Sundays October 4-October 25
There was a time in every yogi’s life when they were a beginner; a time that was perhaps daunting, intimidating, emotional, exciting and confusing. To be on the mat is to experience all these sensations, and to be a yogi is to learn how to navigate them. Please join us as you step into the beginning of your practice- one that will enrich not only your body, but your mind as well. During this 4-week series, you will learn how to develop your own safe yoga practice by learning the basic poses, breathing exercises, and how to listen to your body while striking a balance between flexibility and strength. Class size is capped so everyone may receive personalized attention.
Sundays 1:30-3pm: 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18 in Center City.
Registration is inclusive for all four sessions: $75 earlybird by September 20, $85 after. Drop-ins not permitted.
In 2014, Justicia gave herself a mission to attempt every pose on this yoga syllabus poster developed by Darren Rhodes. What was an initially daunting task became a great tool of self inquiry, and she learned that
1. Although of course not all the poses were doable, visiting them all in a weekend gave deep insight into practice,
2. It wasn’t nearly as tough as she thought it would be,
3. It was a whole lot of FUN!
In this urban retreat, explore the full range of asana together, moving towards all 400 poses in a supportive, fun way as community. Each of the weekend’s extended asana sessions will move towards challenging poses with reverence and expert instruction from Justicia, and a conversation shared among all. Expect strong practice and deep laughter.
Students are recommended to be able to push up to urdhva dhanurasana (full wheel) with straight arms, balance headstand in the middle of the room and be able to kick up to handstand at the wall unassisted. This retreat is not intended for anyone with active injuries or illness. If you don’t meet the prerequisites, but you know how to honor your boundaries, please come (for example, you need the wall for headstand). If you’re simply intimidated, register! This weekend will be accessible to all experienced yogis who know how to back off and play their edge with deep respect.
Friday am: Backbends, Splits & Inversions
Friday pm: Hip Openers, Binds & Twists
Saturday am: Standing Poses, Backbends & Inversions
Saturday pm: Forward Bends & Hip Openers
Sunday am: Backbends & Inversions
Sunday pm: Side Bends, Seated Poses & Arm Balances
Monday am: Backbends & Inversions
Monday pm: Hip Openers, Arm Balances, Seated Poses
*Each Day 10am-12:30pm and 2-4pm
Full Retreat (includes 8 sessions) $325 earlybird by 10/1, $350 after. Sat & Sun only (4 sessions) $175 by 10/1, $190 after. Individual sessions $50 by 10/1, $55 after.
Saturday, October 17
This workshop is designed for those wishing to more fully integrate a handstand practice into their yoga practice. We will begin with a yoga warm-up designed to tone and open the body to prepare for handstands. This will followed by a handstand lesson with exercises and explanations for alignment, balance and joint health. We will cool down with Yoga inspired conditioning and stretching for handstands as well as advice on integration and Q and A. Come prepared to work hard, learn much and take your practice to the next level. No experience necessary. Minimum 1 year yoga practice recommended. Saturday, Oct 17, 1:30-3:30pm $30 earlybird, $40 day of
International Handbalancer and Trapeze artist, Gretchen Ernst has been performing and teaching since 2008. She originally trained in San Francisco and now delights in living a life, upside down and full of passion, gracefully stomping about encouraging others to do the same!
Sunday, October 18
These workshops will explore how the practices and principles of alignment can help heal common aches and pains in the physical body. We will explore basic poses for therapeutics of specific injuries, as well as how to stay safe during your yoga practice. Bring all your questions, and learn to align your body to not only feel better throughout your day, but also progress safely and intelligently in your asana practice. This is truly an all-levels offering. Zero yoga experienced required to attend.
Upper Body (Shoulders, Wrists, Upper Back, Neck) 1:30-3:30 pm
Lower Body (Lower Back, Hips, Knees, Ankles, Feet) 4-6 pm
$30 per workshop earlybird by 10/1, $40 after, or both for $55 by 10/1, $70 after.
Katonah Yoga: The Body As One’s Abode w/ Abbie Galvin & Melissa French (Center City)
Saturday, November 21
To be well adjusted, one must consciously integrate all three floors of the body; the lower body, upper body, and the head. Each floor expresses different parts of the whole and is home to different information, functions, and efficiencies. Developing the physical integration of all three floors (one’s pelvis, one’s heart and lungs, one’s imagination) to make the body whole is the same skill one uses to develop the personal integrity of being stable, capacious, and free in the vision. y.
The body is one’s abode where in which the function of the organs and glands is predicated by the housing, one’s structure (bones and joints). We divide the body into three floors: the pelvis and legs keep you substantiated on the planet in survival; the heart and lungs are where capacity and heart felt desires are, it is the floor of the communal; and the head, your third floor is where the vision and imagination are. One can see the lower body as the basement, the upper body as the living quarters and the head as one’s penthouse. The goal of being in a body is to be stable, able and free, so all three floors integrate to be whole, spherical, round, buoyant and full of oxygen.
First & Second Floors: 12-2:30pm
In the first workshop, we will explore how to substantiate oneself; how one holds ground, how to establish safety and stability, the hallmarks of one’s lower body. One’s roots are on the bottom floor, the feet, legs and pelvis, one’s ground of being. Our second floor, how we handle the world, our relationships and our personal center, will be explored through adjustments, the doing of the practice, the participatory aspect of teaching and practicing communally. This is the part of the practice where structure is explored through geometry, the art of origami, the dynamism of a right angle, and how to use archetypal forms rather than personal propensities in order to effect a reformation.
Third Floor: 3-5pm
In the second workshop, we will play with material that takes us beyond the four corners of the body and rise up into the antenna. The top floor, the penthouse, articulates the esoteric aspect of our practice. The value of theory is to address practice through a portal of Universal views rather than through personal effort and unconscious habitual patterns. Tapping into the Universal, moving above personal reference takes us up to the kupula, one’s top floor. From the vantage point of the top floor, one has access to breath techniques, how to orient themselves, see the bigger picture and explore the practice through theoretical principles. We use theory to set up archetypes to reference poses.
My goal is to engage students of yoga in the dialogue between their conscious and their unconscious selves. It is my intention as a teacher to cajole each student in that most rigorous effort to be grounded, to grow upwards, and to open one’s heart in order to create their best self
When I discovered the measure and metaphors of the Katonah yoga method taught by Nevine Michaan and Abbie Galvin I knew I had found my yoga home. I teach to share the abundance of joy and continuous awe I have for the mind body connection and the way our methods at Katonah synthesizes working on our bodies and working on our lives.
Maha Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training Program
The Maha Yoga Teacher Training is a thorough, effective program designed to deepen your yoga practice and deliver the key skills needed to lead outstanding yoga classes. The best yoga classes integrate fun, movement and alignment within the larger context of yoga’s rich history.
Throughout the course of this training, you are guaranteed to first transform your own yoga practice and up-level your personal health in the Yoga Immersion, and then develop practical techniques to share your authentic wisdom with others in meaningful yoga classes.