(an extension of Yoga Foundations) is a series of classes designed for the student with some yoga experience desiring to refine their practice. It's also appropriate for yogis returning to their practice after an absence or seeking to refresh their knowledge. Students will learn more intricate alignment principles, practice variations on the basic postures, discuss
the relationship between breath and movement, and deepen our understanding of basic yoga philosophy. This class is presented in a seminar-style format, with a six-eight-week syllabus and a different topic each week. Conversation and questions during class are encouraged, and some optional homework will be offered so you can practice between classes. Sample weekly topics include revolved variations of standing poses, refining shoulder alignment, principles of backbending,
and core strength for yogis.
Wednesdays, 7:30pm - 8:45pm
CLASS RESUMES IN THS FALL
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When our Continuing Foundations teacher Nicole Mark was 19, and almost turned her car around in a tunnel so she wouldn’t have to drive through it, her psychiatrist diagnosed her with a panic disorder. She saw many therapists in the following several years, and some were very helpful. In 1999, she came to her yoga mat for the first time on the advice of the “oddball hippie” therapist. As a ballet and modern dancer, she felt great doing asana–out of her head and into her body and breath (and unfortunately her ego about being a flexible dancer), but during her first savasana, she had a panic attack. "It was as though my brain’s computer did not compute “relaxation. It felt good, but so wide open and spacious that it scared me." Nicole's anxiety and depression had become more and more debilitating, and she was hospitalized a few times over the years. "You know that t-shirt that says, 'I just came for the savasana'? Well, I went back to my yoga mat with more and more regularity over time, but I went for the asana!" It took years, and is sometimes still hard for her, to let go and
experience deep relaxation."
Nicole loves moving with the breath and also holding poses, so in her adult classes she teaches a “Slow Flow”, where she combine thoughtful sequencing, healthy alignment, and a teaching or idea drawn from Yoga, Vedanta, Buddhism, or something else she's found inspiring to create welcoming, appropriately challenging, and non-competitive classes accessible to all levels. Her classroom is informal – she welcomes questions, mindful comments, and light hearted joking. To that end, she tries to emphasize the qualities Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön who encourages us to cultivate in our practice and in our
lives precision, gentleness, and the ability to let go.
Registered with the Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 200 level, Nicole's training includes a 90-hour alignment-based teacher training with Mona DeFrawi at Quantum Yoga and Wellness in Baltimore (2004) and the 230-hour Veda Vinyasa Teacher Training at the former Open Heart Yoga School in Carrboro (2011).She's currently enrolled in Ti Harmony's Path of Yoga mentorship program and is slowly completing her 500-hour advanced studies training at Asheville Yoga Center.
Over the past five years, Nicole has completed additional anatomy training with Ray Long, MD, LifeForce Yoga for depression and anxiety training with Amy Weintraub, Yoga for Athletes training with Sage Rountree, and Yin Yoga training with Shala Worsley at Asheville Yoga Center. In 2014 she received a mantra initiation from guru Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma, the “Hugging Saint”) and is currently studying Vedanta, Sanskrit, and the Bhagavad Gita both in person and in webinars with former swami Prem Sadasivananda.
Nicole is eternally grateful to all her teachers, on the mat and off. Lorraine Treger, her first yoga teacher in Baltimore, suggested that she take a teacher training. Will Walter of Charm City Yoga, introduced her to the Bhakti path when she enrolled in a series on Mantra and Kirtan (she was hooked on chanting right away). Ti Harmony, Nicole's my main teacher, has helped her improve her asana practice, understand where energetic blocks might exist, and through his example and openness to questions, continues to teach her to be a better teacher.
Please visit Nicole's website at nicolemarkyoga.com
or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.