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 this Week August 21, 2011

Greetings dearest yoga students,
 
Hope you are enjoying this summer day and this email finds you well.
 
 
“To have a sacred place…is an absolute necessity for anybody today.  You must have a room (or corner of a room) …, where you can simply bring forth what you are and what you might be.  This is a place of creative incubation.  At first you may find that nothing happens there, but if you have a sacred place and use it, something (wonderful) eventually will happen”
                                          Joseph Campbell
 
Let’s face it, we could all use a week long retreat away from all of our demands and responsibilities but that is not always possible.  You can, however, learn to create that sacred space and retreat to it whenever you feel inclined.  Also carving out a certain amount of time at a specific time of day will give you the structure and discipline to find that quiet, alone time we all crave.  Whether it be 10 minutes sitting in quiet contemplation or an hour of gentle stretching, try creating a space of your own somewhere in your home.  Even if it is just a corner where you place a candle, journal or some other meaningful reminders.  Once you take the time to make this simple sacred space, you will soon wonder how you ever did without it.
 
 
 
Classes for this Week
 
Monday and Thursday Evening at 730pm
 
Tuesday Morning at 930am with Mediation to follow class
 
Friday Morning Healing Yoga at 930am
 
(please reserve your spot or cancel if your plans have changed)
 
Please join us for the last Karma Beach Yoga of this year at
Cedar Beach 8-9am August 21st
Details can be found by clicking on the link below!!  Hope to see you here or there soon!
 
 
Namaste
Amy

Yoga this Week July 31, 2011

**Karma Beach Yoga Fundraiser – Aug 21st – Cedar Beach – Flyer Attached**

 

“Through practice, I’ve come to see that the deepest source of my misery is not wanting things to be the way they are. Not wanting myself to be the way I am. Not wanting the world to be the way it is. Not wanting others to be the way they are. Whenever I’m suffering, I find this ‘war with reality’ to be at the heart of the problem.”

                                                           Stephen Cope

 

 

Greetings dear yoga students,

 

Welcome to another glorious day. As you soak in the sunshine that is pouring down fromt the sky, think about something you may be “at war” with in your own life.  Living life on life’s terms is not an endeavor for the faint hearted.  As humans, we seem to always want to fix things or create fantasies and repeat mantras like; “if only things were different then I could be happy”.  True inner contentment only comes from within.  We must make the decision to be happy now.  Now is all we have.  This moment, this day, this family, this  body, this home, this job,  this stretch of 24 hours to live our life.  Cultivate acceptance with whatever or whoever is in your life today.  Be the one that brings serenity to your interactions and act with your heart on situations that seem to baffle you.  Try and do more reflection that reaction and you may find, things are exactly as they should be.  Relax, let go and focus today on being at peace with reality.  The war within quiets when you cultivate Santosha – contentment; allow yourself to bloom wherever you are planted, within whatever circumstances life finds you.

 

Classes for this Week

Monday & Thursday Evening at 730pm

Tuesday Morning 930am with 11am meditation to follow

Friday Morning 930am Healing Yoga 

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

 

 

 

Events

 

Special Asana/Chakra Classes – Thursday August 11th at  730-930pm &

Friday, August 12th 930-1130am (Please reserve, only a couple spots left)

 

Karma Beach Yoga Fundraiser – Sunday August 21st 8-9am Cedar Beach

 

See website for more information www.MyYogaWithAmy.com

 

 

 

Peace always,

Amy

Yoga this Week July 23, 2011

We will only discover the nature of our particular genius
when we stop trying to conform to our own or other people’s models,
learn to be ourselves,
and allow our natural channel to open.”
                                                    Shaki Gawain

 

Svadhyaya 

The fourth Niyama (or observance) in the Eight Limb Path of yoga is the study of the self.

Like so many yoga practices, svadhyaya is the process of getting to know who we really are; our true self.  Yoga asana, pranayam, and meditation are all ways to peel off the layers of our false selves.  Doing this and staying present to the process is not always easy.  As we peel the layers and really look at our exposed wounds, memories, conditionings and patterns, we may feel more confused and defeated than when we began.  Trust the process and turn again and again to those spiritual teachers that came before us.  They are there to guide us; in books, in music, in our dreams, our prayers or maybe sitting right across from us at work, home or in our communities.  As we work to let go of others (or even our own) ideas of who we should be, the more open and compassionate to our own “particular genius”  we can become and the more our “natural channels” to the divine open and our dharma (life’s purpose) is revealed.

Yoga this Week

Monday & Thursday Evening 730-9pm

Tuesday 930am with 11am Meditation following class

Friday Morning Healing Yoga 930-11am

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

 

Special Two-Hour Asana/Chakra Meditation Class

Live Musical Accompaniment by ShaktiPath

Evening or Morning Session

Thursday Evening, August 11th from 730 to 930pm

 

OR

                                                                                                          

Friday Morning, August 12th from 930 to 1130am

 

 

We will begin with our pranayama and asana class to prepare our minds, bodies and spirits for the second half of class which will be a chakra balancing/meditation class utilizing chants, music and restorative yoga postures to connect and open the seven major chakra centers.  ShaktiPath will provide the live music for this special class.

(Please reserve your spot as soon as possible as this class is limited to the first ten students who sign up)

 

For further information  events page on my website  

Shanti, Peace

Namaste

Amy

 

Yoga this Week July 10, 2011

 

When you do yoga postures,
surrender to the moment,
be in the moment,
don`t worry about weather
you can touch your
toes or not,
just experience the process.

Then try to carry this attitude
into the rest of your day,
away from tension,
guilt and anxiety.

Experience is the door
to the here and now.

                    Amrit Kala

 

Greetings Dearest Yoga Students, 

Hope this email finds you enjoying the beautiful sunshine and clear blue skies that surround you.  Karma Beach Yoga is tomorrow morning at 8am.  For more information, visit my website at www.MyYogaWithAmy.com and click on the Events/Workshop tab.  Coming together in Koola (yogic community) to share energy, song and practice while raising money to support those in need in our own community will prove to be a rejuvenating, worthwhile experience.  The Invited Inn feeds many families in our area and is in most need during the summer months when contributions are typically at a low.  Hope to see you all on the sand to share in the abundance that we have been so blessed in receiving.

 

 

Classes for this Week

Monday and Thursday Evening at 730pm 

Tuesday Morning 930am with Meditation to Follow Class

Friday Morning Healing Yoga at 930am 

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

 

 

Looking Ahead

ShaktiPath (Rob and Amy) will be supporting a local yoga teacher with music as she leads participants in a workshop entitled “Neuroendocrine and finding homeostasis through movement, breath, song and meditation” on July 23rd at Satya Yoga and Pilates in Mount Sinai.  For more information,

call the studio at 631-828-5996

 

Hope to see you in the sand or in the yoga room real soon.

Namaste

Amy

July 2, 2011 Yoga this Week

The important thing is to be awake now, to feel the transparency, to feel the universal shining through the individual, and then to allow life to express itself though us.

                 Rolf Gates

Are you awake??  Truly awake to all that is happeniing inside and outside of you?  Be aware, be diligent, be alive.  Taking the time to quiet our own chattering minds allows us to connect to that universal energy that is in all things.  To be clear and translucent is to allow the divine light to pass through with clarity and enabes us to express the love we hold deep within  our hearts to the world. 
Take a moment or more and go outside.   Sit silently and connect to your breath.  Close your eyes and begin listening to sounds of the natural world.  Breathe it all in and interact with it.  Allow the air of your breath to pass through you with clarity.   Let go of your need to control your outer circumstances, feel the fluidity and transparency of life.  We are not solid; we are light, joy, love and bliss anytime we make the decision to connect to that universal energy and allow “life to express itself through us”. 
 

 
Yoga for this Week
 
Tuesday Morning 930am wtih 11am Meditation following Class
 
Thursday Evening 730 to 9pm
 
Friday Morning Healing Yoga 930-11am
 
(Please reserve your spot in class or cancel if your plans have changed)
 
As suggested to me by one of my students, it would be nice to see some testimonials on my website from all of you.  If you would like to contiribute, send me an email of a few lines, talking about your experiences here at yoga.  I have received many beautiful emails over the years from you all and would love to post some them. 
 
Karma Beach Yoga Fundraiser, July 10th at 8am in Rocky Point
see website for details at www.MyYogaWithAmy.com
 
 
 
Our freedom affords us a myriad of opportunities in our lives.   One of the most important ones is the opportunity to pursue any spiritual path we desire to explore in our own individual way. I express much gratitude to all of you for enabling me to follow and live out my dharma by allowing me to bring yoga into your lives.  The freedom to teach yoga and bring, the phsysical and spiritual disciplines to my students is a privilege that propells my spiritual path farther and wider than you will ever know.  Take a moment to say a prayer of gratitude to all those that have fought for our freedom and continue to do so today. 
 
Happy Fourth of July to you all
 
Metta Meditation
 
May you be Happy
May you be Healthy
May you be free from Danger
 May you live  in this Day with Ease
Namaste
Amy

June 25, 2011 Yoga this Week

“Don’t ask what the world needs.  Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive”

                                                      Howard Thurman
 
 
The practice of yoga asks us to come alive.  It coaxes us from the unreal to the real, clearing away the clutter from our minds and bodies enveloping us in the present moment.  Feel into what makes you come alive today.  What gives you butterflies in your core, what makes you tickle with delight?  Allow the feeling of “aliveness” to stay with you so you can share your excitement with others. 
Even if we are dealing with something not very pleasurable or even difficult today we can still work to be “alive”  by connecting to doing the best we can do.  Releasing your avidya (spiritual ignorance) and realizing what truly is important can also bring you to a state of aliveness.  Cultivating patience, compassion, tolerance and love in every moment not only brings about a state of inner peace but also helps cultivate those qualities around you helping to establish an outer environment of serenity for others.  We cannot change what happens around us but we certainly can change our reaction to it. 
Breathe and embrace your aliveness today and find the things that bring you closer to a state of happiness, grace and joy; you owe it to yourself and the world to be the best you can be. 
 
Classes for this Week
 
Monday and Thursday Evening at 730-9pm
 
Tuesday Morning 930am with Meditation to follow class
 
Friday Healing Yoga at 930-11am
 
(Please reserve your spot or cancel if your plans have changed)
 
 
Karma Beach Yoga with Music from Shaktipath 

A unique acoustic duo blending contemporary tunes with modern day chants

July 10th at 8am
Class is being co-taught by Barbara Delledone, this is going to be a real treat!!
 
 
Hope to see you all in class real soon
Peace & Love
Namaste
Amy

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