Yoga

Greenpoint Winter Survival Guide: How To De-Stress Yo Self

Gabrielle Gray, Studio Manager of Maha Rose

It was a long time coming, but the past week’s snowfall seems to indicate that winter is finally upon us! To fully equip you for the season, we spoke with eight local businesses to get their Greenpoint winter survival tips and favorite local haunts for the cold days ahead of us, and this is the first one in our series. I’m feeling better already.

WELLNESS: MAHA ROSE | 97 Green Street
Gabrielle Gray, Studio Manager

Greenpointers: What tweaks should we make to our routines in the winter months?

Gabrielle Gray: One of my favorite things about the winter is that naturally we just go within. The weather is so terrible that you want to hibernate a little bit and we want to quieten down and we want to get cozy. That instinct I think is natural and we can all honor that a little more. New York City is such a go city, but allow yourself to relax a little bit more. That’s what the weather is calling for. Continue reading

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Find Your Spark At the Narayana Integrative Center

Greenpointers, I’m not going to get all woo woo on you. I promise. But, there’s a transformative, powerful space in the neighborhood and I want to share it with you.

Meet the Narayana Integrative Center (191 Nassau Ave), a holistic wellness space located near McGolrick Park. The center focuses on blending physical and spiritual practice for a healthy body and balanced mind.

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There’s A Workshop On The Female Orgasm, & You Should Totally Come! (Friday, 11/3)

Tantric Woman Workshop

Narayana Integrative Center (191 Nassau Ave) is hosting a stimulating workshop for women and men on Friday October 13th from 7-930pm, where you can dive deeper into what’s really happening “down there”—turns out, there’s much to be explored. Tantric experts Suriya and Gyanmurti will guide you through a discussion on female pleasure and vulnerability, while describing the various types of female orgasms and ways for a supportive partner to help his or her partner reach them. Tantric sex is widely known as a way to expand your consciousness and connection with your partner while achieving sensations that are out of this realm (really!). I’ll have what she’s having. Sign up here ($45 energy exchange). Continue reading

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Hurricane Benefit Yoga Class TONIGHT (8/31) at Usha Veda

Usha Veda YogaIn the true spirit of the meaning of “yoga” or its English definition “union,” Usha Veda Yoga (1006 Manhattan Ave) is holding a donation-based yoga class in support of disaster relief for Houston at 7pm tonight. As Usha Veda describes, yoga enables not only the union of mind and body, but also uniting in the knowledge that we are all one. The intention of tonight’s class is to come together to send love and funds to those in need. Continue reading

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Hosh Yoga is Moving! Yoga and Meditation Classes in McCarren 8/31-9/7

Hosh Yoga, via Instagram
Hosh Yoga, via Instagram
Greenpoint studio Hosh Yoga is moving from Nassau Avenue to a new space at 657 Meeker Ave on September 8th, after tremendous support from the Greenpoint community that helped them to exceed their $8500 fundraising goal on gofundme . Their last day of classes at the old studio will be tomorrowWednesday August 30th. The studio will be closed from August 31st through September 7th as they transition into the new space. During this time they will offer a full week of yoga and meditation classes in McCarren Park (you will need to bring your own mat), FREE for Members / $10 non-members—see the schedule after the jump.
The non-profit studio started eight years ago offering yoga classes in the park, eventually moving into the Nassau Avenue space. The move to the new space was necessary because their lease had expired and rent was jumping to more than double.

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Summer Solstice Yoga in Transmitter Park Tonight!

Transmitter Park
Transmitter Park

Wednesday, June 21st (today!) marks not only the Summer Solstice, but also International Day of Yoga! To celebrate both, Goodyoga (114 Greenpoint Ave.) is leading a Summer Solstice offering of 108 Sun Salutations. Taking place at 7pm in Transmitter Park in Greenpoint (West St. bet. Kent St. and Greenpoint Ave.), the donation-based event will support the Discover Outdoors Foundation, a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing life-changing, educational and fun outdoor experiences to kids who need it most. Continue reading

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Fleeting Connections: Intuitive Counseling to Help You Celebrate Your Life

There’s something about me I haven’t really shared with anyone: I love it when people, places, and things magically sync up. Maybe it’s seeing a certain number or time everyday (11:11, anyone?), or dreaming about a long-lost friend or lover and out of the blue, they contact you. That’s synchronicity.

And, it felt even more synchronous when I was referred by a friend to Virginia Mason, an intuitive counselor. Virginia honors human experience and the uncertainty of life with many tools – reiki, astrology, tarot, yoga, and more.

Want to know the key behind intuitive counseling and how this Greenpoint gal is making huge waves in our neighborhood? I spent a lovely afternoon with Virginia to talk about all things mystical and tangible and got to experience some reiki firsthand. Read more to find out.
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Tonight: Street Cat Yoga in Greenpoint!

street cat yogaTonight, Greenpoint plays host to Street Cat Yoga, a benefit yoga class held at the International Ballet Institute studio at 37 Greenpoint Ave. Absolutely all donations go to crucial medications, procedures + rescue efforts for animals on our streets for Bradford TNR, a local trap and release animal rescuer. Details after the jump. Continue reading

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Four of Wands Wellness Collective: Self-Care and Community

Four of Wands Wellness Collective Williamsburg Store Window
Four of Wands exterior; all photos via Four of Wands

Four of Wands Wellness Collective (349 Leonard Street) is a self-care studio in Williamsburg, where people can find different kinds of holistic treatments, classes, handmade gifts, and a community space. Owner and Licensed Massage Therapist Daru Oda wanted to create a space for  doing “what makes you happy. We forget to do things that are fun or to expand our minds. At Four of Wands, we can take care of ourselves for an hour.”

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Goodyoga Flips Teacher Payment Structure On Its Head

Goodyoga's Greenpoint Avenue Studio
Goodyoga’s Greenpoint Avenue Studio

If you’ve been to Goodyoga, you know they’re doing something right. Their app makes class sign-up easy, their down-to-earth teachers blend alignment with humor, and their prices beat everywhere else. What you may not know is that Goodyoga is promoting physical and emotional health for instructors by changing their business model.

As of the first of the year, they’re offering full-time employment with benefits to their yoga teachers. This may signal a new direction for the yoga industry, with concerned teachers and studio owners who see the current industry standard of employing teachers as Independent Contractors as broken. Meanwhile, more than one yoga studio has been audited by the Department of Labor over the practice. Continue reading

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