We start from the premise that Yoga should be accessible and relevant. Yoga Mechanics teaches alignment yoga based on the foundations of anatomy and biomechanics. Each class is approachable and challenging all in one. We aim to educate you about your body and empower you through action. Our classes are woven with rich and contemplative content that draws you deeper into the physical practice. We hold a healthy space for you to consider your body and mind through a physical practice.
Yoga for anyBody and the application for each individual WILL be different. Our staff is highly trained to facilitate movement in your body, encouraging both strength and flexibility. Health begins one movement at a time. Let's do it.
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
Because Mechanics work. Having some tools, rules + principles about our bodies facilitates a deeper understanding of our experience in the world. We have witnessed how simple education about our anatomy leads to major transformation. Our focus is beyond the poses themselves as we believe in the benefit of movement AND thought woven together. We hold a space for this, everyday. So that you, we, everybody has a place to practice being themselves. To us, there is nothing more empowering.
ADVANCED [TEACHER’S] PRACTICE
This class is for yoga teachers looking to deepen their asana practice. We will explore the more advanced peak poses that are usually not appropriate for a mixed level class. Strategic sequencing will allow us to play with deeper backbends, more challenging arm balances, away from the wall inversions and more! If you are a teacher or in our/a teacher training program and want to take your practice to the next level, this class is for you!
We suggest this class to anyone who is NEW to our studio. Ideal for those who want to learn the basic forms, and build a strong foundation for your Yoga practice. Everyone is welcome in this steady paced, level one class. Basic does not always mean easy, rest assured, this class is approachable throughout.
The Beginner Class is designed to introduce the student to the fundamental principles of alignment, breath work, and basic yoga postures. Emphasis is placed on knowledge, understanding, safety, and stability within each pose. This class is great for those who are new to yoga or for the practitioner who can benefit from going back to basics.
Chair Yoga offers students a gentle way to move through yoga poses with support. Tonia will lead students through a series of poses on chairs that promote movement without over effort and extra strain. This class is perfect for anyone with injury, arthritis, limited range of movement or for those just looking to move slower.
FREE MIXED LEVEL COMMUNITY YOGA
Join our 2018 200 Hour Teacher Training Grads as they hold down our 2019 FREE Mixed Level Community Classes. Everyone is welcome in this multi-level class. They will teach to who is there, respecting limit and encouraging each student’s capacity. This is a full spectrum class where every category of pose will be taught in each class. Energizing and Expanding and a time for growth.
Come out and support these new teachers. All classes (listed below) are FREE and run from 4:00pm - 5:15pm.
May 5, 2019, Nicole Vitale
June 2, 2019, Maria Matesanz
June 23, 2019, Patrice Dlugos
The first 45 minutes of this class is a slow and specific sequence designed to create warmth in the body through synergistic holds in each pose. In the last 30 minutes, restorative poses and deeper rests are held. This class is designed to give space for release and thought. Everyone is welcome.
MIXED LEVEL (MIXED LEVEL PRACTICE*)
Everyone is welcome in this multi-level class. Teachers teach to who is there, respecting limit and encouraging each student’s capacity. This is a full spectrum class where every category of pose will be taught in each class. Energizing and Expanding.
*Please note schedule, some Mixed Level classes are specifically designed to be a led practice.
YOGA + [RESTORATIVE]
This class is made up of 7-10 restorative poses, held for longer periods of time. Props will hold you up in deeply rejuvenating postures, leaving you feeling renewed and clear in your body, mind + heart. This class is perfect for beginners and those who are a bit scared to try yoga. Everyone loves it AND needs it. Every Thursday morning at 8:00am + one Sunday a month.
Next Sunday/Monthly Restorative Yoga with Joe: TBA
YOGA FOR ADDICTION RECOVERY
Addiction - In one word, can be described as "separation" | Yoga - In one word, can be described as "connection"
Sundays from 7:30pm - 9:30pm, taught by Amanda Boyer, ALL are Welcome, Donation Based (Suggested Donation: $20)
Yoga Tune Up®
Yoga Tune Up® helps with the three P’s: it eases pain, improves posture and enhances performance. It is a way of working with the body using integrated embodied anatomy, breaking down the nuts of bolts of human movement with anatomical awareness, conscious relaxation and proper breathing techniques. Bring your self into an intimate understanding of your native architecture with this challenging, but accessible practice that incorporates movements from classical yoga, calisthenics, and body therapy.
While we do our best to keep everybody informed regarding changes, please be advised that schedule and teacher availability are subject to change without notice.
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ESTABLISHING BASELINE WITH OMNI KITTS FERRARA
Date(s): Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | Time: 1:00pm - 2:15pm
This workshop series is designed to provide a middle ground. A bridge from a sedentary life, or from physical therapy and injury back to more movement in the body. In most cases, the jump from not moving very much to exercises classes is relatively extreme and although sometimes it can work, it may also exacerbate the challenges you faced previously. Most exercise classes, including Yoga, can be too much, to begin with.
This workshop is a progression into movement. Through corrective exercises, we will work to increase range of motion and overall strength so that our bodies may regain a sense of organic responsiveness. This is not a Yoga class, although you may see familiar shapes. Participants will also leave with a deeper understanding of what baseline looks like in their bodies. Education and information will be woven throughout the class.
This course is for everyone, of course. To be more specific, this course is for those seeking to age with movement as a part of their life maintenance. It is for folks moving from PT back into movement practices. It is for those who have had surgery/disease/life and need a slow progression back into movement. This class is for those who don't love Yoga or are a bit intimidated by Yoga. This is an accessible and practical route towards connection with the body.
Movement is our nature, come learn general exercises to rekindle movement and maintain structural and functional health.
BECOMING MEN: EVOLVE, MOVE, MEDITATE W/ DARYL FERRARA + CHRISTIAN LESPINASSE
Date: Friday, May 17, 2019 | Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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A Men’s Mindfulness and Movement Group. A community for men to Evolve, Move, Meditate, and Discuss.
ANATOMY INTENSIVE | CADAVER EXPERIENCE
Dates: Friday, June 21, 2019 - Sunday, June 23, 2019
Deposit: $200 (NO refunds), balance due by May 15th: $400 w/o hotel or $700 w/hotel
Hello Anatomy Lovers! It is time. The Cadaver trip is back and we are ready to take deposits for our 2nd visit to the lab. This year, we have included more Yoga and more Anatomy to create a truly deep learning experience. Dr. Liz and Dr. Chris will be on board once again leading the way with a six-week online course preparing you for the experience of viewing the cadavers. They will also assist Dr. Arar in the Lab itself. For those of you who had the chance to go with us last year, Dr. Arar was a compelling, funny and welcoming Teacher and host. It is under their care that we even have this privilege to visit AT ALL. It is so rare to have this opportunity and we approach this trip especially with the highest level of seriousness and professionalism. All participants must follow the rules of the Lab specifically. Absolutely no exceptions.
Additionally, this year we will be doing Yoga together! We have reserved banquet space at The Quality Inn in Seneca Falls for movement classes designed around what we will be seeing. For instance, we will do a class focused on the legs and pelvis and then get to go see the legs and pelvis. We have also booked more time in the lab to really allow for ample digestion of what we are studying and seeing.
Below I have included 2 prices for the trip, one with a hotel stay at the Quality Inn included and one without. You are welcome to plan your own stay, the hotel was simple but clean and worked well for us last year. Booking with our group will save you money. Food is not included in the fee.
Seneca Falls is a historic town, the birthplace of women's suffrage and there are wonderful nearby towns that have delicious eateries. June weather is quite lovely for Seneca Falls and last year we all took advantage of the beauty around the finger lakes. This is an incredible trip and we are looking forward to it.
We can take 10 additional people with us this year, plus our 300 Hour TT Training students. This trip is a first come, first serve basis. If you are in our 200 Hour TT program this year, I highly recommend you joining us on the trip as it provides a once in a lifetime experience.
In India, pilgrimage has always meant to bring all that is inside our hearts out and into view. This practice is called Darshan and it is one of the most important ways we discover more about ourselves.
For the past 12 years, Vishali has led trips to south India to visit temples and see shrines at the center of the Indian culture. It is with great privilege and honor that Yoga Mechanics is happy to announce our first trip to India in July of 2020. Vishali, along with Omni and Donna, will take you on a special journey into the heart of Indian spiritual culture.
We will spend ample time in Chidambaram with Natarajar and Tillai Kali. On this trip, we will explore the practices of the Indian spiritual tradition that are at the foundations of yoga but are impossible to translate into our western culture. This trip will give you a context for your own practice that allows us to see the lineage we have embraced and continue to pay forward.
Join us as we journey to a few of the great Shiva temples of south India. That represent the elements of earth, water, fire, air, and ether. We will visit the temples of the amazing goddesses like Thillai kali and some of the more local goddesses to experience how spirituality is expressed on a personal local level. This will be a remarkable, beautiful pilgrimage that will bring you close to your own essential self.
Read below for the next steps, dates, and details.
With great respect,
Omni, Vishali + Donna
Trip Dates: July 7, 2020 - July 19, 2020
Investment: $5795, includes round-trip coach airfare from New York to Chennai, accommodations, donations and tips, transportation, breakfasts, lunches, and entrance fees. Does not include: Additional money necessary for clothing, souvenirs, dinners, alcohol, and additional donations. Hotels will be double occupancy. If you need a roommate we will match you with someone, and all rooms have air conditioning and private western bath. A price without airfare can be arranged for those who live outside the US and Canada.
Payment Plans: Once your application has been accepted, Vishali will contact you about making payment arrangements. The terms of the payment plan are: Initial deposit is $1295. After that, monthly payments will be due to cover the balance before May 2019.
Preparation: There will be extensive ongoing preparation provided throughout the remainder of the year so you will be completely prepared for your journey. Vishali coordinates all the preparation and will start sending you information as soon as you register.
Application: Please see the questions below. Send your answers to email@example.com. After you return your application Vishali will let you know if there is space within 5 days. At that point, you will receive details on how to complete your registration, an outline of instructions for logistics and preparation, and cancellation policy. Please get your application in early, as we expect to sell out.
Please copy and paste these questions into a document or into the body of an email.
Full Passport Name
Cell Phone #
Date of Birth
Passport Number and Country
Is there someone you would like to room with who is also applying?
Do you have any medical or physical issues, or have you had any in the past 5 years?
Do you have any dietary issues?
Have you ever traveled in a developing country? If yes, where and for what purpose?
Have you been to India before? If yes where and for what purpose?
200 HOUR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING + YOGA STUDIES PROGRAM
The Yoga Mechanics 200 Hour RYT | Level 1, Teacher Training will give you the tools you need to be an effective and confident Yoga Educator. We know the depth of becoming a leader in the Yoga Community. We believe that when you invest in education, you are investing in yourself, which is why we have worked to create a program that honors your time + investment. Learning new things takes time to assimilate. You will have the space to learn and grow in this 12 month program.
Becoming a Yoga Educator involves more than just learning names of poses. We will cover each facet of the 4 Yogic formulas: Asana, Meditation, Philosophy and Pranayama. Each provide skills that open avenues for self-reflection. Honoring context and history, we will study the Mahabharata, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads + Yoga Sutras. We will discuss at length, Tantric philosophy, its differentiation from a dual/classical perspective and the ways it is applicable today. We will learn to engage with ourselves from a place of wholeness and study how this is mirrored in our body through Anatomy, Kinesiology and Biomechanics.
300 HOUR ADVANCED YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
GREAT TEACHERS ARE GREAT STUDENTS. ALWAYS.
Teaching takes a deep love of learning. Although the Yoga industry standard is just 200 hours of training to begin to teach, we know that great teachers are made through more information, more practice, and consistency of effort.
300 hours more offers you a better understanding of the tools to teach effective Yoga classes. It means better language, better observation skills, better ethics. It grants you the ability to teach mixed level classes and truly TEACH, not just instruct or call out poses. 300 hours equates to more confidence and artistry.
In our Level 2 Yoga Training, we continue to embed our trainees with the most current information about the body and movement. Not just in Yoga, but in all aspects of physical literacy and autonomy. We feel very proud to offer a scientifically based, neurocentric approach to teaching Yoga.
Trainees will also learn more about philosophy, myth, and metaphor. We, unlike the vast majority of Yoga approaches in the West, teach from a philosophic lens that affirms life and honors the fullness of the human experience. We are not selling some snake oil of transcendence and abnegation of life. We turn towards life and excel in the virtuosity of the self, grounded in the world.
It is our incredible pleasure to witness the growth that our teachers experience. It certainly takes work to improve but it happens every year. We grow leaders and are committed to that tenacious process.
Our Format: Wednesday afternoons for 9 months, 5/8/19 to 2/5/20, 3 weeks a month at YM from 2:00pm - 6:00pm, 1 week a month online, a full anatomy immersion and a trip to a cadaver lab in upstate NY (6/21/19 - 6/23/19), 1:1 mentorship, 35 yoga classes with E-RYT 500 Teachers
Investment: $4,900, $4,400 by 4/15/19 or if paid in full, Payment Plans available for ALL, registration is secured with $1,500 non-refundable deposit, email firstname.lastname@example.org to find a way to make it happen
In terms of all Teacher Trainings, the $1,500 deposit is non-refundable. Once trainings start, participants have a 2-week window to withdraw from the training. We ask all trainees to consider this commitment seriously. We hold to these policies to ensure the success of all trainings.
Almost all of our teachers are E-RYT 500, which is the highest level recognized by the Yoga Alliance. Our staff far surpasses industry standards when it comes to continuing education (many have over 3000+ hours of study) and have between 3-10+ years of teaching experience.
We believe that well educated / well practiced teachers make better teachers, hands down. We are here to provide a safe and structured class that offers you a mechanical advantage for success.