dana lotusWeekly Monday, Wednesday & Sunday night practices will consist of sun salutations, followed by a series of standing and seated postures, and a closing/rest period. Variations on postures are available for all levels of fitness and flexibility. Focus will be on breath and smoothly transitioning from one posture to the next – it may very well be that the postures are only a distraction while we learn to breathe. The practice will also touch on the three-pronged approach to taking postures/moving with breath known as “tristana”. Tristana includes conscious, relaxed breath, engagement of internal locks and focusing of the eyes on a point. Here we are encouraged to draw the senses inward and move through practice with little distraction. “Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.” We practice in order to achieve a stillness and clarity of mind.

I have the good fortune to have practiced and/or trained over long periods with Eric Andrews (Water & Stone Yoga), Kimberly Dahlmann (Yoga East-Portsmouth), and Caroline Klebl (Source of Yoga), all focused on the practice of Astanga Yoga. I’ve also benefited from workshops with Eddie Modestini/Nicki  Doane, David Swenson, Darby & Joanne, Bhavani Maki, Annie Pace, and Petri Raisenan. My current teacher is Jennifer Morrison who leads traditional Mysore practice in Portland at her Studio 72.

Dana teaches Ashtanga Yoga Mondays, Wednesdays, and Sundays at 6 PM

Class Descriptions 

Ashtanga Practice – Half Primary – Sundays 6 PM – 7: 30 PM

This isn’t really a traditional Half Primary but it’s similar. After a quick warm-up practitioners will move directly into the sun salutations with traditional Sanskrit count and the full ashtanga standing sequence with plenty of assists/adjustments. Then in the seated sequence, we skip around a bit. Practice finished with back bending, inversions and rest. This is a great class for folks who want to learn about traditional ashtanga yoga practice. It is a dynamic practice. Modi cations for some of the more advanced postures are provided.

Easy Ashtanga – Mondays 6 PM -7:30 PM

This class will focus on the fundamentals of traditionaAshtangaga asana practice: breath, bandha, vinyasa. We’ll begin with yoga breathing practices and a little warm-up, then move into sun salutations and the primary standing postures. The class will finish with seated postures and rest. Geared towards those interested in learning about the Ashtanga practice and those just beginning or getting back into yoga practice.  Appropriate for all levels.

Ashtanga-Based Practice – Wednesdays 6 PM – 7:30 PM

This is an ashtanga-based practice with a lot of messing around. Fun dynamic practice! Warm-up, sun salutations, hip openers, lots of standing postures, seated postures, arm balances, backbends, inversions – cool down, rest. Everything we can into an hour and a half – come and get it!