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Yoga this Week – September 7, 2020

“It is the wilderness in
the mind, the desert wastes in the heart through which one wanders lost and a stranger. When one is a
stranger to oneself then one is estranged from others too. If one is out of touch with oneself, then one
cannot touch others.” 
 Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

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Greetings Dearest Friends,

The need for solitude and time to pursue creative endeavors is so very important to the journey inward, to discover, befriend and cultivate your relationship to yourself.  This is also key  in the practice of  accepting and embracing changes in relationships, in life’s circumstances and in the world at large.  When we are intimate with our inner being, we can find the grounding, gratitude and joy within that we crave to find healing and wholeness which enables us to accept instead of resist life’s circumstances with grace.  So this Labor Day, give yourself some time and space to get in touch with you.  Be  with yourself without placing any demands or lofty outcomes.  Let go of having to accomplish and just allow your inner child to play, relax and just be.

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930am Tuesday Morning Yoga in the Yard or to stream click Tuesday Zoom

645pm Wednesday Evening Beach Yoga in Rocky Point.  Scroll down for details on 9/16 last beach yoga celebration.  Click HERE

8:30am Smith Point Beach Yoga Hike-Meet between 815 and 830am on the West end of the parking lot.  Parking free up to 830am.  I will post later in the week with more details.  Let me know if you can make it.  $15 suggested donation to go to Friend’s Kitchen.

930am Friday Morning Healing Yoga in the Yard (Link will post for Zoom if it rains Friday)

Thank you to all that came out to play on the water Saturday on our Half-Day Yoga and Kayaking Adventure!  The day could not have been more perfect.  Part of the proceeds from both kayaking trips as well as the Smith Point Beach walk will go to our local Outreach, Friend’s Kitchen located at Trinity Church in Rocky Point.  The September 20th kayaking trip is now FULL.  I am taking names for wait list should someone cancel.

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Next Wednesday, September 16th we will have a special Autumn Equinox/New Moon/Last Beach Yoga Celebration.  Jim, Derek and Steve will be joining us for some live music, drumming, chanting and sing alongs!  We will also have a bon fire on the beach with some movement, intention setting nd community.  Please arrive with a mask and be prpared for social distancing.  Bring a drum or percussion instrument if you like, chair to sit on or blanket/mat.  We will meet at beach road beach at 630pm.  You must RSVP if you would like to come.  More details to follow.

Yoga this Week – July 7, 2019

*Please note:  The talented Gretchen will be guiding your practice this Friday Morning*

Birds are a miracle because they prove to us there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strive to attain. 

Doug Coupland

Dearest yoga students,
 Step outside your door and take in all the amazing abundance of the natural world.  We can learn so much from natures rhythms as we allow her to nurture, sooth and remind us we are all part of the same whole.  I get a deep sense of comfort as I watch the birds fly back and forth from tree to tree.   They have the freedom and joy many of us long for.   The many varieties, sizes and colors interact and co-exist in harmony with each other and the world around them, adjusting from season to season with the ability to simply sing after a storm.   Take time to become aware of how the birds, the trees, the water, the wind are orchestrating a beautiful symphony all around you. Try to look up often, walk barefoot to experience the earth,  and enjoy the breeze as it caresses your skin.   Remind yourself you are as free as the birds in the air to sing your unique song in order to  make the world a better place.
“A bird does not sing because it has the answer.  It sings because it has a song.” Chinese Proverb

Yoga this Week

Monday Chair Yoga 1030am

Tuesday Yoga 930am with Meditation

Wednesday Beach Yoga 715pm

Friday Healing Yoga with Gretchen 930am


Yoga and Kayaking  Adventure   in the Setauket Harbor on Saturday August 31st 10am to 2pm – Spots are limited.  Please let me know if you are interested.

Yoga this Week & Reiki Circle – August 12, 2018

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”
Pema Chodron

Yoga this Week

Tuesday Morning at 930am with Meditation to follow class

Wednesday Evening Beach Yoga at 7pm (New Start Time)  Beach Yoga with Amy

Thursday Evening 7 to 8 pm Reiki Healing Circle-Please RSVP

Friday Morning Healing/Gentle Yoga at 930am

Workshops/Events Click here for Details

Reiki Healing Circle this Thursday at 7 to 8pm.  All Are Welcome!  Come share and receive some good energy to lift your spirts, energize your immune system and open up to increased vitality!

Yoga & Kayaking Half-Day Adventure Rescheduled to September 1st at 1230pm out of Setauket Harbor.  Kayak Rentals will available.  Pre-Registration required.  Spots are limited.

Only a couple spots left for our Goddess Equinox Yoga Retreat in Shelter Island.  If you’ve been considering coming, now is the time.  We have extended the early bird pricing of $300 for a few more weeks. Click here 2018 Retreat Details

Yoga this Week – July 25, 2016

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Much Love and Gratitude to all of you who continue to practice here.  We are not only yoga students that come together to practice, we are a community of like-minded individuals raising vibrations collectively to lift the energies within our community and the larger world.     I am truly humbled to be able to bring you this ancient practice in our intimate space honoring the traditional way it was taught many thousands of years ago!  Much   gratitude to  all who find their way to our yoga room, sangha and into my heart.   Shanti, shanti, shanti!  Ooooommmmmm

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(Chanting starts ten minutes prior to start of class – come for chanting, grab a percussion instrument in the basket on the desk before you come into yoga room, join in or just come and set yourself up for class and listen!!)

Tuesday Morning Yoga 930am with Meditation to follow

Wednesday Evening Beach Yoga 7pm

Friday Morning Healing Yoga 930am

Sunday Morning Beach Yoga 9am (**requires pre-registration)

(Please reserve your spot in class or cancel if your plans have changed, please note that Sunday Morning yoga requires a minimum of students to pre-register for class to run, always check website or facebook page for Sunday Morning cancellations before heading to beach)

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Thursday, August 4th at 730pm – Restorative Yoga, Reiki & Acupuncture with Essential Oils Summer Session – Spots are going fast, if you have reserved a spot, please get your pre-payment in as soon as you can.  Contact me for details.  Click on for more info.

Thursday, August 11th Book Talk:  “A Walk on the Beach” will take place on Cedar Beach at 615pm (weather permitting)

Yoga and Kayaking Trip – Stay Tuned for Details in the next day or two!!


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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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 – June 6, 2016

**Please note that the Friday Morning 930am class is switched to Thursday morning for just this week.  Please let me know if you can make it, I will call those of you who are on the list if I don’t hear from you to make sure you know**  

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Greetings dearest Yoga Students,

In Yoga there are many dualities.  We ground down to rise up, hug in to shine out, breath in fully to exhale completely; go within to be present to what is all around us; the opposing action creates the unfolding of expansion, and beauty.

Last night my son came home beaming after  visiting a couple who had lost a child a few years back.  He said the mom had been feeling down and one of the boys suggested they visit, bring flowers and say hi.  The couple was so moved they invited the boys for dinner (feeding four teenage boys is a feat in itself!), and the visit ended up being much longer than anticipated.  The couple told stories of their teenage daughter and laughed and reminisced.  The boys were elevated, filled with pride and purpose by  lifting another; they expanded and experienced the beauty of giving.  Just as yoga poses reverberate in our bodes, I believe this experience will not be easily forgotten.

Sometimes the best things in life, are the opposite of what we think we need.  Ground down in your life today to shine out.  If your feeling defeated, down or frustrated, try giving to another and experience the expansion, the opening and the beauty that comes from giving.

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(Chanting begins 15 minutes before the morning classes…join us as we greet the day with this meditative, uplifting practice!!  Come and chant, listen or warm up for asana. )

Tuesday Morning at 930am with Meditation to follow

Thursday Morning Healing Yoga at 930am with mini-Reiki healing if desired

Thursday Evening 715am open level

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

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Live Drumming for our first beach class – June 15th!!!  If you would like to come and drum with Jim Romeo, let me know!!!  Next Wednesday, June 15th begins our Sunset Beach Yoga Classes. This will replace the current Thursday evening class for the summer.  I hope you will consider joining us on the beach for this amazing experience.  Carpe Diem!!  Seize the day and get out into the light. Sundays will begin on June 26th at 9am.   Click the link for details.

This coming Saturday, June 11th at 1 to 4pm, Long Island Yoga Association will hold their first east-end workshop at Santi Yoga in Shoreham.  The presenter will be Darlene Attard, a Kundalini Yoga Teacher.  this should be a great afternoon.  Click on the link for more information.

The Rocky Point Farmer’s Market is now open on Sunday mornings right on Broadway!!  Be sure to stop in and shop locally.

Watch for the date for our annual Yoga & Kayaking Adventure!!  Any suggestions of a great place to kayak and rent boats would be appreciated.



Sa Ta Na Ma – Wha Hey Guru

Life Death Rebirth Infinity – I bow to my inner guru to guide me through the circles of life


Yoga this Week – August 3, 2015

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality.

Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

Lao Tzu

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Greetings dearest yoga students,

We are in the midst of changes, some that are natural like aging and children growing up.  Others are spontaneous like suddenly losing your job or winning the lottery.  We all feel anchored in what is familiar to us and are comforted in what we can count on, like an old favorite receipe or comfy chair.  However, whether we want change or not, it comes.  Sometimes slowly and sometimes like a tidal wave sweeping us off our feet.  The best we can do is “let reality be reality” and join in with the flow.  Allow yourself time to grieve the past if you need to but with all the compassion you can muster up, don’t resist change or try to control it. Allow the energy of acceptance to flow towards gratitude for all you are able to experience.  Like a beautiful flowing river, allow your life to flow and ebb and flow, using your precious energy to be a part of it all.

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Yoga this Week

Tuesday Morning 930am with Meditation to follow

Wednesday Evening 7pm Yoga on the Beach

Friday Morning 930am Healing Yoga

Sunday Morning 8:45pm Yoga on the Beach

(Please reserve your spot for Yoga Room Classes – Website has all details on beach yoga)

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Join me this Friday at the Earthquake Relief Expo on Lake Ronkonkoma!  I will be leading Kirtan at 530pm followed by a yoga class by Yogi Prakash

Festivities begin at 2pm and go until 9pm – Activities for kids of all ages – Downloadable flyer below!!  Hope you can make it!


There is still one spot open for the weekend retreat September 18, 19 & 20th!

Hope to see you soon!



Yoga this Week – July 5, 2015

  *Please Note this week’s Friday Morning Class will begin at 9am (30 minutes earlier)**

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Greetings dearest yoga students,

Yoga practice is about being aware.  We connect to our bodies, minds and breath so we can be aware and present to what is happening internally; to the places we need to empower, the places we need to open and the places we need to protect.  Therefore, our yoga is about learning about ourselves.  We study the self so we can better understand why we do the things we do so we can let go of the what is not our true nature.  We learn what actions brings us closer to our higher self and the things that take us further away.  We acquire the patience to be with difficult sensations, whether they are emotional, physical or mental, so the interactions can teach us what we need to know to move us along our path.  “Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know”, so embrace your challenges with the pose of the Warrior and stand your ground, be open and embrace the lessons, for they are gifts that come wrapped in the most unlikely packages.


Yoga this Week

Tuesday Morning 930am with Meditation

Wednesday Sunset Beach Yoga with LIVE MUSIC 7pm

**Friday Morning Healing Yoga 9am

Sunday Morning Gentle Beach Yoga 845am

(Yoga Room classes require reservation)

**Beach Yoga Classes held at Broadway Beach (weather permitting) if weather  uncooperative Beach Classes may be held in the yoga room with reservation

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July 11th – Yoga and Kayaking Trip:  This coming Sunday at 8:15am in Port Jefferson Harbor.  Click on the Events Page to join in!

July 12th Sunday Evening Reiki Circle hosted by Amy & Annalee:   Join us for a Reiki sharing Circle with  Meditation 7:30pm – All are welcome to attend please rsvp for this special once a month event.  $10 offering and/or a food pantry item (no one ever turned away for lack of donation)

July 17th Restorative Yoga & Essential Oils at the North Shore Public Library:  Join Barbara Delledone and myself for a relaxing, rejuvenating evening.  Sign ups begin July 1st for NSPL cardholders and opens for all on July 6th.  $5 fee

July 31st Restorative Yoga, Reiki & Acupuncture with Essential Oils at Peconic River Yoga with me and Benjamin Craig.  This is our only summer session.  Contact the studio to reserve your spot.  It is sure to fill up!


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Yoga this Week – May 31, 2015


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       “We depend on nature not only for our physical survival. We also need nature to show us the way home, the way out of the prison of our minds. We got lost in doing, thinking, remembering, anticipating; lost in a maze of complexity and a world of problems. We have forgotten what rocks plants and animals still know. We have forgotten how to be— to be still, to be ourselves, to be where life is here and now.”

Eckhart Tolle

The Empowerer

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Nature’s power to nurture us never ceases to amaze me.  The natural world reminds us of what is truly important and to let go of the rest.  We humans create all kinds of complex dynamics which keep our minds busy and our bodies tense.  Take time to receive the bounty of beauty that is always there for the taking right outside your door.  Make a special effort to experience nature everyday, either by cultivating your garden, sitting quietly and listening to the birds, feeling the embrace of the wind flowing around you or the tingling warmth of sun on your skin. Observe how the trees remain patient, grounded, growing and still within the movement of life.   Connect, ground down, let go and allow life to flow with the intelligent rhythm of nature and just BE!

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Yoga this Week

Meditative Monday at 7:15pm

Tuesday Morning at 930am with Meditation to follow class

Wednesday Evening Flow at 7:15pm

Friday Morning Healing Yoga at 930am

(Please reserve your spot or cancel if your plans have changed – Evening Classes require a minimum to sign up before 5pm)

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Click on this link for details on all events:

June 6th at 1-4pm Join me and Donna Coogan as we co-facilitate  a very special workshop at the Long Island Yoga Association

 Shift your Prana – Exploring Vibrational Energy


June 10th, Wednesday,  Beach Yoga Begins

 June 11th, Thursday,  Restorative Yoga, Reiki & Acupuncture in Rocky Point

June 14th, Kirtan with Amy, Annalee & Jim at Yoga Darshana Center!!

Sunday June 28th Yoga and Kayaking

Rocky Point Farmers Market is now in full swing Sunday Mornings on Broadway in Rocky Point

Come down and visit – its a local treasure!!!

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Much Gratitude to our adventurous hikers this morning!  It was absolutely wonderful and I decided to give 100% of the proceeds will go to our local food pantry! If anyone would like to contribute before I send in the donation, please let me know.  It’s never too late to give!

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Jai!!  Victory to our Spirits and Peace to All Beings!


Yoga this Week – May 16, 2015 – Wednesday Night Class Switched to Thursday Night this Week!!

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Greetings Dearest Yoga Students,

Have faith in your practice and the ability of your yoga to calm, nurture, enliven and release.  When we move our panic energy our practice through breath work, postures, chanting, and/or meditation we effect not only our physical bodies, but our emotional bodies as well.  Moving prana (life force energy) within ourselves allows us to be more open, more willing, more free to connect to that universal prana that is available for the taking and connects us to all beings everywhere.  In essence, it allows us to show up for ourselves and for others in our life.  Trust your yoga to move through you, all you have to do is show up and be present.  Your Yoga mat will catch you if you fall.


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Classes for this Week

Meditative Monday Evening 7:15pm

Tuesday Morning 930am with Meditation to follow

Thursday Evening 7:15pm

Friday Morning Healing Yoga 9:30am

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

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Click on this link for details:

Yoga Hike Sunday, May 31st

Friday, May 29th Restorative Yoga, Reiki and Acupuncture with Essential Oils at Peconic River Yoga

June 6th at 1-4pm Join me and Donna Cogan as we co-facilitate  a very special workshop at the Long Island Yoga Association

 Shift your Prona – Exploring Vibrational Energy


Wednesday, June 10th Beach Yoga Begins

Thursday, June 11th Restorative Yoga, Reiki & Acupuncture in Rocky Point

Sunday June 28th Yoga and Kayaking