ISHTA means "Individual" meaning I address practice to your individual needs per day, whether you're a group class or a private session. ISHTA Yoga is also my lineage: Certified in 2002 as E-RYT 500 by ISHTA Yogiraj Alan Finger, and teaching full-time since then. See my schedule for weekly classes. Pure and Equinox are member studios, so you may investigate membership with them; you might also email me to be a day guest to a class.
VINYASA means breath linked to movement; thus it is a moving flow that stimulates heart, lungs, and muscles for strength, and joints for flexibility, and addresses all directions of the spine, whether in standing, seated, floor, and balancing postures, all smoothly linked, for an all-over workout of body and mind that calms and energizes.
RESTORATIVE Yoga is deeply restful, fully supported poses using gentle propping of pillows and blankets, for restoring our body's own natural healing rhythms, through our "rest and digest" parasympathetic nervous system. It is recommended that an active yoga practice requires Restorative at least once a week to balance; more often if your life is busier or more active mentally or physically. I have been leading Restorative Teacher Trainings since 2010.
YIN Yoga cultivates calm and deep stretch, with poses held 3 to 5 minutes, to promote more health, longevity, and suppleness in all joints, bones, and the nervous systems supplying blood and circuitry through our fascia.
YOGA NIDRA MEDITATION is purely restful, reclined meditation in Savasana, the Relaxation Pose, in which your body sleeps, and the mind floats between wake states after setting an intention, letting the voice of the teacher guide you through five deepening layers of "sheaths" of awareness. Deeply calming, Yoga Nidra relieves stress, increases clarity, aids sleep, supports all other meditation practices, and can be deeply transformative on multiple levels.
Since 2010 Mary has led MOTHER MARY RESTORATIVE YOGA TEACHER TRAINING in New York City in partnership with Pure Yoga New York, and since 2015, YOGA NIDRA TEACHER TRAINING. Reach out with interest.
Thai Yoga, "nuad boran" is a flowing dance between giver and receiver, done on a cushioned floor mat, with the receiver fully relaxed, and the giver moving through postures themselves while facilitating movement postures for the receiver, and applying manual pressure along energy or "sen" lines that correspond to all the body's systems. Practicing since 2007. Certified by Jenn Yarro of Triple Gem School of ThaiMassage, in 2009 and 2010 Levels 1 & 2.
Reiki means "Universal Life Force" and uses hand placements to direct energy for mind-body wellness. Reiki II promotes wellness of emotions and thoughts, and Remote transcends time and space for past, future and distance energy balancing. Certified 2016 & 2017 by Brian Brunius, NYC Reiki Center; & 2020 by Lisa Powers.
AcroYoga blends the wisdom of Yoga, dynamics of Acrobatics, and lovingkindness of Thai Yoga bodywork. I teach both Yang and Yin AcroYoga (Solar and Lunar, or Acrobatic and Therapeutic) styles. Certified in 2008, 2012, & 2018 in Levels 1, 2, and Lunar Immersions by AcroYoga International. Private/Semi-Privates by appointment.
Certified by the YogaSlackers in 2012, I can guide you in the solid foundations of a Slackline 101 class, in seasonal outdoor weather in a safe park line set-up. You will learn line rigging, kneeling, sitting, standing, lying down on the line, a basic arm balance, and an inversion. Slackline Yoga tones core, legs, arms, balance and propioception, and tames the mind into a clearer, calmer focus. Plus, it's fun!
"My resting heart rate was at 100 [at the start] and at the end of class it’s at 40 now - the lowest I’ve ever seen it.” - Danny, Equinox Club Yin Yoga student
"These have been most excellent-- your creativity makes them magical and I have been listening & practicing regularly. Usually I become very relaxed very quickly, like sinking into a fuzzy cocoon...
I usually keep sinking into relaxation through the breathing pattern, I am fully anesthetized… I say anesthetized not because I'm numb or don't feel anything (quite the opposite) but because it feels like "going under" in a certain way. It may be that the whole routine has conditioned me to start turning off even before I push play... spectacular surreal adventures into the multiverse... Almost as if my psyche is being set free from its body and allowed to roam freely. The intention set at the start seems to carry through into waking hours too. - Alec, Pure Yoga, Yoga Nidra student
“Every week when I think of how graced I am to have you in my life ... you have been a support system when I haven’t been supportive of myself ... I feel ... I think of a hammock... that sense of floating free in the air, but supported. - Alva, Health/Life Coach Client
Email to order your single meditation (you may specify chakra preference) or a 7-Nidra chakra set. Pre-recorded March 2020-June 2021, these 60-minute Yoga Nidra video and/or audio recordings are $10 ($55 for a full 7-chakra set). There are 5 chakra cycles, for variety, when you tire of one set! Email me to order.
Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) is a meditation journey done in your most comfortable savasana, relaxation pose, deepening through your five "koshas" or sheaths of our consciousness. Dim the lights, dip into cushions and blankets, and rest.
Live acoustic guitar stylings of Raul Aranas begin most of the Nidra tracks. Many find that headphones give them a better auditory experience. PJs, journals, and eye pillows are optional!
Payment methods, by preference:
Zelle: 917-842-7974 Mary-Aranas
For years I've used Insight Timer for my own daily morning meditations. Now I'm on it.
7 tiny, chakra-themed meditations, from Root to Crown, between 6 and 20 minutes. Raul's acoustic guitar opens & closes the meditations.
Insight Timer is a free app with a timer, and a great array of teachers/artists!
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