Second Summer Session Starts August 17th!

A second 8-week summer session starts August 17th (the calendar is below). As always, we offer punch cards for $90 per session (8 classes), $160 (16 classes) or a $15 drop-in fee. We have added one more class to our schedule… 7:15 – 8:15pm Restorative / Pranayama on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month (regular punch card or $10 per class). So please, come and join us for a yoga session! (We currently only accept cash or checks).

There is no requirement to register and there is no registration fee. Just come in 10 -15 minutes before the class and we will get you started! Everything you’ll need from mats to props are waiting for you. And remember, the first class at Pranayama Yoga Studio is always FREE (applies only to the greatest Rockford area residents). For the first-timers, by giving yourself the gift of yoga, we will give you the gift of $10 off your first punch card.

Click here to see August 17th – October 9th Schedule

We will continue to offer Saturday Community Classes at 10 A.M. They run on a donation basis ($5 minimum) and are great way to give back to the Rockford community. Our Saturday morning classes are a great way to unwind from your busy week or start your weekend off right! Please join us on Saturdays!

Bob, Javinta & Bea

815-968-9642 (YOGA)

Special Yoga Community Announcement!

If you haven’t heard, Emily Hurd and her husband Mark started a rehabilitation project of a building just south of the Auburn and Main Str roundabout. Emily is the daughter of Joan Hurd, who with Mary Beth Robertson started Pranayama Yoga Studio. The 85-year old historic building is to house a hometown breakfast pub and music venue, The Norwegian, (a mix of Scandinavian and soul foods) featuring Emily’s dual culinary and musical talents. During the renovations, asbestos was uncovered and has halted the completion of the project because of the asbestos abatement cost and the added reconstruction associated with it.
We at Pranayama Yoga Studio would like to contribute all the donations to the KickStarter fundraiser. We are asking ALL YOGIS and YOGINIES in our area to join us each Saturday till August 7,2015 to participate in the Saturday Community Class 10 – 11:30am to practice and donate to this worthy cause. Emily was born and raised in Rockford and wants to continue the tradition of planting her roots in the town she grew up in.
So come to the community yoga class, the more the merrier and please bring a friend.
Come help support one of our own!

For more information visit Emily’s Kickstarter page.

Ahimsa

Most religions and spiritual paths have commandments, precepts or restraints which are more or less universal as part of their philosophy. They guide seekers on their path, while causing minimum pain and suffering for themselves and others. In Yoga those restraints are called Yamas and Niyamas. Yamas are self-restraints in relation to society, while Niyamas are for the individual advancement. Yamas restrains are ahimsa (non-violence), satya (truth) asteya (abstention from stealing), brachmacharya (continence, self-restrain) and apiragraha (absence of greed for possession beyond one’s needs). The five Niyamas precepts observe Saucha (cleanliness), Santosha (contentment), Tapas (religious zeal), Svadhyaya (self-study) and Isvarapranidhanani (surrender of the self to the supreme Self or God).

The first Yama principal is ahimsa or non-violence. It is said, that if a yogi adheres to the principles of ahimsa, people and animals abandon their hostility around them. As Swami Veda Bharati from Sutra II.35 explained “When all living beings cease hostility in one’s presence, come to the sadhaka as a child to one’s own mother, and that condition becomes stable, natural, effortless, permanent, then one knows that ahimsa has been mastered.” The question is how to stay non-violent when it seems that the very nature of our mind, perhaps out of fear to lose or to protect our possessions, is to be violent? First, attempt should be made to understand the root of violence and how it manifests in us. Sage Vyasa explains that violence is threefold, committed (by oneself), caused to be committed through others and consented to. He further explains that it is caused by greed, anger or delusions. Personally, I differentiate violence into direct and indirect acts. For instance, killing an animal would be a direct act while eating an animal, not giving a thought of suffering it had to experience before getting on the dinner table, is an example of indirect violence. In addition, there are levels of violence ranging from mild to severe, and as Nilakantha has said that all acts entail some form of violence and should therefore be renounced. “All beings delight in pleasure; All become agitated facing pains; Distressed by producing fear in them, One in whom knowledge is awakened Should no longer perform acts.” MB.Shanti-parvan.245.25

Conversely if nonviolence is only practiced externally, it would reach another extreme. Like the story of a monk who was walking on eggshells, watching each of his steps carefully not to kill any little creature in the grass because the tiny bug’s life is considered no less precious than ours. This practice could be normal for a monk who acts from the state of expanded awareness. For us it is more practical to start paying more attention to our thoughts. As YS guides us, when negative thought is spotted, to change it either into a positive one, called pratipaksabhavana or better yet to go deep into the cause of negativity or paksabhavana. Whenever violent beginning is recognized through introspection, it becomes less potent to create a harmful actions around us. Sutra II.34 says that through introspection comes end to pain and ignorance.

Still it seems impossible to catch those thoughts, whether positive or negative in the world which spins faster and faster every day. For this reason I feel that our time on the yoga mat is a great teacher; it is an invaluable opportunity to come back to ourselves and to slow down the usual stream of thoughts. This makes it possible to examine the contents of the mind and then apply the principle of ahimsa. Along with cessation of the negative thoughts, we naturally become more peaceful and happy.

~ Javinta Armoska

New Summer Session Starts June 15th! Check Our Summer Student Special!

Summer is HERE and it’s the BEST time to commit to a regular yoga practice!

A new 8-week session starts June 15th (the calendar is below). As always, we offer punch cards for $90 per session (8 classes), $160 (16 classes) or a $15 drop-in fee. In addition, we are offering a Student Summer Special from June 1st – August 7th! All students with a current student ID (age 26 or younger) will get 1/2 off their punch card or pay only $7.50 per class.  Come join us for a yoga session! (We only accept cash or checks)

There is no requirement to register, just come in shortly before the class and we will get you started! Everything you’ll need from mats to props are waiting for you. And remember that your first class at Pranayama Yoga Studio is always FREE, that way you can decide if the practice is right for you. By giving yourself the gift of yoga, we give you the gift of $10 off your first punch card.

Click here to see June 15th – August 7th Schedule

We will continue to offer Saturday Community Classes at 10 A.M. They run on a donation basis ($5 minimum) and are great way to give back to the Rockford community. Our Saturday morning classes are a great way to unwind from your busy week or start your weekend off right! Please join us on Saturdays!

Bea, Bob & Javinta

815-968-9642 (YOGA)