Mindfulness. Healing. Community.


Swaha Yoga at LHA
 is a collective of teachers sharing their knowledge of contemplative practices and healing arts. We offer weekly classes and workshops in Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, Tibetan Buddhist practices, meditation,  children’s yoga, and more.

We work in support of Louisiana Himalaya Association, offering classes in their beautiful Community Center at 623 North Rendon Street in New Orleans. A portion of our proceeds supports the work of LHA at home and abroad. For more information on this organization, visit www.lhainfo.org

Weekly Class Schedule | Winter 2017-2018

Our classes are offered on a sliding scale/pay-what-you-can basis. Please support yourself, our teachers, and other students by paying the amount that is appropriate for you.  

Suggested $5 – $15 per class.

 
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Monday

5:00 AM – 6:00 AM
Kundalini Sadhana
with Kate
*this practice is free of charge

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Buddha Babies toddler program
with Courtney
enrollment required

5:30 PM – 6:45 PM
Kundalini Yoga
with Steph

7:00 – 8:00 PM
“Burn it Down/Be the Light”
Radical Dance Aerobics
with Kate

8:15 PM – 9:15 PM
Radiant Shadow
breath movement meditation voice
with Kate
*Begins January 8, 2018

Tuesday

5:00 AM – 6:00 AM
Kundalini Sadhana
with Sheila
*this practice is free of charge

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
Qigong; Morning Healing
with Mark
*No class 12/26

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Hatha Yoga Flow
with Samantha

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM 
Mindful Movement and Meditation
with Amalie

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Tibetan: Feasts of Chod
with Tom
*this practice is free of charge

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Contact Improv Jam
with Ryuta, featuring live music

Wednesday

5:00 AM – 6:00 AM
Kundalini Sadhana
with Kate
*this practice is free of charge

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Buddha Babies toddler program
with Courtney
enrollment required

5:30 PM – 6:45 PM
Gentle Yoga
with Hope
*No Class 12/20 or 12/27

7:00 PM – 8:15 PM
Restorative Yoga
with Hope
*No Class 12/20 or 12/27

 

Thursday

5:00 AM – 6:00 AM
Kundalini Sadhana
with Sheila
*this practice is free of charge

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
Qigong; Morning Healing
with Mark
*No class 12/21 or 12/28

5:30 PM – 6:45 PM
Kundalini Yoga
with Process

7:00 PM – 8:15 PM
Emobidied Chinese Medicine Channels
with Katya
*Begins January 4, 2018

Friday

5:00 AM – 6:00 AM
Kundalini Sadhana
with Kate
*this practice is free of charge

 

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Mid-day Yoga
with Process

Saturday

5:00 AM – 6:00 AM
Kundalini Sadhana
with Justin
*this practice is free of charge

 

Sunday

5:00 AM – 6:00 AM
Kundalini Sadhana
with Steph
*this practice is free of charge

 

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Tonglen Meditation
with Wink
*this practice is free of charge
**No Class 12/31

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Tai Chi
with Mark
*on hiatus through December. Class resumes January 7, 2018

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Weekly Class Schedule | Winter 2017-2018

Our classes are offered on a sliding scale/pay-what-you-can basis. Please support yourself, our teachers, and other students by paying the amount that is appropriate for you.  

Suggested $5 – $15 per class.

 

Our Instructors

Courtney McGuiness

Swaha Yoga Director and Instructor

Swaha Yoga Director and Instructor

One summer, Courtney quit her job and ran away to summer camp.  Working as the resident yoga and dance teacher, she realized she never really wanted to do anything else. Courtney completed Yoga Teacher Training in June of 2008 at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in her home state of Massachusetts, and moved to New Orleans the following year.  After years of personal and professional practice, continuing education, and plenty of dreaming,  Courtney launched Swaha Yoga in the late spring of 2016.

As a teacher, Courtney believes in promoting physical health and safety, along with mindful awareness in each moment. Her Gentle/Therapeutic Yoga class is intended to offer students of all ages and abilities a space in which to let go of tensions in both mind and body, creating balance.

Courtney is also the Founder and Lead Teacher of Buddha Babies, a R.I.E.-inspired classroom for toddlers to learn yoga, compassion, emotional awareness, and play. 

Steph Smith

Kundalini Yoga Instructor

Kundalini Yoga Instructor

Steph is both a Certified Kundalini Yoga and Swan River Yoga Teacher.  She taught SRY for 2 years and has now been teaching exclusively Kundalini Yoga for about 6 years.   She deeply understands the transformational aspects of Yoga and brings this awareness into her classes.  Her background is diverse and covers a range of experiences, but her interests, besides yoga reside in filmmaking with an emphasis on educational projects, indigenous midwives, and herbal medicine.  She is currently working on a documentary titled Give Light: Stories from Indigenous Midwives (givelight.info).  In her Yoga classes, she often blends metaphysical themes with the physical experience to encourage perspective shifts.    All her classes adhere to the teaching of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.  She often organizes these teachings to focus on various themes over an extended period such as clearing the subconscious, physical health, Chakra/energy system, and the nervous system.   An individual class is complete within itself.

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Yoga Instructor

Yoga Instructor

Bio Coming Soon…

Mark Venczel

Tai Chi and Qigong Instructor

Tai Chi and Qigong Instructor

Mark Venczel has been studying and practicing the healing arts of Tai Chi and Qigong for over 15 years, and believes that contemplative practice is an important part of maintaining wellness as well as recovery from disease or injury.

Mark leads Tai Chi on Sundays at 11:00 AM, as well as Morning Healing – a simple practice based on Qigong exercises, acupuncture theory, and self-healing meditations – on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8:00.

Kate Becker

Breathwork and Movement Instructor

Breathwork and Movement Instructor

Kate’s background is in Ecstatic Dance, Butoh, Kundalini Yoga and Therapeutic Breathwork. The class Radical Dance Aerobics is a safe and energized space for the group get their bodies moving, their heart rate up, and their brain chatter down. It’s a lead and follow style class with some free form movement woven in.  The routines are simple and can be made as hard or easy as needed. The philosophy of the class is this: We burn away what no longer serves us, in order to reveal the innate light and vitality from within. 

Samantha LaValliere

Yoga Instructor

Yoga Instructor

Bio coming soon…

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Come visit us at 623 N. Rendon St, New Orleans, LA 70119.
For questions or inquiries, email info [at] SwahaYoga.com