Do you feel called to deepen your connection with nature and ignite your inner soul fire? Begin the new year with a transformational journey to Costa Rica! Come practice yoga, meditation, movement, music, and ritual in the Osa Peninsula, a region of Costa Rica that is still mostly off-grid, wild, and undeveloped. The powerful untamed earth energy of this land awakens the spirit and deepens intuition.View Post
This Rasa Yoga workshop is full of ancient wisdom for the modern person. Come discover how a well rounded Yoga practice can transform, heal and ignite your life!
Saturday September 29th from 1-3:30pm at Namaste Studio in Rockridge. Tickets: $35 for Members, $40 for regular enrollment.View Post
Join us in the magical redwoods of Mendocino October 5-8 at Camp Navarro for the first annual OM Rising Yoga & Music Festival in Northern CA!
This is a one-of-a-kind gathering set in Northern California’s stunning redwoods. We will come together as a community for an unforgettable weekend of: Nature, Music, Movement, and More!View Post
This workshop is full of ancient wisdom for the modern person. Come discover how a well rounded Yoga practice can transform, heal and ignite your life!View Post
“I have worked with Sonya as a student in her public classes, a student in her yoga teacher training and as a client for Sonya’s intuitive sessions. In my work with her, Sonya has challenged me in a constructive and compassionate way, helping me get to the next level of my practice. I always leave Sonya’s classes feeling an amazing combination of energized and calm, there really are no words to describe it. I would tell anyone who has an opportunity to work with Sonya to take that and run with it; you will NOT be disappointed.” ~ Monica
Lately it seems that almost every week there is some new terrible event in the news that we must digest. Our minds and bodies are scrambling to make sense of it all, and the collective trauma is palpable. Amidst these struggles we have any opportunity to choose openness and transformation rather than fear and isolation.
Begin the New Year with a transformational journey to Costa Rica! On this unique yoga retreat we will awaken and remember our sacred connection with the Earth.View Post
Join Sonya Genel E-RYT500 and a collective of special guest teachers for this unique opportunity to deepen your yoga practice and learn the essential skills to become a great teacher. Dive into powerful studies that combine the logical mind with intuitive flow, the scientific with the mystical traditions, and the conscious with the subconscious to unlock deep reservoirs of creative energy within you!View Post
Core Module 1 – Energetics: Prana Vayus, Doshas, Gunas
A 50 Hour Advanced Training for Yoga Teachers
with Sonya Genel ERYT500
August 8–13, 2017 at Yoga Garden SF
At its heart, yoga is a process of transformation. But for transformation to occur, we need to develop a deep understanding of who we are on every level, and which tools and practices will help us evolve.View Post
A New Moon represents the end of one cycle and the beginning of another new 28 day cycle. Sun conjunct Moon means all possibilities are on the table. You can rightly put yourself in the forefront of new plans for the future. Old habits, behaviors and beliefs can be questioned as you search for new and inventive ways to make progress. This is the ideal time to make a fresh start and write down a to-do list.
The New Moon on Friday 27 January, 2017 is at 8 degrees Aquarius. This New Moon is dominated by Venus square Saturn, which puts the spotlight on any issues you are having in your love life or with your financial situation. Take this opportunity to look closely and patiently at these matters.
This Moon is also the Lunar New Year, which is celebrated as the Chinese New Year! 2017 is The Year of Yin Red Fire Rooster.
In a Rooster Year, we can learn Rooster traits : Loyalty, commitment, hard work and family are characteristics of the year. Yin Fire expresses inner warmth and insight, and the quiet of stillness and connection. 2017 is sure to bring challenges, but balance, stability, and community will grow out of it for those who are willing to embrace change and work hard together.
From a mythical and intuitive perspective, this is the year of the Fire Bird… The Phoenix! I like the translation Phoenix, rather than rooster or chicken, because it brings opportunities for rebirth and transformation. The Phoenix is a brilliant, inspirational, and fearless visionary. The element Fire is perfect for Phoenix because Fire brings strength, passion, bravery, and leadership.
So now is the year to break free, claim your destiny, and overcome obstacles. You can heal past actions, even past lives, with your new awareness!
Upcoming events for a conscious New Year Start:
~ Start this Lunar Year off intentionally! Join our upcoming Women’s Moon Circle on January 28th at 5pm in Berkeley, CA. This will be a very special gathering, because it is a New Moon and New Year! Suggested Contact me to RSVP if you are interested in attending.
~ Free yourself of old stories, pains, and karma in my popular Hip Opening workshop: Unfolding the Lotus! January 29th at 2pm. All levels are welcome.
~ Heart Opening Yoga with Live Music and Dinner! Join us for this inspiring community oriented event on February 12th at 4:30pm. Come with a friend or meet new friends 🙂 Register on-line to reserve your spot.View Post