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.

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– 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.

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– 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 –

 

Each month, our Saturday Community Classes will be DONATION based to offer support to a designated local non-profit organization. The Yoga Nanda community will support
as our April recipient.
What began as a tiny seed quickly grew as other communities discovered that hungry people existed in their community, too. The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network) addresses the issues of hunger and homelessness on Long Island by providing food, shelter, long-term housing, and supportive services in a dignified and respectful manner for those who seek our help.
From this simple start and through the vision and determination of a small group of dedicated volunteers, The INN has grown to become the largest private social service agency of its kind on Long Island.
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– THE HIMALAYAN SCHOOL PROJECT & MAYA’S DAY –

Each month, our Saturday Community Classes are DONATION based to offer support to a designated NGO.
The Himalayan School Project is our May recipient.
In 2015, a devastating earthquake in Nepal took a terrible toll on the impoverished country and created immeasurable human suffering. The village school was demolished, families separated and made homeless, & children lost or orphaned. With the help of monies we raised these two years past, the school building has been rebuilt, classes have resumed, clothing & supplies were purchased. The community is filled with gratitude!!
 

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Practice for Maya on May 17th
Once again we will continue the tradition started in 2015 and designate May 17thas Maya‘s Day. All classes at the Garden City Studio will be 
$5 -$20 suggested donation with 100% of the proceeds allocated for

 

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.

 Maya is also facing some challenges within her family and village. Her parents and siblings as family members turn to each other for help and support, as everywhere, yet It is a culture where one is expected to help out as soon as one is old enough to do so. She is the first girl in her family to be educated.
 
As supporters, we would like to hear a story of steady progress to encourage our efforts. Progress is not always straight forward. The experience of educating one village girl is precarious, with natural disasters and cultural obstacles adding to the challenges.  The hurdles a girl needs to jump over to procure an education and ultimately move from poverty to empowerment are truly daunting.
 
Thank you for your continued support of this courageous young girl’s vision of service!

– 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

Sundays
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.

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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.

OUR TEACHER

DEBRA JEANNETTE

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.