Sattva Yoga

Sattva in Sanskrit means whole. The practice of Sattva is expansive, holistic, integrative, and comprehensive. This practice can only be learned by traveling to the Himalayas in Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga. Sattva Yoga was created by world renowned guru Anand Mehrotra who has weaved the traditional and sacred practices of the ancient Tantric yoga tradition; kundalini kriyas, pranayama, meditation, mudras, mantras, and vinyasa. Every journey is different depending on the ‘Bhava’ or attitude of the kriyas in which are being shared. It can be fierce, receptive, feminine, masculine, invoking shiva or shakti energy, or sun or moon energy, to name a few. One class will have waves taking you on a true journey of self realization, exploration, and liberation. The practice commands your full presence, allowing you to come out of your mind and into your heart, where powerful transformation occurs.

Physically: All classes are appropriate for all levels. An ‘advanced yogi’ is one who has come to understand the true value of yoga. And it has less to do with the physical plane (or how many handstands you can do) than you might think. That being said, there are many benefits to practicing Sattva Yoga. This practice will exercise your cardiovascular system which is great for keeping your heart healthy and body fit, it will stretch and tone your muscles, strengthen your joints, clear your head improving brain function, naturally boost your energy, improve digestion and respiration, amongst many other benefits. There are so many positive effects from this practice that its impossible to list them all.

Energetically: The real magic to this practice is its effect on the subtle body layers known as Koshas. We have layers to our body that include our physical, mental, and emotional body. On a more subtle level we also have our energetic and bliss body. Did you know that your body is a bliss machine? You have the power to access that bliss, and these practices are designed for you to do just that by unlocking blocked or stagnant energy in the body and allowing your kundalini energy to rise.

What is Kundalini?
Kundalini in Sanskrit means the “coiled one”. It refers to a form of primal energy (or shakti) said to be located at the base of the spine. Raising this energy involves the Kundalini moving up the central channel to reach within the Sahasrara (crown) Chakra at the top of the head. Sattva Yoga focus on awakening Kundalini through meditation, pranayama breathing, the practice of kriyas, asana, and chanting of mantras.

What is kriya? Kriya is “action that leads us to evolution, expansion, and liberation”. In Sanskrit, Kri means “action, to do”. Ya is another name for “Atman or soul”. Kriya is a specific technique or action designed to create a specific evolutionary response. Where karma is action that creates bondage kriya is action that creates expansion and evolution. The purpose of kriya is to get into deeper states of shunya (silence). Kriya is a practice which allows the body to learn to cope with increased energy, to create deep harmony with the energy of the cosmos, to combine the individual with totality. As we access deep wisdom through the practice of kriya, integration with totality occurs. The practice of kriya is a tool for people to increase their ability to hold and sustain increasing energy of kundalini.

What is Mantra?  A mantra is a sacred word, sound or phrase, usually in Sanskrit, which is believed to have a spiritual and psychological power. Meaning “tool of thought” in Sanskrit, a mantra is often used in meditation as a way to harness and focus the mind. Mantra used in Sattva Yoga uses repetition and chanting to encourage the mind to enter into a meditative state, so that the practitioner may begin to connect with the Divine within themselves. It is said that in choosing to chant mantras you are changing your vibration and evoking a higher level of consciousness. It is believed that there are about 70 million mantras. Each mantra has its own sound and vibration, so when you chant it, you begin to vibrate within the frequency of that mantra. Some say that the vibrational power of each specific mantra is the power of the deity that presides over it.

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