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 June 13th 1:00pm-3:30pm
Here Comes the Sun Salutations! w/ Lisa Tilch
The Surya Namaskar sequence serves as a salute to the life giving energy of the sun and a prayer for that energy to vitalize the body, mind, and soul. To refine the sun salutation sequence, we will break down the individual asanas, explore proper alignment, energetic actions, and use of breath. We will also address variations and modifications for individuals. Once the foundations of the Sun Salutation are established, the practice will open with more clarity, structure, and mental freedom!
April 23rd - April 27th
Yoga Journal LIVE!
Stacey & Bryn are honored to be presenting at this years Yoga Journal Conference. We will be giving a talk on having and running a yoga studio. All Yogamaya students can receive an early bird special price of $50 off on the Full Event or Weekend Passes Only! USECODE “AWAKEN” to save $50: www.yjevents.com/ny!! See you there!
Yoga Studio 101
Stacey Brass & Bryn Chrisman – Course ID: BIZ102
Thursday, April 23 — 9:45am – 11:00am
Business of Yoga
Yoga Studio 101 How do you stand out, attract students, and build your studio in a marketplace filled with an abundance of studios and teachers? It begins with a clear vision of how you wish to share the practices and teachings of yoga in the classroom and in your business. Join Yogamaya studio owners Stacey Brass and Bryn Chrisman to discuss and learn how they have built a thriving community in the heart of New York City by staying true to their ideals, evolving with their business, and creating a healthy and aligned work environment for their teachers and staff.
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 September 19th, 8pm
Kirtan w/ Bhagavan Das
Bhagavan Das is one of the last living cultural icon of the 60’s. As Ram Das’s mentor (author of Be Here Now) he ushered in the New Age Spiritual Movement being the first Kirtan Artist in America. His groundbreaking album “Ah” (1971), produced by Jimi Hendrix’s manager Michael Jeffrey, was the first World Music album from Electric Ladyland. Bhagavan Das has also toured with Allen Ginsberg, opened for the Grateful Dead and sang with Bob Dylan. Kirtan with Bhagavan Das is always a deep experience.
Living as a sadhu in India for six years, Bhagavan Das studied the ancient science of Nada Yoga under the guidance and direction of his Guru, Neem Karoli Baba. Nada Yoga is the path of devotion to the inner sound current as a means to God Realization. Alan Watts himself said in a Rolling Stone review of the Album “Ah” that “Bhagavan Das is truly a Master of Nada Yoga”.
To experience Bhagavan Das in concert is to receive Darshan of the Guru himself, to touch and be touched by the immortal essence of his Guru Neem Karoli Baba—as the Light of the Guru is delivered through the mystical and potent voice of Bhagavan Das. His devotion to his Guru as that living inner sound is what he shares and transmits to all that wish to receive this blessing. Bhagavan Das’s rare and sacred offering to this world is his singing open heart, heralding the Guru’s Grace through the vehicle of Sound.
NOTE: The request by the artists is that no children attend this event. Thank you!
Feb 8 - 19th, 2016
Heart of Yoga INDIA TOUR
w/ Bryn, Visvambar & Kish from The Mayapuris!!
Chennai – Tirupati – Mahabalipuram – Kanchipuram – Mayapur
Experience the true essence of India. Visit ancient temples of Visnu in Tirupati, Shiva in Mahabalipuram, and Shakti in Kanchipuram. We will sing together and learn the lore of these sites. Savor the finest South Indian cuisine and treat yourself to Ayurvedic massage, rejuvenating treatments, and ocean baths.
Then come home with us to the village of Mayapur, West Bengal! The Mayapuris spent their formative years studying the art and science of sacred sound in this birthplace of Kirtan. We delight in sharing this mystical place with you where the effects of kirtan are strongly magnified. Here we will bathe in the Ganges, visit sacred kirtan sites, discuss the history, and of course, chant and dance together. Mayapuris will be conducting regular workshops on Kirtan, specifically Mridanga drum, kartal hand cymbals, and singing. Immerse yourself in sacred sound in the land of Kirtan.
Throughout the entire retreat we find time to have deep and enlivening yoga classes with Bryn from Yogamaya (me!). The Mayapuris will team up together and supply the yoga classes with live music and sacred chants. It’s definitely an experience you’d like to have
Join us for our annual India retreat!
Early Bird Special: $1975 (Ends September 20th)
Regular Price: $2100
Overview of India Schedule
Feb 8th- Arrival in Chennai, Dinner and Orientation
Feb 9th-Shopping in Chennai till lunch, after lunch depart to Tirupati on Train (4hr journey)
Feb 10th &11th- Visit Ancient Temples in Tirupati (Balaji on Tirumala Hill and Govinda Raj) and visit Talakona Waterfalls
Feb 12th- Travel to Kanchipuram and visit Vamanadev Temple (3 hour Journey)
Feb 13th- Travel to Mahabalipuram (1hr 10min Journey)
Feb 14th & 15th- Visit Ancient Temples, Enjoy the Beaches of Mahabalipuram and do workshops on Kirtan and schedule Ayurvedic massages
Feb 16th-Travel to Kolkata by Air and begin journey to Mayapur Dhama
Feb 17th, 18th- Ganga Boat Ride, Visit temples in Navadwip, Kirtan Workshops, Goshala Visit
Feb 19th- Visit Jagannatha Temple, closing ceremony, lunch and bid farewells. Departures back home!
-Double Occupancy Accommodation ($395 extra for private accommodation)Note: Single supplement payment is required if it’s not possible to arrange a roommate.
-Transportation w/in India (AC trains, taxis, buses)
-One Airfare from Chennai to Kolkata
-2 Vegetarian meals daily (breakfast and dinner for the entire tour)(with Vegan options)
-Your international airfare
-Visa for India
-Tips for Indian guides, drivers
-Entry fees for tourist attractions / monuments.
-Snacks and bottled water
-Transportation costs which are outside of the tour activities
-Any activities or items not mentioned in the itinerary
There are limited spots on the tour so sign up ASAP!
To book your spot on this trip or if you have any questions contact Bryn here!
See you in India!
Vish & Kish & Bryn
, yoga retreat
Sunday, October 4th, 1:00-3:30pm
Inversions for Beginners w/ Frank!
So you’re in class and the instructor says it’s time for an inversion. How do you respond?
A) Heart palpitations and sweaty palms.
B) Duck and cover and run to the bathroom.
C) Take child’s pose and keep your head down until it’s over.
D) All of the above
If inversions make you nervous this is the workshop for you! Together we will warm up the body and prepare ourselves in the right way to go upside down. We will examine, deconstruct, and explore the proper preparations and alignment for shoulderstands and handstands. We will use props, partners, and the wall to safely find ways to get more comfortable turning ourselves upside down. The hope is by the time you are finished with this workshop, inverting the heart above the head will fill you with joy instead of dread.
This workshop is recommended for students with an ongoing Level 1 practice.
Sunday Sept 27th, 1pm - 3pm
Listening In – A Writing and Yoga Workshop w/ Emily
This workshop is designed to help you spend some time tuning in and listening – using yoga practice as a means to step out of the paradigm of assumptions in order to open up to more authentic interaction with ourselves, others, and the world. Our time together will be a combination of yin yoga, journaling, reading, and participating in paired and small group activity, as well as whole group discussion in order to perk up and pay closer attention to the learning that takes place when we quiet down our voices and open our other senses to the world.