Workshops

The YTA offers ongoing yoga instruction by providing monthly workshops led by nationally recognized yoga teachers and highly accomplished local area instructorsSee our upcoming workshops below.

Questions? Call or write Audrey Brooks at 914-582-7816 or ytapresident@gmail.com.

Workshop Fees

Advance
Registration

Day Of / 
Walk-In

YTA Member

$45

$55

Club Fit Member

$55

$65

Nonmember

$65

$75

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation within 24 hours of a workshop may result in forfeiture of the registration fee. Please notify us at ytacommunications@gmail.com if you will be unable to attend. 

Photo release: When you register for a workshop, you agree to allow Yoga Teachers Association of the Hudson Valley (YTA), its representatives and board members, to take photographs in connection with the workshop. You authorize YTA to use and publish the same in print and/or electronically. You agree that YTA may use photographs for publicity, illustration, advertising, or web content. If you do not want your photo used, please inform YTA of your objection in writing and send to ytaeditor@gmail.com. Thank you!

    • 09/22/2018
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • The Yoga Studio at Club Fit, 584 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor
    • 19
    Register

    Ganesha, the elephant deity, represents the lord of auspicious beginnings and is the great remover of obstacles. 

    With belly-breaking humor, he reminds us not to take life so seriously. Ganesha’s name is chanted at the beginning of new ventures to invoke blessings of grace and to bring forth the most benevolent outcome. During this workshop, you will explore the teachings and rich symbolism of Ganesha as they relate to your life. Come join master yoga teacher Todd Norian in this delightful workshop of awakening and transformation as he guides you to discover that this Ganesha power is already within you.

    The workshop will be followed by the YTA’s annual Prana Party. Join us for an opportunity to connect with your local yoga community over light refreshments and kirtan with Todd.

    Todd Norian, E-RYT 500, is the founder of Ashaya Yoga®. His style is one of precise therapeutic alignment infused with his passion for the esoteric teachings of tantra yoga. With warmth and humor, Todd creates a sanctuary of sublime transformation in which students step into the power of their own heart. Learn more at ashayayoga.com.

    • 10/13/2018
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • The Yoga Studio at Club Fit, 584 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor
    • 39
    Register

    Yoga meets the Franklin Method in this completely experiential workshop.

    Christa will use movement, touch, imagery, and humor to help you develop a picture of the anatomy of your pelvis. The knowledge you receive in this course will bring dramatic benefit to you and your students. You will leave the workshop knowing:

    • the exact location of your hip joints and why it matters
    • how the pelvic bones move with each breath
    • how to improve posture instantaneously 
    • how to heal the neck via the pelvic floor
    • how the sacrum moves
    • how to relieve back pain
    • how to feel more alive in your pelvis than you have in years

    Christa Rypins brings 15 years as a professional ice skater to her healing work. She combines the Franklin Method with yoga, Pilates, and meditation. She has taught at Kripalu Center for 23 years and runs the Intelligent Body Movement Studio in Murphys, CA. She developed the online training Yoga Anatomy Magic and the weekly Facebook Live meditation class My Body, My Freedom. Learn more at intelligentbody.net.

    • 11/02/2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • 11/04/2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Himalayan Institute, Honesdale, PA
    • 21
    Register

    We are thrilled to announce YTA's very first weekend program to be held at the Himalayan Institute!

    Join us for a special weekend with Luke Ketterhagen to discover how the many paths to renewal—yoga, meditation, pranayama, philosophy, relaxation, hiking, a supportive and like-minded community—can enhance your life.

    The weekend will focus on time-tested practices and philosophies to heal and renew, starting on Friday evening with a lecture on foundational yogic principles followed by a session of supportive and restorative asana. On Saturday we’ll discuss how a steady and grounded asana practice is a gateway to freedom from our habit patterns and explore the healing power of pranayama. We will wrap up on Sunday with a session on meditation, the practice that the great sages say is “that which introduces you to yourself” and can help you renew every day.

    There will be opportunities to connect with others over chai, on our group hike, and at Saturday night’s campfire, or you can choose to make your own path to renewal with a spa treatment, a walk in the woods, or other time on your own.

    Whether you are a teacher looking to add skills to your repertoire, a serious student wanting to refine and deepen your practice, or just ready to get away to a peaceful setting to relax and renew, this weekend is for you!

    Join your community and unplug with this blissful weekend led by Luke Ketterhagen. Discover new paths to renewal through the practices of asana, meditation, pranayama, philosophy, and restorative yoga.

    Register by September 15 to take advantage of early bird pricing!


    After graduating from Marquette University with a degree in biomedical sciences, Luke Ketterhagen immersed himself in the studies and practices of the Himalayan Tradition under the guidance of Pandit Rajmani Tigunait. He specializes in hatha yoga, meditation, and the yogic lifestyle and leads retreats and teaches nationally and internationally. Learn more at LukeKetterhagen.com.



    Important notes

    • Your registration through the YTA website is for the program fees only and includes all sessions with Luke, including a guided hike, plus a group campfire on Saturday night and chai gatherings.
    • You must make arrangements for lodging and meals separately through the Himalayan Institute. Please use the booking code provided in your registration confirmation when making your arrangements. Check out the lodging options here. The $30 meal fee covers three delicious vegetarian/vegan meals (often with gluten-free options) per day. Please be aware that it is going to be a busy weekend at the institute, so we encourage you to make your reservations as soon as you can.
    • YTA's cancellation policy: Cancellations of program fees made by October 15, 2018, will receive a full refund. Refunds for cancellations made between October 16 and October 30, 2018, are not guaranteed and will depend on whether we can meet the minimum requirements to cover program expenses without your participation. Please know that we will do our best to offer a full or partial refund depending on program enrollment. Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer any refunds for no-shows or cancellations made after October 30, 2018. (Please be aware that the Himalayan Institute has a separate but similar cancellation policy for accommodations.)
    • Massages and other spa treatments are available at the institute's PureRejuv Wellness Center


        Schedule

        Friday, November 2

        4 p.m.: Check in (rooms available after 3 p.m.)

        4–5 p.m.: Welcome chai in the tea room

        5 p.m.: Yoga class (optional)

        6–7 p.m.: Dinner

        7:30–9 p.m.: An Evening of Philosophy and Restorative Yoga

        9:30–10:30 p.m.: Evening prayers and meditation (optional)


        Saturday, November 3

        6–7 a.m.: Morning prayers and meditation (optional)

        a.m.: Yoga class (optional)

        7:30–8:30 a.m.: Breakfast

        10 a.m.–12 p.m.: Asana as a Gateway to Freedom

        12:30–1:30 p.m.: Lunch

        2–3 p.m.: Group Hike led by Luke

        3:15–4:45 p.m.: Pranayama for Fulfillment and Freedom, to Heal and Renew

        5–6 p.m.: Chai and Cookie Party (with presentation of HI products for resale)

        6–7 p.m.: Dinner

        7:30–8:30 p.m: Campfire at Sunset Pond

        9:30–10:30: Evening prayers and meditation (optional)


        Sunday, November 4

        6–7 a.m.: Morning prayers and meditation (optional)

        a.m.: Yoga class (optional)

        7:30–8:30 a.m.: Breakfast

        10 a.m.–12 p.m.: Meditation for Self-Understanding and Renewal

        12 p.m.: Room check out

        12:30–1:30: Lunch

        Depart after lunch

        • 11/10/2018
        • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
        • The Yoga Studio at Club Fit, 584 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor
        • 44
        Register

        The yogic scriptures come from millennia of human experience and knowledge and embody basic teachings for all aspects of our daily practice and spiritual life. 

        The Bhagavad Gita teaches us how to maximize our effectiveness and presence in work, relationships, and knowledge; the Yoga Sutras give us the pathway through right action and yogic practice to deepen our connection to our inner self; and the Shiva Sutras give us a picture of the experience of pure presence and reality. Through discussion, asana, pranayama, and meditation, you’ll discover how these insights into reaching your optimal health, well-being, and spiritual consciousness can be integrated into your yoga practice and classes to heal, rejuvenate, and reinspire.

        Jeff Migdow, MD, a holistic physician and Reiki master/practitioner for over 25 years, directed Kripalu Yoga teacher training from 1991–97 and has been the director of the Prana Yoga Teacher Training program since 1997. He is co-author of the books Breathe In, Breathe Out and Goddess to the Core. With his profound expertise in yoga practice and scriptures and his knowledge of anatomy and physiology, you will experience a truly complete approach to this ancient and profound discipline.

        • 12/08/2018
        • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
        • The Yoga Studio at Club Fit, 584 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor
        • 45
        Register

        A joke a day might not keep the doctor away, but there’s scientific evidence that laughter evokes the relaxation response.

        In this playful workshop, Robert will show you how to free your body and mind so that laughter will flow freely, joyfully, and spontaneously. He will share his unique health and well-being practice that blends mindful breathing, tai chi, expressive movement, and Laughter Yoga to create more energy, vitality, and joy for yourself and your students. 

        You will learn how to use your body and facial expressions to convey with positive energy all of the excitement and joy that Laughter Yoga has to offer. Robert’s exciting exercises and energizing movement will help you feel more positive, playful, upbeat, and cheerful when practicing and leading Laughter Yoga. 

        Robert Rivest is an internationally admired Laughter Yoga teacher and certified master trainer. His teaching style is influenced by a 25-year practice of mindfulness meditation, tai chi, and qigong. Since 1985, he has given over 7,000 presentations around the world.  His keynotes, trainings, retreats, and “Laugh- Along” YouTube videos have helped thousands of people around the world feel healthier and happier.


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