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Workshops, Series and Special Classes

Please register for workshops well in advance so we can prepare for you.  Full refunds issued with 48 hours cancellation.  After 48 hours we will refund you if we can fill your spot or you can give your spot to a friend.

Pilates Evening Mat Series

A nine week series to tone up your abs and improve posture

With Whitney Speer, 9 Mondays October 15 – December 10  7:30 – 8:30 PM

$170

Pilates Mat blends yoga, body strengthening exercises and stretching to align and balance all of the muscle groups creating a stronger, leaner and more flexible body. The class includes deep breathing techniques, flowing, precise movements geared to strengthen the core including the seat, stomach, inner thighs, and pelvic floor. Pilates Mat can lead to improved posture, reduced back pain, as well as increased flexibility and mobility in all the joints.  Beginners welcome.

Sorry, no refunds or make ups for missed classes in this series.

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Wise Woman Yoga

Creative Exploration and Mini Retreat

With Petrina Plecko, Saturday, October 20, 2:00 – 5:00 pm

$55 early bird before October 1, $65 after October 1

A wise woman is recognized for her experience and wisdom. She honors and celebrates her body, her mind and her spirit. She courageously embraces and navigates through all the stages of her life. She honors the interconnectedness of all beings. She lives in harmony with nature’s rhythms. She honors all life. 

In this 3-hour exploration, Petrina will address how to deal with all the changes that a woman’s body moves through during the mother, queen and crone stage of her life. Some of the topics we will cover:

  • reconnecting with your inner wisdom.
  • creative feminine approach of interweaving breath, movement and stillness through yoga.
  • how to adapt your yoga practice to address the deepest needs of your ever changing body-mind-spirit.
  • which sequences of asanas to practice when you are going through hormonal changes, such as your menstrual cycles and menopause, or when dealing with sleeplessness, anxiety, depression, bone loss and adrenal exhaustion.

You will be guided through dynamic and restorative yoga postures and meditation to help you increase your vitality and peace of mind and to stay deeply connected to the full potential of the wise woman you are. Beginners welcome.

Petrina Plecko is a yoga & meditation teacher. She is continuously immersed in studying the wisdom traditions, primarily yoga, eastern & western healing arts (Shiatsu, Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, herbal medicine, culinary therapy), meditation and the ways of the Wise Women for the past 25 years.

She holds a certification as a Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists with over 10.000 hours of hands-on experience. She is a creatrix of Wise Woman Yoga and offers yoga classes, workshops, women’s circles and retreats. As a Dancer and a Priestess of Light she brings the element of a divine playful connection to balancing and healing ourselves, our families, communities and our planet.

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Learn Neelakantha Deep Meditation:

A Foundational Course for a Lifetime of Natural Easeful Meditation

2 Free Informational Sessions

With Elizabeth Doberneck Authorized Neelakantha Meditation Teacher & ERYT 500

Free Info sessions will be held on:

October 28  1:00- 1:30 PM  

Or, November 4 1:00- 1:30 PM 

Text Elizabeth to reserve for the free Info Session   *  646-489-7873

Neelakantha Meditation is an easy to learn practice of deep meditation. Governed by the principle of effortlessness it allows anyone to naturally experience deep states of alert restfulness and to access increased insight, creativity and healing. Two formal individual sessions of instruction equip you with both the technique and the understanding to practice effectively on your own. An eighteen month program of rich meditation offerings will help you establish a strong and rewarding practice. Group meditations led by Elizabeth offer on-going personal support and group practice. For more detailed information click here.

Monthly Mellow: Restorative Yoga Set to Candlelight with Hand Reflexology

With Karon Shovers and Jan Jeremias, Friday, October 26 6:30-8:00 PM

$22 or a class from your card plus $7 for reflexology treatment.  Reservations required.

Join Karon and guest teacher Jan Jeremias for a special treat: restorative yoga by candlelight combined with hand reflexology. This class seeks to calm and energize organs and muscles and heal the effects of chronic stress; leaving you with a sense of well being and balance. As you relax in restorative poses, your body supported by bolsters and blankets, Jan will give each person a hand massage/reflexology treatment with essential oils. Each pose will be held to encourage a safe, deep opening and a soothing release by candlelight. Please bring a yoga mat and if you have one, an eye pillow for deeper relaxation. Space is limited.

Reserve your spot by texting Karon on 917-816-2658 or email: karonyoga@gmail.com

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Salt Cave Meditation Evening 

With Jackie Owen, Friday, October 26 7:00 – 8:00 PM

This workshop will take place at Salt of the Earth 811 Chestnut Ridge Rd, Chestnut Ridge, NY

$50

Join Jackie at Salt of the Earth for a deeply healing and restful Salt Cave and guided Meditation experience.  At Salt of the Earth, you are surrounded by thousands of pounds of pink Himalayan salt on the walls and floor.  A generator crushes additional salt into micron sized particles and disperses it throughout the salt cave air. Breathing in the micron-sized salt particles stimulates an anti-inflammatory response, reducing irritated airways and thinning mucus in the bronchial tubes and lungs. The Salt therapy will be combined with deeper yogic breathing to enhance the benefits and a guided body scan meditation and yoga nidra, led by Jackie Owen.  You will have the option of spending the hour:

  • Reclining in an anti-gravity chair
  • lying on the salt
  • Or, with your legs up the salt walls

Blankets and bolster provided.  You don’t need a yoga mat.  No prior yoga or meditation experience needed. Limited to 10 participants.  We will meet at the Salt Cave in Chestnut Ridge at 6:45 for our 7:00 start.  The doors will be closed at 7:00 sharp.

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Shree Book Club Meeting

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

by Jan-Phillip Sendker

Sunday, October 28 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Free and open to all.  Read the book, bring a mug for tea and come chat with the Shree community.

 

A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present. When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

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The Monthly Melt Method: Neck and Shoulder Release

With Jill Slater Friday, November 2 6:00 – 7:30 PM

$35

Once a month we are offering The Monthly Melt, a 90 minute class designed to give your entire body a deep and thorough massage.  We will use MELT techniques and tools to release chronic tension and tightness in the fascia and muscles.  Working systematically through various areas of the body, Jill will lead us through a series of simple movements using MELT therapy balls and a specialized foam roller. This method helps bring your body back to a more ideal state by directly enhancing body awareness, releasing and re-hydrating connective tissue, and quieting the nervous system.

No prior yoga experience needed.  Suitable for all body types and ages.  Balls and rollers will be provided for your use.  Bring a yoga mat and water.   As seen on Dr. Oz.

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Ocean Waves Meditation

Featuring Yoga, Reiki, Acupressure, Guided Meditation and Chamomile Tea

With Evie Salerno Friday, November 30 7:00 – 8:00 PM

$25

Evie has created an evening of complete rejuvenation by blending Yoga, Reiki, Acupressure and Meditation together, giving you the ultimate in relaxation. The class begins with a relaxing blue ocean waves animation on the ceiling, accompanied by gentle Acu-Yoga stretches (simple stretches like cat cow to open the body). From there we move into a guided meditation in Shavasana and short Reiki and Acupressure session on each participant (you can opt out). Herb tea and water will be offered at the end to sip quietly while you savor the experience. This evening is a perfect recipe for finding balance and inner peace. Open to all levels.  No prior yoga or meditation experience needed.

Evie, originally from Bournemouth, England, began her journey with Reiki and Meditation 6 years ago whilst working professionally as an actress and singer. She developed a passion for helping her fellow dancers with injuries and anxieties and wanted to pursue this more seriously.  She trained with Holistic Passages to Reiki Master Level and studied Meditation with Transformation Meditation.

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Yoga Philosophies and History: Yoga Philosophy Studies 

With Elizabeth Doberneck, Friday November 9  6:30 – 9:30 pm

$45

The history of Indian yoga philosophy began as early as 5000 BCE. Explore this ancient history and put today’s yoga into an historical perspective.  India boasts 6 main philosophies, 3 of which are key to understanding the various systems of yoga we find in the West.  Compare and contrast these concepts and find a view that resonates with you and helps you to see the world in a new way.   Take a deeper view of tantric cosmology and learn about the 36 principles of creation.  Study alongside our Teacher Trainees and dive into the heart of yoga.

Bring a note book and pen.  No prior yoga experience required.  This is a sit down lecture and discussion, we won’t be doing any physical yoga asana.

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Monthly Mellow: Restorative Yoga with Live Healing Harp Music

With Karon Shovers and Therapeutic Harpist Evelyn Sivori, Friday November 16 6:30-8:00 PM

$22 or a class from your card plus $10 musician fee. Reservations required.

Take time and refresh your energy and your body with a mix of gentle stretches, supported postures, breathing and mediation.  This class will calm and energize organs and muscles and heal the effects of chronic stress; leaving you with a sense of well being and balance. Each pose will be held to encourage a safe, deep opening and a soothing release by candlelight.  Yoga will be accompanied by Evelyn’s healing harp music adding a sweet and intimate invitation to a deeper experience.

Space is limited.  Reserve your spot by texting Karon on 917-816-2658 or email: karonyoga@gmail.com

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Shree Yoga Autumn Retreat: The Eight Pillars of Joy

Franklin, NY November 16 – 18, 2018 SORRY THIS RETREAT IS SOLD OUT.  JOIN US AT KRIPALU IN APRIL – SCROLL DOWN FOR DETAILS.

With Chaya Spencer, ERYT-500, Anusara Certified

Consider this sweet getaway before the holidays.  A time just for you to rejuvenate, rest, introspect and connect to yourself and others surrounded by the beauty of nature.  Join Chaya and the Shree community for a weekend retreat in upstate New York.  Heathen Hill is 10 acres lovingly curated and nestled in the Western Catskill Mountains atop a beautiful hill with panoramic views. Heathen Hill Guest House and Retreat Center is a place to rest and recharge. It is private and peaceful.Use the hot tub, badminton, hula hoops, horseshoes and hiking and restful atmosphere coupled with yoga and mediation led by Chaya Spencer. Many have said Heathen Hill is a magical place. Come spend some time in the mountains and see for yourself.  Details and registration here.

Salt Cave Meditation Evening 

With Jackie Owen, Friday, December 7 7:00 – 8:00 PM

This workshop will take place at Salt of the Earth 811 Chestnut Ridge Rd, Chestnut Ridge, NY

$50

Join Jackie at Salt of the Earth for a deeply healing and restful Salt Cave and guided Meditation experience.  At Salt of the Earth, you are surrounded by thousands of pounds of pink Himalayan salt on the walls and floor.  A generator crushes additional salt into micron sized particles and disperses it throughout the salt cave air. Breathing in the micron-sized salt particles stimulates an anti-inflammatory response, reducing irritated airways and thinning mucus in the bronchial tubes and lungs. The Salt therapy will be combined with deeper yogic breathing to enhance the benefits and a guided body scan meditation and yoga nidra, led by Jackie Owen.  You will have the option of spending the hour:

  • Reclining in an anti-gravity chair
  • lying on the salt
  • Or, with your legs up the salt walls

Blankets and bolster provided.  You don’t need a yoga mat.  No prior yoga or meditation experience needed. Limited to 10 participants.  We will meet at the Salt Cave in Chestnut Ridge at 6:45 for our 7:00 start.  The doors will be closed at 7:00 sharp.

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Men’s Yoga Introductory Series

A 4-week evening introduction to yoga for men by an experienced certified male yoga instructor

With Terry Cotter, Mondays January 7, 14, 21 & 28  7:30 – 8:30 PM

$80

Are you curious about yoga and how you might benefit from it? Do you already have a yoga practice you’d like to renew or build on? This series of classes is designed specifically for men interested in learning how to practice yoga safely and effectively so you can work at your peak performance. You’ll be guided through basic concepts, learn and refine a variety of poses with emphasis on good alignment and optimal form. You will learn how to move with the breath, as well as techniques to find balance and flexibility.

Sorry, no refunds or make ups for missed classes in this series.

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The Monthly Melt Method: Low Back, Hips & Legs

With Jill Slater Friday, January 25 6:00 – 7:30 PM

$35

Once a month we are offering The Monthly Melt, a 90 minute class designed to give your entire body a deep and thorough massage.  We will use MELT techniques and tools to release chronic tension and tightness in the fascia and muscles.  Working systematically through various areas of the body, Jill will lead us through a series of simple movements using MELT therapy balls and a specialized foam roller. This method helps bring your body back to a more ideal state by directly enhancing body awareness, releasing and re-hydrating connective tissue, and quieting the nervous system.

No prior yoga experience needed.  Suitable for all body types and ages.  Balls and rollers will be provided for your use.  Bring a yoga mat and water.   As seen on Dr. Oz.

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Monthly Mellow: Restorative Yoga Set to Candlelight – Pajama Night!

With Karon Shovers, Friday January 18 6:30-8:00 PM

$22 or a class from your card. Reservations required.

Join our resident restorative yoga expert, Karon Shovers, for a monthly Friday “slow down and recharge” Restorative Yoga practice.   Take time and refresh your energy and your body with a mix of gentle stretches, supported postures, breathing and mediation.  This class will calm and energize organs and muscles and heal the effects of chronic stress; leaving you with a sense of well being and balance.  Karon will guide you through a series of restorative yoga poses, using bolsters, blankets and belts.  Each pose will be held to encourage a safe, deep opening and a soothing release by candlelight.  Cozy pajama attire optional so you can go home and climb straight into bed.

Reserve your spot by texting Karon on 917-816-2658 or email: karonyoga@gmail.com

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Yoga for Inflammation

With Karon Shovers Sunday, February 2  from 3:30 – 5:30 pm

$35 Early bird before 10/8, $45 after 10/8

Inflammation in the body is a natural process of the immune system responding to infection, injury, stress, and more.  Caring for the body and mind through yoga and breathing and reducing stress, can protect against chronic inflammation.  This workshop will incorporate postures and methods that will stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system (the calming influence) which can reduce the body’s stress response.  In addition, you will learn about the Relaxation Response and how yoga, meditation and breath can elicit a resting state that has a proven effect on inflammation in the body.

This workshop is designed for all levels and is open to anyone with auto immune diseases, allergy or asthma, celiac or other chronic inflammation disorders.

Space is limited.  Questions: Karon on 917-816-2658 or email: karonyoga@gmail.com

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Intro to Yoga

A four week series to introduce brand new beginners to yoga

With Alison Simpson Mondays February 4, 11, 18 & 25 2019  7:30 – 8:45 PM

$80

Ever wanted to try yoga but didn’t know where to start? This is the perfect introductory series created for the brand new beginner. During this 4 week series, we will learn the ABC’s of Yoga.  There will be basic instruction in the fundamental poses, anatomy, breathing, meditation and some simple philosophy.

This series will give you a strong foundation for a yoga practice and can provide greater confidence for you to  join a regular class and start you on your way to experiencing the many benefits of yoga ranging from stress relief to improved health and well-being.  Feel the difference and consider making yoga an integral part of your life.

For those new to yoga or to yoga at Shree in particular.  All are welcome.  Advance registration required.  No refunds for missed classes.

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Bodymind Ballwork: The Art of Myofascial Release 

With Ellen Saltonstall, Sunday, February 24th 2:00 – 5:00 PM

$60  

Bodymind Ballwork is an elegantly simple yet profound method for self-care and transformation. We use balls of varying size and texture to support, massage and stretch localized areas of the body, bringing more aliveness and relaxation to the body and mind. Often we feel stiff or tight due to restrictions in our fascia, the connective tissue that surrounds every organ, muscle and bone. The balls address the fascia directly, restoring healthy circulation of fluids and healthy internal glide between layers. Once you learn the method, it can support your health and sanity for a lifetime.  Students have raved about this work as a welcome respite from daily stress, as a targeted way to address chronic body problems, and as a low-tech, portable means of treating yourself well anywhere, anytime. Bring a yoga mat, balls will be provided for the workshop and can be purchased for home use.

Ellen Saltonstall, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, is an alignment-based yoga instructor and certified yoga therapist based in New York with over 35 years of experience. She co-authored Yoga for Arthritis, 2008, and Yoga for Osteoporosis, 2010 with Dr. Loren Fishman. She published Anatomy and Yoga: A Guide for Teachers and Students in 2016, and her book on Bodymind Ballwork will be published in 2018. She offers yoga therapy webinars through YogaOnlineU.com, and she teaches nationally and internationally with a specialty in anatomy and therapeutics. Please visit her website at www.ellensaltonstall.com.

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Pilates Evening Mat Series

A twelve week series to tone up your abs and improve posture

With Whitney Speer, 12 Mondays March 4 – May 20 7:30 – 8:30 PM

$225

Pilates Mat blends yoga, body strengthening exercises and stretching to align and balance all of the muscle groups creating a stronger, leaner and more flexible body. The class includes deep breathing techniques, flowing, precise movements geared to strengthen the core including the seat, stomach, inner thighs, and pelvic floor. Pilates Mat can lead to improved posture, reduced back pain, as well as increased flexibility and mobility in all the joints.  Beginners welcome.

Sorry, no refunds or make ups for missed classes in this series.

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Journey to the Heart: An Anusara Yoga Retreat

With Chaya Spencer, Jackie Prete, Tiffany Wood and John Seelye

April 5–7, 2019 at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA

For all students with min. 1 year of experience with any style of yoga and yoga teachers.

Calling all dedicated yogis for a journey into the heart of Anusara® Yoga! Four of Anusara’s most skilled and passionate leaders are uniting for a powerful weekend of asana, kirtan, and community-building practices. Come sharpen your skills, connect with others, and be a voice for the method you love.

Join the kula—a Sanskrit word meaning community—and celebrate 21 years of Anusara Yoga. This retreat includes five asana practices, daily morning meditation, yoga nidra, and kirtan. Kindle or rediscover your passion for this life-affirming practice as you learn

  • The latest refinements of Anusara Yoga methodology
  • Anusara’s Universal Principles of Alignment™
  • How to integrate the wisdom teachings of nondual tantra into your life, on and off the mat.

Step into the current of grace and awaken to your highest potential as you celebrate and further unify the vision of Anusara Yoga.

Details and registration here.