Yoga Through the Seasons
One type of yoga practice that supports us during one season may not be the type of yoga that supports us during another. In this series, we will explore what that means for each of us.
How yoga supports equilibrium through seasonal changes
If you have been to my class, you have heard me talk about the effects the five elements (air/ether, fire, water & earth) have on our life-force (‘agni’). When the elements are in balance, our health is optimal; if out of balance, our health is affected. Believe it or not, seasonal transitions strongly affect our internal elements: one type of yoga practice may have supported you well during one season, but may not be what supports you best in the next.
When considering Yoga through the lens of the elements, there are three primary seasons throughout the year:
- Winter – Early Spring: our water/earth (Kapha) element tends to weigh us down.
- Late Spring – Summer: our fire (Pitta) element can burn us up.
- Fall – Early Winter: our air/ether (Vata) element can have us feeling ungrounded.
What we have only been able to brush over in our weekly classes, we now have the opportunity to dig deeper with this series. This class will assist us in navigating the shifting tides of the seasons and the corresponding elemental effects on our bodies. Join me on a 9-class tour through the seasons with best practices to support us through them.
At the start of each season, a new elemental season encompasses 3 classes:
Class 1: An intro to the current dosha: its background, a physical practice, and dietary support
Classes 2&3: Dig deeper into the function and alignment of the movements prescribed during that season.
*Classes can be taken as a series or a la carte
|Season 1: Water/Earth|
|February 3, 2018, 1-3pm||Introduction to Kapha||(water/earth)|
|March 3, 2018, 1-3pm||Kapha practice||Flow|
|April 7, 2018, 1-3pm||Kapha practice||Backbending|
|Season 2: Fire|
|May 12, 2018,1-3pm||Introduction to Pitta||(fire)|
|June 16, 2018, 1-3pm||Pitta practice||Twists|
|July 14, 2018, 1-3pm||Pitta practice||Forward folds/restorative|
|Season 3: Air/Ether|
|September 22, 2018, 1-3pm||Introduction to Vata||(air/ether)|
|October 20, 2018, 1-3pm||Vata practice||Healthy spine/hips|
|November 17, 2018, 1-3pm||Vata practice||Digestion/pranayama|
Where: Delta Mind Body Center*, 2014 10th Street, Sacramento, CA
Cost: $270 for the whole series ($30 ea) or $40 a class if taken individually.
**There are 7 DMB designated parking spots behind the building. Handicap parking and a ramp into the building are also located in the back. On Sundays there is unlimited street parking as well.