Special 2-hour Sadhana at Yoga on Beacon

27 Mar

Special 2 Hour Easter Sunday Class!
Lia will offer 2 hours of yoga from 9-11am Sunday, April 20th. Enjoy this extra time as a gift from YoBe. (Class will be the regular drop-in price of $15)
Note: there will be no other classes held this day.

This will be an extensive sadhana~ practice. We will practice pranayama/breath-energy work, asana/posture-sacred shapes, pratyahara/sensory withdrawal, and dharana/concentration, and dhyana/meditation to work through the whole body, mind, soul organism.

More info here

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LOVE YOGA LOVE

12 Feb

Monday Evenings in March at LOVECITYLOVE

1430 Summit Ave

6:30 – 7:45pm $15-10

Ardha Chandrasana Capasana – Half Moon Bow Pose. Photo by Jessica Carter

Come practice with me in the special place we call Love City Love.  “It’s a name, a description, a slice of poetry,” CityArts recently described it:

…a wellspring of unselfconscious spontaneity and intentional good vibes set in the middle of Seattle’s densest neighborhood. An urban cultural experiment in visible, participatory form. – Read article 

In this creative space, we are invited to practice, unlock, open, explore, retune, and return to ourselves. I believe that the safe space in which we commit our practice plays an important role in the quality and intention of what we do, think and feel. And it is the energy that visitors bring to the space that helps shape and transform it.  That is one reason I am especially excited to cultivate a yoga practice and community at Love City Love.

Among other things it has been a shifting gallery space, a venue for music, performance, dance, poetry and pop up shops for locally handmade objects. Its first location closed down after the end of a temporary lease and the building was slated for development Its second, current incarnation another building has the same destiny.  This sense of “place” emerged and has grown from the hearts and minds that continue to enrich it. It has become a floating sanctuary that will only continue if we manifest it ourselves.

The continuing narrative of Love City Love reminds us of the inevitability of impermanence, the practice of detaching our minds from the material things that come and go in our lives. Likewise, it is facing uncertainty without fear that reminds us to embrace the present moment. I recently came across a quote that read, “Don’t worry nothing is under control.” This doesn’t translate to apathy. Rather it is a statement of liberation: The weight of the world does not rest on your shoulders, therefore you have nothing to lose. This is the spirit of Love City Love–the “spontaneous” and “unselfconscious” quality that emanates from this place is what allows us to achieve and to dream. Lucien Pellegrin, LCL’s founder has said many times, “Better done than perfect.”  That is the essence of practice. You show up. You do it. You fall. You rise. And you do it all over again. Returning to your unfettered self.

Come as you are, and share your practice with me in this space for the opportunity to at once expand your abilities and possibilities and access the deep-rooted latent potential within you.

Expect this 75 minutes to be different each time. You will have some time to explore your self practice, to connect with the multi-faceted parts of yourself, move your body, your breath and clear your mind.

Open to all levels.

Bring a mat. A limited amount of blocks, mats and straps will be available by reservation. Email foundyoga@gmail.com.

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Neon by NobleNeon.com Photo by Lia Hall

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LoveCityLove on Facebook

LOVECITYLOVE from Atuanya Priester on Vimeo.

Vital Flow to Nidra Bliss

10 Feb

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Join me for a special Tuesday evening class: Vital Flow to Nidra Bliss.

YoBe supported me to create something that I’ve wanted to share for a while. One of my favorite formats of mind/body practice is to combine the invigorating and “re-tuning” practice of dynamic, mindful vinyasa followed by a couple of yin poses –asanas held for longer periods of time to effect connective tissues, increase circulation in joints, and improve prana flow in the body. The last portion of class will be dedicated to Yoga Nidra. While in savasana (final resting pose) the practitioner will be led through a guided meditation to promote a state of conscious deep sleep for extreme relaxation and subtler spiritual exploration.

From 7:30-8:45pm at
Yoga on Beacon
3013 Beacon Ave S. Suite A
Seattle WA 98144
206.324.YOGA (9642)

http://www.yogaonbeacon.com

Candlelight Yoga Benefit for Typhoon Haiyan Survivors with Amos Miller on Piano

16 Nov

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Join me for a meditative all-levels candlelight yoga class accompanied by Amos Miller on piano to benefit the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

Enjoy a post-yoga bibingka (Filipino rice cake) after class.
at Love City Love 1430 Summit Ave
Thursday, November 21st from 6-7:30pm.
Suggested donation: $20
All funds go to National Alliance for Filipino Concerns nafconusa.org
Join facebook event here
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Folding/Unfolding: A Fall Yoga Series

21 Sep

Join me for a 4-week yoga series at Tin Can Studio in the Old Rainier Brewery.

In this series we will focus on bringing warmth and stamina into the body to boost our immune systems and prepare for the fall and winter seasons. Expect to expand your practice with warming pranayama (breath work), backbends and arm balances within a well-rounded sequence of postures. Modifications/ variations will be offered — all levels welcome.

Thursdays in October
10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24

6:45-8:00pm

Entire series: $44
Drop-in: $13

Mats and props available upon request.

Email foundyoga@gmail.com to register

Tin Can Studio | 3130 Airport Way S. #510 | Seattle WA 98134 | 206.909.5744 | info@ tincanseattle.com

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Inversion Immersion

5 Sep

inversionimmersionEnjoy well rounded asana classes with a focus on exploring inversions. Gradually develop body awareness and core strength to safely explore arm balances, shoulderstands, and handstands.
This is a series “sadhana”–dedicated and disciplined two-week practice to immerse yourself in the conditioning for inversions. This will be a playful yet mindful vigorous class preparing the body for arm, forearm, hand, shoulder, and “head” balances. Build wrist, core and upper body strength and overcome fear of inverting. We will also unwind with stretches for head, neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, hips, psoas and low back to complement our hard work.

cost: Pre-registration required, $125 for 10 classes

Register at the studio or call YoBe at 206-324-9642

email me if you have questions:
foundyoga@gmail.com

Yoga Nidra: The Art of Conscious Relaxation

5 May

yoganidraYoga Nidra, is known as “psychic sleep” or conscious relaxation. It is a guided meditation practice in which the practitioner sets an intention, listens to the instructions and moves through a rotation of consciousness. The practitioner can experience deep awareness of the body, sensations, breath, visualizations, and sounds. For some, 20 – 30 minutes of this practice can feel as restful as 3 hours of sleep.  Its pure intention is to consciously release tension in all parts of the practitioner’s body and mind. Other possible benefits include: enhanced memory retention, creativity and optimal healing.

In this 4-week series, we’ll practice 40 minutes of hatha yoga and the remainder of class will be dedicated to yoga nidra and savasana. This evening practice is a great way to wind down for the day and sustain your energy for the rest of the week.

Yogasmith is located at 5917 Airport Way S., right above Jules Maes Saloon.

Yoga Nidra text includes explanation, practices and research findings adapted by Swami Satyananda Saraswati from the traditional tantric practice of nyasa.

Finding Freedom through Stability

1 Mar

I am happy to announce that beginning this Monday, March 4th, I will be teaching a series-based class Mondays and Thursdays at the beautiful studio Yogasmith in Georgetown. Every four weeks there will be a new theme that we build upon in each class. In this first series we will visit one of the only yog
a sutras that addresses the physical practice– the ideas of sthira and sukha.
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STHIRA SUKHAM ASANAM ||46||
स्थिरसुखमासनम् ॥४६॥

sthira-sukham-āsanam ||46||Practice yoga with strength and stability without rigidity, ease and relaxation without dullness.||46||

“All successful living things must balance containment and permeability, rigidity and plasticity, persistence and adaptability, space and boundaries.”
-Leslie Kaminoff, Yoga Anatomy
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Bernhard Siegfried Albinus: Tabulae sceleti et musculorum corporis humani

Bernhard Siegfried Albinus: Tabulae sceleti et musculorum corporis humani

Hatha yoga represents the harmonizing of opposing energies. In this series, we will explore a concept introduced in the sutras that addresses the balancing qualities of strength and stability with ease and release in each posture. Similarly, we will see how to engage harmonious action with our physical and mental efforts to help us overcome tension and lethargy while observing the notion: “To relax is not to collapse.”  From cell membranes, roots of trees to suspension bridges, we’ll examine how to draw upon our inherent structural strength and ability to yield to our expansive breath. 
 
Classes with me at the Yogasmith are Mondays and Thursdays from 7 – 8:15am
$16/class non-member drop-in
$14/class member drop-in or non-member series package
$12/class member series package
membership is $80/year
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Sequencing v. Choreography

4 Feb

When I lived in NYC , I spent a year doing work study and taking Leslie Kaminoff’s Yoga Anatomy course. Kaminoff and his fellow Breathing Project colleague, Amy Matthews you may know from their  illustrated book on postures, movements and breathing techniques called, Yoga Anatomy. 

Kaminoff has been deemed the “accidental anatomist” by Yoga Journal. And I can attest that after some traumatic injuries from bike accidents, my body work sessions with him made clear that his tens of thousands of hours of experience have given him a deep understanding of breath & anatomy. In his anatomy course along with the community of practitioners and other teachers in attendance like Eddie Stern and Sadie Nardini, formed a learning environment that was instrumental to a shift in my understanding of a breath-based yoga practice.

In this snippet, he makes the point that often what makes sense choreographically and looks prettiest in the “flow” often is not the best next step to reset ourselves anatomically.

Kaminoff continues to conduct the course, and offers it online for those who can’t make it to New York.

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