Saturday, February 28, 2009

Ruah Yoga on PIX AM NEWS & NY1!

This past month, I had the lovely opportunity bring yoga to the news twice – NY1 News & PIX AM News Show. I was representing a new yoga class I have been teaching, PowerNAP. Both experiences were a lot of fun and quite a learning experience as lots of information was squeezed into just a few minutes. Plus, I got to meet one of the co-stars from the Hannah Montana show while at the PIX studio! I considered offering the 17 year old star a yoga class, although figured that right before a 7 am TV promo was not the best of timing. Perhaps next time!

Breath + Yoga + Equinimity in our Senses = Fulfilled & Happy Life

Act without any thought of results,
Open to success or failure.
This equanimity is yoga…

Bhagavad Gita (2.48)

One of life’s greatest challenges is to respond to unpredictable events in our lives with a steady mind. Whether we experience times of difficulty, smooth sailing or moments of excitement and happiness – the tool of a physical yoga practice, mindful breathing (pranayama) and meditation helps to maintain equanimity and feel detached from any results.

Stepping away from specific incidents and reflecting on the larger picture is always difficult when swept up in the emotion of the moment. However, looking at life from a larger perspective with a calm mind enables us to learn from our experiences - whether seemingly positive or negative - and use that to continue pursuing our long term goals.

We all make mistakes, experience disappointment, feel anxiety and get excited about something. We automatically try to detach ourselves from what we dislike and grip onto moments of happiness. Yet, these windows of time never last forever – whether we wish them to or not. In these varying moments of life, it is helpful to turn our attention from the external to the internal, withdrawing our senses and responding with mindfulness.

Slowing down in our busy lives is a challenge in itself. This is why we use the tools of the physical and mental yoga practice along with pranayama (mindful breathing) and meditation. Over time, these practices increase our ability to remain still in the mind, replenishing our entire nervous system.

One way to approach life with equanimity is through committing to a yoga and meditation practice, although if you do not have time for a yoga class or are not familiar with meditation, simply taking time to breathe mindfully is a wonderful way to bring your attention inside the body and mind.

When our breath is fragmented, so is our mind. Focusing on the breath allows us to go through life with purpose by responding equally to life’s unexpected twists and turns. Taking the time to breathe creates space in our lives without residue of emotions to cloud our perception of external experiences – paving the path for a life of happiness and fulfillment.

TAKE A BREATH: Try sitting up tall in your chair or lying down on an angle with pillows supporting your entire back and head and let the eyes gently close. Find length through your entire spine and take your hands onto your ribs alongside your upper abdomen. Notice your ribs expanding and the belly filling up as you inhale and the ribs drawing in and the belly naturally deflating as you exhale. Continue this for several breaths, doing your best to have each inhalation equal to each exhalation.

Next, release your hands from your body. If you are sitting in a chair fold your hands on top of one another with the palms facing up and thumbs to touch. If you are lying down, let your arms release a few inches away from your body with the palms facing up.

On each exhalation, begin to count your breath from 10 to 1, then from 1 to 10 and repeat. If your mind wanders and you lose count, acknowledge your thoughts and let them float away as you return your attention to the breath, starting from 10 again. The purpose of this pranayama exercise is to calm the breath, so let go of any expectation of counting – rather, surrender yourself to the process of calming the breath and the mind.

Once you have completed 3-20 minutes of breathing, begin to deepen the breath and slowly come back into the present moment. Remaining still, give thanks for allowing time in your day to heal yourself by connecting to the breath. Slowly open your eyes, feeling refreshed and calm – ready for life’s adventures with a steady mind and open heart.


April 30th – May 7th 2009
***Deposits due March 15th***

• 7 nights in beautiful beach front hotel.
• Vinyasa yoga 2x/day with NYC’s Ruah & Rio’s Joana.
• Meditations & detoxification guidance.
• Delicious healthy meals 3x/day.
• Day trip cruise to explore Buzios beaches.
• Samba or Capoeira lesson.
• Round trip transport to/from Rio airport.
• R&R + fun in the sun with NYC & Rio yogis.

Suite* - US$1599
Suite Shared - US$1199
Deluxe Suite* - US$1699
Deluxe Suite Shared - US$1299

*All rooms include private veranda AC & standard amenities & 3 meals.
*Deluxe Suite includes ocean front access.

Accommodations: We will be staying at a cluster of small beautiful villas located directly on the ocean called Pousada Praia Rasa. Rasa beach is one of 25 beaches of Buzios and is nearly 2 miles long.

Deposit: The $300 non-refundable deposit will be due by March 15th with the trip paid-in-full by April 1st.

Cancelation policy: Full refund, less deposit, will be given with at least 28 days notice. Within 14 days of the retreat: 50% of the total amount (less deposit) will be refunded. Within 7 days of the retreat: no refunds given without exceptions.

R&J unite their friendship and energetic forces for 7 days of a blissful yoga retreat on the beach. The R&J yoga retreat will help you deepen your practice, rejuvenate your health and vitality. R&J trained together years ago at Yogawork, NYC. They have been dear friends ever since and look forward to sharing their love of yoga, beautiful beaches and warm weather with their NYC & Rio De Janeiro students & friends.

Join the “Ruah Yoga” Facebook Group and find an Event posting for the retreat.

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