Yoga Class Descriptions

 The Shanti Yoga Center for Harmony with its strong spiritual base offers multilevel experiential programs with a well-balanced integration of spirit, body and mind. This makes Yoga in dally life a most necessary and significant endeavor to deal with the stress and challenges of life. Most Hatha Yoga routines follow the classical system as taught by Swami Sivananda however other styles are also incorporated. For general information, you may call 301-654-4899 or Contact Durga.

   

 

 

What To Wear, What To Bring
Wear loose, airy, comfortable clothes such as a sweat suit (winter) or shorts and a T shirt (summer.)  Come early enough to change your clothes and be on time for class.  Your last full meal should have been no less than 3 hours before class; snacks may be taken. Please bring for personal use a mat or large towel.  In winter, you may also want to bring a light blanket and socks.

Foundation of Yoga

Hatha Yoga On-going Classes

Yoga Philosophy

Water Yoga

Children’s Classes

Women's program

adult open Classes:

  • Yoga for Your Type – An Ayurvedic Approach To Your Asana Practice

  • Gentle Yoga

  • Asanas for strength

  • Yoga in Ten Sessions

  • Yoga for Metabolism and Metabiosis

Private Yoga classes

Exercises for Better Breathing

Spanish Yoga Class

University Classes
 

Foundation of Yoga

For people who are new to yoga or have been away from it for a long time and for practitioners seeking a review of the basic precepts, this course introduces yoga philosophy and teaches a basic Hatha Yoga routine.  The first free introductory talk is followed by a 5 weeks session.  May be repeated for no charge.

Hatha Yoga Ongoing Classes

These classes are for All levels of students.  Choose according to the title, or whatever your schedule allows, or contact the teacher for information about the routine.  Classes are small so individual attention can be given.  Classical yoga emphasizes more a regular practice than stressing proficiency in the postures so that you can find a practice that suits you and take it with You to persevere and perfect, at Your own rhythm.  See Class Schedule.  For descriptions look for the class title below.

Yoga Philosophy

Yoga means union or, literally, joining.  Most people know of yoga as an exercise practice without realizing that that is only a small part of this vast Spiritual Science.  Read more on the philosophy and the 4 paths of yoga.  

The philosophical and practical applications of yoga as given in the Foundation of Yoga course are also integrated into the special courses for children and university students.  In addition, a unique program called Shanti Marga developed by Vyasa integrates the spiritual aspects and discipline of yoga into life.   

Shanti Marga – Road to Peace

This study of the Spiritual Science of Yoga and its sister sciences Ayurveda and Tantra gives an opportunity to broaden our understanding of life’s mysteries and the purpose of our existence.  The course progresses from Beginner to Intermediate to Advanced in sessions of 12 weeks each.  For a full description of the program, see Shanti Marga Course Description.

Shanti Kshatriya

After completing Shanti Marga, those who qualify for this program may discuss the opportunity with the instructor to pursue the path of spiritual development as the most important endeavor of life.  

Water Yoga

Warm water is therapeutic and supportive allowing you to stretch and breath beyond ordinary limits.  Water and Yoga work synergistically for soothing yet effective exercise to relax deeply, while simultaneously rejuvenating body, mind and spirit.  No swimming skills necessary.  Excellent for pregnancy, for those dealing with a physical ailment or stress, those wanting to begin some physical routine, or just anyone who loves the water.  The class includes yoga postures, breathing and relaxation in a warm private pool. Copper/ionization cleaning system, no chlorine.  Weekly sessions; private classes may be arranged. See the Special Benefits of Water Yoga and more.

Children’s Classes

Classical Yoga for Girls age 5-15

Children begin to study and are guided step by step towards the spiritual science of Raja Yoga. Cultivating virtues to build character is an integral part of traditional yoga, so Mind, Heart and Body are involved as children learn Asanas (physical postures), Pranayam (breathing exercises), Guided Visualization, Concentration, Relaxation, and Cooperative Games in an atmosphere of respectful playfulness. Ideally a group of children progresses through each level, but newcomers and drop-ins are always welcome.  Find here the full description of the Girl’s Yoga Program and for Parent's Testimonials.

Women's program

 The life cycles of women can be seen as a wonderful opportunity not only for growth and discovery but for developing the awareness and discipline to care for self and others according to natural law.  Classes are offered for pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood; a healthy feminine cycle, midlife and menopause and menarche (onset of puberty).  See Women’s Program.

Adult Open Classes

Yoga for Your Type – An Ayurvedic Approach To Your Asana Practice

 In Yoga, the nature of the individual student is of prime importance. An understanding of our individual constitution (doshas), physically, emotionally and psychologically, and the prime qualities of nature (gunas) is essential for our health and healing on all levels.  Once our dosha is out of balance, we tend to gravitate toward those things that imbalance it further therefore, we benefit by doing not what feels good at the moment but what we know to be essentially good for us. Ayurveda, which provides the traditional mind-body typology for Yoga practices, will be discussed and routines for balancing the doshas and gunas will be practiced using Yoga for Your Type by Dr. David Frawley and Sandra Summerfield Kozak M.S. and other resources as a guide.  Contact Lakshmi

Gentle Yoga

A slower paced asana class with attention to deep stretching, gentle strengthening and awareness of the breath.  Each week is slightly different routine, as we flow with the seasonal changes and focus on different parts of the body.  Most classes end with restorative postures and a long relaxation. Contact Gayatri.

Asanas for strength

Sequence emphasizes standing poses to restore proper posture by increasing flexibility and motility in the legs and hips which are often “locked” from chronic tension. Improves concentration and stamina. 12 wek session. Taught by Durga.

Yoga in Ten Sessions

An invigorating routine improves core strength, balance, & flexibility. Special emphasis on breath control in the asanas and improving muscle awareness. Routine developed by Benedictine monk, Fr. M. Dechanet. Taught by

Yoga for Metabolism and Metabiosis

This routine is an energetic work-out stimulating the major organs and glands of the endocrine system.  Metabiosis, in this context, refers to the proper functioning of the organs and relationship for the maintenance and survival of the human body.  Affecting the physical and chemical processes of metabolism for overall health, this approach enhances the therapeutic value of yoga when considering common metabolic disorders such as diabetes, impaired heart and liver function, obesity and a host of other conditions dependent upon metabiosis and generally contributing to the optimal health that is necessary for Sadhana (Spiritual practice). These teachings for this class come from “Yoga Step-By-Step” by Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri.  Contact Lakshmi.

Private Yoga classes

If you have special needs or a schedule that precludes you from attending a group class, or you simply prefer one-on-one instruction, private classes can be arranged at your home or our center for individuals or a small group.  We start where you are and progress at your own pace. One time consultations to address a condition or establish a routine for your personal practice may be arranged. 

Exercises for Better Breathing

Vibhaga Pranayama, sectional or lobular breathing, is the foundation of pranayama and the beginning of good breath control and overall health. This class will identify the sections of the lungs and help participants learn to direct the breath to each area as well as increase overall lung capacity. Includes a routine of Hathenas (or Hathaats), techniques to apply pressure to various nerves corresponding to each part of the lungs to expand, recondition and rejuvenate.  Benefits are: correct breathing difficulties of all kinds, keep lungs working at full capacity, excellent all round body coordination program, necessary adjuncts to the correct practice of pranayama. Four week class or private instruction.  These teachings for this class come from “Yoga Step-By-Step” by Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri. Contact Lakshmi.

Spanish Yoga Class

Vyasa often teaches a Hatha Yoga series in Spanish when an organized group from the community requests this.

University Classes

Georgetown University students can register for a 12 week semester course that covers the Principles of Yoga and a basic routine.  Any member of the Yates Athletic facility can participate on Saturday mornings.  Excellent for stress reduction and developing a practice for long term health.  Taught by Saraswati.

Gayatri teaches a full course (for credit) at American University and George Washington University with yoga exercise and education in yoga as a way of life.