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2093 Bellmore Avenue
Bellmore, NY 11710
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It is Moonflower Yoga’s 9th anniversary by Nancy Weshkoff

September 8, 2021 by  
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It is Moonflower Yoga’s 9th anniversary!

By Nancy Weshkoff

This week marks a happy milestone for Moonflower Yoga – it is our 9th anniversary!

It is hard to believe how quickly the years have flown by.  When I embarked on the journey of opening a yoga studio 9 years ago in Bellmore, Long Island, New York, I was not exactly sure how things would progress.  I will be the first to admit that some things did not always go as planned.   But I am happy to say that many things did.

The vision that I had of building a community where people could come together to practice yoga and meditation but to also make friends and expand horizons through the Moonflower Yoga Clubs such as the Moonflower Yoga Book Club and the Moonflower Yoga Needle Arts Group have all happened.    And we have all had fun and learned something new in the great workshops including cooking workshops, jewelry workshops, yoga-related workshops, and much more.   Meditation activities to promote relaxation and stress reduction were added to the schedule, and we now have ongoing classes, as well as a monthly evening of Guided Meditation and Relaxation with Bhante Sujatha, a Yoga Nidra evening with Jackie Lee, and a Gong Meditation and Relaxation event at the studio with Cathi.  Reiki became an addition to the schedule, and many people have become trained in this calming healing system  for stress reduction and relaxation.  And, of course, the yoga classes which were just a handful of classes at first but have grown to a wonderful variety of daily classes.  I have personally witnessed students of all ages who were not familiar with yoga fall in love with yoga as they become stronger, more flexible, improve balance, take care of themselves, and make friends with their fellow attendees.

There have been challenges too.   The onset of the COVID pandemic with a forced closure of the studio doors for in-person classes was a very sad time for me.  I missed the sound of that creaky front door opening with students walking into the hallway.   Through online Zoom classes, we were able to stay in touch and practice yoga together, as well as still hold online workshops and other activities.  This proved to be very important for so many in the Moonflower Yoga community who felt less isolated because of the online activities, while they continued to improve their physical health with a regular yoga practice.   With the introduction of hybrid classes this summer, we are now welcoming a limited group of fully-vaccinated students into the studio for select classes, and it is nice to see people in person again.

I am so grateful to all the wonderful people who have supported Moonflower Yoga through the years – THANK YOU!   You have made a dream come true. Your support of Moonflower Yoga and your friendship have created a very special place.  I also could not have done all of this without the great yoga teachers who join me in offering an amazing variety of yoga and meditation classes.   To those who provide these great yoga and meditation classes and help students improve their practice, as well as lead wonderful workshops, I thank you for your dedication!

These are challenging times for many including small businesses as we cope with the ongoing pandemic.   With your continued support, we can weather the storm and look forward to clearing skies in the future.   THANK YOU for 9 wonderful years!

 

March: One Year Later – The “New Normal” by Nancy Weshkoff

March 6, 2021 by  
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March: One Year Later and the “New Normal” 

By Nancy Weshkoff

This March marks the one-year anniversary of the studio closing its doors to in-person classes.   It is hard to believe that one year has passed.

Thinking back to March, 2020, it started to become apparent by the middle of the month that New York was in a bad situation.  People were getting sick all around us.  Hospitals were filling up and beds became scarce.  Health care workers bravely and tirelessly put their lives on the line to help as many people as possible.  And we faced shortages of supplies such as toilet paper, as well as masks to protect us from the virus.   On March 16th, I made the painful decision to close the studio doors due to the pandemic and cancelled the future in-person activities on the schedule.

When I went home that March night, I shed many tears.   What I had worked so hard to build for 8 years just disappeared overnight.   How did we get here?   I went into a depressed state starting that evening and had difficulty getting out of bed.   I could not face what was happening.   The world that I loved had just turned upside down.

After several days of this, I received a phone call from another studio owner who I had met through training programs.   She gave me a jolt to get out of bed and save Moonflower.   She told me about the online Zoom classes that she was starting up at her studio.   I then investigated Zoom and decided to give it a try.  That competitive studio owner, who did not need to help me, gave me some tutorials on Zoom so that I could start offering online classes.  I will always be grateful for her kindness and advice.  I also decided to attend the tutorials that Zoom provided to help me further understand Zoom, and I am blessed to have an amazing partner in Bob who is IT savvy.

Next came the outreach to the great teachers who had supported Moonflower, and we agreed on new online class offerings to accommodate the Zoom technology.   I did test classes with each of the teachers so we could practice working with Zoom.  By the end of the month, I was ready to give online classes a try, and I made the announcement of the new online schedule to the Moonflower Yoga community.

There were some hiccups at first.  One-on-one Zoom tutorials were offered to some Moonflower clients who needed help navigating Zoom.   But overall the launch was a success.   Once that was in place, I started to offer some online Zoom workshops and relaunch the Moonflower Yoga Book Club and Needle Arts Group.

And here we are one year later.   I never thought I would be spending more than a year in Zoom world – the “new normal” .

Many wonderful things have happened as a result of Zoom.   There is no longer a geographic or size limitation to the yoga or meditation classes.  Students join me from other states, not just from the local Nassau County or Long Island, New York communities of Bellmore, East Meadow, Merrick, Wantagh, or Seaford.   Classes are not limited to 6 people, and several popular classes have more than that number attending.   Most importantly, I can still stay in touch with each of you, the Moonflower Yoga community that I love.   Social distancing is important to prevent the further spread of the virus, but it can create loneliness.   Through the Zoom rooms, we can safely and happily chat before/after class and not feel so lonely and isolated.  And, of course, the Zoom classes provide an opportunity to take care of our physical bodies as well as provide relaxation and enable us to de-stress as we cope with our changed lives as a result of the pandemic.

With all the snow that we received in February, having the Zoom classes was a godsend, as we can still hold classes despite the bad weather and not worry about roads being plowed and parking being available.   And some of the meditative activities such as Cathi’s lovely Relax and De-Stress with Guided Meditation class on Monday nights, or Jackie Lee’s monthly Yoga Nidra work very nicely when done at home as you can be reclining in your own bed as you de-stress and not lose that relaxation by having to drive home after class.  The In the Kitchen with Bob cooking workshop series is a lot of fun, as we connect in our respective kitchens and then enjoy sharing via Zoom the meal we just prepared.  Bhante Sujatha, who offers such wonderful wisdom through his monthly meditations for Moonflower Yoga, teaches these meditations from Sri Lanka or Chicago – something that would not have happened in the physical studio world.  We have witnessed sunrise over the mountains of Sri Lanka during Bhante’s meditation.  Jessica, who taught for the studio for years before becoming a mom and then relocating to South Carolina, can now reconnect with the studio with 2 great weekly yoga classes due to Zoom.

It is also fun to see have some of our furry friends joining the Zoom classes.  Walter, the dog, and Daisy, the cat, and others enjoy the Zoom classes also.

There is sadness too.   I loved the sound of that creaky studio door opening to signal someone was entering, and I loved popping up from my desk to greet people.   I miss giving someone a hug who was having a bad day.  I miss handing out essential oils and cards with messages from the universe when people settled into the Moonflower Yoga studio room.    I miss doing Reiki training which is not safe to do while the virus is prevalent.  And while we do have the Moonflower Yoga Book Club and Needle Arts Group online, I miss the Moonflower Yoga Mah Jongg Club and the new Moonflower Yoga Canasta Club where we had laughs and which must be on hiatus for now.

Like many small businesses, these are challenging times financially.  We are doing everything we can to survive the pandemic and keep our heads above water until the pandemic is behind us.   It is why I ask you to please support a small business if you can.  The dollars that small businesses receive stay in the community to pay for schools, police, sanitation, etc.  Small businesses are the lifeblood of our neighborhood.

So what does the next year hold for Moonflower Yoga?   Well, it is a continuance of online classes, workshops, and the Clubs for a few more months.   I have repeatedly stressed “ahimsa” – kindness.   That means I need to keep the teachers and the students safe from the virus, which I cannot due at the moment if the studio doors reopen to in-person activities.  We need to have more people vaccinated and for the numbers to drop significantly before I will consider reopening the doors.  I do think that will happen but it will take time.

I am so very grateful to those of you who have continued to support Moonflower Yoga through this challenging time.  THANK YOU!   And for those of you who have not yet tried an online class, I encourage you to give it a try.   It is just $11 for a great 30-40 minute online yoga or meditation class with NO contract to sign.   Or join us for a great workshop where you learn something new and have fun.   The Schedule tab on the moonfloweryoga.com website provides the calendar of upcoming activities.  I look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Moonflower Yoga feature on News 12 Long Island: One Year Later By Nancy Weshkoff

February 17, 2021 by  
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Moonflower Yoga feature on News 12 Long Island: One Year Later

By Nancy Weshkoff

 

One year ago, in February 2020, Moonflower Yoga was selected by News 12 Long Island for a piece which aired about Women and Heart Health.  The piece was hosted by Shari Einhorn of News 12, and it focused on the positive benefits of yoga and meditation on heart health, particularly for women.   I was so thrilled and honored that Moonflower Yoga in Bellmore was selected for this piece amongst all the other yoga studios in Long Island, New York.

The News 12 piece featured 2 classes: one was a traditional, beginner-level yoga class.  The second one was a Chair Yoga class which I taught.   Shari joined us for the Chair Yoga class.  As a Reiki Master Teacher, I also incorporated some Reiki into the Chair Yoga class that I taught, as well as brief meditation.

The response to the piece which News 12 Long Island aired was fantastic, and it was such a great day. We were able to all be in the same room together, enjoying the practice, as well as laughing at the end and even sharing some hugs.  For those who love Bob’s desserts, there was also his delicious homemade lemon lavender cake to share at the end of the filming.

If you would like to see the piece that aired on News 12 Long Island, here is the link:

http://longisland.news12.com/story/41735495/relax-and-destress-yoga-and-heart-health

We did not know at that time what lay ahead of us with the pandemic the next month.

So many of the simple things that happened that day, such as being all together in one room, not worrying about the spread of the virus, no social distancing, no mask wearing – all of these feel so alien at this point in time.

I am feeling nostalgic for that day in February when Moonflower Yoga was featured in the News 12 Long Island piece.

It is hard to imagine how much has changed in one year.   Online Zoom yoga and meditation classes are now the norm at Moonflower Yoga, as the studio doors remain temporarily closed for in-person classes.  Through Zoom, I am still able to stay connected with the Moonflower Yoga community of students, as well as the great yoga teachers who comprise the staff at the studio through daily online yoga classes via Zoom.  Moonflower Yoga was also able to switch to a live, online version of some of the great workshops, as well as the Moonflower Yoga Book Club and Moonflower  Yoga Needle Arts Group.   I am very grateful for this ability to still stay connected with the group of students and teachers who I have come to love, as well as have some fun in the online Moonflower Yoga Clubs.

I am also very grateful to Shari Einhorn of News 12 Long Island and her crew for selecting Moonflower Yoga and coming to the Moonflower Yoga studio in Bellmore to film the piece.

In addition to being grateful, perhaps, most importantly, this one-year anniversary of the News 12 piece is a reminder to appreciate every day that we have.  TODAY is the only day we can control.  As my yoga gurus before me have often emphasized, TODAY is the most important day of your life.   Enjoy and appreciate it.   Namaste.

 

It is Moonflower Yoga’s 8th anniversary! by Nancy Weshkoff

September 8, 2020 by  
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It is Moonflower Yoga’s 8th anniversary!

By Nancy Weshkoff

This week marks another milestone for Moonflower Yoga – it is our 8th anniversary!    When I embarked on the journey of opening a yoga studio 8 years ago in Bellmore, Long Island, New York, I was not exactly sure how things would progress.  I will be the first to admit that some things did not go as  planned.   But I am happy to say that many things did.   The vision that I had of building a community where people could come together to practice yoga and meditation but to also make friends and expand horizons through the   Moonflower Yoga Clubs such as the Moonflower Yoga Book Club, Needle Arts Group, Mah Jongg Club and Canasta Club have all happened.    And we have all had fun and learned something new in the great workshops including cooking workshops, jewelry workshops, yoga-related workshops, and much more.   Reiki became an addition to the schedule, and many people  have become trained in this calming healing system to help the practitioner learn tools for stress reduction and relaxation.  And, of course, the yoga classes which were just a handful of classes at first but have grown to a wonderful variety of daily classes.  I have personally witnessed students of all ages who were not familiar with yoga fall in love with yoga as they become stronger, more flexible, improve balance, take care of themselves, and make friends with their fellow attendees.

I could not have done all of this without the great yoga teachers who join me in offering an amazing variety of yoga and meditation classes each day.   To those who provide these great yoga classes and help students improve their practice, I thank you for your dedication!

Most importantly – THANK YOU to the people who have walked through the doors of Moonflower Yoga and now join us on a regular basis via great online Zoom classes.   Your support of Moonflower Yoga and your friendship have created a very special place.

These are challenging times for small businesses as we cope with the pandemic.   With your continued support, we can weather the storm and look forward to clearing skies in the future.   THANK YOU for 8 wonderful years!

 

 

Spring is a Time for Renewal by Nancy Weshkoff

April 17, 2019 by  
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Spring is a Time for Renewal

By Nancy Weshkoff

 

Spring is a wonderful time of year.   The plants and trees shake off remnants of winter and start to come into bloom.   We have more daylight and start to feel more alive than when it is dark before 5 PM.

And, just like the plants and trees, spring is a time of renewal for us.  Maybe you were more housebound and inactive during the winter months.  With spring’s arrival it is time to dust off the cobwebs of winter and start to feel renewed and refreshed.

With the arrival of warmer weather, you start to wear thinner clothes.  Wouldn’t it be great to feel toned in those lighter clothes?   A great yoga class can help you tone and stretch your muscles, as well as improve strength, flexibility, and balance.   If you are a beginner, that’s not a problem at Moonflower Yoga.   We love beginners and offer beginner-level yoga classes 7 days a week.   Remember EVERYONE was a beginner at one point.  Just take that first step and you will feel amazing.   Our yoga instructors give you personal attention to help you as you begin a yoga practice.

Clearing out the cobwebs is not just about our physical body.   It is also true of our mind and thoughts.  Do you brood about things from the past, which you cannot change because the  past is over?   Do you obsess and worry about the future, which you also cannot control?   Stress is a leading cause of heart disease, and heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States behind all cancers combined.   So what can you do to stop obsessing about past events and the future, reduce your stress levels, and work towards a healthy heart?

Having a meditation practice is a wonderful way to start taking care of your stress levels and feeling good about  yourself.  Moonflower Yoga offers several meditation classes including “Stretch and Meditate 101” on Thursdays, “Chair Body Stretch and Meditation” on Wednesdays at 6 PM, and a monthly “Less Stress” meditation on Tuesday nights.  Plus the weekly Kundalini yoga classes on Thursday and Sunday offer some meditation in the practice.   There are also great workshops on the Moonflower Yoga schedule which can help with stress reduction.   And Reiki, which is offered at Moonflower Yoga, is a great way to take care of YOU.

Come join us this spring at Moonflower Yoga and take a step towards renewal for yourself!   We are located in Bellmore, on the South Shore of Long Island in Nassau County, but we welcome students from all over Long Island including the neighboring towns of East Meadow, Merrick, Wantagh, Seaford, and Levittown.   We look forward to guiding you to a great start to your spring!

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

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!

 

New Year, New Beginnings by Nancy Weshkoff

December 31, 2015 by  
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NEW YEAR, NEW BEGINNINGS

By Nancy Weshkoff

 

new beginningThere is something very special about the new year.   It is a time for new beginnings.   One of my favorite authors is Lucy Maud Montgomery who wrote the wonderful “Anne of Green Gables” series of books.   In this series, Anne Shirley made this comment after having a not-so-good day: “Tomorrow is a brand new day with no mistakes in it.”   How true!   If there were some things in 2015 that didn’t turn out as planned, just say goodbye to that, and turn the page to 2016.   It is a brand new year!

One of the best things to do for 2016 is to take care of YOU.   If you don’t take care of yourself, you cannot take care of the others in your life who may need you – children, elderly parents, spouse, your boss and co-workers, friends, siblings, etc.

At Moonflower Yoga, we have a great selection of yoga and meditation classes where you can take care of you.   In just one hour you can de-stress, learn to take some deep, cleansing breaths to remove tension, and engage in physical activity designed to help you become stronger, more flexible, and improve balance.   If you are afraid to take that first step, don’t be!   Everyone is welcome and greeted who walks through the door.   Our class sizes are small and semi-private in nature (with generally no more than 6-8 students per class).   We have great yoga teachers who will pay attention to you and help you with alignment and feeling comfortable. There are many props at Moonflower Yoga to support you.  If you have difficulty with a standing class, we have Chair Yoga on Tuesday mornings where you’ll get a great workout and feel amazing while seated in a chair.   Or come to a Tuesday meditation class and find some inner peace and relaxation.

Make 2016 a year in which you learn something new. You can join us for the Moonflower Yoga Needle Arts Group where you will learn how to knit, crochet, or quilt, or try the Moonflower Yoga Book Club and go on a wonderful journey with a fascinating book.   There are great workshops on the schedule to start 2016 including a Feng Shui workshop to learn how to situate items in your environment to get the best energy flow, the Ayurveda workshop where you discover your “dosha” type and learn how following the lifestyle for your dosha can help you reduce stress, feel better and sleep better.   Or learn a wonderful healing energy such as Reiki in our Reiki training sessions or Reiki Healing Circle. Discover essential oils and how they can fill your home with aromatic bliss while also providing other benefits, and learn to make homemade, organic gifts using essential oils.   Most importantly, you can feel relaxed while meeting new people and making new friends in one of our great workshops, training sessions, or events.

Here is to 2016 and its new beginnings!   If you are on Long Island, New York, in Nassau County, come give Moonflower Yoga a try in the town of Bellmore.   We would love to help you start the new year with a great beginning!

 

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