Our Spring Women’s Empowerment for Survivors and Victims training explores how family violence shapes personal and social lives, and teaches techniques for direct service providers and people interested in leading a women’s support group to empower and heal survivors and victims. Continue Reading →
The New York City Office of Emergency Management today issued a Hazardous Travel Advisory for Monday, March 3, 2014. Continue Reading →
A teenager was shot while trying to seek shelter inside a deli during a gun battle in Harlem Friday afternoon, law enforcement sources say. Continue Reading →
With the postmark deadline for this year’s WOODSTOCK A-I-R program at Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) nearly upon us (like this week on Friday, February 28, 2014), we wanted to send a quick post to our visual artists readers regarding the program. Continue Reading →
Join the National Conference of Artists New York (NCA) in celebration of the NCA 55th Anniversary, at their Our Art – Our Legacy Conference in New York. The event kicks off on February 18 and runs thru the 23rd with events throughout the NYC area. Check out this year’s events that are free and open to the public Continue Reading →
Even in death, peace seemed to elude little Myls Dobson. On Wednesday evening, one week after the badly beaten and burned boy was found in the apartment of the woman caring for him, his body was claimed at the morgue in New York. Continue Reading →
The case against the Kris Kringle subway pusher was bolstered Monday after investigators tracked down a witness who watched the drunken homeless man throw an elderly stranger onto the subway tracks in Harlem, law-enforcement sources said. Continue Reading →
Asali means sweet honey in Somali. Erica Robinson, the founder of Asali Yoga, had a friend create her logo of a bee resting on a lotus leaf before she knew she had a space to open her new yoga studio on 135th Street and Frederick Douglas Boulevard.
“This yoga studio is a good example of speaking something into being,” she said. “I had a client who was a realtor and I said to him, ‘One day I’m going to open a yoga studio in Harlem.’ He showed me several spaces and offered me this one at a very affordable rate.”
“After this experience,” Erica said, “I believe that the universe sees that you’re trying so then it gives you something.”
The Asali studio is in the process of being renovated but already has an aura of tranquility. The open stone walls are alternately lacquered and painted gold. There is a soft wood floor and the window frames are a cool blue. Outside the frosted front windows, cheerful yellow flowers peek through.
“The thing about Erica,” said a client who found her through a Living Social deal, “is that she says hello to everyone. She’s involved in the community.” Another client told me she loves Erica’s “good energy.”
Because of Erica’s relaxed nature during our conversation, I imagined that her yoga class would be on the easy side. During her Saturday noon class, I discovered that her style of Vinyasa yoga keeps things moving for the full hour and a half.
Erica’s Saturday class had an equal mix of men and women and she gave individualized attention to each person at their level. Although, certain poses felt difficult, I remembered Erica’s advice to breathe through the movements. By the time she turned the lights down at the end, I felt a sense of accomplishment and even peace.
Asali Yoga also houses an acupuncture clinic on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Erica has a variety of ideas for the future of Asali Yoga including Friday night yoga with live acoustic accompaniment, thai yoga massage classes, and a yoga/culinary retreat in Jamaica. She plans to renovate her back room to use as a private massage area. And the backyard will become a tea garden.
This August, Asali is studio of the month at Lululemon Lincoln Center. On August 14th at 10am Erica will be teaching a free yoga class at Lululemon Bryant Park. Asali Yoga’s schedule is available online at asaliyoga.com.
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Photos by Alexis Percival
By Walter Rutledge
The fall arts season is getting underway. This weekend theater, music, and dance are all in the forefront.
We all need a weekend getaway every once in a while to recharge and gain relaxation within ourselves. After spending an important holiday with our loved ones, now it’s the time to sit back, relax and enjoy a weekend with that special someone. Continue Reading →
By Walter Rutledge
A civilization is ultimately defined not by what it does, but by what it leaves behind. It defines a people, and since antiquity speaks to the one race- the human race. The 2011 Harlem Fine Arts Show will present the fifteenth annual exhibition Friday, February 25 to Sunday February 27 in the Assembly and South Halls of The Riverside Church, located at 490 Riverside Drive. Continue Reading →