events & workshops

beginners at the shala

get your practice going with one of our beginner-suitable classes

We encourage those brand new to yoga to start out with classes suited to a beginner’s needs. The following classes offer a comfortable pace, step-by-step instruction, and a supportive atmosphere. Always let the teacher know if you are working with injuries or specific conditions, and whether or not you prefer to receive physical assists. 


Sundays – 2:30-3:45
Fort Greene

Sundays – 12:15-1:30pm
Union Square (resumes in sept)

Open Level
Mondays – 6:30-8pm
Union Square

Tuesdays – 7-8:30pm
Fort Greene

Fridays – 6:30-8pm
Fort Greene

Mysore Ashtanga
Fort Greene
Monday + Wednesday + Friday: 7:30am
Tuesday + Thursday: 3:30pm

Union Square
Monday-Friday: 6:30am, 7:30am, 8:30am
Monday + Tuesday: 4:30pm

community night to benefit the trini foundation

Friday, September 22
$20 suggested donation
The Shala Union Square
sign up here

Bibi Lorenzetti hosts a community night to benefit the Trini Foundation, an organization committed to supporting recovery from substance abuse and addiction through Ashtanga yoga methodology.



ashtanga yoga with tim feldmann

Fri, Nov 3 – Sun, Nov 5

$50 per workshop; $40 for mysore
union square
sign up here

friday, Nov 3
The Breath of Pleasure & Pain – The anatomy of Our Craving Mind.
Are you curious about how yoga works? Are you curious about how your mind and body operates below the conscious moment? Then this class is for you. Yoga considers suffering the foundational paradigm of living. Yoga sastra also tells us whatever is ‘sweet in the beginning is bitter at the end’ and vice versa. How are we suppose to understand this pessimistic outlook on life? And what about pleasure? How does comfort, joy and happiness fit into classic yoga’s model for living Through yogic breathing we have the opportunity to get a personal hands-on experience of this and other deep teaching from the ancient yogis. When we embody the underlying layers of yogic teachings, applying it to our lives becomes a natural gravitation. In this class you will experience how pleasure and pain offers direct and one of a kind lessons towards realizing deeper levels of yourself.  All levels welcome.

Sat, Nov 4
Mysore style Class
Named after the city where Sri K. Pattabhi Jois lived, this is is the classic way Ashtanga Yoga is taught. A melting pot of yoga practitioners of all levels from beginner to advanced, this class sets out to offer personalized guidance to every practitioner at exactly where you need it most. Build relationship with yourself, your practice and your teacher in this inspiring energy. Honor the Ashtanga Yoga’s living lineage that dates back nearly five thousand years in a unbroken line of teachers, sages and gurus, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, his son R. Sharath Jois and every Ashtanga practitioner today.

Sat, Nov 4
Gateway Postures of The Primary Series – Bhujapidasana, Kurmasana, Supta Kurmasana, Garbha Pindasana.
The Primary Series, Yoga Chikitsa, is meant to heal and strengthen our body and mind, preparing ourselves for a deeper and more subtle asana exploration in the Intermediate Series, Nadi Shodana. But sometimes we get a bit stuck! the leg just won’t go where we want it to or our knees, wrists or shoulders seems more achy than happy when attempting the higher notes of this series, also called the ‘Gateway Postures’ as they serve as indicators that our body has grown ready for a next level. But what to do when we can’t find our body molding those fancy shapes?  This workshops addresses that issue. Focussing on technique, proper alignment and anatomical insights will help you understand how your body move and how to progress to a next level of your aptitude. We set up for a detailed experience of these difficult gateway postures, slowly peeling the layers that obstructs our view and motion required to find the freedom and power which Sri Patanjali promises in this yoga method.

Sun, Nov 5
Inversions, Headstands & Arm Balances
In this workshop you will learn practical tools to turn upside down with stability, tranquility and grace. You will gain a thorough understanding of the anatomical patterns at play in your body while inverted. Detailing the shoulder mechanics helps you integrate your arms, spine, ribcage and hip to create a solid platform for accessible and pleasurable inversions whether on your head, hands or elbows. All levels welcome.

iyengar yoga master classes with kevin gardiner

september 19 + september 26, 2-4pm
the shala union square

Tuesday, September 19th, 2-4pm

Tuesday, September 26th, 2-4pm

The Shala is delighted to welcome back Kevin Gardiner, one of the world’s foremost senior Iyengar teachers. Join us for two master classes this autumn.

autumn breathe-ins with annie piper

Friday, September 29 + Friday, October 27
Fort Greene + Union Square

Join us for two back-to-school breathe-ins with Annie Piper, Paul Weinfeld & Leslie Erin Roth.

Friday, September 29

Fort Greene Shala

Friday, October 27

Union Square Shala 

kirtan with barbara, kristin, and guests

Saturday, October 14
The Shala Fort Greene

come sing with us! bring family, friends, kids, partners. everyone is welcome.