What's up, Ohmies?
Hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July. The spirit of Summer in the city continues on Sunday, July 16th at Gantry State Park. Brought to you by The Yoga Room, yours truly will be leading a one-hour vinyasa class beginning at 10:00am. Bring your own mat, a few loved ones and your appetite for asana.
Located in Long Island City, overlooking the East River, Gantry State Park is the perfect location to savor the sights of The Big Apple in tree pose and recalibrate your body and mind in savasana while laying on the pier. Hope to see you there!
Click HERE for info on how to get to Gantry State Park, accessible by car and just minutes away from Manhattan on the 7-Subway line.
As of December 31, 2016, Prana Power Yoga closed its doors for good at both the Brooklyn location and its long time New York space in Union Square. Prana was a vital piece to the hot vinyasa yogi community in the Big Apple for many years. With its departure from the scene, many long time practitioners have been left with an empty space in their hearts and scrambling to find a new home to get their asana fix.
Spearheaded by accupunturist and yoga instructor Deborah Stotzky, and long time client of Prana Barri Budin, the Prana community of teachers will be hosting classes at Athleta on 5th avenue and 18th street.
The chain retailer, which offers amazing sportswear and accessories, has a lower level studio at their 5th avenue location that will be the home for displaced Prana teachers, clients and all yogis looking to hone their practice with some of the best teachers NYC has to offer.
There will be a schedule of classes throughout the week at the heated space which offers dressing areas, free props, mats, changing rooms, lockers, bathroom, free filtered water (B.Y.O.Bottle) & music set up.
The suggested donation is $15 at the door, cash only. Spread the word, bring a friend or two and lets foster a safe and fun home for exploration and practice. Whether you practiced with us at Prana, or not... if you are looking for a new home for your asana practice or just looking to get start the New Year learning more about Yoga, the team put together for these classes would be a perfect gateway for you to get started or advance your practice.
If you want to learn more about the space, you can check out Athleta's web site here.
On Facebook, Prana at Athleta has set-up a page to keep a tab on scheduling, teaching times and other news as we transition into Athleta and eventually, into another space when that's available. Click here and place like, subscribe and follow us on Facebook.
I'll be teaching classes there weekly and bi-weekly over the next few months. You can keep track of that on my Schedule page here as I update daily where I will be and at what times.
As of today, here are my current dates at that space:
Peace & Love,
What's going on Yogis? Hope all is well with all of you... just checking to say what's, and to keep you informed about some Holiday scheduling that could be coming up. Keep checking my 'Schedule' page to keep up to date with that.
Dina Ivas & Vicyasa will tandem for another Yoga House Party -- OH YEAH, more glow sticks, asana action, fun flow and post class libations! It will be version 3.0... we did the House music thang, we traveled back to the 1980s, & now we are going to hit-up Boy Bands & Pop Stars. Registration as always at The Yoga Room's website, on their workshop section. Reserve your spot before it goes BYE, BYE, BYE!
If you are a friend... and want to drop in to any of my classes at Earth Yoga, Makara Studio, Prana or Yumcha, let me know. We can arrange to get you into the class as my guest. It will be my pleasure.
Peace out Ohmies!
Breaking News: I've added classes to my schedule at Prana Power Yoga (Union Square location). On March 14, 21 and 28 -- all Saturdays -- I'll be bringing Vicyasa™ to 862 Broadway.
All class start times will be at 2:00 pm and we'll go for 75-minutes. If you like hot vinyasa, and you like flowing to an eclectic playlist, then come to Prana and let loose on your mat. Check out all changes to my schedule here, including another sub date at Earth Yoga NYC -- on a Monday night -- I'll be covering for Halle Becker and switching up homegirl yoga... to homeboy yoga.
On Saturday, March 7th, I'll be hosting a vinyasa foundations workshop at Anthea Yoga & Healing Arts Center.
Downward-facing dog, plank, chaturanga, upward-facing dog and downward-facing dog... known as a vinyasa. An integral part of most flow classes, used to warm up, press the reset button of the mind and body, while flowing between sequences.
Have you ever been unsure of what you were supposed to be feeling, or why your wrists, shoulders or back ache?
This workshop will break down each of the four main poses – downdog, plank, chaturanga, and updog – and its transitions. Learning modifications to stay off achy wrists and shoulders, and which muscles are vital to strengthen and open to perform the vinyasa safely and effectively will be the aim of the workshop. All levels are welcomed.
If you pre-register, the fee will be $20.00. The day of the workshop, $25.00.
Day: Saturday March 7th.
Time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Address: 34-01 45th street, Astoria NY 11101.
See you soon,
Thanks to the peeps at The Yoga Room for featuring me this past Tuesday in their weekly teacher feature interview. Topics included music selection for classes, favorite pose at this moment and how I would describe my classes?
Catch the full interview here:
You can catch me at TYR for hot vinyasa on Friday morning and Sundays.
Check out my schedule here:
Peace & Love,
More classes at The Yoga Room you asked?
Well, here you go… starting November 30th, I'll be leading the Hot Vinyasa community class every Sunday, from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. For only $10, you can swing on in and get an hour of asana action, or use your active class card to check in and roll your mat out.
So start your weekend right and then put the finishing touches to it at TYR in Long Island City. Every Friday, you get to flow with me at 7 am for an hour of hot vinyasa -- invigorating morning classes set-up the day perfectly. Then every Sunday evening, cap-off your weekend action with my newly added class.
I also will be teaching on Thanksgiving, November 27 - Hot Yoga Flow - at TYR in LIC (11:00 am to 12:00 pm).
Hope to see you there…
I'm very excited to announce the start-up of a yoga program for students with developmental delays and varying disorders and disabilities, that I will be installing in private pre-schools in Flushing and the Bronx.
I'll be working 3-days a week at the pre-schools, installing and carrying out all the protocols, record keeping and all things related to the program, in conjunction with the schools and their administration.
For years, I've worked as a Occupational Therapy practitioner, working with a wide ranging population of students of different ages, habilitating and rehabilitating, including adults and geriatrics.
This is a venture I'm excited about because its working with a segment of our population that is near and dear to me.
The students will be lead through groups in the classroom during assigned times, and will be provided, as needed, smaller groups and/or individual sessions per their needs. During the yoga groups, students will be given another setting for learning, while enhancing their focus and attention span, sensory processing abilities, motor planning, balance, coordination, muscular development and address behavioral needs. Bringing the practice of yoga to the school will give them another physical outlet to grow and develop, while giving them another social environment for them to hone their life-skills.
The yoga program also will help facilitate happier and healthier habits, train the students to manage their emotions, regulate their behavior and achieve academic success and personal development.
I can't wait to see the students practicing, combining elements of yoga, and incorporating them into their daily curriculum.
Wish me luck...
Peace & Love,
I was welcomed back to Intermediate School 204 the last few weeks for more yoga and meditation.
Back in April, I introduced yoga and meditation to many students at that school, as part of the City Year after school program.
This time around, leadership and development specialist for Beacon, Ms. Kaychell, invited me back. The students moved, breathed and relaxed their way into varying yoga postures.
During the sessions, I grounded the students early in the practice, facilitating their active engagement in breathe control and relaxing the body and mind. We then moved into "heat building" poses to wake-up and invigorate the body. The ensuing poses were balancing asanas to dive deeply into their focus and enhance their body awareness.
At the close of each practice, a few minutes of silence, in savasana (corpse pose), left the students in internal bliss.
The smiles on their faces and the effort put into engaging in these poses were outstanding.
The mats provided were cut out of fabric from MFTA (Materials for the Arts).
Students from varying schools attended these sessions at I.S 204, including P.S 112 & I.S 126.
I would like to extend a special thanks to everyone involved and to those that initiated these great afternoons. I'll definitely see all of you again in the Spring.
Can't wait to see the staff and the students, and their beautiful smiles.
Peace & love,
In this chapter, the final class at Beloved Yogi Harlem was last night.
It was a difficult decision, as working there has been a positive experience and one for which I am thankful. I truly appreciate the opportunity Siri Rishi Kaur gave me, to bring my style of vinyasa yoga to that community's precious studio.
I wish Siri Rishi continued success, love and light to the studio, to her projects, and to all the yogis that I met during my time there.
If I'm doing it, I'll be talking about it. Yoga chatter & more.