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PUBLIC CLASSES + SPECIAL OFFERINGS
Public Classes available to patrons of The Merrifield Center, The Gartlan Center, and New Horizons (DMV area)
April 2019 (details TBA) || 5Elements Flow Yoga at Breathe Body & Mind, Springfield, VA
September 2019 (details TBA)) || 5Elements Flow Yoga at Life Keys Energy, Port Orchard, WA
POP UPS / WORKSHOPS
5Elements Flow Yoga (available for 2019 bookings!)
5Elements Flow Yoga 5Elements Flow Yoga is a model of five, creative, dynamic vinyasa flow practices within the Kunga Yoga School developed by Kristin Cooper-Gulak and inspired by the teachings of Ayurveda. 5Elements Flow is based on the “panchamahabhutas” or the five great elements of nature, and is for students of all levels. This practice teaches a deeper understanding of the elements through unique namaskars and posture sequencing which allows the yoga practitioner to evolve with changing seasons and life cycles, creating a foundation for sustaining a lifelong yoga practice. The 5Elements Flow model includes 5Elements Earth Flow, 5Elements Water Flow, 5Elements Air Flow, 5Elements Fire Flow, and 5Elements Space Flow. All 5Elements Flow practices are set sequence classes, meaning that the same sequence of namaskars and asanas are taught every time in class. (see more below)
Embrace the Elements Q&A:
Q. What is an elements based practice?
A. Asana meets Ayurveda (yoga’s sister science, rooted in the rhythms of nature! You will explore a deeper understanding of the elements through postures that reflect the natures of each element and the effect they may have on your body - mind - spirit.
Q. What are the natural elements?
A. Earth, Fire, Water, Air, Space
Q. What type of practice does each include?
A. 5Elements Earth Flow
5Elements Flow Yoga is a model of five, creative, dynamic vinyasa flow practices within the Kunga Yoga School developed by Kristin Cooper-Gulak and inspired by the teachings of Ayurveda. 5 Elements Earth Flow is a grounding, hip-opening practice which emphasizes stability and strength through a steady and strong flowing sequence. Strength is cultivated through a series of slow salutations (namaskars) and standing and supine hip-opening postures. 5Elements Earth Flow is for all levels of students that wish to move through a slow, deep vinyasa practice; completing with a restorative savasana and longer period of meditation.
5Elements Water Flow
5Elements Flow Yoga is a model of five, creative, dynamic vinyasa flow practices within the Kunga Yoga School developed by Kristin Cooper-Gulak and inspired by the teachings of Ayurveda. 5Elements Water Flow is a rejuvenating practice incorporating fluid vinyasa, and circular wavelike motion throughout the body within a soft, slowly flowing sequence. This is a nourishing and calm practice meant to balance the effects of stress, depletion, and over-stimulation from life or from strong heated agni-based practices. The circular movements of 5Elements Water Flow lubricate all of the joints in the body, and support increased spinal mobility, range of motion, and balance. 5Elements Water Flow is a full body vinyasa practice with an emphasis on shoulder opening, fluid backbends, and six movements of the spine. Working to move the body as liquid matter, we release old patterns of stress and tightness. All levels are welcome, and this practice ends with a lengthy relaxation.
5Elements Fire Flow
5Elements Flow Yoga is a model of five, creative, dynamic vinyasa flow practices within the Kunga Yoga School developed by Kristin Cooper-Gulak and inspired by the teachings of Ayurveda. 5Elements Fire Flow is a rapid, motivating and energetic practice that emphasizes strong, powerful movement and purification! 5Elements Fire Flow represents heat, and the practice of “tapas” or discipline. This practice can help with digestion and detoxification, as well as breaking through habitual patterns. 5Elements Fire Flow is for intermediate to advanced students wishing to strengthen the body/mind through core-cultivation, heat building salutations, and arm balancing. This practice is rapid and expansive, closing with a lengthy relaxation.
5Elements Air Flow
5Elements Flow Yoga is a model of five, creative, dynamic vinyasa flow practices within the Kunga Yoga School developed by Kristin Cooper-Gulak and inspired by the teachings of Ayurveda. 5Elements Air Flow is a rapid, uplifting, and playful practice which emphasizes strong yet soft, fluid movement. 5Elements Air Flow represents freedom, mobility, and creativity. This practice can help with breaking through old mental patterns, as well as breaking through habitual patterns within the body. 5Elements Air Flow is for intermediate to advanced students wishing to free the body / mind through creative sequencing and exploration, beginning with guided sequences, and ending with self-guided practice. 5Elements Air Flow practice is rapid and expansive, closing with a lengthy relaxation.
5Elements Space Flow
5Elements Flow Yoga is a model of five, creative, dynamic vinyasa flow practices within the Kunga Yoga School developed by Kristin Cooper-Gulak and inspired by the teachings of Ayurveda. 5Elements Space Flow is a completely open, self-guided practice for the intermediate/advanced practitioner. The teacher’s role is to provide an introduction to the other elements of Earth, Water, Fire, and Air, and to encourage the student to create their own practice from start to finish, with no guided meditation, pranayama, namaskars, or asanas (as in a Mysore style practice). Within the introductory talk on Space Flow, the teacher is especially emphasizing the connection with the music, and then leads by example, practicing with the students in the room - continually reminding them that anything goes. The intention is to create space in the mind, body, and physical room for the individual to simplify and pare down down down the doing-ness of modern living.
BUILDING A HOME / TRAVEL PRACTICE (available for 2019 bookings!)
Transform your practice by equipping your inner teacher.
Explore freedom of an internally focused practice, created for your needs...by you! In this workshop, we address creating a practice environment, the components of a home practice, props, general sequencing, and how to make your practice travel-ready. Takeaways include sample sequences, sequencing template, resources, and more!
Learn how to create the space and yoga sequences necessary to have a safe and effective home yoga practice.
With the skills learned in this workshop, you will be able to confidently practice meditation + yoga in your living room, on vacation, wherever you may roam!
Appropriate for all levels.
Building a Home / Travel Practice Q&A:
Q. What are the benefits of practicing yoga and meditation at home?
A. Let’s face it, life can be busy, and unexpected! Practicing in a studio / ashram is ideal. You have the benefit of trained teachers, community, props, minimal distractions. Establishing a sound home practice keeps you immersed when snow days call, a kiddo is home sick, or want to squeeze in some practice on your own time or during your travels.
Q. I am intimidated! How do I figure out a flow?
A. We will cover a loose framework for planning out a practice. You’ll also take home some samples based on energetic needs.
Q. Do I need alllll the space, props and supplies?
A. While having plenty of space and props handy is a bonus, it’s not a requirement! We will discuss (and brainstorm) creative ways to make a small space in your home / hotel room work for you, and how to support your practice without spending a lot of money on props. Everyone always has a unique suggestion for a prop!
108 Salutations + Inner Work for Solstice / New Year / Your Own Landmark Event
(available for 2019 bookings!)
Welcome in a new season with the power of community, movement, and meditation. Experience a focused and mindful practice infusing personal, chakra based, and universal intentions with a physical practice of 108 Sun Salutations.
You will be guided through an intention setting worksheet and movement with hands on assists and vibrational sound.
This practice is suitable for all levels.
LIVE DRUMMING available by request.
108 Salutations and Inner Work Q&A:
Q. What if I can’t physically DO 108 Sun Salutations??
A. The movement portion of the workshop is only one component. ALL students are invited to tap into their on deep-seated desires for guidance. Do all 108, only a portion, or none. That’s your call! You’ll find in this practice everyone moves at their own pace, often with eyes closed, listening to spirit.
Q. What’s up with the chakra worksheet?
A. Intention Paired with Meditation and / or Movement becomes a powerful vehicle for progress. The 108 are split into 9 sections of 12 salutations. Prior to each section, we will spend some time creating an intention for self in the season, each chakra in the season, and a universal intention in the season. After the intention has been set for that section, you’ll choose to freely move through your own set of salutations (with minimal guidance) OR choose to remain in seated meditation. The worksheet serves as a reminder throughout the season to reflect on.
Q. Why do this during solstice, or at the new year, or another significant time?
A. ANYTIME is a good time to focus on transformation. Practicing around the moon cycles / solstice, a new year, or to mark a significant change brings an extra dose of universal energy. By practicing in a communal setting, we amplify our intentions and energies and uplift one another.
CONTINUING EDucation for yoga teachers
2019 Schedule in Development - STAY TUNED!
private sessions / small groups
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