Workshops AND EVENTS



calendar list of events and workshops

January 3             Kid's Yoga! Jan 3, 10, 24, 31

February 11          Yoga Tools for Schools

February 18          Introduction to Yoga

February 21          Kid's Yoga!  Feb 21, 28, March 7, 14

April 1/2                 Yoga Nidra Meditation Experience

April 1/2                 It's Yoga! Studio Teacher Training Institute Program first weekend

April 22                 Chakras: An Internal Map to Health

May 2                     Kid's Yoga!  May 2, 9, 16, 23

June 24/25           Anatomy: Understanding Body and Breath

July 22/23            Anatomy: Understanding Bones and Movement

August 5               Introduction to Yoga

August 19/20       Anatomy: Understanding Muscles and Nervous System

Sept 16/17             Ayurveda & Nutrition

Sept 22-24          Yoga Retreat to Ojo Caliente Natural Minerals Spa, New Mexico


Kids yoga

Tuesday, january 3, 10, 24, 31  (4 week class)

Tuesday, February 21, 28, March 7, 14  (4 week class)

tuesday, may 2, 9, 16, 23  (4week class)  

with Jackie Knafelc, M.ED., Kids Yoga Instructor


Ages 4- 8 classes: 4pm - 445pm, $40.
Ages 9 and up: 5pm - 6pm, $48. 
Call 864 354 2882.
Please pre-register.

Yoga helps to build and develop healthy habits of wellness and happiness, integrating physical, mental and emotional development toward a stronger self-esteem and self-respect. In this series of classes, your child will experience play and focus and introduces cornerstone values such as non-harming, truthfulness, moderation, cleanliness, gratitude, and self-discipline.  These are six key areas where kids benefit from the practice of yoga and each of them improves their overall well-being.

Skills and activities covered:

  • Simple breathing techniques to slow down the nervous system, develop self-control and connect kids with their feelings.
  • Yoga poses to release energy, learn compassion and develop strength, concentration and self-confidence.
  • Games that develop patience, mindfulness, compassion, leadership and other social/emotional skills.
  • Relaxation techniques and storytelling to calm the body and mind, integrating physical, emotional and cognitive experiences.

Jackie Knafelc, M.ED., Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY, and Adelphi University, Long Island, NY.  For over 15 years, Jackie has taught at the elementary level with Greenville School District and at the middle school level in Spartanburg District 5.  As a certified Angel Bear Yoga Instructor and children's yoga teacher with It's Yoga! Studio for over 5 years, Jackie has a true love and a unique gift with children, using yoga to offer greater health, self-confidence and a stronger well-being to her students.


yoga tools for schools

saturday, february 11

1:00 - 3:00PM  $35  please pre-register

With Amy Starkey, yoga-2-go, llc

These workshops are perfect for educators, therapists, counselors, and paraprofessionals interested in learning how to easily incorporate the many benefits of yoga into their classroom or practice!

In this workshop, learn how to empower yourself as educators to create a culture of care, compassion and cooperation.  With our methods you will help children to enhance self-esteem, and cultivate moments for reflection, self-awareness, time for calm and space for expressing and experiencing how they feel.

You will learn:

  • Variety of sensory-based yoga poses, breath techniques, games and other self-regulation tools to use with students.
  • How to apply simple, effective yoga techniques into the classroom setting for optimal learning.
  • Quick, easy yoga routines and movement breaks to incorporate throughout the school day.
  • Benefits of yoga, including how to improve behavior, mood, focus and attention, test taking, social skills and more.

Amy M. Starkey, COTA/L, with over 16 years of  pediatric occupational therapy, certified children's yoga instructor, and author/illustrator of the children's book, "The Little Girl Who Lost Her NO".  As a facilitator, Amy is well versed in yoga for special needs and sensory processing challenges of children .




It's Yoga! Studio Teacher Training Institute
Yoga Education and The Art of Teaching

Saturday/Sunday, April 1/2;  Audit any session through the 12 months.

Applications being accepted for audit and for next session 2017-2018.

Do you have a desire to learn more about yoga?  Not sure if you want to become a teacher?  Whether you have never been on a yoga mat or have been practicing for awhile, attending our program is inspiring, empowering and very rewarding for your life journey.  The yoga education you receive with us will deepen your personal practice as you embody the teachings of yoga.

  • 12 Month training or audit any of the individual weekend modules.

  • Applications being accepted for 2017-2018.

  • Scholarship/Internship Award Program available.

Join us for a transformational experience!

  • Deepen your understanding of Yoga.  Study in-depth the ancient Astanga (eight-limbs) system of yoga.
  • Encounter the calming and vibrant healing energy of yoga poses and deep breathing.
  • Understand meditation and Yoga Nidra.
  • Increase your health and well-being.
  • Better your immune system through Ayurveda nutrition.
  • Learn relaxation and stress reducing techniques.
  • Be able to teach a beginner level yoga class.  

    You will learn:

  • Asanas/Poses and Pranayama/Breath.

  • History and Philosophy of Yoga.

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body.

  • Ayurveda and the Science of Nutrition.

  • Chakras and the Energy of the Body.

  • Meditation and Yoga Nidra.

    Our program is in compliance with the National Yoga Alliance standards of 200 hours and you will receive a certificate for completing all modules.

    Our weekend sessions consist of 12 modules, once per month on Saturday and Sunday.

    Call 864-354-2882 for further information.  



yoga nidra:

a meditative journey toward inner peace






both days 9AM-4:30PM  $150

Open to everyone.  No experience necessary. 

Let go of the past.  Free yourself of worries about the present and frustrations about the future.  Picture a life of relaxed acceptance and fulfillment.  Eliminate unconscious obstructions that prevent you from living your life to the fullest.

Yoga Nidra is a dynamic state of relaxation.  In this two-day workshop with Michelle McAlpin you will experience alert awareness through deep relaxation, restore your inherent balance and rejuvenate the physical body.  We will provide you with powerful tools and practices to eliminate stress, fears and self destructive habits, allowing you to keep calm and balanced in the face of life’s challenges. 

Yoga Nidra is simple and enjoyable to practice.  If you can breathe and either sit or lie comfortably for 30-35 minutes, you can practice Yoga Nidra!

Saturday, 9a.m. to 12noon:  Yoga Nidra and Moving into the Body.  Learn how Yoga Nidra reduces stress in our lives. Our major obstacle to inner peace is stress.  We will learn the structure of Yoga Nidra and then move into a practice of gentle yoga and Yoga Nidra.

Saturday, 1:30p.m. to 4:30p.m.  Learning to Offer Ourselves Compassion: the Basics.  We begin the process of making friends with the body and inviting all that it has stored over the years to come to the surface and be welcomed.  We use Yoga Nidra to learn to greet all parts of ourselves with acceptance and with love.

Sunday, 9a.m. to 12noon:  What are we storing?  How does it affect our behavior?  Now that we have a better friendship with ourselves we can look at what thoughts and feelings we are using, how they affect us and how we lessen their effect.  Using Yoga Nidra we uncover how to view ourselves in a compassionate, loving manner.

Sunday, 1:30p.m. to 4:30p.m.  Stay with your Inner Peace Fear drives peace away.  Joy invites it in to stay. How do we appreciate our joyful moments and learn to take them into ourselves so they are always with us?  The experience of Yoga Nidra helps us to learn love and acceptance.  From this base of inner peace arises our ability to be a light to others.  From this base, we better accept and love others. 

Michelle McAlpin, MA, PhD, Contemplative Psychotherapy, Economics, and Indian Studies from University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Rhode Island and Naropa University.  As a full professor she taught in economics, program development and grants.  In private practice, Michelle was a psychotherapist, and certified in iRest® yoga nidra and Amrit Method® yoga nidra.  She uses her training as a Gendai Reiki Shihan to facilitate her meditation and mindfulness practice and workshops.



Understanding Anatomy & Physiology

June 24/25, July 22/23, August 19/20


9:30am-12:30pm & 1:30-4:30pm

Yoga Alliance CEU: Total 22 hours Anatomy & Physiology
Session per Weekend $195, Per Day $99  (
You do not have to know anatomy to take these sessions!  Great for yoga students, yoga instructors, bodywork and massage therapists, health care in gerontology, and those who want to know more about the body. )

If your goal is to create a healthy body that can sustainably practice yoga for the rest of your life, this basic understanding of human anatomy is important.  It allows you to practice safely while being confident that the poses you are doing benefit your body.  The knowledge you learn will help you immensely in your practice of yoga!

Using the descriptive tools of modern kinesiology, we learn to look past the surface of the body and to see Yoga poses as movements of the skeleton.  Emphasis is on identifying which joints are involved, determining ranges of motion and selecting alternatives.  Our bodies are complex, but a few anatomical principles, properly understood, make clear how a student performs a Yoga pose.  

Great for yoga students who want to know more about the body mechanics!

Instructor, Alex Luz is a professor at Spartanburg Community College.  His undergraduate studies include biology and pre-med and he continues his studies in osteopathic medicine.

Take 1 or all 3 Sessions!

Session I: Saturday/Sunday, June 24/25
Introduction to the Human Body, Cells, Tissues, and the Respiratory System

Session II: Saturday/Sunday, July 22/23
Skeletal System, Appendicular and Axial Divisions

Session III: Saturday/Sunday, August 19/20
Nervous System and Muscular System

These sessions are designed to provide you with knowledge about the body in yoga poses, including terminology used in the study of anatomy and physiology, an overview of cell structure and function, tissue types and distribution within the body.  A more detailed discussion will focus on the parts and functioning of the respiratory, skeletal, nervous and muscular systems of the human body.  Anatomical models will be used to help visualize body parts.





SATURDAY, February 18, august 5

9:00 AM – 12:00 NOON  $39

This workshop prepares the student with basic knowledge on Yoga breathing and poses to be able to attend any of our regular classes.  We focus on the fundamentals, including posture, alignment, movement, breath and relaxation.

You will learn a balanced sequence of yoga poses to stretch and strengthen the entire body.  We break down the basics of individual movements and teach yoga fundamentals, geared toward the beginner, but great for students with more experience looking to further develop basic postures.  It is our intention to get you moving so that you can feel the effect of the yoga pose, but provide extra instruction at a slightly slower pace to help you build your yoga foundation.





1:00 PM – 3:00 PM  $39

Ready to give your mind, body and soul a total health overhaul?  Do you desire more confidence, creativity and joy in your life?

Imagine your entire being, from head to toe, experiencing a vast connection between your innermost self and all things.  The energy centers of the body known as Chakras are an energetic map of our human journey of personal development.  Through the understanding of the Chakras and the use of yoga techniques, our own life energy can be heightened to assist in releasing excess tension and physical blocks including anxiety, lethargy and poor digestion.  

With the practice of yoga postures specific for the Chakras you will experience greater mental and physical energy levels and aid in the resolution of life issues.  In this workshop you will learn yoga postures and controlled breath, known as pranayama, to cleanse, balance and open the Chakras in a sequence that builds more confidence, creativity and joy in your life, paving the way for that wonderful internal shift for which yoga is know.