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Yoga this Week – October 5, 2014

**The regular Wednesday class is replaced this week with Restorative Yoga and Acupuncture – Still two spots open**

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“Mother Ganges teaches us that if we want to attain the sea of our aspiration, we must persevere in our goal and never be discouraged by the inevitable obstacles that come on our path. All impediments are like rocks in the river of life. We should flow around them and never give up. With the Lord’s help, there is always a way.”

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Excerpt from “The Journey Home” by Radhanath Swami

Dearest Yoga Students,

One of my favorite teachers, Rolf Gates used to say, “The obstacles in our path, are our path”, and I believe this to be true.  Yoga is about relationship and connection. Today explore your relationship to the rocks in the river of your life.  How you think about your obstacles  and the energy you bring to your actions as you relate to them, has everything to do how you “flow around them”.  Today as my husband and I literally got lost in the trails in the woods, we reminded each other (in between glares of confusion) to enjoy the journey of being lost.  As the sound of the road became louder and we knew we were almost back, I contemplated the fact that we are never really lost, we are never really off the path and that the detours, obstacles and the “not knowing” are usually the most beautiful parts of our journey.  So persevere today and avoid becoming discouraged.  With the help of the divine source that is vibrating all around us, there is always a way.

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Yoga this Week
 –
**Meditation Monday Evening  at 7:15pm
A Meditative flow ending with time for a guided meditation and relaxation.  Appropriate for all Levels.
Tuesday Morning 930am Yoga with Meditation following Class
Restorative Yoga and Acupuncture Session 7-9pm
No regular Wednesday night class this week but there are still two open spots left for this session
Friday Morning Healing Yoga at 930am
(Please reserve your spot in class or cancel if your plans have changed)
**Please NOTE that Evening Classes require a minimum of a four to sign up prior to 5pm day of class for it to run***
 (but feel free to check in as late at 7 for a spot)
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Happenings
Restorative Yoga and Acupuncture on October 8th at 7 to 9pm.  Click the link to learn more.

https://myyogawithamy.com/eventsworkshops/

Fall Yoga Hike!!  Saturday Morning, October 18th at the beautiful Avalon Park in Stony Brook – Relaxed walk through the woods to practice a gentle yoga class in natures studio – All ages and levels are welcomed!  Click on the link and scroll down for more information.

  https://myyogawithamy.com/eventsworkshops/

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An evening of chanting with Amy and Friends at Breathe in Port Jefferson – Saturday, October 18th 7 to 9pm

Join with my in the ancient practice of Kirtan – A call and response form of singing that creates both a meditative as well as uplifting experience!

All are welcome, no musical or prior experience needed!

Thursday, October 23rd at 7:30pm  Yoga with Live Musical Chanting at Yoga for Life in Setauket with me and Lois Healion!  Join us as Lois guides you in a gentle flow as Amy and friends serenade you with live musical chanting into a blissful experience.  $20 prepaid or $25 at the door.  Contact Amy to sign up.

Yoga Movie and Indian Scarf Night!  Join us as we view two  very interesting  short yoga movies entitled “What is Yoga” and “Why we Breathe” together as a Sangha.  Kishori will be here with Indian scarves for purchase.   Date to be announced shortly.

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Save the Date for a mini-yoga retreat!!!  What is Yoga?  An Experiential Journey with Amy Perri and Barbara Delledonne – November 2nd at the North Shore Public Library – Registration begins October 1st –

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Namaste

Amy

Yoga this Week -September 28, 2014

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So Much Happiness

It is difficult to know what to do with so much happiness.
With sadness there is something to rub against,
A wound to tend with lotion and cloth.
When the world falls in around you, you have pieces to pick up,
Something to hold in your hands, like ticket stubs or change.

But happiness floats.
It doesn’t need you to hold it down.
It doesn’t need anything.
Happiness lands on the roof of the next house, singing,
And disappears when it wants to.
You are happy either way.
Even the fact that you once lived in a peaceful tree house
And now live over a quarry of noise and dust
Cannot make you unhappy.
Everything has a life of its own,
It too could wake up filled with possibilities
Of coffee cake and ripe peaches,
And love even the floor which needs to be swept,
The soiled linens and scratched records….

Since there is no place large enough
To contain so much happiness,
You shrug, you raise your hands, and it flows out of you
Into everything you touch. You are not responsible.
You take no credit, as the night sky takes no credit
For the moon, but continues to hold it, and to share it,
And in that way, be known.

~ Naomi Shihab Nye ~

One of yoga’s most beautiful niyamas (ethical practices to cultivate) is Santosha or Contentment.    With Santosha, there is less doing and more a sitting with, a being present for, a quiet contemplation to look around and be content in the moment, in this very moment.  Today notice how many times you might sabotage your contentment.  Sometimes we worry that things are too good, that it won’t last.  Sometimes we think we should do more, be more or get more.   Be aware of when you feel content today  and allow yourself the joy and peace that cultivating santosha brings, however fleeting or far between, 

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Yoga this Week
 –
**Meditation Monday Evening  at 7:15pm
A Meditative flow ending with time for a guided meditation and relaxation.  Appropriate for all Levels.
Tuesday Morning 930am Yoga with Meditation following Class
**Wednesday Evening Multi-Level Class 7:15pm
Friday Morning Healing Yoga at 930am
(Please reserve your spot in class or cancel if your plans have changed)
**Please NOTE that Evening Classes require a minimum of a four to sign up prior to 5pm day of class for it to run***
 (but feel free to check in as late at 7 for a spot)
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Happenings
Restorative Yoga and Acupuncture on October 8th at 7 to 9pm.  Click the link to learn more.

https://myyogawithamy.com/eventsworkshops/

Fall Yoga Hike!!  Saturday Morning, October 18th at the beautiful Avalon Park in Stony Brook – Relaxed walk through the woods to practice a gentle yoga class in natures studio – All ages and levels are welcomed!  Click on the link and scroll down for more information.

  https://myyogawithamy.com/eventsworkshops/

 –

An evening of chanting with Amy and Friends at Breathe in Port Jefferson – Saturday, October 18th 7 to 9pm

Join with my in the ancient practice of Kirtan – A call and response form of singing that creates both a meditative as well as uplifting experience!

All are welcome, no musical or prior experience needed!

Yoga Movie and Indian Scarf Night!  Join us as we view two  very interesting  short yoga movies entitled “What is Yoga” and “Why we Breathe” together as a Sangha.  Kishori will be here showing her Indian scarves for which she will take orders for during the evening.  Date to be announced shortly.

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Save the Date for a mini-yoga retreat!!!  What is Yoga?  An Experiential Journey with Amy Perri and Barbara Delledonne – November 2nd at the North Shore Public Library – Registration begins October 1st –

Restorative Yoga, Reiki & Acupuncture – Wednesday October 8th

Restorative Yoga, Reiki and Acupuncture – Wednesday, October 8th – 7 to 9pm

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Restorative Yoga, Reiki and Acupuncture with Essential Oils

Amy Perri, ERYT500/Reiki Practitioner & Benjamin Craig, Lic. Acupuncturist/Reiki Master

 

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In this special event,  restorative yoga, reiki energy healing and acupuncture are integrated to create an  indulgent experience designed to restore your balance, wellbeing and facilitate  a deep sense of calm in mind, body and spirit.

If you have never experienced acupuncture before, this would be a  wonderful, gentle introduction.  The  acupuncture points were specifically  chosen for  their universal healing properties including supporting the immune system, balancing energy  and creating a overall sense of relief.

Restorative yoga postures are supported by blankets, pillows, straps and bolsters to relieve tension, stress and open energy in the body.

Reiki Healing is a non-invasive channeling of universal healing energy with the intention of loving kindness  sent to the receiver.  The scent of essential oils allow your body and mind to relax even deeper by facilitating a calming effect.

Restorative

First come, first serve – This workshop will fill up – Register as soon as possible.

Amy Perri, ERYT500 and Benjamin Craig, LAc join forces to combine these three  amazing helaing modalities creating an indulgent experience  that will be sure to leave you refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to open up to the beautiful season ahead.

Benjamin Craig is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Reiki Master/Teacher.  He combines modern knowledge and ancient tradition to treat the individual’s Body, Mind and Spirit. Ben is a Master of Traditional Oriental Medicine and has offices on long Island and in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In addition to his private practices Ben hosts community Acupuncture events, teaches Reiki and lectures on science behind holistic and energy medicines.

Amy Perri is an experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour professional level with Yoga Alliance. Amy is a Reiki II Level Practioner who owns and operates a fully equipped yoga studio that will support and nuture you through this amazing healing experience.

Due to the nature of this class we must limit attendance  to ten participants.

Please register as soon as possible.  Payment of  $50 is due as soon as possible to hold your spot.   This covers the two hour  yoga class, Reiki and acupuncture treatments.

To register or for  more information contact:

Amy Perri, RYT 631-839-0644

YogaWithAmy@optonline.net

Yoga this Week – September 21, 2014

Aparigraha
greedlessness, non-attachment

The yogi feels that the collection or hoarding of things implies a lack of faith in God and in himself to provide for the future….By the observance of aparigraha, the yogi makes his life as simple as possible and trains his mind not to feel the loss or the lack of anything. Then everything he really needs will come to him by itself at the proper time.”

Iyengar

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Hari Om Dear Yoga Students,

As this Fall draws us inward I wish for your eyes to see all the abundance that you already possess right now in this moment in this time in your life. One beautiful morning this past week I walked down to the shore, a little less than a mile from my house and  was embraced by the serene beauty  all around me. It caused me to stop and I experienced a moment that seemed to have transformed into one of those magical moments suspended in time. I paused, connected to my breath, did some simple yoga postures and sat on a piece of wood to silently sit in meditation.. As the rhythmic sound of the waves made their way into my mind and the gentle warm breeze caressed my skin, I felt so completely connected to all that was around me. The feeling of abundance and gratitude seemed to encapsulate my entire being. If we take even a moment to connect with all that is precious and dear to us in our lives right now, we allow the divine light to shine into our hearts. A moment like this can change your entire day from one that is ordinary to one that is full of miracles and we seem to lack nothing.

Yoga this Week
 –
**Meditation Monday Evening  at 7:15pm
A Meditative flow ending with time for a guided meditation and relaxation.  Appropriate for all Levels.
Tuesday Morning 930am Yoga with Meditation following Class
**Wednesday Evening Multi-Level Class 7:15pm
Friday Morning Healing Yoga at 930am
(Please reserve your spot in class or cancel if your plans have changed)
**Please NOTE that Evening Classes require a minimum of a four to sign up prior to 5pm day of class for it to run***
Happenings
Restorative Yoga and Acupuncture on October 8th at 7 to 9pm.  Click the link to learn more.

https://myyogawithamy.com/eventsworkshops/

Fall Yoga Hike!!  Saturday Morning, October 18th at the beautiful Avalon Park in Stony Brook – Relaxed walk through the woods to practice a gentle yoga class in natures studio – All ages and levels are welcomed!

Details to follow…

Yoga Movie and Indian Scarf Night!  Join us as we view two  very interesting  short yoga movies entitled “What is Yoga” and “Why we Breathe” together as a Sangha.  Kishori will be here showing her Indian scarves for which she will take orders for during the evening.  Date to be announced shortly.

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Save the Date for a mini-yoga retreat!!!  What is Yoga?  An Experiential Journey with Amy Perri and Barbara Delledonne – November 2nd at the North Shore Public Library – Registration begins October 1st –

Watch for the return of monthly Yoga Jam in November and other fun yoga related events…

Suggested Rituals for Autumn Equinox

  • Give thanks to the Gods for the harvest.
  • Evaluate the past year, and identify what to harvest and what to plow under.
  • Identify and cut away outworn habits and emotional baggage which are wearing you down.
  • Work for balance and equilibrium in nature or in human affairs.
  • Give to those less fortunate than you are

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Shanti Om,

Amy

Yoga this Week – September 14, 2014

The Perfect Cup
 
Its time to see the flaws of myself and stop being alarmed
It’s time for me to halt my drive for perfection and to accept my blemishes
 
It’s time for me to receive slowly evolving growth;
the kind that comes in God’s own good time
and does not heed to my panicky pushing.
 
It’s time for me to embrace my humaness and love my incompleteness.
It’s time for me to cherish the unwanted,
to welcome the unknown,
to treasure the unfulfilled
 
If I wait untill I am perfect,
I will always be unsatified and ungrateful
 
If I wait until all the flaws,
chips and cracks disappear
I will be the cup that sits on the shelf and is never used
Greetings dearest yoga students,
Hope this email finds you embracing this day with all its so called “imperfections”.  The sooner we move into acceptance and embrace who we are in the moment and how our life is in the present, the sooner we will allow peace to flow within us. Think of the beauty of a tree, a landscape, an old picture or a favorite pair of worn out jeans; it is the imperfections that make them beautiful, interesting and alive.  By embracing our humaness we also acknowledge our divinity.  It is through this human experience that we come to know the sacred in life.   Do not wait, cease this day and open up to the ways in which you can be used to better the lives of those around you in any small way.  When you learn to love the imperfections in yourself, you unconciously give others the permission to accept and love themselves just as they are.  In your imperfections you are incredibly perfect and exactly who you are meant to be!
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Yoga this Week
Yoga this Week
 –
**Meditation Monday Evening  at 7:15pm
A Meditative flow ending with time for a guided meditation and relaxation.  Appropriate for all Levels.
Tuesday Morning 930am Yoga with Meditation following Class
**Wednesday Evening Multi-Level Class 7:15pm
Friday Morning Healing Yoga at 930am
(Please reserve your spot in class or cancel if your plans have changed)
**Please NOTE that Evening Classes require a minimum of a four to sign up prior to 5pm day of class for it to run***
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Happenings

Rocky Point Farmers and Artisans Market Fall Festival today 8 to 3pm

Music, Food and Fun!!!

Old Depot Park, Broadway & Prince Rd., Rocky Point

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Restorative Yoga and Acupuncture on October 8th at 7 to 9pm.  Click the link to learn more.

https://myyogawithamy.com/eventsworkshops/

Save the Date for a mini-yoga retreat!!!  What is Yoga?  An Experiential Journey with Amy Perri and Barbara Delledonne – November 2nd at the North Shore Public Library – Registration begins October 1st –

Fall Yoga Hike!!  Saturday Morning, October 20th – Relaxed walk through the woods to practice a gentle yoga class in natures studio – All ages and levels are welcomed!

Details to follow…

Watch for the return of monthly Yoga Jam in November and other fun yoga related events…

Namaste and enjoy this beautiful day!!

Amy

Yoga this Week – August 25, 2014

 

 

 

Iyengar on yoga

 Greetings dearest yoga students,

I have gained so much from B.K.S. Iyengar’s teachings over the course of my yoga studies that my gratitude overflows for his wisdom, may he rest in peace!!  The study of yoga is a lifetime pursuit that never ends but continually grows deeper.  The teachings of yoga  stimulate my intellect and ignite my creativity as well as allowing me to persevere in  “maintaining a balanced attitude and abiding in”skillful action” the duties I must perform in my life.  I am doubly blessed to have found this amazing path and to have the honor of passing it on to all of you!

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Yoga this Week

Tuesday Morning at 930am with Meditation to follow

Wednesday Morning 10am at the North Shore Public Library

Wednesday Beach Yoga at 6:45pm (Please arrive ten minutes early to park)

Sunday Morning Beach Yoga at 8:45am

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

**Please Note that next week,Wednesday, 9-3 and Sunday 9-7,   will be the last beach yoga classes for the summer, as we move back into the yoga room with Monday Evening on 9-8.  Please reserve your spot for the Yoga Room classes.  Evening classes will require at least three students prior registration to take place***

Happenings

Camp DeWolfe Restoration Retreat on September 13-14th – contact http://www.YogaDarshanaCenter.com for more information

October 8th Restorative Yoga and Acupuncture returns…these sessions sell out fast, if you would like to pre-register early, let me know.

Peace, Love and Yoga

Namaste

Amy

Restorative Yoga, Reiki and Acupuncture with Essential Oils – Thursday, July 10th

 

  Restorative Yoga, Reiki and Acupuncture – Thursday, July 10th – 730-930pm

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Restorative Yoga, Reiki and Acupuncture with Essential Oils

Amy Perri, ERYT500/Reiki Practitioner & Benjamin Craig, Lic. Acupuncturist/Reiki Master

Thursday, July 10th at 730pm to 930pm

Rest yoga yin yang

In this special event, restorative yoga, reiki energy healing and acupuncture are integrated to create an indulgent experience designed to restore your balance, wellbeing and facilitate a deep sense of calm in mind, body and spirit.

If you have never experienced acupuncture before, this would be a wonderful, gentle introduction. The acupuncture points were specifically chosen for their universal healing properties including supporting the immune system, balancing energy and creating a overall sense of relief.

Restorative yoga postures are supported by blankets, pillows, straps and bolsters to relieve tension, stress and open energy in the body.

Reiki Healing is a non-invasive channeling of universal healing energy with the intention of loving kindness sent to the receiver. The scent of essential oils allow your body and mind to relax even deeper by facilitating a calming effect.

Restorative

First come, first serve – This workshop will fill up – Register as soon as possible.

Amy Perri, ERYT500 and Benjamin Craig, LAc join forces to combine these three amazing helaing modalities creating an indulgent experience that will be sure to leave you refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to open up to the beautiful season ahead!

Benjamin Craig is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Reiki Master/Teacher. He combines modern knowledge and ancient tradition to treat the individual’s Body, Mind and Spirit. Ben is a Master of Traditional Oriental Medicine and has offices on long Island and in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In addition to his private practices Ben hosts community Acupuncture events, teaches Reiki and lectures on science behind holistic and energy medicines.

Amy Perri is an experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour professional level with Yoga Alliance. Amy is a Reiki II Level Practioner who owns and operates a fully equipped yoga studio that will support and nuture you through this amazing healing experience.

Due to the nature of this class we must limit attendance to ten participants.

Please register as soon as possible. Payment of $50 is due as soon as possible to hold your spot. This covers the two hour yoga class, Reiki and acupuncture treatments.

To register or for more information contact:

Amy Perri, RYT 631-839-0644

YogaWithAmy@optonline.net