What to expect…
- The first 45 minutes includes gentle yin/restorative yoga, accompanied by soothing acoustic guitar leaving you open and ready to receive the Yoga Nidra and Sound Healing offerings, fully embodied.
- The following 15/20 minutes take you on an journey into a deep state of relaxation through a guided meditation (Yoga Nidra/Psychic Sleep).
- The remaining hour is spent resting on your back, bathing in a sound experience that will encourage deep relaxation, rejuvenation and an acceleration of your inward journey.
Meditate. Melt. Merge.
A Yin Yoga & Sound Healing Experience
with Will Leblanc, Lea Garnier & Beth Ylivisaker
Rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 1st – 5:30-8pm
Hosted at our Midtown Studio at 474 Broadway, Kingston
Meditation with sound and yoga is one universal path to Self Realization, accessible to anyone, and appropriate for people of any religion or spiritual aspiration.
All life is relationship, and in this experience we will explore the dynamics between the practice of Yin Yoga and the therapeutic Sound Bath. By uniting our emotional, spiritual and physical bodies in a meditative way, these two up and coming modalities will help you come back to who you truly are: a vibrational being, in tune.
The practice of Yin Yoga is a slow and deep. Based on the principles of stillness, it encourages students to listen to their body’s individual needs. A yin practice guides students past the muscle and into the connective tissue, joints and areas of tension that are being held in deep layers of the body. Students will learn an intuitive approach to working with the body that cultivates listening, facilitates the release of long held tensions and offers genuine relaxation. Simple postures on the floor will be practiced to relax your muscles in order to stimulate the ligaments, joints and layers of fascia. No yoga experience necessary!
Sound has been utilized in various cultures for thousands of years as a tool for healing. Whether through the use of mantras, medicine melodies or the use of interval and frequency, these various techniques all have the same intention: to move us from a place of imbalance to a place of balance. Each human being is in essence a vibration. The molecule sings, the heart of the atom is tone, and the human has a sound body which comes in and out of tune. Enabling the soul to remember its true divine self, its spirit self, we can re-merge with all that is. Finding connection and balance with all that is, we find ourselves in wholeness and perfect health.
Will Leblanc began his study of yoga after 15 years of professional classical ballet dancing to heal and rehabilitate. He began his study of Sivananda and Kripalu yoga in 1990 and did a 500 hour YTT at the Bikram Yoga College of India in 2003. He was the owner/director of Bikram Yoga Amherst for several years. In 2005 he “fell in love”… with Yin Yoga and has been practicing and teaching with true devotion ever since. He completed a 100 hour YTT with Paul Grilley and a 60 hour YTT with Bernie Clarke. He recently had the opportunity to study the Science & Mysticism of connective tissue with Deane Juhan, author of Job’s Body. Will teaches at Euphoria Yoga and Catskills Yoga House.
Lea Garnier is a certified yoga teacher trained in the Desikachar lineage and specializes in teaching yin and restorative yoga workshops which integrate the therapeutics of sacred healing sound with a variety of different sound tools and voice. She has worked as a Craniosacral therapist for over 15 years and has a private practice at Sage Academy of Sound Energy in Woodstock, NY, a center she directs and co-founded in 2007. She also organizes ongoing sound healing retreats & trainings which cater to an international audience of practitioners working in the healing arts.
Beth Ylvisaker became a partner to Sage in 2010, and co-founded the first east coast Annual SoundHealing Retreat Intensive at Menla, NY. She is a senior teacher and facilitator of all the Sage Academy’s events and trainings. She has studied sound extensively with Jill Purce, Accutonics as well as all of the Sage Academy’s esteemed master teachers. She is an astrology student of Terran Loveware, Mark Borax and Elias Lonsdale. She applies mapping astrology through the mandala of the gong, combining stars, sound and is fulfilling a calling to bring healing to individuals and group settings.
The Great Beyond: Past Life Regression
A Workshop with Laurie Oliver
Saturday, February 4th, 2-4pm
$20 to preregister
or $25 day of
Saturday, February 13th
An All-Day Event: 7:00am-7:00pm
$40 for an all-access wristband
One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history. Join the Hudson Valley community for a celebration of ourselves and our ability to empower and assist others through COMMUNITY, CARING and REVOLUTION. Teachers and healers from around the county will be donating their classes for the day with all proceeds going to support the Washbourne House, a shelter which houses and supports survivors of domestic violence.
Suggested Donation – $40 for full enjoyment of any and all classes a part of this REVOLUTION. See the poster below or the event website for a list of participating locations and the complete schedule. Tickets can be purchased in advance at any participating location or the day of the event.
This year we are “ENLARGING, DEEPENING AND EXPANDING” the call for REVOLUTION, harnessing our COLLECTIVE ENERGY, and connecting our BODIES with the REVOLUTION.
“The struggle of humanity is the struggle to return to our bodies. Through trauma, cruelty, shame, oppression, violence, rape, and exclusion, the body of the human species has been hurt, wounded, and we have been forced to flee our bodies.”
Through yoga, meditation, dance and many more healing modalities, we will join in this year’s Revolution bringing about a “new kind of consciousness – one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.”
Purchase your wristband here.
THE RESET BUTTON
A Yin and Restorative Yoga Workshop with Bobbie Marchand
Saturday, January 9th
$20 before Jan. 6th/$25 after
Location: The dance space upstairs at BSP, 323 Wall Street, Kingston
In our busy, over-stimulated lives, it’s not often enough that we give ourselves time to recharge our bodies in a restful, reflective way. The practice of Yin Yoga slows us down and though quietly passive, is deeply challenging on many levels. Designed to elongate the connective tissues (ligaments and fascia), postures are held for a long period of time with the depth of the pose being guided by attention, breath and patience.
The Restorative Yoga process is all about ‘un-doing’ which, for many of us, is easier said than done. This vital practice calms the nervous system and encourages the exploration of total relaxation. Often supported by blankets, bolsters and blocks, Restorative Yoga allows the body to be completely supported, involving little to no muscular effort, creating space for a completely receptive state of being.
Pursuing her love of dance, Bobbie, a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School moved from her native Toronto to NY in 2005. Though the equation of Dancer to Yoga Teacher is a common one; it was a life-altering illness that tuned her in to the power of a daily, dedicated Yoga practice. Pretty soon, the practice became a way of life, with lessons learned on the mat melding with every day relationships and events.
A sweet, soulful teacher, Bobbie encourages students to discover ‘that which does not change’; a deep connection to our spirit that lies beneath external conditioning and habitual patterns. Her classes?….well, it depends what you’re coming for….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!) Bobbie’s 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 path.