Moonflower Yoga
2093 Bellmore Avenue
Bellmore, NY 11710
Phone: (516) 557 2206
Email: moonfloweryoga@optimum.net

Descriptions

 

Looking for a great yoga studio in which to practice yoga, meditation or learn something new in a workshop or event in the Bellmore-Wantagh-Merrick-Seaford-East Meadow-Levittown area of Nassau County, Long Island? Check out the fabulous array of yoga classes, workshops and events that are offered at Moonflower Yoga with great yoga teachers! Our small class setting and friendly, homey yoga studio is a wonderful place where you can release stress, become more flexible and stronger, make new acquaintances and learn something new. In the descriptions below, you will find additional info on our current classes, workshops and events. You can reserve your spot in any of these available classes, workshops, or events from the “Schedule” tab above – just click on the date for the activity you wish to attend and then follow the simple registration and payment steps.

Due to the coronavirus situation, we are currently offering ONLINE yoga, meditation and Pilates classes which you can enjoy from the comfort of your living room with the same great  teachers that you have come to love from their studio classes.  These LIVE online yoga, meditation or Pilates classes are 30-40 minutes in length and are just $11 each.     You can enjoy great online beginner-level yoga and/or meditation classes on a daily basis from your home using the Zoom app with 16 weekly online classes from which you can choose!  The “Monthly News” tab above will provide you with additional info on how the online classes work.

And we are also offering some great fun online workshops, including interactive cooking workshops, via Zoom.  Our Moonflower Yoga Book Club meets on a monthly basis online, and you can take a journey with a great book and join us for FREE for a fun book discussion.

Scroll down for descriptions of the current online yoga & meditation classes, as well as the upcoming online workshops and Club events.

When it is safe to reopen the studio doors, in-person studio yoga classes and in-person workshops and training sessions will return to the schedule.

 

Are you new to yoga?

Newcomers are always welcome at Moonflower Yoga!  We currently have 15 weekly online  BEGINNER-LEVEL YOGA OR MEDITATION classes from which you can choose!    These great BEGINNER-LEVEL YOGA classes are available 6 days a week.  They are perfect for those who are just starting out or for those who enjoy a gentler yoga practice.   Just look for the “(B)” symbol next to the class title on the Schedule tab above to see if it the class you have selected is suitable for a beginner.

Are you looking for an INTERMEDIATE-LEVEL yoga class? Moonflower Yoga, Nancy Weshkoff, offers an online intermediate “Saturday Flow” class every Saturday at 10:15 AM.  Look for the “(I)” symbol next to the class title on the Schedule tab to identify an intermediate class.

Below is further info on all of our great ONLINE yoga and meditation classes.   We hope to see you soon for one of these great online offerings!

 

Online Class Descriptions:

Note: “B” = Beginner-level yoga class suitable for all fitness levels

Note: “I” – Intermediate-level yoga class; some yoga experience recommended

 

MEDITATION: Join us for one of these great classes listed below:  “Relax and De-Stress with Guided Meditation”, “Morning Movement and Meditation”, “Slow Flow and Singing Bowls” and “Stretch Meditate and Relax”.

MORNING MOVEMENT AND MEDITATION (Jessica) (B) (online class) (Returning to the schedule):   Join Jessica for the return of this great class that she created for Moonflower Yoga!   Begin your day with peace, mindfulness and bliss! This gentle yoga class begins with a moving meditation which allows you to balance the body, calm the mind and awaken your spirit. Slowly stretch tight muscles, loosen stiff joints, relieve stress, increase flexibility and cultivate balance. Each posture is entered into with deep reverence and awareness, all while being mindful of the breath in this soft restorative yoga flow class. Experience the soothing sounds of Tibetan singing bowls woven into this gentle sequence. The latter portion of the class will consist of relaxation and a brief seated meditation to bring you a sense of inner peace and get you ready for a great day ahead! (Tuesday mornings at 930 AM starting October 2020).

HATHA  YOGA FOR BEGINNERS  (B) (online class) (taught by Vicky starting in Oct): Join us for Hatha yoga, a class designed for all levels, including beginners!  You will be guided through a series of fundamental yoga poses to stretch your muscles; release muscle tension from the day; and improve strength, flexibility, and balance. Hatha is the traditional practice of yoga, and will prepare you for any other style of yoga you might want to try.  (Mondays at 5:15 PM).

CHAIR BARRE BASICS (B) (Lynn) (online class) (B) –  starts Oct 2020: Join us for a lower body practice inspired by the principles of yoga, Pilates and ballet to lift, stretch, strengthen, sculpt, and tone. This class is designed to increase your stamina, awaken weak muscles, decrease stress and restore balance to your body/mind. Using only your own body resistance and the aid of a simple chair, the class will use a sequence of low-impact movements to correct posture, improve alignment and find extension of form. The class begins with simple seated stretches, moves into standing exercises, and ends with a brief seated cool down meditation. Together, by stretching and strengthening, breathing and balancing, you can target and tone your way to discover the transformative and empowering effects of “contrology”: the complete coordination of the body, mind, and spirit. Come give this great class a try! (Wed, 5:15 PM).

YIN YOGA STRETCH (Rose) (B)  (online class) – our featured class for October: Looking for a great, late morning, beginner yoga class on Fridays?  Come try Friday Stretch – perfect for all fitness levels. In this class, taught in a yin yoga style, you will do stretching postures on the ground with the assistance of props you have in your home such as blankets, pillows, or towels  to allow you to deeply relax into the posture.  If you do have a yoga strap, this is helpful.   If you do not have a yoga strap, you can substitute a bathrobe tie, an  unused men’s tie, or rolled towel.  This lovely class will help you increase your flexibility and strength. It is also a wonderful way to release stress from the week and get you ready for a fabulous weekend! (Wednesday mornings at 10 AM).

MOVE WITH THE MOON  (Theresa) (B) (online class): The class will consist of a modified moon salutation.   A moon salutation helps you channel the calming and cooling energy of the moon – a great way to end your day!  You will slowly move and flow through each pose as you pay special attention to the quality of each movement.   You will harness the moon’s energy to allow you to start fresh and help you manifest things you truly want.  Some of the benefits of this great stretching class will also include: balancing internal coolness & fire, channeling creativity, reducing stress and anxiety, helping to relieve sciatic nerve pain, and getting you ready for a good, peaceful night’s sleep.   Come join us for this great new online yoga class offered at Moonflower Yoga via Zoom! (Tuesdays at 715 PM).

PILATES STRENGTHEN AND STRETCH (Lynn) (B) (online class):    The Pilates method of body conditioning is the art of strength, stretch and control. The system was developed in the 1920’s by legendary physical trainer, Joseph H. Pilates, to improve flexibility, enhance posture & coordination, stabilize, and elongate the spine and establish balance & overall strength.  The primary focus in this mat sequence will be on your body’s core (abs, lower back, and the surrounding stabilizing muscles). You will practice very precise breath linked with controlled movements. Consistent practice can help you in the following ways:  enhanced muscle tone & energy; increased strength and flexibility; achievement of balance, grace & fluidity; improved alignment and posture; and better mental concentration.  Come give this great class a try! (Thursdays at 5:30 PM).

AWAKEN THE SUBTLE BODY YOGA CLASS (Theresa) (B) (online class):  Join Theresa for this great yoga class open to all levels of practice including beginners! Awakening the subtle body refers to the energy in our bodies which we experience through chakras and bandhas. Through gentle yoga movement and working with your breath, you will explore and direct these energy pathways to uplift your body and your spiritual vibration. It is a wonderful way to start your day and be ready for a fabulous day ahead. Come give it a try! You may wish to have a blanket or towel near your yoga mat for use during this practice. If you have a yoga block, you might find that helpful. (Fridays at 10 AM).

RELAX AND DE-STRESS WITH GUIDED MEDITATION (Cathi) (B) (online class): Come explore the wonders of meditation! Doctors all recommend meditation as a tool to help you relax, de-stress, and allow you to feel better. Meditation is available to everyone. Cathi Nashak will lead you into a guided meditation in this lovely class which you can do from your living room while seated in a chair, or sitting on the ground, or reclining on the floor of your home, whichever is most comfortable for you. If you are doing this from the floor, you may want to have a blanket or towel nearby to use as a prop to support your body. NO previous meditation experience is needed to join us. All are welcome.(Mondays at 7 PM).

CHAIR YOGA (B) (online class):    If you have difficulty moving in a regular yoga class, or if you are an office worker looking to learn some yoga poses to do while seated at your desk to relieve muscle tension and stress, then give this gentle, beginner-level chair yoga class a try! The class will consist of fundamental yoga poses done seated in a chair or with the support of a chair for those who can stand while holding a chair. You will learn poses to help with flexibility, stretching & strength building. For those who can stand, there will be balance poses using a chair for support. In all the poses, you will be guided to link your breath to movement. The class will end with quiet relaxation seated on your chair followed by a brief meditation. (Tuesdays at 12 noon with Nancy; Fridays at 11:30 AM with Vicky).

YOGA BASICS (Melinda) (B) (online class): Join us for a great online class, designed to provide you with a deeper understanding about the basics of yoga! Yoga is a moving meditation that focuses on linking the movements of the body with the breath. This class will focus on some key poses that stretch and strengthen various parts of the body while creating a feeling on peace and calm. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned practitioner, this class will allow you to take your practice to the next level! (Tuesdays at 6 PM).

SLOW FLOW AND SINGING BOWLS (Jessica) (B) (online class): This class is perfect for all levels of practice. Whether you are brand new to yoga and meditation, or you are a seasoned practitioner, everyone can benefit from this class. End your day with some light movement and sound healing! Gentle yoga, coupled with deep breathing, followed by sound healing savasana (relaxation pose) will bring you to new levels of peace. The sounds and vibrations of the singing bowls create a powerful environment for mindfulness, healing and drawing the awareness inward. Come give this great class a try! (Wednesdays at 7 PM).

STRETCH AND FLOW (Nancy) (B) (online class): Stretch and Flow is a great way to start your weekday! After gentle warm-up stretches on the floor, the class will move to a flow of sun salutations to get you moving & energize you. The class also encompasses standing poses to build strength, balance and flexibility. We focus also on balance postures to improve your balance. Each class ends with some quiet relaxation postures on the ground.  You’ll feel great and ready for your day!  If you have a yoga strap, please have this available for the class.  If you do not have a yoga strap, a bathrobe tie, or an unused men’s tie, or a large, rolled towel could be substituted.  It is recommended you have a folded blanket available as well.   (Thursday 10:15 AM)

SATURDAY FLOW (I) (Nancy) (I) (online class): Begin your Saturday with this fun, energetic and CALORIE-BURNING intermediate-level Vinyasa Flow class. After a gentle warm, you will be guided through Vinyasa flow poses which will build strength, flexibility, and balance. Work off your tension from the week and have a great start to your weekend! Some previous Vinyasa flow experience is required. The class ends with several minute of quiet relaxation. You’ll feel amazing and ready for a fabulous weekend ahead. (Saturdays at 10:15 AM).

STRETCH, MEDITATE, AND RELAX (Melinda) (B) (online class): Feeling stressed? Muscle tension? Come try this great class! The class will be a combination of light, gentle yoga postures on the ground to help release tension from the day as you stretch tired muscles and allow them to relax. The class may also include some brief guided meditation. You will feel calmer and restored by the end of the class and ready for a good night’s sleep. Come give this great class a try! It is recommended that you have a blanket, towel, or pillow near your yoga mat which you can use as a prop for this class. If you have a yoga block, you might find that helpful as well.  (Thursdays at 7 PM).

BEGINNER YOGA (B) (Nancy) (online class): Beginner yoga is great for those who are new to yoga or like a more basic practice. After a gentle warm up, you learn flowing postures combining breath & movement, and fundamental beginner poses to build strength, flexibility & balance. All classes end with a relaxation pose.  If you have a yoga strap, please have this available for the class.  If you do not have a yoga strap, a bathrobe tie, or an unused men’s tie, or a large, rolled towel could be substituted.  It is recommended you have a folded blanket available as well. (Sunday at 10 AM). NOTE: There are many beginner-level yoga classes available on the Moonflower Yoga schedule! To see the full list of beginner-level yoga classes (not just this class), click on the FAQ tab above, and you will see a complete list of appropriate beginner-level yoga classes that you can explore or look for the “(B)” symbol next to the class title in the class descriptions above.

 

 

Beginner Yoga Classes Bellmore

 

 

Below is info on our upcoming workshops and Club events:

Moonflower Yoga has an amazing array of interesting workshops and events from which you choose! People from Bellmore-Merrick-Wantagh-East Meadow-Seaford and other parts of Long Island have been registering, and we hope to see you too. Below is a listing of these very fun activities, and you can register for any of these great activities by selecting the activity that you would like to attend on the “Schedule” tab above and following the simple registration and payment steps.   Once the coronavirus situation is behind us, there will be additional activities added to the schedule – stay tuned!

 

 

Reduce your stress in this lovely, relaxing workshop now offered online via Zoom!

Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep and Deep Meditation) (with Jacqueline Lee)

Friday, September 25th, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM

Feeling stressed?  Come join Jackie Lee for this very relaxing evening from the safety and comfort of your living room or bedroom!

Yoga Nidra – known as yogic sleep – is a deep meditation used to promote physical, mental and emotional relaxation.  You will be completely supported in a reclining position as you are led through a deep guided meditation by Jackie Lee and where you can set your Sankalpa (heart-felt intention).  You can do this grounding and de-stressing workshop while reclining in bed, or on your couch, or on the floor of a quiet room in your home.  NO previous yoga or meditation experience needed and all are welcome.   Please have a folded blanket, towel, or pillow handy.  An eye pillow or folded washcloth is also nice to have on hand.  If you have a favorite essential  oil, such as lavender, you may wish to have this nearby as well.   All are welcome for this relaxing evening!

Price: $22 per person.

Book Now! You need to register in advance for this workshop.  You can reserve your spot by selecting this workshop from the Schedule tab above and following the simple registration and payment steps.   One-two days before the workshop, all PAID participants will receive an email with a Zoom invitation link to join the workshop, as well as instructions on working with Zoom if you are new to Zoom.   If you do not have a Zoom account, you need to download the FREE Zoom app on your phone, tablet, or computer in order to attend this workshop.

 

 

ONLINE Reiki Healing Circle and Meditation (open to all) with Reiki Master Teachers Nancy Weshkoff and Carol Procopio

Date:  Friday, October 2nd, 6:45 PM – 8 PM – via Zoom

Reiki is a wonderful system for stress reduction and relaxation.  In these challenging times, Reiki and meditation can help you feel calmer.  In this online Reiki Healing Circle, Reiki Master Teachers Nancy Weshkoff and Carol Procopio will offer a distance Reiki treatment to the participants in the Reiki Healing Circle.  You can be quietly and safely relaxing in your home for this Healing Circle, and NO prior Reiki experience is needed.  This event will also include a lovely guided meditation for additional relaxation. Come join us!

Price: $24 per person

Register: You must register and purchase your spot in advance.  You can do so by clicking on this Reiki activity on the Schedule tab above and following the simple registration and payment steps.  Approximately 2 days before the start date, you will separately receive a Zoom invitation email with the Zoom link you will need to attend the event.

 

 

In the Kitchen with Bob!

Cook along with us LIVE and prepare 2 great vegan dishes – This edition’s theme is EASY VEGAN DINNERS.

Sunday, October 4th, 4:30 PM – 6 PM

Join Moonflower Yoga owner, Nancy, and her husband, Bob, for a LIVE, interactive cooking workshop from their kitchen via Zoom!  Bob will guide you as we make together two easy vegan dinners.  We will supply you with the recipes in advance of the workshop so you can cook along with us from your own kitchen.  You’ll then have a delicious dinner to eat when done!   If you prefer to just watch the preparation and cooking, that’s fine too.   As this is interactive, you can ask questions and have fun with us.  Come join us for a yummy workshop!

Price: $29 per person

Book Now! You need to register in advance for this workshop.  You can reserve your spot by selecting this workshop from the Schedule tab above and following the simple registration and payment steps.   Several days before the workshop, we will supply all PAID participants with the recipes including the ingredients needed to prepare the 2 meals from your own kitchen with us.  One-two days before the workshop, all PAID participants will receive an email with a Zoom invitation link to join the workshop, as well as instructions on working with Zoom if you are new to Zoom.   If you do not have a Zoom account, you need to download the FREE Zoom app on your phone, tablet, or computer in order to attend this workshop.

 

 

Please welcome back Bhante Sujatha to Moonflower Yoga in another, great Zoom workshop! 

“How to Empower your Mind” (an ancient wisdom practice)

Thursday, October 22nd, 7 PM – 8:45 PM

 

Buddha  says “what you seek is seeking you”… perhaps it’s true.  The evidence of the power of our minds is undeniable..  The ancient texts of the Buddha tell us that no external condition can be the cause of our happiness, only the mind has that ability.    When people understand how they are influenced,  the root causes of struggle and what we can do with our minds to make things better,  sustainable happiness and radiant joy are the result.  My life as a Buddhist monk has given me a front row seat to incredible transformation within so many people as I teach them how to empower the mind and cultivate the qualities that will help you find strength and happiness, as well as give you a burning desire to add more love to the world.  When we understand our mind, we begin to re-shape our behavior and feelings about so many things… it’s the most loving act of service one can do for themselves and the world.

About Bhante:  Bhante Sujatha, a 30+ year Buddhist Monk, is singularly focused on adding more love in the world. Bhante teaches loving-kindness meditation to people around the globe for all those seeking the art of happiness and contentment. His approach to meditation is deep and simple, bringing core Buddhist teachings to everyone in a way that is practical and easy to understand. A joyful, radiant, funny and wildly energetic monk, Bhante will help you obtain peace that can only be found in deep silence. He is originally from Sri Lanka and is the head monk / abbot of the Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple and Meditation Center in Woodstock, IL.

Price: $35 per person.    A portion of the proceeds go to Bhante’s “Mothers & Incubator Project” in Sri Lanka.  You can reserve your spot for this Zoom workshop by clicking on the Schedule tab above and following the simple registration and payment steps.   Approximately 2-3 days before the workshop, all PAID registrants will receive an email with the Zoom information you will need to attend this wonderful workshop.

 

 

Join us for the next meeting of the

The Moonflower Yoga Book Club!

Next book discussion meeting date: Friday, October 16th, 6:45 PM – 8 PM – 530 PM.  NOTE: This will be an online meeting via Zoom.  Register to attend from the Schedule tab above.

Come join us for the next meeting of our fun Moonflower Yoga Book Club! We meet every 4-6 weeks to discuss the book selection from the previous meeting & select the next book to read. It is a great way to meet interesting people, form new friendships & have lively conversations.

All are welcome to read our current book selection & join us!

For our next meeting, we will be discussing TWO books:

From the author of the runaway bestseller The Orphan’s Tale comes a remarkable story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female spies during World War II.

 The Lost Girls of Paris”

by Pam Jenoff

1946, Manhattan

Grace Healey is rebuilding her life after losing her husband during the war. One morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, she finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs—each of a different woman. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and quickly leaves the station.

Grace soon learns that the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a ring of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. Twelve of these women were sent to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance, but they never returned home, their fates a mystery. Setting out to learn the truth behind the women in the photographs, Grace finds herself drawn to a young mother turned agent named Marie, whose daring mission overseas reveals a remarkable story of friendship, valor and betrayal.

Vividly rendered and inspired by true events, New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff shines a light on the incredible heroics of the brave women of the war, and weaves a mesmerizing tale of courage, sisterhood and the great strength of women to survive in the hardest of circumstances .

“The Last Flight

by Julie Clark – only 288 pages

Two women. Two Flights. One last chance to disappear.

Claire Cook has a perfect life. Married to the scion of a political dynasty, with a Manhattan townhouse and a staff of ten, her surroundings are elegant, her days flawlessly choreographed, and her future auspicious. But behind closed doors, nothing is quite as it seems. That perfect husband has a temper that burns as bright as his promising political career, and he’s not above using his staff to track Claire’s every move, making sure she’s living up to his impossible standards. But what he doesn’t know is that Claire has worked for months on a plan to vanish.

A chance meeting in an airport bar brings her together with a woman whose circumstances seem equally dire. Together they make a last-minute decision to switch tickets ― Claire taking Eva’s flight to Oakland, and Eva traveling to Puerto Rico as Claire. They believe the swap will give each of them the head start they need to begin again somewhere far away. But when the flight to Puerto Rico goes down, Claire realizes it’s no longer a head start but a new life. Cut off, out of options, with the news of her death about to explode in the media, Claire will assume Eva’s identity, and along with it, the secrets Eva fought so hard to keep hidden.

The Last Flight is the story of two women―both alone, both scared―and one agonizing decision that will change the trajectory of both of their lives.

 

REGISTER:  There is NO fee to attend this Club event.   However, you MUST register in advance from the Schedule tab above in order to attend this event.  Approximately 1-2 days before the meeting date, a Zoom invitation email will be sent to you with details on how to join this session.    If you do not have the Zoom app, you can download it for free from Zoom.

 

 

Enjoy crocheting and knitting in our fun:

Moonflower Yoga Needle Arts Group

Next meeting  date:  Saturday, October 17th, 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM – FREE ONLINE MEETING VIA ZOOM

Are you feeling stressed?  Come discover the relaxing qualities of needle arts!  It is very meditative to work with your hands on a crocheted project.    Do you prefer knitting or embroidery?   Attendees can bring whatever handiwork they enjoy to the Zoom meeting.   Our Needle Arts group consists of a nice group of women who come together to make beautiful creations as they have fun catching up with the other members and sharing their ideas.

The Moonflower Yoga Needle Arts Group members have also chosen in the past to donate some of the items they have created to those in need.  Scarves & wheelchair lap blankets have been donated & are very much loved by the recipients.  Moonflower Yoga will now be donating scarves for Operation Gratitude, a wonderful organization that ships the handmade scarves to our brave men and women in the military.  Info on Operation Gratitude will be sent to all who register, and you can also find info on their website.   If you are making a scarf for Operation Gratitude, it needs to follow the size recommendations from Operation Gratitude.

Come join us and discover the meditative qualities of needle arts while having fun!  You can also be doing a kind gesture by donating your piece.

REGISTER:   You MUST register in advance to attend this FREE event via Zoom.  Select this event from the Schedule tab above and complete the simple registration info.   Approximately 2 days before the meeting, all registrants will receive a Zoom invitation link to join the meeting from the safety of your home.  If you are new to Zoom, click on the “Monthly News” tab for additional info and tips on working with Zoom.

 

 

WAITING LIST INFO:

Our studio class sizes are small to provide individual attention, and we recommend that you reserve your class in advance. There is no size limitation for the online classes.   Most studio classes have a maximum booking of 6-8 students per class. If a studio class is listed in solid red font on the calendar tab, the class is fully booked for the day. If the class or workshop you wish to attend is sold out, please contact us and ask to be added to the waiting list. Cancellations do occur, and if a spot opens up, we will reach out to you. Please send an email to moonfloweryoga@optimum.net with your name, phone number, and email address, and we will get in touch with you if an opening occurs to the waiting list for the class or workshop you are seeking. Thank you!

CORPORATE YOGA AND OFF-SITE GROUP CLASSES

When the coronavirus period has passed, we are available for local corporate yoga or group yoga classes! A Moonflower instructor can come to your nearby place of business to teach a lunchtime group yoga class. Corporate yoga in the workplace is a great way to reduce stress, relieve muscle tension from the day, and promote teamwork among the staff. Please contact us at (516) 557-2206 and let us know how we can help you. You can also click on our “Corporate Yoga” tab above for additional info.

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