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Yoga Teachers Association Announces Upcoming Events

Todd Norian

The Yoga Teachers Association of the Hudson Valley (YTA) in New York will kick off its 2018-19 season on September 22 with Light on Ganesha, Remover of Obstacles, presented by Todd Norian, master yogi and founder of Ashaya Yoga. The YTA’s annual Prana Party will immediately follow the workshop. The party will feature kirtan with Norian, and provide an opportunity for YTA members and nonmembers alike to connect with other yoga teachers and enthusiasts from the tri-state area.

The YTA’s workshops will continue in October with Christa Rypins’s Pelvic Power, an experiential workshop in which yoga meets the Franklin Method of Imagery. Jeff Migdow will return in November for the Practical Wisdom of the Yogic Scriptures. In December, Robert Rivest will present his unique approach to laughter yoga, which incorporates tai chi, mindful breathing and expressive movement. 

Other workshops in the 2018-19 season—led by Dan Leven, Jason Ray Brown, Deborah Lubetkin, Ray Crist and Paula Heitzner—will cover topics such as the karma of your yoga cues, esoteric poses to spice up your teaching and LifeForce Yoga for the anxious mood. On June 8, beloved 100-year-old yogini Tao Porchon-Lynch will again close out the YTA season.

This year, the YTA will also host its first annual retreat at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Paths to Renewal, with Luke Ketterhagen, will take place November 2 through 4. 

The YTA is an educational nonprofit run by volunteers. It offers monthly workshops in order to enhance and deepen the teaching and knowledge of yoga in the Hudson Valley. Membership is open to studio owners, yoga teachers and individual practitioners. Workshops are usually held on the second Saturday of the month, from 1:30 to 4:30pm, at Club Fit in Briarcliff Manor, New York. The cost is $45 for members or $65 for nonmembers in advance; continuing education credits are available for all workshops. 

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