Parayoga© synthesizes the rich heart of the tradition of yoga with the pulse of the present day. These classes incorporate a wide palette of practices to deliver a meaningful experience for the mind, body, and soul. Classes may include asana, pranayama, bandhas, mudras, intention, and meditation. We honor the enlivening aspects of flow, moving in and out of postures with awareness on the breath, with the transformative capacity of holdings, remaining in one posture for many breath cycles, to experience the full gamut of this intricate and ancient science. How would this differ from other flow classes? The most notable distinction is the sequence of asana, or postures, is practiced at a slightly slower pace to cultivate sensitivity to the subtle, so that we can feel our own energy and sense how the practice is shifting it. Grounded in intelligent sequencing, each class crafts the progression of postures and breath work to usher the student towards a specific experience. One class may deliver a sense of grounding and steadiness, another upliftment and aspiration, or a class may be more specific, such as opening the shoulders or supporting healthy digestion.
Amie conducts her classes in an atmosphere that is clear, inspiring, and unintimidating, striving to meet the needs of the individual and group as a whole. All practices increase our sensitivity to our innate intelligence, and help dissolve the physical and mental blocks that keep us scattered, constricted, and cycling in self limiting beliefs and behaviors. Expect to leave class having cultivated vitality and a clear mind.
Restorative yoga offers a refuge from the manic pace of modern day culture, giving the body and mind space to shed stress. Stress is defined as “physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension” or “a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize.” It is true that a healthy dose of stress can be motivating and result in increased accomplishments, but we often are pushed and/or push ourselves to a state of chronic stress; impacting the quality of how we sleep, how we assimilate nutrients, the quality of immune response to illness, and the quality of our life itself.
Restorative yoga is a gentle and therapeutic approach to trigger the body’s relaxation response. Through holding simple and accessible postures with the body entirely supported by props, the muscles are able to relax completely, the breath deepens, and the body’s innate ability to heal and restore balance to all the physiological systems is supported. This has a very relieving effect on the mind, delivering a sense of calm, clarity, and steadiness.
Yoga Nidra is an ancient practice that delivers a deep experience of relaxation on a physical, mental, and emotional level. The process is simple, done while lying on the back, and the results are profound. There are a variety of yoga nidra practices, and I infuse these workshops with favorites I have learned and practice through my studies with Rod Stryker, and also through the Himalayan Institute. I find yoga nidra to be a welcome antidote to the unsustainable pace we are often subjected to in modern culture, and with regular practice one experiences reduced reactivity to stress, improved sleep, and can help establish more success with meditation. Please check the schedule page for the next Restorative Yoga + Nidra workshop.