Butterfly Yoga

The art of transformation



Workshops 2017



supta baddha 2TRE (Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises) Workshops now every *3rd Saturday of the month!

ALL ARE WELCOME, 2 hours with TRE & Yoga Instructor Serena Lucchesi

TRE (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises) were developed By Dr. David Bercelli to help alleviate the many symptoms of trauma and stress. It is a gentle, simple, and profound technique that facilitates the body’s natural desire to be in a state of equilibrium.
Six simple exercises will work the legs, tiring them and creating a trembling response that often spreads throughout the body. This gentle shaking is actually the nervous system’s way of discharging long-held tension or unconscious muscle contractions in order to restore the body to wholeness. Experience calm, relaxation, and presence in your body; come home to your Self.
If you have already attended an Introduction with Serena or any other TRE Provider or Trainer, come for the 1:15 – 2:45 pm monthly practice (offered every 3rd Saturday of the month *with a modified schedule during the holiday season-please see online schedule.)
Fee:  $25 drop-in, or $60/3 sessions
To be used within 4 months, non-transferrable.  Space is Limited.  Reservations and introductory prerequisite is REQUIRED, register online now!  All sessions are held at The Plaza’s Wellness Studio in Foster City.
If you are new to this modality you must attend the Introductory Session: 12:45 – 1:15 pm and the Practice Session that immediately follows, 1:15 – 2:45 pm.  
Fee: $75.00 includes 2 additional practice sessions (offered every 3rd Saturday of the month *with a modified during the holiday season-please see schedule.)
To be used within 4 months, non-transferrable. Space is Limited.  Reservations are REQUIRED, register online today!  All sessions are held at The Plaza’s Wellness Studio in Foster City.

TRE Workshops:  Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises every 3rd Saturday of the month with Serena Lucchesi.  Reservations are REQUIRED, please register and reserve your space from our class schedule.

Cancellation Policy:  Space is limited and many classes book to full capacity.  Please be considerate of the instructor and others who wish to attend or who may be waitlisted for the class and be sure to cancel at least 12 hours before your scheduled class or you will be charged for the class.




New!  Yoga for Connection with Youngsters with Leyna Roget Brabant

*Adults only playshop training for parents and caregivers of children ages 2-6. 

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The underlying philosophy of yoga is to strengthen union or togetherness, within oneself, the present moment, and all of Life.  When young children are experts at asserting their newfound independence, how can we feel less stuck, confused, or frustrated with this natural developmental process?  Yoga as play can help you welcome greater connection and love into the precious and ever-changing relationship with your child.  

Caregivers will learn through discussion, interactive practices, and self-reflection how to: 

  • communicate with more compassion and mindfulness
  • invite more calm, self-care and balance to challenging situations
  • engage positive discipline techniques for more cooperation 
  • help children understand and express their feelings
  • use songs, yoga poses, and movement to learn self-regulation
  • create fun, simple yoga sequences and games for whole-body benefits
  • incorporate daily gratitude and kindness practices for family harmony
  • understand the value of attachment and attunement for lifelong wellbeing

$40 Registration Fee

Register online at www.calmmindhappyheart.com 

Or email leyna@calmmindhappyheart.com

Leyna Roget Brabant guides children and adults in utilizing the wisdom of their body and childlike wonder to deepen connection, compassion, and soul-centered healing in their lives, family and the world.  Leyna is the founder of Calm Mind, Happy Heart and facilitates classes for children ages 2-14 and playshops for caregivers.  She blends the gems of her studies in Early Childhood Education, Integral Parenting, Somatic Meditation, and Transparent Communication, with teacher training certifications from Next Generation Yoga®, Everykids Yoga, Pediatric Yoga, and curriculum trainings with Mindful Schools, Heart-Mind Education, and a Master’s Certificate in Intuition Medicine®.  Her many personal growth insights and commitment to supporting the growth of emotional, spiritual and energetic intelligences in society, inspire Leyna to embody and teach integrative ways of living.



Yin Yoga with Aromatherapy & Reiki Healing

ALL LEVELS, 2 hours With Yoga Instructor Annie Moore & Guest Carla Ada

Join us for an afternoon workshop focused on using Yin poses to “de-clutter” and detox from the excess of the festive season. This workshop will focus on getting your energy to harmonize and work efficiently to help your body feel light again.

Class will begin with some “clearing” movements with the intention of releasing unwanted stress in the body, moving stagnant energy and having fun! Poses will be held for a length of time allowing the nervous system to unwind and tensions to melt away. Aromatherapy, breath awareness, and reiki will lead us to a deep meditative state, as we allow our bodies to totally relax and receive these healing gifts.

Yin-Aroma Workshop with Reiki

Saturday, January 23rd 2016

1:00-3:00 PM

$35 with Pre-registration online or $45 at the door

*Space is Limited. Register online today!



Roll in the New Year! Roll & Release Workshop

ALL LEVELS, 2 hours

With Yoga Instructor: Megan Hansen

Do you carry stress and anxiety in your neck, shoulders and body? Hours spent running around, lifting, holding kids, at the desk, or texting have all taken a serious toll on your body. In this workshop we will release the stranglehold of habitual patterns with yoga therapy balls developed specifically to soften the ropy muscles and thick fascia of the body.

Come and find out how to integrate these balls in your daily routine to open up the parts of the body that yoga poses simply can’t access. This session will focus on the whole body from feet to neck, opening IT bands, shoulders, upper back spine, and even your jaw and facial muscles. It’s therapeutic and unwinding, offering much needed release within connective tissue and postural muscles. Hard to explain, you gotta just dive in and find out for yourself. No yoga experience required – all are welcome! *Yoga therapy balls will be provided or you are welcome to bring your own.

Roll & Release with Megan Hansen

Sunday, January 24th 2016

1:30-3:30 PM

$35 with pre-registration or $45 at the door

*Space is limited. Register online today!



iRest® Yoga Nidra: A Guided Meditation Workshop

ALL LEVELS, 2 hours

With Yoga Instructor: Julie Mallari, BSN, RN, RYT 200

iRest Yoga Nidra is a powerful evidence-based form of guided meditation that promotes deep relaxation, supports physical and psychological healing and cultivates overall well-being. Practicing iRest encourages meditative inquiry that helps us to look within and discover our innate wisdom, peace and inner strength that pervades in all of life’s circumstances. This workshop series is an opportunity to pause and allow yourself time for personal reflection, deep relaxation and self-care.

The transformative effects of iRest has made it popular in a variety of settings including yoga studios, corporate offices, military hospitals, clinics, correctional facilities and schools. People who practice iRest experience numerous benefits including:

– reduced stress, anxiety and depression

– increased confidence and joy

– reduced insomnia

– improved interpersonal relationships

– decreased heart rate and blood pressure

– increase energy levels and productivity

– increase feelings of peace and overall well-being

– increase resilience in difficult situations

iRest is usually practiced lying down, but can also be practiced sitting. All you have to do is rest comfortably and listen as you are guided through the practice. No previous meditation experience is required. Please dress comfortably. Bolsters and blankets will be provided, but you are welcome to bring an eye cover or any personal props if you wish!

$35 with pre-registration OR $45 at the door

This workshop is now booked FULL. Please check back with us for future iRest workshops with Julie!

Questions? juliemallari@gmail.com



Flow & Glow: Full Moon Practice, Chandra Namaskar

ALL LEVELS 2 hours

with Studio Owner, Yoga & Pilates Instructor, Pattie Stafford

Get your inner glow on with gently flowing moon salutations. This is a gentle and restorative flow practice that honors the moon’s feminine and soothing lunar energy, which like everything else in nature, is within our own bodies and within the Self, and so also honoring the Self during this time and cycle of being. In this fluid, meditation in motion we will focus on grounding, letting go, and cultivating stillness in and between flowing and balanced asana (physical pose) sequences. Join Pattie in celebrating this soothing energy of the full moon, while honoring our bodies’ need to rest, restore, and replenish.

As inhabitants of a high-octane, competitive culture, American yogis often gravitate toward practices of fiery, strength-building intensity. In fact, the most ubiquitous sequence in the West is surely the ultimate heat builder, the Sun Salutation. The sequence’s Sanskrit name, Surya Namaskar, is literally translated as “bow to the sun.” And as you lift your arms and then bow down, as you lengthen forward and jump back, you begin to embody solar energy. You stretch, strengthen, and warm your whole being from the inside out. But on days when you’re feeling depleted, overstimulated, or overheated, it’s good to know that Surya Namaskar has a soothing sister sequence known as Chandra Namaskar, or Moon Salutation. As the name suggests, Chandra Namaskar is a quieting sequence that invites you to bow to and cultivate the moon’s soothing lunar energy. Yogic texts have long acknowledged that the body has both heating and cooling energies and that yoga and pranayama (breathwork) can help bring them into a balanced harmony. Doing so is part of preparing the body for self-realization. Shiva Rea says that, after many years of an intense “solar” practice, a regular practice of Chandra Namaskar has changed her. “On a personal level, Chandra Namaskar has really helped me become a more full-spectrum yogini,” she says. “We all feel this ebb and flow in our energy, and now I totally value both sides. Instead of feeling like having low energy is a bummer, I now see it as having more meditative energy.” -By Andrea Ferretti

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Breath & Pranayama Workshop

with Studio Owner, Yoga & Pilates Instructor, Pattie Stafford


This work will be a wonderful insight into your own breathing practice within and between the yoga asanas (postures). This workshop is perfect for new and seasoned practitioners alike, as it can be a great introduction, as well as an opportunity to understand and reawaken your asana practice to one of the most important aspects for your yoga practice, which is to cultivate ease and awareness of mind and body. This may be one of the most difficult aspects to learn and even to teach, but it is one of the most important and essential.

Along with learning and practicing a beautiful array of pranayama practices (therapeutic/yoga breathing exercises), we will also approach the asana practice from a new perspective and learn how to develop and come into our most powerful and effective yogic breathing. Beginning first, by watching the demonstration of the asana as well as the transitions, allowing time to process physically what is needed, while also listening to quality of breath, and watching for where the breath expands. We will then execute and practice the asanas and movement with our own breath, and on our own time, fully observing ourselves and our breath without judgement, anticipation, or having to follow along with the rest of the class.

This practice of observation and awareness solely on ourselves will also help us to become more and more in tune with our bodies and our own breath within a regular class or vinyasa practice (moving with breath together, guided by physical or verbal cues of the instructor).

Breath & Pranayama Workshop

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Hot Hula Fitness(R)

This Tahitian- Polynesian dance based cardio class targets hips, legs and abs, and is a fun way to blast fat and tone your bod, keeping you beach ready all year round.  You also develop grace, musicality, and coordination while dancing to the traditional island drums as well as modern hip-hop and reggae music.  This class will lift your spirits and get your hips movin and shakin!

*All levels and ages 12 and up are welcome.

Dates: TBA