The essence of yoga is captured by the practice of Rasayana Yoga. This is a deep, contemplative form of yogic exercise that blends meditation, guided imagery and affirmations with slow, prolonged and deliberate yoga poses.
Functional posture and breath work training are at the heart of this practice along with the strengthening of the mind-body connection and sense of intuition.
Transitions and asanas/poses are slow and done with breath and guidance. Focus on maintaining the functional breath and postural patterns during as many of the moments you remember to do them reinforces the act of mindfulness, these concepts and more are revisited at the beginning of each class.
The power of contemplative practice has been demonstrated not just in research but probably in your life’s experience. People who are drawn to yoga and alternative forms of health care tend to engage in the practice of mindfulness, or paying attention on purpose to how they feel and trying to understand and maybe augment the feeling. If this is at the core of your yogic or meditative practice or if you would like for it to be, then this is the place for you. The purpose of this exercise is to help sew the seeds of opening space within your mind and body in order to expand, take up space and show up in your life the way you want.
Everyone can benefit from this practice, whether you are a beginner, an experienced practitioner, overweight, frail, inflexible or in a wheelchair, this is a yoga class for you. Each class is kept small so that everyone gets the amount of guidance they need but also to keep space for the eye and amygdala to rest. Over the hour long class, approximately 6-10 asanas will be held total and for reference, this is but a fraction of the number of asanas you’d do in a typical yoga class. The purpose is to work on the breath, the chattering mind and the posture all at once and this takes time. The class is also flanked by restorative postures, chimes, bells and sound bathing to engage the entire central nervous system and allow the sympathetic portion of the autonomic nervous system to take a break while we rest and digest and heal.
We are currently forming classes for $13/session. If you are interested in joining, please let us know if Saturday morning or Thursday evenings would better suit your needs. Thanks for your interest!
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