Heartspace is a community-oriented studio that offers yoga and healing arts from a range of traditions. We have two locations with studios near Washington Park in Albany and on Monument Square in downtown Troy. We seek to provide a safe, supportive and tranquil setting with excellent instruction to help improve overall health, reduce stress, and invite a peaceful and calm mind through the practice of yoga. We offer instruction for all levels from beginners to advanced with daily drop-in classes, workshops, special events, yoga teacher training, and several community classes per week, which are offered by donation.
Yoga for Better Sleep. Albany Studio. Saturday April 19th, 3-5PM. Led by instructor Meghan Reynolds Hogan, we will seek to restore and rehabilitate your relationship with sleep. In this workshop, principles of ayurveda and practices of yoga are paired with supported self study. Practice poses and pranayama (breathing exercises) that facilitate sleep and learn how to respond if you wake during the night. Enjoy guided meditation and relaxation in a supportive restorative posture leaving you refreshed and ready to receive the rest you need. Cost $20. Click here to preregister.
Liftoff: Arm Balance and Inversion Workshop. Troy Studio. Saturday April 19th, 2-4PM. In this workshop-style class led by instructor Josh Potter, we’ll break down the elements of handstand to transform a flowing vinyasa into a floating practice. Exploring the principles of mula and uddiyana bandha (root and upward-flying lock), we’ll develop confidence and control through a range of inverted postures and arm balances, including forearm stand, variations of headstand and derivations of crow. Cost $20. Click here to preregister.
Upcoming Master Class with Lauren Toolin. Albany Studio. Sunday April 27. 9-11AM. Join Lauren for an in-depth exploration of your yoga practice. Focus of classes: AMP it Up! Asana, Mudra, Pranayama combine in this intermediate/advanced practice. Cost: $25. Click here to register.
An Evening of Sacred Association with Sadhu Maharaja and Kirtan with Susan Garth from Chandrika. Albany Studio. Friday May 2, 7:30 - 9 PM. Hosted by John Smrtic, Sadhu Maharaja visited the studio in 2012 and gave a truly enlightening, mesmerizing satsang on the nature of the soul, the Bhagavad Gita and Jesus. For more information on his upcoming tour and visit to Heartspace, go to http://sadhumaharaja.net/ By donation.
Meditation Sampler: Choosing and Committing to a Regular Meditation Practice. Albany Studio. Saturday May 10, 2 - 5 PM. Drawing from Patanjali, the Buddha and the Tantras, participants are introduced to a variety of meditation styles, including concentration practices, movement meditations and mantra. During the workshop, students experience the practices, integrate them and engage in self-inquiry. The anticipated outcome of the workshop is that students will have the tools to cultivate a regular meditation practice that is right for them, and have the ability to address barriers to sustaining it. What to bring: journal, personal meditation cushion (optional). Taught by Loretta Pyles, RYT, PhD. This class is offered by donation. Suggested donation $20 - $25. Click here to register online at no cost.
Spring Detox: Cleansing & Rebirth. Troy Studio. Saturday May 17, 3:30 - 6 PM with instructor Sat Kriya Kaur. To create a foundation for change, we must first do some internal spring cleaning. Spring is the time to clean out all that isn't you and all that separates you from your destiny. In this workshop, we will practice a cleansing kriya and extended meditations to:
- Help facilitate detoxification
- Clear the subconscious
- Awaken your authentic self
All levels, no experience necessary. Cost: $25 to pre-register. $30 day of the event. Click here to register for this event.
Prenatal Yoga! classes are ongoing. Use one of our class cards, purchase an eight week prenatal card for $100, or drop in available for any week for $15. Instructor Megan Affonso leads class in Albany on Thursdays at 4:15 - 5:30 and at the same time in Troy on Tuesdays. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Peaceful Warriors: For the Younger Yogis Ages 7-11. Albany Studio. Saturdays 11am - 12pm with instructor Tracy Swanson. Partner poses, group games, self-awareness and respect for others are emphasized in this fun and creative class. Children will learn a variety of techniques (pranayama and meditation), and exercises (asana) to help them relax and calm their minds, as well as build strength, increase flexibility and improve coordination. Kids will practice challenging yoga poses and flowing asanas, in a playful and supportive environment. A great class for making new friends and trying new things. **Please note: Parents must be on premises while child attends class, which can include taking a class at the corresponding time. The series is $80 to preregister (much appreciated) or $12 to drop-in. Click here to preregister your child for the series.
Yoga and Gong Bath. Troy Studio. Saturday May 3rd. Yoga class 2:30 - 3:30 Gong Bath 4 - 5:30 PM. Set yourself up for a deeply relaxing experience with yoga and then sink in and restore with the gongs. Tea served between sessions. Come for both the yoga and gong bath or just the gong bath session. Both sessions by donation. Suggested donation for yoga and gongs, $20-$25. Suggested donation for just the gong bath session $15-$20.