US Marines annual “Toys for Tots” toy drive:
Moonflower Yoga is once again proudly participating in the USMC’s annual “Toys for Tots” toy drive. The holidays are a special time of the year. For some families with children who are struggling they cannot afford to buy holiday gifts. Please help by donating a new, unwrapped toy for a child in need who would otherwise not receive a holiday gift this season. From mid-November through mid-December, toys can be dropped off at the Moonflower Yoga studio in Bellmore (in Long Island’s Nassau County). Last year, the town of Bellmore collected more toys than any other town on Long Island. And Moonflower Yoga was one of the top contributors for this wonderful cause. This year, with your generous contributions, number one can be reached again. Let’s bring a smile to the face of a needy child this holiday season! Thank you for your support.
Join us for the next meeting of the
The Moonflower Yoga Book Club!!
Come join us for the next meeting of our fun Moonflower Yoga Book Club! Each 4-6 weeks, the club meets to discuss the book selection from the previous meeting and selects the next book to read. It is a great way to meet interesting people, form new friendships, and have some lively conversations. Delicious homemade goodies are served. All are welcome to read the current book selection and join us! For our next meeting, we will be discussing:
THE 19TH WIFE by David Ebershoff
(Note: As there is no Dec. meeting, we have selected a slightly larger book to read with 514 pages)
Sweeping and lyrical, spellbinding and unforgettable, David Ebershoff’sThe 19th Wife combines epic historical fiction with a modern murder mystery to create a brilliant novel of literary suspense. It is 1875, and Ann Eliza Young has recently separated from her powerful husband, Brigham Young, prophet and leader of the Mormon Church. Expelled and an outcast, Ann Eliza embarks on a crusade to end polygamy in the United States. A rich account of a family’s polygamous history is revealed, including how a young woman became a plural wife.
Soon after Ann Eliza’s story begins, a second exquisite narrative unfolds–a tale of murder involving a polygamist family in present-day Utah. Jordan Scott, a young man who was thrown out of his fundamentalist sect years earlier, must reenter the world that cast him aside in order to discover the truth behind his father’s death. And as Ann Eliza’s narrative intertwines with that of Jordan’s search, readers are pulled deeper into the mysteries of love and faith.
Next meeting date: Friday, January 16, 2015, from 7 – 9 PM
Donation fee to cover costs: $10 which includes yummy, homemade delicious food
Recent events at Moonflower Yoga:
November meeting of the Moonflower Yoga Book Club:
We had a fun evening on Friday, Nov. 21, as the members of the Moonflower Yoga Book Club met to discuss ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes. Bob made an extra-special homemade dessert: chocolate pumpkin vegan cake with a chocolate ganache topping infused with peppermint essential oil from Young Living. We had a lively conversation discussing the pros/cons of the decisions made by the main characters in the book, while enjoying the yummy homemade food. Our next selection is THE 19TH WIFE, and we are meeting on Friday, January 16. New members are always welcome! Hope you can join us!
Bellmore’s biggest event of the year: The Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival:
Each year, Bellmore hosts one of the largest street festivals in Nassau County and Long Island with tons of activities for the whole family and over 120,000 visitors over the 2-day period. At this year’s event on September 20 and 21, 2014, Moonflower Yoga once again took a booth at the Festival to greet people and share information about Moonflower Yoga. A big thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello. And an extra special big thank you to Christine, Dian, Ray, and Bob for working tirelessly at the Moonflower Yoga booth at the Festival. You were a huge help!
Special Move and Stretch donation yoga class to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation:
On Saturday, September 13, Jeanine Talento led a special Move and Stretch yoga class with all proceeds donated to the Make A Wish Foundation. The participants at the special class made generous donations, as did other Moonflower Yoga students who wished to help this wonderful organization. The Make A Wish Foundation grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. These wishes work in conjunction with medicine to make these children feel better both physically as well as emotionally. Doctors, nurses, and health professionals have said that the wishes granted by The Make A Wish Foundation can be a game-changer in the life of a child by helping the child feel stronger, more energetic, and more willing to battle their life-threatening medical conditions. Thank you to everyone who generously contributed to this event! In total, we raised $317 for the Make A Wish Foundation! And congratulations to Mary K, who made the largest donation and won a gift certificate for a free yoga class at Moonflower Yoga.
Moonflower Yoga’s 2-year anniversary celebration!
It was a lovely afternoon on Sunday, September 7th, as Moonflower Yoga celebrated a milestone event – our two-year anniversary! Can’t believe how quickly the time has flown by. During the celebration, students, teachers, friends, and family stopped by to say hello and to share in this celebration. Many thanks to everyone who stopped by, and to all the students and teachers who have made Moonflower Yoga a very special place. Here is to many more years!
NASSAU COUNTY HEALTH, FITNESS AND SPORTS EXPO
It was a beautiful day on Saturday, August 9th, at the annual Nassau County Health, Fitness, and Sports Expo, and the participants enjoyed a warm, sunny day. Moonflower Yoga was a proud participant at the event, and it was great to speak with the people who attended the event about the benefits of yoga. Moonflower Yoga was the sole yoga studio on Long Island that was represented at the event.
Baby on the way!
Moonflower Yoga students Nick and Stacy are expecting their first child. And it will be a first for for Moonflower Yoga: the first Moonflower Yoga baby! On Saturday, August 2nd, we had a baby shower for Nick and Stacy at the studio. We can’t wait to meet their new addition and Moonflower Yoga’s youngest student. Update on Sept. 8th: Nick and Stacy welcomed their first child into the world – a healthy baby boy, William Nicolas. William Nicolas was a whopping 9 lbs, 5 oz, and 21 inches. Everyone is doing well. Wishing baby William a very happy and healthy life!
July meeting of the Moonflower Yoga Book Club:
The ladies of the Moonflower Yoga Book Club had fun on July 18th as we discussed MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND. It was an interesting novel that the Club enjoyed reading. We also celebrated the beautiful summer weather with a yummy homemade pina colada cake. The Book Club selected our next book to read: THE ALL-GIRLS FILLING STATION’S LAST REUNION by Fanny Flagg, author of several books including FRIED GREEN TOMATOES. Come join us for future meetings of the Moonflower Yoga Book Club and meet the friendly members of the Moonflower Yoga Book Club!
June meeting of the Moonflower Yoga Book Club:
It was a lovely, warm summer evening as members of the Moonflower Yoga Book Club met to discuss EVERYTHING TO LOSE. After some interesting comments, and delicious vegan homemade dark chocolate, chocolate chip cookie dough truffles, the proposed new book list was reviewed. It was decided that the next book selection will be MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND. Our next meeting will be on Friday evening, July 18th, from 7 PM – 8:30 PM. All are welcome to read this book and join us for a fun night!
Eisenhower Park picnic and Tai Chi class:
On a beautiful Saturday morning on June 14, 2014, we had a lovely picnic in Eisenhower Park in Nassau County (Long Island) with delicious and healthy homemade food from Bob. Joseph Panico, our fabulous Tai Chi teacher at Moonflower Yoga, led a wonderful Tai Chi class for the picnic participants. We had a blast practicing Tai Chi in the park. After the Tai Chi class, Joseph treated us to a Tai Chi demonstrating using a special fan. Many thanks to all who participated in this fun day with a special thanks to Joseph for the Tai Chi and to Bob for the yummy food. Come and try Joseph’s Tai Chi class at Moonflower Yoga which is offered on Wednesday nights at 6 PM.
Annual Bellmore Memorial Day Parade:
Memorial Day 2014 began with a moving ceremony at the Bellmore Memorial as we paid tribute to the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice of their lives for our freedom. After the tribute, the town of Bellmore held its annual Memorial Day Parade. Moonflower Yoga owner and Bellmore Chamber of Commerce member, Nancy, helped carry the banner for the Bellmore Chamber of Commerce and also distributed flags to the children.
May meeting of the Moonflower Yoga Book Club:
We had a fun afternoon sitting on the front porch of the Moonflower Yoga studio as we discussed our book selection THE HUSBAND’S SECRET by Liane Moriarty. This book was a page turner, and we all loved it and had lots of comments on the twists and turns in the plot. We also selected our next book to read: EVERYTHING TO LOSE by Andrew Gross. All are welcome to read this new book and join us for some lively conversation and yummy treats in our next meeting on Friday evening, June 20th.
Anyen Rinpoche and THE TIBETAN YOGA OF BREATH:
On April 2nd, we had an amazing evening at Moonflower Yoga with Anyen Rinpoche, a tulku from Amdo, Tibet, in the Longchen Nyingthig lineage of Dzogchen master Patrul Rinpoche. Anyen Rinpoche chose Moonflower Yoga for his only appearance on Long Island, New York. He discussed his latest book, THE TIBETAN YOGA OF BREATH, and how the way you breathe can change your life. Rinpoche provided us with wonderful wisdom and it was a very special night at Moonflower Yoga. Many thanks to Anyen Rinpoche, his wife, Allison, and Scott for bringing such great spiritual energy to Moonflower Yoga and sharing their insight with Moonflower Yoga’s students.
March meeting of the Moonflower Yoga Book Club:
On March 2nd, members of the Moonflower Yoga Book Club met to discuss the book we had selected to read: THE PARIS WIFE. We all agreed it was a fascinating book and gave us a great insight into the world of Paris in the 1920′s and in particular to the life of Ernest Hemingway and his wife, Hadley. We highly recommend it! We decided to stick with this theme as we selected our next book to read: UNDER THE WIDE AND STARRY SKY by Nancy Horan. This new book discusses the life of Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife Fanny. Please join us for our next meeting and have some fun and lively conversation! We are also proud to welcome two new members to the Moonflower Yoga Book Club: Rosanne and Chris.
Initial Meeting of the new Moonflower Yoga Book Club:
On Sunday, February 19th, the initial members of the Moonflower Yoga Book Club met. It was great to learn more about each person. We discovered that we had many interests in common! During the meeting, we selected our first book to read, “The Paris Wife” written by Paula McLain. Lois volunteered to moderate our next meeting in March and will lead the discussion on the book we selected. New members are welcome to join us.
Annual Bellmore Chamber of Commerce Dinner at Woodbury Country Club:
Moonflower Yoga is a proud member of the Bellmore Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber held its annual installation dinner in January at the Woodbury Country Club, and Moonflower Yoga owner, Nancy Weshkoff, attended the dinner. It was a fun evening of meeting fellow members of the Bellmore community. Kate Murray, Supervisor for the Town of Hempstead, New York, was also on hand as she delivered the oaths of office to the new Board of Directors as they were sworn into their Director roles for 2014.
A hearty congratulations to all the newly-elected members of the Board of Directors!
USMC Toys for Tots Toy Drive:
In November through mid-December 2013, Moonflower Yoga participated in the US Marine Corp Toys for Tots toy drive. Through the generous efforts of many Moonflower Yoga students and teachers, we were able to collect over 60 toys for needy children who would not otherwise receive a gift this holiday season. And once again the town of Bellmore collected more toys than any other town on Long Island. Many thanks to everyone who so kindly donated to this very worthwhile cause!!
Food Drive to help feed 800 hungry families this Thanksgiving:
We just completed a food drive working in conjunction with Moonflower Yoga students Veronica Medina and Luther Ware. Veronica and Luther have led food drives at their church for the last couple of years. In 2011, their church was able to feed 400 families. In 2012, this grew to 600 families. For 2013, their goal was to feed 800 families this holiday season. With the generous donations of many Moonflower Yoga students, their church was able to feed over 800 hungry families this Thanksgiving. Many, many thanks to all who kindly donated non-perishable food items to this very worthwhile cause of helping those who are in need!!
Bellmore Family Street Festival:
It is Bellmore’s biggest event of the year: the annual Bellmore Family Street Festival, which took place this year on September 21 and 22, 2013. Moonflower Yoga had a booth at the Festival which welcomed over 100,000 visitors to Bellmore. We had a fabulous time and met many new people. A very special thanks to Moonflower students Lois, Veronica, Shaniya, Aaliyah, and Luther who came by to support us and help with the Festival. Big thanks also to Moonflower teacher Vicky for assistance and to Bob Weshkoff for helping with the booth on Saturday and Sunday.
Our one-year anniversary celebration !!
On Sunday, September 15, 2013, we celebrated a momentous occasion at Moonflower Yoga — our one-year anniversary!! It was a lovely day with students, teachers, and guests coming to the studio to enjoy some great food and company. Many thanks to those who shared in the day with us, and a special thanks to everyone who has helped make the studio a success!
Moonflower Yoga at the Nassau County Health and Wellness Fair:
Nassau County hosted a fabulous Health and Wellness Fair on Sunday, August 18, 2013, and Moonflower Yoga was one of the exhibitors. Moonflower Yoga was also selected as the yoga studio to offer a yoga class / demo to the participants at the Fair. It was great meeting lots of new people, and it was fun to teach the yoga class / demo to the participants at the Fair. Many thanks to those who came out to support us (including Moonflower Yoga students Chris and Lois). And a huge thanks to Moonflower Yoga’s Vicky Seff for her hard work to make the Fair a success.
“Jeeva Finds Courage” storytelling and yoga class for children:
It was a fun day on August 7th, as Lucia Magnoli read the story of “Jeeva Finds Courage” to young children. The children learned yoga poses as part of the storytelling. The children were also given their own special rock as part of a rock meditation. The class ended with the children coloring a mandala. Proceeds from this event were donated to the Make A Wish Foundation which grants wishes for seriously-ill children. Many thanks to Lucia for leading such a great event and to the children who participated.
Yoga and picnic in Eisenhower Park:
On Saturday, June 22nd, under beautiful skies, Moonflower Yoga brought yoga outdoors to Eisenhower Park in Long Island’s Nassau County. The weather was perfect for a great yoga class taught by Moonflower Yoga’s Nancy and Vicky. The yoga class was followed by a delicious picnic with homemade goodies.
Dr. Jillian Finker speaks at Moonflower Yoga…
As part of our ongoing effort to promote good health, Moonflower Yoga was very pleased to have Dr. Jillian Finker speak at the studio on February 28, 2013 on natural ways to feel better. Dr. Finker is trained as a primary care doctor who is an expert in natural medicine, and has over 10 years of clinical experience compassionately guiding her patients onto the path of wellness. Dr. Finker has been selected as the “Best Alternative Doctor on Long Island” for 2011, 2012 and 2013 by the Long Island Press.
Dr. Finker’s presentation at Moonflower Yoga was very informative and well received by the participants at the event, and we thank her for taking time from her busy schedule to speak at Moonflower Yoga.
Helping Those in Need …
At Moonflower Yoga we realize the importance of giving back to our community. Through the holiday season, we were a proud sponsor of two wonderful charities:
The holidays are a magical time for children. Thanks to the very generous donations of teachers and students at Moonflower Yoga, we collected 50 toys for children in need. These toys were delivered to children who would not normally receive a toy during the holiday season. The town of Bellmore collected more toys than any other town in Nassau County. Many thanks to all who made this campaign a success and who brought a smile to a child’s face this holiday season!!!
Each day on Long Island more than 300,000 people do not have enough food to eat. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the need for food in our area has grown significantly. With the support of students and teachers at Moonflower Yoga, this very large bin was filled twice with food during the holiday season, and we collected over 100 lbs. of food and supplies for our neighbors in need. Thank you to everyone for your generosity!!
Other recent events at Moonflower Yoga:
Moonflower Yoga’s First Annual Holiday Party…
Moonflower Yoga hosted its first annual holiday party on Friday, December 21st. A fun time was had by teachers, students, and guests. Delicious home-baked goodies were served.
Moonflower instructors Laura, Vicky, Nancy & Christine all dressed in red for the holiday celebration:
Moonflower students Madeline, Lois, and Andy at the holiday party:
The Christmas stockings waiting for Santa’s arrival:
The Town of Hempstead and the Bellmore Chamber of Commerce welcome Moonflower Yoga with a ribbon-cutting ceremony…
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on October 5th with the Bellmore Chamber of Commerce, local leaders, members of the press, and Moonflower Yoga staff: