Yoga Therapy on Zoom…updates

I continue to feel blessed that so many of you continue to be part of these classes.  I am grateful and appreciate your continued participation and trust.  I love you all.

Personal Yoga Therapy – Ongoing Class       Tuesday & Thursday at 10 am 

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April, 2024

Namaste Everyone

Anyone & Everyone is welcome to join these weekly  Personal Yoga Therapy Classes on Zoom. That said let go of any expectations of what a zoom yoga class “should” look like.

Please allow 90 minutes for class and be on time as best you can.  In the event that no one has logged on I will end the class at 10:15 am.  Everyone is unmuted for the first 15 minutes to “check in”.   It’s a time for sangha, spiritual communty to practice together, and alone at the same time.   

Yoga Practices may include:  Pranayama, (breathing practices), Mudra, (hand gestures), Toning, Chanting, Meditation, Guided Imagery and Yoga Nidra.  Gentle Asana’s are practiced for a limited amount of time. 

Relevant teachings from Vedanta, Astrology, and Ayurveda are integrated throughout the class, occasionally using screen shares to make a point.  Participants are asked if there’s anything they would like covered and those topics are addressed first. 

  BEGINNERS ALWAYS WELCOME

You may dress any way you choose and sit/stand/lie down for any/all parts.  You will be muted during the practices, and you can leave your screen on or off.

Please be mindful of your video camera  Also, if you are not actively participating or become interrupted and cannot remain attentive please turn your video off to minimize distractions on the screen.

Occasionally I record a class and I ask permission beforehand..  I assume it’s okay unless you tell me otherwise. 

 

YOGA & THE COSMOS:

EMBODIED ASTROLOGY

NEW ONLINE CLASS! Monday's April 8 - Jun 17 6PM-7:15

This class is being offered by the Atlas School of Yoga. Denise and I go way back to my early days at Kripalu and we’ve remained in touch ever since. I’m excited to share my teaching on her platform. Please visit her website and partake of what is there. 

Here’s the link to register for the class.

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FAQ

ARE THERE PREREQUISITES?

Not really. If this is your first experience with anything to do with yoga please download these 2 forms so I can keep you safe.

That said, all yoga is cumulative, so even if your last class was years ago, you’ll be fine.  Fear not. 

If you have any concerns please contact Ida.   

HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOGA THERAPY CLASS

First carve out the time and let everyone know not to disturb you.Then, create a designated space for your yoga practice.  Turn things off.  Close the door.  Keep it simple but make it special. 

Yoga mats are not required but if you have one that’s fine. It’s okay to sit in a chair. Please find an armless, firm seat with minimal padding. I encourage you to sit on the floor if you can. If needed, I will instruct how to get up and down easily and safely.

Take off your shoes and non-essential jewelry.Do not wear anything tight or binding. Loose, natural fibers, that allow you to move in all directions are best. Water is fine before or after class. Please refrain from drinking (or eating) during class.

 

Lastly, if you have any health concerns regarding your ability to participate please contact Ida for a free 30min consultation to discuss.

 

Please try to come with an empty stomach. When the body is busy digesting it makes it more difficult to experience the more pleasant and subtle effects of these practices.

 

I encourage people to bring a journal or sketch pad to class. It’s ok to take notes during our discussions. There’s a lot of useful information.

Yoga props are handy if you have them. A blanket, a cushion, and an eyebag are good to have nearby.

That’s it. Show up….for yourself, for the others in the class, for the teacher, for peace in the world.

PRACTICES: A Definition

Practice implies not knowing, not finished, not ready. We are in learning mode. We are teachable. There are many ways to practice Yoga, the tree is wide and deeply rooted. Without practice, information stays in the mental field. It never gets to the body. The various practices of yoga help us integrate. We need to experience yoga not just understand it intellectually. Even if your interest takes you into a study of Vedic texts it is recommended that you use meditation as your primary practice.

 

Here’s a partial list of some of what we will practice together:

  • Breathing techniques (Pranayama) to increase relaxation, decrease stress response and release fear of the unknown.
  • Meditation techniques to calm & quiet the mind promoting clear & focused thinking.
  • Gentle hatha yoga postures (Asana) to strengthen, create more flexibility, and increase vitality.
  • Guided Yoga Nidra to release long held tensions in the body and create space for new attitudes.
  • Expressive movement for integration and to expand creativity.
  • Deep Listening to support emotional processes and improve relationships with others.
  • Toning (Nada Yoga) techniques for overall well-being and to reduce snoring.
  • Mudras for accessing the subtle/causal body.

DO I HAVE TO SHARE/TALK?

Satya is the Sanskrit word for truth. To speak our truth is a sacred right and a vital part of our healing. To listen to another speak her truth is equally sacred. Speaking and Listening without feedback, allows us to practice speaking our truth, however pleasant or unpleasant it is.

. I really don’t like the word sharing, although I am happy to see it so frequently in the media. What we will be practicing during this sharing time is what I call deep listening.

Our methods of communicating have undergone radical change in recent times. This only adds to the challenge of speaking truth. We will be discussing communication as a topic in one of our workshops.