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Compass Yoga with Christa Avampato

Christa Avampato
Christa Avampato

More $10 yoga! More great teachers!

Christa Avampato, who has blogged here on Yogoer, has launched an awesome new initiative called Compass Yoga. She not only offers affordable yoga, she donates 20% of the proceeds to the charity of your choice. (She also writes an inspiring blog on entrepreneurship, Christa in New York.)

I attended the very first class last night, and was really impressed. Christa managed 26 students, of all ages and experiences, with ease and charm. She offered variations for the injured folks, and lots of helpful focal points throughout class. I came away relaxed, restored, and ready to face my week.

Classes are held from 6–7pm every Sunday at Pearl Studios, near Penn Station. Christa did her teacher training at Sonic Yoga; classes are slow flow Shiva Rea style.

Little Lesson: Pain Isn’t Progress

From Stephanie Sandleben, at Kula Yoga:

Stephanie: So, in my own practice, I’ve been thinking about the difference between sensation, and tapas. And realizing that they’re not the same thing.

Rough quote, I’m forgetting more of it, but her words hit the spot. It’s taken me years to realize that yoga is not the Marines, pain is not “a sign of weakness leaving the body.” Tapas, the purifying burn that is a big reason we practice asana, is achieved through appropriate challenges for the body. Not masochism and ignorance.

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Strong Vinyasa with Tara Stiles at Strala Yoga

Tara Stiles
Tara Stiles

The new house of (Tara) Stiles, Strala Yoga is a breath of fresh air downtown. I finally stopped by last week. A beautiful loft on Broadway and Houston, Strala has magical light and expansive space. A cozy little corner of art and couches invites you to move in. There’s a long wall of mirrors in the back, from its previous life as a Crunch gym, but that only adds to the Real World Yoga feeling. I kind of don’t want to share such a gorgeous uncrowded space, but I have to support their admirable affordable pricing — just $10 for all classes! Even the 90-minute ones! And those with Ms. Supermodel herself.

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Open Vinyasa with Tanya Namad at New York Yoga

Tanya Namad
Tanya Namad

I was tempted to skip yoga today. Forty mile an hour winds kept me from crossing Third Avenue; my umbrella simply wasn’t going to make it to York. But, literally one minute after I’d given up, the cross-town bus arrived like a knight in screechy armor. I made it to class just a few minutes late.

Tanya Namad, a recent graduate of Atmananda Yoga, invited me up to her vinyasa class at New York Yoga. I did my first teacher training at Atmananda (albeit with different faculty), so I just hoped I wouldn’t be too adrift in memory bliss.

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Stop Human Trafficking in India

There’s an event worth attention this Saturday. Ashtanga Yoga New York is holding a benefit for Odanadi, an organization in Mysore, India, that fights human trafficking (forced prostitution and modern-day slavery) and helps rehabilitate its victims with education, housing, and yoga.

YOGA STOPS TRAFFICK is a one-day global yoga event to raise awareness about human trafficking in India. On March 13th, 2010, Yogis around the world will roll out their mats for a mass sun salutation, to take a stand against trafficking and show their support to its millions of victims.

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Desk Job Decompression

Oh no no no
Oh no no no

It turns out that yoga in the back of the office is the best idea ever! We’re going to keep it up through March.

The focus is “desk job decompression:” yoga poses to counteract all those ruinous hours at our laptops. We usually do 15 minutes of simple stretches to wake up the wrists, ankles and spine, then about 45 minutes of standing poses, and a guided relaxation at the end.

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Meditation with Alan Finger at ISHTA

Alan Finger
Alan Finger

Yesterday morning I headed up to Union Square. Slushy weather and train delays didn’t help the trip, and I began my meditation practice a bit early as I tried to let the irritable thoughts float up and away.

9:35 was still a fine time to arrive, it turns out. I settled onto a bolster and blanket in the middle of the large, elegant room. Plain white walls and smooth dark floors led up to a colorfully preserved door frame, in front of which sat a beaming Alan Finger.

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Dana Yoga with Yogoer, Mondays in Tribeca

Computer counterposes, by donation. We’re turning the GreenSpaces office into a yoga studio! Mondays in February, bring your mat to Tribeca. We’ll practice some dana yoga.

Classes are by donation; you can leave a hundred dollars, or just a smile! Buddhists call the act of giving dana, it’s a way to escape greed and cultivate kindness. It doesn’t have to be money; it can be time, a friendly ear, a happy word. Whatever’s appropriate to the situation, and yourself.

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Acupuncture Happy Hour

Curious about acupuncture? Gotham Wellness is offering another happy hour tomorrow. I went last month and really enjoyed it. Stephanie, the founder, is warm, smart, and (practically) painless.

Happy Hour Acupuncture will take place this Friday, January 22 from 5:30-7:30 pm.  This will be the last happy hour until February 19th. Feel free to drop in anytime from 5:30-7 pm.  If you prefer to secure an appointment, please reserve your spot by paying in advance.

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