A great weekend for Yoga at the Onondaga Cup and Lake Fest!

Syracuse Yoga had a blast at the Onondaga Cup and Lake Fest Regatta this weekend in Onondaga Lake Park.  We offered 4 free Yoga classes all focused on different muscle groups (hips, hamstrings, shoulders, and side body), and it was wonderful to meet so many new Yogis and Yoginis.  Events like this one are great for building community, and that's what we're all about-bringing people together through healthy activities.  Thank you for joining us!  

Yoga for Everybody, Yoga for EveryBODY at Onondaga Lake Park!  

Yoga for Everybody, Yoga for EveryBODY at Onondaga Lake Park!  

Several of our Partners in Health were with us at the Regatta.  We had a booth next to our good friends Saunacuse and Orangetheory Fitness, and we all enjoyed delicious lemonades from CoreLife Eatery-one of my most treasured Partners in Health.   Thank you for the hydration CoreLife and Meggan Camp, the blueberry mint lemonade was incredible!   

Otto the Orange stopped by for some Yoga too!  Yoga for every Orange!  

Otto the Orange stopped by for some Yoga too!  Yoga for every Orange!  

Syracuse Yoga is growing every week, with more of you coming in and experiencing the awesome positive energy at the studio. This weekend showed more than ever that there is a need for more Yogatunities in Syracuse, and I am so happy to be able to provide a safe space for you all to practice.  

Why not come check us out and see what all the fun is about?  We have a 2 week unlimited package for $30, and offer 20% discounts for Seniors 65+ and students with valid Student ID.  

Even our teachers had a blast at the event!  Patrick made Katherine fly!  

Even our teachers had a blast at the event!  Patrick made Katherine fly!  

We hope to see you on the mat soon!  Yoga for Everybody, Yoga for EveryBODY!  Namaste!  

Welcome to.....Syracuse Yoga (Part 2)!

I left you on the edge of your seat after that first blog post, LOL.  Here's what happened next: 

I moved to Syracuse (duh).  What I didn't mention is that I had been visiting Syracuse often over the 8 months of time off and was concerned by the lack of "Yogatunities" (yeah, I made that up). As I was going through my Yoga teacher training I was really concerned that I would not have a place to practice or teach in Syracuse.  

Yoga had rescued me during those 80+ hour work weeks back in Boston.  I'll always be grateful to Laura Hay for making me go that first time to Charlestown Yoga. Lisa Porier taught a fun class where I laughed and felt challenged and something changed inside of me.    

My Dad and I loaded up the U-Haul and hit I-90.  Then we pulled off 481 in DeWitt, and there were 2 Yoga studios opening up right down the street from my house, and another about to open in Armory Square!  I started working at Lotus Life a few weeks after I settled in to my home, and then switched over to O Yoga a few months later.  I was working my crazy job and teaching 1-2 Yoga classes a week, and I started a "Yoga Club" where I would invite the students from my Thursday night class out to have dinner/drinks after class. I became part of a wonderful community of clients and friends, and it was great to be close to my family again.  

I started to like those 2.5 hours of teaching Yoga  a lot more than the 80 or so I was working at the corporate gig, and then I knew it was time. Four years ago I said good bye to corporate life and hello to being a full time Yoga teacher.  I picked up a few more classes at the studio and started to build my own business, Sophie Tashkovski Yoga.  

The last four years have been an amazing journey of self discovery.  Stay tuned for more on that.  Until then, enjoy the long holiday weekend with friends and family!  I hope to see you at Syracuse Yoga next week!  

 

Sunday Seva by Sophie Tashkovski

Syracuse Yoga believes in community.  Yoga asana is wonderful and can benefit your physical body in so many ways.  When we take the Yoga off the mat the benefits are additive!    

How do you take Yoga off the mat?  One way is seva. In Sanskrit, seva is "a service which is performed without any expectation of result or award for performing it".  

Syracuse Yoga is looking to hold monthly Sunday Seva events to support local charities and organizations.  Do you know an organization that could benefit from a by donation Yoga class?  Syracuse Yoga will provide the space and Yoga instruction for free, and attendees donate to the organization sponsored each month.  

Today we held our very first Sunday Seva, supporting the Jowonio School.  Here's some information about Jowonio from their website: 

Located in Syracuse, NY, Jowonio began in 1969 as an alternative school for children whose families wanted a more open and individualized approach than they felt they could find in a public setting. The name Jowonio comes from the word in the Onondaga nation language which means “to set free.” The school’s founders chose this name because they believed that education should be freeing minds and emotions to learn and grow, freeing individuals from stereotypes and prejudices. From the beginning, Jowonio accepted a wide range of children. Since 1975, when special support was received from the N.Y.S. Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, the school has operated as a planful inclusive educational program where typical children and children with special needs can learn in the same classrooms. 

Syracuse Yoga's motto is "Yoga for Everybody, Yoga for EveryBODY'.  We believe in an inclusive Yoga environment, not a one size fits all, exclusive community.  That's why we were thrilled to have Jowonio be the first Sunday Seva.  

A few of the attendees to our first Sunday Seva supporting Jowonio School.  

A few of the attendees to our first Sunday Seva supporting Jowonio School.  

Thanks to Sophie Meskos for representing Jowonio School and helping make the event run so smoothly!  Stay tuned for more opportunities to build community and take your Yoga off the mat with Syracuse Yoga!  

Yoga in the Vines By Sophie Tashkovski

If you know anything about Syracuse, then you know we have 3 wonderful weeks of Summer (LOL).  Syracuse folk have been itching to get outside and soak up some Vitamin D.  When I booked the event on a snowy day in February, I had no idea just how perfect June 17, 2017 would be.  

Syracuse Yoga held "Yoga in the Vines" with Owera Vineyards this past Saturday. Sixty two Yoginis participated in an outdoor flow to a wine inspired playlist and then drank wine under the pergola.

Owera Vineyards. Photo by Buckshot Media. 

Owera Vineyards. Photo by Buckshot Media. 

If there is one word to describe Syracuse Yoga, it's Community.  I have found a wonderful way to build community in Syracuse by combining Yoga with food and drink. It started with my weekly Yoga Club that met every Thursday night after my Foundations class at O Yoga-we started at the Blue Tusk, spent a few weeks at Aster, and then settled in at Kitty Hoynes where we have been the last few years.  The friendships and relationships that I have built through Yoga Club are some of the best I've ever had.  We still have Yoga Club on the 3rd Thursday of each month!  

I know this isn't a novel idea-people have been getting to know each other over food and drink long before Yoga Club or Yoga events.  It selfishly started because I had moved here and was looking to make friends.   Adding the Yoga component gave a group of people that didn't know each other something in common we could talk about-yes!  We all liked Yoga!  Our topics of conversation grew from there.  

To reach a larger audience and build even more community, I've hosted events at Core Life Eatery, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Empire Brew Farm, Greenwood Winery, Vintage Love, and now Owera Vineyards.  These events bring in people from Syracuse and beyond, and everyone has an opportunity to socialize and build relationships.  I know that sometimes Yoga Studios can initially seem intimidating (Everyone will be standing on their heads!  I'm not flexible!); taking the Yoga out of the studio can attract a new group of students.  It's all in line with our motto-Yoga for Everybody, Yoga for Every BODY.  

Keep an eye on our Events page for opportunities to join us around Syracuse and beyond in 2017!  

I hope to see you at an upcoming event or at Syracuse Yoga soon!

 

Welcome to........Syracuse Yoga!!! By Sophie Tashkovski

How did Syracuse Yoga come to be?  Well, last year life changed.  Ok, rewind...four years ago life changed.  And seven years before that it changed...these changes that at first I was so nervous about turned out to be wonderful, crazy, amazing life changes that led me here with all of you.   

Seven years ago I was laid off from an intense career.  I took eight months of freedom to expand my horizons-a real turning point in my life.  I enrolled in a 200 hour Yoga certification program, traveled to Italy where I rented an apartment and ate my way through Florence and Sienna, and for fun I started a closet organizing company with one employee (me!).  I was having a good time after eleven years of 80+ hour work weeks, too many trips to Vegas, and waaaaay too many hours driving around New England.  I felt like I wanted to create something but I wasn't sure how, and life in Boston was very expensive for a closet organizing CEO.  That's when I started thinking of returning to my hometown, Syracuse, NY.  

In the eighth month of freedom said intense career called and offered to to hire me back into a promotional role focused in Central New York.  I initially hesitated but made a pros and cons list, and it became clear that this was my ticket home.  Going back to work got me back to Syracuse, and all the ideas about creating something were about to become a reality.  

I'm going to leave you on the edge of your seat now, LOL.  

You already know how the story ends, but there are 2 chapters missing.  Stay tuned, and in the mean time I hope to see you on the mat at Syracuse Yoga!