“Blessed are the flexible,” observes the passage on Yoga instructor Paula Heitzner’s recent flyer, “for they shall not be bent out of shape.” Even though the maxim rings true for people of any age, Heitzner is gearing her instructional attention toward the geriatric set. Starting today, Heitzner is offering a mature yoga class each Wednesday from 1:15- 2:15p at the American Legion Hall.
by Bill Batson
Nyack Yoga Center has a direct link to the man who popularized Yoga in America. Paula Heitzner studied with Blanche DeVries, the wife and business partner of Pierre Bernard, America’s first Yogi. Bernard founded an ashram on the grounds of what is now Nyack College in the 1930s. On Sunday, September 7, Heitzner celebrated her 40th year as the owner and instructor at Nyack Yoga Center at the corner of Broadway and Main Street.
“Delightful, tough-as-nails, encouraging, unique, and wonderful” are some of the words Paula Heitzner’s students use to describe their yoga teacher. Heitzner has been actively teaching yoga for 45 years and has been practicing even longer.”
Starting today, NyackNewsAndViews launches Five Weeks of Wellness, an initiative to support local health, beauty, fitness and nutrition venues. Each week, we’ll feature a local health and wellness practitioner. Accompanying the series is a local health and wellness guide listing over 40 businesses that help you achieve inner peace, outer beauty and better health. Look forward to these profiles over the next five weeks:
by Bill Batson
Pierre Bernard, America’s first yogi, lived on an ashram he called the Clarkstown Country Club in Nyack from 1920 until his death in 1955. The complex of buildings is now the campus of Nyack College. Equal parts Harry Houdini and Howard Hughes, Bernard achieved degrees of success as a yogi, animal trainer, baseball manager, and aviation expert. But millions knew him by his dubious tabloid title, Oom the Omnipotent.
by Bill Batson
Legend has it that when Helen Hayes MacArthur first saw this fine example of Italianate architecture on North Broadway, her husband, playwright Charles MacArthur told her it would cost them a Pretty Penny. The name stuck. From 1934 until 1990, the actress who was known to the world as the First Lady of American Theater lived here in the Village of Nyack as a mother, wife, neighbor and civic leader –not as a celebrity. This week’s sketch log is composed almost entirely from remarks made by Mrs. MacArthur in a private home in Nyack sometime in the 1980’s.
If you Google the phrase “Nyack Holistic,” you’ll get a long list of practitioners, confirming that our little Village attracts businesses focused on spirituality and healthy living. The fact that there’s a health food store (Back to Earth) and the “New Age Center” right on the prime corner of Main[…]