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Namaste Dear Teachers by Lauren Hanna

Namaste Dear Teachers,

I’m sending you all love from the jungle.  I feel so blessed to have this opportunity to immerse myself in nature every year in the beautiful paradise of Matapalo.  We are moving through the new moon phase as I write this opening.  It is a magical time to reflect and contemplate your blessings and to honor your connection to all that is. Continue reading

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Learning the Language

Namaste Dear Community,

I’m writing this to you after I just gave a Thai Yoga Bodywork Workshop for Valentine’s day. It was a wonderful time with some new faces and some old friends. The workshop had a lot to do with tricks and techniques but even more to do with communication. We learned that even if we are doing something technically correct, if it isn’t working for the person we are with then it isn’t really working at all. It spoke worlds about the complexity of the way we communicate in all types of relationships but specifically to do with relationships with the ones we love. When we communicate it becomes less about what we are saying and more about what is being heard. It is less about being right and more about finding the truths. When we are learning to love someone, which never ends, it’s not just about loving them with all our heart, it is also about loving them in a way that they understand, in a way they they specifically can feel. We need to learn their language and teach them ours. We need to be patient in listening and keep our hearts open to what they are actually saying. It might go without saying, but love like that always needs to start with getting to know and loving ourselves. What a wonderful gift Yoga is towards this process, learning to listen patiently using the tools that we have been gifted to find centeredness, strength, flexibility, openness and above all self love. From their we simply add another person into the equation and start again learning about this new wonderful creation of the divine.

Namaste and Hugs,

Christopher Temple

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Ron Davis: My Yoga Journey

I’ve always wanted to travel around the world and I’ve turned my dream into reality through my Yoga Journey. Yoga has taken me to many places ;from various islands in the Caribbean to Thailand & Bhutan. From serene beaches to vast mountains in the Himalayas. Most importantly Yoga has taken me on an inner journey. The Teacher training at Sonic Yoga has well prepared me for this inner journey as I further explore the Yamas & Niyamas and what they mean to my life on and off the mat. The teacher training helped me put the physical practice of Yoga into a grander context of how I can make the connection between the physical and spiritual dimensions.

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YTT Teacher Highlight Jeffrey Duval

Ayurveda Wisdom with Jeffrey Duval
Most Yogis are familiar with setting an intention before a yoga practice begins, but did you know that you can also set an intention at the beginning of the day, upon waking?
This ritual tradition is cross-cultural and also part of the Daily Routine that comes from the tradition of Ayurveda. Routines help us stay grounded and focused and can help us create a radical shift on our health, outlook and optimism in life.

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Planning Sequences Ayurvedically by Jeffrey Duval

How does a yoga teacher decide what to teach for a class? In the Vinyasa method it can be almost like a mash-up smorgasbord with so many options and sequences to choose from. Often the sequence is standard, as in Astanga.
From an Ayurvedic perspective we take into account the season of the year, time of day and local climate. Here in Northeastern United States, the middle of February can be a challenging time physically and emotionally. We long for fresh air, warm summer days, natural sunlight, and we may have been cooped up indoors, with stale air, and the cold and flu bugs may have kept us convalescing and isolated, or we may just be in hibernation mode.

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Parigrasana Gate Pose

Parigrasana Gate Pose
 
This is one of my favorite poses because it is both grounding and energizing at the same time.  Side bends are wonderful for reproductive health.  As you bend to one side you compress the reproductive organs giving them a nice squeeze to increase blood flow, balance hormones and improve overall functioning.   The opposite side gets a wonderful stretch and creates space for deep breathing and nourishment to the reproductive system. 

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BLUEBERRY CHIA SEED PANCAKES

RECIPE OF THE MONTH :
We all love pancakes but traditional pancakes are filled with gluten and do nothing to provide us with the energy we need to prepare our bodies for conception. Chia seed pancakes are just as delicious and filled with an amazing superfood to energize our system ! Enjoy
BLUEBERRY CHIA SEED PANCAKES
PREP TIME
5 mins
COOK TIME
15 mins
TOTAL TIME
20 mins
Author: The AlmondEater.com
INGREDIENTS
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp plain yogurt
  • ½ cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • Topping:
  • 2 tbsp plain yogurt
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • ¼ cup blueberries

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YOGI OF THE MONTH: Sarah Kelleher Q&A

YOGI OF THE MONTH: Sarah Kelleher

WHERE YOU GREW UP: I was born in Florida but moved to New Jersey when I was five.

WHEN DID YOU MOVE TO NYC? I moved to NYC two years ago.

OCCUPATION: I am a graduate student at NYU working towards a Master’s in Social Work.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTICING YOGA? I have been practicing yoga consistently for two years.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN COMING TO SONIC? I have been coming to Sonic for two years.

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10 Practices For Sustainable Happiness by Pamela Lyn

10 Practices For Sustainable Happiness Written By: Pamela Lyn

 What is happiness?

It seems like a pretty simple question, but pause to think about it and there are so many options. Happiness is truly an individual expression — what brings immense joy to one can certainly make another weep!

Happiness can be effortless to attain — For example, seeing a friend, going to a yoga class, eating a delicious meal, taking a long walk on a beautiful day. But then why is that pleasure-feeling so fleeting once the moment has past?

Why is happiness so difficult to sustain? When we are dreaming, striving for something, how come happiness sometimes seems right within our grasp, but then scatters to the floor like flax seeds at our feet? And to what capacity do we need happiness to feel overall fulfillment? Continue reading

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Shiva Shakti by Lauren Hanna

Namaste Dear Community,

I just wrapped up a wonderful weekend in the 300 Hour Advanced program studying the philosophy of Kundalini and the Chakras. This month we come into the Hindu celebration of Maha Shivratri honoring Lord Shiva and his union with Parvatri and St. Valentines Day. In honor of these holidays that represent union and love. I would like to share a beautiful myth of Shiva and Shakti with you from the Kundalini Tantra tradition.

Shiva is the masculine force, the contemplative, still, all knowing divine current. Shakti is the always changing, creative feminine force. Together they are the ultimate experience of bliss, of union, of the coming together of all opposites in a non-dual state of oneness.   Shiva without Shakti is dormant energy, sleeping without purpose. Shakti without Shiva is chaotic and disorganized. Shakti needs Shiva to give her creative energy direction and content. Shiva needs Shakti to give his all knowing consciousness movement and energy to manifest. When Shiva and Shakti are united all separation ends and unlimited bliss is experienced by all. Continue reading

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