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PUBLIC YOGA CLASSES at Shambhala Yoga & Dance
367 St. Mark’s at Grand St., Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
CLASSES AT SHAMBHALA
& Wednesday CHAIR Yoga 3-4pm, $18 drop in, seniors $10
CHECK HERE FOR WORKSHOPS & SUBSTITUTE TEACHING AT SHAMBHALA
Embodied Pratice of Yoga Principles: Exploring Fundamentals
in Yoga Asana
This workshop builds alignment
and understading of the physical practice from the roots of yoga philosophy. We will explore key elements of breath, gravity,
muscular action, energy and the inner structures of attention and the cultivation of awareness. Appropriate for beginners
and all practitioners seeking to fine-tune understanding of the 8 limbs of yoga, embodied breath to connect mind and body,
equanimity and action in standing poses, safety and benefits in twists, energy dynamics in forward and backward bends. Wear
loose or athletic clothing, be prepared to be barefoot. Mats will be needed, all other props provided. Registration will open
soon through shambhalayogadance.com
PUBLIC YOGA CLASSES - GILBOA, NEW YORK
on the Porch at the Gilboa Museum, 122 Stryker Road, Gilboa, NY will end with the August 1 class
BACK ROAD YOGA, 255 Back Road, Gilboa, NY 12076 Pre-registration required.
(email or call Sarah)
CHAIR YOGA 2-3pm FRIDAY AFTERNOONS Sept-Oct
MAT YOGA - Inquire for Fall Schedule
YOGA RETREATS - Gilboa, NY Please email if you have interest in organizing
Weekend retreats include hand crafted
vegetarian/vegan meals, communal accommodations, 4 yoga sessions, 2-3 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. $400 per person, $25 additional fee for coordinated
pickup/drop off at bus terminal/train station. 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 to 4 practitioners, so if you want to be the first to know about retreats, contact me to
get on the first to know list - or check back here every so often. Retreats will be scheduled for 2019. If you are interested in joining or organizing retreats,
PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL AND SMALL GROUP SESSIONS
Don't be shy! Contact me for information about scheduling individual
or personalized small group sessions. 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. Clinical research now recognizes
that yoga can support wellbeing, general strength, circulation and movement of lymph, lessen back pain, and most of all, yogic
practices increase your inner awareness, which can help reduce stress, more fully oxygenate and bring equanimity into your
daily life. You do not have to learn Sanskrit or anatomy 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 require advanced registration.
Individual and semi-private sessions are offered from Hatha Basics to Vinyasa, Inversions, Breath
(Pranayama), Chair or Supported Practices, Stress Reduction, clinics on aspects of Asana and Meditation. Email (email@example.com)
to request information and schedule your session.
MEDITATION MENTORING Individualized
guidance, strategies, techniques
Weekly guided sessions
with tailored techniques to support your ongoing meditation practice, along with readings, postural advice and breath practices
to help you to start a practice, to continue a faltering practice, to deepen a stagnating practice, to explore new levels
or aspects of what arises. Working remotely, using skype, email, phone and texts, this supports your practice wherever you
are. As Jon-Kabat Zinn so aptly put it: "Wherever you go, there you are." Email with questions. $160/month. Inquire
about weekly rates or reduced fees.
Questions? Email me!
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.
Using Judgment Wisely
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
Yet 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.
So 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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