Apana Vayu

All this week I am subbing for others at Sangha Yoga Collective in Downtown Lowell. It’s still soon enough after Thanksgiving to do a post–holiday detox flow. So Apāna Vāyu, one of the forms of Prāṇa Vāyu, is an appropriate focus and theme.

But this vital energy is about so much more than elimination, about letting go of what does not serve.

In a subtle but vital sense, the apana vayu has much to do with our power of decisiveness and self- determination, both of which turn upon our power of choice. Choice demands not only the affirmation of one possible good, but also the elimination or exclusion of other competing goods – choosing one good over another. Clarity in defining oneself demands decisiveness in eliminating what doesn’t work for us, what is not needed, or what conflicts with our highest goals. It’s not surprising that the apana vayu is associated with the element of earth, and is the energy of the Muladhara Chakra, which is concerned with having a strong, sure and reliable foundation, especially in fundamental matters of survival. (Hatha Yoga in the Anusara Style, p. 180) [emphasis added]

If you come out to Sangha tonight or Saturday morning, this is what we’ll be working on.

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Staff Pose: Dandasana Seated Yoga Poses

Dandāsana (staff pose)

This is the pose in which I landed when I slipped on snow and fell on Monday, February 3. A trip to the ER kept me from teaching class at Sangha Yoga Collective that night. I am happy to report nothing broken. I will need to rehabilitate my right shoulder some: my laptop bag had driven my right arm into the shoulder socket, causing some pain, weakness and limited range of motion. But this will not keep me from teaching my regularly scheduled classes, or the Free/By Donation Community Class on Sunday, February 16. I hope to see you then, and/or at my regularly scheduled class!

Staff Pose is a basic and simple stabilizing pose that is the foundation for all seated asanas and has several benefits:

via Staff Pose: Dandasana Seated Yoga Poses.

Fall Open House at Sangha Yoga Collective in Lowell, MA

Autumn trees

I’ll be offering some free yoga at Sangha Yoga Collective’s Fall Open House on Sunday. Come join us!

fall open house
sunday, september 15
11:00 – 5:00pm

come meet our teachers and learn about all we have to offer……

  • enjoy some refreshments and FREE yoga & meditation classes all day
  • special pricing on our collective card ~ just $100 for 10 classes
  •  special pricing on our upcoming sessions of classes

schedule of free classes

11:30am – 12:00pm     all-levels ashtanga w/ isla glaister

12:15pm – 12:45pm     slow flow yoga  w/ linda moran

1:00pm –  1:30 pm     all-levels kripalu w/ marie marchand

1:45pm –  2:15pm     TBA

2:30pm –  3:00pm    aligned flow yoga w/ richard hudak

3:15pm –  3:45pm     introduction to meditation w/ lisa tiernan

4:00pm –  4:30pm     restorative flow yoga  w/ lena yakubowski

via holiday open house.

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New Aligned Flow Series Begins Monday September 9!

Richard teaching Yoga in the Park

Richard teaching yoga at Boardinghouse Park in Lowell, through Sangha Yoga Collective’s “Yoga in the Park” this summer.

I’ll be returning to Sangha Yoga Collective on Market Street in Lowell this Fall for a six-week Aligned Flow series. Join me beginning on Monday, September 9 at 6 pm. Teaching at the University as I do, the start of the academic year is always like “New Year’s” to me. For the first class we’ll be looking at foundations of our poses, and the meaning in yoga philosophy of the number 9—meeting as we are on 9/9. I’ll be honoring the studio’s Collective Cards. Also, if you sign up for the six-week series ($72), you can save even more.

Please also join us at Sangha’s Fall Open House on September 15 from 10-5 pm. I’ll be giving a free demonstration class during the Open House.

I’m pleased to be continuing at Sangaha, a sweet oasis in downtown Lowell. As a student of Anusara Yoga, trained by a former Certified Anusara instructor, I’m also excited to be bringing an alignment-based flow yoga to the area. All life is flow, and alignment brings wisdom to our participation in it.

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