The 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards went down at the Pasadena Civic Center Saturday night. And everybody who’s anybody in television and movies in Hollywood showed up. Nia Long rocked a mint green Nicole Miller wrap dress that made sure her chi chis were on display. Continue Reading →
Come on Harlem lets stay healthy with these Free February 2014 events at EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care right here in Harlem. Each event is open to the public and is being held at 215 West 125th Street in Harlem.
Officials are expected to determine today whether a bank gutted by fire in Morningside Heights on Saturday will have to be demolished. Continue Reading →
The new year is here, and Harlem residents resolving to get rid of last year’s clutter need look no further than Stop ‘N’ Swap®, a free community event organized by local non-profit GrowNYC coming to Harlem on January 25th. Continue Reading →
Harlem World Magazine and InJoy Enterprises, in partnership with the Emblem Health Care will host a Town Hall information session about how the new Affordable Care Act will affect artists (visual, performers, actors, dancers, musicians, designers, etc.,) … Continue Reading →
Small Business Saturday is a day (should be more days) dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country and especially in Harlem. Continue Reading →
Police arrested a homeless man Saturday on charges of pushing a 72-year-old man onto subway tracks in Harlem Friday. 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.
Walk the beautiful Central Harlem neighborhood on Saturday & Sunday, October 6th and 7th, 2012 from 12PM to 6PM. Continue Reading →
By Walter Rutledge
March is Women’s History Month, how appropriate to present a dance work that focuses on the social, political, emotional and psychological experiences of women. Continue Reading →
From the Associated Press on Yahoo.com
New York‘s new senator-designate Kirsten Gillibrand has started a statewide get-to-know-you tour with a visit to the Rev. Al Sharpton’s headquarters in Harlem.
The upstate congresswoman is largely unknown in New York City and Saturday’s visit with Sharpton was seen as part of a campaign to win over liberals.
She spoke to a few hundred people at Sharpton’s weekly rally, telling the crowd her top priority is the economy.