Sacred Centers, Starting January 9th, 2015

Sacred Centers: A Creative Approach to Working with the Chakras The Art of Yoga Therapy • 7-month program I am excited to announce a 7-month program at my studio starting on January 9th. “The Sacred Centers” developed out of both the women’s series I have been teaching since 2012 and my own personal exploration of the chakras. In my yoga practice and artwork over the years, I have found that the chakras are a fascinating area that I want to explore further through teaching. This series integrates my passions for yoga, psychology and the creative arts. Chakras are centers of energy in the body that govern our psychological properties. Anyone who has done yoga knows that through the practice of asana (postures) we access parts of ourselves way below the surface of our physicality. You may have these experiences but find it difficult to understand and to put into words. If we don’t delve deeper into understanding what our bodies tell us through various tensions and imbalances, our yoga practice becomes mechanical and habitual. We lose the opportunity to discover the richness, vitality and deep transformation (emotional, psychological and spiritual) that can happen through practice. This “Sacred Centers” program will offer an opportunity to: Dedicate an entire month to understanding and expressing your journey through each chakra via yogasana, meditation, creative journaling, art work and my guidance as well as that of a supportive group. Meet twice a month as a group and once a month with me privately. This will give you the chance to not only receive the support of other people experiencing similar issues but to tailor the program...

Jul 21st, Healing with Yoga, Meditation and Poetry with Liza Toft & Sarah Zanchester

  July 21, 2014 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm Location To Be Announced Brooklyn, United States The inspiration for this workshop – and what keeps me coming back to yoga – is that through practice I can begin to deal with the real pain and suffering in my life through the body.  As we enter into the temple of the body, we begin to work through those places where we habitually hold onto negative emotions, not only untying physical knots but also deep emotional and psychological blocks. Liza Toft will be leading you through a gentle series of yoga poses through which you will be able to observe the areas of your body that you habitually hold and contract. Sarah Zanchester will be leading you through a meditation and poetry exercise as a way to begin “seeing” what is underneath these deep patterns of holding. Rather than cling to a habit of “pushing” through, numbing out or resisting these emotions, you will be guided through a process that will help you understand something about yourself and what purpose your defenses are serving in a very deep and meaningful way....
Spring Awakening 2013

Spring Awakening 2013

I had a beautiful experience this weekend that I really want to share with all of you. When spring arrives, it is funny how there is this natural desire to cleanse almost programmed into our DNA.  We begin to feel lighter, our energy moves up to the surface getting us ready for the warmer months. Winter can be this incredibly creative, introspective time.  I grew up in Minnesota, so I know this feeling very well.  It is actually the beauty that comes of deep inner reflection during the winter that I have taken with me from growing up in that part of the country. But spring is when we bring to life or fruition those creative ideas, reflections and what we have learned during the winter. However, sometimes there are parts of our lives and our psyches that have been in winter for years! Even when spring arrives, they stay inside of us hibernating like a little animal. Those creative ideas, projects and inspirations that have never been born into spring (some of us having a higher threshold for this than others) begin to weigh us down. I know this very well for myself. Does it resonate for you at all? So back to my experience this weekend, when I finally went through a century (and I am not joking), a century’s worth of journals. Places that I wrote down my everyday inspirations accompanied by images, thoughts, emotional states and reflections on every thing from what I had for breakfast to my most recent heartbreak. Some are very interesting, some are incredibly self-absorbed and boring! I have held on...