autumn 2016

“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.

NEW Class for beginners – Foundational Flow taught by Theresa Soley begins on October 3, Monday at 5:30 for an hour.  This is a 4 class series of beginner flow vinyasa. The first class will emphasize the connection of breath with movement, and sequences will build progressively throughout the month.  The vinyasa class will include breath work, sun salutations, stillness and basic yoga philosophy.  Those with any experience, novice to regular yogis, are welcome to join the series, as the class structure will adapt to those in the room.  Pre-registration cost of $40 for all four classes, or $12 for single drop-in. (every Monday in October – except Halloween) 

The Foundational Flow is taught by Theresa Soley ~ Theresa’s yoga practice began a decade ago with Bikram in San Francisco. After moving to Juneau, she continued to explore Ashtanga-style yoga with Stephanie Quigley in 2012.  From here she carried a personal practice to West Africa. It was on a remote, turtle-nesting beach that Theresa’s practice became integrated with her lifestyle, in a way she knew would never escape her. Now she’s completed a 200-hour CYA training at Core Essence Yoga in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Theresa is delighted to share the strength she’s cultivated in yoga practice with others as a teacher in Juneau

 Metamorphosis: transition – a change in the nature or form of a person by natural means as taught in this Hipstyled Yoga, a 4 class series, where we will be expressing a theme of opening the hips. The hip and spine perform a biomechanical dance that, when understood, allows some of the more complex postures such as Arm Balances, Hip Openers and Basic Backbends  On a daily basis our hips frequently  get compromised, from sitting in a chair throughout the day, or from activities such as running and cycling. Opening the hips is essential to help release tension in other areas of the body such as the lower back. It’s also one of the main places where we hold our emotions. Enjoy this smooth, well-rounded practice and feel the satisfaction of deep hip release. 

The class will transition into several intermediate + poses, such as Natarajasana and modified variations, “Wild Thing”, 2-3 Partner expressions, Hanumanasana and MORE! The class is open to Intermediate students who are ready to move to the next level. Each session will be a complete focus on the pose that week.

This November class series begins on Wednesday, November 2  at 5:15 – 6:00 pm. Join us each Wednesday in November 2, 9, 16, & 30 for an enlightened hip experience. Series $40 or Drop in fee $12.  (No unlimited passes for Workshop Series)

Improvisation vinyasa yoga? YOGAPOLITAN IS the Gold Standard for vinyasa yoga in Juneau!  Juneau’s most popular vinyasa class. Explore and expand your yoga practice from the ground up! Each class is unique and combines asana from many ashtanga series practice.  Monday through Thursday at 12:05 – 12:55 pm and Tuesday evening at 5:15 for about an hour.  Cost is $12 for drop in and class packages as follows, 4 class pass $38.85/ 8 class pass $73.50 and a month of unlimited Yogapolitan is $84.  Come in and join -surprise your self potential and find what you never expected! Yes, our studio is always warm and cozy…