A Song in my Heart
When I first began teaching yoga in 2010, I took some time to contemplate what I wanted to call this new aspect of my life's work. I decided to name my new business endeavor Singing Heart Yoga.
As a musician, songwriter and leader of devotional chanting, I feel that the name expresses the joining together of two deep passions in my life--singing and yoga.
In sifting through the many possible ideas for names, I was reminded that, back in October of 1995, I attended a 5-day meditation retreat with the great Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh. At that time, I was given a dharma name: "Wholehearted Voice of the Heart." Although I liked the sentiment it conveyed, it seemed rather long and awkward to use in any practical sense. So it sat on my altar, written in beautiful calligraphy on a certificate, reminding me to sing and live from the heart.
Over the years, I have poured my heart into my music, my interfaith ministry work, and the teaching of yoga, which for me includes chanting, singing, and prayer. It seemed a natural choice, and one that honored the spirit of my dharma name, to call my work Singing Heart Yoga.
Although I teach in many venues locally and around the country, Singing Heart Yoga now has a beautiful studio space of its own--The Temple of Joy Yoga Sanctuary, in Ithaca, NY.
I invite you to visit my Singing Heart Yoga blog for more information, articles, videos, and other resources to support you in your yoga practice.
Atha Yoga Nusasanam
"Now, with great respect and love (and a song in my heart!), the blessings of yoga instruction are offered."
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, I,1