At Purna Yoga 828, we believe that yoga is more than just physical exercise. You are more than just your body. Discover how a Purna Yoga practice can support all of you – body, mind, and spirit.
If you’ve been sitting for more than 20 minutes, take a break, stand in Tadasana, lifting the bottom of your belly while rooting your femur bones in the socket; press down through the heels and lift from the inner arches to the inner groins. Standing for just two minutes for every half hour of sitting dramatically reduces the side effects of sitting.
Prolonged sitting has been linked to high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels, weakened abdominal muscles, tightened hip flexors, poor circulation in the legs, strain in the neck and shoulders and even a decrease in brain function. For more info check this out.
Keep it Simple! One pose a day is a great START. Set the intention to practice one pose a day, and you’ll find that one pose leads to two, three, then 20 minutes of yoga a day. My go-to for daily practice: Adho Mukha Svanasana. This multi-tasker works the hips and shoulders while extending the spine, strengthening the legs and arms, and combines a standing pose, inversion and a forward bend.
Self-study (svadyaya) is an integral part of a balanced yoga practice. It helps us understand who we are and what our purpose (dharma) is in this life. Spend time asking the three questions of Purna Yoga: Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? Let the answers come rather than striving to analyze.
"I love my Purna yoga classes with Letitia Walker. She has a welcoming smile, a quirky sense of humor, and a wonderful laugh that makes me glad to be there. Letitia empowers me to make this joyful life journey with ease and for this, I am ever grateful to her."
“Yoga as art. That's how Letitia’s classes feel to me. The centering, even in the middle of class, the integrity of the asana sequence, and her attention to individual as well as class dynamics, with respect, skill and touches of humor is lovely.”
"I find the meditation portion of her work with us in class to be incredibly powerful, and the asana portion to be a perfect coupling with that work. I come away feeling invigorated, inspired and calm. She is an interesting, kind, and extremely experienced teacher that takes herself wholeheartedly into her life and her teaching. Letitia is clear, present, kind, and ever-encouraging. She tailors each class to the group, sensing what is happening at that time, and gives generous help to all of us on an individual level. I am so appreciative of the work that she does."
"Profound, life-changing practice."
"Letitia Walker is an amazing yoga teacher, offering a calmness, a presence and ever-expanding knowledge in her yoga classes. The poses build on each other - increasing stretches and strength, balancing and fixing body alignment, and offering options for each student’s needs. I hate to miss a class. My occasional chiropractic visits are met with the chiropractor’s amazement at how well my body holds adjustments even after broken arms and bike wrecks, which I attribute to the core strength and flexibility developed in yoga. If you are looking for a long term spiritual and body-healing yoga practice, this is it!"
"A compelling mixture of humor, thoughtfulness and seriousness of purpose. The ability to lead a group, whether teaching or coaching, is a real art. Some of it is natural/intuitive and a lot of it isn't. Letitia is a great instructor."