Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in the price of the workshop series?

informative lecture/discussion
yoga class designed to activate/charge each chakra
crystal therapy
healing Reiki energy
guided visualization & intention-setting
thorough & detailed handout following the session
original artwork (image) depicting each chakra, painted by Shari
use of blocks & straps
complete set of chakra crystals to take home
increased clarity in your life
the opportunity to deepen your practice, recharge your spirit & have FUN!

What is NOT included in the price of the workshop series?

beverages and/or snacks

Where & when will these workshops take place?

Workshops will be held on Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 - 3:00 pm.  (Please refer to specific dates listed above.)  The entire series will take place at YOGAWORKS in PASADENA.  Their address is 227 West Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91105.  You do not need to be a member or class pass holder to participate in the workshops.

Is there parking available? 

Yes.  There is street parking both in front of the studio and on the surrounding side streets.  Please pay attention to all posted signs and meters.

What can I expect?

Each workshop will feature a truly unique practice which has been specifically crafted to activate a particular chakra.  The yoga practice will include a gentle flow, followed by quiet yin and restorative postures.  All levels are welcome.  We will support this effort on the mat with other modalities such as crystals, Reiki, and guided visualization. 

It is my intention that those who attend all seven workshops will leave feeling as if their chakra system has been thoroughly cleansed and charged.  This "supercharge", if you will, enables prana (or life force) to flow freely through the body, thereby helping us to attain optimum health and vitality.  Moreover, students will have acquired the tools and knowledge necessary to overcome any future blockages, including a complete set of chakra crystals to assist in this effort.

What should I bring?

yoga mat
your positive energy


beverages and/or snacks
notebook or your favorite journal

Is this series of workshops different from the series last summer?

Yes!  Of course we will have an entirely new set of students, which will make the group dynamic and what we gain from one another exciting and fresh.  The yoga sequences will also be completely reinvented with an eye toward a softer, gentler experience.  The course material and crystals will be the same. 

I would like to participate, but I don't know anyone else going.

Absolutely not a problem!  “Yoga people” are some of the nicest people on the planet.  Plus, because this is an ongoing series, you will see many of the same faces each week.  It will be no time at all before you find yourself swept up in the energy of the group.  Friendships I have made while attending yoga workshops and retreats are among the dearest of my life.  My guess is the same will hold true for you.

What if I have a conflict with some of the dates? Is it possible to purchase single workshops?

The $210 series price breaks down to $30 per workshop.  Students purchasing the series will be given priority.

Single workshops will be available for $35.  If you know you can only attend a handful of sessions, you may contact me to reserve specific dates.  Payment in this case will be made directly to me rather than online through the shopping cart.

My spouse or friend is interested in joining me, but he/she has no previous yoga experience.

Again, absolutely not a problem!  You asked for a less grueling practice and this is it.  The yoga sequence will be accessible to all levels - including complete beginners as well as those working with injuries.

What if I have additional questions?

I am more than happy to answer any further questions you might have!  Feel free to send me an email by clicking on the “contact” tab at the top of this page.  I will do my best to respond to you within 24 hours.


Student Testimonials

"I just wanted to let you know what an amazing experience I had at the retreat.  I had no idea what to expect and I was blown away by how I felt at the end of the day.  Being able to teach to a variety of skills and ages (16 - 93) shows that you are an amazing teacher.  I pushed myself in ways mentally and physically that I have not done in a long time.  At the end of the retreat I felt at total peace yet am excited about the dreams/goals that I have set for myself.  I really enjoyed the company of all of the other participants and felt a connection that I was not expecting.  I would fly back down here for another retreat!  Thank you again!"

~ Cindy E.

"I had the pleasure of being part of Shari's day retreat held at the beautiful setting of the Buddha House.  Since Shari is such an outstanding yoga instructor, I had high hopes and expectations for the retreat and I can honestly say the experience was amazing and far surpassed my expectations.

It was apparent that Shari devoted an incredible amount of time, thoughtfulness and creativity in planning every detail of the retreat.  The venue was tranquil and I felt like I was transported to a magical getaway.  The morning flow class and afternoon yin class made for an ideal combination of physical challenges and restorative practice.  Moreover, Shari provided a caring environment that allowed for sharing amongst the yogis, personal exploration and plenty of fun and laughter.

Throughout the day, Shari encouraged us to disconnect from the stress and routines of our everyday life and embrace the surroundings, our yoga practice and the overall retreat experience.  She inspired us with her words and teachings of sankalpas.  By the end of the day, I felt stronger and more energized, my heart and well-being felt nourished and my soul was awakened.

Shari, thank you for sharing your extraordinary gift of teaching."

~ Christine C.

"I was so impressed with the amount of preparation and thought that went into your retreat.  Your knowledge, dedication and thoughtfulness were very inspirational.  The time was productive and flexible enough to allow us to adjust from our busy schedules... to reflect and evaluate our own lives and provide helpful tools to reach for our dreams.  Thank you so much for enriching my life."

~ Michael P.

"Shari's one day yoga retreat at the Buddha House in Topanga exceeded my expectations.  It was my first yoga retreat so there was some apprehension on my part about keeping up with the more advanced yogis.  Shari was able to conduct the classes so that everyone from beginner to advanced level could enjoy both the flow class in the morning and the yin/restorative class in the afternoon.  I look forward to her next yoga retreat."

~ Liz H.

"Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to participate in the Mountain Mermaid retreat during a time in my life when I really needed it.  It helped restore my body and my mind during a difficult time, and spending time with you and the other yogis was absolutely wonderful.  I'll never be able to fully express my gratitude for your caring demeanor, yoga expertise, and generosity of spirit!

~ Molly M.