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Nov 2010 * We Choose * Mary ENews * Issue #59

Your Choice

In class, I like to offer "Yogi's choice" options. We do this for ourselves, too, throughout life. The advanced yogic action is not which choices we make, but to know and to own every one of our choices, as our own.

For whose else are they? "I had no choice?" "The choice was not mine?" It is always ours. Then and now. Yes, this too. Yes, I chose this. And what - in this moment - what NOW do I choose? That's our question. No blame, no shame, for no choices exist in the past, only in this moment.

Yoga tradition says we choose even our genetics and families, as our life syllabus. Whatever we may feel about that, the act of Thanksgiving, at a deep level, embraces our current life as a choice we have manifested and are presently manifesting. Thus, Thanksgiving carries huge power, and is indeed an advanced yogic act. When we choose to celebrate our life, we give a giant Namaste to our power to make our choices; and we open ourselves to receiving that Namaste back.

May you always delight in making your choices in life, & owning them!

Happy Thanksgiving!



Aromatherapy: Free Lecture

For anyone interested in aromatherapy, Dec. 7 New York City hosts a special lecture tour on Thieves oils specifically, that is free, informative, and has drawings and giveaways. Below is the info:

"Thieves Tour
Young Living Essential Oils
Eastern Region Business Director Nick Killpack
New York Marriott East Side
525 Lexington Ave, NY NY 10017

"Cost: FREE!

"Thieves Essential Oil was inspired by the historical account of a group of 15th century thieves and grave robbers who rubbed cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics on their bodies to avoid contracting the deadly black plague.

"When apprehended, these thieves disclosed the formula of herbs, spices and oils they used to protect themselves in exchange for a more lenient punishment.

"With mold, cold, and flu season just around the corner, you won’t want to miss this exciting opportunity to learn how Thieves Essential Oil offers the same kind of all natural modern day defense. See how this powerful blend can revolutionize the way you clean and care for those you love!

"Registration is free, so bring a friend and share in the wellness, purpose, and abundance of Young Living.

"Registrations begins at 6:00 PM with the event beginning at 7:00 PM. As an added bonus, there will be drawings for FREE Young Living product and the first 50 in attendance will receive a free product.

"For more information please contact Customer Care at 800-371-3515."



New Years Acro Joy!

See in the New Year with Chris Loebsack, Deven Sisler and me at Om Factory as we host this evening of celebration and partnership!

Join us for an Acroliciously magical and inspiring culmination of 2010 and commencement of 2011. This class experience will explore all the wonderful aspects of AcroYoga -- trust, connection and compassion through playful partner vinyasa, partner balance, fabulous flying partner yoga and delicious Thai Massage.

What a way to ring in the joy of a new year! We will share time for reflection and welcome in the New Year upside down... with a sparkling champagne toast to follow : )

All levels are welcome, and as always, no partner necessary to participate in the festivities!



January Acro Joy!

There is a feast of AcroYoga events this Dec., and right into January of 2011!

Chris Loebsack and I will host an AcroYoga Foundations weekend January 29-30, with Saturday being a full day of Therapeutics and Sunday a full day of Acrobatics. Open for registration now. See below for details!

Saturday, January 29: Therapeutics

Share the joy of therapeutic flying and basing. Establishing a foundation of trust and sensitivity, we will embody the therapeutic qualities of Thai Massage both on the ground and in the air. We will explore how receptivity and loving touch leads into the Level 1 and 2 therapeutic flying flows. Experience the graceful dance of breathing together, moving together and expanding together through partnership.

Sunday, January 30: Acrobatics*

Come explore the playful possibilities of being up-side down. Learn the skills to be truly empowered as we safely layer acrobatic technique with yogic sensibility. Embrace the support of a partner as we rise into dynamic inversions and achieve stability through connection and trust. Emphasizing safety through partnership, we will open our imaginations and bodies to the wonder of acrobatic collaborations.

*Students are requested to have a familiarity with yoga for the Acrobatics workshop on Sunday.



Photo Thanks; Privacy

Thanks for photos this issue go to:

Megan Jolly, Pure Yoga, Om Factory, Lululemon Lincoln Square, Chris Loebsack, Deven Sisler, Keren Lustig, Mary Catherine Donnelly, Nir Pengas, Matt Giordano, the charitable organizations that appear in the articles about them, and Charles Lee.

Feel free to forward or reply or unsubscribe at any time. Your privacy is always honored and I do not share email lists.

For my workshop and class schedule, see my web Class page below.

Namaste, Mary


In This Issue:

Your Choice
Aromatherapy: Free Lecture
New Years Acro Joy!
January Acro Joy!
Photo Thanks; Privacy
Holiday Thanks...
Animal Husbandry
Help New York's Homeless
A House of One's own
Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Holiday Thanks...

Big thanks to my 3 wonderful restorative assistants Hiroki, Amy, and Keren who joined me on Sunday, November 21 to treat our full house of blissed-out restorative guests at Pure East.

Our Holiday Restorative workshop included Young Living Essential Oils journeying with us through the seven chakras, and the luscious Indu lotion to complete our trip. Valentine's Day weekend may be my next 2-hour Restorative offering. Keep posted...

We chose to share the love for this holiday event with City Harvest. Below are a few other favorite charities of mine in this season when we often feel we have ample and want to share with those who have less.



Animal Husbandry

"Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for life." All three of the following charities seek more long-term, self-sustaining solutions to poverty.

Heifer International lets you donate livestock of your choosing, to a needy family and community around the globe, and teaches that family to care for and to breed the animals, and they are then enjoined to return the offspring to the community to keep the sustainability chain growing.

Heifer includes lovely gift cards you can send to honor friends and family so you both share in aiding a community toward self-feeding care.



Help New York's Homeless

Beyond just a meal, Project Renewal is a 43-year-old organization working with shelters, mobile medical outreach units, treatment centers, employment programs, and literacy and vocational programs, and housing programs, to help move men and women from New York streets into health, homes and jobs.



A House of One's own

Habitat is well-known for empowering homeowner candidates by letting them partake in their own home-building alongside volunteers, and, as with Heifer, by requiring a serious commitment to repay the energy and expense invested in them, so that there is a social contract of responsibility and pride reaped as much as the very real joy and comfort of their own house and home for their family.



Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Spiced Pumpkin Pie: using Young Living Essential Oils

- Recipe by Judy Jehn, CMT,

1 unbaked pie shell
1/4 + 1/8 cup Young Living’s Blue Agave
2 large organic eggs
2 drops cinnamon essential oil
2 drops ginger essential oil
1 drop clove essential oil
1 drop nutmeg essential oil
¼ tsp salt
1 cup fresh organic pumpkin puree
1 ½ cups heavy (double) cream, scalded

Preheat oven to 375° F.

In a large bowl, whisk together the agave and eggs until well blended. Add the cinnamon, ginger, clove and nutmeg essential oils and the salt. Mix well.

Add the pumpkin puree and scalded cream and whisk until smooth. Pour into the pie shell.

Bake the pie for 10 minutes at 375° F, reduce heat to 350° F and continue baking for 35 – 45 minutes until the filling is firm in the center. Test the center with the tip of a knife; if it comes out clean, the pie is done.

Serve with whipped cream!


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