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.
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.
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.
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.
Dharma Open Level
All experience levels are welcome! Classes will be taught in the style of the Dharma Mittra lineage, beginning with a centering mediation, then flowing into an engaging asana practice designed to build physical and mental strength. Modifications will be given as needed to insure all students have a fulfilling practice.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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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Prana, Pranayama, Prana Vidya
Swami Niranjanananda writes; “ Pranayama is more than just controlling the breath. Its primary purpose is (1) to awaken prana, (2) to maintain a healthy body and mind and (3) to prepare ourselves so that we can become aware of the more subtle levels of our existence.”
Unpacking this paragraph we may find ourselves uncertain of the deeper meanings within. (1) What does “awaken prana” mean? In short, it points to developing and increasing our innate vitality through the practice of conscious breathing. The subject of various pranas is studied in depth at Dharma Yoga Evanston. (2) “maintain a healthy body and mind” is just that. Often we may easily forget that our body is healed by oxygen. A full deep breath (or many) can result in many health benefits ranging from increasing vitality, calming nervous anxiety, deceasing physical tension and increasing sensation of relaxation. Conscious breathing potentially yields an overall harmonizing of the body subsequently resolving tensions in the mind. (3) “ awareness of the more subtle levels of our existence” can occur with well guided time spent in practice. In practical application the benefit of becoming more self aware could be as simple as noticing in a moment of stress that the breathing changes. In noticing this change, one can gain advantage of a different perspective and possibly make conscious choices as opposed to being ruled by a fear response or that stressor
Please come and enjoy learning about these subtle and significant practices.