My friend Alexandra has recently started a great blog called I Love Yogis. I Love Yogis is a site dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the global community of yoga teachers. The founding intention of the I Love Yogis project is to glorify all the hard-working, big-hearted teachers in the world who have the best interests of others at the center of their life’s work. While not everyone’s dharma is to act as a yoga teacher, we can all certainly cultivate yogic qualities and appreciate those who live their lives in service of those qualities. The belief is that the more we converse around these traits and the people who embody them, the better to aid the shift in global consciousness and keep the snowball of love rolling.
I am honored that she asked me to participate in this project. As each new interview unfolds, I am constantly awed by the different answers and perspectives, and all of the ways we find our Selves in the practice of yoga. If you are interested in reading my interview, I thank you for taking the time to if you choose and welcome your comments, as always.
As a NYC based yoga teacher and massage therapist, there are times when I feel lit up and on fire with my work and my place in the world… there are also other times that I don’t feel that way so much. It all comes back to the very basic principles of self acceptance, I believe. (So easy, right?) More like YEAH RIGHT… In my opinion, self acceptance and accepting where we are and when we are where we are, are some of the very basic but extremely hard tasks to take on.
How can we continue to find our passions in life? As some days do tend to feel more inspiring than others, what do you do on the days where you’re left feeling uninspired? Do you have places you can go or people you can see or even blogs to read if you’re needing a little bit more UUMPH?
I’ve come to realize over time, that sometimes it feels like a seasonal thing… while other times it might feel more personal based on what’s happening in life specifically during a given time, or maybe it might even feel hormonal… With all of the above being said, it’s hard to switch a feeling off when it comes around, whatever that feeling may be.
I have worked endlessly to try to understand how to avoid these feelings, but they are natural. It’s important that we have tools to access in our toolbox so that when emotions surface, we can learn to rise above or take ourselves out of whatever we’re feeling. After all, E-motions are just that – they are feelings that run through us. They don’t stay, and they are never the same from one minute to the next. That’s sort of the beauty of it all.
A few things I like to do when I’m feeling uninspired or like a need an extra jolt of something…
1. Search for new music – creating the perfect playlist for a class really gives me great pleasure. Music in general lifts me up when I am feeling down… so I put on a good song, play it loud enough to cover up the thoughts in my own mind and see how that works.
2. Read an inspiring quote or passage from a spiritual text or book I know will have the words I need.
3. Talk to a good friend about what’s going on. Sometimes just a listening ear, and to feel heard is enough to let whatever is passing through move on.
4. Listen to my body and my mood. I try not to force myself to change or do anything at all. I remind myself that this, too, shall pass and not to be too hard on myself.
We all do the best that we can on a daily basis. Trust that you are doing your best and don’t be so hard on yourself. It’s in the quieter, lighter moments in life that we can look back on the darker moments and remind ourselves that it’s no so bad.
“It will all be ok in the end. If it’s not ok, it’s not the end.”
I am thrilled to be sending my very first newsletter out to you all… and I wanted to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude for your continued support and friendship. Each and everyone one of you has enhanced my life, and has helped me grow on both professional and personal levels. For that, I thank you.
As we approach the holidays and think about the special people in our lives, it’s the perfect time to treat those that you love (or yourself!) to a gift of health and wellness. It is true, these are the gifts that truly keep on giving.
UNWIND AND DE-STRESS WITH THAI MASSAGE
As most of you might know, Ryan and I got married in October and traveled to Thailand on our honeymoon. We had an inspiring adventure filled with culture, vibrancy and humility. Many locals greeted us with a respectful bow and hello, which brought into my mind the idea of acceptance. It’s these small reminders that help us carry forward our gratitude for the past year, as well as for the year ahead and within our own hearts on a daily basis.
Along with the delicious Thai food, we also experienced some incredible Thai massages during our stay. This helped reinvigorate my interest in offering Thai massage to my clients. At the beginning of 2011, I completed a traditional Thai massage course through the Swedish Institute. Since completing this course, I have not focused on incorporating these new skills into my practice as much as I would have liked. Because of this, I need YOUR help in gaining more experience and will be offering a super special rate of $60 for an 80 minute traditional Thai massage! This special is available from now through the end of January. All pre-purchases or gift certificates can be redeemed for up to 6 months if purchased within the sale time.
80min Thai massage: $60 ($150 value!)
Two 80min Thai massages: $110 ($300 value!)
Traditional Thai massage combines elements of yoga, shiatsu and acupressure, working with the energy pathways of the body and the therapeutic points that are located along these lines. It is performed fully clothed, on a mat, on the floor.
TREAT YOURSELF AND YOUR FRIENDS TO A BLISSFUL MASSAGE OR YOGA SESSION THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
In an effort to encourage you to share yoga and massage with your friends (or start fresh yourself for the new year), I’m offering another holiday discount from now until the end of January for massage and private yoga sessions. All pre-purchases or gift certificates can be redeemed for up to 6 months if purchased within the sale time.
60min deep tissue massage: $75 ($100 value)
90min deep tissue massage: $100 ($150 value)
60min private yoga session: $80 ($110 value)
*Yoga and massage packages are also subject to an additional 10% off and if you are interested in purchasing a package deal; please email me for more information!
Additionally, I am thrilled to “announce” that I’ll be assuming a new last name and will soon be known only as Mika Oakes. It’s in the works as of now (what a process!) and I will slowly begin to merge all of my contacts and existing files. So, if “Mika Oakes” pops up in your inbox, don’t be alarmed… I’m still the same person.
Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season filled with love, joy, laughter and most importantly… healthy well-being!
Hope you are all doing well! I wanted to share some exciting news…
I will be part of a week long retreat in Ocho Rios, Jamaica this coming May!!!
Being healthy is more than just a visit to the gym or eating well. It is also about investing in your emotional and spiritual health. Picture yourself waking up with the sun, having breakfast by the water and stretching your limbs with a yoga or boot-camp class. Enjoy all day exercise and activities, see the sights or simply lay in the sun. It’s up to you!
Recharge your batteries at the beautiful Scotch on the Rocks villa on the shores of Ocho Rios, Jamaica, a location known for its breathtaking beauty and relaxing charm.
If you are interested, you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The early bird price is $1150 if you register by February 25th.
Regular price after 2/25 is $1250
$300 due upon booking and the remainder due by 3/25.
Price includes: Accommodations for 6 nights/7 days, 3 meals per day, transportation to and from the airport, and daily exercise classes and activities.
Sounds pretty good, right? There are thirteen spots available… if you are anyone you think might be interested in this awesome deal, please forward on, or email the above address for more info! Of course you can always email me for more info too! The flyer for this retreat is attached to this email as well. Check it out!
I’ve never really given pregnancy and childbirth a second thought in my life up until recently. With age, comes the natural evolution of growing up and creating families of our own. I see it with my friends, some of whom have children – one, if not two already. I do believe that there is a certain time in our lives when our bodies physically become more ready for childbearing. I believe the shift if subtle, and while our maternal instinct is kicking in, our desire to have children, be a mother and create another becomes more apparent. Maybe this isn’t for everyone, but I do feel it within myself, and those who I have talked about it with seem to agree.
Last week, I had the pleasure of taking a prenatal certification for massage with Linda Hickey and associates, of Carole Osborne’s Prenatal & Perinatal Massage Training I’ve always been fascinated with the concept of childbirth, but after learning all about the actual process of being pregnant, I feel I have a much greater understanding of what it feels like for a woman, having never given birth myself. A woman, with child, is a different kind of woman. They are no longer living for themselves when they are growing a baby. It’s an odd concept, because once you actually do give birth and become a mother, then you are no longer living for yourself anyway – but I think it’s different when there is another being inside you. After learning more about the process, being along side mothers-to-be is a great honor, and both massage and yoga can be truly beneficial during the process.
Benefits of prenatal massage and yoga:
*Reduces stress levels
*Eases back and foot pain caused by changes in posture
*Reduces swelling of feet and ankles
*Improves skin elasticity, reducing stretch marks
*Relaxes and soothes baby
*Reduces pelvic pain
** Plus MUCH, much more.
I am now a prenatal massage specialist, and I feel proud to have this certification under my belt. I also just want to give great thanks to my own mother who birthed me and has been an amazing mother since day one. Love you Mom!
Please note that I now have a space for massage in the Union Square area on East 11th Street, in addition to my other two locations.
For those of you that live downtown or closer to that area, let me know and we can set up an appointment. I will be sending out a newsletter as well with this update, but just thought if you were checking.. you’d be able to see it first.
Thank you all for visiting my site, and welcome. I am overwhelmed with excitement to get this ball rolling. Not only is a website a good way to legitimize a business and clarify a purpose or intention — it’s also a good way to communicate with my clients and keep people on top of the progress I’m making as a practitioner of healing arts.
I will try to update as regularly as possible — sharing experiences, suggestions, and ideas. I am open to your ideas as well, so please feel free to write me, comment, and share with us all.