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 programs, 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 | Spring 2017

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

7:00 – 8:00 AM
Vajrayana Meditation Practice
with Tom
*free and open to all

8:30 – 11:30 AM
Buddha Babies (ages 1.5 – 4)
with Courtney
enrollment required

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

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


Tuesday

8:00 – 8:45 AM
Morning Healing (Qigong)
with Mark

6:00 – 7:00 PM
Vajrayana Meditation Practice
with Tom
free and open to all

7:00 – 8:15 PM
Restorative Yoga and Kundalini Meditation 
with Heart



 

 

Wednesday

7:00 – 8:00 AM
Vajrayana Meditation Practice
with Tom
*free and open to all

8:30 – 11:30 AM
Buddha Babies (ages 1.5 – 4)
with Courtney
enrollment required

 

7:00 – 8:00 PM
Qigong – Gratitude Practice
with Neesa

 



Thursday

8:00 – 8:45 AM
Morning Healing (Qigong)
with Mark

9:00 – 10:30 AM
Hatha Flow Yoga
with Abigail

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

7:00 – 8:15 PM
Rooted Flow Yoga
with Samantha

 

 

Friday

7:00 – 8:00 AM
Vajrayana Meditation Practice
with Tom
*free and open to all



 

See Special Events for upcoming workshops

Saturday

2:00 – 3:00 PM
Qigong
with Neesa






See Special Events for upcoming workshops

Sunday

9:00 – 10:00 AM
Tonglen/Bodhichitta Meditation*
with Wink
*free and open to all


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Tai Chi
with Mark


See Special Events for upcoming workshops

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Special Classes and Events

Space is limited, please pre-register
SwahaYogaNOLA@gmail.com

 

Mindful Massage – Partner workshop

The intention of this workshop is to help you to tune in to the needs of your partner’s body, to give better, more intuitive massage.

Sunday April 30, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Heal and replenish your body  in this special class. You and a partner will each have an opportunity to give and receive massage with a focus on the hips and low back.


Sliding Scale $10-$20 per person
with Emily www.EmilyTobinLMT.com

 

Full Moon Meditation in Movement and Stillness

Using the techniques of Kundalini Movement and Dynamic meditation,  explore innovative ways to access and experience the stillness within. The active meditations calm the modern day mind and help to prepare for seated meditation. Awaken the heart center and prepare the energy system to receive the charge of the full moon. There will be time allowed after the practice for tea and integration.


Tuesday, May 9,  4:00 PM – 5:30 PM (tea until 6:00)
This practice is free and open to all. Donations accepted.
with Aislinn 

 

 

Buddha Babies

A class for toddlers to learn and explore yoga, meditation,  free-play, and more in a peaceful setting. Positive, respectful care encourages children to play creatively, learn problem solving, and feel their feelings. Snack provided.
 
Monday and Wednesday Mornings 
Enrollment required. *NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2017!
 
OPEN HOUSE and INFO SESSION 
Friday April 21, 9:30 – 11:00 AM
 

About 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.

Neesa Johnson

Qigong Instructor

Qigong Instructor

Neesa brings 30 years of diverse experience in the healing arts to her practice. After completing a BS in Occupational Therapy, she began her career working with clients to overcome the limitations of their disabilities and to establish independent, fulfilling lives. She has been a movement instructor, taught various science-oriented massage coursework, and has facilitated small group therapy in a drug and alcohol treatment setting. Neesa has had a Qigong practice for over 30 years, with training in The Trager Approach, Tuina, medical Qigong and Asian bodywork techniques.

Neesa brings an inspired, pragmatic and humanistic approach to her work, and combines that with a commitment to the most effective, evidence-based techniques from Hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her work takes her across North America, helping people access their own innate wisdom and learning to resolve a wide range of issues in their own lives.

She is a professional member of the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH), the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), the National Qigong Association (NQA) and the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA).

Neesa is a certified teacher of the Resource Method ™ and teaches group and individual trainings in the New Orleans area and across the Southeast. For more information about Neesa and her work, visit http://www.hypnosisneworleans.com

Heart

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