Breath, Space, Structure; Exploring Pranayama and Movement
with Anne Robinson
Saturday, November 14, 2:30-4:30pm
$20 pre-register/$25 day-of
Join Anne Robinson of the Hudson Valley’s MaMA to understand the true relationship of breath and movement in your vinyasa practice. This workshop will begin with feeling the diaphram move with the breath and progress into experimenting with movement through space, with the awareness on the breath. We’ll watch as the shape of the body changes, how that affects the breath, and note how the breath affects the shape change of the body. We will experiment with and discuss how being in touch with the breath can move the whole being into a deeper and more expansive place.
Anne Robinson has over 20 years of teaching experience in the fields of dance and yoga. She performed and taught modern dance in Chicago and NYC for many years before becoming certified to teach yoga and meditation at the Integral Yoga Institute in NYC. She has studied extensively with Shiva Rea and Yoga Works, prenatal yoga at Kripalu and advanced anatomy for yoga and yoga therapy with Leslie Kaminoff at The Breathing Project. Her dance and movement training includes Horton, Laban, Body-Mind Centering and Ballet. Her personal practice continues with Shiva Rea, Iyengar, Horton and ballet technique classes and meditation on The Radiance Sutras and with Dr Joe Dispenza. Anne has had many wonderful teachers in life, dance and yoga and hopes to pass on their energy, love, grace and compassion.
Hatha, the physical practice of yoga, is a vehicle towards self-awareness. As Iyengar says, ”Health begins with firmness in the body, deepens to emotional stability, then leads to intellectual clarity, wisdom and finally the unveiling of the soul … . We work with the body to perfect the soul.“ As we deepen and connect with ourselves through the practice of Hatha Yoga, we let go of physical, mental and emotional habits that are unnecessary. Yoga starts with the physical and ultimately takes the practitioner to a much deeper level of experience.
Does an entire of weekend of yoga, wellness and music sound appealing to you? Join Leigha & Jacqui for their second appearance at the Ahimsa Yoga & Music Festival 2015. Between the two of them, there will be SEVEN offerings from The Yoga House throughout the weekend. Take classes and workshops with Leigha, Jacqui and many other gifted yogis and yoginis from the Hudson Valley and far beyond.
Explore the offerings and sign up here. Feel free to ask us any questions you have about the festival.
We are pleased to announce that, beginning September 12th, Jessie Lee Montague will now teach our House Flow class on Saturdays, from 9:30-11:00am. Jessie brings many years of experience and advanced studies in anatomy, and we are so happy to have her .
Jessie Lee Montague (E-RYT)
Jessie 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.
Looking to introduce yoga to your 2 year old, but not sure how? This ain’t no ordinary book-reading. Our 30-45 minute story time will engage your child in a new way as Mel Toth, yoga instructor and previous childhood educator, has creatively combined stories and books with teaching your children yoga poses and yoga breathing. Your toddler will begin to understand his/her body and movement which will help with coordination, spacial awareness, and following directions.
Gentle Yoga is designed for anyone who would like to practice at a careful, soothing, conscientious pace. Students have reported feeler better, lighter, and younger after beginning a weekly gentle yoga regimen. Don’t let bodily limitations prevent you from enjoying the physical and emotional benefits of a yoga practice.
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.