events & workshops

anatomy with joe miller

$30 each
the shala union square
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Anatomy Workshops with Joe Miller
union square
$30 each

5/20 foot, knee & hip, 4 to 7
6/10 hip & spine, 4 to 7
9/22 core & breathing, 3:45 to 6:45
9/23 shoulder, elbow & wrist, 4 to 7

*Common injuries will be addressed in each workshop.

kirtan

join barbara, kristin, Domenick, Ashley and friends for chanting
all are welcome!
Saturday, Sept 29th
6:00-7:00pm

fort greene

ashtanga workshops with nancy gilgoff

We are honored and delighted to welcome master ashtanga teacher Nancy Gilgoff to the Shala.

Saturday, October 20 & Sunday, October 21
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Saturday, October 20, 2018

12:00 to 3:30
Led Primary, Talk, Q&A*
$60

2:00 to 3:30
talk, Q&A
$30

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

12:00 to 3:30
Led Second, Talk Q&A *
$60

2:00 to 3:30
talk, Q&A, Loving Kindness Meditation
$30

*Students must sign in for both sessions (Led Primary and Led Second Series workshops) and be practicing up to Supta Vajrasana to attend the asana workshops (please email info@theshala.com to sign up). The talks are open to all (sign up in-person or online).

Nancy began practicing Ashtanga Yoga over forty years ago with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, in Mysore, India. As a result of their long and close association, Nancy is able to teach with a style and touch that comes directly from Pattabhi Jois. When Nancy asked Jois how she should teach, he told her to “teach the way I taught you”—advice which she took to heart and continues to follow today. Nancy’s studies over the years have also led her to other teachers, including Baba Hari Das and, for asana, instructors of Iyengar. In addition, she has and continues to pursue the dharma teachings of the Dalai Lama. Nancy spends much of her time touring the United States, Europe, and Asia, teaching with a view to fostering loving-kindness and to sharing her love and experience of yoga.

summer reading for the shala book club

we’re reading jesmyn ward’s acclaimed sing, unburied, sing, for our autumn book club meeting. this event is open to all, even if you haven’t read the book! we will discuss themes and motifs from the book in historical, social, cultural, political, and spiritual contexts. 

October 6th, 6:00 to 7:30
FREE

we’re reading jesmyn ward’s acclaimed sing, unburied, sing, for our autumn book club meeting. this event is open to all, even if you haven’t read the book! we will discuss themes and motifs from the book in historical, social, cultural, political, and spiritual contexts. 

New Iyengar Classes with Deidra Demens!

Deidra’s classes explore the detailed precision of Iyengar principles and offer a brilliant complement to Vinyasa and Ashtanga practices. First class, Open Align, starts next Monday, August 13th from 10:45 to 11:45!

the shala union square

Open Align: Mondays (beginning on August 13!)
10:45-11:45am
Union Square

Open Align: TBA (beginning week of September 3rd!)
10:45-11:45
Union Square

Basics Align: Saturdays (beginning on September 8th)
3:15 to 4:15
Union Square

Basics Align: A basics-level class that applies the detailed precision of Iyengar alignment principles to support beginner, intermediate, and advanced practices.

Open Align: An open-level class that applies the detailed precision of Iyengar alignment principles to complement the rhythmic breath-movement structure of Vinyasa and Ashtanga.

Deidra Demens was introduced to Yoga in 2004. While studying at The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago Illinois, Deidra explored various styles of Yoga, movement and breathing exercises as creative ways of expression.

Upon graduating, Deidra moved to New York to follow her dream of becoming a theatre artist. Between shows Deidra continued studying Yoga and began teaching in 2011.

After taking her first Iyengar class, Deidra was amazed at how much she learned in just one class. “I needed a foundation for my practice and teaching, I found it in Iyengar Yoga. The instructions were clear and precise. My interest in Yoga was elevated. My practice transformed, and so my journey began.”

Deidra enrolled in the Teacher Training at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York and became certified at Intro I/ II level in November 2017. Deidra continues to study with her primary teachers Lara Warren (her mentor) and James Murphy; she is grateful for their support and inspiration. Deidra’s approach to teaching is focused and fun, her classes are energetic and engaging. Through demonstration and detailed alignment Deidra seeks to both challenge and inspire her students.

an evening of yoga and live music to benefit the syrian american medical society

Friday, September 15, 6-7:30pm (Class 6-7:15pm, Talk 7:15-7:30pm)
$25 suggested base donation
Union Square
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Join Bibi Lorenzetti and Walker Adams for an evening of yoga and live music to benefit the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS). SAMS is a global medical relief organization that is working on the front lines of crisis relief in Syria, in neighboring countries, and beyond to save lives and alleviate suffering. SAMS proudly provides medical care and treatment to every patient in need.

About the class: Open to all levels, this vinyasa class will be accompanied by melodic beats by Walker Adams. We will begin with a slow warm up, move into Sun Salutations and standing postures, transition into seated postures, arm balances (with variations for beginners), and end with backbends, inversions, and restorative postures. We will close out the evening with a sound meditation and a short talk and Q+A with a leading SAMS volunteer.