YOGA IMMERSION


This class is taught by:

Marina Koyen

I took my first yoga class in 2001 out of curiosity. I remember the feeling I had after this class. My mind was at peace, body felt subtle and light, and I had overall sense of ease and balance. I wanted to cultivate these qualities more in my life, so I decided to make the practice of yoga a part of my everyday routine. Over the years I resonated with the following styles of yoga: Ashtanga Vinyasa, Prana Flow, Viniyoga and Yin Yoga. I was blessed with the opportunity to study with great teachers of these traditions: Shiva Rea, David Svenson, Richard Freeman, Paul Grilley, Paulie Zink. In 2012 I took a training in Universal Yoga with Andrey Lappa in Ukraine. I found home in this tradition. Universal Yoga is a multidimensional system that uses variety of techniques: asana, pranayama, pratyhara, dharana, and mantra to help the practitioner to find balance on all levels of beeing. This system is based on the concept of the mayakoshas - layers of being. According to traditional yoga scripture, we all function with not just one, but several bodies or Maya koshas: physical, energetic, emotional, mental, intellectual, bliss, fluctuating mind (chitta) and karmic layers. Through the practices of Universal Yoga we reach the balance between these layers, within each layer, and between the one and the world. I teach my classes in the tradition of Universal Yoga. They are often designed in a Mandala sequence, which will challenge your body, will invite your mind to stay present and bring you sense of calm and peace. I use mindfulness approach in my teaching; every asana and vinyasa become practice of dharana - concentration. By being here and now we are better able to see the patterns in the mind and body and we see more clearly what doesn't serve us anymore, what is just a habit that can be let go of. My goal as a yoga teacher is through various practices of yoga to help people to be at their optimal level of physical, mental and emotional health.

Keith Borden

Keith Borden is consistently turned on by the stillness within movement, the silence hidden in sound, and the esoteric in the everyday. I love to practice yoga, and sharing this practice that I love for the last decade has been a terrific gift. I'm very lucky. I have great teachers in my life – Jasmine Tarkeshi, Dana Flynn, David Robson, David Gellineau, Manorama, and Rabbi Joseph Gellberman – and being a student is one of the best parts of the yoga practice. The classes I offer are energetic and balanced, and are infused with playfulness and creativity. I strive to live, breathe, and offer the devotion-rich yoga that comes out of my daily home practice. I'm a singer, kirtan wallah, a bhakti yogi, and an interfaith minister. I always chant with my classes, and occasionally I play and sing during savasana. I love to experiment in my practice, and years of Muay Thai, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong have taught me that all movement is healing and complementary to my sadhana. My goal is to hold a space that fosters inner quiet, true strength, and a healthy, joyous spirit where students can re-unite with and REJOICE in their true Self.

Megan Grace

I am so very grateful to have landed firmly in the center of my dharma at this stage in my life. The "call" I've heard can be summed up by the words of Crosby, Stills & Nash - “Spirit is using me, a larger voice is calling.” My answer to that call led me to create yoga and meditation spaces, a vegan cafe, a healing space where energy medicine is administered, and a yoga school. This thriving, healing, liberating community is called Perennial - Yoga, Wisdom, Community. Perennial is offering people the time, the space and the practices that create mind, body and spiritual health. It is making it possible for them to unleash their best energy at home, at work, locally and globally. As humans we are resilient and we are fiercely and peacefully powerful when we put our minds and bodies in service to our heart. As more and more of us are putting our love into action we are creating a better life for ourself and others. I discovered yoga in 2004 and it reshaped my body and eventually my entire life because it illuminated a worldview I already knew deep down. I started teaching yoga after just 4 years of practice and became the space holder of Perennial six months later. I’m honored to extend the beauty and power of yoga and meditation to others, knowing firsthand how transformational and healing they are for me. I lead a flowing and reverential style of vinyasa yoga that is sprinkled with ancient and modern Wisdom. My hope is that you’ll leave my yoga class grounded in your body, flowing to your natural rhythm, and inspired to live wholeheartedly. I also lead meditation weekly. During this time we explore how to create a mind that serves us rather than sabotages us. I am the co-leader of the Perennial Wisdom Yoga School with Keith Borden. I am blessed to learn as much as I teach during these sessions. My life expands as I share moments with others who understand we have one wild and precious life to live! We seek inspiration, possibility, Truth and Grace and we accept that there will be some tears along the way and a whole lot of laughter.
 
What is a Yoga Immersion at Perennial?
It is a yoga class taught by a more experienced teacher and longer in length. These two features; experience and length, afford the opportunity to incorporate more aspects of the art and science of yoga into the class. It is not a class only for advanced students, although some experience and familiarity is best. It is for the student who wants to explore and be immersed in a fuller practice that includes: chanting, pranayama (breathwork), dharma talk (yoga philosophy), mudras (energetic hand seals) chanting (the yoga of sound) meditation and nidra (yoga of sleep). The teacher will instruct asana (postures) in a krama fashion. This means that more difficult postures will be broken down into progressive stages so you can practice and develop at your own pace.

For students already practicing on a regular basis who wish to broaden their yoga.

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Oct 17 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Marina Koyen
  • Thu Oct 18 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm with Keith Borden
  • Sat Oct 20 8:00 am - 9:30 am with Megan Grace
  • Sun Oct 21 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm with Keith Borden
  • Wed Oct 24 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Marina Koyen
  • Thu Oct 25 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm with Keith Borden
  • Sat Oct 27 8:00 am - 9:30 am with Megan Grace
  • Sun Oct 28 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm with Keith Borden
  • Wed Oct 31 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Marina Koyen
  • Thu Nov 01 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm with Keith Borden
  • Sat Nov 03 8:00 am - 9:30 am with Megan Grace
  • Sun Nov 04 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm with Keith Borden
  • Wed Nov 07 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Marina Koyen
  • Thu Nov 08 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm with Keith Borden
  • Sat Nov 10 8:00 am - 9:30 am with Megan Grace
  • Sun Nov 11 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm with Keith Borden
  • Wed Nov 14 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Marina Koyen
  • Thu Nov 15 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm with Keith Borden
  • Sat Nov 17 8:00 am - 9:30 am with Megan Grace
  • Sun Nov 18 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm with Keith Borden