OCTOBER 2020 CLASSES
Class schedule for Monday October 5 through Wednesday October 28
Led Primary Ashtanga
75 minutes 8-9:15am
A moderate asana class designed for the student who is familiar with Ashtanga, or vinyasa yoga. I'll observe and guide students together through a steady, lightly challenging posture practice based on the Primary Ashtanga yoga series as it was originally taught in the early 1970s; it has fewer suryanamaskar and no "vinyasa between the sides" and a focus on the flow of the body and breath vs. "mastery" of asana - making it more accessible for most students. This comprehensive and fun class is taught with wisdom and lightheartedness. My emphasis on listening to the wisdom of the body helps keep students safer, offering moments of stillness, along with alternatives for difficult or unfamiliar asanas, while still sustaining enough challenge for those with an established yoga practice.
Recordings of each week's class will be available to Monthly Members.
Mysore Ashtanga Session
YOU MAY ARRIVE AND LEAVE AT YOUR CONVENIENCE ANY TIME DURING MYSORE. IT'S NOT A ONE HOUR AND 45 MINUTE CLASS, BUT RATHER A WINDOW OF COMMUNITY PRACTICE TIME.
Mysore is self practice in community with teacher guidance for students with an established Ashtanga yoga practice.* Join this virtual Mysore shala and do your Ashtanga sequence based on either all or simply a portion of the Primary or Intermediate series. Virtual doors will open at 7:45am for students who need to begin their practice a little earlier, or check in with Michelle about any issues. The invocation will be chanted by everyone in the virtual room at 8am. I'll observe all students from 8-9:30, and give brief verbal cues and instruction when/if needed. Longer instruction/guidance will occur via private chat if required. We'll chant the closing Mangala Mantra together at 9:30am to finish the session.
*If you are new to Mysore Ashtanga, you must memorize the initial sequence of the practice - sun salutes A&B and the first five standing postures - before attending Mysore. You can speed up this process by attending the Monday Led Ashtanga class, practicing on your own with the downloadable practice sheets, and/or by attending the Friday 10/9 Fundamentals of Ashtanga workshop.
Fundamentals of Ashtanga Yoga: Breath, Bandha, Drishti 10/9
Soma Release Yoga & Yoga Nidra 10/16
The Four Purifications & Sanskrit Chanting 10/23
Friday 10/9: Fundamentals of Ashtanga Yoga: Breath, Bandha and Drishti
FOR ALL LEVELS. We will spend some time seated, interspersed with some movement practices. Please have both a mat AND something comfortable to sit upon for an longer period of time - bolster, blanket, chair or cushion.
What would happen to your yoga practice if you let go of doing asana/postures - and focused more instead on the curious, playful exploration and awakened management of your prana - your vital life force? How does one even go about doing such a thing?! If you've ever wondered how to "properly breath" during practice, have been curious about the nature and purpose of the bandhas/locks, or have wanted to learn more about why we focus our eyes in particular ways during the practice, this mini workshop is for you. All levels of student may join me to explore and intentionally experience the three elements that help us fully experience the hallmark "meditation in motion" of the Ashtanga yoga practice.
Recording will be available for Monthly Members.
Friday 10/16: Soma Release Yoga & Yoga Nidra 8-9:15am
FOR ALL LEVELS. Please have a chair, ottoman or large bolsters; two blocks (or thick books) and at least one sturdy blanket or more; socks and layered, comfortable clothing.
This deeply nourishing, soothing practice can be done regularly to relieve stress, alleviate pain, rebuild strength, and help sustain longevity and vitality. It offers students of ALL levels the opportunity to rest, reset and release spinal tension and stored pain through a deep, internal exploration of asana, providing nurturance that goes beyond the binary of "stretch and strengthen." We'll end with a brief 15 minute Yoga Nidra guided rest that deeply soothes and nourishes mind and body.
Recording will be available for Monthly Members.
Friday 10/23: The Four Purifications & Sanskrit Chanting 8-9:15am
FOR ALL LEVELS. Please have a bolster, blanket, cushion or seat for comfortable sitting, plus blankets or props for an extended period of lying down in rest during Yoga Nidra. If you are pregnant, in the midst of your monthly menses, or have high blood pressure, alternatives will be given in lieu of some of the kriyas.
The Four Purifications of Baba Hari Dass are daily kriyas or purification practices that utilize and target our breath/prana/life force to safely cleanse and nourish the body, from the skull/brain down along the spinal column, lungs, heart, diaphragm, digestive organs, and reproductive system. Based on ancient cleansing techniques or kriyas outlined in the Hatha Yoga Pradīpikā of Svatmarama, Baba Hari Dass of the Mount Madonna center simplified and adapted these practices in the 1980s for his Western students. Not only are they excellent for maintaining the vital prana of the body, they help sensibly prepare earnest and dedicated students for the deeper, internal practices of pranayama and meditation. Participants will learn nadi shodhana, kapalabhati, agnisaura dhauti, and ashwini mudra, and will be given guidance on how to integrate and, over time, deepen this practice so that, ideally, the Four Purifications ultimately become an integral part of your daily self-care. We will end with some simple Sanskrit chants which are themselves, when repeated as japa, a kind of soothing breath practice melded with the nourishing and loving vibrations of intentional sacred sound!
Recording will be available for Members.
(NO WORKSHOP 10/30)