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Ever New Beginnings * Mary Yoga ENews Issue #45 * September 2009

Beginner's Mind

The September I turned 8, my family flew from Taipei into Toronto's golden leafy autumn, my vibrant colorful Oz. September always smells to me of such newness: new schools, cycles, an exciting, exhilarating fresh start.

I celebrate newness this season with an expanded class and workshop schedule, and certification in Thai Massage. I can feel Thai Yoga transform my practice, as AcroYoga® has transformed it these past two years. I now offer Thai Massage sessions in my private client practice.

I'm excited for my life and those around me. So many of you inspire me. This issue is for all the newness, all the "beginner's minds" willing to learn something new, to empty and open ourselves to a newness and to possibilities.

Class & Workshop link


Events & Parties: my 50th!

I leap into my second half century on Wednesday, Sept. 23, teaching an AcroYoga® birthday class at Om Factory 7:15-9:00, with party afterward! Please come help me celebrate!

That Saturday, Sept. 26, I will teach an AcroYoga® Day in Central Park with Scott "Twyster" Spampinato.

Then Sunday, Sept. 27 I perform for Pure's Columbus Ave. street fair by day, and Om Factory's Grand Season Opening party in the evening, 5:30-10:30.

Come party with me! The best is always now. I'm so delighted to have all of you in my life.

My Events Page


Weekly Classes

Mon 1:15 Restorative @ Om Factory
Tues 10:30 Restorative @ Pure Eastside
Tues 1:05 Vinyasa @ NYHRC Chelsea
Wed 7:15 AcroYoga® @ Om Factory

Most of my teaching is private clients but I'm adding classes bit by bit, and LOTS more workshops upcoming.

Mary's Website


My Workshops

*Sat. 9/26: "A Day At The Park" 2 classes, a picnic, and playing!
*Sat. 10/10: "Thai Massage, & Deep Partner Stretching" 4-7, BambooMoves, Queens
*Sat. 10/31: "Flying Without Broomsticks" 6:15-8:15, ISHTA Yoga
*Sat. 11/7: "Acro 101" 2-4:30, Om Factory
*Sun. 11/15: "Acro Foundations" 1-4 YogaWorks SoHo
*Sun. 1/24: "Acro 101" 11-1:30, Om Factory
*Sun. 2/14: "Valentine Couples" 1-4, YW SoHo
*Sun. 2/14: "Valentine Couples" 7-9, Om Factory

See my site for detail/updates in workshops & classes.



Yoga Aid: Saturday!

Yoga Aid was created by a group of Yoga enthusiasts who wanted to give something back to the world through their love of yoga. The Yoga Aid US Challenge was an idea of facilitating the giving for living concept for the American Yoga Community.

Every Year Yoga aid raises money for a different charity project. This year they have chosen the Africa Yoga Project, with every cent raised going towards AYP's efforts to empower youth, build a global community and increase well-being in East Africa. AYP has introduced hundreds of students in Kenya to the practice of yoga, provided educational scholarships, job training food stipends, temporary housing and health services.

This year's New York City venue: Yoga Aid Challenge, New York City, Pure Yoga Studio, 203 E 86th Street, NYC. Saturday, Sept. 12: 108 Sun Salutations from 7-9AM, led by different lead teachers every set of 9. Fellow AcroYoga® teachers Becca Krauss, Chris Loebsack and I will lead the final 9 of 108. Please pitch in your two dollars, or twenty, or two hundred to help me raise my fundraising goal as I sweat and salute away for Africa! Donate here:

Yes, of course you can join us too. Register as a fund-raising Challenge participant at:, and come 6:3 AM to join in our 7-9 prayerful offering of 108 Sun Salutations for Yoga Aid.

Pure keeps giving, with free classes at the studio for Yoga Day all-day, massages, tea, trunk shows, and more. Please come and enjoy. Register to ensure space for the free classes, at:

My Yoga Aid Page


Please Forward; Respond

Thanks to all my friendly Jedi's in the photos, and contributing photographers, especially Jonny Nobleza for photography and Lindsey Britt for basing me in the quarry by Frog Lotus Studios, along with Deven Sisler. Thanks to Matt and Jake for photos, assisting, and basing, ever. Thanks to Jacqui and Michelle in park and street fair pics, and Chris in our flying Loop de Loop.

Please forward to any friends who may enjoy portion or links or news; respond directly to me with questions. Please support Yoga Aid and my first first 108 Sun Salutation Mala!

Happy new beginnings everyone!

In This Issue:

Beginner's Mind
Events & Parties: my 50th!
Weekly Classes
My Workshops
Yoga Aid: Saturday!
Please Forward; Respond
Thai Yoga: Dance
Yoga Aid
Pure Street Fair Sunday
9/26 Park Day
9/27 Om Factory Party
Queens Acro Oct. 7
ISHTA Hallowe'en
Birthday Class

Thai Yoga: Dance

Yes, Thai yoga, unlike any other form of massage, moves fluidly both for the giver of the massage and the receiver, in a gentle, graceful, flow that feels like the rocking of a baby or a very slow dance of energy and movement from the giving partner through the receiving partner.

Thai massage rebalances energy along the body's Sen lines (pronounced "Zen") to tap into our own tremendous resources of self-healing. The practice flows to our life and relationships as well, as body and spirit assimilate deep inner lessons learned in the give-and-take flow.

Thai Sessions


Yoga Aid

For more info and to register as a fund-raising participant:

To donate directly online, please go to my fund-raising page below:

To see the Pure Yoga Day line-up of free classes, go to

Fund Raise with Me!


Pure Street Fair Sunday

There will be an Upper East Side street fair, this Sunday noon to 6PM, near Pure Yoga's 86th St./3rd Ave. studio.

If you stroll by, seek out the white Pure banner. Enjoy the Acroyogis in flying Yoga; ask for a flight and be taken up; it feels sooo good!

Pure Yoga


9/26 Park Day

September foliage, our splendid city: celebrate community! Come to our AcroYoga® day in the Park.

Acro Park Day


9/27 Om Factory Party

Om Factory is the NYC home of Forrest Yoga, AcroYoga®, and now - Anti-Gravity Yoga! Come and see the newly built Anti-Gravity sling studio, at our big party Sunday, September 27, 5:30-10:30.

Enjoy mini-performances of Kirtan, Acro, Anti-Gravity, Acro jamming and more throughout the evening. I will perform in Acro pieces 6pm and 9pm.

Party Sept. 27


Queens Acro Oct. 7

Have friends in Queens? Come play at this great Forest Hills studio. On October 7, join me and Chris Loebsack from 4-7PM in a 3-hour "Flying, Thai Massage, & Deep Partner Stretching" workshop.

Ooze out of there opened and rebalanced!

BambooMoves, Queens


ISHTA Hallowe'en

OK so you want to fly it up a notch this Hallowe'en? Come downtown to ISHTA Yoga, by Union Square, home of my Yogiraj Alan Finger, and join me and Chris Loebsack in a playful Hallowe'en Eve AcroYoga® workshop.

We'll challenge you and offer up some sweet treats too. All levels welcome and encouraged to come & play. No partner needed. Costumes optional but make sure they're good to fly & base in, or bring form-fitting yoga clothes for the purpose!



Birthday Class

Last but not least, I am teaching my AcroYoga class on my birthday, Wednesday Sept. 23, 7:15-9PM.

We will have cupcakes after class; please come for class and stay to help toast me into my next half century!

Om Factory

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