Classes

Yoga

‘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.

Private Consultations

Initial Consultation

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

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 mangalam.mandiram@gmail.com to schedule.


Chanting

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)


Vedic Studies

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
Check the
Events page for details of community gatherings

(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

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

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

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 mangalam.mandiram@gmail.com to schedule a session.