A Special Flying Flow Class to be held at BSP, Saturday, September 17th, 7:30-9am

Hi Flying Yogis & Yoginis!

On Sat., Sept. 17th, we’ll hold our Flying Flow class at BSP’s upstairs springy, bamboo-floored dance space. This way, we can spread our wings and fly (and fall!) without fear of putting a foot through someone else’s rib cage or noggin. Not that we don’t thrive on the intimacy of our own space… It’s just that, this’ll be an adventure.

If you park at The Yoga House, just cross the street and find the red double doors in the corner of the giant brick building. That’s the back door to BSP. It’s got a sign that says, “Standard” above it and an arrow pointing down to it! — Official address is 323 Wall Street. The doors will be unlocked and someone will be there to guide you to the second floor dance studio.

I’ll be unlocking The Yoga House at around 7, so please grab a block, a strap, and a blanket if you don’t have your own. We’ll have to drop props back off before Felipa’s folks start coming in, around 9:15 + we’ll want to get our ninety minutes in, so arrive on time!

I’m really looking forward to the chance to play around with a lot of room for movement

Peace, peace, peace,

Leigha

 

 

Yoga En Español–viene este mes de junio

Yoga En Español Viene Este Mes de Junio

Jueves 7:30-8:30pm–costo $8

Comienze el 2 de junio

La clase de yoga en Español es para todos y es basada en la integración de la respiración y el movimiento. La clase es para abrir las puertas a los que nunca han tenido la oportunidad de participar en una clase de yoga en su propio idioma y a los que quieren explorar una clase de yoga que puede ayudarles encontrar movimientos que apoyarían una práctica personal. Con la guía de la profesora a entrar en posturas y hacer transiciones a nuevas, hay una invitación de encontrar la manera mejor para su cuerpo con el uso de accesorios y/o la integración de otros tipos de movimiento que quizás conozcan. Enseñado por Mackenzie Rudis.

Mackenzie Rudis

MackenzieHace seis años que Mackenzie encontró a la práctica de yoga y en el seguimiento de aprendizajes, en 2011, empezó la aventura de enseñar yoga. El yoga en su más básico es la unión, y para Mackenzie ese unión es lo más llamativa de la práctica. Ella crea que somos todos parte de una experiencia que muda y cambia sin parar, y con el yoga ella entiende que se puede integrar esos movimientos y cambios con algo constante, la respiración. Como cada ser humano ella no puede vivir sin la respiración, entonces a través de la práctica de yoga se intenta explorar y jugar con esta cosa constante que se puede identificar y ejecutar cuando se sienta abrumada por las situaciones no controlables. Ella quiere compartir este exploración y juego con cualquier persona quien sería interesada, se crea que si está respirando puede hacer yoga.

May Focus: Meditation & The Last Three Limbs of Yoga

May Focus of the Month

Meditation & The Last Three Limbs

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The first yogis aimed to solve a problem that still pervades today. It’s called the “monkey mind,” and it refers to the ever-firing, overly anxious human brainscape that has added a layer of frazzle and fret to our already-fraught condition. A complete yoga practice is designed to give us enough clarity to see our experiences for what they are rather than through the carnival mirror-style distortion of emotionally reactive, memory-attached consciousness. If you were to crack open the Yoga Sutras, you would not have to get very far to see how important a meditation practice is as part of the yogi’s journey. Sutra #1 says, essentially, “Following are the teachings of yoga….” Sutra #2 goes on to say, “The purpose of yoga is to still our thoughts. If you master this sutra, you need not read on to the rest.”

Meditation occupies some significant territory on yoga’s eight-limbed ladder, taking up three of the last three rungs on the climb toward enlightenment. The breakdown is fascinating:

Dharana, the 6th limb, has to do with concentration. The suggestion is to fix your mind upon an object until you become so absorbed that there is little room for the mind to do much needless worrying or past/future travel as it is wont to do. A funny fable tells us of an acolyte meditator who once shut his door and fixed his mind upon a bull until he barreled out of the room with horns and hooves himself. The take-home is twofold: Be as focused as this acolyte, but be wary of where you place your attention.

From the recommendation to concentrate upon a single object spring many forms of modern-day meditation: from mantra and japam meditation, or repetition of a significant sound; to guided visualizations; to the use of a talisman; to the use of a drishti, or focal point; to the tuning in to a single sense, such as hearing or touch; to the holding in mind of a spiritual figure. Dharana is an essential practice that prepares the mind for deeper states of contemplation.

Dhyana, yoga’s 7th limb, comes closer to the definition of meditation as we think of it, the suggestion being to sustain concentration for a prolonged period of time, fixing the mind upon a single object while quelling the tendency to name, categorize, judge, or assign value to that which is in focus. To sit in this style of meditation is to see reality with perfect clarity, leading to an awareness unstained by the ego’s preferences or priorities. Eventually, the yogi’s subject becomes the Self that dwells within the self, and he/she abides in sacred, nondual reality.

Eight Limbs of Yoga

When the mind succeeds in accurately reflecting reality, the yogi perceives her true nature in which self and other are unified. To sustain this clarity of consciousness is to live in Samadhi, or liberation, the 8th limb. A meditation practice helps us to collect more and more moments of pure awareness so that we may finally reside around the clock in “bliss that defies description.” Those who have experienced samadhi describe it as a coming home or as an experience of sweetness and peace that cannot be conveyed in words. Paramahansa Yogananda offers as vivid an account of samadhi as is available, describing it over the course of many paragraphs in Autobiography of a Yogi:

Soul and mind instantly lost their physical bondage and streamed out like a fluid light from my every pore…  My sense of identity was no longer narrowly confined to a body but embraced the circumambient atoms…My ordinary frontal vision was now changed to a vast spherical sight, simultaneously all-perceptive… An oceanic joy broke upon calm endless shores of my soul. The entire cosmos, gently luminous, like a city seen afar at night, glimmered within the infinitude of my being….

Brain & Meditation

Excitingly, scientists have discovered that meditation really does help keep ego in check, increase empathy, and provide mental clarity, affirming the claims yogis have been making for millennia. Neuroscientists have identified the portions of the brain responsible for emotional reactivity, autobiographical memory (or ego) creation, self/other distinctions, present-centered attention, and time/space awareness. Interestingly, these locations in the brain become markedly restful during deep states of meditation, and a regular meditation practice increases gray matter in many of these regions, helping us to function optimally even when the meditation session has concluded.

Although we often begin and end class with a brief meditation, we will place special emphasis this May on listening to the silence beneath the sound and to heeding the call of highest consciousness. We look forward to sharing these sweet moments on the mat!

In peace,

 

Leigha & Jacqui

“Play”Shop with Amy Reed – Registration Full

“Play”Shop with Amy

Friday, May 13 7-9pm

$25 for 2 full hours of fun!

This event is full. Please email us if you’d like us to host another “Play”shop.

Amy Reed Playshop at The Yoga House Kingston NY Hudson Valley Handstand

It’s your favorite yoga class and the teacher is guiding toward a peak pose, one you’ve been wanting to try for months! You eagerly get your “oomph” ready, give it a few tries, and just when the breath and body start to align and the pose begins to make sense, the class moves on to something else (much to your dismay!) and it’s time for savasana.

In this “workshop,” we’ll playfully dig in to poses you like and want to try… be it a deeper bind, a balance or an inversion… in a relaxed environment, over the span of two hours, so you’ll have just the time you need to put the pose-puzzle together for yourself.’

Questions and open dialogue are encouraged, and students will be taught to work together to provide assists and support.  It’s designed to be organic, fluid, fun and informational… AND ALL ABOUT PLAY!

Meditation Vacation — Saturday, April 23rd — 12:00-3:00pm

MEDITATION VACATION

An Experiential Meditation Intensive

Saturday, April 23rd

12:00-3:00pm

$25: Register below

Meditation Vacation

Experience HEALING IN ACTION

  • Meditate using a non-denominational approach
  • Explore a variety of meditation styles
  • Discover the meditation technique that suits your disposition

Learn the BRAIN SCIENCE behind meditation’s healing and
transformative effects

  • Its impact on your parasympathetic nervous system
  • How it restructures your brain
  • Its mechanism for quieting the egoic mind

Acquire concrete tools to start & maintain a regular HOME MEDITATION PRACTICE

  • Connect with accountability partners, if that is your desire
  • Journal to work through the obstacles that stand between you and meditation
  • Get answers to your questions about the why, how & how long…
  • Take home a log & worksheet to facilitate your personal practice

 

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Hillary Hoffman Photography

Leigha Butler E-RYT, MA, is co-owner of The Yoga House in Kingston, NY where she co- directs a Yoga Alliance registered 200-hour teacher training program. She has studied Tantra-influenced meditation with Lorin Roche, PhD and the science of meditation and egolessness with Richard Miller, PhD. Her own practice borrows from many traditions including that of the eight-limbed yogic path and Zen Buddhism. She leads meditative movement workshops called “Consciousness in Flight.”


Meditation Workshop