Mala: Sweet Om Alabama
Vulcan Statue, Sept. 24 @ 8:00-10:00am
Friday night treat: Sept. 24 @ 6:30-8:00pm – Meditation & Kundalini at the Cahaba Pumping Station

Family Yoga & More: With Annie D.
The Summit (Lululemon store), Oct. 2 @ 1pm

In other towns…
Global Mala: Fort Walton Beach, FL
Sept. 24 @ 8:00am-12:00pm 

Spirit Fest: Waynesboro, PA
Sept. 16-18
Click here for the Spirit Fest website.

David Swenson: Asheville, NC
Workshop: Sept 16-18
Click here for the Asheville Yoga Center’s info on this event!

Find your event & get your yoga on!

Salutation Nation…

It’s that time of year again! September is National Yoga Month and that means lots of fun yoga activities!

Lululemon’s annual Salutation Nation is September 10th @ 9am (in your local time zone)
All around the world yogi’s will dedicate our practices to peace. Join your community to move, breathe, connect and get your downdog on!

In Birmingham the location is Homewood Park.

Shanti om,

Global Mala 2011…

Birmingham’s Global Mala 2011!

Friday, September 23, 2011
Meditation & Kundalini 6:30pm-8:00pm
Location: Cahaba Pumping Station
Saturday, September 24, 2011
108 Sun Salutations
Location: Vulcan Statue
I will update when I find out what the service component will be this year! Serving others through acts of peace is always a wonderful way to spread joy!

Teacher Training 2012…

Birmingham Yoga has another teacher training class starting January 13th, 2012! If you are looking to expand your knowledge of yoga, I highly recommend this training. This yoga training is on the “Top 5 best thing’s I’ve done with my life” list!

Training can be completed in two places:
Birmingham: 6 months
Guatemala: 1 month immersion

Click on the links below for more information:

About Birmingham Yoga Teacher Training (FAQ)

Information on Birmingham Yoga (Pricing, schedule, teachers, course description, books…)

Feel free to ask me any questions!


*The picture above was taken by Charles Walton. 
Pictured: some of the Birmingham Yoga 2009 teacher trainee’s and two of our teachers, Akasha & Terri.*

Magic City Asana…

Come and get your yoga on at the Magic City Asana event at Lululemon! Saturday, July 30th Jasper Wolfe will lead a free yoga class with a live DJ, DJ-spins! Space is first come, first serve so be there on time! Class is 9:00-10:00am! Refreshments will be provided after!

Stay and shop the wonderful yoga clothing after class!

Date: Saturday, July 30th
Time: 9:00-10:00am
Location: Lululemon Athletica at the Summit
(left side of the shopping center when you enter from 280)
Reserve your space here:

Come the day before! Lululemon Athletica opens at the Summit on Friday, July 29th!

Store Grand Opening to follow! (…and more free classes!)

Whole Foods Summer Healing Expo…

Blissful Heights in Homewood is offering a Summer Healing Expo to showcase Birmingham’s holistic health and wellness offerings! 

Come to Whole Foods Market on Saturday, July 9th (10am-3pm) or Sunday , July 10 (1pm-4pm) to visit the different stations set up by staff and colleagues of Blissful Heights. 

You can hear all about massage, acupuncture, nutrition and yoga from these licenses professionals, as well as get an organic mini-facial from their on-site esthetician. Designated appointment times are available for 10 minute one-on-ones with the specialists, but walk-ins are welcome for the rest! Sign-up at the customer service desk to reserve your spot or come in at your leisure during the expo times. 

While you’re here, visit all the tables to collect stickers and enter to win a gift basket and gift certificates.

Don’t forget! It’s THIS WEEKEND!

Symphony in the Summer…

You’ve learned by now that yoga isn’t all about going to class and doing poses. The asanas (poses) are less that 1% of what yoga is all about. It’s about creating peace within ourselves to make a more peaceful world, giving back, volunteering, a smile to someone who needs one, and helping others. Yes, this means when you go pick up trash in the park or smile at a stranger you are doing yoga. You are doing a service to your community and that is yoga. Yoga is beautiful. Helping is beautiful. You are beautiful.

When I was in training my teacher referred to selfless acts of kindness as Seva. And that’s what yoga’s all about. Selfless deeds in which you expect nothing in return. But completely selfless acts are hard, so once in a while we have an opportunity to help out and enjoy something for ourselves. Maybe it will make us think of the unending good karma that could come from a truly selfless deed.

This weekend the Alabama Symphony Orchestra is playing at the Birmingham Railroad Park in a free/donation only concert to support the victims of the April Tornadoes. Click here to see a list of donation items that are needed. I’ll be there Saturday night listening to the sounds of Tchaikovsky that bring be back to my ballet days!

ASO ~ Symphony in the Summer
June 10-12, 2011
Fri & Sat, 8:00pm
Sun, all day fun!

Location: Railroad Park (B’ham)
1600 1st Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233

Come enjoy a wonderful (free) night spent in the great outdoors listening to amazing music!

More workshops in March…

Vinyasa Yoga- Cross Training
with Doug Swenson
(Balancing Strength and Softness) – (Beginner – Advanced)
Class Description…
This class is a delightful blend of Ashtanga and Soft form Yoga. Class starts with Doug’s completely unique approach to powerful Ashtanga Yoga, and then shifts gears into a challenging, yet, soft form Yoga format. Followed by, Pranayama deep relaxation and Doug’s thoughts and experiences on Yoga.

Doug’s Bio…
Doug Swenson began his study of yoga in 1969. He has had the fortune of studying with many great teachers including Dr. Ernest Wood, K. Pattabhi Jois, Ramanand Patel and others. Doug is a master yoga practitioner, philosopher, poet and dedicated health advocate. He has incorporated influences from several different yoga systems along with his passion for nutrition and the environment to develop his unique approach.

Over the years he has authored several books; “Yoga Helps”, “The Diet That Loves You Most”, “Power Yoga for Dummies” and “Mastering The Secrets of Yoga Flow”. He travels extensively offering workshops, retreats and teacher training courses around the world. Don’t miss the opportunity to study with one of the world’s top instructors. Doug’s classes are always invigorating and inspirational and his supportive style of teaching and keen sense of humor send his students home with a smile on their face and a softness within their heart.

Early registration (by March 15, 2011): $45
Regular registration: $50
Tickets day of the event/at the door: $55

*Place & Time*
Cahaba Pumping Station
4012 Sicard Hollow Road
Birmingham, AL 35243

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sign up via Eventbrite here:

See you there!

Birmingham area yoga workshops…

Wade Imre Morrissette (no relation to yours truely) will be in town for one night only on March 10…

A special one night event offering a dynamic flow class based on Wade’s intelligent sequencing principles. Together we’ll delve deeper into a variety of asanas (backbends, inversions, and twists). Throughout the workshop, Wade will offer tips and nuggets to help you transform your physical practice into a true mindful experience. Find peaceful bliss as… Wade finishes the class with live music. Come prepared to sweat, play and learn. Open to all levels of students! Leave feeling empowered and truly alive!

About Wade…
Wade Imre Morissette has studied yoga for more than seventeen years with many of the world’s most influential yoga teachers, including Baba Hari Das, Sri K Pattabhi Jois, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, T.K.V. Desikachar, and the Krishnamacharya Lineage. Wade, a recording artist with Nutone Music,has released several critically acclaimed albums of yoga-inspired indie rock/pop music including Maha Moha-the Great Delusion, Sargam Scales of Music, and Strong as Diamonds.

Wade leads workshops, yoga retreats, and kirtan music evenings in the US and internationally. His retreats and workshops integrate yoga, music and eastern and western personal development techniques that connect students to their own inner bliss. Wade’s book Transformative Yoga: Five Keys to Unlocking Inner Bliss is being released this fall (2011). For more please visit

Sign up via Eventbrite here:

Early registration is only $40!!! (by March 1, 2011)
$55 at the door

*Place & Time*
Cahaba Pumping Station
4012 Sicard Hollow Road
Birmingham, AL

Thursday, March 10, 2011
6:00pm- 8:30pm

See you there!