screen-shot-2016-10-02-at-1-50-09-pmNext month, some of the most nationally recognized yoga teachers converge on South Florida to present at the Yoga Journal conference in Hollywood. Yogis from all over the country will be flocking to The Diplomat Resort and Spa to learn from the likes of Seane Corn, Shiva Rea,  Rodney and Colleen Yee, Jason Crandell, Amy Ippoliti, and so many more. This year, Yoga Journey’s very own Leslie Glickman joins their ranks and will be teaching two Yin classes at the conference. It’s a big deal.

“When you look at the line-up of teachers presenting, It’s humbling for me to be sitting in the same arena with them at that level. It’s a huge honor and so amazing to me. I am grateful for the opportunity,” says Leslie

Yoga Journey has been a studio partner with the event for years. For the past two years Leslie has been assisting Seane Corn at the Florida Yoga Journal conference. Last year Leslie led a beautiful sunrise meditation on the beach for participants. This is the first time she will be teaching full class sessions at the conference.

The Yoga Journal conference only travels to a handful of cities per year and we are very lucky that it lands here on our doorstep. We want to support the conference to make sure it keeps South Florida on its radar! We also want to support Leslie as her participation could lead to so much more for her, and for our local yoga community.

Building community has long been Leslie’s passion, and the South Florida yoga community is strong. Leslie is excited to develop relationships with these high level teachers and hopes it will elevate even further the quality of the workshops and types of yoga programming she can offer here. She would love to be able to host some of these teachers for events at Yoga Journey. In addition, if given a national platform, Leslie hopes to be able to inspire other areas across the country to create stronger communities through yoga as well.

Leslie rarely asks for anything from her tribe. She gives a lot. She hosts Yoga in the park every Saturday morning in Sanborn Square in Boca Raton (and offers free live streaming of those classes). She hosts the Something Big! New Year’s Day event at Mizner Park. She offers many workshops for all, and continuing ed opportunities for teachers at Yoga Journey. She offers a donation based lunch & learn every Friday afternoon where people can come learn more about yoga. She offers so many events not just at the studio, but elsewhere in the community such as Farmer’s TableRaw Juice, and Eau Spa. This is a chance for us to show up for her in a big way (and enjoy her amazing Yin class in the process). Come to the conference! Sign up for at least one of Leslie’s classes. She is on the cusp of being a nationally recognized teacher and really needs our support to take her gifts forward and do even bigger work in this world. Show your support for her, and also expose yourself to the other amazing teachers there all weekend. Even if you can’t make it to the entire conference, just coming on Friday evening will be a big way for you to show up for Leslie. It would mean so much.

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Along with her passion for building community, Leslie feels driven to spread the message that people need to take responsibility for elevating themselves. She says everyone needs to be responsible for how they show up in the world, and they need to know that how they show up contributes to the whole. She feels strongly it’s her calling to bring this message to a bigger audience and is asking for her community to help her do that.

If you’ve never experienced the Yoga Journal conference, now is the time. If you’ve participated before, you know how special it is. Come out and support our teacher as she takes her next BIG step.

– Namaste’

Yoga Journal Conference, Hollywood Florida 2016
Nov 11-14th
Diplomat Resort & Spa
3555 S Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019
REGISTER HERE Use code LESLIE to save 15% on the pass of your choice! 

 

Photo Credit: Naya Rappaport & Andrea Blakesberg.

 

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On this blog I’ve been covering the Yamas and the Niyamas, which make up one branch of the eightfold path of yoga, according to Patanjali’s Sutras. The Yamas tell yogis what not to do. Posts about these restraints can be found here: AhimsaSatyaAsteyaBrahmacharya and Aparigraha.

The Niyamas remind us what we should do. We’ve already explored four of the Niyamas, SauchaSantoshaTapas and Svadhyaya. In this post, I delve into the final Niyama which is Ishvara Pranidhana.

I do not write about these as a scholar, but as a fairly new yoga teacher, (three years in) and I am sure my understanding of the the Yoga Sutras will keep evolving over time. It has been my joy to write about them, allowing me to absorb the concepts more deeply as I go. If my writings about them resonate with readers of this blog in some way, I am grateful to have had that opportunity for connection.

The fifth Niyama, Ishvara Pranidhana, means devotion. According to Patanjali’s Sutras it means self-surrender to Supreme consciousness. It is when the will of the yogi lines up with the will of the Divine.

No longer are you doing your practice, trying to get in shape. No longer are you trying to get “better” at the pose. No longer are you worried about what you look like on the mat. No longer are you worried that you did’n’t get enough practice in this week. No longer are you interested in beating yourself up over anything. Ishvara means you surrender it all to something greater than your small self. You let go of anything other than being the highest version of yourself, in the moment. It is not done for accolades. It is not done to get ahead. It is not done for a prize. It is only so you might be of service to something higher.

The ego leads us to think if we take time to meditate,  we are giving something up. We don’t have time. When we are in the space of Ishvara Pranidhana, we are fully integrated with our Higher self, and the biggest secret is… it’s not a sacrifice. It’s bliss. No longer do we meditate because we should. We do it because it is wonderful. This state can also be found when we are “in the zone.” How many times have you been inspired seeing a person doing exactly what they came here on earth to do? A singer hitting that perfect note. A basketball player making the shot. Leslie Glickman leading Something Big? Their highest selves lining up with their human selves, bringing something of light to the world. Sometimes it happens in quieter humbler moments. A special education teacher taking an overwhelmed child under their wing. A chef excitedly preparing a new menu. A grandmother gently rocking a baby. No matter what we are doing, when we lose our small selves and merge with the Divine, we are practicing Ishvara Pranidhana.

Take a breath and think about a moment when you lost track of time and felt truly at one with your Higher self. It might have been for just a moment or two. A moment out of time, when everything lined up and you felt like you were right where you were meant to be.

What were you doing?

What is it that makes your sweet soul fill up? What are you doing when you feel most yourself?

Maybe do more of that today.

And if you can’t actually physically do it, take a moment to think about it, imagine it. Draw it near.

 

 

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Leslie Glickman has been leading yoga teacher training groups for seven years and with each group the training has evolved. The most recent 200 hour training class had the advantage of an entire faculty hand picked by Leslie.

“Each teacher on faculty is from my first 500 hour training group. Each shines in a particular area, and I picked them to cover that piece of the curriculum. This first group using the whole faculty is about to graduate and I feel they’ve had a very rich experience by having other teachers be part of their training team.”

Having a faculty ensures more individualized attention for the students, and also offers students an opportunity to hear things in a way that works for them. One teacher’s explanation of a pose or a concept might not click with a student, but another teacher will resonate. With each teacher having a rich area of interest, it ensures those areas are covered in an even deeper way.

Leslie says her yoga teacher training program will continue its evolution, and that the next session starting September 7th is going to be the most dynamic training yet. Two very special guests will be coming to town to enrich the education of her next group.

Leslie feels strongly that she is creating a lineage with the teachers she is bringing through her program, but she also comes from a lineage. She says teacher Juli Kagen (who is on the TT faculty) came up with the idea of exposing the next group of trainees to Leslie’s own teachers.

“I have a nice personal relationship with Seane Corn and Bryan Kest from years of studying with them, and respecting and admiring their work. They both have had a huge influence on me and my teaching. I reached out to them and asked if they would be interested in participating in my training and they both said yes!”

Two separate Wednesdays in November Seane Corne and Bryan Kest will be visiting the next Yoga Journey teacher training group! It will not be not open to the public. Leslie says the evolution of her teacher training program is exciting,

“Having Seane and Bryan join us will be a private thing for the next group. The students will get a chance to be exposed to where I come from, and I’m thrilled. I feel like I’m taking the training to the next level. I thought this year it was going to the next level by developing this faculty, but now it’s going one step further. The program is ever evolving and elevating and it just keeps going. It feels like a fast moving train. This is what I’m meant to be doing. The Universe keeps saying yes, and I have this real tapas, this real drive and desire to keep moving forward.”

Over the last 10-15 years, Leslie has studied with these teachers, staying in contact with them, traveling to learn from them, and attending their workshops whenever they are in Florida.

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Of Bryan Kest, Leslie says,

“He’s had a big impact on me. He gave me permission to be myself. He took away all of the pomp and circumstance surrounding yoga for me. I learned from him that I didn’t have to hold myself to some weird standard of what I thought a yoga teacher was supposed to be. He laid out that example of authenticity. Just be real. Speak it in your own language. Speak it in a language your students are going to understand. Be yourself. He taught me it’s not about what we’re showing on the outside, it’s what we’re doing on the inside. It’s about getting gritty, getting real.” 

Leslie first met Seane Corn when she wandered into Seane’s class at a Yoga Journal conference. She had no idea how transformative it would be.

“That one class changed me for life. I went to the desk and changed my whole schedule so that I could go to all of her classes for the rest of the workshop. She turned me inside out.”

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Leslie says of Seane,

“She was another one of those teachers encouraging students to get real, get honest, this is not fluff. She was all about the shadow. At the time, I didn’t even know I had shadows. If you looked at me on paper, my life was pretty good. I don’t have trauma, etc. I didn’t know I had stuff lurking under the surface. I thought I had it all together, and I was a freaking hot mess! I’m grateful to her for showing me that, because that vulnerability and that realization changed me forever as a teacher. I now can hold space to allow others to fall apart. I can hold space for others to get real with their own stuff.”

Of both Seane and Bryan Leslie says, “Without them I think I’d be teaching Asana (poses), I don’t think I’d really be teaching yoga.”

If you are thinking of signing up for the training, one of the unique things about Yoga Journey’s teacher training program is the open door policy for former students. Anyone that’s graduated the program is welcome to drop in on current trainings.

“If you have ever been my student you will forever be my student if you still want me to be your teacher.”

She encourages teachers that have graduated from her program to sit in on subsequent trainings as much or as little as they want.

“It takes a village. I know I’m sitting at the head of the school as lead teacher, but I know not everyone is going to relate to everything I say or do. Having all different levels of experience coming and going, seeing the relationship I have with my students, that they come back, I feel like that says so much about the whole program. New students are stepping into a community. They are not just going to be trained for four months and disappear.”

Leslie says she is proud of the evolution of her teacher training program over the years.

“My curriculum has grown in 7 years. My experience being in front of students and teaching them to be teachers has grown. I own it in a totally different way now than I ever did before. I know that my system works. And I know that I’m delivering in a really cohesive and comprehensive way. It feels really good.”

Training Schedule:

Orientation Sept 7th
Sept 9-11~ Oct 7-9 ~ Nov 18-20 ~ Dec 9-11
Closing Ceremony Dec 14th

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Ladies, imagine it’s a new moon and you are sitting in meditation with a group of like minded women in Sedona, AZ, (known as one of the world’s most spiritual power centers). For the first time in years, Leslie Glickman is leading an all female retreat and you are invited! The theme is new beginnings.

Leslie says this four night/five day retreat over Labor Day weekend will be a very spiritual experience, “A good portion of the trip is going to be in ritual. We’ll be taking an off-road jeep tour to see some of the energy vortexes. We’re going to do a fire ceremony to the moon and we’re going to do a lot of meditation. We’ll hike to a beautiful place like Cathedral Rock and sit in the auspiciousness of the surroundings.”

For this retreat, Leslie is partnering with Andi Bond, a gifted teacher in Vedic astrology and Sanskrit. Leslie invited Andi in as a guest speaker for her recent 500 hour teacher training group and as a result was moved to partner with her for this trip.
While on retreat, Andi will be looking up birth charts for each participant in Vedic astrology and giving them the mantra they are meant to have based on the day and time of their birth.

“Having Andi with me will make this retreat very special,” says Leslie.

Andi’s says her work “helps people identify and align with their unique purpose.” She is able to give students specific guidance as to life direction, and karmic lessons and helps people see their lives from a broader, enlightened perspective.

Andi teaches a unique method of meditation called Transcendent Mantra Meditation. It combines techniques from her studies and years of immersion with direct disciples of spiritual thought leaders. Throughout her spiritual journey, she has been blessed with the opportunity to study under direct disciples of the following incredible teachers: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi – founder of TM, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar – founder of The Art of Living, Paramahansa Yogananda, and Her Holiness Amma Sri Karunamayi.

She says retreat participants “will learn multiple meditation techniques, as well as develop an understanding of spiritual evolution, consciousness, and how to transform mind, body, and spirit.” 
 

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In addition to visiting the energy vortexes, hiking and meditation there will of course be daily yoga. Retreat members will also be pampered in a magnificent setting at the 5-Star Enchantment Resort, where the food and beverage are world class. The spa at the resort is also world renowned.

Leslie spends a lot of time on and truly enjoys planning every detail of her retreats. She wants people to show up and not have to worry about a thing.

“They don’t have to think. They don’t have to plan, they don’t have to schedule. Everything down to the menus, the massages, even timing the meals and yoga so they don’t have to think about digestion. I want it to be an effortless opportunity for them to be mindful of themselves and to turn inward. They will also have time to connect with others that are doing the same work.”

A retreat with Leslie is truly one of a kind. One of the ways she ensures her retreat experiences are unique is to engage professionals with deep connections on the ground.

“That’s how we end up creating experiences that aren’t just your typical tours. Anyone who goes as a tourist anywhere can see or do the same trip everyone else is doing. My goal is always to create an experience they wouldn’t have been able to have on their own,” says Leslie.

The Sedona retreat is already starting to fill up, with people coming from all over the country. In addition to women coming from South Florida, there are others signed up from Park City, Utah, Vermont, and Asheville, NC so far.

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Trip starts Wed 8/31/2016 and runs through 9/4/2016.

Investment: $2750 (based on double occupancy – airfare not included).

Call to register 561-479-7819 or email leslie@yogajourney.com

 

 

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On this blog I’ve covered the Yamas: AhimsaSatyaAsteyaBrahmacharya and Aparigraha. In review, the Yamas tell students that want to live a yogic life what not to do. The Niyamas remind us what what we should do. The Yamas and Niyamas are listed in the ancient sage Patanjali’s Sutras, under the Eight Limbs of Yoga.

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We’ve already explored two of the Niyamas: Saucha and Santosha.

In this post I am going to delve into Tapas.

Tapas at its most literal means heat. It also means purification. It means to bring zeal to your yoga practice, to your life. For some, the hardest part of yoga is getting out the door, and/or onto the mat. It may take Tapas to peel the child off your leg, and honor the promise you made to yourself to get the studio! Another example of Tapas is bringing your very best to each pose. It might mean engaging your core, hugging thigh muscles onto bone during trikonasana, or plank pose. For others it might mean returning to the breath again and again as the mind wanders off during meditation.

Tapas is a form of self-discipline.

It is important to note that tapas should not be used as a tool to feed the ego. Tapas should not become a punishment or a tool to justify self-hatred. Tapas does not mean push yourself to the point of pain or injury or exhaustion. It means do your practice with enthusiasm, and give it your best.

Is there a pose that you hate or avoid? Bring the energy of Tapas to it next time you practice. See if you have a little more in you to give. Is there an attitude you carry around that is adversely affecting you? See if you can work on this during your practice, offer it up for purification, visualize burning it off and letting it go as you move and breathe.

Where in your life are you feeling dense, or sluggish? Where can you give it a little more oomph? Off the mat, how are your relationships? Are you taking them for granted? Tapas might mean doing something fun with your partner or friends to give those relationships a boost of energy. Turning off the phone and having a face to face heart to heart with someone you love might be a form of Tapas.

Are you feeling like eating junk and watching junk TV? Get up off the couch and do six sun salutations with Tapas. Notice your energy change.

Life is a gift. Tapas means don’t just go through the motions. If you are going to do something, put your whole heart into it. Whether it’s mastering a pose like vrischikasana or cleaning the toilet. Give it all you’ve got. Draw from your inner well. Be inspired. Think Tapas.

*photo of Yoga Journey teacher Laura Buchbinder Hedges. Photo credit, her sister, Sarah Jane.

 

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Left to right: Mary Ann, Debra, Leslie, Amy, Juli

Leslie Glickman will be offering her next 200 hour teacher training starting Wed. May 11, 2016. This particular training will be unique compared to past trainings. Leslie will be incorporating a team of her 500 hour trained teachers into the mix, to give her students even more individualized attention as they work toward their teaching certificates.

Leslie says, “It was a natural progression. I’ve done a number of the 500 hour trainings and as those teachers elevate, I want room to incorporate them in the organization. My fingers are going to be on the pulse of the training the entire time but this gives me some flexibility if I have to step out for an afternoon to tend to my current 500 hour students. I’ll know my 200 hour students are in great hands with seasoned teachers that can handle the curriculum.”  

In addition to Leslie, Yoga Journey teachers Debra Zambrana, Juli Kagan, Mary Ann Morgan Fried, and Amy Kleinberg will make up the 200 hour faculty.

“They all bring something to the table. They all have a really special way about them, and a passion for the content they’ll be covering. I feel proud to have them as part of my team. As their mentor and their teacher I am so happy that I have an opportunity to help them grow,” Leslie adds.

Debra Zambrana says with five instructors, students are likely to benefit from getting the experience of several different teaching styles.

“Variety is the spice of life. There is no one way to do anything. We as a team can offer different perspectives. So if one doesn’t resonate maybe another will.”

Amy Klienberg says she’s honored to be part of this dynamic team of talented teachers, “It is exciting to contribute my knowledge of yoga as it was taught to me and to share all the little things that I have figured out on my own. Every time I teach, I continue to learn.”

Whether your goal is to teach, or to just gain a deeper understanding of yoga for your own practice, Mary Ann hopes each student “finds within themselves nothing is ever impossible.”

The 200 hour teacher training at Yoga Journey is a very comprehensive, organized program. Juli Kagan says,

“I have had the rare privilege of both teaching & taking numerous yoga teacher trainings -all of them at least at the 200 hour level – and without a doubt, the most comprehensive yet personalized and unique program is at Yoga Journey!  A big reason is owed to the fact that Leslie Glickman has this exceptional ability of bringing each of her students to a higher level of purpose, consciousness and giftedness because she sees possibilities in an individual more than they see for themselves. It is truly striking to be a witness to such grace and, I can honestly say,  it happens with every student Leslie touches. It is a sincere honor and privilege to be part of the Yoga Journey faculty and look forward to sharing my love of yoga with those ready to embark on a journey of enrichment and pure joy!”

This particular training is also a rare opportunity to take the 200 hour over the summer. Leslie’s Spring/Summer 200 hour trainings usually run April through July.

It’s almost full, but not too late to sign up. Do you feel the call? If so, contact Leslie ASAP.

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The following is a repost of blog written in December 2014. Mary Ann Morgan-Fried will be teaching a two hour yoga chakra flow workshop this Saturday from 12-2PM. Sign up here! She also teaches a beautiful all-levels Vinyasa class on Wednesdays at 9:15AM. 

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Mary Ann Morgan-Fried got into yoga at her doctor’s recommendation. She was in the corporate world, and was experiencing a lot of anxiety. Her doctor gave her a choice, anti-depressants or yoga. She chose yoga. That was about 15 years ago.

At first yoga was sporadic for her. On the one hand, she loved it. On the other hand it often unleashed emotions that left her feeling shaken up after practice. She had been a self-described party girl, using drugs to numb feelings that were painful to deal with, and had been through the 12-step process in her 20’s, but there was still a lot of stuck energy inside her.

“What 12-step gave me was an understanding of my journey, of my family, of my life, but energetically I still had a lot of unhealed stuff from my childhood and I didn’t know how to channel that energy. I started reading Wayne Dyer and began seeing things differently, and I began to be more serious with the yoga and it’s been an incredible journey,” says Mary Ann.

It was in 2010 that she started teacher training with Leslie Glickman.

She says yoga helped her untie the energetic knots that were holding her back.

“I’d done well professionally, but in my personal life I was always stuck. And I didn’t know how to get out of that. Now that I understand it and now that I look back I see it was so much energy that I was carrying through my life and I never expressed it and never learned how to talk about how I felt growing up. There was a lot of stuff that I protected in my life. We get so tangled with our emotions whether it’s an addiction to drugs or an addiction to something else, we are so tied up in those knots and yoga helps unravel them.”

Mary Ann teaches chakra workshops. She says chakra work has helped so much in untying those knots.

“The yoga is one of the limbs of the practice but it’s the chakras that help bring an understanding of who you are, your journey and bringing you a lot of transformation. When you understand the chakra work, you start understanding your journey and you start understanding yourself and where things come from in your past.”

Mary Ann says yoga has helped liberate her.

“After all the years of taking yoga classes and teaching yoga classes, I feel such a sense of freedom and peace, and every once in a while something will come up that just gives me more understanding of my journey, and my shadows. Not to go back to my past, but integrating all the parts of me, letting them come up so they can be released and healed. In my practice, the last few years I feel like I am one, meaning I didn’t used to share that I was in the 12-steps because of shame, and Leslie really helped me with that because I didn’t realize how I was keeping myself separated. When really, as a result of my sharing, it has allowed so many people to share their own stories and to know they have support. I understand the process and the journey because it can be very difficult and the challenge is…when you go through the 12-step program, now what do you do? You did all the work, and it’s very challenging for people after. Where do you go from there?”

Now, with that shame in the past, she finds great meaning in sharing her story with her students.

“I am beyond grateful for so much, and that’s why as a teacher I just want to share my journey and everything I’ve learned from so many amazing authors and teachers. I just want to help people have the courage truly to look at themselves. Taking that inner journey of self-discovery, self-healing, self-forgiveness…. that truly is my intention as a teacher…to bring that, so they can feel peace and love.”

  • photo credit Lew Lautin

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On April 16th, a huge local South Florida yoga event will be happening at the Broward County Convention Center. It came to be when Kyle Michaud, founder of a company called Experience Expositions took Leslie Glickman’s yoga teacher training course at Yoga Journey last April.

Leslie was excited about what Kyle was doing with Green Planet Festivial. Over a number of conversations between Leslie, Andy Glickman and Kyle, they came up with the idea of a festival exclusively about yoga. They wanted it to be something that was just for a day, moderately priced, and accessible to everyone. They agreed the event would showcase the local South Florida yoga community. Kyle’s success with Green Planet Festival, which is all about sustainability, propelled this venture forward with his keen entrepreneurial skills and contacts.

What started as some conversations between the three of them, manifested into The Yoga Expo, which is now happening in several US cities and Canada.

The Yoga Expo, Fort Lauderdale is just two weeks away and has already sold almost 8-thousand tickets. .

“When I get around a big group of likeminded people I realize how large a movement we are and how much power we wield. It’s amazing for me to be able to see it in real life, to see how many people are on board with yoga today,” says Leslie who has been teaching yoga in Boca Raton for over 20 years.

Courtney Mitchell, director of Kyle Michaud’s Experience Expositions says, “The goal was to make a whole day of yoga affordable for everybody. Some of the big yoga conferences are very expensive which puts them out of reach for many people. Tickets to The Yoga Expo are just $25 dollars, so everybody wins. The yogis can take as many classes as they want, all day. The vendors are really happy because everybody pays next to nothing to get in, and they have money leftover to shop!”

The vendors, products and services for sale at The Yoga Expo are all related to the yoga community, healthy eating, and the health & wellness lifestyle. Participants will be able to find yoga clothing, mats, malas, essential oils, etc.

Food will be offered from local vendors, all of it healthy, all of it vegan. Many local vendors are small and not widely distributed at places like Whole Foods, so this gives them a chance to be seen and for people to try their goods. There will be lots of sampling. Some of the vendors are Trend Tea, Raw Juice, and Sweetnup Cafe which sells vegan ice cream. “We really want to elevate small local companies and give them lots of exposure,” says Courtney.

“There will be over 100 local yoga instructors, teaching 150 classes. 13 classes will be going on simultaneously, all day. Two rooms have been blocked off for meditation classes. Vinyasa, yin, kundalini, meditation, there is something for everyone. Fun, creative classes including healthy cooking, meditation, sound vibration healing, funky hip-hop flow, inversions, you name it, everything along the whole spectrum of yoga is being offered,” says Leslie.

Kyle says the ambience will be fantastic in this state of the art venue, “We’ve been lucky to have charitable organizations sponsor the event. It would normally cost 60-thousand dollars a day just to rent a space like this. There are 12 stages, each one costing over 6-thousand dollars to produce. Teachers will be set up with wireless mics and awesome speakers. It’s really great production, with dimmed lights, 40-foot ceilings, and carpeted floors.”

You don’t need to have yoga experience to attend. People can come observe, and shop, and have a healthy meal. The event is a great opportunity for people who are curious about yoga to give it a try. Kyle says many people of the baby boomer age have doctors telling them they should be doing meditation and yoga. “We’re starting to focus on more holistic approaches to healing ourselves. Mindfulness and mind body awareness are becoming more mainstream tools doctors are prescribing.”

The Yoga Expo is also an opportunity for seasoned yogis to try something different.

“For people like me who are creatures of habit, and always practice at the same studio with the same teachers, this is like a sampler platter. Classes are just 50 minutes, so you can try as many as you want,” says Courtney.

Charitable orgainzations such as Namastacy (providing scholarships for those that want to become yoga teachers) Yoga Gangsters (providing yoga to at risk youth) and Move Through Yoga (providing yoga as part of a public high school curriculum) have been marketing the event. They sell tickets, and get to keep the revenue. “It’s a way for us to sell more tickets, and to make donations to these amazing organizations,” says Leslie.

All of the teachers involved in The Yoga Expo, Ft. Lauderdale are from South Florida, and all are volunteering. Yoga Journey will be well represented with many of our teachers offering classes. Teachers from Miami all the way to Palm Beach will be leading classes.

“We’re creating an amazing showcase of all the talent that is in our South Florida yoga community,” says Leslie.

Come for the whole day, or for just the morning or afternoon. Pick and choose. Try something different. Try new classes, new foods. Above all have fun being part of the vibrant yoga scene happening here in South Florida. .

Sponsors include Athleta, Jade Yoga, Spirituality & Health, Daiya, Gardein, and GoMacro.
Saturday, April 16

10AM- 6PM

1950 Eisenhower Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Investment in yourself: $25 ($20 if bought early at Yoga Journey).

Children under 12 are FREE.

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When deciding how to celebrate her birthday this year, Leslie Glickman couldn’t think of a better way than to spend it with the Yoga Journey community, at one of the world’s most beautiful spas.

“You’re my peeps! I’m bringing in a DJ, and we’re going to do ‘glow your flow,’ so that makes it a little different and fun. The mat doesn’t always have to be a serious solemn place.”  

All are invited. The more the merrier! There will be black lighting and students are encouraged to wear white or fluorescent colors. Glow sticks will be provided for wrists and ankles. Imagine 100 +  people flowing and glowing on a Friday night!

The Vinyasa practice will start at 7PM. After which, participants have private use of the spa until 10:15PM. And what a spa it is! The first time I went to an event there, I felt like I’d truly stepped into a magical world of luxury and beauty! I’d never seen anything like it.

Leslie says,

“I love that moment when we get out of our yoga clothes, and we’re all in bathing suits and and we’re sitting around the spa in our bathrobes, a little cupcake, a little champagne, spa time! It’s one of my favorite things to do!”

BTW, those chairs in the photo below? Heated tiles. So soothing!

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Barbara Alfonso, Wellness Events Coordinator at Eau Spa says she invited Leslie to teach at an Eau Spa event after taking her Saturday morning yoga in the park class at Sanborne Square about three years ago. “I thought she was a fabulous teacher. It’s the vibe that she brings, and the vibe of her tribe follows her here!”

Barbara describes Eau Spa as a playground for adults,

“The theme is pause, play, and perfect. We encourage you to take a moment to really pause and take in all the amenities. It’s truly luxurious and beautiful. Take time to play in all these amenities. Go into the jacuzzi, go into the sauna, go into the shower, go into the garden, play in the swinging chairs and then feel perfect. And just perfect your day, and relax. While here, take time to pause and reflect on your life, but also don’t forget to play and enjoy life!

BTW, dangling your feet in the water as you lazily swing in these basket chairs? Hypnotic.

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Room service can be ordered and delivered to the spa cabanas after practice, but food must be ordered by 9PM, so order early, if you plan to eat at the spa.

The birthday girl says,

“I love the Eau Spa and for my birthday I thought it would be a really fun way to spend it, with all my friends, my community, just having a good time.”

Leslie says people should keep their eyes open for more fun Friday events offered by Yoga Journey,

 “We’re always tying to change up the programming for Friday nights. We want to have something going on in the studio or in the community. Last week Courtney had an event at Raw Juice in East Boca. I’m doing the Eau Spa event. Debra will be having a Friday night candlelit Yin coming up at the studio. We want to create those social opportunities and reinforce that feeling of community and connection and fun. That’s been my whole thing coming into 2016, just a little more joy, a little more happiness, a little more fun, a little more light.”

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For this event, you must call Eau Spa directly to register: 561.540.4960

Investment is yourself is $50. Includes class and access to the spa for the evening.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

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It’s Kula time at Yoga Journey! In Sanskrit, the word Kula means “community of the heart.”

As many of you know, Kulas  are a chance for the yoga community to come together to practice, break bread and enjoy conversation. They are an opportunity to be social and get to know each other on a deeper level, rather than just waving goodbye after practice. They are an opportunity to welcome newcomers. Kulas are fun!

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This Sunday’s Kula will take place in the ballroom at The Wyndham Boca. Participants are asked to bring items such as sanitary napkins, tampons, condoms, deodorant, razors, etc. to directly benefit young adults aging out of the foster care system. Donations will go toward the Best Foot Forward Foundation and Rock and Wrap it Up!

The hour long all-levels Vinyasa practice taught by Leslie Glickman will be set to live music, followed by a delicious private brunch at Farmer’s Table Boca, just downstairs in the hotel. Farmer’s Table has created a special menu just for this event.

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Event begins at 10:00am (Yoga) and 11:30 (Brunch)

$40.00 includes everything – you just need to bring a mat, and an item to donate!

Whether you are a seasoned yogi, or a beginner, all are welcome! Come join us.

Sign up here! 

**PLEASE NOTE THAT CANCELLATION MUST BE MADE 24 HOURS OR MORE PRIOR TO DAY OF WORKSHOP TO RECEIVE A REFUND. YOU MAY CALL OR EMAIL STUDIO.