Hello Long Island. It’s Jolie from Mandala Yoga in Amagansett, out on the beautiful East End. I am in the midst of a creative whirlwind as I expand my studio into a fully scheduled training center for Yoga and Healing Arts. We’ll have Yoga Teacher Training Programs, Ayurvedic and Aromatherapy certifications, Kids Yoga Trainings and a lot more. It’s exciting, but also challenging. It brings me to a heightened need and appreciation for my practice: every day I get on the mat no matter what, to move and sweat, and then pause and breathe and just be… And then I hop back into the frenzy!
The main impetus for expanding was my desire to have a place closer to home to advance our studies. I’ve had Mandala Yoga for over 15 years now and it’s been great to grow our local and summer communities. But I really wanted to be able to offer advanced training programs where a local person didn’t always have to drive into the city to pursue further study. Our new center will offer people from all over Long Island the option to come out to the beach for advanced studies.
From Mandala Yoga we have become Mandala Yoga Center for Healing Arts. We are taking over the old Bass Shoe store in Amagansett Square, which gives us room to bring to life all of the ideas we’ve been cultivating over the past 15 years. As soon as we open this Spring, we begin a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training catered to local Long Islanders, and then over the summer we have a Teacher Training intensive geared towards a local summer person. We have an Aromatherapy Certification in May & June with Amy Galper of The New York Institute of Aromatherapy, a KarmaKids Yoga Teacher Training in June, and our Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist Certification begins in the fall. The Ayurvedic certification is through the Himalayan Institute, a wonderful place to learn in Pennsylvania. We’ve also developed our Kids Programs with kids parties, special glow in the dark classes, Yoda Yoga and all kinds of fun stuff. We have new Healing Arts rooms for Ayurvedic warm oil and aromatherapy treatments, more retail space and even a place to sit for a chat and have some tea. All this while our regular full daily schedule of classes is going on.
I started Mandala in 2001 as a way to preach what I practice, and to have work that would push me to deepen my studies while still devoting myself to my kids. Yoga has always been my main tool for grounding and well-being, connecting with my intuition, inspiring my faith on hard days. I became a yoga teacher over 25 years ago, and in 2006 I was certified as an Ayurvedic Practitioner from The Kripalu School of Ayurveda. A few years ago I became an Aromatherapist.
Personal practice and continued study has been so important to me, both personally and professionally. It’s also been a real mission for Mandala. I love when someone shares with me how Mandala gives them a space to get grounded, wake up to their creativity and faith, connect with new people, and learn some new ways to take care of themselves and their family.
Jolie Parcher, Tantric Yoga, Para Yoga Vinyasa flow, Certified Ayurvedic Counselor