Sunday, July 19, 2009

REJUVINATE: Ruah Yoga Beach Retreat to Montauk, NY

REJUVINATE with RUAH BHAY this fall to the Atlantic Ocean from September 25th-27th. Two luxurious nights in an ocean front house. Yoga, core strengthening, meditation, walks on the beach, healthy eating, relaxation & rejuvenation. Cultivate strength, flexibility & a peace of mind alongside the beautiful beach front location just a train ride away from NYC. Ideal for solo travelers, friends or couples. Limited rooms available & subject to sufficient sign-ups.

• 3 days and 2 nights in beautiful beach front retreat center
• Vinyasa yoga with NYC’s Ruah Bhay.
• Meditations & detoxification guidance.
• Delicious healthy vegetarian meals.
• Beach walks & core-strengthening exercises.
• R&R + fun in the sun with NYC yogis.

Per Occupancy:
Quad - $530
Triple - $590

Double - $760
Single - $1,060

*Includes COMPLIMENTARY NIGHT at Gurney's Inn either for Sunday Sept. 27th or later fall date (to be approved by resort).
*All rooms include private bathrooms, access to ocean & spa.
*Includes pick-up from LIRR.
*Subject to sufficient sign-up.

*Please respond as soon as you are interested for details.
*Deposits due by August 25th.
*Full Payment due September 14th.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Ruah Bhay & Russell Simmons for RUSH

I am thrilled to announce that I will be collaborating with Russell Simmons in support of RUSH, a non-profit founded by the Simmons brothers that is dedicated to providing disadvantaged urban youth with significant arts exposure, access and education as well as providing exhibition opportunities to early and mid-career artists and artists of color.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Ruah's Summer Greeting

Greetings Friends,

I hope that this finds you happy, healthy and enjoying the summer! Summer is personally my favorite season of the year.

I’ve always felt that summer is a time when people can really just be themselves. Shedding layers of clothing feels like letting go of protective layers of whom we think we need to be and previous experiences of whom we thought were.

Yoga offers a unique guidance to explore the mind-body connection and discover the depths of whom we truly are. Through the physical postures, asana and guided breathing, pranayama and effortless concentration/meditation, dhyana, we are able to release ourselves from any fears, anxieties and expectations that may be holding us back. Dedicating ourselves to a yoga, pranayama and dhayana practice enables us to absorb the energy of life that happens around us and use it in the best possible way helping us to live up to our greatest potential.

So many students and friends always share with me how practicing yoga has made them a better person. It is so much easier to live life, be happy and healthy with the help of yoga. I feel so very grateful and blessed to have found yoga in my own life and I am especially in gratitude of the opportunity to share my love of yoga with you.

I hope to see you this summer – either in Central Park on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6:30pm, on my channel, in class at Yogaworks and Equinox or at my new location in Tribeca, Mind & Body Builders.

May you have peace, happiness and good health for the summer and each day in your life!



Lessons from the Bhagavad Geeta: Guide your mind to good health, peace and happines

While a physical yoga practice, or hatha yoga, leads to an overall healthy, strong and beautiful body, the real purpose of practicing yoga is to cultivate a healthy and peaceful mind, discovering the true self.

One of Yoga’s great sources of what it has become today is the Bhagavad Geeta. The Geeta is the last chapter of the ancient Indian epic poetic story the, Mahabarata. The story is said to represent man’s inner struggle to connect to the true self, the purusha or atman. The Geeta reminds us that though we often seek satisfaction in life in the world around us, happiness is already naturally inside of us.

In the 17th Chapter, the Geeta discusses the Five Noble Values of life in order to attain peace and happiness.

The Five Noble Values of Life:
1) Serenity of mind manaprasada – Connect to your breath. As the breath so is the mind and vice versa. Let negative thoughts float away like clouds, allowing your mind to rest peacefully refreshing itself for what is to come.

2) Kindness/Affection (Karuna/soumyatyam) – Cultivate this through affection for all living beings without discrimination.

3) Silence (Mauna) – Silence of speech originates from the relative silence of the mind. Detach yourself from distractions of desires and create inner noiseless calm.

4) Self-control (atma vinigrahah) – Positive elements of life are possible to maintain when we deliberately control our inner nature through yoga, meditation & pranayama (mindful breathing). The mind is like wild horses unable to tame unless we are vigilant – otherwise our desires can upset our inner balance and equanimity.

5) Honesty of Motive – self control is only possible when our motives are pure and harmonious for all. Once we have self control and an honest motive, it becomes natural to stick on constantly to the grand road to success is to assure to ourselves a happy journey to peace & happiness.

By doing the best that we can to follow these values, we come closer to our true self the atman or purusha, which is often in a haze of the business of our lives. When we arrive closer to our true self then it is easier to identify what we really want in life and pursue the path to achieve success, happiness and peace.

Ruah at Body and Mind Builders in Tribeca!

I’m happy to announce that I will be teaching at a new eco & family-friendly studio called Body and Mind Builders on Reade Street in Tribeca. The studio offers both yoga & pilates classes along with tutoring and classes for children and teens. B&MB plans to open by August 3rd, for more detais about the studio, visit the website here:

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