Why I Practice and Why Dhyana Yoga Arts Trainings are Unique ~ by Tami Rogan

I practice yoga to become more connected to my true self....to learn and experience life more fully and completely...to become more present physically, emotionally and spiritually...to give myself time and space to listen, to feel, to cry, to laugh, to play, to have fun, to JUST BE...

Everyday is different, some days are better than others - and to me thats one of the beautiful things about yoga.  It has taught me, and continues to teach me,  to embrace all of it...( especially the messy part) to be "all in" fully and completely...and to be ok with whatever happens as long as I know I have tried my best.

Check out this video on why Tami feels Dhyana Yoga Arts & DYA trainings are unique and one translation we share in YTT of the togetherness mantra.

Journey to Strength & Transformation | Megan Brown Testimonial

My first class at Dhyana Yoga Arts was April 14, 2018. By the end of May, I was transformed. Transformed or transformative may get used casually these days, but I don’t mean it lightly. When I first came to the studio, I was in a depleted state following of a four-month transition to relocate our family across the country, including an extended period with myself and the children apart from my husband. I was also nine-month post-partum, after the birth of our third child. I was not feeling strong. I was drained emotionally, I was in poorer physical shape than usual, and my back ached.

I was also nine-month post-partum, after the birth of our third child. I was not feeling strong. I was drained emotionally, I was in poorer physical shape than usual, and my back ached.

I started coming four times a week for six weeks or so. By the end of that time I was in a totally different state. I was happier, I was calmer, and I had some serious bicep muscles!

I started coming four times a week for six weeks or so. By the end of that time I was in a totally different state. I was happier, I was calmer, and I had some serious bicep muscles! I felt that I had found my home in this new place where we are living. We have moved a lot and each time I have my short list of “entry points” that may help me feel at home and find some sense of community. Of course, what works is different each time, but the short list includes a place to practice yoga. And this time I really feel I struck gold.

One of the first things I noticed, which gave me a sense of the warmth of the studio and the people here, was how the teachers greet the students by name. Even the very second time I came, the teacher said, “Hello, Megan,” to me as I came in for class. I had practiced in a studio before but over the past several years my practice had mostly been home-based, supplemented with some gym-setting classes. So this warm personal touch something different and very welcome.

As I have continued a longer practice at Dhyana Yoga Arts, what’s impressed me most is the perceptiveness, generosity and zest of the teachers. There’s a depth of knowledge from the teachers and also from many of the students with whom you are practicing side-by-side. The teachers are engaged, creative. The students are connected, curious. I also think there’s a challenge, an opportunity, offered to really deepen the practice – both the physical asana practice and the other branches of yoga. I began practicing yoga almost 20 years ago, with ups and downs over the years: periods of consistent practice and periods when I didn’t practice at all. But I always knew that it was good for me: that I felt better physically and mentally when I practiced regularly. My experience being here since last April has strongly underlined that. For the first time I’ve had many months working with a team of excellent teachers, coming several times a week and with the support to go further in my practice than I ever have before.  For example, I had done inversions and knew Crow Pose, but had never received instruction or attempted any of the more advanced arm balances, nor worked so consistently on inversions.

In addition, there’s a wholeness to the practice offered here that I have found unique. Although the main focus is the asanas, the other elements of yoga are incorporated into every class through breathing techniques, music, meditation, and philosophical tidbits. They are integrated in a way that really connects them to modern life in the United States. It’s not uncommon at the end of class to observe students approaching the teacher to ask, “what’s that song you played” or “who was the author you quoted,” or even “could I snap of photo of the reading you did?” That’s because what’s being shared, beyond their coaching of our physical practice, are relevant ideas and wisdom about whole-heartedly living life “in the moment”.

I want to say a deeply heartfelt thank you to Deanna and the family of people that she’s brought together at Dhyana Yoga Arts for creating such a stimulating, supportive and healthful space. Namaste.

by Megan Brown




On Metta, Herniation, and Yoga for Back Care | Danielle Finkelstein Testimonial

On Metta, Herniation, and Yoga for Back Care | Danielle Finkelstein Testimonial

I've realized that in order to keep my loved ones happy and healthy, there needs to be more focus on my health and happiness. Approximately seven years ago, I slipped while walking down a flight of stairs, landed on my back which caused a lumbar herniation.  For years, I struggled with chronic pain, which prevented me from living a normal, pain free life.

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5k for TWLOHA with Meghan

5k for TWLOHA with Meghan

I am organizing a 5k run/walk for non-profit organization, To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) to be held on April 14th. To Write Love On Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.  TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.  Through our One Love Flows program, supporting a different non-profit every month, February proceeds went to this organization.

Inspired by ahimsa, the yogic principle of non-violence, my mission is to bring people together for a common cause and to foster non-violence in words and actions in the ways we interact with ourselves and others.  I have experienced this at Dhyana Yoga Arts— the first time I met Deanna I knew…

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Today Lived Well & Back Care for Herniation | Raisa Tiedemann Testimonial

Today Lived Well & Back Care for Herniation | Raisa Tiedemann Testimonial

I’ve had lower back pain for about 8 years now, which became worse after having my daughter. 

It wasn’t until learning from Deanna Sidoti, Backcare Specialist, that I found I needed to have a good foundation to know how to REALLY take care of my back.  In the past, I endured years of physical therapy, daily chiropractic trips, and even two injections to try to relieve the herniation pain.  After the pain started to come back after the last injection, I knew it was only a matter of time that the pain before the pain would be just as bad as before.  I knew I had to find something that actually works… After the first couple of weeks of daily practice and working with Deanna twice a week in back-care only classes, I was able to stay in a seated position for 30 minutes without being in pain …

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The Power of Practice & Yoga for Scoliosis | Autumn Onderko Testimonial

The Power of Practice & Yoga for Scoliosis | Autumn Onderko Testimonial

What better way to celebrate my first anniversary at Dhyana Yoga Arts, than to share my experience with scoliosis. 

I was diagnosed (such a scary word) when I was eight years old with two curves, a left lumbar and a right thoracic (both at a degree in the high teens, low twenties). It wasn’t until my teens that it progressed enough to place me into a nighttime bending brace. As if my teenage years weren’t awkward or difficult enough, I was now spending my nights in a very large, uncomfortable and unwanted back brace.  I remember feeling embarrassed, miserable and alone; there were many nights that I even cried myself to sleep.

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Bhakti Yoga in Chester, New Jersey!

Bhakti Yoga in Chester, New Jersey!

Bhakti Yoga: Tales and Teachings from the Bhagavata Purana with Dr Edwin Bryant

Chester, Long Valley, Morristown, Bedminster, Califon , Flanders & all local friends!  This workshop is not to be missed.  Dr. Bryant teaches throughout the country and it is an honor to have him teach here.  You'll leave feeling inspired, refreshed and with a deeper understanding of Yoga Philosophy.

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Chakra & Singing Bowl Workshop with Dana Cilento Murphy & Jarna Parikh

Dana will be your guide in her signature exploration of the seven main energy centers... She will lead you to connect with, then clear, each of the chakras assisted throughout by the mystical power of Jarna's singing bowls.  We will close with a long, luxurious savasana.  Our special evening will leave you centered, whole and renewed.

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20 in 30 Day Challenge!

20 in 30 Day Challenge!

20 IN 30 Day CHALLENGE!

Dhyana Yoga Arts invites you to ignite some FIRE into your Yoga practice!  Starts November 1st.

This Challenge is for all levels and is an invitation to ignite some fire and discipline into your Yoga.  Consistent practice cultivates strength, balance and peace of mind.  Commit to yourself and experience the transformational power of your devoted efforts!  

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Our New Home for Yoga in Chester, NJ, opening this April! And Professor Edwin Bryant teaching the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali!

It's official! Our new Yoga home is scheduled to open early April in Chester, NJ!!! Thank you to all of our devoted students, family, and friends - this is happening because of all the big and small ways you've shown up, supported, and offered your great efforts and requests for more classes and advanced learning. We will have a full schedule of classes and will be updating the website soon. Painting is almost done and the rope wall building starts this weekend! 

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Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga

Why Restorative Yoga?

There are countless studies referring to the rising numbers of people who suffer from issues related to stress. In modern everyday life, many of us tend to be bombarded by stimuli and operating in a state of “fight-or-flight,” aka stress-response. This response is part of the autonomic nervous system and helps us in certain situations such as recognizing danger, giving us strength in emergency circumstances, and getting tasks done. It is common to be living in a state of stress-overload and for this response to be overactive. It can affect overall health, including heart rate, blood pressure, reproduction, sexual function, job and athletic performance, digestion, elimination, energy level, and sense of self.

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August ~ New Schedule, Classes, and Specials!

SCHEDULE CHANGES:

NEW CLASS Mondays 11am!  ~ YOGA FOR BACKCARE & STRENGTH - For all types of back issues, pain, and postural issues, including disc herniation, scoliosis, sciatica, spondilolysthesis, degenerative discs, etc. Focus on basic yoga postures and movements that help relieve back pain and strengthen the core, back, and other areas. Appropriate for students new to Yoga and for students who prefer a slow mindful practice.  Both Beginner and Advanced students will deepen their understanding of alignment principles, learn how to lengthen the spine, and safely strengthen the core, back, and other areas.  ALL LEVELS. 

Monday's 6pm will continue as before, DHYANA FLOW with some fun new adventurousness!  ALL LEVELS.

Friday's 10:45am class is now:  DHYANA FLOW 2 - Weave alignment, pranayama, and some of the more advanced poses into a challenging Vinyasa and a sweet cool-down.  INTERMEDIATE.

Saturday's 8:15am class is now:  DHYANA STRONG - Focus on building strength in body and mind.  Strengthening for the back and core, heat-building with vigorous meditative Vinyasa, and deeply transformative.  ALL LEVELS. 

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NEW Intro Special!   Sign up for our Intro Special $39* 30 Days of Unlimited Yoga ~ Offer expires soon.  Valid for new students only.  Share the yoga love - pass this special along or bring a new friend!

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New Special for Students in School  ~ $108 for Unlimited Month of Yoga.  Purchase at the studio now through August, current student ID required.

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Private Yoga Special ends August 31st!  See below for details.

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with Love & Gratitude,

Deanna

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Private Yoga Special

Do you want to deepen your Yoga practice?  Learn how to explore an advanced pose?  New to Yoga and want to build a foundation before joining group classes?

A private session is wonderful for students seeking personal attention in their practice that may not be possible in a group class.  Private sessions focus on the student's individual needs, the finer points in alignment and pranayama, and how to adapt the practice to your unique flexibility, body/mind type, and level of experience.

Deanna teaches students working with all types of challenges to work in a way that builds strength and focus with ease and safety.  

Many students come with special needs and injuries, including Backcare issues such as disc herniation, scoliosis, spondilolysthesis, spinal fusions, etc.

3 Fun Options to Deepen Your Practice through Private Sessions:

1- 25% off Discount on your First Private Session or Package in your home.

2- 25% off Semi-Private Sessions in your home, where you can share your session with another student to make it more affordable and fun.

3- Schedule a Private or Semi-Private Session Sundays after 3pm at our studio.  For available studio slots, see online schedule.  (this option is $108 for Individual Private or Semi-Private for $54 each).

*Discount offer expires, purchase by August 31st, 2015- package expires 6 months from purchase date.  For sessions in your home, send a message for rates and availability.  (For students who purchase a 10-class package at this discount, it works out to be $81 per session for one or two people).

  

July

Restorative Yoga Workshop ~ Sunday, July 12th 5-7pm

Relax and Restore!  This is a gentle practice that welcomes both beginners and advanced students to slip into a state of deep relaxation.  Calm the mind and cultivate trust, compassion, and self-care as you deepen your inherent healing and replenishing powers. 

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Private Yoga

A private session is wonderful for students seeking personal attention in their practice that may not be possible in a group class.  Private sessions focus on the student's individual needs, the finer points in alignment and pranayama, and how to adapt the practice to your unique flexibility, body/mind type, and level of experience.  Deanna teaches students working with all types of challenges to work in a way that builds strength and focus with ease and safety.  Many students come with special needs and injuries, including Backcare issues such as herniation, spinal degeneration, spondilolysthesis, spinal fusions, and scoliosis.  

*3 Fun Options to Deepen Your Practice through Private Sessions:

1- 25% off Discount on your First Private Session or Package in your home.

2- 25% off Semi-Private Sessions, where you can share your session with another student to make it more affordable and fun.

3- Schedule a Private or Semi-Private Session on July 16th or 17th, or any Sunday after 3pm at our studio.  For available studio slots, see online schedule.  (this option is $108 for Individual Private or Semi-Private for $54 each).

*These Specials run now through August 2015.  For sessions in your home, send a message for rates and availability.

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FreeYourYoga Vinyasa ~ By Donation ~ Thursday July 16th, 5:30-7pm

Experience the freedom of a slow and steady vinyasa flow.  Emphasis on pranayama to expand the breath and deepen awareness in your practice. This is a by-donation class- bring a friend and pay what you like!  This class will be photographed by IKandi Images Photography. 

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Challenge & Chillax ~ Build Strength & Relaxation ~ Sunday July 19th, 5-7pm

A Strengthening and Restorative Yoga Combo.  This class focuses on building strength and flexibility as well as building the ability to consciously relax and release tension. Early-bird $20, before July 17th.  Regular Rate $25.There are a limited number of spots for this class - advanced registration recommended.  Register here.

photo by ikandi images

photo by ikandi images

 

Fathers Guest Pass, Ayurveda, July 4th Weekend, & Restorative

Father's Day and the Summer Solstice are on June 21st!  To express gratitude for the fathers in our lives and the masculine energy of strength and action that we all embody, we're offering Guest Passes to fathers throughout June!  Bring your fathers, brothers, and sons (or someone else's) to class and share the gift of Yoga.  (Bring as many Guests as you like, One Free Guest Pass per person)

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Ayurveda for the Summer: Part 1 ~ Friday, June 19th, 6-8pm

Explore holistic seasonal ways of living, feel renewed, and learn tips to stay cool, calm, and collected for the summer!  Ayurveda is the sister science of Yoga and a 5000-year-old practice of Indian healing, known as the Science of Life and Longevity.  We will explore how to understand your unique prakriti (unique personal state of equilibrium) and dosha (imbalance tendencies), and learn how to individually tailor the use of wholesome foods, herbs, spices, pranayama, asana, and daily practices to cultivate healing and transformation, and maintain balance in body, mind, and spirit.  We must have at least 5 participants to hold this workshop.  

$25 Early-bird, register by June15th.  $30 Regular Rate.  Register here.

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July 4th Weekend Modified Schedule:  ALL classes are cancelled from July 3rd through July 5th.  Enjoy the holiday weekend!

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~ Restorative Yoga Workshop ~ Sunday, July 12th 5-7pm

Relax and Restore!  This is a gentle practice that welcomes both beginners and advanced students to slip into a state of deep relaxation.  Calm the mind and cultivate trust, compassion, and self-care as you deepen your inherent healing and replenishing powers.  $20 Early-bird, Register by July 9th.  $25 Regular Rate.  Register here.  We must have at least 5 students registered in advance to hold this workshop.