Narayan is a 500-hour Sivananda yoga acharya, as well as a master-level martial artist. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and English from the University of Vermont, and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Johnson State College. His parents, Frank and Judith Foti (both 500-hour Dharma Mittra teachers) are his loving Gurus, and his friends Sofi Dillof, Mahadev Chitananya, Will Duprey, Simon Park, Miv London, Maheshwari Knox, Dr. Paul Epstein and Andrei Ram-Om are his teaching inspirations. World-renowned Vedanta teacher, Swami Swaroopananda shared the gifts of the yogic teachings with Narayan and ordained him to pass them on, which he strives to honor through his daily practice and in the space he holds for those willing to go within.
“As a child growing up in Florida, I was unaware that the Ocean was my first yoga teacher. Now, though, I can see it so clearly as I reflect on the smiling boy slicing through, ducking under, and riding with the frothy waves – exploring the wonders of flowing prana. I learned to be with my breath and use it to overcome fears, bowing to the floor beneath the surf for what often felt like eons before being reborn to the surface, springing freely towards the sun’s rays completely inspired! The ocean led me to understanding that I was both as tiny as a drop of water and as majestic as the mighty sea, and that the form I took was utterly dependent upon my willingness to surrender to my imagination and allow myself to be wild and free.
Years later, I was a businessman in NYC and somehow the lessons of my wonderful teacher had been echoed out by a less enlightened, more imprisoned shadow of myself. Of course, a part of me was yearning for more, roaring at my higher Self to turn and face the wave of ignorance that was about to crash upon me and perhaps drown me forever. So I listened…
When I began my formal yoga training, I was reunited with the abyss of bliss that fuels my Soul. I regained my beginners mind and was filled with childlike liberation. I remembered that the mighty sea dwelled within and around me, and I tapped into a profound balance between physical movement and mental stillness.
As I invite others to join me in the ongoing Odyssey of Self-realization, I do not consider myself a teacher of yoga so much as a channel for sharing experiences of what is, was and always will be – infinite cosmic love. In the quest for inner rhythm, I cannot tell others what to see or feel or do. I simply show them where to look and how to inspire themselves to unite with their intuition and compassionately remove barriers that divide them from seeing the oneness in all things. Like you, I am merely a vessel for which our teacher, the Ocean of Love sends its messages.”
This is a FREE community yoga event to anyone with a yoga mat. Donations will go to “Prevent Child Abuse Vermont.”Mission
A FREE summer Yoga Event to benefit PREVENT CHILD ABUSE VT. Bring your mat and do hatha yoga as a caring community member. This event starts between Pearl St and Cherry St on the Church St Marketplace in Burlington, VT. Fundraising baskets will be circulated the day of the event. Any donation amount will be accepted in cash or check. If you cannot make the event, please consider making a donation at Firstgiving.com to help us reach our fundraising goal!
Yoga and the Day Station Seva Project
What: A Seva Project/ selfless service for the Day Station at COTS
This week local studios are pairing up with the Day Station, run by COTS, to raise funds for Day Station supplies, such as laundry tokens, bus fare and Goodwill vouchers for homeless and displaced persons and families. Go to your favorite studio, take a class this week and know part of the cost of your class goes to a great and local cause. There are many studios to choose from! Call your favorite studio for more information or go to their website.
When: May 6-12, 2013
Where: At Laughing River Yoga, on Tuesday May 7th, 10% of proceeds from classes will benefit the Day Station. Check other particpating yoga studios near you too! Take advantage of yoga abundance! Choose from any of these participating studios.
Why: to benefit the Day Station: bus passes, laundry tokens, Goodwill vouchers.
What do I do? Take a class between May 6 -12, 2013. Studios donate a portion of proceeds to the Day Station. At Laughing River Yoga. we will be giving away 10% of proceeds from classes on Tuesday May 7th, to benefit the Day Station.
Chocolate: Lake Champlain Chocolate available at each studio!
Contact: email@example.com or any participating yoga studio.
Sunday Morning Yoga and Meditation Intensive with Miv London
August 18, 2013
9 am-12 pm
Asana practice is just the beginning. In fact the purpose of Asana (postures) is to prepare the body for sitting meditation. Yet, due to our busy lives, meditation practice often gets left out. This workshop will provide the experience of yoga asana, sitting meditation, walking meditation and time for quiet. Participants will be asked to observe silence in order to provide a container in which one can experience the calm presence of mindful awareness. No prior experience is necessary. Miv will provide plenty of instruction and guidance, as well as time for questions and sharing. This is a wonderful opportunity to enrich your yoga practice and your understanding of meditation.
About Miv London:
Miv London delights in sharing the transformative practices of yoga and meditation with others. Miv began practicing yoga over 20 years ago, and has recently completed a 200-hour teaching training with Emily Garrett and Sofi Diloff. She has been a student and practitioner of meditation in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition since 1999.
In her professional life, Miv has worked as a clinical psychologist for 30 years. Currently she is on the staff of Counseling and Psychiatry Services of the University of Vermont. She is founder and coordinator of the UVM Mindfulness Practice Center, which offers education and practice of mindfulness meditation to the UVM community. She has a particular interest in application of meditation and yoga for emotional healing.
Miv’s teaching is characterized by warmth, kindness, and gentle humor. She is endlessly inspired by the healing power of compassionate self-awareness.
Laughing River Yoga is proud to host the BYC Afterparty: A Cosmic Love Kirtan with Yogi P. & The Funky Shanti. Open your heart and voice. Feel warmed by the playful and eclectic funky sound of this dynamic duo, that has been described as “Krishna Das meets Jerry Garcia on a balmy and easy tropical retrat.” Meet in this place for devotional song. Designed for anyone who wants to learn more about the practice of Kirtan, as well as those looking to deepen their current chanting practice.
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This year mark’s the 5th annual Burlington Yoga Conference: May 4 & 5, 2013.
Laughing River Yoga is proud to announce that all 3 co-founders will be presenting special workshops: Emily Garrett, Jane Jarecki Lanza, and Sofi Dillof as well as Julia Howe Sulllivan. We hope to see you there. Namaste.
Eating Disorder Awareness Week
Feb. 24 – Mar. 2
Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
An intimate talk with Bree Greenberg-Benjamin
Wed., Feb. 27, 2013
lululemon, 22 Church St. (Burlington)
Finding a Home in Your Body
A benefit yoga class with Lakshmi
Sat., Mar. 2, 2013
Laughing River Yoga
1 Mill St. Burlington
Suggested donation, $25
with Jane Jarecki Lanza & Ben Lanza
Sunday, February 10th, 2013
In this 2-hour candlelit retreat, you and your partner are introduced to the deeply relaxing practice of Thai Yoga Massage and gentle Partner Yoga. No experience is required. These simple Thai massage techniques are taught by demonstration and through hands on-experience. You and your partner each practice giving and receiving.
You will experience the outstanding benefits of Thai Yoga Massage and gentle yoga stretches, including calm and happy body and mind. Unwind as you explore a new medium for touch, intimacy and healing.