August Focus of the Month — Abhyasa

Abhyasa, uninterrupted practice, is the key to achieving a state of stable tranquility.

abhyasa, yoga, kingston, ny, august focus of the month, the yoga houseDuring these hazy weeks of August, it can be tempting to forego our yoga practice, to fall off the mat, as it were, promising a recommitment in September. Any why not? Couldn’t we all use a break? The sages would say, “Not so fast.” According to Patanjali, it is only by practicing without interruption that we gain access to the fruits of yoga – that is, to the union of Self with the totality of consciousness. This month we highlight abhyasa, translated variously as persistent effort, constant practice, discipline, or exertion over a long period of time.

Abhyasa is the key to achieving a state of stable tranquility, that sought-after feeling of deep connection and present awareness. Our practice may slip, but if our commitment is steady, we will keep returning to the mat. As we learn to clear away our own obstacles, dabbling turns into dedication. Little by little, we become established in the practice, peeling back the layers of illusion to reveal the perfect peace that underlies all.

Abhyasa reminds us to set goals that are achievable over the long term. Maybe it’s only three times a week that we practice. Maybe it’s every day. But whatever your level of commitment, let August be the month you keep coming back.

2014 Yoga Teacher Training Program — Free Information Session, Sept. 20th, 12:00-1:00pm

200-Hour Teacher Training Program

With Emphasis on Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Alignment-Oriented Yoga, and Spiritually Oriented Yoga

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Are you ready to deepen your yoga practice?

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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

2014 Free Introduction

Saturday, September 20th, 12:00-1:00pm

All who are curious are welcome. No commitment necessary to attend.

 Visit our Teacher Training page for more details.


The Yoga House, Yoga, Kingston, NY2014 Dates for Teacher Training Weekends

October 17, 18, 19
November 14, 15, 16
December 12, 13, 14
January 9, 10, 11
February 13, 14, 15
March 13, 14, 15
April 10, 11, 12


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Friday, 7:00-9:30pm
Saturday, 12:00-4:00pm
Sunday, 12:00-4:00pm




Newcomer Special for August — 30 Days for 30 Dollars


30 Days for 30 Dollars in July & August

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Curious about The Yoga House and what the studio has to offer? Come experience the variety of classes we have this summer for just $30 and receive unlimited classes for 30 days starting July 1. If it’s your first time at The Yoga House, just come by any day from July 1 to August 31 and you will be eligible to sign up for 30 days of classes starting from the day you walk in the door.



Evening Meditation — Every 3rd Friday, 7-8:00pm. Next Session Aug. 15

Evening Meditation

7:00-8:00pm, third Fridays

Our next meditation event is on August 15th, 2014.

Join us every third Friday for an hour-long guided meditation led by teacher and author Sharon Rosen. No experience necessary. All levels welcome.

According to Sharon, “Meditation helps us to become more present to life. Through the practices, we develop feelings of unconditional friendliness towards ourselves and others. Each month we will explore different aspects of meditation, including mindfulness, lovingkindness, walking meditation and guided body scans. You will leave these sessions inspired, refreshed and with solid tools that you can weave into your everyday life. Please join us and begin or deepen your own meditation journey.”

Drop-in fee is $13 (or use your membership card).


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Sharon Rosen

(Read more at her website, Heart of Self Care)

Life is filled with bright, shiny objects that distract us, knock us off track, and keep us from knowing our truest needs. They pull us away from our core values and innate wisdom.

How do we figure out what really works for us?

I believe that we all have the ability to find those answers, even if we can’t always access that wisdom or follow through on it. It has to do with slowing down and listening deeply, two things that are not given much respect in this world of information overload. High speed, next generation wireless networks keep us always plugged in out there but not in here where it helps the most.

The essence of what I teach and embody in my work comes from learning to listen deeply to myself. It’s about paying mindful attention to my body and soul to figure out what works for me. I’ve learned how to give myself what I need to truly flourish and feel strong and vibrant. I feel so grateful to be able to share this learning with you.

Munchkin & Me Yoga, for Ages 2-4 — Now Full


For Kids 2-4

+ Mom, Dad, or Guardian

M&M promoThursdays, 3:30-4:30pm

 Session #2 is full and we are not accepting drop-ins for the class. Please email us if you are interested in a session for the fall.

Session #1: (Registration is now closed for Session #1, but you can still drop in for a single class.)

June 26th – July 24th

Drop in to a single class for $18.


Session #2:

July 31st – August 28th

Please register by Monday, July 28th. Price is $75 for the session.


Price for one session = $75

Space is limited. Please use the drop-down PayPal button below to preregister.

The class will be taught by Mel Toth who comes to us highly recommended and whose joyous energy and enthusiasm for all aspects of yoga is contagious.

Melanie Toth (Mel)

Mel’s yoga journey began in her living room over 13 years ago. 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. From her extensive background in education, Mel brings a solid understanding of how each student interprets information differently and may apply those misinterpretations to his or her body. As such, she strives to make her instruction clear and accessible for students of all levels of experience. Mel’s classes focus on the development of a solid foundation through the use of props, demonstration, description, and encouragement, while exploring basic principles of alignment, balance and relaxation. By encouraging her students to respect their physical limitations while exploring what is possible, Mel aims to help each individual learn how to serve the unique needs of their 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 her life, both on and off her mat.