How Vata Season Serves Us on Our Fertility Journey
Welcome to the official start of Vata season. Finally we are beginning to witness the arrival of cooler nights and dryer days. Fall is that sacred time of year when thanks to Vata, the elements of air and space, come together to shift energy and shake things up a bit. This is the beauty of Vata. It’s qualities of air and space encourage movement and change.
For many of us we are also starting to experience the whirling of actions, thoughts and emotions, as Vata is awakened within us. Yesterday on my way to catch the Jitney to NYC, in my rushing and thinking of too many things at once, I consciously left my phone on the tailgate of my car. I thoughtfully reminded myself not to drive away until I retrieved it. But, when my husband walked out to see me off, I got distracted. Despite my daily routine of vata pacifying practices, it got the best of me. I drove away forgetting my phone, it flew off the car and by the time I found it, it had been completely destroyed. Continue reading
Stretches Hip Flexors and gives relief from sitting all day
Increases blood flow to the reproductive organs.
Strengthens the back muscles & spine
Stimulates the thyroid when the head is tilted back.
Calms anxiety Continue reading
The Sonic Creative LIVE is an evening of live performance with an art show by people in the Sonic family. Come and enjoy comedy, dance, and live music. Then enjoy an art show of photography and paintings. THE LINE UP: The amazing musician and songwriter Christopher Temple will be playing an acoustic set. The talented Darby Canessa will perform her own original choreography. The hilarious acupuncturist/comedian David Foster will be performing comedy. The multi-talented Pamela Lyn Kalechofsky will be performing a dance she has choreographed to recorded text she has written that will be layered with recorded music. Hannah Lowe-Corman will be showing some of her beautiful paintings. And the brilliant Caroline Alarcón Loor’s photographs will be on display! Join us for an evening of art and socializing.
Drishti -a focused gaze, inward or external. It is a means for developing concentrated intention within one’s practice; physical or meditative.
Recently I have been exchanging ideas with some fellow yogis about the physical practice of yoga. We were discussing how frustrating it can be to deal with an injury or some trouble spot in the body. Unless you are not human, there is a good chance that you too have experienced a cranky shoulder or an achy lower back or some other physical challenge that makes it hard for you to enjoy a deep, rich, focused practice. It is easy to treat this discomfort with judgement rather than embracing it as part of the journey, or even to try to ignore it as we painstakingly more from posture to posture within the practice. It can unground us, if we let it, making it seemingly impossible to focus our energies toward the task at hand; being present.
YOGI OF THE MONTH: Pamela Lyn Kalechofsky
Grew Up: Long Island, NY.
Moved to NYC: February 2016.
Occupation: Artist – Dance Teacher & Choreographer, Makeup Artist, Painter, Writer.
How long have you been practicing yoga? Since 1998.
What does yoga do for you? Yoga opens my heart & expands my mind. It is a full body & soul experience, enlightening every part of who I am, helping shape me into the best me I can be. It is the embodiment of peace & strength.
Hobbies: Yoga of course! Dancing, painting, writing, reading, walking, creating, listening to music. Continue reading
As I write this blog post, it is Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday of atonement and self-reflection. My Jewish friends are now deep in thought and self-reflection. It is also the day after the conclusion of the Navaratri cycle, the Hindu Festival that
honors the Goddess and her role in supporting our transformation and evolution. Fall is that sacred time of year when thanks to Vata, the elements of air and
space, come together to shift energy and shake things up a bit. This is the
beauty of Vata, based on its qualities, it encourages movement and change, self-
reflection and atonement seems just so right at this time. In the Pagan festivals
of the Fall Equinox, similar rituals are practiced to honor renewal and re-direction.
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How did yoga come into your life?
I had always wanted to try yoga, but I was too scared because I didn’t know what I was doing. I joined a gym that offered classes and just sucked it up and went one day. I loved it! I had never felt so relaxed after a workout in my life.
What is your practice? When do you do yoga?
I enjoy Vinyasa. I’d like to go more often, but I usually end up going twice a week.
How does yoga benefit your everyday life?
Yoga definitely calms my brain. I can tend to be a distracted and worried person. Giving myself that time to practice helps quiet the things that bother me.
Does yoga help you be creative?
Well I suppose, yes. The more calm I am, the more energy I can put towards being creative.
Pose of the Month: Drue Michael Chooses Dwi Pada Viparita Dandhasana
Upward Facing Two-Foot Staff Pose
What a mouth full! I chose this pose because I think is a great way to open and align all of the chakras of the body. The version that I show is slightly modified with the knees still bent but the legs could be fully extended to further root down into the Earth. As the weather begins to grow colder it’s a great time to breathe into the belly; raising Agni to ignite the heart. Fill your Fall practice with plenty of heart and hip openers!