We are pleased to announce that Ken will be covering classes from July 3rd to July 10th, 2017. You can read on all about what Ken has been up to. I am delighted that he will be able to share his depths of knowledge about the method in the Mysore room for all AYM members and anyone wishing to drop in. We have a weekly rate and welcome drops ins with a practice.
Ken has been formally exploring human structure, movement and their psycho-emotional restrictions and empowerment through Rolfing and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga for over 20 years
After regular “Stretching and Breathing” practices to balance his ski racing addiction since 1974, Ken finally began a formal exploration of Yoga in 1995 when he began his studies as a Rolfer in Boulder, Colorado. He practiced and studied Yoga with Richard Freeman and John Friend regularly until he left for Mysore, India to study with Ashtanga Guruji, Sri K Pattabhi Jois, in winter 2002.
That summer Ken also began his second Major since university, the long Rolf Institute Teacher Training program. Rolf Institute in the summer and Guruji in the winter. This “Double Major” of eastern and western disciplines continued for 3 years, when Ken chose to put Rolf Institute on hold and move to Mysore to study with Guruji and the Jois family full time.
Ashtangis know about Rolfing, so Ken kept busy in Mysore Rolfing hundreds of Guruji’s students, including some well-known Ashtanga teachers of today, and with that Rolfing depth of experience began developing his monthly Yoga Anatomy workshops. Authorized to teach in 2007 by Guruji, Ken taught Mysore style Ashtanga Vinyasa and Yoga Anatomy for 6 winter seasons in Goa, India, and around northern Europe in the summers before settling in Istanbul from 2011 – 2014. Here he ran the Ashtanga Yoga program at Yoga Sala, taught Living Yoga Anatomy and Rolfed those Yogis looking to go even deeper with their Yoga and Life practices.
Free to travel and study again, Ken spends the winter in Mysore (like the good old days) studying with Sharath then teaching internationally, so your moving meditation in the Mysore room is closer than you think.
He has recently discovered the amazing country of Vietnam where he is busy cultivating the first ever Ashtanga Vinyasa program in the beach town of Hoi An.
Authorized by Sri K Pattabhi Jois, AYRI
Level 2 by Sharath, KPJAYI
Certified Advanced Rolfer® & Rolfing Movement Practitioner
AYM is hosting Kino MacGregor the weekend of October 21st to the 23rd, 2016. We will have 4 sessions and we hope you will come to o one or all. Kino shares a love for the practice and is a renowned yoga teacher. She teaches worldwide and we are honored to host her once again in New Jersey. All sessions will be held at the Central Presbyterian Church Gym, 46 Park Street, Montclair. Once you get to the registration page, go to the workshop tab to secure your space.
6 sessions over the weekend with Tim. You can still register and join the group coming from the Tri-State area to listen and practice with Tim. He is a legend and shows so much love to the practice and his guru, it shines through when he speaks.
September is National Recovery Month. To support those on the path of recovery, we have teamed up with Ashtanga Yoga Montclair to offer yoga classes to raise money for this important cause. All proceeds will go to the Trini Foundation, a non-profit that shares Ashtanga yoga and other wellness resources with people who suffer from drug and alcohol addiction. Help Powerflow Yoga Bloomfield and Ashtanga Yoga Montclair reach their $1,000 donation goal during the weekend of 9/16. Cash or check only, make checks payable to: Trini Foundation. Learn more about Trini Foundation at www.trinifoundation.org
Led Ashtanga yoga class with Deb Williams • 6:30 – 8 pm
(AY Montclair, 127 Valley Road)
Vinyasa yoga class with Alison McCue • 12 – 1:15 pm
Guided meditation with Kristen Brunello • 1:20 – 1:45 pm
(PFY Bloomfield, 71 Washington Street)
Yin yoga with Jody Domerstad • 5:30 – 6:45 pm
(PFY Bloomfield, 71 Washington Street)
Suggested donation: $20 per class | Fundraising goal: $1,000
Happy Independence Day! This year the moon day falls on July 4th so there are no classes that day. Take the day off and head to your local parade. The Montclair 4th of July Parade is a tradition around here and it starts at 11 am. I’ll be on Park and Chestnut with the pups.
We hope you come to practice with us over the weekend as we are open for Mysore on Sat & Sun of the holiday weekend from 8 am to 10 am. Get your practice in and then head to the beach or whatever your favorite weekend events are. Drop ins and beginners are welcome to try. Personally I am looking forward to taking in the fireworks this year.
Lastly the next fun weekend event is the Greg Nardi Mysore & Moreweekend starting on July 8th Friday evening with 2 sessions on Saturday, July 9th and Sunday, July 10th. Greg comes to visit our Shala often and we are able to build upon what we have been working on. Added this time is an Adjustment workshop which will give you a chance to try out various techniques on how adjustments are done as well as conference time for in depth questions and discussions on yoga and the practice. As Sharath says, “sensible yoga questions.” Please register today for this and we look forward to seeing you all and connecting as we delve deeper into our practices.
NOTE: Friday is a moon day so take the day of rest. Saturday is Led Ashtanga with the traditional vinyasa count. See you then!
I always enjoyed May in Montclair and this time it has come around quickly. So much going on we loose site of the time. Now is always a good time to start your practice, get back into your practice or what? Did you say “add a new pose?” There is a lot happening in the Mysore room these days and the energy of the practitioners is focused and strong. We still have fun, there are still some laughs but everyone has something that they long for and something that they are hanging onto. It’s a process of letting go just enough to let other things in. I always like to remind students that this is their time on the mat and that they are allowed to focus on only their practice. No worries about what to do later, groceries, health issues, finances or planning that vacation. With a practice we become clearer so that we can come to our life with right mindset to address what comes our way.
We have new classes at night now, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6 pm, 3 different teachers teaching the Ashtanga method. The only way to get started or to begin again is to lay out your mat. This month we are also excited about our guest teacher David Robson coming to AYM for a weekend full of workshop sessions, May 13th to the 15th.
Lastly we will be saying goodbye to two of our dedicated practitioners at AYM. Clarence Taylor who has was literally the first person to register for a monthly pass in December of 2008 is moving to Syracuse this June to be closer to family (winters in Florida of course). Casey O’Conner will be moving to Boston to settle and we are very happy for him however he will be missed greatly in our AYM family. Looking ahead we are planning a gathering to give our best wishes this month to both of these fine people.
It’s a holiday weekend and we are in full swing with classes at Ashtanga Yoga Montclair (AYM) with our regular schedule. Friday is a great day at AYM with two led classes with Deb and an Iyengar inspired class with C-Ray that follows. It’s a full morning and we hope you will join us as usual or come back and share your energy with us. We are a growing community at AYM and our teachers will meet you where you are in your practice. If you are new, we look forward to helping you get started on your yoga journey.
Saturday and Sunday we have Mysore Sessions open from 8 am to 10 am and Monday is a regular schedule with doors opening at 5:30 am. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a beginner and have questions. Drop ins with a practice are welcome anytime.
Friday Led Ashtanga starts with Chant at 5:45 am and 7:30 am. Please arrive 5 to 10 minutes early to settle in.
Christopher or C-Ray teaches at 10 am Wed and Friday mornings. Teaching for over 3 decades, C-Ray brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. Classes may include breath work and philosophy as well. Great for all levels and open to all class packages. Join us!
If I have not said it already, Happy New Year and everyone seems to be saying Happy Sweet 16! Makes it fun and gives a different spin on the year. It can be sweet, innocent and FUN. We have a ton of great workshops lined up for 2016 and I am personally very excited to host such awesome and inspiring individuals starting with Day Christensen in April. Some of you have met certain teachers and some are new to our lineup. I am always very excited for these authorized and certified teachers to meet the dedicated group of Ashtangis at AYM. Practice makes practice and all are welcome at these events.
Recently back from India are myself, Deb, Michelle Pitzer and Nancy Witters. Michelle & I were practicing in Mysore with Sharath where we were inspired and challenged. It was my third trip and starting to feel like home and showing Michelle around for her first trip was a rewarding experience. From cultural to the dress and the animals and the scootering it was eye opening and enlightening at the same time. Nancy Witters was in Pune which is the home of Iyengar yoga. She was practicing and studying with her teachers there at the institute and this was her second trip. Never long enough and planning to return for all of us. In the meantime, we all are back at the AYM studio and look forward to sharing the knowledge that is becoming deeply rooted in our bones.
Nancy teaches every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 6:30 pm. You are welcome to come on board with a package or drop in is always welcome.
Lastly, I want to sincerely thanks everyone for the support of the subs and the programs and AYM. The Shala is a place that is there for you and we hope that you will make it your home for practicing and coming together. I had a recent awareness that what we do every day is so much more rewarding, fun and warm when we come together. Also I am in awe of this beautiful diverse group of people and know that you inspire me!