Yoga Is…

Yoga is about finding balance. In fact, the word yoga is taken from the Sanskrit word “yug” which means “to yoke” or “to join” – joining together of two equal but opposite things or ideas into a balanced whole. The integration of the mind & the body, the past & the present, masculine & feminine, strength & flexibility, to name but a few.

Many people have a tendency to equate the practice of yoga with the goal of placing the body in pretzel-like positions and contortions when in actuality it’s not at all about goals or learning to tie our bodies in knots.

” Before you learn to stand on your head, you need to learn to stand on your own two feet.”
Swami Satchidananda

Balanced in the present moment. Yoga is a process, not a goal. It’s not about trying to look like a picture in some book, but about learning about your own body and cultivating that mind-body connection. The physical is a reflection of the mental and spiritual. When the output of action does not balance with the input, we experience stress. Hatha yoga attenpts to bring the input and output into balance. We, as human beings, exist as a polarity. This is epitomized by the very word Hatha. “Ha” means Sun in Sanskrit – Heat/Light/Energy/Creativity/Action/Passion “Tha” means Moon in Sanskrit – Cool/Reflective/Receptive/Intuitive/Accepting

We move from one extreme to the other. The process of yoga is to lead us into balance and harmony of this polarity. The asanas or postures are a discipline for the body, exerting effects on the mind. Positive effects not only on the mind and the emotions, but on the muscles, organs and glands as well. They have a balancing effect upon the nervous system, making us better able to deal with stress. They increase our flexibility, improve our circulation, strengthern our muscles, aid in digestion, support stress-related conditions and improve our breathing capacity and the elasticity of our lungs.

The health community has realized that a high-impact aerobic work-out creates more injuries than benefits – in the knees, low backs and ankles. Yoga lasts for a liftime unlike many sports that we may need to abandon as we age. But the benefits far exceed enhancing our physical health and mental activity to promoting emotional balance and spiritual awareness. It provides a way to feel peaceful in this chaotic world in which we live.

Yoga is neither political or religious. Anyone can practice it regardless of age, sex or physical condition. Yoga evolved initially as an oral tradition which was taught one on one so that the teaching was passed directly from teacher to student. Today, there are many fine books and tapes about yoga which are very useful whether you are a beginner or a continuing student. But a teacher can provide that personal guidance and instruction that you may not find in the pages of a book. You make your own choice as to what will work best for you. And if you do decide that you would like to try a yoga class, please utilize our directory of teachers. There you will find representatives of a variety of styles of yoga from the strengthening yet relaxing focus of classical yoga, to the dynamic pace of astanga yoga and the alignment-oriented requirements of an Iyengar class. Please feel free to make inquiries of any of the teachers so that you can learn more.

Practicing yoga and meditation is not about withdrawing from the world, it’s about how to embrace life more fully – how to accomplish more without getting stressed in the process. It is the process of joining the ordinary with the extraordinary during our daily life. Yoga is a tool for learning to notice and challenge our perceived limitations, giving us the opportunity to suspend our beliefs about what we can and cannot do.

“Whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”
Johann Wolfgang van Goethe

The above article was written by Christine, a certified yoga teacher in the Denver area and was originally published in 2009.

Foundations of Ayurveda

Foundations of Ayurveda
July 7 – 30, Summer Intensive
PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala
Learn the secrets of Ayurveda: this 132-hour course is a prerequisite for further Ayurveda training and it is ideal if you want basic knowledge to enhance another health oriented profession, including Yoga and other holistic practices. Consultant training continues in the Fall.
$2626 + texts and workbooks

Pranayoga & Ayurveda Mandala Open House

Based on the Kripalu tradition, the focus of our Yoga Teacher Trainings and Yoga Therapy Training is to cultivate practices that are a meditation-in-motion that enhance one’s personal and professional pursuits, and to honor the philosophy and concepts of the classical texts.
Free Event

Summer Solstice Celebration & Potluck!

To celebrate our 2 year anniversary, we’re planning a Summer Solstice Celebration & Potluck Wed 6/21 at 6:45pm. We’ll start with a yoga class in the yard (led by Michael and Karen Jochum) and we’ll follow with an “appetizer potluck”.  Bring a light finger food / snack to share. We do have a refrigerator and will have some coolers to keep food safe while we do yoga.

We’ll have mats available to borrow, but if you have your own mat you might want to bring it – we’re hoping for a big turnout!   This is a donation class – all money will go to the teachers.

Upside Down & Inside Out

Title of Event: Upside Down & Inside Out
Date / Time: June 17, 11:30-1:30pm
Location: Golden Well Being Yoga
Contact Number: 720-297-7071
Description Mark your calendars and book space for your mat now. Join us for this amazing workshop opportunity and Learn to Let Go of the Mental Obstacles Preventing You from The King and Queen of All Asanas!!!
Note: It’s recommended you have had at least 1-3 years of consistent yoga practice OR currently have an Inversion & Backbend practice in place before signing up for this workshop.
Cost: $35
Category: Workshop
Website of Registration: GoldenWellBeingYoga.com
Organizer’s info: Cindy Haxel, 303-956-5817, cindy@goldenwellbeingyoga.com

Deepening Practices: Maturing the Foundations

Deepening Practices: Maturing the Foundations
July 15 – August 28
PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala
Both an advanced course for teachers and a prerequisite for Yoga Therapy training. This 45-hour course covers a deeper foundation of basic yoga info including the tools of yoga and their relationship to yoga anatomy, ayurveda, and the cycles of life. A general overview of many classical texts rounds out the course. Yoga Therapy training continues in the Fall.
$870 + texts and workbooks
Organizer’s info: Hansa, 303-432-8099, pyamandala@gmail.com, and www.pyamandala.com

Yoga Sutra Series with Rama

Rama Jyoti Vernon shares insights gained through years of study and practice related to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras – on and off the mat. She introduces tools that blend the Sutras into our yoga teaching.
$50 Friday only, $275 whole weekend