Friday, February 26, 2010

Ruah's Detox Yoga Flow at Equinox March 4th


You are invited as Ruah's personal guest to

A NIGHT OF YOGA at Equinox 74th Street

WHEN: THURSDAY, MARCH 4th 5:30-8:30pm
WHERE: EQUINOX 74th Street & 2nd Avenue

5:30-5:50: Yoga fashion show in the shop window with Phat Buddha
6:00-7:00: Ruah's Detox Flow Vinyasa Yoga
7:05-7:30: Health & wellness benefits of yoga /meditation with Ruah
7:30-8:00: Deepening your Private Yoga Practice demo with Ingrid
8:00-8:30: (Intro) Yoga for Dudes demo with Nathan Bennett

Please RSVP to dana.steer@equinox.com and include that you are my guest in order to reserve your complimentary entry for non-Equinox members.

Friday, February 12, 2010

KARMA YOGA: Make a Difference in Peoples' Lives & Your Own

Karma Yoga is the “yoga of action” with the intention of liberation from the results of our actions through self-transcending service and dedication to something greater than ourselves.

Save ST. VINCENT’S HOSPITAL in Greenwich Village
This is the hospital that my mom WALKED to while in labor to give birth to me and wrapped up my fractured wrist at ten years old! St. Vincent’s has been and still is an essential part of the downtown community and can use our help. PLEASE visit the link below to find out how to spend a few moments of practicing Karma Yoga – giving back to the community.

http://savestvincents.com/

Support HAITI in its recovery and rebirth
I am honored to share the amazing story of a lovely and dedicated yoga student B.J. Adler’s son. Walter offered the gift of 12 days and endless energy in the immediate relief efforts in Haiti as an FDNY EMT. B.J. has been a yogi for decades and it shows on and off the mat, and now in supporting her son’s generous work in Haiti. Let Walter’s story touch and inspire you, reading it through B.J.’s voice.

http://naea.typepad.com/naea/

Haiti can still use our help, please consider continuing your support by making a donation here:

Partners In Health
http://www.standwithhaiti.org/

The Clinton Foundation
http://www.clintonfoundation.org/

Doctors Without Borders
http://doctorswithoutborders.org/

Red Cross
http://www.redcross.org/

UNICEF
http://www.unicef.org/


SUPPORT NYC NON-PROFIT GREENWICH HOUSE

Make a Donation: www.greenwichhouse.org

Mission The mission of Greenwich House is to help individuals and families lead more fulfilling lives by offering social and health services, cultural and educational programs, and opportunities for civic involvement to New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds.

Vision As was true with Greenwich House's founders in 1902, we, its board and staff, are dedicated to improving the quality of life of the individuals and families who make up the communities we serve and who need our services. We welcome New Yorkers from all segments of society, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and religion. We offer flexible and responsive services that address a wide variety of contemporary challenges-early childhood education, drug and alcohol abuse, mental health, health care and services for people living with HIV/AIDS, arts education and enrichment, and elder care. Our professionally trained staff is committed to maintaining excellence in our programs and the personal service we provide.

INSPIRATION FOR PATIENCE

“Yoga is a gradual process of replacing our unconscious patterns of thought and behavior with new, more benign patterns that are expressive of the higher powers and virtues of enlightenment.

It takes time to accomplish this far-reaching work of self-transformation, and therefore practitioners of Yoga must first and foremost practice patience.

Enlightenment, or liberation, is not realized in a matter of days, weeks, or months. We must be willing to commit to an entire lifetime of yogic practice. There must be a basic impulse to grow, regardless of whether or not we will achieve liberation in this lifetime. It is one of Yoga’s fundamental tenets that no effort is ever wasted; even the slightest attempt at transforming ourselves makes a difference. It is our patient cumulative effort that flowers into enlightenment sooner or later.”

Georg Feuerstein, The Deeper Dimension of Yoga: Theory & Practice, p.24


TRY THIS: Take Life into Your Own Hands

Meditation for patience:
• Sit quietly in a comfortable seated position and draw your awareness to your breath.
• Now guide your attention through the entire body, deeply relaxing the feet, legs, hips, abdomen, chest, shoulders, arms fingers, neck, throat, mouth, jaw, forehead and crown of your head.
• Once you are feeling a deeper presence in the moment, return your awareness to your breath.
• As you inhale, envision drawing in a glowing light of energy that fills you with peace and patience.
• As you exhale envision a release or cleansing of anything you are holding on to or any anxiety that may be lurking in your body.
• Start by practicing this for 3-5 minutes and gradually work your way up to 20 minutes.

Inspire Your Own Self-Transformation:
This is a wonderful exercise that I was first introduced to by one of my personal gurus, uncle Seth when I turned graduated from college and was about to move to West Africa as a teacher. There are many variations of this technique around, they are all meant to put life goals into perspective and feel within reach. Once we have an idea of what is ahead of us, we have a better sense of guiding ourselves in that direction at a steady pace, with patience.
• Create a list of your goals for the year, dividing the list for the next three months, one year, five years and lifetime.
• Read over your goals and grade them with A, B, C, D (A= Most important)
• Prioritize your As 1-10.
• Read over your list and let yourself visualize enjoying each of your goals. Hold onto the list for safe-keeping and return to it when you are in need of some guidance or inspiration.

Atta Yoga Anunasanam , NOW IS THE TIME FOR YOGA
• Create a calendar of when you are taking yoga classes and commit to sticking to it.
• Let your friends and family know your routine for moral support.

Winter 2010 Greetings & Ruah in Himalayan Yoga Olympics





Dear Friends,

I hope that this finds you well and experiencing a positive and peaceful beginning to the New Year!

This winter has already brought many new beginnings. As many of you know, I am in the midst of assisting my first Yoga Teacher Training, which has been an inspiring experience so far! What a joy to witness New Yorker Yogis deepening their love of Yoga.

It does not take a yoga teacher training to experience the gradual and yet profound transformation that yoga has to offer. Every step towards creating something positive and new for ourselves or others is the yoga.

May we all be inspired to incorporate positive change into our lives. As T.K.V. Desikachar says in his book, The Heart of Yoga, “something very personal and essential has to happen for us at the right time, and it has to touch us so deeply that we suddenly really want to pause, consider and change the course of our actions. After that happens we simply go forward step by step. The quality of our action begins to change.”

In gratitude, peace, joy, love and good health.

Namaste,

Ruah



RUAH IN HIMALAYAN YOGA OLYMPIAD VIDEO
I arrived in Bangalore, India early in the morning and travelled directly to my grandmother-in-law’s home. After two days of catching up with some immediate family, my mother-in-law accompanied me on the two hour drive from the modern surroundings of Bangalore to the simple grounds of Swami Vivekananda University (SVYASA). I was thrilled to be attending a conference on therapeutic yoga and expected to be immersed in a very peaceful and calming daily yoga and meditation practice with the university community and other conference visitors.

The first few days were quiet and consistent. I woke up at 4am to meditate in my room while I waited for the hot water to come on and fill up my bucket in time. Someone had given me the insider tip that the hot water comes on sometime between 4 & 4:15am, but if you try at 4:30am it disappeared again as everyone tries to fill their buckets in time to make it to the 5am group OM meditation. The day continued with yoga practice, yoga dance fusion, lectures on yoga and health, walks in the wilderness, kirtan (chanting) in the evening and delicious yogi meals.

I was the only American, although there was a group of aspiring yoga teachers from Singapore visiting with their guru, a PhD. from SVYASA and now yoga teacher trainer. I attended the lectures and classes and was happy to make friends with other yogis of all ages eager to make my acquaintance and find out my story.

A few days later, I suddenly noticed large school buses arriving with boys and girls then young men and women, all wearing jump suits with a big sign across the back, “Team Rajasthan,” “Team Karnataka” etc. After some inquiry, I found out that nearly every state of India was represented by teams of 10-20 people to participate in the 11th Annual Himalayan Yoga Olympiad! At our morning meeting that day, the director of the university explained with a glowing and contagious smile that while yoga is non-competitive, this event is a way to share the joys and benefits of yoga to young people with a team spirit! Everyone is honored for their participation and winners are only awarded as part of their teams, to promote community spirit.

Before I knew it, later that day one of my new friends entered me in the competition and I was now a participant along with an international group from Singapore. The video link below is of the asanas that I was tested on by an old man in saffron robes with a beard down to his belly. After the video I was tested on pranayama and mudra breathing and energy lock techniques, followed by a written philosophy exam!

In the end, I won a first place trophy (along with some other winners from the “International Group”) and was invited to give a speech about my experience in front of the other 300 participants! I managed to remember words from the Bhagavad Geeta,” when our actions are put forward with Bhakti, love/devotion, only positive results occur. It is my honor to have been a part of a community of over 300 yogis of all ages practicing in the spirit of Bhakti and hope that we continue to inspire each other.” Everyone was happy and stood up to applaud; I blushed and turned my eyes to the ground in gratitude of the experience. It really was a reward of a lifetime to be a part of such a positive yoga community and event – I was truly inspired to take with me what I had learned and continue to share what I love.

The morning after the award ceremony I went for an early morning hike at dawn with the Singapore yogi group and some other local yogis. We took in the final moments of appreciating beautiful surroundings of misty warm breezes from the peak of a distant tall green mountain that could have been in the heart of Ireland.

Later that day I felt like a young girl being picked-up from summer camp and was so grateful to see my mother-in-law when she came down the bumpy dirt road. We exchanged heart-felt hugs and I shared exciting stories of getting to know strangers over our common love of yoga.


www.youtube.com/ruahyoga

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

RUAH YOGA & MEDITATION RETREAT IN ST. BARTH'S


PROGRAM:
• 7 days and 6 nights in luxury beach Hotel Guanahani & Spa
www.leguanahani.com.
•Daily yoga at Coconut Grove or Clarins Spa.
• Daily meditation & detoxification guidance.
• Daily delicious healthy meals.
• Beach walks & core-strengthening exercises.
•Welcome fruit platter or cocktail upon arrival.
•Special Clarins gift bag with any spa treatment booked.
•R0und trip airport pick-up and drop-off.

PRICE:
Ocean View Room:

Triple: 1800 Euros per person
Double: 1900 Euros per person
Single: 2800 Euros
Ocean Suite:

Triple: 2200 Euros per person
Double: 2500 Euros per person
Single: 4000 Euros

*All rooms include full board, private bathrooms, ocean views, access to spa, tennis courts and other amenities.

REJUVENATE with celebrity yoga guru RUAH BHAY to St. Barth's in the French West Indies this March. Seven relaxing days and six peaceful nights in ocean front luxury Hotel Guanahani & Spa. Yoga by the crystal clear blue waters and white sandy beach, meditation, healthy meals, abdominal strengthening, walks on the beach and in the mountains. Cultivate strength, flexibility & a peace of mind alongside the beautiful beach front location just a plane ride away. Ideal for solo travelers, friends or couples. Limited rooms available & subject to sufficient sign-ups.

For more information contact: ruahyoga@gmail.com.

Copyright 2009 ©Ruah Yoga. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Ruah's Yogaworks SLIM Class Review in MORE.COM

http://www.more.com/2027/11204-yoga-for-weight-loss

Yoga that Slims You Down
Michele Bender

Can you torch major calories and get zen at the same time? I was eager to find out.

One of my pet peeves is when a super-slim celebrity swears that yoga is all she does to keep fit. Sure, yoga is a fabulous workout for the mind and body and I know it can help sculpt and stretch your muscles. But the women who say they owe their lean, mean, size-0 bodies solely to downward dogs and sun salutations can not be telling the truth. I went through a yoga-loving phase back in grad school and my body didn’t come close. (Though that was also my M & M loving phase.) Which brings me to why I rarely do yoga: though I love it, I only have a small window of time to exercise and when that time arrives I want to burn calories and really sweat.

However, a new class at the famed Yogaworks studios called Yogaworks SLIM says it will give you a zen-based cardio workout. “Yogaworks SLIM is based on high intensity interval training to help the body burn calories by increasing the heart rate with flowing movement and strengthen muscles while holding various postures,” says instructor Ruah Bhay. This sounded like the answers to my cardio or yoga conundrum. I could do both! Plus, the class description says its been proven to speed metabolism and aid in weight loss. Sign me up!

I was surprised when I walked into the studio and it looked just like a regular yoga class. There were rows of yoga mats spread across the room and my fellow students were sitting there cross-legged and barefoot. Traditional yoga props like blankets, blocks and stretching bands were also near-by. This must be a gimmick to lure all those people with New Years’ resolutions, I thought. Boy, was I wrong. Class started with us doing tough, tummy torturing ab moves that were anything but passive. Then we moved into some more familiar yoga moves like warrior I and II. Next, came one of the intervals – a fast-paced series of poses including chair pose, revolved chair pose to the right, chair pose, revolved chair pose to the left.

After doing this five times – yes, five! - I knew Ruah was right when she told us this sequence would burn excess fat and strengthen muscles. I could practically feel the calories melting away! Immediately after that heart-racing section, we held a chair pose for 10 very long deep breaths. In between the traditional vinyasa moves like plank, chatarunga, upward facing dog and downward dog, Ruah added push ups that had my arms trembling.

We did this too many times to count, but I was glad when she took a break from that and went onto a few slower poses like triangle. I could barely keep up (though neither could several others in the room) and all of us were sweating (in my book, the sign of an effective workout). Class ended with some amazing yoga stretches and my favorite, savasana, a.k.a. corpse pose. I left feeling calm and centered, but also like I’d gotten a good workout. Proof of that came the next day when my legs, arms and abs were really sore. I’d finally killed two workout birds with one stone! Maybe you can get slim from yoga alone.

Right now the class is offered only NY and is coming to LA studios soon. But thanks to the new Yogaworks Body Slim DVD (www.yogaworks.com), you can get a cardio-zen workout in the comfort of your own home!

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