Abhaya Holistic Center Classes
Sat Nam and Welcome to Abhaya Holistic Center.
As a Yoga and Meditation student, you should go at a pace that suits your flexibility and endurance. We encourage you to come to classes but also practice at home- a one-hour morning practice will prepare you for your day. If you can practice at the same time each day, you will find that you improve rapidly. Take one to three yoga classes a week and one workshop a month to establish a firm foundation for an effective program that fits your needs, goals, capacity and lifestyle.
Wear loose comfortable clothes to class, preferably of cotton or other natural fiber. Bring a bottle or container with water and a towel.
As part of our service to you and all our students, you are welcome to use the studio’s mats, blankets and all you might need for your class free of charge. However, you’re also welcome to bring your own.
It is very important to make sure you go to the bathroom before class, and not during. Getting up in the middle of class can be very disrupting to the group energy. Don’t forget to turn off your cell phone. It is also important to try to stay still and not fidget during meditation and when the teacher is speaking. This will help you stay present and have a deeper experience. It also demonstrates respect for the teacher.
Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is the Yoga of Awareness.
Kundalini Yoga is a discipline in which you can develop the perfect balance between mind, body and soul. Kundalini Yoga gives you tools to expedite your spiritual growth and healing. Kundalini Yoga allows the release of blocked energy, balances body and mind and integrates these, helping you recognize your own potential, an experience of the depth of your soul and true identity. As a result, this direct experience of your higher self builds a platform of strength, radiance, and security on which to build your life, improving your health and developing a more focused and directed mind that allows you to live in harmony.
Kundalini Yoga also provides more well-known benefits: stress alleviation, increased flexibility, expanded lung capacity, and a strong core.
Kundalini Yoga is not a religion. When we apply the technology of Kundalini Yoga to our body and our mind, it has the effect of uplifting the spirit. Kundalini Yoga is for everyone. It is universal and nondenominational.
“Kundalini Yoga is not a religion. Religions come out of it. Kundalini Yoga is not a fad, and it’s not a cult. It’s a practice of experience of a person’s own excellence, which is dormant and which is awakened.”
-Yogi Bhajan, 7/26/96
Aquarian Sadhana is offered every Wednesday and Sunday at 4:30 am. We come together in spirit, body and mind to infinity. It’s a core part of the practice of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. This practice is of extraordinary benefit as we prepare ourselves to serve the universe and the universe also serves us. This is one of the most extraordinary aspects of the Kundalini Yoga tradition but it’s a good idea to know more about what to expect before you attend.
Sadhana means daily spiritual practice. Any form of meditation, yoga, or spiritual activity can be a form of sadhana. In Sanskrit, sadhana literally means accomplishing something. You set a task as a goal and you accomplish it, in the service of worship of the divine or elevation of your spirit. Morning sadhana isn’t too tricky to decipher. It’s a spiritual practice that you do first thing in the morning.
Sadhana helps to raise the Kundalini energy and bring self-awareness and personal victory. You’ll hear of people doing all kinds of different meditations or kriyas, the name for a Kundalini yoga set, as a part of their morning sadhana practice. The mother of all morning sadhana practices is called the Aquarian Sadhana, which is practiced all over the world by Kundalini yogis.
Aquarian Sadhana is a series of spiritual practices done during the amrit vela, the 2 1/2 hours before the rise of the sun, given by Yogi Bhajan, the Master of Kundalini Yoga. It operates under the principle of karma, meaning that whatever you give comes back tenfold, so with 2 1/2 hours given to the Divine, your entire day is covered with blessings. It is called the “Aquarian” sadhana because it was meant to carry humanity through the current age we find ourselves in, the Aquarian Age, astrologically speaking. The 2 1/2 hours is divided into four parts: preparation for Sadhana, recitation of Sikh prayers, Kundalini Yoga kriya, and chanting the Aquarian mantras. This practice can be done individually but when practiced in a group, we receive additional energetic benefits.
It does require discipline to accomplish, and the practice itself develops the grit to continue, but there’s a tremendous sweetness in the practice that shouldn’t be overlooked. Keep an open mind and an open heart to the practice, as it is a profoundly transformational tool. And it offers a deep practice of yoga for the more committed practitioner.
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Hatha Yoga is based on a series of asanas (different yoga postures) and pranayamas (breathing exercises) that help bring peace to the mind and body.
There are seven main benefits we can acquire from this practice:
1.Improves our immune system – When you contract and stretch muscles, move organs around, and come in and out of yoga postures, you increase the drainage of lymph. This helps the lymphatic system fight infection, destroy cancerous cells, and dispose of the toxic waste products of cellular functioning
2. Relaxes the mind and releases tension in the body – Yoga really encourages you to focus on your breath, which relaxes the mind. Whether you are trying to find ease in a difficult pose or you are practicing yin yoga, the breath will help you calm the mind and release tension in the body.
3. Tones the spine – All of our nerves branch out from the spine, connecting the various organ systems to the brain. It is said that if the spine is rigid, nerve impulses cannot flow freely through the body and internal organs become weakened and subject to disease. If you keep the spine supple, the nerves remain strong and your health is maintained.
4. Strengthens and tones the body – Yoga poses are weight bearing, are held for varying lengths of time, and are repeated multiple times during a practice. It is a great option for functional fitness since it allows your body to be both strengthened and stretched in positions that your body is naturally in on a day-to-day basis.
5. Increases flexibility – There are two major schools of scientific thought on what actually most limits flexibility and what should be done to improve it. The first school focuses not on stretching muscle fiber itself but on increasing the elasticity of connective tissues, the cells that bind muscle fibers together, encapsulate them, and network them with other organs; the second addresses the “stretch reflex” and other functions of the autonomic (involuntary) nervous system. Yoga works on both. That’s why it’s such an effective method for increasing flexibility.
6. Helps with cravings – When your body is off balance, you have all sorts of cravings (who doesn’t??). Yoga is great for balancing our systems and helping to curb all sorts of wacky things such as oversleeping, overeating, the desire to drink or smoke, eat sugar and more!
7. Good Health – It is said the practice of yoga will help us achieve these “symptoms”: Real hunger, good digestion, sound sleep, perfect functioning of the various organs of the body, proper pulsation, timely elimination of wastes, interest in doing one’s duties, and happiness of mind.
Enjoy your practice and stay mentally, physically and spiritually fit!
Vinyasa means “flow“, movement or position. This style of yoga not only makes one very strong and flexible, but also improves muscle tone, confidence and boosts self image.
Vinyasa Yoga is the strength-building, flexibility-improving, stamina-increasing, mind-calming cardiovascular exercise that will ensure you get the most “workout” out of your yoga session. It’s the perfect one-and-done, endorphin-filled practice that will leave you feeling both accomplished andgrounded.
The teacher incorporates methods from both Hatha and Vinyasa practices into her class and personal sequencing.
Her Western students seem to be most familiar with Vinyasa styles of yoga, generally giving it the upper hand as the more dynamic, and intense style of yoga. It should not go unnoticed that to balance your practice with Hatha styles will bring greater benefits, staying true and authentic to the lifelong practice of yoga.
A yoga practitioner benefits most from the use of both – movement and stillness.
In our kids yoga classes, the little ones get the tools necessary to deal with their everyday stress and to calm their minds, enabling them to live in harmony and be more focused.
They learn techniques that lead to self-health, relaxation, and inner fulfillment. Through simple posses, meditation and mindful play, they strengthen their bodies and gain confidence along side others in a non-competitive way, while helping them feel connected to their changing bodies and developing mind.
Through visualization, imaginative story telling, and mindful arts and crafts, children connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the world around them.
Let your little one explore and discover himself or herself, while you enjoy your own practice!
Candlelight Restorative Yoga
Candlelight Restorative yoga is a practice that leads the yogi toward a healing, recuperative, and relaxing experience. It ushers in a host of wonderful benefits that are often overshadowed by the popularity and visibility of more dynamic yoga styles.
This practice relies on the use of props and the prolonged holding of a few simple poses to achieve a deep level of relaxation.
What exactly makes this style of yoga unique? Here are some of the benefits a restorative yoga practice has to offer:
Slows Down the Pace of Life
Disconnect from the hectic activity of your everyday life and let your speed return to ZERO mph. Moving slowly and holding the poses allows you to explore your body and mind at a steady and natural pace.
Sooths the Nervous System
The slower pace and deep breathing triggers the parasympathetic nervous system. The overall calming effect on the nervous system sets a deeply relaxing atmosphere for the class, comforting your mind and body down to the cellular level.
Restorative yoga is a “mindful yoga” due to the expanded awareness of self and body that comes through the practice. It encourages your mind and body to live in the present; be present.
Restorative yoga often leads to a superior experience of profound oneness with the universal level of consciousness. Each posture and each breath serves to lead you further up the level of expanded awareness. As the practice develops, this yoga carries you from the awakening state of consciousness into the quiet space between your thoughts, the space from where you’re able to foretaste the soul and arouse the divinity within.
Increases Body Awareness
The slow pace of restorative yoga opens the doorway to a deeper understanding of your own body, leading you to actually feel what it means to be a spiritual creature having a human experience. Profounder levels of bodily muscles can be integrated and owned and a more profound sense of self-respect and acceptance can emerge.
Increases Self-Awareness and Introspection
This yoga class often helps you draw attention inward and away from external life situations. With your awareness directed toward your inner self, the practice slowly becomes a sanctuary for the mind and spirit that allows you to see who you really are, what you want, and how you can serve the world.
Generates Deliberateness of Action
Through the mindfulness of the practice, you can see the direct relationship between the cause and effect of your poses, breathing, and the overall level of your wellbeing. As your practice deepens, you begin to make more deliberate and attentive choices in your everyday life.
Fortifies Acceptance and Detachment
In this practice, you receive the greatest benefits from your practice not through forcing yourself into a pose, but by releasing and surrendering to it. This helps to mentality cultivate acceptance of your body and its limitations, to strengthen your ability to let go of preconceived beliefs, both in and out of the mat. When increased ease, stretch and relaxation are the focus of this style of yoga, acceptance and detachment naturally occur as a result.
Helps You Feel Confident and Nurtured
In daily life, many people move through their days haunted by fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. Restorative yoga provides you with a safe harbor in which you can reconnect with your true self, which is immortal, invincible, pure, and nourishing. This yoga helps you to reclaim the fearless nature of your soul.
Through this practice, you awaken grace, self-confidence, flexibility, balance, strength, and present moment awareness.
The benefits listed here may not be isolated solely to restorative yoga, but they are some of the most defining benefits to this type of practice. If you haven’t experienced this style of yoga before, this is your open invitation.
One on One Kundalini Yoga
One on one classes are a very powerful way to get the most out of Kundalini Yoga practice. Private classes enable us to discuss your situation and needs and hence allow us to tailor exercises, meditations and breathwork specifically for you.
Kundalini Yoga addresses anything from physical to emotional to energetic wellbeing. It allows the release of blocked energy, balances body and mind and integrates these. You will be given your personal set of exercises (kriya) to practice as often as you are able between sessions. This will accelerate the benefits of the private yoga sessions for you immensely.
$80 Virtual Kundalini Yoga Unlimited Month
$8 Single Virtual Class Min Donation
$35 5 Virtual Kundalini Yoga Classes
$65 10 Virtual Kundalini Yoga Classes
$11 1 Virtual Kids Yoga Class
$77 8 Virtual Kids Yoga Classes
$75 1 Private VIRTUAL 90-minute Kundalini Yoga
$350 5 Private VIRTUAL Class Pack (2-month validity)
$600 10 Private VIRTUAL Class Pack (2-month validity)
$105 1 In-Person 90-minute Private Kundalini Yoga**
$105 One-to-One Holistic Therapy Initial Consultation**
$105 One-to-One 45-minute Sound Healing Therapy**
ALL** In-Person Services include 30% OFF Reopening Discount until June 30, 2020
** Price already includes 30% reopening discount. Regular price is $150.
• Kundalini Yoga – Single Class $21
Valid for one Kundalini Yoga class. For full credit, students can cancel or reschedule the class at least 24 hours prior to the start of the class.
• Any Yoga – 5 Classes $90
No need to RSVP. You can check our schedule and drop in to take any of the classes we offer. This package includes only 2 Saturday Kundalini classes. If you are planning on attending only the Saturday classes, please purchase the 5-class Kundalini with Gong Package. Please note, you need to take the 5 classes within 1 months from the day you activate the package. We recommend arriving early as the class is limited to 20 students.
• Any Yoga – 10 Classes $170
This package includes only 4 Saturday Kundalini classes. If you are planning on attending only to the Saturday classes, please purchase the 5-class Saturday Kundalini with Gong Package. No need to RSVP. You can check our schedule and drop in to take any of the classes we offer. However, you need to take the 10 classes within 2 months from the day you activate the package. We recommend arriving early as the class is limited to 20 students.
• Kundalini Yoga – 20 Classes $320
This package includes 8 Saturday Kundalini classes. If you are planning on attending only to the Saturday classes, please purchase the 5 class Saturday Kundalini Package. No need to RSVP. You can check our schedule and drop in to take any of the classes we offer. However, you need to take the 20 classes within 6 months from the day you activate the package. We recommend arriving early as the class is limited to 20 students.
• Monthly Unlimited Yoga Classes $210
No need to RSVP. Students are welcome come to as many classes and any type of yoga they like for a month. This includes Kundalini, Hatha, Restorative, and Meditation Classes. Events and workshops are not included in this package
We recommend arriving early to class as the class is limited to 20 students.
• Kundalini Yoga Private Classes – $150 one on one and $50 for each additional person. Class length: 75 to 90 minutes AT THE STUDIO!
• Private Sound Therapy. Sound therapy with Gong or with Tibetan Bowls. $150 for 1 to 4 people max. Additional $25 each additional person in groups of 4+. The length of the session is 45 to 60 minutes AT THE STUDIO!
PRIVATE CLASSES ARE ALSO OFFERED AT THE PLACE OF YOUR CHOICE, HOWEVER, ADDITIONAL CHARGES APPLY DEPENDING ON THE DISTANCE.