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.

Following my lineages (see appendix bellow) I approach movement,  in both body- Āsana and breath-Pranayama, as a moving meditation, where the two main pillars are: Structural Stability and Effortlessness (Sanskrit “Sthiram Sukham Āsanam”). Mindfulness is a vehicle, an anchor, where one practice to let go of effort and willfulness, threading awareness through the body’s intelligent layers and fascial tensegrity matrix and its tidal movements. This on going Inquiry into the wholeness 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 provides health benefits such as balance, coordination, agility, flexibility, reflexes as well as helping release stress, enhance the elimination of waste and overall strengthen the immune system. 
In my counselling practice, I suggest regular Yoga and Pranayama practice as an adjunct to the therapeutic process.

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

~ Gioia Irwin

 Please note, until further notice, during the pandemic, all private and group Yoga classes will be done on-line only.

APRIL – 2021

Mondays 12-1:30 pm  ( APRIL 5, 12, 19, 26)

RESTORING EASE                

~ Mindful movements based on developmental principles, restoring ease, releasing spine and relaxing eyes. (Recommended for frequent Screen watching)

 

Wednesdays   10-11:30 a.m.  (April 7, 14, 21, 28)

INTERMEDIATE FLOW

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

 

Fridays 9-10:30 am ( April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 )

TENSEGRITY REPAIR SERIES

~ Fluid, repetitive and oscillatory movements designed to retrain the pathway in the nervous system, and cultivate stability, calm and ease.

(Recommended for frequent meetings on the Screen).

For more details and benefits of the practice styles, look bellow.

PRICE:

Full Month 13 classes: $250 

(signing up before April 1, $210)

$21/class, independent drop in. 

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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 en- 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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