Prana Vayu

Prana Vayu is the upward current of energy that flows from the navel up into all areas of the lungs, ribs, upper back, heart, chest and shoulders.  Focused on inhalations, it nourishes the cardio-respiratory system, and by way of increasing circulation to the thymus gland, supports optimal functioning of the immune system.  This vayu is associated with the heart chakra, Anahata, as well as the element of air.  Literally uplifting, this current of energy enlivens us with a sense of confidence, optimism and vitality.

An offering of practices that awaken Prana Vayu:

asana – lateral bends, back bends, poses that find arms radiating out from heart center

pranayama – breath of joy

meditation/visualization – within the expanse of the lungs and ribs, visualize a brilliant blue sky caressed by perfect white clouds

mudra – Prana Mudra – touch tips of pinky and ring fingers to tips of thumbs, middle and pointer fingers extend away from palm, hands can be placed palm up on lap, or with hands alongside shoulders and palms forward

Experience Prana Vayu in class with Carolyn the week of September 8.

Shanti, shanti, shanti

Apana Vayu

Apana Vayu is the downward current of energy, originating at the navel and descending through legs and feet.  With its focus on exhalations, it nourishes both the eliminatory system (purifying the body) and the reproductive system (supporting healthy menstruation, childbirth).  This vayu is associated with the root (Muladhara) and sacral (Svadhisthana) chakras, as well as the elements of earth and water.  Emotionally, a freely flowing Apana Vayu finds us feeling grounded and safe enough to release that which no longer serves us – ultimately emerging from this process of purification feeling lighter and more at ease.

An offering of grounding practices geared toward awakening our Apana Vayu:

asana – standing poses, hip openers, “closed” poses (all limbs remain connected to earth, another surface (wall/prop) or another part of the body), poses that find limbs touching/crossing over one another

pranayama – exhalation extensions

meditation/visualization – visualize yourself seated in nature, release any heavy thoughts or feelings into the support of earth – as you let go of anything that no longer serves you, acknowledge a sense of lightness and ease

mudra – Apana Mudra – touch tips of ring and middle fingers to tips of thumbs, index and pinky fingers extend away from palms, rest backs of hands on thighs or knees

Come awaken your Apana Vayu in Carolyn’s classes the week of September 1.

Shanti, shanti, shanti

 

 

Acro Yoga Playshop

033Thank you to Lorrie and Brian for an amazing afternoon of AcroYoga fun!  Their skillful teachings created a safe, supportive, and joyful environment in which to explore this exhilarating branch of yoga.  Much love and gratitude also to the yogis in attendance who were brave and playful enough to take their practice to new heights!!

We are excited to announce that Lorrie and Brian will be back this fall with a 4 week Friday night AcroYoga series!   Keep an eye out for the details…

Amazing Evening of Kundalini

kundalini workshopAs I type this I hear Stephen’s class enjoying some breath of fire, a common thread in last night’s Kundalini workshop that kept us from being distracted by all the mind’s wanderings and the “oh my goodness, I can’t hold this any longer!”  (which my arms did not necessarily appreciate as I attempted to dry my hair this morning).  Mahan Rishi’s offerings upheld the belief that when we steady and focus an often over-active mind, we are able to free ourselves from its spinnings about our limitations and its illusion that we are separate.  When we are able to see beyond the mind’s veil of perception, we step instead into the understanding that we are all of the same light – each and every one of us a perfect and radiant.  Our commitment to our sadhana (practice) through asana, pranayama, chanting and meditation invites us to embody this brilliance.

A heartfelt thank you to Mahan Rishi for an amazing evening of sadhana and gong immersion….to Pam Meredith for making the workshop possible, and to all of those beautiful yogis in attendance!  So uplifting to have everyone gathered and practicing together!

Sat Nam

Carolyn

Announcing Our New Website!

Highland YogaWe are beyond excited to reveal the new website for Highland Yoga! Heartfelt thanks and gratitude to: Eileen Powers of the SELO group for sharing her wisdom, patience and artistic flare in translating our vision for the studio into this informative yet beautiful new site; Kathy Thompson, Joe Borrelli and Vicki Borrelli for offering their time and talents taking many of our pictures; our AMAZING teachers for sharing their endless gifts; and each of our incredible students for inspiring us to love and serve more fully! Highland Yoga would not be what it is without each of you!!! ~ Namaste

Welcome to our New Blog

13 handsThis weekend will mark the 7th time that Dalien has been to our studio. Every time he comes, he enriches our space with joy and laughter. We’re really excited to have him back this weekend. In honor of his “St. Patty’s Day” celebration, we’ll be making our very own “green drinks!” Instead of the typical green beer that seems to be so prevalent this time of year, we’ll be busting out the juicer for some special blends that include cucumber, kale, carrots, ginger and much more. This is something you don’t want to miss. So please join us for a restorative sound experience and an invigorating glass of fun!

Namaste,
Stephen