Manhattan Holistic Chamber of Commerce President Michele Risa

Monthly Archives: December 2009

What Does Love Mean?

Amid the yearend emails reminding me that it’s a great time for reflection, contemplation and new intentions, a friend sent me “What Love Means to a Group of 4-8 year olds.”

“How perfect,” I thought, “Our dial-UP yoga** group is just completing their 30 day class, “To Create Loving Relationships.”  What a gift to get back to basics through the eyes of young children with the wisdom of sages.”

Below are their answers…broader and deeper than many could have imagined.

Let me know what you think.

Peace to all, Light to all, Love to all,
Michele

**You can check out “To Create Loving Relationships,” one of 12 monthly goals offered by “dial-UP yoga” by Clicking HERE

Lights of Christmas!

Surrounded by Light!Michele

P.S. Many of you know I am blessed to live with a wise loving dog.  What does love mean to Shanti? Here are two pictures that I think help communicate his answer!

New friends in the New Year!

New friends in the New Year!

What does love mean?

‘When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.’

Billy – age 4

‘When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.’

Rebecca- age 8

‘Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.’

Karl – age 5

‘Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.’

Chrissy – age 6

‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’

Terri – age 4

‘Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.’

Danny – age 7

‘Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss’

Emily – age 8

‘Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.’

Bobby – age 7

‘If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,’

Nikka – age 6

‘Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.’

Noelle – age 7

‘Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.’

Tommy – age 6

‘During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling.  He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.’

Cindy – age 8

‘My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.’

Clare – age 6

‘Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.’

Elaine-age 5

‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.’

Chris – age 7

‘Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.’

Mary Ann – age 4

‘I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.’

Lauren – age 4

‘When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.’

Karen – age 7

‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.’

Mark – age 6

‘You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.’

Jessica – age 8

And the final one.

A four year old child’s next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.  Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.

When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, ‘Nothing, I just helped him cry.’

Trapeze…fun or fear?

Flying High!

Flying High!

Though usually my birthday celebrations with my friend, Frank, are movie and dinner, this year I didn’t want to sit and celebrate like an adult, but play more like a kid.  It began with bowling, then deep, deep massage, and then…trapeze! Continue reading

365 yoga to Increase Prosperity

Here’s a demo of “365 Yoga LIVE”- our program that gives you 365 days of support for total sustainable health on less than $1 a day.

Each month we accomplish a different goal.  This month gives you a practice to help you “Increase Prosperity”.  As a member of 365 Yoga LIVE, you have access to a full class Video so you can practice whenever it’s convenient.

To really sample this, do the 14 day FREE trial of 365 yoga live.

Note: Everything you’ll see has been passed down by the Master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan and is 1,000s of years old and clearly withstanding the test of time.

The Holidays…a mixed bag

holiday_mixed_bagAhhhh, the holidays are here!  Though these are times for celebration with family and friends, they can also include sadness from memories of loss, loneliness or depression.  If you do, you’re not alone and I want to offer some suggestions based on research. Continue reading

Afraid of Yoga Pretzels?

Yoga PretzelWhen you see yoga magazine covers or yoga classes at your gym, do you think, “I can’t and don’t want to get into that!”

Then I want to let you know that yoga is more like ice cream than you may think.  (Did I just hear you say, “Like ice cream???”)

In just 3 minutes, click below to hear how. Continue reading

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What People Are Saying. . .
I just completed Michele’s 90-day MORE program. As Michele will remind you, if you decide to study with her, things don’t happen to us; they happen for us. Michele happened for me just when I needed what she is committed to teaching. Commitment is the key word because she is always thinking of what she can do to help others live happy, successful lives filled with joy. She takes care to really understand what each of her students needs and instinctively suggests just the right message, yoga exercise, meditation, food, experience, etc., that will resonate with them to help them courageously live the life they want. Michele is a gift you deserve to give yourself when you’re finally ready to live your best, authentic life.
- Sheri Robbins, New York

...I have suffered from emotional eating for 6 years, during which I have juggled and switched through different therapists and treatment options. I continued to feel "stuck" as the approaches focused on the past and why I acquired my disease. ...Michele's plan of remaining present- right here, right now- in addition to helping me choose love for myself, has allowed me to grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually... Michele is a true gift from God.
- Michele Messina, New Jersey

The benefits have been significant. My reason for doing this yoga is to improve and maintain good health. Each morning class provides me with the motivation to get up and improve my physical and mental strength. I also think one of the greatest things about Michele’s 365 Yoga Course is I can join a class any day of the week, drop in at any time during the class and leave at a time that works for me and my schedule, from anywhere I am.
- Philip Swanton, New York