Defying Gravity

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Defying Gravity

With Special Guest Instructor

Lei lana Puel iu, C.Y.T.

A Dive into Arm Balances and Inversions for All Levels Leilana Pueliu is a certified yoga teacher trained under Michelle Myhre and David Nelson of Yoga Garden SF, where she studied Hatha Yoga in the tradition of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya. Adancer, athlete, and yogini, Leilana believes that movement is one of the most ancient, instinctual forms of healing and positive creation. She is dedicated to providing an empowering, fun, & safe space for all.

Intro to Mindfulness Meditation Class

Phil selfiIntro to Mindfulness Meditation Class 

Teacher: Phil Engelhardt
When: Wednesday 8:15am and 10:30am, Saturday 10:30am
Donation based:  ($5-$10 suggested)
As in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
If you have been doing Asana yoga, your getting more flexible, stronger, relaxed, finding more space in your body.  You may be aware that the yoga practice originated in India as a part of a spiritual discipline. You may not know that the original practice has more to due with the mind than the body.  Yet Asana practice has an effect, there is a mind body connection, the mind is calmer more balanced.  Our lives are richer for it.We all seek self fulfillment, in this consumer oriented society we do this by getting, or doing.  Always something to get or do, a bucket list, a slight reprieve as we scratch something off the list.  Then with fulfillment should come gratification, contentment.  But it doesn’t last, something else to do or acquire.  The inner void remains.  Whats the meaning of life?  Is there a deeper purpose?  My teacher would say “ Look at the tombstone. A name, birth date, dash, death date. The whole life experience represented by the dash.” In the end is that what it amounts to, a dash on the tombstone?  Read more »

6 Reasons You Should Stop Obsessing Over Alignment in Yoga Class

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Settle down and unbunch your panties!

Yes, yoga poses must be taught and performed in a way that eliminates the risk for injury. And, yes, the poses should be visually recognizable. (If your Virabadrasana II  (Warrior 2) looks more like a bucket of shit, chances are you’re doing it wrong!)

Asana (the physical exercises most folks simply call yoga these days) is not the goal of yoga, it is simply a tool. According to Patanjali, as described in the Yoga Sutras, the only alignment necessary is to be comfortable, steady, and relaxed in asana.

But many teachers today focus exclusively on the asanas and the physical body. As a long time yoga and asana teacher, I understand the necessity of studying anatomy and physiology. After all, asana is a physical practice. Understanding the human body—its capabilities and its limitations—can help teachers understand how to safely instruct students. It is useful in creating balanced sequences and modifying postures depending on a student’s abilities. It also makes you sound really smart! Read more »

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