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Articles from: September 2018

Yoga Profile: Laura Kallen

I first learned about yoga in college and fell in love with it in a class years later. I love restorative yoga as much as Vinyasa. Aerial yoga is a beautiful complement to a Vinyasa practice as it explores traditional postures in new ways with the help of gravity and the support of the hammock. Plus, it’s so much fun to hang and float in the air.

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Yoga Profile: Yoga Teachers Association of the Hudson Valley

The YTA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to deepening and enhancing the quality of hatha yoga teaching and fostering the yoga community in the tri-state area. We offer monthly three-hour workshops for teachers and serious students led by nationally recognized teachers and highly accomplished local instructors, covering all styles of yoga and related practices. Participants receive three continuing education credits for each workshop.

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The Problem of Sitting Still by Chela Crane

The rocking of chairs, tapping of feet, fidgeting, twirling and generalized hyperactivity that seem to dominate classrooms, drive parent-teacher conferences and seep into concerned conversations with pediatricians, are no less than childhood lashing back at a society that has stolen from it the bedrock of human development – movement. In a typical school day, children’s sense experiences often are limited. Even the most basic movement offerings, physical education and recess, are being abbreviated and eliminated in favor of more English and math, subjects in which students must endure lengthy standardized testing, the results of which are considered determining factors of a school’s success. All of this despite evidence that the more senses we engage, the more pathways to understanding, retaining, and accessing information we are providing for our students, especially those with learning challenges, developmental delays and sensory sensitivities.

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Yoga Profile: Jeannie DeMarco

Yoga has been part of my life for over 15 years. My practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and carefree, both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindful. I completed my 200 hour yoga training with enthusiasm and desire to give back what I’ve practiced.

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Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training

The Kundalini Yoga Evolution/Revolution 200/300-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training begins on October 19 and will be presented by Ana Brett and Ravi Singh and taught by Ravi Singh, an internationally celebrated teacher and author with over 45 years teaching experience. Robin Laufer and Paul Heitzner will also assist in the training. “The Universe is looking for dedicated people to heal, uplift and inspire,” affirms Brett. “This sacred science offers tools to heal yourself and the world. Become a premier instructor of this ultimate body, mind and soul fitness.”

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Reclaiming Rest by Bracha Meshchaninov

Our world is so full of expectations that we should produce, keep moving and achieve, yet we know the toll of the ever increasing amount of stress that we are subjecting ourselves to in so many different areas of our lives. Karen Brody recently wrote a book about yoga nidra with the brilliant title “Daring to Rest” which suggests that to actually allow ourselves to rest nowadays is an act of courage.

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Yoga Profile: Tiferet Movement Yoga Studio

Tiferet Movement Yoga Studio founded and directed by Bracha Meshchaninov is a small and intimate studio that offers bi-weekly multi-level morning classes as well as specialized private therapy sessions, all taught by Meshchaninov. She is a certified yoga therapist with IAYT and a RYT-500, a trained doula and is prenatal yoga certified.

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Yoga Profile: Raji Thron

A Lifetime of Yoga

I knew from an early age that Yoga would be a practice for my lifetime. From 12 years old in India to now as co-director of Yoga Synthesis, I still practice regularly and love teaching yoga.. For more than 30 years, I’ve practiced in prominent lineages including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Shivananda, Iyengar, Krishnamacharya, Anusara and Kundalini.

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Yoga Profile: Shri Radha, Ananda Ashram

Shri Radha has been offering programs in meditation, Yoga-Vedanta, and Sanskrit for 38 years, sharing her joy, humor, devotion and compassion. She met Guru Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati in 1977 and received intensive training as his student and assistant. In addition she has spent time regularly in India since 2004, furthering her spiritual education and practice with Amma Sri Karunamayi. She serves as a trustee on all Ananda Ashram directing boards.

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Yoga Profile: Stone Wave Yoga

Liz Glover Wilson has been practicing yoga for nearly 18 years. As a runner, cyclist and former spinning instructor, Bikram was her first introduction to yoga and over time she explored Kripalu and other disciplines. She currently holds RYT-500 yoga and prenatal yoga certifications and is a Reiki Master. She always is a student of the practice, grateful for all that her teachers and students have imparted. She believes that pranayama can center us and a regular yoga practice can heal us. Several years ago, her vision for a wellness, art and yoga center in Gardiner became a reality when she opened Stone Wave Yoga. She says, “Every day, I walk right into my Dharma! It is such a beautiful gift.”

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