Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Special Holiday Workshop in NJ: Empower Yourself for 2012!

Time
Saturday, December 10 · 11:30am - 1:30pm

Location
NJ Yoga Zone
www.njyogazone.com
Margate City, New Jersey, US

Created By

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Join me for a special workshop with a focus on reflection, letting go and, ultimately, renewal for the New Year! We will start out with a short journaling exercise to reflect on the PAST year and then set new clear intentions for the NEW year! We will then build some heat through our physical practice including lots of twists to wring out any toxins and hip-openers to release any negativity. Then we will weave our new intentions into a creative sequence of heart-opening postures. We will conclude with a well-deserved yoga nidra (deep, physical, mental and emotional release). You will leave feeling energized, refreshed and relaxed...ready to face 2012 with clarity, purpose and courage! Open to everyone except complete beginners. $30. Please let me know by Nov. 15, if you're interested as spaces are limited. Looking forward to seeing everyone!!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Light Within [POEM]

The Light Within [POEM]

Light

Our struggles make us seek enlightenment from those around us and the stars above. However, it is when we uncover the light within that we finally illuminate a path once enshrouded by our false sense of incompleteness.—Dodinsky

Occupy Everything but NOT the Mind says Krishnamurti

"Obviously you cannot have a fresh, eager mind if the mind is occupied. And the mind ceases to be occupied only when it sees the truth about its own occupation. You cannot see the truth if you are not giving your whole attention, if you are translating what is being said into something which will suit you, or translating it into your own terms. You must come to something new with a fresh mind, and a mind is not fresh when it is occupied, consciously or unconsciously." - J. Krishnamurti, The Book of Life

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Yoga Nidra Link (Deep Physical, Mental and Emotional Relaxation)

http://blogs.yogajournal.com/audio/LM_yoga_nidra_richard.mp3

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Holidays in NY Yoga Workshop: Empower Yourself for 2012!

Time
Friday, December 30 · 6pm - 8pm

Location
ISHTA Yoga
56 East 11th Street (between University Place and Broadway), NYC
New York, New York

Created By

More Info
Join me for 2 hours of meditation and yoga with a focus of reflection, letting go and, ultimately, renewal for the New Year! We will start out with a short journaling exercise to reflect on the PAST year and then set new clear intentions for the NEW year! We will then build some heat through our physical practice including lots of twists to wring out any toxins and hip-openers to release any negativity. Then we will weave our new intentions into a creative sequence of heart-opening postures. We will conclude with a well-deserved yoga nidra (deep, physical, mental and emotional release). You will leave feeling energized, refreshed and relaxed...ready to face 2012 with clarity, purpose and courage! Open to everyone except complete beginners. $3o for the 2 hour workshop. Please let me know by Nov. 15th, if you're interested as spaces are limited. Looking forward to seeing everyone!!


Friday, October 7, 2011

"Preparing for the Holidays" Nov. 2011 Wkend Retreat to S. County Wicklow, IRE

Weekend-long Yoga and Healthy Cooking Lessons

At the Beautiful and Elegant Victorian Courtyard, the Coolattin Lodge

S. County Wicklow, IRE, (Fri. eve to Sun.) Nov 11-13th, 2011

Come and set clear intentions on what you want from your holidays and the New Year. This retreat will prepare your mind and body for a stress-free and enjoyable holiday with your family and friends. Instructors Anna Fidz, MA, RYT and nutritionist Dee Daly, BA, HDip will blend advice and practice for vibrant and transformational health through yoga and diet.

At Coolattin Lodge (www.coolattinlodge.com) you are taken back in time in the atmosphere of this beautifully preserved Victorian courtyard, its fine old cut stone country house and attractive stone arched guest houses and farm buildings. Less than 1.5 hours from Dublin. Retreat fee: €390 (accommodation, all meals/day, yoga and cooking classes - everything excluding transportation to retreat). Spaces are limited to 12 people. To reserve your spot, a €200 non-refundable deposit is due by September 1st with the remainder due by October 12th, 2011. For more info/detailed schedule, contact Anna at (anna.fidz@gmail.com) or Dee at (dee@deelitefull.ie).

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Why Yoga is Like Life Coaching

We are at a critical time in human evolution, a time when we can generate true shifts in consciousness. To that end, there is a growing movement of people who want to exemplify truth, caring and consistency in the world. The values we cultivate in coaching, noted below, resonate from yoga practitioners to teachers of all kinds and back.

Oneness: A recognition that everything is universally connected, with a deep regard for how you impact yourself and others, using your thoughts, feelings and actions.

Truth: Not only the ability to know, evaluate and say what you really think, but also living your life in alignment with your truest, highest ideals for yourself.

Alignment: The understanding that wherever you're holding yourself back from being honest, you're suffering the results of that misalignment. And when you're truly living your dream, you're aligned, open, capable of fearless communication and ready for anything.

Love: Truly loving yourself and others means coming from a place of balance, in which you can regard your own truth -- and that of another -- with equal weight and respond from your heart in any moment.

The above is from the article by Elena Brower and Laurie Gerber: " Why Yoga is Like Life Coaching" from the Huffington Post. For the complete article go to: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elena-brower/life-coaching-and-yoga_b_980103.html

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

How To See Things As They Really Are

"To stop labels from becoming judgments is a practice and a process, eventually evolving into a radical realization: In any experience, if I can become aware of the labels that rise to the surface, I can then also tune into associated assumptions and actual feelings triggered at a subtler level. Then, by making an effort toward awareness and balance, I start to see where I can inject choice into the equation. That itself is the first taste of freedom, opening up into a space in which we experience things in a fresh, new way -- closer to the way they really are." (from the The Neurobiology of 'Labeling' by Viral Mehta).

For full article go here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/viral-mehta/problems-with-assigning-labels_b_970326.html?ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false#sb=1130112,b=facebook

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Attention as an Art Form

You have to read this article. Really, really good.

"Learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to, and to choose how you construct meaning from experience.It comes down to working with the core property of human experience -- attention, which can be broken down into four key aspects:

1. awareness
2. choice
3. engagement
4. flow

Every moment affords an opportunity to start paying attention, and as I do, I realize its gift. First and foremost, it is a gift to my own self, bringing me back to a place of inner alignment. Then, as I start to benefit from it, I can gift it to others. And finally, it is a gift that takes me beyond my own limited notions of identity and self-interest.

It can all begin right now, just with an intention to be aware. That increased awareness opens up windows of choice, and as I start to make more informed choices, I deepen the quality of my experience. In making this a continuous effort, I evolve from unconscious processing, to subconscious registering, to conscious awareness, to engaged learning; or, from data to information to knowledge to wisdom. Instead of just going with the flow, I can actually grow with the flow.(Attention as an Art Form, 2011)


Here is the full article: http://www.dailygood.org/view.php?sid=80

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Conscious Sadhana

My sadhana is to meditate for 20 minutes every morning (no exceptions).

"Sadhana means a practice of self-discipline that allows one to express the Infinite within one's self. It is a time each day to notice the patterns that lead away from higher consciousness and to transcend those patterns. Sadhana is a conscious activity. We consciously choose to rise up, to exercise the body , and to meditate. Each day is different. Each day, we are different. every 72 hours all the cells of the body totally change. Sickness comes and goes. Motivation waxes and wanes, but through all the flux of life, through all the variations of the mind and heart, we consciously choose to maintain a constant and regular practice."

Yoga Bhajan


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

10 Ways to Raise Your Consciousness

1. Forgive yourself and others.

2. Practice Gratitude and Appreciation.

3. Live each day as though it were your last.

4. Meditate or Pray. I will add YOGA to this one!

5. Suspend Judgment: One judges another to feel less guilty about one’s own misgivings. Judgment energy is dense, dark and heavy. ON the other hand, unconditional acceptance is light, free and accepting.

6. View every experience as a gift.

7. Stay consciously aware of all your thoughts and feelings: It is easy to fall into negative patterns of complaining and feeling like a victim of society and your life. When you catch yourself in the negative zone, don’t feel badly about it and beat yourself up. Simply choose to switch your consciousness to one of gratitude and positive thinking.

8. Treat your physical body as your temple: Your body is the only vehicle you’ve been given for this ride called life. The better you care for your body by eating a healthy, balanced die, and by implementing a regular exercise routine, and by giving your body the rest it requires, the more you will experience increased energy, vitality, joy and freedom.

9. View the world through the eyes of a child.

10. Give love, love, love from your heart.

from the Indian Times

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Transformational Wkend Retreat with me and Dee Daly: October 14-16, 2011 at the Coolattin Lodge in S. County Wicklow

October is all about transformation. The trees become brilliant shade of color and even the food we eat changes at the fall harvest makes its way to our tables. Yoga and a healthy diet have the power to transform your lives, and it’s never too early or too late to start. Instructors Anna Fidz, MA, RYT and nutritionist Dee Daly, BA, HDip, DipNT, mNTOI will blend advice and practice for vibrant and transformational health through yoga and diet.

-90-minute yoga and meditation twice/day
-three meals per day and daily cooking lessons
-free time to read, walk, social or be alone

Accommodations: Coolattin Lodge - you are taken back in time in the atmosphere of this beautifully preserved Victorian courtyard, its fine old cut stone country house and attractive stone arched guest houses and farm buildings. Less than 1.5 hours from Dublin.

TO REGISTER: Retreat fee: €390 (accommodation, all meals/day, yoga and cooking classes - everything excluding transportation to retreat). Spaces are limited to 12 people. To reserve your spot, a €200 non-refundable deposit is due by August 1
with the remainder due by Sept. 12th, 2011. For more info/detailed schedule, contact Anna at (anna.fidz@gmail.com) or www.deelitefull.ie

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Practice Yoga to Deal With The Four Aggravations

From Tommy Rosen, www.tommyrosen.com: "In the two decades that I have been living recovery, I have come to view addiction as a human condition, not limited to any class of people and inclusive of just about everyone walking this planet. I actually feel that addiction is that widespread and quite misunderstood, especially in some of its less visible forms. I ask a lot of people what their addiction is. Many of them say they don’t have one. Then I give them my definition of addiction: Any behavior that you continue to engage in despite the negative consequences that the behavior leaves in its wake. If you are not addicted to any of The Big 5 – drugs, alcohol, food, sex or money, then you might be struggling with what I call The 4 Aggravations: Resentment, Negative Thinking, Self-Doubt and Procrastination. These “less harmful” addictions sap us of our energy, cause lots of damage and must be faced in order for us to live a life of fulfillment and to heal ourselves and the world."

Monday, June 20, 2011

Yoga and Healthy Cooking Retreat in Turkey (June 2011)

I just wanted to share some memories and photos from our Turkey Yoga and Healthy Cooking Retreat. I partnered with my dear friend, Jennifer Iserloh, (aka Skinny Chef) to provide daily yoga and cooking lessons close to Antalya in Turkey. Thank you to everyone that came! It was a beautiful group of people from the United States, Switzerland and Ireland. Thank you to Jennifer Iserloh (for her delicious detox recipes and lessons), to Uli Iserloh(for his technical support and overall kick-butt reliability), to Anna Csoenge (for her amazing snorkeling abilities), to Alice Carroll (for her fantastic restorative yoga lesson), to Nora Dillon (for her infectious smile and medical expertise), to Reena Shah (for her glowing inner and outer beauty), to Mary and Susan Dowd (for their exemplary mother-daughter relationship and amazing enthusiasm), to Imelda Condon (for her naughty smile and fun-loving resilience), to Amy Faery (for keeping us laughing at all times), to Suzanne Fagan (for the determination she brought to all the yoga classes), to Chef Mustafa and the staff at Heliotrope for their exceptional service and yummy vegetarian cooking! I learned something from each of you :)
Blessings and Namaste,
Anna













Thursday, June 9, 2011

My Vipassana Meditation 3 Day Retreat at Passaddhi




I had the honor to go on a 3 day Vipassana Retreat at the Passaddhi Meditation Centre on the Beara Peninsula in the SW of Ireland. The retreat centre is managed by Marjó Oosterhoff and her husband. Passaddhi holds various retreats and teaches the techniques of vipassana and metta meditation. These are available to anyone: Buddhist or non-Buddhist.

These vipassana retreats are actually held all over the world. I became interested in this type retreat ever since one of my friends attended a 10 day retreat at another location. She said it had changed her life. Although I had a huge interest and desire in attending, I was also apprehensive whether I'd be able to survive 3 days of silence and only meditation. I decided to over come my fear and meet the challenge. What did I have to lose?

I had to admit it was a tough three days, but I learned so much about the teachings, vipassana meditation and myself. This particular retreat was led by Bhante Bodhidhamma who is the Spiritual Director at the Satipanya Buddhist in Wales. He was a brilliant and compassionate teacher who answered all the million questions I had.

The Passaddhi Retreat Centre is located in a gorgeous part of the country with stunning views and beautiful landscapes. The group of people that joined me for the weekend were lovely and like-minded. The food and hospitality were fantastic as well.

As for my personal insights about meditation, this retreat reaffirmed my belief that meditation is absolutely beneficial if not ESSENTIAL to my daily life and I have now started to meditate 20 minutes per day. There is medical research that supports this as well. I also had some powerful personal insights and feel like I cleared a lot of my mental sloth. I'd recommend this type of retreat and meditation to everyone. Thank you to Marjo and Bhante for such a rewarding experience! Thank you to the lovely group of people who joined me as well! Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

Blessings and Namaste,
Anna

Thursday, May 19, 2011

21 Day Yoga Challenge from Yoga Journal (Free Videos)

http://21daychallenge.yogajournal.com/challenge/week/1

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

"the less reactive you are, the more magnetic you become"

The Mindful Smack No. 9, Elena Brower for TheDailyLove.com from Elena Brower on Vimeo.



Blessings and Namaste,
Anna

More and More Doctors are Prescribing Yoga and Meditation

Go to this link for the article:

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-2411/More-Doctors-Prescribing-Yoga-Meditation.html

Blessings and Namaste,
Anna

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Guacamole Recipe from www.treehugger.com

Best Damn Guacamole Ever

4 ripe avocados
3 tomatoes
1 lime, zested
2 limes, juiced
1/2 bunch of cilantro, washed and dried
1 red onion, finely chopped
2 green onions, diced
1 serrano chiles, finely diced
1 clove of garlic
Salt

1. Carefully cut each avocado lengthwise around the seed.

2. Twist the two halves to open.

Green Wine Guide Robert Hall Recipe: GuacamolePhoto by Jaymi Heimbuch

3. Hold the avocado in one hand with a towel, for safety (do as I say and not as I do).

4. Gently whack the pit with a knife to wedge it in. Twist the pit out.

Green Wine Guide Robert Hall Recipe: GuacamolePhoto by Jaymi Heimbuch

5. Scoop the flesh into a large bowl and mash.

6. Slice the bottom off each tomato using a serrated knife.

Green Wine Guide Robert Hall Recipe: GuacamolePhoto by Jaymi Heimbuch

7. Using the same knife, make "C" cuts to the tomato. The key here is to cut off the flesh and to avoid the seed membrane.

8. Dice the tomato slices. The remaining tomato ball is perfect for soup stock!

Green Wine Guide Robert Hall Recipe: GuacamolePhoto by Jaymi Heimbuch

9. Finely chop the red onion, garlic and green onions.

Green Wine Guide Robert Hall Recipe: GuacamolePhoto by Jaymi Heimbuch

10. Remove the cilantro leaves by holding the bunch with one hand and "peeling" off the leaves with a knife away from you.

11. Don't worry if you get some stems. Finely chop the leaves.

12. Finely chop the serrano chile. Wear latex gloves if you are sensitive to the oils. Seed first if you want less heat.

Green Wine Guide Robert Hall Recipe: GuacamolePhoto by Jaymi Heimbuch

13. Add the above ingredients to the avocados.

Green Wine Guide Robert Hall Recipe: GuacamolePhoto by Jaymi Heimbuch

14. Zest one of the limes. Add the zest and the lime juice to the mixture. Juice the second lime and add it.

Green Wine Guide Robert Hall Recipe: GuacamolePhoto by Jaymi Heimbuch

15. Mix enough to coat all of the ingredients with the mashed avocado. Salt to taste.

16. Reserve some for yourself because once your friends and family get a hold of it, it will be all gone!

Green Wine Guide Robert Hall Recipe: Vegan FajitasPhoto by Jaymi Heimbuch

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011

Practice for Global Resolution and Peace

From Alan Finger:

In order to help trouble-stricken areas in the world, one needs to be reminded that we are all connected. Like a drop from the sea, we each have our own identity, shape, and form, but we all are made up of the same substance and come from the same ocean of consciousness. Our minds make us seem separate and distant, as the mind and the senses are dependent on time and space. Once the mind has been quieted, it is easy to direct electromagnetic forces that move beyond the speed of light to anywhere on our planet at any time.

In regards to the devastation that has stricken Japan, the war in Libya, and all the other conflict-ridden areas of the world, people can direct attention to create abundance for whatever they feel others need or for what they need themselves; love for healing and insight to be creative in recovery, to name a couple. Here are the tools to create positive energy that can move beyond borders, communities, family and any other lines that divide humanity. We are all one and can help influence each other energetically and otherwise on a global level.

The Practice:

1. To create abundance, use the mantra Om Lakshmi Vam Shri Kamaladaram Swaha 27 times, directing the feeling of abundance to the area that is affected. One can use an image of the disaster area, or the country in general to direct the field of energy to it.

2. To develop an intense feeling of unconditional love in your heart, just pure loving, bring your hands into Anjali mudra (prayer pose) and use the mantra Om Namo Narayanaya 27 times to the area and all beings.

3. To direct unbound intelligence in order to inspire beings, feel that you draw universal awareness in through bramharandra (the top fontanel) on the inhalation using the mantra Om and on the exhalation, direct it out through the keshertram point of ajna, which is between the eyebrows and a little bit above, using the mantra Shanthi. Do this 9 times.

Hari Om, Om Tat Sat.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

My New Courses Starting in April 2011 at Sunrise Yoga!

1. Hatha Flow - Tuesdays, 7:45pm

6 week term starts April 5th - €90

Improvers

2. Hatha Flow - Tuesdays, 6.30pm

6 week term starts April 5th- €90

Advanced

3. Hatha Flow – Wednesdays, 7:45pm

6 week term starts April 6th - €90

Improvers

4. Restorative Yoga – Thursdays, 8pm

6 week term starts April 7th - €90

All levels

For more info or to book, phone Anna at

086 662 0159 or book online at www.sunrise.ie

1.If you are returning student, get euro 5 off your price.

2. If you bring a friend, get 10% off.

3. Book any course and get 20% off the clothing at Sunrise.

4. Book any two courses and get 20% off.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

New Class at Open Mind Center on Fridays at 6pm

In addition to the courses and drop-in classes I'm teaching at Sunrise Yoga in Dun Laoghaire, starting on Friday, March 11th I will be teaching a Friday class at 6pm at the Open Mind Center. Your first class is FREE! Hope to see you there!

http://www.openmindyoga.ie/yoga-classes.html

Namaste and Blessings,
Anna

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Turkey Retreat June 12-19th, 2011!

Rejuvenating Yoga Holiday
Weeklong Yoga and Healthy Cooking Retreat
in the Idyllic Mediterranean Turkey
June 12 -19, 2011
Heliotrope Yoga, Olympos, Turkey

This Yoga Retreat will relax, rejuvenate and inspire in one of Turkey’s most
beautiful settings near sandy beaches and Lycia’s ancient sites. Instructors
Anna Fidz, MA, RYT and New York-based Jennifer Iserloh (www.skinnychef.com) will blend advice and practice for vibrant health through yoga and cooking.

Retreat Features

• 90-minute yoga/meditation classes twice
a day in a beautiful outdoor setting
• Daily cooking classes focusing on
simple, delicious meals for better health,
weight and energy levels
• Free time to use the swimming pool,
beautiful beach, a Hamam (Turkish
Bath), go walking, hiking, visit the
ancient ruins or go to the local market
place

Accommodations
Angels Garden is a beautifully built collection
of wooden chalet-style rooms set in the
mountainous forest near the seaside village
of Olympos. There is a swimming pool, a
Hamam (Turkish Bath), along with a yoga
space and restaurant area all within the
grounds.

Registration Information
Retreat fee: €675 (accommodations, meals,
yoga and cooking classes - everything
excluding airfare). Spaces are limited. To
reserve your spot, a €300 non-refundable
deposit is due by March 7 with the remainder
due by April 12th, 2011. For more
info/detailed schedule, contact Anna
(anna.fidz@gmail.com) and visit Heliotrope’s
website at heliotrope-yoga-holidays.com

Monday, January 24, 2011

BELIEVE


I have to share this with you. One of my favorite yoga teachers from New York, Elena Brower, shared the following mission statement that she constructed after doing some unraveling work on herself:

"BELIEVE in yourself. BELIEVE that you chose the right family, and the perfect parents for your mission. BELIEVE that all the people around you are your teachers, here to show you the way. BELIEVE that you’re able to handle everything that comes to you. BELIEVE that you will get an answer whenever you really ask. BELIEVE that you can have every conversation elegantly. BELIEVE that you are on the correct trajectory to your highest freedom every time you tell the truth."

Blessings and Namaste,
Anna

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Free Videos for your Home Practice

If you're interested in supplementing your regular yoga classes with a home practice, check out these free videos from Yoga Journal.

Day 3: Core Focus

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Blessings and Namaste,
Anna

Monday, January 3, 2011

My New Courses at Sunrise Yoga in Dun Laoghaire starting in Jan. 2011


In addition to the drop-in classes that I'm teaching at Sunrise Yoga Studio, I'll be teaching the following courses:

1. Hatha Flow for Improvers: Tuesdays, 7:45pm-9pm
6 week course starts Jan. 11th, 2011 Euro 90

2. Hatha Flow for Improvers: Wednesdays, 7:45pm-9pm
6 week course starts Jan. 12th, 2011 Euro 90

3. Hatha Flow for Beginners: Thursdays, 6:30pm-7:45pm
6 week course starts Jan. 13th, 2011 Euro 90

4. Restorative Yoga for All Levels: Thursdays, 7:45pm-9pm
6 weeks course starts Jan. 13th, 2011 Euro 90

To register, please go to: http://sunrise.ie/index.php/Latest-News/january-2011-timetable.html

If you have any questions, you can email me at anna.fidz@gmail.com

Blessings and Namaste,
Anna