Monique teaches Yin yoga which targets the deep connective tissues and the fascia that covers the body while helping to regulate the flow of energy. This workshop will be taught as a seasonal practice with a unique blend of poses that link breath to movement combined with longer holds in classic Katonah Yoga measurement. With a focus on gentle flow and restorative sequencing this class is designed to help the student find space, relax deeply and get ready for his/her week ahead.
#1 5H - DAY 1
Katonah Yoga Training - Movement and Momentum
Life is a happening thing, happening in motion. When life throws curveballs we don’t want to get hit by it but instead absorb the force and gently catch the ball. To absorb shock we transfer momentum to our strongest parts, or we disperse it by rolling it off, by turning right and letting it pass instead of resisting it.
On the other hand, we can also get stuck, all objects have inertia and so do we. That means once we’re rolling we like to keep going, which is great (and knowing how to safely come to a stop is, too). But when we’re at a dead stop and things feel sluggish we want to have tools to build up momentum.
The 3 themes we will cover in the ‘Movement and Momentum’ Training:
#1 How to absorb shock
#2 How to build momentum
#3 How to maintain momentum
We will explore different themes on and off the mat, in partner work and in our own sphere.
In fashion of a Katonah Yoga dialogue we create understanding through metaphors, we look at markers and measures of good technique and revisit common Katonah poses with a slightly different perspective.
The workshop themes in detail
Part 1: how to absorb shock
- playing with tension and a partner, finding ‘just the right amount’
- shock and the ground - the basics of safe falling, to avoid crashing with a hard floor we need the right amount of softness
- the ‘catch-fold-roll technique when falling forward and backwards
- catching momentum - in handstands and other transitions
Part 2: how to build momentum
- reach and push-concepts explored
- what options do you have if transitions from pose to pose feel hard or if you get stuck in a pose?
- exploring hesitation as the fail safe for too little control in absorbing shock
- timing over strength in dynamic transition
Part 3: how to maintain momentum
- on flow: discovering fluidity in pattern through different locomotive patterns
- rules of acrobatic play: build, maintain, and decrease momentum
- from yoga poses to acrobatic play
- exploring a larger movement pattern: the cartwheel, cartwheel variations and transitions
#2 5H - DAY 2
Acrobatics x Katonah Yoga. Yes. Asia-based Katonah Yoga teachers, Clare Lim and Aaron Martin, will be leading this 5h training module, cross-referencing beginner friendly acrobatics with Nevine Michaan’s teachings. Think cartwheels, handstands to wheels, and arm balances.
This training is led by the owners of SharedSpace, a Hong Kong based movement brand. As founders Clare and Aaron come from a diverse, athletic background, below are core values that inform how they do anything, an d therefore inform how this teacher training will be led:
All yoga is good. In fact, all movement is good. All experiences bring insights. We encourage everyone in the room to leverage their strengths, use their previous experiences to their advantage, cross-reference it all with what we share, and leave with their own insights, their own step functions (ways to move forward).
Yes, and- it is important for us that Katonah Yoga concepts and teachings make sense in your practice, in your teaching, and add to what you do. Developing a ‘yes, and…’ culture in our teacher training is important as people come to the room having had different experiences. Yes, and to us, applies to all conversations in the room, and brings joy to us all.
Appropriating Katonah Yoga to unique cultures - As Katonah Yoga teachers based in Asia, we have had our fair share of weird yet insightful experiences teaching the material… Asians, and particularly those coming from traditional Chinese cultures, can tend to shy away from eye contact and touch, and when fears and limiting beliefs are strong in a room that is when injuries can happen. We’ve learned to package and brand the material to match our audiences where they are at. And from bizarre experiences, we now love coming up with creative solutions to present the material, to different audiences, age groups. If this topic is one you can relate to, please do come with your questions, or better yet write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Can be sold as 2 separate 5H/1 day TTs
Saturday and Sunday- 2pm-7pm
Adjustments are a unique and wonderful part of Katonah Yoga classes. Through our adjustments we are able to help students gain new insights and visions, get out of old habits and let the students know we “have their back”. In this Adjustment Workshop we will review safe and appropriate ways to touch and guide students. We will work in a “hands on” way to help participants gain comfort in giving direction and intention through their body to another person. This workshop is for students, teachers or anyone who would like to further their knowledge of Katonah Yoga.
Join Senior Teachers Harriet and Ellen, who together have nearly 50 years of Katonah Yoga experience, as they share the technical and theoretical aspects of Adjustments.
This workshop can be used towards your Katonah Yoga Certification
Are you feeling uneasy about your sequencing, adjustments, cueing or teaching in general? Katonah Yoga presents
Saturday, October 5th, 2:00pm-7:00PM
A 5 hour Katonah Yoga Training Open to All
Very limited class size – please register asap as this class will fill up
“I loved Ellen's Workshop. The workshop gave me much more confidence in my teaching and a map for how to design and present my class.” - Leydin Kotapish
Making the transition from being certified and understanding yoga techniques conceptually and physically -- to teaching it -- is a big step. This teaching technique class is a place to hone your skills as a teacher, find your voice, work on designing and creating a class, and find the way you teach best.
How do you demonstrate and lead a class?
How do you give specific insights or corrections and keep the class going?
How do you use words to cue the class?
How do you give images, use metaphors and keep the class engaged physically and intellectually?
Do you memorize what you want to do - or are you a go with the flow type of teacher?
Do you project your voice well?
Are your instructions clear?
Are you comfortable with your adjustment skills?
How can you get off your mat to help give adjustments and insights to the students while still keeping the class moving?
In our small group you will find a safe environment in which you can practice finding your teaching voice, practice designing and cueing sequences, and learn how to lead the class in a thoughtful manner. This class will be filled with positive and constructive feedback as we take time for each participant to teach in many small sequences.
Please come prepared with a 1 - 2 min sequence to teach to the group.
Ellen Sirucci is a Master Katonah Yoga Teacher. Ellen's background with over two decades of Katonah Yoga, and an earlier career being a professional dancer and an on air spokesperson, give her unique insights into helping to present and propel your teaching abilities.
All hours with Ellen are bankable towards Katonah Yoga 200hr Certification.
Joint Health Part II: Hips and LegsBuilding Mobility, Strength, and Full Range of Motion with Ari Halbert
Joint Health Part II: Hips and Legs
Building Mobility, Strength, and Full Range of Motion
As the joint containing the largest muscle within the human anatomy (the Gluteus Maximus), the hip is designed to keep us both stable and upright, and is arguably the cornerstone of good posture. Similar to a house, the “upper floors” of our body cannot hold their proper shape without a stable foundation. However, unlike a house, our bodies are organic and adaptable, and instead of falling down, they go to great lengths to stay upright by compensating for the lack of stability in one area by creating excessive rigidity in another. For instance, the cause of left shoulder pain and stiffness can often be traced back to an instability in right hip, or vice versa. Though this is a simplistic example, one can start to see why the origin of pain is quite often not at the site of the pain itself, but rather at another point along the chain of action or biomechanical load.
With this in mind, the workshop will review what’s happening “underneath the hood,” so to speak, and apply various exercises to counteract many of the most common dysfunctional movement patterns that almost everyone will develop over time. The exercises will help to give both the mobility and stability needed in order for the hips and legs to function properly. For our bodies, a good foundation is one that has just the right balance of rigidity and flexibility: if it is too rigid, it will crack under the pressure of movement, and if it is too loose, there will be compensation above for what is lacking below.
The workshop will make use of exercises that include traditional yoga asana, but are not at all limited to it. Many more are borrowed from gymnastics, calisthenics and corrective exercises used by physical therapists. So be prepared to move in new ways in order to experience the freedom of movement that comes with healthy hips!
Join Katonah Yoga's founder, Nevine Michaan and Katonah Yoga teachers for Katonah Yoga Center's teacher training 20hr intensive. You will gain a multifaceted understanding into the unique synthesis of Katonah Yoga's principal theories and begin to learn the language of Katonah yoga through a joyful immersion in community, study, and practice.
All practice is for insight. Whether you are new to Katonah Yoga or on your path to teaching, you will explore a mystical approach to well being. Through learned techniques you will inevitably up your function, revitalize your buoyancy, and provide the foundation for your own insight, articulations, and teachings. $800
4 Week Series
Each Wednesday from July 10th- 31th
Multi Intenso is a multi intentional, multi dimensional strength and mobility class that incorporates calisthenics strength training with movement and mobility drills that will build a solid and integrated physique, upright posture, and extraordinary range of movement. Learn to stand on your hands and feet with grace, power, and confidence! Expect push-ups, hard core - core conditioning, hand standing drills, and back strengthening forward and backward bends. Look like an ex-con and move like a yogi.
$30, Drop-ins welcome
Join our famed resident Sound Healer, Leydin Kotapish for an hour long experience of solely sound.
Leydin's playing is uniquely delivered and transports one into their own vast inner landscapes. Safely ushering one into their depths as well as up to the piqued heights of an active imagination, the bowls' frequencies reach every cell and gift the participant with whatever the body and spirit needs.
Drop-ins welcome. $20
WHAT TO EXPECT
An immersive sonic journey inward that invites you to explore non-ordinary states of consciousness in a safe and supportive setting. The journey includes 5 chapters:
Talk. About the therapeutic properties of sound and how to use it as a meditative tool. Vocal Meditation. Using our own voices, we will explore the delicate balance between contributing to the collective and personal receptivity. Breathwork. Inspired by Stanislav Grof’s Holotropic technique, we will practice a powerful form breath that enables to disconnect from the “monkey mind” and reach heightened states of awareness and a deeper state of meditation. Sound. a variety of overtone-emitting instruments will be played, including gongs, Himalayan singing bowls, tuning forks, bells, and chimes. Connecting. An opportunity to share musings, thoughts, feelings and poetics about our individual experiences.
Elian received her formal training under the guidance of world-renowned sound researcher, practitioner and ethnomusicologist, Alexandre Tannous. Together with her partner, David, she has co-founded WOOM CENTER, New York's first of its kind multi-sensory yoga and meditation studio, based primarily on the therapeutic and psychedelic properties of sound vibration. David and Elian facilitate at WOOM weekly and host practitioners from all over the country and the world. Elian and David have been greatly inspired by Nevine and the magical teachings of Katonah Yoga. Elian is honored and grateful to share this work with the community in such a meaningful way.
HOW TO PREPARE
Set an intention - between now and then, set aside some time for some intuitive writing and see if anything interesting comes up that you'd like to further explore. If you're currently working on anything, you are welcome to simply write a clear intention, in free-form or bullet points. Please bring your written intentions on a piece of paper with you.
Prepare your vessel - to increase your sensitivity and openness we would highly recommend refraining from alcohol intake and other substances for about a week before the ceremony. Please, come on a fairly empty stomach.
Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to settle in, as we plan to begin right on time.
WHAT TO BRING
Warm and comfortable clothing (layers are the best, as change of body temperature may occur), eye mask or a scarf to cover your eyes (very important!), a pillow and blankets to make the journey extra comfy, a refillable water bottle, a journal and a pen.
Kundalini Basics with Hari Sangat Kaur (Carrie Kane)
Kundalini Yoga is The Yoga of Awareness. It is an ancient technology aimed at raising your consciousness. Kundalini cultivates inner and outer awareness, elevates the spirit, and connects you to the Truth within You.
Hari Sangat will lead you through a basic Kundalini class which includes some chanting, some exercise, some meditation and a relaxing gong bath as you lie in shavasana.
She will explain the basic principles, how kundalini works primarily on the nervous and glandular systems, how meditation can be done easily with certain applied techniques.
Join us in this powerful practice to enhance mental clarity and give you an experience of your highest consciousness.
“In your life there will be tons of obstacles, tons of objections, tons of fears, tons of questions.
Everything out there is to shake your faith. If you rise above it, that is because your Kundalini has risen.” Yogi Bhajan
Hari Sangat (Carrie Kane) is a former student of Nevine and Katonah Yoga. She studied with Nevine for 9 years before finding her calling in Kundalini. She owns and operates Golden Prana in Katonah. “ I am so grateful to Nevine and Katonah Yoga for imparting the knowledge,inspiration and wisdom that has been a key building block in my spiritual growth.”
It is here. yay! In Great Nature and in You. In the natural world Spring is the birthing season, the time for development and creation. In You its the opportunity to Begin Again, re-evaluate and grow yourself new. Time to clean out, let go, lighten up and make way for what's to come. Spring is the Wood element, which governs all living growing trees, plants and the human being. Its the strengthening of the roots, the trunk, the limbs, the joints and is correlated with the idea and your capacity for mental clarity, discernment, decision making. This fortuitous birthing and growing season is in process until June 21st, the first day of Summer.
In the Chinese System, the primary organ for Spring is the Liver. The liver has more than a hundred known functions. A Peek into: The liver is your endurance in life. The liver is the master laboratory of the body, it is in charge of dispersion and dredging: it is largely responsible for the regulation of emotion, it is related to anger and anger impairs its function, it governs digestion and absorption, the circulation of qi and blood, as well as our reproductive function. The liver houses the hun (our spiritual consciousness) the hun is essential to our spiritual and psychological dynamic. Lastly, the liver is connected to our eyes, their physiological function as well as our capacity for Vision.
Join us for a rigorous (as Spring calls for nothing less) buoyant, lively, informative, alchemizing practice: heating, spinning, twisting, bending, strengthening, all woven with pranayama to clean you out and keep it light, springs magic to support and inspire, while threading in visionary possibilities of insight, outsight, peripheral, hind, fore, reflective, revelatory, fluid, static, honed, vast, multi, UNI ahhh there's no end :)!
We will circle it all up in a guided meditation to reorient/organize; recalibrate, be fed by Springs Magic and Power and InVision your new self in the making.
We will hang a bit after, open the floor for questions and/or your Insights.
Happy Spring Everyone! Hope to see you.
Ivy Ray is a Mother, a native New Yorker, singer, formerly signed recording artist, voice over talent, published songwriter and consultant. She is a Senior Katonah Yoga® Instructor and has been with Nevine Michaan for two decades teaching and living the Katonah Yoga material. She is a lifelong scholar and practitioner of many of the worlds great traditions. Her primary influences are Nature, Tao, Katonah Yoga, Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory, Music and all Relationship. Ivy is informed and inspired the magic and wisdom of what has been, the privilege and great joy of her son and the daily grace, grit and beauty of all things life. She resides in New York City and Beacon New York.
Joint Health Part I: Shoulders- Building Mobility, Strength, and Full Range of Motion with Ari Halbert
As the joint capable of the largest range of motion within the human body, the shoulder’s unique design offers incredible structural freedom, which proves to be both a boon and a burden. Unlike the other six load-bearing joints of our anatomy, which offer strong structural stability through the way the bones eloquently join and meet one another, the shoulders rely almost entirely on the surrounding connective tissue to keep them together. It is, at least in large part, because of this that shoulder pain is so ubiquitous. The health of the shoulder joint is easily disrupted through poor posture and many of the head-forward activities we constantly engage in. It is for this reason that special attention needs to be paid to proper shoulder function.
With this in mind, the workshop will review what’s happening “underneath the hood,” so to speak, and apply various exercises to counteract many of the most common dysfunctional movement patterns that almost all of us will develop over time. The exercises will include, but are not at all limited to those from traditional yoga asana. Many more are borrowed from gymnastics, calisthenics and corrective exercises used by physical therapists. So be prepared to move in new ways and experience freedom from shoulder tightness, soreness, and restriction.
Cultivating a yoga practice organizes you; combining personal religion with a communal bend.
We believe every effort inspirit of self reflection, responsibility and revelation can be a recipe to galvanize compassion and accountability in the macro.
In short, how you show up for yourself flavors your every interaction.
In this intensive we will dive into a variety of tangible techniques to support personal growth in relation to collective wellbeing. We will weave Katonah Yoga’s synthesis of myth, math, metaphor and Chinese Medicine through the pragmatic, palpable fits of the body in Asana to the subtle arts of holding space, articulating and adjusting while conducting a communal class.
Expect to be moved through embodied Katonah Yoga practices, pranayama, and group work.
Offered to teachers and students of all lineages and levels in service of cultivating a culture of contact and consent in Katonah Yoga and the community at large.
Lauren Buckles is a yoga teacher in the Hudson Valley and works with both youth and adults. Lauren's teachings blend Katonah Yoga and mindfulness to create classes built on compassion and curiosity. She believes when our practice is rooted in both curiosity and safety, we can honestly notice how we are in moments of comfort and discomfort. We can notice our personal patterns, without judgement.
Lauren joyfully and gratefully studies and practices Katonah Yoga with her mentor, Eva Giorgi and Katonah Yoga founder Nevine Michaan.
Eva’s dedication in cultivating an integrated, creative practice in relation to land, cosmos, plants and people weaves her holistic approach in facilitating personal discovery, healing, and communal well-being.
Eva began formal training with Katonah Yoga founder, Nevine Michaan in 2004. Katonah Yoga is syncretic, with roots in various lineages and philosophies; each thread embroidering every modality Eva studies and uses in her practice(s). Eva collaborated with Nevine in developing the Katonah Yoga Teacher Training program in which she serves as a guiding light and mentor for those in training as well as for Katonah Yoga teachers whom compass Nevine’s material globally.
Image: Nevine Michaan © 2016 Katonah Yoga Center, Inc. Illustration by Susan Fierro
$40 per session or $100 for all 3
New Beginnings: A Spring Katonah Yoga Practice
Wednesday, March 20th, 6:30-8:30pm
Spring is a time to move forward and embody your potential. Start the season with new insights through your practice. The goal of Katonah Yoga is to be well-adjusted, functional and garner insight through practice. Learn to support an enhanced understanding of oneself, embodied in time and space. Refining the fits and folds provides access to ones center, circumference and the insight between.
Katonah Yoga Sun & Moon Salutations
Wednesday, March 27th, 6:30-8:30pm
Move through the element of water by connecting each asana to make a collective wave in the ocean. Use solar energy to create flow and design, which will reflect the suns radiance. In this workshop we will break down the 10 poses that come together to create the Katonah Yoga Sun Salutation. We will also explore the magic of the moon salutations by breaking down 14 steps to create the lunar flow.
The Magic of 3 in Katonah Yoga
Wednesday, April 3rd, 6:30-8:30pm
Come learn how 3 is repeated throughout your practice and your body.This workshop's goal is to give you an understanding of oneself, embodied in time and space using the principles of strength, structure, and stability.
10 HR KATONAH YOGA TRAINING: THE LONG GAME, The Power and Vast Possibility of Practicing in Solitude with Ivy Ray
Ivy is a Senior Katonah Yoga Instructor. She has been with Nevine and her core group of teachers, practicing, processing and teaching this material for 20 years. Ivy will be assisted by Robin Kidder.
Join me as we deconstruct all of whats possible in a solo practice.
Everything provides Insight. In the communal/the world, On the Line and in Space, the insight is You in relation to things, others, systems. You are continually shown how well you intersect. How you communicate, cooperate, collaborate, how quickly you can shift gears, change course, change mind, navigate territory, be timely. It's the daily test drive and calls upon you to orient organize, use your techniques and skillfully manipulate Space, Time, Circumstances, others and always your self. Every road leads to You. Your presence and action speak volumes. And there's always a wild card.
Practicing in Solitude takes place In Time, In the Round and the insight is you in relation to you. It provides the fundamental playground for becoming more evenly developed freely functional. Its the door to self-intimacy, care, kindness, safety, perhaps tending with a lighter hand, a softer landing and is always the sacred space for the inevitable work when things fall apart.
This is where you remember, reorder, reclaim, where you restore, replenish, refine. It’s where you self manage/organize, where you find YOU at the center and grow/strengthen you in that vortex.
It can also be where you figure things out, prioritize, work on what you've lost, develop what you never had. Lastly for now, its a grand opportunity to work on You as a teacher, your articulations, your sequencing, your choices of what material to work with in the beginning. Practicing in solitude is the ongoing birthplace of you/your emergence. Your Insight is the breeding ground of your unique contribution as a Katonah Yoga Instructor. Your home practice is yours and is developed by your design. It evolves as you, the seasons, your life and your needs change.
Day 1: In the Round TIME
We will work with the Yin of you, the lunar, the restoration and Longevity work, subtle practices of breath, meditations, evolutions, circuits and perhaps some new insight on working w the Magic Square. We will then break it down by practicing on one another.
Day 2: On The Line SPACE
We will work w the Yang of you, the skillset side, the solar and all things associated with your form and technique that takes you out into the world each day. Your roots, strenth, agility, ability and your beautiful mind. We will also play with how to take best advantage of your time and solo practice by simultaneously working through the lens of teaching. This is a fascinating and very useful technique. We will wrap it up by weaving it all together.
All hours with Ivy go toward your Katonah Yoga Certification. $350
Available for single day by request $175
Your body is where EVERYTHING lives, happens + thrives. Grow/build a more safe, sane, functional, JOYFUL you, a viable, worthy container for all of what you are, duly prepared for what life may hand you.
— Ivy Ray
Gwen with take you through a typical Power Yoga for Sports master class that can benefit every athlete, and then present one of her most requested workshops. It is not good enough for the athlete to just do yoga, they need to understand their needs, injury potential and the difference in the needs of each sport and position. Gwen will inspire you to add yoga to your training regimen as she has done with seven professional teams in New York for over 20 years.
The Joy of Handstand is alchemical: gravitational pole reversal induces certain physiological effects throughout the body. In the endocrine system, there is a slow release of hormones from the cranial vault promoting health & impeding age. In the circulatory system, blood pressure and heart rate are reduced while venous return increases. Tissue fluids of the lower extremities drain, clearing congestion & enabling a more efficient exchange between cells. The entire lymphatic system is stimulated, strengthening the immune system. And the product is euphoria!
Then, there is the exhilaration of overcoming one's own psychology, one's own psychological burdens; of relinquishing one's irrational fears; of refining one's understanding, by plunging deeply into reality as it is, emerging clearer and calmer, more empowered and connected.
Finally, the joy of Handstand is technical. Information is power. The better you understand the dynamics of inversions, the more power and freedom you can find while practicing them. Come learn a system of exercises specifically designed to translate these dynamics into your body.
Womyn have been gathering in circles since the beginning of time to share experiences, stories, thoughts, ideas and prayers. Gathering in alignment with the moon phases, these circles of womyn would offer ritual and ceremony to nurture, inspire, reflect and heal while acknowledging the wisdom of the feminine.
Join us for a night to sit in circle, take some time away from the busyness of life, to nurture and honor yourself in a myriad of ways lovingly prepared for you.
Over herbal tea, we will hold space for the full spectrum of human experience. With the new moon comes the opportunity to clarify our intentions for the month to come. The evening is designed to allow you to pause and connect with your heart in subservience to the head, to check in with what is working in your life and that which you would like to let go of.
Come as you are! Bring any sacred objections you would like to charge on the grid, journal and pen if you wish, wear comfortable clothes.
Whether you have been to a few, many or no circles before and are unsure what the gathering is all about, this is a nourishing space that will leave you feeling supported and heard and is open to all female identifying. $25
About the Facilitators:
Meghan Conway and Alyia Cutler are Birth, Postpartum and Radical Community Doulas and owners of Wyld Womyn in Beacon, New York. Wyld Womyn is a judgement free, community centered space that supports, empowers and explores the feminine, hosting classes, workshops, healing circles, events and providing a variety of services, Wyld Womyn is a safe space to support any and all transitions in life in a healing and loving way.
Meghan and Alyia have been hosting Womyn’s circles for over a year in the Hudson Valley and are always surprised, excited and humbled by the power of sitting in circle with other womyn and holding space for one another.
5 training hours to awaken your imagination: This course includes restorative asana, breath practice, meditation and crystals to explore the Magic Square from a refreshingly new angle.
Learn how to navigate the foundational map of the Katonah Yoga theory and creatively integrate it into in your own practice or teaching. The Magic Square is magic not only because it offers guidance and orientation but also because it leaves room for YOUR imagination.
This course is designed to bring forth insight and ideas, weaving together experience with practical information and your own imaginative current.
Topics covered in this course:
Restorative Asana and its different approaches
Workings of the Mind, Somatics & the Science of Vibration
Crystals for Contemplation and Meditation
Exploration of the Katonah Yoga illustrations
Elaboration of personal Vision Board 2019
Guided Deep Relaxation & Sound bath
Saturday, Jan. 26th, 2-7pm
About Reni Bickel: www.renibickelyoga.com
Experience the resonant grounding of being at home within yourself in this Hatha and yin + restorative yoga workshop balancing effort and ease. To cultivate heat then use that ripeness to our advantage, this workshop will weave together yang asana with juicy yin + restorative yoga. Sarah will integrate traditional poses with tribal movements, yoga nidra and pranayama, longer holds — to release protective holding patterns and fascial adhesions, adjustments, and Thai massage. This very clear, clean time opens us to greater receptivity, tenderness, and listening. It also balances our whole selves by supporting the parasympathetic nervous system. Students will leave with greater buoyancy and deeper reserves—physically and energetically.
In our bodies, Winter resides in our Waters; think Kidneys and Bones.
Like a skilled woods-person, knowing how to build fires in the right places is essential to survival.
Everything in Great Nature graciously gives us clues; when water freezes it turns to ice. In Winter we turn our focus inward, investigate + reignite our internal heat sources- the fire of the groin, the fire of the heart and the fire of the mind (so we don’t freeze either!).
These techniques will reveal, heal and rewrite ancestral stories through recalibrating primary functions, reevaluating primal coping mechanisms, and regenerate insights from our rich compost of struggle and celebration; plight and accomplishment, ballast of buoyancy- all written our bodies.
However deep the work, Winter is my favorite time for a communal practice.
The collective adds warmth, motivation and accountability during the iciest, isolated Season.
For three weeks we’ll cover:
-Rigorous heat building Katonah Yoga asana practices.
-Pumped up pranayama for levity and light.
-Theory: Myth, Maps, Magic + Chinese Medicine.
-Herbal allies and aromatherapy to bring Great Nature wherever we go.
WEDNESDAYS IN JANUARY
12:00 – 2:00pm
$80 for all three in advance / $30 each for Drop-in
ALL hours with Eva are bankable towards a Katonah Yoga certification.
Come with questions or email me in advance EvaTwineApothecary@Gmail.com
You! And anyone you’d like to bring along. Forward this invite to one and all.
Celebrate community at a more-the-merrier holiday party and practice with Nevine.
We’ll gather around the fire, nibble delicious snacks, and shop lovely gifts from
Katonah Yoga Center
39 Main St, Bedford Hills, NY 10507
December 22, 2018
12 -1:30pm: Practice with Nevine
2 - 5pm: Party with the Katonah Yoga family
Join Nevine for a Katonah Yoga practice orienting and moving the body, mind and breath through time and space.
Workshop material includes Katonah Yoga’s 2019 Weekly Planner, Reflections and Revelations. FULL
Join Ari Halbert for an introduction to inversions and arm balances using methods of both Katonah Yoga and gymnastic conditioning. Through the understanding of metaphor, anatomy and biomechanics the workshop will cover practical exercises and progressions that pave the way towards inversions that can hold ground, withstand pressure under load, and embody the polarity of spaciousness, with roots grounding downward and branches aiming toward the sky!
Join Eva Giorgi for a four week class series while she is back with us in New York.
These classes will explore the poetic synthesis of theory, myth, Chinese Medicine and the magic of embodied practice piqued with themes from Nevine Michaan’s New 2019 Calendar: Reflections and Revelations. Expect deeply soothing seasonal techniques for mind, body and spirit.
MONDAYS in NOVEMBER 1230-2p
11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26
Regular Drop-in $20/each
You are a yoga teacher and practitioner.
You have someone who is interested in private yoga sessions with you. What do you do?
A private yoga session is different from a group practice. In a private, you tune your instrument, in a class, you play for the symphony! This workshop is focused on training teachers to work with privates. Learn Katonah techniques to precisely read and adjust your private students. We will cover a basic structure for sequencing and organizing a session to best serve the needs of different types of students. You will gain hands-on experience to gain confidence through applied knowledge.
We will cover:
Working with injuries, older students and those with limited mobility
Breakdown of frequently used poses and techniques along with their adjustments/modifications
Language: how to articulate Katonah Yoga theory to students
This training will be small and personal, enabling each participant to get the information that will best support them in empowering others. Specific questions can be emailed to Dages in advance, or feel to bring in your real life examples for mentoring.
As this training will cover Katonah Yoga material, taking some Katonah Yoga classes is suggested.
Dages has been teaching privates for sixteen years and had time to try to help, make mistakes, learn skills, and refine her techniques. Private yoga sessions constitute the great majority of her teaching, and she has worked with an eclectic swath of New Yorkers during her career, from hedge fund managers to homemakers to hockey players.
Beginning in 2002, her studies have earned her accreditations in both the Bihar and Kundalini lineages. Her syncratic teaching style has been profoundly impacted by immersion in studies with her mentor Nevine Michaan, founder of Katonah Yoga. Recent collaborations include a series of workshops with Elena Brower pairing pranayama and aromatherapy, and retreats and teacher trainings with veteran Katonah teacher Abbie Galvin, Sacred Fig founder Anton Brandt, and SKY TING co-founder Chloe Kernaghan in Bali, Dominican Republic, Greece, and Morocco.
Testimonials from Past Participants:
“Dages is a master of both Katonah material and teaching in general. I felt like I received 15 hours of personal therapeutic attention from both Dages and my fellow students - all so eager learn the material and practice on each other. What a truly magical and enlightening weekend. More, please!”
“Dages is the best!! This course really helped me gain the confidence I was looking for to read and adjust my students one in one.”
“Whether your goal is to improve the experience for your existing clients or take on your very first one, you will absolutely walk away from this program with tools and confidence to do so! Having the opportunity to tap into Dages' extensive experience and her passion for sharing all she knows is invaluable. The set-up of the program was both professional and extremely productive; from the high quality materials to the vast amount of hands on practice each student was able to experience.”
"This training exceeded my expectations on so many levels. The wealth of knowledge and passion that Dages has for this practice is undeniable. This training will expand not only your teaching, but the lens in which you see the World."
“I highly recommend this training module with Dages. I left feeling empowered and filled with practical knowledge on how to give a therapeutic private. I was thoroughly impressed with the structure of the weekend and well Dages time-managed each day. Dages expanded my imagination of what a "yoga practice" looks like and how every body and every mind can benefit from these therapeutic poses and breath work.”
“The Teaching the Therapeutic Private training with Dages was an incredible experience. We learned practical, applicable tools for working with students one-on-one, and were immersed into the magic of Katonah yoga theory. The work was profoundly deep and yet playful. Especially as a vinyasa teacher who primarily teaches group classes, I learned so much and feel so much better equipped to teach privates. I can't recommend this training enough.”
Saturday, November 3rd, 2-7pm
Sunday, November 4th, 12-5pm
INTRO TO CALISTHENICS: Developing Strength and Control through Body-Weight Movements with Noah Julian
The essence of body-weight training and the ultimate way for anyone to build strength, flexibility and bodily awareness. This type of training has obvious transferable benefit and can be a perfect complement to any physical endeavour one may wish to pursue.
We will focus on pushing and pulling for the upper body while also addressing the many ways one can develop very strong legs by introducing squatting, sprinting and jumping. In the spirit of calisthenics we will use whatever tools are available to us in the environment (whether that be walls, bars, poles, gymnastics rings or bodies. Be prepared to interact with the environment around you and the other practitioners within it.
Noah Julian’s teaching has its roots in yoga but is not bound by tradition. Sometimes fluid, always informative. We will look at the geometric alignment of the body and the possibilities that arise in one’s movement by correcting body mechanics and introducing old and new movement patterns.
Noah’s early life was informed by intense study of music and the pursuit of a career as a concert violinist. Following a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis Noah turned his attention toward meditation, breath-work, diet, and numerous movement modalities (including: Yoga-Asana, Acrobatics, Gymnastics, martial arts, dance, and WeightLifting). Noah has worked closely with yoga teachers of various styles (Katonah, Prana Flow, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Anusara, Ashtanga, Acro-Yoga), spanning two decades. Using his experience with music pedagogy and the trials of recovering from a debilitating disease he brings personal tools as well as collected knowledge of moving through physical and mental challenges.
Join acupuncturist and Katonah Yoga Teacher Ari Halbert for an introduction to the Taoist practice of Qi Gong and acupressure massage based on the meridian system of Chinese Medicine.
Qi Gong exercises cultivate and distribute Energy/Qi throughout the body and are a powerful tool that have been used for thousands of years to promote health and longevity. The immediate effects are an invigorating burst of physical energy and extreme mental clarity, while the long term effects gradually boost the immune system and increase stamina and will power. Participants will be taught a specific set of exercises, first learning each one step-by-step, then practicing them linked together in succession, using the group energy to create palpable swell of energy.
The acupressure portion of the workshop will include a brief overview of the Chinese meridian system, while spending the majority of the time focusing on hands-on, practical applications of the theory. Students will work individually and with partners, learning to apply the healing massage techniques to both oneself and to others. No previous bodywork experience is required.
Soundbath with our famed resident Sound Healer, Leydin Kotapish.
Leydin's playing is uniquely delivered and transports one into their own vast inner landscapes. Safely ushering one into their depths as well as up to the piqued heights of an active imagination, the bowls' frequencies reach every cell and gift the participatant with whatever the body and spirit needs.
Multi Intenso is a multi intentional, multi dimensional strength and mobility class that incorporates calisthenics strength training with movement and mobility drills that will build a solid and integrated physique, upright posture, and extraordinary range of movement.
Learn to stand on your hands and feet with grace, power, and confidence!
Expect push-ups, hard core - core conditioning, hand standing drills, and back strengthening forward and backward bends. Look like an ex-con and move like a yogi after a series of multi-intenso intensive trainings this Summer!
130PM-3PM MONDAYS + THURSDAYS 6/19 - 8/2
For anything to manifest, one must mediate the polarities.
Join Alison Grande for a radical exploration and discussion of the universal principle of polarity! Through the use of Therabands as a prop in a Katonah Yoga® practice, one will be in a position to experience, perceive and mediate the principle of polarity and then be able to use it to one’s advantage.
The unique use of this prop will not only allow students to engage in mediating polarities, but also strengthen tendons and ligaments and leave feeling energized.
Registration is required due to the limited number of bands
LIVING SUTRAS: TAKING YOGA WISDOM BEYOND THE MAT workshop, Practice + Book Signing with AMY PEARCE-HAYDEN
Join Author and seasoned yoga teacher, Amy Pearce-Hayden for a journey into the ancient theory of classical yoga as codified by Patanjali and his Yoga Sutras. The workshop will begin with an introduction to the eight-limbed path, followed by an asana practice designed to cultivate a deeper connection to the innate wisdom each of us carry that will be put to paper after. Group journaling and discussion follow practice with the text and Amy as your guide.
In its highest form, yoga is a practice for your body and your mind.
Living the Sutras brings the wisdom of classical yoga philosophy into your life in an accessible and relevant way. The Yoga Sutras, a foundational text of yoga philosophy and practice, written by the guru Patanjali over two thousand years ago, are made up of 196 aphorisms that offer potent teachings on how to deal with loss and pain, and guidance on how to lead a healthy and fulfilling life. Kelly DiNardo and Amy Pearce-Hayden offer an enjoyable entrée to this yoga training for the mind and spirit by introducing a sutra or group of sutras on a related theme, providing a brief commentary, and then offering writing prompts to allow you to reflect on and apply the meaning of the sutras to your life. The book is at once an introduction to the classical philosophy, a quick guide for students and teachers, and an active self-study that helps you to engage with the wisdom in a deeply personal way.
Do you want to feel self confident and deeply connected to your body?
Are you experiencing PMS or menopausal symptoms that affect your daily life?
Do you want to expand your radiance?
Do you have a low libido?
Do you know that there are qigong and meditation practices that will help you manage hormonal ups and downs with grace and serenity? Practices that revitalize sexual energy, and enhance your health and well-being in the process, including the health of your bones!
Participants will learn simple ways to release stress, circulate internal energy, and perhaps most importantly, connect with the "Yin Essence" — that essential aspect of being that includes nurturing, creative, loving, and sexy energy. The effects of this work are powerful and include deep insight, better sleep, more energy, and greater pleasure in the bedroom.
Participants will learn:
• 6 Healing Sounds to Transform Stress into Vitality applied to the sexual center;
• Inner Smile Meditation
• To circulate energy in the Microcosmic Orbit;
• Ovarian Breathing; and
• Breast Massage to transform congestion and stagnation into loving, healing energy.
• Clearing negative emotional energy from the sexual organs.
• Jade Egg Practice
Please bring a sarong or long skirt and loose fitting top for practice. Certified Jade eggs will be available for purchase. Feel free to contact me with your questions and concerns, Fausta 347-834-4662 or email@example.com Instagram: sacredfemininearts
As part of a pilot program, Katonah Yoga is working with Bedford-based A New Chance Animal Rescue (ANCAR) for a special “Yoga with Puppies” class. All class fees will be donated to ANCAR to support their mission to help homeless and helpless dogs.
The wellness benefits of interacting with dogs are widely documented, and this gentle yoga class will give students the chance to share the space with the puppies and interact during their practice. Early socialization is important for the puppies' development to prepare them for adoption.
About the puppies:
The puppies who will be joining this class were born locally just days after their mom was transported here from a kill shelter in the South. Now 10 weeks old, they are vulnerable to germs, so appropriate health protocols for both puppies and people for this special class have been set by ANCAR.
For more information about A New Chance Animal Rescue and photos of adorable adoptable dogs please go to www.anewchancear.org
Class size is limited
Registration is required
We all have an electrical current running through our body. In yoga this current is referred to as Prana. In internal martial arts this current is referred to as Chi.
Whatever we call this internal current, all traditional healing modalities focus on the moving of energy to repair, restore and recalibrate the body.
Please join us for an afternoon exploration of how to DRIVE our internal current through the forms and fits of Katonah Yoga. Expect to deconstruct and reconstruct forms and frames as we drive the powerful triad of intellect, imagination and breath through the tightest parts of our hips. Our practice will close with the Recipe For Clarity, a deep recalibration of the body inspired by the work of Nevine Michaan.
Wini Linguvic is the owner of the elevate practice, in Pacifica, California. Wini’s aim as a teacher is to provide an accessible and practical map through the mystical and often overwhelming routes of yoga. Her work is highly influenced by her time with Nevine Michaan, who taught her there is magic in science and science in magic.
This workshop will guide you through a simple, yet powerful Kundalini Kriya, selected for you to adapt into a home practice. The kriya - a series of postures, breath, and sound that initiates a sequence of physical and mental changes that affect the body, mind, and spirit simultaneously – will be supported by Nevine Michaan’s Katonah Yoga alignment theory.
Liam Pfeiffer is an experienced Kundalini Yoga teacher who is committed to sharing this powerful practice and helping people elevate.
He teaches and studies with Hari Kaur at the Treehouse and leads the New York chapter of Yoga for Youth, dedicated to at-risk youth. When not in the studio, Liam works with the non-profit Steady Buckets, teaching Yoga to thousands of city youth.