This past summer, I made an agreement with myself to significantly limit my screen time. I chose to deactivate all social media accounts, and vowed not to look at my phone immediately before bed and upon waking. By September, I noticed that my eyes were brighter, I had adapted a healthy sleep/wake cycle, and my mind felt refreshed. My screen time has definitely increased since then, but it is during this time of year that we need to be especially careful about how long we stare at our screens. Continue reading
by Rosie Lazroe
Today I would like to introduce you to one of yoga’s sweet gifts to the world: the style of restorative yoga.
One can think of a restorative practice as the sweet reward for a busy life well lived.
Restorative yoga is like a magic elixir that has the power to help lower cholesterol, boost the immune system, reduce hypertension and lower triglyceride levels. It is a beautiful compliment to an active yoga practice, and has the power to relax the inner environment so deeply, that the body and mind will naturally feel refreshed throughout the most active of days. What can you expect in a class? Continue reading
Developing a seated meditation practice may not be the easiest thing to accomplish. To sit perfectly still with the little aches and pains in the body and the many racing thoughts in the mind might seem to be anything but meditative. However, using these four mindfulness tricks may help ease the transition to bring meditation into a daily routine. Continue reading
During pregnancy, it can be challenging to stay cool in the summer months. Even women who love the feeling of the sun shining down on them need to retreat for shade so as not to overheat. The following list of yoga tips are geared toward pregnancy but can be enjoyed by anyone to beat the summer heat. Continue reading
Whole Body Yoga Studio presents yoga instructor Vladamir Tcharov, from Pranakriya School of Healing Arts, who will lead a 200-hour yoga teacher training. The training will be offered through nine intensive weekend sessions, taking place September 7 to 9, October 12 to 14, November 2 to 4, December 7 to 9, January 11 to 13, February 8 to 10, March 1 to 3, April 5 to 7 and May 3 to 5. Continue reading
In keeping with its mission to establish itself as a premiere yoga teacher training studio, Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center is expanding its offerings. In addition to its foundational 200-hour teacher training and prenatal teacher training, it is now offering a 300-hour program.
The 300-hour training is open to graduates of any 200-hour program and is offered in five modules designed to deepen a teacher’s skills in the areas of anatomy, chakra yoga, ayurveda, meditation and the art of teaching. Continue reading
by Rosie Lazroe
The Yamas and Niyamas are the first two limbs of the eight-fold yogic path. Devoted study and practice of these 10 principles can literally bring your yoga practice to life throughout all of your daily activities.
The five Yamas are ethical guidelines for the yogi, pertaining to his or her relationship with others in society, the outer environment and nature. Continue reading
Take a deep breath. Loosen your jaw and feel your eyebrows soften. Now take another long, deep breath in and out. Notice if your body feels a bit more at ease.
Yogi Bhajan emphasized that the rate of breathing and state-of-mind are inseparable. When the body is under excessive stress, it can sometimes forget how to breathe efficiently, and the natural ability to breathe effortlessly can become lost.
For 17 years, Rosie Lazroe has been healing through yoga. It began in the spring of 2001, when she found herself laying in a hospital emergency room with a resting heart rate over 150 bpm. As the ER nurse was about to inject medication to reboot her heart rhythm, Rosie felt a cold rush flow through her body and then faintly heard her dad tell her to open her eyes. After receiving a second injection, her heart rate slowed down.
Clinical Counselor and Registered Yoga Teacher Jamie Nichols, MA, will lead weekly yoga classes at Lina’s Harmony, in Warrington, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Monday until June 25.
Students from beginner to advanced can enjoy the gentle movement, strength building and flexibility improvement of this regular practice. Classes will include a combination of traditional hatha yoga and restorative yoga, ending on a restful note for a good night’s sleep and a renewed sense of wholeness.
KarmaFest, a holistic, psychic and yoga festival weekend of camping and fun, is coming to Pottstown for the Labor Day weekend, September 2 through 5, at Fellowship Farm. Campers can arrive after 7 p.m. on September 2 and will check out by noon on September 5. Daytime-only participants are welcome from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., September 3 and 4, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., September 5.
The festival will feature enlightening lectures, meditation, live music, swimming, vegan and vegetarian food, 50 to 75 interesting vendors and two full days of yoga. Also available at an additional charge will be readings, massage, reiki, reflexology and more.
KarmaFest was founded by Patricia Hawse in 2005, after she experienced the effects of holistic health firsthand, while serving for the Red Cross in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Witnessing the immediate effects of yoga and meditation to relieve tension and increase energy and balance, Hawse vowed to spread the word through a festival—KarmaFest.
“We are so excited that our second year of KarmaFest will be a full holiday weekend experience,” says Hawse. “Think lots of time around the drum circle and bonfire at night, and waking to a great KarmaFest, with all the trimmings, during the day. We also have a beautiful swimming pool, so we’re looking forward to offering an end-of-the-
summer extended weekend getaway.”
Cost: Full weekend pass, with 3-night stay, starts at $88 for tent camping and $122 for dorm stay (early bird prices, before July 15). Day passes: $20. Location: Fellowship Farm, 2488 Sanatoga Rd., Pottstown. For more information, call Diane at 610-220-7817, email Patti@KarmaFest.com or visit KarmaFest.com.
Yoga on Main, in Manayunk, is presenting a 500-hour ayurveda certification training beginning July 30 and continuing through November, 2017. The curriculum is modeled on the healing distance course designed and taught by David Frawley, of the American Institute of Vedic Studies, and will be taught in a classroom-style setting by master teacher Ed Zadlo.
“Ayurveda is the traditional healing system of India and is the oldest system of natural health care in continuous practice in the world,” teaches Zadlo. “An increasing number of people are turning to natural health, and specifically to this ancient blend of yoga, meditation, herbal medicine and dietary advice, to recover from illness and to stay healthy.”
Successful completion of this course will allow students to gain certification as an Ayurvedic Life-Style Counselor, and will give them the option for further training and study in ayurveda and vedic sciences. Students will receive a comprehensive survey of ayurvedic anatomy and physiology, diagnosis, nutrition, herbal therapy, aromas, yoga, psychology and spirituality. There are no prerequisites for enrollment.
“Ayurveda is an individually oriented medicine that emphasizes the effects of diet, lifestyle and psychology on health and disease prevention,” Zadlo explains.
Students engaged in this program will develop the skills and knowledge to determine imbalances relative to the doshas of vata, pitta and kapha of the ayurvedic system, and to make appropriate dietary, herbal and lifestyle recommendations to deal with primary doshic imbalances.“ The teaching is rooted in classical texts, but we see the need to adapt ayurveda for our changing times, which present many new health challenges,” Zadlo points out.“ The field has much to offer in terms of methods that we can use here and now.”
Ed Zadlo, D.Ay, is a certified ayurveda practitioner; yoga-ayurveda therapist; and expert teacher, or acharya, of yoga/vedanta, ayurveda and vedic dharma. He has been teaching for over 25 years. Zadlo was both a graduate and a faculty member of the New England Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine before completing advanced clinical study at the Rishikesh College of Ayurveda, in Rishikesh, India. He then studied ayurvedic healing with Dr. David Frawley, director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies, earning certification from him as an ayurveda yoga acharya with 1200 hours of advanced integral yoga/ayurveda study. Zadlo is a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and is the first certified Acharya of Integral Ayurveda/Yoga Therapy.
Cost: $3,500, with an early-bird discount available through May 30. Payment plans available. Location: 4363 Main St., Manayunk, the home-studio of Zadlo, YOM founder and master teacher David Newman, and managing partner/master teacher Shiva Das. For more information, call 215-482-7877, email Info@YogaOnMain.com or visit YogaOnMain.com.
May 2016 Issue