Upcoming Courses & Workshops

200 Hr - Foundations of Yoga Practice with Susan Reid Next held on Sat, Aug 19, 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, Nov 11 & 25.
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300 Hour - Fun with Sanskrit with Laura Spaulding Next held on Sat, Aug 19, 2017 at 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Aug 19, 2017 - Sat Dec 30, 2017
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
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, Aug 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
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 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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2 - Taking the Seat of the Teacher Part 2 with Laura Spaulding Sat, Aug 19, 2017 at 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Intro to teaching methodology, alignment; ethics, class safety, foundation asanas, how to sit, pranayama, meditation.
Seated, supine and prone poses
Fee: Art of Teaching $50
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Practice Teaching with Yoga East Staff Next held on Sun, Aug 20, 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 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, Aug 23, 2017 at 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Wed Aug 23, 2017 - Wed Mar 14, 2018
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 1 with Laura Spaulding Next held on Fri, Aug 25, 2017 at 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
This enrollment runs from Fri Aug 4, 2017 - Fri Oct 6, 2017
This series of 8 classes is required for Yoga East certification and counts for 10 hours in the subject of Philosophy (YPLE).
The origins of yoga have been shrouded in myth and mystery, but current yoga scholars are penetrating the veil and researching yoga's history. Hear the amazing stories of the siddhas (perfected ones), the rishis, the wizards, the magicians, the wild goddesses, the yogins and yoginis who were so powerful they were seen as divine beings.  Learn to separate myth from history and analyze yoga critically and intelligently.  Great yoga practitioners and teachers need to be well-informed on the history of yoga. Introduction to the philosophy of yoga includes study and discussion of the modern history of yoga. How did yoga originate? Who are the important historical and mythological figures in yoga, and what is the source of their knowledge?  Most important is - how do the ancient myths and texts of yoga have relevance for our life and yoga practice today? These important questions will be discussed in class. 
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 Sept 1 and August 11.
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Kirtan with Emily Smith Sat, Sep 9, 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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3 - Art of Teaching Part 1 with Anne Kosko Sat, Sep 16, 2017 at 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Observing students, teacher’s position, dialogue, cueing, verbal corrections, manual adjustments.
Standing poses 1, Savasana
Fee: Art of Teaching $50
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300 Hr - Pranayama Update I with Laura Spaulding Sat, Sep 23, 2017 at 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

How to practice and teach fundamental pranayama techniques: Ujjayi, Viloma, Anuloma, Pratiloma, Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing), Bhastrika and Kapalabhati and commonly-practiced variations. 
Class will explain, demonstrate and practice each technique so that teachers clearly understand each one.
The class will introduce Coherent Breathing and discuss recent research on the effects of specific breathing patterns on trauma, PTSD, auto-immune disorders, stress and injuries.
$30 - member discounts apply.
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Alchemical Sound Journey with Patricia Everitt Sun, Sep 24, 2017 at 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Learn how to use your voice to clear energy blockages in the chakras and the body, taking the sound vibrations in on a deeper level for awakening to the divine essence within.
Yoga East is delighted to welcome back Patricia Everitt, a Sound Healing Ceremonialist, Reiki Master, CMT and teacher of Peruvian cosmology with over 20 years in the healing arts field. She uses sounds to lead you in a mystical, healing, sacred journey. 
Patricia incorporates a variety of instruments including Paiste planetary gongs - 38" Sun, 32" Platonic Year and 24" Venus, Milky Way sound tubes, Tibetan bowls, Black Hole sound tubes, Peruvian whistling water vessel, tingshas, bells, drums, rattles, Reverie Harp, wind wand, rainsticks, whistles, horn, shakapa and voice.  Patricia will teach you how to use your voice to clear energy blockages in the chakras and the body before starting the Sound Journey.
This is a deep relaxation experience. Dress comfortably and warmly. Bring a pillow and two comfortable quilts, blankets or comforters to lie upon and for covering.  Be prepared for a long period of relaxation.  A Q&A session follows.
Many participants shared that they experienced powerful healing energy in previous workshops. Some comments:
  • "As she approached me, I felt a twinge of a pain I had been having in my shoulder, and then it disappeared." 
  • "During the experience I found I had to shift position where I had been experiencing pain before the workshop, and then the pain was gone." 
  • "I've been operating at such a low frequency lately, and I feel that this is what I need."
  • "I completely lost consciousness, and when I came to some time later I felt as if all my negativity was being drawn out of me as if through a straw. I felt so much better afterwards."
Workshop Fee: $40

Please register in advance. This workshop always fills.
Due to the special nature of this event, no refunds will be given if you do not attend.
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4 - Steady Wisdom with Laura Spaulding Sat, Sep 30, 2017 at 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The Vedas say, “Only one who obeys can command.” Exploration of this relating to teaching yoga; concepts of command, knowledge of the method, responsibilities of the teacher, maintaining a personal practice, learning the teachings of our tradition (Shastras).
Inverted poses
Fee: Art of Teaching $50
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St. Stephen Martyr Health Fair with Yoga East Staff Sun, Oct 1, 2017 at 11:30 am - 3:30 pm

Join Yoga East at the St. Stephen Martyr Health and Safety Fair. Fair is free and open to the public (canned good donation requested). There are door prizes and a large number of helpful health and wellness exhibitors.
2931 Pindell Avenue
Louisville, KY 40217
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User-Friendly Anatomy: Anatomy Kitchen with Andrea Rothgerber Sat, Oct 7, 2017 at 2:55 pm - 5:30 pm

This workshop is rescheduled from July 29. 
Anatomy Kitchen
This workshop will start with a brief discussion on common elbow, wrist, and hand injuries. It will then become an open-question workshop. Andrea Rothgerber will take any questions relating to injuries and suggested treatment.  
Do you have pain in certain poses? Lingering injuries that won't heal (or seem to take forever)? New mystifying injuries? Questions about the muscles and/or joints involved in different poses? ... and any other yoga anatomy question.
Laura Spaulding will join the discussion on how to prevent injuries in yoga class and your personal practice.
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Relax & Renew with Becky Thompson Sun, Oct 8, 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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200 Hr - Yoga History and Myth, Part 2 with Laura Spaulding Next held on Fri, Oct 13, 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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5 - Art of Teaching Part 2 with Anne Kosko Sat, Oct 14, 2017 at 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Patience with the students: further refinements in the art of teaching including understanding the different ways students learn. Learn to "spot", assist, teach mixed levels of classes, teach advanced students with confidence, and teach students with challenges.
Standing Poses 2, Twists 1, Backbends 1
Fee: Art of Teaching $50
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Reception for the Artists with Yoga East Staff Sun, Oct 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Please join us for a reception to meet glass artist Devin French and architectural ceramics artist Juliet Ehrlich to view and celebrate the installation of their works at the East End Studio.
Devin and Juliet will talk about the techniques used to creates the pieces. Devin will give a short demonstration of the glass technique.
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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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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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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 Program. 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
Topic to be announced.
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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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