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What does Blessed Yoga mean?
Embrace the light and allow the prana to guide you.
Blessed Yoga is an energetic, creative, full-spectrum approach to embodying the flow of yoga cultivated by myself and my many teachers. Students of all levels are empowered to experience self-evolution and self-awareness through the cultivation of prana - the universal source of breath, life-energy and conscious intelligence - as the navigating source of yoga practice and vital living. Practitioners learn classical and innovative approaches to Vinyasa Yoga and the state of flow drawn from Swami Satyananda Saraswati's teachings and the Bihar School of Yoga, Tantra, Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy, Bhakti, Hatha, Integral, Kundalini, as well as Ashtanga drawn from her training at the Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Institute in Mysore and my all-embracing immersion into my own practice and yoga studies since 2005.
Our intentions make yoga more than just physical exercise. We practice yoga to remember, reveal, and delight in the divine oneness that is the source and substance of our embodied experience. Yoga continually deepens our understanding of our truest nature, leading us to the source of divine longing in our hearts and unleashing it as creative self-expression. We embrace all that is life-affirming, and celebrate the gift of this life by living it with passion, clarity and joy.
When we practice with awareness and refinement, our poses become a powerful technology for healing and transformation. We gain a greater sense of vitality and, personal efficacy, and we cultivate more freedom in the body, expansion of the heart, and clarity of mind. We use intelligent alignment to increase our physical and spiritual potential in each pose. When our bodies are optimally aligned, the action is strong and balanced, and the attitude is pure and powerful, then our transformation is swift and potent.
Powerful yoga is practiced from inside out. It is a heart-filled expression that is as much personal as it is shared. As we uplift ourselves through this practice, our vitality, beauty, and radiance uplifts others around us. This expansion of our heart pulses through the interwoven fabric of our community, and we begin to create the world we wish to live in. We celebrate and encourage the greatness of everyone we practice with and cultivate an inclusive and accepting community of the heart.
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