Category Archives: Restorative Yoga and Acupunture

Yoga this Week – May 19, 2013

 ” The Past and the Future is a joke to me now. I see that they’re nothin’. I see they ain’t here. The only thing that’s here is you and me…..I love you. Not, not like they told you love is….[the story books are bull],  love don’t make things nice, it ruins everything! It breaks your heart, it makes things a mess. We, we aren’t here to make things perfect. Snowflakes are perfect, stars are perfect. Not us! Not us!”   
 Ronny Cammareri, “Moonstruck

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Storybooks and fairytales have a way to paint a picture of life that always has a happy ending.  The guy gets the girl, the conflict resolves and all is as it should be.  But what we must remember is that life is full of suffering.  That loving, and being truly vulnerable in your life doesn’t always look nice.  Truly living wholeheartedly means breaking your heart sometimes, making a mess.  The above quote is one of my all time favorite movie lines.  We are not here to be perfect, for our lives to look flawless, to create what society’s idea of a beautiful life is.    We are here to have our hearts broken a thousand times because we are meant to experience the oceans of emotions our life is full of.  We are here to experience the wonder of being human; with all its hills and valleys,  like the moon we continually cycle through a myriad of phases to become whole again.

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Yoga helps lead us away from this idea of perfectionism, that somehow we are flawed because our practice is not perfect.  We fall down, we sweat, we struggle  but we get back up again, we return to our mats and gain strength, fortitude and hope.  “We breath and something in us softens, makes space for the imperfections”.  So let go of the storybook idea of how your life should look.  Let go and enjoy the scenery of  today.  Be vulnerable, be open, allow grief, joy, success and failure, falling down and getting back up to all be part of the great tapestry that is your life.  When you reach into the beauty of imperfection;   the crooked tree, the moon’s craters,  the clouded sky, tears in a loved one’s eyes, experience it fully, turning away from nothing that you find.  The messes will be there,  the heartaches will surface, the past and future are but memories and dreams, breathe it all in and find your joy in being present through it all for yourself and those around you.

Yoga this Week

Monday Evening 730pm

Tuesday Morning 930am with Meditation to follow class

Wednesday Morning  Therapeutic Yoga 11am

Thursday Evening 730pm

Friday Morning Healing Yoga 930am

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

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Happenings

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Reiki Circle Tonight~~  730-830pm – All are Welcome – Please reserve your spot

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Please click on the link to see details on upcoming events – ShaktiPath Kirtan, Yoga Hike, Yoga Jam and Restorative Yoga and Acupuncture

https://myyogawithamy.com/eventsworkshops/

Hope to see you all soon

Namaste

Amy

Yoga this Week – March 10, 2013

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.

Helen Keller

 

The Anahata Chakra – Heart Center

Location – Center of the chest (heart), love Color – Green   Element – Air

Energy – Consciousness Sense – Touch    Mantra – YAM Statement – “I want to give and receive love”

Functions – Anchors the life-force from the Higher Self. Energizes the blood and physical body with the life-force, blood circulation

Glands/Organs – Heart, thymus glad, circulatory system, arms, hands, lungs

Qualities – Divine/unconditional love, forgiveness, compassion, understanding, balance, group consciousness, oneness with life, acceptance, peace, openness, harmony, contentment

Negative Qualities – Repression of love, emotional instability, out of balance, heart problems, circulation problems

“Love is not something that is attached to an object. Love is a state of being in harmony with oneself”
Anodea Judith
Greetings dearest Yoga Students,
The Anahata Chakra is the point of transition between the lower grounding, earthly chakras to the higher, more spiritually based chakras in the upper body.  The stability of the root, the mobility of the sacrum and the power at the solar plexus tranform at the heart to achieve higher goals; goals that come from the heart.  The heart chakra focuses on being in a state of acceptance of life which radiates peace, kindness and compassion internally and externally to ourselves and those around us.  When the heart chakra is open and balanced we break through our ego’s limitations and feel a connectedness to all beings.  You choose to see the good and beautiful around you and feel a strong connection to the divine presence in yourself as gratitude is a common result of an open heart.
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
Lao Tzu
The heart chakra is your most vulnerable place.  When we are hurt in life or love, our first instinct is to build protective walls around ourselves in fear of being hurt again.  These walls, however, only cut us off from the very energy we long for which begins with self-love.  In order to receive or express true compassion and unconditional love, we must first open our heart to ourselves.  Then this beautiful, abundance energy can flow freely, just as the physical heart pumps life giving blood throughout our system, and then receives it back again; the infinite source of compassion, forgiveness and joy that is stored in the recesses of our heart can radiate throughout our lives,  flowing within us, to those around us and then back again.  The  Anahata Chakra holds the ultimate, most powerful healing energy there is on earth and beyond:  Love, Compassion, Forgiveness, Kindness and Joy.
 
The Heart Chakra is deeply associated with Nature and the element of Air, so enjoying this beautiful  day, try taking some time in the outdoors and recite the following mantra to connect with your own heart center:
I am an open channel for divine love
I open my heart and share it with others
I love who I am and embrace the world as it is
 
Yoga this Week
Monday and Thursday 730-9pm
Tuesday Morning at 930am with 11am meditation to follow class
Wednesday – 11am – Therapeutic Yoga – Pre-registration was required
Friday Morning 930am
Saturday Morning 8am – Yoga Jam
(Please reserve your spot in class or cancel if your plans have changed)
Adventures in Yoga

This Afternoon!!  Come celebrate the return of light…ShaktiPath Kirtan – March 10th – 530-730pm at the Yoga Darshana Center in Babylon. Come bring your beautiful energy and chant with us!!! Click on the link to pre-register or just walk in!   http://www.yogadarshanacenter.com/shaktipath.html

Rescheduled Restorative Yoga, Reiki and Acupuncture for this Wednesday, March 13th is currently full. If you are signed up for this event, please let me know asap if your plans change as there is a wait list. Thank You!!https://myyogawithamy.com/eventsworkshops/

**Yoga Jam Saturday March 16th 8-930am**This class will be intentionally challenging on all levels. A free flowing fast-paced vinyasa sequence set to rockin’ playlists with holdings of some adventurous poses and free style flows mixed in for fun. Class Cards will be honored – $12 Walk In Fee –  Class is currently full, if you are signed up, please let me know if your plans change as there is a wait list for this one as well…

Restorative Friday Yoga will be on March 22nd – $15 for session/$12 for Seniors – Currently one spot left

(Please sign up for the monthly workshops at your earliest convenience)

Where there is Love, there is Life”  Gandhi
Namaste
Amy
Amy Perri RYT500 Registered Yoga Teacher 500 Hr 631-839-0644 http://www.MyYogaWithAmy.com

Yoga this Week – March 3, 2013

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.

Elisabeth Kubler Ross

The Third Chakra – Manipura – Jewel of the Navel

  • Color – yellow
  • Physical Location – solar plexus
  • Purposes – mental understanding of emotional life
  • Spiritual Lesson – acceptance of your place in the life stream. (self-love)
  • Mental and Emotional Issues – self esteem, fear of rejection, oversensitivity to criticism, self-image fears, fears of our secrets being found out, indecisiveness
  • Information Stored Inside Sacral Chakra– personal power, personality, consciousness of self within the universe (sense of belonging), knowing
  • Seed Sound – RAM

      Greetings dearest yoga students,

This week’s study takes us to the third chakra located in our solar plexus, the Manipura.  This chakra is deeply associated with the relationship you have with yourself.  It deals with self-esteem, personal power, knowing who you are and trusting in your intuition or “gut feeling” to guide you into manifesting your desires and dreams.   How we feel about ourselves determines the quality of our life and how successful we will be in our relationships, our work and our own capacity for self healing.  A balanced third chakra will guide us to our own unique gifts and the work that both gives you pleasure and supports those around you.

I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.

Louisa May Alcott

Carolyn Myss describes an element of the Third Chakra in her book Anatomy of the Spirit  as “While we measure our own success in terms of our personal comfort and security, the universe measures our success by how much we have learned”.    The Manipura Chakra is associated with the element of fire, and is meant to transform and challenge us to find our inner strength and connection to our individual higher power when dealing with the world in which we live.  The color yellow, like the sun,  is also associated with warmth and healing.  When we truly find our own personal power, although it will likely take us to new cycles of learning and challenges, it creates a beautiful inner strength that both supports us and nurtures us from the inside.  Fuel your inner fire by repeating the mantra, “RAM” as your read the words below  connecting to that area below your rib cage an around your navel, the Manipura.

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Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

Anais Nin

Yoga this Week

Monday and Thursday Evening at 730pm

Tuesday Morning at 930am with 11am Meditation to follow

Wednesday 11am – Therapeautic Yoga – This session is full and required prior registration

Friday Morning Healing Yoga 930am

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

Happenings

Restorative Yoga, Reiki and Acupuncture for this Wednesday, March 6th has only one spot left.  Even if you have experienced this healing session before, each time you receive the treatment, you will continue to receive many benefits that address where you are in your life at present. This session is beginner friendly. No prior yoga experience is necessary. https://myyogawithamy.com/eventsworkshops/

ShaktiPath Kirtan – March 10th – 530-730pm at the Yoga Darshana Center in Babylon.  Come bring your beautiful energy and chant with us!!! Click on the link to pre-register http://www.yogadarshanacenter.com/shaktipath.html

**Yoga Jam Saturday March 16th 8-930am**This class will be intentionally challenging on all levels. A free flowing fast-paced vinyasa sequence set to rockin’ playlists with holdings of some adventurous poses and free style flows mixed in for fun.  Class Cards will be honored – $12 Walk In Fee – Currently three spots left.

Restorative Friday Yoga will be on March 22nd – $15 for session/$12 for Seniors – Currently four spots left.

(Please sign up for the monthly workshops at your earliest convenience)

Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got.

Janis Joplin

Love, peace and yoga,

Amy

Amy

Perri RYT500 Registered Yoga Teacher 500 Hr 631-839-0644 http://www.MyYogaWithAmy.com

Yoga this Week – February 23, 2013

Let’s not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it.

Vincent Van Gogh

Svadhishthana (sva = vital force; adishthana = seat)

Element: water   Colors: orange   Sense: taste   Mantra: VAM

Location: situated at the base of the pubis between the genitals and the sacral nerve plexus

Deals with: emotional identity, creativity, desire, pleasure and self-gratification, procreation, and personal relationships

Governs: sexual organs, stomach, upper intestines, liver, gallbladder, kidney, pancreas, adrenal glands, spleen, middle spine, auto immune system

Psychological and Emotional Issues: irritability, shyness, guilt, blame, sexual obsession, power, money, control, lack of creativity, morality

Balanced Chakra: feeling compassionate, friendly, intuitive, vital, sexual, satisfied, prosperous, having a sense of belonging and humor

Hari Om Dear Yoga Students,

The Svadhishthana Chakra is about relationship. If our sacral chakra is balanced we can trust, feel free and allow ourselves to be deeply connected to others in our life. It is the seat of creativity, procreation and sexual energy. Its element is water which when allowed to flow freely, no forcing and no holding back, guides us down the river of our life. All of life is movement; relationships ebb and flow, children grow, our bodies change with each passing year as do the people, places and things around us. Connecting to the vital force of our Svadhishthana chakra allows us to flow moment to moment, open and receptive to our emotions allowing us to meet each passing day with creativity, confidence and truth.

Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.

Alfred Adler

Try this Meditation to Balance the Svadhisthana Chakra

Put your hands in your lap, palms up on top of each other. Left hand underneath
the right hand. The tips of your thumbs touch gently. Visualize the location and
color of the Sacral Chakra.
Chant the sound VAM  and silently say:  I trust as I open myself to others. Creative, sexual and emotional energy flows freely.  I express my true nature with confidence.

Classes this Week

Monday and Thursday Evening at 730pm

Tuesday Morning 930am with Meditation to Follow Class

Friday Morning Healing Yoga 930am

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

Therapeutic Yoga Begins this Wednesday at 11am….watch for your email under separate cover

Happenings

Restorative Yoga, Reiki and Acupuncture for March 6th still has two spots left….even if you have experienced this healing session before, each time you receive the treatment, you will continue to receive many benefits that address where you are in your life at present. This session is beginner friendly. No prior yoga experience is necessary. https://myyogawithamy.com/eventsworkshops/

ShaktiPath Kirtan – March 10th – 530-730pm at the Yoga Darshana Center in BabylonCome bring your beautiful energy and chant with us!!!  Click on the link to pre-register http://www.yogadarshanacenter.com/shaktipath.html

**Yoga Jam is moved to Saturday March 16th 8-930am**This class will be intentionally challenging on all levels. A free flowing fast-paced vinyasa sequence set to rockin’ playlists with holdings of some adventurous poses and free style flows mixed in for fun. This class will be held on a monthly basis and will require at least three students to sign up each month for the class to fly.Class Cards will be honored – $12 Walk In Fee

Restorative Friday Yoga will be on March 22nd – $15 for session/$12 for Seniors

(Please sign up for the monthly workshops at your earliest convenience)

The Truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music.  Bodies never lie.

Agnes de Mille

Namaste

Amy

 

Yoga this Week – No Tuesday Morning Class

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”

~ Maya Angelou

 

The Root Chakra Elements

 

Sanskrit Name:  Mulhadhara Meaning: “Root support” Root Chakra Element: Earth/Physical Root Chakra Keywords: “I Am” – grounded, present, safe, secure, healthy Associated Color: Red Musical Note: C Organs: Spinal column, legs, hips, kidneys and adrenal gland Root Chakra Consciousness: Survival, grounding and balancing the physical and spiritual life

The root chakra (Mulhadhara) is located at the base of the spine and radiates a rich color of red.  This chakra deeply connects us with the earth.  It is in this chakra that we ground into our lives, who we are and our sense of belonging.  When this chakra is balanced it tells us we are loved for who we are and that our basic needs for survival (love, food, shelter) are being met.  It affords us the inner confidence and courage to be who we truly are because deep inside our root, we know we are loved.  When we feel grounded and secure in our lives we become willing to take risks, to be vulnerable enough to make mistakes and to give to others more freely without fear of judgement, rejection or lack of resources.
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If you are feeling unbalanced in these areas, unsure of your life’s direction or your place in this world, try this simple Root Chakra Meditation.  Sit in an east comfortable cross legged position on the floor.  Connect to the base of your spine and feel the energy of the earth rising up.  Chant the sound of LAM, LAM, LAM and feel its vibration radiate throughout your entire body.  Think of the Mulhadhara chakra as a lotus flower grounded in the mud and muck of life’s suffering and pain and as you chant the sound of LAM, visualize this lotus rising up your spine, clean, clear, open and free…..end your meditation by repeating this mantra.
I forgive myself for being Imperfect
I forgive myself for Making Mistakes
I forgive myself for being a Learner in this Lifetime
So Hum
I am what I am
Classes for this Week
Monday and Thursday Evening at 730pm
Friday Morning Healing Yoga at 930am
**There is No Tuesday Morning Class this Week**
(Please reserve your spot in class or cancel if your plans have change)
 
Happenings
The Therapeautic Yoga Class is now full.  First class begins Wednesday,  February 27th at 11am.   Look for an email this week to confirming your spot. 
Floga, today at 330pm, at the Yoga Darshana Center in Babylon hope to see some of you there….http://www.yogadarshanacenter.com/floga.html  
Restorative Yoga, Reiki and Acupunture for March 6th still has two spots left….even if you have experienced this healing session before, each time you receive the treatment, you will continue to receive many benefits that address where you are in your life at present.  This session is beginner friendly.  No prior yoga experience is necessary.  https://myyogawithamy.com/eventsworkshops/  Sign up asap. 
Yoga Jam will be on Saturday, March 9th at 8am

This class will be intentionally challenging on all levels. A free flowing fast-paced vinyasa sequence set to rockin’ playlists with holdings of some adventurous poses and free style flows (moving on your own) mixed in for fun. This class will be held on a monthly basis and will require at least three students to sign up each month for the class to fly.

Class Cards will be honored – $12 Walk In Fee

Yoga Darshana Center in Babylon will also be hosting ShaktiPath for a heart warming Kirtan on Sunday, March 10th, 530-7pm.  http://yogadarshanacenter.com/shaktipath.html
  Restorative Friday Yoga will be on March 22nd
$15 for session/$12 for Seniors
(Please sign up for the monthly workshops at your earliest convenience)
And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
Confucius
Love, Peace & Yoga
Amy
Amy Perri RYT500 Registered Yoga Teacher 500 Hr 631-839-0644 http://www.MyYogaWithAmy.com

Yoga this Week – February 10, 2013 – No Thursday NIght Class

 

**Important Note about Parking**

 

Please be mindful to park head in and as close to each other as possible. Be careful as the circle has a ice all over.

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“You are seeking joy in far off places, but the spring of joy is in your heart.  The haven of peace is in yourself”

Chakra Color

The Chakras System

Whether you are aware of the chakra system inside your subtle body or not, chakras or energy centers interact with your spiritual, emotional and physical bodies at every moment. The chakra’s are spirals of energy, one relating to the other, that contribute to our overall well being. In Sanskrit the word Chakra translates as “wheel”.  Each wheel spins a particular vibrational speed creating a vacuum that draws in anything it encounters on its level. All of life’s experiences have an effect on our entire selves whether positive or negative.  Negative experiences force our chakra’s to close as positive experiences enable them to open. In most of us as we move out of childhood, harsh reality begins to effect one chakra or another and they begin to become unbalanced and stop working in harmony with each other. We get stuck in cetain ways of being, not knowing why or how to move forward.. Blocked energy will eventually end up effecting you emotionally and physically as well.

Yoga, body awareness and meditation connects deeply to our chakra system and can act as a rebalancing tool. You may have experienced a deep release when you began practicing yoga. You may even have released cleansing tears or laughter during or after your practice. Each yoga pose directly effects one or more chakras. For instance, backbending opens up the heart and throat chakras while hip openers effect the root and sacral chakras.  Incorporating the color, sound and mantra to the corresponding chakra also has powerful healing qualities while meditating.

With each coming week, our study will focus on each individual chakra, begining at the root (Muladhara) all the way up the the crown (Sahasrara).  Below is a chart of the chakras, where in the body it is located and its’ individual charactoristics. Next time you feel stuck in a certain area, either emotionally or physically, you may want to check out the chakra associated with your discomfort and work with it in your own way. We do this work not only for ourselves but for the world;  When we clear our own inner energies, we can then be open to those around us, being of service with compassion, power, purpose and joy, expressing our dharma in the truest sense.

Chakra

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Mantra Color Stone Shape
Crown Chakra Enlightenment • Unity • Serenity Om (long) Violet Amethyst Half sphere
Forehead Chakra Intuition • Wisdom • Insight Om (short) Indigo Iolite Star
Throat Chakra Communication • Honesty • Integrity Ham Blue Apatite Pyramid
Heart Chakra Universal Love • Compassion • Purity Yam Green Peridot Half moon
Solar Plexus Chakra Will Power • Assertion • Trust Ram Yellow Citrine Sphere
Sacral Chakra Sensuality • Growth • Creativity Vam Orange Carnelian Pyramid
Root Chakra Patience • Stability • Strength Lam Red Garnet Cube

Classes for this Week

Monday Evening at 730pm

Tuesday Morning at 930am with Meditation to follow class

Friday Morning Healing Yoga at 930am

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

**There is no Thursday Night Class this week – Happy Valentines Day**

Happenings

Special Event – FLOGA- At the Yoga Darshana Center in Babylon rescheduled to Februray 17th 3:30 pm 5:00 pm
Heart Opening, gentle flow class led by me accompanied by the music of native american bamboo flute player Walter Perizac Click on the link for more information http://www.yogadarshanacenter.com/floga.html
ShaktiPath Kirtan at the Mastics Moriches Library has been moved to May 18th…details will follow.
Yoga Darshana Center in Babylon will also be hosting ShaktiPath for a heart warming Kirtan on Sunday, March 10th, 530-7pm.  More details to follow…Yay, we won’t have to wait till May…
Still spots left for the Restorative Yoga, Reiki and Acupunture Class on March 6th with Connie… https://myyogawithamy.com/eventsworkshops/
Yoga Jam and Restorative Friday will return in March…February has been wild so far
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In these white snowy days, look within to find all the colors of the rainbow and a garden of peace inside yourself!!  See you on the slopes for sledding….whoohooo
See you soon,
Amy

Yoga this Week – January 20, 2013

“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.” ― Lin Yutang

Hari Om Dearest Yoga Students,

In these chilly days of winter, give yourself permission to relax.  There is a time for action and a time for in-action.  Practice sitting amidst the caos, amidst the messy room, amidst the crowded space in your mind and see what happens.  Letting go of your “to do list” is just as important as scratching things off.  Our inner wisdom knows that we will never be done, that life is not a grand race to the finish line.  If our list keeps growing, consider it a blessing that you have work to do in your life.  However, there must also be time to take repose, to step back from all the doing and simply be in your life.  Let go of the non-essentials in your life today and make space to rest, cuddle, read, meditate, rejuvinate and….enjoy the journey by experiencing the finer things in life.

“You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose”

Indra Gandhi

Classes this Week
Monday and Thursday Evening at 730pm
Tuesday Morning at 930am with meditation to follow
**Please note there is no Friday class this week**
(please reserve your spot in class or cancel if your plans have changed)
Events
Sign ups for the North Shore Public Library Beginners Series begin again on February 1st. If you, or if you know of anyone that may benefit from a basic introduction into the wonderful world of yoga, please pass on the information, or reserve your spot asap.
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ShaktiPath Kirtan at the Mastic Moriches Shirley Library Fundraiser Feb 9 2013 1:30PM – 3:30PM This event is free with a Food Pantry donation and open to all.  Click on the link below for more info: https://www.communitylibrary.org/Programreg/view.php?resource_id=10441
Special Event – FLOGA- At the Yoga Darshana Center in Babylon Sunday, February 10th / 3:30 pm 5:00 pm
Heart Opening, gentle flow class led by me accompanied by the music of native american bamboo flute player Walter Perizac Click on the link for morinformation 

Our next Restorative Yoga, Reiki and Acuptuncture Session will be March 6th at 7pm. Sign ups have begun.  Contact me or sign up when you come to class. https://myyogawithamy.com/eventsworkshops/
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200 Hr and 500 Hr Yoga Teacher Trainings at the Yoga Darshana Center in Babylon begin in February. I will be teaching the Vinyasa Sections of each training. This is going to be an amazing training in a small, intimate setting with some extraordinary teachers!! If you are interested, pick up a flyer when you come to class or click on their website. www.yogadarshanacenter.com
Hope to see you all soon…going to take some much anticipated repose….
Namaste
Amy
Amy Perri RYT500 Registered Yoga Teacher 500 Hr 631-839-0644 http://www.MyYogaWithAmy.com