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Yoga this Week – January 6, 2019

 

Happy New Year dear Yoga Students,

We had a wonderful time at the Kirtan last Friday night and I was amazed how free and happy I felt the next day!  The energy has stayed with me all weekend.  I was particularly taken with the moment we chanted to “our struggles” during Hari Om Tat Sat which translates as we bow to the truth of all that is sacred.  Our struggles are part of our sacred path.  Just like moving into the darkness from Autumn Equinox to Winter Solstice, it is part of the sacred cycle of our lives to move in and out and forward and back again.  Hopefully we learn to grow,  to leave behind what doesn’t serve us, take with us the lessons and honor the journey.  Here we are, beautiful yogi’s, at the start of a brand new year.  May you all and all beings find peace within your darkness and may we all honor the ever increasing light together as we travel this life together.

 

Yoga this Week

Tuesday Morning at 930am with Meditation following class

Wednesday Evening at 715pm

Friday Morning Healing/Gentle  Yoga at 930am

Please reserve your spot or cancel if your plans have changed

Workshops & Events

January 22nd – Synergy Session 645pm

February 1st – Kirtan Concert 7pm

February 5th – Reiki Healing Circle

2019 Brings Fun and Adventure!

Greetings and Happy Happy 2019!  Consider Joining me at any or all the following events!  

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Kirtan Chanting & Live Music TONIGHT at 7pm

Held at the North Shore Public Library!  FREE for all, call to register 631-929-4488 or just walk in and join us.  Love to have you.

 

Yoga Detox Special Class this SUNDAY at 9am

Held right here in our yoga room.  Come and do some special yogic kriyas (cleansing techniques), twisting postures and clearing meditation.  Great way to begin the new week and year!  This special class needs at least 4 students to rsvp before Saturday night  to run.  Let me know if you would like to come.  $15 walk in or use your class card.

 

Synergy Session Tuesday January 22nd at 645pm.  Restorative Yoga, Reiki & Acupuncture with Essential Oils

Please reserve your spot.  $60 prepayment required for this special session that is sure to prepare you for the Winter Months ahead by boosting your immune system, releasing negative energy and storing up vital energy  restoring  you to  radiant health and well being.

 

Reiki Healing Circle February 5th at 7pm

Join us for a healing circle with guided meditation, oracle card reading and reiki share.  Experienced practictioners and those brand new to reiki welcome!   $10 suggested donation

Yoga this Week December 24, 2018

**Scroll Down for Events coming your way – including a special detox class early January**

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“My beloved child, break your heart no longer.
Each time you judge yourself, you break your own heart.
You stop feeding on the love which is the wellspring of your vitality.
The time has come.

Your time.  To celebrate.

And to see the goodness that you are.
You my child, are divine. You are pure. You are sublimely free.
You are God in disguise. And you are always perfectly safe.
Do not fight the dark. Just turn on the light.
Let go, And breathe into the goodness that you are.”

Swami Kripalvanandaji

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Hari Om Dearest Yoga Students,

May Peace, Contentment and Joy fill your heart and soul this entire week and beyond!  Thank you sooo much for being part of our wonderful yoga community.  The Winter Solstice Sangha was so  much fun and the connection I see between you all fills me with such happiness.  After all, what truly is the most important thing in our lives?  From my vantage point it is how we touch the lives around us.  Much gratitude to you for touching my heart so deeply and with such fun, dedication and love.

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Classes for this Week

Wednesday evening at 715p.m

Tuesday Christmas Day Blessings – No Class

Friday Morning at 930am

(Please reserve or cancel if your plans have changed)

Workshops & Events

January 4th – Kirtan Chanting Concert at the North Shore Public Library at 7pm – Call to Register – Open to all even if you are not a patron.  This event is FREE.  Join us Call 631-929-4488

January 6th – Special Detox Yoga Class 9am Sunday.  Let go of the old, get ready for the new year with a releasing practice and meditation to move lightly into 2019

January 17th – AHA Family Support Group  at 630pm for parents, caregivers supporting individuals on the autism spectrum.  Go to http://www.ahany.org for details.  Group held at the North Shore Youth Council Office in Rocky Point.

January 22nd – Synergy Session combing Restorative Yoga, Reiki & Acupuncture with essential Oils.  630pm.  $60 Prepaid – $75 Walk In if space allows.

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Shanti, Shanti, Shanti

Love & Blessings,

Amy

Yoga this Week – October 28, 2018

We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own or other people’s models, learn to be ourselves,
and allow our natural channel to open.”
Shaki Gawain

Like so many yoga practices, svadhyaya is the study of the self.  Yoga asana, pranayama, and meditation are all ways to peel off the layers of our false selves and dive in to our authenticity.   To guide us in this process, we can turn again and again to those spiritual teachers that inspire us.  They are there in books, in music, in our dreams, in nature or maybe sitting right across from us at work, home or in our community.  The more open and compassionate to our own “particular genius” that we can become, the more our “natural channels” to the divine open and our dharma (life’s purpose) is revealed.

Yoga this Week

Monday Maryhaven Yoga 515pm in Port Jefferson

Tuesday Morning Yoga 930am with Meditation

Wednesday Evening Yoga 715pm with Meditation

Thursday 1199 Retiree Yoga & Meditation 11am in Riverhead

Friday Morning Gentle Healing Yoga 930am with Meditation

Events & Workshops

Synergy Healing Session – 2 spots currently open

Tuesday Evening November 6, 2018 – 7 to 9pm

Combining Restorative Yoga, Reiki & Acupuncture with Essential Oils


Asperger’s Syndrome & High Functioning Autism Family Support Group

Thursday, November 15th at 630pm

Meetings are held at the North Shore Youth Council located on the grounds of the Rocky Point Intermediate school JAE.  Click here for details AHA Support GroupsThursday,


Reiki Healing Circle

November 29th – 7 TO 830PM

Join us for a beautiful evening of healing and sharing energy. All are welcome whether you are new to Reiki, a Reiki practitioner, or just curious to know what it’s all about. Reiki is an ancient healing modality and is non-invasive. The healing energy is channeled through the hands of the practitioner to the receiver. Reiki calms the nervous system, releases muscle tension and emotional imbalances. Reiki enhances the body’s own capacity for healing love and light. Contact me for location details if you have never been to my space. Suggested donation $10 per person. If possible bring something to be donated to our local food pantry.

Watch your thoughts they become your words,

Watch your words they become your actions,

Watch your actions, they become your destiny

Upanishads

 

 

Namaste

Amy

Yoga this Week – May 13, 2018

On Children

Kahlil Gibran

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let our bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness; For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.

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 Happy Mother’s Day Dearest Yoga Students,

Whether you are a mother, grandmother, son or daughter – we all have something wonderful to celebrate today; unconditional love.  Think about that term for a minute.  The Wikipedia definition is:  Unconditional Love   is a term that means to love someone regardless of one’s actions or beliefs.  Unconditional love separates the individual from her or his behaviors. The individual is loved unconditionally as a “perfect” child of the Higher Power.
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Revel in what it feels like to be loved without conditions, without judgement with pure loving kindness for who you are.   Focus on the gratitude you have for all the mothers in your life past and present;  your birth mother, a friend, a sister, a diety, a mentor …and then recycle all the love you have been given as an offering to the universe.  Meditate on the amazing creation of life and the cycles that continue on and on and on.  Sa Ta Na Ma…Life, Death, Rebirth and Infinity. 
“A Mother’s Love need not be Deserved” 
Erich Fromm
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Yoga this Week

Monday Maryhaven Yoga 515pm

Tuesday Morning Yoga 930am with Meditation

Tuesday Afternoon Kids Yoga 515pm (last class of session)

Wednesday Evening Yoga 715pm

Thursday Riverhead Retirees 1199 Yoga 11am

Friday Morning Gentle/ Healing Yoga 930am

(Please be sure to reserve your spot or cancel if your plans have changed)

 

Events & Workshops

Thursday, May 17th at 7pm – SYNERGY SESSION:  Restorative Yoga, Acupuncture, Essential Oils & Reiki with Ben Craig

Come and indulge yourself in the amazing healing power of Restorative Yoga and Acupuncture infused with Reiki energy and essential oils. $60 prepaid.  These sessions always fill up.  Please contact me to reserve your spot.  click Here for details.

 Yoga Hike in Avalon Park

Saturday, June 2nd at 10am

Join me and our yoga kula for a lovely Spring Walk Through the beautiful and amazing Avalon Park in Stony Brook. We will meditate along the labyrinth and strike our poses among the trees, ponds and paths in the woods Please RSVP by messaging me on Facebook, texting me at 631-839-0644 or emailing me at yogawithamy@optonline.net. $10 per person

Tuesday, June 5th 7-9pm – Yoga Sutra Study Group

Please join us as we continue our study of the sacred text, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.  The Yoga Sutras have many translations and offer us a scientific approach to our yoga practice. These Sutras, or threads, hold a wealth of information and point us in the direction of wholeness and enlightenment.  Together we will interpret sections of the sutras and read from a variety of translations.  Please bring a journal, something to write with a copy of the sutras (if you have one) and an open mind ready for discussion!  Light Refreshments will be served.  $15 Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Yoga this Week – January 28, 2018

“Life is a Learning Curve” is the quote my 19 year old snowboarding, drumming, stay-up-all-niter college freshman decided to get tattooed on his inner forearm next to the autism puzzle piece in honor of his older brothers journey navigating life on the spectrum.

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These days we have a habit of saying that quote often when we come up against something new, hard, difficult, exciting or confusing. Life IS a learning curve. Do we ever stop learning? Transitions, pain, sorrow, winning, defeat, even success all have a learning curve at their core and what make up a growing life.  After all, wouldn’t the drive just be a tedious ride if all the roads were straight? It really are those curves that drive us forward, empowering and creating empathy, compassion and resilience as we tackle each one.   Like waves on the ocean the learning will keep rolling in. Some of the waves will be easy,  rolling gently and slowly onto the shore and some will crash us right from behind and slam us down on our backs. It’s all a learning, a moving forward, through and back and forth again.   Whenever you hear that inner critic or that debilitating fear rise up” that tells you “you can’t handle this” try and repeat the mantra “Life is a Learning Curve” ; tattoo it on your arm if you need to and remind yourself you are not supposed to have all the answers and that learning is gives your life meaning your your heart a chance soar.

Yoga this Week

Monday Evening Maryhaven Yoga 515pm

Tuesday Morning at 930am with Meditation

Wednesday Evening at 715pm

Thursday Evening Restorative Yoga, Reiki & Acupuncture 715 (see below)

Friday Morning Gentle/Healing Yoga 930am

(Please reserve your spot)

Workshops/Retreat/Healing Sessions

 

Thursday, February 1st 715pm-  Synergy Healing Session:  Restorative Yoga, Acupuncture & Reiki with Essential Oils.  Click   Synergy Session Give this gift of healing and restoration to yourself or a loved one.  The middle of winter  is a great time to build up your immune system to stave off illness of body and mind.    $60 Prepaid $75 Day of if space allows – These sessions always fill up – Don’t Delay!   Scroll Down for a Detailed Description of Synergy Healing Sessions. (No refunds after 48 hours but you are free to give your spot to a friend).

 

Yoga for Kids led by Amy Perri – Four Thursdays 3/1 – 3/22 at Rocky Point SchoolYou Do Not Have to Be a Rocky Point Resident to Sign up.  Click here for Registration Form.  Register with the Rocky Point Community Education Department by mailTwo Classes – Four Sessions Each – $50 for all Four.  Grades 3rd to 5th at 320 to 420pm, and Grades K to 2nd at 430 to 530pm

 

Tuesday, February 27th at 715pm  Healing/Gentle Restorative Yoga with Oils & Reiki  Once a Month – Date announced each month – Pre-Registration Required – $20 per person.

 

NEW!!!  Thursday,  February 15th 7 to 830pm – Yoga Sutra Study GroupPlease join us for our first gathering to study the sacred text, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.  The Yoga Sutras have many translations and offer us a scientific approach to our yoga practice. These Sutras, or threads, hold a wealth of information and point us in the direction of wholeness and enlightenment.  Together we will interpret sections of the sutras and read from a variety of translations.  Please bring a journal, something to write with a copy of the sutras (if you have one) and an open mind ready for discussion!  Light Refreshments will be served.  $15 Exchange.

2018 Equinox Goddess Yoga Retreat on Shelter Island is now open for Registration!! September 21st to 23rd.The Autumn Equinox is an auspicious time to gather together and contemplate both the light and the dark within and without.  This retreat sells out quickly, Click on the link for all the details on how to sign up!  2018 Equinox Retreat

Yoga this Week – November 12, 2017

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Dearest Yoga Students,

Many changes continue to take place in all of our lives.  Some welcome and some not so welcome, however, I have found they always do lead to an opening, a shift that takes shape and becomes something new and wonderful to explore.  Our yoga practice helps us to learn to meet changes head on with steadiness and ease.  We can take a breath, hold our pose with tenderness and watch the changes take place.  Yoga teaches us that our lives, our bodies  and our minds are malleable, shapeable and that we are never stuck.  We can grow, adapt and become more courageous than we ever thought we could when we let go of fear and walk through that doorway of change.

Yoga this Week

Monday, Maryhaven Yoga at 515pm

Tuesday Morning Yoga at 930am with Meditation

Wednesday Evening Yoga at 715

Thursday 1199 Retiree Riverhead Yoga 11am

Friday Morning 930am Healing Yoga

(Please reserve your spot or cancel if your plans have changed)

 Events and Workshops

Monday November 27th at 730pm Synergy Session (Restorative Yoga & Acupuncture with Reiki and Oils)  $60 PrePaid.  These sessions always fill up,only three spots open.  Please reserve as soon as possible.  This is an amazing way to both detox after the holiday and prepare for the busy season ahead.

 

AHA Assn. Family Support Group – Thursday November 30th at 630pm at the North Shore Youth Council in Rocky Point,  Never any charge!

 

Friday, December 1st at 7-830pm – Co-Creating Your Life – A Vision Board Workshop at Heart, Mind & Spirit at 106 Prince Road, Store #5, Rocky Point, NY  11778
Call (516) 395-4904.  $30 Prepayment required to hold your spot ($36 Walk In if Space Allows)

 

Monday, December 11th at 715pm Restorative Yoga and Oils (Preregistration Required)

 

Save the Date for our Annual Winter Solstice Gathering – Thursday,  December 21st at 7pm

Click the link Above for all Details