Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Yoga & Meditation Retreats

Let yourself be taken care of and guided through yoga, meditation, breathing, relaxation, meditation, chanting, sound vibration and inspirational writing exercises to refresh your life and detox space in your body, mind and soul to create your goals for your path up ahead.

Shohola, PA Yoga, Meditation & Mindfulness Retreat

Absorb the peace, quiet and beauty of nature in this serene retreat house and it's guest house located in the secluded, yet convenient, area of the Delaware River.  Let yourself be pampered and fully relaxed with homemade healthy meals, nature walks, lounging by the pool, or reading by the fireplace.  

Give yourself the gift of feeling refreshed, renewed and restored as you transition out of the winter and into spring.

Space is limited, so RESERVE your spot now!

$700 - Full (shared bathroom)
$750 - Queen (shared bathroom)
$800 - King (private bathroom)

Email Ruah to reserve your spot!

  • 3 Nights, Exclusive Retreat House
  • 3 Organic Healthy Meals and Snacks
  • Welcome Package
  • Yoga. meditation, abdominal strengthening twice a day - open to all levels.
  • Meditative Nature Walks 
  • Swimming pool
  • Personal Development Workshops

CHECK IN: 2-7 pm, MAY 25 (Friday)
CHECK OUT: 2 pm, MAY 28 (Monday)
PLEASE NOTE: To pay in full or make a 50% deposit you use the tool above. Bookings are limited and are first-come, first-served. Payment in full is due 14 days prior to the first day of the retreat. If you book within 14 days of the retreat, you must pay in full.  All deposits are non-refundable. Cancellations and credits are not possible. 

Lead by:

  • RUAH BHAY, 500ERYT, M.A. Ruah has studied with various traditions from Yogaworks, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Dharma Mittra and Swami Vivekananda SVYASA University.  Yoga and meditation have been an essential positive source in her life as a student, teacher, professional, traveller, wife and mother and does her best to help students create the same sacred space for themselves.  Ruah has been teaching for over a decade.  Ruah’s classes are always physically challenging with offerings of modifications, adjustments and intelligent sequencing that makes the class enjoyable and accessible for all levels.  She is known for integrating teachings of yoga philosophy in a way that is useful and applicable to everyday life.  

Montego Bay, Jamaica Yoga & Meditation at Round Hill

Escape to the beautiful private oasis of Round Hill where you will be fully nurtured and guided to refresh your life and create your goals as you transition out of the spring and into summer. 
  • Daily Yoga, core strengthening, meditation and chanting twice a day.
  • Trip to explore Mayfield Waterfalls.
  • Full use of pool, beach, tennis courts, nature paths and gardens.
  • Watersports activities at your leisure including kayaking and snorkeling.
  • Three meals a day including farm to table, beach barbeques, international and local fare.
  • Group airport transfer (from MBJ) & ground transportation for excursion.
  • Time to relax and refresh either in the shade or soaking up the sun on the white sands and crystal blue water of the Caribbean Sea or the infinity pool. 


***Early Bird Registration by April 17th
***Inquire for special rates if you are plan to travel as a family or couple with someone not attending yoga.

Single (one guest): Early Bird $3050 / Regular $3150 
Double (two guests): Early Bird $2250 / Regular $2350  

Beautifully designed by Ralph Lauren with spa like features in a Caribbean ambiance, the oceanfront rooms at Round Hill are as luxurious as they are comfortable. White stone floors, four-poster mahogany beds furniture from the designer’s Home Collection. The spacious bathrooms feature deep soaking tubs, freestanding rain showers and double vanities.
All rooms have stunning views of Round Hill’s bay and underwater reef, and are steps from the main infinity pool and white sand beach. Ocean view rooms have either towering cathedral ceilings and large, louvered windows that fold back to expose the turquoise sea or patios featuring cozy, secluded garden. All rooms are outfitted with a king or two double beds

Single (one guest): Early Bird $3700 / Regular $3800 
Double (two guests): Early Bird $2600 / Regular $2700  

Each villa suite is housed within one of the 27 spacious private designer Jamaica villas that are tucked into the hillside and overlook Round Hill Bay. Every suite features an air-conditioned bedroom and ensuite bathroom along with an open-air living room or veranda. Guests staying in a villa suite have use of the semi-private villa pool and your villa housekeepers can prepare you a made-to-order breakfast each morning, if desired.  The private Jamaica Villa Suites are the perfect options if seeking a more spacious and private villa experience,

The total cost of the retreat per person includes the PROGRAM (all activities, transportation, excursion and meals) plus the ACCOMODATION that best suits your desires.  Families and children are welcome and can practice at a discounted price. 50% deposit required to secure reservation and FINAL PAYMENT is due by April 29th.  Any further questions, email



Rockaway Beach, NY

Montauk, New York

Buzious, Brazil

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Detox Life, Create Goals Workshop Saturday, June 16th 9am-12:30pm @ Pier 6 Brooklyn Bridge Park

Release stress and detox your entire mind, body and life through challenging, yet accessible, yoga flow, mindful breathing, guided relaxation and meditation.  

Open up your legs, hips, lower back, shoulders and arms helping you to feel relaxed, cleansed and refreshed from the inside out.  
After time on the mat, set your life on a positive path through affirmation and goal writing exercises.

Detox Life & Create Your Goals offers a unique opportunity to:

-Clear away layers of accumulated toxins in your life..
-Guide your mind and body into a mini urban-retreat.
-Cleanse your entire being and make space to write down and manifest your goals.  
-All levels of yoga welcome.

Bring a journal, pen, your yoga mat, light weight scarf, towel and blocks if needed.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

About Ruah


Ruah has been teaching for over a decade.  She is a native New Yorker who has lived over a breadth of several years in France, Senegal, Sri Lanka and finally came full-circle returning to NYC.

Ruah’s classes are always physically challenging with offerings of modifications, adjustments and intelligent sequencing that makes the class enjoyable and accessible for all levels.  She is known for integrating teachings of yoga philosophy in a way that is useful and applicable to everyday life.  

Ruah was introduced to yoga and meditation at a young age by her mom who took classes at Integral Yoga and went on retreats with Swami Satchidananda. Ruah is also a daily TM  practitioner, under the guidance of her aunt and uncle, who are devotees of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.  Eventually, she discovered that a daily morning yoga practice made a world of a difference as she has continued her devotion to yoga ever since.  

Ruah has studied with various traditions from Yogaworks, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Dharma Mittra and Swami Vivekananda SVYASA University.  Yoga and meditation have been an essential positive source in her life as a student, teacher, professional, traveller, wife and mother and does her best to help students create the same sacred space for themselves.  

Ruah has been in many health and fitness features, collaborated with celebrities such as Russell Simmons and has also appeared in Marie Claire, Time Out, In Resident, More, Uptown, FOX, WPIX, NY Post & NY1. Ruah is a teacher, writer, non-profit fundraiser, rollerblader, runner, singer, lifetime athlete and meditation practitioner and mom of two. Ruah is 500hr Yogaworks Certified, Khalsa Way Prenatal Certified, has been teaching for over a decade, holds a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Sustainable Development.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Ruah Yoga & Meditation Staycation to Far Rockaway Beach Summer 2017


Rest, relax and restore your energy on an easy and fast journey to the beauty of Rockaway Beach!  

9-11:30AM Yoga, Breathing, Relaxation & Meditation with Ruah guiding you to strengthen, open and relax your entire body, mind and spirit.  The practice will be challenging, yet accessible to all, working through all of the muscles of the body preparing for guided relaxation and meditation all set to the relaxing sound of the crashing waves'

  • 12-1pm LUNCH BREAK.  Enjoy delcious Argentinian cuisine on the boardwalk at Caracas Arepa Bar and take in the beautiful view while sipping lemon water or a margaita!  You can check out the restaraunt here: Caracas
  • 1-3:30pm Chill out on the beach for the rest of the day with Ruah who will be available to answer questions about YOGA, NUTRITION, MEDITATION, GOAL SETTING &/OR LIFE.  Ruah will be there to help you fine-tune a pose you are working on or assist you with that inversion you learning to get up into - or how to fall down in!    
  • Learn to Surf  with the fantastic Locals Surf School  These are the same great teachers that taught me my first surf lesson! You will feel safe, prepared and ready to the most out of your surfing experience.  If you are interested, reach out to them directly by visiting their website or finding them on Facebook and confirm availability.
Yoga, Breathing, Meditation & Relaxation $55
*Sign up one week early $45
*Sign up with a friend $40

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Beach 105th & 108th on the beach in front of Caracas Areba Bar, Queens, NY
  Rockaway Beach is accessible by car, train, bus or bike. The beach is about an hour from downtown Brooklyn on the A train ride away from downtown Manhattan and . Check out google maps or Hop Stop to see for yourself. If you are a biker, it's an accesible 10 mile ride from- a great way to start the day! 

We'll meet on the beach in front of Caracas Areba Bar.


Some things on this list are personal preference, but just so you don't forget anything...

v  Yoga Gear – bring whatever you feel like doing yoga in and maybe a bandana or hat to cover your head from the sun.

v  Towel, sheet or Yoga Mat to practice on.

v  Beach umbrella.

v  Beach chair.

v  Healthy snacks like fruit, nuts and protein bars.

v  PLENTY of sunscreen.

v  Favorite beach hat.

v  Sunglasses

v  Cash for Caracas Arepa Bar & Restaurant

v Packed lunch if not eating at Arepas


Directions by MTA TRAIN:
1) Take DOWNTOWN Bkyln/Qns A-Train towards FAR ROCKAWAY (there are other A train destinations, so make sure you get on the FAR ROCKAWAY one) to BROAD CHANNEL.
2) Get off at BROAD CHANNEL to Transfer to the S to 106th St
3) Get off at Beach 106th St. and walk to Beach 105th street and turn right towards the beach.
4) Once at the beach, turn right again until you arrive at Caracas Arepa Bar.
5) Look for me and the other yogis on the beach.
* Make sure you get on the FAR ROCKAWAY A train NOT the Lefferts Blvd or Rocaway Park)**
**Check the banner on the side of the train before getting on to ensure you are on the right A train**

Directions by LIRR
1) LIRR towards Far Rockaway, and get off the train at Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue.
2) TRANSFER to the Manhattan Bound A-train. Then you will arrive at your destination, which is the beach 67th St stop (5 stops).

Directions by Car or Bike
Use your favorite directions website or GPS by plugging in the location: Caracas Arepa Bar or Beach 105th St., Queens, NY 11692

Monday, June 13, 2016

Ruah Yoga Flow & Relaxation on Pier 6 Brooklyn Bridge Park

SUMMER 2016 9AM-12PM
SATURDAY, JUNE 18 8:30-10:30am

8:30-10:30 Yoga & Relaxation guiding you to strengthen, open and relax your body, mind and spirit.  This vinyasa flow class open to all levels will leave you feeling invigorated, and refreshed leading up to guided relaxation and svasana.

Yoga, Breathing, Meditation & Relaxation $45
*Sign up before 6/16 $30
*Sign up day of $35

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We will meet at the very end of the big lawn on Pier 6 of Brooklyn Bridge Park.  Walk past Fornino all of the way next to the large UNDERSTANDING art installation. 


v  Yoga Gear – Towel or yoga mat to practice on and maybe a bandana or hat to cover your head from the sun.

v   Water bottle and maybe some healthy snacks like fruit, nuts or smoothie.

v  PLENTY of sunscreen.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Flow Workshop @ Mala Yoga Saturday, March 1st, 4:15-6pm

Mala Yoga 162 Court St.
Saturday, March 1st 4:15-5:45pm $35

PRENATAL & POSTNATAL YOGA FLOW will take you on a journey of yoga postures, mindful breathing and relaxation (meditation) to encourage a healthy pregnancy for you and your baby.  Learn useful guidelines and techniques to practice yoga safely throughout your entire pregnancy all of the way into delivery and beyond.  The practice includes: 

·         Flowing movements to relieve tension, energize, strengthen and open the body;

·         Mindful breathing techniques to improve the nervous system for you and your baby and help prepare you for later stages of pregnancy and labor;

·         Relaxation/meditation methods to relieve your mind of any anxiety or distractions.

Ruah uses her experience of teaching yoga for over a decade, as well as her own pregnancy experience and being a mom to help you deeply connect to the best part of yourself and to your baby.  You will leave with a sense of feeling refreshed, invigorated and peaceful in your mind, body & spirit, ready to welcome your child into the world.  Prenatal Yoga Flow is safe for all levels and all trimesters of pregnancy. 

ABOUT RUAH:   Ruah Bhay has been teaching yoga for over a decade and has studied with a variety of teachers from backgrounds from Yogaworks, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Dharma Mittra and Swami Vivekananda SVYASA University.  Ruah’s teaching style integrates each of these traditions while threading a theme connected to a yoga philosophy that inspires a happy and healthy life.  Ruah’s class seamlessly brings the mind, body and breath into a harmonious union while encouraging a connection to the greatest teacher in the room – the one inside of our hearts. 

Ruah has been in many health & fitness features, collaborated with celebrities such as Russell Simmons and has also appeared in Marie Claire, Time Out, Beauty Logic, FOX, WPIX & NY1.  She holds a B.A. in Political Science, an M.A. in Sustainable Development, is 500 hour Yogaworks Certified and Prenatal Yoga Certified. 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Be Mindful When Practicing Yoga (and other physical activities)

I read The New York Times article, “Women’s Flexibility is a Liability (in Yoga)” by William J. Broad yesterday and at first I really wanted to steer clear of getting involved in the redundant conversation that happened last time Broad published his even more sensationalized article on how injuries  can happen to people who do yoga.  The article was still on my mind this morning both since I had the article in from multiple people in my inbox and I also reminded myself that it is always better to clarify confusion than ignore it, especially on a topic that I dedicate my life to, love and believe in.

As Broad tries to explain at the beginning of the article, “the benefits [of yoga] are many and commonplace while the serious dangers tend to be few and comparatively rare.”  Yoga h
as endless benefits and has been responsible for miracles of health and happiness for all types of people, including myself!  I have seen and experienced how yoga change lives, bodies and minds.  I have also witnessed in my own students how yoga can prevent surgery and heal various injuries with care, patience and dedication.

As much as it is true and possible to injure yourself doing anything, surprise (again), it is also possible to do so in yoga.  As does any sensible teacher, I also believe this is an important topic for yogis to be aware of and for teachers to always consider when guiding a class.  However, Broad, while probably means well, once again skims over the subject and frames it in a way using broad strokes.  The article tries to support a thesis using general evidence and scientific research that neglects the entire picture and fails to ask the right questions, but will certainly get a big reaction for a story by making extreme statements.
The article makes superficial point  like "hundreds of women who did yoga were showing up" to orthopedic doctors for hip improvement or replacement surgery.  The writer fails to mention where these numbers come from, if the doctors are at all familiar with yoga postures (to draw any correlation between injury and yoga pose), who these women are, including their age, other activities, previous injuries and the most important questions like how often/what kind of yoga do they do and did they actually injure  themselves while doing yoga?

In nearly a decade of teaching the only injuries I have ever seen from yoga are when people hurt themselves outside of yoga and then return to the practice too soon and push themselves beyond their limitations, often out of fear or denial of the need to take off time from their routine (a subject I'd like to see more research on - all active people returning from an injury too soon).  The other much less common injury I have seen and have unfortunately experienced myself is getting an adjustment by an overly eager/inexperienced teacher to go further into an at first safe version of a pose when the body/mind is not ready to go any further.

The article mentions that injury is related to "extreme leg motion" repeated over time, yet what defines as extreme and the frequency of doing the motion is extremely unclear.  In my opinion, the good news is that poses people do in a general yoga class are not the poses that are aggravating or creating injuries. Fortunately, the extreme yoga poses that risk injury are mostly not accessible to average people, even flexible women (like the one used in the picture for the article, Tittibasana C).  Most people could not even get near these poses if they tried!  Correctly aligned basic yoga poses that most people do in a class, even hip openers like pigeon (eka pada kapotanasana) can be done safely if properly done and using props to support the pelvis or reclined on the back if necessary.

Of course, there are always different opinions on exact alignment of poses depending on the teacher's training and style of yoga.  Yet, all good teachers generally follow the basic rule of thumb that if you are struggling and it doesn't feel right then ease out of the pose a little or into a modified version until you can breathe easily and smile in a pose!

In conclusion, I think it is fair to say that the solution to anyone's concern of injury in any physical activity is to be mindful and conscientious, especially in yoga.  Another solution is for people to actually learn how to do poses correctly for their bodies, which may require private sessions with an experienced teacher (the best form of a practice).  While group classes are amazing in many ways, and good teachers always do their best to look out for all of their students and give special care and instructions to anyone handling an injury, it is possible for someone to hurt themselves if they aren't familiar with the pose alignment and/or push themselves beyond their capabilities.

In a private session, a teacher creates a class specifically designed for you and is able to adjust each pose and practice for your needs.  Since private sessions are clearly not an option for all, another approach for yoga students seeking a safe practice should both be to regularly review their basic yoga poses in a beginner class to ensure their correct alignment for their body and always talk to the teacher before class and ask them to specifically check out poses.

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