New Ashtanga Class added, Tuesdays, 5:45-7:15pm at Uptown Studio

New Led Primary Series Ashtanga Class

with Kathy Reisfeld

Tuesdays, 5:45-7:15pm at the Uptown Studio

Begins November 7th

 

The physical and spiritual benefits of the Ashtanga Yoga practice unfold with a committed and regular practice, so we thought it was time to offer an additional class to the regular weekly offerings. This new class, which will also be a Primary Series class, will be led by experience Ashtanga yoga practitioner and instructor, Kathy Reisfeld, and hosted at our Uptown studio at 57 Crown Street.

Those who are newer to the Ashtanga Yoga practice, please feel free to come to any of our now three(!) Ashtanga classes, but know that we will be offering another Intro to Asthanga Yoga Series in January. If you’re interested in finding out a little more about what the practice is, please read our blog post here.

 

 

Kathy Reisfeld has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since the fall of 2001 when she was introduced to the Ashtanga primary series. In the summer of 2003 she had the privilege of studying with Nancy Gilgoff and Christine Hoar at a workshop in Burlington, Vermont, which opened her eyes to the true depths of Ashtanga Yoga.

While living in NYC she practiced at Ashtanga Yoga New York with Eddie Stern as her teacher from 2005 through 2010.   She had the good fortune of meeting and practicing with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the fall of 2003 and again in 2005 and 2006.  She traveled to Mysore, India in 2005 in order to study at the Ashanga Yoga Research Institute with Sharath Rangaswamy.

In 2010, while pregnant with her daughter, Ruthie, Kathy moved up to Woodstock with her husband, Scott. Kathy has been maintaining a home practice since her move up to Woodstock.   She is grateful for the love, support, and wisdom of her teacher, Christine Hoar. Kathy hosts a Mysore style Ashtanga practice group at her home studio in Woodstock. Visit Ashtanga Yoga Woodstock for more info.

 

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Yoga Sequencing Intensive – with Amy Reed – Nov. 18th, 11:30-4:30pm

Yoga Sequencing Intensive

With Amy Reed

Saturday, November 18th, 11:30-4:30pm

At our Midtown location, 474 Broadway Ave., Kingston, NY

 

Looking for a fresh way to enhance your vision and voice as a yoga instructor? Delve into the world of effective sequencing with experienced yoga teacher Amy Reed, E-RYT 500. This workshop is perfect for all yoga instructors—from the very new to the very seasoned. Practice creating conscientious, sequential yoga classes designed around a guiding principle: a mythological tale, a dharma theme, or a biomechanical crescendo, for instance. Broaden your go-to ways of organizing a class, share your creativity with other yogis, and come away with new tools, knowledge and inspiration.

 

In this intensive workshop we will explore:

  • alternative avenues for building more dynamic and safe classes.
  • thinking outside the sequencing box (it isn’t all about a peak pose!).
  • flexing your mythological muscle by using stories to build a better class framework
  • infusing more thematic dharma into your sequencing stack
  • using anatomy and body mechanics to create crescendo
  • finding your signature sequencing style.

Suggested text:

  • Myths of the Asanas by Alanna Kaivalya & Arjuna van der Kooij
  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews
  • Your favorite Bhagavad Gita and Sutras translations

Required materials:

  • Notebook and writing tool
  • Anything that inspires you! (a poem, story, song, picture, etc.)

Tuition:

$100 or $90 for The Yoga House Teacher Training Graduates

5 Continuing Ed credits available for Yoga Alliance-registered yoga teachers. 

 

Amy Reed, The Yoga House, Teacher, Yoga, Kingston, NYAmy Reed, RYT 500, E-RYT 200

B.K.S. Iyengar wrote that health “is a state of complete equilibrium of body, mind and spirit.” With this intention, Amy bases her free-spirited classes on an Ashtanga-based, Vinyasa-style of yoga that is inspired by the teachings of Patthabhi Jois and alignment principles of B.K.S Iyengar. Understanding the importance of integrating all aspects of oneself to achieve true wellness, Amy’s classes are dynamic and comprehensive: Harmonium playing, chanting, meditation, and pranayama are all seamlessly incorporated, and woven with thoughtful passages from the Sutras and Bhagavad Gita, poems and affirmations. The result: A rich and invigorating class designed to endure long after the student leaves the studio.

amy reed yogaBut what is most compelling about Amy is her warmth and sincerity. With a near-tangible appetite for self-study and a gentle sense of humor, Amy immediately makes those around her feel welcomed, valued, and inspired to action. She is as accessible to her students as are her classes. This fosters a safe and encouraging environment where students are moved to approach their individual practices with a light-hearted and self-accepting point of view.


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October Focus – Building Partnerships: An Inquiry into Ego

Building Partnerships:
An Inquiry into Ego

 

 

We knew when we opened the studio that we were signing ourselves up to meet a lot of people, and we have to admit, we didn’t give this aspect of the enterprise a ton of thought. We figured we would meet many nice people, many hardworking people, perhaps (just the universe’s way of keeping things interesting…) a rare ornery sort. But on the whole we expected to be interacting with mostly warm, well-meaning fellow humans. The matter took up very little brain space, and we had no way of anticipating the substance, nuance, reality, and boon, of participating in so many relationships over the years.

It’s difficult not to use superlative language when we consider how many people have simply floored us by their level of commitment to service work or by the creativity and accomplishments they’re often keeping secret. Obviously you don’t have to be harboring some surreptitious superpower to be an amazing person, but so many of you are dedicating your lives to life-affirming projects that we want to say a few words about it.

Here’s a quick portrait of the sort of lives converging in the yoga rooms on Broadway and Crown Street:

  • Craftspeople and artists who are seriously — like, intimidatingly — good at what they do: digital designers, muralists, sculptors, clothing-makers, interactive space builders, writers, filmmakers, and photographers — just to get started.
  • Leaders running mission-driven, non-profit organizations dedicated to serving the underserved in the U.S. and in developing countries.
  • Unsung parents and single parents running the show for their children at the same time that they maintain a career and a personal practice.
  • Angel-style selfless servants who perform (often anonymously) time-consuming, labor-intensive acts of succor, requesting exactly nothing in return.
  • Activists and involved citizens expending heroic personal resources to organize and raise awareness in various spheres.
Clearly, we could go on. But our aim is not to celebrate individual accomplishments. We want to point out that each of us has an opportunity to join collaborative arms with the many competent, incredible people in our midst. And doing so has more to do with the yoga practice than meets the eye.
If you are at all interested in inquiring into the workings of ego (in Sanskrit it’s ahamkara, the notorious “I-maker”), there is perhaps no better way than to work closely with another person. Wow oh wow, does such a partnership reflect back in crystal clarity our blind spots. If we are willing to see our defensiveness, our conceit, our excuses, our self-defeating tendencies, our inner bully or inner victim presented before us on a platter to confront — we’ll want to partner up.

 

Working with someone on a project that demands our functioning at full capacity is like being put through emotional maturity boot camp. If you see a chance to do it, seize it! And then do two more things, quickly:
  1. Establish a gratitude practice that speaks louder than any interpersonal griping;
  2. Understand and embrace the precept that most of the disappointments, criticisms, or irritations you have involving the other party are actually an invaluable schooling in your own unexamined (let’s call it…) stuff.

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The payoffs: Uniting consciousness with someone else’s to become a more expansive locus of awareness. Removing the layers of personhood that have kept us in separation and delusion, moving closer to citta vrtti nirodhah, a lucid head, open and untied to disturbances. Perceiving how our very energy impacts other beings. Discerning which energies facilitate our joy and growth and which to keep at arm’s length. Knowing when our own energy body needs a little caressing before it’s presented to others. Developing self trust and sturdy confidence as we understand our strengths and gifts. Grounding ourselves in the reality beyond our own container. Recognizing ourselves as a vital piece of the cosmic unity.

 

There is so much inner seeing to be had by, as a friend says, “bouncing our molecules off of other people.” And there is so much light to be spread when brilliant minds with genuine hearts plug into one another.
‘Cause we can work around the clock by ourselves, but when we link our efforts to someone else’s, the results really are greater than the sum of their parts. It’s been a gift to collaborate on partner projects with so many of you, and we are optimistic when we consider the many fruitful shifts that can take place when we are co-creating a future.With love,Leigha & Jacqui

 

New Classes Begin in September; Restorative, Family, Slow Flow, Yin Yoga

New Classes & Schedule Changes

Click here to scroll to new schedule beginning 9/11/17.

 

Restorative Yoga

with Sally Delmerico

Mondays 10-11:15am, Uptown

Begins Sept.11th

What better way to start your week than Restorative Yoga? This class provides a peaceful atmosphere to allow the body, mind, and spirit to rejuvenate itself and prepare for the week ahead. The mind finds space through the breath to be open to new ideas and patterns. When you leave a class you will feel at ease physically and emotionally.

 

Family Yoga

with Hillary Harvey

Wednesdays 4:15-5:15pm, Midtown

$18 to drop in per 1 adult + 1 child aged 4-10

First day, Sept. 13th, is free.

Share yoga with your child! Through yoga games, story-telling with our poses, and simple partner yoga with your child, incorporate relaxation and breathing techniques into your family’s life.

Slow Flow

with Noelle Damon

Thursdays 4:30-5:30pm, Midtown

Begins Sept.14th
Honor the spirit of unwinding by moving at a sweet and mindful pace, building a slow-burning heat that prepares the body for opening and lengthening. Experience a transformative effect on body and spirit. Leave feeling lighter, more joyous, and centered.

Ashtanga, Led Primary Series

NEW TIME!

with Jacquelyn Nash

Thursdays, moves to 5:45-7:15pm, Midtown

Begins Sept.14th
This class is dedicated to the sacred practice of Ashtanga Yoga. It is a led Ashtanga class where we will do the Primary Series, or Yoga Chikitsa, at each class. Read more about this style of yoga here.

 

Yin Yoga

with Kayleigh Stack

Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30am, Uptown

Begins Sept.19th
Kayleigh Stack The Yoga House Kingston Hudson ValleyYin’s meditative quality fosters the development of patience, ease, and calm. In this class, we hold seated and supine poses for about five minutes each. During this time, the teacher will offer alignment instructions and refinement cues, followed by a brief reading or poem, and then we will spend about two minutes in sweet silence during which time each practitioner is encouraged to find his or her own comfort on the mat. Suitable for all levels including very beginner.

 

Coming in October to Uptown: Tot & Me with Amy Reed, Tuesdays, 4:15pm; Baby & Me moves to Tuesday, 3:00pm.

 

New Schedule Beginning September 11, 2017

 

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Intro to Ashtanga Series, Thursday 9/21-10/19, 7:30-8:30pm

Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga

6-week Series

With Jacquelyn Nash

Thursdays, Jan. 18th-Feb. 22nd, 2018

7:30-8:30pm at the Midtown Studio

$50; includes the 6 week series and 1 of our weekly Led Ashtanga classes

This 6-week series is for any and all practitioners, both experienced and beginners, who are curious about the Ashtanga Yoga system and incorporating the practice into their yoga routine. This course is meant to answer any questions and to help practitioners understand the integrity and the importance of this practice in a nourishing and compassionate way. Students will be introduced to the basic philosophy and principles of Ashtanga yoga and most specifically to the Primary Series of the Ashtanga practice, which is offered at The Yoga House three times a week. This series is designed for those new to the Ashtanga practice to help them learn and experience the basics of Ashtanga yoga in a safe and comfortable environment. Elements of breath, bandhas (internal energy locks), drishti (gazing points), Surya Namaskara (sun salutations) and vinyasa (linking breath and movement) will be the emphasis in this class. Each new lesson will build on what was learned the previous week so that all students will feel comfortable to step into their first Led Primary Series class. No experience is required. This class is open to both complete beginners and those with yoga experience.

Read a complete description of the Ashtanga Yoga practice here.

 

Jacquelyn Nash was first introduced to the Ashtanga Yoga system in her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Michael Stein at Ashtanga Yoga in New Paltz, NY. Through the guidance of Michael and the self-study of David Swenson’s Ashtanga Yoga, The Practice Manual, Jacquelyn began a dedicated Ashtanga home practice, finding value in the authenticity and integrity of the practice. Through the years, Jacquelyn has been fortunate to study the Ashtanga Yoga system with renowned teachers John Campbell and Kino MacGregor, has taken classes with lineage holder Sharath Jois, Pattabhi Jois’s grandson, and has completed an Ashtanga Primary Series Teacher Training with David Swenson and Shelley Washington. Inspired by the light-heartedness but also sincerity of David and Shelley’s teachings, Jacquelyn has a nurturing and compassionate approach to the Ashtanga system that brings a sense accessibility to those practicing with her. She is humbled to be able to share this sacred practice.


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