Belly Dancing

with Jessica Lynne Small
Mondays October 16 thru November 6
7:30pm – 8:45pm

Experience the joy of belly dance with Jessica!

 

Whether you are new to the world of middle eastern dance, or looking to brush up on your skills, this class is for you. Learn to connect with your body in a brand new way. During this class, participants will be lead through drills to hone techniques of the most common movements. The basics for all facets of middle eastern dance styles will also be covered – including American Cabaret, Raqs Sharqui, and fusion dance!

No experience is necessary for this fun, low-impact dance class. Be ready to strengthen your core and let your hips loose! Hip scarves will be provided.

Cost: $60 for 4 week series/$20 Drop-in per class

Tween Yoga Series (ages 9 – 12)

teensyogawith Michelle Brook
Wednesdays 4:30pm – 5:45pm
September 27 thru December 6
(no class Nov 22)

 

 

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!

Kids Yoga (ages 5-8)

yogafrogwith Michelle Brook
Mondays 4:30pm – 5:30pm
September 25 thru December 4
(no class Oct 9)

 

 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!!!***

Highland Sutra Circle


with Stephen Tortorello

Wednesday, December 6
7:30pm – 9:00pm

 

 

The intention of the Sutra Circle is to explore the myriad principles of yoga philosophy through various works of fiction and non-fiction and to learn how to weave these powerful principles into our contemporary lifestyles. No experience of yoga or yoga philosophy is necessary to participate. Our next circle will review Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo.

From the Publisher:

When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he’d planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger—and amuse himself—he decides to show the monk some “American fun” along the way. From a chocolate factory in Hershey to a bowling alley in South Bend, from a Cubs game at Wrigley field to his family farm near Bismarck, Otto is given the remarkable opportunity to see his world—and more important, his life—through someone else’s eyes. Gradually, skepticism yields to amazement as he realizes that his companion might just be the real thing.

In Roland Merullo’s masterful hands, Otto tells his story with all the wonder, bemusement, and wry humor of a man who unwittingly finds what he’s missing in the most unexpected place.


Workshop Cost: $5
Book: $14.95

Family Yoga

newfamilyyogawith Michelle Brook
One Sunday of each month
November 19, December 17, January 21
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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Kundalini Yoga

seanpicwith Sean Meyers
Sundays November 12, December 10
12:30pm – 2:00pm

**please note class time**

 

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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Brave Yoga – A Meet Up Group for Trauma and PTSD

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with Bill Amos
Friday, November 3
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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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

Partner Yoga Playshop

with Angela Cays
Sunday, October 29
4:00pm – 6:00pm

 

 

 

We all want to have fun, to be loved, and to feel deeply connected to each other and ourselves. Come to connect in the spirit of fun, love, light, and compassion. All good medicine for this lifetime. Come to be yourself and see yourself in the other. Together we can achieve and experience so much more – not just in our asana, also in our hearts and in our life. We will explore active and meditative partner poses, deepening of poses with guided partner adjustments, and group balancing.

Come with a friend or partner up once you arrive!

Cost: $25 per person by October 22/$30 thereafter

Family Yoga – Harry Potter Style!!!


with Michelle Brook
Sunday, October 22
11:00am – 12:00pm

This family yoga class will celebrate the wonderful wizarding world of Harry Potter!

Act out the story of the Sorcerer’s Stone in yoga poses beginning with Happy Baby Harry and Lighting Warrior.   Grab your invitation to Hogwarts, Ride on the Hogwarts Express train through the mountains. Which house will you be sorted into? Are you a brave Gryffindor Lion or a wise Ravenclaw Eagle? We’ll learn how to ride a broom and use our magic wands to levitate our family members and much more!

Bring a sense of adventure, and perhaps a wand or magical cape if you have one!

Best for ages 6 and up.

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