Maui Yoga Shala Virginia

November 20, 2018

PictureLove & Aloha to our teacher training graduates - Melanie, Allie, Rayna, Alexa, Delainey, Emma, Katie, Kirra, Ana, Ruby, & Krystina!

Fresh coconuts after class! With Coco Will and Manju, Indian musician

Melanie & Kirra, downward facing dog - adho mukha śvānāsana, assists with Nadia Toraman

Salamba Sirsasana​
Another great day to do headstands in Paia!

Alexa Ibarra - Mermaid Pose, Maui Yoga

PictureI really cannot put into words the incredible experience I had at the Maui shala but I will try my best. For starters, upon coming to the shala I had concerns of myself, a lot of doubt and just wasn't sure if I could really handle this experience. The second I landed in Maui that fear left me and the absolute moment I met Nadia I knew I was meeting family... not just a stranger. Let's just say literally my first day was terrible, I cut my finger and had to get 4 stitches. Hawaii what are you saying to me? And then as the day went on I realized something - I was going to get through this cut and through a lot of other things that were challenging to me. My experience with the teacher training program is one I really can't explain to you but again I will try. I made the best friends, I opened up to so many people about certain things I couldn't even tell family members. The yoga was a beautiful thing but challenging... in the most beautiful way you are challenged physically and mentally. The philosophy and anatomy classes are beautiful. You'll never meet anyone like Shakta and Karin, they are like two angels, whom I genuinely appreciate and have taken in so much of their information, guidance and knowledge.Picture There are challenges you will go through, and this program has taught me to solve those with love and compassion. I am leaving a better person because of the shala and the beautiful teachers and sacred teachings it holds. I love you forever -Alexa Rae Ibarra​​

Backbends, Urdhva Dhanurasana, Maui Yoga

Backbends in the garden, Paia. Urdhva dhanurasana with Ruby, Allie, & Alexa

Salabhasana with Kirra Michel, Locust Pose, Maui Yoga

Kirra Michel demonstrates Salabhasana or Locust Pose for deeper backbends, strengthening the back of the torso, legs, and arms.

Work and play in the garden with Ana & Anna Kirra sits with savasana for Practicum

PictureMayurasana with Krystina Stricker, Peacock Pose, Maui Yoga

Mayurasana, or Peacock pose. The peacock pose strengthens and tones digestion, invigorates the entire body, and is particularly treasured for cleansing and eliminating toxins. It can unlock the power hidden in the body and nervous system allowing us to move beyond time, and also gravity.

Anatomy class with Karin Kuhn (below left), Paia

Warrior pose in Technique, Training, & Practice

​Meditation at Iao Valley

Allie Galasso in Natarajasana, Dancer's Pose, Maui Yoga

Natarajasana, or Lord of the Dance pose:
  • Expands the chest and front body while strengthening the back body
  • Develops range of motion in the shoulders and strengthens the arch of the standing foot
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