Body-Positive, Trauma-Sensitive, Gender-Inclusive Yoga for Everyone
Taught by Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor Alison Kohler-Newvine
Traditional Kundalini Yoga
Day/Time: Every Monday 6:30-8pm. Doors open at 6pm.
DOORS LOCK AT 6:30pm sharp!!!
No late entry permitted
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.
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
About the Instructor
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.