winter 2017

“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 Studio in Juneau and is immersed, experienced and passionate in the commitment to the Ashtanga Yoga practice.  The shala strives to use this age-old practice to create intenxe 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 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 which is a very physical and mental practice that if practiced regularly with results in many possible body and mind changes: less stress, better sleep and a general whole body feeling better.  Raven Yoga Shala offers led classes as well as Mysore classes/students will move through the set sequence of postures in a safe environment -the work is challenging and rewarding.this is the 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 changes.!

The days are getting shorter which means it is nearly time for the 2017 Winter Solstice and likewise, the Raven Yoga Shala  traditional 108 Sun Salutations.  This is an exciting opportunity ~  the graceful opening of your body and mind on this day honoring and discovering joyful light everywhere and an experience of equanimous  peace.  Clarity of winter light slowly washes the everlasting dark of autumn from your spirit – how this new light refreshes and renews your energetic passion is an individual creative endeavor.
The date for Winter Solstice and the 108 is Thursday, December 21 at noon until about 1:45 pm.  These salutations are a full spectrum movement on the meditation of the glorious longer light days of the winter season –  come fully hydrated and prepared for inspiring salutation style movement for about an hour.  After the salutations and moments of rest, the celebration continues as we share conversation, stories and plentiful sugar and spice, naughty and nice refreshments.

Sign up now by  email or at the studio, space is limited so signing up early is always advised.  Karma donation, $5.00 ~ thank you!

ANNOUNCING the addition of AERIAL BOREALIS  to the studio- AERIAL YOGA CLASSES  Recommended to attend Foundations Series before registering for classes.  There is an Aerial Borealis page – see that page for complete information.

The ART OF MODERN VINYASA  ~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. The Evening class on Tuesday is more advanced and with additional arm balances and a mix of inversions.  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…