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Kelly Prentice on the beauty of imperfection
Yoga Class

Yoga is not about getting better.

Not about being good.

It is about showing up.

Every day.

Practicing.

Observing.

I find this refreshing.

Soul-filling.

No competition.

No pressure.

Just show up.

Practice.

Witness.

As a yoga practitioner and teacher, I feel blessed. My training with Raji Thron and Ellen Pfeffer at Yoga Synthesis helped me fully develop a personal practice, gave me the opportunity to dedicate myself to daily meditation, and helped me to grow spiritually through the study/discussion of ancient texts. It also gave me a solid foundation as a teacher.

Yoga Synthesis brings together elements from a number of traditions in a creative and diverse approach to Hatha Yoga. I love this approach developed by Raji, namely because it integrates a variety of yoga techniques, including dynamic movement synchronized with breath, static holding of postures emphasizing proper engagement and alignment, and supported poses. As a teacher, this has provided me endless creative options for structuring a yoga class and also taught me vinyasa krama– intelligent sequencing of postures and breath.

Yoga Synthesis draws inspiration from Krishnamacharya’s lineage (B.K.S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, and T.K.V. Desikachar), Classical Hatha Yoga Schools (Shivananda Yoga and Integral Yoga), as well as Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Thanks to this training, I did not have to choose just one tradition or branch of yoga, and I am always open to learning, exploring and using techniques from different schools. Every school or teacher has some wonderful spark of wisdom!

Why come practice with me? My yoga classes are focused on a balanced practice, releasing patterns of tension through gentle movement, and finding the tapas –the internal fire or discipline– to practice every day. I believe this type of consistent, balanced practice with a flow that follows the Classical Schools leads to a more balanced body and mind. The middle road. I tend to stray away from a focus on achieving a particular pose, or any focus on achievement, since I feel that yoga should be more about finding balance, and going deep within.

What is a balanced practice? Though goal-oriented yoga seems to be the “hot” thing these days, this is not the way I’ve chosen to teach. Instead, I teach a consistent flow that, in its daily pattern, develops not only flexibility, strength, and balance, but also a personal tapas – dedication to a deep, personal yoga and meditation practice –that you can take with you into the world. My hope for every student is not to achieve a certain pose, but to develop their own personal practice focused on optimal health, wellness, and spiritual growth.

I’ll be teaching this Sat. at 8:30 a.m. at Llantrisant in Tatamy, and I’m there every Mon. at 9:30 a.m.  Join us!

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