descriptions

Dharma Yoga General Description

Students will practice Surya Namaskar and be introduced to Shiva Namaskar Vinyasa to warm up the body, bring flexibility to all muscles and joints, and wake up the nervous system. A gentle yet powerful series of balancing, stretching, back bending, twisting and inverted postures will follow. This practice ends with deep relaxation, breathing, and meditation exercises to remove impurities and bring a sense of well being to the body and radiant peace to the mind.

All Levels

A multi-level and physically absorbing vinyasa combining Dharma levels I, II, III, IV. It reintegrates the flow of prana through the spinal column and supports healthy vitality deeply into all areas of the physical, metabolic, pranic, and bliss bodies. It promotes harmony within all these layers so a concentrated state of radiant health is achieved.  

Dharma Gentle

This healing class allows for all levels of student to slow down and take time for some gentle and relaxing yoga practice.  We move the body thru the classical poses very slowly, gently and conscientiously. There are rests taken between poses as the body moves towards inner introspection on a physical and meditative level. This class is highly beneficial for those returning from an illness or injury, or who haven’t moved in a long time. It is recommended for those who are just looking for an easy class, 50 & up, and pre-natal. Everyone will leave refreshed and relaxed.

Hatha Yoga

This class emphasizes the fundamental practices of classical yoga. Beginning with centering and pranayama breathing exercises, the class helps students to gain strength and confidence through the performance of standing poses and sequences, such as sun salutations, warrior, and balances poses. Safely aligned forward folds and gentle back bends help students alleviate injury and strengthen the body’s digestive and immune systems. To release congestion and relieve tension in the body, students engage in spinal toning through twists. Students rejuvenate the lymphatic and endocrine system with various types of inversions. The effects and lessons of the practice are absorbed through deep relaxation, meditation, and purifying pranayama. The class suits all students, especially those who are new to yoga or those who prefer a gentler practice. Multiple posture options are offered, and students can gradually build strength and balance needed for more advanced yoga practice.

Lunchtime Flow

Take a break mid-day to loosen up knots of tension, improve circulation, increase digestion and have fun! This class includes all aspects of a longer yoga class in a shortened version of this playful class.

Stretch

Stretch class is offered to those who wish to learn how to effectively lengthen specific muscle tissue. Develop and understanding of postural alignment and how to approach realignment. We offer this class as a workshop style class where you will learn as much as you like about anatomy and kinesiology.

Mindful Vinyasa

This all-levels yoga class offers every practitioner the opportunity to create integration between mind, body and heart. With themes rooted in both Jewish and yogic philosophy, Rebecca builds each sequence to open and support each practitioner.  It provides a balance between the opportunity to commit to a regular class and the flexibility of dropping in for new students and those whose schedules don't permit a weekly commitment.  A regular practice builds strength, flexibility and balance. Doing this in the company of friends (and people who will become friends) only elevates us all. Join us on Tuesday nights for a mindful, alignment-based practice in service of the heart.

Dharma Yoga II-IV ~ Intermediate, Advanced and Teachers

This class is for Intermediate and Advanced practitioners. Be ready for an amazingly graceful yet extremely challenging practice. You will be guided through a full asana practice, purifying yoga nidra & ancient varied breathing practices and sound techniques. The instructor helps guide each individual to quiet the turbulent mind for peace, contentment, and realization of the divinity within you.

Yoga-nidra : Will be back January 2013

Yoga-nidra was experienced by Swami Satyananda Sarasvati when he was living with his guru Swami Sivananda in Rishikesh. He began studying the tantric scriptures and, after practice, constructed a system of relaxation, which he began popularizing in the mid 20th century. He explained yoga-nidra as a state of mind between wakefulness and sleep that opened deep phases of the mind, suggesting a connection with the ancient tantric practice called nyasa, whereby sanskrit mantras are mentally placed within specific body parts, while meditating on each part of the body. The form of practice taught by Swami Satyananda includes eight stages (Internalisation, Sankalpa, Rotation of Consciousness, Breath Awareness, Manifestation of Opposites, Creative Visualization, Sankalpa and Externalisation).

Some teachers define yoga-nidra as a state of conscious deep sleep. One appears to be sleeping but the unconscious mind is functioning at a deeper level: it is sleep with a trace of deep awareness. In normal sleep we lose track of our self but in yoga nidra, while consciousness of the world is dim and relaxation is deep, there remains an inward lucidity and experiences may be absorbed to be recalled later. Since yoga nidra involves an aimless and effortless relaxation it is often held to be best practised with an experienced yoga teacher who verbally delivers instructions. This is what we offer.

Community Meditation Practice - Calming of the Mind and Introspection

A guided meditation practice to “squint” the inner eye of awareness in order to consciously observe and study subtle mechanisms of the mind and body. It is a "seeing is believing" approach that targets some or all of the following:

* Practicing detached, objective observation without aversion to negative thoughts, emotions or physical sensations.

* Preparing for a process of release of suppressed feelings and emotions.

* Looking at inner challenges that interrupt daily practice of introspection.

* Cultivating a balanced, non-reactive mind no matter the circumstances.

* Changing the attitude toward the mind and loosening the grip of the mind's momentum.

* Deriving personal, experiential truth about thoughts, emotions and feelings.

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There is much hype over mediation these days. Inner peace, control over the mind, physical healing and higher knowledge are powerful attention grabbers, inviting millions to explore an overwhelming lineup with varying philosophies and techniques. After more than 10 years of searching the world, experience has gifted me wisdom as simple as it is profound:

“Know Yourself”

That is, to achieve mastery over one’s mind, one must first derive knowledge of the mind through experience. Inner peace, physical healing and deep understanding then come as byproducts proportional to that degree of mastery.

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Absolutely no prior meditation experience necessary.

Please bring a pillow(s)/cushion(s) to sit on. Make sure that you are comfortable!

All sessions are free. Donation is appreciated, but not obligatory.
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