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Chakra

Are you interested in understanding how the practice of yoga, pranayama and meditation work together to transform the energetic body?

In this 7-week series, we will explore the chakras. The human chakra system consists of 7 primary chakras that stretch from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. In Sanskrit, the word chakra translates to “wheel” and references our energetic body. Each week, we will explore a new chakra and focus on how it uniquely regulates a physical, spiritual and emotional function of the body.

Through movement, sound and smell, we will journey through the chakras and explore how we can improve our connection to the subtle body through:

Shapes (asana)
Breath (pranayama)
Mantras
Colors
Elements
Aromatherapy
Music

In this 7-week series (with each session lasting 2 hours), yogis will:
– Learn about the energetic body and chakra system by focusing on one chakra per week
– Practice one hour of asana, focusing on the chakra of the week
– Practice a 10-minute chakra meditation, focusing on the chakra of the week

Students will leave each session with a custom, essential-oil blend and a crystal to balance each energy center.

All 7 Sessions – $250
Drop-in Session: $40 each

LOCATION: YOGA VIDA NOHO | Broadway & Bond | New York City | Dates Below

Thursday, April 11: 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. MULADHARA | ROOT
Thursday, April 25: 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. SVADHISHTHANA | SACRAL
Thursday, May 9: 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. MANIPURA | SOLAR PLEXUS
Thursday, May 23: 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. ANAHATA | HEART
Thursday, June 6: 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. VISHUDDHA | THROAT
Thursday, June 13: 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. AJNA | THIRD-EYE
Thursday, June 27: 6:15 p.m. – 8:15p.m. – SAHASARA | CROWN

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The Magic Mix: 

  1. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  2. Frankincense (Bosweillia Carteri)
  3. Jojoba Seed Oil

Place a dab on your wrists prior to pre-bed meditation and practice with Nadi Shodhana (Alternate nostril breathing).

  • Lavender oil is the queen of calm, it eases anxiety and insomnia.
  • Frankincense promotes sleep and activates your meditative, focused mind.

Practice this sequence when you wake up in the morning or after a run.

Anti-Romance Under the Brooklyn Moon

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By Mikaela Conley (Copyright 2013 The Daily Saint/Mikaela Conley Photo: Erin Conley)

 

You are not good for me, and I, not for you
Perhaps this decade-long anti-romance
is meant to be a connection at a distance,
Across countries and oceans and bridges
and years and computer screens.

You brought me to a barbecue steak house
I ordered a vegetable plate.
I still remember the pain that flashed across
your normally overly confident face,
and I took too long to justify my food choice.

You passed me a drawing of a dinosaur in law class.
I laughed indifferently, but I later wondered the meaning.
I was the most and least special person in an instant,
and that feeling dragged through the years.

I went away.
You did, too.
You told me to come back.
I did.
You were with someone else.
I was, too.

And we danced this dance under the Brooklyn moon.

You were broken.
I was, too.
We wanted to be fixed,
but we were both addicted
to the broken pieces of glass that surrounded us,
the ones that drew blood,
the ones that, when the light caught them just right,
shimmered deceivingly at sunset.

You asked me to marry you,
several times,
drunk and high and more charming than ever,
and I laughed it off, rolled my eyes, walked away,
cool and indifferent.

When really I thought,
Maybe this is just us.
Perhaps this can be us.

And an image flashed over my mind,
like a ticker on a newsfeed:
I sat at a computer, writing yet another verse,
you smoked a cigarette,
hunched over a workbench, sharpening knives
and listening to notes so melancholy
the imagined music created puddles in my human eyes.

Eight years after the vegetable plate,
we reconnected on Broadway.
And we drank tea and whiskey and cheap beer all at once.
And you kissed me once under a haze of toxicity
and like the days long lost,
that moment felt real.

And we danced this dance under the Brooklyn moon.

But then you were gone again.
And I was, too.
Beaten down by the city’s sights,
I left in an instant.

You check in now and again,
a photo, a saying, a Happy “Miscellaneous Holiday,”
something indifferent and connectively undone,
and I will do the same.

And in that way,
We are connected and unraveling all at once.

A good invention that never found its purpose.

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Mikaela Conley, founder and director of The Daily Saint, recently invited me to participate in her podcast to discuss the daily saints in my life. The Daily Saint is an initiative focused on seeing the good all around. Small, seemingly trivial moments of kindness to grand gestures of love are highlighted on the site.

The words, thoughts and musings of Kurt Vonnegut, one of Mikaela’s favorite writers, were a source of great inspiration for The Daily Saint. In fact, it was an excerpt from a commencement speech that Vonnegut gave at The University of Wisconsin in 2003 that inspired the website’s name. He told this story: “A sappy woman sent me a letter a few years back. She knew I was sappy, too, which is to say a lifelong northern Democrat in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt mode, a friend of the working stiffs. She was about to have a baby, not mine, and wished to know if it was a bad thing to bring such a sweet and innocent creature into a world as bad as this one is. I replied that what made being alive almost worthwhile for me, besides music, was all the saints I met, who could be anywhere. By saints I meant people who behaved decently in a strikingly indecent society. Perhaps some of you are or will become saints for her child to meet.”

The Daily Saint caused me to start thinking more about my own happiness, expression of gratitude, and compassion. It made me realize that we choose the lens by which we view the world. Acts of beauty and kindness are sprinkled everywhere, much more plentifully than anger and hate. It is within our power to see the good.

Mikaela invited me to join her on a recent Podcast to discuss my Daily Saints. I realized that The Daily Saint, in many ways, represents yoga off the mat. Making shapes, connecting the body, mind, breath, and spirit are simply means to an end. At its core, yoga is a practice of unity and love. It is about being connected to our individual essence. The love and purity a yoga practice has the power to cultivate helps individuals click into their true essence and greatness.

The Daily Saint highlights real people in real places in real situations. There are no fairy Godmothers or haloed visionaries.  They are real people doing real things. The people acknowledged are not seeking accolades or recognition. They are not looking for fame or fortune. Daily Saints simply follow their truest selves. Yoga at its core is about disconnecting from our ego and reconnecting to humanity and to ourselves. Yoga and The Daily Saint go hand and hand. Luckily, as sisters, we can share the journey.

Check out our podcast by clicking here:

http://www.creatorsbroadcast.com/episodes/listen/the-daily-saint/erin-conley-06-21-13.html

Thank you for your support. And, as always, NAMASTE. XO