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Get Involved in Your Local Yoga Community -- NYC Yoga Events & Meetups, Forums, and Blogs

Posted Jun 08 2009 6:26pm

Yoga is about relationship -- relationship to self, others, the universe. I think it's easy to forget that, since the practice of yoga is often solitary (or at least it is for home practitioners such as myself). As I'm learning, just because you practice on your own, doesn't mean you can't get involved with the yoga community at large. I started this blog for that very reason.

I live a few hours outside of NYC, and there seems to be no shortage of yoga events, classes, and workshops in the city. I'm lucky in that I can get involved locally here on Long Island or I can travel into NYC for a wider range of experiences. This month there are a few events in NYC worth noting:

A Memorial for Ashtanga Yoga Master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
June 14th at 6:00PM there will be a memorial honoring Pattabhi Jois at Stephen Weiss Studio, 711 Greenwich Street. The event is sponsored by Donna Karan and Urban Zen. The event is open to the public and you can email for more information.

Solstice -- A Celebration of Summer the Yoga Way
Sunday June 21, yogis will be practicing in the heart of NYC -- Times Square. Classes run through the late afternoon and admission is free. Click here for more information. Whether you're local or coming from a distance to this yoga event, I suggest checking out the W New York's Live Well Package. The package includes:

  • “Auuummm” Yoga Survival Kit - complete with water, power bars and more to enhance your dusk-till-dawn yoga experience
  • Puma Yoga Bag - be a yogi in style
  • Access to the newly renovated Sweat Fitness Center at W New York – Times Square , which features state of the art Techno Gym equipment and stretching room
  • A newly renovated Wonderful Room - a beautifully modern, techno-glam space with dramatic punches of color, complete with W’s signature feather bed with pillowtop mattress, an expansive 32" flat screen TV,  and Bliss bathroom amenities to truly relax after a long day

The Live Well Package is available exclusively at W New York – Times Square , and must be booked by June 16 for stays June 20-22, 2009.  Rates start at $269. Click here for more information (scroll down this page to "Why Not Better Your Body?") and to book a reservation.

Join an NYC Yoga Meetup
If you can't make either of these events but you live in NYC and want to get involved in a community of like-minded yogis, check out these meetup groups:

Yoga for Every Body
The NYC Hatha Yoga Meetup

The NY Laughter Yoga Meetup

Online Yoga Communities
If you don't live near NYC, and your are is sorely lacking in yoga community, don't fret!  The Internet is a great option for folks who don't have a local yoga community. Here's just a sampling of the great forums out there:

Advanced Yoga Practices Forum
Hip Tranquil Chick Forum

Moving into Stillness with Erich Schiffmann

The Yoga Forum
Wellness Community at MyYogaOnline

Yoga -- Back to Godhead

United Yogis

Online Yoga Club
Yoga Forum

Yoga Forum at ABC of Yoga
Yoga Forums

Yoga Basics

Yoga Blogs
As you can see from the sidebar on this blog, there is no shortage of awesome yoga blogs out there. Subscribe. Read. Comment. Yes, yogis, it's that easy to get involved.

The Yoga of Relationship
I tend to be a bit of a lone wolf who values her alone time, but I speak from experience when I say that getting involved in a community is fun, rewarding, and fertile ground for building enduring relationships. There was a time when I desired to attain a state of yoga by sequestering myself in some cave somewhere. But that's not taking yoga out into the world, is it? The Yoga Sutras remind me that maintaining peace of mind while dealing with others is a more appropriate option than the cave:

“In daily life we see people around who are happier than we are, people who are less happy. Some may be doing praiseworthy things and others causing problems. Whatever may be our usual attitude toward such people and their actions, if we can be pleased with others who are happier than ourselves, compassionate toward those who are unhappy, joyful with those doing praiseworthy things, and remain undisturbed by the errors of others, our minds will be very tranquil.”        - Yoga Sutra 1.33, Translation by TKV Desikachar


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