As a teacher, I present the eight limbs of yoga through a flow-based yoga-asana practice, a moving meditation that guides us to be present to each moment of our relatively short and altogether precious lives. “Vinyasa” means “a mechanism of joining or linking” while “Krama” means “the process or steps one takes to place in a special way.” My dynamic Vinyasa classes are characterized by exploring the present moment, that which is unknown, seemingly impossible, and often unexpected. Any exploration is best done with presence of mind, lightness of being and humor. Often set to music, my sequencing contains an unpredictable array of asana, much like Origami for mind, breath and body. In my therapeutic classes the most prevalent experience of “flow” is that of the breath, as each posture is given ample time to be investigated, allowing attention to settle and deepen. Each month is dedicated to exploring specific postures, creating greater range of motion and brain elasticity. Through steady practice we become more comfortable with that which is unknown and live our lives in a more authentic and meaningful way.
Friday: 12pm – 2pm Mandala Vinyasa Krama
Saturday: 9am – 10:30am Mandala Vinyasa Krama
Saturday: 10:45am – 12pm Mandala Flow
Jennifer is the Founder and co-owner of Breathe Together Yoga which opened in 2011 to provide yoga for everyone. From Youth Yoga to Prenatal, Tai Chi & Qi Gong to Asian Fusion, Vinyasa to Yoga Basics, and with nearly 100 classes a week open every day but Christmas, there’s truly something for everyone. The Mandala Tea House inside BTY produces fresh smoothies, espresso drinks, and teas made with organic ingredients. Wellness services offer Ayurveda Acupuncture, Reiki and a vast selection of excellent bodywork seven days a week. BTY regularly hosts national and international presenters for weekend workshops and Jennifer’s Joy of Yoga 200 and 300 hour Teacher Trainings. The Mercury News celebrated named it Best Yoga Studio in the South Bay in 2017. For everything you’d ever want to know visit the Breathe Together website.
Om/Aum: the creator of the universe,
Bhūr: earth. Bhuvah: The atmosphere Svah: Heaven
Tat: That Savituhur: vivifying power of the sun,
Varenyam: Desirable, excellent, Bhargah: Light, brightness, splendor
Devasya: Luminous, the divine Dhīmahi: to meditate on
Dhiyoh: intelligence, of meditation and of service Yoh: which Nah: our
Pracodayāt: to inspire, excite
If we meet this world unprotected, our heart gets broken over and over and over.
This is actually a gift.
You let the world touch you, it shatters you open, and it shatters you open, and it shatters you open.
And here you are, shining.
After our heart is broken open a thousand times and all of the contents emptied out,
there’s just this shining left.
~Jeannie Debra Nickels-Zandi