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Mudraforce Yoga Classes

 

level i - Intro

This is where you want to begin if you have never done yoga before. 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.

 

level iI - Beginner

After completing the intro class to your satisfaction, the beginner's class is where you want to continue, building strength, flexibility, and practice observing your experience. 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.

Each class begins with a seated meditation to help ground the mind and body so to focus on the practice with clear intention. We will continue the basic concepts in body alignment to create a safe and injury free approach to practicing yoga where 'less is more', a phrase often repeated in class. We will build the repertoire of yoga postures and develop them from easier to more challenging as your strength builds and your flexibility increases. It is important to work within your physical limits and honor the fact that your body is unique and changes from day to day. We will also explore various breathing techniques used to help calm the mind, focus the practice and connect with your body. The class ends with a relaxation pose and another brief meditation.

 

Level III - Intermediate / Flow Vinyasa

Flow Vinyasa Yoga simply means a union of movement and breath. This class is geared to those who are more advanced in their practice or are ready to be challenged beyond the scope of the beginner class. It is strongly recommended to have a solid understanding of the postures with a working knowledge on how to make appropriate choices in your practice before deciding to join this class. We will include inversion postures and increase the repetoire of postures yet further. 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 aligment correctly.

The class begins with a seated meditation and some pranayama, or breath work. This is a continuation of the beginner’s class in the development of making the postures more challenging, sometimes working long holds and other times moving quickly through short choreographies.

 

Yoga Therapeutics

Yoga therapeutics are exercises or sequences designed spcifically to help you overcome or deal with injuries (new or old), medical conditions or other health issures. Mr. Iyengar and his duaghter Gheeta Iyengar have spent their lives developing techniques that use the body's natural ability to heal itself. Yoga Therapeutics, used in conjunction with Ayurvedic Medicine, have helped people deal the back pain, digestive disorders, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, asthma, HIV and more.

 

Meditation

Yoga therapeutics are exercises or sequences designed spcifically to help you overcome or deal with injuries (new or old), medical conditions or other health issures. Mr. Iyengar and his duaghter Gheeta Iyengar have spent their lives developing techniques that use the body's natural ability to heal itself. Yoga Therapeutics, used in conjunction with Ayurvedic Medicine, have helped people deal the back pain, digestive disorders, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, asthma, HIV and more.

 

Personal Practice

One of the best ways to deepen your practice is to explore your own experience. Following a teacher or a group will take us only so far. At some point we need to step away from the teacher and learn from our inner wisdom.

This is a class for those who already have some experience and would like to conquer a fear or understand a posture better. It could be your have an injury that needs to work slowly or therapeutically. Perhaps you have been absent for a long priode and would like to work at your own pace to get back on track. Or even work on a theme spefically for you such as inversions or hip openers to overcome whatever wall you are up against. You decide the theme and I am here to guide you. The catch? You must be able to take the initiative to work alone with the instructions given while I work with others.

 

Partnering

Practicing in pairs or small groups allows us to move deeper into our practice whether to increase flexibilty, 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-judgemental 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.

Equally, if someone declines your request for working together, accept the response with respect. We do not know the reason for them to decline and we waste valuable practice time worrying about it. Simply take advantage of the solo practice time. Your teacher will gladly help those who wish to work solo in another variation of the posture.

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