Sadhana Satsang - Saturday May 18th
Two Hour Advanced Flow - Coming Soon – Check Back for future dates!
Falling for Inversions – Saturday June 1st
2013 Walking Meditation – Check updated list of dates & times (will vary on sunsets)
Based on the Kriya Yoga system outlined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, second chapter, Sadhana & Satsang seeks to cultivate an integrated practice. The primary forms of practice (Sadhana) will be asana (tapas), meditation (isvara pranidhanani), and dharma (svadhyaya). Pranayama, pratyahara and other forms of practice will also be incorporated. Community (Satsang) – a coming together of people on the path of yoga to provide co-explorers and support – will be emphasized during the dharma discussions.
Practicing asana and meditation in satsang magnifies focus and energetic intention for the deepening and benefit of all participants.
1 Hour Deep Flow Asana Class (Tapas):
The one hour asana class will be designed to:
- create ease in the body for sitting
- create focus and stillness in the mind for concentration
- cultivate strength and flexibility in the body
There will be no dharma talk as we focus on simple direct intentions to link the asana.
20 Minute Meditation (Isvara Pranidhanani)
Using simple timeless techniques, we will cultivate concentration (dharana) and meditation (dhyana).
45 Minute Dharma (Svadhyaya)
The dharma discussion will focus on one yoga sutra, yogic concept, or term. The Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, poetry, koans, TED Talks, Buddhist insights, modern scientific theory, and more may be incorporated to further deepen or expand our discussion. There will be a strong emphasis on discussion, with questions and answers being encouraged throughout. Although the main focus will be presented by Jen, it is not intended as a lecture.
Advanced Two Hour Flow
Requirements: 1+ year in all levels class. (Or instructor approval)
This workshop is intended for students who are working with binding, inverting in the middle of the room, and towards the “full” variations of poses. Students who are comfortable and knowledgeable in modifying these types of poses are welcome. Students will be led through an intelligently sequenced advanced asana practice. Modifications and breakdowns will not be included. As we flow with the breath through a delicious extended 2 hour vinyasa class, we will work toward an “advanced peak pose”. Students will cultivate endurance and challenge their boundaries, as they sink into the rhythm of a strict vinyasa practice.
Expect chanting, music, dharma, fun vinyasa, a long savasana, and closing meditation – all the components you love in one of Jen’s classes.
Join Anna & Jen for a two-hour workshop building your middle-of-the-room inversions!
We’ll focus on three poses: headstand (sirsasana), forearm stand (pinchamayurasana) and handstand (adho mukha vrksasana).
The workshop will begin with a short warm-up flow to encourage the opening, integration, and activation of the body in preparation for the inversions.
Balancing in the middle of the room cultivates an irreplaceable sense of balance, inner centeredness, numerous health benefits, and natural mood upliftment. It requires focus, intention, keen connection to the breath, and a willingness to fall. There’s only one way to find center free of training wheels – and yup, that’s to fall!
Anna and Jen will go over the safe ways to fall out of the poses, and every student will receive hands on support in the practice of falling out of the poses. Then we’ll turn you loose to try it out on your own. Find out that wobbling doesn’t always mean you’re about to fall, sometimes it means you’re about to find balance. And if you do fall, you’ll be prepared!
“The error is not to fall but to fall from an ungreat height” ~ Dean Young
The third annual walking meditation in Prospect Park has arrived!
The dates and times for May:
May 14, 21, 28 7:45-8:15pm
Check back for the dates and times for June
Walking meditation is a unique form of practice, which allows us to cultivate a meditative state, while right in the midst of the world. It holds its own unique challenges and joys, and is part of a long tradition of Buddhist meditation practices.
Each session ends with a brief quiet seated period, and an opportunity for Q&A and sharing of experiences.
Walking meditation will be cancelled if there is rain.