One Love Flows
This is Dhyana Yoga Arts' ongoing community project supporting non-profits, locally, nationally and worldwide through benefit classes and volunteer programs. 50% of proceeds from Community Classes and donation outreach classes go toward a different non-profit every few months. Our intention is to cultivate a flow of universal love and respect and to inspire awareness, change, and compassion on and off the mat. Check at the studio for info on this month's Seva Inspiration!
"You will learn a lot about yourself if you stretch in the direction of goodness, of bigness, of kindness, of forgiveness, of emotional bravery. Be a warrior for love." ~ Cheryl Strayed
December through May Supports
NJCASA The New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) is a coalition that joins people together in action for the common cause of ending sexual violence and supporting all those whose lives have been affected by it.
Recent non-profits we've supported:
Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Family Promise of Morris County is a non-sectarian, not-for-profit dedicated to ending the crisis of homelessness faced by Morris County families by partnering with other public and private agencies, religious congregations and community volunteers to provide shelter, case management and mentoring services leading to self-sufficiency. More here.
To Write Love on Her Arms is a nonprofit dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. More here.
Jersey Battered Womens Service A full-service domestic violence and domestic abuse prevention agency with volunteer opportunities. More here.
German Shepherd Rescue of New Jersey (GSRNJ) is a non-profit, breed-specific dog rescue dedicated to the saving, rehoming and educating the public about the German Shepherd breed. Learn more here.
Susan G. Komen Foundation Mission: Save lives by ensuring that all people receive the care they need, and finding breakthroughs to prevent and cure breast cancer. https://ww5.komen.org/
Meet our 4-Week Series Teacher and Mentee in our Teacher Mentorship Program
Nicole is teaching a Donation 4-Week Beginners Series Monday mornings 7-8am starting April 15th. Attendance for all four classes highly recommended. Register here.
Nicole’s warm personality and focus on breaking down poses adds a special comfort to her approachable yoga style — which incorporates elements of vinyasa flow plus restorative/yin aspects.
Nicole is particularly interested in framing yoga sequences for beginner yogis as well as those who may be returning to the practice after a hiatus. She views her purpose to partner with students to embrace discomfort, to honor their inner strength, and to create space for compassion. Nicole aspires to find balance between effort and ease, both on and off the mat — including in her profession as an attorney and even more importantly in her role as mom to an amazing teenage daughter.
As a mom, advocate and activist, Nicole has proudly served for more than ten years as a trustee on the board for the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA), including as Immediate Past Chair and other officer positions. NJCASA is a coalition of all 22 rape crisis centers throughout New Jersey, which work tirelessly to make the state a safer one both by serving survivors and by engaging communities in prevention. Nicole will lead a four-part series of donation-based classes on Monday mornings at Dhyana Yoga Arts to support NJCASA starting April 15th. April is Sexual Assault Awareness month and Nicole is proud, through this special series of yoga classes, to support and champion the vital work that NJCASA is doing throughout the state. You can learn more about NJCASA’s efforts here.
Meet our Teaching Team of Recent Grads!
Donation Classes Fridays 5-6pm, 3/21 through April with these insightful, creative teachers. Register here.
In order to love others, one must love them self. In order to better the world, one must better them self. The change begins within and for me it starts with my practice of yoga.
As a recent graduate of Dhyana Yoga Arts’ 200 hour YTT, I could not be more eager to share the knowledge and flow within me and hold space for the light within you to shine.
Starting around 2014, Julia found yoga and fell in love. Through Dhyana Yoga Arts, she delved deeper into her study with the 200 hr certification and extended studies. Each practice is a new search into ones self as she welcomes each aspect of yoga into the practice and continues to grow her yoga repertoire.
I've gotten more serious about my Yoga practice since I started practicing at DYAA. The health benefits and the flexibility are a big part of it, but I also love learning about the spiritual side. I've never looked into the history of Yoga before. I never knew there was so much beyond the mat so to speak. It's changing how I treat and care for people, the environment and even myself. I've made new friends and have a purpose that I didn’t have before yoga.
For me, yoga is a way to making myself a better person. It allows me to connect deeper with myself and the see more clearly better ways of connecting with others. On my mat, I can work on things like strength, flexibility, patience, and perseverance, but taking those things off my mat have proven invaluable. Strength of character and choosing kind words and actions, flexibility of mind in going with the flow, patience in realizing that everything will come in time, and perseverance to endure when they aren't coming now are all important to my personal journey.
The most simple and truly amazing idea that yoga is now, in the present moment, can become its own mantra. I often find that it is an intention that I bring to my practice in its many forms. Connecting to this one paramount idea has taught me that I want to create a space for the now each and everyday.