We are rooted in health and the therapeutic aspects of yoga. We are committed to helping you find your personal well of inner strength.
Public & Private Yoga
Workshops, Transformational Retreats & Advanced Trainings
Corporate Yoga, Mindfulness & Stress Reduction
Shadow Yoga Course Training
Reiki Healing, Training & Certification
“I love Teresa! There is something about the way she walks you through a pose that allows you to squeeze every bit of goodness from it. Her verbal queues direct so well that even a beginner like me can properly move through asanas to get the maximum benefit from them. She is knowledgeable and patient and able to help her students adapt no matter their experience, strength or flexibility. Take a class with her. You won’t be sorry!” — Carol G.
All Classes Live Streaming via ZOOM
NEW! March/April Courses. Breath, Bandha & Rhythm, The Empowered Health Consumer Free Webinar, Shadow Basics Plus Intro to Balakrama
See details below.
Guided 15 minute meditations will be offered via our LiveStream partner ZOOM. Anyone can join, no preregistration required. Two sessions to choose from:
Mantra Mondays, 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm.
Meeting ID: 852 4654 2231 PW935130
Thursday Thoughts, (New Start Time)12:00 pm – 12:15 pm.
Meeting ID: 849 3679 8951 PW 698853
Classes are Donation-based, give if you can, from $2 – $10. – VENMO – Teresa Owen@innersmileyoga. No Obligation.
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Course Offering & Retreats
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Breath, Bandha & Rhythm:
The pathway to internal practice
March 27 – April 17
8:00 am – 9:30 am
“The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind & the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.”
The rhythmic application of breath and bandha, or body locks, is central to hatha yoga. Ultimately, Yoga is an internal and esoteric practice. While Asana can be very physical, the true art or depth of the practice is attained through cultivation of an internal felt sense of subtle body energy. Asana and its correct application can point us inward.
This 4-week workshop will give students an introduction to this way of practicing. This is not meant to teach bandha proper, but to give students a sense of where these energetic locks are located in the body, and begin to have a felt sense of their role in practice. Each weekly class will include some lecture and theme to explore in practice to support the cultivation of this internal felt sense.
You will learn:
The location and purpose of each of the bandhas
Drishti – the focused gaze and its role in bandha and breath
Breathwork and cycles of breath, pointing toward true pranayama
Work toward balance between dynamic and static asana rhythms
Prerequisite: A minimum of 2 years consistent yoga practice.
The Empowered Health Consumer:
Episode 1 – Physical Therapy & Yoga Therapy
Tuesday, March 30 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Webinar Series – Episode 1 Featuring Elizabeth Dalrymple, PT & Teresa Owen, E-RYT200, C-IAYT.
Learn: What is an Empowered Health Client Mindset? Similarities and differences between PT & YT How to use PT & YT to support your health Why empowered health clients have better health outcomes How & why PT & YT health strategies are more cost effective. Plus experience: 5 minute PT routine you can do daily 5 minute YT routine you can do daily 20 minutes for Q&A.
Cost: FREESign Up!
Shadow Basics Plus Intro to Balakrama (Offered Online via Zoom)
Fridays 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
5 Classes 4/2-4/30
This course builds on the Principles from the Basics Series and begins to introduce some of the key elements in the first prelude, Balakrama, Stepping into Strength. Dasa Chalana (joint warm-ups), basic standing postures, karanas (dynamic, integrated whole body movements) and ujjayi breathing. Uddiyana bandha (navel lock)will be further refined in order to train breath control, promote blood/lymph circulation, build inner heat and tonify the organs and brain.
This course was created as a bridge to the Balakrama Prelude series and the Full Practice Format. Prior exposure to Shadow Yoga or the Basics Series is required.
Class size limited to 6.
Drop-In: $28Sign Up!
Balakrama – First Shadow Yoga Prelude
Intro to Full Practice Format Shadow Basics Plus Intro to Balakrama (Offered Online via Zoom)
Saturdays 8:00 am – 9:30 am
6 Classes 5/1 – 6/5
Balakrama is the first Shadow Yoga prelude that is introduced to those new to this style of Hatha Yoga. A dynamic bone strengthening form based on endurance, it actively engages one’s feet, ankles, knees, hips, navel and breath. This course is recommended for students who have completed the Shadow Yoga Basics series. This series will introduce elements of the full practice format and some of the introductory asana (Seated) sequences.
Class size limited to 6.
Drop-In: $28Sign Up!
“There is a deep interconnectedness of all life on earth, from the tiniest organisms, to the largest ecosystems, and absolutely between each person.”
Balancing the Inner Eco System:
Yoga, Meditation & Adventure in Belize
September 16 – 21, 2019
@Naia Resort and Spa, Placencia, Belize
Refresh and realign internally following the cues of Nature. Rediscover, reclaim and renew the sacredness and beauty within you. Through daily yoga, meditation and journaling, we will explore realignment with our true nature.
Nestled within a private 200-acre reserve on the Placencia Peninsula, Naia is an intimate, natural playground that sets the stage for uncommon adventures and personal growth. Whether paddle boarding in the beautiful Caribbean Sea, indulging in a customized spa ritual, or relaxing among the resort’s secluded beach houses and swimming pools.
In addition, there will be plenty of down time to explore a variety of excursions offered by the resort. Some examples include Ancient Mayan Sites; Snorkeling/Diving; Bird Watching and Waterfalls; Chocolate Spice Tour.
All levels welcome!
More details are available on the Registration site. https://tri.ps/3FHR0
Note: This is a busy time of year in Belize due to their Independence Day Celebrations. Space is limited to 10.
Recorded: Belize Info Webinar
Reiki Master Training and Certification
Meets for 6 classes, Monthly, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Begins January 16, 2020
It’s been my experience that the best way to teach Mastery is over several months, giving you homework and allowing for you to process and ground what you are learning as well as learn how to use it ethically and responsibly. The level of human consciousness is changing rapidly, and there are some other techniques I’d like to introduce to address how I think and experience the need for energy practices to evolve. Classes will meet monthly for 6 months, for two hours each. You will have homework and meditations to support your personal growth as well as deepening your understanding of how to work with clients. The final class will be offered outdoors with an additional master attunement.
Included in the classes:
- *Review and use of symbols from level II
- *Master level reiki symbols and their uses/meaning
- *Attunement rituals
- *How to build a Reiki practice
- *What to watch for with clients and tools needed to respond
- *Elements of teaching Level I and II
- *Understanding your own places of resistance to healing yourself
- *Working in/with nature
- *Daily meditations
- *Reiki Master Certification
At the completion of the class, if you have attended all the sessions, you will receive a Reiki Master Level Certification. With this certification comes the responsibility to eventually teach it to others. There are all kinds of ways to use and practice responsibly without making it a business, but I will give you the tools to do that.
Classes are on Thursdays, once a month, from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, with the exception of the June class, which is on a Tuesday.
Dates are: 1/16; 2/13; 3/12; 4/9; 5/7; 6/23.
Class size is limited to 4 students.
Prerequisites: Must have completed Level 1 & 2.
Cost: $110 per session (discounted to $100 for cash payment)
About Teresa Owen
Teresa Owen, E-RYT200, YCEP, C-IAYT, founded Inner Smile Yoga in 2005, to fill a void for those students intimidated or fearful of the growing large studio and fast-paced yoga scene. She is certified in yoga, yoga therapy and as a continuing education provider. She offers both public and private classes, workshops, and retreats in Marin County and Atlanta, Georgia, her current home. One-on-one therapeutic specialties include the nervous system, pelvic floor, asthma/respiratory conditions, hormonal/energy imbalances and a wide variety of orthopedic applications.
She has been studying yoga since 1997. Her primary influences include Tias Little, Aadil Palkhivala, and Mark Horner. She is trained in the Iyengar style with an eclectic mix of intensive work with Forrest Yoga, Vini, and Shadow Yoga. She received her Yoga Therapy certification in 2004.
Teresa’s approach reflects her experience as a longtime competitive athlete, healthcare advocate, event and group facilitator, wife and mother of two young adults. She weaves together her life experience, love of yoga and spiritual exploration, with an eye toward keeping her classes both accessible and challenging.
Skilled in tracking the movement and grounding of energy, she is a Reiki Master and continues to expand her training in other forms of subtle-body healing. She is currently a dedicated student of Shadow Yoga.
Yoga has a clever way of sneaking up on you. With consistent practice, little delicious “aha” moments arise and illuminate your inner knowing.
Deeply rooted in the classical Hatha Yoga tradition, we seek to support every student in their quest to find their personal approach to Yoga. Public classes are limited to 8 students for a more intimate and effective learning experience. We strongly believe Yoga is accessible to everyone, regardless of physical limitation. In our small studio environment, there is a strong sense of community and shared learning. Beginners learn from more advanced students and more advanced students learn from beginners.
Every class is designed to be safe, challenging and engaging, regardless of your yoga experience. We give our students a strong foundation in proper alignment and reinforce the concept of “Beginner’s Mind.” Both are essential tools for understanding the energetic principles behind yoga and the “rajas” or “juice” available in a space without force or aggression.
Teresa is a Reiki Master trained in the Usui Shiki Ryoho tradition.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
- Reiki treatments are available for $85/hour or $130/90 minutes.
- Sliding scale is available.
- Upcoming workshops schedule