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February 2017: 'Hearts & Spines (The Beauty of Ustrasana)' by Michal Hochman

Michal HochmanIt’s a dichotomy and question I think most human beings are prone to: how do I care for others, while still taking care of myself? Those in the healing world may be apt to deal with this matter more often, and with more confusion....

January 2017: 'Kriyas (Conscious Action)' by Jen Frasher

Jen FrasherThe word kriya means action, but not just any action. It is an action that leads to a complete manifestation. It is an action that allows a thought to come into actuality, and a desire to become a commitment...

December 2016: 'Inner Body Bright' by Lois Nesbitt

Lois NesbittAs we nose up to the Winter Solstice, the shortest day in the year, many of us crave the abundant sunlight of summer’s expansive days. Cultures all over the world have long combated the coming darkness with festivals of lights, from solstice celebrations...

November 2016: 'The Art of Relaxation Through Yoga and Sound' by Roey Ficaro

Roey FicaroWhen was the last time you took at least 20 minutes to completely relax without stimulation or any other distraction while the body is put into a specific yoga pose held by blankets, blocks, straps and bolsters? This is Restorative Yoga...

November 2016: 'Morning Sadhana (Practice)' by Jessica Bellofatto

Jessica BellofattoOne of my absolute favorites, I recently read this poem to our new group of KamaDeva Yoga teacher trainees in our first weekend together, in the hopes that it would soften the resistance around having to show up at the studio at 7:15am...

October 2016: 'Muladhara' by Jessy Nees

Jessy NeesAutumn is the season of strong, crisp winds and leaves beginning to make their way from the branch to the earth. A certain clear stillness begins to settle on the east end, as the sun’s arc starts to sag lower and crowds dwindle...

September 2016: 'Transitions' by Jessica Bellofatto

Jessica BellofattoAhhh, September. As anyone who spends any time out here past Labor Day knows, September is one of the best months of the year in the Hamptons. The weather still feels like summer, the crowds have thinned out, the farmers markets are packed...

August 2016: 'Vashisthasana (Side Plank)' by Nianna Bray

Nianna BrayVashistha was one of the great sages of the yoga tradition. He is said to be a chief author in the mandala 7 of the Rig Veda, an ancient sanskrit text from which all other texts follow...

August 2016: 'Can We Practice Bhoga and Yoga at the Same Time?' by Marisa Sullivan

Marisa Sullivan YogaThe Sanskrit word BHOGA is translated as enjoyment. Some further definitions say, enjoyment of the senses, or even sensuality. There is much debate on the word and some would say when we practice yoga there is no place for BHOGA...

July 2016: 'Born To Fly' by Jessica Bellofatto

Jessica Bellofatto"When you have come to the edge of all the light you know and are about to drop off into the darkness of the Unknown, Faith is knowing that one of two things will happen, There will be solid ground to stand on, Or you will be taught to Fly." ...

June 2016: 'Pincha Mayurasana' by Tonia D'Angelo Slade

Tonia D'AngeloYoga Sutra 2.42 describes one of the Niyamas. The Niyamas are the personal observances and are one of the eight limbs of classical yoga passed down from the sage Pantanjali around 400 CE. They are meant to be practiced daily.

May 2016: 'Every Day is Memorial Day' by Lois Nesbitt

Lois NesbittAs There’s a lot of talk in the yoga and meditation worlds these days about “being in the moment,” being present for what is happening here, now. God knows we could all use some practice at staying in the moment...

Apr 2016: 'Spring Into Calming Your Nervous System' by Roey Ficaro

Roey FicaroAs many of you know Restorative Yoga is a passion of mine. My heart sings when I see a room full of students totally blissed out in a pose held by bolsters, blocks, blankets & straps with sandbags on their upper thighs or bellies...

Mar 2016: 'Meditation and Savasana' by Heather Harstein

Heather HartsteinI started practicing yoga in 2000. I was twenty-five, newly married and struggling with some fairly serious health issues. I turned to yoga for help, practicing regularly for five years. Health and wellness soon followed...

Feb 2016: 'High Lunge' by Jessy Nees

Jessy NeesThe month of February is a celebration of love, although it's most typically in the form of two people in a relationship. What if we were to embrace love this month in its simplest sense: connection? ...

Jan 2016: 'You Are Bliss!' by Jessica Bellofatto

Jessica bellofatoHappy New Year to all of you. This is the time when many of us contemplate what changes we might like to make in our lives and we resolve to do better, be better, look better, feel better...

Dec 2015: 'Shine Your Light' by Jessica Bellofatto

Jessica bellofatoThis December, I invite you to embrace the darkness... these next three weeks leading up to the winter solstice are a perfect opportunity to go deeply inside yourself and reflect on what matters most in your life...

Nov 2015: 'Gratitude' by Jessica Bellofatto

Jessica bellofatoOver the past twenty years, whenever someone asks me why I practice or teach Yoga, it is hard for me to come up with an easy answer. It is so hard to express in words what the body and the heart are able to feel and absorb...

Oct 2015: 'Slow Down / Balasana' by Erica Velasquez

Erica VelasquezOctober has arrived, with its crisp cool air and changing colors. As the leaves fall from the trees, I notice that I too feel a gentle release. The summer has been hot and bright, yielding a radiant energy. But as the autumn approaches, everything seems to slow...

Sept 2015: 'Keep Growing / Padmasana' by Tonia D'Angelo

Tonia D'AngeloI’ve always loved a good comeback story. Even in my own life, when I have experienced obstacles and challenges, I have always tried to take a step back and see where to find life’s lessons...

August 2015: 'Bakasana (Crow Pose)' by Nianna Bray

Nianna BrayYou may or may never find your way into this pose. It’’s the journey that counts, and the wisdom gained and then applied that matters. The lessons I have learned from Bakasana are many...

July 2015: 'Salute The Sun' by Lois Nesbitt

Lois NesbittJuly in East Hampton brings long, warm, sunny days with (hopefully!) some time to enjoy the splendor around us. Nature is growing wild; corn and melons and zucchini abound—all the result of that generous light.

June 2015: 'Jalandhar Bandh: The Fountain of Youth' by Jen Frasher

Jen FrasherWant to know the secret to everlasting youth, beauty, health and happiness?  It’s all in your neck. The neck lock or Jalandhar Bandh is the yogic way to health and happiness. And the best part is, it’s free!

Mary 2015: 'Stop Waiting On Happy: Creating Jopy On and Off the Mat'

Mary SaboDo you often catch yourself saying the phrase “I’ll be happy when I…” get the job, finish the project, pay off my debt, go on vacation, etc.? It can be an exhausting effort to constantly wake up each day...

April 2015: 'Twists (and Ardha Matsyendrasana)'

Jody SutterAfter the winter we've been through, warmer temperatures and longer days can't arrive too soon. But, while the arrival of spring is inevitable, it can take its time. Days of rainy, grey weather will alternate between bright, sunny ones...

March 2015: 'Meditation: How to Begin Your Practice' by Leigh Anne Eberle

Leigh Anne EberleOften people come up to me and say,” I just don’t know where to start to meditate.” They continue on to explain that they don’t think it will make any difference or that maybe they are not the kind of person who can meditate, but I believe differently...

February 2015: 'Tapping Into The Unseen: The 7 Chakras' by Roey Ficaro

Roey FicaroInside each of us is an incredibly powerful energy system working round the clock. As we move through our daily lives, we rarely take time to understand or think about the fact that the intricate balance of this system is what affects us in every moment...

January 2015: 'Shifting One's Perspective' by Jessica Bellofatto

jessica bellofattoPratipaksha means opposite and Bhavanam means contemplation or meditation. My friend and amazing yoga teacher Erika Halweil used to chant this sutra often years ago in class. It always resonated with me. How simple, I would think...

December 2014: 'Essence of Sound' by Jennifer Frasher

Jennifer FrasherHave you ever felt the “unstruck sound?” The sound of silence, when every cell of your body is vibrating and yet your mind is as still as ice. This is the space of the anahat, or the unstruckmelody...

November 2014: 'Gratitude' by Alison Burke

Alison BurkeAaaaahhhh... November. The hours of daylight are waning. There is a gentle crispness to the air and many people are beginning to think about the upcoming holiday season. With Thanksgiving right around the corner...

October 2014: 'Restore Yourself' by Jessica Bellofatto

jessica bellofattoMost of you that know me know that I am a highly active person. If I am not practicing yoga you can find me surfing, paddle boarding, running, biking, swimming, taking a TRX class, or competing in some local race.

September 2014: 'Mantra and Japa' by Jessica Bellofatto

jessica bellofattoI love this teaching from the Dhammapada, and for me it also brings up the idea of using a mantra as a meditative tool but also as a daily tool to continually check in with ourselves; to shift any negative thinking into positive thinking...

August 2014: 'Practice' by Jessica Bellofatto

jessica bellofattoHappy August. These days have been so beautiful, the ocean is finally warming up, and summer is truly in full swing. Despite the fact that we are surrounded by so much...

July 2014: 'Play' by Heidi Humes

Heidi Humes"We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing." A very wise man indeed, that Benjamin Franklin. I have always loved this quote...

June 2014: 'Restorative Yoga' by Roey Ficaro

Roey FicaroAs I began thinking about writing this focus piece on Restorative Yoga, a memory of a time many years ago surfaced. It was a time when I had a passion for collecting primitive antiques...

May 2014: Spring Offerings at KamaDeva Yoga

Jessica bellofattoI was out paddling today on this glorious day, wishing baby Jahya a happy 5 month birthday :) and thinking back to the night of her birth with total awe. These first months of her life have gone by so quickly, and it makes me cherish the time with her so much more...

Apr 2014: 'Such Singing in the Wild Branches' by Mary Oliver

It was spring, and finally I heard him, among the first leaves— then I saw him clutching the limb in an island of shade, with his red-brown feathers, all trim and neat for the new year.
First, I stood still...

Jan 2014: 'How to be Graceful (and full of grace) in Vinyasa Yoga' by Victoria Lockard

Victoria LockardHave you ever been on your mat in a challenging class and felt like a clump of mud? Then, on another day, an equivalent class made you feel like like a body of light, like a helix of double rainbows?

Dec 2013: 'Aparigraha' by Emily Herrick

Emily HerrickWhile asana and pranayama practice tend to come to mind first when we think of yoga, the practice is made up of eight limbs, of which asana and pranayama are the third and fourth.

Nov 2013: 'Remebering' by Jenna MInardi

Jenna MinardiRemembering who you are is a powerful spiritual practice. One way to explore this spiritual practice is to enter into different perceptual states of awareness. A good place to start from is to simply inquire, where am I?

Oct 2013: 'Transitions' by Jessica Bellofatto

Jessica bellofattoFall—the season of transition. More so than any other season, it seems as if the movement from summer to 'back to school' or 'back to work' or 'back to the city' or, for those of us who live in the Hamptons year round perhaps 'back to normalcy' is one of the biggest transitions we all face year after year.

Sept 2013: 'Rock on Cosmic Dancer' by Sheryl Hastalis

Sheryl HastalisNatarajasana – the cosmic dancer, lord of the dance, Nata – dancer, raja- royal, asana - posture… an incarnation of Shiva, the metaphoric energy of universal movement. The activities supported by Shiva are - creation, evolution, support, release, expansion, emancipation, grace...

Aug 2013: 'Balance Your Efforts, Balance Your Life' by Nianna Bray

Nianna BrayIn my life and practice one of the most profound aspects of yogic teachings has been the understanding of balancing my energy in every situation I find myself in. Not only in a pose but also in day-to-day interactions with others and my own mind and emotions...

July 2013: 'Living with Uncertainty' by Jessica Bellofatto

Jessica bellofattoOver the past twenty years of teaching and practicing Yoga, this idea of impermanence and living with uncertainty has been a major and recurring theme for me. It seems that everywhere I look, in my own life and the lives of others...

June 2013: 'Drishti' by Jen Frasher

Jen FrasherHow do we see our selves? How do we see others? What is the quality of your vision? Our eyes are a powerful tool allowing us to see what surrounds us. Drishti, a sanskrit word, is from the root drsh, meaning "to see," "perceive," "understand."

May 2013: 'Trust In Yourself, Faith In The Universe' by Lois Nesbitt

Lois NesbittMany of us muscle through life, driving ourselves forward with fierce determination. When doubt hits or we encounter unexpected obstacles or setbacks, we draw on The Little Engine That Could, and propel ourselves with mantras like “I think I can I think I can!”...

Apr 2013: 'Ishvara Pranidhana' by Judy Rall

The translation of the Sanskrit term, Ishvara Pranidhana, goes something like this: surrender to god, to the divine, to grace, a higher source, however you want to call it, the will of the universe. The idea of surrender, to us raised in the West, seems passive, with connotations...

Mar 2013: 'Santosha (Contentment)' by Jessica Bellofatto

Jessica BellofattoI am a little delayed on this month's newsletter, and I apologize. Between teaching a few retreats, opening the new space and then being sick for the past week, time sometimes truly does seem to fly...

Jan 2013: 'Happy New Year!' by Jessica Bellofatto

Jessica Bellofatto I wanted to share with you this inspiration… to encourage and invite each of you to look within, to ask the questions that need to be asked, to touch in with what truly matters today, as I write this on December 31, and every day, as we enter into a new year together...

Dec 2012: 'Restorative Yoga & Meditation' by Roey Ficaro

Roey FicaroMy first experience with Restorative Yoga was in my teacher training 13 years ago with my teacher Todd Norian. We propped ourselves into positions with blankets, blocks, straps, bolsters, sandbags and eye pillows as Todd talked us into a deep relaxed state.

Nov 2012: 'Honoring and the Witness Mind' by Jenna Minardi

Jenna MinardiI recently spent some time honoring my shadows- the uncomfortable out of the way places in my body, mind and spirit that I usually avoid at all cost. But I was starting to realize that the cost was too high...

Oct 2012: 'Transitions' by Judy Rall

When are we not in transition? Transitions, as you may have figured out are a fact of life. A more useful question is how do we deal with transitions? The universe is always in transition. Mayans predicted the end of the world for this December...


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July 2012:
'Seva' by Jenna Minardi

Jenna MinardiSeva is the Sanskrit word for selfless service. “Service which is given without consideration of anything in return, at the right place and time to one that is qualified, with the feeling that it is one’s duty, is regarded as the nature of goodness.” – Bhagavad Gita 17.20...

June 2012: 'Practice Saying Thank You' by Jessica Bellofatto

Jessica BellofattoI love yoga. I have loved yoga since my first class at the age of 18 back when I was a dance major at New York University. In that first class, I recognized that something magical was taking place in that room....

May 2012: 'At the Edge' by Jessica Bellofatto

Jessica BellofattoI received this beautiful quote from my teacher who I studied with to become a doula. She includes it on every packet that she gives to an expectant mother. I came across it the other day as I was preparing to go meet a pregnant woman to discuss her upcoming birth...

Apr 2012: 'Beginner's Mind' by Jessica Bellofatto

Jessica BellofattoWelcome, once again, to the season of new possibility. I opened KamaDeva Yoga on April 3, 2009, so we are celebrating our third birthday this month!...

Feb 2012: 'Heart' by Jessica Bellofatto

Jessica BellofattoJoin us this month at KamaDeva Yoga as we open our hearts with a focus on backbending... unlocking the wellspring of love that is our true nature and our birthright...

Jan 2012: 'Whole & Perfect' by Jessica Bellofatto

Jessica BellofattoHow, as we move into the year 2012, and take stock, once again, on our lives, do we come to any sort of conclusion about whether or not we have 'succeeded' or 'come up short?'...

Nov 2011: 'Savasana' by Jennifer Frasher

Jennifer FrasherA teacher of mine once told me, " Life is not a problem to be solved nor is it a question to be answered." We all experience moments in our lives where there is chaos, stress, unhappiness, and...

Sept 2011: 'The Next Right Thing' by Jessica Bellofatto

Jessica BellofattoI was recently given the opportunity to participate in a sweat lodge right here in East Hampton. I had been invited to the lodge every full moon through out the summer months...

June 2011: 'Pratyahara' by Jessica Bellofatto

Jessica BellofattoPRATYAHARA is the 5th limb of the Ashtanga Yoga/Raja (royal) Yoga Path. The eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga take us from the outer practices of YAMA and NIYAMA (including non violence...

May 2011: 'Core' by Hayley Schmitz

hayley schmitzRemaining centered in today’s chaotic world is a profound aspiration. If you are centered you are still, calm, focused and aware, no matter what is going on around you...

Apr 2011: 'Cleansing Twists' by Jessica Bellofatto

Jessica BellofattoWe are told, time and again, we are one, we are one, it is all one. Move beyond the outer form and recognize that we are much more alike than we are different. That the source of our being...

Feb 2011: 'Backbending' by Dwight Garcia

Jessica BellofattoBackbending is a misnomer. We are actually back-extending to increase the space in the posterior vertebrae, nourishing the intervertebral discs and refining the exquisite opening...

Jan 2011: 'Inversions' by Kate 'Lalita' Rabinowitz

Jessica BellofattoAs a child, I wanted to live on the ceiling. I would lie on the floor and look above, longing for the space, the simplicity. Up there was no furniture to walk around, no obstruction to movement...

Sept 2010: 'These Foggy Goggles!' by Jessica Bellofatto

Jessica BellofattoMaya Angelou, in her book, "Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey Now," recalls a memory of her grandmother teaching her about whining. Whenever a "known whiner" would enter her store...

Aug 2010: 'Movement' by Jessica Bellofatto

Jessica BellofattoPeople often ask me how it is I do what I do; that is, swim, bike, run, paddlesurf, (attempt to) surf, teach and practice yoga, run the studio, attend births as a labor support person, and raise 2 kids...

June 2010: 'The Quality of the Light' by Megan Chaskey

Megan ChaskeyThere is, now, an unprecedented rate of of vibration running through every fiber of our variously perceived reality. There is a deepening and widening of the polarization throughout...

Oct 2009: 'Abundance' by Melissa DeWaters-Fedi

melissa dewaters-fedi - hamptons yoga teacherI don’t know what I was thinking when I accepted this assignment to write about abundance. What do I know about it? Do I experience it? Is it present in my life?...

Sept 2009: 'Purnata' (Fullness) by Lois Nesbitt

sunflowerAs summer winds down, I catch myself clinging to the last and best of this delightful season, lingering a little longer on the beach, squeezing in more time with more friends...

Aug 2009: 'A Touch of Wonder' by Nikki Costello

Nikki Costello Hamptons Yoga TeacherDuring a private session with a student, I listened to a story about how her 15-month-old daughter discovered and began to explore her yoga props. For several months her favorite prop...

June 2009: Yoga Mala pp 17 by Sri Krishna Patabhi Jois

sri patabhi joisAs the inspiration this month, I wanted to offer to you all these words from one of our beloved teachers, Sri Krishna Patabhi Jois, who most of you know left his body on May 18 in Mysore, India....

May 2009: 'Meditation' by Jessica Bellofatto

dandelionOne could say that Spring is the season of change, growth, and movement, and for many of us that seems to hold very true, more so than ever....

Apr 2009: 'Compassion' by Jessica Bellofatto

compassionAll of us, each one of us, consciously or unconsciously, is on a Path. Whether the path is Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Muslim or Buddhist, each of us seek the end of suffering and lasting happiness....

 

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