Manifesto of a NYC Yogi (Pre India visit)

Have you ever had someone pay you a compliment and you thought: Holy Smokes, I remember when the opposite was reality, or I remember wanting to have my life together like that.

Most recently, I performed in a show and someone said to me after “Wow. You have no hesitations!”
It seemed like a magicians wand flew, smoke rose and here I am. Much like I imagine life flashing before someone in a near death experience, I flashed back to a past version of myself. Thinking how I longed to feel a stronger sense of self worth every time I had hesitations or yearned to be more confident, to do and say the things I truly felt, deeply tapping into authentic Vinny!
My past flashes before my eyes as I find true Life.
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I attribute this authentic life finding to several things:

1. Yoga. Stilling the fluctuating states of the mind in order to hear the seer!
2. Passion Planning. Setting a clear passion roadmap. Knowing where we want to go makes it easier to get there.
3. Ridding of doubt and Going for it! Speaking to every person I want to connect with! Teachers. Leaders. People in seats of power.  ZERO HESITATIONS!
Bonus. FINALLY at age 33 having a clear definition of God or Higher Power, I can confidently explain my belief to you now: God or Godliness, to me, is in everyone and is everything. We are all the same and are connected and once we recognize supporting everyone supports ourselves and the world at large we can find a heaven on earth and Peace within and outside of ourself.

Supportive Energy is transferred in many ways. Trick is, I find, is to pinpoint the ways that you can share your energy with the most people. Be it through the work you do, the way you carry yourself, the tribes you vibe with, or even your spiritual practices.
My supportive Energy sharing and connecting usually starts with a smile. Beaming from my lips teeth and eyes!
 
Thank you for reading.
I love feedback or perhaps you would like to share your own experiences with confidence, Yoga, God, or Passion.
Comment or contact me directly!

Curious what will come out of me after my visit to India tomorrow?! Me too.. Till then!
The Divine Light in me recognizes and honors the Divine Light in you, Namaste.
~VinnyB

Namaste? 

Do you say it? Do you whisper it? Do you sit at the end of a Yoga class confused as to it’s meaning and say nothing? Do you #namaslay or #namastayinbed ?

I have always wanted to know the meaning of words English, Spanish, or Sanskrit before I say, sing, or chant them. (I love the ‘Look Up’ button on the iPhone)

Big love to the teachers who explain Sanskrit words or chants before asking practitioners to recited or do them!

At the end of every one of my Yoga classes I give my short definition of namaste: ‘The Devine light in me recognizes and bows to the Devine light in you. Namaste!’

Unpacking it a little more: We are all made up of the same stuff; atoms, particles, what have you. We all breathe the same oxygen, atmospheric dust, Air! There is a connection between all human beings and celestial that is deeper than the eye can see. Energetic, if you will.

Namaste says: I recognize this connection and I respect that we are all equal. Human. Space. Or aliens. 😁
Much love, respect, and gratitude for ALL!!

Length Strength Love,
NAMASTE!
~VinnyB

Pickle Recipe (No Vinegar)

While studying nutrition and learning about the Micro-biome (AKA our Gut!) I kept hearing about ‘lacto-fermentation’ to form the good bacteria we need to digest our food. I even confirmed with ‘The Pickle People’ (you know the people you see at summer and fall festivals) it’s true: they don’t use vinegar either!!

So I did my research. Lacto-fermataion keeps our Gut strong and strengthens out immune system.  So I got to pickling. I was so happy with the turn out I have done it 3times since.

And without further ado… The No Vinegar Pickle Recipe!!

Ingredients:

Cucumbers. Salt. Filtered water. Grape leaves. Ball jars. Spices. Garlic. Dill (fresh &/or dried). Jalapeño or banana peppers. Whatever you like! Fennel seeds. Black peppercorns.

Key ingredient: Grape leaves for the tannins to keep the pickles CRUNCHY! I had to ask where the grape leaves were. They are in a jar with water near the olives. This is what they look like when you take them out and unroll!


Fill the bottom of the jars with your spices and 1 grape leaf!

Then put in your cucumbers. Cut or if they are small go ahead and leave them whole, they will keep crunchier that way!! 

Mix 2.5 tablespoons of salt with a quart of filtered water. Then pour into the jars making sure to cover the cucumbers AND leave 1 inch of air at the top. Top with one more grape leaf. 

Seal and place in a cool dark space. The counter may work. Taste in 2-3 days. You are looking for tangy pickled flavor that TASTES RIGHT TO YOU! 

IMPORTANT: be sure to BURP (open the lid to release the bubbles) approximately every 12 hours. So it doesn’t explode like this one:

Once the pickles taste good. Pop them in the fridge and have 1 or 2 (or 5) a day!!
IMPORTANT: If the brine gets murky or milky. Throw them away. This happened to 1 of my 25 jars this season. It means something you didn’t want got in the jar. No fear. Just something to be aware of 🙂

Small pickles are available right now.

Go out and try it. Let me know how they turn out. Or get in touch with any questions!
Length. Gut Strength. Love.
~VinnyB

Yoga 4 ____

your specific needs!

Be it Low back pain. A Late night drinking. Stress. Stagnancy. Over indulging. Wedding weekends. Anxiety..

We’ll consult about your lifestyle or daily and weekly itinerary and I will design a class specific to your needs!  Alleviate an ongoing ailment and propel you forward on your journey!

Yoga 4 Bachelorette

Kim here used Yoga 4.. a Bachelorette Party.

The Sugar Bowl (beach bar) was lined up for the night before. So, we did a liver cleansing light vinyasa class!! Everyone received Goji berry juice with essential oils to revitalize, invigorate, and fortify.

That’s me in the hat. 🙂

Contact me for your free consult and we can schedule your private lessons or private group class!

Length Strength Love,
~VinnyB

Happy Spring! Healthy Living Tips:

Do you Suffer from allergies during the changing of the seasons. Pick up some local honey! The theory here is that the bees are using the local pollen to make the honey. So introducing the pollen to the system in small quantities ready’s the body, and we will react less drastically when the pollen is all over this spring!

Ideally you want the bees to have made the honey within 3 miles of your home.

There is an amazing honey guy in union square who sets up hives all over Brooklyn Queens and Manhattan. His honey is labeled by neighborhood!!

Have a little everyday. In your tea or on your toast!

A Mushroom A Day! Did you know mushrooms attach themselves to abnormal cells acting as a marker.  Flagging for the potentially problematic cell for removal by the body. ANY Mushroom. Get fancy with shiitake or portabella or even an inexpensive white button!!

Feel a run down.. achy.. like a cold is coming?

Eat some raw garlic. Flush the body all the way out your pores! I swear it works. Think about it, everything gets pushed out! Mince up 1 clove. Mix with some honey and swallow. All you’ll taste is the honey. :-D.

Or..  Do you like guacamole? (Silly question 🙂 Mix your raw garlic in with your avocado! Done.

Also be sure to keep hydrated (always all days)!

Some extra oranges (vitamin C) couldn’t hurt 🙂

Happy Spring!!

Share your favorite healthy living tips in the comments below. Or in your very own post! #stretchinginpublic so I can see!!

Length Strength Love,

~VinnyB

Dreams Come True

Have you ever had a dream?

Have you ever had a dream, you wrote it down, spoke about it with your friends and peers, the more you verbalized it and the more you wrote about it…uggghhh you just couldn’t find the steps to attain this dream?

Well Ladies and Gents I am here to tell you that even just the action of having a dream, reminding yourself and those around you about it, Often, keeping it on your tongue and in your mind & heart, can lead to your dream coming true on a wednesday night without even having set out on that particular path that morning 😮

I’ll Paint the dream:

I Love Performing. Entertaining others. Showing what hard work and dedication to a craft can yield. Be it writing, acting, emoting, DANCING.

For quite some time I have been called to the ‘stage’. Living in New York City one stage in particular has caught my eye. The Street..The Subway Platform! For All to see! Those interested can stop to look on and others may continue about their lives. No commitment or obligation to watch. Just practicing a craft ready for onlookers engagements, interactions, questions, critiques, encouragements or nothing.. at the least I am Practicing!

My Dream: To Busk!! or street perform 🙂

Ask my friends I have been talking about this for a while.. and Last night.. It Happened!!

What Better way to use this past years studies of Yoga. 200 hour Teacher training at Yoga Vida & Mentorship at the Beautiful Sky Ting. Than to share it with the world.. or at least Times Square.. which is quite a lot of people!

It came TRUE: After seeing Something Rotten. (If you like musicals. This is the one to see!)  we walked into Times Square and I thought it would be a great contrast to be holding a static pose in the middle of all the action.. and I could use a good stretch after being seated for 2 hours 20 minutes with a 20 minute intermission. Enter Dancers Pose. Stretch the thighs while working on balance and filling the chest and lungs with all that energy and light!


Step 2: Take up space. Be visible.

Like I said this is coming naturally. No preconceived plan here.

I enlisted a friend and gave our fearless photographer the task of reorganizing walking patterns to get a wide shot!

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And then It Happened!

I felt it. A gaggle of girls watching us. One began to shout ‘I want one.’ I replied ‘A dancer?!’ Her friends joined her in mimicking the posture and telling me they’d like a photo.. with me 🙂

Line Up Line Up!

I started to cue the posture.


Fun ensued. As we turned for the photo op..

 One sprightly youngin fell to the ground with a smile.

Hear your dreams. Write them down. Tell a friend. Tell everyone you meet. The more you talk about it the more you’ll workshop ideas to get you there and hey you might meet someone who has a tool or recommendation to help you achieve.

My favorite way of opening my mind to my dreams is starting with my actual, while I’m sleeping, Dreams.

Keep a journal near your bed. And whenever you wake up write down your dream. Even if it’s the middle of the night and that dream is fresh on your mind. Get it on paper. You’ll remember it.. or get it out of your head. They may speak loudly or they make speak softly. Usually they remind us of something we want in life!
#DreamsComeTrue with #Attention!

Length. Strength. And Love.

One last photo. The leader of the gaggle & I. Having a ball!! 

Close. Closer. I can’t see it. Closest. 

The closer a goal gets, the harder it seems to reach.

My goal has been to commute home on foot from yoga class in the new China town studio.

1. Staying outside!

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View from footpath on Manhattan bridge.

2. Relieving myself from sharing confined airspace with over 100 people in one frigid or sweltering train car.

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Let’s get outta here!

Total walking commute from studio -> home: 7 miles.
First attempt: Survey Walk. I made it 3 miles, half on the phone with my father discussing the changes in Carroll Gardens since he was a kid. What up a BIG VIN?

Second attempt tonight: 5 miles at a quick jog before jumping on the train.

This goal is near. I can feel it. My muscles are growing their discipline. As are many others mini goals that have come along since deciding to follow my passions and go back to school. Fall studies are taking shape and a commitment to come soon!

Passion Planning!

Set the goal. Write the 1st steps. However small they may be. One of my tasks in March was: 2 Migrate clothing from dresser to closet.

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I have since removed the unnecessary piece of furniture from my home and now house a functioning Yoga Center with room for 5 practitioners!

Yoga Sanctuary
Yoga Sanctuary

Come take a class 🙂

Out path continues to evolve as our efforts are directed towards the amazing aim we have chosen!! Keep the goal in sight. Write it on the dry erase (don’t have one?.. Click here) or calligraphy it on paper and tape it up! Wake up and meditate on it each day or keep it in mind as we lay our heads down to sleep.. with an empty belly and some lavender oil. My new nighttime regimen! *No food 2 hours before bed.. our bodies need rest and digestion needs time to do it’s thang while we are awake and moving around! Not always attainable.. but a boy can strive!!

Strive & Thrive!

With Love, Length & Strength,

~VinnyB