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Guided Pranayama
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Monthly Asana
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Guided Pranayama
Video Flow
Monthly Asana
Events & Partners
Jewels

Monthly Asana

Parsva Virabhadrasana – Featured Asana

Vrksasana – Featured Asana

Vasisthasana – Featured Asana

Uttanasana – April Asana

Youth Yogis

Spring Equinox Soup Supper

Student/Teacher Invocation Mantra

Utthita Trikonasana – March Asana

Ham-Sah Meditation

Utkatasana – Featured Asana

The ancient Sage Patanjali was the first to systemize the practices of Ashtanga Yoga. Yoga defined literally means “union”.  Through stilling the mind, union with the DIVINE  is achieved. Practice of Yoga (or sadhana) purifies the body and mind for the purpose of developing higher concentration. Pure concentration leads to a thoughtless mind and supreme consciousness (samadhi). Pantajali described the path to higher consciousness as having eight parts or “limbs”; hence, the system is called Ashtanga (ashta=eight, anga=limb) Yoga. The eight limbs are listed below. You will learn more about each limb within the Astanga system in our NOTES FROM THE MAT section of the website.

Yama (Restraints)

  • Ahimsa (nonviolence)
  • Satya (truthfulness)
  • Asteya (non-stealing)
  • Brahmacharaya (continence)
  • Aparigraha (non-possessiveness)

Niyama (Observances)

  • Shaucha (purity)
  • Santosha (contentment)
  • Tapas (austerity)
  • Svadhyaya (scriptural study)
  • Ishvarapranidhanana (surrender to God)

Asana (Posture or Seat)

Pranayama (Breath Control)

Pratyahara (Withdrawing the mind from sense perception/turning inward)

Dharana (Concentration)

Dhyana (Meditation)

Samadhi (Supreme consciousness or complete identity or absorption in one object or thought)

Namaste

Tadasana – Featured Asana

Our individual practice is the root source of our ability and inspiration to teach. Practicing yoga and teaching yoga are different but interdependent. One nourishes the other. In your own practice, the mind, breath and energy moves inward, quieting the mind. In teaching, our energy moves outward, communicating the methods and spirit of yoga. The process of teaching is continually evolving, drawing from your own practice and observing your students.

One of the most important qualities of a good teacher is the desire to help others. Students feel when the teaches cares or not. A competent instructor, in addition to being informed and knowledgeable is respectful and compassionate towards all. Enthusiasm and humour add life and ease to the classroom setting.

No two people teach alike. Your style of teaching evolves out of your personality, your practice and your life experiences. Be observant and learn from your students. Be receptive to others teacher’s styles and the many ways to present the teachings. This will keep your teaching fresh and interesting. “TEACH TO LEARN” as an underlying attitude brings humility, grace and inspiration into your classes and into your life.

– Baba Hari Dass

Adventures in Yoga