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    AromaYoga

    Mondays, 7:15 pm

    with Ellie Aaron

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    Explore the use of aromatherapy and restorative yoga to align your energy centers. We'll begin with a brief intro to essential oils and chakras. Then we’ll transition into a gentle yoga class that incorporates a different oil and asana for each chakra.

    Aromatherapy is the use of therapeutic grade essential oils to ease the body, soothe the spirit, and enhance mind-body wellness. Essential oils stimulate olfactory receptors and connect with the brain’s limbic system, which is associated with memory, emotion, and state of mind.

    Restorative Yoga is a gentle style of yoga. It requires no prior experience
    60 min

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    Floating Above: Mindfulness and Meditation

    Wednesdays, 6:00 pm

    with Payal Parekh

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    As a collective, we search for experiences that leave us feeling loved, uplifted, inspired, connected, and confident. Meditation has given us ways to feel these things deeper, longer, and more often. Not only that, yet we can use the tools of meditation to transform stored pain, stressful situation, and heal our past experiences leaving us more prepared for future endeavors. This class will supply you with the tools and understanding of both mindfulness and meditation. We will begin class with breath awareness, a restorative posture and light yoga to open up the body and rid tension before moving into a guided meditation. Beginners welcome.
    45 min

    About Payal Parekh:
    Payal Parekh is a 500-hour nationally certified Vinyasa-based yoga teacher and received her 200-hour training from Exhale New York in 2014 under the guidance of Nixa De Bellis, Stefanie Eris, David Magone and Isaac Pena. In 2015 she completed an accelerated 300-hour Urban Zen Integrative Therapy training at Yoga Shanti, New York City and volunteered 50 hours at The Riverside Premier Rehab & Healing Center in Manhattan. In March 2016, she participated in a 50-hour restorative teacher training with Jillian Pransky at Yoga Works. Payal completed 20 hours of Yoga Tune Up Integrated Embodied Anatomy in July, 2016.

    Payal believes in the power of movement and meditation in everyday life, which began when she was a teenager and student of Modern Dance and Ballet at Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. She tailors each class to fit the individual needs of her clientele with an emphasis to revive and restore mind and body. Under her guidance, her students are able to transform by building their flexibility, endurance and strength in a safe and encouraging atmosphere. She reminds her students to set an intention, "breath, strengthen, love, trust, and accept themselves" in every class. Payal is also a first-degree practitioner of Reiki initiated by Pamela Miles. She enjoys integrating Urban Zen healing modalities including aromatherapy, body scan, reiki, restorative posturing and breath work into her classes.

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    Flow, Revive + Restore

    Tuesdays, 12:30pm | Wednesdays, 7:00pm

    with Payal Parekh

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    The perfect combination of movement and rest, this practice is designed to move you towards a place of stillness. The first half of this creative, flowing, and alignment based practice links conscious breath with mindful movement. This preps us beautifully for the second half of class­ of a series of yin and restorative yoga poses, breathing and meditation practices, aromatherapy, thai massage and Reiki­ based hands on assists to bring your body and mind to a state of relaxation and rest
    60 min

    About Payal Parekh:
    Payal Parekh is a 500-hour nationally certified Vinyasa-based yoga teacher and received her 200-hour training from Exhale New York in 2014 under the guidance of Nixa De Bellis, Stefanie Eris, David Magone and Isaac Pena. In 2015 she completed an accelerated 300-hour Urban Zen Integrative Therapy training at Yoga Shanti, New York City and volunteered 50 hours at The Riverside Premier Rehab & Healing Center in Manhattan. In March 2016, she participated in a 50-hour restorative teacher training with Jillian Pransky at Yoga Works. Payal completed 20 hours of Yoga Tune Up Integrated Embodied Anatomy in July, 2016.

    Payal believes in the power of movement and meditation in everyday life, which began when she was a teenager and student of Modern Dance and Ballet at Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. She tailors each class to fit the individual needs of her clientele with an emphasis to revive and restore mind and body. Under her guidance, her students are able to transform by building their flexibility, endurance and strength in a safe and encouraging atmosphere. She reminds her students to set an intention, "breath, strengthen, love, trust, and accept themselves" in every class. Payal is also a first-degree practitioner of Reiki initiated by Pamela Miles. She enjoys integrating Urban Zen healing modalities including aromatherapy, body scan, reiki, restorative posturing and breath work into her classes.

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    Healing Under the Stars

    Thursdays, 7:15pm

    with Linda Qiu

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    Medical Qigong 1 ~ Spine Qigong & Lift Qi Up Pour Qi Down Method
    ~ connect with unlimited life force energy
    ~ improve spinal flexibility & function
    ~ preserve health
    ~ enhance energy
    ~ open blockages
    ~ relieve pain
    ~ heal internal organ disorders

    Duration 60 minutes

    About the Instructor:
    Linda Y. Qiu M.D. (China) L. Ac. (NY)
    Qiu has been practicing Qigong healing for more than 25 years. She was a medical doctor in China before moving to the U.S. in 2001 to teach Chinese medicine and Qigong. She was the director of Integral Studies department in AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, and the director of Medical Qigong Practitioner Certificate Program in New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She also treats patients using medical Qigong, acupuncture and herbs.
    www.nycemed.com

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    Kriya + Silent Sit

    Wednesdays 1:35pm

    with Nixa De Bellis

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    Begin with sets of repeating movements and breath patterns to decongest, invigorate and increase the bioenergy. Culminate with a silent seated meditation within radiant Being.

    45 min

    About Nixa De Bellis:
    Nixa De Bellis has been practicing yoga for more than 30 years and teaching yoga since circa 2000.
    In the wide tradition of Yoga is a method steeped in science, art, philosophy and the alchemy of self.
    She offers yoga posture and breathing practices for healing on a daily basis, and as a means for self-reflection, self-understanding and betterment.
    Around the Wheel of the Year and for phasic lunar and solar situations, she creates Yoga Rituals to keep the Holy alive and well fed and for steeping in deeply Alert, Alive, Awake-ness!
    Pay attention. Stop Complaining. Keep going.
    Here's how.

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    Movement Empowerment Class

    Thursdays, 6:15pm

    Fred Moura

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    Join us in our Penthouse Atrium as we welcome Movement Coaches Fred Moura and Christopher King as they lead you through exploration of natural variable flow of human movement with a different perspective to rules and outcome.

    Gain insightful awareness to your limits, shed fears you have about your current ‘limitations’, open your mind to your creativity that is locked inherently within - all while having fun playing, breathing and experiencing your own existence.

    About Fred Moura
    An NASM multi certified Personal Trainer since 2009 and Licensed Massage Therapist graduate from Pacific College Oriental Medicine School in 2012. Fred brings the energy and knowledge gathered during 15 years as a professional rock climber direct from the mountains and nature of Brasil.
    He is a former T3+ coach from Equinox 63rd Club and runs a private studio on the UES, called ShiftingNYC, with focus in Movement Performance and Mindful Nutrition.

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    Movement Empowerment Class

    Saturdays 10:00am

    with Christopher King

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    Join us in our Penthouse Atrium as we welcome Movement Coaches Fred Moura and Christopher King as they lead you through exploration of natural variable flow of human movement with a different perspective to rules and outcome.

    Gain insightful awareness to your limits, shed fears you have about your current ‘limitations’, open your mind to your creativity that is locked inherently within - all while having fun playing, breathing and experiencing your own existence.

    About Christopher King
    An NCSF multi certified Personal Trainer since 2009 and pursuing Massage Therapy + Masters studies in Chinese Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Christopher has an insatiable curiousity with what it means to be human and represents the every day man + woman, empowering them to realize their adaptive abilities and to become full of life! He is a former T3+ coach from Equinox and currently runs a movement practice on the Upper East Side.

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    Total Yoga Flow + Hold

    Mondays, 6:00pm | Wednesdays, 12:30pm

    with Nixa De Bellis

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    A strong physical practice that will always include breathing techniques and philosophical/spiritual contemplations. A COMPLETE YOGA hour for your mind and mood, your body and nervous system and your pranic life force. More than just fitness yoga. Total yoga.

    About Nixa De Bellis
    Nixa De Bellis has been practicing yoga for more than 30 years and teaching yoga since circa 2000.
    In the wide tradition of Yoga is a method steeped in science, art, philosophy and the alchemy of self.
    She offers yoga posture and breathing practices for healing on a daily basis, and as a means for self-reflection, self-understanding and betterment.
    Around the Wheel of the Year and for phasic lunar and solar situations, she creates Yoga Rituals to keep the Holy alive and well fed and for steeping in deeply Alert, Alive, Awake-ness!
    Pay attention. Stop Complaining. Keep going.
    Here's how.

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    Vinyasa Flow

    Tuesdays, 7:45 am

    with Jason Reiff

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    This creative, flowing, and alignment based yoga practice links conscious breath with mindful movement. Each class is crafted to mimic the expansion and contraction of the breath, explore specific movement patterns, and work towards peak poses in order to coax the practitioner's attention towards the sensory experience of moving with breath to deepen the practice. Students are encouraged to use the asanas for self exploration and to seek balance between strength and flexibility both on and off the mat.
    60-75 min

    About Jason Reiff:
    Jason has been practicing Yoga for almost 20 years. Trained originally as a singer, dancer and actor he turning to Yoga as a means of negotiating the tricky and often emotional artists existence and it changed his life. He teaches a nurturing, breath based , strength building creative flow; musical, meditative and usually sweaty with and eye on safe and constant alignment principals for all levels. Jason invites the student to explore the shape of asana with curiosity, humor and focus while building a strong resilient foundation from which to confidently view and navigate the twists and turns of practice and life alike.

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    Vinyasa Flow

    Fridays, 7:45am

    with Ellie Aaron

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    This creative, flowing, and alignment based yoga practice links conscious breath with mindful movement. Each class is crafted to mimic the expansion and contraction of the breath, explore specific movement patterns, and work towards peak poses in order to coax the practitioner's attention towards the sensory experience of moving with breath to deepen the practice. Students are encouraged to use the asanas for self exploration and to seek balance between strength and flexibility both on and off the mat.
    60 min

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    Vinyasa Flow

    Tuesdays, 6:30pm | Thursdays, 7:45am | Sundays, 10:30am

    with Lauren Harris

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    This creative, flowing, and alignment based yoga practice links conscious breath with mindful movement. Each class is crafted to mimic the expansion and contraction of the breath, explore specific movement patterns, and work towards peak poses in order to coax the practitioner's attention towards the sensory experience of moving with breath to deepen the practice. Students are encouraged to use the asanas for self exploration and to seek balance between strength and flexibility both on and off the mat.
    60 min

    About Lauren Harris
    Mother. Wife. Yogi. Yoga Teacher. Lauren Harris found yoga twelve years ago. She realized that the practice offered so much more than a physical workout, and returned to the mat often to help her through many of life's challenges, as well as to celebrate life's joys. Lauren wanted only to share the practice with others so that they, too, might benefit from its offerings. She left her job as a busy corporate attorney and never looked back. Lauren loves teaching yoga. She works with students of all ages and all levels, from two year olds at Creative Playschool at Fifth Avenue Synagogue to students well into their 70s in group and private classes. She teaches a physically challenging class that is accessible, encouraging all students to deepen their practice in a safe and fun environment. Lauren loves inverting in her own practice and has lead multiple handstand and inversion workshops in New York City. Lauren and her husband Mitch have two girls, Emmy and Megan. When not on the mat Lauren can often be found handstanding with her kids in Central Park.

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Special Events

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    Gong Bath Oasis

    Tuesday April 25th 8:00pm to 9:15pm

    with Nechama Karp

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    Join us for a stress-dissolving, mind-body healing within with a Gong Bath guided meditation in our sky-lit penthouse atrium. Nechama will guide you through intentional breathing and gentle spine stretches to prepare for an immersive gong bath guided meditation with her Symphonic gong bathing you in its universal harmonic sound structure.Feel your body relax and let the sound vibrations bathe your muscles in massage-like stimulation. Allow your mental and emotional mindscape to be set free, clear, and revitalized with purifying, soothing, and integrating frequencies. This sound healing gong bath exposes you to therapeutic frequencies known to stimulate the glandular system and reset the parasympathetic nervous system, which controls the functions that enable your body to rest, digest, and restore, to a higher level of functioning. Enjoy light stretching and toning for grounding following a profound silence in stillness and emerge with clarity and balance back into your life with a peaceful sense of well-being. HEALTH NOTES: Women who are pregnant should avoid participating in all live gong sessions after the 120th Day, the 5th month of pregnancy, until birth, as recommended by Yogi Bhajan.

    About the teacher:
    NECHAMA KARP helps facilitate people’s wellbeing healing from chronic stress, emotional, physical, and relationship imbalances through vibrational healing, guided meditation, and yoga for women. She began playing her first Symphonic gong for personal emotional healing and mental health after graduating Kundalini Yoga teacher training with the Sat Jivans (2008.) Discovering one’s own voice as the most powerful healing sound, she certified with Tom Kenyon in Sound Healing with voice (2011,) and went on to certify as a Gong Master by Don Conreaux (2013) and Gong Yoga Therapist by Mehtab Benton (2016.) In addition to her work with sound, Nechama is also a meditation guide influenced by her iRest™ Yoga Nidra training - a guided meditation therapy practice, Yoga Alliance® RYT-500 in Kundalini and Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (2010), Shamanic Adept and trained Circle Facilitator with Moonfire Meetinghouse (member since 2001), daily self-reiki healing practitioner (2003,) and Reiki Master (2006.)

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    Earth Day Sound Bath and Yoga Nidra

    Saturday April 22nd 4:30-6pm

    with Vanessa Dawson

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    Join Vanessa Dawson, Yoga Teacher, Singer and Sound Healing Practitioner on Earth Day for a special 1.5 hour Event featuring Sound Healing and a Guided Yoga Nidra Meditation focused on the earth.
    What is a Sound Bath? Through the use of Himalayan Singing Bowls, Crystal Singing Bowls, Shamanic Drumming, Tuning Forks, Chimes, Percussive Instruments and Voice, Vanessa will help to induce a deep state of relaxation where all healing and manifestation can occur. Once the Sound Bath begins, participants will lay in savasana and simply receive the sounds for both an auditory and a full body experience of vibration. What is Yoga Nidra? Yoga Nidra is loosely translated to mean “divine sleep”. It is a guided practice that systematically guides and relaxes you at every level of being including your physical, energetic, mental, emotional and spiritual layers (called the 5 koshas). Through the use of breath awareness, body scanning and imagery, practitioners are led into a powerful experience of deep meditation and relaxation with complete awareness. We will begin with breathwork. Then lay back to relax into a practice of Yoga Nidra, a deep meditative sleep state where natural healing occurs. At a specific point in the meditation I will play various vibrational instruments including Tibetan Bowls, Crystal Bowls, Koshi Chimes, Tuning Forks and more, to assist in bringing you into an even deeper state of relaxation and bliss. Let the sound waves wash over you to remove what no longer serves you as stress, anxiety and attachment.
    Very limited space available for this event. All yoga mats and props will be provided.

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    Radiant Aging Collaboration: Women Helping Women

    Saturday May 6th 10:30am-4pm

    with Anne Ribolow and Nixa De Bellis

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    Anne Ribolow founder of Radiant Aging, teams up with Nixa De Bellis founder of Yoga Ritual, in this one day transformational, empowering workshop for women of all ages, from all walks of life, wanting a practical means to ride the wave of life with buoyancy, abundance, grace, optimum health and vibrancy. Together as a group we will move through the Radiant Aging program, Anne’s typical daily routine for over 20 years. Shared with you will be personal recipes, nutritional guidance, age reversing movement and balancing daily massage. This is a methodology for integrating, aligning and rejuvenating the body, mind and spirit. Nixa De Bellis , Wellness and Wisdom Clinician, will be sharing ways of growing in your maturity with aromatic essential oils for enriched psychology, hormone balance, sexual wellness and ritual beauty. You will touch/sample/inhale/apply precious plant essences. In conjunction with the application of oils, Nixa will lead you through a series of yoga techniques – detoxifying and revitalizing techniques for creating radiance. You will come away from the life changing teachings of Radiant Aging and Ritual Wisdom equipped with the tools to nurture, cultivate, honor and celebrate your own unique spirit: to radiantly journey through this magnificent gift of life. Our afternoon will conclude with a final meditation for radiance together.

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