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Sangha ~ Spiritual Family  *  Mary Yoga ENews
October 2019  *  Issue #166
Blue Zones, Tribes, Sangha
"We are hardwired to connect with others, it's what gives purpose and meaning to our lives...."
"I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship." 
~ Dr. Brené Brown, Scientist/Author 
As a child in a Chinese-Canadian immigrant family, I saw my parents derive great sustenance and strength from their group of fellow emigrés from Taiwan. other families who had also left all they knew behind.
In my high school years, playing clarinet in junior and senior bands gave me an identity and a tribe. The trips and the music were important, but the belonging might have been even more important.
Later on, in New York City, the band of Asian-American actors gathering regularly to share stories, meals, and creativity were a family for one another over years and over decades. Many of our original families were far away, either in distance or in mind-space or heart-space.
Yogis also are a family. We tread a path less traveled.
More spiritual than material, but outside the footsteps of traditional religious cultures. So, we derive sustenance and strength from our connection through our diversity.
We seek to raise each other and to rise ourselves, to find purpose and meaning.
Dan Buettner's now famous studies of the "Blue Zones" - five spots in the world where communities thrive well into their 100's - reveal the single most common denominator is connection, factoring in such variables as diet, climate, and economy.
For quality as well as quantity of life, I wish you sustaining, enriching threads of connection, community, and family! Tribes! Sangha!
ReSOULutions Retreat 2020
1-2 spaces remain for ReSOULutions Retreat: Rise, taking place January 4-11, 2020, which I am delighted to be co-leading, third year in a row, with Juan Gamboa, Esco Wilson, and an amazing team that includes Michelle Officer, Donna Davidge, Loren Yandoc, and another army of yogi superstars!
We offer a multiversity of yoga and related modalities, including pilates, Therapy ball rolling, kundalini, sound-healing, HIIT, and of course all the things, like vigorous vinyasa and inversions and slow flow and meditation; and ~ as I'm co-writing the curriculum ~ AcroYoga, Thai bodywork, Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga, and New Year journaling reflections!
Come, let your tribe join with you in healing one another, in the magical jungles & beaches of Costa Rica, in the early New Year of 2020!
Contact me, or Juan, or your closest personal RR Tribe Teacher, to inquire what spots remain!
Dates: January 4-11, 2020 Location: Rayos del Sol,
Where: Pacific Coast
Nearby town: Nosara
Flights: Libera Airport (LIR)
Direct flights are fast, and amazingly affordable when I last checked!
Schedule At A Glance
Weekly Classes in New York City
Pure Yoga Eastside - 203 E.86th St. (3rd Ave)
    Monday: 10:30-12:00 Slow Flow Meditation
    Monday: 12:30-1:30 Yoga Nidra Meditation
    Tuesday: 12:30-1:30 Restorative
    Thursday: 12:30-1:30 Restorative
Pure Yoga Westside - 204 W.77th St. (Amsterdam Ave)
    Friday: 12:15-1:30 Flow & Restore L1

Cosmic Fit Club - Court Square, L.I.C.
    Friday: 6PM-7PM AcroYoga Basics *no partner needed
    Friday: 7PM-8PM Thai Massage - All Levels *no partner needed
Workshops, Retreats, Trainings, Immersions

11/6 ~ Pure Partner Yoga 6:30-8pm, Pure West, no partner needed
12/4 ~ Pure Partner Yoga 6:30-8pm, Pure East, no partner needed
11/23 ~ Thanksgiving Restorative 3-5pm, Pure Yoga East, NYC
1/4-1/11/20 ~ ReSOULutions Retreat: RISE, Rayos Costa Rica
    with Juan Gamboa, Esco Wilson & ReSOULutions Tribe Teachers
2/15 ~ Valentine Restorative 3-5pm, Pure Yoga East, NYC
100-Hour Mother Mary Restorative Teacher Training ~ Pure West
   4 Weekends, 4 Levels: March 7 - April 19, 2020
       Level 1: Basics ~ March 7-8, 2020
       Level 2: Intermediate ~ March 21-22, 2020
       Level 3: Thai & Nidra in Restorative ~ April 4-5, 2020
       Level 4: Thai, Nidra & Integration ~ April 18-19, 2020
5/2-5/3/20 ~ 25-Hour Yoga Nidra Teacher Training, Pure West
5/9 ~ Mother’s Day Restorative 3-5pm, Pure Yoga East, NYC
5/22-5/25/20 ~ Therapeutic Lunar Immersion Pure West, NYC
  with Katie Capano: 30 YACEP hours: Restorative Yoga, Thai & Fly
6/12-6/14/20 ~ Wagging Tail Yoga Retreat ~ Bethel, NY
   with Ora Ramat, retreat center owner, co-host, & co-teacher
10/17-10/18/20 ~ 25-Hour Yoga Nidra Teacher Training, Pure West
Private Sessions by Appointment
ISHTA  * AcroYoga * Thai * Restorative * Reiki *  Nidra * Meditation 
Photo Credits
Photo thanks this issue to:
Grant Henry for cover photo and the other two ReSOULutions group photos. John Suhar for Rayos del Sol yoga shala photo. Lyan Lex for  reSOULutions teaching team's down-dog/warrior pyramid. Taylor for wedding couple in the rain. Tyler Blank and AcroYoga for this aerial photo. All others: iPhone, myself, & friends!
Email Privacy
I honor and respect your email inbox sanctity, and do not share email lists, nor add anyone to my ENews who has not asked to be placed on it.
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It is my honor to maintain this cyber-sangha through these monthly ENewsletters, now in their 14th year, since January 2006! See index.
I close with this prayer from the poet Hafiz:
I wish I could show you,
When you are lonely or in darkness,
The Astonishing Light
Of your own Being!
And now from me: happy All Hallow's Eve! ... What if all your dear departed are your loving spirit guides? Happy October.

In this issue:
Blue Zones, Tribes, Sangha
ReSOULutions Retreat 2020
Schedule At A Glance
Photo Credits
Email Privacy
Pure Partner Yoga
Thanksgiving Restorative
Teacher Trainings
Wedding Love
Pure Partner Yoga
Pure Partner Yoga is off to a great start with September and October monthly classes!
Next class: Wednesday, November 6th, Pure West, 6:30-8:00PM. All levels.
No partner needed. Come!
Explore the sacred connective art of AcroYoga, the union of  these three lineages: Yoga, Acrobatics, & Thai Massage.
Pre-registration is advised, but not required. Drop-ins   welcome! Pure Members and Staff come free.
Thanksgiving Restorative
It's time to Save the Date for my Thanksgiving Restorative workshop, or rather yoga spa!
Nov 23rd, 3-5pm at Pure East, join me and my loving angelic assistants as we lull you into a long winter's yoga nap, in yummy restorative postures on fully supportive bolsters and blankets.
Aromatherapy, soft music and lighting, meditations, and healing touch all conspire to retune and balance your chakras for the upcoming holiday season.
Be Thankful! Proceeds help support local Thanksgiving meal programs. Space is limited. Register early.
Teacher Trainings
In 2020, I offer two Yoga Nidra weekend trainings, May 2-3 and October 17-18.
These are delicious for yourself, and for leading students, family, friends in this richly healing yogic meditation art.
My 100-hour Mother Mary Restorative Yoga Teacher Training, in 2020, will meet on four separate spring weekends:
      March ~ Level 1 & 2
      April ~ Level 3 & 4
See Schedule at left for exact dates! Email Andrea Borrero to pre-register, or do so online.
Wedding Love
On October 20, in Riverside Park, their front lawn in effect, this lovely couple was joined in holy matrimony in the  presence of dear friends and family from NY, MA and FL.
Their officiating interfaith minister was ~ moi! Am I overjoyed? Thrilled Yep!
Here's my own longtime bridegroom sheltering me on our wet & wild walk to the wedding tree chapel!


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