Workshops, Series Classes & Retreats

January 1, 2018

 

New Year’s Day Yoga Workshop

 

Please join me for my sixth annual New Year’s day yoga workshop, the perfect way to welcome 2018. Let go of what you don’t need, create clear intentions that can guide you in the new year, and breathe. This is an all-levels workshop, including meditation, pranayama, asana practice and journaling. Bring friends and family.

Date and time: Monday, January 1, 2018, 11 am to 1 pm. Stay for light lunch, if you can.

Location: my home studio, Amherst

Investment: $35 early bird rate, payment received no later than December 20. $40 for payment received after the 20th. Sign up now to be sure of a space. When you sign up, I’ll provide my address, directions and more details.

This workshop is open to men and women with all levels of yoga experience.

November 18, 2017

 

Yoga for Your Bones

 

Did you know that, in addition to all of its other benefits, yoga helps to keep your bones strong in a way that is safe? Keeping your bones strong as you age is important for both men and women.

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If you:

*want to learn more about the link between yoga and healthy bones,
*have osteoporosis or osteopenia or are at risk for these, or
*would love a bone-strengthening yoga practice on a November morning

then this workshop is for you.

In it you will learn how yoga creates stronger bones, and how to modify your practice if you have osteoporosis.You will experience a sequence of safe, bone-building yoga poses.

The workshop includes presentation, discussion and asana practice and is open to men and women with all levels of yoga experience. Handouts provided.

Date and Time: Saturday, November 18, 9:30 to 11:30 am. If you can, stay afterwards for Karen’s homemade vegan soup and friendly conversation.

Rate: $35 early bird rate, payment received no later than November 10. $40 for payment received after November 10. Space is limited, so let me know that you are coming! Your bones will thank you.

Location: Karen’s home studio, Amherst, MA.  Address and directions provided when you sign up. Feel free to contact me for more information.

Let friends and family know about this workshop. Bring them along. 

 

November 7–December 19, 2017

 

AGE WELL WITH YOGA

a series class at Serenity Yoga, South Hadley, MA

If you practice yoga, you are familiar with its benefits. If you are 50 and older, you may have noticed that as you age your body, mind and life are changing. Perhaps your yoga needs to shift to support these changes. It turns out that a consistent, comprehensive, reflective yoga practice can help you to stay healthier longer—can improve your ‘healthspan.’  To learn about the powerful connections between yoga and healthy aging and how to refine your practice so it works best for you, sign up for this 7-week series.

Who should take this class? 
If you
*already have yoga experience, are between 50 and 70, give or take, and
*want to learn more about how yoga can help you to be strong, flexible, balanced, agile and  calm as you get older,
*want to refine your practice in ways that safely support, engage and challenge you as you get older, and/or
*want to integrate yoga practices more deeply into your life as you get older,
this class is for you.

This class meets at Serenity Yoga on Tuesday, 10:30 to noon, from November 7 to December 19.

Rate: $126 for the series. Sign up now!

Register here. 

Special opportunity: I am certified as a Yoga for Healthy Aging teacher. Baxter Bell and Nina Zolotow, who have designed this program, will publish a very helpful book (I’ve seen an early copy.) in December. If you take this series class, you will be able to purchase their book, Yoga for Healthy Aging, at the prepublication rate. It will be published on December 12, and I will deliver it to you at the last class.

 

April 1, 2017

 

 

 

Stress less, relax more

Ever wonder why you feel so relaxed at the end of yoga class? Wish you could get there on your own? You can.

In this workshop, learn how yoga practices help you to relax, and which are most effective. Experience these powerful practices as you gain deeper appreciation of which work best for you. Leave the workshop with a set of techniques that can help you to manage your stress, relax more and maintain better health.

This all-levels workshop includes meditation, pranayama, and asana practice. Bring friends and family.

Date and time: Saturday, April 1, 2017, 9:30 am to 12 pm. Stay for homemade soup, if you can.

Location: my home studio, Amherst

Investment: $45. Early-bird rate, $35, for payment received by March 20. Sign up now. Space is limited. When you sign up I will provide my address.

This workshop is open to men and women with all levels of yoga experience.

 

February 28 to April 11, 2017

 

AGE WELL WITH YOGA

a series class at Karen’s home studio, Amherst, MA

Yoga can help you to be more strong, flexible, balanced, agile and calm as you get older. As important, yoga practices–asana, pranayama, meditation–can help you to understand and appreciate who you are, where you are in your life, what choices you have and which really matter. You can integrate yoga into your life in ways that support, engage and challenge you, that change how you age.

In this workshop-like series class, bring your wisdom and yoga experience with as you explore practices and insights that can change how you age. Learn how to adapt your yoga and create the personal practices that best serve you.

This 7-class series meets at Karen’s home studio, Amherst, MA on Tuesdays, 10 to 11:30 am from February 28 to April 11.

Who should take this class?
If you:
*are between 50 and 70, give or take,
*have had yoga experience, and
*want to delve more deeply into your practice to learn how yoga can help you to age well,
then this class is for you.

Investment: $140.

Sign up now! When you sign up, I’ll provide my address, directions and more details.

 

February 4, 2017

 

Create Balance!

What does balance mean to you? Is it about how you live your life? How well-balanced you are physically? How calm and grounded you can be in a balancing yoga pose?

In the midst of the northeast winter, the physical challenge of creating balance is front and center. We don’t want to fall. At the same time, the dark and quiet days of winter offer an opportunity to consider balance in our lives.

In this workshop, reflect on balance, learn about the many ways a yoga practice promotes balance, practice balance, and create it. This all-levels workshop includes meditation, pranayama, asana practice and journaling. Bring friends and family.

Date and time: Saturday, February 4, 2017, 10 am to 12 pm. Stay for homemade soup, if you can.

Location: my home studio, Amherst

Investment: $35

This workshop is open to men and women with all levels of yoga experience.

 

 December 11, 2016

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RELIEVE, RENEW, REVEAL–

 

a workshop for the holidays

 

In the midst of the busy, stress-filled holiday season, this yoga workshop will help you to relieve stress, renew your energy and gain clarity as you draw into your own heart and reveal your own light. You will leave the workshop more calm, focused and clear, with some simple practices you can take with you as you re-enter the holiday season. This workshop includes asana, pranayama and meditation, and is open to men and women with all levels of yoga experience.

Date/Time: Sunday, December 11, 9:30 am to 12 pm, followed by homemade soup and friendly conversation, if you can stay.

Location: my home studio, Amherst, MA. When you sign up, I’ll provide the address.

Investment: $40. Early bird, $32. (Check received by 12/5.) Bring family or friends. Sign up now, as space is limited.

 

November 9, 2016, to January 4, 2017

 

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AGE WELL WITH YOGA

 

a series class at my home studio, Amherst

 

I have been teaching this new class at Serenity Yoga in South Hadley, and am very excited about it. Starting November 9, it will be available to Amherst area yogis at my home studio.

As more of us live longer in good health, the process of growing older and what it can mean expands and brightens. As yogis, we are eager to use and adapt physical yoga practices to our physical changes. Yoga can help us to be strong, flexible, balanced, agile and calm as we get older. More than that, we can use yoga practices–asana, pranayama, meditation–to understand and appreciate who we are, where we are, what choices we have. We can integrate yoga into our lives in ways that support, engage and challenge us, that change how we age.

In Age Well with Yoga, a workshop-like series class, you will learn many powerful ways yoga practices can be helpful as you age, as well as how you can embrace and create the personal practices that best serve you. Bring your own wisdom, insights and eagerness to learn to this class!

This 7-class series meets at my home studio in Amherst on Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 pm, from November 9 to January 4 (no classes Nov 23 or Dec 28).

Who should take this class? If you are between 50 and 70, give or take, have experience with yoga, notice you are getting older,  and would like to learn more about how yoga can help you to age well, this class is for you. Investment: $140.

Sign up soon, as space is limited. When you sign up, I will provide my address.

Feel free to contact me for more information.

 

 

July 26, 2016

 

A yoga retreat in Rangeley, Maine

 

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In the middle of the summer, the days are long, the sun is bright, and there are so many ways to be in beautiful Rangeley. Give yourself a chance to pause, to let go of ‘shoulds,’ to put aside your busyness and to move fully into the calm spaciousness that summer can offer. Join Christine Davenport and me for this 6-hour yoga retreat.

Through meditation, breathing and asana practices, bring yourself to your calm center. Learn how to be fully present in the moment, in the time between activities, as you open the door to spacious possibility.

Date: Tuesday, July 26

Time: 9 am to 3 pm

Location: Rangeley Fitness, Rangeley, ME

Rate (lunch included): Early-bird special rate, $75, if payment received by July 15. For payment received after July 15, $90. (Note: the early-bird rate has been extended from July 12.)

This retreat is open to men and women with all levels of yoga experience. Bring a friend, and make new ones at the retreat.

For more information and to sign up, contact Karen. Sign-ups must be done directly through Karen. She can also be reached at 609 577-1556 (mobile).

 

May 15, 2016

 

YOGA FOR GARDENING AND WORKING OUTDOORS

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Do gardening and other outdoor work leave you achy? This workshop will help you to use yoga poses, actions and principles to make gardening and other outdoor work more easy on your body and expansive for your spirit. Learn what you can do before, during and after your outside work to feel good and prevent injury. Your body, spirit and garden will thank you. Sign up now! Spaces are limited.

This workshop is open to women and men with any level of yoga experience who want to learn how to make gardening and other outdoor work easier on their bodies.
Time: Sunday, May 15, 9:30 am to 11:30 am. If you’re free, stay for snacks and friendly conversation.

Location: Karen’s home studio, Amherst, MA. Address provided when you sign up.

Rate: $25 early bird rate, for payments received by May 9. $35 for payment received after May 9. Space is limited, so let me know as soon as possible that you are coming.

 

March 12, 2016

 

TRANSITION AND TRANSFORMATION

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The changes that become visible as the days lengthen remind us that, in our own lives, change is fundamental. Some changes are ‘natural,’ part of our being alive and moving through the cycle of life. Others are the result of our own choices or of things that happen that are not in our control. Yoga supports us as we make our way through transitions of any kind. And transitions open the door to transformation.

On the cusp of spring, through asana and meditation, expand your awareness of your own transitions, and explore your power for transformation. Learn the three yoga practices that help you to make your way through all kinds of change and move toward transformation.

The workshop is open to men and women with all levels of yoga experience.

Date and Time: Saturday, March 12, 1:30 am to 4:00 pm. Stay for healthful snacks and friendly conversation afterward.

Rate: $35. Please let me know that you are coming by end of day Wednesday, March 9. You can also phone me at 413 253-0313. This is a perfect way to welcome spring!

Location: Karen’s home studio, Amherst, MA. Address and directions provided when you sign up. Feel free to contact me for more information.

Let friends and family know about this workshop. Bring them along.

 

 

 

January 31, 2016

 

YOGA FOR YOUR BONES

 

Did you know that, in addition to all of its other benefits, yoga helps to keep your bones strong in a way that is safe? Keeping your bones strong as you age is important for both men and women.

If yimages-2ou:

*want to learn more about the link between yoga and healthy bones,
*have osteoporosis or osteopenia or are at risk for these, or
*would love a bone-strengthening yoga practice on a winter’s Sunday morning,

then this workshop is for you.

In it you will learn how yoga creates stronger bones, and how to modify your practice if you have osteoporosis.You will experience a sequence of safe, bone-building yoga poses.

The workshop includes presentation, discussion and asana practice and is open to men and women with all levels of yoga experience. Handouts provided.

Date and Time: Sunday, January 31, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Stay afterwards for Karen’s homemade vegan soup and friendly conversation.

Rate:
$25 early bird rate, payment received no later than January 25. $30 for payment received after January 25. Space is limited, so let me know that you are coming! Your bones will thank you.

Location: Karen’s home studio, Amherst, MA.  Address and directions provided when you sign up. Feel free to contact me for more information.

Let friends and family know about this workshop. Bring them along.

 

 

January 1, 2016

 

New Year’s Day Yoga Class!

This is the fourth year I have offered a New Year’s day yoga class, and it feels like the perfect way to begin the new year. I hope you will join me to begin 2016. In this two hour class in my calming skylit studio, let go of what you don’t need, create clear intentions that guide you as you enter the year, and breathe. This is an all-levels class, including meditation, pranayama, asana practice and journaling. Refreshments to follow. Bring friends and family.

Date and time: January 1, 2016, 11 am to 1 pm. Feel free to stay for refreshments.

Location: my home studio, Amherst

Rate: $25 early bird rate, payment received no later than December 24. $30 for payment received after the 24th. Sign up now to be sure of a space. When you sign up, I’ll provide my address, directions and more details.
This workshop is open to men and women with all levels of yoga experience.

 

November 15, 2015*

 

EMBRACING THE DARK AND THE LIGHT

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As the light wanes and we move toward the winter solstice, we notice the darkness, often wishing for more light. At the same time, the season provides us the opportunity to become aware of the dark and light within us.

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In this workshop, through meditation, pranayama and asana practices, we bring our awareness to the light and dark within and without, finding ways to embrace both. Once we do, we open ourselves to greater wholeness and integrity.

Date and time: Sunday, November 15, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Feel free to stay for soup afterwards.
Location: my home studio, Amherst
Rate: $35 early bird rate, payment received no later than November 6. $40 for payment received after November 6. Space is limited, so sign up now. When you sign up, I’ll provide my address, directions and more details.

This workshop is open to men and women with all levels of yoga experience.

*The workshop was originally scheduled for November 8; the date has been changed to November 15.

 

May 17, 2015

 

CELEBRATE NATURE:

 

asana and meditation workshop

 

Appreciate nature’s abundance and beauty as you affirm your connections with nature through yoga on a warm spring morning, Sunday, May 17, 10am-12pm. This workshop is open to people with all levels of yoga experience. Weather permitting, some or all of the workshop will be outdoors and will include a meditative walk to the wetlands behind my home. The workshop will be followed by a vegetarian picnic and friendly conversation.

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Rate: $25 early bird rate, payment received no later than May 8. $30 for payment received after May 8. Space is limited, so sign up now.

 

 

 

March 5, 2015

winter full moon

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FULL MOON PRACTICE

On March 5, the moon will be full. To honor the moon, seen as feminine in the yoga tradition, I am offering an evening moon practice at my home studio. The full moon practice offers inner calm, clarity and healing. Gentle and meditative, the practice will include asana, pranayama and meditation, and is open to women and men with all levels of yoga experience. If you can, stay for homemade soup, bread and friendly conversation afterwards. Space is limited, so sign up now by email or phone (253-0313).

Date: Thursday, March 5
Time: 6:00–7:30 pm
Rate: $25

January 25, 2015

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YOGA FOR YOUR BONES!!

A physical yoga practice helps you to become stronger, more flexible and better balanced. Turns out it also helps your bones to grow stronger, and in a way that is safe. In this workshop, you will learn how yoga creates stronger bones and you will experience a sequence of safe, bone-building poses.

If you want to know more about the link between yoga and healthy bones, have osteoporosis or osteopenia or are at risk for these, or would enjoy a warm and gentle yoga practice on a winter’s Sunday morning, this workshop is for you. The workshop includes presentation, discussion and asana practice and is open to people with all levels of yoga experience.

Time: Sunday, January 25,  10 am to 12 pm,  followed by Karen’s homemade vegan soup and friendly conversation.

Rate: $25 early bird rate, payment received no later than January 19. $30 for payment received after January 19. Space is limited, so sign up now! Your bones will thank you.

 

January 1, 2015

 

New Year’s Day Yoga Celebration!
Come celebrate the New Year with a special workshop, 11 am to 1 pm on Thursday, January 1 at my home studio. As you create clear intentions for the new year, let go of what you no longer need. This all-levels workshop includes meditation, pranayama, asana practice and journaling. Refreshments to follow. Bring friends and family.

 

$25 early bird rate, payment received no later than December 24. $30 for payment received after December 24. Space is limited, so sign up now!

 

Previous workshops

 

April 27, 2014:

Gardening as Yoga

What if you make your gardening a yoga practice? You bring deeper awareness and appreciation to the garden, to what lives there, to your connection to the earth and the abundance and beauty you help create. What’s more, you bring yoga principles to the physical challenges of gardening, making the physical activity of gardening safer and less likely to result in aches or injury. Your body, spirit and garden will thank you.

Carrots!

Carrots!

Everyone is welcome to this workshop. It includes asana practice, meditation

Meditating Frog

Meditating Frog

and discussion. Snacks and friendly conversation after the workshop. Handouts provided. Weather permitting, some of the workshop will be outdoors.

Abundant coneflowers.

Abundant coneflowers.

Join us for this amazing workshop, Sunday, April 27, 10 am to 12:30 pm. $35. Contact me no later than Wednesday, April 23 to reserve a space. Spaces are limited.

New Year’s Day Celebration Class! January 1, 2014

Come celebrate the New Year with a two-hour yoga class, 11 am to 1 pm on Wednesday, January 1. Let go of what you don’t need and create clear intentions that guide you as the days lengthen. This is an all-levels class, including meditation, pranayama and asana practice. Refreshments to follow.

$30 per person. Space is limited, so sign up now!

 

March 9, 2013: Transition and Transformation

A WORKSHOP OF ASANA AND MEDITATION

The changes that become visible to us as the days lengthen and the temperatures warm remind us that, in our own lives, change is fundamental. Some changes are ‘natural,’ part of our being alive and moving through the cycle of life. Others are the result of our own choices or of things that happen over which we have little or no control.

Yoga supports us as we make our way through transitions of any kind. It also invites transformation, as we gain deeper self-knowledge. Less than two weeks before the vernal equinox, this workshop will help you deepen your perspectives on your own transitions, explore your power for transformation and bring fresh awareness to the astonishing changes that occur each spring .

The workshop is on Saturday, March 9, 10 am to 12:30 pm in my home studio. There will be healthful snacks and friendly conversation afterward for those who can stay. The workshop is $35 early (check must be received by 2/28), and $40 after that. Please contact me to reserve a space, and send a check. Spaces are limited. Sign up now!

January 19, 2013: Entering the New Year with Clarity and Grace

On January 19, an amazing group of yogis gathered at my home studio for this workshop. Through meditation, asana, writing, small group conversation and a practice known as ‘recapitulation,’ in which we summarize the positive and negative highlights of the past year on paper and then burn the paper, we considered and clarified our intentions for the coming year. It was fabulous!

 

Discussing intentions and yoga practice.

Discussing intentions and yoga practice.

Bringing vibrant energy into the new year.

Bringing vibrant energy into the new year.