13th November 2018

In the News!


I recently had the privilege of attending a Restorative clinic with the godmother of RY herself!  Yes, I’m talking about Judith Lasater. If you aren’t familiar with her, she is known for refining the art of Restorative Yoga and training teachers from all over the world. What a privilege it was to work with her and have her set me up in my restorative poses. I can still tap into that blissful feeling.

The parasympathetic nervous system works in conjunction with the sympathetic nervous system, triggering the body to secrete hormones to decrease blood pressure and heart rate, inducing a relaxation response. Breathing deeply and mindfully helps stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system to trigger this response.” (

Essentially, as we turn on that relaxation response and tune our bodies to become more familiar with it -  this is where stress decreases, healing happens and creativity surges. These are just a few examples from personal experience and what students have shared with me. If you’ve had this experience, you know the benefits are long-lasting. Sound interesting? We are offering a special Pre-Thanksgiving class on November 18th. It’s purely for the purpose of doing nothing and feeling good. We hope you’ll join us!

I am always amazed by how effectively a well-structured restorative yoga session activates the parasympathetic nervous system and how long that can last.I found this simple explanation (below) on how breathing allows relaxation.  I’m sharing it because some of us tend to save relaxing for a later time. Date TBD, right? But jokes aside, if you breathe, you should be aware of how your breathing affects your well-being. And then you should know that it doesn’t take a whole lot to adjust it.
Around the Studio

As many of you may have noticed, the Bodhi room has had issues with cooling, especially in the warmer months. We had a professional HVAC technician come out and have a look at it. On that day, Vikram got a chance to scale the side of the building along with one very reluctant tech! Needless to say, they endured the winds and sudden rain for a good cause.  It is on its way to being fixed. We appreciate your support & patience as we resolve this.
Special Pre-Thanksgiving Class!

Yoga for Deep Relaxation 
                    with Annelize Machado
Sunday, Nov 18th 3:30 - 5:00 PM

There will be less doing and more “undoing”. If the thought of this makes you feel happy, then come on, sign up. With our blankets, bolsters, and sandbags we’re getting ready to do absolutely nothing with you!

Sign-up by looking for this event on the Class schedule or Click HERE.

Introduction to Reiki Healing
                                                 with Faith Lynn
Sunday, Dec 2nd 2018  12:30 - 2:30 PM

Faith will be leading an Introduction to Reiki Healing workshop for anyone interested in learning about Reiki healing. If you're curious about Reiki, this is a great place to start.

Fee: $35
Sign up by Nov. 21st  and receive $5 off!)

Food & Health 


Warm up with dal! Dal is one of South Asia’s most famous dishes and there are so many variations. It’s a simple and wholesome dish that can be enjoyed with rice, rotis, tortillas, or bread. The spices make it warming for your body as well as nourishing in the cold weather.

I found this great recipe for Tadka Dal by Anjali Pathak.  Experiment with the spices as well as how you cook it. I imagine this could be done in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker, too.  Enjoy & happy eating. 

Photo courtesy of Epicurious

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