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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