Embody-flow with live improvisational music
Let your breath and the live music carry you on a journey into the vast and dynamic inner world of body, mind, and spirit. Some classes incorporate more upbeat music with chanting, and others softer mellow rhythms.
Our Resident Musicians
John Sprague plays the 1st Friday of each month. John is a multi-intrumentalist (on keyboards, flutes, percussion, and voice) who specializes in creating improvisational musical magic for movement, dance, and contemplation. At Amherst College he studied World Music with David Reck. As a dance musician he works for the Five College Dance Department and performs in improvisational settings around New England, such as Earthdance, Dance New England,and as a member of the core group of Mandala Dance. John has also performed at festivals, cafes, yoga centers, conferences, and weddings around the New England region for over 30 years, with a special focus on alternative celebrations and contemplative experiences. He has released five albums of original music. His 2002 CD release, Moving Spaces, was nominated by a large independent music organization,for best instrumental album of the year, and his composition “Early Sun,” won an award for best instrumental piece of the year. He has studied and practiced yoga and dharma for 40 years, and is a teacher in the Zen Peacemaker lineage, where he also leads yoga at retreats.
Trevor Ring plays the 3rd Friday of each month. He has been playing electric bass for over ten years and grew up jamming with his older brothers in their parents’ basement. With an eclectic background from improvisational jazz and rock to singer-songwriter duos, Trevor presents a diversity of elements with effects pedals and unique instruments to help create a grounding, uplifting, and relaxing atmosphere. His goal is to help people sink more deeply into their yoga practice. While he enjoys filling the room with soothing chords and bass riffs at times, in other moments you may find yourself wanting to dance to the jazzy funk that emanates from his bass. Trevor also spends his time as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, working for South River Miso Company, making fermented products for Nourish Wellness Cafe, and teaching fermentation classes in the Pioneer Valley.
Amanda Turk plays the 4th Friday of each month. Amanda grew up in a verymusical family and was exposed to drumming at an early age by her father who was a kit drummer. But it wasn’t until she met her current teacher, Raquy, and picked up a dumbek in 2006 that she found her true musical calling. Since then Amanda has immersed herself in Middle Eastern percussion under the guidance of contemporary percussion masters Raquy Danziger (Brooklyn) and Bunyamin Olguncan (Istanbul). Amanda has traveled to Turkey and Egypt to delve deeper into a style of dumbek called the Turkish Split Hand Technique and applies these principles to frame drum, riq, and handpan as well. She is passionate about spreading awareness of this unique flavor of music and infusing the many voices and artfulness of these instruments into different community events such as dance and yoga classes, Kirtans, and festivals. When her hands are not on a drum, Amanda nurtures her passion for bodywork with her successful, fifteen-year practice in Northampton, MA
(G) Gentle—an easy, soft balancing & relaxing class
(M) Moderate—accessible, enjoyable well-balanced workout
(V) Vigorous—a satisfying workout with a faster pace
Class levels and pacing are guidelines only. We recommend that each student work at their own level at all times.