February Offerings from
Karusia Nirmala

You need not leave your room.
Remain seated at your table and listen.
You need not even listen,

simply wait.

Just be quiet,  still,  solitary.


The world will freely offer itself to you!
To be unmasked,
 it has no choice.

It will roll 
in ecstasy at your feet.

(art by Kayla N Brown, poem by Franz Kafka)

Dear Reader,

I have always been fascinated by horses, but began my relationship in earnest just over seven years ago. I signed up for riding lessons as an adult beginner, but now spend my time with them on the ground through conscious grooming, massage, Reiki and simply being with them. Sometimes people ask me if I am a horse whisperer, but I say it’s more accurate to say I am becoming a horse listener. 


Horses are excellent Yoga teachers, and they continue to instruct me. Their essential nature is gentle and calm. They reside in the Eternal Now, and are wired for sensitivity to the shifting of subtle energies around them. They pick up what is real; they will not be fooled by pretty words or exteriors. The quieter I become in their presence, the more they reveal their sweetness and their huge hearts. The blissful silence that results is beyond words; it can only be experienced.


All animals are stepping forward as teachers. They are sentient beings and we can all learn a lot from them. Here are some tips from the world of equine wisdom, inspired by the teachings of a great equestrienne named Sally Swift. 


First, become willing to enter Horse Time. This is a place that resides within the eternal present. It is both rooted and weightless. Take your time to slow down and set the mood; you can’t rush this step or any of the others. You are taking a step through a portal into another world. Reverence and receptivity are needed.


1. Soft Eyes

Don’t we all love those big, soft, beautiful horse eyes! Horses perceive the world differently than we do. Their eyes face the sides in order to take in a full panorama; ours face front in order to zero in on what lies ahead. This is a fundamental difference between the nature of prey and predator. Soften your eyes so you can take in the peripheral field around your object of focus. Notice what you feel as well as what you see. Chances are you will feel more relaxed and more aware, and you will be more responsive to shifts.


2. Gentle Breathing

Trust me when I say that this is the key to transformation. Invite your breath to flow through your nostrils right into your belly, or even into your pelvic floor or down into your feet! Allow it to release naturally upon exhalation. This helps you to utilize the full movement of your diaphragm, your main breathing muscle, in the most relaxed and complete way possible. It will massage your organs and gentle your nervous system. As you relax yourself, you become a beacon of calm presence for those around you. 


3. Centering 

Most of us tend to be “top heavy”, in that we overuse our thinking minds and breathe predominantly through our chests. This feeds tension and uproots our energy. Instead, bring your awareness to a magic spot that lies between your navel and the top of your pubic bone, as well as directly in front of your spine at this level. This will ground and root you. It is no accident that this is considered an important energy center in QiGong and Tai Chi! If you imagine yourself sitting astride a horse, it makes sense to connect your root to the horse’s spine; this way you will be able to connect and synchronize your energies.


4. Building Blocks (aka Harmonious Posture)

Prepare your body with care, whether seated, standing, lying down or moving. When vertical, imagine the crown of your head drawn upwards towards the stars, as your feet and sit bones send roots deep down below you. You are tuning your body to the perpendicular plumbline that links heaven and earth. Imagine lining up a set of children’s building blocks so that they are balanced. You are stacking the following: your legs and feet, your pelvis, your rib cage, your shoulders, and lastly, your head and neck. When these volumes are balanced, you reduce muscle tension and save precious energy for other uses.


Whether you spend time with horses or not, you will benefit from cultivating your eyes, breath, center and posture. Give it a try! Cultivating presence is a gift we can give to ourselves and to the world.

Reiki and Horses

One of the reasons I am passionate about spending time with horses is their gentle, wise and meditative natures. I enjoyed my riding lessons years ago, but what I love even more is spending time with them on the ground and at their preferred pace.

What do I offer?
I teach people how to move, think and breathe in new ways that free them to be the best they can be. For this, I draw on a lifetime of exploration in dance, anatomy, prayer, yoga and qigong. I bring the sensibility of the artist and mystic to healing. My services include: 

Traditional hatha yoga. Ancient teachings for modern times. Blending movement, breath, concentration and meditation to build strength, flexibility and equipoise. All levels.

Women's QiGong. The cultivation of universal energy in order to skilfully clear away stagnation and to make room for vibrant health, inside and out. Based on Daisy Lee's Radiant Lotus Women's QiGong, a form designed to empower and delight women everywhere.

Yoga Nidra. Light movement, leading up to an extended relaxation accompanied by guided imagery to cleanse and refresh your psyche and your physical body. 

Classes are small, which allows me to customize for your needs. My training as a yoga therapist gives me many tools to help you balance your biomechanics, your nerves, your hormones and your emotions while having fun and learning new skills that will boost your vitality and well-being. My background as an artist helps you to find beauty and harmony on your path. ~

I also offer the following services by appointment. Home visits are available. 

~ Private Classes
Yoga Therapy
Tarot and Oracle Card Readings (Consider hiring me to read for your party or corporate event!
Instruction in breath and meditation

Reiki Healing and Laying on of Hands
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February Public Classes
Please note the extra public classes this month!

All classes are held in the Amenity Room at 21 Nassau St. Please enter through the garden pathway west of the main doors. Mats and props are supplied.

Sundays (Feb. 18 & Feb. 25)
Hatha Yoga 10:30am-noon.$15

All Mondays
Hatha Yoga 5:30-6:45pm. By donation.
Women's QiGong  7-8:15pm. $15.

Wednesdays (starting Feb. 14)
Hatha Yoga 9-10:15am. $15.

All Thursdays
Yoga Nidra 7-8:15pm. $20.

Fridays (starting Feb. 16)
Hatha Yoga 12:30-1:45pm. $15

Tarot: The Nine of Air

It is time to transform the energy of negative self-talk into self-compassion, and to move from fear to love. This is a call to faith; your old ways of thinking need no longer constrain you.....


Align, and re-align, with Earth below and Sky above. They are your roots and your wings. Call on Spirit to help you remember your glory as you rise to meet the new possibilities that gather on your horizon.   


The Good Tarot by Colette Baron-Reid

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