Weekend Yoga Retreat – November 9-11

We had an early taste of Autumn over the past week in New York City. A coolness in the air. Jackets came out. While the Labor Day weekend is an artificial transition into Autumn, we felt the shift.

While there is still another week or so of official summer, the leisure of the summer months is over, and we find ourselves navigating new schedules for school, back to five-day weeks at work, and the anticipation of the rush up to the end of the year. Within that transition, we can begin to feel unsettled, ungrounded and unstable.

In the thick of it, we tend to create lists and jump from task to task without even pausing to get a sense of completion. We don’t seem to allow even the smallest notion of completion to enter the picture of our daily lives. We’re just onto the next thing.

At the end of my day, I always sit quietly and acknowledge my experience from that day. Oftentimes, that experience doesn’t necessarily match the picture in my mind of how I think things should have been. Nonetheless, I acknowledge my efforts with a hearty “great job” or “Dennis, you did that best you could.” This acknowledgment is important in creating a sense of completeness. A moment to pause and see all I’ve accomplished. In that process, I quiet the noise of the inner critic. I begin to clear some of the clutter that’s no longer of use. I get rid of what no longer serves me.

It’s through our practice we find this. Our practice offers us a toolkit we can use as we journey along our path. Our Dharma is our truth and being awake in every moment along our journey. It is the foundation for a meaningful life. When we live according to these principles we find the peace and joy that is always within us. We find compassion and awareness that’s always there. We release what no longer serves us.

I have the great honor of leading a weekend retreat in conjunction with the beloved NY Loves Yoga community in a beautiful house in the Pocono Mountains. Join me November 9 – 11 for a powerful weekend when we’ll take a moment to pause to reflect on all that we’ve accomplished over the past year. We’ll explore together how the teachings of our practice can keep us grounded and awakened on our way to clearing a lot of the clutter and the noise in the mind. You’ll leave with tools to navigate the challenges of life in the immediate and throughout your life. Click here for more details.

Be well.

 

December Happenings and Special New Years Day Class

Happy December! As we move into the holiday season, we can feel rushed along by the rush of things. If we’re not careful, we can miss the really important things. I’m encouraging my classes to take five minutes in the morning and/or evening through January 1 to sit still and pay attention to the breath. Try not to get caught up in what to call this. Just sit still and breath. Slow down. You’ll find calm and clarity in the midst of the holiday chaos and there’s potential for people to like you more.

Schedule Changes

Start next week (December 11, 2017) I’m shifting my 12:15pm on Mondays at Brooklyn Yoga Project to Tuesdays. With that, I’ll be adding a 1:00pm on Mondays at NYHRC 45th Street. Join me. You can always find my full schedule here.

Special New Years Day Class

Join me and the rest of the marvelous community of NY Loves Yoga on January 1, 2018 from 2 to 4pm at NY Loves Yoga for a joyful and uplifting class focusing on skillful effort. There’s a lovely little gift included. Space is limited so book here now.

March Happenings and Beyond

I trust in these early months of 2017 you are keeping up with your practice. Our practice gives us a much needed break from the noise around us to allow the nervous system to calm and correct itself, a stilling of the body, and a quieting of the mind. We notice as we clear the clutter and debris from both body and mind, our clinging to those habitual Continue reading “March Happenings and Beyond”

January Happenings and Beyond

happy-new-yearA Very Happy New Year to You!

I trust the last days of 2016 and the first days of 2017 have found you setting intentions for a solid foundation in the upcoming year. May you have happiness, joy, and freedom throughout!

The only constant is change and the end of 2016 brought the gentle reminder of the impermanence of all things. The gym (that) pioneered the idea of club as nightclub, David Barton Gym, ceased operations of its New York City locations. If you’re visiting this page and were with me at DBG and have not heard from me, click here and send me a quick message. I’d love to hear from you!

But as the adage goes, doors closing and opening and all, I’m adding of a new class on Saturdays at 11am at NYHRC 50th Street. Because change is constant, it won’t be the last addition or change in 2017 and you can keep up to date on my schedule by clicking here.

Yoga Blueprint: The Art & Architecture of Your Practice

Starting January 29, 2017, join me for this four part series at NY Loves Yoga. In a supportive and creative environment, you will break down various poses, sequences, and breath practices helping you establish and/or refine a solid foundation to keep you safe and feeling great – and of course topped off with a bunch of inspiring Dennis-isms to keep it encouraging and fun.  Click here for more information. You’ll leave feeling accomplished, confident, and invigorated.

200 Hour Brooklyn Yoga Project Teacher Training

Join this Yoga Alliance certified 200 Hour Teacher Training, starting in March, at our home in Brooklyn. Throughout the training you will explore the history of yoga and its philosophy, study asana and the movement of the body, dive into meditation, and deconstruct the layers of your heart. You’ll break down the asana and learn about the anatomy and physiology of the body, and as it moves through the postures. Explore and discover the root of asana – breath and bandhas, and learn the benefits of pranayama. Learn about the chakras of the body and how they connect to the poses, the breath, and YOU! Breakdown walls and barriers and breakthrough to the real YOU. The time is now. The only thing that is constant is change. Rather than fight it, embrace it and fly! Click here to find out more!

The Peace Project: Be heard without a word

peaceprojectDear Community,

Brooklyn Yoga Project and Sette Creative invite you to join us in a group meditation dedicated to moving forward together in strength, love and commitment to ourselves, each other, our city, and our country.

On Friday, Nov. 18, we will gather in Columbus Circle at 530pm and meditation will begin at 6pm to break down false borders and build a common energy that can be shared by all. Join us to hold space for hope,Continue reading “The Peace Project: Be heard without a word”