In April, I completed my 200 hours of teacher training with Sara Davidson Flanders, a former Certified Anusara instructor. I got to know Sara over the course of a year in regular workshops she would give at Majestic Yoga Studio in Cambridge. I decided to start my 100 hour Anusara immersions with her in January 2012, and continued my teacher training with her in October of that year. Sara is sweet but fiery, demanding much of my āsana practice, and the practice of teaching.
Even as I was completing my training, with Sara’s encouragement I began in March to offer community classes at Sangha. I’ve gotten to know some of you through those classes. I feel such a sense of peace and refuge at Sangha that I felt right at home at the front of the room.
What I most would like to share at this time are Anusara’s Universal Principles of Alignment. Along with an uplifting philosophy, and the value of kula or community, the UPAs are one of the three jewels of Anusara. Even though the Anusara style is in transition, many of us still believe in these aspects of its teaching methodology. Marc St. Pierre continues to emphasize the alignment and philosophy in his teaching, as doSianna Sherman and Amy Ipolitti, with whom I have taken workshops in the past year.
My six-week series will focus on the five Universal Principles of Alignment, Open to Grace (7/9),Muscular Energy (7/16), Inner Spiral (7/23), Outer Spiral (7/30) and Organic Energy (8/6). We’ll tie these all together in a potpourri class on the last day of the series (8/13). These principles work to some degree in every pose and in every practice. They also apply “beyond the mat,” to our practice in the world.
Although I am offering the series as a whole for $72, feel free to drop in for $15 per class. I’m also honoring the studio’s practice of offering the “first class free” and a student discount of $10.
Please feel free to forward this e-mail to friends who might be interested, even if you are unable to join us. Also stay tuned for news about a regular class I will be offering at Sangha in the fall.
Summer is often thought of as a “slow yoga time,” and not a time to start something new. But the support, expansiveness, and other affordances of the season (like tee shirts and shorts) make it a perfect time. Besides, who doesn’t love a summer morning in a garden level sanctuary?