Friday, May 19, 2017

Gentle Yoga Vols. 1, 2 & 3 Now Available on DVD!!!


Click Here to Purchase DVD! 

Greetings Everyone!

I know some of you have been waiting a long time for this announcement, but it's finally here. Gentle Yoga Vols. 1, 2 & 3 are now available on DVD!

I know it might seem strange that it took so long, but I kind of thought this DVD thing was a fluke. But then your requests made it clear to me that I was forgetting something really huge that is going on in this world and that's the digital divide. Living in New York City I take for granted that everyone has high speed internet or want to do everything on their computer and that's just not the case.  It's amazing to me what the powers that be are serving the masses in terms of what "everyone" has or should have, and that is totally not the reality.

I have been so blessed to meet people from all over the world who have seen my videos on YouTube and use Gentle Yoga Vol. 1 regularly, but I met women come from Wisconsin who was visiting her daughter in Brooklyn. She stopped by the studio where I teach to say hello and thank you as she has a copy of Vol. 1!

I'm excited to be able to offer this to you. Please see the link under the pictures above and below, or see the box on the right of this blog to purchase the DVD!  I'm also excited to let you know that we also just shot Vol. 4. Hopefully it won't take as long to get into the world, but please be patient.

Please consider purchasing a DVD for yourself or a friend! Thank you all so much for your continued support!

Jai!
Shelley Nicole


Trikonasana/Triangle Pose
Purchase Gentle Yoga Vols. 1-3 DVD Here! 




Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Love Lab: A Spiral Lab Yoga Retreat for Women

Greetings!

I know it's been a while since I've posted anything new here, but I'm back and I can't wait to share all the new things ahead. 

I am so excited to announce that I will be hosting a yoga retreat with my good friend and colleague Karma Mayet called, The Love Lab: A Spiral Lab Yoga Retreat for Women.  This amazing event is happening February 17th-20th at Garrison Institute in Garrison, NY. It’s such a beautiful space! In this time where racism, xenophobia and misogyny are a dividing line, at this retreat we will be contemplating LOVE as a healing force. For more information about the retreat please check our website, www.spirallabguru.com.  The Early Bird Special is on NOW! Pay in full by Dec. 15th for deep discounts. We hope you will join us in this LOVE movement. 

As we move into this holiday season and into the time of longer nights, consider giving yourself this gift of self-healing and join us in Garrison. There is no time to be silent and sit in the shadows or on the sidelines any longer.  It’s time to bring all of our magic to the forefront in order to make this world a better place.

Thank you for your love and support and stay tuned!   


Spiral Lab Presents
The Love Lab: A Yoga Retreat for Women
February 17-20, 2017
@Garrison Institute
Garrison, NY
The Early Bird Special is on NOW!  Pay in full by 
Dec. 15th and get deep discounts!

For more information/daily practice/Garrison Institute info/fees go to www.spiriallabguru.com



Garrison Institute along the Hudson River! 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sovereign Hands: Gentle Yoga Series Vol. 1 NOW AVAILABLE!!



Greetings!

I'm so excited to announce that I now have a yoga DVD for purchase!  This is just the first in what is soon to be a series of classes.  I have to thank my Monday morning yoga class that I taught at St. John's Rec in Brooklyn earlier this year and also the folks at The Mat Project  for making this possible. The whole thing felt really serendipitous. You know how I like to tell a good story so here it is.

Monday, May 12th I went in to teach my usual morning yoga class. I have to tell you it was my favorite class to teach. Most of the folks in my class were seniors and can you say dedicated?  These folks were not playing.   I really loved it.  Anyway, one morning after class one of my students asked me if I had a yoga DVD. When I told her no, she asked me why not and said, "Don't all professional yoga teachers have DVDs?"  I chuckled and told her, "No," but that didn't stop her from telling me that I should have one.  I thought about it, kind of chuckled to myself at that she thought every professional yoga teacher had a DVD and started on my way home after class.

Almost as soon as I walked out of the building I got a call from my friend Bess. She called to ask me if I wanted to shoot a yoga video to put on her new fitness website, The Mat Project.  What??!!! Now you know I almost dropped the phone.  Was I not just told I should have a yoga DVD and now I'm getting a call not even 10-15min later about shooting a video.  OK Universe, I hear you.

I told Bess yes, but then I started thinking about how I would get it done. Who would shoot, edit, etc. Well before I could even go down that rabbit hole she tells me that she has a spot where we can do it and her husband will shoot and edit the video. Say what??!!  Well alrighty then! So before I knew it we were shooting the video!

We made a push to get the edit together before I left to go to play at Michigan Womyn's Music Festival because I was also teaching a yoga class there.  The class at festival was amazing! I will be sharing more about that soon, but now I'm so happy to share this DVD with you.

It's a 30 minute gentle yoga series. So for my beginners, folks returning to yoga after a while or if you are just looking for something a little more slow flow, then this is for you.

 I hope you enjoy the DVD. Just look to the right and you can purchase. Thank you all so much for your support!

Jai!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Yoga Year In Review!

Happy New Year!

It was a great year yoga for me. Looking back it's hard to believe all the things I did. There is a lot to say, but I 'll keep it brief.

January
I jumped off the year teaching at Shambhala Yoga & Dance Center and I became an official teacher at Hip Dhamma. I stayed at Shambhala for a couple of months, but Hip Dhamma became my yoga home for the year.  Big shout to Rachel for making that happen and giving my first official yoga job.

February
I attuned my fourth student to Reiki Level I. Congrats to my girl Po-Hong!

This month I started teaching for the little people at Little Sun People daycare in my neighborhood with my girl Desiree. I was a little nervous, but I immediately said yes to the idea.  The kids were amazing and they really surprised me every week with what they remembered and how much they enjoyed it.  That was a wonderful experience that took me through June. [LSP Blog : http://bit.ly/1m5rYm6]

May
This month Po-Hong and I hosted the first of three blaKbüshe Wellness Days for the year.  It was a great success and we had a lot of fun!

July
My friend Monique teaches yoga at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City in the summer time. She was a way for a few weeks on an artists retreat and asked if I could cover her classes. I said yes of course and that was also a wonderful time. The park is right on the water, which was a blessing on those two hot Saturdays that I taught.  I biked from Brooklyn to Queens those days. It was a trek and one week I nearly melted on my bike, but I would do it all again!

September
On the Fall Equinox I hosted my second and final blaKbüshe Wellness Day of the year.  I am so thankful to Julie Brown and Dayanara Marte who came out to speak to the people and all the practitioners who volunteered their time and gave the gift of healing.  I also want to thank Freebrook Spaces for opening their space to me.  We will be doing more wellness days in 2014.  Stay Tuned!

October
I had an idea so I ran with it. Yoga for Unlocking Your Inner Creative. I put together a daytime yoga workshop and evening show in Philly at my girl Malika's Soft Illusions fine Art Gallery.   I shared an bill with my girl M'Balia and it was an all around amazing weekend.  I can't wait to bring the workshop back to that city.  It was a big push and not without its minor snags, but all in all everything from the weekend was well received.  Looking forward to the next one!




November
I was offered a position to teach yoga with the NYC Parks and Recreation Department at St. John's Recreation Center in Brooklyn! I just started and it's going well!

December
As I closed out the year so did Hip Dhamma.  As I said before, I am so thankful to Rachel for giving me a place to teach and practice this year.  Although Hip Dhamma is gone form 375 Stuyvesant I don't think it's over. I'm sure we will see Hip Dhamma in another incarnation very soon.

I also attuned my 5th student to Reiki Level I. Congratulations Peta-Gaye! 


2014
As I stated above I was offered a position to teach yoga for the Parks Department, which began on Jan. 5th. I'm really excited to see where this leads and the best part is that it's right down the street from my house! I will be there Sunday-Wednesday and I will leave all the times below. You must be a member of the gym to come to class, but the prices are the best in town. A One Year Membership is $150 and 6-months is $75

I am also going to begin teaching at Third Root Community Health Center in Flatbush/Ditmas Park beginning January 15th.  I will be teaching Every Wednesday Morning at 11:15am-12:30pm. More details below.

Finally I am excited to be offering Private Yoga called Yoga for Unlocking Your Inner Creative based on my October workshop.  The practice is designed specifically for creatives who are facing blocks or those how would like to reignite their creative passions.  If you or someone you know are interested in private yoga please email me for pricing and availability.  I am also open to working with other specific needs. Please inquire.

Happy New Year Everyone!  It's going to be a great 2014!

Jai!


St. John's Recreation Center
1251 Prospect Place b/w Troy & Schenectady
Brooklyn, NY
Open/Beginner Level Classes (all classes 1 hour):
Sunday & Monday 10am
Tuesday 6:15pm
Wednesday 7pm
Fore more information:
http://on.nyc.gov/1m0xcCz

Third Root Community Health Center
380 Marlborough Road
Brooklyn, NY
Open Level Class:
Wednesday 11:15am-12:30pm
By Donation
www.thirdroot.org

Yoga For Unlocking Your Inner Creative 
Private Yoga Pricing & Availability
Please contact me at sovereignhands@yahoo.com


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Yoga for Unlocking Your Inner Creative THEN Chill & Burn! (Philadelphia! October 5th!) Register Now!



Saturday October 5th
Sovereign Hands Presents:
Yoga for Unlocking Your Inner Creative: 
Yoga Workshop & Artist Conversation
w/Shelley Nicole, RYT, Reiki Master and 
Abstract Expressionist Diane E. Vaughn
Soft Illusions Fine Art Gallery

4226 Main Street, Philadelphia PA
11am-1pm, $40
For more about the artist Diane E. Vaughn www.softillusionsgallery.net

Free Wellness Goodlie Bag for all Participants
All Levels! Please Bring a Yoga Mat
Register now at www.unlockyouryoga.eventbrite.com



 
Yoga for Unlocking Your Inner Creative is a collaborative event blending yoga asana in alignment with opening your creative centers and visual art. The workshop is designed to unlock blocks that may be hindering you from moving forward in your creative process or even just taking that dive, heart over mind, into your creative bliss. The asana for the day will also be in alignment the art exhibition in the gallery space.  Following class there will be an artist conversation/Q&A with gallery owner and artist Diane E. Vaughn and Shelley Nicole.



THEN...
 
Come back in the evening for Chill & Burn; a live musical performance with Shelley Nicole's blaKbüshe and Philadelphia's own M'Balia



Red Butterfly Music Presents:
Chill & Burn

Feat. Shelley Nicole’s blaKbüshe & M'Balia (www.mbalia.com)
Doors 7:30pm/ Show 8pm
$10/ $7 with school supplies

Purchase advance tix at www.unlockyouryoga.eventbrite.com or
pay at the door either way we can’t wait to see you!

Support the Children of Philadelphia!
Bring school supplies for the kids 
and get in the show for $7
Your consciousness will thank you!



Thursday, August 29, 2013

blaKbüshe Wellness Day/ Fall Equinox Celebration! Heal for the Music!

Hey Everyone!

On September 22nd, I will be hosting one more wellness day to raise funds for my forthcoming album with my band Shelley Nicole's blaKbüshe.  All treatments during wellness day will be on a sliding scale from $25-$65.  So please come out and support the music while healing your body, mind & spirit.

Thank you so much and here are the details below.  I will update the information as needed.

Best,
Shelley


blaKbüshe Wellness Day
Fall Equinox Celebration! 
Heal for the Music!
Sunday September 22nd
Freebrook Spaces
375 Stuyvestant Avenue 
Brooklyn, NY 11233
Noon-6pm
Reflexology, Massage, Thai Yoga Massage, Reiki, Tarot: 25 mins 
Each service is $25-$65 sliding scale
Short talk about the Fall Equinox
Credit cards accepted but CASH is preferred
Raising Funds for the Shelley Nicole's blaKbüshe Album Project!
blaKbüshe Wellness Day Facebook Invite
Come Celebrate the Season with Us! 

A/C Train to Utica Avenue or B25 Bus to Stuyvesant Avenue


Make an Online Appointment

blaKbüshe Wellness Day Schedule
Guest Speakers
2:30pm - Dayanara Marta: Fall Medicine and Stepping Boldly into the Season
3:30pm - Julie Brown: Cleansing in the Fall Season
4:30pm: Shelley Nicole: Abundance Rituals for the Fall 

Practitioners
Massage
Cameron 12-4pm
Jameelah 12-4pm
Anna 4-6pm

Thai Massage
Omena El 12-2pm
Tinuola 2-4pm

Reiki/Energy Healing
Kaweria 12-4pm
Hakhi 4-6pm

Reflexology
Crystal 2-5pm

Acupuncture
Po-Hong 12-2pm

Crystal/Chakra Readings
Kufunya 4-6pm

Tarot & Astrology Reading
Stefanie (Tarot) 12-3pm
Hakhi (Astrology) 4-6pm

Passionate Living Coaching
Abiola 2-6pm

Make an Online Appointment


Monday, June 10, 2013

The Accidental Private



I started teaching class on Tuesday nights at Hip Dhamma because the usual teacher had a conflict.  I didn't and honestly still don't know how long that class slot is going to last for me, but for now I'm enjoying every moment of it.

Last Tuesday was a slow night. I got to class early, set up the room and then came back down, sat and talked to Jasmine the Hip Dhamma office manager and waited for students to show up.  I think I might have told you in the past that Hip Dhamma is located at Freebrook mansion, which is a great space that holds many events and they even tape Boardwalk Empire there from time to time. So the class where we teach is up a grand staircase on the 2nd floor.

As I sat and talked to Jasmine the time slid by and next thing we knew it was 7:15pm and class is supposed to start at 7pm.  From that we gathered that no one would show up that day.  I was getting ready to go gather my things when a familiar face walked through the door. It was Felicia (Not her real name. Honoring her privacy.).  She told me she was going to come to class and she was true to her word, which I love! At first she wasn't sure about staying for class since she was the only one, but I feel like if you came all this way, let's have class.

After changing her clothes, Felicia made it up to class. She was not totally new to yoga, but had not taken many classes at all. Felicia told me that the other classes she took were really not the best for her so it wasn't very enjoyable, but she wanted to try again.  That really made me excited. Here was a chance to really change someones mind about yoga and possibly reintroduce them to the practice.

Since it was just Felicia and I, I modified the class. I took her through some pratapana (warm ups) and at that point I could tell that I was going to have to slow the class down and make sure that she got exactly the attention that she needed. I had a whole plan and was going through all kinds of poses, but I knew that may or may not happen that night.

For the next 30-40 minutes we made it through Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana), low lunge and Warrior 1 (Virabhadrasana Eka). Then we closed moving through Staff pose (Dandasanana) to seated forward fold (Paschimottanasa).  Then we ended with savasana.

Taking time to move Felicia through the poses was so great! When teaching class although I take my time, it's also often about getting through the plan. This time I really just let the plan go and it became intuitive.  I have sort of been waiting for that moment in a way. I usually write down my plan for class and I keep it in a book beside me. Sometimes I look at it and sometimes I don't, but that day I just closed it and I because mindful of my students needs and worked from there.

After class Felicia said she loved it!  It has renewed her faith in yoga and she was going to bring a friend next week! It was really a great class and I'm so thankful for that chance happening.

I can't wait to see you all at class. Now you know that even if you are the only one there, it's going to be an amazing time.

Jai!