YOGA Teachings: Finding A Path of Your Own
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Offerings at Shambhala Yoga & Dance Center
367 St. Mark’s at Grand St., Prospect
SPECIAL CLASSES & WORKSHOPS AT SHAMBHALA
THE SPINE: WITH MUSCLES, BREATH & ENERGY A
GENTLE YOGA PRACTICE Wednesday, 4/27/16 3-4:15pm drop-in $18, seniors $8
We will explore how the limbs, muscles and breath support the spine in its range of motion, and help accommodate its limitations. through a gentle
yoga practice. Accessible to all levels of practitioners.
WEEKLY CLASSES AT SHAMBHALA
Tuesday BASICS Yoga 5:30-6:30pm $13
Wednesday CHAIR Yoga 3-4pm, $13 drop in, seniors $8
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YOGA RETREATS - Upstate NY SPACES STILL AVAILABLE FOR JULY 22-24. Waiting List Only for SEPTEMBER
Weekend retreats include hand crafted
vegetarian meals, communal accommodations, 4-5 yoga sessions, 2 guided meditations. Participation is limited to ensure
a gracious and personalized retreat. Scheduled sessions allow plenty of time for reflection, nature walks, and relaxation.
Enjoy a sense of community, as well as privacy in the practice. Financial commitment is made by deposit at least
2 months in advance with the remainder due two weeks prior to the retreat. These
retreats offer a deepening of the practice, and an exploration of principles and possibilities through yoga and comraderie.
Practice levels are tailored, including appropriate demands for a wide variety of asana or meditation experience, gentle or
chair yoga practices, specialized breath practice, or exploration of yogic principles. To express interest, get more information,
or to be placed on a waiting list, please email me. Space is limited, so if you want to be the first to know about it, contact
me - or check back here every so often to see if public dates/locations are posted. The Basics Retreat at Back
Road Yoga in Gilboa, NY will be repeated in 2016: SPACES STILL AVAILABLE FOR JULY 22-24. Waiting
List Only for SEPTEMBER 16-18. If you are seriously interested, send
me an email inquiry: firstname.lastname@example.org Other
retreats will be scheduled.
INDIVIDUAL AND SMALL GROUP SESSIONS
Don't be shy! Contact me for information about scheduling individual
or personalized small group sessions focused on your practice. For those living with long-term conditions, frailty, or undergoing
unpredictable side effects from treatments for cancer or other experiences, please contact me with your questions. Even allopathic
medicine now recognizes that yoga can support your sense of wellbeing, increase your general strength, circulation and movement
of lymph, but most of all, the practices increase your inner awareness, help reduce stress and can bring equanimity into your
daily life. You do not have to learn Sanskrit or names of muscles to benefit from the practice! My approach is deeply rooted
in the practical truth that if you are breathing, you can do yoga.
TAILORED OFFERINGS AT BACK
ROAD YOGA, 255 Back Road, Gilboa, NY
Note: ALL Back Road Classes in Gilboa, NY require advanced registration
Classes and individual sessions are offered from Basics to Vinyasa, Inversions, Breath, Chair or
Supported Practices, Stress Reduction, clinics on aspects of Asana and Meditation. Eamil (email@example.com) to request
information and schedule your session.
right where you are, no prerequisites.
is an essential inquiry that brings you into the present moment, allowing you to focus your attention and cultivate awareness.
I offer yoga that allows freedom from mental chatter and physical pain. Our sessions will offer you a path and a process to
fully be your self, on and off the yoga mat. I do this through traditional Hatha Yoga postures (asana) and philosophy, breathing
practices (pranayama), and inventive warm ups and sequences that are mindful of the technicalities of alignment in bodies
of all ages and sizes. Your practice opens the possibility for equanimity as a continuous frame of
reference, and the resultant freedom in the only moment you have: this moment. I believe this is available
to each person who has the courage to practice yoga, at any age or at any point in one’s life history. It is a privilege
for me to teach yoga, making this experience accessible.
available upon request.
Using Judgment Wisely
The state of non-judgment
is such an open space in which to experience yourself and others. It seems, though, that we are designed to categorize people,
events, signals, scenes, memories -- everything really -- and judge it all! We take a quick scope of whatever data seems relevant
and stash it away in a category that helps us function. A good deal of the time we use judgment to make life and death decisions
like crossing the road, health decisions like starting a juice fast or eating a third slice of pizza, relational decisions
as to when and how to offer help or stay out of something, myriad intellectual decisions, financial decisions, career decisions.
Honestly, is there any decision that doesn't involve judgment - even what to say and when to say it?
as my yoga practice deepens, I find more and more often I urge my students to release judgment. How do we do this? It is sometimes
so difficult to allow the mind to simply notice and accept, rather than judge and categorize. We can establish ourselves too
firmly as having a particular problem, and perpetuate that problem by doing so, often shutting out alternate ways of understanding
our situation. We so quickly estimate our abilities and then manage to function only within the parameters of what we estimate,
rarely finding out what our true range might be.
As with nearly everything, the trick is in the balance: how
do we use our ability to make judgments to help us remain open to the vastness of possibilities in a safe and conscious way.
Within the practice of any asana or sequence in a physical yoga practice, we can explore this balancing act.
A big part of this is the process of developing witness consciousness, that aspect of your nature that observes you even as
your mind chatters away and your body willfully places itself in a posture. Perhaps you have disappeared for a moment in resting
Kapotasana, a prostrate pigeon pose; for a few seconds losing track of the acuteness of that one hip opening, even of the
breath moving up and down the spine. It is as though you can see yourself folded on one side, extended on the other, your
upper back releasing, belly soft against your opposite thigh, as the hips rest squarely, one leg lengthened infinitely behind
you. Your mind may be speaking volumes about how you cannot stay in this one more minute, or about how different this side
is from the other side, busy noticing, commenting, bringing feelings and experiences into the moment. Your breath may be shallow
in your chest, or deeply soft in your belly, or perhaps awareness has brought the breath to your hip joints, encouraging their
opening. The witness can let all of this go, just be there, watching how all this is happening, meanwhile simply being and
resting in that open space that your own prana, life energy, can give you. It is in this space that you can observe the way
you function: how you make choices, criticize, explain, act, feel.
Yet even as the witness
develops, judgments are made. Should you use a folded blanket under that hip? Are you forcing too much stress into the lower
back, or shoulders? Could you tuck your toes and extend that back leg a little more to increase the lift in the inner thigh?
You can learn to make these choices, being the one who judges, using what the witness can see.
it is as though there is a whole committee with you as you practice, some advising about the physicality of the pose, some
clamoring for attention to the emotional matters brought up by the hip openings, some reacting to the way the teacher adjusted
you. Let the witness help observe the committee, like a recording secretary, and let your true self determine the advice for
that moment. Watch out for the competitor who wants to force you into going past what is safe for your joints! Watch out for
the worrier who will caution you against trying something new that might be risky! Notice all the players at the table, all
part of you, and allow the witness to help you use your judgment wisely.
Give yourself the entirety
of experience without limiting it. Use your judgment to open the experience further. Try the prop, remove it if you don't
find it squares your hips. Release into the teacher's adjustment and let go of the ego who wants to do everything for itself.
Let the asana practice help you see how you make your choices on the mat, and you will find that you can understand yourself
much better off the mat too!
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