Structural Spine Pathologies (Yoga and Scoliosis)
to Sep 22

Structural Spine Pathologies (Yoga and Scoliosis)


Featured teachers: Samantha Cavagnaro, PT, DPT, Yoga Therapist in Training and Schroth Certified; Matthew Krepps C-IAYT; Stela Balaban YTT500, Yoga Therapist in Training

This course provides a missing and very necessary bridge between the world of structural spine pathologies and holistic care. Scoliosis is a common spine pathology with severe implications on posture, breath and lifestyle. Specialized training is required to support clients with scoliosis in conjunction with medical professionals. This course draws from both West and East to 
#1 build an understanding of structural spine pathologies and 

#2 train yoga therapists and yoga teachers to support this condition. 

This workshop will cover:

⬝ the basic development and biomechanics of the spine 

⬝ the difference between structural and non-structural spine deviations

⬝ overview of the various forms of scoliosis, causes, and the pathomechanism of these pathologies

⬝ the medical diagnostic process and assessment tools appropriate for the yoga therapist/yoga teacher for utilization with individual clients

⬝ ayurvedic aspects of bone pathologies and lifestyle support

⬝ biomechanics of breathing and the inter-relation to postural and spinal dynamics, as well as, use of pranayama to provide appropriate support to clients with spinal deviations

⬝ ways to support individual clients through: general asana alignment principles, daily lifestyle needs/modifications, etc.

This course is open to yoga therapists, yoga teachers and seasoned yoga practitioners and individuals with scoliosis. This workshop grants continuing education hours.

Tuition $575 (does not include room and board)

Room and Board: $268-$348 depending on option. Room and Board covers all meals starting with Wed dinner through Sunday lunch and 4 nights for lodging.


  • Meals include omnivore, vegetarian or vegan options. Any additional diet needs/restrictions require a meal price per day of additional $13/day.

  • Meal package must include all meals.

  • All reservations must be completed at least a week before the offering.

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Pranayama MasterCourse (CEU)
to Oct 27

Pranayama MasterCourse (CEU)

Thursday arrival; Friday - Sunday course

This pranayama master course will dive into one of the greatest gifts of yoga and it will train teachers how to continue to share this gift with their students in most versatile and intelligent ways. This workshop is open to both yoga teachers, yoga therapists and seasoned yogis interested in deepening their pranayama practice. This workshop will grant 20 CEU hours.

This workshop will:

- provide an opportunity to start and develop a daily personal pranayama practice informed by vinyasa krama and Ayurvedic constitution

- explore the concept of Prana by rooting it in Eastern cosmology and Western theories of knowledge by redefining it as "information" and showcasing its relationship to Soma (physical structure), Agni (conscious perception and homeostasis), and Marut (Movement)

- teach several of the most important pranayama techniques and rate them according to complexity and effect

- reveal the specific nature of the inhalation, exhalation, retention, and suspension in the breath cycle in general, and in relation to Ayurvedic constitution

- hold space for group work where teachers can practice sequencing action and language for simple and advanced pranayamas

- provide several group practices with specific pranayama and biomechanical focuses that will showcase different phases of the breath, accompanying bandhas and sets of asana.

Open to yoga teachers, yoga therapists and yoga practitioners.

Tuition: $450

Avg $240 room and board

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Yoga and the Recovery Tradition
to Dec 15

Yoga and the Recovery Tradition


Holly Krepps, Co-owner of CYS, Certified Yoga Therapist, 27 years sober


The weekend will include

  • Asana/Pranayama/Meditation instruction along with philosophy discussions paralleling the 12-step recovery tradition to the perennial teachings of Yoga.

  • 12-step meeting

  • Personal time for reflection, rest and rejuvenation

Retreat Fee

  • Donation-based

  • Accommodations are separate (Can be be paid upon arrival. However, private spaces are first come first serve).

  • Link to book accommodations in advance


  • Arrival on Friday in time for dinner and meet and greet at 6:30 PM

  • Departure on Sunday at 3 PM

  • A logistics email will be sent out a week prior to retreat to registrants with specific details to include what to bring, directions, etc.

To Make a Donation for Retreat Facilitation in Advance

Circle Yoga Shala, HC 70 Box 544, Jasper, AR 72641

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Equine Inquiry Retreat
to May 3

Equine Inquiry Retreat


Arrive by 2pm for check-in.

Come experience deep connection and learn new levels of self-awareness in this weekend retreat at Circle Yoga Shala. Learn effective and sensitive communication and other tools for transformation as you work with the Shala’s three horses. Enjoy daily asana practice, guided meditation, Ayurvedic meals, restful accommodations, fellowship, and a dip in the turquoise Buffalo River just minutes down the road.

This offering is limited to 6 people. No experience with horses or yoga is necessary; experienced practitioners are welcome.


$275 plus accommodations


Private rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Walk-in camping is available at nearby Steel Creek.


You’ll be led by Circle Yoga Shala’s own Holly Krepps, C-IAYT; and the CYS horses: Zwarte, Honey, and Morpheus.

What to Bring 

  • Comfortable clothes for yoga, personal mat (if you have one)

  • Jeans, hard toe shoes or boots, long-sleeve shirt, hat/cap

  • Sunscreen, bug spray, water bottle

  • sheets/pillow case

To Read About Our Last Equine Retreat, go to our blog.

Reserve Your Space


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Ayurveda and Yoga Lifestyle Retreat
to May 5

Ayurveda and Yoga Lifestyle Retreat

Friday, May 3rd

  • 2PM Farm Tour

  • 4 PM - 6 PM Ayurveda Teaching/Discussion

  • 6:30 PM Dinner

  • 8 PM Drum Journey

Saturday, May 4th

  • 8 AM Breakfast

  • 9 AM Guided Walk

  • 10 AM - 12 PM Asana and Pranayama Practice

  • 12:30 PM - 1:30 Lunch

  • 2 PM - 3:30 PM Optional Activity (Foraging, Farming and Sustainability Practices w/Haleigh, Farm Mgr.)

  • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Ayurveda Teaching/Discussion

  • 5:30 PM free time

  • 6:30 PM Dinner

  • Evening Bonfire

Sunday, May 5th

  • 8 AM Breakfast

  • 9 AM Guided Walk

  • 10 AM - 12 PM Asana and Pranayama Practice

  • 12 PM - 12:30 PM In the kitchen with Chef Dava

  • 12:30 PM Lunch

  • 2 PM Wrap up Discussion and Q&A

  • 3 PM Departure


$250 for retreat facilitation, accommodations are separate and start at $154 for lodging plus meals, entire weekend : Register!

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A Very Special Weekend with Howard Bad Hand: Lakota teachings, ritual/ceremony, private sessions
to Mar 31

A Very Special Weekend with Howard Bad Hand: Lakota teachings, ritual/ceremony, private sessions


Friday evening, March 29:

An introduction to the weekend. Howard will share his personal experience of growing up Lakota imbibing the world view that resulted in his life as a singer and spiritual helper. Topics covered will include the sweat lodge, vision quest, sun dance, celebrating life, and the Lakota virtue of giving life to one’s words.

Lakota and the I Ching

Saturday Morning, March 30:

Howard will briefly review what he has shared with those who attended previous workshops at the Shala. He will follow the review by incorporating his personal experiences of learning about change with the impact that learning has had on his life as a Lakota individual. Having established this background, he will share a reading about what the assembled group needs to know.

Lakota Ritual

Saturday afternoon, March 30:

To provide participants with an experience of one of the rituals that Lakota people do to connect with the divine described on Friday evening, Howard will lead a sweat lodge ceremony.

Social Time and/or Personal Readings w/the I Ching

Saturday evening, March 30:

A relaxed time to enjoy connecting socially with people of like mind, and with the opportunity for personal meetings/readings from Howard.

I Ching

Sunday Morning, March 31:

Howard will share in greater depth the impact the I Ching has had on his personal learning and how the living this ancient wisdom through his actions has furthered his life as a Lakota person having a divine experience. This discussion will conclude the workshop.

Personal Readings w/the I Ching

Sunday Afternoon, March 31:

Howard will be available for additional personal readings to finish the connection to the I Ching.


Retreat Fee: $175 plus Accommodations

Private Readings are separate from retreat fee.

To book accommodations:

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A Weekend with Red Hawk, Celebrated Poet, Writer and Teacher of Consciousness Studies
to Mar 24

A Weekend with Red Hawk, Celebrated Poet, Writer and Teacher of Consciousness Studies


Red Hawk is the author of ten books - eight of poetry and two highly acclaimed works in the field of consciousness studies: Self Observation, the Awakening of Consciousness (which has been translated into ten languages) and Self- Remembering, the Path of Unconditional Love. His new book Return to the Mother is the companion to these two volumes and completes the trilogy.

Red Hawk has shared the stage with other notables of our age, including Rita Dove, Coleman Barks, Gary Snyder, and Allen Ginsberg.

Please join Red Hawk, and his wife, Chandrika and Circle Yoga Shala for a rare opportunity March 23rd and 24th, 2018: 

Friday, 3/23 Meet and greet with Red Hawk including a potluck dinner

Saturday, 3/24 Poetry Reading by Red Hawk and book signing. 50% of book sales is being donated by him to the Shala. Much gratitude. 

For centuries the Tao Te Ching, the book of ancient wisdom by Lao Tsu, has offered insight, inspiration, and consolation to millions of readers. Although numberless translations and commentaries exist around the world, Return to the Mother, A Lover’s Handbook, is a groundbreaking effort and a unique contribution to the canon of American poetry. In this volume, internationally known poet Red Hawk offers poetic reflections on these much-loved ancient sutras. This collection of 94 contemporary poems (each,16 lines), brings this perennial wisdom into the 21st century—and adds the flavor and fragrance of Zen and Gurdjieff’s dharma teachings in a spare poetic marriage with Lao Tsu. 

Each poem invites the reader to bring this wisdom to his or her daily practice of self-observation and self-remembering. The poet begs for a return to the true Self, which he symbolizes as the place of the Mother within.

Our Mother has no words, She is
Silence, She is the present, here-

now. To be here-now, in this body,
is to return to Our Mother . . .

To reserve a room for either night contact Holly.

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