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...
How to Relieve Stress:  3 Guided Meditation & Relaxation Practices

How to Relieve Stress: 3 Guided Meditation & Relaxation Practices

My new CD/mp3 (play it on ipod, computer)– it’s got 3 Guided Practices for Stress $8.99.  It’s available as instant download. Includes: Walking meditation 3 part yogic breath Guided deep relaxation This would be great for you if you suffer from: Insomni Tension in shoulders, neck Anxiety Feeling wired at days end Each practice is 20 min approx, and you can do 1 or all.  The are listed in order of best for most wired- do walking (indoor) meditation as it’s most active.  Then next most relaxing is deep breathing practice, best done lying down. And a great follow up to that- is basically the guided shavasana (done at the end of most yoga classes.)  That deep relaxation is great when you want to really relax, and release tension form the neck, shoulders- all the places it creeps up. LISTEN TO SAMPLES & PURCHASE HERE, it’s $8.99 at my Bandcamp page.   Once you’ve purchased go here to get PDF that guides you on how to best integrate these...
Farmers Market in Chelsea NYC & Brussel Sprouts Recipe

Farmers Market in Chelsea NYC & Brussel Sprouts Recipe

Just had a lovely conversation with farmer and owner, Malaika Spencer of Roots to River farm in Solebury, Pennsylvania.  I was walking by and happened upon this farmers market which I didn’t know existed right in Chelsea, on 23rd st. in Manhattan. It’s a small one but had several produce providers, breads/pastries and several meat providers as well.  It even had an artisanal whiskey maker (which I didn’t check out 😉 The bad news is this was there last day for the season, but I still wanted to mention them.   Like many yogi’s I care deeply about our farmland and food quality and I always enjoy talking with farmers.  Malaika studied sustainable agriculture at Hampshire College in MA.  She interned on farms in NJ, Mass., Vermont, Ecuador and Costa Rica, before starting her own.  Roots to River does a CSA if you are in the area in PA. So I got some kale &  little brussel sprouts, tiny but so flavorful, from her.  Here’s a quick way to make the latter: Brussel Sprouts Sautee:  wash and clean sprouts, removing outer leaves or blemishes.  Then, lightly steam in a bit of water (like just enough to cover bottom of frying pan,) with lid on pot.  Then while they are firm but water is gone, add butter, or olive oil, turn up heat and saute briefly with a bit of garlic if desired, salt to taste.  Yum. Chelsea market’s info page is: Chelsea Farmer’s Market — Sidewalk on N side of 23rd St., E of 9th Ave Saturdays 9am-5pm June 7 – November 22 PS:  Want more on healthy foods/nutrition? A...
Vegan Chai Smoothie

Vegan Chai Smoothie

Hi there, this is great if you are vegan or are out of a dairy sub- like almond milk or rice milk.  YOu may have tahini (sesame seed butter) in the pantry or fridge (to keep it freshest.) This gives a nice, slightly nutty flavor and healthy fats.  Also recipe makes a great base for a winter smoothie, as it’s mildly flavored and creamy already. 1 TB. Tahini Teabag of chai 1 Date to taste: Natural sweetener, like organic raw sugar First boil a cup of water, with date in it (to soften it) then off the heat add chai tea of your choice.  I like Tazo chai or . If find the tea brews better with plain water rather than the thicker latte we are creating.  So once tea is brewed, with hand blender or reg one- add the tahini to the date, tea mixture and blend till smooth- even frothy!  Taste and add more sweetener if you like!  ...

A Loving-Kindness (Metta) Meditation for Women

Namaste, all. I’ve invited some of the nicest wellness practitioners in the blogsphere to write their best tips on women’s health, some focus on this season which is fall to winter, others give more general tips that are useful year round.  This is my contribution to this blog tour.   Check out the previous contribution by Anamaria, Ayurvedic therapist & dietician on Staying Healthy with Ayurveda Dietary & Lifestyle Tips for Colder Months and the following post (11/8) will be by yoga teacher, Alex Rodriguez on Balancing Vata Season with Yoga. Twitter Topic Hashtag: #womensholistichealthtour to help us spread the word, catch all the conversation or even ask a question! First a poem (excerpt): Kindness by Naomi Shihab Nye from her book Words Under the Words: Selected Poems Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What you held in your hand, what you counted and carefully saved, all this must go so you know how desolate the landscape can be between the regions of kindness… The winter in traditional Chinese medicine is said to be governed by the kidney/bladder energy.  The emotion that stresses those organs is fear.  Currently as I write this the ever-changing stew of worries includes:  disease, global warming, increased dramatic weather, slow economic times, and that’s not even including the personal level.  The emotion of worry or “over-thinking” as it’s sometimes referred to, is governed more by the stomach/spleen meridians whose season is “late summer.”  But in my mind the worries directly lead to fear, to what if’s, and...

Corporate Wellness Programs

Employee burnout costs money, as hiring and training new employees is costly. It’s much better to retain quality employees, to nurture talent and to offer perks that show that your company values them.  Perks can include healthy food choices, snacks, health benefits and more. Corporate wellness programs are springing up as health care costs rise, and companies realize that employee well-being does impact their bottom line.  Also as fewer employees work longer hours- it becomes important to support them in a high quality of life vs. burnout.  See 46 Healthiest Companies to Work For in America.”  The list includes medium and large corporations like Google to Emblem Health & Accenture (headquarters) in NYC.  Some small companies like Noom, Conductor, Inc., Zoc Doc, all NYC based are also included in a separate small business category. “People who have thriving well-being have a 35% lower turnover rate than those who are struggling,” according to Gallup Business Journal. Whether you are a established firm or a new tech start-up it’s worth considering how to include wellness programs in your business culture. See our Corporate Wellness options page for info on: Yoga at work Desk-side Stretch Mindfulness for Stress Reduction Chair Massage Need to convince the committee or decision maker:  see NamasteConcierge.com,  page w/ links to some serious stats & reports on Corporate Wellness programs, best practices, effectiveness;  and articles in popular media such as Forbes. As CEO of Namaste Concierge, I have 20 years of experience in holistic health such a yoga practices, having taught at several colleges, corporate executives and private clients seeking more energy, better health and increased productivity.  Finally...

A Clear Explanation of the Subtle Body In the Yoga Tradition

More information at http://yogainternational.com, the video features Rolf Kovik who is “President and Spiritual Director of the Himalayan Institute and a clinical psychologist in private practice, Rolf Sovik has studied yoga in the United States, India, and Nepal. He holds degrees in philosophy, music, Eastern studies, and clinical psychology. ” It’s very clear and helpful for yoga students to understand this information it add depth to our...
Yoga for 50 plus & Older- Benefits & Caveats

Yoga for 50 plus & Older- Benefits & Caveats

Yoga I believe is helpful for all at any age-BUT- the type of yoga, particular postures and how it’s presented varies tremendously and needs to be adapted and modified. There is a yoga for everyone! I’ll present some other resources for you below, videos, articles and books.  As a private yoga teacher in NYC, I’ve been doing yoga for 24 years.  So my advice is based on my over 19 years of yoga teaching, (mixed with some other career bits!) I’ve been an art professor, and studied massage therapy too. This post is based on my personal experience and research, I am not a doctor, and I recommend checking with your health professional before beginning any exercise program.  Also always listen to your body- start slowly in a new yoga practice, or after injury or after a hiatus.  Also a sharp pain (rare) is always an indicator to stop immediately. 1.  Yoga Benefits for over 50 folks: increase and maintain flexibility: As we get older flexibility tends to diminish unless you make a concerted effort to keep it.  Specific postures help to maintain flexibility of hamstrings, quads and especially the spine.  In fact the spine and back are key areas that many yoga asanas target.  An increase in kyphosis (rounding of upper back) is common with aging.  Though I”ve seen many younger folks who work long hours at a computer, start to develop this. Recommended postures (for overall flexibility): Seated forward bend Single leg forward bend Downward facing dog Upward facing dog Various shoulder and upper back openers increase and maintain balance: Balance is crucial as we age- to...