yoga

The Yoga Wheel's mission is to in-courage awareness of the sacredness of life, while keeping the body awake, the mind open, and the heart present.

I founded The Yoga Wheel in 2001, inspired by the practice of Yoga and Buddhist Dharma. This year is it’s 20th anniversary.

 I approach movement ( San. Asanas and Pranayama) through experiential anatomy and dynamic principles of movement, rather than the mechanics of postures alone. 

In yoga, we inquire and explore into two main pillars of Yoga: Structural Stability and Effortlessness of the body and mind (San. Sthiram Sukham Asanam). 
Using mindfulness as a vehicle for the practice, as somatic practitioners, we “anchor” through three paradigms of the embodiment process: Visualization, Somatization and Embodiment. 
In the first two, the witnessing mind is present. In the last, it’s a direct experience, initiated from the cells themselves. 
 
“The Source of this process is Love”. B.Bainbridge Cohen
 
In a landscape of the yoga practice, we enquire into deeper layers ( organs and bones), as well as the intricate (and very often, “stubborn”) layers of fascia, the connective tissue which surrounds literally everything; from miniature cells, organs, bones and muscles, to the adipose layer, adhered to the skin, covering the entire body surface
I hold special curiosity to the movement patterns and sequences,  we- humans were formed during embryogenesis, the first 8 week of our mother’s pregnancy. Thereafter, following the movement of fetus around the umbilicus and placenta, as well as movement processes of our own birth, postnatal care and subsequent movement stages (volitional limb movements, crawling and creeping) up to finally walking on our own two feet, which will remain throughout the life.
 
In a sense, the “goal” of the practice is in the path itself. Through both stillness and movement we are braiding the practice of wholeness, which in the essence is the practice of Yoga.
 
Much like Tai Chi and Chi Kung, this approach to Yoga stimulates the subtle flow of energy through meridians, hence providing health benefits such as balance, coordination, agility, flexibility and reflexes, as well as helping to release stress, enhance the elimination of waste and overall strengthen the immune system.
In my  practice, I recommend  regular Yoga and Pranayama practice as an adjunct to the therapeutic process.

Following my lineages (see appendix below). 

Yoga is not a workout. Its a work-in.

~ Gioia Irwin

The following are on-going group Zoom classes. Contact me to register.

SEPTEMBER- 2021


Mondays 12-1:30 pm  (September 6, 13, 20, 27)

(Note that Sept 27th will be 75 min instead of 90m)

RESTORING EASE in BREATH

~ This month Im focusing on death of the diaphragmatic Breath and its toning function of the body.

Wednesdays   9:30-11 a.m.  (September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29)

INTERMEDIATE FLOW

Vijnana Yoga inspired practice, that applies seven vital principles of movement. Strengthening and Balancing.

 

Fridays 9-10:30  a.m. September 3, 10, 17, 24 )

TENSEGRITY REPAIR SERIES

~ Precise, fluid, repetitive and oscillatory movements designed to retrain the pathway in the N.S. and cultivate strength  stability, calm and ease.

PRICE:

Full Month 13 classes $260

(signing up before September 1, $250)

$21/class, independent drop in.

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Please take a note of the FALL RETREAT, October 15-17th, 2021
 
Meditation and Yoga Intensive:
 
October 15th, Friday 7-9 p.m.
 October 16th and 17th, Sat and Sunday 9a.m.-1 p.m.
 Registration starts September 1st. Deadline for registration October  1st.
 
Investment: 
$121
( before October 1st $108) 
 
My hope is for this retreat to be done, both, in person and for those who are out of town, on-line. However, if the pandemic wave comes back, we’ll do it only on-line.

Disclaimer: The practices we offer are not meant to be medical services. If any of these offerings may be questionable for your health or well-being, please consult your medical practitioner.

Styles of Yoga

My speciality is “braiding” the knowledge, experience and wisdom of all the schools I studied and practiced, while keeping the integrity of each and every style.

This Yoga style is named by Jnana (Sanskrit “awareness-wisdom”). Vijnana is one of the inherent sheaths (koshas) of the body-mind-heart. It is also known as a practice of being present to the deep non-conceptual and unhindered intelligence, which is the inherent nature of our mind; ultimately awake and open.

There are four main practices of Vijnana Yoga: The Seven vital principles are guidelines for the asana practice; an extensive practice of pranayama (attending the prana trough intentional techniqu: Just Sitting practice of meditation; and the study of Yogic texts.

Yoga in the Vijnana style can be traced back through the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya, and more recently B.K.S. Iyengar, Dona Holleman, Orit Sen-Gupta and Gioia Irwin. It involves intermediate and advanced practices.

BENEFITS:

– Increased body-mind connection.

– Groundedness.

– Strengthening.

– Equal tension while keeping the skeletal integrity. 

This style of Yoga is a restoring, repairing, as well as a relaxing practice, consisting of a few long-held and well-supported postures, thus suitable for bodies of all sizes and strengths.

Postures are held anywhere from 5-20 minutes allowing the body to relax and release long held tension as well as strengthen weak areas. It is a great introduction for those who have never practiced Yoga and/or have trouble with breathing.

BENEFITS:

– Increased body-mind connection.

– Relief from muscle tension and joint discomfort. 

– Groundedness.

– Nervous system balancing.

– Psycho-somatic integration. 

Yoga Nidra implies complete relaxation in non-movement (often just laying on the floor) while maintaining consciousness. This allows our dormant layers of creativity and healing energies to come to the surface.

While enhancing awareness while relaxed, Yoga Nidra harmonizes the deep layers of the mind.

BENEFITS:

– Deepen Relaxation.

– Helps relieving symptoms of stress.

– Increases the inter-connectedness.

 

Apparently, biotensegrity is our most optimal and strongest structure which, in the body,  balances the stability of compression elements ( bones) with flexibility of the tensile elements (connective tissue). 
 
This Tensegrity Repair Series is a series of 18-20 precise repetitive movements developed by a master Yoga practitioner and teacher Gioia Irwin, and used after meditation and before any standing postures. With time and consistent practice,  it will balance the fascial connections and bring stability and ease in any movement. I recommend practicing little bit every day, to find a fluid repetition and oscillation, retrain the pathway in the nervous system, and support stability and calm with mobility and ease. 
Principles:
– No force.
– Stability before Mobility.
– Moving from the inside (viscera).
– ALL joints need to be neutral, and slightly curved, like bows.
– Tension is global rather than local.
– Six end- points ( head, tail, fingers and toes) are engaged.
– Fluid as a kelp rater than rigid as a brick.
– The Goal is the Path itself.

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