In the yogic view, abdominal conditioning and strength are encouraged for their aid in digestion, assimilation, and elimination on all levels of being and for the way this area, once toned, supports proper meditation positions. Many of the exercises found in Pilates have their origin in yoga asana. However, for the most part muscle groups go unacknowledged in yogic text and schools because the principle focus is energetic awareness and self-realization.
Both yoga and Ayurveda are life sciences that attempt to align practitioners more fully with nature, so that, we can live more harmoniously with ourselves, and our environment. This interactive course introduces the founding principles of Ayurveda including its daily practices, “dosha” awareness, overview of the five elements, the importance of “agni” and how these principles directly relate to all our choices in life; relationships, work, eating, meditation, and asana… Asana sequences for the varies “doshas” and participatory games and exercises for better understanding our “dosha” are all part of this playfully informative lecture and practice course. (5-6 hours or divided into two days of 3 hrs each.)
“I absolutely loved the Ayurveda session with David… I’m totally inspired. I’ve been interested in the principles of Ayurveda for the past five years after studying with Dr. Joshi but David brought it all to life and made sense of what is a pretty complicated subject…”
Nicola Eastwood, Jersey Isle, UK
Last Sunday of each month: 9am – 11am followed by breakfast from 11:15am – 12:15pm
This unique series of classes will bring together the leading teachers and facilitators who lead yoga just for men classes, workshops, retreats, and conferences. Each confluence will be created and co facilitated by a team who will guide our community through asana, pranayama, meditation, and kirtan. This structure will not only reflect the origins how yoga was traditionally taught among men — often from father to son, or brother to brother – but, will also enable us to build our own men’s yoga community in a collective or intentional fashion (kula.) A social breakfast will be an option after each class.
As a senior yoga instructor, I have worked within the men’s yoga community leading workshops and retreats for the past 15 years – including a weekly Men & Yoga class once held at Yoga Flow Castro. I hold the space and basic structure for each class for continuity. You can see a TV interview with me on the subject of men and yoga on Yogi Views by following this link:
This class is donation based and is open to all levels. Monthly updates on this website will list the instructor participating for each gathering. You can also join the Men’s Kula:Yoga for Guys on Facebook.
Revolving Faculty: Baxter Bell, Ken Breniman, Scott Blossom, Sean Feit, Pete Guinosso, Darren Main, David Moreno, James Ryder, Antonio Sausys, Eric Shaw, Mark Schillinger, David Schlussel, Dominick Weginsin, and more.
Partner yoga is a natural response when one’s own yogic practice has matured. It is both fun and informative, challenging and intimate. The workshop includes asana, pranayama, meditation, and mantra practices done in pairs. It is taught in a Vinayasa style, moving sequentially from standing to seated postures, from back bends to inversions. Participants should be somewhat familiar and competent with these types of poses. Partners Yoga is a fun and effective way to approach traditional yoga practices, while developing greater intimacy with yourself and others.
Partners Yoga can be deeply beneficial for couples, but it is not required that you come with your significant other.At the same time many of these poses and sequences require a certain amount of intimacy, so come with someone you feel physically comfortable with or an openness to explore.Certain poses may require instructor to mix and match partners according to height and weight. This workshop is especially beneficial for intermediate level students.
“The world is like the impression left by the telling of a story.” Yogavâsistha 2.3.11
Myths attempt to describe the indescribable yet intuitively known mysteries of life. They are signposts for cosmological forces given shape, color, texture, and sound by culture. As such, myths exist outside of time and space, reappearing over and over again in a variety of shapes, forms, and names. Understanding – through yogic embodiment – the myths associated with various asanas can transform these asanas from the mundane into something cosmological.
This workshop includes a multimedia presentation, lecture, and the chance to practice many intermediate and advanced asanas.
Experience the immediate and profound unwinding of mental and physical tension, the inner wave of subtle energetic movements, the harmonization of the solar (pingala) and lunar (ida) channels, plus, the strengthening and tonifiying of the oblique abdominals and organs. Deep Flow is immensely engaging for all levels of practitioners.
“I found your teaching inspiring and it freed me from the dogma of classic Ashtanga yoga.”
Steve Foster, Proprietor-Wild Country, Holmsfirth, UK
“I really benefited from the Deep Flow on Sunday morning, slowly working our way up into rather a sweat! The session was an eye opener with postures that really dug in deep.”
Harrietta Thebault: Yoga Instructor, Jersey Isle, UK
Since the beginning of recorded history, civilizations around the world have used trance dance as a form of prayer, as an active way for communing with nature, spirit, or deities. It was, and is, a participatory means for healing, for visions, or for finding answers to challenges facing an individual or the collective. Trance Dance has endured the test of time because of its power, offering us the same benefits today and it did in ancient times. Trance Dances are danced blind folded, for long periods of time. Although they appear to be social in nature, they are ultimately for the individual to journey deeper into, and with, oneself in the company of others. Trance Dance is a powerful and energetic way of gathering insights. David was certified in TD through his studies with the Natalie Institute in Austin, Texas and has lead this rituals internationally.
“Imagine darkness so intense and so complete covering you like a velvet blanket. A blackness which cuts you off from the everyday world, which forces you to draw deep into yourself, which makes you see with your heart instead of your eyes. You can’t see but your eyes are open. You are isolated, yet you are united with all living things. And, out of this darkness comes the roaring of the drums, the sound of prayers. Your ear catches the voices of the spirits, ghostlike, whispering to you from unseen lips. You feel wings of birds brushing your face, feel the light touch of a feather on your skin. And always you hear the throbbing drums filling the empty space inside yourself, making you forget things that clutter your mind, making your body sway to their rhythm.”
Singer/songwriter, The Band
Ha (Sun) tha (Moon) Yoga unifies dynamic solar energy with reflective lunar energy. Yet, few contemporary yogis know much about the lunar side of yoga practice. This workshop, which is both class and ritual, will introduce the esoteric practices and benefits of “Chandra Namaskra” (moon salutations) and its companion practices of Yoga Nidra, Pranamudra, Nadi Shodana and continuous Om chanting. Yoga Nidra has its roots in Tantric practice and is part of a meditative, healing, and conscious dying tradition. This candle lit workshop taught at night will attune participants to lunar energy, connecting them more fully with their pranic body.
Experiencing the qualities (gunas) of earth, water, fire, wind, and space (ether), and understanding how they interact and create reality, enhances our view on yoga and life. Learning how to balance the elements in practice and in lifestyle brings many benefits and is the core of yoga, Ayurveda, and Chinese Medicine. The elements will be introduced through lecture, and practice, including asana, pranayama, mudra, and meditation.
Protect and prolong your joints’ usage through a simple sequence taken from various yoga lineages that focus on joint health. This online yoga class is particularly good for sports enthusiasts for pre-event and long-term maintenance.