Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 pm
Santa Monica Power Yoga, 1410 Second Street, Santa Monica CA 90401.
I teach Mindfulness Yoga + Meditation. It is breath based Hatha yoga and guided meditation combined to provide an oasis of vibrant, centered well-being. It is a mixed level class. Options are given throughout the class so that you can have a vigorous practice or a more gentle practice depending on your level of experience and how you are feeling that day. Cost = Donation basis.
Mindfulness Yoga refers to being fully present in each breath of each pose. This calms and stabilizes the nervous system, deepening the access to and effect of meditation. My movement style is based on the Inner Axis system by Max Strom, my foundational teacher, and includes elements of Ashtanga, Iyengar and Chi Gong.
Meditation enables mindfulness. It is strength training for the mind. Mindfulness meditation was taught by the Buddha over 2,500 years ago, practiced the world over since. It is not an inherently religious practice. It does not require that you quiet your mind. It is simply a way of paying attention.
Breath centric yoga and meditation are recognized by Western science as direct paths to: reduced anxiety, stress and depression; increased happiness; improved sleep, social relations, creativity and productivity.
Practicing mindfulness increases ability to both focus attention and consciously act (rather than react). It provides relief from constant mental chatter. This naturally leads to abiding equanimity, joyful well-being and an easier time getting better results at whatever you do.
I have been practicing Hatha yoga and meditation since 2000, and teaching since 2010, to the general public and military veterans. I am a Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher (RYT 200) through Max Strom (http://maxstrom.com), with whom I continue to practice, and Veterans Yoga Project. I continue to study teaching meditation with Dr. Lorin Roche (http://www.lorinroche.com).
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