Universal Yoga Program with Mara Healy, Aug. 23-25

Universal Yoga Program with Mara Healy at Breathe Yoga Studios

Brought to you by Wind over Fire Healing Arts Center

The Innovative Flow of Universal Yoga

August 23rd, 2013 – Friday 5pm-9pm (asana 7pm-9pm)
Lecture and Practice

mara-universal-yogaDiscover the flow you don’t know!

Learn the unique vinyasas inherent to the Universal Yoga System along with the whys and hows for vinyasa practice related to mind. You will come away with new and unique transitions between asanas and a feeling of balanced strengthening from controlling the body in a wide variety of positions in a unique multi-dimensional space. Cultivate a practice of creativity in this practice of vinyasas going beyond belly-down (like chaturanga), but also including belly up, head up, head down, side down and rolling.
Accessible to all levels with interesting options for the more experienced practitioner!

The Art of Creative Combinations through Universal Yoga

August 24th, 2013 – Saturday 1pm-5:30pm (asana 3:30pm-5:30pm)
Lecture and Practice

mara-universal-yoga3Unleash your creative side!

Mara will teach the unbelievably wide array of arm asanas that can be used in conjunction with legs to create new postures in a yoga practice, along with answering the “why?” are arm asanas so important in Universal Yoga. You will learn how to use ALL the ranges of mobility for the arms in a class where practitioners are squeezed for time. Mara will talk about the arm sequencing guidelines that promote comfort and safety, and the philosophy that make these unique asanas deeply important to any yoga practice. The asana practice that follows will illustrate how to use some arm asanas as stand-alone postures, but also as unique combinations with leg asanas.

Accessible to all levels of practice!

Create Yogic Momentum and Balance through Pranayama

August 25th – Sunday 10am-3pm (asana 12noon-3pm)
Bring Two Mats for Asana

mara-universal-yoga4Create a momentum of slowing down life’s pace, increasing daily peace, and cultivating internal awareness! Mara will teach several breathing methods for balancing/lifting the energies of the body and mind, utilizing some commonly known pranayama techniques, but also exploring sanmantrika (weaving together very simple mantras and pranayamas as part of a seated practice).

We will then integrate the pranayama practices into an asana practice! No experience necessary.

Full Weekend $120 if paid by August 7, 2013 – after that $130

$45/drop-in per session (including both lecture and practice)

$30/drop-in for asana only

CEU’s from Yoga Alliance available for those at both the 200 and 500 hour levels!

This coursework is a pre-requisite for visiting Yogi – Andre Lappa in October

What is Universal Yoga?

mara-universal-yoga2Universal Yoga, founded by Andrey Lappa, is a multi-faceted system of yogic techniques that include: asanas, pranayama, pratyhara, dharana, and mantras that are used for the purpose of furthering ones spiritual growth as well as mental and physical.

The system is based on the concept of the mayakoshas (sheaths) or layers of being, that include the physical, energetic, emotional, mental, intellectual, bliss, fluctuating mind (chitta) and karmic layers. The purpose of this system is to provide balance between these layers, within each layer, and between the practitioner and the outside world. The Universal Yoga system helps the practitioner use these techniques to quiet the mind, bring about total harmony within and without, and to achieve good health.

Andrey Lappa integrated yogic philosophy with monastic techniques and codified them into a logical system that can be used by anyone living in the secular world. It is an amazing, life-transforming system that brings about physical health, emotional stability and mental clarity.

Glossary of Terms:

  • Asana: is a body position, typically associated with the practice of Yoga, originally identified as a mastery of sitting still. In the context of Yoga practice, asana … read more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asana
  • Pranayama: (life force or breath) is a Sanskrit word meaning “extension of the prāṇ or breath” or, “extension of the life force”. The word is composed of two Sanskrit words, Prana …read more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pranayama
  • Pratyhara:  (Tibetan) the ‘withdrawal of the senses …read more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pratyahara
  • Mantra:  (Sanskrit – to free) sacred words repeated during meditation, “liberating the mind, consciousness, soul, atma … read more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantra
  • Dharana: (Sanskrit) is translated as “collection or concentration of the mind (joined with the retention of breath)…read more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dharana
  • Mayakosha: A Kosha usually rendered “sheath”, one of five coverings of the (Atman) Self according to Vedantic philosophy. They …read more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kosha
  • Atma: noun Hinduism. 1. The principle of life. 2. The individual self, known after enlightenment to be identical with Brahman. 3. ( initial capital letter ) the World Soul …read more at: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/atma
  • Chitta (Sanskrit: “memory”;) — derived from the root chit, “to be conscious”. Chitta is the Subconscious mind. It is the mind-stuff. It is the store-house of memory. Read more at: http://veda.wikidot.com/chitta
About Mara Healy

Mara-Healy-200x300Mara Healy (ERYT-500) has had a focused yoga practice since the winter of 2002. Mara has been a student of the Universal Yoga System under the teachings of its founder, Andrey Lappa, since 2005.  She is officially certified through Andrey in both Dance of Shiva (Level One) and Universal Yoga (Level Three). Mara credits her intensive studies with Andrey Lappa, as expanding her growth in all areas of the eight limb path. She continues her studies with Andrey whenever he travels to the West and travels and works with him as his classroom assistant in the USA.

Mara is one of only a few yoga teachers in the United States approved by Andrey Lappa to teach Universal Yoga Workshops, Dance of Shiva and Foundational Teacher Trainings, in the tradition and spirit of authentic Mandala Vinyasa based on Universal Yoga Principles.

Mara has also been granted the blessing of Refuge Initiation into the Karma Kagyu Lineage through Rinpoche Lama Phuntsok, Andrey Lappa’s spiritual teacher in the Himalayas. She has been a dedicated practitioner of Vajrayana Buddhism, having taken Bodhisattva vows in 2010 and given the name “Phuntsok Deki” which means “Perfect Bliss and Joy”.

You can find more information about Mara at: www.marayogini.com, www.universal-yoga.com, and on the Facebook page “Marayogini” https://www.facebook.com/marayogini?fref=ts.

She is a householder devoted to her husband of 23 years and a mother of three beautiful children.

For More Information Contact
Breathe Yoga Studios of Rochester
3003 43rd St NW, Suite 108
Rochester, MN 55901
Tel: 507-292-YOGA (9642)

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