▲ Kundalini Yoga ▲
Kundalini yoga is the yoga of awareness. In literal translation, Kundalini means "the coil in the hair of the beloved". Symbolically, Kundalini equates to coiled up inner awareness. Kundalini yoga is an access point for unearthing ones inner awareness and latent spiritual potential. Kundalini energy resides coiled up at the base of the spine. Through deep work and dedicated practice, Kundalini energy is stimulated and moves up the spine, activating each energy centre or chakra along its path. As Kundalini rises, so does the energy of full consciousness.
What to Expect in a Kundalini Class
Classes are 75 minutes in length.
Mantra is an integral part of every Kundalini class (a mantra is a sacred utterance, a word or group of words in believed by practitioners to have psychological and spiritual powers, and induce an altered state of consciousness)
There is a great deal of movement. In Kundalini, you are practicing “actions” rather than “poses”
Resting pose, or Savasana (which traditionally concludes the practice in other styles of yoga) is not significant of the end of class in a Kundalini class.
Fast paced and fiery
Modifications to poses will be available
No physical assists will be offered
☼☽ Hatha Yoga ☾☀
Hatha is the balancing of polarities. Two opposite and opposing forces are always at play; strength and flexibility, yin and yang, light and darkness, steadiness and ease. "Ha" represents sun and "Tha" reflects moon. Hatha yoga is the process of finding balance through the physical body. Most often in the West, Hatha classes are characterized as being asana-based (physical pose-based), offer a slower paced transition between poses, and a greater length of time in each pose to imprint the feeling of each shape in the body's awareness and experience. Hatha yoga aligns and soothes the body, mind, and spirit in preparation for deep meditation.
The Feeling Sensing and Restoring Sense of Self class places emphasis on the felt sensations participants experience while moving through their practice, not on achieving a particular expression of a pose. This turns the objective and orientation of the class toward the internal experience of the participant.
Classes employ open, invitational language with modifications. These qualities support self empowerment for the individual. By focusing on the felt sense of the body to inform choice-making, participants are given the appropriate tools to restore their connection of mind and body and cultivate a sense of agency.
What to Expect in a Hatha Class
60 minute classes
The class focuses on moving through a series of “poses” at a gentle, relaxed pace
Resting pose, or Savasana, concludes the class
Physical assists may be offered upon consent
Modifications will be widely available (please inform the instructor on any mobility issues or past injuries that you have in order to support the types of modifications that the instructor offers)
Everything the instructor offers is invitation-based; please listen to your body before the instructions being given
⋰ Yoga Nidra ⋱
Yoga Nidra, also referred to as yogic sleep, presumes sleep and awareness can and must co-exist. In order for this co-existence to occur, one must enter a transcendent state. This transcendent state is the only state that reveals the true nature of self and the universe.
What to Expect in a Yoga Nidra Class
60 minutes in length
Classes begin with very light movement and/or a series of breathing exercises
The majority of the class will be spent in resting pose, Savasana, while the instructor leads a guided meditation
There are often gong sounds incorporated into the Nidra practice
It is recommended that participants bring blankets, cushions, and comforting items, and wear comfortable clothing
No physical assists will be offered