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Pranava Yoga Center is built on a foundation of the ancient and traditional practices of the 8 Limb path of yoga, but we are a new generation of yogis.  We focus on cultivating deeper awareness and connection in the body, mind, soul, and heart.  While we hold the traditions close and believe in living our yoga, we can be rebellious at times, so we are able to let go too. We believe in power of humor, lightness, having fun, and not taking things too seriously, but we also believe in being disciplined in the practice.  We believe that a higher state of well-being can be attained through a steady yoga practice.  We teach all ages and all walks of life.  We are passionate about yoga and we not only talk the talk, but we walk our talk.  We love yoga and we want you to be inspired by the practice!

Namaste,
Pranava Yoga Center

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"Patanjali talked about friendliness, compassion,gladness, andjoy. Friendliness and grace are two qualities that are essential for the yoga student. In yoga class, students often look so serious and so separate from one another. Where is the friendliness? Where is the compassion? Where is the gladness? Where is the joy? Without these, we have not achieved the true yoga of Patanjali."

-- B.K.S. Iyengar Light on Life


 

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  • Focus of the Month: April

    Savasana:Corpse Pose

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    Shavasana is perhaps the most important part of yoga practice. Lying on the back, the arms and legs are spread at about 45 degrees, the eyes are closed and the breath deep, using deergha (long) pranayama. The whole body is relaxed onto the floor with an awareness of the chest and abdomen rising and falling with each breath. All parts of the body are scanned for muscular tension of any kind, which is consciously released as it is found, optionally with a small repetitive movement of the area. All control of the breath, the mind, and the body is then released for the duration of the asana, typically 20–30 minutes although often less in Western yoga classes.

     

    The asana is released by slowly deepening the breath, flexing the fingers and toes, reaching the arms above the head, stretching the whole body, exhaling, bringing the knees to the chest and rolling over to the side in a fetal position. After a short time and a slow inhalation, the practitioner takes a seated position.

     

     

     

     

    Psychotherapist and yoga teacher, Michael Stone, looks at corpse pose:

     

    Krishnamacharya, teacher of both Pattabhi Jois and B.K.S. Iyengar, taught each of his students the same approach to savasana. This article is a psychological exploration of the posture as taught to me through this lineage.

     

     

    “…every day, a little ‘bit dying.” Pattabhi Jois

     

    At the end of our asana practice we lie down, feet fallen outward, breath long, hands facing the sky, for savasana, corpse pose. By all accounts, corpse pose is considered the most difficult posture, as we posture the mind and body to imitate a corpse. “Most difficult for students,” says Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, “not waking, not sleeping.”

     

    When we are new to practice, the experience of savasana is simply a rest after the arduous practice of bending, stretching, and twisting the body into various shapes. At first, savasana becomes just another form, but a form seemingly void of technique, concept and application.

     

    In savasana, we let go of any particular breathing technique and simply allow the breath to move through its inherent inhaling and exhaling pattern. As the breath finds its way through the open channels of the body, the mind does so as well, by weaving itself into the strands of thought and sensation that flow through the body. When the breath is free, the mind is free. When the breath is allowed to move naturally, the mind settles into itself. When the mind relaxes, the tongue and palette become spacious, the roof of the mouth lifts and hollows and the central core of the body opens.

     

    While a busy mind is a consequence of overpushing in yoga postures, then it’s opposite is deep sleep during corpse pose. However, corpse pose exists in the middle space between sleep and effort. While sleeping seems to be the most common experience of corpse pose (often dreaming is easier than surrendering to the pose), sleeping keeps us from the depth and subtlety of savasana. It’s not that there is anything “bad” about sleeping or daydreaming, it’s just that those states are considered unconscious, and the mind maintains its state of conditioned existence while in the state of sleep or reverie. From Patanjali’s perspective of looking at hindrances, we could say that we actively engage the imagination in order to avoid the void of corpse pose. This “void” is the inherent emptiness of the present moment.

     

     

    What are we avoiding when we sleep through corpse pose? When the breath slows down and the mind begins to mingle with the threads of breath and sensation that appear when we calm down, we connect with deep feeling in the core of the body. Usually, the mind tries all sorts of tricks to avoid coming into contact with the feelings and sensations in the core of the body. Again, from Patanjali’s notion of avoidance strategies, we can say that our sense of ourselves depends on relegating unwanted experiences to the corners of the psyche and body where the radar that is perception will not pick them up. And if something is picked up – an uncomfortable thought, a disturbing sensation, a memory – we call up our repertoire of avoidance strategies and we take flight. Sleeping and daydreaming are such flights.

     

    Most of the time, we live in loops of distraction. Patanjali calls this avidya, or ignorance. Ignorance is related to the act of avoidance. In Savasana, however, we need not avoid. We simply notice, with evenly hovering attention, whatever shows up, and then allow it to pass on, to die, so that we can arrive in the present moment. Savasana offers the possibility of “a small death, every moment, every day,” says Pattabhi Jois. Much of what we notice in yoga practice is our patterns of attachment and repulsion. Swallowing or spitting out, digesting and evacuating, accepting and rejecting: all of these discriminative acts become ways of sorting out what we can tolerate and what we refuse. Yet part of the process of allowing our preconceptions and our reactions to our anxieties to pass away is to allow for our categories of the unacceptable to fall away. When the discomforting thoughts arise, when the sensations that pull us out of Savasana distract us, we tether ourselves to the present moment by not swallowing or spitting out the contents that emerge from the depths of our body and mind. Instead we lie down with all of our repulsions and all of our attachments, both of which are sacred, both of which teach us about our strategies of attraction and avoidance and where we are in relation to the present moment. Observing these patterns allows us to suspend those very strategies and surrender to the feelings that we have been avoiding. This surrender gives way to spaciousness in the mind and body. When one practices this way there is space enough for everything.

     

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    Next available PYC 200 hr teacher training Program will start in August 9, 2014.

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    Sample Instructions:

     

    1. Lie on your mat and extend your legs out long with your heels a little wider than your hips.

     

    2. Take your arms about five to eight inches away from your torso and turn your palms up to the ceiling. Softly draw your shoulders down and away from your ears.

     

    3. Let your eyes close and draw your awareness inward. Scan your body from the soles of your feet to the crown of your head. Make any adjustments necessary to find balance and comfort. Then allow a stillness to come to the body, releasing the desire to move.

     

    4. Let your breath move naturally, at its own rhythm. Feel the sensation of heaviness wash over and through you. Relax the muscles in your legs, your torso, and your arms. Feel as though your muscles are letting go of your bones; your bones drop into the support of the earth. Soften the muscles around your neck and throat. Release the hinge of your jaw and the root of your tongue. Relax the muscles in your cheeks, around your eyes, between your eyebrows, and across your forehead. Let your eyes sink deeper into the eye sockets. Notice a sense of calm move through you.

     

    5. Notice the stillness and the silence that begins to arise from within…

     

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