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Gentle Practice

An Unexpected Revelation – Chair Yoga

Does the idea of doing yoga with a chair sound unappealing? Do you imagine chair yoga is not “real yoga,” that it’s for others who are less mobile, or maybe more limited than you? I hear over and over again variations on this sentiment, “I never expected how good I would feel after a chair practice.” Consider chair yoga is not just an alternative to mat/floor yoga; in many ways chair yoga can be an enhancement. The chair is a surprisingly versatile yoga prop and can help you go deeper in your practice.

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Tammy Kaleel speaks about Dynamic Gentle Yoga Teacher Training
Teaching Gentle

Making yoga more accessible

This is the first in a series of videos from graduates of the Dynamic Gentle Yoga Teacher Training with Rudy Peirce.  Are you interested in making yoga more accessible to people who may not think they can do yoga? Learn why Tammy chose this training and how it changed her

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Yoga Philosophy

Exploring Satya…Truth

Is there anything to be learned from the thousands-of-years-old Yamas and Niyamas? Last month we began with Ahimsa,  do no harm in thought word or deed. I was amazed at how many aspects of myself I had to look into. Subtle ways I harm myself through my shyness to ask

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Gentle Practice

Why do the same practice every day?

The GentleYogis 8am Breath Practice has been going on since March 19, 2020. Joyce and I have suited up for nearly every one of these mornings. Many in the community have done it nearly everyday. Many others have been on as regularly as their schedule allows. Mostly, we do it every day. The practice is the same. 5 breath practices. 3 Yoga stretches. 3 Oms. 35 minutes generally. Doesn’t it get boring, you might ask?

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Yoga Philosophy

Ahimsa: the Practice of Non-Harming

The following is a transcript of an excerpt from community time following the Breath Practice on May 31, 2021 in which Rudy gave a short talk on the yogic principles called the Yamas and Niyamas. He describes the first Yama called Ahimsa which translates to non-harming. Today is the beginning

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Yoga Philosophy

Nurture the Roots – Practical Yoga Wisdom

Announcing…a new focus for community time following the Breath Practice / Chair Yoga!   Beginning on Monday, May 31, we will be exploring the Yamas and Niyamas, ancient yoga wisdom for daily living, spiritual growth and well-being. We will focus on one of the ten Yamas and Niyamas each month. transitioning

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Mindful Living

Boost Your Mental Health With Our Daily Yoga Class

We all agree: It’s been a crazy year and a quarter. Ever since the World Health Organization declared Covid to be a global health emergency in March 2020 and communities around the world went on lockdown, we’ve been living in “a fascinating laboratory,” says Rudy.

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Erin Schuster Kripalu Yoga Teacher Gentle Yogis Guest Faculty
Community

Meet Gentle Yogis Teacher Erin Schuster

When I think about how Yoga has profoundly influenced every aspect of my life, I am grateful for it – and for kind teachers like Rudy and Joyce. I have dedicated my life’s work to sharing this transformative practice with others. Before I found yoga, I did not feel fully alive due to years of numbing any real emotion. I was scared to allow myself to feel and to truly connect to others.

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Gentle Reading

Ground Yourself this Earth Day

The disconnectedness astronauts can feel from loved ones, from regular life . . . from the Earth itself, is not so dissimilar to the disconnectedness so many have felt over this last year.  Here’s a fascinating take on re-entry into life, whether from space capsule . . . or pandemic:

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Gentle Practice

A Student Asked…

This week a student in the Gentle Breath Practice / Chair Yoga class asked, “Why is Nadi Shodhana considered the most powerful yoga practice?” (Nadi Shodhana is a slow-paced breath practice where you alternate which nostril you are breathing through.) First of all, who is it that considers this true?

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