Dear Yogis + Yoginis
I’m writing to share some exciting developments at Studio 72. We are 8 months into re-imagining our studio, a gestation of quiet practice. The Mysore Practice Group [MPG] has anchored the studio with dedication in many forms and new friends are coming through the door.
With the continuing mission to provide a space dedicated to the practice and study of Ashtanga Yoga - all 8 limbs - our learning community is deepening into a fuller expression of our collective, think bending to touch the floor in ardha baddha padmottasana. And we want to reach more folks! Because more folks should know there's nothing quite like a mysore room.
Beginning in May, the studio will have 3 new course offerings:
Beginner Series - 4 week Intro to Ashtanga (with Molly Hunt)
Tuesdays, 5:30p - 6:30p | May 15 - June 5 [$60]
link to Register here
Ashtanga yoga is a system of practicing and exploring the art of yoga. In this course we begin at the Beginning. Focused on Asana, or posture, we find our breath and link it to movement using careful alignment. We begin the work of building a practice of yoga that is liberating and illuminating. This course is designed for those interested in beginning yoga or exploring Ashtanga yoga, all are welcome and no prior experience is needed - the course will be paced to allow for integration.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Basics
Mondays @ 12- 1p with Andi Clark (beginning May 7) + Wednesdays @ 5:30 with Justyna Benton (beginning May 2)
[$15 drop-in or $65 5 class pass/ $10 MPG ]
Known as meditation in motion or breath-centered practice, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is the source and foundation of Vinyasa style or Flow classes. In this class, we will learn to link breath and movement (vinyasa) while exploring the postures of the Primary Series of the Ashtanga sequence. This dynamic hour-long class is suitable for all levels and designed to meet the expectations of both beginner and more seasoned practitioners. Modifications of the postures, as well as deeper expressions will be presented to accommodate everyone’s needs. In addition to verbal cues, hands-on assists will be offered to facilitate a thorough understanding of alignment and proper technique.
Guided Full Primary with Dana Deschenes
We've added dates for Guided through SEPT! This program is going strong and not just because of the tea. Many thanks to Dana for sharing his practice and being a part of ours. [ Sun May 6, Sun May 13, Sat May 19, Sun June 3, Sat June 16, Sun July 1, Sat July 21, Sun Aug 5, Sat Aug 25, Sun Sept 16, Sat Sept 29 ] Register for Guided here
Special Sunday MAY 13th GUIDED with Rich Ray followed by Chai & 45-min discussion with Rich Ray + Kate O'Donnell In addition to our twice monthly Guided Full Primary with Dana we have a Special Led Class with friend of the studio Rich Ray on Sunday, May 13. Immediately following class, Rich and his partner Kate O’Donnell will open the room to a 45-minute discussion/question and answer session with focus on the teacher/student relationship in the lineage tradition of Ashtanga yoga. Rich and Kate are co-director and director of the Ashtanga School at Down Under Yoga in Brookline, MA
you can sign up for this Special Guided Class here. You can also catch catch Kate on May 12th at the Breathing Room for a full day of workshops.
There's a lot going on in our little studio. Thank you for reading all the bubbles and please share with any friends or family you think might be interested. I'll close with some bios from our teachers, below. It's quite amazing what is in our midst. That's always true. Which affirms for me that we need to keep doing this. And now, on to Spring, more is coming.
Lots of love, Molly
ANDI CLARK began transforming her life through Ashtanga yoga in 2002, co-founded Maine’s first Ashtanga shala in 2010, and has studied with master Ashtangis including David Swenson, Danny Paradise, David Williams, Jennifer Morrison, Richard Freeman, Saraswathi and Manju Jois, and David Garrigues ; she is grateful to be blessed with the opportunity to share the beauty and power of this practice.
JUSTYNA BENTON, 500-hour CYT. Justyna's love for the Ashtanga yoga practice stems from an innate desire for movement, repetition and challenge. She is equally drawn to the exploration of asana (posture), pranayama (breath work) and meditation, believing that they complement and support one another, and the greatest gains can be achieved by embracing all three of these practices. Justyna is passionate about providing a sustainable and rewarding practice that is suitable for everybody, with a keen eye on postural alignment, breath and movement connection and, ultimately, finding ease and inner calm. Justyna completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Beryl Bender Birch at the Hard & the Soft Yoga Institute and received her advanced 300-hour certification from Kimberly Dahlmann at Yoga East. She is also certified in Yin and Restorative Yoga.
DANA DESCHENES was introduced to the Ashtanga practice 12 years ago by Eric Andrews. According to Dana, he made a nuisance of himself at Eric’s Water & Stone Yoga studio as he built a foundation. Eric helped open Dana’s eyes to the great world of yoga and in the following few years he managed to get around and practice with lots of great teachers. His personal practice continued to take shape and after several years of steady and blossoming intention, a daily ashtanga practice settled into his life. He trained with Caroline Klebl, then Kimberly Dahlmann, both trainings focused specifically on Ashtanga yoga. After these trainings Dana began leading practices in North Conway NH. He practiced with Jennifer at Studio 72 for 4 years and helped out while she was away, holding the space and providing adjustments/assists and leading guided practice. Dana hopes to pass on the practice as taught to him by many worthy, knowledgeable teachers.
MOLLY HUNT found her first mysore room in the early spring of 2012 and, as with many ashtangis, she fell in deep. That mysore room was Studio 72 where she worked for 5 years with Jennifer Morrison as a student and later as an assistant. During this time Molly also travelled to Mysore, India to study with Saraswathi Jois and to Colorado to study with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor. Everywhere Molly travels she looks for a mysore room. In Sept 2017 Molly assumed responsibility for Studio 72 with the intention of preserving a beloved practice space and creating a place for learning and exploration that honors - makes room for - the subtler realms of human experience. Molly is also the owner of Cranio Sacral Healing Arts and is a writer and playwright.