Yoga Nanda Garden City and Yoga Nanda Long Beach were created to cultivate and foster community: a community which extends beyond our four walls. Seva is the yoga practice of service to others, and it’s an integral part of who Yoga Nanda is. By taking on causes from human trafficking to veteran recovery to homelessness, we contribute to the health, happiness, and well-being of all living beings. Our Seva programs range in scope and size, from donation based classes so everyone in our community can practice yoga, to monthly Seva parties to raise money for specific causes. Our biggest event is One Love Long Island, our annual community-wide yoga festival which benefits Off the Mat Into the World. We are dedicated to increasing the range of our Seva projects, and to spreading our reach to help more of our larger community, at home and internationally.
– ONE LOVE LONG ISLAND –
One Love Long Island is in collaboration with Off the Mat Into the World, and utilizes yoga to inspire others to give back. Our yearly yoga festival brings together studios and students from all over Long Island to celebrate, bring awareness, and practice yoga. With local vendors, 108 sun salutations, and workshops, One Love Long Island is an all day yoga event that ignites grassroots social change.
In 2014, One Love Long Island has concentrated its charitable efforts on eradicating the insidious and horrific practice of human trafficking and sex slavery, which has reached epidemic proportions globally. Proceeds generated from this year’s OLLI Yoga Festival will support organizations that are providing refuge, rehabilitation and economic opportunities to survivors of this $32 billion worldwide industry. Founded by like-minded Long Island women, OLLI works to raise funds and awareness while uniting communities across the span of Long Island with common breath, compassion, and the beautiful practice of yoga. Their pledge is to be united in service for the greater good and to create positive change in both local and global communities.
– VETERANS YOGA PROJECT –
The Veteran’s Yoga Project is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of military veterans. The project works to teach mindfulness, breath, meditation, and to release trauma and to utilize yoga as complementary therapy. Veteran’s Yoga Project also hosts teachers trainings specifically to help yoga teachers learn how to better serve our veteran population, from negotiating with PTSD, to specific injuries and meditation modalities. They also create scholarships for veterans to become yoga teachers, in order to for them to teach yoga to their peers. Yoga Nanda hosts fundraising events, specialty classes, and donates the proceeds of benefits to support the Veteran’s Yoga Project.
– SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM & FREE COMMUNITY CLASSES –
We believe all students should have the opportunity to practice yoga, and the ability to dive deeper into their studies. Financially, that isn’t always possible. We offer a weekly free community class so that anyone can attend classes, regardless of what financial situation they are in. We also have created a Scholarship program, so that handpicked students will be able to dive deeper into their practice, at no cost to them. More details coming soon.
– MARY BRENNAN INN –
The Inn was founded in 1983 as a single soup kitchen. In has grown exponentially to serve over 5,000 people each week. Their goal is to see every visitor treated with dignity and respect, and to offer support and services to the large numbers of hungry people in our own backyard.
The Inn is a working model of how to unite the community to overcome the challenge of hunger and homelessness, here on Long Island.
Proceeds from our fundraising efforts go to offer a full meal to the thousands of visitors who need a warm place to sit, eat, and feel valued.
– MAYA’S DAY –
Maya’s day is a day of classes at the studio, through which all proceeds to go support the Betsy Hartigan Memorial Fund and the Himalayan School Project. The Fund was established in 2006 to help Maya, a young girl who’s life was devastated by an earthquake in Nepal. It has allowed her to attend school, and she hopes to return to her village to help uplift and support others. It also created a school, which was sadly destroyed in the 2015 earthquake, and which is being rebuild with funds from the project.
– APRIL: LONG BEACH FOOD & FRIENDS INN –
– THE HIMALAYAN SCHOOL PROJECT & MAYA’S DAY –
Maya is still at nursing school and is now involved with more hands-on learning. She is currently involved in a public health practicum, to be followed by a hospital practicum and then an observation and exam period.
– PROUD TO PARTNER WITH UNITED WE OM & VETERANS YOGA PROJECT –
YOGA for MILITARY FAMILIES at YOGA NANDA
52 E Park Ave #202, Long Beach, NY 11561
with DEB JEANNETTE, MOTHER of an ACTIVE DUTY MARINE
11:30 – 12:30 pm
starting October 16, 2016
ALL SPOUSES and FAMILY MEMBERS of SERVICE MEMBERS and VETERANS are WELCOME.
Classes for all levels of experience.
Free of charge, no RSVP needed.
ABOUT MINDFUL RESILIENCE YOGA
Created by Veterans Yoga Project founder Daniel Libby, PHD, Mindful Resilience is a collection of mind-body practices that includes Breathing, Meditation, Mindful Movement, Guided Rest, and Gratitude. These tools help us breath easy, focus clearly, move freely, rest deeply, and remember what is working in our lives. As a result we become more resilient in the face of both ordinary and extraordinary challenges.
Five Tools of Mindful Resilience
- Breathing - Simple techniques that enhance the relaxation response.
- Meditation – Awareness exercises that enhance focus and concentration.
- Mindful Movement – Deliberate exercises that bring the body through its natural range of motion to enhance strength and flexibility.
- Guided Rest – Guided meditation practices that lead to deep and profound relaxation and rest in the mind and body.
- Gratitude – Simple exercises in being thankful for what is right.
Yoga Teacher Deb Jeannette is President of the Board of Directors for Veterans Yoga Project, and the proud mom of her son, who is a Marine helicopter pilot and her daughter, who is a chef. She is teaching at the VAMC in Northport since January 2015. She also serves as Director of the yoga program at Drew Patrick on Long Island.
In 2004, Deb completed a 500-hour teacher training with the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA and studied yoga at their campuses in India. She later studied Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery with Veterans Yoga Project so she could hone the special skill set which is required to work with students who have faced trauma.
Deb’s work stems from teaching from the heart. Influenced by her teachers, peers, environment and her travels, her aim is to bring a unique sense of empowerment to her students. Her classes follow an intuitive practice, holding space for her students and meeting them where they are. Drawing upon a lifetime passion directed towards the achievement of self-awareness, her aim is to guide students with mindfulness and the healing powers of Yoga; touching one heart at a time.
– Supporting Ruff House Rescue –
– November Focus of the Month –
November is an exciting and eventful month in the Yoga Nanda Community. Just as the weather outside shifts toward the new Autumn coolness and we change the clocks to reflect the seasonal shift, change is in the air in the studio as well.
This month, our second annual Teacher Training Program kicks off and we are thrilled to help usher in a new batch of trainees, eager to deepen their understanding of yoga and share these teachings with others. The willingness of students to commit so much of their time and energy toward this training program is a remarkable thing to witness and truly embodies the nature of yoga in action.
We are also collecting donations this month for the Veterans Yoga Project, “an educational and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health
and well-being of military veterans”. The programs offered through VYP help veterans overcome the traumas of war by applying the teachings of yoga.
At the end of the month, we celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday which compels us to acknowledge that for which we are thankful. Regardless of our individual Thanksgiving traditions, we can all appreciate the holiday as a reminder to feel grateful for the many blessings in our lives.
The skills acquired through consistent yoga practice can help us let go more easily of ideas, habits, and patterns that cause suffering in order to make room for healthier and more constructive ways of being. We must learn how to release regret from the past and anxiety about the future in order to fully appreciate and be grateful for the present. As we continue to deepen our practice this month, may we all learn the skillful art of letting go so we can always act from a place of grace and gratitude.
One Love, One Freedom