Happy Summer Everyone!

I hope this note finds you well and enjoying the expansiveness of summer. I've been appreciating the beauty, a slower pace, and time for writing. Check out my latest blog post where I am excerpting some drafts of a new book I am writing called Self-Care for Social Change: A Holistic Approach for Change Makers. And, read on for info and updates about happenings in my world. And, there's a special recipe at the end!

Big Love, Loretta

Yoga of Social Change


I am really excited to report that I will be giving a workshop at the Finger Lakes Yoga Festival this year to be held on Thursday, August 18 from 2:00-3:30. The workshop is called "The Yoga of Social Change." We'll go through experiential exercises and inquiry as we make the important connections between yoga practice and social justice, social change, and helping work. I think this issue is more salient than ever, and I'm inspired to offer this important perspective to yoga practitioners.

The Finger Lakes Yoga Festival (Aug. 18-21) is a small, non-commercial, casual and affordable yoga festival. Camping on-site and other nearby lodging are both available. Check out the great lineup they are putting together and learn more details about how to make this happen for yourself http://www.fingerlakesyogafestival.org/. If you plan to go, give me a shout and we can connect.

Holistic Life Coaching

I am now offering holistic life coaching. I draw from training in social work, mindfulness, yoga, and Ayurveda to co-create a plan that resonates with your life needs and desires. Whether your goals are personal, health-related, or career-oriented, you can make empowered choices and act for your highest self.

I do the sessions either in-person or via Skype or Google Hangouts. Be sure and check out my website to learn more - http://lorettapyles.com/pages/life-coaching.
Please share this info with a friend or loved one who you think might benefit from whole self life coaching.

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Yoga Class at NASW Statewide

I will be offering an all-levels yoga class at the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) statewide conference in Albany which is being held October 6-8, 2016. My class will be on Friday morning (Oct. 7) at 7:00 a.m. For any social workers out there I'd love to see you (CEUs are available). To learn more, check out the conference website.

Regular Schedule

My regular teaching schedule continues to stay the same for now with morning yoga on Saturdays in Westerlo.

Chickpea of the Sea

This is my quick and easy version of the popular vegan tuna salad.

1 can of chickpeas, drained (low salt is nice)
2 T of vegenaise (or other mayonaise)
1/4 C chopped celery
2 T chopped onion or scallion
1 to 2 T sunflower seeds
1 to 2 T of pickle relish (optional)
1/2 t dill
salt and pepper to taste

In a bowl, smash the chickpeas with a fork and add the rest of the ingredients, mixing well. Serve on lettuce or make a sandwich on bread. You can also make a grilled version by adding some Earth Balance (i.e. buttery substance) to the outside of the bread and brown up each side like you would a grilled cheez. Enjoy!


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