January 2012 Newsletter

The Be Kind and Unwind Newsletter

OM Shanti 2011…

After a great Little Beings session in Colchester we’d like to extend a big thank you to all of the beautiful Yoga Mama’s and Little Beings who shared the joy with us. Our next session starts in just a week at a brand new location – Five Elements Healing Center in Colchester. With a great space for beings of all ages, we are so excited to begin our practice here.

Another THANK YOU to all of the Yoga Mama’s joining us from MyFitMommy! We’ve just started our first session together in West Hartford.  Can’t make it to the full series, but need some of the yogic-bliss?? Call to inquire regarding available mat space. If space is available, come on over to OM! $15 to drop-in. Our classes are held at the Masonic Lodge. Day session Tuesdays at 11am; evening session Sundays at 5:30pm. Next sessions start at the end of January and early February – Register Today!

2012 – A New Year… A New You?

Maria Foti will be bringing to light the very essential information of Essentials Oils “Nature’s Medicine Cabinet” on January 4th. Class will be held at Little Klippers in Colchester. Pre-registration is required, $12 fee for materials – for more information or to RSVP, please contact Maria: 860-303-6229

FREE classes at Craigin Memorial Library! Our December classes in Colchester were a BIG hit.  So, we’ll be offering NEW (free!) introductory classes:

  • Introduction to Family Yoga Saturday, January 7th – 10:15a
  • Introduction to Tween Yoga Tuesday, January 3rd – 5:45p
  • Mamoga Yoga for the Core (for parents of little – and big – beings) Wednesday, January 18 – 7:45p

Pre-registration is required. Check out the latest news at Meetup.com

Class Updates

Little Beings Family Yoga will be at Five Elements in Colchester beginning December 30th.  Five Elements is located at the crossroads of Rt. 16 and Rt. 149.


Ages 3-7: I Heart Me Kids comes to VanNess Studio afternoons in January!  Come play yoga in a fun and stimulating atmosphere.

Ages 8-12: I Heart Me Tween comes to Five Elements afternoons, starting December 28! Engage body and mind in a fun, kind, and compassionate atmosphere.

Parents, grandparents, and children 3+: All Beings Yoga will be offered Wednesday evenings at Five Elements. This family-centered class is truly ageless.

Age exceptions can be made on a per family, per session basis.

To learn more, visit our website. Pre-registration is required for all classes, to ensure available mat space. All class sessions are 6-weeks in length. Please note, we now use PayPal for your convenience.

Register Here

Pose of the Month

If all the hustle and bustle of this season have given you a bit of a headache, it’s time to try something new. Put down that bottle of pain relievers, and stretch it out. Extended Puppy Pose is a phenomenal posture for tension relief. Starting in Table Top (flat back with wrists beneath shoulders and knees under hips), slowly stretch forward with straight arms through your hands, keeping your seat up in the air and knees on the earth. Elongate through the tailbone and fingertips. Resting your forehead on the floor, continue to stretch along the length of your spine. Feel the gentle stretch behind your heart as you relax your face and neck.

Tip: Incorporate your little (or big beings). Playfully start this pose by stretching your spine in Cat and Cow pose first. While in Cat pose, make meowing sounds to invite your child to enjoy the fun. While in Cow, mimic the sounds of a cow. Once they see the fun of this new pose, help them try extended puppy by placing your hands on their hips and inviting them to use their fingertips to crawl their upper body away from their seat. Younger children can practice their Cat, Cow, or Table Top pose.

Meditation of the Month

New Year, New You! It’s time to try a our One Minute Meditation. Feeling the need to unwind, but can’t find the time? Everybody – even Mama’s and Papa’s – have at least one minute a day where they can enjoy the simple serenity of meditation. It doesn’t have to be alone, but it does have to be. Start by sitting in a comfortable upright position. This can be on the floor, in a chair (rocking chairs included)… it can even be in your car as you wait for the kids at school. Take a moment to connect to your breath. Feel it as it grazes your nostrils, inside to out and then outside to in. Feel your breath as it courses through and around your entire being. Let your breath wrap around you in a warm embrace. Bring your attention to the space between your right and left sides of your brain. Here, your breath can rest – allowing the two sides of your self to fully integrate. To really connect. Open your eyes, ready to face whatever the day might bring.

Reflection: Do you know the difference between a New Years Resolution and a sankalpa? At the beginning of your practice, take a moment to form an intention. Learn more about the difference between intentions and resolutions at YogaJournal.com – it might just make your year!

Quick and Easy Winter Wonderful Recipe

  • 1 can organic pinto beans
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 8 oz. package spinach, washed and chopped
  • cumin, tumeric,  ginger to taste
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp tabasco sauce (more according to taste)
  • salt and pepper, optional
  • vegannaise

Cook rice according to package directions. Take pinto beans and warm on the stove, adding garlic, tumeric, and cumin. When rice is cooked, add together, mixing thoroughly. Saute spinach in pan with oil (sesame, peanut, vegetable). Add spinach to rice and beans, add ginger and tabasco to taste and let simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring. Serve topped with a vegannaise aioli (combine vegan mayonnaise with ginger and garlic). Enjoy!

MW “Did-You-Know…”

That many doctors now prescribe yoga and meditation in lieu of medication for their patients? Why?? Why not! The positive effects on the mind and body are limitless. Take a peek at this article from February 2011. It’s OMazing how ready our world is to receive the beauty and bliss provided for by these powerful choices.

Happy Holidays

And the winner is… (drumroll, please) YOU! Student-family winner for our January 2012 raffle will be drawn on New Years Day 2012!! Stay tuned…


Have an idea you would like to share with Mamoga? Let us know! We are always looking for new and exciting ways to enhance our offerings and increase the bliss of the beings with whom we share yoga and meditation practice.

Wishing you a beautiful and blissful New Year. May your joy and peace be in abundance. Namaste, dear Yoga friends.



Mamoga Wellness



Jennifer Magnano, CYT, Kids Hatha Yoga Instructor



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