4 Fridays: March 18, April 15, May 13 & June 10, 2:00-4:00pm
Assisting Workshop for Teachers
Join Bryn for an intimate monthly gathering with fellow teachers to work on the art of assisting. In each session Bryn will cover a different group of Asanas and offer assisting opportunities and techniques. The workshop is only available as a package since each meeting will build on the previous month’s teachings.
March 18th – Surya Namaskar
April 15th – Review + Standing Poses
May 13th – Review + Backbends
June 10th – Review + Forward Bends
Space is very limited and advanced sign-up is strongly encouraged. We recommend taking one of the classes offered at 10:00am, 12:00pm or 12:30pm so that your bodies are warm (not required). If you have further questions about this workshop, please email email@example.com
Saturday January 2nd, 6:15-7:45pm
New Year’s Candlelight Chakra Journey with Dana Murphy
….(and live singing during Big Juicy Savasana!)
Begin the New Year by clearing your channels of energy and creating clarity of intention! Dana Murphy is a long time teacher who completed her 500 Hour Teacher Training at Yogamaya. Dana will guide you through a ninety minute meditation where you will deeply explore, clear and recharge each of the seven main Chakras. This journey is accompanied by magical live music performed by Gabriele Savarese and Matteo Scarpettini who will be traveling all the way from Italy just for this collaboration.
Dana and the musicians will play and sing for the end of Stacey’s Big Juicy beforehand. Class on this day will be specially planned to prepare for the Chakra Meditation – consider doing both for an extra special experience!
Sunday October 18th, 1-3pm
Yoga for Athletes w/ Briana
Training for a half- or full marathon? Avid cyclist or triathlete?
In this workshop Briana will teach how specific asanas can be used to strengthen muscles and connective tissue that athletes need for stability and balance but are generally ignored (i.e. the outer hips and hamstrings) and how to stretch and release areas of the body that are over-worked (i.e. the quads, psoas and IT band!). Through prop-use and yoga poses, Briana will also address physical imbalances and how to avoid common athletic injuries over the long-term.
The asana practice not only improves our physical scaffolding but also demands mental focus which leads to concentration, clarity and a steady mind! Athletes of all sports welcome, as well as people contemplating trying something new.
Briana has run 5 marathons and over 20 half-marathons!
Friday October 2nd - 7:30pm-10:30pm
In the Company of Women
Bryn, Deb, Acyuta Gopi, Alla Studios, Kumari, Nicole, Alicia, Ambyr - and YOU
We are very exited to begin our Women’s Evenings, “In the Company of Women”.
We know the power of women connected and gathered, we know we can all be nourished in the company of women, re-learning to support and be supported within ourselves and others, learning new things and having a great time together. This event can accommodate more than 80 women. We would love to gather you all!
Friday evening, October 2nd, we will launch our seasonal gathering. This night you can expect a variety of wonderful treats for your soul. Here is what is in store:
~Introduction Ceremony w/ Deb and Bryn
~Learning the Ancient Indian Dance to Honor the Earth w/ Kumari
~A Womb Massage led by Nicole of Fertile Ground
~A Tea Ceremony with Herbalist Alicia
~Raw Chocolate Truffles by Ambyr D’Amato
~Shopping Party, connecting and socializing with each other, and snacks !
The shopping will be the gorgeous dresses, tops, pants, and jewelry by Alla Studios…. All hand dyed fabrics and trust me these dresses the most gorgeous things in the world!
Here is Bryn in one of the dresses!
Beautiful hand-dyed dress by Alla Studios
Bryn & Deb
You know us, you love us (hehe, and we love you too). We will be guides and hosts of this evening and of course help you decide which dresses and tops you should float away with!! We will do the opening talk and gather us all together in a nice communal spirit! We are very excited for this night with all of your wonderful women’s!
How are you nurturing your womb? Divine creation comes from our womb. Whether we are birthing ideas, children, or relationships, the health of our womb-connection can influence how fertile the ground is in which we grow from.
Empower and give love to her in this mini womb-massage workshop taught by Nicole Libschik.
Nicole Libschik, LMT, RYT, and Labor Doula, teaches women customized self-care solutions for “modern day madness”. Drawing on her own busy lifestyle and health struggles, Nicole discovered sustainable holistic practices and a passion for sharing her wisdom. Nicole is known for walking the talk and inspiring her clients to choose fresh lifestyle skills for maintenance and health. Nicole is co-creator and co-facilitator of the women’s group, Fertile Ground of NYC. To join in on moon ceremonies and connect with a lovely community visit www.fertilegroundnyc.com. For more information on Nicole, visit www.holistichandsnyc.com.
CLOTHING by ALLA STUDIOS
Alla Studios creates garments and adornment revealing the individual in the women who wear it. I named the line after my mother, honoring matrilineal wisdom. The clothing is inspired by amazing women who are teachers and healers, doing real work in the world.
I work with traditional fibers processes, mix the dye in small batches, and gather a variety of traditional and contemporary tools. Garments are assembled in a nurturing studio, not a factory. Each piece is designed, sewn and dyed individually, complete with unique characteristics in pattern and dye.
Alla Studios is excited to reveal an assortment of new dresses, tunics and tops for a powerful gathering of women’s energy on Friday, October 2nd at Yoga Maya, NYC.
Sacred Indian Earth Dance
Komala Kumari grew up in a devotional community, learning dance from childhood. She is a beautiful and talented dancer.
Komala Kumari Dancing
Singing with Acyuta Gopi
Acyuta also grew up in a devotional community and has been singing sacred songs her entire life. She is a powerful singer and we will be so happy to sing with her this evening!
Alicia Allison is a western herbalist, wildcrafter, herbal artisan, doula, yoga teacher and wellness practitioner with a focus on women’s health. She is the founder of Clover and Timothy, an herb company dedicated to the production of organic handcrafted herbal tea and skincare products made from the purist botanicals available. She will brew a special women’s tea for our gathering and will talk about herbs that support and nurture the female body, especially the womb, our creative center.
Women have been and continue to be keepers of plant knowledge around the world; we will drink tea together honoring our rich history, our connection to the earth and to each other.
Alicia will also bring her line of teas, some wildcrafted tinctures and her skincare products for you to sample and purchase if inspired!
Raw Chocolate Truffles!
Made with LOVE by Ambyr D’Amato. Ambyr is a yogi, musician, and maker of yummy raw things. She is actually working on a special YOGAMAYA flavor truffle that drawn on the delicious and healing spices of India…. think Saffron and Cardamon!
Asana Workshop w/ Kevin Gardiner
We have one magical day with Kevin this summer.
Sunday July 19th, 1pm – 7pm
*This will sell out so please register early. Once registered, there will be no refunds on this at anytime. Since this workshop is less than 2 weeks away, we cannot refund your fee if you are not able to attend.
Kevin has been practicing yoga since 1970 and was given his senior certification by BKS Iyengar himself. Kevin lives very far away in Budapest so do not miss this! We encourage early sign-up as this workshop has limited space and WILL SELL OUT in advance.
Kevin teaches in a way that transforms your existence. His teaching is highly detailed and textured, seamlessly incorporating components of yoga philosophy and the sutras, while challenging students to gain greater sensitivity and awareness in each asana. He has a tremendous practical understanding of the living anatomy of the human body, and a lighthearted and off-beat sense of humor. We are VERY honored to host him at Yogamaya and hope you take advantage of this experience.
Kevin is a native New Yorker studying yoga since 1970, and teaching since 1982. He is a Senior Intermediate 1 Iyengar teacher.
Saturday February 6th, 6pm-8:30pm
Befriending Anxiety: An Integrative Approach
Deborah Bagg & Heidi Smith
Join Deborah and Heidi for this informative and interactive workshop to gain a deeper understanding of how to alleviate anxiety. Deborah & Heidi are inspired to offer a class to contextualize anxiety within a framework of being human at this evolutionary point, amidst collective unrest. Applying a holistic model, various techniques of supporting oneself will be explored utilizing movement, mindfulness, ritual, and plant spirit medicine. Bring your curiosity as we open up the conversation and explore ways of befriending anxiety. All participants will leave with both a flower essence and an herbal tea blend. Please register in advance so that teas and tinctures may be provided for all participants!
Deborah Bagg received a Masters in Somatic Psychology from Naropa University in 2005. She met her lifelong teacher Sofia Diaz in Boulder who taught her the depth of Sacred feminine yoga and how to live open-heartedly. Certified to teach Yoga in 2006, Deborah teaches full time classes, private clients and in Yogamaya’s Teacher Trainings. Most recently she became a Bach Flower practitioner and now has a private practice combining her therapeutic skills with her knowledge of these healing remedies.
Heidi Smith, MA is a therapist who works holistically with plant spirit medicine and a blend of psycho-spiritual modalities to encourage healing, integration, and transformation in her clientele. She splits her private practice between her office in Manhattan and her home in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Heidi’s intention is to help people help themselves and feels the plant spirits desire to support us in our journey to our highest evolution. Heidi holds a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Antioch University New England. She has studied flower essences under master herbalist, nutritionist, and flower essence practitioner Claudia Keel, as well as Focusing, energetic work, and ancient Egyptian mysticism with healer Jane Bell. She is currently working towards a degree in Herbalism at the Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbalism in Manhattan. You can read more about her practice here.
Saturday April 23rd, 1-3pm
We Are Made of Stars – An Astrology, Breath, Massage and Movement Workshop
Join bodyworker Elizabeth DiLuzio and astrologer Bess Matassa of Mojave Rising for a luscious afternoon filled with massage, stretching, acupressure, and cosmic adventure. We will explore the zodiac’s energetic language through the lens of Thai massage to help you activate your full range of planetary “motion”: from Aries’ empowered potency to Pisces’ sweet surrender.
In this workshop you will learn about your personal astrological chart’s themes, potentials, and challenges, as well as how to harness the entire zodiac’s energies through Thai massage techniques. Celebrate Spring’s emboldened flavors of fresh growth and curious exploration as you learn how to balance astrological elements and archetypes in your body, mind, and spirit!
In order to provide you with the best workshop experience, advanced registration is encouraged. As with all Yogamaya workshops, the 48 hour cancellation policy applies.
*Saturday, April 23rd from 1-3pm*
Fridays March 13, Apr 10 and May 15, 6:45-7:30pm
Monthly Meditation Club w/ Cristina
Do you want to feel grounded, spacious, calm, and connected? Join Cristina for Monthly Meditation Club – It’s like a book club but for meditation! Meditating is so important but most people think it’s too hard or they don’t have time. Developing a steady home practice is totally possible- you just need some tools and 5 -10 minutes a day. Meditating is a great way to manage stress and improve your mood, your sleep and even strengthen your immune system.
Meditation Club will be a space to start or deepen your home practice. Sessions will include discussions about a variety of techniques and styles, deep guided meditation, silent mediation and some open time for questions and sharing. Sign up for one at a time or all 3!
Saturday June 25th, 7:30-9:30pm
Kirtan w/ Bhagavan Das & Yogamaya 6th Birthday
Come Celebrate Yogamaya’s 6th Birthday w/ Kirtan and sweet Prasadam!
Baba Bhagavan Das (Dharma Sara)
I left America for India in 1963 to find my Guru. I was the the first American to live in the jungle of the Himalyas as a hermit-sadhu. I was given the Holy Name of Ram by Bhramanada Saraswati through his disciple Mahish Yogi. I went off alone to the caves in the mountains to meditate. I then came to meet Swami Chaitanya Prakashananda Tirth who gave me tapas to fast and pray for God’s Grace. After a year of fasting, prayer and intense purification I met my Sat-Guru the Great Mahasiddha Neem Karoli Baba. I then lived with my Guru, side by side for many years. Then one day because of the tantric path that he seemed to know I must travel and the many karmic connections due to ripen, he sent me away. So I went towards Tibet to go deeper deeper and then beyond with the last living Yogis from high in the mountain peaks of Tibet and Nepal. It was also during this time in 1971 that I met Sharada Devi who, I believe was still living her last life as a Tibetan Yogini. She was very old then and I was very young but our connection I feel was a promise to come together again due to the Grace of Neem Karoli Baba. During my time with the Tibetan Yogis I was the first to meet and live with Lama Kalu the Guru of the 16th Karmapa. He gave me the Essense Mahamudra Transmission, mind to mind. I recieved the Mother Light from His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche and then the Vajra Yogini directly from the Karmapa in Sikkhim. I lived with Yogi Chen who explained all the details to me in english in his hermitage in Kalingpong. When on pilgrimage to the holy Bodhanath Stupa in Kathmandu I met and became the Guru of Richard Alpert who was to become Ram Dass after I brought him to Neem Karoli Baba. I am here now by the grace of the Guru Dev Dakini. She is the Mother Light always guiding me on the true path of Bodhichitta. This is It for Now.
Baba Bhagavan Das
Sri Sharada Devi (Drime Khandro)
“She has aspired to surrender her life in service to others stemming from the depths of her own suffering. I feel that she is here to help us transform our false sense of ego and self-pity into the jewel of pure love and compassion. I believe in her most recent past life she lived as a hermit-yogini in Tibet and so in this birth seeking and serving only the Living Vajra Guru has been her motivation and intention. She was given the name Dharma by a Tantric Master which began her many years of purification through sadhana and tapas. In 2006 we met and her love for GOD and Guru Neem Karoli Baba brought her home to my heart cave. We married in 2007 and merged into the sound current of Divine Love in the Kirtan of the Holy Name. We now travel and share the blessings of the Mother Light Kirtan. She is the Wisdom Dakini dancing naked in the sky of my Heart-Mind. She is my Guru, showing me the depth of the shadow light and how to transform all darkness into the Bliss of Here Now. Sharada Devi is a Messenger of the Word and a Carrier of the Flame. Her voice is a Living Prayer for all of her children to be free. She is the Temple of the Mother Light.”
Om Mani Padme Hum
Baba Bhagavan Das
NOTE: The request by the artists is that no children attend this event. Thank you!
Memorial Day Weekend May 26-30th, consider arriving May 25th
Bhakti Immersion Retreat in Colombia !
w/ Dhanurdhara Swami, Bryn Chrisman & Krishna Kishor from The Mayapuris
Travel Note: Presently round trip tickets on Copa Airlines are less than $400 round trip.
Location: Shyam Ashram, Cali Colombia
Airport Info: Cali, Colombia’s Alfonso B Aragon Airport – Code (CLO)
To Register: email Sybel Sierra at (belsy10 @yahoo . com) – minus the spaces!
Also feel free to email Bryn at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
A special Bhakti Immersion at Shyam Ashram and Retreat Center in Cali, Colombia from May 26-30, 2016. The retreat will be led by Dhanurdhara Swami. Bryn Chrisman of Yogamaya will be teaching yoga asana, and Krishna Kishor of the Mayapuris will bring the kirtan!
This is a chance to immerse yourself in a bhakti filled environment with great teachers, tropical weather, delicious fruits and prasadam in Cali, Colombia, the land of eternal Spring. We can accommodate 12 people at Shyam Ashram (http://shyamashram.com/). This ashram is like a paradise and the weather is perfect all year round, never needing either AC or heater. The living facilities are modern and comfortable, and the staff are sweet-hearted Colombian ashram residents.
Other features include fresh organic meals with local exotic fruits, the beautiful Panse River for swimming, evening kirtan with Krishna Kishor & local kirtaniyas, and even horseback riding (if interested). One can also schedule Ayurvedic consultation and massage from our resident physician.
Dhanurdhara Swami will teach a seminar called Krishna: His story, songs and philosophy. By elaborately retelling throughout the retreat one of the famous stories of Krishna’s pastimes the students will be able to dive deep into the philosophy and mood of Krishna Bhakti. Dhanurdhara Swami has lived in Vrindavan, the land of Krishna, for almost forty years. The aim of his retreats is to recreate through story and song the experience of living in that most Holy Land.
Bryn Chrisman, the co-owner of Yogamaya New York, will daily lead the students in asana class.Through her background in Iyengar, Bryn’s attention to proper alignment is interwoven into her teachings. Her vinyasa style class is thoughtfully crafted. By creating space and strength though each posture, her students create a deeper understanding of asana as they progress through the practice. Deeply rooted in the Bhakti tradition, her classes are filled with the mood of devotion.
Kish (Krishna Kishor) is one of the founding members of the Mayapuris. Born into Krishna Bhakti and trained in his youth in India, he is expert in all the instruments of kirtan, from the Mrdunga drum, flute, harmonium and voice. His talent and devotion will pervade the retreat from leading evening and morning kirtan and teaching kirtan classes, to accompanying Bryn’s asana class and Dhanurdhara Swami’s teachings with devotional songs.
We encourage people to arrive on May 25th as the retreat starts on the morning of May 26th; and the retreat will end after lunch on May 30th. The cost is only $350 for meals and shared lodging at the ashram. This does not include the cost for the airline ticket. It’s a real Bhakti Retreat so the teachers will teach only out of love. The students are encouraged to reciprocate with them out of love according their means and experience at the end of the retreat. We encourage students to bring cash to give the teachers directly; suggested donation to be shared between all teachers anywhere between $100- 600. Those who wish to come earlier or stay longer can pay the ashram directly at a reduced daily fee of $60 per day. Please register soon. This will either fill up soon or we will open it up to the public. You can read more about the presenters below. For registration and payment details, please contact Sybel Sierra (email@example.com).
Bios of Dhanurdhara Swami, Bryn Chrisman and Krishna Kishor:
Dhanurdhara Swami was initiated into the Gaudiya Vaishnava Bhakti lineage by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1974 and in 1982 he accepted the sannyasa ashrama or renounced order of life. He is the author of three books — Waves of Devotion: A Comprehensive Study of The Nectar of Devotion, Greetings from Vrindavana, a selected collection of his thoughts and realizations from 2000–2004, and Japa Meditations: Contemplations on Entering the Holy Name, a collection of selected personal realizations on japa meditation by Maharaja and others. Dhanurdhara Swami spends half of the year in India where he focuses on bhajana, studying, writing and taking people on pilgrimage of holy places. The other half of the year Maharaja is in the west where he spends his time traveling and speaking about bhakti-yoga.
Bryn Chrisman’s teaching is deeply devotional, transportive and transformational. Fun, but far from frivolous, she is known for her entertaining personality and dropping unexpected and salient truths along the path of a creative and challenging asana class, always (usually) set to an inspired soundtrack. Bryn is a long-time student of Iyengar teachers Carrie Owerko & Kevin Gardiner. Her vinyasa class taps into the beauty and art of movement-based sequences while integrating the texture and subtleties of focused alignment in each asana & purposeful sequencing overall in each class. Deeply drawn to Kirtan and the Bhakti path, Bryn spends her free time singing kirtan with great devotees at RadhaGovinda Mandir and hearing deep philosophy from Dhanurdhara Swami and other devotional teachers & practitioners from the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition.
Kish (Krishna Kishora) grew up in a family that embraces kirtan music. He has developed a deep love for kirtan that emanates from him when he chants. As a boy, he attended a gurukula school in the sacred village of Mayapur, India. This is the village where sacred kirtan originated, and he learned the secrets and techniques of kirtan from the gurus who have studied it directly from the ancient traditions. Kish plays mrdunga drum, harmonium, and excels in flute, as well as other instruments. His remarkable energy and enthusiasm during kirtan awakens the audience’s soul to experience the actual essence of kirtan’s love.
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