September is National Recovery Month. To support those on the path of recovery, we have teamed up with Ashtanga Yoga Montclair to offer yoga classes to raise money for this important cause. All proceeds will go to the Trini Foundation, a non-profit that shares Ashtanga yoga and other wellness resources with people who suffer from drug and alcohol addiction. Help Powerflow Yoga Bloomfield and Ashtanga Yoga Montclair reach their $1,000 donation goal during the weekend of 9/16. Cash or check only, make checks payable to: Trini Foundation. Learn more about Trini Foundation at www.trinifoundation.org
Led Ashtanga yoga class with Deb Williams • 6:30 – 8 pm
(AY Montclair, 127 Valley Road)
Vinyasa yoga class with Alison McCue • 12 – 1:15 pm
Guided meditation with Kristen Brunello • 1:20 – 1:45 pm
(PFY Bloomfield, 71 Washington Street)
Yin yoga with Jody Domerstad • 5:30 – 6:45 pm
(PFY Bloomfield, 71 Washington Street)
Suggested donation: $20 per class | Fundraising goal: $1,000
Happy Independence Day! This year the moon day falls on July 4th so there are no classes that day. Take the day off and head to your local parade. The Montclair 4th of July Parade is a tradition around here and it starts at 11 am. I’ll be on Park and Chestnut with the pups.
We hope you come to practice with us over the weekend as we are open for Mysore on Sat & Sun of the holiday weekend from 8 am to 10 am. Get your practice in and then head to the beach or whatever your favorite weekend events are. Drop ins and beginners are welcome to try. Personally I am looking forward to taking in the fireworks this year.
Lastly the next fun weekend event is the Greg Nardi Mysore & Moreweekend starting on July 8th Friday evening with 2 sessions on Saturday, July 9th and Sunday, July 10th. Greg comes to visit our Shala often and we are able to build upon what we have been working on. Added this time is an Adjustment workshop which will give you a chance to try out various techniques on how adjustments are done as well as conference time for in depth questions and discussions on yoga and the practice. As Sharath says, “sensible yoga questions.” Please register today for this and we look forward to seeing you all and connecting as we delve deeper into our practices.
NOTE: Friday is a moon day so take the day of rest. Saturday is Led Ashtanga with the traditional vinyasa count. See you then!
I always enjoyed May in Montclair and this time it has come around quickly. So much going on we loose site of the time. Now is always a good time to start your practice, get back into your practice or what? Did you say “add a new pose?” There is a lot happening in the Mysore room these days and the energy of the practitioners is focused and strong. We still have fun, there are still some laughs but everyone has something that they long for and something that they are hanging onto. It’s a process of letting go just enough to let other things in. I always like to remind students that this is their time on the mat and that they are allowed to focus on only their practice. No worries about what to do later, groceries, health issues, finances or planning that vacation. With a practice we become clearer so that we can come to our life with right mindset to address what comes our way.
We have new classes at night now, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6 pm, 3 different teachers teaching the Ashtanga method. The only way to get started or to begin again is to lay out your mat. This month we are also excited about our guest teacher David Robson coming to AYM for a weekend full of workshop sessions, May 13th to the 15th.
Lastly we will be saying goodbye to two of our dedicated practitioners at AYM. Clarence Taylor who has was literally the first person to register for a monthly pass in December of 2008 is moving to Syracuse this June to be closer to family (winters in Florida of course). Casey O’Conner will be moving to Boston to settle and we are very happy for him however he will be missed greatly in our AYM family. Looking ahead we are planning a gathering to give our best wishes this month to both of these fine people.
It’s a holiday weekend and we are in full swing with classes at Ashtanga Yoga Montclair (AYM) with our regular schedule. Friday is a great day at AYM with two led classes with Deb and an Iyengar inspired class with C-Ray that follows. It’s a full morning and we hope you will join us as usual or come back and share your energy with us. We are a growing community at AYM and our teachers will meet you where you are in your practice. If you are new, we look forward to helping you get started on your yoga journey.
Saturday and Sunday we have Mysore Sessions open from 8 am to 10 am and Monday is a regular schedule with doors opening at 5:30 am. Please email email@example.com if you are a beginner and have questions. Drop ins with a practice are welcome anytime.
Friday Led Ashtanga starts with Chant at 5:45 am and 7:30 am. Please arrive 5 to 10 minutes early to settle in.
Christopher or C-Ray teaches at 10 am Wed and Friday mornings. Teaching for over 3 decades, C-Ray brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. Classes may include breath work and philosophy as well. Great for all levels and open to all class packages. Join us!
If I have not said it already, Happy New Year and everyone seems to be saying Happy Sweet 16! Makes it fun and gives a different spin on the year. It can be sweet, innocent and FUN. We have a ton of great workshops lined up for 2016 and I am personally very excited to host such awesome and inspiring individuals starting with Day Christensen in April. Some of you have met certain teachers and some are new to our lineup. I am always very excited for these authorized and certified teachers to meet the dedicated group of Ashtangis at AYM. Practice makes practice and all are welcome at these events.
Recently back from India are myself, Deb, Michelle Pitzer and Nancy Witters. Michelle & I were practicing in Mysore with Sharath where we were inspired and challenged. It was my third trip and starting to feel like home and showing Michelle around for her first trip was a rewarding experience. From cultural to the dress and the animals and the scootering it was eye opening and enlightening at the same time. Nancy Witters was in Pune which is the home of Iyengar yoga. She was practicing and studying with her teachers there at the institute and this was her second trip. Never long enough and planning to return for all of us. In the meantime, we all are back at the AYM studio and look forward to sharing the knowledge that is becoming deeply rooted in our bones.
Nancy teaches every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 6:30 pm. You are welcome to come on board with a package or drop in is always welcome.
Lastly, I want to sincerely thanks everyone for the support of the subs and the programs and AYM. The Shala is a place that is there for you and we hope that you will make it your home for practicing and coming together. I had a recent awareness that what we do every day is so much more rewarding, fun and warm when we come together. Also I am in awe of this beautiful diverse group of people and know that you inspire me!
LEARN TOOLS TO RELAX * IMPROVE POSTURE, BALANCE, &
FLEXIBILITY * EQUALIZE ENERGY LEVELS
* FIND VALIDATION & PEACE FROM WITHIN
This class is designed to be stimulating, creative, and playful. Poses will be both challenging and achievable to help teenagers overcome their fears, strengthen their focus and build their self confidence. Teens will have the opportunity to engage in healthy ways to experiment, take risks, and explore their bodies. Classes will focus on the teachings of yoga that promote gratitude, compassion, acceptance, intuition, and presence. Savasana, guided breathing, and meditation practices at the end of each class will help teens relax, unwind and develop a peaceful oasis from within.
We have a moon day on July 1st. Is is a regular schedule for the 4th of July with a Mysore Session from 8 am to 10 am. Come early and get your practice in before the festivities for the 4th of July. Happy Independence Day!
We are excited about the group going on the retreat to Vermont on July 9th. We have availability for those that would like to join us. At AYM, Tim Foster will be taking care of the Mysore session on Thursday and the Led Ashtanga classes on Friday so please come and support our program. Those practicing with us at AYM are in good hands for sure as Tim is a long time practitioner and excellent teacher.
We end July with a workshop weekend with Ken The Rolfer. It’s all about anatomy and asana. You are sure to take away valuable information that will benefit you and your practice. We hope you will come to all sessions for the wealth of knowledge awaiting you. Ken is a longtime practitioner and friend and we welcome his teachings.
Be sure to take a look at the new Iyengar classes on the schedule with Nancy Witters. She has been making pilgrimages to India to study with Geeta Iyengar at the Iyengar Institute in Pune as she is a dedicated teacher of the system. Her program is a welcome addition to AYM along with C-Ray’s Iyengar Inspired classes on Friday mornings.
We are pleased to announce that Nancy Witters will be teaching an Iyengar class every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Iyengar is a tradition based on proper alignment in each pose. This class is designed for those wishing to learn the basics of the Iyengar method. This concentration allows the practitioner to build strength and increase flexibility and calm the busy mind. The use of props is encouraged (blocks, blankets, etc.) to safely gain a deeper understanding of the poses and to create greater mind/body awareness. More about Nancy is noted below and we welcome her and her students to AYM.
About Nancy Witters
Nancy is a fully certified Iyengar yoga teacher with a teaching style that is clear, detailed, and warm hearted. She has been profoundly inspired by the genius of the Iyengar method, finding that alignment and precision in practice creates self discipline and freedom in life. Nancy hopes to motivate her students to find the wonder, joy, and power of their own practice. Nancy recently returned from her first trip to India where she had the privilege of studying with Geeta Iyengar. Joan White and Theresa Rowland are Nancy’s primary teachers and she is deeply grateful for their continued support as well as the loving encouragement of her family and friends.
“ Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life…Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom that you may not have known even existed.”