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Shriyoga Zoom Details, Practice Guidelines + Etiquette:

All classes are currently being taught online at Zoom.  Class times listed are in Eastern time as we are in NYC.  Please adjust accordingly for your local time zone.  Our etiquette and guidelines for the practice of yoga in a community/group setting is offered with respect for the tradition as a sacred study and a focused experience for all.

  • All classes on the Schedule are linked to our Zoom room, so 5-10 minutes prior to the start of class you will simply click on the class you wish to join and you will be directed either straight to the Zoom room or to a waiting room until Elizabeth (or Elyse the co-host) opens the class.  The password for all classes (except for the Tuesday 10am and Wednesday 5pm Term) is 72729.
  • All donations offered no later than 15 minutes prior to class time by VENMO:  @ shriyoga or ZELLE:  shriyoga@shriyoganyc.com unless otherwise arranged by email for those who prefer to send a check or other method.  We are continually experimenting with new ways as we move towards a more shared economy without the typical paywall.
  • Please: one adult human being per screen in the group classes.  Elizabeth gives specific alignment details which in the online format is challenging to see two bodies in what is a postage stamp size box.  The exception is private lesson format as then one screen fills Elizabeth’s entire computer and it is easy to see two people in the same room on the same camera.  If it is absolutely unavoidable to have separate screens in your family, then please arrange your mat so that one person is in the prominent position. The second person in your “space ship” will unfortunately receive less detailed alignment instruction, however, it is the only possibility for making this kind of allowance to reduce the inherent eye strain in this kind of teaching.
  • Of course, dogs, cats, pigs, birds, hamsters and children are welcome as visitors. 🙂
  • Go to zoom.us to download the app onto your device and ensure that device has video camera and audio capabilities so that you may see the teacher and the teacher may see you, if you wish to be seen!
  • Upon entry you will be muted.  It is very important, however, to have your mat and props set, phones off and ready to practice before turning your video on.  If your practice area is not quite ready or there is a lot of activity in your space, then simply turn your video turned off and listen to the audio. When you are settled, your practice space set and ready to be seen, turn the video back on.  The same for those of you running late to class.  Please keep your video off until you settled, and then turn it on, especially if we are already chanting the opening mantra.  There is no set cut-off time for late entry.  In the physical world, we had a strict 7 minute grace period, however, in the virtual world it is easier to stretch it if everyone is accountable for how they manage their entry as stated above.
  • Our intention is to treat the virtual space with the same respect that we would give to a physical community practice space.  It is important to create an intention of holding the time set aside to practice as “sacred space”.  We understand that it can be challenging in our homes during the pandemic when for some of us there is little privacy.  If you need to leave your mat for any reason at all (to take an emergency phone call, receive a food delivery, lengthy conversation with partners/children, etc.)  please turn your video off and turn it back on when you are focused again.  Believe it or not, extraneous activities do detract from the collective intentional space.
  • Of course, it is always your choice whether to turn your video on or off.  You will also be able to see Elizabeth/teacher and other students who have their videos turned on.  All audio will be muted except for the teacher to increase sound quality and minimize interference.  Please use the CHAT function to ask questions.  There will be a brief time at the end of class when everyone will be un-muted to say hi or ask additional questions.  There is never pressure to remain after class.  In fact, it is often best to leave and linger in the spacious residue of the class.  Often, the answers to the questions will arise from the stillness.  
  • It is recommended to practice on an empty stomach.
  • Please have water available only for a truly thirsty moment.  Otherwise, it is recommended to drink water before class rather than during.  It is important to catch yourself from habitually moving towards a sip of water as a distraction from the intensity of the practice.  (Elizabeth admits that she used to be in this camp!)
  • If you are new to practicing with us, please inform us by email a day prior to participating with any physical concerns including pregnancy.  Elizabeth wants to make sure to give you modifications.  Also, feel free to check in via email after your first class to clarify anything that might have surfaced during the class.
  • Please stay for the final savasana (resting pose) at the end of class as it is the most healing part of the class. The savasana is short in the Zoom format.
  • If you have any questions regarding the Zoom platform, please email us at shriyoga@shriyoganyc.com

 

Donations for Classes:

Donations/Offerings are on a sliding scale dependent on financial ability via:

VENMO:  @shriyoga
 
Donations/offerings are to be made no later than 10 minutes prior to class time for entry.
 
No amount is too small and is sincerely appreciated.  Elizabeth wants everyone included as maintaining community and heart-felt connection is important to our well-being. Let’s remain spirited!
 
If wish to make one offering for multiple classes, please do so at the start of the week and make mention of the dates in your Venmo or Zelle transaction. (If you end up missing a class, you are always welcome to make it up on another day.)
 
If you need to make other arrangements or have questions, please email us at shriyoga@shriyoganyc.com

It is very important that we find the right balance between stability/boundaries and freedom/ease. 

Please see below the descriptions for the classes currently live on our online schedule.  All are Eastern time.

 

Community Yoga For All:

Mondays 6:30am ET begins 9/14  https://zoom.us/j/92139948526

Mondays 6:30pm ET https://zoom.us/j/92139948526

Saturdays 11:00am ET https://zoom.us/j/289482607

Any class that is listed as “Community” on the schedule is OPEN to all levels and is 1 hour.  The password for all of the above classes is 72729.  Elizabeth will remain available for anyone interested for an additional 10 minutes of meditation and connection.

 

Deep Dive  

Thursdays 10:00am-11:20am https://zoom.us/j/995644248 (password is also 72729:  however, permission from Elizabeth to attend is required. Please read below.)

This DEEP DIVE class is for skilled practitioners and/or for those who have been studying with Elizabeth “in person” for at least a year.  All new people and those who have never attended this class before must email the studio at least 24 hours prior with your interest in attending.  Elizabeth will discern if it is advisable for you to attend as the class is geared towards more experienced practitioners so it is imperative for her to protect those of you who are not ready for this kind of class.  We will confirm your invitation to attend.  This class is 80 minutes long like the Term Classes.  Elizabeth does allow for a little extra time at the end of class for those wishing to meditate for a few minutes and then ask questions.  Like all of the community classes, a donation of any amount by Venmo/Zelle prior to class is appreciated and required no later than 10 minutes before the start of class.

 

Guided Meditation and Self Inquiry:  Alive + On-line

Mondays  7:30pm-8:20pm ET:  https://zoom.us/j/92139948526

Tuesdays  12:00pm-12:30pm ET:  https://zoom.us/j/736683910

Wednesdays  6:30pm-7:00pm ET:  https://zoom.us/j/736683910

Fridays  5:00pm-5:30pm ET:  https://zoom.us/j/736683910

Saturdays 10:30am-10:55am ET:  https://zoom.us/j/289482607

Classes are open to ALL! The password is 72729.

Donations/offerings via Venmo (@shriyoga) or Zelle (shriyoga@shriyoganyc.com)

Please note:  Elizabeth Rossa guides the Monday, Wednesday and Saturday classes, Ylfa Edelstein guides the Tuesday class and Johnny Rossa guides the Friday class (please note, Elizabeth will occasionally jump in to teach when Ylfa or Johnny are unavailable).

The question, “Why Meditate?” is a growing topic in conversation.

The simplest answer is to just be.

However, it isn’t that simple.  Life presents a paradoxical complication for humans who are a constant flow of ideas, exchanges and relationships.

Therefore, the intention to meditate holds a space for us to pause, breathe and notice that we are both being and becoming.

The great philosophical traditions present our existence as a pulsing and creative, never-ending flow of consciousness which manifests in diversity.

During our time together we will experiment with a variety of subtle and powerful contemplative techniques which will encourage a centered, calm and an expanded view of ourselves.  We will cultivate this expansion through awareness of our breath, our senses and imagination.

The Wednesday class will include a contemplation from the powerful and universal wisdom of the Yoga Sutra.  

There will be time for contemplative questions and conscious conversation.

All welcome including the skeptical and dubious.

 

Advanced Registration Classes:  

 

Tuesday Community 10am-11:20am Fall Term Class

Beginning September 15th 2020 for 7 weeks.

The Autumn “Terms” begin on September 15th, also in the Zoom format.  These classes allow for a rare level of study and focused attention from Elizabeth with a committed group of 12 students per term.  At the moment, this group is comprised of local downtown New Yorkers who were practicing together for years prior.  If you are interested in participating, especially if you are a displaced New Yorker, you might find this group to be a great opportunity to connect “locally” please email us at shriyoga@shriyoganyc.com.  It is uplifting to study and create continuity with the same group every week!  

Deconstruction Flow – Wednesday 5pm-6:20pm Term Class

Beginning September 16th 2020 for 7 weeks.

Elizabeth designed this class with the intention of a slower, more deliberate pace, allowing for the extra details to settle in.

This class will still be challenging.  Elizabeth’s style of teaching will guide you towards deeper listening skills and absorption of the internal forms of yoga as taught to her by her teachers, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor.

This class might be a good place to land in cultivating a “beginner’s mind” even if you consider yourself an “expert”.

Please email us at shriyoga@shriyoganyc.com.  It is uplifting to study and create continuity with the same group every week!

An additional perk to joining this class is that there is a Meditation with Elizabeth immediately following at 6:30pm which you are always welcome to join for an extra deep dive.

 

Fundamentally Advanced

Resumes in January 2021

Fundamentally Advanced is especially geared towards anyone desiring a dose of  “The Beginners Mind”, which is actually an advanced state of mind … approaching Life, your self with a fresh response.

The classes are open to anyone who is willing to move at a slower, more deliberate, detailed pace to study “how” to practice with an internal focus, and potentially learning that yoga is beckoning from within your very own body-mind.

If you have never practiced with Elizabeth “in person” before, it is also a good opportunity as she will assist you in getting the hang of how to listen to the alignment cues and the basic sequencing/Sun Salutations, without having a teacher physically model poses for you.

Join us and let go of the impulse and need to push, strain and “do” your yoga.

If you are brand new and reluctant to join a group, please email us at shriyoga@shriyoganyc.com to set up a private lesson.  Elizabeth is willing to teach two discounted private lessons per month to help ease you into the group classes.  

Private Lessons

A focused, one to one lesson exploring yoga, pranayama (breath work), meditation, mantra and/or Self-inquiry on a more personal level.  Private lessons are a wonderful opportunity to unravel any aspect of your practice that continually challenges you.  Refinement of elements of the practice already known is another gift of one to one study.  Identify exactly what you need to breathe more fully, dive deeper, sit with ease or simply recognize who you really are.

Please email shriyoga@shriyoganyc.com to enquire about availability and the rates, which are dependent on the day and time requested. 

1 hour private lessons are one to one, between one student and the teacher.

1.5 hour private lessons can be shared with 1 other person.

Additional rates apply for private groups of 3 or more.

Please note that when sharing a lesson, all participants must generally be at the same level of ability with no significant injuries or physical limitations.

Elizabeth uses Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp and now, ZOOM for private lessons.

 

Reiki + Healing

Elizabeth Rossa is now available for Reiki sessions as either an “add-on” to a yoga/meditation session or simply on its own.

Reiki is an intelligent, Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation which can promote a sense of profound well-being. The benefits of a Reiki session are now being recognized in many healing centers and hospitals.  The premise is that “Ki” the life force energy moving through us can be improved with a direct intention and openness to the idea of “Rei”, the power of a wisdom of a Universal Presence. Although a spiritual practice, Reiki is non-dogmatic and is in no way a conflict of specific spiritual beliefs, systems or tradition. Reiki is an inclusive, supportive and caring practice; a practice that respects our existence as inherently sacred.

Reiki healings are being offered in only the “distance” format.  It is still profoundly effective.
 

Workshops

SHRIYOGA’s next 2 1/2 Hour Workshop in the ZOOM format dates will be announce shortly.  Please check out our Workshops and Events page for all details.

Please email us at shriyoga@shriyoganyc.com for any and all questions.