Although Sitara has been exposed to and/or has been trained in a variety of yoga practices and traditions, including Kripalu, Hatha, Kundalini, Anusara, Bikram, and Ashtanga, her main influence has been Kripalu Yoga.
General Information about yoga classes:
- Classes last between 1 and1½ hrs
- Classes are mostly done in groups. However, Sitara offers private yoga classes in the context of using yoga as the main tool in a private session.
- Sitara teaches classes for various levels:
- Drop-in rates vary between $15 and $17 per class. There are discounts if you commit to a series of sessions. To register you are asked to make a deposit of $25 and to pay the balance by the first class of the series.
- Students report a number of benefits:
- The overall effects of this practice are increased self-awareness, greater vitality and feeling more fully alive.
- The practice of postures offers relief for physical ailments, helps to release tension, stretch and strengthen the body, improve flexibility and increase energy.
- The breathing exercises can either energize or relax. They become a tool to manage emotional stress. They awaken and develop the prana (our life force energy) that is the link between body, mind and spirit.
- Relaxation is an opportunity to completely let go of all control and to allow the body to relax deeply.
- Meditation creates a moment of peace, a break from the mind-chatter (negative thinking, worries and mental stress around work, family and daily life). It results in a clearer mind, improves concentration and memory.
- For many, the practice of yoga helps them connect with something higher than themselves.
- Sitara occasionally offers special classes or series of classes focusing on various aspects of yoga, including:
What you can expect in a yoga class:
- Every yoga class begins and ends with a centering and includes warm-ups, postures, pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation and relaxation.
- Kripalu Yoga is an invitation to increase our body awareness by listening to how we feel each moment. In that spirit as a student:
- you are encouraged to listen to your body, to adjust and modify whenever you need to and to use any props that could support you.
- You have total permission to release postures before you are guided to by the teacher or you can stay longer if you wish.
- You can stop at any time, go into your own flow or even lie down. So, everything the teacher says is optional. You are invited to make it your own practice and to be compassionate towards yourself.
- During the class the teacher goes around and offer assists. In Kripalu yoga, assisting is not about correcting. It is about helping you come into proper alignment so you get the most benefit out of the posture.
3 Stages of Kripalu Yoga
In Kripalu yoga there are three stages:
- The first stage focuses on breath and alignment to ensure you are always breathing as you are doing the warm-ups and the postures and that you are in proper alignment.
- Once that's in place you can move to stage two which is going inward into sensations and just noticing what is happening inside the body. This is where you get to hold the posture and allow the energy to build. We also call it awakening of prana (life force energy). When you release the posture, you are letting go of deeply held tensions in those muscles you were holding.
- In stage three you go into free flow. You allow the body to move in any way that it needs to integrate. It could be another posture or a series of postures, a stretch, a movement or even stillness. We also call that a meditation-in-motion.
Usually, all three stages are incorporated in our classes.
What to bring to class:
Comfortable loose fitting clothes.
Your own yoga mat and props (yoga tie, block, cushion, blanket, etc.) If you don't have a yoga mat, you can bring a towel. There are a few yoga mats, ties and blocks available.
Please refrain from using any fragrances, perfumes or scented products.
Please contact Sitara for more information.
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