Take a moment and check out our wonderful studio, excellent teachers and several examples of our many styles of classes offered weekly. We have created a wonderful community at Half Moon that welcomes newcomers with open arms. Come visit us soon!
Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 3-6:30pm, Sunday 3-6:30pm
With RIKKI DONAHUE & STEPHANIE JONES $45 each session or $125 for ALL
Trauma is an experience that overwhelms our capacity to cope. It effects the mind, body, & spirit. It can rob us of the feeling that we are in charge of ourselves. As an in depth introduction to Trauma Sensitive Yoga and mind/body resources, participants will have an opportunity to understand the physical, mental, and emotional effects of trauma, to explore research based coping resources, and stress reduction techniques to reclaim empowerment through the ancient art of yoga, shamanic healing exercises, as well as through identifying our own personal hero’s journey. Prior yoga experience is not necessary and all are welcome. Anyone who has ever navigated the challenging journey of PTSD, childhood trauma, difficult times, are highly encouraged to attend. Even those who work with trauma survivors such as teachers, counselors, and social workers are encouraged to attend. This will be led by qualified and experienced teachers Stephanie Jones and Rikki Donahoe in three unique parts. Each part is based on trauma research and leaders in the field such as Bessel Van Der Kolk, David Emerson, and Judith Herman. $45 each session or $125 for the entire weekend. Yoga Alliance Continuing education certificate for 15 CEUs are available for yoga teachers who attend.
Part 1: The Brain and Body on Trauma
Friday 6-9pm $45
Learn about the neurophysiological effects of trauma on the brain and how trauma shapes the way we think, feel, and relate to self and others. The impact of trauma can create a disconnect between the mind and body so the importance of integrating mind and body will be emphasized through gentle yoga and shamanic exercises.
Part 2: Trauma Sensitive Yoga
Saturday 3-6:30pm $45
Trauma Sensitive Yoga has been shown to significantly reduce symptoms of Post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD). You will experience a true trauma sensitive yoga class led by certified instructor, Rikki, to experience the difference between it and other styles. Through this session, students will gain access to inner-resources for coping with trauma. Teachers and mental health professionals will find tools and practices to support trauma survivors in their work.
Part 3: Empowered Journey Through Trauma
Sunday 3-6:30pm $45
When we feel empowered and connected, we access our ability to consciously transform emotional trauma into medicine for the soul. In this session, we will be introduced to our Hero’s journey, which will act as a guide for honoring and reclaiming our own resilience. Mythic story telling and rituals will also help us connect deeply with our own unique journey to healing. Through guided meditation, somatic healing movements and trauma sensitive yoga, we will nurture the mind-body connection and learn how to cope when stress occurs.
Stephanie Jones is a trauma survivor and a wounded healer. She has practiced yoga since 2001 and became a certified teacher in 2008. She earned her Masters in Counseling in 2011. She has attended several trauma based yoga trainings with lead teachers in this field and topic. Stephanie is also the co-director of our Moonbeam Yoga Teacher Training and feels honored to work and support trauma survivors in their own healing journey and regain their inner strength.
Rikki Donahoe has been a student of yoga since 2005 and soon thereafter earned her yoga teaching certification. Rikki identifies as a trauma survivor and has attended yoga workshops intended for trauma. She became a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher under the direction of leaders in this field. Rikki was a pioneer in the South Carolina State Prison System and has also taught in halfway houses, those infected by HIV/AIDS, soldiers with PTSD, and those with Traumatic Brain Injuries and firmly believes healing from trauma is possible
WITH ROBBIE SHORT $10
Robbie and her son, Gabriel, have decided it’s time to lead a specific MoonChild practice for 8-12 years based around the spiritual lessons & yogic teachings of Star Wars. This theme is being presented during the solar eclipse weekend when much emphasis will be placed upon the cosmos. We will discuss the eclipse to build them up for this special event. More importantly, we will discuss the importance of living in the light, how the Jedi’s meditate to gain focus & insight, how the breath increases our vital life force, and the spiritual teachings that are mixed into these classic films. It will be educational, yogic, and fun for their minds/bodies and inspirational for the type of character they choose for themselves as they enter this new school year which sets the stage for life.
WITH SETH RITTER $15
Seth Ritter will grace our studio with his massive collection of Himalayan Singing Bowls both Friday 7/21 from 6-7pm and again on Sunday 8/20 from 3:30-4:30pm! This is one of our favorite special events at HMY and we are so grateful for Seth offering it to our community once a month. Nada yoga is the yoga of sound and vibration and science has shown the importance of these specific sounds. Energy is vibration and the vibrational frequencies you receive from this sound bath effect us at a cellular level. At this cellular level, we can relax and receive some therapeutic healing. You must try this for yourself because the experience is something you should bear witness to in order to appreciate and understand. This Nada yoga is also a great way to break up the mindless chatter we often get trapped in so one can experience a profound state of meditation. This meditation can be grounding or transcendental depending on your current state and intention. It’s always fun to see what shows up and exactly what will happen.
WITH Robbie Short $30
As you know, Robbie loves sharing the latest Numerology and Astrology when it relates to the moon phases or something big happening in the cosmos. This upcoming full solar eclipse on August 21st is the first in a long time to travel right across North America, specifically in the United States. Nashville just happens to be THE prime location for it to be experienced so hopefully you will be free between 12-1pm on Monday to view it for yourself. Robbie will open this workshop explaining what we can expect from eclipses in general as well as more specifically with this particular & potent one that has the new moon in Leo. We will hold this workshop from 5-7pm after Seth’s therapeutic Sound Meditation. For a truly Blissful experience, you should consider doing both to set the stage for this mighty eclipse and balance your energy for these major exposures and shifts. After a discussion, we will practice pranayama, sacred ritual, some restorative poses, and end with mantra repetition for our meditation.
WITH Dani Williamson $30
Our friend and mentor, Dani Williamson from Integrative Family Medicine, has been recently inspired to bring two new workshops to HMY. She has done one on Gut Health in the past but this particular one is specifically on the topic and relationship between gut health and brain health. There is a direct link between our brains and our gut and if we learn how to decrease inflammation in the gut, it can help to prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Sign up to learn more! Her second workshop is scheduled September 10th regarding the relationship between adrenal fatigue and hormones.
WITH Whitney Korman $30
SWEET SURRENDER – Sacral Chakra Workshop “Pleasure and emotions are the root of desire. Through desire we create movement. Through movement we create change. Consciousness thrives on change. This is the essence and function of the second chakra.” – Anodea Judith In the second part of the Chakra Workshop Series, we continue our journey upward to the Sacral Chakra, or in Sanskrit Svadhisthana (meaning “sweetness”). The mystery of the Sacral Chakra lies in our emotional identity, our right to experience joy and pleasure, our healthy boundaries and connections with others and our ability to ‘go with the flow’ as life hands us change and challenge. Not coincidentally, this energy center is associated with the water element as a balanced Svadhisthana Chakra allows us to feel as if we can accept the hands we are dealt and allow emotion to be realized without letting it take us over. This Chakra asks us to no longer live on the surface and to instead ‘get in touch with your feelings’. We can choose to be in a space of “too little” feeling we are unworthy of experiencing pleasure, joy…you name it. On the other side of the coin, we can choose the “too much’ option where we numb out by overindulging in our ‘drug of choice’ and are left to deal with the consequences later. No pleasure = lifeless and suffering. Too much pleasure = pain and suffering. Either way draws us away from our center, the only space where we really get to indulge in life in its truest capacity, right within the heart of our souls. Emotions are the language of the soul. In this workshop, learn to let go of resistance to emotions, changes, challenges, LIFE. A fusion of Restorative and Gentle Yoga hip openers will leave you feeling full of life’s joy, majesty and wonderment. This world is our playground. Think of this workshop as a playdate with your favorite teddy bear as you nurture your mind, body and spirit while in Restorative poses at the beginning and end with a FEEL GOOD Gentle Flow sandwiched in between. Chakras, or energy centers, are where mind, body and spirit intersect. While there are many Chakras located throughout each one of us, in this series we will focus on the seven major Chakras that flow along the direction of the spine. Whether you are well versed in Chakras or a total Chakra newbie, the doors are open for you in this workshop. We will explore the 7 Chakra System as it is defined here in the West. Each month, we will explore the succeeding Chakra until we reach the final 7th Chakra (Sahaswara) where we can open to enlightenment and a spiritual connection to all that is. Namaste.
WITH Dani Williamson $30
Our friend and mentor, Dani Williamson from Integrative Family Medicine, is changing this workshop which was once based on Hormonal Heath. This new workshop will emphasize the relationship between Hormones & Adrenal Fatigue. There is a direct connection between these 2 subject matters and you cannot address one without the other otherwise you are only treating half of the problem. Sign up to learn more around this topic!
WITH ANN COFFEY & ROBBIE SHORT $30 prepaid or $35 day of event
Ann Coffey & Robbie Short were at one time the only teachers at Half Moon Yoga and are happy to reunite to bring you a beautiful blend of healing practices! Ann now works at an acupuncturist office in Green Hills and is now qualified to administer acudetox. In fact, they are the pioneers to this Middle Tennessee area to offer such a dose of goodness! This idea has recently spread to other local studios because of it’s potency:) Ann administers the acupuncture through the ears after Robbie leads some Yin Yoga that opens up the meridians or energetic channels according to chinese medicine. This is also what the needles supply and while you are lounging with the needles, Robbie leads you into Yoga Nidra, the fine art of relaxation. Yoga Nidra alone has been shown scientifically to alter the brain waves as if you were in your deepest realm of sleep. This realm offers the mind/body/spirit an opportunity to heal at multiple levels. AcuDetox is primarily used for helping one to detox whether it’s addictions or just stress. Limited to 12 participants so sign up early!
WITH HOLLY GARCIA $30
Several times a year we offer a beginner’s yoga workshop. We understand from a beginner’s mind that yoga can be intimidating. After all, you only have an idea or perception about what yoga is and it can be a bit confusing looking at the schedule and seeing all these different names and you are unsure how to navigate considering some are written literally in the Sanskrit language. You are also trying something brand new which can be exciting to some degree but also a little frightful if you are stepping beyond your comfort zone and not sure how your body is going to respond. This is exactly why we offer these workshops! Holly will teach you some fundamental postures as well as what to expect in various styles. She will also cover the importance of the breath and how one should breathe as well as operate their body mechanics according to the breath! Let Holly put you at ease if you are new or if you just feel like you need to relearn the basics. She can also answer any questions you have and after seeing your practice, gear you towards the right class for you and your level of ability! Holly will offer another one of these March 26th called Spring into Action.