November 11 – 12, 2017

Quarry Arts Building – 715 Hill Street, Suite 170

Join Kathryn Bruni-Young for an insightful weekend workshop. You will learn how to use different methods of practice to enhance strength and mobility. Workshops will include an innovative approach to yoga and mindful strength, breathing and rest.  Kathryn makes sense of the science of getting strong. You will learn how different types of movement achieve varying results. Come prepared to take notes and move around.


The Science of Strength, Practice and Theory : Saturday, 10 am-noon

In this introduction workshop, Kathryn explains how to use different methods of practice to enhance strength and mobility. Outlining information on different types of muscle contractions, warm-up, mindful attention, breathing and rest, Kathryn makes sense of the science of getting strong. During this class students will experience a few examples of how different types of movement achieve varying results.


Upper Body Preparation, Strength and Mobility : Saturday, 1:30-4:30 pm

This workshop is all about the upper body, starting with the wrists and ending with the upper back and core. Kathryn teaches powerful exercises and movements which enhance strength and mobility for any upper body poses, sports or activities. In this class students will learn the ins-and-outs of poses like plank, push-up, downward dog and handstand. Kathryn will outline in detail how to develop body awareness and control with an emphasis on biomechanics and injury prevention.


Mastering the Hips and Hamstrings, Lower Body Strength and Mobility : Sunday 9 am-noon

In this workshop Kathryn describes the difference between active and passive stretching, and how we can create better mobility and control through the lower body. Working through different posterior chain exercises, students will address ankle, quad and hip mobility. This workshop will also reconstruct squatting, crawling and other functional movements.


Mindful Strength Master Class : Sunday 1:30-4:30 pm

Kathryn will conclude the weekend with a flowing mix of yoga postures, pilates exercises, strengthening movements and dynamic mobility.  There will be an opportunity for Q&A and she will share tips on sequencing and class development.  You will experience how to create a hybrid style practice, lifting the boundaries of yoga practice.


About Kathryn Bruni-Young

Kathryn has been teaching yoga and movement for ten years. She teaches and practices her own style of movement called Mindful Strength. Her method is a mixture of corrective exercise, fascial manipulation, strength training and mindfulness. She teaches workshops all over the country and has a small studio in Cornwall Ontario.  For more information on Kathryn, check out www.kathrynbruniyoung.com

An Introduction to Vedic Astrology: Ancient and Modern

Join us for this FREE talk to learn about Jyotiṣa/Vedic Astrology November 17, 2017 from 6-8 pm

Quarry Arts Building – 715 Hill Street, Suite 170

Dean Lesser, Ph.D., will talk about the Vedic traditions of India within which the art, science and spirit of Jyotiṣa resides. He will speak about ancient uses of Jyotiṣa, to elucidate how and why it has survived thousands of years.

The focus of the talk will be on the place of Jyotiṣa in Modern Western Culture. We will explore its usefulness in psychological and interpersonal transformation. We will learn how, through the lens of Jyotiṣa, we can more clearly see the larger patterns and order underneath the confusion of everyday experience. Everyday issues of relationship, family patterns, emotional health, financial prosperity, career planning, business development, education, and more will be discussed.

We will discuss the use of Jyotiṣa in prediction. The question of free will and human destiny will be addressed.

Dean will talk about how he weaves together the three streams of knowledge: Jyotiṣa, Vedic philosophy, and clinical and counseling psychology. In Dean’s experience, knowing Vedic philosophy, understanding psychological dynamics, and knowing the destiny patterns revealed through a Vedic horoscope, give clients a deeper and broader understanding into the core self. Dean uses this methodology to help his clients explore habitual patterns, and to develop and clarify their personal vision.


Dean Dayalu Lesser Ph.D.

Throughout his career Dean has integrated his passion for western psychology with the traditions, practices, and philosophy of ancient India. Dean’s introduction to the ancient traditions of India began in college as he was introduced to Bhagavad-Gītā and Upaniṣads. In 1979, while in graduate school, this interest was ignited and embodied, as he began his serious study of yoga sūtras, asana, prāṇāyāma, and meditation, leading to his doctoral dissertation on Yoga and Psychotherapy. His first trip to India was to study with Yogācharya BKS Iyengar which evolved into frequent visits every year for Vedic studies. His journey into Vedic traditions continued with the study of Vedic astrology, Vedānta and Saṇskṛit. Dean is in private practice as a clinical psychologist and Vedic Astrologer in Madison WI.

Dean Dayalu Lesser Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist – Vedic Astrologer (Jyotiṣha) – Vedānta Shāstra

A monk once asked Basho: “What is your practice?”
Basho replied: “Whatever is needed.”