Join us for the next meeting of the
The Moonflower Yoga Book Club!!
The Moonflower Yoga Book Club will have its next meeting on Sunday, April 6th, at 3:30 PM. During the meeting we will discuss the book “UNDER THE WIDE AND STARRY SKY” by Nancy Horan, the story of Robert Louis Stevenson and his American wife, Fanny. All are welcome to read this book before our next meeting and join us for some lively conversation about this book with interesting people! There will be a delicious home-baked goodie as well as beverages. You can reserve a spot at this event by clicking on the “class schedule” tab above, selecting this event from the calendar, and following the simple directions to register. Alternatively you can register in person at the Moonflower Yoga studio. After discussing this book, we will select the next book for our subsequent meeting. Learn something new and have fun with us!
Next meeting date: Sunday, April 6, from 3:30 PM to approximately 5 PM.
Donation Fee: $10 to cover expenses.
Here is some information about our current book selection “UNDER THE WIDE AND STARRY SKY”. If you join us for the Book Club meeting on April 6th, please read this book before the meeting:
Under the Wide and Starry Sky
by Nancy Horan
The passionate and turbulent story of Robert Louis Stevenson and his tempestuous American wife, Fanny.
At the age of thirty-five, Fanny van de Grift Osbourne leaves her philandering husband in San Francisco and sets sail for Belgium to study art, with her three children and a nanny in tow. Not long after her arrival, however, tragedy strikes, and Fanny and her brood repair to a quiet artists’ colony in France where she can recuperate. There she meets Robert Louis Stevenson, ten years her junior, who is instantly smitten with the earthy, independent and opinionated belle Americaine.
A woman ahead of her time, Fanny does not immediately take to the young lawyer who longs to devote his life to literature, and who would eventually write such classics as Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In time, though, she succumbs to Stevenson’s charms. The two begin a fierce love affair, marked by intense joy and harrowing darkness, which spans decades as they travel the world for the sake of his health. Eventually they settled in Samoa, where Robert Louis Stevenson is buried underneath the epitaph:
Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.
This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.
(Requiem, Robert Louis Stevenson)
Hope you can join us for this fun event !!!
Reiki Healing Circle with Anthony and Mindy:
On alternate months on a Saturday afternoon, Anthony and Mindy of Happy and Healthy Now bring a Reiki Healing Circle to Moonflower Yoga. Anthony and Mindy lead the group into a lovely meditation, and each participant receives a 1:1 Reiki session from either Anthony or Mindy. This is a donation-based event courtesy of Anthony and Mindy. All are welcome to attend.
If you cannot catch Anthony or Mindy at this Saturday event, you can learn more about Reiki on a Wednesday night at Moonflower Yoga as part of our new “Calming and Healing Your Spirit” class.
Next Saturday Reiki Healing Circle: Saturday, April 26, 2014, beginning at 12:45 PM.
Next Wednesday night Calming and Healing Your Spirit class with an introduction on Reiki: Wednesday, May 7th, from 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM.
Register for either event by clicking on the class schedule tab above and selecting this item.
Recent events at Moonflower Yoga:
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: