COMING UP ON THE CALENDAR @ EXPAND


WINTER SOLSTICE YOGA MALA: With Miceala Cooley on Cello: Dec 21st: 7-9pm

The Winter Solstice is this Thursday, December 21st. Come celebrate the longest night of the year and the gradual return to longer daylight hours by moving through 108 Sun Salutations while listening to the amazing sounds of Micaela Cooley on cello.

Why 108?
The number 108 has special significance in many cultures. One reason may be that this number connects the sun, moon and earth because the average distance of the sun and the moon to the earth is 108 times their respective diameters.

What is a Sun Salutation?
A sun salutation is a series of postures linked together through breath including upward facing dog and downward facing dog. We will introduce the movements and suggest modifications at the beginning of the mala.

Wondering if you can complete 108?
You do not need to complete 108 sun salutations to participate. A half mala (54), a quarter mala (27), or a practice in the intention and tone of celebrating the winter solstice is welcome!  As always, please plan to move with intention, awareness & listen to your own body. 

**The 7pm Original Hot & 9pm Hot Vinyasa will be cancelled on this evening.

We look forward to celebrating the Solstice with you!


GONG BATH: W/ WAYNE MARTO: Saturday January 20th: 2-3:30 PM: $20 

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Join us on a transformative journey of healing and deep relaxation, as we bathe every cell of the body in therapeutic sound and vibration. The pure, penetrating sound waves of the gong cleanse the subconscious and will leave you feeling tuned, refreshed and connected with your intuitive personal power.

We will be supported by the magical frequencies of a Pluto gong. Pluto gongs teach us to let go and to purge the negative energy and thought patters that don’t serve us. Pluto gongs are known for their grounding and calming effect, opening our hearts to forgiveness and healing.
The gong bath is best experienced simply lying down on your back or a similar comfortable position. Wear comfortable clothes and bring whatever you need to be relaxed for the meditation (yoga mat, blanket, pillow, extra water, etc.).

The sonic massage will leave you feeling tuned, refreshed and connected with your intuitive personal power. With this renewed sense of self comes a profound feeling of oneness with the creative and sustaining life force and energy of the universe. Life then takes on an unbelievable richness that cannot be described. It has to be experienced.


PAST WORKSHOPS 


ORIGINAL HOT WEEKEND WORKSHOP SERIES W/ Katite Gumucio: December 1st-3rd

Katite has been practicing yoga since the early 90's in San Fransisco where she began studying under Larry Shultz. Once introduced to Hot Yoga she studied at the Yoga College of India where she practiced under Mary Jarvis, Stephanie Schreiber & David Houck. In 1996 she became a certified Bikram Yoga instructor and studied under Bikram Choudhury. 

  • HOT YOGA FOUNDATIONS: December 1st: 7-9pm: $50

Hot Yoga Foundations: A 75 minute practice exploring Hot Yoga & Vinyasa postures followed by an in-depth discussion covering alignment and practice.

  • ORIGINAL HOT POSTURAL CLINIC & CLASS: Dec 2nd: 10am-4:30pm: $100

Katite Gumucio will lead a 90min Original Hot class followed by an in-depth postural clinic. In the postural clinic, each of the 26 poses & 2 breathing exercises will be dissected & discussed creating a deep understanding of the sequence.

  • ORIGINAL HOT POSTURAL CLINIC & CLASS: Dec 3rd: 10am-4:30pm: $100

Katite Gumucio will lead a 90min Original Hot class followed by an in-depth postural clinic. In the postural clinic, each of the 26 poses & 2 breathing exercises will be dissected & discussed creating a deep understanding of the sequence.


JANI JAATINEN WORKSHOP SERIES: November 11th & 12th

Join us for a 4 part workshop weekend with @ Gokulacandra. Sign up for each workshop individually or register for all 4 and receive 10% off.

  • Beginners Workshop: Saturday November 11th: 12-2pm: $50

This workshop is perfect for people new to the practice of yoga as well as for more seasoned students who want to review the basics. Topics include basic asana and alignment, and breathing techniques. We strongly recommend this workshop to help ensure your journey starts from the most enjoyable and empowered place possible. You will leave the workshop understanding basic
yoga techniques and foundation poses to help you feel confident in a scheduled group class.\

  • Intro To The Bandhas: Saturday November 11th: 2:30-4:30pm: $50

The bandhas are the most elusive aspect of practice. They are energy 'locks' - The 3 principle ones essentially being the use of deep core muscles for stabilizing either part or the full length of the spine within asanas and especially the transitions between, to enhance energy flow and improve overall postural integrity. Taking specific actions and experiencing the resulting impact is an 'activation of the bandhas’. In this workshop we will actively explore and
explain the meaning of a number of these actions that form the heart of yoga – the bandhas.

  • Advanced Series: The Depth & Detail Of The Practice: Sunday November 12th 12-2pm: $50

The heart of yoga is personal practice. This workshop offers in-depth exploration of Advanced Āsana in planning Āsana practices, either for personal development or, if
relevant, to enhance professional skills. Throughout the workshop, Jani will share his guidance in emphasizing a personal Āsana Practice to support your everyday life, in
appreciating how your body and mind can work more effectively in Āsana and in deepening our work with and importance of Asana in practice.

  • Intro To Meditation: Sunday November 12th 2:30-4:30pm: $50

This workshop will bring you a grounding introduction to the practice of meditation. We will explore Yoga nidra, Restorative asanas, Calming pranayama, Observing breath (pratyahara), Concentration practice (dharana), Silent meditation (dhyana) & Mantra meditation. It is a
deep study of different methods of meditation for people who want to benefit from meditation at a different level. Meditation improves your mental well-being. Thoughts become rootless, where disturbance becomes unnecessary and comfort becomes essential. To tap into this vast
mind of potential, this is the workshop to begin with! No prior experience is necessary for introductory level events. It is also appropriate for experienced practitioners who wish to refresh their practice.


Katonah Yoga® Workshop W/ Eva Giorgi: November 7th: 12-2pm: $35

 

 In this workshop you will experience the Katonah Yoga® method through techniques designed to increase stability, pump up your ability and free your imagination. Expect the fits and function of Katonah Yoga® asana alignment, energizing pranyama formulas and the fluency of a mythic, magical and metaphorical narrative to guide you through an informative and transformative practice

"Eva Giorgi is a Katonah Yoga teacher having started her yoga practice in 2005 with her mentor Nevine Michaan, founder of Katonah Yoga. Coming from a long and deeply held interest in the practical applications of spirituality, Eva utilizes her multidisciplinary accreditations and experience in herbalism, aromatherapy, tarot studies, performance and visual arts to provide a holistic approach in teaching and personal practice. She believes in insight through exploration and is grateful for those whom she is able to share with."

www.KatonahYoga.com / Katonah Yoga® is a registered trademark owned by Katonah Yoga Center, Inc


THAI YOGA MASSAGE WORKSHOP W/ Patrick Good: Sept 23rd: 2-5:30pm. $60 per couple in advance & $70 @ the door.

Centuries ago, a dynamic bodywork therapy based on yoga and Ayurveda was born in the temples of Thailand. In this unique healing system of Thai Yoga Massage - also called Nuad Boran and widely known as traditional Thai Yoga - the practitioner guides the recipient through a series of yoga postures while rhythmicaly palming and thumbing along the body's energy ("Sen") lines and pressures points. Together these actions result in a comprehensive full body treatment that relieves muscular tension, opens joints, tones internal organs, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and balances the body energetically, bringing about a deep state of peace and relaxation.

This workshop led by Patrick Good LMP will give you an in depth introduction to the practice of Thai Yoga Massage. You will learn basic Thai Massage principles, proper body mechanics, techniques to relieve bodily aches and pains, and how to perform a dozen Thai Massage moves.

Thai Yoga Therapy is performed on a mat on the floor; both client and practitioner are dressed in comfortable clothing allowing ease of movement and flexibility. No oils or creams are used.

Please bring a partner, two yoga mats, to heavy thick blankets, and two pillows.

$60 per couple in advance & $70 @ the door


TAKING CARE OF YOUR SHOULDERS W/ Conor Naccarato, PT, DPT, MTC, CSCS:

Join us at Expand for this special workshop on the fundamentals of shoulder health. Connor is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Manual Therapist, and Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach who specializes in the treatment of overhead athletes. He has recently gained an interest in yoga and is currently seeing patients in a treatment room inside of Expand. In the workshop, he will be discussing common shoulder injuries and how you can prevent them. He will guide you through exploring your own shoulder mobility and teach you techniques to help improve your shoulder function. Whether you’ve been dealing with shoulder aches/pains, having trouble getting into certain poses, or simply want to learn more about maintaining healthy shoulders, this course is for you.


IMMERSIVE SOUD BATH w/ Tom Monagliano: August 11th 2017: 7:30pm: $20


Be transported as you submerge yourself in soothing 3D soundscapes designed for deep relaxation and meditation.

Each texture is sculpted within a circle of eight independent speakers creating sonic environments and vibrations unlike anything you’ve ever felt before.

For more information and sound samples go to: ImmersiveSoundBaths.com

This music is produced by musician/programmer, Tom Montagliano, who has spent the past 2 years developing his own software in order to control the movement of sound through his mobile 8 speaker setup. He has traveled all over the country to share his music and create meaningful, unique and intimate experiences. He has performed at a variety of venues such as rooftops, opera houses, churches, and festivals across the country including Burning Man, Gratitude Migration, Catharsis on the Washington Mall, and Elements Music & Arts Festival


KATONAH YOGA WORKSHOP: Monday 5/15: 1:30-3:30 PM: $35

Finding center circumference and the space in between:

Join guest yoga teacher Brian Nygard from New York City for a 2 hour Katonah Yoga Workshop. Founded By Nevine Michaan, Katonah yoga is a yoga practice rooted in sacred geometry and informed by Taoist principles. 

Brian is a dedicated and persistent student. He discovered yoga after suffering from chronic spinal pain for many years. His recovery has motivated him to explore and study yoga asana and philosophy for the past 13 years. Brian is practiced in Vinyasa, Traditional Hot Yoga, Kundalini yoga, Katonah Yoga, Thai Massage and Vipassana meditation techniques. With over 1500 hours of teaching experience, Brian regularly conducts private sessions, corporate seminars, public classes and teacher training programs internationally. He has also guest taught at the United Nations. Brian's lessons balance a vigorous physical practice with careful alignment, imagination, accessibility and attention to the breath.  Brian's mentors include Nevine Michaan, Abbie Galvin, Melissa French and Hari Kaur Khalsa. In addition to his yoga certifications, He holds a BM in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.


INVERSIONS WORKSHOP W/ MATT OTTENBACH: Saturday 3/11: 2-4pm: 

In this 2 hour workshop we will work on the fundamental practices to develop a freestanding handstand. Starting with joint mobility, (shoulders, wrist & spine) we will use the wall and partners to practice a variety of techniques and strategies designed to get you on the road to practicing handstands in an intelligent and safe manner. Requirements: the ability to hold a straight legged plank position (think push-up) with straight arms for 1 minute and the ability to straighten your arms completely overhead when standing. Healthy shoulders and wrists help as well.


THE POWER OF SOURDOUGH W/ Ashley Peters: Saturday 3/18: 4-6pm. 

Join Ashley in a 2 hr workshop as she takes us through the process & artistry of creating long fermented sourdough breads! Explore the stages of fermentation, folding the dough, the final shaping process and tips on how to create your own beautiful sourdough artisan bread in your home oven!
She will highlight the beneficial aid that sourdough culture brings to those with gluten allergens and the restoration of the natural flora in our intestinal tract, as well as explaining the trade & tradition of creating the culture of community driven food systems. Just bring yourself, a dish towel & a kitchen bowl. You will take home a jar of your own mature starter and a loaf to take home and bake!