Help Send Me to Jivamukti’s Yoga Teacher Training!

For those of you who know me, you know I eat, sleep, dream and live Jivamukti Yoga, and have been talking about going to their teacher training for the last 2 years (I am not kidding about this – I work in the Jiva cafe 5 days a week, so I eat their food pretty often, I practice there every day, and have taken a nap there once or twice)…

…For those of you who do not know me, here is a little snippet. Yoga found me about 4 1/2 years ago, and changed my world. More importantly, Jivamukti Yoga changed my world. It changed the way I live, the way I treat people and animals, the way I eat, the way I treat our Mother Earth, my outlook on life…it made me a more mature, responsible, happy person. And I want to share that joy with the world!


In addition to wanting to become a Jivamukti yoga teacher, after 7 years working in the corporate world, I went back to school to become school counselor and completed my Masters in School Counseling at NYU. While interning at a high school in Manhattan a few years ago, I found myself teaching yoga as a gym alternative, which has led to my current dream of combining yoga and my school counseling background and bringing it to schools, focusing mostly on low-income youth.


Ok, so the point of me telling you all this: The Jivamukti Teacher Training is a 1-month intensive that takes place at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY.  It is considered the “Harvard” of yoga teacher trainings, and I have been working towards it for the last few years. This is not just some “thing” that I want to do. I have already learned how to read and write sanskrit, I’ve written papers and dharma talks, learned some adjustments, learned anatomy – this is the real deal. The only problem is the training is kind of expensive. The kind of expensive that is hard to obtain without help.


So, there are two ways you can help…


1. Attend the fundraising event being held in my honor at Jivamukti Yoga School on Sunday, January 27th, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Yes this is 2 months away, but I know you all have extremely busy social lives, so save the date!) The fun-filled evening will include a 2-hour yoga class taught by Tamar Samir and Jeffrey Villanueva, live music by Matt Lombardo and Christian Montegut (also amazing Jiva teachers who have amazing magical musical powers!), a raffle with great prizes, yummy food and more!


2. Go to my GoFundMe page and make a donation.


What your donation will go towards:

  •  tuition

  • room & board

  • travel

  • books & materials

  • apprenticeship with an Advanced Certified Teacher after I complete the training

  • keeping my apartment afloat while I am away


What is GoFundMe?

Launched on May 10, 2010, GoFundMe is a do-it-yourself online fundraising service that has helped thousands of people raise millions of dollars in online donations for the fundraising ideas that matter to them most. GoFundMe allows regular people to accomplish extraordinary things with easy-to-use personal donation websites. From exciting life events like weddings & graduations to challenging circumstances like accidents & illnesses, the GoFundMe fundraising software remains one of the best ways to raise money online.


About Jivamukti Yoga:

The Jivamukti Yoga practice incorporates the physical, psychological, spiritual, and mystical aspects of yoga into modern life, without losing sight of the universal goal of the practice: liberation. Because of Jivamukti Yoga’s focus on a non-dualistic view of life (the interconnectedness of all), the practice awakens in the practitioner not only the need to protect the environment and all the animals and plants, but provides the practitioner with the skills to confidently achieve those goals for oneself as well as teach others how to live in harmony with the planet.
Categories: Fundraising, Rockaway, Yoga | Leave a comment

Since When Do Hurricanes and Blizzards Occur Only One Week Apart?

We now live in a world where a tropical hurricane and a huge snow storm can occur in New York only one week apart. We must have made mother nature really angry…

Hurricane Sandy affected over 24 states, as well as Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. In the NY Tri-State area specifically, it was the worse we have seen in over 100 years, and the 2nd costliest after Hurricane Katrina. Two cities very near and dear to my heart, Rockaway, Queens, and Long Beach, Long Island, were absolutely devastated. And although most people in Manhattan have gotten their power and heat back, there are multitudes of people who, during this crazy snowstorm, are without.

And in Brooklyn, where I currently live, every tree is still fully leaved (also due to the unnaturally warm year we have had), and the heavy snow will without a doubt cause some to fall over – they are already starting to look a bit precarious…










I grew up in the Belle Harbor neighborhood of Rockaway, Queens, one house away from the beach. One of my favorite games to play with my friends growing up was “taking a short cut” to the beach, which involved climbing sheds, hopping fences, and crawling under the shrubbery of the neighboring houses to get there, while yielding swords made out of branches to fight off our beach jungle enemies. My friends and I found this quite fun. My neighbors…not so much.

Those sheds, fences, the boardwalk and the beach wall, let alone the houses, do not exist anymore. Any house that was along the beach wall was completely destroyed, and almost every house in the neighborhood was flooded, including my own family’s. Over 100 homes in Breezy Point and Belle Harbor were burnt to the ground, with maybe, just maybe, the chimney left standing.










When I was 10 years old, I moved to Long Island. My family continued to go to the beach in Rockaway during the summer, but as a bratty teenager who was too cool to hang out with my parents, I was with my friends in Long Beach, where I continued to have beach adventures of a different kind. And now, as an adult, many of my friends from high school currently live there…or did until Hurricane Sandy tore the neighborhood apart.





So what do we do now? How do we stop Mother Nature from having her nasty mood swings? We might have already done too much damage, but one way to reduce our impact on the environment is to eat a plant-based diet. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, our meat and dairy industry have more negative impact on our environment than any other. Even eating a plant-based diet just one day a week, or maybe just one meal a day, will make a difference. At Jivamukti Yoga School, where I work and practice, we have a focus of the month, and this month’s focus is about Aparigraha and Veganism.

aparigraha sthairye janma kathantā sambodhaḥ
अपरिग्रहस्थैर्ये जन्मकथन्तासम्बोधः (PYS II.39)
When one becomes selfless and ceases to take more than one needs, one obtains knowledge of why one was born. Aparigraha essentially means greedlessness, or non-hoarding. Do you really need to eat meat/dairy 3 meals a day, 7 days a week?

More importantly, right now, please do not forget the people from Rockaway, Long Beach and all of the others who were affected by Hurricane Sandy, who still have a long way to go before their lives are back to normal, if there will ever be a normal again. There are many ways to help, and I have provided some resources below. Hope you are all safe and warm. ❤

Categories: Hurricane, Long Beach, Rockaway, snow, Snow Storm, Vegan, Weather, Yoga | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blog at