Workshops and Retreats

FALL RENEWAL AT MOHONK MOUNTAIN HOUSE IN THE HUDSON VALLEY, 2013

Join Christa Avampato, founder of Compass Yoga,  and me for a weekend of  yoga at  Mohonk Mountain House in the scenic and serene Hudson Valley.  Enjoy a morning and evening yoga/meditation practice and a mindful afternoon communing with nature in the spectacular cliffs of Lake Mohonk, with thousands of acres of pristine forests and winding trails.  Check back for program details and rates.

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SEPTEMBER, 2011:  NOURISH YOUR BODY AND SOUL IN THE SERENITY OF THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH FORK OF LONG ISLAND

This yoga and meditation retreat was open to both beginners and experienced students of meditation and yoga.

We spent the day surrounded by nature, learning to deepen our awareness skills through a series of guided yoga and mindful meditation exercises, including:

  • Morning sun salutations and heart opening yoga practice
  • Breath awareness and pranayama
  • Mindfulness exercises and meditation, including body scan, mindful eating and walking meditation
  • Early evening surrendering yoga practice and chakra meditation

When: Saturday, September 17, 2011
Place:  Southold, New York. Approximately 2 hours from New York City, accessible by car or Hampton Jitney. Directions available upon registration.
Time: 11:00am – 5:00 pm
Included a delicious, healthy lunch featuring local organic and biodynamic produce and sunset North Fork wine and cheese tasting.  Hot tub and pool available.

FEBRUARY 26, 2013, 6-7:20 PM, THE MINDFULNESS PROJECT AT NYU, 238 THOMPSON STREET, ROOM 475

Yoga for Total Novices

Have you always wanted to try yoga but thought it was intimidating or that you weren’t flexible enough?  Well here’s your chance to learn the basics of a safe, well-rounded yoga practice in a nurturing and inspiring setting.  With an emphasis on breath and healthy alignment, this class will teach you:

  • basic foundational poses (asana) and how to modify them for your body to help you feel comfortable in a group class;
  • basic breathing techniques (pranayama) essential to experience the full benefit of the practice; and
  • basic meditation techniques to help you experience the stillness of mind that is yoga.

MARCH 5, 2013, 6-7:20 PM, THE MINDFULNESS PROJECT AT NYU, 238 THOMPSON STREET, ROOM 475

Yoga for Desk Jockeys

Do you spend your day seated at your desk working at your computer with little downtime?  In this class, we’ll counteract the effects of those long days with a yoga practice that opens your shoulders and chest, aligns, lengthens and rotates your spine, relaxes your neck and stretches your hands and wrists.  We’ll use the breath with the movement to release habitual tension in the body and connect to a sense of peace and equanimity.  You’ll learn simple movements that can be done at your desk and incorporated into your daily life to promote healthy posture.

MARCH 12, 2013, 6-7:20 PM, THE MINDFULNESS PROJECT AT NYU, 238 THOMPSON STREET, ROOM 475

Yoga for Flexibility and Stress Relief with Yoga Nidra

You’ve heard that yoga makes you fit, flexible and stress free.  Now is your chance to experience these benefits first hand.  In this class, we’ll focus on releasing tension from those areas in our body where we hold unresolved emotion, fear and anxiety.  Combining visualization and one pointed focus with each movement, we’ll open our hips, backs of the legs and the primary and secondary muscles of respiration. The class ends with a relaxing yoga nidra, a guided meditation done in savasana (corpse pose) that brings you into a unique state of restful awareness (“yogic sleep”) where you release

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