The Yoga Tree • 90 Washington St, Haverhill MA 01832 • 978.944.4126
Evolve Your Asana (Level 2/3) with Julia Tirabassi
One Sunday A Month, 12pm-1:30pm
Give your asana an upgrade! This monthly class will take a unique approach to advancing your asana practice. Each class will focus on detailing a single pose, and the poses we'll be working with tend to get described as "advanced." However: the aim of this class is to make these complex poses accessible - and enjoyable! - and provide you with the necessary tools in your pursuit of mastery. Our progressive approach to these poses will be methodical, integrated and insightful. Step-by-step progressions will (1) intelligently demystify these poses for you; (2) guide you towards a deeper understanding of accurate alignment; and (3) give you maximal access to these wondrous shapes.
Our time together will be both educational and highly experiential. Advanced asanas require much more than physical aptitude alone. In addition to exploring poses that require cultivated flexibility, increased strength, steady balance, and sincere stamina - we'll also practice the mental attributes of deep internal awareness, structural precision, and the potency of patience. Classes will cover a wide range of asanas, including: standing poses, balances, inversions, core work, arm balances, and backbends.
This class is intended for established, uninjured yogis with a sense of adventure and an eagerness to work hard. The content will be strong and is not appropriate for beginners.
Candlelight Flow with Caroline **featuring Live Acoustic Music by Erica & Andy Cahill**
Tuesdays, 7:30pm-9pm (once monthly)
Enjoy a delicious mix of music and movement in a studio light by candlelight. Sound just right for a Tuesday night? IT IS! Expect to sweat, build heat, lengthen and strengthen your muscles, preparing the body for a deeply nourishing and sweet savasana! Space is limited, be sure to preregister to save your mat space!
**Regular Class Cards Accepted, or $15 drop in rate**
Tuesday Oct 11
Block Island Yoga Retreat with Caroline & Checka
Sunday Sept 10- Tues Sept 12, 2017
Savor the last days of summer with Caroline and Checka on Block Island! If you are looking for a unique yoga weekend getaway in one of New England's sweetest spots, this is it. Block Island is a stunning island 13 miles off the coast of Rhode Island, easily accessible by ferry. A leader in conservation, it is chock full of nature and breathtaking scenery at every turn. Visitors can venture out on a gorgeous hike or bike ride (bring your own or rent a bike or moped on island), bask in sun and stillness on one of the many pristine beaches, or peruse the downtown shops and eateries. Taxis are also readily available if you would like to explore the island's further reaches. The mellow pace and warm hospitality of Block Island will embrace you the moment you arrive, and you will feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. Be prepared to want to come back again and again! We have space for 20 yogis on this retreat.
The retreat will begin on Sunday, September 11. Check-in is available at 2:00 pm, and you can store your luggage at the 1661 Inn should you arrive on the island early. Our first yoga class will be held at St. Andrew's Parish Center from 4:30-6:00 pm, followed by a group welcome dinner at The Oar House at 7:00 pm. Non-practicing friends or partners are most welcome to join us for dinner! On Monday the 12th, we will practice at 7:30 am and then gather for a delicious and hearty brunch buffet included in your stay with Block Island Resorts. The day is yours to fill with whatever your heart desires. We will reconvene for 4:30 pm practice and you can choose from many appealing downtown options for dinner on your own or with a group. We will awake to our last 7:30 am practice and brunch on Tuesday the 13th before making our way home!
We are partnering with Block Island Resorts for accommodations; all of their lovely properties are within walking distance of the downtown, our yoga space, and the 1661 Inn where everyone will check in upon arrival and gather for brunch on Monday and Tuesday.
You are responsible for booking your own accommodations, and rooms are first come first served. Rates range from $125 to $175/night plus tax. The Guest House has rooms with shared bathrooms for $125/night. Dewey Cottage, Dodge House and Anchor House all have rooms with private bathrooms for either $150/night or $175/night. Dewey Cottage is a slightly longer walk (about 1/2 mile) from our yoga and brunch space than the other cottages. (You could always splurge on one of the brand new Mitchell or Nicholas Ball Cottages, but these will not in in the quoted price range). There are only a few rooms with two beds so we suggest reserving right away if that is a priority! You can also bring a sleeping bag or air mattress but be sure to reserve a room that is big enough to accommodate it.
It is best to check out all of the properties at the link below, and then call 800-626-4773 to make your reservation.
They are super friendly and will answer any questions you have!
September is still a popular time to travel to Block Island, so it's best to book your spot ahead of time. We suggest the traditional ferry from Point Judith, just $25 round trip and a one hour ride each way. You can find all general info, including additional fees to bring a bicycle or a car (which is NOT required) here: http://www.blockislandferry.com.
There are several overnight parking lots near the ferry in Point Judith; cost will be around $10/day to leave your car there.
YOU WANT TO COME! NOW WHAT?:
1) Make your two-night lodging reservation with Block Island
2) Make your ferry reservation arriving Sunday 9/10 and
departing Tuesday 9/12.
3) Click HERE to pay the $225 retreat fee (includes Sunday
night welcome dinner)
4) If applicable, click to pay $35 HERE welcome dinner fee for friend or partner traveling with you to Block Island
We look forward to sharing this special weekend with you!
**Lodging not included, and must be booked seperately (more info below)**
A Day With Ame Wren, Saturday November 19!
Register for one or BOTH (and receive a discount)!
2017 Boston Yoga School 200-hr Teacher Training
on location at The Yoga Tree
A 200+ hour training for committed yoga students
August 2017 - Dec 2017
Director: Ame Wren
Co-Director: Caroline Pineau
**With Boston Yoga School Supporting Faculty**
About This Training
Applicants to this training must have a consistent and serious yoga practice. The curriculum is designed for committed yoga students looking to enrich their understanding of hatha yoga, yogic philosophy & lifestyle, and anatomy & physiology while gaining the skills to teach a safe and intelligent yoga class. If accepted, students should be prepared to steep themselves in yoga for the duration of the training, both within the scheduled hours and outside of the classroom.
This training begins with the intention of being an intimate, dedicated and resourceful program. In addition to the many hours you will spend with Ame, this training also offers an opportunity to study with many of Boston and New York’s finest teachers in a small setting. There will be ample practice time and abundant practice teaching. Expect to learn a lot. This program will give you the tools to sequence, cue, adjust and execute a well-informed yoga class while also deepening your understanding of personal practice.
To graduate, students must showcase their understanding of the material covered in the training. This is done by completing all hours and outside assignments as well as passing a final exam. Graduation is dependent on the fulfillment of all requirements and not guaranteed. This training is registered with Yoga Alliance and exceeds all of the requirements for a 200-hour training.
About Your Leader
Ame Wren is a celebrated vinyasa yoga teacher in Boston and has been featured in Yoga Journal and at Wanderlust Festival. Her teaching is a reflection of her deep love of precision and movement, and heavily influenced by all of her gifted mentors. She is known for her lighthearted but very specific approach to asana and sequencing and her desire to make every student in the room feel known and attended to. Ame has been directing teacher training since 2009 and founded Boston Yoga School in 2013. Graduates from her trainings are now teaching in many premier yoga studios as well as in private & corporate settings and for non-profits. She is excited to be bringing Boston Yoga School back to Freeport Yoga Company and is honored to have such a prestigious support staff. Ame prides herself on her sense of community and students of this training can be assured they will have her support long past graduation.
- Steady and consistent yoga practice
- Attendance at all training dates (exceptions/arrangements can be made for previously scheduled travel, illness or emergencies)
- Willingness to cultivate a meditation practice for duration of training
- Completion of all written assignments and ability to demonstrate knowledge produced by reading assignments by the end of training
9 weekends in 2017:
Fri 5:30pm-9pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 8am-4pm
Tuition & Payment Information
If paid by June 1, 2017, cost of training is $3000
If paid after June 1, 2017, or by payment plan, cost of training is $3200
Deposit due at time of acceptance: $800
Cancellations made more than 3 weeks prior to the training start date receive a tuition refund less the $800 non-refundable deposit. Cancellations made within 3 weeks or during training will not receive a refund.
For More Information
Monthly Gentle Flow Fusion with Sally
One Sunday Afternoon a Month 4-5:30pm
This class will take place one Sunday a month. A fusion of gentle vinyasa flow yoga with Qi Gong, an ancient method of healing and disease prevention. Combine fluid breath synchronized asanas (yoga postures) with free flowing qi gong movements to simultaneously energize, relax, and bring peaceful harmony to mind, body and spirit. In this class you can expect to stretch, improve balance and flexibility, reduce tension and anxiety, and find your quiet
Pre-Registration required. A minimum of 5 people needed to run class. Regular class cards CAN be used or $15 drop in!
A Yoga Study Group (Part 2): For Teachers & Intrigued Students with Julia Tirabassi
You’re reading these words because you’re curious about yoga. Perhaps, you’re a teacher who’s interested in an academic and educational approach to deeper learning; perhaps, the yoga profession intrigues you and you’re considering stepping on the path towards becoming a yoga teacher; perhaps, you’ve been an avid practitioner for years and you’ve decided that it’s time to take your practice to the next level and learn about the logic behind the poses you’ve fallen in love with. Whichever species of curiosity has led you to this moment in time, this monthly Yoga Study Group will provide you a chance to dive deep into a concentrated study of yoga’s vast background.
There’s a well-known saying: “Every journey begins with a single step,” which is an adaption of a Lao-tzu quote: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” This 2-Part Study Group for intrigued students + teachers represents a unique opportunity to take a step forward on your yogic path and explore the hidden realms of yoga practice. In this 6-month course of study, we’ll take a close look at the “behind the scenes” matrix that represents the backdrop of the physical practice that you already know and adore.
Each portion of this program is designed to challenge you and to expand your understanding of yoga’s bigger picture. Part 1 and 2 can be taken independently or sequentially. Here’s what you can expect:
Part Two: “Yoga’s Deeper Dimensions”
- Sat., December 10th, 12:30-5:30PM
- Sat., January 14th, 12:30-5:30PM
- Sat., February 18th, 12:30-5:30PM
The second portion of the Study Group will offer an introduction to yoga’s complex history and philosophy as we consider the big picture context of how the practice has evolved and developed over the millennia.
Investment & Registration:
**All workshops & trainings are non-refundable, policy is firm.**
This Study Group is intended for sincere students and yoga professionals with a minimum of 1 year of regular yoga practice. It promises to be both Scholastic AND Fantastic!
About Julia Tirabassi:
Longtime Portsmouth, NH resident, Julia has been teaching Yoga professionally for 13 years in the seacoast region of NH, as well as multiple locations in Maine and Massachusetts. As a former personal trainer, it was her passion for movement and an on-going fascination with the body’s unlimited potential that led her to a full-time career as an independent Yoga teacher. She formed her own solo-preneur business, Lotus Groove Yoga, in 2006. In her work as a traveling teacher, Julia has offered classes, workshops, mentorship programs and teacher trainings in NH, ME, and MA. She is best known for her clarity, proficiency, and authenticity.
A self-proclaimed yoga enthusiast, asana addict, alignment geek, and handstand fanatic, Julia infuses all of her teaching with an impassioned knowledge of sound bio-mechanical movement, applied anatomy, functional optimization, and an overall zest for playful asana adventures. Eternally true to her days as a fitness enthusiast, Julia’s teaching style continues to include plenty of athleticism, but has evolved into a unique “special blend” of creative physicality, sweaty sweetness, mindful movement, and keen attention to deep detail. In each and every moment, Julia strives to share continuously fresh, contemporary, and creative ways to guide students towards manifesting their personal expression of empowered grace.
In her role as a mentor and teacher trainer, it is her sincerest honor and privilege to gracefully guide aspiring teachers on their path and to serve the global spread of yoga’s magnificence with ecstatic integrity.
Mad Props 2
Saturday November 19, 11:30-2pm
Whoever invented yoga props was a genius. This workshop will teach you how to use them. Contrary to popular belief, yoga props do not make poses easier. Often they bring the body into more optimal asana alignment and actually intensify the experience. This is not a workshop on putting a block under your hand. This will be a 2.5 hour exploration into the magic of props (including the wall) and how to learn from them. Your asana practice will never be the same.
It is not necessary that you attended Mad Props 1, this will simply be a sweet second edition version of Mad Props 1:).
Alignment & Anatomy Refresher For Yoga Teachers & Teachers in Training
Saturday Nov 19, 2:30pm-6:30pm
This 4hr workshop is for the yoga teachers out there who need a thorough reconnect with the point & purpose of asana. Why are we doing these poses? What do they actually teach the students? Through practice, lecture, partner work and skeletal study, we will review the baseline postures and what their primary and secondary actions are (read: the point) while also revisiting some fundamental human anatomy. Because anatomical asana ideas change frequently, we will also look at how things were once taught and how the study of biomechanics suggests we teach them a different way. Come as an investment in your own practice and your students.
Ame Wren began her yoga practice in 2001. Her teaching is a reflection of her deep love of precision and movement, and heavily influenced by all of her gifted mentors. She is known for her lighthearted but very specific approach to asana and sequencing and her desire to make every student in the room feel known and attended to.
Throughout the years she have been a dedicated student of Iyengar and Vinyasa yoga. She currently studies weekly with Patricia Walden and Natasha Rizopolous, and is pursuing a 500-hr certification with Nikki Costello. Ame’s flow practice has taken different shapes, but has always been bolstered by an intentional and structured approach. When she began teaching, combining precision with fluidity and creativity inspired her. In her quest for senior teachers who were doing this, Ame met Schuyler Grant, the founder of Kula Yoga and fell in love with the style of Kula Yoga. Under the tutelage of Schuyler, David Regelin and many other NYC teachers, Ame’s practice and teaching shifted. She began to wonder what her teaching was giving to students, and how to create a fuller and more introspective experience while cultivating quiet space. With a solid aim to educate, confront and guide while honoring the power of yoga as a complete mind-body practice, Ame works to present intelligent flow that combines the sweat of astanga, the wisdom of iyengar and the freedom of vinyasa.
Ame has been a featured teacher in Yoga Journal, at Wanderlust Festival and was awarded the honor of “Best of Boston” in 2010. She travels extensively leading retreats, trainings and workshops all over the world and is the founder of Boston Yoga School.
ADVENTURE TO AZORES YOGA RETREAT
Feb 3-Feb 10 2017 - ONLY 1 SPOT LEFT
with Caroline Pineau & Checka Antifonario
WOW. We had a dream of offering something new, exciting, rejuvenating, and accessible for this winter's yoga retreat, and we have found the perfect spot. "Quinta Minuvida Orchard Lodge and Experiences" is a newly renovated yoga retreat center on São Miguel Island, the largest of the stunning volcanic Azores islands located in the North Atlantic, 900 miles west of Portugal and about 3,000 miles due east of Richmond, VA. The Azores are a hidden gem where the beauty of nature and warmth of the people embrace you at every turn.
And one of the best parts about this trip?? The affordable direct flights from Boston - you'll be in paradise in under six hours!
Oh, this will be a magical journey. Our amazing hosts Rimi and João describe the Azores as "unexpected...sometimes you think you are sitting on the lush volcanic cliffs of Hawaii. Sometimes it seems you just descended on the Irish countryside. Our white-washed towns could be at home in Tuscany. It's Europe meets the tropics."
We will leave Boston on Friday night and arrive at Minuvida for brunch (and maybe a nap) on Saturday morning. Our six-night, seven-day retreat will be chock full of yoga classes (two practices on most days), excursions options (hiking, volcano viewing, natural hot spring soaking, and surfing to name a few available!), and of course time to just chill. Relax by the pool or in your Orchard Lodge suite - each one gorgeous and unique - enjoy views of mountains, ocean and orchards from Minuvida's own observatory tower, eat bananas and guavas right from the tree! The springlike weather will be a refreshing and energizing respite from our New England winter. We will depart on Friday afternoon for our quick flight home.
ALL meals are included in your retreat price (beginning/ending with arrival & departure brunch) - we will enjoy a hearty daily brunch and three dinners at the retreat center along with three group dinners out in town to soak in the local culture (transport costs included). Early morning snacks will also be available for some nourishment before practice.
Space is limited to 12 yogis and prices are as follows:
- Shared Suite: $1,495 through November 1 / $1,650 after
- Private Suite: $1,895 through November 1 / $2,050 after**
**(SOLD OUT; However, we are trying to secure add'l private room
options at a nearby bed and breakfast. For more info on reserving a
private room please email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Additional costs are limited to: air travel, transportation to and from airport (~$30 total) and optional excursions (~$65 per excursion with a likelihood of 2-3 excursions throughout the week).
We would love to hear any of your questions if you are interested in joining us - we are SO excited about this! After you register, Caroline and Checka will be in touch to advise you on when to purchase your flight (via https://www.azoresairlines.pt/en/home only). Please visit the retreat center's web site, http://www.minuvida.com, for a wealth of info about all that awaits you in this special place. Adventure, here we come!
1. Pay By Check (preferred). Email to reserve spot, mail check to The Yoga Tree 90 Washington St. Haverhill MA 01830
2. Pay by Credit Card Here:
** If a payment plan would feel more accessible, please email caroline to arrange.
Thanksgiving Day Vinyasa with Tea & Cookies (DONATION CLASS) with Julia Tirasbassi
Thurs November 24, 9:15-10:45
Looking for a way to not only take time for yourself this holiday but also give back at the same time? Before visiting family and celebrating with food, football or whatever your Thanksgiving has in store, join Julia for the 6th Annual Thanksgiving Day practice at The Yoga Tree, an all levels sweaty and joyful vinyasa flow (90min). All profits will be donated to be donated to Somebody Cares New England to help with their Thanksgiving Day/XMAS outreach efforts in Haverhill. Donations of $10-$20 recommended but ALL appreciated. Donations of canned foods are also appreciated!
Post Thanksgiving Detox Flow with Caroline Pineau
Friday Nov 25 9:30-11:30am
Thanksgiving is a time to share gratitude, enjoy abundance, and celebrate with food, family, and friends! The day after Thanksgiving can leave us lethargic and craving a sense of renewal. Join Caroline for a sweaty 2 hour Post Thanksgiving Detox Flow to fight off your Turkey Day coma. Through pranayama (breath), heat building, twisting, and folding, we will stimulate the vital organs, increase mobility in the joints and fight off unwanted toxin buildup. This practice will heighten your sense of awareness and is sure to get you back on track!
*If you have a monthly or yearly unlimited membership class is ONLY $15!*
Fresh Energy Flow- A New Year Mini Retreat
with Checka Antifonario
Sunday Jan 1 10:00am-12:00pm
Ring in the new year yogi style! Through asana, meditation, rest, and some writing, we will embrace the collective fresh energy that abounds at this time of year. Bring an intention for the upcoming year if that resonates with you, or simply show up and see what flows. A holiday practice always serves up something special; let's get the feel-good going for 2017! All levels warmly welcomed. *Please bring something to write with and a journal if you have one; we will provide paper as well.*
Yin Yoga & Meditation for Thinkers: Writing & Remembering on the Path of Wisdom with Josh Summers
Saturday March 4, 1-4pm
Often in our yoga and meditation practice there is an implicit bias against thinking. We compare our thinking mind to a wild monkey on amphetamines, swinging anxiously from thought to thought. We try to NOT be lost in thought. We try to focus on our body and breath.
But in practice, we don’t need to be at war with our minds. In fact, we can engage with our thoughts in more skillful ways that serve our development of peace and wisdom.
In this workshop, we will use the quiet spiritual practices of Yin Yoga and Seated Meditation, followed by reflective writing, to shed light on experience, to learn from that experience, and to promote an onward cultivation of wisdom.
All thinkers are encouraged to join.
Talk About a Revolution – The Power of Twisting with Natasha Rizopoulos
Saturday April 22- 12-2pm
Twists are an amazing family of poses that can be explored for a variety of different effects. They are powerful tools that awaken the mid and upper back, and essential preparation for backbends and inversions. Conversely, they are also wonderful counter poses after these postures, and as such can have a cooling and neutralizing effect. We’ll look at standing, seated and supine twists and examine what they share, as well as their different energetic impacts. You’ll leave class refreshed and alert, with increased awareness and mobility in your thoracic spine.
A former ballet dancer, Natasha Rizopoulos began practicing yoga in her 20s. Her teaching style combines an emphasis on precise alignment with a commitment to finding joy and ease in the practice. She is celebrated for her ability to communicate the essence of a pose or an action, exploring and explaining theory and practice in a manner that immediately connects students to their yoga in profound and transformative ways.
A dedicated Ashtanga practitioner who has studied in India with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Natasha has also been very influenced by the Iyengar system. These two traditions form the basis of her teaching technique, combining the heat and energy of Ashtanga with the precision and attention to detail of the Iyengar method. In her teaching Natasha weaves these two styles together so that students can become fully alive to potential in their own yoga.
Natasha is the featured teacher in Yoga Journal’s Yoga Step-by-Step DVD series and has appeared in magazines and on television, as well as in the photo essay Yoga: A Yoga Journal Book. She is a contributing editor and columnist for Yoga Journal and writes the on-line column “Ask the Beginner’s Expert” for YogaJournal.com. In addition to her classes in Boston, Natasha travels extensively, teaching at conferences and leading workshops and teacher trainings around the world. http://www.natasharizopoulos.com/
Stoking the Inner Fire and Arm Balancing with Heart
with Roberto Lim
Saturday Feb 18, 10am-12pm
Join Roberto Lim, Prana Vinyasa yoga teacher from Boston, for an arm balancing workshop on bakasana (crow) and its related poses. You will learn about arm balancing by connecting to the element of fire, and by developing an understanding of the vayus of prana especially samana vayu which is important to arm balancing. All levels are welcome to this practice.
Roberto is a Prana Vinyasa yoga teacher and trainer who lives in the Boston area, and is an apprentice to Shiva Rea assisting her trainings and retreats since 2006. He has led teacher trainings in the US and Europe, and retreats in Mexico and Costa Rica. He is also a healer in the Modern Mystery School practicing Life Activation and aural healing. Roberto is a devoted student of living in the flow and believes that practice in all its forms is a way to embody the sacredness of life. // www.vitallivingarts.com
Master Class with Ame Wren
Tues May 9 5:45pm-7:45pm
This class is intended for the curious and dedicated student and will approach more complex postures & themes. Experience with backbends, inversions at the wall and simple pranayama is encouraged. Not suitable for beginners. Expect a blend of vinyasa yoga and structural work aimed at creating clarity in asana and body mechanics.
Teacher Training Info Session
with Ame Wren & Caroline Pineau
Tues May 9 7:45pm-8:15pm
Ame will be in Haverhill for a special 2hr Masters Class on Tues May 9. The info session will take place after her class from 5:45-7:45pm.
This is a great opportunity to experience Ame's style of teaching and get your questions answered regarding the 200 Hour TT program.
The Yoga Tree and Boston Yoga School have teamed up to offer a 200 Hour training program that is unlike anything else you will find on Boston's Northshore! You have access to some of Boston and NYC's finest yoga teachers right here in Haverhill! This program is for more than just the aspiring yoga teacher. It’s for anyone in a transition, looking for direction, or simply searching for a deeper understanding of yoga and their practice. Students become part of a community of like-minded yogis looking to evolve their own personal practice and well-being.
Join us for the class with Ame and stay for the info session, or just stop in for the info session at 7:45pm! You will have an opportunity to speak with Ame & Caroline who direct the program.