T.K.V. Desikachar once said that “the success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures, but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.”
This week’s events are loaded with opportunities to connect with someone you love. Sure you could go out to dinner for Valentine’s Day, but we all know that – plus a card, flowers and some chocolates – has been done at least a zillion times before.
Do something different this year! Get inspired.
We recommend heading into one of our incredible local yoga studios to invest in an EXPERIENCE that will bring your closer (and give you something to talk about over dinner because hey – you gotta still eat, right!?).
Asbury Park Brewery
Join us for a night of yoga with your best and new friends under the blacklights. Wear your brightest neon and paint yourself in glow paint at the event! After yoga, stay for a brew of your choice which is included in the ticket price! Yoga class led by Mettamade’s Jennifer Hansen. Class is for all levels, new and experienced yogi’s welcome! Come for the yoga, stay for the beer!
Bacchus Winery, Toms River
A night to celebrate heart health with red wine, dark chocolate, yoga, heart education…and maybe even someone you love! Restorative yoga poses and a heart healthy helping if red wine and dark chocolate. Hosted by Greater Toms River Chamber, Bacchus Winery, Apeiron, and Community Medical Center.
5 – 7 PM
Hot or Not Yoga, Manahawkin
Join us for an evening of Dreamcatcher crafting!
In this two hour workshop, Emily will teach you how to create your own custom Dreamcatcher. All materials will be provided (beads, feathers, strings, flowers, gems, etc.) guests may bring any additional items they’d like to incorporate.
Yoga Essence, Lebanon
Come join us for a partner yoga workshop! Bring your significant other, your best friend or family member! This workshop is open to all levels. Move through yoga poses with the support of your partner. You will deepen your connection and communication and most importantly, have fun! We will be offering wine & chocolate after class for a full sensory experience.
Ananda Yoga, Wenonah
Bring your partner or your friend to this light-hearted and playful workshop. This yoga class is designed to stretch and strengthen your bodies as well as your trust and communication. Treat yourself to a fun-filled and relaxing night, starting with a heart opening class followed by complimentary refreshments and dessert to celebrate your connection and your friendship. No partner or yoga experience required, just the desire to let go and have fun!
Yoga Peace Kula, Howell
A Partner Yoga Workshop that would be centered on the theme of “Women Supporting Women.” Rebecca & Emily will tackle partner yoga poses, pranayama, and a Goddess-centric guided meditation. Celebrate “Galentine’s Day” – after class we’re offering communi-TEA and vegan chocolate! Hope to see you there!
Pearl Yoga and Fitness Keyport
Be your own Valentine with this Fifty Shades of Grey-inspired Restorative Yoga 90 minute class! Learn how to incorporate a little yoga prop “bondage” into your peaceful practice (think straps, eye pillows and maybe even a tie!Use of essential oils, Thai massage, and singing bowls will be used to open and ignite the senses.
Yoga Loka, Frenchtown
Deep relaxation helps calm the nervous system and the mind by reducing stimulation and drawing vawareness into a place of peace. When we get out of our own way with all the busy-ness and distractions, the body’s own intelligence can take over, reducing the stress hormones that can cause dis-ease. Give yourself permission to truly relax and renew in this Restorative session coupled with Yoga Nidra. Come and be held by your inner space. No yoga experience is necessary
Feb 9, 2018
Sattva Yoga, Jersey City
Open your heart in this special Valentine’s Day partner yoga workshop. Learn to build and deepen trust, improve communication, and develop a deeper connection with a partner. Come ready to laugh, play and challenge your strength, balance and flexibility. This workshop is designed for all levels and for anybody – no yoga experience necessary.
Pure Yoga, Toms River
Yoga, wine, & chocolate: Does it get any better? Come with your favorite sweetie, significant other, friend or family member and share in the fun of partner yoga. Join us for this 90 minute practice (open to all levels) where we will explore partner yoga poses that help us connect to our heart and experience giving/receiving loving support. After we will share in some dark chocolate and wine, both which contain antioxidants to improve overall heart health.
The Studio, Madison
Come explore how this potent category of backbends can open up your thoracic spine and undo the day-in day-out of typing, texting, biking and driving. This elusive and challenging inversion can open up the energetic pathway that lights and ignites your spine, while also leading to a divine balance of stability and mobility in your shoulders. As you feel your heart opening in new ways, you will build confidence and competence in all your backbends. While hollow back is an inverted expression of heart opening, students of all levels are encouraged to attend.
Princeton Integral Yoga Community Center
This Valentine’s Day, give each other a gift that you can continue giving throughout the year! Come experience the love, kindness, and relaxing benefits of giving and receiving Thai Massage, also known as Thai Partner Yoga Bodywork. Learn how to stretch, release tension, and encourage relaxation in your partner and yourself simultaneously! This is a beautiful way to spend a couple of weekend hours and a deeply effective and meaningful way to care for one another. Bring anyone you care for as your partner, friend, family member, no yoga or massage experience necessary.Bring a pillow from home for optimal comfort, extra props provided.
Honor Yoga Princeton
This Valentines Day, join both Evan and Cathy Madeo and learn how to share the power and gift of touch with a loved one. In this two hour session, Evan (a certified massage therapist and Reiki Master) will teach you how to touch a friend or partner in a healing and compassionate way, and to use your hands to gently massage the hands, feet, and back. Come with a friend or partner and be ready to explore the healing power that lives within us all. No experience with massage necessary.
Yoga Mechanics, Montclair
Elasticity is the ability of our soft tissues to resume their original shapes after being stretched, compressed, or massaged. Elasticity supports mobility by allowing you to safely exercise your body’s range of motion. This workshop will explore safe and accessible massage techniques that can be used to develop and maintain your body’s elasticity. Attendees will be provided with a mix of background information, such as how knots develop in the body, and practical instruction, such as different ways to increase blood flow, circulation, and flexibility. These techniques are designed to help boost energy levels, alleviate pain, reduce the risk of injury, and improve posture. Self-care tools will be available for the duration of this workshop.
The Studio, Madison
Join Tiffany and Stephen Baisley for a beginner Acro Yoga workshop to introduce the key concepts for a safe, non harming, enlightening, lunar based Acro practice. From basic connections, to fundamental flows, the class will ask you to work with the whole group to build principles and discover the fun of Acro yoga practice. No need to bring a partner, this is a group experience – all levels are welcome.
Dig Yoga, Lambertville
On Valentine’s Day weekend, come join Courtney Downey, Bctmb, RYT-500, and Adam Darling, RYT-500, to bring some playfulness into your relationship with a fun night of partner yoga, massage and guided discussion. Deepen your connection to each other as you move through asanas, learn to massage each other, and open your awareness towards one another to become more grounded in your relationship. The only requirement is to come with an open heart ready to give and receive.
Synergy Hot Yoga, Fair Haven
Yin Yoga is quiet; gentle yet intense, and helps students of all levels to release tension, slow down, and come back to balance. Most poses are seated or supine using props and are held with muscles relaxed in stillness for 3 to 5 minutes. This style of yoga works deeply into the body, targeting the connective tissues that normally are not exercised in a more active asana practice. The gentle but consistent stimulation encourages long-term health and flexibility of the joints, recharges the energetic system of the body, and naturally draws the mind inward into a relaxed, meditative state
Tula Yoga, Long Branch
Come with your sweetie, a friend, or family member and share in the joy of partner yoga. If you don’t have a partner, we will find you one! This class is suitable for all levels, even those with limited or no yoga experience. Sharing the experience of practicing yoga postures with a friend or partner can deepen our understanding of yoga and our awareness of others. Just as regular yoga practice enriches your sense of physical well-being and mental and emotional health, partner yoga enhances your awareness and sensitivity to others and brings new depth to our relationships.
Flying Fish Brewing Co., Somerdale
First get your bend on in a 60 minute yoga class. Then reward yourself with a deliciously refreshing Flying Fish Brew. Bring a mat, friends/Family/significant others and a smile.
Honor Yoga, Manalapan
With Valentine’s Day coming around, it is important to remember that our capacity to love another person is only as deep as our capacity to love ourselves. Treat yourself to a gentle, extended restorative practice so that you can move through your daily life with more ease and grace. The practice will be done mostly supine and supported by bolsters, blankets, and blocks. No yoga experience necessary.
JaiPure Yoga, Montclair
Lori Zucker is a Master Physical Therapist with a 200-hour yoga certification. She teaches Anatomy for many Teacher Trainings including Jivamukti Yoga in New York City.This 2-hour workshop will review the anatomy of backbends, identify some limitations and explain how using some basic anatomical principles can help you deepen your back bending practice. The workshop will end with time for questions and answers in an asana lab format.
Yoga Essence, New Providence
Open your heart to enjoy more love and compassion for yourself and others. Join Vita Semarang for a heart opening yin yoga sequence followed by a discussion on how to be mindful eaters. Learn how to incorporate heart-balancing foods and how to follow simple tips to curb your indulgences. Heart-heathy snacks will be served.
FIELD TRIP to NEW VIBE YOGA with Alex Schatzberg, Ashtanga Yoga Master
9 Saint Mark’s Place #2
New York, New York
8AM – 4PM
Leaving from Hot or Not Yoga in Manahawkin at 8 AM
Alex will give a lecture on Ashtangas 8 limbs, and Ashtanga Vinyasa to start. He will teach a practical lesson on Kriyas, Udyana, Agni Sara and Nauli, an\lso discuss Bhandas. A one hour asana practice will be infused with technique also vinyasa krama.
Alex Schatzberg has been teaching and practicing yoga in New York City for over a decade. In 2014 he opened New Vibe Yoga in the East Village to provide the community with a home for an authentic and therapeutic approach to yoga. Inspired by the accessibility and modernity of practices like Jivamukti Yoga, the intense focus and energetic purity of Ashtanga Yoga, and the celebratory aspects of everyday life found in Bhakti Yoga, Alex has created New Vibe Yoga – a Joyful approach to Ashtanga. Modern society and city living inflict all kinds of mental and physical stress on our body and mind and it is Alex’s intention to help people discover yogic tools to reduce stress and experience joy. Alex has had the pleasure to study closely with some of the World’s Finest Yoga Teachers, Including Guy Donahaye, Christine Hoar, David Life, Ruth Lauer-Manenti, Rima Rabbath, Isaac Peña, Greg Gumucio & Ragunath Cappo and has attended special workshops and classes with countless others. His skillful eye, healing touch, precise adjustments, and humor make him a favorite among the cities’ most dedicated yoga practitioners and teachers. Over the years, Alex has taught at premiere studios throughout the city including, Equinox, YogaWorks, Ashtanga Yoga Shala NYC, Yoga Vida, Exhale Spa & Yoga to the People. It is his pleasure now to welcome you to his own studio, New Vibe Yoga.
Devotion Yoga, Hoboken
Make 2018 Your Best Year Yet! Take an afternoon to focus on what you want and allow your creativity and intuition to direct your heart’s desires. In this workshop you will:
- Learn how the Law of Attraction can help you receive the things you want in life
- Be personally guided through a process to awaken you to your life vision
- Experience meditative visualization exercises
- Create a Vision Board that represents your mental picture of the life you desire
- Meet like-minded people who want to live their best life!