January thru March 2014 Workshops and Series
“There is Nothing You Cannot Do:” Aging Gracefully: Wisdom Through the Ages with Tao Porchon-Lynch
Tao Porchon-Lynch is truly living proof of the effectiveness of a life-long yoga practice. Her colorful life of glamour and grit, from marching with Gandhi, to the French Resistance and heyday of Hollywood, brings a unique and unparalleled experience to her students. Join us as we host this inspiring 95-years young yoga grand master and explore the eternal energy of yoga. Tao will be integrating breath and movement, and sharing with us the experience of her “yoga tango.” Using the four pillars of yoga-pranayama (breath work), mudras (gestures), bandhas (energetic locks) and chakras (energy centers), we will explore the rich potential of the body to renew, heal and revitalize. Tao will lead the students through a deeply absorbing meditation, inspiring deep compassion and inner peace. Extraordinary leaders and teachers change the way we perceive the world. The very best lead us by their example. Tao Porchon-Lynch, master yoga teacher, 95 years young, synthesizes the most positive aspects of Indian, European and American thought. Tao is uniquely equipped to spread yogic insights, originating in India, to westerners seeking enlightenment. She has trained and certified hundreds of yoga instructors, since founding the Westchester (New York) Institute of Yoga in 1982. Tao has over 70 years of yoga practice and more than 50 years of teaching yoga to students in India, France and the U.S.
Pay and Register Early this workshop is filling up fast $50, February 23rd 2-4.30p.
Mindfulness Intro/Information Session with Laurence Magro January 4th 2-4p & January 23rd 10a-12 Noon
Discover: Practical skills for coping with stress and uncertainty, increased clarity and creative thinking, greater energy and well being , increased awareness of body/mind connections, the healing power of meditative practices. The MBSR course is an experiential course that systematically teaches you mindfulness techniques that you can apply to your everyday life! No experience necessary. Fee: $30 ($20 applicable to the cost of the 8 week course that begins in February)
Chakra Yoga 7 Week series with Ann Casapini Fridays Jan 10-Feb 28 11am
Intermediate students who can do “L” at wall and wheel at wall with blocks. Ann Casapini will lead this series – RYT200, RYT500 and Anusara Certified
Start the year and align your chakras, create freedom of movement and unblock energy. Ann will focus on one Chakra per one and half hour class. The asanas will be geared to each chakra every week with specific meditations to open the energy in each. Fridays January 10, 17, 24, 31 February 7, 14 and 28th at 11am Investment is: $175 for 7 classes or $25 per 90 min class
Gentle Chair Yoga 7 Class series with Ann Casapini Fridays Jan 10 – Feb 28 9am
Appropriate for students who are totally new to yoga and also for those who need to go super gentle, perhaps dealing with injury or recent surgery. Fridays January 10, 17, 24, 31 February 7, 14 and 28th at 9am Investment is: $140 for 7 classes or $20 per 75 min class
Iyengar Yoga Laying the Foundation with Nancy Kardon January 19th 11am to 1pm
Master the alignment of yoga poses. To be a certified Iyengar teacher it takes 7 years!! Come learn from a master teacher and never again wonder what ‘back foot at an angle of 45 degrees’ means. $30 Teacher Trainees are strongly advised to take this workshop.
Reiki Master Teacher Training with Dee Savoy January 25th-26th 12 Noon to 8pm
Reiki mastership provides an awakening to a greater calling to one’s life urpose. This certification teaches how to pass attunements, arrange classes and other topics needed to become a great REiki teacher as well as practictionner. $550 for both days. Reiki I & II are pre-requisites for this course.
Mindfulness Intro and 8 Week Course with Laurence Magro Thursdays Feb 6th – March 23rd 9.15a – 11.30a
Discover: Practical skills for coping with stress and uncertainty, increased clarity and creative thinking, greater energy and well being , increased awareness of body/mind connections, the healing power of meditative practices. The MBSR course is an experiential course that systematically teaches you mindfulness techniques that you can apply to your everyday life! No experience necessary.
What does the course offer?
- guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices,
- gentle stretching and mindful yoga,
- review of physiological and psychological components of the stress cycle,
- group dialogue and mindful communication exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life,
- Individually tailored instruction,
- daily home assignments
- Home practice materials including guided meditation CDs and weekly handouts.
Who can benefit? Studies have shown that the stress reduction program has benefited people with a variety of conditions and concerns: Stress-including work, school, family, financial, illness, aging, uncertainty about the future, feeling ‘out of control’
- Prevention and Wellness -for people wishing to learn tools to feel a greater sense of balance in life
- Medical conditions -including chronic illness or pain, cardiovascular conditions, cancer, GI distress, skin disorders
- Psychological distress -including anxiety, depression, fatigue and sleep disturbances
Extended practice session on Sunday March 23rd 9.30a to 2.30p Fees: $360 for approximately 25 hours of instruction ($40 fee for weekly handouts and practice CDs).
Winter Yoga Retreat February 1 & 2nd 9:30am to 6pm
2 Day Retreat with meditation, yoga practice, restorative yoga, essential oils, a tal on eating your way to a yoga body and a kirtan with Lisa! $184 if purchased before Dec 24 then after that it’s $225
Exploring the Breath, Bandhas and Prana: The Art and Science of Pranayama with Freddie Wyndham March 2nd 1:00 – 2pm
In this workshop with Freddie Wyndham we will explore an array of pranayama and Kriya Pranayama practices that will not only be beneficial to our yoga practice, but which will also cultivate clarity, concentration, vitality and even happiness throughout all the areas of our lives.
Exploring Yoga – Using the Wall, the Floor and Chairs as Props with Freddie Wyndham April 20th1:00 – 3.30pm
The whole world is a playground filled with props. One of my favorite props is the stairway up to our bedroom, which I employ on a frequent basis to crawl around like some kind of bug or lizard.
Sometimes we use props to modify postures or to support us in restorative postures. But props can also be used in creative and inventive ways enabling us to access and recruit muscles that are otherwise difficult to reach and to get into positions or orient ourselves in ways that allow us to strengthen, stretch and mobilize those muscles more deeply and efficiently.
In this workshop we will use the wall, the floor and chairs to enhance and deepen our practice. We’ll explore re-orientation to experience familiar poses from a fresh and perhaps more challenging prospective and delve into some unconventional practices all of which hold the potential to deeply strengthen, stretch and mobilize muscles, connective tissues and joints. This practice will also be a journey of enlightenment as we embark on an adventure to discover and explore new territory.