Now Where Do We Go? A Maya Yoga Weekend Workshop with Nicki Doane
Are you feeling that something is missing in modern yoga today?
Are you craving a practice that both honors and offers insights into you and your experience?
A practice that is not focused solely on the poses, but also on the process of yoga as seen through the poses?
If you answered yes to any of the above, then this workshop is for you. Through Nicki’s experienced teaching of Maya Yoga, learn to make the connection between the alignment of the poses and the alignment of the mind. Maya is a Sanskrit word that means “illusion” and refers to what we think and perceive as real in this world. Patanjali, the original OG yoga psychologist said that the easiest way to access our psyche is through our physical tissue. The asanas(poses) are a means and a vehicle to transformation because they give us practical tools that we can use everyday in our yoga practice.
Through both Dynamic and restorative yoga practices Nicki will lead you through an experience of yoga in an intelligent, compassionate, supportive, and often humorous way that will leave you transformed.
Drop In and Let Go – Deep Restorative Yoga
Friday, April 26th, 7:30pm-9:30pm at Kits Beach Studio
Life is so busy these days and in spite of all the technological gadgets we all have to help us manage our lives, we all experience some level of stress at some point. We often do not take the time to rest and reset our nervous systems and our brains and this can lead to even more stress. Our nervous system has two parts; sympathetic and parasympathetic. Sympathetic is the flight or fight repsonse- the active side , and the Parasympathetic is the more calming quieting side. It is vital to nourish both sides and this class is for the support of the parasympathetic.
Please make the time for this class and let Nicki guide you into an experience where you learn to drop in, get quiet inside, and let go into deep relaxation. It is truly an art to be able to make the space and time for self care and you deserve it. This class is restorative in nature with bolsters and props and Nicki’s reading of the ancient Yoga myths.
Maya Yoga Vinyasa Fusion Flow
Saturday, April 27th, 12:30pm-3:00pm at City Studio
This is a strong dynamic yoga class that incorporates all aspects of Maya Yoga including asana, pranayama, chanting, meditation, prayer, and deep relaxation, to leave you feeling recharged and inspired about your practice. Nicki likes to start the class slowly with poses that support the parasympathetic nervous system and then move slowly into seated chanting and pranayama. From there we will wake the body from the ground up, starting at the feet and moving through the legs, trunk, arms, and head. Sun salutations will be practiced to build internal heat and establish the harmonious flow of breath and movement known as “Vinyasa”. Standing poses are linked with the sun salutations to create the dynamic flow that is both detoxifying and rejuvenating. What happens from there is organic and may include backbends, forward bends, arm balances, inversions or hip openers depending on the students and the energy of the day. The end of the class will bring you back to yourself and leave you feeling more centered and grounded, especially after a long savasana with Nicki reading poetry to you.
The Citti Vrittis – Exploring Ancient Yogic Thoughts on the Root Causes of an Afflicted Mind
Saturday, April 27th, 3:30pm-5:30pm at City Studio
One of the most important books on Yoga Psychology is the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Patanjali is believed to be an avatar of Lord Vishnu who came to earth to share both Sanskrit and the teaching of yoga with humanity in an effort to uplift them and offer guidance to their spiritual journey. These teachings are still highly relevant today and in this class we will look at the “Vrittis” which are the fluctuations and agitations of the mind. We all have them and they can lead to an unstable mind and a distorted perception of reality. We will cover the five vrittis that are said to be painful and the five vrittis that are said to be seemingly non painful. There will be discussion of the vrittis and how they affect our daily lives and we will also chant them together in the call and response style known as kirtan.
With Faith Comes Courage – A Yoga Practice to Build Confidence and Grace
Sunday, April 27th, 12:30pm-3:30pm at City Studio
Two of the foundational pillars of a consistent yoga practice are Shraddha – Faith , and Virya – Courage. The only way these can be established is through steady consistent personal practice. What happens on the mat in yoga should actually not stay on the mat but should follow us out the door and into our lives where we need it most. Yoga is a life support system and the poses are transformational tools that can touch us deeply both at a soul level and as a practical means of keeping our bodies fit and healthy. We need yoga in these hectic stressful lives that we lead.
This class will be a combination of both active and restorative asana. We will be more active in the first half of the class to open the body and mind and to get the breath flowing and the heart beating and establish Faith in the efficacy of the practice. Nicki will teach an engaged asana class that includes standing poses and hip openers, pranayama, and some backbends and twists. The second half of the class will be more reflective in nature and slower. Restorative and supported poses will take you from the active side of the practice into the calming quieting side of yoga. Courage is having the strength to listen and speak from the heart and these softer poses will give you the opportunity to get in touch with what you’re feeling on the inside. Slowly you just may find what you’re looking for.
Free Your Hips, Free Your Life
Sunday, April 27th, 3:30pm-5:30pm at City Studio
It is now an acknowledged fact that tight hips can be a serious risk to your health. The AMA, American Medical Association, has publicly declared that sitting is the new smoking. Yogis of course have known this for a long time and there are many poses to help open the hips safely and effectively. There are four sides to the hips, the front, back, inner and outer which are made up of the quadriceps and psoas ( hip flexors), the hamstrings, external rotators and the inner groins. This class will cover all four sides and share poses to help you maintain your open hips throughout your life. We will also do some poses to open the feet as they are important too.
For 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified teachers the credits of the course can be applied towards the 500 hour certification, and is eligible for CEUs with Yoga Alliance. Continuing Education Units are required to maintain your status as a Registered Yoga Teacher.