Yoga Classes & Workshops
Yoga classes are open to students and teachers looking to deepen their own practice and utilize the incredible tools of yoga for health and transformation.
The tools of yoga therapeutically and creatively weaved into all classes are:
- Breathing Techniques (Pranayama)
- Physical Postures (Asana)
- Visualizations (Bhavana)
- Sounds (Mantra)
- Gestures (Mudra)
- Hand Placements (Nyasa)
- Meditation Techniques (Dhyanam)
Four types of yoga classes are offered and described below as well as the yoga workshops that are offered.
I. Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra or yogic sleep is a state of consciousness that exists between waking and sleeping.
Just like the spaces in between the breath, there are spaces that exist in between the shift from waking consciousness to sleeping consciousness. Yoga Nidra is the balance of this deep state of relaxation with the awareness of waking consciousness. It is akin to the moment right before we fall asleep; it is the extension of that moment into a full meditative practice.
In these classes, the fifth limb of yoga which is pratyahara, or the withdrawing of the external senses into the internal world, is the practice. Students lay on their backs for most of the class and are systematically guided through verbal instructions through the traditional eight stages which include: internalization, Sankalpa, rotation of consciousness, breath awareness, holding opposites, visualization, Sankalpa, and externalization.
II. Solar Flow
The sun has been revered since the dawn of time for its life-giving force. Historically, yogis have honored the sun through the well-known sun salutations.
One of the overarching energetic effects of a yoga practice is for brahmana purposes or energizing effects.
In these classes, the various tools of yoga are utilized to create energizing effects in the overall system of the student. Through this process, students are able to release the heavy energies that make it difficult to live a motivated and passionate life.
III. Lunar Flow
The moon, the yin to the sun, has also been honored throughout history as the soft reflective light of the night and the mover of water. Symbolically, it represents our unconscious, the shadow self, our emotional world, and Dreamtime.
Here, the overarching energetic effects of a yoga practice is for Langhana purposes or relaxing effects.
In these classes, the various tools of yoga are utilized to create relaxing effects in the overall system of the student. Through this process, students are able to make deep shifts into the quieter nature of self, allowing for previously hidden aspects to gently surface and release.
IV. Alchemical Flow
Alchemy is the process of transmutation on all levels. In particular, as it relates to yoga, spiritual alchemy as the ancient sages and mystics have long studied, is the personal transformation of transmuting the misqualified energies of the self into the purest form possible.
Through this intensive process, students can break free from habitual holding patterns, maladaptive defense mechanisms, and the personality structures that are no longer benefiting one’s life.
In these classes, the long holding of postures for lengths at a time are implemented along with the various therapeutic tools of yoga.
Students are able to release aspects of their suffering consciousness and move into a deeper communion with their soul consciousness.
Yoga workshops are a fun and challenging way to dive deeper into particular themes in yoga and to creatively experiment with different techniques. Much learning occurs in these workshops through both experiential and logistical knowledge.
Workshops include the following overarching themes, each with various workshops included within them:
- Chakra System
- Muladhara; Root
- Svadhishthana; Sacral
- Manipura; Solar Plexus
- Anahata; Heart
- Vishuddha; Throat
- Ajna; Third-Eye
- Sahasrara; Crown
- Elemental Flows
- Fire Flow
- Water Flow
- Earth Flow
- Air Flow
- Ether/Space Flow
- Asana Immersions
- Standing Postures
- Seated Postures
- Lying Down Postures
- Forward Bends
- Back Bends