Saturday, February 21, 2015

Exciting Things to Come Along with Spring!

I've been spending time working on updating my website. I'm hoping to unveil it later this week, and I'm really excited about it, but it's taking a lot of time away from my blogging's hoping March brings more blog posts! Other exciting things are afoot for March, too:

I'll be giving a meditation workshop along with Yoga Nidra expert Elena on March 1st at Exposed NYC: a wellness conference on healthy eating, living, and social impact. Candice Kumai will be there to share her take on delicious, nourishing, real food! You can read about the other workshops and presenters, and buy tickets at

The next week, I'll be offering a family yoga class at one of the schools Bella Vita works with! Family yoga classes are fun for me, because they play to my strengths: there's no telling how the kids involved will be feeling till we get there, so even if you have some ideas or a sequence you hope to get to in advance, you'll have to improv once you get there.

I like knowing that the parents are there to handle the kids and keep them comfortable, and I can focus on getting as many yoga benefits into the kids and the grownups as possible. Sometimes it become a game of getting the kids to go along with some simple forward folds to stretch the parents out, or a few chaturangas to get some quick toning in. Sometimes we have to run the whole class backwards: starting with Savasana, and slowly amping up the energy as the kids get more comfortable, and expand their orbit around their parents.

Other challenges of family yoga come up with the kids present represent a wide range of ages: little ones who aren't super mobile can be great for family yoga, as they enjoy watching their parents move in unusual ways, and their weight makes for a great prop to provide an extra physical challenge: Warrior I Baby Lift Variation!!! :-D

Older kids will want to participate more fully, and be challenged themselves, but their self esteem can be delicate, so you have to be careful not to hover or over-correct.

The tough part is when you have little ones AND older kids! You have to keep things interesting for the older kids, give the parents something to do other than parent, AND keep the little ones interested in whats going on. Those are definitely the most exhausting classes!

Even if I'm only working with one age group in addition to the adults in the room, if it's that magic age where walking and running are easy-peasy, but following instructions and grasping logic are still a few years away...we have our work cut out for us! In that case, the parents and I really have to work as a team to get as much value out of the time we have as possible. They know their child much better than I do, in terms of what's going to capture her or his attention: animal noises? Challenging shapes? Watching the parents get really into it? Lots of praise from me? Sometimes just the opposite: the less I notice the kid, the more he or she wants to know what I'm going on about!

These sessions tend to be an hour, but with that middle age group, sometimes half an hour is best. I talked about parents a lot, but you can do a family yoga session with a niece or nephew, or with a child that you nanny, as long as you have the parent's permission. You can book a family yoga session with me through Bella Vita! It can be a great way to spend more time with your family, and to burn off some extra energy while it's still too cold to spend much time outside. Check out

I also have another aerial yoga class on the horizon: Saturday March 21st at 3:00pm at Loom Yoga Center! Mark your calenders, and get signed up at! Since I don't have regular yoga classes on the schedule right now, you don't want to miss your chances! We'll be celebrating the return of Spring with that class with lots of freedom and flight! Come play with us!

Live Omily,

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Omily Tarot: Exploring the Elements–Air

The Sun is in Aquarius, which means all my favorite people (well, ok, I have favorite non-Aquarians, too...) are having their birthdays, including me! Yay!!! Naturally I have a soft spot for all things Aquarius, except for the things that conflict with my potent moon in Leo...but then, aren't we all a big ball of joyous contradictions? In honor of Aquarius-ness, and this rad new blog series I'm following that is going over the basics of Astrology from a tarot-y perspective, I thought it would be cool to do a quick series on the four elements, starting, of course, with Air: the element of Aquarius!

These four elements come up over and over again in divination and classification systems from cultures all over the world, and throughout history! it's amazing how even though these four elements aren't actually elemental in any way from a physics point of view, they are still super relevant and very elemental from a the-way-people-work point of view. The elements figure strongly in Tarot of course, and Astrology, and Ayurveda, all things that help me to understand and relate to my world, just like good old fashioned scientific method does, but in a different way.

Geeking out with fellow Vata AND Aquarius Syl reminds of me everything beautiful about the element of air:

Our thoughts and our energy are up, up, up! We love to analyze, contrast, and compare things, and we're often a few steps ahead of everyone else in the room in that regard. We're more comfortable on an aerial apparatus than off, because the air is home to us.

Of course, having a rich and varied mental landscape that can take precedence over the earthy details of what's going on here and now means that we can also appear flighty and flaky: ("Of COURSE I'm going to your Birthday party! When is it again? And...what's your name?") And yes, in aerial arts it can lead to trouble! I tweaked my bicep today because I didn't take my warm-up climb slow enough, after coming in from the 20 degree weather! I just wanted to get UP there! (Don't worry, it'll be fine by Monday!)

On the other hand, if you need a friend to help you get to the bottom of what seems like a super complicated or messy situation, Air people are the ones to call! In the tarot, the element of air is represented by the symbol of swords, which I think is super fitting: air people cut through the bullshit, and get down to what's REALLY going on. We're too impatient to deal with all those layers in between!

We're not necessarily the best people to cry and wallow in feelings with (we just don't have TIME for that, there is so much to THINK about! Find a water friend to wade through your emotional seascape with), but if you're done wallowing and ready to figure out what ACTUALLY went wrong, and what you ACTUALLY should do going forward, call us up!

We're also not the best bet if you're looking for, you know, small steps? Practical advice? You'll need an earth buddy to guide you through that one. We're strictly big picture.

Of course, in the real world, most people are a mix of a few elements. I'm air-heavy to be sure, but my astrology chart actually has more fire elements in it, as well as a bit of water and earth, and my ayervedic constitution has a fair share of fiery pitta energy as well.

Of course, air and fire is a combination known for being...EXPLOSIVE, which if you know me, won't come as a surprise! But my fiery passion combined with my sharp and inquisitive mind allows me to map out a path to success, and then stick to it.

With such a small dose of the empathetic qualities of water, or the practical qualities of earth, I can get impatient when I can see a loved one's situation super clearly, and know what they should do, but they aren't on the same page I'm on: maybe they're swimming across a sea of emotions, waiting to get to the earthy coastline, when it will be time to take that painful step, but I'm high up in the clouds, and from my perspective, they're wasting A LOT of time and energy. I've been known to simply fly away in moments like that, attending to my own airy dreams until the person catches up to me again. That reaction can seem very hurtful to a water-heavy person, but fellow air people totally get it. We're happy to give each other space, and not inclined to take things personally.

So, what does all this mean if the swords pop up in a tarot reading? A lot of swords could be telling you that it's time to cut the bullshit and be objectively honest about what's going on. Logic your way through it, instead of intuiting. Your intuition is too bogged down in feelz to lead the way right now. Don't worry, it happens to all of us!

A sword card can also refer to a person that manifests those airy qualities, especially if it happens to be a court card.

Any sword card is offering an analytical approach to the situation at hand, and the number that pops up will tell you or your querent what you should be applying your sharp mind to.

As you can see, I'm not at all shy about celebrating the qualities of Air! Are you rocking another element? Lots of fire, water, or earth? Let me know in the comments! I would love to hear everything awesome, and the unique challenges, of the other elements for the next three blogpost in this series. You can chime in with your unique perspective on living with lots of air, too! (Avoid eating apples, anyone??)