MELT Workshop Melt Method 4-week Series with Elaine
April 21, 28, May 5, 12
6:30 - 7:45 pm
$80 four sessions
$25 drop-in class

Come to a introduction to the MELT Method and experience immediate changes in how your body looks and feels. Learn simple self-treatments you can do at home to remain active, healthy, and pain-free for life.

This all-levels class will use specialized soft body rollers and small MELT Hand and Foot Balls to simulate the results of manual therapy. Relieve aches and pains brought on by stuck stress caused by aging and active living. Reduce inflammation, ease chronic neck and low back strain, improve alignment, and learn how to keep your whole body working better.

Elaine is teaching some Melt in her regular yoga classes. Prenatal mommas love the calf & foot massage!

To register, email or call (201) 610-9737.

Non Violent Communication (NVC) An Introduction to Non Violent Communication (NVC) with Diana Crowder and Nora Renzulli
Sunday, June 25
1:00 - 3:00 pm

The yogic principle of ahimsa, or non-harming, is the foundation of our practice on the mat. Off the mat the guidelines of Non Violent Communication (NVC) can help us practice compassion and harmony in relationships at home, at work, and in the world at large.

NVC is based on the idea that all human beings share universal human needs and have the capacity for compassion. We only resort to violence or behavior that harms others when we do not recognize more effective strategies for meeting those needs. Habits of thinking and speaking that lead to the use of violence (psychological and physical) are learned through culture. NVC proposes that if people can identify their needs, the needs of others, and the feelings that surround these needs, harmony can be achieved.

This introductory workshop will offer an opportunity, through participation and role play, to practice the basic steps of NVC: observations, feelings and needs, and the making of a request. What better time than now to come hear what speaking truthfully and compassionately sounds like, how to disagree with someone yet stay connected with ourselves and others and how to formulate requests that are doable.

To register, email or call (201) 610-9737.

Nora Renzulli and Diana Crowder want to share their learning about Non Violent Communication. They have spent over 10 years in classes, retreats and an on-going monthly practice circle. Nora and Diana both have a yoga practice. Diana has been a long time practioner at Yoga Shunya.

Teacher Training RYT 200 hours with Ola Widera, Elaine Hansen & Kelly Devi
February through September 2017

In celebration of Yoga Shunya's 20 year anniversary, we are offering our first RYT 200 Hour Teacher Training! This teacher training is for people interested in teaching yoga as well as for those who simply want to deepen their experience and practice of yoga. The training will cover anatomy and alignment, context and sequencing, pranayama and meditation. Students will have the opportunity to mentor with Shunya's senior teachers and get plenty of practice time teaching with supportive feedback. Our students will also have the opportunity to study philosophy and history of yoga with Sri Swami Asokananda, president of Integral Yoga Institute, NYC. Swami Asokananda was Elaine's teacher 20 years ago!

$3000 early bird discount paid by January 10
$3200 paid in full by February 4
$3600 payment plan ($800 by Feb 4, 8 payments $400 March - Sept)
Teacher Trainees take classes for free at YS as soon as full payment is made, or if using the payment plan, on February 4th.

1 year minimum of yoga practice
10 classes minimum at Yoga Shunya, at least 3 with Ola or Elaine.

How long have you practiced yoga?
Name of studios?
Name of teachers?
In about 50 words, please tell us why you would like to participate in this program.

Dates and hours
Saturday 11 - 5pm and Sunday 11 - 4pm
Feb 4-5
Feb 18-19
March 4-5
March 18-19
April 1- April 2
April 22-23
May 6-7
May 20-21
June 3-4
June 17-18
Additional classes on the philosophy and history of yoga at Integral Yoga Institute, NYC
Summer Community Teaching
September - graduation

If you are interested, please email or call (201) 610-9737.

Ola Widera In Ola Widera's class students are encouraged to recognize the potential of their bodies, identify strengths and therapeutically address limitations or injuries. Ola invites students to enter the practice through the expressive celebration of yoga myths, philosophy and asana. Her studies have been influenced by Ashtanga practice and travels in India, but mostly by over 10 years practicing Anusara Hatha yoga. Ola continues to evolve in her own practice and teaching by studying with gifted teachers Zhenja LaRosa, Nicky Costello and many more. Ola is certified as an Anusara Inspired Instructor and RYT 200.

Elaine Hansen Elaine Hansen is director and founder of Yoga Shunya. Elaine has been a teacher for more than 30 years. She began teaching English as a second language in Paris in 1978, then painting and drawing at universities and colleges. In 1997, she started offering yoga classes in her painting studio at 111 First Street in Jersey City. Elaine started her yoga studies in 1996 at Integral Yoga Institute NYC and has continued to study with Rodney Yee, John Friend and many senior Anusara teachers. To complement her yoga teaching Elaine has branched out to study the Melt Method with Sue Hitzman and Medical Qigong with Dr. Lisa VanOstrand. Elaine believes learning is a creative act and that the study of yoga, in all its forms, offers a deep awareness of the connection between body and spirit and between the individual and the community. She practices and teaches yoga with a dose of precision, leaving space for intuition.

Kelly Devi Kelly Devi Swails, RPYT, CCE, CLC, M.A., is an Integral Yoga teacher with certifications in general hatha, prenatal, postnatal and restorative yoga. She is also a doula, childbirth educator, infant massage educator, and mom of three. Kelly's wish is to help women connect with the sacredness of pregnancy and labor by developing trust in the body's ability to give birth. Kelly's classes include a strong focus on pelvis floor awareness, its connection to the breath and ways to find space, stability and comfort during pregnancy. Students also gain a deeper understanding of the physical, emotional, and spiritual changes of pregnancy, as well as the importance of honoring the body's needs during each trimester. Kelly's ultimate goal is to encourage pregnant women to fully embrace their innate power and awesome ability to grow, nurture and birth babies from that deep maternal place of "knowing". Kelly has worked with hundreds of pregnant women and their partners in the past decade. As she continues to witness the profound nature of birth first-hand, her dedication to this work has only grown and deepened. For more information visit: