The below video uploads are the archives of Zephyr’s LIVE Zoom Classes. Unless specifically labeled, each class is about 75 minutes long. If you missed a LIVE class or want to work on a practice that really worked for you, the below links are all available anytime for you as a Dedicated Yogi Member.
Week 78 June 7-13 Zephyr LIVE Rewind Class
Imagine the wisest, most enlightened being out there with all the clarity and consciousness imaginable, exists. This person or being has studied the Sutras and knows their Dharma (as well as Artha, Kama and Moksha for that matter) but “can’t be asked” to put that knowledge to use and reach for enlightenment. Such a waste. Such is the importance of Iccha Shakti.
I always loved the Spanish word for this idea of will, it is called “ganas”, better translated as desire. A Yogi with no power of will (Iccha Shakti) is wasting their time. It takes a bit of work, a bit of “ganas” to even come close to a balanced life or the unicorn of enlightenment. To test your will, I will give you a mathematical formula for those that want to do the work:
⍷ + ⍶ > Ω where –
Added bonus to this practice – The above formula is the secret to life. Your intention of desire plus the intensity of energy you put into it, must be greater than the resistance you may internally have or the obstacles you may face. You must have the will to overcome the obstacles or you will never get over them. This is the power behind Iccha Shakti. If we are true to our practice, the goal of the activity is to embody all our experiences, be touched by the natural joy of being alive and embrace the shadow side without turning away. Iccha Shakti provides that energy to turn to what is arising, the challenge of being in the moment with whatever is present in a tender detachment.
SO that is all fine and good, but you may be an over-achiever, or a high-powered go-getter (lot of hyphens there). You may have no problem with lack of will and desire to overcome obstacles. You may have ganas oozing from your pores, well slow down there turbo. Its all about balance, or as I like to call it, the middle path. Hatha Yoga Pradipika warns “Graha Niyama” not to take things to an extreme that becomes an unhealthy motivation, an obsession that leads to self-abuse. This is where the Shaktis all come together and Yoga/Union loses its cliched identity.
All that vital energy (Prana) we will be cultivating in this practice needs a clear origin and purpose (see CIT Shakti) and a balanced approach by setting intentions (Jnana Shakti) and acknowledging just where that (hyper-, for the highly hyphenated) motivation might be best focused.
Remember that vital energy we call Prana has 5 steps –
1. Activation 2. Churning 3. Ignition 4. Concentration 5. Directing
Once you have harnessed the Power of Will (Iccha Shakti) those five steps must be rooted in the power of effective intention, a divine urge to create through joyous self-expression and a bright fire of energy to move toward what is most valuable and life-affirming to us.
Week 76 May 24-30 Zephyr LIVE Rewind Classes
Jnana – Power of Knowledge. This is our capacity to know, to be informed, to comprehend and to have direct experience of knowing our truth and the truth of all reality. Beyond that understanding to take action from this knowledge gained and put it into the challenges we face in our lives.
With this practice we provoke a reaction (Tapas) that gives us an opportunity to understand ourselves and humanity (Sva Dhyaya). The Yoga Sutras (2.27) describe that we will all face nine reoccurring obstacles in life. These will definitely come up on the mat during this practice and this practice is your compass and your guide to face these obstacles off the mat. The obstacles might sound a bit familiar, they are;
Dullness, Apathy, Self-Doubt, Discontentment, Carelessness, Procrastination, Lead and Controlled by Senses, Instability, Lack of concentration.
With insight and self-honesty our practice gives us direct experience in applying the methodology of Yoga practice when we experience the pain and suffering of life getting in the way. The key to practice is to learn how to free ourselves from that reaction and respond in ways that align to a desired serene life (Nirodha). Our ability to let go and trust is key to practice (Isvara Pranidhana) and float in the enduring calmness that is always present.
Finally before you begin your practice, take inventory of what you are feeling at the present moment and place an intention on your practice with it’s opposite. The Negative Rasa and Positive Rasa find equilibrium and with any luck, you might just touch Nirodha.
The goal of this practice is to understand that the Energy (Shakti) of Knowledge is the key to navigating the human experience. You will use this understanding everyday and the more you practice, well, as the saying goes, the better you will be.
Week 75 May 17-23 Zephyr LIVE Rewind Classes
This might get a bit controversial in some Yoga circles, but I’m going to say it – Stability is more important than flexibility.
We come to understand this statement through our practice and focus on Cit Shakti. Cit Shakti is the Power (or Energy) of Consciousness and to elaborate on my statement, let’s use our Yoga mat as a metaphor for life. If we go through life bending and twisting to all the challenges life throws at us, great. Thats one way of doing it. You will have a long future of bending and twisting and finding ways of avoiding all that comes your way. However, the alternative is to create stability and to approach and be confronted by life’s challenges with an understanding and an awareness that is constant and is anchored in your core, it is who you are. The lens that you observe the obstacle is clear and you are unwavering because you knew that obstacle was coming or you have faced that obstacle before, but more importantly, you understand that obstacle and see it clearly.
Cit Shakti is the Power of Consciousness: to be aware of anything, the light of intelligence, wise wakefulness, light of our loving awareness, the mind that has expanded in the pure clarity of perception.
It is said that Consciousness embodies itself as all things, full of unbroken awareness.
In this practice we will work on stabilisation of the mind through Pranayama (as Asana is for the body) and use a focus technique called Drishti which will be our guide for a concentrated intention. When the fluctuations of the mind are totally (stable) profoundly still, you awaken at one with everything and all that is. This is called Samadhi. This is facing all challenges with a clear lens with intelligence and with light. No dodging, twisting or weaving out of the way, but rather stabilising the mind, cultivating more light to see what needs to be seen, using it as a teacher and reinforcing CIT Shakti where the pair of opposites (the balancing emotions, thoughts, beliefs) cease to exist as they become one within you.
This is a great practice to really focus on what Yoga is fundamentally, as a union. Finding the concentration to recognise the opposing emotion or belief that might be lacking and bringing it into your consciousness to create that balance and stability.
Week 74 May 10-16 Zephyr LIVE Rewind Classes
After studying Asana for a while, at some point (hopefully) there will be a strong inner urge (Iccha Shakti) to take up the study of yoga philosophy. As humans, we have intellect and curiosity, naturally there is a yearning to know more, to cultivate self- understanding/knowledge (Jnana Shakti) about our purpose of embodiment. Why we are here, how we can free ourselves more efficiently from that which causes pain and suffering and how to find more meaning to our lives. These are timeless questions we, uniquely as a species, battle with. Cit Shakti is the boundless field from which all things in the universe arise, that alight our eyes, mind and body. As we explore these ideas and find our own truths, as we use our practice Yoga (Kriya Shakti) to find discipline and explore a new consciousness we experience a dancing pattern of energy unfolding in our embodiment, this is that consciousness reflecting on herself and expressing herself through you (Ananda Shakti), a joyous bliss experience of the divine play.
To summarise the study of Shakti and what this series will focus on, the following ideas of Shakti must be emphasised. These are the Five Principle Powers of Shakti-
Jnana Shakti – Power of Knowledge: This is our capacity to know, understand, to discern, to be informed, to comprehend, to have direct experience of knowing our truth & the truth of all reality.
Iccha Shakti- Power of Will: power of effective intention, joyous self-expression, a bright fire of willpower, will to express, a divine urge to create, to move toward what is most valuable and life-affirming to us, the driving force that calls us to spiritual practice, that determination and commitment to keep going, being that unstoppable force.
Kriya Shakti – Power of Action: it is the force behind creative, dynamic activity, our ability to spontaneously manoeuvre without hesitation, to accomplish with effort, work and exertion, empowerment behind wise action
Cit Shakti- Power of Consciousness: aware of anything, the light of intelligence, wise wakefulness, light of our loving awareness, the mind that has expanded in the pure clarity of perception.
Ananda Shakti- Power of Unsurpassed Joy: It pulsates with the power of expansive bliss, this is an expression of unbounded freedom, of being full, whole, complete at one with the rapture of blissful ecstasy, supreme happiness and delight.
Through these powers of awareness, joy, intention, knowledge, and action, the infinite, limitless field of potential that we experience as Consciousness, takes form as the universe and all things in it. This is the expression of SHAKTI herself in play, on the macrocosm and microcosm of you and me.
Yoga is then ecstatic play of consciousness; a constant renewal of our sense of wonderment and curiosity for life. Our practice creates Tapas which is the heat for positive change that clarifies and creates a rich expression of the deep purpose to our practice. As we begin to refine the tools to practice, bespoking them to meet our needs of the day, we are able to manifest purposefully leading to lasting fulfilment, contentment and liberation.
Our intention for our study of Shakti is:
There is a light within meThat lights the whole universe (Cit Shakti)
That radiates absolute truth – Pure Joyous love (Ananda Shakti)
Boundless will and power to fulfil your heart’s desire, intention and purpose (Iccha Shakti)
It accesses skilful wise action (Kriya Shakti)
And is the source of all shared universal knowledge and wisdom (Jnana Shakti)
There is a light within me.
That lights the whole universe.
That radiates absolute truth.
Boundless will. Skill in action.
And is the source of all knowledge
Om Shakti, Om Shakti, Om Shakti Om Cit Shakti
Om Ananda Shakti, Om Iccha Shakti, Om Jnana Shakti, Om Kriya Shakti
Om Tat Sat – May it be so!
Week 73 May 3- 9 Zephyr LIVE Rewind Classes
Sattva Guna is one of three tendencies, qualities, attributes of Nature called Prakriti. Rajas Guna is nature that is active, stimulating, filled with desire and leads to pain. Tamas Guna is nature that is heavy, dense, depressive and filled with darkness to sleep and leads to suffering. Sattva Guna is nature that is light, illuminating, clear and filled with peace and joy.
When we practice, Sattva helps breakdown parts of life and brings optimal health by encouraging the right amount of sleep, activity, interaction and food we eat.We see that Sattva is not necessarily enlightenment itself but it unveils what is true and real. It shows itself as beauty, humility, clarity and inspiration, and it promotes life that is filled with faith, devotion and love. It optimises health and creates the feeling of contentment allowing for spiritual growth and an increased connection to consciousness.
Sattvic food is said to be fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes. They are fresh, pure and grow in the earth, receiving positive energy from the sunlight. When our bodies absorb the goodness it provides the energy to do our lives well. This can be applied to what we read, watch, listen to, smell…the company we keep. Sattvic Types of people are said to be very grounded, accepting, connected, joyous and inspiring. However, the extreme forms can lean to a Rajasic or Tamasic form of Sattva. These are people that get caught up in external forms of goodness, being seen as charitable, pure, virtuous, pious and holy. These type of people come across as piritual bypass-ers who don’t take responsibility for their life and those impacts on others as they believe they are “Beyond the world” or “I am” so spiritual. They really feel they have entered Enlightenment Retirement, who propagate spiritual superiority and snobbery.Be careful in following blind faith, spiritual con-artists, and deluded people. We all are human and are subjected to a shadow and light side.
Two stages in developing Sattva: 1. Purification of the body and mind Right diet, physical purification, control over senses + mind, mantra and devotion 2.Transcendence, to going beyond the body and mind to our true “Self” beyond a manifested form. To know and abide in the self as the self, free, liberated and enlightened by truthThis comes from dedicated practice of Yoga which includes meditation, yoga Nidra practices that lead us to Samadhi states.
A Sattvic practice:Poses that equalise both other Gunas, dynamic and static practice, heading towards pranayama and meditation. Twists, inversions, forward bends, and extensions all promote Sattvic qualities.Does your practice make you feel more radiant?Does your practice connect to the fire of transformation?Does your practice allow you to see clearly? To have insight? Visions? Are you able to sustain the feeling created?Does the practice challenge you to be more self-compassionate, loving-kindness, positive self-talk?Do you feel your ego is “right-sized”?Can you let go of being a human “doing” and be a human “being”?
Remember – When we practice, Sattva helps breakdown and assimulate parts of life and brings optimal health by encouraging the right amount of sleep, activity, interaction and food we eat.
Week 72 April 26 – May 2 Zephyr LIVE Rewind Classes
Gunas are the three interdependent modes, tendencies or qualities of Prakriti which creates the essential aspects of all nature—energy, matter and consciousness.
This class focuses on Tamas Guna that conceals the presence of consciousness. It is a force that we all can be affected by and it causes dullness, darkness, hopelessness, lack of inspiration, apathy, boredom, stubbornness and ignorance through its power to obscure the truth. It is said that Tamas is the darkest and heaviest density of ignorance (Avidya).
Tama’s nature is heavy. It creates lethargy, sadness, procrastination, self-doubt and depression in your being. However, Tamas guides us towards healing by providing the necessary rest, relaxation and sleep we need to have in order to function properly. Obviously a balance in Tamas is key for a healthy consciousness.
Tamas Guna is the Downward motion, Apana Vayu the movement of death, decay and cessation. It is associated with the Exhale, likened to the last breath we will take in life. There is a lot to be learned by studying the exhale pattern. We hang on out in the exhale when we feel tired, exhausted, drained and lethargic.But we use the exhale pattern to provide the necessary rest, relax, restore, renew & sleep we need.
There are going to be periods in life where grief, sorrow and trauma is like the dark veil that covers our mind, heart and humanity.Tamas is a part of the spectrum of life. Yin Yang. Good Bad. Right Wrong. Virtuous Non-Virtuous. Using the tools that Yoga provides to help manage this in a productive way is what this practice aims to accomplish.
So to contextualise this for practice, Tamasic Poses can be more passive poses that ground and are more restorative. Hip openers, forward bends, seated and supine poses. It can also be those that connect you with your integral strength, mass and stability.
To work with a Tamasic State and get out of it we need to, start off stimulating and activating some prana to wake a tamasic person up. Moving and focusing on inhaling patterns to receive energy and light of inspiration. Then work to direct that energy to heal, restore and alleviate some of the Tamasic darkness and bathe in the prana created in practice.
Week 70 April 12-18 Zephyr LIVE Rewind Classes
This Practice will focus on Rajas Guna which is the energy of change, movement and activity. It is distinguished by passion, desire, effort, drive, determination and energy as it is quite stimulating. In the extreme state, it creates turbulence, agitation, instability, restlessness, nervousness, anxiety, anger, jealousy, competitiveness, intolerance and other you may or may not relate with. A Rajasic state gives rise to emotional fluctuations of attraction and repulsion, acting out in fear and desire, love and hate.
Rajas is the Positive active forces that initiates change and outward motion. Its negative active forces can dry us up and burn us out. It can’t hold it’s own condition for long because it lacks stability and consistency.
Physically, Rajas is associated with Acute disease like an illness, infection, inflammation, trauma, headaches, fractures or pain. It is the movement either from health to disease or disease to health.
Mentally, Rajas is the middle density of ignorance. It creates our ability to involve ourselves in imagination, visions and fantasies. Obsessively this energy leads to more extremes of illusions, delusions, hallucinations, speculations, entanglement, complications and endless mental activity.
Type of People who are characterised as Rajasic are usually very active, A-Type, “Super achievers,” goal orientated and willing to “do something” about life, investing in being seen as a “human-doing,” producing and consuming more. The become limited by the ego which becomes attached to drawing on self-worth only by what is tangibly produced. Rajas creates the pain that binds us to the attachment of the fruits of action and to yearning for more sensory pleasures of every kind.
SO! Yoga poses that are Rajasic are those that extend the spine, that move toward back bending. Inversions, arm balancing and dynamic poses. When we are working with trying to balance Rajas, we need to meet the energy where it is. To tell yourself to be still and quiet when you are in a Rajasic state will just cause more pain and suffering. Rajas wants MORE movement, harder poses, challenging feats to tick the boxes of validation.
So in practice I would suggest starting off engaging Rajas with some dynamic and stimulating poses, standing twists then move towards forward bending, longer holds without strain, emphasising longer exhales to calm, ground and sooth the Rajasic urges.
Your practice should open up some things to ponder. Ask yourself, after practice,
Week 69 April 5-11 Zephyr LIVE Rewind Classes
Welcome to the beginning of our discovery of the Gunas. In practice, this is where we explore the dynamic and static (holding a pose) Asanas as well as shaping our breath to experience the play of relationship between our movement, our breath and the Gunas. Everything in this manifest universe is made up of three strands – Three Gunas – Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. Guna literally means “strand” or “fiber” and implies that, like strands of a rope, the Gunas are woven together to form all that is tangible (material things) and intangible (thoughts, emotions, energies).
Understanding the nature of the Gunas can move us to recognise our true nature, which is pure consciousness, shape our extreme imbalances back to a ‘middle path’ and skilfully navigate this human experience to evolve our purpose of embodiment.
To simplify the Gunas at this point-
Sattva – quality LIGHT, purpose to ILLUMINATE, nature JOY
Rajas – quality MOVEMENT, purpose is ACTIVITY, nature PAIN
Tamas – quality STABILITY, purpose is INERTIA, nature DESPAIR
Rolf Solvic one of my teachers (Himalayan Institute)- maps out the process of working with the Gunas as they unfold systematically in four stages:
2. You begin to notice the Gunas in the world around you and learn to recognise the feel of their distinctive qualities.
3. You witness your own sattvic, rajasic, and tamasic tendencies. (Physically, energetically, mentally)
4. Finally, you begin to sculpt your involvement with the Gunas—cultivating Sattva, softening Rajasic urges, and engaging Tamas in the service of stability and rest.
This practice opens the tools to use on and off the mat to heal, learn and evolve our embodied purpose which is to enjoy our lives as well as find freedom from that which causes pain and suffering. Resting in unsurpassed JOY!
Week 68 March 29 – April 4 Zephyr LIVE Rewind Classes
The fifth and final Kosha is called by Anandamaya. Within our metaphor of the lamp shade to describe the sheaths of the Koshas, this might be the lava-lamp shade where everything is bliss. Anandamaya means joy, bliss or extreme happiness. It is one of the highest states of being and we normally experience this state when we transition into sleep but also when we wake as in a deep meditation. This Tantric practice involving forward bends, back bends, twists and strong core will fully try and put you into that state of wakeful bliss and reach Samadhi or the pure absorption into wholeness.
The Andanamaya Kosha is the pure exploration of the causal body. We have moved beyond the Physical and the Subtle bodies and are now exploring our soul’s karma and unpacking it like the luggage we will carry into our next lifetime. At the same time once that luggage is unpacked we can feel the emptiness in order to be reminded of the fullness of the Subtle and the Physical. This is why the Koshas all work together and why progression of the Koshas is key. You need to work the kinks out of the Physical and Subtle bodies before experiencing the profound stillness of Anandamaya.
The Ananadamaya Kosha is where we heal. It is where we truly find the deeper experience of engagement refining and evolving each of the Koshas. Through Pranayama techniques and a bit of chanting in this practice, Anandamaya gifts us the experience of wakeful wholeness, completeness and oneness freeing us from the bondage of the limiting ego.
Week 67 March 22-28 Zephyr LIVE Rewind Classes
The work we did in the last session with the Manomaya (Kosha) lays the groundwork for reaching Vijnanamaya Kosha, the 4th Sheath of the Kosha System. Vijnana means discernment, an understanding, one’s knowledge and intelligence of cognition. This is the mental action or process of acquiring information, knowledge and understanding through thought, experience and the senses (Jnana Indriyas). This becomes the bridge between the physical and subtle body to the causal body. Gathering information from the external world inwards and receiving information from within to inform our outer world. It is said that this sheath is responsible for all inner healing, growth and personal development.
The idea of this practice is to purify and calm the physical, energetic and mental sheaths so one can connect to the Buddhi. This sense of inner knowing that comes from this wisdom body, composed of intuition, awareness and insight. Like the inner teacher or guide. It helps you create clarity as you listen to the whispering wisdom of your intuition.
Developing your Buddhi is said to be like the eyes of a hawk. You can see into the truth of reality, noticing all movement of thought, emotion and the subtleties of experience. This is called Viveka Shakti it is keen discernment, wise judgement, consciousness of the higher mind and will. This becomes the means of liberation, conscious practice detaching with love as we rest in the witness awareness.
In this practice you will learn to focus and stabilise the mind, drop into the witness and access a discerning intuition (Buddhi) which will guide you through the stuff that arises and learn to watch the stuff, as it falls away. You will use Pranayama Kriya techniques as a key component to this standing warrior and forward bend practice.
The symptom of disfunction of the Vijanamaya Kosha is that we feel trapped in a material universe subject to the roller coaster of emotion, thought and life events with its painful ups and downs. Unable to get off the ride, see the big picture or command life effectively.
*** a note on this practice *** This takes a lot of energy. So building a strong body to cultivate the Prana you need for practice is essential. In this practice you will experience Bauddhika Agni – Fire of Intelligence in the Vijnanamaya Kosha. It is the balance of Wise Judgement and Reasoning, through discerning what is truth/falsehood, good/bad, right/wrong, desirable/undesirable, pleasant/unpleasant. Then you need to focus on Vyana Vayu to circulate and distribute this light of intelligence, helping the function of the systems find harmony, balance and equanimity of the physical, psycho, emotional centres or Chakra; Anahata, Vishuddha, Ajna. Re-visiting previous Kosha practices may be advisable in order for you to get the most out of this practice.
Week 66 March 15-21 Zephyr LIVE Rewind Classes
The third sheath we will focus on of the Kosha system is the Manomaya Kosha. Mano refers to the mind and Maya means made-of, so we are studying here, the instinctual consciousness that holds our thoughts, perception, emotions and desire in the interactive layers of our Kosha system. Interactive because Manomaya is dependent on the other layers of the system but as we know, the mind is powerful and it can dominate the outer sheaths of Anamaya and Pranamaya.
This sheath is where our personality and ego reside. It creates the stories and illusion of the separate “I”, “me”, “mine” and “you” or “other”. The Manomaya is governed by thoughts in the mind, which are considered to have power to both construct and destroy your reality. We as Yogis know that the mind is the forerunner of reality. What you think and feel, your world becomes.
In this practice we will focus on two ideas to explore and shape our Manomaya Kosha; that of Managni – the mental fire and digestion of sensory impressions and Manipura – the will, power and ambition to fulfil our purpose. This practice will utilise forward bends and twists using binding techniques to enable you to hold your attention to what is at the forefront of your mind. Our goal is to produce transparency and clarity with Managni and Manipura and create a path for a healthy and balanced Manomaya Kosha sustained and nurtured by your practice.
Week 65 March 8-14 Zephyr LIVE Rewind Class
Pranamaya Kosha is the second sheath in the Kosha system. Prana means life force, vital energy. Maya means made-of, or, composed-of. It is the vital principle that supports and directs embodied energy. The life force that vitalises, energises and holds together, uniting the body (Annamaya) and the mind (Manomaya).The existence of pranamaya kosha is what differentiates the living from the dead. Yogis use the metaphor of a candle and the flame to explain Prana.
Prana – Life Force or Vital Energy as a Flame. Agni – Heat of the Flame. Tejas -Light Radiance from the Flame. Ojas – Candle Wax or Fuel of vital nutrients that gives energy, strength and immunity we need to sustain the Flame. We practice to build a strong body (Annamaya) to contain this vital energy utilising it to support optimal health and energy to support our purpose in life. The physical manifestation of this life force is expressed as the breath.
In this practice we will focus on the direction of movement of Prana within our body. Prana Vayu: Pran brings the oxygen/vital energy, Samana converts oxygen to energy, Vyana circulates the energy, Apana releases waste materials or byproducts of energy conversion, Udana is the positive energy created from the process and determines the work that the body is able to do.
Symptoms of disfunction: manifest as issues in the body and/or mind, energy blockages especially in the nadis, chakras, myofascial planes and lack of breath awareness.
Solutions to build your Pranamaya kosha: Breathing good quality air (Pranayama, neti) and connection to nature or other sources of Prana are the best inputs to build your Pranamaya kosha. Fresh foods that grow in sunlight are a wonderful support and moon-light is said to be prana enriched for nourishment.
Some questions to contemplate as you practice are; Reflect on how well you manage your energy. Do you do things that build energy or deplete it? Do you respect it when it is low? Are you able to contain your energy? Are you careless and give it away easily? When are the times when you feel most energised? What does it feel like to feel your life-force? How do you prioritise those times?
Week 64 March 1-7 Zephyr LIVE Rewind Class
Welcome to the next 5 weeks where we will be discovering the Koshas. Koshas mean Sheaths – referring to the protective covering of a sword called a scabbard. They are coverings or layers over the true self, in this case called the Atman. This comes from the Taittiriya Upanishad that lays out a map, to guide us through the physical, subtle and causal bodies. The goal of studying the Koshas is to cultivate awareness, understanding and effective skills in maintaining, utilising and clearing these bodies…Living out our purpose (dharma) and refining our actions (karma).
This week we will focus on the AnnaMaya Kosha. Anna means Food, Physical Matter, Maya means “made of”, “consists of”, so a loose translation of the term AnnaMaya is “food body”. What you eat, you become and eventually, when you die, you will become food for someone else. The Annamaya Kosha is said to be made of the 5 Elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether. Yogis understood the laws of nature to attain greater health, power, knowledge, wisdom and sustain a joyful embodiment.
Annamaya Kosha demands a lot of energy. Prana – Life Force or Vital Energy as a Flame. Agni – Heat of the Flame. Tejas -Light Radiance from the Flame. Ojas – Candle Wax or Fuel of vital nutrients that gives energy, strength and immunity we need to sustain the Flame. So focusing on the Prana Vayu, the direction of energy and how it moves within our bodies. Prana Vayu is the movement of energy of ingesting, receiving Vital energy, impressions, and information. Apana Vayu, eliminates the waste of the impressions, energy removes that which doesn’t serve us any longer…Physically, Energetically and Mentally. Asana serves to balance, stabilise and purify the body. Choosing the right food, the right amount of Prana to function physically and support Asana and to Pranically sustain that energy is what Annamaya Kosha is all about.
So what builds a strong Annamaya Kosha is: Asana, diet, vitamins, minerals, ayurvedic herbs, mastery of 5 senses to be fully aware of the bodies needs, regular exercise and the building of Ojas (some suggestions are rest, self-care, massage, moderate sex, yoga nidra and dreamless states of sleep). Making these lifestyle choices help build a strong Annamaya Kosha and will ensure that your Pranic Flame burns bright, effectively becoming self-sustaining and you will benefit from the heat that will motivate you to do life well.
A few thoughts to focus on for an Annamaya Kosha based practice– Feel and sense the Physical Body. Reflect on how well you treat it. What foods, sleep, exercise, pleasure, connections with others you give it? Do you nurture it or battle with it? Do you listen to your body to make better choices?
Week 63 February 22-28 Zephyr LIVE Rewind Class
Abhinivesha is the last of the five Kleshas which are the mental-emotional afflictions that create persistent distress, pain and suffering in our lives. This particular Klesha is triggering and provoking as it stirs up our fears and makes us react in negative ways. Abhinivesha is the fear of loss, the fear of change and the fear of death. This can be the loss of a job, the change of a relationship status or the death of a loved one. Fear of loss, change and death is a suffering deep within our instinctual subconscious, hard-wired for self preservation as well as to avoid it with all cost. It is imbedded in our autonomic nervous system to protect us from danger. It is in all of us as our biological make-up whether you are wise or naive, educated or not educated, if you approach a cliff edge and peer down 100 meter drop you will have the same reaction to flinch, back away or avoid it, all the same. It is natural to want to stay alive.
So why is death so hard for us to face when it is a part of life? Everything has a beginning, middle and end. We can see this in nature, seasons, in our thoughts, emotions and life situations. Everything changes so why is change such a threat? Well…it’s the Ego…damn Asmita. Why would it want to be evicted from this home, our body? In the status quo it has a mind, opinions, beliefs, views, things to play with, even possessions. It has a personality, reputation and perceived importance in the world. Why would it want to let go of family and friends, a belonging, a reputation, possessions and/or the experience of love?
As long as we are ignorant (Avidya) of the impermanence of things, there will be an ego (Asmita) which is fuelled by attachment (Raga) and aversion (Dvesa). This ignorance will perpetuate the fear of dying (Abhinivesha).
To live and to fear, worry and try to control or resist the inevitable only creates more suffering and unhappiness. As Yogis, the practice is to pause, realise we have no real control when it is our time to die and trust in the process of life and death (Isvara Pranidhana). By practicing Kriya Yoga we can calm the Kleshas and face the unavoidable change.
In this class (which I need to warn you, can prove a bit emotionally strong for some) we will use a Buddhist Practice – that you receive notification that you will die in 28 days. The practice explores and analyses your life a bit. Would you change anything? What would you appreciate more of? What would you pay attention to? What would you risk? What are you afraid of? Are these fears helping you or harming you? Are you making the most out of your life? Are you afraid to die? Are you afraid of pain? Are you afraid to let go of this body? Your story? Your things? Your titles or labels? Your practice? Who are you when you are trying to be somebody?
This practice and exploration offers a deeper relationship to investing in what you are ultimately, SAT CIT ANANDA. This is an Asana practice but the key to it is Pranayama and following the breath cycle it teaches us about the reality of impermanence and how to practice with the ‘little’ death exhaling and pause. The art of surrendering, the art of letting go, the art of acceptance and the path to freedom.
Week 62 February 15-21 Zephyr LIVE Rewind Class
Dvesa is one of the five Kleshas which are the mental-emotional afflictions that create persistent distress, pain and suffering in our lives. This Klesha is the aversion of past experienced pain and suffering. It is natural to avoid things that are scary or may cause harm, however this Klesha draws our attention to what we are resisting to experience and is usually linked to a past experience of pain and suffering. There is a slogan that says “if it is a hysterical reaction, it normally is a historical one.” This insight into how our brains and body saves and stores memories of fear based information is a useful design to keep us safe and protected for future experiences. As we mature though some of these memories and our aversion to them limit us in our lives and our relationships it give us the illusion that we are free from that painful experience if we keep running away from it. There is another slogan, “what we resist, persists.” This resistance is felts as tension in the body and we contract reinforcing the other Kleshas to get involved forming resentments, grudges, dislikes, hatred, hostility, harmful judgement and more negativity. The solution is to start to look at the stories we tell ourselves that keep us stuck in the core false beliefs and if we can start to investigate and to look at the story in a different way. This technique is called Pratipaksha Bhavana, seeing the value and learning how to see the positive and to view our reaction of aversion as a useful opportunity to practice. This builds trust in ourselves to love and care for our past and present self, opening the possibility for healing, finding lasting fulfilment and freeing ourself from Dvesa.
This practice we will work with the peak pose Bakasana, which is an arm balance. This may now bring up some resistance and you may want to avoid this class, however as we are facing Dvesa within our reaction to things, I feel it fits this theme nicely. We will be reinforcing the biomechanical insight Cat/Cow or Chakravakasana that provides us the foundation to build a strong, stable form to balance and approach the peak pose. So expect core and arm balances.
Week 61 February 8-14 Zephyr LIVE Rewind Class
Raga is one of the five Kleshas which are the mental-emotional afflictions that create persistent distress, pain and suffering in our lives. This Klesha is the addictive, craving, chasing, dwelling, feeling and a holding on to and attachment to previously experienced pleasures. Raga means colouring, likened to a stain on the lens of our perception which creates ignorance (Avidya). Raga seduces the ego (Asmita) through sensory and emotional worldly pleasures and identifies with the stain, reinforcing a progressive addiction to seek. It tends to pull consciousness out of the moment’s awareness and creates the illusion, that happiness will be attained if it is fulfilled. If the desire is not fulfilled then the experience of suffering arises – disappointment, let down of the expectation that it will FIX or SOLVE YOU. Desire is fine, just as long as we are not attached to the outcome. Raga gets triggered when we think we won’t be able to experience certain pleasures again, so begins the craving.
We will explore this complex dependency Kleshas with the Drishti technique of gazing and drawing our awareness to unconscious wandering and seeking Raga. The asana will be twists that create the desired heat for positive change as it provokes, triggers and awakens our attention to longing for more pleasurable experiences. We will combine twists with forward bends to learn effective skills to self-regulate, sooth and create a pause to reflect, digest and release that which doesn’t serve.
Key questions to focus on during this practice are:
Week 60 February 1-7 Zephyr LIVE Rewind Class
Asmita is one of the five Kleshas which are the mental-emotional afflictions that create persistent distress, pain and suffering in our lives. Asmita is the distorted sense of Self as it mis-identifies with the body, emotions and the thoughts we have. It reduces us to our likes and dislikes, what we can or cannot do, to our job, status, reputation, accomplishments and failures. It is the affliction that reinforces core false beliefs that we are not enough as we are, that you are not smart enough, beautiful enough, flexible enough, successful enough, etc. Whatever the thing is you think you lack or keeps you from seeing your true self is, Asmita.
With this practice we are going to progress and evolve on the first Klesha we worked on last week (the Avidya class) where we worked with back bends and developed our sensitivity. As we were provoked, disrupted and challenged the negative thoughts, emotions and memories that surfaced became our teachers as a result of the Kriya Yoga Practice.
To counter Asmita we need to recognise a healthy ego which is the experience of contentment. This practice will focus on states of change and how threats can arise when we face change and lose sight of the secure feeling of fundamental needs being met. A healthy ego is open, curious and willing to learn. However, most of all, a healthy ego is considerate, kind and compassionate not only to ourselves, but to others. It is said that innately we are SAT CIT ANANDA; existence – consciousness – joy. That essentially we are the experience of the light of awareness embodied that is Joyous. The intention for this practice will be to create the heat and physical discomfort consciously desired to burn through the old beliefs of who we think we are, guided by the light of awareness. Your focus will be to embody what you find as lasting contentment, fulfilment and freedom from your pain and suffering as a result of distinguishing, identifying and separating yourself from your Asmita.
Week 59 January 25-31 Zephyr LIVE Rewind Class
This Kriya practice will help you dissolve the vail of Avidya (ignorance and misunderstandings) that impede your ability to see your life clearly. We will use strength building back-bends and the Mantra SO HUM.
The second chapter of the Yoga Sutras tells us that Kriya Yoga (Tapas, Sva Dhyaya, Isvara Pranidhana) reduces the Kleshas (mental-emotional afflictions). We will start our journey working with the first of the Kleshas Avidya which is the state of ignorance, misapprehension, misunderstanding and the blind spots that obstruct a true view of ourselves, others and the world around us. Using our practice to work with today’s pain/suffering that is felt, we will apply the suggested techniques to dissolve the distorted lens of perception. This will culminate with a meaningful connection to truth, sustainable fulfilment of understanding and ultimate liberation of our suffering.
Sorry about the audio. The mic was playing up, I have purchased a new one.
Week 58 January 8-24 Zephyr LIVE Rewind Class
OM asato mā sadgamaya, tamaso mā jyotir gamaya, mṛtyor mā’mṛtaṃ gamaya Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad 1.3.28
Guide me from untruth to truth, Guide me from darkness to light, Guide me from death to immortality.
The words to this mantra are simple and timeless, but reinforcing your yoga practice with the words can make all the difference when you are looking for a bit of clarity, direction and hope. This vinyasa practice works to strengthen and stabilise the external rotation of the legs within the pelvis in order to open, release and to prepare you for a seated practice. Drop into all the effort within the practice and ease yourself into a short meditation using the OM Asatoma Mantra.
Zephyr goes deep into the explanation of this particular mantra and hopes you feel the effects of weaving this mantra into your practice. Mantras can be a bit “marmite” for some, but if you haven’t tried a practice with mantra, this is a great one to “give it a go”. Long may the effects of this practice stay with you. You are star dust!
Week 57 January 11-17 Zephyr LIVE Rewind Class
When practicing the goal is not just to clear the mind of all thoughts and stop thinking rather you should try to increase your capacity to recognise when thoughts are present. Practice training your experience of conscious embodiment to rest in the present moment. This moment is the only time you truly can experience contentment, happiness, connection and awakening (The State of Yoga). To be present two things need to occur; to have the intention to be present and to turn the attention back to the present moment. Try to train the body, breath and mind like a puppy to sit and stay. The mind-puppy will wander into the future and start planning your day, wander into the past and fix a problem of yesterday or fantasise about playing in the park with others. Try to devote a dedicated regular daily practice to lovingly train yourself like a puppy to sit and stay in the moment, building the mental capacity to rest in being, lessening the doing and awake to the truth revealed to us in moment-by-moment loving awareness.
Abhyasa is said to be a focused, diligent practice cultivating the authentic trait of stability in body, breath and mind. Vairagya is a letting go of sensory observation of what arising as thoughts, emotions and sensations. Viveka is the wakefulness of keen discernment as we practice turning our attention back to moment by moment awareness.
This practice works with progressively lengthening the exhale pattern for the desired effect of heat (Tapas), leaning into what is, letting go of that which does not serve and letting be in this moment. Dynamic work within asana and then holding postures to provide that support we desire to trustfully let go.
January 4-10, 2021 Zephyr LIVE Rewind Class
This practice weaves Asana, Pranayama, Mantra, Kriya and Mudra ( I know, a lot! Don’t be scared) into a Vinyasa experience to direct Prana to your New Year’s Intention. I will share a little secret with you as there is a simple equation to manifest your Resolution more effectively:
Intention of your Desire + Intensity of Prana > or = to your Obstacle.
Working with the teachings from the Yoga Sutra (with a Tantric Twist) you will address the obstacles that you face preventing you from fulfilling your intention. I will help you explore some suggested solutions to remove those obstacles and build more vital Prana to direct it to attaining your hearts Intention.
Using the Deities Ganesha, Lakshmi and Sarawati to add a layer of sound, meaning and energy to the experience, Mantra is a big part of this practice.
Jan 1 2021 Zephyr LIVE Rewind Class
Granthis are “Knots” binding together the physical, energetic and mental bodies we call the Koshas or Sheaths of embodiment. In Yoga practice we work to experience the undigested information that gets stuck in these layers, discovering what causes the knots and how to unravel them in order to clear space to expand beyond the knot’s limitations.
There are three Granthis that cover six of our seven commonly known Chakras. These knots inhibit a healthy pranic flow of intelligence and function of these centres. Each of these Granthis are said to be the embodiment of three Hindu God-Heads;
Using the philosophical meaning of these three Hindu God-Heads and their three Goddess Consorts, we will unravel the complexity of why we get knotted up in certain areas. The use of Yogic techniques will assist you in untying, opening and creating a free-flowing current towards seeking the clarity of direct expansive consciousness.
Start off the New Year unravelling the past year’s knots and open the pathway to the expanded state of loving awareness.
Week 54 December 28- Jan 3 Zephyr LIVE Rewind Class
This practice is meant to balance, clear, heal and inspire ourselves as we listen and feel our hearts intention to practice today. Supported by the teachings from the Yoga Sutras, Rig Veda and Buddhism, this very Tantric practice weaving asana, pranayama, mudras and mantra to bring us into a state on oneness with it all!
I will offer the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra as a prayer to rejuvenate and heal ourselves while practicing, reinforcing our dedicated intention to practice.
oṃ tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ puṣṭi-vardhanam
urvārukam iva bandhanān mṛtyor mukṣīya mā ‘mṛtāt
“We meditate on the 3 eyed one – Shiva/Rudra which permeates and nourishes like a fragrance. Shelter and bless me with health and immortality. Liberate me from the clutches of death, even as a cucumber is effortlessly separated from the bondage to the creeper.”
Week 53 December 21-27 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Class
This Vinyasa Practice weaves The Gayatri and AUM Mantra. The Gayatri Mantra marks the beginning of the study of the Vedas, celebrating the ‘Great Mystical Utterance’ of the Sun Goddess that enlightens consciousness. Mantra is said to protect the mind by directing thoughts to the meaning and energy of the words spoken and heard. This mantra is a description of practice, meditation and a prayer. One of the oldest and ‘open’ mantras used to celebrate the miracle of Prana Shakti, the creative energy of Life Force within us. The light, likened to the Sun, we connect to, cultivate in practice and open up to as grace, we use to inspire, grow and manifest what our heart desires. The light in practice burns away impurities that cover your true nature, bathing in the light of our consciousness and is consistently there to reveal the hidden divine truths within you.
OM BHUR BHUVAH SVAH, TAT SAVITUR VARENYAM, BHARGO DEVASYA DHI MAHI, DHIYO YO NAH PRACODAYAT Rig Veda 3.62.10
Earth, Ether, Cosmos let the most Divine Light guide my thoughts, intellect and intuition.
I meditate on the most radiant light of the Divine from which issues the triple world, physical, subtle and celestial, the light so bright that it removes all obstacles and impurities, inspiring and enlightening our minds.
Week 52 December 13-20 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Class
This therapeutic session helps us to focus on the fundamental needs in our lives that, for whatever reason, are not being met; feeling safe, loved, belonging to and connected to. Nurturing ourselves back home into our embodiment during practice becomes an act of self-love by holding space for our shadow-side of our humanity and loving us through whatever surfaces. Those negative thoughts, feelings and attachments to our actions are there to teach us and exploring your shadow-side and working through those feelings in your practice can be a transformative experience.
This vinyasa practice will include Mudras which means seal. We will practice throughout a smiling Mudra to shape the breath to be kind, nurturing and patient and hand mudras which will connect us to their unique intention of ‘sealing’ the effects of the gesture within us.
Week 51 December 7-13 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Class
Mala means stain, impurity or veil of ignorance that masks the soul from it’s true nature drawing it into darkness and duality. In other words, Malas are dimensions of limiting knowledge of not only who we are but what we are, pure consciousness. 1. Karma Mala: Identifies yourself by the body, what you do and what you think your appearance is. 2. Mayiya Mala: Identifies yourself with your thoughts. 3. Anava Mala: Identifies yourself by your feelings. That we reduce ourselves by defining who we are by what we think, feel and do.
This practice of hip openings, forward bends and binding will provoke you to wakefully address the thoughts, feelings and actions that surface. By allowing these aspects of us to surface we identify how we get lost in story telling, judgement and limiting ourselves to believe that we are only what we think, feel and do. This practice uses Asana, Pranayama and Vichara to wakefully be present with what unfolds, increasing self- honesty of our struggles and find the path back home within ourselves acknowledging not just who you are but what you are.
Week 50 November 30 – December 6 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Class
This practice provides tools and techniques to help self-regulate strong thoughts, emotions and actions due to changing circumstances. According to the 1st Noble Truth of Buddhism one of the causes of suffering is change. The experience of change can provoke a strong reaction of fear that imbeds itself and distorts how we relate to ourselves, others and our world view. Through asana, pranayama and mindful reflection you can practice ways to strengthen, stabilise and create clarity helping to discern how to move forward through change with resilience.
This asana practice is focused around forward bends, twists and balances with 1:2 Pranayama Breathing and mindful reflection which will allow space to bravely face what surfaces as a result of change.
Week 49 November 23-29 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Class
The Union of practice; asana, pranayama and meditation should be grounded in mindful reflection called Vichara. This is how you, as the Adhikara (competent student), to take responsibility and accountability of what comes up in practice and skilfully use the Yoga tools to best move forward in your practice and your life.
The Adhikara is made up of 5 essential ingredients or skilful means called Upayas. These Upayas are 1. Shraddha: Faith, Trust, Serenity. 2. Virya: Strength, Courage, Determination. 3. Smirti: Memory of vital information, what matters most, higher purpose. 4. Samadhi: Absorption, Wholeness, Oneness. 5. Prajna: Illumination, Light of Awareness, Rootless Intuitive Wisdom. We will be exploring these attributes within you through Pranayama (breath work) and Asana (physical practice) moving into strong, strengthening backbends and a lateral practice, mixed with twists and nurturing forward bends.
Week 48 November16-22 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Class
There is much mis-conception about the Chakras. At the most basic level, they are wheels or vortexes within the body that both receive and radiate energy. There are seven of them and they start at the crown of the head and then are strategically found down through the body to the base of the spine. The Bija Mantras are known as the “seed sounds”, or the one-syllable sounds that activate the Chakras. Mantra is said to protect the mind and the use of these mantras is to spark a positive neurological effect within the body, energy and mind. We use the the Bija sounds to open us to the meaning of what these Chakras hold, empowering, motivating and potentially healing us through practice. I am not a singer so pardon the pitch and tone of my Bija Mantras, but I will try to express the sound and vibration of these teachings for you to explore your unique resonance and to harmonise the systems and to leave you with radiance from your practice.
Week 47 November 9 – 15 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Class
Pranayama, Kriya, Mudra and Mantra techniques woven into an Asana Vinyasa practice to support the unravelling of the three Granthis – Knots that cover the Physical, Energetic and Mental Sheaths/Koshas. Energetically powerful practice to effectively let go, expand and dissolve back into the mystery of life itself. Enjoy.
Week 46 November 9 – 15 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Class
Strong Dynamic Vinyasa. Warm up that leads to Standing Warriors with AUM Chanting to help dissolve undigested physical, energetic and mental holding patterns. Finishing with AUM Spinal Kriya Meditation.
Week 43 October 19-25 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Class
Dynamic Vinyasa weaving hip opening, core strengthening and forward bends. Pranayama Kriyas, Bandhas and Mudras are used to strengthen and clear the body and mind. This practice will help you feel grounded, supported and safe enough to release and let go of that which does not serve you. By the end of practice you will cultivate more energy to direct the intention of your day.
Week 41 October 5 -11 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Class
Dynamic Vinyasa that focuses on symmetrical poses using a belt to heighten the experience of abducting the legs and provide a greater core, pelvic and spinal stability. Repeating Forward and Back Bends using abduction to deepen your understanding of the efficiency of the action that creates space and strength. Using SO HUM as mantra to stabilise the mind as well as the body.
Week 40 September 28 – October 4 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Class
Dynamic Vinyasa weaving twists and forward bends. The practice of applying suggested areas of focus according to the Yoga Sutras to help break down the complexities of being human. A great practice to refine your technique, postures and breath work.
Week 39 September 21-27 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Class
Dynamic Vinyasa with 1:2 breathing. Creative sequencing to emphasise warrior variations and to help you find the courage to face yourself and acknowledge the suffering you might be holding. A positive way to process and let go. This is an ‘invitation to courageously change’.
Week 38 September 14-20 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Class
Pranayama-focused Vinyasa practice that weaves Western & Eastern psychology and philosophy to help you acknowledge and process what you might be carrying physically, emotionally and mentally. Using Pranayama (breath exercises) with a 1:1:1 breath ratio will heighten your ability to wake up and make better choices to best serve your goals and intention both on the mat and off. This practice is a good mix of movement, opening and strengthening poses with a well-integrated focus on breath work.
Week 37 September 7-13 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Class
Dynamic Vinyasa to purify, strengthen and stabilise the body and mind. Using Pranayama (breath exercises) Kriyas, Bandhas, and Mudras to reinforce your Sankalpa – Deepest Hearts Desire – with just as much effort on your Prana Shakti – Creative Energy – manifestation of your intention is achieved!
Week 36 August 31-September 6 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Class
Vinyasa practice that applies the progression of Prana Shakti – Creative Life Energy.
1. Purification 2. Strengthening 3. Stability 4. Calmness 5. Lightness of Being 6. Direct Perception to Discernment 7. Absorbtion as the Light
This Forward Bend, Core and Hip Opening practice applies the skill in action to waken your embodiment in every gesture, grace of movement, sensation, emotion and thought into the Light of Creative Energy – SHAKTI.
Week 35 August 24-30 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Class
Dynamic Vinyasa of a variety of Vira – Courageous Warrior – poses to embody the attributes of Siddartha, the man who bravely faced his demons (in the form of Mara). After facing those demons, Siddartha found his true being; Buddha. Use of strong Standing Poses, mudras and mindfulness, will kindly guide you through each Krama – sequence to practice – concluding with your own acceptance of your demons and allowing you to find Siddartha ‘Welcoming Mara for Tea’.
Week 34 August 17-23 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Class –
A well-rounded Dynamic Vinyasa practice focusing on Indriyas – Enlivened Senses. This practice is designed to pull you out of auto-pilot mode and create a condition where you are focused and fully present to the sense of full embodiment.
Week 33 August 10-16 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Class –
Vinyasa that explores all ranges of motion with the entirety of our home – the body. Forward/Back Bends, Hip Opening, Twists and Laterals are all part of the sequence. The intention of this practice is to move, breathe, live and love with more meaning and purpose and in the end, finding your way back at home within yourself.
Week 32 August 3-9 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Class –
Vinyasa Yoga Practice inspired by the book “4 Golden Insights” by Jonni Pollard. A creative sequence using Forward Bends, Hip Openings and Binding to reinforce the concepts Pollard teaches from the Vedic Tradition
Week 30 July 20-26 Zephyr Zoom Zoom Rewind Class –
This Vinyasa Practice focuses on strong core work, building the Pranic heat and create the fuel you need attain what you desire. Freedom Strong Core Work Twists, Standing and Supine Poses to build that FIRE – Agni!
The Four Desires (from the Vedas)- 1. Dharma – Purpose 2. Artha – Tools to support Dharma 3. Kama – Beauty 4. Moksha – Freedom
Week 29 July 13-19 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Class –
Creative Vinyasa that builds physical, energetic and mental strength to rest in stillness, the goal of Yoga is Nirodha – Stillness, according to the Yoga Sutras. This practice will use Asana, Pranayama, Bandhas and Mudras to create the direct experience of activity to inactivity, to create effort to become more effortless.
Week 27 June 29-July 5 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Class –
Vinyasa Practice building strength and flexibility. Karma means Action, acknowledging that we are a sum total of all the choices we have ever made. This sequence connects to the Warrior in you; to face life with courage and skill, refining your movement, breath and mind to make better choices aligned to your heart’s desires leading you closer to Spirit.
Week 26 June 22-28 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Class –
Vinyasa practice focusing on Shoulder Release. Our upper body, especially our shoulders, is where we can hold emotional and mental feelings that may be stored in the body tissues. This practice uses the tools of Asana to give you the permission to feel, breathe and awaken more fully to what is yours to experience. This practice will leave you feeling peaceful and serene and hopefully like that “weight on your shoulders” has been lifted.
Week 24 June 8-14 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Class –
Vinyasa Practice that is designed to prepare you for the full splits applying the courage we need to face life’s greatest challenges. We will look to our practice to see the Kleshas, mental emotional afflictions, manifested in your life and cathartically process them to build the strength and dynamic ability to adapt to change with a greater sense of ease as we take the great leap of faith living our life with more love and meaning. A wonderful practice to gain a sense of overcoming and accomplishment.
The 5 Kleshas: Afflictions 1. Avidya – Ignorance 2. Asmita – Egotism 3. Raga – Attachment 4. Dvesa – Aversion 5. Abinivesha – Fear of Loss, Change or Death
Week 23 June 1-7 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Classes –
Vinyasa Practice slowly moving in and out of standing poses to apply the Niyamas to yourself as you then hold the pose to deepen your understanding. Niyamas are the key to having a healthier relationship with ourselves. Guidelines, according to the Yoga Sutras, to prepare us for Asana, Pranayama, Pratiahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi.
Niyamas are- 1. Sauca – Cleaniness, Self-Care 2. Samtosa – Contentment 3. Tapas – Practices that Create Heat for Positive Change 4. Sva Dhyaya – Self-Study 5. Isvara Pranidhana – Surrendering to the God head of your Understanding
Week 22 May 25-31 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Classes
Vinyasa Practice slowly working with poses to build from the ground – up, exploring the space to apply the Yamas to the practice. The Asanas in this practice are Hip Opening, Forward Bends, Back Bends, Laterals and Twists. The intent of the practice is to open you to the entire space that you occupy, serving yourself before you go out to serve others in your community.
Yamas are the 5 guidelines and ethical disciplines which make up the foundation of all Yogic thought, helping reduce the suffering felt, providing greater space to create clarity in our relationships to others. 1. Ahimsa – Non-Violence in allowing space for others to be as they are and learn what they need to. 2. Satya – Truthfulness, honesty and transparence in our relationships, words and actions. 3. Asteya – Non-Stealing of time, attention, ideas, money or energy. 4. Brahamacharya – boundaries in maintaining our highest priorities to what matters most to us and not losing sight of it within our relationships. 5. Aparighaha – Non-Possessiveness, Letting go of Control.
Week 21 May 18-24 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Classes
Vinyasa practice working from the ground up the spine to unlock, activate and inspire the subtle body – Chakras. Each Krama or sequence will work with each Chakra theme.
The Chakras -1. Muladhara – Self-Preservation 2. Svadhistana – Self-Gratification 3. Manipura – Self-Identification 4. Anahata – Self-Acceptance 5. Vishudha – Self-Expression 6. Ajna – Self-Reflection 7. Sahasrara – Self-Knowledge
Week 20 May 11-17 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Classes
Vinyasa practice focusing on Lateral Extensions of the right and left sides to draw your attention to the centre of the embodiment and symbolism of the teachings of the Gunas. This will leave you feeling the equanimity of body, energy and mind.
Week 20 May 11-17 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Classes
Vinyasa practice focusing on Lateral Extensions of the right and left sides to draw your attention to the centre of the embodiment and symbolism of the teachings of the Gunas. This will leave you feeling the equanimity of body, energy and mind and prepare you for the included Meditation.
Week 19 May 4-10 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Classes
Vinyasa practice working with the movement of energy behind the breath that is called Prana Vayu. You will use a full range of motion and sequencing movement within the body to connect you to the Vayu – movement of the breath creating clarity, inspiration and healing.
Prana Vayus- 1. Prana Vayu 2. Apana Vayu 3. Samana Vayu 4. Vijana Vayu 5. Udana Vayu
Week 19 May 4-10 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Classes
Vinyasa practice working with the movement of energy behind the breath that is called Prana Vayu. You will use a full range of motion and sequencing movement within the body to connect you to the Vayu – movement of the breath creating clarity, inspiration and healing. A meditation is included with this practice.
Prana Vayus- 1. Prana Vayu 2. Apana Vayu 3. Samana Vayu 4. Vijana Vayu 5. Udana Vayu
Week 18 April 27- May 3 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Classes
Dynamic Vinyasa moving with the breath to guide us through the physical, energetic, mental and wisdom sheaths of our embodied experience called the Koshas. You will use SO HUM to connect to the sensation that penetrates the layers with movement to create clarity and transparency to find your way into the bliss sheath of wholeness and oneness of it all.
5 Koshas – Sheaths, Layers, Coverings 1. Annamaya Kosha – Physical 2. Pranamaya Kosha – Energetic 3. Manomaya Kosha – Mental 4. Vijanamaya Kosha – Wisdom 5. Anandamaya Kosha – Bliss
Week 18 April 27- May 3 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Classes
Dynamic Vinyasa moving with the breath to guide us through the physical, energetic, mental and wisdom sheaths of our embodied experience called the Koshas. You will use SO HUM to connect to the sensation that penetrates the layers with movement to create clarity and transparency to find your way into the bliss sheath of wholeness and oneness of it all. All that preparation and effort for Anandamaya will apex with a meditation that is sure to bring a bit of Bliss.
Week 17 April 20- April 26 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Classes
Vinyasa Practice that works with dynamic movement in and out of poses and then into twists, building a strong vessel to hold the brightest Prana/Life Energy that exists in you and to effectively utilise it as you go about your day.
Week 16 April 13-19 Zephyr Zoom Rewind Classes
Vinyasa Practice slowly working with the breath, while moving in and out of poses to apply the 7 Stages of working with Yoga according to the Yoga Sutras. 1. Self-Awareness 2. Self-Understanding 3. Self-Acceptance 4. Self-Discipline 5. Self-Actualisation 6. Self-Transcendence 7. Self-Transformation