Simple Yoga. Yoga is simple.

October 28, 2013

I am so excited to be offering this series again at Bernal Yoga starting Monday November 4th.

Simple, Steady & Joyful Yoga

Strength, Stamina and Flexibility in Body and Mind.

55 Minutes of Yoga

 4-Week Series $60

Single Class $17

Mondays 5:00-5:55pm November 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th

Bernal Yoga

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A Yoga Practice does not need to be complicated or strenuous to be deep and effective. According to Patanaji, the Papa of Yoga, who wrote it’s more or less central text many moons upon centuries ago called The Yoga Sutra – your practice should always be a combination of sthira and sukha. Which, in plain English speak means your daily practice (or anytime you venture to practice) should be steady or regular and mindful (sthira) and comfortable,  joyful and ease-creating (sukha).

The Simple Yoga Series is a good introduction to the Asanas (Yoga Shapes) and the Pranayama (breathing exercises of Yoga). The class is sequenced so that we work on strengthening and stretching the muscles needed to hold each shape before we go into the shape to increase our stamina and comfort in each Asana. In working slowly and focusing on alignment I believe we can move into each shape with grace and be at ease even in a demanding Asana. This strength based approach makes this series a great one for more advanced Yogi’s looking to gain more stamina, focus on alignment and prevent the injuries that can come from relying on flexibility alone to move through the Asana practice.

The most important aspect of your Yoga practice is not the extent to which you can do an Asana (that is what the shapes of Yoga are called) and how many advanced variations you can cram into a practice, nor is it how adept you are at sitting in meditation, knowing the names and personalities of the Hindu Pantheon or the ins and outs of Indian Philosophy. It is absolutely not important that you own cute designer Yoga attire. What is important is the extent to which you participate in your practice, and the integrity and compassion towards yourself that you bring to it. Noticing how we feel in each posture as we inhabit it each time we venture to make it and noticing what our breathing tells us about our participation in the shape is what is important in the practice of Yoga. That is how we make it our practice, and how it becomes a steady and joyful life enhancement.

This series is open to students of all levels and abilities. Beginners and advanced students will have something to gain from this simple practice.




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