Teacher Training & Intensive Learning Info Session, Sat., Sept. 22nd, 11:15am

Free Info Session

Saturday, September 22nd

11:15am @ Midtown Studio

Our modular intensive training begins this November and topics range from asana sequencing to yoga history to muscular anatomy and beyond, with standards exceeding those set forth by Yoga Alliance. Attend the free information session to learn more about our program.

 

Read more about our new modular format here.

 

Please email us at info@theyogahouseny.com with any additional questions about our program.

 

APPLICATION:

To download our program application, click here: The Yoga House Module YTT Application 2018-2019.

 

TESTIMONIALS:

The Teacher Training Program at The Yoga House was nothing short of a life-altering experience. Leigha and Jacquelyn form a uniquely knowledgeable and skilled pair, whose dedication to the practice and their students is unparalleled.  –Amy

 

I had high expectations for the Yoga House’s teacher training, but Leigha and Jacquelyn far exceeded them.  –Corinna

 

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

 

I was impressed by the way Jacquelyn and Leigha moderated a large group with varying levels of yoga experience, knowledge of anatomy, and philosophical understanding.  –Sarah

 

Jacquelyn and Leigha’s 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

 

Jacquelyn & Leigha’s support after graduation is evident and meaningful. I would highly recommend them.  –Michele

 

This program is incredible and I always felt supported during the process. Thank you for sharing your wisdom, kindness and encouragement with all of us.  –Nydia

 

The Yoga House teachers are highly skilled, inspiring, conscientious, and thorough. In their endeavor to be of service, they have created a valuable yoga community and are pleasure to learn from and work with.  –Noelle

 

The training provided a solid foundation for me on my journey to become a confident yoga instructor. I highly recommend Jacquelyn and Leigha’s teacher training at the Yoga House.  –Ed

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Roll & Recovery Monthly Class with Dee Pitcock — Fri., Aug. 3rd – 5:30pm-6:30pm

Monthly Class: 1st Fridays

Next one: Friday, Aug 3rd

5:30-6:30pm

Uptown Studio – 57 Crown Street, Kingston

Cost: $15 – This is a special class. No class cards please.

We are now offering a special, 60-min Aroma RESTorative Express to follow Dee’s Roll & Recovery class. Mel Toth will teach from 6:45-7:45, $15. So take just Roll & Recovery, or enjoy both classes for $30.

The Roll and Recovery workshop will introduce you to self-myofascial release (SMR) techniques, using a variety of grippy balls, bands, breath work and stretching to help release fascial tension. Manipulation of fascia keeps it supple, well-hydrated and reduces adhesions. SMR also assists in correcting muscle imbalances. Want to know more about fascia? See below.


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dee pitcock, roll & recovery, the yoga houseny, kingston, hudson valley, nyDee Pitcock is a Certified Primal Health Coach and NASM Personal Trainer who has been training clients and teaching fitness classes in the Hudson Valley for over 25 years. She has had the pleasure of helping people lead healthier lives with her work at The Mohonk Mountain House, Signature Fitness in Kingston, The Ridge in Stone Ridge, the Yoga House and Woodstock Healing Arts as well as providing in-home training for private clients. Though a lifelong athlete, Dee faced many challenges with her own body composition and health that necessitated a deep dive into nutrition and ways in which to achieve balance in her life right down to the cellular level. Having been through the trenches, she emerged with more tools and an even greater passion to help her community become happier and healthier.

What is Fascia?

Fascia provides a protective sheath around our entire body as a whole and also surrounds each organ and muscle for protection.  The human framework depends upon fascia to provide form, cohesion, separation and support and to allow movement between neighboring structures without irritation. Every muscle, organ, bone, nerve, and blood vessel is covered in a thin film of fascia, yet all these fascial pockets are interconnected to form a continuous, integrated fascial matrix covering the whole body from the top of the head to the tip of the toes.

Emotional upset/trauma, physical trauma, an inflammation or infection, structural imbalances of any kind, poor posture as well as scar tissue and adhesions may all create inappropriate fascial strain. Flexibility and spontaneity of movement are lost, setting up the body for more trauma, pain and limitation of movement. These powerful fascial restrictions pull the body out of its three-dimensional alignment.

In addition, fascial tissue aids in the repair of tissue and is an important neutralizer of toxins within our bodies and those in our environment.

Studies have shown that additional benefits SMR include:

  • Muscle relaxation:SMR helps reduce and eliminate stored tension in muscles, which aids in alleviating aches and pains.
  • Suppression or reduction of trigger point sensitivity and pain:SMR promotes the release of endorphins to help reduce pain.
  • Reduced soreness and improved tissue recovery: SMR increases circulation, allowing oxygen and other nutrients to reach the muscles and other soft tissues.
  • Improved joint range of motion, which helps restore optimal length-tension relationships:SMR helps prepare joints for increased range of motion and loads that accompany stretching, strengthening and other dynamic movement exercises.
  • Reduced adhesions and scar tissue that improves the elasticity of muscles and other soft tissues, to improve movement and reduce pain.
  • Regulation of the production of compounds called cytokines, which play a role in decreasing inflammation.
  • Increased activity in the mitochondria of cells, helping promote repair and growth of muscle tissue.
  • Improved neuromuscular efficiency.
  • Decreased neuromuscular hypertonicity.
  • Decreased overall effects of stress on the human movement system.

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The Yoga Sutras Weekend Immersion with Edwin Bryant — February 2-4, 2018

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

A Weekend Immersion with Edwin Bryant, Ph.D.

February 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 2018

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

Have you fallen in love with the Sutras yet?  This rich and many-layered text lays out, quite directly, the why and the how of yoga as it is meant to be practiced. This weekend intensive is especially appropriate for yoga teachers, serious students of yoga, and academics who would like a deeper understanding of the origin, content and living application of the most essential text in the yogic lineage as a whole. Edwin Bryant’s published commentary and interpretation summarizes the most significant pre-modern commentaries, adding clarity and insight in an accessible but rigorous way. He is both scholar and committed yogi on the path. We are honored and delighted to be hosting him and we hope you will join us for this exceptional chance to dig deeper into yoga’s roots.

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

 

About Edwin

Edwin Bryant received his Ph.D in Indic languages and Cultures from Columbia University. He taught Hinduism at Harvard University for three years, and is presently the professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University where he teaches courses on Hindu philosophy and religion. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, published six books and authored a number of articles on Vedic history, yoga, and the Krishna tradition. In addition to his academic work for the scholarly community, Edwin’s Penguin World Classics translation of the Srimad Bhagavata Purana, the traditional source for the story of Krishna’s incarnation, is both for Indology specialists as well as students and those interested in Hinduism from the general reading public and the yoga community.

As a personal practitioner of yoga for 35 years, a number of them spent in India studying with traditional teachers, where he returns yearly, Edwin strives to combine academic scholarship and rigor with sensitivity towards traditional knowledge systems. In addition to his academic course load, Edwin currently teaches workshops on the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and Hindu Philosophy at yoga studios and teacher training courses throughout the country. His translation of and commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (North Point Press, a division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009) is specifically dedicated to contributing to the growing body of literature on yoga by providing insights from the major pre-modern commentaries on the text with a view to grounding the teachings in their traditional context.

The Text
 
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Notes from the Traditional Commentators. New York: Farrar Straus & Giroux in press 2008.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is the classical ancient Indian treatise on the practice of Yoga. While Yoga conjures up images of bodily postures and stretches in popular western culture, this aspect of yoga, the asanas, is only the third limb of the eight limbs outlined in the Yoga Sutras — and, indeed, Patanjali pays only passing attention to this aspect of the system. This seminar series will consist of a close reading of Patanjali’s original text, focusing on the opening section of the work, wherein Yoga is defined and the state of samadhi, liberation, described, as well as on the eight limbs of yoga covered in the heart of the text, which outline the step by step methods for attaining this enlightened state. Attention will be paid to the pre-modern commentaries of the text, thus exposing students to the traditional understanding of the practice of classical Yoga and its goals. Students are advised to bring any copy of the Sutras which has the Sanskrit text in romanized script as attention will be focused on the original source rather than its westernized manifestation.

 

Purchase the Sutras here.

 

Approximate schedule (to be finalized) 

7-9:30pm, Friday, Feb. 2

11:30-4:30pm, Saturday, Feb. 3

10:00-2:00pm, Sunday, Feb. 4

 

What to bring and what to expect

  • We recommend that you purchase the text above, but bring any copy of the Sutras that has Sanskrit transliteration.
  • Bring a notebook and pen.
  • Edwin is an engaging, lively, humble and knowledgeable speaker (see an interview here). Come with your questions and curiosity!
  • We have a choice of bolsters, mats, blankets and chairs to sit on.

 

Cost

  • FLASH SALE through January 10 – 20% off = $240
  • The total immersion costs $300. We ask for a deposit of $100 to reserve your spot.
  • No partial attendance, please. If you have an extenuating circumstance, please contact us at info@theyogahouseny.com

 

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August Focus – The 4 Aspects of Mind

Where Is My Mind?

Yogis have long sought to understand the cause of human suffering. As in many spiritual traditions, the aim has been to minimize suffering and maximize fulfillment. At the core of most needless suffering, argues this lineage, are habits of the mind, which, when left unexamined and untrained, can leave us in a state of lack, isolation, and anxiety.

The upshot is that each of us can learn which aspects of the mind tend to cause our superfluous pain. Armed with this information, we can stop painful thought habits in their tracks.

The mind, in Patanjalian terms, is comprised of four basic components:

Chitta, the storehouse of memories;
Manas, sensory processing;
Buddhi, discernment; and
Ahamkara, the notion of “I.”

The categories may appear to simplify what goes on in the ol’ noggin, but upon closer examination they’re pretty darn comprehensive. What follows is just a taste and, truthfully, an oversimplification.

So Where Do you Get Stuck?

Chitta
If you tend to get caught in chitta, you may have a habit of recalling the past and dwelling there a bit more than feels good. Do you play your own embarrassing moments on the screen of your mind? Do you tend to ruminate about past hurts to the detriment of your enjoyment now? A certain amount of this is unavoidable and even necessary, but catch yourself if these habits lead you to any shade of misery.

Or, you may spend your mental resources envisioning and perhaps worrying about future events. This is another way chitta strikes, most often subconsciously. Again, we need a little bit of prior planning to function at our best, but watch out when your time spent in the imagined future eclipses your time spent in the eternal now.

Manas
Manas, or the lower mind, is that which keeps us bound to sensory experience. On the positive (and essential) side, it facilitates our interaction with the world around us and puts us in touch with our senses. It processes information coming through the visual and other sensory centers, helping us to understand the environment and our relationship to it.

At its worst, it binds us to passing whims and gruff desires as though the cerebral cortex weren’t a thing. It’s what guides a guilty dog. Akin to the Freudian Id, “Me see x. Me like x,” might be its reductionist essence. To keep manas in its rightful position, we develop the layer of awareness that deciphers incoming stimuli with any eye toward consequences — that’s buddhi.

Buddhi
Buddhi is thought to be the most sattvic (or pure) aspect of mind. It’s our ability to discern and decipher, helping us for instance to understand the difference between a painful option and a desirable one. But when buddhi has led you down a path of suffering, it often looks like “analysis paralysis.” Have you ever caught yourself considering something — anything! a person, a situation, a decision — from a thousand and one angles? What begins as enjoyable consideration becomes a quagmire of speculation, indecision and prolonged over-analysis.

If you’re an over-analyzer, or if judgment and criticism tend to be your oft-tread avenues for emotional affliction, hey, the first step is admitting it! Rather than be ruled by your mind, yoga teaches that you can bring your mind into balance with focused practice (Hello, gaze points, breath work, asana, self study, and meditation).

Ahamkara
Finally, ahamkara, or ego, is that which holds us in a perpetual state of “I-ness” and therefore, too easily, isolation and alienation. Although totally necessary for healthy functioning, ahamkara is the self-same aspect of mind that will tell you things like: I am better than he is. Or, I don’t measure up to her because. Or, I deserve this more than they do because. I was slighted the other day when—. I feel insulted because.

Ahamkara’s most clever work is its subtlest. It doesn’t always show up as a pompous, egregious, “me, me, me” sort of state. It’s more likely to operate just underneath conscious awareness, offering little subliminal messages that tear you down or build you up but ultimately keep you from feeling connected to and at one with the life forms who make up your earthly family.

May this model of the mind-field help you to catch yourself in unnecessary suffering, and may your time on the mat shed light on what it feels like to tend to a mindscape in harmony and at peace.

In gratitude & service,

Leigha & Jacquelyn

Intro to Yoga Series — 6 Weeks — Sundays in Sept.-Oct.

Intro to Yoga Series

with Lori Henry

6-Week Series, September 16th-October 21st

Sundays, 10:30-11:30am

$80 for Series

at our Uptown Location at 57 Crown St.

 

basics yoga the yoga house kingston ny hudson valleyLearn the basics of yoga with long-time practitioner and certified instructor, Lori Henry, in a warm and welcoming environment. This beginner-friendly class breaks down the fundamentals of a yoga practice. We take it slowly and intentionally, shedding light on foundational yoga poses and taking the time we need to feel them and understand them fully.

 

 

 

 

Lori Henry

Lori, an Ulster County native, began practicing yoga over 11 years ago in an effort to control stress and to maintain a healthy lifestyle. In 2015, she visited The Yoga House and decided to embark in their 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program to improve her own home practice and to become educated in yoga philosophy. After graduating from the program in 2016, she realized that many people feel that yoga is not accessible to them for multiple reasons. She wants to tell them, “YOU CAN do it!” and she wants to help generate confidence so those skeptics can discover how to balance the mind and body in order to accept oneself and others. She believes the best method is through a lighthearted and practical approach. Lori is dedicated to helping her students feel good about themselves and their practice. She is currently continuing her education at Shakti and is enjoying her life-long yoga journey.

 

 


6-Week Series – $80



Mysore Style Ashtanga Exploration Weekend, 9/8-9/9, 1:00-4:00pm

Mysore Ashtanga Exploration Weekend

with Susan DeRyder

Saturday & Sunday,  9/8-9/9, 1:00-4:00pm

$75 for entire weekend/ $40 for Day 2 only
Midtown Studio

 
 

Day 1: Saturday, September 8th, 1-4pm Open to students new to the Mysore method, including absolute beginners

On Day 1 we will explore the fundamentals of the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series. The Primary Series is the first series we learn in the Ashtanga Yoga system, anyone new to Ashtanga Yoga begins here. We will approach the practice with the intention to start attending the early morning Mysore program. Discover ways to memorize the sequence, which is necessary if we are interested in practicing using the traditional Mysore method. Once you have completed Day 1 and Day 2 of this weekend, you will have the basic foundations needed to join in the early morning practice group which meets Monday, Wednesday, Friday anytime between 6:30-8:30am* (*you may arrive any time and are required to finish your practice by 8:30am).

On Day 1, learn:

  • a little about the background of this method, where it comes from and the benefits of practicing Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga
  • the foundations for this practice Surya Namaskar A and B, the standing sequence and the closing sequence.
  • ways to learn and memorize the sequence.

Those attending Day 1 are welcome to attend the Sunday Led Primary Series class on 9/9 at no extra charge to participate or to just observe.

Day 2: Sunday, September 9th, 1-4pm Open to students who attended Day 1 and to those who have a current Mysore Style practice*. (*If you do not have a current Mysore practice, please attend Day 1)

On Day 2 we will dive deep in to the theory and practice of Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga. Anyone who has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga or those who have attended Day 1 of the Mysore Style Ashtanga Exploration Weekend will benefit from this workshop. We will explore the principles that support this method of yoga practice in detail giving those who attend many tools to take with them into the Mysore room and can then apply in an individual way to their personal practice. This 3 hour workshop is packed full of information, bring a notebook and pen! You will have the opportunity to ask questions about the practice in general as well as personal questions related to your own practice.
On Day 2, learn the following:
  • Ashtanga Yoga follows the `Tristana` approach to yoga practice ~ Breath, Bandha/Posture, Drishti. We will learn the details of this method and find out why and how it leads to a state of dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and ultimately samadhi (liberation/enlightenment). We will practice this method using various postures from the Ashtanga Primary Series in order to experience the breath, the bandhas and the drishti as it happens in your own practice.
  • When you attend a Mysore Style class you will primarily receive hands on adjustments with minimal verbal cues. We will learn about this approach, how to assess if a physical adjustment is safe for your body and how receive adjustments in a way that will ultimately benefit your practice.

Mysore Ashtanga Exploration Weekend



 

Susan DeRyder

Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, Susan settled in the Hudson Valley in 2016.  Susan has been teaching Ashtanga Vinyasa, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative, Yin Yoga and Meditation for over a decade, with her original training at The Life Centre in London, UK, in 2007. Back in Edinburgh she helped establish the now thriving Mysore program at Meadowlark Yoga. In 2011, Susan’s teaching schedule began to spread overseas and she found herself working seasonally at a retreat center in Costa Rica. During those years she would return to Edinburgh in the spring to teach and/or assist the Edinburgh Mysore program. This program is still running under the care of Sarah Hatcher who is now the morning Mysore program director there. Susan returns to study with Sarah, her Ashtanga teacher, at least one time per year. Susan is also a trained massage therapist and offers deeply healing yoga & sound meditation with her partner, Shawn DeRyder.