Membership letter

  August 2nd, 2020 To:  Our most loyal constant members,   Without your constant support these past months, Anahata would have surely had to close it’s doors.   Your actions, big and small go a long way to help others, and by keeping your membership active at this time, we thank you from the bottom of our heart.  Most of our teachers have been able to keep up their teaching, which is a valuable source of income for them and their families.  We are committed to teaching and being here for you;  at the studio, or at home, it is a real truth;  that Anahata is not just brick and mortar, but a community of people who support growth and change.   A month ago, I adjusted each of your accounts, and sometime in the next 6-8 months, (if not sooner) you should see your auto pay go thru totalling 0 for the month, a total of 2 individual months.  I spread these free months of membership out to give the studio a chance to survive.  We have kept our virtual offerings, and plan to expand on those in the future.   Our software company, MindBody, let us virtually connect with you free for the past 2 to 3 months.  During that time, many technical issues were resolved, by them and us.  We feel confident that by offering JUST our members, our virtual offerings, will add value to your membership.  Most classes are offered at the studio, and some of them are offered both virtually and at studio.  However, our free trial has ended.   Because of your loyalty, all...

Breath, still and be chill.

Left to my own devices, I’m an anxious person.  A worrier.  An over thinker.  My thoughts run like a hummingbird from one thought to another, so much so, that I couldn’t get any clarity about the direction my life should go before yoga.  I find that when I’m facing a challenge, my thoughts ramp up, and get busier.  It’s helpful to know that this is the JOB of the mind.  The mind churns out thought after thought, not really caring if those thoughts are productive, or helpful in any way.   Left to it’s own worries, the Mind, and our very emotional and physical well being and health will eventually suffer to disease.  The root of “disease”, means simply that you are not at ease, something is worrying you. Probably the biggest shift that happened when I started to practice yoga on a regular basis was the stilling of my thoughts, or at the least taming them for the time being.  I found that when I’m clear headed, I am more productive, more able to focus and concentrate, generally I just feel better.  However, this did not happen overnight, but when I finally figured out how to ujjayi breath during my practice.  It took my a year of consistent practice to have a hold of ujjayi breathing.   Ujjayi breath is a sonorous sounding breath that can be heard across the room.  Ujjayi breath is all done through the nose, with a slight constructive closing at the back of the throat.  This helps particularly with people who clench their jaw when they practice or do anything really, with effort....

The real reason for chronic pain

A blog written in Dec. 2011, before Anahata was found or open…. A huge reason I left teaching in December was that I felt big parts of myself needed to be healed.  The yoga asanas that I had practiced for years began to crack open parts of myself that I needed to deal with.  With this intense growth, I knew I would come out in the end more compassionate, and hopefully more evolved than I was.  I journaled and wrote about past experiences from my childhood, and my life thus far.  We can only begin to truly heal by connecting to the disowned feelings and letting them be expressed, or released.  Things opened up that I had buried deep down inside.  It was self therapy at the deepest level.  I don’t think I have cried so much in all of my life, as these experiences came forward.  I also spend a couple of days beating the ?#!& out of a pillow.  I can say, it felt good, right, in fact, necessary to why very health and well being.  None of this will kill us; in fact it will heal us. Dr. John Sarno believes so.  He is world-renowned specialist in pain management working at New York University Hospital.  Many people come to him after they have seen and exhausted all other revenues of healing.  What does he do to eliminate their pain?  He talks to them.  When we don’t think we can handle something in a way that feels safe and manageable, ie:  if we speak up, we might lose a relationship or job, or even worse, be thought...
It’s your turn to change the world.

It’s your turn to change the world.

Division, Separation, Injustice, Hurt, Anger are just a few emotions that are floating around with the current state we are in.  Injustice over the way people are being treated, Hurt and Anger over the pandemic.  And lurking behind all of that is sadness and grief.  We can rally, protest and cry out for much needed change;  as we should.  But today I’m going to propose another idea of action.  The action of yoga by YOU.  Let me explain a part of the yoga sutras. The reason that we see division, separation, injustice is because we ourselves have dished that out in the past.  Sometimes that is a hard pill to swallow, that we ourselves could be cruel, unkind, or unforgiving.  Lets look at yoga sutra 34 A, and B: 34  A    the images – People who hurt me or the like – Come from what I did myself; Or got others to do for me; Or what I was glad to hear Others had done. 34  B     and what came before them Was either craving, or hating, Or dark ignorance. But!!!  First of all, it’s amazing that you can SEE this injustice.  There are people in the world who can NOT SEE these injustices going on, and for those people;  yoga is not for them right now.  If you can see these ways that others can hurt others, then  yoga practice is a very practical useful technique to change the world.  That is sometimes hard to realize, that when you step on your mat, you are really saying, I want this to END.  I’ve had enough of pain and...
Home Practice vs. Studio Practice

Home Practice vs. Studio Practice

Like you, I’ve been zooming, logging into different classes, both at Anahata’s wonderful staff of teachers, and all over the country.  It’s wonderful to see different views, how teachers handle live streaming, and a wide variety of classes to choose from.  This has given me a newer perspective on studio vs. home yoga practice.  I have had a home practice, ever since becoming a teacher, but for most yogi’s, this has been a newer concept to practice at home.  Some have had wonderful experiences, and others can’t concentrate when they see the chaos and dust, chores, and other distractions from practicing at home.  I’ve broken down some pro’s and con’s to both, and here they are…….. Studio Practice, or in person Advantages  and Disadvantages There is nothing like community.  A great community brings like minded people together, helps you develop friendships, and just feels better sharing this solo journey that yoga is. Meeting someone in person is often better, and you can discuss any concerns with your teacher before class begins. There is Nothing like a trained expert teacher, who can watch you intently, cue appropriately, to help you avoid injuries.  You can do this online in a live stream class, but often the teacher has a tiny thumb nail size picture of you, which is too difficult to look intently at alignment. The energy of the studio, and energy of a teacher can either bring you out of a funk, lift your spirits, and leave you in a state of bliss, free of stress.  This can be done online, but again, it is very difficult to see everyone,...
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