events & workshops

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.

Monday & Fridays 10:30 to 11:35, Saturday 3:15 to 4:15
the shala union square

Iyengar | Align 2: Mondays & Fridays
Union Square

Iyengar | Align 1: Saturdays (beginning on September 15th)
3:15 to 4:15
Union Square

Iyengar | Align 1: A basics-level class that applies the detailed precision of Iyengar alignment principles to support beginner, intermediate, and advanced practices.

Iyengar | Align 2: An open-level class that applies the detailed precision of Iyengar alignment principles to complement the rhythmic breath-movement structure of Vinyasa and Ashtanga practices.

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.

ashtanga workshops + talks with nancy gilgoff!

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

Email to sign up for workshops. Sign-up for Talks Only online. Saturday, October 20 & Sunday, October 21
Union Square
sign up here

Saturday, October 20, 2018

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

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

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

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

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

*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 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.