Breath, Space, Structure; A workshop with Anne Robinson, Saturday, 11/14

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.

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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.

Ahimsa Yoga & Music Festival – Sat. & Sun., October 3rd & 4th at Windham Mountain Resort

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Ahimsa Yoga & Music Festival

Ahimsa Yoga & Music Festival

Sat. & Sun., October 3rd & 4th

Windham Mountain Resort, Windham, NY

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.

Jessie Montague Takes Over the House Flow on Saturdays, 9:30-11:00am

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 MotegueJessie 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 Jess new side crowthread 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.

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AcroYoga Immersion with Adi Carter — Sunday, Oct. 18th, 6:30-8:30pm

AcroYoga Immersion Workshop

Sunday, Oct. 18th


$25 Before/$35 After Oct. 1


Some of you have been falling in love with the AcroYoga practice, and we want to support you as you take your play to the next level. We have invited Adi Carter back to give us an intermediate-level skills special class that will cover intermediate forward and backward flying, transitions, and therapeutics. If you have been playing for a while now but feel like you have plateaued, or if you would just like to explore what is possible when flyers fly and bases base, then this is the perfect class for you. Some Acro experience recommended, please.


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AcroYoga blends the spiritual wisdom of Yoga, the loving kindness of Thai massage, and the dynamic power of Acrobatics. These three ancient lineages form the foundation of a unique new practice that cultivates trust, connection and playfulness.  This workshop will focus on using core awareness to help practitioners balance on each other and take flight to truly experience the joy of being inverted and supported without the effort and struggle of trying to hold yourself up.

AcroYoga Immersion

Adi Carter

Adi has been a life long student of practicing yoga off the mat in all shapes and forms especially when it involves being outdoors. Her passion for movement and the environment have taken her on countless adventures around the world and she currently travels and teaches as part of the YogaSlackers & created the Redefining Balance series and retreats to share the modalities of shifting perspective through yoga, slacklining, AcroYoga, climbing, surfing, mountain biking and just about anything else you can think to do on the Earth’s terrain. Traveling & teaching often times with her car as a home base, you can find her somewhere in the vicinity of an ocean, climb site, mountain or legit climbing tree as she works with students on and off the mat to discover a new sense of balance, strength and focus in whatever their form of practice might be. Read more at

Yoga Story Time, ages 2-4 Years, joins our regular schedule in October

Yoga Story Time

2-4 years

Thursdays, 11:30am

$10 Drop-In or $35 for 5 Sessions

Adult Attendance Required

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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.

Yoga Story Time Registration

Yoga Teacher Training at The Yoga House – Free Information Session, September 27th 12:00-1:00 P.M.

200-Hour Teacher Training Program

With Emphasis on Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Alignment and Philosophy 

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Open to anyone who is curious!

September 27th, 2015 12:00-1:00pm 


Would you like 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 YTT meeting.

The Yoga House, Yoga, Kingston, NY

2015-2016 Dates for Teacher Training Intensive Weekends

Week 1 – October 16th, 17th, 18th

Week 2 – November 13th, 14th, 15th

Week 3 – December 11th, 12th, 13th

Week 4 – January 8th, 9th, 10th

Week 5 – February 5th, 6th, 7th

Week 6 – March 11th, 12th, 13th

Week 7 – April 8th, 9th, 10th


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

Great 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.


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. The workshops for the 2015-2016 are still being finalized.

2015-2016 Workshop Presenters

Anne Robinson Pic ImageAnne 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.

Stephanie Rose BifolcoStephanie Rose Bifolco is a certified Anusara-inspired yoga teacher, and a yoga teacher trainer at Jai Ma School of Yoga in New Paltz.  She has a Certificate of Completion from a 9-month Ayurveda Living Skills Course, and has trained in the philosophies of the Goddess-Centered Yoga Tradition, Nonviolent Communication, and Restorative Yoga. Stephanie loves to teach her students about yoga and why yoga poses matter. She passionately shares the rules to create a foundation for healthy living at home and at work. Her higher purpose is to educate groups of people so they can join arms together in a health (r)evolution!

Bobbie Marchand YogaBobbie Marchand. 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:

Asana 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.

Practicum – 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 9th 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 14th.

Payments due: 11/13; 12/12; 1/8; 2/5;  and 3/11.

Your Tuition Includes

    • Teacher Training instructional hours with RYT lead trainers
    • Three workshops
    • 30 free classes – Trainees must attend at least 3 meditation sessions and 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

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If you are interested in our teacher-training program, or to sign up for the September 27th 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.)

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