Balance Your Yoga, Try a Kickboxing Class in NYC

Balance Your Yoga, Try a Kickboxing Class in NYC

Hey all it’s been a while since I posted, it’s hot here in the Big Apple!  I’ve been focused on creative pursuits including my writing for a bit.  I do have lots of healthy quick juice n’ smoothie recipes to share soon. In the mean time though part of why I didn’t post is that I’ve gotten a bit bored with my yoga practice! Yes this can happen even to teachers, and I wanted to post on ways to keep going when that inevitably happens.  That will be my next post, multiple strategies to not give up on yoga! One thing I wanted to share in that regard is to try something new!  Often when we feel bored with an activity it’s because whatever it is, has become routine and not in a good way.  I was looking for ways to balance out my yoga practice.  I don’t know if any of my NYC readers have tried kickboxing?  I recently heard about this new fitness trend here in NYC called Beat Box Fitness.  It’s really cool- it’s got live music spun by a DJ, so it’s really high energy.  It’s kickboxing movements- all cardio intensive,  jabbing, punching and playful.   So you really work up a good healthy sweat. This is great for my local readers, Beat Box Fitness is in Manhattan on 8th Ave. between 35th & 36th, which is luckily easy to get to.  I don’t know if they are in other cities yet.  Check out their schedule and more info at http://www.beatboxfitness.com. Kickboxing classes are becoming more popular in NYC, I think it fits the personality and...

Which Is Better? More Eye-catching for my Podcast?

<A or B> Which do you think shows up better in small image? Like they use on ITunes- Tweet me back @KalaViv or DM me if we follow…Thanks!     I sent this out on Twitter!  No big “marketing” budget, so one of the ways to get seen is via ITunes, but little tiny images are used usually. The one on left is my current one, which reads well here but in ITunes listing it’s hard to read:  http://apple.co/1Ew6pqk. The one on right is new–  I think will “read,” better- esp. the word “marketing?” ...
Yoga Salons (Where Yoga & Culture Collide)

Yoga Salons (Where Yoga & Culture Collide)

Envisioned for the 30+ urban dweller looking for a fun, social yet sophisticated way to meet new people and spend the evening!  INTRO: I got inspired to offer what I’m calling a Yoga Salon: An blend of a social yoga class (for all levels, all bodies) followed by a talk/mixer with an artist, writer or other Creative! WHAT’S A SALON? The way the word “salon” is used here refers to the original historical meaning- “a gathering of artists, writers, intellectuals to discuss ideas…” Think Gertrude Stein having Picasso over for a smoke n’ some gin! Honestly it’s something I’d like so I decided maybe others would too! WHO’S BEHIND THIS IDEA? Hi, my name is Kala, a bit about me will tell you why this brainstorm hit!  I worked at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)  in the Education dept. mostly with kids. Teens where my favorite as they would be quite funny and honest in their comments. Then until a few years ago I was a professor- teaching painting and drawing in upstate New York, the kids were great fun & I’d take them on trips to NYC to see galleries. I’m also a yoga teacher, got certified in 1994!  And even ran a small studio back in the 2000’s. NEXT ONE: When: Saturday MAY 2nd. 5- 7:00 PM.  Timed so you can grab a nice meal afterwards in Chelsea, the Village or Midtown! Where:  A Lovely Studio in Chelsea (West 20’s-NYC) location:  NOT FINALIZED YET But will be in Chelsea. MORE ON WHAT TO EXPECT: You have an interest in art yet may be intimidated by gallery...
Intuitive Readings:  Tarot, Goddess & Isis Divination

Intuitive Readings: Tarot, Goddess & Isis Divination

My approach is that there are energies, or flows around us, and directions that we can take in our lives.  I believe we are in co-creation with the Divine.   I’ve found that people who I’ve read for say the reading was helpful;  I strive to take a yogic and helping stance, to speak honestly and clearly about what I see and sense intuitively. I’m Kala– a yogini since 1994 and a long-time meditator, I practice Insight or Vipassana meditation.  Want to know more about me? Go to about page.   My spiritual practices have increased my awareness & intuition over time.  I do daily readings for myself and for friends that have been increasingly accurate and helpful. Intuitive readings- I say “Tarot” (so you might find me, as that’s a common term folks search for) though I use a mix of Goddess, Isis, Angel cards and the major arcana card of Tarot.  They give various types of information and greater depth I find. You are always the final determinant of your life & your choices, in our conversation I come from a place of empowerment and support for you to make wise choices. What’s a reading like: 1.  I ask that you have a question or issue that you want clarification on.  The clearer you are the better. 2.  I prefer not to know the question before pulling the cards.  I pull cards and then see what’s triggered via my intuition.  I do this before we speak so the spread is laid out prior, I meditate and tune into you.  We then have a discussion about my interpretation of the...
A Response to Hilary Clinton Practices Yoga Article, Re: Intolerance

A Response to Hilary Clinton Practices Yoga Article, Re: Intolerance

Response I wrote in comments over at Washington Post, on story that Hilary Clinton “does yoga.”  There were of course the political responses plus one deriding yoga in the West.  My comment below was aimed at the latter.  (I also added the cheeky photo that accompanies this post.) I’d love to be Hilary’s private yoga teacher, I’m in NYC Hil, I”m discreet, experienced and make it fun. Unlike some on this thread- the deeper teachings of yoga are about acceptance, equanimity and love. The practice which has many levels can/is helpful in so many ways from physical, to mental and emotional and ultimately spiritual. It’s not just for any 1 kind of person. There are a lot of silly yoga stereotypes out there. As a black woman from working class bkgrnd, I was initially years ago –often the only person of color, when I took classes. I started with books from library. Yoga is a self-care gift for all and is not a religion, certainly not as practiced in the West. You can be any religion and practice yoga, any elements that 1 feels are too “Hindu,” (as that is the cultural origin) can be removed if they make someone uncomfortable. It’s like eating at a Japanese restaurant doesn’t make you Japanese or whatever. In fact intolerance is the antithesis of Yoga. Namaste all.   I was responding to a comment that yoga should be more exclusive in that  it’s “Hindu” so I’m giving my two cents.  Yoga originated in a primarily Hindu culture, but to accept what commenter says would lead to a world where we are each...
Beautiful Video of Mom Doing Yoga w/Kids Playing

Beautiful Video of Mom Doing Yoga w/Kids Playing

This was so sweet- I first saw it over at the Yogipreneur, Racheal Cooks site, and it moved me so much-even though I’m not a mom.  I’ve taken care of little ones. Then I found this quote on a Yoga Meditations calender: Practicing with total attention within the body is advanced Yoga, no matter how easy the posture;  practicing with your attention scattered is the practice of a beginner, no matter how difficult the posture. ~ H. David Coulter Her attention is in the present moment- most advanced! her children, her surroundings, their need to play and feel loved.  All while she continues her physical practice. And the music is so awesome it’s by: Alexi Murdoch called “Orange Sky.” Namaste,...
What’s the Cost of Private Yoga Sessions?

What’s the Cost of Private Yoga Sessions?

There are plenty of reasons you may want to have private yoga lessons, one-on-one yoga at home or perhaps in your office. But since you are here your primary concern is: what are the costs of hiring a private yoga instructor?  As a certified yoga teacher since 1994, my aim is to answer the question but also the questions behind it.  What does pricing reflect, how is it calculated and so on!  I hope this is helpful. Private Yoga Teacher Pricing: I’m based in NYC, and along with cities in California, and perhaps Boston,  the prices here are probably the highest in the country for the reasons you would expect.  One, the cost of living is really high in big cities like Boston, NYC, LA, and cost of trainings in those areas are also higher;  and the incomes of clients are also higher than elsewhere.  So average rates in towns or small cities will be less. So the rates mentioned here hold generally for those areas, I’ll mention exceptions below. Rates private yoga average: $75-150* per lesson Yoga teachers like massage therapists are heart centered they love what they do and have spent thousands of dollars to get trained (certified.)  That said, it is also very difficult to make a living as a yoga teacher. Most are part-time only, as yoga studios in order to break even, often pay rather low wages per class.  So the vast majority of yoga teachers, teach in several locations and may have some private clients just to make it to part-time. Main private yoga page. How are costs for a private yoga lesson...
How to Promote Your Services & Increase Website Traffic for Free

How to Promote Your Services & Increase Website Traffic for Free

How to Increase your Wellness Website Traffic?  Start A Business Blog. 55% more site visitors* for companies that blog, according to a Hubspot study.  It’s part of any SEO (search engine optimization) strategy. If you find this helpful please share it via email or social media.  Why add a blog to your website? Websites rank better in search engines, if they have more info and fresh content. A blog on your yoga, massage therapy or wellness website can achieve both. Appeals to customers needs.  Folks search on line to find a solution to a problem.  Your blog can basically be like answering FAQ’s, thus providing value for the potential customers.  This separates you from the competition.  People will tend to trust those who show they can address their concerns. What is a blog? Basically a series of “posts” or short articles on various topics, usually sequenced in order from newest to oldest.  A website used to be rather static (relatively unchanging) thing.   But as technology made it easier to add fresh content-the distinction between a blog and a website now is blurry- a blog is a type of website or it can be 1 part of a website alongside more stable content. How to Start the Blog? If your website is built using a content management system (CMS) like WordPress,  Joomla or DRupal-it means you can add content easily. Contact your designer if you are unsure of how to add a new page to your site and make the minor adjustment to make it show the “blog posts”- that you will be adding. If the term “blog” doesn’t appeal...
After Yoga Teacher Training?  Here’s the Best Business Marketing Coaches

After Yoga Teacher Training? Here’s the Best Business Marketing Coaches

Related pages: About marketing for yoga & wellness professionals. I became certified to yoga teacher in 1994 and have seen the huge influx of yoga teachers coming out of YTT’s.  Also having moved back to a major city, I’m aware of how hard it can be to get enough work as a yoga teacher.  A lot of studio’s are branded now- meaning if you aren’t certified in their “style” they won’t hire you;  no matter what a wonderful teacher you are. The stats say the majority of yoga teachers work only part time, and are underpaid- this despite the huge forecast for yoga’s growth. And I feel YTT’s are not spending enough time on the business aspect of yoga to prepare their graduates. With all of these folks, I’ve spent at least 1.5 hours and often more, perusing their content, via website, videos and offerings.  I am not an affiliate of any of them and get no compensation.  Do you own research, but most of them give away lots of free helpful info so you can get a clear sense of their work. So without further adieu: The buzz seems to be- finding one’s niche and targeting the “ideal client.”  I do know that marketing is very necessary and is not an “icky” word or something you can ignore.  I tried to myself- as yogi’s and heart centered professionals we have to do the inner work to believe that our work has to be sustainable.  That it’s ok to earn an comfortable living. So here are some of the best out there offering training to wellness & yoga business...
What You Don’t Know About Getting Clients Via Your Website

What You Don’t Know About Getting Clients Via Your Website

Adapted & moved from my former website: designgeekster.com. Basically SEO (search engine optimization) helps your yoga or wellness business website to rank higher in search results (SERPS.)  Thus bringing more traffic to your website, from search engines than your competition gets! Potential clients query Google for things like “private yoga teacher Bethesda,” if you don’t show up on page 1- it’s highly unlikely that person will find you. Often they seek info first, things like “does yoga help back pain?”  If your website has a blog on that and you are near the querant- you may show up on first page- or at least you could if you knew was to do. This video (3.5 min.) even though it is a few years old gives a great fast overview of what SEO is! If you are a yoga teacher/wellness professional/small business and you want to grow your business online, and increase your website traffic, you may label it “online marketing.” SEO is also called “internet marketing.” Being seen on the first few pages and ideally page 1 will help bring in a lot more customer calls and queries. The video covers the basics of SEO, that many business owners especially those with an older (5 years or more) website are not even aware of.  The search landscape changes often, think of Google’s, Panda, Penguin and Hummingbird updates- it’s hard for a business owner to track all of this and run a business. Even professional seo consultants are constantly doing research and trying things out to increase traffic to a particular website. And seo techniques that “worked” in the past...
For Women: Yogic/Tantric Practices for Chakras 1 & 2

For Women: Yogic/Tantric Practices for Chakras 1 & 2

SPACES ARE LIMITED! Where: ABC Sanctuary  638 East 6th Street, 3rd Floor, bet. Ave B & C. New York, NY  East Village, Manhattan. After our morning Part 1: the herbal talk and taking in the scents and sweet energy of our little herbal shop- in East Village. There’s an hour break!  Have light lunch or smoothie- at Indian Or Veggie Restaurant & cafes in the immediate area. Part 2:   Then walk over to lovely yoga space for  workshop on working with the chakras. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ATTEND HERBAL TALK in order to attend this workshop.  But they are planned to complement each other. Yogic/Tantric Practices for Chakras Focus on- • Muladhara- aka Root Chakra. • Svadhisthana-aka Sex Chakra. This will include work that is considered “tantric” meaning working with subtle energy (chi, prana, shakti)  in your body- using sound, awareness/focus, visualization etc.  We will include mindfulness meditation and deep relaxation.  Some movement will be included so: bring a yoga mat. You do not have to “fit” or athletic or have lots of yoga experience at all!  As all practices are about awareness, not athleticism, though a regular yoga practice will help because the mindfulness of the body will have been developed. Bring:  a yoga mat. Ongoing we will work through the others in order. Options Herbal Talk Only $11.50 USDClass Yoga N Chakras $16.25 USDHerbs & Class Yoga N Chakras $27.75 USD...
Intro Talk@Herbal Shop: Women’s Reproductive Health

Intro Talk@Herbal Shop: Women’s Reproductive Health

SPACES ARE LIMITED! When: Sat Feb. 28th, 2015.   10:30-11:30 am.  Plus time to browse & shop after. Where:  Flower Power Herbs & Roots Inc   406 East 9th Street, New York, NY  in East Village, Manhattan. Part 1: Our group will get a PRIVATE LECTURE on Women’s Health Issues, as it relates to herbs! COME if your perfectly healthy or if you have questions re: your cycle, moods etc. We will visit one of my fav. herbal shops in NYC- a little treasure in the Village. We will be given a private talk for 1 hour– then time after- (1/2 hr) if you like to peruse & purchase from their high quality herbs. All this while the shop is closed! They have essential oils, salves, balms, tinctures anything plant related! These women are amazing-in the depths of their knowledge. Possible times are after work for future: 7:15 start let me know if that time works, and we an repeat it. Part 2: Yoga for Women Practices for Chakra’s 1 & 2, after lunch break- this starts 1:00-2:15. Register for 1 or take both as package. HOW TO ATTEND: RSVP  via Meetup.com (If you do not have Meetup account-you will need to give name, email & join)    OR Pay via PAYPAL (YOU DON’T NEED A PAYPAL ACCOUNT- credit card is fine) Options Herbal Talk Only $11.50 USDClass Yoga N Chakras $16.25 USDHerbs & Class Yoga N Chakras $27.75...
Delicious Real Food Chocolate Chai Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

Delicious Real Food Chocolate Chai Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

OK my usual disclaimer- I’m an artist so even when cooking, I don’t measure anything-dream it up mentally first then I taste and adjust- MUCH MORE FUN WAY TO CREATE. You are  creator! Chocolate Chai (Ginger) Smoothie 1/2 cup ginger tea or Chai tea (decaf or caf your choice) 1/2 c. of cold water- or more (depending how thick you want smoothie) 1 rounded TBLSP raw cacao powder (Navitas brand is great) 1-2 dates (Medjool is best) de-pitted 1 ripe banana (frozen) 1/2- 1 Tblsp natural peanut butter (or almond/cashew/or tahini) dash cinnamon* dash dried or fresh ginger* 1 tsp. ground flax seeds* Ok start by brewing hot tea create a 1/2 cup only from a chai teabag or simmer fresh ginger root 1/2 inch piece chopped in water till you smell ginger (in latter case;) brewing fresh ginger takes about 5 min.  You can use ginger pwd. (this is considered drying to the body, so only use that if you are phelmy, mucusy type.)  Add in 1 (de-pitted) date to soften it, let it sit in brewing tea.  Brew this strong as it will be diluted.  You now have a flavorful tea base. Add 1/2 cold water to tea brew.  Perfect. Add banana which you’ve broken into few pieces, cacao powder, and even peanut butter (or substitute nut/seed butter.)  BLEND,  till smoothe, add flax seeds if using them. TASTE.  Add more spices now if you like!  And add more water or tea.  Chill if it’s not cold enough. Simple.  And I make this as a quick breakfast, esp if you keep a cold brew of tea ready, then it’s...
Prepping for My: Creating a Beautiful Vision Board Workshop in NYC

Prepping for My: Creating a Beautiful Vision Board Workshop in NYC

(in image above, in upper rght- Buddhist teacher Joseph Goldstein (who I wanted to take workshop from) and other assorted pre- vision board collecting. COME JOIN US!  If you want to: form Sacred Community of women 30+ who seek to empower and activate– their own feminine gifts of manifestation, joy, abundance and healing while supporting peace and well-being for all (family/friends/the world.) Sounds woo-woo, but I’m teaching techniques that have worked for me to manifest my desires within reason (no I decided I didn’t want to be a billionaire and no I didnt’ try 😉 Our first gathering is a workshop rightly timed– Sat Jan. 31st > Creating a Vision Board, a Mindful Map– an inspiring soul stirring visual foundation for the year 2015.  So as I put the workshop plan together, here are some pics of vision board related images: RSVP Here is the link of more info on the group of Yogini’s. Do join us if this resonates with you.  Here’s some topics we YOM’s (Yogini’s of Manifestation) will be investigating over the year. Law of Attraction · Goddess · Yoga · Metaphysics · Manifestation · Sacred Feminine · Meditation · Consciousness · Women health · Holistic Health · Spirituality · Energy Healing · Stress Relief · Achieving Goals · Tantra for Women  Whatever you can do, or dream you can.  Begin it.  Boldness has genius,power and magic in it.  Begin it now. Found a wonderful video, here that is very inspiring on how to do vision board.  I like it as she’s very clear and also give some examples of how the syncronnicity of it all can...