Yoga for Higher Awareness
Originating in India, the term Yoga means ‘Union’ referring to the alignment of our body and mind with Spirit. It helps to eliminate the many afflictions we suffer from today; self-defeating behaviors, alienation, anxiety and fear. From physical postures to breath control to meditation, Yoga is a practical and powerful method that awakens us to our inherent happiness, joy and freedom.
Our daily yoga practice has three parts:
Energization Exercises: Created by Paramahansa Yogananda (who brought Yoga to the West) these exercises are designed to recharge and harmonize the whole body over a 15 minute period. Through the proper use of will, these 39 unique exercises, improve circulation, respiration, digestion, resurrects dying tissue cells, helps to form millions of new cells and enhances mental functions. It is a gentle yet restorative way to begin each day.
Yoga for Higher Awareness: Step into your inner power with this 45 minute sequence of poses (asanas). They strengthen the body, focus the mind with positive affirmations and release trapped energy. This style of yoga increases the current of energy that flows from the base of the spine through the energy centers (chakras) and into the brain, uplifting our consciousness and increasing our awareness.
Meditation: Entering into the stillness of meditation for the remaining 30 minutes, our teachers offer techniques to deepen your practice and inner peace.
Restorative Yoga will also be offered Wednesday evenings.
Other Areas of Yoga we offer
Jnana Yoga (The Yoga of Self Knowledge)
A question and answer Satsang is offered twice a week, with Toby Pritchard, for those that want to share their experiences on the spiritual path and ask any questions left unresolved. Jnana Yoga is an introspective approach that is a tool for clearing the mind of false perceptions, uprooting the ego and pointing us to the ever present Truth of who we are. One-on-one sessions are also included upon request for those that prefer a more private setting.
Every morning after breakfast we offer a 90 minute class with Toby Pritchard or Christine Idilbi. Together they will cover the main subjects of Yoga such as; philosophy, nutrition and diet (Ayurveda), healing through the chakras, relationships and consciousness.
Bhakti Yoga (The Yoga of Devotion)
Bhakti yoga is all about cultivating love and compassion for all beings by opening the heart through singing and chanting. Join us for our lakeside evening campfires where you can cozy up with a blanket and a cup of tea under the stars. Sing along or enjoy just the music!
Karma Yoga (The Yoga of Selfless Action)