A Yin Yoga & Sound Healing Experience
with Will Leblanc, Lea Garnier & Beth Ylivisaker
Thursday, January 4th – 5:30-8pm
Hosted at our Midtown Studio at 474 Broadway, Kingston
Meditation with sound and yoga is one universal path to Self Realization, accessible to anyone, and appropriate for people of any religion or spiritual aspiration.
All life is relationship, and in this experience we will explore the dynamics between the practice of Yin Yoga and the therapeutic Sound Bath. By uniting our emotional, spiritual and physical bodies in a meditative way, these two up and coming modalities will help you come back to who you truly are: a vibrational being, in tune.
The practice of Yin Yoga is a slow and deep. Based on the principles of stillness, it encourages students to listen to their body’s individual needs. A yin practice guides students past the muscle and into the connective tissue, joints and areas of tension that are being held in deep layers of the body. Students will learn an intuitive approach to working with the body that cultivates listening, facilitates the release of long held tensions and offers genuine relaxation. Simple postures on the floor will be practiced to relax your muscles in order to stimulate the ligaments, joints and layers of fascia. No yoga experience necessary!
Sound has been utilized in various cultures for thousands of years as a tool for healing. Whether through the use of mantras, medicine melodies or the use of interval and frequency, these various techniques all have the same intention: to move us from a place of imbalance to a place of balance. Each human being is in essence a vibration. The molecule sings, the heart of the atom is tone, and the human has a sound body which comes in and out of tune. Enabling the soul to remember its true divine self, its spirit self, we can re-merge with all that is. Finding connection and balance with all that is, we find ourselves in wholeness and perfect health.
Will Leblanc began his study of yoga after 15 years of professional classical ballet dancing to heal and rehabilitate. He began his study of Sivananda and Kripalu yoga in 1990 and did a 500 hour YTT at the Bikram Yoga College of India in 2003. He was the owner/director of Bikram Yoga Amherst for several years. In 2005 he “fell in love”… with Yin Yoga and has been practicing and teaching with true devotion ever since. He completed a 100 hour YTT with Paul Grilley and a 60 hour YTT with Bernie Clarke. He recently had the opportunity to study the Science & Mysticism of connective tissue with Deane Juhan, author of Job’s Body. Will teaches at Euphoria Yoga and Catskills Yoga House.
Lea Garnier is a certified yoga teacher trained in the Desikachar lineage and specializes in teaching yin and restorative yoga workshops which integrate the therapeutics of sacred healing sound with a variety of different sound tools and voice. She has worked as a Craniosacral therapist for over 15 years and has a private practice at Sage Academy of Sound Energy in Woodstock, NY, a center she directs and co-founded in 2007. She also organizes ongoing sound healing retreats & trainings which cater to an international audience of practitioners working in the healing arts.
Beth Ylvisaker became a partner to Sage in 2010, and co-founded the first east coast Annual SoundHealing Retreat Intensive at Menla, NY.She is a senior teacher and facilitator of all the Sage Academy’s events and trainings.She has studied sound extensively with Jill Purce, Accutonics as well as all of the Sage Academy’s esteemed master teachers.She is an astrology student of Terran Loveware, Mark Borax and Elias Lonsdale.She applies mapping astrology through the mandala of the gong, combining stars, sound and is fulfilling a calling to bring healing to individuals and group settings.
Anatomy of Breath with Jessie Montague
Saturday, January 13th, 2:30-5:30pm
$35 prereg/$40 day-of
Hosted at our Midtown Studio
Join 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 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
A Workshop for Beginners
with Jacquelyn Nash & Hillary Harvey
Saturday, January 27th, 1:30-4:30pm
Hosted at our Midtown Studio at 474 Broadway, Kingston
$35 for workshop only;
$50 for workshop PLUS 3 classes* (only offered to new students to The Yoga House)
We’ve all heard of the widely known physical and mental benefits of a consistent yoga practice. We know that when we hear the word “yoga” we think of flexibility, stress relief and mindfulness. But for some, making that step to experience those well-known benefits is not as easy as walking out the door and getting to a class. Often people feel intimidated and unsure of joining a group class for their first experience. Many questions arise: What type of yoga should I try? What’s with all the breathing? If I’m not flexible, can I do yoga? Maybe you’ve already been to a class but felt too uncomfortable and unsure of yourself to return.
This 3-hour interactive workshop is designed to quell those hesitations and answer any and all questions that you might have about starting a yoga practice. We will cover the following topics:
- A brief history of yoga
- An introduction to pranayama (breath control) and meditation
- An explanation of different styles
- An introduction to common yoga terms
- A look at some yoga postures and their anatomical alignment
The entire workshop is designed to encourage dialogue, questions and discussion for any and all topics. If you have a question, we are sure that many other people do, so ask away for us all, teachers and students, to learn about the hesitations that arise. We want to provide you with the foundation of basic yoga principles in order for you to feel comfortable when you enter a yoga class for the first time. Join The Yoga House co-owner, Jacquelyn Nash, and The Yoga House Beginners Class instructor, Hillary Harvey, for this open forum for any yoga-skeptics.
We have all necessary equipment (props, mats, straps, even water), so bring just yourself. Because we will be doing some postures, please wear comfortable, loose clothing.
(Please note, it is NOT necessary to take this workshop to come to a Beginner’s Class, which we offer of Monday and Friday nights and Saturday mornings.)
*3 Classes to be used within 30 days of first class at the studio.
With Jacquelyn Nash
Thursdays, Jan. 18-Feb. 15, 2018
7:30-8:30pm at the Midtown Studio
$50; includes the 5 week series and 1 of our weekly Led Ashtanga classes
New to the Ashtanga Yoga system or just curious to learn more about this lineage? This course will introduce students to the basic philosophy and principles of Ashtanga yoga and most specifically to the Primary Series of the Ashtanga practice, which is offered at The Yoga House twice a week. This series is designed for those new to the Ashtanga practice to help them learn and experience the basics of Ashtanga yoga in a safe and comfortable environment. Elements of breath, bandhas (internal energy locks), drishti (gazing points), Surya Namaskara (sun salutations) and vinyasa (linking breath and movement) will be the emphasis in this class. Each new lesson will build on what was learned the previous week so that all students will feel comfortable to step into their first Led Primary Series class. No experience is required. This class is open to both complete beginners and those with yoga experience.
Jacquelyn Nash was first introduced to the Ashtanga Yoga system in her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Michael Stein at Ashtanga Yoga in New Paltz, NY. Through the guidance of Michael and the self-study of David Swenson’s Ashtanga Yoga, The Practice Manual, Jacquelyn began a dedicated Ashtanga home practice, finding value in the authenticity and integrity of the practice. Through the years, Jacquelyn has been fortunate to study the Ashtanga Yoga system with renowned teachers John Campbell and Kino MacGregor, has taken classes with lineage holder Sharath Jois, Pattabhi Jois’s grandson, and has completed an Ashtanga Primary Series Teacher Training with David Swenson and Shelley Washington. Inspired by the light-heartedness but also sincerity of David and Shelley’s teachings, Jacquelyn has a nurturing and compassionate approach to the Ashtanga system that brings a sense accessibility to those practicing with her. She is humbled to be able to share this sacred practice.