A Gentle Way Yoga

A Gentle Way Yoga

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Retreats, Workshops and small LIVE Zoom group classes customized for attendees. Softer, safer yoga. Meditation, Breath and Restorative Yoga

Beginners Yoga, Semi-Active Hatha Yoga, Healing & Restorative Yoga, Plus Size - Large Body Yoga, Yoga for Trauma, Injuries & Chronic Conditions, Adaptive & Gentle Yoga, Specialized Workshops, Private Sessions, Chair Yoga.

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06/30/2024

Just today and tomorrow left to apply for financial assistance getting to our fun, relaxing August 24-31 Retreat at the Feathered Pipe Ranch. It is a vacation you will never forget. The most amazing people are attracted to the Pipe!
Remember...you ARE amazing! Let us help you remember that!

Link to detail about our Retreat:
https://featheredpipe.com/feathered_retreats/lanita-varshell-diane-ambrosini-gentle-way-yoga-retreat-mindfulness-inclusivity/

Link to scholarship info: https://featheredpipe.com/feathered-pipe-foundation/feathered-pipe-scholarship-fund/

photo: My awesome husband at the Pipe. He loves this place, and he's NOT a yogi. (well, he is, in his own unique way.)

06/30/2024
06/25/2024

Just a few more days left! : Partial Scholarships for our
Aug 24-31st are available for those who need assistance.

Commonly Asked Question #1�
Why Go All The Way To Montana?

Feathered Pipe Ranch stands out as a unique yoga and wellness destination renowned for its pristine environment and exceptional customer service. Its long-standing reputation for the quality of its programs, teachers, staff, food, cleanliness, and hospitality sets it apart from many other retreat centers. Also, unlike many retreat centers, the Ranch runs only one program at a time, which enriches the intimate, family-like environment that draws people back year after year.

HGTV - The Travel Channel - ranked the Ranch #3 of the 10 Transformative Yoga Retreats in the United States. Feathered Pipe is located just outside of Helena, Montana, surrounded by millions of acres of mountainous National Forest, and is one of the planet's most extraordinary, nature-drenched alpine settings. Week-long retreat offerings encompass the entire health, wellness, and yoga spectrum, including restorative and therapeutic yoga, mindfulness and meditation, Ayurveda, and other holistic healing arts. Feathered Pipe Ranch offers a truly magical experience. It creates the perfect setting for deep relaxation and self-transformation, leaving retreat participants, instructors, and staff yearning to return year after year.
https://www.hgtv.com/lifestyle/travel/transformative-yoga-retreats-in-the-us-pictures

The week of August 24-31 at the Pipe with Lanita Varshell & Diane Ambrosini is not a yoga training, although if you want to study and practice healing, therapeutic yoga, there will be great classes to join. You can do as much, or as little as you wish. You can be alone, or meet a diverse variety of others who felt called to the Ranch. You can have as much community or solitude as your heart desires. It is a week open to ALL who wish to experience the magic of the Ranch. https://vimeo.com/featheredpipe
Our 2023 is featured on the above link under:
Come Home To The Feathered Pipe

https://featheredpipe.com
Click here to visit the Pipe's beautiful website.
Go to RETREATS to see details on our Retreat in August.

2024 Pricing & Discounts To Attend The Pipe Ranch in August:

June Only: Partial Scholarships for Aug. 24-31st are available for those who need assistance.

Ways to save on your retreat: �Bring a friend to the Retreat who has never been to the Ranch, and you BOTH get $100 off!

06/23/2024

Join our August 24-31 Retreat at the Feathered Pipe Ranch.
This is our LAST week for scholarship applications.
Feathered Pipe is calling to you! This is the year to relax and renew.
Newsletter link below.

https://conta.cc/45EPKUh

Feathered Pipe Retreat Scholarship Application 06/15/2024

This IS your year to visit the Feathered Pipe Ranch with Diane and Lanita. Partial scholarships are now available (June only) for those in need of a little help. Please share this with your friends.
We can't wait to see you!

Feathered Pipe Retreat Scholarship Application Feathered Pipe Scholarship Applications are open from Now until Feb 26, 2023. Thanks to many generous donors, we are honored to offer $30,000 in scholarships!

06/14/2024

Yoga is the place I go to remember that I am never alone. To feel the divine energy of all of my caretakers I cannot see with my human eyes, but I can feel in my meditations. ~ Lanita Varshell

For details and registration:
https://agentleway.offeringtree.com/offerings

Shouldering A Burden: Blending Metaphor With Hindsight — A Gentle Way Yoga 06/13/2024

Shouldering A Burden: Blending Metaphor With Hindsight — A Gentle Way Yoga Way back in my Yoga training days, and since, I’ve heard Yoga instructors espouse the notion that any illness or injury we’re presented with in this life should be considered a blessing in disguise. Now, there aren’t many yogic ideals I fully disagree with, but this philosophical notion? I res...

06/10/2024

Since 1975, the Feathered Pipe Ranch has been the ideal setting for celebrated teachers in the fields of health, wellness, meditation and yoga to inspire ordinary people to awaken their extraordinary potential.

It was a year ago today that we were beginning our 2023 Feathered Pipe Retreat. What a great group of people we had.
Such fun memories!

We can't wait to be back on this land in August.
You will never regret spending a week at the Pipe. Many of our students return over and over again.

Even if you cannot attend this year, please help us by sharing with your friends. Thank you!

August 24-31 - Lanita Varshell & Diane Ambrosini​ - A Gentle Way
https://featheredpipe.com
Partial scholarships have been reopened for for our group.
Applications need to be submitted in June.

$100 Discounts are also available for those who bring a friend!

06/01/2024

https://featheredpipe.com/feathered-pipe-ranch/feathered-pipe-virtual-tour/

Take a few minutes to enjoy this beautiful video. (Click the above link.) My heart is already here for the summer at the Ranch - but I have to wait until August to go. There is still plenty of room for you at our August 24 Retreat Week. Returning students get $100 off registration for bringing a friend. That friend will also will get $100 off! This is a week you will always remember!

Description from their website: Welcome to a virtual tour of our beautiful space of grace at Feathered Pipe Ranch. First-time visitors at the Ranch usually notice, with delight, that the Ranch is simultaneously spacious and cozy. The spaciousness of the Ranch is the result of our location nestled in nearly a million acres of national forestland. The cozy, “I’m-right-at-home feeling” of the Ranch is part of its magic – the effect, we surmise, of the land’s natural nurturing quality and the elegantly designed and people-friendly layout of the main Ranch grounds.

You will have all the space you desire at the Ranch (even if you share a room), but you will also meet amazing folks and be nurtured the entire week.

05/27/2024

Need help clearing the clutter in your home, body, or mind?
I am here to help! Private coaching is available in person or on Zoom.
Email me @ [email protected]
I return to San Diego tomorrow and begin teaching my Zoom classes again.

Join Michelle George tonight at 7:30 PM (PST) for an hour of dreamy, stress-reducing Restorative Yoga. www.agentleway.com

Di4yoga Feathered Pipe




05/21/2024

ALL the teachers at A Gentle Way CARE about you - your yoga and life journey.
Each of us has a different approach and specialty.
We all offer private coaching.
You may take your first month of unlimited Zoom class sessions with all of us for just $50 (a $178 dollar value!)
Go to our website to check out our specials and classes.
We offer LIVE ZOOM classes, In-person Workshops and Retreats.
www.agentleway.com

Photos from A Gentle Way Yoga's post 05/20/2024

August 24-31 - Feathered Pipe Retreat with
Lanita Varshell & Diane Ambrosini
*100 off each for bringing a friend NEW to the Ranch!
Details and registration:
https://featheredpipe.com/feathered_retreats/lanita-varshell-diane-ambrosini-gentle-way-yoga-retreat-mindfulness-inclusivity/

*Bring a Friend to AGW Zoom Class:
Email us with the name and email of your friend.
We will send them a discounted coupon for their first class with us. Upon completion of that class, we will put a class credit on both of your accounts.
*New students only, please.
Email:
[email protected]

05/19/2024

The first step to a life-changing yoga practice is to CARVE OUT THE TIME to make it a priority in your life. Just as you make your favorite TV show, drinks with friends, or even eating a meal important, we must schedule our yoga practice and show up for ourselves and others over and over again. We are here to help!
We offer:
Private Support
Group Support
Yoga Teacher Support
Classes, Workshops and Retreats
Small, personalized support - healing, comforting yoga, and joyful movement.
Specializing in beginners, bigger, slower, older, and limited-ability bodies.

www.agentleway.offferingtree.com

Feathered Pipe




05/18/2024

Take a few minutes today to ponder:
What is the ONE THING holding me back from feeling happy and healthy?
What have I spent so much time struggling with that has exhausted me physically and emotionally? Are you ready to look at it differently, from another angle or point of view, so that you may see or discover something new?

Need help? We are here for you.
Join us on this gentle path of love, acceptance, and deep respect for our lives and our human form. Spiritual beings having a human experience at A Gentle Way.

Yoga therapists and teachers: Lanita Varshell & Diane Ambrosini
Retreat with us at the beautiful Feathered Pipe Ranch in Montana
August 24-31
https://featheredpipe.com/.../lanita-varshell-diane.../

Study with us in person in San Diego - June 8

Join our small, caring LIVE ZOOM class community.
www.agentleway.offeringtree.com
Feathered Pipe
Di4yoga



05/17/2024

Gentle acceptance is the first step to loving your body.

So many of us have wasted precious years hating how our body looks. When will you let go of that and begin to appreciate how hard your body works for you each day to help you have this precious human experience?

When will you let go and start loving and gently nurturing your body size, shape, and age just as it is right now? When will you start seeing the beauty that others see in you?

Need help? We are here for you. Join us on this gentle path of love, acceptance, and deep respect for our lives and our human form. Spiritual beings having a human experience at A Gentle Way.

Yoga therapists and teachers: Lanita Varshell & Diane Ambrosini

Retreat with us at the beautiful Feathered Pipe Ranch in Montana
August 24-31
https://featheredpipe.com/.../lanita-varshell-diane.../

Study with us in person in San Diego - June 8

Join our small, caring LIVE ZOOM class community.
www.agentleway.offeringtree.com

Feathered Pipe
Di4yoga



05/16/2024

Lanita Varshell has taught those who do not 'fit in' to traditional yoga and exercise since 1996.

A 15-hour C.E.U. certificate of training given to all teachers who join our classes and workshops at our Retreat in Montana. August 24-31, 2024

Certificate Name: Teaching Accessible Yoga - focusing on bigger, older, less flexible, trauma survivors and health-challenged bodies.

Join us for 7-glorious nights at the Feathered Pipe Ranch.
https://featheredpipe.com/feathered_retreats/lanita-varshell-diane-ambrosini-gentle-way-yoga-retreat-mindfulness-inclusivity/

Feathered Pipe
Di4yoga

05/15/2024

There have been several times in my life when I have had to start over.

It has always been challenging to do.

I have cried out to the Gods and Goddesses many times in anger, asking, ‘Why me?’

But I have always survived—yes, even thrived. Starting over moves me up to the next level of life I am meant to experience.

The people who come to me for comfort and support know that I understand and have been there, too.

A Gentle Way is a safe healing space for those in need.

Retreat with us at the beautiful Feathered Pipe Ranch in Montana
August 24-31
https://featheredpipe.com/feathered_retreats/lanita-varshell-diane-ambrosini-gentle-way-yoga-retreat-mindfulness-inclusivity/

Study with us in person in San Diego - June 8

Join our small, caring LIVE ZOOM class community.
www.agentleway.offeringtree.com

Feathered Pipe
Di4yoga



05/13/2024

Gentle acceptance is the first step to loving your body.

So many of us have wasted precious years hating how our body looks. When will you let go of that and begin to appreciate how hard your body works for you each day to help you have this precious human experience?

When will you let go and start loving and gently nurturing your body size, shape, and age just as it is right now? When will you start seeing the beauty that others see in you?

Need help? We are here for you. Join us on this gentle path of love, acceptance, and deep respect for our lives and our human form. Spiritual beings having a human experience at A Gentle Way. Yoga therapists and teachers: Lanita Varshell & Diane Ambrosini

Retreat with us at the beautiful Feathered Pipe Ranch in Montana
August 24-31
https://featheredpipe.com/feathered_retreats/lanita-varshell-diane-ambrosini-gentle-way-yoga-retreat-mindfulness-inclusivity/

Study with us in person in San Diego - June 8

Join our small, caring LIVE ZOOM class community.
www.agentleway.offeringtree.com

Feathered Pipe
Di4yoga




05/10/2024

Last night, I had just a handful of women in my class, but it was very important for me as a teacher to show up for those few and for all of us to be together in a safe, healing space.

Yes, as a teacher, I need it as much as you.

We all need a place where we are not worried about "fitting in," we all need practices that give us comfort, nurturing, and peace and teach us how to savor our breath and quiet.

Two of these students had very active, fulfilling lives before they were called upon to care for their mothers through the end of their lives. Although grateful they had that privilege, the responsibility had also physically and emotionally exhausted them, taking a toll on every part of their lives. They returned to our gentle evening classes to refuel, heal, and renew.

Another student just had major surgery and is still dealing with a life-threatening disease. Her body can barely move, but the breath and mindfulness practices she does with us (from her bed) give her peace and hope.

The other women were dealing with the average stresses of daily working and living. One had a large body, and the other was slim. They mix their practice with other teachers or ways of exercising, but they have been regulars in this class for many years because it helps them rein in their chaotic minds, helps them with back pain and strain, and gives them a great night of sleep. They love the peace and self-love practices I teach in this class.

Too many people hear the word yoga and think 'exercise.'

When I hear the word yoga, I think of 'letting go, healing, nurturing, and support,' both from your teacher and your weekly yoga group. When you attend one of our weekly classes, you are not just showing up for yourself but to reconnect with your yoga sisters and mamma.

For almost thirty years, A Gentle Way has provided the world with safe, healing spaces and people who truly care about them.

We hope you will join us for a Live Zoom Class, a San Diego Workshop, or a seven-night retreat at Feathered Pipe Ranch this summer!

www.agentleway.offeringtree.com

05/08/2024

If you are not feeling joy in your life or body, I am here to help. Life can be simple and beautiful, but we tend to make it intense and complicated. Join me at a class, workshop, retreat, or private session. Just one small stretch or breath at a time can make such a difference! Check out my new website!
www.agentleway.com
Feathered Pipe



05/06/2024

May 11 - In Person In San Diego - Handlery Hotel - Hotel Circle

8:30 am - Diane: Joyful Awakening Yoga
Handlery Hotel & Live on Zoom.
AGW Members may attend in person for just $10 more!

9:45 - 10:45 am - AGW Teachers, Students and Friends
Join us for a fun hour of reconnecting. Free!

11:00 am - Yoga support and Gentle, Soft Yoga workshop with Lanita. New teaching will be presented at this workshop!
$49 - just a few spots left! (Only 10 spots total available.)

Sign up using this link:
https://agentleway.offeringtree.com/offerings

05/05/2024

Today is the last day of an intense 3-day training with Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup Of The Soul). My husband and I are taking it together. I've taken many trainings like this over the years, and part of me was resistant, the other part of me knew I had to give myself this time to review, to clean out old stuff in my head, to continue to grow. That's what we do at Feathered Pipe. Relax-Release-Re-inspire ourself. Gentle, joyful work is necessary to help us live each day with joy and ease.
Your spot is waiting for you!
www.featheredpipe.com

https://featheredpipe.com/feathered_retreats/lanita-varshell-diane-ambrosini-gentle-way-yoga-retreat-mindfulness-inclusivity/

or message me to set up a chat about attending.

You will never regret a week at Feathered Pipe Ranch!

In-Person with Lanita Varshell - in San Diego 05/02/2024

Join Lanita May 11 for another wonderful Gentle Yoga workshop! It's amazing how the perfect people always show up!

In-Person with Lanita Varshell - in San Diego There is nothing like practicing together in person! Community sharing and caring, mindfulness, breath, relaxation, meditation, and slow, highly effective asana. Each workshop is customized based on attendees. Join Lanita at the Handlery Hotel - Hotel Circle San Diego. Just 10 Spaces. Sign up today!

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Our Story

We do not believe that one style of yoga, or one way of teaching a pose (asana) fits all. We are known for customizing our classes for the students who walk into our Center each day, not just teaching yoga asanas or routines.

We focus on safe, slower traditional asanas, and specialize in softer, healing, stress reducing and therapeutic classes that help balance the central nervous system.

Our founder Lanita Varshell began teaching yoga full-time in 1996. She began teaching in Diet Centers, Gyms, and Karate Studios, bringing students into yoga who never dreamed they could practice yoga or become healthy again.

Even fit, experienced yoga students loved her gentle, joyful approach to exercise, and soon she had developed a faithful clientele of over 100 students just in the East County San Diego area. "A Gentle Way Yoga Center" first opened its doors in 2000, adding more classes and different teachers and styles so that students could have a well rounded yoga practice. Since then we have offered a sanctuary for people from all walks of life to practice safe, personalized yoga.

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Join Diane & Lanita tomorrow at the Handlery Hotel! Go to our website home page to register: www.agentleway.com
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