Vinyasa Yoga w/ Kaya Mudras @ Mahāpatha Popup

Next class: November 30, 2017 at 7:00 PM

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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.
Vinyasa Yoga is a newer form of dynamic asana practice where dynamic movements called ‘vinyasas’ are used to warm-up, stretch-out, and strengthen various muscle groups in the body. This class will be based in part on the teachings of one of my teachers Andrey Lappa who created Universal Yoga and studied with Pattabhi Jos and B.K.S. Iyengar, both students of T. Krishnamacharya who created Vinyasa Yoga.
 
The practice will conclude with a kaya (postural) mudra practice. Mudras psycho-energetic ‘seals’ or ‘circuit-bypasses’ created through the use of the hands, face, body or a combination of all of the above. Mudras redirect the subtle energy of the body to help to awaken ‘kundalini shakti’, a more powerful and evolutionary kind of prana than the ones that simply sustain the everyday functioning of our body and mind. Once awakened, the Mudras move the kundalini into the Sushumna Nadi, the major energetic channel that corresponds with the spine in the subtle-body. The ultimate goal is to move this evolutionary energy (Shakti) up the Sushumna to unite it with the consciousness (Shiva) in and above the crown of the head.
 
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.