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Healer of The Month: Andre Yershov

Andre is a classical acupuncturist and an incredibly intuitive and gifted healer. Among his regular devoted clients are Lisa Benner, Johanna Bell, Sarah Ireland and many other Sonic staff and regular students.

“He has the amazing ability to see you exactly where you are and heal in the full spectrum of your experience.”

Contact: 646-369-0160 303 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1501, New York, NY 10016

Sonic Students receive a special of $75 per session!



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Welcome new team members!

We hope you are all enjoying the beautiful fruits of Summer!

We have some very exciting news to share!  Sonic has added two amazing new people to our management staff.

As we move into our next phase of growth, expansion and abundance, please join us in welcoming Chris and Claire, our two new team members. They have signed on to help us grow and expand our Sonic offerings and bring greater opportunity and abundance for all !

Sending so much love and gratitude to Lisa Benner, as she moves forward into the next chapter of her teaching path, and honoring her deep enduring commitment to the Sonic community.


Claire Sargenti – Front Desk Supervisor

Claire Christine Sargenti is proud to be a part of the Sonic Yoga family. Her yoga journey began under the direction of TaraMarie Perri while dancing as a trainee at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. Sargenti is an artist known as The Classically Trained Rebel for her bold works that break boundaries and cross genre lines. She is the founder and director of the edgy and urban contemporary ballet company New Bridges Ballet and the solo character The Metal Ballerina, as well as playwright and actor for Interludes: A New (Orleans) Play. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University in Arts Administration, and loves applying her yoga practice to all aspects of her life.

unnamed-1Chris Temple – Co-Manager (Teachers/Sales/Workshops)

Chris is thrilled to be part of the Sonic team. A jack of many trades and a master of some, his skills in performance and technology have afforded him experiences around the world. Yoga found him years ago and became an on-and-off part of his fitness regime. Over the years he discovered that the changes he experienced within himself were far more pertinent than just his physique and he became a regular practitioner.  He received his 200-hour certification from Sonic in 2013 and is always deepening his studies. He is currently completing his 500-hour certification. He is also completing his Level 3 certification from the Lotus Palm School of Thai Massage. He feels tremendously grateful to have found this journey in Yoga and to have made Sonic his home.


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Pose of the Month: Trikonasana!

All-in-one and truly radianunnamedt, Trikonasana is one of the most approachable, democratic poses in yoga. It is a standing pose, a torso twist, a heart opener, a core cultivator, a neck and shoulder strengthener, and more. Beginners can enjoy a narrower stance with one hand to the inside of the standing front leg (or lightly atop the thigh or shin), while advanced practitioners can go deeper, adding a burst of solar, core energy by reaching the top arm across, bringing both arms parallel to the mat, turning the heart upward.

With summer (finally!) upon us, one can embody Triangle Pose as a celebratory stance, arms outstretched, heart turning upward to the sky, shoulders leaning back, basking in the sun’s nourishing warmth. As the torso barrels outward and up, one can feel the core engage, awakening Manipura chakra, our fire center, a.k.a. the seat of transformation.

This season, what is it in our life that is due for change? Does it call for leveling up and upgrading; or for some of us, does “transformation” actually mean dialing back? Amidst our overscheduled, hectic lives, through our practice of yoga, we can hopefully explore and determine what our bodies need—from the strictly physical and all the way to the esoteric.

Happy Summer!


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JALA Take Me To The River: Wash Me In The Water with Lauren Hanna

Join Lauren 1974851295Hanna & Thomas Wave on live sitar for a rejuvenating Prana Flow class inspired by the teachings of Shiva Rea. Come celebrate the water element, Jala.

Through this ritual practice we will bathe the body & mind in pure bliss, wash away stress & stagnation and calm and soothe the heat of summer.

Our practice will begin with a rejuvenating,  flowing mandala namaskar vinyasa sequence designed to stir the cells, wring out the body/mind and drench us with Prana, vital life force energy. The practice will close with deep earthy hip opening to release any lingering emotional stagnation and open us to the freedom of the fluid body.

All Levels Welcome! This class occurs during the Wednesday 12:30 Flow 2 class time on July 22nd. Regular Passes Apply. Please sign up in the class, this is an event posting only.

Followed by a Liquid Purification Meditation 2-2:30pm!

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3-Week Beginners Workshop – Stabilize Your Foundation with Krissy Shields

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 13, 2015 – July 27, 2015 7:45pm – 9:00pm

Sign up now!

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Amma Pilgrimage with Lauren Hanna

1974851258Please join Lauren & Staff for a pilgrimage to see our dear Guru Amma and receive her blessing.It will take approximately 3 hours to receive the Darshan (blessing embrace)
Please feel free to wear white.

We hope to see you for this life changing experience with Amma.

  • 8:00am: The token line opens.
  • 9:00am: Tokens are handed out.
  • 10:00am: Amma enters the hall and conducts a short meditation.10:30am: Amma begins to embrace those who have come.
  • 12:30pm: Lunch is served until one-half hour after Amma leaves the hall.
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No Registration necessary. This is a free event.This is a free event. Although you may want to bring money for the
Indian bazaar & restaurant. All proceeds go to benefit Amma’s charities.

Monday July 8, 2015 8:00am – 1:00pm

We will meet at sonic at 8am and walk to The Javits Center, North Hall
600 West 40th Street New York New York 10001

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300 Hr. Teacher Training Summer Discount!

867[1]Looking to Expand Your Teaching?

Now’s the perfect time for your teaching evolution! Join us for the Sonic 300 Hour program. The new cycle begins September 2015 and you can check out the details to see if you’re ready to take the next step.

Register before July 22nd and receive

  • $400 Discount on the whole program


  • $100 off each module if you register for the program and pay separately for each module

You Are The One You Have Been Waiting For!

Questions or Pure Messages of  I’m in?  Email
We can’t wait to be part of your evolution towards your greatest light!

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Jedi Mind Tricks with Lori McAlister

This mas1974851535ter class and afternoon workshop covers the neurological effects the yoga practice can have and how to set the bhavana (feeling state) to facilitate them. Discussion will include breaking down the hemispheres of the brain, how brainwave activity changes during the practices, and how the hypnotic effects of pranayama bring us into a trance-like state. We’ll also cover how sound, body language, special effects (light, incense, candles), and the art of the playlist (think binary beats) contribute. Learn how the energetic seat of the peak pose dictates these choices and how to orchestrate the whole symphony. Quick clue: less is more!
Saturday July 11, 2015 2:30pm – 4:30pm Sign up here!
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Essentials of Thai Yoga Massage 101 with Deon de Wet

JThaiSplash2oin Deon de Wet for Essentials of Thai Yoga Massage 101 August 7th – 9th. This training is 3-full days 9am – 6pm.

$495 or $445 before July 17th!

Learn more about Thai Yoga Massage and Deon de Wet below:



Thai Yoga Massage is a modern modality of healing with ancient roots in Buddhism, Yoga and  Ayurveda from India; traditional medicine from China; and shamanism from the indigenous tribes of Thailand. Combining rhythmic acupressure, assisted yoga stretching exercises, gentle twisting, joint mobilization, energy work and meditation, it results in a blissfully integrated experience that is revitalizing yet deeply relaxing.

Treatments are done with the client comfortably clothed and performed on a special mat on the floor, without the use of oils or lotion. Typically, the practitioner will utilize most of his or her body, including feet, knees, forearms (and hands, fingers, and thumbs) to weave together a sophisticated sequence of stretches, rhythmic acupressure, and gentle rocking
movements. This unique “Eight Limbs” approach to healing through energy balancing is more characteristic of the Northern Villager/Commoner style, rather than the Southern/Royal style that uses the hands and thumbs almost exclusively.

For practitioners, the style of Thai body and energy work that Deon de Wet teaches , is totally sustainable over the long term, since it avoids the overuse and fatigue of hands and thumbs so problematic to many professional body healers and massage therapists.


As one of America’s most experienced trainers in traditional Thai Yoga Massage, our teacher, Deon de Wet specializes in continuing education for wellness professionals such as yoga teachers; massage therapists; Pilates instructors and personal trainers.

Born and raised in South Africa, Deon first encountered Traditional Thai Massage on a beach while traveling in Thailand in the year 2000, and recalls his first session bringing forth sensations of profound physical and emotional wellbeing.

Since 2002, Deon has focused professionally on helping people to feel better from the inside out, by applying his personalized interpretation of Thai-style yogic bodywork to private treatment sessions around the world in cities such as Los Angeles, New York, London, and Washington, D.C.

Later and as his therapeutic yoga practice evolved, Deon began to teach, sharing the profound wisdom of the work at yoga studios and massage schools around Los Angeles, then elsewhere in the U.S. and eventually all around the world, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and South Africa. Ultimately, he formalized a standard curriculum and created guidebooks and videos for his unique, integrated method.

Today, as a professional instructor, Deon is certified and sponsored by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB #450538-07) to teach New York LMTs continuing education that is accepted by the state of New York for license renewal.

Still returning to Thailand periodically, he spends time in Chiang Mai, studying with master Thai Massage teachers and practitioners such as Pichest Boonthumme, one of the legendary Asokananda’s early teachers.

Deon lives in the Upper Ojai Valley of Ventura County, California, where he also teaches Hatha Yoga. He practices and teaches regularly in Los Angeles and North Carolina.

For Student Testimonials, please visit:

To see a video about the Thai Yoga Massage training program as taught by Deon de Wet, please visit:

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Summer has arrived!

photoDear Sonic Family!

Summer has arrived! There is that communal feeling of liberation as we approach July 4th, especially as we celebrate some important evolutions as a society. Children have been released  into the long dreamy days of the season and you hear the abandon in their voices as they play deep into the evening. Even nature is stretching free of its bounds, gardens overflowing their borders with a green and playful tangle of stalk and vine. Butterflies tumble together headlong down hillsides fragrant with summer blooms. There is a buzz to this season as well as a particular light. The rhythmic humming in the evening tree canopy and firefly lanterns like so many faeries call the inner child back to believing…

Believing In what?

That there is magic and possibility way beyond what our “practical”‘minds allow .

Summer is the time for dreaming. It is the time for liberating our minds from the shoulds and lists and the Ho-hum monotony of what has gone before.

There is work to be done, though…important work.

This work is the crucial process of non-doing…and of un-doing the limiting patterns that contain you.

Re-Wild yourself in the season. Re-Child yourself in the season!

Set yourself free! Even as you work, set yourself free! Even as you practice, set yourself free!

Here is an exquisitely simple practice I’ve been exploring in the last few weeks. Take it with you as you let go into the summer…

Gently touch the indentations on the outside of your eyes with your index (Jupiter) fingers. This point is an acu point known as “the Virgin Eye”. Breath quietly and deeply as you simultaneously focus on the third eye and ask for the innocence of your vision to be returned. Say “my vision is clear and pure and I see beyond boundary and into infinity”. Do this for 3-5 minutes and observe how your vision shifts and your mind clears.

Then, do something playful!

How wonderful would it be if we each consciously removed the fences and barricades from our “thinking” so we collectively dream a more peaceful, joyful, and balanced world into being.

Much Love!

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