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Women and Heart Disease by Nancy Weshkoff

February 14, 2018 by  
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Women and Heart Disease

By Nancy Weshkoff

 

February is Heart Health Month and the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Movement.    I applaud the American Heart Association for their work in bringing to light this very important issue.

Here are some key factors about heart disease in women that you need to know:

– Did you know that heart disease is the NUMBER ONE killer of women in the United States?

– Did you know that if you stacked up ALL cancer-related deaths for women together (breast, lung, ovarian, liver, skin cancer, etc), that all of these cancer-related deaths together would still be number two behind heart disease?

– Did you know that 1 in 3 women in the United States will die every year from heart disease?  If you are sitting in a group of women, look to your right and to your left.   One of you will die from heart disease.  And of this number, did you know that more than 1,800 of these women who die from heart disease will live here on Long Island in New York?

– Did you know that you can help PREVENT becoming one of these very sad statistics by proactively taking steps to lower your risk?

While there are some things that you cannot change, such as your family history of heart disease, there are several things that doctors all agree that you CAN do to lower your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.  These include:

– Engage in moderate exercise on a regular basis.   Sitting on a couch and not moving is bad for you in so many ways.   Your body needs to move.   Yoga is extremely helpful in helping you with your exercise goals.   The postures in a yoga class will build strength and flexibility, and at the same time, the deep breathing techniques (pranayama) used in a yoga class increase the flow of blood to your heart and your organs.

– Reduce your stress levels:   We all face stress.   How we deal with stress is key.   Being in a “fight or flight” mode, which is how our body reacts when our stress levels are high, is putting a huge strain on your body functions – including your heart. Meditation is a wonderful tool to help you lower your blood pressure and stress levels.  Yoga classes also help you reduce your stress.   The yoga and meditation classes at Moonflower Yoga can get you on the path to accomplishing your stress-reduction goals.   We have a fabulous “Stress Buster” series of classes on Tuesday evenings at 730 PM.  Or try the popular “Stretch and Meditate 101” class on Thursdays at 5 PM, where you gently stretch and begin to develop a meditation practice.  Try one of these classes or the other great yoga classes  taught by our yoga teachers on the Moonflower Yoga schedule.

– Learn to be “in the present moment”.  We often worry unnecessarily about things from our past that we cannot change or things in the future that MIGHT happen but haven’t happened yet and may never happen.   In our classes and workshops at Moonflower Yoga, we teach you ways to be more in the present moment and let go of unnecessary worries bringing you more peace and calm.

– Lower your blood pressure:  Moving more, decreasing your stress levels, and using tools such as meditation and yoga mentioned above can all help you with this.  How about learning something new?   Spending some time reading a great book or engaging in a fun activity can help lower your stress levels.  We have several fun “Clubs” at Moonflower Yoga including the Moonflower Yoga Book Club, the Moonflower Yoga Needle Arts Group where you learn to crochet or knit (very meditative!), the Moonflower Yoga Mah Jongg Group, and the new Women’s Gathering Group where women meet to discuss topics relevant to women.  There are also fun workshops on the Moonflower Yoga schedule where you can have fun painting, or doing a craft, or just learning something new.  These types of interesting and meditative activities can help you on the path of stress reduction and lowering your blood pressure.

– Try Reiki:  Reiki is being offered now by leading medical institutions as an alternative therapy.  Reiki is a wonderful, hands-on tool that you can learn to reduce blocked energy and send healing energy to yourself.  Moonflower Yoga offers Reiki Healing Circles where you can discover Reiki, as well as training to be a Reiki practitioner.  Click on the “Reiki” tab on the moonfloweryoga.com website for further info.

As someone who has a history of heart disease in my family, I take heart disease very seriously.   My stress levels and blood pressure were very high – all red flags for being on the path to a heart attack or stroke.    Through yoga, meditation, learning to be more in the present moment, and spending time in engaging activities such as reading and needle arts, I have been able to lower my blood pressure to normal.    You, too, can lower your risk.  We hope to see you soon at a great yoga class, meditation, or workshop at Moonflower Yoga in Bellmore in Nassau County, Long Island, where we can help you reduce your risk of heart disease as well.  We welcome people from all over the area including Wantagh, Merrick, East Meadow, Seaford, Massapequa and Freeport.   Let’s lower these frightening heart-disease numbers for women!

 

 

What is Reiki? by Nancy Weshkoff

January 22, 2018 by  
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WHAT IS REIKI?

By Nancy Weshkoff

Moonflower Yoga in Bellmore, Long Island (New York)  offers Reiki training as well as Reiki Healing Circles.   Before opening Moonflower Yoga over 5 years ago, I was not familiar with Reiki.  Since then, I have taken the path to learn Reiki and practice Reiki, and am now a Reiki Master sharing Reiki with many others.  I have personally watched Reiki help many people feel better.

You may have heard about Reiki but you don’t know what it is.   Reiki is a wonderful way to de-stress and help you relax.   Reducing your stress can lead to better health including lowering your blood pressure.  High blood pressure contributes to heart disease, the number one killer of women in the United States.   Practicing Reiki can help you relax and feel better.  It is being offered as an alternative therapy in many leading medical institutions.  Reiki is available to anyone to learn.   Below are some of the frequently asked questions about Reiki that we hear at the Moonflower Yoga studio.

 

What is Reiki?

Reiki, founded by Mikao Usui, is a Japanese technique for relaxation and stress reduction.   It is pronounced “Ray” “Key”.    Reiki is being used by leading medical institutions, including major cancer treatment centers, as an alternative therapy.

Reiki works with universal life force energy – the energy in and around all living things.  When this energy is blocked, it causes an imbalance often leading to discomfort or disease.  When the energy is flowing more smoothly, we often feel better.

 

Here is some basic information on Reiki:

  • Reiki allows loving, healing energy to flow through you.
  • Reiki is NOT a religion. No specific religious beliefs are necessary.
  • Reiki is spiritual and allows you to have a deeper connection to yourself.
  • Reiki is open to all who would like to explore this beautiful, healing energy.

 

What are some of the benefits of Reiki?

  • Reiki can reduce your stress levels. Stress is a leading contributor to many diseases including heart disease and high blood pressure. Reducing your stress improves your health.
  • Reiki has helped relieve muscle tension and pain by releasing blocked energy.
  • Reiki can provide better sleep at night, and it is important to have adequate sleep to allow your body and mind to function properly.
  • There are no dangerous side effects to having a Reiki treatment.
  • Reiki can be used to help infants as well as seniors.
  • Reiki can be used on pets. Dogs and cats love Reiki treatments!
  • Reiki can complement other treatments you receive. Leading cancer institutions offer Reiki as an alternative therapy in addition to radiation and chemotherapy.
  • Reiki is easy to learn and it is self-healing.

 

How does Reiki work?

Reiki works by having universal life force energy flow from the person providing the treatment to the person receiving the treatment.  It Is done by having the Reiki practitioner gently lay their hands on the person receiving the treatment.  The person receiving the treatment can be seated in a chair or reclining.   Unlike other treatments, because universal life force energy is flowing, both the person receiving the treatment and the person providing the treatment both receive healing during a treatment, and the practitioner’s energy is not depleted.   It is self-healing.   A session usually begins at the top of the head (where stress is often accumulated) and from there the Reiki practitioner can lay their hands gently (as needed) on the shoulders, arms, heart, abdomen, knees, and feet.

 

How is Reiki learned? 

Reiki is taught by a person who has been trained as a Reiki Master Teacher who provides you with attunements at each level.   There are 3 levels of Reiki:

  • Reiki Level One where you learn basic Reiki healing treatments for yourself and are shown techniques for helping others. You receive the first 4 attunements.
  • Reiki Level Two where you further learn how to work on others and are introduced to Reiki symbols which enhance your Reiki treatment. You receive 2 additional attunements.
  • Reiki Level Three (Master Practitioner) in which additional symbols are learned and where you receive the final 4 Reiki attunements.

Moonflower Yoga offers Reiki training on all 3 levels of Reiki.  Each training session also includes a training manual with illustrations so that you can practice Reiki at home.   See below for our next available Reiki training session or Reiki Healing Circle.

 

What is a Reiki Healing Circle?

A Reiki Healing Circle is a wonderful way to be introduced to Reiki.  NO prior Reiki experience is necessary, and it is open to all!   In a Reiki Healing Circle, one person in the center of the circle receives a Reiki treatment from the others around the circle.   The person in the center is often reclining on a comfortable massage table, fully clothed.    The other participants will gently place their hands on the recipient on either the top of the head, shoulders, abdomen, knees, or feet.   For those with Reiki experience, they can apply what they have learned in their Reiki training sessions to help the person receive a lovely treatment.   For those with no Reiki experience, we will show you how to do some basic positions.  Each person has an opportunity to move to the center of the circle and receive a relaxing Reiki treatment.

 

How can I get more information?

You will see additional information on the Reiki tab on the moonfloweryoga.com website.

 

I hope you will join us for a relaxing Reiki Healing Circle or take the path to become a Reiki practitioner in our Reiki training sessions at Moonflower Yoga.   If you are in the Nassau County area of Bellmore, Wantagh, Merrick, East Meadow, Seaford, Massapequa, Freeport or any area of Long Island, we would love to have you join us.  Start your new year in a positive way by taking care of YOU and learning wonderful de-stressing tools from Reiki.

 

 

New Year, New You! by Nancy Weshkoff

January 8, 2018 by  
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New Year. New You!

By Nancy Weshkoff

Hello 2018!   When we ring in a new year, it is a great time to start fresh with new goals and ambitions.  I am reminded of a quote from one of my favorite books “tomorrow is a brand new day with no mistakes in it”.

For Moonflower Yoga, we are starting 2018 anew as well.   2018 welcomes in several great yoga teachers to the Moonflower Yoga staff.    We are pleased to have Danielle Meill, Jackie Lee, Rose Edelman, and Cathi Nashak join the Moonflower Yoga teaching team.   Each of these great yoga teachers bring their own unique style of yoga to the Moonflower Yoga studio.   You will learn ways to strengthen your body, become more flexible, improve balance, link breath with movement, and most importantly de-stress and take care of YOU.

As meditation is something that is important to learn, Moonflower Yoga has also added a great new class on the yoga class schedule: “Stretch and Meditate 101” with Lynn on Thursdays at 5 PM.  This gentle yoga class will help you de-stress from the day and then learn meditation tools to enable you to relax.

And to give the studio a great start to the new year, we have completed the facelift on the studio so it has a new design, better layout, beautiful colors on the walls, and new tapestries to help you feel relaxed as soon as you enter the doors.

It is our 2018 commitment at Moonflower Yoga to continue to offer great yoga classes with great yoga teachers where you receive personal attention and don’t get lost in the crowd.  And we have made the studio a warm, friendly place in Bellmore, Long Island, on the South Shore of Nassau County, New York, where we also welcome students from the neighboring towns of Merrick, East Meadow, Seaford, Wantagh, Massapequa, and Freeport.   Moonflower Yoga is also a great place to learn something new in one of our fun workshops or in one of our clubs.  Check out the Moonflower Yoga Book Club, the Moonflower Yoga Mah Jongg Club, the Moonflower Yoga Needle Arts Group where you learn to crochet or knitting, and the new Women’s Gathering.

So what are YOUR plans and goals for 2018?   First and foremost, it should be about taking care of YOU.  If you do not take care of you, you cannot take care of anyone else.   We often find excuses why we can’t take some time for ourselves.   When we DO take care of ourselves good things happen.  We sleep better at night, and sleep is important to giving our bodies and minds the down time it needs to function better.   We reduce stress which lowers blood pressure.   High blood pressure can lead to so many diseases including heart disease, the number one killer of women in the US.   Just giving yourself a couple a hours a week of YOU time can make a big difference in how you feel physically as well as mentally and it can make you MORE productive as you have a clearer perspective.   Are you a beginner and feeling nervous about starting a yoga practice?  No worries – Moonflower Yoga offers beginner-level  yoga classes 7 days a week.  You’ll see a full listing under the FAQ tab above.   Have problems reaching the floor?  Try Chair Yoga offered 3 times a week.

Yoga and meditation can help put you on a great path for 2018.   You can strengthen your body and de-stress while learning that important message of taking care of YOU.  Come try it!   You will be glad that you did and you will find yourself on the road to better health in 2018.  Happy new year, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Mantra and Stress Reduction by Nancy Weshkoff

October 9, 2017 by  
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Mantra and Stress Reduction

By Nancy Weshkoff

Beginners to yoga often ask what is a mantra and why is this used in yoga classes.  Mantra is a short phrase, or a chant, or it may be a single word.   It can be in Sanskrit, the ancient language of yoga, or it can be in English.  As an example, “shanti”, is a Sanskrit word and means “peace”.   At the end of a yoga class, a yoga teacher may close the class with “shanti, shanti, shanti” as a message that peace be with you and with the world.

Mantra can be any word or combination of words that has meaning to you.   It is important that it be a POSITIVE message.   For example, you can say “I am smart”, “I am beautiful”, “Everything is going to be okay”, “I am grateful”, “I am happy”, etc.    You want to avoid negative versions of this such as “I am not stupid”, as your brain has difficulty processing the negative and hears “I am stupid”.  You could also choose a famous phrase that resonates with you.  A simple “I love myself” is also wonderful.

Sometimes people think a mantra can only be used in a yoga class or if you are doing a seated meditation in your house.   This is certainly when you might encounter mantra, but mantra is available to you at any time during the day.   If you are sitting in traffic, on a train, waiting in a doctor’s office, standing in line at a store, or just walking down the street, you can use a mantra.   Just silently repeat to yourself the positive mantra of your choosing.

So, why is mantra important and how can it help with stress reduction?  During our day, our mind is occupied with many thoughts – not all of them good.   We might find ourselves regretting something from our past and reliving the past scene in our mind.  Or perhaps you are imagining what might happen in the future at a certain event which is making you anxious, and we start to worry.  Our blood pressure rises, which increases a strain on our heart and other organs.  Guilt and worry are two negative emotions that we should try to reduce as much as possible.

Instead of negativity, how about changing this to something positive?  If you change the negative into a positive mantra that you repeat to yourself, you start to relax.    It helps with stress reduction and lowers blood pressure.

Try doing this for just 2-3 minutes.   Select a positive mantra that is meaningful to you.  Notice how you feel before you start the mantra.  Take a few deep breaths.  Then start repeating the mantra to yourself.  If you are alone in a room, you can choose to say it aloud.   After just a few minutes of slowly repeating the mantra, notice how you feel.   You should notice a reduction in your stress and your mind should be calmer.   Mantra can be miraculous!

If you would like to discover more about mantra, come try one of the great yoga classes at our Moonflower Yoga studio in Bellmore, in Nassau County (Long Island, New York).  Our yoga teachers offer mantra to our yoga students and encourage them to incorporate these into their daily routine.  In our singing bowl meditation classes, mantra is used with sound, which is a fabulous way to relax.  In our Kundalini yoga classes, mantra is part of the yoga practice, and you may repeat your mantra while moving in a certain yoga posture or with a breathing technique offered by our Kundalini yoga teacher.  I encourage you to incorporate mantra in your life and see how it can help you relax and feel great!

Being Grateful by Nancy Weshkoff

November 24, 2016 by  
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Being Grateful

by Nancy Weshkoff

I wrote this blog previously during Thanksgiving week   The sentiments expressed in the blog are still true, and I encourage all of you to take a moment to count the blessings in your life.   Doing so can help you realize how amazing each day that we spend on this earth can be.    Here is the blog, and I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving!

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, I am taking a moment to pause & think deeply about the holiday.    If you look at the media blitz around us, you would assume Thanksgiving is about shopping for items you probably don’t need at discount prices.   Stores are opening earlier and earlier, and this often means families spend less time together as they rush to get to the mall.  What happened to this wonderful holiday with its family traditions?

Instead of the craziness of shopping, I am instead listing a few things in my life for which I am very grateful:

I am grateful for the many students who walk in the doors of Moonflower Yoga to attend a yoga class.   It is such a blessing to have them at the studio each week, getting stronger, feeling better, and sharing a part of their lives at Moonflower Yoga.   I love meeting each person as they walk in the door and catching up with them each week.  Thank you to all of you who have made Moonflower Yoga a success.

It was 6 years ago this month that my life changed forever with the news that my job in corporate America was coming to an end with a forced layoff.    Although that news was devastating at the time, it gave me the opportunity to try something new that I always wanted to do.   Moonflower Yoga was born as a result of that, and I am grateful that my life changed for the better.   As Gandhi very wisely said: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world”.

Making a life change would have been very challenging if it wasn’t for the support of my husband, Bob, who has been my rock for the last 40+ years.   Bob, together with friends and family, supported me and Moonflower Yoga, and I am very grateful for their love and support.   And Bob’s delicious, homemade desserts at our workshops, events, and Moonflower Yoga Book Club & Moonflower Yoga Needle Arts meetings bring a smile to everyone’s face.   And now Bob is offering his own vegan and gluten-free cooking workshops at Moonflower Yoga.

Moonflower Yoga has great yoga teachers who work alongside of me each week and bring their love of teaching and helping people to Moonflower Yoga each week.   I could not run the studio without them.   And there have been wonderful workshop presenters as well, who have taught us some very interesting things that we didn’t know before and helped us learn something new.   We now have Reiki training at Moonflower Yoga taught by Connie helping to bring healing to people, as well as IET/Angel healing training taught by Chris.  I am grateful to all of the great instructors and workshop presenters for making Moonflower Yoga a special place.

I am grateful to my hometown of Bellmore, Long Island, in New York’s Nassau County.   I have been welcomed in the town, and it has been awesome to establish my business roots here as well as my home roots.

I am grateful to my yoga teachers who helped me discover the wonders of yoga many years ago.    Yoga has been my rock when things were stressful, and now it has become my life.    It all started with attending my first yoga class, and it grew from there.   Yoga can help you too!

What are you grateful for this holiday season?    Take a moment to reflect on the blessings in your life.   You will feel inspired!   Have a wonderful holiday.

Remembrances of 9/11 by Nancy Weshkoff

September 10, 2016 by  
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Tomorrow, on the anniversary of 9/11, we are holding a special meditation for peace at Moonflower Yoga, with all the proceeds donated to Voices of September 11th, an organization that provides ongoing support for the victims of 9/11 and their families.  Please join us tomorrow as we come together to pray for peace, and help Voices of September 11th provide support for the 9/11 families.   To mark the anniversary of 9/11, I am also reposting this special blog that I wrote four years ago.    Like so many other people, 9/11 is a day that I will never forget.    Here is my 9/11 blog which pays tribute to those who lost their lives on that September morning.    May they rest in peace.    And here is praying that we can live in peace rather than in senseless destruction.

15 years ago on the morning of September 11th, I remember my husband and I waking to a beautiful September morning.  The weather was absolutely perfect, and we remarked that it was probably one of the 10 best days of the year.    We both worked in Manhattan at that time and headed to work from Long Island and arrived in our respective office buildings shortly before 8 AM.   The office buildings had beautiful views of Manhattan including the World Trade Center.     Little did we know that in a few short minutes so many lives would change forever.

When we heard about the first plane crashing into the World Trade Center, like so many others, we thought this must be an accident.   Sadly, as events unfolded, we realized it wasn’t an accident.    From our office buildings, we could see the World Trade Center on fire.     I remember being filled with shock and horror.     Just like me, so many innocent people had gone to work that day, but in a different office address, and they were now dying or trapped in the towers.

As no one knew what might happen next, every office building in Manhattan was evacuated and all the public transportation in/out of Manhattan was closed.   This resulted in millions of people emptying on to the streets of Manhattan.      What happened next made me even prouder to be a New Yorker.    There were no riots despite huge crowds.   Instead we cried in the streets together and consoled and helped each other watching the smoke from lower Manhattan and praying for those who were in the buildings.

There were so many acts of bravery.     I think about those heroic first responders who knew they were probably going to die but risked their lives anyway going into the burning towers to try and help people.   I think a lot about the victims and their families.     Family members stood on street corners after the attack holding pictures of their lost loved ones with messages such as “have you seen my daughter who was on last seen on x floor of 1 WTC.”     Those pictures were later placed all over Manhattan on lamp posts and in the huge transportation hubs such as Grand Central Station and Penn Station.    The victims became even more real as you looked at their smiling faces and knew they were senselessly killed that September morning.

My heart goes out to the victims and may they rest in peace.    My heart also goes out to the families of the victims as they continue to find the strength to carry on.

One lesson that I learned from 9/11 was to live more in the present.  Sadly we never know what will happen to us when we begin our morning.    So we must make the most of each day.    Don’t put off doing something that you’ve always wanted to do.   It could be a simple thing such as spending more time with your family or it could be something bigger such as taking that special trip somewhere.     After 9/11, I organized a trip to Disney World with my family because I wanted to create a happy memory.

Deciding to start my own yoga studio, Moonflower Yoga in Bellmore,  in Nassau County on Long Island, took some courage as I left behind the life I knew best.   Yet I know that the courage to start a new venture was only a very small fraction of the courage of those brave first responders who sacrificed their lives to save others on that beautiful September morning and to the 9/11 families who have learned to cope with this tragedy.     May all the victims of this sad event in our history be forever remembered.   And may we always remember to enjoy the blessings we encounter every single day.

 

Coping With Stress by Nancy Weshkoff

June 29, 2016 by  
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Coping with Stress

By Nancy Weshkoff

 

stress busterLife can be tough.    You may find yourself in a situation where you are caring for children, in addition to aging parents.    Employers are demanding more from employees, and with electronic media, jobs that were previously 9-5 are extending past this, as you may be expected to be checking and responding to emails in the morning or in the evenings.   Teens and young adults find pressure from social media.   Children are feeling stressed from rigid testing requirements.    Yikes!

Stress has negative effects on our health.   It contributes to high blood pressure and heart disease.   Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the US.   Stress has also been linked to other health issues.    We need to find healthy ways to cope with stress.

At Moonflower Yoga in Bellmore, we have instituted a great, new program to help you cope with stress.   On Tuesday nights at 7:30 PM, we have a “Stress Buster” group of classes, with each class designed to help you feel more relaxed and calmer.   These classes range from meditation with mesmerizing singing bowls or guided meditation while comfortably seated in a chair, IET/angel healing where you can learn to work with the healing angels, a Reiki healing circle where you receive a relaxing Reiki treatment while reclining on a massage table, a candlelight restorative class to help you stretch and deeply relax with bolsters and blankets to support you, etc.   Our great yoga and meditation teachers have designed these fabulous classes to help you feel calmer and relaxed, putting you on a path to good health.

If you are on the south shore of Long Island, in Nassau County (New York), come try one of these great yoga, meditation or specialty classes in our Stress-Buster series.   Discover the calmness that comes from these relaxing classes!

 

Chair Yoga by Nancy Weshkoff

May 15, 2016 by  
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Chair Yoga

By Nancy Weshkoff

One of my favorite yoga classes to teach each week at Moonflower Yoga is Chair Yoga.    It is a special yoga class to me because it enables yoga to be available to students who would find it challenging to be part of a regular yoga class.    Chair yoga at Moonflower Yoga is not just for seniors – it is also great for women in the latter stages of pregnancy.   Do you feel stiff and tense from sitting in your office chair most of the day staring at a computer screen?  Chair yoga will teach you some stretching exercise that you can do from your office chair to alleviate muscle tension.   For people with injuries that might make it difficult to be in a regular yoga class, Chair Yoga is also a great option.

For the seniors who do attend the weekly Chair Yoga class at Moonflower Yoga, I applaud them for trying yoga for the first time in their 70’s and 80’s.   How cool is that!   Chair yoga provides them with fabulous stretching poses to keep their muscles flexible.   We also work on yoga poses to build strength.   Each class also consists of mantra (chanting) to quiet your mind, as well as several minutes of quiet relaxation with bolsters, blankets, and essential oils to enhance the relaxation while you meditate.   The mantras are something that everyone can use to help with stress reduction, as well as use as a tool if you are having difficulty falling asleep at night.   Meditation is something that is helpful for everyone, and meditation is recommended by leading doctors.

Chair Yoga is wonderful for people of all ages.   Come to Moonflower Yoga on Tuesday mornings and give this great yoga class a try!    Moonflower Yoga is located in the town of Bellmore, in Long Island, New York’s Nassau County.   You will love this great yoga class or any of the fabulous yoga classes on the Moonflower Yoga schedule from some of the best yoga teachers on Long Island.

 

Today’s Women by Nancy Weshkoff

May 7, 2016 by  
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Today’s Women

By Nancy Weshkoff

 

On this Mother’s Day, I would like to wish a very Happy Mother’s Day to the amazing women who walk through the doors of Moonflower Yoga every day.   Today’s woman often faces many challenges: raising children, working full-time outside of the home in her career, keeping a healthy relationship with a significant other, and helping to maintain a household.   Because we are living longer, today’s woman sometimes helps with care for their aging parents while juggling these other responsibilities.

Whew!   This can be overwhelming.    This is why it is so important to remember that you need to take care of YOURSELF first.   If you don’t take care of yourself, there is no energy left to take care of the other responsibilities in your life.

At Moonflower Yoga, we have some of the best yoga classes on Long Island – all designed to help today’s busy woman take some much-needed time for herself.   If you’re looking to relax, our new Stress-Buster series of classes on Tuesday evenings are a great option.   We also have great yoga classes for stretching, flexibility, and balance.    If you are in the area of Bellmore on Long Island’s Nassau County, come give us a visit and enjoy a relaxing hour for YOU.

And to all the amazing women out there, have a great Mother’s Day!

 

 

My Favorite Essential Oils by Nancy Weshkoff

April 11, 2016 by  
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My Favorite Essential Oils

By Nancy Weshkoff

 

essential oils rose and bottleWhat are essential oils?  Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers & other plant parts. Essential oils have been being used for thousands of years to support wellness of the mind, body & spirit.  Moonflower Yoga has a wonderful variety of essential oils for sale from Young Living, a leader in high-quality, therapeutic quality essential oils.    Essential oils can be useful for so many things including:

  • Help you feel calmer and more relaxed
  • Opening up the nasal passages to reduce sinus congestion
  • Cleaning and disinfecting
  • Giving you a boost of energy
  • Increasing spiritual awareness

At Moonflower Yoga, my yoga teachers and I offer each student an essential oil to apply before they begin their yoga class.  It is a great way to help you feel centered and relaxed.   Essential oils are fabulous for use before meditation.  We also diffuse essential oils at the Moonflower Yoga studio which sets a wonderful mood as soon as you walk in the door.

I love so many of these great essential oils.   I’ve decided to pick a few of my favorite ones that I would like to share:

  • Stress Away: The name says it all!   This beautiful essential oil which is a blend of copaiba, lime, cedarwood, vanilla, ocotea, and lavender just instantly helps me to feel calmer and more relaxed.   I especially love the touch of vanilla added to this blend.
  • Lavender: One of the most versatile essential oils.   Its lovely scent instantly relaxes you.  Some students like to apply a tiny drop to their third eye (the space between the eyebrows) to help them sleep better at night.  It can also help with certain skin problems, such as acne, as well as provide some relief from respiratory issues.   Because Young Living essential oils are pure, we use the Young Living lavender oil in some of the desserts made at the studio, and they are yummy.
  • Peppermint: This essential oil is so invigorating and great to use if you are feeling tired and need a boost of energy!   If my nasal passages are a little congested from the winter cold or from spring allergies, breathing in peppermint helps relieve nasal congestion.   It can also support good digestion.  We use peppermint in many of the desserts served at the Moonflower Yoga studio.  Anything with peppermint and dark chocolate is heavenly!
  • Citrus Fresh: I love this clean blend of orange, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, and spearmint.  It is a great essential oil to use first thing in the morning when you need a pick me up to get your energy going.   It is also a great air purifier providing your environment with a fresh scent.

If you’d like to try one of these beautiful essential oils, or several other amazing Young Living essential oils, come to a yoga class at Moonflower Yoga.   We are located in in Bellmore, in Long Island, New York’s Nassau County.  You’ll feel wonderful from the great yoga class and leave the studio with a beautiful fragrance from a lovely essential oil.   To learn even more about essential oils, join us on Saturday, May 7th for a fabulous Discover Essential Oils workshop at Moonflower Yoga, where you will learn the basics about 12 lovely essential oils (including those listed above) and make 2 fun Mother’s Day gifts using essential oils which you will take with you.  You’ll have a blast!    If you’d like to have a great essential oil to keep at home, we have a great variety of essential oils and essential oil products for sale at the Moonflower Yoga studio.   You will love the many ways in which you can enjoy your essential oil.

 

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