Breathe and Believe

From My Heart…


Words cannot express the overwhelming feelings that I had from all of the responses I received from my last post, “My Miscarriage”.  I could not respond to everyone because there were SO many loving and supportive personal emails.  My apologies for not responding separately, but please know I read them, took them in, and am sending love back!

As most of you know, we are now expecting!  Actually, in about 8 weeks!  Around March 3rd, 2019, we will be joyously looking forward to meeting our little baby GIRL!  Maxwell is SO excited to become a big brother!  This, of course, means a maternity leave for me.  I hope to be back to all my current locations by around July. 

So, in the mean time, please come practice with me a few more times before my life changes completely again!  And, check out the workshops I will be hosting in January and February(read below).  As for retreats, keep a heads up for announcements in mid 2019; I have some ideas cooking, as well as continuing the amazing yearly retreats! Namaste Dear Ones, and may the year of 2019 hold much hope, possibility, and love for you.

Deep Winter’s Rest at Mind Body Soul

Sunday, January 13th, 2019 from 3-5pm


Join me, once again, for this years Restorative Yoga Workshop at Mind Body Soul Yoga studio in Washington Hts., NYC.  We will talk a brief moment about restorative yoga and its benefits, but most importantly, you will experience it!  Be prepared for gentle movement, soft breath work, deep relaxation, letting go, and journeying inwards.  I will be adding aromatherapy, reiki attuned touch, and soothing sounds to enhance the vibration for hibernation and healing.  Everyone welcomed, even beginners and pre-natal yogis.
$35 pre-register and $45 same day
Register Here!

Invite The Night:
Ritual to Reset from Within

Saturday, January 19th from 2-4pm
Birchwood Center, Nyack, NY


Tara Cuskley and I, are joining forces again, to offer you the time and place to acknowledge the ‘night’ with compassion and to invite the light within.
Using asana and pranayama, I will explore how we may settle into the hibernating quietude of the winter season thru the lens of compassion. Then delve deeper into energy healing practices with Tara as she guides you through an energy body clearing, releasing you from the old and allowing you to renew. Creative visualizations and shamanic rhythmic sounds will initiate a personal meditative journey with the intention to welcome the night and retrieve guidance specific to your life. A time for group discussion and Q&A will be provided at the end of the program.  All levels welcomed.

$40 *if register before Jan. 15th.  $45 after.
Register Here!

Deep Winter’s Restorative Workshop

Sunday, January 27th, 1-3pm
Riverstone Yoga, Tarrytown, NY


Meet me at the beautiful Riverstone Yoga center, nestled right along the Hudson River, and just feet away from the Tarrytown Metro North Line stop, for an afternoon of release! 

Deep within us is a place of stillness and peace. It is innate in our Souls. When we become still, and when we set the stage for quietude, we are better able to recognize this wisdom within, and to release and open up.
Come and connect to this space in a sacred, supportive environment, and spend the time to go deep within. We will practice gentle movements, soft breath work, and long-held luxurious restorative postures. All will allow us to sink into a deep winter’s rest.
I will complement this wonderful practice with the essence of healing sounds, aromatherapy, and healing Reiki touch.
$35 Early Bird, $45 after January 6th

Register Here!

Sweet Connections: A Partner Yoga and Thai Massage Valentine’s Day Experience

Saturday, February 16th, 2:00-5:00pm
Bread and Yoga, Inwood, NYC


Calm, centered, relaxed, peaceful, and loved; does any of this sound like a good thing to feel to you?! Would you like to help your partner/friend/loved one feel like this?! Then come enjoy a magical event of giving, receiving, relaxing, and connecting with each other!

In our time together, we will practice some fun partner yoga moves and learn a basic Thai Yoga bodywork flow for whole body well-being.

For it is truly a practice to both receive and to give; it cultivates trust and understanding. This experience will support you and your partner in developing deeper connections to your own body as well as theirs. Learn how to support their body with loving intention, and allow yourself to let go and be nurtured in return.

**wear comfortable and warm clothing; socks optional; all other props provided.  Most work is done on the floor.

Limited to 8 couples.  Sign up with your name and bring your partner.
$90 per couple.  Please pre-register
Register Here!

Welcome, and Namaste!

Here is a full update on all my new classes*, workshop, and fall retreats!  See you soon!



11am-12pm Pre-natal Yoga at The Graf Institute, Englewood, NJ

12:15-1:15pm Mind Body Core Yoga at The Graf Institute, Englewood, NJ

7:30-8:45pm Vinyasa Level 2 at Mind Body Soul Yoga Studio, Washington Heights, NYC


6-7:15pm Feel Good Flow Yoga for All Levels at Riverstone Yoga, Tarrytown, NY*starting Sept. 19th


12-1pm All Levels Yoga at Bread and Yoga, Bronx Location*starting Sept. 27

1-1:30pm FREE Meditation at Bread and Yoga, Bronx Location*starting Sept. 27


10-11:30am Vinyasa for All Levels at Bread and Yoga, Inwood Location, NYC

2-3:30pm Donation Based Vinyasa Level 1 at Mind Body Soul Yoga Studio, NYC

4-5pm Restorative Yoga at Mind Body Soul Yoga Studio, NYC


9-10:30am Vinyasa Level 2/3 at Birchwood Center, Nyack, NY

12-1:30pm Vinyasa for All Levels at Bread and Yoga, Inwood, NYC

-Corporate and private yoga instruction available upon request. Email Shawna at

-Thai Massage available by appointment only. Location can be in-home, or at Mind Body Soul Yoga Studio.


“Harness Your Mind: An Exploration Into Meditation”

Sunday, September 16th, 2-4pm at Bread and Yoga, Inwood location.


“Finding The Way In”

October 5-8, 2018

SOLD OUT! Wait list available.

A Berkshires location retreat as offered by Bread and Yoga!  Lead by Shawna Emerick and Meghan Lastra, with amazing chef, Marcela Xavier!

“The Nature of Life: Inner Voice~Inner Light”

October 21-23, 2018

Few Spots Still Available! Sign up TODAY!

  Set in the gorgeous fall foliage of the Hocking Hills national state park, Hocking Hills, Ohio, this retreat is one to be experienced!   Lead by father/daughter team, Stephen W. Emerick, Ph.D., and Shawna Emerick, E-RYT200.  Yoga is gentle and meant for all levels with intention to go deep within.   Join the father-daughter team as they create a sacred space for the exploration of the nature and union of one’s Inner and Outer environment. This year’s Retreat theme of Belonging is designed to honor your place in sacred circle and The Nature of Life.  Shawna and Stephen utilize a creative program of yoga, artistic reflection, writing, poetry, storytelling, song, and sharing. Facilitation of later group processing is a time of coming together for sharing and support.  To remain in silence is always included as ones’ sacred right in this safe and nurturing environment.

Email Shawna to Register:

Held at The Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls, a five start Inn!

AND, if you haven’t seen it yet, check out my NEW WEBSITE!

Perhaps I will announce that more too, its still a little work in progress. Namaste!


My Story


     It has been exactly one year, to the day, that my world was changed forever, September 11, 2017.  And, its finally time to share.  I also want to honor the fact that this is a hard day for many, as it is the anniversary of 9/11.  I am sensitive to that fact as I find courage to share my story from the same day. This is simultaneously terrifying and freeing.  Just this week in my yoga classes and conversations, I said, in my own words, “I believe truthfulness supports living an authentic life.  I also believe truthfulness calls within us the courage to be vulnerable; and this calls an even greater force from within us to remember our worthiness.”  I am blessed to have you, dear friend, to be reading, and journeying along with me.  I am forever grateful for our shared journey.  Renae Cobb puts it so right, in my opinion, “Certainly, the people we love inspire us to heights of love and compassion that we might have never achieved otherwise, but to really scale those heights, we often have to go to the depths of who we are, light/shadow, good/evil, loving/destructive, and figure out our own stuff in order to love them better.  So, I’m not sure it’s an either/or but a *both/and.  We love others fiercely, maybe more than we think we love ourselves, but that fierce love should drive us to the depths of ourselves so that we can learn to be compassionate with ourselves.”


     It has been exactly one year, to the day, that my world was changed forever.  The day that I found out that my sweet little Baby #2 was not going to come Earth side with us, but instead return to Spirit side.  And, all too early.  I would be blessed months later in a vision journey to be visited by their Spirit.  It was SO clear that they were asking of me to be courageous in honoring their worthiness, and the life that they did have, all 9 weeks and 3 days.  I write now, with tears in my eyes.  But, my heart is *’both/and’ sad and terribly joyful!  I was lucky to have you Little Sweet One.  So many parents don’t even have that opportunity.  I have learned so much from this part of my story.  I have become even more sensitive, caring, forgiving, and understanding; and honor that all these learnings are on a continual development.


     It is with open heart that I invite you to listen now, to this part of my story, and other parts of my whole life’s story, in this podcast interview with my dearest friend, Dr. Deborah Adamy!  Her podcast, “Enlighten: Uplift and Inspire” can be found pretty much everywhere; my interview is episode #37.  Her website is

Here is the link to the interview:


Huge Announcement Follow Up To The Interview!


     The story continued to unfold with emotional ups and downs in our desire to have another, third, child.  However, it is with great joy that I, Geoffrey, Maxwell, 3yrs., Baby #2, and Astro our dog, share with you Baby #3!  Due March 3rd, 2019!  I have waited until this moment to share because it has been with cautious optimism that the first trimester came and went.  It is different to go in the journey after a loss.  This is why my loss has given me much Light.  I feel more now for others, whether their loss has been a child, an elder, or other.  And I have met amazing people from my loss, and also now from the life growing within me.  This is also why I choose to share, so no one has to feel that they are alone in their journey.  Blessings and gratitude are my offerings, to God, to you dear reader, to my family, to my friends, and to myself.  Namaste. Aho. Amen. Shalom. Sat Nam. 

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