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Healer of the Month: Jaime Carson

Jaime Head ShotCarson Skin Rejuvenation provides customized facial and body treatments combining the highest quality skin nourishing products, cutting-edge technology and timeless skin care techniques to stimulate the body’s innate restorative process to achieve clear, firm and healthy skin that glows. Carson Skin Rejuvenation is the destination for both the beauty seeker and the client that wants to enhance and maintain their skin’s health and radiance while unwinding in an intimate, relaxing setting.

“There is no separation between the overall health of our bodies and the appearance of our skin. My passion is teaching clients how to bridge that gap to enhance their natural beauty.”

Sonic students receive a 10% discount off the Vitamin Infusion Facial, accompanied by a complimentary skin analysis and a customized lesson on how to care for their skin at home. This is a savings of $105.

Contact: admin@carsonskin.com

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Pose of the Month: Sarah Ireland Chooses Rockstar

 

FullSizeRenderSarah Ireland chooses Rockstar Pose.

As the days grow longer, let your heart grow lighter and turn to face the sun.

A backbend, an arm balance, and a powerful shoulder and quad opener, it creates more space for breath and is sure to lift your spirit and melt your heart. I like to think of this pose as an expression of my heart blossoming and growing toward the sun.

From plank, draw your weight into right hand and snuggle your right shoulder down your back. Come on to the outer edge of your right foot as you stack your left shoulder over right and left hip over right, for a momentary side plank. Take  the ball of your left foot to the floor behind and a little away from your right calf, bending your left knee.  Press down into your right hand, melt the sole of your right foot down and press into the ball of your left foot as you inhale and turn your hips and heart to face the sky. Reach your left arm up over your head. Offer your heart, breathe deeply and enjoy!

New York yoga photographer Sofia Negron Rockstar Sarah Ireland Sonic Yoga

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Favorite Time of the Year

KrissyThis is my favorite time of the year. The hope. The excitement. The change that is inevitable. Enjoy this through your day on and off the mat. We entered the month as a lion so we end as a lamb and, whether Mother Nature decides to join us, allow yourself that softness. That kindness. That sweetness. It’s Spring Equinox! It’s the Persian New Year! It’s my birthday!

Sukha in Sanskrit is happiness or ease or pleasure. Practice Sukha on your mat to yourself, and as you move from there, practice it on the streets of New York City. Find the blossoms, the laughter of children and the birds chirping. That seems natural for us. But can you practice it with construction? Colder days? Honking horns? My windows were open for the first time in a long time the other day and I actually smiled at the sound of large machines pounding on the cement. Find Sukha in it all.

-By Krissy Shields

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New Class on Wednesday Morning

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1 Hour Open Flow
Wednesdays, 9:00am at Sonic Yoga
Taught by Sarah Ireland

The perfect time for parents after morning drop-off, or for yogis whose days start just a little bit later.

Each class will begin with a clearly cued short sequence. Then we’ll generate heat by taking it up a notch to a more fluid flow, ending with a brief restorative sequence.

What better way to fit a practice neatly into your day?
Starts on April 1, 2015.

All levels encouraged. Sign up today!

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Gratitude Practice: She’s The First

She’s the First sponsorsScreen shot 2015-03-04 at 11.55.43 AM girls’ education in low-income countries, giving them the chance to become the first in their families to graduate from secondary school.To fulfill this mission, She’s the First mobilizes supporters to fund scholarships and gives a clearer understanding on complex global issues related to poverty.

Harnessing technology and social media, She’s the First is committed to connecting sponsors and scholars around the world in innovative, mutually beneficial ways to foster mentorship, philanthropy, equality, and leadership. Ultimately, our student leaders and scholars become the change agents who break cycles of generational poverty and transform our world. -(Mission statement found at www.shesthefirst.org)
Click here to check out their reel!

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Heart Opening & Twisting Flow

  • SONIC YOGA 2011 CAMPAIGNBegin in sukkasana, comfortable seat. Ground your sitting bones into the mat to lengthen the spine and bring the shoulders down the back to lift the heart
  • Inhale the arms up overhead and on an exhale, twist to the right, placing your left hand outside the right knee and planting the right hand behind you
  • Inhale back to center and exhale twisting to the left
  • Return to center, come to hands and knees and take a few cat/cows
  • Step back to plank then lower to bhujangasana
  • Exhale and lower the forehead to the mat, inhale lift the heart and return to cobra.
  • Repeat several times
  • Exhale to adha mukka svanasana
  • Inhale the right leg up into a down dog split
  • Exhale and step the foot between the hands, lower the left knee and the top of the foot to the mat and rise into a low lunge. Reach the arms up and lean back to deepen the backbend and open the heart
  • Step back to plank and move through a vinyasa
  • Lunge on the left side
  • Vinyasa
  • Down dog split with the right leg
  • Step the foot forward to a low lunge with the knee off the mat. Reach the heart forward.
  • Keep the left palm planted on the mat and inhale the right arm up, coming into a twist
  • Release the twist and inhale the arms up into a high lunge
  • Warrior 3
  • Release the top leg and come into uttkatasana
  • Bring the hands to prayer and twist to the right
  • Return to uttkatasana and twist to the left
  • Uttanasana
  • Vinyasa
  • Repeat sequence on the left
  • Instead of a vinyasa, lower all the way down from plank and inhale into shalabasana
  • Adha mukka svanasana
  • Inhale the right leg up to down dog split
  • Step the foot forward and inhale into a high lunge
  • Bring the arms to prayer and twist to the right in parivrtta parsvakonasana
  • Return to high lunge and step the back foot in so the entire sole of the foot rests on the mat and fold over the front leg in parsvatonasana
  • Step back to plank and take a vinyasa
  • Repeat sequence on the left side
  • Come to sit on your knees, please the hands on the sacrum and lift the heart and hips forward into ustrasana. Reach for the heels with the hands to go deeper
  • Child’s pose
  • Supine twist
  • Savasana
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The Spring Equinox – A time to serve

The Spring EquinoEquinoxx will take place on March 20, marking the end of winter and the beginning of spring.  The equinox is a biannual astrological event that occurs when the plane of Earth’s Equator passes the center of the Sun, at which point the tilt of Earth’s axis neither inclines away from nor towards the Sun, resulting in day and night being equal in length. Literally and figuratively, the Spring Equinox marks the transition out of darkness and into the light. It is a moment of rebirth and as such, it is a wonderful time to check in with yourself and set goals for the months ahead. While the Autumn Equinox is an appropriate time for inner goals, the Spring Equinox is an opportunity to think of ways in which you can serve the world around you, whether that be volunteering in your community or simply spending more time with friends and family.

When it comes to your yoga practice, twists and heart openers are great asanas to incorporate this time of year. Twists are wonderful for their detoxifying and purifying effects on the internal organs. Try poses such as ardha matseyandrasana, parivrtta uttkatasana or a more gentle supine twist. Practicing heart opening poses opens us up to opportunities for growth, which we can then use to serve the community. Examples include bhujangasana,  dhanurasana, ustrasana, and urdhva dhanurasana. Here is a brief sequence you can practice at home that incorporates both twisting and heart opening.

So during this time of rebirth and transition out of the darkness and inward reflection of winter and into the light of spring, take some time to think about where you are in your life and where you want to be, paying particularly attention to ways in which you can serve your community and others. Keep your heart and your mind open to the opportunities around you, you never know where they will come from and where they will lead you.

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Discovering What Is Sacred – Training and Master Class

ElizabethRossaThe question, “Why Meditate?” seems to be a growing topic in conversation, and the simplest explanation might be to just be. The simplicity of this particular explanation also presents a paradoxical complication, for our lives, as we experience them, are a constant flow of ideas, exchanges and relationships. Therefore, the intention to meditate holds the space to pause, breathe and notice that we are both being and becoming. The great tantric traditions do present our existence as a pulsing, creative, never-ending unfolding of consciousness as everything and everyone. During our time together we will experiment with a variety of meditation techniques as learned by Elizabeth from her primary meditation and philosophy teacher, master Sally Kempton. Sally’s much celebrated book, Meditation for the Love of It: enjoying your own deepest experience will be our primary resource.

In this module we will learn and practice a number of subtle and powerful contemplative and meditative techniques, all designed to help us open ourselves to the sacred and equip us with tools we can use to nurture, cultivate, and expand our awareness through every cell of the body/mind. The techniques will include: finding the space or madhya between breaths; mantra chanting; tonglen (a Tibetan esoteric breathing and visualization practice designed to cultivate altruism and universal compassion); grounding and centering methods; and pranayama. There will also be time for contemplative questions and self-inquiry/conscious conversation.

Please purchase a copy of Meditation for the Love of It: enjoying your own deepest experience at www.sallykempton.com/products/

$350 or $315 for Sonic TT Grad

Students may take the training (cost above) or just the morning Master Classes:

The Meditation of Moving: Saturday, March 21st | 9:00 – 11:00am
The Meditation of Moving II: Sunday, March 22nd | 9:00 – 11:00am
Each class is $30 ($25 for Sonic TT Grad)

These contemplative and challenging practices will explore the internal forms of yoga through a sequence of poses based in the exquisite Ashtanga tradition as taught by the wildly intelligent, Richard Freeman. These classes will also creatively explore inversions and the finishing asanas. Very often, these postures can be ignored or rushed in a typical yoga class. Therefore, this will be a great opportunity to unpack and relish some of the most grounding and healing poses of the practice.

Sign up today!

 

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Women’s Circle – Sunday, March 15th

Screenshot 2015-03-01 at 9.54.29 AMJoin a brave group of women to meet monthly and connect with their feminine wisdom. Within the circle, women unite to empower their voices, enhance their courage, reinforce their compassion, and connect with their wisdom. We meditate, play music to access our heart’s knowledge, remember our mothers and grandmothers, share, and enjoy sisterhood. Oxytocin is a woman’s natural de-stress hormone. It helps our muscles to relax, lowers blood pressure, reduces cortisol levels, has anti-anxiety effects, and promotes healing. Gathering with women releases oxytocin! This circle is open to all traditions and levels, and beginners are especially encouraged to attend.

Saturday, March 15th | 1:30 – 3:30pm | Suggested donation – $20

Please contact 646-727-0332 (voice or text) or andrea@TheGaiaHealer.com to save your spot and/or ask questions!

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Pose of the Month: Ardha Chandrasana

New York yoga photographer Sofia Negron Ardha chandrasana half moon pose sonic yoga krissy shieldsKrissy Shields chooses Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana).

When I was a kid I would star gaze and watch the moon with its wild variety of shapes and colors. I still do this. My favorite is watching a full moon rise over the beach with it’s hue of bright orange. Often, I dream of the crescent moon like a smile in the sky.

This month let’s shape shift as we explore the many dimensions of Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana). While we need balance, it also offers us room for expansion and creativity. Try it against the wall for fun playing with the lack of symmetry. I love where this pose can go and the variety it gives to all levels of practitioners.

Gaze. Rise. Dream.

And here’s a video link: http://youtu.be/M8843tNqtt8

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