Entries by Jen Irwin

Happiness as defined by Dew Yogis

A few years ago, we offered a prompt in our guest book. It said, ‘how do you define happiness?” Here is what students at Dew had to say, enjoy! How do you define happiness? “Happiness is receiving what I’ve created in the now.  Om bhur bhuvaasta.” “Happiness is a warm blanket!  Actually that is how Linus from “peanuts” defines it… but tonight yawn… it works for me.” “Sunday afternoon yoga” “Be in the moment and at peace.” “Happiness is being present in each moment.” “Ease with self.” “Coming “home” to true self again and again.” “Happiness is love without fear, Happiness is opening to one’s true self.” “Happiness is peace and warmth.” “Happiness is a Friday night with Alison channeling “divine energy” to all.” “Happiness is a peaceful, prosperous mind and soul.” “Happiness is knowing joy comes out of pain! And in every pain there is joy.” “Happiness is balance in life and love.” “Happiness is Yoga with Jeff.”

February Insight Meditation Series

Starting February 3rd… Join Paula Simon every Sunday in February from 11:30am – 12:30pm for Insight Meditation series. Meditation instruction and guidance suitable for both beginner and experienced meditators. Each class includes a sequence of sitting and walking meditation. Emphasis is placed on the practices of sitting and walking meditation and developing mindfulness in daily life. Discussion will conclude each session. Insight Meditation is a simple technique that has been practiced in Asia for over 2,500 years. Beginning with the focusing of attention on the breath and developing awareness of all phenomena, the practice concentrates and calms the mind. It allows one to see through the mind’s conditioning and thereby to live more fully present in the moment. There is no requirement that any beliefs or rituals be adopted, although an open mind is requested. The practice develops clarity of seeing which allows grasping, judgment and fear to fall away. One discovers and cultivates qualities such as peace, vitality, compassion, equanimity, wisdom, joy and moral integrity. The ultimate aim of the practice is the ending of suffering in the discovery of an unconditioned and complete freedom. Cost is $60 for […]

2018 Thanksgiving Sadhanas of Gratitude at Dew Yoga

We were honored to share in the practice of gratitude with you again this year. Thank you for your food donations – which were delivered by Greg Jester to the St. Peter’s Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen. Thank you for your monetary donations which support the Dew Yoga Sliding Scale & Scholarship Fund – making Yoga accessible to all. Thank you Teachers: Ann Russell, Allison DeNicola, Allison Benzaken, Andrea Devitofranceschi, Jeff Gallin, Jackie Tepper, Carol Collins, Viki Boyko, Rachel Pelham. Thank you Robert Ortner for the live music! Thank you Helpers: Laura Masi, Leslie Santiana, Rachel Pelham, Brendan Conlon-Chin, Carol Collins, Ellen Brezovsky, Zaran Dunloy, Sophie Lyons. Thank you building management for allowing us use of the very spacious second floor. And thank all of you yogis for the good vibes… we can’t wait to see you next Thanksgiving!

MindFull Gathering: Success!

Dear Dew Yogis, We had an amazing MindFull Gathering connecting with one another, the Yoga communities of CT Power Yoga, Family Tree Yoga , Mantra Yoga and Aerial Arts, many beautiful vendors, music and with Nature. The day exceeded any expectations and intentions we had for such a gathering. So many of you who attended, thanked me personally for putting together this event. It is a practice for me to receive such beautiful sentiments and as I do that work, let me shine some light on those who had as big a hand in this as I did. Courtney Dumais approached me months ago about having a yoga class at a venue she runs, The Beer Garden. It was really Courtney who planted the seed. For many weeks the idea evolved and flourished into the MindFull Gathering. Janelle Taylor, a beloved Dew Yoga teacher stepped into the most important organizational and promotional role along with Courtney, myself, and Sage Irwin. Together we nurtured that little seed until it blossomed into the event so many of us enjoyed. For me, it was an incredible manifestation of community, which can not happen […]