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The Art and Science of Breathing


Workshop Description:

Breathing exercises can reduce stress, improve mood, and help you feel energized. Better yet, they are simple, easy, free, and can be done anywhere at anytime. We seem to be living in an increasingly stressful world. Breathing exercises are a wonderful way to reduce anxiety, agitation and stress, while promoting relaxation, calm, and inner peace. Breathing strongly influences physiology and thought processes, including moods. By simply focusing your attention on your breathing you can move in the direction of relaxation.

Equip yourself with simple breathing techniques called Pranayama in Yoga to support your well-being. We need tools today to help us self-regulate our stress levels. Through this workshop you will learn the importance of healthy breathing habits. In addition you will be given an introduction to the science of breathing along with an introduction to the simple art of breathing. You will learn valuable tools you can start applying immediately to start feeling better anytime anywhere. Students will walk away with a well rounded introduction to Pranayama and some specific practices to use helping them feel their best. Teachers will feel confident to start adding more pranayama into their own classes and workshops.

This workshop is part lecture but mostly experiential. Perfect for beginners to Yoga teachers. Attendees will gain valuable tools to practice at home to reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression, improve digestion, boost immunity, self confidence, and energy. Students will walk away with a solid foundation to start a pranayama practice for optimal health and well- being. Yoga teachers will pick up new techniques to share in classrooms and a deeper understanding of Pranayama. No experience necessary. 


Early Bird (by Oct 15): $45
Unlimited Members at 3Tree: $40
Regular price (after Oct 15): $55


About Sandra:

Sandra Vanatko is owner and visionary of Indra’s Grace. She is a certified IAYT Yoga therapist with over 1700 hours of documented individual yoga therapy cases. Sandra is an experienced student and teacher of Yoga with approximately 10,000 teaching classroom hours. She has trained hundreds of hours and continues to learn, educate, and update her practice and teaching. Known for being a teacher of teachers she is the creative director of Indra's Grace Yoga Alliance

certified 200 and 500 hour yoga teacher training programs. Sandra LOVES Yoga! She is passionate about sharing the healing benefits of the practice.

Students are drawn to her classes because of her warm loving nature and ability to sequence classes creatively. Students feel safe and comfortable to move at their own pace through mental and physical blocks leading towards greater physical strength, flexibility, mental and emotional well-being. She loves to intuit student energy levels to create the perfect class. Classes are always unique and uplifting. Students are encouraged to find their own home practice. Sandra’s passion is to help students empower themselves. Sandra has been teaching Yoga full-time since 2007. She is recognized and certified by Yoga Alliance as an ERYT-500 Hatha Yoga and a 200 Hour KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor. Sandra is also a Certified Holistic Nutrition Counselor. Sandra is a certified Holy Fire Reiki Master and offers personal healing sessions. She received her BA in Biology and Minor in Chemistry at Texas AM University in 2001.

Sandra has taught multiple workshops on the healing aspects of Yoga. She is gifted in working with those suffering with specific emotional, mental, physical problems. She loves supporting students working to heal past trauma. She is often sought after to present on the healing nature of Yoga. She presented pranayama for Sumits Yoga Teacher Training Program and Rebecca Butler Teacher Training in Fort Worth 2016. She presented Yoga for Emotional Healing at the 2012 and 2013, and 2015 Texas Yoga Conference and also shared at the RWA National Conference in 2016. Sandra loves blending science and spirituality and believes that true healing starts from within. Sandra teaches weekly group and private classes. She offers personalized Yoga therapy sessions, healing sessions, and spiritual counseling.

She leads retreats yearly to Costa Rica and beyond. Currently Sandra is training to become a certified Holotropic Breath Work Facilitator. She has also trained over 150 hours in Pointing out the Way style Meditation. Forever the avid student you will always find Sandra learning something about Yoga. 

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