Kundalini Yoga

Yoga in the Belly of the Goddess

Body-Positive, Trauma-Sensitive, Gender-Inclusive Yoga for Everyone

Taught by Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor Alison Kohler-Newvine

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SPECIAL EVENT

SACRED INCUBATION

Women’s Ritual Workshop co-taught with herchurch Drumming Priestess and Reiki Practitioner Dionne Kohler. This ritual and workshop weaves together yogic healing techniques with sacred drumming, Reiki and guided meditation to facilitate healing on physical, emotional, energetic and psychic levels of experience.

What are you beginning to grow deep within your being? Before we can create external change or manifest a vision, the universe requires us to go deep into our own silence, to dance with the subtle ways we hold doubts, fear and resistance in our physical and energetic bodies. When you find those places and linger in them in full awareness, you begin to transform them. We will explore these dark, mysterious places through gentle yoga movement, Sacred Drumming, guided journaling, Reiki, sound healing and shared ritual.

This is a limited number, registration-only event.

Cost is sliding scale $55-75.

 

Traditional Kundalini Yoga

This donation-based class follows the basic Kundalini Yoga format including the familiar mantras, the inclusion of a Kundalini Yoga kriya in each class and the singing of the Longtime Sun song at the close of class. No one is turned away for lack of funds and all body shapes, sizes, ability-levels and genders are welcome and actively included. Chair modifications for all postures are offered. Drop-ins welcome, no experience necessary.

Day/Time: Every Monday 6:15-8pm. DOORS LOCK AT 6:30pm sharp!!!

No late entry permitted

Once a month we hold a longer meditation session and linger afterwards for tea and cookies,
Next date is December 19th, Winter Solstice Class

 

Contact Alison for more information or visit yogaintinthebellyofthegoddess.org

It is best not to eat for 1 1/2 to 2 hours before class. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring with you whatever supplies will support you in your practice (pillows, blankets, sheepskin, etc.)  We have some mats, blankets, etc., here for you to use. Be sure to drink plenty of water after class.

There will be no class on December 26th 2016

About Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga is an ancient practice that utilizes physical postures (asana), dynamic breathwork (pranayam), chanting (mantra) and meditation to balance the energies of the body, focus the mind and awaken the Kundalini energy that lies coiled, like a wise, sleeping serpent, deep within us.  Kundalini is the Energy of Awareness.  Yoga means union, the recognition that the individual consciousness and Cosmic Consciousness are One.  Kundalini Yoga is a spiritual technology we can employ to experience our connection with All That Is and to expand our awareness beyond the constraints our minds put on our experience.

Community Discussion- Second Monday of the Month

On the second Monday of the month, we will dedicate the last portion of our class time to community process. This is an intentional time and space to discuss issues of concern within the class and in the greater world of which we are a part. It is a safe and respectful place in which we show up authentically for ourselves and one another. Community process is a permission-based practice. Students who chose not to participate are welcome to attend class that evening and leave before the discussion commences.
 
The intention is to bridge the gap that often exists between our personal practice and our interactions with the larger world, of which our community is a microcosm. It is a way to “take the yoga off the mat” so to speak, through which we practice “walking the talk” of compassion and collective evolution. If we are only interested in yoga for personal well-being, health and stress relief then we are missing the essence of yoga, which is non-duality, a recognition that we are interconnected and whatever I see in you that makes me feel angry, scared or hurt also exists in me. As with many yoga postures, this is a difficult position to hold. It is often profoundly uncomfortable. And in staying with those moments of tremendous discomfort we cultivate a psychological and spiritual strength that is critical in this historical moment of enormous fear and violence.
 
I hold that spiritual practices such as yoga can serve to deepen our capacity to be present with our pain or they can be a means by which we bypass the work of honest self-appraisal and commitment to growth. I have most certainly explored both sides of this spectrum and I feel strongly motivated by the events in the larger world to actively commit to growth. For me, this means looking at how my privilege as a white, cis-gender woman enabled me to distance myself from the struggles of people of color, particularly women and trans folks, who have been living for quite some time with the fear and horror that only fully landed with me on the night of November 8. It also means using my privilege and my voice to stand with the oppressed and to look at the ways that I oppress, “other,” or hold back my power when it is necessary to use it. I hope you will join me in this process so that we may learn from one another for the highest good of all beings.

About the Instructor

Alison Newvine Alison Kohler-Newvine became a teacher in order to share her passion for Kundalini Yoga with others. She has been a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga teacher since April, 2010 when she completed her training at the Guru Ram Das Ashram in San Francisco.

Yoga in the Belly of the Goddess was born out of my desire to integrate a spirituality that centralizes the Divine Feminine with a yogic practice that has been filtered through a male embodied experience. Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, a Indian man who came to America in the 1970s, is intimately connected with Sikh Dharma, a spiritual tradition that honors the lives and teachings of ten male gurus. In an attempt to reconcile my experiences of profound healing through my practice of Kundalini Yoga and my dissonance with the spiritual tradition in which it is embedded, I began, shortly after completing my teacher training, to offer Kundalini Yoga classes in the sanctuary of a purple Goddess church. Surrounded by images of Her Divine Grace, Compassion, Wisdom and Generosity, chanting “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo” (Divine Teacher Within, I Call You Forth) I began to feel more at home on my yoga mat and over time felt comfortable enough in my authority as a spiritual being having a human experience to drop the components of the teachings that felt oppressive. The classes I offer are gender inclusive, meaning that when I read an instruction such as, “Women cross your left thumb over right and men cross your right thumb over left,” I recognize the culturally bound assumption in that instruction – that there are two genders and women do things one way and men do things another way – that is at odds with my spiritual beliefs and as well as my training as a psychotherapist, and as such I omit that portion of the instruction.”

Alison holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute for Integral Studies and works as a Somatic (Body-oriented) Psychotherapist at the Center for Mindful Psychotherapy. She is also a Reiki Level 1 and 2 practitioner.

 

 

 

 

 

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