Spring into Spring with outdoor partner Yoga! 4/26 and 5/10

Join Wendell and Megha for a fun outdoor partner-Yoga class incorporating Acro-Yoga and Thai Massage m%26w_003-2579783781-Otechniques for an invigorating and playful practice. In this class we will assist a partner, and vice versa, to deepen into postures and relax into soothing stretches.

Bring your own mat and water. Classes are taught on a donation basis. Come with a partner or make a new friend! We have two upcoming classes!

Saturday, 4/26 -11am to 12:30pm

Duboce Park (across from the playground)                                      
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Saturday, 5/10 – 6 to 7:30pmIMG_1378

Golden Gate Park (Grassy Area in front of the Conservatory of Flowers)
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Yoga Transforms the Globe

IMG_5351 San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum is hosting a Yoga exhibit which spans the turn of the Common Era to the early 20th Century.

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Megha and I made a pass through.

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Each of the three rooms compartmentalizes Yoga’s own transition across the globe. It begins with an array of carefully detailed paintings, statues, and bronze cast figures. You’ll see representations expressing the evolution of human understanding of existence and progressive community growth emerging through oral transfer of knowledge. Texts with recordings of sagely wisdom enrobed with intricate borders and complimentary graphics. It’s an entrancing room which tantalizes one’s curiosity as Hindi characters, feminine Yoginis, and ornate wallscapes gracefully tug at your attention.

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Brief relief guides your stride from one room to the next. Here you are confronted with an energized leap into a new era of discovery. Namely, Western Civilization’s draw to Yoga: power, savagery, skill, raw beauty, and the extraordinary. Paintings of war, sages holding challenging poses on journal leaves, a yogini offering wise counsel to a young girl, carnavalesque depictions of Indian culture, and glamorizing barbaric beauty litter the jutting walls of this room. It’s a sensational rush of hyperbolic awe. Yoga has captured the attention of the West.

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Passing on & in to the final room, you’re greeted by a six-screen projection of famed yogis; Iyengar and Krishnamacharya visually immortalized performing incredible feats of human movement and breathing techniques. Once you’re able to break away from their mesmerizing videos, a brief tour around the room will present you with anatomical diagrams pairing both energetic and physiological aspects associating excellent health with the practice of yoga. Titles and pages reiterating the benefits and fluidity of yoga integrated with meditation, good diet, and massage on transparent stalagmites. All bearing the message: “You can have a Yoga body”.

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The exhibit embraces the Art of Yoga. It inspires an appreciating of detail, knowledge, strength, wisdom, dedication, and good health. To this yogi, it is an expression of how the practice of Yoga brings out the best in humanity.

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Be sure to see it for yourself.

Join us for Yoga-Posium!

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Yoga dates back to Vedic India, several thousands of years ago during a golden age when human being were pondering where they came from and the meaning of life. Over the centuries, the teachings of Yoga, Sanskrit word meaning to yoke or union, have evolved to the context of the time and been influenced by the great philosophers of the day.

In the past,Yoga, the practice of connecting with one’s own true nature, was limited to holy men devoted to ascetic lives. However, in recent years,Yoga has surged as a global phenomenon. It makes sense that Yoga has gained relevance in our modern World. An overload of stress, toxins, and disconnection with nature has ushered in an era where people are seeking health and vitality. Yoga offers a path to finding physical, mental and spiritual harmony in daily life.

As summer rolls in, Body Awakening invites you to come out and play at “Yoga-Posium” a series of free events to foster community to practice and explore the teachings of Yoga together. Each symposium will begin with a one hour Yoga class taught by Megha Varma followed by a discussion on a Yoga principal or concept. Thank you to our supporter, Rainbow Grocery Co-op for donating healthy refreshments at each Yoga-posium. We hope to make each event zero waste. Please bring your own cup and plate so we may leave no trace behind. Grab a mat, water, put on some sunscreen and join us!

Schedule of Events

5/26/13 – Chrissy Field

11am

West Side of Crissy Field
(across from House of Air Trampoline park)
926 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94129

Discussion topic: Prana- life force, breath, spirit, vital energy.

Event is free – you must RSVP here on EventBrite

http://pranaposium.eventbrite.com

 

6/9/13 – Sunday Streets Dog Patch

1pm

Discussion topic: Tapas- Disciplined use of energy. Tapas literally means to heat the body and cleanse it. We’ll talk about cultivating this ‘heat’ or inner strength.

7/7/13 – Sunday Streets Golden Gate Park

1pm

Discussion topic: Mantras- a word or phrase. We’ll discuss why mantras are spoken and the meaning of the chant of OM.

8/24/13 – Dolores Park

11am, next to the tennis courts

Discussion topic: Yamas and Niyamas- the first two limbs of Yoga, according to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.

9/8/13 – Sunday Streets Western Addition

1pm

Discussion: Ayurvedic medicine and body constitution types.