Lifestyle Series with Nicholas
The Yoga of Breathing: Introduction to Pranayama
DATES: 7/16/19-9/3/19 at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
COST: $95 for all 8 sessions
Pranayama is an ancient art of conscious breath control. Through various practices and techniques, the student cultivates awareness of breathing and develops a set of tools that can ultimately rejuvenate the body and mind. These powerful tools can help reduce stress, mental tension, insomnia, and depression. With conscious control of the breath, we thread together body, mind, and spirit, becoming more whole.
As the classical yoga text, The Hatha Yoga Pradipika clearly states, “When the breath is unsteady, the mind is unsteady. When the breath is steady, the mind is steady, and the yogi becomes steady. Therefore, one should control the breath.”
In this 8 week course, we’ll explore a handful of these powerful techniques and work towards building a regular personal practice.
Yoga Nidra: The Ancient Art of Sleep Meditation
DATES: Starting July 17, 2019…Every Wednesday at 5:30 PM-6:30 PM
Yoga Nidra is a simple, but powerful, guided meditation technique that eases you into the zone between waking and sleeping. It’s an accessible meditation practice that focuses on cultivating multiple levels of well-being. Here are a few reasons why this time-tested practice is benefiting so many people today:
- Anyone can do it
- There’s really no way to practice it incorrectly
- It’s easy to incorporate into your daily life
- It’s a simple way to reduce stress
- And it’s a great opportunity to learn more about yourself
Nicholas Stanton, 500-RYT
As a lifelong student of various storytelling arts, I approach yoga from a narrative perspective. What kind of experience can our practice create for us? How can it get us to see, think, and feel in different ways? This curious exploration is at the heart of asana and forms the foundation of my practice. As the Radiance Sutra exclaims, “Every perception is an invitation to revelation.” When I go to the mat, I explore these questions with all of the senses as a way to build new intelligences in the body and redefine our relationships to ourselves.
I teach slow, intense flow. When poses are simple, we are compelled to follow the breath and the inner guidance of the body to our edge. It’s a wondrously simple yet challenging practice: movement married with breath married with our deepest reverence to the body, its energy, its anatomy, and and its attunement to the present moment.
I teach Pranayama and Mindfulness Meditation as well. All of these practices converge to lead us to an expanded vision and a deeper intimacy with our lives.
These threads suture the essence of my practice.
From these places, I hope all can find a more authentic version of themselves and develop the courage to live it out loud.