This month at the studio

Inauguration Day Meditation & Kirtan

On Inauguration Day come together at Daya Yoga Studio to raise your vibrations, grow love and positivity with a group of other love minded ones.

Jennifer MacFarlane will lead a meditation, followed by a ritual, that will flow into a Kirtan led by Alyssa Easterly.

For the ritual, you will offer up something that inspires you!

What to bring: Bring some inspiration of the heart to share to the group!! A song, poem, quote, story, an instrument, a prayer.

What to wear: something comfy

What is a Kirtan?
Devotional call and response group singing and chanting of mantras. Led by a singer playing the harmonium accompanied by drums and guitar.

Donation based

All proceeds go to 596 Acres: a local organization creating community gardens. More info about 596 Acres

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Intro to Yoga – Total Beginner Saturday January 14th 2-4pm


This workshop is for everyone who feels curious about what Yoga actually is.

You will learn the basic poses, and how to move without developing bad habits, helping you to avoid injuries as you exercise. Basic breathing techniques will be introduced. You will be explained the noncompetitive, healthy and fun approach to Yoga.

After you gain an understanding of what Yoga is, possibly you will be ready to jump into our ongoing group classes right after.

Ania Lesniak has been practicing yoga since 2003 and has been a teacher since 2009, during which time she created Daya Yoga Studio in Ridgewood. Ania has studied under many different teachers, in New York and India. She has an Ayurvedic approach to yoga practice and believes that in healthy body there is a healthy soul.

Price $25 if you preregister through MindBody or on our
$30 on the day of the event

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Posted in Beginner, Breathwork, Events, Meditation, Workshops, Yoga

Anatomy Workshop Series :: The Bees’ Knees Sunday January 15th 2-4pm


15589586_1046424862152041_8149562815242067738_nAre you curious to learn more about anatomy? Have you ever wondered what happens on a physical level during your yoga practice? Do you wonder how your natural body mechanics off the mat can shape your practice? Join us for an immersive anatomy experience in which we will explore bones, joints, muscles, and more.

Below is the description of the second session on knees:

The Bees Knees!
Learn about anatomy from the ground up.

This session will be an integrated discussion and exploration about the largest and perhaps the most complex joint in the body: the knee. The way we work with the positioning and movement of our knees can either help or hinder us during our yoga practice. Get curious about how your knees can influence the rest of your body.

We will address topics such as the bones, ligaments, and muscles that comprise the knees, as well as how the knees work to help the body move efficiently. A Q&A will help clarify concepts and engage with new ideas as a group. We will also play together with a moving exploration of the knees through asana and energetic breathing practices.

This workshop is open to both teachers and students alike. No previous anatomy experience is necessary: the material covered will be accessible to all.

Maggie is a teacher at Daya and a second year student in a clinical occupational therapy program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Alongside anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology academics, she has studied with Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews at the Breathing Project, the authors of Yoga Anatomy. She hopes to facilitate a dynamic conversation about yoga anatomy with the Daya community!

Pre Register $20
Day of Event $25

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Friday November 18th

Free, with a suggested donation of $5-10

13913654_927318927395969_1612565557822371881_oThe night will begin with some gentle yoga movement and flow and then we will chant and sing mantras. Music and mantras led by Alyssa playing the harmonium, and others playing a drum, guitar, tambourine, and whatever instrument you might like to bring.

Come sing, chant, dance and play!

…and you may be wondering, what exactly is a Kirtan?

Kirtan is a form of devotional chanting with roots going back many centuries in India. It is a primary practice on the path of Bhakti Yoga. The singing is accompanied by musical instruments and rhythmic drumming and the audience is encouraged to participate by chanting, clapping and dancing. In its heartfelt expression kirtan can induce profound states of meditation and bliss.

Feel free to come and go as you please.

See you there,
Namaste ♥

Posted in Happy Friday, Meditation, Music, World Around Us, Yoga

Yogis for Standing Rock: a day of prayer and gratitude-Nov. 12 2pm

Saturday November 12 2-4pm
Join us this Saturday for a donation-based Power Yoga Level II class with gathering the healing energy of prayer to send to the Water Protectors. All proceeds will go to The Standing Rock Siox.
Please read this very powerful message from Chief Arvol Looking Horse, of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nations & Spread:
“…I ask you to join me on this endeavor. Our vision is for the peoples of all continents, regardless of their beliefs in the Creator, to come together as one at their Sacred Sites to pray and meditate and commune with one another, thus promoting an energy shift to heal our Mother Earth and achieve a universal consciousness toward attaining Peace.
As each day passes, I ask all nations to begin a global effort, and remember to give thanks for the sacred food that has been gifted to us by our Mother Earth, so the nutritional energy of medicine can be guided to heal our minds and spirits.
This new millennium will usher in an age of harmony or it will bring the end of life as we know it. Starvation, war, and toxic waste have been the hallmark of the great myth of progress and development that ruled the last millennium.
To us, as caretakers of the heart of Mother Earth, falls the responsibility of turning back the powers of destruction. You yourself are the one who must decide.
You alone – and only you – can make this crucial choice, to walk in honor or to dishonor your relatives. On your decision depends the fate of the entire World.
Each of us is put here in this time and this place to personally decide the future of humankind.
Did you think the Creator would create unnecessary people in a time of such terrible danger?
Know that you yourself are essential to this world. Understand both the blessing and the burden of that. You yourself are desperately needed to save the soul of this world. Did you think you were put here for something less? In a Sacred Hoop of Life, there is no beginning and no ending.
Posted in Meditation, People, Workshops, World Around Us, Yoga

Make it Rain! with Megan Cuzzolino- November 20th

November 20th 2-4pm
MAKE IT RAIN: change your money story and draw more abundance into your life!
In this two-hour workshop, you’ll move through a series of questions, exercises, and meditation to:
-notice your own money story and how it’s holding you back
-adjust your attitude towards money so you can become friends with it
-imagine how your life will change when you have more money
-feel rich with what you currently have in your life
-work through any past money mistakes and begin to feel worthy of abundance again
-identify new ways to make money and map out a plan
-discover the tools of visualization and affirmation to continue the work of manifesting abundance on your own
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The Magic Behind Headstand w/ Jayne Ebner

A two hour headstand [inversion] immersion. Flow through a preparatory vinyasa sequence, spend time working on building a solid headstand foundation, play with different variations and the energetic magic behind headstand practice. How do we find more freedom by turning our viewpoint upside down?

All levels welcome.

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