Restorative Yoga and the Relaxing Effects of Essential Oils
Sunday, November 18th
1:00p.m. – 4:30p.m.
The Barn, Newbury
Join Chris Morton and Ashley Matthews and let yourself be healed and nurtured from within during this three and a half-hour program consisting of gentle, supported postures accompanied by breath awareness. Restorative poses are poses of “being” rather than “doing.” By supporting the body with props, the body and brain become quiet and relaxed. In this relaxed state, physiological changes occur which help to restore health and reduce the effects of chronic stress.
In addition, Jan Swindlehurst, an aromatherapy educator, will introduce several essential oils used to enhance meditation and yoga. She will discuss how certain oils like Frankincense and Lavender can support relaxation and help you get even more out of your yoga and meditation practices. You’ll receive samples of four oils that you can use in the program and take with you at the end of the day.
Prior yoga experience is helpful but not required.
Yinyasa – All Levels
Guided and Inspired by Joanne Travers, RYT500
Sunday, November 4th
1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m.
Anahata Yoga in the Barn
Please register in advance by phone or email.
This yin and vinyasa class combines both the practice of yin and slow vinyasa flow. The practice balances the release of tension in connective tissues with a slow vinyasa flow that promotes vitality and strength.
Gentle yin postures are experienced on the floor and help students increase flexibility while working on energy channels (meridians) of the body. Yin held asanas are coupled with an active, slow flow, yang practice. Increased mobility, stamina, and mindfulness, circulation are some of the benefits.
A balanced and harmonized practice of Yin is intended to be complimentary to active exercise and yang yoga. Yin gently works both dense and less dense connective tissues that bind, support and protect ligaments, bones, muscles and joints. A more active flow and yang practice synchronizes breath with movement, improves circulation, and strengthens and tones body.
To meditate means to pay full attention to something. It doesn’t mean to run away from life . Instead it is an opportunity to look deeply into ourselves and into the situation we are in.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Finding stillness is an amazing gift that can help you in your life no matter where you are on your journey!
Text: How To Relax by Thich Nhat Hanh
Understanding and Practicing the Yamas and the Niyamas That Connect With The Individual Chakras
Come explore and experience a yinyasa practice!
“If you’ve been practicing yoga for a while, you’re familiar with asana, pranayama, and meditation. But you might not know much about the first two steps of the path: the five yamas and five niyamas; the ethical precepts, or core values of yoga. They provide a recipe for living in the world with ease.”
“The whole goal of yoga is self-realization, which can also be called freedom. The yamas and niyamas give you infinite opportunities to truly transform your life.”
This summer we focused on a chakra a week and now during this Fall Yoga Session we will explore the yamas and niyamas that correspond to each of the chakras. The yamas and the niyamas are yoga’s ethical guidelines; a map to guide you on life’s journey . Simply put the yamas are things not to do (restraints), while niyamas are things to do (observances ). They form a moral code of conduct, but are not like the commandments in Christian religions. These are self-regulating practices involving other people ; practices that teach us how to be gentle yet direct. They aren’t concerned with right or wrong in an absolute sense.
“There’s no thought of heaven or hell. It’s about avoiding behaviors that produce suffering and difficulty, and embracing those that lead to states of happiness. They aren’t concerned with right or wrong in an absolute sense.” Stephen Cope
Most important is to remember there is no judgement and repentance involved in the practicing of these principles. We begin from a place of self love and compassion; an on going practice in tenderly caring for ourselves and believing in our essential goodness. We release the inner critic and approach our exploration of the yamas and niyamas with curiosity. When judgement is suspended, we see more clearly; better able to investigate our patterns and practice the opposite.
It’s ultimately based on a desire to bring balance to our lives. Finding balance is an ongoing practice in our relationship to other human beings; just like holding a balance pose in asana practice is an on going practice.
I heard it said that if there were no moral codes or “dos and don’ts”, then traditional yoga would be nothing more than an exercise program. The yamas and niyamas have been described as India’s gift to the world; a tremendous tool for developing our inner potential as human beings. They are thought of as ten ways to heal your life; ethical practices that can actually change our thought patterns. In no way are they strident rules ,but rather practices to bring clarity and understanding; ways of living in deeper awareness and happiness.
This Fall, let’s explore these ethical principles together as we begin by connecting to the ones that correspond with the chakra system. The sequence of our first seven classes follows:
First Chakra – Muladhara: The Root /Grounding/Boundaries
Corresponding Yama -Tapas: Discipline
Second Chakra – Swadhistqna: Pleasure, Sensuality, Creation
Corresponding Yama – Brahmacharya: Moderation in all things – not too much, not too little
Third Chakra – Manipura: Strength, power
Corresponding Yama – Ahimsa: non-violence
The gentle nonviolent power of Ghandi and Martin Luther King
Fourth Chakra – Anahata: Unconditional Love
Corresponding Niyama : Santosha: Contentment
Fifith Chakra – Visuddha: Self-expression, Communication , Truth
Corresponding Yama – Satya, Truth
Sixth Chakra – Ajna: Third Eye, Intuition, Clear Seeing
Corresponding Niyama – Swadhaya: Self Observation
Seventh Chakra – Sahasrara: Union, External Freedom, Oneness
Corresponding Niyama – Ishvar Pranidhana: Patience to transcend the ego and find your deeper intelligence