Allow It

“When you go out into the woods, and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree.

The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying ‘You are too this, or I’m too this.’ That judgment mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.”

~Ram Dass

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Do What You Can

If you practice with me, you know I yammer on about offering the moment what it needs. Right action. I think this Teddy Roosevelt quote sums that up. No where is that truer than in our yoga community right now.

Each day since last week I receive emails with a live or video offering of classes. It is amazing to see. For some of us, myself included, teaching via these virtual offerings is out of our comfort zone. Maybe for you practicing in your home space, with all the potential distractions, is out of your comfort zone.

This moment is asking us to step outside of our comfort zones. This moment is asking, as teachers, to create space, albeit virtually, for our communities. For you, maybe it’s setting up a corner in your home to create a serene space for your practice.

The studios and gym where I teach are all in action in their own ways. Doing what they can, with what they have, where they are. Here are a couple of immediate offerings I can share:

NY Loves Yoga

Starting Friday, March 20, NY Loves Yoga will be offering a schedule LIVE ONLINE classes via Zoom (in conjunction with MindBody.) I will be teaching a 2:00pm ET on Saturdays, 7:00pm ET on Mondays, and 7:00pm ET on Thursdays in this current iteration of the schedule. For full information and details, please click over to NYLY website.

Brooklyn Yoga Project

Over the past week and a half, Brooklyn Yoga Project has been putting classes (video) online for your practice. These classes can be used at your schedule. Please click over to BYP for the full offering of video classes currently up online.

Finally, please follow me on instagram (@yogidennis) for more immediate schedule information.

May all beings have happiness.
May all beings have joy.
May all beings be free from suffering.

Deep love and gratitude to you all.


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How to Sit

how to sit

“We spend a lot of time sitting—too much time. We sit at our jobs, we sit at our computers, and we sit in our cars. To sit, in this book, means to sit in such a way that you enjoy sitting, to sit in a relaxed way, with your mind awake, calm and clear.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

These are distracted times we’re living in. We spend so much of our day with our bodies in one place and our mind somewhere else. It’s fatiguing. And with our attention so dispersed, quite often, it’s difficult to know the right action to take. To coin a phrase, I have a plan for that!

Join me for this workshop based on Thich Nhat Hanh’s How to Sit. I’ll be drawing on the observations and wisdom of some of my favorite teachers; John Kabat-Zinn, Michael Stone, Jack Kornfield, and more. We’ll bring together some insights on the practice and learn some techniques to connect our body, mind, and breath. Most importantly, how to sit still and allow ourselves to be just as we are.

This workshop will be held at two locations:

Saturday, January 18 (4-6pm) New York Loves Yoga

Saturday, January 25 (3-5pm) Brooklyn Yoga Project

Click on the links above to sign up for the workshop.

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Live Fully Now – Alan Watts

You were fooled.

You were always living for somewhere where you aren’t.

You can’t live at all if you can’t live fully now.

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Yoga in Ubud, Bali ~ The Worm in the Fruit

Yoga in Ubud, Bali ~ The Worm in the Fruit
— Read on

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You are the Eternal Universe – Alan Watts

You evoke light out of the universe.

You call into being the entire universe.

Only The game we’re playing is not to notice.

What you are basically… is simply… the fabric and structure of existence itself.

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Weekend Yoga Retreat – June 14-16

Wednesdays are my day off and outside of the mundane errands one does on their “weekend”, I’ve tried to incorporate something fun. Of late, it has been a lot of museum hopping. Brooklyn Museum, Guggenheim, The Met, The Frick and so on viewing the various shows and exhibits currently on display. Yesterday, with definite Spring in the air, I wandered to Brooklyn Bridge Park to see Siah Armajani’s “Bridge over Tree“.

The piece “invites us to experience the idea of a bridge in a new way. In a world of walls and barriers, what does it mean to create points of connection, to establish relationships among different things, to invite interaction, and to build a bridge between the world and the poetic imagination?”

As I walked the inside of the bridge, the beauty of the tree was invisible.  I only saw the angles and shadows the structure created. It’s when I stepped away, created a little space, that I saw the beauty that was there all along. So often in life we only see the rough edges and never the real beauty that lies beneath. It’s important to take some time out to discover that beauty. My Wednesdays are like that. I create some space to not only see the beauty that others have created, but also the beauty that lies within me.

Once again, 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 June 14 – 16 for a powerful weekend when we’ll create some space to rediscover the beauty that lies within.  You’ll leave with tools to navigate the challenges of life in the immediate and throughout your life. Limited spots remain. Click here for more details.

Be well.

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Something Else

So, tonight I opened up a box searching for photos of someone that was part of my life so many years ago. Often it seems like yesterday. But as I was watching so many posts on instagram for World AIDS Day I thought it important to commemorate the importance of this person in my life. Funny thing was, that’s not how it turned out.

Sometimes we want things in a certain way. But as we start to look, that’s not things unfold. We try to force things to looks like we want them to and the only thing it serves…is suffering and struggle.

As I searched for photos in a box, so many others turned up. So many images of joy and laughing. On this solemn day, it’s as important to remember the living as well as the those who have lost their lives to HIV and AIDS.

The photos I share are from years ago…my joyous nieces and nephews. My bawdy Mom.

Sending all of you…love.


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I’ve always loved numerology. While I don’t run my life by it, it’s fun to see patterns in our life at various stages. Following is some information about 54.

If you’re an English-speaking numerologist you may like assigning 1 to A, 2 to B etc. Add up the numbers associated with the letters in LOVE and you get 12 + 15 + 22 + 5 = 54

54 is half of 108

A Rubik’s Cube has 54 colored squares

The number of milligrams of caffeine in 12 ounces of Mountain Dew.

54 is also reduced to 9.

The Numerology Meaning of the Number 9
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The last of the cardinal numbers, the 9 is the most worldly and sophisticated of all numbers. The 9 has some similarities with the 6. However, whereas the 6 as a symbol of motherly (or fatherly) love, giving its love and care to friends, family and the immediate community, the 9 offers it to the world at large; the 9, more than any other number, has global consciousness. Looking at the shape of the symbol is, as always, quite telling. The 9 is like the 6 upside down, a symbol of her offering sympathy and compassion to everyone; a reservoir of giving with a generous downward spout.

The 9 lives in the world and understands the connections between all of mankind. It is a humanitarian, and sees no real difference between its neighbor next door and the person living in a very different culture and environment on the other side of the world. The 9 is the least judgmental of all numbers, the most tolerant and the most conscious.

Neither specifically masculine or feminine, the 9 seems more feminine, in large part, because she is so loving and empathetic. She walks like a queen, tall and statuesque, yet feels closely connected with the rest of mankind. At the same time, she is hard to reach, seems aloof and tends to float above the small-minded issues that can be so upsetting to others. You either love her or loathe her, but you can’t deny her the respect she demands. She has impeccable taste, is talented and creative, and can be quite eloquent when she expresses herself.

The 9 is called the “Mother Theresa” number, because when she sees injustice or suffering, she will not hesitate to devote herself to rectifying it. More importantly, she will not dedicate any energy towards receiving credit for her actions; the purity of math that is manifested when she adds to the lives of others is mirrored in the way she goes about doing good: she will not force herself upon others.

Personal Year – 9
Reflection and Reaching Out
Personal Year 9 represents fulfilling and closing cycles and readiness to advance in the coming year to a higher level with the Personal Year 1. During this time a people can feel that their property, situations and people are “getting out of hand,” and those who have no desire for change or progress can feel anxious and restless. It is a human nature to stick with what we have, but there are also people whose uncertainty does not let go of things even if there is no hope of success. It is sometimes said that a drowning man will clutch at a straw, and this also applies in this case. As well as vibration of Personal Year 7 may also vibration of Personal Year 9 cause a lot of trouble and confusion, but the difference is that while vibrations of number seven are important for the growth of spiritual awareness, vibrations of number nine are important for growth of personal awareness and responsibility.

Friendships and romantic relationships can come to an end in this period. People may move, change jobs, make long journeys, change the direction of their efforts, or lose something that is of great value to them. It is also the year in which people get responsibility, or they will take on the responsibility themselves. It may be within the family through marriage, birth of a child, or purchase of property; or it can be outside the family in connection with employment or social activities. People have the opportunity to become responsible for themselves, and to be responsible for some aspect of their life that they always wanted to change.

During this period people are forced to reorganize their priorities, and this ignites many thoughts that are taken to the next cycle where they are developed and expanded.

All activities and responsibilities of this year increase awareness and enable personal and spiritual development. Personal Year 9 is one of the most difficult years (together with Personal Years Four and Seven), but among all the difficulties that people seem to attract during this time it gives them the opportunity to learn something new and develop their personality. It is crucial to know what to look for, but when you go through your life, year after year, and compare your personal years with your successes, challenges, joys and lessons that each of these years brought to you, you will understand life a bit more than before.

Taken from Astroseek

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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.


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