Roll & Recovery Workshop with Dee Pitcock, Sat., March 10th 11:30am-1:30pm

Monthly Class: 1st Fridays

Begins: Friday, April 6th


Uptown Studio – 57 Crown Street, Kingston

The Roll and Recovery workshop will introduce you to self-myofascial release (SMR) techniques, using a variety of grippy balls, bands, breath work and stretching to help release fascial tension. Manipulation of fascia keeps it supple, well-hydrated and reduces adhesions. SMR also assists in correcting muscle imbalances. Want to know more about fascia? See below.


dee pitcock, roll & recovery, the yoga houseny, kingston, hudson valley, nyDee Pitcock is a Certified Primal Health Coach and NASM Personal Trainer who has been training clients and teaching fitness classes in the Hudson Valley for over 25 years. She has had the pleasure of helping people lead healthier lives with her work at The Mohonk Mountain House, Signature Fitness in Kingston, The Ridge in Stone Ridge, the Yoga House and Woodstock Healing Arts as well as providing in-home training for private clients. Though a lifelong athlete, Dee faced many challenges with her own body composition and health that necessitated a deep dive into nutrition and ways in which to achieve balance in her life right down to the cellular level. Having been through the trenches, she emerged with more tools and an even greater passion to help her community become happier and healthier.

What is Fascia?

Fascia provides a protective sheath around our entire body as a whole and also surrounds each organ and muscle for protection.  The human framework depends upon fascia to provide form, cohesion, separation and support and to allow movement between neighboring structures without irritation. Every muscle, organ, bone, nerve, and blood vessel is covered in a thin film of fascia, yet all these fascial pockets are interconnected to form a continuous, integrated fascial matrix covering the whole body from the top of the head to the tip of the toes.

Emotional upset/trauma, physical trauma, an inflammation or infection, structural imbalances of any kind, poor posture as well as scar tissue and adhesions may all create inappropriate fascial strain. Flexibility and spontaneity of movement are lost, setting up the body for more trauma, pain and limitation of movement. These powerful fascial restrictions pull the body out of its three-dimensional alignment.

In addition, fascial tissue aids in the repair of tissue and is an important neutralizer of toxins within our bodies and those in our environment.

Studies have shown that additional benefits SMR include:

  • Muscle relaxation:SMR helps reduce and eliminate stored tension in muscles, which aids in alleviating aches and pains.
  • Suppression or reduction of trigger point sensitivity and pain:SMR promotes the release of endorphins to help reduce pain.
  • Reduced soreness and improved tissue recovery: SMR increases circulation, allowing oxygen and other nutrients to reach the muscles and other soft tissues.
  • Improved joint range of motion, which helps restore optimal length-tension relationships:SMR helps prepare joints for increased range of motion and loads that accompany stretching, strengthening and other dynamic movement exercises.
  • Reduced adhesions and scar tissue that improves the elasticity of muscles and other soft tissues, to improve movement and reduce pain.
  • Regulation of the production of compounds called cytokines, which play a role in decreasing inflammation.
  • Increased activity in the mitochondria of cells, helping promote repair and growth of muscle tissue.
  • Improved neuromuscular efficiency.
  • Decreased neuromuscular hypertonicity.
  • Decreased overall effects of stress on the human movement system.

Yin Yoga & Sound Healing: rescheduled for Thursday, 2/1, 5:30-8pm

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 yin yogaWill 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, sound healing, yin yogaLea 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, yin yoga, sound healingBeth 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 Yoga Sutras Weekend Immersion with Edwin Bryant — February 2-4, 2018

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

A Weekend Immersion with Edwin Bryant, Ph.D.

February 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 2018

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

Have you fallen in love with the Sutras yet?  This rich and many-layered text lays out, quite directly, the why and the how of yoga as it is meant to be practiced. This weekend intensive is especially appropriate for yoga teachers, serious students of yoga, and academics who would like a deeper understanding of the origin, content and living application of the most essential text in the yogic lineage as a whole. Edwin Bryant’s published commentary and interpretation summarizes the most significant pre-modern commentaries, adding clarity and insight in an accessible but rigorous way. He is both scholar and committed yogi on the path. We are honored and delighted to be hosting him and we hope you will join us for this exceptional chance to dig deeper into yoga’s roots.

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


About Edwin

Edwin Bryant received his Ph.D in Indic languages and Cultures from Columbia University. He taught Hinduism at Harvard University for three years, and is presently the professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University where he teaches courses on Hindu philosophy and religion. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, published six books and authored a number of articles on Vedic history, yoga, and the Krishna tradition. In addition to his academic work for the scholarly community, Edwin’s Penguin World Classics translation of the Srimad Bhagavata Purana, the traditional source for the story of Krishna’s incarnation, is both for Indology specialists as well as students and those interested in Hinduism from the general reading public and the yoga community.

As a personal practitioner of yoga for 35 years, a number of them spent in India studying with traditional teachers, where he returns yearly, Edwin strives to combine academic scholarship and rigor with sensitivity towards traditional knowledge systems. In addition to his academic course load, Edwin currently teaches workshops on the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and Hindu Philosophy at yoga studios and teacher training courses throughout the country. His translation of and commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (North Point Press, a division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009) is specifically dedicated to contributing to the growing body of literature on yoga by providing insights from the major pre-modern commentaries on the text with a view to grounding the teachings in their traditional context.

The Text
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Notes from the Traditional Commentators. New York: Farrar Straus & Giroux in press 2008.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is the classical ancient Indian treatise on the practice of Yoga. While Yoga conjures up images of bodily postures and stretches in popular western culture, this aspect of yoga, the asanas, is only the third limb of the eight limbs outlined in the Yoga Sutras — and, indeed, Patanjali pays only passing attention to this aspect of the system. This seminar series will consist of a close reading of Patanjali’s original text, focusing on the opening section of the work, wherein Yoga is defined and the state of samadhi, liberation, described, as well as on the eight limbs of yoga covered in the heart of the text, which outline the step by step methods for attaining this enlightened state. Attention will be paid to the pre-modern commentaries of the text, thus exposing students to the traditional understanding of the practice of classical Yoga and its goals. Students are advised to bring any copy of the Sutras which has the Sanskrit text in romanized script as attention will be focused on the original source rather than its westernized manifestation.


Purchase the Sutras here.


Approximate schedule (to be finalized) 

7-9:30pm, Friday, Feb. 2

11:30-4:30pm, Saturday, Feb. 3

10:00-2:00pm, Sunday, Feb. 4


What to bring and what to expect

  • We recommend that you purchase the text above, but bring any copy of the Sutras that has Sanskrit transliteration.
  • Bring a notebook and pen.
  • Edwin is an engaging, lively, humble and knowledgeable speaker (see an interview here). Come with your questions and curiosity!
  • We have a choice of bolsters, mats, blankets and chairs to sit on.



  • FLASH SALE through January 10 – 20% off = $240
  • The total immersion costs $300. We ask for a deposit of $100 to reserve your spot.
  • No partial attendance, please. If you have an extenuating circumstance, please contact us at


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Yoga Sequencing Intensive – with Amy Reed – Nov. 18th, 11:30-5:00pm

Yoga Sequencing Intensive

With Amy Reed

Saturday, November 18th, 11:30-5:00pm

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.)


$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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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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