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

Monday, October 8, 2018

October Special Event Offerings

Tandavasana/Pose dedicated to Lord Shiva Cycle of Life Dance Pose
wardrobe by www.whbm.com
Hudson River View and a White Clematis Blossom



    I'm offering 3 special events this October. The 1st event honors October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. If you or someone you know has experienced pregnancy or infant loss, this coming Sunday October 14th 2pm-4pm is Griffin's Giving Fund's 3rd Annual Remembrance Ceremony and Reception at the Taub Family Education Center in Englewood Health at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, NJ.

    This event is FREE and open to the community. It will include music, art and time for reflection. I will speak as well as lead us through a heart healing seated meditation which includes gentle movement that's designed for all levels to easily follow. Extended family, friends and children are welcome. Complimentary parking is available. Please RSVP to perinatalbereavementteam@ehmchealth.org or call 201-894-3635.

    There's still time to sign up to The Path of Wisdom 40hr Yoga Training which starts at Bamboomoves Yoga in Englewood, NJ Friday Oct. 19th at 6pm. This training is designed for yoga practitioners and or yoga teachers who are seeking inspiration. Whether it's to get back on the mat, learn new sequencing, how to play the harmonium or diving deeper into the Yoga Sutras and energy body. Whatever you seek I'm sure there will be something for you. Please visit www.bamboomovesenglewood.com for more details and dates. This training is accredited by the Yoga Alliance for 40hrs.

    Finally on Friday October 26th 6pm-9pm I will be leading my favorite special teaching of the year, the Chakras Study Workshop at Ramapo College of New Jersey. This teaching is part of Ramapo College's 200hr Yoga Teacher Training. Fortunately it is open to drop in students for $35. The Chakra Study is half lecture and half easy to follow asana posture practice followed by a wonderful chakra balancing meditation. My advice is to share the love and bring a friend. Please visit www.ramapo.edu for directions. We will be meeting at the Krame Center.



Wednesday, September 12, 2018

NEW Classes-Creative Core Conditioning at Birchwood Center Nyack, NY




   This week I started teaching Level 1 and Level 2/3 Creative Core Conditioning Classes at Birchwood Center for Yoga and Massage in Nyack, New York. CCC classes are upbeat barefoot body sculpting classes which focuses on strengthening your abdomen and lower back as well as toning your buttocks, chest and arms.

   So far the enthusiasm from the students participating has been amazing. I'm so grateful to have this opportunity to share what I've learned so far in both fitness and yoga. I realized this year that I've been teaching for 30 years. I started teaching body sculpting classes and aerobics when I was 18 years old. Around the time of 9/11  I was teaching and practicing both yoga and fitness. Deeply saddened by profound loss, I slowly stepped away from fitness and focused on healing with deeper yoga study and teaching yoga. Today I'm humbled and extremely grateful to reunite within my teachings the healing and strengthening benefits of both fitness and yoga at www.birchwoodcenter.com


Please join us-


Mondays   10am   1hr   Level 1   This class is excellent for brand-new beginners, Gentle Yogis and Yoginis and Level 1 practitioners.



Thursdays   9:15am   1hr   Level 2/3   This class is perfect for those of you who really want to feel the burn.


Be prepared to have fun and get stronger so that we can live healthier lives.



Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Late Summer/Fall's Weekly Class Schedule

Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana/Extended Hand to Big Toe Variation
Dress from saffrontradingcompany.com Nyack, NY



Summer don't go.

The tans will fade but the memories will last forever.

It's always summer somewhere.

STOPtember

Summer is a state of mind.



   It's time to reawaken another season and wrap ourselves around a new schedule. There's plenty coming for me this Fall as well as some new classes on my teaching schedule. Below is my Late Summer/Fall Weekly Class Schedule. Special events and more details about my NEW Creative Core Conditioning classes which start next Monday September 10th will be posted soon.




Mondays   10am   Level 1 Creative Core Conditioning (An upbeat barefoot body sculpting class which focuses on strengthening your abdomen and lower back as well as toning your buttocks, chest and arms.)   1hr   www.birchwoodcenter.com   Nyack, NY




               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




Thursdays   9:15am   Level 2/3 Creative Core Conditioning   1hr   www.birchwoodcenter.com   Nyack, NY 





                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





Monday, August 27, 2018

300hr Advanced Yoga Teacher Training- starting in October at Birchwood Center Nyack, NY

I learned this pose, Goddess Pose at Birchwood Center for Yoga and Massage. It is a variation of King Dancer Pose. What's different is Goddess Pose spirals and expands while King Dancer Pose is forward and direct.  



       If you are a 200hr trained yoga teacher and you are looking to expand your vision, deepen your understanding of yoga and its philosophy plus sharpen your teaching skills to better help others, do check into the 300hr Advanced Yoga Teacher Training at www.birchwoodcenter.com in Nyack, NY October 2018-May 2019. This program is beautifully directed and taught by Betsy Ceva and a wonderful team of professional and enthusiastic teachers. I'm so grateful to be a part of this fabulous training that sits riverside to the scenic Hudson River.

     Like the pose pictured above, your yoga perspective will absolutely be stretched with this training. You will connect deeper to yourself, the best of you will show itself plus you will make a lot of new friends who will be opening their hearts along with you.


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Path of Wisdom-40hr Yoga Training coming this Fall at Bamboomoves Englewood



   The Path of Wisdom is a 40hr Yoga Training that’s not limited to yoga teachers attending is coming up this Fall at Bamboomoves Yoga in Englewood, NJ. This 2 weekend course is perfect to take if you're looking to deepen your yoga studies but you're not ready to commit to a 200hr or more hours yoga teacher training. This 40hr training is also good if you're looking to dip your toes into deeper yoga study before you sign up for a 200 or 300hr training. If you are a 200hr or 500hr trained yoga teacher who is seeking inspiration in addition to more continuing education credits this program is accredited with the Yoga Alliance for 40 CE credits.


   Your teachers will be Stephanie Miller Kopyar co-founder of Bamboomoves Yoga, Tim Miller, Betsy Gelb and me.



The training curriculum will consist of:


Advanced Anatomical Concepts and Sequencing taught by me

Philosophy

The Yoga Sutras and Upanishads

Assists (attuning to touch)

Finding your voice and creating the container taught by me

Transformation through the 3 Gunas

Pranayama practice

Meditation

Harmonium 101 and Chanting

Subtle Anatomy including the chakras, bandhas, vayus and mudras taught by me

Healing


Early registration (paid by August 15th) $600
Paid after August 15th $650


We will be meeting on the following dates:

October 19, 20, 21
November 9, 10, 11


The weekend hours are:

Friday - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday - 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday - 6:00am-5:00pm


The training will take place at the BambooMoves Englewood location:

12 Engle Street #300
Englewood, NJ 07631 


To register please visit www.bamboomovesenglewood.com



Friday, July 20, 2018

Summer Walking Meditation



    While I went for my walk today instead of observing nature, I imagined the sky, trees and bees observing me. The result was an overwhelming feeling of gentleness coming from the natural world. This self care practice of taking refuge with a meditation walk nurtured my mind, body and soul within 20 minutes. I left the park with an open heart that was ready to receive the rest of my day.





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


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

2 Links I Love to Inspire your Spring Well Being

Parsvottanasana/Intense Side Stretch Pose Variation
Self Portrait



    When it comes to ladies yoga wear all you need is a plain old t-shirt, a good bra and leggings that are not see through when you bend over. Yet I've noticed dressing up a bit more for my practice with cheerful colors and flattering body wear can feel good. I'll admit I'm very picky when it comes to purchasing body wear. It's got to be affordable and not overly suction hold your breath in fabric and styling. I've been a customer of Fabletics for the past year and I am beyond satisfied with their products, pricing and service. Become a VIP member and you will receive amazing mix and match outfits that you can wear on and off the mat with great savings. Sometimes they offer promos when you purchase an outfit where a percentage of its price is donated to a charitable cause. Please visit fabletics.com to learn more.

 
      I've been a customer of Pacifica Beauty for a long time. I've been a devoted fan of their lilac spray perfume for I can't even remember how many years. Little by little this very affordable brand has taken over my skin care, makeup and candle burning aromatherapy needs. Pacifica Beauty is a 100% Vegan and Cruelty-Free Award Winning Natural Beauty company. What I love is how their fragrances and cosmetics enhances and illuminates you rather than over does it. This company has a service where you can recycle and reincarnate your empty product containers. Please visit pacificabeauty.com to learn more and enjoy.


      By the way I was not asked to share this info nor am I receiving anything for doing so. I'm simply grateful for these companies and I'm happy to share the love. What's new for you this spring? Do you have well being plans? A new strategy?


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Valentine's Day Couple's Yoga Workshop at Birchwood Center Nyack, NY




    My Mother is from Ecuador and to acquaint me with her culture and family I spent my childhood summers in South America. Here I was introduced to yoga sometime in my pre teen years by my yogini Grandmother. She did breath exercises, yoga postures and meditations at home and often referred to and quoted her spiritual teacher Paramahansa Yogananda. I have many good memories of going to yoga class with her. When I returned home from my summers in South America I didn't seek out yoga until later in my life. I believe my early introduction to yoga and having experienced its calming, grounding and empowering benefits made it a first pick lifestyle choice when lets say life's waves got very rocky. I've come to learn having a yoga practice has a way of making you a better surfer through life's highs, lows and neutral moments.

     This February I'm happy to share that I am leading a Valentine's Day Couple's Workshop Saturday February 17th from 2:30-5pm that's designed for couples and partners ages 10 years old and up at Birchwood Center in Nyack, NY.

     This special class is for all levels and will be perfect for someone who is brand new to yoga. In this heart opening class you will ground, center and warm up alongside your partner, followed by easy partner yoga poses that will relax your neck and shoulders and strengthen and stretch your back body. We will conclude our practice with a nurturing restorative pose and final relaxation. Participants are invited to stay for refreshments and community at 4:30pm.


     $60 per couple 

     Early Bird Special! $50 per couple if purchased by February 14th

     Please Visit   www.birchwoodcenter.com   for more information and to register