Yin Yoga Workshop, Saturday, Mar. 11th 2:30-5pm

Exploring the Practice and Principles of Yin Yoga

with Bobbie Marchand

Saturday, Mar. 11th, 3:30-5:30pm

unnamedA quietly passive, though deeply challenging practice, yin yoga is designed to elongate the connective tissues of the body (ligaments, tendon and fascia) resulting in a greater sense of space within. For a therapeutic effect, poses are sustained for along period of time; practitioners are encouraged into the depth of the pose by the guidance and patient listening to their own breath.


This workshop will offer information about a full yin yoga practice; the principles behind Yin and Yang; the desired effect of a yin practice on our begin as a whole; connective tissue and it’s relevance to the practice of yin; how and when to incorporate yin principles into a traditional practice; and pranayama for a yin practice.


bobbie marchandBobbie Marchand, in pursuing her love of dance, moved from her native Toronto to NY in 2005. Though the transition of dancer to yoga teacher is a common one, it was an illness that tuned her in to the power of a daily, dedicated practice. Bobbie’s 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!). Her 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 journey.

Yin Workshop



Tulum Retreat – Yoga, Meditation, Flow & Song – with Leigha Butler & Corinna Rae – April 15-22

Be Love Retreat in Tulum Mexico

The mission behind this retreat – Be Love – is to nourish the spiritual warrior in each of us.

Join my wonderful guest teacher Corinna Rae and me for a beach yoga retreat in beautiful Tulum, Mexico at the all-inclusive bohemian-style resort Maya Tulum in April of 2017. This is a chance to explore the Mayan ruins and jungle landscape of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea, all while deepening your yoga practice, absorbing a gentle ocean breeze, and setting life-affirming daily intentions.

Tulum Yoga Retreat Leigha ButlerThe sea in Tulum is as bright an aquamarine color as you can imagine. The sunrise boasts pastels and contrasting colors that are tough to capture on camera, and the friendly community is off the grid but features comfortable amenities, fantastic food, and many healing services, from massage to clay baths to sweat lodges.

Tulum Mexico Yoga Retreat Leigha ButlerThe mission behind this retreat – Be Love – is to nourish the spiritual warrior in each of us. As yoga practitioners, we are already inclined to lead lives of compassionate action, and I aim to support you as you develop and awaken the super soul-dier within. When “Be Love” is your guiding mantra, the right choices seem to simply present themselves and life unfolds like a flower delicately, sensuously revealing its precious inner essence. Think of this week as a time to renew your commitment to letting love light the way.

ThrSunrise in Tulum Mexico Yoga meditation retreat leigha butlerough self-care practices, intelligently sequenced warming flows, (optional) sunrise meditations, restorative afternoon yoga, and powerful daily intentions, we will become the embodiment of love and the bricklayers of a cooperative human future.


6am – Sunrise Meditation

8am – Warming Yoga Flow

9am – Breakfast

Mid-morning – Free time for swimming and exploring Tulum

12pm – Lunch

Afternoon – Free time for swimming and exploring Tulum

4pm – Restorative or Yin Yoga & BE LOVE Dharma Talk

6pm – Dinner


Pricing options hover around $2000. This price includes your accommodations, two yoga sessions per day, a meditation nearly every day, and three meals a day. Please note, airfare is not included in this price.

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For images of each cabana and a map of the resort, click here.


The food at Maya Tulum Resort is healthy, clean and primarily vegetarian; but fish is available. Be sure to let the reservations desk know if you have specific dietary needs.


We are arriving to Tulum on Saturday, April 15th. The retreat orientation and first session will begin on Sunday, the 16th. Plan to depart on Saturday, the 22nd.


You’ll find much to do in your off-time in Tulum. The city features Mayan ruins, cenotes (underground water lagoons), wind surfing, nature preserves and more. The reservations desk can help you book these trips, which tend to be quite affordable.


We are experienced, mindful teachers who will meet you where you are at in the practice. Morning classes will be open-level Vinyasa style, appropriate for most practitioners with some yoga experience. Experienced practitioners will be invited to deepen the practice according to the body’s needs. Afternoon classes will be cooling, gentle, yin, and restorative classes. You are welcome to take both classes or just one. The time in Tulum is YOURS!


Book before January 15th and get $100 off of the regular pricing.


Reach out to Amanda, the very helpful woman doing reservations for us. She is easy to reach via email at reservations@mayatulum.com, or call Maya Tulum at 1-888-515-4580 x231.


Airport Code – “CUN” – Tulum is located about 75 miles south of the Cancun Airport. Last year it took us about an hour and twenty minutes to get to our resort.

Getting from Cancun to Tulum – Maya Tulum is very happy to arrange transportation for you from the airport to the resort. It’s a good idea to confirm this when you book or ask about alternatives. There is a public bus, for instance; but we believe the shuttle is worth the price.

In & Around Tulum – Most everything is accessible in Tulum by foot or by bicycle, including the Mayan Ruins. Maya Tulum Resort has bicycles for rent.


Past Life Regression Workshop, Saturday, Feb. 4th, 2-4pm

The Great Beyond: Past Life Regression

A Workshop with Laurie Oliver

Saturday, February 4th, 2-4pm

$20 to preregister

or $25 day of

Past Life Regression is a doorway into the many journeys and incarnations our souls have taken. Many people have epiphanies about various patterns that become apparent through the experience of having a regression. Often times we return with those souls we have strong connections to. Sometimes it provides us an opportunity to get it right this time around. It helps to clarify our purpose for each lifetime and lessons learned.
Laurie Oliver is a psychic-medium, as well as a hypnotist specializing in Past Life Regressions. She uses her intuition as well as guidance from “The Other Side,” in a gentle, caring way to answer questions and offer support and healing from whatever life challenges present. Laurie also happens to be our genuinely beloved landlord here at The Yoga House.

Past Life Workshop

“Play”Shop with Amy Reed – Registration Full

“Play”Shop with Amy

Friday, May 13 7-9pm

$25 for 2 full hours of fun!

This event is full. Please email us if you’d like us to host another “Play”shop.

Amy Reed Playshop at The Yoga House Kingston NY Hudson Valley Handstand

It’s your favorite yoga class and the teacher is guiding toward a peak pose, one you’ve been wanting to try for months! You eagerly get your “oomph” ready, give it a few tries, and just when the breath and body start to align and the pose begins to make sense, the class moves on to something else (much to your dismay!) and it’s time for savasana.

In this “workshop,” we’ll playfully dig in to poses you like and want to try… be it a deeper bind, a balance or an inversion… in a relaxed environment, over the span of two hours, so you’ll have just the time you need to put the pose-puzzle together for yourself.’

Questions and open dialogue are encouraged, and students will be taught to work together to provide assists and support.  It’s designed to be organic, fluid, fun and informational… AND ALL ABOUT PLAY!

Meditation Vacation — Saturday, April 23rd — 12:00-3:00pm


An Experiential Meditation Intensive

Saturday, April 23rd


$25: Register below

Meditation Vacation


  • Meditate using a non-denominational approach
  • Explore a variety of meditation styles
  • Discover the meditation technique that suits your disposition

Learn the BRAIN SCIENCE behind meditation’s healing and
transformative effects

  • Its impact on your parasympathetic nervous system
  • How it restructures your brain
  • Its mechanism for quieting the egoic mind

Acquire concrete tools to start & maintain a regular HOME MEDITATION PRACTICE

  • Connect with accountability partners, if that is your desire
  • Journal to work through the obstacles that stand between you and meditation
  • Get answers to your questions about the why, how & how long…
  • Take home a log & worksheet to facilitate your personal practice


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Hillary Hoffman Photography

Leigha Butler E-RYT, MA, is co-owner of The Yoga House in Kingston, NY where she co- directs a Yoga Alliance registered 200-hour teacher training program. She has studied Tantra-influenced meditation with Lorin Roche, PhD and the science of meditation and egolessness with Richard Miller, PhD. Her own practice borrows from many traditions including that of the eight-limbed yogic path and Zen Buddhism. She leads meditative movement workshops called “Consciousness in Flight.”

Meditation Workshop