Workshops & Retreats





love2017Joan’s Workshop Is Now Happening On September 9,10 & 11 2017

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For more information on Nathalie visit

Listen to Nathalie’s Podcast interview at RAW talk with Sheena HERE

Check Out Our Retreat Page HERE


Groovy Kids Yoga

Where; Shanti Yoga Shala, New Orleans.
When; Saturday and sunday December 3rd & 4th 2016
Cost; $300 before 11/15, $350 after. Local schoolteachers get 10% off.

More info and sign up details here

In this exciting and supremely practical 10 hour certified GroovyKids™ Yoga Teacher Training you’ll learn the GroovyKids™ Yoga Flow, and you’ll actually do it too. It’s a 45-60minute complete range of motion yoga class perfect for kids of all ages and abilities including music, movement, breath awareness and meditation.

We’ll watch a live GroovyKids™ Yoga class on film and present to you the GroovyKids™ Manifesto, or the 7 Keys to a successful GroovyKids™ Yoga class. We’ll break it down and see what works best.
We’ll add some fun games that get you to reveal your own patterns of thought. Be prepared to laugh! You’ll explore your own experiences and find your own strengths.

We then study the class sequence and learn why, when and how to modify the sequence for almost infinite classes. You’ll see why the GroovyKids™ vision works for all kids of all abilities and cultures, from the ages of 3-12 and sometimes even a little younger.

We put it all into practice with a free GroovyKids™ Yoga demonstration class and afterwards we’ll hold up our class against our 7 Keys, and see how we did. Then we’ll know why we teach GroovyKids™ Yoga instead of just Kids yoga.

This course is ideal for anyone who loves kids, movement, yoga, learning new things or just life in general. We teach communication, philosophy and play.

Especially ideal for school teachers or educators who would like to incorporate yoga into their class time.

The course counts as 10 hours of Continuing Education Credits per Yoga Alliance standards.
All participants receive a 10hour certificate of completion and The GroovyKids™ Yoga Teacher Training Manual.

Call Greville direct for more info at 310 266 3040






Puerto Rico Yoga Retreat 2016

with Nathalie Croix and Karina Pivik in Utuado, Puerto Rico

4 nights in Utuado, Puerto Rico
Fri Nov 11 – Tue Nov 15, 2016

Register here :

Join your top-tier yoga instructor for an incredible week of relaxation and rejuvination at La Calma. With expert instruction, fresh, locally sourced cuisine, daily beach visits, cenotes (underwater caves) to explore, and loads of other activies, this trip is the perfect way to relax and re-energize.

  • Daily yoga with top-tier instructor in a stunning studio overlooking the Mayan Jungle
  • Accommodations at eco-lodge and professionaly designed La Calma
  • Fresh, delicious BIO cuisine from locally sourced ingredients
  • Beach, cenotes (underwater caves), Mayan ruins, Tulum city visits, and more





Dear Yoga Community, 

Shanti Yoga Shala is proud to present for the first time 

in New Orleans : Seane Corn

Please join us for this amazing opportunity to study and practice with Seane. 

We are very excited to have her share her love and unique knowledge of yoga with our community.
Seane Corn is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism, unique self-expression, and inspirational style of teaching. Featured in commercials, magazines, NPR, and, Seane now utilizes her national platform to bring awareness to global humanitarian issues. Seane has been honored by YouthAIDS in being named the “National Yoga Ambassador” in 2005, by Global Green in being given the “2013 International Environmental Leadership Award” and by the Freer Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute, also in 2013. Since 2007, she has been training leaders of activism through her co-founded organization Off the Mat, Into the World®. Seane has spent time in the US, India, Cambodia, Haiti and Africa working with communities in need- teaching yoga, providing support for child labor and educating people about HIV/AIDS prevention. Seane is also co-founder of the Seva Challenge Humanitarian Tours, which have raised over $4 million since 2007, getting the yoga community involved in fund and awareness raising efforts across the globe. Her self-authored dvds are available through Gaiam, Yoga Journal and Sounds
About The Workshop:
DETOX FLOW® YOGA: Purification for Optimal Health and Wellness
Each day we are exposed to toxins that affect our energy, health and vitality. Many of our ailments and diseases today, including fatigue, weight gain, high blood pressure and depression can be attributed to a poor diet, environmental stressors, lack of exercise as well as repressed emotions. In this workshop, we will explore how we can improve our physical heath, increase our vitality, decrease our susceptibility to illness and disease, balance our emotions and develop practical tools for managing stress.
  • Explore how making conscious and responsible choices- in all aspects of our lives- can help purify our body/mind.
  • Discuss the importance of proper nutrition, conscious consumerism and sustainability
  • Learn practical tools to identify toxins in your home, office and environment.
  • Understand the connection to the mind/body and how purification of thought and emotion is an essential aspect of gaining optimal health.
  • Practice 2 specific yoga sequences that will stimulate the productivity of the vital organs to create an environment for toxic release.These creative yoga sequences utilize three internal components for cleansing-abdominal compression, decompression and twists. These classes will include Sun Salutations A and B, detox standing sequences, inverted poses, breathing exercises and restoratives. This intensive is designed to assist us in examining our habits, encourage proactive involvement with personal health though choice and self-responsibility, and help provide suggestions on how to choose what is best for our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
    *This workshop is intended for all levels, but will include challenging and advanced poses and sequences; experience with sun salute A and B is necessary. Beginners are encouraged to come and modify/simplify the practice. Also, it this workshop is intended to be taken as a whole. The intention is to build upon each sequence for incrementally deeper detoxifying results in the body systems.
02/22 & 02/23
Classes will meet




Cost for the entire weekend
Early Bird $200
Early bird ends on February 10th , 2014
After February 10th
Regular course price $250
Space is limited
Register today with the Early Bird Discount
“To truly understand what it is to be in the light, you have to also understand what it is to be in the shadow. Because it is one thing to hold the light within myself, but how can I hold the space for another being when they are in their shadow and still love them? And not judge them? I am only going to judge them if I am still judging me.”
– Seane Corn
Thank you for your continued support.


Shanti Yoga Shala Team


Tulum Yoga Retreat 
* * * * * * * *   May * 21-25 * 2014    * * * * * * * *
Dear Yoga Community Friends

I am very excited about this upcoming retreat in Mexico, Tulum.

Just this past year I was in Tulum twice and I fell completely in love with it.
One of the most beautiful beaches in the world. 
Join me in May, 2014,  for a fantastic trip to the Yucatan Peninsula, on the Caribbean Sea, discover the Mayan Ruins and Temples. 
Tulum was one of the last cities inhabited and built by the Mayans. 
Come cleanse, renew the Spirit, rejuvenate the body and soul
Relax on the beach, swim in the ocean, enjoy the sunset 
and /or 
Explore the Pueble (town), cenotes, jungles and archaeological sites.
Daily vinyasa yoga practice in the mornings, our own personal chef, property on the beach.
Less than 2 hours flight from New Orleans. 
When :  May 21-25, 2014
Where: Tulum, Mexico
What: Yoga Retreat
With Who: Nathalie Croix
Spaces are very limited for this trip 
double occupancy studio garden view $750 (per person)
single occupancy studio garden view $950 
double occupancy bungalow ocean view $850 (per person)
single occupancy bungalow ocean view $1300 
Price includes
daily yoga, breakfast, dinner, lodging 
Price does not include
transportation to and from airport
If you are interested in this Yoga Retreat 
please email 
Check Out Our Retreat Center in Tulum Beach

Nathalie is 500Hours E-RYT Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher.

She is certified in SmartFLOW by her mentor and teacher Annie Carpenter. Has an undergrad in Dance Kinesiology, having danced and toured for many years in Europe, the US and South America.

Nathalie began her yoga training over 10 years ago with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, her first teacher, who she studied from in India on several long trips as well as during Jois world tours.

While in India Nathalie studied transcendental meditation (TM) with professor Narasimha, who is a direct disciple of Maharishi Mahesh.

Nathalie teaches weekly yoga classes at

For more info on Nathalie please visit
” Let The Beauty We Love Be What We Do ” 








SHANTI YOGA SHALA is partnering with SUPER FOOD to bring you a one week detox cleanse!

Kick off Spring and get ready for Jazz Fest take ONE WEEK to make very conscious choices!

This will be from April 7th through April 13th and will be a cleansing and detoxifying experience for the mind, body, and spirit.

Sunday April 7th to Saturday April 13th

Register HERE

We meet on Sunday April 7th at noon for a detox cleanse private yoga class specially for our group at noon.

The price is $150 for the week and this includes:

-seven (organic) juices or smoothies from Superfood Bar

-seven large organic salads from Superfood Bar

-unlimited yoga at Shanti Yoga plus a private group detoxifying class to kick us off

-guaranteed access to the classes of your choice for the week

-two consultations / meetings with the whole group to discuss the cleanse and our experiences

– we will be journaling each day to share experiences

-access to support and guidance throughout the week with Nathalie

In our meetings and throughout the week we will explore and talk about sensations we feel by the food we eat, what we drink, how to process toxic emotions in our body and minds, processed foods versus organic, being mentally healthy, exercising and being active regularly. Balancing all the pulls of life.

The power we have to make conscious choices on a daily basis.

As well as relaxing and many different ways to promote stress relieves to live a well rounded all year long life style.

This is a $295 value!

Rejuvenate yourself and be the best you can be with this amazing opportunity.

Email with any questions or to sign up!


June 20-25 2013


Come swim on the beach and join us for a transformational week.

Awaken Your Soul, Body, Mind and Spirit with this awesome team of adventurers healers in a magical fun experience on the beach in Baja Mexico.

Nathalie Croix has partnered up with Rise and Shine’s drummer Kurtis Parsons, surfer Mario Beceril, Chef Joella and Kim Wexman Retreats for five days of Vinyasa Yoga and Surf at El Pescadero Beach.

Wake up to yoga with Nathalie every morning and live drumming music by Kurtis before we all head to the beach.

Daily Fresh juicing by Kim Wexman.

Breakfast and dinner daily with private chef Joella of Pura Vida health foods.

Beautiful property on the beach with newly built yoga studio.

Yoga in the mornings followed by breakfast and surfing on the beach.

All surf boards and surfing equipment included plus beach chairs and umbrella.

Three complimentary surf lessons with Mario Beceril and his surf instructors from Mario’s Surf School.

Massage therapists available upon request.

Closing Ceremony: We will complete our six days retreat with a fire circle and fire dancers celebration.

This retreat will fill up fast!

Save your spot today!

Register HERE

Call 310-435-6098

or email to reserve

Prices –

Includes: six days and five nights of lodging plus daily yoga, three surf lessons, drummer, fresh juicing, breakfast, dinner, fire dancer, airport transportation (to and from airport) and beach chairs/ umbrellas/ surf boards. Property on the beach.

* except airfare – flights are not included.

Early Bird if paid in full by May 10th, 2013

Double Occupancy Luxury Yurt


Double Occupancy Room


Single Occupancy Luxury Yurt


Single Occupancy Room


Deposit $500 to reserve your spot (non-refundable )

Late Bird after May 10th add $200 for each of the prices listed above.

We accept all major credit cards.

Join Us! Many many smiles 🙂

BIO’s :

Mario Beceril was raised in Baja California and has surfed every single break along it’s coast.

He is widely respected within the surfing community not only for his surfing and teaching skills but his work within the community with helping children and young adults. Mario’s surfing school has been featured on many Surfing Magazines.

For more on Mario visit

Nathalie Croix is 500 hours Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher.

She has a strong background in modern and classical ballet. With an undergrad degree in dance and kinesiology from Southeastern Louisiana University. Nathalie attended and completed Studio Harmonique’s professional dancing program in Paris, France.

Having completed several teacher trainings all over the world including YogaWorks 300 hours professional yoga teacher program and Annie Carpenter’s SmartFLOW.

During the last 10 years Nathalie spent significant time in India studying yoga primarily under her teachers Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois of the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute.

Nathalie has assisted SmartFLOW teacher trainings at Exhale Center for Yoga in Los Angeles and taught yoga classes at Yogaworks while she lived in California.

Currently Nathalie teaches SmartFLOW yoga classes at her studio Shanti Yoga Shala in New Orleans.

She believes teaching yoga is a blessing and it gives us the possibility of realizing our full potential.

For more on Nathalie visit






Hawaii Yoga Retreat with Nathalie Croix and Melanie Fawer
August, 18-24, 2012

Come relax on the magical and pristine island of Maui for a week of transformation and rejuvenation while deepening your yoga practice, swimming in the ocean, horseback riding through unspoiled landscape, touring volcanos and medicinal gardens, taking beautiful hikes, sitting in meditation and enjoying delicious organic foods.

Melanie and Nathalie have a long history of working and playing together, from trips to India and Brazil to extensive yoga training and practice time.

Melanie will teach traditional Ashtanga classes and Nathalie will teach Vinyasa Yoga classes.

Together they will lead the group through dharma and sutra talks and immerse the group in aspects of yoga and asana that daily life does not leave much time to explore.

The week includes accommodations, two yoga classes a day, breakfast and dinner.

The Early Bird cost is $1500 per person based on a room with double occupancy.

For a single occupancy room Early Bird cost is $2200

Early Bird if paid by July 25, 2012.

After July 25th, the cost is $1700 for a double occupancy room

$2400 for a single occupancy room.

Purchase Hawaii Yoga Retreat Online today, reserve your spot and get the Early Bird Special click here

 If you choose to stay in a double occupancy room we will assist in pairing the rooms to best suit your needs.

To take a closer look at the beautiful retreat center go to:

* Reserve your spots soon! Space is limited.

For now, to learn more about Melanie and Nathalie visit our websites:

Melanie at

Nathalie at

If you’d like to reserve your spot please email

or call 310.435.6098

We hope you will join us for an unforgettable retreat to cap off your Summer!!


with special guest JAMES BOAG

We would like to invite you to a special event with James Boag, our dear friend and teacher, who is here visiting from india. He is offering several wonderful teachings on Friday September, 23 through Sunday September, 25.

Save your spot, click here to register today!

Friday 9/23     –    7:00-9:00pm

Saturday 9/24 –   10:00am -1:00pm

Saturday 9/24 –   1:00-2:0opm

Saturday 9/24 –   2:45-5:30pm

Sunday 10/25  –   10:00- 1:00pm

Sunday 10/25  –   1:00-2:00pm

Sunday 10/25  –   2:45-5:30pm

James Boag is known for bringing the traditional, scriptural teachings of yoga to vivid life, in ways which elucidate their relevance and practical application in our lives today. His practice and teaching grow from their roots in the Shankaracaraya Vedic tradition and the school of Kashmir Shaivism. His classes are infused with the ‘ras’ or flavour of joy associated with the devotional practice of kirtan, and of the bliss which is seen as underlying
everything in the beautiful teachings of Shaivism.
He has been teaching yoga since 1993 and leading kirtan regularly since 2003 . In 2005, while he was teaching English at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand James began studying Sanskrit.

Since 2008, James has spent over half his time in Mysore, India where he is now working towards an M.A. in Sanskrit, while also leading kirtan and courses on the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras. These classes are attended by international students of many of Mysore’s renowned yoga asana teachers.

We hope that you will join us for this special event!


Special Weekend Package Discount available until September, 7. Email us for more information!

FRIDAY, September 23: Introductory Talk and Kirtan


Introductory ‘what is yoga?’ talk. During the first half of this session, James will introduce Indian Philosophy and Vedic world view: the purpose of life and how to realise it; yoga as the practical school of Indian philosophy that works with human nature to harness the miraculous gifts of our bodies, senses, minds and intellects for the good of the whole. The talk will also address how yogasana fits into the broader picture of yoga and introduce key principles (from Patanjali and Gita) that will be explored more deeply over the weekend. We will then sing together in the blissful practice of kirtan. FREE ENTRY

SATURDAY, September, 24: The Power of Love in the Context of Yoga

According to the teachings of yoga, our very essence is love, joy, infinite creative potential. So how do we realise this? This day’s classes will focus on how we can cultivate and harness the power of love in our yoga practice in order to experience greater happiness, efficiency and fulfilment in all aspects of our lives.

10:00am -1:00pm: Asana(postures) Focus Class

In the first part of the class, with reference to key teachings from the Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita, James will talk about how we can infuse the power of love into our asana practice and then take it into all our activities. We will then explore this in a balanced and focused asana class that grows from consideration and application of the yamas and niyamas as they relate to our mat practice.

1:00-2:00PM: Karma Yoga/Yajna Lunch

Focus on recognition, gratitude and awareness. Yoga is about the whole of our lives, when we infuse it into our daily activities, they can be trans- formed in wonderful ways. In the third chapter of the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna explains in detail how to do this, by practicing karma yoga, and ‘yajna’: the action that nourishes. James will briefly explain this concept before we experience it in practice through the act of eating, transforming it into a nourishing exercise in mindfulness and a blissful festival of worship.

Optional: We will be walking across the street to have a lunch served with love and awareness by Café AbyssiniaLunch cost between $10-15 .

2:00-2:45PM: Break

2:45-5:30PM: (Practical Yoga Philosophy)

Talk and Meditation.

In this talk, James will focus further on karma yoga and the power of love. This will refer in particular to the Bhagavad Gita and will also use poetry to illustrate the power of the application of real love to our activities. We will then close the day with kirtan and meditation, dedicated to opening and to love.


SUNDAY, September, 25: Unveiling our inner light:

Just as the teachings of yoga describe our essence as love, another way it is described is as the pure, self-effulgent light of consciousness. Sunday’s classes will focus on light, including the symbolism of surya namaskara, how we overcome darkness, and how we can be the lamps which light humanity’s way to a golden new dawn.

10:00am-1:00pm: Focused Asana Exploration:

Opening to Light/The Symbolism of Surya Namaskara: opening to the one light of the universe, surrendering to our highest self. Creating light, space and freedom from the inside in our asana practice. Techniques to keep our practice full of light and liveliness.

1:00-2:00: Karma Yoga Lunch:

Focus on ‘Rasananda’. There are many techniques for the practice of karma yoga. Here we will practice ‘rasananda’, letting the sense organ of taste come to centre stage as a demonstration of how we work with our senses to nourish the whole.

Optional: we will heading down Magazine a lunch buffet served with love and awareness by Nirvana.Lunch cost between $10-15.

2:00-2:45 break

2:45-5:30: Unveiling our inner light:

Talk and Meditation: The benefits and power of satsang, symbolism of Ramayana, how we can unveil our inner light and glory for the benefit of ourselves, our society and our planet.

James Boag

We hope you can join us for this special event full of love and light,



Basics of Kundalini Yoga

As taught by Yogi Bhajan


Melissa DeOrazio

“Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light.” 

– Yogi Bhajan

When: Saturday, June 4th, 4:00-6:00PM

Cost: Regular class prices, series and memberships apply for this event. A single drop in  cost is $14

Pre-Register for this workshop today space is limited – email

Kundalini Yoga (as taught by Yogi Bhajan) combines breath, movement, mantra, and meditation into sets, called kriyas, addressing the mind, body, and spirit holistically.  Yogi Bhajan taught that, through the practice of Kundalini Yoga and meditation, your glandular and nervous systems are stimulated, and your capacity for creative potential is heightened. You gain inner vitality to compensate for the adverse effects of stress so you can excel in life.  In this workshop, we’ll cover the basics of pranayama (breath work), mantras, and chakras, as well as the practice of kriyas (yoga sets) and meditations, to bring awareness and consciousness, not only to our yoga practice, but to our lives.  We’ll also discuss elements of yogic philosophy, lifestyle, and diet, and how to integrate the practice into our daily routine.  This class is suitable for all levels of experience.

For more information on Yogi Bhajan click here

About Melissa DeOrazio:  Born in Texas and based out of New Orleans since 2007, Melissa has been practicing yoga since 2000. She completed her Level 1 Teacher Training for Kundalini in May 2006 in Austin, Texas at Yoga Yoga, and has completed one of five modules for Level 2 Teacher Training.

She is a musician and songwriter, performing with her husband as ‘Sweet Jones’ (
Under the name of Mrs. D’s DeLights, she is a gluten-free/vegan baker and chef, offering catering and personal chef services.
She is committed to community, and feels that yoga, food, and music are positive ways to bring that essential element into the world: creating common unity through community.

This Friday, April 22nd is Earth Day.

You are invited to join us on this very special day to celebrate mother nature and it’s many gifts we receive daily from our beautiful planet.

We will begin our evening celebration in Sangha (community), with a 20 minutes collective meditation contemplating love and light to mother Earth.

After the meditation we will watch the new yoga documentary
” Titans of Yoga” 25 Modern Masters of Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness.

Watch the movie trailer here

The documentary is one hour and fifteen minutes.

Our 20 minutes meditation will begin at 6:20PM

Movie will begin at 6:50PM

Studio doors will open at 6:00PM

There will be a cake for us to share.

This event is free.

You may RSVP on our website to guarantee your spot.

Hope to see you on this very special day.

Nathalie Croix and Shanti Yoga Shala Team


Come join us in an environment of peace, beauty, reflection, acceptance, joy and fun.

Journaling, guided and process meditation, yoga, breathwork, and self-reflection will be available in a relaxed format to experience your desired outcome.

The retreat will be held in the beautiful surrounds of the Retreat Center at St. Joseph’s Abbey outside of Covington, LA.  This wonderful retreat begins with registration at 9:00am on Thursday, December 30, 2010 and concludes on Saturday, January 1, 2010 around 3:00pm.  An all inclusive price of $385.00 non-refundable must be paid in full by December 17, 2010. After December 10th, please call to inquire about availability. All sessions, meals, private room and bath are included.  Enrollment is limited.

For more information on St. Joseph’s Abbey please click here.

Paulette Lucas and Jack Anthony Fontana are the facilitators.

For more information and registration call:

Paulette at 320-203-7928

* All major credit cards accepted

Make checks payable to:

Jack Fontana

PO Box 7218

Metairie, LA 70010


Paulette Lucas

1051 29th Ave N

St Cloud, MN 56303

Hope you can make it.



November 2010 workshop with Tim Miller

Yoga Workshop with Senior Teacher Tim Miller, November 12 – 14

TIM MILLER has been studying and teaching Ashtanga Yoga for over thirty years and was the first American certified to teach by Pattabhi Jois at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India. Tim has a thorough knowledge of this ancient system, which he imparts in a dynamic, yet compassionate and playful manner. “My goal as a teacher is to inspire a passion for practice. The practice itself, done consistently and accurately, is the real teacher.”

This is a special opportunity to practice with an established master of Ashtanga Yoga.  Read more about Tim here.

The workshop is open to to all yoga practitioners.

Friday 11/12  $50
6:00 – 8:30 pm A discussion of the Yoga Sutras focusing on the first chapter followed by a light practice that demonstrates the fundamentals of Ashtanga yoga.   The evening will establish a relationship between yoga philosophy as presented in the Yoga Sutras and the practical methodology of the Ashtanga System.

Saturday 11/13  $50
9:00 – 11:30 am An introduction to the prerequisites for a successful sadhana as presented by Patanjali in chapter two followed by a Led class.

Saturday 11/13  $60
1:00 – 4:00 pm ”Asana Doctor” — an opportunity for people to ask questions about practice pertaining to particular asanas, injuries, adaptations, yoga mythology, and philosophy.

Sunday 11/14  $50
9:00 – 11:30 am An introduction to Second Series and an introduction to Pranayama.

Full Workshop $210

Number of participants is limited!

Please Register here at the Ashtanga Yoga Room

For more information please contact Melanie Fawer at

Registration offline:
Mail your check to:
The Yoga Room
4905 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70115