YU Workshop & Events Policy

  • Pre-registration for workshops is required. 

  • If you need to cancel a Monday night workshop, you must do so by 6pm the preceding Wednesday. If you need to cancel a weekend workshop, you must do so by 6pm the preceding Monday. 

  • Refunds will be processed with a 10% cancellation fee.

  • Yoga Union cannot provide refunds if cancelling less than a week before the scheduled workshop.

  • If you need to cancel due to a medical/family emergency, then we process the refund without penalty or fee. 

  • Yoga Union reserves the right to cancel any workshop within 48 hours, as well as on the day of in the event of inclement weather or other emergency.

Anatomy of the Spine and Sagittal Issues of the Back w/ Alison West (General Backcare - WKND 1)

Friday, February 7, 1-4pm

Learn fundamental information about the spine and the major issues that affect it, including * Herniation * Hyper-kyphosis or over rounding of the upper back and Scheuermann's Disease * Hyper-lordosis or over-arching of the lower back * Hypo-lordosis or Flatback Syndrome * Arthritis of the vertebral joints Osteoporosis. Essential material. 


Cost: $40

Posture and Tadasana w/ Alison West (General Backcare - WKND 1)

Friday, February 7, 5-7pm

Harmonious posture is the foundation for a healthy back. Tadasana is the gateway to sound posture and the foundation for all Yoga poses.

Cost: $50

Poses for Acute Pain w/ Alison West (General Backcare - WKND 1)

Saturday, February 8, 9:30-11am

If you have recently been diagnosed with a herniation or are in chronic pain due to nerve impingement, muscle strain or other issues, learn simple poses for relief and prevention.

Cost: $50

Lumbar Pain & Herniation w/ Alison West (General Backcare - WKND 1)

Saturday, February 8, 2-4:30pm

Develop a sound understanding of how to work with a neutral spine through Yoga to prevent further injury and to begin the process of healing.


Cost: $50

Spondylolisthesis & Stenosis w/ Alison West (General Backcare - WKND 1)

Sunday, February 9, 9:30-11am

Discover how Yoga can safely help you support the lower spine and maintain healthy movement in the face of these often simultaneously occurring conditions. 

Cost: $40

Hyper-kyphosis & Hyper-lordosis w/ Alison West (General Backcare - WKND 1)

Sunday, February 9,  2-4pm

The over-rounding of the upper/mid-back and over-arching of the lower back often produce strain on these areas as well as the neck and shoulders. Learn safe ways to alleviate tension and improve posture.


Cost: $40

Yoga for the Pelvic Floor, Core, and More w/ Laurel Beversdorf

Monday, February 10, 6-9p

Does the pelvic floor confuse or intimidate you? Do you want to learn practical tools to help enhance your connection to this area? 

* Learn about pelvic floor anatomy and physiology

* Build your internal awareness of this area using therapy balls and resistance bands. 

* Discover the pelvic floor's connection to breathing and abdominal bracing. 

* Practice ways to instill relaxation, fluidity, and control to our innermost core.


Laurel Beversdorf is an E-RYT 500 international yoga educator. Creator of Yoga with Resistance Bands and Body of Knowledge™️ Anatomy Series, she is also an integrated Yoga Tune Up® teacher and trainer and a senior teacher, trainer and mentor at YogaWorks. 


Cost: $60, Early Bird 2/3 $50

Anatomy & Principles for Scoliosis w/ Alison West (Scoliosis - WKND 2)

Friday, February 21, 1-4pm

Learn the anatomy of scoliosis and how it affects spinal development. Understand the important concepts of curve, concavity and rotation.

Cost: $40

Padding the Concavities & Curves for Scoliosis w/ Alison West (Scoliosis - WKND 2)

Friday, February 21, 5-7:30pm

Padding the concavities and the curves can be a complex and sometimes confusing process that requires time to understand and master. You will discover how to bring relief to your back and how to improve your practice.


Cost: $50

Standing Poses for Scoliosis w/ Alison West (Scoliosis - WKND 2)

Saturday, February 22, 10-12pm & 2-4pm

Develop a sound understanding of how to connect the legs to
the spine and work with your asymmetries though the fundamental standing poses to develop greater strength and confidence.


* It is not possible to take the afternoon workshop without attending the morning session. 

Cost: Saturday morning only, $40. Full day $75.

Twists & De-rotation for Scoliosis w/ Alison West (Scoliosis - WKND 2)

Sunday, February 23, 10-12pm & 2-4pm

Learn how to de-rotate the  spine and strengthen around your new pattern.


* It is not possible to take the afternoon workshop without attending the morning session.

Cost: Saturday morning only, $40. Full day,$75.

Discovering Your Authentic Voice: Vocal Strategies for Yoga Teachers and other public speakers w/ Rachel Baker-Asto

Monday, February 24, 6-9p

If you have a voice, this workshop is for you. Yoga teachers and other public speakers can undermine their best efforts with vocal habits that impede their message or wear out their voices. Have fun learning how to develop your voice and shift your patterns!

• Learn new habits for speaking more efficiently and developing vocal stamina.
• Learn about the basic anatomy of the human vocal instrument.
• Explore exercises to encourage healthy speech patterns. 
• Learn how to maintain vocal health.
• Come away with strategies for developing a vocal practice as part of your health regime.


Rachel Barker-Asto holds a Masters degree in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College. As an opera singer, she has been praised for her “bel canto chops, with a bright, lyric coloratura sound."As part of her teaching endeavor, Rachel has discovered that all good singing is born from healthy speaking habits. She is passionate about helping students free their true voice from unnecessary struggle. 

Cost $60; Early Bird 2/17, $50

Side-lying and Pranayama for Scoliosis w/ Alison West (Scoliosis - WKND 3)

Friday, March 6, 5-7pm

Discover how to release the holding patterns of the concavities and bring spaciousness to the inner body through prop support and breathing practices while restoring the nervous system. 

Cost: $40

Backbends for Scoliosis w/ Alison West (Scoliosis - WKND 3)

Saturday, March 7, 9:30-11:30am

Through this specialized approach, strengthen the back, absorb the curves and improve posture.


Cost: $40

The Sacrum and Seated Poses w/ Alison West (Scoliosis - WKND 3)

Saturday, March 7, 2-5pm

The Sacrum and Sacro-iliac joints are often imbalanced and cause discomfort. Stabilize, balance and release the SI joints.  

This workshop is also open to those with SI Joint issues who do not have spinal asymmetry.

Cost: $40

Introduction to Fusions for Scoliosis Lecture w/ Alison West (Scoliosis - WKND 3)

Sunday, March 8, 8:30-9:45a

Lecture on the anatomy of a fusion and how it works.


Cost: $20

Principles of Working with a Spinal Fusion for Scoliosis w/ Alison West (Scoliosis - WKND 3)

Sunday, March 8, 10-11:30am

Learn how to find movement, strength and ease, and how to avoid over-mobilization of the joints adjacent to the fusions. 

Cost: $40 

The Shoulder and Inversions for Scoliosis w/ Alison West (Scoliosis - WKND 3)

Sunday, March 8, 2-4pm

Learn how to address the asymmetry of the shoulder girdle to develop strength and range of motion while improving stability in weight bearing poses.

Cost: $40

Philosophy Series w/ Bob Gilbo

Friday, October 4: Intro to Philosophy, 5-7p

Friday, October 18: Sankhya Karika, 5-8p

Friday, November 15: Bhagavad Ghita, 5-8p

Friday, March 20: Hatha Yoga Pradipika, 5-8p

Friday, October 4, 2019; 5-7pm
Intro to Philosophy: from Vedic Roots to the Hatha Period

This brief survey of the sacred literature of Hinduism will outline the philosophical roots of the yoga tradition, from the Sanatana Dharma of the Vedas through the classical period of the six orthodox darshanas to the variegated hatha yoga tradition. 
Join yoga scholar, teacher and practitioner Bob Gilbo to situate three authoritative texts—the Sankya Karika, the Bhagavad Gita and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika—in their historical eras and preview how each understands the goal of yoga.

•    The session will conclude with an overview of the framework of classical Sankhya and is recommended for those attending the Sankhya Karika lecture.

Friday, October 18, 2019; 5-8pm
The Sankyha Karika: the Dance of Prakriti for Purusha

Sankhya theory underpins the Yoga, Ayurveda, and some Buddhist traditions. An introduction to the function and ultimate purpose of the gunas and other metaphysical principles is essential to understanding yoga practice as Patanjali presents it. 
Join yoga scholar, teacher and practitioner Bob Gilbo to dive into the seldom taught root text of the Sankhya darshana, the Sankhya Karika of Ishavarakrishna (ca. 350 C.E.). 
We will read, chant and discuss verses and look at how they illuminate some of the more arcane yoga sutras.

•    Suggested pre-reading: any edition of the Sankhya Karika 

Friday, November 15, 2019; 5-8pm
The Bhagavad Gita: Yoga For a World in conflict

Spoken by Lord Krishna to the warrior Arjuna, who is undergoing a moment of existential crisis on a battlefield, the compelling dialogue of the Bhagavad Gita is all about taking our yoga off the mat. As Krishna helps Arjuna resolve his crisis, we receive guidance on how to act skillfully in meeting the challenges of day-to-day life: conflict, work, family, dharma.
Join yoga scholar, teacher and practitioner Bob Gilbo to delve into this essential yoga text. We will read and chant selected verses from the Gita that outline the many paths of yoga that can reveal the nature of the self, the world, ultimate reality, and the purpose of human existence. 

•    Please bring any edition of the Gita with numbered verses (Graham Schweig translation is recommended).


Bob Gilbo is a seasoned teacher of philosophy and a regular in the Yoga Union Teacher Training. He studied Hindu philosophy with Ravi Ravindra and under Satya Narayana Das of the Jiva Institute in Vrndavan, as well as with Edwin Bryant at Rutgers University. Bob edited Dr. Bryant's landmark translation and commentary on The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali (North Point Press, 2009). He has been studying Sanskrit since 2005.


Intro to Philosophy, $35

Sankhya Karika, $50

Bhagavad Ghita, $50

All three, $125

*If you wish to book individual sessions, please call the studio. 212-510-7404

Yoga and Chairs w/ Alison West

Saturday & Sunday, March 21-22, 9-12pm and 2-5pm (both days)

 Alison West teaches the use of chairs for yoga practice from beginner to advanced. 

All levels can learn accessible and innovative ways to use a chair in your office or for gentle yoga. For the more experienced practitioner, learn how chairs can help you cultivate a stronger, more sophisticated, and even playful practice. Use chairs to develop alignment, sustain poses, stabilize the body, increase range of motion safely, and make a pose more accessible or increase the challenge. Work on all categories of poses including inversions, and play!

Saturday: Office, Gentle, Standing Poses, and more. (At least one year of yoga.)
Sunday: Intermediate/Advanced Poses, Inversions and 2-chair work. (Level 2 and up.)

Saturday ONLY: $125 
Saturday + Sunday: $240, Early bird by 3/7 $220

Yoga for Hypermobility & Hyperflexibility w/ Alison West

Saturday, April 18

Wrist, Elbow, Shoulder: 9-12p

Ankle, Knee, Hip: 2-5p

Hyper-mobility of the joints can lead to instability, chronic hyper-extension and wear and tear on the tissues. Discover how to center the joints through proprioception (spatial self-awareness) exercises in supported Yoga poses and how to practice safely while maintaining balance in the joints. You may have instability in only one knee or elbow, or in both arms or shoulders but not in the legs, or in the lower back and pelvis. We will address the major joints of the limbs as well as the pelvis and lower back and help you find your balance. For teachers as well.

Level: Minimum one year of sustained practice


Cost: $125

Yantras: The Art of Visual Meditation w/ Sarah Tomlinson

Sunday, April 19, 1-5p

Limited numbers! Register early. 


MAKE YOUR OWN YANTRA, a brilliant visual mediation, with Sarah Tomlinson, one of the few Americans trained to teach this material in the West. As with asana, pranayama and meditation, yantra painting alters the internal landscape, changes the vibratory content of one's being and can bring about profound healing. This is a rare occasion to spend time focused on the beauty and precision of line and color while experiencing the transformative effects of this ancient practice.


Sarah Tomlinson studied with Harish Johari, one of India's great Yantra masters, until his death.

Please bring: Pencil, Ruler, Compass, Eraser, Coloring pencils, Gold & Silver pens (gold fine; silver medium point), folder for your 12" x 12" drawing (one foot square--bigger than a normal folder, but if you bring several that will work)

Sarah will provide the 12" x 12 " paper and offer her sustained guidance throughout the process of creating your own Yantra

Cost: $75 (including paper). Early bird by April 5, $65.

Intro to Meditation w/ Soto Zen Priest Shokuchi


October 7, 2019

January 13, 2020

April 20, 2020


Yoga Union is excited to welcome for the first time Soto Zen priest Shokuchi for a methodical, accessible three-part introduction to meditation. 

The benefits of meditation are undisputed, but finding a genuine, experienced teacher can be challenging. This is a perfect opportunity to begin--or refresh--your practice and develop it over time with a skillful, warm and compassionate teacher.

You will leave with tools to start your meditation practice the next day! Each session includes: 
• teachings on meditation 
• instruction in meditation practice 
• periods of guided meditation 
• discussion.

Shokuchi (Deirdre Carrigan) was ordained a Soto Zen priest in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, founder of San Francisco Zen Center in 2010, and has been teaching yoga since 1988. She met her teachers, Zen Master Tenshin Reb Anderson Roshi and Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Donald Moyer, in a Zen and Yoga retreat at Green Gulch Farm 35 years ago and has been practicing both Zen meditation and yoga since that time. She is currently Tanto (Head of Practice) at Brooklyn Zen Center and teaches yoga classes at 100 Smith in Brooklyn.


Cost: $55/session, $135 all three

The Amazing Dowel w/ Alison West

Saturday, May 16, 9-12pm and 2-5pm

The wonderful and slender dowel can create a strong sense of alignment, develop range of motion, offer support, challenge your strength, enliven your practice by becoming an extension of the limbs, aid balance, create space in the joints, and offer leverage. 

Come explore this light, versatile tool, which you can easily add to your daily practice. 


Level: at least one year of sustained practice

Cost: $125, Earlybird by 5/2  $115

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