The Yogic Art of Breathing

Dates: Friday, June 2nd – Sunday, June 4th 2023
Fee: $275

When we speak about breath, we must speak about the spine, the churning rod for breath. When we speak about the spine, we must speak about asana and the many ways to enliven the spine. When we speak about asana, we must speak about an important, sometimes considered the most advanced pose, Savasana. Deep relaxation and deep breathing go hand in hand. As a quality of being, the real yoga is invisible and the essence of yoga is in the invisible phenomenon of breath … the meaning, mystery and sacredness of breath. Come, experience breath, and breathe a deep sigh of relief.

Ah, not to be cut off, not through the slightest partition shut out from the law of the stars. The inner – what is it? if not intensified sky, hurled through with birds and deep with winds of homecoming. Rilke

Friday: 3:30PM – 5:30PM
Saturday: 9:30AM – 11:30AM & 3:30PM – 5:30PM
Sunday: 9:30AM – Noon

To register, please email Carol at cnelsonyoga@earthlink.net and kindly mail tuition check by April 1, 2023 to:
Carol Nelson, PO Box 2537, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568


Dates: TBA
Fee: $195

Did you know the yoga poses are derived from our natural movements such as standing, sitting, turning, WALKING, even smiling and yawning? How you carry yourself in daily life becomes your yoga. In our society, we have distorted, contorted and squeezed the natural INSTINCTIVE ways of moving well out of our very being.

Join us for this fun weekend as we subdue the iron will and re-wild, reconnect and restore the golden body. Then …  see how it translates to the mat! Each 3-hour session begins with an unencumbered walk in nature as a prelude to yoga (we leave our bags, water bottles & cell phones behind). As we walk freely, arms swing, fluidizing the shoulders; the pendulum-like movement of the deep psoas and legs massage the lower spine; the lungs open; the breath deepens: we can feel the circulation reach our fingers and toes.

Walks approximately 30 mins – 1 hour over easy terrain. There will be plenty of free time over the weekend to sit by the healing ocean waters, schedule a massage or just BE. Teas, beverages, and snacks will be provided. No cell phones or bags.

Schedule as follows:
Friday: 3:00PM – 6:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM – 12:00PM


Dates: TBA
Fee: $425

*Approved for LMHC 12 CEUS

“There is a feeling, a movement akin to love. It flows quietly, is not overly demonstrative, is texturally soft, and is supported by an inner strength. This feeling applies to the body and to a way of being.” –John Stirk

Science has proven that stress is a major factor underlying illness and disease. There exists within our very being the capacity to reverse these debilitating effects: the chemistry of comfort and love. Refresh, restore and renew yourself with Restorative Yoga, Mindfulness Meditation, PanGu Mystical Qigong and Tapas Acupressure Technique. Fern Israel and Carol Nelson, friends for 40 years, have a palpable energy that provides an environment of deep healing greater than the sum of the various practices.

About Fern:
Fern Ross Israel, MA LMHC is a licensed mental health counselor and experienced yoga teacher. She specializes in the use of energy therapies for mind/body/soul healing. Fern’s compassionate work can be seen with Morrie Shwartz, the Brandeis professor whose journey was highlighted in the NYT’s best selling book, Tuesday’s with Morrie. Fern is also a Teacher/Trainer of PanGu Mystical Qi Gong and Tapas Acupressure Technique.

Schedule as follows:
Friday: 3:00PM – 6:00PM
Saturday: 9:00PM – 12:00PM & 5:00PM – 6:00PM (followed by dinner on the deck, weather permitting)
Sunday: 9:00AM – 12:00PM


Dates: TBA





Dates: TBA
Fee: $425

John’s unique approach and brilliant presentation is a not-to-be-missed experience. Always touching upon what is universal in the practice, he brings something for everyone, from seasoned practitioners to beginners. He has an uncanny ability to take us to the “heart” of the matter and hold us in its depth. A true master, John’s teaching is a gift.

About John:
John Stirk has been teaching yoga and mind-body movement for 40 years. Based in London and East Sussex in the UK, he has recently published his third book: The Original Body – Primal Movement for Yoga Teachers. John graduated as an osteopath in 1983 from the College of Osteopaths in London, where he subsequently lectured in bio-mechanics and practical osteopathy and was made a fellow of the college. The influence of R.D. Laing, with whom he ran body/mind workshops, classical osteopathy, B.K.S. Iyengar, Vanda Scaravelli, with whom he had personal tuition for several years, and Krisnamurti, has confirmed his belief in finding it in and for oneself.

Schedule as follows:
Friday: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Saturday: 9:30AM – 11:30AM & 4:00PM – 6:00PM
Sunday: 9:30AM – 11:30AM



Dates: TBA
Fee: $45

As yoga prepares the body for meditation, so dreams can prepare the mind. Yoga Nidra, sometimes called the psychic sleep/dynamic sleep or deep relaxation with inner awareness, is a systematic method of inducing deep mental, physical and emotional relaxation. This is the groundwork for the receptivity necessary for meditation. The Saturday 3-hour session will blend a gentle asana practice as preparation for the Yoga Nidra experience, and a look at the dreaming state of mind. There will be an introduction to various ways of approaching dream interpretation, tips for recording and recalling them, a discussion of symbolic dream language as both universal and uniquely personal, and the Talmudic notion that there is a gift in every dream, even in nightmares.

About Mia:
Guest presenter, Mia Woodford, a philosophy major, left a career in law to pursue studies in depth psychology at the C.G. Jung Institute in Switzerland. She has recorded and shared her dreams in various groups for over thirty years. She is passionate about sharing her experience of how they mirror the unconscious as well as amuse us.

Saturday: 10:00AM – 1:00PM


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