Haribol Yogis!

I'm just getting back from pilgrimage to India, reflecting on our theme for this month: practices that evoke the heart, or practices that evoke joy & love. This is essentially why I go on pilgrimage with my teacher, Raghunath as much as I can. I go on pilgrimage to be fully immersed in practices that stoke a feeling of love & joy within. These practices are the main practices of Bhakti Yoga, the Yoga of devotion. Every day, we chanted the maha mantra on mala beads, and we engaged in Kirtan in temples, on boats, in rickshaws, basically wherever we could. Every day, we visited holy places and temples. Each day, we heard stories about Sri Chaitanya in Mayapur and Radha Krishna in Vrindavan from our teachers or from people we would meet on our travels. Finally, we had the association of saintly people and special souls who are also on the path of Bhakti, invested in living more devotionally in their lives.

These practices are meant to help focus our minds and hearts on the Divine, instead of focusing on all the other sometimes crazy, random things our minds want to focus on. These practices can give us a glimpse of the spiritual realm in this world. These practices help me cultivate a more personal relationship with God. I am feeling so blessed to be able to journey to India; however, now my task is to continue to stoke this fire of practice even back home, even in the daily grind, so as to not lose the sweetness of pilgrimage.

Today, reflect on the practices that bring you joy, the practices that brighten your heart and really speak to your soul. Maybe it's reading from an inspirational book, hearing stories from a certain teacher, or chanting along with your favorite kirtan! Whatever it is, add it to your daily or weekly routine and see how it effects your mind and heart.

In service,

FRIDAY, February 15th 2019

by donation // pay what you wish
w/ Lynn Rescigno

SUNDAY, February 17th 2019
5:30-7 p.m.

regular class pricing
w/ Stefanie Zito

SUNDAY, February 24th 2019
2-4:30 p.m.

Cabin fever got you down? Time to hit the yoga playground! Yoga asana can sometimes get quite serious, but the act of play can certainly enrich our knowledge of self (svadhyaya), so it seems imperative to add a healthy dose of play to our work on the mat. This workshop will involve creative individual, partner, and group work, so come ready to learn, discover, and play well with others in this non-competitive and fun practice!

Cost: $35
w/ Kristen Kolenda

SATURDAY, March 2nd 2019
1-2:30 p.m.

Unwind, relax and rejuvenate with Restorative Yoga and Hot Stones. Enjoy the soothing warmth of hot stones placed on your body while you relax into supported restorative yoga postures.

Cost: $30
***Space is limited to 8 students***
w/ Brooke Smokelin

SUNDAY, March 3rd 2019
2-4:30 p.m.

Dates for other 2019 Chakra Activation Workshops at BYSYC:

Heart Chakra: Sunday, 4/7 from 2-4:30 p.m.
Throat Chakra: Sunday, 5/5 from 2-4:30 p.m.
Third Eye Chakra: Sunday, 6/2 from 2-4:30 p.m.
Crown Chakra: Sunday, 7/28 from 2-4:30 p.m.

These LEVEL 1 workshops are open to yoga students of ALL LEVELS, even those brand new to yoga, as well as massage therapists, healers, counselors, and other people interested in gaining an experiential understanding of the yogic chakra system.

****18 CEUs are available for registered Yoga Teachers through Yoga Alliance if you complete the entire Level 1 Chakra Activation Series.

Cost: $50 Each
w/ Lilith Bailey-Kroll 

SATURDAY, April 6h 2019
1-2:30 p.m.

In this workshop, you will learn how to identify imbalances in the musculoskeletal system, which affect spinal alignment and posture. You will learn proper alignment in yoga poses to avoid injury, balancing strength and flexibility. The workshop will cover the basic principles of anatomy in order to foster a better understanding of how the bones, joints, and muscles work harmoniously.

Cost: $60
***Space is limited to 6 students***