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 Therapeutics: Yoga for Improving Your Back. Tuesdays 6 - 7 PM. New eight-week series begins May 6. Troy Studio. Taught by Dacia Proper, PT RYT. This series is for people confronting back issues including minor back pain, stiffness, and certain chronic issues. Practice and learn techniques and modifications to help to strengthen, release, and heal your back. Take these concepts and modifications to your home practice and taking drop in classes. Learn about common sources of pain and how yoga asana (postures) can be applied to find enduring relief and greater comfort. No prior yoga experience necessary. Cost $80 for the series, $15 to drop in. Click here to register for the series.
Prenatal Yoga! classes will be ongoing in Troy and Albany. Helping to foster the sacred connection between mother and baby, instructor Megan Affonso leads ongoing drop-in classes beginning Tuesday May 6 in Troy, 4:30 - 5:45 PM and Thursday May 8 in Albany, 5:30 - 6:45 PM. Use a class card of your choice or $15 for drop in. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
Yoga Teacher Training: Open House and Free Class. Albany Studio. Sunday May 4, 9:30 - 11AM. Lauren Toolin will offer this class and discussion for those interested in learning more about her 200-hour YTT program beginning September 2014.
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 returns to Heartspace following his visit in 2012. For more information on his upcoming tour and visit to Heartspace, go to http://sadhumaharaja.net/ By donation.
2014 Spring Dzogchen Buddha Path Teaching Tour Comes to Troy, NY. Join us in welcoming Buddhist Monk Erik Drew Jung to Heartspace Troy on May 2nd and 4th. If you are in need of a retreat, fresh look at life or just curious, please come to one or all of the teachings that will held at various locations in Troy. At Heartspace Troy, Erik will be presenting Introduction to Buddhist Fundamentals on Friday night 7 -9 pm and on Sunday from 1- 3pm, Tools for Reducing Stress and Increasing Health and Vitality. In addition, there are several other events occurring over the weekend at different locations in Troy so you can email Kathleen Tesnakis at Kathleen@ekologic.com to reserve a spot or if you have questions. Find more information about Erik Drew Jung at his website: www.erikjung.com and on his Facebook page.
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 $10-$20.
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. 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.
Kirtan with Chandrika. Sunday May 18, 3-5 PM. Troy Studio. The Capital Region's favorite homegrown kirtan trio are back for a Sunday bliss session. Cost $15 per individual. $20 for couples and kids are free.
Devotion in Motion: A Bhakti and Yoga Asana workshop with John Smrtic Troy Studio. Saturday May 31, 2:30 - 5PM. Cost $30. Early bird price prior to May 31 is $25. Save the date - registration links upcoming.
Musical Events - Save the Dates: Kirtan Soul Revival, Thursday June 19 at Heartspace Troy. Prema Hara, Wednesday June 25th at Heartspace Albany with John Smrtic.
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.
Partner Yoga and Therapeutic Flying Workshop. Troy Studio. Saturday June 14th, 1:30 - 4:30 PM. In this workshop explore the power of connection, trust, surrender, and healing touch through a playful partner yoga flow and gravity defying therapeutic flying postures. Instructors Kristin Dasenback and Stephen Masullo. Cost: $30 or $25 early bird price before June 1. Click here for more information or to register.