At Solstice Yoga, Healing & the Arts

Kundalini Yoga Pranayam & Meditation

Come release stress from the day and prepare yourself for a wonderful nights sleep! All are welcome! No experience required.

Dates: Weekly on Wednesdays beginning February 6, 2019

Time: 7:15 pm – 60 minutes

Cost: $13 per Class

Register: Drop In or Online for one or multiple classes (Scroll to the end of the Daily Classes page to register)

Location: Solstice Yoga, Healing & the Arts, Eastworks Studio #251, 116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA 01027

Regulate the nervous system and cultivate a meditative mind with Kundalini pranayam (breath techniques) and meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan. We will develop breath awareness, recognizing the breath as both the gross physical breath and as the subtle life force called prana. We’ll learn and practice various breath techniques including yogic breath (long deep breathing), breath suspension, breath of fire, alternate nostril breathing, segmented breaths and more. We practice many types of meditations in Kundalini Yoga. Meditations include silent awareness, mudras (hand positions) and pranayams with or without mantra (rhythmical repetition of specific sounds). Classes will include warm-ups to prepare for sitting in a comfortable seated position, pranayam, meditation and deep relaxation. Home practice will be encouraged. Yogi Bhajan said, “The main problem in the world is stress. It is not going to decrease – it is going to increase. If through pranayama the shock can be harnessed, the entire stress and disease can be reduced.”

At Forbes Library

Dharma Gentle Yoga ~ Gentle and Restorative

No experience required, but individuals need to be able to get up and down from the mat independently.

Dates: Weekly on Wednesdays at Forbes Library

Time:  9:30 – 10:45 AM

Cost: Free (Nominal donations up to $5 accepted)

No Registration. Walkins welcome.

Location: Forbes Library – Community Room
20 West St., Northampton, MA

Audio Recording of our Dharma Gentle Yoga Class

This gentle, healing yoga class is appropriate for all who wish to add the healing qualities of yoga to their lives. We move the body through the classical poses very slowly, gently and conscientiously. Rests are taken between poses as the body moves towards inner introspection on a physical and meditative level. This class is highly beneficial for those who are ready to return to physical activity after an illness or injury, or for those who have not moved much in a long time. Everyone will leave feeling refreshed and relaxed.

The Dharma Gentle Class was designed by Sri Dharma Mittra who founded one of the early independent schools of Yoga in New York City in 1975.  He is the author of the world-renowned masterpiece, The Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures. Sri Dharma Mittra’s life represents intense service to mankind through the ethical, spiritual, and practical physical philosophy of Yoga in action. He has influenced hundreds of thousands of aspirants in his nearly half century of teaching. He continues to teach daily at the Dharma West Temple at 61 West 23rd St. in New York City, leads “Life of a Yogi” 200, 500, and 800 hour Teacher Trainings, and workshops worldwide. He is the author of Maha Sadhana DVDs I & II, Sun Salutation Yoga Course Chart, and Asanas 608 Yoga Poses book.

Testimonials

“This past summer, at the urging of my wife, she and I went to our first yoga class. My first concern was my level of inflexibility, but then, when I realized I was the only male in the class, I also wondered how I would fit in. From the moment I walked in the door, Vickie made me feel welcome and at ease, and I barely gave it another thought. I am now able to do things with my body I didn’t think possible, and things with my mind that I couldn’t have imagined. Vickie’s classes have cracked the door open to a knowledge that I will build upon, value and use for the rest of my life. Thank you Vickie!”
Steve, Florence, MA
“I feel that the practice of yoga has been the only thing that has helped my spinal stenosis and arthritic pains. And Vickie has been the kindest, gentlest, most inspirational teacher that I have ever encountered. Thank you so much, Vickie.”
Lynne Knudsen, Easthampton, MA
“At the age of nearly 50, my husband and I attended our first yoga class with Vickie. Yoga had been on my list of things to do/try for years. My only regret is that I waited so long. Vickie exudes a positive, compassionate and fun attitude. She knows when to push a little in order to get the most from a pose, but never to the point of making me feel incapable. I always leave the class feeling refreshed, relaxed and strong. I am incredibly grateful for everything Vickie gives to me through Dharma Mittra yoga and plan on making this a part of my life forever.”
Bonnie, Florence, MA
“For a guy in his 60s, inexperienced with yoga, Vickie’s class was a pleasure and a revelation. She has a lovely, encouraging way of showing how to achieve a position and helping the novice get as close as possible. The flow of her classes, combining serious physicality with meditation and well-spaced relaxation, is inviting and restorative.”
Nick, Northampton, MA
“Vickie creates a peaceful, inclusive, and welcoming atmosphere in her classes. She accepts the level of each student, while offering gentle encouragement for growth. She is a respectful, warm, and knowledgeable teacher.”
Denise
“I’ve been attending Vickie’s yoga class for nearly 6 months and thoroughly enjoy it. She gently guides us through the movements with her soothing and calming voice. I always feel relaxed, yet refreshed after every class.”
Kimberly A. Budd, Chicopee, MA