This here post is for my homies in Halifax although if you're not in Halifax, you can read it too! If we don't know one another yet, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Lacey. I'm from Halifax, well Dartmouth really — okay scratch that, I'm from Cole Harbour.
For the past five years, I've been living in Berlin (Germany) and Perth (Australia). In between, I've travelled tons, taught workshops and retreats all over the world, and learned some really amazing ways to approach yoga.
One of these styles is called Akhanda. I studied for seven weeks in 2013 with my main teacher in Rishikesh learning this approach. Yogrishi Vishvketu (my teacher) was on the fence about naming this practice, because to him, it's just Hatha yoga. But his students wanted a name and so he gave it to them — Akhanda.
Akhanda means whole or unbroken. It is a holistic approach to yoga. It is not trendy or like super hip and new — in fact, the principles are über ancient.
What happens in an Akhanda class?
Glad you asked. Most peeps are familiar with asana and pranayama, so movement (as in poses), and the focused use of breath. Now let's add some more elements to the mix. Akhanda throws in meditation (always - it's not an option!), mantra, visualisation, intention setting and an approach to postures that gets your bod moving in every direction possible.
It's also philosophical -- uh-what?!
Yes, Akhanda explores the philosophy of yoga as a wisdom tradition. Whether it's elucidating the 8 limbs, exploring certain yogic terms / ideas or uncovering principles of a yogic lifestyle — Akhanda taps it all ( remember the definition: whole, unbroken).
This approach to yoga does not separate one element from the pack (say asana) and make it the king. All aspects are equally important and require exploration. The idea in Akhanda is to take from the whole well of yogic wisdom and bring it into practice on the mat and out in the world.
Is it, like, weird?
Maybe. Maybe not. I think it's always interesting and challenging when we're faced with elements that are new to us or a little different. Singing mantra definitely makes some people squirm! But that's okay. Squirm and then learn from that squirmy-ness.
My approach to teaching anything is spiritual — theres's no doubt about that. That can also be new. But it's inclusive spirituality. It's grounded and not dogmatic. It's also not cheesy. Although I love cheese, I won't bring any to class. Usually.
I need you to know how good I felt, for the whole day on Thursday, following your Akhanda Fusion class. I felt really good. Just, really good.
Every time I felt stressed at work I took a deep breath and was transported back to that feeling, which I'm sure was put in me by you. Which I really appreciate. -Kate
And what about you, Lacey?
I've been teaching this play of yoga for the past five years. I did my first teacher training with the wonderful people at TAYS (who you probably know) and since then, have learned and taught so many different people in many different places on this earth. I have my 500 certification plus another hundred or so in things like Conscious Birthing, Yoga Lifestyle Coaching and random workshops with really cool teachers.
Quick facts about me:
- I have a column on DoYouYoga called Yoga So Funny.
- I once did a "cleanse" in India where I drank 40+ glasses of salt water.
- I have done handstands in the Okavango Delta near wild elephants and lions.
- I just started doing stand up comedy. It's often funny.
- I am writing this post from Paris.
I want to do Akhanda with you! aka - Register now...
March 15th, 2015 | 9:30am-12pm
RIO HFX - 5781 Charles Street, Studio 3
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to register
Hurry! $30 before March 5th | $35 after
Can't wait to meet you. Look around the rest of my site to get a flavour for what I've been up to!
email me email@example.com if you have any questions. -L x