Please be advised that several listed practices can be combined together and taught as one class.

ALIVE Yoga

Because your body is meant to be a possibility not a hinderance, this practice invigorates the body and aids in reaching peak physical and mental possibilities. Practicing this system, which is rooted in yoga, facilitates complete mastery over your limbs, internal organs and your mind. ALIVE! gets you going for the day, revitalizes the energy system, muscles, circulation, skeletal structure and the nervous system. It can help to take years off of this machine we call the human body. It increases physical strength, core fitness and strengthens the spine. This practice builds tenacity and prepares the body for Hatha Yoga.

 

Upa-Yoga

Upa Yoga is a daily practice for beginners which provides healing relief from all kinds of ailments and stresses. My own personal experience with this system is that my arthritis pain is gone.
Upa-Yoga is a simple yet powerful system of practices that activate the joints, muscles and energy system. Based on a sophisticated understanding of the body's mechanics, Upa-Yoga brings great ease to the whole system. It relieves physical stress and tiredness.
Within the human system, the energy flows along 72,000 pathways called nadis. At the joints the nadis form energy nodes, making the joints storehouses of energy. Upa-Yoga activates this energy and also lubricates the joints, creating an instant sense of alertness and liveliness. It rejuvenates the body after long periods of inactivity and negates the effects of jetlag and long travel. Feedback on this system has only been positive.

 

Yoga Asanas

The word asana literally means a posture. There are many postures the body can take that can transform the body and the mind into a possibility for ultimate well-being. By practicing asanas, a practitioner sets the body up for passage of energy (prana) flow that can elevate the consciousness. By practicing yoga asanas as a way of aligning the inner system to become in sync with existence, naturally a state of health, joy, bliss and balance is achieved.

The practice of yoga asanas provides countless benefits including:
~ Relief of chronic health conditions
~ Evolution of body and mind towards a higher possibility
~ Stabilization of the body, mind, spirit, and energy system
~ Deceleration of the aging process

Learn To Meditate

This workshop starts with a gentle, slow paced, 21 step process that helps make one more meditative (if meditating while doing this process then further meditation is unnecessary). This practice helps to quiet the mind so you become more focused. It has been designed as a holistic process for health wellness and complete inner wellbeing. After the process we will do a breathing exercise (pranayama) and AUM chanting, then quite meditation. One will come out feeling very peaceful and loving, while at the same time being invigorated, full of energy.

Sushanti Meditation:

Sushanti, in the Sanskrit language means tranquility or peace. This meditation practice explores energy flows in the body in a very sublte way. It can be practiced where ever you are (in bed, standing in line, sitting at a desk). One of the prime benefits of this practice, one may notice, is one's power of concentration and focus has increased. The secondary benefit is feeling peace and tranquility.

 

Deep Tai Chi

Tai chi is one of the three main internal systems of Kung Fu. The gentle, graceful motions are all self defense movements. Understanding this will enhance your skill and you will get more benefit from your tai chi practice. With Deep Tai chi you will understand the concepts of balance, breathing, movement and strength. It is about training your mind to understand your body and move accordingly. At Deep Tai Chi we practice a 16-movement form but concentrate on the actual movement rather than memorization. This leads to a better grasp of the internal benefits and greater health benefits. Join us and try it out. Having a good teacher is essential for proper training. You want someone who can bring all the concepts together in one system. No high kicking and hard punching performed in this martial arts class, just concepts of mindful movement, meditation and body dynamics will be taught.

Sifu Wood has been practicing martial arts for almost 50 years. He has tried many styles of martial arts and found deep Tai chi 15 years ago and has been a strong proponent of this system ever since. He was looking for the most effective martial art and that is what he found in Deep Tai chi. In his quest for knowledge he has also been certified as a life coach, N.L.P. practitioner and even a Reiki master. All combined to bring you the best learning experience possible.

Beginners Sivananada Classical Hatha Yoga

In this class we begin with relaxation (savasna), focusing on our breath. We move into neck exercises and then do some pranayama exercises. After all this relaxing we move into Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar) as a warm up, then take a short relaxation before practicing 13 asanas with some relaxing between. Fifteen minute final relaxation.

 

Surya Namaskar - Sun Salutations>

We teach three styles or levels of Surya Namaskar. Each can bring about different outcomes. Each activate and direct your energies in different directions. Unless otherwise stipulated we will primarily focus on Sivananda 12 step Surya Namaskar. It is recommended (but not a pre requisite) for the other two levels (Surya Kryia and Surya Shakti) that their workshops be attended first.

 

For all practices

What ever practice you undertake you must always be aware of your body. Only push yourself to the point you can do the posture and still be comfortable. If you experience any pain either back off or stop what you are doing. There can a be fine line between what your body can tolerate and creating damage to your body. Always ask yourself, "Is it safe for me to do this activity?" and, "Will I be OK later?" You must always monitor your pain, never ignore it. Keep your body and muscle tension low. Breath.

The practices taught here should never be used in place of perscribed physical therapies. You should never exacerbate a pre existing injury or a current one. If you have been injured it is always recommended that you get a doctors permission to continue with the practice.

Almost all physical practices and asanas should be practiced on empty stomach conditions.