Body Positive Yoga

This class is sponsored by Kula for Karma, which is a non profit organization that provides free yoga classes for vulnerable communities.  Negative body image is an epidemic in our culture which leads to depression and life threatening eating disorders. BODY POSITIVE YOGA helps to heal the relationship between one's body and mind. This practice will teach the student to appreciate their body for how it moves and feels rather than how it looks. BODY POSITIVE YOGA can also serve as adjunct therapy for people suffering from an Eating Disorder.

 

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is based on the Taoist concept of yin and yang, opposite and complementary principles in nature. Yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect of things; yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect. Other yin-yang polarities include cold-hot, down-up, calm-excited.

In the body, the relatively stiff connective tissues(tendons, ligaments, fascia) are yin, while the more mobile and pliable muscles and blood are yang.

A Yin Yoga class usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body—the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues. The poses are held for up to five minutes, sometimes longer.

 

Kundalini Yoga: Aligning And Harmonizing The Chakras

The Chakras are dynamic energy systems that correspond to areas of the endocrine or nerve centers of the body.  No Chakra stands alone, all chakras are all part of a larger system that we will work to align and harmonize.  The chakras affect our perceptions, feelings and the flow of energy which directly affects our behavior.  For example, our root chakra is associated with qualities of security, grounding and stability. The shadow aspects would be fear and insecurity. 

Each month we will focus on a specific chakra, its corresponding organs, and associated behavioral qualities.  We will move up the chakras in order, starting with our lower chakras and completing with our eight chakra, the aura or magnetic field.  Our practice will help develop the relationship between our conscious and subconscious and facilitate a clearing of the body, mind and spirit.

 

Exploring Shamanism

This class will alternate between three different types of classes. The 1st week of the month will be Shamanic Breathing. The 2nd week of the month will be Drum and Rattle Healing Circle. The 3rd week will be an Energy Healing / Reiki Share. This class is donation based.