Ahimsa is the concept of doing less harm, on the mat and off. You can never be perfect, but you can always do better, be kinder and more loving. Ahimsa is the first of the precepts set down by Patanjali, a great yogic sage. The second is Satya, or truthfulness. These two ideas are the heart of yoga. Be kind. Be honest. Everything else will fall into place.

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Class begins with mindfulness, increasing your awareness of this unique moment, one that has never happened before and will never happen again. Consciously letting go of before and after, your breath begins to deepen and your heart begins to lift, to open. The chant is a prayer of intention and the devotion is an offering, giving the practice meaning.

Through a vigorous and constantly changing progressive vinyasa sequence - set to music - these classes are challenging, while offering a sense of awareness, reflection and acceptance. This attitude encourages the letting go of ego-driven striving, while still allowing for the exploration of what might be possible - right here, right now. Stay present, do your work, and you’ll find yourself in just the right place.

 

Brad's classes are described as joyful, loving, and intense - full of cool music, nuanced alignment cues and hands-on assists. His path to the practice began as a way to heal his injuries. A “go for it” attitude in surfing, motorcycles and hockey had left him bent, broken, and in constant pain. The progression was, to him, surprising: less pain, more range of motion, and then actually feeling good. This progression became transformational, leading to smiling, acts of kindness, and a growing state of happiness. Because yoga was never easy for him, he developed a deep compassion for those who fall down, teaching that it's not only getting back up that matters, but also how you get up. How you treat yourself affects how you treat the people around you. Combining this attitude with many years of one-on-one apprenticeship with his teacher, Rusty Wells, has left him with an understanding of what it takes to undergo this amazing process - and what it takes to support it. In an effort to offer back what has been given to him, he is training with The Prison Yoga Project.

 

(This is a class that you can bring your "other" friends to, you know, the ones that haven't had a taste of the lotus flower. If nothing else, they'll probably enjoy the music.)