dana lotusWeekly 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 Wednesdays and Sundays at 6 PM

The best teachers help to eliminate the need for a teacher. Dana’s intention is to help practitioners in establishing their own personal practice. Developing a consistent routine/practice, our bodies become the teachers as we build steadiness, flexibility, and strength of body and mind. These 1 1/2 hr sessions are based on the vinyasa system of Ashtanga Yoga – and the mood of the group. (Of course, it’s important to remember, taking physical practice is only 1 of the 8 limbs of Ashtanga Yoga.) Modification in pace and postures makes this practice appropriate for all levels.