PRANA Massage & Ayurveda
Prana- The Universal Life Force Energy

ANANDA YOGA

 ANANDA YOGA

Welcome to the Website for ANANDA YOGA. The studio is located @ 13035 Tamiami Trail, Ste E, North Port, FL 34287. I am very excited about the fruition of my dream to provide a special, sacred place for my clients to practice yoga and meditation.

 

 

SCHEDULE FOR JANUARY

All Yoga & Meditation Classes are $10, per session, unless otherwise noted

Punch Cards and PreRegister Discounts Available by Instructor

Walk-Ins Welcome for Yoga & Belly Dance

Preregistration Required for Tai Chi & Drumming


YOGA WITH TERI:

Hatha Vinyasa Yoga           75 min       9:00 am Tue, Thu & Sat

Restorative Yoga               60 min     10:30 am Tue, Thu & Sat

 

YOGA WITH KAREN:

Gentle Stretch & Flex Yoga     75 min            9:00 am Monday

(THE CLASSES WITH KAREN WILL BEGIN MONDAY, JANUARY 16TH)

 

YOGA WITH MEGAN:

Gentle Yoga & Meditation        75 min          5:30 pm Monday

(WALK-IN FEE FOR MEGAN'S CLASS IS $12)

BELLYS IN MOTION WITH JACQUIE:

Intermediate Belly Dance        60 min         12:00 pm Saturday

Beginner Belly Dance             60 min           2:00 pm Saturday

 

YOGA WITH BILL:

Vinyasa/Flow Yoga              75 min          9:00 am Wednesday

Vinyasa/Flow Yoga              75 min          6:00 pm Wednesday

 

DRUMMING WITH CHRISTINE:

Beginning Hand Drumming       60 min       11:00 am Wednesday

        (THE CLASSES WITH CHRISTINE BEGIN WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18TH)

 

TAI CHI WITH ARTIE:

Beginning Tai Chi              60 min          12:30 pm Wednesday

Beginning Tai Chi              60 min           7:30 pm Wednesday

       (THE CLASSES WITH ARTIE BEGIN WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11TH)

               

WINTER MEDITATION SERIES

YOGA NIDRA & CRYSTAL BOWL MEDITATION

With William Ward & Teri Michel

Thursday, January 12th @ 6:30pm

Thursday, February 9th @ 6:30 pm

Thursday, March 9th @ 6:30 pm

Preregistration Required, $15 Paid at the Door

PreRegister & PrePay for the Series $45 and receive a FREE CD of the Crystal Bowls to Practice Yoga Nidra at home between Classes

To Preregister Please Email: pranananada8@gmail.com, or

call or text to (941)875-8582

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Directions to Studio: Going North on US41, turn right on Grobe Street, and then right on the access road, we are in the first group of buildings. Going south on US41, turn into the Dollar General store and drive through the parking lot, across Grobe Street and into the next group of buildings.

Hope to see you there soon. Blessings and Namaste'

 

Yoga is the Union of Body, Mind, & Spirit

Without this Union, there is no Wholeness

Without Wholeness, there is no Health

 

 

 

 

 MEET THE INSTRUCTORS

 

 

Teri Michel, CAHETeri Michel, CAHE, is the owner of Ananda Yoga. She has been practicing yoga for 50 yrs and teaching for 14 years. She is a Certified Ayurvedic Health Consultant, and has studied through the American Vedic Institute and the Chopra Center, plus with numerous other yogis over the years. She teaches a combination of Hatha & Vinyasa for beginning to intermediate students. Each yoga class incorporates the asanas, or poses, along with pranayama, or breathing exercises, and meditation. She also provides instruction in Restorative Yoga, Mantra Meditation and Yoga Nidra. Prior to opening her own studio she taught yoga & meditation at Enchantment Resort in Sedona, AZ,  Heron Creek Golf & Country Club in North Port, FL and private lessons. Having personally endured many physical challenges in her life, and seen the healing transformation that yoga and meditation can provide, she feels it is her Dharma, or mission, to share the healing benefits of yoga and meditation. She is elated to be able to provide a sacred sanctuary in which to practice. To Contact Teri directly, email: pranaananda8@gmail.com or call (941)875-8582.

 

                        

 William Ward is a meditation and sound healing facilitator. His passion is to help bring about the remembrance of peace and presence that has always been with us. Knowing this is the key for all of us to move forward together in the most conducive way. Through the vehicle of sound, one can transcend fear, anxiety, pain, suffering, energetic blocks and so much more. Clarity, knowledge, and wisdom flow effortlessly when we are in a peaceful, composed and alert state. Not to forget, that when we are in this state the body heals itself  naturally.

The entire Universe is an "Ocean of Sound", each of us being an instrument in the orchestral composition of All That Is.  Through perceptions of day to day experiences this fact tends to be forgotten.   

The singing bowls help to still the mind and remember the song we naturally are. Allowing us to be at peace and in the awareness of our essence - "in-tune" with All That Is.

When we utilize singing bowls, the fine harmonious vibration instantly entrains us to the frequency of our own essence. We are reminded in a flash that our essence, who we are, is not separate from the Absolute. The singing bowls serve as a reminder that all we need to learn…….is already within.

Scientifically, MRI's have been done while listening to singing bowls. They showed the entire brain illuminates allowing: the right and left hemispheres' to communicate together, new neural pathways to develop, change of gene expression (on a DNA/RNA level), and a feeling of wholeness; at peace and content; a remembrance of the present moment. In other words - meditation. You may contact William directly via email: williward@hotmailcom.

 

 

Megan Guynn of Just Relax with Megan, is certified in Hatha Yoga I and Hatha Yoga II. Megan's journey with Yoga began in 2001, with a 3-month, one-on-one intensive training in yogic breathing (pranayama). Her mentor then combined this yogic breathing with basic Hatha Yoga postures. Several birthdays later, a friend gave Megan the gift of "yoga for a day" in Boca Grande, FL. This inspired her to study yoga philosopy and become formerly trained in Hatha Yoga I and II. Megan specializes in deep relaxation techniques, meditation, gentle yoga, beginner yoga, and mixed levels yoga. Megan has had the privilege of teaching at the Gasparilla Inn & Spa, The Boca Grande Club, Yoga at Periwinkle Place, The Punta Gorda Club and numerous private venues. Her hope for all students is to find joy and peace through the practice of Yoga and receive its inifinite benefits: body, mind, heart, and spirit. Look for her new meditation CD at www.justrelaxwithmegan.com. You may contact Megan directly via email: megan@justrelaxwithmegan.com.

 

Jacquie Baldelli. Belly dancing changed my life in many ways, tapped into my femininity with the beautiful movements of the dance, while toning and strengthening all your muscles with the rhythm of the dance. Enjoying the experience, it won’t even feel like a workout, more like your very own treat to yourself. Dance on, I hope this will do for you want it has done for me. Exercise, whether it be competitive running marathons, to Jazzercise, tennis, waterskiing, kayaking to Belly Dancing, which has become the best part of my life, this has given me the confidence in myself as a women, and to be able to perform for an audience. For more info, you may contact Jacquie directly @ 941-735-2763, or jacquiebaldelli@yahoo.com.

 

 

Karen Kreisler is a certified Meditation, Yoga Health & Wellness Instructor. She has been teaching yoga and meditation for 9 years. She has been living in Florida for the past four years. For the past two years she taught at the Morgan Center in North Port and several country clubs in Southwest Florida. She taught for  years in Richmond, VA at eh Brandermill Community Center. She believes that the combination of movement of the body, breathing and calming the mind provide amazing health benefits. You may contact Karen directly at: dunnavanto@aol.com

 

 

 

I have been a sports participant my entire life, but roundedness, i.e., stretching – strengthening – balance – breath, to support the sport was never a consideration. Six years ago, a debilitating hip injury resulted in 2 months of PT and another 2 months working on my own in a gym to continue strengthening and supporting the injured area. There was a classroom in part of that gym where yoga was taught. I knew yoga helped develop flexibility and have had a long time respect for Eastern Practices because of their practical and holistic approach. As a golfer I knew flexibility would be helpful, so for the first time ever I decided to try something that might improve my performance in a sport. I attended a yoga practice.

My expectations were limited, I simply wanted greater flexibility, little did I know that flexibility would only be a part of what the yoga experience brought to my life. Four years later, I attended Asheville Yoga Center’s 200 hour Teacher Training to qualify for my Yoga Alliance RYT-200 teaching certificate. Since then I have been privileged to teach at River Yoga in Clayton, NY and this summer provided 1:1 personal yoga training. I attend others’ classes everywhere I go because I learn from every practice regardless of the style.

I look forward to this teaching opportunity at the Ananda Yoga Studio, and the privilege of facilitating a practice for you. You can contact me at: falsecast235@comcast.net

 

Christine was born and raised in Massachusetts. She moved to Florida 19
years ago. Christine has been involved in music and dance of some sort
since a young child. About 8 years ago, she discovered hand drumming and
fell in love. Besides the djembe, Christine also plays frame drums, duns,
shekere, clave and many more percussion instruments. She also sings
occasionally and composes original music. Christine is part of a 5 women
vocal and percussion group in the area. She is excited to start teaching
hand drumming at the Ananda Yoga studio and to be bringing this
rhythmic art form to the community of North Port, the town she love so
much. You may contact Christine at: (941)275-4430 or
littledrummergurl@outlook.com

 

 

 

Artie Aviles has studied and taught Martial Arts since 1965, and was the senior student under Master Nelson Tsou in New York City, training in Northern Shaolin Long Fist Style Kung Fu.  Working with Master Tsou, he was also one of the founding members of the Shaolin Five Tiger Martial Arts Center in New York.  In addition to establishing, operating, and assisting in teaching at the center, he also offered classes at his own school and Orange County Community College in Middletown, New York. After relocating to Florida in 1979, Sifu Aviles continued his teaching of the Northern Shaolin Long Fist style by starting classes at the Sarasota and Venice Y.M.C.A., as well as the Bee Ridge and Venice Recreation Centers.  He was also the creator/producer/host of the very well received TV program “Martial Arts Focus”, from 1980 to 1982, one of the earliest shows to cover a broad range of Martial Arts, and to present them in a traditional manner.  Over the decades he has introduced the arts to hundreds of students, and numbers of viewers as well. His earlier years of formal training were dedicated to the study of Japanese Gojuryu Karate.  After achieving his Black Belt ranking, and then reaching Second Degree Black Belt in the U.S.A. Karatedo Gojukai, he was the head instructor of the Bronx Gojukai, as well as for the Karate clubs at seven colleges in and around the New York City area.  In the late sixties he began adding Chinese Martial Arts to his studies, initially with Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan under Bill Young (Yang), then, from 1972 on, broadening his scope to include the Northern Long Fist style.  He considers meeting and studying with Master Nelson Tsou one of the most important events in his life, and decided long ago to focus his efforts on passing on these beautiful and ancient arts. Along with Master Tsou, Artie and his classmate Sifu James Man Chin are the co-authors of the book Essence of Lien Bu Chuan, released in 2015.  Hoping to preserve traditional Chinese Martial Arts, it is an in depth study of one of the early required forms to learn at the Central Martial Arts Academy in China, which was founded circa 1928. Sifu Aviles was an honoree at the 2010 International Invitational Silver Cup Championship in Miami, Florida for his forty five years of dedication and service to the Martial Arts.  He has been honored by the Okinawan Goshin-Ryu Karate-Do Association, and the World Traditional Karate-Do Union with a rank which carries with it the title of Hanshi, someone considered a teacher of teachers. You may contact Artie at:artieaviles@comcast.net ,or  941-484-3330.

 
WHAT IS YOGA?

Many people think of yoga as merely an exercise class where you sit in pretzel positions for long periods of time, or a meditation class where you are completely silent contemplating your navel.  There is so much more to both, and I feel it is my dharma, or mission, to bring that knowledge to you.

 

Vedic Yoga is the foundation for all traditional yoga systems we know of today. Dating back to the end of the last Ice Age, or approximately 8500 years old, it may be the oldest spiritual system known to mankind. The Vedic culture arose out of what now is known as India. The Rig Veda, the oldest book in the world, is still in use today, and describes Mantras (repetition of sacred sounds), Pranayama (control of the breath), Dhyana (meditation) and Yajna (offerings).

 

The Sanskit word Yoga, means "union" and the practice of yoga is the union of body, mind and spirit. In India, around the third century BC, Pantanjali, wrote the Yoga Sutras. Sutra means "thread" in Sanskrit and Pantanjali condensed the ancient texts into threads of thought that were easier to assimilate, understand, and practice.

 

According to Pantanjali's interpretations, there are Eight Limbs (Ashtanga) to Yoga, and they cover all aspects of an individual's life. They are as follows:

       YAMA - The Laws of Life

 nonviolence

 truthfulness

 integrity

 chastity

 nonattachment

       NIYAMA -The Rules for Living

 simplicity

 contentment

 purification

 refinement

 surrender

 ASANA  - Posture

 PRANAYAMA - Breathing Exercises

 PRATYAHARA - Retirement of the Senses

 DHARANA - Focusing of Attention

 DHYANA - Meditation

 SAMADHI -  The Settled Mind

 

So, when you look at the big picture of Yoga, there is much more to it than just an exercise class.  In my classes, I incorporate, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahra, Dharana, Dhyana and, hopefully, with practice & persistence, Samadhi. The Laws of Life and the Rules of Living, are things that we have all been taught growing up, no matter, what cultural, spiritual, or religious back ground.     

 

 

ASANAS 

 

The Postures, or Asanas, that I teach are in the style of Hatha & Vinyasa. Hatha poses are static postures held for a few breaths, or can be held for several minutes. Vinyasa postures are flowing movements, where the individual moves on each intake and outflow of the breath.

Some of the benefits of the asanas are more flexibility, increased core strength, increased upper and lower body strength, increased cardiovascular health, more vitality and endurance, plus better balance.

Ideally, the best time to practice yoga is in the morning. However, for those of you that work I offer an evening class also.

 
MEDITATION 

The benefits of meditation can truly be life-saving. Through meditation you can lower your blood pressure, slow your heart rate, regulate and maximize your breathing, free you mind and stop the "monkey brain" chatter, obtain better sleep, decrease anxiety and much more. We live in a stressful environment on a day to day basis, and by taking 20 - 30 minutes in the morning and evening every day, you can reverse and stop the harmful effects of stress in your life.  

 

YOGA NIDRA

Yoga Nidra means sleep with a trace of awareness. It is a state of mind between wakefulness and dream. When you practice Yoga Nidra, you are able to relax and open the subconscious and unconscious levels of the mind. Yoga Nidra is a scientific method of releasing muscular, emotional and mental tension from the body and mind.  By releasing these tensions, you enable your mind and body to totally relax and spontaneously reduce stress from your life on all levels. It is a more efficient and effective form of psychic and physiological rest and rejuvenation than conventional sleep. Those who adopt the practice of Yoga Nidra will experience profound changes in their sleep habits. One hour of Yoga Nidra relates to four hours of normal sleep

 

CHAIR YOGA

Chair yoga for a safe, low-impact workout that, like a good cross training program, will change your life for the better. It is designed for students who have difficulty getting up and down off the floor, or who are very limited with their flexibility. Flexibility, balance, bone density and strength can all be improved with chair yoga poses.

With flexibility comes increased mobility, and this contributes to more freedom and self-sufficiency. Many involved in chair yoga training start a walking program, or use an exercise bike, elliptical trainer or tread mill for enhanced cardiovascular work soon after seeing the results that chair yoga has on flexibility and mobility.

Fall prevention among the elderly is also covered in most chair yoga classes. Most of us realize the potential consequences of falling down, with bones that are not as pliable as in our youth. We all know how devastating a broken hip can be. Therefore, balancing exercises are covered, and students are encouraged to work on balancing at home.

 

RESTORATIVE YOGA

A very gentle, slow moving type of yoga. All asanas or postures are done on the floor supported. Each asana is held for about 5 minutes, however, you are supported by the wall, or bolsters, pillows and blankets so that you can completely relax into the posture. The class is appropriate for all levels; beginner to advanced.