Fall Series: Yoga for Stress + Anxiety, Pranayama: Yogic Breath, Meditation

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WITH BEN Fall Term

Mon Date: Sep 21, 2015 – Nov 02, 2015 From: 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM at Devanadi Yoga
Pranayama – often translated as Yogic Breathing, literally means “to control and free the flow of Prana.” Though not often taught in depth, Pranayama holds a revered position in both Classical and Hatha Yoga as the essential step between asana and meditation. During the course we will explore both the western and yogic understanding of the breath and the essential theory and practices for safe and effective pranayama practice. This includes:
  • Traditional purpose of pranayama practice
  • The anatomy of respiration
  • Breathing and the nervous system
  • Prana and the energetic body
  • The essential practices for safe and effective pranayama
  • Learning to sense and control the flow of Prana
Level: Beginner and up
Format: 6 sessions September 21 thru November 2. No class October 26th.


Two Six Week Sessions at Devandi Yoga
Mon Sep 21 – Nov 02, 2015 From: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Mon Nov 9 – Dec 14, 2015 From 7:30-9:00 PM

Yoga views anxiety as the call to change a life that is out of balance. Living with stress and anxiety may feel overwhelming, but we are not powerless against it. Yoga and Ayurveda provide time tested means to manage the symptoms of stress and anxiety, while understanding and removing the root causes. By cultivating self-awareness, (through physical postures, breathing practices, meditation, self-reflection, relaxation techniques, nutrition and self-care) Yoga and Ayurveda empower us to make choices that support our well-being and quality of life. In this series, we will learn:

  • Common causes and symptoms of stress and anxiety
  • Holistic strategies for managing and removing stress and anxiety
  • Specific yoga postures and sequences to calm anxiety and support well being
  • Essential breathing practices to calm the mind and sympathetic nervous system
  • Guided relaxation and meditation techniques to balance the nervous system
  • Ayurvedic dietary and lifestyle recommendations for supporting balance
Level: Beginner and up
Format: Two 6 Week Sessions to choose from:
September 21 thru November 2 (no class Oct 26)
November 9 thru December 14

Essentials of Yogic Meditation

Mon Nov 9- Dec 14,  6:00-7:15 pm at Devanai Yoga
  For 3,000+ years, meditation has been at the heart of the the yoga tradition. We’ve heard of its scientifically proven and time-tested benefits on human health and well-being.  It lowers stress, calms and clarifies the mind, balances energy (prana) and the nervous system and opens the “heart”.  The Yoga Sutra even posits meditation as the essential practice for removing the causes of suffering, and realizing lives of freedom and fulfillment.   Even though the evidence for its efficacy are overwhelming and yoga postures are intended to prepare us for meditation, it is rarely taught in yoga classes.  Without meditation, yoga is an incomplete science. 
   Whether you are looking to to start, maintain or deepen your meditation practice, this series will give you the essential meditative tools for a life of inner tranquility and outer effectiveness.     In this series, You will learn:
  • Postures and Breathing practices to prepare us for meditation
  • Traditional teachings on the importance and process of meditation
  • Essential yogic meditation techniques including: Witness Consciousness, Mantra, Kriya, loving-kindness and more
  • How to cultivate: non-attachment, focused energy, transcendent peace, and compassion 
  • How to overcome common challenges in starting or maintaining a meditation practice, including dealing with physical discomfort and mental unsteadiness
Level: Beginner and up
Format:  November 9 thru December 14

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