Starfish Yoga! Moving from Core to Extremity

with Mary Paffard


March 4, 2018
Morning Session:
10:45 am – 1:15 pm
Afternoon Session: 2:00 – 3:00 pm

This day of yoga will begin by finding the center of the star, the deep abdominal area or core through breath, imagery and simple movements. For most of us, the core is a place of confusion, an area of our body which we either neglect or overly control and this practice will bring awareness and vitality to an under-respected and highly intelligent matrix from which all movement can arise. We often let our limb movements dominate our interior body. By exploring popular standing poses like trikonasana, from the starfish perspective, we can support our hips and sacral area and find freedom and ease in the upper body. This will in turn help support the shoulder area in backbends, inversions and twists.

Join us for a full day of practice and investigation!

Morning Session: 10:45 am – 1:15 pm: Active Asana Practice with emphasis on supporting hips and shoulders from the core. Options given to those not doing inversions or deeper backbends.
Afternoon Session: 2 – 3 pm: Seeing and Understanding Bodies—Looking at individual poses and issues that arise and using simple partner positions and adjustments to encourage a yoga that radiates from the center out.
3 – 4 pm: Quiet Practice—to encourage softness within and without.
Workshop participants are eligible for CEUs for Yoga Alliance Further Education requirements.


Cost for both sessions:  $80 (after Feb. 25, $90)


Morning session only:  $55 (after Feb. 25, $65)


Afternoon session only:  $45 (after Feb. 25, $55)


Cancellations prior to Feb. 25th will be refunded minus a $15 admin fee; No refunds after Feb. 25th unless a replacement can be found.


Pranayama: How To Safely Expand The Breath

with Gary Vercelli


Sunday, March 25, 2018, 2:00 – 4:30 pm

There’s an intimate relationship between thinking, feeling, and breathing. Your yoga poses reach a profound level only when you are keenly aware of your breath. In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of breath expansion and you’ll be made aware of the necessary precautions in developing a practice.

You’ll develop a solid foundation for the fine tuning of your personal practice of pranayama. A series of restorative poses will prepare your body for the more subtle work of breath expansion, both seated and supine.

Gary Vercelli has studied and practiced Iyengar Yoga since 1992. His primary mentor has been Senior Advanced Iyengar Instructor Manouso Manos (’94 – present). Gary’s most influential teachers have been Manos, Mary Dunn, and Ramanand Patel, with whom he studied in India in 2000. Vercelli taught Iyengar Yoga at American River College 2000 – 2012. He was certified by the IYNAUS at the Intro 2 level in 2003. Gary has attended five Iyengar National Conventions and studied with Geeta Iyengar in Pune India (12/04) and with B.K.S. Iyengar in Estes Park, CO. (10/05). A popular broadcaster on Capital Public Radio (88.9 FM), Vercelli brings to his craft as a yoga instructor a dynamic presence and a reverence for the subject.

Cost:  $50 (after March 19th, $60)


Cancellations prior to March 19th will be refunded minus a $15 admin fee; No refunds after March 19th unless a replacement can be found.


Upcoming Workshops:

Janet MacLeod – Apr. 21-22, 2018 | Details to come

If you would like more information, please contact: Jennifer Sadugor at (916) 383-7933 or

Students of all levels are welcome to each of these workshops except where indicated!

The Yoga Solution
5290 Elvas Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 383-7933