Monday Night Chant Sessions

Monday Night Chant Sessions

Every Monday 8:15pm

Beginning October 3rd


We’re excited to announce that beginning Monday, Oct. 3, The Yoga House will be hosting Monday Night Chant Sessions led by the studio co-owner, Jacqui Nash, at 8:15pm (after the 7pm House Flow class). Each week, we’ll explore the use of music and the vibration of our voices with traditional chants and mantras and the accompaniment of the harmonium as an extension of meditation and of connection to our practice. The sessions will be about 30 minutes, and attendance at the 7pm is not necessary. We hope that you will join us! These sessions are free of charge.

A Special Flying Flow Class to be held at BSP, Saturday, September 17th, 7:30-9am

Hi Flying Yogis & Yoginis!

On Sat., Sept. 17th, we’ll hold our Flying Flow class at BSP’s upstairs springy, bamboo-floored dance space. This way, we can spread our wings and fly (and fall!) without fear of putting a foot through someone else’s rib cage or noggin. Not that we don’t thrive on the intimacy of our own space… It’s just that, this’ll be an adventure.

If you park at The Yoga House, just cross the street and find the red double doors in the corner of the giant brick building. That’s the back door to BSP. It’s got a sign that says, “Standard” above it and an arrow pointing down to it! — Official address is 323 Wall Street. The doors will be unlocked and someone will be there to guide you to the second floor dance studio.

I’ll be unlocking The Yoga House at around 7, so please grab a block, a strap, and a blanket if you don’t have your own. We’ll have to drop props back off before Felipa’s folks start coming in, around 9:15 + we’ll want to get our ninety minutes in, so arrive on time!

I’m really looking forward to the chance to play around with a lot of room for movement

Peace, peace, peace,




Yoga Teacher Training at The Yoga House – Sign up by Oct. 7th

200-Hour Teacher Training Program

With Emphasis on Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Alignment and Philosophy 

R e g i s t e r   b y

October 7th, 2016

Application below.

Call, email or drop in to sign up.

(845) 706-YOGA;; 57 Crown Street, Kingston, NY


Are you ready to deepen your yoga practice?

Many aYA-SCHOOL-RYS-200 The Yoga House Kingston, NYre drawn to a yoga teacher training program as a way of delving deeper into a personal practice. Others have their sights set on becoming a yoga teacher as soon as their certification is in hand. No matter your reason, be assured that teacher training will set you on a path from which you will never want to stray. If you are studious and consistent, subtle shifts in your perspective will begin to take place: daily stresses will no longer feel like insurmountable struggles but temporary life challenges from which you can emerge stronger and more compassionate. You will notice shifts in your physical body as you become leaner, stronger, and more resilient. The combined effect of physical movement, meditation practice, and scriptural study will mean a happier you, an illuminated you.

Our 200-hour registered teacher training program exceeds the requirements set by the Yoga Alliance. Our primary focus is on the teaching of Vinyasa Flow Yoga, but we draw from many yogic disciplines, including but not limited to Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga. We offer a thorough and well-rounded yoga education — from our careful attention to anatomy and alignment to the study of yogic scriptures to the incorporation of a Seva (or selfless service) component. We see yoga as a holistic approach to life that benefits body, mind, spirit and community.

 Yoga Teacher Training, 200-hour certification, kingston, ny

Deposit and application due seven days before first meeting.

O p e n   H o u s e

Open to anyone who is curious!

September 25th, 2016 12:00-1:00pm 

2016-2017 Dates for Teacher Training Intensive Weekends IMG_7687 

 Week 1 – October 14th, 15th, 16th

Week 2 – November 11th, 12th, 13th

Week 3 – December 9h, 10th, 11th

Week 4 – January 13h, 14th, 15th

Week 5 – February 10th, 11th, 12th

                                  Week 6 – March 10th, 11th, 12th

                                      Week 7 – April 7th, 8th, 9th


Instructional Hours 

Friday, 7:00-9:30pm
Saturday, 11:30-5:30pm
Sunday, 11:30-4:30pm


Our teaching philosophy approaches yoga as a holistic, many-layered lifestyle choice that incorporates breath work, meditation practice, scriptural study, asana practice, and selfless service. To this end, we seek to provide you a comprehensive study of yoga in all its facets.

 The Art of Teaching

IMG_7691Great teachers spend a lifetime honing their craft. We support your development as a teacher from day one — from vocal delivery to hands-on adjustments to creative sequencing. You will be given opportunities to practice teaching within the safety of our Satsang (group/community). You will give and receive feedback over the course of six months, refining your teacherly voice and developing the confidence you need to teach others safely and joyfully.

2016-2017 Workshop Presenters

In addition to spending instructional time with The Yoga House’s lead trainers, you will attend workshops led by experts in various yoga sub-fields. This year’s presenters include:

Jessie Montague  has been studying and teaching yoga for nearly two decades. She was co-founder and co-director of Satya Yoga Center in Rhinebeck NY From 2005-2013. Her original studies brought her to Neyyar Dam INDIA where she received her first Teacher Certification. Upon returning back to the states she dove in head first with another Teacher Training Program in Woodstock NY and became one of the first core staff members at Bliss Yoga Center (now Woodstock Yoga). Jessie continues her studies in The Yoga Anatomy Advanced Studies Program through the Breathing Project based in NYC, with teachers Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Mathews.

Jessie teaches in the vinyasa tradition from the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya and emphasizes an exploration of the breath within the postures, and how the breath both informs alignment and creates a continuous thread between the postures. Jessie has a non-dogmatic approach to teaching and believes that yoga is an exploration of our entire being: body, breath, mind and spirit. She comes to these practices with joy first and foremost. The intention is to gently navigate our bodies into these beautiful postures which reflect the natural world so that we can better explore our deepest potential and connection to each other and to our planet with grace and lightness of heart.

Corinne Gervai is the founder and Director of Euphoria Yoga in Woodstock and has over thirteen years of teaching experience in New York city and locally. She received her Yoga Teaching certification from the Jivamukti Yoga School in the year 2000 after completing the full one year intensive certification program lead by Sharon Gannon and David Life. Corinne taught all levels at The Jivamukti Yoga School in New York City from 2000-2005. Prior to that Corinne taught the Lotte Berk Method which incorporates element of Yoga, dance and therapeutic stretching in New York city and the Hamptons.

In 2005 Corinne received her Advanced Jivamukti certification. Upon moving to Woodstock full time in 2005 Corinne taught locally until 2009 when she opened Euphoria Yoga. She is thrilled to bring her passion for Yoga to this studio and to serve the amazing community she has found here. Corinne offers much gratitude to her main Yoga teachers Sharon Gannon, David Life as well as to all the wonderful teachers that she takes classes and workshops with which continue to inspire her. Corinne offers deep thanks to her beloved students, family and friends that enhance her life daily and her aim is to do the same to the lives of as many beings as she can reach.

bobbie marchandBobbie Marchand, in pursuing her love of dance, Bobbie 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.


From pose analysis to teaching methodology to discussion of the Sutras and other texts, we have a lot to cover in our limited time together, so we maximize our time as much as possible. Each instructional day will be broken into parts, including:

IMG_5388Asana Analysis – Time will be spent analyzing a pose or group of yoga poses: we will translate the pose’s Sanskrit name and mythological significance. We will demonstrate the pose, discussing its precise alignment points and its use of major muscles groups. We will talk about its benefits and, in some cases, its contraindications. Modifications, variations, and hands-on adjustments will be described in detail in order to prepare you to teach both beginner and advanced students.

Reading and Discussion – Each week you’ll be assigned readings from a variety of texts. Some weeks will emphasize alignment, others Ashtanga, still others yogic philosophy or a combination of these. Often we will ask you to complete a journal entry or brief assignment related to the readings you completed for homework.

IMG_5979Practicum – A hallmark of our yoga teacher training program is the time we give you to practice teaching and to receive feedback on your teaching. We will give you as many chances as we can to design and practice teaching your own yoga sequences. We create a comfortable environment for sharing critique and feedback. We believe it is important that you begin to develop a teaching voice that is your own.

Seva Project Update – Although it is common in the West to think of yoga as merely exercises performed for benefit of the body, in fact the physical component of yoga is just one small part of yoga. Seva, or selfless service, is an essential component of the yogic lifestyle. As such we give you the chance to conduct a Seva project, offering of yourself for the benefit of others.

Seva (Selfless Service) Project

With support and guidance, students will select a selfless-service project (e.g., volunteering on a regular basis at a hospital, shelter, or rehab center; designing a program that benefits the ill, infirm, or at-risk). In preparation for the paper/presentation, each trainee will meet with a lead trainer outside of class to discuss the research and findings. Students will propose a project, log progress, and follow up with the facility director for feedback. Finally, students will write a 1,200-word paper and present the information to the class on the weekend of 3/12-3/13.


Our required readings are essential acquisitions for your yoga library and will inform the great bulk of discussion and analysis throughout our teacher training.


Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual. David Swenson. 2007. (Spiral-bound)

Bhagavad Gita, Trans. Easwaran, Eknath. 2007.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Swami Satchidananda. 2012.

The Key Muscles of Yoga: Your Guide to Functional Anatomy in YogaRay Long, MD, FRCSC. 2009.

Light on Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar. 2005.

Yoga Anatomy: Your Illustrated Guide to Postures, Movements, and Breathing Techniques, Leslie Kaminoff. 2nd Edition. 2011.


Anatomy of Hatha Yoga, H. David Coulter. 2010.

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Swami Muktibodhananda. 1998.

The Heart of Yoga, T.K.V. Desikachar.  1999.

Myths of the Asanas: The Stories at the Heart of the Yoga Tradition, Alanna Kaivalya & Arjuna van der Kooij. 2010.

Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into StillnessErich Schiffmann. 1996.


$3,100 with timed payments or $2950 if paid in full 1 week before training begins

Non-refundable deposit

$500 due no later than October 7th along with application.

Time Payment Plan Option

5 payments of $520 (a total of $3100) due the Friday night of each monthly training weekend, beginning November 11th.

Payments due: 11/11; 12/9; 1/13; 2/10;  and 3/10.

Your Tuition Includes

    • Teacher Training instructional hours with RYT lead trainers
    • Three workshops
    • 30 free classes – Trainees must attend 20 yoga classes at The Yoga House.
    • 50% off drop-in rate (after 30 free classes used) during Teacher Training
    • 20% discount on workshops that occur during Teacher Training
    • Yoga Alliance-registered 200-hour teaching certificate upon successful completion of the program
    • Please note that books and materials are not included in the tuition price


The Teacher Training Program at The Yoga House was nothing short of a life-altering experience. Leigha and Jacqui form a uniquely knowledgeable and skilled pair, whose dedication to the practice and their students is unparalleled. The class offered in-depth asana analysis and anatomical instruction, supported fundamentally by an acute focus on spiritual and philosophical texts. I completed the program with not only the confidence to teach, but with an enhanced personal and spiritual practice that I could not have achieved without these two exemplary teachers.  –Amy

I had high expectations for the Yoga House’s teacher training, but Leigha and Jacqui far exceeded them. The training prepared me to confidently jump right into teaching while helping me to much better understand and dive deeper into my personal practice. Whether you are looking to share your practice with others by way of teaching or hoping to develop a personal physical and spiritual practice, do yourself a favor and train with these two.  –Corinna

The Yoga house 200­-Hour Teacher Training Program is for anyone, at any level, that has a desire to deepen their yoga practice. Leigha and Jacqui take you on a journey through yoga philosophies and teach the muscular/skeletal connection between asanas. They freely share their knowledge and experience in a loving and playful training program that will not disappoint. Do not be afraid of the challenge, as you will enter as a student and then emerge as a transformed yoga teacher, embarking on a new beginning. I highly recommend jumping in, and you won’t regret it!  ­–Kerri

The 200-hour yoga teacher training at The Yoga House in Kingston was perfect. The teachers were very knowledgeable and helpful, and the fellow trainees were very enthusiastic. I was impressed by the way Jacqui and Leigha moderated a large group with varying levels of yoga experience, knowledge of anatomy, and philosophical understanding. They always had helpful tips wherever we felt like we were behind, whether it was in our home practice, Sanskrit, muscle groups, or, of course, teaching!  –Sarah

Jacqui and Leigha are both very committed and engaged yogis. Their passion for yoga is inspiring and something they readily share with all around them! Their teaching has the right amount of rigor combined with compassion and a willingness to learn from all.  –Melinda

The Yoga House’s 200-hour teacher-training prepares its trainees to begin teaching the principles and techniques of yoga safely and competently.  –Lee

graduating class 2016

graduating class 2015

If you are interested in our teacher-training program, or to sign up for the September 25th introduction (no commitment necessary!), send an email care of “Leigha & Jacqui” to

To download the program application, click here: TYH YTT Application. (No commitment necessary, and you may attend the Introduction Day without filling out an application.)

Evening Yoga at the Pavilion with Jacqui Nash

The Mohonk Preserve presents…..

outdoor yoga

Tuesday Evenings in June, July, August, and September


Outdoor yoga is back at the Slingerland Pavilion for its seventh year. Breathe deep as you relax and take in the fresh air and mountain views. Join Jacqui as you unwind from your day and reconnect with yourself in this beautiful outdoor setting.  The series will focus on Vinyasa Yoga for all levels of ability. Sign up for individual classes, any 9 classes, or the full series (18 sessions). Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Bring your own mat and water. Rain or Shine.

Mohonk Preserve members: $12 per class; 9 sessions for $98; full series for $180

Non-members: $14 per class ; 9 sessions for $115; full series for $205

To register click here for the direct link.

(The is a program of the Mohonk Preserve. For more information about the program, please contact Anna Harrod at the Mohonk Preserve at 845-255-0919.)



May Focus: Meditation & The Last Three Limbs of Yoga

May Focus of the Month

Meditation & The Last Three Limbs

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The first yogis aimed to solve a problem that still pervades today. It’s called the “monkey mind,” and it refers to the ever-firing, overly anxious human brainscape that has added a layer of frazzle and fret to our already-fraught condition. A complete yoga practice is designed to give us enough clarity to see our experiences for what they are rather than through the carnival mirror-style distortion of emotionally reactive, memory-attached consciousness. If you were to crack open the Yoga Sutras, you would not have to get very far to see how important a meditation practice is as part of the yogi’s journey. Sutra #1 says, essentially, “Following are the teachings of yoga….” Sutra #2 goes on to say, “The purpose of yoga is to still our thoughts. If you master this sutra, you need not read on to the rest.”

Meditation occupies some significant territory on yoga’s eight-limbed ladder, taking up three of the last three rungs on the climb toward enlightenment. The breakdown is fascinating:

Dharana, the 6th limb, has to do with concentration. The suggestion is to fix your mind upon an object until you become so absorbed that there is little room for the mind to do much needless worrying or past/future travel as it is wont to do. A funny fable tells us of an acolyte meditator who once shut his door and fixed his mind upon a bull until he barreled out of the room with horns and hooves himself. The take-home is twofold: Be as focused as this acolyte, but be wary of where you place your attention.

From the recommendation to concentrate upon a single object spring many forms of modern-day meditation: from mantra and japam meditation, or repetition of a significant sound; to guided visualizations; to the use of a talisman; to the use of a drishti, or focal point; to the tuning in to a single sense, such as hearing or touch; to the holding in mind of a spiritual figure. Dharana is an essential practice that prepares the mind for deeper states of contemplation.

Dhyana, yoga’s 7th limb, comes closer to the definition of meditation as we think of it, the suggestion being to sustain concentration for a prolonged period of time, fixing the mind upon a single object while quelling the tendency to name, categorize, judge, or assign value to that which is in focus. To sit in this style of meditation is to see reality with perfect clarity, leading to an awareness unstained by the ego’s preferences or priorities. Eventually, the yogi’s subject becomes the Self that dwells within the self, and he/she abides in sacred, nondual reality.

Eight Limbs of Yoga

When the mind succeeds in accurately reflecting reality, the yogi perceives her true nature in which self and other are unified. To sustain this clarity of consciousness is to live in Samadhi, or liberation, the 8th limb. A meditation practice helps us to collect more and more moments of pure awareness so that we may finally reside around the clock in “bliss that defies description.” Those who have experienced samadhi describe it as a coming home or as an experience of sweetness and peace that cannot be conveyed in words. Paramahansa Yogananda offers as vivid an account of samadhi as is available, describing it over the course of many paragraphs in Autobiography of a Yogi:

Soul and mind instantly lost their physical bondage and streamed out like a fluid light from my every pore…  My sense of identity was no longer narrowly confined to a body but embraced the circumambient atoms…My ordinary frontal vision was now changed to a vast spherical sight, simultaneously all-perceptive… An oceanic joy broke upon calm endless shores of my soul. The entire cosmos, gently luminous, like a city seen afar at night, glimmered within the infinitude of my being….

Brain & Meditation

Excitingly, scientists have discovered that meditation really does help keep ego in check, increase empathy, and provide mental clarity, affirming the claims yogis have been making for millennia. Neuroscientists have identified the portions of the brain responsible for emotional reactivity, autobiographical memory (or ego) creation, self/other distinctions, present-centered attention, and time/space awareness. Interestingly, these locations in the brain become markedly restful during deep states of meditation, and a regular meditation practice increases gray matter in many of these regions, helping us to function optimally even when the meditation session has concluded.

Although we often begin and end class with a brief meditation, we will place special emphasis this May on listening to the silence beneath the sound and to heeding the call of highest consciousness. We look forward to sharing these sweet moments on the mat!

In peace,


Leigha & Jacqui

“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!