Katonah Yoga is a syncretic Hatha yoga practice developed by Nevine Michaan over 40 years. She and her teachers incorporate classical Hatha yoga with Taoist theory, geometry, magic, mythology, metaphor, and imagination — in a practical framework designed to potentiate personal and communal well-being.
Framing the practice, maps of time and personal space are defined and refined. Themes using asana as origami, manipulating form for function, and developing a sense of personal measure are incorporated in Katonah Yoga practices.
Katonah Yoga is organized around three principles of esoteric dialogue: all polarities are mediated by trinity; the universe has pattern, pattern belies intelligence; by virtue of repetition there is potential for insight.
Disciplined techniques are organized for revelation through revolutions.
(Movements from: yoga, gymnastics, acrobatics, dance, martial arts and weightlifting)
Architectural Movement® uses movements and information gained from yoga, gymnastics, acrobatics, dance, martial arts and weightlifting: Sometimes fluid, always informative, students will be taught geometric alignment of the body and the possibilities that arise in ones movement by correcting body mechanics and evolving old movement patterns and introducing new ones. All classes in Architectural Yoga will be spent on floor work with information gained from yoga, gymnastics, acrobatics, dance, martial arts and weightlifting. Notebooks are always encouraged, this class will be offered only at gyms, parks and boxes that provide space for gymnastic rings, equipment for brachiation and adequate space for more complex locomotion.
Building a foundation through isolating static holds and repetitive work on specific transition to build the student’s awareness of body mechanics. For the Advanced Practitioner and new student alike we will take a deeper look at the subtleties of students bodies and movement patterns. Analyzing alignment and body mechanics. Notebooks are always encouraged.
Allowing foundation to flourish in flow, where students can expect to integrate movements previously mastered as static posture to evolve into more complex work. For the Intermediate to Advanced Practitioner (students with more than a year of a Movement practice: including but not limited to yoga, martial arts, dance, and gymnastics) we will continue looking at the subtleties of students bodies and movement patterns while learning to string new patterns together and enter more fluid ways of locomoting the body. The flow practice will introduce the ideas of meditation in movement and the concept of the flow state.
Notebooks are always encouraged.
Open to advanced practitioners or teachers, where integration gives birth to improvisation. The stage where a student becomes their own teacher. For students of Movement with multiple years of study, this class will introduce new entries to familiar postures and more complex movements alike. Students can expect to gain understanding in developing their own sequences and style. This fresh approach will help in developing their own home movement practice while also acquainting them with the concepts of playful practice.
Using techniques from gymnastics and circus arts, this class will help in building the proper foundation for handstands. We will deal with subjects such as wrist preparation, handstand body-line, shoulder mobility and positioning. Course work will largely involve static holds, without the requirement of kicking into handstands. While it is not required, it is recommended that you are able to hold a 30 second straight-arm plank before registering for this class.
(All Levels: Class size is limited to 7 participants)
Having overcome severe Rheumatoid Arthritis, Noah brings firsthand knowledge of working through pain, reducing inflammation and preventing injury. In this class we will address the geometric alignment of the body, correcting body mechanics while reintroducing old movement patterns. Most importantly this class will focus on regaining and retaining lost range of motion and methods to help reduce pain in movement.
(recommended for advanced movers)
Having overcome severe Rheumatoid Arthritis, Noah brings firsthand knowledge of working through pain, reducing inflammation and preventing injury. In this class we will address the geometric alignment of the body, correcting body mechanics while carefully accustoming the body to moving out of alignment, building a resiliency throughout the body and helping to prevent injury in the future.