Ahh-mazing Yoga Shala

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January 1st, 2019

Mary Nappa

Mary's yoga journey began many years ago in Arizona but she really fell in love with it when she began practicing on the beach with Tonee Detweiler in 2010. Shortly afterward, she met her Teacher of Truth, Philip Christodoulou at Anuttara Yoga Shala; she attended his 200 hour Anuttara Raja Yoga teacher training solely to deepen her own practice. By graduation day she was overtaken by the passion to share yoga with others so she immediately signed up for the 200 hour Hatha Yoga teacher training. Mary has been sharing yoga with others ever since! Her passion to share yoga with others eventually led her and her husband Domenic to create Ahh-mazing Yoga Shala! 

Mary considers herself to be a Bhakti Yogi (a yogi of devotion); she prays to be a clear channel for God to use in sharing the peace of yoga with others. Her passion is for all beings to find the peace of Divine Love within.

"Yoga continually deepens my relationship with the Holy Spirit. Through this relationship, I have found "the peace that surpasses all understanding..the Kingdom of Heaven within.".
♥ Mary Nappa


Mary Nappa instructs the following:
  • Ahh-mazing Hatha Yoga
  • Non-heated (not air-conditioned either so bring a towel just in case), suitable for all levels. Hatha is the yoga of engagement; it strengthens and balances the body. We place the main focus on pranayama (breath control) and asana (posture) alignment but we also try to incorporate as many of the other 6 limbs of Patanjali's 8 limbed path of yoga into this class.

    Expect detailed instruction; the teacher will provide modifications and variations to adjust the practice to the students' level. We begin by setting intention, then we move into Sun Salutations to warm and activate muscle. We continue through the asanas moving the body into pose, counter pose, repose to safely access the body and all systems.

    “The main objective of Hatha yoga is to create an absolute balance of the interacting activities and processes of the physical body, mind and energy. When this balance is created, the impulses generated give a call of awakening to the central force, which is responsible for the evolution of human consciousness. If yoga is not used for this purpose, its true objective is lost.”

    ~Swami Muktibodhananda Saraswati, Commentary, 1985 translation, Hatha yoga Pradipika

     
    "The breathing aspect of yoga can benefit heart rate and blood pressure."
    Jaloba, A. Nursing Standard. 2011. Vol 25, Iss. 48, pp. 20–21.
     

  • Hatha to Yoga Nidra
  • Suitable for all levels, especially beginners, non-heated.  The first half of the class moves gently through hatha postures (asanas) with specific instruction as we focus on pranayama (breath control). Then we continue with Yoga Nidra, where we melt into bliss....ahh! Yoga Nidra is a guided relaxation technique where you are made,as,comfortable as possible...you may even fall asleep!  
     
    Yoga Nidra is a state of consciousness that allows you to access your own healing abilities. During this practice you will be guided into a relaxed state, where you can disengage from all thoughts, worry, and tension to find peace and stillness within. It is an effortless practice suitable for anyone who wishes to experience deep rest and relaxation, and awaken to the infinite potential that lies within.

  • Hatha Yoga
  • Non-heated (not air-conditioned either so bring a towel just in case), suitable for all levels.

    Awaken the body, connect with the breath and feed the soul as we practice slow, mindful Hatha postures. Hatha Yoga is forceful yoga to strengthen and balance the body. When this motion is linked with breath it becomes a meditation in motion. This practice helps us become fully present to the moment, allowing connection to the peace within. Class ends with restoration and relaxation.

    Hatha is the yoga of engagement; it strengthens and balances the body. We place the main focus on pranayama (breath control) and asana (posture) alignment but we also try to incorporate as many of the other 6 limbs of Patanjali's 8 limbed path of yoga into this class.

    Expect detailed instruction; the teacher will provide modifications and variations to adjust the practice to the students' level of practice. We begin slowly setting intention, then we move into Sun Salutations to warm and activate muscle. We continue through the asanas moving the body into pose, counter pose to safely access the body and all systems.

    “The main objective of Hatha yoga is to create an absolute balance of the interacting activities and processes of the physical body, mind and energy. When this balance is created, the impulses generated give a call of awakening to the central force, which is responsible for the evolution of human consciousness. If yoga is not used for this purpose, its true objective is lost.”

    ~Swami Muktibodhananda Saraswati, Commentary, 1985 translation, Hatha yoga Pradipika

    "According to the Hatha yoga texts, each posture becomes perfect when the "effort disappears", one no longer thinks about the posture and one's body position, breathes normally per pranayama, and is able to dwell in one's meditation Yoga's combined focus on mindfulness, breathing, and physical movements bring health benefits with regular participation. Yoga participants report better sleep, increased energy levels and muscle tone, relief from muscle pain and stiffness, improved circulation and overall better general health" (Wikipedia)

    "The breathing aspect of yoga can benefit heart rate and blood pressure."
    Jaloba, A. Nursing Standard. 2011. Vol 25, Iss. 48, pp. 20–21.