Tuesday: 6:00-7:15pm Dave’s Aṣṭāṅga Yoga | Yoga Nidrā and Sound Meditation
*Co-facilitated by Rachel Walker
Thursday: 6:00-7:15pm Urban Yoga | Aṣṭāṅga Vinyāsa
Saturday: 8:30-9:45pm Urban Yoga | Half Primary Series Aṣṭāṅga Vinyāsa
Sunday: 4:00-5:15pm Urban Yoga | All Levels Flow
Yoga Nidrā and Sound Meditation
Explore the subterranean depths of your subconscious mind with Yoga Nidrā and Sound Meditation. This class, led by by Rachel Walker and Kari Ann Levine, will begin with a 30-45 minute Yoga Nidrā, or Yogic Sleep, guided meditation. With roots in both Hindu and Buddhist traditions, this practice verbally guides practitioners into a deep state of relaxation in between waking and sleeping consciousness. Arriving deep within ourselves, the class will continue its journey with a full Sound Meditation, complete with Crystal Singing Bowls, Native American Flute, Medicine Drum, Bells, Chimes, Shakers, and Sanskrit Chant. The resonant frequencies of these instruments take the mind into a transcendental state, where physical and emotional healing, as well as access to spiritual insight, is facilitated. The combined practices of Yoga Nidrā and Sound Meditation will leave practitioners feeling relaxed, reinvigorated, and with the awareness of their own vibration as an essential element of the greater whole. ॐ
Restorative Yoga and Sound Meditation
Fully restore body, heart, and mind, while being sonically guided through non-material consciousness with Restorative Yoga and Sound Meditation. In this class, Kari Ann Levine will lead practitioners through a Restorative Yoga practice, a style using yoga props to fully support the body in long held poses, allowing the nervous system to enter a state of complete rest. Here, the body passively opens and aligns, while releasing deep layers of physical and emotional tension. Throughout the experience, Kari will guide the journey inward with a full Sound Meditation — complete with Crystal Singing Bowls, Native American Flute, Medicine Drum, Bells, Chimes, Shakers, and Sanskrit Chant. The resonant frequencies of these instruments take the mind into a transcendental state, where healing of past trauma, as well as access to spiritual insight, is facilitated. Practitioners will leave feeling relaxed, reinvigorated, and with the awareness of their own vibration as an essential element of the greater whole. ॐ
Aṣṭāṅga is a dynamic practice, involving interconnecting postures that create a sense of flow and movement between the static asanas of hatha yoga. Aṣṭāṅga yoga literally means “eight-limbed yoga,” as outlined by the sage Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. According to Patanjali, the path of internal purification for revealing the Universal Self consists of following eight spiritual practices. Learn about these 8 limbs by practicing with us at Urban! Ashtanga practices incorporate the gaze (drsti), the breath (pranayama) and the energy “locks” (bandha) to build a powerful discipline for cultivating physical, mental and spiritual health. The practice cleanses, stretches and strengthens the body as well as focuses and calms the mind. With consistent practice, we realize a deeper experience of the self.
Half Primary Series Aṣṭāṅga Vinyāsa
Aṣṭāṅga Vinyasa Yoga is a traditional style of yoga that rewards dedication, determination, and devotion. It is a vigorous yet safe physical practice where each practitioner is challenged according to their own physical abilities. In this “Light” variation on a traditional Aṣṭāṅga class, we will learn the foundations of this practice through a sampling of poses and as the group progresses, the instruction will evolve. ॐ
All Levels Flow
Asanas (poses) are built from a simple, strong foundation and modifications are introduced to help support the level of your practice. Breath and movement are linked to a moving meditation. Variations are added throughout the sequencing of poses to challenge each student.