October 2009 Blog Posts (20)

Weekly YogaLetter - October 30, 2009

Hello Yoga Bear friends,



New Yorkers: join us tomorrow at Strala Yoga for a yoga class and meet other survivors and Yoga Bear volunteers. TimeInc will be filming part of the class as part of a short-documentary on Yoga Bear's work. The event is free, but you must RSVP here.



San Franciscans, don’t forget the Caregiver Partner Yoga event that is… Continue

Added by Moran Serr Hirsch on October 30, 2009 at 11:06am — No Comments

Priya Ma in Marin County, CA, on November 7th

Nina Priya David (Priya Ma) is one of the most gifted teachers I've met when it comes to working with underserved populations. She has extensive experience with Alzheimer, Abused Teens, Drug addictions, Vision Impaired and Blind students. On November 7th Priya Ma will be presenting at the International Yoga Therapy Conference One Day Event in Corte Madera, CA, at the Bay Club Marin (220 Town Center). Her workshop starts at 8:45 am and goes to 11:15 am. Priya Ma is also going to be part of the… Continue

Added by Antonio Sausys on October 29, 2009 at 3:53pm — No Comments

Meditation on Vacation

This past week, my husband and I traveled to New Jersey to see family and commune with fall trees. Traveling can be stressful, even good stress sends some riffs of emotions that shift me out of balance; not to mention the three hour time zone change. I find that compassionate meditation the most helpful. To me, that means, allowing myself to be present with the changes and mindful of my breathing. At night, using a simple focus on my breath to end the day is sometimes the best and only thing I… Continue

Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on October 27, 2009 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

SheKnows offering a free yoga bag!

Just wanted to let you all know that I saw this contest for this great yoga bag if you want to sign up! it is free! The link is: http://www.sheknows.com/articles/contests-and-freebies/811808.htm The company of the bag is called Ogorgeous

Added by Jessica Soliden on October 23, 2009 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Weekly Yoga Letter - October 23, 2009

Good weekend Yoga Bear friends,



This Sunday, Nandi Yoga is holding a workshop in celebration of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This workshop will focus on connecting to the heart-Anahata, while opening and nurturing the body. Embark on a journey to connect to the true self through Yin Yoga, meditation, pranayama and deep relaxation. We will explore ways to quiet the mind, let go of tensions in the body and calm the nervous… Continue

Added by Moran Serr Hirsch on October 23, 2009 at 10:31am — No Comments

One Day Yoga Therapy Conference in Marin County 0n November 7th

Much of what is presented about Yoga in our society represents the fitness-oriented media image of this ancient practice. What is less well known to the public is the idea of Yoga as a complementary component of an overall health care regimen. When practiced with a specific therapeutic intention - Yoga Therapy - it can help prevent and aid in the recovery from a variety of mental and physical ailments.

On November 7, 2009, Marin County will be… Continue

Added by Antonio Sausys on October 21, 2009 at 10:23pm — No Comments

Cancer Advocate

There's a time when we can only think about ourselves and our own recoveries, and then, we want to reach out and help others. If you have a few minutes to sign on to advocacy petitions, they do impact our lawmakers. In March, I was able to lobby with C3(Colon Cancer Coalition) and learned how to condense my cancer experience into a ten minute story that advocated for laws to be… Continue

Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on October 20, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

When the Practice Gets Tough, The Tough Take a Break

Here's a little secret, dear yogis and yoginis: I've been seriously slacking on my yoga practice these days. Lots of things have come into play: work is really busy these days, my knee is injured, I'm tired, it's cold out, I'd rather go home and eat Annie's Mac & Cheese while watching "Project Runway." I just can't muster up the energy to practice. What I struggle with is this: is my body telling me it's time to rest, or am I relying on excuses to keep me from what yoga is all about - the… Continue

Added by Kate on October 19, 2009 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Not Knowing

As the summer flew by, so is the fall. Trying to soak up the last bit of decent weather in New England I have turned to long walks with my pug, Gwen, down the streets of Cambridge. Just loosing my other pug, Tucker to cancer I wanted to let Gwen know she was not alone and that I too miss Tucker. We find ourselves on the quiet back roads where the sidewalks are brick, the houses are quaint, and the traffic is light. The crunching of the multicolored leaves under my sneakers acts as a buffer to… Continue

Added by Sarah B on October 16, 2009 at 5:51pm — 1 Comment

Weekly Yoga Letter - October 16, 2009

Hi Yoga Bear friends,



I gathered some of the interesting posts from our Blog:



More Stars Ditching Fame For Forearm Stand

My Body is My Business – a beautiful post by Sarah B.

Hard Lessons - a… Continue

Added by Moran Serr Hirsch on October 16, 2009 at 10:49am — 2 Comments

Hard Lessons

I woke this morning with a stabbing pain in my neck. It took me awhile to fully open my eyes since crying myself to sleep left them swollen. I realized the pain was from the corner of the photo album I fell asleep on. Not having been on my yoga mat in a little over a week, today I vowed to return. I willed myself out of bed and placed the album back on the night stand, started the kettle on the stove and opened my laptop to check my mail. I brace myself for the condolences I was about to… Continue

Added by Sarah B on October 16, 2009 at 4:48am — 4 Comments

My Body is My Business

Thinking that our lives are fine the way that they are is a common misconception. When you take the time to step back from your life to get a larger view you may realize you could use some change. But how do we make this transition with grace as we flow from who we are now to who we want to be without disrupting our lives completely I find on my mat is the best place to research this question however there comes a time where you have to carry your yoga mind off the mat in search of this… Continue

Added by Sarah B on October 16, 2009 at 4:46am — 2 Comments

More Stars Ditching Fame For Forearm Stand

Last week I was all excited because my NYC buddy Jay-Z was talking to the press about his desire to take up yoga. This week we've got more A-listers who are embracing the asana practice, and I couldn't be more excited. Basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal showed up at a class in his Cleveland neighborhood recently, and is now taking to the practice as part of his… Continue

Added by Kate on October 12, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Weekly Yoga Letter - October 9, 2009

Hi Yoga Bear friends,

Here is a recap of some of this week’s Blog topics:



Learn about Austin Survivor's Plaza

Jay-Z The Next Celebrity Yogi?

Jean talks about the First Chemo

See Lauren Cahn… Continue

Added by Moran Serr Hirsch on October 9, 2009 at 8:35pm — No Comments

See Lauren Cahn article in Huffington Post about Yoga support group

See Lauren Cahn article in Huffington Post about Yoga support group.


http://yogachickie.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/what-yoga-can-do-for-breast-cancer-survivors/


Bob Weisenberg
YogaDemystified.com

Added by Bob Weisenberg on October 8, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

The First Chemo

Wearing a loose, red-checked, button-down dress, I arrived early for my first chemotherapy infusion. I would wear my red dress almost every week for 26 weeks, because it was one less decision to make. It became my uniform. But the first day, it was a red banner to help me hide my fear. The waiting room exacerbated my restlessness, as I tried to figure out who was there for treatment and… Continue

Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on October 6, 2009 at 4:30am — No Comments

Jay-Z The Next Celebrity Yogi?

I just arrived back home in Brooklyn, and blasted Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind" on repeat the entire drive. It's a bit of an anthem here in the Big Apple - the song celebrates our fair city and everything special about it. So I was pleasantly surprised to come across this recent interview with the hip-hop mogul, in which he reveals that he's eager to get on a yoga mat. Apparently his pal, Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin (aka Mr. Gwyneth Paltrow) has turned him on to the… Continue

Added by Kate on October 5, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Austin Survivor's Plaza

AUSTIN,Texas

Cancer survivors' plaza in the works

$1 million grant will pay for reflection space near Lady Bird Lake.



In July 2002, Austin resident Leibel Harelik was diagnosed with prostate cancer and told he had six months to live.

Armed with advice from lung cancer survivor Richard Bloch, co-founder of the tax preparation service H&R Block, Harelik sought out other medical opinions, had surgery and underwent radiation and hormone treatments that have helped him… Continue

Added by Leibel B. Harelik on October 2, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Weekly Yoga Letter - October 2, 2009

Hi Yoga Bear friends,

Here is a recap of some of this week’s Blog topics:



Delving Into Seane Corn's Wise Words On Fear, Surrender And Yoga – another great one from Kate

A Yoga and Cancer story brought by Jean

Free Yoga at Pier 39, an… Continue

Added by Moran Serr Hirsch on October 2, 2009 at 1:13pm — No Comments

Is yoga about the perfect pose?

Just in case you thought that you need to look like the Yoga Journal cover, watch this video of a behind the scenes Yoga Journal Photo shoot.



http://www.yogajournal.com/video/11




It is important to remember that yoga, as we know it today, with such emphasis on Asana, on poses, is relatively a new phenomenon.



Yoga Asana as it has been practiced for thousands of years is mostly about taking a seat in… Continue

Added by Doron Hanoch on October 2, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

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