Meditation / Yoga Classes

“True Yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed, Yoga is to be lived.”

~ Aadil Palkhivala

Current Classes

During COVID-19, we shall continue to offer virtual online yoga and meditation classes.

Meditation Class

Weekday from 7:55 am- 8:15am

These Meditations are offered on a DANA* basis (pay what you can). *(see FAQ below)

Meditation is a great way to start your day.

Please contribute as you see fit for a weekday meditation:

Donations/"Dana"

Mid-Day Viniyoga

Tuesdays
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 EST

$15/each or a 10-class card for $140.

Gentle Midday Yoga to keep you energized for the afternoon.

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End of Day Viniyoga

Thursdays
5:00 – 6:15 p.m. EST

$15/each or a 10-class card for $140.

Yoga to re-set the body/mind and ease into the evening.

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Saturday Yoga

Saturday
10 – 11:15 a.m. EST

$15/each or a 10-class card for $140.

Add Yoga to your weekend.  Working on breath and postures.

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Why Yoga?

Yoga is a life-style practice​

“If we can become reflectively self-conscious of our conditioned behavior, we can break the cycle by introducing new patterns of behavior that will, over time, replace the old ones and help us regain control of the direction of change in our lives.

This liberation from the effects of conditioning, on all levels, is the purpose of Yoga.” – Gary Kraftsow

Yoga is a lifestyle practice that has been around for 2500+/- years. Ancient Yogis created a science of observation using breath, movement, chanting and meditation to understand themselves in different ways. Today, many of their observations have been proven by science. Modern day Yogi-s who have taken up a Yogic lifestyle also express that they experience the benefits of practicing the various tools of yoga on a daily basis – including me!

Yoga regulates the autonomic nervous system for greater vitality and physiological functioning. It can help manage our vital systems: heart rate, hormones,  digestion and sleep; as well as our mood, ability to focus; even our sense of connection, peace & well being. Yoga develops our conscious awareness so we can pay more attention to how we are living. We can gain more control over our lifestyles, make better choices for ourselves and discover different outcomes. We can even increase the potential to achieve things we haven’t been able to in the past.

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Benefits of Yoga & Meditation

supported by science

“Yoga practice is not simply a variety of techniques for self-improvement, it is also a highly refined means of discovering that which, in all of us, needs no improvement.”

Sonia Nelson

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Lower heart rate

Promote better sleep

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Decrease unconscious behaviours

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Reduce stress

Reduce Anxiety

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Reduce inflammation

Reduce inflammation

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Reduce stress

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Promote quality sleep

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My yoga instructor

Me with Gary Kraftsow

One of the many reasons people come to Simply Practice for yoga is a need to find more comfort and joy in their lives. Viniyoga offers us the opportunity to work with all of our selves: physical, intellectual, physiological, psychological & emotional.

The healing techniques of yoga and meditation offer each of us powerful tools for greater personal understanding and transformation. Using these tools, I help people develop a personal practice for their specific needs.

To the left is my Viniyoga instructor, Gary Kraftsow, founder of the American Viniyoga Institute, and a teacher in the Viniyoga lineage of T. Krishnamacharya and T. K. V. Desikachar.

FAQ

What kind of Yoga does Simply Practice teach?

We practice Yoga because yoga is a beautiful lifestyle practice that supports us in all areas of our life.

Simply Practice teaches Viniyoga because of its unique teachings. All Yoga involves breathing. Viniyoga teaches us prānāyāma – specific ways to control the breath in service of postures and meditation. Viniyoga is unique in the way it integrates prānāyāma into āsana-s (postures) practice, as well as chanting (prayer, mantra) and meditation. resulting in a more integrated Yoga practice. When we use these tools to develop our own personal practices, we learn and grow with yoga, and can adapt the practices to the unique condition, needs, and interests of each individual. My teacher Gary Krafstow learned and evolved this approach to Yoga from the teachings transmitted by his teachers, T. Krishnamacharya, and Krishnamacharya’s son, T.K.V. Desikachar in India.

We are all different, and we can each acquire a deeper understanding of our present condition, mental makeup, personal potential, and appropriate goals as we practice.

Are your Yoga classes for beginners and people of all ages?

Yes, our practice embraces all ages and levels of mobility. There is nothing to worry about if your body is not “strong enough”,  or is not “bendy” enough – you will learn to adapt the postures for yourself. You may be surprised at how your body begins to respond to the quiet beauty of daily practice!

How do Yoga and Meditation work together?

Yoga is comprised of 8 limbs; each of them preparing the practitioner to develop a Meditation practice. Meditation is a way of remembering; of reminding our selves how, what and who we want to be in this world. Āsana (postures) for example is one limb – a movement meditation practice – serving our comfort, focus and capacity for meditation. The additional practices and philosophy of Yoga all contribute to a deeper understanding of the purpose of Yoga and Meditation: to live more comfortably; to find more joy; to live with more intention and integrity. The harsh polarities of our inner and outer world begin to soften. We can also learn to soften with more contentment, clarity, and awareness. 

May I use your 10 pack to attend any of the yoga classes?

Yes, your 10 pack of classes may be swapped out for the day/time that works best for you. However, it cannot be applies to retreats or workshops.

Why are you always talking about the "breath"?

We are connected to the universe by breath. Breath regulates our autonomic nervous systems. It is our immediate connection to life energy in our environment . We can go 5 weeks without food; 5 days without water; only 5 minutes without breath. 

So breath seems like one of the most important things to pay attention to in any given moment. It can be a measure of how relaxed or agitated we are feeling. 

It is estimated that about 90% of pharmaceuticals taken influence the autonomic nervous system to treat physiological issues like high blood pressure, sleep disorders etc. WE MUST CONSULT OUR PHYSICIANS before starting a Yoga practice if we are taking medications. Some postures are contra-indicated for untreated elevated BP for example. And, some doctors are open to working with Yoga teachers to help their patients develop a personal practice that can alleviate their symptoms. A Yoga practice cultivates clear and quiet mind – and body – and can help us with changes we’d like to create.

What is the purpose of Meditation?

Meditation can be used for many benefits. Meditation is a way of remembering. It is a practice we cultivate to remind our selves how, what and who we want to be in this world.  It isn’t about “being still” or “perfect” or having no thoughts. It’s more about learning how our minds work. We can all learn to awaken – we can awaken from ignorance into wisdom; from self-limiting beliefs into freedom. Meditation helps us see our selves as we truly are. With this insight, we can learn to live more intentionally.

Are there any misconceptions about Yoga?

Yes, I believe many people misunderstand the purpose of yoga. Yoga is not just for exercise. And yoga is not only about the physical body. When we work with a teacher who has been trained in a more Classical sense – as with a Lineage Yoga – this Yoga was developed in ancient times as a lifestyle to support and sustain humans over the course of their lives. This is the Yoga that has been passed down through the ages and generations, by teachers who have devoted their lives to the teachings of Yoga and how these tools keep us well and peaceful.

So, what is Yoga about then?

For me, Yoga is a way to live a life; it’s a lifestyle practice that recognizes our multidimensional humanity – physical, vital, mental, psychological and emotional –  and provides the tools for a deeper, clearer union with our selves, our relationships, and our life as a whole. And, it includes teaching us how to prepare to die – for the ancient civilizations that conceived of Yoga also wanted to understand and create more peaceful experiences of our inevitable death and the cycles of life.

What is Dana?

Dana is the Sanskrit word for “generosity”/ “giving” and invites people to offer what they can for the teachings they receive; for the inspiration; for the consistency of practice; and in honour of the work a teacher has done to prepare to offer these teachings. Back to classes.

How might Simply Practice Yoga classes be different?

All of the Yoga classes I offer include prānāyāma (breath work), āsana (postures) and Meditation and are taught with respect for the Lineage of Viniyoga. Your 10 pack of classes may be used for any of the 3 days/times. 10-packs may not be used for retreats or special programming.

Do I have to practice everyday?

No. You don’t have to do anything. However most people who take up a committed practice find that over time they want to practice – at least some the tools – daily.

It’s very helpful to practice everyday and you will find that you maintain the benefits of your practice when you practice daily. And, as you learn more about practice and the variety of tools we have to cultivate healthier body and mind systems (cardio vascular, mental clarity, digestion etc.) we learn how to discern what kind of practice and how much we need on a regular basis. In the beginning, most of us find it quite difficult to find the time and create the new habits of practice, so if you don’t practice everyday in the beginning, it’s not ‘bad’; not a reason to give up on practice. We even have to practice practicing. This is how we create habits. In our every day lives, we have plenty of practices that we have created UNconsciously. With Yoga, we work to create a conscious relationship with our selves – our minds and our bodies – and you may find over time, you want to practice. With growing self-awareness, we can choose a 5-min practice or an hour+ practice, in service of our particular needs.

Are you ready to transform your life with Meditation & Yoga?

When you "simply" start to "practice" - you will begin your journey to living an inspired life.

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