CONNECT WITH YOUR ELEMENTAL NATURE
"In the internal arts of India, China and Japan the body is thought to be a composite of elemental forces; that is, its bones, skin, and secretions are made of the same raw materials as the natural world. The Chakras derive from the elements that are associated with each bodily center.."
Join us on a journey through the elements and the energy centers. Each week we will explore and examine our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual body in relation to the yogic principals of the Pancha Bhoota (the five elements), the Pancha Prana Vayu (the five energetic winds) and the Chakras (the seven main energy centers or wheels).
I have offered this series both here in the Bay Area as well as in Shanghai, China and each time I offer it, it evolves and deepens. In this course I am limiting the participation to four clients per class, as my interest and focus is to give as much personalized attention and support as possible. I truly believe this work can be eye-opening and transformative and is most profound when in small and intimate groups.
There will be six group classes and the seventh session will be a private session (booked individually at your convenience) to work with you one-on-one for the Crown Chakra.
My only pre-requisite for this class is that attendants have had at least one private yoga or Reiki session with me prior to this series. If you are interested in taking this course, please get in touch and we can discuss arranging a private session before the first class (please email firstname.lastname@example.org). This is so that I can know each of you and your intentions for taking the series more deeply, allowing me to support you all more fully as we journey together.
The classes will be hosted at my home studio in Emeryville.
The dates and times are as follows:
MORE ABOUT THE CHAKRA SERIES
"The Chakras are your doorways from the material world
to the world of the universal intelligence, intuition, and inspiration."
This series is ideal for yogis and non-yogis alike; those that are interested in the connection between body, mind and spirit, this seven part series will give you an in depth introduction and understanding of the five elements, the yogic energy centers and the practices that can help you to align and bring them back into balance. Each class will include 60 minutes of Asana and Pranayama practice followed by 60 minutes of discussion and dialogue that will be both informative and responsive according to your personal experiences. Each session will be followed by shared written material to inform your practice and guide you to a deeper understanding.
This series is limited to four participants in each class. As an intimate group, we will support each other through the shared experience with plenty of time to work on each individual’s particular concerns and postural alignment. The asana practice will include compassionate hands-on assists to support you in finding depth, comfort and ease in each posture. The classes will also be supplemented with Chakra aromatherapy blends to enhance the sensual experience of each Chakra.
My personal practice, my study with Janet Stone, trainings in the Five Elements, the Art of Assisting and my knowledge and experience of Energetic Alignment and Reiki, particularly inform this Chakra Series. From my own personal witnessing and awareness of the mind-body connection (or disconnection) I bring my heart and spirit to share what I can to help and benefit you all.
With my Reiki clients, particularly my regular clients, who return to me with reoccurring imbalances in certain chakras, I find myself advising practices, many of them postural and movement based, to help maintain balance, equilibrium and grounding between Reiki sessions. Reiki can be incredibly beneficial and informative, allowing those that receive the healing to become aware of their “blind-spots,” areas in both our personal physical-energetic body and our outer environment-lifestyle that may need our attention. Mindful movement and breathing practices such as Yoga, Tai Chi and Qi Gong, (as well as Reiki training) ask practitioners to go deeper, to be more active and participate in their long-term energetic healing and self-development. With this in mind, I created this Chakra Series, to help inform and guide practitioners deeper in their journey.
"In August of 2019 I came across a post for Chakra Yoga with Laura while she visited Shanghai, China. I had actually seen the post before, but the time of it did not fit in my schedule. This time, however, I was able to attend. I was a bit nervous about what to expect, so initially I only signed up for one class.
When I walked into my first class, I was confronted by very few students. I found out that Laura wanted only five students at a time. This was a first for me, as most of the yoga classes I had taken were packed with students. Before the class began Laura asked us to lay on our backs so that we could become connected and more grounded. As we were laying there, she gently adjusted each of us with her hands that she sprayed a lovely essential oil blend on to prepare us for our journey together. The care in which she aligned our legs, shoulders and neck was something I had never experienced before. It was at this point that I learned this class was not about ‘her’ as the teacher, but about ‘us’ as learners.
During our sessions she made sure we had blocks if needed and would gently adjust us as we moved through the poses. She did not play music during our practice, but allowed us to focus on our breath and form.
After our session she discussed the poses we had gone through and how they were connected to each chakra. She shared with us how different foods also can support us as we work on our connection to the different chakras. She also supplied us with an email explaining the different poses connected to the chakras we were exploring in order to encourage future practice. There were seven classes in all. Each class focusing on a different chakra. I ended up signing up for all of them. Laura’s classes were a gift. I am extremely grateful I could be a part of them. Thank you so much!"
Mel, Shanghai, China.