Practicing Yoga is savoring life intensely. Every Breath. ~jsp

When I was introduced to Classical Yoga in 1989, the practice of Yoga provided a tangible way to calm my anxious mind, and appreciate the potential of the present moment, even in the most difficult times. Over the decades, my understanding and experience of the practice has evolved so that yoga isn’t something that happens on the mat. It takes place in every moment of every day. Integrating time tested universal ethics, movement, breath and a means of turning our attention inward to our true nature through meditation, yoga has the potential to transform every life from the inside out.

Since 1999, I’ve been dedicated to sharing my understanding of the practice through teaching. I’m dedicated to supporting students to utilize the practice to exercise their own potential for exploration, creativity, service and real love, for living a meaningful life.

Class Schedule

PRACTICE WITH ME ON ZOOM

Thursday:  8:15am – 8:45am   Free Meditation
Thursday:  9am – 10:15am   Joy of Vinyasa Flow
Tuesday: 7:30pm – 8:30pm  Replenish
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PRACTICE WITH ME ON YOUTUBE

Saturday 9am – 10am  Flow
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JOY OF FLOW

Move and be moved! This progressive breath-based moving meditation explores the use of vital energy, experiments in balance, intelligent movement, including moving with the seasons, and being present. JOY of Flow is an embodied inquiry into stability within fluidity, because life is inherently in motion. Benefits of sustained practice include strength, balance, and flexibility, but most essentially, a greater capacity to meet each moment with grace, intelligence, and joy.

REPLENISH

Replenish. “To fill up, make whole or return to one’s original state.” This evening class provides a series of slow, intentional movements to release accumulated tension, centering breath work to reconnect the body with the mind and heart. Our time together will deeply explore the potential in each moment to feel more physically spacious and mentally and emotionally clear. Come as you are. This class is accessible to everyone.

Tapas

Tapas means the discipline of steady practice. Each season of the year has a special series of postures dedicated to it. The postures that are chosen for each season address traditional Indian medicine or the wisdom of Ayurveda, as well as the Chinese meridians that run along the body, so that you can be empowered to care for your health. Students who practice the four different Tapas series throughout the year have reported greater internal stability, a stronger immune system, better circulation and higher energy levels. At Breathe Together Yoga, this series is practiced in a heated room, but it not necessary to receive its benefits.

Practice with Jennifer on Yoga Anytime

Jennifer’s Mandala Yoga progressively guides us through a series of adventurous and engaging practices that support strength in your body, and a clear, calm mind. Begin practicing today at Yoga Anytime.

Projects

In 2018, Jennifer created a series of 84 postures that are present in modern postural yoga in response: Asana in an urban environment, practiced largely by women, many of which are standing postures as a form of exercise and to counter the sitting in chairs that comprises modern living. This project was also a commentary on yoga on social media. On one hand, we want to be seen, and on the other hand, we struggle to see who we truly are. The practice of uniting body, mind and breath “polishes our own mirrors.” It makes it possible to see that we aren’t who often we think we are at all.

In Jennifer’s practice and in teaching, she draw from these 84 postures often. They are also taught in Season 2 in Mandala Yoga below.

In winter of 2015, while in India, Jennifer visited the Mahamandir temple inside what is now a schoolyard in Jodphur to see a mural of 84 yoga postures painted in the early 1800’s. As her understanding of the practice of yoga has evolved, she became curious about the paintings. She had come to understand that the yoga that we were practicing was almost entirely modern in it’s form, and very western.

The Jodhpur images, which weren’t the first set of images to visually document 84 postures, are currently not cared for by the government, so they are in latter stages of decay, but even so, they tell the story: The practice of yoga was at that time geared towards, cleansing, and keeping the body healthy. Most of the postures are seated.

Podcasts

Mind Games Podcast Logo, Featuring Jennifer Prugh

The Art of Finding Your Center

Jennifer Prugh is the latest guest of a fantastic podcast, MIND GAMES, hosted by Hailey and Ronnie Lott, which has featured Steve Young and Jerry Rice. The podcast is available for free on iTunes or on the Mind Games podcast site.
 
Listen to learn more about Jennifer’s history and insight into the mind, mindfulness, mental health, and how yoga fits.

 

The Power of Meditation

When you awaken to essence nature, the way-seeing mind, and a sense of spaciousness, freedom seeps into your perception of everything, and nothing in life will ever be the same.
 
Friend of Breathe Together Yoga, and dharma teacher Kelly Blaser has created a global interview series about awakening and the dharma teachings that carry us closer to the truth. She has brought together a brilliant and insightful group of teachers.

 

Chanting

Om Mani Padme Hum

The mantra Om Mani Padme Hum is easy to say but because it contains the essence of the entire teaching, it is quite powerful. When you say the first syllable, Om, to help you achieve perfection in the practice of generosity, it is blessed: ‘Ma’ helps perfect the practice of pure ethics; ‘ni’ helps achieve perfection in the practice of tolerance and patience; ‘Pa’ helps achieve perfection of perseverance; ‘me’ helps achieve perfection in the practice of concentration; and, ‘Hum,’ the final syllable, helps achieve perfection in the practice of wisdom.

“So in this way recitation of the mantra helps achieve perfection in the six practices from generosity to wisdom. The path of these six perfections is the path walked by all the Buddhas of the three times.
What could then be more meaningful than to say the mantra and accomplish the six perfections?”
~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones

Gayatri Mantra

Om Bhur Bhuvah Svaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yo nah: Prachodayat
~ Rig-Veda, Mandala 3, Hymn 62, Verse 10

This prayer is for liberation and enlightenment. Two translations:

S. Krishnamurthy: “We mediate upon the radiant Divine Light of that adorable Sun of Spiritual Consciousness; May it awaken our intuitional consciousness.”

Monier Monier-Williams: “Let us meditate on that excellent glory of divine vivifying Sun, May he enlighten our understandings.”

Aditya Hridayam Punyam Sarv Shatru Vinashanam
When the sun is kept in the heart all evils vanish from life

Four Immeasurables

Immeasurable love (Sanskrit: maitri, Pali: metta),
Immeasurable compassion (Sanskrit: karuna, Pali: karuna),
Immeasurable joy (Sanskrit: mudita, Pali: mudita),
Immeasurable equanimity (Sanskrit: upeksha, Pali: upekkha).

Traditional Tibetan Prayer
May all beings have happiness and the cause of happiness.
May they be free of suffering and the cause of suffering.
May they never be disassociated from the supreme happiness which is without suffering.
May they remain in the boundless equanimity, free from both attachment to close ones and rejection of others.

Om Tare Tuttare

There are 21 different Taras and this mantra is to Green Tara, representing Compassion in Action. The first Dalai Lama wrote that Tara is called on to protect us from eight specific dangers, each of which represents a corresponding human internal obstacle:

wild elephants — delusion and ignorance
snakes — jealousy
prisons — greed and miserliness
lions — pride
floods — desire and attachment
demons — doubts caused by delusion
forest fires — hatred
robbers — wrong views, including fanatical views

Shiva's Chant

sacchārānanda-parapūrnam
shivo’ham mmmm shivo’ham
nityānanda-svarūpam
shivo’ham mmmm shivo’ham
ānando’ham ānando’ham, ānando’ham ānando’ham (x2)

Sachara Chara Para Purna Shivoham Shivoham
I am that which prevails everywhere… complete in itself.

Nityananda Swarupa Shivoham Shivoham
I am Shiva; the deity of eternal bliss

Anandoham (16)
I am Joy itself… I am Bliss itself.

Words To Live By

Right Thought

May we be steady, present and joyful.

Right Speech

May our words improve upon the silence.

Right Action

May we be the change we wish to see.

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