workshops + events


WAKING UP TO DETAILS: A Contemplative View of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga

with Elizabeth Rossa at Balance Arts Center
Saturday, March 28th 10:00am – 1:00pm
An optional Q&A immediately following until 1:30pm
Limited to 12 people

Elizabeth has been studying with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor within the Ashtanga Yoga tradition since 2009.  Bringing all that she has learned over the last 10 years under their guidance, she will mindfully guide us through the practice, no matter what your skill level.  The series itself is a healing art form and Elizabeth has experienced her own powerful healing transformation through this practice.

If you are a long time Ashtanga practitioner, interested in learning more about the Primary Series, or looking to approach your practice in a mindful and healing way, please join us at the serene and supportive Balance Arts Center.  This smaller group workshop will be limited to 12 people so Elizabeth is able to offer everyone hands on assists.  Following the lesson, there will be a 30 minute Q &A to discuss contemplation and hold the space for any questions or discussions that may arise.

Please email us at with any questions.


with Elizabeth Rossa 

Join Elizabeth as we dive into the heart of the Yoga Sutra.  We will be exploring this illuminating text through two translations recommended by Elizabeth’s own teachers, and applying the insights personally to life as we live it. This mentorship will provide the space and support, directly with Elizabeth, to actively question and digest the current relevance of this ancient text.  All are welcome who are curious, crave the depth of insight, conscious conversation and self-study through the philosophical lens of a text which has stood the test of time.

This course is not the usual online course.  It is a real time, group video Skype class with Elizabeth on seven Tuesday evenings, 7:30pm-9:00pm ET.  Our curriculum goal is to study the first 20 sutras in the first quarter of 2020.  In the weeks between classes, we will have homework and direct email interaction with Elizabeth.   Classes will include pranayama (breathwork), contemplative practice and meditation relevant to the sutras studied each week.  We are excited to share this opportunity to study together (without having to travel out of our own homes or offices) and still create a powerful, supportive community with open-minds and open-hearts.

1/14, 1/28
2/11, 2/25
3/10, 3/24, 3/31

In order to keep this study economically viable, the rate is a modest $315 for the all 7 weeks including direct, private email responses from Elizabeth on all contemplative homework.

If any additional financial aid is needed, please contact us and we will work it out.  The main thing is to keep our curiosity alive and actively study.

Please note that beginning in April 2020, we will offer part two of the mentorship which will continue the study of the Yoga Sutra with the remaining 31 sutras, completing the Samadhi Pada.

Questions are welcome!  Please email us at


with Elizabeth Rossa at Balance Arts Center
Mondays 7:30-8:30pm
151 West 30th Street, 3rd Floor, Room 5
Drop-in, donation based

The question, “Why Meditate?” seems to be a growing topic in conversation, and the simplest explanation might be to just be.

The simplicity of this particular explanation also presents a paradoxical complication, for our lives, as we experience them, are a constant flow of ideas, exchanges and relationships.

Therefore, the intention to meditate holds the space to pause, breathe and notice that we are both being and becoming.  The great tantric traditions present our existence as a pulsing, creative, never-ending unfolding of consciousness as everything and everyone.

During our time together we will experiment with a variety of meditation techniques as learned by Elizabeth from her primary meditation and philosophy teacher, master Sally Kempton.  Sally’s much celebrated book, Meditation for the Love of It will be our primary resource.

In this class we will learn and practice a number of subtle and powerful contemplative and meditative techniques, all designed to help us open ourselves to the sacred and equip us with tools we can use to nurture, cultivate and expand our awareness through every cell of the body/mind. The techniques will include: finding the space or madhya between breaths, mantra chanting, tonglen (a Tibetan esoteric breathing and visualization practice designed to cultivate altruism and universal compassion), grounding and centering methods and pranayama.  There will also be time for contemplative questions and conscious conversation.

We are open to welcoming all who are interested including seasoned practitioners, brand new beginners, including those skeptical and dubious.

Please email us at with any questions.


with Elizabeth Rossa and Elyse McLaughlin

Details coming very soon.


Music + Mantra Collaborative Events
New York City…and worldwide!

Details to follow!  Many live and interactive events are in the works for 2020!


Dates Coming Soon!

The First Degree of Reiki, commonly known as “Level 1” is the foundational training of a system of healing developed in Japan in the early 20th century. The Japanese words Rei and Ki point to a subtle, wise and healing life force energy which is natural within each of us. The system of Reiki uses an non-invasive touch which greets this natural healing force. It is an excellent self-care practice, bringing balance and vitality. Self-care is a primary focus of Reiki First Degree. When practiced regularly, Reiki has been known to transform mental, emotional and physical health to well-being.

Please note that since Reiki is neither dogmatic nor religious, it can be practiced by anyone.

Elizabeth Rossa received her Reiki Master Level from the esteemed Reiki Master Wendy Miner, who is integral in Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s Integrative Medicine Department.

For yoga teachers and massage therapists, Reiki 1 can be a powerful evolution in hands-on assists and practices.

This initiation/training will be limited to a small group.