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Kripalu Yoga Workshop - An Individual Journey in Self-Acceptance

  • Gardenalia 3709 Butler Street Pittsburgh, PA, 15201 (map)

Have you been interested in yoga, but felt as though you don't quite fit into typical yoga classes? Maybe the movement is too fast to keep pace with, maybe it is presented only in ways that your body doesn’t quite move in yet or maybe you want to connect more with your inner being. Kripalu Yoga is a gentler and slower-paced yoga. It meets your body where it is, recognizing and honoring abilities and limitations. Instead of forcing yourself to be something that you’re not, you can graciously celebrate yourself -- just as you are. When we are able to meet, love and accept ourselves where we are, it is from there that we can blossom. 

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Kripalu Yoga emphasizes personal growth and transformation through the practice of yoga. Safety, personal responsibility and witness of the self without judgment are hallmarks.

It is accessible for all levels (beginners through advanced), where modifications and the use of props help each person find their ideal expression of the poses when they are doing them. While other forms of yoga certainly result in personal growth and transformation, Kripalu Yoga hones this focus in a gentle and accessible way.

The highest spiritual practice is self observation without judgment.
— Swami Kripalu

This is not “work out” yoga, but rather “work in” yoga.

From the outset, a Kripalu Yoga class has the same elements as other yoga classes:  breathing techniques, warm ups, yoga postures and final relaxation, and it results in strength, flexibility and peaceful feelings. However, Kripalu Yoga is done at a slower pace. This slower pace invites practitioners to fully explore the poses and be just at the edge of physical sensation in a safe and secure way. Each person determines how deeply they want to go into the practice. Kripalu Yoga also supports pausing periodically to integrate the positive effects that yoga brings, progressing at a manageable pace. The practice can be made more challenging by sustaining the poses for longer periods of time or with expanded expressions, but this is invited as skill and experience gradually develop.

One feature that characterizes Centered Presence, Ltd.’s yoga classes is the opportunity to explore “meditation in motion” near the end of the class. This allows the mind to make sense of and integrate the new awareness that yoga has brought during the session. This is a key element in harnessing the power of transformation that yoga can foster.

Kripalu Yoga encourages practicing yoga both on and off the yoga mat. Adapting to the yoga practice becomes a metaphor for adapting to life; indeed, concepts transfer in broader ways. For example, safely being at the edge of physical sensations that may arise while in the postures, observing them, feeling them, breathing with them, watching what happens and allowing it to happen has parallels to being with emotions that arise in everyday life and applying the same approach.

Kripalu Yoga is great for those who have not found the right fit in other yoga classes, because classes may be too vigorous, too fast paced or overwhelming.

In this workshop, the principles of Kripalu Yoga are introduced and practiced. No experience with yoga or exercise is necessary. The workshop is accessible for all levels of fitness, especially beginners. Props, such as yoga blocks and cushions, are used to ensure safety and surety. Instruction will be done at a pace to allow absorption of the material and give time to practice. Attendees will be able to share what they experience with the group.

Those should attend who:  

    * Are interested in becoming more peaceful, grounded and embodied.

    * Want to explore yoga and are not satisfied with the offerings of mainstream yoga classes.

    * Want to become more aware of their bodies and their beings.

 This workshop is 90 minutes. Cost: $25 per person.(payable online or at the event) Attendance is limited to 10 people, so please be sure to register promptly.

 This is an indoor event.

Amazing Workshop.
— Albertina Hughey

About the instructor:

Michael Patrick, LMT, KYT, CPC

Michael Patrick, LMT, KYT, CPC

As a Licensed Massage Therapist, Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Certified Professional Coach and former Scientist, I bring all the gifts of who I am to my work. Driven by the desire to elevate others, my career initially spanned the biotech industry, interdisciplinary research and laboratory safety. Over the past decade, it evolved to wellness and now I work in my own company, Centered Presence, Ltd. As a presenter, my workshops are characterized by elements of touch, intimacy, authenticity, embodiment, grounding, presence, spiritual practice and cultivation of inner awareness, which result in personal growth and empowered movement forward.

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