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Auspicious Beginnings: New Year’s Day Practice

January 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Auspicious Beginnings: New Year’s Day Practice

Sunday, January 1st  from 10 – 12:30 PST

in-person at our Berkeley Studio

with option to join via livestream


Join us to celebrate a new beginning.

New Year’s Day is a useful time for renewal and reflection.  Reflection is taking time to look at what we have and where we are going – and perhaps decide which experiences that are no longer serving us.  Renewal is when we consciously choose to validate an agreement that we have made with ourselves or with others.  In this dynamic playground of reflection and renewal, we create space for positive energy and new opportunities to emerge.

This New Year’s Day workshop is our annual opportunity to use the practices of yoga as container for exploration and expression.  Through asana and mediation, chant and yoga philosophy, you will have an opportunity to consider the old and the new in your life – perhaps what you want to let go of and what you want to move towards.

One of our inspirations will be the elephant-headed Ganesh who is known as the deity to invoke for any new beginnings. He can be a wonderful friend for all of us when setting new year’s resolutions. You can call upon Ganesh to help remove any obstacles from your path and to make the year ahead run more smoothly. In this workshop, we will bring Ganesh into our hearts and minds through asana, pranayama and chant.

Certainly, as we stand at the precipice of a new year we have an opportunity to renew ourselves on behalf of – and in relationship to – our families, our communities and neighborhoods, our countries and our planet. Please join us in this personal and communal exploration renewal.

This gathering will help you feel grounded, focused and uplifted as we start 2023.  Please join us!

It is an all levels program. Participants should have at least 6 months of consistent practice.


We plan that this zoom workshop will be recorded.  Every registrant will receive access to the recording for the rest of January.  If you cannot attend the workshop live, you can pre-register and receive the recording.





$45 per person





You must pre-register. One hour prior to class you will receive a unique zoom log-in and specific instructions.

First time on Zoom with us? Check out our tip sheet! Our tips will help you get ready for your first class with us.

You can find out more about our Live Online Programming here



Heather Haxo Phillips (she/her) is Director of Adeline Yoga and a certified Iyengar yoga instructor at the Senior Intermediate I (Level 3). Among the highest certified Iyengar teachers in the East Bay, her additional certifications include:  Certified Yoga Therapist (c-IAYT), Relax and Renew restorative yoga teacher and Yoga Alliance E-500 level instructor. She has specialized yoga therapy training which includes scoliosis, musculoskeletal injuries and pain management.  One of her asana-related specialties is women’s health. Heather has a deep commitment to the ancient teachings which includes mantra sadhana (chanting) and Sanskrit, pranayama and yoga philosophy.  You can expect to find aspects of this in all of Heather’s classes. Heather studies regularly with senior Iyengar teachers, Sanskrit and Vedic scholars, and directly with the Iyengar family in Pune India. Heather is past President of the Board of Directors for the Iyengar Yoga Association of Northern California and volunteers for several committees for Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States.  Heather is on the board of the Lorin Merchants Association (LBA).


January 1
10:00 am - 12:30 pm


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