Yoga Bliss Dance http://www.yogablissdance.com Onsite corporate yoga provider in NYC. Ithaca, NY Massage Therapy, & Online Intuitive Services Mon, 23 May 2016 20:26:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Online Tarot Card Readings http://www.yogablissdance.com/online-tarot-card-readings/ http://www.yogablissdance.com/online-tarot-card-readings/#respond Sun, 22 May 2016 10:00:41 +0000 http://www.yogablissdance.com/?p=8379 It may seem weird, “how can someone who isn’t sitting with me do a tarot card reading?”  Well if they are intuitive there is no reason that you need to be in the same place as you!

This is great as you can find a tarot reader who you vibe with, working anywhere in the world. And using the internet to find someone makes sense.

More info & book a consultation.

My tarot work is done over the phone or online via Skype.  Since I tune in to the person’s higher self, and their guides/angels, there is no reason for me to see them. In fact seeing the person can be distracting-as we all grow up using our vision to make “rational” judgements about the world.  But an intuitive is drawing information from other non-physical sources.  In fact I’m highly emphatic-the distance helps me stay grounded.  Not seeing the person stops me from forming any preconceptions, and in fact I like to have a clear question only not a lot of background information before I do the consultation.

During the time I’m speaking with the client live, then we can have a conversation as it relates to the work.

My tarot and oracle readings are about empowering you to make the best decisions for you. I believe we are in co-creation with the Divine. 

We don’t do everything ourselves-we do our part on many levels then we let it go… Events, people, situations happen, our job is to surf the waves of life swirling around us.  Tarot and other divination tools like Goddess or Animal Guidance decks help give us access to other dimensions and often information that we may already know on some level.

How is my work is different?

I am a spiritual seeker first. My decades of practice of yoga, yogic breathing & concentration practices and mindfulness meditation in the Buddhist tradition, set me apart.  I’m told over and over that I was a nun/monk in past lives- yeah..lots of echoes of that in my life. I also had some wilder lives but hey it’s all about balance.

I see my work doing divination as spiritual coaching, coaxing you to take the baby steps forward into the life of your dreams.  There is no doom and gloom or judgement, instead we use these divination tools as they were meant to be- to help you co-create, to manifest to grow into the amazing human being you came here to be.  You always have the power to shift things or at least be aware so you can respond rather than react!

Get in touch, get on my calendar. Let’s talk!  And let’s listen to Spirit.NYC Yogini & Intuitive

More info & book a consultation.
Namaste,

Kala

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Benefits of Shiatsu Massage For New Moms, Post-partum http://www.yogablissdance.com/benefits-of-shiatsu-massage-for-new-moms-post-partum/ http://www.yogablissdance.com/benefits-of-shiatsu-massage-for-new-moms-post-partum/#respond Thu, 05 May 2016 21:42:12 +0000 http://www.yogablissdance.com/?p=8306
Shiatsu in Ithaca for New Mom

Massage can help new mom’s energy, health & wellbeing.

A Post-natal massage or, Postpartum Massage search may have sent you here. I”m a bodyworker specializing in shiatsu massage. Shiatsu (she-AT-SU) is a bit different than regular “massage.” The benefits of shiatsu for the new mom are many and I believe even more helpful than typical Swedish or Western style massage. I’ll say why in this article. I’m based in the Pioneer Valley of Western, MA near Northampton & Amherst, MA. If you are local, feel free to contact me- send e-mail or phone 413.200.8230 for questions or appointment.

Why Mom’s Need MassagePost-partum:

The time after the birth of a baby is so important for the child and mother and of course the whole family. There are so many stresses, whether natural birth or C-section you have bodily issues and discomfort to deal with post-partum. And this at a time when you need to give full and constant attention to the newborn, changing diapers and feeding every few hours.

If family has now left and a partner is back to work, the woman may be left alone all day with the new baby. This at a time when you are exhausted from the birth and perhaps poor sleep for months before that. Now with the baby you are waking up in the night and unable to catch up on much needed sleep. It truly is perhaps the most stressful period of a woman’s life, emotionally and physically.

How Shiatsu Can Help Post-partum Moms:

Carrying and creating a child within ones body is obviously the a most amazing act! Basically the mother is using her energy to create this new being! Her body is literally being taxed, and drawn upon to create this new life. This causes basically a “withdrawal” of her Chi and Jing. These are names for the basic life forces in the body. In traditional Chinese Medicine which is the basis of acupuncture and shiatsu-this period of pregnancy extensively uses up, the mom to be’s energy. The Kidney energy, and Stomach Spleen, energy are often especially depleted I find. Remember many organs that were literally pushed out of the way are regaining their tone and optimal function: the intestines, bladder etc.

Shiatsu unlike regular Western type massage, goes deeper than kneading muscles which has benefits as well. But Shiatsu massage for the post-partum mom can target specific meridians (lines of energy in the body,) where energy is depleted. A skilled shiatsu therapist has several methods to find which meridians are the weakest. Points on these energy lines are stimulated and tonified (built up.) Over the course of even a few sessions, the new mom begins to feel a rejuvenation of her energy, a sense of calmness and stability that she had not had. Even after one session most people report feeling calm and deeply relaxed. To build up the energy account of the post-partum woman takes time. I recommend a minimum of 3 treatments to really rebuild the woman’s energy. This is absolutely the best gift for the entire family: the benefits of shiatsu post-partum will show as increased calm, patience, better sleep, and overall energy of the mom. This of course will impact the well being and happiness of the entire family and household. The new mom will find her stamina, sleep quality and calmness increasing with each shiatsu treatment. I invite you to give it a try by contacting me.

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Spring Tarot Reading Sale & A Mini-Meditation http://www.yogablissdance.com/spring-tarot-reading-sale-a-little-meditation-for-you/ http://www.yogablissdance.com/spring-tarot-reading-sale-a-little-meditation-for-you/#respond Mon, 02 May 2016 04:14:30 +0000 http://www.yogablissdance.com/?p=8295

Here’s the link to page to book a session: Intuitive Readings.

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Amazing Ted Talk by Psychologist on Our Minds http://www.yogablissdance.com/amazing-ted-talk-by-psychologist-on-our-minds/ http://www.yogablissdance.com/amazing-ted-talk-by-psychologist-on-our-minds/#respond Fri, 01 Apr 2016 02:44:33 +0000 http://www.yogablissdance.com/?p=8275

I love this Ted talk- her accent is also fun. But most important here is someone Western scientific background saying what Louise Hay and all the “New Age” authors stress- the power of the mind. And she’s worked with public, world famous clients.  She has a free audio if you join her list- get it here. It’s cute but I”m sure it works, I literally felt better the 1st time I listened-even though her accent again makes it sound almost jokey.. Here’s the link to get free guided hypnotic audio: https://www.marisapeer.com/.

 

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Affirmation: You Don’t Have to Be Perfect… http://www.yogablissdance.com/affirmation-you-dont-have-to-be-perfect/ http://www.yogablissdance.com/affirmation-you-dont-have-to-be-perfect/#respond Thu, 24 Mar 2016 16:44:25 +0000 http://www.yogablissdance.com/?p=8216

As you may know I do intuitive readings and of course I do them for myself too. I got today you are to share your spiritual knowledge to help others.  Sound & voice was suggested via beautiful Dolphin animal cards (I’ll add it in below.)  For months I’d been wanting to use my voice in some way…The reading said “Courage,” (angel cards,) “Strength” major arcana tarot.  Along with the Goddess card decks, High Priestess card as the central message.  The final Osho deck card showed “No-thingness'” meaning the beginning of something- to give birth but scary as you don’t know what it will be… so I acted and this is the first affirmation that came to me.

Have a Blessed day!

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Shakti & Need for Balance in the World http://www.yogablissdance.com/shakti-need-for-balance-in-the-world/ http://www.yogablissdance.com/shakti-need-for-balance-in-the-world/#respond Thu, 17 Mar 2016 15:02:03 +0000 http://www.yogablissdance.com/?p=8163

It is as if a pendulum has swung too far in one direction and now must swing the other way.

Shakti

means power to act, create and enliven it’s counter point is Shiva, basically Yin & Yang present in all things in an eternal dance.  Shakti is most strongly manifested in the female.

Yet- we are out of balance, the Divine Feminine is only now coming again to the forefront to create balance in the world….

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A few years ago around 2011 forward,  I began to feel aware that women’s power-cosmic Goddess energy would be on the increase and was needed to balance the violence and disharmony on the planet.  I kept getting the phrase the Divine Feminine-honestly I didn’t even know what that meant!  The phrase kept rumbling around in my head.  There began to be female teachers online using that phrase.

And I got a little more clarity…eventually I told friends what I saw would happen- and it has already begun, things that I mentioned began to happen and quickly.  As a result too of the Feminine which has to do with acceptance-I predicted the increasing openness for African-American women in media.  This quickly came to be with the rise of actress Kerry Washington, Viola Davis, then Lupita Nyong’o blew up as well.  This may seem minor if you are not of African descent, yet prior to Washington I believe it was decades since a major TV how had a black female lead-decades!  The awareness and acceptance of gay relationships/families and gay marriage is also part of this energetic movement- towards acceptance, openness, plurality.

Also politically-women running for highest office being taken seriously in U.S. Hilary Clinton and in Germany for example with Chancellor Angela Merkel.  The election of Barack Obama was part of this wave, many thought the election of someone of African-American descent was not possible yet in America.

In many areas and spheres of life- the Feminine is arising to create balance- many of the world movements towards, justice, fairness anything heart based rather than fear based, can be sourced by the Feminine consciousness.  A note both men and women will need to integrate this.  But women will lead.  This will be positive for men and women on the planet.

It is as if a pendulum has swung too far in one direction and now must swing the other way.

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Inspiration: Self-Esteem/Self-Love/Self-Acceptance http://www.yogablissdance.com/inspiration-self-esteemself-loveself-acceptance/ http://www.yogablissdance.com/inspiration-self-esteemself-loveself-acceptance/#respond Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:00:35 +0000 http://www.yogablissdance.com/?p=8052  

I have a strong sense of self-worth, I am valuable, I am precious. I love myself right now in this moment.

Please use the buttons to share via social media or email to a friend.  Blessings,

Kala

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Can We Be Wealthy & Yet Still Suffer from Poverty? (A Quote by Amma, Indian Spiritual Teacher) http://www.yogablissdance.com/can-we-be-wealthy-yet-still-suffer-from-poverty-a-quote-by-amma-indian-spiritual-teacher/ http://www.yogablissdance.com/can-we-be-wealthy-yet-still-suffer-from-poverty-a-quote-by-amma-indian-spiritual-teacher/#respond Thu, 10 Sep 2015 16:31:37 +0000 http://www.yogablissdance.com/?p=8037

In today’s world, people experience two types of poverty:  the poverty cause by lack of food, clothing and shelter, and the poverty caused by lack of love and compassion.

Of these two, the second type needs to be considered first because if we have love and compassion in our hearts, then we will wholeheartedly serve those who suffer from a lack of food, clothing & shelter.   ~Amma

Amma is the nickname of the Indian spiritual teacher, Ammachi.  Born in poverty in India she is considered a saint.   What began as simply a spiritual ministry where she would literally hug & bless whomever came to her, has now grown into a worldwide humanitarian organization.  She is sometimes called the “hugging saint,” see NY Times article on her.  She has sat for a day into the night hugging thousands of people and has now built via volunteers a huge network of organizations that work in the areas of poverty alleviation, environment, healthcare.

See more about her organization here:  http://www.embracingtheworld.org/

Amma

Namaste,
Kala

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Balance Your Yoga, Try a Kickboxing Class in NYC http://www.yogablissdance.com/balance-your-yoga-try-a-kickboxing-class-in-nyc/ http://www.yogablissdance.com/balance-your-yoga-try-a-kickboxing-class-in-nyc/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:17:43 +0000 http://www.yogablissdance.com/?p=8016 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 energy of the city.  We get bored easily and have a lot of energy!

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Which Is Better? More Eye-catching for my Podcast? http://www.yogablissdance.com/which-is-better-more-eye-catching-for-my-podcast/ http://www.yogablissdance.com/which-is-better-more-eye-catching-for-my-podcast/#respond Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:54:05 +0000 http://yogablissdance.com/?p=7607 FINALpodcastwTExt2<A or FinalPodcastPic2B>

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?”  Hmmm…

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Yoga Salons (Where Yoga & Culture Collide) http://www.yogablissdance.com/yoga-salons-where-yoga-culture-collide/ http://www.yogablissdance.com/yoga-salons-where-yoga-culture-collide/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 18:32:23 +0000 http://yogablissdance.com/?p=7599 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?

ForEmailSignatureHi, 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.

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MORE ON WHAT TO EXPECT:

You have an interest in art yet may be intimidated by gallery scene and snootiness.  We’ll have none of that here.  I know about that having worked in a world class museum- and having gone to many a snooty gallery in my time.

  • First a fun, body positive, refreshing yoga class.  No yoga expertise needed!  No pretzels (ok ok, just don’t show off about it 😉  You’ll feel fabulous….
  • Then:  a guest Creative will bring samples of their work, talk about it and give you a chance to ask questions, get a beverage (non-alcoholic) and chill.

Note:  Group size is limited each time! RSVP with payment required to hold your space.  We will meet in spaces in the East Village, Chelsea or Midtown Manhattan.

GET early bird DISCOUNT — REGISTER NOW for : $35 per.  After SUNDAY 4/26  full price: $40!

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Intuitive Readings: Tarot, Goddess & Isis Divination http://www.yogablissdance.com/intuitive-readings-tarot-goddess-isis-divination/ http://www.yogablissdance.com/intuitive-readings-tarot-goddess-isis-divination/#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:06:07 +0000 http://yogablissdance.com/?p=7558 IMG_0694 - Version 2Page moved here: http://www.yogablissdance.com/tarot-goddess-isis-divination-intuitive-readings/

 

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A Response to Hilary Clinton Practices Yoga Article, Re: Intolerance http://www.yogablissdance.com/a-response-to-hilary-clinton-practices-yoga-article-re-intolerance/ http://www.yogablissdance.com/a-response-to-hilary-clinton-practices-yoga-article-re-intolerance/#respond Fri, 20 Mar 2015 19:12:14 +0000 http://yogablissdance.com/?p=7459 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 limited to the box or beliefs, culture and norms that we are born into.  Obviously that is not the hyper-connected world  we now live in.

Even more important yoga is a spiritual tradition and practice that truly transcends race, gender, culture, even time period (I’m talking in it’s full depth here Yoga as opposed to yoga.  The practices are ultimately about transcendence and reaching our highest potential as Divine beings in a Divine universe.

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Post Yoga Smoothie Recipe #4: Chocolate Banana http://www.yogablissdance.com/post-yoga-smoothie-recipe-4-chocolate-banana/ http://www.yogablissdance.com/post-yoga-smoothie-recipe-4-chocolate-banana/#respond Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:15:04 +0000 http://yogablissdance.com/?p=7442 http://www.yogablissdance.com/post-yoga-smoothie-recipe-4-chocolate-banana/feed/ 0 Beautiful Video of Mom Doing Yoga w/Kids Playing http://www.yogablissdance.com/beautiful-video-of-mom-doing-yoga-wkids-playing/ http://www.yogablissdance.com/beautiful-video-of-mom-doing-yoga-wkids-playing/#respond Mon, 09 Mar 2015 17:07:05 +0000 http://yogablissdance.com/?p=7288 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, Kala

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