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How we begin

Posted by on March 27, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

How we begin

GPS and Google Map users know that ‘Current Location’ is important.   Without moment-by-moment updates to the moving blue dot, the important left hand turn could be miles behind you.  Even without technology we know this to be true – imagine trying to drive to New York City without knowing if you are in Ohio or Nebraska? Or trying to get home after being dropped in the middle of an unfamiliar wilderness?

It’s pretty clear, knowing where you are is the first step in getting to where you want to go.  The same is true with a yoga practice.  To reach the final destination, we need to know the place from which we start.

If only there was an App for that!

Fear not!  Ayurveda and Yoga are the ancient downloads that give us the tools for our modern lives. Not only will they help us understand our unique starting point, but they will let us know if we habitually veer to the right because of that hitch in our hip (the one that could take us miles off course.)

When looking at our yoga practice and how it is serving our path, we want to first take the pulse of the moment.  What is the state of our:

~ Current imbalance (Dosha)  – and how far down the road are we,
~ Quality of mind (Guna) — is it fast and furious or cloudy and confused;
~ Energy (Prana) – what are the levels, movement and quality;
~ Inner fire – is it strong or weak and how much debris needs to be burned?
If we jump into a practice without considering these elements, then we may simply end up wandering around in the woods for days or years.  If we are lucky, we may find our way home, but it will most likely either be a happy accident or the result of grace.

Instead, we could learn the skills needed to navigate mountainous territory.  We can learn and develop the tools that place us squarely on the landscape.  “Let’s see, it’s well past noon, and the sun was on my left on the drive up just an hour ago, and it is still on my left.  If I want to return to where I started, I should probably turn around.” Or “I’m feeling really overwhelmed today, and I really want to thrive, so maybe I can do a practice that strengthens my inner fire.”

Developing such skills, we can make wise choices about how to find our way home.  I will understand if the hot, flow-y yoga class will serve me better than the sweet, gentle one.  While intuition always plays a crucial role, wisdom can takes us even further  – just like those who spend a lot of time befriending the woods have more skillful tools to help them get home.  We too, by developing an understanding of yoga and Ayurveda diagnostic tools, will be better able to get back to road that leads us to our final destination.

 

- By Jackie Dobrinska

 

Jackie Dobrinska

Join Jackie every Friday afternoon for a Sun, Moon, Fire Flow. Her tantra vinyasa class is a journey, from vigorous asana to get the kinks out, into steadying Moon practices to calm the mind, ending with bit of Fire to remind us who we really are.

A long-time student of Yogarupa Rod Stryker and Pundit Rajmani Tigunait, Jackie has mentored with some of the world’s pre-eminent teachers, scholars and visionaries in mind-body health. Today, she weaves together elements from Classical Yoga, Sri-Vidya Tantra, Ayurveda, the Wise Woman Tradition and the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition.

To learn more about Jackie, visit her website asimplevibrantlife.com.

Fridays
1:30-3:00 pm, Tantra Vinyasa, Level 1&2 with Jackie

New for March!

Posted by on March 2, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

New for March!

Spring into action, with our new March donation studio schedule!

We have some amazing new teachers and classes, plus some time and class title changes. The stars below mark the changes:

Mondays

10:00 – 11:30 am HOT Bhakti Alignment, Level 1&2, with Izzy - *New class name

Izzy Shurte explains why she has changed her class title: “I began gravitating to an alignment based practice, seeking out teachers who understood the body. With a change in perspective, I also began to see my injuries as teachers. Each injury led me to study and engage directly with the anamaya kosha, or physical body. I came to understand that I needed more specific blueprints for how to build an asana, or shape. I must go back and begin again with greater focus and attention to detail.

But this is only half of the story. I am also a Bhakti Yogini. The first time I heard one of my teachers sing mantra in a yoga class something moved in my heart in a way that I had never before experienced. I’ve found singing mantra to be a direct line to my pranamaya kosha, or energy and emotional body. Throughout my struggle with injury I’ve found myself chanting and singing more. While chanting, the perfectionist faculty in my mind can be still and I am free to feel and sing and be. While in song, there is nothing that needs fixing.

This is my practice and this is what I have to share as a fellow student of yoga. I have decided to change the name of one of my classes to Bhakti Alignment. In this class, I hope to guide students to align from the outside in with physical alignment cues and from the inside out with the spirit of Sweet Bhakti.”

Read more at mysadhana-izzyshurte.blogspot.com/2014/03/bhakti-alignment.html

Mondays

7:00 – 8:15 pm Vinyasa Flow, All Levels, with Julia - *New class and new teacher

Julia Albertson Julia Brenn Albertson has been teaching yoga in various styles for eight years. After being raised by yogi parents, Julia completed her first teacher training at the age of fourteen at the Miami Yoga Shala where she was deemed the youngest yoga instructor in the state of Florida. She continued to teach daily yoga classes based in the Power Yoga method for one year all over the Miami Beach area. It was when she met Kino MacGregor that her journey with Ashtanga began. Julia was one of the members on the opening teaching staff of MacGregor’s studio, Miami Life Center where she taught the Teens Yoga program. Years later she came to manage the studio and continued to teach weekly classes. She has taken class with the late guru of Ashtanga yoga Sri K. Pattabhi Jois as well as his grandson, R. Sharath Jois. Julia firmly believes in the power of yoga and service as a means of healing and recovery for all. In 2013 Julia completed the Y12SR (Yoga of 12 Step Recovery) certification program with its founder, Nikki Myers. She knows firsthand how yoga, in conjunction with other modalities, can inspire and secure a healthful and happy life. She hopes to carry this message with her wherever she goes.

Julia’s yoga classes combine her background in Ashtanga Yoga and dance to create a playful and strong Vinyasa class. You will sweat, breathe deep, and laugh your way through creative sequencing. She hopes to hold the space for deep personal connection, using humor and awareness to facilitate a fun and meaningful asana experience. To read more, visit facebook.com/JujuYogaLife.

Tuesdays

2:00 – 3.15 pm HOT Align & Flow, with Adam T - *New class and new time

Wednesdays

3:30 – 5:00 pm Vinyasa Flow, All Levels, with Corey  – *New class and new teacher

Corey BrownCorey Brown. With an open heart and open mind, Corey affirms the dignity and worth of all people and provides students with a safe space for self-exploration and growth through yoga practice. She graduated from the 230-hour Yoga Teacher Training through Asheville Yoga Center (AYC) and is a licensed Psychotherapist and Expressive Arts Therapist specializing in wellness and stress management. In the spring of 2014, Corey will continue her professional development by starting the 300-hr Classics of Yoga Teacher Training also through Asheville Yoga Center.

Corey teaches a creative and energetic vinyasa flow class that combines movement with breath and expression while weaving in evidence based philosophy of holistic wellness and stress reduction.

She is also a photographer. Amazed by people and their life stories, Corey enjoys capturing images in a way that highlight ones unique personality. She loves to hike and play outdoors as well as travel as much as she possibly can.

Thursdays

12:00 – 1:15 pm Warm Jivamukti, Level 1&2, with Kumiko - *New time

1:45 – 3:00 pm Therapeutic Flow, All Levels, with Evan - *New class and new teacher

Evan Marsh Evan Hart Marsh began his practice in 2004 studying various styles including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Ishta, Yin, Therapeutics, Vinyasa, and Restorative. His approach to teaching yoga is greatly influenced by different forms of movement therapy including Gyrotonic®, Pilates, and Physical Therapy. He holds a B.A in Dance with an emphasis in Physical Therapy from Loyola Marymount University. In 2008 he began teaching in Berkeley, CA at Berkeley Yoga Center and in 2010 moved to New York City to complete his 200hr certification. Evan continues to participate in additional teacher trainings and workshops that focus more on spinal care, disc herniations, scoliosis, injury prevention and recovery. He recently moved to Asheville in 2014 and is currently enrolled in AYC’s 300hr Therapeutic Yoga Program.

Therapeutic Flow invites you to connect your breath with mindful movement therapy. Whether you are new to yoga, recovering from an injury, or interested in preventative care, classes are designed to fit the needs of the individual. We will explore a holistic approach for a sustainable practice using movement as a form of healing. Instruction is hands on to ensure safety and to guide students towards proper alignment and positive growth. The focus of class is for students to align, strengthen, and thrive on and off the mat. To read more, visit evanhartmarsh.com.

5:15 – 6:15 pm Slow Flow & Yin, Level 1, with Tanya - *New class name

6:30 – 8:00 pm Warm Kripalu Flow, Level 1&2, with Alex - *New class name

Tell us what your favorite classes and teachers are, and let us know what you would like to see on our timetable in future…

New for February!

Posted by on February 2, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

New for February!

Our new February donation studio schedule is now up and running.

We have some new teachers and classes…the stars below mark the changes:

Tuesdays

8:30-9.45 am Deep Core Align & Flow, Level 1&2 with Gayle - *New class and new teacher

Gayle Jann believes strongly in yoga’s ability to heal and promote optimal health. She has a keen interest in the therapeutic aspect of yoga and has studied Anusara, Iyengar, Ashtanga, flow, and hatha yoga. Gayle blends what she has learned from all these styles with her own intuition into her practice and teaching.

Gayle’s classes use a spiritual theme to inspire the shape and feeling of the poses and the flow between poses. Attention to building a strong core and alignment cues are woven into a creative sequence that is designed to help you understand your own body and respect its talents and limitations. Classes are challenging, yet accessible, and guide you to work the deep core lines of the body and move gracefully from the inside out. Read more at www.YogaAtYourPlace.net

Wednesdays

9:00-10:00 am Restorative & Yin, plus Live Music, All Levels, with Becca *New for February – Now with live music

12:15-1:15 pm Innercise Yoga Flow, Level 1&2 with Kelsey *New for February – New class and new teacher, new time

Kelsey Armbruster has been an active yoga practitioner since 2009 and received her RYT-250 hour training from Asheville Community Yoga Center in 2012. For Kelsey, yoga is her compass home; it has taught her to be aware of her breath in any situation.

Innercise Yoga is designed to balance the body, clear the mind, and activate awareness. Based on the fundamentals of Hatha yoga, this therapeutic flow class provides a series of balanced asanas to enhance and expand not only your strength, but your center. In this expansion, the unconscious becomes conscious. Along with breath and movement, this integration of body center and source, ignites divine knowledge. The intention of this practice is to embody and cultivate this bliss in your daily journey.

Tell us what your favorite classes and teachers are, and let us know what you would like to see on our timetable in future…

Holy-days, Horses and Agni

Posted by on January 30, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Holy-days, Horses and Agni

This weekend is the convergence of several holy-days. Candlemas, Imbolc, Groundhog Day, a New Moon and the Chinese New Year.

Imbolc is often associated with the coming back of life. After a long, hard, dark and cold winter, February is when the ewes start lambing. An awful time for anything to give birth – with little food or warmth to carry them through – they miraculously create new life anyway, not only feeding the young with their luscious milk but also sharing it with humans and giving them life as well.

To the Celtic people, this emerging sign of life was their beloved Bridgit, the triple goddess, bringing fire back from the underworld so that we might live again. Fire, after all, being the thing that sustains and grows all life.

This, my friends, is the essence of Imbolc. We have been in the dark, facing the void and unknown, digging into ourselves at the deepest of levels. Our souls called us here, so that we may know ourselves, but now, we are not sure how much longer we can hold on. If it goes on like this forever, we may loose our grasp. Later, the Christians celebrated this time of year – known as Candlemas, 40 days after the birth of Christ – by lighting candles and bringing the first snowdrop flowers into the house.

Yet, even with these signs of new life and the hope of light return, for those of us who live in the North, we know that early February still promises many more cold and dark days ahead. We even ask a groundhog – “How much longer will we have to wait until we’ll be warm again?”

But just when we think we can’t take another step, or make the next push, or face the same excruciating inner or outer challenge, something happens. Grace floats down, magically, out of nowhere. She picks us up and says, “Hold on my dear child. You do not have to do this alone. I am here and I promise, very soon you will be playing in the green fields under the strong sun, alive and on purpose.” She gives us hope.

Yet, she often only comes when we are on the brink of exhaustion and hopelessness. We feel that we are at our wits end, and the larder is bare. Then she comes. She ALWAYS comes, but on her own timeframe. It is the cycle of the year, and it is more than just our faith that makes it so.

This year, within this faithful yearly cycle, is another cycle. That of the zodiac. This year Imbolc/Candlemas/Groundhog day/etc falls not only on a New Super Moon in Aquarius, but also on the Chinese New Year.

2014 is the Year of the Horse. The last two years have been water years and before that, metal years. Like that dark place right before Imbolc, these years decended us into the space of the void. We dissolved. Everything felt chaotic, and our internal world held sway over every attempt at external control. It was a time of deep soul searching – sometimes the result of destabilizing situations. Yet, these years were a gift. It was here that we found important parts of ourselves and a relationship to something bigger (call it whatever you will).

But NOW, in the year of the Wood Horse, we are about to gallop into the energetic place of purposeful action. Light, hope and clarity emerge in this cycle of regeneration. We feel our buds bursting open, passions flaring forth, and feel ready to harvest our abundant fruits.
With wood and horse coming together, this is the year to follow our intuition. To follow our inner voice like never before. It is time to let ourselves be guided by the wisdom of our abundant, overflowing hearts. As there will be tremendous force to help bring whatever we desire into fruition. The paths we trod into the unknown future will be paved with trust, pleasure and vibrancy.Wood is growth, and the Horse is Fire. The wood brings energy and the horse spirit. The horse has an indomitable desire to be free in every aspect of life. Even in it’s service, it comes by its own terms (perhaps a bit like grace).

As the horses come charging in, we may want be prepared to meet it. Take time to build your Agni, or inner fire. Agni, also known as the god of fire, lives within us and when burning brightly takes away the doubts and fears of the past.

Ignite the inner flame, so that when that wood horse gallops your way, you can grab hold of the trusted steed, swing onto its back, let out a loud whoop of delight, and gallop into the direction of your dreams. But hang on tight, for you are about to embark on a wild ride…!

(Pssst. Friday’s practice will be all about tools and techniques to build Agni, our own inner fire!)

- By Jackie Dobrinska

 

Jackie Dobrinska

Join Jackie every Friday afternoon for a Sun, Moon, Fire Flow. Her tantra vinyasa class is a journey, from vigorous asana to get the kinks out, into steadying Moon practices to calm the mind, ending with bit of Fire to remind us who we really are.

A long-time student of Yogarupa Rod Stryker and Pundit Rajmani Tigunait, Jackie has mentored with some of the world’s pre-eminent teachers, scholars and visionaries in mind-body health. Today, she weaves together elements from Classical Yoga, Sri-Vidya Tantra, Ayurveda, the Wise Woman Tradition and the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition.

To learn more about Jackie, visit her website asimplevibrantlife.com.

Fridays
1:30-3:00 pm, Tantra Vinyasa, Level 1&2 with Jackie

Prenatal Yoga

Posted by on January 21, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal yoga offers a way to celebrate the sacred cycle of creation while developing a community of women who are on the same journey at the same time. A prenatal yoga practice adapts to the woman’s changing body to assist with common discomforts such as swelling of the extremities, nausea, back pain, sciatica, heartburn, hormonal balances and general tiredness. The physical practice of yoga will tone the body, increasing flexibility and endurance to aid in labor and recovery, while meditation and relaxation will prepare you for the stages of labor, and the journey of motherhood.

Preparing for motherhood is the hardest and most important job on the planet, for you are imprinting a child’s consciousness. The meditations we practice in class will assist you in balancing the shadow side of being a mother, allowing space for deep spiritual growth. We all contain the creator and destroyer energy and we as mothers must learn how to work with both energies. We must learn to harness the destroyer energy and use it for productive and loving means.


You are beautiful.
You are manifesting the Divine Creative Power of the Adi Shakti.
Honor yourself: care for yourself.
You are the Divine Mother in your most beautiful creativity.
Honor yourself: laugh and rejoice!
You have surrendered your body to give life to your child.
Honor yourself: be grateful.
There is no greater sacrifice and no greater honor.
You turn your own blood into milk to nourish your child.
Honor yourself: care for yourself, body mind and spirit.

“Self-containment is the art of prosperity. It is the highest spiritual strength. There is nothing to match it.”
- Yogi Bhajan

- By Danielle Marie Goldstein
Join Danielle every Wednesday morning from 10:30 am-12:00 pm for a prenatal class grounded in the technology of Kundalini yoga. The class offers expecting mothers a safe and sacred space to prepare for labor, a conscious birth, and motherhood through yoga and meditation. This class welcomes women at all stages of their pregnancy, including women who wish to conceive.

Danielle is a certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor and a Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga Instructor. Danielle has been a birth advocate since 2008 serving women and their families as a birth and postpartum doula, prenatal and family yoga instructor, and mentoring BIRTHING FROM WITHIN® childbirth classes. Read more at theconsciouscanopy.net.

Wednesdays
10.30-12 pm, Prenatal Yoga & Meditation with Danielle

Don’t Fear the Dark

Posted by on January 16, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Don’t Fear the Dark

We love ourselves at our brightest – the place where we feel the most on fire. In class after class, indeed in my own practice and teaching, I often find myself encouraging both myself and students to pay attention to the light – after all energy follows thought. Yet, one of my dearest mentors, Swami Rama, used to say, “You will go further in your Yoga by exploring your dark than you ever will by simply hanging out in the light.”

Hard to believe, but after years of practice, I have found these words to ring true. Many of us glimpse our darkness and run from it – often hiding it from ourselves and others. If we were to allow ourselves to go there, we would have to face our grief and despair, anger and betrayal, and meanness and pettiness. We are afraid that by going there, we will fall apart, and lose everything dear to us. Yet, for those who are brave enough, they find that in the falling, we are caught. In the darkness, we find the authentic sparks of our own being and truth. Here, we discover our Yoga.

As we face the challenges of our darkness, it is vital to be armed with the tools that keep us from drowning. Just like the rest of our yoga, we must be skillful in our approach. I found that while I explored the dark, I needed to thread – or suture – to the light. The tools that connected me to the light, came from Samyoga.

Even with hundreds of styles of yoga in the world, according to the ancient texts, all yoga falls into one of two categories: yoga that strengthens the connection to who we truly are, and yoga that removes the things that get in the way of connecting to who we truly are – Samyoga and Viyoga respectively. Both are needed, and I found Samyoga to be vital for the journey into these deeper, hidden aspects of myself.

If you are dedicated to self-understanding and want to find the heart of Yoga, come to our Friday Tantra Yinyasa class to discover some of the tools of Samyoga. We will weave together postures, breathing, intention, attention, sound, mindfulness and meditation to enter into our own state of Yoga, and discover the jewels of our own Self.

- By Jackie Dobrinska

Jackie Dobrinska

Join Jackie every Friday afternoon for a Sun, Moon, Fire Flow. Her tantra vinyasa class is a journey, from vigorous asana to get the kinks out, into steadying Moon practices to calm the mind, ending with bit of Fire to remind us who we really are.

A long-time student of Yogarupa Rod Stryker and Pundit Rajmani Tigunait, Jackie has mentored with some of the world’s pre-eminent teachers, scholars and visionaries in mind-body health. Today, she weaves together elements from Classical Yoga, Sri-Vidya Tantra, Ayurveda, the Wise Woman Tradition and the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition.

Fridays
1:30-3:00 pm, Tantra Vinyasa, Level 1&2 with Jackie

New for January!

Posted by on January 1, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Our new January donation studio schedule is now up and running.

We have some new teachers, classes and times…the stars below mark the changes:


Tuesdays

10-11:30 am Warm Jivamukti with Adam S - *New class and new teacher

Adam (Polhemus) Shirley graduated from Asheville Yoga Center, Jivamukti New York teacher training and the school of hard knocks. He believes Yoga has the ability to evoke an empathic response in living beings that can only unite us as a whole, leading to a greater understanding of where we are going. As an athlete he teaches from a place of experience with the human body.

Jivamukti, which means living liberated, is a yoga method created by Sharon Gannon and David Life that guides body and soul to spiritual freedom, physical strength, peace of mind, better health, and self-realization – the ultimate goal of any practice. Designed to inspire and motivate you to live fully, it will strengthen your practice and challenge your soul through powerful breathwork, asana and meditation.

 1:30-3 pm Yin/Yang Restorative Yoga with Adam T - *New class

Adam Taylor has been studying yoga for eight years and teaching for three. He has a background in martial arts and discovered yoga as a means to heal the body and calm the mind. In this class you can expect movement for heat and strength building, long holds to open the body, and restorative poses for healing.

Wednesdays

3:30-5 pm Align & refine, Level 1&2, with Michael - *New class

This class encompasses a vast asana practice, pranayama & centering techniques (breathing exercises), meditation, and emphasizes therapeutic applications of yoga. All instructions are intended to help students make deep connections to their true Selves while honoring that their limitations are opportunities to expand, heal and know themselves more fully.

Special attention is given to those with physical limitations and how yoga is both preventative and rehabilitative

therapy for physical and mental healing.  The physical practice is both challenging and fun. A playful, light-hearted theme drives each class, which is tailored to the students’ individual therapeutic needs.

Thursdays

4-5 pm Vibrant Breath Yoga All Levels with Natalie -*New time

6:30-8 pm HOT Flow Level 1&2 with Alex -*New teacher

With a background in martial arts, classical ballet and modern dance, Alex has been a lifelong student and teacher of the body. Classes infuse abroad range of movement vocabulary to foster kinesthetic awareness and authentic expression within each student. By incorporating the physical, ethical and spiritual components of yoga, Alex offers transformation both on & off the mat.

Alex believes that the human body is a self-sustaining miracle, wired with its own language of experience and ability. Alex emphasizes the importance of self-acceptance and the cultivation of an authentic desire to simply experience the body; without ego, judgment or expectation.

Through proper alignment, dynamic movement and mindfulness mediation, he invites you to surrender your body to a physical practice, and open your heart to a metaphysical experience.

Tell us what your favorite classes and teachers are, and let us know what you would like to see on our timetable in future…

Holiday Closing Hours

Posted by on December 20, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

There’s still time to squeeze in a yoga practice… 

Tue 12/24 – studio closes at noon (last class is 10-11.30 am Hot Flow 1&2)
Wed 12/25 – studio closed all day
Thur 12/26 – studio open with a normal schedule

Tue 12/31 – studio closes at 7.15 pm
(Brian’s 7.30 pm beginners’ class is cancelled)

Wed 1/1 – studio opens at 10 am, then normal schedule
(Becca’s 9 am Yin & Restorative class is cancelled)

Namaste and Happy Holidays!

From Everyone at Asheville Yoga Donatio Studio

Building Our Reserves

Posted by on December 12, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Building Our Reserves

The cold, windy weather dries us out. That, along with the hustle and bustle of the holidays can lead us to feel energetically ‘thin’ – tired, brittle, and maybe even a little short tempered! These are all symptoms of being depleted at deep levels.

As yogis, we turn to our practice. We move our bodies and breath, building Prana – the life force that helps us feel free, expansive and spacious.  We sit and meditate, building Tejas, that subtle essence that helps us shine our brightest. Both of these may help, but when we are energetically thin we need to turn to other practices that build the third of these subtle essences – Ojas.

Ojas has been likened to Ghee – the clear, potent essence of butter. Ojas is what fuels us in our life. It is the fuel for practice, the fuel for expansion, the fuel for evolution. Without Ojas, we can only shine so brightly or expand so far. Without enough of this vital essence to nourish all that we do, we burn out.

Luckily, we can build Ojas. We don’t do it with breath and posture. Instead we do it with deep nourishment – mostly from food, rest and herbs – but also through devotional practices. This means chanting, mantra and resting into something bigger than ourselves.

When Ojas is nourished and our fuel tanks are full, we feel robust, grounded & energetic. When this vital essence is nourished we have a better sense of humor, trust more deeply, and are inclined to be more generous. We have patience and acceptance for both ourself and our fellow human beings – joyfully accepting life on life’s terms.

Almost everyone – from the hurried mom to the rushed yoga teacher – can benefit from practices that nourish Ojas this time of year. Come and join us on Friday 12/13 from 1:30-3:00 at Asheville Yoga Donation Studio, as we practice in ways that build Ojas – complete with chants and yoga nidra!

May you be nourished well!

- By Jackie Dobrinska

Jackie Dobrinska

Join Jackie every Friday afternoon for a Sun, Moon, Fire Flow. Her tantra vinyasa class is a journey, from vigorous asana to get the kinks out, into steadying Moon practices to calm the mind, ending with bit of Fire to remind us who we really are.

A long-time student of Yogarupa Rod Stryker and Pundit Rajmani Tigunait, Jackie has mentored with some of the world’s pre-eminent teachers, scholars and visionaries in mind-body health. Today, she weaves together elements from Classical Yoga, Sri-Vidya Tantra, Ayurveda, the Wise Woman Tradition and the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition.

Fridays
1:30-3:00 pm, Tantra Vinyasa, Level 1&2 with Jackie

Solstice, Dragons & Stability

Posted by on December 6, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Solstice, Dragons & Stability

We are entering the darkest weeks of the year, the time when the sun transitions from its journey to the north and begins to head back to the south again (or at least, that is how it appears to us here.)

Transitions often bring with them a set of challenges and opportunities. We know this from our own lives. When we change jobs, homes, relationships, even seasons, we can feel the swirl of both excitement and fear propelling us in various directions. If we don’t have steadiness, if we are not grounded, then the swirl can whip us around into whirlwind, making us feel uncertain and even a little bit crazy.

Ayurveda recognizes this phenomenon. During the two biggest transitions of the year, the two weeks prior and following the winter and summer solstices, the prevailing wisdom suggests we rest, get still and do A LOT of practice.

For most of us, holiday gatherings and our regular life responsibilities make full week meditations almost impossible (Did I say almost? What I meant was entirely impossible!) But a good yoga practices that cultivate steadiness and ease, can go a long way in helping us in cultivating all we need for the changes of our lives.

Yoga shares a lot of different practices, many of which cultivate one of three main energies. Brahmana techniques expand our energy, Samana techniques center our energy, and Langhana techniques ground our energy. It is Langhana techniques that are needed during these transitions to help us stay grounded, solid and certain.

Langhana techniques include things like forward folds, longer holds, and a specific kind of breathing pattern, breath retention, and bandha awareness. Used together, they leave the practitioner feeling a lot like Quan Yin; centered, still, and compassionate, even as she rides a powerful dragon – a dragon that dips, dives and swirls (a lot like life, really!).

Cultivating stability and steadiness through practice, we too may end up wearing a graceful and easeful expression. We too may embody the qualities of trust, courage and faith. It may take practice, but at least we have the tools to get there.

- By Jackie Dobrinska

Jackie Dobrinska

Join Jackie every Friday afternoon for a Sun, Moon, Fire Flow. Her tantra vinyasa class is a journey, from vigorous asana to get the kinks out, into steadying Moon practices to calm the mind, ending with bit of Fire to remind us who we really are.

A long-time student of Yogarupa Rod Stryker and Pundit Rajmani Tigunait, Jackie has mentored with some of the world’s pre-eminent teachers, scholars and visionaries in mind-body health. Today, she weaves together elements from Classical Yoga, Sri-Vidya Tantra, Ayurveda, the Wise Woman Tradition and the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition.

Fridays
1:30-3:00 pm, Tantra Vinyasa, Level 1&2 with Jackie


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