Learn something new at the Moonflower Yoga workshops!!
Moonflower Yoga offers informative and motivating workshops on a variety of topics. Come join us, learn something interesting, and meet new people!
Feeling Stressed? Discover Guided Meditation from the comfort and safety of your home in these wonderful evenings 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. A portion of the proceeds go to Bhante’s “Mothers & Incubator Project” in Sri Lanka.
Book Now! You can register for this activity by clicking on the “Schedule” tab above and following the simple registration and payment steps. Approximately 2-3 days before the event, you will receive a separate Zoom invitation email with the Zoom info you will need to join us.
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 evening offered online via Zoom!
Next date: Wednesday, January 26th, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM; also available on Wednesday, February 23rd, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep and Deep Meditation) (with Jacqueline Lee)
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. It is intended to induce total physical, mental and emotional relaxation. It is believed that that one hour of yoga nidra can be equivalent to four hours of sleep!
Yoga nidra can lead you to a blissful state, and in these stressful times it can be a wonderful way to feel better.
Research on yoga nidra has found that some benefits may include decreasing anxiety, reducing insomnia and stress, helping you release negative habits, and creating a sense of peace and calm.
Yoga nidra is different than traditional meditation. Here are some of the differences:
- Meditation can be done seated or reclining. You are alert during meditation and sometimes you may focus on your breath or a mantra (a word or series of words). You are usually in a waking state of consciousness.
- Yoga nidra is always done in a reclining state so you can completely relax. In yoga nidra, the focus is on the dreaming state of consciousness. Your mind is awake but you move past the dreaming state of consciousness into the deep sleep state. This helps you to further relax.
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 or lotion, 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 activity. You can reserve your spot by selecting this activity from the Schedule tab above and following the simple registration and payment steps. One-two days before the event, all PAID participants will receive an email with a Zoom invitation link to join, 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.
In the Kitchen with Bob! (a fun online, interactive workshop)
Cook along with us LIVE and prepare 2 great plant-based, vegan items. All are welcome.
Sunday, February 13th, 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM
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 delicious 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.
Sound Healing Gong Evening with Guided Meditation (Cathi Nashak)
This workshop is currently not available as in-person activities are suspended due to the virus. Stay tuned for a rescheduled date when it is safe to offer this wonderful event again
Melt away tension in this lovely meditation & gong relaxation evening with Cathi! Release the stress of your day through guided meditation and the wonderful, relaxing sound healing from Cathi’s beautiful gongs. The gong therapy helps to restore the body and mind to a state of peace. You will be reclining on your yoga mat for this class, and may wish to have a blanket or pillow for your head, as well as a blanket to cover your body. Join us!
Please note this in-person evening will be limited to FOUR (4) FULLY-VACCINATED participants, in addition to Cathi. You will need to show proof of vaccination in order to attend in person, and all participants will also have a temperature check at the door. To keep the space safe, there will be no sharing of props, and you will need to bring your own yoga mat and, if desired, a blanket for your head or to cover your body.
Stay tuned for the rescheduled date of this wonderful NEW workshop!
Yin Yang Necklace workshop with Carol Procopio
Yin and Yang, the ancient Chinese symbol of dualism. Dark and Light. Feminine and Masculine. The balance of complimentary forces.
Join us in a NEW workshop led by Carol Procopio and learn how to make your own balancing and grounding necklace using Red Jasper with Golden Obsidian accents and three Yin Yang symbols made from carved boxwood, inlaid with brass and turquoise howlite. All supplies will be provided to you so that you can create this beautiful necklace. Check this space for the rescheduled date for this great workshop!
PREVIOUS MOONFLOWER YOGA WORKSHOPS ….
OM necklace workshop via Zoom with Carol Procopio
Carol Procopio, who has led several great creative workshops at Moonflower Yoga, taught a wonderful OM necklace workshop where each participant made the beautiful necklace you see pictured on the left from the comfort of their home using materials we supplied in advance. Carol gave each person step-by-step instructions, and we had fun making the necklace together. This lovely necklace is a unique design from Carol. Stay tuned for future activities from Carol!
In the Kitchen with Bob online cooking workshop
We had a very fun and delicious online workshop as Bob prepared two plant-based, vegan recipes from our kitchen. The participants were given the recipes in advance and cooked alongside us from their homes. The focus of this edition of this continuing series was easy dinners. Everyone had a blast making their dishes, and Bob provided tips along the way. At the end, we all enjoyed eating the meals together. Join us for the next chapter! Scroll up to see info on this next available workshop.
Healing Through Loving Kindness Workshop with Bhante Sujatha
Moonflower Yoga hosted a great workshop with Bhante Sujatha, who is the Abbot of the Blue Lotus Temple, a 40+ year Buddhist Monk, and longtime practitioner of meditation. Bhante provided insight into ways in which we could reduce stress, anxiety, worry, and depression and gain a sense of empowerment over challenging issues in our lives. He shared tips for living in the present moment to help us obtain inner peace. Bhante also led the group in a guided meditation. It was a wonderful event! Thank you to Bhante and the participants for an insightful evening. Scroll up to see the next date for a future evening with Bhante.
White Lotus Flower Mala Workshop with Carol Procopio
Carol brought another great workshop to Moonflower Yoga as the participants created a lovely White Lots Flower mala bead necklace. The mala beads necklace consisted of 108 crystal beads including red creek jasper beads, moonstone beads, brass lotus flower spacer beads, a carved white jadeite lotus flower guru bead and a tassel made from sari silk ribbon. Each person created their mala necklace from these crystals, and then Carol led the group in a guided singing bowl meditation where they practiced using their mala bead strand. It was a fun and creative afternoon! Many thanks to Carol for her lovely design and to the attendees who helped make this such a fun afternoon project.
Anatomy of a Yoga Practice: The Warrior Poses – Awakening Insight, Poise, and Strength with Lynn Pieroni
Lynn Pieroni led another chapter in her great “Anatomy of a Yoga Practice” series at Moonflower Yoga – this time concentrating on the warrior poses which are often practiced in yoga classes. Lynn broke down the poses in great detail to provide further insight into the background on the poses, as well as alignment cues to create more ease and fluidity when practicing these postures. It was a very insightful afternoon. Thank you to Lynn and the women who participated in this great workshop! Part 4 of this continuing series will be offered in the near future.
LAW OF ATTRACTION workshop with Helen Cernigliaro
Helen Cernigliaro, who has been a Law of Attraction Certified Coach for over 15 years, came to Moonflower Yoga to explain how the Law of Attraction can work for you. She talked about how the Law of Attraction shows you that what you focus on expands in all facets of your life. The participants learned to believe they can achieve anything that you put your mind to and allow yourself to succeed. It was a fascinating evening! Thank you to Helen and the participants.
Goal Setting and Vision Board workshop
The new year was off to a good start in our Goal Setting and Vision Board workshop. The participants learned proven techniques for mapping out their goals for the new year, followed by the creation of a vision board to reflect their goals for the new year and provide inspiration. It was lots of fun and the vision boards turned out great. Thanks to everyone who attended!
Create a Positive Affirmations Bracelet workshop with Carol:
Carol led another great workshop at Moonflower Yoga where each person made their own special positive affirmations bracelet. The bracelets included crystal gemstones as well as metal charms hand-stamped by Carol as a reminder to be positive. Each bracelet was unique and special. Many thanks to Carol for bringing another fun, great workshop to Moonflower Yoga!
Create Your Own Memory Box workshop with Carol
We had a very creative afternoon as each person assembled their own unique memory box. The boxes were painted and then individually designed with favorite photos as well as other materials. The boxes could be used to store special items or just to enjoy. Some of the memory boxes were made as special holiday gifts. Carol did a great job guiding each person as the beautiful boxes were completed. Many thanks to Carol and the participants for a fun crafting workshop!
Is Your Wonton Soup Endangered? Book discussion with Jeri Fink
Multi-time author Jeri Fink spoke at Moonflower Yoga about her informative new book “Is Your Wonton Soup Endangered?”. Jeri’s book gives simple advice on things everyone can do to help reduce the effects of climate change. It was a very interesting afternoon, and everyone learned a lot. Thank you, Jeri, for a great afternoon!
Ayurveda and Dosha workshop with Nancy Weshkoff
Moonflower Yoga owner, Nancy Weshkoff, gave an informative workshop on the basics of Ayurveda, a holistic system to help you feel better. Each participant took a test to determine their natural “dosha” type & Nancy then explained the characteristics of that dosha type and how following the principles of Ayurveda has been used to promote good health for 5,000 years. If you missed this great workshop, it will be offered again in 2020.
Anatomy of a Yoga Practice: Moon Salutations – Exploring the Feminine Energy within with Lynn
Lynn Pieroni led a wonderful chapter in her ongoing Anatomy of a Yoga Practice workshop series. In this edition, Lynn explored the gentle and quieting flow of poses in the Moon Salutation which help balance you both physically as well as emotionally. The postures were designed to stretch muscles and build flexibility to soothe built-up tension in the physical body — relieving stress in the hips, legs, lower back, and shoulders. Lynn also focused on the emotional body to help bring balance to both the right and left sides of the brain to inspire creativity and stimulate natural intuitiveness. The participants had a great time, and thanks to Lynn and the participants for a fabulous afternoon. Stay tuned as we announce the next chapter in this great continuing workshop series.
Gathering for Self-Realization workshop with Chandresh
7th generation spiritual leader and author Chandresh Bhardwaj returned to Moonflower Yoga with another great addition to his fabulous, EXCLUSIVE series for Moonflower Yoga. Chandresh focused in this October meeting on ways to help relieve anxiety and worry by using the meditation tools outlined in this chapter. It was another great night, and thank you, Chandresh, for this insightful evening!
Summer Harvest: Vegan, Vegetarian & Gluten-Free Cooking workshop with Rose Edelman – August 2019
We had a delicious and refreshing Summer Harvest workshop with Rose! In addition to teaching at Moonflower Yoga, Rose is a vegan chef and prepared 3 wonderful vegan items for the participants to enjoy. She answered many questions regarding the vegan diet and provided helpful handouts to the participants. After preparing the food live at the studio, each person had a sampling of the wonderful food which was yummy! If you could not join us for this summer workshop, stay tuned as we will be adding another wonderful chapter to these vegan cooking workshops in the fall.
Singing bowl evening with Jessica Saraswati – August 2019
It was great to have Jessica Saraswati back at Moonflower Yoga for one of her deeply relaxing singing bowl meditations. Jessica has an amazing array of lovely singing bowls which can help you deeply relax while she also leads the students in a guided meditation. Thanks to Jessica and the participants for a wonderful evening!
Gathering for Self-Realization workshop with Chandresh – July meeting
We had a wonderful July night as 7th generation spiritual leader and author Chandresh Bhardwaj returned to Moonflower Yoga with another chapter in his fascinating series. After providing some humorous and insightful personal experiences of his own spiritual growth, Chandresh shared some important meditation techniques which the participants can use after leaving the workshop. He then led the group in a relaxing meditation utilizing these techniques. Thank you to Chandresh for another lovely and peaceful evening! Chandresh will be offering this wonderful workshop series on a regular basis for Moonflower Yoga. Please scroll to the top of the page for the next date.
Natural Cures for Stress, Mild Anxiety and Lack of Energy with Jovanka Ciares
It was a fabulous and informative night as Herbalist and Coach, Jovanka Ciares, shared natural herbal remedies that can help reduce stress and improve energy levels in her fascinating workshop . Jovanka discussed the importance of the circadian rhythm to manage low energy and stress, stress hormones and how they affect your emotional state, the important nutrients that can help reduce mild anxiety and chronic stress, and provided information on adaptogens, nervines and other herbs to reduce stress, mild anxiety, and lack of energy. Jovanka also prepared a herbal mylk tea for everyone to enjoy containing the herbs we discussed which was delicious. It was a fun and interactive night. Many thanks to Jovanka and all the participants for a great workshop!
Mother’s Day medallion necklace workshop with Carol Procopio-May 2019
Carol designed a beautiful, unique medallion necklace with a heron pendant and precious crystals. She led the group as each person then created their own medallion necklace utilizing this design. The necklaces came out beautiful! Some of the participants made these as Mother’s Day gifts for a special person in their lives; others treated themselves to a lovely necklace. Many thanks to Carol for her ingenuity in creating this unique design and to all the women who participated in this fun workshop!
Gathering for Self-Realization workshop with Chandresh -May meeting
Seventh generation spiritual leader and author Chandresh Bhardwaj returned to Moonflower Yoga with a wonderful workshop in May. Chandresh shared some personal experiences and discussed the positive values of meditation. He taught the group some meditation techniques to help them with their meditation practice and then led everyone in a guided meditation with a singing bowl. Thank you to Chandresh for a lovely and peaceful evening! Chandresh will be offering this wonderful workshop series on a regular basis for Moonflower Yoga. Please scroll to the top of the page for the next date.
Vegan, vegetarian & gluten-free cooking workshop with Rose – March 2019
We had a very yummy and informative afternoon as Rose made a delicious 3 course vegan meal for our participants. The menu consisted of arugula with poached pear and herbed cashew chevre, shaved fennell and maple-glazed pecans, with a main course of pulled BBQ jackfruit with cabbage slaw and cauliflower rice, and a yummy dessert of strawberry and coconut creme tarte with fresh flowers and herbal tea. The participants learned a lot, and the vegan food from Rose was delicious. Many thanks to Rose and all who attended for such a great workshop! If you missed this workshop, Rose will be doing another cooking workshop in the coming months.
Learn about your chakras & feel better (3-part workshop series) with Danielle Meill: Danielle taught a fabulous 3-part workshop at Moonflower Yoga where you learn about your chakras (energy centers in your body). When your chakras are flowing properly, you feel better. Through meditation, yoga, and other techniques, Danielle worked with the participants on discovering information regarding the 7 main chakras in the body. It was a great workshop series! Thanks to all who participated and to Danielle for leading the workshop.
Create a beautiful mala bracelet workshop with Carol Procopio:
Carol led a great and unique workshop at Moonflower Yoga where participants created one of three different mala bracelets using precious crystal gemstones and charms of their choice. The bracelets are a meditation tool, as well as a beautiful piece of jewelry. Each bracelet was unique and lovely. A big thank you to Carol for organizing such a creative workshop and to all who attended.
Learning How to Read Tarot Cards with Danielle Meill: Danielle introduced a new 3-part Tarot Cards workshop where the participants learned the basics of working with Tarot Cards. Tarot cards are fascinating and can provide an insight into yourself. Here is a photo from the part 2 session in February with everyone working on readings. Thank you to Danielle and the participants for a fun night at Moonflower Yoga!
Kitchen Pharmacy: Using Herbs to Help Heal You with Jovanka Ciares – Dec 2018
Clinical herbalist, wellness expert; detox specialist, nutrition educator & author, Jovanka Ciares, gave a wonderful and informative workshop at Moonflower Yoga on the use of everyday herbs to improve good health. These gems from Mother Nature can help you feel better without dangerous side effects. We also sampled several herbs, and Jovanka provided a “goody bag” for the participants with a delicious tea to try. Each person had an opportunity to ask questions, and Jovanka provided great suggestions. Thank you to Jovanka and the participants for a very intriguing evening!
Essential Oils Holiday Gifts workshop with Nancy – Dec 2018
We had a yummy, delicious afternoon exploring essential oils and making holiday gifts containing essential oils and natural ingredients. Using organic coconut oil, organic cocoa butter, and Young Living peppermint oil, we made a delicious mint chocolate peppermint body butter, great for soothing dry skin in the winter, as well as lavender and sage sprays. Nancy also shared with the participants lots of fantastic uses for essential oils in your daily life. We had a fun time! Thanks to everyone and Bob for a great workshop.
Malas, Mantra, and Meditation with Carol Procopio – Dec 2018
It was a very fun afternoon as Carol Procopio helped the participants create a beautiful, chakra-based, crystal mala beads necklace. Mala bead necklaces are used for meditation purposes and also can be worn as a beautiful piece of jewelry. Each person created their mala bead necklace from scratch, and they came out great! The participants then practiced using their mala beads in a guided meditation. Many thanks to Carol and the participants for a fabulous workshop!
HOW TO MEDITATE workshop with Chandresh Bhardwaj – Nov 2018
We had a great Friday evening workshop with 7th generation spiritual adviser and best-selling author, Chandresh Bhardwaj , as he led a very fascinating workshop on “How to Meditate”. Meditation is wonderful tool to help you relax, de-stress, and discover more about yourself. Chandresh shared his own experiences with meditation, and then shared some very simple tips that anyone could use. From there, he led the group in a guided meditation utilizing the tools he had shared. Big thank you to Chandresh for a fascinating evening! Stay tuned, as Chandresh will be returning to Moonflower Yoga in 2019 with a new topic.
DRUMMING ALIVE workshop with James Fleishmann & Teela Hammell – Sept. 2018
It was a fascinating evening as James and Teela brought their Drumming Alive workshop to Moonflower Yoga. James played his drum while Teela led the group in a soulful vinyasa flow yoga practice designed to enhance body awareness, increase intuitive connection, and move stale energy. The workshop also included a long, “entrainment” relaxation whereby the brainwaves synced to the live drumming and allowed the participants to reach a deeper meditative state. It was great! Many thanks to James, Teela, and the participants for an intriguing evening!
HEALING THE HEART meditation gathering with Chandresh Bhardwaj:
We had a very special afternoon on July 29th as seventh-generation spiritual leader and best-selling author, Chandresh Bhardwaj, brought a fascinating “Healing the Heart” discussion to Moonflower Yoga. Chandresh discussed many of the reasons why we may be holding on to painful, past situations, and he provided some tools to help release them. Chandresh then led the group in a meditation practice and was accompanied on the singing bowls by Jessica Saraswati. Thank you to Chandresh, Jessica, and the participants for a beautiful workshop! Stay tuned as Chandresh will be returning to Moonflower Yoga in the fall with a new topic.
HARP AND GONG workshop with Lori:
It was a blissful evening as Lori led the students on a “gong bath” as she played her amazing gong at this great workshop. In addition to the gong, Lori also played her harp and infused Reiki energy into the participants. Other instruments included a singing bowl & chimes. There was some light Kundalini yoga movement, as well as mantra (chanting), and meditation. The combination led to a great evening, and it was completed with a delicious lemon vegan “cheese” cake from Bob at the end of the workshop. Thank you to Lori and the participants for a wonderful night of healing!
SUMMER COOKING WITH BOB – July 2018
We had a delicious time in the Summer Cooking with Bob! workshop where participants learned vegan, gluten-free and raw cooking ideas. Bob prepared a cold, 3-melon soup, maple-glazed tempeh, hummus with sun-dried tomatoes and peppers, and a raw cauliflower and summer vegetable dish. For dessert, there was a raw lemon-lavender “cheesecake” with coconut. Everything was yummy! Thanks to Bob for the great food and the participants for a lively evening.
Discover Essential Oils and make an essential oil gift – February 2018
We had a fragrant and relaxing afternoon in the Discover Essential Oils workshop with Moonflower Yoga owner, Nancy Weshkoff. Essential oils have been used for hundreds of years and are made from plants. We sampled about 15 different oils and discovered more about their properties and the best ways in which to use them. After that, each person had an opportunity to make an essential oil gift to take home with them so they could enjoy the beautiful aroma of essential oils after leaving the workshop. Thank you to everyone who attended this fun day!
Wisdom of Dreams workshop with Liza Johnson – January 2018
It was a fascinating evening with author Liza Johnson as she led a very interesting “Wisdom of Dreams” workshop at Moonflower Yoga! Liza shared her extensive knowledge on dreams and dream interpretations which was intriguing and gave everyone new insight into their dreams. Each participant had an opportunity to share an important dream, and Liza offered insight into their dream. Many thanks to Liza for a very interesting evening and to the participants who shared their dreams.
Vision Board and Goal Setting workshop with Nancy and Chris – January 2018
Having a written plan on how you are going to accomplish your goals is fundamental to helping you meet those goals. In this fun and informative workshop, Nancy and Chris shared proven techniques on how to have success in 2018 with your goals for the year. After the participants completed their written goal setting plans, then we had fun putting those goals into a vision board as a daily visual reminder of what you would like to accomplish for the year. It was a great afternoon! Thank you to everyone who participated with a special thanks to Chris for the positive affirmations and to Bob for the delicious vegan chocolate orange cake.
Create Your Own Mala Beads workshop with Jessica and Adria – November 2017:
We had a very fun Sunday afternoon as Jessica and Adria led the participants as they created their own mala beads strand of 108 beautiful crystals. Mala beads date back thousands of years and are used as a meditation tool and can also be worn as a decorative item. Each person selected the crystals that felt right to them and with help from Jessica and Adria assembled these into their beautiful strands complete with a handmade tassel. Everyone’s came out amazing! Big thank you to everyone who made this a great Sunday workshop event at Moonflower Yoga!
Reiki Level 3 Master/Practitioner training – Nov 2017: Congratulations to our latest Reiki graduates: Sylvia, Suzanne, and Carol. Each did great as they accomplished reaching the Master level for Reiki after successfully completing all 3 levels of Reiki training. If you are interested in learning about Reiki join us for an upcoming Reiki Healing Circle or join us for the next Reiki Level One training.
Tarot Cards workshop (Parts 1 and 2) – July and August 2017 It was such an intriguing evening as Connie shared her knowledge of Tarot Cards in Part One of the Tarot Cards workshop. The participants learned the overall meanings of the Tarot cards, the history of Tarot Cards, and how to do a basic Tarot Card reading for themselves or others. In the part two of this session, held in August, everyone learned a bit more about how to read the cards and more challenging reading positions. Lots of fun & very insightful!
Reiki Level One training with Connie – July 2017
We had another fabulous Reiki Level One training session with Connie on July 9th, as Connie explained the basics of Reiki to the participants and then performed the Reiki attunements needed to enable the participants to become Reiki Level One practitioners. At the end of the training, the students were able to do basic Reiki on themselves as well as others. Many thanks to Connie and the participants for a great session! Did you miss this Reiki training session? Stay tuned – our next date will be announced shortly. Scroll to the top of this page for additional info.
Heart Chakra Anahata workshop with Theresa Mariano Doyle – May 2017
Theresa led a wonderful yoga workshop on May 6th where the participants learned about the heart chakra and practiced various postures to help open the heart. By stretching on bolsters, blankets and pillows, the participants were able to reduce anxiety and stress, while relieving tension in the neck and shoulders. Many thanks to Theresa and the participants for a fabulous afternoon and to Bob for the delicious chocolate babka. Stay tuned for info on Theresa’s next workshop at Moonflower Yoga!
Sound Wash workshop with Jessica Saraswati & Lori Pappas – April 2017 We had an incredible evening in our Sound Wash workshop! Jessica led the group in meditation and played her mesmerizing array of singing bowls. Lori led the group in light Kundalini movement & played her incredible gong. Together the sounds filled with the room and were amazing. Thanks to Jessica, Lori, and the participants for a great workshop at Moonflower Yoga. If you missed this April date, join us in June, 2017 (see above) for the next edition of this great workshop.
3 Ways to Manifest More Money – March 2017
Mala Dukhi-Bhansingh offered an informative workshop at Moonflower Yoga on how women can manifest more money. Women earn 70 cents to every dollar made a man & Mala offered some excellent advice on how to transform negative thoughts into positive ones to create more abundance. Mala was trained by Dr. Martha Beck, life coach to Oprah Winfrey. It was a very informative afternoon! Many thanks to Mala & the participants for an interesting workshop at Moonflower Yoga.
Sip ‘n’ Paint with Frank – Feb 2017 It was a very fun afternoon as we let our creative juices flow in a Sip ‘n’ Paint workshop with Frank at Moonflower Yoga. We were all novices but yet the final pictures came out great! Frank gave everyone step-by-step instructions on how to create our selected picture, and the results were amazing. We each had a lovely picture to take home to hang on our walls. Many thanks to Frank and the participants for a great afternoon!
Reiki One training with Connie – Feb 2017
Thanks for Connie and the participants for another fabulous Reiki One training session at Moonflower Yoga! The participants did great and learned how to perform basic Reiki on themselves and others. If you would like to learn this beautiful healing energy, scroll to the top of this screen for the next training date. Leading hospitals are now offering Reiki as an alternative therapy – come discover why Reiki is such a wonderful tool to learn! Please register early – space is limited and this sells out quickly!
Archangel Aura Bracelet workshop with Janis – Jan 2017 We had a fun January afternoon in our Archangel Aura Bracelet workshop with Janis. After a guided meditation led by Janis, each person discovered their special angel and then created a unique angel bracelet with crystal stones. The bracelets were lovely. Many thanks to Janis and the participants for a fun afternoon. If you missed this great workshop, it is back on the schedule on April 29th – see above and book early!
Goal Setting and Vision Board workshop with Nancy – Jan 2017
2017 got off to a great start for the participants in our Goal Setting and Vision Board workshop led by Moonflower Yoga owner, Nancy Weshkoff. Nancy shared proven goal setting tools for helping the participants reach their goals. After outlining the goals, each person created a fun vision board as a daily, motivational reminder of the goal that we wish to accomplish in 2017. Thanks to everyone who made it a great afternoon and good luck with your goals!
Reiki Level Two Training with Connie – Oct 2016
For those who have successfully completed Reiki One training, Connie provided Reiki Two certification training, enabling you to take your Reiki training to the next level. In this Reiki Two training, Connie performed additional attunements and taught the participants 3 symbols to enhance their practice including a distance symbol for sending healing Reiki energy to those who are not in the same physical space as you. Many thanks to Connie and the participants for a fabulous afternoon. If you are interested in Reiki Two training, we will be offering this again in the new year.
Create Your Own Mala Beads with Jessica and Adria – Oct 2016
It was a creative afternoon as Jessica and Adria led the participants to create their own strand of 108 mala beads. Each mala bead strand was compiled using crystals and precious stones that we supplied, and each one was unique as you were able to choose from a variety of materials. Mala beads are a wonderful meditation tool that enable you to count your mantras while meditating. The mala beads also make a beautiful piece of jewelry in addition to a meditation tool.
Introduction to Ayurveda and Discover Your Dosha Type with Nancy Weshkoff – Oct 2016
Moonflower Yoga owner, Nancy Weshkoff, led an interesting workshop providing some background on the principles of Ayurveda, “the science of life”. Ayurveda has been in existence for over 5,000 years and it is only in recent years that it is becoming more prevalent in the US. Nancy explained basic concepts of Ayurveda & each person took a test to determine their “dosha” type. By following food recommendations and a lifestyle for your dosha type, it can help most people feel better. If you missed this workshop, we will be offering it again in early 2016.
Manifest Your Dreams workshop with Lori Pappas – Oct 2016 On the new moon (perfect time for setting new intentions), Lori Pappas led a fabulous Manifest Your Dreams workshop at Moonflower Yoga. The sold-out workshop consisted of Kundalini yoga, mantra (chanting), meditation, and journaling as participants set their wishes into motion. Lori also played her mesmerizing gong which vibrated through the studio. Many thanks to Lori and the participants for a great workshop.
Reiki Level Two training – June 2016
Moonflower Yoga students who successfully completed Reiki One training took their Reiki abilities to the next level with Reiki Level Two training. In Reiki Two, the students learned 3 symbols to enhance their Reiki knowledge including the distance symbol enabling them to send Reiki healing energy to people who are at a different location. It was fascinating & everyone did great learning Reiki Two. Thanks to Connie for another amazing training workshop, the students, and to Bob for his unique chocolate-covered strawberry vegan “cheese” cake and homemade hummus for our snacks.
Tarot Cards workshop (Part 1) – June 2016
We had an intriguing evening of fun in part one of our two-part Tarot Cards workshop with Connie. During this workshop, Connie explained some of the historical background on Tarot cards and how to tap into the wisdom of the cards. Connie reviewed the major arcana cards, and at the end of the evening, the participants did a basic Tarot Card reading for themselves. Part 2 takes place in July where the participants learn how to do readings for other people and alternate card spreads. Many thanks to Connie and the participants for a great night!
Reiki Level One training with Connie – May 2016
Connie offered another great Reiki Level One training session on May 22. Connie taught the participants how to do basic Reiki on themselves as well as others. Reiki is a wonderful “hands on” healing energy that you can use to help you feel more relaxed and de-stressed. If you missed one of Moonflower Yoga’s winter/spring Reiki One training sessions with Connie, we will be offering this great training workshop again in the fall. Stay tuned to this workshop page for additional details.
Astrology workshop, Part 2, with Connie – May 2016
Friday, the 13th, was the launch of this new workshop from Connie – a sequel to her previous Astrology one workshop. In Astrology one, Connie prepared birth charts for everyone, and we discussed astrology basics & an overview of your birth chart. In this fascinating sequel, Connie delved further into what your birth chart tells you about you and the people in your lives. We also discussed the birth chart houses, the planets, and astrological sign traits. Many thanks to Connie and the attendees for an intriguing evening!
Mother’s Day Gifts Essential Oils workshop – May 2016
Essential oils are derived from the flowers, stems, and roots of plants. In this fun workshop, we sampled over a dozen beautiful essential oils and then made 2 great, homemade gifts for Mother’s Day using essential oils. Each person made a lavender & palmarosa eye creme with a coconut oil base, and we also made a lovely Joy spray. The finished products went in a beautiful glass containers. Thanks also to Bob for his yummy lavender cake using essential oils, as well as lemon-infused hummus.
Spring Cooking with Bob! – May 2016
There was delicious food served in our latest installment of our Cooking with Bob! workshop series. In this Spring edition, Bob shared vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free cooking tips, and delicious food was served including roasted asparagus soup, sun-dried tomato and olive hummus, maple-glazed tempeh with quinoa, & a raw chocolate vegan “cheese cake”. Donna, one of the participants, helped Bob make raw date-nut brownie balls. Huge thanks to Bob for a great culinary experience and to the participants. Stay tuned for the date of our next Cooking with Bob! series.
Food Combination, Digestion & Its Relation to Emotional Health – April 2016
It was a fascinating workshop as wellness expert, detox specialist, nutrition educator & author, Jovanka Ciares, made her only Long Island appearance this year to discuss how we eat. It was great to have Jovanka make a return engagement to Moonflower Yoga! Jovanka provided a wealth of information and taught us how combining certain types of food groups can make a huge impact on our health. We also made healthy smoothie bowls to sample with pineapple, bananas, ginger, avocado, coconut milk, parsley & crunchy toppings – it was delicious. Many thanks to Jovanka for a very interesting evening!
Sound Wash workshop with Lori and Jessica – March 2016 and May 2016
We had a fabulous Sound Wash workshop from Jessica and Lori in March with an encore in May. These incredible workshops included the intoxicating sound of Jessica’s multiple singing bowls and her huge crystal bowl, as well as Lori’s incredible gongs. The workshops also featured light Kundalini movement, mantra, and meditation. Everyone loved it! And thanks also to Bob for the yummy chocolate orange vegan cake.
Astrology workshop with Connie – March 2016:
It was a magical evening on March 11th as Connie led a fascinating Astrology workshop at Moonflower Yoga. Connie prepared unique birth charts for each person, so that you would know how the stars & planets were aligned when you were born giving you a great insight into your personality. Connie explained the birth charts and also reviewed the history of astrology and provided background on the astrological signs. Many thanks to Connie and the participants for a great evening at Moonflower Yoga! We will be offering this fun workshop again at a future date – watch this page for further details.
IET Basic Training certification – March 2016
Many thanks to Christine Senetto for a fabulous 8-hour IET/Angel Healing training session at Moonflower Yoga on March 5th. The participants learned this beautiful healing energy and how working with the healing angels can bring you calm and inner peace. At the end of the day, all the participants received a basic training certification and were able to do IET on themselves as well as others. If you’d like to receive background on IET/Angel Healing, join us for our monthly IET/Healing Angel class on Wednesday evenings (check the class schedule tab for the next date) and stay tuned for the next date of our 8-hour training session.
Reiki Level One training- February 2016 We had another fabulous Reiki Level One training session with Connie on Feb 21. The participants learned the basic principles of Reiki and received attunements from Connie which enabled them to receive Reiki energy. After the attunements, the participants practiced performing Reiki on themselves and then with a partner. At the end of the day, all received their Level One Reiki certification. If you would like to learn more about this amazing Reiki healing energy, join us for our lovely Reiki Healing Circle (check the Events tab for the next date) or join us for the next Reiki Level One training session (see above for more details).
Partner Yoga workshop – February 2016
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we had a very fun Partner Yoga workshop at Moonflower Yoga hosted by Dona and Sue. The participants teamed up to work together moving through certain poses. Lots of laughs were shared. Following the workshop, we had a yummy, vegan chocolate mousse cake made by Bob, as well as some chocolate truffles. Big thank you to Dona, Sue and the participants for a great launch to the Valentine’s Day weekend.
Valentine’s Day Essential Oils workshop – Feb 2016
In this fascinating and fragrant workshop, the participants discovered several amazing essential oils that are the foundation of a great essential oils collection. Essential oils are derived from plants and have been used for thousands of years to support wellness of the mind, body and spirit. After sampling these beautiful essential oils, each person created a lovely, homemade Valentine’s Day whipped mint chocolate body butter using peppermint essential oil and organic, natural products. The body butter was yummy, and made a great Valentine’s Day gift which each person took home. Thanks to everyone for a fun afternoon!
Introduction to Ayurveda & Discover your Dosha type – Jan, 2016
It was an informative evening in our Ayurveda & Dosha workshop led by Moonflower Yoga owner, Nancy Weshkoff. The participants discovered ways to help create better balance by following their body’s natural “dosha” type through the principles of Ayurveda. Ayurveda is “the science of life” and it has been practiced successfully for thousands of years. Each of us is born with a unique mind-body constitution known as our “dosha” type. fter completing a questionnaire to determine your dosha type, the participants learned how adapting your diet and daily lifestyle to match your natural “dosha” type can help you feel better. Everyone received informative handouts to further explore this topic. Many thanks to the participants for an interesting evening & Bob for the delicious tri-dosha food.
Goal Setting and Vision Board workshop – January 2016:
January is an ideal time to set goals for what you want to accomplish in 2016. In our Goal Setting and Vision Board workshop, the participants learned how to use proven goal-setting tools to create a plan to accomplish their goals. From there, we had fun as each person created their individual vision boards reflecting their 2016 goals. The vision boards were all unique and beautiful!! Thanks to Christine Senetto for her help with this workshop, and to all the participants. Good luck with your 2016 goals!
Feng Shui workshop – January 2016:
It was a great way to start the new year with our Feng Shui workshop with Connie on January 8th. The participants discovered how following the principles of Feng Shui can help bring better peace and calm to their environment by creating positive energy (also known as qi). After explaining basic Feng Shui, each person applied Feng Shui principles to floor plans of their current living space to see what improvements can be made. By providing some simple adjustments, each person learned ways to incorporate positive energy to their homes. Many thanks to Connie and the participants for another fascinating event!
Holiday Gifts Essential oils workshop – Dec, 2015:
On Saturday, December 5th, we had a blast making 3 great, aromatic holiday gifts using essential oils. During this fun and informative workshop, we made a mint chocolate whipped body butter, a coffee cellulite scrub and a holiday spray of lavender or sage. Each person created these lovely, aromatic gifts, perfect for giving or keeping as a special treat. Many thanks to the participants for a fun afternoon and to Bob for his help and yummy chocolate peppermint cupcakes. We are offering another make-and-take essential oils workshop on Saturday, Feb 5th. See the details above.
Mala beads workshop with Jessica and Adria – Nov, 2015:
It was a fun afternoon in our mala beads workshop on November 22nd led by Jessica and Adria. The participants picked the precious crystal stones that they liked best and from there made a beautiful, handmade mala bead with their combination of materials. Each mala was unique and beautiful! After the malas were completed, Jessica led the group in meditation using the new mala beads. To complete the workshop, Bob made a yummy, lavender-infused vegan “cheesecake” and his famous hummus. Great way to spend Sunday afternoon!
Sound Wash workshop – November, 2015
By popular demand, on November 22, we ran an encore performance of our fabulous Sound Wash workshop with Lori and Jessica. Lori brought her incredible gong and Jessica used her array of healing singing bowls. The combination of these was amazing and very spiritually uplifting! The workshop also included some light yoga movement, mantra, and meditation. It was a wonderful way to prepare yourself for the upcoming holiday season. Many thanks to Lori and Jessica for this great encore performance of the Sound Wash workshop!
Holiday cooking with Bob! – November, 2015:
Thanksgiving and the holiday season offer us so many wonderful food options, and we explored vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free cooking in our very fun Holiday Cooking with Bob! workshop. Bob made four delicious items which everyone ate: a butternut squash pie, tuscan bean dip with olives, roasted squash and apple soup, and a cranberry-oat loaf for dessert. The dip and soup were made live at the workshop. It was a very filling – and yummy – event! Many thanks to Bob for another great chapter in his “Cooking with Bob!” series. Stay tuned for the next installment in early 2016.
Sound Wash workshop – October, 2015
The healing sounds were incredible as Lori brought her amazing gong and Jessica her singing bowls in a combined, wonderful Sound Wash workshop. Connie contributed a Native American drum to add to the healing vibration. Lori also led the group through some gentle movement, and Jessica led a guided meditation. Many thanks to Lori and Jessica for this special workshop.
Reiki Level One training with Connie – October, 2015
It was a wonderful afternoon as Connie taught a group of students Reiki Level One. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the concept that life force energy flows through us. If this energy is low, then we are more likely to feel ill and have higher stress levels. If it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. In this special 4-hour training session, the students learned the basics of Reiki and were taught how to do a Reiki healing session on themselves. Each student then performed a Reiki session on a partner in the room. At the end of the training, the participants received a Level One certification from Connie.
Introduction to Essential Oils with Jessica & Nancy – Oct, 2015: If you have attended a class or workshop at Moonflower Yoga, then you have enjoyed the beautiful aroma of essential oils. Essential Oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants. In this fascinating and fragrant workshop, Jessica and Nancy shared with the participants several key oils which form the foundation of a great essential oil system. Jessica also provided ideas on how oils can support your wellness. It was a lovely afternoon! Thanks to Jessica and everyone who attended! If you missed this workshop, it will be returning to the calendar shortly.
Reiki Level One training with Connie – September 2015:
We had an incredible afternoon at Moonflower Yoga as Master Reiki Instructor, the Rev. Constance Barley, taught a Reiki Level One training session at Moonflower Yoga! It was empowering to learn this wonderful healing energy. We discovered the history of Reiki and how to perform basic Reiki on yourself as well as others. After the attunements, the participants practiced administering and receiving Reiki. It was great! If you were not able to attend this sold-out training session, please register for the October training session. Hurry as this is almost sold out!
Summer Cooking with Bob!
It was a very yummy August evening in our continuing Cooking with Bob! series. In this latest installment of this great workshop series, the focus was on utilizing summer foods and preparing a delicious raw, vegan 3-course meal. We had 2 appetizers: Thai cold melon soup and sun-dried tomato hummus The main course was zucchini swirls with a pesto sauce. The luscious dessert was a pineapple coconut vegan “cheese” cake. We also had chocolate walnut balls. The participants helped and it was a fun evening. Bob also shared gluten-free tips and provided handouts. Stay turned our next installment of our fabulous Cooking with Bob! workshop series which will take place in November before the holidays.
Spiritual Development for Goddesses – July meeting:
On the night of the blue moon, we had a very special full-moon edition of our intriguing Spiritual Development for Goddesses workshop series. As part of the blue moon theme, Connie led the group in special meditations and activities that concentrated on releasing things that no longer serve us. We also discovered the history of 2 wonderful goddesses and discussed our own goddess power. Bob made a yummy vegan lemon-lavender “cheesecake” and homemade sun-dried tomato hummus. Many thanks to Connie and the participants for a great evening at Moonflower Yoga and to Bob for the delicious food! Stay tuned for the date for our next installment.
June Gallery Reading with Joe Perreta:
It was an intriguing June night as Joe Perreta led another fascinating gallery reading. In a gallery reading, Joe delivers messages from crossed-over loved ones. It was intriguing to hear some of the messages which Joe was able to provide. If you missed this June session, or our earlier March and May sessions, we are pleased to announce that this popular workshop is being offered again in the fall (see above for details). Come join us and discover amazing and enlightening info!
Father’s Day gifts essential oils workshop – June, 2015
We had fun on an early June afternoon making 3 fabulous gifts for Father’s Day using therapeutic-quality essential oils using natural ingredients from plants. We made a tea tree after shave spray, a peppermint shave creme, and an invigorating rosemary shampoo. If you missed this fun workshop, we have some of the products made at the workshop available for sale at the Moonflower Yoga studio. They make great gifts for the man in your life!
Spiritual Development for Goddesses – May, 2015 meeting:
Goddesses were in the house on a spring evening with Connie in a lovely installment of “Spiritual Development for Goddesses” workshop. Connie shared inspirational goddess stories and how their wisdom can be applied to today’s challenges. We had guided meditation and some special bonding experiences. It was a fantastic evening! Many thanks to Connie and the goddesses who attended for another great evening at Moonflower Yoga.
Mother’s Day Gifts Essential Oils workshop:
Just in time for Mother’s Day, we had a fun afternoon at Moonflower Yoga making 3 lovely handmade gifts using essential oils. The participants made a Joy spray which went into a beautiful gift bag with a rose quartz crystal that each participant energized. The participants also made a bergamot and lemon sugar scrub, and a moisturizing eye creme with palmarosa, lavender, and frankincense. Many thanks to Jessica and all the participants for a great – and creative – afternoon!
Crystals workshop with Connie:
Amethyst, citrine, quartz – these were just a few of the beautiful crystals that were discussed in our fascinating Crystals workshop with Connie on May 1. Connie did a Native American gridding using healing crystals. Each participant choose a crystal which was energized during a lovely crystal meditation led by Connie. The participants then kept their beautiful, energized crystal. Connie also explained the healing power of various crystals. Thank you to Connie and the participants for a fascinating evening!
Cooking with Bob! workshop:
We had a very yummy Sunday afternoon on April 26 in our fun Cooking with Bob! workshop. Bob is the husband of Moonflower Yoga owner, Nancy, and is known for his delicious homemade, vegan cakes & goodies he makes for all the Moonflower Yoga events and workshops. By popular request, Bob shared some of his vegan, gluten-free cooking tips and the recipes he has used. We had a live cooking demo where Bob made a roasted asparagus soup, raw chocolate date brownies, and sun-dried tomato hummus. Everything was delicious and we are planning another Cooking with Bob session for the near future – stay tuned for the exact date and join us for another yummy afternoon.
Love Yourself Now workshop with Shana Sweeney
Do you look in the mirror and tell yourself you have a fat stomach, you hate that cellulite, ugh those wrinkles, or wish your body looked different in some way? Are you unaccepting and critical of your body as it is right now? So many women have a poor body image and we are surrounded by a media that tells us we have to fit a certain mold and look a certain way. In this amazing workshop, held in April, 2015, led by health coach Shana Sweeney, the participants learned to break that belief system and how to embrace and love their body just as it is right now. It was a great workshop enjoyed by all. Many thanks to Shana for bringing this fabulous event to Moonflower Yoga!
Essential Oils 201
It was a fragrant afternoon on Saturday, March 14, as Jessica and Nancy led an informative Essential Oils 201 workshop. The participants discovered the most useful essential oil to use for common ailments such as headache, stress, insomnia, ingestion, hormonal issues, and sinus/nasal congestion. Jessica also provided info on which essential oils work best with each chakra. We sampled many lovely oils, and each participant received 2 complimentary oil samples to take home. And Bob created another flavorful masterpiece: a vegan champagne mango cake infused with orange essential oil. A big thank you to Jessica, Bob, and the participants for a lovely afternoon!
Tarot Cards (Parts 1 and 2) It was an intriguing two evenings in March and April, with our two-part Tarot Card workshop led by Connie. Connie explained a bit on the history of Tarot cards and then delved into the cards in the Major and Minor Arcanas. The participants learned a basic reading in part one. In part two, everyone learned how to do a 5-card reading and a Celtic Cross reading. The results were amazing! Many thanks to Connie and all the participants for this fun and fascinating workshop.
Introduction to Essential Oils with Jessica: We had a lovely introduction to essential oils workshop with Jessica on Saturday, Feb. 28. Jessica provided everyone with an informative background on 12 of the most popular essential oils and the ways in which that oil could help you feel better. Each participant was able to sample these beautiful oils, and as a thank you everyone received 2 sample oils. And a big thank you goes to Bob for his delicious, vegan lavender cake made with lavender essential oil which was topped with a coconut icing infused with lavender and lemon essential oils. It was a huge hit and the essential oils were amazing in the cake!
Collage for the Soul workshop with Barbara Segal (Feb & April): Many thanks to Barbara Segal for her inspirational Collage for the Soul workshop at Moonflower Yoga! This workshop was originally presented in February and by popular request it returned in April. After a guided meditation, we let our intuition lead us to create personal, beautiful, and powerful collages which can also function as divination cards. The collages created were amazing! After completion, we shared our messages with the group. It was a fascinating afternoon.
Spiritual Development for Goddesses – Feb. session – with Connie: The goddesses were in the house on Friday, February 6, as the Rev. Constance Barley returned to Moonflower Yoga with her wonderful Spiritual Development for Goddesses workshop. Connie shared her wisdom with us, and we learned more about a specific goddess that could be used for inspiration. There was a seated meditation to work with your inner spirit, as well as a lovely standing, rainfall meditation. Each participant received a crystal from Connie. And Bob made a delicious lemon, poppy seed cake with his famous hummus for the workshop. If you missed this workshop, we will have another installment on May 15th. You do NOT need to have attended previously in order to join us on May 15th.
Kundalini Yoga and Mandala-Making Art workshop with Lori Pappas:
Many thanks to Lori Pappas for leading a wonderful Kundalini Yoga and Mandala-Making Art workshop on Feb. 1, 2015. The participants delved deeper into their Kundalini practice using movement as well as meditation. Lori then shared her experience as an artist with everyone and the students let their creativity shine as they created their own personal mandalas. If you missed this workshop, Lori teaches a great Kundalini yoga class every Sunday at 11:15 AM and on select Wednesdays at 7:30 PM.
Valentine’s Day Essential Oil workshop creating rosemary-mint shave cream, lavender bubble bath, and finishing salt: We had lots of fun on Saturday, January 24, as we created very special handmade Valentine’s Day gifts using essential oils! The participants made rosemary-mint shave cream with shea butter and coconut oil, lavender bubble bath accented with dried lavender sprigs, and lemon-rosemary finishing salt. Many thanks to Jessica and everyone who attended for a great afternoon!
Goal Setting and Vision Board workshop with Nancy and Christine: 2015 began on the right path for the participants of our January Goal Setting and Vision Board workshop where the participants learned the tools needed to turn their dreams into goals that can be accomplished with the planning guidelines they received. Once the goals were outlined, the participants had fun creating their own personal vision board which serves as a visual reminder of the goal that you wish to accomplish in 2015. Pictured below are some of the participants creating their individual vision board, as well as one of the beautiful, finalized vision boards. Many thanks to the participants, as well as Christine for her inspirational ideas that helped guide the attendees.
Holiday Essential Oils workshop creating handmade gifts with Jessica:
The Moonflower Yoga studio was in the holiday spirit on December 6th, as we made some very special holiday gifts by hand. The participants created a very fragrant lavender laundry detergent, bath salts with bergamot and Himalyan salt crystals, and a sage spray, all using essential oils and non-toxic ingredients. The detergent and bath salts were in lovely jars – all ready for giving. Thanks to Jessica and the participants for another fun afternoon workshop at Moonflower Yoga. Stay tuned for additional make-and-take workshops in early 2015.
Introduction to Essential Oils workshop with Jessica:
We had fun on Nov. 15, as Jessica led an informative Introduction to Essential Oils workshop at Moonflower Yoga. The participants sampled the oils while learning their multiple uses. The entire Moonflower Yoga studio was bathed in a lovely aroma of the beautiful oils! We also had yummy homemade desserts made with some of the essential oils we sampled. Many thanks to Jessica and everyone who attended for a great afternoon! And please join us on Dec. 7 for our second Essential Oils workshop just in time for the holidays as we create non-toxic gifts which you can take home. Register online for the Dec. 7th workshop from the class schedule tab above.
Mala Beads workshop with Jessica and Adria – Nov 2014:
On Sunday, Nov. 2, Jessica Saraswati & Adria Andromeda led a wonderful workshop where participants created their own, unique strand of mala beads using the precious stone of their choice. A mala is a string of 108 beads used to count mantras (short series of words which you chant silently or in a group) to help bring you spiritually to a sense of inner peace. The participants had a great time selecting which precious stones to use for their mala bead strands, and each person’s strand was unique and beautiful. At the end of the workshop, Jessica and Adria led the group in a lovely meditation using their mala beads. Thank you so much to Jessica and Adria for a wonderful afternoon and fabulous workshop !!
Kundalini workshop with Lori Pappas: On Sunday, October 26, Lori Pappas led a fascinating Kundalini Yoga workshop at Moonflower Yoga. During the workshop, Lori taught the participants about the 10 bodies (your physical body, soul body, auric body, etc.) and how to keep these in balance as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Kundalini yoga helps you discover the place of peace & calm that exists within you by breaking past limitations into the meditative mind. Lori helped the participants find this place through movement, breath work & mantra as the 10 bodies were balanced. Lori concluded the workshop with a lovely guided meditation, and a very fun exercise on numerology where you linked your birthday to various paths in your life. Many thanks to Lori for this great workshop! And Moonflower Yoga is happy to announce that Lori teaches a weekly Kundalini yoga class each Sunday at 11:15 AM.
Tai Chi and Qigong workshop with Joseph Panico: Many thanks for Joseph Panico for teaching a wonderful Tai Chi and Qigong workshop at Moonflower Yoga on October 11, 2014. Joseph taught the participants the differences – and similarities – of Tai Chi and Qigong. Through Tai Chi, the students learned how to incorporate breathing with slow and fluid movements to reduce stress, improve circulation, balance, flexibility, and overall body mechanics. With Qigong, the emphasis is on circulating “qi”, our internal energy, and by improving circulation, we improve our body functions and immune system. It was a very informative afternoon! If you missed this workshop, you can try Joseph’s great weekly Tai Chi class at Moonflower Yoga each Wednesday at 6 PM.
FALL DETOX REBOOT with Jovanka Ciares:
Author, holistic health coach, producer and TV spokesperson Jovanka Ciares returned to Moonflower Yoga on Friday, October 3rd, 2014, with her new, very informative and interesting Fall Detox Reboot workshop. Jovanka shared her vast knowledge with the participants and gave everyone wonderful advice on how to remain healthy through the upcoming change of seasons. She also provided great tips on how to make simple changes that can make a huge difference in how you feel. Many thanks, Jovanka, for another amazing workshop!!
SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT FOR GODDESSES – Initial meeting:
Friday, September, 26, 2014 marked the launch of our intriguing new workshop series: “Spiritual Development for Goddesses” led by the Rev. Constance Barley! It was an amazing night with a sold-out workshop. Connie shared her insight with us, and she also led the group into a lovely, guided meditation. Plus Connie had some surprise activities for the participants. We’re very excited to offer this great new workshop series at Moonflower Yoga. Join us for our future installments!
MOVEMENT AND CREATIVITY CAMP day on May 24th: We had fun on Saturday, May 24th as Lucia Magnoli and Amanda Cappuccio taught the children yoga poses for strength, balance, and flexibilty as part of a storytelling adventure. The children meditated with their personal stone and enjoyed an arts and crafts project creating their own mandala. After the arts and crafts, the children enjoyed yummy, healthy treats. Thanks to Lucia and Amanda for a fun event and to all who participated!
Supercharge Your Health To Look Your Best, Lose Weight, and Feel Great:
Wellness expert, health coach, author, and TV spokesperson Jovanka Ciares led a wonderfully informative workshop at Moonflower Yoga on May 16, 2014. Jovanka shared her vast knowledge with the participants explaining how making simple changes can make a huge difference to your health, longevity, and stamina. The workshop received rave reviews by those in attendance. If you missed this workshop, we plan to have a return appearance by Jovanka later in the year. Stay tuned for additional details!
Yoga Workshop led by Adam Dobbs on Movement, Pranayama (Breathing Techniques) and Meditation:
In May, 2014, Moonflower Yoga was pleased to have Adam Dobbs bring his extensive experience to Moonflower Yoga leading an amazing yoga workshop. The workshop began with a gentle Vinyasa yoga sequence as a preparatory exercise so the participants could sit comfortably for an extended period. From there, it moved to pranayama, a stretching and subtle control of our vital energy through breath work. The workshop concluded with meditation, the act of effortlessly concentrating on one point, and the gateway to inspiration, intuition, insight, well-being, and regeneration. Many thanks to Adam for a wonderful afternoon of yoga at Moonflower Yoga!
Tarot Cards Parts One and Two (April & May 2014): We had fun in April and May as Connie introduced Tarot cards to a new group of Moonflower Yoga attendees. By the end of Part One, everyone was doing their own basic readings and getting insightful insights. In May’s Part Two class, the participants learned a few intricate Tarot Card reading spreads. Thanks, Connie, for another great workshop at Moonflower Yoga! If you are interested in learning how to read Tarot Cards, we will be bringing this workshop back to Moonflower Yoga in the fall of 2014.
Crystals workshop (March 2014):
Amethyst, citrine, quartz, and Herkimer diamonds…these were just a few of the beautiful crystals from our Crystals workshop with Connie. Connie explained the healing energies of crystals, and each person received a free crystal stone to keep with our compliments. It was a great night! A big thank you to Connie for leading another amazing workshop.
Astrology Workshop (Feb 2014):
We had another fun evening with Connie as she returned to Moonflower Yoga to present her Astrology workshop. Each participant received their own unique birth chart which provided you with fascinating insight. Connie also gave us an interesting background on the history of astrology. Many thanks to Connie for her great workshop!
Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Workshop:
On Feb. 8th, Jodie Kallas of JS Goodness Gifts led a very intriguing workshop on aromatherapy & essential oils. Jodie gave us background on the precision needed to blend oils. It was very interesting to learn how plants can have different scents depending on where they are grown. All participants sampled beautiful oils, learned their healing properties & received a free sample to take home. Many thanks to Jodie for this very fun workshop! Jodie has created new, beautiful gift boxes, such as “Headache Zapper”, “Get Happy” & “Sweet Dreams”, which contain her lovely blended oils, handmade soap & hand-blended organic teas. These beautiful boxes can be purchased at Moonflower Yoga.
Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing (2014):
Many thanks to Laura Lipari for another fabulous workshop! Laura explained the principles of Ayurveda, an ancient self-healing practice that has been successfully utilized for thousands of years. All the participants took a test to determine their “dosha” type, which is your natural-born constitution. Once you knew your primary dosha, Laura explained which foods and lifestyles best matched each “dosha”. All participants received informative materials for reference after the workshop. It was a great evening!
Meditation and Chanting Workshop:
On Friday night, October 11th, Diane Monks led a very relaxing meditation and chanting workshop at Moonflower Yoga. Meditation is a wonderful tool to help release stress and bring you inner peace. Chanting in unison as a group made this meditation session even more powerful. We are pleased that Diane will now be offering meditation on a regular basis at Moonflower Yoga beginning in late October. Meditation will alternate with Candlelight Restorative on Tuesday nights at 7:45 PM. Come and discover how meditation can help you!
Learning to Read Tarot Cards (Parts 1, 2, and 3):
We had three great evenings, one in October, one in November, and one in January as we learned all about Tarot Cards. It was wonderful to have Connie return to Moonflower Yoga with another very fun event. Connie gave us a history on the Tarot and taught us how to read the Tarot cards. The participants then did their own readings, which were very insightful. Many thanks to Connie for another amazing workshop! If you are interested in reading Tarot Cards, please let us know, as we will likely revisit this workshop with Tarot Cards, Part 1. You’ll love it!
Healthier You – Plant-Based Diet workshop: On Friday, July 12th, we had a very informative workshop led by Moonflower Yoga’s Laura Lipari, who also has a degree in nutrition. Doctors agree that moving towards a plant-based diet and eating more whole foods and grains will help you on the road to better health. Laura gave us some wonderful information and we were all treated to some delicious recipes. A big thank you to Laura for her fabulous workshop!
Neck and Shoulder Pain Issues workshop: So many people suffer from neck and shoulder pain from computer work, driving in traffic, stress, injury, etc. Moonflower Yoga was proud to host a 2-hour workshop on this topic on Saturday, May 11th, presented by Vicky Seff. During the first half of the workshop, Vicky explained how the neck and shoulders operate and why you might be feeling discomfort. In the second half, the participants were guided through gentle poses to help relieve their neck and shoulder pain. All of the participants were given some easy ideas they could use on a daily basis to help them feel better. Many thanks to Vicky for an amazing and interesting workshop!
Film screening of “LEAP OF FAITH”: On Friday, March 22nd, Moonflower Yoga hosted a screening of the film “LEAP OF FAITH’ based on the amazing life of Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar. The film spanned the 90 years and 70 years of teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar’s fascinating life from a sickly child on the verge of death to one of the modern fathers of yoga. The film is a saga of courage and faith, of chance meetings on chosen paths and of perseverance in the face of insurmountable hurdles. Proceeds from the screening were donated to the Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater NY’s Brooklyn Initiative to build an Iyengar Institute in Brooklyn.
Astrology Workshop – 2013: There was fun for all in our astrology workshop on Friday, March 15th, at Moonflower Yoga. The Rev. Constance Barley led a fascinating two-hour workshop where participants learned about the history of astrology and how the stars and planets affect us. Connie also prepared individual astrological birth charts for each participant, so that everyone knew exactly how the planets were aligned on the date and time of their birth, as well as other interesting astrological information unique to each person’s birthday. Many thanks, Connie, for a great evening at Moonflower Yoga!
Back Pain Issues Workshop: On Saturday, February 16th, Moonflower’s Vicky Seff taught a fabulous workshop on back pain issues. Vicky thoroughly explained the areas of the back and demonstrated why people suffer from back pain. The back pain lecture was then followed by a gentle asana practice where Vicky led the participants through some stretches to help them feel better. Thank you, Vicky, for a great workshop!
Ayurveda Workshop 2013: Our workshop “Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing” hosted by Moonflower Yoga’s Laura Lipari on February 1, 2013 was a big success. All the participants learned what their inner “dosha” is and how they can adapt their food and lifestyle to match their natural “dosha” type. Many thanks to Laura for this very informative evening. Several participants from the workshop have indicated they feel better from adapting some of the tips learned in this workshop.