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a mindful yoga studio

promoting your fullest potential

 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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New workshops added!

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About us

A Mindful Yoga Studio is located in the Historic Times Building at 63 East Main Street in Westminster, Maryland (across from the old firehouse clock tower). The studio is on the second floor in Suite 7. The studio offers a variety of Yoga Asana classes that range in levels of challenge and specific intention, as well as Group Meditation weekly and Yoga Nidra Practice. Outdoor Yoga practice events are offered seasonally.  

 

With over 25 years of collective teaching experience, it is the intention of the directors of the studio to offer these practices with integrity and authenticity in order to promote the fullest potential of each individual.  As the words of Yogi Joseph Lepage convey quite beautifully, “We can view the physical practices of Yoga as a drop of water falling into a pool. It begins with the physical asanas and expands outward as healing, concentric circles, bringing balance and harmony to body, mind, and spirit. This is the Yoga process.”

 

MEET OUR TEACHERS


rahul ahuja

Rahul moved to the U.S. in 2001 from New Delhi, India. After studying at the University of Maryland, he has owned businesses, worked as a broker in New York, and consulted for a fitness startup company known as Endurance Leaders, based out of Atlanta, Georgia.

Rahul has been practicing yoga since 2009 and has benefited immensely from it. In 2015, he decided to advance his love for yoga, meditation, nutrition and kinesiology; he wanted to turn it from a passion into his career. Rahul traveled to Kerala and earned his yoga teacher certification from the Sivananda Yoga Institute of India (accredited by the International Yoga Alliance). Since returning to the United States in 2016, he has been teaching all over Maryland. Rahul is also co-owner of A Mindful Yoga Studio.


Tim hurley

Tim Hurley is a nurturing, empathic, and intuitive Yoga instructor and Mindfulness Meditation facilitator who shares with students his enthusiasm and compassion for their individualized healing, personal evolution, and conscious awakening. His gentle, compassionate, and mindful approach to teaching Hatha Yoga and offering Mindfulness Meditation practice sessions makes each practice experience inspiring, therapeutic, and enjoyable.

Tim earned his 200-hour level Yoga Teacher Certification in the Integrative Yoga Therapy(IYT) tradition at Yama Studio in Baltimore in 2005, and went on to earn his 500-hour level IYT certification as a Registered Yoga Therapist  in June 2008 at the Mt. Madonna Yoga Center in Watsonville, California. Tim participated in eight 200 hour Yoga Teacher Trainings as a faculty member and student mentor in Yama Studio’s Yoga Teacher Training Program from 2008-2012 and earned his E-RYT 500 certification. Tim is also co-owner of A Mindful Yoga Studio.


shawn essed

Shawn Essed (eRYT 200) has been teaching yoga since 2006.  She began practicing yoga out of curiosity and a fascination with the discipline and quickly came to love it for the feeling of solace it provided her.  Over the years the benefits grew:  stress relief, reduced knee and neck pain, and a softer personality, so that she no longer feels defensive or reactionary.  Besides practicing yoga at home, Shawn continues her learning as a yoga student and teacher by regularly attending classes, workshops and teacher trainings, as well as reading every good yoga book she gets her hands on.  Shawn believes in the power of breath, movement and focusing on the moment for the healing of the whole person, body, mind, emotions and spirit.  As a yoga teacher she offers her students a safe place to relax, unwind and grow in any or all of these areas.


emily watcher

Emily began practicing yoga as a way to integrate healthful and mindful practices into her daily life- she hopes to share the same with her students! Emily completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training and 85 Hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training through Charm City YogaWorks in 2015, and she is currently completing her 300 Hour Advanced Teacher Training. She loves making connections with students and hopes to help guide you on your way to cultivate a sense of ease, peace and calm in body, mind and spirit.


cindy jeng

Cindy found her way into yoga as way to improve her health after encountering some problems during her pregnancy in 2008.  She fell in love with yoga and has been a devoted practitioner ever since. She believes that as long as we can breathe, we can do yoga. Yoga is a way of living and it can start wherever we are in life. It is the path to self-discovery and self-awareness.

Yoga has influenced her in all aspects of life, not just physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Yoga has taught her to be present, mindful and grateful. She learned to embrace the moment she is in and appreciate every little thing that has been ignored or taken for granted before yoga found her. She came to realize that even the breath that she just took, that was a gift.

Cindy has completed her 200-hour Prana Vinyasa Flow RYT training as well as Yin Yoga teacher training. She is also a certified “LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA” instructor (a 12-week program for cancer survivors), a certified “BORN to MOVE” instructor by Les Mills and a certified group exercise instructor. She is constantly studying everything about yoga and believes in continuous training to help her become a better yoga teacher so she can serve her students with different body types and health issues.

CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICES

(Note: A donation is appreciated, but never required.)

1st , 2nd, & 3rd Sundays of Each Month: Mindfulness Meditation – Tim

7-8:00 p.m.

4th Sunday of Each Month: Yoga Nidra Practice – Tim 7-8:00 p.m.

5th Sunday of any Month: Yoga Nidra Practice - Tim

7-8:00 p.m.

workshops & events

If online registration has closed for the workshop/event you are interested in, please email the studio. We will notify you if a space opens up.


STRESS MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP

Sunday May 21st, 2017  1:30pm - 2:30pm

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Stress may be ruining your health!

Join Certified Health Coach, Christine Pilson, to learn about the signs of stress, how it effects your body and how to effectively manage it. Cost is $20 per person. Class is limited in size, so please register as soon as possible below!


SOUND BATH AND RESTORATIVE YOGA

Friday June 2nd, 2017  6:00pm - 7:15pm


Join sound therapist Julia Hancock and yoga teacher Shawn Essed for a special yoga class to heal and rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit. We'll start with some gentle stretches and then spend the majority of the class in various restorative yoga postures. With your body supported by bolsters and blankets, you'll close your eyes and let the soothing sounds from crystal bowls wash over you. This class will be appropriate for most everyone ages 14+ with or without yoga experience. Preregistration by 9 pm on June 1st is required. $20.

Pre Register in person before or after a class at A Mindful Yoga Studio, 63 East Main St. Suite 207, Westminster, MD. We are on the second floor in Times Building. You can also register online at amindfulyogastudio.com or by calling us at (410) 861-0369.

Please arrive about 10 minutes early to settle in before the music begins.

Come prepared for a very relaxing experience!


YOGA FOR STRESS RELIEF

Saturday June 10th, 2017  10 - 11:00am

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In this class we'll explore how to step away from the constantly busy mind. Yoga teacher Shawn Essed will teach you yoga poses (some active and some restorative) and breathing techniques that you can use to grant your mind permission to calm down. You'll use your mind and body together to relax stiff, tight muscles and feel some relief from the fast pace of modern life. This class is suitable for most ages 14+ with or without yoga experience. Donation is requested with $10 as the suggested amount. Preregistration is strongly encouraged as space is limited. Maximum 10 students. 

Meditative Chanting

With Robert Kaunitz

Saturday June 17th, 2017  1:00 - 2:30 pm

Meditative chanting is soothing and easy to do. It can help you reduce anxiety and release yourself from the grasp of depression and neuroses. The combination of attentiveness, sound through mantra, and rhythmic breathing improves your internal energy flow. This energy pervades your entire mind and body, balances left-right brain communication and improves your body chemistry. Stress from everyday life and its accompanying tension is relieved by this improved energy flow. Chanting balances the endocrine system, regulates hormone production, boosts immunity and improves your mood and sense of wel-being. It can even lower blood pressure!

Joind seasoned Kundalini Yoga practitioner Robert Kaunitz for 90 minutes of guided meditative chanting. The session will flow as follows: Breathing/Centering, Tuning-In Chant, Opening Chant, Spinal Energy Series Chant, Relaxation, Kirtan Kriya, Discussion/Feedback, and a Closing Song and Chant.

All are welcome, No previous experience is necessary. Start wherever you are.

Cost = $12 per person

(Register by clicking on the Buy Now button below)

Registration Cut-Off date FRIDAY JUNE 16 AT 6PM. Please register early.

 

YOGA FOR RESTORATION WORKSHOP

Sunday June 25th, 2017  2:00 - 4:00 pm

Yoga for Restoration is a two-hour workshop featuring a combination of Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga. We begin this workshop with a Yin Yoga practice to encourage gentle and safe opening of the body's connective tissue. The Yin practice will encourage you to find greater ease and comfort in your body. 

When your body is comfortable, you can more easily transition into a deeply restorative state, allowing the mind to settle and the body to release stress and tension. We'll balance this workshop experience with a Restorative Yoga practice and the intention to promote deep relaxation and restoration. 

Also, participants will receive short take-home practice sequences as well as clear descriptions of Yin and Restorative postures as a parting gift! This will enable you to further explore this healing practice at home. 

 

Sunday June 25, 2017 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Cost $20

Cash or check payments can be made at the studio;

OR Enroll BY CLICKING ON THE BUY NOW BUTTON BELOW

Minimum 5 / Maximum 15 participants Ages 16+

or call 410-861-0369 for more information

Please bring your own yoga mat. Yoga mats and props are also available to borrow.

All students must sign-in on our acknowledgement/waiver from before class.

IMPORTANT: Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to class. Late arrivals are not encouraged. 

Please leave cell phones in your car.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

1.  If an enrolled participant proactively contacts us to withdraw from her/his participation in any occasional workshop or special class 72 hours or more before the start of the workshop or special class, AMYS will either:
a.  Refund 100% of her/his enrollment fee, or;
b.  Issue a 100% credit to be used in a future workshop or special class (but not for therapeutic massage appointments).
 
2.  If an enrolled participant proactively contacts us to withdraw from her/his participation in any workshop or special class within less than 72 hours of the start of the workshop or special class, we will issue a 50% credit to be used in a future workshop or special class (but not for therapeutic massage appointments.)
 
3.  If an individual simply does not show up for a workshop or special class for which she/he has enrolled, no refund or credit will be issued.

CLASS FEES AND POLICIES

Yoga class cards can be purchased at the studio with cash or check. You may also choose to purchase your cards online below. Please bring a digital or paper copy of the receipt with you to class. For any questions, please e-mail us at [email protected]


Drop in class                            $14.00


6 Yoga Class Card                   $75.00


12 Yoga Class Card                  $125.00


CANCELLATION POLICY

1.  If an enrolled participant proactively contacts us to withdraw from her/his participation in any occasional workshop or special class 72 hours or more before the start of the workshop or special class, AMYS will either:
a.  Refund 100% of her/his enrollment fee, or;
b.  Issue a 100% credit to be used in a future workshop or special class (but not for therapeutic massage appointments).
 
2.  If an enrolled participant proactively contacts us to withdraw from her/his participation in any workshop or special class within less than 72 hours of the start of the workshop or special class, we will issue a 50% credit to be used in a future workshop or special class (but not for therapeutic massage appointments.)
 
3.  If an individual simply does not show up for a workshop or special class for which she/he has enrolled, no refund or credit will be issued.


ONLINE REGISTRATION & PURCHASES

Questions should be directed to Rahul Ahuja. E-mail Rahul at: [email protected] or phone him at 443-739-5044.


6 Yoga class card - $75 each

Card is effective for 60 days from the first use.  Card is usable for any regularly scheduled Yoga class offered at the studio. Please print the purchase confirmation receipt and bring it with you to the first class or bring a digital receipt on your phone. AMYS staff will create your 6 class card from this receipt and maintain your card up to date for you.


12 Yoga class card - $125 each

Card is effective for 90 days from the first use.  Card is usable for any regularly scheduled Yoga class offered at the studio. Please print the purchase confirmation receipt and bring it with you to the first class or bring a digital receipt on your phone. AMYS staff will create your 12 class card from this receipt and maintain your card up to date for you.


Drop in single Yoga class - $14.00 each

Pay for your single Yoga class visit online.  Please print the purchase confirmation receipt and bring it with you to the studio when you are ready to practice. Or, using your mobile device, simply display the PayPal Payment Receipt e-mail that you have received electronically. AMYS staff will record you as a paid drop-in participant from either confirmation path.


Lunchtime Yoga Boost with Cindy - $10.00 per person.

Wednesdays from 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Register and pay online here. Do please print out your purchase confirmation and bring it with you. Or, using your mobile device, simply display the PayPal Payment Receipt e-mail that you have received electronically. AMYS staff will record you as a paid participant from either confirmation path.


Gift Certificate

Card is usable for any regularly scheduled Yoga class offered at the studio. Please print the purchase confirmation receipt and provide it to the gift recipient so they may bring the same to studio. AMYS staff will create their 6 or 12 class card from this receipt.

New to Yoga?

This beginners’ information page is being presented to help you find the right class for you - wherever you are.  Now, please consider what you are looking for in a Yoga class and consider your current level of physical activity.  These are both important considerations.

  • If you want our gentlest yoga class, try “Restorative Yoga.”  The focus of this class is on keeping the joints mobile and very gently toning and lengthening the muscles while quieting the chatter in the mind.

  • Any class that says Gentle,” “Level 1orBeginner is suitable for most people.  These classes set a foundation to build strength, flexibility and balance.  Many students stick with these classes for years as the teachers offer ways to increase or decrease the challenge based on the students’ needs.

  • Classes that use the words FloworVinyasa in their description will have students moving through postures.  These classes are fine for active beginners.  There will be a degree of physical challenge, but always grounded in the principle of moving with care and consideration for the body and the breath.

  • Integrative Yoga and any classes that say Level 2”, “Mixed Level or Intermediate will be suitable for people with some Yoga experience.  These classes will help students deepen their practice with introspection and a greater awareness of the breath and body together.  

  • Our Contemplative Practices are for everyone.  There is often a mix of those brand new to meditation and those who’ve practiced for years.  We come together to support and learn from each other. We hope that you’ll feel comfortable to join us!

We do our best to remain true to our studio name.  Our focus is on offering everyone a chance to step into a space that is supportive and nurturing.  Our teachers want to help each student feel better in their bodies and explore their own unique potential.

To really discover what Yoga has to offer you, we recommend trying several different classes at a pace that’s right for you.  Many people spend most of the first class trying to figure out where to put their hands and feet!  A great way to begin is to purchase our 6 class card.  It’s good for 2 months and can be used for any classes on our regular Yoga Class Schedule.  Yoga is not one size fits all. Give us a try, feel free to speak with your teacher, and feel free to explore the same class or others.  

Welcome to AMYS!