Taoist philosophy conceptualizes universal balance in terms of yin and yang, complementary forces that govern the universe. Yin characteristics are cool, wet, slow, feminine, and quiet, whereas yang is warm, dry, fast, masculine, extroverted. Winter is the yin season – a time for storing and conserving energy in the way a farmer stores food for the cold months ahead.
You can think of your yoga practice as an investment in your ‘energy paycheck.’ Don’t use up what little winter energy you have with overactivity and added stress, learn yoga practices to help you restore and renew.
Winter’s restful, introspective, yin nature lends itself to important yoga practices that focus on on the heart and large intestine meridians that run along the chest cavity as well as along the inner and outer arms. Consider this an invitation to slow down and surrender to the joy of the present moment with an exploration of heart openers, upper back and shoulder stretches, while gentle inversions will lengthen the backs of the legs and neck to help lower the stress hormones that compromise the immune system. Over our weeks together, we will focus on conditioning the lungs and respiratory tract, stimulating the lymphatic system to oust toxins from the body, and re-oxygenate the blood to calm your body and restore your mind. Learning these practice can help with managing stress, boosting your immune system and addressing seasonal affective disorders, depression, exhaustion, and other manifestations known in the Taoist philosophy as shen (or spiritual) disharmony.
4 sessions: Sundays December 2nd – Dec 23 from 5:15 – 6:30 pm
Open to all, even total beginners
Email us with any registration questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Purchase all sessions for $64 or drop-in $20 per class.
Using your current class pass is ok.
Ananda Ma is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. She is also licensed by the State of California to practice both Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dedicated to empowering her clients and community, her stellar offerings parallel her passion for optimal health, mindful movement, and holistic education. Interweaving her Taoist practice and having studied with Manouso Manos and Geeta Iyengar, Ananda seeks to inspire you about your health and life itself. She continues to deepen her own evolving knowledge of yoga through her ongoing study with the Iyengar family in Pune, India. She is committed to restoring her clients towards optimal health in her medicine practice, Ananda also brings this same holistic precision, intelligence and assurance to you and your health through her Yoga approach. Her practice and classes are balanced “inside out” so as to create a compassionate space for you to shine in your own light and be aligned in your own humanity. Ananda is certified as a Yoga Therapist (c-IAYT) and holds multiple National and International Certificates. Her experience of regenerative medicine enriches her practice and teaching of Iyengar yoga. Visit Ananda online at anandamayoga.com