Traditional Yoga Self Practice Cycles
Learn and Practice at your own pace.
Taught by Claire-Marie Landré
Now the exposition of yoga is being made.
-Yoga Sutra 1.1 Patanjali Yoga Sutras
We come together as student, teacher and sangha (community sharing the practice) because we all have an inherent dissatisfaction that is animating us to search. What we are initially searching for might vary for each individual. However, that which we are searching for becomes secondary once we realize that the search itself is a constantly evolving journey of Self-realization. This realization manifests as a better equilibrium between body, mind and heart, which reflects onto all levels of daily life.
The beautiful science of Yoga offers us techniques & tools that allow us to explore the different landscapes of body, mind and soul.
Classes are offered in cycles of 6 to 8 weeks.
During each cycle we will integrate:
- asana (physical postures)
- sankalpa: set an intention for each cycle
- pranayama (breathing technique)
- mantra (sound)
- (preparation towards) meditation
- yoga nidra (conscious relaxation)
- a weekly piece of Philosophy to ponder (by e-mail)
There are two types of classes.
Led+Nidra and Seated+Mysore.
During the first mentioned, I will guide a Led Class of the Primary Series with its Sanskrit count. The class ends with a guided Yoga Nidra.
Seated+Mysore classes start with an optional half hour of seated practices. The rest of the class is a self practice setting where teacher and student work together on the student's individual sadhana.
During each cycle we explore a new seated practice sequence. The objective is to give you a few simple techniques that you can experiment & integrate into your daily practice and experience their effect.
To prepare and maintain our bodies for the seated practices, a Mysore Style teaching method is used to guide you in your asana practice.
In general, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is taught, however, the sequence(s) is (are) taught in all its forms and variations in order to support you where you are physically, mentally and emotionally right now. Not to mention, we take into account how much time you have available for a Self Practice and your priorities. (for further clarification check FAQ)
This means that everyone’s practice will differ, and that is the magic of individual based practice and teaching.
There is no judgement, comparison or competition as we are each on our individual path. With compassion, understanding & openheartedness we can support each other on this path to deeper Self knowledge.
Sa tu dirgha-kala-nairantarya-satkarasevito drdha-bhumih
It (Abhyasa) becomes firmly grounded on being continued for a long time, without interruption and with reverent devotion.
-Yoga Sutra 1.14 Patanjali Yoga Sutras
You can read a book or do a course on pranayama, mantra, yoga nidra etc, but to really experience their effects for yourself is a question of sadhana, constant practice and experimenting over an extended period of time.
“Practice, practice, practice” is what my teacher always says, and that is the main objective of these Self Practice Cycles.
To support you in your practice, for you to fully experience the effects of this amazing science.
Join a small group of maximum 12 practitioners to explore this wonderful yoga science where we let movement, breath and sound carry us through our inner landscapes.
This space is open to ALL LEVELS. In a small group setting there is space for individual attention to explain everything from the beginning, or explore more advanced options knowing that you will feel guided by the teacher as well as the supportive group energy.
If you have no prior knowledge, or you have only followed led classes, you are WELCOME. (See Special Offer New Students)
Please do not let this hold you back from learning yoga in this traditional and very valuable way. All you need is a willingness and curiosity to learn and explore the yoga practice. If you are curious, but still not sure, please do not hesitate to contact me directly so we can meet and have a talk about it.
In this practice cycle it is possible to:
- Learn a basic yoga self-practice.
- Develop your yoga self-practice and discipline by showing up with & joining forces with fellow practitioners 1 or 2 mornings per week.
- Take the next step from led classes to exploring self-practice.
- Explore next steps in your practice, be it, advancing to new asanas or series, or deepening your understanding of breath and energetics and moving towards meditation.
- Develop a yoga practice taking into account any (old) injuries, your body type, your energy and not unimportant, your daily schedule and home situation.
- Take the first steps to developing a lifelong, sustainable self-practice under the guidance of an experienced teacher.
At the start of each cycle some time will be spent on sankalpa or intention. We will check in again with our sankalpa during the new moon phase.
During each cycle your personal Sadhana will be developped. The things that you would like to work on and recommendations from the teacher are combined into a Sadhana Sheet which will serve as a support and reminder of your intention and plan.
The first 30 minutes of class is dedicated to seated practices (pranayama-mantra-meditation)
After class on Sunday there is the possibility of coming together for a shared breakfast with fellow practitioners and to ask any questions about practice.
At the end of every cycle we come together for a group dinner.