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Winter Practice


HEATING, BALANCING, STRENGTHENING, & SOOTHING

Pranayama: Kapalabati, and Ujjayi breathing techniques - to warm the body and boost your immune system

Pratapana: Moderate, controlled movements with breath - to warm and lubricate the joints

Meditation: Warm Visualization, Loving Kindness Meditation and long Shavasana

Suggested Asanas: Strengthening Poses: Sun Salutations, Warrior I, II & III, Spinal Twists, Balance Poses, Backbends, Wide legged Forward Folds and Inversions to circulate lymph and fight off infections.

Sign of Successful Practice
You feel warm, relaxed, centered and at ease. 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.