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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.

Monthly Melt Method

Melt Your Whole Body in 90 Minutes

With Jill Slater, Friday January 5th 6:00 – 7:30 PM

$35 

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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Pilates Evening Mat Series

8 weeks to tone your core!

With Whitney Speer of Essential Movement, Mondays January 8 – February 26 from 7:30 – 8:30 PM

$145

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.  One make up allowed.

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Shree Book Club Meeting

The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland

Sunday, January 14 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.

When 38 jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land at Gander International Airport in Canada by the closing of U.S. airspace on September 11, the population of this small town on Newfoundland Island swelled from 10,300 to nearly 17,000. The citizens of Gander met the stranded passengers with an overwhelming display of friendship and goodwill. As the passengers stepped from the airplanes, exhausted, hungry and distraught after being held on board for nearly 24 hours while security checked all of the baggage, they were greeted with a feast prepared by the townspeople. Local bus drivers who had been on strike came off the picket lines to transport the passengers to the various shelters set up in local schools and churches. Linens and toiletries were bought and donated. A middle school provided showers, as well as access to computers, email, and televisions, allowing the passengers to stay in touch with family and follow the news.

Over the course of those four days, many of the passengers developed friendships with Gander residents that they expect to last a lifetime. As a show of thanks, scholarship funds for the children of Gander have been formed and donations have been made to provide new computers for the schools. This book recounts the inspiring story of the residents of Gander, Canada, whose acts of kindness have touched the lives of thousands of people and been an example of humanity and goodwill.

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Salt Cave Meditation Evening

With Chaya Spencer, Friday, January 19 7:00 – 8:30 PM    !SORRY, THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

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

$50

Join Chaya 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 led by Chaya.  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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BodyMind Ballwork: An Introduction to the Art of Myofascial Release

With Ellen Saltsontall, Sunday, January 21 2:00 – 5:00 PM

$50 Early bird until 12/15, $60 thereafter

!SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT!  EMAIL CHAYA TO GET ON THE WAIT LIST: CHAYA@SHREEYOGA.COM

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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A Sound Meditation Concert

With MiaLuna Life and Yoga with Chaya Spencer, Sunday, January 28 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Live music, gentle yoga, binaural beats, guided imagery

$50 before 12/15.  $60 after 12/15.

The Event

A uniquely relaxing sound experience: live instruments, binaural frequencies, gentle yoga stretches with Chaya and guided imagery. Instruments include: binaural beating, bamboo flutes, Tibetan bowls, bamboo sax, electric guitar and trumpet.

Binaural beating uses harmonic sound algorithms to stimulate and synchronize both hemispheres of the brain. As synchronization occurs, binaural frequencies draw you into a deep meditative state. Combined with live musical elements and preceded by gentle yoga stretching, this cultivates balance and healing both mentally and physically.  To learn more about MiaLuna Life and hear their soothing music visit: https://www.facebook.com/MialunaLife/ Or listen here.

The Musicians

Jesse House has a versatile background in live and recorded sound. While recovering from cancer, Jesse shifted his focus to psychoacoustic phenomena, such as binaural beating, when he personally realized the powerful and useful effects. Originally created to aid his recovery, Jesse developed a generative music algorithm that included binaural beating. With the help of a biomedical engineer and an EMT, he proved the effectiveness of the algorithm to entrain brainwaves. Joining cofounder and trained hypnotherapist Patrick Murray, Jesse dedicated himself to perfecting the sound that would later become Mialuna Life. Jesse believes that when used properly, binaural beating coupled with music and guided suggestions is a natural alternative tool for meditation and self-healing.

Patrick Murray started his journey as a Health & Fitness Specialist 9 years ago and continues to add more healing modalities to his practice. He is a Certified Hypnotist /Mental Performance Coach through the American Board of Hypnotherapy, and graduate of the Paradox Agency for Hypnosis. Patrick is also a member of the International Association Of Counselors & Therapists, as well as a Certified Behavior Change Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. A Certified Sound Healer through the Accusound International School of Sound Healing & Holistic Therapies, Patrick is a professional musician who specializes in Bamboo Flutes, Bamboo Sax, Tibetan Bowls & Crystal Bowls.

Dan Boisits was introduced to yoga in 1994; has been practicing healing arts since 2005, and has been musically inclined his wholelife. Officially certified in Yoga in 2009. Trained in Structural Integration aka “Rolfing,” SourcePoint Therapy – which is an energy work modality – and massage since 2005. And, music has always been in his blood.

Robert Schaefer takes his unique approach for sound healing with Mia Luna, taking a sensitive approach to creating sound consumed in frequency and high vibration. His intentions are to understand the sounds we are “bathing in” and relate them to frequency, colors, and in turn cleaning or clearing our relative chakras. Robert feels that understanding and applying this information will help each of us to self-heal each other ultimately resulting in raising the vibrations of each other to grow something we have never grown before.

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Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop

With Catherine Krame Friday, February 2 6:30 – 8:00 PM

No charge or advance registration.  Just show up and join us.

Mindfulness is a purposeful way of focusing attention on the present moment to promote a presence in the here and now that is often lost in today’s fast paced society. Research indicates that a mindfulness practice, including meditation, decreases anxiety and stress while enhancing the ability to concentrate and pay attention. The physical and psychological benefits of meditation and mindfulness practices have been well documented.

Learn to meditate in this introductory workshop.  The program will briefly review the meaning and benefits of mindfulness practices, and then present an experiential introduction to breath-based meditation practice. Suggestions will be offered on how to integrate a simple, but effective, mindfulness practice into one’s everyday life. We ask participants to please wear comfortable clothing to the event.

The workshop will be led by Catherine Krame, co-founder of the Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living at Ramapo College of New Jersey.  Catherine is a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher, completing her training at the Center for Mindfulness within the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  She is also certified in Positive Psychology.

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Monthly Mellow: Restorative Yoga Set to Candlelight

With Karon Shovers, Friday February 9 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. 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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Yoga for Autoimmune Disorders

With Karon Shovers, Sunday February 11 3:30 – 5:30

This workshop counts for 2 hours of continuing education requirements as determined by the Yoga Alliance.

$40 in advance, $45 the day of at the door.

Autoimmune Disorders are complex health issues and management requires a multi-professional approach coordinated by a team of health professionals, social workers and other alternative modalities, including Yoga. Yoga, while not a magic bullet, can address some of the challenges, both physically and mentally confronted by those handling an Autoimmune Disorder. Studies by Dr. Loren Fishman, Columbia University, NY, have shown that gentle exercise and relaxation, like yoga, can help reduce inflammation in the body and provide a sense of calm and well-being that can lower the body’s production of the physical and mental stressors that compromise the immune system.

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, this workshop will teach you about the Relaxation Response and how yoga, meditation and breath can elicit a resting state that has a profound effect on the immune system.

This course will include active postures, gentle stretches, restorative yoga, meditation, breathing and some discussion.  You will better understand how to assist the mind and the body in decreasing stress hormones that trigger inflammation. This class is appropriate for all student levels with autoimmune disorders. It is required that you are able to move from the floor to standing without assistance.

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Monthly Melt Method

Melt Your Whole Body in 90 Minutes

With Jill Slater, Friday February 23 6:00 – 7:30 PM

$35 

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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Inversions for Beginners

Learn the ups and Downs, Ins and Outs

With Susan Walsh Sunday, February 25 1:30 – 3:30

This workshop counts for 2 hours of continuing education requirements as determined by the Yoga Alliance.

$35

Are you curious about inversions? Would you like to explore and learn the basics or refine your technique? Susan will break down each inversion – Headstand, Handstand, Forearm Balance – into manageable pieces.  She will teach preparatory poses and supply you with tools to practice and then help you progress to your full pose.  Come experience the exhilaration of going upside down and find strength, confidence and courage.  No prior inversion practice necessary.

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Roll, Release, Restore

A Combined Workshop of Melt Method and Yoga

With Jill Slater, Saturday, March 4 4:00-5:30 PM

$35

Combining the techniques of The MELT Method, therapeutic stretching, and yoga therapy to restore your body closer to its ideal state of alignment, balance, mobility, and grace, we will use specialized soft foam rollers, therapy balls, yoga straps, blocks, and bolsters to release stress and tension from your body. You will leave feeling like you just had the most amazing massage and yoga class wrapped up in one workshop.

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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Intro to Yoga

A four week series to introduce brand new beginners to yoga

With Alison Simpson Mondays March 5, 12, 19 & 26 2018  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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Monthly Mellow: Restorative Yoga Set to Candlelight with Live Healing Harp

With Karon Shovers and Evelyn Sivori, Friday March 9 6:30-8:00 PM

$22 or a class from your card plus $10 musician’s fee.  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.  Yoga will be accompanied by Evelyn’s healing harp music adding a sweet and intimate invitation to a deeper experience. 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. 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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Friday Night: Yin Yoga Delight

With Valerie Herzog, Friday March 16 6:30 – 8:00 PM

$22 or a class from your card

Aligned Yin is an introspective practice that offers a chance to turn inward and nurture the calm, quiet center that is innate in all of us. It is a practice in stillness, patience, and non-reactivity and allows you to transition to your weekend in a most ease-full way. Yin Yoga with its longer holdings of yogic postures, is designed to work deep into the connective tissue to activate changes and releases at the most profound level.  Using passive postures with holdings of 1-5 minutes, it challenges you to find peace in stillness.  This Friday night class will enhance your experience and understanding of the focus, attentiveness, and mindfulness that practicing yoga gives.

Suitable for all levels from beginners to advanced students.

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Roll, Release, Restore

A Combined Workshop of Melt Method and Yoga

With Jill Slater, Saturday, March 4th 3:00-5:30 PM

$50

Combining the techniques of The MELT Method, therapeutic stretching, and yoga therapy to restore your body closer to its ideal state of alignment, balance, mobility, and grace, we will use specialized soft foam rollers, therapy balls, yoga straps, blocks, and bolsters to release stress and tension from your body. You will leave feeling like you just had the most amazing massage and yoga class wrapped up in one workshop.

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

With Karon Shovers, Friday April 13 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. 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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Monthly Melt Method

Melt Your Whole Body in 90 Minutes

With Jill Slater, Friday April 27 6:00 – 7:30 PM

$35 

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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Mother’s Day Monthly Mellow: Restorative Yoga Set to Candlelight

With Karon Shovers, Friday May 11 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. 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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Monthly Melt Method

Melt Your Whole Body in 90 Minutes

With Jill Slater, Friday May 18 6:00 – 7:30 PM

$35 

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 Melt Method

Melt Your Whole Body in 90 Minutes

With Jill Slater, Friday June 22 6:00 – 7:30 PM

$35 

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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Meditation Course

A Foundational Course for a Lifetime of Natural Easeful Meditation

With Elizabeth Doberneck DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED or 14 1:30 – 6:00 (Session 1 is an individual 2 hour session by appointment) and Sunday 2:00 – 6:00 (Session 2 is a group session)

$465

Neelakantha Meditation is a profoundly effective practice of deep meditation. Governed by the principle of effortlessness, it allows anyone to ease-fully glide inside to experience deep states of restfulness and to access the source-place of insight, creativity and healing. Many people who have struggled to meditate in the past are delighted to discover how smoothly and deeply they are able to meditate after learning this method. Neelakantha Meditation is simple to learn and practice.  Read more here.

Mini Immersion 2

Explore the Anusara Universal Principles of Alignment and Basic Philosophy

With Elizabeth Doberneck, Date to be determined Winter 2018  3:00-5:30 PM

$50

The Mini Immersion is an opportunity to learn how to get the most benefit out of your yoga poses in class and at home through a comprehensive look at the various elements of our practice.  In this second Mini Immersion we’ll explore in particular the two key alignment principles called the Inner Spiral and the Outer Spiral — two crucial actions for optimizing the health of the hips and back. We’ll learn both the anatomy and the practice of these actions and we’ll continue to deepen our understanding of the role of the breath in our poses and as a stand alone practice that can easily be done at home. Finally, we’ll enquire into the life supportive perspective of the Tantric Yoga tradition as the back drop for a fulfilling and transformative practice.

This workshop is a companion to the first Mini Immersion but can be taken on its own.

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