We subscribe to the theory that, in yoga, one size does not fit all. Consequently, we offer a variety of classes to fit the needs of every body: beginning through advanced classes as well as special needs classes such as chair yoga, yoga for Parkinson’s sufferers, adaptive yoga, Buddha Body Yoga, SomaYoga and anything that someone approaches us about that we can accommodate. We want to nurture you along your yoga journey and make sure that you always feel safe in our studio: physically, mentally and emotionally.
Especially in the Western Culture, yoga today is pretty far from its origins, so we are not sure that anyone can claim to do pure yoga. However, we try to stay faithful to the original purposes of yoga. Patanjali says in the Yoga Sutras that the purpose of yoga is to “still the fluctuations of the mind”. So we teach and practice in a mindful way, helping you to be both more aware of and less in the sway of the way your mind when it, like everyone’s, reacts and distracts you. A bit later, Asana(the physical practice of yoga) was expanded and used as a way to create strength and flexibility that would stand the test of time. We teach you more about how to be strong and supple and mobile in a way that will help your body stay that way as you age. Yoga has also been, in may times and places, a way to foster spiritual growth. We believe that being more aware of oneself, able to sit still and notice, and being able to question whether one is living in the way one believes is right are all helpful for spiritual growth and just plain good living.
Simple, as in not cluttered by unnecessary things, glitz and gimmicks.
Historically, there are lots of “limbs” of yoga; we can’t know or cover them all, but we do explore a variety of them so that you can meet yoga at a place that works well for you.
Asana—the physical practice
Pranayama—learning to access the breath fully and then to use it to support you in ways that you need to be supported
Deep Relaxation—who doesn’t need that?
Meditation—the process of learning to step back from your mind’s busy-ness
Mudra—hand positions that affect the breath and the mind
Mantra—repeated words or sounds that calm the mind and help the body relax
Yoga Nidra—deep relaxation and guided meditation aimed at strengthening self-acceptance
The mindful focus of yoga also combines well with other things such as mindful strength training(see Ingrid’s classes) and Somatics, as in SomaYoga. Yoga can be learned in a class setting and in private lessons. And yoga classes or private lessons can be focused for particular needs, as in Yoga for Parkinson’s and Buddha Body Yoga.