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Open House at Reflections Yoga

Paula Tursi
Paula Tursi

Paula Tursi and the lovely people up at Reflections Yoga are having an open house on Friday, December 10th. They’re starting a new 200-hour teacher training in January, and have recently upgraded their school for a 500-hour certification as well. Friday is a great chance to meet the staff and check out the space.

5:30-6:30 Free Class with Paula
6:30-7:30 Q & A with Paula and Reflections certified teachers

Paula is an awesome teacher; she taught part of my teacher training at Atmananda, and has a supremely informed understanding of alignment and adjustments. She’s also super friendly and warm, go check out her class.

(And bookmark Reflections for your next event — it’s a gorgeous space with a full kitchen.)

More info on the Reflections site or on Facebook.

Open House 2010 at the Breathing Project

Lots of great openings and open houses this fall! Kula Yoga is now bringing sweaty vinyasa to the WB, YoGanesh is spreading the Dharma Mittra inspiration to Chelsea, and Viva Vinyasa is giving $10 classes to Midtown.

If you’re an anatomy fan, you can also check out The Breathing Project — they’re doing open houses (i.e. free classes) on several dates in October. I attended last year’s open house, and really learned a lot. (It inspired me to take Leslie’s full Anatomy of Breath-Centered Yoga course!) Amy Matthews is also brilliant. Here’s the schedule:

with Amy Matthews
Friday, October 1 class FREE!

with Leslie Kaminoff
2:00-4:00pm or 6:30-8:30pm
Wednesday, October 6 classes FREE!

with Leslie Kaminoff
Wednesday, October 6 class FREE!

with Amy Matthews
October 26 class FREE!


Free Classes with Amy Matthews at the Breathing Project

Two free classes next week with the fascinating Amy Matthews. If you like the details of anatomy, you’ll love her. She co-authored Yoga Anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff; they describe their partnership something like “Leslie is the forest. Amy is the speck on the lichen on the bark on the trees.” Highly recommended!

FREE movement clinics with Amy Matthews
August 10 & August 12

Next week I’ll be offering two free movement clinics as part of a week-long workshop at The Breathing Project.
The workshop is focused on ways to re-organize patterns in the nervous system and muscles using an approach called “proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation”.

These clinics are open to anyone with movement questions, injuries or issues, and will be a chance for participants in the workshop to observe how I integrate the PNF approach with the Bartenieff Fundamentals and Body-Mind Centering to work with people. You are welcome to come with any kind of question or issue, or just to see what I do — I begin by asking what kinds of questions are in the room, and then choose a few ideas with which to work. No guarantee that everyone’s questions will be addressed, but I do my best!

Please pass the word on to anyone who might be interested – no reservations are needed.

Dates: Tuesday & Thursday, August 10 & 12, 2010
Times: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Cost: FREE
Location: The Breathing Project, 15 W 26 St, 10th Floor, NYC
Questions: spiralamy [at] gmail.com

about Amy Matthews:
Amy has been teaching somatically oriented classes and workshops in dance and yoga since 1994. She is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst, a Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner, and an Infant Developmental Movement Educator. She co-teaches with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen on the Embodied Developmental Movement and Yoga and the Embodied Anatomy and Yoga program in Berkeley, CA and NYC for the School for Body-Mind Centering®, and was on the faculty of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies for 10 years. She has taught embodied anatomy and movement workshops for programs in New York, Philadelphia, Berkeley, and Nebraska, and internationally in Canada, Switzerland, Ireland, England, Israel, Slovakia and Japan.

Amy co-authored with Leslie Kaminoff the best-selling Yoga Anatomy, and together Amy and Leslie lead The Breathing Project’s Advanced Studies Program. Amy also works privately as a movement therapist and yoga teacher, integrating Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, yoga, Body-Mind Centering and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF).

Amy has studied with a range of inspiring teachers: dissection workshops with Gil Hedley, neuro-muscular reeducation with Irene Dowd, Body-Mind Centering with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, full-contact karate with Michelle Gay, and yoga with Alison West, Mark Whitwell, Genny Kapular and Kevin Gardiner.

Free Yoga Mats and Fun at Women’s Health “Are You Game” Event

Are You Game?
Are You Game?

Lots of sponsored classes at this event next month on Pier 46… Pilates, Martial Arts, Surfboarding, 80’s Dance, Hologram Yoga [?], Boxing, and Burlesque! Thanks to our friends at Flywheel for the heads up!

ARE YOU GAME for an unforgettable day of fun, complete with inventive workout classes, eat smart demos, workout-to-knockout makeovers, live DJ and more? Of course you are! So plan to grab your girlfriends and get in on the fun! If you don’t live in NYC, you can enter a chance to win a trip to the event.

Saturday 9/18/2010
Women’s Health ARE YOU GAME? Event!

Pier 46 Hudson River Bank
Charles Street and West Street
New York, NY

Registration Cabana is open from 10:00AM–4:00PM

Get a free tote bag when you register. Be one of the first 1,300 girls on site and receive a free Kulae yoga mat! ($40 value)


NYC Wildflower Week

Here’s a great excuse to reconnect with nature: NYC Wildflower Week. Over 45 activities in all five boroughs, May 1–9. Most are free, but some require registration so check the calendar.

We’re excited for the free wildflower giveaways in Union Square :)

Sometimes we forget that NYC does actually have some nature right within its borders!

Pure Yoga Health & Wellness Nutrition Night

Lots of events in the air, it must be spring. Here’s one from Pure:

Come expand your nutritional knowledge at Pure Yoga’s Upper East Side location on Tuesday, March 16th. In celebration of National Nutrition Month, Pure welcomes area experts on healthy eating, drinking and living – including a private chef, juicing demos with recipes and samples, organic chocolates, beauty supplements and more!

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Desk Job Decompression

Oh no no no
Oh no no no

It turns out that yoga in the back of the office is the best idea ever! We’re going to keep it up through March.

The focus is “desk job decompression:” yoga poses to counteract all those ruinous hours at our laptops. We usually do 15 minutes of simple stretches to wake up the wrists, ankles and spine, then about 45 minutes of standing poses, and a guided relaxation at the end.

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Free Retreat for the First Yogoer to Register!

Retreat to The Garden
Retreat to The Garden

Who needs a getaway? We just received a really kind offer from the folks at The Garden (a restored 18th century villa in the Hudson Valley). The first Yogoer reader to register for their yoga / meditation / nutrition retreat next weekend gets a free spot! I’m holding myself back. It’s all yours…

Thawing Into Spring
March 12–14, 2010
With Yuval Boim, Sarah Barab, and Dages Keates
At The Garden, near Beacon, NY

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Free TT Class at Om Factory



There’s a new teacher training program in town. Om Factory, home of AcroYoga and Aerial Yoga, is launching its TT in six weeks. Holly Coles and Amanda Wentworth, two seriously experienced yogis, will lead it. (Holly is in the Tripsichore yoga/dance troupe, with the DVD so difficult that no one can do it, and Amanda has over one THOUSAND hours of certifications.)

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