Traditional Holistic Yoga with a Focus on Wellness
Why does this matter and what will Plasha Yoga do for me?
Here are some benefits of traditional yoga supported by science:
- Lowers stress
- Reduces low back pain
- Increases GABA – the neurotransmitter that helps calm your brain down – and also works to regulate anxiety
- Decreases depression
- Reduces inflammation
- May decrease risk factors for heart disease
- Reduces chronic pain
- Improves sleep
- Improves balance and increases flexibility and strength
- Improves breathing
- Reduces migraine intensity
- Improves digestion
- Reduced need for medications
Ready to improve your health? Register Now!
Not sure which class is right for you? Click to learn about our yoga classes.
Yoga Class Schedule
If you are new to yoga or my yoga studio, the first class is $10; otherwise, drop-ins are $15.
Three ways to register or drop-in for a yoga class:
- Complete the online registration form!
- Call (814) 864-1114 (please leave a message if no answer)
- Email email@example.com to register or drop-in for a class!
All classes taught by Michael Plasha, E-RYT500, RPYT, YACEP except where noted.
During the Green Phase we offer Studio, Zoom and Outdoor classes.
If you are preregistered for summer your class is included. If you want to drop in to another class, it is $10 or you can join the class if you need to make up your regularly scheduled class. If you are not registered drop in is $15. You can pay me via Venmo (free and no charges). My account name is Michael Plasha. You can also pay with Pay Pal but they do take a percentage from me. You do that with firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you have paid, we will send you an invite. You can also register for the session and we will prorate for fewer weeks.
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Summer Session 2020
24th Annual Yoga on the Beach!
June 1 to August 27
(No classes the week of June 29)
Slow Flow for Beginners and Beyond: 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Beyond Beginners: 7:15 to Sunset
Mixed Level: 6:00 to 7:15 pm
To attend the beach you must follow these Presque Isle State park approved safety policies:
COVID-19 Safety Plan: All participants need to bring a mask, blankets will be at least 12 ft apart, attendance will be limited to 25 or less, students must follow all current social distancing and hygiene regulations to participate, including not attending if they are symptomatic, registration will be revoked, if anyone attends and does not follow these procedures. Payment will be made on-line with Venmo or Pay Pal or by check, before the classes begin.
Beach classes are held on Beach 1 outside the swimming area on Presque Isle State Park. Park in the Beach 1 lot or by road. Bring a blanket, water, sunscreen and bug repellent. Go to my FB Plasha Yoga Studio page after 4:00 p.m. if it looks like it might rain. A post will direct you to the virtual studio with Zoom (if you are registered for the full session) or the beach. Make sure you already have the free Zoom App.
12th Annual Yoga at Liberty Park
June 1 to August 26
(No classes the week of June 29)
Beginners 7:30 to 8:45 am with Allison
Mixed Level 6:00 to 7:15 pm
To attend these classes you must follow the same Covid- 19 Safety Plan as for the beach classes.
Park near the playground at Liberty Park off the Bayfront Highway. Classes on the lawn or in Amphitheater if it rains. No need to call. Bring a mat. Rain or shine!
Yoga in Village West
3330 West 26th St.
June 1 to August 26
(No classes the week of June 29)
These are Zoom or in the Studio Classes
If you come to the studio, you will wear your mask when you enter and leave or if you use the bathroom. You can remove it when you are on your mat. All high touch areas like the bathroom will be sanitized before class. We will leave sanitizer and paper towels to use for spot cleaning the toilet seat and any handles after using the bathroom. I have measured the room and placed tape where your mats will go six feet from other students. No props will be available. You must bring your own. Please do not attend if you are symptomatic.
Beyond Beginners: 10 to 11:15 am
Gentle Beginners and Restorative Yoga: 10:00 – 11:15 am
Gentle Beginners and Restorative Yoga: 7:00 to 8:15 pm
Unless otherwise noted, fees are for one class per week, during a session.
Please pay with check, Venmo or Pay Pal.
Open Registration until a class fills. $150 for 12 weeks if you start the week of June 1. Afterwards, pro-rating anytime for $12 per class depending on how many weeks. Payment plans are available.
Drop-in class (please call ahead): $15
Private Lessons (call 814-864-1114 for details and to schedule): $100/hr. Fast forward your practice and optimize the benefits of yoga with an individualized approach.
Special Package: 6 lessons for $299! This is for individuals or a married couple. I can go to your home or meet you at the studio or we can do a Zoom format which is great if you live outside of Erie. A package will support you in establishing a lifetime practice!
Plasha Yoga is a 200 and 300 school with Yoga Alliance. Go to the Events Page at plashayoga.com for upcoming trainings.
If you have questions call me at 814-864-1114 or e-mail me at email@example.com. Thank you!
Which Class is for Me?
Gentle Beginners, Restorative, and Mindfulness Yoga
The yoga of non-doing, restorative yoga, focuses on effortlessness and ease. When the body is fully supported with bolsters and blankets, it releases deeply held tensions. It is for any student who is not pregnant and without serious back conditions like spondylolistheses, spondylolysis or diagnosed disc disease. It can be excellent for students recovering from injuries and managing chronic diseases. Deep relaxation, pranayama and mindfulness meditation are included.
Beginners (Learning Hatha 1)
For new beginners or those who need a refresher. A thorough and safe introduction to yoga including modifications, adaptations, and contraindications. Deep relaxation, pranayama, and meditation are included
The Basics and More (Hatha 1)
Another thorough and safe introduction to yoga including modifications, adaptations, and contraindications. Slow and gentle Vinyasas and static postures for overall wellness and specific health conditions and options for more challenging variations are included. Deep relaxation, pranayama, and meditation are in every class!
Yoga for Women by Women – The Empowerment Series (Hatha 1-2)
Master the juggle with a Life Coach and other women! Empowerment themes plus practices to address every cycle of a woman’s life from menstrual to post menopause.
Beyond Beginners (Hatha 1-2)
For experienced beginners. Please check with me if you are not sure. Familiarity with contraindications, stages of progression and modifications are necessary – related to beginner level (Hatha 1) postures and flows. You will learn new Hatha 2 practices like advanced pranayama, relaxation, meditation, and asanas. Multi-level moderate flows are also included.
Lunar Flow (Hatha 1-2)
A delicious mix of lunar selected Hatha poses and flows, Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga. Deep relaxation, pranayama, and meditation are included.
Yin Yoga (Hatha 1-2)
Most yoga is Yang which can stretch and strengthen muscles. Yin stretches the connective tissue. Both are needed to improve flexibility. Most lifestyles are Yang – think Type A personalities. Find balance with a meditative, relaxed and introspective class. Deep relaxation, pranayama, and meditation are included. You may leave softer and more serene!
Vigorous Vinyasa (Hatha 2-3)
This is for experienced beginners who like longer and more challenging flows and transitions based on the Ashtanga primary and secondary series. Deep relaxation, pranayama, and meditation are included.
Yoga For Back Pain
Learn ways to manage, reduce and possibly end your pain. You will practice a routine that I have used successfully in hundreds of private lessons and group classes for those suffering from kyphosis, lordosis, musculoskeletal pain, bulging discs, sacroiliac joint misalignment, piriformis caused mild sciatica, and after back surgery (with physician approval). Please let me know what your condition is when you register. However, for chronic conditions, see your physician to rule out infections, cancer, spinal fractures (osteoporosis) and neurological causes. Please bring a permission slip from your health care provider.
Private Lessons / Yoga Parties and Events
I am available for private Prenatal, Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy consultations and classes for $100 an hour. Click for more information on private yoga lessons. A lower rate is available for regular schedule privates and semi-privates. Fast-forward your practice and optimize the benefits of yoga by scheduling an individualized and therapeutic approach. Call for an appointment. House visits can be made for your convenience. I am also available for single event yoga parties and private classes at a special group rate! Contact me to schedule.
Feel the Difference Experience Makes!
January 1, 2019 will mark my 21st anniversary of directing a yoga studio in Erie! It all started with free yoga classes I began offering in my living room in 1984. We continue to integrate classical yoga principles with current scientific research to provide an effective and sustainable mind, body and spirit practice for all phases of life.
The goal of traditional yoga is to become liberated from the mind-body concept or ego and experience the true Self – free of fear and anxiety. We look forward to supporting you on this journey!
We are personal and attentive. Our studio offers a boutique setting to support your self-growth through courses with an emphasis on safety. Over 1,000 hours of training and over 45 years of experience are brought into each class and private lesson. Feel the Difference Experience Makes! I have served on the Yoga Alliance advisory committee for recommending standards for teachers and schools. Our classes and my trainings will meet the highest standards of safety and instruction!
In our classes, you will experience a meditative approach to the postures within the context of Ayurvedic and Mindfulness principles. You will be supported in accepting your body the way it is yet be encouraged to challenge your perceived limitations so you can experience yourself, perhaps in a new, exciting and more fulfilling way.
All classes awaken the essence of who you are: peace, love, and joy!
- If you’re looking to attend our special events and workshops, you can find our yoga event schedule and descriptions here.
- If you’re looking to train at the Plasha Yoga School, you can find our yoga training courses here.
- If you prefer private lessons in yoga, meditation, prenatal yoga, or Ayurveda, please go to our Private Lessons page for details.
- I am also a Mindfulness and Stress Management Consultant and my clients include Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and school districts.
- Contact Michael Plasha at 814-864-1114 or firstname.lastname@example.org for an individual assessment of your or your organizations’ needs.