Introduction to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Friday, Mar 8th, 7:30-9:30pm at Kits Beach Studio
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras are considered to be the road map for the yogi. The word “sutra” when broken down is translated as “su,” meaning to link, and “tra,” meaning in order to transcend… so the sutras are small phrases with very big meanings. All yogic traditions are rooted in the ancient philosophy, which basically explains the steps needed to be taken in order to reach enlightenment. While most of us are not necessarily after enlightenment, these seemingly simple aphorisms can be a lifelong study and
practice. The most exciting aspect of starting to study them is discovering how much they relate to the asana practice and just how much they can enhance your yoga practice. In this class we will explore the sutras most related to asana, and we’ll do this through translating them, defining them, and then chanting them.
This will be a discussion-oriented class with some pranayama and meditation included.
Wake Up and Flow
Saturday, Mar 9th, 12:45-2:30pm at City Studio
This is the perfect opportunity to wake yourself up and take notice. To practice yoga is to recognize and celebrate the Divine within and find expression for that realization. A dynamic Vinyasa style yoga practice is one way to do just that and to start to awaken the spirit within us all. Through an energizing sequence of postures, we will explore how a grounded, earth-based asana practice can be the bridge that joins the gap between the spirit body and the physical body.
Taking Time to Look Within–An Afternoon Session
Saturday, Mar 9th, 3:00-5:30pm at City Studio
Yoga is all about creating and sustaining balance in our lives. This afternoon session is the perfect complement to a strong morning yoga practice. This class will be more reflective in nature as we find our way into various postures, usually on, but not limited to, the floor, and stay there to see what happens. How often do we really slow down enough in our increasingly busy daily lives and take the time to look and listen to ourselves? Hip openers and inversions will be the focus. A gentle introduction to pranayama will be taught as well. Since the middle of the day is the time when the body wants to rest and rejuvenate itself for the rest of the day, this class should be just the right thing.
Sunday, Mar 10th, 12:30-2:30pm at City Studio
This dynamic flowing sequence of standing postures, originally created by Tim Miller of Encinitas, CA, is the root of all “flow yoga” classes taught in America today. The beauty of the class lies in its spontaneity: it is always different. Depending on students’ needs and backgrounds, the postures are linked together using a Vinyasa sequence and conscious breathing. Dynamic back bends will complete the flow. This is an extremely fun class and can go very deep.
Exploring How a Sustainable Practice Creates a Sustainable Life
Sunday, Mar 10th, 3:00-5:30pm at City Studio
In the world as it stands today, it is becoming increasingly obvious that Sustainability is no longer an option for us all but a much needed Reality. How to create that in our own lives and yoga practice is what Vinyasa Fusion has to offer. The Maya Yoga approach is intent on serving the Individual student. Nicki’s style encourages students to discover their true self and let the practice be the teacher, showing you the tools to learn for yourself what is right for you at any given moment. Vinyasa Fusion combines the breath and flow of Vinyasa style yoga with alignment principles which support safety, postural integrity, and personal awareness in the practice. Since our practice is a representation of our lives, we will explore how this sustainable approach to our asana practice helps us to create and sustain balance in our lives. We invite you to explore Nicki’s unique approach to Vinyasa yoga because it will
strengthen all aspects of your being through dynamic structural alignment, conscious breathing, and practical yogic philosophy.
Nicki Doanne’s workshops are open to all levels.
About Nicki Doane
Devotion to yoga and the desire to share with and give back to the world are what motivate the teaching of Maya Yoga with Nicki Doane. Yoga is spirit in action, and as Nicki teaches, she inspires people to find a place of spirit inside themselves, recognizing the profound connection between the self and spirit.
Nicki has been studying yoga in India for years and has been deeply influenced by the teachings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and B.K.S. Iyengar. Her unique approach to Vinyasa yoga strengthens all aspects of your being through dynamic structural alignment, conscious breathing, and practical yogic philosophy; helping students find the deeper life of yoga. Nicki strives to teach each student that yoga is about being fully present in the moment and discovering that we are truly all One: One Love, One People, One Heart, One Destination – Our Higher Self.
For 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified teachers the credits of the course can be applied towards the 500 hour certification, and is eligible for 10.75 hours CEU with Yoga Alliance. Continuing Education Units are required to maintain your status as a Registered Yoga Teacher.