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Yoga & Meditation

Though there are many styles and brands, there is only one yoga. It is connection to the Self: Ātman आत्मन् (essence or soul)–and the understanding that this truth of who you are is no different than the whole of the universe. Yoga practice is a means of remembering this truth and participating in it. For each individual and at different times of life, the style and form of practice will be different, but the essence of yoga as connection to life remains.

These classes include movement, poses, pranayama, meditation and an exploration of archetypes. They root from three philosophies: Tantra as the perspective that spirit is in everything and a dance through the elements and chakras, Hatha as the belief that meditation arises as your own natural state, and Bhakti, with the practice of seeking the sweetness of life and the understanding that the end point of all study is love. 

“If the preparation is perfect, there will be no need to learn meditation from anyone. One fine morning while practicing pranayama your mind will be lifted into a new realm of consciousness”
— The Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Thus, yoga is a means to guide you back to your own knowing. For generations, systems of power have created beliefs that that someone else holds the power and the truth. Yoga is the direct realization of the truth within each breath and the body's wisdom. There is nothing to earn and nowhere to get to. Through the practices of yoga, each individual comes to their own knowing and inner and outer alignment. 

All classes listed are held at The Moving Joint in the Mar Vista area - Los Angeles, CA and taught by Laura Fuller. Please check the schedule page to know if there is a substitute teacher or cancellation. Your first class is free, then class packages are available. ClassPass is also accepted. 

Monday 6:30 - 8:00 pm • Gentle Yoga & Meditation

Monday class is sweet sangha (community). We begin with a check in where each individual can share what they would like, followed by a brief exploration of yogic principles or philosophies. Then, gentle movement, poses, pranayama, relaxation and meditation. All levels are welcome. This class provides a great foundation for beginners to find their way in the poses, philosophy, and breath. Movement and poses accessible to all levels are used to get the breath and energy flowing. Come together and start the week with intention.

Monday 8:00 - 9:30 pm • Flow & Meditation

Flow yoga plus meditation in a style that emphasizes inner yoking and acknowledges the reality of healing for the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. At the end of the day, integrate the good, release what is done, and return to inner alignment. This class is designed to let you come as you are, enter the present moment, and explore what is possible. Flow is taken as the practice of presence and surrender within the action of life. Instruction will be given to help you find your personal place in the practice and some parts of this class include less guidance, allowing the individual to rest within. Come play, go deep, and be ready for a sweet sweat.

Wednesday 6:30 - 8:00 pm • Gentle Yoga, Restoratives & Meditation

This class combines gentle movement, restorative poses, slow stretches, pranayama, relaxation and meditation. All levels are welcome–including beginners and those looking to heal the body and nervous system. Gentle movement gets the breath flowing and empties out the stress of the day. Restorative poses create a deep sense of support and safety, helping the body learn to relax and recharge. Pranayama and meditation connect you to your own center and infinite renewal. Come connect with sweet community and rest in the gentleness that always surrounds you. 

Friday 6:30 - 8:00 pm • All Levels Yoga & Restoratives

AKA "Freaky Friday" is the perfect way to end your week. Play, laugh, cry, connect, or rest deep inside yourself–this class is both light-hearted and deep. We will start with movement, poses, and flow where people of all levels of experience are encouraged to work in a way that feels good to them. Variations are given for challenge and ease. We will finish with restorative poses, rest and meditation. Come as you are, get what you need, and finish the week in gratitude and release.

Sunday 10:30 AM - 12:00 • All Levels Yoga - Full Practice

All levels are welcome to come connect with their breath, their own sense of the divine, and to each other. A full practice is offered: flow, stretches, finishing poses, pranayama, meditation and shavasana and each individual is invited to do just what feels good to them. There is a light and sweetness to this Sunday morning practice. Together, we create a space of compassion, welcoming of whatever arises, and understanding that grace is always there. 

“Behind every sick man there is a spiritual man. Behind a diabetic, there is a yogi. Behind a man suffering from depression there is an aspirant. When a patient comes for help, teach him yoga and make him better. Treat his sickness, but do not stop there. Take him further into the spiritual domains of life.”
— The Hatha Yoga Pradipika
“Nowadays, the practice of yoga stops with just asanas. Very few even attempt dharana and dhyana (deeper meditation) with seriousness. There is a need to search once more and reestablish the practice and value of yoga in modern times.”
— Triumalai Krishnamacharya

 

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Aham Bramhāsmiti अहं ब्रह्म अस्मिति  Self and Ultimate Reality are One.