LGBTQ-Friendly Pop-up Community Class, Monday, 1/15, 6:00-7:00pm

LGBTQ-Friendly Communtiy Yoga Pop-up Class

with Michele Muller

Monday, January 15th 6-7pm

Uptown Studio


Are you LGBTQ and seeking a comfortable environment to learn the basics of yoga? We’re excited to offer this open, beginners class taught by Michele Muller in collaboration with the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center. Hosted in our wheelchair-accessible Uptown studio location and open to LGBTQ community members and allies; $5 suggested donation. Join us as we learn the fundamentals of a yoga practice in a supportive and affirming environment.

Yoga Book Club – Next Meeting, Wednesday, 3/14, 7:40-8:40pm

We now run a yoga book club, and you’re invited! 
As a simple way to come together, get to know each other better, and reflect a bit on our yoga practice and life, we’re starting a yoga book club. We’ll read books from a variety of perspectives, from wise memoirs, to irreverent accounts of yoga and life, to thought-provoking reads on faith or spirituality. Some may be more directly about yoga others less related but still great books.
Next Day & Time: 3/14 from 7:40-8:40pm, after Amy Reed’s class!
Details: this is a stress-free book club! : ) You can come having read all or none of the book. You can come to all or some of the sessions. Each session will focus on half of the chosen book, so we’ll start a new book every two sessions. The book club is free and will be facilitated by Emily Kerr-Finell, one of our Yoga House community members, and a lover of yoga and books. Tea will be provided, and even a baked good from time to time.

Book Club Schedule and Books


March 14In The Shelter by Padraig O Tuama

About the book: Drawing on this Irish saying, poet, storyteller and theologian Padraig O Tuama relates ideas of shelter and welcome to journeys of life, using poetry, story, biblical reflection and prose to open up gentle ways of living well in a troubled world.
Where to find it: Find at one of our local bookshops, on Amazon (


April 11thYoga and The Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope
About the book: Millions of Americans know yoga as a superb form of exercise and as a potent source of calm in our stress-filled lives. Far fewer are aware of the full promise of yoga as a 4,000-year-old practical path of liberation. Now Stephen Cope, a Western-trained psychotherapist, offers this marvelously lively and irreverent “pilgrim’s progress” for today’s world. He demystifies the philosophy, psychology, and practice of yoga, and shows how it applies to our most human dilemmas: from loss, disappointment, and addiction, to the eternal conflicts around sex and relationship.
Where to find it: Find at one of our local bookshops, on Amazon (, or at the Mid-Hudson Library System (
May 9thThe Sabbath World by Judith Shulevitz
About the book: What is the Sabbath, anyway? The holy day of rest? The first effort to protect the rights of workers? A smart way to manage stress in a world in which computers never get turned off and work never comes to an end? Or simply an oppressive, outmoded rite? In The Sabbath World, Judith Shulevitz explores the Jewish and Christian day of rest, from its origins in the ancient world to its complicated observance in the modern one. Braiding ideas together with memories, Shulevitz delves into the legends, history, and philosophy that have grown up around a custom that has lessons for all of us, not just the religious.
Where to find it: Find at one of our local bookshops, on Amazon (, or at the Mid-Hudson Library System (
June 13thBecoming Wise by Krista Tippett
About the book: In Becoming Wise, Krista Tippett has created a master class in living for a fractured world. Fracture, she says, is not the whole story of our time. The enduring question of what it means to be human has become inextricable from the challenge of who we are to one another. She insists on the possibility of personal depth and common life for this century, nurtured by science and “spiritual technologies,” with civility and love as muscular public practice. And, accompanied by a cross-disciplinary dream team of a teaching faculty, she shows us how.
Where to find it: Find at one of our local bookshops, on Amazon (, or at the Mid-Hudson Library System (

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.



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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