Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Newsletter: December 2008

Dear Yoga Students,

Here are some brief notes on some events, postures, and products that might interest you.

December 5 - Join Marnie Bacon and a merry band of musicians at Dragonfly Yoga Studio in Marshfield, 7-9pm, for this informal practice. We will immerse ourselves in the healing powers of sound and song. Perfect for combatting holiday stress! New this fall -- check out the beautiful sounds of Marnie's Indian Harmonium!

The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute has received a National Institutes of Health grant to study the efficacy of yoga for women with treatment-resistant Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. They are offering free yoga classes in Brookline, MA on Thursdays from 6-7 PM. You will be paid $200 for a 10-week session (that's right, they pay YOU), and you will be able to stay on all of your current medications. Candidate should be an adult woman survivor of childhood trauma, between the ages of 18 and 58, with a three+ year history of psychotherapy. For more information, call Dr. Ritu Sharma at 617-232-1303 x 208, or email her at

Check out Kezia's new instructional CD, Gentle Yoga. This approx. one-hour audio recording features all the elements students enjoy in Kezia's typical yoga classes – centering, warm-ups, a gentle flow of sitting, standing, supine and table-position postures, and of course, rest pose. The cost is $15.75 (including tax) -- you can get it directly from Kezia. Add $2.50 if you want it shipped to you. Payment methods: cash, check or Paypal. Buy it for yourself for those times when you can't make it to class -- or give it as a gift!

January 2009 - Restorative Yoga
February 2009 - Deepening Your Yoga Practice
March 2009 - Meditation Basics

The lion pose, or simhasana, is a great way to bring circulation to your throat and glands, which helps to expel germs and fight colds. It's also really fun to d o -- especially in the company of children or grandchildren. Here's a photo and instructions, from Sri Swami Satchidananda's "Integral Yoga Hatha" book. If anything it will make you laugh, which is also good for the immune system!

Remember, yoga is the perfect antidote to holiday stress. I hope to see you in class soon. Look for my teaching schedule at

Friday, November 7, 2008

New CD: Gentle Yoga with Kezia Bacon-Bernstein!

I am delighted to announce the debut of my first compact disc: Gentle Yoga with Kezia Bacon-Bernstein!

“Gentle Yoga” is an approx. 1-hour instructional CD (an audio recording, not video). It features all the elements students enjoy in my typical yoga classes – centering, warm-ups, a gentle flow of sitting, standing, supine and table-position postures, and of course, rest pose.

The CD is designed to help you stretch and strengthen your entire body, while calming your mind and nurturing your spirit. It is divided into 19 tracks so you can choose which postures you’d like to do on a given day. You can play the CD in its entirety when you’d like a home practice that’s just like one of my regular yoga classes. But you can also just play segments: Only have time for 10 minutes of warm-up stretches? Just want to invigorate with some standing poses? Need some help unwinding? This CD will work for you.

Can’t make it to class this week? Going away on a business trip? Purchase this CD and you can take me with you! You’ll have Yoga with Kezia anywhere, anytime you want it!

Treat yourself by ordering one today! Its great gift too -- consider purchasing one for a friend or family member.

CDs cost $16, with MA sales tax included. Please contact me at for ordering and shipping info. Thanks!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

How To Pronounce My Name

Kezia. Many people wonder . . . How the heck do you pronounce it?

Here's a simple clue. The "i" is silent.

So it's Kee' za. Two syllables, with the accent on the first one.

Or try the trick that my husband, who grew up in Boston, used when we first met. "The KEYS-ah in the cah." (The keys are in the car.)

Kezia is a name that appears in The Bible, in the Book of Job. There, it's spelled Keziah -- she was one of Job's daughters. Most people whose name is Kezia or Keziah pronounce it "Kez -eye'-ah." But that's not why my parents chose the name -- they found it in Glamour magazine! (and they liked the sound of "Kee' za" better). If you want to read the story about that, check out my Dad's blog at the following site. LINK