email@example.com to let us know that you're coming.
What type of yoga is it?
The usual Western practice of yoga is either slow (as in many hatha yoga classes) or repetitive (as in many astanga/power yoga studios). We believe that with hundreds of yoga postures handed down the centuries, there is no need to be repetitive. We may slow things down or speed it up to suit the students.
Yoga is an active form of meditation. It is a meditation of movement that brings the body, mind and spirit together. Students are encouraged to embark upon their own internal spiritual journeys even as they flow with the class. Breathing is also emphasized as a way of creating mindfulness.
These are multi-level classes. The only thing that is NOT optional is breathing.:)
Is there a fee?
No, because the instructors believe yoga should not be commercialized. However, it would be good karma if we could reimburse the Gathering at Northern Hills community toward the space and utilities. So we're suggesting a donation based on a sliding scale of $1 to $10 per class.
What should I bring with me?
Please bring a yoga mat (most department stores have them) and a bottle of water if needed. If you have a block, it would be useful for some asanas but it's not necessary.
What is leela?
Our style of yoga is called yoga leela, leela meaning play. We hope people bring a sense of child-like play to their practice. When you're a child, you're stress-free because you don't have a past to regret and a future to be anxious about. Just like a child, you live in the moment. You concentrate and anchor your soul to the here-and-now. You focus on your breath, the music, the dance of the spine with the earth (another definition of yoga), and the movement of muscle against tendon, ligament and bone. Nothing else exists for the duration of the practice. This leela, this play, is an hour-long vacation from adulthood.
No time for a full yoga session?
Questions or comments: Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Yoga-Leela is an offering of We ALL Belong.