Spring Inspiration

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Good Day, All!

Here are some bursts of spring inspiration I encountered during my walks this week.  May the warmth and sun of the season give you new life, as it has been doing for me.  Enjoy some more inspiration this week at a yoga class:

Monday April 17: Area Yoga (429 Bergen St.)
4:00 PM Open Level
7:00 PM Open Level

Tuesday April 18: Emerge Boutique Wellness Studio (with Urban Yoga Foundation)
7:30 PM Basic Hatha

Wednesday April 19: Area Yoga (Court St.)
5:45 PM Open Level

Check out my calendar on my blog: TangiYoga.wordpress.com for the most up-to-date class schedule.

May you find the chance to be out in nature this week!

 

Peace,

Anne

 

 

Spunk And Spook

 

Happy Halloween Friends!

If you want to add some spunk and spook to your weekend/week, come join me for a class.  I’ll be teaching:

Saturday Oct. 29 – Area Yoga (Court St.)
Open – 9:20
Basic – 10:50
Open – 12:20

Tuesday Nov. 1 – Emerge Boutique Wellness Studio (380 MacDonough St.)
Basic – 7:30 p.m. (evening class)

Saturday Nov. 5 – Area Yoga (Court St.)
Open – 9:20
Basic – 10:50
Open – 12:20

Catch ya later,
Anne

The Rock And The Waves

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Hello Dear Yogis,

Close your eyes and take five deep breaths.  Feel the ability of this life force to connect you with peace, right here, right now.  Observe yourself slowing down and deepening.  Ahhhh.  Feels good, right?

Welcome home.

I recently returned from the most wonderful yoga retreat with Urban Yoga Foundation in Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  We were able to catch the tail end of summer weather and spend time playing in the waves and walking on top of large rocks in the water.

Whether you made it to the beach this summer or not, imagine the ocean where it meets the shore. See the sunlight bounce off the water. Hear the sound of the waves.  Picture a large rock firmly planted into the ocean floor.  It is large enough that you could climb on top of it to sit and watch the sea.  As the waves roll toward the shore, they crash against the rock. In the midst of the turbulence, notice how the rock stays strong and grounded, right where it is.

In our own oceans, we have currents that are constantly flowing. There are waves of thought that come and go, flooding our minds, sometimes crashing against them. There is another current that permeates us, just as powerfully, and that is our breath. Like the waves, like the tide surging toward the shore, then pulling back, our breath surges through us, never stagnant, always flowing.

Your yoga practice is an awesome space where you can let your breath keep you steady. As thoughts come to you, let the breath bring you ease, focus, simplicity, and bliss. Observe the distractions that come, embrace them, then let them go. As you move through intense postures, as your heart beats faster, as you feel the water moving across across you, covering you, the rock stays firmly grounded in the sand. In the midst of the noise and the force of the crashing waves, I invite you to find the power of your breath…

I am delighted to announce that I will be teaching weekly classes at a brand new BROOKLYN studio in Bedford-Stuyvescent, starting October 4:

Emerge Studio (partnering with Urban Yoga Foundation)
Tuesdays – 12:30 – 1:30 – Basic Hatha
380 McDonough St.
Brooklyn, NY 11233
(917) 809-7581
*Web page and Facebook page are under construction.

I am also subbing classes at Area Yoga over the next couple weeks.  Check out the calendar tab of this blog for all dates.

In addition, I am teaching youth at DREAM Charter, Pusteblume International Preschool and Bronx Academy of Letters.  I will also soon be giving classes to teachers through Success In Motion 4 U.  I am so happy to be able to use the gift of yoga to help empower youth and the teachers who guide them.   If you are interested in having me teach someone if your life, please let me know!

Come join me this week to reconnect with the breath, body, mind and spirit.  As we practice staying grounded with our breath while our bodies experience floods of sensations and challenges on our mats, we are increasing our ability to find grounding and balance in the midst of our daily challenges in life.  As the current of life brings new experiences your way, may your rock stay grounded throughout your week.  May your waves of thought and breath move in harmony.

In Peace,

Anne

 

Shifting With Grace

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Photo Credit Longtower Photography

 

Friends,

I hope you’re loving this weekend and that you caught sight of the full moon last night.  Come celebrate the last days of Summer and the beginning of Autumn with me at a yoga class!  As always, you can find my most up-to-date teaching schedule on the calendar tab at the top of this page. I’m also excited to start teaching yoga next week to Pre-K students at DREAM Charter!  If you or someone you know is interested in a mix of yoga/dance/mindfulness-based learning at schools, give me a shout out! I’m really looking forward to helping empower Young Souls.

As for my Grown Friends, I’ll be teaching….

Sunday Sept. 18 – Area Yoga
10:45 Open Level – Court St.
12:30 Gentle Flow – Court St.

Monday Sept. 19 – Area Yoga
5:30 p.m. Sweat, Stretch and Relax – 5th Ave.

Thursday Sept. 22 – Urban Yoga Foundation
12:30 Basic Hatha

May this transition into a new season bring welcomed shifts, new perspectives and opportunities for growth into your own life.  Remember that every season offers its own magic.

Peace,
Anne

Come Together

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Dear Friends,

In the midst of so much chaos that is in full swing throughout our hometowns, states, countries, and world, I invite you to come join me for some uplifting, healing, supportive yoga classes this week.  My home city of Baton Rouge is experiencing tragic epic flooding as I write.  Each time I check in on the situation, while I feel distraught at the trauma and suffering people are experiencing, I am also inspired by the many stories over the past couple days of the community members coming together to help rescue one another (via boat, helicopter and even horseback), volunteer at shelters, spend hours searching for loved ones to ensure that they are safe and accounted for, rescue pets, offer up their homes as places of refuge, and more.  Keep it up, B.R.!!!

Spaces of love and support are also spaces for overcoming obstacles and experiencing healing.  Let’s come together this week and help each other tap into that inner strength, courage, hope and light.

Songs for inspiration this week:

We Are Here by Alicia Keys
You’ve Got A Friend by James Taylor
Come Together by The Beatles
504 by Soul Rebels

Below you can find my current schedule for this week for Area Yoga and Urban Yoga Foundation.  I am constantly picking up classes to sub for fellow teachers, as well, so keep checking my calendar tab above for the most up-to-date schedule.

Weekly:

Thursdays:
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Hatha Yoga Basics – Urban Yoga Foundation, Harlem

 

Classes I am subbing this week:

Monday, August 15:
10:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. – Power Yoga – Area Yoga Brooklyn, 5th Ave.

Friday, August 19:
5:00 p.m. – 6:10 p.m. – Flow and Restore – Area Yoga Brooklyn, Court St.
6:15 p.m. – 7:25 p.m. – Open Level – Area Yoga Brooklyn, Court St.
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Restorative – Area Yoga, Court St.

Sunday, August 21
9:20 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Power Yoga – Area Yoga Brooklyn, Court St.
11:05 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Open Level – Area Yoga Brooklyn, Montague St.
12:25 p.m. – 1:35 p.m. – Basics – Area Yoga Brooklyn, Montague St.

Namaste,

Anne

 

Little Miracles

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“Living well is an art that can be developed: a love of life and ability to take great pleasure from small offerings and assurance that the world owes you nothing and that every gift is exactly that, a gift. ”

– Maya Angelou, Wouldn’t Take Nothing From My Journey Now

“…and when each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.”

– Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

 

Dear Friends,

Hope you’re noticing and enjoying the special gifts that each day has brought you this week.  Maybe they have been coming in the form of unexpected encounters you had with a loved one or a stranger.  Perhaps an opportunity arose that you had hoped for but didn’t necessarily expect to see manifested.  Or maybe a situation caused you to confront a pattern in your life that you are ready to let go of.  When we begin each day with gratitude for what Life has provided us, and choose to see each experience as an opportunity for growth, we pave the way for Life to bring us more of what we desire in our hearts.

This week, I have had opportunities to speak my truth in situations where I felt uncomfortable, but compelled to use my voice.  I had the chance to connect with passersby over a book I was reading on the train.  Today I witnessed a butterfly perched on my coworker’s shoulder at an event (I happen to have an obsession with butterflies).  On the way home, I saw a pigeon perched on the shoulder of a man in my neighborhood.  This paved the way for a beautiful conversation.  As we become more attuned to our experiences, we start to notice more the wonder that each day offers.

If you want to add some delight, healing, and rejuvenation into your schedule, come join me for some classes these next few weeks.  In addition to teaching weekly at Urban Yoga Foundation in Harlem, I will be subbing lots of classes at Area Yoga in Brooklyn (note the location for each class, as this school has three locations).  Please check out my calendar for my most up-to-date class schedule, as  I frequently add classes.

Weekly:

Thursdays:
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Hatha Yoga Basics – Urban Yoga Foundation, Harlem

Classes I am subbing over the coming weeks:

Sunday, August 7:
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Open Level – Area Yoga Brooklyn, Court. St.
12:30 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. – Gentle Flow – Area Yoga Brooklyn, Court St.

Friday, August 19:
5:00 p.m. – 6:10 p.m. – Flow and Restore – Area Yoga Brooklyn, Court St.
6:15 p.m. – 7:25 p.m. – Open Level – Area Yoga Brooklyn, Court St.

Sunday, August 21
9:20 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Power Yoga – Area Yoga Brooklyn, Court St.
11:05 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Open Level – Area Yoga Brooklyn, Montague St.
12:25 p.m. – 1:35 p.m. – Basics – Area Yoga Brooklyn, Montague St.

May you cherish what each new day brings the rest of you week.

Peace,

Anne

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Nocturnal Illumination

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Happy Summer, Friends!

I hope you are finding chances to enjoy the season, regardless of the heat (if you’re in my neck of the woods) or other challenges that arise.  I hope that you are finding time to embrace what this season has to offer you.  On that note…

Picture a dark night. You are driving a car down a road with no street lights toward a destination that is full of light, joy and promise.  You can only see two hundred feet ahead of you with the help of your headlights.  While you cannot see far, you are still able to behold colorful flowers and plants along the side of the road as you pass them.  You stop the car in order to take in the view of some particularly vibrant flowers. Once you exit the car, you realize that the darkness actually allows you to see the stars much more vividly than if you were in the midst of the city lights. After witnessing the beauty of the foliage around you and the night sky, you get back behind the wheel, refreshed, and you continue toward your destination.

As we move through challenges each day on the road to our goals and dreams, sometimes we feel anxious about the fact that we can’t see all the way to the end of the dark road.  We may fear that if we slow down we will lose momentum and will miss the chance to fulfill our mission, or arrive at our destination.  Maybe it’s a job you are after, or reaching a certain milestone in your education, or maybe you are waiting for an answer to a question that is really important to you.  At times, in pursuit of our dreams, we forget how important it is to let ourselves celebrate the here and now.  We can develop the illusion that we don’t have permission to relax, or to experience pleasure, or to celebrate, until we have arrived at our destination.

But what if it takes years before you land that job, or before you receive the answer you seek? Does that mean you’re not going to enjoy life for the next several years? Life is NOW. We need to be present, to embrace THIS moment. Joy is here. Peace is now.

Of course, we need to take steps each day that lead toward whatever it is we seek. Maybe you really need that solid job and having it will truly help to reduce your anxiety and will enable you to focus more of your energy on other areas of life that might currently feel neglected.  But as we take those steps, let’s celebrate all along the way!  Let’s give ourselves permission to take chlid’s pose, to do something we really want, to go out with that friend, to take that mini-vacation, to read that book. Let’s celebrate life every day, in the midst of our daily challenges.  Let’s tap into peace, joy and light in the midst of the chaos, hard times and darkness.

During your asana practice, every moment is an opportunity to celebrate life.  Notice the ability of the breath to help you find peace right here, right now.  The breath offers a foundation: When we breathe fully, we can experience greater joy in every pose.  Holding the poses can be challenging. Choose joy!  I am happy that I am invigorating and strengthening my body!  I am happy that I am able to practice this posture. I am happy that this pose offers me the chance to grow.  At other moments, we need to modify the pose.  I am happy that I have a space where I am reminded and encouraged to listen to my body and my breath. I am happy that I am connecting with myself today. I am happy that I am practicing being a good listener.

Throughout the rest of your summer, I invite you to celebrate life each day and to take the time to appreciate what each experience offers you.

Here are some tunes to help keep the party going:

“Celebrate Good Times” — Kool and the Gang
“504” — Soul Rebels

I hope to see you soon!  Come join me for a class at Area Yoga, or if you are interested in having yoga at your work space, or private lessons, let’s talk!

Off to look at the moon,

Anne

New Fire

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Picture a fire with vivid flames that dance through the air. This fire produces so much light, and serves as a source of warmth, passion and inspiration. At times, the flames can grow weak.  But the fire is still a source of light; it just needs to be rekindled.

In life, we are always returning to a state of balance. We never simply have it all together, at least not for long. If we did, there would be no room for growth.  Sometimes when we struggle in a certain area we feel flustered and unsure of what to do next, or of what to change.  The fires of our souls can grow weak. At times we need to reflect on the strategies that we are currently using, so that we can let go of them, and try new ones.

Moments come when we receive new insight about how we can improve our lifestyles.  This awareness can be accompanied by feelings of vulnerability, failure and inadequacy, or thoughts such as: “Wow, I have so far to go. I feel so off track. I should be further along than I am.”   Without checking in and gaining this insight, however, we might keep repeating the same old strategies, expecting different results, while getting frustrated, discouraged and burnt out when things keep going the same way.  Another way to look at this insight is to say: “How awesome it is that I have this information, this spark, so that I can rekindle my fire!”

Each day we encounter challenges on our mats. Some days we step onto the mat feeling on fire and excited, other days we arrive feeling as if our flames have grown weak. Either way, we keep the flame of breath burning. From there, the other elements fall into place.  Gradually we are able to move deeper into the poses. Gradually we teach our bodies new ways to express themselves. Constantly, we adjust as we receive new sparks.

In your yoga practice, not only on your mat, but also in your daily life, I invite you to be open and receptive to the new sparks, the new flames of insight that come your way, so that you can stoke your fire, or perhaps even start a new one.  It’s a new day; it’s a new chance at life.  Let’s celebrate it!

Come join me for a class this week and rekindle your fire.  You can find my up-to-date teaching schedule on my calendar. It is always changing, as I add different classes here and there. Please check it out.

May you be open and receptive to the sparks that come your way this week, so that your fire can burn with passion, inspiration, encouragement and light.

Here are some tunes to get that fire burning:

Feeling Good – Nina Simone
New Day – Alicia Keys
Girl On Fire – Alicia Keys

Keep the fire burning, y’all,

Anne

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Monster in the Closet

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Take a moment to notice your breath, without judging what you observe.

One night, as a little girl gets ready to go to sleep, she hears a sound coming from her closet, and concludes: There’s a monster in my closet!  She won’t open the closet door, because the fear of what she might find is too intense.  If there’s a monster in the closet, it must be big, scary, and overpowering.  The risk of not being able to handle what’s on the other side does not feel worth taking.  So, the child has to scurry to her bed, pull the covers over her head, and she can’t relax because she has to be ready to run if the monster comes out. The sounds continue to keep her awake.  Finally, the little girl concludes that the only way she’ll be able to sleep is if the monster leaves her closet.  She bravely approaches the door, opens it, and shrieks as a moth flies out.  After watching the moth that was searching for a way to get outside, the little girl opens the window, and the moth flutters out.  The child closes her closet door, takes a proud sigh of relief, snuggles under the covers, and falls fast asleep.

Sometimes we attach a certain meaning to something about ourselves, some factor in our lives, some idea, some possibility.  Sometimes we are too afraid to look at what’s there to even consider what it is.  Maybe, after giving ourselves the space to consider it, however, we’ll begin to see ways that we can deal with what is there.

Today I invite you to increase your awareness, without judging what you see or attaching meaning to it, so that you can truly see.

A yoga practice provides a space to observe without judging.  We draw our focus to the breath, which helps the mind to slow down and helps to take attention away from the stories that we tell ourselves, or the monsters that grow inside our closets.  In addition, as we practice mindfulness with the breath, we also practice mindfulness with our bodies and movements.  We learn to breathe through the sensations that arise and to be present.  Sometimes this means adjusting the pose so that we can find our true best or “edge”, rather than push beyond it to our expected edge.  We practice this constant communication between the body and breath without judging ourselves for not being able to achieve a certain expression of the pose that we might desire.  Through this practice, we train ourselves to remove some of the stigmas that we attach to our experiences in life so that we can embrace them, learn from them, and move forward.

Notice your breath again.  During your physical yoga practice, or asana practice, observe what’s going on within you in each pose.  Observe when you reach your edge, if you need to modify the pose, if your breathing changes and the thoughts that come.   Maybe certain thoughts need to come to the surface, so that they can then pass on by, or so that we can deal with them in another way.

What monsters in your closet are you ready to face this week, this month?  We Got This!!!

Check out my calendar for my up-to-date teaching schedule.  Hope to see you on the mat!

Peace and Sweet Dreams,

Anne

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Surf’s Up!

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Picture the beach. Feel the warmth from the sun kiss your skin. See the blue-green water. Hear the waves that roll toward the shore, then pull away from it. Picture a surfer riding the waves. Even though the water is turbulent, notice how by tapping into the breath, the core, and by staying flexible, the surfer has the power to balance, to find strength and fluidity, and to dance across the waves. Now see yourself as the surfer standing gracefully on the surfboard…

Happy Friday, Friends!

It’s beach time! Although the past few days have been on the chilly side here in NYC, I have seen folks strutting through the streets with their surf boards lately, perhaps on the way to the Rockaways (a peninsula out in Queens with surf-able beaches). Have you ever been surfing? If not, have you ever watched other people hit the waves? I have not yet explored surfing, although I have a feeling this is the summer that I will. However, I used to teach SUP Yoga (Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga). Balancing on a board in the water is an awesome experience in which no moment can be taken for granted, as the simplest movements become much more challenging. I have noticed that in the moments where I try to stay totally still and hold my breath, I actually am more likely to fall. However, once I accept that the water is going to keep moving, and that I am going to keep moving, I can relax and actually become one with the waves. Of course, I must apply effort, as well. When I combine steady breathing with a strong but supple body, I get into a groove with the water.

On our yoga mats, we need to be strong as well as flexible with ourselves.  We must activate the core to keep us safe and to find the strength to practice the poses.  When a posture does not feel right, we need to adjust. Sometimes, we need to push ourselves a bit further, and other times, we need to tweak our alignment or give ourselves permission to rest.  Meanwhile, the breath helps us focus and find ease.

Off-the-mat, we need to be both strong and flexible in our lives.  We must learn when to apply more effort and when to let go of attempts to control a situation.  We need to have a solid foundation as well as open hearts.  A regular yoga practice is one way to train ourselves to balance effort with ease.  Come join me this weekend for class as you prepare to dance across the waves this summer.  When we accept that change is coming, that the water will keep moving and that WE will keep moving, we can find a greater sense of balance in our lives.

Happy Surfing,

Anne

Check out my calendar for my up-to-date teaching schedule.  😀