Upcoming Events

Yoga for Back Pain 4-Week Series

Thursdays, 10:15-11:30 am

February 16 – March 9

In-person in Durango, CO

Chronic back pain is prevalent in modern western society and is one of the leading causes of doctor’s visits, absences from work, and disability1. Back pain may persist after healing from an acute injury or where there is no apparent underlying cause. The traditional understanding of pain is rooted in the belief that pain results from damage to bodily tissues. People living with chronic back pain may believe that the only way to find relief is to “fix” the body or take medication for the pain. Modern pain science, however, tells a different story, and we now understand that pain is not a good indicator of the actual state of the body. Pain is complex and may be regulated by a variety of somatic, psychological, and social factors. Pain is an alarm system that is designed to protect your body from potential threats. When you feel pain in the body, it does not necessarily mean you are causing tissue damage. When pain persists for a period of time, the alarm system can become hypervigilant, and the pain response is intensified and unpredictable. While this may sound like doom and gloom, there is hope because the nervous system, which directs the alarm system of pain, is changeable. This means that you can change your pain! And yoga is one of the pathways to changing pain through the nervous system.

If you are living with chronic back pain and are curious to learn more and find relief, please join Lynn Wickersham, Certified Yoga Therapist and Pain Care Aware teacher, for this special yoga series. Lynn will interweave pain science education with yoga practice designed to reduce pain, increase stability and mobility of the spine, and help participants recover ease of movemet. Each session includes movement and yoga postures as well as subtle practices that affect the nervous system, including breath work, meditation, mantra, and mudra.

Investment: $108

Studio space is limited. Please register early to reserve your spot.

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Mayo Clinic

National Institute of Health

Raptors of the Four Corners Enrichment Course

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm

February 15 – March 1

*Half-day field trip on March 4 (Sat.), 9 am – 1 pm. 

At Birdsong Yoga Therapy, we know that birds make life better. Did you know that Birdsong Yoga Therapy founder and Certified Yoga Therapist was also an Avian Ecologist? She and her husband John Wickersham founded Animas Biological Studies in 2008, a research-based organization promoting wildlife conservation through sound science. We want to share our knowledge of avian ecology with the community, foster new aspiring birders, and promote bird conservation. Back for the second year, we are pleased to offer an in-depth course on the identification and ecology of diurnal raptors of the Four Corners Region.

The course includes three (3) virtual classroom sessions emphasizing key physical features for identifying the birds of prey of the Four Corners, where to find them, and interesting facets of their life history. Each session will be recorded and available for replay for 1 week following the session. The course culminates in a half-day field trip in eastern La Plata County to find and observe local raptors. Participants will receive a copy of our presentation materials for their personal use after course completion.

Virtual classroom sessions meet on Zoom on Wednesdays, 6:30-8 pm, on February 15 and 22, and March 1.

The field trip is on Saturday, March 4, from 9 am-1 pm. Participants will provide their own transportation but carpooling is encouraged.

Investment: $169*

Golden Eagle on a nest with young

Owls of Colorado Enrichment Course

Lectures: Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 pm, March 30 & April 27

Field Trips: April 6 and May 4

At Birdsong Yoga Therapy, we know that birds make life better. Did you know that Birdsong Yoga Therapy founder and Certified Yoga Therapist was also an Avian Ecologist? She and her husband John Wickersham founded Animas Biological Studies in 2008, a research-based organization promoting wildlife conservation through sound science. We want to share our knowledge of avian ecology with the community, foster new aspiring birders, and promote bird conservation. We are pleased to offer an in-depth course on the identification and ecology of Colorado owl species.

The course includes two (2) virtual classroom sessions emphasizing key physical features and vocalizations for identifying the owls of Colorado, where to find them, and interesting facets of their life history. After each classroom session, we have scheduled an evening field trip to look and listen for owls. Participants will receive a copy of our presentation materials for their personal use after course completion.

Virtual classroom sessions meet on Zoom on Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 pm, on March 30 and April 27.

Evening field trip are on Thursday evenings on April 6 and May 4. Field trips will start in the 7 o’clock hour and last ~2-3 hours. Participants will provide their own transportation but carpooling is encouraged.

Investment: $169*

Golden Eagle on a nest with young

Chakra Tuning for Optimal Wellness 25-hr Immersion

March 10–12 and April 14–16, 2023

Overview

The chakras are vibrating wheels, or vortices, of energy that receive and distribute life force energy (prana) throughout the body. These vital plexuses of energy can fluctuate between states of under- and overstimulation, either of which may trigger physiological, psychological, or emotional imbalances if not addressed. You have the power to take control of your energetic body and foster optimal wellness. You need not change yourself, and you don’t need to be “fixed”, but you can adapt practices for daily life to cultivate balance. When the flow of prana through the chakras is in balance, we feel whole, even in the face of challenging health conditions or difficult life situations.

In this immersion, we will dive deep into the study of the chakras and the yogic tools that balance the energetic body to optimize wellness. The course includes a mix of lecture and practice, not only to learn about the chakras but to experience them first-hand. Ideal for yoga teachers and practitioners interested in deepening their yoga practice. Yoga teachers registered with the Yoga Alliance may receive 25 hours of continuing education credits after completion of the immersion.

Immersion Schedule

The immersion will occur over two weekends, March 10–12 and April 14–16, at the Inner Peace Yoga Therapy Studio. The studio is located in the Smiley Building in Durango, CO, 1309 E 3rd Ave, Suite 20A (2nd floor). Session times are as follows:

  • Fridays, 5:30–7:30 pm
  • Saturdays, 9:30 am–4:30 pm (includes a 1-hr lunch break)
  • Sundays, 9:30 am–12:30 pm

In addition, participants will complete a minimum of 5 hours of home practice between weekend sessions. Optional reading assignments may also be assigned for home study.

Immersion Content

In this immersion, you will learn how the chakras govern our physiology and mental and emotional health and experience a variety of practices that affect the physical body, mind, and spirit. The immersion also invites each participant to engage in home practice between weekend sessions and reflect on their current state and potential imbalances and to design their own chakra-balancing practice for optimal wellness. Each participant will receive a course manual and unlimited access to a chakra meditation video recording for home practice.

Specific topics of this immersion include:

  • The subtle energy body (Pranamaya Kosha)
  • Chakras, nadis, & vayus
  • The seven primary chakras
  • Physiology of the chakras
  • Emotions of the chakras
  • Expressions of chakra Imbalance
  • Pathology of the chakras
  • The gunas and their relation to the chakras
  • Asana, pranayama, and mudra to balance the chakras
  • Mantras and affirmations for the chakras
  • Chakra meditations for stimulation & calming
  • Lifestyle practices for balancing the chakras
  • How to develop a chakra-centered home yoga practice
  • Cultivate a daily sadhana for optimal wellness
  • Designing chakra-themed yoga classes (for yoga teachers)
  • And more…

Registration and Investment

Course fee: $497*

*Early-bird price: $447 (Must be paid in full by Feb. 20). Use coupon code CHAKRA50 at checkout.

**Payment Plan Option: 3 payments of $175; Final payment due by April 1st. Contact lynn@birdsongyogatherapy.com to set up your payment plan.

***Cancellations by Feb. 28 are subject to a $50 cancellation fee. No cancellations or refunds will be issued after Feb. 28.

Yoga for the Grieving Heart 5-Week Series

Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm

April 3 – May 1

Grief teaches us that everything is impermanent. The more fiercely we love, the more intensely we grieve when a loved one is lost. Grief affects us physically, mentally, emotionally, energetically, and spiritually. Unfortunately, Western culture coaxes us to grieve quickly, to hide our grief, or to ignore it. Too often, our emotions become stuck in the body, and we need tools to remove blocks and to help us process our grief.

Yoga for the Grieving Heart offers a holistic approach to healing from the loss of a loved one. Classes draw upon the principles and practices of yoga to regulate the nervous system, temper emotional reactivity and cultivate spirituality. Each session incorporates movement, postures, breath, mudra, mantra, and meditation. No prior yoga experience is needed. You will be guided to witness yourself in your grief and you will gain tools to help you manage your symptoms. Optional, weekly journaling assignments will aid you in your grief journey. Yoga for the Grieving Heart is a journey of the heart to help you accept your loss, process the pain of grief, reconnect with yourself, and return to wholeness.

This 5-week series will meet in the Smiley Building in Durango, CO. Details are provided upon registration.

Investment: $197*

*Sliding scale available. Please email to inquire at lynn@birdsongyogatherapy.com.

Yoga, Nature & Healing 1-Day Outdoor Retreat

Summer 2023, stay tuned…

The long days of summer lend themselves to exploring our relationship with nature as a pathway to healing and optimal wellness. The collective stress and trauma of the pandemic has affected nearly every person. As a society, we have experienced anger, frustration, fear, anxiety, depression, grief, loneliness, longing, and so much more, and the cumulative effects have pushed many out of balance. Yoga offers countless tools to cultivate balance in times of stress, and spending time in nature has similar effects. Simply taking a walk into the woods and connecting your feet with the Earth is deeply grounding. Allowing oneself to quiet the mind and simply observe the natural world nourishes the body, mind, and spirit and may help us gain clarity of our own experience and feel whole. When we connect with nature, we are living in a state of yoga, our true nature—joy!

Join Wildlife Ecologist and Yoga Teacher & Therapist Lynn Wickersham for a 1-day, outdoor mini-retreat to rekindle our relationship with nature and explore yogic tools that provide a supportive foundation to live well and facilitate healing. We will begin our day with a 90-min Yoga and Meditation practice under the tall ponderosa pine trees surrounding Lynn’s home, affectionately known as The Overlook Bird Sanctuary. Following, we’ll hike into the forest, enjoy a picnic lunch, and sit in community amidst the conifers and aspens. We’ll reflect on the challenges of our lives, turn inward and journal about our experiences, and learn subtle practices that can be incorporated into daily life to facilitate healing.

Cost: $111

*Address and directions will be provided upon registration.