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Taking a first step into yoga can be daunting. Google the word yoga and you’ll find more than 600 million results including videos, photos, and articles. With so much information to sift through, it can be challenging to know where to start.

That’s why we created  Absolute Beginners. In six weeks, we’ll show you that  yoga isn’t something that is scary or intimidating. It is a practice that is completely attainable regardless of age, gender, background, or size. Yoga is for every body.

What is Absolute Beginners?

Absolute Beginners includes six weekly sessions that explore yoga in a fun, safe, and comfortable, judgement-free environment. Classes progressively build to provide you with a solid foundation in the fundamentals. The format is open and students are encouraged to ask questions. The group is at the same experience level, and with the class enrollment capped at a small size, each student receives personal attention from the teacher.

What makes Absolute Beginners unique is that it allows you to immerse yourself in what you’re learning. Starting in week 3, you’ll receive 30 days of unlimited classes so you can apply your newly found skills outside of the core sessions and gain confidence in your practice. You’ll also receive a complimentary yoga mat.

Absolute Beginners is perfect for first-time students as well as former students who want to reignite their practice. The program is open to all ages and levels of experience. If you have any concerns about the program being right for you, contact the studio for a consultation.

What will I learn in Absolute Beginners?

  • YOU WILL LEARN KEY YOGA TERMINOLOGY, BOTH IN ENGLISH AND IN SANSKRIT.
  • YOU WILL DISCOVER FUNDAMENTAL ASANAS, OR POSES, SUCH AS DOWNWARD FACING DOG, CHILD’S POSE, AND THE WARRIORS.
  • YOU WILL EXPLORE HOW TO COMPLETE EACH MOVEMENT SAFELY, AND HOW TO MODIFY MOVEMENTS IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE YOUR OWN PERSONAL ABILITIES.
  • YOU WILL RECEIVE INSTRUCTION ON HOW TO SAFELY USE YOGA PROPS SUCH AS BLANKETS, BLOCKS, AND STRAPS.
  • YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO APPLY THE SKILLS YOU LEARN IN YOGA CLASS, SUCH AS MEDITATION, BREATHING, AND ALIGNMENT, TO YOUR LIFE OUTSIDE THE YOGA MAT.

Two new sessions begin the first week of January. Learn more.

See also “So You Want to Learn Yoga” Part 1 and Part 2.

Save Up to 25% On the Gift of Yoga!

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Now through December 24, enjoy special savings on the items below to help you wrap up your final week of holiday shopping.

  • SAVE 20%!  Aromatherapy Balms, Mists, Rollers, and Bath Salts. Hand-crafted savasana spray mists and balms in tins and tubes make great stocking stuffers and are available in a variety of scents like lavender, citrus, and flower power! Pair with essential oil rollers and bath salts for a gift of stress-relieving bliss. Available in studio only through 12/24.
  • SAVE 25%! Gift Cards of $50 or more.   Gift cards for special events and workshops provide the yoga lovers in your life an opportunity to deepen their studies.  Gift cards are available in every denomination. Buy online and email the Gift Card to the recipient or pick up a certificate in the studio.  Gift Cards can be used for in-studio merchandise, special events/workshops, private lessons, and class cards.  Buy online – no code required. Discounts end 12/24/2016.
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  • SAVE 25%! Private Yoga Sessions. Delight any beginner or experienced practitioner with one-on-one lessons with a BAMBU teacher.  Available in 1, 3, or 5 session packages, each 60-minute lesson is tailored meet individual goals and needs. Privates are ideal for learning to master or modify poses, develop a home practice, or address specific therapeutic needs. Buy online – no code required. Discounts end 12/24/2016.
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Create a Custom Package. Still not sure what to get someone on your list? Email us or and we’ll set up a time to work with you on selecting the perfect gift.

Today I Rise [VIDEO]

 

Where are you?
Little girl with broken wings but full of hope
Where are you?
Wise woman covered in wounds

Where are you?
Where are you?
Where are you?

Today is the day I will not sit still and give in anymore
Today, I rise

I am bruised, but I will get up and walk again
Today, I rise

I don’t care if you ignore my beauty
Today, I rise

Through the agony of my darkest nights I heal and thrive
Today, I rise

I move through the world with confidence and grace
I open my eyes and I am ready to face
My wholeness as a woman and my limitless capacities
I will walk my path with audacity
Today, I rise

I reconnect with the many aspects of myself
I’m in awe of the reality I can breed

I am a queen
I am a healer
A wise woman
A wild woman
I will rise and be

I am a rebel I will wake up and fight
I am a mother
And… I am a child

I will no longer disguise my sadness and pain
I will no longer suffer and complain

I am black and I am white
There’s no reason to hide

Where are you?
Where are you?
Where are you?
Where are you?

I call upon Kālī to give me life
I transform my anger into power
No more heartache or strife

The world is missing what I am ready to give
My wisdom
My sweetness
My love
And my hunger for peace

I weep with the trees and the rivers and the earth in distress
I rise and shine and I’m ready to go on my quest

Today, I rise without doubt or hesitation
Today, I rise without excuses, without procrastination
Today, I call upon my sisters to join a movement of resolution and concern
Today is my call to action
I will fulfill my mission without further distraction

Today is the day
Today, I will start
To offer the world the wisdom of my heart.

Maria De Noda On Core Strength Vinyasa and Her Upcoming Workshop

IMG_2851Maria De Noda has trained in many styles, and is influenced by many teachers but her biggest influences in body movement, alignment and anatomy have been Sadie Nardini, Leslie Kaminoff and Tom Myers. She has studied extensively under the guidance of Sadie in Core Strength Vinyasa and has a personal yoga practice of over 20 years. Maria is registered through Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Maria brought Core Strength Vinyasa to BAMBU at her sold out workshop in October. She returns later this month with Rediscover Your Power: Warrior Flow. We had a chance to ask Maria a few questions about the event on behalf of BAMBU students.

Core strength vinyasa yoga sounds like something for only very strong and athletic students. Is that true?

Not at all. Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga (CSVY) is a practice open to everyone. I teach it to all levels from individuals with health problems who practice in a chair to those who ran a marathon over the weekend. The practice works with the deep core line of the body, engaging deeper muscles than other practices. Most of us use the outer muscles of the body, but in this style of yoga, we learn to engage the muscles that are deep inside the body to make your yoga practice more effective no matter what your experience or fitness level is.

What differences will I notice with this style of yoga?

What is different about CSVY is that with it the body moves in a more natural, holistic and therapeutic way than the traditional yoga practices. The poses are the same, but HOW to get into them is different. A yoga pose is a template, and students in this style learn to fit their body appropriately into that template, with what feels right for them. Everyone’s pose shouldn’t be the same exact one and that’s OK. CSVY is about true balance and finding a practice that is right for you so you can own it. The practice is based on new, real world anatomy and biomechanics. As we learn more about the body a yoga practice needs to evolve and change. I will be bringing you the latest information.

Who is this workshop designed for?

The workshop is designed for everyone. New students can come and learn more about the body and how to safely transition from one pose to another. There will be plenty of modifications and suggestions. Advanced students will learn how to enhance their current practice by engaging deep core muscles that don’t get engaged in a traditional yoga practice. CSVY doesn’t take away from anyone’s practice; it adds to it. Yoga Teachers can come and get CE credit by studying with me and learn new ways to lead students in a more holistic, safe and natural way. Keep in mind that I am the only yoga teacher in this area qualified to teach this style as I am a CSVY Master Trainer and have spent the last couple of years studying the style with the creator, Sadie Nardini, in person and assist at her workshops. Come learn something unique. Your body will thank you.

Is this the same as the workshop you did in October?

No, this workshop is new and different from the previous one. While we will be reviewing some of the information from October as a refresher and also for anyone who might have missed that workshop, we will be learning new poses and new ways of coming into them. This workshop will focus on the Warrior series and I will be bringing in more things that I have learned as I continue to train with my teacher.

Click here to register and learn more about Maria’s Rediscover Your Power: Warrior Flow workshop on February 20 from 2-4pm.

Nothing Says “I Love You” Like the Gift of Yoga!

Sharing the love of yoga is a wonderful way to show someone you care about their well-being. BAMBU Yoga offers an array of treats to satisfy yogis no matter where they are in their journey.  And now through December 24, we’re offering  special savings on the items below to help you wrap up your final week of holiday shopping.

  • Mat & Eye Pillow Gift Set. Receive a free Eye Pillow (lavender or unscented) with the purchase of a Hugger Mugger Para Rubber Mat.  Constructed of eco-friendly natural rubber this premium mat provides excellent cushioning and a non-slip surface that will last for years.  Available for just $75 (a combined savings of 28% over the MSRP).

>>Available in studio only though 12/24 while supplies last.

  • Aromatherapy Balms and Bath Salts. Savasana balms in tins and tubes are available in a variety of scents like lavender, citrus, and mint and make great stocking stuffers! Pair with bath salts for a gift of stress-relieving bliss.

>>Available in studio only. Save 10% through 12/24.

  • Events and Workshops.  Gift cards for special events and workshops provide the yoga lovers in your life an opportunity to deepen their studies.  Gift cards are available in every denomination.  Buy them online and email them to the recipient or let us know if you’d like to have certificates made up for pick up in the studio.  Gift Cards can be used for in-studio merchandise and class cards.

>>BUY ONLINE! Save 10% on all gift cards through 12/24 with Promo Code: HOLIDAY

  • Absolute Beginner Series. The perfect gift for someone who wants to get started with yoga but doesn’t know where to begin. They’ll receive six weekly classes designed to give them a solid foundation in vinyasa style yoga, a yoga mat, and 30 days of unlimited classes. Gift them an Absolute Beginners Series and they can choose the schedule that works best for them in the upcoming year.

>>BUY ONLINE! Save 10% on Absolute Beginners Gift Card through 12/24 with Promo Code: HOLIDAY

  • Private Sessions. Delight any beginner or experienced practitioner with one-on-one lessons with a BAMBU teacher.  Each 60-minute sessions is tailored to the individual goals and needs of the student. Privates are ideal for getting the individual attention to further master or modify poses, develop a home practice, or address specific therapeutic needs.

>> BUY ONLINE!  $75 per session, $200 for 3-session pack, $300 for 5-session pack

  • Monthly Membership. For the ultimate in year-round giving,  set up a flexible monthly membership gift plan. We offer 4x, 8x, and unlimited monthly levels. Please email us for details.
  • Create a Custom Package. Still not sure what to get someone on your list? Email us and we’ll set up a time to work with you on selecting the perfect gift.

(We’re pretty sure your friends and family won’t mind if you shared this guide with them- they may be hoping for some hints on what to buy for you!)

Rebecca Bartuska first started yoga as a way to keep dance in her life. After dancing through college, the thought of giving it up entirely was terrifying. It wasn’t until the summer of 2014, doing teacher training at Zen Den in Margate, NJ, that she realized yoga was so much more than just a replacement for dance. Meditation and pranayama calmed thoughts, asanas instilled confidence and yamas and niyamas provided a way to evaluate one’s values on and off of the mat. Through yoga, she has grown tremendously as a person and she hopes to share that with her students. Through assisted poses and modifications, she believes each student can achieve the same bliss. With strong Iyengar influences instilled in her through her mentors, Rebecca’s style of teaching focuses on flowing through poses while building towards a peak pose. Proper alignment and meditation are stressed in all of Rebecca’s classes.  Meet Rebecca during these upcoming classes

Having lived in several places and practiced yoga in many studios since 2000, Brooke Weinert has always found her place on the mat, and is now so grateful to be at home in Bucks County, PA.
In 2012, she completed a 200 hour vinyasa flow teacher training as a means to re-boot her personal practice. Along the way, she discovered greater self-acceptance and the joy of teaching!
Yoga has brought her focus, strength and confidence, benefits that Brooke would like to share with as many others as possible. With a strong hatha yoga base and additional training in Restorative Yoga, Brooke stresses proper form, as well as honoring one’s body and limitations. Meet Brooke during these upcoming classes. 

Ready to Let Go?

LETTING GO TAKES LOVE
~ author unknown

To “let go” does not mean to stop caring,
it means I can’t do it for someone else.

To “let go” is not to cut myself off,
it is the realization I can’t control another.

To “let go” is not to enable,
but to allow learning from natural consequences.

To “let go” is to admit powerlessness,
which means that the outcome is not in my hands.

To “let go” is not to try to change or blame another,
it is to make the most of myself.

To “let go” is not to care for,
but to care about.

To “let go” is not to fix,
but to be supportive.

To “let go” is not to judge,
but to allow another to be a human being.

To “let go” is not to be in the middle, arranging the outcomes,
but to allow others to affect their own destinies,

To “let go” is not to be protective,
but to permit another to face reality.

To “let go” is not to deny,
but to accept.

To “let go” is not to nag, scold, or argue,
but to search out my own shortcomings and to correct them.

To “let go” is not to adjust everything to my desires,
but to take every day as it comes, and to cherish myself in it.

To “let go” is not to criticize and regulate anybody,
but to try to become what I dream I can be.

To “let go” is not to regret the past,
but to grow and live for the future.

To “let go” is to fear less and love more.

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Vinyasa, dance,and restore workshop on letting go. Saturday, June 20 from 2-4pm

Courage by Anne Sexton

It is in the small things we see it.
The child's first step,
as awesome as an earthquake.
The first time you rode a bike,
wallowing up the sidewalk.
The first spanking when your heart
went on a journey all alone.
When they called you crybaby
or poor or fatty or crazy
and made you into an alien,
you drank their acid
and concealed it.

Later,
if you faced the death of bombs and bullets
you did not do it with a banner,
you did it with only a hat to
comver your heart.
You did not fondle the weakness inside you
though it was there.
Your courage was a small coal
that you kept swallowing.
If your buddy saved you
and died himself in so doing,
then his courage was not courage,
it was love; love as simple as shaving soap.

Later,
if you have endured a great despair,
then you did it alone,
getting a transfusion from the fire,
picking the scabs off your heart,
then wringing it out like a sock.
Next, my kinsman, you powdered your sorrow,
you gave it a back rub
and then you covered it with a blanket
and after it had slept a while
it woke to the wings of the roses
and was transformed.

Later,
when you face old age and its natural conclusion
your courage will still be shown in the little ways,
each spring will be a sword you'll sharpen,
those you love will live in a fever of love,
and you'll bargain with the calendar
and at the last moment
when death opens the back door
you'll put on your carpet slippers
and stride out.

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. ~Anais

POEM: A Morning Offering

I love this poem by John O’Donahue.  A wonderful reminder that every day is a new beginning. Namaste – K.
A Morning Offering

I bless the night that nourished my heart
To set the ghosts of longing free
Into the flow and figure of dream
That went to harvest from the dark
Bread for the hunger no one sees.

All that is eternal in me
Welcome the wonder of this day.
The field of brightness it creates
Offering time for each thing
To arise and illuminate.

I place on the altar of dawn,
The quiet loyalty of breath.
The tent of thought where I shelter,
Wave of desire I am shore to
And all beauty drawn to the eye.

May my mind come alive today
To the invisible geography
That invites me to new frontiers,
To break the dead shell of yesterdays,
To risk being disturbed and changed.

May I have the courage today
To live the life that I would love,
To postpone my dream no longer
But to do at last what I came here for
And waste my heart on fear no more.