events & workshops

contemplative club: community nights in fort greene

Join fellow community members for these evening meditation gatherings, hosted by a rotation of Shala teachers, at our Fort Greene studio. Next one: samatha with sasha, saturday, january 19, 6-6:35pm.

Free and open to all
Fort Greene

Ongoing meditation and pranayama gatherings with a rotation of Shala teachers at our Fort Greene studio.

 

Pranayama & Restorative Sonic Attunement

with Kristin DiSpaltro Loosvelt and Eileen Moran

Eileen Moran is the founder of Architects of Experience

Join us for a restorative experience of guided breath practice (pranayama) followed by a sound experience (with Himalayan and crystal bowls, chimes, & voice), to invite deep and therapeutic relaxation and rest.

Saturday, December 29

6-6:35pm

 

Yoga Nidra

with Sara B.

Saturday, January 5

6-6:35pm

 

Samatha

with Sasha

Saturday, January 19

6-6:35pm

Free Iyengar Class with Deidra Demens

Thursday, January 17th from 1:30pm-3pm
Sign Up on Mind/body
Union square
sign up here

Hi, my name is Deidra. I am a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher. I am certified at the Intro I/ II Level. I am preparing to go up for assessment for the next level of the Iyengar certification, which is Junior Intermediate 1. This level adds many poses from the Astanga Intermediate Series to my teaching syllabus.

Here is where you can help me, help you. Part of my certification process is showing videos of my classes, to my teachers, to receive their feedback. I am teaching a free class at The Shala Union Square Thursday, November 15th from 1:30pm- 3pm. I am looking for open level students to come and take class. This would be a great opportunity if you are interested in learning more about full arm balance (handstand), forearm stand, parsva dhanurasana, bhekasana, ardha matsyendrasana, and balancing in headstand in the middle of the room.

Poses will be introduced using demonstration, clear instruction, and detailed alignment. This class will benefit students that are new to the intermediate poses, and students that want to go deeper into their intermediate practice. The class will be recorded. I will not post the video online. I will only show the video to my teachers. Students will not be judged on their practice, or understanding of the asanas. My teachers are only observing the class to critique my effectiveness as a teacher.

Please come out, support, take a free class, and help me get certified 😊

If you can’t make this class, join me for my regular scheduled classes at The Shala Union Square Monday’s and Friday’s 10:30am- 11:35am.

Yoga for Women of Color

Learn to practice the FUNdementals of yoga in a safe space among women who intimately share your experience of what it means to be a WOC in this country.  Move gently, mindfully and practice a bit of self care. We will build strength, flexibility and most of all restore and heal the body together.

Saturday, Feb 2, 2-3:15pm
$15
Union Square

Have you been curious about yoga but felt that perhaps you weren’t the “yoga” type. Have you wondered if yoga really is meant for someone with your curves or complexion? Would it be encouraging to see more representation of women of color in the yoga classes you already take?  Calling ALL Women Of Color (and those who identify as women) to join me for this Yoga for WOC workshop!  This workshop has been specifically designed with YOU in mind.  Learn to practice the FUNdementals of yoga in a safe space among women who intimately share your experience of what it means to be a WOC in this country.  Move gently, mindfully and practice a bit of self care. We will build strength, flexibility and most of all restore and heal the body together. ALL shapes welcome.  No yoga experience necessary, just come As You Are.

New to yoga?

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. 

Ashtanga | Mysore All Levels: Times for New Students to start the practice below. 

Union Square
Monday-Friday: 6:30am, 8:00am, 9:30am (After the first week of practice, students can arrive anytime between 6:0o and 9:30am.)
Monday-Thursday: 3:30

Fort Greene
Monday + Friday: 7:30am (After the first week of practice, students can arrive anytime between 6:30 and 8:30am Monday through Friday)
Tuesday + Thursday: 3:30pm

Information about Ashtanga | Mysore All Levels
Suitable for all, mysore ashtanga format is a one-room schoolhouse, with practitioners just starting out on the set sequence studying alongside practitioners well into third and fourth series under the guidance and support of a skilled teacher. Mysore ashtanga is a moving meditation where each pose is strung together on the the thread of breath. Students will learn the traditional sequence of Ashtanga slowly and methodically.  All students are welcome; come as you are.

Students new to mysore ashtanga:

  • Please note that Mysore Ashtanga is not a drop-in class unless you have an existing Mysore Ashtanga practice. See new student times to above to begin your practice.
  • Mysore practice is unique in that its potency lies in making a consistent commitment of 3-6 days a week. This is a requirement. We ask that you allow at least one month of dedicated practice to see if the method is right for you.
  • No knowledge of the sequence is necessary to begin. An experienced teacher will lead you through the sequence at a pace that is right for you.
  • Beginners will learn parts of the primary series incrementally, with new postures being slowly and deliberately added over time. (students interested in ashtanga should attend mysore sessions regularly before considering led classes.)
  • We encourage new students to observe a session during designated hours and speak to a teacher about initiating practice.
  • Allow 45 minutes to 1 hour for practice in the first week or two. The duration of one’s practice will lengthen as new postures are added.

Fort Greene Basics and All Levels Classes

Vinyasa | Level 1
Sundays – 2:30-3:45

Vinyasa | All Levels
Monday + Wednesday – 8:30–9:45pm
Thursday – 7:00 to 8:15
Saturdays – 9:00-10:05am
Sundays – 11:00-12:05pm

Community Class by Donation | All Levels
Thursday – 8:30-9:30pm

Slow Down | All Levels
Fridays – 6:00-7:15pm

Union Square Basics and All Levels Classes

Wind Down | All Levels (Sliding Scale)
Tuesday + Thursday – 8:00-9:00pm
Sunday – 6:15-7:20pm

Wind Down + Meditation | All Levels (Sliding Scale)
Monday + Wednesday – 8:00 to 9:00pm

Vinyasa | All Levels
Saturday – 4:30-5:45pm Union Square