Gentle Kripalu Yoga: Creating a Safe and Sacred Practice
Safety means being free to have physical, mental, and emotional well-being. When we are safe from threats we can let down our guard and relax to explore, support, and heal ourselves. Safety is the most basic right for us as living beings and it is a fundamental need. When we’re in danger we need to devote our energy towards protecting ourselves, and there is less opportunity for growth in this defended state. We can create safety for ourselves in our practice by respecting the needs of our individual bodies and minds. This has implications for the way we honor our needs off the mat as well. Sacred means that our practice holds meaning and significance. We don’t just practice out of habit, we are working towards a goal of connection, healing, and living our best versions of ourselves. With this intention our yoga practice has substance to it, and because it holds weight to us it is more effective than if we practice out of habit. In this deeply relaxing and gently strengthening class, with slow flowing movement, holding postures, and breathing techniques, you will receive clear instructions for safe alignment and explore working with limitations instead of fighting against them. We will explore nurturing self-intimacy and loving awareness through asana, and breathing techniques as a pathway to cultivating compassion and self-empathy. This workshop is intended to provide themes to create safety and sacredness in your home practice and day to day life.
Hannah Tosi is a lover of the human body, mind, and spirit and all that fuels us. Her interest in movement first developed in the world of ballet. For 16 years she studied in intensive pre-professional programs at Boston Ballet and Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theatre, and went on to dance with the university dance program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she also earned her degree in Public Health. In 2010 her dance practiced evolved into yoga as a gentler, more compassionate, and life-affirming approach to taking care of her body. She unexpectedly discovered the power these practices had in helping recover from trauma and live with more fullness and vitality. Hannah Tosi received her certification at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in June 2014. Since then she has taught yoga at music and art festivals across New England and at InanItah spiritual eco-village in Nicaragua. She formerly taught slow-paced, all-level, family, and community-yoga classes in Boston and surrounding areas prior to moving to Western Massachusetts to study Clinical Social Work at Smith College. When not studying or teaching, you can still find her on dance floors, in the mountains, or cooking up some plant-based food in her kitchen.