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The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.

- Oprah Winfrey

A 6-Week Beginner Yoga Series with Lela Hughes
5-6pm, Tuesday, March 27 to May 1, 2018
$72 for 6-Week Session
DROP-INS ARE WELCOME: $15 per class (Class Card Holders and Members are eligible.)

Shake Your Soul 4-Week Series

An engaging, fun and creative dance class for adults!
with Alexandra Langstaff, RYT 500
Noon to 1pm, Monday: April 2, 9, 16, 23
$48
DROP-INS ARE WELCOME: $15 per class (Class Card Holders and Members are eligible.)

Shake Your Soul® is a movement practice that relaxes your nervous system, energizes your body, and awakens your soul through a powerful, fluid dance repertoire set to world music. No experience is necessary, just a desire to release tension and move to excellent music in a supportive, joyful environment.

Alexandra is a registered Shake Your Soul® teacher and will find any excuse to exercise non traditionally!

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
Saturday, 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

Rock Solid – Mala Making & Meditations

with Kaitlyn Zwagerman
1:00 – 4:00pm, Saturday, April 21, 2018
$80.00
Register a week in advance for 5% off. Use Coupon Code: ROCKSOLID
Members: Register a week in advance for 10% off. Use Coupon Code: ROCKSOLIDMEMBER

“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” – Muhammad Ali

During this creative workshop, traditional Japa meditation and your vision blend to produce powerful results. Aligning yourself with the grounding properties of various spirit filled stones and crystals, you will be guided in hand-knotting your very own Mala prayer necklace (valued at $108). You will learn about the significance and metaphysical qualities of the mala stones and then be guided on how to use your Mala necklace in conjunction with meditation to ease stress and tension in your life.

When practiced regularly, these traditions will inspire peace, calm and happiness while cultivating a resilient heart. You will leave with a japa ‘buzz’ and a beautiful, earthy and treasured tool for elevating your practice!

This workshop fulfills 3 Heart of the Village Yoga 300 Hour Teacher Training Elective Hours.

Shubulananda Kirtan

7:30PM, April 28, 2018
$20 Suggested Donation – no one turned away.
Everyone Welcome!

Kirtan is a sacred call-and-response type of singing that is offered ​as a ​devotional ​practice​. ​ ​Let your heart shine and your voice be heard as we chant the divine names and bask in each other​s’​ light. ​As Shubal says, “You can’t sing and think at the same time. Kirtan helps us quiet the mind and experience more peace in our lives.” ​

​A kirtan musician for almost 30 years, ​Shubalananda Saraswati (Larry Kopp) has been leading kirtan and singing bhajan​ internationally for almost half of his life​. ​He has led kirtan for thousands of people over the years and shared the stage with Krishna Das, Ram Dass, along with his gurus.

​Shubal, as most call him, chose the life of a sadhu living on the Dakshina (contributions) of the kirtan ​communities​ he serves​. He is a regular kirtan wallah at Kripalu Center in Lenox MA and he is out 3-4 nights a week leading kirtan at over 20 yoga centers across New England​. ​

Shubal and Ashley, along with Bob on bass, Greg on drums (and many other wonderful musicians) will be blistering the paint and rocking the rafters as usual. 

Please join us for an inspiring and uplifting evening!!!
$20 donation requested at the door. No one turned away.

Yin Yoga to Yoga Nidra Workshop

with Jo Kirsch, E-RYT 500
2:00 – 4:00pm, Sunday, April 29
$36
Register a week in advance for 5% off. Use Coupon Code: YINNIDRA
Members: Register a week in advance for 10% off. Use Coupon Code: YINNIDRA10

Yin Yoga uses gentle long held postures practiced with an attitude of compassionate acceptance to awaken the more Yin parts of our physical, emotional and spiritual selves. Yoga Nidra is a guided mediation that puts the practitioner into a state of consiousness between waking and sleeping. Infused with intention, both Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra are deeply restorative, grouding and healing. We will practice Yin Yoga for 1 hour and fifteen minutes and flow into a lovely Yoga Nidra practice. You will leave the workshop with body, mind and Spirit merged as one; rested, energized and inspired to live each day fully with peace and love.
This workshop fulfills 2 Heart of the Village Yoga 300 Hour Teacher Training Elective Hours.

The Magic of Mantra

with Jo Kirsch, E-RYT 500
7:00 – 9:00pm, Friday, May 4
$36
Register a week in advance for 5% off. Use Coupon Code: MAGICMANTRA
Members: Register a week in advance for 10% off. Use Coupon Code: MAGICMANTRA10

Unlock the magic of mantra and learn the most common chants used in yoga classes all over the world. We will demystify chanting, learn what the chants mean and discover why chanting promotes a deep sense of calm. We will do some mellow yoga asana (poses) throughout the workshop in support of the mantras we are practicing. And we will explore how you might add chanting to your life outside the yoga studio.
This workshop fulfills 2 Heart of the Village Yoga 300 Hour Teacher Training Elective Hours.

Intro to Power (Astanga) Yoga

with Jo Kirsch, E-RYT 500
1:00 – 3:00pm, Sunday, May 5
$45
Register a week in advance for 5% off. Use Coupon Code: INTROPOWER
Members: Register a week in advance for 10% off. Use Coupon Code: INTROPOWER10

Learn the secretes of Astanga Yoga, a powerful practice that awakens your mind, body and Spirit. You will learn how to practice Ujjayi Pranayama (Victorious Breath), how to engage Mula Bandha (root lock) and Uddiyana Banda (fly-up lock) energetic locks in your body, and the power of Drishti (focused gazing). All three of these tools are an integral part of the Astanga Asana (posture) Sequence that we will explore from Sun Salutations, Standing Poses, Seated Poses and Closing sequence. This introduction to Power Yoga will give you lifelong tools to unite the mind, body and Spirit.
This workshop fulfills 2.5 Heart of the Village Yoga 300 Hour Teacher Training Elective Hours.

Yin Yoga Journey with Biff Mithoefer

7:30-9pm, Friday, May 11
$50
Register a week in advance for 5% off. Use Coupon Code: YINYOGA2018
Members: Register a week in advance for 10% off. Use Coupon Code: YINYOGAMEMBERS2018

In this fast-paced, yang-style world, the practice of Yin Yoga helps us maintain balance. Through long-held postures, we explore our compassionate, no striving, receptive yin nature and learn to recognize and move with the natural patterns of life. With attention to the breath and sensations in the body, Yin Yoga helps us: balance our yin and yang aspects; Increase the flow of qi or prana in the body; Maintain the health of our connective tissue; Reconnect to the meditative origins of yoga

With silence, poetry and gentle music, we’ll journey together into our own inner spaces to reconnect with ourselves and the healing wisdom that is our true nature.

Yin Yoga and Storytelling with Biff Mithoefer

Module 3: Yin Yoga Teacher Training​*
May 11: 7:30-9pm, 12 and 13 from 9-5pm
$450
Register a week in advance for 5% off. Use Coupon Code: YINSTORYTELLING
Members: Register a week in advance for 10% off. Use Coupon Code: YINSTORYTELLINGMEMBERS

Storytelling is the most ancient of the healing arts. The way of the storyteller is about more than just telling stories. At it’s core it is a way of seeing and interacting with the world through the stories that are constantly unfolding inside and around us.

Classic teaching stories remind us that our lives ebb and flow; always moving between our youth stories, that teach us to triumph; our mid-life stories, that help us to transform, and our elder stories that remind us that eventually triumph and transformation must give way to transcendence and acceptance.

In these Storytelling workshops we explore the path of the storyteller. Through classic stories we will look at how our own life stories can become our teaching stories, and how as teachers, parents and humans, storytelling helps us share the truth of our own experience. As part of unfolding our stories we will use Yin Yoga, body meditations and sacred sound to look within our own bodies at the places where we so often hold our deepest truths.

This training is a stand-alone training, and is open to anyone who has taken Taoism, Anatomy and Sequencing and Embracing the Yin Path as well as any dedicated yoga students or teachers who are interested in deepening their practice. If you haven’t studied with me before and plan on coming to the third module only, then I ask that you get a copy of The Yin Yoga Kit, and familiarize yourself with the basic concepts, and do some of the practices in the book or CD. The training is suitable for teachers and dedicated practitioners. You don’t need to be a teacher or even experienced in Yin, just come with an open heart and a willing mind.
*With additional hours, this is a Heart of the Village Yoga Advanced Studies and Teacher Training Core Weekend.

Change Your Perspective! Inversions and Hand Balancing Intensive

Heart of the Village Yoga Advanced Studies and Yoga Teacher Training Weekend*
with Jo Kirsch, Bob Speck and Pam Fletcher

June 1 – 3, 2018
$450
Register a week in advance for 5% off. Use Coupon Code: CHANGEYOURPERSPECTIVE
Members: Register a week in advance for 10% off. Use Coupon Code: CHANGEYOURPERSPECTIVEMEMBER

Friday, June 1: 6:00 – 9:pm
Saturday, June 2: 9:00 – 6:00pm
Sunday, June 3: 8:00 – 5:00pm

Would you like to learn the secrets to practicing inversions? Once you learn a systematic approach, you may be surprised how accessible inversions are. You will learn how to warm up your body and open your shoulders, hips, front body, back body, ankles, wrists, heart and mind. We will practice headstand, shoulderstand, handstand, forearm stand, crow, crane and poses dedicated to the Sage Koundinya. There are a number of benefits of practicing yoga inversions:

– Gives your heart a break
– Helps your lymphatic system
– Energizes you and builds confidence
– Improves your balance
– Builds core strength
– Forces you to focus
– Releases your ego and helps you practice non-attachment
– Provides a new perspective

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.

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.

This weekend immersion is open to practitioners who would like to deepen their practice and understanding of inversions.
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.

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.

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.

Awakening A Deeper Sense of Home

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Restoring the Importance of Spirituality in our Lives

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