John

Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:45pm Vinyasa Flow with Sounding

“Yoga begins with listening, when we listen we give space to what is”.
- Richard Freeman.

In these classes we will cover, with an emphasis on body awareness, the essential groups of yoga postures – seated, standing, balance, backbending, “core”, inversions and restorative as exercise is still one the best medicines for the human condition. We will approach the asana as a process, as a psychospiritual tool for observation, focusing more on “how” we do things, rather then “what”. We will do this in the context of creating a sacred space using breath, pranayama, vocalizing, chants, kirtan and dristhi (gazing point). This is an all levels class as the guiding element is one’s individual capacity (which I will help you gauge) for healthy play that is challenging enough to create engagement, but not so challenging as to frustrate or injure.

Yoga Experiences:
I found the jewel of Yoga as part of recovery from addiction and dealing with stress. I walked into my first class at a particularly rough patch and it was immediately transformative. A state of “OK-ness” or calmness cloaked in faith in the future ensued that I will never forget. That was 24 years ago. I have practiced almost daily ever since, even completing the 3rd series of Ashtanga Vinyasa.

I wanted to know more and enthusiastically pursued the study of yoga. From that, a desire to share the insights, pitfalls, and pearls that I so fortuitously gained from the teachers and teachings, arose. Eventually, I cut my hours working as an MD so I could pursue the yogic arts and begin teaching.

I have done 3 teacher trainings (Lisa Walford, Maty Ezraty, Richard Freeman) and many other multi-week workshops. I participated in weekly study groups on the Hatha Yoga Pradipika (2002-5), Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita, with Chris Chapple PhD (2004 to 2010). I was at YogaWorks for 5 years where I taught Mysore style Ashtanga and vinyasa flow.

I then moved to Loyola Marymount University (LMU) where for 6 years I taught yoga in the Dance Dept. This involved yoga postures, written midterms and finals and, yes, even grades. This culminated in developing the first yoga anatomy/physiology course for the Masters in Yoga Studies at LMU in 2013. I am on the scope of practice working group for the Yoga Alliance.

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Suggested donation $10-$15

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