New York Yoga Vol 2: Bliss under the Manhattan Bridge

Everything is different in Brooklyn – a whole different vibe, slower pace, and all of this is reflected in the yoga.

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I stayed over at my sister’s house in Park Slope Brooklyn on Thursday night, entertained by my adorable bundles of love nephews Z and Sid. We played dinosaur matching and sang Puff the Magic Dragon and Free to Be You and Me, timeless songs that I tooIMG_3141 enjoyed as a kid. It was a very mindful evening – I had been discussing how having kids make you a better person with my dear friend from HS. I had gone to visit her and her newborn earlier that day when she made that comment. Despite the fact that having kids adds stresses and strains to life, often causing married couples to lose patience with each other, my friend Jana declared how she views herself as a role model for her children, and therefore she has become more aware of her behavior, the way she speaks to her husband, the way she interacts with all people. She said she was being policed by a toddler, but I view her realization as an expansion of awareness.

So my time with my nephews was very deliberate and relaxed. I committed to being with them, and only being with them until they went to bed – I found it ridiculously easy to give them my undivided attention, as they are so cute and demanding at the same time. The results were surprisingly good, as they remained calm, followed all the rules I set for them, and went to bed without fuss.

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Reflections

When my sister got home, I asked her about a good yoga studio and she recommended Abhaya in DUMBO http://abhayayoga.com/. Following her recommendation was one of the best things I have done in NYC. We started with morning meditation by James, a semi-guided sitting that ended with a round of “Hare Krishna” on guitar and harmonium. I stayed for Chandra, Moon, Yoga with the angelic Kathryn. The class was the perfect speed for my mood and physical state – slow, intentional, and therapeutic. I love how she compared not being able to see the stars in the NYC sky because of the industrial and light pollution to not being able to feel the pure love in our hearts due to our thought pollution.

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Abhaya Yoga Studio, Dumbo

By the end of the class, I felt well stretched and much more positive, able to receive all the beauty and light that surrounds me. Using my inner compass, which tends to favor quirky fun and unconventional beauty, I found the Archway space, where I enjoyed a vegan Beet burger and found information about a yoga and music event that Kathryn had mentioned.

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The Archway in Dumbo

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Vegan Beet Burger

I am feeling very blessed to have the time and opportunity to explore the peaceful and beautiful pockets of this incredible city. Stay tuned for more big city bliss!

inner compass, which tends to favor quirky fun and unconventional beauty, I found the Archway space, where I enjoyed a vegan Beet burger and found information about a yoga and music event that Kathryn had mentioned.

I am feeling very blessed to have the time and opportunity to explore the peaceful and beautiful pockets of this incredible city.

Stay tuned for more big city bliss!

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