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Auspicious Beginnings: New Year’s Day Practice

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

New Years day with Cynthia & Heather

Auspicious Beginnings: New Year’s Day Practice

with Heather Haxo Phillips & Cynthia Bates

Saturday, January 1st  from 10 – noon PST

8 – 10 am Hawaii time / 1 – 3 Eastern

on zoom


Join us to celebrate a new beginning.

New Year’s Day is a useful time for renewal and reflection.  Renewal is when we consciously choose to resume an activity that has been interrupted and to re-validate an agreement that we have made with ourselves or with others.  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.  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 reflect and renew using 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.

We stand at the precipice of a new year and 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 of RENEWAL.

This gathering will include a combination of meditation, asana, pranayama and philosophy to help you feel grounded, focused and uplifted as we start 2022.  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.



$40 per person regular rate


Need a pay-what-you-can option?  Send your contribution here with the note “New Year’s Day” and we will get you registered.  You must register by Dec 28 to use this option.





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

Iyengar Yoga Teachers Heather Haxo Phillips and Cynthia Bates


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).

Cynthia Bates (she/her) is a seasoned yoga and meditation teacher who has committed her life to uncovering the dharma or truth, knowing full well that truth is a moving target. For Cynthia, the root of spiritual practice lies in penetrating the veils of unknowing and becoming more and more comfortable with that state. The unknowing, intuitive or mystical state in which one experience the inter-connectivity and interdependence of life itself, is at the core of all spiritual practices. From that state, everything becomes workable and every experience becomes another opportunity to hone the wheel of dharma. She is known for her infectious laugh, intuition, and dark humor.She began her yoga practice in the Mysore tradition and spent 18 years studying in the Iyengar lineage which included several trips to India to study directly with the Iyengar family. The bulk of her training as a yoga teacher comes from eight years of mentoring with Manouso Manos. She is also a dedicated student of Vajrayana Buddhism studying with Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Choknyi Nyima Rinpoche. In 2019 Cynthia move to Big Island of Hawaii where she has found a nourishing home. She continues to dedicate her life to spiritual practice with the understanding that there is no real separation between spiritual practice and life.


January 1
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


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