Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Turning Up the Heat

Here we are, 10 months open at Land Yoga and some of you are at or very close to, 10 months of yoga practice. There come certain times in the life journey of the practice when things must shift. I sense that right NOW is one of those times.

I want to speak to you directly on the concept of Tapas. In Sanskrit, Tapas means heat. It is used to describe an internal or spiritual suffering/burning which is a key element in the process of attaining yoga. Many refer to Tapas as self-discipline since this is the main way we express Tapas in our yoga practice. The act of showing up day after day despite excuses and rationalizations, makes us strong and powerful.

Each individual requires something slightly unique to keep their inner fire strong. One of the teacher’s roles is to look into the student and know when and how to challenge him properly. At this moment, I see collectively that it is time to bump it up.

I want you to know, that your current perspective on who you are and what you can do is wrong and stifling. Your abilities are beyond what you can presently imagine. But this is easily rectified. You must allow your mind to accept a larger possibility for yourself. Do this by recalling your previously shattered conceptions of yourself and realize that just as you shed those, you will also shed this next layer of limits. Then you will see what you thought impossible is not only possible, but probable, and quite easily attainable in the scheme of things.

Growth can be painful. Often to gain something we must make room and we do that by releasing something else. This can be painful, but as my teacher likes to quote, 'no pain no gain'. In fact what we learn from the concept of Tapas is that the pain is not a byproduct of growth but in fact Essential to growth and that by moving forward through the pain, we gain great strength.

I have seen personally the benefits of daily yoga practice, which has made me incredibly strong and immune to the waves of life which derail most. I do my actions from a place of duty and with little attention on outcome or result. From a witnessing perspective, I see that all we do comes back in some form and frequently in some beautiful and humorous way. It is nothing we can control, so I do what needs to be done and leave outcome to the universe. This is an extremely relaxing and peaceful way to live and I want it for you.

All from daily practice.

All within your reach.

Michael and I both believe it is time for you to take the next step in your practice and that is why I am going to offer all our 3x weekly students a chance to increase to an unlimited membership for just $10 from now through the end of May. We want you here! And our ability to help you when we see you 4-6 times a week verses 3 times is increased exponentially. If you’re not sure if it’s working or if it’s worth the monthly, now is your time to commit to it. When you take that one small step in the direction of commitment, the practice gives back in a big way. It is simply waiting for you to approach.

For our students who are already on unlimited memberships, we offer this: Those with perfect attendance in May (ladies should still take lady's holiday) will be invited to join Michael, Dana, and I for an exclusive class we will teach together followed by a private conference where you will have a chance to hear our comments on the practice and have your questions answered.

As always, we are watching, caring, with you, as your practice unfolds

with love... OM!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Support Support

Your YOGA STUDIO needs your HELP!

There has been A LOT going on in the world of New York Yoga in the last couple months and I've been waiting for the right time to share this information with you and reach out for your support. Mostly, I hoped I wouldn't have to. YOU are INCREDIBLE already getting behind tons of causes and contributing where ever it is needed and I don't take that lightly.

NOW we NEED your HELP.

The group of concerns come from the classification of yoga studio and the people who teach classes at yoga studios. How we are CATEGORIZED means a lot for how we are seen in the world and also translates in terms of taxation and licensing.

You should KNOW: Your Yoga Studio is NOT a Gym

Your yoga studio is more like a place of prayer. And though you are perfectly entitled to come and practice with your own personal intensions, even if those intensions are touching your toes, or losing 5 pounds, Yoga means to unite with a greater power, however that translates to you.
Please Sign HERE.

You should KNOW: Your Yoga Teacher is NOT an employee

Your Yoga teacher lives the fun, hectic life of an INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR, working at multiple studios, gyms, homes, and schools. It would make no sense for them to be an employee at the 5-10 locations they teach sometimes just a single class at. Like all things, being FREELANCE has it's PROS and CONS, but that is what they are.
Please Sign HERE.

You should KNOW: Your Yoga Studio has the RIGHT to Quiet.

As we head towards Harlem Park to Park Earth Day, an event I have been working on for months now, I can't help but think about NOISE pollution and our rights to a little space for QUIET as we welcome our neighbor's new restaurant NEXT DOOR.

Those of you who know me, or follow my posts, know the great support I have for local business. I announce new openings, spend my money at the stores and restaurants in our community, and feature them at our workshops and events. Living, working, being together is what it is about for me!

We must find a way to COEXIST and THRIVE together!

The NEIGHBORHOOD should be ENHANCED and each BUSINESS should be BOOSTED by the addition of a new one.


RESTAURANTS, especially where there is ALCOHOL being served are RESPONSIBLE for the noise coming from their space and should SOUNDPROOF properly.

Demand that JADO SUSHI do the RIGHT thing and SOUNDPROOF their space including their Kitchen Area!!!

Email your concerns to nobu@thewineryonline.com

Thank you for 10 beautiful months!

OM! Lara