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Yoga to kick your asana… claims this new studio —

Free class first-time students only. Print the pass on their website. 269 Elizabeth Street on Houston.

www.thefierceclub.com

Straight from their website:

“The Fierce Club is a yoga studio, event space and all-around life transforming destination in the midst of SoHo, New York City. Our main style is Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga, created by co-owners Sadie Nardini and Shannon Connell. Our cutting edge yoga, which is designed to give you a 90-minute gym-strength, cardio and muscle-sculpting workout in just 60 minutes, we’re real, and use real life as our classroom.

Named “One of the Top 10 Ways to Change Your Life” and “Calorie-torchers” by New york Magazine, our signature Power Hour classes will give you all the benefits of most other styles’ 90 minute sessions…in only one hour! Great for multi-taskers and busy people who want the full mind/body workout, without spending hours at the studio or gym.

We also offer events by well-known authors, lecturers and teachers from all across the country. Whatever you do at The Fierce Club, it will expand you body, mind and heart…and rock your world.”

What would Chirstian Siriano have to say…?

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Just heard about this teacher training program through Urban Zen feaeturing Rodney Yee.

The Urban Zen Yoga Teacher Training Program is an in-depth 200-hour yoga teacher training program that can be completed on its own or taken as a suggested pre-requisite for the Urban Zen Integrative Therapist program. This program begins March 13, 2009, in New York City, and will run through September 2009, one weekend a month, with a break in July.

News to me, the Urban Zen was founded by Donna Karan to create awareness in areas of well-being, preserving cultures and empowering children.  Check it out at www.urbanzen.org.

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I’ve been thinking (like everyone else) quite a bit about the state of the economy with everything that’s happening on Wall Street and prices of everyday commodities – from gas to bread – rising more and more. What I’ve been thinking is that while some items are luxuries (make life nice) and other necessities (make life possible) where should you draw the line to cut back? From experience I know that my gym membership at Equinox was not worth $150.00 out of my pocket – I’d personally rather put that money towards yoga. Others I’ve heard say they’ve cut back on both to find cheaper alternatives like the gym at their local Y or donation based yoga like Yoga for the People. Another yoga blog, Om Shanti, had a post Why is Yoga so Expensive back in February, “[Yoga is] about a lifestyle–a lifestyle of good health and wealth–that requires a person to have a considerable amount of money if he/she wants a taste of it.” The great thing about the post is that it generated a lot of comments from both sides of the coin.

In light of all of this talk about money and the cost of yoga I’ve decided to lower the cost of the Om La La Vinyasa Weekend Retreat we’re holding in November as the response I’m getting isn’t that people aren’t interested but rather that it’s too costly. I hear ya! So I’ve done what I can to cut back on costs without sacrificing anything major and passes the savings straight on to you. And not to worry, it still includes accommodation for 2 nights, 5 meals and 4 yoga classes. Hopefully now we’ll get some takers!!

Namaste!

-Eliza

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…are left to sign up for Om La La’s Vinyasa Yoga Retreat in the Berkshires.  Enrollment is open only until October 7th, so reserve your spot now!

Visit us at www.omlalayoga.com to learn more about the details of the weekend or visit the Porches Inn website direct www.porches.com.

Only $500 $400 (NEW REDUCED PRICE) per person- includes, 2 nights accommodation, 5 meals and 4 yoga classes!

ITINERARY

Friday Evening:
5:00-8:00 pm: Arrive at The Porches Inn
7:00-8:00 pm: Candlelight Flow
8:30-10:00pm Light Dinner Around the Fireplace

Saturday:
7:00-8:30 am Light and Healthy Continental Breakfast
10:00-11:30 am Yoga Flow
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch of Healthy Salads and Sandwiches
1:30-6:00 pm Free Time: Town Visits, Mass MoCA, Hot Tub, Swim, Sauna
6:30-7:45 Yoga Jam
8:30 pm- Dinner in Town

Sunday:
7:00-8:30 am Light and Healthy Continental Breakfast
10:00-11:30 am Yoga Flow
11:30-12:30 pm Pack up
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch of Healthy Salads and Sandwiches
2:00 pm Check Out

Porches is located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, in the city of North Adams just off the Mohawk Trail. The renowned Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (known as MASS MoCA) is only a few steps away. Along with everything you’ve come to expect at an Inn from bathrobes to high spped connection, Porches also has a year round lap pool with heated deck and a hot tub. Building 7 – the space Om La La will use for yoga instruction also houses changing rooms, showers and a sauna.  If that isn’t enough to interest you there are a lot of nearby walks and hikes as well as great restaurants in town.

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If you’re down with doing 108 Sun Salutes, this might be an for you.  In 2007, Shiva Rea helped start this worldwide yoga event to help raise consciousness for peace and the key environmental issue of global warming.

On Sunday, September 21st on the Boston Common and at the Cyclorama, the Boston area yoga community will gather for a day of yoga practices to bring awareness and raise consciousness for PEACE and MOTHER EARTH.

The date of September 21st is also significant because it is the UN International Peace Day. Last year, there were over 400 Global Mala events in 35 countries.

There are many ways to be involved. By participating in the Yoga Mala in the morning or afternoon, you can dedicate your practice of 108 Sun Salutations for peace and any other important intention. In the evening, you can listen and be inspired by Lama Surya Das and then chant in a kirtan led by David Newman, an amazing kirtan wallah from Philadelphia.

MORNING
A silent, meditative yoga mala at the Boston Common led by:

  • Daniel Orlansky
  • Glen Cunningham (Sadhana Studios)
  • Amy Leydon (Sportsclub-LA/Boston)
  • Kim Valeri (Yoga Spirit Studios)

Kirtan with Prajna

AFTERNOON
Yoga Mala with music and chanting in many yoga traditions (teaching order to be determined)

  • Lynne Begier (Forrest Yoga, Back Bay Yoga)
  • Jarvis Chen (Iyengar)
  • Richard Lanza (Power Yoga, Open Doors)
  • Chanel Luck and Roberto Lim (Prana Flow)
  • Deb Neubauer (Anusara, Anahata Yoga Center)
  • Kate O’Donnell (Ashtanga, Back Bay Yoga)
  • David Vendetti (Vinyasa, South Boston Yoga)
  • Taylor Wells (Power Yoga, Prana Power Yoga)

Meditation (1/4 cycle of 27 minutes) Led by Ek Ong Kar Singh

SAVE 9% OFF YOUR TICKET PURCHASE IF YOU USE PROMO CODE: PEACE

Visit Global Boston Mala to learn more!

-Eliza

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Photo by Grant M. Haller

Photo by Grant M. Haller

Looking for a yoga class you and a friend can enjoy together?  If you REALLY trust your friend…this might be for you!

Kimberly Chou reports today on www.seattlepi.com about a somewhat surprising yoga offer – a practice that combines yoga, acrobatics and Thai massage.

Postures involve two or more people, with one grounded partner (“the base”) supporting the other (“the flier”) in the air, and a spotter for more challenging positions. In one posture, the base lies on his back with his feet together up in the air; the flier balances his hips on top of the base’s feet as his hands reach back for his ankles, pulling up into dhanurasana, or “bow.”

Some Seattle studios that have these classes:

  • Samadhi Yoga, 1205 E. Pike St.; 206-329-4070
  • Acro Yoga Seattle (private instruction); 206-371-2870
  • Om Yoga, 15230 N.E. 24th St., Redmond; 425-587-1547
  • To learn more about Acro Yoga, find classes in your region or perhaps a retreat, a good source is AcroYoga at http://www.acroyoga.org/.

    -Eliza

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    Hot yoga can be a messy business. You can’t be afraid of a little or a lot of sweat. But we’ve all heard the tales of people getting sick from communal mats. In fact, the concern at one point seemed to be so widespread that the New York Times covered the story a couple years back.

    Communal Yoga Mats: Beware of Germs, by Abby Ellin. “In the last two years, Dr. Cohen said, he has seen a 50 percent spike in patients with athlete’s foot and plantar warts. The likely culprit? Unclean exercise mats, he said…

    Research has not confirmed the link between unclean yoga mats and fungal, bacterial and viral infections better known as jock itch, plantar warts and staph infections. Nor can dermatologists and podiatrists conclusively trace these ailments to dirty yoga mats.

    Still, some are making unofficial connections.

    I must say in the past two years, it seems yoga studios have stepped up they’re cleaning protocol on communal mats. At Jivamukti you put your mat in a laundry bin following class to be washed before the next person uses it- and they’re not even a hot studio. At YogaWorks you also hand your mat back to someone at the front desk, but I honestly don’t know what they do with them once they’re handed over. Most common is the spray bottle solution. Studios like Prana Power Yoga offer spray bottles with cleaning solution but it’s up to the individual to decide how diligent they are going to clean up after themselves. Unfortunately, Prana also offers paper towels…yikes…SO not green. Where can we find compromise? Shiva Shakti in Northampton, MA offers spray bottles with sponges. But I question how much bacteria a sponge can host and transfer from mat to mat? I’m no scientist so I say invest in buying and bringing your own mat! Especially if your studio has mat storage. No one wants to grab that rented mat and have to wonder if it’s wet because it’s been cleaned or because it has been sweat on, ew.

    And, I know studios make it a habit to try and clean the floors in between each class but some transitions simply don’t allow enough time to mop the floors before people swarm in. But really, there’s nothing like stepping in a puddle of someone else’s sweat that gets you off on the wrong foot (really, no pun intended).

    As for cleaning your own mat, Yoga Journal’s advice is this:

    If your mat is lightly soiled, use a spray bottle, damp sponge, or terry cloth rag to apply a solution of two cups of water and four drops of dish soap. Rub the soiled areas. Wipe the mat with clean water; then rub with a dry terry cloth towel. Hang to air dry.

    If your mat is heavily soiled, submerge it in a solution of warm water and mild detergent; use very little soap as any residue may cause the mat to become slippery during future use. Thoroughly hand wash the mat and rinse in clean water. After squeezing out the excess water, lay the mat on a dry towel and roll the mat and towel together. Stepping on the rolled up mat will squeeze more moisture out of the mat and into the towel. Then unroll and hang to air dry.”- Donna Raskin

    If you’re looking for an even deeper clean, visit the sight of your mat’s maker- often times your mat can handle a trip through the washing machine and even dryer!

    Stay clean!

    -Eliza

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