New Yin Class added every Friday at 11:15-12:15. Come Join me at Jaya Yoga Center, Park Slope.
Join Laura Kauffmann and Alana Kessler for 6 magical days where jungle meets beach, sun kisses your face, water nourished your skin and yoga practice allows for the deep healing to begin.
We give you permission to lounge in the natural setting of Playa Maderas, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. We hope you'll join us!!!
30-hour Yin Yoga Training begins January 28th! Sign up here!
Believe it or not, autumn is a very important time to cleanse. It is not like spring where we focus on liver detoxification, but nonetheless, the organ systems that are associated with this season, the lungs and large intestine, have a lot to do with ridding our bodies of toxic waste via respiration and elimination. The tissues of the body governed by these organs, according to Chinese medicine are the skin and body hair. The health of both often reflects the state of Qi in these organs. So, unlike the warmer seasons where it is more customary to detoxify the organs with raw fruits and vegetables, this season we warm up the digestion with a lot more cooked vegetables and broths. Herbal tea, green juices and simple yoga and breathing exercises are added in to enhance the power of detoxification. We will also pay special attention to food combining and fermentation this season to properly fuel the gut with good bacteria. The end result? Clear skin, revitalized intestinal health, weightloss and a much stronger digestion.
October 19th-22: Pre-cleansing and elimination period: this is a time to let go of the acid forming foods like sugar, refined starches, caffeine and animal products, it is also a time to prep soups and begin planning your personal cleansing template, with my help of course!
October 23-27th: 5-day mind/body cleanse: You will have planned your template ahead of time but what we will add is yoga, breathwork and meditation, all focused on moving you through the entire organ system in a way that supports your process. You will be given detailed instruction on appropriate exercises, breath practices and meditation to help enhance your experience.
October 28-29th: This is a chance to dig even deeper or end your cleanse and begin making your way back to a healthier menu that sticks with a 70/30 alkaline/acid dietary philosophy.
The LK5 offers various templates to help you make the most of your support. There are daily tips, yoga instruction, meditation offerings and solid advice delivered to your inbox daily, plus the online group support is a great way to stay accountable. Feel free to email me if you have further questions.
Let’s do this!!!
Being fortunate to live and work at the beach in the summer does not go without some element of suffering and disconnect. Each summer I take my integrative wellness practice and yoga classes to my back deck on Fire Island, a barefoot, car-free community. I break away from acupuncture and treat clients using the meridian based practices of Yin yoga and Thai massage. It is a dreamy experience as I slow down and tune in to the rhythm of beach life. It is a dream come truefor my 10 year daughter as she rides off barefoot and bikini clad for hours at a time without any communication between us. This freedom takes me back to my childhood summers.
When I brought my work out here a few years ago, I thought this would be the perfect place to find my voice and teach intuitively. I found so much more.
I spent 5 weeks teaching a one-hour Yin/Yang Yoga class, sprinkled with bits of Chinese medicine wisdom and dharma. Yin Yoga has become my full body medicine wheel and as students learn to slow down and tether to their breath, body sensations, feelings and emotions, a different type of calm comes to the experience. This month I have chosen the mantra - “This moment is like this.” Being fully present lends a certain confidence to one’s ability to remain in the moment, rather than anticipating what the next moment might bring. With practice, it becomes evident that fear, suffering, and anxiety can be felt in a more inclusive way, thus losing the control they once had over our experience.
While the gifts are plenty at the edge of the ocean, they are equally plenty when we can fully know our experience of suffering. The medicine wheel of Yin Yoga has shaped a better understanding for me of my body, my mind, my reactivity. The confidence I have gained in trusting that and including all mental states, body sensations, and emotions in my yoga practice has strengthened a foundation of non-reactivity that not only informs my teaching but also plays a huge role I’m my parenting style and relationships with others.
This present moment mantra has become my closest ally of late, reminding me of the impermanence of all things and the beautiful gifts that come when you look to each moment, whether pleasant or unpleasant, with a sliver of gratefulness, these gifts of mindfulness are endless and when you are able to embrace life just as it is, you ignite that fire of insight. Authenticity and awareness shine through opening us to a fuller, richer, more vital life experience.
Finally, the weather change has got me thinking about smoothies, green juices, crisp salads and farm fresh Buddha bowls! This year I am offering up some mini-video taped asana sessions to guide you through the yin poses, sun salutations and standing poses. This is a beta-version so it will be complimentary to anyone doing the cleanse.
So, what is the LK5? Real food, real drinks and real results. This 5-day cleanse includes 3-days of pre-cleansing tips delivered to your inbox each morning. You are provided with a menu template that you can choose to follow or a blank one to fill out for yourself. The LK5 summer program is loaded with plenty of recipes that do not skimp on taste and leave you satisfied and nourished. We focus on getting you into the mindset of alkalizing your way to a cleaner, healthier, happier gut. Because this is a full mind/body experience, the LK5 also includes yin/yang yoga instruction to begin and end your day, mindfulness meditation tips that follow the 5-elements of Chinese medicine and daily cleansing tips to enhance each of the 5-cleansing days.
This is a virtual group experience that can be accessed online with extra tips and conversation with other cleansers. It's a super fun and unique way to ramp up your body/mind and metabolism as summer weather sets in.
During the post-cleanse you will receive 3 days of solid advice to keep you on the path, as you ease back into your normal everyday habits with more mindfulness.
Ready to join? Sign up here!