Yoga Fundamentals: A Workshop for Beginners, Saturday, Jan. 28th 1:30-4:30pm

Yoga Fundamentals:

A Workshop for Beginners

with Jacquelyn Nash & Hillary Harvey

Saturday, January 27th, 1:30-4:30pm

Hosted at our Midtown Studio at 474 Broadway, Kingston

$35 for workshop only;

$50 for workshop PLUS 3 classes* (only offered to new students to The Yoga House)

the yoga house, kingston, nyWe’ve all heard of the widely known physical and mental benefits of a consistent yoga practice. We know that when we hear the word “yoga” we think of flexibility, stress relief and mindfulness. But for some, making that step to experience those well-known benefits is not as easy as walking out the door and getting to a class. Often people feel intimidated and unsure of joining a group class for their first experience. Many questions arise: What type of yoga should I try? What’s with all the breathing? If I’m not flexible, can I do yoga? Maybe you’ve already been to a class but felt too uncomfortable and unsure of yourself to return.

This 3-hour interactive workshop is designed to quell those hesitations and answer any and all questions that you might have about starting a yoga practice. We will cover the following topics:

  • A brief history of yoga
  • An introduction to pranayama (breath control) and meditation
  • An explanation of different styles
  • An introduction to common yoga terms
  • A look at some yoga postures and their anatomical alignment

The entire workshop is designed to encourage dialogue, questions and discussion for any and all topics. If you have a question, we are sure that many other people do, so ask away for us all, teachers and students, to learn about the hesitations that arise. We want to provide you with the foundation of basic yoga principles in order for you to feel comfortable when you enter a yoga class for the first time. Join The Yoga House co-owner, Jacquelyn Nash, and The Yoga House Beginners Class instructor, Hillary Harvey, for this open forum for any yoga-skeptics.

We have all necessary equipment (props, mats, straps, even water), so bring just yourself. Because we will be doing some postures, please wear comfortable, loose clothing.

(Please note, it is NOT necessary to take this workshop to come to a Beginner’s Class, which we offer of Monday and Friday nights and Saturday mornings.)

*3 Classes to be used within 30 days of first class at the studio.


Yoga Fundamentals Workshop



Read About Our Newest Classes & Teachers Here

Second Location Opening in

Midtown Kingston

Saturday, May 13th

Celebrating with FREE classes all day at both locations!

 

Free Class Schedule          New Teachers          New Classes

 

You may have noticed that some of our evening classes have been bursting at the seams. Literally. Classes have been overflowing. And while it’s exciting that so many people are interested in yoga and our offerings, we, Leigha & Jacqui, couldn’t help but feel like the time was right to move into a bigger location that could better serve our community. The idea of moving was bittersweet. We were sad that we would have to move out of the birthplace of The Yoga House in 2011 but we knew it was best if we could offer classes in a space with more freedom to move. Luckily, we’ve found the perfect location in Midtown Kingston at 474 Broadway, right in between Monkey Joe’s and Stone Soup, that is allowing us to expand the presence of yoga into Midtown without giving up our quaint original home in Uptown Kingston on Crown Street. We’re working hard to make it feel like your other yoga home in Kingston. And, yes, we will also have a small parking lot at the new studio, along with a municipal lot right next door.

So beginning Saturday, May 13th, The Yoga House will have a presence in two districts in Kingston. With both studios open, we’ll be able to run simultaneous classes. Most of the classes that we already offer will move to the new, larger location on Broadway, and the Uptown studio on Crown Street will run more specialized classes such as Prenatal Yoga, Yoga en Español, and Restorative Yoga. And for the ease of our community, your class cards and memberships will be valid at both locations! We will now be offering 29 weekly classes, plus 4 monthly classes, between the two studios. You can see the complete schedule, which begins Sunday, May 14th, here.

On that Saturday, May 13th, we will be celebrating this new chapter of The Yoga House with a day of FREE yoga at both studios. The classes will be about 40 minutes long; short enough to potentially try out a few classes during the day. The schedule of free classes is listed below.

We know that there are a lot of questions so hopefully this page will help answer most of them. If you do have additional inquiries, please feel free to reach out via email to us. We’d love to hear from you.

We do want to introduce you to the new teachers at the studio. Below are the bios of the teachers who are joining our family, and if you’d like to read about our current teachers, visit our teachers page. And don’t forget to keep scrolling to read about our new classes.


New Teachers

 

Anne Robinson

House Flow, Midtown, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30-10:45am

Anne Robinson has over 20 years of teaching experience in the fields of dance and yoga. She performed and taught modern dance in Chicago and NYC for many years before becoming certified to teach yoga and meditation at the Integral Yoga Institute in NYC. She has studied extensively with Shiva Rea and Yoga Works, prenatal yoga at Kripalu and advanced anatomy for yoga and yoga therapy with Leslie Kaminoff at The Breathing Project. Her dance and movement training includes Horton, Laban, Body-Mind Centering and Ballet. Her personal practice continues with Shiva Rea, Iyengar, Horton and ballet technique classes and meditation on The Radiance Sutras and with Dr. Joe Dispenza. Anne has had many wonderful teachers in life, dance and yoga and hopes to pass on their energy, love, grace and compassion.

 

HariPrakaash

Kundalini Yoga, Meditation + Gong, Uptown, Fridays, 9:30-11:00am

HariPrakaash teaches Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and Gong Sound Healing. In 1996 she began her practice in Woodstock, New York. She has been teaching since 2006. Her prayer is that the teachings continue to flow through her accurately and authentically. HariPrakaash brought Kundalini Yoga and the “Gong Movement” to the Hudson Valley of NY in a very grass roots way, by teaching out of her living room. She inspires and guides people daily and has assisted dozens of people to take KRI teacher trainings to become teachers. She holds an International KRI certification in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. HariPrakaash travels the planet with her Teacher Harijiwan, she has attended and is certified in dozens of KRI Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 trainings. More about at HariPrakaash.com

 

Mela Stevens

Yoga Basics, Uptown, Saturdays, 10-11:15am

Mela is a RYT 500 and an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, working with holistic-based nutrition and wellness for individuals and with groups for almost 15 years.  Mela holds a Bachelor’s degree from Long Island University, CW Post Campus and received additional education from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, studying in person with some of the top leaders in nutrition today.  She is accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners is a member of the Yoga Alliance. She is currently working toward advanced accreditation from the National Health & Wellness Consortium and the International Coaching Federation. Mela continues her yoga studies with Sondra Loring, having received her 200 hour and 500 hour certifications with Sondra here in the Hudson Valley.

Mela is also a writer and speaker who brings all of her wellness acumen into her teaching and coaching.  It is her belief that breath, movement, proper nourishment, rest, service and bringing some joy/fun into each day comprises an extraordinary life.  And if there’s a will, there’s a way! Her teaching reflects these beliefs.

 

Nydia Valencia

Yoga en Español, Uptown, Mondays, 6:00-7:00pm

Nydia, who is originally from Medellin, Colombia, came to The Yoga House five years ago looking for a place to meditate and to calm feelings of anxiety she experienced throughout her journey as an immigrant. She realized that in yoga she had an opportunity to pause from the fast pace of everyday life and to enjoy a date with herself. It is in this quiet space that Nydia found she could truly listen to her mind and body. As a yoga instructor, Nydia creates a safe space that allow others to reconnect with themselves and to find a way to feel at home.  With her enthusiastic personality and a tremendous sense of wonder, Nydia is passionate about empowering others to overcome their fears and any obstacles that might prevent them from leading the life they desire. Her beginner class is offered in Spanish and she welcomes all new beginners to yoga.

Nydia es de Medellin, Colombia. Hace cinco años llegó a La casa del Yoga (The Yoga house) buscando un lugar para meditar y calmar su ansiedad producto de todos los cambios que estaba viviendo a través de su experiencia como inmigrante en un nuevo país. Ella encontró en el yoga una oportunidad para hacer una pausa de los días caóticos y disfrutar de una cita con ella misma. En este momento de quietud Nydia pudo escuchar lo que su cuerpo y mente necesitaban. Como instructora de yoga, Nydia trabaja para crear un espacio seguro que le permita a otros conectarse con ellos mismos y encontrar una manera de sentirse en casa. Con su personalidad entusiasta y tremenda capacidad para maravillarse de lo cotidiano a Nydia le apasiona empoderar a otros para que puedan superar sus miedos y obstáculos que en ocasiones no nos dejan liderar la vida que queremos vivir. Su clase para principiantes se ofrece en español y está abierta para todos aquellos nuevos al yoga.

 

Christina Byron-Steen

Prenatal Yoga, Uptown, Tuesdays, 5:30-6:45pm

Christina is inspired by yoga to live each moment more mindfully while keeping her body healthy and strong. Her introduction to yoga was a prenatal class she took when she was pregnant with her daughter 18 years ago. Christina has since fallen in love with yoga and she wants to share it with anyone interested in giving it a try. She is committed to making her class engaging and nurturing for all, and more challenging for those up for the task. She finds yoga to be a very personal, non-competitive practice. Instead of looking for a perfect pose, she hopes you leave the mat feeling more nourished and balanced within.

 


New Classes

 

Kundalini Yoga, Meditation + Gong: Uptown, Fridays 9:30-11:00am

with HariPrakaash

Kundalini Yoga awakens the power within you to Excel and Fulfill to your highest potential. An applied technology that directs energy by using mantra (sound current), breath, kriyas (sets of postures), meditations, and Gong. This unique combination allows the functioning of the mind, body and spirit to move into a positive, vital state. Once the mind/body systems have this experience, they are able to sustain this state of awareness. The frequency is upgraded.

 

Prenatal Yoga: Uptown, Tuesdays 5:30-6:45pm

with Christina Byron-Steen

It’s no secret that prenatal yoga can be one of the best forms of exercise for mamas-to-be. Prenatal yoga can help pave the road for a more joyous pregnancy, a more confident labor & delivery and a better postpartum recovery. The class will open with discussion so that future mamas can share stories, concerns & ideas about topics related to pregnancy. After the discussion, you’ll explore breathing techniques and gentle prenatal poses for women new to yoga, and we will even touch on some sequences for more experienced practitioners. Each class will end with restorative postures, meditation and final relaxation. Come to connect with your baby, your body and other mamas-to-be.

 

Playshop: Uptown, First Fridays 5:30-7:00pm

with Amy Reed

As the name implies, this vinyasa class is designed to PLAYfully dive into your favorite poses – binds, balances, inversions, and linking – in a relaxed, conversational, and explorative environment. Questions are welcome and laughs guaranteed, as we break down the pose puzzle. Let’s yoga play!

 

Aroma RESTorative: Uptown, Third Fridays, 5:30-7:00pm

with Mel Toth

Aroma RESTorative explores the power of gentle movement, supported poses and Young Living essential oils to help release physical and mental tension. Mel will lead you through postures incorporating props to support the body, offering a different essential oil with each supported pose. Guided breath work and relaxation techniques, as well as diffusing of oils, will be incorporated throughout. A brief description of each oil’s properties and benefits will also be included. Come discover how scent can bypass the conscious mind and bring you to bliss! Suitable for all levels.

 

Baby & Me: Uptown, Mondays 11:30am-12:30pm

with Amy Reed

This class is for parents with their babies under 18 months. Spend time with baby on the mat. Stretch, play and connect with your child in the supportive company of other moms and parents.

 

Yoga Suave en Español: Uptown, Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm

with Mackenzie Rudis

La clase suave de yoga ayuda con la eliminación del estrés y permite personas relajar en un lugar seguro. Esta clase intenta ofrecer relajación completa con posturas restaurativas y movimientos suaves. Con respecto a las necesidades del cuerpo, la clase permite que uno puede soltar tensiones y practicar cuidado personal.

This gentle yoga class helps to eliminate stress and allows people to relax in a safe place. The class is intended to offer complete relaxation with restorative postures and gentle movements. With regard to the body’s needs, the class allows one to release tensions and to practice self-care.

 

Including the new offerings listed above, we’ll also be adding more options of some of your favorite classes (description here) including:

  • House Flow: Midtown, Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30-10:45am with Anne Robinson
  • Early Morning House Flow: Midtown, Tuesdays & Thursdays 7:00-8:00am with Felipa Gaudet
  • Guided Ashtanga: Midtown, Thursdays 6:00-7:30pm with Jacqui Nash
  • Yoga Basics: Uptown, Saturdays 10:00-11:15am with Mela Stevens
  • Yoga en Español: Uptown, Mondays 6:00-7:00pm with Nydia Valencia

 

 

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Yin Yoga Workshop, Saturday, Mar. 11th 2:30-5pm

Exploring the Practice and Principles of Yin Yoga

with Bobbie Marchand

Saturday, Mar. 11th, 3:30-5:30pm

unnamedA quietly passive, though deeply challenging practice, yin yoga is designed to elongate the connective tissues of the body (ligaments, tendon and fascia) resulting in a greater sense of space within. For a therapeutic effect, poses are sustained for along period of time; practitioners are encouraged into the depth of the pose by the guidance and patient listening to their own breath.

 

This workshop will offer information about a full yin yoga practice; the principles behind Yin and Yang; the desired effect of a yin practice on our begin as a whole; connective tissue and it’s relevance to the practice of yin; how and when to incorporate yin principles into a traditional practice; and pranayama for a yin practice.

 

bobbie marchandBobbie Marchand, in pursuing her love of dance, moved from her native Toronto to NY in 2005. Though the transition of dancer to yoga teacher is a common one, it was an illness that tuned her in to the power of a daily, dedicated practice. Bobbie’s Vinyasa classes are creative, challenging and fun. Drawing on her dance background, the sequencing is expressive and fluid while encouraging alignment (and a healthy use of props!). Her yin/stretch/restorative classes are an invitation to pause, yield to the sense of support, turn inward and take the practice to a quiet, nourishing place away from the external stress of our busy lives. Endless gratitude to teachers Diana Lockett, Amanda Harding and Raghunath for their encouragement, support and loving guidance on this incredible journey.

Yin Workshop



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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

 

leigha butler meditation yoga gomukuasana

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



Beginners Class Added to Our Morning Schedule

New Beginners Yoga Class

Thursdays, 9:30am

Coming November 5th
with Mel Toth

Learn or revisit the fundamentals every Thursday morning at our newly added Beginners Class, 9:30-10:45am with Mel Toth. We all come to the mat with a unique bodily history, and Mel knows how to get to the heart of how yoga can be your best medicine. One of Mel’s gifts is her attentiveness to each individual. She will pay close attention to your specific needs, and she will break down each posture, offering modifications and suggesting props in order to make any newcomer or returning practitioner feel comfortable. Hope to see you in class!