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Radiant Restorative Flow: Hip Opening and Low Back Relief with Chanel Luck

chanelhipMake your way to practicing for healthy lower back through a series of specialized yin yoga and restorative yoga poses geared to open and release your hips and low back.

This workshop consists of opening breathing practices, 45 minutes of relax and renew yoga, 45 minutes of vinyasa flow, and a 15 minute meditation practice, completed with a guided dreamy extended savasana and hands on healing from a Cranial Sacral & Reiki perspective with Chanel Luck assistant Penny Foote.

Chanel used yoga to heal a low back fracture she suffered training as a competitive figure skater and has continued to help clients heal and work with back and hip injuries and/or chronic tightness.

All Levels welcome. Please bring a notebook and pen.
Sunday, November 9th | 9am – 11am
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Release Tension in the Neck, Hips & Shoulders with Chanel Luck

chanelneckPlease join teacher Chanel Luck for this special 2 hour workshop designed to help you relieve tension in your neck, hips and shoulders. We will use breath and intentional sequencing to open those hard to reach areas in your body.

A stylized blend of restorative & vinyasa yoga will help you drain tension from these areas you will leave you feeling refreshed and detoxified in those sticky places that store SO much tension! Once you free up some of that stuck energy you will experience greater freedom in your poses where the neck, shoulder and back tension blocks your movement patterns.

Basic hands-on relaxation techniques included in this workshop. Whether you practice yoga daily or are brand new to yoga, you will benefit from this workshop.

Level 1/2 workshop | Saturday, November 8th | 9am-11am
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Radiant Restorative Flow: Hip Opening and Low Back Relief with Chanel Luck

chanelhipMake your way to practicing for healthy lower back through a series of specialized yin yoga and restorative yoga poses geared to open and release your hips and low back.

This workshop consists of opening breathing practices, 45 minutes of relax and renew yoga, 45 minutes of vinyasa flow, and a 15 minute meditation practice, completed with a guided dreamy extended savasana and hands on healing from a Cranial Sacral & Reiki perspective with Chanel Luck assistant Penny Foote.

Chanel used yoga to heal a low back fracture she suffered training as a competitive figure skater and has continued to help clients heal and work with back and hip injuries and/or chronic tightness.

All Levels welcome. Please bring a notebook and pen.
Sunday, November 9th | 9am – 11am
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Release Tension in the Neck, Hips & Shoulders with Chanel Luck

chanelneckPlease join teacher Chanel Luck for this special 2 hour workshop designed to help you relieve tension in your neck, hips and shoulders. We will use breath and intentional sequencing to open those hard to reach areas in your body.

A stylized blend of restorative & vinyasa yoga will help you drain tension from these areas you will leave you feeling refreshed and detoxified in those sticky places that store SO much tension! Once you free up some of that stuck energy you will experience greater freedom in your poses where the neck, shoulder and back tension blocks your movement patterns.

Basic hands-on relaxation techniques included in this workshop. Whether you practice yoga daily or are brand new to yoga, you will benefit from this workshop.

Level 1/2 workshop | Saturday, November 8th | 9am-11am
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The Art & Science of Hands-On Assists with Chanel Luck

ChanelLuckJoin Senior Teachers and hands on healer Chanel Luck for an amazing journey deep into the Annamaya Kosha.

During this weekend workshop you will immerse yourself in the exploration of the physical body and learn powerful ways to heal, nurture and assist with hands on adjustments and assists for advanced asana. Sun afternoon there will be a 2 hour retreat where you will study and receive the building blocks of Restorative Yoga.

There is a teacher emphasis to this immersion but serious students are encouraged to attend.

The weekend is 16 hours | Sat & Sun, 9am-6pm | $350 to drop in
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Information on the Lineage Project

lineage-2From November 12th-25th, 2014, the NYC Yoga Community will join forces in order to celebrate the diversity of our studios, thank our talented teachers, and- most importantly- to raise funds for Lineage Project, an organization that brings yoga and meditation training to incarcerated youth. This exciting collaboration called Yogis Unite will include 20+ participating studios all offering 50% select drop-in classes during the two-week time frame to anyone who purchases a pass. Think “Restaurant Week” but for yoga and with an added bonus of good karma!! 


Want in? Just purchase a pass and start exploring all the amazing yoga classes our city has to offer! Tickets will also be available for the culmination event – a “yogi prom” if you will – at Avenue Lounge on 11/25/14. Meet other local yogis and dance the night away, all while helping Lineage Project share the benefits of yoga and meditation with those who need it most! For full details and to buy your pass today head to www.thesocialsutras.com/yogisunite or email amanda@thesocialsutras.com

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Advanced Asana Training II with Jeffrey Duval

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Covered the foundational postures in your 200 hour training with us (or anywhere else) and want to embark on the next level? Or, do you simply want to move deeper into the practice and theory of the more advanced asanas and variations? If you answered yes to either question, this weekend is right for you!

Advanced asanas (or postures) are taught no differently than basic asanas, because healthy asana is always offered in kramas, or logical and progressive steps. At the basic core level the training will provide a foundational review from which we build our knowledge and understanding.

backbendAsana is healing, so we want advanced asana to be advanced healing. True yoga never moves away from the heart teachings and the Source, so we will learn how to advance our practice and teaching without creating stress or imbalance.

While this isn’t a sequencing course, we will be naturally studying the progression of how to integrate and move into intermediate and advanced variations and asanas in a creative yet safe way.

Learn how to fly, float, seal, become comfortable upside down and master intermediate to advanced level asana in a creative, challenging, yet nurturing environment, with lots of time for discussion and questions.

Anatomical Review, Hands-on Assist and Alignment theory and Practice Teaching opportunities will also be covered.

There is a teacher training emphasis to this immersion, but serious students are encouraged to attend. The weekend is 16 hrs. Sat & Sun, 9am-6pm.

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$350 to drop in.

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Yoga Trance Dance

1974851490Yoga Trance Dance is a free-form exploration of yogic based movement and dance expression to liberate your creative life force. Developed by Shiva Rea, Yoga Trance Dance is a ritual container that has become internationally acclaimed by celebrating the Sahaja or spontaneous movement that is guided through different elements and ecstatic dance, culminating with meditation. Anyone who wished to move in a creative way and go beyond the boundaries of their yoga mat are welcome to enjoy this special evening with live musical guest Matthew Wiviott on the Chinese Harp.

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Navaratri

P1080004Namaste Dear Sonic Community,

October is a powerful paradoxical time of change and inspiration. As we pass through the Fall Equinox in late September and begin the transition towards deep fall, we are all affected by the complexity and power of nature unfolding around us. The challenge is how can we learn from her, to heal and grow, to lower our stress and improve our health, to expand our capacity to love and to connect more deeply with one another.

As many of you know, I am currently healing from a major surgery. As my teacher Shiva Rea calls it, I’m going through one of life’s “initiations”. Which I am realizing is a gift that has allowed me to sit back and truly observe the unfolding of time and space around me. My usual fall agenda is maxed out with planning, movement and doing. Now the healing process that I am going through has forced me to be still and to rest in the moment.

These great lessons are sometimes forced upon us. As Yogis, we all know and understand the healing value of rest and stillness. We appreciate the balance of Yin and Yang of activity and receptivity, the necessity of balance of these opposite polarities. Yet our culture, our society makes it very challenging to live in this more subtle and natural rhythm.

I am truly blessed to have been guided and inspired at this time by my teacher Shiva Rea and the Hindu Festival of Navaratri. This experience allows us to transform the shadow world, celebrate the abundance of now and move gracefully towards subtlety during the difficult transition of the fall season. I have experienced this cycle many times before, but none has been more potent than now.

IMG_5221The nine-night festival celebrates the Goddess Shakti in her triple form. The first three nights honoring Durga, and the practice of letting go, of surrendering, releasing unnecessary stress and all that does not serve us. The second three nights are a tribute to Ma Lakshmi, the goddess of abundance and beauty. This time has been a deep realization of gratitude for my life, for my loved ones, my community and all of the love that I am surrounded by. And working through the challenges of receiving that love and feeling deserving of it.

The final three nights beginning today are dedicated to Ma Saraswati, the goddess of inner awareness, subtle creativity and refinement. The energy of Ma Saraswati supports movement towards deeper internal practices at this time of year allowing us to connect with the presence of Ma Shakti and cultivating deep peace and stillness within our heart and souls.

October is also harvest time in the Hamptons where I live. It is mind blowing to see the abundance of amazing nourishing food bursting from the farms. In that same way many of you may be feeling your own inner fullness and growing

agendas. As we move into Vata season and the winds of the mind blow, many of us are effulgent with ideas and plans for expansion in all areas of our lives.

And as we move from the new moon last week towards the full moon on Oct. 8th we can especially feel this micro cycle and the shift towards energy building. This powerful peak experience is reflected in the brilliance of the autumn sunsets and the clarity of the cooler night skies.

Yet there is a paradox happening at this time. At the same time that nature is peaking and showing us her grand finale, she is also preparing to lie down and rest for winter. The leaves on the trees are drying and the days are growing shorter. As we pass through the Fall Equinox, we begin our journey towards the darkening days, leading to the shortest day on the Winter Solstice Dec. 21. There is a natural internal pull that is drawing us inward at the same time as we feel the external expansion and busy-ness of our lives.

This creates a challenge for us to move through this shift with grace and ease. Nature is a pro, she has been doing it for eons, but for many of us it is difficult. I encourage you to be gentle with yourselves now, to ease up on your agenda, to contemplate deepening your internal attention, to move more slowly, do less and be more. Take time to be still, to contemplate the inner world. To move with grace and ease, and to look into the eyes of your friends and loved ones. Tell them how much they mean to you. Live this moment as if it were your last.

Now is the perfect time to begin a Gratitude Practice as we move towards Thanksgiving in November. This very simple practice has done miraculous healing for myself and everyone I know that commit themselves to it.

Gratitude Practice

Take 5 minutes each day to list 5 thing that you are grateful for. If you already have a meditation practice you can take mental note at the end of your practice or you can write them in a journal. You can do this first thing in the morning or at the end of your day. Or both.

If you don’t already have a meditation practice now would be the perfect time to start.

Simple Meditation

Begin with creating a simple core practice like 10 minutes of Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing) a day, followed by 5 minutes of simple mantra. Work with repeating So – Hum, I am all that is. Or Om Shanti – Peace. For deeper instruction, come to any of our Free Meditation classes at Sonic.

I am so looking forward to celebrating and dancing with you all at our Sonic Yoga 14 year Anniversary Community Celebration on Nov. 14th

Until then be gentle and love deeply.

With Peace + Love Lauren

OM SHRIM HRIM KLIM CHAMUNDAYEI VICHE

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Pose of the Month: Utthita Parsvakonasana

Uthita ParsvakonasanaTracy Mohr chooses Utthita Parsvakonasana, which translates to Extended Right Angle Pose.

I love this posture for so many reasons. The main one is that it gives the body an intense side stretch, something we don’t do commonly in our everyday movements. When we receive this opening, we can then inspire a deep and profoundly satisfying breath.

I always refer to being in this posture as a Pranafied moment. Stabilize the legs and line up the ankle, hip, shoulder and wrist, and fingers, as you deeply bend the front knee at a right angle.  Rotate the body and open up to the full expression of this pose. Breathe fully and deeply into the side waist. You can feel the Prana moving from the feet through the fingers.

A truly energizing and expansive asana!
Happy October! Enjoy!!

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