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Satsang Spring 2014

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April 12th
President's Letter
Greetings my fellow yogis and yoginis,

LIYA has come a long way; we celebrated our 25th anniversary on December 7th, 2013.  The original founders' legacy to create an association that brought unity for everyone, students and teachers alike, to shared the love of learning about this great gift of yoga.  Newsday was there to witness our celebration and the story will be published this Sunday, March 16, 2014.  Please do not miss the full amazing story of LIYA!

The Members Events list continues to grow, yet another key factor of our support for one another.  Thank you for sharing your gifts, wisdom and love of yoga.  Please renew your membership if you haven't yet to take advantage of this wonderful member benefit.  To our Queens yogis that come to join us regularly, thank you so very much for your support, it is deeply appreciated!

Your new board is here to help the growth of this yoga community, please let us know how we can assist you better.  We are currently working on updating our website, please share your ideas or suggestions for an improved and more efficient website. 
Contact us by email at: longislandyogaassociation@yahoo.com

Roxana C. Lucero, President
Susan Peroco, Vice-President
Jeff Logan, Treasurer
Christine Graf, Recording Secretary
Mary Angel, Director
Cathleen Fizzinoglia, Director
Ricki Grossman, Director
Therese Logan, Business Administrator

Our future workshops are as follows:
April 12, 2014    Adam Dobbs
May 3, 2014        Guzin Potente
June/July/August    Enjoy the summer!!!
September 13, 2014    Dr. Jeffrey Migdow
October 10, 11, 12, 2014    Retreat with Beryl Bender Birch
November 8, 2014    Jeff Logan
December 6, 2014    Mokshapriya Shakti and Holiday Luncheon

With much love and light,
Roxana C. Lucero
Long Island Yoga Association

Here comes the sun... 
Janine Ambroze E-RYT 500 LIYA
Emerging from the chrysalis of the long slumber of winter, we begin to embrace the coming season filled with sunkissed days, birds' songs, and the return of color to our world. Eagerly anticipating and partaking in the heart's song of spring, we unfurl our wings anxiously preparing for flight.

On our journey in yoga, we aspire from darkness to light. No better analogy and evidence of this is demonstrated than in springtime.

The exchange of winter's introspective, quiet energy for the newness and excitement of spring reminds us of our own personal awakening. Seeking beyond the veils and past the illusions of our mind, the opportunity to dive deeper and come to our truth and oneness of light (universal consciousness) reveals itself.

One Upanishads tells us, "[u]nite the light within you with the light of Brahman" as well as in the Bhagavad Gita chapter 6, where Krishna declares, "Thus joy supreme comes to the Yogi...who is one with Brahman, with God." Patanjali systemized yoga into eight distinct "limbs" in his Yoga Sutras. These eight limbs are like a staircase, leading the yogi from ignorance to enlightenment. We are directed toward this awareness in all of these great bodies of literature, spurring us on to search for this light.

Many times, more often than not, we continue to deviate and sabotage ourselves over and over on this journey, choosing the alternative string. With tireless determination, we press on toward this illumination. Stumbling and falling, picking ourselves up and brushing ourselves off and moving onward, we continue to learn during this search for light. It is always the seeker's choice to continue on this quest with each step, one foot in front of the other.

Hold fast to your discoveries and claim your birthright, for your rewards are sweet. Sow seeds in kindness through service, tend to your garden, and cultivate your body, mind, and spirit. Take in the breath of liberation. With open heart, receive the gifts that spring yields, soaking up the riches of the seasons and shine.   

A Hundred Hours 
A Poem by Cathleen Fizznoglia



When they meet in the summer of their years, they are each other's best company, sitting on the edge dangling their feet chanting gate gate para gate parasam gate bodhi svaha. 

And the goer goes beyond the beyond  beyond conceiving of a beyond, until she knows what she came here for.  

Until she doesn't need hands to feel, or lips to kiss or legs to mingle in union. Until he doesn't need eyes to see, ears to hear or a tongue to taste communion, and the doors are all open and there's nowhere to go.


A hundred hours of ecstasy
their spirits are finally free to soar,
where they can stop famine crime and war and farther still to where they cannot count the time and the light goes on forever. 


A hundred hours of ecstasy and there's nothing to gain nothing to choose nothing to cling to and nothing to lose.

A hundred hours of ecstasy and it doesn't matter if they stay or if they go only that they came .

Hail the goer !   



Dehydrator By Ricki Grossman 

In yoga class we go within. As we continue on this path of inward journey we begin to appreciate with awe, the workings of this magical instrument we call our human body. This appreciation gives us the desire to understand and care for it right down to the cellular level.


As we appreciate this cellular level within we find ourselves on a quest to fuel our cells in the best way possible. We become more attuned to the needs and response of our body.


As we inform ourselves of the needs of the body, one of the things we learn is it's need for living foods and the enzymes they contain.

When we consume enzyme rich food, our bodies vibrate with more health and vigor. This particular requirement addresses the thrust of this article which is the use of the dehydrator in preserving enzymes in food.


Why do we need enzymes?


Enzymes are the labor force of the body. They assist in breaking down food so that it can pass though the intestinal wall. Into the bloodstream and on to the cells. Unfortunately, through the use of antibiotics , processed food etc., we have lost much of the friendly flora and digestive enzymes that is naturally found in our bodies and that is necessary to process our food.


What causes initial lack of enzymes? As mentioned before the practice of eating cooked (anything over 110 degrees) and processed food has destroyed enzymes and thus our labor force, we then have to rely on our reserves. But over time these are exhausted as well. Resulting in less nutrition going to our cells. And as the saying goes "an army marches on its stomach". We begin to lose the war,and our body becomes diseased.



Why do we dehydrate food?


Cooking in temperatures higher than 115 degrees fahrenheit destroys the enzymes in food, and some vitamins and minerals as well. And so we use a dehydrator to conserve these elements.


Many snack foods that are bought in stores, even health food stores are lacking in these living enzymes vitamins and minerals as they have been heated in most cases. Some even contain bactericidal agents to preserve freshness, and this acts to diminish our friendly GI bacteria, the natural biome of our bodies.


Fresh organic food is superior to dehydration of foods. But with our busy lifestyles we need to have the convenience of foods that are dehydrated, that we can use for work and travel.



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Susie Q's Buzz Corner  
                          Woodstock, NY  - worth a day visit 

Most of us have been to Woodstock at one time or another with the intention of shopping in funky stores and eating organic fare.  Maybe (if we're lucky), we may spot a few leftover hippies hanging around since the concert of August 15-18, 1969 held at Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm in Bethel, N. Y.


A visit to Woodstock can be much more soul inspiring. Hiking a nearby mountain and visiting the local Buddhist temple


The drive from Long island to Woodstock is approximately 135 miles. Travel time varies with traffic but if the  "Gods" are with us and the traffic is light, it should take no more than 3 hours. If you can't get away for a weekend, a round trip in one day is doable.


Overlook Mountain is located in Woodstock. I have hiked it several times and enjoyed every step of the journey. The hike is about a 5-mile loop and the elevation is 1400 feet. About two miles in to the climb is an abandoned hotel. The hotel is open to explore. The exterior walls remain as does a few remaining interior walls. At the top of the mountain is a sixty feet high observation tower, which is free to climb and admire the magnificent views of the Hudson Valley. Bring your CAMERA!!!!!  Great shots are to be had at the hotel, tower and on the walking paths. The approximate time of this hike is about 2.5 hours


The Tibetan Buddhist Monastery is located just at the foot of Overlook Mountain. Its formal name is "Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Tibetan Monastery. It is a beautiful and colorful temple.   The shrine is peaceful and serene. They do give free tours and after the tour has been completed, they offer meditation. On my last visit there, the tour time was on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00.  Do check their website for updated times and special events, Karma Triyana Dharmachakra -- The Monastery -- Visiting and Staying at KTD


Now you are ready to drive into town, enjoy a well-earned meal, maybe some cool shopping and then its time to hit the road. You may not have the tied dyed shirt that you were intending to buy or the mood ring you thought you really needed, but you will have something so much better. Etched deep in your mind and heart, it's the lustrous Hudson Valley Mountain region and a Buddhist Temple reminding us of our spiritual beliefs.


Susie Q



ASANA COLUMN by Jeff Logan 

(Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose)

Stand in Tadasana with the feet together and the chest lifted.

Remaining steady on the left leg and bend the right leg slightly to the side and raise it so you are able to grip the right big toe between the thumb and first two fingers of the right hand. (the thumb should wrap from the outside of the base of the toe and the first two fingers from the inside of the base of the toe. The thumb should overlap the fingers to form a secure hold if this is done correctly.)
Place the left hand on the left hip, stand erect and balance for a few breaths with the right leg still bent but well lifted.

As you exhale, stretch the right leg forward and pull up on the big toe until the leg is fully extended in front of you. Be mindful not to lift the left hip with the leg. Now, keeping the toe grip, retract the right upper arm deep into its socket so the shoulders become square again.. 

Hold the pose for 20 seconds or so, exhale and release the toe grip. Lower the right leg to the floor and return to Tadasana.

If you are unable to extend the raised leg fully, use a short strap wrapped around the foot and hold that instead of the big toe.

This asana develops balance and poise so one then becomes able to see all aspects of life evenly.

2014 Membership Drive

Please continue to support LIYA with your 2014 membership.  Click here to join online.  Click here for a membership form

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 Spotlight of Yoga Studios
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 Members-only Holiday Luncheon at December workshop