Good Vibrations: Pitta Season Approaches

Well, Summer is al​most here at last. I’m preparing the Summer Solstice Handstand/Backbend Workshop and the Ayurveda Yoga Therapy Immersion – and I feel like I’ve been getting the gang together for one last heist!

The incomparable Naveen Michaan, Founder of Katonah Yoga, will be teaching Sacred Geometry in Prema’s Ayurveda Yoga Therapy Immersion  July 14 – August 2 at Pure East. Studying with Naveen has changed the way that I look at bodies forever. Her keen eye considers the sacred geometry of who we are, how we became what we are, and how we can transform for greater ease and happiness.

We’ll take a field trip to the Town of Mid (i.e.: 57th Street) to study with Dr. Gregg Rubinstein. As a chiropractor and teacher, Gregg has a way of making even the most scary back-injury “-isms” understandable and manageable. I always leave his lectures feeling ready to empower back injury clients to move and be well.

My first Ayurvedic teacher – Alison Cramer of Laughing  Lotus fame – is going to teach us how to mix spices to treat doshic imbalances, and Pure’s own Private Yoga Manager, Sonja Rzepski, will be guiding us through teaching privates for abundance – in complete alignment with the principles of yoga.  Check out her inspiring interview below.

I’m so honored and humbled to have these guys back on the team.  Be sure to sign up to reserve your spot soon.
And if you have any backbend or handstand varieties that you’d like to break down in the Summer Solstice Workshop June 19th,  holler back – I am taking requests!

Grateful, Dana

Words of Wisdom: Sonja Rzepski

Master Yoga Teacher and Private Practice Manager at Pure Yoga

Sonja, you came to Pure with a full client roster culled over years of teaching.  Now you further the careers of so many young teachers as Private Practice Manager at Pure.  You must have heard some inspiring stories from our yoga therapy clients!

Absolutely!  One graduate of your training, who I had hired 9 months ago, has a student who had so many life-threatening conditions and surgeries, that when she showed up for her first session it probably took her 15-20 minutes to get to the reception desk, as she moved painfully and slowly with her walker, never lifting her gaze from the floor. The teacher had thought ahead and arranged for a chair and a massage table to be in the room as the student would not be able to get up and down to the floor. The teacher had done her homework and the student felt cared for right away. 8 months later (yesterday) I saw this same student (who practices 2 times a week now) smiling and walking briskly to her appointment casually swinging a cane, not really needing it at all. It brought tears to my eyes.
How do you suggest keeping yoga and training clients committed to their path?
Connection and bravery. In the private work, we as teachers are agreeing to the moment, to what is truly going on with the student. Basically it’s like going hiking, but the teacher has walked the trail before. Granted you may not know what challenges you will encounter, but you are a steward in a sense, clearing the path, so the student finds their own way. When guided correctly in the study of yoga, a student naturally realizes all of life is an opportunity to practice, and then the study becomes a priority.

You’re teaching “The Abundance Model of Yoga Business” in Prema Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy 7/14 – 8/2.  What are you excited to share with the students?
A plan. I have tools to share that have worked for me and for my staff. Working with the mentality of abundance theory we will cover: connecting with potential students, setting up the first session to succeed, defining a healthy teacher/client business relationship, and up to date info on such practicalities as structuring rates and getting referrals. I want to elevate the way in which we as yoga teachers do business, by believe it or not, using our yogic principals.

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy teaches that asana should be applied specifically to time, place, and individual.  How have you learned to tune in to what the client truly needs? 
By getting out of the our own way and communicating. In other words, I am very careful to set strong clear boundaries and expectations. It is about two people working on a project, the project being the client’s yoga path, not our own. Trust what you do know, use mentors when you need to, and then treat each student like they are the Buddha sent to teach you something.

Thank you, Sonja, for sharing so generously with our yoga therapists-to-be!