Viniyoga or Kundalini, Meditation, and Breath

Viniyoga or Kundalini, Meditation, and Breath 

Saturdays 10:30am – 12pm w/ Mary Bue (or subbed in Kundalini Style by Dorothy Jordan – see our calendar for details)

Join us mid-morning ever Saturday for a 1.5 hour class combining yoga postures (asana),  breath work (pranayama),  mantra and meditation centered around a theme which will be woven into our practice each week.  We will leave time to work with these teachings at the end in a free-writing exercise to integrate the practice and for self study (svadhyaya) … or just write your grocery list 😉 In the style of Viniyoga,  postures and flow (vinyasa) will be modified to your own rhythm of breath & ability – essentially a moving meditation.  We will move in all directions of the spine,  enlivening the muscles of breathing,  and preparing the body for seating breath practice and meditation.

Each class will have a different focus on such themes such as but not limited to:

  • working with the chakras
  • the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • integrating the principles Yamas & Niyamas (the first two limbs of 8-limbed path of yoga)
  • embodying the meanings + myths of the postures
  • seasons,  moon phases,  current events
  • gratitude

Mary Bue  is an indie musician and registered yoga teacher in the Viniyoga tradition,  a breath-centered, flowing practice that has a therapeutic basis and believes in adapting postures to fit the whole person (not forcing a person to fit into a posture!).  Mary received her certification at Whole Life Yoga in Seattle, WA by Tracy Weber.  She has pursued continuing education in prenatal yoga,  yoga for anxiety & depression and pranayama (conscious breathwork).  She has assisted with Whole Life Yoga’s “Yoga For Healthy Backs” and was a teaching assistant for Whole Life Yoga’s ten month long, 200 hour teacher training.  Mary has her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Transpersonal Psychology from the University of Minnesota – Duluth. She is an avid runner (10 half marathons and one full marathon),  nature lover and vegan.  As a musician she has toured in 40+ states,  released 6 albums,  been awarded four artist grants, enjoyed two Artist in Residence awards, and has served on the board and steering committee of the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival.  More about Mary’s music here:  Mary has also received volunteer training in sexual assault and domestic violence survivor advocacy.  As a wanderer-luster and experience junkie,  she has worked in many jobs: as a clinical research assistant in a prison & hospital,  an AIDS prevention outreach worker on the streets and harm reduction work in needle exchanges, as well as many hundreds of hours as a server,  bartender and barista.  In her spare time, she enjoys cooking vegan food,  writing blogs, poetry and in journals,  painting cow portraits,  reading non-fiction and traveling.  Mary is currently enrolled in Yoga Center of Minneapolis’ Advanced Yoga Teacher Training.  

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