“Bring your full attention to your practice, let go of expectation,
and open to the effort itself.”
Yoga is a vast and ancient art and science of self-development. Yet it is as simple as bringing full awareness into how one’s feet are meeting the floor, in this moment, or the quality of engagement felt in one’s thigh muscles compared to the fiery stretch behind the leg–or perhaps the more subtle experience of how the breath feels entering and leaving one’s body. David’s classes are designed to help the student connect with being in his or her body in the here and now, always with an eye to the larger spiritual and philosophical framework of Yoga.
Why practice in a group with a teacher?
The group energy is encouraging and supportive. The teacher may notice how misalignment of the knee might lead to injury, or recognize when the student is ready to take an asana to another level.
Some Suggestions To Optimize Your Classroom Experience
- Arrive five to ten minutes early, so you don’t have to rush.
- Wear clothing that is loose enough to allow movement. Shorts are recommended so that knee alignment can be observed.
- Eat very lightly or not at all for two to three hours prior to class. Fruit, however, is fine to consume during the hour before class.
- Set a clear intention to let go of expectations and to be open to the moment.
- Turn off your cell phone and leave it outside of class!
Chants You Might Encounter In a Class
Om Namah Shivaya Gurave
I offer myself to the Light, the Auspicious Lord,
who is the True Teacher within and without,
Sat Chid Ananada Murtaye
Who Assumes the forms of Reality, Consciousness, and Bliss
Nish Pra Pan Chaya Shantaya
Who is never absent and is full of peace,
Independent in Its Existence, It is the vital essence of illumination
Om Saha Navatu
May we be protected together
Saha Nau Bhunaktu
May we be nourished together
Saha Viryam Kara VaVahai
May we practice with vigor
Tejas Svi Navadhitam Astu
May our practice be enlightening
Ma VidVisha Vahai
May the there be no discord between
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti
Om Peace, Peace, Peace
Om Namo Bhagavate Vasu De vaya
I surrender my ego to faith and trust in my trancendent Being, God itself. Thy will be done, oh Lord, not mine.
Sa Ta Na Ma
So Ham Ham Sa
I am that which I seek. That I am.
Om Gam Guna Putaye Namaha
A chant invoking Ganesh, the remover of obstacles
Om Tare TuTare Turi Svaha
A Tibetan Bhuddist mantra invoking the Green Tara, mother of all Buddhas