Balancing the Chakras: The Practice of Moving Within–Sun., 1/11, 2-4pm

Balancing the Chakras: The Practice of Moving Within

With Stephanie Rose Bifolco

Sunday, Jan. 11th, 2:00-4:00pm

$25 door/$20 by Jan. 8th

chakra-body1The practice of balancing our Chakras, which are the seven primary energy centers along the spine, is available to all students who want to go deeper in their yoga practice. For beginners and experienced yogis alike, this practice can strengthen and balance the flow of life force at the seven most powerful regions of the body: your perineum, sacrum, solar plexus, heart, throat, pineal glad, and crown of the head. This essential practice is diverse and includes self-study, visualization, asana, pranayama, and meditation. Ultimately this practice can awaken your Kundalini, the Spirit Consciousness that lays dormant at the base of your spine and opens your body, mind, and heart to its highest potential!

 

stephStephanie Rose:

Stephanie Rose is an Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with The Yoga Alliance, a certified Anusara-Inspired Yoga Teacher, and a Yoga-Teacher-Trainer at Jai Ma School of Yoga in New Paltz.  She has a Certificate of Completion from a 9-month Ayurveda Living Skills Course, and has trained in the philosophies of the Goddess-Centered Yoga Tradition, Nonviolent Communication, and Restorative Yoga.  Stephanie loves to teach her students about yoga and why yoga poses matter.  She passionately shares the rules to create a foundation for healthy living. at home and at work.  Her higher purpose is to educate groups of people so they can join arms together in a health (r)evolution!


Balancing the Chakras Workshop



Free New Year’s Day class, Jan. 1, 2:00-3:30pm

Free New Year’s Day Class

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Join Jacqui Nash for this annual event, a class to ring in the new year. This year, we’re dedicating 2015 to Maitri Bhavana, or cultivating compassion and friendliness, in an effort to view all creatures and all people with openness and unlimited compassion (not always an easy task!).

Space is limited, so arrive a little early to roll out your mat.

“matiri karuna muditopeksanam sukha dukha punyapunya visayanam bhavanatas citta prasadanam.”

By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and disregard toward the wicked, the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 1.33

 

 

Yoga Fundamentals: A Workshop for Beginners–Sat., 1/17, 2:00-4:00pm

Yoga Fundamentals:

A Workshop for Beginners

Saturday, January 17th, 2:00-4:00pm

$30 day-of/$25 by Jan. 14th

YOGA House in 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 2-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-founder and  instructor, Jacqui Nash, 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.


Yoga Fundamentals Workshop



New Classes Added — Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays

  • Leigha now teaches the Mon/Wed House Flow classes, from 9:00-10:30am.
  • Amy Reed will begin teaching an Early Flow class on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00am, beginning 12/10.
  • Jacqui has added a House Flow on Monday evenings, from 7:00-8:00pm.
  • We have a new class on Saturday mornings called Flying Flow, a challenging Vinyasa class that will incorporate inversions, arm balances, and yoga philosophy-based intention setting. Taught by Leigha, 7:30-9:00am.

 

December Focus of the Month — Natarajasana

King Dancer, Natarajasana PoseLast week we received a little taste of winter—a snowstorm that knocked us off balance as we prepared for Thanksgiving. As we move into the final month of the year, we give Nataraj, Lord of the Dance, the spotlight and unpack the rich imagery of his story, which offers us a reminder to relish rather than lament winter’s destructive power.

In Hindu mythology Nataraj is a four-armed, wild-haired dancer who balances atop a dwarf demon while he performs a dance said to destroy humankind’s ignorance. Whereas we mere mortals fear nature’s cycles – of birth, death, and rebirth – Nataraj, an incarnation of Shiva, happily rides these rhythms, benevolently assisting in the destruction of the universe so that new life can emerge. In Nataraj’s eyes, winter is no time to mourn or to hibernate, it’s a time to celebrate as we prepare for the rebirth of springtime. May we all be dancers this season!

 

Nataraj, King Dancer, Focus of the MonthFearlessness and Liberation

The image of Nataraj is an iconic one. The svelte and muscular dancer holds a drum in one hand and fire in another, all while holding hand mudras (seals) that represent fearlessness and liberation. He is encircled in a ring of fire and wears a serpent around his waist. He stands atop the demon Apasmara and maintains, always, a peaceful countenance.

By keeping a firm foot on Apasmara the dwarf demon, Nataraj protects humankind from at least two layers of ignorance. Take what you want from the mythology, of course, but the two forms of ignorance are:

  • The illusion that we are separate from divinity.
  • The illusion that the trials of daily life are all that matter.

 

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Apasmara the demon is held underfoot by Nataraj to protect humankind from ignorance.

Apasmara would have us get caught up in the trivial ups and downs of our daily interactions. He would like us to believe that we are our worry, or we are our regrets, our anxiety, our hopelessness, our sadness, or our excitability, and he loves when these fear-based emotions take us over because they cloud our sense of self and obscure our relationship to deepest consciousness.

Winter is a natural time to sink into contraction and hibernation, but instead of allowing its fallowness to dampen our spirits, the image of Nataraj encourages us to remember that it’s an essential part of the birth-death-rebirth process, one measure among many in the song of life.

The Lord of the Dance reminds us not to get swept up in our own mundane dramas and instead choose liberation from fear-binding thoughts. Only by destroying fear can we be truly free. And how will we know when we are free? That’s easy. We will be dancing.

 

The Pose: Natarajasana

Natarajasana, King DancerKing Dancer pose is a one-footed balance and back bend all at once. In it, the practitioner grabs one foot or ankle and reaches the other arm forward. There are as many variations of the pose as there are yogis, but it is always a balance, and it is always a heart opener. It also opens the shoulders, stretches the hip flexors, and tones the back body.

To explore the pose’s significance, you might try it balanced upon a block which can symbolize the demon underfoot who if freed would see to it that we remain shackled to our own little turbulences. Stand on the block to symbolically break free of the patterns that keep you bound to fear.

 

NatarajasanaThe pose itself can strike fear, as many balance poses do (especially when we try them on a block). If it seems elusive, try it at a wall to cancel out any sense of instability. When you do eventually feel stable in the pose, draw your heart forward, tilt it up, and notice the pose’s power to liberate your spirit.

Feel lifted and light, peaceful and celebratory. Let nature’s rhythms course through you without resistance. Keep the beat with your breath and give yourself over to the moment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Sock Drive — Receive $5 Off of Your Class Card Purchase this Nov & Dec when you donate socks and other necessities

Celebrate seva, the art of giving, this season by participating in our

Holiday Sock Drive

Holiday Sock Drive to Benefit the Children's Program of the Family Inn

Receive $5 off your class card purchase when you bring in one of the following items

for The Family Inn of Family of Woodstock.

  • Conair round brushes
  • Wide toothed combs
  • Socks & underwear (new, please. For infant, toddler, children, and teens)
  • Baby equipment (strollers, crib sheets, bouncy chairs, baby swing, etc.)
  • Baby bottles (specific request for tommee tippee bottles)
  • Humidifiers
  • Baby crib sheets
  • Twin sheets & pillows
  • Robes & slippers (for toddlers & kids)