Workshops

Dew Yoga offers a variety of special events and workshops. From Yoga Nidra to Aromatherapy and Kids Yoga Teacher Training, there are many options to explore your practice and expand your knowledge.

Thanksgiving Sadhanas of Gratitude

Wednesday, December 4th, 7:00 – 8:00pm

Many years ago the late Roberta Dale Fortune of Yoga Source began the tradition of giving thanks on Thanksgiving with a free class open to everyone. Ann Russell continued the tradition at Yoga Sensations and brought it to Dew Yoga. We are blessed to continue the lineage and are excited to share it with you again this year! 

4 Classes to Choose From…

All are welcome. Classes are open level. Bring your mat, an open mind, neighbors, friends, family. No fees or donations are required. *If you would like to make a food contribution for families in need, they will be accepted and distributed. To reserve your space, please add your name to any of the five sign-up sheets at the studio. Please honor space for all by signing up in advance to reserve your space and canceling 24 hours in advance if you can not attend; there is always a waitlist for these classes.

Wednesday night Candlieght practice will include live musical accompaniment by Father and son duo Dagan Selbach-Broad and Matthew Broad.

Food donations are accepted for the Stamford Food Bank.
This year we will also except monetary donations of any amount to support our beloved friend, Janet Schuman’s medical expenses for her cancer treatment.

WEDNESDAY 11/27/2019

Thanksgiving Eve Candlelight Sadhana 7 – 9pm

co-led by a collaboration of Dew instructors

THURSDAY 11/28/2019

Kundalini 8:30 – 10am

led by Jackie Tepper

Open Level Sadhana of Gratitude 9:30 – 11:30am

co-led by a collaboration of Dew instructors

Slow & Sweet Sadhana of Gratitude 10:15 – 11:30am

co-led by a collaboration of Dew instructors

Pranayama Clinic with Jen Irwin

Wednesday, December 4th, 7:00 – 8:00pm

Kapalabhati In depth, benefits, precautions and instruction on this energizing and grounding breathing exercise. Kapalabhati is also a kriya that cleanses the respiratory system and tones the abdominal wall.
Not appropriate for prenatal or students with active respiratory illness. $20 drop in or $10 for members.

Learning Lectures: Understanding The Role Of The Kidney Through the Lens of Traditional Chinese Medicine with Mark Gutkin

Thursday, December 5th, 7:00 – 8:15pm

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)  the Kidney energy is considered the very “root of life,” playing a vital role in our growth and development.  But most aren’t aware that an imbalance can cause a wide array of symptoms, typically not associated with our kidneys.

Eastern medicine sees anxiety, fatigue, mental exhaustion, brain fog, knee pain, weight issues, lower back pain as manifestations of the imbalance in that circuit.

Join Mark Gutkin, a licensed acupuncturist, as he breaks down the important role our kidneys play in overall health and how TCM effectively treats these disharmonies using acupuncture, herbs and nutrition, relieving patients of uncomfortable symptoms without the use of medication.

$25/person.

Pajama Storytime Yoga for Kids (ages 3-6)

Friday, December 6th, 5:30 – 6:45pm

Kids can wear their pajamas to this special Friday night class! We’ll take a fun yoga adventure, tell a story and have time for drawing. A light snack will be served after the class, then sweet dreams to follow. Parents are encouraged to drop off the kids and take time for themselves or take the adult yoga class that happens simultaneously. For ages 3-6. Cost is $25 or one class card punch.

West African Drumming Circle with Matthew Broad

Saturday, December 7th, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Matthew Broad of Matthew’s Community Drumming guides a fun and meditative experience of West African hand-drumming. We will learn ho to how to play a Djembe drum; including technique for bass, tone and tempo to create rhythm phrases. While we create a communal rhythm and feeling Matthew also brings lessons of awareness. listening, compassion, breathing, gratitude, stillness, meditation, mental/emotional health and well being. No experience necessary. Drums are provided. Registration is required and limited to first 22 participants. $25/person.

Buddhist Teachings on the Nature of Reality with Rand Littlestone

Sunday, December 8th, 3:30 – 4:45pm

Buddhism has become increasingly familiar and attractive in the West as a spiritual or religious tradition. What is less understood is that its teachings and practices are based on a comprehensive, logic-based insight into the very nature of reality itself. It is starkly different from our usual beliefs and assumptions, yet when thoughtfully considered, quite undeniable.

Join us for a very brief introduction to these (incredible vast) ideas, and see if you can enjoy having some of your assumptions challenged, your mind opened, and learn a bit about the ‘why’ of Buddhism.

Suggested contribution: $15/person.

Introduction to Sanskrit, Chanting and Select Yoga Sutras with Leslie Freyburg

Friday, December 13th, 6:30 – 9:30

Discover the beauty and power of your voice while exploring the resonant sounds of the Sanskrit language. In this  workshop, learn to chant verses from time honored texts designed to bring joy and nourishment.“Sanskrit, the language of the human spirit, seems to be the perfect instrument for bringing about healing on many levels. Physically, its resonating power promotes healing. Mentally, it awakens the natural brightness, agility, and order of the mind. Spiritually, it facilitates an expansion of awareness, tranquility, and bliss.” – Vyaas Houston, director: American Sanskrit Institute

Why Chant?
Some of the benefits of chanting include helping the practitioner to:

Find and refine one’s own voice
Reduce mental and emotional agitation
Improve focus, memory and mental discipline
Balance energy
Improve listening and communication skills
Strengthen breathing function
Increase sensitivity to the subtler aspects of well being

No previous experience is necessary. All beginners are welcome!

Price $40/person
Learn more here: www.chantwithleslie.com

Yin Yoga Nidra Workshop with Robert Ortner

Saturday, December 14th, 1:00 – 3:00pm

Come treat yourself to two hours in your own personal oasis of calm, peace, and deep softness. Experience two of the most relaxing and restorative forms of the yoga practice: Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra. Yin Yoga will help to settle the body, and Yoga Nidra will work to settle the mind: the perfect balance.

Pre-registration required, $40/person.

Kundalini Yoga Intensive with Jackie Tepper

Saturday, December 14th, 1:00 – 3:30pm

Dive deep within with kundalini yoga. Challenge yourself physically, mentally and spiritually. This workshop is appropriate for anyone who has experience with kundalini yoga and is looking to take their practice to the next level.

Pre-registration required, $40/person.

Dew Sing-a-long with Viki Boyko

Sunday, December 15th, 6:00 – 7:15pm

Warm the heart and lift the spirits with a Dew sing-a-long! Enjoy singing uplifting popular standards and some fun and festive tunes to boost your energy and create good community vibrations! Viki will bring words, you bring your voice (and an instrument too, if you like!). No experience necessary. Free and open to all!
Asha Ghosh Iyengar Instructor

Five Iyengar Poses for Restoration and Rejuvenation with Asha Ghosh

Saturday, December 21st, 1:00 – 3:00pm

Description coming soon.

Pre-registration required, $40/person.

Restorative Yoga with Reiki Healing with Rita Trieger and Fernanda Guerra

Saturday, January 11th, 1:30 – 3:30pm

A delicious blend of hands on and Yoga healing. Join Rita Trieger and Fern Guerra for two hours of restorative yoga while receiving hands on or hands above Reiki healing.

Restorative Yoga is ‘passive’ Yoga where the body is fully supported with blankets, bolsters and blocks in Yoga postures to enhance the flow of prana through specific pathways in the body for nourishment and restoration.

Reiki is the healing art of encouraging the flow of ones own energy (universal life force) through the body. Reiki promotes healing on all levels and leaves one feeling relaxed, soothed and with a general sense of well being.

$45/person early registration, $50 thereafter. Registration is required.

Yoga Relief for Neck and Shoulders with Rita Trieger

Saturday, January 18th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Ease accumulated stress and tension in your neck, upper back and shoulders with essential stretches and therapeutic movements you can use every day. This workshop will help you understand the anatomy of the shoulder girdle/neck/arm areas, and help make sense of why and how muscles move and affect each other.
Good for all levels.
Please register in advance.
$40/person (includes handouts) early registration
$45 late registration

Under the Surface: Connected Anatomy for the Yoga Teacher

Taught by Lauri Nemetz, MA, BC-DMT, ERYT500, LCAT, CIYT, YA Provider, Anatomy Trains ® faculty
www.wellnessbridge.com

Saturday, February 8th, 11:00am – 5:00pm

 
Get your foundational anatomical understanding on! This workshop will review bones, muscles and connective tissue, and also explore movement terms as they are relevant to the yoga practice. We will be learning through multiple mediums, both didactic and kinesthetic. Whether you need a good review of your anatomy, are in current teacher training, or have a lot of experience, this workshop will help you deepen your understanding and how to apply it to the yoga practice.

$75/person

The Shoulder Girdle: Anatomical Understanding to Arm Balancing

Taught by Lauri Nemetz, MA, BC-DMT, ERYT500, LCAT, CIYT, YA Provider, Anatomy Trains ® faculty
www.wellnessbridge.com
Sunday, February 9th, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Many yoga students (and quite a few yoga teachers!) find the shoulder girdle to be quite mysterious. Strain and other shoulder issues can be caused by injury, repetitive movement or habit (such as computer work), structural misalignments from scoliosis or kyphosis, and can be challenging to work with. Join well-known yoga teacher and anatomist, Lauri Nemetz, to learn the anatomy of the shoulder and gain an understanding of how the rhythm of movement in this area can impact your asanas, from raising your arms in Warrior One and supporting your weight in Downward-Facing Dog. Explore ways to strengthen the shoulder and how to increase range of motion in areas of restriction. The workshop will be a mix of learning through exploration, partner work, and asana practice. All levels welcome! Lauri is a YA Provider, and this workshop will qualify for CEUs.
$45/person
or
$100/person for full day (3 workshops)

Lower Body Anatomy: Feet as Foundation/ Hips to Hanuman

Taught by Lauri Nemetz, MA, BC-DMT, ERYT500, LCAT, CIYT, YA Provider, Anatomy Trains ® faculty
www.wellnessbridge.com
Sunday, February 9th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Understand the importance of the feet in supporting standing poses and prepping clients for daily life.  Moving up the lower body, take a leap (like Hanuman) greater than you thought possible while learning the anatomy of the hips, pelvis and legs.  We’ll play with accessible variations of Hanumanasana (split) through prep poses and variations.  All levels welcome! Lauri is a YA Provider, and this workshop will qualify for CEUs.
$40/person
or
$100/person for full day (3 workshops)
 

Asana Reading: How to See the Body with an Anatomical Eye

Taught by Lauri Nemetz, MA, BC-DMT, ERYT500, LCAT, CIYT, YA Provider, Anatomy Trains ® faculty
www.wellnessbridge.com
Sunday, February 9th, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
In this workshop, we will practice understanding what we see in student poses and how to quickly and effectively “read” body variations and what they may mean to a student’s practice.  We will learn different language to express what we see and how one part of the body will impact the entire asana.  We will look to sharpen our visual skills and how to verbally and /or physical cue changes to impact healthy change. All levels welcome! Lauri is a YA Provider, and this workshop will qualify for CEUs.
$40/person
or
$100/person for full day (3 workshops)
 

Iyengar Yoga on the Ropes with Asha Ghosh

Saturday, February 15th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
In this workshop we will use the rope wall to practice classic postures safely and effectively. With the ropes we will have the opportunity to explore the actions in the poses from a new perspective. The support offered by the ropes will allow us to move deeper into postures and to isolate particular actions in the body. You will be prepared to apply what you learn in this workshop to your practice and teaching. Limited to 12 Participants. Pre-registration is required – Sign up to secure your space! $40/person.
Asha Ghosh Iyengar Instructor

Yoga Lab: Iyengar Practice and Perspective on common Asana for Yoga Teachers with Asha Ghosh

Saturday, March 7th, 9:00pm – 11:00am
Description coming soon.
$40/person

2020 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Jen Irwin, Robert Ortner, Ann Russell, and Rita Trieger

Ready to explore Yoga behind the curtain? Yoga Teacher Training is not just for aspiring teachers. Dew Yoga 200-hour YTT will take you on a journey into the deeper practices of yoga including lifestyle, meditation, awareness, philosophy, asana (postures), and pranayama (breathing techniques.) The path of learning Yoga is not a path. It is a multi-dimensional exploration. Teacher training will offer you an immersion into these many dimensions of learning the eight limbs of Yoga. This training exceeds the Yoga Alliance minimum requirements with 156 contact hours covering…

      • History and philosophy of Yoga
      • Learning to use and teach meditation
      • Learning to use and teach pranayama
      • Understanding physical and energetic alignment in asana
      • Basic physiology and anatomy
      • Uncovering the power of authentic voice
      • Develop sequencing and lesson planning
      • Foundations of the business of Yoga
      • The art of listening and conscious communication

In addition to the classroom contact hours, students will be required to complete observations, elective, reading, online studying, attend mentoring sessions, and homework. This training will be led by Jen Irwin, founder of Dew Yoga. Teachers include Robert Ortner, Ann Russell, Rita Trieger, and special guest teachers.
Begins November 2019