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

This weekend, as we head towards Thanksgiving, we have a number of great events on the calendar in both Troy and Albany. Kirtan, a Master Class in resilience, Yoga Nidra, Family Yoga, Yoga with Cats.

On Thanksgiving Day next week, we will have a special schedule with two morning classes at each of our studios. 8 and 10AM in Troy and 8:30 and 10:30AM in Albany. Please come out and join us for classes. The table is set!

  • Ojas: Physical and Emotional Resilience. Master Class with Lauren Toolin. Saturday November 23, 9-11AM. Albany Studio. $30.

  • Yoga with Cats Fun-Raiser. Yup, yoga with cats, maybe some kittens. Sunday November 24, 2-3PM. Albany studio. Donation fundraiser for Whiskers Animal Benevolent League Cat Rescue. Class led by Alexis Stefanacci.
  • Thanksgiving, Thursday November 28. For Thanksgiving, we will be offering two morning classes at each of our studios 8AM and 10AM in Troy, and 8:30 and 10:30AM in Albany, so visit our online schedule to sign up for class. Please note that the Troy Turkey Trot is going on Thanksgiving morning in Troy so plan your travel accordingly.

  • Acroyoga, with Team Willco Saturday December 7. 1:15 - 3:15PM. Troy Studio. $25

  • Solstice Sound Journey, Friday December 13, 8:30-9:30PM. Troy Studio. $15.

  • Nourishing Yoga for Athletes and Others: Shoulder Complex and Whole Body Destress. Saturday December 14, 2-4PM. Instructor Samara Anderson. Albany Studio. $25.

We also have January events listed below including Trauma Informed Yoga Training at our Albany studio presented by Yoga Vidya. Scroll down for more information on this and other upcoming workshops and series from now into January. Or for more info Visit our full listing of workshops and events.

Heartspace Gift Certificates can be used for class passes or workshops and special events.
Kirtan... Sing Your Heart Open!
with Sat Purkh and Abhai Raj. Nov 22. 7-8:30PM Albany Studio.
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.
Ojas: Physical and Emotional Resilience,
Master Class with Lauren Toolin,
Sat Nov 23 in Albany. 9-11AM
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 this or other upcoming Master Classes.
  • Nov 23: Ojas, Physical and Emotional Resilience
  • Dec 14: Core Dynamics
  • Jan 11: These Hips Don't Lie
  • Feb 1: A Practice for Peace
  • Feb 8: Cultivating Calm: A Practice of Pratyahara
  • Feb 29: It's Prop-tastic!
  • March 28: Resolution in Action: Bandhas

Yoga with Cats: A Fun-Raiser for Whiskers Shelter, Sunday Nov 24, 2PM Albany Studio
Calling all cat people! Just like yogis, cats love to stretch, relax and rest so let's do some yoga together. Please join instructor Alexis Stefanacci for Yoga with Cats (and maybe some Kittens) an all-levels yoga class to raise money and awareness for Whiskers Animal Benevolent League and to find new homes for these cats. As we share in a gentle, all-levels yoga class, cats looking for adoption will be wandering the room to check out your form and say hello. Maybe you'd like to join in the class and leave a donation or maybe you'd like to apply to adopt one of these cats. Or maybe you'd just like to make a donation to this shelter even if you can't make it that day. Whichever you do, you'll be Feline Great! We've never done this before at Heartspace so let's give it a try!

For more information on Whiskers, visit their home page at . It's free to register for class but we can only hold your spot up until class time. Donations can be made before or after class. Minimum suggested donation $20. Donations by check would be preferred made out to Whiskers.  Sign up here.

Please note, the 2PM class is nearly full so if you can't sign up, consider either an online donation or let us know and perhaps we can schedule a second afternoon class afterwards.
Acroyoga, Saturday Dec 7 in Troy,
1:15 - 3:15PM
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!
Sound Solstice Journey, Dec 13. 8:30PM. Troy
Solstice Sound Journey, Friday December 13, 8:30 - 9:30PM. Troy Studio.
Join Andrea Williams, Deb Segel, and Christina Saccoia, aka the Sound Sangha Sisters, for a Solstice Sound Journey that will take you to the realm of rest and rejuvenation in preparation for the Winter Solstice. The Solstice, taking place on December 21st, is the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

Come on out and share your warmth and joyful intentions together at this sangha (community) gathering. While lying down or sitting, allow the sacred sounds of quartz crystal and Himalayan bowls, gongs, rattles, drums, bells, shruti and vocalizations to provide vibrational healing for new beginnings. Mats, blankets, and bolsters will be provided, but feel free to bring whatever makes you feel more relaxed, warm, and cozy.
Each on their own unique sound journeys, Andrea, Deb, and Christina come together with a deep desire to build a creative and compassionate space for the community.
This event is also a celebration for Andrea Williams, a Heartspace Sound Healing Practitioner, as she will be transitioning to Richmond, VA in January 2020. Lite snacks will be offered.  Ticket price: $15.00. Click here to preregister.

For more information on Andrea and Deb, visit their websites at: and
Nourishing Yoga for Athletes and Other Bodies, Saturday Dec 14, 4PM in Albany: Shoulder Complex and Whole Body De-Stress.
Instructor Samara Anderson
Just in time for the holidays! Join Samara as she guides you into a deep, full body de-stress session and paying special attention to opening shoulders. 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. 2020 Schedule coming shortly.
Kids Yoga Tuesdays 4PM at our Troy studio. Weekly drop in class.
Meditation on Politics,
Sat Dec 14, 12:30PM. Troy Studio.
Metta Meditation on Politics: Love, Compassion, Peace and Prosperity. 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 .
Coming up in 2020
Trauma-Informed Yoga Training, Saturday January 4, 8AM - 6PM, Heartspace Albany Studio.
Presented by Yoga Vidya School
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

Gong Bath, Saturday Jan 11, 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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