Anatomy of Breath with Jessie Montague – Sat., Jan 13, 2:30-5:30pm

Anatomy of Breath with Jessie Montague

Saturday, January 13th, 2:30-5:30pm

$35 prereg/$40 day-of

Hosted at our Midtown Studio

 

15511001192011012242Join Jessie for this informative and creative workshop on exploring why breath is the cornerstone of Yoga. Learn how breath can inform alignment in the asanas, and how working with the breath is the most direct pathway to working with the mind. We will explore the basic anatomy of the respiratory diaphragm and accessory breathing muscles, how breath happens in the system, and why it is so important to include breath awareness into your practice and your teaching.

Jessie MontagueJessie 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.  Jessieleemontague.com


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Yoga Sequencing Intensive – with Amy Reed – Nov. 18th, 11:30-5:00pm

Yoga Sequencing Intensive

With Amy Reed

Saturday, November 18th, 11:30-5:00pm

At our Midtown location, 474 Broadway Ave., Kingston, NY

 

Looking for a fresh way to enhance your vision and voice as a yoga instructor? Delve into the world of effective sequencing with experienced yoga teacher Amy Reed, E-RYT 500. This workshop is perfect for all yoga instructors—from the very new to the very seasoned. Practice creating conscientious, sequential yoga classes designed around a guiding principle: a mythological tale, a dharma theme, or a biomechanical crescendo, for instance. Broaden your go-to ways of organizing a class, share your creativity with other yogis, and come away with new tools, knowledge and inspiration.

 

In this intensive workshop we will explore:

  • alternative avenues for building more dynamic and safe classes.
  • thinking outside the sequencing box (it isn’t all about a peak pose!).
  • flexing your mythological muscle by using stories to build a better class framework
  • infusing more thematic dharma into your sequencing stack
  • using anatomy and body mechanics to create crescendo
  • finding your signature sequencing style.

Suggested text:

  • Myths of the Asanas by Alanna Kaivalya & Arjuna van der Kooij
  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews
  • Your favorite Bhagavad Gita and Sutras translations

Required materials:

  • Notebook and writing tool
  • Anything that inspires you! (a poem, story, song, picture, etc.)

Tuition:

$100 or $90 for The Yoga House Teacher Training Graduates

5 Continuing Ed credits available for Yoga Alliance-registered yoga teachers. 

 

Amy Reed, The Yoga House, Teacher, Yoga, Kingston, NYAmy Reed, RYT 500, E-RYT 200

B.K.S. Iyengar wrote that health “is a state of complete equilibrium of body, mind and spirit.” With this intention, Amy bases her free-spirited classes on an Ashtanga-based, Vinyasa-style of yoga that is inspired by the teachings of Patthabhi Jois and alignment principles of B.K.S Iyengar. Understanding the importance of integrating all aspects of oneself to achieve true wellness, Amy’s classes are dynamic and comprehensive: Harmonium playing, chanting, meditation, and pranayama are all seamlessly incorporated, and woven with thoughtful passages from the Sutras and Bhagavad Gita, poems and affirmations. The result: A rich and invigorating class designed to endure long after the student leaves the studio.

amy reed yogaBut what is most compelling about Amy is her warmth and sincerity. With a near-tangible appetite for self-study and a gentle sense of humor, Amy immediately makes those around her feel welcomed, valued, and inspired to action. She is as accessible to her students as are her classes. This fosters a safe and encouraging environment where students are moved to approach their individual practices with a light-hearted and self-accepting point of view.


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New Ashtanga Class added, Tuesdays, 5:45-7:15pm at Uptown Studio

New Led Primary Series Ashtanga Class

with Kathy Reisfeld

Tuesdays, 5:45-7:15pm at the Uptown Studio

Begins November 7th

 

The physical and spiritual benefits of the Ashtanga Yoga practice unfold with a committed and regular practice, so we thought it was time to offer an additional class to the regular weekly offerings. This new class, which will also be a Primary Series class, will be led by experience Ashtanga yoga practitioner and instructor, Kathy Reisfeld, and hosted at our Uptown studio at 57 Crown Street.

Those who are newer to the Ashtanga Yoga practice, please feel free to come to any of our now three(!) Ashtanga classes, but know that we will be offering another Intro to Asthanga Yoga Series in January. If you’re interested in finding out a little more about what the practice is, please read our blog post here.

 

 

Kathy Reisfeld has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since the fall of 2001 when she was introduced to the Ashtanga primary series. In the summer of 2003 she had the privilege of studying with Nancy Gilgoff and Christine Hoar at a workshop in Burlington, Vermont, which opened her eyes to the true depths of Ashtanga Yoga.

While living in NYC she practiced at Ashtanga Yoga New York with Eddie Stern as her teacher from 2005 through 2010.   She had the good fortune of meeting and practicing with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the fall of 2003 and again in 2005 and 2006.  She traveled to Mysore, India in 2005 in order to study at the Ashanga Yoga Research Institute with Sharath Rangaswamy.

In 2010, while pregnant with her daughter, Ruthie, Kathy moved up to Woodstock with her husband, Scott. Kathy has been maintaining a home practice since her move up to Woodstock.   She is grateful for the love, support, and wisdom of her teacher, Christine Hoar. Kathy hosts a Mysore style Ashtanga practice group at her home studio in Woodstock. Visit Ashtanga Yoga Woodstock for more info.

 

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RESTorative Yoga Workshop with Mel Toth – Saturday, December 9th – 2:30-5:30pm – $35 to preregister

RESTorative Yoga Workshop

with Mel Toth

A perfect yoga break in the midst of the holiday season….

Saturday, Dec. 9th, 2:30-5:30pm

at our Midtown Studio

$35 to prereg/$40 day-of

During RESTorative yoga, periods of deliberate stillness create a safe space to explore letting go. Often the greatest challenge of this practice is allowing that stillness. Acknowledging that reality, RESTorative first uses gentle movement to help release excess energy and physical tension. Props such as blankets, bolsters and blocks are then used to create a cradle of support into which the body can let go. While in supported poses, engaging the mind with conscious breath work and guided relaxation encourages deep physical and emotional release. Through discussion and practice, we will explore what RESTorative is, why it’s beneficial and how to incorporate supported postures into your home or teaching practice. Workshop includes a 90-minute RESTorative class. No experience necessary, just a desire to find greater ease in the body/mind.

 

Mel Tothmel toth, the yoga house, kingston, ny

After many years of sporadic practice, Mel recommitted to yoga after moving to Saugerties in 2011 and discovering Shakti Yoga’s sanctuary classes. Two years later, she completed Shakti’s 200 hour teacher training and has been teaching yoga to students of all ages ever since. 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. Mel’s varied educational experiences have taught her to remain flexible in the face of teaching and learning challenges and receptive to new ways of sharing and receiving information.
mel toth, yoga, kingston, nyHer classes focus on understanding the fundamentals of asana (poses) through the use of props (blocks, blankets, straps, chairs, bolsters) and movement exploration, while emphasizing the discovery of personal alignment, balance and relaxation. After many years of chronic injuries and pain related to scoliosis (curvature of the spine), Mel has found great relief through the practice of gentle and restorative poses and is passionate about incorporating both into her classes. By encouraging students to respect their physical limitations while exploring what’s possible, Mel aims to help each individual learn how to serve the unique needs of the 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 life.

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