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- Oprah Winfrey

A 6-Week Beginner Series

A 6-Week Beginner Yoga Series – with Lela Hughes
5-6pm, Tuesday, June 19, 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31
$72 for 6-Week Session
DROP-INS ARE WELCOME: $15 per class (Class Card Holders and Members are eligible. Not included in VT Resident $54 Special Membership)

Curious about Yoga and interested in beginning a yoga practice? Want to refine and deepen an already existing practice? If so, join Lela Hughes for a 6-week Beginner Yoga Series. Over the course of these 6 weeks we will explore the basic principles of Yoga asanas (postures), pranayama (breath work), mindfulness, and the strength and grace that arise from their integration. Each class will offer a balanced yoga sequence working with attention to proper alignment, learning to synchronize breath with movement, and finding our abilities to authentically express oneself through the ancient tradition of Yoga. Each week we will build upon sun salutations A and B, introducing new poses and expanding our vinyasa flow. This class is suitable for individuals who can up and down off the floor with ease.

H2yOga and Stand Up Paddle Excursion

A 3-Hour Tour including Stand Up Paddle Board instruction, a yoga class, paddle time, use of a SUP Board, paddle and personal floating device

$80 per workshop
Register a week in advance for 5% off. Use Coupon Code: H2YOGA5
Members: Register a week in advance for 10% off. Use Coupon Code: H2YOGA10

You will get an introduction to SUP with Mike MacDonald, RYT 200, ACA Level 2 SUP, Paddle Fit Level 2, and enjoy a full yoga class with Mike MacDonald, Kaitlyn Zwagerman, RYT 200 or Bob Speck, RYT 500, E-RYT 200 and have plenty of paddle time to explore Gayle Meadows. Asana poses are introduced gently with modifications tailored to the student’s experience level and comfort zone. Practicing yoga on a SUP board encourages focus and being fully present in the moment. Doing yoga on a floating platform “requires full awareness, acceptance of Mother Nature’s mood, and some humility for the occasional dip into the water!” These instructors enjoy sharing their deep appreciation of nature, and the added benefits that come from practicing yoga on calm water.

Dates and Times:
Saturday, June 16: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Friday, July 6: 4:00 -7:00pm
Saturday, July 7: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Saturday, July 14: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Saturday, August 18, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Friday, August 31, 4:00 -7:00pm
Saturday, September 1, 9:30 – 12:30pm

Space is limited to 8 participants. Be sure to enroll in advance.

Yoga for Golfers 4-Week Course

with Pat Meredith, RYT 200
4:30-5:30, Monday, July 9, 26, 23, 30, 2018
$48 for 4-Week Course (included in memberships)

Proper fundamentals and mechanics are the keys to an efficient powerful golf swing. Stance, posture, and alignment are the basis for proper fundamentals and mechanics deal with the travel and shape of the swing. So, what does this have to do with yoga? Everything!!

Your body needs to be in balance, strong and flexible in order to have the proper fundamentals and mechanics of a good swing. What good is a proper swing when you can only have it for a few holes, then tire because of a sore back or stiff muscles or a nagging injury? Your hard work in developing a sound swing is for naught if your body rebels as you swing your club.

Yoga with it asanas or physical poses, along with pranayama or breath, can add much needed flexibility, strength and balance required for proper golf mechanics and fundamentals, and can reduce the effects of the repetitive nature of the golf swing. In this class we will learn easy, fundamental yoga poses to loosen and stretch the body to prepare it for a day on the course and afterwards, to reduce the effects of repetition and stress on the body.

Please join Pat Meredith, an enthusiastic golfer and HOTV Yoga teacher for an informative and fun way to add flexibility, strength, and balance to your game.

Advance Studies and Teacher Training Information Session

with Jo Kirsch, E-RYT 500
Saturday, April 21: 10:30-11:30am
Thursday, May 17: 7:30-8:30pm
Thursday, June 14: 7:30-8:30pm
Saturday, July 14: 10:30-11:30am

Would you like to dive deeper into yoga and explore yogic philosophy and mythology, asana, anatomy and physiology and mythology, teaching methodology, yoga ethics and more? If so, attend one of our information sessions to learn about Heart of the Village Yoga’s Advanced Studies 200 and 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings. Heart of the Village Yoga is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Teacher Alliance. Here’s what some of our graduates have to say:

“The Heart of the Village Yoga teacher training program was an incredible journey that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I am forever grateful for the knowledge gained and the guidance I received. I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking to enhance their yoga practice, both on and off the mat, with a well-rounded and informative teacher training program.” – Lela Hughes, RYT 200

“Jo and Bob provided one of the most enriching experiences of my life.
I feel equipped with the tools, support, and confidence to start my yoga teaching career.”
– Kelli Ettori, RYT 200

“The Heart of the Village Yoga 200 hour teacher training was a was a wonderful and supportive learning experience. Our teachers created a safe, supportive environment of learning and helped us grow as yogis and teachers. Jo and her fellow instructors epitomized the philosophy and practice of yoga on and off the mat. I went into this training thinking I just wanted to improve my practice, but came away with the desire to share my love and deep respect for yoga practice and inspired to become a yoga teacher. It was a transformational experience for me.”
– Pat Meredith, RYT 200

“The training I received at Heart of the Village Yoga surpassed all my expectations. There was a wonderful balance and ease with the style of teaching used. I would highly recommend it to anyone searching for more than just a physical Asana training course. The Teachers were some of the best I have had the pleasure to know and work with. There is a true community feeling and the studio feels like a second home.”
– Lisa Brand, E-RYT 500

“The Heart of The Village Yoga 300 hour teacher training was a wonderfully enriching experience for my body, mind and heart. Jo and Bob lovingly cultivate a supportive community where students can deepen their knowledge and experience while making meaningful connections with others.
The training was thoughtfully organized and presented to support integration of the teachings of yoga.The program is ideal for teachers wishing to enhance nuances of teaching such as integrating yogic philosophy and sequencing and for students interested deepening a yogic life style though exploring Karma, Raja, Jnana, and Bhakti Yoga.” – Laurae Coburn, PhD, RYT 500

Reiki Infused Restorative Workshop

with Barb Lowes, RYT 500 and Jo Kirsch, E-RYT 500
5:30 – 7:30pm: Sunday, July 15
$36 per workshop
Register a week in advance for 5% off. Use Coupon Code: RESTORATIVE5
Members: Register a week in advance for 10% off. Use Coupon Code: RESTORATIVE10

We protect ourselves from exhaustion each time we choose to rest and rejuvenate. Relaxation restores us, providing us with the energy that allows us to approach life with renewed energy. This practice is designed to restore the nervous system and help release deeply held tensions from the body and mind. We use props to support the postures, while gently stretching and strengthening the body. This class is appropriate for students of all levels.

2018/19 200 Hour Advanced Studies and Teacher Training

Directed by Jo Kirsch, E-RYT 500, with a core faculty of experienced teachers including Bob Speck, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, ACSM-CPT, CFSC; E-RYT 200, RYT 500; Pam Fletcher, PT, RYT 200; and Guest Teachers
Biff Mithoefer, Manoj Chalam, with more guest faculty to be announced.

Building community by integrating Karma, Raja, Jnana and Bhakti Yoga. These programs are intended to build community by providing opportunities for yoga teachers and dedicated yoga practitioners to deepen their practice, expand their heart, and raise their knowledge. They are suitable for dedicated practitioners with an open heart and a willing mind. Together, we will study and practice the yoga of action, intention, knowledge and devotion.

Curriculum
Flow, Restorative and Yin Yoga
Intensive Asana Study and Sequencing
Alignment of Every Body
Anatomy and Physiology
Teaching Special Populations
Yoga for Emotional Well Being
Yoga and Nature
The Art of Teaching Yoga

Each Core Weekend will embrace multiple aspects of our curriculum including flow, yin and gentle yoga, teaching methodology, practice teaching, posture modifications and sequencing, philosophy, anatomy and physiology, meditation, breath work, nature focus, and chanting.

Core Weekend Schedule
6pm – 9pm Friday Evening
9am – 6pm Saturday
8am – 5pm Sunday

Mandatory Core Weekends for 200 Hour Teacher Training Students.
August 24-26, 2018
September 21-23, 2018
October 19-21, 2018
November 16-18, 2018
December 14-16, 2018
January 4-6, 2019
February 1-3, 2019
March 1-3, 2019

200 Hour Advanced Studies and Teacher Training Fee: $3,000
Sign Up Early and Save:
$2,500 by May 1, 2018; $2750 by July 1, 2018
Pay-as-you-go: 
$3200: Pay Deposit of $200 and $375 monthly August, 2018 through March, 2019.

Click here to download an application.
Questions? Email or call 802.362.9004 to schedule an interview for the program.

INFORMATION SESSIONS: 
Saturday, April 21: 10:30-11:30am
Thursday, May 17, 7:30-8:30pm
Thursday, June 14, 7:30-8:30pm
Saturday, July 14, 10:30-11:30am

Click here for information on our 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program. Pre-requisite: Completion of 200 Hour Teacher Training Program credited by Yoga Teacher Alliance.

Advanced Studies & Teacher Training Weekends

Heart of the Village Yoga Advanced Studies and Yoga Teacher Training Weekend*
with Jo Kirsch, Bob Speck and Pam Fletcher
August 24-26, 2018
September 21-23, 2018
October 19-21, 2018 (register here)
November 16-18, 2018
December 14-16, 2018 (register here)
January 4-6, 2018
February 1-3, 2018
March 1-3, 2018

$450 (per weekend)
Register a week in advance for 5% off. Use Coupon Code: HOTVYOGATT
Members: Register a week in advance for 10% off. Use Coupon Code: HOTVYOGATT10

A Core Weekend of Heart of the Village Yoga’s Advanced Studies and Teacher Training, this weekend will embrace multiple aspects of our curriculum including flow, yin and gentle yoga, teaching methodology, practice teaching, posture modifications and sequencing, philosophy, anatomy and physiology, meditation, breath work, nature focus, and chanting. Workshop Hours are 6am – 9pm, Friday; 9am – 6pm, Saturday; and 8am – 5pm Sunday.

Our programs build community by integrating Karma, Raja, Jnana and Bhakti Yoga. These programs are intended to build community by providing opportunities for yoga teachers and dedicated yoga practitioners to deepen their practice, expand their heart, and raise their knowledge. They are suitable for dedicated practitioners with an open heart and a willing mind. Together, we will study and practice the yoga of action, intention, knowledge and devotion.

21 CEU’s are available through Yoga Alliance.
*With additional hours, this is a Heart of the Village Yoga Advanced Studies and Teacher Training Core Weekend.

Yogic Deities and Hindu Philosophy

Heart of the Village Yoga Advanced Studies and Yoga Teacher Training Weekend*
with Jo Kirsch, Bob Speck, Pam Fletcher and Guest Teacher Manoj Chalam
October 19 – 21, 2018
$450
Register a week in advance for 5% off. Use Coupon Code: HOTVYOGATT
Members: Register a week in advance for 10% off. Use Coupon Code: HOTVYOGATT10

Friday night and Saturday afternoon of this Weekend is Philosophy and Storytelling with Manoj Chalam. Using statues to illustrate, Manoj will relate the symbolism of Hindu and Buddhist deities to the archetypes within us. Through mythology, we will uncover hidden symbolisms and learn the four ways to work with them as part of a spiritual practice. Manoj will help you find your Archetype/ personal deity/Ishtadevata. Discover how knowing and working with your archetypes can profoundly shift you, especially during moments of life transitions, and how these ancient teachings have practical relevance to your life, bringing peace of mind. Learn how the Lakshmi archetype addresses where you are in the Abraham Maslow hierarchy of needs. We will do experiential practices that invoke the powerful Lakshmi archetype from the collective unconscious all the way into our conscience minds.

A Core Weekend of Heart of the Village Yoga’s Advanced Studies and Teacher Training, this weekend will embrace multiple aspects of our curriculum including flow, yin and gentle yoga, teaching methodology, practice teaching, posture modifications and sequencing, philosophy, anatomy and physiology, meditation, breath work, nature focus, and chanting. Workshop Hours are 6am – 9pm, Friday; 9am – 6pm, Saturday; and 8am – 5pm Sunday.

Our programs build community by integrating Karma, Raja, Jnana and Bhakti Yoga. These programs are intended to build community by providing opportunities for yoga teachers and dedicated yoga practitioners to deepen their practice, expand their heart, and raise their knowledge. They are suitable for dedicated practitioners with an open heart and a willing mind. Together, we will study and practice the yoga of action, intention, knowledge and devotion.

21 CEU’s are available through Yoga Alliance.
*With additional hours, this is a Heart of the Village Yoga Advanced Studies and Teacher Training Core Weekend.

Yin Yoga & Storytelling with Biff Mithoefer

November 6-11, 2018
Packages range from $1,435 to $1,825 per person.

Begins 6pm, November 6. 2018 and Ends: 1:30pm, November 11, 2018.
Location: Battenkill Valley Mansion, 257 Wilburton Drive, Manchester, Vermont
Training/Workshop Title: Storytelling: Module 3 Yin Yoga Teacher Training
Address of Studio: Battenkill Valley Manson 257 Wilburton Drive, Manchester, Vermont

A Yin Yoga Immersion with Biff Mithoefer

Taoism, Anatomy and Sequencing (Module 1 Teacher Training)
December 14; 7:30-9pm, 15 and 16 from 9-5pm
$450
Register a week in advance for 5% off. Use Coupon Code: YINIMMERSION
Members: Register a week in advance for 10% off. Use Coupon Code: YINIMMERSION10

Yin Yoga uses long held postures that support us in accessing the deeper, more Yin parts of ourselves. In this training we will look at how Yin practice with its ancient yogic roots can affect our physical, energetic and emotional bodies. Through this understanding we will explore ways to incorporate Yin postures and philosophy into our teaching and practice.

The training will include:

-Taoist philosophy as it applies to Yin Yoga
-The Yin practice of non-striving and how it can influence our yoga and our life
-The movement of Qi or Prana in the body, and how it can be affected by Yin practice.
-Anatomy as it relates to the understanding of our own natural pattern
-Sequencing your Yin practice or a Yin class
-What it means to hold a safe, sacred space for a Yin practice

The weekend is suitable for all levels of practitioners and for Yoga teachers who are interested in including Yin in their teaching.
*With additional hours, this is a Heart of the Village Yoga Advanced Studies and Teacher Training Core Weekend.

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