Winter Activities for Kids at Treetop


Mature Tweens and Teens are always welcome in our regularly scheduled classes at Treetop Yoga Studio (student rates apply – $10 for 60 min class; $12 for 75-90 min class; $5 for community classes).  But we also have great options for preschool and elementary age kids as well. Three awesome workshops start this week.

KIDS YOGA WITH MEGAN GHIRARDI – This playful class encourages self-expression as well as building confidence, self-respect and respect for others with the practice of fun postures and group games. Children will learn how to focus their energy through animated breathing and imaginative relaxation techniques. Kids sing, draw, and play games in this energy releasing class all the while practicing yoga and improving strength, flexibility, concentration and coordination. REGISTER HERE

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CIRCUS KIDS WITH ELAINE LITTLE – Build strength, flexibility and confidence while having fun exploring the circus arts. This is a beginner class where kids will learn the basics such as foot wraps, climbing and inverting in the air. We will move at their own comfort level with lots of progressions and conditioning to help build their confidence in mind, body, and spirit. No experience necessary, all levels welcome!

What to expect? Every class begins with a warm up followed by basic technique and ending with conditioning and stretching. All skills are taught low to the ground with a mat underneath you. Classes have a maximum of four people per class to insure proper spotting while attending to technique and form. REGISTER HERE

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LITTLE YOGIS WITH ERIN MCKAY – A fun-filled yoga class for preschoolers ages 3-5. Our little yogis can enjoy an introduction to the sun salutations, games, stories, breath work, and movement! A great way to release some energy, improve strength, and gain flexibility….and return to your arms relaxed and restored. We ask parents to stay nearby for children who need restroom breaks. Please bring a water bottle and smile. REGISTER HERE

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Escape to Costa Rica with Treetop Yoga


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Bitter cold, blizzards, astronomical high tides. Another New England winter is upon us, and Treetop Yoga offers the opportunity to escape to Costa Rica for one week of warm weather, beautiful sunsets, Blue Zone dining, and Wanderlust.  Even if you are not an experienced yogi, all are welcome. (see end of post for workshop to prepare for this trip)

Join master teacher Susan Himml at Olas Verdes Boutique Hotel, and explore your Wanderlust in surf and yoga Mecca, Nosara. Take time for rest, relaxation, and self-discovery, as you take your yoga practice to the next level.
Retreat Includes:
7 nights accommodation in luxury suites, breakfast each morning, morning vinyasa and afternoon workshop or restorative yoga, optional sunrise meditation, 2 group dinners including first night “welcome dinner”, round-trip transfers from Liberia International to Olas Verde in Nosara. Price does not include airfare to Costa Rica.Accommodations include luxury suites, all with A/C and private baths. Saltwater swimming pool, complimentary bicycles, and complimentary laundry services are all on site.

Luxury Suites feature a living room with a sofa (first level suites have a sofa-bed), mini-fridge, coffee maker, toaster oven or microwave oven, wet bar, breakfast seating area and a large ceiling fan. The bedroom has a queen size bed and a single bed, closet, desk, safe box, large ceiling fan and air conditioning. The bathroom has solar heated water. Total area is approximately 525 sq. feet.

Nestled on the edge of a conservation easement in the unassuming town of Nosara, all that separates you from the surf of Playa Guiones is a trail through the lush forest. Towering Guanacaste trees and native plants seamlessly blend the amenities of Olas Verdes boutique Hotel Costa Rica with the allure of the adjacent wildlife refuge. Morning and afternoon yoga classes with master teacher Susan Himml offered daily, other optional activities (for additional cost) include:

Horseback Riding
Surf School
Wildlife Tours
SUP Tours
Feel free to come as a solo traveler (we will try to match you with a roommate if desired) or bring a friend or family member. Although this is a yoga retreat, there is plenty to do for anyone choosing not to do yoga.

Double Occupancy $1795, Single Occupancy $2695

Register Here

If you would like an introduction to yoga to prepare for this trip, consider joining Erin Carney for a four week course that teaches the basic yoga poses (Saturdays, January 6-27). The Building Blocks of Yoga will prepare participants for this trip AND for any class offered at Treetop Yoga. Register Here.

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Workshops for All Levels this Weekend


It looks like a blizzard will bury us tomorrow followed by another bitter cold weekend. This makes it a great weekend to get out of the house and into Treetop Yoga Studio. Besides our regular class schedule, we have a range of inspiring workshops available for all levels this weekend:

Restorative and Sound Healing – Clarity for the New Year

Elaine O’Rourke will guide you through an amazing blend of restorative yoga with sounding healing. This elixir is the perfect offering to embrace the New Year. Subtle guided imagery and contemplation will help clarify your intentions. When we can quieten the mind, the creative energies can flow with a natural ease. Register Here.

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The Building Blocks of Yoga with Erin Carney

This 4 week course (January 6-27) is a slower-paced program that offers a detailed description of all of the basic yoga postures, or asanas. Through this clear, mindful introduction to yoga, you will gain building blocks to begin or progress your practice. A detailed understanding of the architecture of the poses, individual alignment cues and a basic philosophy of the yoga practice is discussed. You will learn how to safely build a pose and modify a posture as needed. Breath work, movement and relaxation will be incorporated into every class. At the end of the series, you will feel comfortable in our all level yoga classes. This series is not just for beginners but also for those who look to refine their practice.

Register Here. 

 Saturday, January 6: Week 1- Learn how to build the basic postures and how to connect to breath. A focus on a basic understanding of alignment and a breakdown of the purpose and mechanics of the sun salutations is discussed.
Saturday, January 13: Week 2- Standing postures and twists.
Saturday, January 20: Week 3- An introduction to backbends.
Saturday, January 27: Week 4- We will begin to tie all of the concepts together and find an internal and external flow.
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Intro to Ayurvedic Yoga – Chikitsa Workshop with Kim Valeri:

Kim Valeri, of yogaspirit studios, offers a workshop that will overview how the marriage of Yoga with Ayurveda provides the complete solution and approach to today’s wellness concerns. Students of this workshop will learn:• Ayurvedic Principles that outline the fundamental structure of the human system: mind-body and consciousness
• Find the answers to some of the greatest questions about your health and life
• Discover how is it possible to have the energy, vibrancy and vitality you want
• Learn how to help your sleep difficulties and what it will take to feel refreshed and energized after a good night’s sleep
• Explore your unique constitution and what lies at the root cause of your physical discomfort or emotional stress
• Prevent disease from manifesting by learning how to spot early warning signs that most people never notice

Register Here

This is an introduction to a full 40 hour training, Principles of Ayurveda in Yoga Therapy: Ayurveda Chikitsa Series. If enrolled in introduction, $75 will be applied to full training.

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Free Informational Open House for 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Yogaspirit’s 300 Hour Advanced Training at Treetop Yoga Studio with Kim Valeri and Elaine O’Rourke starts March 2018. Come and learn how this Program will advance your skills by focusing on key sequencing strategies that connect foundation poses to more advanced poses, incorporating meditation and pranayama in your instruction and help you refine your ability to observe students in mixed level classes while making appropriate assists and modifications. You will also get a demonstration on how to perform a Structural Assessment Session and learn more about the Practice Protocol writing requirements taught as part of the Program. All of these features are part of taking you to the next level of your teaching and helping you to build your private sessions yoga business. 

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This Week at Treetop Yoga


As we let go of 2017, and prepare to welcome the New Year, all ages are welcome into the studio for regular classes or special workshops. Our Holiday Specials, which include class packs and unlimited yoga, are still available until December 31. All specials and class schedules are on the TREETOP YOGA website

KIDS YOGA WINTER BREAK WORKSHOP: Kids Ages 6-10, join Megan for an afternoon of movement, music, yoga games, and a craft. Bring a drink and healthy snack. Parents looking to move as well have the opportunity to take the 4:00-5:00 Vinyasa class in the upstairs Sun Studio. REGISTER HERE 

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NEW YEAR’S EVE CANDLELIGHT CELEBRATION: Join Erin Carney for a magical evening of movement, mantra and meditation as we close out 2017 together and prepare to welcome the new year fresh, revitalized and centered. Expect to sweat, restore, be still and, yes, chant your way back into your body and heart! Class will begin and end with live music. This class is open to all levels and ages and will be a beautiful ceremony of community and healing as we release, reset and welcome 2018 together! Celebrate with a glass of bubbly or cider after. REGISTER HERE

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NEW YEARS DAY FLOW WITH JAIME ROBBINS: Join us New Year’s Day on your yoga mat 11:00-12:30. Delve into your yoga practice with this fun and challenging class. You will be encouraged to consciously link each movement with breath as you flow, creating a meditative practice, connecting you to mind, body, and spirit. Build strength and flexibility through creative sequencing linking standing poses, arm balances, and reclined poses. This is a mixed level class providing a safe, solid support for the beginner and a place to grow for the more experienced practitioner. This is a regular scheduled class, but pre-registration is highly recommended as it will fill up. REGISTER HERENew Years Day Flowwith Jaime RobbinsJanuary 1, 2018, 11_00 AM TREETOP YOGA STUDIO





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A “Transformative Experience”

Enjoy this beautifully written blog, Up Near the Light Where the Breezes Blow, by student, Andrew McCloy. He describes how yoga has brought him back in time to those feelings he would get as a child, playing in the woods of Manchester. “As I see it, the transformation with a yoga practice is ongoing — it can be life-long and you do not receive a diploma. It happens every day.”

With over 40 classes a week, Treetop Yoga Studio offers multiple styles of classes for everyone. Whether you like a more powerful vinyasa flow or a slower restorative class, we look forward to seeing you and your loved ones on the mat. We also have plenty of options for beginners, children, and even expecting moms! And have you tried one of the amazing Barre classes? A great workout before or after work!

Feel free to swing by 3A Pond Road, check out the studio, and maybe shop our retail store. Anyone who has not been to the studio in the past 12 months is welcome to purchase a New Student Special – $49 for an unlimited month of yoga.

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Kids, Tweens, Teens, and Prenatal Yoga


Treetop Yoga Studio, 3A Pond Road, offers a variety of classes and workshops for children of all ages, including prenatal yoga for our expecting mamas. Sign up in advance to SAVE!

Friday Night Fun – Tweens and Teens (ages 11+) grab a friend and join Erin McKay for fun yoga poses set to your favorite music. Yoga is great for tween and teen students and athletes – it calms stress and anxiety, builds and tones core muscles, and increases flexibility. With our busy schedules, we can all benefit from slowing down and learning mindfulness. Class will end with a relaxing cool down where we chill out with bolsters and blankets and learn to wind down our minds. Enjoy cookies and cocoa before parents pick up.

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Drop and Shop – Shop Local and take advantage of Small Business Saturday! Drop your kids (ages 6-10) off with Megan Ghirardi for three hours of yoga, movement, music, games, and crafts so you can get some shopping done and support our local businesses. A great activity to break up the long Thanksgiving weekend.

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Weekly Kids Yoga – Weekly drop-ins Welcome! This playful class encourages self-expression as well as building confidence, self-respect and respect for others with the practice of fun postures that build flexibility and muscle and group games. Children will learn how to focus their energy through animated breathing and imaginative relaxation techniques.

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Weekly Preschool Yoga – Little Yogis is a fun-filled yoga class for ages 3-5. Children can enjoy an introduction to the sun salutations, games, stories, breath work, and movement! A great way to release some energy, improve strength, and gain flexibility….and return to your arms relaxed and restored.

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Prenatal Yoga with Amy Bissel – Starting December 12 – Use moving meditation to focus on breath, improve sleep and reduce anxiety. Move mindfully to increase strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles. Weekly on Tuesday evenings. Regular class rates apply, and class can be found on the regular class schedule beginning the week of December 10. (Our New Member Special of $49 for a month of unlimited yoga would apply to this class.)

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This Weekend in the Studio


Join us in our studio at 3A Pond Road, Gloucester, this weekend for special classes and workshops in addition to our regular class schedule.

Friday, November 10 – The 4:00 Vinyasa Flow Class will be free for Veterans and Active Military Personnel. The class is open to all, and Erin will donate her compensation from paying students to The Cape Ann Welcome Home Initiative.

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Friday, November 10 – Elaine O’Rourke offers her monthly Sound Healing Journey. Through the beautiful sounds of Tibetan singing bowls, gongs, ocean drums, chimes, rain sticks, guitar and voice,you will be led on a musical journey that will help to restore balance while you absorb the unique sound vibrations. This exquisite experience is most relaxing and meditative. Register at

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Saturday, November 11 – The illumination Series is intended to shine light on your asana practice. You will delve deeper into your practice, body and mind by skillfully and compassionately meeting your edge. Through this workshop, you will advance and unlock your personal practice in a fun and supported way! Register at


Sunday, November 12 – Join Audrey Gonyea for an all levels speciality Barre class. Begin class with a gentle warm up and stretch then transition into a full body workout. Build strength and endurance as we tone, and sculpt and slim your entire body. After working up a sweat, enjoy a well deserved Pumpkintini. Register at

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Sunday, November 12 – Take time for yourself during this season of gratitude to disconnect from the activity of life. Held in a small group setting, participants will share both quiet space and group energy. Meditation Instructor Susan Himml will provide a brief introduction to lead you to 25 minutes of stillness. Some meditation experience recommended but not required. Feel free to bring a cushion or chair support as necessary. Donation based with all proceeds going to The Open Door.

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You can find our regular class schedule and all studio information on our website EveryBODY Welcome!