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“Ulooka” now at how to Practice Wisely in the time of Covid

“Ulooka” now at how to Practice Wisely in the time of Covid

Here’s a look at (“Ulooka” now) some spiritual wisdom, and also today, Monday’s, September 21, 2020, Schedule, Keeping safe and Warm, and a Riddle. Also, how you can get a sneak preview on and how to order the new Dhira Yoga Shop’s (Opening Soon!) Pidgeon Pose Sweatshirts (which are available now! Pidgeons are birds of peace, you’ll want to wear them near to your heart!

Spiritual Wisdom first of course:
Ulookasana, or wise old Owl Seat, and the owl (“Ulooka”), which in the Bhagavad Gita, is likened to an enlightened sthita prajna (the one who remains unwavering to any situation, whether it be happy or sad). Goddess Lakshmi is also said to be the mistress of spiritual wisdom. By keeping the owl as her vehicle, she teaches us to open our eyes to the light of the wisdom residing within us. This Karunamayi (compassionate One) Mother, hence, symbolically keeps ignorance under her control.

Practice yoga safely sthita prajnas today at Dhira:

Monday 9/21 Dhira Schedule. — Two inside and two outside
(and some spots kinda in between.)

Monday, 9/21/20, Schedule:
9:30 Dhira Flow In Studio and Livestreaming
12:00 Enlightened Lunch Outdoor and Livestreaming
5:30 Dhira Intro Outdoor and Livestreaming
7:00 Dhira Flow In Studio and Livestreaming

Now Ulooka at Ulookasana below

for the creative and “Wise Old Owl” ways, the enlightened ways, Dhira is practicing yoga safely during the pandemic.

How Dhira is taking a wise old owl seat (Ulookasana) by practicing the first and foundational teaching of yoga, Ahimsa, or non-harming:

Many Extra Safety Precautions for practicing In Studio at Dhira.

Whenever the weather is warm enough, Dhira will continue to practice outdoors. Think 55 degrees minimum, comfortable with a sweatshirt or snowy owl feathers.

Practice Snugly with the Kapota you will love. Available Now at the Dhira Yoga Shop (OPening Soon!)

In Studio classes will be limited to six yogis, plus The teacher who will be wearing a mask. I have found that TEACHING yoga is very easy wearing a mask. (My mask is white cotton making me look a bit like a snowy owl. Be prepared for name changes to certain of our bird poses. Hooting may at times accompany our OMing and Bhakasana.

All yogis are required to wear a mask until their mats are placed on marked off spots that provide an abundance of social distancing, approximately fourteen feet.
Whenever a yogi leaves their mat perch, to use the restroom say, they are required to use their mask. Dhira Yoga masks are available as well in our Dhira Yoga Shop. Hoo Hoo!

How many wise old owls does it take to practice safely in a yoga studio during a pandemic? Remember this Riddle!

Let’s figure out the answer together:
Adjacent to Dhira’s studio space are three separate rooms with open doorway views into the Studio.

One private, single occupancy room is where we used to put our shoes. This has been furnished with a comfortable new rug to place your mat on and provides a perch for a 7th wise yogi.

The second adjacent private single occupancy room to the studio, again with an open door view into the studio, is off the hallway leading to What used to be Dhira’s reception room an is now soon going to be the new Dhira Yoga Shop. That private room takes us to 8 total indoor perches.

The third room adjacent to the studio with an open door view into the studio is a private room reserved for families or partners to practice together in. This used to be Dhira’s large massage room in that same hallway leading to Dhira’s coming soon shop, for those familiar with Dhira’s layout, and can be used for up to three members of the same family unit. That room takes Dhira’s extra safe number of yogis practicing to 9, or 10 or 11 yogis, depending on how (Hoo!) many wise old one family yogis, or lovebirds, are nesting comfortably in this “family” or “lovebird” room.

For those snowy owl yogis who want even more social distancing, two more spots are available on our front
perch, porch. If your feathers are not fully molted, a sweatshirt is recommended. Dhira yoga Kapotasana (pidgeon pose) sweatshirts are now available in our new online version of our shop which will be opening soon. Email for a preview of our new sweatshirts available now.

These two available Porch Perch Spots are separated by Dhira’s front windows and our open front door which is screened (not schreeched). Studio will be hot still with a little tapas (and a few ticks up on the thermostat)
Taking bets that there will be snowy old owl yogis wisely practicing on our porch in January. Can’t wait to see it. Ulooka see who wins!

Remember the Riddle?
How many wise old owls does it take to practice safely in a yoga studio during a pandemic?

Ulooka now: the answer to our riddle!   A wisely Ulooka-determined, safe potential total of anywhere from 11, or 12 or 13 wise old owls can practice safely in a yoga studio!  Quite a wise and caring Congress of Owls I must hoo, too!
Come and Ulooka see for yourself. Or you Livestream the Ulookas and join the Congress from your own perch. Hoo! Hoo!

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Focus is the key to happiness!

Candlelight Meditation

“Dharana”, concentration, is one of the eight limbs of classical yoga

Practicing yoga is a practice of focus.  Attending to your breath on the yoga mat brings you to the present moment.  Thoughts about laundry piling up and birthday parties to plan disappear.  Relaxation of body and calmness of mind follow in the wake of mindful breathing.  The yoga practice teaches you how to breathe mindfully on the yoga mat.  The fruit of the practice is taking that mindfulness of breathing off the mat and into all of our activities.  At first, mindful breathing off the mat is a conscious practice, just as it is on the yoga mat.   With continual and consistent practice, it becomes habitual and unconscious, just as it does on the yoga mat.  Relaxation and calm seep into more and more of all of your daily activities as the habit becomes ingrained.  With a firmly established habit of mindful breathing, the relaxation and calmness which often accompanies a yoga practice can also serve as the foundation for a calm and relaxed life.  It all starts with focus, bringing the mind to the breath.  Focusing the mind, or one-pointed concentration, in yoga is called “dharana”, and is one of the eight limbs of classical yoga.  In asana practice, it is also practiced with the gaze.  A steady gaze in yoga is called “drishti”.  Dharana can also be practiced with the breath as the object of attention, or with a tight hamstring, or with a concept — like gratitude or generosity.  There is a long tradition of practicing dharana by using a candle as the object of concentration.  We do this at the Dhira Yoga Center the last Friday of every month with “Candlelight Flow”, a yoga asana practice followed by a 15 minute one-pointed concentration on a candle.  It’s a key part of the practice of classical yoga.  With practice, it can serve as the foundation of a steady and happy life, even when doing the laundry and planning birthday parties!  Come join us tomorrow night for Candlelight Flow at 6pm.

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Practicing outdoors

Sun salutations literally salute the sun,
Vayu, the God of the Wind, merges with your own prana, or life force
Cool breezes caress the cheeks in corpse pose
Standing on your head magically unites heaven and earth

Your heart reaches towards the infinite
You are one with all

Free Outdoor Yoga

Yoga Hugs

All you need is love!

Wednesday nights, July 10, 17, 24 and 31
6:00 to 7:15 pm
Stanley Park, The Arboretum, by the Fountain
($5 Donation to Stanley Park graciously welcomed)
Sign up online. Bring your own mat or towel
(In case of inclement weather, a free class will be offered at Dhira Yoga Center)

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Inversions! Yikes! Remember that “Dhira” means courage!

If you are scared to attempt upside down poses you have not done since you were little or feel unsteady when you attempt a headstand, then remember that “Dhira” means courage, and that the Dhira Yoga Center has just the right medicine for you — an Inversions Workshop: “Change Your Perspective” with Michael on Sunday, April 28, 2013 from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. We will break down these poses to align your body to allow you to flow into these inversions easily.

So, if you haven’t done a handstand since you were a kid, it’s time to rediscover the thrill. We will give you tools, techniques, variations and proper alignment to advance your practice with inversions. We will cover shoulder stand, handstand, headstand and forearm stand among others.

Going upside down is a great way to energize your body, build both confidence as well as humility.  Great for increasing immunity to prevent diseases, improve circulation and get rid of headaches. Inversions are also a great reminder that our asana practice is also a time to be playful and light-hearted.

So don’t miss the thrill of going upside down.  Come put your heart above your head and change your perspective! Perfect for newcomers and experienced practitioners alike. Lots of fun! Turn frowns into smiles by going upside down!

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Dhira Yoga’s Spring Awakenings

Candlelight Flow Flickers on!
Work week over, spring is here, go with the candlight flow! Warm those winter doldrums away with some fire and some of Rebecca’s warm magic! Friday, March 29, 5:45 to 7 pm

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Restorative Workshop plus Sweet Leaf Tea with your fellow yogis!
Filling up fast! Come join us for a Dhira Yoga Community event. Rebecca will restore your spring and blow those winter blues away! 90 minute workshop followed by some delicious detox tea (chai too!) complements of The Sweet Leaf! Can’t wait.

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New Beginner's Workshop Starts April 6!
Yoga 101 — a six-week workshop to start you on your yoga journey to health and happiness. Workshop size is limited to assure individualized attention. April 6 to May 11, six consecutive Saturdays, 1 to 2 pm. A great introduction to yoga practice, philosophy and Dhira Yoga’s style. Led by Michael.

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April Class Schedule Changes
New Classes!

Fridays 5:30 – 6:45 pm, Dhira Flow with Michael

Sundays’ New Schedule, starting April 7, is

10:00 am – 11:30 am Foundation Flow with Michael

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm Gentle/Restorative with Lisa

5:30 pm – 6:45 pm Dhira Flow with Michael

Meditation will be on Mondays only from 11:00 am -11:30.

Enlightened lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays is cancelled.


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Candlelight Flow Friday February 23

This Friday, Dhira offers its first Candlelight Flow Class with Rebecca!  If you are so ready to relax and unwind from the work week, stop on the way home Friday night, join us for a candlelit, gentle, flow class.  In our cozy, candlelit studio, this tranquil class will warm, restore and rejuvenate your heart, mind and body. Class ends with a guided meditation.  Don’t miss Rebecca’s 5:45 pm Candlelight Flow.  This class meets only on the last Friday of every month.   Don’t miss it!  All levels. 75 minutes.

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Beginner’s Workshop — Sign up now — Only six spaces left!

Dhira Yoga Center has six spaces left in their Beginner’s Workshop.  This six week workshop is designed to be an enjoyable introduction to yoga. These intimate group experiences offer a safe and inspiring setting to begin your yoga journey. You will leave the workshop understanding basic yoga techniques, foundation poses, breathing exercises, a brief introduction to the history and philosophy of yoga and an introduction to meditation.  The workshop will provide the tools to help you feel confident in our scheduled classes.  Begins Saturday, February 16 and runs for six consecutive Saturdays from 1:00 -2:00 pm.  Sign up now to reserve your spot!

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Details on Grand Opening Weekend Celebration!

Grand Opening Weekend Celebration is only 10 days away and its going to be fun!
On Saturday, February 2 and Sunday, February 3, Dhira offers three free classes each day. Please join us for this most auspicious weekend, as we celebrate the birth of a beautiful new home for an already blossoming yoga community!

Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of class to familiarize yourself with our center and to stake out a spot for your yoga mat (or one of ours, if you don’t have one).
Assure a spot for you and a mat in any of these free classes by reserving your space online –>

Dhira Yoga’s teachers, over the course of Grand Opening Weekend, will be on deck to meet, greet and share in the excitement.

Also, don’t miss out on our “GrandOpening” promotion discount on all purchases made before February 4, the end of Grand Opening Weekend. You can take advantage of this right now online by applying the promotion code “GrandOpening” when you “Checkout”.
Check out our brand new Facebook page while your at it!

On February 2 and 3, we begin our quest to build together a nurturing, flourishing, happy and healthy community dedicated to compassion, and cultivating peace, both in ourselves and in the world.  And, to having a lot of fun in the process!  Be there at the birth of Dhira Yoga!

Oh, and don’t forget that starting Monday, February 4, our regular class schedule with over 20 classes a week, plus meditation and healing arts appointments begins!  Om Shanti!



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