Opening Tomorrow!

Opening day tomorrow!

Breezeway Yoga Studio will open this Friday, August 1st! If you were a former visitor to The Practice, you’ll be familiar with our instructors and our schedule. We’re located in Knox Plaza, 4830 Kingston Pike.

To celebrate our opening, we’re offering an introductory special of $120 for 10 classes for the month of August. What a great deal! Ask your instructor or connect with us.

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Almost there!

Patty takes a well deserved break

Patty takes a well deserved break.

Almost there, Bearden! The new floors are in, the baseboards painted, the windows are clean, and a new door has been installed. We open on August 1st!

Washing windows copy

What a job! Those windows probably haven’t been cleaned in five years!

Floor and Baseboards copy

The baseboards and new flooring are in.

Baseboards copy

Unloading the baseboards.

Painting Breezeway Yoga Studio

The priming is done, the pink has finally subsided! I will begin putting color on the walls tomorrow (Tues., July 15) around 3p & will paint most likely until about 9:30p or so.

Anyone who wants to help is welcome! And if you just want to stop by & see how the new studio is coming please do!

Peace, Patty

The pink walls are going, going...

The pink walls are going, going…

Thanks to Art Kelsch for his hard work!

Thanks to Art Kelsch for his hard work!

Kathy Hart, Troy Burklow, Patty and Harris the Dog show pose in front of the banner they hung on the entrance to the breezeway.

Kathy Hart, Troy Burklow, Patty and Harris the dog show pose in front of the banner they hung on the entrance to the breezeway.

 

 

The Meaning of “Namaste”

(Originally posted here in Yoga Journal)

What does “Namaste” mean? My yoga teacher says it every week after our practice and I’ve always wanted to know.

Aadil Palkhivala’s reply:
The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. Nama means bow, as means I, and te means you. Therefore, namaste literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you.”

To perform Namaste, we place the hands together at the heart charka, close the eyes, and bow the head. It can also be done by placing the hands together in front of the third eye, bowing the head, and then bringing the hands down to the heart. This is an especially deep form of respect. Although in the West the word “namaste” is usually spoken in conjunction with the gesture, in India, it is understood that the gesture itself signifies Namaste, and therefore, it is unnecessary to say the word while bowing.

We bring the hands together at the heart chakra to increase the flow of Divine love. Bowing the head and closing the eyes helps the mind surrender to the Divine in the heart. One can do Namaste to oneself as a meditation technique to go deeper inside the heart chakra; when done with someone else, it is also a beautiful, albeit quick, meditation.

For a teacher and student, Namaste allows two individuals to come together energetically to a place of connection and timelessness, free from the bonds of ego-connection. If it is done with deep feeling in the heart and with the mind surrendered, a deep union of spirits can blossom.

Ideally, Namaste should be done both at the beginning and at the end of class. Usually, it is done at the end of class because the mind is less active and the energy in the room is more peaceful. The teacher initiates Namaste as a symbol of gratitude and respect toward her students and her own teachers and in return invites the students to connect with their lineage, thereby allowing the truth to flow—the truth that we are all one when we live from the heart.

Aadil Palkhivala began studying yoga at the age of seven with B.K.S. Iyengar and was introduced to Sri Aurobindo’s yoga three years later. He received the Advanced Yoga Teacher’s Certificate at the age of 22 and is the founder-director of the Alive and Shine Center in Bellevue, Washington and The College of Purna Yoga. Aadil is also a Naturopath, a certified Ayurvedic Health Science Practitioner, a clinical hypnotherapist, a certified Shiatsu and Swedish bodywork therapist, a lawyer, and an internationally sponsored public speaker on the mind-body-energy connection.