…a three-part workshop.

Jan 11/Feb 8/Mar 7, 2020

Jaya Yoga East

The yoga term svadahyaya means moving inward towards oneself. The practice of svadhyaya helps us to understand the essence of who we are. From that place it becomes clear where we should direct our efforts and energy.

There are three areas of our lives where the majority of our energy is spent: our work, our finances and our relationships. Dedicating one full workshop to each of these, we will learn skills that we can use as a foundation for a more conscious, aware and joyful life. We will then apply these skills to move towards goals derived from our true nature.

During the workshop, we will immerse ourselves in tools designed to help us look inward as we explore practical exercises to build self-awareness. We will then apply that work toward generating specific, positive outcomes related to our work, finances and relationships. Each workshop will include a yoga practice -incorporating asana, pranayama, philosophy and meditation -that supports our intended outcome for the session. One workshop can stand alone or they can be taken as a full series.

Saturday 1/11/20, 1:30-5:00 pm

Our first workshop aims to improve your work and personal life by teaching you how to move away from problem-based thinking and toward building healthy, well-formed outcomes. When problems arise, it is easy to get dragged down by negative emotions and forget the outcome you ultimately seek. Outcome-based goal-setting can help reframe your perspective and redirect your energy. It can be used every day, in any situation where there is a conflict or problem, even in setting new goals for yourself. By practicing this way of thinking and making it a habit, you’ll build new pathways in the brain that can help you be calmer when tackling problems and act from a more authentic place. Our yoga class will focus on the muladhara (root) chakra, exploring our physical stability and foundation, as well as the yoga concepts of sankalpa (intention-setting) and tapas (determination).

Saturday, 2/8/20, 1:30-5:00 pm

Our habits and beliefs around spending and saving money often start in childhood and continue in adulthood. Many of us don’t want to look at our financial habits in detail, especially when we are not on solid ground financially. But that’s when it is most important to look closely. In fact, this is the best way to move beyond a troubled financial state. In this workshop we will explore the yoga concept samskara (a deep seated habit or belief) as it relates to our personal relationship with money. With this insight we will begin to reframe our perspective and work toward creating new, positive financial beliefs and embracing money as energetic flow. Our yoga class will work with the manipura (solar plexus) chakra, physically exploring our inner reservoir of power and purpose.

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 1:30-5:00 pm

Words are reflections of our thoughts; this is true even when we think we can hide behind them. By using a positive language model, you can learn how to better express your authentic self and understand others through communication. We want to nurture healthy bonds with partners, friends, children, and parents, and also be authentic and friendly with our broader community. In this workshop, you will learn to use positive and specific language in your encounters and gain a better understanding of how to listen closely and ask clarifying questions. We will reintroduce the concept of a well-formed outcome and show how these tools can work together to better navigate communication in our relationships. Our yoga class will focus on the relationship between the anahata (heart) chakra and the vishuddha (throat) chakra, physically exploring heart and throat openers and working with sounding and breathing techniques to help open the heart-to-throat channel.


LOCATION: Jaya Yoga East, 2902 Ft. Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11218

PRICING: $80/session or $200/full series

QUESTIONS: lea@leabenderyoga.com

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Lea and Charlotte have joined forces to create unique workshops and retreats that combine yoga practices and coaching tools to facilitate personal growth and transformation in NYC and beyond.

Lea Bender (500-RYT) brings over twenty years of personal practice, a love of yoga philosophy, and a background in circus, physical theater, and Pilates to her teaching. She teaches a range of different styles from Vinyasa to Restorative. At the root of every class is the intention to help students tap into the sacred nature of our human experience through connection to body and breath. Lea teaches in yoga studios, private homes, retreat centers and on Rikers Island.

Charlotte Mendelaar is a Master NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Coach and a continuous student of NLP. She has been interested in change and transformation for as long as she can remember. Charlotte coaches clients mainly in the areas of money, work and business. She likes to help clients transform in a holistic way, ensuring that there are no mental blocks that inhibit progress.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) addresses how our brains are programmed and how that relates to language. NLP can help us re-direct our negative impulses and build new impulses that will have a positive impact. It has grown into a coaching methodology and is used by coaches and by therapists worldwide.