Yoga Foundations (1)

This class is taught by:

Olivia B.

I first encountered yoga after soccer-related knee-injury in high school. I was drawn to the calm state of mind a good yoga class created, so I began practicing yoga in a variety of styles. But the more I practiced, the more questions I had. The turning point for me was taking a class from an Iyengar-trained Ashtanga vinyasa teacher in Las Vegas. I knew I had found the style for me. I loved the discipline, focus, and intelligence behind the Ashtanga primary series, but I still had more questions than answers. I wanted to know how to make Ashtanga and its benefits more accessible to yoga students at all ages and stages of practice. I traveled to Mysore, India for my 200 hour teacher training, where I learned how to teach the practice to students at every level with the use of blankets, blocks, straps and other yoga props. I see the physical practice of yoga, no matter the style, as a pathway toward a deeper, more transformative way to live one's life to the fullest. My wellness journey has introduced me to Pilates, another beautiful, intricate, and alignment oriented practice. I am very interested in its rehabilitative and pre-habilitative applications. As I complete Chaturanga's intensive Pilates teacher training, I am excited to integrate the best of both disciplines and allow their innate intelligence to complement each other. Whether for Pilates or yoga, I look forward to seeing you on the mat!

Patricia S.

I was born and raised in Hyde Park, a community where mind dominates body. My husband and I have raised three children here. I have been a freelance writer over the past 30 years and a yoga student for the past fifteen. I completed yoga teacher training at the Temple of Kriya in June, 2010. I discovered yoga, as so many do, after suffering an injury. It was the subtle parts of the practice that captivated me—“inhale, lift the sternum; exhale, soften the back.” The grosser parts—“inhale, lift the legs; exhale, place the feet on the floor over the head”—tended to repel me, and that has increased over the years because I’m aging at a faster pace than I am mastering yoga poses. The happiest yoga for me is slow and subtle, so that’s the yoga I teach. Slowing down the practice gives the body time to teach the mind. Usually we listen to our bodies only when they’re complaining, but when we do a little yoga, our bodies show us equipment we didn’t even know we had. Whether we are old, young, brittle, or callow we have treasures inside that, if we can activate them, will make us feel freer. Yoga activates our insides to give us a little breathing room. The teachers who have illuminated this principle for me are UnSoo Kim, Sue Rexford, Cynthia Latimer, and Mary Samano. Believing, as I do, that yoga is for everyone, I teach yoga from the bottom up, one pose at a time, often one piece of a pose at a time. In class we set up the foundation for a pose first, then we align the joints and stack the bones, and finally, we move into the pose. We hold the pose until our form or breath becomes compromised. Depending on the student, the poses can be held for one breath or ten or more breaths. This means we don't move quickly from one pose to another. While we hold the pose we explore what's going on inside the body, for instance, how the placement of the feet can release tension in the lower back or how the grounding of the shoulders frees the neck. The complexity of the body and the poses are a continuing source of information for all students. My goal for students is to enjoy the class while they're there; to be able to use what they have (body, mind, and breath); to ground and decompress through movement, breath, and rest. If a student should become more flexible, or stronger, after a few classes, that's icing on the cake.
It's said that a yoga student is a beginner for the first fifteen years of practice. That means there is a wide range of experience, ability, and proficiency among students in a beginning yoga class. And that doesn't even take into account other variables among students, such as age, injury, level of health and fitness, and normal body biases (most humans are not perfectly symmetrical). Accessible to students of all ages, sizes, and fitness levels, Yoga Foundations (also known as Hatha Yoga) is a great way to manage and reduce the stress caused by daily life. In this class, learn the fundamentals of yoga in a relaxed and fun environment.

Richard Freeman once said, "Yoga begins with listening. When we listen, we are giving space to what is. We are allowing other people to be what they are, and we are sanctioning our own bodies and our own minds to fully manifest." Yoga allows us to return to this present moment, and in this moment we can begin to discover the essence of our true self, our true nature. The meaning of the word Hatha conveys the intention of bringing two worlds of opposition together. The physical postures within Yoga Foundations, or Hatha Yoga, gives us access to the mind and our heart by balancing and joining together "ha" meaning sun or masculine energy with "tha" meaning moon or feminine energy while deeply exploring the relationship of the inhale and exhale (pranayama).

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Nov 19 8:30 am - 9:45 am with Olivia B.
  • Tue Nov 21 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Patricia S.
  • Sun Nov 26 8:30 am - 9:45 am with Patricia S.
  • Tue Nov 28 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Patricia S.
  • Sun Dec 03 8:30 am - 9:45 am with Patricia S.
  • Tue Dec 05 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Patricia S.
  • Sun Dec 10 8:30 am - 9:45 am with Patricia S.
  • Tue Dec 12 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Patricia S.
  • Sun Dec 17 8:30 am - 9:45 am with Patricia S.
  • Tue Dec 19 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Patricia S.
  • Sun Dec 24 8:30 am - 9:45 am with Patricia S.
  • Tue Dec 26 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Patricia S.
  • Sun Dec 31 8:30 am - 9:45 am with Patricia S.
  • Tue Jan 02 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Patricia S.
  • Sun Jan 07 8:30 am - 9:45 am with Patricia S.
  • Tue Jan 09 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Patricia S.
  • Sun Jan 14 8:30 am - 9:45 am with Patricia S.
  • Tue Jan 16 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Patricia S.
  • Sun Jan 21 8:30 am - 9:45 am with Patricia S.
  • Tue Jan 23 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Patricia S.

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