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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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My new favorite class in Boston is actually at the Prana Power Yoga studio in Cambridge (Central Square). It’s convenient (right in front of the Central Square T-stop) and it’s a Sunday afternoon class.  What better way to wind down your weekend.  It’s the 4:30-6P class taught by Gretchen. Her class had great rythm and flow and was just hard enough to make you sweat but leave you energized.  The class fills up early so I suggest grabbing your spot well before the 4:30 start time.  The nice part is that it’s held in the larger of their two rooms – the other is quite small and clostrophobic. Check her out!

The other reco I have for Sunday’s is Glen’s 2-hr Sadhana class at the Sadhana studio in the South End. Not as warm and not as hard. Generally the same class weekly.  Glen has quite the following so the same goes for this class- get there early.  Class runs 4-6P.  The 2 hours goes by quickly but know that the last 15-20 min is a savasana/seated-meditation.  I’m not a fan of meditating after savasana. I generally find myself wanting to lay right back down and take a nap.  Still a great class I highly recommend.

-Eliza

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Yoga to the People is a yoga studio with the great ambition to make yoga available to everyone. What does this mean? It means that their yoga is donation based. Yoga to the People understands that there are a lot of people in New York who want to practice yoga regularly and in a public class setting but simply cannot afford to–

In a time where yoga as a business is getting a lot of attention, the fact that it is being priced out of many people’s reach is in direct conflict with what we consider to be the spirit of yoga itself…
There is a suggested donation of $10 a class. Suggested donation means that if you can put $10 in the box, please do. If you are not in a position to do so, contribute what you can. Nobody will be keeping track of individual donations.

Better yet, the yoga at Yoga to the People is a Power Vinyasa Flow inspired by Bryan Kest and taught by certified, experienced teachers for every level.

Classes are generally 1 hour. As mentioned above it’s a suggested $10 donation but mats rental and water are non negotiable, $2 and $1 respectively.

Located at 12 St. Marks Place (at 3rd Ave. ) 2nd Floor.

-Eliza

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I struggle sometimes with the idea of being happy just as you are.  This is sort of a basic yoga principle but not something that I can get behind 100%.  I was on a yoga retreat (ish) in May where many of the other vacationers were firm believers in the idea that ignorance is bliss.  I work in journalism (for now), where you are constantly increasing your knowledge- at least in terms of history, current events, etc.  I’m in awe of two of our writers that have been in the business for many years and remember obscure politicians, conflicts I’ve never heard of and the like.  Everyone chooses to respect certain virtues and even how to define what a virtue is- I realize that these are not the same for everyone.  Regardless, I was frustrated on this retreat, because so many of the people there just didn’t care what was going on (this was during the beginning of the end for Hillary), and it made me oddly angry.  Our country isn’t exactly in a great place right now and not caring about who we were going to pick to clean up this mess just seemed irresponsible to me.  Selfish. I wonder- is your own bliss that important?  So important that you don’t care about your fellow citizens who are losing their jobs, their homes to foreclosures, their sons and daughters to a thankless war?  To me, yoga is more about finding a balance.  Yes bliss and enlightenment are things to strive for, but not without being grounded in reality.  This morning I read an article by Olivia Rosewood and Steve Ross that addressed the idea of living as a yogi in the Western world, which I thought I would share a portion of:

“Your life is perfect as it is. Every aspect is exactly as it should be, pointing you precisely in the direction you’re meant to go. Whether you’re able to see it this way or not is a reasonable measure of your happiness, no matter what your life situation might be. What might seem like problems to some may be seen as invitations to change for others.

If you can realize that you — and that “you” includes the whole world — are perfect right now, you might be able to get past your guilt, find a rock in the woods and sit in silent bliss for the rest of your life. Rocks themselves do it, after all.

In India, faced with an arranged marriage, a life of family drama, and the mundane world of materialism, many people choose to put on the orange robes of renunciation and seek a deeper experience. In the jungles, caves have been filled with yogis seeking the truth in solitude and silence for thousands of years. They go to the caves, perhaps build a fire and sit in front of it, eat freshly picked berries from the forest, perhaps realize their enlightenment, perhaps not, and never leave this natural wonder. It’s a beautiful life, and it is accepted by the Indian people as a noble path. This solitary truth seeking is seen as a service to the planet at large in its own, albeit indirect, way. By not further polluting the world with worries and conflict, they are becoming a part of silent evolution. The love and bliss hundreds of cave dwellers are feeling even as you read these words are emanating and rippling through the world.

True, it’s not that easy for everyone. Not all of us live in a country where a life in a cave is as acceptable as a condo by the beach. Some of us have jobs in office buildings and pets and children to nourish. In our culture, it’s easy to still the mind temporarily: surfing, a hard workout, sexing yourself silly, eating yourself into a coma. But full bliss won’t reveal itself to you in a lasting way from a quick fix like this. But bliss can be found, even in our culture. When every action is performed with full attention, in a way that doesn’t solidify the illusion of a psychological identification with the ego mind, you are meditating, merging, practicing yoga in every moment: in your car, at the supermarket, at work, at the park.”

Find the rest of the article on Huffington

-Britt

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Hi Om La La Yogis and Yoginis!

Got this notification via e-mail and I wish, wish, wish I could go.  Alas, I cannot and so I pass it forward…

Lauren Hanna of Sonic Yoga and Cher Meli of Balance Yoga + Healing Arts will be teaching dynamic surf-strengthening 90-minute plus yoga classes at the August retreat. When you arrive on Friday night, we start with a two-hour outdoor vinyasa class, followed by a delicious lobster clam bake overlooking Lake Montauk.

Air Speed Surf Shop will be instructing the two-hour surfing lessons at Ditch Plains or if you should chose paddle boarding, Sunset Surf Shop will be instructing the summer’s hottest new sport on Fort Pond Bay.

Price includes: 2 nights hotel @ Crow’s Nest Resort (double occupancy), 4 Yoga classes, 2 two-hour Surfing or Paddle Boarding lessons, 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lobster Clambake and 1 Bonfire with live Drumming on Saturday night. A true Montauk experience.

You can chose the no hotel option for $375: includes 4 yoga classes, 2 two-hour surfing or paddleboarding lessons, and 1 bonfire with live drumming.

Contact Information
Read more about the weekend schedule on the registration page of our website:
www.liquidyogaandsurf.com

Needless to say, it looks amazing.  Hope some of you get to enjoy it!

-Eliza

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Yesterday Liza likened her and I to “good cop, bad cop” on this site…guess which one I am.  My new annoyance of the day- yoga studios that call you to remind you to come back to the studio.  Like I need yoga telemarketers…  YogaWorks did it today at 4:30 while I was at work.  Unnecessary!  Enough said.

On a more positive note!

I have a weird thing for Irish music (which all started with my dad seeing Riverdance, a subsequent roadtrip through Ireland, and me, the little blond Jewish girl enrolling in Irish dance classes).  Isauro played some great Irish music in class this morning (Some Like it Hot), which I majorly dug.  2 points Isauro.

-Britt

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