Garth currently travels out of town several times a year to teach weekend intensives, lead workshops & master classes, and present at yoga festivals & conferences.  If you would like to book Garth to come and teach at your studio, or yoga center, please have a look at the offerings below, and fill out the form that follows, at the bottom of this page, or reach out with any questions to: mail@garthhewittyoga.com.  Garth also collaborates with studios outside of Los Angeles who want to host Shiva Yoga Teacher Training Programs and the Shiva Yoga Practitioner Training Program.  Please visit: shivayogapractice.com for more information.

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Weekend Intensive Programs:

The Weekend Intensive programs are our most popular bookings and Garth has taught these weekend intensives all over the world.  The Weekend intensive gives students a chance to experience a number of different practices with Garth, that are spread out over an entire weekend.  (A sample schedule is below.)  The full weekend is usually offered with a discount price for those signing up for the entire weekend and higher pricing for students who just want to sign up for an individual class or workshop. 

9hr/11hr Intensive
Friday: 7-10pm - Philosophy discussion + Shiva Meditation® class
Saturday: 9-12pm/9-1pm or 2-5pm/2-6pm - Shiva Power® master class
Sunday: 9-12pm/9-1pm or 2-5pm/2-6pm - Workshop

12hr/14hr Intensive
Saturday: 8-10am or 9-11am - Shiva Power® master class
Saturday: 12-1pm - Shiva Meditation® class
Saturday: 2-5pm/2-6pm - Workshop 1
Sunday: 8-10am or 9-11am - Shiva Power® master class
Sunday: 12-1pm - Shiva Meditation® class
Sunday 2-5pm/2-6 - Workshop 2

15hr/17hr Intensive
Friday:  7-10pm - Philosophy discussion + Shiva Meditation® class
Saturday: 8-10am or 9-11am - Shiva Power® master class
Saturday: 12-1pm - Shiva Meditation® class
Saturday: 2-5pm/2-6pm - Workshop 1
Sunday: 8-10am or 9-11am - Shiva Power® master class
Sunday: 12-1pm - Shiva Meditation® class
Sunday 2-5pm/2-6pm - Workshop 2

18hr/21hr Intensive
Friday: 8-10am or 9-11am - Shiva Power® master class
Friday: 12-1pm - Shiva Meditation® class
Friday: 2-5pm/2-6pm - Workshop 1
Saturday: 8-10am or 9-11am - Shiva Power® master class
Saturday: 12-1pm - Shiva Meditation® class
Saturday: 2-5pm/2-6pm - Workshop 2
Sunday: 8-10am or 9-11am - Shiva Power® master class
Sunday: 12-1pm - Shiva Meditation® class
Sunday 2-5pm/2-6pm - Workshop 3

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Class Descriptions:

Shiva Power® master class (2-3hrs)
Setting intentions and practicing gratitude, students move through a challenging and balanced flow with an emphasis on concentration and surrendering into the fire, in order to achieve a state of balance, letting go of attachment to the ego, quieting the mind, and working towards Self-realization. This class will contain advanced variations as well as modifications for beginners and will conclude with an extended final rest and a seated meditation practice.  Advanced variations will be taught for intermediate and advanced students to practice, as well as variations suitable for beginners. 

Shiva Meditation® class: (1-1.5hr)
This class takes students on a journey into stillness.  The class begins with seated pranayama techniques.  Students use bandhas, mudras, and specific breathing techniques to work with energy and find balance.  Students are then led through a guided yoga nidra meditation practice, in order to let go of the outer world and the body, and turn inward.  This is followed by a seated concentration and meditation practice, designed to quiet the mind and deepen the connection to the true nature of the Self.   

Philosophy discussion + Shiva Meditation® class:  (3hrs)
This philosophy and meditation discussion will introduce students to yoga philosophy and meditation practices. Students will learn concepts from classical and traditional yoga philosophy and gain a better understanding of the philosophy that informs modern yoga and meditation practices. Students will also explore seated meditation postures, discuss different types of meditation, learn about concentration and meditation techniques, and the advanced meditation practice of Samadhi. This workshop culminates with a Shiva Meditation® practice. 

Shiva Yoga® Maha Sadhana:  (3hrs)
The Shiva Yoga® Maha Sadhana is a celebration of yoga which honors Sri Dharma Mittra and is a showcase of the "best of the best" that yoga has to offer and contains a sampling of teachings from Garth's Guru, Sri Dharma Mittra, and his other teachers.  Each Shiva Yoga® Maha Sadhana event consists of: a strong asana practice, pranayama, cleansing practices, meditation, guided yoga nidra meditation, spiritual discourse and philosophy discussion, as well as partner yoga and a special yoga demo and offering. 

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Workshop Menu:

Handstands:  (3-4hrs)
This workshop will explore the key actions and counter actions that allow us to stand upside down on our hands.  Students will learn how the body fights against itself in poses like the handstand.  We will explore how to activate the shoulder stabilizers in conjunction with the core muscles, and how these actions work against the extension and lengthening of the spine in a handstand practice.  Tips, tricks, preparation poses, and various exercises will be covered that will help students bring more awareness to areas of their body that they will need to use to achieve balance in this challenging pose.  Students will learn and practice different techniques for finding balance in the middle of the room and will be encouraged to “get off” the wall.  There will be ample time to practice and work on the full handstand and several variations.  There will also be advanced transitions for intermediate and advanced students, as well as variations suitable for beginners.  Some challenging and fun partner yoga exercises will help each student learn to trust, and gain confidence and courage.  

Backbending:  (3-4hrs)
This workshop will explore a number of beginner, intermediate, and advanced backbends.  Breaking down these poses into their component parts, students will explore ways to deepen each pose, by working on different parts of the body individually, before bringing things together.  This workshop starts off with a brief philosophy discussion to help students understand the purpose of backbending in a yoga practice.  This is followed by an anatomy lesson and discussion to help students better understand the physiology of these challenging poses.  Students will learn about the muscles involved in their backbends, the focus of different backbends on the body, and get the chance to explore the actions and counter actions needed for a healthy backbending practice.  There will be emphasis placed on how to create space in backbends and how to practice deep backbends in a healthy and safe way.  Advanced variations will be taught for intermediate and advanced students to practice, as well as variations suitable for beginners. 

Arm Balances:  (3-4hrs)
This workshop will explore a number of intermediate & advanced arm balance poses.  Breaking down these poses into their component parts, students will explore ways to deepen each pose, by working on different parts of the body individually, before bringing things together.  This workshop starts off with a brief philosophy discussion to help students understand the purpose of the arm balances in a yoga practice.  This is followed by an anatomy lesson and discussion to help students better understand the physiology of these challenging poses.  Students will learn about the muscles involved in their arm balances, the focus of different arm balances on the body, and get the chance to explore the actions and counter actions needed for a strong and stable arm balance practice.  Balancing on the arms is not just about brute strength!  Advanced variations and transitions from inversions and downward dog will be taught for intermediate and advanced students.  There will be modifications for beginners and preparation poses will be explored for those not ready to balance on their arms yet.  

A Strong Core:  (3-4hrs)
This workshop will explore a number of different core exercises.  Students will learn about each of the core muscles, their function, and how they are used in different poses.  Students will learn how to stabilize their low back with core bracing and how to engage the transverse abdominals.  Students will take a closer look at the muscles of respiration, as well as the muscles involved in the yogic bandha practices.  The workshop will conclude with a pranayama and meditation practice with an emphasis on the yogic bandhas.  This workshop will be challenging physically and mentally but with a reasonably low degree of difficulty.  Students are encouraged to work at their own pace.  There will be modifications for beginners and advanced variations for intermediate and advanced students.

Sun Salutations As a Practice of Gratitude:  (3-4hrs)
This workshop will teach students the foundational yoga practice of doing sun salutations.  Students will first discuss the origins of the sun salutations in yoga and why sun salutations are so widely practiced by so many different systems and styles of yoga.  Students will discuss early practices of chanting during sun salutations and look at the differences between traditional and modern sun salutations.  Yogic breathing and Ujjayi breathing will be explored as well as the mudras and individual asanas involved in a sun salutation practice.  Students will practice healthy and safe ways to do common transitions like the vinyasa to low plank (chatturanga) & knees, chest, chin, (ashta namaskar), and work on advanced transitions like jumping into the low plank and jumping forward from Downward Dog.  Advanced variations will be taught for intermediate and advanced students to practice, as well as variations suitable for beginners. 

Inversions 101: Head Balancing: (3-4hrs)
This workshop will explore the head balance practice.  Students will learn why this is such an important practice in yoga.  The workshop starts off with a brief philosophy discussion to help students understand the purpose of the head balance and why it is considered by many systems and styles of yoga to be one of the most important poses and practices in yoga.  This is followed by an anatomy lesson and discussion, to help students better understand the physiology of the head balance.  Students will learn about the muscles involved in balancing on the head in a bound head balance pose and a tripod head balance pose, and learn how to explore these inversions and find balance safely and with confidence.  Balancing on the head is not just about brute strength!  Students will also learn the rabbit pose and rabbit pose variations.  Advanced bound head balance and tripod head balance variations will be taught for intermediate and advanced students.  There will be modifications for beginners and preparation poses will be explored for those not ready to balance on their head yet. 

Inversions 102: The Shoulderstand Sequence: (3-4hrs)
This workshop will explore the shoulderstand sequence.  Students will learn why this is such an important practice in yoga.  The workshop starts off with a brief philosophy discussion to help students understand the purpose of the shoulderstand sequence and why it is considered by many systems and styles of yoga to be one of the most important practices in yoga.  This is followed by an anatomy lesson and discussion, to help students better understand the physiology of the shoulderstand, plow pose and the fish pose.  Students will learn about the muscles involved in balancing on the shoulsers, and learn how to explore this inversion and sequence safely and with confidence.  Advanced shoulderstand variations and transitions will be taught for intermediate and advanced students.  There will be modifications for beginners and preparation poses will be explored for those not ready to balance on their shoulders yet. 

Yogic Breathing & Pranayama: (3-4hrs)
This workshop will explore different breathing preparation exercises, yogic breathing and several pranayama techniques.  The workshop will begin with a philosophy discussion to help students better understand the role of pranayama in yoga and how pranayama practice fits into the bigger picture of yoga.  Students will look at the anatomy of breathing and the mechanics and physiology of what is happening in the body during respiration. Students will learn the purpose and technique of positions (mudras), of the body, the hands and the eyes, used often in pranayama and meditation practices and gain a better understanding of the yogic locks (bandhas) also used in conjunction with many pranayama and meditation practices.  Traditional seated pranayama practices will be explored and students will learn the purpose of each of these techniques.  There will be lots of time to practice and students will complete a full seated moon, sun, holding (chandra, surya, kumbaka) pranayama practice at the end of the workshop.  Pranayama practices will include: breath of fire, mind awakening breathing, victorious breathing, alternate nostril breathing, moon, sun, holding breathing, positive breathing, the cooling breath, the hissing breath and the crow's breath.  

The Standing Warmup Poses:  (3-4hrs)
This workshop will focus on breaking down the standing warmup poses.  Students will learn how to breakdown these poses and gain a better understanding of the alignment of each pose.  Students will learn why a good yoga class is sequenced a certain way and gain a better understanding of why different poses can be categorized together in a family.   This workshop will involve some anatomy exploration and give students a better understanding of basic anatomical terms.  The anatomical position will be examined, as well as the three planes of movement.  Students will learn techniques for breaking down poses that can be applied to every pose in their practice, not just the standing warmup poses.  With a deeper understanding of anatomy & alignment and how to breakdown each pose, students will gain a deeper understanding of the purpose of each pose.  Students will be able to apply the tools form this workshop to go deeper into the fire in their practice, create more space in their body, find the balance between strength and flexibility in each pose, learn their boundaries and limitations, and become more aware of areas in their body that are out of balance.  This workshop is suitable for all levels and would be especially useful for teachers and those who want to become teachers, or for students who simply want to deepen their asana practice. 

Hip Opening:  (3-4hrs)
This workshop will explore the many postures that strengthen and stretch the muscles supporting movement and providing stability at the hip joint.  Students will explore the different muscles and look at the major muscle groups that make up the upper portion of the lower extremities and surround the pelvic girdle.  Students will learn what is holding them back from achieving a full range of motion in their hip joint, making it harder for them to come into advanced seated postures like the lotus, or kneeling warrior, and so they can work safely on advanced forward folds like the Tortoise and bringing the Leg Behind the Head variations, and move more easily into bigger backbends that require the hip flexors to be open and flexible like the Camel Pose and Full Pigeon Pose.  This workshop is especially helpful for students who find it challenging to sit for long periods of time in meditation, without experiencing pain in their body, and for students who want to prevent lower back pain and be generally more comfortable off of their mat as well.  This workshop is suitable for all levels and would be especially useful for teachers and those who want to become teachers, or for students who simply want to deepen their asana practice. 

Shoulder Opening:  (3hrs)
This workshop will explore the many asanas and shoulder opening exercises that yoga has to offer.   Students will learn the anatomy of the shoulder girdle and how to open their shoulders in both flexion and extension.  Imbalances will become magnified and students will learn tools that they can use to open their shoulders, preparing them for advanced backbending, the head balance and shoulder stand inversions, advanced inversions, like the handstand and forearm balance, and also cultivating more balance in their bodies, reducing pain and the potential for injury.  

Awakening the Kundalini with Mudra, Bandha and the Chakras:  (3hrs)
This workshop will explore the practice of mudra and bandha.  The students will learn about the chakras and the subtle body system, as well as techniques to help them learn how to awaken the kundalini.  Students will break down several mudras and the key bandhas, learning techniques to work with energy and move energy through their body.  

Yoga Nidra:  (3hrs)
This workshop will break down the practice of yoga nidra.  Students will learn the sequence of a yoga nidra practice and learn the key components that make up the practice. A full yoga nidra practice will be explored as well as shorter alternatives and additional relaxation techniques for when there isn't enough time for the full practice.  Students will come away with a better understanding of the purpose of this practice and the tools and knowledge to incorporate yoga nidra into their daily practice and into their lives.

Meditation:  (3hrs)
This workshop will explore different concentration and meditation techniques.  Students will learn the tools to allow them to establish a daily seated meditation practice.  There will be some philosophy discussion as well as lots of time to practice.  Concentration on various objects will be explored, moving from the gross to the subtle, and, finally, students will explore a seedless meditation, meditation without an object. 

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali:  (3hrs)
This workshop will be all about the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.  What is the purpose of this classical system of yoga?  Students will break down several sutras as well as looking at the overall scope of the text and each of the four chapters.  Looking at key sutras, how they apply on and off the mat, will help students have a better understanding of the goal of yoga and how to achieve this goal.  

Ashtanga Yoga and the Yamas & Niyamas:  (3hrs)
This workshop will explore in greater detail the second chapter of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.  Students will break down the traditional eight limbed path of Asthanga Yoga and specifically look at the first two limbs of Ashtanga Yoga, the yamas and the niyamas.  Students will learn how to practice yoga both on and off the mat and learn tools for moving through the world in a yogic way.  When meditation isn't successful it is often because a student isn't adhering to the moral and ethical principles laid out in the yoga sutras.  Practicing the yamas and niyamas can assist in the practice of asana, pranayama and meditation, on the mat, and can lead to a more balanced life off of the mat.

Hatha Yoga Pradipika:  (3hrs)
This workshop will examine the Hatha Yoga Pradipika.  This text gives us many of the practices we find today in modern yoga classes.   Students will explore the philosophy of Tantra, which informs the hatha yoga practices, and engage in a discussion of hatha yoga and how it compares to other yoga philosophy and the other systems of yoga. 

Setting Intentions & Finding Your Purpose:  (3hrs)
This workshop will use writing exercises, partner work, group sharing and discussion to help each student learn the power of setting intentions.  Students will look at their strengths, problems they see in the world today and how they can be of service in the world and learn how to follow their true path, access their full potential and move through life with purpose and meaning.

 

 

 
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