Y o g a — Register For July 28-31 Purna Yoga Intensive

Devoted to Sri Aurobindo’s Purna Yoga, Aadil Palkhivala is founder and director of Yoga Centers in Bellevue, Washington and The College of Purna Yoga, an advanced teacher training program licensed by the State of Washington and Yoga Alliance Certified. He is the author of "Fire of Love", a certified Ayurvedic health practitioner, a certified Shiatsu and Swedish therapist, and a clinical hypnotherapist. He holds degrees in law, physics and mathematics. Source: Aadil.com. Click here to visit website.

Aadil Palkhivala

Purna Yoga Intensive

July 28-31, 2012

Big Island Yoga Center

Register NOW to take advantage of early bird rates. Early bird rate applies through June 28. Read more

Y o g a — ‘Back To The Basics’ Yoga Workshop Is June 23

Image courtesy of Ron Gravel

(Media release) — Volcano Art Center invites you to roll out your yoga mat and savor a special Back to Basics Yoga workshop on June 23. This first-time offering is designed for everyone, from beginning yoga students wanting to dive deeper into what feels good, as well as intermediate and advanced students desiring a refresher course.

Direct from the Ixchel Holistic and Sustainable Retreat Center in Volcano, instructors Rachelle Castillo and Athena Engelman will explore the fundamentals of yoga including breath control, body awareness and basic anatomy. The workshop will begin by breaking down the seven moving principles of yoga before beginning the basic warm-ups. Students will be led through a traditional guided practice with an emphasis on detailed instruction through demonstration and hands-on adjustment. Read more

Y o g a — Swati Chanchani Workshop Is Cancelled

SWATI CHANCHANI WORKSHOP IS CANCELLED and the special Fri. morning class at BIYC is also cancelled.
Jan will be teaching as regularly scheduled.

We are sorry to say that Swati Chanchani will not be coming
to Hawaii Island this coming May. 
The upcoming workshop on May 4, 5, and 6 in North Kohala is cancelled.
This also includes the Friday, May 4th morning class at the Big Island Yoga Center.
Our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused you. 
We hope to host this great teacher in the future.

Puna News — Polestar Gardens To Host ‘An Evening’ in India Fundraiser Saturday

(Media release) — On Saturday July 23, 2011 the nonprofit organization Polestar Gardens will host its annual fundraiser, performance & feast-extravaganza, “An Evening in India”. This enchanting event will include a South-Indian Banquet, silent auction, raffle, and theatrical excerpts from India’s beloved epic, “The Mahabharata”. All proceeds benefit Polestar’s youth scholarship fund, granting deserving students the chance to participate in the organization’s summer internships centered around community-building service projects, life-skills, yoga and meditation. “Like all great myths,” offered Bernadette Sabath, the play’s director, “The Mahabharata offers something for everyone: a compelling story of intrigue, treachery and nobility; a connection to universal truths, and a deeper understanding of our own humanity.” Tickets are $30 at the door, $25 in advance. For more information or to buy tickets contact Ann Gornik at 808-936-8518.

(Submitted by Rachel Andersen.)

Y o g a — Five Spots Left In Christina Sell Workshop This Weekend

My Body is a Temple

Weekend Yoga Workshop

with Christina Sell

June 3- June 5
5 spots left
Christina Crop Image

Entire weekend at Balancing Monkey


Call Danielle (808) 896-7406 if you want to register for an individual workshop

” I truly believe that Christina Sell is the best asana teacher of our time and we are beyond lucky to have her with us Balancing Monkey” — Heather Heintz, owner of Balancing Monkey

All Levels Flow
Friday June 3
6:00-8:00 pm
Lay a Strong Foundation
All Levels Standing Poses and Backbends
Saturday June 4
10:00-1:00 pm
Intermediate Forward Bends and Twists

Saturday June 4

3:00-6:00 pm
All Level Group Practice
Sunday June 5
10:00-1:00 pm

Christina Sell has been practicing yoga since 1991. She is a Certified Anusara teacher and author of the book Yoga From the Inside Out: Making Peace with your Body Through Yoga. Dedicated to the practices and principles of Anusara Yoga, Christina serves on the Anusara Yoga Certification Assessment Committee, the Anusara Yoga Curriculum Development Committee and the Anusara Yoga Ethics Committee. Christina’s classes are fun, inspiring and dedicated to helping people of all ages and abilities experience the joys of practicing yoga. She maintains an active teaching schedule conducting workshops, trainings and classes locally, nationally, and internationally.


Y o g a — Aadil Palkhivala Workshop At Big Island Yoga Center July 22-25

* Aadil Palkhivala *

July 22 – 25, 2011

Four Day All-Levels Workshop
Pre-requisite: one year of yoga experience
24 hours of instruction $360 if payment is made by June 22
See all details on website:
Registrar: Joan Hughes:  808.936.9243
email:  AADILsummer11@bigislandyoga.com

BIYC does NOT have available parking spaces during weekdays.

Students may park in the public parking lot south of Orchid Cafe, which is north of BIYC

or on Hale Ke Eke E Place south of BIYC and Kona Central Union Church.

Students may park in the lot in front of BIYC only after 4PM on weekdays and all day on weekends.

For any questions, please phone 329 YOGA (9642) or go to  www.bigislandyoga.com

Letters — Yoga Easter Sunday At Waimea’s There’s No Place Like OM Studio

Aloha, dear yogis…..

I’m fielding inquiries about class on Easter Sunday, tomorrow, at OM Studio:

Yes!   We will have an All Levels Anusara Yoga class from 8-9:30 a.m.

See you there…

With appreciation,


(Editor’s post script: There’s No Place Like OM Yoga Studio is located on St. James Circle in Waimea.)

***Commentary*** About Max


Image courtesy of la nostra storia

I’ve been preparing to share with you the story of my son JJ’s recent birth, in hopes of continuing our conversation about the politics of birth and advocate for natural birthing techniques at our island hospitals and beyond. What’s been holding me back, though, is the fact that a dear friend of mine lost her newborn son a week after his March 22 birthday. It has been devastating for our circle for friends to lose baby boy Max.  His is a medical mystery, and that has compounded our loss, not exactly knowing what happened to Max.  Today at the Balancing Monkey Yoga Center there is a yoga session in baby Max’s honor and, if you have the time, I urge you to participate.  If you can’t, know that we are trying to raise funds to buy a water well in Cambodia in his honor.  If you are inclined, please email contributions to Melinda Clark, P.O. Box 527, Kurtistown, HI  96760.

In the couple months since JJ’s birth and in the weeks since the loss of Max, I’ve really dwelled a lot on the miracle of birth and what fragile ecosystems we are.  My friend who lost her boy has urged her friends and loved ones to write about how the loss of Max has affected us.  I will do that in depth. And, as part of that, I need to share my story of the birth that went right, the birth of my son.

The candle is symbolic of the fact that in the week that Max was being kept alive at Kapiolani hospital on Oahu, I held a vigil for him by burning a candle daily.  And since his death, I’ve continued to frequent burn candles, lighting them each time with Max in my thoughts.  If you can’t participate in today’s yoga suggestion and if you aren’t inclined to donate to our cause for Max’s water well, would you at least light a candle in honor of this baby boy? If anything, let this be a reminder to give reverence to the miracle of birth.

Y o g a — A Workshop For Max Is April 16; Memorial Contributions Can Be Made To Cambodian Water Well

April 16, 2011

3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Authenticity refers to our ability to stay faithful to our internal world despite the challenges presented by the external world around us. Yoga offers us tools to develop this capacity to be guided by our inner light and love. Please join us for this very special workshop in which we will explore authenticity both on and off the mat in honor of our littlest Monkey teacher, MAX. All proceeds of this workshop will go towards a Cambodian water well in honor of the late Maximilian Kahanu Heintz. Suggested donation for this workshop is $20. Please contact Danielle for more information at (808) 896-7406 or, with specifications for Max’s well, mail your contributions to:

Melinda Clark

PO BOX 527

Kurtistown, HI 96760

Y o g a — Balancing Monkey Hosts Bruce Bowditch This Weekend

Balancing Monkey will host certified Anusara Yoga Instructor Bruce Bowditch for a weekend workshop Saturday and Sunday. Bowditch has authored three books about yoga: “The Yoga Practice Guide 1 & 2” and “The Yoga Asana Index.”  He teaches workshops both nationally and abroad. He is an accomplished healer and possesses detailed knowledge and skill in yoga therapeutics.  Bowditch’s sensitivity and humor give him the ability to connect with each student, and make his teachings personal, transformative and rich. Through his teaching, Bowditch helps others find the best in themselves and experience the creativity, passion and soul that is the art of yoga. He is visiting us from Yoga Oasis in Tucson, AZ. Read more