Yoga Teaching Methodology Intensive, Nov. 16-18, 2018

Teaching Methodology: Designing the Experience

November 16-18, 2018

Teachers: Leigha Butler & Jacquelyn Nash

YTT 200 hour, yoga teacher training, hudson valley, kingston, ny, modulesWhat makes a great yoga teacher? What makes a great class? Learn to develop your voice and to cultivate your existing skills to hold space and to structure a yoga class that creates the complete experience for practitioners who step into your class.

Learn:

  • structuring a yoga class by building postural arcs and valleys.
  • developing a teacher/class relationship and teacher/student relationship.
  • methods and tools to find personal inspirations and then to share that with the class.

 

Leigha Butler & Jacquelyn Nash

Having met in their 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, Leigha and Jacquelyn decided to plant their yoga roots in Kingston in 2011 when they opened The Yoga House in Uptown Kingston. While their styles of practice and teaching differ, their polarities bring a very balanced approach to sharing yoga with those training with them. Both have studied with various teachers, Leigha most recently with Shiva Rea and Jacquelyn with David Swenson, bringing combined knowledge from different approaches to the practice. While they joke about not reading anything but yoga books, they are continually filling their wells with new inspiration for their committed personal practices and the classes that they teach.


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How to Find a Comfortable Seat — A Workshop with Mackenzie Rudis — Sat., Oct. 20th, 2:30-4:30pm, $20

How to Find a Comfortable Seat

A Workshop with Mackenzie Rudis

Sat., Oct. 20th

2:30-4:30pm

$20

Midtown Studio

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Finding a comfortable seat may seem like a daunting task – but in this workshop we’ll go through the many ways to sit and to make it suit your body.
Please bring comfortable clothing and an open mind. We’ll explore movement to help us with sitting as well as using various props to support our needs.
Mackenzie Rudis
Mackenzie has been assisting 200hr yoga teacher trainings since 2013 at Kripalu Schools of Yoga & Ayurveda, teaching gentle & beginner classes since 2015, and exploring the use props since 2012.

It has been six years since Mackenzie found the practice of yoga and while following the teachings, in 2011, she began the adventure of teaching yoga. Yoga, at its most basic, is union and for Mackenzie this union is the most calling aspect of the practice. She believes that we are all part of an ever changing and moving experience, and with yoga she is now able to integrate these changes and movements with something constant, the breath. Just like everyone, she cannot live without the breath, and so through the practice of yoga she attempts to explore and play with this constant thing that we are allowed to use and can identify when feeling overwhelmed by uncontrollable situations. She wants to share this exploration and play with anyone who’s interested, she believes that if you’re breathing you can do yoga.

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Thai Massage Workshop w/ Adi Carter-Saturday, 10/13, 2:30-5:30pm

Thai Massage Workshop

with Adi Carter

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

Midtown Studio

$30 to register/$35 day of

 

Also considered “yoga for lazy people”, Thai Massage is an ancient healing system developed by a Buddhist physician over 2500 years ago and helps to restore balance and well-being within the body. Thai Massage is usually performed on the floor and both partners wear comfortable clothing allowing for movement. No oils are used in Thai Massage and the practice is often also called Thai Yoga Massage because the therapist uses hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches and adjustments that can include muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure. In this workshops students will learn how to give and receive Thai Massage focusing on the legs, shoulders, low back and hips. No prior experience with bodywork is necessary and these workshops are open to people who come with a partner or without.

 

Adi Carter is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher and bodyworker who draws from a background of over 20 years in sports injury management and adventuring to keep her always inspired and problem solving ways to strengthen and increase productivity in the body. Her classes focus on structural alignment principles combined with energy work and touch based off of Eastern medicine and she uses Thai Massage as a basis for physically adjusting students in yoga classes and also for teaching students (and teachers) how to safely adjust each other and begin to tap in to their natural healing abilities.

 


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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.

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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.

Chakra Workshop, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2:30-5:30pm

Chakra Workshop with Corinne Gervai

Saturday, February 10th, 2:30-5:30pm

$30 Preregister/$35 day-of

Hosted at our Midtown Studio

chakrasymbolssimpleIn this workshop on the Chakras System led by Corinne Gervai of Euphoria Yoga in Woodstock we will explore what these energy center are, where they are located, what the sounds, senses, colors, elements, symbols that are associated with each one are and how they relate to various aspects of our lives. We will also explore how to weave this information into an Asana (Yogic Postures) class that relates to the various Chakras.

A hand out with information on the Chakras will be provided, so that you can reference the information during the Workshop with ease, as well as in the future when you wish to incorporate it in your classes once you are a Teacher! * A few fun tips on how to remember some of the information by heart will be offered as well.  Corinne is very much looking forward to sharing this time and this rich subject with you!

corinne-2Corinne Gervai is the founder and Director of Euphoria Yoga in Woodstock and has over thirteen years of teaching experience in New York city and locally. She received her Yoga Teaching certification from the Jivamukti Yoga School in the year 2000 after completing the full one year intensive certification program lead by Sharon Gannon and David Life. Corinne taught all levels at The Jivamukti Yoga School in New York City from 2000-2005. Prior to that Corinne taught the Lotte Berk Method which incorporates element of Yoga, dance and therapeutic stretching in New York city and the Hamptons.In 2005 Corinne received her Advanced Jivamukti certification. Upon moving to Woodstock full time in 2005 Corinne taught locally until 2009 when she opened Euphoria Yoga. Corinne offers much gratitude to her main Yoga teachers Sharon Gannon, David Life as well as to all the wonderful teachers that she takes classes and workshops with which continue to inspire her. Corinne offers deep thanks to her beloved students, family and friends that enhance her life daily and her aim is to do the same to the lives of as many beings as she can reach.


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