Fundamentals of Yoga: The Power of Breath
Life does not exist without our breath, yet I often hear the phrase, “I forgot to breathe”, or “I never think about my breath”. The capacity of our breathing mechanisms and power is far greater than most of us realize. Many traditions, including yoga, teach breathing practices to enhance our relationship to ourselves spiritually, mentally, and physically. My intention for this workshop is to experience our breath in a manner of sacredness and awareness. Whether you’re new to yoga or meditation or a seasoned practitioner, I invite you to join me at Simple Human Studios for a morning of contemplation/meditation, breathing practices, simple yoga movements, and guided deep relaxation pose.
All levels of experience are welcome to share a morning of breath and meditation, perhaps a little stretching too. Please do not eat immediately before class, and wear loose comfortable clothing.
Pre-registration required. Contact Bashiran to register at 916-443-2639
Saturday, July 7, 2012
9:30 – 11:30 AM
Bashiran Freda Travis is a certified yoga teacher from the Kamala Ma School of Yoga of San Juan Capistrano, CA. She has been teaching in Sacramento for the last 30 years. Yoga studies and experience include the practice of Kundalini, Indra Devi, Self Realization Fellowship, and Iyengar. She is an initiated student of Sufism, and healing conductor in Sufi Order International.
Bashiran is also a certified massage therapist, with many years of study in the healing arts. She has a small studio in midtown, giving bodywork sessions, as well as teaching yoga and meditation classes.
What does yoga mean to you?
One of my favorite things to say about yoga is that it has never let me down. No matter how tired I am or off balance I may feel, whatever the circumstances are, if I turn to my yoga practice for relief my experience is always the same: feelings of comfort, renewal, balance, and a sense of peace from within. So as I think about this question, the same response keeps running through my mind: Yoga means everything to me.
I was 19 when a close friend convinced me to attend a yoga class with her. Despite my awkward lack of confidence in most athletic activities, I agreed to give it a try. I’d read a little about yoga philosophy and meditation but never imagined myself ‘practicing’ yoga.
I’ll never forget how good I felt after that first class. These gentle, non-competitive postures, with deep breathing left me feeling elated, expanded, strong, vital, clear, alert, and content. I’d never had an experience, of what I now know was the integration of body, mind, and spirit.
Thus began my love affair with the practice and study of yoga that has lasted 38 years. I have experimented with several processes of learning and training: spiritual studies, body movement and awareness, and many different healing modalities. I believe that being introduced to the functions and use of my breathing capacity all those years ago began a path of integration and discovery that I am still experiencing today.
As I age, I can see that my yoga practice has gifted me with the ability to move and be in the world as gracefully as I’m capable of. I’m still learning from yoga, whether in posture or by the simple remembrance of breath.
My involvement with yoga supports me physically, mentally, spiritually, creatively, socially, and economically. It’s one of the most fluid and sustainable relationships in my life.