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 Sept 6
Tuesday Oct 4
Block Island Yoga Retreat with Checka and Caroline Sunday Sept 11-Tuesday Sept 13- 2 MORE SPOTS AVAILABLE
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 9/11 and
departing Tuesday 9/13.
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)**
Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with Bec Conant
Fri-Sun Sept 30- Oct 2- ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT!
Times: Fri 6:30pm-9pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 9am-5pm
This training is for yoga teachers interested in delving into the world of pregnancy and yoga. The 18.5 hour immersion weekend will prepare students to work with the special needs of prenatal students, and certify them to design and teach a safe, specifically prenatal class. The workshop will include sections on: - The anatomy and physiology of Pregnancy - Yoga’s view the pregnant body and how this model differs from the western medical model - Historical practices in Birth and how those practices have affected the birth process. - Myths surrounding prenatal yoga: which postures are truly contra-indicated and why? - Appropriate postures for a prenatal yoga practice and class - Modifications for different stages in pregnancy - Yoga solutions to common pregnancy aches and pains. - Meditation for both pregnancy and birth - Pranayama for a prenatal practice - Yoga practices for childbirth preparation - Prenatal class components and sequencing, including discussion of how to conduct “circle time” and foster community through open communication in class - Student teaching opportunities - Immediate post-natal yoga considerations and steps for re-introducing mom back to practice All students will receive a training manual containing the above components as well as suggested prenatal sequences for class development.
A Day With Ame Wren, Saturday November 19!
Register for one or BOTH (and receive a discount)!
Bec has been teaching Yoga classes since 2001, when she finished the teacher training course at OM Yoga Center under Cyndi Lee. Since then Bec has gone on to gain certifications in restorative yoga and her specialty, pre-natal and post-natal yoga. Bec focuses on helping women develop strength, flexibility and confidence throughout their pregnancy and post-partum. Bec has studied prenatal and post natal yoga with Betsy Kase, Janice Clarfield, and Judith Lasater. Bec has also assisted Janice in training future pre-natal yoga teachers at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Wellness. In January of 2007, Bec completed Barbara Benagh's 15 month course: The Art of Teaching Yoga.
Bec began her training as a Birth Doula in August of 2003 during a pre-natal yoga training. Her first birth experience taught her the value of intuition and a calm, steady presence in birth. Bec has attended nearly 200 births — first in the New York area, and here in Boston since September 2005. Bec is also certified through DONA International.
Bec has also studied the Mongan Method of HypnoBirthing® and is a certified HypnoBirthing® childbirth educator. For more on this method of childbirthing involving deep relaxation and self-hypnosis please visit the section on HypnoBirthing®. Bec teaches both group and individual classes in HypnoBirthing® around the Boston area.
Through her years of teaching and attending birthing women, Bec has seen a deep connection between the body, the mind and the heart; a connection she hopes to share with her students and birthing mothers. Bec's classes focus on developing strength and flexibility while learning to respect and listen to the body's wisdom. Her gentle teaching style allows students to deepen their practice while working at their own pace.
Bec teaches yoga classes in and around the Boston area, in a variety of styles including: Pre-natal yoga, Vinyasa yoga, beginners yoga and inspired by her work with pregnant moms, as well as a Mommy and Me yoga class. She also conducts trainings in teaching prenatal yoga and adapting Vinyasa yoga for pregnant students practitioners.
The Psychology of Struggle: Hatha Yoga for Intense Times with Peter Crowley
**Date Change: Now Saturday Oct 22, 10am-12pm
Life can be intense, but struggle need not bowl us over. In yoga class, our teachers often ask us to calm down, sometimes by observing our breath, sometimes by observing our body. What about our mind? What role does the mind play in our ability to enjoy the experience of hatha yoga and our life beyond? Join Peter for a hatha yoga practice that will outline simple yet profound steps for clearing away stress and struggle even in the presence of intensity.
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
Schedule (modified as of Sept 1):
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
Peter Crowley teaches what he practices. In his weekly group classes, Peter asks his students to turn their attention inward while feeling specific movement to promote more physical and mental comfort. He offers sequences embodying years of anatomical study bolstered by insights and anecdotes from his own practice spanning the last dozen years. By introducing methods for better breathing and an attentive approach to feeling, Peter encourages inquiry into aspects of a meditative practice that goes so much deeper than choreography or shape making. His class nurtures introspection and self-discovery in a non-competitive environment.
Peter found yoga in spring 2002 though he now believes that his practice began long before he ever stepped barefoot into an asana class. Through the advice of a dear friend, he started attending regular classes to address back pain and a heavy heart. Yoga guided him to rehabilitate the physical and soften his subtle body.
Peter first taught a yoga class in 2003 while living in San Francisco. Five years later, having completed two 200-hour trainings as a regular student of Ashtanga Vinyasa and Forrest Yoga, Peter left his job in architecture and began teaching full time. He has been studying alignment, pranayama, and philosophy under the guidance of master teacher Barbara Benagh for the last four years and has just earned his 300-hour teacher training certification. Today, his teaching style fuses the strength of his previous pursuits with the authenticity and deliberate placement found in Barbara’s Slow Flow Vinyasa.
Grateful for the authenticity and discipline of his mentor, Peter encourages exploration, practices humility and teaches authentically. He believes that while our yoga practice is sacred and solemn, we must not lose sight of humor and humility.
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 recommended! Regular class cards CAN be used or $15 drop in!
A Yoga Study Group: For Teachers & Intruiged Students with Julia Tirabassi
Starts in September (dates below):
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 One: “Refine and Align”
- Sat., September 17th, 12:30-5:30PM
- Updated: Sat., October 29, 12:30-5:30PM
- Sat., November 12th, 12:30-5:30PM
This first portion of the Study Group will offer an exploration of postural alignment and basic principles of skillful movement on the mat. You’ll be guided through a thoughtful consideration of the foundations of an intelligently-aligned practice from the perspective of Western science – including basic studies in: anatomy, kinesiology, physics and biomechanics. No prior anatomy knowledge is necessary and yoga teachers can expect an overall review of the anatomy learned in teacher training.
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, 2:30am-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.
Bhakti Flow with Alison Sinatra
Sunday Oct 16, 12-2pm
Alison Sinatra visits the yoga tree for a special class. The session will weave a deep sense of bhakti (devotion) with her signature playfulness and humor as well as focused alignment and profoundly healing music. Alison’s classes are an extension of her diverse spiritual practices, where she aims to inspire students to experience increased connection, calm, and creativity.
Alison has been teaching for over 15 years and loves helping people remember their heart and that yoga is a practice to connect to all that is good. She received her first teacher training certificate in 2001 at OM yoga in NYC and continues to be influenced by many master teachers from assorted traditions. She is a senior teacher at both Woodstock Yoga and Kula Yoga in NYC. Alison leads and co-leads retreats all over the world. Her favorite and most popular are her Goddess retreat that create a transformative, inclusive, healing space for women. Her spiritual path also includes Indigenous ways and energetic touch. She lives in the woods in upstate, NY with her intuitive hubby, Anton and magical munchkins Violet and Joseph.
ADVENTURE TO AZORES YOGA RETREAT
Feb 3-Feb 10 2017 - ONLY 4 SPOTS 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 email@example.com)
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 Vinyasa Fundraiser with Tea & Cookies
with Julia Tirabassi
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 Shannon for the 5th 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!