Saturday, October 23, 2010

Quick Check

So many interesting things have been happening that I hardly know where to begin...

For now I just want to share my new Sunday morning class at the Yoga Loft in Bedford -- you can enjoy a yummy brunch afterwards! And a new restorative class at Tully beginning on Thursday, October 28th. Hope to see you at either or both.

Will catch up with my blogging asap - now I need to figure out my new iphone!!

Om Shanti

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Endless Summer

Hello Beautiful Yogis,

It's been a very hot, and very busy summer!

I've taken more than a few opportunities to enjoy the glorious beach weather (the ocean has been spectacular), but I've also been working on, and planning, lots of new classes and projects for the Fall, including a teacher's immersion (co-taught with my dear friend and colleague Antonio Sausys) that will help yoga teachers and health professionals bring the magic of yoga to anyone suffering with cancer, as well as some soothing aromatherapy, healing Reiki, and re-energizing back workshops. Please check the schedule below for exact dates, locations, and times.

This week and next I'm covering two extra classes at the peaceful, zen-like Yoga Loft:
Gentle Hatha 9:45 AM on Tuesdays (in addition to my regular 8:15 Therapeutic Flow), and 8:30 AM on Thursdays.

Hope to meet you on the mat sometime soon...meantime, continue to enjoy the lazy, hazy days of summer!!

Love and Light,

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

For Fit Yoga Fans - With Gratitude

During the course of the last several months, many Fit Yoga fans have been asking where and when the next issue would be published; and naturally, some inquires have been angry, especially regarding subscriptions. I decided to write this blog in an effort to clarify matters as well as to assure each of you that my intentions as the editor-in-chief are, and have always been, honorable.

Last year at this time the economic fallout hit the publishing industry hard, and as you know many well-respected, long-established magazines had to close down. Some hard business decisions had to be made, and it soon became clear that in order for Fit Yoga to survive on any level, our magazine would need to go on hiatus so we could regroup, and take a few deep breaths.

My hope was that by this time we would have been able to re-launch Fit Yoga in a new format and continue on the path of exchanging and sharing our love of all things yogic. Since Fit Yoga had always been the “little engine that could” all of us who have worked so hard on every issue held tightly to the intention of coming back as soon as possible. I was confident that February, 2010 would see our new launch hit the stands but unfortunately things have not been settled yet. Meantime, I’ve been trying to maintain some sort of connection to our readers by sending out occasional e-newsletters while planning some spectacular retreats and stories for the months ahead.

I understand the frustration many of you have shared, probably better than you can imagine. I know you miss the magazine and that you’re angry about your subscriptions. Trust me when I say that I too am upset, and miss the job I loved so dearly with every fiber of my being--not to mention the regular paychecks. To say it’s been a rough road is a huge understatement but what makes it infinitely worse is the knowledge that some people are holding strong animosity towards me personally.

Of course I get it...I am the “face” of Fit Yoga and the logical person to turn to, and although a $20 or $30 subscription doesn’t seem earth shattering in the big picture, it’s one more annoyance to deal with, and one that you wouldn’t expect to have with a yoga magazine. I’m so very sorry that things have unfolded they way that they have, and if I could, I would fix every single subscription snafu personally. What I can offer is this blog, along with informative e-newsetters, and my sincere intention that Fit Yoga will be back on the streets soon.

My personal practice, along with teaching yoga has helped me cope during this last year, proving once again that the practice of yoga in all forms is the key to patience, understanding, and compassion. Although the business decisions are out of my hands, as an editor, yoga teacher, and student I strive to practice with integrity in all that I do, and I remain optimistic about the future of Fit Yoga.

My heartfelt thanks to all our loyal readers -- more updates, interesting stories, comments, and products from past and new contributors will be coming your way on this blog as well as in e-newsletters. Please do contact me at if you would like to be on my mailing list.

Perhaps someday soon I’ll see you in class, on a retreat, or at the very least we’ll once again connect on the pages of Fit Yoga magazine. Wishing each of you abundance, grace, and courage.

Love and light,

[For all subscription inquiries please contact George Agoglia:]

Monday, March 29, 2010

Ready, Set, Launch!

I know, I know...Blogging ain't my strong suit but I have a very good excuse: In addition to teaching more than ever, I've been working hard on several new and exciting projects with people I love and respect beyond measure.

A few weeks ago Yoga for You was launched offering a number of different yoga programs based on the premise that everyone can benefit from well run, legitimate yoga programs and events. Our focus is to bring yoga out of the regular studio setting and into hospitals, clinics and doctors' offices in a safe and productive way. Read all about our plans at
My partners Nicole and Michelle, as well as myself, would love to know what you think.

And just last week my dear friend Donna Kuebler and I launched Elemental Yoga Retreats (, providing yoga teachers, students, and curious seekers with affordable yet lux options to create customized yoga/wellness retreats. To celebrate our launch we're raffling a fabulous weekend for two at Mohonk Mountain House this coming April. All you have to do is log onto our site and send us your name and email on or before the drawing on April 12. You can even enter once a day to increase your chances of winning.

I'm sure these new ventures will provide me with plenty to talk about over the coming months, and I'm hopeful my blogging skills will be greatly improved too!

Maybe I'll see you at Mohonk -- just remember you've got to be in it to win it!

Happy Spring!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

There's something about Baron

Last week I had the very great pleasure of reconnecting with one of my favorite teachers, and was thrilled to be able to hit the mat as Baron Baptiste guided my practice once again.

It was more than a few years ago when I signed up for a week-long immersion with Baron, entitled Teacher's Revolution. I knew I needed some kind of revolutionary kick in my butt, because even though I had been teaching for a while, my sparsely attended classes seemed to be a testament to my lack of confidence and abilities.

I remember being completely intimidated by all the yoga teachers in the room. They each seemed so strong in every way, while all I felt was inadequate in every way. But after the third 10-hour day of INTENSE practice, in-depth theory, and hands-on instruction, a strange thing started to happen: My ego became exhausted and I actually began to let go of my attachment to what I could or couldn't do, and, best of all, started to embrace my strengths. I remember riding the subway home feeling giddy and energized and renewed. By day four, I mustered up the courage to ask Baron about what I could/should do as a teacher, to deal with a particularly challenging student. I whined about how "she said this and asked me that...blah, blah, blah." He had been listening intently, and I expected him to provide some magical insight that would, at last, help me to put her in her place. Instead he looked into my eyes and said, "When you're ready to take your seat as a teacher, your students will listen." I was stunned, and more than a little embarrassed. I had to dig deep to keep from crying. But that evening, as I rode the F train home, I realized that Baron was exactly right; not believing in my ability as a teacher had been broadcasting self-doubt to each and every student.

I learned a lot about myself, yoga, and teaching after seven days with Baron, and very soon my own teaching began to blossom. I began to rely on my instincts instead of notes, and tapped into the hearts of my students for inspiration. I felt truly happy after every practice. In just a few months my classes were filling up, and my students were happy and healthy. I had finally been able to take my seat as a teacher, and found it to be welcoming as well as comfortable.

After this week's class, I related my story to Baron as he smiled broadly. "That's really great Rita," he said, "I can see how much you love to teach. I feel the passion." "I've always wanted to thank you for that advice," I replied. "You helped me face my fears, and have faith in myself."

"Whatever happened to that student?" he asked.
"Oh that's an interesting story. One day after class she thanked me, and said that I had inspired her to become a teacher. And now she subs for me!"
"That's pretty cool," said Baron.
"Yeah it is. And she's a really good teacher too!"

Don't be afraid to shine...

Monday, January 11, 2010

Thank You!

It was a ridiculously cold and icy weekend here in the Northeast but that didn't seem to matter to this hardy yoga community. Special thanks to everyone who attended my sold-out Aroma/Detox yoga class on Saturday, and an extra special hug to the Greenwich kula of yogis who showed up in force for Lululemon's Sunday morning community class - we broke a record with 61 attendees!!
I hope everyone is finding some warmth in their practice and allowing the shared love to inspire his or her journey.
Lots of love and big bear hugs to all!
[Love my new Lulu pants and jacket!]

Monday, January 4, 2010

New year, new me, new blog

Given the date of my last blog entry, I think it’s fairly clear that I don’t have the hang of blogging. Mostly because I’ve been doing a lot more teaching which translates into lots more running around. When I finally do have a block of time to myself, I usually have overdue bills to pay and deadlines to keep so writing a new blog inevitably takes a back seat. But I promised myself that 2010 will be different and I will make a conscious effort to exercise, eat well, take better care of my body, and yes -- blog. I realize that these self-contributions will help to keep my body running smoothly, my mind clear and focused, and my heart open. They also, very often, become shared experiences, even if they don’t always start out that way, and in my view, sharing the experience of our individual journeys is what will keep all of us moving in the direction of understanding, compassion and hopefulness.

And I do have hope for this new year as well as this new decade. I feel a renewed faith in myself, and all the gifts I have been blessed with in this life. I vow to embrace them as I allow my heart to fill up with the light of possibility and love. And I vow to shine that light onto each and every being that walks along my path or crosses it.

As yogis we can all make the same decision: To view this new decade-year-month-day- minute with an open heart, faith in ourselves, and a commitment to shine. For real.

Peace, love and understanding,