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.
And we are also offering some great fun online workshops, including interactive cooking workshops, via Zoom. Moonflower Yoga also has some wonderful ways for you to relax in our monthly Evening of Guided Meditation with world-reknown loving kindness monk, Bhante Sujatha, as well as a monthly Yoga Nidra relaxation evening with Jackie Lee. 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. The Moonflower Yoga Needle Arts Group where we crochet or knit together also meets online for FREE every 4-6 weeks.
Scroll down for descriptions of the current online yoga & meditation classes, as well as the upcoming online workshops and Club events.
Are you new to yoga?
Newcomers are always welcome at Moonflower Yoga! We currently have 14 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 AM. Look for the “(I)” symbol next to the class title on the Schedule tab to identify an intermediate class.
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”. Also on a monthly basis, please join us for “An Evening of Guided Meditation with Bhante Sujatha” and “Yoga Nidra” with Jackie Lee – you’ll find info on both of these on the “Workshops” tab above or by scrolling to the bottom of this page.
YOGA FOR BONE HEALTH (Lynn) (B) (60-minute online class): Osteoporosis causes peri-menopausal and post-menopausal women to suffer significant bone loss. Recent studies now confirm that consistent yoga practice can actually increase bone mineral density. This great class will concentrate on 15 keys postures (standing and seated) chosen for their particular benefit in providing the weight-bearing oppositional force crucial to help improve bone health. Some of the poses will be held for up to one minute to improve strength which helps to prevent falls (and therefore fractures). There will also be focus on stretching tight stressed muscles (which means you are less likely to fall and break something) and the building of stability and agility (so that if you do start to fall you may help to catch yourself). Join us for this great sequence of postures designed to improve your physical balance, as well as your mental balance, release tension from your day, and get you ready for a relaxing evening ahead. All levels, especially beginners, are welcome. (Thursdays at 5:15 PM).
SLOW FLOW AND SINGING BOWLS (Jessica) (B) (60-minute 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! (Thursdays at 7 PM).
YIN YOGA STRETCH (Rose) (B) (30-min online class): Looking for a great stretching class to release muscle tension? Come try this lovely class with Rose – 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).
YOGA BASICS (B) (Rose) (30-minute 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).
CHAIR YOGA (B) (mixed class – see end of the description): 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 for 60 minutes. Also try Chair Yoga with Vicky on Thursdays at 12 noon which is a 30-minute online class.)
MOVE WITH THE MOON (Theresa) (B) (60-minute 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).
MORNING MOVEMENT AND MEDITATION (Jessica) (B) (30-minute online class): 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).
HATHA YOGA FOR BEGINNERS (B) (Vicky) (30-minute online class): 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) (3o-minute online class): 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).
AWAKEN THE SUBTLE BODY YOGA CLASS (Theresa) (B) (30 minute 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) (30-minute 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).
STRETCH AND FLOW (Nancy) (B) (60-minute 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. (Thursdays at 10 AM)
SATURDAY FLOW (I) (Nancy) (I) (60-minute 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 AM).
BEGINNER YOGA (B) (Nancy) (60-minute 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. (Sundays at 945 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.
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!
Feeling Stressed? Discover Guided Meditation from the comfort and safety of your home in this wonderful evening with Bhante Sujatha!
Next date: Wednesday, January 19th, starting at 7:15 PM
Doctors all agree that guided meditation is a wonderful tool for stress reduction and relaxation. Moonflower Yoga is pleased to announce that Bhante Sujatha will be offering lovely evenings of guided meditation which you can comfortably and safely do from the comfort of your home.
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: $25 per person, per date. 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.
Anatomy of a Yoga Practice, Part IV
“Head & Shoulders Above the Rest”
(Target areas: Shoulders, Chest, Upper Back, Head and Neck)
Led by Lynn Pieroni
Saturday, January 29th, 1 PM – 3 PM
Has recent stress caused stiffness in your neck and upper back? Do you experience poor posture or have rounded shoulders? Do you sometimes feel your breath function inhibited and compressed?
The head, shoulders, neck, upper back and chest are areas in our physical bodies that deeply affect by how we feel, how we live our lives and how we connect to those around us. When we are stressed, overwhelmed or anxious, we tend to hold our breath. This causes the chest to overly expand, the shoulders to tense and the collarbones to constrict. When we feel depressed, lethargic or unmotivated, or when we sit for long hours texting and working at a desk, our chest sinks in, our shoulders hunch forward and our upper back mobility is compromised. Overall, these actions (and reactions) affect our spine in unhealthy – and over time – irreversible ways.
Emotionally – fear, worry, frustration, insecurity and unresolved trauma results in the blockage and under-activity of the Throat and Heart Chakra energies that correlate to the areas in the physical body. The balanced function of these energy vortexes is vital to a healthy mind/body system. Yoga postures which stimulate the Throat and Heart Chakras ensure that one can express feelings safely, communicate effectively, manifest gratitude, gracefully relate to those around us, and ultimately makes one ready to love and trust – ourselves and others.
In this workshop, Lynn will use some of the class time to discuss anatomy and emotions, and you will practice postures designed to strengthen and lengthen, as well as release and rehydrate these targeted areas. We will be using props for a more restorative experience, thereby healing your mind, your chakra system, and your spirit. This workshop is suitable for everyone regardless of age or fitness level.
Props Recommended: A yoga mat, a rectangular yoga bolster if you have one (or substitute a large blanket folded into a rectangle or a rectangular couch cushion), a yoga strap (or substitute a bathrobe tie or an unwanted men’s tie), 1 or 2 yoga blocks (or substitute 2 small pillows), a smaller folded blanket for seating.
Price: $42 per person
Book now! Please register and purchase your spot in advance for this workshop from the Schedule tab by selecting this activity from the Schedule tab above and following the simple registration and payment steps. Approximately 2 days before the workshop, PAID registrants will receive a separate email from Moonflower Yoga with your Zoom invitation information to join the workshop from the comfort of your home.
Reduce your stress in this lovely, relaxing workshop offered online via Zoom!
Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep and Deep Meditation) (with Jackie Lee)
Next date: Wednesday, January 26th, 730 PM – 830 PM; also available Wednesday, February 23rd, 7:30 PM – 8:30 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, per date
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.
In the Kitchen with Bob! (a fun interactive workshop)
Next date: Sunday, February 13th, 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM
Cook along with us LIVE and prepare 2 great plant-based, vegan, gluten-free meals. All are welcome!
Join Moonflower Yoga owner, Nancy, and her husband, Bob, for a LIVE, interactive cooking workshop from their kitchen via Zoom! We will supply you with the recipes in advance of the workshop so you can cook along with us from your own kitchen, and we can all eat together at the end of the workshop. 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, per date.
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 food items 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.
Stretch, Strengthen, and De-Stress:
A yoga workshop focusing on the lower back, hips, legs & relaxation with Theresa Mariano Doyle
Saturday, February 26th, from 1 PM – 3 PM
Let go of stress and move freely with strength!
When we have lower back pain it usually creates a fear of movement. When we restrict our movement, we become stiffer, which in turn restricts our range of motion ever further. This cycle is very common and can be corrected. Because our muscle tension moves our bodies into unhealthy postures, we can sometimes feel constant and persistent discomfort.
Stretching alone can destabilize the body, especially the pelvis and lower back. How can we strengthen and stabilize our bodies while we stretch? The answer to this question is: consistency of strengthening movements along with gentle stretching. Avoiding over-stretching is tricky because it feels so good to stretch that we sometimes go too far and over time create an unbalanced lower body.
This great online yoga workshop will focus on fun and interesting ways to flow through movements while strengthening and deeply stretching the legs, lower back & hips. You’ll explore ways to release tension through flowing movement while practicing pranayama breathing techniques, allowing the energy of the breath to bring you deeper into the posture.
Let’s have some fun together exploring new ways to stretch and strengthen the lower back, hips, and legs and then de-stress with quiet relaxation!
Props Recommended: A yoga mat, 1-2 yoga blocks, a folded blanket for cushioning of the knees, a yoga strap (or substitute a bathrobe tie). A yoga bolster is great if you have one.
Price: $42 per person
Book now! Register from the Schedule tab above and follow the simple registration and payment steps. Approximately 2 days before the event, all PAID registrants will receive an email from Moonflower Yoga with your Zoom invitation to join the workshop from the comfort of your home.
Come join us for a FREE Moonflower Yoga Club event offered via Zoom!
Enjoy crocheting and knitting in our fun:
Moonflower Yoga Needle Arts Group – FREE event
Next date: Saturday, January 22nd, starting at 4:30 PM via Zoom – FREE meeting
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.
Join us for the next meeting of the
The Moonflower Yoga Book Club – FREE event!
Next meeting date: Sunday, Feb. 6th, 2022, 4:30 PM – 6 PM via Zoom – FREE meeting!
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(s) & join us! For our next meeting, we will be discussing:
by Louise Erdrich
In this stunning and timely novel, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich creates a wickedly funny ghost story, a tale of passion, of a complex marriage, and of a woman’s relentless errors.
Louise Erdrich’s latest novel, The Sentence, asks what we owe to the living, the dead, to the reader and to the book. A small independent bookstore in Minneapolis is haunted from November 2019 to November 2020 by the store’s most annoying customer. Flora dies on All Souls’ Day, but she simply won’t leave the store. Tookie, who has landed a job selling books after years of incarceration that she survived by reading with murderous attention, must solve the mystery of this haunting while at the same time trying to understand all that occurs in Minneapolis during a year of grief, astonishment, isolation, and furious reckoning.
The Sentence begins on All Souls’ Day 2019 and ends on All Souls’ Day 2020. Its mystery and proliferating ghost stories during this one year propel a narrative as rich, emotional, and profound as anything Louise Erdrich has written.
REGISTER: There is NO fee to attend this Club event. 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. The hybrid classes have a size limitation of 4 people attending in person. If a class or workshop is sold out, it will be listed in solid red font on the calendar tab, and no additional bookings will be permitted. 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 email@example.com 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.