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3-Week Beginners Workshop – Stabilize Your Foundation with Christopher Temple

1974851511Join us in this intimate setting and build a proper foundation for your practice. You’ll go slow and steady as you utilize breath technique and awareness of alignment to understand the most fundamental postures and principals. You’ll be supported, challenged and nurtured into a real knowledge of the basics, all in two hours!

Ideal for the absolute beginner, but also any practitioner interested in stepping back and making sure a solid foundation is in place. Numbers are limited, so plenty of personal attention is guaranteed!

$75 for all 3 classes or $25 for a drop in.

Mondays, August 8, 2016 – August 22, 2016,  7:45pm – 9:00pm

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Open Your Heart ~ A Forrest Yoga Workshop with Shayna Scarf

Created by Ana Forrest, Forrest Yoga uses deShaynaep breathing and vigorous sequencing to connect feelings to the body, engage the core, and build strength. It’s designed to help you build a deeper connection to gut instinct, to reset rather than run away, and to open the heart with courage and grace. In this workshop, you will learn how to nourish yourself with breath and create more sacred space, ease, and brightness within your heart. Learn how to open your ribs and shoulders, use your abs for support, and breathe skillfully through heart-opening asanas. You will leave feeling bolder and stronger, and more connected to your heart’s intuition and wisdom. This workshop is open to ALL levels of practitioners.

August 28

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Yin Yoga and Journaling with Kristen Rae

Let’s hear a little about you…how did you come to yoga? (or how did yoga come to you…)

I first practiced yoga in high school. I remember the teacher had kept it rather physical. There wasn’t a dharma talk or background of it as a spiritual practice. It wasn’t until college that I truly started to explore Yoga. My college (SUNY Purchase) offered Hatha and Ashtanga classes. In my sophomore year a lot was going on emotionally for me. A few friends of mine had been mentioning how much Yoga had changed their lives. I decided to try it again and threw myself into every Yoga class offered. I figured that the best way to experience it would be to practice it as often as I could. I would practice 3-4 times a week in group classes and also began to practice at home. I fell in love. I started to study, explore, and understand the relationship between my body, mind, spirit, and heart in a way that cracked me open. When I went home to NYC I would take Vinyasa classes at Laughing Lotus. The short and sweet dharma talks in the beginning of practice were what drew me in and kept me coming. These talks explored humanness and the courage of the heart. I started to feel at home and present with being ME. It was a blessing that came into my life exactly when it needed to.

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Welcome to Pitta Season with Lauren Hanna

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Welcome to Pitta Season. The season dominated by the element of fire. Pitta ignites our bodies and minds and encourages transformation and change. From the words of the master Bob Marley, “ The sun is shining the weather is sweet yea, make you want to move your dancing feet now”.

During Pitta season we receive the energy of the sum. It feels warm, encouraging, enlightening. It calls us to get out and move, to explore, to experience. So whatever it is you have been dreaming of now is the time to make it happen. Summer is the time to shift from the undoing to the doing, from the mundane to the ecstatic, from the status quo to the superb.

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3-Week Beginners Workshop – Stabilize Your Foundation with Christopher Temple

1974851511Join us in this intimate setting and build a proper foundation for your practice. You’ll go slow and steady as you utilize breath technique and awareness of alignment to understand the most fundamental postures and principals. You’ll be supported, challenged and nurtured into a real knowledge of the basics, all in two hours!

Ideal for the absolute beginner, but also any practitioner interested in stepping back and making sure a solid foundation is in place. Numbers are limited, so plenty of personal attention is guaranteed!

$75 for all 3 classes or $25 for a drop in.

Mondays, July 11, 2016 – July 25, 2016,  7:45pm – 9:00pm

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Community Partner of the Month: Uncle Nick’s Greek Cuisine

We are so thrilled to announce our Community Partner Program! Each month we will offer our Sonic Community a special discount at one of our favorite neighborhood spots !
 
For July we’ve partnered with Uncle Nick’s Greek Cuisine.
 
Mention Sonic Yoga and Receive 10% off your lunch or dinner bill. Dine in only.

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Pose of the Month: Samantha Leigh Chooses Natarajasana (Dancer’s Pose)

SamJuly’s pose of the month also happens to be my favorite pose: Dancer’s Pose (Natarajasana). Nataraja is the Hindu god Shiva in his form as the Lord of Dance, which is why the posture is also occasionally referred to as ‘Dancing Shiva Pose.’ Shiva Nataraja’s cosmic dance is a dance of dichotomy – of both destruction and creation. He performs his divine “dance of bliss,” calling forth the dissolution of a weary universe and the renewal of life and enlightenment.

In this way, Nataraja represents the eternal cycle of time. Whether or not we are awakened to it, there is a total balance in the universe of creation and destruction. One door closes and another one opens. Something must end to make way for a new beginning. We complete our asana practices with Corpse Pose (Savasana) followed by curling up into a fetal position on our side, perfectly symbolizing this cycle of death and rebirth.

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Interview with Arantxa Araujo

Arantxa 1Meet Arantxa Araujo, a Sonic yogi who has practiced from Boston to Mexico City and is passionate about getting upside down. Arantxa has been practicing for 18 years and credits Pranayama as the fuel that allows her to fly.

Think back to your very first inversion. What inverted asana did you first master and how did you feel when you mastered it?

Oh! I remember back when I started practicing at thirteen with a group of older women, the first couple of classes my world expanded into the possibilities of Asanas one could accomplish with the right technique. I remember my first teacher showing me a graceful headstand and of course back then I would think I will never be able to do it. But I would try regardless, jumping into it and falling. But shortly after I realized the importance of patience and not skipping steps. There was a method and when I followed it I would get closer to headstanding. One day, I managed to stay in the pose and just the feeling of happiness and accomplishment overwhelmed myself. That first experience basically taught me to persevere. Everything is possible!

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Mediterranean Eggplant Recipe by Krishna Dholakia, Nutritionist and Yoga Instructor

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Eggplants belong to the nightshade family of vegetables, which also include tomatoes, sweet peppers and potatoes. Eggplant is rich in fiber, nutrients and antioxidants. They make for great appetizers and entrées. I love eating eggplant as a substitute for meat because it has a rich earthy taste.  Here is one of my favorite eggplant recipes:

Ingredients:

1 medium eggplant (about one pound)

2 tbsp. tahini

1 large garlic clove, crushed

2-3 tsp. hot sesame oil

1 tsp. course kosher salt

Recipe:

Place the eggplant directly on the stove burner and roast over very low flame, turning often. You could also place it in a 375-degree oven. Roast until skin has a charred look and the eggplant collapses. Remove from heat and cool. Scoop out eggplant pulp and transfer to a small bowl. Mash until smooth and combine with remaining ingredients. This dish can be used as a vegetable side, a wrap filling or as a dip with pita chips.

Enjoy! For more recipes, visit www.omandspice.com

 

 

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Perspective with Lauren Hanna

Namaste Everyone & Happy Summer,

I know it’s not technically summer until after the Summer Solstice but this Memorial Day certainly dished out some gorgeous summer weather for us to enjoy. I hope you are all bathing in the warm summer sunshine and are being fueled by its energy allowing you to live well and happy lives!

Summer invites us to be happy and carefree. But for some of us, no matter how brightly the sun shines, we are still clouded by the darkness, the stress and challenges of life. We all yearn for a blissful lifestyle. How can we change our perspective to move through the obstacles to freedom and open our selves to a life of celebration and grace?

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