When I first started practicing yoga, I had no idea what a life-changing decision that would be. It not only meant a new way to exercise my body; it meant a new way to exercise my mind. I found myself wanting to learn more about yoga – the philosophy of this centuries-old way of thinking and being; as well as discovering how to let the yoga poses work with my body, and not against it. It’s been a journey that has given me much joy, on and off the mat, since my New Year’s resolution of 1999 to ‘dive deep’ into yoga.
As another new year gets underway, my guess is that there are many other yogis out there who are eager to take their own practices deeper in 2017. Lynn Burgess, and her dedicated team of yoga instructors at Yoga from the Heart, are just as eager to lend a hand. I spoke briefly with Lynn about one way the studio is helping students, from beginner to advanced, with an opportunity to delve more deeply into the philosophy of yoga and the mechanics of the poses: Yoga University, which will begin January 21st from 1-5 p.m., and continue on February 18th and March 18th.
HOW AND WHY DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR YOGA UNIVERSITY? With yoga’s increasing popularity, classes are full of students eager to learn about all aspects of yoga but time in those classes is limited to 60 to 90 minutes. Because life is so busy, people come whenever they can. In an effort to dive more deeply into all things yoga, we are offering these enrichment opportunities. By carving out a larger block of time we will be able to cover many more topics that just can’t be delved into during group classes where there is more of an emphasis on movement.
WHAT TOPICS DO YOU PLAN TO COVER IN THE YOGA UNIVERSITY SERIES? We’ll be breaking down the mechanics of the poses and exploring how yoga can satisfy our curiosity about our innermost selves. We’ll explore breath awareness, philosophy, and anatomy.
WHO WOULD MOST BENEFIT FROM ATTENDING YOGA UNIVERSITY? Yoga U is appropriate for both beginners and those who have a more established practice. These afternoons will reveal that yoga is about much more than just the body – the practice of yoga in fact reveals that the body is in no way separate from the psycho-spiritual forces that animate it.
Are you ready? Let’s start talking yoga now. If you want to steep yourself in an afternoon designed to delve more deeply into the body’s structure and physical anatomy as well as breath work, meditation, and philosophy, Yoga U is for YOU. Think of it as a necessary bridge between East and West.
The 2017 dates are January 21, February 18, March 18, from 1:00 – 5:00 pm at Yoga from the Heart Studio. The cost is $285 for 3 sessions or $100 per individual session. To reserve your spot, click here.
Writer: Dianne Ochiltree is a graduate of the Yoga from the Heart’s Teacher Training Program and has happily served as Lynn Burgess’s teaching assistant at weekly gentle yoga classes for Parkinson’s disease students. She is also a children’s author and freelance editor (www.dianneochiltree.com).