Category Archives: Rocky Point Community Education

Yoga this Week – July 5, 2016

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Ola Amigos,

Just returning from Tulum, Mexico in the Yucatan Peninsula, I am filled with energy from the natural world both above and below the sea.  It always amazes me how nature can both nurture, awaken, excite and renew our spirits.  In the same way our yoga practice unites us to that which is everlasting and unchanging:  Gazing at the shore and sky, swimming with the fish, and feeling the warm ground underneath the soles of our bare feet connect us to that which is in perfect balance and harmony.  Enjoy this season of abundance, give thanks for the free world that we have the honor to roam and always, pray for those that are not as fortunate as we are right now.

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Yoga this Week

Wednesday Evening Beach Yoga at 7pm

Thursday Morning Healing Yoga at 8:45am (This replaces Friday’s class this week)

Sunday Morning Beach Yoga at 9am

(Please sign up for class or cancel if your plans have changed)

**Next Week Normal Schedule Resumes**

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Watch for details on our annual Yoga & Kayaking Trip Saturday, August 6th

Namaste and Adios for now


Yoga this Week – May 1, 2016

**New Session of Restorative Yoga, Reiki & Acupuncture with Oils added June 1st**
This would be a Great gift for Mother’s Day—Yoga Gift Certificates also available for private sessions/group classes/reiki healings!!**

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“Grace is a wind that is always blowing.  If you really want freedom and unbounded happiness in this lifetime, set your sail now!  Learn how putting your trust in Yoga’s practical and verifiable science connects you to a wisdom that never disappoints.”

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It brings me great joy to be in a position to bring yoga into each and every one of your lives.  The science of yoga provides an outlet for our creativity, a safe retreat from our hectic lives, peace of mind and strength and tone of body.  This “verifiable science”, when practiced diligently over time in all areas of our lives, has the ability to transform our very lives. Yogic ethics, physical postures, breath work and meditation grounds us, stabilizes us and most importantly frees us so we may be of service to those we come in contact with.

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Yoga this Week

Monday Maryhaven Yoga 515pm Port Jefferson Location

Tuesday Morning 930am with Meditation

Wednesday 10am Therapeutic/Gentle & Soft Yoga with Philosophy

Thursday Evening 715 Open Level Yoga

Friday Morning Healing/Gentle Yoga 930am

(Please sign up or cancel if your plans have changed)


May 18th Restorative Yoga, Reiki & Acupuncture with Essential Oils at 730pm is now full to capacity with an overflow!!  Because of such an overwhelming response, we are adding another session on Wednesday, June 1st.  If you would like a spot in this special session, please contact me asap to arrange for prepayment of $60.

Lohka Samasta Sukino Bhavantu



Yoga this Week – March 21, 2016

“May you walk in Beauty and may you be aware that you already do”

                                                Navajo Blessing

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Happy Snowy Spring!  Spring is a time of renewal and birthing that which has been dormant within the earth body of your heart.  Beauty is always available when you choose to see it.  Its easy to walk outside on a perfectly sunny day and walk in beauty, it is in the times of foul weather and grey skies that we need to work a little harder to see it.   Whether in the fallow periods when we feel we are stagnant, dark times when it’s hard to find the light or  in moments of grief when sadness wraps around our hearts like a heavy blanket, beauty waits to be found.  May you know today, that whatever your life is presenting to you, like the weather outside that we can’t control, we can choose to see, feel and hear all that is beautiful and choose to walk in beauty.  As I type this a cardinal is singing his beautiful song  and his red color seems to be just the perfect accent to the white branch he sits upon as if beckoning me to simply be aware.

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Classes this Week

Monday Maryhaven Yoga 5:15pm Port Jefferson Center

Tuesday Morning Yoga with Meditation 930am

Wednesday Morning Private Class Gentle Yoga Series 9:45am (#4 of 5)

Thursday Evening Yoga for All 7pm

Friday Morning Healing/Gentle Yoga 930am – (Stay Tuned for possible cancellation)

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

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Happenings- Click on Link for Details

Gentle Yoga, Breath work and Meditation – Tuesday, April 5th at 4-5pm at the NSPL

Wednesday, April 6th – 945 to 1130am -Gentle Yoga, Philosophy and Meditation with Discussion Five Week Series begins – Pre-Registration Required.

Kids Yoga Five Week Series – Tuesdays at 4-445pm beginning April 12th through the Rocky Point Community Education Department – Non-Residents Welcome

Yoga this Week – March 13, 2016

As a reminder, I offer Private Sessions either in a package or individually.  These sessions can incorporate whatever you would like.  Yoga Asana, Philosophy, Meditation, Sound Healings or Reiki Attunements and Aromatherapy.    Click on the link Private Sessions to find out more!!



Hari Om Dear Yoga Students,

Hope this email finds you experiencing freedom in the present moment.  When depression or anxiety takes the center stage in your life, check in and ask yourself; Am I pining over the past or fearful of the future?  Chances are you will discover the source of your suffering  is involved with the imagined past or the projected future.  We must realize that our memories are most times selective and our thoughts about the future are shear imagination.  The only moment in time that we truly can know is now.  Right now you can feel, see, taste and experience your life.  The point of power is always now, right under your feet and in your heart.  Connect and practice peace every day, all day by remembering time and again to return to the present moment where all is possible.

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Classes this Week

Tuesday Morning Yoga with Meditation 930am

Thursday Evening Yoga Flow 7pm

Friday Morning Healing Yoga 930am

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



Wednesday Morning Asperger’s Syndrome & High Functioning Autism Parent Support Group  –  – Centereach Youth Center – 10-12pm – No Charge – For any parent or caregiver dealing with the complex issues of supporting a child on the spectrum.

Yoga Jam – Saturday, March 19th 9-1030am – Ring in Spring with a detoxing, fun flow sure to charge up your energy and lift your mood!

Gentle Yoga, Breath work and Meditation – Tuesday, April 5th at 4-5pm at the NSPL

Kids Yoga Five Week Series – Tuesdays at 4-445pm beginning April 12th through the Rocky Point Community Education Department – Non-Residents Welcome

Yoga this Week – March 6, 2016


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Classes this Week

Monday Evening Restorative Yoga, Reiki & Acupuncture with Essential Oils 7-9pm

This session is currently sold out – Stay Tunes for the next date!

Tuesday Morning Yoga with Meditation 930am

Wednesday Morning Gentle Yoga with Meditation & Philosophy 9:45am (Private Class)

Thursday Evening Yoga Flow 7pm

Friday Morning Healing Yoga 930am

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

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Yoga Jam – Saturday, March 19th 9-1030am – Ring in Spring with a detoxing, fun flow sure to charge up your energy and lift your mood!

Gentle Yoga, Breath work and Meditation – Tuesday, April 5th at 4-5pm at the NSPL

Kids Yoga Five Week Series – Tuesdays at 4-445pm beginning April 12th through the Rocky Point Community Education Department – Non-Residents Welcome

Yoga this Week – February 29, 2016

“Yoga is the practice of observing clearly, listening acutely and skillfully responding to the moment with all the compassion we can muster”

Donna Farhi

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Greetings dear yoga students,

Thank you for your continued dedication to your practice for it is you that will make this world a better place.  By practicing the art of observing, listening and responding skillfully,  you not only bring health and right action to those around you,  but you also become a wonderful example of how a person can move through the world with integrity, kindness and love.  A beautiful student remarked to me that being in class felt like a “homecoming” to her.  Yoga is a homecoming; a homecoming to yourself and your true nature which has an amazing wellspring of intelligence, joy and compassion waiting just below the surface to shine!!

Happy Leap Day and a Special Happy Birthday to my Leap Year Hubby!!

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Yoga this Week

Tuesday Morning 930am with Meditation to follow

Wednesday Morning Gentle Class with Philosophy 9:45am (Private Class)

Thursday Evening 7pm All Levels Flow

Friday Morning Healing Yoga 930am

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

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Restorative Yoga, Reiki & Acupuncture with Essential Oils – March 7th at 7pm- One spot open.  $55 Prepayment reserves your spot!  Are you ready to take your relaxation to the next level?  Grab that spot while it is still available.

April 5th at the North shore Public Library I will be leading a special Gentle Yoga Class with Breath work and Meditation!  Check your newsletter and mark your calendars for this special one time class.

Yoga for Kids at Rocky Point Schools begins April 12th.  Five Tuesdays from 4 to 445pm at the FJC School.  Sign up through Community Education link at

Yoga this Week – December 14, 2015

**Scroll down to see schedule and events***

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Greetings Dear Friends,

Hoping this email finds you well rested and at peace within your life.  Sometimes we feel enveloped in darkness and are searching for light and sometimes we are the light for others.  We must remember that we are all ordinary people that have the potential to serve in extraordinary ways.  Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Martin L King, and many, countless others,  were merely ordinary people who responded to a call much greater than themselves.  “There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter “.  Allow the beautiful lights of the holiday season to remind you every moment that this powerful healing spirit is available to you always.

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Yoga this Week

Monday Maryhaven Yoga 5:15pm – Special Musical Class

Tuesday Morning Yoga with Meditation

Thursday Evening 7pm

Friday Morning Healing Yoga

Please reserve your spot in class

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Sweet Smelling, thoughtful trinkets for Gift Giving

Essential Oil Rolls to Go available for purchase when you come to class

One for $7 or 2 for $12

Also have Indian Lavender Incense, Lavender Satchels, Kids Yoga Books and a few Indian Silk Scarves for sale.

Gift Certificates for classes, privates or reiki sessions also available


Happenings – Click on the link for details

Winter Solstice Gathering  – Monday, December 21st 7pm

Hope you can join us for this special evening of music, intention setting, meditation and fun!!!


Keep your eye out for your North Sore Public Library’s Winter Newsletter – January 15th, Yoga with Live Music with Me, Laurel Torres and Dave DeBennedetto! and February 19th, Kirtan with Me, Dave and Jim!!  Our Library rocks…


Therapeutic Gentle Yoga with Philosophy and Meditation beginning Wednesdays January 13th 10 to 1115am.  You can send in your payment of $55 for all five sessions as soon as you can to hold your spot.  Class size is limited and beginning to gain momentum.  I can’t wait to teach this class!




Yoga this Week – November 30, 2015

**Scroll Down for info Rocky Point PTA Holiday Boutique- NSYC Fundraiser – Winter Solstice**


“You can look at every single problem in your life as an opportunity for some greater benefit;

you stay alert to opportunities by being grounded in the wisdom of uncertain,

so when your preparedness meets opportunity,  the solution will spontaneous appear.” 

Deepak Chopra

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Dear yoga Students,

My wish for you on this beautiful Monday morning is that you find yourself feeling grounded in in the wisdom of uncertainly surrounding yourself in peace.   The wisdom of uncertainty is based in the reality that we are merely floating through space and time, traveling to  unknown shores.   It is relinquishing our perceived control and going with the flow of our lives, open to possibility at all times.  When we get stuck in trying to control, we become attached to outcomes and instead of being open to possibilities, we become closed and miss the very solution that is presenting itself.  Grounding yourself in the wisdom of uncertainty, allows you to be free to explore, create and be spontaneous.  These are the true gifts of being alive.

 Whether you are trying to balance in a yoga pose, sit on your meditation cushion, or enjoying a holiday if your trying to achieve perfection, it will only elude you,  create judgments, increase stress and take you away from the very energy you desire.  Instead breathe into the possibly of just being and see what arisises.   Stay open, flow and float, enjoy the moment and find the serenity and excitement  that comes from resting in the field of uncertainty.

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Yoga this Week

Tuesday Morning 930am with Meditation to follow class


Thursday Evening 7pm Open Class


Friday Morning 930am Healing Yoga


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December 5th:  Join me at the Rocky Point PTA Holiday Boutique this Saturday,  from 9am to 3pm

I will have a table with my essential oil blends, incense, books and special discount pricing on class cards, gift certificates and private sessions

I will also be offering mini reiki sessions and oracle card messages!  Come stop by and visit me!


December 12th:  Yoga & Live Music Fundraiser at the North Shore Youth Council at 10 to 11am!

$10 per person – All proceeds go to the NSYC Scholarship fund to benefit struggling students in the surrounding school districts with higher education costs.  Contact:


December 21st:  Winter Solstice Celebration 7pm– My favorite holiday party of the season.

This year we will have our whole Kirtan band together (Me, Annalee, Jim and Dave).  Bring any percussion instruments you have to help make some noise on this night of deep darkness celebrating the return of light!!  A small dish to share is much appreciated.  Let me know if you plan on attending.

January 2016 – Gentle/Therapeutic Yoga, Meditation and Philosophy Class forming – Please let me know if you are interested!  I can’t wait to teach this class!


Yoga this Week – November 9, 2015

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“In this lovely season when the dance of surrender is obvious, we find large spaces left where something beautiful once lived. As one by one the leaves let go, a precious emptiness appears in the trees.  The naked beauty of the branches can be seen; the birds’ abandoned nests become visible.  The new spaces of emptiness reveal mountain ridges.  At night if you stand beneath a tree and gaze upward, stars now peer through the branches.  This is an important autumn lesson—when certain things fall away, there are other things that can be seen more clearly.  The same truth can be celebrated in our personal lives”

                                        Excerpt from “The Circle of Life” by Joyce Rupp & Macrina Wiederkehr



With the grace of a tree letting go of her leaves with all her majesty and beauty, we learn to let go, making peace with the transitions in our lives. We face the stark reality that nothing lasts forever.  Things ebb and flow, autumn teaches us to honor what is dying, changing and urges us to embrace the fact that everything is always moving and flowing into something new, even if we are standing still.  Chanting one of my favorite mantras yesterday with a group of open, like-minded people, (sa ta na ma – wha hey guru) reminded me to breathe and embrace these inevitable changes.   The circle of life, death, rebirth and infinity tells us that all endings eventually become beginnings and that the walk through the hallway from a door that has closed behind us maybe dark, maybe challenging, but always leads to yet another opening, another awakening or a new perspective.  Go outside and enjoy the spaces in the trees where now the light comes in.  Feel the sun on your face as you chant:  SA TA NA MA – WHA HEY GURU and allow your life to flow.


Yoga this Week

Tuesday Morning 930am with Meditation to follow


Thursday Evening 7pm Yoga Mixed Level Vinyasa


Friday Morning 930am Healing Yoga





Friday Night Kirtan at Yoga by the Bay in East Moriches celebrating the studio’s Four Year Anniversary 7pm!!


 Monday, December 21st Winter Solstice Celebration – Kirtan – Intention Setting – Sangha – Refreshments 7pm


Gentle Therapeutic/Meditation Class forming in January – Gentle Asana, Philosophy, Meditation, Breath work

Contact me for details


I am now a Reiki Master!  Very excited to share this gift with you.  Contact me for a Reiki Healing Session or if you re interested in becoming a Reiki Practitioner.  Reiki is a gift you can use on yourself, your family, your pets or anyone you come across that could use some healing energy.  I will be holding a Reiki workshop very soon to inform you of its history and applications in our everyday lives.

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Om Shanti!!!  May there be Peace for you and all beings everywhere!





Yoga this Week – Kirtan on Sunday & New Class Forming!!

**Scroll Down for important schedule updates**
“Clay is molded into vessels and because of the space where there is nothing you can carry water. 
Space is carved out from a wall and because of the place where there is nothing you can receive light. 
Be empty, and you will remain full…”

Dearest Yoga Students

Hoping this email finds you enjoying the bright morning sunshine and aware of all that you have been given in your life.  The more we become empty, the more we become full.  When we give ourselves time to become quiet, stilling the inner chatter of our minds and our bodies, we can become receptive to our lives instead of trying to control the direction.  Try to carve out a little emptiness in your lives as the days become shorter.    If you give yourself the gift of quiet reflection; whether you come to yoga class, journal, sit in silent meditation or cuddle with a loved one, you will allow yourself to be filled with the love, light, energy and peace that is always there for the taking.  A vessel that is full has no room;  so open your doors and windows, de-clutter your inner house and make space for the things that truly matter.


Classes for this Week

Private Yoga Classes and Reiki Healing Sessions are always available – Contact me for details

Monday Maryhaven Yoga 5:15pm


Tuesday Morning at 930am with 11:00 Meditation following class

Yoga for Kids at FJC 4pm – Last Class of Session

  Thursday Evening at 7pm

Friday Morning Healing Yoga at 930am

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

The Yoga Class at Caruso’s Restaurant is suspended until the Spring when we can utilize the beautiful courtyard outside.  Thank you all for your support in raising funds for the Invited Inn Soup Kitchen and Laurel for teaching.  We raised a total of $230!!

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 Kirtan Sunday, November 8th at 3-5pm at Gentle Strength Yoga in Mt Sinai (656-5357)
Kirtan is a call and response form of group chanting that is known to calm the mind, lift the spirits and raise vibrations!  Plus, its fun!!  Join me on harmonium, Dave on Guitar and Jim on percussion as we join together to feed the hungry among us!  $15 per person with an item to be donated to our local Food pantry (non-perishable food items, toiletries, and/or paper goods are always a good idea)

New Gentle Therapeutic Class Forming:  Calling all those who are more inclined to practice a very gentle/therapeutic form of yoga.  This class will be for those new to yoga or simply feel a gentler class is most appropriate due to physical, emotional or spiritual issues.  The class will consist of pranayama (breath practices), gentle yoga postures, philosophy and meditation.  I am looking at either 10 to 1115am on a Monday or a Wednesday.  This will be a session class to start (4 classes for $48).  We need at least four to sign up.  Let me know if you are interested, feel free to pass on the information to someone you feel could benefit.

By popular demand, I am blending essential oils for your enjoyment at home.  Many of you have asked me for the blends I offer during our classes, if you are interested go to my website and click on the Essential Oil blends tab.  I will have some available for purchase when you come to class or you can contact me to order.  This is my newest passion!!

Stay tuned for our next Reiki Circle & Restorative Yoga coming soon

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Enjoy the day, hope to see you soon.