RESTorative Yoga Workshop with Mel Toth – Saturday, December 9th – 2:30-5:30pm – $35 to preregister

RESTorative Yoga Workshop

with Mel Toth

A perfect yoga break in the midst of the holiday season….

Saturday, Dec. 9th, 2:30-5:30pm

at our Midtown Studio

$35 to prereg/$40 day-of

During RESTorative yoga, periods of deliberate stillness create a safe space to explore letting go. Often the greatest challenge of this practice is allowing that stillness. Acknowledging that reality, RESTorative first uses gentle movement to help release excess energy and physical tension. Props such as blankets, bolsters and blocks are then used to create a cradle of support into which the body can let go. While in supported poses, engaging the mind with conscious breath work and guided relaxation encourages deep physical and emotional release. Through discussion and practice, we will explore what RESTorative is, why it’s beneficial and how to incorporate supported postures into your home or teaching practice. Workshop includes a 90-minute RESTorative class. No experience necessary, just a desire to find greater ease in the body/mind.

 

Mel Tothmel toth, the yoga house, kingston, ny

After many years of sporadic practice, Mel recommitted to yoga after moving to Saugerties in 2011 and discovering Shakti Yoga’s sanctuary classes. Two years later, she completed Shakti’s 200 hour teacher training and has been teaching yoga to students of all ages ever since. An educator since 1998, Mel has taught 4th grade, co-authored a strategy book for teachers and served as a tutor and Director of Education for several NY learning centers. Mel’s varied educational experiences have taught her to remain flexible in the face of teaching and learning challenges and receptive to new ways of sharing and receiving information.
mel toth, yoga, kingston, nyHer classes focus on understanding the fundamentals of asana (poses) through the use of props (blocks, blankets, straps, chairs, bolsters) and movement exploration, while emphasizing the discovery of personal alignment, balance and relaxation. After many years of chronic injuries and pain related to scoliosis (curvature of the spine), Mel has found great relief through the practice of gentle and restorative poses and is passionate about incorporating both into her classes. By encouraging students to respect their physical limitations while exploring what’s possible, Mel aims to help each individual learn how to serve the unique needs of the body. She is forever grateful to her first yoga teacher, Jill Gnassi, whose expert Iyengar instruction taught her how attending to small details could make a huge difference in life.

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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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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

 

The Art of Assists & Adjustments — Sat., 10/21, 12-2pm

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The Art of Assists and Adjustments

with Adi Carter

Saturday, October 21st, 12:00-2:00pm

Location: Midtown Studio

$25 preregister/$30 day-of

 

Touch is a powerful tool for connection, healing and deepening the yoga practice. This workshop will explore adjustments rooted in Thai Massage and physical therapy with an emphasis on creating proper alignment for the recipient while also making the adjustment sustainable to give for the giver. Whether you are a yoga teacher looking to deepen your teaching practice or a yoga practitioner looking to understand how the body is aligned in various poses, come explore some basic adjustments to help release stress and realign the body for optimal well being.

 

 

Adi Carter

Known for vibrant classes infused with alignment and creative sequencing, Adi is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher and bodyworker who draws from a background of over 20 years in sports injury management and adventuring to keep her always inspired and problem solving ways to strengthen and increase productivity in the body.

Her classes focus on structural alignment principles combined with energy work and touch based off of Eastern medicine and she uses Thai Massage as a basis for physically adjusting students in yoga classes and also for teaching students (and teachers) how to safely adjust each other and begin to tap in to their natural healing abilities. Adi is also a certified Western herbalist and combines plant medicine & wellness regimes into her wellness treatments and teachings. www.adicarter.com

Adi’s adventures and environmental awareness endeavours have been featured in The New York Times, Yoga Journal, Outdoor Japan, New York Magazine, National Geographic, L.A. Yoga, Yoga + Joyful Living, Urban Climber, elephant journal, Current TV and TIME for CNN.


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PlayShop with Amy Reed — Next one: Nov. 7, 7:30-8:30pm, Midtown

Playshop: 1st Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30pm
amy reed yoga playshop
with Amy Reed

Midtown Studio – 474 Broadway Ave

$16 to drop in

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!

 


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