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

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    • 04/13/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • The Yoga Studio at Club Fit, 584 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor
    • 43

    This experiential workshop offers a direct understanding of yoga and its healing power as well as an introduction to shamanic energy healing. 

    According to both yoga philosophy and shamanism, our physical bodies are surrounded by the luminous body (or Koshas), which informs and organizes the physical body. It is the channel through which we send and receive messages from the rest of the world and determines our experience of life. Through yoga practice and shamanic techniques, we’ll learn how to release traumatic experiences that are stored in the body, thus clearing out old stories and allowing ourselves to step up into a new place of awareness and a deeper level of healing. This workshop tends to the healing and evolution of all three perceptual states: lecture for the mind, yoga asana for the body, and shamanic journeys for the soul. Participants will leave with tools to heal themselves and others.

    Ray Crist is the founder of the Jaguar Path. He has traveled through Mexico and Peru in search of indigenous healers and is an apprentice of three shamans. With a background in Chinese medicine, martial arts, and Reiki, Ray currently presents workshops and teaches at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and throughout the world, sharing how to use shamanic tools and yoga to live a balanced and empowered life. Learn more at

    • 05/11/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • The Yoga Studio at Club Fit, 584 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor
    • 45

    Do you like to be surprised, delighted, and enlightened? 

    Our workshop presenter this month is equipped to offer you these experiences. Master teacher Paula Heitzner has more than 50 years of teaching expertise behind her unique individualized, therapeutic approach to yoga, which enables practitioners to go deeper into their personal practices. 

    Be prepared to move beyond Trikonasana and Virabhadrasana to learn obscure postures gleaned over the years from esoteric studies, ancient lore, and Eastern art and philosophy. You will leave with inspiration to spice up your own practice in addition to your teaching methodology. Note-taking and question-asking are encouraged and expected! 

    Paula Heitzner, E-RYT 500, began her yoga training with Richard Hittleman of TV fame; Elizabeth Spohn, a devotee of Swami Rama; and Blanche DeVries, wife of “The Great Om,” Pierre Bernard. She continued her studies with Mr. Iyengar, Swami Muktananda, and with Vishnudevananda. Kripalu has awarded her an expert lifetime certification. Her classes are a synergy of East and West, as she has explored the western body-mind concepts of Reichian work, bioenergetics, the Feldenkrais Method, ideokinesis, polarity therapy, and continuum. Paula is also a dance therapist.

    • 06/08/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • The Yoga Studio at Club Fit, 584 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor
    • 43

    Be inspired, strengthened, and renewed as you experience the eternal energy of yoga with 100-years-young Tao Porchon-Lynch. Use the four pillars of yoga—pranayama (breath work), mudras (gestures), bandhas (energetic locks), and chakras (energy centers)—to explore the rich potential of the body to renew, heal, and revitalize. Practice Tao’s special “yoga tango” and learn subtle techniques that are not taught anywhere else.

    As Tao shares stories from her life and lessons she has learned from her journey across multiple continents, you will discover her approach to overcoming obstacles and living mindfully. Still actively teaching yoga and enjoying ballroom dancing, she will motivate you with her positive thinking and her living mantra: “There is nothing you cannot do.” 

    Tao Porchon-Lynch started practicing yoga at age eight, and her teachers were a Who’s Who of the spiritual world, from the Maharishi to BKS Iyengar and K. Pattabhi Jois. Tao founded the Westchester Institute of Yoga in 1982 and has shared her wisdom in many ways, including at the Newark Peace Education Summit with his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and in a TEDx talk at Columbia University.

03/09/2019 LifeForce Yoga to Meet the Anxious Mood with Deborah Lubetkin
03/04/2019 Mantra: Sounds into Silence
02/21/2019 Iyengar: The Man, Yoga, and the Student's Journey
02/09/2019 The Karma of Your Verbal Cues with Jason Ray Brown
01/12/2019 Shake Your Soul: The Yoga of Dance with Dan Leven
12/08/2018 Laughter, Expression, and Joy! with Robert Rivest
11/10/2018 The Practical Wisdom of the Yogic Scriptures with Jeff Migdow
11/02/2018 Paths to Renewal: YTA at Himalayan Institute
10/13/2018 Pelvic Power with Christa Rypins
09/22/2018 Light on Ganesha, Remover of Obstacles with Todd Norian
06/30/2018 Celebrate Life (and Turning 100!) with Tao Porchon-Lynch
05/12/2018 A Magical Mystery Tour of Yoga Through the Koshas with Priti Robyn Ross
04/14/2018 Transform, Relax, and Rejuvenate: A Brief Retreat with Lasting Results with Vandita Kate Marchesiello
03/10/2018 Yoga for the Heart with Shari Friedrichsen
02/10/2018 Ayurveda and Yoga: Integrating the Twin Sciences on the Mat and in Our Lives with Deirdre Breen
01/13/2018 A Breath-Centered Approach to the Art of Joy and Inspiration with Patty Holmes
12/09/2017 Dynamic Gentle Yoga with Rudy Peirce
11/11/2017 Transformational Teaching with Ken Nelson and Lesli Lang
10/14/2017 Traction Action with Tzahi Moskovitz
09/09/2017 Prana Party with Kirtan by Todd Norian
09/09/2017 Tantra Yoga with Todd Norian: Alignment Refinement for Body, Mind, and Heart
06/24/2017 Fundraiser for Liberation Prison Yoga Project
06/21/2017 Get on Your Mat for Mental Health
06/10/2017 From Sweat to Bliss with Luke Ketterhagen
05/13/2017 Teaching Chair Yoga with Julia Hough
04/08/2017 Celebrating Life with Tao Porchon-Lynch
03/11/2017 Pranayama, Bandha, Mudra: The Power of the Breath - Daniel Orlansky
02/11/2017 LifeForce Yoga for Anxiety and Depression - Deborah Lubetkin

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