Stuart is a Yoga Teacher.
Stuart teaches five styles of yoga, as appropriate to the class attendees.
• Kundalini Yoga (typically for more advanced students, but open to all ages and levels of ability – very active and anaerobic)
• Hatha Yoga (traditional yoga, open to all ages and levels of ability – typically less active and very focused on stretching and slower movements)
• Easy-Does-It Yoga (designed for those challenged by age, illness, injury or inactivity)
• Yoga Nidra A guided meditation for deep relaxation and stress relief. I use this during some deep relaxations and as a complete, dedicated Yoga Nidra class.
• Yoga for for those Post Tramatic Stress Disorder (Yoga Warrior certified teacher)
Stuart provides public and/or private instruction in each of these five types of yoga. Stuart also conducts workshops on specific topics of interest. At the end of each class, Stuart may combine music of the Native American flute, use Tibetan Singing Bowls, and/or play music from appropriate CDs, during the relaxation period.
Stuart teaches twelve (12) yoga classes each week including the following:
• Golds Gym - Reston, VA : Kundalini Yoga 10:45am-12:15pm Sunday
• Herndon Community Center - Herndon, VA : Gentle Yoga 2:30pm-3:30pm Monday and Wednesday
• Herndon Community Center - Herndon, VA : Introduction to Hatha Yoga 1pm-2:30pm Sunday
• Reston Community Center (Lake Anne Facility), Reston, VA: Hatha, Senior Yoga Level 1 9:45-10:45am Monday and Wednesday
• Reston Community Center (Lake Anne Facility), Reston, VA: Hatha, Senior Yoga Level 2 11:00am-noon Monday and Wednesday
• Reston Community Center (Lake Anne Facility), Reston, VA: Kundalini Yoga 12:15pm-1:45pm Monday
• Reston Community Center (Lake Anne Facility), Reston, VA: Hatha Yoga 9-10am Sunday
• Reston Community Center (Lake Anne Facility), Reston, VA: Kundalini Yoga 6:00pm-7:30pm Wednesday
• Reston Community Center (Lake Anne Facility), Reston, VA: Hatha Yoga 5-6pm Monday
• Stuart's House in Bluemont: General Yoga 10:ooam-11:00am Saturday please contact Stuart for directions and details
********* detailed descriptions of each class type follow **********
Kundalini Yoga: According to yogic philosophy, the kundalini is a spiritual energy or life force located at the base of the spine. Kundalini yoga is called the yoga of awareness because it directly affects ones consciousness, develops intuition, increases self knowledge, and unleashes the unlimited creative potential that exists within every human being. Mainstream traditions have shown that kundalini energy can be awakened and enlightenment attained by practicing a combination of yogic techniques—ideally following the guidance of a certified teacher—including the use of mantra (chanted or sung sounds), prana (breath) and breathing techniques, sadhana (daily practice), asana(postures) practice, meditation, or purely through devotion and prayer.
A Kundalini Yoga class consists of (1) a warm-up, (2) the main Kriyaof set of Kriyas (a series of postures with specific breathing techniques body movements (and stillness) and sometimes, chanted or sung sounds), (3) period of Meditation, and (4) a period of relaxation. A class typically runs 45-60 minutes. Each class is usually different from all other classes because the Kriyas number in the thousands. Typically, a Kundalini Yoga class is physically aerobic, including a variety of repetitive motions and focused breathing practices.
Hatha Yoga means the "science of hatha" yoga. The word hatha comes from combining the two Sanskrit terms "ha" meaning sun and "tha" meaning moon. The word "ha" refers to the solar nadi (pingala) in the subtle body and "tha" the lunar channel (ida). However, when the two components of the word are placed together, "hatha" means "forceful", implying that powerful work must be done to purify the body. Yoga means to yoke, or to join two things together, hence hatha yoga is meant to join together sun (masculine, active) energy with the moon (feminine, receptive) energy, thus producing balance and greater power in an individual. Hatha represents opposing energies: hot and cold (fire and water, following similar concept as yin-yang), male and female, positive and negative. Hatha yoga attempts to balance mind and body via physical postures or "asanas", purification practices, controlled breathing, and the calming of the mind through relaxation and meditation. Asanas teach poise, balance and strength and are practiced to improve the body's physical health and clear the mind in preparation for meditation.
If you see a class described as Hatha, it will likely be a slow-paced stretching class with some simple breathing exercises and perhaps seated meditation. Students typically “flow” between postures, holding them for shorted periods of time (e.g., less than 30-60 seconds per posture). This is a good place to learn basic poses, relaxation techniques, and become comfortable with yoga. A Hatha Yoga class starts with a warm-up, the main portion of the practice, a cool down, and period of relaxation.
Easy Does-It Yoga is a complete fitness program for those challenged by age, illness, injury or inactivity. The program was developed by Alice Christensen in the 1960’s: and is documented in her book “Easy Does It Yoga,” as published by the American Yoga Association. The program consists of five major parts (21) Exercises, (2) Breathing Techniques, (3) Relaxation and Meditation, (4) Nutrition, and (5) Philosophy.
• Exercises: Gentle stretching, strengthening, and balancing movements that can be done in a chair, in bed, in a pool, in a wheelchair, or on the floor.
• Breathing Techniques: Slow, diaphragmatic breathing techniques that strengthen the respiratory and circulatory systems.
• Relaxation and Meditation: Step-by step procedures that release tension throughout the body, improve concentration, increase circulation to the heart, and brighten mood.
• Nutrition: Suggestions for building health by gradually improving diet.
• Philosophy: Ideas from Yoga philosophy that enhance creative thought, promote inner growth, and stimulate intuition.
An Easy Does It yoga class consists of a warm-up, a series of exercises, and a period of meditation/relaxation. It can be tailored to the students in duration and level of activity, based on their capabilities and constraints.