Let’s have some fun this week, okay? We are keeping our events list super simple because we know everyone is in the holiDAZE and getting into a local studio for regularly scheduled classes might just be all that’s possible from now until New Year’s Eve, when we KNOW you’ll be with us to ring in 2020!
In fact, Bridget was writing up something this morning about LIFE and how she is planning to talk about it all at PORTA on New Year’s Eve for our 3rd annual yogic experience with Jen Hansen, owner and founder of Metta Yoga. Read on for the goods, and register HERE for our NYE flow and sacred circle for manifesting a magical new DECADE.
Plus this week’s events are right there after!
Bridget Riepl is the founder of the NJ Yoga Collective and the VibeWell Yoga Festivals and she loves doing all of it, plus teaching classes regularly all over the Jersey Shore, but her biggest goal as a woman, leader, and BOSS is sharing what it means – and what it takes – to turn your passion into your profession. Just in case you didn’t know, Bridget used to be a lawyer. Yes, seriously! She did the WHOLE law school thing, bar exam, big firm job…all of it. Now here’s the wild part – she knew she didn’t love it and couldn’t do it forever after only 4 months of law school. And yet, she stayed. She continued. She struggled to survive in a world that she knew wasn’t meant for her. Why? Because she was afraid to quit. She worried way too much about what other people might say. She lived in her own head and judged every single thought with the most critical inner voice ever.
Bridget has worked HARD to break out of her shell and away from her old story. She left the job, became a mom, ran all over teaching yoga, and then had a lightbulb moment…
There was something bigger there. She could meld passion and profession – her talent for teaching with the wisdom she gained in her academic endeavors and the skills she picked up while working.
And she did it.
Bridget can’t wait to ROCK New Year’s Eve with all of us at PORTA because YES there will be OMazing yoga but beyond that, we are going to do some major visualization and intention setting, with the goal of stepping into 2020 (a new decade, what?!?) with passion and PURPOSE. We are going to align our heads and hearts because this IS the time. It’s the moment. Be with us for it!
Winter Solstice w/ Marlene & Lily (Two Happy Yoginis)
Thursday at The Secret Garden in Marlboro
Honor the transition from fall to winter and embrace the longest night of the year with a cozy candle lit practice combining intention setting, deep relaxation and guided meditation to recenter body and mind. Music and aromatherapy will be used to enhance this experience.
Friday at Yoga Peace Kula in Howell
Sacred Cacao Ceremony with Madhuri and Krishna: Mother Cacao helps to open the door to the emotional heart and facilitate the healing one longs for by allowing for full expression of unresolved feelings. Cacao is regarded as a Sacred Plant that embodies the loving energy of the Divine Mother. Join us for an evening of healing, expression, medicine songs, meditation and a talking circle as we sit together in ceremony with this ancient heart medicine.
Friday at Sun Moon Yoga & Healing in Long Branch
Come join Mychal Mills & Amanda Fresnics. They are teaming up to bring you sound healing and reiki at the same time. You will experience total relaxation and pure bliss. They will send out healing soulful vibes through sound and reiki. Mychal is known to use sound bowls, harmoniums, and other healing musical instruments.
Amanda Fresnics, LSW is a Reiki master sending love and healing.
Friday at Younique Yoga in Highlands
Come flow with us at Younique Yoga to benefit the Brodie Fund! The Brodie Fund’s mission is to provide financial assistance to families who have pets fighting cancer.
Saturday at Monmouth Beach Yoga & Wellness
Like a candle emits light, a human emits prosperity.” – Yogi Bhajan
The beauty of Kundalini Yoga is that is completely clears the energetic and physical blocks that hold us back from healing, attracting love, experiencing joy and living with prosperity. We are taught to change our minds and then change our lives. Karena has worked with thousands of people over the past few years, and she has found that it is not so much about changing our minds as much as it is about changing the energy field surrounding us that keeps our minds stuck! Once we heal the subtle body, the mind can heal naturally and then we can attract our greatest desires. It is truly the time to shine. Ask, Believe, Receive. Become more peaceful, more bountiful, more joyous and experience the life you were born to live.
Saturday at Trinity Wellness Emporium in Union Beach
Join ArtWorx Events at a new partner location! Create original hand painted wine glasses in a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. All supplies and instruction will be provided. Light refreshments will be served.
Saturday at Sun Moon Yoga & Healing in Long Branch
Sun Moon Yoga & Healing and Wake Wellness are offering you an extremely healing and transformational evening. This event is being held on the winter solstice. We will welcome the longest hours of darkness and the rebirth of the sun. This night holds a powerful energy for regeneration, renewal and self-reflection. You will have some incredible infused CBD tea, treats, and information about using high quality CBD. Following this amazingly informative discussion there will be an extremely relaxing restorative yoga workshop with CBD cream/balm and essential oils led by Emily Sobel.
Saturday at Elevate Yoga in Hazlet
Join Jamie & Dina for a special half-day retreat to signify the winter season and nourish ourselves during the colder months.
8:30-9:30am Winter Nature Bath Hike in Holmdel Park with Dina
10-11:30 In studio Winter Solstice Slow Flow and Restorative practice. Join Jamie to create energy and balance as we head into the coldest part of the year and welcome the return of more light.
11:30-12:30 We will share a light meal, warm beverages, and engage in conversation around nourishing practices for the winter season. Feel free to bring a potluck offering if you choose.
Saturday at Barlow’s Greenhouse Sea Girt
What better way to enjoy and celebrate the Holiday season then this local gem of a greenhouse where we will merge nature and season in a class. Curious about what Seasonal Yoga is? Why not join us for a celebration of the Winter Solstice. Winter Solstice has been celebrated in cultures the world over for thousands of years. It is Celebration of light and the rebirth of the sun, as well as our own rebirth, a time of letting go. We will create sacred space, still the mind and come to inner peace.
Yin & Yoga Nidra with Vita Semeraro
Sunday at AMP Yoga in Springfield
Join Vita Semeraro for this Sunday night candlelight Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra practice. Allow yourself to relax and de-stress in this candlelit practice.
May Louie first took yoga in college to fulfill a Phys-Ed requirement and immediately fell in love. She, unfortunately, did not continue with her practice but reconnected with it when she retired from her corporate job in 2002 and has since become a serious yoga enthusiast. After her second retirement in 2017, she completed her 200-hour RYT certification, studying with Dina Crosta, Ellen Mosko, and Jamie Segal Hanley, with a focus on alignment based flow.
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