Namaste Beautiful Hearts
February is the month of Valentines and cooler temperatures! Although we have moved beyond the winter solstice and the days are growing longer, the earth’s temperature is still dropping in the northern hemisphere. But, there are gifts that come with the colder temperatures. It’s often the cold that draws us inward in search of the light and opens us outward toward love, connection and embrace.
Why not take some time this month to focus on warming the inner and outer hearts. To spark the inner flame and heat up your consciousness from the inside out practice Trataka, candle gazing meditation and Bhastrika pranayama. To warm the outer body challenge yourselves with some heat raising Yoga poses like sun salutations, balance poses and core activation. Warm your hearts by snuggling with someone you love or by practicing Karma Yoga, volunteering your services to someone in need.
The cold can feel depleting and energy draining. It takes concentrated effort to balance the icy temperatures by awakening your own inner light.
The natural inward direction of our energy is quite supportive to a mediation practice. Use that inward contractive to serve you in your practices of the higher limbs of Yoga, Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses, Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (bliss). Take time each day to follow that natural current and sit in stillness.
Use images of fire to stoke the inner flame. Candle gazing is the perfect practice.
Create a warm environment in your home. I’m blessed to have a wood burning stove and a husband who builds a fire nightly to warm our home. If you don’t have access to a real fire, you can build your own by lighting lots of warming candles in your home. Don’t save candles for special occasions and don’t light just one. Light candles upon rising, while you meditate, burn them while you dine, take a bath with lots of candles. Soy and beeswax candles are gentler on the environment.
For those with a Vata constitution it can leave us feeling cold and stiff. Warming practices such as starting each day with cooked grains and warm fruit, drinking warm herbal tea throughout the day and sustaining ourselves with hearty soups and stews are helpful to balance that bone chilling cold. Abhyanga a warm oil massage can work miracles to increase circulation and nourish dry hair and skin. Always wear a hat and scarf to keep warm even inside.
But the most important warming practices are those that ignite the heart.
Snuggle with someone you love, hug your family and cozy up with your animal friends. Community and connecting is the perfect balance to the Isolating feelings that come up in the depth of winter. Volunteer your time to help those in need. Share your love and feel your heart expand. Come to Sonic, connect with others and bask in the warmth and love of the hearts and souls of your fellow Yogis.
And ……. if all else fails, it’s still not too late to join us in Costa Rica or Bali for a tropical escape!
With Love, Warmth and Gratitude,
Continuing Education: Dharma to Dharana The Physiology of Single Pointed Concentration with Kristen Rae Stevens
Through light lecture on physical process and legends of great boons in yogic mythology we will explore the sixth limb of dharana and deepen tools for cultivating inner perception and vision in practice. See you on the mat!
Saturday, February 6, 2016 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Arm balances, can be incredibly empowering and freeing. They can also be tremendously frustrating and defeating, especially in the “drive by” approach often presented in a “classroom” setting. In this workshop we will dissect individual aspects of the asana, using props, to create a step by step approach, exacting empowering techniques to deepen a sustainable arm balance practice. All levels welcome!!!
Join for one or for the entire Advanced Asana Weekend!
Saturday February 6, 2016 9-11am
Teacher Trainees and Grads, $25
Exploring Deeper Master Class
Sunday, February 7, 2016 9 – 11am
Teacher Trainees and Grads, $25
Join us in this intimate setting and build a proper foundation for your practice. You’ll go slow and steady as you utilize breath technique and awareness of alignment to understand the most fundamental postures and principals. You’ll be supported, challenged and nurtured into a real knowledge of the basics, all in two hours!
Ideal for the absolute beginner, but also any practitioner interested in stepping back and making sure a solid foundation is in place. Numbers are limited, so plenty of personal attention is guaranteed!
$75 for all 3 classes or $25 for a drop in.
Mondays February 1, 2016 – January 15, 2016 7:45pm – 9:00pm
Pranayama is the practice of directing your energy or life giving forces (prana) by controlling your breath. Pranayama is practiced to generate positive feelings, calm, heal, cleanse and vitalize the nerves, lungs and bloodstream. This Hathavidya workshop provides both theory and practice to teach you how to set up an invigorating and healing breathing routine.
While, this is a part 2, part 1 is not a pre-requisite. Participants will leave with a personal pranayama practice. The workshop is aimed toward beginner to intermediate. Come and experience one of the most powerful tools for mental balance, control and stress management.
Saturday, January 24th 2:30-4:30pm
Early bird before Jan 17th $30
Regular Price $40
Join Beau and Sarah for this informative 2 hour workshop and discover what makes you unique as a teacher. We’ll help you prepare an audition from “your best 5 minutes” to “teaching in a group flow”. Whether you’re new to teaching or new to the audition process, you’ll acquire the tools necessary to get hired at the studio that suits you best. It’s never too late to begin a new adventure!!!