March 2011

Exploring the Chakras w/ Sharri Gaines

Exploring the Chakras

Chakra Workshop
Presented by Sharri Gaines, RYT

When: Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Time: 1-2:30pm Fee: $25

Where: y Respira Yoga Studio
234 Fayettevile St.
Raleigh, NC 27601

Join us for a look at the body’s seven major life centers in relation to our physical, mental and spiritual development. Each chakra has a unique quality of being and function and specific yoga asanas (poses) that stimulate and balance them toward our wholeness.

Sharri Gaines has studied the path of Yoga since 1994 and is a graduate of the Asheville Yoga Center. Her approach is influenced by Iyengar, Integral and Kripalu styles of Hatha Yoga, with a strong emphasis on the inner journey through
self-awareness, meditation and compassionate reflection. She currently teaches in Raleigh, NC and has a private practice offering Integrative Reflexology, Reiki energy, and Intuitive Sharing.
Space is Limited RSVP online or by phone at 919-633-8999.

Ashtanga Primary Series Workshop

Ashtanga Primary Series Workshop

with

Rachel Moninger

When: Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Time: 2-4pm

Fee: $30

Where: y Respira Yoga Studio
234 Fayettevile St.
Raleigh, NC 27601

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is an ancient system of yoga popularized by K. Pattabhi Jois. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009) began his yoga studies in 1927 at the age of 12, and by 1948 had established an institute for teaching the specific yoga practice known as Ashtanga (Sanskrit for “eight-limbed”) Yoga.

This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures-a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.

Rachel discovered yoga in September 2009 and quickly became hooked. She has been teaching yoga since June 2010, which has brought her an infinite amount of job. She completed her 200-hour training at Yogi Hari’s Ashram in Miramar, Florida in November 2010.
Space is Limited RSVP online or by phone at 919-633-8999.

Yoga Mala

Time to Take Yourself Out of Hibernation
&
Help Give Back to Your Community.

Join us in celebrating the Spring Equinox with 108 Sun Salutations

When: March 20th, 2011

What Time: 2-4pm

How Much: Class will be by Donation
All Donations will go back to support your local community.

Where: y Respira Yoga Studio
234 Fayettevile St.
Raleigh, NC 27601

Why 108? This is the famous question when asked why 108? There are so many reasons, that one of the best ways to describe it is google it:) 108 said to be a very symbolic number world wide. You can read more about the symbolic meaning of 108 athttp://www.salagram.net/108meaning.html
Here are a few meanings that I found interesting:

  • 1, 0, and 8: 1 stands for God or higher Truth, 0 stands for emptiness or completeness in spiritual practice, and 8 stands for infinity or eternity.
  • The distance between the earth and sun is 108 times the diameter of the sun, therefore, the number 108 is taken to represent the “distance” from the devotee to the divine.
  • Some say there are 108 feelings: 36 related to the past, 36 related to the present, and 36 related to the future.
  • Planets and Houses: In astrology, there are 12 houses and 9 planets. 12 times 9 equals 108.
  • Marmas: Marmas or marmastanas are like energy intersections called chakras, except have fewer energy lines converging to form them. There are said to be 108 marmas in the subtle body.
  • Heart Chakra: The chakras are the intersections of energy lines, and there are said to be a total of 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra. One of them, sushumna leads to the crown chakra, and is said to be the path to Self-realization.
  • Powers of 1, 2, and 3 in math: 1 to 1st power=1; 2 to 2nd power=4 (2×2); 3 to 3rd power=27 (3x3x3). 1x4x27=108

What are Sun Salutations?
The Sanskrit word for Sun Salutations is Surya Namaskara. It means bowing to your inner sun. It is best performed at the beginning of the day, Sunrise. Sun Salutations include a bit of all types of poses, except for twist, which you can always add in. Different styles of Yoga teach Sun Salutations differently and there ARE always modifications if you have injuries. And remember, you don’t have to be Gumby to do any form of yoga. Yoga is about letting go, cleansing, detoxing. The Sun Salutations assist in contracting and relaxing opposing muscle groups in order to create a pumping motion to assist in purifying your blood and pushing debris through your systems.  This debris or toxins are removed through the body in the form of excrement, sweat, and Carbon Monoxide. During your Sun Salutations you will constantly be reminded to Breathe! This will help to begin the process of warming up your body.

Spring Equinox is the celebration of the new season, and boy am I ready for it. Hibernation was great, but sometimes our bodies just get a little too sluggish from comfort food, too much sleeping in and not wanting to get out from under those warm covers, to just plain lazy. Spring is the time of rebirth for nature. All the beautiful things come out of hiding in Spring, including us. Many also choose Spring time to cleanse their homes by spring cleaning. Well why not cleanse your body and mind also. So join us March 20th to celebrate a time of year to stimulate all of your senses and reawaken your body!

RSVP will be required, as space will be limited.