Calling All Bedazzled Ducklings!!

HOW TO SHINE IN A SATURATED MARKET…

In my nearly eight years of teaching Yoga & Meditation in NYC, I’ve been blessed with wonderful students and even more extraordinary assistants. How do I choose my assistants from the crowd of freshly minted Yoga Alliance-card-carrying eager faces? I look for Bedazzled Ducklings!!

A few years ago, I was teaching a lot of donation-based meditation classes around the city to help a very special and underserved population: trauma survivors, both with and without a Post Traumatic Stress diagnosis. A studio owner commented on the endless stream of assistants following me with dogged determination like ducklings from location to location all over the city. “Assistants…or stalkers?” she wanted to know.

She had no idea just how miraculous my Bedazzled Ducklings are: each one an extraordinary, creative, intuitive yoga & meditation teacher in their own right. I’ve never had to formally schedule my assistants. They just keep showing up…literally everywhere I teach! What do they have in common? Humility, creativity, a willingness to learn, punctuality, devotion, dependability, a sense of humor, deep spirituality, and a willingness to truly, fully be their own Bedazzled selves within the warm embrace of Yoga structure. In fact, I’m the lucky one!

I remember volunteering as an assistant at Sonic Yoga under original owner Jonathan Fields, whose ethics and business practices dovetailed nicely with my own. On purpose, I chose a teacher whose circus-like acrobatic asana and courageous spirit were the polar opposite of my own natural tendencies towards restorative yoga and meditation. While assisting Kate Greer, I also had the chance to sit at the feet of Krissy Shields and Jen Whinnen during their first pregnancies. Eyes wide and slack-jawed in amazement, I soaked up their collective knowledge and learned how to truly support women during their first trimester.

Fast forward a few years, and this process has been formalized in Yoga teacher trainings as a Mentorship. March to the beat of your own drum?  Then you just might be one of my Bedazzled Ducklings!! Join me this Fall for two very different and extraordinary Mentorship Programs:

**Meditation Mentorship with Three Sisters Yoga begins October 1, 2016. There are flexible options: class module only, mentorship only, and full 300-hour Yoga Alliance Certification. For more info on my Meditation Mentorship with Three Sisters Yoga: http://www.threesistersyoga.com

**Yoga for Trauma Professional Practicum & Mentorship with Prema Yoga Therapeutics runs October 1-December 31, 2016 with a flexible schedule. Although designed for medical professionals, any students interested in trauma-sensitive yoga training may attend. Medical professionals are eligible for CEUs. For more info on the Yoga for Trauma Practicum with Prema  Yoga Therapeutics:

http://prema-yoga.org/trainings.htm

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Bedazzled Duckling!!

 

 

 

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FALL INTO BLISS

We’re deep into Fall, the season of discipline, hard work, and the loooong school semester. I’ve got a brand new schedule of MEDITATION and YOGA to help you relax and unwind….

All classes are in Midtown Manhattan, including my weekly donation-based meditation class!

BROADWAY DANCE CENTER (www.bwydance.com)

322 West 45th Street, 3rd Floor

MONDAY through FRIDAY-All Levels Vinyasa Yoga

3:30-4:4:30PM

SUNDAY-Yoga & Meditation

3-4:30PM

One hour of relaxing vinyasa yoga followed by a 30-minute guided meditation. Beginners and students of all spiritual backgrounds are welcome!

 

REFLECTIONS YOGA (www.reflectionsyoga.com)

250 West 49th Street, 2nd Floor

FRIDAY-Donation Meditation

1:30-2PM

Enjoy a 30-minute guided meditation on your lunch hour! Donations welcome but not required.

NEW Yoga and Meditation Classes

Spring has sprung, and with the new season come a lot of great additions and changes to my teaching schedule!

YOGA @ BROADWAY DANCE

My beloved Broadway Dance Center has expanded, adding two more floors of spacious new studios. I have new class times and larger studios, so no more getting waitlisted for yoga when you really need it! My new permanent schedule as of 4/23/12:

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY

3:30-4:30PM

TUESDAY, THURSDAY

1-2PM

FRIDAY

9:30-10:30AM

Check out all the great new classes, and I look forward to seeing you on the mat!

http://www.bwydance.com

 

MEDITATION @ REFLECTIONS YOGA

I’ve started a new guided meditation class with my meditation partner, Jeff Cannon, author of the amazing meditation book “The Simple Truth.” Starting April 27th, I’ll be  teaching guided meditation every Friday from 1:30-2PM at Reflections Yoga, a gorgeous oasis conveniently located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan.  Students of all spiritual backgrounds are welcome. Donations are greatly appreciated but not required.

http://www.reflectionsyoga.com

 

MEDITATION @ THE YOGA COLLECTIVE NYC

After a great response to my inaugural meditation workshop at the Yoga Collective, I’ll be presenting Diving Into Bliss: Meditation for the Modern Practitioner on Saturday, May 5th, from 6:30-8PM. The workshop focuses on practical, easy meditation techniques you can begin using immediately in your home practice. Beginners and students of all spiritual backgrounds are welcome. To register, please visit the Yoga Collective website and click on their “Workshops” tab:

http://www.yogacollectivenyc.com

FREE Class Every Friday-NYC

Free class every Friday at Broadway Dance Center in New York City!

As a service to the community, I’m offering a guided meditation class every Friday at 1:15PM in Midtown Manhattan. It’s open to anyone who’d like to experience meditation.

What is meditation? Meditation encompasses everything from simple concentration exercises to a lifelong quest for enlightenment. The benefits of practicing meditation are boundless. According to Stephanie Woodard in Yoga Journal (August 2011):

“Studies have repeatedly shown that meditating regularly can keep your mind nimble and clear. People who practice meditation display increased activity in brain areas associated with attention and concentration. Their minds are more nimble, their abilities to focus and recall are stronger, and they have a greater sense of well-being than do people who don’t meditate.”

The free meditation class that I offer at BDC is designed for relaxation, stress relief, and to increase concentration. As a result of regular practice, many of my students are also experiencing a deeper spiritual connection and a more positive outlook. I offer a different nondenominational meditation practice each week. Beginners and students of all spiritual backgrounds are welcome. You don’t need any special equipment, and the class can be taken in street clothes.

Rod Stryker writes in his article, “Soul’s Desire” (Yoga Journal, September 2011): “It’s possible for anyone, in a single meditation session, to get a least a glimpse of stillness-and of a unique kind of contentment, the contentment that is your soul’s nature.”

Come and experiment for yourself…

For more information, CLICK HERE