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Pitta Season

Dear Teachers:

Welcome to Pitta Season. The season dominated by the element of fire. Pitta ignites our bodies and minds and encourages transformation and change. From the words of the master Bob Marley, “ The sun is shining the weather is sweet yea, make you want to move your dancing feet now”. During Pitta season we receive the energy of the sum. It feels warm, encouraging, enlightening. It calls us to get out and move, to explore, to experience. So whatever it is you have been dreaming of now is the time to make it happen. Summer is the time to shift from the undoing to the doing, from the mundane to the ecstatic, from the status quo to the superb. Continue reading

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THE SONIC CREATIVE: Hannah Lowe Corman, Artist & Yogi

THE SONIC CREATIVE: Hannah Lowe Corman, Artist & Yogi

How did yoga come into your life?  A friend suggested we take yoga our senior year of college (for credit!!!). I loved learning the physical practice, alignment and anatomy and knew I wanted to teach yoga after that one semester. I continued building my practice at the gym until I had enough experience and savings to enroll in a yoga teacher training program at the Yoga Center of Columbia in Maryland. Being in a nurturing studio environment completely opened my eyes to everything else yoga could be and everything I had been doing wrong for three years! Continue reading

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Mitch Polon: How Yoga Teacher Training Influenced My Life

Mitch Polon: How Yoga Teacher Training Influenced My Life

After completing my Sonic 200 hour TT program, my practice and awareness his been exponentially heightened. I walked into the program to learn the necessities to teach. What I walked out with was a greater understand of my Self, my body and my spirituality.

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Summer stiffness

I have a lot of people asking me, “Why the aches and pains?” Summer is in full effect, but for some reason some people are feeling tighter than ever and their bones are super achy. Summer means heat, heat warms the muscles and muscles like the warmth, which is supposed to make them more flexible, so why the heck are we feeling the exact opposite? 

If you are like most people and work indoors, you are probably in an air conditioner approximately 8 hours of the day. So although it might be 90+ degrees outside and you remember, clear as day, the unbearable commute to and from work with the full onslaught of sweat beads dropping down your back, what you might be forgetting is, we keep ourselves in frigid temperatures most of the day. New York, on a whole, has a habit of overdoing it big time in the air conditioning department. Usually rather than just cutting through some of the heat and humidity, it has become common practice to run the AC at full blast bringing the workplace and often the MTA down to seemingly sub zero temperatures. I know it’s my own personal practice to keep a hoody on me at all times to avoid hypothermia. And forget about the fact that the abuse of our air conditioners are contributing to depletion of the earth resources, but all this excessively cooled air is just not good for the body. It leads to aches and pains and makes our muscles stiff as a board. Not to mention the fact that the going back and forth between the hot and cold temperatures all day reeks havoc on the immune system. So this summer if you’re in control of your AC, maybe dial it down a little towards comfortable rather than frigid and if you’re not in control, make sure to bring extra layers to keeps the muscles warm(er) and happier for your practice! See you on the mat!

Namaste,

Christopher Temple

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YOGI OF THE MONTH: Alyssa Palaganas

YOGI OF THE MONTH:  Alyssa Palaganas
WHERE YOU GREW UP:  Manila, Philippines
WHEN YOU MOVED TO NYC: 2015
OCCUPATION: HR Director for a hotel 
FAVORITE MUSICIAN: Adele (soloist) and The Killers (band)
FAVORITE MOVIE:  Casablanca
FAVORITE BOOK;  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
GOALS IN LIFE:  Seek my truth, empower others, love unconditionally

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CHANGE by Lauren Hanna

In the Yoga tradition “Change” is seen as the inevitable state of Prakriti or nature. Prakriti is in a constant state of movement trough the three gunas, Sattva (clarity), Raja (movement) and Tamas (inertia). Change is an unavoidable state that we must all pass through on our paths to spiritual transformation and growth. This past year has been a whirlwind of change for Sonic Yoga. New management, new space, new teachers, and more!

Change is sometimes met with resistance, as it often brings difficult or uncomfortable emotions. Moving through a cycle of change can sometimes bring up feelings of loss and lack of control. We often avoid change and the uncomfortable feelings that come with it. Continue reading

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THE SONIC CREATIVE: Forrest Simmons, Photographer

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WELCOME NEW TEACHER TO THE SONIC FAMILY: Siri Rishi Kaur

Please Welcome Sonic’s Newest Teacher: Siri Rishi Kaur (Yogini / Mother /Artist) This Avant-Garde Yogini, is a KRI Kundalini Yoga Teacher. Siri Rishi has been teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation through out the East Coast for over 18 years. She delivers this ancient technology authentically and with reverence, combining Gong Sonic Meditations, Kundalini, Restorative, and Words on Power. Siri Rishi was a Senior Teacher at Golden Bridge NYC for 7 years, as well as the former owner of Beloved Yogi Harlem, a neighborhood Yoga Studio in Upper Manhattan. Siri Rishi’s classes and workshops are refreshing and exciting. She delivers the teachings with precision and a sense of humor creating space for breathe, joy, exploration and laughter. She is the co- founder of Moon Womb, as well as founder of lifelabsrk and Rishi Retreats. When she is not teaching in New York City you can find her leading retreats in her “home away from home” Nosara, Costa Rica. She is forever grateful to all of her teachers, Yogi Bhajan, Hari Kaur, Ravi Singh, Gurmukh Khalsa, and many more.

 

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POSE OF THE MONTH: Taquice Campbell Chooses Eka Pada Koundinyasana II

Taquice Campbell Chooses Eka Pada Koundinyasana II 

With the Summer Solstice just behind us, we continue to celebrate our connection to the Sun and the Earth. The rays of light fill the atmosphere and nourish our fully bloomed intentions with positive energy and a bit of fire. The time is opportunistic to harness the vitality of the warmer days to practice a more challenging pose. Eka Pada Koundinyasana II embodies such a physical challenge and purports a balance between the ego and the physical self, both of which are particularly active during this time of year. As the heart advances itself forward to the earth, it allows the back leg to leverage in contrast. A solid and fully engaged core is essential to the steadiness of this posture which is complemented with arm strength and focused breath.  Continue reading

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JULY’S COMMUNITY PARTNER: Funkytown Playground – Music and Movement for Kids!

Come on down to the Funkytown Playground! We will jump and jam with shakers and tambourines, dance with bubbles and fall from the stars with our colorful parachute.

For the Sonic Family: 20% off on a children’s musical or yoga birthday party or special event. This includes props such as shakers, puppets, colorful scarves, parachute, bubbles, etc. This is also valid for family concerts or events; mixing original interactive songs, radio and disney hits, and contemporary songs that your whole family will enjoy.
www.funkytownplayground.com

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