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Friday, December 25, 2015

Want What You Have

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City during Christmas Eve.


During this Christmas holiday season I haven't been feeling as prepared or I hate to admit as perfect in my eyes as I was in the past as a hostess, gift giver, Xmas decor styler, baker and more. With less tinsel, lights and gifts to be wrapped this year, I'm actively working on embracing the sweet sentiment of seeing what I already have... my health, family, friends, endless walks along the river plus an abundance of opportunities to share what I love in the New Year, my practice. This is my life and these are my gifts.


If any of this resonates with you, take the time to sit and be still during this end of the year holiday week and notice what you have enough of. Sure there's pieces to life's puzzle that you could sure see yourself having right now but ask yourself "Is it absolutely necessary?" When you are done reflecting, take 3 deep breaths and give thanks for what you have before you move on.



Thursday, December 17, 2015

Ritual: Winter Solstice Special Class at Bamboomoves Englewood



Dreaming like a sleeping bear.

Seeing everything through owl eyes.


Breathing in new air.


Though the land appears asleep, deep down there's a magnificent process of incubative growth taking place.



As the winter holidays approach it is easy to get cranky and lost in the obligations of the season. Try to remember the joy of giving by also giving to yourself. Please join me tomorrow night, Fri. Dec. 18th at 6pm for my Winter Solstice Candlelight Yoga Flow special class at Bamboomoves Yoga Englewood. Here we will shut off our phones, turn off the lights, light candles and attune to the introspective yin energies the longest nights of the year offers by practicing yoga, meditation and intention setting for the next turn of the year's wheel.



This practice is suitable for all levels.



Please register for this special class at www.bamboomovesenglewood.com


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Winter Solstice Candlelit Yoga Flow Fri. Dec.18th 6pm @Bamboomoves Yoga Englewood




The year's longest night of darkness is the Winter's Solstice. After this night the sun slowly grows in strength as each day passes. As we sit in the darkest time of the year, the Winter Solstice carries the promise of light and hope for the New Year ahead. It is a perfect time to get clear on what you wish to attract in 2016.



In this special class we will:

Move through a candlelit yoga flow which is designed to physically strengthen and stretch our 3rd chakra. It is our sun energy center which is found within the belly, side waist and lower back. The third chakra is the energy center from which yogis suggest your knowing of yourself, your gut instinct and personal power is born. It is the area from which your New Year's dreams are realized.

Here we will reflect on whether your desires come from your own truth or the voices of others in your head.

Realize how a clear mind can nourish and maintain a healthy body.

Learn 5 techniques you can practice today to keep your dreams coming towards you while still living in the moment.

This special class is designed to fit all levels.



Friday Dec. 18th   6pm


Please register at www.bamboomovesenglewood.com



Thursday, December 10, 2015

Compassion Flow for Neck and Shoulders | Yoga International

Onset filming Compassion Yoga Flow 45 minute practice with www.yogainternational.com at the www.himalayaninstitute.org to support the One Tribe Project who is building libraries in Cameroon, Africa. Gratitude to  www.satvaliving.com for sponsoring my beautiful apparel.



I'm excited to share my first online 6 minute video with Yoga International. Compassion Yoga Flow, where we focus on balancing the giving and receiving qualities of our heart. More teachings with Compassion Yoga Flow are coming soon! Click on the following link and enjoy Compassion Flow for Neck and Shoulders | Yoga International



Sunday, December 6, 2015

December's Weekly Yoga Class Schedule

As the long night's moon rises high in the sky and the sun is going down earlier each day, the Winter Solstice's extra spark of fresh growing sunlight means your New Year's Dreams are coming soon. Celebrate renewal at my Winter Solstice Candlight Yoga Flow Special Class Fri. Dec.18th 6pm at www.bamboomovesenglewood.com 
As always the practice is designed to fit all.




Mondays   6:10 pm   Open Level   1 hr and 30 min   www.bamboomovesyoga.com  Englewood, NJ



Tuesdays   9:15 am   Level 2/3   1 hr and 30 min   www.birchwoodcenter.com   Nyack, NY 


Tuesdays   12 noon   Gentle Warrior   1 hr and 15 min   www.bamboomovesyoga.com  Englewood, NJ    


Thursdays   12 noon   Gentle Warrior   1 hr and 15 min    www.bamboomovesyoga.com  Englewood, NJ



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



Mon. Dec. 7th   9:30 am   Level 2   1 hr and 30 min   www.birchwoodcenter.com   Nyack, NY



Thursday, December 3, 2015

Holiday Grounding Ritual

Grounding in virasasana wearing www.wooden-ships.com ethically made sweater from www.marialuisaboutique.com


With Thanksgiving behind us, the end of the year holiday celebrations are in full swing. My habit of making lists of things to do loves this time of year yet my mostly *vata dosha self flies on the wind like a dried up brown leaf if I don't do grounding rituals throughout the day.

A simple grounding ritual you can practice anytime is to visualize your roots growing deep into the earth. This can be easy to imagine especially now that the trees have lost their leaves. Just imagine their bare branches that are reaching skyward flipped upside down and rooting down into the earth underneath your feet if you're standing or under your sitting bones if you're sitting.

Close your mouth and deepen your breath through your nose. Focus on your breath gently lifting you as you inhale and grounding you deeper into the earth as you exhale. As you breathe see this energy within your body growing in strength. Envision your roots spreading wide and deep. Be with the earth's grounding energy as long as possible. You can do this for a minute or two while standing online at a store, sitting at a coffee shop or longer at home or outdoors.

*Learn more about vata dosha and more by clicking soon onto Glamorous Yogini's side bar post: Ayurveda Made Easy Fall/Winter Lifestyle Tips


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Gratitude Reflection

Sunset Pond at the www.himalayaninstitute.org


This past week I've been including a moment of gratitude reflection during my yoga and meditation practice. Each time I sit with pondering gratitude I keep on coming up with the same image, my body. A body I've either sculpted, ignored or wished was different, I now view as a great gift that brings me to pick up my children, assist an elderly yoga student to lift her arms, to dance in yoga shapes that open my heart to believing all is well. It is my sacred space, my shrine, my avatar. Everything I experience in life is because of this body. It houses my breath, heart, nerves, strengths, weaknesses, dreams.... It is a blessing. I am forever grateful.

Please join me for my Gratitude Yoga Flow Thanksgiving Day special class Thurs. Nov. 26th at 9:30pm for 2hrs. Visit www.bamboomovesenglewood.com to register. Drop ins are welcome.

We are currently collecting nonperishable food and supermarket gift cards at Bamboomoves Yoga Englewood for our local food drive charity the Center For Food Action www.cfanj.org in Englewood, NJ.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Mudra Magic



In preparation for last weekend's Bandhas and Mudras Yoga Workshop at Ramapo College of New Jersey I created some yoga art photography plus wrote a few notes on a handful of mudras to ease one's understanding of what can be an abstract topic. A good place to start is looking at your palm and the picture above.

According to yoga each finger embodies the energy of a different element in nature. To take this deeper, each element is associated with a particular chakra (energy center.) This makes each finger connected to a chakra or group of chakras. For example, the earth element found within the ring fingers is associated with the 1st chakra, Muladhara Chakra which originates at the base of the pelvis. The second chakra, Svadhisthana Chakra is found within the reproductive body and sacrum. It embodies the water element and is connected to the baby fingers. The third chakra, Manipura Chakra is your fire center. It is found within your belly and low back body. It is associated with your thumbs. Anahata Chakra, your fourth chakra is made up of the air element. It originates within the center of your chest and shoulder blades. Its finger association is the pointer fingers. Finally Vishudda Chakra, your fifth energy center, found within your throat, Ajna Chakra, your sixth chakra, found within your third eye and Sahasrara Chakra, your seventh chakra which is found sitting on the crown of your head are all linked to the element space. These top 3 chakras are connected to the middle fingers.

When you bring your fingers together in different combinations via mudras, which means hand gestures in Sanskrit, you awaken plenty of subtle body magic within and around your energy body. Below are a few of my most frequently practiced and taught mudras.


Jnana or called Gyan Mudra is the wisdom hand gesture.

Anjali Mudra is the hand gesture that holds your intentions and offers it out to manifest into reality.

Padma Mudra is the fully blossomed and connecting to the light lotus flower hand gesture. Although it is a lovely mudra, it like everyone else had move and heal through the muddy, joyful and mundane waters of life to be such a beauty. 

Uttarabodhi Mudra is the hand and arm gesture of supreme enlightenment. Do this mudra for a few moments and feel an uplifted mood come over you.

Ganesh Mudra is named after the Hindu elephant god. Do this mudra if you're looking for protection and assistance in creating your highest self's dreams into reality. Ganesha will stomp out obstacles on your path and also pick you up when you're feeling down.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Bandhas: Your Energy Body Locks



In preparation for my upcoming Bandhas and Mudras Yoga Workshop at Ramapo College of New Jersey on Friday November 13th at 6pm, I've created some yoga art photography and written a bit about each of the 3 energy body locks called the bandhas. I hope this post assists your understanding of what can be an abstract topic.


Mula Bandha

Mula is a Sanskrit word which means the root of a plant or tree. Bandha means lock. I like to think of it as a bridge you can sense in your inner subtle body that can take you to the other side with an upgrade that offers stability, calmness and improved concentration. Mula Bandha is found at the base of your torso. Your first yoga teacher may have taught you to contract your lower body like you're holding your pee to find it. Well, it is more than that and after some time has gone by of having a committed yoga and meditation practice it is worthwhile finding Mula Bandha so you can hold your postures longer, jump to the top of your yoga mat without hearing a thump, stand on one leg with greater stability plus balance on your hands and head without pain, sit in meditation longer, improve your urogenital health in addition to activate and heal muladhara chakra, the root chakra. This first energy center governs your feelings associated with your family, home and money. When the first chakra is stable and calm, life is more relaxed.




Uddiyana Bandha:

Uddiyana Bandha is an abdominal lock that can be described as tightening your belt on your next exhale and feeling your belly's fire morph into a bird that has flown up into your heart's space. You can contain this upward flying energy by ever so slightly dropping your chin down into Jalandhara Bandha, your chin lock. On your next inhale stretch your lowest ribs away from your hips, move your chin parallel to the floor then exhale draw your belly in and drop your chin a bit. Repeat. Using these subtle body energy locks are useful in strengthening your abdominal muscles, healing manipura chakra, the 3rd chakra, stimulating your thyroid, internally massaging your heart and lungs, improving your digestion and circulation plus lifting the energy of the lower belly to unite with the energies within the navel and heart.





Jalandhara Bandha:


Jalandhara Bandha means chin lock. It is when you drop your chin to point towards your chest. Here the mind meets the heart and the back of your neck breathes. Like tightening the cap to a water bottle to not spill anything out, you apply your chin lock after a big inhale accompanied with pulling your belly in on your exhale to keep your energy powerfully circulating within. Repeat by inhaling with your chin parallel to the floor while your belly stretches high and wide then exhale while synchronizing a little tilt of your chin downward and tightening your belt. Your throat lock exercises and heals your thyroid in addition to activating your communication energy center, vishuddha chakra, the 5th chakra.


Thursday, November 5, 2015

What's New in November Yoga with Allison Egan Datwani



I hope you've been making the time to notice fall's trees making letting go look so good. Recently I've done a variety of releasing in several areas of my life and the sentiment of you need to let go to receive and then move courageously into what's new has plenty of positive meaning for me as of late. What helps me feel and process just about anything is my daily yoga and meditation practice. This month I've added another class to my weekly class schedule plus I have two special events coming up.


What's New in November:



I'm happily back to teaching yoga at www.birchwoodcenter.com in Nyack, New York on Friday's at 9:30 am for a level 2/3 class. It is a 1 hr and 30 min mindful, strong and creative yoga flow. This practice is designed for students with yoga experience.



I'm also teaching weekly classes at www.bamboomovesyoga.com in Englewood, New Jersey on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12 noon. The class is called Gentle Warrior. It is a slow, strong and creative yoga flow for 1 hr and 15 min. This practice is designed for all levels. Beginners and prenatal students are welcomed and loved!


My Bandhas and Mudras Magic Yoga Workshop is coming up Friday November 13th at 6 pm at Ramapo College of New Jersey in Mahwah, New Jersey. This 3 hour class is part of Ramapo College's 200 hour yoga teacher training which is also open to the public to learn and enjoy. It is 1/2 lecture and 1/2 yoga flow that is designed to fit all. Please bring a yoga mat and visit www.glamorousyogini.com for more details.


Finally please join me if you can at my Thanksgiving Day Gratitude Yoga Flow Class Thursday November 26th at 9:30 am for 2 hrs at Bamboomoves Yoga in Englewood, New Jersey. Here I will move you through a heart opening, designed for all levels vinyasa flow followed by restorative yoga to rest and reflect. We will conclude our practice with a meditative moment to internally count our blessings plus set an intention on how we can make a difference with compassionate action for the less privileged.

Please bring nonperishable food, supermarket gift cards and/or make a donation at our front desk to The Center of Food Action which is a local food drive charity located in our hometown Englewood, New Jersey. Please visit www.bamboomovesyoga.com and click into Englewood to register for this special class.


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Fall Meditation: Making Art with Nature



This past weekend my little guy and I visited our local nature center to take in fall's trees making letting go look so good. During our walk he claimed his little legs that usually never give up were getting tired plus he kept on saying "I miss Daddy." I distracted him from his worries in the not so familiar forest by collecting beautiful fallen leaves. Soon after he happily joined me. Eventually our leaf bouquets were falling out of our hands so we found a comfortable place to sit. Here we arranged the leaves by color and created spiral leaf designs. For a good amount of time he and I were at one with making art in nature.




When we were done with our moving meditation, I took a fews pictures of our swirling leaf designs for memory sake. We said thank you and goodbye to our leaf art creation experience and left our art for someone else to discover or the wind to dismantle. We continued on our walk and when it was time to go home guess who wanted to collect some more leaves and make a little bit more art with nature.





Monday, October 19, 2015

Bandhas & Mudras Magic Yoga Workshop @ Ramapo College of New Jersey




When you bring your palms together you take the right and left, the sun and moon, the ha and tha, the masculine and feminine sides of you together and form a seal called anjali mudra. Here you feel grounded, centered, and able to hear the wisdom whispers of your highest self.

Catch that light and visualize it rooting deep and growing branches that stretch far out and can handle just about anything with amazing grace. Learn more at my upcoming Bandhas and Mudras Magic Yoga Workshop Friday November 13th at 6pm at Ramapo College of New Jersey. It will be 1/2 lecture 1/2 yoga flow that is designed to fit all. See the side bar description for more information.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Fall Lifestyle: Encountering Darkness

Natarajasana/Lord of the Dance Pose. Dress www.saffrontradingcompany.com Tall boots www.ninewest.com Red tassle mala www.marialuisaboutique.com


The signs that the dark half of the year are settling in are more obvious during mid October. Gloomy bone chilly rainy days vs. sunny cornflower blue summer like days show their shadows earlier and earlier each day. Our instinct tells us to draw our energy inwards rather than striking out. Listen to your body responding to the energy of the sun at this deepening time. It is time to put down roots as you prepare for winter. This includes eating plenty of baked or stewed root vegetables which are low in moisture and perfect for your digestion and immunity during the season's change to colder days ahead.

Regarding your yoga practice take some extra time while you hold your postures to feel the ground beneath you and observe your roots reaching deep into the earth. Overtime you will notice thoughts of connection to the earth and those around you will surface including memories of your ancestors. Don't be surprised if you find yourself seated in your closet looking through a box of old family pictures while your intention was to bring your winter weather clothes to the forefront of your closet.

If the darker days have you feeling restless, decorate your living and workspace with fall colored candles and candle holders. Pillows, throw blankets and dried flower arrangements are fast and economical decorative touches to ease you into hibernation mode. 

Honor the feelings that show themselves now. Decline invitations if you're feeling tired. Go to bed earlier than normal if you're feeling to and notice your sleeping and conscious dreams. Dark feelings mixed with eagerness for a new year and a fresh start are sure to surface now. Let go of what you need to with love, keep what serves you with gratitude and accept what you can't change now, knowing that with mindful reflection your transformation will be unstoppable.


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Your Energy Center that Balances Heaven and Earth Within: The Heart Chakra



In preparation for my Chakra Study Yoga Flow Workshop at Ramapo College of New Jersey Fri. Oct. 9th at 6pm, I've created yoga art photography and written a bit about each chakra to ease one's understanding about the chakras, our energy body. The chakras are defined as 7 wheels of rainbow colored light that are found at the base of the pelvis, run along the spine and up to the crown of the head. Since the chakras are energy they are sensed. This is where I feel art and a few words can coax you into feeling what you experience in each of your chakras. If you've been following my posts for the past two weeks, you have read my current expression of the 1st 3 chakras and the last 3 chakras. In this post I'm focusing on the central chakra, the heart chakra. It is where the energy of love is born within your body.

In my notes you will notice the heart chakra like the other chakras in my previous posts corresponds to emotions that I like to interpret as a positive affirmation you can say to heal and empower yourself. There's also a body part, an element in nature, color and mantra association.

As you review this post take in each of the 3 heart chakra images and description. Then observe what you feel and where you feel it. There is no wrong or right answer, just notice. This is how we heal and balance our chakras, by feeling and not critically thinking about them.

Anahata Chakra is the 4th chakra. It is a green light that rides the air element within our chest and shoulder blades. It is where love is born in your energy body. See it as the link that balances your heavenly (top 3) and earthly (1st 3) chakras. Chant the mantra YAM to open the doors to this gateway of love.




Love is always available to us yet at times we stuck in one chakra and don't see it. Get that green light of love spinning freely again by raising your chest to the sky. Root your lower body down onto the earth and tune into feeling your heart center in the middle of your energy body balancing your lower and higher realms.




When this center is open, your heart's trauma is called to heal. Don't shut down and seal your heart closed again. You can keep it open and still revel in the grace of it all no matter what happens. Light needs darkness to shine and darkness will always seek the light. There's no escaping this truth. Know that you're not alone in working towards loving the beautiful and shadow side of yourself.

By doing the work to maintain an open heart, you nurture yourself in the process and then have the capacity to heal others. Balancing giving and receiving are the gifts of a healthy heart chakra.

Healing Affirmation: "As I open and heal my heart, I see the giving and receiving qualities of my heart in balance."

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Your Earth Energy Centers: The 1st 3 Chakras




In preparation for my Chakra Study Yoga Flow Workshop at Ramapo College of New Jersey on Fri. Oct. 9th at 6pm, I've created yoga art photography and written a bit on each chakra to ease one's understanding about the chakras, our energy body. The chakras are defined as 7 spinning wheels of rainbow colored light that are found at the base of the pelvis, run along our spine and up to the crown of our head. Since the chakras are energy they are sensed. This is where I feel art and a few words on each energy center can coax you into feeling what you experience in each of your chakras. In this post I'm focusing on the first three chakras found at the base of your pelvis, center of your hips and solar plexus. I like to call them your earth energy centers because once they are open and spinning your connection to everything you will need for your transformative journey home to your supreme self is found.

You will notice in my notes that each chakra corresponds to a different emotion that I like to interpret as a positive affirmation that you can say to heal and empower yourself. Also each chakra is associated with a different part of the body, element in nature, color and mantra.

As you review this post take in each image and description. Then observe what you feel and where you feel it. There is no wrong or right answer, just notice. This is how we heal and balance our chakras, by feeling and not critically thinking about them.


*Next week I will post "Your Energy Center that Balances Heaven and Earth": The Heart Chakra


Muladhara Chakra (pictured above) is the 1st chakra. Red is the hue and it sits at the base of the pelvis. It roots and supports everything you will need to survive on your journey home to your infinite self. The sacred syllable is the mantra LAM and the element is earth.

Healing Affirmation: "I am grounded, powerful, safe and strong."






Svadhisthana Chakra is the second chakra. It is orange in color and floats in the center of your hips. It governs your likes, dislikes and all relationships. VAM is the sacred syllable and water is the element that helps this energy flow.

Healing Affirmation: "I am a creator who is worthy of pleasure and love."





Manipura Chakra is the third chakra burning in the solar plexus. The color is yellow like the sun and the element is fire which ignites your desire to do what you love. Chant the mantra RAM and see your power expand. 

Healing Affirmation: "I manifest my dreams as I connect to the universe."


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Your Cosmic Energy Centers: The Top 3 Chakras




In preparation for my Chakra Study Yoga Flow Workshop at Ramapo College of New Jersey on Oct. 9th at 6pm, I've created yoga art photography and written a bit on each chakra to ease one's understanding about the chakras, our energy body. The chakras are defined as 7 spinning wheels of rainbow colored light that are found at the base of the pelvis, run along our spine and up to the crown of our head. Since the chakras are energy they are sensed. This is where I feel art and a few words on each energy center can coax you into feeling what you experience in each of your chakras. In this post I'm focusing on the top 3 chakras found at the crown of your head, third eye and throat. I like to call them your cosmic energy centers because once they're are open and spinning your connection to your highest self is found.

You will notice in my notes that each chakra corresponds to a different emotion that I like to interpret as a positive affirmation that you can say to heal and empower yourself. Also each chakra is associated with a different part of the body, element in nature, color and mantra.

As you review this post take in each image and description. Then observe what you feel and where you feel it. There is no wrong or right answer, just notice. This is how we heal and balance our chakras, by feeling and not critically thinking about them.


*Next week I will post Your Earthly Energy Centers: The 1st 3 Chakras.


Sahasrara Chakra (pictured above) is a white spinning light that sits at your crown. It's a 1000 petal lotus that with devoted practice unfolds and unites you with your limitless self. It is associated with the element space and the sacred syllable is the mantra OM.

Healing Affirmation: "I am connected, understanding and blissful."






Ajna Chakra rests at the third eye and is the color of the twilight sky. When you chant the sacred syllable OM you come back home to your highest self and see clearly putting your story lines and projections on a shelf. It is associated with the element space.

Healing Affirmation: "I see the big picture and I accept my path."





Vishuddha Chakra is a turquoise light that floats in your throat. Chant HAM to ease your words and turn your communication into a blessing. The element is space.


Healing Affirmation: "I have clear, compelling and truthful speech."



Friday, September 18, 2015

Warmly Welcoming My Fall Yoga Schedule




Whether you're ready to say goodbye to summer or not, the coming change to fall is around the corner. You will notice the sun fading making the sky ruby colored at dawn, caramel light in the afternoons, deep purple at twilight and dark ink blue with diamond studded stars at night. It is time for study, tying up the loose ends of the year, letting go of what doesn't serve you, sharing what you can and giving thanks with friends and family.


The mantra is "Let go as the winds blow. I am a dancer with the wind."



My Fall Yoga Workshop Schedule is:



Chakra Study at Ramapo College of New Jersey   Friday   Oct. 9th   6pm   3hrs




Bandhas and Mudras Magic at Ramapo College of New Jersey   Friday   Nov. 13th   6pm   3hrs




Thanksgiving Day Special Gratitude and Giving Back Class at www.bamboomovesyoga.com   Thursday   Nov. 26th   9:30am   2hrs





Weekly Classes:



Tuesdays   10:00 am   All Levels   1 hr and 15 min  www.bamboomovesyoga.com  Palisades Park, NJ


Tuesdays   12 noon   Gentle Warrior   1 hr and 15 min  www.bamboomovesyoga.com  Englewood, NJ    


Thursdays   12 noon   Gentle Warrior   1 hr and 15 min    www.bamboomovesyoga.com  Englewood, NJ




My Compassion Yoga Flow Online Class is coming up this fall on www.yogainternational.com This class will energize and relax you, loosen and strengthen your neck and shoulders, liberate your lower back, challenge your physical balance as well as your ability to equally give to yourself and others. Participating in this unique online yoga class will offer you an opportunity to give to the www.himalayaninstitute.com One Tribe Project who is building libraries in Cameroon, Africa.