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President's Letter

Happy summer yogis,    

It's so wonderful to see the monthly events email blast growing tremendously as LIYA continues to get more and more inquires.  How lucky are we to support and uplift one another?  Thank you everyone for your assistance in fulfilling LIYA's mission to connect the Long Island yoga community. 


Our Wellness fair was a big success in bringing the yoga community together as well as the holistic community.  The beautiful energy shared by the providers and the participants was truly amazing. 


This is LIYA's 25th anniversary and to celebrate it we have invited WAH for a special kirtan concert on Saturday October 26th. Save the date, more information to follow. Please join us to celebrate unity in the Long Island yoga community.  

Our future workshops are as follows:

September 7th- Karen Dubi
October 12th- Narayani
November 9th- Theresa Shay
December 7th- Tao Porchon-Lynch & Holiday luncheon 

Please continue to provide us with feedback on your thoughts or ideas, email us at longislandyogaassociation@yahoo.com .

Roxana Lucero, President
Long Island Yoga Association
Article from Marianne Mitsinikos, LIYA's President Emeritus

I have been asked to write an article for the Satsang to acknowledge the 25th anniversary of the Long Island Yoga Association.


When the Association was founded in 1988, the thought of longevity never occurred.  Here we are, twenty five years later, alive and well, still providing a far reaching network for yogis on Long Island.


The early beginnings of LIYA are recorded in the history which is posted on the website, so there is no need to reiterate.


The yoga world has undergone enormous growth and change since l988.  LIYA has changed and grown as well, always providing quality workshops and retreats, presenting local as well as national and international teachers, each with his or her own unique style and content.  What an amazing accomplishment!  We are indebted and grateful to all members, past and present, who have supported LIYA for the past twenty five years.


In preparing to write this article, I reviewed my many LIYA memorabilia, including photographs of workshop participants and teachers, and retreats at St. Francis Center in Oyster Bay, reminders of impermanence and change.  One thing that has not changed though is the mission of LIYA to provide a venue to create more wonderful yoga experiences and memories.


One such opportunity will present itself in October, when LIYA will host an evening of Kirtan featuring the well known performer WAH!  How exciting!  If you are new to chanting, this would be the time to experience the elevation of your spirit.  An opportunity not to be missed.


Sincerest congratulations to every member who has supported the Long Island Yoga Association.  We reached out into the yoga community and you reached back and the yoga connection was made.  Twenty five years later, that connection is still strong.


We are blessed.


Namaste, Peace and Love,


Marianne Mitsinikos  


Sole to Soul
by Janine Ambroze E-RTY-500


Plantar Fasciitis:
is an inflammation of the plantar fascia. Often called "Heel Spurs"The plantar fascia is a strong band of connective tissue which connects the heal bone to the base of the toes.

Plantar fascia assists the ligaments and the muscles in maintaining the arches at the sole of the foot. People with a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis feel stiffness or pain on the sole of the foot.

This condition is due to imbalances in the pelvis, lower leg and foot muscles, i.e. flat feet and/or extremely high arches or tight Achilles tendon. Other possible contributing factors are obesity, sudden weight gain, use of poor arch supporting shoes to name a few.


 One of the most common causes of these muscle imbalances is poor posture and/ or improper ergonomics

Lack of water can also be a factor in plantar fasciitis. Muscles that do not get enough water ache more.


Suggested Yogasanas for Plantar fasciitis: 

  • Tadasana Mountain pose
  • Adho Mukha Savnasana   Downward facing dog- (Also peddling feet-pelvis stays neutral make sure to work heel down as much as possible use a rolled mat or wedge to land heels soft knees. Otherwise you can end up tightening the ligament even more!)
  • Dandasana Flexed toes the entire time
  • Baddha Konasana   bound angle pose
  • Supine Ardha Padmasana Half lotus variation
  • Virabhadrasana I (alternative: Modified wedge under toe or heel) Warrior I
  • Pawanmuktasana -Wind relieving pose
  • Parsvottanasana Intense side stretch -use wedge under the ball of front foot
  • Malasana -Garland pose
  • Viparita Karani-Legs up the wall (removing pressure-
  • All inversions that involve having your feet in the air)

These poses are energizing enhance circulation and energy flow.

Suggested asanas are encouraged to incorporate within a practice depending on availability.

*Patience is the mantra when dealing with plantar fasciitis. It can take a few months to a few years to resolve.

Other alternative measures:

  • Ice, resting, stretching the Achilles tendon and feet, message sole, calf and top of foot, Epson salt foot bath
  • Double up your mat for cushion when practicing
  • Use a wedge under the ball of the front foot or heel of the back to minimize the stretch.
  • Avoid particular poses that aggravate the foot-i.e. jump backs

It is best to be diagnosed first by a physician with this condition. The use of shoes with good arch support maybe recommended and not wearing flip-flops which will aggravate this condition.

Healthy happy feet-Health happy body

Listen to the body's the wisdom and the guidance of a RYT~ Namaste  


Want to Know How to Improve Your Health While Enjoying Summer Fun?
by Theresa Venezia 

Can you believe it's ALREADY summer?

Do you ever find yourself confused by all of the conflicting information and special reports about how to keep yourself and your family happy and healthy during the summer? If so, you are not alone. Today, I am sharing my five sure-fire tips for an enjoyable summer. 


1. Drink Water.
Plenty of it. Staying hydrated has many positive effects on the body, including (but not limited to):

* Improved body temperature regulation

* Better digestion

* Increased energy

* Look younger--hydrated skin has more elasticity

* Muscles and joints work better when lubricated


If you find that you are not going to meet your goal for water intake on a certain day, you can eat more foods that contain a high percentage of water like:

* lettuce

* celery

* watermelon

* cantaloupe

* grapefruit

* strawberries   

One word of caution, according to Ayrveda, watermelon should be eaten early in the day. If eaten later in the day, you will not have time to release the excess water before bedtime and  you will have to get up several times overnight OR you will have dreams about water and flooding. 


2. Avoid Ice.

Drinking cold beverages (or eating ice cold foods) affects your ability to digest by putting out your "digestive fire element." Once in a while is fine, but your best bet for the summer is room temperature. If you have poor digestion, ive this a try!


3. Eat Foods With Natural Sunscreen Properties.

  Increasing your intake of these foods (like cucumbers and carrots) can actually provide protection from UV rays from INSIDE your body!     

4. Eat Locally.

Eat foods that our growing in your area during any given season. Mother nature naturally produces what is best for our bodies at any time of year, so pay attention! If you are not sure what is growing in your area now, Google can help. Just look for a farm within 150 miles of your house and see what they are offering.  


5. Schedule FUN!
How many summers have come and gone while you were sitting indoors at a desk or otherwise pre-occupied, only to leave you wondering where summer went when Labor Day Weekend arrives? This summer, schedule blocks of time where you get out and do something you enjoy. TRUST ME, you will be a lot more productive when you get back to the office having had a play break!

Remember, health and nutrition is not just about what you are eating. It's also about making time for those things that make you happy and give you a sense of pleasure and fulfillment. The more whole you are, the more healthy you will be.  


Theresa Venezia is the Founder and Owner of Healthy Vibrant You, a Spiritually-Based Health Coaching Practice. She works with individuals and groups to empower people to take their  health healing into their own hands through holistic means. Her website is HealthyVibrantYou.com
Mention LIYA and receive a free Action Guide containing even more tips for improving your health this summer!



ASANA COLUMN by Jeff Logan 

KARNAPIDASANA (Ear Pressure Pose)


This special inverted asana brings fresh oxygenated blood to the brain and thyroid region, develops the abdominal muscles, and brings a sense of inward focus to one's consciousness. Karnapidasana got its name because the knees are to grip the ears and thereby cause a form of sensory withdrawal.


This asana is a continuation of Halasana (Plow Pose) which should be mastered first.


To go into Karnapidasana from Halasana, slightly bend your legs as you continue to strongly lift the pubis up away from the sternum so the front chest doesn't collapse. The throat should remain free. Go on bending the legs until the knees, shins and feet come to rest on the floor with the inner knees by the ears. Breathing will be somewhat labored and one must face this with equanimity. Hold the pose for 20 to 30 seconds and then return to Halasana before rolling down to a supine position.


Enjoy the quiet !