Ayurveda is known as the science of self-healing and longevity. In the practice of Ayurveda (the sister science of yoga), the Doshas (constitutions) have a yearly cycle, which we experience as the seasons. There are three seasons in the Ayurvedic calendar, which coincide with the conditions of climatic changes. Approximately, in North America, we experience the following cycles:
Kapha - Mid-February through May
Pitta - June through September
Vata - October through Mid-February
More specifically, in the coastal Carolinas, the primary dosha present in the environment is Kapha, and we must always think of keeping the Kapha dosha in balance. In the Longwave Yoga Ayurvedic class you will be guided in a practice appropriate to pacify the predominate seasonal dosha, while always considering which elements are most dominant in the Wilmington, NC area.
Pitta - June through September, pacifying fire and water.
In Ayurveda, summer is known as the Pitta time of year. The Pitta dosha/season is the combination of the elements of fire and water. When a person tends to be Pitta dominant they can especially feel out of balance during the summer, but you do not need to be a Pitta dominant type to fall into a Pitta Imbalance. The goal of Pitta is to heat and transform; however, excess Pitta can accumulate in both the mind and the body and it’s the element of heat that tends to accumulate most during this time of year. When Pitta is out of balance, agitation, anger, rashes, or digestive inflammation can all result. In addition, a fiery Pitta imbalance can result in having excessive mental activity, leading to an overactive nervous system, or feelings of intensity or impatience. To combat those excessive Pitta tendencies, Ayurveda looks to reduce excess heat through a nurturing, cooling, water-like yoga practice. To pacify Pitta, the yoga practice will offer a temperate room (78 degrees) and a creative flow that includes postures that help move heat out of the body.
Gentle Yoga is a nurturing class that emphasizes self-care and mobility in the muscles and joints, while building strength and flexibility without the vigorous components of other yoga classes. Because this class has limited weight bearing in the hands and heavy prop usage, Gentle Yoga is suitable for all levels, including beginners. Students can expect to experience a well-rounded practice with time for questions and discussion. Even if you have an established practice, Gentle Yoga is a perfect time to move without intensity while refining your practice.
Modern thinkers, writers, and yogis have adapted the ancient teachings of yoga into new and accessible forms. In fact, many contemporary pieces of literature have woven yoga’s teachings into artful pieces of literature. In this bi-monthly event, we will gather together in practice and satsang to explore, analyze, and discuss the teachings of yoga in modern literature. In this winter series, Rebecca Warfield will facilitate discussion, inquiry, and analysis pertaining to the month's selected book. Additionally, she will guide participants through asana related to the book's theme and intention. After each meeting, all participants will be added to a private, social media forum to continue their conversations and studies of the text outside of the meeting time.
Rebecca holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English Literature and has taught college-level literature for a decade. Therefore, participants can expect this event to include an accessible combination of intertextual references to ancient literature, prepared handouts, mini-lectures pertaining to relevant literary theory, digital presentations, journal questions, guided discussion, and open dialogue.
We will meet once, every other month. All levels welcome! Participants must purchase own copy of book. Please bring the book with you to the workshop. Participants should read and annotate the text before coming to the event. Please, come with questions, ideas, and a sense of adventure!
We will meet on Mondays, November 6, 2017; January 8, 2018; and March 5, 2018. All sessions are scheduled for 7:30pm-8:45pm.
Please purchase and read the book before attending.
November 6: The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri
January 8: The Tale for the Time Being, Ruth Ozeski
March 5: S., John Updike
Drop in: $30
Attend all three and save $10 on final session!