This month at the studio

Big, Bold, Brave…

Irebeccat’ll be a year on July 10th that I left my “normal” and “stable” job to spend as much time as I could living my dreams, pursuing my passions and living my boldest, bravest life.

My plan when I left my job was simple: follow my heart and my dreams wherever they led me until I ran out of money and had to go back to the “real” world. In about a week, I will have made it a year.

In the last year, I’ve heard almost everything a responsible person might say to one who quits her job in her 30s: “It’s just a quarter life crisis….what are you going to do?…what about retirement? You’re having an Eat-Pray-Lovemoment, aren’t you? You’re like Cheryl Strayed in Wild!…”. These last two are perhaps my favorite, because, although I highly respect Elizabeth Gilbert and Cheryl Strayed and feel honored that others see my journey as inspiring as theirs, I hadn’t gotten a divorce and I wasn’t depressed (in Ms. Gilbert’s case) and I hadn’t gone into a drug-induced stupor because my mother had recently died (in Ms. Strayed case).

I had simply decided I wanted to change my life…and so I did. And I’ve learned a few things in the last year of living my dreams:

1) This shit is scary…and hard! Not a day has gone by that I wasn’t scared shitless at some point. I’m constantly terrified that I’ve made the wrong decision, that I’m going to end up in massive debt, that I don’t know what my next source of income is, that my heart is leading me in the wrong direction, that I’m not sure where my heart was leading me. Getting to know yourself and your dreams and then living them is just about the scariest thing in the world.

2) But it’s so worth it. I have never been happier. I understand myself, the people around me and the universe in ways I never knew I could…or knew was even possible. Almost every day I have at least one moment where I say to myself, “ah, that’s it. This is what I’ve been chasing…bliss!” In the six years prior, I had very few moments of perfect bliss. It’s amazing to experience them daily now.

3) People are judgmental…and I used to be one of them (and I suppose I still can be at times). A month into this adventure, I went on a hike with a friend. About two years before (when I was still doing the “normal” thing), she had left her exciting, well-paying job. She took a few months off and went back to work part-time at a simpler job. I had been terrified for her. I asked, “How was she going to make this work? What was she going to do with her time?”. By the time of our hike, she had settled into her life nicely, and I had started to admire her. She had gotten married and was pregnant with her first child (both of which had been dreams of hers). After we talked about her happiness and joy I asked, “What’s your husband think about you only working part-time?” She said, “He seems to understand that I’m happier when I work less.” It was that simple; the money didn’t matter, but her happiness did. Learning to not judge others for what makes them
happy is tricky but so important.

4) On the other hand, people are amazing. This has really come to me in two forms: the support from people I never thought would support me, and the pure, unadulterated, generosity of others. Looking back, the people I thought would have supported me the most have been some of the most judgmental. But the people I thought wouldn’t understand—my mom who worked at the same stable job for over 35 years, for example—have been my biggest champions. My mom may not have made the choices I have and she may not understand them, but she damn well supports my crazy dreams. Second, call it rooting for the underdog, or believing in other people’s dreams, but I have never known such kindness—from my loved ones and strangers alike. The retired couple living in rural New York that I met at a coffee shop who opened their home to me for a few days; the help I’ve gotten developing my business from friends and family; the friend of a friend on Facebook who let me crash on his couch while I attended an out-of-town conference. If you let them be, people are generous beyond measure. I couldn’t have made it through this year without them.

5) If you can do it, you are one of the luckiest people alive. Even if you only have a month or a few weeks, if you have the chance to go after your dreams and live a full life, do it. There are literally millions of people in this world who live in conditions—poverty, servitude, and wars, just to name a few—who will never be able to go after their dreams, who may not even know what a dream is (trust me, in my “normal” job I met many of them). If you have the ability to do it (and many of us in the West do), you owe it to them and to yourself to at least try going after your dreams because you a very, very lucky. So take that leap, dream big and live a big, bold and brave life.

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DROGA in BROOKLYN, July 18th 7pm

With the intention to bring the practitioner into deep states of presence, Droga (drone+yoga) sets a comfortable and comforting restorative yoga sequence to live ambient music or drone. This is then overlaid with guided meditations and philosophical musings sourced from a diverse array of influences such as Vipassana, Camus, Lao-Tzu, and Crowley. What emerges is a contemporary ceremony that leads the mind towards relaxation, reflection, and expansion.

Facilitated by Alex Weinstein



Posted in Events, Last Minute Changes, Meditation, People, Workshops, World Around Us, Yoga

RAINBOW YOGA – Saturday, June 27th 7pm

Susannah Simpson will be leading a yoga class devoted to openness, sensuality, and delicious liberation, in celebration of PRIDE, focusing on tuning into our deepest impulses and desires, broadening our capacities to feel pleasure and harness acceptance, and owning our rights to live and love in alignment with our highest selves.

We will practice in candlelight and roller-rink discoball glow, accompanied by live, shimmering music by Kevin Pelrine and Collin ૐ Crowe. Afterwards we will be serving a raw, vegan, rainbow-colored feast concocted by the culinary genius Jan Woo!

Rainbow Yoga is a suggested donation $5-$15, and Rainbow Supper will be served for $7 a plate.

Please come join for any and all parts of the evening, we will lift each others beings and find new ways to understand and own our sexualities,, bodies, and bliss!

♥ Om Shanti Om Om! ♥pride

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Vission Boarding and Goal Setting with Rebecca Harris

Remember those New Years resolutions? Setting goals to change or enhance your life isn’t a one time a year thing, it’s a daily practice. Just like yoga! Join us for a unique series of workshops designed to help you create the life you want through vision boarding and goal setting.

Each Workshop Includes:

  • yoga beccaGuided Meditation
  • Get messy projects to help you dive in deep throughout art
  • Assistance in turning your vision into attainable goals
  • Strategies on how to stay on track between workshops
  • Support of the Daya community in reaching your vision & goals

June 21, September 20, December 13, & March 20 (register for one or all of them)

4 pm – 7 pm

$120 Prepay for all four sessions

$35 Prepay each workshop

$40 Day of workshop(s)

*includes supplies

Posted in Art, Meditation, Workshops, World Around Us, Yoga

Qi Gong and Internal Alchemy Workshop

balance..endurance..inspiration..synchronicity..driveAwaken untapped perceptions and your own potential cultivate your innate unique true WHOLE self nature.
Align your mind, body and spirit
Restore and recharge.Tammy Stackpoole will host this 4 series workshop on Qi Gong and Internal Alchemy.tammy

$30 per session
$100 full series in advance

In these monthly workshop sessions you’ll learn practical powerful tools for cleansing and aligning the energy systems of mind-body-spirit for you to take home. Each monthly session will build upon each other and upon your solo practice. Very powerful and many changes can occur from subtle and incremental to radical shift.


Posted in Meditation, Workshops

Release + Remove. A Yin Yoga and Reiki Experience

Obstacles are an opportunity to grow.

They test you and make you question if you’re moving in the right direction. But the potential for growth and self-awareness from these obstacles is profound. Work through the road blocks standing in your way by moving inward, listening to physical sensations, and leaning into emotion.

Saturday, June 13th 6:30 – 8:30pm
$35 pre-registration*
$45 day-of event
*Email to pre-register
or visit

Daya Yoga
360 Jefferson St.
Brooklyn, NY 11237

About the workshop:
Yin Yoga teacher Kiersten Cregger and Reiki Master Corinne Feinberg combine a slow, introspective yoga practice with hands-on energy healing to create a safe environment for the exploration of self-awareness. This workshop encourages participants to get out of their heads and into their bodies, taking the time to be present with emotions and explore how they affect the physical body.yin and reiki

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Bodyroll with Viva Soudan

Bodyroll with Viva Soudan @Daya Yoga Studio
Saturday, June 6th
Sweat, laugh, workout like crazy and have fun!!

viva. Incorporating hip-hop, jazz, cardio dance, and sports drills into easy to follow routines and signature moves (“gimme face”, “pony slap”, “pop star”) the Bodyroll Workout translates into Diva Dance Floor Domination!
But Bodyroll isn’t just a workout, it’s a whole new attitude! Viva’s bodyrollerz are encouraged to pump up the jam, empower each other and revolutionize what it means to be a ‘flygirl’ in the new millennium. Classes consist of the following sections: Warm-up (isolations & bodyrolls), Aerobic Realness, Booty Poppin Bootcamp, Jazz Attack & Diva Dance Floor Domination (choreography). Bodyroll motto? You’ve got to tone it to own it. Now let’s get sweat and Bodyroll!

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