lotus-smallerTarget Class:  Aim for a Challenging Pose

Tonya Garreaud
January 5th, 4:00-6:00pm
February 2nd, 4:00-6:00pm
March 2nd, 4:00-6:00pm
This class meets the first Friday of every month.

Prepare yourself physically and mentally to learn more advanced asanas. On the first Friday of the month, we will explore, in depth, an advanced asana by looking at how the elements of familiar poses can take you beyond the outward appearance toward a challenging target. From this understanding, learn how to work toward unfamiliar poses with greater confidence.Open to experienced Level 2 students and above.

$60 for all 3 classes.
$25 Drop-in.


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lotus-smallerRestorative Yoga Class

Emily Oliva
January 26th 6:30-8:30pm
February 23rd 6:30-8:30pm
March 23rd 6:30-8:30pm
This class meets the fourth Friday of every month.
Increasingly, our daily lives ask us to be more active, to multi-task, and to seek continual improvement. To find a more peaceful state, we can choose to slow down, quiet our thoughts, and find contentment in the way things are. In this series we will explore restorative poses that allow the body, mind and heart to rest in a state of quiet and peace. Poses will be held for several minutes with the support of props and with little to no muscular effort.
$60 for all 3 classes.
$25 drop-in.

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lotus-smallerIyengar Yoga Studies

Tonya Garreaud
January 27, 1:00-3:00pm
March 3, 1:00-3:00pm
$80 for the two sessions

This ongoing program is for serious students with an interest in developing a better understanding of Iyengar Yoga. Bring greater depth and breadth to your yoga practice by studying all eight limbs of yoga—not just asana. Meeting eight times per year, we’ll discuss key concepts from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, sequencing and practice of asana, and anatomy and physiology as it applies to yoga practice. Topics and readings will be assigned beforehand to help enrich our discussions.

Iyengar Yoga Studies is offered each quarter throughout the year. Students may join at the beginning of any quarter. For greater continuity and to enhance the learning process and community development, students are encouraged to participate on an ongoing basis.

For those interested in teaching or preparing to become a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor, Iyengar Yoga Studies has a Teaching Methodology component. Topics covered include how to demonstrate and teach asana, develop observation skills and correct students.  Participation in Teaching Methodology requires instructor permission prior to registration.

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lotus-smallerAwakening the Pelvic Floor

Lauren Blackham
Saturday, February 3

2:00 – 4:00 pm

$30 

Many aspects of modern Western culture contribute to pelvic stagnation and a disconnect from the pelvic region. This lack of pranic flow in the pelvis can impact digestive, reproductive, musculoskeletal, and urinary health. It can also lead to unhealthy holding of emotions or past traumatic experiences. This workshop will focus on asana and breathing techniques to reconnect to our root. An overview of pelvic anatomy will be presented. Open to all levels and all genders.

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lotus-smallerYoga Wisdom of Indian Epics: The Adventures of Rama

Terry Petersen
Three Monday evenings:
Feb. 12, Feb. 26 and March 12
7:15 – 8:15 pm
$60 for the three sessions

The Ramayana is one of the most popular epics of Indian literature. It tells the story of Rama who is exiled to the forest. When Ravana, a ten-headed evil king, kidnaps his wife, Sita, Rama embarks on a journey to save her. It’s a great adventure story full of magical creatures, palace intrigue, epic battles, and the triumph of hope over despair.

But the Ramayana is more than just an entertaining adventure story. As Rama searches for Sita he faces many difficult moral and ethical dilemmas. With grace and dignity he always strives to follow a path consistent with his social and family obligations (dharma). Rama’s actions illustrate how yoga can be part of our everyday living.

Many of Rama’s adventures involve the yamas and niyamas of yoga including honesty (satya) and non-attachment (vairagya). The Ramayana is also a story of the challenges we face in practicing yoga. The actions of Rama, Sita, and Ravana are symbolic of how our mind (manas) and ego (ahankara) can keep us from attaining the ultimate goal of yoga.

Reading the Ramayana together and sharing our insights with each other is a fun way to enrich our practice of yoga.

Meeting times:
February 12, 7:15 to 8:15 PM. Tradition of Indian storytelling, history of the Ramayana, plot overview, main characters, guide for reading the Ramayana.
February 26, 7:15 to 8:15 PM. Discussion of the Ramayana, guide for reading sections of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali relevant to the Ramayana.
March 12, 7:15 to 8:15 PM. Comparison of the yoga teachings of the Ramayana and Yoga Sutras.

Please note:
This is not an asana class. Class size is limited to 10 students. Register early! Attendance at all three meetings is required. No drop-ins or make-ups.

Books:
Purchase of, or access to, two books is required before the first meeting:
Narayan, R.K. The Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic. New York: Penguin Books, 2006.
Bryant, Edwin. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: A New Edition, Translation, and Commentary. New York: North Point Press, 2009.


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