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SKILL IN ACTION 2019 click here

A Mentorship Program for yoga teachers and graduates of a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training.

Time and again we have talked with students from our studio and elsewhere who have completed a 200 hour Teacher Training. They are elated as well as a bit curious. They have asked “What next?” and shared that they felt a need for further guidance and mentoring. Responding to those requests, we designed the SKILL IN ACTION program in 2017. We are now happy to offer you a newly expanded 2019 version of our program. May this continuing education be a pathway to deepen your practice and keep you and your teaching skills vibrant, lively, and thriving!

 Shakti Yoga is delighted to present this mentorship program, taught by us, Angela and Jacki, who will guide you in continuing to develop and deepen your knowledge and commitment to teaching yoga.  Take the next steps to cultivate your Skill in Action!  Earn Continuing Education Units (CEU's) with Yoga Alliance.

 Skill in Action 2019 includes: ~ *3 modules on Saturdays from 1:00-6:00 pm. Dates: September 14, October 5, November 2.  All modules will include principles and methodology, asana, teaching practicum, reflection, discussion. ~ Yoga philosophy segment with guest teacher/scholar William Mahony, PhD.  Date: Friday, September 27, 6:00-8:30 pm Location: Sweet Briar, Geneseo. See separate flier for details of full retreat weekend. Also... ~ A one-hour class taught by you, live or via video, for supportive feedback ~ Two observations of classes taught by us at Shakti Yoga ~ Unlimited emails for Q&A ~ Facebook page reserved exclusively for Skill in Action participants to share and discuss

  * 3 Module descriptions: September 14:  "Deepen Your Practice" - Introduction to Sanskrit names and pronunciation of hatha yoga poses. - Introduction to dinacharya, Ayurvedic practices for daily routine. - Mudra, mantra and meditation

October 5: "Sharpen Your Skills” - Continued teaching skills in weaving yoga philosophy and heart-centered themes - Refined observation of optimal alignment and common misalignments in students - Next steps in pose modifications, use of props, verbal and hands-on assisting

 November 2: "Cultivating Confidence" - Focus on teaching specialized approaches to support students - Effective stress releasing teaching techniques and accessible classes - Gentle Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Chair Yoga, Private Yoga

 Fee for entire 22-hour Skill in Action program: Early bird- $500 by August 31.  After August 31-  $525. Individual module only: $150.  You must register 2 weeks prior to each module date.


Mindful Movement & Chair Yoga

A class for seniors and anyone who may have a more limited range of movement.  The use of a chair safely provides increased stability and enhanced balance while experiencing a full range of basic yoga poses.

FALL 2019 Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 am through December 18.     10-class card: $100 Single drop-in class: $12                                                                                            Teachers: Jacki McCausland or Carrie Ruffner click here

A Weekend Retreat of Yoga Philosophy, Spiritual Reflection and Practice with William K. Mahony, PhD.

                    September 27, 28, 29  2019 click here    

      The Upanishads, the focus for this retreat weekend, are collections of sacred teachings from India that have inspired spiritual seekers for over two thousand years. The wisdom they hold can guide us as we deepen and refine our own spiritual lives in today’s world. Their core teaching is that the divine power that joyfully and lovingly supports all that exists also moves within each of us at the deepest and truest level of our being.
       Throughout the weekend, we will hear and discuss the magnificent teachings of the Upanishads as we reflect on questions we share with the sages who first taught them: What is the nature of this divine Presence that shines in the light of the heart? How can we come to know that light, immerse ourselves in it, and bring it forth? How can we more fully allow it to illumine our thoughts and perspectives, relationships with others, and our lives in the world?
       The Upanishads teach we can become more open to that inner Presence through the practice of meditation. Our time together this weekend will include short sessions of meditation guided by the teachings of the Upanishads.

William K. Mahony, PhD. William K. Mahony, PhD,, is known internationally for his informed and warm teaching on yoga philosophy and practice that is accessible to students at all levels. Bill has published several books on the religions of India and has a deep appreciation for the yogic life grounded in nearly five decades of his own spiritual practice. He is professor of Religious Studies at Davidson College, where he has taught for 37 years. For more information, see his website:

  *Throughout the weekend, Angela Caplan and Jacki McCausland will help us integrate mind, heart, and body by leading us in some basic hatha yoga stretches and asana.  Bring your yoga mat and props for Saturday & Sunday. *There will be time to enjoy the beauty and quiet of Sweet Briar, a private home owned by Barry and Angela Caplan.

Retreat location: Sweet Briar 5126 Geneseo-Mt. Morris Rd., Geneseo, NY  14454

*Friday, Sept. 27   6:00-8:30 pm   $50     Early bird by Sept. 13: $45.   Philosophy talk, discussion and reflection.

*Saturday, Sept.28  10:00 am-6:00 pm  $160.   Early bird by Sept. 13: $145.    A full day of philosophy talks, study, reflection and discussion with sessions of hatha yoga asana, pranayama, chanting and meditation. You are invited to take contemplative walks on the Sweet Briar grounds, and join us for a potluck lunch.   

*Sunday, Sept. 29   10:00 am-5:00 pm    $150   Early bird by Sept. 13:  $135.     See Saturday description above

Entire weekend (Fri, Sat, Sun): $340      Early bird by Sept. 13: $310     Yoga Alliance CEU's available.

Mark Your Calendar! Weekend Workshops with Barrie Risman. November 8, 9, 10 2019. CLICK HERE

EVOLVING YOUR YOGA A weekend of empowering and transformational practice with Barrie Risman, ERYT-500

Are you a yoga teacher or student interested in expanding the benefits of yoga practice without necessarily doing more or working harder? Do you sense, or even know, that yoga can serve you in bigger ways and yet are unsure how to extract the richness of the practice?  Has your practice plateaued? Do you feel stuck and ready to reignite your love for yoga?

This powerful weekend workshop, based on the teachings in Barrie’s best-selling book, Evolving Your Yoga: Ten Principles for Enlightened Practice, will shift your approach to yoga and infinitely expand the possibilities of how your practice can serve you in your life.

Through richly-textured alignment-based asana sessions, subtle and powerful breath work, and contemplative inquiry, you’ll be guided on an experiential journey of yoga as an integrated practice that will expand, deepen and renew your love for practice.                                                                                                                                       Signed copies of Evolving Your Yoga will be available for purchase throughout the weekend!  More at CLICK HERE

*Friday, November 8   6:00-8:30 pm         Embracing Your Sacred Embodiment: Standing poses and Hip Openers

*Saturday, November 9   3:30-6:00 pm      Abiding in Your Steady Center: Seated Practice

*Sunday, November 10   10:00 am-12:30 pm     Revealing the Rasa of the Heart: Backbends

Location for all workshops: Valley School of Dance, 63 Main St., Geneseo NY  14454

Fees: Early bird by Nov. 1: $45 each workshop; $120 all 3 workshops.                                                                       After Nov. 1: $50 each workshop; $135 all 3 workshops.  50% discount for SUNY Geneseo students.

Props to bring: mat, belt, 1-2 blocks, 2 blankets

Barrie Risman is widely regarded as one of Canada’s most highly skilled yoga educators and teacher–trainers. Her events weave together the technical precision of refined alignment-based practice with an ever-present awareness of the great wisdom of yoga philosophy distilled from decades of intensive study and practice. Barrie is the proud creator of The Skillful Yogi, a thriving online community of teachers and students dedicated to deepening their practice and living their yoga, and the author of the forthcoming book, Evolving Your Yoga: 10 Principles for Enlightened Practice.