Beyond Asana - Discover Traditional Yoga Therapy Practices
This 'by-donation' class is for modern city dwellers interested in deepening their Yoga practice by learning traditional esoteric aspects of Hindu Yoga. If you are a spiritual seeker wishing to learn authentic techniques that might serve your spiritual growth, improve emotional intelligence, and detox your mind body and spirit - join us!
It is no secret that living in New York takes a toll on our emotional, spiritual and physical health. The modern Yoga's trend focuses on the "gymnastics" aspect of Yoga and is extremely limited in its scope, but, still falsely advertises the promise of traditional Yoga's scientifically proven therapeutic benefits for mental clarity, stress-resistance, awakening, and pristine mental health. We all want the best modalities for living our life to the fullest, but modern Yoga as a stand-alone practice is like treating yourself to a nice appetizer, it gets the body going, but it lacks the required nourishment found in the full meal. If you are the type of person that wishes to rise above mere body fitness and elevate your knowledge-base, instincts and lifestyle to operate on a higher level of consciousness ie. optimal mental health, larger energetic fuel tank, and open your mind to new levels of regulation of your emotions, more awareness to help foster a positive attitude filled with abundance, gratitude and grace, not to mention reduction of fear-based-responses which lead to a profound boost in creativity, spontaneity and improvement in making life decisions, this group is definitely for you.
The class is led by me, Alexander Litvak, and advanced-level practitioner, meditator, and secular Buddhist. For more about me, check out my FB page:
In every class, you can be sure I will introduce and explain foundational Yoga philosophy and psychology that lead to Yoga's original aim of self-Realization and awakening. Themes like Patanjali's Eightfold Path, Kundalini Yoga chakra balancing, and best, most researched Yoga and Buddhist techniques touted in the West for healthy modern lifestyles.
The class is donation-based and 90 minutes in length to get the full experience of what it means to "get high on your own supply" ie. Prana(breath/energy).
First 10 to 20 minutes of class is the "dharma" portion, the what, where, why, who, and how, the next hour is devoted to Pranayama(breath/Energy) work, concentration techniques, sense withdrawal, mindfulness practices, and most widely known Hindu chants. The last 10 minutes are devoted to sitting or lying down mindfulness meditation.