Sat, Apr 14 & Sun, Apr 15
Join us for a day of mini-workshops, classes, and conversations celebrating the diversity of our yoga offerings while supporting one of the largest humanitarian issues in our world: climate change.
We are excited to formally announce our chosen charity for our Down Under Unites Festival in April. It is our commitment to support one of the most pressing humanitarian and global issues, climate change. We will be donating 25% of the proceeds from the festival to the Cambridge-based non-profit, Union of Concerned Scientists. UCS scientists and analysts develop and implement innovative, practical solutions to some of our planet’s most pressing problems—solutions for combating global warming; developing sustainable ways to feed, power, and transport ourselves; fighting misinformation; advancing racial equity; and reducing the threat of nuclear war. Join us at the festival to support this powerful cause.
$35 gets you a weekend wristband.
Down under unites festival schedule
Down Under Voices: A Blog
I discovered that asana had a way of inviting curiosity at every turn. Curiosity about sensations in the body, qualities of the breath, where the mind goes and why, how one responds to the shapes presented, to achievement, to perceived failure… there were opportunities to explore and question all of it.
This mini-sequence gets into all four sides of the hip. It's a perfect sequence for beginners and advanced practitioners alike to bring more awareness to the lower body and start to alleviate lower body tightness, while being fairly accessible as all of the poses are supine (on the back).
Whether you’ll continue with an existing yoga practice or start a new exploration, it is beneficial to consider your physical adjustments as baby grows and your body accommodates the transition.
We are never simply our own. We belong to one another. Babies remind us of this, most especially in the moments wherein we think we are wholly autonomous. The fallacy is in ever thinking we are separate.
I had been told by people who have practiced with Saraswathi that Saraswathi has a knack of knowing what is right for each practitioner. What is right for their practice and right for their lives. She doesn’t know my life, but she sees me, and she sees my practice.
According to Ayurveda, it has always been understood that beauty is the product of general physical health and appreciation to daily care. A cultivation of higher self-consciousness, as in yoga one starts with the physical asanas.
I started seeing Joanna around Down Under in January. Naturally, it’s a time of year for a lot of new faces so initially nothing really perked my attention beyond a lovely new student in my classroom. Several weeks went by until I received an email from fellow teacher and Education Director, David Runkle. He wrote, “Joanna Chung is a new student who took 33 classes during her 30 day newcomer special. Also, she’s signed up for four classes today in Newton. Is this some sort of record?” Record? I’m not sure. Impressive? Beyond a doubt!
Sometimes poses that seem impossible become possible. Sometimes even easy. How did this happen? My limbs move effortlessly into position. What has changed? Am I stronger? More efficient? Did I use my breath or my bandhas in a way I couldn’t before? I try to notice, but I also just accept.
Often the momentum of life has a way of keeping our minds smothered with activity. As a result, the mind becomes unstable and we lose contact with our true consciousness. Fortunately, anyone can tap into Pratyahara to calm the mind on a daily basis.
You have always to keep pushing forward beyond each obstacle in turn, over the next hill, on to the next stage of life and the next stage of your own personal evolution. If you don't, what else is there? What is left? You can't stop by the side of the road and wait for fate to come and confront you, because it may well choose not to keep the appointment you have made without its knowledge, and where will you be then?