Friday, October 24, 2014

Coolidge Corner Yoga: Gentle Yoga

Jodee Doka
Laura Douglas 
Yoga; Theory, Culture, and Practice
Oct. 15, 2014
Coolidge Corner Yoga

I visited the Coolidge corner yoga, a small upstairs studio in Brookline, Ma. The studio was founded in 2013 by, Tatyana Souza and her husband, David Souza, who stand as co-owners, designed the studio to further and begin the knowledge of yoga to other community members.
Tatyana is the founder, who first started out as a scientist, and finished her PhD in Immunology in 2006. As Tatyana was trying to push a research on modern medicines, she discovered yoga, at a Forrest yoga class. After that she became very dedicated practitioner in yoga, seeking not only a workout but a revitalization, serenity, and adventure. Thru her introduction to yoga, she realized that yoga was more beneficial then chemical drugs/medicine. Tatyana finished her 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2011 at the Back Bay School of Yoga. She is a registered teacher by the nation Yoga Alliance and has taught ever since. 
David, who is a entrepreneur, but stands a investment management. He is completing his graduates degree in Statistic studies at Harvard University. Aside from that, her is a well groomed tri-athlete, who is constantly running and biking around the Brookline area. He is also a Yogi himself, which help his endurance, flexibility and creating a high level of mental toughness. 
My teacher with the gentle yoga class was Nicole Clark. Nicole, has been spending 22 years she has been studying to understand the human body and its movement via, meditation, dance, visual art, and yoga. After spending 11 years practicing yoga in New York and Los Angeles, with Vinyasa, Jivamukti, Hatha, Sivananda, and Bikram,and discovering Forrest yoga. In 2002, she finished her training and went on to teach at the Forrest Yoga circle in Los Angeles. 
  Their mission for the  studio is the help people find a clearer mind, and a sense of well-being. By nourishing the body inside and out, will lead to a healthier, happier life. Their classes are a rage of yoga that helps any type of person. With that said, they not inly help the community by teacher and practicing yoga, but they also donate half of their profits to various organizations. The classes consist of Vinyasa, Core flow,Fundamentals, Flow and Restore, Forrest Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Kids Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Trance Flow, TriUbne Laster class, Urban Beatz, Yin Yoga, and Yoga for athletes. They want to impact more then just giving the opportunity of practicing yoga, but to also impact the world around us as time goes on. 
Not only is the studio a place for well-being and calmness, but it is also a business, which may not seem very yogi like, however that is our culture today. Everything can be turned into a business, however, during my time at the studio, there was not a sign of commercialized people or environment. It was very organic and the people/staff appeared to have wanted to be there, and did not show any essence of ‘it was their job’. Sure there were items for sale, but mats were their to borrow for a class, as well as other yoga equipment. I find it hard to believe that a small studio that practices yoga, could stay clear of commercialized persona, because that is how they get their business. 
I attended the the Gentle yoga class with Nicole Clark. Gentle yoga is designed for the people who wish not to be so vigorous than more advanced classes. The main focus of gentle yoga, is to incorporate light stretches and breathing as the simple movements help increase the rage of motion in joints and increase energy. As fro Nicole Clark, she was very helpful with hands on adjustments, working with injuries, and a great sequence of movements and poses. She made it feel very safe and comfortable for all her students.
As for me i feel that it did just that. I went into the class nervous, tired, and hopping i wouldn't fall asleep.  However, as we began, the teacher was kind enough to come and fix our postures if needed, it was a comfort sign. I enjoyed the blankets and elongated pillows, and blocks that would help support the areas we need improvements in. As we practices the movements beginning at our feet, and work our way up, we would hold our pose and do 5 mins of straight breathing in the pose. I felt that continuing this, throughout the class, it help us prepare for the next pose. Giving our body more rage in movement and preparation for the next and or more difficult poses. The classed lasted for an hour and a half but only felt like 15 minutes long. I think by fixating so much on the breathing and trying to maintain a posture is on hits own time. It felt like time switched places with the movement and what felt would take long to figure out who to breath. I;m not sure if that made sense but that is the feeling it left me with. Confused and rejuvenated. 
I feel that the theories of yoga are the ones about focus on focusing on noting and to be in the moment. Because there are not many times one can just fixate absolute nothing or a breath, because it is a task to even do for either. The breathing is also a sole basis, because of the simplicity of it being just breathing. However, not many know of the power that controlled breathe. I feel that today, yoga is not always fixated on the actual practice and culture of it, but solely on the business aspect of it. The clothing is now a big focus point and it almost acts as a part of the culture itself.  Which I feel is out of place, because after seeing article about the “real” yogi out there, where they wear no clothes. Compare that with the yoga magazine today, its strictly commercialized and is fixated on a seductive (sometimes) posture in trendy yoga wear. Which is something that should change because it is a theory, healing, art, culture that shouldn't be forgotten. The affect yoga has had on me fro the past couple years is that is creates center for me, which generates a balance. Its a place where I can feel the light and joy, which is sometimes I hope is never lost with yoga as it progresses in western culture.

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