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Workshops, Events & Specialty Classes for Expecting Parents, Families and Kids

In addition to our weekly yoga schedule, Luma offers unique workshops and specialty classes for pregnant women and expecting couples, parents and babies, families, and kids of all ages.

Click here to browse our diverse weekly class schedule. Scroll down for family-focused workshops, events, and specialty classes.


    Groovaroo Comes to Luma!

    Saturday, July 8th & Sunday, July 9th

    Our new friends at Groovaroo are coming back to Santa Cruz to offer 3 amazing workshops!

    You can attend 1, 2 or all 3! Just click workshop title to register:

    July 8th, 1:30-2:45-Babywearing Basics and Beyond with Certified CBWS Educator, Amber Anjali

    In this small classroom environment, Certified Babywearing Consultant, Amber Anjali, will introduce several different types of carriers: Ring Sling, Soft Structured Carrier, Mei Tai, Stretchy Wrap and Woven Wrap. This is a great opportunity to see your options, ask questions and decide which carrier best suits your needs. If you own a carrier that you have questions about, feel free to bring it along.

    July 8th, 3:00-4:15 GroovaRoo Babywearing Dance Workshop with Meeshi & Amber Anjali

    Come learn to dance with your baby with the founders of GroovaRoo Dance, America's Original Babywearing Dance Crew. This workshop is geared for all levels of dancers. We'll do fun, easy dances with a emphasis on creating a safe, sacred and soulful dance experience for you and your baby. We welcome you to arrive in your own ergonomic, 2-shoulder carrier where baby can face in, heart to heart. If you need help with your carrier or would like to borrow a carrier for class, arrive 15 MINUTES EARLY, so that you can be wrapped and ready to go.

    July 9th, 2:30-4:00 GroovaRoo Partner Dance Workshop for Couples-and-Baby

    What a better way to spend your Sunday than dancing with your partner and baby! Families all over the world have been dancing together for generations. Why not start a family dance tradition with your partner and little one! In this workshop, we have created a fun simple dance to do as a family. If possible, papa will wear baby (heart to heart) while dancing with mama. No dance experience needed, and all moves are guaranteed to be dad-friendly. We welcome you to arrive in your own ergonomic, 2-shoulder carrier where baby can face in, heart to heart. If you need help with your carrier or would like to borrow a carrier for class, arrive 15 MINUTES EARLY, so that you can be wrapped and ready to go.

    Price:

    1 WORKSHOP: $20
    2 WORKSHOPS: $30
    ALL 3 WORKSHOPS: $40*

    *NOTE: We will be giving away ONE XOXO Buckle Wrap Carrier per day. Saturday, we'll be doing the raffle giveaway between classes (1:45-2:00p) and Sunday, we'll be doing the raffle giveaway after class (4:00-4:15p).

     

    Kids Yoga: A Special Series at Building Blocks School with Brittany McDermott

    Tuesdays, July 11 - August 1

    Kids Ages 3-5 9:30-10:15

    Kids Ages 6+ 10:30-11:30

    This 4-week series is based on the Luma Kids Yoga Teacher Training model, each class offers age appropriate yoga, music and exploration of movement. Classes will have consistent themes each month and will also include activities such as literature, non-competitive games, dance, art and appreciation of nature. Guided visualizations, breath work and deep relaxation will be offered to promote a sense of calmness and well-being. By learning how to use their bodies and their breath to both relax and energize themselves, students gain a sense of empowerment in their bodies and life.

    Price: $70 per child

    Click here to register

     

    Community Prenatal Series with Kaili Reynolds, Brandi Brewer, Mandy Lariz

    Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

    Take advantage of the opportunity to meet other expecting parents, share your experiences, and clarify what you learn in your prenatal classes with our Luma Doula Team and a group of pregnant peers.

    Pregnant women and couples interested in meeting our doula team and are invited to drop in to any Community Prenatal session as a workshop.

    Cost:

    • FREE to clients using the Luma Doula Services
    • $15 per couple
    • $12 for Luma members

    Upcoming Community Prenatal Sessions:

    July 12: The 4th Trimester Part 1: Living in harmony with your newborn Keeping in mind all babies come to us with their own unique little personalities, let’s discuss typical behaviors and needs you can expect during the first three months after birth. (Our Doula Team stays on-call for clients through the entire 4th Trimester!)

    July 26: The 4th Trimester Part 2: Healing practices for the newly born mother We will be discussing special diets to accommodate your healing, your postpartum ritual and honoring yourself during the first three months after birthing your baby.

     

    Summer Kids Series: TEEN YOGA! with Chelsea Brady

    Mondays, 4:00 - 5:20pm

    Teen Yoga is offered in two 4-Week series' for the summer!

    In this series, teens explore yoga poses, breathing techniques, meditation, and relaxation so as to develop strength and flexibility in their mind and body. Teens will learn about the physical and philosophical practice of traditional yoga through journaling, group discussions, and activities. These classes are designed to create an optimal environment to support the development of positive self-esteem, body awareness, and stress management skills.

    Registration: $60 per child (members 20% off)

    Can't make all the dates? We are happy to pro-rate the series to fit your summer plans, just call us at 831-325-2620!

    Click here to join July 17 - August 7!

     

    Summer Kids Series: YOGA CHILL with Ami Cayton

    Tuesdays or Thursdays, 4:30- 5:20pm

    Yoga Chill (Ages 6-9) is offered in two 4-Week series' for the summer!

    Come stretch and relax after busy days at school, the beach or in the redwoods! Yoga Chill will offer a playful and relaxing class for children to explore asana, mindfulness, and breath work. Students will learn how the integration of these three elements of yoga can help energize or relax their bodies and minds. Classes will conclude with deep relaxation to set the tone for a calm and tranquil evening ahead.

    Registration: $60 per child (members 20% off)

    Can't make all the dates? We are happy to pro-rate the series to fit your summer plans, just call us at 831-325-2620.

    Tuesdays, July 18 - August 8 Click here to Register

    Thursdays, July 20- August 10 Click here to Register

     

    Summer Kids Series: PRE-TWEEN YOGA! with Chelsea Brady

    Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:20pm

    Pre-Tween Yoga is offered in two 4-Week series' for the summer!

    In this series, kids in Grades 3 & 4 are invited into the enchanting world of yoga through inspired age-appropriate themes. Pre-Tweens will practice poses, play, and delve into relaxation and meditation. Come discover how yoga can connect you to peace, play, healthy living, and supportive communities.

    Registration: $60 per child (members 20% off)

    Can't make all the dates? We are happy to pro-rate the series to fit your summer plans, just call us at 831-325-2620!

    Click here to join July 19 - August 9

     

    Summer Kids Series: TWEEN YOGA! with Amy Rawlings

    Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:20pm

    In this series, kids in Grades 5-7 are invited into the enchanting world of yoga through inspired age-appropriate themes. Tweens will practice poses, play, and delve into relaxation and meditation. Come discover how yoga can connect you to peace, play, healthy living, and supportive communities.

    Registration: $60 per child (members 20% off)

    Can't make all the dates? We are happy to pro-rate the series to fit your summer plans, just call us at 831-325-2620!

    Click here to join July 19 - August 9

     

    Tumbling Tutor® with Barry Brooks

    Fridays, 1:30-2:20 pm

    We're thrilled to now offer weekly tumbling for ages 2-6 as a class series to promote cohesion, consistency, and build a playful group dynamic!

    Tumbling Tutor®, founded by Barry Brooks, is a fun and exciting gymnastics-based movement experience. Children are encouraged to explore, enjoy, and excel in this supportive learning environment.

    Registration: $60 per child (members 20% off)

    July 21 - August 11 Click here to Register!

     

    Birthing From Within: Holistic Childbirth Ed. with Kymm Ann Wallin

    Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:30 pm

    Birthing From Within classes offer a balance of practical information and creative exploration for childbirth preparation. Through group discussion, breathing and mindfulness practice, videos, and sample scenarios, the class will prepare you with both technical information and the mindset necessary to allow your unique labor experience to unfold. The approach of recognizing that we can influence, but not totally control, how birth happens offers parents the tools necessary to handle pain and intensity as well as to approach birth mindfully.

    Class Highlights:

    • Overview of normal labor and its variations
    • Build a pain coping mindset through breathing and mindfulness practice
    • Birth partner support skills and communication
    • Experience birth as a rite of passage
    • What to expect from your care provider and birthplace
    • Compassionate and appropriate use of medical intervention and drugs
    • Create a birth space and team that will facilitate your labor
    • Prepare to navigate through any unexpected elements that arise in labor
    • Create a healthy postpartum period/early transition to parenting

    Registration: $350 per couple (members 20% off)

    Includes One Postpartum Reunion Class.

    August 10 - September 14, 2017 Click Here to Register!

     

    Natural Labor: Comfort Express with Kaili Reynolds

    Sundays, 3:00 - 6:00pm

    In this express workshop, parents will experience each phase of labor through movement, breath-awareness, massage, and partner support. You will learn how your baby, your pelvis, your mind, and a support partner can work together in bringing your baby earth-side.

    Our 2-day workshop is designed for:

    • parents who want more exposure to tricks and tools that can support natural childbirth after taking a hospital class, but do not have the time for an additional full series

    as well as

    • parents who are birthing and want a chance to connect with this pregnancy in preparation for growing your family

    Registration for this class includes a free birth rebozo to be used in pregnancy, labor and the 4th trimester. A rebozo is a long, woven fabric used for comfort in pregnancy, progress in labor, and baby wearing.

    Price: $175 per couple (members 20% of)

    August 20 + 27, 2017 Click Here to Register!

    September 24 + October 1, 2017 Click Here to Register!

     

    Let's Talk About Sex

    Saturdays, Sept. 30 + Oct. 7, 2:00 - 6:00 pm

    Remember your first conversation about sex as a young person? Did it go something like, Don’t do it or you will get pregnant, Wait until marriage, or perhaps a mention of the birds and the bees?

    What if you had received a more comprehensive education about sex as you moved through adolescence?

    How would your sexual journey have unfolded had you been given the tools to explore your sexuality free of shame and with the support of your most trusted educators - your parents?

    We invite you to join Amy Baldwin and Gina Lepore for a radical approach to sex education. Become an ally for your teenagers as they learn about their sexuality. In this 2-class intensive for parents and young teens (ages 11-14), we will break through the intimidating conversations around sexual health and pleasure.

    These classes will give you the tools to work through your own fears with the intention of becoming your teen’s most trusted resource. The following three classes are for parents and teens. The material will be age-appropriate, and covered with sensitivity for varying preferences, orientations, perspectives, and levels of experience. Classes will include insightful lectures, fun exercises, and opportunity for discussion within a safe container.

    Topics include (but are not limited to):

    • How to talk to your kids about sex
    • Creating self love/self worth/self-esteem
    • Being a positive role model for healthy relationships
    • Embracing/accepting vulnerability
    • Learning to love your body
    • Eradicating shame around pleasure
    • Boundaries, negotiation, and consent
    • Safer sex practices
    • Strengthening communication skills
    • Dating and healthy relationships

    This is a special opportunity to deepen your connection with your teen while paving the way for a future of healthy and safe choices.

    Breaks with snacks included!

    Registration: $120 per parent/child (members 20% off). Sibling Rate: $30

    Click Here to Register