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Winter Newsletter 22-23: Dharma and Lila, the unseen forces.



Winter 2022 - 2023: Dharma and Lila, the unseen forces

Channel your dharma, allow the Lila and enjoy the holidays!



~Winter Newsletter ~ Namaste Zogis ~


Focus of the Month:

Dharma and Lila, the unseen forces: discover your why.

Namaste Zogis ~

Hello! I am so profoundly happy and grateful to be back teaching and connecting with you again! Motherhood is a joyous and challenging experience I have been enjoying to the fullest. The ups and downs and physical changes have given me perspective I couldn't have gotten any other way, and I can't wait to share it.

This month we focus on our dharma and Lila. The dharma is your "why" and the Lila describes the mysterious and mystical forces operating behind the scenes.

Discovering your dharma is the key to uncovering the mysterious secrets that lie within. Every person has a different reason why they do things and it is very telling. Asana creates space for spontaneous realization of your dharma. Dharma is you acting on your inspiration Asana also lets you channel your creativity and divine inspiration.

Lila is the divine inspiration acting on you. Out of our control, but conspiring wonderfully in our favor, Lila coordinates behind the scenes to make even our wildest dreams possibilites!

Dharma and Lila together form a strong balance in life. They act on each other and us, and cause us to act. This creates our karma. The direct result of our actions. It is now time, within the age of Aquarius, to initiate our own karmic loop, inspired by our dharma, and fueled by Lila. The results will be our dreams manifested.

Now that holiday season is upon us grab your destiny by the horns. Go in mentally and physically prepared. Post pandemic ruts make it challenging to kick start healthy habits and routine. Whether the pandemic made you put on a few pounds, or maybe you had a baby recently, (or not so recently) and want to get the extra weight off and tone up, or need the mental relaxation beneftis; whatever your reason why, make time to take care of yourself.

I am looking forward to seeing you virtually this week and beyond. With joy and love I welcome you all back! Together we are more powerful.


I. CHANNEL YOUR DHARMA



ONE WEEK OF FREE YOGA!








CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR FREE WEEK


Free is definitely the vibe.







Get back in the game!! Zoga classes are back and they are FREE for the week of December 5-11! Yes! Zero dollars! It's a little something to show gratitude and appreciation. We are so excited to welcome everyone back to their mats and a fun and fabulous way of getting fit and staying healthy.

Custom fit: Redeem your free week and then look at the schedule to decide which classes you want to take, and simply sign up!

Check out the schedule below and click here to register


Check out the schedule below.


Whether you can come to all, one, or just partial classes, your body will notice whatever you can get in. Yoga has this magical way of creating space and transformation in unforeseen ways. Sharing in each other's energy to cultivate more positive and balanced way of being. Together we can be the change, one posture at a time. Or, we can at least work off that muffin in the break room together!


6 REASONS WE LOVE VIRTUAL YOGA THIS WINTER


Post-covid life definitely takes some getting used to. But society has rejoiced in getting together and reuniting. We all have been enjoying reconnecting. So why bother with the virtual? We were stuck with that for two whole years we're tired of the computer! Here's 6 reasons virtual yoga wins.

  1. The cold. Winter IS COMING. The cold weather is one of the biggest de-motivators of staying healthy and active during the winter. Being able to practice yoga from the comfort, safety and warmth of your own home, but with your friends is a luxury and privilege.

  2. The cost. The pandemic plus inflation raised prices of in-studio drop ins to $30+ per session. A virtual class offers 50% reduction in price!! The absence of a brick and mortar rent allows for big discounts.

  3. The connection. Connect with your friends all over the globe far and wide. Distance is no barrier for friendship or yoga! Share deep connections and practice the same classes together.

  4. The lack of commute: The most stressful aspect of yoga class is arguably getting to class on time. Virtual classes eliminate this completely. No rush, no stress, and no fender benders! (and no wear and tear on your car.) Feels so good to ditch the commute!

  5. Skip cold and flu: Another fact of winter is flu season! Virtual classes let you be with others without the risk of flu or colds. Enjoy others' company and energy in class safely and comfortably.

  6. Create your WHY: Your dharma is your why. Why do you practice?Why do you do what you do? Practicing yoga creates space for the why to present itself. These questions are a great jumping off point. Your dharma will be uniquely you.

Whether you enjoy practicing in the comfort of home, or seeing long distance friends, virtual classes, an amazing new vehicle to travel the yogic path.

I love seeing you virtually <3


II. ALLOW THE LILA



WHAT IS LILA?

Lila is the counterpart of Karma. Whereas karma is the direct result of your actions, Lila is the universe's magical serendipity. It can be loosely translated as "divine play." Have you ever had an experience where things worked out perfectly without planning? That was Lila at work. It lines things up and it can be arbitrary but cannot be boiled down simply to trivial luck, though it includes luck.


HOW TO ACCESS LILA

HOW TO ACCESS LILA

Meditation is one of the best ways to access the flow state that Lila resides within. A simple "allowing of" invites the divine serendipity into play. Lila uses the law of attraction as well. What you focus on you attract, and the Lila is what brings it to you. Stay present, breath focused without expectations, and a miraculous life can unfold in front of you!

BIG NEWS COMING FOR ZOGA YOGA VIRTUAL STUDIO

I am so happy and excited to announce that guest teachers will be joining the schedule!! Keep your eyes peeled for some new amazing instructors joining the online schedule in January 2023. Yoga means union and together we are going to heal the yoga community, and by extension the planet. These are teachers whom I love and have awesome classes of all kinds!!



December Promotion:

Referral reward. Bring a friend to class, your class is free! Practicing with friends is a blessing and joy, and what better time to rally than the holidays? When your friend signs up to take class with you, you don't have to pay for that class and can practice with your friend!! Give the gift of health to yourself and others!

III. ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS

Ahhh, Holidays!! That special time of year!

Holidays certainly invoke memories through familiar fragrances. For some it's gingerbread, others the pine tree. There are so many, and an array of candles to reflect these aromas. However these candles could be harmful to your health! How? They contain Phthalates. These harmful chemicals are endorine disruptor (hormone inhibitors), and are in most all fragrances. This year you can steer clear of harmful phthalates while still freshening up your home. Potpourri pots and seasonal beverages are the answer you're looking for. Enjoy these two recipes for a spruced up delightful warm cozy home feel. These are holiday favorite, but can be used year round!

Christmas Boil Potpourri Pot Recipe


INGREDIENTS


  • 1 large pot of water

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 whole orange sliced

  • 1 lime or lemon sliced

  • 1 cup of cranberries

  • Pine clippings

DIRECTIONS

  • Combine all ingredients in pot of water and bring to boil.

  • Lower to simmer. It must be a low gentle bubbling simmer NOT a rolling boil.

  • Boil for 2 or more hours!

  • Enjoy the aroma!

  • Tip- take out the pine and cranberries, add grapefruit and lime for a year round deodorizing aroma.




HomeMade Cider Recipe

This Delicious Recipe will warm your home AND your belly!

INGREDIENTS

  • 10-12 apples, quartered (1/2 sweet, 1/2 sour)

  • 2 oranges, quartered (also peeled, if you would like your cider less tart*)

  • 4 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves

  • optional extra seasonings: 1 teaspoon whole allspice, 1 whole nutmeg, and/or 1 inch fresh ginger

  • 16 cups water, more or less

  • 1/2 cup sweetener (I recommend brown sugar or maple syrup)

DIRECTIONS

  • Combine your ingredients in a stockpot. Add the apples, oranges, cinnamon, cloves and (optional) extra seasonings to a large stockpot. Cover with water, leaving about an inch or two of space at the top of the stockpot.

  • Simmer. Heat the cider over high heat until it reaches a simmer. Then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for about 2 hours, or until the apples are completely soft.

  • Mash the apples and oranges. Using a potato masher, mash all of the apples and oranges. Then cover and simmer for 1 more hour.

  • Strain. Using a fine-mesh strainer or a cheesecloth, strain out all of the solids (apples, oranges, spices), pressing them against the strainer to release all of their juices. Discard the solids.

  • Sweeten. Stir in your desired amount of sweetener, to taste.

  • Serve warm. Or feel free to let the cider cool to room temperature, then transfer to a sealed pitcher and refrigerate for up to 5 days. Or freeze for up to 3 months. Orange slices and cinnamon sticks work great for garnish!


Welcome Juliana Rose Paladino!!

August 2, 2022. Our 7lb 14 oz bundle is a future yogini and a Leo. As she quickly grow we look forward to watching her life blossom.











Juliana Rose Paladino & her best friend Barbie.


Personal Note from Zoha Hey everyone, It's me, Zoha, Zoga Yoga founder and friend! I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude and deep appreciation for your dedication to health and wellness, and your continued support. I feel so lucky to have a platform to share and connect with so many amazing people from all over the globe. I also feel lucky to know so many folks who are doing the work. Since having my baby, I am even more inspired to give and share and grow, and expand the realities of our possibilities... To think change can happen. To know that it is inevitable. To be a part of something that's so much bigger than me, or you or the sum of us combined. To transform. I, honestly, don't know where I would be without yoga. It changed me years ago and continues to change me for years to come. So I once again thank you. I love you. Let's do this. <3 Upcoming Events Welcome Back Week of Free Yoga Dec 5-11, 2022 New teachers on the schedule Jan 2023 We are here to support you in your growth. We love watching the community expand to enrich all of our lives. Join virtual classes and stay connected! Follow us social media! ig @_zogayoga tt @zogayoga fb @zogacorp www.zoga.yoga

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