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Private group classes
Small group classes can be arranged in your home or in a studio
Buteyko Breath Education
"Stress, Breath, & Yoga" workshops and classes are designed to educate and guide groups and individuals who may suffer from asthma, COPD, sleep apnea, chronic fatigue, anxiety, and a variety of health issues due to hyperventilation. Visit buteykoclinic.com for further information regarding the Buteyko Breathing Method.
Weekly or bi-monthly one-on-one meetings to refine practices and build upon them. Includes postures, breathwork, guided meditations, discussion.
Yoga therapy sessions
Working with a certified yoga therapist will consist of an intake appointment to determine your goals, issues, and history. A session may include a variety of modalities, including: poses, guided meditations, journaling, breathing mechanics, talking, or chanting. Many clients benefit from a weekly meeting and checkin, with a daily practice to be done at home. It is typical for a client to come in with a physical complaint, and as the body is opened up and more receptive, it is very common for deeper emotional issues to arise. The yoga therapist's job is to create a safe space for the work to be done; healing is not always linear. For the work to be successful, a commitment to the process is necessary. Some issues are worked through more quickly, others may benefit from additional therapies, not provided in this scope of practice.
Initial meeting is conducted, with completed forms, to determine goals of therapy. Session will include a preliminary practice, and a written protocol to be practiced at home.
According to Patanjali in the Yoga Sutra there are three kinds of yogis. The first are born yogis; those that have lived many lifetimes and are nearing the end of their karmic cycle. They are usually born into a family of yogis who will make clear their path from early on. These yogis are easily able to reach and maintain the state of samadhi, and are the greatest and truest teachers and gurus for others who find the yogic path. Then, there are the rest of us, the other two types: those for whom yoga is new, and those who choose yoga as a lifetime endeavor.
This summer, I had the great privilege to study with Ramaswami Srivitsa, the last direct student of Sri Krishnamacharya, who is the father of modern yoga as we know it. As a young boy, Ramaswami began his daily studies and continued with his teacher for more than 30 years. Ramaswami is a lifelong yogi, one who has been sharing his teachings to his own dedicated students for many years, and better late than never, I was fortunate to learn his interpretations of both the Samkhya Karika and the Yoga Sutra. I must admit, much of it felt over my head. I have a very basic understanding of Sanskrit, and although I have taken many courses in the sutras, every time I do, my understanding goes deeper into the essence of the teachings. I have never studied Samkhya before, which is the basis for the yoga sutra and very esoteric in nature. As Ramaswami began revealing the depth of his knowledge, I knew that his teachings were very real and true.
And so, this brings me to those other two types of yogis. Ashtanga yogis are those who follow the eight-limbed path, moving from the yamas and niyamas, asana, pranayama and pratyahara, and then into the subtler realms of dharana, dhyana and samadhi. This is a lifelong commitment to growth, learning, and lifestyle. Hopefully this is the path of any yoga teacher, this is not something to dabble in lightly. Once you know something, you cannot unknow it, and therefore the more you immerse yourself in the philosophy and practices of yoga, the deeper you must go. Still, the more I learn personally, the more I realize what I really do not know. We all have gaps in our knowledge, and my yoga path seems to be all about filling in the inconsistencies, going backward to relearn or reintegrate concepts, taking a step forward, and then having to learn basic things that somehow I missed along the way.
This brings me to the third type of yogi, the beginner. We are all beginners. We all benefit by approaching things with a beginner’s mind, with less attachment to our positions, education, and experience. Kriya yoga is the path for the beginner. Tapas (discipline), svadhyaya (study of self and scriptures), ishvara pranidhana (surrender to the highest wisdom), this is kriya yoga, sutra 2:1. Whenever I have a transformative learning experience, I feel like the rug has been pulled out from under my feet. I feel unsteady as to where I am going and it takes me time to fully integrate new knowledge and information. My own teaching feels off kilter and my classes undergo a quiet phase as I regain my footing. I need more alone time as I refine my practice, and need to reacquaint myself with the practices of kriya yoga, starting anew with discipline, study, and surrender.
Either I chose the path of the ashtangi yogi or it chose me. It doesn’t matter, because there is no turning back. A transformative experience requires a transformative commitment, it requires tapas, discipline. The personal practice, sadhana, becomes primary, and for me it required something new and challenging, something that would require my mental focus and tether me to a lineage of dedicated yogis. Ramaswami teaches that chanting pranava (Om) and the Gayatri mantra are essential to a kriya yogi. With renewed inspiration, vigor and surrender my personal practice is about stepping up and making a full commitment to this life. I have been given many opportunities for self-reflection and growth in the last few years. Rather than succumbing to my need to question why, and why me, I am learning to surrender to a higher intelligence. Part of this practice has been japa, the recitation of the Gayatri mantra, 108 times each morning, asking for wisdom, clarity, and illumination.
Om bhur bhuvah svahah
Tat savitur varenyam
Bhargo devasya dimahi
Dhiyo yo nah prachodayat.
What is yoga?
Yoga is ancient philosophy originating in India. It has become increasingly popular in the United States as a form of fitness, primarily, but as a means to increase overall health for the body, mind, and spirit. Yoga consists of eight limbs, which include: social and ethical behaviors; personal practices; physical poses for strength; flexibility and balance; breathwork, mental strength and focus; meditation; and connection with the divine. Not everyone practices each of these pieces of the yoga puzzle, but together they help to create a lifestyle of greater self-awareness, self-control, and self-mastery. There are a great many lineages and modern re-interpretations of these practices; it is a lifelong task to understand the depth of yoga, and well worth the effort to start on your journey.
Yoga Therapy Services & Pricing
A phone consultation is recommended to answer some of your basic questions.
What is yoga therapy?
Yoga therapy differs from a traditional group yoga class because it is done individually and is structured around the specific needs of the client. Yoga therapy can be done in tandem with other healing modalities to treat all levels of disease, injury, trauma, or illness. Traditional medicine tends to look at the body as a separate entity, mechanical in nature. Yoga looks at the body as a system of 5 bodies that work together to create a unique human with specific needs, desires, strengths, weaknesses, habits, body type, diet, and family history. The yoga therapist's job is to help each person unpeel their layers of body, energy, mind, emotion, and spirit, and help facilitate the body-mind back to a state of calm, balance and wellness. A yoga therapist is not medically trained, and therefore testing and diagnosis are recommended prior to sessions.
Some clients prefer to meet in their homes. Anything outside of a five mile radius, will incur a charge.
$25, per half hour
Monday/Wednesday Pilates Barre, San Pedro YMCA, 9:30am
free with membership
Monday,mat Pilates, San Pedro YMCA, 6pm
Tuesday, Yoga, Inner Harmony Yoga, 9am
$12 per class, $80 for a package of eight classes
Wednesday, Yoga, San Pedro YMCA, 7pm
Friday, Restorative & Yoga Nidra, Inner Harmony Yoga, 6-7:45pm, $20; 9/28
Saturday, Yoga, San Pedro YMCA, 9am
Sunday, Yoga, San Pedro YMCA, 10:15am
Saturday, 9/29, 11-2pm, Buteyko Breath Workshop, SPPYMCA, $20
Out of town 9/5-9/18, classes resume 9/19
San Pedro YMCA- 302 S Bandini St, San Pedro
Inner Harmony Yoga- 579 W 9th St, San Pedro