Dec 2018
News and Upcoming Events at Heartspace
Hello friends,

This weekend is for fun and connection!

Yoga and Chocolate Sale, Sat Dec 1 Troy Studio. I invited my friend Allison Finley Rose, owner of Saratoga Chocolate, to come to our Troy studio this Saturday, Dec 1, 9AM -1PM. Similar to what I did when I jumped in to the yoga world with both feet, she recently left the security of her 9-5 and made the plunge to full-time chocolatier. I admire and support her drive, clarity, pluckiness and passion. It shows in the quality of her products that are now sold at the Honest Weight Food Coop, Farmers Markets throughout region and other venues. Come try out some samples and buy the good stuff from Alison! Here's our offer : buy a class pass from Heartspace on Saturday, and we'll bump up your pass with an extra class (5 becomes 6, 10 becomes 11, etc) and you'll receive a FREE chocolate bar from Saratoga Chocolate. We'll also have discounts on our t-shirts, Bheka Long Life Yoga mats, and free warm drinks, cocoa and tea. Please come down to the studio this Saturday, support an amazing local company and entrepreneur, and join us for some warmth and community and some great deals!

Acroyoga, Saturday Dec 1, 1:30-3:30PM, Troy Studio. Scott and Cathy, Team Willco, bring their infectious joy and talents to this weekend's Acroyoga class. Learn to support and trust, lean into and support others and fly. This is pure fun and we always have happy yogis walking out the door. $25. More info or to register, click here.

Yoga for Ample Bodies, Four Week Series with Nadia El Fawal Starts Saturday December 1, 11:45AM to 1PM in Albany . Yoga is for you and for all bodies. Join Nadia for this series to lear how to craft a yoga practice that works for your body. $60 for the series. More info or to register, click here.

Price changes as of Dec 1 . As of Dec 1, there will be some small adjustments and price change to some of our class cards and drop in rates. See below for details.

Sunday December 2. Victorian Stroll in Troy. All our classes will still be on. Be sure to give yourself some extra time to find parking.

Tis the Season
Yoga and Chocolate Sale: Dec 1 in Troy
Get a Free Yoga Class and a Chocolate Bar from Saratoga Chocolate; 30% off T-shirts and Mats
Yoga and Chocolate Sale, Saturday Dec 1, 9AM - 1PM. Troy Studio. Saratoga Chocolate Company will be with us.
Join us on Saturday Dec 1 9-1PM at our Troy studio for a BONUS yoga class credit on your Heartspace multi-class pass and a FREE chocolate bar from Saratoga Chocolate Company. That morning we will be hosting Allison, who is living the dream as the Founder and chocolate genius behind Saratoga Chocolate Co. She can explain about making chocolate, doing what you love, and you can try some samples of her many flavors!

Bonus : When you purchase a Heartspace 5, 10, or 20 class pass (or equivalent gift card), we will add a bonus class on to your pass (5 becomes 6, 10 becomes 11, 20 becomes 21) and with every pass you purchase, you'll get a free Saratoga chocolate bar to enjoy, share, or give to another.

Our Heartspace T Shirts and Bheka Long Life Yoga Mats will be on sale at 30% off

We'll also have warm drinks, hot cocoa and tea. Please stop by, even to just say hello, as this is a great weekend in Troy to catch up with one another. Consider it an informal open house. It'll be very hygge. Let us know if you think you'll be coming.
Acroyoga, Dec 1 in Troy
Acroyoga with Team Willco, Saturday Dec 1, 1:30 - 3:30PM Troy Studio.
Acroyoga is an invitation to connect with others through awareness, breath and movement. Connection created a safe and playful environment in which we can explore accessible and empowering acrobatic movement.

In workshop style classes, new skills are demonstrated and students are given opportunities to explore them at their own pace, with the support of the instructors and other students. Find yourself hovering above the ground, floating in a supported inversion and supporting others in flight. You can expect a yoga based warm-up, partner drills, games, and the introduction of acroyoga poses and transitions. Cost $25.

Cathy and Scott live in Albany and teach acroyoga and slackline yoga. They have trained with, and teach in the styles of AcroYoga Montreal and the Yogaslackers.
Yoga for Ample Bodies
Four-Week Series with Nadia
Starts Dec 1 in Albany
Yoga for Ample Bodies: Four Week Series. with Instructor Nadia El-Fawal. Saturdays 11:45AM - 1PM. Dec 1 - Dec 22. Albany Studio.
Yoga is for all people, ages, and builds but it isn't a one size fits all approach. We all come together in the breath but sometimes the external form of the postures needs to be adapted so that all bodies can enjoy its benefits. Yoga for Ample Bodies recognizes this and presents a yoga practice approach that is accessible to those with larger body types.  Cost: $60 for the series.
Month Unlimited $70. Intro Offer for All Students
One Month of Unlimited Classes for only $70 available to all including brand new, returning and current yoga students at Heartspace. Heartspace now offers a one-month unlimited pass good for all our drop-in classes at both our studios for only $70 . Try out new classes and instructors. No commitment beyond the first month but give it a try if you're considering one of our unlimited packages. This offer can only be purchased once and is not transferable. The one month starts with the first class taken on the pass. We offer over 200 drop-in classes per month at both our studios.
Changes in Class Card and Drop-in Rates Effective 12/1/18
Effective Dec 1, 2018 the following price and card option changes will go into effect:

Single Class Drop in: $16 (no change)

Student/Senior Drop in : $13 (an increase of $1 from current price)

Multi-Class Passes
  • 5-Class Pass: $70 (Increase of $5)
  • 5-Class Pass Student/Senior Rate: $60 (increase of $5)
  • 10Class Pass: $130 (increase of $5)
  • 10-Class Pass Student/Senior Rate: $115 (previously not available)
  • 20-Class Pass: $230 (increase of $5)

No change in our Intro Offers or our Unlimited Pass Options. $99/month with a 12 month commitment, $109 per month with a 3 month commitment. Student/senior rate is $99/month with a 3 month commitment.

Morning Unlimited Pass will be discontinued.
Prenatal Yoga Four-Week Series,
Space available in current series ending 12/9/18
Next Series begins 1/20/19 in Albany.
Prenatal Yoga: Four Week Series. Albany Studio. Sundays 12 - 1:15PM. 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 and 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. Click here for more information on the series, your instructor or registration. 

For the ongoing series ending 12/9 , drop-ins will also be allowed for $20/class as we understand there is a bit of travel this time of year. Email us if interested in drop-in for the 11/18 - 12/9 series.

Upcoming Series
Family Yoga Dec 8 in Troy
Family Yoga Community Class, Saturday Dec 8 3:45 - 4:45PM. Troy Studio with Toni Smith
Bring your entire family to yoga and practice together! Family yoga begins with thoughtfully tuning in, followed by fun, mindful, playful and meditative practices that includes postures, partner poses and group poses. Class will conclude with relaxation and guided imagery. Adults awaken your inner-child with laughter and love. Bring anyone you love and have fun! This class is a community class, so donations are welcome. Sign up here for free. Just one registration per family.
Workshops with Lauren Toolin:
Coming up Core Dynamics 12/8 in Albany
Jivayate 1/12/19 in Troy
Sat Dec 8: Core Dynamics: Source, Strengthen and Tone Your Vital Energy, 9-11AM, Albany Studio
This master class is taught in conjunction with the 200-hour teacher training and spaces are made available to register for this class. Cost: $30. Click here to register for this or other upcoming workshops with Lauren

Also, check out Lauren's Jivayate workshop coming up in January in Troy.
Nourishing Yoga for Athletes and
Others with Samara Anderson Dec 8 in Albany
Overall Body De-Stress
Nourishing Yoga for Athletes and Others: Focus on Overall Body De-Stress. Saturday Dec 8, 2-4PM, Albany Studio. Instructor Samara Anderson
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. Click here to preregister. 
Yoga and Massage Special:
3 Yoga classes and 1-Hour Massage for $100
Massage is a great compliment to yoga for fostering health and well being. Try our   Yoga and Massage Special: 3 Yoga classes and a 1-hour massage for $100.  This package, a savings of 20%, includes one 1-hour deep-tissue massage at either our Troy or Albany location and three of our drop-in yoga classes. The massage and classes are good for one year from the date of purchase. Drop in classes can be scheduled online or by dropping in. Contact us at to schedule your massage. 

I f interested in just massage, we can make appointments in Albany and we are now offering massage services at our Troy studio. Joining us on Fridays and Saturday mornings is Becky Kendall, Licensed Massage Therapist and baker/pastry chef extraordinaire. Becky offers Swedish, deep-tissue, and pregnancy massage. Contact us via email if you'd like to book a massage. 60 minutes is $75 and 90 minutes for $110. Appointments available Fridays 10AM - 5PM (4:30PM if requesting 90 minutes ending by 6PM)and Saturday mornings in Troy Email to request an appointment.

Special Monthly Drop-In Class: Yoga Nidra (12/8) with Suzanne Martin in Troy and Restorative Yoga (12/15) with Amit Goel in Albany
Saturday December 8 2PM Yoga Nidra in Troy with Suzanne Martin. Yoga nidra is guided relaxation to settle the body and mind into a state of yogic sleep.  All levels. No experience required.  Class is done in a supported reclined position. Drop in pricing.
Saturday December 15, 4PM Restorative Yoga in Albany with Amit Goel. Restorative Yoga guides you toward better health and well being as you rest in gentle poses with the support of props, soothing breath work, and nurturing touch. If you're recovering from an injury or illness, if you're new to Yoga, or simply need an evening to rest & restore, this is the class for you!
Yoga of Recovery
Yoga of Recovery, Saturday Dec 15, 2-4PM. Troy Studio. Instructors Diane Simpson and Cat Lynch Capowski
Are you sober? Perhaps you are on a yoga journey as well or are interested in exploring yoga in sobriety? Join Diane Simpson and Cat Lynch Capowski in this supportive and healing workshop for individuals in recovery. The practice will deepen and expand your recovery from addiction. Together we will explore how the 8 Limbs of Yoga and Chakra energy balancing can assist in this exploration and growth. The workshop will include asana (gentle poses appropriate for all levels), breath practices and meditation. You will leave with tools that will asssit you on your recovery journey. Cost $35.

Free and By-Donation Community Events
at Heartspace
Yoga Book Club, Thursdays 6-7PM. Albany Studio Tea Lounge. Free.
Heartspace's Yoga Book Club meets on Thursdays at 6pm in our cozy tea lounge at our Albany studio. Enjoy some tea and a great discussion on a broad range of books that cover the heart and philosophy of yoga. In October we will start with the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Bring a copy if you have or use one of ours. Make friends and connect with others who are curious and intrigued by this ancient practice. Everyone is welcome, as space allows. Facilitated by instructors Suzanne Martin and Martha Moscowitz.
Meditation classes throughout the week. See our online schedule. Free
Community Classes. Donations yes, please.
Join in for one of our community classes offered at both studios. TGIF, Happy Hour, Sparkle Yoga, Community Open Meditation, Y12SR and Family Yoga . All these classes are by donation and we encourage you to donate what feels right in your heart and pocket. If you have a class card, you can use this as your donation. Donations go to your instructors and the studio to help pay bills, buy hair ties and candies. $8-$15 suggested.
Series and Events Coming Up in 2019
Gong Bath, Saturday Jan 5, 4PM and 5:30PM.
A Gong Bath is a sonic environment which uses resonant instruments like gongs and singing bowls to promote relaxation and meditation. If you have never been to a Gong Bath before they’re a unique sensory experience. You first hear the gongs vibing out, then you feel the vibration throughout your body. Pull up a mat and sit for a while and let the sound wash over you or enjoy movement during the session. $25. Preregistration strongly encouraged as attendance is capped.
Yoga for Brand New Beginners in Albany and Troy this Winter. Four Week Series Saturdays 11:45AM - 1PM. Next series begins in 2019
If you are new to yoga and are interested to gain a solid understanding of 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 accessing and coming out of postures, proper yogic breathing, and how yoga can help you to live a fuller and healthier life. No experience required; just an open mind.

Cost is $60 for any of the series.  Instructors Rebecca Volpe in Albany and Kathi Burke in Troy . These Four-Week Series are presented as level 1 and level 2 and are recommended to be taken in order but are not prerequisites. Click on either of the locations and any date below to register for Albany or Troy.
Inward: A Four-Week Self-Care Series with Instructor Cody Gillham. Saturday 11:45AM - 1PM Jan 12 - Feb 2, 2019.
Embark on a journey within! Join Cody Gillham for a four week self-care series featuring the grounding practices of meditation, pranayama and restorative yoga. Elements of Ayurveda, such as abhyanga, will be woven into the offering as well as plenty of time for self reflection and journaling. Come just as you are. Preregistration required. Cost $60 for the series.
Restorative Yoga and Sound Healing with Cody Gillham and Victoria Rutledge. Sunday Jan 13, 2019, 4:30 - 6PM Troy Studio.
Restorative Yoga and Sound Healing
Join Cody Gillham and Victoria Rutledge for an evening 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 Sunday of renewal and rest.
Meditation 101: Four-Week Series with Meghan Hogan. Mondays 5:45 - 6:45PM. Jan 14 - Feb 4, 2019. 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. The series will include:
  • Breath centered meditation
  • Yoga asana as a preparation for meditation
  • Mantra meditation
  • Withdrawal of external senses in meditation
  • Light your inner fire through meditation.
Cost $70 for the series. Troy Studio B (Small studio).
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Studio Locations: Troy: 10 Second Street and Albany: 747 Madison Ave. (back right corner of building)