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 the entire 4 week series or $20/class. Registration is appreciated but not required.
Starts February 3rd — Ends February 24th

About Paula

Paula Simon is a certified meditation teacher who has been practicing Insight meditation for 10 years. She completed her teacher training through the Spirit Rock Meditation Centers “Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders Program” in 2017.

She has deepened her practice by attending numerous mediation retreats at the Insight Meditation Society, the Garrison Institute, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Joshua Tree Retreat Center and other meditation centers. Practicing on many retreats with master teachers in the Insight tradition has helped to expand her understanding and experience.

Also a yoga teacher who works with private clients and at local schools in addition to her focus on teens who are in at risk environments and have experienced trauma. She completed the “Teaching Trauma Sensitive Yoga” program at Kripalu Center, her 200 hour and Restorative Yoga Teacher Training at Kaia Yoga Center, and multiple trainings with The Lineage Project in NYC.

Paula is deeply committed to undoing racism and raising awareness around unconscious bias through mindfulness in everyday life. She is inspired to teach mediation in order to share the benefits of the practice with others.

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.
coutney.JPGCourtney 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.

Screen Shot 2017-07-24 at 10.18.36 AMJanelle 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.

FullSizeRender 6For me, it was an incredible manifestation of community, which can not happen without all of you. You all made it happen and we hope the MindFull Gathering will continue to evolve and flourish beyond this year. We have included some great photos from the day, below. If you have pictures from the day, please send them along to us so we can share those as well.
All Love and Light to All of you!
Jen Irwin

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Free Class with Rita! Friday, April 28th

Join us for a FREE class, to try a new instructor that maybe you haven’t before!

9:30-10:45am Open Level Vinyasa with Rita Ende

We asked Rita, off the cuff, what she loves most about teaching yoga… she said, “Community. I love this part of teaching. Watching people connect, share, learn and support each other over the years has been a beautiful experience. While I’ve been studying and learning for over two decades, my greatest teachers are my students. Watching their beautiful bodies move and strive, observing whatever motivates them, and simply listening to what they offer each and every day, how they come, why they come, this is the greatest gift of being a yoga teacher!”

Even if this already is your regular class and already favorite teacher, your class is still on us.
All Karma comes and goes around. Come practice, explore and discover.
Peace, Love, and Light,
Dew Yoga