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What Are We About?
Christina Ptak, Owner and yoga instructor, certified by the Temple of Kriya Yoga and the In-Tuit Yoga System provides a progressive teaching method, in a non-competitive and encouraging atmosphere.
Presently, Christina has been given permission by founders Desi Springer and John Friend to teach Sridaiva "Bowspring" Yoga.
Sridaiva "Bowspring" is a 21st century body- mind alignment method focusing on balancing health through optimal posture and positive attitude. It is designed to help a wide spectrum of dedicated students from 8 years old to 80+ years old achieve a healthier body- mind posture in their daily life.
*Yoga instruction is offered in both advanced and beginner classes in an open forum, where new students are welcome as drop-ins.
The principles of alignment of Sridaiva have elegant simplicity, which can be applied in every posture to create an optimal body- mind template. This postural method is a paradigm- shifting technology for optimizing alignment in any pose or body movement, thereby transforming normal activities like working, commuting, or socializing into healthy life practices.
Optimal physical posture reflects a geometric template for the torso in standing, sitting, etc. in the shape of a bow-spring form in which the muscles of the back and the front of the torso are balanced in their tone and elongation. In this optimal bow- spring alignment, muscles balance with the bones of the skeleton on all sides in a dynamic push- pull, so that any posture becomes a tensegrity, in which the body is at its maximum capacity for strength, lightness, and integrated extension of the spine, while applying a minimal required amount of muscular engagement.
Many of our teachers also conduct classes and workshops in other specialty areas such as Meditation, Reiki, Beginners Hatha Yoga and Kundilini. There are classes and activities for all ages.
*All of our instructors will carefully guide you to strive toward reaching your full potential. There are many opportunities at Yoga & Friends to help you attain balance of body, mind and spirit.*