Summer Yoga Teaching: July

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July Yoga Teaching

Saturday 7/1 5:45pm (60 min) Yoga Open Level at Harlem Yoga Studio

Monday 7/3 7pm (90 min) Vinyasa 2 at Harlem Yoga Studio

Thursday, 7/6 7:45pm (60 min) OmPower Flow at One Yoga for All

Friday, 7/7 10:45am (75 min) Yoga Open Level at Harlem Yoga Studio

Wednesday, 7/12 5:45pm (60 min) Community Class at Harlem Yoga Studio

Thursday, 7/13 7:45pm (60 min) OmPower Flow at One Yoga for All

Friday, 7/14 10:45am (75 min) Yoga Open Level at Harlem Yoga Studio

Wednesday, 7/19 5:45pm (60 min) Community Class at Harlem Yoga Studio

Wednesday, 7/26 5:45pm (60 min) Community Class at Harlem Yoga Studio

Thursday, 7/27 7:45pm (60 min) OmPower Flow at One Yoga for All

Friday, 7/28 10:45am (75 min) Yoga Open Level at Harlem Yoga Studio

The theme at Harlem Yoga Studio for July is third chakra – manipura – and the theme at One Yoga for All for this month is “letting go.” The third chakra is centered around personal power – our core (physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually). Its element is fire and its actions are those of transformation. Pairing this concept with “letting go” has been an exercise in the true meaning of yoga itself: union…in order to find balance. The third chakra is often misperceived as the chakra of control – of toughness – yet the work of transformation cannot be done without letting go of that which does not serve us.

More specifically, because this month began with a long weekend that encouraged us to reflect on the state of the country – of the world – I decided that I wanted to focus my classes on how we can use this sense of personal power and letting go of that which takes us out of the present moment to focus on kindness. The yoga practice can fuel our ability to be kind in the world, if we use it to nourish ourselves from the ground up. And so I continue to close my classes (and this blog post) with a poem to inspire a fruitful transition from savasana into the rest of the waiting world.

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Read the full poem here.

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New Years Eve + New Years Day in Manhattan: An Alternative Ringing-In

When everyone else seems to be taking one back in Times Square anxiously awaiting the drop of a ball, thousands of New Yorkers have their eyes closed and their breath big in downward facing dog. When ringing 2014 in, I joined in this tradition and there’s no going back for me because really, it’s quite fun to show up fashionably late to a New Years Eve party (i.e. after midnight) and why not make a grand entrance with a fabulous post-yoga glow?

Here’s the Growing Up On OM guide to ringing in 2016.

NEW YEARS EVE

Harlem Yoga Studio 108 Sun Salutations

139.jpgFull disclosure: this is the NYE event I’m most excited about because I’ll be attending it and teaching some of the sun salutations at one of my true hOMe studios where I teach my weekly 5:45pm Saturday class. From my personal FB page:

SO INCREDIBLY EXCITED to ring in the New Year with lovely teachers and yogis. Very excited to lead some of the sun salutations in this event (a yoga nerd dream of mine). C’mon by and flow with us NYE – blog post to persuade you even more forthcoming!

  • Teachers: a HYS variety!
  • 9:45pm – Midnight
  • $20

Come Ring in the New Year with deep breaths, Yoga, Community, and lots of LOVE! 10 PM through Midnight! Join many of your favorite HYS teachers and fellow Yogis as we celebrate the passing of 2015, and welcome 2016 with intention and open hearts. We will meet, ground, throw away what is not needed from the past year, and offer our intentions and wishes for 2016. Then together we will complete 108 Sun Salutations led by various teachers. We will end with a collective Metta meditation and then mingle and snack with healthy, nourishing food (and cookies!).

Why 108? The average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters. There are 108 Upanishads, and according to yogic tradition there are 108 marma points, or sacred places of the body.

Register here or just show up at the door!

Integral Yoga Institute 108 Sun Salutations: Peace, Prayers + Loving Energy 

  • Teacher: Nalini Kuhnke
  • 5-6:30pm
  • By Donation

364.jpgWhat better way to welcome 2016 than to stretch, breathe, and celebrate Yoga with 108 sun salutations, led by the wonderful IYI teacher Nalini? Come and enjoy the sacred space of IYI’s Lotus Room as you join with other Yogis and Yoginis in this beautiful practice. Whatever you do for the rest of the evening, you’ll be refreshed, energized, and ready for a great new year.

Register here.

Laughing Lotus Let Magic Reign w. Victor

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  • Teacher: Victor Colletti
  • 10pm-Midnight
  • $60

Patti Smith was taught by her mother that the way she spent the first day of the year would influence the following 364 – so start YOUR 2016 off right with this two-hour intention-setting ceremony filled with fluid asana, chanting, powerful kriyas!

Register here.

NEW YEARS DAY

New Years Soul Sweat w. Dana Trixie Flynn

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  • 1-2:30pm
  • Laughing Lotus

 

Join Dana for a deep and beautiful fluid practice that rolls into a delicious gong bath. Let’s start the year off together with more energy and sweetness. All Levels.

New Years Day Yin Yoga Class

  • 3-4:30pm
  • Susan Derwin
  • Laughing Lotus

We will take time to ground, to release what is in the past, and to open up and create space and intention for the New Year!  Yin yoga is a more passive practice, utilizing props and gravity to facilitate lengthening of the connective tissue to increase mobility.  This class is open to all levels, including beginners.

@YogaGirl Virtual 108 Sun Salutations (Live from the Upper East Side)

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Happy New Year! May 2016 be happy, joyous + free!

Namaste,

Shira

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Check out my summer teaching schedule and if you’re in the area, come join, please!

On the Thrill of Summer and My First-Ever Teaching Schedule in NYC!

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On the Thrill of Summer and My First-Ever Teaching Schedule in NYC!