Exploring a World of Peace
On and Off the Yoga Mat

Hello. My name is Astrid Jirka (Yeerka). I am a yoga instructor and sustainability educator with many years of experience in a variety of settings. I currently offer yoga classes and events in Ithaca, New York, as well as occasional retreats and eco-tours in the U.S. and overseas which focus on developing a healthy body and mind as well as a deeply felt connection to the natural world.

Come along and take a ride on a Vahana with me!  What’s a Vahana you ask?

Yoga Classes and Events


Current Weekly Class Schedule:

Mighty Flow at Mighty Yoga - Sundays, 8:30-9:30 am and Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 am
Slow Flow Hatha Yoga at Fine Spirit Studio - Tuesdays, 9:30-11 am
Power Hour at Mighty Yoga - Fridays, 12 - 1 pm

To learn more about my teaching style and the nature of these classes, please click below.

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Yoga Eco-Hikes

By Request
Yoga and Fitness in the Outdoors!  With a yoga mat in tow, learn a bit about the history and ecology of the Finger Lakes region of New York State.  Tune your breath into the trees, give yourself a good stretch and practice exercises for renewable energy as I lead you on a walk through the Finger Lakes.   This is a fantastic way to explore this iconic and unique region while achieving a bit of physical and mental fitness.   Hikes can be tailored to various groups and locations. Just let me know of your needs and interests!


Discover Cayuga Lake Eco-Cruises
~ Welcome Aboard!

May-October, Any Year
Cayuga Lake is a natural treasure in the Finger Lakes and its watershed is the drinking source for 100,000+ of people and the habitat of countless species of plants and amimals. Discover Cayuga Lake is a non-profit organization working to raise awareness of scientific monitoring and conservation of the lake though classroom and on-board programming. During the school year, it provides environmental education to 1000s of local children through its Trout in the Classroom and Floating Classroom Programs. During the warm summer months, the MV Teal serves as a cruise boat, giving locals and tourists alike a chance to be on the water to relax, take in the views, learn about the natural and cultural history of the lake and have a good time. As the part time manager of this organization I welcome you on-board! Please click below for more information and to see the cruise schedule.

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Eco-Gap Program: Practical Skills for Transforming Yourself and the World

Internship Program: Variable dates, April 1st - August 15th
Immersion Program: September 8th - November 1st, 2019

I am pleased to be assisting in the development and delivery of this innovative, new program. Eco-Gap is a Gap Year Program for young adults (ages 17-25) who are interested in spending time living at the internationally recognized Eco-Village Ithaca (EVI).  EVI offers participants a chance to live with local residents to learn about the many dimension of living with a small ecological footprint, farming and food cultivation, personal wellness (including Yoga) and cooperative living and communication.  The program is designed to be experiential, inclusive, engaging and fun and to bring a new sense of awareness of how to live in a world going through the process of Climate Change. Click below for more details.