Tidying Up in 2016
Happy New Year! I hope that you’re staying warm and inspired in these shiny new days of 2016. This year holds so much potential for us all.
Lately I’ve been following the organizational techniques made popular by Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” Her main technique is to hold an item close, sense if it brings you joy, and throw it away if it doesn’t. So far, I’ve delivered 11 bags of donations to my local thrift store and 4 bags of old paperwork to the recycling bin. Not only does my place feel more clean and tidy for the new year, but I get a secondary hit of joy of walking by the thrift store, and seeing that my old stuff was only displayed a few days before it was snatched up.
For me, this has been a conscious act – a metaphor for the emotional “cleaning up” needed to live my life more fully and honestly. I’ve resisted unilateral decisions, instead initiating talks with people dear to me to “tidy up” our dynamic. I’ve trimmed my schedule to devote my energy to the amazing events below, and to find precious free time for dreaming and friends and self care.
At home, the hardest places to clean have been the little nooks and cranny’s where I stored up old, sentimental stuff. I was happy to come across an old Domestic Partnership Testament that my former boyfriend and I signed and sent in for insurance that year. I got to tear it up, releasing the past. It was trickier to tear up an old love letter, where he called me the “brightest star in his sky.” But I did it – and with gratefulness. [A good mantra for this kind of work: “I was loved, I am loved, I will be loved.” ]
To clean up my “head space” – what the yogis call thecittakash – I’ve enlisted the help of a Life Coach. Together, we meditate – always – with gratefulness. I have already done the deep cleaning of scrubbing the past with my forgiveness, but there seems to be some hidden corners of my mindset that have not been purified with gratefulness.
And I’m just beginning to see the transformative effects of complete gratefulness.
Forgiveness releases others from your judgments, and you from the old mental pattern of hurt and blame. But gratefulness can wash the entire slate clean!
Curious yet? Come see me in class, or try this simple meditation detailed below at home.
See you on the mat,
Yoga Vida – Vinyasa Sequencing & Assists Training
with Dana, Dominic Sarvino, Ali Cramer, and Ashtanga teacher Adam Wade starts January 15th!
Join me & the new generation of vinyasa leaders at my new downtown haunt, Yoga Vida, in what is sure to be an innovative 300 hour program.
This first module features a two-weekend immersion into how to create your own unique class that honors and proffers from classic vinyasa krama. Learn how and why vinyasa works, and how to hold to hold a safe yet exciting and transformative space for your students.
This official sign-up deadline is this Sunday January 10! If you wish to deepen your vinyasa teaching, don’t let it pass you by! Pop in for just one module, or get this required module under your belt.
Perfect for all teachers with the equivalent of a YA 200.
Single rooms for our Sweat and Surrender escape are filling up fast! Reach out to me or Halle to hook up with an awesome roomie, or grab a friend and get yours. Flights are starting to climb, so lock it down today!
Medical Yoga Therapy:
with Dr. Chris Walling,Dr. Loren Fishman and Karen Nourizadeh
February 5-28, 2016
Friday 6-9p, Saturday 9a-6p, Sunday 11a-8p
We also have about 10 spaces left for yoga teachers who’d like the skills to modify teaching for injury in an accessible way. These valuable skills are becoming more in demand, as experts like our own Dr. Loren Fishman release evidence-based studies of the efficacy of yoga.
For CEU’s, Email Dana to find out more.
Dr. Loren Fishman, MD, and team will present evidence and yoga posture techniques to address:
– Neurological and Musculoskeletal Back Pain
– Scoliosis and Bone Health
– Rotator Cuff Syndrome
Dr. Chris Walling, Somatic Psychologist, will present cutting-edge findings on how yoga addresses mental and emotional imbalances, including:
– Chronic pain
– PTSD and trauma
– Burnout / Stress Management
– Auto-immune disorders
Learn Yoga Nidra, postures and movement, mindfulness exercises, breathing exercises, and coaching techniques to address a broad array of conditions, including:
– PTSD and trauma
– Stress management
– Heart disease and cancer prevention
– Chronic Pain
– Chronic Disease management
Prema Yoga Therapy trainings cultivate a community of like-minded individuals, sharing healing approaches from ancient traditions within evidence-based perspectives. Medical Yoga Therapy prepares professionals to integrate yoga into medical care, whether they work in yoga, complimentary medicine, or Western medicine. Approaches are practical, experiential, and evidence-based. Perfect for yoga teachers, therapists, mental health and medical providers alike.
Learn how the movement and meditation techniques of yoga can powerfully compliment Western medical care. Practice evidence-based mindfulness meditations, Yoga Nidra, and breathing skills that can be incorporated into conventional treatment models for behavioral medicine and chronic disease management. Learn the applications of asana – the yoga poses – to alleviate pain and imbalance. Apply proven, peer coaching techniques to overcome client resistance in promoting healthy choices in health and wellness practices.
Care to see all that we will be offering in February of 2015? Yoga Therapy Clinics are doctor-advised, and provide individualized care from some of New York’s finest therapeutic teachers, including Erica Mather, Karen Nourizideh, Jon Witt, Stephanie Ervin, and Taylor Dunham! See if it’s right for you or a loved one that you would like to empower in the healing process. Yoga is a gift that can keep on giving throughout our lifetime. It belongs to none, but is made for all. Clinics address back care, joint health, sleep techniques, and athletic recovery.
Sit in an easy way with your spine nice and long. Inhale and lift your shoulders towards your ears, then sigh it out as you drop your shoulders down and back. Repeat three times.Then, with your eyes closed or the gaze low and calm, bring your awareness to your breath, breathing through your nose. Observe how the belly expands when you inhale, and decreases when you exhale. Observe your deep breath without changing it.
On the inhale, say to yourself in your head, “I am grateful for- ”
On the exhale, complete this statement.
Keep this mantra going as you breathe, stating a new thing or person or quality you’re grateful for with every exhale. Five minutes can change your perspective. Practicing for 11 minutes or more can go into more ingrained opinions and thoughts. Observe what comes up, and “wash” it with your gratefulness.
Let me know how it goes! Grateful, Dana
Dana’s Weekly Schedule
4:30p Hot Power @Pure West
7:45p Hot Slow Flow @ Pure West
10:30a Yin/Yang @ Pure East
6p Prema Vinyasa Lv. 2 @Pure East
12:30p Hot Flow @ Yoga Vida *NEW CLASS
5:00p Slow Flow @ Pure West
11a Prema Vinyasa Lv. 2 @ Pure West
2:00p Hot Flow @Yoga Vida *NEW CLASS
4:30p Prema Vinyasa 2/3 @Pure East
6:30p Restorative @ Pure East