Archive for February, 2012

Lori Nathanson is our 1st Student of the Month!

More about Lori…

For a job, Lori is an education researcher at NYU. She came to Yogamaya out of curiosity!…
“I have to admit, because I am naturally flexible, I felt like I was “good” at yoga. I quickly discovered that flexibility doesn’t get you very far without strength where asana (the physical practice) was concerned. As my practice developed, I realized there was so much more to yoga than asana. I learned about bhakti, karma, and jnana yoga from the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali’s 8 limbs of yoga from the Yoga Sutra. So many aspects of yoga appeal to me, as does the variety of yoga studios and classes. I’ve sampled classes in all of the places I’ve lived in the past 10 years – DC, San Fran, Charlottesville, London – and found studios that met me where I was and helped guide me along my yogic path. By the time I moved to NYC, I sought a studio that embraced a holistic approach to yoga and went to a lot of different studios to find a yogic home. Yogamaya was the second studio I visited and although I fell in love, I continued to “see other studios.” I couldn’t wait to return to the warm welcome I felt at the beautiful, sunlit studio and quickly became a regular at Yogamaya.” (we love that!)

“My first yoga class was 10 years ago, but my yoga practice really started four years ago. Quite simply, I’ve always left class feeling better than when I came in, so I practice regularly. At Yogamaya especially, teachers create beautiful sequences that move us into the same asanas from different approaches, making the poses feel both fresh and familiar.”

We all have our favorite asana’s and ones that challenge us!
“I feel expansive and open when in Natarajasana (Dancer’s pose), especially when on top of a mountain in Palm Springs! It’s a pose that just feels pretty. I struggle with balance, especially on my left leg after ACL reconstruction, so poses like Ardha Chadrasana (Half Moon) really challenge me. Some days I feel weaker, other days I feel stronger, but balance poses like Half Moon always heighten my awareness of how my body feels.”

I asked Lori what was the best thing that ever happened to her: “Bryn, I have no simple answer for this question…”

Editors Note: Lori is extremely friendly & intelligent. Feel free to strike up a conversation w/ her when you see her around the studio.. Usually she is there after work hours!

The 1st Yoga Studio My Boyfriend Loves Too!

I adore Yogamaya! It is the perfect blend of incredible asana classes, spiritual teachings, awesome instructors — and the most gorgeous studio. Yogamaya’s vibe is so super welcoming, its the 1st yoga studio that my boyfriend loves too! I look forward to Yogamaya’s classes and endless calendar of events because there’s an infectiously peaceful feeling that stays with me when I leave. I’m so grateful I found my yoga home in New York City!

Stacey’s classes rock! She is hilarious, weaves incredible teachings into her asana classes and explains alignment better than anyone. She is gifted and humble — and the 1st teacher to remember my name after one class!

I love Bryn’s classes! Her infectiously warm personality and playful asana teachings make her class memorable. Her knowledge and love of Kirtan is absolutely contagious. I’m so grateful to have Bryn and Yogamaya in my life!

~ Alanna Thompson, Yogamaya Student

Inspiring Place to Practice the Art of Living…

As a long time student of Bryn and Stacey’s, I eagerly awaited the opening of their new studio. To me, Yogamaya is more than a beautiful space to practice asana, but rather an inspiring place to practice the art of living. Whether I’m focusing on my alignment, synchronizing my breath with a pose, or listening to the teacher chant at the start of class; I always leave feeling rejuvenated and challenged. The challenge isn’t necessarily competitive, but rather to look inward and strive to learn, grow, receive and ultimately to give – hence, to practice the art of living.

~ Denise Gilson, Yogamaya Student & mother of 2 other Yogamaya Students!

Yoga Sutra Weekend w/ Professor Edwin Bryant

We are thrilled to welcome Professor Edwin Bryant back to Yogamaya for another engaging and illuminating weekend.  Professor Bryant is one of the most regarded and brilliant scholars in the world and we are honored that he includes Yogamaya in the small group of schools that he visits each year. 

Please bring Prof. Bryant’s Yoga Sutra commentary for reference.

Saturday 1-4pm and 6-9pm
Sunday 1-4pm and 4:30-7:30pm

$100 for Saturday 29th or Sunday 30th Only
$180 Full Wekeend

We recommend that you attend the ENTIRE weekend of this program if you are able.

As a personal practitioner of yoga for over 30 years, a number of them spent in India studying with traditional teachers, where he returns yearly, Edwin strives to combine academic scholarship and rigor with sensitivity towards traditional knowledge systems. In addition to his academic course load, Edwin currently teaches workshops on the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and Hindu Philosophy at yoga studios and teacher training courses throughout the country. His translation of and commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (North Point Press, a division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009) is specifically dedicated to contributing to the growing body of literature on yoga by providing insights from the major pre-modern commentaries on the text with a view to grounding the teachings in their traditional context.