We host regular workshops, specialty classes, and events to deepen your practice in a community setting. Payment is required at the time of registration and GST will be added to the price. We often require a minimum number of participants to run a workshop, so if you are considering attending, please register one week prior to avoid disappointment.

December 1-31, 2018

As the fall ushers in winter we are once again asking you for warm winter items for those in need. All items will be donated to the Dandelion Society, founded by Rev. Al Tysick. Reverend Al has been working with the homeless for 40 years and was one of the primary founders of “Our Place”. He started the Dandelion Society in 2011 in an effort to provide care and support for people in our community who are unable to access even basic care and support from places like Our Place.

Donate any and all of the following items at Hemma before December 31st. Please ensure they are either new, or clean and in excellent condition. Several of these items are needed NOW and will be donated immediately and directly to those in need. Please note – there is a need with an emphasis on blankets, sleeping bags, and warm coats.

Items needed:
Sleeping Bags
Rain Coats
Warm Coats
Mittens, Gloves, Hats, Scarves
NEW Socks.

Thank you!

Restorative Yoga and Thai Massage
with Cedar Sorensen and Coralie Charland
Sunday, December 16th 2:00-4:00pm

Cultivate deep relaxation through the combined therapeutic power of Restorative Yoga, Thai massage & a Loving-Kindness practice. During this special 2-hour class, while being guided through a series of relaxing, restorative yoga poses, you will receive Thai massage. The combination of yoga and massage allows you to let go of deep tension, breathe more deeply, and almost effortlessly flow into bliss. The loving-kindness practice offers us a chance for deep self-nurturing and supports our subtle body. This combination will open the practitioner to experience benefits on a physical, mental and energetic level.

Wear comfortable, layered clothing and leave all your cares at the door. Class size is limited to ensure quality massage time.

Investment: $50 before December 11th / $60 after

*This workshop is nearing capacity. Please call the front desk to register*

Friday Night Kirtan
With Kelly, Tia, and Damian
Friday, December 21st at  7:30-9:00pm

Kirtan is a form of Bhakti (devotional) Yoga where community gathers to share in call-and-response chanting, therein discovering that which unites us to each other. Most of the chants are in the ancient but timeless Sanskrit language. These sounds vibrate within the physical and subtle body, quieting the mind and purifying the heart. No experience is necessary, and song sheets are provided.

Investment: $5-$20 Sliding Scale

New Year’s Day Practice
with Cedar Sorensen
Tuesday, January 1st 10:30am-12:00pm

Join Cedar for this all-levels practice to welcome in 2019. This 90 minute mindful hatha yoga practice will include a New Year’s ritual allowing us to pause for reflection on the past year and align with our heartfelt aspirations for the New Year. During the first half of practice we will employ the use of mantra, asana, pranayama and yoga nidra to release any holding patterns that have built up over the holiday season. In the second half of practice, we’ll focus on restorative poses and guided relaxation and visualization to renew, re-vision & restore.

You are invited to bring 3 items to place on the altar. One that represents what you would like to release and let go of, a second that represents what you would like to receive and a 3rd to represent your offering or gift back to life. Please also bring a notebook and pen.

Investment: $15 before December 23rd/$25 after

Candlelit Yoga and Meditation
With Kelly Yaskiw
Friday, January 11th at 7:30-9:00pm

Nourish your nervous system with this grounding candlelit practice. Kelly will lead you through 90 minutes of gentle yoga postures, yoga nidra, pranayama, meditation, and mantra designed to calm your mind and body. This class will offer you an opportunity to slow down, be still, and listen to your internal wisdom. The practices are beginner friendly and open to all.

Investment: $20 advance/ $30 door

The Fundamentals of Ease: An Afternoon workshop in Contact Improvisation
with Martin Keogh
Saturday, January 12th at 12:30-3:30pm

Contact Improvisation is a movement form based on the spontaneous interaction between two people playing with mass, momentum, and gravity. Impulses, weight and velocity are communicated through a point of physical contact that involves mutual support and the cultivation of strength and sensitivity.

In this workshop we will start with the fundamentals of Contact Improvisation: the contact point, weight sharing, pathways into the floor and into the air, and finding the root of levity. Special emphasis on releasing the neck and pelvis, and surprising ourselves in extended follow-through.

Martin Keogh has taught and performed contact improvisation for over thirty-nine years on six continents. For his contribution to the development of the form he is a Fulbright Senior Specialist and listed in Who’s Who in the World. Martin spent time traveling to monasteries in Japan and Korea and was the director of the Empty Gate Zen Center in Berkeley before discovering the world of dance. You can read more about Martin on his website.

Investment: $45 before January 6th/$55 after


All gender Yoga for Youth 10-15 years
6 week series with Jonni-Lyn Friel
Wednesdays January 16th-February 20th at 3:45-4:45pm

Through the practice of yoga postures, breath awareness and mindfulness techniques, yoga can help youth access skills to bring stability into their lives. These years can often be a time of change and uncertainty and yoga is a wonderful way to be able to calm the mind and center oneself. These classes will include active, fun poses as well as gentle restorative postures to help move excess energy and reduce stress. The skills learned through this series will be transferable to everyday life.

Investment: sliding scale $80-$100

Yoga for Anxiety
6 week series with Sarah Kinsley
Thursdays January 17th- February 21st at 7:45-9:00pm

Yoga is medicine. Yoga is self care.

In today’s world we can all relate to thoughts, emotions and body sensations related to anxious states. We live in a world of false refuges claiming to reduce the anxiety we feel on a daily basis. We all have habitual ways of coping-some ways are more skillful than others. Yoga offers a systematic, time-tested approach to meeting our current state of being. Yoga is a skillful and nourishing approach to these states. This 6-week series will provide students an opportunity to practice asana (postures), energy expansion using breath (pranayama) and meditations that can be used in our daily lives. Classes will include psycho-education on working with anxiety based on the Yoga sutras, Somatic Experience (SE) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Everyone welcome. No prior experience is necessary.

Investment: sliding scale $80-$100

Refund Policy:

– If you cancel 7 days prior to the event, we can offer you a full refund or credit at Hemma.
– If you cancel within the week prior to the event, we can offer you a credit at hemma, minus a $5 administration fee.
– If you cancel the day of the event, or don’t show up for it, no refund or credit will be offered.
– It is rare that we cancel a workshop, but if we do we will give you 24 hours notice and offer you a full refund or credit at Hemma. 

Thank you for your understanding.