Yoga Hanalei January 2017 Newsletter

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January Newsletter


Aloha Yoga Hanalei O'hana!

Thank you for such a deep and enriching year! As I look back, I can hardly believe that it has already been 20 years to the week, since I made the first of seven trips to Mysore, India to study with my teacher Pattabhi Jois. I feel so blessed to share his teachings and my further studies in Yoga Hanalei's Level 3 teacher training this February. Students are coming from all around the globe, and I am so looking forward to the high calibre of practitioners that will be attending.

Bhavani in Chakorasana at Somnathpur, India

Bhavani in Chakorasana at Somnathpur, India

Module III Teacher Training
Feb 6-24, 2017
Continuing education towards 500 hour certificate


For the student interested in honing their skills in the endless process of Yoga. A continuation of teaching skills, anatomy, the therapeutic benefits of Yogāsana, adjustments, pranayama, and Patanjali’s Yoga Philosophy and Psychology.
visit yogahanalei.com for details

My son Nikola in a state of wonder - Samadhi!

My son Nikola in a state of wonder - Samadhi!

I recently heard a wonderful podcast on Yogarevealed in which Richard & Mary Freeman discuss their new book, "The Art of Vinyasa." The topic of vinyasa was discussed as Nyasa, an offering. Vinyasa means there are step-by-step protocols in making an offering with the final act as one of letting it go. What a poignant insight, especially as we find ourselves on the threshold of a new year. This is a time of culmination and the renewal of our vision and mission in the next year. Our vision entails our ideal for what we achieve, experience and offer in our lifetime as a unique expression of self. While our Mission is the step-by-step process and practical application of realizing our vision. As Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita, we cannot own the fruits of our actions, only our actions themselves. It is in our sentiment and skillfulness that we offerthe best of ourselves. Our lives become sanctified when we receive our challenges as an opportunity for growth and learning. A major determining component of our efficiency in realizing our vision is through practice, self-study and our ability to take feedback.

This only deepens my love and appreciation for Yoga and its deeper teachings. Such a pragmatic approach to observe the areas of which remain unrefined, and to systematically develop my ability to self-correct and grow into a more well-rounded and integrated being. Thank God, that through Yoga, we can actually get better with age!

         Crossed leg Uttanasana

         Crossed leg Uttanasana

I will also be offering a Yoga and Philosophy intensive in the Spring of this year. I always learn so much in these intensives, and hope you can come and join in the fun!

Spring Hatha Yoga & Philosophy Intensive
with Bhavani Maki at Yoga Hanalei

"The Nadi - Subtle Energy Channels"
April 10 - 14th, Mon - Fri 7:30 - 10 am

We will explore the Nadi, or subtle body energy channels that allow for the flow of Prana. Classically, Hatha Yoga clears these channels for the awakening of consciousness.

          Supta Baddha Konasana

          Supta Baddha Konasana

Sending you best wishes for the new year!

Bhavani Maki and the faculty at Yoga Hanalei