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Quiet Mind, Steady Heart - A Vinyasa Weekend and Meditation Workshop plus bonus Yoga Sutra Study Group with Rolf Gates

Quiet Mind, Steady Heart - A Vinyasa Weekend and Meditation Workshop plus bonus Yoga Sutra Study Group with Rolf Gates

Don't miss this opportunity to study with Rolf Gates at Hot Asana Southern Pines Sept 29-Oct 1, 2023.

Investment $65 per session or Complete weekend $250 which includes 2 bonus hours with Rolf studying the Yoga Sutras.

Join us for a dynamic weekend of Vinyasa, meditation, pranyama and lecture/discussion as we explore the practices that create a life that works. Throughout this weekend, we will dive into the tools of yoga that allow us to stay connected to the truth of who we are as we practice new ways of being in the world.

The yoga will be a synergy of the freedom of a powerful Vinyasa class and the structural integrity of yoga's therapeutic alignment principles. The intensive is intentionally challenging, but open to all who wish to explore yoga as an evolutionary journey. The only 'requirement' is that you show up, do your best and let your best be good enough.

The sessions are intended as a whole weekend workshop, but the sessions may be taken individually. All sessions will be based around aspects of Rolf Gates' Meditations on Intention and Beings: Dally Reflections on the Path of Yoga, Mindfulness and Compassion.

Rolf Gates, author of the bestselling books on yogic philosophy, Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga, and the newly released: Meditations on Intention and Being: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga, Mindfulness and Compassion, conducts yoga workshops, retreats, teacher trainings, and coaching and mentorship programs throughout the U.S. and abroad--and online. Rolf and his work have been featured in numerous media, including Yoga Journal, ORGINS, Natural Health, People Magazine, and Travel and Leisure's 25 Top Yoga Studios in the World.

Rolf is the co-founder of the Yoga, Meditation and Recovery Conference at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Massachusetts and a teacher at Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center in Northern CA. He is also on the Advisory Board for the Yoga Service Council and the Veterans Yoga Project. A former addictions counselor and U.S. Army Airborne Ranger who has practiced meditation for over twenty-five years, Rolf brings his eclectic background to his practice and his teachings. Rolf and his wife, Mariam Gates, bestselling author of Good Night Yoga: A Pose by Pose Bedtime Story and Good Morning Yoga: A Pose by Pose Wake Up Story, and Meditate with Me: A Step by Step Mindfulness Journey live in Santa Cruz, California with their two children. Also check out Rolf’s NEW CHILDREN’S BOOK: Yoga Friends; A Pose by Pose Partner Adventure! And his latest book: Daily Reflections on Addiction, Yoga and Getting Well For more information check out:

Balance: Vinyasa Session - Friday Sept 29th 6:30-9pm

In this asana-based session we will explore being grounded in our practice and inspired in our lives. We will allow our practice to give voice to the great heart within us.

The session will include Vinyasa, meditation and lecture/discussion. The yoga will be a synergy of the freedom of a powerful Vinyasa class and the structural integrity of yoga's therapeutic alignment principles.

Being Still with Skill - Saturday Sept 30th 10am-12:30pm

Yoga is the cultivation of inner space and the ability to use it well. In this meditation workshop, Rolf will describe the opportunity presented to us in the teachings of the Buddha and Patanjali. This experiential workshop will explore how these great contributions to consciousness weave beautifully together to enhance the quality of our daily lives. This will be in lecture discussion form and guided meditation experience with support in beginning or building on your own meditation practice.

Connection: Vinyasa Session - Saturday Sept 30th 2:30-5pm

'In our fear we believe that we must make things happen; in our practice we learn to let things happen.' Rolf Gates

In this asana-based session we will explore and practice how we create the experience of 'sanctuary', the experience of the sacred in our every day lives.

The session will include Vinyasa, meditation and lecture/discussion. The yoga will be a synergy of the freedom of a powerful Vinyasa class and the structural integrity of yoga's therapeutic alignment principles.

Freedom: Vinyasa Session - Sunday Oct 1st 9:30am-12 noon

The pose is what we are doing; the yoga is how we are being in the pose.

Knowing the heart offers us new possibilities in every aspect of our lives. The session will include Vinyasa, meditation and lecture/discussion. The yoga will be a synergy of the freedom of a powerful Vinyasa class and the structural integrity of yoga's therapeutic alignment


Bonus Yoga Sutra Practice Group add on is available for $50 or is FREE if you purchase the entire weekend.

We can think of yoga poses, breath work, and meditation as the “What” to practice.The Yoga Sutra’s are an ancient practice manual that explains “Why” and the “How” to practice. This training will be a two week (Sept 20th & 27th at 7pm EST) practice group in which we come together to learn, then apply the teachings found in the Yoga Sutra’s to our poses, meditations, and everyday experiences. This will be a chance to deepen our practice while getting to know each other and learn from one another. The sessions will be an hour long on Zoom and recorded so you will be able to review them if you attend or, if you miss a session, you can get caught up. There will also be recorded yoga classes and meditations archived for this group so that you can practice using recorded classes that explore the themes we are learning during this training. Look forward to learning together! - Rolf

Yoga 101 Bootcamp: a deep dive into learning more about your yoga practice

2o hour Yoga 101 Bootcamp

July 15 & 16

with Lisa Youngclaus & Severine Hutchins

$400 per person

Would you like to learn more about the yoga practice you are starting or have been doing?

Join Lisa and Severine, 500 ERYTs, for this fun and informative introductory course created for yoga lovers, from beginners to more experienced! A cost and time-friendly alternative (or perhaps a preview) to the HA 200 Hr. Teacher Training module.

• Learn more about Yoga: its origins, ancient yoga philosophy, energetic theories: 8 Limb Path, Chakra Theory.

• Learn the about the different Styles of Yoga practiced today.

• Refine your own practice and correct your poses with Posture Clinics personalized to YOU!

• Learn the basics of Yoga Anatomy to increase your body awareness during practice.

• Discuss the latest scientific research on the Health

Benefits of Yoga. 20 Hours of learning, exploring, practicing your Deeper Dive into Yoga:

Saturday and Sunday 8:00am-6:00 pm

Two :60 yoga practices

In-depth manual to keep as reference

10% discount on 200 hr. Teacher Training, should you decide to enroll!

Take a Deeper Dive into your Yoga Practice at Hot Asana’s Yoga 101 BootCamp!

Would you like to learn more about the yoga practice you are starting or have been doing?

Would you like to learn more about the history of yoga, its core philosophies?

Would you like to understand the differences between different styles of yoga?

Would you like to be sure you are doing poses properly?

Would you be interested in understanding the “why” behind yoga class sequencing and how it benefits your body?

Are you curious about the health benefits of yoga, the scientific evidence, and how the physical and mental benefits of yoga compare to other fitness activities?


Perhaps you have considered taking 200 hr. Teacher training but have been hesitant to invest the time and money? Perhaps you aren’t currently planning to become a yoga teacher, but wish to learn more?

Consider this deep dive into the understanding of Yoga… for your own interests!

Become more connected to your practice.

Ask and be able to answer questions for yourself or for friends and family who ask you about yoga.

Decide if you want to learn more. Maybe you DO want to continue on to 200 hr. Teacher training and consider becoming a teacher?

This introductory course in Yoga will get you started on your journey!

Spirit Retreat

October 27-31, 2021

With Virginia Gallagher

Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

Arrivals begin at 6pm on Wednesday 10/27 and departure is by 10am on Sunday 10/31.

Summer Solstice Retreat

Summer Solstice Retreat

Friday, June 18 through Sunday, June 20

With Erika & Dom

Nomad Retreat Center in South Paris, ME

Join us for a weekend at the Nomad Retreat Center in South Paris, ME for yoga, nature immersion, celebration, and delicious nourishment!

Included in this experience is a peaceful place to stay, yoga classes each day, delicious meals/snacks and drinks, a guided hike and transformative ceremonies to leave you feeling full of joy and fire!

Retreat begins at 4pm on Friday and concludes at 12:30pm on Sunday.

$650 early bird pricing until June 1

Price will then increase to $850

$300 deposit due upon booking to save your spot

Payment in full due 7 days prior to start of retreat

Mother Daughter Retreat

May 5-8, 2022

With Virginia, Brady & Caroline Gallagher

On Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

Unplug & Unwind Fall Retreat  with Virginia Gallagher, Brady Gallagher & Savana Harwood

Join Virginia Gallagher, Savana Harwood & Brady Gallagher for a 4 day 3 night Fall Unplug & Unwind Yoga & Meditation Retreat on the dreamlike Island of Ocracoke, NC

Oct 24-27, 2024

Pricing includes Daily Yoga & Meditation, Welcome dinner, SUP Yoga, Beach Bonfire, Soundbath & departure breakfast. Witness Sunrises, Sunsets & Milky Way Gazing, Wild Ponies, and Miles of Natural beaches.

Pricing includes accommodations and all listed activities:

Shared Room - $750 per person

Private Room - $1400 per person

$500 deposit paid upon registration to secure your spot.

Deposit and payments are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Price to be paid in full one week from the start of Retreat.


Iceland Yoga Retreat with Virginia Gallagher and Chef Warren February 22nd to February 28th, 2020

Famous for its raw beauty, unique climate, geothermal energy and vibrant culture, your Iceland yoga retreat adventure is calling.

What better place to escape, explore, and expand your daily yoga practice than in Iceland?

On your Iceland yoga retreat, you will truly discover what makes this amazing island tick – from our accommodations in Reykjavik we will adventure out to waterfalls, geysers and lagoons and of course, search for The Northern Lights.

You will be awed and amazed by Iceland’s natural wonders. And you’ll be charmed by the quirky warmth and hospitality of Iceland culture. From the volcanic power that continues to form this island, to the big-little-city hum of Reykjavik, to the echoes of ageless glaciers and exploding geysers, this island is alive.

This Iceland yoga retreat is an extraordinary adventure. A journey that will bring you alive, energizing and inspiring you on and off the mat.

Explore waterfalls and geysers, case the city, rest, check out the out-of-this-world terrain, and chillax in the Blue Lagoon.

This adventure is for the adventurous. Bring your open mind and heart, and allow us to take care of the rest.

ONLY 10 spots available. $3999 per person

$500 deposit required to hold your spot.

Deposits are non refundable and non transferable.

Payment in Full due by December 15th.

NO REFUNDS or changes once flights are booked


*From Washington Dulles Airport to Iceland's Keflavík Airport (Reykjavík), all travel expenses to and within Iceland, and return to Washington Dulles Airport.

* Your choice of Single or Double accommodations at the Icelandair Marina Hotel

*Daily Breakfast (You don’t want to skip breakfast in Iceland)

*Daily Yoga Classes

*Northern Light hunts (weather permitting)

*Golden Circle Tour

*Waterfalls, Geysers & Þingvellir

*Glacier Lake/Diamond Beach Tour (out by Höfn)

*Mini Icebergs in the lagoon and on the beach, Waterfalls, Beautiful Scenery

*Theater: “Icelandic Sagas” at the Harpa in Reykjavík

*Guided tour of Reykjavík

*The Blue Lagoon

*Optional Photography tutelage as desired

*Optional Knitting tutelage and tour to Álafoss for Icelandic Yarn

*Daily Chef recommendations on meals

*Detailed Clothing Pack Lists

*Detailed Photography Pack Lists

Not Included:

*travel to and from Washington Dulles Airport

*Lunch and dinners (what is included is excellent chef recommendations for where to eat them:-)

Sunday- Sweaty Soul Session with Grace

Sunday- Sweaty Soul Session with Grace

I always think of to like a spaceship. We lift off and our relationship with breath and gravity changes. A flow that will take you to heaven then land you safely home. When we exit the spaceship you feel refreshed, renewed and somehow changed. It is the beauty of coming face to face with the true self.

2 hour class $35

Or purchase both "The Skilled Body Project" and "Sweaty Soul Sunday" together for just $60

The Skilled Body Project

Saturday Skilled Body Project

This class based on moving skillfully through the functional line of the body. It shrinks and tones the arms, whittles the waistline, lifts the inner thighs and flattens the lower abdominal like crazy. It is also helps brain function through working opposing limbs and using spirals. We use light hand and ankle weights to extend, tone and expand energetically. The angles require precision and tracking with your eyes, which gets you out of your usuall thought loop, leaving you feeling refreshed and light hearted.

As always it is Way Fun!

The class is limited to 20. Students need to wear sneakers.

2 hour class 10am-12 noon in West End.

$35 per person

Or purchase both "The Skilled Body Project" and "Sweaty Soul Sunday" together for just $60

Master Class with Lisa in Durham

Thursday, December 6th 5:45-7:30 pm,with optional 30-minute teacher forum following

This all-levels master class will be filled with plenty of flow, music, and sweat. Lisa’s classes emphasize alignment, playfulness, and inclusiveness. With a deep understanding of the body, Lisa gives students the opportunity to make the most out of their practice through accessible sequencing and concise cues. Teacher Forum: Yoga teachers, join Lisa after class to receive a breakdown of the sequence, learn the why behind the class, and ask any questions. Durham Cost: $25 for class only, $30 with teacher forum included

Find Your Flow Workshop in Southern Pines

Friday, December 7th 6-8 pm, with optional 30-minute teacher forum following

Rhythm is powerful. Tapping into your own inner tempo, while simultaneously syncing your movements with the people around you, creates a deep, freeing connection to your inner self. Find that feeling with this ladder-based flow, a continuously building series of poses. Expect lots of dynamic movement connected with the breath and the opportunity to drop into a powerful moving meditation. Some yoga experience encouraged.

Strength to Soften: Unpacking Scorpion Pose in Southern Pines

Saturday, December 8th 1:15-3:45 pm, with optional 30-minute teacher forum following

It takes strength to have an open heart, and a strong, open heart to grow. Move through poses that will help open the front body, while strengthening and preparing the back body and shoulders to work toward the complex mobility of Scorpion variation of Handstand. Wall and partner work included. Some yoga experience encouraged (but no need to have a perfect handstand in the middle of the room!).

Teacher Forum: Yoga teachers, join Lisa after each session to receive a breakdown of the sequence, learn the why behind the class, and ask any questions.

Southern Pines

Cost: $30 for each class, $35 with teacher forum included OR $50 for both classes, including forum

Teacher Forum: Yoga teachers, join Lisa after each session to receive a breakdown of the sequence, learn the why behind the class, and ask any questions. Southern Pines

Cost: $30 for each class, $35 with teacher forum included OR $50 for both Southern Pines classes, including forum

Weekend Adventure Retreat on Ocracoke Island

Join Matt Daniel of Full Circle Ops & Savana Harwood of Island Yoga for an Adventure Weekend Retreat on Ocracoke Island. $500 per person includes 3 nights accommodations, daily yoga and meditation sessions and outings to include pints and poses greeting, ocean kayaking, and campfire on the beach. and other adventures. Arrival is Thursday evening Nov 8th and departure on Sunday November 11th. Only 10 spots sign up now. Questions? Email

OM'ERICA- The Yoga Fest
  • May 2, 2020

    Since the inception of American Yogi, our community has grown thousands strong. We span across the nation and across the globe. We are veterans, paramedics, farmers, mechanics, teachers, mothers, and fathers. We are fighters. We are seekers of peace.

    And at OM’erica: The Yoga Fest, we can practice together.

    Join us May 2nd from 0900 to 1300 at the Sunrise Theater green space in downtown Southern Pines, NC for OM’erica: The Yoga Fest. A day of yoga that represents the American Yogi family.

    The day will highlight veteran-owned businesses, vendors, organizations and include four outdoor classes taught by certified yoga instructors who are also vets.

    The proceeds of the event will benefit the community on two fronts. First, the money raised will send one veteran through 200-hour yoga teacher training through Hot Asana Yoga University. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds will go directly to The Exalted Warrior Foundation, a 503(c) nonprofit that facilitates adaptive yoga instruction for wounded warriors across the country.

    Price of entry gets you admission to four classes as well as access to vendors, raffles, beer and food trucks!

    Bring your mat, a towel, and favorite yoga buddies for a morning of peace and community.

    And as always, American Yogi merch will be available for purchase, including a limited-edition shirt designed especially for the event!

    Admission will be available for purchase on site, but due to limited capacity of the outdoor space, we recommend you book early to ensure a spot!

    $35 per person

    Limited spaces available. Reserve Your Spot Here!

A  weekend  with Grace Morales
  • Dates: March 3rd and 4th
  • Locations: Hot Asana Southern Pines
  • Times: March 3rd 1:30-3:30pm March 4th 1:45-3:45pm
  • Cost: $30 for one or $50 for both

Saturday March 3rd: Small changes for big results. Students will move through a flow three times, each time focusing on one small change. Even though the flow will be the same on the outside the body will perceive it differently on the inside. Small changes can bring Big results. Join us

Sunday March 4th: Super Souls Sunday with Grace! Nough said, Be There!

$30 a class or both for $50. Register Here

Yoga Retreat In Tulum Mexico

  • Join Lead Teacher of Hot Asana Southern Pines, Kai Salang and Studio Owner of Hot Asana Colorado Springs, Sarah Spence for an all inclusive retreat to Mexico at Amansala Tulum!

    May 4-9, 2025

Bryan Kest Masterclass in COS
  • Dates: October 25th, 2017
  • Locations: Hot Asana Colorado Springs
  • Times: 6:30-9:30PM
  • Cost: $75
  • Join internationally recognized Bryan Kest for a special Power Yoga Master Class in Colorado Springs. Bryan Kest began practicing yoga in 1979 and studied directly with Pattabhi Jois in 1983 in India. As the creator of Power Yoga, Bryan has influenced Vinyasa yoga as we know it in the U.S. today. Bryan’s classes are well-rounded, flowing asana practice that integrates mental practices that enhance everyday living. The class is intended to invigorate your body and help you develop a calm, less reactive state of mind with dynamic flowing routines. In this Power Yoga workshop, you’ll be encouraged to focus on the process and not the end result. ALL levels of yoga practitioners will enjoy and benefit from the workshop.

    A Power Yoga Master Class typically includes:

    • 1 hour lecture about basic philosophy and fundamentals

    • 2 hour physical practice incorporating principles from the lecture