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Summer is Here!
We are super excited for everything that is going on at KamaDeva Yoga through these next two months... We have two great workshops scheduled already over the coming months: Jenna Minardi's Dream Weaver workshops, and a Headstand and Shoulderstand Workshop with Chrissy Carter that will be sure to advance your practice - All levels welcome!
Maria Cutrona and Nianna Bray are also joining our schedule to round out our summer offerings so that you can truly nourish yourself on the deepest level of your being! Come join me on the water as well for a liquid yoga experience like no other… the comment following yesterday's SUP DOG YOGA class was, "pure bliss."
As many of you know, as much as I LOVE Yoga and teaching Yoga, I am also an avid athlete, participating in triathlons, surfing, and stand up paddle boarding... I have recently started SUP racing, which has been really fun and challenging... to become a stronger and faster paddler, I have learned that it is VERY much about skill and technique. We are thrilled that 10 time winner of the 32 mile Molokai Channel crossing, and all around amazing waterman, Jamie Mitchell, is coming HERE to the Hamptons to offer us SUP clinics from July 9-15. In conjunction with Adam Kelinson of Organic Performance, these clinics will provide unparalleled instruction about everything SUP, as well as the what, when, and HOW to eat to excel in any physical endeavor. View details and REGISTER HERE!
Enjoy these first weeks of summer.... the ocean is slowly warming up, the local blueberries are bursting with flavor, the farmers markets are open for business. As much as summer in the Hamptons can be stressful, overcrowded, and busy, it truly is what we make of it. We create our own reality, we create our own experience, moment to moment. We plant the seeds which we will see ripen in the future. Step back for a moment, and make a conscious choice about what summer will look like for you. There are plenty of opportunities to drop into stillness. Whether by walking in the woods, taking a swim in the ocean, or getting on your mat and connecting deeply to the sound of your own breath...
Om Shantih Shantih Shantih Om Peace Peace Peace.....
Happy Happy Summer!!!
Jessica and the KamaDeva Yoga Family
Focus of the Month
"Seva" by Jenna Minardi
Seva is the Sanskrit word for selfless service. “Service which is given without consideration of anything in return, at the right place and time to one that is qualified, with the feeling that it is one’s duty, is regarded as the nature of goodness.” – Bhagavad Gita 17.20
So how do you go about giving back without consideration of anything in return? Even perhaps the joy or good feelings you might have in doing good deeds? I would have to admit that when I began the process of setting up these give back days at KamaDeva Yoga, there was an excitement and joy that kept me motivated. I did not EXPECT to feel good, however one could imagine how easily this might occur. So we have to go to that honest place inside to ask what motivates us. This reminds me of a teaching from Baba Muktananada in which he says “do not judge your actions by their results; the only thing that matters is your inner state; everything else is dust." So perhaps this is a calling to a higher purpose in your life, one in which we cultivate an inner state that is aligned with service, service to all in all that we do. So what if it is not about who we are serving but what we are serving? Might it be the highest good in that moment? Might it be the Divine?
From this place all motives dissipate into the dust and we become truly aligned with a place in our hearts that says, if one survives well, we all survive well, because I am you and you are me. Should we not then serve ourselves first? I would say have to say yes. Can you serve the highest good in your life? Unconditionally love yourself? Would this be a wonderful practice to see if we did serve the highest good in our lives that it might propel us to serve others selflessly? It is from this place I hold the intention for a month of selfless service to ourselves , serving the highest good in our nature, to love ourselves unconditionally and then to let it be.
In conjunction with KamaDeva Yoga, Jenna Minardi's Dreamweaver Yoga classes on July 20th and August 6th will be designated GIVE BACK YOGA classes, in which proceeds will be donated to incredible East Hampton organizations such as I-TRI, The Retreat, and others. 20% of proceeds from her Dreamweaver workshops will also be donated to this foundation. The GIVE BACK YOGA foundation's work is to support, inspire, and fund certified yoga teachers to become spiritual revolutionaries – to step out into the neglected and underserved corners of their communities and give back through the gift of yoga.
Upcoming Summer Happenings on the Water...
SUP Performance Clinics with Legendary Waterman Jamie Mitchell and Sports Nutritionist Adam Kelinson!
Friday, July 13: RACE CLINIC,
Sunday, July 15: SUP/SURF CLINIC
The East End of Long Island is home to an array of excellent surf breaks, wide open bays, serene ponds, and fertile farmland. It's the perfect setting for a Stand-Up Paddle Performance Clinic with one of the world's greatest watermen. For ALL LEVELS of paddlers, you will learn the skills, techniques and foundational nutrition from two people that are undoubtedly at the top of their chosen fields. Your guides?
Jamie Mitchell - There are just too many things to say about Jamie. He ranks as one of the world's elite watermen and greatest ocean paddler's of all time. The 10 Time Molokai to Oahu Champion and Big Wave Surfer has taken the world of paddle boarding by storm. This 35 year old Australian is a legend before his time. Each participant will have personal time with Jamie on the water and share in his stoke for the watermen's lifestyle during the times when you're not.
Adam Kelinson - professional chef, nutritional consultant, and author of The Athlete's Plate- Real Food for High Performance, practices what he preaches when it comes to eating. His passion for home grown, organic, locally sourced food of the highest quality possible is infectious; his knowledge of how and when to eat that food to maximize performance, whether that means a 32 mile SUP race, or an active mom getting through the day, is enlightening and incredibly valuable. An amazing athlete himself, 3 time ironman finisher and backcountry guide, Adam knows firsthand the importance of delicious food to fuel the body.
These clinics promise to be one of the most inspiring experiences of your life!
Cost: $400 per clinic
Details & Registration: Click here for more information and to sign up!
SUP DOG YOGA™ with Jessica Bellofatto
Yoga on the Paddleboard Returns for the Summer Season!
Thursdays and Saturdays in the Hamptons and the North Fork
Paddle Diva has a gorgeous new center located at the Shagwong Marina (219 Three Mile Harbor Rd, East Hampton). WIth clean, beautiful bathroom and shower facilities, a great boutique with everything you need to get your SUP on this summer, and Jessica as the NEW ambassador for BOGA YOGA PADDLEBOARD, we are ready to take SUP DOG YOGA™ to the next level! And, if you are on the North Fork, Jessica is pleased to announce SUP DOG YOGA™ through Paula Didonato's The Giving Room, in Southold!
Summer 2012 Schedule:
Thursdays 9:00-10:30am in the Hamptons
Thursdays 12:30-2:00pn in the North Fork
Saturdays 12:00-1:30pm in the Hamptons
Click here for SUP DOG YOGA™ information or to register for class
Upcoming Summer Happenings on Land...
Mikelle Terson Jewelry Show at KamaDeva Yoga!
Saturday & Sunday, 9:00am-2:00pm
Mikelle Terson of Mikelle Design visits KamaDeva Yoga with her beautiful yoga-inspired jewelry. A longtime favorite of new yorkers and hamptonites alike, Mikelle's jewelry is also carried by ABC Home in nyc.
NEW WEEKLY CLASS:
The Six Paramitas Thru Breath & Asana with Maria Cutrona
Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30pm (Beginning July 10)
Paramita means perfection in Sanskrit. In Tibetan it means "to cross over to the other shore". The Paramitas then are the qualities that lead one from a sea of sufferings to the realm of enlightenment. In Buddhism there are six perfections to practice: generosity, kindness, patience, joyful effort, stillness and wisdom. We will use meditation to cultivate the awareness of the giving heart. Using breath and asana we will aim our practice for the highest: extending these perfections from our heart to others.
Dates: Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7 and 14.
Cost: This is a regular scheduled yoga class. Drop-in $27
(class cards/memberships welcome)
Location: At KamaDeva Yoga in East Hampton.
Dreamweaver: 8 Threads of Light with Jenna Minardi
Saturday, July 21 & August 18, 1:00-4:00pm
8 practices derived from a lifetime of seeking to develop personal awareness and awaken our true hearts desire. Then to weave those awakened dreams into our destiny. With ritual, movement for body and soul and opening doors to the mystical and sacred, we journey together to commune with the Divine within us all. Teachings from the study of Yoga and the Native Indians of South and North America and other mystical traditions. PS. I'm still happily and dutifully building my family, just with more grace. Please visit dreamweaveryoga.com or call Jenna at 631-375-2274 with questions or for more information.
Location: At KamaDeva Yoga in East Hampton.
Registration: Click here to register for either of these two workshops
Headstand & Shoulderstand Workshops with Chrissy Carter
Saturday, August 11, 3:00-5:00pm
Do you ever wonder whether you're practicing Headstand or Shoulderstand correctly? Do you want to improve your form so you can hold these poses longer without strain, or perhaps explore more advanced variations? This workshop will dissect the King and Queen of asanas, offering you personal feedback and giving you tools like strength training exercises, prop variations, and alignment principles you can immediately apply to your practice. You will gain a deeper understanding of the mechanics of Headstand and Shoulderstand, allowing you to reside in them with both strength and ease.
Chrissy is a senior teacher, teacher trainer, mentor, and anatomy teacher at Yoga Works in New York. Passionate about teaching intelligent yoga with clarity and compassion, her approach fosters curiosity, playfulness, and self-inquiry. Her knowledge of movement and anatomy manifests as clear and thoughtful instruction, encouraging unique ways of looking at familiar postures. She travels internationally to lead workshops, retreats and continuing education for students and teachers. Chrissy has appeared in Yoga Journal, The New York Times, and Whole Living Magazine. She is also a featured teacher on GaiamTV.
Cost: $40 pre-registered. $50 at the door.
Location: At KamaDeva Yoga in East Hampton.
Registration: Click here to register for this workshop
Yoga, Stand Up Paddleboarding and Surf Retreat
in Rincon, Puerto Rico with Jessica Bellofatto & Gina Bradley!
November 8-12, 2012
Now a tradition, this popular retreat combines the elements of land, sea and earth to provide our guests with an incredibly integrated trip that will get your body and mind in shape! Join Jessica Bellofatto and Gina Bradley of Paddle Diva and travel to Rincon located in Puerto Rico’s rural Northwest corner. This location has the most beautiful stretches of beaches in all of Puerto Rico that offer calm waters, perfect for Stand-up Paddle Boarding, small surf breaks for beginners and larger waves and surf breaks for intermediate surfers. There are plenty of isolated beaches for private yoga sessions and relaxing. Click here for full details
'Giving Thanks' Retreat with Jessica Bellofatto and Adam Kelinson in Nosara, Costa Rica
November 17-24, 2012
This retreat includes a blend of daily yoga, beach running, surfing, and nutritional guidance, support, and education with enough free time for restoration and all important recovery, all complimented by outrageously fresh local cuisine against the backdrop of paradise. We will be staying at the incredible Tierra Magnifica in Nosara, Costa Rica. On our last trip to Costa Rica, we scoped out this gorgeous location, which has amazing mountain and ocean views. The rooms are beautiful and tastefully decorated, and comfortable! The service is amazing. This place is truly a little luxury in the jungle! Children Welcome! Click here for full details