events & workshops

ashtanga workshops with nancy gilgoff

We are honored and delighted to welcome master ashtanga teacher Nancy Gilgoff to the Shala. Save the date: Saturday, October 20 and 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 (First and Second Series) 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.

saraswathi jois teaches ashtanga yoga at the shala

union square
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Saraswathi Jois, daughter of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, is touring the USA in May 2018 to teach Ashtanga Yoga in Charlottesville VA, Jacksonville FL, Boston and New York!

Go to: saraswathitour.com to register

vinyasa against violence

a community event benefiting everytown for gun safety

saturday, april 28, 10:45am
$25 suggested donation
the shala union square
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an open-level donation class with maria cutrona, ashley dorr, sara blackwell + more
with live music performed by essie jain
followed by a brief advocacy chat + refreshments graciously provided by baba cool

join us in practicing with a purpose, standing together against gun violence and building community. 100% of donations will go to everytown for gun safety, the largest non-profit organization working to eradicate gun violence in america.

saturday, april 28, 10:45am
the shala, union square
$25 suggested donation
sign up in advance here!

 

Soumya- Boon of Soma: Glowing like the moon with a peaceful and gentle beauty

Join Kiki Flynn and Lisa Schrempp for an abundant afternoon of the Art of Chai and the intersection of skin health and digestive wealth.

Lecture and chai drinking. Bring a cup and face cloth!

Saturday, April 28, 2:30 to 4:30
$40 early bird, $50 day of
the shala union square
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Chai is not only delicious, its ingredients are a boon to digestive health and wellbeing. Chai’s traditional spices alleviate many of the acidic aspects of caffeine, support digestive health, kill certain harmful bacterias, and encourage glowing skin. Ayurveda identifies our digestive track as our “inner skin” which is a companion to our outer skin. This means that our digestive wellbeing is reflected in our skin’s appearance and that the way we treat our skin can protect our overall health. Since taking a Mysore trip together in 1995, Lisa and Kiki have spent many Saturday mornings drinking chai and creating facemasks and beauty oil blends. Come drink chai, learn new recipes, and try a nourishing mask for your skin type. This workshop will be delicious and informative, as well as brighten your countenance with the moon’s soma glow.

 

Kiki Flynn Bio: Downtown New York in the 1980s was a small world. In 1985 I graduated NYU, lived in the East Village and performed theatre and dance while continuing to study dance and yoga. At that time, Lisa and I attended the same Haitian dance class and I was mesmerized by her grace and ability. A few years later we would find ourselves together at Jivamukti Yoga where we studied and eventually taught. Our friendship grew in our shared commitment to Ashtanga yoga, daily practices as well as art and culture. Lisa was my guide on my first trip to Mysore in 1995 and years later we were in Mysore together in the final days of our teacher Pattabhi Jois’s life.  Ours is a friendship that spans shared lives of yoga.

Lisa began her studies of yoga in 1985 with David Life and Sharon Gannon of Jivamukti Yoga and has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since 1992. She made her first trip to Mysore, India to study with Sri. K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois in 1993. After several trips to Mysore, Lisa received Sri K Pattabhi Jois’s blessing to teach in 1997, and received Level 2 Authorization from Sharath Jois in 2009. With over 18 years of experience in Ayurveda, Lisa is a seasoned practitioner and has studied extensively with Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Sunil Joshi, Dr Anil Kumar and Dr. Robert Svaboda. In addition, she holds a Yoga Therapy Certificate from B.K.S. Iyengar which was granted in 1996. Lisa is extremely grateful to her teachers and their teachers for passing on the sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda.

Ayurveda and yoga workshops with lisa schrempp (new dates!)

April 27-29
$40 early bird, $50 day of
the shala union square
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Sister Wisdom (History of Ayurveda and Yoga)

Uniting purification and balance as one practice for daily transformative Sadhana.

Friday, April 27

6:30 to 8:30 (lecture)

Ayurveda and Yoga have been given to us to balance our lives, enrich ourselves and through detoxifying impurities deliver us into the meaning of life. Opening the weekend with short Sanskrit verses from Ayurveda and Yoga texts we will use sound to initiate our learning. Rita ( law-rhythm) and Yajna (offering, joyous sacrifice) will be our tools to go deeper into the meaning of practice.

 

Daily Routines as healing method

Saturday, April 28

12:15 to 2:15 (lecture)

Daily routines enhance well being when they are balanced with Mother Nature. A strong regular repeated pattern of movement, sound, food, digestion and sleep provide the platform for balance between the micro and macro cosmos. This interfacing between the individual and the community surrounding her creates a flow of intelligence, artistry and joy. In this workshop listening and encouragement to follow the inner truths of rhythm through a basic examination of the practice of Ayurveda will be introduced. Learning the basics of the holistic science of Ayurveda offers the information to heal oneself with nature as one’s guide and friend.

 

Quelling Inflammation with Self-care.

The din of chronic inflammation as the underbelly of disorder in body, mind and relationship.

Sunday, April 29

12:30 to 2:30 (lecture)

Many diseases today whether they be personal, social and or universal levels may have been started from something good that went wild. Inflammation in our bodies, minds, bank accounts, country and spiritual practice can be the source of good gone bad. What are the steps to move out of an inflamed place toward the response of calm and kind attention? This workshop will focus on practices from Ayurveda and Yoga to reduce inflammation and settle down into SELF care.

Lisa began her studies of yoga in 1985 with David Life and Sharon Gannon of Jivamukti Yoga and has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since 1992. She made her first trip to Mysore, India to study with Sri. K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois in 1993. After several trips to Mysore, Lisa received Sri K Pattabhi Jois’s blessing to teach in 1997, and received Level 2 Authorization from Sharath Jois in 2009. With over 18 years of experience in Ayurveda, Lisa is a seasoned practitioner and has studied extensively with Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Sunil Joshi, Dr Anil Kumar and Dr. Robert Svaboda. In addition, she holds a Yoga Therapy Certificate from B.K.S. Iyengar which was granted in 1996. Lisa is extremely grateful to her teachers and their teachers for passing on the sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda.

Upside Down with Maria Margolies

A playful, progressive workshop for anyone who wants to work on building steadiness and confidence in inversion postures. We will explore different postures, exercises, and techniques aimed at developing strength in the shoulders and deep core muscles. Sign up arriving soon!

Friday, May 18, 6:30-8:30pm
$35
Union Square