Hatha Yoga, the Shambhava Approach
The Shambhava School of Yoga embraces the ancient practices of hatha yoga as a means to release tension and purify the body and mind. Hatha yoga utilizes the practice of asanas (postures) and pranayama (conscious breathing) to enhance health and vitality. The word “yoga” derives from the Sanskrit root “yuj”, meaning union. Yoga allows us to reunite our outer, worldly existence with our deeper selves. It brings all parts of us into harmony…mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. Hatha yoga can be a springboard to deeper and higher states of awareness. Through the practice of asanas and pranayama, along with inner focus, we begin to experience a freedom that permeates all aspects of our lives.
The founder of the Shambhava School of Yoga, Sri Shambhavananda, teaches that hatha yoga is not an end in itself. It is the foundation for meditation. The poses are a means of opening energy channels, stretching and strengthening the physical body, and celebrating life. Asanas can be approached playfully, each person at his or her own level, while the energy of the heart shines out through the pose.
“The purpose of Shambhava Yoga is to give you an experience of the subtle body, to connect to a deeper level of consciousness, and to function from there. Shambhava Yoga has to do with the unfolding of the energy centers in your subtle body. As you progress in your spiritual evolution, each situation that manifests in life can be used to increase your awareness of the Inner Self.” – Sri Shambhavananda
Shambhava-style hatha yoga classes teach classic asanas while emphasizing devotion, aliveness and fun. You can choose from a variety of times and styles of classes to help you build strength and flexibility as you open your heart and breathe deeply from your own innermost self. You will leave feeling happy and refreshed. Our smaller class sizes and quiet natural setting create a warm, nurturing environment for every level of practitioner. Hatha yoga in the Shambhava School is a perfect preparation for clearer, deeper, more meaningful meditation experiences.
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