‘Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other.’ Yogacharya Sri T. Krishnamacharya
In the living tradition of Yogacharya Sri T. Krishnamacharya
Yoga is a holistic, healing discipline that offers a broad range of tools for supporting health, healing and personal transformation. Yoga’s tools include postures (asanas), conscious breathing techniques (pranayama), meditative practices (dharana/dhyanam), gestures (mudras), the use of vocal sounds (adhyayanam)/chanting), guided self-inquiry (bhavana/svadhyaya), and much more. These tools can be utilized in an infinite number of combinations to suit the unique needs of the individual throughout the ever-changing stages of his/her life, chosen in the appropriate context for the benefit of offering healing to the individual.
As a holistic form of healing, Yoga views the human system as not just the physical body, but as comprised of several dimensions, including the physical body, breath, mind, personality and emotions. These dimensions of the human system are interconnected and therefore, interdependent.
Private and specialized small group classes are offered with the practice adapted to the individual according to needs and circumstances with profound respect for each person where they are and the gradual steps taken in an appropriate direction.
First Session (apx. 90 minutes): We shall meet to discuss the student’s needs, abilities, situation and therapeutic and/or wellness goals; an appropriate program will be designed and taught for the student to practice at home (*maintaining the practice at home is key to the success and potential of healing through self-empowerment as a participant in one’s own healing)
Second Session (apx. 30 minutes): We shall meet within 10 days of the first session. Review of the program together, needed adjustments are refined for the most appropriate practice.
Group classes are designed to address a specific topic, focus or need and provide individual attention and care for the student. Preregistration and payment is required for all small group classes as space is limited.
Special Interest Classes
Individual and small group classes on the principles, practices and philosophy of yoga: such as Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Veda chanting, pranayama, meditation.
Check the Events page for details of community classes
Private yoga sessions are by appointment only. Please call 778.893.1859 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule.
Veda chanting is different from other forms of chanting because the manner of chanting the Vedas cannot be modified. Preserving and carrying forth the Vedic tradition requires formalized study and practice through the process of ‘adhyayanam’; the student listens and then recites the chant exactly as the teacher did. The practice of chanting has multiple benefits such as enhancing health, improving memory and promoting healing. Chanting is considered to be one of the important forms of meditation which in and of itself, lends to healthy interaction on all levels. The yogis use sound to awaken consciousness. According to the Vedas, sound is the source of all life. Although we perceive our bodies to be solid matter, every cell is formed from vibrations and interactions of energy. We are made of living sounds, and our individual rhythms are dependent on the greater vibrations of the universe to sustain them. We carry the universe’s primordial sound internally in our energy centers, or cakras, also referred to as our vibrational cores of consciousness. Private chanting classes are offered to expose, share and preserve this ancient tradition.
Chanting Yoga Sutras of Patanjali enhances the beauty and depth of connecting to this ancient philosophy and one’s personal practice; the foremost authoritative scriptural text on the philosophy of Yoga.
Private & small group classes (max 4 students) - (appropriate chants are chosen for the student based on needs, interest and ability; progress to more challenging chants through study and proficiency)
Wise Earth Ayurveda
Sadhanas in Food, Breath & Sound
Ayurveda is the oldest known ‘lifeway’ and holistic medicine paradigm in the world deeply rooted in the intelligence of one’s nature and thus, forms a framework fostering the whole integration of body, mind and spirit. Maya Tiwari, of Wise Earth School of Ayurveda, developed this unique vision and education of inner medicine healing through restoring the ancient sadhanas, cultivating inner harmony and thus teaching the principle of ‘ahimsa’; living mindfully and with the wisdom of non-harming. This unique education is non-clinical and non-dualistic in nature unlike the modern models of Ayurveda which approach is largely clinical and prescriptive. Wise Earth Ayurveda Tradition with the visionary approach of Maya Tiwari, ’supports a practice involving the long lost knowledge of natures interrelated nourishers of food (annavidya), breath (pranavidya) and sound (mantravidya) sadhanas (from the root ’sadh’ – which translates as ‘actions that reclaim the divine within’); revealing the knowledge of nature we are birthed from, sustained by and that which awakens consciousness restoring harmony in one’s life. ‘
We will learn about your biological rhythms (doshas), the daily and seasonal cycles in our world, how to balance your breath with the solar and lunar energies, how to chant during the creation of mixing and grinding spices into masalas, the preparation and care of vegetables with respect to their prana ‘lifelines’, and the awakening your own inner light with the meditation of preparing the ‘elixir of life’ – ghee (clarified butter). Throughout these divine and loving sadhanas you will cultivate your life force, your inner breath and sound, nurturing harmony for you and your loved ones.
Wise Earth Healing Passes shows you how to access consciousness through the cosmic rhythms and your essential life force, cultivate breath and establish posture in harmony with lunar, solar, daily and seasonal rhythms.
First Session (apx. 90 minutes): initial intake, review and sharing of process and sadhanas
Second Session (apx. 30 minutes): review and refine as necessary the application and understanding of sadhanas
Japa for Inner Peace
“We must strive to cultivate inner harmony and we will find Peace everywhere” - Maya Tiwari
‘Japa Meditation is an ancient Vedic practice for attaining an inner harmony and quiet mind. In these challenging times our minds are generally disturbed or dismayed. We tend to think of our disappointments, fear, and commitments. We think, think and think. The mind becomes thick with sticky thoughts. Thoughts we cannot separate ourselves from. And stress steps in. Our personal safety, the security of our family, the threats we face within and without our homes, the friendships we are losing, and the erosion of trust in each other. In these stressful times of political and racial tensions we must become mindful of not being pulled into a mire of anxiety, fears, anger, tension and especially hatred. We ask for peace and calm but do not understand that inner peace is inner silence, silence of the mind. Peace is being able to quietly thin the mind to a single point. In using a rosary of japa mala (which are usually 54 or 108 beads), you are able to turn a bead one at a time while repeating a specific mantra (which is a short grouping of words that has a sound; repetition of this sound generates a deep vibration in accord with the heat and eventually achieves a silencing of unwanted, extraneous thoughts). Between each mantra is the silence. The repetition of the mantra allows us the silence between the mantras. This silence is pure conscious-ness. This silence is you, before thoughts and activities are superimposed upon you. This silence is peace. This silence is meditation. Maintaining this silence is meditation. May your Japa practice bless you with many rewards of the spirit.’ Maya Tiwari
Puja & Prayers
With spiritual vision and value of a prayerful life, worship is essential to spiritual growth. It reconnects one with the order that is Isvara, providing solace and courage to the weary of heart and grace to those who seek it. Grace is vitally important in all spiritual aspiration; nothing is achieved without it.
Assistance in the obtaining of items required for puja and guidance in the preparation and keeping of same.
Private Consultations & Small Group Classes
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(these classes are tailored to meet the needs and interests of the student; group workshops and classes designed for special occasion, discussion and general interest)
Abhyanga (Ayurvedic Oil Massage), a daily ritual in India for thousands of years, is the anointing of the body with warm oil which is often medicated. ‘Sneha‘ in the language of Samskrtam, translates as ‘oil’, ’stickiness’ and ‘love’. It is believed that the effects of this ancient massage are similar to those received by one who is saturated with love. Among the many benefits from regular Abhyanga massage is the nurturing and pacifying of Vata and Kapha doshas, relieves fatigue, provides stamina, increases circulation (especially to nerve endings), tones muscles and whole physiology, calms the mind, lubricates joints, increases mental alertness, improves elimination of impurities from the body, gives a pleasurable and deeper sleep, enhances complexion and the luster of the skin, promotes longevity and nourishes all parts of the body.
Oils are personally made for the constitution and treatment of each individual session. Please note sessions are for women only unless referred.
Private Individual Sessions
Pichu – is an Ayurvedic snehana process in which a piece of cotton cloth is soaked in medicated oil, then placed on the forehead for a period of time; it balances the doshas and brings calmness to the body and mind
Shirobhyanga – the head is the most important part of the body, carrying eight of the ten gates or apertures of the body: the two openings of the nostrils, eyes, ears, mouth, and the most auspicious point called Brahma Randhra; massage includes head, neck and shoulders
Hastabhyanga - hand massage stimulates deep cognitive memories while energizing the tissues and organs of the body; massaging the hands increases flexibility, refreshes the energy of the whole body, and strengthens the heart; from the perspective of Wise Earth sadhana, the hands are the wings of the heart; hands are vital extensions which enable direct contact with nature and the ability to refine nature within
Padabhyanga - foot and leg massage stimulates all the organs of the body, increases ojas, and induces a state of deep relaxation; this brings a sense of wellness in the entire system; massaging the feet, one of the five organs of action, relieves many conditions; from the Wise Earth sadhana perspective, the best way to heal the impairments of the womb is to care for the feet; feet are the wings of the womb
Abhyanga (full body) – includes the aforementioned massage of head, hands, feet and also, legs, arms, chest, back, belly and hip massage
Private sessions are by appointment only. Please call 778.893.1859 or email email@example.com to schedule a session.