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Monday, December 18, 2017

Winter Solstice Meditation: Grace


   Grace can be understood from a spiritual context or with physicality to describe how one moves with ease and beauty. The quality of grace I'm reflecting on during these last dark days of December is how it mysteriously appeared several times for me this past year and filled the void that absolutely needed a lift. Grace is a blessing. A bridge that brings you to the other side. It's like touching the divine and not being able to hug it for long. Similar to water, grace slips through your fingers and leaves you feeling refreshed. It is a light that swoops in to free and heal us.

   I believe grace is a feeling we seek this time of year as we let go of what was and prepare for what will be in the New Year. As we celebrate the holidays, light candles and await the rebirth of the sun perhaps you can consider meditating on the gift of grace in your life. How has it touched you?

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Gratitude and Forgiveness Meditation

   A couple of weeks ago I taught an open level vinyasa flow yoga class at Bamboomoves Yoga in Englewood, New Jersey on Thanksgiving Day. Being that Englewood is my hometown, teaching on a high energy day like Thanksgiving gave me a little extra rush of joy that's pretty much indescribable. At Bamboomoves we had a full house of eager to practice students. There were some people present I've known most of my life in addition to the daily crew who brought family and friends.

   What stood out most for me was the lovely energy that filled the room at the end of class as the class rested in a heart opening restorative yoga pose. Here I guided everyone into a Gratitude/Forgiveness Meditation. I'm taking the time to post this guided meditation because I was inspired by this group meditation. Also because the teachings of gratitude and forgiveness have helped me tremendously. Although there's times I may forget to embody gratitude and forgiveness, I've come to learn there's always another day to start again.

    Gratitude/Forgiveness Meditation

    Recline on your back with your arms extended at heart height. Palms face up. You can also try the folded blanket under the arms and behind your shoulder blades option as shown in the photo above. Extend your legs with your feet hip width apart. Let your knees and feet turn out. If your lower back feels tension place a folded blanket or pillows under your knees to ease your low back body.

   Close your eyes. Let go of your last conversation and relax your body. Notice the tidal quality of your natural breath. Let go and rest.

   Gratitude, being thankful opens you to attract abundance. Forgiveness connects you to your highest self. Finding forgiveness is a step towards gratitude and abundance because you need to let go of resentments, anger, fear and all that's negative to make the space to receive the many gifts that await you. From this open and receptive space is where you can create. Creations that will serve you and many more. If you hold onto resentments and anger you block your positive flow. Clinging onto judgements creates a very thick wall around you. You hurt yourself, those around you and possibly strangers. Letting go and forgiving yourself, your enemy and whatever it is that ails you will remove this wall and overtime change your situation.

   Visualize what you are ready to forgive.


   Visualize what you are grateful for.


   Visualize abundance and joy.


   Visualize what you can give.


   Repeat to yourself "I will stay open. I will stay open. I will stay open and not get stuck within one opinion and sit in judgement."

   Deepen your breath, make easy movements to transition into sitting in a comfortable crossed legged position. Sit for a few moments in silence before you go on with your day.

   *Special thanks to Dada J.P. Vaswani from the Sadhu Vaswani Mission in Pune, India and his teachings on Gratitude and Forgiveness. The next International Moment of Calm is August 2nd at 2pm for 2 minutes where you can join many people around the world get quiet, forgive and receive plenty of freedom as a result.

Monday, November 20, 2017

My Thanksgiving Week Yoga Teaching Schedule

     There's always something to be grateful for. Let's celebrate it. If you have some free time this Thanksgiving week I would love to see you and your loved ones on the mat. If not have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday   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   

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

Thursday   9:30am   Gratitude Yoga Flow Open Level (level 1/2)   1 hr and 30 min   www.bamboomovesenglewood.com   Englewood, NJ

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

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Bandhas/Inner Locks Inspiration


     To understand the bandhas, our inner locks, we must tap into our energy body. The fastest way there is to sit still, close your mouth and deepen your breath through your nose. Eventually you can pause for a brief moment at the bottom of your exhales while contracting your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles as well as bowing your chin down to your chest. This action of contraction are the bandhas. However the work is refining your breath and finding the subtle muscular work needed to find your inner locks. This requires plenty of time studying with a skilled teacher and your imagination.

      This Bandhas post is inspired by my teaching last week about the inner locks at Ramapo College of New Jersey's 200hr Yoga Teacher Training special Bandhas Study class. Below are a few notes on our 3 most sought after inner locks:

Mula Bandha- 

     Mula means root or foundation. It is located within the perineum. A beginner way to find it is to contract your pelvic floor muscles. Overtime the contraction is more central within the perineal body and less focused within the anus and urogenital muscles. The benefits of engaging mula bandha is our exhale, our downward wind called apana vayu meets our inhale, our upward wind called prana vayu. This meeting creates that wonderful and healthy yoga bliss zone state that keeps us coming back for more yoga.

Uddiyana Bandha-

      Uddiyana means flying upward. To find it contract your abdominal muscles in and upwards after a complete exhalation. This lock sits within our fire center, our third chakra. This bandha burns the impurities that weigh us down and replenishes our well. Engaging this lock strengthens the core body and massages the heart.

Jalandhara Bandha-

      Jala means a net or web. To find it drop the chin to the chest. This energetic net catches the nectar, amrita that drips down from the crown chakra. This nectar would be burned within the fire of the belly if this lock is not engaged. Jalandhara bandha regulates blood flow to the heart, neck and head. Similar to mula bandha, engaging jalandhara bandha encourages the upward wind, prana vayu to meet with the downward wind apana vayu. This union balances our energy in a beautiful way.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Bandhas Yoga Study at Ramapo College of NJ

Containing your Inner Light

     After taking your first few yoga classes you will start recognizing the Sanskrit words that are being used. Words like prana, namaste and Om are most likely said during class even if your teacher chooses not to speak much Sanskrit. Eventually you will hear "engage your bandhas." This is a popular cue that means way more than squeezing your pelvic body, abs and dropping your chin down to your chest. However doing all that squeezing on the bottom of your exhales is a good place to start. Over time those bandha contractions become more subtle and the energetic result of engaging your bandhas creates a distinctive and positive energetic shift.

      To start the definition of bandhas is locks. More specifically the energetic locks that can be found within our body by controlling our breath. Traditionally bandhas were considered powerful and advanced Tantric practices that were done for positively affecting your body's subtle energy and not for structural support while standing in Warrior poses and beyond. Classically it is only called bandha work if it is practiced in a seated position with a purpose of energy management by way of breath work.

      However I'm guilty of so many times in class saying "engage your bandhas" as a quick cue to encourage my students to contract their pelvic floor, abdominals and neck muscles while in more difficult postures. I guess you can call an "engage your bandhas" cue while in a Warrior pose, a bandha like movement or simply a pelvic, abdominal and possibly a neck contraction. Trust me, there's a benefit to the quick and easy "engage your bandhas" cue whether you are seated in its cross legged origins or sustaining a Warrior pose. We will talk more about this distinction and the specifics of the bandhas, their energy body anatomy, benefits and easy to understand ways to teach and practice bandha work this coming Friday Nov. 10th 6-9pm at Ramapo College of NJ within the Krame Center. This special Bandha Yoga Study class is part of Ramapo College of NJ's 200hr Yoga Teacher Training and is open to drop in students.

    Please visit www.ramapo.edu for more information.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Bandhas/Inner Locks Yoga Study Fri. Nov. 10 at Ramapo College of New Jersey

Containing your Light

         As your yoga practice progresses you will eventually hear your yoga teacher say "Use your bandhas." You're not alone if you heard this and internally asked yourself "What?" Yoga philosophy teaches that we have 5 layers of being called the Koshas. The first layer is the physical flesh and bones part of us and the second layer is our life force which is referred to as Pranayama Kosha. This life force or you can call it vital energy can be described as the energy which resides within our breath and heartbeat. Within this life force/pranayama layer of us is where we can start to talk about our bandhas, the inner locks. The bandhas are energetic locks we can turn off and on to let's say contain and refine our use of our vital energy.

        I do love the subtle energy body teachings of yoga and I'm happy to share that on Friday Nov. 10th 6-9pm at Ramapo College of New Jersey within the Krame Center in Mahwah, NJ I will be leading a very special teaching on this information where we will discuss and explore the koshas, vayus, mudras, chakras and yoga postures as a means to deeply understand the bandhas. This 1/2 lecture and 1/2 easy to follow physical posture practice is part of Ramapo College's 200hr Yoga Teacher Training. This special class is open to drop in students. Please join us if you are interested.

       Please visit www.ramapo.edu for more details 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Vayus/The Inner Winds Breath Artspiration

Vyana Vayu-governs circulation and is present within the entire body.

     As you practice yoga postures you quickly realize the need to stretch your breath. Perhaps one of the first Sanskrit words you learned was prana. Often prana is described as the breath but it's a little more than that. It means "life force" or you can call it "life energy." It also includes energies present in inanimate objects. In living beings prana is considered to be responsible for all mental and physical functions. Prana has many characteristics and there are 5 types called the vayus which are well worth understanding to deepen your yoga practice.

    On Friday October 20th 7-8:30pm I will be leading a Yoga Study Circle focusing on The Vayus/The Inner Winds at Birchwood Center for Yoga and Massage in Nyack, New York.

    During this special class we will examine the 5 Vayus with easy to follow seated and on the back exercises. We will also discuss the many benefits of stretching and directing your prana into different areas of your being while on and off the yoga mat. Since the Vayus are energy and maybe an abstract topic to digest I've created some Vayus Artspiration with a few notes to ease your understanding of the 5 Vayus. Enjoy and please visit www.birchwoodcenter.com for more information and to register for this special Yoga Study Circle class.

    Prana Vayu is the basic vayu from which all other vayus arise. Prana Vayu resides within the chest and moves upward into the third eye. It governs intake, perception and inspiration. Imagine a newborn baby taking its first breath. This is a beautiful example of Prana Vayu animating a being. Prana vayu is like food that nourishes and supports us and then assists us in moving forward and onward. If we are unable to absorb Prana Vayu the body will die. Disturbed Prana Vayu leads to illnesses of the breath, senses and mind

     Udana Vayu like Prana Vayu is an upward movement that enables us to speak and sing. It is associated with the throat chakra/vishuddha chakra. Besides communication Udana Vayu's upward moving wind inspires thoughts, words and actions from a higher perspective therefore a balanced Udana Vayu propels one's transformation. When Udana Vayu is unbalanced illnesses occur in the throat, neck and head.

     Apana Vayu is responsible for exhalation and for the downward and outward movement of energy found in elimination of wastes. Apana Vayu resides in the lower body, specifically within the intestines and the root chakra/muladhara chakra. Think below the belt bodily functions such as toilet needs, sexual and childbirth rely on Apana Vayu's strength. When Apana Vayu is unbalanced disease within the pelvic body can arise such as bladder, pelvis, colon, urinary and reproductive issues. Because of Apana Vayu's outward movement it is also associated with the body's defenses and immune system.

       Samana Vayu is the inner wind that is responsible for digestion of what we consume. It assimilates emotions and information in the gut and mind in addition to absorbs breath in the lungs. Samana Vayu's home is within the stomach and intestines. It works with our fire energy center, manipura chakra located in the navel. Think of Samana Vayu as the gatekeeper inner wind. It assists in separating what we need and don't need when it comes to digesting food, ideas and emotions. When Samana Vayu is unbalanced digestive imbalances arise such as gas, bloating, slow digestion and super fast digestion that leads to loose bowel movements.

        Vyana Vayu is found throughout the entire body and its origin is located at the heart center, anahata chakra. Vyana Vayu is involved in the functioning of the heart and lungs. This wind moves energy up, down, side to side and expands and contracts outward to the outer edges of the body. Vyana Vayu governs the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems. Vyana Vayu is the wind that gets us to sweat and radiate our inner light. When you want to connect to Vyana Vayu's strength think about that post savasana afterglow feeling when your mind and body are balanced. When Vyana Vayu is unbalanced a lot can go wrong physically because this wind encompasses the entire body.

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:


   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


     Hatha Yoga Pradipika


Power of Word

     Developing Clarity in Communication


     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.


Tuesdays June 6, 13, 20 and 27 2017


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.


Tuesdays June 6, 13, 20 and 27 2017


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.


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 

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.