Late April Newsletter: Receiving Grace | Ayurveda Discount ends May 5th

​Receiving Grace

I admit it:  Grace can be a very complicated word for me.  It seemed owned by the religious system I grew up in – a conservative Protestant church – that believed that grace came from a big-G God, the only God, and only when you earned it.  The church’s songs and description of grace were quite beautiful, actually, even transportive – but the concept became wrapped in submission, obedience, and patriarchy – the religion’s other leading theories that to me meant a lack of freedom, and an inability to truly connect and love others who were different from me.

Even as a kid, I felt an internal conflict – how could grace – which is by its nature available to all – be denied to people of other beliefs or cultures or gender preferences? I struggled with this – to follow my heart and live a more accepting, open, and honest expression of my spirituality, would I separate myself from grace? Here are some critical answers to my dilemma:

  • Being in nature helped me rediscover grace.

On our yoga retreats in Africa, there is never a guarantee that you will see an animal.  Sure, you can get the best guide and go to the best area of the park, but the animals are wild, and are not on your schedule.  There is always an element of luck.

But when you get your first glimpse of a rhinoceros family, or of a pride of lions sunning their pregnant bellies like housecats, it feels like more than luck – it feels like a miracle.  And such grace is not exclusive to some exotic land – a sunset glimpsed down a street in Midtown can have the same overwhelm.

  • Grace is free. 
We do not “earn” the sunset anymore than we earned the appearance of a lion. We do not have to follow any rules or precepts or make any bargains to receive this beauty.  It just is.
  • Grace is radical – it completely short-circuits the false concept that we must earn everything. 

My yoga practice has given me another lens through which to view spirituality.  Yoga says we just need to practice – there’s no yoga “perfect!” You are already complete and connected, just the way you are.  No need to get into a huge guilt trip about not living up to your exacting standards.  A fall is not a fall from grace – just get up, and practice again.  This is what it truly means to be “Grace-ful.”

  • Grace comes whether we are worthy or not. 

Just as in yoga philosophy, a moment of grace tells us that we are loved, and always have been loved, and worthy of love.

  • When we take without saying thank you, we rob ourselves of grace.

There are plenty that have wrested beauty from the land – stripped her of diamonds, oil, ivory, and everything else. And this, too, is a mistake. It is a surefire way to limit the power and beauty of natural grace.  The more we can live in alignment with the natural world, the more receptive we  become to receiving its blessings.

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When I was first taught Ayurveda, I thought it was a cool way to care for myself. Eventually I realized that it was a way to relate to everything – and I do mean everything – in a more mindful way.  Relationships can become more compassionate.  The body can become more healthy. And your teaching can become more intelligent as well.

Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old way to connect.

In our Ayurvedic Yoga Immersion, June 1 -17, you can learn so much more about yourself and how to choose dietary, yoga, and even sleep habits that can contribute to your optimal health.

Not yoga for your friend,
Not yoga that’s on trend,
Not even yoga tailored for your background –
but designed just for you,
just this day,
just this hour.
*****

To get the early bird rate on this training: Reach out to Angela by May 5th.


Refine your yoga practice and teaching for private clients and therapeutic students to specifically improve mind/body imbalances.

Use Ayurveda and yoga to apply the techniques of yoga in a precise and empowering way.

LEARN

  • Personalized lifestyle choices and self care to bolster your effectiveness in the healing arts, including:
  • Your present Ayurvedic constitution, or dosha (vikruti)
  • Ayurvedic essential oils (Abhyanga)
  • Daily cleansing techniques and skin care (Dinacharya)
  • How to make the right dietary choices for your dosha (constitution)
  • Maintaining digestive fire and energy (agni and ojas)

Teaching and Essential Therapy Tools:

  • Introduction to East/West comparative psychology
  • The classic intention behind the asana types, and how to modify asanas for each individual (“Asana Chikitsa”)
  • The classic psychology of chakra theory, kosha theory, and how to use these systems for client assessment
  • How to alter your teaching to balance according to dosha, chakras and vayus
  • The classic esoteric philosophies of health and happiness
  • How to alter your practice and teaching for the era, season, time of day, and time of life
  • How to balance and teach to each constitution, tailoring your teaching to the individual
  • The necessity of down-regulating techniques in Hatha yoga (PNS-inducing yoga)
  • The constitution of different yoga practices and lineages
  • Interpreting “Doctor-speak” to modify practices in recovery periods or chronic pain
  • The Ayurvedic perspective of auto-immune disorders
  • Improve your business skills in private yoga practice
  • Use the paradigm of Ayurveda as an intuitive, effective and efficient tool in your teaching practice.
  • How to appeal to the “higher self” of your client while engaging them (Atman, Sattvic state, etc.)

Prepare case studies and teaching strategies based upon the classical systems of Ayurveda and yoga, addressing current imbalances practically

Training teachers will practice teaching one on one and in small groups, improving your ability to assess learning styles and provide customized, therapeutic teaching.

Review the the parameters yoga therapy, how to refer out, and how to teach to specialized communities, including those recovering from acute pain or managing a chronic disease.

SCHEDULE
June 1st – June 17th 
Tuesdays | 6pm – 9pm
Fridays | 6pm – 9pm
Saturdays | 9am – 6pm
Sundays | 11am – 8pm

PRICING

  • Non Members | $1550
  • Equinox Members | $1400
  • Pure Members | $1350
  • Pure Yoga TT Grads | $1300
  • Prema Yoga Grads | $1250

**Early Bird discount! Register by May 5th to receive $100 off!


YOGA VIDA MEDITATION, YOGA NIDRA, & PRANAYAMA

50 hour Teacher Training towards
the 300 hour Yoga Vida Advanced Certification
May 4-6 and 18-20, 2018

with Dana, Kajuan Douglas, Rebecca Hajek & Will Schneider

Dive deep into the heart of the yoga practice with this two-weekend immersion into Meditation, Pranayama and Yoga Nidra.

Cultivate a personal meditation practice, and learn classic pranayama and meditation techniques to apply in classes and with private clients in a modern way. Lead Yoga Nidra to encourage healing and relaxation. Learn the science of mindfulness, and evidence-based techniques appropriate for teaching in business and other secular settings. Perfect for teachers and those with a consistent yoga practice.


 

with Dana, Rebecca Hajek, Kajuan Douglas, & Will Schneider, & Colleen Herman

THROUGHOUT THIS 50 HOUR MODULE, WE’LL EXPLORE:

>> Yoga Nidra, the art of conscious relaxation – the history, science, benefits, and accessible techniques
>> Kosha theory to address physical, mental, and emotional imbalances
>> The neuroscience of Meditation, Yoga Nidra, and Pranayama
>> Pranayama for anxiety and depression
>> Developing a daily meditation practice
>> Meditation from the Sutras
>> Meditation from the Vedas
>> Loving Kindness Meditation
>> An introduction to Kundalini meditations and kriyas for memory, healing, focus, and more
>> Mindfulness
>> A review of modern scientific evidence in support of mindfulness techniques

>> All students interested in Meditation & Pranayama are invited to join!

How to Outsmart a Negative Thought Spiral

Recently I was researching one of my favorite Yoga Sutras, when I came across this translation by Edwin Bryant:

“Upon being harassed by negative thoughts, cultivate counteracting thoughts.”
                         – Yoga Sutra 2.33

When I read this version, two things immediately came up for me:

A) How does Edwin Bryant know me so well?
and
B) It is time to bring the bhakti back!

For centuries, yogis have used mantra and sound to calm, disperse, and dispense negative thoughts.  Now science can confirm that the brain changes when we replace our paranoia/depression/anxiety with a good bhakti beat. (Alex Korb’s book “The Upward Spiral” looks at the neuroscience in some detail).

Not only does replacing negative thoughts potentially release serotonin and dopamine, a gratefulness practice, “actually affected neuron density” in parts of the brain.  That means that by getting a good sound groove going, you get even better at being positive – transforming that negative energy into positive energy – just like the black panther’s suit!  🙂

Every spring, Jess Caplan and I meet in our Sound Yoga Immersion for one weekend with curious teachers and students who are looking to turn this spiral around.  You’d be amazed at how much trepidation there can be about using our voice! Jess’s chill approach makes it like game time.  Every year – without fail – I walk back into the room and the whole group is laughing and smiling and quite often in a group hug.  What can I say? She’s a master.

With me, we will learn a little harmonium (that box we play in class), and some classic mantras for attracting love, purifying, removing obstacles, and more.  Expect to hear the science behind sound, and how to follow the Path of Creation to your highest good and happiness.

Good news: Since I was late in getting this out, Pure has extended the Early Bird special to this Friday March 9th!
*****

To reserve your spot at the $25-off rate: Reach out to Angela by Friday!

Got Stress? ANB – The Insider’s Life Hack

Got Stress?
ANB – The Insider’s Life Hack  

Regardless of your politics, we know that this particular yoga student above had quite a stressful 2016!

“Alternate Nostril Breathing” – mistakenly called “alternative nostril breathing” by some news sites – is an old and reliable way of managing stress.  I actually used it before going on stage for the first time as an understudy on Broadway.  It can take as little as 2 minutes, but no more than 15, to manage hormones, stress, feelings of anxiety and depression.

Here’s how our Mindfulness teacher, Karen Nourizideh teaches it:

Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing)

Purifies the body and stills the mind, brings oxygen to both hemispheres of the brain.

Place the right-hand index and middle fingers between the eyebrow center, the right thumb closes off the right nostril.

Inhale through the left, count “Inhale 1, Inhale 2, Inhale 3”.

Close off the left nostril with the right-hand ring finger, exhale through the right, count “Exhale 1, exhale 2, exhale 3”, inhale through the right nostril, close off the right nostril, exhale through the left for 3 count, inhale thru the left through 3 count, close off the left, exhale through the right, etc.  End on the left side exhalation.  Practice at least 10 rounds.

Nadi Shodhana has immediate effect on cardiovascular, pulmonary and higher functions of the brain.  Nadi-shodhana pranayama practice for 20 minutes showed statistically significant difference in Heart Rate (HR), Systolic Blood Pressure (SBP), Diastolic Blood Pressure (DBP), Reaction Time (RT) and Peak Expiratory Flow Rate (PEFR).*

*Subbalakshmi NK, Saxena SK, Urmimala Urban JAD, Immediate effect of nadishodhana pranayama on some selected parameters of cardiovascular, pulmonary and higher functions of the brain. Thai Journal of Physiological Sciences, 18(2):10-6, 2005.

IAYT Yoga Therapy Letter of Intent for New York’s Prema Yoga Institute

It’s begun!  IAYT has accepted Prema Yoga Institute’s initial materials for full accreditation as an IAYT Yoga Therapy Training School.  This application process will take 5 months to complete, and additional time for review.  Our promising start means great news for previous, current, and future PYI students:
  • PYI intends to honor all completed hours in current and prior trainings.  We will offer an opportunity to audit updated courses when needed.
  • Should you wish to be certified with IAYT, expect to complete 800 hours of training AND 200 hours of guided Practicum – which can include paid hours in your private practice!
  • PYI is expanding with 200+ hours of online content, including a Yoga for Osteoporosis Certification with Dr. Loren Fishman, and a 3-part Embodied Philosophy course with Jacob Kyle.
  • PYI continues to expand its scholarship program through work study and placement programs with our partners at Kula for Karma.
  • As we expand to exceed the international criteria for Yoga Therapist certification, PYI will continue to be the most affordable Yoga Therapy training in the Northeast.
  • Our modular enrollment process makes it possible to pay as you go, and join when ready.

Thanks to all the students who have been taking this incredible journey with us – with grads working at Mt. Sinai Hospital, NYU Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, ICahn School of Medicine, The Oscar Center, and at studios and wellness centers across the Northeast, we are thrilled to see what the next graduating class will do.

Be sure to check out the trainings below.  They are required for graduation, and spots are limited!

Yoga for Positive Body Image” September 23 -24,  Prema students get a $50 discount!

Yoga in Healthcare” October 6 – 29 with Dr. Loren Fishman, Dr. Chris Walling and more.

Wait, the Point is Pleasure!? June Ayurveda Essentials

Quick: Can you name a calorie-free, addiction-free, just downright FREE daily pleasure that doesn’t involve another person? If an answer doesn’t come to you quickly, but a whole list of other crap does, then you may need a refresher course in the simpler things in life.

That’s how it was for me.  I was knee deep in my third career, and – even though I loved my job – my career, my friends, a handful of vacation days and whole lot of hustle were all I had.

When I burned out and searched for another way to live, I luckily found myself in an Ayurveda course. The first lesson was that Kama – or pleasure – is one of the primary reasons for life.

Not just something you do one day a week,
Not just something to distract you,
Not in a bottle,
Not in an invite,
And definitely NOT a diversion, but
Pleasure is the POINT of life.

Every day offers us a multitude of opportunities to be fed by beauty, healthy rituals, amazing food, and uplifting study and community.  Real energy lies in “pleasure refueling,” and finding these free sources of mojo can significantly cut down on the Starbucks bills!

As a teacher, the Ayurvedic lens saves me time and effort, and has made my yoga therapy work infinitely more precise, effective, and direct.  Imagine if you could determine what a person needs just by looking at them – isn’t that a skill you’d like to have, especially if you are in the healing arts?  And wouldn’t you love to empower your clients to nourish their health and happiness?

That’s why our June Prema Yoga Ayurvedic Training is both an essential life course and a required course for therapeutic teachers.

We study outside,
We indulge in the senses,
We seek to become better listeners,
Better teachers,
And better caretakers of our bodies and minds,
All through infinite sources of pleasure.

Sound Yoga Training – Interview with Jessica Caplan

Did you know that it is sound that creates the world? All the creation stories begin with sound – God spoke to create the world, “Om” is the sound of the Universe vibrating – sound is truly our most powerful tool for change.  Sound is where thought becomes action.  I was able to sit down with PYI’s resident Sound Healer and new mother Jessica Caplan to get the full scoop on how this alchemy works:

Dana: Hi Jess!  Please tell us about what led you to sound healing.

Jess: I’ve been a singer for my whole life, and a yoga teacher for over a decade. For the most part, those two parts of me were separate, and I had a strong desire to integrate them. I started to sing to my students in Savasana – usually improvised chants or melodies without English lyrics – and my students would often come up to me after and say how much my singing had helped them release and relax. Around the same time – and this is before this field became as popular as it is now – I started to hear the words “sound healing.” I started to research and read books on the subject. I quickly knew this was something I wanted to explore and practice. That led me to the wonderful year-long program at the Open Center, at the time supervised by Wendy Young. That was the beginning of my journey, and I am still exploring and learning so much. This subject is truly infinite.

D: I notice that many can reach a more meditative state using sound and music.  Why do you think this is?

J: Sound and music has such a profound impact upon us. It’s universal and it’s ancient. Sound works on the brain and body in real and measurable ways. For example, our brain waves entrain (fall in step with) sound waves, so certain sounds can actually shift our brain waves into the more meditative brain wave states of alpha and theta, and even delta (sleep). Sound can also stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, helping us to relax and rest. In my experience, sound engages us in ways that can cut through the mental static and open us up to deeper parts of ourselves.

D: Sound Yoga Training often brings up the most delightful moments of the “school year” for me because you see people open up so easily.  What would you say to those who are a little hesitant to sign up because they aren’t “musical?”

J: I’d say that we are all inherently “musical”! What is sound, but vibration, and what are we, but vibrating atoms? This is another reason why sound has such a profound impact upon us: we are vibrational beings. Watch a baby explore her voice – she is totally free, playful and curious. Somewhere along the way, many of us have shut off our connection to the full range of our voice and our own musicality. Getting in touch with that part of ourselves is touching our essence. On a practical level, this training doesn’t require any previous musical experience – though musicians are always welcome. We’ll have plenty of instruments for beginners to explore playing (singing bowls, tuning forks, harmonium, shrutti box and more); all you need is an open, curious mind, and the ability to listen.

D: Awesome. What can we expect this May 10-12 from the training?

J:  A highly experiential weekend filled with exercises in deep listening, meditative sound and mantra, reconnection to our voices as an expression of our soul, and exploration of a wide range of traditional sound healing instruments. This is a get-your-hands-dirty immersion: less exposition, more experience. Like yoga, the magic of sound healing lies in the practice, not the theory. While students will come away with some understanding of the theory and science, what we really want them to leave with is a newfound connection to sound and music.

Ready to dive into the healing powers of sounds? Scroll down to download a free audio meditation track to help you let go.

New year! Peace in Action, 2017

Recently, in a philosophy class, I learned that the root of the word “shanti” –translated as “peace” from the Sanskrit – is “to recede.” Shanti is willing disturbing thoughts or actions to move away from our center, like the tide. We think of peace as the lack of activity, but in fact it is a gentle action. It has movement, and it has discrimination.

When we repeat “shanti” before or after class, when we include it in our chants, prayers, or meditations, we are really performing a mental act of gravitational pull. Just like the movement of the moon can pull all the oceans of the earth into high and low tides, our mental focus can powerfully determine what we draw towards us, and what recedes.

Make no mistake: This is not an act of denial. Denial is impossible in this post-information era, where we are more likely to know and see too much. And after all, what is thrown into the ocean doesn’t go away. It can only be transformed.

Everything on this earth has its ebb and flow. The Wheel of Life is sometimes up, sometimes down. The geography of our mind has the same tides, except that we are the sun. We are the moon. Along with karma (or fate), we co-determine what we draw towards us, and what recedes.

In this new year, what do you need more of?  What do you need less of?  What is your base – your community and stability that can remain constant below the ebb and flow of life?  Can you accept your shadow self, be it fear or anxiety or anger, while guiding it to recede from the center of your thoughts?

In his Five Sutras for the Aquarian Age, Yogi Bhajan advised us to, “Understand with compassion, or you will misunderstand the times.”  He clarified that we should use compassion as the basis of understanding, as opposed to passion.  We are all passionate about something, and the wave of “news” out there seems designed to provoke these passions.  Compassion can be our constant – an oceanic depth of understanding that can remain stable despite some ugly storms of passion.

Where to start?  Find your community!  In fact – find any community.  Yoga is absolutely awesome for this.  I just returned from a dreamy, transformative and beyond fun retreat to Panama with this tribe:

Despite the fact that most of us had never met, that we came from different cities with wildly different ages and backgrounds, we easily bonded together for yoga and other tribal adventures. We burnt our obstacles in a huge bonfire on a moonlit island, then jetted back to the retreat to celebrate and dance on the bar. This was all possible because of my partners in crime, Juan Gamboa and Esco Wilson, and because these yogis said YES!

I deeply encourage you to say “Yes” to your yoga community this year. It is here to support you, to comfort you, to occasionally challenge you, and deepen your oceanic base of compassion. Trainings like Prema Yoga Therapeutic Essentials are designed to support your self care, and to elevate you with the fire of tejas – or learning.

Retreats like the Yoga & Safari Retreat are designed to open your practice and mind up to nature. Both are spiritual, yes, and celebratory! We are so lucky to have each other.

So just – come. Come to class. Come to study, come to retreat. Reply by Sunday to reserve your spot for Africa! The Wheel of Life will turn again, and the opportunity will be gone.

PS “Prema Yoga Therapeutics” and are now Prema Yoga Institute!

Excerpts from “Everyday Enjoyment this July 13-31″ Newsletter

Gramma Says: Enjoy your Life!

The Ayurvedic aspect of this picture isn’t so much the food – although it’s fresh, lightly cooked for a vata, and includes simple ingredients and healthy fats.  (green beans and flax seeds sautéed in ghee with ground Himalayan sea salt, if you’re interested).

What’s Ayurvedic to me is the bowl.  It’s part of a set of china that belonged to my Gramma.  Years before she died, she moved into a small apartment with my Grampa in assisted living, and gave this set to me.

I kept it in its box for years.  What was I waiting for?  A bigger place?  A bigger group to entertain?   A better kitchen?  Who knows.  The china sat in its box on the top shelf, unenjoyed.

Years later, and months after my Gramma passed away, she appeared to me in a dream.  It was as if she was always there, watching me with a curious and delighted look on her face while I had fun.  My Gramma was a force of nature, but “fun” and “delighted” are not words I would normally associate with her.  “Toughness,” “survival,” “work ethic”  – that’s what I thought I inherited from my Depression Era Oklahoman Gramma.

But these dreams were perhaps her greatest gift.  They showed me how much she truly loved me and wanted me to be happy.  Life was short, my Gramma seemed to be saying, and I should enjoy it now – not wait, not put it on the shelf – but to be awake and alive in the life I’ve been given to live.

Ayurveda, in its sweetest sense, is bringing that awareness of the present moment into all we do.  It’s loving yourself and your sweet life not just with mindful exercise like yoga, but in the way you work and live and care for yourself.   It’s enjoying your time.  It’s ritual – and yes, some discipline – to give yourself the love you deserve just because you exist.

Just because you’re alive.   Isn’t that what Gramma would’ve wanted?

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Excerpts from “Bust Those Meditation Myths in May″ Newsletter

Hello, You.

I’m so thrilled to have begun meditation month in Prema classes and at Yoga Vida. Each week, we start a simple meditation with the option of continuing to sit during savasana. Each week, more and more students are choosing to sit and explore a deeper meditation.

Over the years, I must admit that I have harbored some persistent myths, or misgivings, about my meditation practice.

The first misgiving was that I sucked at it. Guess what: Everybody sucks at meditation! It’s the mental equivalent of running: You know it’s good for you, it takes forever to talk yourself into it, within 8-10 minutes you hate it, and within about 11-15 minutes you’re hooked.

Like anything worth doing, meditation takes a little patience and discipline. But that will develop if you don’t begin!

Second misgiving: Everything has to be perfect for me to meditate. Over the years, I’ve thought I need just the right cushion on which to meditate, just the right teacher, just the right morning time, just the right diet, just the right mantra – Let’s face it: I was “just-the-righting” my practice into nonexistence!

This kind of perfectionism is actually procrastination. It’s making excuses instead of sitting down – like an artist – and getting messy in the process of getting to know yourself. What’s the worst that could happen? You spend 15 minutes not staring at your phone? I don’t know about you, but Instagram hums along just fine without me.

Third misgiving: Meditation is for the spiritually evolved, and not for mere humans. If I make an honest review of the meditation teachers that have radically influenced me, I see that what they all have in common is an honest but loving understanding of their own shortcomings. They are all acutely aware of their humanity, and sometimes admit to moments of existential crisis. That didn’t stop them from sitting down and being with themselves again.

In fact, this kind of “Dark Night of the Soul ” can lead to a deep love and acceptance of oneself. Loving Kindness Meditation teachers even use this realization to expand their compassion for other humans who have acted on their shortcomings. Being human makes you a great meditator, and meditation can help you choose to be a better human.

Fourth misgiving: Meditation is kind of bunk, because you pretend the world is peaceful when it’s not. Um…No. Nice try, ego! You’re not as gritty and punk as all that. All life includes suffering, as the Buddha taught. A meditator doesn’t sit to ignore the truth, but to accept it and to choose a righteous path.

In the yogic and Ayurvedic traditions of meditation, this is called a “satvic” state. Satvic is usually translated as “peaceful” or “calm,” but note that the root of the word means “truth.” Peacefulness is our natural state. As meditators, we can start to find this peace and identify with it. Sometimes it will feel like “faking it until you make it.” But with practice – over time, consistently, and with devotion – that peace can grow.

Whether you can get to class, practice on your own, or join us for the two-weekend meditation intensive starting this Friday, try to identify with your natural state of peace. Everything else – as Pema Chodron taught – is just a simple misunderstanding.

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Yoga Vida Meditation Intensive starts Friday!


May 13 – 22nd, Friday nights 6:30-9p
9a – 6:30p 
Saturday & Sunday
with a 30-day personal meditation challenge

Feature Teachers: Colleen Herman & Nevine Michaan Complete

Dive deep into the heart of the yoga practice with this two-weekend immersion into Meditation, Pranayama and Yoga Nidra. Cultivate a personal meditation practice, and learn classic pranayama and meditation techniques to apply in classes and with private clients in a modern way. Lead Yoga Nidra to encourage healing and relaxation.

Throughout this 50 hour module, we’ll explore:

– Yoga Nidra, the art of conscious relaxation
– the history, science, benefits, and accessible techniques
– Kosha theory to address physical, mental, and emotional imbalances
– The neuroscience of Meditation, Yoga Nidra, and Pranayama
– Pranayama for anxiety and depression
– Sacred Geometry Pranayama with guest teacher Nevine Michaan
– Developing a daily meditation practice
– Meditation from the Sutras
– Meditation from the Vedas
– Loving Kindness Meditation
– An introduction to Kundalini meditations and kriyas for memory, healing, focus, and more – Mindfulness
– Kundalini Meditation techniques

All students interested in Meditation & Pranayama are invited to join!

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Excerpts from my “Twist and Transcend | Spring 2016″ Newsletter

Hello, Om-mie Hommies!

Over years of assisting students as they manage issues both mental and physical on the mat, I’ve noticed a recurring pattern.



The student reports that in the past, there was pain.  Maybe it was heartbreak, maybe it was a bum knee, maybe it was both.  But they’ve cared for themselves – seeing the right doctors and getting the go-ahead to practice.  And here they are on the mat, ready to move on.

But instead of fear being left in the past, that old mental pattern shows up again, as if they were still in the trauma.  Fear/trepidation is like an unwanted guest that follows them into the yoga room, begging to be heard. The practicing yogi is immediately engaged by a thought or sensation – not this again!  There’s fear that they’ll never get out of this pattern…but the thing is…they will.



And they usually do.  Each time fear appears, it’s is in a lesser degree than the last time you faced it.  It’s coming up again not to keep you from change, but so that you can transcend it.



Of course, we are all subject to time and space.  Injuries happen and experience comes with some heartbreak.  Through mindfulness, however, we can begin to discern the difference between an injury and the stiffness of scar tissue.  We can see that past disappointment does not equal future disappointment.  With mindfulness comes discernment, and through discernment we can identify the fears and old pain patterns that no longer serve us.  And then we can transcend.



As we open up to the possibilities of spring, we’re focusing on twists in class.  Twists have a way of wringing out what we don’t need, and leaving the body longer and stronger.  Mentally, twists can prepare us for change – empowering us to maintain our center even when life has thrown us a couple curves.



Next time you hit a tough spot on the mat or off, notice if you’re holding your breath.  Then – exhale.  It could be that you’re ready to transcend.


Your Fan,

Dana

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Sound Yoga Therapy

Pure Yoga- East
June 10-12

Immerse yourself in the transformative healing of sound with Jessica and Dana. Learn how sound creates the world, and how to use mantra, music, vibration and rhythm for healing effect. Review the science of sound therapy, and how music can improve mental processing. Learn to chant, play harmonium, tuning forks and Tibetan bowls, and deepen strength of and connection to the voice. Apply classic Vedic, Hindu, and Tibetan mantras to group and one-on-one yoga sessions for a comprehensive list of ailments. Musical instruments are welcome – not required. All curious yogis, teachers, and wellness professionals are welcome to join!

Click here for more information!

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Ayurvedic Prema Yoga Therapeutics 3 Wk Immersion

Pure Yoga- East
July 13-31

Immerse Looking to share the healing power of yoga with those that need it most? This advanced training focuses on teaching private clients and therapeutic students to specifically improve physical and mental imbalances. Use Ayurveda and yoga theory to apply the many techniques and benefits of yoga. Study sacred geometry and how to effectively “read the body” to improve structural alignment. Learn personalized lifestyle choices and self care to maintain your well-being, including Ayurvedic spices and essential oils. Practice teaching one on one, improving your ability to assess learning styles and to provide customized, therapeutic care. Review the red flags of yoga therapy, how to refer out, and how to treat specialized communities, including the elderly and those recovering from acute illness or managing a chronic disease.

Yoga is for everybody – and Prema Yoga Therapeutics prepares you to bring educated, mindful care to all – including yourself. Prema = Love.

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