The Yoga Shala
Our Mission is to inspire and integrate our minds, bodies, and spirit in a supportive and nourishing environment in a style reflecting the true spirit of Yoga.
All serious students are welcome.
Our Classes are taught in the Ashtanga tradition.
- New Community donation flow class with Timea, Tuesday and Thursday 11:30-1:00PM,
- Introduction to Ashtanga with Mary - Thursday's 6PM.
- Saturday's 8-10AM Mysore with Timea & 10-12PM Improv with Itay.
- The next moon day is Monday, December 2nd (new moon). Shala closed.
- Therapeutic massage. For more information contact MaryDollinger@me.com
- Ashtanga Yoga for the rest of your life with David Williams. 3/27-30, 2014.
- Ashtanga Yoga Confluence 2014 information.
- Private classes at the Shala are available at $65/hr.
This sutra sets out the eightfold path of yoga (Ashtanga yoga). Although asana, pranayama and pratyahara are separate entities, they depend upon one another for expressing the hidden facets of yoga. These stages, which enhance the seeker to rise in the art of yoga, are called progressive sadhana. Through them we reach higher and higher. The first five aspects of yoga are individual efforts for the evolution of the consciousness, while dharana, dhyana and samadhi are the universal manifestation or the natural state of yoga (yoga svarupa).
Place your burden at the feet of the Lord of the
Universe who accomplishes everything.
Remain all the time steadfast in the heart,
in the Transcendental Absolute.
God knows the past, present, and future.
He will determine the future for you
and accomplish the work.
What is to be done will be done
at the proper time. Don't worry.
Abide in the heart and surrender your acts
to the divine.
Class description and price
Ashtanga Prep - suitable for level 1&2
First Series - suitable for level 3
Improvisation - suitable for level 3&4
Intro to 2nd Series - suitable for level 4
Second Series - suitable for level 5
Exploration of the first half of the Primary series of Ashtanga.
Entire Primary series of Ashtanga Yoga.
Vinyasa-flow based on the principles of Ashtanga Yoga.
Exploration of the first half of the Second Series.
Entire Intermediate series.
You are not required to stay for the entire class length. Allow 45 minutes for the first few classes. Gradually, as you learn more of the Primary Series, your practice time will increase.
Single class drop in fee - $18
10 Class Series - $165 / 6 month exp
Monthly membership - $165
Package is non refundable and not transferable. Membership is renewable on the same day every month.
Six month membership - $840
Annual membership - $1650
- Do not enter or leave the led class during meditation or Savasana.
- Turn off all cell phones before entering the Shala.
- Please observe silence in the Shala.
- Clean bare feet.
- Neutral, clean body scent (avoid wearing perfume or cologne).
- Classes are best enjoyed on an empty stomach.
- Always practice within your own limits.
Payment by cash, credit card or check at the Shala, or PayPal below.
The thrust of the teachings is that yoga is more than touching your toes, or standing on your head, or folding yourself into a pretzel. It's about how you do what you do, and how you live your daily life on a moment-to-moment basis. Yoga makes you feel good. It's relaxing. It's energizing. It's strengthening. Life runs more smoothly when you maintain a consistent discipline than when you don't. Yoga enhances your experience of life. It changes your perspective.
You start seeing things differently, with less distortion - which results in more peace of mind, better health, more enthusiasm for life, and an ever-growing authentic sense of inner well-being. As you practice yoga and meditation regularly, this subtle sense of feeling good gradually becomes so pervasive, so natural and genuine, so much a part of you that it carries over into the whole of your life. And in doing so it helps clarify your deepest longings, motivations, and aspirations, thereby restoring optimism, hope, meaning, and purpose to life.
The thrust of yoga is aimed at the monumental, life-changing discovery of who and what you truly are. This is how yoga works, how it makes you feel good. It helps you experience the truth, your truth - which, you discover, is goodness. Your basic nature is happiness.
At any instant, the quality of your life is directly related to how interested you are in it. Yoga involves learning to generate energy, and also to focus it into different parts of your body.
This enables you to break through physical and psychological blocks, increasing energy, which allows new interest to come into your life.
People think they are limited by their body's endurance - that tiring is purely physical. I have found it is usually not the body that tires first, but rather, the mind, which loses the stamina, required for attention. When your mind tires, your attention wanes and begins to wander, and sensitivity to your body's messages diminishes. You treat the body with less care, and this tires it more quickly.
Yoga involves a balance between "control" and "surrender" - between pushing and relaxing, channeling energy and letting go, so the energy can move you.
The way we build security in our life involves habits that we are often not conscious of. Some habits are necessary. They become dangerous if we unconsciously let them direct our lives. Repeating habits over time tends to put you on automatic like a machine, and filters how you relate to the present. If your habits are rigid and deep in the unconscious, the filter is very cloudy and you miss the present. If you miss the present, you miss all there really is.
One of the real gifts yoga gives you is more sensitivity to life, which moves you toward what is appropriate for you.
In the process of yoga, habits and ways of being can leave or modify on their own. Transformation is an endless process to be lived that cannot be captured or possessed - you can only participate in it.
Peace and blessings to all
Human beings are about 70% water. We are affected by the phases of the moon. The phases of the moon are determined by the moon’s relative position to the sun. Full moons occur when they are in opposition and new moons when they are in conjunction. Both sun and moon exert a gravitational pull on the earth. Their relative positions create different energetic experiences that can be compared to the breath cycle. The full moon energy corresponds to the end of inhalation when the force of prana is greatest. This is an expansive, upward moving force that makes us feel energetic and emotional, but not well grounded. The Upanishads state that the main prana lives in the head. During the full moon we tend to be more headstrong.
The new moon energy corresponds to the end of exhalation when the force of apana is greatest. Apana is a contracting, downward moving force that makes us feel calm and grounded, but dense and disinclined towards physical exertion.
The Farmers Almanac recommends planting seeds at the new moon when the rooting force is strongest and transplanting at the full moon when the flowering force is strongest.
Practicing Ashtanga Yoga over time makes us more attuned to natural cycles. Observing moon days is one way to recognize and honor the rhythms of nature so we can live in greater harmony with it.
11/3 Sunday - New
11/17 Sunday - Full
12/2 Monday - New
12/17 Tuesday - Full
1/1 Wednesday - New
1/15 Wednesday - Full
1/30 Thursday - New
2/14 Friday - Full
3/1Saturday - New
3/16 Sunday - Full
3/30 Sunday - New
4/15 Tuesday - Full
4/28 Monday - New
5/14 Wednesday - Full
5/28 Wednesday - New
6/12 Thursday - Full
6/27 Friday - New
7/12 Saturday - Full
7/26 Saturday - New
8/10 Sunday - Full
8/25 Monday - New
9/8 Monday - Full
9/23 Tuesday - new
10/8 Wednesday - Full
10/23 Thursday - New
11/6 Thursday - Full
11/22 Saturday - New
12/6 Saturday - Full
12/21 Sunday - New