Upcoming Courses & Workshops

200 Hr - Foundations of Yoga Practice with Susan Reid Next held on Sat, Oct 21, 2017 at 9:45 am - 11:00 am
This enrollment runs from Sat Aug 5, 2017 - Sat Dec 16, 2017
This series of 16 classes is required for Yoga East certification and counts for 20 hours in the subject of Techniques.
The series of classes is intended to improve your yoga practice. We will methodically work on the most important yoga postures and pranayama exercises. A yoga teacher should have a strong practice with good alignment and form.  We will help you improve your technique in important postures and help you bump your practice up to the next level.  You will learn correct alignment, breathing, pronunciation of the names, and tips for good practice and teaching.
Fee: $25 per class. Open to all students. Register online or with Susan Reid.

Class will not meet Aug 12, Sept 2, Oct 7, Nov 11 & 25.
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300 Hr - Fun with Sanskrit with Laura Spaulding Next held on Sat, Oct 21, 2017 at 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Aug 19, 2017 - Sat Dec 30, 2017
Note - the October 7 Class will be held at the East End/Holiday Manor Studio, not St. Matthews. 
Introduction to Sanskrit transliteration (writing Sanskrit using English alphabet), writing and reading Devanagari alphabet, learning asana names and pronunciation, beginning vocabulary, verbs and pronouns, basic mantras.

Bring a notebook, a pen, a vegetarian lunch, and an old sock (seriously). Handouts provided if you register in advance.

Suggested text (but not required and still come to class even if you don't have the book): Yogaavataranam, Zoe Slatoff-Ponte. We will begin using the text on October 7.

Fee: donations support our ability to offer these classes.

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200 Hr - Yoga Anatomy: How Yoga Works with Laura Spaulding Next held on Sat, Oct 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Aug 5, 2017 - Sat Dec 16, 2017
Note! The October 7 Class will be held at the East End/Holiday Manor Studio - not St Matthews.

This series of 16 classes is required for Yoga East Certification and counts for 20 hours in the subject of Anatomy and Physiology.
Learn human anatomy as it pertains to the practice of yoga and pranayama. Learn why postures are difficult, how stretching works, why yoga builds strength, and how some yoga postures can be dangerous and even deadly if done incorrectly. Understanding the anatomy of a posture can make it easier and better. 

Each class works with particular groups of postures like forward bends, backbends, twists and inversions. Each class covers anatomy and physiology; injuries and physical limitations commonly encountered in the posture and ways of working with those challenges; the anatomy of the subtle body including the chakra system, nadis (channels of the subtle body) and koshas (subtle sheaths).

The class is open to all levels of students who are interested in improving their practice. No particular experience or ability is required.

Text: Anatomy Coloring Book, Kapit & Elson, 4th ed. (Available at the studio, $22.50, members get your discount.) You will need a variety of highlighters, watercolor markers, or colored pencils. 
Fee: $25 per class. Open to all students. Register online or with Laura Spaulding.

Class will not meet Aug 12, Sept 2, Nov 11 & 25.
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Yoga Nidra Training with Laura Spaulding Sat, Oct 21, 2017 at 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Learn about the origins of Yoga Nidra, the theory and research behind it, the components of a Yoga Nidra class and how to design both short and long Yoga Nidra sessions for different purposes. Taking a Yoga Nidra class prior to the seminar is strongly recommended.
The class is taught by Laura Spaulding. Laura first experienced the practice with Yoga East's founder in 1990. Laura has been studying and leading yoga nidra for over twenty years.
Fee: $50
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Practice Teaching with Yoga East Staff Next held on Sun, Oct 22, 2017 at 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
This enrollment runs from Sun Aug 20, 2017 - Sun Dec 17, 2017
Series of 16 classes gives each teacher training student the opportunity to teach a class with coaching from experienced teachers. Each class is videotaped so you can see for yourself what is right and what is off-track. The coaches identify areas where you need development and give specific methods on improvement. Homework is customized for each student's needs. 
Each student must attend all classes in this series in order to obtain the required hours for certification.  You will have to pay a make-up fee to the supervising teacher if you miss class.

Class will not meet on Oct 8, Nov 5 and 12 due to other workshops.

Fee: Practice Teaching Series $400
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200 Hour Teacher Training for Professional Therapists with Yoga East Staff Next held on Wed, Oct 25, 2017 at 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Wed Aug 23, 2017 - Wed Mar 14, 2018
This Course is underway and enrollment is closed.
200 Hour Foundation Course has an emphasis on traditional yoga training for professional, licensed therapists who are interested in adding yoga postures, breathing and relaxation to their therapy practice. Yoga has been shown to to have benefits for individuals with depression, PTSD, anxiety, and low self-esteem.  30 week course meets Wednesdays 9:30 am to 4:00 pm August 23, 2017 through March 14, 2018. The Course includes 180 hours of instruction and 30 hours of home assignments for a total of 210 hours for Yoga Alliance registration.
Techniques includes 90 hours of detailed instruction on how to practice and teach: yoga postures with correct form and alignment, pranayama, the breathing exercises, relaxation and meditation.
Teaching Methodology 30 hours of instruction and discussion yoga teaching methods. Includes methods of various yoga traditions, how to adapt instructions for different kinds of students (different age groups, students affected by trauma and PTSD, students with physical challenges, etc).
Anatomy and Physiology 20 hours of instruction on anatomy and physiology pertaining to yoga postures, yoga breathing and relaxation. Discussion includes current medical and scientific studies of how and why yoga works. 
Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics 20 hours of instruction on yoga ancient and modern history, how yoga has developed, the philosophy that is the foundation of yoga, and current ethical and legal issues in the yoga teaching profession.
Practice Teaching is 20 hours of teaching under supervision by an experienced instructor, with supportive critique.
To apply or get more information: phone Laura Spaulding during business hours at 502-585-9642.
Fee: $2500
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200 Hr - Yoga History and Myth, Part 2 with Laura Spaulding Next held on Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
This enrollment runs from Fri Oct 13, 2017 - Fri Dec 15, 2017
This series of 8 classes is required for Yoga East certification and counts for 10 hours in the subject of Philosophy (YPLE).
This series of classes discusses the texts that form the background of yoga: the Vedas and Upanishads, Yoga Sutras, The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Shiva Samhita, Gheranda Samhita, Yoga Yagnavalkya, the Puranas, The Mahabharata, Bhagavad-Gita, Ramayana, Tantras; and the Six Viewpoints (Darshanas) of Indian Philosophy: Nyaya-Vaisheshika, Samkhya-Yoga, Purva Mimamsa-Vedanta.
Fee:$10 per class. Open to all students - you need not be in teacher training to register. Yoga East 200 Hr Alumni can audit this class.

Class will not meet Nov 10 & 24.
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6 - Aligning with the Truth with Susan Reid Sat, Oct 28, 2017 at 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

What does it mean to be truly aligned? Looking at all facets of alignment including its aesthetic, symbolic, ethical, psychological, and philosophical aspects. How to maintain an ethical center, be honest with yourself and your own feelings as well as with your students, other teachers, your teacher and your tradition. This includes being realistic about your own qualifications and the benefits of yoga, knowing the dangers of incorrect practice, how to safeguard students and yourself from injury or potentially abusive or exploitative situations.
Inversions, backbends, inversions and backbends with chair
Fee: Art of Teaching $50
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Am I Ready to Take the Seat of the Teacher? with Laura Spaulding Sat, Nov 4, 2017 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Our next 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Course begins January 27, 2018.  In preparation for our next Course, we invite interested yoga students to attend this informative, free discussion about teacher training. 
Are you interested in learning how to share your love of yoga with others?  Do you want to take your practice and understanding of yoga to a deeper level?  

What does it mean to take the seat of the teacher? How do you know when you are ready to take on the teacher's role, especially if you feel you are not ready or not qualified? This discussion and contemplation class helps you to clarify your intentions and feelings about studentship, the teacher's role, and the practice of yoga.

Laura will talk about
-her own experiences as she moved from a practitioner to a teacher,
-the history of Yoga East and its lineage of teachers,
-why teaching yoga is an important aspect of being a yoga student.

Learn about teacher training, certification, Yoga Alliance requirements, and Yoga East's teacher training program. 

This is a free class for anyone who is interested in teaching yoga. No particular level of experience or ability is required.   

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Letting Go Yoga Nidra with Kim Eisner Sat, Nov 4, 2017 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

You are what your deep driving desire is.
As is your desire, so is your will.
As is your will, so is your thought.
As is your thought, so is your word.
As is your word, so is your deed.
As is your deed, so is your destiny.
The word "nidra" means sleep, but this is not ordinary sleep. This is yogic sleep, entering a profound state of relaxation in which you are able to descend into the deepest levels of consciousness and unlock your inner strengths. Change negative habits and thoughts into positive, life-affirming behaviors and transform your life. Tap into your own creative potential and discover how to meet life’s challenges with enthusiasm and courage. Yoga Nidra holds the key.
This class is our annual class, held near Halloween each year, on the theme of Death - the Final Definitive Journey. Many past participants have found this yoga nidra to be a powerful and life-changing spiritual experience.
This class is a one-hour guided relaxation. No yoga experience is needed. The class begins with a soothing series of easy yoga postures that prepare the body for deep relaxation. We recommend you bring an ordinary bed pillow and a blanket or something warm to cover with during relaxation. Ware loose or stretchy clothes appropriate for yoga practice.
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Kino MacGregor - The Yogi Program Workshop with Kino MacGregor Sun, Nov 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Save the Date!

Join Kino MacGregor for a special practice session and book signing event for the release of her newest book The Yogi Assignment. Built on the integration of the lessons learned on the yoga mat into daily life this pioneering book embodies the essence of the yogic path. The cost of the book is included in the day’s course.

More details coming soon!

Workshop plus book: $70
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Ramanand Patel 2017

Tentative topic of the workshop is application of "knowledge" from Chapter 13 of the Bhagavad Gita. These teachings from Krishna to Arjuna are frequently referred to as "values" by Ramanand and his late teacher Pujiya Swami Dayananda Saraswathi. They form essential teachings on ways of objectively responding to people and life situations. Assimilating the values is a necessary first step for the practice of yoga in all its forms, including the practice of yogasana. Ramanand will relate the values to yoga practice. Workshop fee is $300. Registration is only accepted for the complete workshop. Register by September 30 for a $50 discount. There are no other discounts for this workshop. We will not give refunds if you do not attend. This workshop always fills and there is a wait list.

Ramanand Patel 2017 with Ramanand Patel Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Topic to be announced.
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Ramanand Patel 2017 with Ramanand Patel Next held on Sat, Nov 11, 2017 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Nov 11, 2017 - Sun Nov 12, 2017
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7 - Opening the Lotus with Laura Spaulding Sat, Nov 18, 2017 at 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

When we talk about "opening" in yoga, what do we mean? We will take an in-depth look at some of the more challenging postures and our relationship with them as practitioners and teachers. We will study the biomechanical structure of the vulnerable joints and the the benefits and dangers of yoga asanas. Know how to balance teaching safely and still encouraging students to develop the ability to practice these challenging and rewarding postures.
Seated poses and twists
Fee: Art of Teaching $50
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Kirtan with Emily Smith Sat, Nov 18, 2017 at 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

Kirtan is one of the core practices of Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of love and devotion. Sanskrit mantras are chanted and sung, often in a call and response style, and accompanied by the harmonium, drums, and sometimes other instruments. Songs range from soft and meditative to upbeat and blissful. These beautiful, repetitive mantras help to clear and calm the mind, uplift the spirit, and awaken and open the heart.

Kirtan is meant to be a participatory musical experience, though no musical experience is required to participate! Guests are also welcome to just come and listen. Bring your voice, and/or maybe even an instrument if you like, or just come to offer your presence and listen to the beautiful music.

This gathering is open to the community and will be offered at the Yoga East St. Matthews location on Wiltshire Ave. The Kirtan will be facilitated by Emily Smith, certified yoga instructor and singer/musician, along with the help of other Yoga East instructors. Come join us!

Suggested donation of $5-$10 per person. Cash or check written to Emily Smith only, please.
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Hip - User Friendly Yoga Anatomy with Andrea Rothgerber Sat, Dec 2, 2017 at 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

This workshop was originally scheduled for August 5, 2017.

This workshop will assist yoga teachers in preventing injuries in class and working with injured students. It is also beneficial for yoga students, and all students at all levels are welcome.

Do you want to know more about Anatomy and how it affects yoga practice? Have you wondered why correct alignment is so important? Would you like to know more about muscle and joint injuries experienced by practitioners at all levels? This workshop explores the anatomy of the body including joint attachments and actions, ligaments and common injuries encountered in yoga class. Class will include approximately 50% lecture and 50% of hands-on locating bones, joints and and muscles and analyze joint positions and muscle activity in yoga poses.

This workshop covers the Hip. Half of the seminar is taught by Andrea Rothgerber, PT, and will explore anatomy of the hip.  Laura Spaulding joins Andrea for the other half of the seminar on common injuries, conditions and issues that affect yoga asana practice, and the controversial topic of hip replacements and claims that yoga causes, aggravates or fails to prevent hip deterioration.  

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8 - Centered and Serene with Laura Spaulding Sat, Dec 9, 2017 at 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

How to maintain your serenity when dealing with challenging students and situations. How to plan your time; how to nourish yourself; how to keep yourself inspired; how to handle your own injuries and personal challenges.
Restorative and relaxation poses
Fee: Art of Teaching $50
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Relax & Renew with Becky Thompson Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Experience the benefits of restorative yoga
with teachers who trained with Judith Lasater,
author of Relax and Renew.

Experience the luxury and pampering of being placed in restorative poses.  Restorative yoga is the use of props to support the body in positions of ease to facilitate relaxation and health. It is about letting go and opening. Small class size (12 students) allows maximum individual attention. Give yourself the gift of time and space to recharge.
Workshop Fee: $25 Advance registration is required.
Due to the special nature of this practice, no discounted rates are offered. Because this workshop always fills in advance, no drop-ins will be allowed and no refunds will be given if you register and do not attend.
Contact Becky Thompson; rebecca9393@att.net or (502) 422-1634 for any questions about the workshop. 

YA 200/300/500 1.5 Technique hrs.

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Teacher Training Commencement with Yoga East Staff Sat, Dec 30, 2017 at 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Presentation of research projects and award of certificates to our new teachers. 
3:00-4:00 pm Presentation of Research projects
4:00-4:30 pm Commencement Ceremony
Reception follows.All Yoga East students, teachers, and Board Members are warmly invited.
There is no registration for this event, however, space is limited. Please inform us if you are inviting more than 5 people or if your guests need special accomodations.

Photo: Class of 2015.
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Yoga Sutras - Chapters 3-4 with Laura Spaulding Next held on Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
This enrollment runs from Fri Jan 5, 2018 - Fri Mar 23, 2018
This series of classes studies the portions of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali dealing with the yogic powers and final liberation.
This class will chant, read and discuss the meaning of the Sutras and how they are relevant and helpful for one's own yoga practice. No previous knowledge of the Yoga Sutras is needed for the class.

Enrollment is free and open to all Yoga East students. Donations help us to keep offering these classes.

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