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Welcome

100 N. 3rd Street
Carbondale, CO 81623
970.963.9900 Watch our Video

Yoga Schedule

We offer classes 7 days a week at times that fit any schedule. View the full schedule

Kitchen

True Nature's Kitchen is open daily from 8am-6pm. Enjoy teas & tisanes, cold press juices, smoothies, high prana foods and chocolates. All items are organic, non-GMO, dairy & gluten free and made with love in Carbondale. Learn more

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Yoga Studio

Yoga


Yoga is a practice of self awareness, love and connection; we are honored to share this ancient practice that continues to be highly relevant with our students through our classes, workshops and teacher trainings.   Since 2007, True Nature has served soul nourishing, body enlivening yoga to the residents of Carbondale, Basalt, Aspen and Glenwood Springs, as well as to visitors from the front range and beyond.

Please arrive at True Nature Healing Arts, 10-15 minutes before your class begins so that you don’t feel rushed.  Check in with our front desk staff before you head upstairs to class; coats and shoes may be stored upstairs in the studio reception area.   Please do not wear perfume or strong scents as others may have allergies or sensitivities. If this is your first class, you will need to fill out a new student waiver.  If you need a mat, we have Jade Yoga and Manduka mats available for use.

Before beginning your class, please share any questions or concerns with your teacher and let them know about any past injuries or medical issues that may affect your practice.

During class, if you are having difficulty, do not hesitate to ask for help. Be gentle and honor yourself and the practice. Let go of any expectations and dedicate yourself to being in the moment with your breath and body. All will unfold as it needs.


Class Descriptions

Balance
In this class, experience the skillful combination of invigorating and restorative elements of the yoga practice to leave you feeling steady, balanced, and calm.

Invigorate
A practice to energize the body through challenging asana (postures), pranayama (breath work), and other pieces dependent on the instructor. Realign the flow of your prana (energy) to revive and reawaken.

Flow
Connecting breath and movement through a series of postures, using smooth, flowing transitions. Flow (or ‘vinyasa’) yoga ties together sun salutations, various asanas, and pranayama (breath work) to build heat, explore energy centers, and increase awareness in the body, mind and spirit.

Restore
A guided surrender into quiet, supported postures using bolsters and blankets. Restorative yoga helps relieve stress and calm the nervous system. Gentle but long held poses facilitate deep release in connective tissue as you are guided into total relaxation.

Nia
Nia a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts to empower and self-heal the body.  This is a choreographed class set to great music that is fun, inspiring and open to all levels of experience!

Yoga Nidra
Balance all systems of the body with this guided savasana that uses ancient techniques to create compete physical, mental and emotional relaxation



Stretch

A relaxing, deeply moving class that consists of mostly floor work (non-weightbearing poses) to release tension and increase flexibility. Wonderful for athletes, those new to yoga, and anyone needing a good stretch.

Kundalini
A challenging and illuminating practice that redirects the flow of your life’s energy into deeper awareness, balance, and abundance. Come with an open mind and willingness to shift your energy. This rigorous but also deeply relaxing class includes chanting, pranayama, and movement.

Meditation
Meditation is the practice of cultivating self understanding. Explore a variety of mindfulness practices including breath work, mantra, mudra, and visualization.  Release all that doesn’t serve and open to the love, light, and joy that we are. All levels are welcome, no experience necessary.

Seva Yoga (cash donation only)
“Seva” is a Sanskrit word meaning “selfless service” and refers to work performed without any thought of reward or repayment.  100% of the cash donations from this class go toward charities.  Satsang and gentle asana lead into meditation.

Community Yoga (free!)
Yoga, breathwork and meditation are yours to enjoy as you support and are taught by recent graduates of our 200 hour yoga teacher training program

** Classes vary by instructor and depend on students’ needs. Click here to get to know our teachers.

Teachers

Eaden

Owner, Director, Meditation Guide, Musician
Through the last three decades Eaden has explored western therapies, Native American spirituality, Eastern contemplative traditions and yoga philosophy
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Owner, Director, Meditation Guide, Musician
Everyone comes to the path of healing and awakening in a different way. Eaden’s journey arose through necessity, suffering for many years with depression and addiction. In western therapy he found his heart, on the Native American Red Road he found spirit, through meditation and his love for the Buddha he found being and with yoga he found union with all that is.
Eaden’s main purpose is to learn, to heal, to love, to be and to serve. He is deeply honored to share this beautiful life with his beloved Deva and children Jade, Jiah and Zane, his dear friend Starbear and the whole True Nature family. “There is no greater service than to realize and freely share who we truly are: being – awareness – bliss (Satchitananda).”
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Deva

Owner, Intuitive Energy Guide, Yoga Therapist
In Deva’s classes, you can expect an eclectic blend of yoga traditions and practices that are intuitively driven by the energy of each group of students
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Owner, Intuitive Energy Guide, Yoga Therapist

After facing a life-changing experience, Deva knew she needed something spiritually deeper in her life. She went on a search to find her life’s true path and discovered yoga. For Deva, yoga means living in integrity—following her personal intentions and awakening through all aspects of yoga: asana, meditation, pranayama, mudras, self-reflection, and more. She trained in Hatha Yoga and Integrative Yoga Therapy but has also studied Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Anusara, and Iyengar yogas, as she enjoys learning from all practices and traditions.

In Deva’s classes, you can expect an eclectic blend of yoga traditions and practices that are intuitively driven by the energy of each group of students. All of her classes are unified by their diversity and the freedom they provide for energy to flow.

In Deva, you’ll find a dedicated student and teacher of life, an open channel who blends ancient wisdom, intuitive energy and humor to inspire her students’ practice.
When Deva and Eaden teach together, students experience the benefit of their real life experience, grappling with the darker aspects of life while calling in the love and light that is ever present and available to us all.
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Kerry

Yoga Instructor, Marketing and Yoga Studio Manager
With Kerry teaching, you can expect to flow with the breath, to feel positively challenged as well as deeply replenished
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Yoga Instructor, Marketing and Yoga Studio Manager

Kerry discovered yoga after she sprained her sacroiliac joint in college and was seeking out ways to heal her back.   When she signed up for her first yoga class, an Iyengar series designed to teach alignment, she felt she had found her true path.  For Kerry, yoga is acceptance–going with the flow in any given situation–and dedication–to the path of healing and evolving as a person.  Kerry received her 500 hour certification through Rod Stryker’s Para Yoga in 2012 and  has been teaching from a blend of traditions, including Vinyasa, Iyengar, Anusara and Restorative since 2000.   She is certified to teach pre-natal and post-partum yoga and has been teaching for True Nature since 2008.

With Kerry teaching, you can expect to flow with the breath, to feel positively challenged as well as deeply replenished.   Kerry’s classes are equal parts playful and meaningful and always end with guided savasana, pranayama and meditation.  You will hear about the philosophy of yoga and Ayurveda from Kerry’s approachable view, but will also enjoy healthy amounts of silence in order to better feel your practice.

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Alexa

Yoga Instructor
Alexa’s heart led her to yoga.
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Alexa’s heart led her to yoga. While her practice of yoga began as a physical journey, it was her heart that deeply craved freedom and kept her on the path. Yoga now spills into all aspects of her life—how she chooses to eat, think, communicate, move, feel, express, and ultimately be—it is the fabric that holds her everyday life together. Alexa studies in the tantric tradition, specifically Para Yoga with Yogarupa Rod Stryker, with whom she is currently pursuing certification.

Tantra means “instrument,” “to expand beyond one’s limitations,” and “to weave.” In Alexa’s class, using tantric-based, intentional, free-form movement, you are able to expand out of your perceived limitations and weave spirit into your daily life. Alexa also incorporates music, inviting the sacred feminine to dance into the space. You can expect a practice that remembers and deeply connects to Self. Her classes always embody an intuitive combination of asana (physical postures), pranayama (breath work), meditation, chanting, visualization, and intentional, free-form movement.

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Mary Cate

Yoga Instructor
Silence, peace, comfort, light and love—even in the darkest moments—led Mary Cate to yoga.
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Silence, peace, comfort, light and love—even in the darkest moments—led Mary Cate to yoga. When she found the part of herself that was awake and well during her first yoga class, she knew that she’d practice for the rest of her life; she was in love. For Mary Cate, yoga is steadiness, brilliance, playfulness, and purpose. Daily yoga and meditation keep her connected to a source of infinite light, love, and intelligence, so she can always trust her intuition when making a choice and act in a way that is natural, expansive, unconditionally loving, and courageous.

Mary Cate’s teaching is rooted in Classical Yoga, Tantra and Sri Vidya. She receives teachings from many great yogis through her main teachers, Rod Stryker and Trishka Lemos. In Mary Cate’s class, you can expect safety, fun, laughter, freedom, discovery, lots of breathing, rest, meditation, remembrance of who you really are, and—last but not least—playfulness.

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Lindsay

Yoga Instructor, Front Desk Goddess
Lindsay was first introduced to yoga as a sweaty “workout” and strength builder at a hot yoga studio in Denver, Colorado.
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Yoga Instructor, Front Desk Goddess

Lindsay was first introduced to yoga as a sweaty “workout” and strength builder at a hot yoga studio in Denver, Colorado. After practicing for several years, her practice expanded from the physical into a deeper personal experience, allowing her to slow down and tune into the internal world and multiple realms of yoga. For Lindsay, yoga changed her life into a meditation of motion in every moment of the day, realizing that all challenges that life hands to her can be experienced and accepted through the expansion of yoga into her daily life.

Lindsay was trained in Kripalu Yoga at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, a compassionate yoga practice for the mind, body and spirit intended for any level of practice. With Lindsay, you can expect a safe class that goes deep, accompanied by her bubbly and soothing presence.

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Kristin

Yoga Instructor
For Kristin, yoga is about being present in every moment so she can live authentically and mindfully
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After a severe low back injury, Kristin sought relief from her debilitating, chronic pain. Her first yoga practice was a guided meditation, which allowed her to escape her body and nurture her soul. For Kristin, yoga is about being present in every moment so she can live authentically and mindfully. She has trained in a variety of yoga traditions, but the underlying, transformational aspects of yoga are the foundation of her practice and teaching.

In Kristin’s classes, you will enjoy an opportunity to witness yourself in the moment and discover the unlimited power of transformation—the path to living an authentic, present, and fulfilling life. In her Flow class, you will move with strength and mindfulness. In her Restore class, you will find deep relaxation and leave feeling nurtured and blessed.

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Jennifer

Yoga Instructor
As a dedicated wife and mom to three young boys in the Rockies, Jen led an exciting and adventurous life—but something was still missing.
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As a dedicated wife and mom to three young boys in the Rockies, Jen led an exciting and adventurous life—but something was still missing. Her “jock mom” life felt full and complete, but a few insightful friends suggested yoga. After her first class, Jennifer realized what was missing: her! For Jennifer, yoga is an open space for more good in her life and a deeper connection with herself; a means for getting past competitiveness and self judgment; and a softer, hassle-free zone from which to navigate life. Jennifer has been deeply blessed by many teachers and styles, especially Erich Schiffman and Rod Stryker, as well as Seane Corn and Sarah Powers.

In Jennifer’s Hatha-style class, you are invited to go deep but not take yourself so seriously. You are encouraged honor yourself, no matter what that looks like, and find your own best teacher within. You can expect to receive and learn about love and compassion, but also learn how to feel good and have fun!

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Joanne

Yoga Instructor
Joanne first found yoga while searching for relief from back problems, but soon discovered much more.
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Joanne first found yoga while searching for relief from back problems, but soon discovered much more. While it was wonderful for her physical body, yoga also allowed her to peel away the layers of her physical, emotional, and spiritual issues. She yearned to know more and began the Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training at True Nature.  She has since received her certificate from Judith Hanson Lassiter to teach restorative ygoa.  Day-to-day yoga for Joanne is an exercise of balancing mind, body, and spirit, which brings increased focus, a steady calmness, and the ability to find joy.

In Joanne’s classes, you can expect to learn ways of clearing, calming, and focusing the mind while opening your physical and mental body, releasing tension through asana and the flow of prana.

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Shannon

Yoga Instructor
While searching for a holistic alternative to heal anxiety and depression—a family inheritance—Shannon happened upon yoga.
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While searching for a holistic alternative to heal anxiety and depression—a family inheritance—Shannon happened upon yoga. Within 3 weeks of everyday practice, the anxiety was absent and the depression diminished. For Shannon, yoga represents the inhalations and exhalations of her daily actions, thoughts and words, and a path to balance the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual realms of living.

Shannon leads heart-centered classes, based upon the rhythms of nature, with the influence of Ana Forrest, Ashtanga, Restorative, and Hatha yogic traditions. Her students can expect to learn something about their own bodies in each class, developing a sense of internal awareness to create balance, strength, and fluidity. Each class embodies fluid, creative warm-up movements, strength training through held postures, and techniques for sensory awareness and relaxation.

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Faith

Yoga Instructor
Faith has been teaching yoga and meditation for over a decade.
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Faith began the practice of yoga when she noticed a lack of flexibility in her body and needed balance while living a very active lifestyle. After beginning with hot yoga, she found a more introspective style of yoga and began her life-long love affair with the transformational power of energy, breath, and body.

For Faith, yoga informs every moment of her life. Through yoga, she can become aware of and begin to dissolve all that stands between her and the light of wisdom and love that shines in each of us. In addition to using yoga to access deep rest, to invigorate, calm, or to balance herself, yoga allows Faith to make the best choices for herself, to know when she is on or off course, and to care for herself on all levels.

Faith studies in the ParaYoga lineage of Rod Stryker and also has studied with Judith Lasater in Restorative Yoga. Students in Faith’s Balance classes can expect movement combined with breath, meditation, pranayama, and a practice designed with a specific intention in mind. In her Restore class, students can expect a quietly transformation and rejuvenating practice while resting deeply in supported poses held for long periods of time.

 

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Shara

Nia Instructor
Shara teaches classic Nia, a blend of 9 movements drawing from Martial Arts, Dance, and Healing Arts such as yoga. It is a guided movement that is gentle but highly energizing, blissful, and inspiration
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Shara fell in love with Nia during her first class in 2008. At first she was nervous to try something new, but within the first two minutes of class, something ignited deep within her and she knew that she was home. Nia reminds Shara daily of body awareness and encourages her to slow down and sense what it truly feels like to be alive. Nia is one of her all-time joys, and she continues to learn, heal, and fill herself up with it daily.

Shara teaches classic Nia, a blend of 9 movements drawing from Martial Arts, Dance, and Healing Arts such as yoga. It is a guided movement that is gentle but highly energizing, blissful, and inspiration. Her students can expect to be guided to self-discovery and empowerment through movement, stillness, and laughter. She invites students to show up with an open heart, an open mind, and to dance YOUR dance with her.

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Steve

Nia Instructor
Nia infuses Steve’s day to day life with a balance of music, movement, and magic, and it has given him a lifestyle that promotes balance and energy.
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Steve found Nia while searching for some kind of movement exercise and had also been interested in dance and healing arts. After being intrigued that Nia combined those arts with marital arts, he was invited to try a class. Four years later, Steve became a certified Nia teacher.

Nia infuses Steve’s day to day life with a balance of music, movement, and magic, and it has given him a lifestyle that promotes balance and energy. Steve teaches classic Nia, and believes strongly in the systemic, whole body/whole mind benefits of Nia. Students in Steve’s class can expect a good time, a whole body workout, and a space for them to reflect upon their body, mind, and spirit.

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Sakshi Keeton

Yoga Instructor, Somatic Therapist
Sakshi’s yoga classes are a dynamic, flowing asana practice including a wide range of postures with instruction and adaptation for varying experience levels
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Sakshi Keeton: Somatic Therapist, Yoga Instructor

Sakshi is a lover of life. The powerful complement existing between intense movement and deep quietude is at the core of what inspires her and what she shares with others through teaching and therapeutic modalities.  An intense love affair with the natural world, a life-long involvement with many forms of dance and improvisational movement, and over 20 years of experience in yoga with a strong foundation in meditation, service and yogic philosophy, have led her to explore the role of body, mind and spirit in each person’s experience of reality from many angles and disciplines.

As a registered Hatha Yoga Teacher, certified practitioner of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Reiki energy work, Esalen Massage, CranioSacral Therapy and experienced Meditation Teacher, Sakshi offers a unique approach in body centered personal growth and healing modalities to her clients and students. She is passionate about facilitating Self-awareness and holds the firm belief that everything we need to know is inside of us just waiting to be discovered.

Sakshi’s yoga classes are a dynamic, flowing asana practice including a wide range of postures with instruction and adaptation for varying experience levels. Balanced sequences promoting strength, flexibility and inner listening lead ultimately to a place of deep inner calm. Her classes are a moving meditation using the breath as the seamless connection between all experiences. Finding joy and lightness in the practice is always a key focus, enabling each student to tap into their innate potential for inner and outer expansion.

Sakshi is inspired by open curiosity. Yoga is necessarily a discipline of curiosity: curiosity about oneself, the world, the known and the unknown. Encountering other students of yoga who cultivate and pursue wide-eyed, astonished curiosity about this life is the most inspiring environment she can find herself in. Yoga class gives her this opportunity, in both her role as teacher and as a never ending student.

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Ashley Weitzel

Yoga Instructor
Ashley’s teaching is an expression of her thoughtful, focused, empowering, and playful nature; drawing from her diverse experience she offers a creatively woven practice.
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Ashley Weitzel began her yoga journey ten years ago as she sought an outlet from her high stress corporate job at a trading firm.  Originally, she used exercise as a release for her mind and body; initially using yoga as sports therapy.  Rather than a release, through yoga she found a beautifully powerful means for connecting with her mind, body, and spirit.  An Iyengar based practice in Santa Fe quickly ignited Ashley’s passion for yoga. Through the years her love for yoga has inspired her to explore Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Anusara, Hatha, and Para Yoga practices.  Ashley has been blessed with many wonderful yoga teachers. When she moved to Carbondale and was studying with Faith Lipori and Wendy Kennedy she was guided to begin her Para Yoga journey with Rod Stryker.  She is honored by the teachings and friendship she has received from Faith Lipori, Nova Loverro, Wendy Kennedy, Cari Wilder, Cara Maiolo, Ally Morrison, Laura Kupperman, and Rod Stryker.   She completed her Hatha 200-hour RYT training from Nova Loverro but her hunger to learn and share yoga cannot be satisfied.  She continues to study with Rod Stryker towards her Para Yoga certification; while simultaneously pursuing a Yoga for Cancer Survivors Certification with Laura Kupperman as well as a Vinyasa 200-hour RYT with Cari Wilder and Cara Maiolo.  Ashley loves the expansiveness of the tradition of yoga, “All yoga has something to offer and I want to share all that it has given to me”.  Ashley’s teaching is an expression of her thoughtful, focused, empowering, and playful nature; drawing from her diverse experience she offers a creatively woven practice.

 

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Teacher Training

IYT Teacher Training 200hr:  2014/2015 dates just announced, now enrolling students!  Go to “More Details” for dates, times, cost and more.

Instructed by Energy Intuitive and Yoga Therapist Deva Shantay (E-RYT 500, IYT 1000)

Assisted by Eaden Shantay RYT 200, Kerry Kleisner E-RYT 500, Jen Johnson RYT 200

Integrative Yoga Therapy helps its practitioners view health as the result of a unified mind, body, and spirit. For over 15 years, our IYT Teacher Training program has been a pioneer and leader in yoga instruction, educating future teachers about all of yoga’s most powerful tools—asana, pranayama, mudra, Yoga Nidra, mantra, and meditation.

Teachers-in-training will receive clear, concise information through intensive experiential sessions, a comprehensive training manual, and supportive home-study materials. Through creative, individualized instruction, teachers-in-training will learn how to use the tools of yoga with their own unique talents to create classes for therapeutic groups and one-on-one sessions.

Our IYT Teacher Training program is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a 200-hour certification program and the faculty consists of leading experts in their respective fields.

Workshops

Community Acupuncture at True Nature


Acupuncture's potential as a viable healing modality cannot be fully realized if it's unaffordable for most people, so we decided to create a way to make that happen
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What is Community Acupuncture?
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Community Acupuncture has a vision that wants to serve the community by providing acupuncture services at an affordable rate.  We believe strongly in acupuncture’s place in healthcare and we want it to be affordable for everyone.  Acupuncture’s potential as a viable healing modality cannot be fully realized if it’s inaccessible to most people, so we decided to create a way to make that happen.  We offer acupuncture on a sliding scale of $30-$50 per visit (plus a one-time $10 consultation fee for the first appointment).  Our patients decide what they pay based on what they can afford; no proof of income necessary.  We want people to be able to come in often enough to get better and stay healthy.  We recognize that everyone’s situation is different, and our primary goal is to make acupuncture available as often as needed, for as long as needed.  Also, the quality or length of the treatment will never depend on how much you pay.
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Expect the first time consult to take about 30 minutes, 15 minute consults for return clients.  After your consult, indulge in a supported savasana/relaxation pose in the yoga studio while you let the gently applied needles work their magic.

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Anne Van Druten, licensed acupuncturist since 2008, is a graduate of the Swedish Institute School of Acupuncture in NYC she studied Classical Chinese Medicine under the tutelage of Jeffrey C. Yuen, internationally renowned Master of Chinese Medicine and 88th generation Taoist Priest.
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You can book your own appointments online and it’s very easy.  Here’s how to get started:
1. Click on “Register” at the top right of this page which takes you to the True Nature page of our scheduling website, Mind Body
2. Click on the “Appointments” tab, use the calendar icon to take you to your preferred date and you will see the available appointments for that day, click on the one you want to book.
3. It will prompt you to create an id/password or to sign in if you already have an account.
4. Follow the prompts to set up your appointment!
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Sacred Fest: a Grand Opening Weekend Featuring Dave Stringer


Join us for a celebratory weekend full of kirtan, yoga, workshops, labyrinth exploring, tea tastings and more!
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Save the date for a fun and enlivening weekend at True Nature.  Expect it to be abundant with kirtan, yoga, workshops, labyrinth exploring, tea tastings and more!  Details coming soon; the celebration starts with First Friday ribbon cutting with the Mayor, a drum circle, African dance, a puppet show and live music with our favorite kirtan duo, Scott and Shanti.  Dave Stringer is schedule to teach a workshop during the day on Saturday and then he’ll be rocking our little corner of Carbondale Saturday night, under the stars.  Click here to view the full weekend schedule

Dave Stringer has been widely profiled in publications all over the world as one of the most innovative artists of the new Kirtan movement. Kirtan is an ecstasy-inducing, call-and-response form of mantra chanting that is currently undergoing a worldwide renaissance. Stringer’s sound marries the transcendent mysticism of traditional Indian instruments with the exuberant, groove-oriented sensibility of American gospel. His work translates the ancient traditions of kirtan and yoga into inspiring and thoroughly modern participatory theatre, open to a multiplicity of interpretations, and accessible to all. Dave and his band tour tirelessly throughout North America, Australia, Europe and Asia.

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Five Elements Purification Lodge


Join us as we enter the sacred womb of the earth mother, to pray, connect and serve all that is.
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Our Purifications Lodge incorporates a synthesis of eastern and western traditions, including meditative practices and yoga philosophy.

Autumn’s lodge of purification honors the fall equinox, the balance between light and dark. A time of harvest and transformation. Honoring change both internally and externally.   As the days grow shorter, we transition from the action of summer into the self reflection of winter. 

Intention: Release all that doesn’t serve (physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually) and open to the true nature of our existence (being-awareness-bliss).

Facilitated by: Eaden Shantay with support from Deva Shantay, David “Starbear” Avalos and David “Running Crow” Nickamin.

Location: 2701 County Rd. 100 (Catherine Store Rd), Carbondale, CO

Lineage: While Eaden has walked the Red Road in the Lakota tradition for over 20 years, participating in sweat lodges, visions quests and sun dances, this is not a Lakota ceremony. Our purifications lodges incorporate a synthesis of eastern and western traditions, including meditative practices and yoga philosophy. There will be chants shared from many traditions and prayer ties filled with medicinal herbs on the inside ceiling of the lodge representing the seven chakras.

Eaden and Deva look forward to sharing sacred space with you – connecting, opening, purifying and balancing.

 

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Tuning Into the Shift: An Autumn Equinox Celebration


The intention of this class is to honor the upcoming shift in season and prepare the Body, Heart and Mind to receive the blessings offered during Equinox.
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A Recognition of EndingsNew Beginnings and Balance 

How would it feel to be connected to a sense of Presence within you that is loving, whole and free? Join Alexa on a Journey into the Heart of Being ~ Alive! The intention of this class is to honor the upcoming shift in season and prepare the Body, Heart and Mind to receive the blessings offered during Equinox.

The practice will intentionally weave together asana, free-form movement, breath work, visualization, chanting and meditation ~ Come with an open mind and willingness to Celebrate Change!

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Heart Rhythm: A Dance Liberation Project


Please join us as we journey into the heart of movement with a fusion of live dance, drums and sound.
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Calling all Agents of Change, Renegades of Light, Dare-Dreamers and Truth Seekers… The time is now. You are a being called forth to co-create in a most sacred way. Please join us as we journey into the heart of movement with a fusion of live dance, drums and sound with conscious cosmic high-vibration beats that will lay the foundation for this expression. You are invited to help weave the fabric together by tapping into your inner rhythm, creativity and unique free-form YOU-ness! As we awaken and activate, we open ourselves to remembering the wisdom of the Universe. Answer the call… Feel the “yes”… Let’s Dance!  This month we TRANSFORM!

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True Nature’s 200 Hour Teacher Training: Sold Out!


Now accepting applications for the September 2015 program
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Instructed by Energy Intuitive and Yoga Therapist Deva Shantay (E-RYT 500, IYT 1000)

Assisted by Eaden Shantay, Kerry Kleisner (E-RYT 500)

Integrative Yoga Therapy helps its practitioners view health as the result of a unified mind, body, and spirit. For over 15 years, our IYT Teacher Training program has been a pioneer and leader in yoga instruction, educating future teachers about all of yoga’s most powerful tools—asana, pranayama, mudra, Yoga Nidra, mantra, and meditation.

Teachers-in-training will receive clear, concise information through intensive experiential sessions, a comprehensive training manual, and supportive home-study materials. Through creative, individualized instruction, teachers-in-training will learn how to use the tools of yoga with their own unique talents to create classes for therapeutic groups and one-on-one sessions.

Our IYT Teacher Training program is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a 200-hour certification program and the faculty consists of leading experts in their respective fields.

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By my signature hereunder, I enter the Yoga class (“Class”), held at True Nature Healing Arts® (“The Studio”). I understand there are obvious known dangers inherent in the activities in the Class, and I affirm that I am in proper physical condition to participate in this Class. I know that I am held to understand and appreciate the dangers of participating in this class, and I voluntarily assume these risks.

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Pricing

YOGA STUDIO PRICES

  • Drop-in Visit – $15
  • 5-Punch Pass – $70 ($14/class)*
  • 10-Punch Pass – $120 ($12/class)*
  • Unlimited (1 Month) – $99
  • Unlimited (6 Months) – $90/month, $540 total (automatically renewed)
  • Unlimited (12 Months)** – $1000

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  • New Student Special – Residents of the Roaring Fork Valley can purchase one week of unlimited classes for only $25. This offer is available one time per customer.

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Kitchen

Kitchen

We encourage students to take what they learn in class and infuse it into their lives outside the classroom and off the mat. Just as yoga and meditation nourish our spirit, so are the things we put in our bodies. The Kitchen features seasonal, organic, loose-leaf teas, cold press juices and smoothies, organic, raw foods and decadent raw chocolates.   All items we serve are dairy and gluten free and made with love right here in Carbondale; they are always organic and designed to nourish deeply, not only because they are full of prana (energy) but also because they are full of simple, incredible flavor. Both teas and food items honor the seasons and include Ayurvedic spices and herbs to balance the dosha (elemental constitution) which predominates each season. Teas are consciously prepared using pH-balanced, purified water; juices and smoothies are blended using raw food principles to enhance health and vitality. Our chocolates are made from raw cacao and naturally sweetened. Everything we offer is fresh and alive, supporting wellness on all levels.

True Nature’s Kitchen is a gathering place for like-minded people seeking to awaken to their fullest potential, who know that nurturing the body with good food and drink is essential.  Sip with friends inside, take your juice out to the peace garden, settle into your book or journal, or browse in our boutique for loose-leaf tea and more.  Our boutique is full of unique clothing, jewelry and mindfully sourced gift items that add a special hint of the sacred to any home, altar or office.


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Peace Garden

Peace Garden

Eaden and Deva Shantay designed the Peace Garden to be an oasis of serenity in downtown Carbondale, a gift to the community. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the gentle energy of mother nature that is tenderly held in the Garden. Practice yoga within the yoga spiral that can accommodate up to 30 students. Relax on the earthen (cob) couches surrounding the fire circle—a place for teaching, Kirtan (sacred music), socializing and connecting with the spirit of fire. Take off your shoes and connect with the earth on our 5 Elements Reflexology Path. Reflexology is an ancient healing art using points on the feet that correspond to various parts of the body. This path is made of natural stones in a variety of shapes and patterns, designed to massage and stimulate those reflexology points. Pause along the way at one of the five alcoves and explore the elements: earth, water, fire, air and space. At the east end of the reflexology path, enjoy a meditative walk in the labyrinth. Sip tea and catch up with friends at True Sangha Tearoom’s outdoor patio. Each of these elements of the Peace Garden is infused with the aromatherapy of herbs and the vibrant colors of flowers, many of which are used in our loose-leaf teas. Drop by for a quiet break during your work day, join us for a fire ritual or kirtan, or meditate here at sunset—the Peace Garden represents the welcoming arms of the True Nature family.

Petit Spa

The True Nature Petit Spa Experience

True Nature Petit Spa is an intimate spa that caters to the local community and visitors to the Roaring Fork Valley looking for retreat and replenishment. Our treatments support all the koshas (layers) of being, from the physical and energy bodies to the emotional, mental and spiritual.

When we practice the art of self-care, the body’s systems are soothed and tonified. It is our honor to nurture this process for our clients. Along with the
popular Swedish, deep-tissue and hot-stone massage therapies, True Nature also features Ayurvedic treatments such as Abhyanga, an ancient healing therapy that nourishes dry skin, centers the spirit and revitalizes the body.

Treatments can be conducted indoors in one of our two beautiful treatment rooms or al fresco during the warmer months in our private outdoor treatment space. The beauty of the environment at True Nature is a tonic for the eyes and the quiet, a solace for the mind. All oils and crémes used are completely organic and always chemical free—so pure that they are all
edible. True Nature also offers facials, private yoga and energy healing sessions.

Stop in for a massage with one of our top-notch practitioners or have a full morning or afternoon at True Nature Healing Arts—take a yoga class, have a massage, and then enjoy light lunch and tea while relaxing in the garden or the tea room. Like the other facets of TNHA, True Nature Petit Spa is here to to nourish your body, heart, mind and spirit.


Etiquette and Policies

When should I arrive?

If you are new to the TNHA spa, we ask that you fill out all required paperwork, which can be found on our website, before arriving for your appointment. New and returning clients both should arrive 15 minutes before their appointment start time. Please note that if you are late for your appointment, the treatment will still need to end on time as scheduled and no refund or discount will be applied.

What should I wear?
Do you have a shower available?

Wear comfortable clothing. When receiving a massage or Ayurvedic Treatment, you are unclothed with a sheet draped over you to maintain a sense of privacy.We recommend leaving the deeply hydrating oil on your skin and in your hair
for a few hours following the treatment, so it is best to wear clothing to your
appointment that you do not mind getting oily. If you need to shower, we do have a shower available for your use.

Can I eat before a treatment?

It is best to not eat within 2-3 hours of the start of your treatment time.

Should men shave before a facial?

It is best for men to shave the day before a facial to prevent skin sensitivity to exfoliation.

Can I tip on my credit card?

While cash tips are preferred, tipping on a credit card is also available.

What is your cancellation policy?

We have a 24 hour cancellation policy. If the appointment is cancelled within that window, the client will be charged 50% of the cost of the scheduled treatment. If we do not receive a cancellation call and the appointment is missed, the client will need to be charged 100% of the cost of the treatment.

Can I request a therapist?

Absolutely. If there is a therapist on staff that you enjoy working with, or if you have a strong preference towards a female or male therapist, please let us know.

If the client is under 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must be present at the initial intake.

Body Treatments

True Facial (60 or 90 minutes) $110/$150
Enjoy a luxurious facial with pure plant-based products customized for your skin type. The 60-minute treatment includes deep cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, neck and shoulder massage, and a quartz crystal treatment, a stone long renowned for its healing and regenerative properties. The 90-minute option adds in more specialized treatments, massage, and other healing therapies.

True Massage (60 or 90 minutes) $108/$155
Looking simply for a soothing and revitalizing massage? Receive a custom massage based on your needs, and feel your body sigh with relief as the tension melts away.

Abhyanga warm oil massage (90 minutes) $155
Abhyanga is a traditional Ayurvedic full body massage using warm herbal oil chosen specifically for your constitution. Increase circulation and balance your energy while releasing deep seated tensions, toxins, and lymphatic congestion.

Hot Stone Massage (90 minutes) $165
In this treatment, hand harvested basalt stones are placed on chakras and energy points, releasing tightness and tension throughout the body. The weight, warmth, and stable quality of the stones, as well as their connection to the earth element, make them particularly grounding for Vata (the air dosha) types, especially during the winter.

Maha Marma Massage (60 minutes) $108
This sublime marma (energy point) sequence begins with a ritual of turning inward towards the senses. The marma points of the head and face are reverently anointed and treated, using sacred scents such as sandalwood, rose, and frankincense. With the aid of therapeutic grade essential oils, herbalized oils, stones, crystals, and chanting, each of the seven chakras and the three doshas are brought to balance.

Shirodhara oil drop therapy (60 minutes) $145 COMING SOON!
The crown jewel of the Ayurvedic therapies, Shirodhara involves a warm continuous flow of herbalized oil cascading over the forehead and crown, anointing the head, and dissolving physical and mental tension. Deeply balancing, Shirodhara can benefit those suffering from nervous exhaustion, stress, insomnia, headaches, depression, irritability, as well as many hormonal and nervous system issues.

Bliss Package (135 minutes) $245
The ultimate indulgence in self-care, the Bliss Treatment begins with a full body exfoliation using the Ayurvedic Silk Glove Exfoliation. Following the exfoliation, enjoy a 75-minute Abhyanga Warm Oil Massage. The treatment ends with the most blissful of the Ayurvedic treatments, the Shirodhara Oil Drop Therapy.


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2. Do you have any difficulty lying on your front, back, or side?

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3. Do you have any allergies to oils, lotions, herbs, or essential oils?

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I understand that the massage I receive is provided for the basic purpose of relaxation and relief of muscular tension. If I experience pain or discomfort during the session, I will immediately inform my therapist so that pressure/strokes can be adjusted to my level of comfort. I will not hold my therapist responsible for any pain or discomfort I experience during or after the session.

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I understand that massage is entirely therapeutic and non-sexual in nature.

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If I experience any pain or discomfort during this session, I agree to immediately inform the esthetician so that the session may be adjusted to my level of comfort. I understand that esthetics should not be considered as a substitute for medical examination, diagnosis, or treatment, and that I should see a physician, or other qualified medical specialist for any mental or physical ailment that I am aware of. Because esthetics should not be performed under certain medical conditions, I affirm that I have stated all my known medical conditions, and answered all questions honestly. I agree to keep True Nature Petit Spa and the Esthetician updated as to any changes in my medical profile and understand that there shall be no liability on True Nature Petit Spa and the esthetician’s part should I fail to do so.

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Add-On Treatments

Garshana silk glove exfoliation (20 minutes) $40
An invigorating dry massage utilizing raw silk gloves, enhancing lymphatic flow and increasing circulation.

Nasya nose + sinus therapy (30 minutes) $50
Nasya, like all Ayurvedic therapies, works with the physical, mental, and subtle energy levels to remove stagnation and restore balance, clarity, and bliss. A Nasya treatment begins with a head and neck massage, followed by a marma point massage for the face with a warm compress over the sinus area. Warm herbalized drops of oil are then gently placed into each nostril, followed by more massage to allow the oil to penetrate into the sinuses and head. Nasya can benefit those suffering from allergies, sinusitis, frequent colds, stress, insomnia, and headaches.

Craniosacral Therapy (30 minutes) $50
Originating from osteopathy, Craniosacral Therapy uses a light touch and has a profoundly relaxing effect on the central nervous system

Shirodhara oil drop therapy (30 minutes) $75

Hot Stone $20
Different from the full body treatment, the hot stone enhancement utilizes the stones on specific areas of tension.

Body Scrub (30 minutes) $50

Subtle Energy Work $20

Reflexology (15 minutes) $25

Hot Oil Scalp Massage (15 minutes) $30

Facial Waxing (an add-on to a True Facial Treatment only – 15 minutes)
Brow $15 • Lip $15 • Chin $15


Other Offerings

Intuitive Energy Session (60 minutes) $150
In this session, Deva Shantay allows intuition to lead the way, so that whatever the client needs to experience comes through and serves their highest potential. Techniques include energy clearing, channeling guides, and chakra balancing; Deva supports clients in releasing old patterns and beliefs and gives insight into life’s decisions and challenges.

Private Yoga Sessions $125/hour, $25 for each additional person
If you are looking to deepen your yoga practice, working with injuries or limitations, or just wanting to get some friends together for a special class, private yoga instruction with one of our expert teachers is a great option. Choose between a class in one of our beautiful studios, or have the teacher come to you (extra fee applies).

Healing Touch (75 minutes) $108
Healing Touch is a compassionate energy therapy in which practitioners use their hands in a heart-centered and intentional way to support and facilitate your health on all levels and vitalize your capacity for self-healing. Healing Touch uses gentle, light or near-body touch to clear, balance, energize and support the human energy system in an effort to promote healing for the whole person: mind, body, spirit.

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (90 minutes) $108
A combination of yoga and psychology, PRYT combines assisted movement with open-ended dialogue, allowing the client to experience themselves in the present moment. Come learn how your body speaks to you, and how to take that wisdom and bring forth positive change in your life. Benefits include releasing anxiety, deep relaxation, increased awareness and concentration, alleviating pain, increasing vibrant creative energy, and overcoming self-limiting beliefs.

Holistic Nutrition Counseling (50 minutes) $85
What we choose to put in our bodies has a profound effect on our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Our on-site Holistic Nutritionist can help you figure out the correct balance of different eating philosophies to achieve vibrant, lasting health. 3- and 6-month Counseling Programs also available.

Aura-Soma Session (90 minutes) $100
Aura-Soma is a color care system that supports: raising your consciousness; discovery of your purpose and mission; healthy, functional relationships; appreciation of self and life; and the revitalization of your energies. In an Aura-Soma session or color consultation, explore the messages your soul is bringing, through the vibrations of color, then purchase a bottle to take with you, to continue assisting in these benefits as your energies combine with those in your bottle.


Ceremony

About

Intention: releasing all that doesn’t serve (physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually) and opening to the true nature of existence (being-awareness-bliss). We come together to learn, to serve and to love.

Facilitated by: Eaden Shantay with support from Deva Shantay, David “Starbear” Avalos and David “Running Crow” Nickamin.

Location: 2701 County Rd. 100 (Catherine Store Rd), Carbondale, CO

Lineage: While Eaden has walked the Red Road in the Lakota tradition for over 20 years, participating in sweat lodges, visions quests and sun dances, this is not a Lakota ceremony. Our purifications lodges incorporate a synthesis of eastern and western traditions, including meditative practices and yoga philosophy. There will be chants shared from many traditions and prayer ties filled with medicinal herbs on the inside ceiling of the lodge representing the seven chakras.

Eaden and Deva, who own True Nature Healing Arts in Carbondale, CO,  look forward to sharing sacred space with you – connecting, opening, purifying and balancing.

May we find the love we a searching for within our own hearts, minds and souls. We are that shinning love.

Learn more at Yoga Of No Mind and Wake Up And Roar.

Protocols

Lodge Construction: Choke Cherry saplings tied together with jute or hemp and covered with tarps. The lodge represents the womb of the earth mother. The whole space symbolizes a turtle when you include the alter (neck) and fire circle (head). We enter the lodge on our hands and knees in reverence to all our relations both seen and unseen, with gratitude for all the teachings and learnings.

What To Bring: two or three towels, a soft cotton mat to sit on in the lodge (horse blankets work wonderfully and can be purchased online or at the Carbondale Co-Op), liquids, meal for community potluck, an object or picture of importance you wish to energize on the alter,  the giveaway letter (see below), clothing to sweat in (shorts, t-shirt, bathing suit, yoga clothes), flash light for night ceremonies, warm clothes to change in to when the weather is cold and a gift for the caretakers of the land and ceremonial guide (see below).

Arrival: Before the ceremony eat very light and set your intention. Consider what you want from this practice/ceremony? Once on the land, place your meal to share in kitchen, meet hosts and make offering to the ceremonial guide, connect with the alter placing sacred objects, make 7 chakra prayer ties to set intention, and share herbs and prayers with the spirit of the fire.

It is best to arrive 1-2 hours before we enter the lodge. We often need help with adorning the alter, building and tending fire (lit 2 hours before ceremony), making prayer ties, shoveling snow in the winter, supporting others who are new to the ceremony and placing tarps on the lodge.

As we have limited parking, we encourage carpooling and bike riding for those who live in Carbondale (we are right off the bike path). If our drive is full, please park 200 feet east of our entrance in the community bike path parking right next to the Catherine Store Rd. bridge.

Prayer Ties: help focus and set intention. A pinch of medicinal herbs (cedar, sage, sweet grace) is placed into a small square of colored cloth and then tied. These prayer ties are strung together on an unbroken string of red cotton yarn which can then be worn into the lodge as a necklace or bracelet. After the final door of the lodge, the prayer bundles are either tied to the ceiling of lodge or offered to the spirit of the fire. Visit prayer ties to learn more.

The Alter is located between the lodge and the fire circle and helps focus intention. We place objects of deep meaning onto the alter from all traditions. The alter protects and energizes the space and ceremony. Please bring an object or picture and your giveaway letter and place them on the alter. The giveaway letter is written to spirit and reflects what you are ready to let go of in your life, that which no longer serves and what you are ready to receive into your life. This letter is between you and spirit and is offered silently to the fire at the closing ceremony.

Offering: at the beginning of the ceremony it is customary to share a heart-felt gift with the ceremonial guide and hosts. This can be a donation which supports the ceremony, flowers for the alter, a handmade gift, medicinal herbs to be used in the ceremony – sage, sweet grass, cedar, mullein, bear berry and lavender and ** we also need firewood and Basalt/volcanic stones.** The important thing to consider is how best to close the circle of giving and receiving. If this ceremony is to be vital, then everyone needs to support it with energy and intention.

Before Entering The Lodge: Go the bathroom, remove your shoes, put on your lodge clothing, and place sacred objects and jewelry on the alter where they will be purified and receive beautiful energy. Jewelry can sometimes become hot in the lodge so its best to place it on the alter. Leave water bottles outside the lodge as we will all drink together in the healing lodge. Enter the lodge with just the essentials – your body and some clothing, a towel or cotton mat to sit on and your best intention.

The Five Doors: Each ceremony offers participants five doors or sessions, each one representing one of the five elements described in yoga philosophy: 1) earth, 2) water, 3) fire, 4) air, and 5) ether. The earth represents the physical realm. We begin the ceremony by grounding to mother earth. In the second door, water, we welcome our emotions. In the third door, fire, the story of mind and ego are burned away so that we may come to see the truth more clearly. In the fourth door, air, we experience the vibration of lightness and love. In the fifth and final door, ether, we surrender into the emptiness of space itself and the presence of being that we are.

Each door/session begins with bringing in hot stones and then closing the door. When the door flap is closed be prepared for total darkness and progressive warming. Each door/session closing is marked by the group saying “all my relations,” which signals the fire keeper to open the door allowing cool air and light to enter the space.

During the ceremony, when the door flap is closed expect water to be poured on the stones by the ceremonial guide which creates steam and heat. Honor silence unless we are chanting or sharing prayers. The guide will let you know when it’s time to offer individual prayers. Begin and close individual prayers by saying “all my relations.” Some participants stay all five doors, some may choose to leave the lodge earlier. The appropriate time to leave is between doors/sessions, not during, and we ask that you communicate your intention before getting up to leave. Please know this is not an endurance contest but a ceremony of healing, purification, and love.

Before, during and after the lodge, ask questions if you don’t understand something. When around the sacred fire and within the lodge practice silence, connect with your intention and heart, and breathe in a relaxed manner. If you need help at any time when in the lodge just say “all my relations” and we will stop what we are doing and offer support.

Mudras: At certain times we will hold finger positions/postures to facilitate the flow of energy in our mind/body/spirit vehicles. There may be other exercises offered to support the energy and purification.

Closing Circle: following the 5th door, participants leave the lodge, dry off with a towel, get dressed and begin to rehydrate. We then gather around the fire for a closing circle and then to put everything back in its place before sharing in the community pot luck. At this circle, community members are encouraged to place a note into the sacred fire, a letter to spirit expressing what you are ready to let go of in your life that no longer serves and also what you would like to welcome into your life. Create this letter before the ceremony as a powerful way to set your intention. At the closing circle you are welcome to silently place your letter into the fire with a pitch of screed herbs.

Community Pot Luck: After the ceremony we share food together. We ask that you bring organic, non-GMO foods and freshly squeezed veggie and fruit juices. Please take the time to prepare a meal with love. Raw foods are highly beneficial and welcome. Having healthily high pranic (energy) foods following the lodge helps us all feel nurtured and cared for and provides the space to integrate and ground the ceremony.

The Mirror Of Ceremony: before, during and following the ceremony, realize that everything that arises in the body, heart and mind is perfect and necessary. Bring breath and awareness to whatever arises, get soft around it, be the sacred witness and let go of the story of mind. We are here as humans to teach and to learn, and to also love, accept and forgive ourselves and those in our lives. By meeting what arises with openness and love, we allow the medicine of grace to flow through the ceremony.

The Ego: is our self preservation software. It wants us to run from fear and chase desire. The ego incorporates many strategies to maintain control, seek recognition and love and keep us safe from that which we fear. Being fully present in the now and stopping all doing, including all thinking, can be very beneficial in dissolving the egoic trance and connecting more fully with the truth of Self – Satchitananda (being-awanress-bliss).

Heading Home: This ceremony has the power to change lives and supports us in walking the sacred path we were meant to walk. Please know that the energy of lodge can be quite powerful for hours and even days following the ceremony. Take it slow, process and integrate what you have experienced and learned through meditation, sharing your experience with others, journaling, art, yoga and other practices. Allow time for rest and relaxation and nourish the body with healthy life giving foods and liquids.

This is a lot of information especially if you are new to the ceremony. No need to memorize it as we are all learning and teaching, every step of the way. The protocols will become second nature after a few lodges. Essentially we all need to let go of the mind and information and just drop into the love we are co-creating and sharing.

We are honored and grateful to be sharing this wonderful ceremony of awakening with you.

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Summer Solstice Lodge: Saturday, June 21st, 2014, 4pm. Facilitated by Eaden Shantay.




Prayer/Intention Bundles

Every participant ties nine prayer bundles before entering the lodge. This is an opportunity to set and share intention with the Great Spirit. The nine bundles include, one for each of the seven chakras plus one white and one black, representing the light and dark side (polarity) of this life. The rub and friction of polarity brings to us the potential for healing and unity.

Supplies: Lighter, sage, cedar, or incense to purify bundles, herbal mix, cotton colored material and red cotton yarn.

Preparation: We cut colored cloth into 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch squares. We create sacred space with candle light, possibly by an alter or in nature.

Tying Bundles: take a small pitch of herbs (sage, cedar, lavender, etc.) and place into a piece of colored cloth. Some use the colors of the four directions, with our ceremony we use the colors of the rainbow which represent the seven energy centers in the body.

Smudge the bundle, offer your prayer/intention and then tie. The bundles are tied with one continuous piece of string. We use red cotton yarn to honor the sacred red road of love, truth and compassion.

Together we will practice the technique for tying the bundles with one continuous string. It’s a process of placing two opposing loops over the head of the bundle.

Prayer Bundle Colors (Intention): The colors of the rainbow relate to the seven energy centers or chakras in the body. Red is the color/vibration of the first chakra and represents our connection to the earth and issues of survival. Orange is the color/vibration of the 2nd chakra involving issues of creativity and sexuality. Yellow represents the color/vibration of the 3rd chakra, the will center which deals with the social realm. How we relate to others and our position in the “herd.” Green is the color/vibration of the 4th or heart chakra which is the energy center of love and compassion. Light blue is the color/vibration of the 5th or throat chakra which deals with communication and whether or not we are able to speak our truth. Indigo is the color/vibration of the third eye or sixth chakra, the place of intuition, inspiration and seeing reality more clearly. Violet is the color/vibration of the 7th or crown chakra which is our connection to higher states of consciousness and connection to all that is.