Inner Smile Yoga

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!  February/March Courses. Shadow Basics I & II; 10-Day Spring Cleanse; Spring Equinox Extended Pratice; Breath, Bandha & Rhythm.  See details below.  

WEEKLY MEDITATIONS

LIVESTREAMING NOW

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.

Questions?

Call or email 415-713-7961 -innersmileyoga1@gmail.com

ALL CLASSES LIVESTREAMING NOW

Until further notice, all classes will be offered via our LiveStream partner ZOOM.  Register or sign up for classes as you would normally below. All series packages will be honored.  Once you register, you will receive link instructions to join that class via email.

Questions?

Call or email 415-713-7961/innersmileyoga1@gmail.com

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Courses

Note:  All classes are listed in Eastern Standard Time

 

Shadow Yoga Basics (Offered Online via Zoom)

Fridays  12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

6 Classes  2/5 – 3/12

This course introduces the basic philosophy and practices of Shadow Yoga, such as Dasa Chalana (joint warm-ups), basic standing postures, karanas (dynamic, integrated whole body movements) and ujjayi breathing. Uddiyana bandha (navel lock) is also introduced to train breath control, promote blood/lymph circulation, build inner heat and tonify the organs and brain.

This course is a prerequisite for the prelude courses.

Class size limited to 6.

Cost:  $135

Drop In:  $28

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Shadow Yoga Basics I and II Mixed Class

6 Tuesdays -(Offered Online via Zoom)

begins Tuesday, 3/16 – 4/20   6 Class Series

6:30 am – 8:00 am

For students who have completed level I or the Balakrama Prelude or by permission of instructor.

This course introduces and refines the basic philosophy and practices of Shadow Yoga, such as Dasa Chalana (joint warm-ups), basic standing postures, karanas (dynamic, integrated whole body movements) and ujjayi breathing. Uddiyana bandha (navel lock) is also introduced to train breath control, promote blood/lymph circulation, build inner heat and tonify the organs and brain.

Students are introduced to refinements of Nyasa(placement); transitions, utilizing bandha and rhythm; and integration/congruency of movement and felt sense.  This course will enhance the experience of the beginning prelude, Balakrama.

Class size limited to 6.

Cost:  $135

Drop In:  $28

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10- Day Guided Spring Cleanse

March 19 – March 28

–with Preplanning/Introduction meeting on March 10.

A gentle introduction to the Ayurvedic/Yogic Practice of cleansing. Spring is the perfect time to consider a cleanse. Ayurveda, which means, “the science of life”, tells us that during seasonal transitions we as humans are more susceptible to imbalances in the mind and body. When we move from winter into spring, we can take the excess sluggish, damp qualities of Kapha with us, as the weather becomes warmer and the days longer. Not to mention the imbalances our systems are juggling in our current culture and consciousness!

During these 10 days, I will share with you a simpler/gentler version of what I do for myself this time of year. This protocol is very gentle and available to most. If you do have a preexisting condition, please consult your physician and myself before committing to the program.

What’s included:

o          4 Zoom meetings- one hour each, including

  • Introduction/overview (9 days prior to preparation)
  • Check-ins at the 2 transitional points
  • Final Review and Reflection

o          3 Days Preparation/4 Days Cleansing/ 3 Days Reintroduction

o          Grocery List, Recipes

o          Basic supplies kit, included spice mix, yellow dal, Nyasa Oil and Triphala. (Optional add-ons include massage oil & ghee.)

o          Suggested Daily Routine

o          Guided prerecorded 15 minute meditation

o          Guided prerecorded 30 minute yoga practice

o          Journal prompts delivered daily via email/text

Benefits:

o          Understanding of your ayurvedic constitution and supportive general health suggestions

o          Enhanced Immunity

o          Clearing of toxins, excess accumulations

o          Balanced Healthier digestion

o          Body/Mind Reset – More clarity

Schedule:

  • 3/10 6:30 – 7:30 pm Zoom – Introduction/Overview
  • 3/19 – 3/21 – Preparation
  • 3/21 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Zoom – Check in & Cleanse Review
  • 3/22 – 3/25 – Cleanse
  • 3/25   6:30 – 7:30 pm Zoom – Check in & Reintroduction Review
  • 3/26 – 3/28– Reintroduction
  • 3/28 4:30 – 5:30 pm Zoom – Reflections and Learnings

Cost: $175 includes basic supplies as mentioned above.

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Spring Equinox Extended Practice

Saturday March 20

9:00 am – 11:30 am

In his classical text “Yoga Sutra,” the sage Patanjali reminds his students that our body is the essential vehicle of our soul on its journey towards perfection. He suggests that all yoga practitioners engage in the practice of “Saucha.” Saucha is purification on all levels. It includes the physical cleanliness of bathing your body, maintaining an orderly home, eating healthy food and drinking clean water. It involves mental clarity and speech that refrains from emotionally-charged obsessions and addictions. Saucha is a pre-condition for enjoying inner peace.

Through this practice, we become better at letting go of the mental clutter that arises from attachments to past experiences, demands of the body and anticipation of future events.

Join us for a day of saucha practice, including meditation, the ritual of energetic cleansing, asana (postures). We’ll begin with a yoga practice and meditation, including cleansing twists, different forms of pranayama (breathing) and simple kriyas (cleansing practices) to “burn” away the excesses in our lives. After our closing meditation, we will take time to be silent. There will be time set aside to journal or sit, as you prefer. All levels welcome.

Bring a yoga mat and journal or notebook.

Cost: $45

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Breath, Bandha & Rhythm:

  The pathway to internal practice

4 Saturdays

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 the practice of hatha yoga. Ultimately, Hatha 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

Cost: $100

Prerequisite: A minimum of 2 years consistent yoga practice.

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Retreats

“There is a deep interconnectedness of all life on earth, from the tiniest organisms, to the largest ecosystems, and absolutely between each person.” 
― Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason

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.  

 

Learn more!

Recorded:  Belize Info Webinar  

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Reiki

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)

 

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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.

Inner Smile Philosophy

“You cannot do yoga.  Yoga is your natural state.  What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.”
~ Sharon Gannon

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.

 

About Reiki

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

 

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