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Ayurveda- Yoga Sister Science & Selfcare: Refilling the Well

Ayurveda- Yoga Sister Science & Selfcare: Refilling the Well

Take your yoga and self care practices to a whole new level! Join Nanette Bowen for a special three hour interactive presentation to discover your constitution, tips to find balance, and rejuvenate your mind body and spirit!

About the course:

Ayurveda: Exploring Yoga’s Sister Science

Ayurveda is the oldest codified holistic and preventative oriented health care system in the world. The Sanskrit word, Ayurveda, translates as the science of life. True to its name, Ayurveda looks to the principles of nature, harmony, and rhythm to help individuals better understand their unique health profiles and to come into alignment with the nature that exists both within and around them.

During this discussion we will explore core Ayurvedic concepts, including the five elements (Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth), and the three doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) which contribute to the make-up of our constitution. We will also discuss methods for modifying daily and seasonal routines to create balance in the body, mind, and spirit.

Ayurveda Selfcare: Refilling the Well

Learn about the subtle forms of the doshas called Prana (Vata), Tejas (Pitta) and Ojas (Kapha) that represent the refined essences of the doshas. Learn about Ayurvedic daily routines (dinacharya practices) to give these life-giving substances a boost with an eye toward practices intended to improve immunity and wellness in body, mind and spirit.

Ayurveda: Exploring the Subdoshas

Each of the doshas has five subdoshas. According to ancient Ayurvedic texts, the subdoshas relate to specific areas of the body and perform specific functions. We’ll explore these fundamental ideas through discussion and the use of postures. We’ll place special emphasis on the Vata dosha (Ether and Air Elements), as it often incites imbalances due to its mobile quality. Balance is associated with good health (described in Ayurveda as much more than the absence of disease) whereas imbalance is associated with ill health. In this workshop you’ll learn how to use your own body wisdom to move toward a balanced state.

Cost $35, sign up before 3/31 and save $5

Saturday April 22, 12:00pm-3:00pm

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MELT Restorative Yoga+Massage

MELT Restorative Yoga+Massage

Melissa Tungl & The Wellness Collective have partnered to create the ultimate relaxation experience.  This fusion class will incorporate elements of breath, gentle flow, and restorative yoga, in a sequence designed to restore the nervous system and relieve chronic tension.

During the restorative portion of the class, each student will receive several minutes of hands on massage with Kate & Jenny from the Wellness Collective.

Where?  Seva Yoga
When?  3/24 6-8pm
Price?  $35

Due to the intimate nature of the class, space is very limited. Treat yourself to this unique experience!

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Free Fridays. Yoga with a View

Free Fridays. Yoga with a View

Free Fridays Yoga SUMMER LINEUP!
Sponsored by Seva Yoga & Grand Rapids Parks and Rec

Bring your mat & tell your friends!
Friday May 12
Downtown GR, Blue Bridge 6:00pm-7:00pm

Facebook event – click HERE

Balanced Yogi Book Club

Balanced Yogi Book Club

Beginning in January, Seva Yoga will host monthly events for The Balanced Yogi Book Club at Schuler’s on 28th street from 5:30-7:00pm in the back room.

Light yoga practice to begin, followed by book discussion.

March 26th, 2017
features “The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself”
by Michael A. Singer

Available at Schuler’s on the Reading Group table marked with a tag for the Seva Yoga Book Club.

ALL welcome. Tell your friends too!

Sunday March 26th at 5:30 PM – 7 PM
Josh Feister

Josh Feister

1.  What originally brought you to yoga?
My whole life I had been interested in Eastern Spirituality and its connection to science and a modern scientific worldview, and its claims on being able to master and understand the mind. I was always a lay fan of Buddhism and esoterism until I moved to Grand Rapids. It became clear that I need an outlet to center myself and express myself as a way to balance a stressful work environment. A friend of mine invited me to Yoga at Seva and I haven’t left since.

2.  What keeps you coming back?
No matter how stressed or tense I am, I know I can do something holistically positive for myself on my mat.

3.  What is your favorite asana and why?
Savasana

4.  What do you love about Seva?
The eclectic background and interests of all of the teachers makes every class a new experience.

5.  What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
Willpower, mindfulness and compassion

6.  Favorite Book:
Thought as a system by David Bohm

7.  Favorite Place to Visit:
Northern Michigan

8.  Food:
No bake cookies

Ashley Bedker

Ashley Bedker

1.  What originally brought you to yoga?
My mission in life is to live wholeheartedly.  After a traumatic incident, I was in the healing process and learning to love myself.  Yoga was offered at my place of work and it did not take me long to realize what an amazing tool yoga was for my heart journey. 

2.  What keeps you coming back?
I started on a journey for my heart 6 years ago.  Almost 4 years into my journey, I found yoga and realized how well it aligned with my journey and the way I was trying to live my life.  Through trauma, heartbreak, healing, and love my practice stays with me and through my yoga practice my mind, body, and soul are strengthened as one.  Yoga has dramatically influenced my life and my heart awareness.  The people closest to me even recognize now when it is time for me to practice!

3.  What is your favorite asana and why?
I am a heavily grounded person.  So, any grounding/balancing postures feel like home.  Hip openers are amazing because they help lighten my heart and help me to stop grasping.  So, what better pose is there than Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana?  Root me down and lighten me up at the same time!

4.  What do you love about Seva?
Seva!!  Life brought me to Seva when I needed a safe place to heal and grow.  Nothing but good vibes and love within the walls of Seva.

5.  What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
Yoga helps lighten my heart and keep me open.  Spending time on my mat helps me live in the present without grasping when I am off the mat.

6.  Favorite Book:
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron

7.  Favorite Place to Visit:
Lake Michigan

8.  Food:
It is terrible, but ham is my favorite!

 

Jeff Brown

Jeff Brown

1.  What originally brought you to yoga?
I first came to yoga, like many do, as a way to address back pain, stress and anxiety.

2.  What keeps you coming back?
I keep coming back because of the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits I continue to receive and the support from my teachers and fellow students.

3.  What is your favorite asana and why?
Parivrtta Upavistha Konasana is my favorite asana as it provides a whole side body stretch that leaves me feeling more open and expansive.

4.  What do you love about Seva?
I love the variety of classes at Seva and value the unique perspective and life experience each teacher brings to the practice.  I am always learning something from each of them.

5.  What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
The ability to share the benefits of yoga with friends and family, inspiring them to begin their own practice, is a gift that keeps on giving.

6.  Favorite Book:
Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater is my favorite and most recent book I have read.

7.  Favorite Place to Visit:
Cedar Point has had a place in my heart since I first visited as a toddler in the 70s.  I am obsessed.

8.  Food:
Pretty much, if you put it in front of me, I’ll eat it. However, I am drawn to healthier options, because I don’t operate well on fast food or empty calories.

Sara Van Horn

Sara Van Horn

1.What originally brought you to yoga?
I started attending yoga classes 4 years ago. I had become an avid runner, participating in a lot of 5k races, and my knees and hips were suffering. It was suggested to me that I do yoga a few times a week to help strengthen my knees and open my tight hips.

2. What keeps you coming back?
The yoga classes I was going to were helping. I noticed a difference in my running. Even my posture and breathing improved! And I met great people at the classes who were all so different. Some athletes like me, others were parents who needed the calming meditative part of yoga. And college students looking to de-stress and older men and women who were trying to stay flexible and healthy. It was great! I thought yoga truly is for every body!

3. What is your favorite asana and why?
Half moon (Ardha Chandrasana) is my favorite asana because it is hard for me to do. But the days when I can fully open my hips and keep my balance and breathe I feel so strong and full of light. It makes the days of struggle worth it.

4. What do you love about Seva?
I love the wide selection of classes and teachers to choose from. And I love the community. The people I have met while on  my mat and then reconnected with outside of the studio. These people keep me honest and encourage me in my practice and in my life.

5. What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
Patience. I admittedly used to be a person who would easily get frustrated, angry or annoyed. Years of yoga practice and calming down my ego have taught me patience with myself and with others.

6. Favorite Book
My favorite book right now is Living your Yoga by Judith Lasater. I love her stories and honesty. It’s been my nightly go to and premeditation guide during my yoga teacher training classes.

7. Favorite Place to Visit
The Rond-a-vue cottage on Lake Michigan during the summer months. Warm sunshine, calming waves and great company!

8. Food
Vegetable Korma…yum!

Dom and Leslee

Dom and Leslee

1. What originally brought you to yoga?
Leslee
My first exposure to Yoga was at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. I was taking General Ed courses there after High School and blindly enrolled in Hatha Yoga 101 with a wonderful teacher named Eunice Levy. I took two semesters with her and loved it but it was ten + years later that I reconnected with Yoga through Seva.

Dom
High Blood Pressure

2. What keeps you coming back?
Leslee
Yoga makes me feel strong, calm and connected…. It’s helped me learn how to let go of daily stress.
I never regret coming to class and always leave feeling happy and whole!

Dom
Yoga allows me to simplify my thoughts and focus my mind into the moment. It helps me relieve everyday stress.

3. What is your favorite asana and why?
Leslee
That’s a tough one. I would say any variation of Surya Namaskara. Because it keeps me super connected to my breath and when you go through the sequence with a room full of people it’s kind of magical.

Dom
Warrior 3….I have no idea why, but it’s my favorite.

4. What do you love about Seva?
Leslee
There is something for everyone at Seva! Each instructor brings a unique experience to the studio. And great music too 🙂

Dom
The instructors at Seva are energetic, passionate people. My fellow students are friendly and good natured. It is a place I go to feel better.

5. What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
Leslee
The more time I spend on my mat, I find the more patient and deliberate I am, off the mat whether it be on a project at work or just cleaning the kitchen. Yoga sort of wraps itself around you.

Dom
A broader healthier perspective.

6. Favorite Book
Leslee
Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls.

Dom
True North by Jim Harrison

7. Favorite Place to Visit
Leslee
I’ve been able to travel a bit but it’s hard to choose. I’ll say anywhere there’s fresh water, or fresh powder, good people and good music. 🙂

Dom
A little farm up in Hoxeyville, MI near Caberfae Peaks. My friends and family head up there almost every weekend in the winter to ski, eat and enjoy.

8. Food
Leslee
An unbreakable three-way tie. Peanut Butter, Fried Eggs & Avocado.

Dom
Soup….does not matter what kind, I celebrate the entire catalog.

Kristin Whalen

Kristin Whalen

1. What originally brought you to yoga?
Initially I was looking to bring balance into my normally hectic life.  I had forgotten how to just be and that it’s ok to let things be as they are.  Yoga has been my teacher, reminding me that I don’t need to always do.  Sometimes doing nothing…just observing…and letting things fall where they may is better than interceding and controlling.

2. What keeps you coming back?
Now that I have found a greater sense of balance and contentment, I am less quick to react and judge.  I have found a happier, more positive and less stressed perspective.

3. What is your favorite asana and why?
Side angle pose, for sure. When I can work my way into perfect alignment I feel like I can stretch my spine for miles.  For someone who sits at a desk most days, this is an awesome feeling.  Plus, I love pigeon pose.  It’s the first pose I run to do after a long flight.

4. What do you love about Seva?
Honestly, I got hooked because the teachers have the best playlists and they update them often.  I stay because I have gotten to know them and I love their encouraging style.

5. What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
My breath. The power of observation.

6. Favorite Book
I don’t really have one at the moment.  Recommendations welcome. 🙂

7. Favorite Place to Visit
Istanbul

8. Food
Veggies. Love them all.