The YTA offers ongoing yoga instruction by providing monthly workshops led by nationally recognized yoga teachers and highly accomplished local area instructorsSee our upcoming workshops below.

Unless otherwise stated, the Zoom link for each workshop will be included in the registration confirmation that is sent automatically upon receipt of payment. Please locate this e-mail well ahead of the workshop's start time. Check your junk/spam folder if you don't find it in your inbox.

If you have a question or trouble registering, send an e-mail to yta_treasurer (at)

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Cancellation Policy: Cancellation within 24 hours of a workshop may result in forfeiture of the registration fee. Please notify us at yta_membership (at) if you will be unable to attend. 

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    • 10/14/2023
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Club Fit, 584 N. State Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY
    • 71

    This workshop is taking place in-person at Club Fit

    Join our beloved master teacher for a workshop that will provide consciousness and awareness to the parts of the body used in any given asana (As the Anatomy Allows). We'll explore the range of motion with this focus, leading to alignment and integration and communication and collaboration of the Brain, Bones, and Breath.

    The practice of yoga during this workshop will remind us to seek balance, not only physically but also to explore the techniques of inner balancing to help us through the challenges of our lives. Tadasana, the Warriors, Vrksasana, and other standing poses  help us to ground, restore, and reclaim strength to empower our physical and emotional sense of well-being—to “stand on our own two feet” and to “stand our ground” with self-trust, dignity, and integrity. The seated poses will encourage focus on our upper body and breath as we stretch and expand to reset our body’s connection with the self via the nervous system and the brain.

    When practicing, one should experience the “edge” with care, concern, and compassion for self to change damaging fear into the courage of the Warrior with the accompanying strength of competency and capability.

    Be a witness to your own transformation on the path to becoming the Wise One!

    Bring any props that you like to use for seated and standing postures and any questions you might have.

    Paula Heitzner, ERYT500, has taught yoga for over 50 years and has trained many others in the time-honored principles, practices, and philosophy of yoga. The “teacher of teachers,” as she is called by her students, can be found at her studio, the Nyack Yoga Center, in its new location at the American Legion Hall. She is also the author of Yoga and You for a Year.

    Learn more at

    • 11/11/2023
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Club Fit, 584 N. State Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY
    • 72
    As human beings, we are the most miraculous and complex creations on the planet, yet we often forget our vast divine heritage and get stuck in our smallness. Our patterns of self-limiting beliefs stop us from living fully and truly enjoying life.

    Take a deep dive into the life-affirming philosophy and practices of Ashaya Yoga that integrate body, mind, and heart, and reconnect you with your highest self. Join master yogi and internationally acclaimed teacher Todd Norian as he guides you step-by-step into the heart of the practice.

    During this workshop, you will:
    • Align your body, mind, and heart with the five elements (earth, water, fire, air, and sky) using the Four Essentials of Ashaya Yoga (Open, Engage, Align, and Expand).
    • Explore the empowering and spiritually uplifting philosophy of Nondual Tantra.
    • Build inner strength, balance, and flexibility with alignment-based therapeutic asana.
    • Quiet the mind and cultivate inner peace through Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep).
    Recommended reading: Tantra Yoga: Journey to Unbreakable Wholeness, A Memoir and Ashaya Yoga: Align Your Body, Awaken Your Heart Manual, both by Todd.

    Todd Norian, E-RYT 500, YACEP, internationally acclaimed yoga teacher, author, musician, founder of Ashaya Yoga, and a Kripalu Legacy Faculty, teaches classes, workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings both live in-person and online for students and teachers all over the world. Todd seeks to awaken others to their inherent potential for healing and joy by integrating the body, mind, and heart through yoga and meditation. Todd founded Ashaya Yoga® in 2012 to guide his students through an alignment-based, heart-centered practice that builds strength and flexibility while giving them access to a universe of power within. A student of yoga since 1980, Todd brings therapeutic and biomechanical knowledge and an unapologetic sense of humor to everything he does. As a classically trained jazz musician, Todd created several music albums for yoga and relaxation, including world-famous Bija: Soothing Music and Mantras for Yoga and Meditation. Practice with Todd online at ashayayoga, facebook, and youtube

    • 12/09/2023
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • via Zoom
    • 74

    Lean into the wisdom from the Bhagavad Gita to implement emotional, physical, and cognitive self-regulation tools to improve your daily life both as a teacher and student. We'll begin by creating a healthy foundation of detachment. Establishing boundaries allows you to build a thriving physical, personal, and professional life of nonattachment. 

    In this workshop, you'll learn:
    • The meaning of detachment

    • How you can apply this concept in your daily life

    • How to introduce detachment as a yoga teacher, plus how to connect it with poses and meditation

    • Why you don't need to be a scholar to teach yoga philosophy

    Required Reading

    1. Bhagavad Gita by Stephen Mitchell—This is the translation that will be used to lead discussion.

    2. Potential self-regulatory mechanisms of yoga for psychological health (

    Recommended Props: 2 blocks, yoga cushion or pillows

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    Note: This workshop will be live via Zoom only; there will NOT be a recording.

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    The Zoom meeting link will be sent to registrants automatically in the registration confirmation upon receipt of payment.

    Please ensure you have the link well before the start of the workshop—check your junk/spam folder. We cannot guarantee technical help the day of the workshop.

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    In 2009, the Sharma sisters, Cristal (left) and Pooja (right), founded Soul Power Yoga to empower, educate and evolve bodies, minds, and souls with the modern application of old traditions.  The sisters carry forward their family teachings in yoga, Ayurveda, meditation, Sanskrit, and philosophy while unabashedly sharing how their practice keeps them mindful during the ups and downs of chronic illness, fertility, motherhood, and more.
    Cristal is a mom, studio founder, and accountant and is respected as a teacher’s teacher with her love of strategic sequencing blended with soulful inquiry to awaken your best self. She specializes in beginner to advanced practices, fertility yoga, pre/postnatal yoga, birth loss, and chronic illness groups. As a member of the NJ Yoga Collective Advisory Council, she is lending her voice in the actionable ways to improve diversity, accessibility, and accountability in our yoga community.
    Pooja is a mom, studio founder, author, and MBA/MPH and is known for her love of philosophy. She specializes in yoga and meditation for babies through teens and meditation and philosophy. Through philosophy, her goal is to masterfully detail the texts of yoga tradition in a digestible way and guide students to create a modern actionable plan from all of the sage advice.  As a yoga educator, Pooja often leads kids yoga teacher training programs in local schools for staff and teachers.

    Learn more at

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