Coming up here soon at Razz, September 16th, Yogini Kali Om (Gabrielle Sulc, head instructor for the Hatha Raja Yoga Teacher Training at Razz) will be guiding a special 2 hour intensive workshop that was created by Sri Dharma Mittra.
If you have never taken a longer workshop type class, this would be a great one to get your feet wet with. You get a little sample of many of the practices of Hatha Yoga in one workshop. Don’t take my word for it though! I interviewed Gabrielle to get some more info about herself for community members at Razz that may have not met her yet, and to get the scoop on what to expect at this workshop.
1.) What led you to Yoga practice and how has it impacted your Life and those you interact with?
I don’t have any exciting story about how I started practicing yoga. It was by accident about 18 years ago. I used to work out and attend classes at a gym; one of the classes I took regularly was spinning. One day the instructor announced that the class would become 1/2 spinning, 1/2 yoga. I was really disappointed because I thought yoga was a waste of time. Still, I continued to go to the class and found I really liked the yoga part. Soon I was attending classes that were all yoga. And that was a big step for a competitive person like I was at the time.
Yoga has altered my views on myself, others, and the world. For example, many years ago I was controlling, critical, and judgmental (of myself and others.) Of course I didn’t think it was a problem, it seemed normal. Over time these traits disappeared and now I seldom have a judgmental thought and if one occurs in my mind, I notice it and change my thinking. Also, my yoga practice has helped me through some really difficult times. The ability to remain present and peaceful is a magnificent benefit.
2.) In the description it says we will be practicing Hath Raja Yoga and you have also guided the Hatha Raja Yoga Teacher Training at Razz. Some community members haven’t tried that class yet. What do you find sets it apart from other styles of Yoga? What would someone hope to experience in a Hatha Raja Yoga practice?
Hatha Raja Yoga is a traditional description of the 8 limbs of yoga. Yoga involves more than just doing the poses and so these classes are designed to cultivate a meditative quality throughout the practice- even though the classes are physically challenging. After the posture sequence there is a guided deep relaxation, followed by a calming breathing exercise, and the class concludes with a short meditation practice.
3.) What will you be sharing in the Maha Sadhana workshop? Who is this workshop a good fit for?
Maha Sadhana translates to “Great Practice.” Along with a challenging physical practice (that can be modified for most students as needed) I’ll be sharing some insights into yoga philosophy, breathing techniques to reduce stress, meditation practice, and a guided deep relaxation.
4.) It’s a much longer practice then our group classes? What do you find is valuable from a longer, more focused workshop like this?
Practicing longer than the typical 60-90 minutes allows me time to share a greater depth of knowledge and offer more experiences than I can in shorter times. For the students, greater time allows for integration of the practice into more subtle layers of the mind and body, and an opportunity to practice some aspects of yoga not usually shared in a typical public class.
5.) What do you hope students will take away (or leave behind 😉 ) from this workshop?
There is so much we can all leave behind but we don’t have to worry because the practice eliminates those things in time. I would like students to walk out of this workshop feeling fulfilled and inspired to live with a deep sense of satisfaction.
Thank you Yogini Kali Om!!!
If you are interested in this workshop and would like to register
Click this link to head to our workshop page…
Hopefully, I’ll see you there!!!