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.
Keith Borden instructs the following:
*Yoga Rx, formerly known as Therapeutic Yoga*
This class is a synthesis of healing modalities – restorative yoga, gentle yoga, breathwork, guided meditation and hands-on healing, that creates an experience of deep relaxation so natural healing can take place. It's a class for you if a health concern or your age, physical or emotional well-being needs an extra measure of healing.
For students with a health concern or whose age, physical or emotional well-being needs a healing approach to yoga.
BREATHE, FLOW & MEDITATE: REJUVENATING
Practiced in the Vinyasa style of yoga, this expanded class takes on the teacher's expression of the practice. Breath-centered warm-ups, organic unfolding, sun salutations, standing poses, heart-opening backbends, cleansing twists, forward folds, hip openers and inversions are sequenced and flowing. The longer practice allows for a period of meditation.
For students who have a regular practice and want to move at a more rejuvenating and rhythmic pace and spend time in meditation.
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.
MEDITATION - DEVOTIONAL
Thursdays, 7:00 - 7:30pm
There are different ways to focus the mind, and many points of concentration that can lead the mind to a place of clarity and tranquility. When the names and forms of God are the tools of meditation, it becomes bhakti marga or the path to realization through the adoration of the Divine. The Thursday evening meditation class will explore sounds (the Goddess), kirtan (the singing of the names of God), mantra japa (the repetition of mantra), and murti (focus on the personified form) as ways of quieting and clearing the vrittis in order to witness the always-present still point that is our inner truth.