Beginners To Advanced Students Are All Welcome
Group classes in The Yoga Hut are currently “All Levels” classes, unless posted otherwise and last about an hour and fifteen minutes. Leveling is a concept that was born of yoga studios trying to group students of similar abilities together. Beginner yogis then had their own place to start and advanced yogis had their home as well. Since The Yoga Hut is our “home” and since we thrive in “community,” we want to leave no yogi behind and dub our classes “All Levels” for ALL YOGIS! So bring your wellness attitude and your sense of adventure and join us:
Yoga – 6:30pm-7:45pm – Tuesday and Thursday
Meditation – 5:45pm-6:10pm – Tuesday
No Matter Your “Level” Of Yoga, We Have 3 Rules
RULE #1 There’s No Pain In Yoga
…though there may be discomfort. Many Yoga postures are outside of the “normal” range of human movement; ie walking, running, job related movements, etc. As a result, there is certainly an expected level of “this feels odd” within the muscles, tendons and joints in a lot of postures, but there’s never a time to push ourselves through pain. The “odd” movements are meant to bring length and an opening to body spaces that are stiff or tight, but not cause the body to fight back. Eventually with practice, the “odd” angles become more “normal” as the body and mind start to recognize the postures and movements as repetitive and alleviating some or all pain and stiffness.
RULE #2 There’s No Competition In Yoga
….not with other yogis, the instructor, or your 20 year old self. In our group classes we do away with all competition, especially, those competitive thoughts of “I should be able to do this”. Competition leads to injurious thoughts and injured bodies. So, in The Hut, we stow those thoughts and let the body behave the way it needs to an coax out responses for healing, not hindering.
RULE #3 Modify! Modify!
…when in doubt, always modify a posture. Back bands aren’t meant for everyone, so we don’t teach a lot of them. However, if you were to be someone who doesn’t do back bends, we will always offer alternative postures and modifications, not as a “you can’t handle what we’re doing”, but as a “please respect your body and choose something more appropriate for YOU”. It’s always best to know when to say when. Of course, anyone is welcome to try anything at any time in our classes, but many of us know our limits and we don’t feel comfortable even creeping up to our edges. There’s no reason to upset the body to try to look good in yoga posture, only to end up in pain later…… hmmmmm, maybe if Rule 3 is seems to offend our ego, we should reread Rules 1 & 2 as reminders of pain and competition. To thine own self be true! Just be YOU and modify!
Meditation – A Life Changing Practice
These short format classes are being designed to help folks zero in on techniques that have been developed over thousands of years to focus and calm the mind. We will explore a wide range of exercises from “Mindful Tasting”, to mantra, focal meditation, to mindful movement. These are meant as short-sit tutorials so you can take them home, knock them about a bit and then decide if they are useful to you or not. If you don’t like this week’s, well maybe next week’s will be something you can work with.
For me, personally, meditation has been something that was illusive, frustrating and fruitless until December of 2017 when I learned about Sound Healing. The sounds immediately settled my brain patterns and shut down the chatter as my mind followed the tones. Once I learned the science behind the sound healing principles, it made perfect sense to me why sound works as a meditation. Applying some psychology that I learned in college to my practice, has helped me immensely and that’s the understanding of the human “learning structure”: Auditory, Visual, Tactile or sometimes phrased as “See it. Say it. Do it.”
I am personally, very auditorily and tactily driven. I have a hard time sitting and reading a “How to” book and then executing what I’ve read. If someone explains what they read in the “How To” book, I will grasp it far quicker. If they then explain it and then show me, I’ll master it rapidly. What I have learned over time is that when I’m lead in a meditation, I respond best to “journey” or “visual” style meditations or musical instruments. Staring at a flame and attempting inner silence is nearly lost on me, but works beautifully for so many others. With sound, I “Say it and Do it” and can stay focused, thus leaving me feeling successful and clear at the end of a practice; void of frustration. I practice “focal meditation” like staring at a flame from time to time as a challenge and I do teach it due to the vast difference in minds that grace us in The Yoga Hut.
As a personal practice however, I practice “sound” and/or mantra daily. Now that I have a more solid practice, I’ve begun to understand how practitioners start to miss meditation if they miss a few days. The mind really enjoys the timeout….the calming….the time to limit its processes. Being able to practice without frustration is key though. Yes, there are some days that no matter what technique we try, we’ll never be able to drop in fully, leading to frustration. Those days however, are the days that lead us to look at what is causing the disruption or disturbance and encourage us to make changes within our daily living structure. It’s a beautiful process. Carving out time to start a meditation practice is usually the hard part. So come. Join us. Let’s see what works for you.