Yoga Classes

 

 


 

 ***** Yoga Class Rates *****

Student/Seniors/Military/First Timer – $12

Drop in – $15

5 class card – $65

10 Class Card – $115

Monthly Unlimited Class Card – $100
New Student Weekly Unlimited Class Card – $28

**5/10 Class Cards expire after 6 months from purchase date**
**Monthly unlimited cards start with first class attended**

 

~ NEW WINTER SCHEDULE  ~

~ Visit the MINDBODY schedule for up to date schedule~

Yoga classes for every BODY and ability!
All levels welcome. 

Monday:
4:30 – 5:30 pm – Kripalu Yoga w. Jackie W.
6:00 – 7:15 pm – Kundalini Yoga w. Allison S.

Tuesday:
4:30 – 5:30 pm – Beginner Hatha Yoga w. Amy W.
6:00 – 7:15 pm – Kripalu Yoga w. Katie T.

Wednesday:
6:00 – 7:00 pm – Kripalu Bliss Yoga w. Anandha
7:15 – 8:15 pm – Vinyasa Power Hour w. Nick C.

Thursday:
6:00 – 7:45 am – OPEN STUDIO (by donation)

Friday:
9:30 – 10:30 am – Yoga Flow w. Jenn K.
6:30 – 7:30 pm – Ashtanga Primary Series w. Alison L. **
* Every 3rd/4th Friday of the month is Crystal Bowls w. Beth N.  

Sundays:
6:00 – 7:45 am – OPEN STUDIO (by donation)

9:30 – 10:30 am – Beginner Hatha Yoga w. Meg B.

 

 

~ Class Descriptions ~ 

 

 

Kripalu Yoga- A classic style of Hatha yoga; the direct translation is the yoga of compassion.  This one hour practice will allow you to explore your edge whether that is with the use of props, longer holds of classic yoga poses or bringing a more intentional focus on your breath.  Breathing techniques, warm-ups, asana practice, cool down and ample relaxation will all be included along with the possibility of music, poetry and chanting.  You will leave feeling energized, relaxed and connected.  Come as you are.  

Kripalu Bliss Yoga- A slow paced, yet challenging, grounding yet uplifting, root to rise, pampering  Kripalu yoga experience! This class will include lush surprises, like essential oils or hot lavender towels, thai yoga assists, readings and more! Come breathe, explore, relax and release.

Ashtanga Primary Series- This class is a guided Ashtanga Primary Series. Ashtanga is a set series of postures (of which there are several series) designed to complement one another and focus the mind inward through the use of breath and focal points during asana. The beauty of the set series is that you get to know each posture deeply, and the instructor devotes much of the class to alignment, adjustments, and accessing the posture through the seemingly simple unification of breath and movement. Come join us for a great way to start the weekend.

Kundalini Yoga- Kundalini Yoga is referred to as the yoga of awareness. Each Kundalini Yoga class incorporates movement (Asana), dynamic breathing techniques, meditation, deep relaxation, and the chanting of mantras. These aspects are combined into series of movements called Kriyas (complete action). Some Kriyas are dynamic and energetic, others are slow and meditative.  Kundalini Yoga strengthens the nervous system, stimulates the glandular system, develops flexibility and tones muscles. It works very fast. It greatly increases mental energy and gives you a deep inner calm, strength, and grace. Perfect for all levels. If you’ve ever been told that you are an “old soul” this is the class for you.

Hatha Yoga- The term is derived from the Sanskrit ha, meaning “sun,” and tha, meaning “moon.” The practice aims to unite the active and receptive qualities represented by each celestial being. Practitioners of Hatha yoga use physical alignment and breathing control to achieve an equilibrium between the active body and its universe. The resulting harmony manifests itself as physical strength, physiological health and emotional well-being.

Vinyasa Power Hour – This class will focus on integration of breath and movement with a strong flow that will build strength, power, endurance, balance and flexibility in order to explore more advanced asanas. Prepare to drip sweat!

OPEN STUDIO – We invite you to share our space to cultivate your personal yoga or meditation practice, or to allow for quiet personal reflection during our open studio hours. The nature of this offering is self-directed so there will be no instruction provided, but our studio space and yoga props will be available to support and direct your practice or personal inquiries as you like. Feel free to bring a book or journal and/or yoga mat. You are welcome to drop in for any length of time during these open studio hours but we do ask that you enter and exit the space quietly to respect the experience of others. By Donation. 

 

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YOGA INSTRUCTORS

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Anandha Kathryn
LMT, RYT 200

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Owner of Om Shanti Yoga & Healing Arts, LLC

Anandha Kathryn has always been a healer by nature. She is very passionate about all healing modalities and has been studying healing modalities since her yoga teacher training and Thai-yoga level I at the Kripalu Center in 2007, where she was then named “Anandha” by her teachers. Anandha is Sanskrit for the ultimate state of bliss.

She has training in Massage Therapy, Positional Therapy, Kripalu Yoga, Spa Body Treatments such as body scrubs & body wraps, Hot/ Cold/ Crystal Stone Therapy, Energy work, Meditation, Yoga Trance Dance, Reiki, Traditional Thai Massage, reflexology and more. Anandha Kathryn is a member of the America Massage Therapy Association, the owner of Om Shanti Yoga & Healing Arts wellness center in Castleton, NY, and a certified Minister with the United Life Church. She has done various volunteer programs at Kripalu – School of Yoga and Health, many festivals and even hospice at Albany Med.

Her style of teaching is very detail oriented and hands- on.  She aims to leave her students & Clients craving more knowledge in the field of healing arts because she herself, never wants to stop learning, knowing the well of knowledge is endless and ever fulfilling.
Coming from a dark past, she understands the magnitude of alternative healing modalities for body, mind, and spirit.

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Allison Sheehan
RYT 500
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Allison ventured down the yoga path in 2005. Fifteen years of social work and a life time of people pleasing required some healing. The connection was instant. Allison is a RYT-500 and is certified to teach Kundalini Yoga, Restorative Yoga as well as Prenatal yoga. Allison completes her advanced YTT with Kia Miller in California.

Allison has extensively practiced Hatha yoga and Vinyasa yoga, but her passion remains with Kundalini yoga and the power that the practice has to transform. Allison possesses a special gift for connecting with people and making them feel at ease. 

Outside of practice, Allison is a serious English Football fan (that’s soccer), a Reiki practitioner, a gardener, a domestic engineer, and loves to laugh, talk (a lot) and people watch.

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Jennifer Karius
RYT 200

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Jennifer first began her journey with yoga over 10 years ago with a home practice, mainly to balance out her gym workouts. In 2012 she received her certification in personal training , it was also at this time that she attended her first class at a local yoga studio. Immediately she fell in love with all of the benefits that come with a consistent yoga practice. Not only the physical aspects, but also the calming sense of well being that stayed with her throughout her day , and began to spill over into other areas of her life. By 2013 she had almost completed her 200 teacher training with Jennilee Toner . During this time Jen went through a series of life changing events, and she is convinced that if it wasn’t for her practice and the support of her, “yoga family”, she would not be where she is today.

Jennifer teaches a strong vinyasa class suitable for all levels, ” everyday is a new beginning and so at heart I believe we are all beginners, and by creating mindfulness in the present moment we can cuiltivate a new awareness in our daily lives.” You can expect to learn how to bring a soft focus to the breath and physical aligment , its not how the pose looks , but rather how it feels in your body. She also brings a sense of lightness to her classes through humor because life is stressful enough , yoga shouldn’t be!

Jennifer is currently working on her 100 hour advanced teacher training with Justin Wolfer in Saratoga , N.Y. Expect to leave her class feeling both empowered and at ease.

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Meg Benesch
RYT 200
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As a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and a Registered Nurse in the state of NY, Meg is almost always exploring some use of alternative therapy or medicine to benefit both mental and physical health. When she was introduced to the practice of yoga, it simply resonated with her.

In April of 2018 Meg received her RYT 200 through Heartspace Yoga & Healing Arts in Troy, NY, but she has been practicing since 2009. She has a passion for mental health, and has worked in addictions care as well as integrative medicine. She is dedicated to learning more about available holistic care pathways and is always actively seeking to gain knowledge from her colleagues and clients alike. Every class attended and every class taught is a learning experience for her. Meg has found a beautiful blend of both her yoga practice and her nursing practice and plans to use that help guide her clients through personal pathways to mental and physical well being

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Katie Thorton
RYT 200
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Katie Thornton’s first visit to a yoga studio was nearly 20 years ago in a walk-up in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.  As a first-year middle school teacher, she found great relief and comfort in the ancient practice of yoga and has not put her mat away since.  Trying out many different styles, she finally landed at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 2008 for a month-long teacher training.  Since then, she has taught Kripalu Yoga, a classic Hatha style, from the city streets of Washington DC to rural New Hampshire to school teachers in East Greenbush.  Katie strives to live her yoga in all aspects of her life including the work and practice of parenting her three daughters.

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Jacky Weckesser
RYT 200
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Jackie Weckesser is a Yoga Alliance 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher, completing her Training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Ayurveda in 2018. Her journey with the practice began many years ago in an unusual fashion, as a recommendation from her orthopedic surgeon to alternatively heal an injury/inflammation. Here began the growing interest in this ancient Svadhyaya, or self-study. “For me, Yoga is about looking inside, trying to understand the connection of the physical, with the spiritual, and the emotional; and as constantly using the practical to improve not only myself, but those who I am fortunate to guide and teach their practice.” Jackie is a Licensed Master Social Worker, and has enjoyed a 35+ year career working with Seniors in health care. One of her great joys is teaching chair yoga to Elders with Alzheimer’s & Dementia.
“You get way more than you give”. 

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Nick Conner
CYT-200

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Nicholas was introduced to yoga around 6 or 7 years ago by being invited to his dear friend Rich D’amaru’s first yoga class.  This was an eye opener to what a life of partying does to your body/mind/soul and pushed Nicholas down the path of movement, breath and proper nutrition. Since then yoga has become a huge passion that compliments his other disciplines snowboarding and rock climbing. He has had the honor of studying under Meg Horan and Dustin Horan at Jai Yoga School, completing his YTT-200.  Nicholas’ Classes aim for a Strong vinyasa, connecting the breath and movement while building strength to explore more advanced asanas in a safe space in which all levels, beginner to advances practitioners, can grow and blossom.

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Amy Walsh
CYT 200

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Amy became a certified Hatha Yoga Instructor in January 2017. Amy teaches a Hatha yoga class that is beginner focused and makes even the most inexperienced “yogi” feel at ease. Her class will leave you feeling rested, restored and rejuvenated with her easy to follow instruction, uplifting personality and crave worthy stretches.

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Alison Lacivita
RYT-200 

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Alison began practicing yoga in 2004. She stepped up her practice while a graduate student in Dublin, Ireland with the help of a wonderful teacher, Sinead O’Connor, who showed her that if she could figure out how to use her breath, she could do anything – including finish a PhD dissertation! When back in the US, she pursued a 200-hour Ashtanga teacher training in 2013 under Melanie Fawer (authorized by Sri K. Pattbhi Jois) in New Orleans, Louisiana. While she loves everything about the yoga practice, Ashtanga is her most beloved and she is excited to share the practice with students back in her hometown. When not on the mat, Alison is a paramedic student who works as an EMT, a volunteer firefighter, ski patroller at Gore mountain, and an avid snowboarder and climber.

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