YOGA

WHY YOGA

“In the practice of Yoga one can emphasize the body, the mind or the self and hence the effort can never be fruitless.” T. Krishnamacharya

Research confirms that practicing yoga, at any level, offers evidence-based results!

Some benefits as revealed by Harvard Medical School's health publishing include: 

  • Increased levels of strength, balance, flexibility, and coordination

  • Reduced levels of stress, anxiety, depression and chronic pain

  • Improved sleep quality, mood and energy levels

Studies also reveal that yoga may help reduce your risk of serious health complications, such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Yoga teaches us how to quiet the mind and offers a system for spiritual awakening. You will shine from within and feel great.

See below for our weekly schedule and class descriptions.


YOGA IS FOR EVERYONE

“You don’t have to be extremely fit or super-flexible. At any level, yoga poses and breathing have wonderful benefits for your mind and body.” Pamela Jeter, Ph.D., Researcher, Johns Hopkins University

Yoga is widely practiced with options for all ages, levels and dispositions; and, offers a supportive environment for developing all aspects of oneself.


WHAT IS YOGA

Yoga can be translated from Sanskrit as "to unite" or "to join one's consciousness with all living things," but Yoga can also mean the achievement of a focused mental state (as in meditation) or “to attain what was previously unattainable” (Desikachar). Yoga is a system that includes a set of physical, mental, and spiritual practices for enriched living and spiritual awakening.


DONATION BASED

Our Yoga classes are donation-based, meaning you may participate by donating what you can afford and experience to be an equal and fair exchange.  

Donation-based does not suggest bargain nor a sub-standard quality.

We're a little hesitant to suggest a donation amount, but people often ask, so you may consider these factors when deciding: what benefits are you taking away from practice, what is the quality of instruction offered, how convenient is our location, do you want to see your teachers thrive, do you want to see the program grow, and of course, what can you afford. Programs like ours rely on contributions from those who can afford it and enables access for those who can't. It's all about working together to hold space for each other.

Donation proceeds are split equally with the teachers, academy and a variety of charitable causes. To learn more about where your donations go please visit our Charity & Outreach section.


SCHEDULE

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Vinyasa classes on HOLD - New Schedule Releasing for January 2019

Full Moon Gong Meditation Dates
Saturdays // 9 - 10:30am // $15 Drop-In
1/6, 2/3, 3/3, 3/31, 4/28, 6/2, 6/30, 7/28, 8/25, 9/29, 10/13, 11/17, 12/15*
*The December time will be 7 - 9pm --- all other dates are 9 - 10:30am

Dual Gong Evening Equinox & Solstice Meditation
Saturdays // 7 - 9pm // $22 Drop-In // 3/17, 6/16, 9/22, 12/15

Check the Gong Meditation section for more details.


class descriptions

VINYASA

"Vinyasa" roughly means "to place in a conscious or intentionally ordered manner." Our Vinyasa class involves flowing through sequenced poses and linking the movements to breath. Students gain strength and flexibility through the practice but the real goal is to turn our focus inwards preparing the mind and body for meditation. We draw on the teachings of the traditional Yogic texts, including The Yoga Sutras, in which the great sage Patanjali sets forth the eight limbs (practices) of Yoga, The Bhagavad Gita, The 13 Principle Upanishads, and the influential works of the Hatha Yoga lineage.

This class is suitable for all-levels. We provide options to nurture and challenge the beginner to advanced practitioner.

"Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and rifled by the endless stresses and struggles of life." BKS Iyengar

KUNDALINI

Kundalini Yoga brings the technology and personal discipline to awaken one’s higher consciousness, bringing greater balance and harmony to one’s life. This awareness and balance is encouraged by the practice of pranayama (breath work), specific kriyas (exercise sets), ancient mantras (sounds) and meditations. Through this practice of kundalini yoga, the soul’s energy, kundalini force, is moved from the base of the spine, where it lays, up the spinal column, feeding the nerves, glands and energy centers (chakras), as it travels up the body.

This class is suitable for all-levels. We provide options to nurture and challenge the beginner to advanced practitioner.

"In Kundalini Yoga the most important thing is your experience. It goes right to your heart. No words can replace your experience." Yogi Bhajan

FAMILY YOGA

Family Yoga is a perfect way to connect and spend quality time together as a family! In a world where parents and children are so busy, family yoga provides a wonderful place to spend healthy and happy, quality time together.

There are opportunities to play, be challenged, exchange roles, work and tune in together on a deep level.  Parents get to see and experience how their children learn in a dynamic class setting, while children get to see and experience their parents as classmates.  This takes parents out of the disciplinary role and allows for a special kind of experience.

This 1 hour class combines breath, poses, meditation, games and fun for everyone. Bring any version of your family (ages 5 and up) and we will see you there!

“Rid your body of its impurities, let your speech be true and sweet, feel friendship for the world, and with humility seek wealth and knowledge.” T. Krishnamacharya


"Yoga as a way of life and a philosophy, can be practiced by anyone with inclination to undertake it, for yoga belongs to humanity as a whole. It is not the property of any one group or any one individual but can be followed by any and all, in any corner of the globe, regardless of class, creed or religion." K. Pattabhi Jois