Yoga may be popular in hot, sweaty rooms, #yogagrams #yogaeverydammblahblah, but finding a class that suits you can be a challenge. Meditation looks calm in the pictures, but it’s actually quite difficult for most people. While we support progress, we are more interested in the adventure, the ease, learning and being engaged in an experience, rather than accomplishing an “advanced” pose or a “good” meditation. Though either or both may happen. Here are a few things we practice, teach, and live by:
You are different every day.
We teach yoga based on the needs of the group in front of us. Our classes range from dynamic vinyasa, to alignment focused, to gentle restorative or undirected movement. Any given practice may span yoga asana, pranayama (breath work), meditation, relaxation, therapeutics, anatomy and yoga philosophy. We focus on the inner action rather than the outer form, and modifications are offered to support individual needs of each practitioner. We love yoga, and we hope you will too.
Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.
Yoga is a practice.
It’s about showing up as best you can just as you are, not about pushing yourself into a predefined shape. While we do practice “advanced” poses, we prefer to practice them from a place of ease. The poses are only one small part of a much bigger and lifelong path. It’s called yoga practice, not yoga perfect.
The practice itself, done consistently and accurately, is the real teacher.
Yoga is nature. Nature is yoga.
Our bodies are made of the same stuff as the stars. We are born on and of this earth and our systems are made to function with the rhythms of nature. We think it is important to spend the majority of our time outside, to remember who we are inside. We might be diving in the ocean, skiing or riding down a mountain, kayaking a river, climbing a rock face, taking a walk in the forest or simply breathing deeply in downward dog. When we practice yoga we can reveal our true nature as part of something much bigger.
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.
Yoga is about connection, living fully, and can be really, really fun.
Yoga doesn’t have to happen in meditation or in an asana class. Your yoga might be sitting on the bus and watching the world out the window, humming while you wash the dishes or listening to beautiful music. We believe yoga is what emerges in any situation where we feel fully ourselves and connected to our environment. Our goal is to reveal our true nature, so we might connect what we feel inside to our actions outside. And you know what? It’s great fun to move your body and try new things. We are serious about yoga, but not serious people, and our classes are, well, fun—which is an integral part of living. Just as the physical practice of yoga is one part of a much bigger field.
Yoga is not about self-improvement or making ourselves better. It is a process of deconstructing all the barriers we may have erected that prevent us from having an authentic connection with ourselves and the world.
It’s about waking up and being free.
That said, waking up isn’t always pretty. Our goal in teaching is to create an environment for the practitioner to see clearly. While we may not like what we see, we believe awareness is the first step towards change. Life is busy and full. Often we walk around unaware, asleep, preoccupied, with all our energies just keeping us afloat. It can be difficult to know what is happening in our body (or mind, heart, gut, breath). This practice is a tool to clarify what is truly important to us, and to free ourselves from what we think we are supposed to do. If your gut is telling you something, why not listen?
Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.
The body is the vehicle for awakening.
This is the first principle of Embodied Flow™. Both Tobias and Wanna trained in this style with their teacher, Tara Judelle. Embodied Flow is a continuum of movement that draws from various hatha, tantric and somatic movement systems and provides the technology for a deep sense of ease, strength and connectivity. This empowers the practitioner to be their own greatest teacher as they expand, integrate and facilitate awareness in their own body and mind. While we do work in the physical practices of yoga, this is not the end goal. We believe a healthy body and mind is one part of a path to a healthy life, relationships and work-life balance. In our classes, you will find practitioners of all ages, sizes, body types, backgrounds and those recovering from injury. Our hope is not to “fix” the body, but awaken it to its fullest potential.