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Studio Mavens Needed!

Maha LakshmiWe are looking to fill 2 part time positions:  studio co-manager and front desk supervisor.  Some evening and weekend hours are required.

The studio co-manager is responsible for business development and staff management.  Duties include:

  • managing teaching staff
  • sales
  • analyzing and optimizing programing
  • creating (in conjunction with the owner), producing and scheduling all studio content
  • private and corporate programs
  • budgeting
  • payroll
  • shared coverage for the front desk/emergency contact as needed (rotates with Front Desk Supervisor and Co-Manager)

The front desk supervisor duties include:

  • managing and scheduling work studies (front desk and cleaning)
  • overseeing maintenance of the physical space, including liaising with building management
  • cash drawer/deposits
  • inventory and ordering of supplies
  • problem solve IT
  • shared coverage for the front desk/emergency contact as needed (rotates with Front Desk Supervisor and Co-Manager)

Both candidates must be extremely organized and professional, possess great management and people skills, be proficient at budgeting and numbers, have great computer skills including Excel, an ability to learn and manage studio software and an interest and passion for Yoga.

This is an amazing work environment with opportunity to thrive and grow for the right candidates. We are looking to hire immediately. Please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to lisa@sonicyoga.com. Resumes will not be considered without salary requirements.

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YOGA IS BETTER WHEN WE DO IT TOGETHER!

social media ready pic for NGY specialRegister for the Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for 8-13 yr. olds at Sonic Yoga with a co-worker, friend, family member or partner, and either split the cost of the tuition or bring your loved one for FREE! What a wonderful opportunity to attend this training at a reduced price, while increasing your connection and learning to teach Kids Yoga together!

Training dates: June 5th-7th, 2015
Tuition: $795 + $85 supplies & registration fee

Offer valid from Friday, May 15th through Wednesday, May 20th.

Visit the NGY website for more details about the NGY TT at Sonic: http://www.nextgenerationyoga.com/teachers/ngy_teachers_schedule.html.

To use the 2-for-1 discount, send an email to ngy@nextgenerationyoga.com and include: (1) your name, (2) the name of the other person you are registering with and (3) contact email and phone number for both participants. NGY will contact you to complete the registration and confirm payment.

TERMS: Registration/supply fee, NGY grad and affiliated studio discounts do not apply. Offer valid from May 15th through May 20th, 2015, for new registrants only.

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YOGAMAZÉ Workshops With Guest Teacher Rocky Heron

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Join Sonic in welcoming Rocky Heron as a special guest teacher this May!

YOGAMAZÉ Emissary, Rocky Heron (E-RYT500) is a world-traveling yoga teacher and avid yoga student. Known for uncanny wisdom and skillful instruction, Rocky’s teaching is informed by years of study in nearly every yoga style, and his dedicated interest in exploring the body/mind’s wisdom and innate healing potential.

Sonic is thrilled that Rocky will be teaching 3 workshops May 30th and May 31st at our beloved studio. Take a look and get your spot now! Sign up here.

  • Saturday, May 30th 10am – 12:30pm: YOGAMAZÉ Firestarter
  • Saturday, May 30th 2pm – 4:30pm: YOGAMAZÉ Inner Worlds
  • Sunday, May 31st 10am – 12:30pm: YOGAMAZÉ Fearless Flying
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Matsya & Matsyendranath

550Ardha-Matsyendrasana is inspired by the Lord of the Fishes, Matsyendranath.

As the story goes, Shiva came down from his meditation to be with his consort, Parvati, and to share with her a wonderful discovery he had been given during his time in meditation. Yoga. Through yoga, beings would find the connection of the individual with the universal self, the ultimate union. While Shiva was describing his discovery, a fish, Matsya, sat in a pool next to the couple and quietly overheard all of his teachings becoming the first yoga student. Through his unwavering focus and devotion, Matsya, was able to take in the teachings and attain enlightenment. At the end of his time as the being Matsya, he was granted the option to either return to the universal consciousness or be reincarnated back on Earth. Matsya chose reincarnation and came back for another lifetime as Matsyendranath, Lord of the Fishes, half-man and half-fish. He lived as a great sage passing along the teachings of yoga.

The beautiful thing about Matsya and Matsyendranath is that whether he was a student or the teacher, he was fully devoted to the practice and expansion of yoga. A path that he believed would bring enlightenment to any who would dedicate themselves. Yoga isn’t just a practice to be done on the mat, if we let it, it will expand into every aspect of our life and change the fabric of our being.

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The Benefits of Spices! By Krishna Dholakia, Nutritionist and Yoga Instructor

img_9673Spices are tasty and good for your health. They help reduce inflammation in your body, boost your metabolism, aid as a salt substitute, and help with hunger control. The spices that I most often use in my diet are turmeric, red chili powder, garam masala, and coriander powder. They are a delicious addition to many vegetarian and meat-based recipes and allow your senses to be fully involved in the eating experience. If you’re looking to learn more about the benefits of spices, come to my workshop at Sonic Yoga on Saturday, June 27th from 2:30PM -4:00PM!

Here is one of my favorite recipes that I use with ground coriander, red chili powder and cumin seeds. These spices add a little bit of heat to the dish while the prunes add tangy sweetness. This dish is high in fiber, folate, potassium, phytochemicals, and antioxidants.

Spiced Zucchini Couscous with Prunes

Ingredients:

  • 1 zucchini squash diced
  • 4 prunes chopped
  • 1 cup of Israeli couscous
  • 1 small shallot or 1 small white onion chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic chopped
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp of red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds
  • 1/2 lime squeezed
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 cups of water

Time: 15 minutes

Methods:

Heat up a large skillet pan on medium heat. Add 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil. Once the oil has had a chance to heat up slightly, add garlic, shallots or white onion, coriander spice, red chili powder, cumin seeds and allow the flavor to combine. After the garlic and shallots turn golden brown, add the zucchini and sauté until it absorbs all the other flavors. Allow to cook for 3-4 minutes while stirring and then add dry couscous and sauté until it is well mixed. Keep stirring the couscous until it turns golden brown and then add 1.5 cups of water or until it the water covers the dry mixture. Add 1 tsp of salt and squeeze 1/2 lime over the wet mixture and allow to cook on medium heat for 15 minutes. Once the couscous and zucchini have been fully cooked, garnish the dish with chopped prunes to add sweetness and tanginess.

To find this recipe and more, visit www.omandspice.com

 

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Illuminated Sequencing: 300-Hr Weekend & Master Classes

ShamanJoin Johanna Bell, Isabel Liao and Alison Tallis for this beautiful weekend! Students may take the entire weekend for 300-Hour TT credit, or just join for the morning Master Classes.

Inspiration relates directly to the nourishing flow of the in-breath which floods the body and being with life-force and charge. An inspired teacher receives, contains and channels this nourishing, life-giving energy into the context of a class and into the cells of the students. In this module, we will tap into the wealth of natural/spiritual inspiration available in the sacred vibrational sources of poetry, art, dance, numerology, geometry, metaphor and myth. We will play with receiving this inspiration and learn to spontaneously express it through the channel of our individual truths. The weekend will culminate as we direct the wild abandon of creativity and free expression back into the clear channel of the yoga experience and the art of sequencing a class. Drop in: $350

Saturday, May 16th, 9:00 – 11:00am
Emotion in Motion – Tapping the Creative Stream

Sunday, May 17th, 9:00 – 11:00am
Dancing in the Sacred Wheel – Shamanic Yoga

Both classes are $30, or $25 for Sonic TT Grads

Sign up today!

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Continuing Education: Demystifying Discernment

LisaYoga means union, and the primary goal of this science is the union of body, mind and spirit. As such, the physical form tends to be our first tool – our gateway to the profound gifts of this practice. Whether working in a group or private setting, come explore how the breath and classical surya namaskar can share powerful insights into how we, as yoga teachers, can serve the individual physically, energetically and spiritually.

Saturday, May 9th, 2:30 – 4:30 | $40 | Sign up today!

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Diving Deeper: Inversions with Keith Partington

KeithLet’s get away from the wall already.

Inversions unlock so many wondrous benefits it’s hard to list them all! They improve immunity and circulation, build core strength, optimize balance and posture while energizing and relaxing the body. They also calm and center the mind and build confidence from achieving steadiness while upside down. Headstands, in particular, offer a literal and figurative change in perspective. It’d be a shame to miss out on this!

Like any other category of asana, inversions happen through understanding technique, structure and alignment, what to engage and what to release. In this workshop, we’ll move away from fear and misconceptions, master the basic preparations and learn to practice them with confidence. The results will follow naturally.

Saturday, May 2nd, 2:30 – 4:30 | $30 | Sign up today!

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Pose of the Month: Ardha Matsyendrasana

YogaTrail_ProfileImateAs the heat begins to take effect during May our bodies and energy continue to expand. Our expansion can move into our daily activities, creativity, relationships and beyond. It’s important during this time of exploration and play to move from our center, look to our core and tap into the integrity we find there to progress into the next evolution of our Self. Ardha Matsyendrasana is an enlivening twist that uses the power and internal heat of the core to begin reaching out. With our spine upright, we revolve around our center purging that last bits of stagnation and inertia from the depths of our being so that we can move from a place of clarity.

New York Yoga photographer Sofia Negron Sonic Yoga Pose of the Month Portrait Photography

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Post of the Month: May Flowers

Jo-colors head smallDear Sonic Family,

May Flowers.  They are here! Oh, they are here and such happy tidings after what seemed such a long and trying winter.  Just today, I emerged from the close energy of the subway and walked into the warmth of early evening sun and the soft breeze passed through me with the scent of so many blossoms, bulb and root and tree.  Looking up, a cascade of cherry blossoms appeared shimmering against a backdrop of blue sky.   It seems so cliché, but I am deeply affected by the presence of this new life in spring.  The metaphor sings to somewhere deeper than my bones…that now is the time to rise from the interior space and blossom…that this is a fertile time for planting new ideas…that now we must turn our faces to the sun (as our flower fellows do) to drink in the power of light and forward momentum.  What did you put to rest in the dark space of winter? And what seed ideas have you been slowly cultivating with your steady patience?  What flashes of light and blazes of color have awakened your inspiration and reminded you of your creative potential? It seems the whole of the landscape in her divine Mother form is whispering to us now, “Grow, Grow, Grow!!!” Shall we listen to her? Shall we dive headlong into her energetic and loving embrace as we pursue our most vibrant expression of who we truly are?

I say YES.

Here is a potent and simple mantra to cultivate the power of our creative energy. It works with the seed creative sound of Har in it’s various forms. Har Haray Hari, Wahe Guru. 11 minutes of this mantra for 40 days will surely shift your vibration.

cherry-blossom-wallpaper smallHaray represents the flow of the Creative Force.  Hari represents the manifestation of the Creative Force.  Waheguru is an expression of joy and wonder at the beauty of this process.   It’s like saying “Idea, Flow, Here is it, Wow!” and translates to “All aspects of the Creator are Bliss.” (This beautiful description by Ramdesh Kaur)

Click here to hear the mantra!

Blessings to the great Mother Nature for her stunning and palpable inspiration and a million blessings to all you mothers out there who love unconditionally and support your children (of body and or heart ) with every fiber of your being.

Much Love.

Jo

“If you’ve never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom.” ~Terri Guillemets

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