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 Retreats

Who’s in the mood for a retreat? I am currently considering two retreat options in 2020. Please click on the links in green for details and let me know if you are interested! Options include:

1) Lucia Yoga Retreat to Southern Spain: March 25th-29th, 2020

2) Yin Yang Retreat to Southern Nicaragua: February dates tbd, 2020

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
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.


Partner Yoga Playtime

Sunday, June 9th, 2-3:30 pm at Mighty Yoga
Come solo or with a human partner (sorry puppies!)

Starfish, Folded Leaf, Double Dog. These are some of the poses we explore in this playful partner yoga workshop. Working with another person (friend, life partner, or stranger) can support you to get into new poses and/or more deeply into poses you already know.  Some poses will feel like a good massage, others will challenge your balance and many will likely make you laugh. This workshop is best for people who have had some exposure to yoga. Thanks to the famous Dave the Dachshund for posing with me in this photo!

Sign up on the Mighty Yoga website by clicking on the class schedule. 
Free to members, $20 drop in

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One Day of Yoga

108 Sun Salutations and a Yoga Hike at the Yoga Farm in Lansing
Saturday, June 22nd. 
Salutations start at 10am, registration required.

Come participate in an annual and globally celebrated tradition in which we practice 108 Sun Salutations on the Summer Solstice and the International Day of Yoga (well, one day afterwards this year). You do not have to do all 108 salutations.  Together we will move through them, to the sounds of the One Love Band and in the beautiful setting of the Yoga Farm.  One Day of Yoga is a benefit to raise funds for the Radiant Living School at the Yoga Farm which has big visions of expansion which will benefit us all.  Additional workshops will be held, including a nature hike and outdoor meditation which I am planning to lead.  

More information and registration at the Yoga Farm website

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Yoga at the Ithaca Reggae Fest

Saturday, June 29th, 11am- 10pm at Stewart Park in Ithaca

The Reggae Fest is back and with it the Wellness Village in which we will be offering many opportunities for practicing yoga in the outdoors.  Join me for an opening 5 Element Flow at Noon and a Human Mandala which I will be coordinating with Gina Newlin.  We need lots of bodies for this fun and beautiful photo opportunity!  Additional workshops include Tantra Yoga, QiGong, Joyful Yoga and a Vinyasa Flow.  Please come at 11am to hear the opening remarks by Cayuga Nation Chief Sam and stay for the yoga and the reggae of course.  Mykal Rose with Sly and Robbie will be the headliners!  The Reggae Fest is dedicated to the mission of protecting Cayuga Lake if you need yet another reason to join us.

Click here for more details and to buy your advanced tickets at discounted rates.

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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.