Moon practice is perfect for the hectic lifestyle or the hamster on the wheel mind. The practice aims to provide you with a lasting deep calm. Being safe and comfortable in each posture will be emphasized so that you can focus on optimum control of your breath. The use of forward folds and twists will activate the moon. The practice will be grounding, recharging your senses and preparing you for new worldly challenges. It will make it easier to stay calm in the midst of your turbulent mind. The practice will conclude with deep relaxation (corpse pose), breathing (pranayama) and a guided meditation.
"Once the moon is made steady, the sun can be made to rise"
This practice is your entry into building a relationship with energy - both in and around you. To deepen your personal connection, you will learn how to safely and comfortably move into back bending and lateral postures which aids in creating sun energy. You will learn how to direct your breath towards your heart by linking it to dynamic movement. Doing so will encourage the energy to rise upwards. To control the flow of energy you will employ the use of locks (bandhas). This practice will open you to a higher perception of managing your own energy towards the heart. Each practice will conclude with a deep relaxation (corpse pose), breathing (pranayama) and a short guided meditation.
The comfort and confidence that you feel with your mind and energy will prepare you for the depths of the Fire Practice. The yoga word for fire is "agni" which means to "move forward". This begins with building self-mastery at the navel center. It is here, according to Tantra Yoga that your transformation begins. The navel center area is where you break things down - physically, energetically and mentally. The aim is to make the fire bright at the navel center and then intelligently move energy so that it burns away what no longer serves you. When consistently practiced, you will feel this essence illuminated in your daily life to be your best, inspiring you to the front of existence. Fire work is best for those with a dedicated practice.
Yoga Nidra or "yogic sleep" is the practice of conscious relaxation. It is an essential practice for taking care of your mind and body on deeper levels. It has been found to reduce tension, anxiety and headaches and is currently used to help soldiers with PTSD. While in a reclined position on the floor you are verbally guided for about 30 minutes to use your breath and create visualizations to achieve a deeper state of rest. When you reach the state of yoga nidra (delta state?) is when real transformation can begin. To maximize the effect of this state, the use of a focused resolution (sankalpa) will be integrated into the practice. This resolution has everything to do with what you would like to personally achieve in the next 6-18 months that will bring you closer to achieving your life's purpose. Yoga Nidra is for everyone.
"The mind acts like an enemy for those who do not control it." Bhagavad Gita
Meditation is more important in our time then ever before. The more our culture offers to integrate into our daily lives, the more you need to be aware and responsible for. The result is that the mind is constantly churning and rarely gets a moment to rest inwardly. This practice will give you a complete body, mind & spirit experience. We will begin with a very short lecture that will set up the theme of the practice. After a short physical practice, you will engage in a 20 minute meditation practice that is rooted in the ancient teachings of yoga. Nothing fancy or too esoteric. Beginners will thrive as well as advanced practioniners.