Archives: Rockland County yoga

Grateful

Grateful

Since moving to Sparkill, NY in Rockland County I’ve had the pleasure of working with a few fantastic yoga/meditation students. Recently a local woman called me who was looking for someone to help heal her belly blues. She wanted to learn meditation, yoga and ways to practice on her own at home – what a perfect match we were!  The Universe played its part as matchmaker as well as Google! I have so much gratitude in my heart as she wrote me a beautiful testimonial – here it is below: Read more »

Aerial Yoga FUN!

Aerial Yoga FUN!

Things I Wish I Knew Thursday - Aerial Yoga

T.I.W.I.K.T.

I wish I knew how much fun aerial yoga was 5 years ago! I feel lucky that I’ve come across it now. It’s better late then never! Last night I was playing around on the hammock (in my pajamas) and it was SO MUCH FUN! I practiced new Read more »

 

Private Studio With Hammocks!

Private Studio With Hammocks!

Top 5 reasons I love teaching and practicing aerial yoga:

1) It’s something new and different

2) My body feels incredible afterwards Read more »

Partner Yoga Class

Partner Yoga Class

Need a new date night idea? How about coming to partner yoga? You’ll sample some delicious chocolates then you can float off to a romantic dinner. If you want to come to partner yoga with a friend – it’s a fantastic way to get in some great quality time together. What’s better then laughing, loving, massaging, breathing, supporting and having fun together?! It’s open to all levels – so even if you’ve never practiced before – now’s your chance to dive in. Join us! Our next one is March 22nd 4:30pm-6:00pm $25 per person. I’ll be your teacher, and Chad (my husband) will be my demo partner. Class will be held at Union Arts Center in Sparkill, NY. You won’t want to miss this. Read about our last class HERE. Sign up by contacting me HERE.

Antigravity Yoga Teacher Training NYC!

Antigravity Yoga Teacher Training NYC!

I just returned home after a 4-day antigravity yoga teacher training. It was absolutely incredible. WOW! Antigravity yoga is all about taking flight in a silk hammock. This morning when I woke up, I felt as though I were swaying in cocoon, which is shivasana in yogic terms, but then I had to remind myself that I was just in bed! I can’t help but think it’s some kind of sign that I’d rather be flying! Not only does my body feel incredible – and that’s pretty amazing considering the fact that I was in class from 9-5 for the last 4 days. My abs feel great, my neck and even my back are NOT hurting! I haven’t felt this good in a while… Now the next steps are to buy a hammock for my house and then start teaching of course. I’m so excited to share this incredible practice with you all. Flying high really is for everyone – you don’t have to be fit or athletic to fly. You just have to be able to trust, let go, be free and have fun!! Antigravity yoga is all about having fun – so if you’re into being serious all the time then you definitely won’t like it! I am beyond excited to be a part of this incredible team that I know will change lives forever. Thanks to my teachers Shelly Bomb and Christopher Harrison for teaching me the way – I am forever grateful.

Restorative Yoga with Shira

Restorative Yoga with Shira

This Thursday 2/27 from 10:45am-12pm I’m teaching a restorative yoga class at Nyack Yoga at 42 Main street in Nyack. Petrina Plecko typically teaches a therapeutic class at that time, but she’s away and asked me to sub. This class will be filled with delicious, relaxing, supportive, nourishing poses to help soothe and heal your body, mind and soul. If you’re having any symptoms of disease, this class will give you helpful tools to relax on a daily basis. I can’t think of a better way to spend your Thursday morning. Make your way over to Nyack Yoga at 42 main street in Nyack, NY. Let’s breathe together!

Ready to roll!

Ready to roll!

Yesterday was my colonoscopy test that I typically get every 2-3 years. No, I’m not a 50 year old – however I do have ulcerative colitis and in that case I have to get checked out more often then the typical 28 year old.

How did it go? Well…. It was pretty shitty… KIDDING! It was actually fine. I mean it’s pretty uncomfortable and not fun at all BUT the results were that nothing has changed, gotten worse or better – which in my eyes is great news. I always hope that it’s gotten smaller and that one-day it will completely vanish, but not this year. Maybe in the next 3 years I’ll have accomplished that – I’m focusing on the glass half full here. I’m healthy, I feel good and that’s what matters.

Having the test done gives me some serious peace of mind. Instead of stressing about whether it’s gotten worse or if I have something more serious etc… it feels great to know that all is still good down there and I can continue down my path to health. I suggest knowing opposed to not knowing. Get your tests done, go to the Doctor and find out what’s going on. After you know what’s happening, then you can work on alternative ways to help yourself heal. When we release the anxiety about what’s going on in our bodies it’s pretty magical – a weight lifts, you feel free. Take it from me!

Flowers over fear.

 

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This quote keeps popping into my head out of nowhere…

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My vision board. Notice the words, colors and photos. This = ME!

The power of words… it’s almost indescribable. I was at a workshop this past week for people who want to start a yoga studio. This is what I thought my path was at this moment in time. After sitting with myself and listening to the very inspirational words of wisdom and advice from Joan Dwyer and Janis Bowersox I’ve changed my current path. We spoke about strengths, vision boards, mission statements, visions, numbers (oh the numbers…!!) and much, much more. I’ve realized that since moving to Rockland county, I need to work on cultivating and creating my yoga community here. I need to dive into giving incredible workshops, teaching more and spreading my healing love to Rockland County and beyond. Then maybe, once I’ve done all of that, which may take me quite some time, I might possibly be ready to open a yoga studio. I realize that for me – baby steps, community and feeling ready is really important. I do commend all of you who dive into things head first, but for me I think the process of cultivating myself and branding myself as a yoga teacher is a really important step that I can’t skip over.

With that being said: in the near future you’ll be hearing about fun workshops that I’ll be teaching, retreats that I’ll be holding and new classes on my schedule. If you’re ready to find your true self, let go of disease, live healthfully, naturally and with peace – then look for my posts! I want you to be there! I can’t create community on my own – and I’m really looking forward to meeting all of the incredible yogis and yogis to be in Rockland County, Bergen County and maybe even Westchester County. Stay tuned for awesomeness coming your way.

By the way, I just created a Pinterest and it’s SO MUCH FUN! It’s like digital collaging. Find me, follow me and I’ll follow you back!

Find out more about Joan Dwyer HERE

Find out more about Janis Bowersox HERE

Bright Sunshine Flower

This week someone asked me what my yogic philosophy is. I absolutely loved this question because my answer rolled off my tongue and I didn’t even have to think twice about it. I know it’s because I live, eat and breathe this stuff, but anyway – here it is:

Listen to your body and everything else will eventually fall into place. When you stop, listen and are aware of the breath and how the body feels – that’s when the magic happens. Stress releases, anxiety falls to the wayside and the only important thing is you and your body. How magical.

I hope you can take some time this weekend to check in, listen to your breath and find peace in your body.

I’ll be at camp for a week! Yep, that’s right, I’m a camp counselor for 1 week at Camp Oasis which is a special camp for kids with crohns and colitis. I’ll be doing lots of breathing and team work too!

Enjoy the sunshine!

Have you ever been in a down and depressed rut not knowing how to get yourself out of it? Yea, me too. Sometimes I don’t even know why I’m in the rut or what got me there. What I do know is that it effects my belly in a negative way. Then, with one inspirational song that literally wakes me up I feel better – just like that, as if nothing ever happened. What is that about? Sometimes people, friends and family can help pull me out of a rut, but I just love it when it’s music that does the trick.

You know those songs where your whole body gets tingly and all you want to do is belt the music at the top of your lungs? Those are THE BEST! Sometimes music literally and physically soothes my soul. Are you with me?

Maybe you can find your wake up today. If yoga and meditation don’t always do the trick for you, get involved with music. Feel the beat through your body and enjoy.

It feels great to be alive and currently snuggling with my kitty Kali!

Here’s the song that woke me up:

Wake Me Up by Avicii. Click to Hear Song