SURRENDER A kind and empowering, 3 Hour Yoga Practice:

Karen SurrenderMost yoga classes are 75-90 minutes long, allowing modern yogis to fit a practice into their busy lives. This 3 hour practice has been created for those yogis who desire to amp up their awareness and empowerment tools.  Karen has enjoyed the health benefits of the yoga asanas for 16 years, which includes regular 3-4 hour practices. Beginning this Saturday, October 18th, and through November, Hot Box Yoga community is offering five dates to dive into the benefits of the 3 hour SURRENDER practice. Come find out how deeply your body will open with uninterrupted yoga.
This class offers warm-up, strength-building, increased circulation, increased lung capacity, increased flexibility, ample time to explore the creative and infinite possibilities of the asanas while quieting and centering your mind, ample time to wind-down in a well-earned savasana (corpse pose) to integrate the wisdom and care that you bring to your yoga practice.  3 hours of practice for the same price as a regular drop-in class, only $20 if you pre-pay before the first class which begins on Saturday, October 18th, 5:30am-8:30am.  Only $15 per class, pre-paid prior to the class date for two or more of the surrender classes.  Here are the dates and times for this wonderful opportunity:
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18 5:30AM – 8:30AM   Come bring up the sun with Karen at this special SUNRISE SURRENDER  :)
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 02 4:00PM – 7:00PM
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15 12:00PM – 3:00PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16 6:00PM – 9:00PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30 5:30AM – 8:30AM Time to bring up the sun at SUNRISE SURRENDER!!!
All of this extra practice time will help condition and tone your body and help keep your metabolism humming at a healthy rate and will keep you strong as we move into the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years holiday season!!!
Karen has been certified and trained in multiple disciplines of yoga and brings over 10 years of teaching experience.  She also weaves in her knowledge of the body gained  a 750 hour massage therapy program certification from The Institute of Conscious BodyWork in Marin, CA.

Intro to Mindfulness Meditation Class

Phil selfiIntro to Mindfulness Meditation Class 

Teacher: Phil Engelhardt
When: Wednesday 8:15am and 10:30am, and  7:30pm
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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