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The Sacred Shift into Spring

Namaste Everyone

I have just returned from an amazing journey to Bali Indonesia where Tracy and I participated in the Bali Spirit Festival and led our first retreat. Bali translates to the land of offerings. The Balinese people have a deep spiritual connection to life. I was so moved by their daily ritual of placing offerings outside of their homes and businesses at the start of every day. This simple act of sacredness created such a beautiful feeling of gratitude and devotion. You could feel the presence of this intention in their generous hearts and see it in their beautiful radiant smiles.

Today is May 1, May Day, also known as Beltane, the midway point between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. Inspired by the Balinese daily offerings, I am excited to honor the sacred shift into spring. By creating simple rituals, we can experience this ancient celebration of life, growth and fertility.

Here are some traditional practices to honor this powerful juncture:

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Kirtan Satsang Celebration with Lauren Hanna

LaurenJoin us for a mystical study of the stories of the Hindu Gods & Goddesses and an exploration of Mantra and Harmonium.

This teacher-training module is designed to awaken the mind and the heart of the individual in his/her quest for the deep wisdom of the subtle practices of Yoga. In this weekend of study and celebration, we will explore the language of Yoga through chanting, study and satsang. Together we will enjoy practices and stories of the Hindu Gods & Goddesses and realize the potential of working with the sacred feminine and masculine deities. We will vibrate with the Maha Mantras and their meanings and learn to play the healing instrument of the harmonium.

Open to teachers and curious students. Inspired by the teachings of Sally Kempton.

Saturday and Sunday, May 21st & 22nd, 9am to 6pm | $350 ($315 for TT Graduates)

Students may also take just the morning master classes.

Saturday, May 21st, 9:00 – 11:00am: Awakening to Shakti ($30, $25 for TT/Grad)
Sunday, May 22nd, 9:00 – 11:00am: Dancing with Shiva ($30, $25 for TT/Grad)
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Advanced Yoga Anatomy with Jeffrey Scott Duval

Legs walking_miscMany times, the alignment cues that we hear are very good, but often, they can be interpreted in a way that is anatomically unsound. In this workshop, we will unravel the hidden meaning behind commonly used yoga cues and even discover some alignment myths that permeate yoga culture.

Empower your practice with a scientifically sound foundation, and from there, you can get as funky and spiritual as you want!!!

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Yoga Trance Dance with Jeffrey Scott Duval

Trance danceCreated by Shiva Rea, Yoga Trance Dance® is a contemporary exploration of the spirit of dance within yoga. Beginning with prana yoga or the experience of prana initiating yoga asanas, yoga trance dance flows into an exploration of free-form, breath driven movement to liberate one’s creative life force and cultivate embodied freedom! Anyone who would like to move in a creative way and go beyond the boundaries of their yoga mat are welcome to enjoy.

TO SIGN UP FOR THIS CLASS FIND IT UNDER THE CLASSES TAB ON THE DATE LISTED.

Saturday, May 28, 2016 6:30 – 8:30pm

Members free.
Non-Members. $20 Drop in.
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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, May 2, 2016 – May 16, 2016 7:45pm – 9:00pm

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May Healer of the Month: Bronx Wellness Center

The Bronx Community Wellness Center is a pioneer Eastern Medicine clinic that provides alternative medical services to the Bronx community. Patients are provided with high quality and effective acupuncture, massage therapy, and herbal medicine to relieve pain, treat / prevent disease, and promote general health.  Every treatment is methodically planned for our patients to achieve optimal recovery, improve health, and maintain homeostatic balance.
 
Special Rate / Discount
Up to 30% OFF regular prices for acupuncture and massage services
 
Use promo code: Sonic Yoga Special if booked online or mentioned when making a reservation by phone at 718-684-3050
 
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Pose of the Month: Stephanie Linn Chooses Vasisthasana (Side Plank)

 imageThe equinoxes in New York City are my favorite times of year. The transitions from the extreme seasons are quite magical not only in the physical environment that surrounds us, but also the revelations that occur within us. As soon as the weather hits 70 degrees we urbanites run around half naked to soak in the sun’s nourishment. The beauty of pink tulips stops us in our tracks and birds sing in twitterpated bliss. We feel awakened, vibrant, receptive and connected to the Earth.

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Kirtan Satsang Celebration Master Class with Lauren Hanna

Nataraja_shivaJoin Lauren on Saturday, May 21st (Awakening Shakti) and Sunday, May 22nd (Dancing with Shiva) for a practice designed to connect us to the subtle current of inner awakening leading to outer expansion and freedom.

On Saturday, guided by the wisdom of this inner intuitive place, we will awaken the presence of the Goddess. On Sunday, ignited by the magnificent healing force of Shiva we will release the shadow self and open to the inner temple, awakening the treasures within.

Together we will journey to a deep internal place through the practice of pranayama, mantra, mudra and meditation. Moving into a serene trance-like state on Saturday, we will open to a radiant inner expansion of creative movement and surrender to a peak experience of deep heart opening. Then, on Sunday, we will move into an ecstatic trance-like state and open to a brilliant outer expansion of creative movement, and feel the alchemical shift into a peak state of twisting and transformation.

These classes are inspired by the teachings of Sally Kempton.

$30 drop in | $25 TT or Grad | Sign up now

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The Ageless Living Revolution Summit

I’m SO excited to invite you to The Ageless Living Revolution Summit, a complimentary virtual event my friend Therese Christoffersen, a transformation life coach and age-less expert, created. Beginning May 3, she’s bringing together 21 experts (including me!) to share their secrets around remaining young, regardless of your age.

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Lentils by Krishna Dholakia, Nutritionist and Yoga Instructor

krishnaGrowing up in an Indian household, we never fell short on lentil dishes. Lentils are growing in popularity and are rich in protein, fiber, folate, iron, phosphorus and potassium. They’re grouped with the beans and peas family because they grow in pods.

They come in brown, green and red varieties. Brown lentils are the least expensive. They soften when cooked and have a mushy texture making them appropriate for soup. Green lentils are also called French lentils. They stay firm when cooked and have a nutty flavor, a great topping for salads. Red lentils are used to make Indian dals and purees and cook the fastest.

Here is one of my favorite lentil salad recipes.

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