Daily meditation has now been scientifically proven to produce a more positive outlook on life, vibrant physical health and an ever-deepening experience of inner peace.
Our Yoga Classes
Ashtanga Yoga is a system of yoga transmitted to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath (Ujjayi Pranayama) and focus point/gaze (Drishti) with a progressive series of postures (Asana). These three methods combined are called Tristhana — a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a steady mind.
Ashtanga is a challenging and fun practice that brings together ancient wisdom of the east with a fresh transmission of love from the west. Though this practice has some technical component to it, absolutely all students are welcome! The practice will be modified to meet the needs of our students.
Yoga (Kundalini) Dance is a meditation practice where you can heal through heart guided movements.
For students with previous dance experience it is an opportunity to go back to the basics. The movements are simple and structured at the beginning of the practice. As students calm the mind and unite the breath with the rhythmic movements of the body, the meditative practice sheds its structure. Effortlessly the conscious mind surrenders to the playful, interpretive and improvisational dance of the subconscious mind. Another way of understanding this – the brain becomes silent and the heart expands its light through every cell.
In Yoga Dance every person has an opportunity to experience the message of flowing grace radiating in all directions from the heart.
Kundalini Yoga is the most comprehensive of yoga traditions, combining meditation, mantra, physical exercises and breathing techniques. It is a Raja Yoga practice, encompassing the eight limbs of yoga into a singular practice of excellence and ecstasy.
“Kundalini” literally means “the curl of the lock of hair of the beloved.” This poetic metaphor alludes to the flow of energy and consciousness that exists within each of us, and enables us to merge with – or “yoke” with the creative energy of the universe.
For thousands of years, this sacred science and technology was veiled in secrecy, passed along verbally from master to chosen disciple. In the past 50 years the secrets were shared by a master named Yogi Bajan and thus the Kundalini Yoga revolution began.
Kundalini Yoga classes are formatted according to who is present. All levels of student are welcome.
Meditation for Beginners
Another word for breathing practice is Pranayama. Pranayama means “Life force energy control.” The human body was ingeniously created with two lobes of the brain, two lungs and one heart, but, there are numerous techniques that we can explore to influence the activities of our brain, lungs and heart. Pranayama exercises are eastern medicines that help to heal and relax the body in every imaginable way.
Along with breathing techniques, focusing exercises supplement the breathing techniques, and these supplementary exercises are called meditations. By focusing the mind on one point, students are guided into deep states of peace that invite profound realizations to unfold and tremendous healing to occur in the realm of the subconscious mind.
If you are hungry for peace, come, sit in silence with us. We can help you quiet your mind and surrender to the awesome miracle of your own beating heart.
Tantric Hatha Yoga
Hatha Yoga classes are relaxation and wellness classes. This spiritual style of yoga is closely associated with ancient teachings referred to in yoga texts by the Sanskrit word ‘Advaita’. Advaita means non-duality. Non-duality means not separate. Not separate means there is only infinity. Infinity means that there is only love. Even when life seems like it can be harsh, there is love. Only an ego takes life personally, but, in Hatha Yoga, we make it our practice to feel how it feels to transcend the egoic identification with a fixated existence.
The ego will be a part of your life until your body is dead. What is beyond the movements of mind is the essential discovery of Hatha Yoga.
If you are reading these words you can rest assured that you are safe. The awareness of this is the truth of your own heart. During class you will be withdrawn from your every day life story to drop deeply inside your heart to meditate and ask the profound soul question “Who am I?” The asanas (yoga postures) in the practice are a celebration of health, a surrender of the mind to love and an expansion of consciousness through your cells.
Tantric Hatha Yoga is 60 or 90 minutes long. The breathing exercises, meditations and yoga postures are accessible to everyone regardless of age or size.
The teachings of Naked Yoga take their roots from ancient Tantric philosophy, which teaches and encourages us to be open and accepting of all feelings, forms and expressions of energy.
At the beginning of the class all students are clothed. The removal of layers of clothing flows naturally through guided meditation. In the act of removing our clothes we strip off a layer of protection and identity, so that we can meet each other on an even playing ground that celebrates our equality and our divine connection to each other beyond name and form.
Naked Yoga is non-sexual by nature, meaning that regardless of age, size, colour or sexuality, everyone is welcome in this class. This is a mind, body, spirit practice that has the potential to completely heal your life by opening your mind to the recognition of beauty everywhere. You are beautiful, inside and out. If there’s any doubt in your mind that this is true, have some courage and step on to the mat with us so you can discover that it is absolutely true.
Tantra, Art, & Shamanism
“In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: “When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop being comforted by the sweet territory of silence?”
― Gabrielle Roth
Tantra, Art, & Shamanism is a class unlike any other. It challenges us to leave ordinary ways of thinking and acting, and enter extraordinary ways of thinking and acting. It teaches us to laugh at ourselves, connect with our inner child, slow down and observe, challenge and set our boundaries, and gain insight into ourselves.
What does this have to do with Shamanism?
We are accustomed to the painted faced, red nosed clown of our childhood, but very few are familiar with the shamanic clown. Sacred clowns exist in cultures all over the world, but perhaps the most infamous is Heyoka, of the Lakota people. The role of the shamanic clown is to act in contrast, to deflate the ego that corrupts, and remind us of our fallibility and need for balance.
Clowning is about turning things upside down and reclaiming and getting in touch with our vulnerability. The process of learning clown is the process of unlearning structures we have been taught. It is learning to be yourself, without judgment, and really enjoying it!
How is this related to Tantra?
The overarching theme in the classes offered works very closely with the 7 Keys of Tantra; Surrender, Awareness, Movement, Breath, Sound, Intention, and Non-judgment. We will focus on our relationship with ourselves, with each other, and with all other aspects of creation, including the invisible forces that govern our lives.
No two classes will ever be the same. You can expect anything from dancing, singing, games, group massage, dyad conversations, partner yoga, and so much more.
**Please bring a journal and something to write with.**