Here at Practice Indie our programming is designed in collaboration with the brilliant Jenna Baker. Jenna works does a brilliant job to create a rounded and grounded vision for the studio through weekly themes and peak poses.
It is our hope at Practice Indie that our curriculum will support practitioners in the deep remembering of who they are through the congruent practice of the asana, philosophy, and breath practices.
In 2019, we primarily focused on the first two limbs of Ashtanga yoga, the Yamas and Niyamas. We then broke down these concepts into each month with a different sacred yogic philosophy.
In 2020, we will work through the five acts of Shiva, the lord of yoga and destruction as the father for creation. We will be focusing on each of the five acts of Shiva in their turn across the seasons of 2020: creation, protection, destruction, concealment, return.
Our 2020 curriculum also incorporates new moon flows, Chakras, and monthly deity studies. Each Sunday, Practice Indie will be releasing a podcast and blog post to educate practitioners on the theme of the week. Our aim is to continue building an understanding the culture which yoga came from, as well as what does yoga look like here and now, for us. Throughout the year we will move from tadasana to savasana, and this curriculum will be perfect to move beginners to the yogic philosophy to a truly complex, deep practice week by week.
Yoga philosophy is grounded in the idea that our real nature is inherently divine and perfect, but we have forgotten. It is our hope at Practice Indie that our curriculum will support practitioners in the deep remembering of who they are through the congruent practice of the asana, philosophy, and breath practices. We hope to make the concepts of yoga very accessible, and part of supporting that accessibility is creating structure among the concepts and providing context for what living yoga can look like for us- enter curriculum!
An Approachable Practice
If the word “curriculum” brings back ye olden days of scary, intense college classes, know this. As a practitioner at Practice Indie, you can engage at whatever level of depth you like. Take a selfie and use our monthly theme hashtag, come to our community gatherings, or don’t, come to class and get your blood pumping, come to class like your asana is your prayer – your practice is yours alone. We want to provide support to practitioners in whatever way serves you: just come and grow. The reality of practicing yoga in 2019 and 2020 is that we all continue living life as parents, voters, drivers, employees, recyclers… all of these things can still be true about us and our lives while we practice yoga. Integrating yoga into our day to day lives simply means working towards a “more frictionless” life, as Jenna likes to put it, frictionless in the understanding that we are inherently whole and divine. Namaste, 2020, and bring on the growth!