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Summer Practice


COOLING, REFRESHING, FLOWING, & GROUNDING

Pranayama: Shitali and Sitkari- to cool and refresh the body.

Pratapana: Slow, controlled movements with breath to relax the body.

Meditation: Cool Visualization, Mantra Meditation and longer Shavasana

Suggested Asanas: Slow Sun Salutations, Chest Openers, Warrior I, II & III, Gentle Backbends, Wide-legged Forward Folds, Legs up the wall. All poses that cool the body and calm the mind.

Sign of Successful Practice: You feel cool, refreshed at ease and relaxed. Your mind and senses feel clear and any emotional irritation and tension is released!


What defines Kripalu yoga is its emphasis on...


  1. Following the flow of Prana (the life-force energy)
  2. Practicing compassionate self-acceptance
  3. Developing witness consciousness (observing the activity of the mind without judgement)
  4. Taking what is learned ‘off the mat’ into your daily life
  5. It’s designed to adapt to all body types, ages & fitness levels

Guidelines and recommendations


Preparation

- Consult your doctor before beginning any yoga program.
- It’s best to perform postures on an empty stomach. Wait one to two hours after a full meal before practicing.
- Wear stretchy, comfortable clothing.

The Class

- Class begins promptly - arrive several minutes early so that you have time to settle in before class begins.
- Upon entering the classroom a few minutes early, leave your worldly cares outside the door. Picture yourself entering an environment of peace & relaxation. Lie down quietly on your mat, relax, and allow yourself to enter into the experience of being in the 'here & now'.
- You are encouraged to ask questions in class about anything, especially if things are unclear.
- Regular attendance is highly recommended.
- After 'Shavasana' at the end of class, try to hold onto the feeling of relaxation and wellbeing by maintaining silence as much as possible.

Aftermath

- For maximum benefits, it is preferable that you practice what you've learned in class at least 4 times a week.
- Kripalu Yoga is designed for everyone regardless of your age, body type or fitness level. I am happy to offer assistance in whatever way possible.