May 17, 2012 8:00am – 8:30pm
Kaia Yoga Westport
8:00am-2:30pm - Portrait Sessions with OmLightPhotography $199
3:00-4:30pm – 108 Sun Salutations with Stan Woodman $108
5:00-6:30pm – Panel Discussion “Why is Service Important in the Yoga Community” $200
6:30-8:30pm – Reception and Silent Auction. $200
If you cannot attend, please consider donating to this worthy cause. Donate in the right column of this page.
Joined by internationally acclaimed Yoga Teachers and Visionaries - Beryl Bender Birch and Seane Corn, Kaia Yoga is hosting an evening of conversation about the importance of service in the yoga community and the powerful impact that yoga can make in the lives of those who need it most. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Yoga for Veterans program.
Veterans have already made an incredible commitment to us, by joining the military and risking their lives they have already put our safety and well being before their own. As they come home from their service many of them bear the scars of their work.
Yoga is being introduced to a growing number of veterans deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan struggling with serious mental health problems including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), major depression, and traumatic brain injury. Providing instruction and practices in yoga and meditation can help them transition back to civilian life and reconnect with themselves, friends, and families.
Yoga portraits give us a chance to see ourselves in a new light. So much is communicated in an image and the process of having a photo taken can be a powerful yoga practice. Your $199.00 donation gets you:
* 30 minute Yoga Photography Portrait Session
* 10 Images on FaceBook
Stan Woodman will lead 108 Sun Salutations as a way to both honor the work that veterans have done for us, and at the same time raise money to support those teachers going out into the community and working with them. It is a personal challenge, to connect with each other and the a reminder that so many face much harder mental and physical challenges every day.
Featuring Beryl Bender Birch, Seane Corn, Robin Gilmartin, Stan Woodman, Gina Norman and Cyndi Lee
Seane Corn is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism, unique self-expression, and inspirational style of teaching that incorporates both the physical and mystical aspects of the practice of yoga. Her Vinyasa classes are an eclectic fusion of various healing and spiritual modalities, making them challenging, intuitive, insightful and uplifting. Seen on The Today Show and selected by Nike to represent yoga, she has been featured in commercials, print and various articles and on the covers of numerous magazines including Yoga Journal, Fit Yoga, Healing Retreats and Inner Vision. As a strong and articulate voice for social change, she is also the national yoga ambassador for YouthAIDS, co-creator of the Off the Mat, Into the World programs and co-founder of Bare Witness Humanitarian Tours.x close
Beryl Bender Birch, world renowned yoga teacher and author of Power Yoga, Beyond Power Yoga, and Boomer Yoga has been an avid student of yoga and the study of consciousness since l971. With degrees in English and philosophy, Beryl has traveled extensively in India and has been teaching classical yoga and Vedantic and Buddhist philosophy for 38 years. She began training yoga teachers as “spiritual revolutionaries” in 1980 and was only one of seven American women named by Yoga Journal in its “Innovators Shaping Yoga Today” issue. She is the director-founder of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute and co-founder of The Give Back Yoga Foundation.x close
Stan took his first yoga class in 1991 and began a dedicated ashtanga yoga practice in 1997. Having moved to New York from Colorado 13 years ago, Stan went from catchin’ air snowboarding deep in the backcountry of the Rocky Mountains to catchin’ air ashtanga style in New York City, the Hamptons and Greenwich, CT. Through being a Board Member of GBYF and co-owner of Kaia Yoga Complete Wellness Centers in Westport and Greenwich CT, one of Stan’s missions is to provide yoga for all children everywhere and has chosen to begin with Fairfield County where he resides. Along with an extensive background in bodywork, he has completed his 1,000-hour yoga teaching certification through Beryl’s the Hard and the Soft Yoga Institute. Stan has also studied with many senior Ashtanga teachers and, in 2005 and 2006, traveled to India for further study with Sri K Pattabhi Jois. His traditional approach to Ashtanga allows practitioners to develop a safe and mindful practice and take what they learn into their daily lives. One of Stan’s favorite things to do is spend time with his beautiful 4 year old daughter Kaia.x close
Robin Gilmartin is the Director of the PTSD Residential Rehabilitation Program for the VA Connecticut Healthcare System in Newington. In this role, she directs a 3-month residential treatment program focused on the psychosocial rehabilitation of veterans with chronic PTSD and substance diagnoses. She has been instrumental in building programs to support the unique needs of veterans including the inclusion of recreational therapies like horseback riding and yoga. Gilmartin has authored a number of journal publications on PTSD and served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Smith College School for Social Work.x close
Gina Norman is the owner of Kaia Yoga in Greenwich and Westport, CT with her husband Stan. She holds teacher training certificates from Beyoga (currently YogaWorks) and Om Yoga Center. Gina to support not only practitioners through yoga but to build a community where people from all walks of life can come for educational trainings, community and nourishment of their body and mind.x close
Cyndi Lee, Founder of OM yoga, has been teaching the OM yoga method — vinyasa integrated with precise alignment and the meditative elements of mindfulness and compassion — since 1996. She is a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner, studying with Gelek Rimpoche since 1990. Cyndi is known worldwide for her playful, smart, soulful, no-baloney, highly effective teaching. She is the author of Yoga Body Buddha Mind, OM yoga: A Guide to Daily Practice and writes for Yoga Journal.x close
The final event is a reception and silent auction. All proceeds will go to support the incredible work that The Give Back Foundation is doing. Connect with the yoga community, savor delicious organic appetizers and wine while bidding on a variety of great items, from weekend vacations to private chefs and more.
The word kaia means ‘pure’. Gina Norman and Stan Woodman created Kaia Yoga with the understanding that optimum health and happiness is achieved when we work to strengthen our bodies, purify our systems, and nourish our relationships. Gina & Stan are devoted yogis who have practiced and taught around the world. They believe in taking a holistic approach to achieving balance and wellness. Kaia Yoga is a complete wellness center where each person is given the space and support to find his or her pure self. Visit Kaia on the web.