Monthly Archives: March 2014

MOTHER AND CHILD YOGA ON MAY 10TH AT 2 PM AT PURE YOGA EAST, IN HONOR OF MOTHER’S DAY!!!

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WE HAVE SEEN THESE GORGEOUS PHOTOS OF LAURA SYKORA OF “TWO FIT MOMS” AND HER DAUGHTER, MINI…

 

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN TO MAKE SOME YOGA MAGIC OF YOUR OWN WITH YOUR CHILDREN ON MAY 10TH AT 2 PM AT PURE YOGA EAST!

 

A YOGA CLASS FOR MOTHER’S AND THEIR CHILDREN, AGES 5 AND UP,  TO BOND, BREATHE, AND GROW TOGETHER!

 

SIGN UP BELOW AND SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS TO MAKE IT A WONDERFUL AND RELAXING MOTHER’S DAY!

 

AND WHILE YOU ARE AT IT…ON JUNE 1ST AT 3 PM, A CLASS JUST FOR THE KIDS AT PURE YOGA EAST!!! LET YOUR KIDS LOOSE WITH YOGA, SINGING, ACTING, AND WRITING!!!

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GRACE

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Another focus this month is Grace.  Grace is defined as “simple elegance or refinement of movement” in it’s noun form, or ” do honor or credit to by one’s presence”.

 

Grace is something that comes very naturally to some people, they seem to float through the world elegantly, or to handle stress with an amazing amount of calm and discipline. That is exactly what grace is, discipline. My natural state is a bit clumsy and it takes a lot of concentration to stay graceful, but like balance, it takes breath and discipline. The good news is, we can practice grace. Grace as a verb proves that theory. We can bring our best selves everywhere and be a graceful part of work, relationships, and our surroundings. We want to leave, having made things that much better for those around us.

 

Each component of the yoga practice can be sectioned out and focused on. Try this with grace. When someone cuts in front of you at the coffee shop, will you call out “Hey you cut me!!!!!” ? Or will you gracefully allow them to get ahead? That’s your choice. If you are in a balance pose will you let yourself fall out because you don’t want to concentrate, or will you gracefully breathe and hold on for one more breath?

The Practice of Grace-

Question 1: What is your definition of grace?

My Answer: Grace is breathing and going with the flow. Grace is not getting in your own way.

 

Question 2: What makes you feel graceful?

My Answer: Dancer’s pose, assisting yoga poses, writing.

 

Poses for a Graceful Yoga Practice:

Dancer’s Pose, Tree Pose, Eagle Pose, King PIgeon

 

Songs for a Graceful Singing Practice:

Somewhere over the Rainbow, Hallelujah, Say Something, Same Love, New Soul

 

Now find a person who embodies grace. Ask them these questions, do some graceful yoga poses with them, and sing some songs! Teach your children and students about grace and have fun while doing so!

Post your definition of GRACE and answers to the above questions below xoxoxo Margo

ANOTHER FOCUS OF THE MONTH- BALANCE

Another great focus of the month is balance!!! Balance is tricky, balance is tender, balance takes breath and patience and practice. It is very easy for us as adults to be thrown off balance, metaphorically or literally. Today in the city, I was already thrown off balance numerous times; a student who was sick cancelled a class, my favorite yoga teacher was sick and I had a sub, my friend is sick and rescheduled our dinner date, a man brushed by me and knocked me into the side of a building, and my husband is coming home way later than expected from an already too long business trip. I could sit and cry, which I honestly did for a little while, or I could  muster up some strength and go gracefully forward, despite it all. Here comes balance, for wellness’s sake. There were many positive aspects of the day; I practiced yoga with an amazing sub, I drank a delicious almond chai, I am breathing, I cleaned the entire apartment, I heard from many great friends who had some really great news!!! Balance, is a very hard practice. Happiness, sometimes just takes a thought, whereas balance takes full body concentration and awareness and a lifetime of hard work. Balance is a wonderful focus and it begins with the breath. Balance is where the concept, “Get grounded to fly”, comes from. You can’t just be grounded, you have to let loose. You can’t just be sad, you have to find joy. These ideas, can be put into practice. So ask yourself, your kids, and your students these questions:

 

Question 1: What is your definition of balance?

 

My Answer:  Balance is feeling grounded, while something is out of place. Balance is dealing with a mess or a missing piece by a replacement of something else; breath or joy or passion. Balance is health, wellness, and strength. Balance is mental and physical alignment.

 

Question 2: What makes you feel balanced?

 

My answer: Massages, My husband, Yoga, teaching children

 

Poses for a great balancing yoga practice: Side Crow, Warrior 3, Tripod Head-Stand

 

Songs for a balanced singing lesson:  “Hallelujah”, ” Say Something”, ” Somewhere Over the Rainbow”

 

Now find a person who embodies balance. Ask them these questions, do some yoga poses with them, and sing some songs! Teach your children and students about balance and have fun while doing so! A great game for balance is the yoga mat game…Divide the mat into two emotions or states of being happy/sad, angry/ overjoyed, mystified/ all-knowing, etc. Jump around from side to side and ask yourself or those who are playing with you, why do I feel this way???

 

Post your definition of balance and your answers below xoxoxo Margo

TEACHING FOCUS THIS MONTH- HAPPINESS

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Lately I have been playing with a focus of the month for my students. This month has been, happiness! We can explore the emotion or state of happiness with our yoga poses, our song choices, and our activities. Happiness is contagious, there are songs about happiness, “Happy”, “Don’t Worry be Happy”,  there are the songs that make us happy, there are advertisements of happy, happy books, and it’s even in the Declaration of Independence! Happiness can be a choice, though subjective and sometimes fleeting, we can choose it. What exactly is happiness? How can we get happy or stay happy or eek out happy from all of our given circumstances? In life, it has been said and proved, that we get really good at what we practice most. Do you practice happiness? Do you know how? Ask yourself these questions, ask your students these questions, ask your kids these questions;

Question 1: What is your personal definition of happiness?

My Answer: A smile and a warm-hearted encounter, a genuine friend, my marriage, my family, the ability to look for the positive in every situation.

Practice: Think of a short positive phrase for your life as it is today. ” I am healthy.” ” I sleep well.” ” My friends are so special and loving”. ” I can sing and dance!”

 

Question 2: What makes you happy?

Answer: Yoga, a run in central park, writing poetry, museums, amazing movies, a Broadway play, watching the wind blow things around the city, a good night’s sleep, teaching, a massage, traveling, my nieces, remembering my Grandma, my marriage, my family members, sharing my time with great friends

 

Practice: Do the things that make you happy, see the people that make you happy, be present while you see and do those things!

 

My Happiness Poses for a great yoga practice: Crow, Astavakrasana (google it) , Compass, Splits

 

My Happiness Songs for a great singing practice: “Cups”, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, “Wrecking Ball”, ” Say Something”, “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries”

 

Now, go out and find that person in your life that you see as exuberant, vivacious, and happy. Ask them what their definition of happiness is and what makes them happy. Then ask them to show you their happy yoga poses and sing some of your favorite happy songs together!

Please post your happiness answers to what does happiness mean to you and what makes you happy?

 

xo

Margo

 

MARCH 30TH GET YOUR YOGA ON AND THEN GET YOUR SHOPPING ON… AT ATHLETA, ON THE UPPER EAST SIDE. XO

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COME TO ATHLETA FROM 10:00 AM TO 11:00 AM TO AN OPEN LEVEL FLOW WITH MARGO.

 

 

AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE LESSONS

Are you or your children interested in yoga???

My yoga sessions can incorporate singing, acting games, and writing.

With the foundation of yoga, we can build into our most creative selves!!!

Just Yoga, Singing, and Acting lessons are also available.

I am available for private and group lessons in your home, corporate settings, or even in your children’s schools.

Please contact me for details at creativeoutletsforkids@gmail.com

Love, Margo

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Margo teaches yoga with kids and adults.
Margo teaches yoga with kids and adults.