November 2019
News and Upcoming Events at Heartspace
Hello Heartspace friends,

Before running through our upcoming events, I'll jump ahead to let people know about a one-day Trauma Informed Yoga Training coming up in January at our Albany studio presented by the Yoga Vidya school. Please scroll down for more information on this event.

Looking forward to November and into winter and 2020, here are highlights of our upcoming workshops and series. Lots of restful and yummy yoga to keep you healthy and happy through the season!

Scroll down for more information on these and other upcoming workshops and series from now into January. Or for more info Visit our full listing of workshops and events.

Trauma-Informed Yoga Training
Trauma-Informed Yoga Training. Saturday January 4, 8AM - 6PM. Heartspace Albany Studio.
Heartspace is pleased to co-sponsor the Yoga Vidya school's one-day Trauma-Informed Yoga Training, designed to help deepen understanding throughout the regional yoga teaching community of the complex topic of trauma. This workshop will help yoga instructors to better:

  • Understand trauma, its sources, pathways and triggers from a neurological and developmental perspective.
  • Uncover how sensory processing and neural development influence adaptive or maladaptive responses to stress and trauma
  • Recognize trauma responses in a yoga class and be able to respond appropriately
  • Learn specific trauma sensitive teaching protocols and techniques
  • Apply a model of the subtle (yogic) body in addressing and helping to heal trauma

Prenatal Yoga, Four-Week Series.
Begins Nov 10 in Albany
Prenatal Yoga Four Week Series. Sundays, 12PM - 1:15PM. Nov 10 - Dec 8 (no class Dec 1). Heartspace Albany Studio. Instructor Melissa Hurt
This prenatal yoga series is designed to nurture the foundation of a life-long bond between mother and baby. Instruction will mindfully support the preparation of the mother’s body for birth, while providing essential skills for relaxation. The expectant mothers will learn breathing/relaxation techniques, exercises to support the back, postures to open the hips, methods to comfort the body during the journey of pregnancy and birth, while forging a community with other families. Cost: $75 for the series. Single Week Drop in $25, availability depending on series enrollment.  
Inner Waves: An Exploration of Prana Vayu, Master Class with Lauren Toolin,
Sat Nov 16 in Albany.
Four-Class Pass Package for $100
Saturday Nov 16: Inner Waves: An Exploration of Prana Vayu. 9-11AM. Instructor Lauren Toolin. Albany Studio.
In this two-hour practice, experience first hand how to tap into your energetic body and prana vayu, your animating force for your state of being, enabling clear thought, inner awareness and higher states of consciousness. 

This and other Master Class workshops are for anyone seeking to deepen their knowledge of yoga, the philosophy and practice behind this ancient tradition and are offered as part of ongoing teacher training programs but you don't have to be enrolled in the programs to participate. Cost $30 Click here for more information or to sign up.

Restorative Yoga and Sound Healing,
Nov 16 in Troy with Cody and Victoria
Restorative Yoga and Sound Healing with Cody Bloomfield and Victoria Rutledge, Saturday November 16, 2-4PM. Troy Studio.
Join Cody and Victoria for an afternoon workshop featuring restorative yoga and sound healing. Cody will lead you in and out of the poses and offer grounding touch while Victoria serenades you with her singing bowls, harmonium and lovely voice. These two sweet instructors are excited to collaborate together to offer a special afternoon of renewal and rest. Cost: $30
Brand-New Beginners, 4-Week Series
beginning Nov 16 in Albany
Brand-New Beginners Four-Week Series Next Albany series begins Nov 16.
If you are new to yoga, returning to it, or have some experience and want to get grounded in the fundamentals and foundations of yoga, please join us for this four-week series. We will introduce key foundational concepts regarding the practice of yoga including postures (asana), breathing (pranayama), and meditation. This series will present you with background on yoga, principles of alignment for fundamental standing, seated, and balancing postures, improving spinal mobility, proper yogic breathing, and how yoga can help you to live a fuller and healthier life. No experience required; just an open mind. Price: $60. Series runs for four weeks, Saturdays at 11:45AM - 1PM

Nourishing Yoga for Athletes and Others, Saturday Nov 16 in Albany
Nourishing Yoga for Athletes and Other Bodies with Samara Anderson. Saturday Nov 16, 2-4PM Albany studio. Monthly anatomical focus will be low back and spine.
Whether you're a runner, biker, athlete or anyone who would like to reclaim movement, comfort and function in your body, please join us for this series of monthly workshops with Samara Anderson. Each session will work towards a specific therapeutic goal for the body. Warm the body with a series of flowing movements and postures, and then settle and soothe with longer-held yin yoga to lengthen and restore. Be prepared to learn about the function and form of specific regions of your body and how to nourish and support them with movement and intention.  Cost: $25 per session. Click here for this and other upcoming sessions
Kids Yoga Club Tuesdays 4PM at our Troy studio. Weekly drop in class.
Meditation on Politics
Metta Meditation on Politics: Love, Compassion, Peace and Prosperity. Nov 16 and Dec 14. 12:30PM Troy studio. Led by Rebecca Magin. By donation.
This meditation offering is open to all genuinely interested in bringing forth and sending out positivity, peace and prosperity to affect our current political scene. Find solace and reprieve from the dichotomous “noise” as we use collective energy fueled by love and compassion with the purpose of manifesting peace and prosperity for all those with a place in our political system, those seeking a place of power and influence, all peoples in America, and, in fact, all humans of the nation of Earth. This meditation will not be in support of any one political party or political figure or candidate but rather with the intention of infusing the current dialogue and future outcomes with goodwill, love and compassion for us all. Inspired by the ancient wisdom of Metta Meditation (loving-kindness meditation) we will unify our focus and determination towards love, compassion, peace and prosperity. Some experience with mindfulness and/or meditation is helpful but all are welcome. Offered by donation; suggested $10. Upcoming dates: November 16 and December 14 .
Kirtan... Sing Your Heart Open! with Sat Purkh and Abhai Raj. Nov 22. Albany Studio.
Kirtan... Sing Your Heart Open! with Sat Purkh and Abhai Raj. Friday Nov 22, 7-8:30PM. Albany studio A.
Join beloved teachers & musicians Sat Purkh & Abhai Raj for a heart opening kirtan! This is their first visit to the Capital Region, don't miss out on this special event! Sign up here. Cost $20.

A KRI Certified Level Three Kundalini Yoga Teacher as well as Lead Trainer in the Aquarian Trainer Academy, Sat Purkh is known for her work in Sound & Mantra as well as Humanology and the Women's Teachings; in 2008 she authored Everyday Grace: The Art of Being a Woman, an introduction to the Women's Teachings of Yogi Bhajan.

She has 10 albums of sacred music, Nectar of the Name, Beautiful Day: The Aquarian Sadhana, Queen Be: The Goddess Within, Love & Other Miracles, One: Love, Life, Light, The Pearl: Maiden, Mother, Crone, The Guru Within, Across the World Ocean; The Yogi & The Sadhu. She lives with her husband, Abhai Raj, and their menagerie of animals, and is always at work on her next album of sacred music.
Acroyoga, Saturday Dec 7 in Troy
Acroyoga, Saturday 12/7 1:15-3:15PM in Troy.
Acroyoga is an invitation to connect with others through awareness, breath and movement. Come solo or with a partner; either way we'll match you up with others as you move through base, spotting, and flying roles. $25. Click here for more information or to sign up!
Coming up in 2020
Gong Bath, Saturday Jan 4 in Troy
Gong Bath, Saturday January 4, 4PM in Troy.
Restore and renew and you let the sounds and resonance of the gongs envelop you. Practice asana, meditate, lay down and rest, sleep, whatever makes sense during the time. No experience required. Led by Jim and Nick Pavoldi of the Gong Lab and Diane Simpson offering chakra bowl vibrations. $25 . Click here to sign up.
Gentle Yoga and Yoga Nidra
4-Week Series Begins Jan 4 in Albany
Easing into the New Year: Gentle Yoga and Yoga Nidra, A Four-Week Series with Victoria Rutledge. Saturdays January 4 - January 25, 2020. 2-3:30PM. Albany studio.
Give yourself the gift of starting your new year with gentle, intuitive movements and deep rest. Join Victoria as you ease your body and nervous system back into harmony. Asana (yoga postures) practice will prepare the body for Yoga Nidra as we travel from the awareness of the physical body to the awareness of the subtle energetic body.
This series is suitable for every level of yoga practitioner. From the very beginner who wants to dive into practice without the stress of rigorous movement, to the seasoned practitioner who wants to experience the benefits of a softer approach.

We will end the class with a balancing sound bath with pure quartz singing bowls to create further harmony in the body. $75 for the series. Single class drop in available depending on series enrollment.
Meditation 101: Four-Week Series
Begins Jan 6 in Troy
Meditation 101: Four Week Series with Meghan Hogan. Mondays 5:45-6:45PM, January 6 - January 27, 2020. Troy studio.
This four-week series will provide individualized instruction describing technique, practical guidance for home practice, wisdom derived from foundational yogic texts and modern research. Cost $70 for the series. For more information or to preregister, click here.
Yoga for Managing Stress and Anxiety
Four-week Series begins Jan 26 in Troy
Mindful Yoga for Managing Stress and Anxiety. A Five-Week Series taught by Bruce Viveka McEwen. Sundays Jan 26 - Feb 23. 3- 4:30PM. Troy studio.
Fear and anxiety are important psychological responses that enable us to avoid danger and prepare for challenging situations. This course will explore evidence-base methods to manage and befriend these emotional responses so that we are able to meet the social, professional, environmental, and other challenges of modern life while becoming less overwhelmed by stress and anxiety. Cost $75. For more information on course structure or to preregister, click here.
Heartspace Yoga is honored to win Capital Region Living Magazine's Annual Readers Poll "Bestie" for Yoga Studio category for the sixth straight year, 2014-2019. Thanks to all the readers and voters of the poll, and all our wonderful students and instructors that help to create the vibrant and healing community that we all enjoy at Heartspace. Visit the Bestie Awards at Capital Region Living Magazine.
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