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Yogashakti Yoga Center, New York, NY


Phone - (718) 641-0402
Email - info@yogashakti.org
Address - 114-41 Lefferts Blvd.,
South Ozone Park, New York, 11420

International Mission

The New York Ashram is located in Queens NY, close to JFK airport. It has a large temple and yoga hall inaugurated in 1992. It also has a limited residential facility and smaller ashram halls 6 buildings over which have served the ashram for the last 29 years.
This center serves as the International Headquarters for all of Mataji's ashrams. When Mataji is not traveling she stays in NY and to the delight of the devotees gives Satsang every morning and evening.

Yogashakti Missions
are non-profit organizations established worldwide by H. H. Ma Yoga Shakti Saraswati to teach the essence of yoga, meditation, and spirituality to all those who seek guidance.
Our motto is:
Truth is our Religion, Service is our Worship,
Knowledge is our Breath World is our Family,
Yoga and Meditation is our Way.

There are centers in New York, Palm Bay - Florida, London - U. K., Mumbai - New Delhi - Chennai - Haridwar, India. Each center has classes in yoga, meditation, scriptural studies, satsang, and religious functions. Mataji - Ma Yoga Shakti travels between the centers and may be reached at the centers.

Ashram Activities include:

Aarti - Morning and Evening 6:30
Shiva Puja - Monday 6 a.m.
Hanuman Puja -Tuesday 6 a.m.
Laxmi Puja - Friday 6 a.m.
Satsang - Morning and Evening
Satyanarayan Puja - Full Moon Day
Festival and Holiday Programs
Regular Yoga Classes

Hatha Yoga

Yoga is about unification of body, mind, and spirit using practices developed in India over 2,000 years ago. Its immediate effect is to bring the body to a state of relaxation suitable for meditation, but other benefits include toning of the body, improved health and clarity of mind, and “presence,” a heightened level of consciousness and self-awareness in the moment. The Yogashakti system of hatha yoga concentrates on alignment of the body and harmonizing movement with breath. We also believe in having fun at the same time.
Unlike some centers, our classes are suitable for all ages and levels of training. One doesn’t have to be flexible or strong, just willing. All instructors are sensitive to the needs of each person and adjust the exercises accordingly. Students get as much individual attention as they need and are encouraged to recognize their own limits, work within them, and gently extend them. You leave not only feeling refreshed and relaxed but also knowing just a little more about yourself than when you came in.


Through the practice of meditation and quieting the mind we become more efficient in life and it gives us enhanced ability to deal with stressful situations. This course not only guides in meditation but also gives techniques that can calm the mind to promote peace and harmony.

Sun Salutation

(Surya Namaskara)

Surya Namaskar or the Sun Salutation is a most complete series of postures. It is a very good exercise which takes only a few minutes to do and serves as a warm up routine before the practice of yoga asanas. It is one of the best home exercises requiring little space, only eight by three feet. Be sure to have enough space to lie down, and enough clearance to stretch the arms above the head while standing.
Surya namaskar consists of a sequence of twelve postures performed continuously and combined with synchronized breathing. Each position counteracts the preceding one producing a balance between flexions and extensions. The postures are as follows:
1.  Namaskar - salute. Stand erect with feet together and join the palms in the center of the chest in the style of Indian salute and inhale. Then exhale and push the hands down straightening and lowering the arms until the elbows touch the sides. This standing pose is also known as tadaasana.
2.  2. Chandraasan - crescent moon pose. Inhale and raise the arms above the head and extend the spine backwards arching the back from the waist and moving the hips forward. Let the eyes follow the hands while relaxing your neck.
3.  3. Hastapadaasan - bending pose. Begin to exhale bending forward from the waist and place the hands on the floor besides each foot. Relax with your head and neck in a bending pose.
4.  4. Surya darshan - sun gaze. Inhale and putting your weight on the hands stretch the right leg behind like a stick resting on the toes. Bend the knee and place it on the floor with your weight on the left foot and arch the spine backward. Lift the head and neck first up and then back. Roll the eyes up. The left foot remains between the hands.
5.  5. Himalayan - mountain pose. Exhale and bring the left foot back in line with the right. Lift the hips up high like a mountain. Push the heels and head down and look at the toes with the head down between the arms.
6.  6. Sashtang dandawat - lie down. Put the knees down first and then bring the chest down. See that eight parts of the body are touching the floor including two feet, two knees, two hands, the chest and the chin or forehead. Sashtang means eight limbs and dandawat means paying homage by touching the floor. Make sure the hips are slightly raised above the ground. Inhale and exhale in this position. Keep the feet together.
 7. Bhujangaasan - cobra pose. Lower the pelvis and abdomen to the floor. Inhale and stretch the toes on the floor. Raise your head slowly up, arch the spine and neck and look up. Keep your legs together and the elbows alongside the body slightly bent and keep the shoulders down.
8. Himalaya aasan. Exhale and wiggle your toes forward allowing your feet to rest on the soles while your raise the hips as your did in number 5.
9. Surya darshan. Inhale and bring the right foot forward and assume pose number 4 exactly as before.
10. Hastapadaasan. Exhale and bring the right foot forward and assume pose number 3.
11. Chandraasan. Inhale and stretch up in a standing pose with your arms up and bend backwards like in pose number
12. Namaskar. Exhale and stand erect bringing the hands back to the center of the chest with palms together as in pose number 1. 
These 12 exercises are 1 round of surya namaskar. In the second round stretch the left leg behind in surya darshan. Surya namaskar is done for an even number of rounds like 2-4-6-8-10 or 12 rounds each day. When you complete each round you should be standing in the same spot as you stood before. When the hands are placed with the palms down on the floor in the third pose they should remain there until the tenth pose.
A healthy person requires a minimum practice of 12 or 16 rounds of surya namaskar each day. Beginners should start by practicing 2 rounds the first week, 4 rounds the second week and gradually increase in even number. Surya namaskar may be practiced slowly or rapidly if desired, to increase agility and stamina.
Surya namaskar's sequence of postures is most scientific as it completes the circuit within the body. The cycle of blood flowing in and out from the heart into the right and left sides of the body is completed.

Classes at the Yogashakti Yoga Center in Richmond Hill
114-41 Lefferts Blvd. and or 114-25 Lefferts Blvd
(Between Linden and Rockaway)

Class and Teacher
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Hatha Yoga - Sandy Pina
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Hatha Yoga - Mokshapriya

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Hatha Yoga - Mokshapriya

8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Meditation - Mokshapriya
7:30 - 8:30 p.m
Hatha Yoga - Jessica
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Hatha Yoga - Mokshapriya

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Hatha Yoga - Mokshapriya
6:30 - 8 p.m.
Valerie's Vinyasa Class
Every other Friday Fee $20

9:00 - 10:00 a.m
Hatha Yoga - Anne Ruiz

9:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Teachers Training
10:00 - 11:00 a.m
Hatha Yoga - Mokshapriya

11:30 -2 p.m.
(first & last)
Specia Workshops Yoga (first) or Philosophy (last)
* By Appointment Only
** If you wish to deepen your understanding of hatha yoga this class is for you. This class is designed for serious students with one-year prior yoga experience. Also credit towards Yoga Teachers Training Institute Certification Program. Fee $18 per class paid per month only.

Yogashakti Yoga Center Flora Park Classes
Okinawan Karate - 260 Jericho Turnpike

11:30 - 12:30
Hatha Yoga - Mokshapriya
11:30 - 12:30
Hatha Yoga - Moksha

Fees Per Month

Regular Hatha Yoga
1 x per week $50 per month

2 - 3 x per week $75 per month

Unlimited $95 per month
Seniors & Teens
20 % discount
20 % discount
Special Classes
$ 15 drop in or $50 per month
$5 donation
Drop In
For more information e-mail us at: info@teachyoga.org
or call 718 529-2153 also for Workshops and Retreats

All Welcome
to Celebrate the most Holy Day of

Sri Vyaasa

Guru Purnimaa

Maha Mandelashwar
Ma Yoga Shakti Saraswati

Sunday July 21, 2013
4 p.m.

with Special Guest

World Renowed Singer

Sharda Rajan

An auspicious Day to keep the candle of Eternity and Knowledge lit to dispel ignorance about the joyful and painful thought waves, klisht and aklisht.

Contact Information

Phone - (718) 641-0402
Email - info@yogashakti.org
Address - 114-41 Lefferts Blvd.,
South Ozone Park, New York, 11420

Om Tat Sat

(My humble  salutations to the great devotees ,  wikisources  and Pilgrimage tourist guide for the collection )



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