Plasha Yoga Events

Yoga and Wine

Vineyard YogaJoin Michael Plasha E-RYT500, director of Plasha Yoga Studio at Six Mile Cellar on August 11, from 6-8:30 pm for Mindfulness Yoga for Beginners and Beyond followed by a mindfulness meditation approach to wine tasting and eating. Bring a mat or blanket.

This idea was given birth over 10 years ago and has been aging well ever since!

Cost: $30 (includes a one-hour mindfulness-based Yoga class for all levels, guided wine tasting, 15% off a bottle purchase and Hor’deourves catered by Dinner Is Served By “Lisa” Personal Chef & Catering Services.

You can register by phone (814-580-8375) with a credit card, or more simply by using the tickets link on this event below. Pre-Payment will guarantee your space by August 4th in order to give lead time to our caterer. 6 Mile Cellars is still Harborcreek’s only winery and is located at 5727 Firman Road. 


Ayurveda and Yoga for Your Body Type

Saturday, July 29 from 10 to Noon
Instructor: Michael Plasha E-RYT500, YACEP,  Certified in Ayurveda and Yoga by Dr. Frawley

Ayurveda is an ancient holistic health companion to Yoga. Take your practices to the next level with this wisdom tradition and enjoy optimum balance in your life!

Learn how to adapt yoga and meditation practices according to your bio-energy body type (dosha) as well as environmental factors. For beginners and beyond.
Pre-requisite: Knowledge of your dosha. Find out at

Cost: $20. No refunds
Call 864-1114 to register or email me at


Yoga for Back Pain

Instructor: Michael Plasha E-RYT500, YACEP

Tuesdays at 5:30 to 6:30: August 1, 8, 15 and 22

Cost $50 for four or $15 each.

These classes are not to replace any kind of medical care, physical therapy, chiropractic care or medication you are using. They are a strategy to supplement current care or begin a practice to support enjoying a comfortable back. The intentions are to reduce stress and anxiety that can aggravate back conditions, to strengthen your back and core muscles, and empower you to practice at home.

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. 

If you have a chronic condition, see your physician to rule out infections, cancer, spinal fractures (osteoporosis) and neurological causes. Please bring a permission slip from your health care provider.

To register call 864-1114 or 

Forest Bathing and Mindfulness Walking
(Asbury Woods Nature Center)

Saturday, August 26: 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Sunday, October 1: 10:00 am to Noon
(Rain or shine. Meet in the parking lot. Yes, you will wear clothes the entire time! Wear appropriate clothing, walking or hiking shoes; rain jacket and umbrella if needed. Bring water, snack and a journal. Maybe bug repellent. No soap needed! You will be cleansed by the forest.)

Instructor: Michael Plasha, E-RYT500, YACEP (Michael Plasha has been “forest bathing” since he was 10 and has practiced Mindfulness Meditation for over 40 years.)
Cost: $30; $5 goes toward the trail maintenance fund at Asbury Woods; no refunds 

Did you know Americans spend an average of 10 hours daily on combined screen time? This has created a disconnect for some from nature. Outside of normal office computer use, are you outside more than you are looking at a screen? Calculate the hours of each. When you are in nature, are you trying to accomplish or become something?

Running, hiking and biking have their place but forest bathing is mindfully being in nature. It is slowing down to observe what is around us with childlike curiosity. It is not trying to get somewhere or accomplish something. It is breathing deeply to absorb the aromatherapy of nature. It is mindfulness meditation in nature. I realized I have been a forest bather since I was ten. I called it being in nature.

You will have the opportunity to get off the grid to clear your mind and come to your senses! As the body slows down and pays attention to the subtleties and nuances of nature’s beauty, the mind will move from thinking to sensing and feeling. You will feel the calming effects of Shinrin Yoku Forest Bathing – a popular Japanese practice that rebalances the body and senses through the proven stress-reduction benefits of simply walking mindfully in the woods. Shinrin-yoku means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing.”

The idea is simple: if a person simply visits a natural area and walks in a mindful way there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits to be achieved. 
The scientifically-proven benefits of Shinrin-yoku include:

  •  Boosted immune system functioning, with an increase in the count of the body’s Natural Killer (NK) cells.
  • Reduced blood pressure
  •  Reduced stress
  • Improved mood
  • Increased ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
  • Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness
  • Increased energy level
  • Improved sleepSome of the research articles are located here:
    A study on its effect on blood pressure is located at

My approach combines leisurely walking meditations on gentle paths in the woods with guided activities such as listening meditations and other sensory meditations to help you calm your mind, open your senses, cultivate your intuition, and experience the forest as you never have before. There will be group discussions at several points along the walk, which helps participants learn from and teach each other as we discuss what we are experiencing together. You will learn how to manage your senses wisely with the Yoga practice of Pratyahara (freedom from cravings). Today most of us spend much of our life indoors, sometimes looking at screens and attached to devices. You will go home refreshed and grounded inspired to be in nature more often and less likely to crave artificial stimulation.

Calming the Tween and Teen’s Mind- Stress Management for Anxious Kids

Saturday, September 16: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Instructor: Michael Plasha E-RYT500, YACEP

For children 11-16 and a parent
Learn yoga and mindfulness-based behavior management strategies to support your child and yourself in having a more relaxed, focused and enjoyable upcoming school year and life.

Cost: $20
Call 864-1114 to register or email me at

Kidding Around Yoga Teacher Training

September 9 & September 10, 2017, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Haris Lender, E-RYT 500, YACEP, founder of KAY

This blended training combines independent learning with two energetic, dynamic days of classroom instruction. Before the training, you will create an account with OKAY – Online Kidding Around Yoga. Here you will find the first two modules. These will prepare you for your intense, fun Two Day Live Training. With your diploma/certificate in hand, you will gain access to the remainder of the online training. This gives you the keys to use and review the massive amount of knowledge you just received in your training. It’s all yours for LIFE! That’s right. You will never lose access to OKAY.

All students are required to finish Modules One and Two of the OKAY training BEFORE they can receive their certificate. This will take 5ish hours to complete. Please do this before your live training so you, too, can be in the know. It is easier for students and teachers if everyone starts on the same page. Here is a glimpse of what’s in store for you with our Sample Training.

For more information, and to register, please visit Kidding Around Yoga


One comment

  1. Hi my name is Kory and I am interested in taking classes in back pain. However, I will be on vacation during the first 2 weeks of these classes. My question is are you only doing these classes for the month of August or will you continue to do this class for other months?

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