My Teaching Practice:

Mandala Vinyasa Krama

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.

Schedule

 

Friday:  12pm – 2pm   Mandala Vinyasa Krama

Saturday:  9am – 10:30am   Mandala Vinyasa Krama

Saturday:  10:45am – 12pm   Mandala Flow

MANDALA VINYASA KRAMA

Vinyasa means to place in a special way, Krama means to move the body intelligently, while mandala means “circle,” or “essence.” Like origami, or the Japanese art of folding, the body moves progressively, breath by breath, towards one or more apex postures, much like a conscious walk up an unexplored mountain path. A moving meditation utilizing historically early yoga-asana, innovative 19th century Krishnamacharya based yoga-asana and contemporary expressions of the practice we explore the wise use of vital energy, the notion of “one’s edge,” and how the practice itself is a moving metaphor for how we live our lives. Counter postures unfold the body for seated meditation. This class is for those with a pre-existing understanding of internal alignment and a love for yogic adventure.

MANDALA FLOW

Mandala means circle or essence, while the term, “flow” has been recognized across cultures as a state known as the “action of inaction” or “doing without doing.” A flow state is characterized as complete absorption, referred to as eighth limb in yoga, or Samadhi. Mandala Flow offers an embodied inquiry into stability within fluidity, because life is inherently in motion (and especially in this part of the world). This creative, progressive breath-based moving meditation explores the wise use of vital energy, experiments in balance and being present. Benefits of sustained practice include strength, balance and flexibility, but most essentially, a greater capacity to meet each moment with grace and intelligence.

Breathe Together Yoga

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.

Gayatri Mantra

Om bhur bhuvah svah
tat savitur varenyam bhargo devasya dhīmahi dhiyo yo nah pracodayat

~ Rig-Veda, Mandala (chapter) 3, Hymn 62, Verse 10

 

Gayatri is a poetic meter form of 24 syllables, but it also names the holiest of all the Hindu mantras. It can be parsed in the following way: 

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 

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 Our Words Improve Upon the Silence.

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