upcoming workshops & events ~ SPRING 2017


Honoring the Cycle: YOga, Herbs & Practices for Menstrual Health

A workshop for any person who menstruates

Saturday, May 20th at Third Root Community Health Center

 Our menstrual cycle is a powerful and important force that affects our overall physical and emotional health.  Yet in much of the world it remains a taboo and is rarely talked about openly or with the respect it deserves.  As a result menstrual health unfortunately is underestimated, if not often overlooked, by many care providers.  Even in the yoga classroom, contraindications for menstruation are rarely discussed. Being conscious of our cycles and engaging in practices that support our bodies natural process can bring us into a state of overall balance and good health.  The hormonal and energetic shifts we experience as a result of ovulation and menstruation are ongoing and experienced throughout the month, not just the few days we bleed. 

In this workshop, Yoga Teacher, Herbalist and Doula, Alicia Allison will discuss the importance of creating consciousness and respect for one’s cycle.  She will discuss the hormonal shifts we experience throughout the month and the connection between our cycle and the moon.  Through the lens of yoga, we will explore how to nurture ourselves appropriately through the month. The effects of yoga asanas on menstruation will be discussed and Alicia will teach which poses are indicated and contraindicated during and immediately after menstruation.  She will also speak about the impact of our diet on menstrual health and will introduce a few western herbs that tonify the uterus and assist with menstrual discomforts and hormonal imbalances.  

This workshop is open to any person who currently menstruates or has menstruated in the past. 

Alicia’s handcrafted & organic herbal tea will be served.

Saturday, May 20th 2-4pm

Sliding scale $20-45, open to anyone who menstruates.

TO REGISTER THROUGH THE THIRD ROOT WEBSITE,  PLEASE CLICK HERE.

 

HELD AT Third Root Community Health Center

380 Marlborough Road
Brooklyn, NY 11226
718.940.9343
info@thirdroot.org

 


PAST WORKSHOPS & EVENTS


Inversion Lab: Refining the Yogic Art of Going Upside-Down

A workshop on Adho Mukha Vrksasana, Salamba Sarvangasana & Salamba Sirsasana

Saturday, February 18th at Third Root Community Health Center

Inversion practice is at the heart of Hatha Yoga.  Of shoulderstand, B.K.S. Iyengar said “Sarvangasana is one of the greatest boons conferred on humanity by our ancient sages.” Inversions are rejuvenating and invigorating; they strengthen our spine and heart, promote clarity of mind, balance our hormones and bring out the playful child in each of us.  These are poses that require dedication, self-trust and a willingness to face our fears.  Often in fast-paced yoga classes, we do not have enough time or space to dig into these challenging poses.  In this hands-on workshop, Alicia Allison will present the benefits of regular practice of handstand, headstand and shoulderstand and will guide you through the precise and safe alignment of each pose.  You will work with various props based on the principals of Iyengar Yoga.   Modifications and refinements will be provided for intermediate through advanced practitioners; restorative and L-shaped versions will also be presented so that all practitioners can learn how to modify each pose for their unique body.  All students will have a space at a wall and a bolster for support in restorative work. 

 

February 18th, 2017, 4:30-6:30pm

Sliding scale rate of $30-60


Fourth Trimester Nourishment

Healing postpartum foods, plants & practices for the whole family 

SATURDAY, MARCH 18TH AT THIRD ROOT COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER

The early postpartum period is a time like no other time in life; it is magical, messy, miraculous and full of emotional highs and lows.  Being a new parent is at times utterly exhausting and at other times fully blissful.  During this special moment in life, the newborn baby, the person who gave birth and the entire family goes through a tremendous transition (including beloved pets!).  Nourishing warm foods and beverages that support healing, a calm environment and the right kind of support are essential for postpartum healing. 

Often in our modern day with busy schedules and the intensity of labor looming, we spend a great deal of time preparing for birth but give little thought to the demanding weeks that will follow.  It is key to remember that during “The Fourth Trimester” the journey of birth is still unfolding; both newborns and newly born (or expanding) families are vulnerable and sensitive, in need of continuous care, emotional soothing and practical support. 

Drawing on wisdom provided by Ayurveda and other traditions of postpartum care from around the world, Alicia Allison will present a workshop on postpartum nourishment for the whole family.  She will discuss specific healing foods, the energetics of the postpartum period and practices that will help new parents stay grounded and strong as they enter this new “season of life.” 

March 18th, 2017, 2:00-4:00PM

Sliding scale rate of $20-45. Open to all people who are pregnant or postpartum, babies welcome.

TO REGISTER THROUGH THE THIRD ROOT WEBSITE,  PLEASE CLICK HERE.

 

A portion of proceeds from this workshop will be donated to Brooklyn’s Ancient Song Doula. Founded in 2008 to offer doula care to women of color and low income families who otherwise would not be able to afford Doula Care, Ancient Song Doula now also provides doula trainings, midwifery care, well woman services, health workshops and advocacy through community engagement and campaigns to address the lack of resources available to communities of color.   Please read more about Ancient Song’s work or donate directly to their cause, by visiting www.ancientsongdoulaservices.com

 


KIRTAN FOR A CAUSE! STILL STANDING WITH STANDING ROCK

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A BENEFIT & CLOVER AND TIMOTHY POP-UP SHOP At Park Slope Yoga

Park Slope Yoga presents a special Kirtan, featuring Devadas & Friends to raise money to support the initiative of the Water Protector Legal Collective.  I will be in attendance chanting along & selling my line of organic handcrafted teas and aromatic herbal oils.  Entrance donation and a portion of Clover and Timothy's sales will be donated to the cause.  

SATURDAY, MARCH 25th  @ 7:00pm - 9:30pm

SUGGESTED DONATION $15

HELD AT Park Slope Yoga Center

837 Union Street, 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11215


ALIGNMENT YOGA FOR A HEALTHY BACK

Wednesday, MARCH 29th At Park Slope Yoga Center

Come learn to lengthen your spine and create a healthy relationship with your back in this therapeutic, small-group class dedicated to alignment and backcare yoga.  These small group classes taught by Alicia Allison will provide a safe space for those working with chronic back issues to practice in a way that will reduce pain and create more structural integrity.  You will learn how to modify poses for various postural issues and how to use the wall and props in intelligent ways to create more opening, strength and healing in the body.  

We will work at a precise and slow pace and will look at the effects of habitual behaviors and poor posture.

All levels welcome including those new to yoga. Students with scoliosis, disc herniation, kyphosis, lordosis, stenosis, back muscle strain, neck issues and chronic pain are all welcome. Prenatal and postnatal students are welcome; modification will be provided as needed.  

$25
Limited to 6 participants. To register please contact Park Slope Yoga.

HELD AT Park Slope Yoga Center


women's HOLIDAY spiritual bazaar!!! at prema yoga

a clover and timothy HOLIDAY pop-up shop and women's gatherinG

Join me 12/11 at beautiful Prema Yoga, for a special holiday fair dedicated to women doing intentional and creative work. Shop for beautiful handmade goods made my local artisans, receive mini-healing sessions and connect with other women.

I will be selling my handcrafted herbal teas, some wildcrafted elixirs and tinctures and my brand new face Clover and Timothy Face oil and Aromatic Face and Body mists!  All products have been handmade by me in Brooklyn NY and are made with either organic herbs and oils and organic or wildcrafted essential oils. 

A portion of all Clover and Timothy sales will be donated to Brooklyn's own Ancient Song Doula, a doula collective and educational center whose goal is to offer quality doula services to Women of Color and Low Income Families who would otherwise not be able to afford Doula Care.  

From Ancient Song Doula: Ancient Song Doula Services mission is to offer all women regardless of their socio-economic standing quality Doula Care and empower young mothers to make healthy choices in their lives. Ancient Song is committed to the lowering of the Infant Mortality Rate by changing the way mothers view birthing, Advocating on behalf of all mothers, and challenging the current healthcare systems quality of care regardless of ones socio-economic standing. Ancient Song is committed to the lowering of the Infant Mortality Rate by changing the way mothers view birthing, Advocating on behalf of all mothers, and challenging the current healthcare systems quality of care regardless of ones socio-economic standing.

You can also donate directly to Ancient Song Doula via their website: www.ancientsongdoulaservices.com

 

DATE, TIME & LOCATION

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

2-4:30 pm

$10 entrance fee includes snacks and tea, Prema Yoga will donate a portion of door proceeds will go to New York Women's Foundation.

Prema Yoga is located on the ground floor at 498 Court St in Brooklyn NY.

F train to Smith/9th

 


women's spiritual bazaar

a clover and timothy pop-up shop and women's gathering at prema yoga

Join me this October at beautiful Prema Yoga, for a special night dedicated to women doing intentional and creative work.  

"A little ritual, a lot of connection.  Come together and share in the community, mingle, be inspired by local women and their creations."

I will be selling my herbal teas, some surprise remedies and some items from my forthcoming skincare line.  Other wonderful vendors will be there selling NYC made goods.

Monday, October 17th, 2016

7pm

$25

Prema Yoga is located on the ground floor at 498 Court St in Brooklyn NY.

F train to Smith/9th


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APHRODISIACS & HEART OPENERS

“Only from the heart can you touch the sky.” ~ Rumi

A VALENTINE'S WEEKEND MAGIC CARPET YOGA™ CELEBRATION FEATURING CARDAMOM, CINNAMON, SWEETGRASS & ROSE

One hour of conscious movement focused on the Anahata chakra, or heart center, followed by one hour of restorative yoga infused with aphrodisiac herbal smokes and essential oils.  This class is a celebration of love in all its myriad forms: self love, partner love, familial love and the love that is friendship.  Plants have been used for thousands of years in cultures around the world to aid in meditation.  Scent has a powerful effect on our emotions and when used therapeutically invites and softens the work of healing.  During this special yoga class, I will apply warming cardamom and cinnamon essential oils and a rose flower essence to your head, neck and shoulders and will burn organic sweetgrass and palo santo.  Come to open and energize your heart and your hips and to connect deeply with a loved one or to your inner self.  Class will end with a 20 minute savasana and a cup aphrodisiac herbal chai.

Aphrodisiac herbal teas, elixirs and oils will be available for purchase after class.

Come solo or bring a loved one.

Friday, February 12th at Park Slope Yoga, 7:50-9:45pm

$20 advance/$25 drop in

Bring a loved one and they pay $15.

Email alicia@cloverandtimothy.com for registration details. 

Early registration closes on 2/7.


AN INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL SKINCARE

I will be presenting a free introductory talk on natural skincare as part of Clover and Timothy's soft launch of the forthcoming skincare line.  Please join me for an afternoon of organic herbs, aromatic essential oils and a discussion of the skin, the largest organ of the body.  You will learn simple ways to care for your skin using all natural botanical ingredients and will have the opportunity to sample and smell some of our most powerful skin healing plants such as calendula, yarrow, rose, wild carrot, lavender & helichrysum.  I will discuss how to use these herbs, oils and whole foods both internally and externally to bring vitality and vibrance to your skin.
The discussion will be followed by a holiday pop-up shop!  Clover and Timothy tea and skincare products will be available for purchase.

 

herbs for pain in the musculoskeletal system

I am honored to be presenting this special workshop at Samamkaya Yoga in Manhattan where I am currently assisting senior backcare teacher & studio founder Deborah Wolk. During this special workshop, I will present plants and herbal preparations that support the health of the musculoskeletal system and assist with muscular and nerve pain, inflammation and healing.  I will discuss the use of internal remedies such as herbal tinctures and infusions as well as the topical use of therapeutic oils, liniments and essential oils.  Basic use of herbal preparations and dosage will be reviewed so that attendees leave feeling confident in their ability to incorporate simple herbal remedies into self-care routines.  There will be an experiential portion of the workshop where attendees will have the opportunity to see, smell and sample a variety of plant remedies.

Samamkaya Yoga - Backcare & Scoliosis Collective, NYC

December 3, 2015 6-8pm

$35 in advance/$40 day of


CLOVER AND TIMOTHY HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP!

Come visit me at Park Slope Yoga on 12/12!  I will be selling my handcrafted and organic teas, elixirs, oils & skincare products in the studio from 10:30-2pm.   Have a cup of Clover and Timothy tea, talk to me about herbal remedies and do some holiday shopping in our peaceful yoga center.  

Saturday 12/12, 10:30pm - 2pm

837 Union Street 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11215

 

HOLIDAY UNWIND ~ MAGIC CARPET YOGA

FEATURING Clary Sage, Lavender, Juniper & Palo Santo

December is a busy month; the holidays season can wreak havoc on our health.  Take some time to chill out and destress during all the hustle and bustle. 

Plants have been used for thousands of years in cultures around the world to aid in meditation, cleanse the spirit and connect us to the innate intelligence of nature.  Scent is directly related to the emotional and memory center of our brain and when used therapeutically invites and softens the work of healing.  During this two hour yoga class, you'll be led through one hour of active asana practice and then will settle into supported restorative poses.  I will burn woods and resins and will apply calming oils to your head, neck and shoulders.  Class will end with a 20 minute savasana and nourishing cup of Clover and Timothy tea.  It's the lullaby version of a yoga class. 

Friday 12/18 at Park Slope Yoga

7:50-9:45pm, $25 drop in

 

IN The Company of Women, A women's evening at yoga maya

tea ceremony & herbs for WOMEN

Deb Bagg and Bryn Chrisman of Yoga Maya have put together an amazing evening dedicated to the celebration and gathering of women.  I will brew a special women’s tea for the night and will talk about herbs that support and nurture the female body, especially the womb, our creative center.   Women have been and continue to be keepers of plant knowledge around the world; we will drink tea together honoring our rich history, our connection to the earth and to each other.

Additionally there will be womb massage, singing, raw chocolate truffles, sacred dance and handmade garments inspired by women healers.

My teas, wildcrafted tinctures and skincare products will also be available for purchase.

Yoga Maya, NYC

Friday, October 2, 2015, 7:30-10:30pm


Herbal Tonics for Women

A By Way Of Gathering, at West Elm MARKET, DUMBO, Brooklyn

 

Women have been wildcrafters, cultivators, herbalists and medicine makers throughout history.  During this hands-on evening workshop hosted by the women of By Way Of, I will discuss the role women have played in the history of herbalism, relay the basics of using herbs in self care and present herbs and essential oils that are specifically beneficial to the female body and experience.  You will learn about and taste plants such as Lady’s Mantle, Shatavari, Red Raspberry, Rose, Red Clover and Damiana.  At the end of the class you will handcraft your own personalized tonic tea using these plants. 

Handcrafted tea and light snacks will be served. 

All herbs provided will be organic or wild.


CLEAN UP, CLEAN OUT: SPRING CLEANSING WITH HERBS & WHOLE FOODS

Spring is a time of renewal; as flower buds and blades of fresh grass start to return to our environment, our bodies naturally start to clean out toxins that accumulated over the long winter months.   We can support this process by consciously engaging in practices that support detoxification and rejuvenation.  In this workshop, we will explore different approaches to internal cleansing and detoxification.  I will discuss the role of the liver, kidneys and lymphatic system in detoxification and you will learn about and taste herbs such as Milk Thistle, Dandelion, Burdock and Triphala.  When cleansing is successful, it not only clears impurities from the body, it also leaves your mind at ease, your senses revived and your spirit light.  At the end of this class you will make your own handcrafted detox tea. 

Handcrafted tea and light snacks will be served. 

All herbs provided will be organic or wild.


Introduction to Herb Craft:

In this hands-on four part series, you will learn the basics of working with herbs for self-care and will learn to make your own herbal remedies.  People have used herbs in the home for thousands of years to care for themselves and for their families.   Learning to craft you own herbal remedies is empowering and inspiring, as is gathering as in the spirit of healing.  Throughout the series, you will handcraft your own herbal tea, tincture, syrup and aromatic body oil and will have gained the knowledge and confidence that is needed to effectively integrate herbs into your life. 

All ingredients provided will be organic, local, raw or wild.  

I. The Art of Herbal Tea:  Crafting and brewing teas, infusions & formulas.

II. Herbal Extracts:  Tinctures and Herbal Vinegars.

III. Making Herbal Syrups:  Sweetening up the Craft.

IV. Aromatic Steams & Oils:  Herb Craft for body, beauty and spirit.

Handcrafted tea and light snacks will be served. 

All herbs provided will be organic or wild.


interested in hosting an herbal workshop at your studio, center, farm, home, workspace or school?  WOUld you like to partner with clover and timothy on an upcoming event, celebration or retreat?

i'd love to speak with you!  please be in touch.

 

alicia @cloverandtimothy.com

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