Natural Awakenings' Yoga Profiles
Find Your Favorite Yoga Teacher or Studio
Crossover Yoga Project Inc.
Philosophy and focus: The Crossover Yoga Project (CYP) is a nonprofit with a mission to guide female trauma survivors between the ages of 12 and 18 toward positive change through a gender-specific, highly effective trauma-informed yoga and art program. CYP’s evidence-informed curriculum was specifically designed to help young women who have been sexually exploited or physically and sexually abused; gang members; those with a history of substance abuse; and teen mothers.
What kind of yoga do you offer? We offer trauma-informed yoga, which takes into consideration the significant impact violence and trauma have taken on the survivor. It is sensitive to the needs of a participant affected by trauma. Our innovation lies in the unique combination of yoga and art as complementary tools that intervene meaningfully in girls’ lives based on an evidence-informed curriculum.
What’s it like? CYP’s classes are co-taught by a yoga teacher and art therapist within residential treatment centers, group homes, shelters and community centers. Each includes meditation, trauma-informed yoga, discussion pertaining to health education and character development, and an art experience.
Do you offer teacher training? CYP offers Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training, which provides mindful tools for yoga teachers, social workers, clinicians and any professional working with communities affected by trauma. Participants learn the impact of trauma on the body and mind, hands-on tools, how to create safe spaces, effective communication skills, self-care and much more. The next training will be held September 24 at Quest Yoga Arts.
Nueva Alma Yoga and Wellness and the A.L.M.A. Institute
Philosophy and focus: Nueva Alma Yoga and Wellness is a studio and holistic center on the border of the Bronx and Yonkers – a safe and welcoming place where anyone can learn about yoga and make friends. The A.L.M.A institute offers a transformative, interdisciplinary 200-hour yoga teacher training, with reasonable tuition ($3,000) and an evening/weekend format to make it accessible to everyone. Our next teacher training starts October 1. Whether you are looking to deepen your practice, do some personal growth or teach, this is the program for you.
What type of yoga do you offer? We offer a wide variety of yoga philosophies and 200-hour teacher trainings. You can take anything from Iyengar Wall, Yin, Restorative, Athletes’, Fundamentals and Flow classes. We offer discounted rates for children and teens.
What’s it like? Our vibe is to come in and leave it all on the mat. We are serious about our yoga but don’t take ourselves too seriously.
What else? We offer a variety of workshops—Restorative, Yoga Nidra, Make Your Own Malas, Yoga Sutras, Yoga for Athletes with pressure balls, etc. We also bring in various sponsors to educate the students on local offerings such as JuicePlus+ and handmade body products. We are even a local public pickup location for weekly produce delivery.
Philosophy and focus: Our goal is to help you build your strength and flexibility in a safe, supportive environment, allowing you to meet challenges on and off the mat. We welcome yoga participants at all levels to safely enjoy the many benefits of yoga for both the body and the mind.
What type of yoga do you offer? Putnam Yoga is different from other studios because it combines traditional yoga poses with gym-based moves while offering unique sequencing into and out of poses. We specialize in fitness-based yoga classes that will challenge seasoned yogis and beginners alike. Our classes combine a unique variety of innovative and traditional yoga styles designed to target every muscle in your body. You will not only increase your flexibility, but you will also gain strength and agility.
What’s it like? Putnam Yoga’s vibe is welcoming, friendly, caring and calming.
What else? We provide specialty Prenatal Yoga based on demand. We offer Power Yoga classes on Tuesday nights, and on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. we offer Level 2-3 Yoga (it’s geared for more advanced yogis who seek a more challenging practice and want to take their strength up a notch as well). We will be providing a 10-week Beginner Fundamentals workshop starting September 6 at 9:30 a.m. We also offer Barre classes.
Tracey Pagan, E-RYT 500, IAYT, CYT
Philosophy and focus: Our bodies carry our stories. Our histories, transitions, ailments and heartaches are as unique as our fingerprints. Yoga enables us to lighten the load. Precise asana (pose) practice is the “medium” through which students first learn to correct structural imbalances, address emotional challenges and move through life transitions. With consistency, as form and balance are restored, the breath develops, the nervous system steadies and the mind calms. Students experience a quiet confidence and comfort in their own skin.
What type of yoga do you offer? Students are guided toward a deeper sense of physical, emotional and intellectual well-being in an emotionally safe environment by developing holistic life skills rooted in the teachings of B. K. S. Iyengar. Eastern teachings are respectfully synchronized with modern western science. Each student is given a comprehensive, individualized program to meet both immediate challenges and long-term goals.
What’s it like? Instruction is safe, practical and skillfully developed for all students, from elite athletes to those suffering with debilitating illness or injury.
Do you offer teacher training? With 22 years of yoga teaching experience, and holding Yoga Alliance’s highest mark of E-RYT 500, I facilitate both beginner and experienced teachers, helping them refine their own teaching skills and add depth to their individual practice.
What else? Under the guidance of senior Iyengar Yoga teachers, I rehabilitated my own spinal/neurological injuries as a result of an automobile accident almost 30 years ago. I am pleased to offer that same level of instruction and expertise to my students.
Yamuna philosophy: There is no need to feel “old” as we grow older. A fully aligned body, with all its capacity for movement free and available (with no restrictions or pain), is the most beautiful body possible.
Practice focus: Mine is a Restorative Hatha breath-based practice using Yamuna’s specially designed balls and foot-wakers to stimulate bone, tendon and muscle. The purpose is to lengthen and traction all areas of the body.
What type of yoga do you offer? Yamuna’s work is a self-care technique that combines a toning body workout with self-massage and a “chiropractic-like” realignment of the skeleton. This frees one from pain and opens up the circulation, lymphatic and digestive systems.
What’s it like? Yamuna’s patented system involves self-massage on air-inflated rubber balls of various sizes, five to eleven inches, plus foot-wakers, devices to awaken and align the feet. (Learn more at YamnuaBodyRolling.com.) We’re rolling on the floor with balls and learning how to relieve tension in our bodies all the way down to the bones. The vibe is fun, and the feeling is great!
What else? I’m interested in bringing Yamuna Body Rolling and Foot Fitness to various yoga studios around Westchester.
Philosophy and focus: Make your practice count! We’ll ask you, “Why are you doing what you do?” We know that through practice you’ll find health and healing and a place to find and be a community. We embrace the many paths to discovering who you are. We are here to support your journey of personal challenge and acceptance with fierceness, compassion and love. Our ongoing trainings, workshops and events are designed to keep you inspired, informed and connected to yourself and as a human citizen.
What type of yoga do you offer? We offer yoga for all: Beginners, Yin, Restorative, Yoga for Men, Hot, Aerial and Vinyasa classes, Gentle, Chair, River Barre (Riverstone’s unique barre class), Ashtanga, Kids’ Yoga, Pre/Postnatal Yoga, Corporate Wellness, Community Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation, MELT and more.
What’s it like? At Riverstone, it’s not about the shape of your body; it’s about the shape of your life. We embody the ideals of excellence in service and abundance in philosophy. We have two fully equipped yoga rooms, and our retail shop is stocked with select yoga gifts, mats, clothes, etc.
Do you offer teacher training? We offer many trainings: Meditation, Trauma, Vinyasa, Hot Yoga, Aerial, PreNatal and others, in 60-300 hour modules sanctioned by YA. We bring in well-known instructors such as Seane Corn, Elena Brower, the Boston Buddah, Leslie Kaminoff, Anton Mackey, etc.
What else? We support community outreach and host healthy lifestyle programs on or off site. We book private, custom events, parties, lectures or trainings for individuals, families, businesses and organization. We have full amenities and free parking next to Metro North.
Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center
Philosophy and focus: We believe contemplative practices are essential for our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being, and contemplative, Kripalu-style yoga is the practice we love! Our mission is to build a caring community and inspire peace and wellness. Our focus is on supporting compassionate self-observation. Students are allowed time to move into a pose, truly witness and find themselves being in the pose, and experience the sensations and after-effects of the pose—contemplative yoga, not “gym yoga.”
What type of yoga do you offer? We offer yoga for all levels, taught in the contemplative Kripalu tradition, plus interfaith programs in spiritual inquiry and practice, drawing from any and all traditions.
What’s it like? We are a nonprofit interfaith community. Our goal is to create a sacred space for seekers yearning to deepen their connection to soul, to spirit, to life and to the moment. The vibe is warm, welcoming to all, contemplative, spacious and sacred.
What else? We also offer weekly Yogalates (which combines yoga postures to increase flexibility and mat Pilates exercises to strengthen the core); monthly Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Meditation and Reiki Circles; and special offerings such as Kirtan Chanting and Sound Bath Healing.
SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates Studio
Philosophy and focus: We believe in the power of collective energy—the power that one set of hands or one heart has to make a difference in the lives of our fellow humans. Our focus is to make a positive difference in our community through our collective energy. This studio seeks all eight limbs of yogic philosophy, not just asana. We strive for our being to be a source of light, health, strength and love.
What type of yoga do you offer? SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates Studio is host to many different styles of yoga—both classes and private sessions—including Yin, Hatha, Power, Gentle, Kripalu, Restorative, Pre- and Postnatal, Kids’ Yoga, Meditation Yoga, SUP Yoga and Vinyasa, as well as Gyrotonic and Yamuna Body Rolling. We also offer Pilates apparatus classes in our second-floor Pilates studio.
What’s it like? SkyBaby Studio is located in the heart of the historic village of Cold Spring, just a block from the Metro North Station and two blocks from the Hudson River. The studio space is open and expansive, and so are our instructors. We do not believe that “one style fits all,” as is evident through our class and workshop offerings. We have a noncompetitive, no-gimmick approach to health and wellness for all bodies and all ages, with highly certified, compassionate instructors.
Wainwright House Yoga Teachers Academy
Philosophy and focus: Always committed to excellence, Wainwright House offers a unique yoga training environment incorporating a holistic approach, with dedicated teachers who are tops in their respective specialties.
What type of yoga do you offer? Wainwright House Yoga Teachers Academy is a comprehensive yoga program offering a wide variety of unique classes and workshops, including those inspired by Jivamukti, Sivananda and Forrest Yoga; Chair; Yin; Prenatal and more. A complete calendar of classes, including Tai Chi, is now being offered Monday through Saturday. Most workshops are held on weekends. Lodging is available at an affordable rate.
What’s it like? Our large selection of teacher trainings are professionally delivered by the best trainers in the business within a comfortable space and in an ideal location between NYC and New Haven.
Do you offer teacher training? Trainings include 200- and 300-hour Prenatal, Child, Yin, Restorative and Kundalini, with more on the way. Our 200-hour training features seasoned instructors Paula Heitzner, Patty Holmes and Susan Wright, who have more than 100 years’ combined teaching experience. Classes begin September 23 and will continue monthly through May. Anatomy Trains with Laurice Nemetz is offered October 1 and 2. Young Mountain Yoga certification, for teaching yoga to children and teens, begins October 8.
What else? Wainwright House is a nonprofit 501(3)(c) organization, the nation’s oldest holistic center, situated on five organic acres overlooking the water at Rye Harbor.
Yoga Teachers Association of the Hudson Valley
Philosophy and focus: The YTA is a 501(c)3 volunteer-run nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of Hatha Yoga teaching as well as fostering the yoga community in the tri-state area. In fulfillment of our mission to provide affordable continuing education to yoga teachers and students, we offer monthly three-hour workshops led by both nationally recognized and accomplished local instructors.
What type of workshops do you offer? YTA workshops cover all styles of yoga and related practices and take place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Club Fit in Briarcliff Manor. Upcoming topics include Handcrafted Yoga, The Chakras and Healing, and The Power of the Breath. The September 10 workshop featuring Anneke Lucas’s powerful, trauma-informed yoga method will be followed by our season-opening Prana Party. Workshops are $45 for members and $65 for nonmembers with advance payment, or $55/$75 at the door.
Do you offer teacher training? No, but we do offer complimentary membership to current yoga teacher trainees. Additionally, Yoga Alliance-certified teachers receive three CEUs for each workshop and can therefore complete their continuing education requirement in just one year with the YTA.
What else? YTA membership is $50 annually and is open to teachers, studio owners and individual practitioners. Members receive $20 off each workshop, a monthly newsletter, access to our soon-to-be-unveiled Yoga Teacher Triad program and YTA Yoga Talks series, and use of the Club Fit facilities on the day of the workshop.
Zen Garden Health Coaching & Yoga
Philosophy and focus: Our philosophy is to bring out the best in our clients. We are dedicated to the idea that everyone should reach their best emotional, physical or spiritual self when they take a yoga class, reiki session or health-coaching session at Zen Garden.
At Zen Garden, we give our full attention to every individual who steps in the door. Every student is different, with different needs. Because we accept a limited number of students, we can give the personalized attention every student needs.
What type of yoga do you offer? We have a strong focus on alignment—postural alignment and breathing alignment with movement. One of the foundations of well-being and vitality is utilizing the oxygen that surrounds us. At Zen Garden, we teach students how to utilize and convert that oxygen to prana, our vital life force, by the simple act of breathing.
What’s it like? Zen Garden’ feng shui-based décor exudes peace and tranquility so that students leave with strength and vitality.
What else? Zen Garden is a holistic practice studio. We offer weight-management courses, reiki energy-healing sessions, health-coaching sessions and private yoga classes, as well as our regularly scheduled yoga classes. Every few months, the studio also hosts the 7-Day Raw Plant Food Challenge program.
Westchester Body & Brain, Yoga & Tai Chi
Philosophy and focus: As a leader in holistic wellness, we offer classes that include yoga, tai chi, meditation and traditional Korean healing philosophy and East Asian energy principles. We use a brain-centered approach that promotes an energetic, balanced and healthy lifestyle.
What type of yoga do you offer? We combine deep stretching, vibration, breathing, relaxation and energy meditation. From beginning to end, you will feel your mind and body relax, your thoughts slow down and your brain waves drop to a meditative state.
What’s it like? You will enjoy deep energy, power, serenity and vitality in our classes and workshops. You will experience great joy, physical strength, emotional stability and spiritual wealth that will enhance all areas of your life. Our instructors are the nicest, most caring people you will ever meet. The energy of the center is that of a temple or a space out in nature.
Do you offer teacher training? Yes, but there is a process. Teachers need to experience the practice until they are energetically and spiritually qualified to guide others.
What else? We have many free workshops that are open to the public where you can experience deep physical, emotional and mental healing. We also do private physical-energy-spiritual coaching and healing sessions. The most important workshop we offer is called “Finding Your True Self”: open your heart and find the true you! Manager Nicole Wasserman is an integrative lifestyle trainer, Tao master, licensed massage therapist and certified holistic healer, with training in yoga therapy, acupressure massage, chakra healing, healing martial arts, life coaching and brain therapy. She is also a certified Brain Management consultant and certified Brain Education for Kids trainer.
Pranabirthing Workshops Leverage the Power of the Mind
In September and November, Prana Yoga & Meditation at Full Circle will offer a three-week series on Pranabirthing, a unique workshop series designed for expecting moms and their partners to prepare for birth by leveraging the power of the mind.
Dee Yergo will lead the series, teaching accessible, modern techniques that will empower moms to ease into the natural process of birth, and partners to provide calm and loving support. The curriculum centers around the ancient practice of yoga nidra (the yogic sleep), which teaches the skill of full-body relaxation and how to access a deep meditative state of consciousness. Participants will receive a guided relaxation mp3 for use at home.
“We will work with positive affirmations and explore mindfulness, self-hypnosis, visualization and aromatherapy as tools,” Yergo says. “We will also discuss what to expect during labor and birth, with the intention of reducing many common fears. What participants learn in the program will facilitate the natural flow of oxytocin in the body, which will help mom relax into a more easeful experience. The mind is powerful, and with practice, both partners will master relaxation skills they can draw on for the rest of their lives.”
Workshop dates are September 12, 19 and 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. and November 7, 14 and 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. Participants must attend all three dates in a series.
Yoga Mala Celebrates UN International Peace Day
The Stretch Community Yoga is holding its third annual Westchester Yoga Mala from 3 to 5 p.m., September 25, at MacEchron Waterfront Park, located at 100 River Street in Hastings on Hudson. During this event, 10 teachers will lead 108 sun salutations to the live music of Tejase Kirtan Band. Yogis all around the world will be offering sun salutations on the fall equinox as the yoga world’s offering to further the mission of UN International Peace Day.
“Westchester Yoga Mala will be one bead on the global mala for the purpose of uniting the yoga community from every continent, school or approach to form a mala around the earth through collective practices based upon the sacred cycle of 108,” says The Stretch co-owner Chrissy McSweeney. “Traditionally, malas—garlands of prayer beads—come as a string of 108.” Participants don’t have to do all 108 sun salutations, she adds. “As with all yoga, we can rest whenever we like, and there will be modifications for all abilities.”
With its scenic views of the Hudson River and the Palisades, MacEchron Waterfront Park is a rare opportunity to practice yoga with the local community in a beautiful outdoor setting to live music for a good cause, she says. Net proceeds will go to the Mount Vernon Animal Shelter.
Admission is $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the event. The Stretch is located at 467 Central Park Ave., Yonkers. For more information, call 914.906.8233 or visit StretchYoga.Me and click on Yoga Mala.
Yoga Teacher Training at Quest Yoga Arts
In November, Quest Yoga Arts in Mount Kisco will offer its signature 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certified Training for aspiring teachers or students who wish to deepen their practice. The training will be held one weekend a month (Friday evening and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) for 10 months beginning November 4.
Led by Wendy Hagan and owner Laura Jensen, who have a combined 30 years of yoga experience, the comprehensive program will include Yoga Asana, Meditation, Pranayama, Yoga History, Yoga Philosophy, Physiology, Teaching Methods, Class Sequencing & Lesson Plans, Hands-On Assists and Practice Teaching, as well as online Anatomy taught by Leslie Kaminoff.
“This training will inspire you and train you to teach safe and transformative yoga classes, as well as incorporate the wisdom and practice of yoga into your life,” Jensen says. “Quest offers an intimate training program with a small group of dedicated students. This allows for plenty of individualized attention and instruction from our instructors and guest lecturers. What makes this program unique is that you’ll be teaching—each other, at first—from the very first weekend of the training, so that by the time you graduate, you’ll go out into the world ready to create a sound class and teach it. Even if you’re simply looking to deepen your personal practice, this will truly be a transformative experience.”
Info sessions will be held at 11:30 a.m., September 17, and 10 a.m., October 1, at Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E. Main St., 2nd floor, Mt. Kisco. To register, visit QuestYogaArts.com or 914.241.9642.
Yoga in the Adirondacks Brings Healthy Living to Nature
There’s something about a mountain setting that’s inspirational, and Yoga in the Adirondacks makes the most of its stunning backdrop. When owner and director Rhodella Hughes talks about the mission of her yoga studio, she speaks with the broad strokes of a motivational speaker.
“Yoga in the Adirondacks is a journey in the current moment, changing in harmony with our focus to enhance the community in the highest and greatest of good,” she says. “Our vision is to bring light to positive healthy living using yoga and more. We offer the opportunity to find the courage to seek within you the seed of change for any new beginnings, using your individual toolbox.”
The studio offers retreats, yoga classes, workshops and events designed to promote growth, peace and gratitude, connecting participants with the Adirondacks and all they have to offer, Hughes says. “Our retreats are unique by embracing nature to allow the opportunity to connect your mind, body and spirit. Students can explore and share their retreat with like-minded people to build healthier, more joyful lives.”
YitA offers Healthy Living Workshops for those who want to enhance their physical wellness through the use of essential oils, and YitA’s Studio to Yoga Instructors are also available to practice yoga and wellness-related activities for private groups.
Yoga in the Adirondacks is located at 2 Coulter Rd., Bakers Mills, NY, near Gore Mountain Ski Resort. For more information, call 518.251.3015, email Info@YogaInTheAdirondacks.com or visit the studio at YogaInTheAdirondacks.com or on Facebook.
New Fall Yoga Offerings at O2living
O2living in Cross River, NY, offers a variety of Vinyasa Flow classes, including Hot Vinyasa, Alignment and Yoga Basics for all levels. Beginning September 15, it will now offer Yin Yoga as well. Led by Suzette Haas, the class is slow-paced, with the goals of increasing flexibility, improving circulation around the joints and cultivating a more meditative practice.
“Yin Yoga is comprised of mostly seated and supine poses which are held longer,” says O2living founder Rosemary Devlin. “The Yin practice allows for a deeper level of stretching and is perfect for anyone from beginner to advanced practitioners, as well as athletes looking to complement their workouts.” The studio is open seven days a week. Drop-ins are welcome.
O2living is also introducing its new Ayurveda & Yoga Life-Styling Curriculum, a six-week, medically guided course of study and practice. “Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing” will be the textbook used, and each registered student will have the opportunity to consult with Dr. Somesh Kaushik, an Ayurvedic and naturopathic physician, to learn his or her Ayurvedic dosha before beginning the course. Students will study and practice with ISHTA Yoga Master Teacher Deirdre Breen, learning yoga poses, sequences, breathing techniques, meditation, mudra and mantra. Some yoga experience is recommended. Tuition is $180 (or $30 per class). Classes start September 15.
O2living is located at 6 Yellow Monkey Village, 792 Route 35, Cross River. For more information, call 914.763.6320 or visit o2living.com.
Tovami Yoga Kicks Off Busy Fall Schedule
Tovami Yoga will kick off its fall schedule on September 9 with a 200-hour teacher training, which will include a host of experts, unlimited classes and teacher workshop enhancements to prepare any students on his or her yoga journey. The studio will also offer more than 35 yoga classes each week, ranging from gentle/restorative to advanced as well as prenatal yoga, “PJ Yoga” and a full schedule of children’s yoga, including special classes for parents and kids.
The studio, which overlooks Harbour Island Park in Mamaroneck, combines a picturesque view with a diverse selection of classes led by many of Westchester’s favorite teachers, says owner and director Tobi Kundid, who says she opened the studio last January to give people a unique space to practice and come together. “Tovami means community,” she says. “I wanted to create a studio where a community of like-minded people can practice and friendships can be made.”
Anyone interested can sign up for classes online at TovamiYoga.com. Drop-ins are also welcome. Rates vary depending upon the package.
Tovami Yoga is located at 112 West Boston Post Rd. at Mamaroneck Avenue in Mamaroneck. For more information, visit TovamiYoga.com or call 914.618.4887.
Yoga Teacher Training at Club Fit
Beginning the weekend of September 30, Club Fit in Briarcliff Manor and Jefferson Valley will host a nine-month, 200-hour teacher training offered by Yoga for Body and Mind, a Yoga Alliance-registered yoga school. The principal trainer is Mirijana Kocho, who has practiced yoga for more than 25 years and taught since 2004.
When all required course work and the final exam are successfully completed, students will receive a certificate of completion from Yoga for Body and Mind. This certificate can then be submitted to the Yoga Alliance for registration as a teacher at the 200-hour level. Students who have not been a Club Fit member for the six months prior to the start of training will receive a complimentary club membership for the duration of the program.
Stacy Reichert, who was Kocho’s student during a previous 200-hour yoga teacher training at Club Fit, says the program far exceeded her expectations. It was “comprehensive, challenging and inspiring,” she says. “This training has helped me develop the confidence and competence to continue on my yoga journey, personally and professionally.”
For more information or to register, contact Karen Cornetz, Club Fit’s group fitness manager, at 914.250.2762, or visit ClubFit.com/yogatraining.
Pilates Glow and Yoga Now Open in Harrison
Ever since she opened Pilates Glow and Yoga in Harrison, Sarah Martin has been struck by the sense of community there. So she has designed a studio and hand-picked staff members—from receptionist to instructors—that reflect the area’s welcoming spirit.
“The studio is a great big space that is kept very clean and neat, with new Pilates machines and other pieces of equipment,” she says. “Our receptionist, Liz, greets everyone with a warm welcome when they come through the door—she’ll answer any questions they have. And all our instructors have many years of experience and can help clients with their personal goals. We take the time to listen to all our clients’ needs.”
The studio’s Pilates classes are appropriate for anyone who wants to become longer or stronger, she says, adding, “Pilates is also a great workout for people with any type of limitation or injury, and the Pilates classes on the machines provide an entirely different kind of workout.”
Martin designed a wide menu of yoga classes so there’s something for everyone: beginners or experienced practitioners, kids or adults, early birds or night owls. Among the studio’s special offerings are Gentle Yoga, for people who want to relax and wind down after a hectic day, and Kids Yoga, creative and fun sessions for little ones.
Pilates Glow and Yoga is located at 241 Harrison Ave. Contact Martin at the studio (914.630.4594) or on her cell (914.467.0476). For more information, visit PilatesGlowAndYoga.com.
Grand Re-Opening at YogaShine in Valhalla
On September 8, YogaShine will host the grand re-opening of its studio at 7-11 Legion Drive in Valhalla. After 25 years teaching yoga in Westchester, lead teacher Vitalah Simon is approaching her work “with a new depth of sensitivity and heart-centered focus” informed by her own recent journey of discovery and healing.
“My knee was broken last December,” she says, “and I have just traversed the most difficult yoga I’ve ever done so far: having to let someone intentionally hurt my body while I was awake, so that my knee, which was rigid and atrophied from five weeks of post-surgical immobilization, could bend again.”
The injury and rehabilitation challenged her to put her long years of yoga to the test, staying centered in the midst of great difficulty. She won that challenge, and the experience was a revelation, she says. “Even the most simple yoga stretches and breathing can help. While yoga practice is not a magic wand, it does provide effective tools that help us face and move through many of our daily challenges. The breath and guided meditations can carry us to new vistas. And in the present, we find ease, acceptance, encouragement and healing.”
YogaShine offers classes and private sessions for people of all ages and abilities, particularly those with special needs and limitations. “Our classes are spontaneous and creative,” Simon says. “All our students receive lots of individual attention—and your first group class is free.”
For more info, call 914.769.8745 or visit YogaShine.com.