Yoga: The Practice of Inner Beauty
Yoga is a spiritual practice insofar as brushing your teeth is a spiritual practice. That is to say, it's a practical part of a healthy lifestyle. An approach that reflects the original essence and intention of a yoga practice honors the magnificence of the mind, the miracle of the human body, and their potential as instruments of awareness. As awareness is developed, suffering (in the practice, and in life) decreases. Sound like a sweet deal? Read on...
The Beautiful Practice
Many people come to a yoga practice to experience relief from physical, psychological, and/or emotional distress (and often quickly discover that they're all interconnected). As energy begins to shift, the whole mind-body system begins to adjust itself. This adjustment has moments of challenge and moments of relief... but they are all moments of great beauty when we meet ourselves with absolute wonder and acceptance, just the way we are in the moment, shifting and learning and growing always. No one comes into this world fully realized; we are all in process. Yoga is a practice, and as such, wasn't designed for you to come to it already perfect. Sacred Embodiment yoga classes are a strictly judgement- and expectation-free zone where each person is honored for showing up just as they are. Each of us have our own unique gifts and expression, and your fully empowered presence is needed in this world of troubles. So come as you are. Your process is perfect.
Yoga: Literally, “union” - from the Sanskrit root “yog” meaning “to yoke or draw together.” A purification and harmonization practice.
Asana: A physical posture/shape
Pranayama: Yogic breath-control exercises
Kriya: A set sequence of exercises designed to have a specific effect. Teachers do not invent or alter kriyas.
Meditation: Hanging out with your soul
Mantra: A seed (bij) sound, sequence of sounds, or a phrase that is used to clear subconscious chatter and adjust the nervous and endocrine systems through concentrating the mind and vibrating the body
Classes are appropriate for all levels and abilities, with variations to challenge more advanced students. Beginners welcome! All students are encouraged to expand their horizons with a self-nurturing perspective.
A balanced practice comprising asana and pranayama that both builds heat through dynamic movements and balancing postures, and relaxes/cools through stretching postures. Most Hatha Yoga taught in the West finds its origin in the teachings of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya.
A very relaxing, meditative stretching practice. Poses are held from 1-10 minutes to lubricate and increase flexibility in the joints, ligaments, and fascia (large muscle systems that are responsible for holding our bones and organs in alignment, and also run down the center of every nerve in the body). While all asanas can be practiced as meditative postures, a Yin approach focuses on asanas that allow muscular tension to unwind.
Kundalini: The distinguishing features of Kundalini Yoga include kriyas characterized by powerful pranayama and rhythmic movement; and emphasis on deep meditation. This practice is specifically designed to stimulate the latent creative consciousness or lifeforce in the human body, known as Kundalini. Also known as Aquarian Kundalini Yoga, this discipline was popularized in the West by Harbhajan Singh Puri - aka, Yogi Bhajan. The kriyas originate from the teachings of Swami Dhirendra Brahmachari, Virsa Singh, and the Udasi community. While Yogi Bhajan incorporates aspects of Sikh philosophy into this practice, students of all origins can benefit from the universal principles.
A marriage made in heaven. Expect a light warm-up followed by a Kundalini kriya, a Yin Yoga sequence, svasana, and deeeeep meditation topped off with gently energizing pranayama.