DESCRIPTIONS

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Alignment

The basic alignment principles are introduced in this class, where we focus on the building the foundation of each posture and we practice the basic postures with short holds. There is a strong emphasis on working within your physical and emotional limits and a de-emphasis on performance.  You will continue to building strength, flexibility, and practice observing your experience, both physically and emotionally. It's a great place to refresh if you already have a solid practice and wish to return to the basics or simply work at a slower pace.  Once you are stronger and more flexible, we will build the repertory of postures challenge you beyond the scope of the beginner class, making the postures more challenging, sometimes working long holds and other times moving quickly through short choreography's.  Those with less experience should know how to keep within their limitations by taking easier variations while those with more experience should know how to make their practice more challenging by choosing the more advanced variations of the postures and working the alignment correctly.

Back

Although standing is the most appropriate position for the spine, the effects of gravity, stress and sitting can weaken this basic structure.  We will explore a variety of exercises specifically designed to reduce or relieve pain and tension, stretch tight areas and strengthen the postural muscles.  A healthy spine is a happy life.

Inversions

Inversions are postures that take you upside down where they bring the hips higher than the heart and the heart higher than the head. Turning upside down, or bringing the head below the heart, can stimulate our nervous system, work the core, rouse the lymphatic system, and help with circulation. Inversions don’t have to be scary. If we change our perspective and start small we can gradually strengthen and work towards the more advanced asanas.

Passive Restaurater 

This passive, gentle and slow yoga helps to releases the "mental" pressure as well as the physical tensions.  The competition, the effort, the perspiration are over: we drop the case during a yoga class.  The postures are kept more than 5 minutes to discover new sensations.  A great way to start your yoga adventure or simple to start a more vigorous class.

Active Restaurater 

This passive, gentle and slow yoga helps to releases the "mental" pressure as well as the physical tensions.  The competition, the effort, the perspiration are over: we drop the case during a yoga class.  The postures are kept more than 5 minutes to discover new sensations.  A great way to start your yoga adventure or simple to start a more vigorous class.

Therapeutics

This is a kind of physical therapy where we work the postures using accessories to feel their benefits. Postures are kept for longer to relieve tension or pain from injuries.  Therapeutic yoga is a type of exercise or sequences specially designed to help you overcome or conquer injuries (new or old), medical conditions or other medical conditions.  Mr. Iyengar and his daughter Gheeta Iyengar have spent their lives developing techniques that utilize the body’s natural regeneration skills. Therapeutic yoga used in conjunction with Ayurvedic medicine has helped people with a long list of medical conditions or injuries.  Talk with your teacher to see if he can help you with yours or refer you to someone who can.

Partener Work

NOTICE:  During the Covid, we do not not practice partner work.

Practicing in pairs or small groups allows us to move deeper into our practice whether to increase flexibility, build strength or simply connect with other men. Enrich your practice through physical contact in a playful and sometime sensual manner.

 

You do not need to have a partner to attend workshops AND if you desire to participate in the partnering, you must be prepared to work with others with a non-judgmental or open attitude.

As with the other classes, it opens with a meditation, warm up and a short dynamic flow series. We then move into some deeper work with a partner to learn how to connect with our physical bodies, our sensual bodies, our partners and our community. While there is contact with your partner and the work can be sensual in nature, this is still a non-sexual practice of yoga.

Partner Policy

You do not need to bring a partner with you for workshops. However, working with other men while naked is sometimes intimate work and sometimes is just uncomfortable. Should you wish not to participate for whatever reason, it is imperative that you decline invitations with the greatest amount of respect. Do not lie, sneak off to the bathroom or pretend not to see the other person - this is simply rude. Be gracious and simply decline the offer with a simple "I prefer to work solo this time". No further explanation is required or necessary.

 As an experienced Yoga Instructor, I’ve been transforming my clients into healthier, stronger and more flexible versions of themselves since 1998.

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