Come try Bharatanatyam Indian dance, Sunday Sept 15, 2:00, at Aloft

Welcome to a FREE introductory class in a form of Indian dance called the Adavu, the basic “building blocks” of Bharanatyam, or Indian classical dance. This is a class designed for adult beginners. Taught by Raji Soundararajan, you will get a feel for the rhythm and joy of this dance style. Kristine is pleased to be hosting this introductory class at the studio. Please join us!

Continuing Ed. and Yoga Teacher Training

Are you a yoga teacher in need of your continuing education hours?  Are you interested in becoming a certified yoga instructor? Aloft School of Yoga offers a supportive environment in which you can meet your educational goals.  Our Yoga Alliance certified 200 hour yoga teacher training  is modular-based, allowing you some freedom and choice  in the pace of your training.  We train in a supportive community environment of teachers in training and current teachers, learning together as we go.

Our next training dates are Sept. 21-22 and Oct. 12-13, from 9:00-2:00, with 1/2 hour off for lunch.  They will also include some reading and homework. The Sept. training will focus on yoga as a tool to address stress and trauma, including the anatomy of stress.  The October training will focus on taking a more in depth look at ayurveda.  These trainings are required for the 200 hour teacher training, and available for continuing education credit. For further information, please contact Kristine via the website “contact” button.

 

EveryBODY Yoga with Erin Wittman (begins 9/20)

Friday Mornings (beg. 9/20), 9:45 All Levels with a special welcome to Beginners!

So…have you’ve been told or have you read that you should be doing yoga? However, the idea of walking into a studio seems like the last place you want to go. What if you could enter a room and be welcomed regardless of age, gender, your size or even fitness level? What if you didn’t even have to be flexible or wear fancy yoga pants? What if there was a studio and a class that welcomed you just as you are? You’ve probably heard that yoga is good for you and indeed it is! The benefits physically and mentally are numerous. So, why not take that leap and join the Aloft Community on Friday mornings with Erin where EveryBODY is welcome to breathe, stretch, move, increase strength, calm down and maybe even laugh! If you are already a part of the Aloft crew, come check out this new class regardless of where you are on your yoga journey. Hope to see you there!

 

Yoga Anatomy and Subtle Energy

August 5 – 7 This introductory workshop will focus on basic anatomy and introduce the “subtle energy” systems of yoga (the nadis and chakras). Designed for yoga students, the workshop will explore the ways yoga asana, meditation, and pranayama effect the systems of the body. COST: $225.00

SCHEDULE DETAILS

August 5 (Friday)

4:00 – 5:30 PM: Yoga Class — Anatomy Focus 

5:30 — 7:30 PM: Anatomy and Asana  

August 6 (Saturday)

8:00 – 9:00 AM: Yoga Class (anatomy focus)

9:00 – 10:00 AM: Introduction to Subtle Energy, Nadis, and Chakras 

10:00 – 11:30 AM: Yoga As It Is  — Nadi/Chakra Focus

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Break

1:00 – 4:00 PM: Anatomy:  Learning the basics 

4:00 – 5:30 PM: Yoga Class – Anatomy/Energy focus

August 7 (Sunday)

9:00 – 10:00 AM: Meditation 

10:15 – 11:15 AM: Yoga Class ( Anatomy Focus)

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Anatomy:  Learning the basics

12:30 – 1:30 PM: Break

1:30 – 4:00 PM: Anatomy:  Learning the basics

 

 

A Day of Yoga

AUGUST 3 Take a day to deepen your knowledge of yoga asana. This workshop will focus on exploring selected poses in depth. Five total hours of asana practice, with a break for lunch. COST: $70.00.

SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY

August 3 (Wednesday)

10:00 – 11:30 AM: Yoga as It Is

11:30 – 12:30 Break

12:30 – 4:00 PM: Asana Practice

Last day of August, sunset yoga

Yoga Asana: Diving Deeper

July 22 – 24  Have you ever wondered about deepening your yoga practice? Join Kristine for a mini-retreat that will take your practice deeper as you learn more about yoga, asana, meditation, and the rich philosophy of yoga. We will take the time to explore the practices of asana, yogic breathing, and yogic meditation, as well as being introduced to yogic philosophy.  COST: 238.00.

 

 

SCHEDULE FOR THE RETREAT

July 22 (Friday)

5:30 –  6:00 PM: Welcome/Introduction 

6:00 – 7:00 PM: Yoga Class

7:00 — 8:00 PM:  Meditation and Yoga (citta, purusa, prakriti, vrittis)

8:00 – 8:30 PM: Closing Yoga

July 23 (Saturday)

8:00 – 10:00 AM: Yoga Class 

10:00 – 11:00 AM: Meditation and Yoga 

11:00 AM –12:00 PM: Pranayama (yogic breathing)

1:00 – 2:30 PM: Yogic Philosophy 

2:30 – 3:00 PM: Meditation 

3:00 – 5:00 PM: Asana 

July 24 (Sunday)

9:00 – 10:00 AM: Meditation 

10:15 – 11:15 AM: Yoga Class 

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM: Break

12:15 – 4:15 PM:  Yogic Philosophy:  Overview of Patanjali’s yoga sutras 

 

Opening Up and Letting Go

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By Cil Richards

Cil Richards is a professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University.  She has a committed meditation practice and teaches and leads a weekly meditation group at Aloft Studios.    Here, she shares thoughts about meditation and shares why she meditates.

In this politically charged election year I have been thinking a lot about views and how much trouble they can cause.

View plays such a big role in what we believe, what we think about, and what we experience. It’s easy to say that we should drop our deeply held views and assumptions but that won’t make it happen. Fortunately meditation practice is a means to help us see those deeply held views and their effect.

When we meditate do we really open up to what is there or do we make assumptions about what we are experiencing? “I’m tense, I’m sad, I’m not good at concentrating. I’d be able to meditate if I wasn’t so hot.” Persistent investigation reveals the holes in these assumptions about experience. Anyone who has sat and watched their mind knows that it’s a madhouse in there. Thoughts and moods come and go like crazy. Things are constantly changing. And although sometimes that can be a little disconcerting, it’s a good thing. The fact of change means there is opportunity, possibility. I’m not sad, or angry, or hot. Those states come and go. Further investigation can reveal under what conditions these states arise and the patterns of behavior that play out over and over. For example, when I am stressed I often find that there is also some craving or aversion present. By looking closely we begin to see that we often fabricate our own reality based on views. Accompanying views are associations and memories that the mind uses to solidify and manufacture a way of viewing experience.

A helpful analogy from the physical world is a rainbow. We have all seen rainbows. No one would argue that they don’t exist, but we have all discovered that you can’t catch a rainbow, can’t touch it, and there is, alas, no pot of gold to be had. But what is a rainbow really? Is it a thing? Isn’t it really a process? One that happens when certain conditions are present? The recipe for a rainbow includes sun, rain, and an observer (you or me). Take away any one of these three and you don’t have a rainbow. The rainbow observed depends on where the observer is. That is, no two people ever see the ‘same’ rainbow. There is no ‘true’ rainbow. The rainbow ‘exists’ in relation to the sun, the rain, and the observer. Viewpoint matters.

We all hold some mental model of how the world works. Most often, when confronted with information that violates that worldview we ignore it or deny it. By doing so we miss an opportunity to learn. Through meditation if we really look at what’s really happening we see many things that challenge our worldview. If we can loosen our grip on our views and allow a new way of seeing then the possibility of transformative learning or insight arises. Letting go of views and allowing for different ways of seeing and views is an important part of meditation practice.

In my own practice through the years I have let go of and loosened many of my views. This has not been easy since as a professor I have certainly suffered from the ‘know it all’ disease. However, letting go of knowing how it is and seeing how it really is has really opened up my mind and practice.

Curiosity of Movement

 

By Chris Dopke
(Join Chris for  “Asleep/Awake-Aware” on Thursdays at 11:00, a healing movement class in the style of movement of Moshe Feldenkrais)
Ever since l learned to do backbends and headstands when my mom enrolled me in acrobatics at age 7, I’ve been curious about movement. However, looking back, I see that for many years through my experiences in gymnastics, cheerleading, diving- it was always about my ability to see and mimic movement and not at all about what does it actually feel like to move myself.
In 1995 I started taking yoga from a teacher in Eugene and marveled that every class was an opportunity to discover something new about my body and how I moved. I did notice that when I took from different instructors I did not get the same level of new information. Ten years into my studies with Deborah I finally said to myself, maybe I’m learning so much in her classes because she’s also a Feldenkrais teacher. Aha moment, you might say!
In 2006 I began the four year Feldenkrais teacher training in Bend OR and learned to think about movement and flexibility and effort and the body’s intelligence in a whole new way. I found I am a creature of habit and the lessons were giving me options I had never considered before. I am endlessly curious about  all the patterns and habits in my use of self, and now I enjoy teaching these lessons of discovery to others.

Why Do I Dance Nia?

Nia has an active, international, online community.  I was struck by this recent post by Irit Orr.  Those of us choose Nia do so for many different reasons.  We love the community aspect of dancing together, we use it as our form of fitness, we dance beause it’s fun, in dancing, we experience joy and express ourselves. Here, Irit shares her reasons.

“Thanks for moving to heal – NIA.  This method helps me move forward during hard and sad days. It embraces me gently and helps me move on with harmony and respect to the situation. On easy flowing days this movement helps me reach heights, reach depths, and reach new dimensions. I fell in love with moving to heal. I exercise couple of times a week, and can’t wait to the next teacher training course with Debbie Rosas.”

Who Practices Yoga and Nia . . . People Like You!

We are college students, retired types, professors, moms, dads, men, women, professionals, able-bodied and living with disabilities, pre-teens and teens . . . We are young(ish) and old(er) . . . We are a whole lot of different types of people, and we get together to engage our bodies, minds, and spirits through exercise, stretch, yoga, and dance.  Mostly, we are an open community that welcomes you to come and try a class and find a fit.  We laugh together, and we also enjoy the practice and discipline that yoga and Nia bring into our lives.  We support one another and we take things at our level.  Our teachers make it a priority to help you find you body’s way in yoga and Nia.  We have a variety of classes . . . Why not give it a try?