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We hope you will find this page helpful if you have already practiced yoga for some time. Keep in mind that by experienced, we do not mean someone more accomplished in the physical asanas. Mostly, by experienced, we are just referring to someone who has practiced a little longer. This page will provide links to other content within this site. To get back to this page, just press the "EY" icon when you are done reading the linked page. Enjoy!
• A Few Words from Bryan about an Advanced Practice
At the heart of a yoga practice you have quietness: the ability to be agenda-free, sensitive, gentle and open to all the possibilities. At the heart of our advanced class you have focus, the prerequisite to all of the above. When you walk into the room of our advanced practice, you can cut the atmosphere with a knife, the focus is so thick. Because of that, our practice is so very deep. Focus is the intense listening to the experience one is having, allowing the practitioner to make optimal decisions according to what is felt (what the body is saying), creating the environment for healing. Focus is also the clearing of the mind of all else, allowing for meditation (quietness), giving the busy brain a rest from old mental habits, like the redundant, recycled, unnecessary thoughts that are constantly passing through our head -- judgement, criticism, competitiveness that contribute to and facilitate stress. Stress may be the largest factor in dis-ease. For a yoga practice to be "Advanced" one needs to understand it is not the degree of physical difficulty, but the degree of quietness, gentleness and sensitivity!!
So listen carefully: your body is talking. Don’t allow this to be simply an Eastern calisthenics class. Make it powerful and healing by honoring what you are feeling (experiencing)!!