Group Classes: Yoga, Mind Body Pump, Qijong

GROUP CLASSES ON ZOOM!:

  • Join any class from your mobile device or computer
  • No membership with zoom is required
  • No commute time – Log on and you’re in class!
  • Zoom links are sent from FitGrid 50-minutes before class start time
  • Create the space for physical and mental space to practice

Register for Weekly Classes

MUKUNDA YOGA CENTER or LIVE STREAM:

Group classes will be offered either live at the newly opened Mukunda Yoga Center in SOMA, SF, CA or live stream via zoom.us. ***As of March 19, 2020, we are following the shelter in place order until further notice due to safety measures around COVID-19. A live stream group class is the current option until the city approves it is safe to welcome you into the studio. Once we return to live classes, the plan is to continue to offer all classes via live stream to welcome everyone who wishes to be “in” class. See class pricing on MINDBODY HERE.  See class schedule on MINDBODY HERE.

Mukunda Yoga Group Class Prices

TYPES OF CLASSES:

Hatha Level 1-2 (Saturdays: 10am-11:15am)

  • The class offers a deep, moderately challenging practice with balanced focus on ease & relaxation.
  • Includes basic warm-ups, sun salutations, poses to help with balance, strength and flexibility.
  • Includes focus on breath and movement, deep relaxation and very brief guided or silent meditation.
  • The sequence will vary each week but will maintain a general sequence that will become familiar over practice time.

Hatha Level 2 (Saturdays: 4pm-5:15pm)

  • An intermediate class that often brings in the shoulder stand and preparation for headstand (not a required pose).
  • Includes intermediate warm-ups, sun salutations, poses to help with balance, strength and flexibility.
  • Includes focus on breath and movement, deep relaxation and very brief guided or silent meditation.
  • The sequence will vary each week and provides deeper understanding of the subtle practices.

NEW!! Mind Body Pump (Mondays and Thursdays: 8am-8:30am)

  • Marc’s NEW 30-minute, activating practice that builds heat and helps to strengthen the body and remove toxins.
  • Utilizes elements of the hatha yoga postures as a base of vocabulary with additions of light cardio and strength training.
  • Pull-up bands and yoga blocks are often used but not required. Purchase bands on Amazon or RubberBanditz.
  • Verbal direction and demonstration provided to motivate you as you pump the mind and body for optimum well-being!

Beginner Series: Chair to Mat (Mondays: 9am-10am)

  • Perfect starting point for anyone who prefers a very gentle start to their practice
  • The first Monday of the month starts each series which begins exclusively from a chair then moves to the mat
  • All levels are welcome but particular benefit given to anyone brand new to yoga or who needs the chair for support
  • 2 – folding chairs or dining room chairs without arms plus a yoga mat, block and pillow are helpful in this practice.

Hatha Deep Dive (Mondays: 6:30-7:30pm)

  • Advancing the hatha flow practice with more challenging postures and transitions.
  • Geared towards yogis with a regular practice with comfortable knowledge of the yoga basics.
  • Less detail and cueing of poses than hatha or hatha flow to allow the yogi to build deeper personal awareness.
  • Includes the notion of a deep dive as a felt experience, accessing the power of surrender in a robust practice.

Hatha Flow (Tuesdays: 6:30pm-7:30pm & Fridays – 9am-10am)

  • Based on the Integral Yoga practice, adding in more poses and less rests per class.
  • Slightly more challenging class with more focus on transitions and breath and body coordination.
  • Open to all, particularly energizing for those with a regular yoga practice.
  • Offers the concept of flow in all areas of life to consider how we can “flow” through life on and off the mat.

NEW!!  Essential Qigong (Tuesdays: 6pm-7pm) with Fox

Class description: qigong can be defined as an artful practice, which seeks to cultivate structural awareness, internal energy, and meditative, flowing movement for a sense of wellbeing and healing. In this introductory course, we will be focusing on a series of movements called the 8 Brocades, which call to mind the elegance and refinement of silk. This practice is associated with the energetic meridians, organs, and 5 elements of Chinese medicine.

  • All skill levels are welcome!
  • This workshop is a suggested donation of $5
  • This class is taught by Brett “Fox” – See bio on the Teacher’s Page
  • Donations can be sent using this link:  PayPal.me/foxqigong

 

What is Hatha Yoga?

It is widely understood that yoga comes from India, but it’s not always widely known that yoga is 3000-5000 years old and is much more than a series of postures for the body to negotiate. It’s a full, body/mind science (not religion) that ultimately unifies the body/mind/spirit towards equanimity and clear understanding of universal truth. While this can seem like a leap to imagine going from stretching on a yoga mat to becoming a liberated and enlightened being, this is precisely the path that ancient yogis recognized would emerge as a timeless longing for spiritual seekers at some life-stage or another. It is also true that any level of practice is beneficial and not all of us are meant to follow one path.  There are various types of yoga practice and the asanas (yogic postures) are just one of eight that are explained in yogic philosophy. (Read more from yogajournal.com HERE)

Hatha Yoga simply refers to the overall path of yoga dealing with strengthening, cleansing and purifying the physical body by way of postures (asanas), breathing practices (pranayama) and purification practices (satkarma) to name a few. All of the many and different styles that are offered in yoga studios fall under the umbrella of hatha. When a class is defined solely as “hatha” this typically means the focus of the class points to the balance of effort and steadiness, moving with ease to develop inner and outer power and strength. Sometimes, hatha is labeled as a gentle, easier style of yoga and as with the phrase “abstract painting,” there are many interpretations which may be subjective and may or may not be to your liking!

Some would define Hatha in this way: “ha” to mean sun and “tha” to refer to moon. Hatha yoga being a practice that balances feminine/masculine, the yin/yang, receptive/active. It is the play of the dualistic realm that our human body is governed by and which teaches us the laws of this life and being in this material world. But hatha can also be interpreted as ‘effort’ and ‘force’ which relates to the activity of the poses to affect the spine and abdomen where healthy maintenance offers graceful aging, aiming to counter the side-effects of daily physical and emotional stress.  Though this has looked different through the centuries and results will vary from person to person, the human form still battles imbalances that are relative to the time and place of each person’s existence.

Yoga is not intended as a sport but was designed as a personalized way to connect with your own mind and body in order to cultivate a state of utmost clarity.  In a hatha yoga class, there is focus on the breath and body, which of course we let flow somewhat or completely without awareness all day long. As you tune in and feel the movement and power of your breath, you learn that you have the ability to create dramatic changes in your mood, perspective and overall health. The majority of toxins are released through breath and by moving the body on a daily basis, we help keep the systems of the body working their best.  Any regular activity is vital for our well-being, and yoga provides a great benefit of cultivating mindfulness and ease. By practicing yoga, it’s possible for our relationship to our body to be strong and healthy, allowing the mind to shift focus to higher activities of life.

Read more at yogabasics.com HERE and on wikipedia.com HERE.

Dos:

  1. Plan ahead and book your class online/mobile here for Mukunda Yoga or at MX3 Fitness
  2. Wear comfortable, loose fitting or athletic clothing. (remove socks and shoes)
  3. Plan for parking and arrive at least 5 minutes ahead of class time to get settled.
  4. Bring your mat, towel, cushion, etc. (Also available at studio so not to worry if you don’t have)

Don’ts:

  1. Avoid eating at least one hour before practice and 30 minutes after a practice.
  2. If you have uncontrolled high-blood pressure or are pregnant, these may not be the right classes for you.
  3. If you’re thinking you won’t know what to do, know that’s just your mind playing tricks on you – don’t give in to negative thoughts!
  4. Yoga is a practice that leads to improved health and wellness over time. Don’t expect one or two classes to “fix” everything!

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