“In asana practice we learn to cherish each breath, to cherish every cell in our bodies. The time we spend on the mat is love in action” – Rolf Gates
It is true that a consistent yoga practice will lead to a healthier body physically by helping to increase flexibility and build stamina. It will also encourage you to be more mindful about how you treat your body and mind. When you fall in love with another person you honor that person and value their thoughts, feelings and behaviors -- when you yoga, you have self-love!
Yoga and meditation encourage you to turn your focus inward and to listen to your deeper, more intuitive thoughts. As you gain more insight into your true nature, your values and your goals become much clearer. From such a loving, sacred place within yourself, you can make decisions about what you want, and don’t want, in life. By living such an authentic life you are showing nothing but love for yourself.
Regardless of where you are in your practice, yoga will teach you to appreciate your body and its abilities. It’s common to start yoga and think you should immediately be able to do an inversion or arm balance and when you can’t - we beat ourselves up for it. It doesn’t take long, however, before the essence of yoga grabs you and you become aware of the negative self talk and find a way to switch it off. The more you turn up and tune in, the easier this gets. The more you come to see your body in a different light and realise that it is truly amazing.
We then cherish what we can do, what we can accomplish and not look at ourselves with judgement, but with a love that only comes through when we embrace a practice that is devoted and adoring the self!
Here's the schedule for this week:
MONDAY -- 5/25/2020 (Memorial Day)
8:00 am: Vinyasa
11:00 am: Vinyasa
TUESDAY -- 5/26/2020
7:00 am: Vinyasa
12:00 pm: Vinyasa
7:00 pm: Vinyasa (45 minute quickie Flow)*
WEDNESDAY -- 5/27/2020
8:00 am: Vinyasa
6:30 pm: Vinyasa
THURSDAY -- 5/28/2020
7:00 am: Vinyasa
6:30 pm: Vinyasa
FRIDAY -- 5/29/2020
7:00 am: Vinyasa
12:30 pm: Vinyasa
SATURDAY -- 5/30/2020
12:30 pm: Vinyasa
SUNDAY -- 5/31/2020
10:00 am: Vinyasa
*ALL CLASSES EST
*ALL SESSIONS 60 MINUTES
(If you want to know how many classes you have remaining, when is your subscription date ending or any other inquiries, feel free to reply to this email. If you do not receive emails during the week when classes are about to begin, it means your subscription has ended or you don't have any more classes.)
VENMO -- @Victor-Cotto-9
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Due to the recent events, studios suspending classes and closing, I've taken my yoga classes to Zoom.us for LIVE streaming!
I've been offering classes daily (AM sessions and PM offerings), trying to keep a sense of order since the events that have shaped the world we are currently living in.
As I stated on Instagram (@CottoVic):
There's nothing routine about the happenings in the world and how are daily rituals have been interrupted, but keeping a regular learning, creative and structured schedule is a must. My online streaming LIVE classes will help us with structure, building forward-moving habits, and creating momentum that will carry you on the days when you feel like you don't have the strength to carry yourself. Following a daily routine can help you establish priorities, limit procrastination, keep track of goals, and even make you healthier. It lowers your reliance on willpower and motivation because, habits are
âaction[s] that you take on a repeated basis with little or no required effort or thought."
âHaving NO routine or structure is so much more draining mentally, physically, and emotionally than any routine could ever be!
If you haven't become a subscriber to my daily yoga classes, direct message me here, or send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have aired glitch free for a few days, have facilitated community during this time of social distancing and have created UNION - to YOGA means to yolk, to come together, to bind... breath, body, mind, something more divine.
Earth YogaNYC is excited to announce two Arm Balance Workshops on Saturday November 3rd and Saturday November 10th!
On November 3rd -- Victor Cotto -- 3pm to 4:30pm -- IG: CottoVic
On November 10th -- Claudia Jasper -- 3pm to 4:30pm -- IG: ClaudiaJasperYoga
Has arm balancing & inversions been a mystery to you? Ever caught yourself looking around in class during those poses? Want to enjoy the sandbox that is your yoga mat? Then this workshop is for you. In this series of workshops you will learn the fundamentals of inversions & arm balances.
We will discuss & practice:
Pricing: $50 per session, $85 for both sessions! Register online HERE!
328 E 61st Street
New York, NY 10065
4 5 6 N R W trains to 59th Street/Lexington Avenue • F train to 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue • We're located on the side of 61st Street and 1st Avenue.
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…
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