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Zen and the Art of the Disciplined Mind+Body  

Meditation+Pranayama Series

led by Maggie Heinzel-Neel

4 one hour sessions
Saturday afternoons: Oct 28-Nov18  3-4pm
$100 for the series

The disciplined mind is happy, calm and centered.  The disciplined body is healthy and vibrant.

Come learn how to achieve both.

  • Zen Yoga is the meeting of Yoga and Chinese Medicine.
  • In this 4 week series we will learn how to discipline our minds and bodies by exploring guided meditations and deep pranayama (breath work).
  • We will practice sitting, standing and moving meditations with synchronized breathing.
  • Deep slow breathing is scientifically proven to benefit mental health.
  • This practice will train our minds to become very focused which allows us to feel ‘Zen’; clear, calm and centered.

*This is especially effective for relieving anxiety, scattered brain, tension, and many chronic physical ailments.

Register here to Zen out!

 YOGA retreat in Tulum Mexico

February 27-March 4 2018  with Maggie Heinzel-Neel

Join us on a 5 day yoga retreat in gorgeous Tulum Mexico at the Amansala retreat center. Amansala’s simple and beautiful authentic Mexican aesthetic allows us to sink into a profoundly restorative experience.  A daily rhythm of 2 yoga classes led by Maggie; a morning vinyasa flow woven with ancient yogic teachings and an afternoon Zen yoga restorative class with guided breath work and meditation will reset you into a state of well being and ease. We’ll be nourished daily with 3 delicious healthy meals under the palms overlooking the turquoise sea.  The vibe at Amansala is so relaxed and easeful, no pretense, just be as you are.  Come restore and heal your being and return to your home centered, calm, nourished and effective.  You’ll be so glad you did.

Here’s what last years participants have to say:
Shawna Sylvester: 1/29/17
Thank you so much dearest Maggie!
The retreat at Amansala was like being placed in a nurturing nest of security. All of our needs were met with love and ease. We were fed healthy foods, we were hydrated and we slept in cozy fresh linens to the sound of the sea, reminding us of the source of our life…allowing us to transcend and focus on the yogi’s path. Each of our group members retreated to Amansala with an open heart allowing us to enjoy our time together with peaceful ease. Maggie, your attention to the niyamas and the yamas each day fostered an inner cleansing and clearing allowing for a true shift.
I feel blessed to have been a part of this cosmic experience and to practice with you.
Maggie, you are a nurturing, intuitive teacher and a beautiful person!
Aliza Driller: 2/3/17   Tulum with Maggie
I feel so thankful for the opportunity to dive deep into the turquoise blue waters of both the sea and my spirit! The resort was ideal for transformative growth; a tropical paradise with generous staff, delicious food and luxurious accommodations! The location was a wonderful combination of a dreamlike Paradise mixed with exotic flavors of cultural. In this tranquil setting, Maggie’s teachings were able to be truly heard, practiced, experienced and, internalized to their fullest. It is much easier in an ideal environment to bend deeply and flow with your breath to open the doors into ones soul to reveal its treasures. The teachings were penetrating and transformative! Through our long practice, our guided meditation and journaling I had the time and freedom to experience for myself authentic realizations that will stay with me. I was encouraged to explore raw edges of my personality and gently reshape my relationship with myself with a lighthearted sense of generosity. I have returned to the cold grey North East warmed through to the core, ready to meet daily routine with a renewed sense of peaceful perseverance, enhanced enthusiasm, and a big smile!


Register here to save your room! Retreat prices range from $1300-2400.  Reservations include lodging, meals, daily yoga, taxes and gratuity.

Upanishad Workshop Series

Scripture: Prashna Upanishad

Sunday afternoons 2-3:30pm

  • September 10, 24
  • October  8, 22
  • November 5, 19

Cost: $30 per workshop ($150 for the 6-workshop package)

The scientific and the technological progress humans have made, and even the very birth of human civilization, owes its existence to a unique ability of the human species – the ability to question. Through questioning and investigation, science has provided us answers to many of life’s mysterious, yet the deepest questions about the nature of life and creation remain unanswered. While science looks for the answers in the outer world, yoga looks to the inner world. In Prashna Upanishad (‘Prashna’ means ‘question’), an ancient sacred text, six sincere seekers approach a sage and ask six profound questions. The questions are timeless – and so are the answers. Join us as we explore this ancient conversation, and learn how the wisdom contained therein can help us live our lives in contentment.       

Upanishads are ancient sacred texts that provide the scriptural context for the teaching of non-duality. The purpose of this workshop series is to provide an understanding and experience of this sublime philosophy. The workshop format includes exposition, discussion, and guided meditations.

All are welcome. No prerequisites.

  • September 10 – Question 1: What is the origin of life?
  • September 24 – Question 2: What gives life to the body?
  • October 8 – Question 3: What is the source of life-force in the body?
  • October 22 – Question 4: What is the nature of sleep?
  • November 5 – Question 5: What is meditation and what are its benefits?
  • November 19 – Question 6: What is eternal in this world?

Register here for 1 class or the series.

Instructor: Vivek Desai, PhD

Vivek, a molecular biologist by education from Princeton University, is a yoga philosophy instructor at Shanti Mandir. He is known for his ability to interpret and convey the essence of scriptures in a very precise manner.