Join Mike and Victoria for an evening of deep healing and rest. This extended Yin practice will include crystal singing bowls, kirtan, and hands on assists to help you to go deep into your practice and notice exactly what is true for you moment to moment. Yin yoga uses passive, long held poses to access the connective tissue, fascia, and core muscle groups. The benefits of yin yoga extent far beyond the class itself, with practitioners experiencing more mobility and ease for days after the practice.
Quartz singing bowls are a modeled after the ancient Tibetan singing bowls, and are a powerful tool for anyone looking to heal and restore. Tuned to 432hz, the frequency of "Om," they provide a nourishing vibration to all cells in the body. Each bowl is attuned to a different Chakra, allowing each student to cleanse the flow of energy. Coupled with Yoga Nidra, you are invited to really let go and put yourself at ease. Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation in which the practitioner is completely passive, simply allowing the consciousness to be lead through a series of images, sensations, and exercises to deeply relax the mind and body.
This class will be structured with 2.5 hours of yin (including group and personalized crystal bowl healing and a 30 minute Yoga Nidra
Raised in the very diverse town of Maplewood, New Jersey, Victoria has always had a connection to spirituality, movement, and social justice. After completing yoga teacher trainings with Amazing Yoga in Costa Rica, at the Kripalu Yoga Center, and with Zuna Yoga in Bali, she spent 4 years teaching yoga in Los Angeles before moving to upstate New York. She now teaches at Elevate 518 in Albany and Jai Yoga School in slingerlands. Her classes are a mix of exploration, acceptance, and rigor. Connecting breath and body, her goal is to facilitate each student in finding the root of her or his own practice, getting what they need from every class. Centered in love, class becomes a practice of kindness and gratitude for the body and soul. Empowering others and guiding students back to the truth of their soul is her full time job.
Mike began his yoga journey in 2014 after a lifetime of searching for a higher taste in spiritual life. With a strong desire to use his knowledge of 12 step programs in combination with yogic philosophy to better serve the community, he completed his 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Sadhana in Hudson, New York with master teachers Raghunath and Sondra Loring.
After teaching Yoga for a year, Mike left his flourishing material life behind and moved to upstate NY, to an ashram founded by his teacher Raghunath - Supersoul Farm, as a student monk. Since then he has spent extensive time studying Bhakti Yoga in various ashrams both in the US and India. He finished his 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher training in India in 2016 and has been teaching Bhakti Yoga ever since.
Mike's classes combine ancient philosophical material, singing and chanting and fun asanas and transitions. He has a strong focus on breathing and alignment but most importantly he brings inspiration, based on personal experience, with a light hearted nature for a deeply rooted and uplifting experience. His ultimate goal in teaching is to remind us of what we really are and how it relates with everything around us.