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.
October 1-December 31, 2023
Class starts with short check-in and meditation, followed by a subtle, progressively deepening practice and ending with integrating in stillness. Suited for beginners and experienced practitioners. Everyone is welcome.
MONDAYS 11a.m.-12: 30 pm ( note time update)
RESTORING BREATH AND NERVES
~ All about Breath, from it’s inception in utero ( Vayu Breath) to the Diaphragmatic Breathing , Ribcage Breathing and dynamics of developing Reflective Core.
Specific techniques to stabilize ANS particularly cranial nerves will be applied.
WEDNESDAYS 9:15 -11:15 a.m. ( First half hour free sit and pranayama)
~ Vijnana Yoga inspired practice, that applies seven vital principles of movement. Strengthening and Balancing.
FRIDAYS 9-10:30 a.m.
EMBODY YOUR BIO-TENSEGRITY
~Connect the internal fascial web through all layers and systems of the body, with mindful presence and cultivate stability and ease.
Drop in- $25
If paid monthly, group price per class ( multiply classes you will attend in advance) is $21.
(5% tax included in all pricing). Payment method: e-transfer or pay-pall.
The class pass is valid only for the month paid. No transferring of the classes.
If you missed the session you paid for, you’ll get a video recording.
Join me at Vancouver Shambhala Meditation Centre, 5 Wednesdays in October/November, embodying our central channel and allowing the awareness of the whole body breathing. ( click on the text for more info).
Suitable to new and old meditators. Embodying 6th practice of Shamatha Vipashyana.
Can my fingers help my shoulders?
“To be a Healer”, Interview with Vivek Murty and Krista Tippet, On Being.
Yoga is not a workout. Its a work-in.
~ Gioia Irwin
I founded The Yoga Wheel inspired by the practice of Yoga and Buddhist Dharma. This is our 20th anniversary.
I approach movement ( San. Asanas and Pranayama) through experiential anatomy and dynamic principles of movement, rather than the mechanics of postures alone.
- “The Source of this process is Love”. B.Bainbridge Cohen
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.
See appendix below for my lineages.
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.
– Increased body-mind connection.
– 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.
– Increased body-mind connection.
– Relief from muscle tension and joint discomfort.
– 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.
– Deepen Relaxation.
– Helps relieving symptoms of stress.
– Increases the inter-connectedness.
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