I was introduced to my first formal yoga class while earning my BFA in Dance at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in the early 1990’s. In that first Shavasana, I had a mystical experience that I have shared with many of you in the teacher trainings. I had a distinctive sensation, that I was unwinding, not even a sensation, but a visceral “multi-dimension-sensation” that my body was actually spinning like a wheel, resetting it self, and felt a profound feeling of rest and relaxation. I had so much unconscious tension that I was not even aware of. I could finally feel what I think is the “Bhavana” or Mood of being at one, “atonement” or being at peace with oneSelf.
I’m sending you blessings from Italia, my homeland and the place of La Dolce Vita “The Sweet Life”. I rent my house in Montauk every year and come here to the home of my ancestors to reconnect to my roots and to experience a more stress free way of approaching life.
The Italians are natural Yogi’s. The life they lead here is like a practice in itself. Always inspired by my experience here, I wanted to share with you some of the very simple lifestyle choices that will open you to a more grounded, balanced & connected way of life.
I love the way this pose opens up your throat chakra, cultivating self expression and communication. Both are important for creating and sustaining relation ships and speaking your truth. It’s all about the elbows! Wide elbows cause the ribs to splay and the whole pose to collapse. Squeeze those babies in! Squeezing the elbows together will elevate the torso so that your shoulder blades have enough room to effectively move together and push the ribcage forward creating an upper backbend that will keep the hips forward over the shoulders. Thus, creating balance!
Deepen, refine and renew your yoga practice in Fire Island Pines.
2+ daily Prana Vinyasa yoga classes, meditation and mantra practice sessions, dwelling in a serene family-style setting minutes away from the beach.