“Do your practice and All is coming.” Sri K Pattabhi Jois
Sri K Pattabhi Jois: “Yoga, as a way of life and a philosophy, can be practiced by anyone with inclination to undertake it, for yoga belongs to humanity as a whole. It is not the property of any one group or any one individual, but can be followed by any and all, in any corner of the globe, regardless of class, creed or religion.”
RAVEN YOGA SHALA is the only Ashtanga Vinyasa Studio in Juneau and is immersed, experienced and passionate in the commitment to this Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice. The shala strives to use this age-old practice to create intense classes that not only challenge the body, mind and soul but are also invigorating and encourage discipline and personal growth. If you are ready to experience Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga classes, then Raven Yoga Shala is the place for you. The following class styles are taught with as much attention to tradition as possible.
Our Ashtanga classes are taught from the practical and philosophic basis as taught by Sri K Pattabhi Jois. Emphasizing the main components of Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa (linking the breath to movement) and Tristhana (the three places of attention: posture, breathing system and looking place). Ashtanga yoga is a very physical and mental practice that if practiced regularly with result with many possible body and mind changes: less stress, better sleep, weight loss and a general whole body feeling better. Raven Yoga Shala offers led classes as well as Mysore – style classes. Students will move through the set sequence of postures in a safe and challenging environment. Ashtanga Yoga involves a set sequences of postures, or series that do not vary. It is recommended that students move into the Mysore style classes as this is the traditional method of teaching is the most effective way to immerse oneself in this practice of a lifetime!
We become more delicate and we recognize the importance of the flow of energy and information through our body in all directions. We learn to apply our force in an efficient way and we learn to use “other” forces. We discover the advantage of soft flesh and sensitive hands. We learn to connect to groove even when there is no music. We are aware of people in the room and we realize that we are not in the center of it all. We become more aware of our form since we never look at ourselves in a mirror; there are no mirrors…. We change our movement habits by finding new ones, we can be calm and alert at once. -Ohad Naharin
Yoga, in its many forms, essentially is a self-discipline, of both body and mind. Yoga practice is not intended only for the days when one feels good, inspired, awake, enthusiastic, or energetic. Yoga is meant to be practiced through all that life brings us. Steadfast daily practice is the only way to progress through yoga’s many stages of personal development. Whether sick, worried, sad, injured, tired, or even indifferent, the discipline of yoga calls us into that present moment to face life’s constant change.
The NANCY GILGOFF workshop August 20 & 21 will offer two led classes in traditional Ashtanga Yoga. On Sunday Nancy will lead us through the Primary series up to Navasana and followed by an introduction to Intermediate series. After the practice Nancy will focus on the history and methodology of Ashtanga Yoga. She will give an introduction to breathing exercises and the Zen Loving Kindness meditation. There will be time for questions and answers, stories and to share experiences. If you have questions concerning the practice, philosophy and history of Ashtanga Yoga, feel free to use this opportunity to ask Nancy. This workshop is open to everybody – whether you are new and want to learn about Ashtanga yoga or have been practicing for years. See the Event page for workshop details.
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