Categorized as: Philosophy

Our relationship with Water by Lena Schmidt

Each week we’ll be exploring our relationship to and with the elements in Yoga 1 on Wednesday mornings at 8am-9am in North Park. See you on the mat! Water energy is related to fluidity, movement, harmony, relationships, emotions, compassion, awareness, and empathy. When we are at harmony with the Water element we feel able to […]

Our relationship with Earth Element by Lena Schmidt

By Lena Schmidt Each week we’ll be exploring our relationship to and with the elements in Yoga 1 on Wednesday mornings at 8am-9am in North Park. See you on the mat! Earth energy is related to stability, strength, discipline, commitment, loyalty, integrity, regularity, and steadiness. When we are at harmony with the Earth element we […]

Eighth Limb of 8-fold Path – Samadhi by Lena Schmidt

The eighth limb of the eight-fold path is the Samadhi. Samadhi is bliss, enlightenment, or absorption in ecstasy. We can practice Samadhi in yoga by: * Looking for and finding joy in each pose (challenge yourself to find it even in the poses you find very difficult) * Practicing restorative poses that promote deep relaxation […]

From the Founder

Positivity “Always take the mind’s positive thought-road.” * –Sri Chinmoy Our minds are a wondrous power that give rise to our lives. There are many dimensions and aspects of mind, but the one that we have the most direct control over is our thoughts. We can form an endless array of thoughts and these thoughts […]

Sixth Limb of 8-Fold Path – Dharana by Lena Schmidt

The sixth limb of the eight-fold path is the Dharana. Dharana is concentration or single pointed focus. We can practice Dharana in yoga by: * Setting an intention for yoga practice each time you step on the mat * Practicing mantra throughout class (choose an affirmation or short phrase to repeat over and over in […]

Fifth Limb of 8-Fold Path -Pratyahara by Lena Schmidt

The fifth limb of the eight-fold path is the Pratyahara. Pratyahara is the withdrawal of the senses. We can practice Pratyahara in yoga by: * Becoming aware of how the senses inhibit, enhance, or have no bearing on the yoga practice * Becoming curious about your sense experiences throughout practice and releasing attachments so as […]

Fourth Limb of 8-fold Path – Pranayama by Lena Schmidt

The fourth limb of the eight-fold path is the Pranayama. Pranayama means breath practice or control of the life force. We can practice Pranayama in yoga by: * Paying attention to your inhales and exhales throughout the class * Notice if/when you tend to hold your breath (a challenging asana is usually made easier by […]

Third Limb of 8-Fold Path – Asana by Lena Schmidt

The yogic journey, as defined by Patanjali (the ancient sage said to have authored the Yoga Sutras, a foundational text of yoga) is an eight-fold path. The eight limbs act as guidelines for how to live a healthy and meaningful life, tuned into ones own purpose and spiritual nature. The eight limbs are yama, niyama, […]

The Niyamas – Ishvarapranidhana by Lena Schmidt

The fifth of the Niyamas is Isvarapranidhana. Isvarapranidhana is surrender, devotion or a celebration of the spiritual. We can practice Isvarapranidhana in yoga by: *singing or playing devotional music (this is called Kirtan) *listening to joyful music *creating an altar that makes you happy *appreciating your space We can practice Isvarapranidhan

The Niyamas – Svadyaya by Lena Schmidt

The fourth of the Niyamas is Svadyaya. Svadayaya is self-study or self-inquiry. We can practice Svadyaya in yoga by: *practicing with a beginners mind *finding something new in each pose *being curious about poses and other yogis without judgment *reading yogic texts and books on yoga and seeing how yoga philosophy relates to your life […]