WHOLE BEING HEALING -                        Sylvia May Smith


Private Yoga
5,10, 20 session packages available in your apt:
1 session $120.
5 session pkg $600
10 session pkg $1000.
20 session pkg $1600.

Practice yoga in the comfort and privacy of your home within the convenience of your own schedule.Instruction is suitable for all levels of experience, ages, conditions, most injuries after a suitable time, pre and post natal clients and is always adapted to your specific needs.Keen attention is paid to your best possible alignment to promote optimum muscular balance and joint safety. As a client progresses more challenging poses and advanced variations are added. Each session ends with aromatherapy and a shoulder press and neck stretch.


I’ve been teaching yoga for 23 years. I focus on the healing benefits of each pose through proper alignment. We are going to end up with or not heal our joint problems, achy bodies and arthritis if we don’t learn properly. In a flow class, we rush through the poses without fully understanding where to place our bodies or the function of the pose so we receive only a minimal amount of benefit or we further imbalance our bodies or injure ourselves. The poses should make you equally strong and flexible. Too much or little of either creates problems.

Don’t worry about becoming flexible or strong when doing yoga, just pay attention to your alignment, the poses and breath will take care of everything perfectly.

I feel that if one practices enough yoga each week, they will develop more respect for their body. One might start to have insights like 'if I didn't eat that big heavy meal, I could twist so much better'.  One's life will just change automatically. But if you are only taking yoga 1-2 times a week, you won't see big shifts. Your life will stay pretty much the same except your body might become more flexible and you will gain more strength. Most people end up missing the transformation that yoga truly offers.My advice is go more often. Make time for it and you won't be sorry.

Many just take either very fast vinyasa classes to sweat with little attention to form or classes that don't challenge them enough. Besides their bodies not changing much, their attitudes don't change either. It's a missed opportunity. One should be learning to breathe with more awareness. This and more body awareness will make them become a more aware, conscientious person who will look at their entire life differently.

I just completed a Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga Training. I am now teaching 3 new classes Yin Yoga, Yin Flow and Flow and Restore.
Yin Yoga focuses on the Fascia and Connective Tissue. Yin Yoga Poses are held 3-5 minutes and focus opening up the shoulders, lower back, hips and hamstrings and are more effective than more yang vinyasa poses which do not have long holds and might not focus enough on these areas to make sufficient impact or change. Restorative Yoga Poses focus on the muscles and are held usually for 10 minutes or longer to stretch the muscles passively and are deeply relaxing. They are safe for anyone with injuries, great for individuals with very tight bodies and for anyone who needs to reduce stress or just fully relax. 

“Yoga is a practice of healing…where the healing gradually unfolds on all levels of our being. We all come to yoga with our issues, some with physical and others with emotional traumas. We all have places in our body that are guarded, where we hold tension. Yoga shines a light on and heals these dark places in our body.” 
~ Julie Gudmestad

"Indeed, breathing within asana is vitally important. Breathe restores energy to what we refer to as the aura or the light body.  When we breathe in, the aura contracts or pulls in. When we breathe out, it expands. Individual consciousness limits the degree of expansion and contraction of the auric field and in turn limits the bandwidth of our experiences in life. Yoga expands consciousness. When we practice the yantras (sacred geometry within asana, it is important to move with the breath. The breath is the subtle, invisible link between the mind and body and between the gross physical and the planes of light, where yantra as sacred geometry originates."
Rama Jyoti Vernon, Yoga The Practice of Myth & Sacred Geometry

 ‘Stand on your feet. Feel your feet.’...‘How can you know God if you don’t know your big toe?’
B.K.S. Iyengar

“Before you learn to stand on your head, you need to learn to stand on your own two feet."
Swami Satchidananda.

"When I practice, I am a philosopher, when I teach, I am a scientist, when I demonstrate, I am an artist."
B.K.S Iyengar 

Restorative Cobblers PoseHammock Pose Yin hamstring stretch

Straight Jacket Pose- yin shoulder opener
Dragonfly Yin Pose: Inner Thigh, Groin, Hamstring and Lower Back Stretch
Restorative Bridge Pose: Backbend
Restorative Pigeon PoseYin Headstand-there is no weight on the head which is slightly off the floor


Wide Legged Forward Fold

New York Sports Club
Monday
City Hal6:45-7:45pm
Thursday 
12:15 76th/1st
Sunday
91st/3rd Ave 12:30-1:30pm
All classes are Slow Flow Vinyasa

New York Health & Racquet Club
Tuesday Whitehall 6:30-7:45pm
Tuesday 76th/York 12pm-1:10pm
Yin Flow
Thursday 23rd/6th Ave 7:30-8:45pm
Slow Flow Vinyasa 

The Peninsula Spa  
700 5th Ave 
Monday 
12:30-1:30pm Flow n Restore
12:30-1:45pm Yin Yoga




"Indeed, breathing in asana is vitally important. Breath restores energy to what we refer to as the aura or the light body. When we breathe in, the aura contracts or pulls in. When we breathe out, it expands. Individual consciousness limits the degree of expansion and contraction of the auric field. \ and, in turn, limits the bandwidth of our experience in life. Yoga expands consciousness. When we practice the yantras sacred geometry) with asana, it is important to move with the breathe (especially on the exhalation). The breath is the subtle, invisible link between the mind and body and between the gross physical plane and planes of light., where yantra as sacred geometry originates" 
Rama Jyoti Vernon, Yoga The Practice of Myth & Sacred Geometry

Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.
B.K.S. Iyengar

Vasisthasana variation (side plank)Restorative forward bend with bolster

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Can yoga wreck your body?
The New York Times excerpt, "How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body," was enough to knock the zen out of the yoga community.
Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.
B.K.S. Iyengar








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