Policies

  • Pre-payment in full is required at time of registration.
  • You will receive a full refund for cancellations up to one week prior to the date of the workshop, series or special class.
  • For cancellations less than one week prior you will receive a studio credit.
  • If Fine Spirit Studio cancels a workshop, series or special class you will receive a full refund.

Workshops and Events

Couples Birth Preparation Workshop

This workshop is an opportunity for the couple (or the pregnant woman with some other member of her birth team) to focus on and prepare for the approaching birth. This practical workshop will address the questions such as: "Okay, the contractions are starting—now what do I do?", "What do I do with my body?", "What do I do with my mind?" Together the couple will practice many different positions that can be used during the contractions, in between the contractions, and for the delivery of the baby. The partners learn many specific tips on what they can do throughout the birth process, helping themselves to be as prepared and empowered as possible.

The cost for workshops is $60 per couple. We recommend attending the workshop anytime in your third trimester. Please arrive in the studio 10 minutes early, to allow time to get set up. The next dates offered are:

  • Saturday, November 18, from 1:00-4:15pm
  • Saturday, January 20, from 1:00-4:15pm

To register for the workshop and to reserve your space, please send your $60 fee along with your contact information (phone &/or email) to:

Diane Fine
c/o Fine Spirit Studio
201 Dey Street
Suite 202
Ithaca, NY 14850

Instructor: Diane Fine

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Open House at Fine Spirit Studio

Join us for a day of free mini-classes, community, and fun!

Join us for a day of free mini-classes, community, and fun! Come experience “Life Through the Language of Yoga and Dance” as you meet teachers from a variety of movement and yoga traditions.

  • Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017, 9:30am- 5:00pm
  • Free 30-minute classes all day!
  • Schedule:
    • 9:30-10:00am Iyengar Yoga Fundamentals with Lisa Tsetse
    • 10:15-10:45 Ballet Flow with Joyce Campbell
    • 11:00-11:30 Hatha Yoga Slow Flow with Astrid Jirka
    • 11:45-12:15 Kripalu Yoga with Diane Fine
    • 12:30-1:00 Little Buddhas Family Yoga with Danny Faraone
    • 1:30-2:00 Prenatal Yoga with Diane Fine
    • 2:15-2:45 Contemplative Dance, a Movement Practice with Julie Nathanielsz
    • 3:00-3:30 Barre Class with Kimberly Yan
    • 3:45-4:15 Introduction to Iyengar Yoga with Kathy Morris
    • 4:30-5:00 Soul Dance with Doug Shire

More info: contact Diane Fine at fineyoga@yahoo.com or 607-342-2332 .

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Iyengar Yoga Workshop with Theresa Rowland

Join us for a day of free mini-classes, community, and fun!

Join us for a day of free mini-classes, community, and fun! Come experience “Life Through the Language of Yoga and Dance” as you meet teachers from a variety of movement and yoga traditions.

  • Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017, 1:30 - 4:30pm
  • $55 if paid by October 20, $65 after October 20
  • Info and registration: kathy@kathymorris.net

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Yoga for Mothers Special Class

A special opportunity for mothers to nurture, rejuvenate, and enliven themselves through yoga

Mothers of all ages can prioritize their well-being by attending this special yoga class. Come revitalize and tone the body, balance and calm the mind, and return to your source of internal peace and harmony. This dynamic and rejuvenating class (for moms without their young children) will be an extended yoga session with a strong emphasis on mindfulness and relaxation, where women can reclaim their individuality while embracing their role as mothers. Come learn and remember how awareness (mindfulness) is a valuable tool for mothering...and for life.

The cost is $20 pre-registered or $25 at the door.

  • Date: TBD

Walk-ins welcome, space permitting. To register for the class and to reserve your space, please send the $20 fee to:

Diane Fine
c/o Fine Spirit Studio
201 Dey Street
Suite 202 Ithaca, NY 14850

Instructor: Diane Fine

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108 Sun Salutations

A Winter Solstice Experience  

Many local yoga teachers will be offering instruction in a non-stop flow of 108 Sun Salutations. Complete only as many of the salutations as you wish. Rest when you need to, sit and meditate/pray, dance to the live music, get a drink, and join in again when you are ready. No prior yoga experience is necessary. This is a memorable and powerful event; please join us!

  • Date: TBD
  • Cost: Suggested Donation $20, Fundraising Challenge $108!

Let's dedicate our action on the mats to support our community and let the positive effects ripple out into the world.

Invite your friends and neighbors to come together to participate in this special yoga experience!

Winter Solstice

Yoga begins at 9:30. Please arrive by 9:15.

Things to bring: Yoga Mat (loaners available), an empty stomach, water, and a small towel.  Suggested Donation $20, though any donation amount will be greatly appreciated. Donation fundraising challenge of $108

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Neck and Shoulder Release: A Couples Massage Workshop

This workshop will provide couples with a basic understanding of how to treat and relieve headaches and pain in the upper body through basic massage techniques and simple stretches.  We will explore self-treatment as well as work with our partners, by finding and releasing trigger points, kneading and stretching muscles, and practicing breathing techniques that relieve stress and tension in the body.  Learn to treat the stiffness and pain in your body rather than simply enduring or medicating it.

This course is lead by Gary Fine LMT. Gary has been successfully treating head, neck and shoulder pain for the past 29 years using trigger point therapy, and can show participants, how to help themselves and their friends with a variety of simple bodywork techniques. This workshop offers couples [or friends] an opportunity to develop and improve communication skills, increase intimacy and share healing potential.  Once learned, these are lifelong skills you can utilize to help yourself, family, and friends to relieve stress and pain.

Individuals needing a partner for the workshop can contact Gary.

  • For updated schedule and more information on this workshop and registration instructions contact Gary at gmf5@cornell.edu
  • Date: TBD
  • Cost: $50 per couple if you pre-register, or $60 at the door. Any two workshops for $90.
  • Instructor: Gary Fine

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Sole Connection: A Foot Massage Workshop for Couples

Improve health and well-being, increase intimacy, and deepen communication with your partner, while learning how to give and receive an excellent foot massage. Massage with confidence after learning simple & effective techniques in this two-hour workshop for couples.

The ability to provide an effective foot massage is a life skill that can keep giving.  A foot massage is easy to give and provides your partner great satisfaction and positive health benefits.

Give and receive a full foot treatment in this dynamic workshop lead by Gary Fine. Gary, a licensed massage therapist since 1983, has massaged the feet of dance greats such as Rudolph Nuryev, as well as the dancing feet of hundreds of Grassroots Festival goers at his massage booth. He combines a thorough knowledge of massage techniques with sensitivity and a clear communication style.

  • For updated schedule and more information on this workshop and registration instructions contact Gary at gmf5@cornell.edu
  • Date: TBD
  • Cost: $50 per couple if you pre-register, or $60 at the door. Any two workshops for $90.
  • Instructor: Gary Fine.

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Reconnect and Relax: A Couples Back Massage Workshop

Deepen the connection in your relationship through the power of touch. Couples will learn how to perform a soothing and therapeutic back massage sequence. We will explore the muscles that lead to low back pain, and learn stretches that when combined with massage can relieve backaches and pains.

Couples (or friends) will learn how to perform a variety of massage strokes, and how each technique is utilized to enhance relaxation, improve circulation, and provide pain relief.  This workshop fosters clear communication between partners/friends.  This combination of improved communication and touch has the potential to deepen intimacy, and is a great way to reconnect.  Learn how to confidently give an effective back massage!

Gary Fine leads the workshop. Gary has been a licensed massage therapist since 1983, and utilizes his skills and knowledge in the body-mind connection to skillfully lead couples through a supportive and nurturing experience.
  • For updated schedule and more information on this workshop and registration instructions contact Gary at gmf5@cornell.edu
  • Date: TBD
  • Cost: $50 per couple if you pre-register, or $60 at the door. Any two workshops for $90.
  • Instructor: Gary Fine

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Beginning Trigger Point Therapy for Couples: A Dynamic and Empowering Exploration of Pain Relief and Stress Reduction

In our daily life stress, posture and overexertion can cause our muscle fibers to contract excessively.  A trigger point is a collection of muscle cells that are in a continuous state of full contraction. They are commonly referred to as a muscle knot. Trigger Point bodywork is aimed at releasing these knots and relieving the pain they cause. Once they are removed, through direct pressure and other simple body work techniques the involved muscle will return to a state of normalcy, which often results in greatly improved muscle performance, as well as reduction or total elimination of the referred pain or symptom.

This workshop is led by Gary Fine LMT  who has been treating utilizing trigger point therapy for pain relief throughout his 29 year massage practice. He will guide couples in finding trigger points, teach them how to soften and minimize them through compression, and provide information on how and where trigger points refer pain.  In this workshop couples can take turns learning to treat the trigger points, or one partner may  focus exclusively on learning to work with triggers while their partner receives the  treatment.

  • For updated schedule and more information on this workshop and registration instructions contact Gary at gmf5@cornell.edu
  • Date: TBA
  • Cost: $50 per couple if you pre-register, or $60 at the door. Any two workshops for $90.
  • Instructor: Gary Fine

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