3rd Annual Sun Salutations for Peace

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with Stephen Tortorello
Saturday, April 21
12:00pm

 

 

 

The Sun Salutation unites body, mind, and breath in a rhythmic flow that exemplifies meditation in motion. This transformational experience has the potential to strengthen the body, calm the mind, and open the heart, bringing about a state of deep inner peace.

The number 108 has long been considered a sacred number in Hinduism and Yoga. Renowned mathematicians of Vedic culture viewed the number 108 as a representation of the wholeness of existence. Yogis have always used this number, or a derivation of it, to chant or meditate. We will continue in this tradition, offering the challenge of 108 sun salutations as a means to cultivate inner peace. When able to do so on the mat, we find it easier to access that same sense of calm when encountering difficult scenarios off the mat as well. Each action we take toward developing our own inner peace, allows us to introduce that peace into the world.

Cost: $30
Pre-Registration required by March 30 in order to receive commemorative shirt
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Kids Yoga (ages 5-8)

yogafrogwith Michelle Brook
10 Week Series
Mondays 4:30pm – 5:30pm

January 15 thru March 26
(no class February 19)

 

 

Whether they are pretending to be animals or enjoying a fantastical adventure, yoga will be a blast as kids participate and cooperate in creating the experience together! Class may include songs, stories and games as well as age-appropriate breath work geared toward focusing attention, learning to calm ourselves, and relaxation.

Cost: $140 for the full 10 week series/$17 per class (space permitting)
(10% discount available to 2nd sibling when registering for full 10 wk series)

Pre-Registration required

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*** Moms and Dads – If you’d like to enjoy the Alignment Mixed Levels class with Bill from 4:30pm -5:45pm while your son/daughter is in class, Michelle will remain with the kids until 5:45pm so that you can enjoy your full class!!!***

Tween Yoga Series (ages 9 – 12)

teensyogawith Michelle Brook
10 Week series
Wednesdays 4:30pm – 5:45pm
January 10 thru March 14
(Due to weather closure on Feb 7 – class will run thru March 21)

 

Our little ones may be growing up, but they still love to have FUN!!

Tween Yogis/Yoginis will enjoy a variety of poses presented traditionally and through stories, music and games. The connection between movement and breath as well as age-appropriate breath work will be introduced as a means to empower students with the ability to focus and find calm. Whether practicing individually, with a partner, or as a group, our tweens will develop strength, flexibility, and a life-long love for yoga!!.

Cost: $150 for full 10 week series/$18 drop-in per class (space permitting)
(10% discount available to 2nd sibling when registering for full 10wk series)

Pre-Registration required

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***Moms and Dads – enjoy your own practice by taking the 4:30pm Core Alignment Mixed Levels class with Stephen while your son/daughter is in their class!

Family Yoga

newfamilyyogawith Michelle Brook
One Sunday of each month
March 18, April 22, May 20
11:00am – 12:00pm

 

Gather up your crew and join us for joyful play through yoga!!!

These fun-filled classes are designed to help you experience the benefits of yoga as a family. Move, stretch, breathe and play… all while strengthening your family bond and creating healthy habits for your kids! Classes will include individual, partner and group poses as well as stories, music and cooperative games. Moms, Dads, Caregivers and children of all ages are welcome!

Cost: $20 per family, or one class from a Highland Yoga Class Package

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Anatomy & Asana Intensives – Forward Bends

with Carolyn Fosko and Stephen Tortorello
Saturday, March 17 & Sunday, March 18
11:30am – 6:30pm


Inspire Insight ~ Continuing Education for Yoga Teachers

Ever wonder what is happening anatomically that might be limiting your students or yourself in asana? Study advanced anatomy and kinesiology relative to a specific category of asana in order to deepen your understanding of how the body works and moves. Then integrate this information into a working knowledge of safe and uplifting alignment principles as well as intelligent sequencing. Explore everything from restorative to advanced asana and infuse new life into familiar poses by expanding on modifications, variations, creative prop usage and hands-on assists.

This module will be focused on asana that involve forward bends, and the effects of structural, muscular and gravitational conditions on a practitioner’s ability to access this particular category of poses.

 

Yoga Alliance Registered Continuing Education – 14hrs


Cost: $225


Brave Yoga – A Meet Up Group for Trauma and PTSD

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with Bill Amos
Friday, March 9
6:30pm – 8:30pm

 

 

For anyone recovering from trauma or PTSD, this group will offer a community and safe place for healing through gentle yoga, meditation and breath work. Our gathering begins with a one hour yoga class followed by a short break, and will end with time for sharing and a cup of tea. Anyone uncomfortable with sharing may leave after the yoga session.

Meet-ups will be scheduled the 1st Friday of every month in various North Jersey locations. Highland Yoga is honored to be hosting November’s gathering. Whether it is your first time practicing yoga, or you are a seasoned practitioner, all levels are welcome. Please bring a yoga mat and wear clothes that will be comfortable to practice in. There will be a release of liability waiver that must be signed in order to participate in the yoga class.

About Bill Amos: Being personally diagnosed with PTSD, I started this group because I saw what yoga has done for me and I want to share that. I am a 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher, currently enrolled in the next level of Teacher Training, and teach at various studios. I am happy to talk with you should you have any questions or need help in any way, and can be reached at www.meetup.com/Brave-Yoga, which is where you can also discover even more information about the group.   Namaste, Bill

Cost: Donation Based Class – Proceeds will be used to help fund the continuation of this class and bring healing to others. If you are unable to donate, please do not feel pressure to do so, let this class be our gift to you!

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Understanding Fear and Choosing Freedom

with Angela Cays
Sunday, March 4
4:00pm – 6:30pm

Don’t let fear drive your car.

 

A workshop utilizing the tools of yoga: asana, mantra, mudra, meditation, pranayama, as well as some partner yoga, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Tapping, and dharma inspired by Rhonda Britten’s Fearless Living, Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, and Danna Faulds’ poetry from Breath of Joy. Feel free to read from any of these books to warm up for the workshop but NOT required. Just come as you are, open to allow healing to happen. When we connect deeply to ourselves, to each other, and to the larger collective consciousness and via each method to divine spirit, we find freedom from fear, passion for life, and an abiding joy that can be touched in each moment, in each breath.

Please bring a writing utensil and journal in addition to your yoga mat.

Cost: $30 Pre-Registration by Sunday, February 25/$40 Thereafter

 

Kundalini Yoga

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One Sunday/month
February 25, March 25, April 22
12:30pm – 2:00pm

**please note date changes**

 

Kundalini Yoga, brought to the West in 1969 by Yogi Bhajan, is known as the Yoga of Awareness.  Kundalini yoga uses physical postures (Asana), breathwork (Pranayama), Chanting (Mantra), Body Locks (Bhandas), Hand Gestures (Mudras) and Meditation throughout the practice.  Kundalini Yoga is done in sets or kriyas that are designed to work towards a specific outcome.

Cost: One Class from your current Highland Yoga Class Package/$20 Drop-in
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Free Introduction to Meditation

with Carolyn and Stephen
Saturday, February 24
12:00pm – 1:30pm

 

 

The benefits of meditation are profound and numerous. Whether one is seeking to reduce stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure and heart rate, or improve concentration and well-being, a regular meditation practice is powerfully transformative. With all the different styles of meditation available, settling into a regular practice can be challenging. Sometimes, students are deterred from meditating because they fear they’re not “doing it right.”

Join Highland Yoga Co-owners Stephen and Carolyn for this special event which will explore some different styles of meditation and easy ways to make meditation a natural part of your daily life. With the proper guidance and encouragement, it is possible to create a life of peace through the practice of meditation.

Free Class

How does your lettuce grow?

As the summer comes to a close and we are harvesting the last little bits from our garden, I came across this passage from Thich Nhat Hahn that I wanted share. This comes from his book titled Peace is Every Step:

“When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look into the reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or our family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and arguments. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change. One day in Paris, I gave a lecture about not blaming the lettuce. After the talk, I was doing walking meditation by myself, and when I turned the corner of a building, I overheard an eight-year-old girl telling her mother, ‘Mommy, remember to water me. I am your lettuce.’ I was so pleased that she had understood my point completely. Then I heard her mother reply, ‘Yes, my daughter, and I am your lettuce also. So please don’t forget to water me too.’ Mother and daughter practicing together, it was very beautiful.”

I know, especially these days, that it’s easy blame others for the state of the county or the world, but as Thich Nhat Hahn says, “blaming has no positive effect at all.” If we truly want the state of our world, our lives, or just our relationships with others to change, we need to deepen our understanding of what nourishes them. Are they getting enough water, sun, love? If not, perhaps we can help nourish them. If we are attentive gardeners, then our crops will grow well. If we neglect our crops, they will certainly suffer. Our relationships with one another are no different. We all need tending to in order to flourish.

Namaste,
Stephen