Chinmaya Somnath Yoga Classes
“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him.” – Swami Chinmayananda
Mindful practice of YOGA Asanas, Breathing Exercises and YOGA Nidra
Group YOGA practice is conducted at Chinmaya Somnath every Sunday from 5 to 6:30pm. No prior experience is required for participation.
Hatha Yoga is a preparatory set of activities to bring the body and mind into alignment while developing strength and flexibility necessary to sit for meditation. Regular practice of yoga helps to develop discipline and self control required for Jnana Yoga.
Asana practices and pranayama are not intended to serve as ‘exercise’. Asana (posture), Pranayama (control of Prana through breathing techniques), Mudra (hand positions), Mantra (chanting), Banda (locks in the body), Meditation, and Relaxation are utilized to achieve a calm mind. A quiet mind is required for deeper self inquiry. Cleansing activities, controlled diet and lifestyle approaches are also important in Hatha Yoga.
Yoga classes are offered free of charge to members. However, space is limited and regular attendance is expected to maintain group rhythm. Classes run throughout the year including summer.
Participants interested in registering or to learn more should send an email to YogaClasses@ChinmayaSomnath.org. Participants who would like to try it out before registering can attend one or two trail classes. All participants must sign the waiver form before starting classes.
Instructions for Yoga Participants:
- No eating for 4 hours and no liquids for 30 minutes before the practice
- Wear comfortable clothes and t-shirts that’s not baggy
- Bring a YOGA mat and a beach towel
- Arrive 10 minutes early for each session
Due to space limitations, yoga participants are expected to be committed and attend the sessions regularly. Participants who are absent for 3 or more consecutive classes without prior notice or otherwise irregular would lose their spot in the class and the same would be offered to the next person on the waitlist. Participants must send an email to YogaClasses@chinmayasomnath.org to provide notice of extended absence along with the reason and date of return.
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