Hatha, Therapeutic, and Yin Yoga
with Vishnupriya, RYT-500, YACEP

Traditional methods for healing the mind, body and spirit

After the first practice, students will sense their inner peace and with continued practice will experience enhanced vitality, a calm mind, and brightened spirit.

About


I have been practicing yoga since 1993. In 2009, I was inspired to teach when I started practicing classical Hatha yoga with Chandra Om, the first master teacher of Sri Dharma Mittra. This is where I found yoga as a profound healing tool for the mind and spirit. I continued with my training through the years but after visiting Swami Satchidananda's Yogaville in the Virginia mountains, I was inspired to advance my training in the traditional methods of Integral Yoga. Via the Integral Yoga Institutes in New York and California, I completed trainings in Intermediate and Advanced Pranayama (breathing techniques), Asana (poses), and Raja Yoga (8 Limbs of Yoga) and Yin Yoga. I try to live the life of a classical yogi through my daily practice of yama and niyama (yogic ethical guidelines), meditation, pranayama, diet and Karma Yoga (selfless service). I do this not just for my own benefit, but so I can dive deep and share the traditional methods of yoga and serve my students wholeheartedly. I am a certified Hatha yoga instructor, registered with the Yoga Alliance and hold certifications that focus on yoga for optimal health and how our wellbeing depends on our environment, energetic flow, thought process, and the seasons.

Some of my certifications are:
- Classical Hatha Yoga
- Integral Hatha Yoga, Intermediate and Advanced
- Yin Yoga
- Hatha Yoga for Seniors
- Therapeutic Yoga, Level 1 and 2
- Reiki Energy Healing, Levels 1 and 2

My certifications allow me to make yoga accessible to all - those suffering from an overworked lifestyle to recovering from injury, disease, and illness. I am known for my calm demeanor, humor and ability to teach compassionately and clearly. I do not just teach postures; I teach how to find yoga within the self so that you can learn to tap into your innate peace during your daily life, away from class. To assist this, all classes incorporate breathing techniques (Pranayama), concentration/meditation (Dharana), as well as body movement (Asana). I offer private and small group sessions, workshops and online classes.

Also, I am a vegan baker! I have incorporated the importance of yogic principles in my baking: ahimsa, mindfulness and love. If you're looking for GF, vegan baked goods for meals and snacks, check out my site Oh Naturel Vegan Bakery. 
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Classes


Therapeutic Yoga

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Classical Hatha

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Yin Yoga

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Yoga for Seniors

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Workshops


Workshops
Sadhana
This is a beautifully meditative sequence of classical Hatha Yoga. We begin with mediation and chanting to center and ground the student into their personal intention for class. Then with care, we move into intermediate and advanced level asanas (poses) that strengthen, stretch and move energy: sun salutations, standing poses, backbends, forward bends, inversions, ending with Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep). This is all preparation for the last and most beneficial part of the class: pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation, and closing chants. All instruction will be given clearly with care and compassion. Props and modifications will always be offered and encouraged so that the student can find the easefulness (sukha) and steadiness (sthira) in each pose and practice.
2 to 2.5 hour class. Intermediate to advanced levels. 

Five Elements Yin Yoga
Incorporating the teachings of ancient Taoists and naturalists who theorized that the natural world and the human body are connected via nature's five elements: fire, water, wood, metal, and earth. Each element is associated with a season, Yin/Yang organs in the human body, and meridians (Energy Channels/Nadis) that move energy (Prana/Chi) through the body and the Yin Yang organs, for example:
  • Kidneys (yin) - Bladder (yang) - Water Element - Winter
  • Liver (yin) - Gallbladder (yang) - Wood Element - Spring
  • Heart (yin) - Small Intestine (yang) - Fire Element - Summer
  • Spleen (yin) - Stomach (yang) - Earth Element - Late Summer
  • Lungs (yin) - Large Intestine (yang) - Metal Element - Fall
Five Elements Yin Yoga is designed with a set of poses to move energy through targeted meridians which can become unbalanced due to stagnant Chi. This lack of free flow of Chi can affect our behavior, organ health, illness and disease. This workshop will first explore the Five Element and Meridian theory, discuss how they can affect the body and mind when out of balance, and conclude with a sequence of Yin poses of the season to get energy moving more efficiently.
2 hour workshop.  Intermediate and Advanced levels due to poses being held for 3 to 5 minutes

Yin Yoga with Ancient Verses
A workshop for those who would like to dive deep into the inspiring wisdom of the ancient Yogic texts while experiencing Yin yoga. Ancient slokas (verses) will be read from The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and/or the Radiance Sutras, one sloka for each pose, each building on the other, giving students the space and silence to explore, inquire and feel how these can be applied to their own practice and life. This is a guided mediation with the grounding energy of poetry. Poses are held for 3 to 5 minutes allowing plenty of time for the practitioner to slip into meditation, become mindful, and connect with what they are experiencing in each pose.
2 hour workshop. Intermediate and Advanced levels due to poses being held for 3 to 5 minutes

Contact


  • Berkeley, California, United States