Ashtanga Yoga Practice and Philosophy:
Yamas & Niyamas
with Christine Hoar of Ashtanga Montauk

Saturday & Sunday, November 18 & 19
9:00am - 11:30am - Mysore - $40
12noon - 2:00pm - Lecture: Yama and Niyama

$40 Just Lecture or Just Mysore
$75 Single Day / $150 Weekend


Saturday Nov 18th

Mysore Practice 9:00am

Light Kitchari Snack 11:30-12:00noon

Lecture and Discussion 12noon-2:00pm


Yama - The first limb of Ashtanga Yoga

Patanjali writes about how we have lost our connection to Cosmic Consciousness, primarily due to avidya (ignorance); this is our human condition. As yogic practitioners, we engage practices as part of our journey back to Self. We seek to bring health to the body, discernment to the senses, and equanimity to the mind. In the yoga sutras of Patanjali, we are given a road map for both external practices (yamas) and internal practices (niyamas) to help realign our relationships with our community and our natural environment, as well as heal our relationship with our own self. We will explore these fundamental behaviors that we must employ with dedication and perseverance if we are to make progress along this path. On Saturday, we will dive into the 5 yamas: ahimsa (non-violence, compassion for all living things), satya (commitment to truth and truthfulness), asteya (non-stealing), brahmacharya (countenance, appropriate use of energy, sense control), and aparigraha (neutralizing the desire to hoard).


Sunday Nov. 19th

Mysore Practice 9:00am

Light Kitchari Snack 11:30-12:00noon

Lecture and Discussion 12noon-2:00pm


Niyama - The second limb of Ashtanga Yoga

On Sunday, we will continue our discussion of the practices and behaviors that we employ on this yogic journey to Self. The focus for this session will be on the second limb, the niyamas. While the yamas focus primarily on our relationship to things that we experience as “other than self,” the niyamas focus on “self” and are practices that lead to the taming of the personality and its desires by attending to rules for personal observance. The 5 niyamas are: sauca (purity or cleanliness), samtosha (contentment), tapas (discipline, austerity, burning enthusiasm), svadhyaya (self-study), and isvara pranidhana (devotion to a higher power).


Christine Hoar is the founder and director of Bristol Yoga, VT and Ashtanga Montauk, NY.

She has been a practitioner of the Ashtanga Yoga System for 23 years and has been teaching for 20 years. Specializing in the integration of the Ashtanga method with the principles of Ayurveda and the depth of Yogic philosophy, Christine offers students unique insights into the Yogic lifestyle. She has made many trips to Mysore, India to study with her Guru, the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and she is honored to have received his blessing and authorization to teach.

Christine is also a certified Ayurvedic consultant. As a practitioner, she is devoted to creating health and joy by fostering an awareness of the karma associated with our lifestyle choices and our connection to all of nature. As a teacher, she integrates alignment and intuition, strength and fluidity, mindfulness and humor. Christine is passionate about the teachings, and brings a gentle, compassionate, and light-hearted, yet powerful, hands-on approach.


Macro Cooking Class: Winter Season
with Angelika Kushi

Sunday, December 10th
10:00am - 12:00noon

Angelika Kushi Macro Cooking New Vibe Yoga
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Not simply a diet, macrobiotic recognizes the profound effects food, environment, activities, and attitude all have on our body-mind-emotions. As the seasons change, our diets and available foods do as well. Using macrobiotic philosophy as our foundation we will look at the foods and methods of cooking associated with the Winter season. Winter season is related to the kidneys and bladder organs of our system. Our battery and flush systems. In this class we will cover food and lifestyle choices to support these organs and thus support your health throughout the winter months.

Angelica Kushi is a yoga teacher, health & wellness coach, aerial performer and stunt woman. Born and raised in a macrobiotic home, her education stems from a lifetime of living a holistic lifestyle. Her grandparents, Michio and Aveline Kushi, were the pioneer educators of macrobiotics in the USA and across the world. Combined with the scientific knowledge of her father as a nutritional epidemiologist, Angelica's unique family upbringing created the perfect foundation for holistic health steeped in science, using wisdom from east, west, ancient and modern. Her formal training is from the Kushi Institute, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and extensive studies in yoga and Tibetan Buddhism with the Asian Classic Institute and Yoga Studies Institute. Her passion is to provide people with easy and inspiring ways to live a healthy lifestyle so they can live out their wildest dreams.

The Art of Handstand
with Hanne Sydanmaa of Ashtanga Yoga Helsinki, Finland

Saturday & Sunday, December 16th & 17th
12noon - 2:00pm
$45 Single Day / $75 Weekend

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This workshop is suitable to practitioners of all levels, even if you haven't tried handstand before. Join Hanne for an exploration of the Handstand, both on its own and applied in Ashtanga Yoga Practice. We will learn different techniques to solidify this challenging posture. We will start our exploration laying down, activating the core muscles and body gently. Here we will look at basic alignment principles, building proper foundation with planks and lengthening exercises. We will gradually build up to practicing handstands on the wall, and for those looking to explore more, free standing handstands without wall support. Working with each student at their individual level, this workshop will offer students a set of tools to practice on their own and develop their core strength and handstand.


Hanne Sydanmaa took her first yoga class while studying dance in New York in the turn of the Century. She traveled to Mysore, South India in 2001 to study Ashtanga yoga with Guruji, Sri K Pattabhi Jois and continued to study there annually. She was blessed with Guruji’s permission to teach in 2004 and received Ashtanga Level 2 authorization in Sharath’s first teacher training 2009. She also holds the Sivananda Yoga teaching certification.

Later Hanne got into learning the art of handstands from professional circus performers out of whom her most important teacher is Yuval Ayalon. She also continues to study dance, ballet and anatomy in New York and Helsinki.

Hanne is a resident teacher at Ashtanga Yoga Helsinki, and has taught a wide range of students at various levels including top athletes and seniors. She emphasizes the importance of each body's anatomical functioning and individuality, nurturing the presence of strength and happiness.

“Body is the temple of the soul.”



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