WORKSHOPS & KIRTAN
Friday May 13th, 7:30-8:30pm
A Philosophical Comedy … and Mini-Discussion

Cost:

$10

Join The Bhakti Center’s b.centered theater group for an hour of philosophical comedy and discussion as they take a light-hearted look at heavy-duty topics like karma and our spiritual essence.

2 mini-sketches:
“Karma Cafe”
They say you have to take the good with the bad but at the Karma Cafe that is not always such a tasty proposition.

“Who Am I?”
Finally! An existential game show where contestants win the biggest of prizes. But only if they can figure out who they really are. Sound easy? Tune in and find out.
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B.centered theater introduces an ancient yogic worldview to modern times through the performing arts. Presenting dramatic and comedic spiritual theater with a solid philosophical backbone, the group creates a sacred space with each performance and establishes personal connections with each audience.

Friday May 6th 7:30-9pm w/ Deb & Bryn
FunDraiser for Afrika Awake

A special yoga class with Deb & Bryn together.

We will teach out of love and to raise money for a project close to Deb’s heart, Afrika Awake. We will have live music, give you lots of yoga love and juicy assists, and there will be some South African goodies you can purchase.

ALL proceeds go to Afrika Awake.
Afrika Awake is a registered NPO based in Johannesburg South Africa whose core focus is assisting Refugees and asylum seekers living in SA. Afrika Awake helps individuals as well and supports a local youth group.

We have been assisting a group of 43 Refugees at a shelter in Munisa who were displaced during last year’s xenophobic attacks. MUSINA ministry of compassion opened in 2006 to cater for refugees and asylm seekers with a maximum number of 100 people per day.

So far Afrika Awake has been able to get new tents donated but we’d like to raise enough money to fix up the bathrooms facilities as well as start a vegetable garden. The Bishop who started the shelter is doing an unbelievable service for so many yet has so little support.

Thank you everybody for helping us to realise this goal. We are thrilled and deeply grateful.
With Love, Deb and Bryn

Saturday, April 23rd from 1-3pm
We Are Made of Stars: An Astrology-Massage Workshop w/ Bess and Liz

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*

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 manager@yogamayanewyork.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

Cost:

$20

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
~Singing Together
~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

Beautiful hand-dyed dress by Alla Studios

PRESENTER INFO:

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!

WOMB MASSAGE!
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

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!

Tea Ceremony
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

Cost:

$125*

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*