Giselle Mari is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher and an E-RYT 500 whose yogic path began in the early 1990s. Drawn to the Jivamukti Yoga method early on in her practice, she began her extensive study with her gurus Sharon Gannon and David Life, and joyfully assisted them throughout the western United States. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Giselle also teaches around the globe. She is known for her dynamic classes that infuse funky eclectic music, Sanskrit chanting, skillful hands-on assists, and a down-to-earth approach. She has appeared on the cover of Yoga Journal and Yoga International and has been featured in many of their articles. She is an ambassador for Gaiam, a contributing writer for Origin magazine, and served as a mentor on the Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training faculty. Learn more at gisellemariyoga.com.
Hot, Hip, and Holy
- Course ID: M2MARI
Saturday, January 17 — 11:00am - 1:00pm
Are you ready to lose your mind and be free? Accessing modern-day mantra, asana, and wisdom, we'll go on a unique spiritual journey that will crack your heart wide open and inspire you to realize your highest potential. Prepare yourself for a vigorous practice replete with classic Jivamukti sequences that will tap into your past, present, future, and your wild side. If you want to expand your mind, heart, and soul and are interested in letting go, this class is for you. **Side Effects: Spontaneous Enlightenment.
What to bring: A blanket, block, and strap (ideal, but not necessary).
Breakthrough Without Breaking: Backbends
- Course ID: M5MARI
Sunday, January 18 — 11:00am - 1:00pm
Do you have a “spitting” camel pose, a wonky wheel or a bridge pose that needs retrofitting? Let’s get together to breakdown and breakthrough your backbends. With a tad of yogic philosophy and a heap of vigorous vinyasa, we’ll prepare the body for some serious heart opening. Let’s journey on the path from basic to more “hearty” poses that will help you move safely, fearlessly and more confidently in your life.
What to bring: A blanket, block, and strap.
Lecture and asana practice.
Turn On, Turn In, Tune To Your Frequency
- Course ID: M6MARI
Sunday, January 18 — 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Sound is fundamental to a yogi or yogini, and it's the most direct way to change our physical way of being. However, when our mind is distracted and our senses are keeping us externally focused and working overtime, there is little opportunity to hear this deeper vibration. In this powerful asana practice, we'll systematically explore the five senses and incorporate what it means to lose them, only to gain a deeper knowing by slowly tuning out to tune in. This class will provide you with a humbling, humorous, engaging experience that will give you a wellspring of emotion and insight.
What to bring: A blanket for meditation.
Lecture and asana practice.
Awakening to Your Life Through the Chakra System
- Course ID: AMMARI
Monday, January 19 — 9:00am - 4:30pm
Monday All-Day Intensives
Are you ready to revitalize yourself, your practice, and your life? Through the powerful energetic system of the chakras, we'll explore these components and more. Using asana, mantra, lecture, contemplative journaling, and meditation, we'll address the possible root causes of mental, emotional, and physical challenges that keep us from a meaningful, empowered life. Be prepared for sweat, tears, plenty of laughter, and heaps of compassion as we journey together to awaken to our life's purpose.
What to bring: A blanket and a journal.
Lecture, asana, meditation, and journal writing.