“Yoga is a physical practice that integrates mind/body/breath to find the deepest truth about who we are.”
If you can breathe, you can do yoga!
Yoga is now practiced by over 20 million Americans. Why has this ancient practice had such a surge in popularity? I don’t know about the other 19,999,999, but I can answer why I practice yoga. Yoga makes me feel good physically. It teaches me to slow down in this hectic, urgent society. Yoga softens my heart to those who suffer because I have suffered too and I realize we are the same. Yoga reminds me to breathe fully which helps me calm down in moments of stress and helps me get to sleep at bedtime. And it has reminded me that I am a spiritual being having a human experience and that this life is temporary. This moment is all we have.
So what is Yoga? Yoga means “yoke” or union. The union of body/mind/spirit.
BODY: We use our bodies in yoga asana (postures) to connect to the body and move it in ways that strengthen our muscles and bones, assist our internal organs to function more fully, and balance our structure and energies in ways to make us more vibrant, open and alive. (And did I mention it feels good?) Recognizing that every body is different, everyone who arrives on the mat comes with different capabilities and intentions. At Sattva Yoga we meet you “where you are”. You are here to do yoga for your body not the person next to you.
MIND: Through meditation and mindfulness of action, we begin our healing through self-inquiry. We observe our thoughts and begin to notice what we spend our time thinking about that perhaps was not discovered until we slow down to witness. How we think is how we live our lives!
SPIRIT: We have become so separated from our Self, that we have forgotten who we are. Through yogic practices and philosophy—asana, pranayama (breathwork), meditation—we begin to look at the world anew and experience the union of ourselves with everything. Yoga is NOT a religion. It does however, provide practices and suggestions on how to end human suffering.
Come practice with us! In our small, nurturing classes (12 student max), we combine knowledge and experience in a gentle yoga practice utilizing time-honored yoga postures, pranayama and meditation to bring you into vibrant, sattvic balance. Sattva is a Sanskrit word for tranquility, wholesomeness, harmony, lucidity and light. It is a state of being which comes from purity of mind and leads to an awareness of our connectedness to all things. By incorporating yoga philosophy and the principles of yoga’s sister science, Ayurveda, we help you understand how to live in accordance with nature to keep you balanced on and off the mat. With time, flexibility and strength in both the mind and body are achieved as you journey inward to discover your highest Self.