5 Rites Flow w/ Chakra Meditation @ Mahāpatha Popup

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This practice will be lead by Douglas Johnson E-RYT 500, YACEP  who has over 900 hours of Yoga Alliance certified training and holds certifications in Kripalu Yoga, Yin Yoga, Universal Yoga, Amrit Yoga, and Pranakriya Yoga.
This practice is a unique fusion of Chinese, Tibetan, and Indian forms of yoga and is accessible to students at any level of practice.
The ‘Five Rites Flow’ is a Yin/Yang sequence which creates balance through stillness (yin) and movement (yang); stretching (yin) and strengthening (yang); working the major joints of the hips in the lower body (yin) and the shoulders in the upper body (yang); and combining both passive stretching (yin) and active stretching (yang).
The class takes its name from the ‘Five Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation’ which make up the short ‘vinyasas’ used throughout the class and are rumored to prevent, or even reverse, the aging process by stimulating psycho-energetic plexuses found in the subtle-body called Chakras. These rites are interwoven into a yin sequence that takes all the major joints of the body through all their articulations. This helps keep the joints mobile and strong while stretching the surrounding muscles and soft-tissue. Perhaps more importantly, this opens up and stimulates the energetic pathways (meridians in Taoism or Nadis in yoga) in preparation for deeper practices like meditation.
The class finishes with a form of Chakra Meditation that uses the Bija Mantras (seed sounds) of the five elements – Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether –  as well as the Pranava (Aum) to bring awareness to, and ultimately awaken, the 7 psycho-energetic plexuses called the Chakras. The ‘awakening’ of the Chakras is an important step in what yogis call Kundalini Awakening. Once awakened our Kundalini quickens and guides our spiritual evolution at an accelerated rate and aids us in the manifestation of our Svadharma or personal life-goal or duty.
As usual, this practice will be bookended with a little bit of chanting in Sanskrit called Kirtan.
This practice is a part of the Mahāpatha Yoga Popup series. For more information about the location, cost, and where to park, please read below. To register for this class click here.

What is Mahāpatha Yoga Popup?

Mahāpatha Popup yoga classes are weekly 2-hour long yoga classes, taught by Douglas Johnson E-RYT 500, YACEP, and held every Tuesday and Thursday at Solstice Urban Retreat Center in Virgina-Highland from 7 pm to 9 pm.

What Style of Yoga Is It?

Classes rotate between Yin (stretch), Yang (strength), Hatha (traditional), Five Rites Flow (yin/yang), and Vinyasa (flow) style classes. Be sure to check our Mindbody Online schedule to see which class is available on any given Tuesday or Thursday. If you are new to the popup you are encouraged to try each class at least once as they are quite different from one another.

What Makes Mahāpatha Yoga Popup so Special?

Each class is basically a workshop with most classes starting with about 15-20 minutes of kirtan (chanting Sanskrit mantras with music), followed by about an hour of posture practice (asanas). Then, most classes conclude by exploring advanced ‘kundalini awakening’ yoga techniques like Yoga Nidra, Pranayama, Bandha, Mantra, Mudra, Dharana, and Dhyana (meditation). We do however also have monthly special long-form asana classes where the focus is on spending more time on asana as well as group-meditation.

How Much is It?

Drop-ins are $25, but various discounts are offered for first-time students as well as students who purchase multiple classes. Please check our Mindbody Online site for the latest discounts and pricing.

How Do I Sign Up?

To attend class, simply sign-up in advance with Mindbody Online so we know you are coming, and so you can take care of payment in advance. The studio we rent does not have a reception area so all financial transactions must be handled in advance online.

Where Is It?

Currently, all Mahāpatha Popup Yoga Classes are held at Solstice Urban Retreat, not to be confused with Solstice Yoga Studio. The address is 1164 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306. Classes are held in the back building upstairs in the ‘Sun’ Studio. PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON THE PREMISES AS YOU WILL BE TOWED.

Where Should I Park?

PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO PARK ON THE PREMISES AS YOU WILL BE TOWED! Parking is free on neighborhood side streets: Highland Terrace; Bellevue; and Rosewood; as well as the public lot at the corner of Highland and Amsterdam. There is a bike rack located down the drive in front of the studios as well.