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Aparigraha & Alignment with Christopher Temple

Aparigraha & Alignment

I used to use prayer as a tool to ask the Divine for things that I wanted or thought that I needed. Sometimes these things came into fruition and I was happy, other times I observed outcomes that were not to my liking and I found myself feeling frustrated and abandoned. I thought perhaps there was no Divine force in the universe, or that if there was, it surely was not listening to me.

This path of thinking was leading to suffering because when things didn’t go my way, I was taking the outcomes in my life very personally. I was feeling the part of the victim; unloved and un-cared for.
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Yogi of the Month: Dee Taniñas

Yogi of the Month: Dee Taniñas

WHERE YOU GREW UP: The Philippines
MOVED TO NYC: 2013
NEIGHBORHOOD: Hell’s Kitchen
OCCUPATION: Personal Development Counselor / Life Coach
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTICING YOGA?
I started doing yoga on and off since 2012. I took some classes when I was in London and Bangkok but I eventually stopped practicing due to my hectic schedule. When I started practicing at Sonic, yoga has become part of my daily routine. It started as a 60-Day dare. Now, I’m on Day 79. And counting!
WHAT DOES YOGA DO FOR YOU?
It gives me space to reconnect with myself. The ultimate goal is to breathe. And be in the moment.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN COMING TO SONIC?
79 days to be exact. Every single day.
WHAT CLASSES DO YOU USUALLY TAKE?
My yoga practice here at Sonic has 3 core elements: The strength of Chris Temple, the flexibility of Jeffrey Duval and the intensity of Keith Partington.

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THE SONIC CREATIVE: Caroline Alarcón Loor, Photographer/Visual Artist

Caroline Alarcón LoorPhotographer/Visual Artist | See More at CarolineAlarcon.com

What do you love about yoga?  I love yoga because it me stops me from wondering about everything, and it opens every side of my body and after savasana (corpse pose)  I feel so much love and peace towards everything, it might be some type of secret ritual for for the body… Yoga has also healed me, it healed an injured shoulder that I had in a car accident, a constant pain that not even regular therapy could help. I thank my teachers for this, Keith Partington, Christopher Temple and Johanna Bell. 

How do you come up with a concept for a photograph? What is your process?  My process might be the slowest of the usual if it’s my own project. I might be inspired by a person but the feeling (editing process) will come in after a while. But the results are different if I were to process the photos right after.  I keep my photos as if they were unfinished stories until i work on them.  Unless it’s a paid photoshoot for a client, I take my time.

What artists inspire you most?  So many artists inspire me, from all over but my brother inspired me the most when I decided to chose the path to study photography, he showed me at first glance of what I love now, which is abstract art. I love Man Ray, and the psychology (only) of Salvador Dali and the landscapes and simplicity of Richard Misrach’s landscapes. I hope to meet him one day.    Also my sister who is a fashion stylist, she dresses me when I have an important event to go to and now I’m giving so much more importance to the wardrobe in my clients than before because of that. And at last, the comedies of William Shakespeare. 

Did you study photography in school? If so where?  I studied photography a little after starting college, I went to school to study Psychology but I was choosing more art classes than anything. I then went to study studio photography at LGCC but that didn’t go so well as I let a professor discourage me, she wasn’t thrilled about my photography and almost ignored me thoughtout the whole class, so I dropped that major but then I decided to go out there and photograph what I love, my work got better and people began to ask me to photograph them… I then switched to fine arts and got my bachelors with a concentration in photography and visual arts from Hunter College.  I don’t regret it because I love art in general, and I’m thankful to have learned to work with many mediums to make art with my hands. I then, continued to take classes at the International Center of Photography for studio lighting and The School of Visual arts for guidance on a current project Im working on that deals with immigrants.  

What is your favorite color?  My favorite color is black, but also the sea   colors..I’m from the coast of Ecuador and as a child my family and I used to go to the beach often, so it just brings that joy back in my heart.

What is exciting to you about the creative world in New York?  NYC: Art Mecca. I am so lucky to be leaving in this city, I thought I wasn’t going to like it when my parents decided to bring me here without asking me first (ha!) but now I am happy, there’s so many art galleries to see, so many museums, so many undiscovered  artists, and art performances to see, the art scene is just how you see it in the movies, last Saturday Arantxa Ajauro asked me to shoot one of the performances which was called “We Are Light”. It was amazing, to see live art,to see people’s reactions, the feeling it brings it’s just like reading a powerful book. I recommend you  to go out there and see some art! Just ask me if you see me around the studio for recommendations.

What is your soundtrack while taking photographs?  My soundtrack? Hmmmm, when I’m shooting in a studio, on Pandora I play a lot of moderat and if the concept of the shoot is glamour, then I play Ella Fitzgerald. 

Favorite Musicians?  My favorite musician now are Nicolas Jaar and Elle Fitzgerald. But I love world tribal  and electronic music in general.

Favorite Book?  So many! But lots of self- help books! The comedies of Shakespeare, and in the Spanish language my favorites have been some of Paulo Cohelo’s because he also gets inspired by other literature. 

Favorite Movie?  Artificial Intelligence, and Mr. Nobody, and the editing of the movie Snatch. 

Favorite Photographer?  Mario Testino, Cindy Sherman and Richard Misrach. 

Favorite Museum?  It’s a battle between the MoMa and the Guggenheim. I love the collection that the MoMa has but I love the structure of the Guggenheim and their carefully selected art that they exhibit. 

Do you think yoga helps your creativity?  Yoga has also helped me be more confident, at Sonic nobody treats me different just because I am a minority. I feel welcomed and loved and this studio, this is why sonic is like one of my homes!

How long have you been taking class at Sonic? I have been practicing at Sonic more than 5 years, or a little more but I became more active since last year, then I decided to do my teacher training at Sonic to deepen my practice.  One of the best decisions I have ever made.

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THE SONIC CREATIVE: The Healer of the Month is a Funny Guy

THE SONIC CREATIVE Presents David Foster (May’s Healer of the Month), Comedian, Healer & Sonic Family Member

Watch Video Clips of David’s Comedy:

Western Medicine (Stand Up Comedy) 

Doctor Boz, (Comedy Sketch)

You Good? (Comedy Sketch)

 

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SPRING TAPAS with Lauren Hanna

Spring Tapas

When the universe asks you to step up and commit yourself to a practice that could be life saving or life changing what do you do? In the Yoga tradition it is when we call upon the practice of Tapasah or Tapas.

In the Yoga Sutras Patanjali introduces this concept in Book Two Sutra 43 he says: Kayedriya Siddir Asuddhi Ksayat Tapasah, which translate to By austerity, impurities of body and senses are destroyed and occult powers gained. Continue reading

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May’s Pose of the Month: Jeffrey Scott Duval Chooses

Pigeon, Ekapadarajakapotasana 

May is my favorite month for pigeon, after dull skies clear and the Earth awakens with green things poking out of muck. Sometimes you may feel like staying low to the earth in the reclining version. When there is additional preparation of shoulder openings and back bending, you may feel like practicing some of the variations, in which the chest appears to be bursting with the pride of a pigeon. Either way it’s a perfect asana to open hips and ground to open your heart and to the sky.  If you have any knee problems, try the Supta or on your back version. Feel free to add a nice twist. 

Drink the breath-nectar from the sky. And don’t forget to say hello to the pigeons in the neighborhood.

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May’s Healer of the Month: David Foster

Born and raised in New York, David is an acupuncturist and herbalist, having earned his Master’s degree from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2013. My education included four years of studying the principles of Chinese Medicine as well as Tui-Na massage, cupping, nutrition and moxibustion. He completed my externship at the LGBT Center, Housing Works, and practiced for a few years in Los Angeles before moving back home to Manhattan. He’ll never leave again! Continue reading

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May’s Community Partner: Farm to People


Farm To People is an online farmers market and specialty food store currently popping up at Turnstyle in NYC. Their mission is to make it easy to discover and buy from small-batch, artisanal farmers and makers. When you buy Farm To People’s products, you participate in a transparent food system by knowing who makes your food and where it comes from. You are getting large-scale quality, care and love. Farm to People’s flavor collection boasts such eclectic offerings like Ostrich Jerky, Goat Milk Caramel, Lovage Soda Syrup and much more. Their producers understand that there is no substitute for real ingredients, so you will never find a synthetic alternative or an unpronounceable chemical in anything you buy from Farm to People. You are what you eat – and what you eat is the sum of every ingredient.
10% OFF FOR SONIC COMMUNITY!  farmtopeople.com
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FLIGHT SCHOOL with Arantxa Araujo

FLIGHT SCHOOL – Floating Forward and Back and Transitioning Through Handstands with Arantxa Araujo
A light and energetic class focusing on directing energy towards an intention. Learn new ways to enter and exit poses by floating on the mat. Deconstruct and study the aspects and then integrate the knowledge in a real practice.We will be covering many points of interest, including:
• The grand handstand
• Core and the power of navasana
• Integrating inversions in the flow

Early Bird Until May 15th $40 | Regular Price $50  SIGN UP

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MOVE FOR MEANING: Exhale to Inhale – Fundraising Class with Nicole Bell

MOVE FOR MEANING: Exhale to Inhale Fundraising Class with Nicole Bell

An open level benefit class taught by Exhale to Inhale yoga teacher Nicole Bell. 100% of proceeds donated to local non profit, Exhale to Inhale. This open level class will empower you & your practice with invitational language, mindful modifications and the space to discover your own form of meditative sahaja movement.

Exhale to Inhale believes that survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault can feel strong and safe in their bodies, and when they do, they can help to end the cycle of violence in their families and communities. Continue reading

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