Ashram residents maintain a regular schedule of daily practice which includes meditation, yoga and seva (selfless service). Noble silence is observed early morning to 9:00 am each day.
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|10:40 am||Babaji's Satsang|
|1 pm - 2 pm||
YIN & NIDRA
|4 pm - 5:30 pm||
Meditation: 30 minutes silent sitting preceded by short ritual for the health and happiness of all (puja) and resonation of the seed mantras OM-MA-KRINg
Satsang: inspirational talk and sharing
GENTLE HATHA - Level 1 Practice
9:30 am - 10:45 am (Tue)
This beginner’s course helps yoga students discover the benefits of integrating gentle yoga stretches into daily practice. We will find time to cultivate balance in the body through reclined, seated and standing postures. Along with guided meditation and breathing techniques, this class follows a complete and centering Hatha yoga approach.
YIN & NIDRA
These practices are deeply soothing for the body and mind. Each session allows time to deepen into the breath and discover an effortless dreamless sleep. This spacious conscious awareness is called Nidra. No prior experience necessary to participate.
INDIVIDUAL MENTORING AND TAILORED PRACTICES:
ELEMENTS - Level 1 (Members / Yoga Collective)
7 am - 8:30 am (Mon - Fri)
Develop a complete sequence of fundamental postures including sun salutations. Designed to give you the time and support to understand the proper alignment of yoga asanas (postures) and breathing techniques (pranayama). Our time together will be centered on developing an effortless presence. Each practice closes with guided meditation.
ELEMENTS - Level 2 (Members / Yoga Collective)
4 pm - 5:30 pm (Fri)
We will let the breath support a mindful flow of postures, modifying when needed. Continuous pranayama centers the mind and regulates the heart rate, thus calming the central nervous system of the body. This practice is ideal for learning the basics of more challenging postures safely and effectively. You will feel greater expansion and ease in the body.
Marilyn has been practicing yoga since 1974 when she was living in India, and over time has immersed herself in various styles, notably Iyengar and Raja Yoga. For the past ten years, she has taught at her Napa studio and also at Sonoma Ashram. In her classes, Marilyn guides students towards greater physical and emotional flexibility and a deeper awareness of inner potential by combining slow asana flows with sustained poses interspersed with brief rest periods and contemplative practices. Marilyn addresses all aspects of traditional Hatha Yoga, including asanas, pranayam and meditation, to provide a complete and fulfilling yoga experience.
Marilyn holds certifications through Yoga Alliance (RYT - 200) and the Mindful Yoga Therapy Center (teaching yoga to trauma victims). She studied Iyengar Yoga with Noelle Perez Christiaens at the “Institut de L’Aplomb” in Paris in 1978 and also received certification in yoga principles and instruction from Edoardo Beato from the Kailas School of Yoga in Padua, Italy. A long time student of Babaji, she has received his blessing to teach yoga, meditation and certain Hindi spiritual texts.
Gabriel's passion for radiant health and a meaningful conscious life, led him to the study of yoga in 2004. After a professional modern dance career, he decided to complete a 200hr certification from yoga works in 2010. Gabriel's deepening practice led him to study with many inspiring teachers thereafter. In 2013, Gabriel began working with private group wellness programs for youth and families. His recent pursuits have brought him to the Sonoma County, where he has connected with several social and soulful organizations that seek to establish conscious living systems in our community and global outreach. He is currently living at the Sonoma Ashram as resident yoga instructor.
Many of the practices he shares focus on restoring the body back to wholeness and total aliveness. He offers private training for those who seek to develop a personalized study and refine tools for daily practice. His approach allows room for the beginner and more seasoned practitioners to engage in new tools, receive hands on support, and align the body back to optimal balance.