Workshops, Special Classes & Events

We’re Now Accepting Applications for our
5-star Rated 200-hour Teacher Training Program
Begins January 24th, 2020

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Republic of Yoga’s vinyasa-based teacher training offers a balanced and insightful presentation of what Yoga is, how it works, and why it works. This unique, immersive learning experience is taught by studio co-owners Nicole Nichols & Julie Franklin. Special guest faculty includes Julee Snyder, Jennifer Campbell-Overbeeke, Dani Leah Strauss and other practioners with a broad variety of experience.

Our 200-Hour Yoga Alliance registered program presents the foundations of traditional Hatha Yoga techniques and ancient philosophy in conjunction with Tibetan Buddhist principles. This insightful and modern approach immerses students in the study of yoga while enriching their practice on and off the mat. Our training consists of over 190 hours of class time and provides the tools to teach safe, creative and well-informed yoga classes. It is for those who aspire to deepen their knowledge of Hatha Yoga and to understand why the practice is valuable beyond the physical experience of asana. Our students leave the program with a deep knowledge of how yoga can lead to happy, balanced, and integrated lives.
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PRENATAL YOGA
with Bethany Ranftl
Thursdays   5:00-6:15pm
Saturdays   11:30am-12:45pm

Prenatal yoga classes offer a sweet space to nurture your relationship with your growing baby. Curated sequences, modifications and meditations are developed for the specific needs of expectant mothers. Cultivate mindfulness and relaxation techniques that can be incorporated throughout your pregnancy, and build energy and endurance while strengthening your body for labor and delivery. Bethany Renee Ranftl is a 200-Hour RYT and PRYT and doula, who specializes in pre and postnatal yoga. Her classes are known for intuitive and supportive individualized attention.
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SUNSET YOGA & GONG BATH
with Nicole Nichols & Alisha Nissenfeld
Tuesday, November 12
7:30-7:00pm

This special class features chanting, meditation, and a slow-flow vinyasa practice taught by Nicole Nichols, culminating in a 20-minute extended savasana with a gong bath played live by Alisha Nissenfeld.

Of all the instruments used in sound healing, the Gong is perhaps the most powerful, and the most mysterious. Gong Meditations, also called Gong Baths, are deeply nourishing and restorative. The body and mind are able to relax and surrender to the healing energies of the Gong, allowing students to experience deep healing on all levels of being as vibrations pass over and through them–leaving them feeling balanced, peaceful, and light. Aaahhh…
Regular class pricing applies ($17 to drop in, or one class from your package). We recommend that you reserve your spot in advance.
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* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).


YOGA AND THE 5 ELEMENTS: WATER, WOOD, FIRE, EARTH, METAL
with Alisha Nissenfeld
Saturday, November 16
2:00-4:00pm

Join Alisha Nissenfeld for an exploration of yoga through the lens of the Eastern Element Systems: Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal. In this workshop, immerse yourself in centuries old techniques and philosophies designed to optimize physical, emotional and spiritual health.

The journey begins with a powerful Hatha Yoga sequence that embodies the qualities of each element. Through pranayama, asana and meditation, you’ll learn how to use element practice to cultivate balance.

 

 

In this practice we will:

Become conscious of our innate capacity to calm, stimulate and stabilize the nervous system.
Learn to use breath and body as an instrument to support health and wellness goals.
Practice techniques to focus on the present moment.
Provide time and space to experience your body in both passive and activated states to gain awareness of and regulate internal systems.
Inspire creativity and empowerment.
Clarify goals and develop a sense of dedication and discipline to manifest them.

Each element has an associated wisdom that can serve as “preventive medicine” by reducing stress and anxiety through the release of endorphins and oxytocin, while strengthening and supporting all systems of the physical body. This class culminates in a deep restorative savasana to reap the benefits of the practice.

All are welcome! $40
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* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).


RELEASE & RESTORE
with Jane Thibodeau
Sunday, November 17
2:00-3:30pm


Join Jane Thibodeau for a special class that combines the use of therapeutic massage balls with restorative yoga to relieve tension and soothe the nervous system. This 90-minute session will address areas of chronic pain including hips, neck, shoulders and lower back.

Students will be guided through self-myofascial release techniques using various sizes of therapy balls. Each provides a unique size and density to help target different areas of the body and allow for varying pressure to create a personalized self-massage to meet each student’s individual needs.

After working with the therapy balls, students will be guided through a complementary restorative yoga sequence to relax, rest and reset. All levels welcome. No experience with yoga or massage balls needed. All props will be provided. $25
*Note: Tight clothing is recommended for use with massage balls. Space is limited, we encourage you to reserve your spot early.
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* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).


SONIC YOGA
with Nicole Nichols & Michael Hewett
Friday, November 22
6:30-8:00pm

Nicole Nichols and Michael Hewett have been teaching yoga and working creatively together since 2001 (yes, they were married for 8 years!). We are pleased to present one of their favorite classes–a live music experience with yoga choreographed by Nicole, while Michael plays a blend of electronic beats, beautiful soundscapes and live guitar, to weave an emotional sonic journey through the yoga experience. All are welcome! $30
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Michael Hewett has lived for over 20 years in Brooklyn NYC & is recently returned from 18 months in Europe & two world tours. Michael has played guitar for over 30 years.

Michael is a graduate of Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA). He has released seven full length albums ranging in style from progressive metal to Spanish classical to acoustic instrumental. His most recent album Muses was released in Spring 2017. A collection of nine love songs written and recorded on three continents over a two year period, Muses was recognized as one of the Best Albums of the Year by Echoes (NPR).

Michael Hewett’s music can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and YouTube. For more information visit http://michaelhewett.net/music/


LEARNING TO FLY
with Michael Hewett
Saturday, November 23
2:00-4:00pm

‘Asana’ means a perspective or seat through which we can shape shift into different forms (dog, cat, raven, tree) in order to more deeply resonate with, and discover their inherent wisdoms. Join special guest teacher Michael Hewett and learn the techniques and alignment mechanics behind the postures which simulate flying, levitating and floating!

This workshop is designed for intermediate practitioners, teachers in training and seasoned teachers who wish to dive into the principles and methods for arm balances and inversions. $40
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* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).

Michael Hewett has studied and taught Yoga for over 20 years. After returning from 18 months in Europe and two world tours, Michael is happy to be back in NYC which he has called home since 1995. In 2010, he founded Vessel Academy which offers an interwoven spectrum of ancient trainings in the Yogic Arts for seekers, teachers and those who wish to share the technologies of the mind, body and spirit with others. His yoga classes, workshops and retreats incorporate philosophies, asana, music and meditation to create an experience that guides students along their paths with humor, scholarship & artistry.


SECRETS OF MEDITATION
with Michael Hewett
Sunday, November 24
11:00am-1:00pm

Join special guest teacher Michael Hewett and learn an ancient Indian Buddhist meditation technique called shamatha. Samatha is a quality of mind which is developed in tandem with vipassana by calming the mind and its ‘formations’. This is done by practicing single-pointed focus, and includes a variety of mind-calming techniques, the most commonly used method being mindfulness of breathing. Samatha is commonly practiced as a preliminary for, and in conjunction with wisdom practices.

Discover how to completely relax the body and cultivate vivid awareness simultaneously. Extend, stabilize and deepen your attention span in order to savor each moment more fully, to experience realizations of Self and the world around you. Open to all, no experience is required. $40
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* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).

 

Michael Hewett has studied and taught Yoga and meditation for over 20 years. After returning from 18 months in Europe and two world tours, Michael is happy to be back in NYC which he has called home since 1995. In 2010, he founded Vessel Academy which offers a spectrum of ancient trainings in the Yogic Arts for seekers, teachers and those who wish to share the technologies of the mind, body and spirit with others. His yoga classes, workshops and retreats incorporate philosophies, asana, music and meditation to create an experience that guides students along their paths with humor, scholarship & artistry.


FREE CLASS: INTRODUCTION TO YOGA
with Julie Franklin
Sunday, November 24
12:30-1:45pm

New to yoga and not sure where to begin? Look no further–we’ll start by gaining a basic understanding of what yoga is; then add a simple introduction of poses, with basic alignment and breath awareness that will prepare you to embark on a regular yoga practice. 75 minutes. FREE to new students!

*PLEASE NOTE: Space is limited to 10 students, and for that reason it is open to first-time students only.
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VIBRATIONAL YIN YOGA
with Ronen Divon
Saturday, November 30
2:00-4:00pm

Yin Yoga is an amazing practice for diving deep, going beyond the muscles; lightly stretching connective tissues, tendons and ligaments, opening up energetic pathways along the body. It is an introspective practice that includes supported poses that are held longer, with ease.

In this special workshop we will add vibrational elements such as singing bowls, tuning fork, and light Reiki. If you are already familiar with Yin Yoga, this is an opportunity to explore yet another layer of its benefits.

The workshop will be guided by Ronen Divon, E-RYT 500 and YACEP Yoga teacher and owner of Open Heart Energy, where he offers healing and mindfulness sessions that combine Reiki, energy-work, and sound therapy.

Great for all ages and levels of practice! $40

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* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).


FREE CLASS: INTRODUCTION TO YOGA
with Kellye Davis
Sunday, December 8
12:30-1:45pm

New to yoga and not sure where to begin? Look no further–we’ll start by gaining a basic understanding of what yoga is; then add a simple introduction of poses, with basic alignment and breath awareness that will prepare you to embark on a regular yoga practice. 75 minutes. FREE to new students!

*PLEASE NOTE: Space is limited to 10 students, and for that reason it is open to first-time students only.
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GENTLE YOGA & GONG BATH
with Sherry Hill & Alisha Nissenfeld
Monday, December 9
10:00-11:30am

This special class features chanting, meditation, and a gentle yoga practice co-taught by Prarna Desai and Alisha Nissenfeld, culminating in a 20-minute extended savasana with a gong bath played live by Alisha. For this deeply nourishing and restorative experience, students are supported comfortably with bolsters and blankets. Aaahhh…
Regular class pricing applies ($17 to drop in, or 1 class from your class package). Class size is limited. We encourage you to reserve a spot in advance.
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* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).


PRENATAL YOGA: EXPLORING BREATH & YOGA FOR LABOR
with Bethany Ranftl
Sunday, December 15
1:30-3:30pm

Join Bethany Ranftl for a workshop exploring breathing techniques combined with a select series of yoga poses designed to provide comfort, centering and energy conservation during the contractions experienced in early labor, active labor and transition.

We’ll begin by learning how breath and movement can beneficially effect labor, and practice breathing techniques specifically for labor; then integrate these with a sequence of asanas appropriate for labor and conclude with a deep savasana.

Open to expectant students, $40.
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* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).


WINTER SOLSTICE YOGA MALA
with Nicole Nichols & Julie Franklin
Saturday, December 21
2:00-4:00pm

The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year, and as such, the darkest. Join Nicole Nichols and Julie Franklin for a full yoga mala (108 sun salutations) to, release the darkness and mark the return of the light.

Fear not, we aim to make this accessible, so as many people as possible to join in the fun! The mala will be comprised of 4 sets of 27 sun salutations–each set will include modifications, periods of rest, and will be set to a different wintry soundtrack (Celtic, dreamy, Icelandic, Christmas tunes…)
Let’s come together in the name of Yoga, and celebrate the return of the light!
Open to all! $20
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* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).


FREE CLASS: INTRODUCTION TO YOGA
with Julie Franklin
Sunday, December 22
12:30-1:45pm

New to yoga and not sure where to begin? Look no further–we’ll start by gaining a basic understanding of what yoga is; then add a simple introduction of poses, with basic alignment and breath awareness that will prepare you to embark on a regular yoga practice. 75 minutes. FREE to new students!

*PLEASE NOTE: Space is limited to 10 students, and for that reason it is open to first-time students only.
Register