Sunday, February 14, 2010

Saturdays at Bamboomoves

As the clock strikes 12 noon, the lovely people of Bamboomoves begin to line up their yoga mats. My body is warm from teaching the 9:30 Level 2 class and the Kids 11:00 class. Every week we have new faces that pour into the studio, and the regulars keep returning with joyful dedication to their health & wellness. As we sweat, twist, and strengthen our bodies, students are invited to detox their mind & spirit as well. While in the west, yoga is primarily focused on asana (posture) or the fitness aspect of the practice, asana is truly only one of the parts (limbs/paths) of yoga. Most classes at Bamboomoves introduce students to the various limbs of yoga beyond the asana practice. We usually incorporate Pranayama (Breath work), Dhyana (Meditation) and some verbal introduction to the Yamas and Niyamas. I can see why people get hooked on their Yoga practice, as finding enlightenment is the ultimate for everyone of us. This Saturday we had the most special treat of a "Oneness" blessing before we went into our Savasana, by our very own amazing Yoga Instructor/Manager at Bamboomoves, Carissa. Thank you Carissa for sharing such an amazing experience with the class. A brief list of the 8 Limbs of Yoga is:
  1. Yama : Universal morality
  2. Niyama : Personal observances
  3. Asanas : Body postures
  4. Pranayama : Breathing exercises, and control of prana
  5. Pratyahara : Control of the senses
  6. Dharana : Concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness
  7. Dhyana : Devotion, Meditation on the Divine
  8. Samadhi : Union with the Divine

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