Bikram Yoga LES Bits
Surf Mei Mei, a surf lifestyle and adventure blog, recently profiled Tricia:
“Tricia’s spirit and passion embodies Surf Mei Mei’s goal and mission: SMM wants to help all girls to have better surfing and adventurous experiences by providing surfing as well as lifestyle-related information. We encourage all passionate, Surf Mei Mei’ers to be like Tricia: to not only achieve their own dreams, but to help others to achieve theirs!”
Check out the whole article here!
Tricia is feautured on the ClassPass blog, where she was interviewed in their “Teacher Tuesday” series. Blogger Andra Stanley had a chance to visit Bikram LES and writes “I walked into Bikram LES and knew immediately that Tricia had created a vibrant, welcoming, non-judgmental community – a haven for Bikram devotees from across New York. Bikram LES is a cheery, hot pink studio where the staff was eager to help a newcomer out and really make you feel welcome.” Girlfriend gets it.
When she asks Tricia “What makes Bikram LES special?” Tricia replies, “Here we give what we don’t have. It’s contagious, and you can take what you need. I continuously look for new ways to reap compassion. We enjoy each other, empower each other. It’s not a competition about our postures. Nothing needs to be fixed or added on. I don’t believe in restriction or forced outcomes, but sticking with the process. That’s how you get beyond whatever you thought could happen.” Uh-huh.
Check out the whole article here!
Thrasher’s ready to ROCK N’ ROLL in the Broadway Bares: Rock Hard Strip-a-thon benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
It’s an amazing cause so if you are able, please help support. No donation is too small as together we make a difference.
The money we raise provides medications, nutritious meals, health care, counseling, emergency financial assistance and so much more to men, women and children across the country living with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. it also helps support the essential social service programs of The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic.
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Artist Susanne Middelberg has been working on an incredible photo series depicting Wonder Woman in everyday life, and in June she will be exhibiting them in NYC! Check it out:
For more information visit: http://www.susannemiddelberg.nl/pages/wonderwoman.html
Well + Good NYC, a super rad website dedicated to health and wellness in New York City recently featured Tricia Donegan in a piece about her career, values, and work in the Lower East Side community. Those of us who have been hanging around the LES studio for a minute will appreciate the sweetness and truth captured in this profile which discusses Tricia’s commitment to community, compassion, and following one’s passions.
Donegan’s sense of caring for and elevating the people around her manifests itself first in the 105-degree classroom. It’s where sweat is pouring onto mats and, during the toughest poses, students feel like breathing and muscle control are impossible. She circles the room, sinewy muscles rippling, reminding them, in a million different ways, that making it through 90 minutes of poses is the easiest part of “yoga.”
“If you can make it in here, you can make it New York,” she’ll say. Or, “Be careful what you think about in here. Be careful because it will happen when you leave.”
And her students hang on every word, since they see them play out every day. “She practices what she preaches,” says Benishai, a long-time student who’s received tons of support from Donegan. “The reason why I like her studio is because she promotes community and the people who come in…that’s what attracted me to yoga in the first place.”
. . . Read the whole article here!
On April 17th Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will host a conversation at the Lower East Side Girls Club (check out that gorgeous new website, y’all!) as part of the Clinton Foundation’s No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project. The event, geared towards teenage girls, will be live-streamed across the country. For more information and how to get your school or organization involved, visit the Clinton Foundation website.
Julia Werman is a licensed social worker and health coach, specializing in nutrition and eating. She will be leading a mindfulness-based eating workshop at an upcoming retreat at Stonover Farm in the Berkshires.
Tell us about yourself! What is your nutrition background?
For most of my life, my relationship with food was a struggle. Growing up in Los Angeles, I always felt pressure to be thin and “perfect”. Diets and food were a main topic of discussion amongst my peer group and over exercising was seen as a positive. As I got older, moved away from LA (though it is a great city) and found myself in my own skin for the first time in NYC, I realized my relationship with food just wasn’t working anymore. The amount of time I spent thinking about food, what to eat or what not to eat, how much exercise I needed to feel “sane” – was all driving me a bit insane. I felt alone and knew there had to be another way to relate to food. I began to explore the world of healing, and through my journey have encountered many different modalities that have helped me to create what I have today…a healthy and sane relationship with food and my body. I am a licensed Social Worker (LMSW) and graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) where I earned my credentials as Health Coach.
I have experimented with several different dietary theories (Raw, Vegan, Paleo, you name it) in order to figure out what feels best for me mentally and physically. I work with women to help them deal not only with the emotional side of eating, but the practical as well. What we put into our bodies has a huge impact on our energy levels, cravings, moods, and so much more. Food is medicine, and we can heal many of our common physical and emotional ailments with a shift in how we nourish ourselves.
What is mindfulness-based eating?
When it comes to our food we often spend much more time thinking about what to eat, rather than how we eat. Choosing to eat “mindfully,” in other words, giving food and eating our full attention, allows us to have optimal satisfaction and enjoyment of our food. Mindful eating makes it possible for us to experience the difference between physical satisfaction and fullness. Mindful eating also allows us to feel more satisfied with smaller quantities of food. Learning to savor our food simply makes eating more pleasurable. We claim to love food, so shouldn’t we want to be present for it? I will be guiding the participants of the Kosmic Kitchen retreat in exercises that will help them gain a better understanding of their relationship to food, where it stems from, and how to connect to and begin to cultivate a healthy relationship with food.
How does your yoga practice inform your nutrition work and vice-versa?
Yoga has taught me how to truly BE in my body. When I practice, whether alone or surrounded by others, it is my time to connect with myself. It is nurturing and loving and feels good spiritually and physically. My yoga practice, just like my food, has grown and changed over the years. I have tried almost every yoga practice out there (or at least in NYC), just as I have tried many different dietary theories. What I have learned through both my food and yoga journey is that I must listen to my body. When I’m present and in tune what’s not working will present itself and I can make gentle changes.
What can folks expect at a Kosmic Kitchen retreat?
Katherine Miller is the founder of Kosmic Kitchen and the creator of the 7-days to Radiance Cleanse. Kosmic Kitchen melds the sensual delight in food with your desire for radiant health and vitality.All the programs and courses are founded on her experience of the healing properties of whole-food, nutrient dense, plant-based eating. She combines that with her knowledge and skills gleaned from practicing and teaching yoga and meditation for a truly holistic approach to health.
The retreat is held at the beautiful Stonover Farm Inn in The Berkshires. It will be a small intimate group of 12 women, including instructors, and it will be a chance to relax, re-juvenate, connect, hike, and participate in special yoga classes lead by Melissa Stevens. Massage is also available in the afternoons.
The focus in on providing fantastically good food in a beautiful and relaxing environment that will give participants an experience of radiant health. We’ll be learning first hand why eating whole, plant-based meals is the optimal way to cleanse and heal. Each meal and snack will be a mini cooking class in the rustic Stonover Farm kitchen. We’ll experience the role of pleasure in healthy eating, as well as how to include more nutrient dense foods into our everyday meals, and make them super delicious. There will also be special times set aside to explore how those meals are eaten with mindfulness guide Julia Werman.
Katherine has a very accessible “no problem” teaching style. Together with Julia and Melissa, participants will have a holistic and celebratory experience of health and wellness. They will leave with:
• a manual with recipes and guidelines that can be followed at home
• practical strategies for improving their diets as well as the know-how to re-create great tasting dishes in their own kitchens
• insights on how to use mindfulness to support their health goals
• special yoga and breathing exercises to facilitate everyday cleansing
For more information contact:
Julia Werman, LMSW, HC, BCHHP
Specializing in Emotional, Compulsive and Disordered Eating
2014 is just hours away, and I asked a few Lower East Side-ers to share their New Year’s Resolutions with us. One wise yogi, Ms. Mila Ghose, responded that she does not make resolutions—that resolutions only set us up for failure. Instead she likes to set intentions for the new year. She credited LES instructor Corinne Idzal for sharing this advice during a class a few years ago.
Of course! I thought. How kind, generous, and grounded. I (Eli, the blogger) am someone who makes an annual list of “resolutions” that are inevitably broken (I even usually give myself a few false starts, and let myself start over a few weeks later with the lunar new year), so I especially appreciate the thoughtfulness behind setting an “intention” rather than a resolution. Intentions are about the journey, about our mindsets, and about how we feel about ourselves along the way. Intentions are about acceptance and allow us to make room for who we are and where we are at in achieving our goals.
(A selection of 2014 calendars to inspire us)
I did a little Googling about New Years Intentions, and found that many have adapted this framework. Here are a few articles to read while you meditate on your 2014 intentions:
HAPPY 2014, Lower East Side!
The Lower East Side of NYC is home to single grrrls & bois, transplants from various cities around the world, service industry professionals, and people of various spiritualities and traditions (some of us are all of the above!). This means we don’t always celebrate December 25th the same ways that Hallmark and Disney and the Catholic church do.
Luckily, our hot pink home will be open on the 24th, and 25th, offering us a warm place to grasp some peace regardless of our connections to the Baby Jesus and Santa Claus (or my personal xmas deity, eggnog).
(And don’t forget our infamous NEW YEARS EVE NITE SWEATS!)
December’s NITE SWEATS featured a photo booth by Larry Bercow. Larry is the Creative Director/Photographer behind Cool For School Photo, a company offering gorgeous school photos that capture kids’ natural personalities (without the cheesy backdrops, rigid poses, or forced smiles we all endured as kids). What happens when a bunch of hot yogis get a chance to ham it up in front of the camera? See below for a slideshow!