Nicki Doane

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The Buddha said that the first noble truth is that “In life there is suffering.” Thankfully, the second noble truth he taught says that there is a way out of the suffering- through spiritual practice. According to Patanjali, the source of most of our suffering is in our mind. The sutras tell us that yoga is the path to Self Realization, which, I believe, is the practice of  getting to know yourself better and the practice of loving ourselves more.  

Our weekend together will address the needs and mechanics of the physical body as well as our psychology by weaving the deep psychological teachings of the yoga sutras into the asana practice to show that we cannot separate the mind and body, ever. The poses have an uncanny ability to delve deeply into our psyche and we all react to them differently.  Some poses we love and some poses we do not, but is getting through the difficult stuff that makes us stronger and more resilient in our lives. There will be attention placed on how to do the postures safely with clear alignment directions while observing how the mind reacts to them. We are spiritual beings having a human experience, not the other way around. It is comforting to know that we are all in this together as human beings and that we are not alone. We are more similar than we are different.

Friday, February 16 6:30-8:30p.m.

Introduction to Maya Yoga 

Maya is a Sanskrit word that means “illusion”, so Maya Yoga is never what you think it’s going to be. This class will be a general Maya Yoga class accessible to all levels of student. We will begin seated with a simple meditation and the Shanti Path Mantra to open the class. From there we will do standing poses to reconnect our feet and legs to the earth, Suryanamaskar to honor the healing energy of the Sun and hip opening postures to get more into the stiffer parts of our bodies.  We will finish with a deeply restful savasana to recharge our nervous system.

Saturday, February 17 10:00a-1:00p

Maya Yoga : Conscious Vinyasa Flow 

This class will be a strong asana based practice beginning with some chanting, meditation, and pranayama, followed by Suryanamaskar( Sun Salutations), standing poses for foundation and stability, Maya Yoga lunges to open the hips, and backward bending postures to extend the spine and open the front body.  “Sitting is the new smoking” according to the AMA( American Medical Association).   When the psoas muscle( the long muscle in the front body that link the torso to the legs) is short and tight, it affects the back in a negative way. Backward bending postures are some of the most effective and therapeutic poses in yoga, especially for western bodies that spend a lot of time sitting. There will be a sufficient cool down followed by savasana. 

Saturday, February 17 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Introduction to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

This class is mostly discussion based while sitting on the floor. We will practice some hip opening poses to prepare us to sit more comfortably in order to focus our minds on the sutras and not on the pain in our hips and low backs.  The story of Patanjali’s origin will be shared and and we will learn and chant some  sutras from the first and second chapter of the yoga sutras of Patanjali.  Nicki has a great way of breaking down the sanskrit phonetically to make it more accessible to students. 

Sunday, February 18 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Maya Yoga: The Merging of the Body and the Mind

This class will combine all aspects of Maya yoga including chanting the sutras, asana, pranayama, meditation, and learning to pay attention.  Nicki has a way of weaving the philosophy of yoga into the asana practice while keeping the tone light and reminding students to not take themselves too seriously.  While yoga is a discipline that she respects highly, she feels humor is a wonderful way to put people at ease and remind us that we are all alike on some level or another.  This class will be strong, yet accessible to most people. 

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Workshop Refund Policy: Withdrawal/cancellation from any workshop with more than 24 hours notice will be credited or refunded at 50%. Withdrawal from an event with less than 24 hours notice (or failure to attend) will not receive any refund or credit. Please arrive on time for workshops. Arriving later than 10 minutes after scheduled time may result in loss of your enrollment. Thank you for your understanding.

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