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

Monthly News

 

February, the month of love, is here! 

February is the month of love.  It brings us Valentine’s Day.   It also brings us a reminder to LOVE OURSELVES.  We must learn to love ourselves and take care of ourselves first before we can take care of others.   One way in which you can take care of yourself is giving yourself some time for YOU to relax and unwind.  A great online yoga or meditation class or a relaxing upcoming workshop gives you that opportunity to spend some time to help you feel better and unwind from the challenges that we are facing.   If you are in a calmer and more relaxed state than you are better able to cope.

February is also Heart Health Month for women.   Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States?   If you combined all of the cancers together, they would still not surpass heart disease.  One of the reasons why heart disease is so prevalent is that women tend to take care of other people first before themselves and ignore warning signs that their stress levels are at a dangerous level.  This is fixable!  You can lower your stress levels by taking time for YOU.  A great yoga class, meditation class, or an interesting workshop can help lower your stress levels and put you on the path towards better health.

The winter months, where we spend more times indoors, is also a great time to learn ways to improve your yoga practice, further stretch tight muscles, enjoy some relaxation, and have fun!  You will a full listing of activities on the Schedule tab above, and you would register for an activity from the Schedule tab.   The Descriptions tab will provide additional info on the classes, and the Workshops and Clubs tabs provide more detailed info on those activities. Want to have some fun for FREE? Click on the “Clubs” tab above to learn about the next meetings of the free Moonflower Yoga Book Club or Moonflower Yoga Needle Arts Group.   Have a further question?  The FAQ tab provides helpful info.

At Moonflower Yoga, in addition to the great weekly class schedule, we have wonderful workshop activities that can help you learn something new and relax.  There are some fabulous upcoming workshops to consider.  Here is a rundown of the upcoming workshops with further info available on the Workshops tab above. You will also see a brief summary in the “Coming Soon” section below:

  • An Evening of Guided Meditation and Relaxation with Bhante Sujatha
  • Yoga Nidra Evening with Jackie (deep relaxation and meditation reclining in your home)
  • In the Kitchen with Bob online cooking workshop

And stay tuned as we will be adding more workshops to the schedule in the coming months including a return of our fun “Mindful Drumming” workshop.

I wish you a great start to this new year!!   May it bring you good health, many blessings, and happiness.

Namaste,

Nancy

 

 

Changes to the Moonflower Yoga class schedule effective immediately:

One of the most important doctrines of yoga is “ahimsa” which means kindness.   This means kindness to ourselves, but it also means kindness to others and do no harm.

Currently, we are dealing with a flood of virus infections.  So many people are sick from COVID, RSV, and/or the flu.   These viruses can be very severe and cause significant health problems.

In keeping with the doctrine of ahimsa, Moonflower Yoga will be cancelling all IN-PERSON activities through the end of February.  Because of the small size of the studio, it is best that we prevent any spread of these viruses by suspending in-person activities.   Classes and workshops will still be on the Moonflower Yoga schedule and will be available for all to attend online via Zoom.   Many people have been attending these activities remotely and like them.   You still enjoy the same great classes remotely and can interact with the instructor.   And for those who attend online classes from cold weather climates, you don’t have to worry about snow or ice on the roads as you can be comfortably warm at home while joining us for a great online activity.

Thank you for your understanding.  We look forward to having you join us safely and remotely as we get through this infectious period.

Namaste,

Nancy

 

NEW class on the schedule starting in February 2024:

Evening Yin Yoga Stretch with Rose on Mondays at 6:00 PM (30-minute online class)

Release muscle tension from the day in this great evening stretching class with Rose!   All levels are welcome, including beginners.  The class is taught in a yin yoga style, and you will do stretching postures on the ground so you can deeply relax into the posture with the use of props that support your body.  Yin yoga can help increase your flexibility and strength.   It is also a wonderful way to release tension from tight muscles and help you relax to promote a better night’s sleep.  Props suggested: Please have a pillow or folded blanket available for the class.  If you have a yoga strap, that would be helpful.  If you do not have a yoga strap, you can substitute a bathrobe tie, an unused men’s tie, or a large, rolled towel.  If you have a yoga block or rectangular yoga bolster, have this handy as well.   If you do not have a rectangular yoga bolster, you can substitute a large blanket folded into a rectangle or a large rectangular cushion.  A hardcover book could be substituted for a yoga block.  Register by selecting this class from the Schedule tab above and following the simple registration and payment steps.

 

 

And check out these current spotlight classes! 

Relax and De-Stress with Guided Meditation with Rosanne (Mondays at 7 PM) – 30 min online class which you can attend while relaxing at home 

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, and NO prior meditation experience is needed for this class. All are welcome to join us.

Rosanne Cassidy will lead you into a guided meditation in this lovely class which you can do from your living room while seated in your favorite chair, or reclining in your bed or on a couch, 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, pillow, or towel nearby to use as a prop to support your head.  Sit back or lay down as you relax and listen to Rosanne’s soothing voice guiding you through the meditation as she provides visualizations to help you relax.  Come join us and de-stress and prepare yourself for a restful night’s sleep.  Register by selecting this class from the Schedule tab above and following the simple registration and payment steps.

 

Beginner Yoga with Nancy – Sundays at 9:45 AM (60-min yoga class)

Beginner yoga is great for those who are new to yoga or would like a more basic practice. You will be guided through fundamental yoga postures combining breath with movement. The class begins with a gentle warm-up on the ground.  From there the class encompasses standing postures, including light Vinyasa flow to build some energy & release stress, and balance postures to improve your balance.  The class then returns to floor stretches on the mat, ending with quiet relaxation postures to help you de-stress and feel refreshed. It is a fabulous way to start your day!  You will gain strength, flexibility and balance.   Please have a small folded blanket or large folded towel near your mat for use during the class.  Please also have a yoga strap nearby (or you can substitute a bathrobe tie or an unused men’s tie).  A yoga block is also recommended. Register by selecting this class from the Schedule tab above and following the simple registration and payment steps.

 

 

Goddesses and Warriors with Lynn – Thursdays at 5 PM (30 min online class)

We all possess both masculine and feminine energy, a balance between Yin and Yang. While masculine energy is dictated by the sun and strength, feminine is guided by the moon with nurturing qualities. Practicing the Goddess and Warrior group of poses is the connection between both – using the dynamics of these postures in feeling more grounded, balanced, and empowered in your daily life.   This special class with Lynn is designed to imagine yourself as Warriors of Peace & Goddesses of Wisdom – standing confident in the face of any challenge that comes your way. It will consist of asanas (yoga poses) that tap into your confidence as a woman by strengthening your body, calming your mind & connecting you to your innermost self.

The individual poses will allow you to increase flexibility, unblock hips, stretch legs, activate bones, center through a solid core, open the chest and shoulders, and stimulate the respiratory and cardiovascular systems as you create your sense of inner strength.  This class is open to all levels.  Beginners can practice the class with the aid of a chair.  Attendees may also find it helpful to have 2 yoga blocks available.

 

Make yourself a priority! 

In addition to relaxation and stress reduction, yoga can help improve your physical strength, as well as tone and stretch muscles, increase flexibility, and improve balance.  There are 13 great weekly yoga or meditation classes on the Moonflower Yoga schedule from which you can choose.   All of the classes on the schedule are suitable for beginners or those seeking a slower-paced class.  Every class on the schedule is available via Zoom.  Some classes, designated as ‘hybrid yoga” classes, are also available for in-person attendance, and in-person attendance for the hybrid yoga classes will resume in the near future when we are past this current wave of COVID, RSV, and the flu. You can find further info on each class on the “Descriptions” tab above, and you can register for any activity from the “Schedule” tab above by double clicking on the activity you would like to attend and following the simple registration and payment steps.

There is NEVER a membership contract to sign at Moonflower Yoga.   You can register and purchase just one single activity.   To register for a single activity, click on the “Schedule” tab above, select your activity, and follow the simple registration and payment steps for that activity.  You will receive written confirmations for your registration and payment.  Payment is via PayPal but you do NOT need a PayPal account in order to purchase an activity. PayPal accepts ALL major credit cards, and there is NO processing fee charged to you for using PayPal for a class or workshop purchase.

Would you like to attend multiple activities in a specific calendar month?  If so, it would be great to have you attending multiple activities with us!  If you spend $100 in class purchases for the calendar month, you receive a FREE 30-minute class in that month as a thank you.  To purchase a class package, instead of registering for each individual class, simply send an email to moonfloweryoga@optimum.net advising which classes you would like to attend for the month.  We will get the paperwork started and reserve your spots for you.

There are also some great workshops available to help you de-stress and relax while learning something new, as well as our fun Moonflower Yoga Club events.  You will find further info below in the “Coming Soon” section, or you can click on the “Workshops” tab above for workshop info or the “Clubs” tab above for upcoming Club information.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

 

Below is a full listing of our great upcoming workshops and Club events.  Come learn something new and have fun with us from the comfort of your home!

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 quick snapshot summary of these very fun activities, and you can discover more info on the “Workshops” or “Clubs” tabs. 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.

 Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep and Deep Meditation) with Jackie (offered online via Zoom): Wednesday, Feb 28th, starting at 8 PM; also available on Wednesday, March 27th, starting at 8 PM:  Feeling stressed? Join us from the safety and comfort of your living room or bedroom for this relaxing evening!  Yoga Nidra, known as yogic sleep, is a deep meditation used to promote physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. You will deeply relax in a reclining position on your couch, in your bed, or on the floor, as you are led through a deep guided meditation.  You can also set your Sankalpa (heart-felt intention).  One hour of yoga nidra = 4 hours of sleep!

 Moonflower Yoga Book Club:   FREE online meeting via Zoom on Sunday, February 25th, starting at 4:30 PM:  For this February meeting, we will be discussing: “Going Zero” by Anthony McCarten. Take a journey with a great book while having fun and making new friends in our Book Club meeting!   All are welcome to read this book and join us. Click on the “Clubs” tab above for more info on the book.

-The Moonflower Yoga Needle Arts Group: FREE online meeting on Saturday, March 2nd, starting at 4:15 PM.  Come join us for this fun event as we enjoy working on our various pieces (crochet, knitting, needlepoint, etc.) while catching up with the other members and sharing tips.  Newcomers are always welcome.  Great way to relax.

Restorative Yoga and Poetry night with Melinda: Wednesday, March 13th, starting at 7:15 PM: Join us for a unique event! Melinda will guide you through a sequence of relaxing restorative yoga poses, while reading a selection of inspiring poems. The poetry recited aloud will feel like a guided meditation, deepening the experience of each posture. Both poetry and yoga encourage you to connect with your body, mind and surroundings. Using poetry and yoga together, we will harness a sense of awareness, peace and gratitude. Join us for this relaxing and heartfelt night.

– Evening of Guided Meditation and Peacefulness with Bhante Sujatha (online workshop): Thursday, March 14th, starting at 7:15 PM Eastern time:  If you are feeling anxious or can’t sleep, try guided meditation! Join us for a wonderful evening with Bhante Sujatha as he leads you in a guided meditation which you can do from the safety & comfort of your home.  Bhante is a 30+ year Buddhist Monk, who 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, which he explains 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.

– In the Kitchen with Bob! (a LIVE online plant-based cooking demo using Zoom) Sunday, March 17th, 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM:  Join Moonflower Yoga owner, Nancy, and her husband, Bob, for a fun, LIVE, interactive cooking workshop from their kitchen!  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 meal to enjoy 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 while cooking from your kitchen.   Have fun with us while learning something new!

-The Moonflower Yoga Mah Jongg Club: Saturday, March 9th, from 1 PM – 2:30 PM: Come join us for this fun Club activity!  Newcomers are welcome, as are experienced players willing to teach and play with newcomers.  You must have your own 2023 National Mah Jongg Society card in order to play, available from specialty stores or from the National Mah Jongg Society.

Mindful Drumming with Susan Baron, PsyD, LMT (NEW!): Was scheduled for January but has been postponed; stay turned for the announcement of a new date:  Our November debut session sold out – book early as space is limited.  Mindful drumming is when 2 or more participants follow the facilitator who plays simple synchronized and repetitive rhythms on a hand drum. Evidence shows that when people drum together in sync, fear falls away and the rhythms ignite the brain receptors for the phenomenon of entrainment, the experience of feeling connected to one another.  Come give this a try!  We supply the drums, and you will be seated in a comfortable chair.

 Gong Meditation and Relaxation with Cathi (in-person event): You just missed a session; stay tuned for the announcement of a new in-person date.

 

Stay tuned!!!  We are in the process of adding several great NEW WORKSHOPS to the schedule! 

You can obtain more info on our great workshops by selecting the “Workshops” tab above.  To register for a workshop or any of our fabulous yoga or meditation classes, select the “Schedule” tab above and follow the simple registration and payment steps.  Payment is via PayPal but you do NOT need a PayPal account and there is NO PayPal fee charged to you.  You can simply purchase your spot by using any major credit card or a PayPal account if you have one.  The “FAQ” tab above provides answers to other questions that you may have.   Thank you, and we look forward to having you join us!

 

Curbside pickup at the studio is available! 

Curbside pickup at the studio is available for some items you may need for your home practice.  How about a beautiful Hugger Mugger yoga mat?  Hugger Mugger Tapas yoga mats, which Moonflower Yoga sells, were just rated one of the top 3 best yoga mats in the US.  They are very durable and last for years if you keep it safely in your house and not in your car or garage. With each new yoga mat purchased, we are currently including a FREE Moonflower Yoga mat bag to store your new mat.  We also sell yoga blocks, yoga straps, blankets, bolsters, traditional meditation cushions, and Zafuko cushions, all of which are wonderful for your home practice.  Click on the “Products” page for additional info on yoga supplies.

Or you can purchase a lovely, relaxing Young Living essential oil.  Could you use a bottle of favorite Stress Away right now?  Lavender essential oil is great for relaxation or helping with skin irritation. Citrus Fresh, Lemon, or Tangerine add a lovely clean scent to your home or try Thieves for a spicy, warm scent.  Peppermint oil is another great oil that has many uses.   Moonflower Yoga sells a wide variety of Young Living essential oils; just ask us!

We also have lovely handmade beaded bracelets, as well as AAOTE aromatherapy jewelry items.  Our super-soft signature t-shirts and hoodies are also available in a variety of sizes.

Just let us know which items you would like to purchase, and we will arrange for a cashless online purchase and a curbside delivery to your car from the studio. Purchased items can also be shipped to you within the continental US.

 

MONTHLY CUSTOMER APPRECIATION GIFT

We appreciate your business! Each month a special gift will be given to the customer who attends the most classes during the calendar month.

The most recent “Prize of the Month” for booking the most classes was won by Leslie. Congratulations Leslie!  Leslie won a bottle of Pan Away essential oil from Young Living. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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