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Bali Spirit Festival with Lauren Hanna

unnamedMarch 29 – April 3, 2016
Join Lauren Hanna and Sonic Yoga for a soul changing experience at the Spirit Festival in Ubud, Bali. For five amazing days and nights from 8am to 11pm you’ll be drenched with live music, dancing, yoga, and soul searching workshops. There will be a lively community market, a healing center and even a children’s activity zone. You’ll be staying at the beautiful ARMA Resort in one of the Artini Hotels, set amidst the sacred trees, rice fields and vibrant foliage that highlight an awesome center stage of carved stone work. Price includes transportation to and from the airport, 6 nights stay at the hotel including daily breakfast, full Festival Pass and free transportation to and from the festival just minutes away. 
 
Single Room — $925.00
Double Room $1,575.00
http://www.balispiritfestival.com
Enter discount code SONICYOGA for $50 off vip full festival, full festival, vip weekend & weekend passes.
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Pose of the Month: Ustrasana – Camel Pose

unnamed[1]Camel Pose
With the cold days and nights of winter comes the desire to hunch over in attempts to keep warm, with our eyes turned down, detached from any connection with others around us. Ustrasana is a grounded heart-opening pose that uses the support of the earth to allow freedom in the front gate of the body to beam and glow with brightness, allowing for receptivity. Upon exiting the pose we can find clarity in the sweet spot between the arch and the curl where true vision and connection lies.
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Healer of the Month: Delfin Marte, LMT

DMDelfin Marte has been a massage therapist since 2007. He attended Micro Tech Training Center in NJ (now Eastern International College) where he became a certified massage therapist. Delfin was instrumental in alleviating his father’s pain after he suffered a car accident that left him with two herniated disks in the neck and lower back. In addition to having provided thousands of massages over the years, Delfin has worked as a physical therapy aide, supervising and instructing patients with their prescribed exercises, making him the right candidate who understands his clients’ needs. Committed to rehabilitation and healing, Delfin currently works at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn as a Rehab Technician. In his spare time, he’s a NYC Shape Up fitness instructor who volunteers his time to promote health in his community in Queens.
“Remember, massage is a not a luxury. It’s a necessity.”

To schedule an appointment or if you have any questions, please email delfinmarte4@gmail.com or call (347) 485-5820.  

 
10% off massages. Regular price is $85 for a 60 min swedish massage and $100 for a 90 min deep tissue massage.
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Stoke the Inner Flame and Warm the Outer Heart

unnamedNamaste Beautiful Hearts

February is the month of Valentines and cooler temperatures! Although we have moved beyond the winter solstice and the days are growing longer, the earth’s temperature is still dropping in the northern hemisphere. But, there are gifts that come with the colder temperatures. It’s often the cold that draws us inward in search of the light and opens us outward toward love, connection and embrace.

Why not take some time this month to focus on warming the inner and outer hearts. To spark the inner flame and heat up your consciousness from the inside out practice Trataka, candle gazing meditation and Bhastrika pranayama. To warm the outer body challenge yourselves with some heat raising Yoga poses like sun salutations, balance poses and core activation. Warm your hearts by snuggling with someone you love or by practicing Karma Yoga, volunteering your services to someone in need.

The cold can feel depleting and energy draining. It takes concentrated effort to balance the icy temperatures by awakening your own inner light.

The natural inward direction of our energy is quite supportive to a mediation practice. Use that inward contractive to serve you in your practices of the higher limbs of Yoga, Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses, Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (bliss). Take time each day to follow that natural current and sit in stillness.

unnamed-2Use images of fire to stoke the inner flame. Candle gazing is the perfect practice.

Create a warm environment in your home. I’m blessed to have a wood burning stove and a husband who builds a fire nightly to warm our home. If you don’t have access to a real fire, you can build your own by lighting lots of warming candles in your home. Don’t save candles for special occasions and don’t light just one. Light candles upon rising, while you meditate, burn them while you dine, take a bath with lots of candles. Soy and beeswax candles are gentler on the environment.

For those with a Vata constitution it can leave us feeling cold and stiff. Warming practices such as starting each day with cooked grains and warm fruit, drinking warm herbal tea throughout the day and sustaining ourselves with hearty soups and stews are helpful to balance that bone chilling cold.   Abhyanga a warm oil massage can work miracles to increase circulation and nourish dry hair and skin. Always wear a hat and scarf to keep warm even inside.

unnamed-1But the most important warming practices are those that ignite the heart.

Snuggle with someone you love, hug your family and cozy up with your animal friends. Community and connecting is the perfect balance to the Isolating feelings that come up in the depth of winter. Volunteer your time to help those in need. Share your love and feel your heart expand. Come to Sonic, connect with others and bask in the warmth and love of the hearts and souls of your fellow Yogis.

And ……. if all else fails, it’s still not too late to join us in Costa Rica or Bali for a tropical escape!

With Love, Warmth and Gratitude,

 

Lauren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Continuing Education: Dharma to Dharana The Physiology of Single Pointed Concentration with Kristen Rae Stevens

1974851568Saturday, February 13, 2016 2:30 PM4:30 PM
In today’s multi-media adventure and fast paced digitized world is it even possible to truly achieve a higher state of singular concentration and pave the path towards samadhi?
As many yogi’s come to learn there is a reason what we do is called practice.
Through light lecture on physical process and legends of great boons in yogic mythology we will explore the sixth limb of dharana and deepen tools for cultivating inner perception and vision in practice. See you on the mat!
 
Kristen Rae Stevens, AyP, E-RYT 500, is a nationally certified Ayurvedic practitioner, educator and Ayurvedic yoga specialist. She has been teaching and counseling in various subject matters on body, mind and health since 1998. In addition to her private practice she is currently a contributing faculty member for the ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism, Mount Sinai Medical College, Barnard/Colombia University, Ayurveda HealthEd at the Open Center and ISHTA Yoga Teacher Training programming. www.somarae.com.
 
Early Bird (Before Feb 5th) $30
Regular Price $40
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Find your fierce – Arm Balance Workshop with Christopher Temple

1974851563Saturday, February 6, 2016 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Arm balances, can be incredibly empowering and freeing. They can also be tremendously frustrating and defeating, especially in the “drive by” approach often presented in a “classroom” setting. In this workshop we will dissect individual aspects of the asana, using props, to create a step by step approach, exacting empowering techniques to deepen a sustainable arm balance practice. All levels welcome!!!

 

 

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Hatha Master Classes with Lisa Benner

Join for one or for the entire Advanced Asana Weekend!

Journeying Inside

Saturday February 6, 2016 9-11am

 

Lisa

This Sadhana practice will be based on the Pradipika asanas, designed to change one’s energetic quality. Changing the energy changes the mood which changes the mind which changes the state.
Drop in, $30 
Teacher Trainees and Grads, $25

Exploring Deeper Master Class

Sunday, February 7, 2016 9 – 11am

Building on Saturday’s practice, this practice will expand to include the Pradipika pranayama. The beginning of how constancy in practice allows for deeper awareness of the fluctuations of the individual will be explored.
Drop in, $30 
Teacher Trainees and Grads, $25
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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 February 1, 2016 – January 15, 2016 7:45pm – 9:00pm

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Diving Deeper: Pranayama II with Lisa Benner

Pranayama is the practice of directing your energy or life giving forces (prana) by controlling your breath. Pranayama is practiced to generate positive feelings, calm, heal, cleanse and vitalize the nerves, lungs and bloodstream. This Hathavidya workshop provides both theory and practice to teach you how to set up an invigorating and healing breathing routine.

While, this is a part 2, part 1 is not a pre-requisite. Participants will leave with a personal pranayama practice. The workshop is aimed toward beginner to intermediate. Come and experience one of the most powerful tools for mental balance, control and stress management.

Saturday, January 24th 2:30-4:30pm

Early bird before Jan 17th $30
Regular Price $40

 

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Preparing for the Yoga Audition with Sarah Ireland

 Join Beau and Sarah for this informative 2 hour workshop and discover what makes you unique as a teacher. We’ll help you prepare an audition from “your best 5 minutes” to “teaching in a group flow”. Whether you’re new to teaching or new to the audition process, you’ll acquire the tools necessary to get hired at the studio that suits you best. It’s never too late to begin a new adventure!!!

Saturday, January 30th 2:30-4:30pm 
Early Bird Before January 24th $40
Regular Price $50

 

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