What’s on your calendar this week?
We’ve got some amazing recommendations for you, from margaritas to malas, and basically everything else in between.
We also highly recommend that you breathe in this gorgeous spring air and make a decision RIGHT NOW to start Mother’s Day Weekend with a lady you love (or just take this one for yourself) at the VibeWell HONORS Yoga Festival!
The Festival is happening on May 11, 2019 at the Mercer County Park Festival Grounds.
VibeWell HONORS brings together the very best yoga instructors, wellness experts, and thought leaders for one inspiring day of practice, community, connectedness, gratitude, and GIVING.
By coming together, we are affecting positive change in our community and ultimately in the world around us.
How? Simple. All proceeds from the festival will be donated to the Honor Yoga Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit that provides yoga-related programs to at-risk and underserved communities.
We just added some amazing things to the website, including a schedule for our Accessibility Area, plans for the Kids Zone, and details on our carefully curated wellness space, which will be wholly focused on healing energy work.
The VibeWell HONORS Yoga Festival was lovingly created for families, beginners, advanced practitioners, students, teachers, and basically anyone else you can think of with even the slightest desire to see what this whole “yoga” thing is about.
March 20th at Trinity Wellness Emporium in Union Beach
Ever want to learn HOW to manifest? Do you know how to start manifesting? Join Betsy for a fun night of margaritas (or non-alchoholic drink) with your friends and learn the different tools you can use to help you make those dreams come true. We will help you get a clear idea of what it is you always wanted, create a vision board to make it happen for you and learn how to let the Universe do the rest! Still not convinced?
March 20th at Elevate Yoga in Hazlet
Join local author Lisa Luckett for a book club discussion about building resilience in the face of loss based on her book, “The Light in 9/11.” Lisa’s relatable story and pragmatic voice will resonate with those navigating fearful, changing times. It shows how calm minds and voices of reason can find the lessons, the wisdom, and the beacons of light that exist within any trauma. Lisa is a social visionary, an activist for kindness and an advocate of gaining wisdom by experiencing life head-on. Her mantra “Choose Courage” is the foundation of her social vision reminding us that we are strong, resilient and have a choice in how we live our lives.
March 20th at Dig Yoga in Lambertville
During this specialized 120 minute Restorative Yin Yoga Workshop, the healing benefits of hot stone placement and restorative Yin Yoga are combined to give participants a therapeutic experience through the chakra system. 7 different blends of essentials oils crafted to awaken the each chakra will be diffused during each pose. Hot Stones are placed strategically along meridian channels to raise the vibrational fields of the body and provide a feeling of deep relaxation. Think spa treatment meets your yoga mat!
March 22nd at Ohana Rising in Ocean Grove
Join Swami Premajyoti for an evening of Bhakti! Performance by That Kirtan Band and friends with Prasad and an open community discussion led by Swami Premajyoti to follow.
March 22nd at Trinity Wellness Emporium in Union Beach
Join Betsy O’Connell and guest Melissa Loiacono as we balance the mind, body and spirit through Yoga and Essential Oils. Experience Young Living Essential Oils first hand and gain insight on how they work, why they’re so effective and how to use them to support your body to achieve optimal wellness as the season shifts into Spring. We will transition into the exploration of yoga poses that encourage balance and the removal of toxins with gentle twists.
March 23rd at Bee You Kids Yoga in Manasquan
Join us for our Beehive family yoga class. This family class is for little bees ages 4 & up. In this 60-min family class we will practice yoga poses, partner and group poses, breathing and relaxation techniques and most importantly spend time with loved ones bonding all while having lots of FUN!
March 23rd at Yoga Solace Club in Manalapan
Jessica has been teaching Jivamukti yoga since 2008, and has over 1000+ hours of training and education. She teaches yoga internationally, and serves as a mentor for teacher trainees in NYC. Classes integrate anatomical and intellectual precision with choreographic sequencing, fun music, as well as meditation and mindfulness practice. Jivamukti is a practice that brings ancient wisdom into modern relevance, learning to live and love well! This extensive class is an opportunity to dive deep into the subtle body and make connections as to how it relates to our physical asana practice.
March 23rd at Franklin Lakes United Methodist Church
A mindful family creates the foundation for a stress-free life. Join MBSR, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Qualified Teacher and Mindful Schools Educator, Colleen Gallagher, to learn tools to cultivate a mindful family. This event combines teaching, mindful practices, games, craft, stories, snack, and fun activities that can be applied to everyday family life.
March 23rd at Inlet Yoga in Manasquan
Discover the significance of the language of Sanskrit in the practice of Yoga. We will delve into the sound and meaning of Om and its symbol as a spiritual practice. The points of vibration in our palate and bodies will be experienced as you learn to chant and write the Sanskrit vowels in a unique practice called likhita japa. Finally, we will assimilate our learning with Sanskrit mantras. Join us to embrace the power of sound through Sanskrit!
Loren Russo & Katie Ribsam’s Intensive for Assists, Adjustments, and Sequencing
Flight School with Raghunath
March 23rd and 24th
For yoga teachers looking to give their students something fresh, new, interesting, and engaging, check out Loren Russo & Katie Ribsam’s weekend-long workshop at Honor Yoga North Brunswick on March 23rd and 24th. Here is the plan:
Day 1, Part 1: Advanced transitions and assists: you’ll test your skills and draw into a deeper sense of connection with apana (upward energy). This in-depth workshop will begin with a thorough warm-up, followed by the opportunity to review skills and ensure a solid understanding of forming the shape of the core for upward energy flow. Then, we’ll assess our balance, strength, and floating through vinyasa awareness. Skills learned in this workshop will be applied to Day 2 sequencing.
Day 1 Part 2: Advanced hands-on assisting to deeply awaken dormant energy: this hands-on workshop will help teachers improve essential skills for safe, effective and transformative hands-on yoga assists. Teachers of all yoga styles will discover common mis-alignments for popular poses and sequences as well as how to read the body and assist for optimal alignment, mechanics, energy flow and safety.
Day 2: Advanced Sequencing with expert trainer Katie Ribsam: build a powerful and creative flow that skillfully prepares your students to enter into advanced postures with confidence and ease. Learn the art of peak pose sequencing and how to create an advanced class that is accessible to the many levels of students included those who desire a challenging experience. Create sequencing with the right balance of effort and ease so your student’s leave both challenged and accomplished.
For teachers AND students seeking to take flight in a way that makes you feel superhero-powerful, be at Honor bright and early on March 24th (and then just stay for the sequencing workshop, right?!) for Flight School with Raghunath.
Raghunath is an ex-rocker, singer, songwriter, ex-monk, inversion ambassador, and spiritual guide. In this workshop you will literally elevate your physical & spiritual practice, let your own dynamic signature practice take shape, and push your edge and realize your potential, no matter what level you’re at.
Experience Raghunath’s bold approach to encountering sophisticated vinyasa: asanas that once seemed unattainable like arm balancing and inverting will be dissected and made approachable. In authentic Raghunath style, class will be interlaced with chanting and stories from classic Indian texts, rooted in down to earth spirituality, and instructions for living a a contemporary yogic lifestyle. change your mind, strengthen your practice, and open your heart, Flight School is in session.
March 24th at Stress Free Body in Keyport
Join us In this free event, and get the chance to meet and chat with Kathleen Law founder of Be Fit Well and get the scoop on some basic nutrition information! Understand macronutrients: carbohydrates (including fiber and sugar), protein, and fat (saturated vs. unsaturated and essential fatty acids); micronutrients: vitamins and minerals; water; calories; As well as the negatives to fad dieting. We’re here to help you live your best life!
March 24th start date at Brassy Buddha Yoga in Westfield
A vegan detox. You’ll be guided and encourage to eat, play and live a healthier lifestyle. This is a 21 day event includes: essential oils, recipes from a registered nutritionist, supplements, 21 days of yoga, invitation to a closed Facebook Group and 3 meet ups for check in, further support and guidance.
March 24th at Inlet Yoga in Manasquan
Join us as we celebrate the Spring Equinox with a restorative yoga workshop to welcome the light. The Spring Equinox is a symbol of rebirth, rejuvenation and renewal. As mother nature herself goes through the season change, allow yourself this nurturing gift of deep rest & renewal. Jeanine Krzyzanowski will lead a gentle, healing class to release the depths of winter and balance the mind & body for Spring. All postures are performed on the floor using props – this class is suitable for all levels.
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 last year, 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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