Submitted by Susan Leader
Discover Yoga Week will be observed at the Andover, Town Hall Monday through Friday from September 7 to 11 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. each morning. Classes are by donation, and open to everyone.
No prior yoga experience or fitness level required. Individuals may attend as many class[es] as they wish, no need to attend all five. I studied as a 'yoga apprentice' on Maui with influential teacher Nadia Toraman. My classes reflect my training in both Ashtanga and Iyengar styles, with a strong emphasis on proper body alignment and mental focus.
The word yoga has been interpreted in many ways, such as the 'union' between body and mind, or between the individual and the larger community.
The fundamental aim of a yoga practice is 'quality of action', in other words, our practice on the mat translates to quality of action off the mat, in daily life.We do not simply learn to stand on our heads - we practice the skills to quiet the mind and own bodies.
Discover Yoga Week, which is by donation only, allows me to practice my belief that yoga should be accessible to all. Yoga does not belong to the masters, to the serious students or to the wealthy. Rather, yoga is is a gift of health and self discovery to all.