Healing and becoming whole with nature, beauty and yoga's wisdom.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Vayus/Our Inner Winds Breath Work Yoga Study Circle at Birchwood Center, Nyack, NY




   If you find pranayama, mudra and chakra yoga studies interesting you will enjoy the next Yoga Study Circle I will be leading at Birchwood Center for Yoga and Massage in Nyack, New York Friday October 20th 7-8:30pm.

   This special class will focus on the Vayus-Our Inner Winds. Here we will examine the 5 Vayus with easy to follow seated and on the back exercises. We will also discuss the many benefits of directing your prana/life force into different areas of your being while on and off the yoga mat.

   Please wear comfortable clothes and visit www.birchwoodcenter.com to register for this special class.



Thursday, October 5, 2017

7 Wheels of Light Artspiration-Chakra Study at Ramapo College of NJ




   
Friday Oct. 6th 6-9pm at Ramapo College of New Jersey in the Krame Center I'm leading a very special Chakra Study class. This class is part of Ramapo College's 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training and is open to drop in students. In preparation for this event I created some chakra art to inspire along with some notes to ease one's understanding of our chakra energy body. My suggestion in digesting this post is observing the artwork and reading each chakra's notes and feeling what comes up without over analyzing it. If you over think it you just may miss feeling your chakra body.


   Let's start with an easy chakra description: Chakras are 7 wheels of light that spin and shine bright within our energetic body. Life's stresses and struggles can shut them down yet we can break open our 7 seals of chakra light with breath work, yoga and meditation practice. The gift that comes from blooming your light body open like a lotus flower is your truth is revealed and from there the magic you've been waiting for appears.


   Above is an image of the the seventh chakra, Sahasrara Chakra. It's a pure white light that's shining down on your crown. Its mantra is OM and the element is space. When this chakra is balanced it is a thousand petal lotus that has bloomed wide open and unites you with your highest self.

   Healing Affirmations: "I am fully connected. I am limitless. I am blissful. I am love. I am understanding."

   




   The sixth chakra is Ajna Chakra. It shines within the third eye which is in between your eyebrows. It is the color of the twilight sky. This blue/purple energy center's element is space and its bija mantra is OM. When you clear this center, your mind is quiet and you see clearly.


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






   The fifth chakra is Visshudha Chakra. It sits in the throat and represents communication. Its color is blue like the sky, the mantra is HAM and the element is space. When this energy center is balanced your words are pure.


   Healing Affirmation: "I listen. I have clear and compelling words. I lovingly speak my truth."






   The fourth chakra is Anahata Chakra. It rests in the heart center, in the center of the chest and its key is the breath. YAM is its mantra, air is the element and green is the color which opens you to love and eliminates fear.

   Healing Affirmation: "I am love. I give. I receive in gratitude. I forgive."






   The third chakra is Manipura Chakra. It sits in between the navel and solar plexus. The mantra is RAM, the color is yellow and the element is fire which shines as bright as the sun. This golden flame fuels your digestion and houses your truth and ego.

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






   The second chakra is Svadhisthana Chakra. It sits in the center of the hips and rules relationships. The color is orange and the mantra is VAM. Water is the element which makes it move.

   Healing Affirmations: "I like. I dislike. I create. I am worthy of pleasure and love."






   The first chakra, Muladhara Chakra's bija mantra is LAM, the color is red and its element is earth. This chakra is found in the base of your pelvis. It is your survival center which governs your home, family, money and holds your space in being a part of supporting the whole universe. 

   Healing Affirmations- "I am strong. I am safe. I am grounded."



Thursday, September 21, 2017

7 Wheels of Light-Chakra Study at Ramapo College of NJ

Muladhara Chakra/the Root Chakra is the 1st wheel of light. It is found at the base of the spine and is the grounding chakra energy center. The bija mantra/sound is LAM and its color is red.



   I will be leading a very special class called 7 Wheels of Light-Chakra Study Friday October 6th 6-9pm at Ramapo College of New Jersey within the Krame Center. This class is part of Ramapo College's 200hour Yoga Teacher Training. Drop in students are welcome to join us.

   This class is half lecture and half meditation mixed with easy to follow yoga flow postures. Please wear comfortable clothes to move, relax and heal in.

   Please visit www.ramapo.edu for more details.

   Coming soon I'll post 7 Wheels of Light-Chakra Study art and notes to further ease and expand your understanding about the chakras.


Monday, August 28, 2017

What's next for your Yoga Studies? 300hr Advanced Yoga Teacher Training at Birchwood Center Nyack, NY

 



    There's a fantastic 300hr Advanced Yoga Teacher Training starting September 6th at Birchwood Center of Yoga and Massage in Nyack, New York. I will be teaching along with several professional teachers from Birchwood Center's enthusiastic and excellent faculty.

    This 300hr training is designed for 200hr certified yoga instructors to complete their 500hr Yoga Teacher Certification. What I love about this training is it includes everything I intuitively sought out after I completed my 200hr yoga teacher training. When I graduated 300hr trainings did not exist. I had to travel on planes, trains and automobiles for over a decade to find the teachers who taught the topics I craved to understand after my 200hr yoga teacher training. Fortunately Birchwood Center's 300hr offering takes place in one location-85 S. Broadway Nyack, NY starting September 6th through April 28th.


Here's an overview of what the 300hr training includes:


Asana

   Advanced Asana Techniques

   Applying Asana Techniques to All Levels

   Alignment Clinics- For foundational through advanced postures

   Class Structure and Sequencing- Planning for all levels

   Case Studies- Teaching one-on-one and special needs

   Vinyasa- Finding the thread of flow in transitions



Pranayama Techniques

    Pranayama and Shat Kriyas for Health and Healing

    Pranayama for Meditation and Inner Awareness

    Pranayama to Sustain and Enrich Asana

    Pranayama and Movement



Mantra Chanting, Mudra and Meditation


    
Practical Yoga Philosophy

     Vital Concepts

     Yoga Sutras

     Bhagavad-Gita

     Hatha Yoga Pradipika

     Ayurveda



Power of Word

     Developing Clarity in Communication



Anatomy

     Posture Anatomy

     Anatomy for Injury and Special Needs

     Anatomy of the Energy Body



Specialization Project

     Development of an independent project based on a chosen teaching specialization



Please visit www.birchwoodcenter.com to learn more and to register.



Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Touching the Earth with Gratitude and Forgiveness: Lammas




     The sun is in Leo and nature is at its peak. You can feel, see and even taste what has ripened on the vine for you. Today August 1st, the harvest celebrations begin. The ancients call this time Lammas, the first of three harvest celebrations. It is a time of gratitude where we appreciate the fruits of our labors. When we slow down and notice all we have created, nurtured and protected.

      This time is also about forgiving what we have worked for and lost since the new year. The time and efforts spent in foreseeing, planting, taking care of and protecting our creations makes it easy to be attached to what could have been. Letting go and doing so with love keeps our heart soft so new seeds can take shape for the next cycle.

      During these first days of August make some time to touch the earth. You can touch the dirt, grass or sand. Touch it and reflect on gratitude and forgiveness for all you have grown this year be it big or small. Seeing with thankful rather than resentful eyes is a pure and deep emotional state. One that is free from ego. These are the eyes that can witness when the harvest's magic appears.

      On a personal note I find August 1st's ancient Lammas sentiment of reflecting on gratitude and forgiveness to be perfectly synchronistic with the birthday wishes of my Father in Law's Guru, Dada J. P. Vaswani from the Sadhu Vaswani Mission in Pune, India. Dada is celebrating 99 years of life on August 2nd. His birthday wish is at 2 pm wherever you are to take 2 minutes to forgive and experience the calmness within. To read more about A Moment of Calm please visit www.momentofcalm.org


"Hearts at peace will create world peace."  -J. P. Vaswani


Monday, July 10, 2017

A Post Summer Solstice Ritual





    Every year I miss out on writing about the Summer Solstice for the same reason, there's so much of everything going on. Between school endings and new summer beginnings for my boys and work schedule, parties, playtime at the pool, park or beach, there's an overload of what to experience and be all at once.

    Handling an overabundance of what's fun to do as the sun shines brightly while doing what has to be done everyday can't always be handled with ease. Feelings of frustration and exhaustion have been a part of my summer vibe so far and this makes me wonder what's got to go for a simpler and well balanced life.

    What's comforting to realize is both Yoga and Ayurveda's wisdom suggests the elements of nature- fire, water, air and earth are found within us. During these sun filled days as nature is brightly buzzing, chirping and growing in full speed around us, it is also doing the same within us.

    The ancients, our ancestors were so in synch with the universe's rhythm and saw this period of peak light as sacred. It was and still is a time to seek refuge and ritual to remedy any dis ease that comes from an overload of energy. It is a time of assessments. A time to recognize what you're truly passionate about. A period of the year to decide where you wish to throw your ball of energy towards and/or let go of for the second half of the year.

    If any of this resonates with you, take the time to sit with yourself and notice what you're now wishing to grow within and around you. Practicing a post Summer Solstice self reflection ritual can assist in balancing what was mayhem into embracing the sweet fullness of summer life.



Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Fourth of July! Class Schedule





Happy Fourth of July!


I'll be back on the mat and leading two classes Wednesday July 5th:  


9:30am   1hr 30min   Level 2/3   at www.birchwoodcenter.com   in Nyack, New York


11:45am   11:45am   1hr 15min   Gentle Plus   at www.birchwoodcenter.com   in Nyack,  New York




Monday, June 12, 2017

Transformative Tuesdays/A Meditation Class at the Graf Center for Integrative Medicine at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center




   Transformative Tuesdays started last Tuesday June 6th and is meeting for 3 more Tuesdays in June at 6pm for 1 hour. This very special June meditation program welcomes drop in students to any of the 3 remaining classes. This meditation class is perfect for the brand new beginner or for any level practitioner who wants to slow down and tune into a quieter mind and more relaxed body.

    Last Tuesday we began class with a super relaxing restorative yoga posture followed by breath work and easy to follow yoga postures to find flexibility and strength to support your seated meditation practice. After sitting in meditation we practiced a few grounding postures and ended class with a final relaxation pose.

    Doctors, staff, patients and the community joined last week's class. If you are interested in learning to meditate, getting back into it or enjoy meditating with others please join us. I'm looking forward to sharing more this coming Tuesday evening 6pm at the Graf Center of Integrative Medicine at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.


When:

Tuesdays June 6, 13, 20 and 27 2017
6-7pm



Where:

Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
350 Engle Street, Englewood, NJ

FREE Valet Parking



To Register:

201-608-2377 or grafcenter@ehmchealth.org

$10 per class


Friday, June 9, 2017

Full Moon Friday




This moon cycle is about navigating your journey with a little more precision. If you've been feeling this way for the past two weeks or so, pay attention to how today's Full Moon in Sagittarius is beaming out plenty of messages to remember to steer by the compass of your soul. Stay with it.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Transformative Tuesdays/A Meditation Class at the Graf Center for Integrative Medicine at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center



     This is the Graf Center for Integrative Medicine located within Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, New Jersey. This spa like environment is a wellness and healing gem that's open to all. Tuesday June 6th, I start leading a 4 class yoga and meditation series called Transformative Tuesdays from 6-7pm. This special class series is geared towards loosening up both your mind and body so you can easefully sit in meditation.

      Transformative Tuesdays is perfect for the brand new beginner or for any level practitioner who wants to wind down and tune into a quieter mind and more relaxed body. Feel free to attend one class, two, three or all.


When:

Tuesdays June 6, 13, 20 and 27 2017
6-7pm



Where:

Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
350 Engle Street, Englewood, NJ

FREE Valet Parking



To Register:

201-608-2377 or grafcenter@ehmchealth.org

$10 per class








Friday, May 26, 2017

Pics from the Flower Mandala Meditation at Birchwood Center Nyack, NY




      Last Friday night at Birchwood Center of Yoga and Massage's Yoga Study Circle we experienced how making a mandala out of flower petals, leaves and stems can be a beautiful and transformative meditation experience. During our special class we discussed the meaning of mandalas, learned about their Hindu/Buddhist origins and how mandalas can be found throughout history such as in the stain glass rose windows at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City and at Notre Dame in Paris. We noted how today it's in vogue to see mandalas as you scroll through Instagram, Pinterest and in coloring books found at the supermarket checkout stands.

       Here are a few pictures from our meditative evening. Pre event I created a circular rose petal mandala for us to sit around for our mandala discussion and intention setting. After a group conversation about mandalas that expanded my consciousness, I led us through a few grounding exercises to settle into our meditation followed by collecting our flowers, silently finding floor space and creating our own mandalas.

       Once completed we appreciated our creations, some of us took pictures of them and then we individually swept the mandalas up to experience impermanence. Everyone got a bag to take their flower mandala home to discard as they wish.

        I will offer this special event again at www.birchwoodcenter.com in Nyack, New York in the Fall. Next time we will include a silent mindfulness meditation walk to the Hudson River which is only a block away. Here we will do the let go of our mandalas into the river together so the good vibes of our positive intentions can keep moving.













Monday, May 8, 2017

Flower Mandala Meditation at Birchwood Center in Nyack, NY




Give your meditation practice a fresh, new, spring perspective with a Flower Mandala Meditation Friday May 19th 7-8:30 pm at Birchwood Center for Yoga and Massage in Nyack, New York.


During this special Yoga Study Circle Class we will discuss the meaning of mandalas then center ourselves to transition into a moving meditation using flower petals, leaves, and stems to create personal floor mandalas. Creating Flower Mandalas is an intuitive and spontaneous process where we weave our intentions into the mandalas while at the same time support one another in unity. Your one-of-a-kind creation will function like a living prayer, similar to the sand mandalas made by Tibetan monks. To close we will appreciate our mandalas then release our flower art by sweeping them up while acknowledging the impermanence of nature and life. Flowers will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own to use and share.


This special class is open to everyone! No previous experience or special knowledge is needed.


Drop ins $22/$16 Seniors, Class Cards and MAP discounts are also accepted


Please visit www.birchwoodcenter.com for more information and to register for this special class.





Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sun in Taurus Wisdom




"Adopt the pace of nature: Her secret is patience." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sun in Taurus wisdom- Keep a slow and steady pace while enjoying the simple delights that stir your senses along the way.

Pose- Chapasana/Sugarcane pose

Sarong and earrings from www.marialuisaboutique.com global/local ethically made boutique.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Daily Inspiration: We Are Stars





We are stars wrapped in skin. The light you've been seeking has always been within.

-Anonymus



pose- utthita hasta padangusthasana- extended hand to big toe pose



body wear and scarf from www.marialuisaboutique.com



Saturday, April 1, 2017

What's New in Yoga this Spring: Kid's, Chilled, Vinyasa Yoga & more...

I'm teaching in 3 locations and in 3 different beautiful yoga studios: Bamboomoves Yoga in Englewood, NJ, Birchwood Center of Yoga and Massage in Nyack, NY and shown here at Blue Sky Yoga in Tenafly, NJ





Mondays   11:30 am   Gentle Yoga   1 hr and 15 min   www.birchwoodcenter.com   Nyack, NY 


          


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


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

                 4:00 pm   Kid's Yoga ages 5-9   1hr   www.bamboomovesenglewood.com   Englewood, NJ   A 5 week special program which starts April 25th-May 23th 


              

Wednesdays   11:30 am   Gentle Yoga   1 hr and 15 min   www.birchwoodcenter.com   Nyack, NY 





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




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


Fridays   
12:30pm   Chillasana   1hr and 15min   www.tenaflyyoga.com   Blue Sky Yoga Tenafly, NJ





Monday, March 20, 2017

Chill Asana: NEW Friday class at Blue Sky Yoga Tenafly




Chill Asana- NEW Friday class 12:30pm 1hr 15min at Blue Sky Yoga in Tenafly, NJ 


Chill Asana is an All Levels end of the week class that moves slowly, giving you time to be in each posture and let go into every stretch. It is perfect for resting both your mind and body in addition to rejuvenating yourself both physically and emotionally.

This class includes a breath centered easy to follow flow of postures, plenty of supine (on the back) and seated stretches, breath work, meditative pauses and restorative postures supported by props such as blocks and blankets.

You will leave the class rested and ready for the weekend :)


Please visit Blue Sky Yoga's site www.tenaflyyoga.com for more details and to register for this special class which starts this Friday March 24th.



Saturday, March 11, 2017

Sunday Mornings in March at Blue Sky Yoga in Tenafly





Sunday Mornings in March I will be leading a pop up series of level 2/3 vinyasa yoga flow classes 9:30am at Blue Sky Yoga in Tenafly, NJ. Please visit www.tenaflyyoga.com for more details and to register.

A Sunday well spent brings a week of content.



Monday, February 27, 2017

Yoga & Chant w/Nina Rao & Allison Egan Datwani Sunday March 5 at Birchwood Center Nyack, NY




I'm looking forward to sharing this very special music and yoga experience this coming weekend at the beautiful Birchwood Center of Yoga and Massage with Nina Rao. Nina is a very accomplished and sublime chantress. She is Krishna Das' manager, vocalist and cymbal player who travels and performs worldwide. In 2007 she recorded the track "Nina Chalisa" on Krishna Das' CD "Flow of Grace" and in 2013 she released her debut album shown below "Antarayaami-Knower of all Hearts."

Please join us Sunday March 5th for both yoga and live music or for the 2nd 1/2 music only portion of the event. Please visit www.birchwoodcenter.com for more information and to register.



www.ninaraochant.com


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day: Heart Healing Mindfulness Exercise



Your heart's vibrations affect everyone who is around you. This is why being with a lighthearted and joy filled person will raise your mood and why being around an angry, fearful, anxious or depressed person will lower your vibration.

Today being Valentine's Day strengthen your heart and everyone around you including your pets by breathing light into your heart's energetic center, Anahata Chakra. See it as a green mist of swirling light that makes a clockwise spiral wheel image in the center of your chest.

Close your eyes or soften your gaze down. Then close your mouth and deepen your breath. You will hear an ocean like sound coming from the back of your throat. Rest your left hand on your chest and the right hand on your belly. Follow your inhales and exhales. Enjoy the calming feeling that comes over you.

When you're done let go of the deep nose breathing and return to watching your natural breath. Notice your heartbeat in your left hand. Gaze forward and be still for a moment to ground before you move on and about your day. Realize that this mini self care heart healing exercise is not only creating better health for you but also with all beings you interact with. What is your Valentine's Day wish?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Imbolc: Witnessing the Awakening of Your Inner Light




Imbolc is feeling your potential that's been rumbling in your belly since last November and it's time to let it out. It's the fire that burns within that can no longer be contained. If you hold it back, it's a flat tire at the side of the road, a no show date, a broken promise, a life not lived.

Imbolc is the returning of the sun's light on your abilities. A time when you realize winter's darkness was necessary to bring clarity to your path ahead.

Imbolc is when the earth shows signs of the sun's rebirth. A green shoot rising through the mud, noon time sun warming your cheeks, tight buds on spring's flowering trees. What do you notice being birthed within you?

At this time the creative and nurturing Goddesses Brigid, Hestia, Saraswati and Inanna reign over protecting the quickening of the sun's length of day's light. If you feel to, light a candle and call on them to assist in awakening your inner light.


Friday, January 27, 2017

Yoga & Chant: Hanuman Chalisa- Connect to Your Courageous Heart w/Nina Rao & Allison Egan Datwani at Birchwood Center




I'm pleased to share that Nina Rao who's CD cover is shown below, myself shown above and Birchwood Center will be collaborating with each other to inspire connecting to your courageous heart with a special Yoga and Chant event Sunday March 5th 2-5pm at Birchwood Center of Yoga and Massage in Nyack, New York. 



www.ninaraochant.com



This is a 2 part event that begins with an open level yoga flow taught by me while Nina Rao and a tabla drummer will accompany the class with music and chanting. I will mindfully move you through a variety of lunges, hip openers and back bends which will ultimately lead you into your expression of Hanumanasana/split pose.

After the yoga flow 1st half of the event Nina will speak about the devoted, fearless and truth seeking warrior, Hanuman, the Hindu monkey God. Then she will sing the Hanuman Chalisa which will energize your courageous heart followed by Kirtan style call and response mantra chanting. 


Please join us for this very special event from 2-5pm for $40 which is our early bird special until Feb. 25th or $20 for the 2nd half Kirtan only portion of the event which starts at 3:30pm. 

After Feb. 25th the full event is $50 and Kirtan only is $25.



To register please call Birchwood Center at   845. 358. 6409

Email   info@birchwoodcenter.com

or register online at   www.birchwoodcenter.com


*Preregistration is recommended to guarantee a spot 



Thursday, January 5, 2017

New Year, New Vibe




    Gratefully I'm starting the New Year sitting on the shoreline and it is certainly working on me. If I can achieve in 2017 what I'm sensing which is to put stress aside and show off my tender side to the world more often, perhaps I can experience what many masters say is true "the more you love, the more it will come right back to you."


     I'm willing to listen to that inner voice. How can you embrace goodness today?