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Saraswathi in New York City 8-12 Sept 2010

K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga USA (KPJ USA) and Ashtanga Yoga New York (AYNY) are extremely happy to announce that Saraswathi Rangaswamy will be teaching one week of Ashtanga Yoga classes in New York City from September 8 – September 12, 2010. Please note that classes on 9/8 and 9/12 will be led classes, and the classes on 9/9, 9/10 and 9/11 will be Mysore style. Location TBA.

Additionally, September 11 is Saraswathi’s 69th birthday, and we will celebrate by throwing a birthday party for her at 7 pm, at AYNY, 430 Broome St., 2nd floor.

The daughter of the late Ashtanga Yoga master, Sri K. Patthabi Jois, Saraswathi began practicing yoga at the age of five. She was the first woman to teach coed yoga classes in Mysore, India, and she has been teaching yoga since 1967.


The Yoga Show: Eddie Stern on Martha Stewart

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2nd Annual Valentine’s Day Gooey NYC Yoga Classes for Couples and Stuff

Know of an event?  Please comment below.

  • Saturday, February 13th 8-10 pm
    Valentine’s Couples Massage Workshop with Nancy

    $65 per couple
    Join us for one of our most popular workshops! Senior Lotus teacher and massage therapist Nancy Elkes will guide you through this amazing workshop where you will learn how to share your love with one another through the power of touch. Wear loose comfy clothing for some yoga fun stuff and please bring lotion rather than oil. (No lavender please).
    laughing lotus
  • Valentine Couples Workshop with Mary Aranas
    Melt into bliss with your partner, be it a lover, close friend, or family member, in this partner yoga workshop that celebrates Valentine’s Day.
    Connecting deeply through breath and touch, we will relax and open both body and spirit in mutually supportive partner yoga poses. We will end by giving and receiving delicious guided Thai Yoga Massage with our partner.

    February 13th, 2010 Saturday 1-3pm
    $70 per couple by 1/30, $80 per couple after 1/30
    Yoga Works

  • Feb. 14
    Open Your Heart
    Dmitri Shapira | All Levels
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    $25 members / $35 non-members
    When the chest drops, our spirits follow. We will lift and open our chest through a variety of asanas to help foster a more open, engaged and positive outlook toward the world.
    iyengar yoga institute
  • Blooming With Love with Jillian Pransky
    Come join Jillian Pransky for a deeply restoring mini-retreat designed to cultivate a deep sense of loving-kindness that will relax your body, open your heart and calm your mind.
    In an inspirational studio, glowing with candles and filled with gentle soothing music, Jillian Pransky will lead you through a unique series of Restorative yoga poses, peaceful flowing stretches, deep relaxation, and metta meditation. As you move through this special sequence, you will release blocked energy and tension as you relax into a sense of spaciousness and open-heartedness.
    Restorative Yoga poses are simple yet profound. You relax and allow your body to melt open as you lay over props such as bolsters and blankets. With the help of gravity and intention you can surrender, layers deeply held tension. Muscles release, the mind calms, and the heart softens.
    For an extra special treat, while you enjoy these delicious poses, you will receive gentle hands-on attention. You will leave feeling connected, open, and as if you just returned from a week long vacation!
    Date: Feb. 12th
    Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM
    Price: $45
    Location: ISHTA Yoga
  • Couples Partner Yoga & Thai Massage Workshop with Mary Aranas & Becca Krauss
    Sunday, February 14th, 2010
    Spend your Valentine’s evening celebrate the blessings of love in your life by exploring partner yoga and Thai Massage together. In this special workshop for lovers, or close friends, you will nurture intimacy by moving playfully through partner asana, connect energetically through breath and gaze, and practice deepening your relationship with an unconditional loving kindness (metta) meditation…
    Time: 7-10:00pm Price: $75/couple
    Pre-registration is required
    Enjoy 2 hours of yoga stretching, breathing (pranayama), inversions and massage between 7 PM and 9 PM.From 9-10 PM feed your love with wine & chocolate! Come with a romantic partner or a friend who you care deeply about.
    Please register only one couple at a time and do not register multiple couples under a single payment.
    om factory
  • Couples Partner Yoga and Thai Massage Workshop with Chris Loebsack & Emilia Conradson
    Sunday, February 14th, 2010
    Time: 7-10:00pm Price: $75/couple
    Pre-registration is required
    Spend you Valentine’s evening celebrate the blessings of love in your life by exploring partner yoga and Thai Massage together. In this special workshop for lovers, or close friends, you will nurture intimacy by moving playfully through partner asana, connect energetically through breath and gaze, and practice deepening your relationship with an unconditional loving kindness (metta) meditation. We will also trust & support each other with gentle inversions & relax one another with luscious massage – mmmmmmm. Open your practice with ease by relying on the support of your partner as we cultivate trust, strength and flexibility while working as a team. From this place of mutual support the true self can be realized, honored and shared for the benefit of all. No experience necessary to attend! Pre-registration required.
    Enjoy 2 hours of yoga stretching, breathing (pranayama), inversions and massage between 7 PM and 9 PM.From 9-10 PM feed your love with wine & chocolate! Come with a romantic partner or a friend who you care deeply about.
    Please register only one couple at a time and do not register multiple couples under a single payment.om factory
  • Valentines Day Couples’ Thai Massage Workshop with Dana Goeglein & Kevin Courtney
    Sunday, February 14th 1-4pm
    $70 per couple
    Sangha Yoga Shala
    Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your partner (or friend!) learning the basics of Thai Massage.
    Kevin and Dana will guide you through a hands-on experience of Thai Massage and Pranassage movements and techniques, with an emphasis on creating a caring, restoring, and relaxing experience for both partners. Enjoy the benefits of giving and receiving compassionate touch throughout the workshop, and leave with a simple sequence that you can replicate at home.
    No prior yoga or massage experience is necessary. No oils or lotions needed. Comfortable clothes and a yoga mat are recommended. (Mats can be rented at the studio upon arrival).
  • Cupid Yoga: PARTNER YOGA, THAI MASSAGE & REFLEXOLOGY with Anna Carbonell & Kirtan
    Location: Exhale Central Park South
    Date: Sat 2/13/2010
    Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Cost: $70 per couple. $60 per couple if registered by Feb. 7, 2010

    Join us on Valentine’s Day for a very special event with your loved one or friend. Enjoy deep partner stretches, Thai and foot massages in a romantic setting complete with mood lighting, flower petals and essential oils. No prior yoga experience needed. Suitable for all ages and levels. Come with a friend, a partner, or your spouse!

  • Couples Massage:  Learn How to Heal One Another
    Iris Savernik, D.O.
    Saturday, Feb. 13 • 3:30–6 p.m.
    $76 per couple
    When two people engage in the therapeutic massage of each other, they increase self-awareness while healing themselves. Specific techniques for making the most of the massage experience form the core of this unique workshop. You don’t need to be a romantic couple to learn couples massage; friends can also offer one another this healing modality. Couples or friends of any age may participate, and neither member needs any experience in massage. You need only to be able to go down on and get up from the floor.

    Iris Savernik, D.O., has been a professional dancer and figure skater, Yoga teacher, and licensed massage therapist. She is currently working as a resident physician in Queens, New York.

    Integral Yoga

  • Love Satsang:  Celebrate Valentine’s Day
    Sumati (Karen Bates)
    Saturday, February 13 • 6–7:30 p.m.
    By donation
    Come celebrate the power of the greatest force humanity can harness in its quest for a better world—love in its many aspects. By tapping into our own capacity for love and developing a more loving attitude and presence, we help to spread peace and understanding throughout the world.Sumati (Karen Bates) is certified to teach Integral Yoga Hatha I, II, and III, in addition to dance and fitness. She has taught professionally for more than two decades. With experience in jazz, modern, African, and Caribbean dance, she earned a B.F.A. cum laude and also works as an artist and illustrator.
    Integral Yoga
  • Restorative OM yoga for Couples with Brian Liem & Adam Gwosdof
    Sunday, February 14, 1 – 3 pm & 4 – 6 pm $50 per couple
    New Ways of Being Intimate Together

    This workshop is specifically designed for couples – husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends – who want to explore new ways of being tender and intimate together. You will take turns placing each other in restorative poses and then massaging your partner’s hands, feet, neck and face while they simply get to relax, relax, relax.

    Open to all levels, including no experience.  Pre-registration required.
    Om Yoga

  • Thai Yoga Workshop w/ Paula Tursi
    Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 4-6:30pm Cost: $75 per couple if you pre-register by 2/7, $90 per person after 2/7 Call 212.974.2288 or email brenna@reflectionsyoga.com to sign up!
    Reflections Yoga
  • 1+1+ 3: Partner Yoga and Massage Workshop with Gayla Marie Stiles and Aaron Stiles, LMT
    Sunday, February 14 | 4-6:15pm, $100 per couple

    A 2-hour and 15 minute yoga and massage workshop for pregnant mothers and their partners! Experience flowing yoga sequences, restorative postures, and massage designed to teach fathers, partners, or friends how to help with the discomforts of pregnancy and labor. This session is designed to benefit any pregnant woman by opening energetic pathways using breath-centered shiatsu techniques, stretching, and acupressure points. No previous yoga experience necessary.
    Prenatal Yoga Center

  • Valentine’s Day Couples Yoga Workshop with Megan Walsh
    Greenhouse Grand Location
    Date: Sun 2/14/2010, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Join Megan and Clare for an afternoon of Partner Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga. In this workshop we’ll work with a partner on both active and restorative postures. Working with a partner can build intimacy, harmony and trust and these benefits will transition off of your yoga mats and into your relationship! Moving through a vinyasa practice together gives you an opportunity to explore strength and balance, to negotiate, play, support and let go-all of which will deepen your connection to each other, to your breath and to your yoga practice.
  • Valentine’s Day:  Benefit for Haiti
    Sunday, February 14th
    The Shala
    vinyasa class with live music taught by jeremy fahey and kristin leigh 4:30 to 6 pm class is by donation. you may use your cards and you may register early at the front desk or by email: info@theshala.comlive performances:  6:30 to 8 pm.  emily mcdonnell…introduction
    ori flomin and antonio ramos…dance
    antonio ramos…dance
    kaleidophonic…music
    sheila anozier, belinda becker, marguerite hamden, shola jones, joseph laurro…dance (mike ramsey-drum)
    jennifer burch…wordsongs
    oren bloedow…music
    charlie burnham…music
    all donations from 4:30 class and performances go to partners in health. 50% of the shala’s income for feb 14 will go to partners in health.
  • Free Valentine’s Day Yoga
    Introduce someone you care about to Bikram Yoga NYC on Valentine’s Day and he/she will receive a free class! Valid for any class at all 4 locations.
    Bikram Yoga NYC

Back to school (in Ashtanga City, NY)

Looking for a Mysore or Led Ashtanga class in New York City?  Look no further.

Mysore classes in New York

Led classes in New York

Yogis Behaving Badly

Originally published Business2 Magazine/September 2002 by Paul Keegan

Yogis Behaving Badly
“Be successful” is the new mantra of the yoga universe, which has become so competitive that trying to crack the big leagues is far more difficult than it was even a few years ago. But how do yogis in our covetous culture separate themselves from the pack without violating asteya, the yama that strictly forbids stealing? For millennia, the intricate techniques of yoga were passed down freely from teacher to student. Today they form a collection of highly marketable intellectual properties — a phenomenon that has only encouraged some rather unenlightened behavior.

Bikram says there has been so much stealing of his “hot yoga” techniques during the last few years that he had to spend $500,000 in January for a lawyer to trademark his sequence of 26 asanas, or yoga poses, as well as his word-for-word monologues describing how to do them. Thus yoga, the franchise, was born. “People were doing illegal things,” Bikram growls. “I had to stop them.”

At Jivamukti in New York City — the downtown studio with 2,000 students per week and a website that lists 51 celebrity clients, from Steve Martin to Monica Lewinsky — owner David Life complains that several former teachers have set up shop nearby, offering the same method he painstakingly developed with co-owner Sharon Gannon during the last 17 years. “They’re not calling themselves Jivamukti, but the staff is almost 100 percent certified through our training program,” Life says, adding that he might consider taking action if they start using the word Jivamukti — which, naturally, the couple has trademarked.

Yoga teachers respond that big schools like Jivamukti and Yoga Works in Los Angeles don’t pay them nearly enough — $25 per class with 10 students, plus $2.50 for each additional student the teacher attracts, is not unusual — despite having revenue of well over $1 million per year. Such schools make the situation worse, they say, by requiring teachers to sign contracts that prohibit them from teaching at other schools within a wide geographical radius. “Most teachers simply want to share it, to give the gift of yoga,” says Mark Stephens, who recently opened the L.A. Yoga Center in Westwood. “Schools shouldn’t have contracts preventing them from doing that.”

Yoga scholars say these clashes are the inevitable result of trying to sell a spiritual experience that shouldn’t be marketed in the first place. But that hasn’t slowed the mad dash to own a slice of divinity: When Stephens started his business, he was amazed to find that nearly every sacred yoga word or phrase had been trademarked. The latest: A New York company selling “perfumes and colognes and essential oils for personal use” has applied for a trademark for “shanti,” the ancient Sanskrit word for peace. read more

Ashtanga Yoga Mysore classes in New York City

[updated 6/6/12 Usha Veda reduced schedule, Sangha Yoga Shala added, Ashtanga Sadhana expanded, Ashtanga Yoga New York modified, Ashtanga Yoga Upper West Side expanded, Good Yoga expanded, Lucky Lotus removed, Peridance Center removed, Pure Yoga east expanded, Pure Yoga west modified, Reflections Yoga modified]

A list of Ashtanga Yoga Mysore classes in New York City.  Authorized/certified teachers by KPJAYI are in blue.
Updates welcome.

  • Ashtanga Sadhana (East Village) Lori Brunghard
    12 Saint Marks Place #3F
    Monday – Friday 8:15 am – 10:15 am
  • Ashtanga Yoga Brooklyn (Williamsburg, Brooklyn) Audra Duran
    112 North 6th Street
    Monday-Friday 6:15 am – 9:00 am

  • Ashtanga Yoga New York (Soho) Eddie Stern, Aline Fernandes, Alexandra Seidenshaw, Amy Kern, Blake Seindenshaw, Karri Jinkins, Robert Fila
    430 Broome Street #2
    Sunday 8:00 am – 11:00 am
    Monday – Thursday 6:30 am – 12:00 pm
    Wednesday 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Friday 10:00 am  – 12:00 pm
  • Ashtanga Yoga Upper West Side (Upper West Side) Zoë Slatoff
    239 West 72nd Street #4
    Sunday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 11:00 am, 4:30 – 7:00 pm
  • Good Yoga NYC (Greenpoint) Amy Santos
    73 Calyer Street
    Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 9:00 am
    Sunday 10:00 – 12:00 pm
  • Land Yoga (Harlem) Lara Land
    2116 Frederick Douglass Blvd
    Monday – Friday 6:00 am – 11:00 am
    Monday – Friday 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Sunday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Om Factory (Garment District) Constanza Roldan & Arthur Roldan
    265 West 37th Street
    Monday – Friday 6:00 am – 11:00 am
    Sunday 8:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Pure Yoga (Upper East Side) David Hollander
    203 East 86th Street
    Monday – Friday 6:30 am – 9:30 am
    Sunday 8:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Pure Yoga (Upper West Side)  Kimberly Flynn, Michael Guiou, Matthew Sweeney
    204 West 77th Street
    Monday – Thursday 6:30 am – 11:00 am
    Sunday 8:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Reflections Yoga (Midtown West) Greg Tebb
    250 West 49th Street, 2nd Floor
    Sunday 8:00 am – 11:00 am
    Monday-Friday 6:30 am – 9:30 am

 

  • Sangha Yoga Shala (Williamsburg, Brooklyn) Alana Kessler
    107 North 3rd Street #2H
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Simply Yoga (Soho/Union Square) Angela LaSpisa & Sharada LaSpisa
    115 Wooster Street #2F
    Sunday 9:45 am – 10:45 am
    Monday and Thursday 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm
  • The Shala (Downtown/Union Square) Barbara Verrochi & Kristin Leigh
    815 Broadway
    Monday – Friday 6:30 am – 9:45 am
  • The Shala (Fort Greene, Brooklyn) Barbara Verrochi & Kristin Leigh
    83 Lafayette Ave
    Monday – Friday 6:30 am – 10:00 am
    Monday – Thursday 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Sunday 8:00 am – 9:45 am
  • Usha Veda Yoga (Greenpoint)
    1104 Manhattan Ave
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6:30 am – 9:30 am
  • Yoga Works (Upper Westside) Evan Perry
    37 West 65th Street, 4th floor
    Monday – Friday 6:00 am – 8:30 am
  • Yoga Works (Soho) Laura Olson
    459 Broadway
    Friday 7:00 am – 9:00 am

See also Ashtanga Yoga Classes in NYC (Led primary series)

The third mind

posted by ebean

Great article about India, Asia, yoga, the west, art…

[originally published feb 2 by “Embodied Movement“]


“LET EVERYBODY IN THE CITY THINK OF THE WORD ‘YES’ AT THE SAME TIME FOR 30 SECONDS. DO IT OFTEN.” –YOKO ONO, EXCERPT FROM “LET’S PIECE I” (1960)

My generation is under the delusion that we are madly original. Such hubris! Wandering around the spiraling ramp leading through the Guggenheim’s latest exhibit, “The Third Mind,” I was appalled at how little I knew about the history of how Asia infiltrated into the American psyche, impacting art, literature, music, and philosophical concepts. I am teaching yoga, and yet, I have no idea about how yoga has come to be an “acceptable” – and well-known – tradition. This is due, in part, to the fact that yoga is a largely oral tradition. The term is also used in a broad sense to mean a whole host of things that elicit various translations such as union, yoke, really intense physical exercise in a 100 degree room, relaxation, meditation, boring, breathing and movement, India, exotic, etc.  read more