"Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe, and everything to do with your state of consciousness.
HOW YOGA WORKS: PRANA
This month's focus is on Prana--the vital life force that animates all living beings. 'Sadhana' means conscious spiritual practice, undertaken to awaken cosmic consciousness lying dormant at the base of the spine. This consciousness--also known as kundalini, or shakti--ascends through the central energy channel, through the increasingly subtle levels of perception known as the chakras. This consciousness travels on the winds of prana.
The subtle body is comprised of a vast network of channels called nadis, the chakras formed by the intersections of these channels, and the life force flowing through them, prana. There are 72,000 nadis in the body, though Hatha Yoga focuses on three main nadis: Pingala, sun, or 'Ha', starting at the right nostril; Ida, moon, or 'Tha', starting at the left nostril, and Sushumna, the central channel. The term "Hatha Yoga" then refers to the union of these two channels within Sushumna.
Intrigued? Join us for two wonderful opportunites to dive deep into the subtle body: Keri Marino offers "Breath of Life," a pranayama workshop--come learn how to harness and work with the life force through specific breathing techniques, in order to find peace of mind, steadiness, and joy; I am giving a guided tour of the 5 winds, "The Mystery of Prana," in which we will explore the 5 vayus, (prana)--where they are, how they flow, how they are connected to our thoughts, and how they are harnessed and purified through asana practice--this is how yoga works!
Come ride the light--I look forward to seeing you.
THE TEACHERS PRACTICE:
WITH NICOLE NICHOLS
As teachers it is important that we are also students, and always keep our beginner's mind. The Teachers Practice is an opportunity to gather together as a community of peers in weekly continuing education to deepen our practice and our teaching, and to cultivate a thriving yoga culture.
Each class will offer practice and discussion. Topics to include sequencing, how to deconstruct asanas, the art of yoga assists, chanting and mantra, and how to incorporate yoga philosophy into your teaching in a relatable way for your students.
For teachers with a 200-hour (or higher) certification, from any school or tradition.
Register at www.republicofyoga.com
ASHTANGA YOGA PROGRAM
MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY MORNINGS
Mondays & Wednesdays, 6-8am:
Traditional Mysore-style Classes
Students arrive and practice at their own pace. Newer students will be taught the sequence, and more experienced students will receive help with their practice as needed.
Fridays, 6:30am: Led Primary Series
Students will be guided, vinyasa by vinyasa, through the Ashtanga Primary Series. Those students who have not yet learned the entire series will stop after their last given pose, and may close early and go, or wait and observe till the closing sequence and finish with the others.
Stacy Ingham has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since 1998, and has been teaching in the Triangle area since 2001. She has accrued over 500 hours of study in the Ashtanga tradition of yoga with such great teachers as David Swensen, Annie Pace, Chuck Miller and Maty Ezrati, David Williams,Eddie Stern, David Keil, and Matthew Sweeney. Stacy is currently apprenticing with David Garrigues. Stacy's approach to teaching Ashtanga Yoga is to educate students on the joy of a consistent Yoga practice, demonstrating how to pay attention to the details of form and philosophy, and making Yoga accessible for all levels. Building a yoga practice that will last a lifetime is a collaborative effort between teacher and student, and Stacy strives for that collaboration with her students.
Regular 75/90 minute class pricing applies.
BREATH OF LIFE:
WITH KERI MARINO
SATURDAY, APRIL 11TH, 2015 1:30-3:30PM
Join Keri Marino for this workshop and learn to breathe with awareness. Prana is the vital, animating life force energy needed by our physical and subtle bodies---always moving, it's what keeps us alive.
Pranayama means "extension of the life force," and is composed of two Sanskrit words: prana--life force, or vital energy, and ay?ma, to extend or draw out. The breath is constantly fluctuating according to our mental, emotional and physical condition--pranayama methods utilize the breath that flows through our nostrils and serves as a bridge between the conscious mind and the body.
In this workshop, we'll examine how different styles of breathing affect your general states of health and well-being. Expect to gain new tools and insights to help cultivate steadiness, ease and balance in your life. We'll explore a variety of yogic breathing practices, detailed techniques and the benefits behind them.
Open to all!
YOGA & GONG BATH
SUNDAY, APRIL 12TH 5:00-6:30PM
Join Nicole Nichols and Alisha Nissenfeld for a class featuring chanting, meditation, vinyasa flow, and culminating in a 20-minute extended savasana with a gong bath---aaaaahhhhhh.
Of all the instruments used in sound healing, the Gong is perhaps the most powerful, and the most mysterious. Gong Meditations, also called Gong Baths, are deeply nourishing and restorative. Through the intense vibrations of the sound, the body and mind are able to relax and surrender to the healing energies of the Gong. The Gong vibrates at the same frequency as the body, allowing students to experience deep healing on all levels of being as vibrations pass over and through them--leaving them feeling balanced, peaceful, and light.
During this healing and rejuvenating experience, students will relax comfortably with bolsters and blankets. No water is used in a gong bath; just enjoy the experience of vibrations washing over you!
Regular 75/90 minute class pricing applies, free for first time students.
HOW YOGA WORKS:
THE MYSTERY OF PRANA
FRIDAY, APRIL 17TH 6:00-8:30PM
Prana is a Sanskrit word comprised of the syllables pra and an. 'An' means movement and 'pra' is a prefix meaning constant. Therefore, prana means "always moving."
Join Nicole Nichols and uncover the mystery of Prana--the 5 vital breaths (Vayus) moving in the body, the life force energy. In this workshop we'll examine what they are, where they are, how they animate our every thought, every breath, every moment; and how they work together with the asana practice to bring about that beautiful transformation you feel in body, mind and spirit.
We will practice specific asana sequences for each vayu, with discussion. *NOTE: This class is a great companion to the 4/11 Pranayama workshop with Keri Marino. Please bring a notebook.
YIN YOGA WORKSHOP:
RISING INTO SPRING WITH SAM SATHER
SATURDAY, APRIL 18TH 1:30-3:30PM
Yin Yoga is a practice based on principles similar to acupuncture meridian concepts, and is the perfect balance to a Vinyasa flow yoga practice and a YANG (fast paced, multi-tasking] lifestyle. Join SAM Sather for an afternoon of deep release. The Yin postures in this workshop will focus on the energy centers associated with springtime and the energy needed during the time of rising yang.
Come explore a practice that promotes the balance of both yin and yang, and spend some time in the side you live in less. Participants should have the ability to get up and down from the floor easily. Blankets, blocks and bolsters will be used to allow longer duration in the postures. Modifications will be offered to accommodate all participants.
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Stone Creek Village
202 Ledgestone Way
Cary, NC 27519