Yoga this Week – December 3, 2011

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. ….”Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit. “Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.” “Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked,   “It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

                                                              — by Margery Williams, from The Velveteen Rabbit
Yoga this Week - February 12, 2012
Greetings Dear yoga students,
Becoming “real” and “living in your truth” is not painless or pretty, but a necessary step towards wholeness and healing.  It takes courage, stamina and faith to arise each day, stand in your truth and face your life in all of its reality;  turning away from nothing that you see.   This process of becoming real involves the art of clear seeing, compassion and a willingness to be used for a higher purpose.  Whether you are being faced with a challenging yoga posture, extreme life difficulites, mundane repitition, contentment or joy; stand firm with confidence that living side by side with reality is the only true path to Samadhi, enlightenment,  (or becoming real) which is the eighth limb of hatha yoga.
Samadhi is the eighth limb in the eight limb path of Hatha Yoga:   In attaining a state of complete union, equilibrium and undistracted inner contemplation we gain the ability to stand within our true selves (samadhi); bringing into wholeness that which the ego driven self dismantles.  It is the reintegration of a human as a whole.   In becoming real, you can’t become ugly, you ultimately become the beautiful, spiritual, loving being you always were meant to be.
Classes for this Week
Monday & Thursday Evening at 730p
Tuesday Morning at 930am with 11am Meditation to follow
Healing Yoga Friday Morning at 930am
(please researve your spot or cancel if your plans have changed)
Events Coming Up
WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION
Wednesday, December 21st 7-9pm
Chanting with ShaktiPath-Gentle Yoga-Meditation-Refreshments!
(please reserve)
Hope to see you all in class soon!
Peace & Love
Amy

Yoga this Week – November 20, 2011

 
  

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

                                                                                         Melody Beattie

Hari Om Dear Yoga Students,

Hope this email finds you well grounded and centered in your life.  Thanks so much to all of you who attended the Restorataive Yoga and Acupunture class, it was an amazing thing for me to witness you all melting away your stress!!  The next session (January) already has five on the list so if you are interested let me know. 

Look around you this morning.  Take in the sights and smells of Fall.  Breathe in that energy and allow your life to be enough.  Call to mind all you have been given.  All the blessing and hardships; even trials and tribulations are gifts in disguise.  The obstacles in our path allow us to move deeper into our human experience by humbling us enough to reach out to others for help.  In times when we are in the depth of hardship or confusion, when the world seems darkest, the miracle of letting go occurs.  Dark times can have the ability to move us away from the material into the spiritual; drawing us nearer to the divine source that carries us through the days when we simply cannot walk on our own.  Experiencing the light within the dark (yin and yang) we come to the realization that Santosha becomes possible no matter what circumstances surround us right now.

Santosha, or the practice of contentment, is the ability to feel satisfied within the container of one’s immediate experience.  ~~Donna Farhi

Be open, be receptive, be present for yourself and those around you today and through this holiday of thankgiving.  Be of service in anyway you can, look beyond your differences as you interact with your family and friends and honor each person for who they are today; knowing that their struggles are no easier than your own.  Don’t forget to honor yourself and your place in this life!  You were meant to be here at this time and hour so rejoice, be happy and most of all be grateful for all you have that truly matters!!

When at peace and content with oneself and others (Santosha), supreme joy is celebrated. (Nischala Joy Devi)

 

Classes for this Week

Monday Evening at 730pm

and

Tuesday Morning at 930am with Meditation to follow class

Please reserve your spot or cancel if your plans have changed

No Classes Thursday or Friday this Week!! 

Winter Soltice Celebration on Wednesday, December 21st at 7pm

Come share your inner light with your Koola (yoga comunity) as we move into the darkest day of the year for an evening of Gentle Yoga, Chanting with ShaktiPath, Meditation and Sangha

Refreshments will be served! 

Let me know if you plan to attend or sign up when you come to class

Please bring a donation for the local food pantry if you can!  Thank you…

 

Have a wonderful  Thanksgiving Holiday!

Peace, Love and Light to you and your families,

 

Namaste

Amy

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

Yoga this Week November 6, 2011

Keep Coming Back
 
Keep coming back to your breath
Keep coming back to your body
Keep coming back to who you really are.
 
No matter what life puts before you, keep coming back to all the beauty around you, to all the love inside you, to what really matters.  Even if you stray a thousand and one times, keep coming back to the truth of who you really are.  Keep coming back to the eternal, internal essence of you.  Keep coming back to what you know to be true; that the compassion you hold in your heart is meant as much for you as for every living being.  Keep coming back to all the love inside you.
 
Keep Coming Back

Classes this Week
 
Monday and Thursday Evening at 730pm
 Tuesday Morning 930am with Meditation to Follow
 Friday Morning Healing Yoga at 930am
 (Please reserve your spot or cancel if your plans have changed)
 
 
**If you have signed up for the Yoga and Acupunture Class on November 16th, remember the payment is due by November 10th to hold your spot.  If you would like more information or to put your name on the wait list please click on the following link. 
My yoga retreat at Esalen was amazing!!  Taking time to step out of your regular schedule into a an atmosphere that supports a contemplative, healing space is truly a wonderful way to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit.  Thank you all for the well wishes last week.  Looking forward to seeing you all real soon to share what I am able.
 
Sat Nam
(I bow to the truth within you)
Amy
 

Yoga this Week October 29, 2011

  

**Please note there will be no classes this week – Normal Schedule resumes on Monday, November 7th and I no longer will be teaching the Sunday Morning Hot Class***
 
“The most effective way to reduce health costs is to reduce demand,
and the easiest way to do that is by Self-Care.”

                                          Leonard Perlmutter

 
 
 
 
Hari Om dear yoga students,
 
Taking time for yourself, right here and now, is what will be most important to your physical, mental and spiritual future.  You most likely have heard many people (or yourself) proclaim “I don’t have the time to take care of myself…I’m just too busy with other demands to fit it in”.  This is truly an ironic statement.  The way I see it is that if we do not find the time for self care today, we will certainly be forced into taking the time later to nurse ourselves back to health (body, mind or spirit) in the future.  So in this day that we call the present, take any amount of time you can spare and do something nurturing for yourself.  Whatever is most appropriate for you today; read something spiritual, funny or uplifting, bundle up and take a walk, do some yoga, make a healthy meal,  take a hot bath or simply slow down the pace and practice being present.  Build up some self-care in the bank of your life and watch how your investment grows, rospers and spills on to everyone in your life.

 I will be taking my own advice this week as I travel across the country to Esalen at Big Sur in California to attend a five-day yoga retreat.  My hope is to release, renew and bring some interesting techniques back to all of you!! 
 
 
Have a wonderful self-nurturing week!!
 
 
 

Restorative Yoga and Acupunture Workshop – November 16th 7-9pm
Click on the link below for more information
 
(at present the Nov 16th workshop is full but if we get enouph people interested we will host a second night)
 
Namaste
Amy
 
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Amy Perri
RYT500
Registered Yoga Teacher 500 Hr
631-839-0644
http://www.MyYogaWithAmy.com 

Weekly Email October 22, 2011

 

**Please be aware that I am no longer teaching the Sunday Morning Rocky Point Hot Yoga Class, I will be happily sleeping in!** 
 

Verse 15  

The ancient Masters were profound and subtle.
Their wisdom was unfathomable.
There is no way to describe it;
all we can describe is their appearance.
They were careful as someone crossing an iced-over stream.
Alert as a warrior in enemy territory.
Courteous as a guest.
Fluid as melting ice.
Shapable as a block of wood.
Receptive as a valley.
Clear as a glass of water.Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?

The Master doesn’t seek fulfillment.
Not seeking, not expecting,
she is present, and can welcome all things

 
 
Good Morning dearest yoga students,
 
This verse from the Tao Te Ching challenges us to live an unhurried life.  To be careful, alert, courteous, fluid, shapable, receptive and clear.  It asks us to be present and aware of our actions and reactions but to be open to what the flow of life is offering us.  To “remain unmoving till the right action arises” is not easy by any means.  Our media driven society is often targeting our fears and prompts us to do more, be more, work harder in order to acheive, be fullfilled, be happy.  The Tao offers us another way.  To become part of the flow of life, not to be stagnant or uninvolved, but to be still enough so that life simply is living moment to moment, letting go of past and future to find our own calm center.
 
 
When we work to become empty of expectation,  life presents us with the opportunities we need; resources magically appear,  ideas become realities and coincidences become miracles not by paniky pushing, but by becoming still enough so that you flow with the tide of life’s events.  Our dreams and desires rarely materialize exactly how and when we plan but if we open to all things that our life presents, one day we wake up and we are living our dreams.  All we have ever hoped for is right there in front of us.  Try and get quiet for a few minutes right now and meditate on all the things the divine plan has brought into your life.  Allow peace and serentity to flow in with your breath and let go of striving and expectation as you exhale. Let your entire being rest in the light of gratitude for everything that is flowing in and through you on this day feeling as “receptive as a valley and clear as a glass of water”.
 
 
 
Classes for this Week
 
Monday & Thursday Evening at 730pm
 
Tuesday Morning 930am with Meditation to follow class
 
Friday Morning Healing Yoga 930am
 
*Maryhaven Class 5pm on Monday*
 
Please reserve your spot or cancel if your plans have changed
 
 
Restorative Yoga and Acupunture Workshop – November 16th 7-9pm
Click on the link below for more information
 
(at present the Nov 16th workshop is full but if we get enouph people interested we will host a second night)
 
 Peace, love and yoga,
Namaste
Amy

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

Yoga this Week October 2, 2011

“When non violence (ahimsa) in speech, thought and action is established, one’s aggressive nature is relinquished and others abandon hostility in one’s presence”
                                           Yoga Sutras
 

Have you ever found yourself in the presence of someone who exudes such a peaceful energy that  just to be around them or hear their voice allows your shoulders to lower and your breath to quiet, generating a global feeling of relief?  Think about the kind of energy you generate when you walk into a room; the kitchen in your home, your office or school, a party, your car.  What kinds of prompts are you receiving from internal sources?  We can get caught up in inner voices that tell us to judge, fear or compete with others or ourselves which is a form of himsa (violence).  However, we can choose in any given moment to turn off those voices that badger and color our perceptions and create a new dialogue which is of a non-hostile nature creating space to fill wherever we are with a peaceful energy that others will gravitate to, benefit from and mirror back to us.   So for today, in honor of Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday: 

“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed.  Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well” 

 

Classes this Week

Monday and Thursday Evening at 730pm

Tuesday Morning at 930am with Meditation to follow class

  Friday Morning Healing Yoga at 930am

Please email or call to reserve a spot or let me know if your plans have changed. 
 

Warm Vinyasa Flow at Rocky Point Hot Yoga Sundays at 745am

ShaktiPath Kirtan – Live Music and Chanting
Rocky Point Hot Yoga
Saturday, October 15th 7-9pm
Click on this link for details and let me know if you plan to attend this special event!
 
Yoga at Maryhaven begins this Monday at 5pm – contact me for more info
 
 
**Thank you to all who have been so kind in remembering to bring something for the food pantry bin.  It is with much pride that I  bring all of your thoughtful donations down to the outreach center in Mt Sinai for which they are soooo grateful**.
 
“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, wand what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness.  Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth”
                                          Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
 
Namaste
Amy

 

Yoga this Week September 10, 2011

 

“Detachment is simply letting go of all you hold fast to in your mind. It doesn’t actually mean losing anything, simply changing your relationship with the things in your life today. The greatest pleasure for every soul comes as a result of choosing detachment. Why? Because attachment is a form of slavery that takes place in our own minds. And the result of detachment? Real freedom”
                                                       Innerspace
 
The art of detachment is the practice of showing up, doing your best and letting go of the results acknowledging the basic truth that everything in life has its perfect moment.  It is the realization that if we do not get what we want (even if it seems like the perfect job, perfect person, perfect place, perfect opportunity, etc.)  that there is probably a better time for that situation to materialize in our lives or more often than not, it may be something that is never supposed to happen at all.  When we truly are able to detach from the outcome we release the dissapointment, anger or inadaquacy we feel when things don’t turn out as we thought they should.  Thinking we will find our happiness in someone or something outside ourselves is only an atempt to gratify our senses and satisfy the ego which can never truly be satified.  Acting from a place of attachment and clinging is acting from fear.
 
In contrast, the act of freeing oneself of this type of gratification for the sake of spiritul growth will allow you to access the peace and surrender that is so essential to your happiness and well being.   We can learn to live and let live, look at closed doors as opportunities to turn our attention elsewhere and trust our spiritual guides to take us where we need to be.  When we make decisions from a truly detached place; from a place of calm abiding, wisdom and love, instead of moving us away from our true selves,  it brings us closer to the divine source of all that is
good, true, right and lovely in our lives.
 
 
Yoga this Week
 
Monday Evening at 730pm
 
Tuesday Morning 930am with Meditation to follow class
 
Friday Morning Healing Yoga 930am 
 
There is no Thursday night class this week due to open school night!! 
 
(Please reserve your spot or cancel if your plans have changed) 
 
This week begins my start of Sunday Mornings
745am at Rocky Point Hot Yoga for a warm sweaty vinyasa flow!
 (No reservations required but the doors get locked by 7:50am)
 
Upcoming Events/Workshops
 
 Yoga & the Endocrine System with Eileen Loh and ShaktiPath at
Peconic River Yoga Sept 23rd and Seva Yoga Studio Sept 25th
Email for details
 
 ShaktiPath Kirtan 
Rocky Point Hot Yoga
Saturday, October 15th 7-9pm
Flyer to follow
 
 
 Hope to see you soon,
Namaste
Amy

Yoga, Meditation & Healing Studio in Rocky Point NY… 631-839-0644