Private instruction in Kriya, Kundalini, Tantra, Restorative, Partner, OM, core, meditation, yoga therapy, mental health, coaching, anusara, hatha, Vinyasa Flow online and teaching at events. I’ve been an instructor in the New York area since 2008 with a background in nursing and dance. Specialties in meditation, mantras, chakras, mudras, seniors, adaptive, rehabilitation, overcoming PTSD, and chair yoga. Two-way video instruction available via Zoom, FaceTime, Google Meet, Google Hangouts, WhatsApp & Skype.
941 McLean Avenue, #360
Yonkers, NY 10704
Anusara - Anusara yoga is a school of hatha yoga, which unifies a life-affirming Shiva-Shakti Tantric philosophy of intrinsic goodness with Universal Principles of Alignment.
Hatha -Traditional Hatha Yoga is a holistic yogic path, including moral disciplines, physical postures (asana), purification procedures (shatkriya), poses (mudra), yogic breathing (pranayama), and meditation.
Kriya - The Kriya technique emphasizes the relationship between breath and mind. The breath influences the mind and vice-versa.
Kundalini - Kundalini Yoga has been documented as a system of exercises and meditations which claim to provide extensive benefits for personal spiritual growth as well as improving mental and physical well-being.
Partner - Partner Yoga is an accelerated path to experience directly the root principle of Yoga - union. To experience union, we relax into the present moment and our individual presence. From this primary connection with ourselves, we realize our essential sameness and unity with others.
Restorative - Restorative Yoga is a therapeutic style of yoga which utilizes props to make it easier for the body to get into certain poses, and thus, surrender to the pose. Practicing poses using props provides a completely supportive environment for total relaxation. The more your body is supported in the poses the deeper the sense of relaxation. Relaxation is a state in which there is no movement, no effort, and the brain is quiet. Typically, Restorative poses are sustained for ten minutes or for as long as you are comfortable.
Tantra - Tantra teaches about breathing, positions, and communication skills that will add to your experience spiritually and bring more pleasure into the union if a partner is involved. Learn about having an experience of the flow of sexual and spiritual energy in your body(ies) and sharing that with all involved.
Vinyasa Flow - Vinyasa Yoga is characterized by a focus on vinyasa, or a dynamic connecting posture, that creates a flow between the more static traditional yoga postures. Vinyasa translates as linking and the system also implies the linking of the movement to the breath. Essentially the breath dictates the movement and the length of time held in the postures. Unlike some Hatha yoga styles, attention is also placed on the journey between the postures not just the postures themselves.
Core Strengthening - Yoga designed to strengthen abdominals and back and includes both abs-focused Vinyasa power yoga poses and variations of muscle-toning moves.
Chakras - Chakras are energy centers along the spine located at major branchings of the human nervous system, beginning at the base of the spinal column and moving upward to the top of the skull.
Mantra - A mantra is a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that are considered capable of "creating transformation" (cf. spiritual transformation).
Meditation - Meditation often involves invoking and cultivating a feeling or internal state.
Mudra - A mudra is a spiritual gesture and an energetic seal of authenticity.
Therapeutic - Modified (adaptive/rehabilitation)
Urban Tantra, Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century, by Barbara Carrellas, Celestial Arts, 2007 (barbaracarrellas.com)
Sexuality and Spirituality with the Kundalini Yoga Sets and Meditations of Yogi Bhajan, by Dr. Gurrattan Kaur Khalsa and Ann Marie Maxwell, Yoga Technology Press, 1989. ()
Red Hot Tantra, Erotic Secrets of Red Tantra for Intimate Soul to Soul Sex and Ecstatic, Enlightened Orgasms, by David Ramsdale and Cynthia W. Gentry, Fair Winds, 2004 (Amazon).
The Nuts & Bolts of Men, A Woman’s Guide to Understanding the Masculine Essence, by David Deida, self published, 1992 (aka It’s a Guy Thing, An Owner’s Manual for Women, HCI ,1997) (deida.info)
The Way of the Superior Man, A Spiritual Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Women, Work and Sexual Desire, by David Deida, Sounds True, Incorporated, 2004 (deida.info)
Finding God Through Sex, Awakening the One Spirit through the Two of Flesh, by David Deida, Sounds True, Incorporated, 2005 (deida.info)
The Enlightened Sex Manual, Sexual Skills for the Superior Lover, by David Deida, Sounds True, Incorporated, 2007 (deida.info)
Kundalini Tantra, by Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Yoga Publications Trust, 1984 (Amazon)
Tantric Toning Workout, for the Goddess in Every Woman, with Stephanie de Phillipo, Natural Journeys, 1998 (Amazon)
Better Sex Through Yoga I, II, and III, by Jacquie Noelle Greaux, Yoga Craze, 2003 (bettersexthroghyoga.com)
San Francisco Sex Information (sfsi.org) – sex information
Body Electric (bodyelectric.org) – erotic energy workshops
Human Awareness Institute (hai.org) – sex, love, and intimacy workshops
Ecstatic Living – Steve and Lokita Carter (ecstaticliving.com) – tantra workshops
Charles and Caroline Muir (sourcetantra.com) – tantra workshops
David Deida (deida.info) – sexuality and spirituality workshops
Celebrations of Love - Lori Grace (celebrationsoflove.com) – tantra workshops
Hosted by Bobbie Malatesta
DIFFERENT WAYS TO HELP TRIGGERS AND RECOVERY (THROUGH YOGA) FOR GAMBLING ADDICTION.
FEATURING ANN JUSTI - DEVOTED YOGA
Articles and Workbooks for Mindfulness Gambling
MINDFULNESS BASED RELAPSE PREVENTION FOR PROBLEM GAMBLING Wookbook
Peter Chen, Farah Jindani and Nigel E. Turner
A Harvard Health article
Compulsive Gambling and Anxiety
Self-Help Exercises for Anxiety to Relieve the Gambling Urge
Yoga for addictions: a systematic review of randomized clinical trials Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies Volume 19(1) March 2014 1–8© 2014 Royal Pharmaceutical Society Paul Posadzki, Jiae Choi, Myeong Soo Lee, Edzard Ernst
Yoga for Addiction — Tapping the Body's Wisdom
By Kate Jackson Social Work Today Vol. 17 No. 3 P. 18 May/June 2017 Issue
Mindfulness and problem gambling treatment. Chen, Peter & Jindani, Farah & Perry, Jason & Turner, Nigel. (2014). Asian Journal of Gambling Issues and Public Health. 4. 2. 10.1186/2195-3007-4-2.
Yoga Therapy Book
Subconscious Visualization Therapy with meditation
Mindfulness in Your Life
1. Automatic Pilot and Relapse involved learning how to slow down and be more present in one’s life through practices such as mindful eating and paying attention to the body.
2. Awareness of Triggers and Craving involved developing greater awareness of triggers to gambling and how to respond from a place of mindful awareness.
3. Mindfulness in Daily Life involved bringing greater mindful awareness to one’s daily activities, such as eating, cooking, taking a shower, etc.
4. Mindfulness in High-Risk Situations involved teaching participants how to cope when they are in situations that may put them at risk to gamble.
5. Acceptance and Skillful Action involved the role of acceptance in coping with difficult situations and making skillful choices instead of gambling.
6. Seeing Thoughts as Thoughts involved exploring relationship to experience and how this awareness can be helpful in becoming less overwhelmed when challenged.
7. Self-Care and Lifestyle Balance involved developing greater compassion and kindness toward oneself and others.
8. Social Support and Continuing Practice involved reflecting on the past seven weeks, consolidating the learning and continuing to move forward.
When you are not mindful
1. I could be experiencing some emotion and not be conscious of it until sometime later.
2. I break or spill things because of carelessness, not paying attention or thinking of something else.
3. I find it difficult to stay focused on what is happening in the present.
4. I tend to walk quickly to get where I am going without paying attention to what I experience along the way.
5. I tend not to notice feelings of physical tension or discomfort until they really grab my attention.
6. I forget a person’s name almost as soon as I have been told it for the first time.
7. It seems I am “running on automatic”, without much awareness of what I am doing.
8. I rush through activities without being really attentive to them.
9. I get so focused on the goal I want to achieve that I lose touch with what I am doing right now to get there.
10. I do jobs or tasks automatically, without being aware of what I am doing.
11. I find myself listening to someone with one ear, doing something else at the same time.
12. I drive places on “automatic pilot “and then wonder why I went there.
13. I find myself preoccupied with the future or the past.
14. I find myself doing things without paying attention.
15. I snack without being aware that I am eating.
1) Mindfulness techniques:
Non-judgmental detachment - Now I can recognize what is happening internally and separate myself from what I am thinking.
How important it is to breathe and slow down.
Staying in the moment.
My brain is very busy but, I learned how to stay on NOW, in this moment.
Aware of the moment I have become more aware of the present moment.
I have become more mindful and conscious about the present moment, learning to take things one step at a time.
(2) Increased awareness of triggers and ability to cope
Aware of triggers to become more aware of life situations and how to deal with them.
Mindfulness/awareness of warning signs and triggers is my main tool to not returning to coping via gambling.
Able to deal with life situations I had a bit of a crisis what got me through Is by practicing mindfulness and journaling.
(3) Feeling calmer, more relaxed and more patient
Patient and calm Learn how to calm down by using the 3-minute breathing meditation.
I have more patience and am aware of my heartbeat.
Taking time on a task Learnt about taking your time on something without stressing yourself.
Less anxiety Learn how to calm down –Less anxiety.
(4) Improved self-discipline, control, or control over gambling:
Self-discipline Stop and think before I do any harm or damage to myself.
I learned to discipline myself better.
Avoid auto pilot
To be able to control going into auto pilot.
(5) Better interpersonal skills
Improved relationships Learn not to judge people so fast.
Better at listening Much better listener and not affected by small things.
Conflicts are less severe when you do not react right away.
(6) Positive experiences in their lives
Learned how I sometimes get rid of bad thinking and be relaxed.
Helping with my job/career.
Become a better person.
References for Mindfulness
An archive of mindfulness teachings by Gil Fronsdal, Andrea Fella, and various
guest speakers at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA.
Downloadable meditation teachings and instruction from Dharma Seed.
Links and articles relevant to meditation and recovery.
Downloadable meditations by Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD.
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions,
by Christopher K. Germer. New York: Guilford Press, 2009.
The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness, by J. Mark. G.
Williams, John D. Teasdale, Zindel V. Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn. New York: Guilford Press, 2007.
The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation, by Thich Nhat Hanh.
Boston: Beacon Press, 1987.
Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living, by Pema Chödrön. Boston: Shambhala, 1994.
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, by Pema Chödrön. Boston: Shambhala, 1997.
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Mediation in Everyday Life, by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
New York: Hyperion, 1994.
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, by Eckhart Tolle. Canada: Namaste
Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness,
by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. New York: Bantam Dell, 1990.
Coming to Our senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness, by Jon Kabat-Zinn,
PhD. New York: Hyperion,2006.
"What we think, we become"