The Issues in Our Tissues: Yoga, Trauma, and Social Justice
Feb
24
3:00 PM15:00

The Issues in Our Tissues: Yoga, Trauma, and Social Justice

With Jacoby Ballard

This workshop will involve a philosophical and theoretical conversation about the effect of mindfulness on our nervous system, how the trauma of injustice lives in our body/heart/minds, and tools for the work we must do to evolve together as a society. Drawing upon his work in grassroots movements, prisons, schools, and recovery centers, with an anti-racist and feminist analysis, Jacoby will offer both scientific evidence and compelling stories toward the efficacy of these ancient tools for our modern concerns. We will explore tools, from philosophy to embodiment to better care for  ourselves and work more effectively and collaboratively with others.

This workshop is the 1st in a series of 6 workshops offered in partnership with the Adhikara Yoga School. These workshops are open to the public and may be purchased separately or as a series. For more information about the Adhikara Yoga School, click here.

Price: $35 pre-registration; $45 at the door; $175 for all 6.  SIGN UP ONLINE

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Common Asana, Common Injury
Mar
17
3:00 PM15:00

Common Asana, Common Injury

With Emily Kramer

Build an embodied understanding of your physical yoga practice. In this workshop, we will take a trip through 4 key types of postures where injury often arises or prior injury is exacerbated. Through each category, we’ll observe our own sensations, each other's alignment, and review the anatomy that structures the shapes. We’ll explore refinements and adaptations of familiar poses that are both preventative and therapeutic, and will enhance your personal & teaching practices. Learn how to keep your joints, connective tissues and muscles safe, strong, supple and stable for a lifelong asana practice!

This workshop is the 2nd in a series of 6 workshops offered in partnership with the Adhikara Yoga School. These workshops are open to the public and may be purchased separately or as a series. For more information about the Adhikara Yoga School, click here.

Price: $35 pre-registration; $45 at the door; $175 for all 6. SIGN UP ONLINE

Emily's Bio:  

Emily leads a breath-centered yoga practice that gently challenges us to stay present as we work in and through our comfort zones. In 2009, Emily created Spirit Boxing, a workshop that combines her experience as a former amateur boxer and yogini, to serve women, youth, and queer / trans community. She studies with Alison West at Yoga Union where she earned her 300-hour Certification in 2014. She studied with Off the Mat, Into the World, Street Yoga, Bent on Learning, Leslie Kaminoff / the Breathing Project, Jonathan FitzGordon, Jyll Hubbard-Salk, Elena Brower, Larry Yang and many inspired teachers on this path. She received her 200-hour certification from SchoolYoga Institute on location in Playa Marsella, Nicaragua in 2010. In addition to her freelance teaching, Emily is a co-owner of Third Root Community Health Center,  a cooperative in Brooklyn, where the crossroads of her work as a movement professional, social justice activist and spiritual seeker joyfully meet.

Emily's training emphasizes anatomical precision and structural alignment along with compassionate observation and adjustment. She has specialized training in anatomy, backcare, anxiety/depression, addiction, trauma-sensitivity, and yoga for young people.  She offers mindful, organic movement that is both meditative and vigorous. She invites us to pay attention to subtleties of our sensation and alignment in order to create space internally, making way for healing and discovery. www.emilyjkramer.com

 

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Histories of Yoga: The Complexity and Evolution of Modern Practice
Apr
14
3:00 PM15:00

Histories of Yoga: The Complexity and Evolution of Modern Practice

With Molly Kitchen

Is "yoga" a 5000 year old singular tradition, as some yoga teachers insist?Or is it a relatively modern synthesis of philosophy, gymnastics, and the interplay of colonization and globalization?

And what historical factors influenced the cultural development and exportation of yogic philosophy?

This in-depth workshop will explore these broad questions with both historical facts and a spirit of curiosity and study.

Over the past several years, yoga teacher Molly Kitchen has turned her discerning eye to researching the multi-layered histories that have created the varied yoga styles we practice today. Join her for rich inquiry and loads of information to strengthen your knowledge base about yoga's past, and how it informs both the present and the future of this dynamic tradition.

This workshop is the 3rd in a series of 6 workshops offered in partnership with the Adhikara Yoga School. These workshops are open to the public and may be purchased separately or as a series. For more information about the Adhikara Yoga School, click here.

Price: $35 pre-registration; $45 at the door; $175 for all 6. SIGN UP ONLINE

 

 

 

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WORK WORK WORK WORK WORK: Business Professionalism and Integrity ©
Apr
28
3:00 PM15:00

WORK WORK WORK WORK WORK: Business Professionalism and Integrity ©

With Brian Liem

Work 1 -- Definitions

Examine and perhaps redefine what work means to you. Deconstruct your own

moral compass in relationship to work and explore your ethics and integrity.

Work 2 -- Working

Can we integrate successful business practices and integrity and do they need to

be separate, aka the “and” vs “either/or” principal.  What are poverty and

abundance mentalities? How do you navigate and negotiate various work

capacities and environments?

Work 3 -- Oxygen

Put on your own oxygen mask first before helping others. Exploring the concept

of self-care. I repeat, what are poverty and abundance mentalities?

Work 4 -- The “F” Word

What is the “F” word of yoga? (it’s not what you’d guess, and it’s a good,

essential thing!).  

Work 5 -- Permanence and Impermanence

It’s going to last forever. It’s not going to last forever. How does a lifelong fluid

practice of yoga work take new meaning?  

 

What Work is, is endless and continually changing. Join in a lively conversation, helpful

exercises, and add some tools to your toolbox. This Workshop is for anyone who has

taught, taken or considered taking a yoga class.

 

Brian Liem and the Adhikara Yoga School’s proceeds from this Workshop will be donated to http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/ and http://caaav.org/

This workshop is the 4th in a series of 6 workshops offered in partnership with the Adhikara Yoga School. These workshops are open to the public and may be purchased separately or as a series. For more information about the Adhikara Yoga School, click here.

Price: $35 pre-registration; $45 at the door; $175 for all 6.  SIGN UP ONLINE

Brian's Bio:  

Brian Liem is a New York City-based yoga and meditation teacher. His work spans 25+ years of mindfulness practices and related business. When not teaching, you can find Brian eating ice cream with his husband and son or teaching students at NYU’s Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life and the NYU LGBTQ Student Center. Recent and upcoming appearances and engagements include: TEDxNYU (keynote), New York City Department of Education (mindfulness keynote), NYU Global Admissions (meditation keynote), The Good Men Project, Yoga Journal, Lion’s Roar (formerly Shambhala Sun), OM yoga center, the Gay Men’s Spirituality Project, this and that. www.yogawithbrian.com

 

 

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Yoga and Mindfulness Toolkit for Yoga Service Providers Workshop
May
19
3:00 PM15:00

Yoga and Mindfulness Toolkit for Yoga Service Providers Workshop

With Crystal McCreary

This workshop will introduce yoga service providers to embodied practices as tools to support themselves and the populations they serve to cultivate their internal (body, breath, and mind) and external assets (community and environment) for resilience and optimal learning. Key discussion elements of this workshop include:

·       The neurobiology of stress and its relationship to the social and emotional needs of communities and individuals suffering from toxic stress and trauma

·       Relevant definitions and explorations of yoga and mindfulness that clarify these modalities as tools to support the relief of stress, vitality in the body, personal agency in the mind, and empathy and a compassionate approach to thriving in community

·       Accessible 1-5 minute practices that yoga teachers can implement daily for self-care and the regulation of their own nervous systems (and their students) so that they can truly serve and support

·       A pedagogical approach that is student centered and emphasizes cultural competence to facilitate relevant, engaging and aim-driven yoga content that supports the development of life-long yoga practitioners

This workshop is the 5th in a series of 6 workshops offered in partnership with the Adhikara Yoga School. These workshops are open to the public and may be purchased separately or as a series. For more information about the Adhikara Yoga School, click here.

Price: $35 pre-registration; $45 at the door; $175 for all 6. SIGN UP ONLINE

Crystal's Bio: 

Crystal McCreary leads trainings and workshops for educators and service professionals to support wellbeing for themselves and those they serve. Having experienced yoga and mindfulness to be extremely effective techniques for cultivating vitality while a school teacher in Oakland, CA and in the South Bronx, Crystal’s mission is to support wellness in under-resourced communities and soothe the toxic stress that too frequently leads to health issues, thwarted human potential, and disharmonious communities. Learn more about Crystal, her trainings, services and retreats at www.crystalmccrearyyoga.com

 

 

 

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Yoga for All of Us: Considerate Sequencing for Bodies of Size/Injured Bodies
Jun
9
3:00 PM15:00

Yoga for All of Us: Considerate Sequencing for Bodies of Size/Injured Bodies

With Katie Beane

This workshop is taught through the lens of Ahimsa/radical welcoming,  offering a lot of tools, options, and language around offering cues that are accessible, physically and emotionally, to larger bodies/diverse shapes and sizes. Much of Katie’s teaching teaching draws from the work/training of Dianne Bondy and Amber Karnes.

This workshop is the LAST in a series of 6 workshops offered in partnership with the Adhikara Yoga School. These workshops are open to the public and may be purchased separately or as a series. For more information about the Adhikara Yoga School, click here.

Price: $35 pre-registration; $45 at the door; $175 for all 6. SIGN UP ONLINE

Katie's Bio:  

Katie Beane (RYT 500hr) is a mama, yogini, energy worker, and Love Warrior. She loves a good belly laugh, spending time with her heart-tribe, reading great books under soft blankets, and unexpected adventures. Katie began practicing yoga and meditation while caring for her terminally ill mother and found refuge from great stress and grief on her mat. Since then, yoga has become her touchstone, guiding her into an new world of health and healing. Since beginning her practice, yoga has offered her a way to appreciate and celebrate her body and mind, stay centered—regardless of what life brings—and serve others from a grounded and grateful place.  

Katie brings a deep respect for bodies of ALL shapes, sizes, and abilities to her teaching and firmly believes that EVERY body can practice and benefit from yoga. She is committed to social justice and values the role yoga and mindfulness play in helping people see and speak the truth. She is passionate about making yoga accessible to all and to offering each student she encounters the opportunity to experience a greater sense of ease and alignment--physically, emotionally, and energetically. Katie incorporates breath, Reiki, meditation, and her sense of humor into each class. www.katiebeaneyoga.com

 

 

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Candlelight Yoga with Live Music
Feb
16
5:30 PM17:30

Candlelight Yoga with Live Music

Join us for a heart-inspired, candlelit flow yoga class accompanied by live harp music from Rosie Caine.

This special evening will promote balance as we open our upper lungs, collarbones, and wrists and flush out toxins. Gentle backbends and slow steady breathing will help soothe the nervous system. This practice will focus on your chest and heart space, the place where you give and receive love, compassion, and care.  All to the sounds of melodic harp music and candlelight.

Class will culminate with Trataka, an ancient kriya for purifying the eyes, and Metta Meditation for loving kindness.

If you have joined us for Candlelight Yoga in the past, you know how special this is.  If not, come find out!

$15 pre-register, $20 at the door.  SIGN UP ONLINE

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Restorative Yoga
Feb
2
5:30 PM17:30

Restorative Yoga

Join Dede Boyd and Barbara Polowy for a restorative yoga practice that invites you to turn your energy inward and find breath and space in your practice.
 
As we connect with the breath, honor the wise mind and soften the holdings of the heart, we begin to allow a deeper connection to our own rhythms. 

This class is accessible to students of all levels of yoga experience and abilities -- even newcomers to the practice. Dede and Barbara will assist you in finding the perfect, fully supported expression of each pose to allow you to experience comfort and release.

We appreciate your cooperation in refraining from wearing perfume or other scented products at the studio.

Fee: $15 per class. Class is limited to 16 students.
Pre-registration is recommended. SIGN UP ONLINE

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Yoga for Back Health
Jan
22
to Feb 12

Yoga for Back Health

Taught by Anna Meyer, this 4 week series will strengthen, support and educate you about back health. Learn how to use your own body as a tool for pain relief, freedom in movement and self affirmation. This class will explore specific poses that support spinal mobility and back strength. Through guided meditation and breathing exercise, we will learn to channel personal intention and self-actualizing power. Runs January 22 - February 12. $55 for the 4-week series or $15 drop-in for each class. SIGN UP ONLINE.

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Moving In Grace: Elemental Earth Body
Jan
19
6:30 PM18:30

Moving In Grace: Elemental Earth Body

Are you wanting to feel connected to and engaged in your spiritual, physical, emotional and social self as you create change in your community? Join in the celebration!

We will move what needs to be moved and celebrate being in the mystery of life together.

There will be a guided meditation into movement and skilled improvisational musicians Amanda Turk and Glenn Smith will be co-creating the pulse with us. We will come into ourselves in meditation and connect with the elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether) through movement and sounding with ourselves and each other into nourishing, sensual, playful, expansive, expression to support the experience you are needing to InBody the Change you are becoming.

Please come on time to join in an opening circle.

Sliding scale $15-$20

Find out more at www.movingingrace.com or email Hilary at hilaryjlake@gmail.com

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Restorative Yoga
Jan
5
5:30 PM17:30

Restorative Yoga

January is the time many of us take stock of what we’ve done in the previous year and make resolutions or set intentions to improve ourselves in the months ahead.

This year, consider the sankalpa alternative: 

“a sankalpa practice starts from the radical premise that you already are who you need to be to fulfill your life’s dharma. All you need to do is focus your mind, connect to your most heartfelt desires, and channel the divine energy within.”

Restorative yoga helps us create the space we need to focus and connect. It is a deeply relaxing practice that helps reduce stress and reverse its destructive effects on the mind and body. Fully supported poses allow the body to relax and quiet the nervous system allowing the practitioner to release tension and move body and mind into balance.

This class is accessible to everyone; no yoga experience is required. Dede and Barbara help each student adapt the poses to suit her or his specific needs, abilities and comfort.

We appreciate your cooperation in refraining from wearing perfume or other scented products at the student

Fee:  $15 per class. Class is limited to 16 students.

Pre-registration is recommended. SIGN UP ONLINE

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Introduction to Continuum Somanautiko
Jan
2
to Jan 3

Introduction to Continuum Somanautiko

Introduction to Continuum Somanautiko

with Megan Bathory-Peeler

Two Introductory Classes: 

Tuesday, January 2, 6:00-8:00pm

Wednesday, January 3, 10:00am-12:00pm

Continuum Somanautiko is

~ an approach to exploring embodiment, movement, awareness, health,

learning and creativity

~ the art of slowing down and cultivating our ability to pay attention

~ paying attention by enhancing our internal experience through breath,

sound, meditative awareness, sensation, and fluid movement

~ a practice that enhances every other practice, passion, or profession

It can be challenging to define or describe Continuum before you’ve

experienced it!

Cost is only $5!

For more information, contact  Megan:  Phone: 413-772-0078; Email: dancing hands@verizon.net. Click here for pdf flyer

www.somanautiko.com

 

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Morning Yoga with Lindel Hart
Jan
2
9:00 AM09:00

Morning Yoga with Lindel Hart

Come together for a weekly class with Lindel Hart! This gentle-to-moderate class incorporates breath awareness exercises and a few moments of quiet reflection to help you set the tone of your practice. Initial gentle stretching opens the way to a practice of yoga poses to build strength, flexibility and awareness. Lindel has studied mostly with Iyengar teachers, so his teaching focuses on anatomical alignment and postural integrity while honoring an individual’s needs in each pose. Modifications and/or alternate poses will be offered as required. Individuals who desire a more demanding practice are encouraged to increase the intensity of their experience as appropriate. 

This is a 13-week block of classes, and Lindel encourages you to sign up for the class and commit to the entire 13 weeks to ensure there are enough participants to sustain it long-term. His goal is to have a core group of 10 (or more!) yogis committed to this weekly class to keep it vibrant and viable! Think of it like a college course -- you pay for the class and attend as many sessions as you can, knowing that you might miss one or two, but your commitment to the class ensures that the class exists. The 13-week session costs $195 per participant, payable in advance. The easiest way to secure your spot in the class is to book now by credit card. If you prefer to pay by check or cash, please call Lindel (413.768.9291) or email him to make arrangements. With the core group established, the class will also be available for drop-ins, but consider committing to the entire 13 weeks to keep the class running and to support your practice. The drop-in rate will be $15.  13 week session runs from January  2 - March 27, 2018.

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Resolutions in Motion: 2018
Jan
1
10:00 AM10:00

Resolutions in Motion: 2018

A New Year's Day Continuum Somanautiko Event

with Megan Bathory-Peeler

Your mind's perception of your experience forms the world you live in. In this day-long workshop you will SLOW DOWN, increasing your awareness, and enhancing your ability to sense and more accurately perceive yourself in the present moment.

Together we will practice how to surrender more gracefully, with less resistance, to change and reclaim the power of choosing how we respond to our circumstances.

Come shed the constricting skin of fear, stress, and pain in order to reclaim your ability to connect to and trust in something bigger than yourself as you embrace a New Year.

Pre-registration required. Beginners Welcome!

$100

To register/more information, contact  Megan:  Phone: 413-772-0078; Email: dancing hands@verizon.net

www.somanautiko.com

 

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​Winter Solstice Yoga: Inspiration for Introspection​
Dec
16
3:00 PM15:00

​Winter Solstice Yoga: Inspiration for Introspection​

In the darkness of the winter season, we are reminded of the deep rest that darkness can provide, and to look for our own light within.

This inner light is a reflection of our vitality and guides our deepest intuition, yet it can be obscured and overshadowed by the stressful demands many of us feel in our day-to-day lives.

Join Molly Kitchen for a special yoga class combining physical practice with inner reflection and restorative postures to welcome in the winter season.

Please bring a journal and pen.

$20/$25 at the door. SIGN UP ONLINE

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Moving in Grace: Elemental Earth Body - Rooting and Nourishing
Dec
15
6:30 PM18:30

Moving in Grace: Elemental Earth Body - Rooting and Nourishing

With Hilary Lake

Moving in Grace is a way of Being
Guided by the Awareness of
our Interconnected Nature
Honoring inner and outer Diversity & 
Taking Action through Embodied Expression
Moving as Witnesses and Creators in the complexity of life.

This is a monthly meditation, movement and live music gathering on the 3rd Friday of each month as a space for us to be fully ourselves with the pulse of our bodies and the Earth. We will move what needs to be moved and celebrate being in the mystery of life together. There will be a guided somatic meditation into movement with improvisational musicians co-creating the pulse with us. 

Richard Adams will be joining us on his hand pan, singing bowls and drums and Su Eaton on her frame drum and with her majestic voice. Other musicians will join for future gatherings. 

We will honor our desire to feel connected to ourselves and others in a greater balance beyond our stories of disconnection and fear. We will realign our bodies and minds with the always changing flow of awareness within us as the elements, so we are more able to be present to, accept the reality of, and address the pain caused by oppression inside and outside of us. We will explore how our connection to the land through the elements can support our intimate and sensual relationship to ourselves, each other and to the beliefs of separation and difference that we carry and can choose to move beyond.

We'll focus on the Earth element this month as a way to support us to stay grounded and nourished through the holidays from the deep resource of our bones, ligaments and marrow in relationship to the stones, roots and core of the Earth. Honoring our ancestry and acknowledging we are re-creating our stories with each move and act we create. We will briefly touch on the other elements while returning our focus to the Earth throughout our time together. 

We will bring ourselves present, come into ourselves in meditation, drop into our connection with the elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether) and move and sing with ourselves and each other into nourishing, expansive, sensual, playful, celebratory expression! 

Please come on time to join in an opening circle.

Cost: Sliding scale $10-$20

For more information:  www.movingingrace.com

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Restorative Yoga
Dec
1
5:30 AM05:30

Restorative Yoga

Give yourself the gift of time during the busy holiday season — time to slow down, relax, restore, and reflect.

Restorative yoga is a deeply relaxing practice that helps reduce stress and reverse its destructive effects on the mind and body. Fully supported yoga poses help you find comfort and ease, release tension, and quiet the nervous system to move body and mind into balance.

This class is accessible to everyone; no previous yoga experience is required. The instructors will help you adapt the poses to suit your specific needs, abilities, and comfort.

We appreciate your cooperation in refraining from wearing perfume or other scented products at the student

Fee:  $15 per class. Class is limited to 16 students.

Pre-registration is recommended. SIGN UP ONLINE

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Yoga for Back Health
Nov
20
to Dec 11

Yoga for Back Health

Taught by Anna Meyer, this 4 week series will strengthen, support and educate you about back health. Learn how to use your own body as a tool for pain relief, freedom in movement and self affirmation. This class will explore specific poses that support spinal mobility and back strength. Through guided meditation and breathing exercise, we will learn to channel personal intention and self-actualizing power. Runs November 20 - December 11th. $55 for the 4-week series or $15 drop-in for each class. SIGN UP ONLINE.

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MOVING IN GRACE:  Elemental Earth Body
Nov
17
6:30 PM18:30

MOVING IN GRACE: Elemental Earth Body

A Monthly Meditation, Movement and Live Music Gathering

3rd Fridays, starting November 17

with Hilary Lake

MOVING IN GRACE is a way of Being, Guided by the Awareness of our Interconnected Nature, Honoring inner and outer Diversity & Taking Action through Embodied Expression,  
Moving as Witnesses and Creators in the complexity of life.

We will move what needs to be moved and celebrate being in the mystery of life together. There will be a guided somatic meditation into movement with improvisational musicians co-creating the pulse with us. 

We will bring ourselves present, come into ourselves in meditation, drop into our connection with the elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether) and move and sing with ourselves and each other into nourishing, expansive, sensual, playful, celebratory expression! 

Please come on time to join in an opening circle.

Sliding scale $10-$20

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Restorative Yoga- Restore, Rebalance and Revitalize!
Nov
3
5:30 PM17:30

Restorative Yoga- Restore, Rebalance and Revitalize!

Join Dede Boyd and Barbara Polowy for a restorative yoga practice that invites you to turn your energy inward and find breath and space in your practice.

As we  gather  and consolidate our energy, so too is the natural world around us. As nature’s energy slows, our bodies begin to wind down in preparation for the long months ahead.
 
As we connect with the breath, honor the wise mind and soften the holdings of the heart, we begin to allow a deeper connection to our own rhythms. 

This class is accessible to students of all levels of yoga experience and abilities -- even newcomers to the practice. Dede and Barbara will assist you in finding the perfect, fully supported expression of each pose to allow you to experience comfort and release.

We appreciate your cooperation in refraining from wearing perfume or other scented products at the studio.

Fee: $15 per class. Class is limited to 16 students.
Pre-registration is recommended. SIGN UP ONLINE

 

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Common Asana, Common Injury: An Anatomy Workshop
Oct
14
2:00 PM14:00

Common Asana, Common Injury: An Anatomy Workshop

Taught by knowledgeable teacher Emily Kramer (E-RYT) from Third Root Collective in NYC!

Build an embodied understanding of your physical yoga practice. In this workshop, we will take a trip through 4 key types of postures where injury often arises or prior injury is exacerbated. Through each category, we’ll observe our own sensations, each other's alignment, and review the anatomy that structures the shapes. We’ll explore refinements and adaptations of familiar poses that are both preventative and therapeutic, and will enhance your personal & teaching practices. Learn how to keep your joints, connective tissues and muscles safe, strong, supple and stable for a lifelong asana practice!

$35 pre-registered,  $45 at the door. SIGN UP ONLINE

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Restorative Yoga - Yoga Nidra
Oct
6
5:30 PM17:30

Restorative Yoga - Yoga Nidra

Join Dede Boyd and Barbara Polowy for a restorative asana practice and yoga nidra (guided relaxation) focused on an exploration of the kosas, the five interpenetrating sheaths or layers of awareness, that can guide us into a deeper experience of our yoga practice and life.

This class is accessible to students of all levels of yoga experience and abilities -- even newcomers to the practice. Dede and Barbara will assist you in finding the perfect, fully supported expression of each pose to allow you to experience comfort and release.

We appreciate your cooperation in refraining from wearing perfume or other scented products at the studio.

Fee: $15 per class. Class is limited to 16 students. SIGN UP ONLINE
Pre-registration is recommended.

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Autumn Equinox Circle Dance
Sep
22
6:00 PM18:00

Autumn Equinox Circle Dance

Let’s celebrate the start of autumn, time of turning - leaves and lives

Joining hands in a circle, dancing to beautiful world music, the dances are simple and all are carefully taught. Newcomers are welcomed.

Suggested donation is  $5-10

More info? Contact Linda Blake 516-766-0008

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Restorative Yoga
Sep
15
5:30 PM17:30

Restorative Yoga

As summer draws to a close and fall approaches, we need to listen to the change in our internal rhythms as days grown shorter and cooler. Listening to our bodies, we cultivate awareness to reset, rebalance and revitalize ourselves. Restorative yoga practice gives us the space to cultivate attention to our body-mind.

Restorative yoga is a deeply relaxing practice that helps reverse the destructive effects of chronic stress on the mind and body. Quieting the brain, restorative yoga requires no movement or physical, mental, or emotional effort.

Restorative classes at Community Yoga and Wellness Center are accessible to everyone; no yoga experience is required. Instructors DeDe Boyd and Barbara Polowy help each student adapt the poses to suit her or his specific needs, abilities, and comfort. 

We appreciate your cooperation in refraining from wearing perfume or other scented products at the studio.

Fee: $15 per class. Class is limited to 16 students.
Pre-registration is recommended.

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Listening to your body: Innate wisdom or Imprint?
Sep
10
10:00 AM10:00

Listening to your body: Innate wisdom or Imprint?

What does it really mean, to ‘listen to your body’? Join Body-Mind therapist Karishma Kripalani for a workshop on somatics, science and the stories we tell ourselves. 

In this workshop we will:

+ Draw on insights about the nervous system and identity formation; 
+ Explore how we embody our life experiences; 
+ Practice the skill of discernment.

Together, we will create a space to examine what we are orienting to, how we are interpreting the information we receive, and why we respond to it in the ways that we do. A deep dive into ourselves, our experiences, and what we make of them.

Cost: $35 Pre-Registered, $45 at the door;    SIGN UP ONLINE
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BIO:
Karishma Kripalani, MA, CYT, RCST®, is a writer, facilitator, and trauma therapist whose approach emphasizes our relationships to ourselves, to each other, and to the earth. 

Karishma has been mentored in the Nath lineage of Himalayan yoga, has received over 1000 hours of instruction in trauma-informed bodywork and relational/attachment work, and is a lifelong student of Ayurveda. As a result of her professional qualifications as a sociologist, yoga teacher and biodynamic craniosacral therapist, her work integrates an appreciation of the interpersonal and structural determinants of health.

In addition to her private practice, Karishma is a teaching assistant for craniosacral therapy in North America. She guides yoga grounded in social justice with Bending Towards Justice, and is currently completing a 2-year clinical training in healing developmental trauma. 

Karishma lives in Tkaronto/Toronto, where she is nourished by community-focused movement and stillness practices. She shares nervous system medicine, embodied mindfulness, and creativity workshops internationally.

www.pranasacral.com
http://www.facebook.com/craniosacraltoronto

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Yoga for Changemakers
Aug
12
1:00 PM13:00

Yoga for Changemakers

Nourish and Sustain (Lovingkindness Practices)

With Jacoby Ballard

Are you a social worker, teacher, healthcare provider, or activist? Have you been out in the streets, calling politicians, writing op-eds to contribute to justice and healing in these difficult political times? Are you angry or grieving at the multiple oppressions at work in the world? Do you struggle to talk to family and loved ones about the issues that you care about most, with a sense of grounding and compassion? Have you experience burnout?

Led by Jacoby Ballard, Yoga for Changemakers is an every-other-month recharge, re-vitalization workshop/community for changemakers.  Whether you are on the streets, behind a desk, on the podium, in front of a classroom, all are welcome to come once, or make this a regular commitment.

Each session will have a theme to reflect on and work with, relevant to self-transformation and growth, and collective liberation, with the greater intention of turning and facing reality, engaging in deep relationship, healing, and loving up on each other.

Each workshop will include yogic postures, breath work, meditation, discussion, shared food, and self-reflection with the intention of connecting to purpose, practicing self- and collective-care, and refining our daily practices to ensure that we can keep on keeping on, continue to show up, dig deep, and make change. 

Show up with a friend or colleague, by yourself or with community, with a broken heart or with fullness spilling out. Bring your desire for change inside and out, and have some hours of retreat, reflection, and beloved community.  SIGN UP ONLINE

$20-40 sliding scale per session
25% of  all fees will be donated to a dynamic, imperfect, and powerful social justice organization!

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Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra
Jul
21
5:30 PM17:30

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra

Join Barbara Polowy for this month's Restorative Yoga class. We’ll move through a gentle, balanced restorative sequence followed by yoga nidra, a guided relaxation practice that helps us find an almost meditative state of consciousness and brings profound yogic rest to the body and mind. This class is accessible to students of all levels and abilities. Barbara will assist you in finding the perfect, fully supported expression of each pose.

The class is accessible to yoga students of all levels and meets once per month on Friday evenings, 5:30 - 7:00pm.  Fee: $15 per class. Class is limited to 16 students. SIGN UP ONLINE.

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