Restore and Connect

This class begins with 30 minutes of restorative yoga poses which help unwind and release stored tension in the body in a gentle and supportive way. A strong focus on the breath cultivates a calm, open and introspective experience and settles the mind. We build on this foundation, using Pranayama (breathing exercises), to consciously direct, focus and balance our energy. These practices are preparation for a deep meditation in the last 15-20 minutes of class. Using these techniques we enhance our awareness of our own deep knowing and develop a sense of equanimity, an ability to stay open and engage in the reality of every moment no matter what life brings. Friday Noon

Yoga Nidra

 Restorative, Meditative

Yoga Nidra, an ancient Tantric Yoga practice (literally “sleep of the yogis”), is a method of inducing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation while remaining totally alert and aware. Yoga Nidra is practiced to reduce stress, overcome insomnia, solve personal problems, resolve trauma, and overcome fear, anger and depression. As well, it is an experience of inquiry and meditation designed to facilitate awakening to one’s true nature. Yoga Nidra is a reclining, guided mediation. No asana (postures) are done in yoga nidra. Wednesday Noon

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A Quick Guide to the 8 Limbs of Yoga

The 8 Limbs of Yoga were written down by Patanjali over 2000 years ago in the Yoga Sutras. Previously, the yoga techniques were passed down orally from yoga guru to disciple. The Sutras (meaning ‘thread’ in sanskrit) are a collection of 196 short statements on the theory and practice of yoga.  In essence, the sutras are an outline of the teachings of yoga. Each sutra requires contemplation to unpack the depth of its meaning from its simplicity. Many commentaries have been written which attempt to illuminate the sutras and if you are interested I suggest looking to one of these commentaries for more exploration. The following is a incomplete and simplified version of the The 8 Limbs of Yoga from my humble, pragmatic perspective.

1st Limb: Yamas (Restraints)

2nd Limb: Niyamas (Observances)

The Yamas and Niyamas, the ethical precepts for Yoga, are the foundation for all of the other yogic practices. Rather than view them as a way to judge right from wrong, they can be used for guidance on how to live a yogic life, where we consider which actions will support love and connection.

3rd Limb: Asana (Postures)

The 3rd Limb is the what most people identify with yoga, the physical postures. The postures help ground us into the experiences of our body, anchor us to the present moment and revitalize the flow of energy, relieving stagnate or constricted energy in the body.

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New Class Registration Online

Happy New Year! Thank you so much for being part of our studio in 2018. I am looking forward to 2019 and working with the personal theme of “Growing with Intention”  Part of that intention includes a few changes at the studio (don’t worry, this isn’t a huge announcement, just a few small things) that I want to share with you personally.
 
Starting January 1 you will be able to register online for all classes, even those that were previously “drop in”,  just as we have done for special events the past few years. This allows you to set your intention and register for the classes you plan to attend in advance. Working with intention allow you to keep your personal commitment to practice. This extra step also allows new students to easily understand that they can attend any class and helps teachers to know who is planning to attend their classes as they prepare.
 
Here is what you need to know about the Registration process
  • You can register for class easily right up until the time class begins until the class is full (weekday classes are rarely full, but special events do fill up early)
  • Sign in is encouraged for weekday yoga classes and required for special events
  • You can register for class even if you do not have a yoga pass. You can still pay at the studio at class time.
  • You can also easily deregister for a class up until 15 minutes prior to the class time through your student account
  • If something happens and you can’t register, you can still attend the class (we will adjust to this gradually, don’t worry!)
Register easily through your alleyCat Student Account
 
>>>>>Need help? Watch this short video on How to View Your Account
  • Go to https://alleycatyoga.com/student-access/ and log into your account
  • When logged into your student account you can register and deregister for classes with the click of a button 
  • Your student account allows you to view your yoga pass credits, class attendances and class registrations
>>>>>If you have never accessed your student account use the email address where you received this communication and go to Student Access. Enter your email address and claim your account. 
 
If you have any questions call or text the studio or send an email through the Contact form. 
 
Jai Bhagwan,

How to View Your alleyCat Yoga Student Account

Do you have questions about registering and deregistering from classes, if you have an active yoga pass and how many credits you have on your yoga pass? Watch this quick video to find out how use your student account!