Upside Down & Backwards: Playing with Asanas & Transitions
with Laura Olson
Saturday, April 27th, 12:00-2:00pm
$30 to register/ $35 day-of
Often we focus so much on the pose that we forget there’s deep magic in the middle places. Take a deep dive into transitions, jumps, binds and inversions with a touch of Lila, a playful approach. Bring your questions, favorite and least favorite poses and transitions, and don’t forget your sense of adventure.
As a former dancer, Laura has always been kinesthetic, but yoga is what made her finally feel at home. A devoted Ashtangi and reverently rebellious yoga teacher, she has studied extensively in the United States as well as in Mysore, India with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois. Laura teaches both traditional Ashtanga as well as Ashtanga-influenced vinyasa in workshops, classes, and private lessons in the New York City and Woodstock areas.
The Vinyasa style’s signature quality is flowing movement and creative sequencing. In addition to being really good for the body, moving from one posture to another in a yoga class can be a beautiful art form that elevates the spirit. Learn the basics of choreographing logical and seamless sequences, then develop your skills by practicing how to design sequences around a unifying theme based on anatomy, yoga philosophy or mythological narrative, for instance.
How to arrange a yoga sequence
How to link sequences together to create a whole class
How to design kramas (logically progressing steps) around a guiding theme, such as:
a particular body part
a mythological narrative
a yoga concept
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.
The Yoga House is thrilled to offer, thanks to the generosity two anonymous donors, two scholarships for unlimited classes for the duration of 2019 at both of our locations in Kingston. This is a need-based scholarship, and our intention is to offer the practice and benefits of yoga to those who would otherwise be unable to financially pursue and develop a practice in the environment and with the support of a yoga studio community. Applicants can but are not required to have previous yoga experience.
Inspired by our generous donors, we are awarding the scholarships to applicants who are an active part of the Kingston community, who have displayed their commitment by donating time and service to others in need right here in Kingston.
Recipients must attend at least three classes per week, excluding any emergency circumstances.
If a recipient misses two consecutive weeks of practice without extenuating circumstances the scholarship will be withdrawn and given to another applicant.
Please provide the details of your community service experience(s) in Kingston.
In a few words, why do you want to develop a yoga practice? What about yoga speaks to you?
What, if any, previous experience have you had with yoga? (This can include information or history you may have researched or heard.)
How do you feel your yoga practice will benefit your life? How, and in what way?
Building off of these questions, please include a brief bio about yourself. Your application should be no more than two pages in length and include your email and phone number. Please address your response to Jacquelyn Nash & Felipa Gaudet, and send your application to email@example.com with the subject “Scholarship Application.” Once applications have been reviewed, we will ask to meet with the applicant finalists before announcing recipients.
Application deadline: March 13, 2019. Applications received after this date will not be accepted
This soulful and invigorating class is designed to help you find your inner power and strength through continuous movement and dynamic flow. We’ll build a crescendo with familiar postures and methods to gradually open the body and to reach our pinnacle and challenging pose or sequence where we’ll take time to explore our own true potential. Prepare to break a sweat but also to find those sweet moments to reconnect with your mind and body. This class is best for those with yoga experience.
The most effective yoga teachers can teach to different levels of practitioners in one class. Learn thoughtful ways to make each asana or posture accessible to the beginner-level students in your classes with Mel Toth. Then learn approaches to guide more experienced practitioners with Felipa Gaudet.
How to teach to both ends of the spectrum: the basic-level & the experienced practitioner
How to remain attuned to the different levels of practice in your open-level yoga classes
Modifications and prop recommendations for beginner-level students
How to direct experienced practitioners into advanced variations and challenging postures
How to cue simultaneously to both levels
Felipa began practicing yoga as a way to reconnect with her physical self while carving out a place from her busy day to cultivate inner peace. Her desire to land the still-elusive ‘handstand in the middle of the room’ has fueled her dedicated, ongoing practice while teaching her to detach from desired results. As The Yoga House’s Flying Flow, or advanced vinyasa class, Felipa has experience exploring different methods for landing those challenging postures, but also encourages practitioners to honor their bodies and discover the possibilities within each pose in the way that feels right for them.
Mel has spent years studying and teaching the fundamentals of asana through the use of props 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 is skilled in helping each individual learn how to serve the unique needs of the body.