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The Temperance Center in Eastchester Expands Yoga Offerings

Lifeforce yoga restorative reiki workshop at The Temperance Center

As The Temperance Center, in Eastchester, enters its sixth year, owner and founder Merrill Black says she is growing TTC’s yoga program. Its newest teacher, Maria Theresa Quaranta, RYT-500, now offers an intermediate-level powerful vinyasa yoga class on Thursdays from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., and Vic Gazzini, RYT, offers an early-morning class “for people who want to get their Zen on before heading to work,” Black says.

         Among the most popular yoga styles offered at TTC is LifeForce Yoga (LFY), which “is geared toward meeting the mood with mantras, mudras, asanas, visualization and self-inquiry,” Black says. Offerings include a Saturday-morning weekly LFY class taught by Reyna Gonzalez, RYT, and a Sunday-morning monthly class, LifeForce Yoga Chakra Balancing Flow and Yoga Nidra, taught by Black, a certified LFYP-2 practitioner.

         TTC will be adding pop-up candlelight yoga classes and restorative yoga workshops throughout the year. “We’re always looking for new and fresh workshops to bring to the Westchester area,” Black says. “Stay tuned for Yoga Nidra self-inquiry workshops, workshops for expanding intuition, and workshops geared toward healing relationships.”

         One of Black’s favorite annual events is the December Winter Solstice healing night—“a little taster of restorative yoga, spiritual exploration and a guided channeling meditation.” TTC will also continue to offer sound baths with Gina Kjek, which have been “a huge hit in the past,” she says, adding, “I love having a healing center to bring an array of modalities together.” 


Location: The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd., Eastchester, NY. For more info, visit or see TTC’s monthly class listings in the calendar.

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