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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 Mellow: Restorative Yoga Set to Candlelight

With Karon Shovers, Friday October 20 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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Donation Class: Angels with Misplaced Wings

With Jan Jeremias, Friday October 20, 12:30 – 1:45 PM

$25 cash or we will donate $15 for every class from your card we mark off this day.

In honor of her birthday, Jan and Shree will donate all proceeds from the regular Yoga for Strong Bones class to her charity of choice: Angels with Misplaced Wings, a long-term and hospice sanctuary to differently-abled and senior animal companions. This sanctuary provides animals with care in a loving, family and home environment and are dedicated to providing and promoting quality, advanced and alternative health and medical care that perpetuates quality of life for animal companions.  Angels with Misplaced Wings is more than an animal companion sanctuary, they are a family…a place where no one gets left behind. Learn more about Jeffrey, Michael and the Angels http://katu.com/features/everyday-heroes/everyday-heroes-angels-with-misplaced-wings and https://www.facebook.com/angelswithmisplacedwings/

We will also pass on any cash donations or donate here: http://www.angelswithmisplacedwings.org/

Together we make a difference.

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Gentle Chair Yoga: Free Demonstration

With Jan Jeremias, Saturday October 21, 1:30 – 2:00 PM

Free.  No reservations required.

Join Jan for a free introduction and demonstration of gentle chair yoga.

In this class we will do modified gentle yoga poses while seated and supported in a chair. These modifications make yoga accessible to people who cannot stand or lack the mobility to move easily from standing to seated to supine positions on the floor. While seated on chairs, students can do versions of twists, hip stretches, forward bends, and mild backbends.

In addition to a good stretch, chair yoga participants can also enjoy other health benefits of yoga, including improved muscle tone, better breathing habits, reduction of stress, improved proprioception, better sleep, and a sense of well-being.

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Salt Cave Meditation Evening

With Chaya Spencer, Friday, October 27 6:30-7:30 PM

THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT.  EMAIL CHAYA IF YOU’D LIKE TO GET ON THE WAIT LIST.  SEE BELOW FOR OUR NEXT SALT CAVE MEDITATION ON JAN. 19, 2018.

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 6:15 for our 6:30 start.  The doors will be closed at 6:30 sharp.

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Friday Night: Aligned Yin Yoga

With Valerie Herzog, Friday November 3 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, November 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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Inversions for Beginners

Learn the ups and Downs, Ins and Outs

With Susan Walsh Sunday, November 5 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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Shree Yoga Book Group: The Delight of Being Ordinary by Roland Merullo

Sunday, November 5  4:00 – 6:00 pm

No charge

Roland Merullo’s playful, eloquent, and life-affirming novel finds the Pope and the Dalai Lama teaming up for an unsanctioned road trip through the Italian countryside to rediscover the everyday joys of life that can seem, even for the two holiest men in the world, unattainable.

What happens when the Pope and the Dali Lama decide they need an undercover vacation? During a highly publicized official visit at the Vatican, the Pope suggests an adventure so unexpected and appealing that neither man can resist. Before dawn, two of the most beloved and famous people on the planet don disguises, slip into a waiting car, and experience the countryside as regular people. Along for the ride are the Pope’s overwhelmed cousin Paolo and his estranged wife Rosa, an eccentric hairdresser with a lust for life who cannot resist the call to adventure – or the fun.

There has been very strong interest in our Shree Book Club and meetings have been very well-attended.  We have read and discussed, “Siddhartha,” by Herman Hesse, “The Alchemist,” by Paulo Coelho, “The Love Warrior,” by Glennon Doyle Melton, and “Traveling Mercies” by Anne Lamott and Joan Didion’s “A Year of Magical Thinking”.  Our discussions have been insightful, intelligent, generous and heart-warming.

Please join us, if not this time, perhaps the next.  Feel free to bring a snack to share, but this is not necessary.  Tea, water and light refreshments will be provided.  Please just come, no need to register in advance.  The book club is another way to be enriched by our special community.  We look forward to your participation at any point.

Intro to Yoga

A four week series to introduce brand new beginners to yoga

With Alison Simpson Mondays November 6, 13, 20 &27 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 with Healing Harp Music Set to Candlelight

With Karon Shovers and Evelyn Sivori, Friday November 10 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. The November class will include live, peaceful harp music to transport all your senses, body and mind into deep relaxation. 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.

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

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Donation Class: Veterans Yoga Project

With Chaya Spencer on Veteran’s Day, Saturday, November 11 8:30 AM

$25 or whatever you can give.  If you use your class card, Shree Yoga will donate $10 for each class you mark off.

Join Chaya for her level I/II yoga class and pay homage to our war veterans.  Proceeds will go to: https://www.veteransyogaproject.org/

Together we make a difference.

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Yoga Spa

Gentle Yoga, Massage, Reiki & Aromatherapy

With Chaya Spencer and Karyn Petersen  Sunday, November 12 4:30 – 6:00 PM

$60

Limited to 10 students  

Join us for a private group session like no other.  Limited to ten students, this unique approach aims at healing through profound relaxation and gentle hands on movement and energy work. Your candlelit session occurs in three in-place phases:

  • Yoga: a customized, gentle practice
  • Restorative Yoga: with Aromatherapy to increase relaxation
  • Massage and Reiki: with massage therapist and Reiki Master Karyn Petersen during the restorative and shavasana segments.

Each phase will move you deeper into a state of profound relaxation where healing can occur. Participants leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

I found the Healing Yoga workshop to be a wonderful experience. I could sense that you and the massage therapist shared a real desire to bring comfort and wellness to the participants-whether it be from your calming space, starting Om’s, the yoga postures, the massages, reiki or the essential oils-it was a feast for all our senses! I had to laugh at how quickly the massage therapist sized up my needs and I certainly felt I was in professional caring hands. I would definitely attend another similiar workshop. ~ M.R.

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Monthly Mellow: Restorative Yoga Set to Candlelight

With Karon Shovers, Friday December 1 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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Mini Immersion 2

Explore the Anusara Universal Principles of Alignment and Basic Philosophy

With Elizabeth Doberneck, Saturday, December 2 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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Salt Cave Meditation Evening

With Chaya Spencer, Friday, January 19 7:00 – 8:30 PM

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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Monthly Melt Method

Melt Your Whole Body in 90 Minutes

With Jill Slater, Friday January 26th 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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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.

$35

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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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.