Loving life with nature, beauty and yoga's wisdom.

Monday, July 9, 2018

For those of you who like to flow-Level 2/3 Vinyasa Yoga at Birchwood Center

Ardha Baddha Padma Padangusthasana/ Half Bound Lotus Tip Toe Pose Variation



   If you like to vinyasa flow through your yoga postures in a creative and mindful way please join us Tuesdays at 9:15am and Fridays at 9:30am for Level 2/3 1hr and 30min Vinyasa Yoga Flow classes with music at www.birchwoodcenter.com in Nyack, NY.

   Pictured here are posture variations we are currently practicing in class. These Garuda/Eagle pose type shapes are highlighted with circles to express the wavy and healing rhythms of these postures. When I practice these postures I feel circles moving through and around me. This may or may not resonate with you but the next time you practice vinyasa yoga pay attention to the shapes you feel are moving within and around you. Are they circles? Triangles? Squares?




Vatayanasana/Horse Pose and Ustrasana/1/2 Camel Pose Variation

Vasisthasana/Side Plank Pose Variation

Garuda/Eagle Pose transition to Ardha Baddha Padma Vrksasana/Half Bound Lotus Tree Pose Variation



Monday, June 25, 2018

Summer Teaching Schedule





Mondays   11:45am   Gentle Plus Yoga (A step up from gentle yoga with modified Sun Salutes. Meaning no step backs and stepping forward)   1hr 15min   www.birchwoodcenter.com   Nyack, NY




Tuesdays   9:15am   Level 2/3 Vinyasa Yoga (Flow style yoga with Iyengar Yoga style peak pose breakdowns)   1hr 30min   www.birchwoodcenter.com   Nyack, NY




                 12noon   Gentle Warrior (Like a level 1 posture class with Sun Salute variations, restorative yoga, meditation, breath work and no inversions)   1hr 30min   www.bamboomovesenglewood.com   Englewood, NJ



Wednesdays   11:45am   Gentle Plus Yoga   1hr 15min   www.birchwoodcenter.com   Nyack, NY



                      1:30pm   Creative Core Conditioning (An upbeat feel the burn style body sculpting class that pays special attention to strengthening the abdominals and lower back body.)   1hr   www.birchwoodcenter.com   Nyack, NY



Thursdays   12noon   Gentle Warrior   1hr 30min   www.bamboomovesenglewood.com   Englewood, NJ



Fridays   9:30am   Level 2/3 Vinyasa Yoga   1hr 30min   www.birchwoodcenter.com   Nyack, NY




Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Yoga Festival in Secaucus, NJ




Save the date Sunday June 24th 9am-3pm at the Secaucus Recreation Center and the Sadhu Vaswani Meditation Garden at 1200 Koelle Blvd in Secaucus, NJ for a beautiful day honoring the Summer Solstice sun's peak and International Day of Yoga.


There will be:


    Free yoga classes from 9am-3pm

    A wide selection of local and international food

    Open Air concert at 11am

    Hands-Only CPR class and Homeopathic Medicine Workshop at 12noon

    Games and rides for kids



Tuesday, May 15, 2018

NEW CLASS: Creative Core Conditioning at Birchwood Center




   I'm leading a New Class at Birchwood Center called Creative Core Conditioning. It's a one hour body sculpting class that focuses mostly on strengthening, toning and stabilizing your abdominal and lower back body otherwise known as your core.

   This class warms you up with Pilates mat inspired exercises followed by a series of plank variations and arm exercises. Stretch exercise bands and your body weight are used for resistance. This will strengthen you while giving your arms and middle body a sleeker look.

   We will also tone and shape our lower body with a series of various lunges, squats and floor exercises. We will finish class with a grounding stretch and a restorative yoga posture. This mindful body sculpting class will enhance your athleticism and yoga practice.

   Please join us Wednesdays at 1:30pm for 1hour at www.birchwoodcenter.com in Nyack, N.Y.


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Sharing Yoga Playlists

Thread the Needle Pose Variation



                           
"The earth has music for those who listen." -William Shakespeare




    When I took this picture I remember enjoying the hum of the sand in one ear and the wind and waves crashing along the shoreline in the other ear. Recognizing sound is a big part of my mindfulness practice. Playing music is not always included while I practice or teach yoga but in most cases it is. I feel there's a particular musical frequency that assists along with the asanas in opening and healing the energy body. For that reason I take a lot of time in picking the music that goes into my yoga playlists.

     Since friends and students have been requesting that I share my playlists, I've started to share a few on Apple Music. Search @allisonegandatwani at Apple Music.




Monday, April 9, 2018

My Interview with Nyack News and Views


Bharadvajasana 2/Pose dedicated to the Sage Bharadvaja photo credit Michael Hays



      I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Michael Hays who has a column called Nyack People and Places at an online newspaper called Nyack News and Views. Being interviewed on how I chose the yoga path was an interesting and eye opening experience for me to reflect on. Speaking about my career and yoga practice so far gave me a greater appreciation for good, bad and neutral experiences that got me to where I am today.

Check out the link below to read more :

https://nyacknewsandviews.com/2018/03/nyack-people-places-allison-egan-datwani-yoga-teacher/


Friday, March 23, 2018

Spring Cleaning




   I'm pretty good about giving away what I no longer use but as I attempted some spring closet cleaning during this last snow day I noticed there are just a few things I'm having trouble parting with. I guess I identify and feel secure with them. The experiences I had receiving, buying and wearing some things mean something to me. When you clean your space it can feel freeing but at the same time wondering if you did the right thing. Thoughts like "Maybe there's an unexpected party invitation coming up where I could wear those shoes just one last time?" or "I could use this as a costume next Halloween."

   If you're feeling slow to free up your space from unnecessary clutter or you did the let goes and you're asking "Did I do the right thing?" try sending plenty of love and compassion to that part of you that's afraid to let go and grow. These emotions show you a bit of who you believe yourself to be. Seeing plenty of patience and love around these emotions will overtime show you that you are not these things. You are so much more.

   Do some Spring cleaning, release things from the past and move forward just like the Spring season suggests. After all holding on like a tight bud in March doesn't feel so good in April and definitely not in May.


"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was greater than the risk it took to bloom." -Anais Nin